Releases

Exclusive: non-exclusive!

You may have noticed it: unlike our former releases, it does not say "release date: 10th July 2012 Beatport excl." on our upcoming Pesto 017 single by Addex.

In the past, we used to give our releases to a certain download store - mostly Beatport, sometimes Traxsource - exclusive for a limited period of time. For a label like Pesto with limited PR budget, it was a welcome opportunity to get banners or get featured, thus increasing exposure and sales.
To be honest though, we did not really see any changes in sales with regards to being featured or not. Some banner on Beatport or Traxsource is a nice thing to brag about and post screenshots to Facebook but in reality, it doesn't boost sales in a way that justifies excluding other download stores for at least two weeks.

Fast forward to late May 2012, we all could see the Traxsource/DJ Sneak drama unfold in shining glory. In case you missed it, here's Sneak's post on Facebook. It was followed by an official statement from Traxsource, which can be found here on Traxsource's Facebook page. Let's forget about all these questions of honour, how to run a business, etc. - I can side with both parties here and understand their respective point of view. What's more striking, especially taking into account what we were thinking regarding exclusive releases in the paragraph above, is this (quote from Traxsource's statement):

This means, when we receive a release after it has been exclusive elsewhere, we do not feature it on the site in any prime positions. Our customers know what's what and we feel its insulting to them to feature old music with today's date on it. Since we began this policy in mid 2011, we’ve seen dramatic positive results and more and more top tiered labels are providing content to all sites at the same time. We feel this is the trend moving forward.



So, let's look at from the angle of the good ol' record store days: was it usual to exclude certain record stores? Were there releases exclusive to a certain record shop? For major labels, there was this option indeed but it was never usual for underground labels - at least not to my knowledge. And when looking closer, it doesn't make a lot of sense either: when you want to sell a product, you want it to be available in as many spots as possible unless it's some super duper exclusive (sic!) product like a Bugatti Veyron. An MP3 download is quite the opposite of said luxury car.

Traxsource makes another point:

We feel it cannot be smart for top tiered artists and labels to make their releases harder to find legitimately and more expensive during the short period of demand. Lets say you make a big track and its in high demand. A young DJ Google's it and finds 100 links to free versions on various illegal file sharing sites and only 1 link to buy it legitimately, but in a store he doesn't like, and its more expensive then it should be. We feel this scenario happens every day, and drives demand for the illegal copy and ultimately hurts all of us.



Now we are probably not a top tiered label (we're trying though) but point taken. So let's think again: we have no reason for exclusive releases but we have good reasons against it. Easy decision then, innit?

Yesterday, we sent out the promos for Pesto 017 and Brian Tappert of Traxsource sent me this message:

Hi Jon, These tracks sound great.  Wondering if you would consider to provide them to us same time as all other sites? Really like what you guys do.  HollaKind Regards,Brian



I hope this answers your question, Brian. :)

One last word about exclusive releases: with all of the above being true and fact, we still consider exclusive releases in the future. This can happen in exclusive tracks only available on a certain platform (we did this a few years ago already) and/or in exclusive downloads directly from Pesto Music, for example via our Bandcamp page or a (to be implemented) dedicated store on our web site. So, in the future it may say "exclusive from pesto.de, all download stores to follow 14 days later".

What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments!


Pesto 017: Addex - Rumble In The Bronx preview on SoundCloud

Pesto 017: Addex - Rumble In The Bronx cover artwork, 150 pixels wide
Been a long time you last heard from us but Pesto is back with a slamming new single.

This time, Romania's Addex is our man featuring his signature atmospheric deep sound on "Rumble In The Bronx". Small vocal chops are laid out on a stomping beat, keeping the tune dry and direct in the first third. Guitar snips and chord stabs take the tune towards a lush breakdown, just to return to that steady groove with the help of shiny cymbals.

Greece's Ilias Katelanos sticks to the deepness factor of the original but introduces a slightly shakier groove, adding some congas and a pulsating synth line. A classic Deep House bass line gives this tune a bit more chest-bumping than the original, making it ideal for an early evening purpose.

From Denmark, we have DeepWit's head honcho Alvaro Hylander who extracts the pads from the original to lay them on an infectious, deeply pumping drums and bass foundation. Punching kick, lower than low bass and an even housier groove turn this into a floor-filling rework, perfect for pre-peaktime sets.

Nadja Lind, that lovely fairy from Berlin eventually invites us on a trip to deep Dub land. The guitar samples play a major role here, being nicely used on top of a trippy atmosphere, chords being added when the remix returns to a heavily Basic Channel-ish infected groove work, let alone the truly rumbling bass. Beach venues will appreciate this mix.

Finally, Addex himself offers a more stripped down Dub of the great Original, with an amazing bass line full of balearic goodness. A hi string is introducing a soft hook line that keeps floating on this ride-driven, lush package of fantastic deepness. Summer vibe might be a good description here as well.

catalogue #: Pesto 017
artist: Addex
title: Rumble In The Bronx
release date: 10th July 2012 worldwide

track list:
01. Rumble In The Bronx (Original)
02. Rumble In The Bronx (Ilias Katelanos Remix)
03. Rumble In The Bronx (Alvaro Hylander Remix)
04. Rumble In The Bronx (Nadja Lind Remix)
05. Rumble In The Bronx (Dub)




Pesto Remix Contest 2011 - and the winner is...

...there is no one winner, we actually have quite a couple;)

First things first: let me express how overwhelmed I am by the sheer number of contributions! With Pesto being the small label that we are, I would have expected maybe 20 or 25 remixes at best. We had 50 in our inbox - wow, you guys are effin amazing! Hats off to you for putting time, effort and love in your reworks! I'd also expected to have like 3 or 4 decent remixes, hence the licenses for the first two winners for the awesome softsynths "Discovery Pro" (worth 149EUR) and "Discovery" (worth 75EUR), sponsored by makers of fine software synths discoDSP. But no way, we have way more than 3 decent remixes!

A word to discoDSP: I've also contacted other manufacturers of plugins, which I won't name here, that replied "your Alexa ranking doesn't look good, I expect some additional promotion from giving away free licenses". Note to self: don't buy at this company anymore. There's a german saying that goes "other mothers have pretty daughters as well" - other developers have proper compressors, too;)
So let me take the chance to say a big thank you to discoDSP, namely head of the company George Reales for getting back really quick and on top of that being very nice and generous. Make some noise for discoDSP, please! Usually, it says "our proud sponsors" but in this case we're the ones being proud of the sponsor. ¡Muchas gracias!

Where were we? Ah, the winners. Hang on, I need to say something about being biased first. When going through the list of winners, you'll find quite some people that are either Pestoleros (=artists) already or are somewhat closely related to us. I tried to be as objective as possible but, in the end, choosing remixes from a contest always is a highly subjective issue. I did not look at the names, I did not care for the genres provided - I think I proved I wasn't biased by publishing detailed feedback on your contributions. In fact, there are quite some Pesto artists who submitted remixes that didn't make it among the best 10. If you feel my rating of your remix is somewhat unfair or you don't understand what I meant, feel free to drop me a line via the contact form (I'll be off next week, so please allow 10 days for a reply).

Here are the first two winners of the Pesto Remix Contest 2011 for my "Aegean" tune:

1. Ilias Katelanos: like I said in my review, Ilias has home field advantage being from Athens. The emotions I tried to pack into "Aegean" were in fact triggered by a lot of stays and DJ gigs in Greece, not limited to the Aegean sea. If you know me a bit better, you know that I love Greece, I love Greeks, I love greek food, I love the mediterranean sea. And even though the mediterranean sea has lots of lovely spots and lovely people all around its edges, Greece will always remain special for me. I've made so many outstanding experiences in Greece, namely on some island in the Aegean sea that I was simply impressed of how well Ilias translated this vibe - even though we've never met in person (yet).
Like I said, this remix is "like a sunrise in the Aegean when the starry sky fades and all the shades of night grey are replaced by intense colours". It's also masterly and beautifully crafted, it's obvious that Ilias has a lot of experience in making music and that's what sets his remix apart from the others. Congrats mate, you've just won a license of "Discovery Pro" - hope it adds nicely to your sound arsenal:)

2. snapd/Science Associates: similar issue here. What strikes me is the highly professional level on which this rework was created. It seems to be very easy and accessible but this is achieved by applying lots of very smart and subtle details. The sound selection, the balance of the mix, the overall sound/production - all that is very "official" and I would not hesitate to spend money in order to get such a remix. I already said in my review: it is indeed trancy and it is a bit cheesy. But it's an amount of cheesy that's not only tolerable but Phill (aka snapd) managed to stay on the edge in a very elegant way. If I heard this on the radio, I'd say "if there were more tunes like this on the FM, I'd finally try to listen to the radio again". It's not that David Guetta-in-your-face-cheese, it's a well matured Pecorino with truffles.
Congrats also to you Phill, you've really more than earned that "Discovery" license!

So, these are the winners of the softsynth licenses. Problem: we have more - not only decent, but really proper - remix submissions. I've selected the ones I digged the most and, including Ilias and snapd, got a list of 11 remixes I consider worth releasing. Some of them may need a few tweaks here or there for the final release and they'll surely all get a proper mastering. At this point, I'm a bit undecided how to handle this issue. For the Aegean single, we already have a remix by Miami's Andrew Chibale next to the original and the first two. I think that's enough tracks for a release.

So I thought, we could make some compilation that will go on sale via the usual channels (Juno, iTunes, Traxsource, Beatport & Co) but I will discuss with all artists if there's maybe another way. Maybe donate the income to a good cause (I mean 100%) or offer the compilation as a Pesto FreeBee so that the remixers will get maximum exposure. If listeners enjoy what they hear, we could still set up a donate button or pay royalties to the remixers. Let's see;)

Why are you still here? Ah, the list of runners up. Here you are (in no particular order):

- Leaking Shell (UK/Germany)
- Nick Fay (FYROM)
- Chuter (UK)
- Alex Semchuk (Ukraine)
- Simon Tappenden (UK)
- J Kar (Greece)
- Paus & Darang (Sweden)
- Fair Play Knight (Russia)
- DJ Jem (Greece/UK)

Once again, thank you so much for all your great contributions, to discoDSP for the great prizes, to Sarah Haswell at SoundCloud and Ronnie at rekkerd.org for supporting the contest! I've wanted to test drive that remix contest thingy but now I can assure you there will be another one in 2012!

discoDSP present: Pesto Remix Contest 2011 - the reviews pt. 5

Here's the fifth and final part of remix reviews for the Aegean Remix Contest on Pesto Music this year. I was thinking if I should embed a video of Europe's "Final Countdown" but opted out since both you and me would have that synth riff on your mind for the rest of the day. Awww...damnit. It happened already.

So let's quickly get to the last ten remixes then, Final Countdown out, Aegean in - you can't explain that;)
I'll anounce the winners in a bit and in a dedicated blog post.

Lee Fraged Back To The 90s remix:
pro: cool bassline reminiscent of some Hardfloor, build-up simple but working
con: I find the organ sound to be a bit weak for that bassline, keeps the track somewhat low in energy
8/10

Frostbite remix:
pro: good implementation of the original hookline, proper arrangement, buildup in the break is awesome opens the tune width-wise, breakbeat part keeps the suspension, good additional sequences, has artist's signature, good adaption for this genre
con: could have a bit more energy or get a bit more driving when the straight bassdrum drops in, orchestra hit is a bit too cheesy imo
8/10

Daxxel Remix:
pro: nice vibe
con: arrangement has little detail, chords don't match base note properly, chords drop in too immediate and have too little variation
6/10

GREENKLOREF Remix:
pro: Oh hai, it's you!:) innovative use of the sequences to trigger percussions, best remix of the 5
con: I'm used to having claps on 2 and 4 and not on 1 and 3 but I'm trying to get the concept behind 1/3 claps, hihats/shakers too loud and too hissy, sequences too loud compared to the beat, still lacking focus but much better than the other contributions, a bit too long
4/10

Roberto Conforto Remix:
pro: good use of the original sequences, simple but effective beats, detailed arrangement, signature, bent drone/F1 car passing by sound
con: a bit weak in the bass section compared to the energy level of the rest: screaming sequences require a solid fundament imo
7/10

Paradisebird Remix:
pro: interesting use of the sequences by shifting them timewise, build up good
con: lacks bass severely (especially noticeable after the break ends), too wet, bassline sound too deep for the screaming hooklines, lacks focus
6/10

Fair Play Knight Electro Remix:
pro: this guy knows his shit regarding punchy drums, proper arrangement, signature, nice harmonies
con: lacks focus a little and therefore creates a more floating atmosphere, which I find a little irritating considering the "harsh" timbre of the sounds used
8/10

Jai Lyra remix:
pro: that's what I call a clubby bassdrum, good groove, proper build-up, detail, very DJ-friendly arrangement
con: that sequence after 04:09 doesn't really sit right with the base notes although I like the idea
8/10

Ωti Drug's remix:
pro: interesting soundscape, if it did not have beats and was a bit shorter, it could make for a cool ambient track
con: lacks focus (or the focus is too much on swooshes), too wet and washed out, arrangement lacks, is a bit undecided whether being a dance or chillout track (and yeah, I know some people have invented the Chill House subgenre but that's not that)
4/10

DJ Jem Remix:
pro: awesome chopping job, very detailed arrangement, focus, cool build-up throughout the whole tune (remember the remixes I critized for having two parts not being connected enough? Here's an example of how to do that)
con: maybe a bit too many breakdowns although that creates a lot of variation, the last part after 05:44 is a bit lengthy and could have more variation
9/10

discoDSP present: Pesto Remix Contest 2011 - the reviews pt. 4

Here are ten more reviews, to be followed by another ten tomorrow. I'll anounce the winners in another post tomorrow afternoon CET. In case you missed the former parts (plus a little explanation of what I mean by certain words), check out part one plus glossary, part two and part three. Here are the remixes I'm reviewing for you to listen to: http://soundcloud.com/groups/pesto-remix-contest-jon-silva-aegean/tracks

Tuchy Frunk Remix:
con: the histrings are running the whole track - not good for my tinnitus, way too dry, sounds are not balanced, too heavy on the treble, the sidechain ducking is more annoying and tears the whole tune apart, the sounds are a bit too generic/weren't programmed with dedication, no DJ-friendly arrangement
3/10

by ramplin:
pro: nice drum grooves
con: a House tune without a bass line? Let me think if there is one at all. Not going to work, you could also make a track without a bassdrum, the delays are too loud (they are badly clipping), arrangement hardly there and way too raw, some funky plug ins won't make up for a missing basis. Actually disqualified because downloads are still enabled despite sending several messages
2/10

Full Of Beans - Baked Mix:
pro: it's something original and not just a reconstruction close to the original tune just quoting the remix parts
con: the intro is too long and has too little variation, a proper bassline is missing
4/10

GreenKloref:
pro: 4th attempt, never giving up. I take from the discussion page that GreenKloref is really new to using a DAW and this one is already much better than the other three mixes, the groove is much better than on the other submissions
con: like said earlier, better focus on making one fat thing than sending four mediocre reworks, this one also lacks focus and dramaturgy, the sound selection is wrong for me, some of the sounds remind of GM synth modules - definitely not the sound source for a dance track
3/10

TrikAtak Remix:
pro: nice chopping of the original parts, really cool buildup, liking that drone bassline in the first break giving it a new harmonic context
con: histrings way too loud, after the first break at 02:50 the energy level drops when the beat comes in again, that's the part where the energy should be max with a big boom, when the drone's cutoff is open, it's too loud and drowns the rest
5/10

Carl D Remix:
pro: creative use of the parts to make something new, solid beats, proper & detailed arrangement, suitable sound selection
con: not the kind of stuff I play but that wasn't what I was asking for, so it's not really a con
7/10

Christian G Chugg 2011 Remix:
pro: nice use of the samples, great deep & reduced atmosphere, liking the bassline in the beginning, nice details such as the drum rolls
con: lacks a bit of substance/flesh, the intro is a bit too long or the bassline could kick in earlier
07/10

ExteRix remix:
pro: creative use of the parts, bass heavy
con: break is way too long (it's nearly one fourth of the whole tune), sidechain ducking of the bassline takes away too much energy of an otherwise properly working team of beats and bass, 04:14 throughout 05:54 too hissy
6/10

Paus & Darang Remix:
pro: bass heavy, great groove, well balanced mix, good use of the original sequences, proper arrangement with detail, loving the disco toms,
9/10

Fair Play Knight Remix:
pro: quality production sounding very punchy, good arrangement, nice arpeggio line
con: not a big fan of the lead sound although it's one with good recognition and suits the rest so that's a minor con only
8/10

discoDSP present: Pesto Remix Contest 2011 - the reviews pt. 3

Yes, I know that going through reviews of remixes is a bit of dry reading if you haven't done any of the remixes yourself. Still, I believe the remix artists deserve some feedback on their submissions and that's why I will post reviews for all 50 remix entries here until the winners will finally be announced. In case you don't know which remixes I am talking about, they can be found here: http://soundcloud.com/groups/pesto-remix-contest-jon-silva-aegean/tracks

In case you missed the former reviews, try part one and part two.

J Kar Remix:
pro: another one with home field advantage;) If the original is a big-breasted blonde with too much make-up, this is her little brunette sister who's more subtle, more intelligent and a girl you won't regret having spent a night with. I like brunettes, btw.
9/10

Andy O' Donoghue Remix:
pro: very dubby and reduced, cool groove
con: the pad coming in at 01:26 is a bit too dominant/loud imo, arrangement could be a bit more detailed and a bit more focused
7/10

As remixed by Science Associates:
pro: arrangement and sound are very radio-ish, very stringent arrangement, nice details, great harmonies. Slap some vocals on it and it's played in radio stations on the Balkans or some mediterranean islands. It IS trancy and a bit cheesy, but it's the kind of cheesy I really love. Reminds a bit of a Soda Inc. remix from "Inner Vision" times. Proper!
10/10

Qbican@remix:
pro: dreamy atmosphere
con: the sequence coming in at 01:47 seems to be out of sync, the dramaturgy lacks a bit and the arrangement is missing some detail and focus
5/10

Ville Nikkanen Remix:
pro: nice reconstruction of the original sequence by turning it into an arpeggio
con: lacks a proper bassline, pretty heavy on the mids and treble, the part after 06:27 is a bit of "too many ideas" or too many melody lines playing at once, making it lose focus, arrangement could be a bit more DJ-friendly
5/10

Sava Boric Remix:
pro: I like heavy bass drums:)
con: track loses focus after 02:57, it sounds like a new track is playing that has no connection with the part from before, the arrangement lacks detail and is too linear
5/10

Scerbas Remix:
pro: nice chopping up of the bassline in the beginning
con: the new bassline doesn't fit, arrangement lacks detail and buildup, too linear
06/10

Kirk Jones 2011 Progressive Remix:
pro: really digging the beginning here until 02:01 when the groove totally changes
con: it's a bit too long, if it was like 07:00, it would be easier to keep the suspension but this way it remains a bit flat and feels lengthy
6/10

Kyka Remix:
pro: completely different vibe than the original in the beginning
con: the vibe changes during the tune (which is not necessarily a bad thing) but here, I also find the parts to be a bit disconnected as if it was a mashup of two different tracks
7/10

Dj Miss Gwen:
pro: a lady producer - that's always to be supported, nice strict groove
con: a bit too dry and direct, too close to the original, the break is a bit too long
5/10

discoDSP present: Pesto Remix Contest 2011 - the reviews pt. 2

Following up on yesterday's part 1 of the remix reviews, here is part 2 with the next ten contributions.

Freaking Wildchild's IDM-n-glitched mix:
pro: totally different approach, adds some signature (which the Andy Moore mix lacks), really liking the sharp drums and that strict groove, lots of detail in the arrangement
6/10

Paul Greenway Remix:
pro: what I said about Freaking Wildchild's mix, this has the signature of the remixer all over it, drums are damn smashing in your face, new harmonic context
con: a bit short but that's something that can be fixed
6.5/10

Scandalo De Lux by Macduda:
pro: the beats and the bassline are full of energy as well as the trancy peaktime/big room stabs
con: that first sequence. It is, umm, it is really cheesy and sounds dated. Retro is all cool and that but this thing is such an essential part of the remix, it just doesn't do it for me
5/10

Leaking Shell Remix:
pro: that bass, that groove, that sound, the buildup in the break
con: antiphase noise effect, this will cancel on a mono PA but that's easy to fix.
8/10

Nick Fay Remix:
pro: there's one thing Nick Fay is good at - deliver. DJ-friendly arrangement, nice details and FX sounds, cool re-interpretation of the original bassline, nice buildup & layering towards the big break and when the beat drops back in after, sounding very solid (and I don't mean that because it's louder/mastered but because it sounds very compact)
con: the histrings are a bit too loud
9/10

Chuter remix:
pro: usually, using "interesting" is not a good sign but in this case, I mean in in the best sense of the word. That's something totally new and innovative, it's just inspired by the original and uses the percussion loop, the rest reminds me a bit of the things you can do with a looper, creating dense atmospheres and layers of guitar riffs.
con: it lacks some bass percussion - the way it's now, it's more kind of Ambient Rock if you will, adding some breakbeat aka Prodigy or Chemical Brothers could turn this into a massive bouncer
7/10

Semchuk RainyDay Remix:
pro: putting the original parts into a new harmonic context is something I really like, nice details in the arrangement, sounding very solid also, while the original is a summer tune, this one has a cold quality, indeed reminiscent of a rainy day
7/10

Ilias Katelanos Remix:
pro: it's a bit unfair maybe but Ilias being greek and well familiar with the Aegean Sea definitely seems to have an advantage here:) The suspension is constantly built up until the Aegean theme drops in at 02:00. At 02:49 you'd think that was the tune and it's going done again but that's not happening. It goes higher and higher, like a sunrise in the Aegean when the starry sky fades and all the shades of night grey are replaced by intense colours. A great bridge track for DJs going from deep to more housier stuff.
10/10

Simon T's Dark Lantern mix:
pro: did I already mention I like putting things in a different harmonic context? Here's a dark and techy re-interpretation with lots of detail, dubby delays and lovely sound selection. Simon's signature all over the tune
9/10

Brandon Villa's earthrumental mix:
pro: nice atmosphere, quite chill
con: pitches don't match, lacks focus
2/10

discoDSP present: Pesto Remix Contest 2011 - the reviews pt. 1

So, the Pesto Remix Contest 2011 is closed. We have 50 contributions, among them some really great ones. What's left to say at this point? First of all, a big thank you to all artists who remixed "Aegean"! To be honest, I did not expect such a massive amount of reworks and even if I don't rate yours that high, I still appreciate you taking the time and putting some effort in finishing one (or more) mixes. That was awesome!

Also worth a mention is detailed feedback I have for all you remix artists. I went through the tunes a couple of times, made notes, changed my mind sometimes, made more notes, came up with a grade for your rework. I thought if there's a total of 10 points, both you and I would have a good scale. Since I'll also publish detailed feedback here, today starting with part 1 aka the first 10 remixes in chronological order of their submitting, I'll also need to explain some words/terms I'm using.

Here's that "glossary":

detail: Detail is used in terms of arrangement. Imagine, you have a track of 06:30 running time and from beginning to end, the same drum loop is running without any variation. That means the "detail" rate is zero - no changes, no variation. If you're using filter sweeps, mute the bassdrum or any other element for short breaks, add crash cymbals, sweep FX and the likes, you're adding detail to the tune. I know a couple of tunes that have nearly zero detail but because the main hook is so detailed by itself, the track is working. On a sidenote, you can also add too much detail which causes the tune to fall apart and make it sound confusing. Detail often goes hand in hand with...

focus: You have the beats, a bassline, a lead/hook, pads, strings, another piano line. The human ear (or the brain for that matter) can only focus on three melodies playing at the same time. A producer's task therefore is to decide which elements are important and thus will have the focus put on. If it's getting too much, you cannot focus or the tune lacks focus. This can both be an engineering issue as well as an arrangement/composing issue. If you have five different melody lines playing at once but you lead the listener's focus to just one or two of them, the other lines will be considered less important or accompany. If they're all equally prioritised, the listener feels getting lost. A listener CAN focus on one thing though and listen to just one of the melodies but since the producer is the captain, it's his/her decision on which part to put the focus on. A producer is leading the listener.

signature: Does it sound like the latest XYZ sample pack or is there some element that sets the tune apart from others? No problem with using sample packs at all but if you just utilise premade construction kits by somebody else, the outcome will sound like a tune by somebody else and not you. Signature can be very subtile or very obvious. Obvious examples are Stock/Aitken/Waterman, the producers of Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Bananarama and many more back in the 1980ies. Totally different artists/performers but the tracks always had the same "sound", the same feel. Or Björk: different producers, yet all her tunes share a similar quality. You can listen to a Björk tune and know immediately it's one of hers, even without hearing the voice. A good example for subtile "signature" is Trevor Horn: what does Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Seal have in common? At first sight, not much but the closer you listen, you discover similar production techniques being used.

Another thing that's important for me when it comes to remixes: I'm fully aware that "remix" in its original form stems from a different time. Usually, it was an engineer having 24 or 32 (or more) tracks from tape laid out on the console. The faders were set to certain levels and so were the equalizers and FX. A remix in the 1960ies or 1970ies simply meant a different mixdown of the same tune, just with altered levels creating an alternate version in a technical/engineering sense (very roughly speaking). During the last 20 years of Dance music, the term "remix" has more turned into "use some of the original tracks/stems and put them in a whole new context or make a completely new tune out of the remix pack". I like that more creative approach and I'm usually making remixes following that philosophy. A good example is my "Babe-A-Pella" of Soda Inc.'s "Night Fever". I was heavily involved in making the original but a few years later, I took the original stems, looked at them from a new perspective and made a remix that could be considered a "new original". The remix stayed on top of Beatport's deep charts and remained in DJ sets a couple of months during the summer of 2007 BECAUSE it was, in fact, a new tune, just making use of some of the original elements.

Today, remixers are being asked to rework a tune because of their signature. You have this tune but want it in ABC flavour? Ask ABC for a remix. What would it sound like if DEF had the same vocal to work on? Ask DEF for a remix. You get the picture.

Enough introduction, here are the reviews for the first ten Aegean remixes:



Coce Remix:
pro: nice cutting up of the stems, same sounds put into new context, nice groove
6/10

Miguel Libre Sundown Remix:
pro: completely new vibe, goes into a more organic direction, creates new harmonic context
con: Aegean hook line coming in at 02:00 doesn't fit the harmonies, arrangement a bit too linear and flat, not too many highs and lows
4/10

beaTTrate 118bpm Remix:
pro: simple but effective groove, nice chopping and re-arrangement of the original parts
con: chord stabs introduced in the second break (after 04:00) don't correspond with the other sounds that well, sound a bit alien in there, the two beaks are a bit close to each other, making the tune lose a lot of energy
4/10

beaTTrate 122bpm Remix:
pro: pretty similar setup as in the 118bpm version but the arrangement works better for me
con: chord stabs see 118bpm Remix
5/10

Trogers Liquid Housemade Deli:
pro: bandpass-filtered bassline sounds interesting, also liking the different (break)beat.
con: loops not in sync at 03:11, hats a bit too hissy, definitely lacking bass, too long or arrangement a bit too flat
5/10

GreenKloref minimal Remix:
pro: bassline sound at 03:44 is cool
con: the pitches don't match, sounds a bit like the parts were wildly thrown together, "too many ideas" for one tune, heavily lacking focus
2/10

GreenKloref down remix:
pro: definitely more focused than the minimal Remix but still sounds a bit confused
con: if you make music, get the pitch straight, some people do not notice when things don't go together (or are off by a few cents) but I do
3/10

GreenKloref Ayobaness Remix:
con: same beat as in the former two remixes, sounds nearly identical except for some exchanged patches, sounds odd again and too flat arrangement-wise
2/10

GreenKloref remix:
pro: fourth try, more focused
cons: the sounds again, you should ask yourself if you would play such a tune or if you would buy it. If the answer is "no", then start over and try once more. Rather than doing four remixes, focus on doing one fat one
2/10

Andy Moore Remix:
pro: arrangement to the point, could have a little more detail though such as risers and downers/boom-ish FX or crashes or something with a similar function
con: sounds a bit like the whole tune was recorded in a bathroom - could be Logic's Modulation Delay plug in that can be used to broaden the sound, doesn't sound good here for me as it subtracts a lot of the punch, the overall sound is very dry, too little variation in the arrangement, a bit too close to the original for my taste.
5/10

Mediterranean Vibes: listen to all tracks in full length

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Released as a Beatport exclusive just yesterday, we have a special goody for you.

From now on, we will post full length tracks to Pesto Music's YouTube channel. All tracks will be organized in playlists so you have the whole release in proper track order, excellent audio quality and can share either the playlist or individual tracks with your friends. If you feel ripping the YouTube file is appropriate rather than supporting the artists and appreciating our service, you're an idiot:)

As a consequence, we will get rid of our Flash-based MP3 player in the sidebar, thus making pesto.de a better experience for users of Apple's iOS devices and other gadgets not supporting Flash or users who refuse to install the plugin [update: once Google has fixed the problems]. On top of that, the page load times will decrease. We will switch to the new sidebar later today.

We will begin with Pesto EP003 "Mediterranean Vibes" and constantly add our older releases. That will also mean we'll add the YouTube playlists to our catalogue section, where you can research our releases and artists.

Here we go:





Pesto EP003: V.A. - Mediterranean Vibes excl. on Beatport

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An unusually dry April and May with lots of warm and sunny days have set us in summer mode early this year.

To pick up that feeling and bring it to you, we have just released what we would call a proper summer soundtrack. Say hi to the third installment of our multi-artist Pesto EP titled "Mediterranean Vibes".

"Mediterranean Vibes" makes the full circle from really deep and chilly beach tracks with a gentle tribal touch such as "Shake This" by KountDown Project, over a dubby and atmospheric re-interpretation of Christos Fourkis' "About Me" by EDM veteran Bobby Deep, to bouncy and uplifting House tunes like "Rhythm Xord" by J Kar. When the sun has set, you can begin the evening with Helly Larson's bumping "The Sea" tune, drop John Sweet's "Don't Forget", an atmospheric mover, just to give the crazy clubbers what they need with pure peaktime material "Success" by Fair Play Knight.

The tracks have found lots of fans in the global DJ community, causing DJ mixes to pop up on the net containing one or another tune from the EP. We'll follow up on that in brief and present you a couple of brand new mixes that are worth having.

"Mediterranean Vibes" is out exclusive on Beatport today, the 26th May 2011, all other stores will follow 9th June 2011.

track list:
01. KountDown Project - Shake This
02. Christos Fourkis - About Me (Bobby Deep Remix)
03. J Kar - Rhythm Xord 
04. Helly Larson - The Sea
05. John Sweet - Don't Forget
06. Fair Play Knight - Successful (Dub)



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discoDSP present: the Pesto Music Remix Contest 2011

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If you follow Pesto Music's activity, you will surely have noticed a lot of remix business going on. Be it either remixes by other artists for Pesto or Jon Silva remixes for other labels.
So far, these remix arrangements were done by personal contact or asking Pestoleros for a favour. You usually do not notice much of the work that's going on behind the scenes. Today, we'll make an exception.

We are happy to announce the first open remix contest on Pesto Music! #prmx

The tune in question is Jon Silva's "Aegean", first released back in the summer of 2007 on our very first 2.0 compilation. Now, we're looking forward to releasing a remastered original along with brand new remixes. Any genre goes, the parts/stems are a free download and on top of that, you can also win a free license for a softsynth.

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Our sponsor for this contest is Spain's discoDSP, makers of outstanding software synthesizers - with the "Discovery" plug in being their elite product. Please check out discoDSP's web site to see their product range and buy a license in case you're not among the first two winners;)



Here's the quick pitch:

track to remix: Jon Silva - Aegean
prizes: first winner receives a free license for discoDSP's "Discovery Pro" synth plugin (worth 149EUR) plus a release on the "Aegean" remix single on Pesto, second winner receives a free license for discoDSP's "Discovery" synth plugin (worth 75EUR) plus a release on the "Aegean" remix single on Pesto, third winner gets a release on the "Aegean" remix single on Pesto plus fame
rules: contestants must be 18 years or older
deadline: 18th June 2011

Please find the remix parts/stems and more details on our dedicated remix! page.

Why we don't put out one or two releases each month

So, there you look at the Pesto discography. 15 singles to date, a couple of compilations with exclusive tracks and two EPs. What's your guess on how old that label is? One year or a bit more? Wrong! Pesto Music as an idea came to birth in 2001, the first release on vinyl was in 2003. "Eight years in operation and all you came up with is this meager number of releases?" you may ask. And while we agree that indeed it's not a lot of releases, we would like to direct your focus away from the sheer number of output to the quality of our releases.

There are other labels, especially those without well known names in their artist roster that put out a single each and every week. The majority of their releases being plain crap, there are still some nice ones - the pearls - among them. These labels follow a lead that can be best described as follows: many releases lead to more visibilty and acknowledgement in the scene, the few superb records we have will skyrocket. That's one possible way of seeing things and it's proven to work. I don't have a problem with that attitude at all as I see it's a way of promoting a label in a cost-effective manner. You can still focus on quality later and decrease your release rate. Just by being present, these labels gain attention - nothing wrong with that.

So what are we doing here at Pesto Music? We focus on a specific quality. You probably won't see Pesto releases in the sales charts of download services too often (well, they are in fact) and they're never the next over-hyped thing. Pesto releases have long-standing qualities which excludes releasing hits that you're tired to listen in six months. Whenever I send the Pesto Music catalogue to somebody who's not familiar with it, they are always surprised by the release date and tell me that our stuff doesn't sound dusted at all.

In addition, a lot of focus goes into the track list. Looking at our Pesto EPs, you will find six tracks by various artists there. And even if we have 20 signed tracks, ready to be released, that doesn't automatically mean we have the next three EPs. Lots of dedication is put into compiling those EPs. Are these two tracks too similar vibe wise? Is this one a bit too far off sound wise? Isn't that one too hard for the rest of that playlist? Could it be that this one is better put on the next 2.0 or toolbox compilation rather than on this EP? Lots of things that have to be considered in order to create a lovely package for you. That also means listening to possible track listings 20, 30, sometimes even 50 times.

"Is all this effort worth it" you ask? Well, from an economic standpoint, it surely isn't. We'd be way better off if we released more and maybe sign weaker tracks.

But in the end, it's that philosophy that we stick to. We want Pesto Music to be a label known for its distinctive style, for its musical quality and for the love we put in every "product". In the far future, when we intend to retire, we want to listen to our catalogue, nodding our heads to every groove, feel the bass of any track, have memories stirred up connected with those tunes, pay attention to the lyrics, sip on our drink, lean back with a big smile on our face and say "Yeah, that's definitely the way WE wanted to it!"

Celebrate Deep House with Pesto Music!

Cherry Pickers, an inhouse label of Believe Digital - Europe's leading digital distributor - has picked two of our releases for their latest compilation. "Celebrate Deep House Vol. 2" is available exclusive from Beatport starting today. The compilation contains Jon Silva's "Terrace Mix" of Bruno From Ibiza's "Delicia" (also available on Pesto 014) as well as Processing Vessel's "One Night Stand" from our first Pesto EP "Deep Discoveries".
We are happy to see our Pestoleros in the good company of Florian Kruse, Evren Ulusoy, Bas Amro, Maya Jane Coles and too many more to mention. Check it out in the player below:



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In the works

Whooaa...long time, no update. But hey, I have a good excuse: I've been tirelessly working on great new remixes and tracks of my own for release later this year.

There's a dedicated set on Soundcloud with all the stuff that's currently being in the works and I'd like to take the chance and introduce that set to you today (and give you an incentive to follow Pesto Music on Soundcloud for that matter). Check this out:



Most of the tracks aren't mastered, some even do not have a proper mixdown. But you surely get the idea I'm after with any specific thingy I'm working on and I'd love to hear your comments - good or bad. Some of the tunes have been released meanwhile, just click the buy button at the right hand side. I have updated some of them with the final versions just a minute ago and will add a couple of tracks later today so stay tuned for more.

Pesto EP002: V.A. - Booty Shakers out now [and charting]

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A bit late with the update as Pesto EP002 "Booty Shakers" is already out since 5th January 2011 but here we go.

First, we have Cooccer from Stuttgart, Germany - resident at the legendary Climax club inventing a completely new genre. "Elarina" should be filed under DubDisco because of the massive bass line going under some discoid snippets and a strict groove. Cooccer just broke Climax' visitor record last December. We'll investigate further if this is related to his release;)

Up next, we have Eire's finest Andy O' Donoghue with "Kick Back", a monotonous stomper with a remarkable piano chord, suitable both for early and late hours on the floor - toolish and a must-have in any DJ's sleeve.

Third in the row is "Access" by Norman Creed and Patryk Molinari featuring some not so unknown spoken words in the break on top of a roaring bassline. Patryk just had a smasher out on Greelpound Records while both of the Berlin based guys released awesome choons on our first EP "Deep Discoveries" a couple of weeks ago.

"Rainbows & Butterflies" comes from Dubai and Mumbai in the shape of Sam Farsio and Arnold Misquitta aka Socio Robots. This hot duo is destined to make it big in 2011 and their contribution to "Booty Shakers" is just another proof of their quality. These guys have been played by all top notch jocks and this tune is no different rather than another reason for their global success.

Then, we have a young talent from FYROM aka Macedonia (please don't start arguments on the meaning of "Macedonia" mkay?) who I've had already the pleasure to rock a night with: Nick Fay. "Your Love" is a plain peaktime full floor smasher that will get any crowd going. Huge breakdown, fat beats, catchy vocal - this one has all it takes!

Last but not least there's Russia's Ivan Weber who contributes a piece reminiscient of "Le Champagne" by Trentemøller in the first place. Ivan evolves "People Are Strange" to new heights though by employing a massive synth riff that ends up in a huge, messy and dirty break - just to catch up with the groove from before.

Here's the Beatport player:


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[update: "Booty Shakers" just entered the Deep House album charts on Juno Download at #53]
Juno Download has quite a nice player as well:




Pesto EP002: Booty Shakers video teaser #1

So I had some three hours time and this idea spinning around in my head. I knew I wanted to make a video clip for "Booty Shakers" but I was sure it had to be different. So there's this dance place that I see when I look outside the bathroom window. I have this camcorder. I know how to use Apple Logic. I have a microphone. I admire some Pop acts for the simplicity of their music and message.

In other words: how to make a fool of yourself in public in the desperate hope it will help your artists' sales. Check this out:



I might add that this song, of course, is not part of "Booty Shakers" - a video teaser with all tracks featured on Pesto EP002 will be available in brief.

Pesto 015: Christian G. - Deep Reflection out excl. on Beatport

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Released just yesterday as a Beatport exclusive, we are proud to present you our first australian Pestolero (wait, maybe that would rather be a Pestoleroo?). "Deep Reflection" on Pesto 015 comes with an updated version - Organ Chugg Mix 2010 - of Christian G.'s original, featured on our "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" compilation. Next in the pack is a Jon Silva remix, reminiscent of the mid 1990ies Deep House sound. Following the Original from 2009 in a remastered version, we have a storming techy remix by Herbert Pryne who just recently had the honour to remix one of Anne Clark's tunes.

Christian Giovannis aka Christian G. from Sydney, Australia began his passion for music and DJing in 1988. He made his debut on a number of local community radio stations presenting current underground releases in a commercially dominant environment. Soon after he explored his creativity and passion for music by pursuing a life long dream in DJing which to this day continues to play a big part of his life.

With 22 years at the helm, Christian has been through the ups and downs of the music and dance scene. He has played in all of Sydney's major clubs showcasing his technical ability and programming skills to packed dance floors. Reading crowds week in week out made him a favourite amongst the clubbing crowd and establishing a reputation as a DJ's DJ.

From the days of turntables and mixed tapes right up to current technology he has kept in touch with the mechanics of the trade with an emphasis on DJ programming. More recently he produced his own blend of deep grooving numbers with a remix of Harry Vincent's Rapture on Plastic City which also features on a mix by Soda Inc (Plastic City - Maybe). Christian continues to push and share the love of deep house music through many forms of media, mixed sets and has regular DJ mix slots on www.chugg.net.au, Sydney's number 1 Deep House radio station. In addition he has appeared a special guest with regular spins on FBI radio in Sydney by Sydney DJ James Locksmith from FBI & Jembe Music.

Besides being deeply involved in music, Christian is a talented photographer as well. The cover artwork for Pesto 015 "Deep Reflection" is actually one of his brilliant shots. If you would like to check out more of his photographic works, make sure you spend some time on his photography page.

Mr. Christian G can also be found on Facebook, Soundcloud and twitter.


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Pesto 015: Christian G. - Deep Reflection [video]

As always, we've made a little video teaser for you. Here's the one from Pesto 015: Christian G. - Deep Reflection

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Pesto EP001: V.A. - Deep Discoveries [service links]

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PestoCast: V.A. - Deep Discoveries [Pesto EP001]

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Here are all tunes from Pesto EP001 - Deep Discoveries compiled in one PestoCast. If you prefer a WAV file, you can download one from our Soundcloud page.

Tracks featured in this podcast episode are:

01. Deep In Calm - In Pieces
02. Norman Creed - Deep Breath
03. Patryk Molinari - Some Old, Some New
04. Yamil Colucci - It's Good To Smile
05. Processing Vessel - One Night Stand
06. Christos Fourkis - About Me

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Pesto EP001: Deep Discoveries [video]

Since the video player on the right side is a bit tiny, we thought we'd post the video teaser for "Deep Discoveries" here in super duper HDTV 3D-ready - ahh, stop it! Here we go:





Pesto EP001: V.A. - Deep Discoveries out excl. on Beatport

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Without having read the text, you know it's a good day when the Beatport player appears here on pesto.de.

Introduced with our behind-the-scenes to give you an impression of the effort put into each and every release, announced last week and delayed again, having spent more time on the video teaser, the time has finally come to release our youngest baby into the wild. Say hi to our very first Pesto EP named "Deep Discoveries".

In addition to our compilation series such as "2.0", “toolbox" or “Beautiful & Timeless", we launched this special format to bring you more new talent, more diversity and more pleasure.
Every EP will contain up to six tracks by various artists and "Deep Discoveries" is no different:

We have "Deep In Calm" from Poland with a lush and atmospheric opener, "Norman Creed" from Germany with a shaking track that's being compatible both with deep sets as well as clubbier ones, "Patryk Molinari", also from Berlin with a musical masterpiece, "Yamil Colucci" from Argentina with a number similar to early and danceable Matthew Herbert, San Diego-based "Processing Vessel" with a sweaty and funky tool and last but not least "Christos Fourkis" from Greece who delivers a deep groove monster.

Pesto EP001 is supported & played by Graham Sahara (Seamless, km5), Darren Holland (Baldeelox), Nacho Marco (Loudeast), Joan Ribas (Ibiza Global Radio), Igor Marijuan (Ibiza Sonica Radio), DJ Linus (Exun, Pacha MUC), Andrew Chibale (Salted), André Kronert (Night Drive, Neurotron), Nadja Lind/Klartraum (MoS, Soma), Will Sumsuch (Urban Torque, Etoka), Oz Hemingway (UCOH), AMDJS, Christian Quast (BPitch, futureaudio), Tom Morgan (Discoteca), Dave Miller (Illegal Cargo), BiG AL (ReadyMix, GU, Baroque) and many more...

Too many words already, I know, so let's go straight to the goodies:



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Free DJ mixes for the weekend (containing Pesto EP001)

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Isn't that cruel? While you are still eagerly waiting for the release of Deep Discoveries, others already have it playing on their decks.

We've published a new PestoMix earlier today though that contains a couple of tunes from Pesto EP001 and from other upcoming releases. To further satisfy your needs for world-class DJ mixes and fresh music, we have put together a couple of really awesome mixes that contain one or another tune from Deep Discoveries.

Let's begin with Nacho Marco of Spain's Loudeast. This link leads to a file on yousendit.com so better be quick with grabbing that one. It will last for 7 days:
https://rcpt.yousendit.com/945045929/e14f96747ad02abfacabe3d9783af703

Next on our list is Martin who runs the immensely successful DeepGroove radio show with over 2,500 listeners. You will find tonnes of more great DJ mixes there:
http://www.deepgroove.co.cc/dgrs-05-09-10/

Mr. Jones of the Disclosure Project must be regarded one of Pesto's most constant supporters, with awesome DJ mixes regularly posted to his Mixcloud:
http://www.mixcloud.com/mrjones/september-deep-promos-2010/

And speaking of constant supporters, Russia's AMDJS are none less. The deep brother and sister (literally!) run the highly acclaimed AMDJS radio show that's broadcasted on 26 stations in Russia, Brazil, Lithuania, France and Ukraine:
http://soundcloud.com/amdjs/radio-show-vol82

Have a great weekend & we hope you enjoy the mixes as much as we do!

Pesto EP001: Deep Discoveries: out now NOT

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So you expected part 5 of our behind-the-scenes here last Monday. I promised to publish some DJ feedback, a new mix and I especially promised to not delay the release of our Pesto EP 001: Deep Discoveries another time. Since Deep Discoveries is not being released today, the question is "what happened?". I could have also titled this post "how to make a fool of yourself in public", so I'm sure you'd be interested in reading about the reasons why our first Pesto EP will be released next Wednesday, the 15th September 2010. In case you missed the former parts, here are part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.

Last weekend, while writing the fourth part of our behind-the-scenes, I finalized the release by uploading all required files to my distributor. For each contained tune, I have to enter information such as the composer of the works, their publisher, the track name, the project name, set a flag if a tune contains any explicit content, etc. This bundle of information is called metadata and the distributor requires it in order to provide download stores with that information. If you perform a label search for "Pesto" on a shop's web site, it will show you all Pesto releases. That's because I've entered this information into the distributor's database which in return the shop's system will read out and insert said data into their database/catalogue. Download stores are more or less databases with more or less pretty and/or useful interfaces to present the data, including the files to be downloaded by you after a successful purchase.

Also part of this data is the cover artwork which can be seen in the upper left corner of this post. This artwork must not contain any email addresses or URLs as it might be rejected by certain stores (namely the iTunes Music Store) - a fact that is relatively new to me. If you take a closer look on the cover for our toolbox: 1 compilation, you will see our domain name in full shining glory. It also does not make a lot of sense to me as this would be the only way to tell customers which address to insert in their browser if they would like to find out more about the label they just bought music from. After all, iTMS does not allow to search for labels rather than artists and track names only.

So I deleted the cover from the metadata, asked the designer for a new one without the URLs and tried to upload the new cover. It did not work. I would see the progress bar for ten minutes until I would retry to upload the cover to my distributor. Again, I had no luck and tried a couple of more times. I then decided to send the new cover to my label manager at my distributor by email, including a short info on what had happened and enjoyed the rest of my Sunday.

On Monday though, I was not at my desk the whole day and did not access my emails. If I had done, I would have discovered a message from my distributor (not from the desk of my label manager), telling me they could not verify my product since the cover was missing. I sent it again on Tuesday - just one day before the release date but it was too late already. Beatport takes time to insert the product into their system, they need to encode my WAV masters to MP3 - in short, one day was not enough. The release had to be delayed.

Who's to blame now? The distributor as it was their system playing up? In part, surely. The major part of responsibilty though has to be taken by the old fool that is me. If I had uploaded the release mid last week, I could have reacted in time and nobody would have noticed anything of the drama. Since I call this series of posts a "behind-the-scenes" though, I surely have to include this failure of mine as well. You can imagine how pissed I was of myself: writing all these posts, sticking to a tight schedule that would climax in the final release, putting a stress on how crucial proper timing was - all went in the litter box. Quite embarassing and unprofessional - ouch.

Anyway, the show must go on and that's why you will find the DJ feedback here on another day (mind you, I won't tell when I'll pulish that - hah!) as well as the promised Jon Silva DJ mix with tunes from Pesto EP001 and 002. The good thing is: I have more time to prepare the video for Deep Discoveries and will probably have to come up with some more ideas in order to maintain the tension (these nude pics suddenly appear to be a good option).

Pesto EP001: Deep Discoveries - behind the scenes pt. 4

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As I said yesterday already, I will spare you my nude pics. I have way more interesting background info on how "Deep Discoveries" was made. And since the post yesterday was highly technical, you will probably find today's part 4 much easier to read. After all, it's Sunday and our brains are in weekend mode so this one's not as demanding - at least I'll try to keep it that way.

We've covered the whole creation process of PEP001 (short for Pesto EP001 or simply "Deep Discoveries") starting with the selection of tunes and making up the playlist in part 1, went on to creation of the visual appearance in part 2 and ended with part 3 of our behind-the-scenes, dealing with the mastering of the EP and some basic thoughts on promotion.

Today, I will be talking about the promotion process in whole, our custom-made promo system, share some DJ feedback with you and I will also let you know how getting DJ feedback is serving my narcisstic needs.

From the highest mountain to the deepest valley



After I had mastered all tunes and rendered them to disk, I had a folder sitting on my drive, filled with WAV files. One minute of WAV roughly eats 10MB of disk space (these are files comparable to what is found on CDs - 44.1kHz sampling rate at 16bits), the whole EP would require 400MB of space on Pesto's servers. Way too much to share it with people!

But since God Allah Jehovah the Fraunhofer Society gave us the MP3 format, there are ways to compress the size of an audio file while maintaining most of its contained audible information. When sending out promos, I'm encoding the files at 320kBits which means the resulting MP3s are approx. one fourth of the size of the original hi-resolution/CD-quality WAV files. Usually, WAVs have a bitrate of 1440kBits and this is what you get on Beatport unless you're opting for the MP3 version. MP3s sold on Beatport have the same encoding quality as our promo files.

I would name the WAVs in a proper way so that just by looking at the file name, everybody would know where the file belongs to. I would then add ID3 tags to said WAVs so that track names and artist names would be displayed in a player such as iTunes, WinAMP or on your iPhone. After that, I'd convert the hi-resolution files to 320kBits MP3s, tweaking the information bits (aka ID3 tags), embedding the cover artwork in the MP3 and place them all in another subfolder of the "PEP001" folder. Then, I'd repeat the process and convert the same WAV files to the MP3 format again, this time encoded at 64kBits in order to use them in the MP3 player on our promo page. This player is pretty similar to the MP3 player on the website you're currently reading (have a look at the right side, given you're viewing this page on a Flash-enabled device).

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After packing all 320kBits music files and the artwork into one .zip file and uploading it to our promo server, I would update the promo section, adding a download link for the release, have the MP3 player hold all tunes of "Deep Discoveries" so DJs can preview the tracks (this means updating an .xml file with the track names and uploading the 64kBits files to our promo server), exchange the banner picture so it shows a portion of the current release's artwork, check all links for consistency and download the promo myself to check if everything is working as expected.

Once the promo page is confirmed working, I'd fire up my bulk emailer (it's like your common email client but with special features), write some introductary words about the release, include details such as catalogue number, release date and write some words about the music and the artists on that release and then start sending out personalized mails to my promo pool. The mailout is limited to 200 messages, then the mailer takes a break for a few minutes until it continues sending the next bunch of 200 until finally, every promo pool member has received their personal message in their inbox. The reason for sending chunks of 200 mails each is as follows: my provider told me that sending more than 200 messages in a row would be considered spam by the automatic filter system and would result in putting both my IP and "sent from"-address on a blacklist containing suspected spammers, making it impossible to send out further messages.

Back to the promo mailouts: when introducing the artists and their tunes, I write a few words about the song so that the recipients of that promo would already get a rough picture of what to expect. I'd assign attributes to the music such as "deep shizzle", "suitable for afterhours" or "peak time stuff". In case of "Deep Discoveries", I came up with this:

"We have "Deep In Calm" from Poland with a lush and atmospheric opener, "Norman Creed" from Germany with a shaking track that's being compatible both with deep sets as well as clubbier ones, "Patryk Molinari", also from Berlin with a musical masterpiece, "Yamil Colucci" from Argentina with a number similar to early and danceable Matthew Herbert, Los Angeles-based and Ankara-born "Processing Vessel" with a sweaty and funky tool and last but not least "Christos Fourkis" from Greece who delivers a deep groove monster."



Without even having heard any of the tunes, your imagination would give you a first hint on how the tunes might sound like. It's the moment when your subconscience either tells you "meh, I'll check that later if at all" or "hell yeah, I wanna know what this Pesto EP is like". Apart from the fact that "Processing Vessel" was born in San Diego and grew up in Ankara, just to remain living in San Diego to this day, you'll find all necessary info in an admittedly long sentence, yet all in one place.

I told Murat aka "Processing Vessel" that people would not pay too much attention to his place of birth rather than using the information provided to decide if the promo was worth listenining to and downloading. I may come across a bit ignorant here, but to be honest, most people do not even read past the second sentence once they've spot the download link. I could also send a message saying "DeepHouse, you know you'll like - it's from Pesto, download, play & chart please". I'm sure it would work as I'm seeing lots of mailouts from other labels every month that are equally appealin. Actually, these messages are the counterpart of "listen my track" mails. I was raised in a way though that suggests being polite to others, especially if I want something from them.

Other labels use promo systems run and maintained by third parties such as FATdrop or VIPUltima, I've build one of our own. From the very beginning, I also paid a lot of attention to personalization as I find it essential not to appear as one of countless labels sending out promos into the wild. The people in the Pesto promo pool are carefully selected and deserve a personal approach, so they're all addressed with their first name. I'm sending a message to myself in order to check the mailout and it always begins with "Hey Jon", "Dear Jon" or similar - all the promo mailouts read like a personal message (did somebody say "dedication" again?) because that's the way they're meant to be perceived.

Setting up this promo system was not so difficult: I had to build a page template once and then just exchange the details according to the release being sent out. Promo services ask for a fee of 50EUR per mailout or more - building this system saves Pesto Music the same amount of money with each release. This is money that I can invest in ads on Facebook or Google AdWords, reaching even more potential customers. Other promo systems force you to leave feedback before being able to download: that surely helps increasing your return rate - on the other hand, many DJs want to play the tune in a club before sending feedback. Our system allows this. Other systems will add watermarks to the MP3s you download so that a DJ sharing your promo becomes trackable. We trust the DJs in our promo pool and give them maximum flexibility. We're still asking our promo pool members not to share the files though and since they're all grown-ups and aware of the fact that they'd get kicked off our pool in the blink of an eye (and never receive anything from us again), no one shares the files - at least not on the web.

Serving my narcisstic needs on Wednesday



As mentioned in yesterday's post, timing is crucial. You have to think about the recipients of that mail and imagine what they're doing on certain days of the week. Most of them are DJs who spin on a regular basis, usually on weekends. They might check their inbox on Monday after having spent an exhausting weekend but they're probably not in the mood to listen to new music. So, Monday is a bad day to send out promos. Thursday and Friday though are the classic "new releases" days. This is when people used to visit their record store or go to a download store these days. Since every other label releases new stuff on these two days, it's more difficult to get heard then and stick out of all that "background noise".

After analyzing my own inbox, the perfect day to both send out promos and release products seems to be Wednesday: Pesto releases won't slip below the radar as not many other labels are asking for attention yet but DJs are already looking for new material to play out the following weekend. They will have one day more to get acquainted with the Pesto release, making it more likely our promo ends up in their CD sleeves and gets played. And since I am convinced of the quality of our releases, it also becomes more likely that these DJs will chart one of our tunes as they remember them being useful for their sets and/or they get a great crowd response.

The people receiving our promos would then start to get back to us, sharing their feedback and their thoughts on that release with us. And I have to admit it: reading the first feedbacks dropping in always provides big satisfaction for me. After countless hours of dedication and work, after all the love both the artists and I have put into each and every release that comes out on Pesto, I feel like watching my child make its first steps. And if the feedback goes along the lines of "Love them all!", "amazing package", "really can't tell which is my fav - they're all great!" or "solid as ever", I know that my artists have delivered killer tunes (well, I knew that already since I signed them to Pesto - but now I'm sure I'm not the only one feeling that way) and that I've done the very best to introduce my artists to a selected circle of DJs from all over the globe. This is when a big grin settles on my face and I cannot get rid of it. It makes me happy for the sake of my artists who deserve this exposure and it also tells me I'm holding a great product in my hands (or on my harddisk for that matter). Sales are not everything, but they can be a big reward and motivation for anyone who's making music - receiving feedback is even more as people will share their thoughts with you rather than only clicking on the "buy" button.

Friday, I'm in love...umm...Monday, I'm publishing DJ feedback



Like mentioned above, lots of jocks prefer playing the tunes in public before feeding back. As I sent out the promo for "Deep Discoveries" just last Wednesday, I'm expecting some more feedback during Monday. So far, I've received lots of raving reactions already - there really isn't one guy saying Pesto EP001 was mediocre, let alone bad. I will publish the DJ feedback received so far tomorrow, on Monday. You can also expect a short video with samples from all contained tunes, a Jon Silva DJ mix featuring tunes from Pesto EP001 and even Pesto EP002 on Tuesday and a conclusion, summing up the experiences made during the planning stage of "Deep Discoveries"on Wednesday, when PEP001 "Deep Discoveries" will finally be released as a Beatport exclusive. Stay with us - we'll be right back after the break!



Pesto EP001: Deep Discoveries - behind the scenes pt. 3

cover artwork for Pesto EP001
As promised yesterday, here's the third part of a series of posts, providing you with insights on how "Deep Discoveries" finally made it to the download stores. In case you missed them, here are part 1 and part 2.

So, I had the master recordings from the artists and the cover artwork was done. Next on the list were mastering the files, determining the final tracklist/track order, setting up the promo and uploading the finalized release to my distributor.

As every artist has a different setup, a different skill level and (hopefully) a very unique signature sound, it makes sense to group a bunch of tracks in a meaningful order. Some tunes are deep, some are percussive, some are a bit heavy on the treble portion and so on. Once I had made my mind up which tracks Pesto EP001 should consist of, I tried to arrange them in a way that they would feature a nice dramaturgy when listening to them in a row. Similar to a DJ mix or a tune itself, you would have one tune with an intro function (most supposedly the deepest of the bunch), to be followed by the tunes that have higher energy levels. You would also make sure that the tunes were not too far off from each other soundwise, adding bass or treble on one tune while cutting them on another one, for instance.

One could argue that this approach does not make much sense in times of single-track downloads but that's part of the philosophy on Pesto - I want it that way. I'm not offering a collection of tunes that were thrown together in one place indifferently. I want to offer a product that makes sense, that creates a certain atmosphere and evokes certain emotions - a compilation of music I enjoy and think you as a customer would enjoy, as well. I do things with love and dedication and compiling such an EP is no different.

Mastering the tracks



After I had the playlist set, I went to adjust the files soundwise. "In Pieces", the lovely opener of this EP by "Deep In Calm" was well-produced but very low in volume. On the other hand, the solid "One Night Stand" by "Processing Vessel" had already seen a mastering engineer and arrived here in its final state. The term "mastering" (or postproduction) here refers to a process that - very roughly speaking - irons out those differences and gets all tunes on a similar level volume- und soundwise. There are other meanings to that word but that will be a different post here soon.

These days, "mastering" is often misunderstood as "make it as loud as possible" or "make it sound like the big tunes on Beatport". Making a tune screaming loud is no problem from a technical point of view. Seeing it from a musical angle though, you'd still want all those little details to be hearable. This is what gives life to a tune and makes it breathe. When going through 300 new tracks on Beatport though, you are likely to skip those that are lower in volume. Since this is not only limited to electronic music but to recorded music in general (with the exception of classical music and Jazz), a phenomenon called "loudness war" is being encountered since the 1980ies. If you're familiar with Metallica's "Death Magnetic" album, you've just found one of the infamous and questionable "winners" of said war.

What I'm usually aiming at is an RMS level of -6dB but that also highly depends on the source material. Even for somebody who is not familiar with "RMS", "peak level" or "decibel (dB)", it's obvious that a chilled Lounge track has different requirements than a club banger. Keeping this in mind, I started to process the files, listening to and comparing against reference tunes every now and then. When I re-imported the mastered tunes into my "Pesto EP001" playlist, I noticed the tracks would not match when listening in one go. I did a second mastering session, now not paying attention to the EP as a whole rather than individually adjusting the tunes and consequently running into the "Beatport sound" trap: the tunes were loud now but sounded like dog poo - flat and lifeless but in your face like the smell of the former. I suddenly also noticed clicks and pops that hadn't been there before, so I double-checked the source files and they were all fine. The unwanted artefacts were due to beginner mistakes such as wrong settings on my mastering equipment.

I was undecided if I should cry, smash my fist on my keyboard, kick the computer under my desk or do all three things at once. I chose a different option though. After smoking a cigarette and drinking a beer, I decided to master the tunes a third time. After all, neither the keyboard nor the computer were to blame - it was solely my fault. As it showed a few days later, this was the right decision and when the artists returned their thoughts on the master, I knew everything was fine.

Reading the above can easily give you the impression that this process takes just minutes. It's not: depending on the source material, finding the right processors and settings may take 15 minutes or more, rendering the files takes some time, cropping them to remove unwanted silence or applying fades takes some more.
As I'm located in a residential area though, I can do these kind of tasks only during daytime when my neighbours are at work. Furthermore, my ears aren't good for mastering in the morning (they are too sensitive then) nor are they late at night. In the end, I'm not a dedicated mastering engineer rather than some kind of one-trick pony. So there's a timeframe of maybe three or four hours in the early afternoon when my hearing is just perfect for mastering duties.

It's also important to work on something totally different when you're stuck since trying to make it happen when the surrounding isn't right is like running against a wall. On top of that, I cannot spend my afternoons with mastering only. I have remix jobs to finish on time, reply to emails, maintain my social networks, buy food and drinks, etc. I had informed the artists of "Deep Discoveries" of the new release date (8th September 2010) and I was determined to not delay it one more time.

Connecting with the world outside



The thing is: there are good points in time to put out a release and there are dates being suboptimal. Beginning of the month would usually be considered a good occasion: people have money to buy music, DJ charts are being compiled, podcasts and mixes are being made, magazines are being printed. If you want your release to develop the most possible friction while keeping an eye on your marketing budget (or while having zero budget except your workforce), these are all points to keep track of.

It's not enough to just put out a great release though. A person I've used to make music with for a couple of years said "good music will sell by itself" or more generalized "a good product will sell by itself". If that actually was true, Coca Cola, Porsche or Apple wouldn't have an advertising budget at all. Nearly everybody knows these brands, yet still, these companies spend millions on advertising and marketing year by year. People will need to know that they can buy your product, they need to know you exist, they need good reasons why they should give you their hard-earned money.

In this niche of the music business Pesto Music operates in, a lot of marketing and actions of "to get known and raise awareness" is done by so-called tastemakers. These can be club and radio DJs, podcasts, blogs, magazines, celebrities (nobody would care about Ke$ha if she had not been supported by - please forgive me - Paris Hilton) and other multiplicators. The more often you come across "Deep Discoveries", the more often you hear people you trust talk about it, the more likely you will go and find out more about this issue and eventually end up buying the music. It's how we humans work - we're following the herd.

What I am doing to achieve this is sending out free copies of the release to the group of people mentioned above prior to the offical release date. It's part of a process called "promotion" and the free copies are therefore called "promos". These guys will listen to the music and reply with their thoughts: if they like it or not (and which track or version is their favourite), if they will use it for their mixes or chart it in their monthly DJ charts.
One DJ including one of the tunes in his or her chart makes a statement to his or her fans: "These 10 tracks are what I think is the best music this month (and this Pesto tune is one of them)". Given that DJ has 1.000 fans in his network, charting a tune equals to 1.000 possible contacts with people who would not have known Pesto before (highly simplified, of course). Do you remember the word "multiplicator" from above? You've just read a possible definition. This goes even further if a couple of DJs start charting a tune on a website such as Resident Advisor: RA compiles monthly charts that compute all contributed Top10s, reaching even more people beyond the group of followers of a certain DJ.

Push that button



Those of you knowing me in person are aware of the fact that Sundays are sacred for me, even though I'm not religious. It's the only day I can spend with my wife, leave the computer off and do something totally different. For you though, dear readers of pesto.de who have waded through this admittedly more technical and geeky part of our behind-the-scenes, I will make an exception.

Tomorrow, you will find here part 4, dealing with the odds of promo mailouts such as messing up background info on artists and being considered a spammer, why I need to convert WAV files to 320kBits and 64kBits, how Pesto saves money by having built a custom promo system and how my narcisstic needs are being satisfied. I will also post some nude pictures of me (I won't and you would not want to see that, but it maintains the tension, doesn't it?).



Pesto EP001: Deep Discoveries - behind the scenes pt. 2

cover artwork for Pesto EP001
Following up on part 1 of my little piece on how Pesto releases are made, here's the second part with more gory details and more classified information you won't even find on Wikileaks.

So, after the name was set, I was still undecided about it - I found it a bit too cheap and too obvious. Surely, it was better than simply "Deep Tunes" but it also wasn't something to blow my mind, to get me excited. When I shared my concern with others, they told me they liked many of my concepts - just after I had explained it to them. Apparently, when developing new ideas, I'm usually digging too deep. I'm trying to make up associations and deep links between items that only a person would understand who had gone as deep into the matter as myself.

That's not how marketing works though. Sophisticated concepts are great and can be jaw-dropping but very often, they won't work in the first second. And this very second is crucial when trying to get the attention of fans, listeners and possible customers of Pesto Music. "Deep Discoveries" remained therefore.

Up next was creating the cover artwork and a general identity for the Pesto EP. The graphics should be timeless so that nobody would be tired seeing it after one year. The cover design should look great in fullscreen mode as well as on shops' web pages. While my distributor demands the artwork to be 1440 pixels wide, Beatport displays them at only 80 pixels wide when browsing through their catalogue in list view. To put it differently and to make you imagine better: think of a road sign that's approx. 60cm in diameter such as a speed limit sign (they look like this at least here in Europe):

50km/h speed limit road sign, european style

And now imagine the same sign 18 times smaller. That's the size cover artworks are displayed in Beatport's list view in relation. It's this size (yes, there is a picture below):

Maxima_velocidad

Back in the good ol' days of 12" covers, designers could go fully creative on huge areas of carton. Quite obviously, this is not the case with covers for digital downloads. So far, I've designed the digital cover artwork for Pesto myself. You will find that the artwork for the first releases look quite awful, changing for the better beginning with Pesto 005 by Babak Shayan, our very first digital-only release. You can see I wasn't satisfied with the look still and that's why the covers for Pesto singles kept changing until I came to a design that I found functional and decent looking, first introduced with Pesto 013 by Replika.

As much as I love doing as many things myself as I can, I surely also recognized that I'm not a graphic designer. I know a few things about colour rooms, CMYK, contour trapping and the likes but graphics are not my profession. I needed to hire a designer.

As I knew a couple of great creatives, I thought I'd make a contest among some designers (it's called "pitch") and let the best one win. In order to draw more attention to the Pesto EP and the label in general, I had in mind to publish the designers' sketches on the Pesto Music fanpage on Facebook, embed a poll there and let you, the fans and Pesto followers decide. I thought "if 7 designers enter the pitch and each of them sends all their friends to /welikepesto in order to cast their votes, I have countless new fans, raise awareness for both the label and the designers' work, fans are part of the whole process (say crowdsourcing light) and I'll have the best possible design meeting the consent of a majority, the producers get exposed to people who would otherwise have never heard of them - everybody's happy, I will be a millionaire and retire".

Well, those were not exactly my thoughts - but except for the millionaire part, that's how I imagined the whole thing. Wrong!

One of them never got back after sending a reminder when the deadline had passed. Another one went on holidays just to send me a few sketches after returning that did meet not any of the criteria I had written down. The next one suddenly had too many clients (I really want to meet your sales rep - somebody who's able to acquire clients for weeks of work in just a few days, wow!), another one suggested pink covers for housier releases, even though the first drafts hadn't been that bad and another one found the deadline too close (which actually was a proper excuse - I had intended to release the first Pesto EP in early June and the deadline was just two weeks ahead then). Remember the part from above dealing with great concepts that are too difficult to catch up with? Yeah, this pitch was a great idea - it just did not work out.

So eventually, I found the right guy for the job - or better put, he was recommended by one of my buddies here from Cologne (hvala Danilo!). David van Stephold (you will read more about him and find some samples of his work here soon) was the only guy who actually got back with a sketch, explaining what he had in mind and why he designed the artwork the way he did. He's living just around the corner so what could I wish more for?

To be honest, I did not like the artwork that much in the beginning. But the more people I showed it and got great response, the more I understood that again, my concepts (and expectations therefore) were simply too complicated. David's design just made "boom", it clicked with people, they liked it lots.

While all this was in the works, I mailed the artists from the release, announcing release dates that would be delayed again and again. I revised the tracklist, changed the track order, asked the artists for final master recordings (while one of them was writing his university exams at that very moment) until I finally got the artwork and the master recordings.

Next on my list was mastering the tunes, entering them into the distributor's system and into my label software, setting up the promo campaign and making some buzz on my social networks so that people would become aware of our new baby, the Pesto EP. As you can imagine, again, this did not go without minor hiccups and in part 3 of this behind-the-scenes, we will finally arrive at what I'm currently doing for the release that will be out on Beatport excl. the 8th September 2010 if nothing goes wrong (fingers crossed). Tomorrow, you will read why I was mastering "Deep Discoveries" three times, how I messed up some info on an artist and why I nearly smashed my computer but eventually felt very content. Stay tuned.



speed limit sign picture source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Maxima_velocidad.png

Pesto EP001: Deep Discoveries - behind the scenes pt. 1

cover artwork for Pesto EP001
Remember when we announced a new release format, the Pesto EP? That was end of April, in other words - four months ago. Quite a long time in this business. You might be wondering what took us so long and I have the great pleasure to give you some behind-the-scenes insight, straight from Jon Silva's desk. Taking Pesto EP001 - Deep Discoveries as an example, let me explain the steps required to make such a product.

Everything starts with the artists: I know a couple of people whose music I like and whom I'm in touch with on a regular basis. These guys do send me their unreleased music and if I like it, I'll try to sign it to Pesto.

The second group are producers that I haven't been in contact with before and who send me demos. My task here is being a filter: not to judge between good or bad music but to tell if I like a tune or if I don't. Tracks that I'm rejecting might be the favourite of the next A&R or label manager so it's not automatically a sign they're bad ones - I just don't feel them, I don't feel they belong to Pesto, I don't see them on the horizon I envision for the label.

When signing such tunes, I mostly do not have a specific release in mind. Very often, I'm saying to myself "this could be a good one for the next 2.0 compilation" or "this one has great remix potential but does not feel like a Pesto single, let's put it in the 'Pesto EP inbox' playlist".

The third group are producers that start following me on Soundcloud, for instance and I'm checking their profile and listen to their tunes - just to discover true pearls of (mostly) young talents. I will then try to license these tunes for Pesto, as well - usually also not with any specific product in mind.

Send me your track


This is a constant process throughout the year, it's part of my daily business so to say. Another constant in my daily routine is - believe it or not - listening to music. When answering emails, doing administrative things, reading news and blogs, I have music running in the background. Very often, I listen to podcasts and DJ mixes I get sent. On other occasions, I listen to the "inbox" playlist mentioned above in loop mode. Some subconscient process starts then and my mind begins to associate one tune with another, virtually compiling playlists of tunes that match a certain vibe or otherwise belong to each other.

I would then start grouping these tunes in new playlists and try to develop a product that eventually can be bought on all major download stores.

Back in April, I already had a playlist for the first Pesto EP. The playlist consisted of raw tunes - some of them unmastered WAV files, some of them crappy MP3s (that's still good enough to get the picture). I listened to that playlist repeatedly and tried to find a catchy term for what I was listening to. Sure, they all were deep but "Deep Tunes" is not much of a good EP title, now is it? I'm also a fan of twists with language (I'm much better at it in german, believe me) so I went searching for a nice alliteration. Since all of these tunes were not by artists I was already working with, rather than new discoveries, "Deep Discoveries" was the way to go. I asked my wife how she liked the name and a couple of other people, doing market research if you will. They all liked it.

The next steps were designing the cover artwork to give an easily recognizable face to this music and the Pesto EP itself. I would exchange all the paperwork with the artists, asking them to send hi-resolution files of their tracks, infos about themselves so I could use it for promotion, mastering the tracks, speaking with my distribution about the best strategy to place the Pesto EP, and so on. And this is where the trouble started, but that's another story which you will read here tomorrow in part 2 of this little behind-the-scenes write-up.

Pesto 014: Bruno From Ibiza - Delicia [service links]

cover artwork for Pesto 014: Bruno From Ibiza - Delicia EP

Better late than never, here are our service links for our current release "Delicia" by Bruno From Ibiza on Pesto 014.

Buy this release from:
Beatport
Juno Download
iTunes
Traxsource
Amazon MP3





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Pesto 014: Bruno From Ibiza (incl. Microphunk & Jon Silva RMXs) out now!

cover artwork for Pesto 014: Bruno From Ibiza - Delicia EP
For our 14th single on Pesto, we are proud to present you a true Ibiza veteran: Bruno From Ibiza. He's the man behind millions of sold copies of the famous "Café del Mar" compilations, has played venues around the globe and has been resident DJ of many classy Ibiza clubs.

Bruno delivers "Delicia", a 1980ies-flavoured tune that reminds you of the early years of the world-class mega clubs on Eivissa. The "Delicious Dub Mix" by Bruno uses only portions of the sexy whispered vocal by Daniela Dos Santos and adds a slightly straighter touch. Also on board, we have Estonia's Microphunk" who just recently happened to release a smashing tune on Deeper Shades of House. His mix is a deep, dubby and slightly darker affair. And finally, we have the "Terrace Mix" by Pesto's own Jon Silva giving you a peaktime rework for your favourite terrace.

Here's a dedicated Beatport player, we have also added full length previews on our website player. There, you can also check out the still hot Pesto 013 release by Replika - Inner Visions.



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Pesto 014: Bruno From Ibiza - Delicia EP [video]

If you're a frequent visitor of pesto.de, you've probably noticed already that we have updated "our latest vid" in the sidebar to the right. Here's the video teaser for Pesto 014: Bruno From Ibiza - Delicia in full shining glory. And as always, you can download the audio part of the teaser in high quality from our Soundcloud page.





Pesto 013: Replika - Inner Visions [service links]

cover artwork for Pesto 013: Replika - Inner Visions (incl. Elastic Sound & Jon Silva mixes)

Replika - Inner Visions (incl. Elastic Sound & Jon Silva Remixes) on our single Pesto013

Buy this release from:
Beatport
Juno Download
iTunes
Traxsource
Amazon MP3

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Free DJ mixes (not only) for the weekend 2

cover artwork for Pesto 013: Replika - Inner Visions (incl. Elastic Sound & Jon Silva mixes)
Tired of football? Enough Vuvuzela for now? Looking for some sweet DJ mixes to add to your library? We've got what you're looking for!

In addition to our post from last week, we have three more mixes that contain our current release "Inner Vision" by Replika [Pesto 013] along lots of other great tunes. Here's that:

From a long-time Pesto supporter and host of the "Paradigm" radio show on Frisky Radio comes the first mix. Zach DeVincent (who will also contribute a lovely deep remix for Alankara's upcoming single on Pesto) has invited us to his show a couple of times already and just recently rolled out an updated edition of his radio show - the "Paradigm Deep Sessions" - together with DJane Miss Disk. Here's the second hour of the show:
http://bit.ly/cbfYGP (direct MP3 link, choose "save as" to download)
You should also check out Zach's mix archive page for more free mixes.

After my two stays on Crete last year, I met a couple of very nice peeps and John Sweet is one of them. He runs the "Sweet Reactions" radio show on Traffic FM and is based in Heraklion. Pretty eclectic set so we're sure you like that one, as well. Playing Replika is...umm...sweeeet! Efharisto poly, John!
http://soundcloud.com/sweet-reactions-show/trafficfm-gr-presents-john-sweet-sweet-reactions-radio-show-7-6-10

And we have another long-time friend of Pesto with the name Ricarco Torres we're sure you have already heard of. He's a member of the infamous West Coast Collective DJ team who frequently throw wild parties in the L.A. area. Ricardo has a bunch of really awesome mixes on his page as well as on the WCC page so make sure you check out the other files, as well. Here's Volume 4 of the classy "City Sonar" series.
http://www.westcoastcollective.com/2010/06/city-sonar-vol-4-a-deep-house-experience

Thanks to all jocks for supporting Pesto Music in your mixes!

Free DJ mixes for the weekend

cover artwork for Pesto 013: Replika - Inner Visions (incl. Elastic Sound & Jon Silva mixes)
We've said it this morning already and here's a small selection of DJ mixes that we'd like to recommend you. All of them contain our latest release "Inner Visions" by Replika on Pesto 013 along other great tracks so make sure you check them all out! We've been listening to all of these mixes while doing some office work during the last days, but the mixes also serve for any other purpose, especially with a sunny weekend ahead. Enjoy!

Let's begin with Spain's Nacho Marco, a name you've probably come across if you're into Deep House. This guy knows how it's done and among the great remixes he delivers, he's also the man behind the renowned Loudeast imprint. Here's a link to the latest episode of his Loudeast FM show on mixcloud.com:
http://www.mixcloud.com/nachomarco/loudeast-fm-radioshow-by-nacho-marco/

Then we have France's Yohan Esprada, who has just released a smashing remix for Robert Owen's "Deep Down", a release currently residing at #1 on Traxsource's single charts. Yohan runs radio shows on Paris Deeper One as well as on SSRadio UK. Here's a link to his page, please check out Progression Session #51:
http://www.yohanesprada.com/?page=podcast

Up next, there's Mr. Jones of The Disclosure Project. Hmm...does his name ring some bell? Oh yes, it's the very same Mr. Jones who did our current PestoMix 010. Ch...ch...ch...check this out:
http://www.mixcloud.com/mrjones/mr-jones-june-2010-part-1/

Another long-time supporter of Pesto is HD aka Marc (although he got a bit lazy returning feedback recently - shame on you, Marc...LOL). Marc runs the "House Essentials - The Spirit Of Life" show on SSRadio, here's a deep link to the episode in question (requires free registration to listen & comment OR subscribe to the feed link in order to download the mixes - which is a good idea anyways):
http://ssradiouk.com/2010/05/29/house-essentials-the-spirit-of-life-29th-may-2010/

Straight from Radio Yerevan, umm, no! Straight from another staple of Deep House Ashot Babayan aka "Krummstoff" comes the following mix (please see below for a politically correct justification of the joke on Radio Yerevan). Ashot comes from Yerevan, Armenia and runs "Low Flow Records" - I think it's the only Deep House label from Armenia (if it's not, then it's definitely the best there - literally ALL of their releases hold at least one tune I'm playing for sure!). Well, here's Ashot's mix - also broadcasted via Ibizasonica just a few of days ago:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/e6b0jr (not sure how long this link is valid, so better grab it fast!)

Regarding Radio Yerevan: these used to be running gags in times of the Soviet Union (yeah right, in Soviet Russia, gags run you...). Basis of these jokes is the fictual radio station "Radio Yerevan" that answers questions sent in by users. Both questions as well as answers are plain ridiculous and make you laugh your arse off, given you dig this kind of humour. Like stated above, Yerevan these days is more famous for great House musique in the shape of Low Flow Records - in case you were born after 1980, you probably won't understand the jokes at all (please see Iron Curtain in order to brush up your common knowledge then).

Last but not least, we'd like to present you another mix by a good friend of Pesto, published on the blog of another good friend of Pesto. Sounds weird? It's not. Doddi's "All kinds of music" blog has long been residing in our feedreaders as this guy collects some of the very best DJ mix downloads you can find around. As Doddi is not limited to a particular genre, you will find great Deep House mixes as well as super awesome Drum'n'Bass mixes. Any way, he posted a link to a DJ set of our greek mate Nestoras, also including a guest mix by Cadatta in the second hour of the mix. Get it here:
http://doddiblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/nestora-special-guest-cadatta-2deep.html

Of course, there are a lot more DJ mixes available for download, this is just a small fraction. We'll add more mixes here - if you published a mix on your page that hasn't been covered here, send us a message via our contact form and we'll happily update this post.

Pesto 013: Replika - Inner Visions out now!

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And finally, we are happy to announce that Pesto 013 has become available as a Beatport Exclusive just now. Replika's "Inner Visions" release has already created some buzz among DJs around the world. We'll have a follow up on that issue later today including links to a couple of great DJ mixes featuring tracks from the release and detailed feedback.

Here's a dedicated Beatport player, please check out our MP3 player on the right for full length tracks of Replika - Inner Visions on Pesto 013.



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Pesto 013: Replika - Inner Visions [video]

Here's a fast-forward of our upcoming single, Pesto 013, by Switzerland's Replika. The EP is named "Inner Visions" and contains two original tunes by Replika plus remixes by Elastic Sound (Deepology, Aquamarine/Moscow) and Jon Silva.

Please enjoy now (oh, and big spasibo to Cloudsteppers for the 8bit outro!):




Ocean Gaya - Think Global [Acryl]: Jon Silva remix available!

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I had the great pleasure to remix one of Ocean Gaya's tunes on a release of our swiss friends Acryl Music. The tune is called "Some Things" and comes with another original track called "Think Global", hence the EP's name.

There are two really outstanding remixes by Terry Lee Brown Jr. and the ever awesome Soul Minority from Barcelone.

One word about the TLB remix: I'm really not much of a fan of Terry's clubbier and toolish tunes. But when he travels the deep route, I'm instantly in love with the sound of this true veteran in House music. Needless to say anything about Soul Minority other than that: if you're not familiar with the output of this guy, you seriously missing something!

Acryl Music have published some DJ feedback on their site so you'll see I'm not alone with my opinion;)

Please check out this wonderful EP on Beatport:


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Say hello to a new release format - the Pesto EP

Back in time, when I was young, slim and naive (I'm only naive these days) and music was pressed in grooves on a thing called vinyl, there were different formats of vinyl records.

You could get 7" singles, 12" maxi singles and 12" albums. Between maxi singles and albums, there also had been a niche called EP (aka extended play). The main difference between a maxi single and an EP used to be the track selection: while you would expect the radio version and some alternate mix on the B-side, 12" singles had an extended or Club mix on the A-side. In short, there were three or four versions of the same track on one piece of wax, sometimes, you'd also find a second tune rather than another remix.
The EP, on the other hand, held different tracks from the same artist or from various artists - a fact that made some people call the EP a "mini album". Please see this Wikipedia article for detailed info on the history of EPs.

Drum roll, please - curtain up, enter the Pesto EP!

You are familiar with our admittedly rare singles, our compilations such as "2.0", "toolbox" and "Beautiful & Timeless" and now is the time to get acquainted with our brand new Pesto EPs. These will feature four or five tracks from various artists (or maybe just one, in case we have five good tunes from one artist). They will sport a whole new design, different from our other releases, which is in the works currently. And they will work around two common problems: when releasing compilations with ten or more tracks, people often just pay attention to the first few tracks and miss the great stuff that comes later on. Especially DJs as buyers are mainly focused on single tracks rather than the whole track list dramaturgy our compilations feature. Another point is that people get easily bored by listening to six or seven different versions of the same tune, making it hard for them to decide which one they like best.

With the Pesto EP, we bring you a format that offers variety style- and sound-wise as different artists will have different vibes. With just five tracks contained, they also surrender to the usual DJ's attention span. And sometimes, an artist sends us a couple of tracks but there's only one that suits the Pesto vibe so it's difficult to compile a single, especially if the track is hard to remix. Should we ditch these artists? Hell no, we want to give exposure to every artist and tune that deserves it - even if it's only just one song!

So last but not least, the Pesto EP is also great news for our artists as they get featured the best way, have their music released quickly rather than having to wait for all the remixers until the single can be done. If there's demand for it, the track can be released along with remixes on a Pesto single later on still.

To say it with the words of a consultant: it's a win-win-win situation - you as our fan and customer, the artist as the supplier and backbone of the Pesto label and us as the label itself will all profit from the Pesto EP. After taking a break releasewise for nearly one year, you can be sure to expect a fireworks of new music from your most favourite label - Pesto Music!

More details to follow soon.

Nick Fay - Progression (Jon Silva's Rise & Fall RMX) out now!

Already out since February 25th but nonetheless still worth having a listen is my remix for Nick Fay's "Progression" on USB. Check out "Jon Silva's Rise & Fall Remix" and the other fine versions here:


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Zon feat. Day-Z - Truth Lies (incl. Jon Silva Mixes) out now!

Holy Guacamole - more remixes coming your way! Sorry for all the Beatport player bombing but just today, another two of my remixes (that received great feedback from jocks all over btw) came out. So here's another dose of Jon Silva remix madness, this time for Zon feat Day-Z of USB from Bulgaria:


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Little Nakoch, Nemus & dont - Murr (Jon Silva RMX) out now [update]

Just a short one to inform you that my remix for Little Nakoch, Nemus & dont's track "Murr" is out on Beatport. You can check out the original as well as the other great remixes on the release player below.

[update: "Murr" is now a featured release in Beatport's Deep House section. Yay!]


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Jon Silva feat. Djazz - Enjoy This Trip (USB115) out now!

Oh, and not to forget "Enjoy This Trip", the tune I made with my to-be-wife Djazz is also out! Make sure you also check out the great remixes by Stan Kolev, BK Duke, Edel and Zon in the release player below:



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Jon Silva feat. Djazz - Enjoy This Trip (USB115) [update]

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You've probably heard "Enjoy This Trip" on our music player or on our "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" compilation earlier this summer. Only due to our friendship with Relaxator's, home of the Underground Sound of Bulgaria, we "borrowed" the tune for our sampler.

The time has come to find a good home for the tune by Pesto's very own Djazz and Jon Silva. U.S.B. Digital (aka Underground Sound of Bulgaria) is said home and "Enjoy This Trip" encountered a warm welcome to the U.S.B. family and now finds itself in the good company of people such as Stan Kolev (Miami), BK Duke (Munich), Edel aka Eddie Niguel (Singapore) and Martin Dimitrov aka Zon from Sofia. Thanks to these guys, you can expect a great package on USB115, coming to your download store on January 13th.

As the promo campaign is already at full throttle, the first raving feedbacks are coming in. We'll post the reactions from DJs and tastemakers pretty soon! To shorten the period of waiting until the release date, U.S.B. was so kind to put up a couple of video clips including the tracks at full length. Make sure you subscribe to their YouTube channel as they offer a broad range of quality music.

Here's the original:



[update: we have set up a page with full length versions of all mixes, check it out here: http://pesto.de/EnjoyThisTrip ]

From P60 - Over The Sea: Jon Silva remixes on IRMA out now!

Happy New Year to y'all - hope you enjoyed some relaxing days! :)

To begin 2010 with more musical output, here are two Jon Silva remixes for From P60. "Over The Sea" had been on From P60's acclaimed album "Realize" on Italy's IRMA Music which got released last March. The tune was released as a single with a couple of great remixes just today so make sure you check out Jon Silva's Soda Inc. Remix and Jon Silva's Futuristic Funk Remix on Beatport.

Bent Bar presents Beautiful & Timeless 2: CD available on humpty.de [and on #10 of their CD charts]

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For the release of our latest CD compilation "Bent Bar presents Beautiful & Timeless 2" [Pesto CD001], we have teamed up with humpty.de, the Mannheim based online store.

Humpty.de will be the only place (except Heidelberg's Bent Bar itself) where you can get the CD for the next few weeks until we will offer the compilation via pesto.de and other outlets, as well.

Humpty offers worldwide shipping, accepts major credit cards, PayPal and direct debit (Germany only). Make sure you also check out their other offers, they have quality CDs at reasonable prices.

[update: wow...that was quite fast - released just yesterday, "Bent Bar presents Beautiful & Timeless 2" is already on #10 of humpty.de's CD sales charts. Thanks to Tobias at humpty.de also for the feature as "Hot Spot of the Week"! That surely helped a lot!

Find all related tweets and the video teaser for "Bent Bar presents Beautiful & Timeless 2" on our video twitterwall or by performing a search for the hashtag #PCD001. /update]

Label showcase on Proton Radio

And another one you shouldn't miss:

Proton Radio has a Pesto label showcase since 27th July. You can tune in a 1-hour mix containing lots tracks from our compilation "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto". Check it out & have a nice weekend (yeah yeah, you're missing the weekend vibe, right?)! ;)

Bent Bar presents Beautiful & Timeless 2: CD Release Party

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To celebrate the release of "Bent Bar presents Beautiful & Timeless 2" [Pesto CD001], Pesto Music has teamed up with Bent Bar and the "Tangente" venue in Heidelberg, Germany. This coming Sunday, the 2nd August 2009, we'll be presenting the fruit of our labour.

The release party will kick off at 6:00pm, starting with a deep and sexy Jon Silva set, to be followed by Heidelberg's main man Twist and White Spectrum (aka Cooccer & Dennis Rossknecht) from Clear Recordings for full club madness. The Bent Bar guys have prepared some specials for you, so make sure you remember the password "Beautiful & Timeless" at the door.

We'll cover the event via Twitter, so watch out for the hashtag #PCD001. We have also set up a Twitterwall including the video teaser that displays all related tweets. Please use said hashatg if you want your tweets to appear there.

Here's all the details in short:

event: CD release party for "Bent Bar presents Beautiful & Timeless 2"
date: 02nd August 2009
venue: Tangente
address: Kettengasse 23, 69117 Heidelberg/Germany
doors open: 6:00pm
admission: none/password
line up: Twist, White Spectrum, Jon Silva

See you on Sunday!

In the charts: Cooccer - Driftin'

Darren Holland, master of ceremonies at Baldeelox shows some support for our compilation "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto". In his Traxsource hawtness for July 2009 (hey, it's still a few days left!), he's loving "this deep tech track to death", thus putting it on #1 of his charts. Awesome stuff, Darren - thanks bunches!

Here's the full chart on Traxsource.

Bent Bar presents Beautiful & Timeless 2: listen in hi quality!

You can even save the WAV file to your hard disk. Enjoy! :)

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If you thought we were lazy while not posting on pesto.de, you might consider this one here:

Partners with Pesto Music: Proton Radio

In an effort to promote our current compilation "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" to a broader audience, we recently have teamed up with Proton Radio. We have bought banner ads that quite some people have already noticed and clicked according to our stats.

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As a further result of this partnership, we have become a featured label on Proton's web site with our Pesto logo shining there in full glory. On top of that, Proton were so kind to add a couple of tracks to their daily rotation schedule. Being asked for radio edits of their choice, we provided them with the following tracks from "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto":

Mark Duffin - The Man With No Shame
El Presidente - 7Daze
Replika - Inner Visions
Christian G. - Deep Reflections
Allovers - Special 4
Fady Ferraye - Amman

If you tune in to Proton Radio frequently (and we recommend doing so), you'll be presented with these exclusive versions of the 2.0 gems.

Proton Radio will also feature Pesto Music with a dedicated label showcase in brief, expect more details regarding that one on pesto.de in brief.

2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto: DJ Feedback

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Here is some DJ feedback on our latest compilation "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" on Pesto LP005.

Amir Groove (Ibiza Sonica, Push FM):
I hate to do this, to say which one is my favourite as all of them are so brilliant, well not surprised at all, when I have all my fav artist under the same roof. For sure many of these track will be aired on both of my radio shows, on ibizasonica and pushfm.com Good luck guys and well done!!

Ric McClelland aka Scope (Urban Torque/UK): i really like the tracks by replika, poussez, jon silva, cooccer and fady though.. will play & support!

Martijn Hoffmans aka Phonic Funk (Pesto, Soulfuric, MN2S/NL):
as usual GOOD MUSIC! will play!
great release from pesto! Keep up the good work!

Christian Quast aka ARWID (BPitch, Boxer, futureaudio):
as usual Pesto delivers high quality tracks .... *****

Brian Tappert (Traxsource/Soulfuric):
Nice one, looking forward to working this hard for you. 

Lewis Ferrier (Reelgroove, Baldeelox, Farris Wheel/NL): Wow, what a way to start the day !!!!! This is some collection of the finest deephouse !!! Can really feel this !!!! Big Compliments, Will be in my favorites list for a while i guess. Thanks so much for sharing this with me Cheers, LF

Oz (UNITED COLORS OF HOUSE/UK):
Once again a fantastic selection of tracks from the Pesto Label. 'Enjoy This Trip', standing out the most for, closely followed by 'The One', 'Deep Reflection', and 'Amman'.
Danke for this awesome collection of promos.

Ralf Gum (Gogo Music/GER):
Some real nice tracks on here. Many thanks!

Si & Piers (Stereo Mutants/UK):
Damn cool album.. love it!! 9/10

Chris Blenda (Cyprus/GR):
House music forever :) i play for sure all the tracks this summer,
great work and thanks!!!

Joan Ribas Ferrer (Ibiza global radio/Hotel Pacha/Cafe del Mar): superb compilation with the best of pesto sound style.

Andy Bach (Young Society, Bonzai Music, Zaubermilch): fine selection of relaxing grooves. like this deep sound.
HD aka Marc (SSRadio UK):
drei worte "ich bin begeistert" danke für die tolle Musik [translation: three words "I am thrilled" thanks for the awesome music

Kire Cipurovski aka C-Pure (Bitola Clubbing/FYROM): so deep and so good all Ep is realy master piece i will play it for sure

Henri Kohn (Clubstar, Conya):
replika and poussez tracks are my favs.
full support.

Da Funk (Acryl/SUI):
awesome comp again. finally i can play the tracks jon already played in his sets for example the allovers one.
beside that, the tunes i'll definitely rock out are onur's, replika's the elpresidenteone, poussez's and the mark duffin one.
full support! great stuff, really

Dave Horne (Ministry (Gallery), Baroque, Guess Records/UK): Really nice collection of deep, chilled out grooves.

Kellilicious (SheJay/UK):
Great package. Lovin all tunes but Driftin' is the fave! Nice one! 

Bobi (Club FM Skopje/FYROM): Thanks for sending me,nice LP with excellent producer, pure deep house Full support coming from me!

MrCenzo (MidiDropMusic/UK):
13 solid tracks on this release for me but there was a few that stood out for me than the rest and they are..

El Presidente
Replika
Marc Cotterell
Pousezz
Jon Silva
Fady Ferraye

And i must say that my favourite one out of them all is "Fady Ferraye" - Amman.....   Top work on this but the whole package gets full support from me.... 10/10

Andreas Hansson (F12 STHLM/SWE): It´s way too long between the pesto releases. Mark Duffin is the track i like the most, perfect warm up track. Another favorite is Jon Silva -Enjoy This Trip a proper afterhour track. Favorite tracks are Mark Duffin - The Man With No Shame Cooccer - Driftin' Poussez - Recurred Jon Silva with Djazz - Enjoy This Trip Keep it deep

Zach de Vincent (Paradigm @ Frisky Radio/USA):
12. Jon Silva with Djazz - Enjoy This Trip
bout time this got released ;)

Tom Morgan (Alternative Route/UK):
Cooccer, Poussez and your track for me, nice package.  Don't suppose there's an instrumental of Enjoy This Trip doing the rounds?

Olav Belgoe (GER):
merci .... sound gefällt mir persönlich sehr gut!

The Messenger (Soul Industries/Night Drive Music/Plastic City):
Amazing compilation once again.We found here some really nice beats.Our favorites are Replica`s Inner Visions,Christian G`s Deep Reflectin(think thats the best one here for us) ,Onur Ozman`s Fallin Love and El Presidente`s 7Daze.Altogether great release.Full support comin from us.
 
Ariel Cybana (USA):
First track in this is smoking hot. I love the slow grooves in this track. Second track I felt that the highs were too high yet liked the feel of it as the track warmed up. I am feeling the Inner Visions track by Replika. It has a nice sexy tech house sort of groove. I dig it! Deep Reflections by Christian G is a sweet kinda sexy groover of a track. Would be a good intro or latter track. The same feel goes for the following track “Recurred” by Pourrez. I liked the last few tracks as well. 7.5/10

Nikos Ploumis (RepublicRadio.gr):
amazing job for one more time, supporting you from the beginning

André Kroenert (NightDriveMusic/GER):
This release is sooooooo hot. well done mate!

Feodor AllRight & Elena Mechta (AMDJS Radio Show/RUS):
Thank you for the promo! 
Amazing release. Great tracks on the board. This is Pesto! And this is fresh!
Here are feedbacks for the tracks, that we like most of all.

Jon Silva with Djazz - Enjoy This Trip
Deep tech bomb. Rock it!

Alankara & Jazzy D. feat Neobe - The One
Ahhh... Amazing deep/lounge/jazzy tune...

Fady Ferraye - Amman
Great track for the coronation of deep set.

Christian G. - Deep Reflection
Yesss! Superb deep/lounge one. In the wallet.

Marc Cotterell - Project Deep
Sounds delicious. Will test for sure.

Cooccer - Driftin'
Goooood one. Rockin' one. Will play.

Count us in the support. 

Richard Earnshaw (Guess Records, Duff Note, Spiritchaser/UK):
Like Special 4.... very nice, just the ticket for a Spiritchaser set!

Bamo (Guess Records/UK):
Great to hear from you mate. Especially when you're sending me quality music like this.....
Had a couple of listens and my personal favourites are "Special 4", "The Man with no Shame" and your very own "Enjoy This Trip"......
Don't leave it so long next time...... I've missed ya!!

Kenny Gino (Solid Gold Playaz, Disko B, Kanzleramt, Loudeast/USA):
Thank you soooo much for this Jon!!
So much good music I don't know where to begin... listening to it the last couple of days and loving all of it!
Definately dropping some of these in the mix this weekend.

Graham Sahara (Seamless/IRE):
Theres some really nice tracks on here mate. I will be playing most of this album all summer long!
The highlights of the cd for me are the alankara & Jazzy D, marc cotterell, replica, christian g, Allovers are excellent and that’s not saying the others are bad, just these tracks are all excellent.
Thanks and I shall enjoy playing these a lot

David Endo (Deep & Dirty Radio LA/USA): Very good release. If I'd had it in my bag longer before the release date, I would have pushed it hard!!!! Good work guys

C&M Productions (truehouse.net/SUI): which is your most favourite mix: Jon Silva with Djazz - Enjoy This Trip
Franco Martinelli (www.housepage.net, God IS A DJ Magazine/ITA): This is a very hot album, really like many of the tracks and the intense atmospheres of the full compilation. Deep and fresh music that spreads an infectious summer vibe.

Ashot & Garry (aka Salt Sweet, Low Flow Records/Armenia):
Thanks for this amazing package, all tracks are brilliant and it's really hard to concentrate oneself on one single fav. We'll definitely spin all of them a lot!!!

Chris aka K-Bana (Guess Records/UK):
Cheers for the album.. Its quality!!! Really like Jon Silva with Djazz - Enjoy This Trip and Cooccer - Driftin'. They are my two main picks from it!! Both deep and quality!! Full support will feature both in my new mix for July 2009..
Thanks again..

Daniel Kyo (Loudeast, Elevation/ESP): Amazing package! Will play much of this! Thanks!;)

2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto: now on #10 at Traxsource

After entering Traxsource's album charts last Friday and a short break over the weekend, people apparently have discovered the quality of our current "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" compilation.

We are aware of the fact that all tunes are not those easily accessible sing-along tracks, nor the kind of "run-after-a-hype" types of music. The deep quality and timeless outfit all tracks have in common require you listen to them a couple of times. And the more you listen, the more you will love it. That's our promise! But if you're a lover of Pesto Music, you have known this before.

Probably due to that, people just needed some time to listen closely before the beauty of all artists' effort got revealed and recognized. To make it short: we're on #10 of Traxsource's album charts today! Thank you!

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We have just added a direct link to DJdownload.com and DJTunes.com on our micropage for "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto".


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2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto enters album charts on Traxsource

Our current compilation "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" on Pesto LP005 has just been released a few days ago and is already entering the album sales charts on Traxsource. Currently on #45, we're convinced Pesto LP005 will make up more chart positions over the weekend.

We have set up a dedicated micropage for "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" with direct links to Traxsource and other download stores such as Beatport or Juno Download. If you would like to forward the link to your friends, feel free to use the short URL: http://bit.ly/2point0

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Pesto LP005: Various Artists - "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" added to our releases feed

You can find the latest installment of our "2.0" compilation series in our catalogue section and our releases feed now.

Here's the track list:

01. Mark Duffin - The Man With No Shame
02. Cooccer - Driftin'
03. El Presidente - 7Daze
04. Alankara & Jazzy D. feat Neobe - The One
05. Marc Cotterell - Project Deep
06. Replika - Inner Visions
07. Christian G. - Deep Reflection
08. Poussez - Recurred
09. Onur Ozman - Fallin' Love
10. Allovers - Special 4
11. Mike Starr feat. Barca - Unstoppable (Natural)
12. Jon Silva with Djazz - Enjoy This Trip
13. Fady Ferraye - Amman

For further details, please see our catalogue section and the "2.0" micropage.

New tracks in our player: 2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto

We have just added all 13 tracks from our latest compilation "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" to our MP3 player. You can listen to all tunes in full length by using our player on the right side. Loading times may vary depending on your internet connection and server load. Enjoy!

If you like what you hear, feel free to forward our dedicated micropage to your friends and contacts. Thanks for your support!

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Pesto LP005: "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" micropage launched

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Accompanying the release of our latest multi-artist compilation on Pesto, we have set up a micropage for "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto".

You can reach the micropage by clicking on the respective tab above. We also offer a shortened URL via bit.ly's service which is useful not only for twitter: http://bit.ly/2point0.

On the micropage, you will find direct links to Pesto LP005 on your favourite download store. We're updating the list of shops daily once our compilation has been added there.

We have also added a small widget that enables you to post or email the link to the page via your preferred service such as myspace, facebook, etc.:

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Stay tuned for more news around our latest master piece!

In the charts: Seroton - You Make It Strong

Saint Petersburg's AMDJS from the radio show with the same name show their support, too:

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Soul T - What A Day (Original Mix)
Nacho Marco - Estefania (Original Mix)
Atnarko, Jevne - Get On Down (Replika Remix)
MKL, Johanna Saint-Pierre - En Jaguar Beige (MKL Vocal Mix)
Seroton - You Make It Strong (Original Mix)
Dubnova, Urban Absolutes - Strandbar (Original Mix)
Glender - Tribal Is So Beautiful (Original Mix)
Latenta Project - Endeavor (Original Mix)
Kelvin K - Faze 1 (Original Mix)
Tiga - Shoes (Green Velvet Remix)

Spasibo, guys!:)

In the charts: Jon Silva - AcidHouse

James Harcourt of Twisted Frequency/T-Freq UK has Jon Silva's AcidHouse in his May charts on Beatport:

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1. James Harcourt - Proton (Original Mix)
2. Alter Breed - Aladdin (Original Mix)
3. Quivver - Is There Anybody There (Original Mix)
4. D.Ramirez - Wired feat. LDV (Original Mix)
5. Beckers, D-Nox - Left Behind (Daniel Marques Remix)
6. Jamie McHugh - H20 (Raudive Mix)
7. Paul Woolford - Pandemonium (Original Mix)
8. Jon Silva - AcidHouse (Original Mix)
9. Boris Brejcha - The Mask (Original Mix)
10. Muzikjunki - Fashiondance (Veerus & Maxie Devine Remix)

Thanks for your support!

New video added to our YouTube channel: "Pesto LP005: 2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" (typo fixed)

Ooops - there were a couple of mistakes - new video uploaded, please add 202 views;)

Releases section & RSS feed finally updated

After fixing our RSS-related issues, we have finally added our "toolbox: one" release to our catalogue page and the according RSS feed.

Clear Recordings 003: Gabriel Creole - Looking Beyond EP excl. on Traxsource!

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Originating from the shores of the Lake Constance, Gabriel Creole has moved to Stuttgart in south western Germany to develop his vision of being an influential DJ and producer.

After remixes for Cocoon's Patrick Zigon and tunes on compilations on Tanzbar and Combi Int., it was the right time to fire up his debut single. We are proud that our latest sublabel addition Clear Recordings is the home of said EP.

CR003, the "Looking Beyond" EP comes with three original tunes: "Looking Beyond", "Away" and "Straight Ahead" that will get you going if a minimal approach to TechHouse is your cup of tea.

Check out CR003: Gabriel Creole - Looking Beyond EP on Traxsource.

Pesto LP004: "V.A. - toolbox: one" available worldwide

Just a quick one: Pesto LP004 "toolbox: one" is also available on other stores. We have selected a few for you:

toolbox: one on Beatport

toolbox: one on Juno

toolbox: one on iTunes


Due to an incident in the family, we were not able to post any news earlier. Thanks for understanding and expect more frequent news items.

Pesto LP004: "V.A. - toolbox: one" available on Traxsource [2nd update]

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Easter weekend is just ahead, we have uploaded a trailer to our Youtube channel and the release is available from Traxsource exclusively.

There have been a few technical glitches (we announced the release for 7th April) but finally, you can find "toolbox: one" on Traxsource.

Pesto LP004 aka "toolbox" marks the launch of a new compilation series on Pesto. As the name suggests already, you will find techy dancefloor tools, tailored to a DJ's needs. "toolbox" ranges from deep greatness (Seroton) over techy DeepHouse (Da Funk, Quell, Khaan), TechHouse (White Spectrum, Cooccer), AcidHouse (Jon Silva) to percussive, proggy shades of House (Dennis Rossknecht, The Mulder) and proper Tech (Traxx, supported by Dubfire btw).

Check out the track list:
01. Seroton - You Make It Strong
02. Da Funk - Roasted
03. Quell - Baby Gaps
04. Khaan - Pegasos (The Mulder's XX-File Remixx)
05. White Spectrum - White Box
06. Cooccer - Ion
07. Jon Silva - AcidHouse
08. Dennis Rossknecht - Sides Of Groove
09. The Mulder - Shy
10. Traxx - Traxx

Here's a fast forward trailer containing all tunes, some more info and additional goodies (especially for our male audience):



Don't forget to rate the trailer and leave a comment for us, feel free to embed the trailer on your web site, Myspace or Facebook profile.

You can get Pesto LP004 "toolbox: one" exclusively on Traxsource.
[update: shortly after release, "toolbox: one" can be found on #8 #4 on Traxsource's album charts - whoo hoo!]

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All other stores to follow on 21st April (at least for now...).

Pesto LP004: "V.A. - toolbox: one" to be released tomorrow

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It has been about time for a brand new compilation series on Pesto, this time on a way techier tip than our other releases.

"toolbox: one" , as the name implies already, is aimed at DJs in order to provide you with floor tools, clubby movers and shakers. We have taken the very best from our sublabels Traxx and Clear Recordings to bring you a banging collection of tunes ranging from DeepTech, DeepHouse to proper TechHouse and Acid.

"toolbox: one" contains top notch tunes from both established artists such as Da Funk, Quell, Cooccer, Jon Silva/The Mulder as well as rising stars on the TechHouse sky such as Seroton, Dennis Rossknecht, White Spectrum or Cologne's Most Wanted member Khaan.

Here's the track list:

01. Seroton - You Make It Strong
02. Da Funk - Roasted
03. Quell - Baby Gaps
04. Khaan - Pegasos (The Mulder's XX-File Remixx)
05. White Spectrum - White Box
06. Cooccer - Ion
07. Jon Silva - AcidHouse
08. Dennis Rossknecht - Sides Of Groove
09. The Mulder - Shy
10. Traxx - Traxx

Pesto LP004: "V.A. - toolbox: one" will be available exclusively via Traxsource from tomorrow, 7th April 2009. All other stores to follow on 14th April 2009. Check back on pesto.de to preview the tunes in our player later today.

Buddha Bar XI mixed by DJ Ravin contains Rucyl's "Love In War"

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Already in stores since March 9th 2009, we are proud to let you know that a Pesto tune has found its way onto the famous "Buddha Bar" compilation series.

DJ Ravin, of Mauritius origin, states on his website that his quest is "full of curiosity and passion" for "unknown sensations and ignored talent". While "sensation" and "talent" are with no doubt true for Pete Gust's remix of Rucyl's "Love In War", the words "unknown" and "ignored" have to be stripped off thanks to numerous weeks on DJ charts and sales sheets last year, including the top position on Beatport's DeepHouse charts last year.

Buddha Bar XI marks a stopover of the Buddha Bar movement, funny enough, this time staying in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, place to be for Jon Silva recently and homebase of our exclusive partner Fly Music.

You can get Buddha Bar XI either on CD or as a digital download from your favourite store, in case you haven't yet!

Sales statistics: where our fans come from

I have to admit that I am a big fan of statistics. Not because they reveal some ground-breaking information (oh, sometimes, they even do) or because I particularly like these pie graphs (I haven't studied economy - those guys seem to have a weakness for colourful diagrams) but because they sometimes contain a message that would be hidden otherwise.
Especially, when comparing or correlating two kinds of statistic data, one can find fruitful insights (or leave you clueless).

When looking at the sales of Pesto Music (without Traxx and Clear Rec. sales), the ten best selling territories are:

01. USA (ok, could have told you that without looking into the records)
02. Germany (this surprises me now, seems there are more deepheads around than what I thought)
03. UK (would have guessed this one on #02)
04. Canada (another surprise, yet I know Canadians have a great taste in music plus have great artists themselves)
05. France (you French guys just love melody and music, don't you? I mean, who invented the chanson, after all?!)
06. Spain (this really suprises me - Spain used to be among our least selling countries but this has changed when going digital. ¡Gracias!)
07. Japan (oh yeah, Japan has not only a vivid scene but also some really bad-ass artists!)
08. Italy (yeah, we love you too - hint: check our name...haha)
09. Australia (we knew there was something beyond kangaroos and the Great Barrier Reef - Australia is among the highest movers in this list)
10. Switzerland (man, there's Da Funk, Replika, C&M Production to name but a few. Zurich is Europe's #1 city when it comes to clubs per inhabitants!)

Interestingly, the volume of downloads sold in the USA is approx. five times the volume of Germany's sales. The other territories sell more or less the same volume, this is also true for countries on position 11 and below: The Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, Hungary, Sweden, Portugal, Mexico, Poland and Denmark.

Now, let's take a look at where our web site visitors come from:

01. USA
02. Germany
03. Italy
04. Russia
05. Hungary
06. Switzerland
07. UK
08. Poland
09. Sweden
10. Australia

Similar phenomenon here as described above: we have pretty much the same number of unique visitors from Poland, Sweden, Australia and from the countries following on #11 and below. These countries are: The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Greece, Canada, Georgia, Estonia, Slovak Republic, Mexico, Ukraine and Turkey.
Visits from the USA make up three times of the number of visitors from Germany.

How would you interprete that data? Italians are more web-affin then British but British spend more money online? Russians are just downloading free stuff (oh, not only them, by the way) but buy less or have trouble getting music online? Would also be interesting to relate the sales data to the number of inhabitants of the respective country: compare the relatively small Denmark (approx. 5.5 million ppl [1] ) to Poland (approx. 38 million ppl [2] ) - the gross domestic product per capita (i.e. per head) is approx. 38.000US$ in Denmark, in Poland it's 18.000US$ per annum [data quoted from Wikipedia], yet still, they sell similar volumes.

I'd like to hear your opinions and comments, so feel free to follow the link at the end of this post (signing up for the Pesto community is really free & easy but required to post on the board). If you'd like to know where your particular country is on the list, you are invited to ask that in the Pesto community, too - I'll be happy to sort those numbers out for you!

Use the board, young Skywalker!

Dimiz & Ogi Gee Cash - Vocalizer (Jon Silva Remix)

We told you about the remix Jon Silva did for Dimiz of the Kondukter crew based in Nish, Serbia. Apparently, the tune works quite well...hehehe! Check the vid, starting at 05:10 and pay attention to the crowd at around 07:42 (hint: put your hands up in the air)!



You can buy this remix on Beatport: Dimiz & Ogi Gee Cash - Vocalizer (Jon Silva's Vocalize This! Remix)

Beatportal.com launches label and artist wiki

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Beatportal.com, the community backend of Beatport have just launched a wiki for artists and labels a couple of days ago.

It is beyond our knowledge why artwork and artists appearing on the label have to be entered manually as Beatport's database should provide those connections - at least, it works within their shop. Yet still it's neat to have a dedicated wiki.

We will fill the gaps with content but we're also inviting you to add your rating (five out of five headphones, of course...hehe), missing artist connections and comments to our wiki page. You might also declare yourself a fan and show some love for Pesto. You will need to log in to do so but if you already have an account on Beatport, you can use those credentials.

So far, we experienced the whole thing to be a bit buggy still - connecting artists to the label only works every now and then, for instance. But we are sure these minor issues will be ironed out within brief and might be due to our configuration.

related links:
Pesto Music on Beatport
Pesto Music on Beatportal's wiki page
Use the board, young Skywalker!

Clear Recordings: CR002 coming soon!



Check out Karri O.'s myspace page and don't forget to visit the myspace page of our sublabel Clear Recordings.

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.

Clear Recordings: CR001 - "The Beginning" out now

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get CR001 on Juno Download



Get your own player at Juno Download


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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!]

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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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


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

[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

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

Beautiful & Timeless: Featured release on Beatport in two genres!

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PestoLP001 aka "Vic Music presents Beautiful & Timeless Vol. 1" seems to be quite popular with the guys at Beatport. They are featuring our release both in the Deep House and Chill Out sections. Needless to say that this massive support results in chart positions in the respective genre charts for a couple of our tunes.

Thank you, Beatport - we love you, too!:)
Yet still, the biggest thank you goes to all the people that buy our music (we love you even more!) and support us.

Check "Beautiful & Timeless" on Beatport.com.

You can also buy the release from other services such as:

Juno Download
iTunes Music Store
Trackitdown

PestoLP001: Beautiful & Timeless Vol. 1 out now!

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Our first digital longplayer is out (and already climbing the charts on Juno).

You can also buy the release from other services such as:

Juno Download
iTunes Music Store
Beatport.com
Trackitdown

Happy shopping from Pesto Music!

More compilation mania: "2.0" - The Next Generation Of Pesto Artists

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By introducing the second longplayer on Pesto, "2.0 - The Next Generation Of Pesto Artists" you will get a deep insight on the release schedule of next year. We have compiled the finest in Deep House from both rising talents and established artists. You might already know one or another of the 13 tunes from one of the PestoMixes or the Jon Silva Mixtape series, others are brand new and unheard before.

This compilation also marks the beginning of a new period: while 2007 was the stage of the Pesto.Digital project - transforming Pesto from a vinyl label to a digital imprint - with excellent but relatively few releases, 2008 will be the "mother of release fireworks". We have an incredible bunch of talent with outstanding tunes in the pipeline and there are even more to come. We will have more single releases, more remix issues and also more compilations - featuring both exclusive Pesto material and tracks from other labels we partner with.

Back to where we were, here's the track list of "2.0" - just to make you hot for what's coming your way soon. :D

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)

We can hear some "yeeaaaah - finally!" from your side of the screen.

More details magically popping up on this page very soon.

Traxx 003: Khaan - Mythos EP

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One of Cologne's most wanted DJs is Khaan and we're proud to present his work on our sublabel Traxx Recordings!

After Traxx already got support from the elite of techy DJs (such as Ali Dubfire of Deep Dish, Pako & Frederik of Sitrep and many more), we bring you another pounding release ranging between deep Tech House and pumping Progressive choons. We'll publish more details about the artist "Khaan" and his work (he recently put out a release on the highly acclaimed "Pearldiver" imprint and also made a remix for "From P60" and their "New Way" tune on Pesto 010) on this page within the next few days.

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

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Geez, has this one been long-awaited, but finally, it's there: Budapest's own "From P60" with the voice of Virág finally drop their bomb on Pesto!

The whole EP consists of the tunes "New Way" and "Be What I Wanna Be" and comes with a large bunch of class A remixes. Among the appreciated remixers are top notch names like Nikola Gala, Subsky, JP & Chris Mill, Khaan and Cristian Paduraru. Pesto 010 will have the Nikola Gala and Khaan remixes as well as some more edits by Pesto's Jon Silva.

The release has been split into exclusives for Beatport, Stompy and Traxsource. And while it's already out on Beatport, Nikola Gala's remix was climbing the charts (with a #22 peak position on Beatport's House charts). We'll let you know when you can get the other mixes on Stompy and Traxsource (and only there for the next few weeks).

Part 2 of the mixes will be out in January 2008 including the other remixes - more details here in brief.

Vic Music presents: Beautiful & Timeless - we're going digital!

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It's been long-awaited and this step has been overdue but we finally made it!

Chapter One of the immensely successful CD series will be released as a digital download. We'll offer both the individual tracks (with quite a bunch of unreleased productions such as by Nuance Movement, Soda Inc., Jon Silva and many more) as well as the whole mix.

One tune will be exclsuive to those who buy the full album: "Theme Of Vic Bar" - a tune especially made by Jon Silva & Babak Shayan for the Vic Bar in Cologne.

More details regarding the track list and availability on this page in brief. "Beautiful & Timeless" is brought to you in cooperation with Shayan Music.

Pesto 009: Jon Silva in the charts

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We're proud to announce that Jon Silva's latest release "I Want U" is climbing the sales charts - this time at stompy.com.

Entering stompy's sales charts last Friday at rank 89, we see Pesto 009 on position 76 already. Will you help us go further?

click here to buy at stompy.com
click here to buy at tracktidown.net
click here to buy at beatport.com
click here to buy at traxsource.com
click here to buy at iTunes Music Store

Pesto 009: Jon Silva - I Want U

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We just wanted to share the news with you that Pesto 009 is finally available in your favourite MP3 store.

We are glad that we got a feature on Trackitdown.net. Here's what they say about the Dub Mix of "I Want U":

"Jon Silva returns on the ever expressive Pesto music label, lots and lots of mixes on this, this is the dub mix (Still has a vocal in there though!!), quality house music."

Hopping over the ocean, our friends from Stompy also feature the release:



If you prefer to purchase at Beatport or Traxsource, please click on the respective links.

Thanks for your attention & happy shopping;)

Celebrity support for Traxx

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We are more than happy to let you know that our first release on Traxx, the brand new Pesto sublabel receives an amazing amount of support.

A lot of DJs (especially those being members of our promo pools) already play out the tune. Now, several top names of the industry show their support for Traxx: Ali Dubfire of Deep Dish (USA) charts Traxx001 on #2 of his Beatport charts, Global Underground artists Pako & Frederik (Netherlands) told us they would hammer the track on their radio shows that are broadcasted on 35 stations worldwide, DJ Meri of Estonia's Rulers of the Deep just sent us a message: "Hell yeah! This track is one of my alltime favorites!!".

More details on Traxx as well as on the upcoming release Traxx002 (did somebody say "Addicted"?) soon.
[update: until now (27th June, 3pm) Traxx001 has reached #25 on Beatport's Techno charts. We take bets on the highest future position..hehe]

Pesto 009: I Want U by Jon Silva

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The promos have been sent out some days ago and we already got loads of lovely feedback!

This release has been long awaited as one version was already featured on the Bar1 mix compilation on Shayan Music among some other CD compilations.
We have smashing remixes by Claus Casper (from Cologne's S-Sentials who also remixed Soda Inc.'s "Full Moon" (Jon Silva is also one of the masterminds behind Soda Inc.)) and Kellyyss, our good friend and "engineer for the deeper sound", as he's often referred to.

For those who already know the Bar1 version, we offer a radio edit of that one and will make the very original mix (back from 2003 - you see? Good music doesn't grow old, it just matures like a good wine) available as the next Pesto Freebee. Our friends on last.fm already got the 128kBits file, the Pesto Freebee of this one will be at 320kBit as always, though. If you are registered with last.fm, make sure to become friends with us in case you haven't yet!

Accompanying the new release, you'll get the full package that you expect from Pesto including a new PestoMix (that will be mixed by Jon himself, of course) and a new PestoCast featuring Pesto 009.

Expect more details here next week.

repost: Pesto catalogue now added to Beatport

We are happy to announce that the whole Pesto catalogue is now available through beatport.com including Simone de Nauw's single "Luv" (Pesto008). Please see here:
Go to Beatport.comGet These TracksAdd This Player

Pesto Music is also available through all other major download stores such as iTunes, Trackitdown and many others. We will publish a complete list with all stores offering our catalogue in brief.

Bad Boy Babak

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As we were checking back which stores started selling our releases already, we found something interesting on iTunes. Babak Shayan's "Azadi" (Pesto 005) was rated "explicit".

We are further investigating what made the iTunes team come to this conclusion and will keep you updated. Our guess, regardless of the reason is: the reason will be pretty funny. Maybe "Jussi ate too much Acid Remix" stroke them a little as some of the staff felt remembered of bad trips back in the 1970ies. Hee hee.

See here: iTunes link

DJ feedback on Pesto 008: Simone de Nauw - Luv

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As we're heading towards the release of Pesto 008 Simone de Nauw - "Luv", we want to share the immense feedback with you. Jocks out there have started to play "Luv" and totally freak out about the release.

Here's the feedback (by alphabetical order):

Agent Greg, Greece:
I just adore the original mix and the "Be There Dub"! Excellent release!!!!

Alex Flatner (Circle Music):
without no doubt the original mix is the best for me... very catchy and a great track to remember on the dancefloor...it has such a great vibe with the voice, that the voice and the beats you think are really ONE ...Great Release on Pesto and for me till yet the best !

Andreas Hansson, Sweden:
This is a great track one of my favorites at the moment and i think i will play it for a long time. Favorite mixes is the orignal and catchbass remix.

Big Al (Readymix Records), Canada:
Thanks for the promo. I absolutly love Be There Dub and El Farouki's Dub and Club Mix #1 instrumental and since I am not a big vocal guy myself, I also wish you had the Original Mix without the Vocals. Anyway, thanks for this. I love your sound. It's in my bag. [note: we will have that on the final release, fyi)

Chris Niteshake (Locked Groove), Greece:
I think the original track is a stormer. Simone De Nauw has a really beautiful voice I would definitely hear any track from now on from this lady! Now, the remixes are tough. Hard to choose from. Jon Silva did good work on the club mix (version 1). The Spin Science remix is a fantastic atmospheric production. El Farouki doing also a good work embedding his unique style in his remix, I prefer his dub. Electrique mix is for the electro house fans out there. And the "Luvelectro" is 808 action in his finest! Original - Silva - Spin Science - Luvelectro in my bag!

Christian (C&M Productions), Switzerland:
many thanks for the promos!!!!! great release the 008!!!!

Da Funk (Acryl), Switzerland:
what a release here for pesto!!! the original is such a great piece of music! wonderful harmonies, melodies and a badass bassline! killer track! the spin science and the catchbass mix are also pretty ace! great job!

Dana Bergquist (Symphonic, Pryda), Sweden:
Absolutely amazing, this you might have track of the year already!! Hard too choose best mix out of them, I like them all especially Original, Spin Science (all mixes) and Electrique Instrumental. Can't express it enough, simply beautiful, makes me have hopes for the house scene in this all too minimal climate we're in nowadays.

DJ E360° (Sysex Records), USA:
I think all the tracks are quality. Definitely getting plays in all my sets @ WMC in a few weeks. I have also played it over the weekend and got good reaction to the Club Mix 1. The vocals are hot.

DJ Linus (Exun), Germany:
absolute the best pesto release ever! my favs are "be there dub" and "electrique remix"! will play them every weekend @ Pacha. full support guranteed

Franco Martinelli (housepage.net), Italy:
Very nice release, this fresh vocal-house track is served in several remixes to please all the dancefloors. I prefer the more housey Spin Science Remix and Be There Dub .

Funk Manouver (Reelgroove/D6), Scotland:
Nice package with a few different options. Liking the 'be there dub' best, love the stab and the vox sits sweetly on it. Good job!

Gabriel Sordo (Underground Lessons, Somuns Corp.), Mexico:
Fantastic release!

Henri Kohn (A&R Clubstar, Conya), schäl sick:
my fav is still the original though Catchbass, Spin Science's, Club Mix #2 and El's Dub are also cool

Jay Serano (soulsessions.nl), Netherlands:
As I'm only playing at cocktail bars, pool parties, vip lounges, chillout clubs and the likes.. This track is already locked in my set. Played it last saturday at The Mansion Amsterdam and got a great crowd response! Thanks for sending me the promo and keep up the good work!

Jeff Bennett, Sweden:
Luvelectro is the one for me, nice one.

Jerry Kaye, USA:
loving the original... nice and groovy. also like the spin science remix..Great release guys!

This is end of part one. The other reactions will follow in brief. ;)

Radio support for Pesto 008: Simone de Nauw - Luv

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While the rest of the world is still waiting for the official release of Simone de Nauw's "Luv", the tune has already received an astounding level of recognition among top DJs from all over the globe.

What definitely helped a lot in gaining attention was Neil Quigley (Urbantorque) playing the Spin Science remix as the opener of his DJ set on John Digweed's legendary "Transitions" on London's Kiss FM. Thank you, Neil!

DJ feedback will be published in a second news bulletin in brief - this one would get way too long...

Further radio stations supporting "Luv":

danceradio.gr
deepology.ru
housefm.com
house-radio.org
Kiss FM London
Kiss FM Ukraine
Proton Radio
Radio 2 Estonia
SSRadio UK

Thanks to all the jocks that incorporated Pesto 008 in their mixes!

The support for Pesto is growing

On top of the people already supporting and playing Pesto 005 by Babak Shayan, some more were adding themselves to the growing front of Pesto supporters:

Dean Facer (UK)
C&M Productions (Switzerland)
Rautemusik.fm (GER)
Henri Kohn (GER, Clubstar & Conya A&R)
DJ Rewerb (GER)
Elias Tzikas (Greece)
Radio 42 (GER, web radio)
Andreas Hansson (Sweden)

Do a little google to find some really nice DJ mixes containing "Azadi" among a bunch of other excellent tunes;)

Pesto 005 now on beatport.com!

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There haven't been too many news here recently. That is because there was a lot of work behind the scenes going on. One of the results can be seen on beatport.com, where the exclusive presales for Babak Shayan - Azadi (Pesto 005) have just started. Support Pesto and buy the tunes like crazy to lift us into some charts! You'll be rewarded with excellent tunes and mixes by a bunch of renowned names of the global dance music scene!

We would also like to remind you that there is still our first PestoCast, covering all the versions in detail including some more info. You can find it here.

Pesto 005 by Babak Shayan already received a tremendous feedback from all over the globe. Here are some quotes:

Subsky (Turkey, dinamo.fm): wicked release! all mixes are really cool, I especially dig chris niteshake! groovyyyyy!!
Tom Morgan (UK, Alternative Route A&R): your mix (Jon Silva's Club Mix) is the pick of the bunch
Jovan (Bulgaria, Relaxator's A&R): I like the track since the time you gave me. Favorite ones are the Original because of the nice and smoothie driving, than Jon Silvas club mix which for me is nice combination
of orient with modern sound of old fashionable acid
Sgt. Chill (Italy, radiodigitale.info): "Azadi" was already an insurance but the bunch of mixes presented with it are all featured by a high quality sound [...] Chris Niteshake's mix is a floorkiller [...] House that succeeds to mix american warm and european intimate darkness
Nima Gorji (Ibiza, Welt, Out of Orbit): Happy to hear some persian vocals on top of quality electronic music. way to go Babak
El Farouki (France): I love this pesto release, it's so deep and driving, will play it!
Thomas Nastos (Greece): Da Funk mix sounds great.Pure funky beats [...] Jon Silva is even better, keeping the funky vibe [...] Chris Niteshake mix [...] with maybe the best approach from all mixes
Alex Flatner (Circle, Monoid, Gedankensport): The Jon Silva is a very catchy and clubby remix i already see people jumping on the dancefloor, the Chris Niteshake ... is very deep and quite sexy... very nice remix. I am sure this release will make its way in many boxes of the djs
Dusan Kacarevic (Serbia): I am not wondering why so many headliner djs choose him to support.Great job again Babak
MDJ (Italy): (Jon Silva's Club Mix) It's a multi-purpose mix, particurally indicated in uplifting phases. Very useful to have it in the bag...I'll' have
DJ Meri (Rulers of the Deep): I love this whole packade.. all mixes are my cup of tea. For every mood and situation on the dancefloor. Very nice work :) Will give radio airplay for sure.. also in club!

Partners with House-Radio.com

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We are proud to announce our partnership with house-radio.com.

This internet radio station started two years ago due to lack of good House music on the internet. The House-Radio people say: “House Music should stay “underground” to keep the music and the scene where it belongs.”

House-Radio.com is managed by volunteers from the first hour who collect, listen, dance and work together with producers to stream the best House Music experience on the internet. House-Radio.com offers streams in 128kBit and 24kBit quality.

Check out their web site now: www.house-radio.com

Pesto 005 "Azadi" by Babak Shayan widely supported!

After the mailout of the Pesto 005 promos, we received heavy feedback. Here are some early opinion leaders:

DJ Meri (Rulers of the Deep / Estonia): charts, djsets, radio airplay
Jeff Bennett (Sweden): charts, airplay, Jussi Pekka RMX appears on the upcoming mix CD "digitalism - mixed by Jeff Bennett" (Feb 2007)
Nima Gorji (Out of Orbit, Welt / Ibiza): charts, djsets, radio airplay
Igor Marijuan (Ibiza Sonica Radio), charts, radio airplay on Ibiza Sonica
Jose Maria Ramon (Ibiza Global Radio): radio airplay on Ibiza Global
El Farouki (Chocoflash, Night Drive, Sexual / France): charts, djsets, radio airplay
Alex Flatner (Circle Music, Monoid / Germany): charts, djsets
DJ Dannyra (Radio Michiocán / Mexico): charts, heavy FM rotation
Joan Ribas (Café del Mar, Delecto / Ibiza): charts, djsets
House FM (Internet radio station): charts, airplay

Also supported by:

Goktug Citci aka Subsky (Turkey), Alessandro Battaglini (Italy, Urban Café on radiodigitale.info), Thomas Nastos (Greece), Marcello Marchitto (Chicaria Records, Germany/Ibiza), Ylar Asmae (Spin Science, Estonia), MDJ (Italy), Steve Mill (Greece), Andrez Nikolov (Bulgaria), Andreas Hansson (Sweden), Replika (Switzerland), Esteban Nuñez (Sweden), Relaxator's (Bulgaria), Nils Pot (Spain), Anthony Vag (Greece), aTaK (Germany) and many others.