2018 Rewind: Jesse Saunders

Jesse Saunders

How was 2018 for you?

Jesse Saunders: 2018 was an amazing year for me. Lots of great things developed, lots of amazing things happened and our Chosen Few House Music festival was bigger than ever!

Highlights?

🔥2018 started off in a big way with my annual birthday tour. This year it was bigger than ever hitting 12 cities in the month of March.

🔥Then the BBC TV series Can You Feel it which I feel is the most comprehensive historical piece on house music was a monumental success featuring myself.

🔥My release Kaleidoscope hit the top 10 across the board on iTunes, Spotify, Traxsource and Beatport.

🔥I received another pioneering award from the city of Chicago’s DiVinci Manor landmark foundation.

🔥But the biggest highlight of 2018 was being an associate producer for the I love The 90s show, which was the first hip-hop residency on the Las Vegas strip.

Lowlights?

The troubled soul Avicii’s death.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

2019 brings the 35th anniversary of house music as we know it today with the release of “On & On.” January 20, 1984 was the date that this journey of house music began. My resolution for 2019 is to bring as many celebrations to as many people around the world so they can share in the joy and happiness that house music brings! I’m proud to bring forth the 35th anniversary remixes featuring DeMarcus Lewis (No Way Back remix), Stacy Kidd, Matthew Brian (Dark remix), VeeV from Canada (Revolving remix) and Jerome Baker and myself with the Originator remix. I want to everyone who house music has infected to being a part of history in the making.

@JesseSaunders

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2018 Rewind: Dedric Moore (Monta At Odds)

Monta At Odds

How was 2018 for you?

Dedric Moore: 2018 was a great year musically. After four years of working on our album, Argentum Dreams, it finally came together. So many different versions of the album came and went so it was nice to settle on the song list and work the mixes into a cohesive unit. Partnering with 8D Industries was a great motivation to get things done and present the release in a professional manner.

Highlights?

Having Andrew Weatherall spin our tracks on his radio show and give the album high praise did it for me. For Delaney it was having his early inspiration/hero Laurent Garnier comment that he loved the album. Collectively, holding the vinyl in your hand and then giving it a spin always sends nervous chills down our spines.

Lowlights?

I had health issues that date back to almost two years ago. After a ruined vacation in Colorado with a crazy ride through the mountains in the back of an ambulance and the tech repeating that heart surgery is an easy procedure — but stay calm, heart was fine. I did have surgery in August and I am finally feeling normal. Delaney has been working on a couple business projects that are fantastic opportunities but he won’t be able to perform live shows with the band. He brings that magical chaos that pushes our extended sonic exploration into the atmosphere when we cut loose. He jokes that the band sounds tighter without him.

Song of the year?  

“Discogedanken” by Klaus Johann Grobe

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

First off is trying to enjoy the moment and really have some fun with music. It’s tough sometimes to keep up with the biz side of music and you forget to just enjoy playing and making music. I never want to feel like it is a job. Music is a magical thing that comes out of your imagination. Music is an aural dream that makes its way to your fingers, feet, and vocal chords and bounces out into your vision of what music is. Delaney wants to have the follow-up EP or album finished by the end of the year. I’d be thrilled for that to happen. Another facet of enjoying the music is that I’d like to play some festivals this year. With eight band members on stage it can be tough to work out logistics to actually go to a different city and perform. It’s been over three years since we played live so that is both frightening and exhilarating.

@MontaAtOdds

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2018 Rewind: Rituals of Mine

Rituals of Mine

How was 2018 for you?

2018 was super productive, healthy, mostly positive (compared to previous years). I felt very inspired this year.

Highlights?

Touring with Garbage
Making our debut in the UK
Losing 25 pounds (hollllla)
Being chosen as the Yerba Buena City of the Arts/San Francisco as one of their Top 100 Most Inspiring People of 2018

Lowlights?

The current administration (every single day)
The terrible fires going on right now in California

Song of the year?

Tirzah – Do You Know

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

To remain focused and stop doubting myself. To go for what I want – every single time.

@RitualsofMine

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2018 Rewind: Khan (Of Finland)

khan of finland

How was 2018 for you?

Khan (Of Finland): 2018 was a great year for me. I live in Berlin and the local techno all-stars Killekill and Metabanana.airforce invited me to curate a new 12” label for them. So I started Temple Traxx specializing in sleazy drum machine music. It is also directly connected to Temple Records, my record shop and label back [which I ran] in the ’90s out of NYC. I started with a few re-issues but also dug out some unreleased material by Bizz O.D., 4E or Jammin’ Unit and Kerosene as Izmir Acid (out 2019). I have tons of acid tracks in my archive including unreleased mixes by Air Liquide, Alec Empire, Gusgus, and endless more. I think I transferred something like 150 hours of electronic music from DAT (digital audio tape) to my computer. I guess that is enough material to keep Temple Traxx going until 2099.

Highlights?

I started a tea dance party with Eric D. Clark here in Berlin called the T, every last Sunday of the month at Paloma. It’s a house-music party with a bit of disco sprinkled in. The party starts at 3pm during the day and is over by 11pm. The promotion was only word of mouth and some business cards we handed out personally. It brought me back into DJing house and disco music, and I totally love it. People only come for the music and the amazing chill vibe. It’s a party with no zombie factor and non of that elite Berlin door bullshit. It’s 100 percent how I want a party to be like: deep!

Lowlights?

I think the lowlights of 2018 is the rise of right-wing and conservatives all over the world. I grew up in Germany with a Turkish passport. I lived in NYC on a Turkish passport until 9/11. Life changed after that date, and I left the United States. I realized how fragile a society is and how important it is to keep everybody’s rights equal. The club has always been a utopian place for me. There is no race, religion or gender in the disco lights.

Song of the year?

Childish Gambino – This Is America (and best video, too)

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

Don’t get sour in this acidic environment!

@Khan(OfFinland)

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