fredag den 27. maj 2011

Imugem Orihasam Shares Ol' Vinyl on the NWS Cast #013

Not many pictures can be found of Imugem Orihasam. That kind of adds to the whole presumption many people have about the Japanese being a modest and humble people. Having got to know Imugem some bit that presumption has for me become an awareness. On the north island of Japan, long away from Tokyo Imugem resides making some of the deepest tunes of electronic music coming out of Japan. He releases on Ilian Tape, Finale Sessions, Esperanza and the new Berlin label Nsyde Music This is a personality we at NWS want to meet musically. This set is much like the cassette mixtapes a lot of us made back in the day for our own - or some loved one's - listening pleasure. Your selector Imugem Orihasam says "hi!":

Q: Tell us about yourself Imugem. You are working with public
transportation right? 

A: My name is Imugem Orihasam, I was born and raised in Japan.
I was making Hip Hop music in the mid 90's-2001 and I met great old music and vinyls all over the world through Hip Hop artists who sampled music like DJ Premire, Pete Rock, Main Source etc... It's things what I never heard before. Also in those days I was working for a second hand vinyl shop, in there I found some great records and met some collectors too. So this is an introduction to my music as far as I remember.  Now I am working with transportation yes. That's not good. But I lessen time there and I want to spend more time making music.
Q: Japan is known among DJ's from Europe and the US, to be a place for
some really amazing parties. What's the scene like over there?

A: To be honest I don't go to parties - well, though I think it's not bad, it's not big like Europe though (some friends of mine are trying to some goods as the best).

Q: You are not a DJ you told me, but still you made this amazing mix,
which I really connect too. The music reminds me soo much of all the
cool tracks I heard when growing up. Is that what you had in mind with
this mix or is it something ells?

A: I sold lot's of vinyls for money and I know there is strong vinyl collectors in the world and I am no match for them. So songs in this mix are just what I like. Much respect to all songs and artists that's included in this mixtape.

Q: Tell us about your productions. What is your aim with your music?

A: I'm doing mainly 4/4 electronic music now, people grasp that kind of dance music. That's very nice but I don't care about danceable or not. Also I think music is not just style. I want to expand capacity as inside of myself and should challenge various things that I never did before - I don't finish in only one field, that's my aim.
Also currently I should get more and more vinyl releases ... Especially I want to do more Techno than my previous releases.

Q: What are you views on vinyl?

A: Vinyl is very good, but music is most important. That's what I think.
More of my vinyl releases coming very soon, check me out!
Thanks Samuel for all, big up to labels and all the parties concerned, big love to my wife Megumi.

DJ: Imugem Orihasam

torsdag den 12. maj 2011

Esther Duijn gives you NWS Cast #012

picture: Esther in the mix!

We're back once again people!

This time Esther Duijn from the Netherlands brings you a cool mix. Many things can be said about Esther: She's talented both as a DJ and as a producer, she's beautiful and she's a vinyl enthusiast - a collector who is passionate about the analouge media. Esther Duijn first cought our attention when the D.A.D. (a collaboration between Esther, Steady Douglas and Anonym) EP from the label Exquisite Music came out in 2009. Her ability to bring soul and groove into her production and mixes is outstanding and turns everything she touches into a deep story that will keep you intrigued by it. 

She recently signed with our friends from Geography Records and just released the debut EP on the label Feel Harmonic with Steady Douglas and with a remix from Anton Zap himself.

NWS is all about the personal stuff so we wanted to give the listeners and readers a chance to meet Esther in the form of a little interview:

Q: Who is Esther Duijn? Tell us a bit about yourself.

Esther: Duijn (last name sounds like "Dune").. I have been a electronic music lover since 11 years old, started playing records at 15. The way producers & dj’s created a fantasy world with these rhythmic electronic sounds inspired me to make & play the music I loves so much. I have been collecting vinyls for over a decade now. And started making music about 4 years ago. Music is my first love and it will be my last lol =)

Q: You recently signed with swedish Geography Records who are friends of NWS and only does vinyl releases. How did you meet the guys and what's the pros and cons with vinyl-only releases do you think?

Esther: I have had the privilege to play in both Gothenburg, Stockholm and Malmo. I met the Geography boys through the guys who booked me in Gothenburg (Fabian, Alex, Goran etc). It was a mouth 2 mouth add actually to be honest. And Adam and Oscar listened to my sets and our Duijn & Douglas releases and they liked it.. So they booked me and one thing lead to the other. Both Steady Douglas and me are proud to be artists on this HQ deep label!!
Also you asked about vinyl only releases.. There are a couple of labels we work with that do vinyl-only and I love that. I am a vinyl dj  by heart, as I mentioned before I collect vinyls myself. So when Steady and me release tracks they have to be pressed on vinyl. But as evolution is undeniable I do see the benefit of doing a digi-release next to vinyls. So I prefer myself that the vinyl is released and after a month the digi comes as well... We can't deny the new technology. Though for me personally I always play the vinyl iso the digital.

Q: You also just released a track on Feel Harmonic with Steady Douglas. I know you have worked with him for a long time but how did you come to work together?

Esther: I meet Steady Douglas 4 years ago at a local Amsterdam event called Voidd, He was involved with Voidd for many years and they asked me if I wanted to come and play for them.. He has been making music from the time you still cut tape to sample sounds and I was just working on making music myself for a little while. I asked him if he could teach me some stuff and we sat together. It turned out we had an amazing click, he liked my deep approach on music and I think he is a groovemaster pur sang.. We became very good friends in the process so Duijn & Douglas was born.

Q: About the set. It has a deep dubby vibe this one, What is it about the genre that speaks to you? and what does it say? :-)

Esther: I have always been fascinated about the deeper sounds of electronic music weather it is deephouse, deep disco dub, deep detroit techno. I like to find new ways to approach that deeper sound. Sometimes I play mixes that are purely one style but for this mix I mixed dubtechno & the deeper chicago sound in a more uptempo vibe.. for me all my sets represent what I love and I want to share my love with you... so I hope you love it too ;)

DJ:   Esther Duijn