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[Interview] Oscar G: Marathon Man of the DJ World.

Miami native and a marathon runner of the DJ world, Oscar G. is no stranger to the scene, nor is he afraid of a challenge. His time producing as part of the Murk Boys allowed him to hit several Billboard number ones, and many of the tracks he has written have become ageless club favorites. An undeniably talented producer, his true passion and joy comes from his time on the decks, DJing to a crowd of music-hungry souls. A respectable love for his music, and sheer determination, has lead to infamous ten hour sets and set him apart from many of his peers.

His new album, dropping mid-May, will consist of 20 original tracks, ranging from vocal and melody based bangers to tracks immersed with percussion elements. To be released on Nervous Records, the album will feature appearances from the likes of Kenny Dope, DJ Sneak and Pablo Fierro, just to name a few.

What went into the production of some of your most played tracks like "Some Lovin" and "Together"? Are there any stories behind them?

Those were only our second and third releases on the Murk label. We were very inspired at the time and completely in love with house music. The vocal on "Some Lovin" is by Bebe Dozier. I heard her singing the National Anthem at one of my brother's high school basketball games. She was dope, and I got her contact info. The vocalist on "Together" is a good friend of ours, Marck Michel. We were just young kids hanging out making music. We never imagined we'd soon be touring all over the world DJing and him performing the song.

You are a world-renowned DJ, respected for your talents. What does DJing mean to you? What sets you apart?

DJing for me is a childhood passion that became a life-long career. I started playing parties in my neighborhood when I was twelve-years-old. I never really had a plan or future career path. There were no "superstar DJs" at that time. It is just something I fell in love with doing and put a lot of time and energy into. I hope what sets me apart is originality and a unique sound.
 

When was the first time you played internationally? 

I think the first time was a Murk show in Sheffield, U.K. We did a few cities in England on that first trip. 
 

You've been know known to play ten hour sets at venues like Space in Miami. How did you keep up your energy and your feel for the crowd for that long?

Adrenaline is a great help. Even then, it does become a bit tiring, but it usually doesn't really hit you until you are done. When you play that long it is almost more mentally exhausting than physical. As far as reading the crowd, that's just what I do. That is the focus.
 

Who or what, were some of your biggest influences growing up that started you down the path of electronic music?

Arthur Baker, Jellybean Benitez, Vince Clarke, Mantronik and Pretty Tony Butler were some of my biggest influences, along with bands like Kraftwerk, New Order, Depeche Mode and Yellow. I was also influenced by the major music pioneers like Michael Jackson, Prince, Bob Marley and so many more. I could go on and on.
 

Throughout your years as a DJ, and playing at big clubs throughout the world, are there any moments or venues that stand out to you?

My decade long residency at Space in Miami always stands out. It was such a unique opportunity to do what I love every week, in my hometown, in the best possible venue/environment. I also was lucky to have played at the legendary Haçienda in Manchester, U.K. a few times. More currently, I played at Output in Brooklyn for ten hours last New Year's Eve. Output is pretty perfect and playing for my friends in NYC is always special.
 

Do you have any upcoming projects or goals you can share with us?

My new double album "BEEP my BOOM" drops May 20th on Nervous Records!
Other than that, I will just continue to make and play music that I love, and be grateful for the opportunity to do it.

[Interview] Tripmastaz chats about a new EP, his vinyl only record label, and the upcoming show in Atlanta.

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By Liz Turcotte

April 14, 2016

Reigning from Russia, one of the few DJs to come out of The Land of Tsars, Tripmastaz has managed to gain respect worldwide from the underground scene. Tripmastaz held residencies at the top clubs in Moscow and has worked with huge producers like Richie Hawtin and DJ Sneak. Recently, he started up a vinyl only label, Tripmastaz (by numbers). Alley Cat Music Club will host him Friday, April 15, alongside Atlanta's rising-star producer, Ralo, and Alley Cat favorite, Tito Mazzetta. Here's what he had to say when we talked to him earlier this week.

What do you think it takes as an artist to gain international respect?

From my perspective, it's honesty and hard work. If you strive to be different, to be yourself, to share your point of view and your character through the music, at some point people will recognize it and will follow. Word to Rakim.

Your style of producing seems to have a techy undertone. Is there something about that style that pulls at your heart strings?

Let's not forget that house and techno are the leaves of the same tree branch, so to speak. What can be more exciting than a mixture of a house grooves and electronic textures ? It gives so much artistic freedom. Pure science to me.

What DAW do you prefer to use in the studio?

For the past ten years I've been using Ableton Live.

Really digging your latest EP, Wax Mania, out recently on Desolat. Tell us about what went into making this album.

That EP is the most techno record I've ever released. The funny thing about the title track Wax Mania, is that Loco Dice been playing it for a few years thinking it was a bootleg of mine. When he found out that it was actually an original, we wrapped up the EP quickly.

 
 

You made a video for the track "Ride Heights." What was that experience like? Where was the creative vision inspired from?

I had footage of my boy, Krussia, riding a bike in NY. Not only he is he a dope rapper/beatboxer, Vice named New York's Best Russian Rapper. He's a serious bike fiend. We took 40 minutes of his Go-Pro footage and edited it down to an intense four-minute groovy ride. I love to see the empty streets of New York in that video. It gives you a bit of a surreal feeling of the city.

 
 

When you DJ do you use a laptop or a USB?

For the past three years I've been using USB sticks with piles of digitized vinyl on them. And sometimes, the actual vinyl which I still love to dig for and to buy.

What can we expect at your show in Atlanta this weekend?

Groovy trips and trippy grooves.

What are your musical plans for the rest of 2016?

I've spent a month out in L.A and finished the third EP for my vinyl only label which is Tripmastaz (by numbers). Also, the track for my friend Barcelona's Yakazi Records. I'm almost done with my EP for New York's Inmotion Music. I'm excited about the massive remix for Chaka Khan's new vinyl single. I'm currently working on a remix for my Canadian pal, Paolo Rocco. Sorting out the next four releases for my label, Plant 74. And more to come as I finished a lot of new music in the past three months. Really a lot, Tripmastaz work is never done!

Tripmastaz will make Alley Cat Music Club twerk on Friday, April 15 with Ralo and Tito Mazzetta. 

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[Video] Mr. Nice Guy's Jesse Perez

By Liz Turcotte

Video by Carbon Film Studios

Mr. Nice Guy label boss, Jesse Perez, sat down with me Barbara Walters style before the label showcase at The Music Room back in January. We chatted about quite a few topics including the phonies in the underground scene, being a DJ Dad, and how he found his signature sound, Bump N Grind.