Vancouvers gangs are pretty sparse from the public eye, for the most part. Honestly, the difference between the public and the G-Sters is so slim these days. What with all everybody tattooed and such. Spinners used to be an indicator when Paul Wall was cool.. Maybe all the loked out heat packers should move to face branding just so the public can recognize them and have some idea as to whether or not they will be killed that day.
Now, these Gang Signs are non lethal, unless you have some seriously sensitive eardrums. That’s prolly not a thing though. The band Gang Signs is comprised of three members: Ricq, the guitarist, vocalist and producer cat. Fink on the drums and one Wobangs on keys and vocals. Together they make excellent music, very complimenting of the indie aesthetic. Check em out / get to know.
What is your most absurd body part?
Wobangs: Bellybutton? When you touch it, it feels funny.
Ricq: The sack, crazy what you can do with those guys.
Fink: My feet, I think I’m getting shorter and they are getting bigger.
Have there been any problems being confused with the Portland DJ Gang$ign$? Given the close proximity Portland has to Van city..
No confusion just people asking what we think about him and the sharing of our name. Once got asked by a promoter to do a show with him. Like Gang Signs vs Gang$ign$. lol
Gang$ign$ is a trap producer, are you guys into trap music at all? Pretty popular stuff these days.
It seems that’s all people are listening/playing these days. We feel some people have done it really well.
Has the band ever considered working with electronic music producers?
Wobangs: Gang Signs is an electronic music project produced by Peter our Guitarist. lol
Ricq: Ha! Yeah, I thought I was an electronic music producer. We’d would loooove to work with other electronic music producers in the future though. Jai Paul, Damian Taylor, 123 Mrk, Fantastic Mr Fox to name a few.
Of course. Other producers was meant.. The internet has been telling me that you guys are kind of sweethearts of the Vancouver music scene. Who have been some of your biggest fanboys / fangirls? Winniecooper.net likes you real hard.
Wobangs: I have been a part of Winne Cooper for a couple years now as a blogger and DJ, so that might have something to do with it. Aside from that they are very supportive of the Vancouver music scene in general.
Fink: That’s really nice. I love Winnie Cooper and I love the Vancouver Music Scene! An amazing amount of talent in this little city. I am their biggest fanboy!
Ricq: Vancouver’s sweethearts? Really? What happened to Gang Signs, toughest Band in Vancouver? Discorder and CiTR have been really great. Winniecooper doesn’t have a choice I think, we are all somewhat connected to Winnie throughout all of our wondering years.
Ricq: Princess Bubbles
And seeing how #Vancouver is so foody, I thought I’d slip this in. Where do you guys like to grab nom noms these days?
Wobangs: Hawkers Delight
Ricq: El taqueria. Even if I drop a taco the floor, it’ll still make it’s way into my tummy.
2013. What’s Gang Signs up to?
We are putting out a remix EP with B sides. Our next single “Runnin” will be released with a remix, video and B side . We are planning on playing showcases at SXSW and a little tour in the fall if not before.
Rather than be all hype or repetitious with facts to try and suade you into thinking what I’m think is good, I’d like let the music of Mohegan S☀n speak for itself. If your down with what you hear you’ll continue to read and learn what’s forthcoming from Mohegan S☀n.
His style? Juke, Jersey, Experimental.. Just good electronica. #GetFamiliar.
Are you a real Mohegan? An Algonquian speaker? I mean to ask how and why you decided on your moniker.
I was studying the plight of the native americans at st johns university (ex-home of the Red Men) – u know how americans killed over 20 million indians in less than 100 yrs x shit
we had to write a report on a tribe and I chose the mohegan/mohican tribe or ‘wolf tribe’ from ny. I ended up finding more google info about ‘mohegan sun’ the casino than the fckin mohegan people lol
right around the same time
I was learning about how most of doctrines of the catholic church r rooted in the primitive pagan worship of the sun.
the son of god is actually the god of the sun
so yea lol the irony
And just out of curiosity, since this is a Canadian blog, where in Canada were you born?
ha that was a typo somewhere deep in the internet. I’m actually from plainfield, new jersey
I got family in nova scotia tho
Can you tell me something about your musical background?
I’ve been listening to jersey club since I was like 11. its just called ‘club’ over there lol there arent even any clubs to go to haha
the internet opened me up to juke x house x other bass stuff
I spent a nice chunk of my childhood playing games like final fantasy, kingdom hearts, zelda, resident evil, pokemon (to name a few)
so you can hear the little sprinkles of basement x internet x hit points in everything I do
How easy was it to get a hold of the “jersey/philly/bmore club tracks” that you’d listen to back in the day?
pre-soundcloud was pretty rough. reminiscing right now about after school l-rides to newark for exxxxcclluussive cds lolll
If one song could represent your childhood what would it be and why?
booman – watch out for the big girls
If you hadn’t started making music what do you think you’d be up to?
actually makin money or somethin
How did you start producing in the first place?
started bullshitting mash ups and djing on virtual dj when I was 14. moved properly to ableton for production when I was 16 and I can mix on w/e now (serato, traktor, cds, vinyl, etc.)
I got made fun of constantly which kept me going
What excites you most about the sounds/genres your working with?
most ppl find it annoying that a tune or ep gets old in a month but I think its beautiful. I have such a short attention span so this way I’m never bored
Name one recent release that you’d like to remix:
rabit – terminator ep…. o wait
So, tell me about your track on Full Service Allstars Vol. 1 Out on Fancy Restaurant Records. How’d that all come together?
full service was the 1st party I ever played earlier in january (a big ass s/o to jerry jones, jack inslee x wrech teck)
they just recently put me on as a resident and so that super smash bros/jersey club homage was a lil sample of my gratitude
You got anything coming from Ben Aqua’s #FEELINGS? Are you able to disclose?
(# Mohegan Son – Lips EP #) (:
droppin spring 2013
What are your plans / projects for the next few months?
aside from a few appearances on compilations, I’m working on EPs for soukouch ethnik and freshmore, a collab EP for b yrslf, a collab EP for lftf, x an adorable 2 track for the homies at paradisiaca
Any closing statements?
thx 4 this
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Our dear Nick Bike has been stirring up our coastal waters of Vancouver in all the right places as of late. He’s been with us Schitz for an age to boot. So we thought it best to catch up with the hombre and get some of his words and experience out to you this fine Sunday afternoon. Click play and read on.
Hey man, how are you? Give us an intro.
Real good. Going to be 23 in February and currently enjoying my new life in Vancouver.
What brought you over to the opposite coast? Was it our ravenous mountain scape?
University life was done in PEI so it was time for change. I’ve
visited Vancouver several times and loved it. No regrets about the
Since your arrival to Vancouver you have shared the bill with a few
big name’s, Ladyhawke & Viceroy to name a couple. Who has been your
personal highlight to share booth / bill with?
I’ve played with Skratch Bastid and Grandtheft a wack of times now – those kind of shows don’t get old. Good individuals to have a conversation with.
How long have you been DJing and producing and which came first?
DJing was first. Been at it for over 4 years now. Haven’t really been
“producing” – let’s just call it being busy ha.
How did you start learning about producing electronic music?
A mix of personal trial and error and a few tutorials on the internet. After I nailed some of the basics I started trying to build things by sampling pieces of other tracks with cool sounds and hits. My friend Sp00nfed taught me a bunch while we were in the process of building our EP.
Tell us a bit about your studio, where and what is it comprised of?
My ‘studio’ is right in my home. Can’t be super loud but my Techs and
DJM800 rest there – along with a microkorg, trigger-finger midi pad,
soundcard, and my Mac running Live 8.
How is your time spent these days? Between being busy and DJing.
I spent a good month on the most recent mix (Bicycle Breaks 1) – this past week I was trying to gather myself for PEI and Halifax. I spend a ton of time listening to new and old music, trying to find the good shit. Just trying to keep up on music alone is a full time job. I make edits for my sets quite often. Usually once a week I trip down to the record store for a dig.
What would you say YOUR style is?
I don’t know, but whatever it is, it’s got to be funky.
How have you gone about developing a sound that you felt comfortable calling your own?
Can’t say I’ve really got to a point where I can call a specific sound
“my style”. Another 5-10 years and maybe my answer will be different.
Would you say DJ’s style is determined by the genre he or she plays?
Perhaps, but style can also be found by the way a DJ mixes, their
overall flow, crowd interaction, or specific skills or techniques that
Your an intelligent gent. What do yo think you’d be doing had you
not become a jockey of the discs?
I still work a real job at the hospital, and I have my business degree
– so something in either of those 2 most likely.
Word up is your a dope scratcher. Can you speak to that?
Haha I will reserve the term ‘dope’ for dudes like Hedspin, Bastid,
and Gaff. I’m still very much a soldier in training.
What is Remix 86?
Remix86 is a music blog based out of Newfoundland – mostly focusing on house, disco, good dance vibes, etc. A good place to keep up on that kind of stuff and provides some light reading and feedback.
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Every once and a while something really good lands in your inbox and get’s you thanking whatever it is you give thanks to for free music and simitaniously blessing the internet. As was the case last week when 95 Royale hit us up.
He’s a young cat making good noise. Fill your earballs and get aquatinted ::
Thanks for taking the time. Much appreciated.
I’ve been looking around and there isn’t much info on you at the moment. You’ve got a Beatport account, appearances here and there on Youtube and blogs but that’s about it. Oh! and a gmail.
Haha I made that Beatport account because I thought I might be able to track sales from records but turns out you cannot.
How old are you?
17 and just finishing off school in Brisbane.
Just finished off highschool? Or..
Still in highschool as we speak but next year I’ll be out. Got about 3 or 4 weeks to go.
Are you just a studio artist? Do you DJ and play out at all?
Hmm, I always loved doing mashups and promoting them around the internet. Although I can, I don’t DJ at all at the moment, once I hit 18 I’m to join the arcade creative of Brisbane who know a place or two to DJ ; )
On that note, what are you producing with?
I use Ableton along with a half decent pair of headphones. Just love the fact that nowadays anybody can produce a reasonably sounding song with only a small laptop.
How long have you been making music and what got you started?
Oh I’ve loved house music ever since I was 13, couldn’t get enough of that filtered 80′s/90′s sound but never knew what it was called. When I hit 16 I found french house and shortly after I found the super secret ingredient used, sampling.
What resources did you use to learn in the beginning? Manuals, video tutorials, schooling or trial error?
At the start I was making mashups with virtual Dj, that helped me a lot with basic beatmatching and things just being in tune. Over this phase I had developed a small knowledge of DAW’s but didn’t know too much of how to use them. ‘Ableton Live’ was the most familiar one of the lot so I took to that one. I asked around the suburb and found a guy who knew his shit when it came to ableton so I paid for some tutoring. Later he introduced me to sampling and we began work from there. After about 8 or so sessions I had a solid grip of what I wanted to make and how to make it.
How much has your music developed since you started? Were you always making French House and Disco?
I went to an Ableton tutor planning to make some electro tunes but he showed me french house and I’d always loved it, I could just never ask anybody how to classify that 80′s sounding, but modern, song. But yeah I used to give mashups a crack. The first french house I made I never released because it was so bad, eventually I got the hang of it after finding a nice sample for ‘Now That’s Good’, sending it to Nick Redux and collaborating with him. 4Disco took a like to it and released it for me.
You have a great ear and sense of sound. Who have been the artists that you listened to giving you the inspiration to delve into French House? Did you ever listen to Mint Royale? Your music really takes me back to Mint Royale.
I have never heard of Mint Royale unfortunately . I just loved that 00′s feeling of music, it wasn’t perfect mastering, the mixing wasn’t perfect but those samples and kickdrum went together like milk n cookies. I usually give the answers that everyone gives for influences (cassius, daft punk) but here are some unorthodox answers: Poka, Kill The Noise (Yes he makes some french house!), cabin crew, tzesar.
What plans do you have for the future? Give us a heads up on the forthcoming.
Yep as I said before when I’m 18 i’ll be doing some performances and maybe one or two for now while im 17. Got MASSIVE plans with Tyler Touche, we have a killer sample in stock for you. I’v attached a Daft Punk Remix I’v almost finished. Cut off the 2nd chorus just to annoy everybody.
If you could have any super power what would it be?
To be able to talk to penguins. i fucking love penguins.
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Renowned blogshere and house star Dani Deahl has touched down on Canadian soil for her appearance
tonight at the Electric Owl Social Club.
OMG ITS PRIDE!! is scheduled to be an all night house and electro banger party where select a handfull of the city’s finest female DJ’s have come together to show their support and get the crowd to bruk out.
Dani Deahl, amidst her busy schedule, has come through with the following interview. Blog lovers and blogsphere historians bookmark this ishh and get on dem Twitter @danideahl Further your knowledge by listening to Dani’s latest single, ‘Pocket Porn,’ featuring remix’s by some of the recognizable names in electro right meow.
Full event details
HERE. Doors at 10!
Describe yourself in five words or less.
Workaholic. Music junkie. Pink haired gremlin.
Describe your ideal first date for us.
Hows life lately? You excited for your upcoming Vancouver appearance?
Life has been awesome lately – just wrapped shooting for my latest video for “Pocket Porn,” I’ve been on the road a lot, collaborating with great people…livin it! I’m very excited for tonight, especially with it being pride weekend. Fest weekends are always nuts – people are in a party mentality even before the sun goes down. We’ll see if I make my flight home tomorrow.
Will this be your first show in Vancouver?
It will! I’ve played several other cities in Canada but never Vancouver.
If you could have any super power what would it be?
Invisibility. I feel like flying would be overrated.
How long have you been DJing and blogging, and which came first? Also, how did you get into blogging?
I’ve been playing professionally since I was seventeen years old. The blog I started a few years ago, and I viewed it as an outlet once my editorial position with URB ended because the magazine went digital.
Let’s pretend for a second that your blog didn’t take off as well as it did. What you would have been doing had that been the case?
To be honest, I never thought about it. I had a day job for one year once I was out of college because I felt like I had to and was so miserable I quit so I could work on all aspects of music full time. I didn’t, and still don’t have a plan B though, but not intentionally…I guess I just figured if this was what I wanted to do, then why would there be a plan B?
Has blogging afforded you any opportunities that you might not have had otherwise? DJ or media related.
I’ve been surprised at the cult following that my blog has and the names that follow and download from it – Flosstradamus just told me they go to my site. It’s been an outlet for me to interview great artists, push music from up and coming people and yeah, I definitely get booked because of the popularity of the blog. #nerdtalk
How quickly do trends, or new genres move through today’s internet driven EDM world?
It depends. I think not as quickly as some people believe. A lot of songs that are released are still a year or even two years old. Trap is blowing up in the states but it’s been around for years. Moombah is still catching on in a lot of markets. Think about how long house and electro were around before pop artists decided to pay attention. There’s always the illusion of things happening overnight in music but the reality is that there is usually a history or legacy that can be traced for that ‘overnight’ moment to happen.
If you could go back in time and change any event in music history what would it be?
I’d make sure Paris Hilton never dated Afrojack.
What has been the most surprising thing to happen with the merging of EDM and pop music in your mind?
With the watering down that’s been happening it’s also exciting to know there are people representing pop music who truly have an interest and respect for where EDM came from. Yes, there are the Madonnas of the world hopping on the “have you seen Molly” bandwagon, but Calvin Harris and Rihanna together – brilliant. Will.I.am in interviews has a genuine thirst for wanting to learn more about EDM. David and Cathy Guetta have opened so many doors for EDM artists wanting to gain more exposure. I’m always a fan of cross pollinating in music and there’s a lot of focus on the negative right now without thinking about the people making a positive difference and creating headway for all of us.
Welp. Thanks for your time. Is there anything you’d like to sign this off with?
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Touring, as modern media has revealed, is a stressful endeavor to undertake. Punks Jump Up like to keep things light and steady movin whilst on the road to get the full experience of life, which is pretty dope to hear. Seeing as how so often a producer will talk about his machine like work ethic while on tour. It’s just nice to hear some of us are still human out there on this big blueberry.
We caught up with these trend setting cats for a few words on their summer tour with Gigamesh. Read along, read along.
How are you guys?
Very good very good.
How has the tour been so far?
It’s been great. We just started off our joint tour with Gigamesh at Club Congress in Tucson, Arizona. Really cool place with a great crowd.
Before that we played Scion party in NY & LA & also Club Bardot in Miami.
All super fun in their own way.
Are you getting along with Gigamesh alright?
We hated each other from word go….
No, just kidding. We’re having a great time already, even though we’ve just started the tour. This tour will be FUN!
Do you have a favourite Gigamesh track?
Love the Don’t Stop track on his latest EP on Kitsune. Classic Blondie/Boney M disco but totally updated. Can’t stop playing it!
How do you keep yourselve’s relaxed AND in work mode on tour?
The DJ gigs are the work part on tour. We’re not very good at working on music while on tour, we get too distracted. If we’re in NYC, LA or Tucson we’re not gonna spend all day in the hotel room. We use the time to wander around the cities to soak up the vibes & get inspired (and maybe get drunk).
That’s just as important for our music.
There have been a number of riders floating around on the internet lately. Do you guys have any weird / original requirements on yours? Like left-handed shovels?
We always demand a white grand piano, pg tips & salted unsalted peanuts with all the nuts taken out.
If you could go back and change anything in music history what would it be?
We wouldn’t change anything but we would love to go back and be a fly on the wall in Kraftwerk’s studio, Bowie/Eno in Berlin, Ron Hardy djing at Music Box in Chicago etc etc
Favourite love song of all time?
Oh that’s easy: Berlin – Take My Breath Away.
I read in an interview you did that your musical roots lay in Punk. What was your introduction into electronic dance music?
David’s was probably Chemical Brothers (then called Dust Brothers) & early Andy Weatherall remixes. Oh also jungle (pre drum ‘n’ bass).
Joe was into hip hop from a very early stage & quickly moved into house music (US garage etc) with a bit of classic UK Hardcore thrown in!
In your experience what is the biggest difference between a punk show and an EDM show?
Are there any similarities?
The energy can be totally the same. .
And if you could take any element from punks rock shows and it to edm shows, what would it be?
It’s kinda already happened, the crowd stagedive to both punk & dance music these days!
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I talked to Mike D aka Bombaman a bit about himself in the new year and got some words on his Tommy Otis EP dropping today on Lucky Beard Records, which you should probably check.
Bombaman. Who are ya where are you from?
I am Mike D, born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Hows about those people tampons hey?
Don’t even get me started…
Before you went under just Bombaman you used to be Mat Carl / Bombaman. I hear you hate trying to explain the Matt Carl name but I was hopin you could here today.
Haha, oh gosh. Ok, it goes back like, 6 or 7 years when me and some friends were playing some Star Wars fighting game or something for the original Playstation or Xbox, I forget. I was noticing how lame the names of the characters were, like, how unoriginal and lame they were and one pops up that says “Marl.” I figured they just picked the names of two guys in the room, Matt and Carl and mashed them up to make this lame character name. I put them together as a persons first and last name and had a laugh. Then sometimes down the road I needed a funny name for dj’ing or whatever, and always had that stupid name in the back of my mind. It’s a terribly lame story and the only reason it’s funny to me is cuz my real name is also two first names. So, yeah…kinda wack lol
What got you into producing?
I always had an interest. I have played drums for a long time so it kind of lended itself to wanting to make stuff, I guess. I don’t know what the true determining factor was, but buying CD players definitely got me motivated to start making and playing my own stuff. I couldn’t do that with vinyl, cutting dub plates was too expensive for me..
What’s your DJ set up like these days?
Two CD players and a mixer. Nothing special, lol. Typical Pioneer setup.
And what are you producing with?
Ableton Live 8.
Are you Evian Christ?
I am not.
I did an interview with Paul Shore / SnapBack a couple month’s back and he’s of the opinion that your producing the kind of music that producers should be producing. Are you just going for straight bass heavy as fuck / weird isht when you jump into a new track? Or is there a more structured approach that you take and people might not expect?
Ummm, I’d say I don’t have much of an approach other than just kind of goofing around, seeing what different effects chains can do to a sound. It’s literally just me mucking about. I’m sure you can tell, but yeah, the sub bass is the most important part to me, and that’s where I usually start.
How often do you go back to your pre Ableton days and background with traditional (old school) instruments for new track ideas? Ableton was a total game changer for you wasn’t it?
I’d say I never go back to pre Ableton days, haha. Ableton was definitely the EXACT program I was looking for. I was using a tracker called Making Waves that was, I dunno, sort of finicky. It wasn’t intuitive, but I learned the hell out of it and made it work. Then through some music magazines I eventually came across Ableton. Based on what I read, it sounded like it was right up my alley. I started using it and haven’t turned back. That must have been about 5 or 6 years ago, I guess.
Your Tommy Otis EP is due via LuckBeard Records pretty quick here. Give us some words on that.
Ah man, so glad to get some of those tunes out on a label like LB. I had a pretty good cache of unreleased music by the time we started talking about releasing something. So we went through some of the better ones and picked out some older and newer stuff. This is also like, a two part EP. I don’t know if the second one will share the Tommy Otis name, we’ll see, haha.
Part one mixes up some old and new. “A Number of Names” was one of the first tunes I made late last year that is along the vein of what i am currently making. Some weird, super subbed out, chopped up vocal retardation. Lots of weird automation with the delays and reverbs, weird panning and stuff. I think I had just hooked up a second sub to my setup, so it may have been more of a demo tune that I just ended up finishing, lol. “Are Pats” is an old one from 2010, I think. It got some unexpected support, but I still never thought much of it. That one is definitely more of a cheesy, party tune. Super up beat with some female vocal workout. The last one is “Everything Came From Strangers,” which is a huge personal favourite, also from 2010. I had just come back from doing a five week stint in the States, and all those kids want is hard hard hard, except in Portland, lol. Anyways, I came back and didn’t want to listen to any of that shit anymore, so I started making some of that really stripped back, pure sub bass, no drums kind of stuff that I am getting known for. That was probably one of the first I made in that style. That track sounds fucking BANANAS on a big sound system, shit will knock a wall down.
Dubstep. I think your the man to ask on the state of the genre, it seems to be a hot topic these days.
I don’t like what is being made and played these days. That’s that.
Is it just me or has “Bass Music” become the new in thing along side Future Garage?
Yeah, I think I’d agree with that.
Top 3 parties for you these days?
I don’t even know. I don’t go out or dj much these days, haha.
Do you spend much time following labels? You’ve got some shit hot releases with some of the good ones atm. I won’t go into listing them all.
No. I’ll be honest. I don’t follow much at all. I know what I like and I tend to stick within my comfort zone until someone shows me some truly next shit, then I go in the studio and try and make it myself, lol.