It takes focus and dedication to tick the full range of boxes – DJ, producer, label boss – but Jon Rundell's rise through the techno ranks has shown that it's not just his tough, tribalistic sound that has plenty of gas in the tank.
Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May were high school pals with Juan Atkins in Belleville, just outside of Detroit. It was Juan who started making other-worldly proto-techno music first in the early ‘80s, mainly under the names Cybotron and, later, Model 500. He taught Derrick May to mix, and the two of them would put on Deep Space parties and produce mixes for the radio show of influential spinner The Electrifying Mojo on WGPR.
First ever tune you bought?
“Michael Jackson 'Thriller'.”
First two tunes you tried to mix?
“'Probably something by Future Funk and Daft Punk.'”
Off the back of a massive year for Bodhi, the Welsh duo kicked off 2014 with a remix of Brit-nominees London Grammar.
Feeding warm supple sub-bass grooves under the ghostly vocals of the original, the result is spine-tingling house designed with one objective in mind: to send a rush of serotonin fizzing through our synapses.
How have you developed as an artist during your production and DJing career?
TCTS, aka Sam O'Neill, is the latest signing to Greco-Roman, the label that first brought us Disclosure and TEED as well as those Hot Chip cats. TCTS is the initials of the band Sam used to play in when he was a teenager, and he started DJing out using that name. “I intended to change it at some point, and it just kind of stuck,” TCTS tells DJ Mag.
DJ TJR owned 2013. His bullying electro calling card 'Ode to Oi' stomped onto the playlist of every big name DJ out there. Somehow he raised the stakes with his following cut, the boisterous party smasher 'What’s Up Suckaz', scoring a Beatport overall No.1 and festival ubiquity in the process. Next up was a hugely popular mix for the Diplo & Friends show, and somewhere along the way TJR grabbed a platinum record, courtesy of Pitbull turning his earlier chart topper 'Funky Vodka' into a huge pop behemoth.
Banjee Boy Realness resident and recent Batty Bass Records contributor Josh Caffe has recorded us an exclusive mix.
Smacking us with a taste of the high-energy ballroom sound of his Dalston Superstore-based house night, it's a heady collection of clattering 909s and acid toplines featuring tunes from Sishi Rosch, Tom Budden and Bambounou.
"For fuck's sake, hang on a sec, I'm scanning stuff, some Visa crap. My old agent used to do it but my new agent won't do it, they really don't believe in spoiling DJs."
It’s hard to imagine any other DJ of 20 years standing who would be happy to do this sort of stuff on their own. Plenty of big name jocks chuck the toys out of their pram if the wrong person speaks to them at a gig, or if the brand of Champagne they are treated to isn’t expensive enough.