2017 Rewind: Phunkadelica

Phunkadelica

How was 2017 for you?
Phunkadelica: 2017 was nothing but great for PKA, as it introduced us to the public with our project, thanks to the trust Engrave’s guys gave us.

Highlights?
Of course finding us in the Beatport Indie Dance Top 100 two days after our debut, because this can only mean, regardless of the number of tracks sold, that our music is appreciated. It makes us so proud, because it’s a project we consider “original” as it’s inspired by so many other things but still elaborates everything in its own way. This is what we aim for.

Lowlights?
There may not have been any? 🙂

Song of the year?
The Orielles – “Sugar Tastes Like Salt” (Andrew Weatherall Tastes Like Dub Mix Pt.1 Live Bass) (Heavenly Recordings)

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
Two amazing things may be yet to come in 2018, and we’re already working on them: our first album and our first live show. We’re thrilled!!!

@Phunkadelica

2017 Rewind: Degray

Degray

How was 2017 for you?
Degray: I think 2017 was a good year. It felt like the year passed by very quickly. I’ve released more music last year reaching the fifth EP on Parse Audio and have been massively occupied preparing a lot of things for 2018, like finally starting to release physical records, preparing my live set, etc. So 2017 was maintenance mode in preparation for a lot of new things to come in 2018.

Highlights?
The release of my Origin series and hearing both EPs in a continuous mix which I’ve done as part of my live preparation has been a very exciting experience. In general, getting excited to release and create new music and art has been the highlight.

Lowlights?
Mainly been the difficulties of running a label as well as being an artist, from time management to promotion to listening and searching for new music. it’s hard keeping the balance.

Song of the year?
Fabrizio Lapiana’s “Far Away” or Four Tet’s “Daughter.” Both are great.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
To continue pursuing my view on music and release records that I like and to finally get my live set ready for the road.

@Degray

You Can Now Learn to DJ in VR

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As more artists tap the power of virtual reality to create immersive 360° music videos as a means to further their artistic expression, Tribe VR, a VR/AR company, has teamed up with DJ Kryoman (a.k.a. Andrew Moore) and Pyramind, a San Francisco-based music school, to develop an immersive learning experience for aspiring DJs.

Tribe’s VR DJ school offers insight on how to virtually DJ and mix music using a virtual setup, with wannabe DJs learning the controls and techniques from Tribe’s virtual DJ mentors and mix sets.

The free play zone includes Kryoman’s tracks. Upcoming lessons include: beat-matching basics mixing techniques and DJ masterclasses. Tribe VR’s DJ school experience is available now on Oculus Rift for a launch price of $3.99.

tribe vr dj setup

Obligatory press release gush from Tom Impallomeni, co-founder and CEO of Tribe VR: “The team here at Tribe are a group of wannabe superstar DJs. We all love music and see VR as a way to remove the barriers to learning to DJ and produce music. It’s such a natural fit for VR, a multi-sensory experience which and opens up a whole world of possibilities for learning and creation. We hope that fans enjoy their first taste of DJing in VR as much as we have!”

2017 Rewind: UUn

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How was 2017 for you?
UUn: 2017 was a big year for me. I moved from my lifelong hometown of Kansas City to Detroit which has been great a source of inspiration. This resulted in quite a few EP releases which I am really happy with. I also played in some of my favorite places in the USA, including New York City, Denver, and Detroit.

Highlights?
Probably releasing my label’s first vinyl, Ego Death 003. I visited Europe for the first time, spending seven days in Berlin and 13 days in Amsterdam for ADE. Already planning my next trip!

Lowlights?
I didn’t perform live as much as I’d like, as I spent most of the year in the studio working on a bunch of releases. I have a lot of big things coming out in 2018 from this period so I will be able to focus on playing out more which will be nice!

Song of the year?
GAS – “Narkopop 10”


What’s your New Year’s resolution?

To divide my time better between production, promotion, and performing. To improve my production techniques and live performance. It’s a lifelong journey!

@UUn

2017 Rewind: Lucky Sun

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How was 2017 for you?
Tom Lown: I finally managed to release my debut album after tinkering away for a couple of years, which I’m really pleased with.

Highlights?
Camping in the sun with my family in France.

Lowlights?
Camping in the rain with my family in France.

Song of the year?
“Bullets” featuring Little Dragon by Kaytranada. This is just great. It manages to straddle the line between sounding a bit retro but very fresh and now. Very cool production/sound with top vocals from Little Dragon. I actually Shazzamed this in a shop in Cambridge then bought the album.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
Start working on the tricky second album.

@Lucky Sun

2017 Rewind: Joe Morris

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How was 2017 for you?
Joe Morris: A bit of a mixed bag. Some great things and some not so great things have come to pass. Musically not as busy as last year but I’ve travelled more this year than any other.

Highlights?
Getting the opportunity to DJ in some new places, such as New York and Moscow and a particularly great gig in Berlin in May.

Lowlights?
I’ve not had any particular musical low points. I guess the continuing concerning rise of divisive situations we’re seeing across Europe and the World at the moment worries me.

Song of the year?
MAMA – “Unmask Me” (Ashley Beedle Remix)

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
To spend more time working on my own projects. I can be my own worst enemy with trying to juggle too many things so I’m making a conscious effort to streamline and focus on some things I’ve been wanting to work on for a long time.

@Joe Morris