Roland’s iconic TR-909 has often imitated but never duplicated. Partially analog, partially sample-based, the 909, which made history as the first MIDI-equipped drum machine, was introduced in 1984. While only 10,000 units were manufactured, this lil’ beige box gave forward-thinking producers in Chicago, New York, Detroit and London the ability to collectively forge the blueprint of hip-hop, house and techno.
All these years later the 909’s influence continues to be heard. We asked producers intimate with the Roland TR-909 to wax poetic about this magical machine that’s been the heartbeat of several generations.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last couple of years, odds are you’re at least passingly familiar with Jerry Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, where he takes a ride with a different comic in each episode, on their way to have coffee, shooting the breeze about everything and anything along the way. Well now that concept has extended to the DJ world, at least for one video, in the form of DJs in Cars Reviewing Promos. The DJs in question are Demuir and Mark Farina, and in the clip, which is about the length of its Seinfeld-starring inspiration, they do exactly what the title promises.
If you ever thought the life of a DJ was glamorous, this video will disabuse you of that notion pretty quickly, as you watch Demuir and Farina drive around Toronto, discussing such pulse-pounding topics as the Demuir remix that Chuck Love refused, fishing and the navigation of the Starbucks drive-thru as they make an espresso run. Along the way they check out a few new tracks from Chuck Love, Brothers Behind the Light, and others. So, are you longer for it to turn into a series yet?
In our 2014 Rewind feature Toronto house producer Demuir was stoked about Mark Farina releasing a pair of his EPs on Great Lakes Audio label, humbly sharing that “I feel that I have grown in many areas of my life and the progress has been reflected in my music and those I have come into contact with.”
Demuir’s maturation continues to soar in the right direction. Next month he kicks his career into high gear by releasing his Past To Future EP on DJ Sneak’s I’m A House Gangster imprint. On three riveting and diverse cuts doused with some seriously sick beats, Demuir explores bumping’ jack-astic Chicago (“Whatcuwhooooant?!”), deep house (“Drama Untied”) and raw dance floor funk (“The Cheerleader”).
In advance of his big release on IAHG, we asked the man himself to talk up fives tunes that are rocking his world.
Demuir’s Past To Future EP will be released on March 16, 2015 on I’m A House Gangster. Catch him at NYC Swing on March 7 in Toronto.Continue Reading →