Tel Aviv-based DJ/producer Guy Gerber has been in the news a lot in recent months. This season he took the reigns at Pacha in Ibiza, setting up his Wisdom of the Glove party after the club’s owners gave the boot to their resident DJs in an effort to bring back the essence of the Balearic sound and vibe. Gerber is also partners in Verboten’s new club opening soon in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. If that wasn’t enough, last month he dropped a free album, Who’s Stalking Who?, brimming with a choice selection of deep, techy tracks.
During a brief North American jaunt, Gerber joined Sasha and Maya Jane Coles at Verboten’s Stageone party last weekend at the Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn. We caught up with Gerber before his set and asked him why he gave his new album away for zero shekels.
He says giving away the album seemed like a good idea because it was a nice departure from the traditional setup required for album releases, one that doesn’t work well for an artist who admits that he’s sometimes lacking in patience. The wisecracking Gerber mused that he’s “not a righteous person” for doing such a kind act. “I’m the Larry David of techno.”
Simon Green, the one-man musical force behind Bonobo, broke out in a big way with his 2010 downtempo masterpiece Black Sands, an acclaimed album whose impact was unexpected but much deserved. Nearly four years later, Green, a Brit who now calls Brooklyn home, has turned heads once again with The North Borders, an album that finds him exploring darker, glitchier beats and collaborating with the likes of Erykah Badu and an array of rising talents.
Before setting off on his world tour supporting the new release, we caught up with Green on a rooftop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and asked him to talk about the creative path he traveled on in order to go from Black Sands to The North Borders.
Legendary L.A. beatmaster DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill fame recently visited New York City and we connected with the production icon to find out how he discovered bass music and how it culminated into his Bass in Your Face featuring cameos by Chuck D, Dizzee Rascal, Danny Brown and more. “The thought came in about ’09,” Muggs tells us in this exclusive BSTV video. “I sat down, I grabbed the MPC and I go, This ain’t gonna work. So then it became a learning process for me — learning the production techniques of electronic music which is way different from how I produce hip-hop. I took about six months to learn and study.”
“I’m addicted to bass,” he confessed, adding that the beats are done for his next two albums. “I’m gonna keep making my hip-hop albums. I’ve got an experimental album coming out called Cross My Heart, and I’m gonna keep making my bass records and experimenting and push sound and push dimensions with this. Music is free, man. It’s in the air. There should be no boundaries and no limits on it.”
British bass explorer Zomboy (a.k.a Joshua Mellody) has been releasing tracks for only a brief period of time, but thanks to issuing down-and-dirty productions like “Organ Donor” he’s quickly connected with a growing legion of followers around the world. His sound, which encompasses a smorgasbord of dubstep, electro, drumstep and a lil’ bit of moombahton, has been particularly accepted in the U.S., which translated last year into a Stateside debut at Electric Daisy Carnival (of all places!) and a steady stream of club dates in North America.
“Americans in particular have way more energy than anywhere else I’ve played in the world,” Zomboy told us in this exclusive video interview before his show last week at Gramercy Theater in New York City.
Currently on the road supporting The Dead Symphonic EP, Zomboy also discussed how traveling inspires his creative process, his upcoming track with Lady Chann due out in March and why Never Say Die label boss SKisM remains the DJ who changed his life.
Several Big Shot readers have reached out to us about The Prodigy‘s appearance on the cover of the current issue (see the Letters section in the next issue). A few others have weighed in online about the video clip from the rambunctious photo shoot conducted by legendary photographer Mick Rock. Here’s another clip of Mick shooting the venerable UK group.
New York’s Phenomenal Handclap Band is an amazing New York City-based eight-piece band whose sound is a disparate blend of funky disco and uptempo soul music. PHB just released their self-titled debut album, and buzzwaves are being felt as far as England (where they will perform in July) and Spain. Big Shot caught up with PHB’s Daniel and Sean and got the scoop on their booty shaking live show and upcoming dates in Europe.