Samstag, 8. September 2012

#Talk and Mix: A Digital Needle (Toronto/Canada)

A Digital Needle aka ADN are John and Dylan from Toronto. They are deeply into editing disco, soul and funk gems and already build up an amazing growing fanbase which is hungry for the next injection. You may guess it: these tracks are correspondingly in the net for those who know. Me as a music-junkie became addictive as well. It forced me to contact the ADN-dealers directly for getting (more and more and more and more...) information & stuff. Wow, i'm now happy about the dope mix they made EXCLUSIVE for our blog and doing som' interview! :)

Hello guys.... Simply, who are you? What's the meaning of "a Digital Needle" exactly about?

We're just two music lovers - mainly black dance music from the 1970's and '80's. Our name came about when John was joking around about "dropping a digital needle" on the next track, while we played out at a gig. We thought that sounded cool, and since we play vinyl rips and high-quality digital files, the name stuck. 

How and when did you meet each other and found your passion for editing? 

John & I met way back in a small town called Port Dover, and cemented our friendship one night when a travelling circus came to town. I went as the third wheel on John's date with a buxom girl - we were thirteen, so breasts were, and still are, fascinating - and we just sort of stuck together. Musically, we started playing soul and funk at a few spots in Toronto, which progressed into a love for disco. Edits are a relatively new thing, which we do for our deejaying - cuts, extensions  & loops for the benefit of the dance floor. Simple stuff.

How do you proceed doing an edit, making the crowd happy and addictive? What's the secret?

We play and edit tunes that touch us, spiritually and soulfully, and hope that our movin' and groovin' is enough to get the people to join in. We try to keep things fun and free, putting out the kind of vibes that we hope to get back - positivity breeds positivity, as John always says. He's the zen man, but I'm learning, haha.

Where do you play out your stuff and what technique do you usually use?

We play all around Toronto, but our favourite venue is called the Piston, thanks to a bumping sound system and a really cool group of owners and regulars. We use laptops and Traktor, but do our best to make sure we're playing high quality, good sounding music. I think that's really important.  

So, what's the difference from Toronto's nightlife to: 
the rest of the world. 
that from the past?

Toronto has an eclectic night life, from sprawling club to cramped bar, with a little bit, musically, for everyone. It's a cool scene, with a real knowledgable group of people behind it. We have a lot of respect for one night in particular night, called Footprints, which is worth checking out if you're lucky enough to be here when it's on - I'm pretty sure it's the last Saturday of the month, at the Rivoli.

I've not really been around enough to comment on much of the rest of the world…Chicago, Montreal & New York are all fun, but too close by to be culture shocking. We'd love to come play in Europe sometime, or travel back to the Paradise Garage, the Loft or the Gallery!

Are there other people directly connected with ADN?

We have help on our nights from a lovely lass called Cynthia, but other than that it's just John & I. We probably do owe the likes of Dimitri From Paris, Greg Wilson, David Mancuso and Larry Levan some thanks in helping shape us!

What plans for the future do you have? Will ADN become analogue? 

We do both own and respect vinyl, but neither of us has enough money to dive in the deep end with it. Maybe one day? No big plans…we' d just like to keep dee-jaying!
Imagine, ADN will be broken by whatever means. How would you react and furthermore, what would you do?

I hope that doesn't happen, as John & I are really close outside of music as well. I'd imagine we'd carry on separately, but keep your fingers crossed that such a scenario never happens!

Which record will you take with to Mars?

Hmm. I imagine this would probably be very different for John & I. Dylan would probably take a Chet Baker album and John something by De La Soul? Not sure…it's too hard to pick just one!

About the mix for the bleepgeeks-blog: What can i expect as a listener?

Some dance floor favourites!

Want more and more and more of your stuff! Where can i get it?

Thanks a lot for your answers! Let's go with the mix....!

1. Punkin' Machine - Need You Tonight (Kid Color Edit)
2. Junior Byron - Inch By Inch (ADN Edit)
3. Love Committee - Just As Long As I Got You (Dimitri From Paris Edit)
4. Orchestra Internationale & Sal Conte - Chella'lla (Copycat Edit)
5. Salsoul Orchestra - Ooh I Love It (Greg Wilson Edit)
6. Sweet Pea Atkinson - Fall For Me (The Reflex Dub Edit)
7. Johnny Pate - Shaft In Africa (scratchandsniff re-rub)
8. Double Exposure - My Love Is Free (John Morales Remix)

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