Posts Tagged ‘netlabel’

Something great began on 7/7/7, exactly five years ago. Dimitar Kalinov aka Violent Public Disorderaz gave birth to an independent netlabel that has given home to more than a hundred talented artists since. The label is looking mainly for the oldschool sound of the 90s, original sampling, dusted vinyl-like tracks and jazz influenced instrumental hip hop. The artitsts (including VPD himself) make up a really close family of international producers who collaborate, communicate, share, respect and inspire. Everything they release is legally free to download and is licensed under Creative Commons because everybody at DWK understands that music should be free and they made it their mission to spread quality music throughout the world. And their quest is going very well. Here is a short interview I did with Dimitar, basically random questions that popped into my mind about music, netlabels, artists and such.

When did the idea of starting a netlabel first come to mind?

– I dropped my debut EP for a netlabel (Lo-Kiwi now fused with Cat Nap) and I saw it’s good. Then I decided to unite artists I knew and to build our own place on the web.

How many of the artists did you know that ended up at DWK before it was born?

– 2 Bone Giants, Bradata, Mr. Moods, Lost Soul Refuge, Merlune, Daakoon, Nora Naughty, Citizen Crane.

Since when have you been involved in music? Any relatives that did it or was it self taught?

– Hip-Hop music. I grew up with the hip-hop culture. Listening carefully how beats are made I decided to make own stuff. I started in 1997, using analog equipment: a turntable and 2 tape recorders. I was in electronics and I added some very useful options – pitch controller, turning on/off erasing during the record; I built analog sound oscillators and filters. It was huge fun, I experimented a lot. Even now (when I’m in digital sound processing) I still use some of the methods I discovered in that time.

Do you play any musical instruments?

– I used to play accordion, then started playing keyboards. After all I was clarinet player in a brass band 7 years. And now I use more frequencies than notes. 🙂

What is the mission of Dusted Wax Kingdom?

– To unite, to develop, to build quality and to make things happen for the artist.

If you had to choose, who would you say is your favourite artist at the netlabel?  (we won’t tell) 😀

– Neither will I ! 😀

Who influenced you the most in your quest as a knight of the kingdom? Who should we think of when we listen to VPD?

– In the first place: The KLF – I was impressed how they use elements from some of their previous tracks in new ones. Then I heard the same way of sampling in Cypress Hill’s music. DJ Muggs was probably the biggest influence of mine. I learned a lot listening carefully to his production. And here is a funny story. I resemble DJ Muggs. Once I was in an internet cafe, browsing his forums, a kid came and said “Nice pictures! Is that your website?”.

Which moment were you most proud of since 7/7/2007 (the birth of DWK)?

– I’m proud and happy everyday of what we do! I’m sure the greatest moment is yet to come!

How would you try to convince and artists you would genuinely love to have on the netlabel to publish a release with you (is there anyone you would really like to sign at this time)?

– I’m absolutely honest with them. I just say something like this “I love your stuff, this is what we do, do you want in?” 🙂 We are a real family, no matter of distance and time zones 🙂 I think artists feel themselves at home. They know that they create Dusted Wax Kingdom and they make it an unique place on the internet. The key is to feel involved in something good, something you love; to share with people who understand you. I’d really love to sign Raycord. He is from Canada, a very talented artist and his works fit perfectly to the mood of DWK.

The artists who DWK supports are spread all over the world. How many did you meet in person?

– Unfortunately I met personally only the DWK artists from Bulgaria so far.

Tell us a funny story in connection with the label that happened during these 5 years.

– The communication with DWK artists is the biggest fun you could have! All the cats are amazing, funny, open-minded. Once I had huge laugh when Anitek told me he played some DWK stuff and his neighbours called the police 6 times that week to turn the loud music down.

MP3 or vinyl?

– Both! In this digital era, it’s a challenge to make organic vinylistic music released on mp3. It’s really rare.

How do you see netlabels in general in the future?

– Netlabels will give a new business model and will change the industry 🙂

What is exactly does it mean to be a knight of the Kingdom?

– Yeah, I call our artists knights 🙂 It’s a very interesting association 🙂 A knight has gallantry, honour, purpose and cause to fight. So do we 🙂 We love old traditions, old music, oldschool hip-hop, that’s why I decided to use the word “kingdom”, but not the famous word “records”. And I don’t like when people say “Dusted Wax Records”. Records are what you buy and collect in your music library.

Choose a track which you would want to get up to every morning for the rest of your life. (Like in Groundhog Day)

– Haha, I’d love to turn on the radio every morning when I get up and to hear a DWK track! Amin! 😀

Which commercial label would you say is your favourite?

– Hmmm. Maybe Anticon. They are underground, funny, eccentric cats and big source of inspiration 😉 Some old stuff from Ninja Tune catalog, some music from Project:Mooncircle, Content (L)abel.

What do you think the artists at DWK think of you?

– Dunno. Maybe sometimes they are thankful (for I’m the engine of DWK) and sometimes they are angry (because I’m lazy ass) 🙂

What would you name your club / bar if you opened one?

– Oh, I’ll tell later after I came out of the bathroom 😉 The idea for Dusted Wax Kingdom came in the bathroom 🙂

It took years to get everything done for your latest album ‘Whiskey Sessions’ but like a fine single malt it needed 4 years to be perfect. When do you think the next VPD EP or LP is going to be out?

– I have lots of unfinished stuff. Hope I’ll find some spare time to complete and release it soon 🙂

DWK has just had its 150th release. Which was your busiest year of the 5?  Are things picking up with more an more artists becoming “knighted”?

– I could say it was 2012 🙂 We have so much releases to come. I started publishing 2 releases per week. Really busy times!

And I hope the label is going to be even busier in years to come. I myself am very glad to know Dimitar personally and I very much doubt that you can find another netlabel in the world that have so many talented artists who actually do act like a real family. I could shower you with stories of how helpful and honest everybody at DWK is, but let’s leave that for another time. I have compiled a 2-part selection of my favourites of the 1420 tracks released by Dusted Wax Kingdom up to this day. These selections are my birthday present to the family and to all the artists who fight for free quality music. Long live the Kingdom and thank you Dimitar for all you do and also for this little interview.

…is the title of my latest mix that got very nice compliments from my present heroes in music. I am very grateful for all the listeners and feedback, hopefully I can become even better. This mix is full of classic trip hop / abstract hip hop tracks and artists but you can also hear tunes from producers who quickly became favourites in my book even though I’ve only heard them first this year. The basic idea came when a friend of mine asked if I can recommend tracks or artists that sound like Dig This Vibe by Dj Krush. My first idea for him was Dj Cam‘s Mad Blunted Jazz and then mononome, The Blue Squares and off I went on one of the finest digging trips of my life so far. I had about 1100 tracks to check and you will certainly enjoy the 23 tracks that made it into the mix. Their atmosphere and chilled vibes will probably be a trip for you just like making the mix was for me. Feed your ears!

Dokkerman and The Trukeying Fellaz has just released their new album titled Mongoose. The album is heavily influenced by late sixties old school funk sounds and the 9 piece band gives you a very dusty, raw kind of funk that you can’t pass on. Whether you like slow funk , something bass heavy, or fast grooves, click on the picture and download the album for free! Big up Hungary! By the way, your favourite Hungarian netlabel, Budabeats is responsible for releasing the album for free.   NOTE: The soundcloud set is not the same as the free album behind the picture!

Members: Zimon Péter (drums), Michelberger Tamás (organ), Jenei Miklós (bass), Sághy Bálint (guitar), Bada Emőke (MC), Nagy Illés (percussion, MC), El Balogh Krisztián (percussion), Lior Paz (saxophone) és Tóth Bence (trumpet)

 

We want Time Travel! When do we want it? It’s irrelevant… Well in this case it’s not. Cause if you want to time travel, today is the day. Jenova 7 and Mr. Moods teamed up for a new release, titled Time Travelers. We have been waiting patiently and the time has come… Check the DWK site today for the ultimate chillout. Free download.

Third time’s the charm. So the last mix for today is my very own selection of Dusted Wax Kingdom‘s 051-100. It was very hard to choose from 506 tracks. Everything the netlabel publishes is golden, so had a rough time with choosing the right ones. Well, BPMs and keys helped a lot and I hope everybody will enjoy this little trip to the Kingdoms again. Spread the word, share the love and enjoy Dope Wax Knowledge!

Finally, here it is. My man Francesco Cimato has had his LP published titled Groove CerealPart of A Dusted Breakfast (Volume 1). Of course once again Dusted Wax Kingdom is responsible for this crime and I hope the cereal killer will strike again very very soon. The tracks range from  trip-hop, acid jazz to funky chilled beats and are a treat for the ears. Have a great breakfast!

…and I bring you my advertisement for Dusted Wax Kingdom, as I’ve made a mix from the catalogue’s 001-050. The mix contains most of my favourite tracks from those EPs / LPs but of course some did not make it to the mix for different reasons. I’ll probably do a 51-100 soon, but till then get your ears wrapped around this one. Get Down With the Kingdom!

It was quite a while ago but for me it was a great day. Not because it’s the International Day of Work but because Dimitar, the founder of Dusted Wax Kingdom has asked me for one of my mixes to publish it as a podcast. I told him to choose any one he likes and I’ll be happy to provide it for download.

He chose ‘From Earth to Moon on the Crow’, which is partly made of tracks from producers at DWK. A great choice from VPD. As I have already written two articles about DWK, I’m not gonna praise them again, I’ll let my future mixes do that instad of me. I’m very happy that one of my favourite netlabels published my work and I get a really good vibe from the guys in the Kingdom. You can listen to the mix by clicking on the pic. Free download is available as well at http://dustedwax.org/media.html. Let the Crow guide you…

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Igaz nem most volt, de számomra nagy nap volt. Nem azért mert munkamániás lennék, vagy mert ünnepnap. Igaz nekem most már duplán az. Az történt ugyanis hogy felkért a Dusted Wax Kingdom feje, hogy kiadhassa az egyik mixem. Természetesen örömmel engedtem hogy vigye, amelyiket csak akarja. A választása a “From Earth to Moon on the Crow” nevezetű mixemre esett, aminek egy része épp a DWK berkeiből származó trackekből áll. Mivel már két cikkben is volt szó róluk, mondanom sem kell, hogy nagy volt az öröm, hogy az egyik kedvenc netlabelömnél jelenhet meg a válogatás. A képre kattintva már hallgatható is, letölteni pedig jobb klikk “Save Link As… / Link Mentése Másként” opcióval lehet. Jó utazást a Varjún!

And he did. The line in the title is from Jazz.zene by Kovacs. The Hungarian gentleman, Nándor Kovács has created something really unique and everlasting with his album, Piszkos Jazz. He went so deep down the rabbit hole with the beats and instruments, that every track is whole new trip. The album in its entirety is a journey to the past which is a must for all the jazz fanatics. There’s going to be a remix album published soon, there was a remix competition to which anybody could send their works in November, 2011. Nándi is now waiting for the label to drop the remix album. His other alter ego, Savages teamed up with Suefo, the duo is going to have a 12″ coming out soon, as well.

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És tényleg. Ezzel a sorral nyit Kovacs Jazz.zene című trackje. Gondolom a névből kiderült, hogy magyar úriemberről van szó. Nándor valami igazán maradandót és különlegeset alkotott Piszkos Jazz című lemezével. Olyan mélyen nyúlt bele a darázsfészekbe az ütemekkel, hogy minden dal egy új utazás. A lemez egészében pedig kihagyhatatlan, minden igazi jazz fanatikusnak közelező darab. A magyar Chameleon Records kiadó gondozásában megjelent korongból remix album is készül, amelyre bárki küldhetett be anyagot. Nándi csak a kiadóra vár, hogy visszatérjen az országba és újabb csemegében lehet részünk. Egyébként Kovacs néven már saját bevallása szerint nem lép fel annyit, de BudaBeats-es eseményeken legtöbbször játszik. Másik alteregoja, a Savages is mindenképp említésre méltó, a Five Finger Discount című album remek beatekkel megpakolt kiadvány, de személyes kedvencem a Hajnalhang című dal.

*update Nánditól:  “A savages y suefo formációnak hamarosan egy 12″-es bakelitje jön ki a német agogo recordsnál, utána pedig – valószínűleg még idén, egy album is.”  – Örömmel halljuk és nagyon várjuk, köszi!