mr. jones

Making House music: are you a Long Player or Short Player?

This is the first write-up in a loose series of posts written by guest writers. Today, we have the great pleasure to share Mr. Jones' thoughts with you. For more Pesto news related to Mr. Jones, please click here. These guest posts do not necessarily reflect Pesto Music's position (although they will quite often) but are rather intended as a good starting point for a discussion. Please join in!

House music is a passion most of us have it in the blood, usually the House DJ and producer starts off hearing electronic music at an early age and gets infected by grooves and interesting sounds. This leads to them wanting to know how it’s all done and most DJs end up in some form of training on software and hardware in studios and computer production suites. Some just dabble in it and release the first things they ever make and continue along that trend throughout their careers with no formal training or musical knowledge/skills.
 
It all starts with an obsession for buying new tunes and being at the forefront of the fashion show that is new House music releases. The club scene thrives off imports and new tracks flying about the globe from the thousands of artists and labels.
Here we arrive at the phenomenon of the superstar DJs who play these new signed and unsigned tracks they are sent for free, and labels and artists clamber over each other to get reviews and plays from the heavy hitters. Dark rooms the world over set the scenes for what is cool and what is not cool in the House music genres, and this drives many artists and labels to flow in particular directions based on these trends.
 
Here in lies the problem.
 

Fashion


It seems an unlikely idea that music would be fashionable and artists would be fashionable as opposed to music just being great but it happens and is happening right now. Somehow certain artists and labels can get away with murder releasing anything that the everyday clubber considers to be the current trend, and it will fly off shelves and download stores like its about to run out of stock.
This for many experienced music producers is unfathomable because when they listen to music in their knowledgeable ears and training they understand the complexity and production skills of real House music. So it can be rather perplexing to them when they hear a track made from samples alone with a few FX and not a shred of musical composition added to it, yet somehow it’s blowing the charts up and being played by every DJ on the planet. It is as if music no longer mattered and appreciation of actual composition and musical talent was no longer required. This leads to the next problem.
 

Elitism


There are certain DJs and producers who somehow think when they’re being charted and played by the fashionistas of the scene that they have somehow made it and earned the respect of the scene. The reality of it is that they have only succeeded in becoming a fashion icon of the scene, and everyone knows fashion trends come and go quicker than a punter in a brothel. The side effect of this is the artists or the labels gain a level of elitism that can be noted in their interactions with lesser mortals.
 
The trick in this music scene is not only longevity and dedication but its also being nice to people, because if you're not nice to people and are problematic to those who are going to outlive you in the scene you have a big problem. Longevity is not something that happens over night like a few beat port top ten hits, longevity requires study and sweat. Now most long time artists in the scene you will notice evolve and improve their skill sets. The main players tend to end up becoming more involved in their trade and learn more about production and musical composition, as well as playing musical instruments also they tend to be really nice people to communicate with. This is the level of technical abilities that are worthy of elitism and respect, it is very rare a newcomer arrives on the scene with all these skill sets in tact but when they do it's easily observed.
 
So we finally get to the core of this post.
 

The Frankenstein’s monster of the ego


There are so many artists who can be seen complaining about this or that, and expecting to paid this or that, or to be treat like this or that. It becomes somewhat tiresome for people to have to deal with this repeatedly as it’s the evil twin of the fashion side of the scene. From speaking to many artists and label owners the common complaint I hear is how much throw away material there is in the scene, a lack of musical skill and a lack of sincere communication. If you have got this far into the post you should sit and think about that because while you are thinking about approaching XYZ labels, bear in mind a lot of them talk about this kind of thing in the background to one another. Do you really want to be the person they are talking about? The one they don’t want to work with? The one they see as a fashion accessory?
 

It all boils down to the following


Take some time on thinking what you put into the scene and what you get out of it, because the House music scene has been around 30 years now and is not going anywhere anytime soon. If you plan on making a career from this it is well advised to take your time in your efforts and plan ahead for what you want to get. Do you just want to be a fashionable DJ no one is going to remember in ten years time as the scene evolves and casts off its old rags? Or do you want to be one of those long time personalities who everyone admires and respects for their efforts in the scene?
 
It’s easy to just bang a few tracks out and stand up in the spotlight for five minutes; any of us can do that. It's not so easy to forge a personal connection to your music and peers that actually means something in the long span of time. Be nice, get involved with people in the scene, keep the ego in check and don’t just think you have made it and demand respect. Respect is given and you will know when you get there, most of us are still working towards getting there ourselves.

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.

PestoMix 010 by Mr. Jones (The Disclosure Project)

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What could be better than a brand new DJ mix by...okay, this is getting old now! Any way, we are proud to bring you a brand new PestoMix, this time by Mr. Jones of "The Disclosure Project" fame.

If his name sounds familiar to your ears, it might be due to countless top notch releases and remix works both on Disclosure Project Recordings, the label of Mr. Jones and JP Phillippe, as well as on many other labels. We also had the great pleasure to release a remix of The Disclosure Project on our Pesto 012 release by the Cloudsteppers project some time ago. And you will have to expect a Jon Silva remix to be released on Disclosure Project Recordings in a couple of weeks.

As you can imagine, we are more than happy to present the 10th issue of our PestoMix series by Mr. Jones featuring a mouth watering track list:

01. Ballet Mechanique - Kiss My Groove [Disclosure Project]
02. Frankman - Eikma (Alex V Remix) [Sophisticate]
03. Suel - Drifting [Vintage Music]
04. A Few Dudes - A NiceTrip (Replika Remix) [Deepology]
05. Bucher & Kessidis - Zone Out [Etoka]
06. Pablo Fierro - Hold Me Back [Stratospherik]
07. Pablo Fierro - Just Break It (Simbad Remix) [Stratospherik]
08. Pablo Fierro - Just Break It (Soul Minority Remix) [Stratospherik]
09. Da Funk - White Wipe [Elevation]
10. Da Funk - Tollkirschen [Elevation]
11. Roy Mclaren - Bowled Over [Disclosure Project]
12. De Giraffe feat. Marta - Pray Of Doll (Daniel Kyo Remix) [Disclosure Project]
13. Yasuo Sato - Recapitulation [NDM]

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