John Digweed, Dixon, Carl Craig, Richie Hawtin, Danny Tenaglia, David Morales, Luciano, Sasha, Maceo Plex, Dubfire, Steve Lawler, Kerri Chandler, Solomun, Danny Howells, Robert Owens, Dave Seaman, Roger Sanchez, Djinxx, Martin Buttrich, Ian Carey, CamelPhat, Petar Dundov, Jeremy Olander, Joseph Capriati, Anna Lunoe (Beats Radio), T Williams (Radio 1), Adriatique, Secret Cinema, Sister Bliss
After having worked on many large commercial projects throughout 2015 with Sony Music and Universal Records, being nominated for several Juno Awards, winning the SOCAN Awards 2015 Dance Record of the Year, going Number 1 on the Billboard Charts in 7 countries, and having a double platinum record of my own song ‘Goodbye’ feat. Islove, it was important for me to musically reach back to my underground house roots. Getting lost in a sea of A&R’s and indecision-makers, and going through an entirely new process of commercial record writing – with session musicians, vocalists, lyricists etc. – it was the opposite world of writing that I made my records (and success) from many years ago. I needed to take a break and get back to writing these instrumental pieces where the riffs ARE the vocal lines, and the vibe was a sort of hypnotic mysticism mixed with late night mind bending chasers.
‘Into The Deep’ is a celebration of forward thinking progressive house music – a dash of eccentric and brash synth melodies juxtaposed with bright uppity grand piano chords and warped out arpeggiations. This is a cohesive body of music here and I wrote this all from around August of 2015 until October(around 3 months).
The first single EP from this album is called ‘Into The Deep’ and it has a
very rich sound to it especially in the baseline. I used a custom series 80 Neve console to get that wide character and the whole piece just really glued together with my mixing approach on this one. I love the synths in the midsection and the texture to those sounds. Perfect for late night dark room mash out venues. On the B Side is ‘Bumblebee’ and that one is a Space Ibiza
terrace early night kind of vibe – big roo m sound, tight percussion and groove, and huge analog synth swells. I hope you enjoyed this EP as much as I did writing it.