In a hotel lobby far, far away, two longtime friends and music-industry peers — Sydney Blu and Jesse “The Scumfrog” Houk — sat down for a alk about life, music, collaboration and more. Blu is currently riding high after releasing her full-length debut, Relentless, in July on Black Hole Recordings. Houk, who relocated from NYC to New Mexico and has his new track “Spin” dropping soon on Blu’s Blu Music label, continues to expand upon the fiery 4/4 blueprint he etched when he hit the global scene 15 years ago, never looking back or compromising his sound over the years. Sit back, relax and get ready tobe a fly on the wall as the two friends kick it in a captivating conversation. Continue Reading
A chance post-DJ set meeting between house masters Harry Romero and Joeski at Winter Music Conference 2014 planted the seed of what has blossomed into a beautiful musical collaboration. Fueled by a mutual desire to shake up dance music’s status quo, their HR & SKI alliance has presented them with plenty of room to innovate on their own terms. With releases out now on esteemed imprints Nervous, Suara, Stereo, Defected and Maya, they’ve only scratched the tip of the artistic iceberg.
This month the twosome drop an extra special release, “Ghetto Jazz,” on DJ Sneak’s trusted I’m A House Gangster. Reminiscent of the jazz-soaked style Pal Joey explored in the early ’90s (remember “Hot Music”?), the duo, who play on two mixers and four decks simultaneously, put their own spin on blending jazz with house music for intoxicating results.
With so many years of experience and their collective fingers on the global pulse of house music, we asked the gents to interview each other about whatever was on their minds. Here’s their unfiltered discussion.
HR & SKI’s Ghetto Jazz EP is out July 20, 2015 on DJ Sneak’s I’m A House Gangster. Catch them at Verboten in Brooklyn on July 17, 2017. Continue Reading
New York City house master Onionz and Barcelona-based techno legend Funk D’Void have crossed paths many times, remixing each other’s tracks over the years. This week both esteemed mixers will grace the decks at Electrik Soul NYC, a party helmed by Onionz’s label featuring Big Apple jocks DJ Spun, Eli Escobar and Lemar Soulflower. When we heard about the event we convinced Onionz to put on his reporter hat and ask Funk D’Void a few questions. What transpired was a fantastic meeting of the minds.