Zone Magazine 023 – Roger Sanchez Issue
Zone Magazine Issue 023 – Roger Sanchez Issue – Sept – Oct 2018
Well Folks, back again with a huge issue! With so much happening in the world of Electronic music, across Ireland & the world, we endeavor to capture as much as we can for you to feast your ears & eyes on! Lots of great things happening here at Zone HQ just for you lot, so keep coming back!
Zone would like to welcome a new member to the team; Megan Williams [USA]. Megan is a pro photographer and will be covering some big events in the USA for us.
In our feature interviews in this issue we talk to cover legend ROGER SANCHEZ. There are many successful DJ’s on the world circuit at present and each one’s path to success has taken a different route from their peers. Some have quite rightly made their name off the back of successful productions and others play key roles in the world dance music industry which has opened doors for them to take a quicker path to the top. Then there are the ones that have worked at their craft tirelessly for many years and have earnt their place in the DJ elite and Roger Sanchez is most definitely one that falls into the latter category.
” One very important thing is to realize one’s own limits and to say NO when it becomes too much. For myself, I don’t do drugs, drink very moderately and try to get as much sleep, exercise and eat healthy on the road, This is paramount for longevity in this and any stressful field “
We also talk to one of the most successful artists to come from Finland DARUDE. To date, Darude remains one of dance music’s most influential artists. At the age of 24 and at the height of the trance boom of the early 00’s Finnish DJ / producer Ville Virtanen created the milestone single ‘Sandstorm’ under his pseudonym Darude. The track went on to become one of the biggest selling dance singles in the history of electronic dance music with global sales of over 6 million units and to date, it has been featured on hundreds of compilations worldwide.
” I’m on a roll and I’m going to continue as I have the last couple of years, only bigger! Darude wise my goal is to get to a bit faster turnaround with production & releases, but I don’t want to compete with the ghosted acts and their 4-6 weeks between releases, that’s ridiculous “
We also speak to GUY J. On the path to becoming one of the premier artists of this electronic generation, Tel Aviv’s Guy J has amassed a vast discography showcased within an eclectic list of world-renowned labels. Initially influenced by his homeland and the worlds of psy-trance and progressive, Guy J has grown to embrace all genres and establish a wide-ranging production style that represents the array of emotions fuelling his creativity. Guy’s disregard for boundaries has catapulted his genre-diverse Lost & Found imprint into one of the most highly regarded brands in the underground. The label celebrates diversity and Guy encourages submissions that remain unconditionally true to the artist.
“ I need every track to be real and honest to my feelings ”
From N.Ireland, We talk to DJ JAY KAY. To followers of dance music in Northern Ireland, Jay Kay is a household name. He is one of the UK’s most sought after and globally respected House DJs. Despite his nature to fly steadily below the world’s Superstar DJ radar, over the past decade, Jay Kay has gained legions of devoted fans worldwide. It was inevitable he would start to create his own music and this peaked in 2015 with the launch of his amazing new record label De-Funkt Recordings & De-Funkt Traxx. This came off the back of massive previous releases such Uproar, Twist, Belfast Kiss, and Music For The Masses.
We talk to a man who was once canned ‘hardest DJ in the world’ DJ TANITH, from Germany. Here we have the second in a series of interviews with artists that have had a huge impact on the clubs in Berlin, and on the scene as a collective. DJ and producer and everything hard, and whom has had a great influence on many, who was a DJ back in the early 90’s at a little place called TERSOR! He is still playing today, and runs events, is resident in the new Tresor, and playes all over. I spent many nights in the dark, smokey, pulsating basment room of Tresor in 1991-92 with Tanith on the decks, so I really wanted to catch up.
” I’m definitely glad that we started Tekknozid in 1990 here in Berlin, which was the first raves, which multiplied by attendees everytime it went on and led to Mayday “
Also from Germany, we speak to rising star FRANK DUEFFEL. DJ & Producer Frank Dueffel started was grasped by electronic sounds at a young age, and it wasn’t long until that passion inspired him to become a DJ in 1999. Since then he’s shared the stage with many well-known DJs and events like Street Parade in Switzerland, Nature One in Germany and on the Outburst 500 World Tour. His DJ sets take you on a journey featuring a wide spectrum of electronic dance music, a unique mixture of trance, progressive, breaks and techno, always energetically driven and touching the underground sound. In 2009 he released his first singles & remixes and since then he’s been improving his productions skills and increasing his reputation as a producer, having already signed his work to a host of top labels.
” You have to define yourself by being different and there is enough music to do so. When you are DJ’ing you define yourself by the track that you play and when you play the same as the others do, you are just of a copy of them “
We chat to DJ KAREN from Ireland DJ Karen has worked on the DJ circuit for the last 27yrs. 25 of those in The George. No mean feat were musical styles and venues change over the years. She started working in The George in late 1994 and thankfully is still here! You can now find Karen in The George on Fridays and Sundays playing a selection of dance tunes and genres from dance remixes of pop tunes, funky house thru to pumping Electro house.
From the UK we speak to ZED WHITE. UK producer and DJ, Zed White has been carefully creating an exciting space for himself within the Progressive House / Electronic scene. AKA Daz Bailey has been Djing since 1994 and produced from 2007 until 2011, remixing for a few major players and gaining much support on Radio 1. Fast forward to Sept 2016, after a short break from music, Daz decided to relaunch his music production career and focused on developing his own Progressive / electronic sound.
In our Label features this issue we have two labels: TRAX RECORDS [USA] and FUTURE DISCO [UK].
We check out whats happening in clubland: Gavin Duffy checks out NORTHSIDE LOFT SOCIETY in Dublin.
Adding to all this we have of course STUDIO TIPS with Daneil Daly. OUT & ABOUT with Sebastian and Megan Williams – Select club and festival pics, and BEST SETS ON THE NET with Hugo MaCann.
We have a new section called FIVE TO LOOK OUT FOR – From Aaron French, and Daniel Daly looks at some UDG stuff for our GEAR REVIEWS.
As if all that was not enough, of course, we have our regular reviews and charts from the talented and dynamic Zone crew. Also this issue we continue Zone Magazine’s FREE exclusive DJ Mix series and we also have our FREE gifts from Funktion Loops, 2 sample packs each issue, all you need to do is purchase our cool publication!
As usual, we would like to thank all of our very many talented contributors and friends who provide so much content, love and support for what we are doing, they are listed on the left-hand column on this page if you want to contact them directly with the latest news. From myself and the whole Zone crew, we just wanted to say thanks again for your continued support, peace.
Paul & Zone Magazine Crew!