This week we get treated to a live set recorded by one of our US ambassadors. A big friend and pro-active Evermix user of the team, we present Eduke.
STEVE STIMPSON: We’re loving your new release ‘Don't Hes' Be Too Late’ on the Juicy Traxx label , can you tell us a bit more about the track and how you came to connect with the legendary Robbie Rivera?
Eduke: Don’t Hes’ Be Too Late, is one of those projects that I had been sitting on for a while. I knew it was special but it only felt right to release it now on a label as awesome as Juicy. By the way, I know you may be wondering, what’s Hes’? Hes’ is short for Hesitate :-)
Robbie and I originally connected at Miami Music Week 2018. I was representing the awesome Evermix at the Music Week and had to record his live set. Robbie Rivera, is a genuinely awesome guy...it’s hard for anyone to not get along with him. We just clicked over making quality music. As you may already know Robbie is an incredible Producer and his influence has helped me a great deal to grow and develop as a Dj & Producer. Even though we’re both from the same city, it took a while to really get to know each other. It took a UK based tech startup like Evermix in order for that to happen :-)
You are well known for your awesome track artwork (packshots), tell us how important is artwork when putting out a record?
To me the artwork is like the gift wrapping that screams “open me!!!” lol. The work of Art is not limited only to the music, it extends throughout the different stages of the release. I believe as an artist we sometimes have to use the creativity of entrepreneurs. You have to package the product in a way that encourages your audience to want to check it out. Of course the music is always king but the packaging is a vital component of the project as well. On the other hand, If the music sucks, no artwork can really fix that. It’s there to compliment the music.
You DJ in Atlanta USA tell us about the club, line-ups and scene in general?
Atlanta is my home away from home (Miami).
The Dance music scene and particularly House and techno scene is really thriving. I feel lucky to be surrounded by some really awesome people, DJs, Promoters and fans. Venues like District Atlanta, Ravine, Believe Music Hall and DJ Pierre’s very own WildPitch among others are killing it with the quality of talents that they bring to the city. You name it; Mark Knight, Carl Cox, Eric Morillo, Chris Lake, Nicole Moudaber, Green Velvet, CamelPhat, Solardo, CID, Fisher, MK and the list goes on and on. Being part of an awesome scene definitely has an effect on the growth of the artist. I can feel the same energy translated into my production as well as live sets.
A little bird tells me you just signed a new project to the awesome Great Stuff Recordings? Please tell us more?
Yes! I’m very excited about this one. Great Stuff Recordings is one of my favorite labels and to be signed to them is definitely a highlight of my career. I will be releasing a two tracks EP first with the sister label Great Stuff Talent as my debut with the label. I feel really blessed for all the love and support I’ve been getting.
3 tips for up and coming DJ/producers to get DJ gigs?
- Find your scene and be a part of it (Network)
- Practice, Practice, Practice
- Look for a mentor, someone who knows the ropes and become some sort of an apprentice.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get their record signed to a label like Juicy or Great Stuff?
Well, I think the first thing is to make good music. Don’t settle for mediocrity. Dare to make the kind of tracks you love to listen to in the clubs and festivals. Once you start making quality music, find a “supporter”, it doesn’t have to be official, it can be anyone you know who believes in your work and has the experience, knowledge and industry contacts to help present you within the inner circles of the industry in the best possible light. In my case, my supporter has been Steve Stimpson. He believes in my music, we work very closely together on all my projects. I run tracks with him for his honest feedback. When I need quality advice he is always there to assist. We are a solid team and the relationship has given so much more to my career.
If you could only listen to one track for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The answer to this question could change in the near future, but for now, Music is the answer by Mike Vale is the track I’d like to listen to for the rest of my life if I had to listen to only one.
If you asked me this question a few months ago, I would have said Magiconda by Marcelo Cura
Top 3 tracks in the box?
Music is the answer by Mike Vale
Magiconda by Marcelo Cura
Tribal Disco By Antoine Clamaran & Robbie Rivera
Where can we find you next?
I’m currently a resident at Housewerk Atl, so you can find me playing at Venues like District Atlanta, Wish lounge, Believe Music Hall and The Music Room among others.
You are a heavy Evermix user. Please tell us your experience with magic MixBox and how it's helped you climb the ladder?
Wow! I can’t express enough how awesome and convenient the MixBox has been to me. My biggest thing is the quality. The audio quality that comes out of the old MixBox is top and It’s really easy to setup using your Mobile phone. Now the new EvermixBox4 is going to be compatible with both Android and IOS plus the crowd capture feature which is just super amazing. I absolutely love the box. It’s helped me capture so many magical moments for both myself and some of the biggest House music DJs in the world. The first time I met Roger Sanchez for example, I was to record him live with the MixBox. How special is that...