Traxsource

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!


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.

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

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" 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.

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: 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!

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

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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!]

Traxsource: Miami Insider Tips

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

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



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