Occultists is a new Berlin-based techno label. While there are imprints labels galore in founder James Demon’s home city, Occultists is attempting to find its own sonic niche by forging a sound that speaks to disparate moods. In celebration of the release of the label’s second musical offering, the five-track Book Of Shadows: Various Spells Vol. 1 EP featuring tracks by Adra, Dugong, F600 and Zoid^, Demon, who is also featured on the release, turns in a dark and brooding Big Shot Guest Mix.
Demon, who will release an EP on Occultists in October, fastidiously stuffs his 18-track set with upfront tracks and older gems by Planetary Assault Systems, Ellen Allien, Matrixxman, and The Horrorist.
Here’s what Demon had to say about the inspiration behind the mix:
I created this mix that defines the way that I currently like to play in clubs. The mix contains current and old music as I find it important to find the balance between the two. The concept behind Occultists is finding the balance between the dark and light while not being afraid to travel into the darkness to find the other. In my mixes it is important for me to find the balance while still giving the audience what they want on the dance floor. As I grew as an artist, especially in Berlin where I live, I was finally able to fine-tune what I define as my sound. I look at music in a very esoteric way so I don’t stick to just one spectrum of electronic music. If I hear a track and it makes my imagination run wild in that way then I know that I have found a gem. I also look at DJing as creating a ritual for people to dance and lose themselves, this is one thing that many people don’t realize that our nightclubbing is basically a type of modern ritual. Hope you enjoy the mix and that it takes you on a magical journey through a piece of my world.
Hit the play below and catch the Occultist label night at SchwuZ in Berlin on July 13.
Big Shot Guest Mix 334: James Demon
- Intro – Blair Meets The Love Witch
- James Demon – Old Magick – Occultists
- Planetary Assault Systems – Function 4 (Chris Liebing 2011 Rework) – Mote-Evolver
- Jeroen Search – Compressive Strength – Figure SPC
- Sluts’n’Strings And 909 – Summerbreeze – Sender Records
- Adra – Ami – Occultists
- Ellen Allien – Physical – BPitch Control
- Matrixxman – Augmented (Gherkin Jerks Lab Chaos Mix) – Spectral Sound
- Israel Vines – Gatekeepers – Eye Teeth
- Evigt Mörker – Unity And Rose – Semantica Records
- Terence Fixmer – Trace To Noweher – Ostgut Ton
- JP Enfant – Project Northwoods – LET Recordings
- Gareth Wild – Attack At Titan – EarToGround Records
- Chris Liebing & Speedy J – Lava – NovaMute
- Ancient Methods – Born Of Ashes – Persephonic Sirens
- The Horrorist – Mission Ecstasy (Remixed By The Hacker) – Acardipane Records
- The Age Of Love – The Age Of Love (Watch Out For Stella Club Mix) – React
- Outro – Burkittsville