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Joe Ellis is one of those slow paced, measured & genuine nice guys that gives the underground music scene a warm glow and nice interpretation. Joe Ellis co runs the UntilMYHeartStops label with Leif Knowles. They like to represent records that other labels probably wouldnt. Joe Ellis has been resident at Freerotation festival in Wales since its inception in 2007. This festival is a Discogs vinyl fiends dream excursion, check the line up for  the most credible representation of deep house techno you will find anywhere and Joe is very instrumental in the curation and creation of the project alongside founder Steevio and Suzybee.

Joe kindly provided a podcast which really evokes memories of a smokey strobe light, nicotine stains on fingers that slow sub bass you crave and also leaves you with disdain. The bpm pushes and pulls around 126. The crevices lack form but the music gives character and full-bodied energy. There is no story line but always history and honesty. A real portrayal of the type of slow-moving techno we like and appreciate, check the mix and short interview below.

K / D: Do you still live in Wales, if so what is the vybe there?

JOE ELLIS: Yeah, I live in a small seaside town on the North Coast. There were only about 40 people in the village we grew up in as kids so this feels like a bustling metropolis in comparison. It is quiet, and the consequence of our crew being so spread out means it’s rare everyone gets together to party but I am a sucker for a sea view.

K / D: Freerotation festival you are a part of can you explain this relationship?

JOE ELLIS: Freerotation has been since it started and still is my favourite weekend of the year. I got to know Steevio & Suzy (and most of the rest of the FR crew) through DJing with Tom and Leif at some of the early Welsh parties that my old man used to help organize and we’ve all been kicking about together ever since. It’s been nice seeing it grow each year and some of the sets that get played will forever be etched in mind. Voices from the Lake this year might just have topped the lot. Getting to play Room 1 each year is a real privilege.

K / D: You co run UMHS how did this surface?

JOE ELLIS: It really came about from a conversation we had around the kitchen table discussing producers who we all loved who hadn’t put enough music out. Joey and Area were the first names that came up and the first people we emailed. It was their warmth and enthusiasm that drove us to actually do it and it has been a really interesting process since then. I love each record but that first Joey record will always feel special. Getting Steevio, Joey and Spider on the same record this year was a nice moment and we’re sitting on some amazing music from the Welsh crew that will come out at some point.

K / D: Can you explain a bit about the mix?

JOE ELLIS: I was a little bit dubious about one or two of the tracks having surfaced on mixes in the past but this was pretty much the first hour of my set at this years FR and a decent snapshot of the sort of armchair techno that gets me hot under the collar.





Half Baked which started as a small underground party based in East London stated by Remi Landaz and Bruno Ciaramicoli is a true success story which will be celebrating its 5th birthday this November 2014. The party has grown internationally and now includes a record label and dj agency. The birthday presents a line up that includes Perlon label boss Zip, Sammy Dee, Berlin based Bruno Pronsato live, French 3 piece Dop live, Hold Youth, Vera, Julietta, BirdsMakingMachine live, Yakine, Mike Shannon, the Colors crew Stephane Ghenacia & Guilhem Monin, Damaged resident Matteo Manzini & Georgia Oniani, Keep On Going heads Dean Marc & Rob James, & of course the Half Baked agency artists Greg Brockmann, Robin Ordell, Enrico Mantini, Rainer & Rudolf. This will be  a marathon 18 hour celebration at Studio 338 South London.  Extra release of tickets available here and here.

We caught up with Bruno “Half Baked’ to get the skinny check the interview below.

K / D – When did half baked start?

Bruno – Half Baked started back in 2010 in the Fairchild Arches in Shoreditch.

K / D – Which country & what was the concept for the party?

Bruno – We wanted to create a party that was different to every other one that you had around. Our aim was to create a party with a special vibe and friends around that’s why we were doing section at the door . Everyone coming to the party was to feel involved and part of the family. Whether people were friends or not, they could all come together and have a great time, with a smile on their faces whilst being entertained by great music from some of the world’s best underground DJs.

K / D – What was the sound you wanted and what inspired it?

Bruno – Straight up quality house and techno, however the sound was to reflect the atmosphere at the parties, it needed that playful edge so our DJ’s aren’t playing dark, industrial sounding techno. Not that we don’t appreciate that music, it’s just that that’s not right for Half Baked.

K / D – who are the residents?

Bruno – We have a great group of residents, firstly there’s Robin Ordell and Greg Brockmann then after those two we have Seuil, Le Loup (also as Hold Youth), Mike Shannon, BirdsMakingMachine, Rudolf, Julietta, Rainer, Enrico Mantini and Yakine!

K / D – This November you turn 5 can you share some clear highlights and lowlights over the past 5 years?

Bruno – Highlights : The 2nd year open air party in shoreditch carpark with guy gerber . Lowlights : It was the first half baked at fairchild that we didn’t have no lights and it was cold and wet hahaha…

K / D – Can the explain more about the record label and how it is doing?

Bruno – We started the record label in early 2013. We wanted to have somewhere we could release the music that we love from our family and close friends who have played for us over the years. It’s a vinyl only label and we’re just about to put out our sixth release. The music released on the label has to reflect the vibe at our parties for those who may not have been before and we think we’ve managed that quite well!

K / D – You also manage a space can you explain how it came to be?

Bruno – Yes, my partner Remi Landaz and I started Number 90 Bar Restaurant in Hackney Wick. We had done some parties in the space previously and liked it so much we decided to open up a bar there. Initially it was just an empty warehouse space but we saw the potential straight away and got to work creating a bar. Everything is hand made and we have invested a lot of time and effort into the project but the outcome is amazing!

K / D – Who makes up the HB team?

Bruno – Half Baked was started up by myself and Remi, now also on the team we also have Ida and Sam. Between us four we run everything that is Half Baked!

K / D – The 5th birthday lineup can you explain the idea for the line up?

Bruno – Every year for our birthday we get most of our residents to come and play, this year being our fifth birthday we decided to go for something a bit special. Firstly we’ve got our residents as every other year but this time we also have some of our favourite artists coming along to join in the fun. Zip is a DJ who is a personal favourite of ours, it is a great honour to be able to host him for our birthday party but we also think that his style suits Half Baked so well. Similarly dOP are great friends of ours and they can get a party going like no one else! We also got three of our close friends and fantastic DJ’s in Sammy Dee, Vera and Bruno Pronsato not only as they complement the lineup so well but they have supported Half Baked so well throughout the years. Finally we also invited some of our good friends from other parties in London to come and play, we owe a lot to these guys and they’ve supported us since the very start so it was important to get them along.

K / D – What is next for HB?

Bruno – Next up for Half Baked following the birthday is our New Year parties! This year we are doing two, the first is our usual New Years Eve fancy dress party with Margaret Dygas, Le Loup, Robin Ordell and Greg Brockmann in a brand new venue. In addition to this we are doing another party on New Years Day in the daytime at Number 90 from 10am-4pm. For this one we have Seuil, Le Loup, Robin Ordell, a special guest and there is more to be announced!

K / D – Any exciting plans you can share for the party, the label and its core artists?

Bruno – Just at the moment we’re not allowed to say too much about the plans we have for next year, however we’ve got some very nice lineups on the cards in some great venues, so I don’t think that people are going to be disappointed! In terms of the label we have now lined up the next few releases and maybe every two months for the next couple of months we have a release with some incredible music from some great artists both within the Half Baked camp and long time friends of Half Baked.

 Dreamt up and projected into reality by Remi Landaz and Bruno Ciaramicoli, a new Sunday daytime party by the name of Half Baked appeared on East London’s radar in late 2009. A staple part of every electronic music lover’s diary, Sunday afternoon partying has become as essential as Saturday night. Half Baked’s founders and brains, both with long standing histories in the business side of the music, decided to create a Sunday party with a difference. Bringing on board two innovative London based DJ’s as residents, Greg Brockmann and Robin Ordell and a list of up-beat ideas…the consequence, to put it mildly, is a damn good time.

Half Baked hold their parties in spaces exclusive to them, taking what might otherwise be just another warehouse or open space and adding the Half Baked touch to their venues; always with raw industrial style, causing an atmosphere of a less-than-legal venue. A lit up bicycle wired across the ceiling of their winter brick arch space, a pair of fluorescent mannequins lovingly found and repaired by Bruno himself at their sunken summer car park. Summer 2010 saw the guys introduce support not only for their local DJ’s, but for talented artists as well. Live graffiti, fashion, photography, cinema, art exhibitions and more – it’s a supportive and inspiring collaboration of all involved. In a recent interview with Bang Bang Berlin the HB team said “Seeing people enjoying it so much is a great motivator which makes us try harder to do better and better for our followers for each event” There is no doubt in that, Half Baked goes from strength to strength, catering for people who want to party outside the boundaries of clubs and bars.

The Half Baked team; working together to create the ultimate experience have an undeniable magnetism between them. From the outside, it may seem like just a group of people having fun. In fact, it’s meticulously organised fun, down to every last detail. Everything that contributes to this immense and contagious vibe that Half Baked exudes has been lovingly thought through – Signing themselves off as “The Half Baked Family” isn’t without reason. It’s kinda special to say the least.

Here are some mixes from some of the artists playing to get you well acquainted with the sound and the energy of the party.


Thomas Franzmann aka Zip. Label boss of Perlon, a crate digger and truly respected figure from the underground scene.


Bruno Pronsato will be performing live and we interviewed him way back in 2007, his ethos, ideas and humour still remain check the link for the skinny here. 


Sammy Dee also releases on Perlon and is one half of Pantytec with Zip himself, need we explain the vybe more.


Hold Youth are made up of Le Loup & Seuil with there namesake record label slowly growing with recognition. Ones to watch on the night.


Greg Brockmann is one the Half Baked residents who definitely pushes the deeper groove mixing a fine strand of deep house and techno. check this.



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Winter is slowly fading in and the Halloween weekend is most certainly a big one and K / D – Keep it Deep chooses 5 parties that you should seriously check out for different musical reasons over the weekend including Butter Side Up, Colors, Art of Dark, Secretsundaze & Kaleidoscope, check the links for full information and ticket links.


First stop is Butter Side Up which is a long standing leeds Deep House party run by a solid crew of resident with a super tight booking policy, this is as super friendly party with pure vibes and great atmosphere. They have two guests detailed below and we have picked this Jane Fitz NTS mix to give you some flavour of what you can expect.

Eric Cloutier is the first up guest, a real underground hero in the form of Detroit native and Berlin resident. This guy is a master craftsman both in his sleek techno & house production and his beautifully hypnotic DJ sets, as well as lending his extremely well trained ear to labels such as New York’s Bunker and the Berlin/Bristol based TANSTAAFL it is safe to say that this chap knows his onions! 
Next up we welcome not only one of our favourite ever selectors, but an absolute cult hero the world over…Jane Fitz. DJ, promoter, music journo, Jane has just about seen it all when it comes to electronic music as she has effortlessly glided through the last 15 years of electronic music sticking to her guns and keeping things underground without ever relenting to any sort of pretentiousness…and she does it oh so well.


Next stop is Colors a party that has been going just over a year but has enjoyed a huge amount of success which included taking over room 3 at Fabric a few weeks back. This party brings any space to live with stand out dressing and show production of the space, this day of the dead party will be one of the best London has to offer. The music for this journey comes 3 solid gold djs and if you have been before you know the musical score. Check this mix from Thomas Roland who plays Colors often.


 So that is Friday over with on Saturday we firmly recommend that your 1st stop should be Art of Dark who have Praslesh which consists of Raresh back to back with Praslea. These Romanians bring that rolling micro minimal house to the floor which suits the Halloween vibe. Check this mix to catch the vibe.
The next stop Saturday night comes courtesy of Secretsundaze  with a deep line up which includes Dj Rolando, FunkinEven. Romare live and of course resident party starters Giles and James. These boys have been long in the game and they always bring a tight production to the venue with on point musical selection. Check the mix from FunkinEven for the score.


Last stop for the weekend and the 5th recommendation is Kaleidoscope, at 93 Feet East, with a stellar line up of underground heads and crate diggers. Jane Fitz features again this weekend, Andrew James Gustav of Hi-Fi fame, Matteo Manzini from sunday rave Damaged, Chris Graham & Ewan Smith, Rupes & Dan Beaven. Check this mix from Andrew James Gustav to catch the energy pushed on the floor. This one will be a more intimate affair with subtle musical stories and an understated crowd. Happy halloween and pleas take care of yourself, other and be responsible, keep it deep, always!


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K / D Keep It Deep will review the Fabric 15th Birthday weekend from the Sunday and ask the key question, is the club still relevant after all these years?

The build up to the Fabric birthday is always noticeable, from friends talking about it, social media updates and of course all online editorials covering from their specific angle. The line up always throws up some surprises and some regular faces. Historically the Saturday night can be an extremely busy affair so we swerve the crowds and dig deeper into Sunday night, of course we pre plan and take the Monday off work, you know, just in case.

Our background to the weekend goes like this, Saturday night local dj gig, anything goes from new jazz, hip hop, soul, funk and disco, 11pm finish so an early night. Sunday I wake up apprehensive and excitable at what is to come and also the knowing fact that the club is actually already open, alive and kicking.

 I arrived for around 6pm with a gaggle of friends & the sky was clear, no rain just an easy breezy Sunday, but in Farringdon the sense of energy and small pockets and gaggle of people milling around was apparent. New faces, old faces resurfacing, people looking for friends and of course dj’s coming to check the vibe was evident.  On our travels in the club we saw Matt Tolfrey who had been out for a sold 12 hours, Dave Congreve had just arrived & Jonny Rock was inside the place.

 All queues Sunday night at 6pm looked relaxed, we didn’t wait to get in, we did get searched and then joined the queue for coats, as the bass from room 1 slowly crept into ear shot.

 After my coat was checked I know we had the pleasure of seeing Ben UFO in room 1, I double checked my pockets to ensure I was coming correct, lots of mints, cash, rolling tobacco, lighter and Iphone for jotting tracks and notes.

 As I walked to the bar in room 1, the club was very busy still with young trendy types from around 20-40 looking deceptively fresh as I knew some heads would have been in the space since last night, some fresh and some just looking amused and lost.

The very slim and clean-cut silhouette of Ben UFO took to the decks and I noticed he was using Traktor dj software. The booth was busy with dj’s and other Fabric staff awaiting Ben UFO to get into his groove.

 His first few numbers raised the energy and Ben likes to bring in mixes rough and ready, always tight but not gentle and meticulous. There was an assertive nature to his set, he looked confident flicking through Traktor laying down a bed of Techno and vocal led Tech House the type from the 90s that crate diggers tirelessly seek out on Discogs. The crowd enjoyed the intensity and quick mixes and I actually started to recognise some cuts, including Something Here by Terrence Parker, Que Tal America by Two Man Sound and also Medusa by Stephen Brown which helped build the energy and the story. I could sense the crowd locking into Ben’s groove & it was nothing clever just straight up danceable music with tough undertones and fun vocal elements to engage with the crowd. Every single part of room one was bouncing and the sound system easily handled the onslaught as I noticed sound engineers in the booth keeping abreast of the situ tweaking and fixing.

 Ben then played Thought in Action by Portable which really added character to Ben’s set and it really worked the floor, heads really enjoying the track and all the odd, metallic, outer space samples. The pace was popping and I really started to enjoy things. Seasons by Lil Silva with the trumpet lead and thunderous bass line kept the energy up. Skee Mask by Reduct Live really gave the sound system a solid work out with its acute sub bass and relentless pace. Ben a few moments later played Sweet Love 2k by Fierce a stone cold garage classic, which the entire floor reacted well to, gun fingers and all the London heads grinding was the order of play. Overall a stellar set that the majority of the crowd bumped and grinded to, it was not to serious and there snippets of light humour and fun, I wished he could have played longer to stretch out but next up was Mathew Johnson Live.


 Mathew changed the tempo more with rolling synth leads and warm drum programming, wearing a fancy dress onesie Mathew engaged with the crowd and this lifted the vibe, people enjoyed looking at him play with his hardware as he was the only live set for Sunday. The visuals really aided and supported the live act, accompanying the heavy chords and garage type bass lines. Mathew swinged effortlessly creating solid grooves with no nonsense accessibility. The whole room was vibing and smiling towards the end of his hour and a half set he played the Good Life acapella over his instrumentals, which was a highlight. Overall Mathews live set stood apart but also kept the story of the evening going, nothing to tricky or intricate as the floor by this point wanted heady, main room time bizz. I went for a walk to room 3 and I was pleasantly surprised to see Levon Vincent doing his thing, nailing the groove as he usually does, the crowd was mixed and not to busy but this was a very pleasant surprise overall. Levon is usually more accustom to playing in room & it was evident Levon was acclimatising to the the more intimate room 3. Room 2 was not open and I did bump into a friendly couple who were very excited to see Ben Klock & Marcell Dettmann play however I disappointed them as I broke the news, these guys played 10 hours ago Saturday night.

I assume Ricardo was running late as Mathew played past his advertised set times, however Ricardo entered the main room dj booth looking decidedly fresh and ready to do a job. I heard on the grapevine his records went missing which I could not confirm. I noticed a palpable energy increase with Ricardo in the same room, the tension rising, the anticipation, his fans, his critics, the also the heads who know nothing on the dj. As he slowly took to the decks…. In true Ricardo he played an instrumental Latin number with no kick drum for a few minutes, this signature sound antagonised and played with the crowd until the kick drum came in and then eruption. Lots of cheers and hands in the air. The first hour or so was very solid usual Ricardo stuff, lots of long tracks, tight mixes, with percussion being the focal point. Life Is Water by Maurice Fulton was a real treat to hear on the big sound. Overall if Ricardo did indeed lose his records he still brought the magic, played some tracks not many would recognise, he always paints his own picture and always makes a journey very distinctive to the rest.

Next up should have been Craig Richards and Ricardo back to back but I couldn’t see him in the booth. As the hours rolled on, I arrived at 6pm and it was now 5:30am and Seth Troxler was doing his thing with Ricardo back to back. I heard news of an after party in room 3 but I had done 12 hours and that was all I needed for the Fabric birthday.

After all these years and reading the Vice piece (link here) on the club and how it came about with Keith & Cameron definitely gave me some context. The initial few days after the party lots of different social very different critical feedback on the club, and the dj’s. Overall Fabric is most certainly relevant as ever and the ethos of the music and the sound being paramount still stand. There are still the residents and long standing relationships which must mean something. Lots of people always speak negatively about the club and its booking policy, but I always wonder about London’s clubbing landscape and all the club closures we have witnessed, this club is still open, still doing its thing and booking new dj’s and nurturing local artists. Lots of dj’s & producers still name check Fabric as a space they have played at and it’s still held in high regard. Things change and times change and this club keeps on doing its thing never looking at trends or commercial opportunities. With high standard and that super clean sound system, The Fabric 15th birthday was thoroughly enjoyable considering I have been to the club two weeks earlier for Raresh and I have already eyed up some future dates I would like to attend. Quietly understated, Fabric does its thing and I would recommend visiting the space in person and making your own mind up. I am still hooked after all these years.


Fabric nightclub based in London turn 15 this weekend and K / Keep It Deep give you 15 reasons to join the celebrations in no particular order. Check the link here & here for tickets and more information 15th birthday

1.The line up overall for the main Saturday night speaks of a who’s who of dance music and over the years the birthday line up pulls together under 1 roof a gaggle of dj talent which is rare to find unless you compare to a festival. The 15th birthday includes 14 djs with extra potential surprises across 3 rooms & around 36 hours of solid continuous music, sweat bands at the ready. fancy dress

2.It’s a birthday party and there might be some fancy dress to aid the happy go lucky dance energy and vibe, keep an eye out for some birthday cake also.

bodysonic 3.Main room bodysonic dance floor sound system, I am not going to get all technical but basically there is a back section under the main room dance floor that has 400 bass transducers which means you have sound coming at you from below and above this can only be felt in person to believe. If you want to feel the music literally check this part of the dance floor out. Craig-Richards1

4. Check out resident Craig Richards amongst others, who quite simply demonstrates that playing music you like, pushing your own boundaries and being open as a DJ is really all the key ingredients required. Craig Richards is an esteemed pillar of the club and seeing him stretch out on the main room rotary mixer is always an inspiring journey into sound and story telling. Craig compliments the guests and likewise they compliment him, a very fair and dynamic two way exchange which has built and grown over the years. danceoff

5. Get down into 1 of 3 rooms wearing comfortable cloths and your tipple of choice and quite simply have a dance, leave your phone for a couple hours and engage with the story being told by one of many dj’s, please take care with the type of shapes you attempt at throwing but pretty much anything goes. benufo

6. This one is easy, go check out Ben UFO, he co-founded Hessle Audio with Ramadanman & Pangaea back in 2007. Ben has established his career without producing any music so go check this real selector out who will be one of many guaranteed birthday highlights to the weekend. Check his Fabric mix for a suitable introduction. dance djs

7.Throughout the whole weekend, from the bars, to the smoking area to the dance floors, spot check which of the 4099 dj’s that have played at the club are inside the venue enjoying the birthday weekend. You could end up rubbing shoulders with the dj that has made your track, album or mix of the year. b2b

8. Back to back is the rare art form of two dj’s sharing the decks together, sharing there story and co-conspiring the mood and vibe, last year we witnessed Craig Richards, Zip & Ricardo Villalobos which was a pleasure. This year we have 2 of the 3 in town, so Craig B2B with Ricardo Villalobos looks very likely.

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9. As London’s authorities try and tighten there grip on the nightlife scene, several clubs over the years have sadly closed for various reasons. Fabric is still going from strength to strength still undiluted from the ethos and attitude it opened with back in 1999.

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10. The only live set Saturday come from Canadian born Mathew Johnson who is the founder of Wagon Repair and in groups including Cobblestone Jazz, Midnight Operator and the Modern Deep Left Quartet. Mathew has produced classic hits including Decompression, Return of The Zombie Bikers, Freedom Engine & When Love Feels Crying to pick out a few.


11. No one embodies the term fun better than Seth Troxler, expect an gregarious birthday outfit which he flamboyantly adorned last year and also some music to match the occasion.

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12. Ben Klock & Marcell Dettmann are Berlin’s Berghain residents and expect nothing less than high octane relentless Techno from start to finish.

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13. Matt Tolfrey is a Nottingham lad born and bread and we love to support local talent from our home town, Matt always brings his own repertoire of groove with some added soul, check his Leftroom label for his discography & mixes.


14. Besides the music the lights and visuals shows in Fabric are completely stand out and sincerely aid and adjust to the music being presented and add to the sense of atmosphere and energy.


15. Ricardo Villalobos always commands a certain air when he takes control of room 1 and as last years back 2 back with Zip & Craig Richards was a key highlight, expectations are high and Sunday night Monday morning will set the scene. Check out Ricardo’s Fabric mix for a teaser of what to expect.


In 1994 Scott Ferguson was introduced to the House & Techno scene in Detroit, Michigan.  By the next year Ferguson began Deejaying and consuming a wide range of vinyl records which included, Detroit & Chicago House, Detroit Techno, Disco, & Funk.  On the recommendation of UR founder  ‘Mad’ Mike Banks, Ferguson purchased the Ensoniq ASR-10 in 1998.  The ASR workstation would become the most intregal part of his sample heavy, filtered down sound.  Ferguson released his first 12″ record on his own imprint in 2001 and since has released records on Kenny Dixon Jr.’s ‘Mahogani Music’, as well as Reggie Doke’s ‘Psychostatia Recordings’.  In 2012 Ferguson started two new projects, the ‘Black Boxx’ project using only 3 black hardware boxes to compose simple, yet effective, loop based machine music and JBSF with fellow DJ/Producer Jitterbug.   Scott’s productions have been played and charted by legendary Deejays including Derrick May, Larry Heard, Theo Parrish, Moodymann, Marcellus Pittman, Rick Wade, and Mike Huckaby.  Currently Ferrispark Records is still manufacturing and selling 12″ vinyl records and Ferguson is still travelling the world playing them.
Scott Ferguson we met many years ago through Lakuti who runs the Uzuri booking management and label in East London. Scott is an underground head who lives and breathes his art form. He keeps on keeping on with regards to running his label Ferris Park releasing pieces from artists including Scott Ferguson himself, Keith Kemp, Marvin Belton, Silvio Manuel, Dubbyman, Joy of Sound, Juju & Jordash, JBSF & Black Boxx. Scott is a very open, honest and true cat that is extremely well versed in all facets of the game as he Djs, runs a label, works for a record shop and now has a new exciting live project called Black Boxx with his debut show at Panorama Bar lined up for the 24th October. Lots of notes and loads of highlights have past and will continue to come as this American born artists that now lives in Europe keeps creating and contributing using his environment as his canvas. Check the mix as it is a strong representation of Scott Ferguson and also a welcomed excursion into crate diggers, vinyl,  collectors and somone who lays his soul bare, mad love Scott, Keep It Deep brother.
1. We go way back, i remember it was my birthday and you got married and we had a joint bbq at Lerato’ place all those moons ago, how has it been since then?  
Oh yes, lot’s of wonderful things were happening at that time.  Obviously since then you and I have had a few more birthdays and I’m still happily married to my favorite person on Earth.  Lerato is still my booking agent, and of course, you and I are still in communication.  I’m still gigging, running the label, and accumulating more vinyl records but probably the biggest change since the wedding has been the addition of my two sons to the family.   All in all, everything is great.
2. How have you found London personally and also for work?
London is great, multicultural, beautiful, safe, etc… Its only drawback is that is expensive as hell.
3. Detroit is your original home have you been back in a while? 
I was born just outside of Detroit in Clawson and then moved to the city when I was 20.  I have not returned to Detroit or the United States for that matter, since I moved to London.  I will be going back to Detroit next year for a long overdue visit and then onto L.A. to celebrate my older brother’s 40th Birthday.
4. Whats your take on the current music scene in Europe and the USA?  
I remain underground so the music scene that I’m involved in really doesn’t change much.  I’ve noticed that Europe has been going full force into festivals recently and the US is going wild over EDM or whatever you want to call it.  This has happened before in the US and across Europe there has been a mainstream in dance culture for sometime.  As I stated before, this really does not effect me at all.  I have very little interest in the mainstream of dance music.  As far as the underground goes, represses of classic or rare Chicago & Detroit records seems to be a huge part of the game these days.  It seems to me as well that for the past few years a younger generation has been taking a real interest in underground dance music.  I’m hoping many of these younger people will become lifers, the underground always needs new blood to keep moving forward.
4. Ferris Park is the label you run, how has it been going for you, are record sales up for FP as press report?
Record sales have never really changed for me.  They are no better or worse, just steady.  The ‘vinyl resurgence’ that everyone is talking about doesn’t make much of a difference for an underground label that does little promotion and does not follow trends.  What I’m happy to do is break even so that I can press more records.  My goal has never been to sell as many copies as possible of a single release, my goal has been to produce releases.  The vinyl resurgence is nice and all but it really pertains more to Indie rock, and major label stuff like classic rock & pop then it does to underground dance music.
4. since your last release there has been some time, what have you been up to?  
I have been doing less under my own name and more under the Black Boxx moniker.  This week will mark the release of the 5th, and second to last Black Boxx 12″ EP.  This year, I also released a second 12″ with Uzuri artist Jitterbug as JBSF.  The major setback for my label and I feel other small labels, has been the ‘vinyl resurgence’.  Now that major labels are back on the bandwagon, the pressing plants are backed up.  Its taking months longer then usual to go from mastering to pressing and therefor I have only been able to manufacture two Ferrispark 12″ releases this year.  I guess on a positive note, the so called ‘vinyl resurgence’ is slowing down the output of underground dance music releases and I believe that this might actually create more longevity for the scene. It is almost becoming self regulated, preventing the flooding of the tiny, tiny vinyl market that is the underground.    Even though I see the positive side to underground record production slowing down I also would love to get back to 4 releases a year and I would like to see record stores still getting enough stock to sell.
5. Black Boxx Live is your new live concept, can you explain how it came around, what gear you will be using live and also how is the prep going for the October show at Panorama Bar?
I can tell you how the entire Black Boxx project came about by saying the name of possibly the greatest Techno producer of our time, Jeff Mills.   I thought about how Mills keeps pushing himself by constantly creating new concepts for his projects.  I then decided I was ready for a concept.  The Black Boxx concept was to use hardware boxes together in a simple and effective way, aimed more at dance-floors, driven by simple loops.  Hopefully that makes sense.  My ASR-X, MPC1000, and XoXboX are all black in color, hence ‘Black Boxx’ for a name.  I wanted to complete 6 EPs, 1 LP, and a live show and I’m almost there.
The live show is comprised of the hardware boxes I just mentioned, a small effects unit, and a 16 channel Mackie mixer.  The live show is more or less based on Rap records I love combined with the influence of Detroit Booty Bass and Chicago Ghetto House that was a huge part of my life all through my late teens and twenties.   In other words its energetic and sample heavy with funk, soul, and disco loops sprinkled with infectious vocal snippets.  My preparation for Panorama Bar has been live shows already in Paris & Offenbach plus my experience of being involved in this type of music for the last 20 years.
6. How is the studio work going, besides creating Black Boxx, have you bought any new gear,  learned new things?
I think in total over the last 2 and a half years I have created over 90 tracks for the Black Boxx project using up a significant amount of my studio time.   Within the last 2 years or so I have purchased an Akai MPC1000 to be used as my main sequencer.  I found it more appealing then an older MPC because it is smaller, weighs less, saves better, and runs JJOS.  It is also more appealing because I don’t use if for audio, only sequencing.  On top of that I purchased a Ladyada XoXboX from Specter, I am super happy with the sound.  I have been concentrating on learning the latest version of the JJ operating system for the 1000 and learning how to program the sort of bass lines I want from the Xox.  The next thing I really need to do is figure out what happens when the Black Boxx project ends.
7. Any plans as we near the winter months and NYE comes close? 
I will visit Italy during the Christmas holiday and I mainly just want to spend an easy and peaceful time with my wife and children and my in-laws in Italy eating, drinking, resting, and laughing.  It’s looking like there is the possibility I’ll be doing my live set in London for the Secret Sundays NYE party, fingers crossed.
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This mix was recorded at home, in one take on the 2 Technic 1210s I purchased in 1996 and my Vestax PMC-25 mixer I purchased in 1999.  I brought all three with me from the US when I moved to London.  The thing I like most about this mix is that its not just a bunch of rare records thrown together.  I often try and do mixes that are simply music that I deem good.  I also like to mix newer releases with older stuff.   To me deejaying has always been about technically putting records together as best as possible and also not getting trapped in one style of music during a session.  To me, a real part of the art of deejaying is selecting records that get me from one style to the next without it being too abrupt.  I feel like this mix demonstrates my feelings about mixing records, rather well.  I hope anyone who takes a listen will get an understanding of the vibe and enjoy it.  Below I have listed the records I played in the order they were played.  Big thanks to you, Mohson for your continued support of the underground. SOLID.

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K / D Keep It Deep returns for podcast 009 with a mix and interview coming from London local Bruno Schmidt. Bruno has been a long time friend of K / D and over the years we’ve seen this artist grow and develop at a natural pace with the raw power of dedication to the fundamentals of the game; buy nice records, that you love. But look a little bit closer! Bruno has been djing for a number of years and his highlight to date will include being resident for the illustrious Leeds-based music brand, Louche. Bruno is also resident & programmer for Meadows In The Mountains festival based in Bulgaria. Over the last few months Bruno supplied a podcast for Berlin-based Lize Records, which most certainly caught lots of attention for its more experimental and conceptual edge. Bruno also co runs the hifi party with Andrew James Gustav and Gwenan which will be a new longer term project we are looking forward to supporting and seeing grow. Bruno is a character, a train spotter, a lover of all art forms & most importantly some one who believes in the sense of community and sharing. When it comes to music and records, he is a digger, a person who cares dearly and also someone who pays attention to the detail, he has charm, humour and style when he djs. If you really want to catch an underground vibe, a groove, a very unique individual with style and witness the emergence of one of tomorrow’s, then read on. In a game riddled with politics, opinion, hierarchy and bureaucracy, this artist cuts through the fodder and keeps to the fundamentals, be true to your art and your art will be true to you. K / D try to nurture and expose electronic music and with Bruno the revolution will not be televised. As it becomes more and more apparent that dance music flirts with popularity and pop culture, it is very refreshing to see the other side of this spectrum from some young eyes, inspired, motivated and acting with a sense of respect and good taste. Enjoy. K / D proudly present podcast 009 which is an 1 hour and 22 minute mix of records from an older era, a sound that has been carefully researched with a hint of something less obvious less tangible and definitely more refined and honest.

K /­ D: What are your earliest musical experiences from when you were a kid?

Bruno Schmidt: Earliest musical experience was running around my front room in circles aged 3-ish to “Buddy Holly – 25 Golden Hits”. After revisiting this again recently, it seems like lovely music to play really young kids. Second earliest musical experience was being played Ultramarine – United Kingdoms album in the car on my dad’s Sony cassette walkman on camping trips to keep me occupied. My favourite track was called “Dizzy Fox”. Upon revisiting this recently it seems as though this track has a massive acid bassline, a housey piano hook, and one of the most killer snares I ever heard. Maybe subconsciously the reason I got so into house music eventually. Also mad to think I’m still listening to it now.

K / D: How did you discover music & sounds did your parents purchase music, play instruments or go to concerts?

Bruno Schmidt: No they never played any instruments. But yeah they bought a lot of music and went to gigs etc. I’d hope that everyone’s parents purchased music at some point. I guess I got weened onto to appropriate music at the appropriate age by my parents. Buddy Holly came first, along with the Beatles following second and this weird Ultramarine album that got listened to till the tape chewed itself up. Then when I was a little older The Smiths, maybe aged 8, as Morrissey is a bit serious and depressing to be playing to a 3 year old. When I was 8 I reckon I was just old enough to get the irony of Morrissey, and I found a lot of Johnny Marr’s guitar riffs super catchy, dancey and quite repetitive/hypnotic.

K / D: Where did you call home growing up, and how has the education system treated you on the way?

Bruno Schmidt: Home was a town called Huntingdon, just outside of Cambridge. The education system treated me ok I guess. I never got abused by any RE teachers…

K / D: Nice a varied background, can you remember the first bits of music you purchased, like cassettes or CDs?

Bruno Schmidt: First music I purchased myself was probably Ultra Nate – Free single on cassette. Hanson – Mmmbop single on cassette. Madness – Divine Madness. Then Puff Daddy & The Family – No Way Out, bearing in mind I was around 9 years old. Then came Hip hop from the UK & East/West coast, the more poetic and melancholy side of things. When I was a skater I was proper into punk. Loved 80′s cheese a lot at one stage, when me and my friend Josh had our 80’s B-movie phase. Folk, Neil Young Joni Mitchell etc. Rolling stones upon watching fear and loathing and becoming mildly obsessed with famous people who took drugs. A shit tonne of stuff man.

K / D: Some nice youthful chives there, what scenes did you start to discover as you become a bit older, and what was your first house party slash club experience?

Bruno Schmidt :My first club experience was a fully underwhelming night the only place open past 2am in our little town. I had to wear a collar and smart shoes to get in. Then pretty sure I snogged a girl and vomited, not sure which order. I was 16.

K / D: Where did the intrigue into famous folk who got high come from?

Bruno Schmidt: Haha I really don’t know. I guess I just think it’s interesting how a lot of the more interesting artists, usually have a darker side to them, or have experienced some type of suffering or hardship.

K /D: I understand that feeling about these falling stars, caught doing bad things. Back to the sort of less exciting club experiences, how did this develop especially alongside your music musings and discoveries?

Bruno Schmidt: You mean how did my club experiences develop?

K / D: Yeah.

Bruno Schmidt: When I was 18 I got a job in a clothes shop in Cambridge. My manager Sam ran a techno party in Cambridge (the only one at the time) and would have Derrick May, Carl Craig, Weatherall, Ivan Smagghe, Luke Slater & Kevin Saunderson in a 250 capacity Moroccan-themed club. Fucking insane to think back. But that’s where the partying started. Cambridge is baron now as far as I know but back then there was a small army of ravers. I would come back from uni in Leeds on the train to come to these nights. It was a beautiful time, and the place where I met most of my long time friends.

K / D: These new djs, sounds, nightlife experiences how did they affect you and any memorable stories you can pick out?

Bruno Schmidt: A lot of very blurry memories, that was the honeymoon period. A lot of memorable stories but none I can tell you on record. I remember when I was 18 watching Carl Craig sit on a curb in the rain outside Fez club, eating a tray of shitty doner kebab meat and chips with a wooden fork, utterly miserable. Surreal but hilarious!

K / D: What captured your passion, what was it that underpinned more than just a night out filled with smart shirts, shoes, shit drinks, and silly girls, like for so many up and down the country most weekends?

Bruno Schmidt: The Priory was the thing that captured my passion initially, ultimately, I noticed that people at these nights, were a lot more fun, more likeminded and having a lot more fun on drugs, listening to louder, better music, than all the small town people were in their shirts and smart shoes, getting off on shit chart music and vodka Red Bull.

K / D: Is this when the inquisition towards Djs / decks and record shops began?

Bruno Schmidt: Nope not ‘til a lot later. I played using CDs for a long while as I was a poor student, and my flat mate owned some cdjs. Took me a fair few years to figure out what music I liked, and that most of it was on wax, not mp3. initially my biggest aspiration in djing was just to play at new years to a bunch of my mates. I didn’t really see it going a lot further than that.

K / D: And so it begins how did this journey develop into discovering and learning?

Bruno Schmidt: I think its just natural progression really, for someone who is into music, no?

K / D: Were there any certain significant heads, figures or characters that showed you way in some respect, for instance djing, introducing you to record shops etc. I just wondered if there are feelings or experiences from the past of people who helped you on your journey?

Bruno Schmidt: Maybe there will be some significant times in the future, but I’m still very much at the start of my journey. Priory was first thing that got me into the music. Louche, a brand from Leeds who also happened to be from around Cambridge too was a transition from liking the music solely as a consumer, into playing the music and caring more about the music than just partying. In order to really take yourself seriously when you are trying to move forward, tunes have to become number one I guess, haha.

K / D: You are a Louche resident can you explain how this came to be?

Bruno Schmidt: I went to see Seth Troxler and Maayan Nidam like in 2008. Fully buzzed off it, and Mint Club. I asked if I could sell tickets, and gradually became mates with Tom, Brinsley, Matt and Josh. I think it was a case of being in the right place at the right time. But I was thoroughly bored by university at this point, so it was nice to actually be part of something that I enjoyed.

K / D: Can you remember your first gig, at which point did they ask you to become resident?

Bruno Schmidt: Basically I sold loads of tickets and then they gave me a bunch of 10-12 slots for a year or so, or let me warm up at after parties. The story is the same with pretty much every kid who starts to play music in clubs, mine is really no different. I mean the first gig stuff etc its the same for everybody I think, no, you’ve got to do your hard time.

K / D: What switched you up the most to get you to where you’re at musically now?

Bruno Schmidt: On my second trip to Meadows In The Mountains ( this super cool festival in Bulgaria, I am very lucky to be a part of) , I met my friends Andrew and Gwenan on the bus on the way there for the first time, and got chatting. After I got back to London Andrew sent me a mix he made, full of tracks with a sound I never knew existed before. Slowely I started going to parties like Toi Toi, and Undersound in London among others, where I could hear music like this. Some of the other residents at MITM festival that were playing that year too influenced me massively! Guys from Sofia, called Bosha, Laylla Dane and Garo. The first time I saw them play, it influenced my sound so massively. So I started “digging” and spending a lot of time looking for records, rather than buying mp3s. Then a few trips to Berlin for Get Perlonized influenced me further. Became mildly obsessed with the music Zip was playing. Now there are a lot of smaller parties emerging in London that are inspiring, Get Well, House of Sound to name a few, and also, notably, a little living room in Camden where many hours have been lost mixing in the past year, many friends have been made, and perhaps a few to many glasses of vino have been consumed ; ). And that about brings us up to speed I think.

K / D: The search for this sound, mixes, partys, djs, and of course records, records, digging and more records, can you describe to us what this looks like for you today and what it means?

Bruno Schmidt: Putting emphasis on the DJs with amazing records, rather than say massive producers that are making a lot of releases I think in London at the moment, this attitude is on the rise, record sales are rising for the first time in over 10 years, the scene for this seems to be healthy, and there are a lot of people I met recently that seem to care a lot about the music, which is great to be a part of I guess. Parties like Sud Electronic that you mentioned were a bit before my time, but they were doing something very cool too! You actually told me about these parties.

K / D: Sud was awesome, lots of nice memories from that time. Can you share as little or alot of how your record purchasing process looks like, do you track id in clubs? search through Discogs? hunt record fairs or 2nd hand shops?

Bruno Schmidt: I’m a massive trainspotter, and never had a problem with asking a DJ for a track either. Then more recently Discogs took a lot of my time and money haha! And obviously mixing and sharing with friends is a great way to learn. I most recently went to a friend’s house in London who is an massive digger/Discogs seller, and came away with a shitload of vinyl. Best record shopping experience I ever had actually. Came away with a very big smile and very empty wallet haha. He even made me a smoothie! That’s the dream.

K / D: What was your last purchase? The one record in your want list you cannot find anywhere?

Bruno Schmidt: Last new tracks I purchased were the new Redshape on Running back, Bonuz Beatz, and a new thing by this French guy Vadim Svoboda. There are so many records I would love to own that I cant find anywhere haha! I found a really lovely Herbert remix in record loft Berlin last weekend that I wanted for years.

K / D: From your sets I distinctly hear some older 2 step garage, US deep house and UK tech house/breakbeat from around 1996 to 2004 ish, can you describe these sounds and what they mean to you?

Bruno Schmidt: When I was 14 or so I bought all the DJ EZ pure garage compilations. Then at Backtobasics in Leeds I’d hear a lot of Mood2swing, Kerri Chandler, Masters at work. Definite similarity in the drum patterns and swing. On the whole, it makes the majority of people lose their shit in a club. I guess I figured a lot of UK garage would do the same to a house/techno crowd.

K / D: Fancy opening the can of worms on the whole vinyl dj debate?

Bruno Schmidt: I don’t care much for the vinyl DJ debate. After all, the main thing is having fun, playing records (or CDs or whatever) and for the people who come to your night to have fun dancing. If David Guetta is playing a mix CD (or whatever, for example) and 20,000 in a stadium are losing their shit. Then fair play. You won’t find me at any of those parties, but I’m not waste energy on letting it piss me off. People are having fun and getting their monies worth. In a different scenario, you have people playing records, through a really sharp system, on a rotary, in a really intimate environment. You aren’t going to find any Swedish House Mafia fans at those parties either, just people who care a lot more about the fundamentals. I don’t think either is necessarily right or wrong, I just know which I prefer. It depends how much music means to you, and how big a part of your life it is. Lets not forget all the other music genres, and lovers of music out there in the world who think that the music we like is the most boring repetitive shit they ever heard, who wouldn’t dare come to any of the parties we like.. People are different, diversity is what makes the world beautiful. After all this is part of the entertainment industry. Do what makes your happy and don’t condemn people who are different to you. Life is hard enough as it is, try not to be a cunt. And don’t forget to have fun.

K / D: Nicely put, you have played a few more parties lately, published a podcast for Lize which is impressive to consider you have been studying also, was it easy to manage the extra curricular activities?

Bruno Schmidt: Well I was studying music production and business, so making music tied in nicely with university. The podcast I made for some friends from Berlin. I didn’t even get asked to do it, but been pretty lazy on the press front and doing a mix was well overdue. So I sent them it to se if they liked it, and they did!

K / D: You have now graduated, what would you like to crack on with in London?

Bruno Schmidt: buying some nice bits and bobs for my studio, learning more about sound, because its pretty much endless. Making music. Enjoying the summer And also working on a project I have with Andrew and Gwenan

K / D: Can you describe the project more?

Bruno Schmidt: its called hifi; at the moment we are using a tiny venue, which is super cool. 150 capacity, just the three of us really, playing records we love. Its small, ticket only etc, but want to try and lose the “exclusivity” tag anyone can come, no pretence, and I am sure to be honest, we are all pretty unknown in the grand scheme of things, so the only people who will come are people who care enough to know about what we’re doing maybe later there will be a larger venue with some bookings, maybe a label, but lets see. Right now it’s such a pleasure to work with these two. I want things to happen naturally, as I am sure they will.



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