Pesto 012: Cloudsteppers - Make Me Shine out now & charting!

Our 12th single on Pesto is available in your favourite download store since December 26th. "Make Me Shine" by Ukraine's Cloudsteppers comes with outstanding remixes by Scope (aka Ric McClelland), The Disclosure Project, Chris Udoh and Jon Silva. Get Pesto 012 on Beatport.



Having already charted on Traxsource, "Make Me Shine" is now invading Beatport's DeepHouse charts - currently, Jon Silva's Soda Inc. remix is on #28. We're also happy to find this superb release being featured on Beatport - thanks for the support!

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It's no surprise this release is doing well if you have a look on the feedback returns by DJs from all over the globe. You can view the reactions in this PDF file.

Get Pesto 012 on Beatport.

Jon Silva @ Solidaritet/Stockholm

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Clear Recordings: CR001 - "The Beginning" out now

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Jon Silva remixes for Timo Garcia & Ricky Stone and Dimiz & Ogi Gee Cash out now

Exclusive on Beatport since 12th December already, there's a DeepTech remix by Jon Silva on Ricky Ryan's Sick Watona label. There's a huge bunch of remixes by the likes of Tyrell, D:Fuse, Nosmo & Kris B and many more so the release was divided into two parts. Check out "Driving Olivia" on Beatport.

Another guy you may have read about on this page is Kondukter's Dimiz. He already booked Jon for several gigs in Nish, Serbia and now, Jon Silva has remixed his "Vocalizer" tune on Balkan Connection. "Vocalizer" is a coop of Dimiz and Ogi Gee Cash. The pack of remixes contains works by Cid Inc., Luke Porter and a couple of other artists. Check out Jon Silva's "Vocalizer" remix on Beatport.

Jon Silva weekend in Tbilisi, Georgia

eFlyer Jon Silva @ Guru Nightclub Tbilisi, Georgia

Pesto 012: Cloudsteppers - Make Me Shine charting on Traxsource

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After we detected our latest single Pesto 012 by Ukraine's Cloudsteppers entering the sales charts on #85 on Traxsource yesterday, the release is making up positions with giant steps.

Currently, "Make Me Shine" is on #56 and that's surely due to the great original versions and the awesome remix pack by top notch artists Scope aka Ric McClelland, The Disclosure Project, Chris Udoh and Pesto's very own Jon Silva.
If you mind the shortened previews on Traxsource, feel free to listen to the full length versions in our MP3 player on the right hand side and grab your favourite mixes as long as they are exclusive Traxsource.

Pesto 012 on #56 of Traxsource sales chart

In case you did not know: Traxsource is also accepting payments via PayPal - a great option for those without a credit card. Opposed to other services, you don't have to install a crappy piece of software for bulk downloads. Traxsource will pack all your purchases into one convenient .zip file.

Say hello to Clear Recordings - the new Pesto sublabel! [repost]

Check out the video teaser:



More details soon here on pesto.de - to be released exclusively on stompy.com in brief!
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Pesto 012: Cloudsteppers - Make Me Shine out now excl. on Traxsource

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Just a few hours ago, our latest single Pesto 012 by Ukraine's Cloudsteppers was released exclusively via Traxsource.

"Make Me Shine" was already introduced on our "2.0" compilation earlier this year with great success (it's among the 10 best selling tunes on Pesto) and now comes with a diverse pack of arse-kicking remixes.

Besides the jazzy "Deep Mix" and a slightly altered "Dub Mix", we are proud to have remix support from Urban Torque's Scope aka Ric McClelland, The Disclosure Project with a beautifully atmospheric mix, Chris Udoh with a slightly edgier rework and Pesto's inhouse variants in the shape of the mid-1990ies-ish "Bedroom Beach Remix" and the Soda Inc. -esque remix, both by Jon Silva.

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Traxsource have just launched the fourth generation of their shop platform including a maximum overhaul on a couple of features: when purchasing music, you can choose between 192kBits and 320kBits MP3 files or WAV files for full audiophile pleasure. They even offer you to upgrade your former MP3 purchases to WAV at a price that's a steal. Further improvements are to be found in the user interface and the site wide search, according to Traxsource.

Check out our MP3 player in the sidebar and preview Pesto 012, buy it exclusive on Traxsource now!

Pesto best sellers: the Top 10 of 2008

It's this time of the year when you find "The 10 best/crappiest/whatever..." lists all around.

We won't stay behind and proudly present our best selling tunes in 2008. Please note that not all sales are fully accounted yet. So, for example, the remixes of Sandra Lima's "Higher" on Pesto 011R are not showing up for that reason. We will update this list once we have all sales details for 2008. Here we go:

01. Rucyl - Love In War (Pete Gust KID Remix)
02. Jon Silva - Aegean (Original)
03. From P60 feat. Virág - New Way (Jon Silva's New Dub)
04. From P60 feat. Virág - New Way (The Mulder's Light's On Dub)
05. Tina Valen - Discotime (Original)
06. Phonic Funk - On Top (Original)
07. Khaan - Pegasos (The Mulder's XX-File Remixx)
08. Replika - Loveletter (Original)
09. Sandra Lima - Higher (Jay-J's Shifted Remix)
10. Cloudsteppers - Make Me Shine (Original)

As you can see, most of the tunes are from our last "2.0 - The Next Generation Of Pesto Artists" compilation, but also our singles performed quite well. You can get these tunes (and all the other great music on Pesto and Traxx) in your favourite online store.

PestoLP 003: Various Artists - Ten charting on Juno and Beatport, gets featured [update]

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Great news for our Pesto LP003 release: while we already hit the compilation charts on Traxsource after the exclusive release there, "Ten" is now also making up charts positions on other outlets.

So far we detected Pesto LP003 on #60 on Juno's DeepHouse list (#66 this morning). A couple of tunes entered the DeepHouse charts on Beatport, too. Jon Silva's Sunshine enters at #94, Just Want U 2 Dance #80, I Want U #74 and Nikola Gala's Cum Remix of From P60's New Way currently makes it up to # 41.

[update: Pesto LP003 makes up chart positions and currently resides on #45 on Juno's DeepHouse list. The tracks on the DeepHouse charts on Beatport are climbing, too. Jon Silva's Sunshine is now at #84, Just Want U 2 Dance #70, I Want U #27 and Nikola Gala's Cum Remix of From P60's New Way currently makes it up to # 31!]

The people at Beatport are so nice and feature our release in the DeepHouse section as one of the few non-exclusives:

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A guy called Silky JacK adds a lovely review of John Dahlback feat. Jon Silva's "Warm Breeze" on beatdigital.com:
"Here's a deep house track that feels like honey to your ears and puts a smile on your face. Can music get any more positive then this? The vocal floats on the track like the smoothest ocean breeze pushes the waves on the shore."

Read the full review (and buy the release) here: Pesto "Ten" on beatsdigital.com

Pesto LP003: Various Artists - Ten is available on Traxsource for only 12,99US$ per bundle!
Pesto LP003: Various Artists - Ten is available on Juno Download from only 5,99£ per bundle!
Pesto LP003: Various Artists - Ten is available on Beatport.

Jon Silva of Soda Inc. at Dekko, Athens

It's probably not the best point in time to announce a Jon Silva DJ gig in Athens in the presence of the recent events in Greece. And it makes your heart cry when you see the actions taking place in spots you've been before and, especially when you know that a 15yr. old boy being shot by a police officer is causing the anger.

Video provided by Reuters (please excuse the advertisement):



On the other hand, peaceful partying might come in quite right for a change.

In cooperation with globalvibe.net, we present Jon Silva of Soda Inc. in Athens, Greece this Friday, the 13th December 2008. Jon will play in the Dekko venue that's famous for a good selection of globally renowned DJs. Names such as Adam Beyer, Terry Francis and Chelonis R. Jones are just but a few who've been there for a visit.

Let's all hope Greece will come to rest and governments, you should ask yourselves why thousands of youngsters are so in rage - beyond the obvious facts.

PestoLP 003: Various Artists - Ten available on Juno and Beatport, too

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We have put together a bundle of our first ten releases and selected one special cut from each. The result is our latest compilation "Ten". In case you missed any of the our former releases, here's your chance to get ten strong mixes for one discount price!

The track list:
01. Jon Silva - Sunshine (Sunset)
02. Basil feat. Digital Divide - Another Way (Not So Pesto Dub)
03. John Dahlback feat. Jon Silva - Warm Breeze (John Dahlback Remix)
04. Bioground - Dizzy Love (Basil Remix)
05. Babak Shayan - Azadi (Jon Silva's Club Mix)
06. Jon Silva - Just Want U 2 Dance (Original)
07. Simone De Nauw - Luv
08. Jon Silva - I Want U (Deeper & Deeper Mix)
09. From P60 feat. Virag - New Way (Nikola Gala's Cum Remix)
10. From P60 feat. Virag - New Way (The Mulder's Lights On Dub)

Pesto LP003: Various Artists - Ten is available on Traxsource for only 12,99US$ per bundle!
Pesto LP003: Various Artists - Ten is available on Juno Download from only 5,99£ per bundle!
Pesto LP003: Various Artists - Ten is available on Beatport.

Jon Silva remix for Subsky out now!

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Subsky, the charming Istanbul resident with countless releases on renowned labels such as Urbantorque, Forensic and Acryl also provides a long list of smashing remix works.
christBesides his tunes appearing in hundreds of DJ sets and on high profile compilations (Ministry of Sound, Global Underground and Universal to name but a few), he also contributed to our Pesto 010R release "New Way" by From P60.

It was about the time to give something in return and that's how Jon Silva remixed "This Is True". Original, Ryan Mishkin and Jon Silva remixes were just released through Miami's Dutchie Music and without any doubt, this one is going to burn.

Check out the whole release on Beatport and make sure you have it in your box for the next gig.

off topic: Monty Python Youtube channel

We here at Pesto Music are huge Monty Python fans, among many other great british comedians. So from time to time, we need a good laugh during our work breaks and are more than delighted to see the launch of Monty Pythons very own channel on Youtube. Check this out - it's priceless!

PestoLP 003: climbing the charts on Traxsource

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Just a couple of days have passed since the release of our latest compilation and "Ten" is already making up chart positions on Traxsource's compilation charts. As of now, we're on #13 and it's no secret why the deep DJs out there are putting PestoLP 003 into their carts. First off, there's the track list, covering mind-blowing mixes of our first ten singles:

01. Jon Silva - Sunshine (Sunset)
02. Basil feat. Digital Divide - Another Way (Not So Pesto Dub)
03. John Dahlback feat. Jon Silva - Warm Breeze (John Dahlback Remix)
04. Bioground - Dizzy Love (Basil Remix)
05. Babak Shayan - Azadi (Jon Silva's Club Mix)
06. Jon Silva - Just Want U 2 Dance (Original)
07. Simone De Nauw - Luv
08. Jon Silva - I Want U (Deeper & Deeper Mix)
09. From P60 feat. Virag - New Way (Nikola Gala's Cum Remix)
10. From P60 feat. Virag - New Way (The Mulder's Lights On Dub)

And the second point surely is our nice price for the whole bundle. Complete your collection of timeless must-haves from Pesto Music by clicking the link below!

Pesto LP003: Various Artists - Ten is available exclusively on Traxsource for only 12,99US$ per bundle!

Pesto 012: Cloudsteppers - Make Me Shine/New MP3s added to player!

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Have you noticed the new banner picture? After Sandra Lima from Pesto 011, we have a nameless beauty this time. She, along with the palm trees, is part of the cover artwork of our upcoming single on Pesto by Ukraine's Cloudsteppers.

"Make Me Shine" was already introduced on our "2.0" compilation earlier this year with great success and now comes with a diverse pack of arse-kicking remixes.

Besides the jazzy "Deep Mix" and a slightly altered "Dub Mix", we are proud to have remix support from Urban Torque's Scope aka Ric McClelland, The Disclosure Project with a beautifully atmospheric mix, Chris Udoh with a slightly edgier rework and Pesto's inhouse variants in the shape of the mid-1990ies-ish "Bedroom Beach Remix" and the Soda Inc.-esque remix by Jon Silva.

Check out our MP3 player in the sidebar and preview Pesto 012 already today! Release date will be 12th December 2008, so you have some time to fall in love with this great DeepHouse bomb.

PestoLP 003: Various Artists - Ten available exclusively on Traxsource

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We have put together a bundle of our first ten releases and selected one special cut from each. The result is our latest compilation "Ten". In case you missed any of the our former releases, here's your chance to get ten strong mixes for one discount price!

The track list:
01. Jon Silva - Sunshine (Sunset)
02. Basil feat. Digital Divide - Another Way (Not So Pesto Dub)
03. John Dahlback feat. Jon Silva - Warm Breeze (John Dahlback Remix)
04. Bioground - Dizzy Love (Basil Remix)
05. Babak Shayan - Azadi (Jon Silva's Club Mix)
06. Jon Silva - Just Want U 2 Dance (Original)
07. Simone De Nauw - Luv
08. Jon Silva - I Want U (Deeper & Deeper Mix)
09. From P60 feat. Virag - New Way (Nikola Gala's Cum Remix)
10. From P60 feat. Virag - New Way (The Mulder's Lights On Dub)

Pesto LP003: Various Artists - Ten is available exclusively on Traxsource for only 12,99US$ per bundle!

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Here's a special compilation to be released in brief:

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We have picked ten versions from our first ten singles and are proud to present this special bundle. Release will be on Traxsource exclusively - check back for further details this week!

PestoMix: 2hrs show on danceradio.gr now available as download! [download link fixed]

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As a frequent visitor of pesto.de, you'll probably have noticed that we run a monthly radio show on danceradio.gr. The "PestoMix" show is streamed every 3rd Friday of the month between 3:00pm and 5:00pm (CET+1). Since some of you are either at work or sleeping, we thought it might be a good idea to make those shows available as a PestoCast.

We will publish the first four issues of the "PestoMix" show within the next weeks. In the future, you will be able to download the podcast shortly after the show has been aired on danceradio.gr.

Here's all the details about PestoMix radio show #001:
air date: 18th April 2008
DJ: Jon Silva

01. Kyka feat. Kris Mil - Housetrap (Jon Silva's Dub Trip)
02. Jon Silva - The Mulder
03. From P60 - New Way (Jon Silva's New Dub)
04. Cooccer - Driftin
05. Scope - Lost On Collins
06. Cristian Paduraru - Sharing Transparently (Jon Silva's P2P Mix)
07. Jon Silva - I Want U (Blip It Mix)
08. Soda Inc. - Cocooning
09. Sandra Lima - Higher (The Mulder's Deepest Mix)
10. Jon Silva - Aegean
11. Spirit Chaser - In Deep We Trust
12. Scope - That Deep Track (Jon Silva's Deeply Deconstructed RMX)
13. Simone de Nauw - Luv
14. Da Funk - Electronic Love
15. The Mulder - I Take You Out 2 Space (2007)
16. Andy Sant - Escapizm Vol 1 (Jon Silva's ESC Remix)
17. Nuance Movement - Violet (Soda Inc. RMX)
18. Rucyl - Love In War (Pete Gust Remix)
19. Sandra Lima - Higher (Jay's Shifted Dub)
20. Jon Silva - Have To Talk
21. Cloudsteppers - Make Me Shine

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click here to download the MP3 file

Facelift & new features on pesto.de [update]

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It has been pretty exactly for two years that we have used the web site design you probably got used to. As we felt it was time for a change, pesto.de was undergoing some maintenance and now shines in a new look.

Besides the obvious facelift, we also rearranged some of the content and added new features to make pesto.de an even more popular source of entertainment and information. Here's a roundup of what we did, going from the top of the page downwards:

Layout: We left the era of "web 2.0" gloss, no more reflections on our logo, less eye candy and a more graphical approach. We believe that this makes the information more accessible and furthermore concentrates on what's important: content. We are now using a centered layout still but broadened the whole content area as widescreen formats become more and more standard. Additionally, this allows for a better separation of the main content and the sidebar content.

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The submenus used to be below the navigation tabs and could have been overseen pretty easily. These submenus can now be found on top of the sidebar, making it easier for you to access these pages and subscribe to our email newsletter for instance or perform a search on the site.

The navigation itself remains more or less untouched on top of the page but is less colourful. As we have grown up and gained more self esteem, we don't need that huge logo anymore (just kidding) but rather sport a new header that relates to our artists or releases. You will see this header to be exchanged by a different picture every now and then. In case you haven't noticed, it's Sandra Lima - the performer of our current releases Pesto 011 and 011R.

Regarding the news archive, we also switched from a monthly archive to an annual one. All older posts are still there in the respective year - don't forget you can still search for posts by using the categories or by performing a search.

Features: You will find two new features on the news page. The obvious one is our "current releases" player which allows you to listen to our - you guessed it - current releases. This player will be updated before the actual release so pesto.de will be the unique place to preview our upcoming releases long before they're available anywhere else. In connection with our brand new Releases feed, this will be a killer feature for anybody haunting after the latest and greatest tracks.

We also rearranged the content of the former "about" section and renamed it to simply "pesto". This section has been stripped content-wise - "artists" and "catalogue" were joined into one single section - but we have added functionality to make the new "catalogue" area a great research tool. Releases are categorized by label and type of release (single or longplay), each entry uses tags for the artists featured and allows to search for all releases with a specific artist/remixer. You can also use the tag cloud to do so. Each post's publishing date reflects the release date. By subscribing to the Releases feed, you'll always be up to date regarding the new stuff on Pesto and its sublabels. On top of that, you can also have related news items displayed. Isn't that cool?

A word about sublabels: you probably noticed the "Clear" entry - expect more news these days!;)

[update: links from within the RSS feed were broken - this is now fixed]

Pesto 011R: Sandra Lima - Higher (incl. Justin Michael & Torin Rea remixes) excl. on Beatport

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After the original release of Sandra Lima's "Higher" on Pesto 011 received lots of raving feedback, airplay and CD compilation placements, we thought it was about time to give you the second remix pack.

Pesto 011R comes with another bunch of amazing remixes, complimenting the original release very well stylewise. Remixers here are Hermosa's Justin Michael who recently gained a lot of attention through his production and remixing skills, making his tunes a staple for any club-oriented DeepHouse DJ. Justin delivers a pushing and edgy DeepTech mix, including an instrumental version.

Jon Silva's Clap Clap Mix is pure club madness and will make your audience shake what they got. Prepare for an armageddon-like break down - if you prefer the tune with or without Sandra's vocals is up to you.

Torin Rea of West Coast Collective is a fresh talent, also based on the US West Coast. His Soul Rub is pure funk, the Motown vibe gives a great debut for Torin on Pesto who adds the typical left coast flavour to this release.

For all you acapella addicts, we've also included the vocals backed up by the infectious little groove from the Clap Clap Mix.

Pesto 011R by Sandra Lima is available exclusively on Beatport.


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Traxx 004: Da Funk - Roasted (incl. Jon Silva & The Mulder remixes) exclusive on Beatport

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We took quite a break on Traxx, but here we come with our next release. And it was worth waiting for it!

Traxx 004 comes from Switzerland's Da Funk who runs the renowned Acryl Music label and gained quite some attention with his productions and remix works recently. Da Funk has been putting out original tunes on Forensic, Plastic City, Pesto and, of course, his very own Acryl Music. His tunes got licensed to a bunch of hi class compilations such as Café del Mar and his productions and DJ mixes are a staple of radio stations such as Ibiza Sonica, Frisky Radio or Ibiza Global Radio. He was also our guest on the PestoMix radio show on danceradio.gr on 20th July 2008 (download available here soon).

If you're familiar with our catalogue, you might have noticed that Da Funk has already released his amazing "Electronic Love" via our smashing compilation "2.0 - The Next Generation Of Pesto Artists" and we also had him as a remixer for our Pesto 005 release. So it was just a matter of time until Da Funk would be present on our Traxx sublabel to contribute a pure summer tune, full of deepness, groove and soul - exactly what you'd expect from a bangin' Da Funk production.

Support comes from our in house artists Jon Silva and The Mulder who are both well known guests on the global download charts and playlists to round up this diverse and arse-kicking release. No doubt - Traxx is back!!!

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Traxx 004 by Da Funk is available exclusively on Beatport.

Burgas, Bulgaria: Bedroom Beach Vol. 1 release party with Jon Silva

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To celebrate the release of "Bedroom Beach Vol. 1", Jon Silva will be playing a gig in the Bedroom Beach venue in Burgas, Bulgaria.

Jon plays tomorrow, the 15th of August in the evening. You might still want to check out the venue at daytime as it's located nicely at Sunny Beach.

Mix CD release: Bedroom Beach - Hot Sand/Cold Sand

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Say hello to the first CD mixed by Jon Silva!

The Bedroom Beach is quite a classy venue, located in Burgas, Bulgaria at the "Sunny Beach". If you visit Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, you should surely give it a visit. To get an impression of the vibe (or have a reminder of your holiday), RDC are just about to release Vol. 1 of the Bedroom Beach 2xCD compilation.

CD 2 "Cold Sand" is mixed by C-Fusion and CD 1 "Hot Sand" is mixed by Jon Silva. Jon's mix features a couple of previously unreleased tracks and versions as well as some classic tunes.

More details to follow here in brief.

PestoMix show on danceradio.gr: #004 on 15th August 2008

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Don't miss our monthly radio show on danceradio.gr!

Today on Friday, 15th of August, the 4th issue of our radio show will be broadcasted on danceradio.gr.

Here's your schedule for the PestoMix show:
CET (central Europe): 2:00pm to 4:00pm
click here to see the local time of some selected cities around the world

Our guest in the second hour today is Clubstar/Conya's head honcho Henri Kohn who's contributing his edgy and pumping "Deep Electronic Workout" mix. Here's the track lists:

1st hour: Jon Silva

01. Mark Duffin - The Man With No Shame [Pesto]
02. Two Armadillos - Snowflakes [Dessous]
03. Cooccer - Driftin' [Traxx]
04. Franck Roger - Backed Up [SSOH]
05. Cloudsteppers - Make Me Shine (Scope's Noche Urbana Remix) [Pesto]
06. Sebastian Davidson - Cherry Blossom (Spiritchaser Remix) [Outside The Box]
07. Shur-I-Kan - Noodling [Winding Road]
08. Nikola Gala - Puta [Escada]
09. Lobo Guara - Resta Aqui (Vincenzo Callea & Luca Lento Remix) [White 25]
10. Sandra Lima - Higher (Jon Silva's Clap Clap Instrumental) [Pesto]
11. Da Funk - Roasted (Jon Silva's Replay) [Traxx]

2nd hour: Henri Kohn - Deep Electronic Workout

01. Steve Ferrand - Morning Glory (Urbantorque)
02. Manuel Tur – Vabanque (Freerange)
03. Seb Davidson – Magdalena (CDR)
04. Solumun – Don´t cry (Compost)
05. Shin – Folger (Robert Babicz Rmx) (Yellowtail)
06. Paolo Martini - Bang the Box (CDR)
07. Lopazz – We are (Rex the Dog Rmx) (Get Physical)
08. Demarkus Lewis – The Leech (Conya)
09. Smith & Selway - Total Departure (CDR)
10. Test Pattern – Way Beyound (Amber)
11. Sam Ball – Bush Fire (CDR)

Tune in to danceradio.gr here!

Today's 808 day!

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Did you have a look on your calendar today? It's 8/08 which wouldn't be anything special if there wasn't one classic drum computer with a similar name.

Say hello to Roland's TR-808, an analogue drum machine from 1981 that has been playing an essential role in HipHop, Acid and House let alone Electro music until today. Despite Whitney Houston using the 808's cowbell in her "I Wanna Dance With Somebody", a lot of tunes or even whole bands wouldn't exist without this machine. Take Afrika Bambaata's "Planet Rock" or the Two Live Crew, for example. For the mature ones among us, let's not forget about "808 State", youngsters should check this out.

Even "The Mulder's Deepest Remix" of Sandra Lima's Higher, our current release on Pesto, uses the 808's cowbell.

Too bad, we did not think of March 3rd 2003 in order to celebrate a TB-303 day. But hey, mark September 9th next year in your calendar to praise the Queen of House drums, Roland's TR-909!

Some footage found via different sources (thanks to Music Thing and de:bug magazine):





Rucyl's "Love In War" on Islands Vol. 05 compilation

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The "Islands" CD series is a cooperation between Big City Beats and King Kamehameha Beach and has succeeded not only to follow the success of other Eivissa-centered compilations but to reach even further.

King Kamehameha in Frankfurt was elected "Germany's most beautiful Open Air Venue" by the Cosmopolitan - Big City Beats have regular shows on Big FM, one of Germany's leading FMs for Black Music and House.

The story of this compilation is made up of a careful track selection seeking for timeless DeepHouse classics rather than actual Club Hits, the excellent packing design, the authentic island vibe when you miss dancing in the sunset and an excellent DJ mix by Steve Blunt (resident of King Kamehameha). No wonder this series made it into the german compilation charts before and Vol. 05 was presented as Hot Pick on Germany's Pro7 TV network.

We're proud that Rucyl's "Love In War (Pete Gust's KID Remix)" made it onto this piece of art and enjoys the appropriate company of Masters at Work, Ralf Gum, Tiger Stripes, Scope and Spirit Chaser to name but a few.

You can preview the CD's contents here - the info text is in german only.

PestoMix show 003 on danceradio.gr

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The third issue of our PestoMix radio show will be aired on Friday, July 20th 2008 between 3:00pm to 5:00pm CET+1 (Athens time).

Here's your schedule if you're located somewhere else in the world:
CET (central Europe): 2:00pm to 4:00pm
click here to see the local time of some selected cities around the world

The first hour is mixed by aTaK, third winner of the PestoMix competition on our community board. aTaK delivers a lovely deep set to be followed by an hour of Da Funk's DJ skills. Enjoy "Summer Lovers 2008" in the second hour of our PestoMix show. Here's the track list:

01. The Disclosure Project - Keeping it Deep (Original)
02. Cloudsteppers - Make me Shine (Original)
03. Rocco feat Marcel - Memories (Main Mix)
04. Terry Lee Brown Junior - Dismount
05. Cooccer - Driftin' (Original)
06. Cooccer - Dry Gin (Dub rmx)
07. Murat Oezer - Unbound (Original Mix)
08. From P60 feat. Virag - New Way (Cristian Paduraru House Mix)
09. Sendos Fuera - Can Tanga
10. Sendos Fuera - Black Sound

2nd hour: Da Funk-Summer Lovers 2008

01. Martin Brodin - One (An2 On The Edge Remix)
02. Serge Flibustier - Nowhere (Mango Remix)
03. Shur-I-Kan & Milton Jackson - Finding Time (Dub)
04. 16 Bit Lolita's - Goodbye Pluto (Version 1)
05. No Logo - Dark Star (Francois Dubois Remix)
06. Osamu M & Satoshi Fumi - Everything (Francois Dubois Remix)
07. Budai & Vic - U Just Don't Know (Lukas Greenberg No Future Mix)
08. Nacho Marco - Feelin' (Dub)
09. Office Gossip - Strangers
10. Milton Jackson - Soundtron

Tune in to danceradio.gr here!

Jon Silva aka The Mulder on Paradigm/Frisky Radio today!

Jon Silva aka the Mulder is in for a guest mix at Zach DeVincent's Paradigm show on Frisky Radio.

Jon delivers a two hours-mix starting with lovely deep Tech, shifting to Tech House the US way and finally evolving in neo-trancish armageddon.
You will hear a couple of unreleased tunes (some of them to be released in brief such as Da Funk's "Roasted" on Traxx 004 and the Clap Clap Mix of Sandra Lima's "Higher") as well as some classics such as James Holden's epos "A Break In The Clouds". Of course, Jon's 2007 smasher "I Take You Out To Space" and his remix of "Sharing Transparently" for 1st Class, that was also sticked to Beatport's #1 in DeepHouse for weeks is being featured, too. Enjoy two hours of shameless self promotion. ;)

Please find the track list below:

01. Villa Lupos - The Mulder
02. Housetrap (Jon Silva's Dub Trip) - JP&Kris Mil
03. Out 2 Space 2007 - The Mulder
04. Driftin' - Cooccer
05. Inside - Ronan
06. Woman Of The Sun (Francois Dubois Sunshine Vocal) - Onionz
07. Roasted - Da Funk
08. Here I am (Shur-I-kan Stripped Dub) - Fred Everything feat. Lisa Shaw
09. Sharing Transparently (Jon Silva's Deep House Mix) - 1st Class
10. Technical Emergency - L.E.O.
11. Get Fresh (Jon Silva's Freshhh Remix) - Aki-Tek
12. Enjoy This Trip - Jon Silva with Djazz
13. Roasted (Jon Silva's Replay) - Da Funk
14. Higher (Jon Silva's Clap Clap Mix) - Sandra Lima
15. Never Felt This This Way (Behrouz and Andy Caldwell Toronto Mix) - Knight Keys
16. Greece 2000 (Maarcos Remix) - Those Usual Suspects
17. The Journey - Cirez D
18. Beauty of Silence - Andrea Doria & LXR aka Lützenkirchen
19. A Break In The Clouds - James Holden

The Paradigm show will begin at 11:00am PST (08:00pm CET, to see your time zone, click here).

Tune in here, Frisky offers stream formats for nearly any player and connection bandwidth. Feel free to visit the forums and leave some feedback there!

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Chart stormer: Sandra Lima - Higher [update]

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After "Higher" is being featured on the Traxsource Essentials podcast, people were quickly becoming aware of the great summer vibe.

Meanwhile, Sandra Lima's release made it up to #33 on the Traxsource charts. Pesto 011 is also quickly making up chart positions on Juno Download: currently on #35 in the Funky/Club House subgenre and on #90 in Juno's main charts!

[update: #20 on Traxsource, #9 on Juno's Funky/Club House and #19 on the main charts]

As of now, a third shop is getting ready to take it it higher: Stompy has Jay-J's Shifted Remix entering the soulful charts on #62, the Back 2 House compilation [Open Bar] on #29, the original on #20 and Jay-J's Shifted Dub on #17.

Pesto 011 "Higher" by Sandra Lima is available on every major download store. Below is a selection of the most popular ones:

Traxsource.com
Juno Download
Stompy.com
iTunes Music Store
Beatport.com

Pesto 011: Sandra Lima - Higher featured on Traxsource Essentials podcast!

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After "Higher" entered the Traxsource charts on #93, we just learned that Jay-J's remix made it into the Traxsource Weekly Essentials podcast.

You can check out episode 61 here: Traxsource Weekly Essentials

Thanks to the Traxsource support, we're already gaining chart positions and Sandra Lima's "Higher" currently resides at #74 of the single charts. Thank you Traxsource and thank you fans!:)

Pesto 011: Sandra Lima - Higher now available everywhere! [update]

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Today, we're not only happy to see the launch of the AppStore for the iPhone but we're also happy to announce that Pesto 011 by Sandra Lima is available on any major download store worldwide.

We received raving feedback from DJs all over, received club and radio airplay and already placed "Higher" on a couple of compilations - both download bundles and physical ones. Here's a couple of reactions (in no particular order):

Sebastian Davidson (NL):
This is a stellar release!!! Full support!

Da Funk (Acryl Music, Plastic City, Forensic):
definitly the mulder's deepest remix instrumentla for me. will play and chart fer sure!
love it!

Michael Fossati (spritiofhouse.com):
Thanks a lot for the promo, hope you like the review you can find at http://www.spiritofhouse.com/content/view/744/3/

Ric Mc Lelland aka Scope (UK):
thanks for sending jost!
nice ep..
the original is nice listening music.. good groove and sweet vocal..
your instrumental is what i'll be playing in the clubs thou!
nice deep house grooves there bro!

Chris Blenda (Energy 107.6, Greece):
I would like to thank you guys for your support and the special releases you send me ... :)

Richard Earnshaw (Duff Note, UK):
Loving the Jay J dub on this…… top stuff.

Joan Ribas (Ibiza Global Radio):
Hey bro, simply amazign,.,, I just play it on my morning show few minutes ago and I have a very good feedback from the people… (jon silva’s is my mix)

Jay Tripwire:
really feeling the mulders deep dub..

Vince Lombardi (Durty Records, SF/USA):
Mulders rmx's of this track truly set the bar for futuristic house music. Its got top notch vocals and drums and ALL the elements are in there right place. I have been playing the Mulder rmxs out on my thursday night residency and it has demanded attention on the dancefloor everytime.

Franco Martinelli (housepage.net, ITA):
Awesome package, the Original mix is a solid soulful/funky affair, Jay-J provides an uplifting and fresh remix, while Jon Silva delivers a darker, deeper and electronic influenced remix for the main floor. Full support and review coming soon ! 

Steve K (Locked Groove/Fresh FM, Greece):
i would say its ur best release to date Jon..i will surey play most of the mixes out there , but i love all of them..such a pleasure to see Jay-j remixing for ur label good luck mate

Click here for more reactions.

Pesto 011 "Higher" by Sandra Lima is available on every major download store. Below is a selection of the most popular ones:

Traxsource.com
Stompy.com
iTunes Music Store
Juno Download
Beatport.com

[update: Pesto 011 by Sandra Lima meanwhile entered the sales charts on Traxsource at #93!]

PestoCast 004: Pesto 011 by Sandra Lima - Higher

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Check out the fourth installment of our PestoCast series - this time with the amazing Sandra Lima from Los Angeles!

This one offers previews on all mixes of Pesto 011 that are way longer and in a much higher quality than you will find anywhere else. Versions featured here are the Original, Jay-J's Shifted Remix, Jon Silva's Club Mix, The Mulder's Deepest Remix and Jay-J's Shifted Dub.
As a special goodie, you will also find Jon's latest remix for the highly acclaimed Duff Note imprint: Orlando Vaughan - Better Than Never (Jon Silva's Take-A-Pella) in the company of DeepHouse lords Miguel Migs and Richard Earnshaw.

Hear yourself why everybody is going mad on our latest release - FMs, DJs, industry pros and music lovers all alike. Sandra Lima's Higher will knock you off your boots (or probably off your flip flops at this time of the year).

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Pesto 011 by Sandra Lima is available exclusively on Beatport!

click here to be transferred to iTunes
click here to download the MP3 file

Cielo celebrates five years with ‘Cinco’ release

From beatportal.com:

Club World Awards 2008 winner for best club, New York hotspot Cielo celebrates its 5th anniversary with a double-disc release that documents the club’s musical journey of the past five years.



Due out on July 8th on Tommy Boy Records, resident DJs Nicolas Matar and Willie Graff wrap it up with a neat little bow in a “then” and “now” disc format, including the latest tracks from Tommy Boy artists Ultra Naté and Louie Vega, remixes from Charles Webster, Carl Craig and Justin Martin, and a techno-friendly, soulful deep house sound that Cielo is famous for.



We're proud that Rucyl's "Love In War" (Pete Gust's KID Remix) also made its way onto this awesome compilation! Congrats to Cielo!

Visit Cielo's web site here.

Pesto 011: Sandra Lima - Higher (incl. Jay-J and The Mulder remixes)

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With huge support from House jocks, radio stations and tastemakers all over, we were able to place this massive summer tune on a couple of upcoming compilations already. Raisani Miami Sessions (Dubai), Ibiza Global Radio, Open Bar (NYC) and Clubstar (Germany) - they all had a reason to put "Higher" in their mixes.

Finally, Sandra Lima's debut on Pesto is happening and here are six reasons to look forward to the outdoor season: DeepHouse icon Jay-J contributes two smashing mixes, Jon Silva adds some mid-90ies flavour and The Mulder is pleasing us with his top-notch DeepTech sound. This is the sound of the summer 2008!

Pesto 011 by Sandra Lima is available exclusively on Beatport!

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Back from Bulgaria

It's done - after 8,000 kilometres, 25 gigs in 5 weeks, lots of new friends and fans, countless Gin Tonics and OCB papers, I have returned to the "normal" life.

Bulgaria was quite an experience for me and it was good to have Jovan of Relaxators Dance Company as my host, guide and - above all - as a friend. Never before, I have played so many parties in a row. 8,000km do not seem such a huge number, but let me tell you that leaving the highways in Bulgaria can take you on really unusual roads. We encountered road holes more than 1 metre in diameter and 30 centimetres deep. As Bulgaria has quite some mountains, going 50km on winding roads may take 1.5hrs or more. At this time of the year, everything is green and blooming. Passing places with different elevation, we experienced different stages of spring. From wild beauty in the Rhodopes, over huge plains to the Black Sea coast - Bulgaria is quite a pittoresque country with countless shades and, last but not least, lovely people. As they told me, I have been to more places than probably most of the bulgarian residents have.

The parties were very different: from lousy gigs on a Monday (hey, people will have to work - sure), over huge and classy venues inside a rotten city to one party that was very special. It's been quite a while ago that I met such a raving audience like in Shumen's Mamagaya. By far, the party in Shumen was not only the highlight of this tour but it also made its way into my personal top 10 of the greatest gigs ever! To say it with Arnold Schwarzenegger: "I'll be back!"

Special thanks goes to Jovan who booked and organized this whole SeeMe tour - we've spent these five weeks together without stepping on each other's nerves, rather than enjoying the "rock'n'roll" life! It was simply amazing! If you are looking for somebody who knows the Balkans (and the right people), especially in Bulgaria, who has a very professional approach and who is a cool guy to hang out with at the same time, you should get in touch with him. Needless to say that this tour led to a new and intensified cooperation between Pesto and RDC - more details here in brief.

So finally, let me take the chance to thank all you people for being your guest and for giving me the time of my life. Blagodarja Bulgaria! :)

PS: try to listen to other music than Progressive and look up the term "warm-up" in a dictionary...hehehe
PPS: I have around two hours of footage that needs to be edited. I hope I can show you the "documentary", which is in memory of Uncle Mitko, very soon here.

PestoMix show 001 on danceradio.gr

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The first PestoMix radio show will be aired on Friday, April 18th 2008 between 3:00pm to 5:00pm CET+1 (Athens time).

Here's your schedule if you're located somewhere else in the world:
CET (central Europe): 2:00pm to 4:00pm
click here to see the local time of some selected cities around the world

The first show will be an introduction to the sound of Pesto and Traxx, mixed by Jon Silva. It will also feature some tunes from our friends and some previously unreleased tracks and mixes. Here's the track list already:

01. JP & Kris Mil - Housetrap (Jon Silva's Dub Trip)*
02. Jon Silva - The Mulder*
03. From P60 - New Way (Jon Silva's New Dub)
04. Cooccer - Driftin*
05. Scope - Lost On Collins
06. Cristian Paduraru - Sharing Transparently (Jon Silva's P2P Mix)
07. Jon Silva - I Want U (Blip It Mix)
08. Soda Inc. - Cocooning
09. Sandra Lima - Higher (The Mulder's Deepest Mix)*
10. Jon Silva - Aegean
11. Spirit Chaser - In Deep We Trust
12. Scope - That Deep Track (Jon Silva's Deeply Deconstructed RMX)*
13. Simone de Nauw - Luv
14. Da Funk - Electronic Love
15. The Mulder - I Take You Out 2 Space (2007)
16. Andy Sant - Escapizm Vol 1 (Jon Silva's ESC Remix)*
17. Nuance Movement - Violet (Soda Inc. RMX)
18. Rucyl - Love In War (Pete Gust Remix)
19. Sandra Lima - Higher (Jay's Shifted Dub)*
20. Jon Silva - Have To Talk*
21. Cloudsteppers - Make Me Shine

Tracks marked with an *asterisk are previously unreleased.

Pesto Music to launch its first radio show on danceradio.gr

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You may have noticed that we have a new category called "PestoMix show" on the left.

There's actually a story behind it: we are launching our first web radio show on danceradio.gr! Every third Friday of the month, we will have a two-hours show. The show is from 3:00pm to 5:00pm CET+1 (which is local greek/Athens time).

Our first issue will be mixed by Jon Silva, introducing Pesto and Traxx as labels with a lot of music from us and some friends. You will also hear a couple of tunes to be released soon and some previously unreleased remix works by Jon for other labels - exclusively on the show.

Click here to see the banner for the PestoMix show. Feel free to support us by putting it on your myspace profile or web page.

More details here in brief.

SeeMe festival Sofia, Bulgaria: Jon Silva warm up tour

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Starting on Wednesday, April 16th 2008, Jon Silva will be touring Bulgaria.

In association with Relaxators, home of the Opera:tion compilations and base of Bulgaria's underground (including Pestolero DJ Lion among many others), Jon will be touring Bulgaria to promote the South-East European Music Event (short: SeeMe). SeeMe is going to happen for the third time between 5th and 7th June 2008 and has been attracting highly renowned artists and a lot of party people.

We will keep you up to date with a dedicated tour blog - hopefully every day (given there's internet access). If you are sending a message to Pesto Music or Jon, please allow a few days to reply until May 21st.

Here's the tour schedule:


venue
date
city



Caramel
16 April
Jambol
Briliantin
17 April
Sliven
Stilisimo
18 April
Ruse
Horizont
19 April
Varna
-
20 April
-
Tequila Bar
21 April
Svishtov
Blue Magic
22 April
Turgovishte
Rouge
23 April
Silistra
Alibi
25 April
Burgas
Amon Ra
24 April
Dobric
Mamagaja
26 April
Shumen
-
27 April
-
Gerry
28 April
Gabrovo

29 April
tbc
Negro
30 April
Veliko Turnovo
Makalali
01 May
Plovdiv
Exclusive
02 May
Haskovo
Phobia
03 May
Stara Zagora
-
04 May
-
Silouette
05 May
Vidin
Ultra
06 May
Kurdjali
Kings
07 May
Razlog

08 May
tbc
Club City
09 May
Smoljan
Kanape
10 May
Pleven
-
11 May
-

12 May
tbc
Underground vol.2
13 May
Blagoevgrad
Club 696
14 May
Pernnik
Cubo-Club
15 May
Nish - Serbia

16 May
FYR of Macedonia tbc

17 May
FYR of Macedonia tbc

New partner: Raunchy Rhythms Radio

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We're happy to announce another partnership: Raunchy Rhythms Radio from London, UK. Here's how Andy, the owner and founder, describes the concept behind Raunchy Rhythms:

Raunchy Rhythms Radio created by station Owner Andy B around just over a year ago, a self confessed house music lover & bedroom DJ having never played out to a large audience himself, our aim is to provide an online radio station not only for the big boys in the industry but also the relatively unknown DJs a chance to broadcast their DJ mixing skills across the world wide web for all the house music lover’s out there 24 hours a day.

You can find our website at http://www.raunchyrhythms.com which is constantly being updated on a daily basis with new content, mixes and the latest news with what’s going on within the industry. One of interesting and unique points about our website has to be the ‘’Request’’ page. All our mixsets are available for requesting instantly via this page.
For instance if you would like to listen to and queue ‘’ DJ Jon Silva- PestoMix 006’’ then click the red ‘’request’’ button on the right hand side of the page opposite this mix and this mix will automatically be added to our playlist for broadcasting, it’s as simple as that !

We are always looking for fresh talented house DJ mixes to play on our radio station so please feel free to get in contact with us either via the Pesto Music Community Forum, our website contact page or direct at admin[at]raunchyrhythms.com.

Welcome to Raunchy Rhythms Radio!

Jon Silva plays Estonia for the first time

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Announcing Jon Silva's first gig in Estonia, we're happy to tell you that you will have the chance to catch him playing two times.

On Friday, the 11th of April, Jon will be playing the "Ranna" venue in Sillamäe. Support comes from JP and Kris Mil of Macadam Music - the guys behind the fantastic remix for From P60's "New Way" on Pesto 010R. Saturday will see more Pesto madness in Estonia's lovely capital Talinn. Together with DJ Widenski (Macadam) and DJ Affect from Switzerland, Jon is going to rock "Hollywood". Click here to see the eFlyer.

Along with the gigs, we're happy to announce an exclusive coop with Macadam Music: they will be representing Jon Silva in Estonia from now on.

Jon Silva remixes coming your way!

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After last year's summer of remixes (pt. 1 and pt. 2) was quite successful for Jon Silva, this year is not any worse.
Jon has been asked to remix tunes by Scope on Urban Torque, Andy Sant on Detroit's Kolour Recordings, Orlando Vaughan on Duff Note, Aki-Tek on Red King/Ministry of Sound and Sebastian Davidson on both New York City's Glideslope and our neighbours Clubstar.

Some of those mixes are already finished (despite some took ages - sorry Ateka), some are work in progress. As soon as these releases will be available, we will let you know and provide further information. So long, please find out more about these excellent artists and labels by clicking the links - we're sure you like their stuff!

"2.0 - The Next Generation Of Pesto Artists" goes Platinum in german album charts

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Earlier this year, you could read about the amazing success of our compilation "2.0". A lot of the tunes entered the charts on countless MP3 stores and found their way into the collection of many DJs.

Today, we're proud to announce that after entering the german album charts on #3 last week, we already sold so many copies that the release was awarded with "Platinum" status. This equals to 500.000 sold copies. As digital downloads are accounted for the official german charts since not so long ago, we're particularly happy to be the first independent label that reached this status!

"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
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Defected, Pesto and the copyrights

Last night was quite a hot one as the posts about pulling Ricardo Torres' PestoMix off got you (and me) really upset. Well, the dust has settled and today, I received a message from Tony Garvey, Head of Promotions at Defected. I'm still unsure if they will keep to "seek compensation for this illegal usage" but Tony's email reads very reasonable and nice.

Please find his message including my replies (italic) below:

Hi Tony,

Thanks a lot for your prompt reply! Please find my answers below.


Hey Jost - hope you are well, We have had a few direct email as I guess you have sent out a mail to your members. I understand the promotional value of podcasts as we ourselves have a very successful one that has around 50'000 subscribbers - and it is not the intention to quash anyone's love for House music, on the contrary we are trying to bring the sound to as many new ears as possible. As you know the music industry as a whole is in decline, yet the accessibility of music is possible the strongest it has ever been due to the digital revolution, but unfortunately the 2 aren't working in tandem - people are hearing about music, but not buying it in the same percentage.


Fully agree with you here.

We are a business and yes our business is Music but we have to protect our catalogue and the rights on behalf of our Artists whom spend time and money recording it.


I do second that!

It is true that we can't chase everybody who uploads music or mixes, but where we have to opportunity we do ask them to remove its unauthorized usage (Ricardo could very easily remove the 2 tracks requested, replace them with 2 new tracks and the podcast need never of suffered).



That's exactly what happened now. There is no Defected material left in the PestoMix and the new version has been posted. If Ellie had sent me a message asking to take the tunes off, I would have done it (and, in fact, did) - it was rather the "we will seek for compensation" thingy that got me quite upset. I'm sure it wasn't some standard email that's being sent out whenever you become aware of "copyright infringement" as she used the contact form on pesto.de. I do understand your point of view here (as I expressed in my reply to Ellie) but we reap what we sow. Therefore I had to comment on that as much as Ricardo and many others had to.

There have been occasion we do allow tracks to be used, but this is with prior approval and the understanding of exactly where it is going and to whom it is targeting, something we would use in conjunction with the promotion of a release - remember I am a promoter of Music and I look at ALL opportunities.



Okay, that's at least a guideline for a possible future use of Defected products, especially for those who are not in direct touch with you.

We do also give away free music - 3 free downloads in the coming weeks for Fish Go Deep, DJ Fudge and Charles Webster, all very established producers.



That's great and highly appreciated! Pesto does the same btw with the Pesto FreeBees. Though our artists may not be as established (yet) as the ones mentioned;)

I think that we are being unjustifiable targeted for just taking care of our business as the law dictates.



I have a different point of view on that one (especially as we're talking not just about copyrights but DJ culture as a whole). But as I replied to Ellie yesterday. I do see your point and indeed, I do accept it. Yet still, it's not that the law forces you to act like that - that's totally up to your decision. And sorry for repeating myself here but I want to be very clear about that: I do accept your decision. :)

We are a small company that has a big reputation and it is our music and hard work that has created that not money.


And my guess is that people are aware of that fact and that is what gets them so upset. Like said above, I do understand your point completely but the image you leave with "normal" people (i.e. not working in the music business) is like you're behaving like a Major. And sueing your clients is not considered a good business model (I'm not saying you're doing so but it APPEARS like that). So it's pure surprise that one of the "good boys" apparently turned "bad" (from my and their perspective).

Once again it is not our desire to turn anyone off who has supported our label over the years, but the current climate is very different than it was even 2 years ago and the reason we are still here is because we care and we work hard.Hopefully you now understand a little of the story from our end, I am happy to discuss directly and will entertain any opportunities for us both to work together as ultimately we all have the same love and goals



Tony, after Ellie's message got me so upset, I'm glad to read your mail. You sound very calm and reasonable and as I said before, it never was my intention to point the finger on Defected for the way they're doing their business. An easy message (without the threatening part) would have done the job. I'm furthermore glad to having received such a quick reply from you that's putting things straight in a very nice way - thanks a lot for that!

In order to be fair, I suggest I'm publishing this correspondence between you and me (without the personal information, of course) so the House lovers out there can relax or at least decide on their own which point of view they will take.

cheers...Jost



Best Regards#TG


PestoMix 008 by Ricardo Torres - New & Improved

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[intro: please read about the reasons we had to change Ricardo's PestoMix] Imagine this: you're listening to some internet radio station and one of the DJs presented there really catches your attention with a very unique blend of US House. One day, you discover a tune in one of his mixes and the track list reveals it's a white label bootleg. You're now searching for this guy's web site, get in touch with him and he is more than just nice and puts the tune up his server. You are staying in touch with him, become online friends and it turns out that his wife is an amazing singer.

Sounds like a fairytale? It surely is, but that's the story how Ricardo Torres, Sandra Lima and Jon Silva got in touch.

So today is like a dream come true in several ways: first off, we are proud to present PestoMix 008 by West Coast Collective's Ricardo Torres. Below in the track list, you will also find Sandra Lima's brand new "Higher" which will be released in late April. The third dream come true is the fact that you'll have "Higher" remixed by House music legend Jay-J of Shifted Music. Here's the track list:

01. Manuel Tur & Dplay - Move [Compost / Z Records] (includes Akabu - Ride The Storm (Talkapella))
02. Rhythm Plate feat. Astral T - Inside Me [Hudd Traxx]
03. Julius Papp feat. Tonee Green - Primitive Future (Doruk Ozlen Mix) [Soulfuric]
04. Ta - Time (Original Extended Vocal Mix) [POJI]
05. Mirco Esposito & Tommy Mads feat. Andrew Robinson - Feeling (Club Mix) [Deeptown Music]
06. James Bryan - Beautiful World (Central Avenue Soulful Mix) [Barcoda]
07. Bongoloverz feat. An-Tonic - The Ministers (Classic Mix) [Soulfuric]
08. Bobby D'Ambrosio feat. Kelli Sae - Love Forever More, Amen (Fabulous and Jones Club Mix) [Soulfuric]
09. Shagman - Ring My Thing [Candy Town]
10. Groundholder - Do It 4 Da Love (Tommy Largo Mix) [Connected Musik]
11. Sandra Lima - Higher (Jay-J Remix) [Pesto 011]
12. Midnight Salsa - Deeper [Bueno Booty] (includes Jay-J - Latinesta (Acapella) [Moulton Studios]
13. Unknown - Cool Like X [Peaches]




Get your dose of West Coast madness, pure soul and early summer feeling here:
click here to be transferred to iTunes
click here to download the MP3 file


PestoMix 008 by Ricardo Torres [update 2]

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[update 2: the new & improved PestoMix 008 by Ricardo Torres is available!] We just received a message from Defected stating an unauthorized use of music that Defected holds the copyright for.

We are sorry to say that we have to pull PestoMix 008 off the page until this issue is being solved. We, as all the other labels that have been part of the PestoMixes before, consider this free promo for the artists and labels we love. On the other hand, Defected is totally right from a legal point of view.

Sorry for any inconvenience.
[update: after publishing this, we got a lot of reactions from all over]

Ricardo Torres' statement (posted on the Traxsource and SSRadio forum, too):
read here

Here's what I posted on Undergroundhouse.net (you need to register first to read the thread):
"Went through this thread after somebody pointed me to this one - good read.

I'm running a small label called Pesto Music and today, I also received one of those letters as the latest free (!) PestoMix by Ricardo Torres contained two tunes from "In The House". Here's what they said:
"I have received a newsletter with a PestoMix that includes 2 of Defected tracks that are unreleased. Defected has not granted you any authorisation to use them and we control the copyright. Please remove them from this mix immediately. You are giving our music away for free when you do not have the rights. We will seek compensation for this illegal usage. Please email me immediately."

First off, the tracks had been released (how could Ricardo buy them on Traxsource otherwise???), second...well, you all said that about supporting & stuff.

I know it smells like cheap self promo here, but I just wanted to let all you jocks know that we at Pesto & Traxx gladly embrace the opportunity of you guys supporting us by putting our stuff on your mixes. You're furthermore authorised to use any Pesto & Traxx tunes in your mixes (and it'd be great if you'd let us know so we can link back to you). We also experienced that FANS put up our music on youtube - and hey, we say "thank you" for doing so.

I'm not saying Defected are dick heads - from a legal point of view, they're right. I just don't understand their way as I believe putting tracks in mixes won't hurt your sales rather than support them. Strange world we're living in...

cheers...Jon Silva, Pesto Music"

Defected, there are two ways: either you're trying to treat your biggest supporters as criminals or you're trying to bash your competition (are you afraid of Pesto, really now?). Either way, the stance you're taking is hardly understandable by the House music community, especially not by the ones that buy your products and supported you throughout the years of your existence.
Apparently, you haven't understood what the internet means and how it works. When somebody else put up Simone de Nauw's "Luv" on youtube, we said "thank you for the support" rather than asking the respective person to take the file down. The steps you take will result in damaging your image as the leader of House music labels as so many people are connected nowadays. You would have had the chance to get your products promoted for FREE but you rather chose to do harm to your artists and your public appearance. What a pitty.

Traxsource: Miami Insider Tips

Although we are not attending this year's Winter Music Conference in Miami, we will be very present there as we got an amazing offer by one of the world's leading download stores Traxsource. Here's what the buzz is all about:

"Traxsource has created a unique promotional opportunity for this years Miami conference. We have created alliances with 80+ key retail establishments in and around Miami Beach (complete listings here). Traxsource will showcase only the Hottest Content we have across our main genres by providing DJ mixed CDs which identify Traxsource as the source to these establishments for playback during the week of Conference."



We're proud to announce that From P60's "New Way" (Jon Silva's Filthy Remix) will be part of this exclusive showcase!

Share This! [update]

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In order to make your visit on pesto.de even more enjoyable, we are introducing a few changes.

First of all, we stripped off the code to make the pages load quicker. You will surely notice that even on slower connections, the page now loads way snappier. As a result, we don't have the tag cloud anymore but only few visitors were using this feature.

We also got rid of the advertisement. Although the number of visitors implies that at least the hosting costs could be covered, the number of clicks on the ads was too low to justify cluttering the page. In the end, we wouldn't click on "Buy the best Trance & Techno records here" either. ;)

The third item is an additional feature called "ShareThis™" which makes it easier for you to share news on pesto.de with your friends. You can use this to post our content on your social networks such as Myspace and Facebook, you can easily add the news to your bookmark service such as del.icio.us or post it to your blog . "ShareThis™" also allows you to send news items via email or even SMS. So now you can express your excitement about a new release or a great PestoMix by sending your friends a message. Neat, innit?

[update: if you click on the "ShareThis™" button below, you will only be able to send a link to this page, but not the specific news item. Workaround: clicking on "Permalink" below the headline opens only that very news item, enabling you to include a link pointing directly to the respective post rather than the whole news page.]

You can try the feature by clicking below.

Winter Music Conference

While everybody else is warming up for Miami and pushing out WMC samplers, we at Pesto will refrain from doing so. We prefer supplying you with excellent single releases on both Pesto and Traxx. "What's cooking?" you may ask - our answer will be an amazing release by Sandra Lima called "Higher".

Some of you might have heard the tune already but we'll release it in brand new versions and the "Higher" release will come with a huge bunch of remixes by some of the world's most famous artists. Pesto 011 includes remixes by House music's legend Jay-J and the usual suspects Jon Silva aka The Mulder. Pesto 011R will feature an amazing set of remixes by currently one of the hottest producers named Justin Michael, Thomas White of Natural Rhythm and West Coast Collective's very own Torin Rea plus a few more goodies.

Pesto 011 and 011R will be a true cross-Atlantic coop offering the very best in Deep House that's available on the planet right now. And, of course, we'll stick with the tradition of giving you the Pesto FreeBees, our hi quality MP3 downloads that you'll get for free. This time, we'll even offer you two free versions to download alongside the release of Pesto 011 and 011R.

On our sublabel Traxx Recordings, there's more hawtness coming your way: we're proud to announce that highly sought-after producer Da Funk from Switzerland's Acryl Music is having his debut on Traxx. After his "Electronic Love" on PestoLP002 (2.0 - The Next Generation Of Pesto Artists) founds its way into the CD sleeves of countless top DJs from all over, Da Funk returns with another smasher. "Roasted" will be one of the tunes to watch out for this spring and it's surely going to be one of this year's Eivissa staples. Traxx 005 will also come with a nice set of remixes - read more about them here in brief.

Jon Silva Charts March 2008

Here are Jon Silva's charts for March 2008:

01. Vas Floyd - Louie Love (Spirit Catcher's Back To The Roots Mix) [Escada]
02. Jeff Bennett - Instant Need (Paul Hazendonk Remix) [Kung Fu Dub]
03. Stan Kolev - Flashback (Side Chain Mix) [ReadyMix Records]
04. Scope - Lost On Collins [Glideslope]
05. Soda Inc. - Big Love [Klik Records]
06. Pedro Cali - Wet Soul (Tina Valen Remix) [Elevation]
07. Sandra Lima - Higher (Justin Michael Remix) [Pesto 011]
08. Spiritchaser - In My Dreams [Guess]
09. Andy Sant - Escapizm (Jon Silva's ESC Remix) [Kolour]
10. Aki-Tek - Get Fresh (Jon Silva's Freshhh Remix) [CDR]

Have you already voted for me on the DJ List in March?

PestoCast 003: Pesto 010 & 010R by From P60

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Here's the third issue of our PestoCast, the regular podcast from Pesto Music with fresh tunes, background info and non-stop talker Jon Silva.

This one deals with Pesto 010 and 010R. It's Pesto's 10th release by Hungary's "From P60". The original release Pesto 010 comes with two original tracks plus remixes by Nikola Gala and Jon Silva. We're also offering another Pesto FreeBee from this release, a hi quality MP3 file you can download for free from pesto.de.

The remix package Pesto 010R comes with more class A remixes by internationally acclaimed artists such as Subsky (Istanbul, Turkey/Urban Torque), Cristian Paduraru (Christian Records/Bucharest, Romania), JP & Chris Mil (Macadam Entertainment, Energy FM/Talinn, Estonia), The Mulder (aka Jon Silva) and last but not least our own Cooccer (Germany/Traxx, Next Dimension, Shayan Music).

You can buy the music covered in this podcast here:

Pesto 010

Traxsource.com
Beatport.com
Junodownload.com
Trackitdown.net
Stompy.com

Pesto 010R

Beatport.com
Traxsource.com
Junodownload.com
Trackitdown.net
Stompy.com


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Pesto010R: From P60 remixes

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After very successful presales of our Pesto 010 on Beatport, Traxsource and Stompy, we have just released a remix pack of From P60's "New Way".

Like the original release, the remixes are also loved by the DeepHouse family and the download stores. Pesto010R is a featured release on Beatport and Traxsource, helping us to make up chart positions again. Currently, The Mulder's Lights On Dub of New Way is on #12, Christian Paduraru's House Dub enters on #92, Christian's remix with vocals starts the rally on #90 of Beatport's DeepHouse chart, the whole release is on #78 on Traxsource and on #75 on Juno's DeepHouse list.

Pesto 010R contains more classy remixes by Subsky, JP & Chris Mil and Cooccer (who will be releasing his first artist album with our Traxx sublabel in brief).

buy Pesto 010R at your favourite download store:
Traxsource.com
Beatport.com
Junodownload.com
Trackitdown.net

Pesto 010: From P60 - Be What I Wanna Be/New Way

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After very successful presales of our Pesto 010 on Beatport, Traxsource and Stompy, we are happy to let you know that the full release by From P60 is finally available in your favourite web stores.

Both on Beatport and Traxsource, this release is quickly gaining chart positions. Nikola Gala's Cum Remix currently is on #11 of Beatport's DeepHouse list, Jon Silva's New Dub is found on #47, the whole release is on #10 of the general charts and on #2 of Juno's DeepHouse charts.

The whole release by From P60 contains a bunch of more quality remixes serving different needs and tastes, including a remix by Khaan and, of course, the lovely originals. Pesto 010 is available on your favourite download store:

Beatport.com
Traxsource.com
Junodownload.com
Trackitdown.net

and more to follow


PestoMix 007: Da Funk of Acryl Music

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Odd man out: a sunny afternoon, a drink in your hand and a new PestoMix running at a high level. What? It's raining on your side of the globe? We're sorry, but here's the seventh installment of our PestoMix series, this time compiled and mixed by Switzerland's Da Funk of Acryl Music - bringing the sunshine back to your life.

Earlier this year, we announced Da Funk's PestoMix as our January issue. It still is, although it's being released in February (which implies there's a second mix coming soon). Da Funk is currently very busy with a couple of releases (on Conya, Plastic City, Traxx Recordings and others) and remix projects for a bunch of hi class labels such as 2 Delicious. So we're happy he found the time to supply us with an excellent selection of banging tunes!

Here's the track list:

01. The Chi Chi Squad Feat. Kaori - Treat Me Right (Funk D'Void Remix) [Audiomatique]
02. Satoshi Fumi - Silhouette [Sequent]
03. Subsky - Cheating [Plastic City]
04. Da Funk - La Luz [Plastic City]
05. And If | - Finest Dream (Original Instrumental) [Rebirth]
06. Dan Berkson & James Priestley - Chariots (Motorcitysoul Remix) [Simple]
07. Da Funk - Roasted [Traxx]
08. Dirt Crew - Deep (We Are) (Francois Dubois Remix) [Dirt Crew]
09. Kurd Maverick - Let's Work (Jimpster Remix) [CR2]
10. Gus Gus - David (King Britt's Underwater Remix) [Stereo Seven]




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One year of Pesto Community

Last Monday, the 11th of February 2008, we had a reason to celebrate: our Pesto Community, the forum board for Pesto fans turned one year.

Although 83 registered members may not seem such a huge number, it's the hard core of Pesto addicts that posted nearly 500 articles within that year. The majority of those posts were DJ mixes of excellent quality. Taking a look at the server statistics though, the number of non-registered users embracing the possibilty to download hi quality Deep House mixes is an estimated 300 times higher. Our contributors come from all over the globe and have the same vibe in common.

Due to the cross-promotion of the community on last.fm, myspace and other social networking sites, the Pesto Community has established itself as a reliable source for House heads seeking for first class DJ mixes, a place to communicate with people thinking alike and a forum to exchange thoughts and compliments.

What's next there? You might have heard of the PestoMix guest slot competition that's running until 20th February 2008. In the future, the community will be the place to discover more talent and we'll make sure that more DJ talent gets heard. We'll also launch a section in brief that is going to deal with the technical side of things: production tutorials, mix tricks, software recommendations - whatever comes to your mind. We'll have more exclusives and previews on upcoming stuff for registered members. Please keep in mind that registering for the community is free, fast and I can assure you that your email adresses are as safe with us as on any other form you can complete on the Pesto pages. We hate spam as much as you!

On behalf of Pesto Music and all its affiliated artists, let me take the chance to thank you for contributing and for making the Pesto Community such a nice place! So many of you have supported our artists in their mixes and your support is priceless and greatly appreciated!

Many happy returns to the Pesto Community!

Jon Silva/Jost Gerischer, Pesto Music

Jon Silva Charts February 2008

Here are Jon Silva's charts for February 2008:

01. Ralf Gum feat. Monique Bingham - Kissing Strangers [Gogo Music]
02. Shifter & Carvell - Get Up (Russell G Remix) [Baroque]
03. Sebastian Davidson - Skyride (Scope's All Night Long Remix) [Elevation]
04. Roland van den Toorn - Turn This On [Evasive]
05. Jon Silva with Djazz - Enjoy This Trip [Shayan]
06. Oscar P - Le Fin du Monde (Ospina & Oscar P Club Mix) [Selektor Music]
07. Soda Inc. - Being Boring [SIR/Klik]
08. Budai & Vic - Set You Free [Plastic City]
09. The Blacklight Society - California Fields [Glideslope]
10. Jozef Mihalik - Listen (Russel G's Lost It Mix) [Whoop Digital]

Have you already voted for me on the DJ List in February?

Randy Seidman heavily features Jon Silva on Shake Down podcast!

Check out this beautiful DJ mix by California Pestolero Randy Seidman. Roughly one third of his track list consists of Jon's productions or remixes.

1. Jon Silva - I Want U (Deeper & Deeper Mix) [Pesto]
2. Cristian Paduraru - Sharing Transparently (Jon Silva Deep House Mix) [Christian Records]
3. Soda Inc. - Night Fever (Jon Silva’s Babe-A-Pella) [Plastic City]
4. Manuel Tur - Acorado [Freerange]
5. D Fow - Impulse Response [Revolucion Records]
6. Lukas Greenberg - Le Soir (Original) [Plastic City Play}
7. Da Funk - Devotion (Jon Silva’s Spiked Heel Dub) [Acryl Music]
8. Da Funk - Devotion (Jon Silva’s White Island Mix) [Acryl Music]
9. Logiztik Sound - Crazy People [Plastik Park]
10. Jeff Bennett - Instant Need [Kung Fu Dub]
11. Rob Mooney - Toothpick [Bass For Breakfast]
12. Dousk - Hammer [Vapour]
13. Gareth Emery - More Than Anything [Curve Recordings]
14. Unkown
15. Retroid - Daybreak [FeralCode Records]
16. Presslaboys - Taste My Body [Presslab Records]
17. Mercurio - X-Cream [Flow Records]

We're not only proud that the Shake Down podcast is one of the larger ones with a subscriber base of 30,000+. But also the fact that Randy names Jon as one of his favourite producers makes us pretty happy! Thank you so much for your massive support, Randy!

check out the Shake Down podcast
visit Randy's myspace
visit Randy's homepage

Jon Silva @ Chervilo, Sofia

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After a long time, it was finally time for Jon Silva's second gig in Bulgaria: on Saturday 9th, Jon will be playing in Sofia's Chervilo venue.

Other DJs that night are:
Jassen Petrov (in the Onyx Room)
Vesselin (in the Baby Box)

Since it's also Jassen's birthday, be sure to expect a night of total mayhem - House music all night long!

PestoMix guest slots: vote for your favourite now!

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A bunch of really excellent DJ mixes were posted on our Pesto community in order to apply for a guest slot on the PestoMix series. Earlier this year, we also informed you about that thing here.

The contribution period is now finished and it's up to you, the members of the community, to vote for your favourite.

Download the DJ mixes, sign up (for free), log in and have your vote casted! You will find the poll here. The poll is running until 20th February 2008.

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?:D

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!:)

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.

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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! :)

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