The CONDUIT // 018 – Bells & Whistles

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// Bells & Whistles //

We happened to catch this young San Francisco duo opening for Nicolas Jaar and Eric Cloutier at an As You Like It Party. It’s always a bit of an ordeal getting to San Francisco where we live, similar to the pilgrimages that kids from Nebraska and Iowa make to Minneapolis to see their favorite artists –  a from middle-of-nowhere to the big city trip that takes the entire weekend (mostly travel time – BTW). So the delight on our faces was instant when we saw Zack and Yanick trading turns on the deck playing happy, soulful house music with huge grins on their faces. The vibe these guys create is a good one and their attitude is by no means jaded or ego-drive. It comes with great delight to share an exclusive mix Bells + Whistles on The CONDUIT.  – Sean-Michael Yoder

// Bio //

Bells & Whistles is the musical collaboration between Zack Yakovlev and Yanick Rieffel. Djing separately around San Diego where they both grew up, it was not until they met up in San Francisco that they started working together. Having moved to The City to pursue their own musical endeavorers, living across the hall from each other, the daily mix slowly became a tag team event. As each got their own gigs in the city, a friendly competition arose, each trying to keep up with the other. The friendly tag team became a serious daily event in which they showed off the latest tracks they found, and new ways to mix it all together. It was not until an underground party in the SOMA of San Francisco, where the pair played together for the first time, that they knew that they had something special.

Shortly after joining forces and taking on the moniker “Bells & Whistles”, the two started their first monthly party on the 21st floor of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. With shimmering chandeliers, a breath taking view of the entire city, and a service staff dressed in tuxedos and bow-ties, DRESSCODE offered a new home to a sound often kept underground. Bringing in artists like Bruno Pronsato, Claude Vonstroke, Catz N’ Dogz, Alland Byallo, Justin Martin, Franklin De Costa, Tim Green, Maetrik, Jan Krueger, J. Phlip, Soul Clap, and Mikael Stravostrand to name a few; DRESSCODE quickly became an established and respected party in San Francisco. While Djing will always be at the heart of Bells and Whistles, it is music creation, not performance, that has been taking much of their recent time. Both currently finishing school with an emphasis in audio recording and production, being able to create the sound they share is the main focus for the young duo.

// Links //

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bells-Whistles/166048096768899
http://soundcloud.com/habit-collective/tracks
http://soundcloud.com/yanick
http://soundcloud.com/yak
http://housepitalitysf.com/2011/02/12/bells-whistles-collide-at-housepitalitysf/

The CONDUIT // 017 – Pointbender

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// Pointbender //

Pointbender is new to us, although he’s been around for sometime as part of the combo Grey. Introduced to us by David Collado of Musical Missionary, the Austin based producer makes some of the most amazing tracks we’ve heard in some time. He’s got quite a techy background and it shows in his productions. In addition, he runs the on-point Harmonious Discord label and a bi-monthly internet radio sjow called Discordian Dreaming. We’re excited that he took the time to drop an exclusive mix for The CONDUIT series.   – Sean-Michael Yoder

// Tracklisting //

1. Maya Jane Coles – Dont Tell ME [Realtone]
2. Male Madame – Variation (Noah Pred Mix) [Fade Records]
3. Molecule – Recordar a los Muertos [Harmonious Discord]
4. Greenville Massive – Lost [Soul Sheep Music]
5. Youandewan – The Blue Room [Minimal People]
6. Maceo Plex- Your Style [Crosstown Rebels]
7. Spirit Catcher – Sedona [Systematic]
8. Russo – Fuck My MPC [Full Bar Digital]
9. Jeff Bennet – Never Forget [Thoughtless]
10. Molecule – All Things Go in Cycles [Harmonious Discord/Dub Research]

// Bio //

Along the outliers of unexplored cerebral boundaries resides the sonic offerings of Grey Music member and Harmonious Discord label front man Sean Anderson aka PointBender.  A project focused on thought bending synthetic manipulations and heady melody construction, the PointBender moniker provided Sean an avenue to explore a highly creative fusion of song creation and live performance.  After many successful live performances the pieces began to gain a momentum of their own and were later released as projects on labels like Thoughtless, Musical Missionary, and Harmonious Discord.

Before the PointBender project began Sean was half of a production duo with a notable ten year catalog of releases.  Grey (later re-named Grey Music Project) first appeared on record shelves in 2001 with their debut release on Chicago based music staple Guidance.  The quick submersion of the two into the EDM spotlight paved the path for a discography of back-pocket selections on labels like Fair Park, Blunted Funk, Nightshade, and many on their own imprint.

A move to Austin Texas meant the two would produce less music together and more via their solo avenues.  Shortly after the PointBender project premiered it showcased a noticeable abstraction from the earlier Grey material.  The solo endeavor was messier at times, stranger a majority of the time, and indisputably compelling all the time.  This crayon squiggle all over the audible construction paper was embodied by the first full length featured on Harmonious Discord called “Sifting through Circuits”.  Despite his concentrated efforts to become rich and famous and completely sell out Sean will most likely continue to deliver norm shattering niche releases on some of the industries silent monsters.

As a DJ, Sean has been a presence in the Texas Electronic Music scene for over 14 years.  He has played a vast list of venues from festivals to dive bars all over the US and select cities in Europe and Canada.  For a 12 year catalog of mixes simply visit his archive at http://www.hdrecordings.com/mix-archive.

Sean has also partnered with many companies in the digital music creation sector with handcrafted loops featured on Samplebase’s 4th Floor Sample CD and was part of the development and design of the Open Labs DBeat.  Currently Sean is sponsored by Livid Instruments and is a licensed Ableton and Apple Logic Instructor.

// Links //

http://www.pointbender.com
http://www.hdrecordings.com
http://soundcloud.com/pointbender

// Current Releases //

Molecule – Recordar A Los Muertos (Pointbender Remix) – Harmonious Dischord
Pointbender – Exodus Ted – Musical Missionary
Pointbender – Frosted Circuit – Musical Missionary

The CONDUIT // 016 – Deepak Sharma

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// Deepak Sharma  //

New York City’s Deepak Sharma has to be one of the hardest working guys I know, he’s a promoter, label owner, DJ, and producer. His releases with partner Dieter Krause on their Hidden Recordings label have to be some of the most consistently on point in the North American techno scene. Sharma hopes to take things beyond that point, becoming an established international artist, leading quite possibly to a day when we’ll say “We remember when he was just getting started…”. But in the meantime, the guy continues to be the ever toiling underdog. His latest release on Hidden – “Wolkenreise” – is garnering rave reviews and we were able to secure a DJ mix from him in celebration of it.   – Sean-Michael Yoder

// Bio //

Deepak Sharma with partner Dieter Krause, and is one of the world’s fastest rising and growing techno labels in the world.  Since 2006 Hidden Recordings has provided a wide range of techno to hundreds of DJs and fans.  The label’s sound ranges from deep techno to atmospheric chill-out with quirky, groovy bass lines and has been played in big room gigs, festivals, to smaller lounges and early morning terraces.

The press has taken notice of the duo’s rising popularity, with AOL Music’s Spinner.com comparing their sound and style to minimal techno giants Lusine, Superpitcher and Booka Shade.  In addition the duo has been reviewed in prominent magazines such as XLR8R, DJ Times, Time Out New York, MixMag (UK), Trax (France) and Raveline (Germany), licensed music to UK label Four-Twenty for their Music02 mix compilation and peaked as high as #3 on the Balance Record Pool Top 50 Chart.  Global recognition continues to mount as their tracks have reached Top 20 downloads on Germany’s Kompakt-MP3, and Top 10 downloads on HRFQ in Japan.  In 2007, Deepak and Dieter beat out established publishing groups and produced music for Singapore’s Ogilvy & Mather advertising agency and their client, Heineken Global.

// Links //

http://www.hidden-recordings.com
http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/deepaksharma
http://www.soundcloud.com/hidden-recordings

// Current Releases //

Deepak Sharma & Dieter Krause – Wolkenreise – Hidden Recordings
My Favorite Robot – Birthday Song (Deepak Sharma & Dieter Krause Remix) – My Favorite Robot Records
Deepak Sharma & Dieter Krause – The Great Lawn – Hidden Recordings