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4th September 2016
This tuesday see’s another radio show presentation featuring our very own Miloe as the special guest. Presented by good friend DJ Sterling the show features many up & coming new artists alongside promo’s and upfront releases from established artists bringing together a melting pot of youth, energy & experience.
Be sure to join Miloe & DJ Sterling this tuesday 9pm-11pm on www.funkyfm.sx 103.7FM locally to essex to listen in.
10th June 2014
GOING DOWNTOWN WITH…Jonny Miller…
Every now & again there is an artist that we feel we’d like to ask a few questions , have a general chat & give a little exposure to. Previously we chatted to Jaidene Veda. With an EP being released this week on AtJazz Recording Company with fellow artist Lay-Far it felt right to have a chat to UK DJ & Producer “Jonny Miller” . Here’s how the conversation went…
1) Hi Jonny, thanks for taking the time out for a quick chat. Firstly congratulations on the new EP with Alexander Lay-Far coming out next week on Atjazz Record Company. How did you & Alexander come about working together & how did you find it? I mean Lay-Far is certainly putting some great material together at the moment!!
I’ve known Alex for years as it goes, we’ve been internet buddies since the mid 00’s thanks to our shared love of the broken beat sound and whole West London scene.
We finally met properly last summer at SunceBeat in Croatia, realised we both used Ableton Live and agreed to start doing some tunes together. We must have ping-ponged ‘Going Home’ and ‘Changes’ back and forth maybe five times, just adding, taking away and morphing them bit by bit into the finished cuts that came out on the Atjazz label. Lay-Far is very cool guy and a very talented producer and DJ, we both kinda have own individual sound and vibe but they came together really well on the tunes. We’re both really made up with how the whole thing turned out.
2) A few weeks have passed& hopefully you’ve recovered from the madness & excess of one of the UK’s longest running weekenders. How was the legendary Southport Weekender 50 for you?
Amazing as ever! This was my third year playing down there in the Dome, each year they ask me to do it i’m thankful and I feel very lucky to be part of such an institution. Myself and Gavin Kendrick also do the official SPW Radio Show on Mi-Soul every month – we were live from the weekender on the Saturday which was good fun, its always real nice to catch up with friends and DJ peers there each year. I got more sleep this though year too.
3) You’ve been in this music game for (cough cough) sometime now. Do you see much change to the way things are, do you feel that things have changed? If so do you feel its for the better or worse?
Sure, the business end has totally changed since the early 90s, when I started out. Back then you gathered a bunch of records together, worked out what bits you wanted to sample and then you went and hired out a studio for the day, thats back in the old rave days, haha…. I guess also it’s much harder to break through and make a name for yourself as music maker in any scene now, simply because the means of production and distribution of music, are freely available to all. But… I still think that if you’re doing something genuinely special, you’ll rise and people will notice you. Sadly though, that doesn’t necessarily equate to making much money these days.
4)Logic, Cubase, Ableton or Something Else? There are many Bedroom producers today than ever before & I’m sure many would be interested alongside myself to know what Software/DAW/Plugins or outboard equipment you use & why? Any favourites?
As I mentioned before, I use Ableton Live day to day which is great for getting really creative with audio and samples and importantly, getting an idea down fast. It’s part of what makes my sound, my sound I suppose. I don’t really ‘play’ keys so to speak, so I have to be more creative with ‘existing’ music, find a way to use it in a new light and twist it so its really mine. My roots in early 90s rave/jungle really help shaped that – guys like 4hero and people like Goldie (who I have the pleasure of actually working for these days) really inspired me. Dilla and Madlib are a more contemporary examples if you will. I should say, I teach Ableton Live professionally so if anyone wants to learn how to use it privately, just hit me up.
5) You’ve recently had a stream of material released on numerous labels such as Soul candi, Sonarpilot & DM Records alongside some amazing Live dates including a South Africa Tour if I’m not mistaken. Any highlights & whats in store that we can expect in the near future from you?
Yeah, the first half of 2014 have been mad busy for me and its been great. The ‘Lost It All’ release on Tribe Records blew up way more than I was expecting and the pre-release interest in the single on Atjazz’s label has also been huge.
I have loads of remixes coming out throughout the year alongside some other, new productions – I’ve kinda been “… and Jonny Miller” a lot recently but there is stuff in the can and coming out this year that is just me, or me producing a singer.
I’ll be back in South Africa in October, their springtime, its a great time of year to visit and i’ll be doing some tour dates with one of my best friends, D-Malice, who I have an EP with lined up for release on DM Recordings. It’ll be his first time in SA but for me it’s home from home – this will be my seventh trip. It’s a very special place for me, South Africa. I’ve never been anywhere else in the world where (good) house music is woven so tightly into so many peoples everyday lives. Its really inspiring there.
The “Going Home EP” from Lay-Far & Jonny Miller is released 13th June on AtJazz Record Company available from all good Digital outlets. Be sure to check the Soulcast over up & coming weeks to hear it.
Alternatively pick the EP up on promo digitally by clicking the sleeve art below
13th June 2012
Jaidene Veda Interview
GOING DOWNTOWN WITH…Jaidene Veda…
One of the rising stars of the scene, Canadian Jaidene Veda is a musician, vocalist, wordsmith, remixer, sound designer, filmmaker and photographer!! She has put together an extensive back catalogue of music, working alongside such luminaries as Jason B, Tom Conrad, Trinidadian Deep and The Rurals – her music covers deep and soulful house, soul, nu-jazz and spoken word, and she has developed a style in which her influences are evident, but taken to another level…intimate and personal, created and performed from the heart, to touch the soul…
The Brother C caught up with Jaidene on her return home after an extensive tour of Europe and a brief visit to the US to promote “Pisces Pendulum – The Anniversary Remix LP”, to indulge in a little Q & A for DowntownSoul about herself, her influences and what we can expect from this multi-talented artist in the future…
Thanks for taking the time out to answer some questions for the DowntownSoul group, Jaidene – first up, I wanted to ask you about the original “Pisces Pendulum” album – can you give us an insight into the inspiration and concept behind it, and the reasons for releasing the second set of remixes?
I’ve been a recording artist for a little over 12 years now, and I started releasing quite a few dance & club singles with international producers & labels…while deep, soulful house is closer to my passion and the sound that inspired me, I wanted to compile the ‘deeper’ (slower, more musical) renditions that came about over the years and make them available on one project. This also allowed me to display more dynamic in my sound (including songs off the 4/4). I was honoured it was so well received and that I continued to meet more & more of the people that inspired me early in my career – this all afforded me the opportunity to revisit the songs and give them all new life. I feel like the remix album plays back like an album, not a compilation (which technically, the original ‘Pisces Pendulum’ was). those songs were all written between 2002 to 2010, and truly encompass this Pisces’ “pendulum” – life…the ups, the downs, the dreams, a labour of love and worth every ‘indie-grind’ moment to share it through the music…
You re-released the album under a second guise (the anniversary) last year – it has to be said, to very positive critical acclaim – were you prepared for the level of reaction?
I was so overwhelmed (in tears at times) reading the reviews from the first time around, namely the ones that compared me to all my greatest influences, or simply reading the names of those who had their ears on my work, my art, my little voice…house music at times seemed to represent huge powerful gospel vocals, but thanks to the Naked Music sound I was so deeply inspired by, I found the bed of sounds to nestle this subtle sound of mine into. Then I began to realize more & more that “inspiration comes full circle” – I was reaching people because whether directly or indirectly, I was moulded into the Artist I am because of them. Today? I’m still in awe of the people whose ears are on me (straight geeked!!)
On the back of the re-release, you undertook a tour of Europe at the end of last year – for myself and many others across the water, it was a chance to finally meet the person behind the songs – can you tell us how the tour went for you? I also know that it wasn’t the first time you’d visited, so what was different this time?
What a dream come true to connect to the UK where I have so many connections/prior releases/label affiliates! Paris & Prague were like ‘cherries on top’ – but Amen to the chance to meet so many of the souls behind the indie journey face to face for the first time. Luckily the first mini tour became more of a whirlwind recording stint, and hence the connection to some of the new producers & musicians on the remix LP. Once I was organizing the second tour for the Anniversary I just had the chance to reach out a little further, (in terms of) the dates, radio shows, cities (I saw Belgium, Germany and Spain for the first time!), and as I said in my liners – it takes an army of ears and eyes to move and indie album – truly both trips were possible because of the people involved. So the best part was meeting them, whether in studio, on air, on the dance floor, people singing along in the room – such an honour when you hear, see & feel the project resonating with people. The best best? I even got inked! “PISCES PENDULUM” on my ‘microphone arm’, in Prague, my Papa’s country…this music is about my life, it is my life…now it is for life. Again, a dream come true!
As a songwriter and performer (and without giving away any “trade secrets”!), what inspires you to create music? And do you have a particular way of working/creating/writing? And who inspires you on the soul & house scene right now?
Oooh, everything & anything around me can inspire me to write, and I don’t mind sharing! Whether I feel the need to create through cathartic means, or I feel like touching on a certain message – pending the music & producer I’m working with, I find the mood, chord progressions & instrumentation guides my sound; I also like to find characters in the poetry or simple things like my embouchure to help give a song life. I want to be as dynamic as I can considering I have a pretty subtle instrument. Both poetry & melody are important to me – but unless I’m writing an a cappella (beginning without music) I find I’ll sit with the music and let the notes find me before I bring lyrics into session…I’ll hit record right away and freestyle/scat the sounds/vowels, some random words then go back and really begin to write. I’d rather manipulate prose than insist on a story being told in a certain way. I think that’s the gift in this instrument – the addition of language to communicate, but the ability to alter the sound. Granted it’s such a visceral delivery, (but) it’s still always from the heart & keeps it intimate.
As for inspiration – Naked Music defined the sound for me once I was introduced to House – Aya, Lisa, Gaelle, also Marie Tweek to name a few, but from the age of 12 my sound was truly inspired by Bjork, Sade & Me’shell (NdegeOcello). They still influence me today, as do Feist (Calgary’s own!), Yukimi from Little Dragon, even the UK’s Jessie J – those are also ‘current’ artists who keep me believing real artists (not just pop stars) are making genuine movements in the industry. All hearts for Adele on the cover of magazines, right?!
…so what’s next for Jaidene Veda? And when are we likely to hear new material from you?
I have a number of new singles coming out this summer/year including more material off the 4/4 (always enamoured with that opportunity while working more and more with the live atmosphere & jazz musicians!); but I know that “Pisces Pendulum” has had a very lengthy run for an indie album – so I’m very inspired and absolutely ready to work on a “true” follow up as a brand new album. The mash-ups I continued to produce in the interim always seem to resonate just as well with people – I know that nostalgia is key in anyone’s relationship to their music collection, so I mean to incorporate that into official projects. I’m pretty sure that ‘news’ will be official soon…excited to share with you when!!
…and finally, if you could give one piece of advice to people starting out on the road you’ve taken, what would it be?
I’m inclined to say all the “dream big”, “be real, be raw”, “be genuine, embrace mistakes” phrases (I sang my heart out on “Pisces Pendulum”, simply about being a dreamer, or when things went wrong for me in every way. I healed myself through the music and at times, very transparent lyrics – but i think that’s one reason people loved it and connected to me to whatever degree – it was from the heart!), but maybe the most relevant to people paying attention to the Pisces Pen journey is “don’t be afraid to go indie” – the ‘DIY’ world we’re in calls for it really. I’ve been so lucky to connect to reputable producers, incredible underground labels, even the exposure of the Billboard Charts & major DJs – but I’m most grateful that people out there are willing to support an indie project through the simplicity of Bandcamp, Facebook, and a really late entry to the Twitter world – there are still music lovers out there who want to see full-time artists do what they love (stay full time!). In that respect I think that when people see that you’re “doing it yourself”, they see something worth not pirating. We all know MP3s and piracy have changed the game, so we all have to maintain heart to keep people’s hearts in their actions…”DOIN’ WHAT’YA LOVE WILL CHANGE THE WORLD”!!
Thanks so much for agreeing to take part – we at DowntownSoul wish you every success with everything you do – love n’ blessings always, lil’ sis!!
Jaidene Veda, interviewed & article by The Brother C
JAIDENE VEDA (jaiveda productions)
5th April 2012
Miloe on FutureRadio
Our very own Miloe has been invited to join Johannes Nape, Quibell Ramantswana & DJ ToneSmith on the Mzansi Show this saturday evening primetime 5pm – 7pm GMT , providing an exclusive guest mix as well as to chat about his & fellow SoulTwin The Brother-C’s recent remixes released on Jack 2 Jazz Recordings, SoulTwins projects, up&coming Live dates & a look back at his 16 year love affair with house music.
Be sure to tune in either Live on 107.8FM in Norwich, UK or online by going to
Saturday 7th April,2012
5pm – 7pm GMT