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R.I.P. Ron Murphy

Ron Murphy, co-founder and head of National Sound Corporation (NSC) is dead.

He's said to have cut all major Detroit records from the early 1990ies and thus having had a great impact on the sound and production of renowned artists such as Mike Banks, Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills and Richie Hawtin among many others.

In an interview with german De:Bug mag (german language), he's giving insights on how "Uncle Ron" (as the artists mentioned used to call him) tought his "students" about the secrets of a proper mixdown and mastering.
Since being a creative head, he was seeking for new ways in vinyl cutting so he was offering cutting the platter from the inside, where the label sticker is, to the outside of the record. Both Jeff Mills and Richie Hawtin rejected when finally Kevin Saunderson agreed to cut the vinyl this way for a release on Network.

A similar thing happened when Jeff Mills came over to have something special for his "Rings around Saturn" cutting session. As Jeff's tunes were 134BPM, it was possible to cut a seemless loop ( a tempo of 133,3BPM is required to that on a 33rpm record). This was the first time the world saw a seemless revolution on a vinyl record.

Ron Murphy, who said about himself he'd never danced in his whole life, has to be appreciated as one of Detroit's most influential guys. He's one of those guys behind the scenes, yet incredibly important for shaping a whole era of electronic music of which the effects remain until today when you're downloading the latest stuff.

Rest in peace, Ron Murphy!

PestoLP002: huge support from all over!

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It's really amazing how well our latest release is going down.

After chart entries on Beatport, Traxsource (on 28 currently, we're also part of the Weekly Essentials), Juno Download (on 2 in "DeepHouse" and on 4 in the overall charts) and DJDownload.com, "2.0 - The Next Generation Of Pesto Artists" is also featured release on the entry page of Canada's Play It Tonight, Jon Silva's "Aegean" is a featured track on Trackitdown.

It's not only the stores supporting us but we also get massive feedback from the jocks out there. DJ feedback to be posted in brief - stay tuned.

"2.0 - The Next Generation Of Pesto Artists"
is available on your favourite online store:

Beatport
Juno Download
Traxsource
Trackitdown
Play It Tonight
DJDownload
iTunes store

Chart stormers: "2.0 - The Next Generation Of Pesto Artists"

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Holy shyte, if 2008 starts like this, what's ahead?Laugh

6 out of 13 tunes are already gaining chart positions on Beatport. As we're really proud, we want to share the news with you so here they are seperated by genre:

in Deep House: Rucyl - Love In War (Pete Gust's KID Remix) 11, Tina Valen - Discotime 22, Da Funk - Electronic Love 77, Sandra Lima - Higher (The Mulder's Up-A-Dub) 98

in House: Jon Silva - Aegean 28

in Tech House: Khaan - Pegasos (The Mulder's XX-File Remixx) 61

On the House charts of DJDownload.com, Replika's "Loveletter" climbs on 62, Robin Rush's "Into You" on 90, Rucyl enters on 95. We're also in the charts on Traxsource (on 78) and on Juno Download (on 7 in Deep House, on 28 in the overall charts) with the whole album. And my good friend Ricardo Torres just tells me that we're also part of the "Weekly Essentials" on Traxsource with Phonic Funk's "On Top". If we should have missed on something (chart positions, DJ playlists, etc.), please post it in the comments!

One more thing: Jon Silva's P2P remix for Cristian Paduraru is also in the charts: #26 on Beatport's Tech House list.

Congratulations to our artists & big thanks to all those supporting excellent music!

[update] PestoLP002: "2.0 - The Next Generation Of Pesto Artists" out now!

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After the huge success of our first longplay release (9 out of 13 tracks entered the charts on Beatport), we're already dropping the next bomb. Out of another class A bundle of tunes, two are making up chart positions on Beatport again!

[update: as of now (Jan 10th) we already have four tunes entered the charts: Rucyl on 16, Tina Valen on 39 and Da Funk on 96 in Deep House; Jon Silva on 81 in House - whoo hoo!]

"2.0 - The Next Generation Of Pesto Artists" is, as the name implies, a showcase of upcoming releases, exclusive tracks and new talents on Pesto Music. While you may have waited for some of the tunes to be released as you heard them on the PestoMixes already, others are totally fresh and brand new. The compilation also proofs that the family of Pesto producers is expanding beyond the borders of Germany with artists from Ukraine, USA and Switzerland.

In order to spotlight the artists involved, we will publish dedicated features about them. You will find the features in the artists' appearing order - so check back for a deep insight on Tina Valen in brief!

Here's the track list again:

01. Tina Valen - Discotime
02. Rucyl - Love In War (Pete Gust KID Remix)
03. Cloudsteppers - Make Me Shine
04. Quell - Baby Gaps
05. Replika - Loveletter
06. Phonic Funk - On Top
07. Da Funk - Electronic Love
08. Sandra Lima - Higher (The Mulder's Up-A-Dub)
09. Aegean - Jon Silva
10. Robin Rush - Into You (With Pryde Remix)
11. Cooccer - Jam Hot
12. Khaan - Pegasos (The Mulder's XX-File Remixx)
13. Nuance Movement - Violet (Soda Inc. Remix)

"2.0 - The Next Generation Of Pesto Artists"
is available on your favourite online store (more to be added in brief):

Beatport
Juno Download
Trackitdown
Traxsource
DJDownload

Pesto Music installs "Officer" label software

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As said before in Jon Silva's NYE letter, we have just installed the "Officer" label software as the backbone of our business.

"Officer" is the highly acclaimed piece of software so many other labels use for their daily business such as Cocoon, Force Inc., Infracom, Kanzleramt, Lado, Neuton, Paul van Dyk, Peppermint Jam, Phazz-A-Delic, Pulver Records, Toca Records, Vienna Scientists just to name a few from Officer's impressive clients list.

This customized database on a Filemaker basis allows us to manage all revenue streams, distribute money to our artists, administrate third party licenses (such as CD compilations of other labels) and above all, it's the backup of both Pesto Music's and traxx Recordings' music catalogue (and future sublabels *hint*). It allows us to spend less time with numbers, passing on the income straight to our artists and kicking the arses of those who are late with their payments. It's also a great tool for statistics and future marketing strategies - to put it short: it does everything we need (and what we've been doing already) while saving us a huge amount of time so we can focus on the creative work!

We're proud "Officers" from now on!Happy

Jon Silva remixes for Cristian Paduraru out now

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As announced earlier this year, Jon Silva was asked to remix one of Cristian Paduraru's tracks. "Sharing Transparently" already saw a couple of remix treatments from all over, so now it was about the time to add some Pesto topping.

The release on Christian Records [CRO48RMX27] is a Beatport Exclusive and comes in three different flavours: Jon Silva's Deep House mix deals with trippy and dubby elements on a straight House beat, there's a Chill Out mix and a dub mix that's being reduced to the beats and bass line of the original remix.

buy this release on beatport.com

RSS feeds for our Beatport releases

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Are you tired of logging into Beatport and watching your "favourite labels" list for updates?

Well, if you are using an RSS feed reader (which we also recommend so you can subscribe to our Pesto feed), your wait is over. The guys from Altovideo found out how to create RSS streams for particular labels, artists and genres. Go there and create feeds for any other labels or artists - your most favourite label has done the work for you already:

Pesto releases on Beatport
Traxx releases on Beatport
Jon Silva releases on Beatport

Competition: win a guest slot in one of 2008's PestoMixes!

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As lots of really excellent DJ mixes have been shared on our Pesto community last year, we thought it's time to give something back.

We are running a competition and the first three winners will win a guest slot on our PestoMix series plus an exclusive feature (including an interview, links to your page(s), additonal info via pesto.de and lots more) on a PestoCast.

For more details, please visit this forum topic here. If you'd like to contribute, you'd have to sign up (for free & it just takes a minute) and post your mix. If you're not a DJ yourself, encourage your DJ mates to post their mixes. Signing up for the Pesto community is a good idea anyway, as there are special offers and goodies for registered members only.

The competition closes on the 31st of January 2008.

Saying bye to 2007, saying hi to 2008!

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Dear Pestoleras and Pestoleros - dear friends,

As I was thinking about the things that should be said in this article, I went on a personal review trying to recall what the last year was about so I was going through the posts of 2007.

I also found the bulletin that was published for last NYE and I read about the aims and remembered the hopes, fears and my mindset in general from back then.

Let's see what turned reality, what hasn't yet and what the plans are for 2008.

Quoting from last year's post:

"This year is coming to an end and for us, it was one full of changes - one of them being this web site you're just looking at. 2007 will be an exciting year for Pesto and all the people involved with it as a lot of stuff is to be released."



2007 was indeed another year full of changes (I guess change is one of the few constants in my life) and yes, it was exciting, indeed. The redesigned Pesto page was quite a success and, as many people stated, an appreciated source for information, entertainment and new music. The number of unique visitors tripled compared to the highest number of unique visitors of the former page and remains growing on a constantly high level. The number of our RSS and email newsletter subscriptions are constantly increasing, so is the number of downloads of our PestoMix, PestoCast and Pesto FreeBees stuff.

I would have loved to see more releases in 2007 - there were only four of them on Pesto - but that year also saw the birth of the Traxx sublabel and I was busy doing remixes like never before. So I don't complain, especially since both the Traxx releases and the remixes went down pretty well. On top of that, we also released our first digital longplayer "Vic Music presents: Beautiful & Timeless Vol. 1" - a compilation that had been released as a CD before and that attracted a lot of music lovers already. Furthermore, I was also experimenting with the new digital format as Pesto was limited to a total of four tracks per release back in the vinyl days. The new medium offers new possibilities but also new occasions to screw up.

As a side effect, I had gigs in numerous countries, some of which I visited for the first time such as Morocco, Sweden or (the former yugoslavian republic of) Macedonia. I met a lot of lovely people, made new friends all over and discovered that everywhere I went, people already knew about us or instantly got hooked on the Pesto vibe. Very encouraging.

Another source of inspiration has been the vivid Pesto community: so many people contributed excellent DJ mixes in order to share them with the rest of you. Many of my office hours were sweetened by the flavour of DeepHouse from our fellow Pestoleros and I just highly recommend signing up for the Pesto forum as there are a couple of goodies exclusively available to registered members only.

2007 also meant a growth of the Pesto family regarding artists: we already saw a couple of remixers such as Nikola Gala, Da Funk, El Farouki, Khaan or Kellyyss just to name a few. But we will also see (and first of all hear) the next generation of Pesto artists on our "2.0" compilation which is about to be out by 8th of January. Some of that work has been cooking on the stove for ages in order to mature and get better and better (Sandra Lima and Robin Rush - you hear me?), other stuff is brand new yet equally kicking - Tina Valen, Cloudsteppers, Phonic Funk, Quell, Rucyl, Pete Gust and Replika are names you already might be familiar with if you're following our PestoMixes or they might sound totally fresh to you. Either way, those will be names to watch out for in 2008 if you're serious about House music and these ladies and gentlemen contribute massive tunes to the Pesto catalogue.

Consequently, 2008 will see more frequent releases - both singles and compilations. I finally installed an infrastructure that allows me to focus on the creative side of things rather than spending my time doing administrative work. This will give me more space to discover new talents, develop new products and increase the release rate in general while keeping the quality level you'd expect from Pesto Music.

Last but not least, the passed year held a lot of support for Pesto from industry professionals: club and radio DJs were heavily playing our stuff, it got supported on CD compilations, web sites were writing reviews, tunes got featured in DJ mixes and podcasts by renowned artists, the download shops also seemed to appreciate our efforts.

And finally you, our fans and biggest supporters, the music lovers, the ones that don't buy the Beatport Top10 in order to play the same shit as everybody else, the people that make all this Pesto thing possible - you supported our artists, Pesto and Traxx as labels, you supported our vibe! I would personally like to thank you for believing in us, in our goals and in our philosophy - the recognition and support coming from your side is priceless and I - speaking for all Pesto and Traxx artists here - can't express how much your support is appreciated. We love you! Happy

For the new year, my wishes for all of us are love, happiness, peace of mind, health, success and as much wealth a decent life requires. Let's all go further, make our wildest dreams come true and be happy humans vibing on the same wavelength.

Take good care of yourself, stay well and stay with us because you'll enjoy being part of the Pesto family in 2008 and beyond!

Sincerely yours...Jon Silva/Jost Gerischer
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