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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!

West Coast Collective - free download

Oh, and while we are at "free downloads": here's another one you definitely shouldn't miss!

My bro Ricardo Torres of West Coast Collective (WCC) fame has just posted a new mix on his page. WCC Radio is broadcasted via SSRadio UK, the mix is available in AAC and MP3 format.
Contained are lots of hi profile artists such as Jay-J, Yass, Oliver Desmet, Kerri Chandler and lots more.

click here for the download link and a full track list

Selected links #002

Tips for running a label in 2009 - some of the statements are not only true for 2009, article lacks a bit of depth - still a nice read though. Check out the comments, too!
Production Advice - freshly launched blog providing, you guessed it, advice on your productions. Also features insights on different aspects of music production, mixing and mastering
50 things every Mac geek should know - not really, still an interesting read though if you want to find out more about Apple
Togu Audio Line - audio plugin developer from Switzerland, maker of bad-ass TAL-Uno-62 - freeware Roland Juno plugin and others for OS X and Windoze (consider donating though)
TAL-Uno-62 - nice read about the above plugin
Below The Radar showreel - quite impressive pile of class A clients my bro Ricardo Torres has been working for, you have seen one or another ad for sure

Use the board, young Skywalker!

Defected, Pesto and the copyrights

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

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

Hi Tony,

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


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


Fully agree with you here.

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


I do second that!

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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


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

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



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

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

cheers...Jost



Best Regards#TG


PestoMix 008 by Ricardo Torres - New & Improved

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

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

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

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




Get your dose of West Coast madness, pure soul and early summer feeling here:
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