INTERVIEW: Juliet Fox

An Interview with Juliet Fox

By: Sylvia Dziemian

 

Juliet Fox is a hottie, but it’s products of the mind and heart with which we at Primary are most concerned. You see, she makes and plays absolutely killer music, and in the below-documented interview, we made it our business to ask all about how she does it.

First, a little background.

Juliet is Australian. She lived in Ibiza for a season, London for two years, then moved to Berlin, where she’s been based for now over a year.

Chicago techno lovers who have not tasted Berlin’s music scene have certainly dreamt of it. To those in the latter category, FYI per Juliet, Berlin is, indeed, the rumored cultural fertile ground. From street musicians to architecture to the inhabitants and their friendships, the city is an influential scene for our Saturday headliner.

Second, a short tangent.

Have any of you wondered if they talk about Chicago music in Berlin? If so, wonder no more! When asked, Juliet replied, “Haha yeah they do!” And, to our credit, Juliet was first signed to Cajual Records. So, you see, we’re awesome at plucking talent! (Obviously.)

Now, about workflow…

Regarding her studio, Juliet’s favorites include the Roland TR8, Moog Sub 37, and the Dave Smith Tempest. On longer trips away, a Maschine keeps her good company.

Also, you may have noticed our girl writes lyrics, which she adds to her productions. About inspiration to do so, Juliet said, “I have always written my own lyrics, and random ideas come to my head all the time so I quickly record these or write them down.”

Juliet Fox is talented, but talent needs hard work to grease the path to success. And, she cites hard work as a critical component of her successes: “I have really had to work hard myself,” she told us, in addition to great support from her manager, family, as well as the Berliners with whom she collaborated “equally there to help each other grow and succeed.”

Come hear Juliet live this Saturday, 1/28, at Primary. We’re quite excited to hear what she’s got in store for us!

TICKETS: http://bit.ly/GFFJulietFox

 

-SD

Twitchin Skratch

DJ NAME: Twitchin Skratch

STYLES: Techno // Tech house // House


BEATPORT: http://classic.beatport.com/artist/twitchin-skratch/93344

Affiliations:
Afterdark Recordings, Bottomless, Decide, Flat Belly Recordings, WKQX101.1 FM Electric Playground, Primary Nightclub

Bio:
Twitchin Skratch has been caressing the decks for more than a decade now. Over the past few years, Twitch has racked up a number of notable achievements in his electronic music career. He has hit numerous top 100 charts on Beatport, he’s collaborated with international producers (such as: Andrea Giuliani & Luca Rossetti, Daniele Petronelli, NHB & Fabrizio Pettorelli, Phunk Investigation, Swallen, and more), and he’s had numerous songs licensed for commercial use (Jackass 3.5 [The Movie], CBS, CSI: Miami, E! Entertainment, MTV, Nintendo, Price Is Right, VH1, and more).

Throughout the years, Twitch has shared the stage with some of the industry’s most successful artists, such as his opening and closing sets for Andrea Roma, ATB, Bad Boy Bill, Balthazar & Jackrock, Boris, Daniele Petronelli, Etai Tarazi, Gaty Lopez, Green Velvet, Jay Lumen, Justin James, Mark Knight, Mat.Joe, NHB, Ninetoes, Paul Johnson, Pig & Dan, Sasha Carassi, Sharam Jey, Sophia Saze, and Supernova. As well as being billed alongside Agent Orange, Benny Benassi, Cocodrills, Derrick Carter, Donald Glaude, D-Unity, Jewel Kid, Julian Jeweil, LA Riots, LMFAO, Mark Farina, Sharam, Sydney Blu, and more…

His production can be described as innovative and underground, composed of eclectic grooves and hypnotic lows. He has gained support from artists such as: Afrika Bambaataa, Andrea Roma, Camilo Franco, Daniele Petronelli, Dani Sbert, D.O.N.S., Drunkers, Jesse Voorn, Markus Schulz, NHB, Paco Osuna, Paula Cazenave, Pirupa, Slam, and many more.

His DJ sets consist of unique flawless transitions from break to break that keep the dance floor moving no matter what time of the night. His superb mixing and scratching techniques keep the audiences eyes on the booth… Even other DJs tend to watch when he spins…

Expect the unexpected: Twitchin Skratch

Blu 9

Dj Name:
BLU 9

Links:
Affiliations: Apart Artist: apart-music.com and of course Primary
 
Labels: AfterDark Recordings, Bottomless, Orange Earth Recordings, Phunk Junk Recordings, Tru Musica, Craft Underground and Bassment Tapes. 
 
Short Bio:
Chicago born and raised dj/producer, Blu 9 is quickly coming up through the ranks of the techno/tech house. Currently producing and releasing productions across various labels infusing her sound of the electric violin meshing them with dark and dirty drum beats. 
 

IDENTITY: Kid Enigma/KE

 

IDENTITY: Kid Enigma/KE

Interview by Phil Rizzo

Rafael Perez (aka KE/Kid Enigma) is a name that will be coming up on your radar frequently in the near future. With releases like “When I Do My Thang” with Nathan Barato and “On The Ropes” with Derrick Carter, KE has quickly become your favorite DJ’s favorite producer. We got a chance to sit down with him before his show this weekend at Primary Nightclub in Chicago as he is spotlighted in this months IDENTITY party.

For anyone who is just hearing about you, how would you describe the KE/Kid Enigma sound?

I’d describe my sound as Chicago House. Deep and Dirty. I like my Drums raw and unapologetic. Id like my bass lines to provoke a body jerk. I like my melodies to feel like breathing fresh air, and my words to provide you with a bit of encouragement through your day. #BePositive

How did you get your start as a DJ/Producer?

I started to DJ when I was 14, playing at local bars where I was snuck into( I DO NOT CONDONE THIS, Though). My brother Rene used to Dj back in the early 90s, around when a lot of the Cajual classics were coming out. He gave me his crate, and I would practice and gig out of it while collecting records of my own after school at Hot Jams , where I met Frankie Vega and Steve Melvage. Every other Tuesday I’d also go to Gramaphone up north on the Orange line to the Brown line. Michael Serafini was always welcoming when I came in.

I started making music when I was 17. I started on Reason, and I acquired Ableton Live shortly after. I didn’t know anyone else making music at the time, so I just keep at it until things started coming together. I used to release on my own imprint “ B Natural” with my partner, Mac. We would put out mostly original tracks, with a few bootlegs here and there. Lego, Mark Farina, Diz and The 1200 Warriors were the first to start supporting my music in their rotation, along with my good friend Ed Nine. One thing led to another and I started doing features.

Have you always had the dream of a career as a producer/DJ? YES! I have always loved dancing to the music, and I loved the idea of bringing people together through the music. I love visiting other cities and seeing what their local vibe is like. I love it all.

I also heard you have some skills as a B-Boy?

YES! Ground Syndrome Crew! I got MAD LOVE for Chicago Tribe though! In high school I used to Break, but eventually I got WAY more into the House Dance culture. The rhythm of House came more naturally to me. Some of my favorite nights were on Monday nights at Boom Boom Room. We would have a circle going in the side room while Milty (Evans) played, then we’d move into the big room with Diz and Michael Serafini. I LOVED IT.

The first time I had heard one of your tracks was “On The Ropes” and I loved the showcase ofother Chicago artists. What was the influence behind this track?

Life is hard in general, and I was going through a really rough patch in my life. You have to remember whats important to you, and then you have to fight for it, even if you feel like most of the time Life has you “On The Ropes”. Keep Swinging.
The showcase to other artists from Chicago was me showing pride in who indirectly had an impact on how I sound or why I love HOUSE so much. Those artists had so much to do with my sound, and it was all through their records. I still haven’t met BBB, Cajmere or Jamie Principle. When i do, I’ll thank them in person.

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What road blocks have you encountered so far in your career and how have you overcome them?
I’ve had records stolen, equipment stolen, equipment breaking. That was all the small stuff though. The hardest part, and probably will forever be the hardest part, is falling in love with myself over and over again. Self doubt is a feeling I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Time would fall second to that. Art reflects life, and I have to live in order to have something to talk about or write about. Life is beautiful, but time will remind you that you can only do so much. #StayPositive

One thing people should know about you is the #StayPositive message you share. Can you tell us a little more about what that means to you and how you want it to effect others?

Mac and I started making music to have a positive effect on the demographic that chose to listen to it. We have always loved the idea of bringing people together through music, while still offering a message they can take home and think about. For most of us, our worst enemy is ourselves. We tear ourselves down, shaming our outward appearance or our productivity and value. We overanalyze ourselves instead of just being. If you woke up, then thats half the battle. The other half would be the struggle of being nice to yourself and others while still trying to accomplish your daily goals. Cut yourself a break and embrace your struggles. They make us strong, and allow us to find patience. #StayPositive

Whats the next along the path for KE (Kid Enigma) and what future goals do you hope to accomplish?
I’m going through a name change, and thats a mission in itself. We are off to a great start though, releasing this year only twice under Kid Enigma, but Releasing 3 times under KE. I have my first EP coming out on Blasé’ Boys Club, Duke Dumont’s label. I also have an single coming out on MadTech, Guesthouse, and I’m working with Suol Boy T(Till Von Sein) Harvard Bass, Ed Nine, Gettoblaster, Dj Sneak, Demuir, Nick Olivetti and Heartlybeats, Andrea Di Rocco, and Little By Little, to name a few. I’m looking to travel again, while still engaging in my lovely city of Chicago. I’d love to dance more too. #DoPositive

Check out KE this Friday night at Primary Nightclub as he headlines this months IDENTITY party!  IDENTITY was created with the hopes of bringing exposure to the talent buried deep in Chicago’s electronic music scene.  Through events, press, and promotion of those Chicago tastemakers, we hope to shine the spotlight on our city and help bring a new crop of artists to the forefront of dance music.  

WANT MORE KE?

Check out his Soundcloud:

“This Life” : https://www.beatport.com/release/this-life/1805655

“Ridearound” (Original Mix):  https://www.beatport.com/track/ridearound-original-mix/8206303

 

PHOTOS: Juan Atkins – 8/26/16

INTERVIEW: MATTHEW ANTHONY (PERFECT DRIVER)

Growing up with a huge respect for the Chicago house music scene, Matthew Anthony held the cities legends in high regard.  From classic Chicago house sounds of Derrick Carter, and Joey Youngman to the more recent productions of Green Velvet, Kid Enigma’s vocal work, and the many artists Chicago has incubated the past few years, Matt keeps his eye on this city and his ears to the speaker.  Recently, he has taken Chicago producers Intermodal under his wing as well as former Chi-town resident J-Worra and given them an outlet to release their music with his label, Perfect Driver.  Matt and his crew of loyal artists have painstakingly gained traction in the saturated market of Los Angeles, making an impact with house and bass.  We caught up with him this week as he prepares for his Perfect Driver showcase at Primary Nightclub in Chicago on 9/3 to find out more about what makes him tick as an artist and how that passion became an outlet for established and new artists alike through his LA based imprint.

Check out the full article below at 312 Audio!

Perfect Driver: An Interview with Matthew Anthony

 

PHOTOS: 7.2.16 Incorrect Party

July 2nd Primary Nightclub hosted the Incorrect Music After Party feat. Anthony Attalla and Uner!  Jennifer Catherine Photography was thereto capture it all!

INTERVIEW: Anthony Attalla (Incorrect Music)

If there are only a handful of artists who’s music actively embody their culture, history, and passion for what they do,  Anthony Attalla is at the top of that list.  A native of Detroit, Anthony has taken on a passion for the techno roots that grow deep within the city.  Then, in 2011 Anthony moved to Chicago and rediscovered the groove of classic house music.  In 5 short years Attalla has been able to travel the world and gain recognition as one of the genres most innovative and respected DJ/producers.  But thats just the tip of the iceberg.  Attalla also wears the hat of label boss for his imprint Incorrect Music.  Now, at a time where “tech-house” is making major waves in dance music culture,  Anthony is able to stand ahead of the pack with the love of both cities behind him.

 

Check out the full interview on 312 Audio below!

Tale of Two Cities: An Interview with Anthony Attalla

IN THE MIX: Phil Rizzo – Guesthouse June 2016

PHIL RIZZO – GUESTHOUSE: June 2016

Resident DJ Phil Rizzo just released his June 2016 episode of GUESTHOUSE featuring music by Primary acts Gene Farris, Supernova, DJ Pierre, and more!

Tracklist:

1.Range byJohn Joshua

2.Plastic Jungle (Chus & Ceballos remix) bySupernova
3.Revolution (David Keno remix) bySante Sansone
4.The Beat (Gene Farris remix) byDJ Pierre & Supernova
5.Peach (original mix) byMarcus Meinhardt
6.In The Shadows (Joeski remix) byTube/Berger/Ante Perre
7.This Beat Is (Peace Division Deeper Mix) bySuperchumbo, Tom Stephan
8.Hot Fella (original mix) bySupernova
9.Right Love (Supernova remix) byAudio Junkies, Cari Golden
10.BLACK DOOR (original mix) byJoeski
11.Glory Of House byJoeski
12.Alors On Danse byOscar L
13.Fiore (Chus & Ceballos remix) byDario DaAttis/David Aurel
14.Not Too Flabbeh byJey Kurmis

Check out the mix here:

Facebook: PhilRizzoMusic

Twitter: @PhilRizzoMusic

Mixcloud: PhilRizzoMusic

 

PHOTOS: 3.5.16 GOLF CLAP

We had one hell of a night on Saturday with the gents of Golf Clap // Twin Cousin // and Hot Plate! Check out our photos from the night! Photos by Jennifer Catherine Photography