DJ Sneak Is Fired Up About His Murk Collaboration


DJ Sneak and Murk’s “To The Bassline” collaboration out now on Exploited Records is a track to really get excited about. When we first heard it back in April, our jaws dropped and it immediately became our Track of the Moment. How did the two legendary house-music entities get together to forge the epic, bass-heavy 10-minute stunner? We caught up with DJ Sneak (a.k.a. The House Gangster) to find out about how the union happened and if future collaborations with his Miami homies are in the works.

You can collaborate with almost anyone in dance music. How did you come to connect with Oscar and Ralph from Murk for this new track?
DJ Sneak: I’ve always been a true fan of the Murk boys. We were finally able to chill, smoke and talk about things in the scene. We all felt like it was time for us to step into the studio and make some magic happen. Everybody wants to think they are house music producers but it’s clear by this collaboration that it takes a couple of OGs to get it right. It’s all based on years of experience, whether it be moving a dance floor or making the beats in the studio. Oscar and I have it down. This collab is only the beginning, I love to work with people that can be creative and really step up the game to make good music; the rest is really about sharing ideas and “stemz” to work in our own individual studios. We’re flowing well with what we’re doing but I’m also looking forward till we hook up in a phat studio and really take it to the next dimension.

Did you work on the music together in the studio, or did you work virtually by sending files to each other?
We did some file sharing ’cause of our hectic DJ schedules. I can only imagine what kind of music will come out when we get our scheduled locked in and can get into the studio together. Future projects to come!

“I’ve always been a true fan of the Murk Boys. We were finally able to chill, smoke and talk about things in the scene. We all felt like it was time for us to step into the studio and make some magic happen. Everybody wants to think they are house music producers but it’s clear by this collaboration that it takes a couple of OGs to get it right.”

We heard you simply sent the tracks over to the Exploited after they didn’t hear from you for a while. What were you up to during this time? Why the radio silence?
I got a crazy schedule and life. Things take priority as they need to. I work on music all year but especially in the winter months. I stay busy with as much as I can produce and remix. This project was sent to a few people but I felt that a label like Exploited could do the best for it. I stay visible but when I need to go underground to recharge that’s just what I do. I’m not really a radio friendly type of producer. I make music from the heart and things that fans can appreciate for many years to come — ask anybody about their DJ Sneak 12″ collection. If things land on radio I can’t be mad at it. But I don’t direct my music toward radio; I make it for DJs.

What are your plans for the summer? Is there a track other than your own that you’re really excited about?
Summer is very booked and very busy indeed. I have a great selection of festivals lined up, a ton of club dates across Europe and many other Sneak Attacks ready for the world. I’m mad busy in Ibiza all summer with a nice assortment of gigs, as well as the fun with the I’M A HOUSE GANGSTER brand which is getting lots of love from all crews on the island. Hopefully one day we’ll have the time to set the IAHG residency up but for now we’re keeping them special for the hot spots ADE, BPM, WMC, Sonar and others. I have more records dropping as the weeks get hotter, repressing vinyl of my next few Magnetic Recordings EPs, more IAHG label releases and podcast. It’s busy for real! I am pushing out as much Sneak music as you can handle. I hope you all are ready for another great season. Big love to all that support, and welcome to the House of Sneak. If you’re just getting into house music, I’d be happy to be your host and director on this fantastic musical journey.

DJ Sneak & Murk’s “To The Bassline” is out now on Exploited. Sneak’s 50th release on Magnetic Recordings, Moody Warehouse Music Vol. 1, is out digitally on June 16 and available on vinyl on June 30.

Track of the Moment: DJ Sneak & Murk’s “To The Bassline”

DJ Sneak & Murk - To The Bassline

Chicago meets Miami on this supremely funky union between house music legends DJ Sneak (who we all know has lived in Toronto for some time now) and Murk’s Oscar G and Ralph Falcon. Murk’s low-end theory, which dates back to early classics like 1992’s “Some Luvin’,” connects with Sneak’s skill for laying down some serious swing on a club tracks, is unquestionably a home run. The epic collaboration, which clocks in at ten minutes, is destined to be make dance floors sweat this summer, from Ibiza to points beyond. Look for its official release on April 14 via Berlin’s Exploited Records, featuring artwork by Berlin-based street artist Nomad.

Premiere: Steve Lawler – “Avaida (The Organ Track)”

Steve Lawler Avaida

The Floridian trifecta known as Winter Music Conference/Ultra Music Festival/Miami Music Week usually makes March a special month in a DJ’s life. This March is perhaps the most important one for superstar DJ/producer Steve Lawler as it will see the arrival of the most special release of his life: the birth of his daughter, Avaida.

To mark this beautiful occasion, Lawler’s first release of 2013 is “Avaida (The Organ Track),” a track that shares its name with his daughter-to-be. An anthem heard in Lawler’s VIVa Warriors sets last year in Ibiza, the soaring nine-minute house odyssey, which is complete with a sinewy bassline and driving organ melody, regularly set dance floors alight. Now it is officially released as a special vinyl picture disc for the world to savor.

“I named this track after my darling daughter-to-be, because like making a baby this record took me on and off 9 months to make,” says Lawler of the track which also features a remix by Murk. “This record means a lot to me — it has taken many, many hours to make this record what it is, produced with analogue equipment made the way music used to be made and was mixed down on a mixing desk like the old days.”

We’re extremely pleased to premiere “Avaida (The Organ Track)” and send our warmest wishes to the Lawlers.