Now as all of you avid electronic music fans will be well initiated with the iconic Carl Cox, known for his wide-toothed smile and famous phrase 'Oh Yes, Oh Yes,' when playing live electronic sets. How can we fail to recognize this trailblazer?
Well, he's shared an exciting announcement on his Facebook page. Word is now out that Carl Cox has revealed the title and release date for his autobiography! It’s going to be titled “Oh Yes, Oh Yes”, and it’s set to be released on the 19th of August. It’s going to have details about Carl Cox’s life both on and off the dancefloor, so if you’re a mega-fan, this is not a book release that you want to skip out on! Before we share any more details, how about we look into the fascinating life of this innovator?
Carl Cox started DJing in the 70s, when the music scene was dominated by Reggae, Blues, Disco, Chicago House Music and Jazz, which were his early influences. He made waves in the music scene at the end of the 80s and started Balearic tunes, which from 1987-1989 blew up as he became recognised as an icon for the emerging British rave scene.
His entertaining live sets, including Fantazia, the Hacienda, the Eclipse, Amnesia House and Heaven, attracted huge crowds and were extremely popular, but his love of music began much earlier. With his parents having frequently held house parties in his youth and putting on entertainment for the guests in the form of vinyl records, the love of music ran deep in the family. Am I the only one who wishes my parents were that cool?
His first audience was at home; one evening after his bedtime, 8-year-old Carl Cox, went into the family living room and put on some LPs to the delight of the guests, who were in the words of Cox, "reacting, dancing and enjoying the vibe."
Ever the iconic figure, he’s become known for popularising 3 deck mixing and even though advances in technology mean you can pre-set your mixes for playing live, Carl Cox is “old skool” by nature and his love of playing vinyl live for its "flying from the seat of your pants,” riskiness and unforgiveable nature, making him a bit of a dare devil!
Carl didn’t shy away from criticising the UK government for saying that the dance scene is not "viable" during a Brighton Music Conference Q&A, in relation to the lack of funding in the ongoing pandemic for the nightclub industry. His scathing review will leave the government reeling, I know I would be:
“It’s not right that the government thinks that we're unviable. The people have spoken before, we fought for the right to party. Despite everything that the police and the politicians put us under, they had to give festivals and clubs the ability to give people what they wanted in their lives, in comfortable surroundings.”
How’s that for a corporate burn?
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Dean O Heanna (Dekano) & Killian Mitchell (Shagg-E) embarked on their musical journey in 2019 with the official announcement of Audio Chaserz on New Year’s Eve. With the help of Norvis Music & Future Society Records, the Irish & Scottish duo have continually released tracks with the promise of more pending releases & tracks in the working.
They have also been occupied creating Guest Mixes for popular production houses such as Irish Trance Family, Trance Energy Belfast and Trance Family UAE featuring on livestream lineups with the likes of Indecent Noise, Signum, Dubtek (Altered State), Dante, Lange, Allen Watts & The Space Brothers.
In 2020, Audio Chaserz received their first National Radio feature with a Guest Mix on iRadio with Irish Legend Mark Mc Cabe. This was soon followed by their first nightclub gig with Irish Trance Family at The Sound house Dublin. This was a special Livestream event Funded by the Irish Government as part of an initiative to bring back an element of the scene during the Covid19 Crisis.
At Tune Hoppers, we love to introduce talents to the world. We want to make sure that artists are known on a more personal level, so we had a few questions for Team Audio Chaserz who are based in Ireland.
AC : "We’ve known each other for almost 10 years now. We met at Sidez nightclub, Earl street in Dundalk for the Alex Kidd gig back in 2011."
Dean : “15 years. I started out on the Hercules DJ controller with virtual DJ and Homemix twin decks. They were the first two kits.”
Killian : “11 years. I started out on Cdj 400s Numark.”
AC : "Techno / Tech House / Balearic House / Trance
AC : "The collaboration was sparked as a result of catching up after a few years of being busy as our solo selves, the craic was had, so we made it a permanent collaboration. Audio Chaserz was the result of months of brain farts until we settled on it. As the concept of chasing the musical waves fit our love for music perfectly and was always striving for the next musical venture, hence Audio Chaserz."
Dean : “I am a part time music producer. I have a full-time job and also two kids. To allow everything to fit cohesively, I follow a strict routine of 3 days per week dedicated to music.”
Killian : “I am a part time music producer. Before covid19, I would have worked stage rigging with 3 Arena.”
AC : "We’re currently awaiting funds to clear for a studio shed to be built that is acoustically treated. Hopefully that’ll be done by early 2021. Till then, we meet up in a temporary Home Studio which is currently situated in Dean's mother’s house."
AC : "We bounced onto the scene as producers a year before pandemic hit, early 2019. We didn't start to pursue the DJ aspect of the collaboration until late 2019/early 2020. We have just adopted to the live stream culture and have featured on many livestream line-ups with some of the best DJs around as well as gaining air play on national radio with our mini mix for Mark McCabe."
AC : "You should accept that success is a learning curve that you won’t likely become an overnight sensation. If you are willing to put in the hours for your passion, many doors will open. Stay true to yourself. Stay true to others. Always remember that respect is mutual, not obligatory; it must be earned. Once you follow this concept, people will notice. One day everything will just change. Music is number one. Don't let money be the driving force behind your choices in the music industry, if you do then you’re in it for the wrong reasons."
AC : "We don't have any albums planned as yet under the Audio Chaserz alias. We are currently focusing on getting onto the scene with single releases to build our fan base and take it from there."
AC: "We have a few confirmations yet to be revealed for 2021. Big ventures on the horizon for Audio Chaserz. We can’t plan for any nightclub gigs but we are focusing on expansion of our network of musical friends while at the same time building our brand."
2021 will see the introduction of two big announcements which will pave the way to what will be a great year for both lads and Tune Hoppers wishes them the very best in all their ventures.
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The Internet works in weird ways. Never did I know when swiping away in an app for professionals called Shapr, I would come across a star in the making. This meeting was destined to happen and Tune Hoppers is happy to present to the world an interview with this budding artist.
Kiderev better known to his friends and family as Alexis Maratrat, this French rap artist hailing from the suburbs of Paris is just as cool as his EP on youtube.(Video Below) He loves to perform old school rap and now he is focused on trap for his upcoming projects. Keep reading to know more about this little gem from France.
When asked what his song was about, he explained that it was about how the fact that everyone feels different is what makes everyone the same.
He went on to explain that the concept of the video clip is taken from his life experiences, like the part in the video that he sips on alcohol. Alexis refers to himself as a shy person (although we believe he is not). There were many times as a youngster, he had resorted to alcohol to help overcome his shyness and perform his rap on stage to make the shows a success.
He also points to the part in the video where he shows about friendship. He reflects on his view that everyone will have very good friends who always support you, but as you grow older, they are not always there for you when you need them, as they have a life too.
I was intrigued by the locations in the video and he said that some of the scenes in the video were shot in the suburbs near to his home, some in Paris and the scene where there is a big tower behind him was the French National Library (La Bibliothèque François Mitterrand) Beautiful!
Alexis who is now 32, from the 1988 batch of humans has not been to Ireland although he has been to England and Scotland. He has it in his plans to visit Dublin in future so keep an eye out on the streets Dubliners!
For your information readers, a rap artist doesn’t always listen to rap music and Alexis has demonstrated that with his love for classical music, electronic music and also Pop music besides rap! He is very open minded when it comes to music. (Are all rap artists like this? Enlighten me on the comments below)
Of course he does. “I do a lot of Sports. Better than drinking” is what Alexis said when he was asked about his physical activities. He played a lot of football when he was young and fun fact, he was a goal keeper although he hasn’t been involved with the games lately. For all we know, he is surely a keeper for the music industry!
Having lost his father to suicide at the age of 12, Alexis was searching for a medium to express his thoughts and feelings that arose from the tragedy. So he ventured into writing at the age of 15 and was able to find solace through words. He gradually transitioned into rap, which he is where he is plying his trade at the moment.
Now this info is a bombshell. He is a Firefighter in Paris and has been doing it for the past 11 years. Wow! Alexis is part of the Cynotechnical Group and he is blessed to work with some of the bravest K-9s. He works with a lot of them but most closely with “Loustik” which is his dog and he absolutely loves it. It must be very satisfying to work along with animals knowing that they will play a vital role when it comes to saving lives in times of crisis.
It won’t come as a surprise to know that his dream collaboration as a rap artist would be a project with the legend Eminem. Sia and Stromae are the other two artists he would like to work with. Édith Piaf (1915-1963) would have been another artist Alexis would have loved to work alongside if he had the opportunity.
Until now this rising star from Paris has managed to work solo and he is continuing to do so in his upcoming projects. But he said he will not refuse an offer if any labels with a good spirit comes knocking on the door if the opportunity presents. If anyone from the industry is reading this, just letting you know that his signature is up for grabs.
This was the question that allowed me to explore the humble side of Alexis. His response when I asked him if there was a moment in his life when he thought he was a musician.
“I don’t know if I feel the fact that, Oh! I am a Musician, Oh! I’m an artist, I am a rapper. Because all these terms is something you say. Since when can you say you are an artist or a rapper?”
He did however tell me about the incident where he lost two of his colleagues during a fire intervention four years ago. To honour them, he had written a song ‘FéeNyx’.
When he published the song he had received a lot of positive feedback especially from the parents of his deceased colleagues who even thanked him for his gesture.
At that moment he did not feel that he was a musician. Instead, he said that he was feeling OK about the fact that he was able to express pain with words and sentences and thought he should continue doing that based on the positive feedback he had received from his peers.
Got a laugh out of this question alright. After fumbling with words trying to translate the instrument from French to English, he finally was able to tell me that in his younger years he used to play the, yes you guessed it; Trumpet? (No way anyone of you got that right)
He joked that probably that is probably not an instrument one would want to associate with a rapper and he is probably right.
Time for some French lessons. Alexis explained that the word Kiderev is actually a creative backward written english version of véridique (Veredik) which means truthful. Interesting.
For the logo, his father’s passing away and him being a child is what he has attempted to illustrate with the help of a Graphic Designer. A colourful hat on top of a skeleton depicts a temporary stop to childhood life, the disconnect one has when experienced with a tragic incident in the form of the death of a loved one.
There is a lot of thought behind creating a brand and Alexis has demonstrated that by etching himself on to his commercial identity. Life through words, Life through illustrations. Well done young man.
Kiderev is deep in the works producing more of his music and has two songs lined up releasing within 2 months. The video content is already in to post production but since he is working all by himself, it is a lot of work given the commitments he has with his job as a Firefighter. But I am sure he will be able to flood the youtube land with a plethora of songs in quick time since he is a committed musician.
If you love what you see and you would like to cheer Alexis on, you can do so using his social media channels given below.
The Tune Hoppers Project is all about finding those hard working artists and giving them the exposure that they deserve. Getting to know Alexis was a wonderful experience and I am sure that everyone who has read this blog post must have felt the same.
Wishing Kiderev all the very best in the future and hopefully one day we can see him perform at a venue near you. Keep saving lives, keep making music our dear friend.
It is with great sorrow that I have to admit that racism is well alive at this day and age. When I first came to Ireland, I was surprised to see how the Irish had welcomed me with great warmth and treating me as one of their own. But as time went by, I had encountered many instances where I had faced avoidance due to the very fact that I had looked different from the locals. From being deliberately skipped when I am in queue for a pint, ignored by people when I initiated a chat and many other occasions in subtle forms.
As a person you just feel isolated and disappointed that a bunch of people could make you feel like you don't belong. But then again, I always thought I was an alien anyways and things would change over time and it has to an extent. I can't imagine how the black community who are born and brought up in their own country, could live a life facing constant pressure and insecurity being scared to get the recognition they deserve as a human life each and everyone of us who are reading this.
Every time I organize a meetup event, from my personal experience of being left out, I make sure everyone is treated fairly and made to feel important, no matter where you are from and how you look. Not everyone will have an experience that could persuade to treat another human fairly regardless of race and colour, but let us use this day to serve as reminder to make everyone around us aware that Race and colour is something that we cannot change, but our attitude towards our fellow humans can be changed. Stay Strong and don't lose hope.
If you have been subjected to racism and you are reading this, please remember that there is good in this world and life will become better. I guarantee that the Tune Hoppers community will have your back! Keep moving forward with your head held high!
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