Groovetech Podcast 071 – Techno, House and Minimal

I belong to the very small group of people in Toronto who doesn’t live for weekends at Comfort Zone or getting music “tips” from TRC. I can’t remember the last time I saw a local DJ really break any boundaries, and I think that is because there is no experimentation in tech-house. It’s easy to copy a track you like, but there’s no soul. To me it’s boring. Choosing music with their own style is really important to me. Lately, I’ve come to find more and more people who feel like I do about the endless, mundane purgatory that is tech house.That’s until they suddenly remember they absolutely love it and dance jerkily away. Personally, I think you lose something when everything is exactly the same. So while I grimly contemplate how many more vodka soda’s the liver will have to suffer before night’s in Toronto begin sounding pleasing to my ears.

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Groovetech Podcast 070 – Techno, House and Minimal

What happened to Techno? What happened to the Underground? I suppose when a movement enters the limelight, it tends to get commodified, its roots be scorned. I went to a party over the weekend where DJ Godfather played an unbelievable set – just the type of Techno I grew up loving and got me into the scene. Nowadays most records sound like flubber to me. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that they aren’t hard or fast; tempo and aggression isn’t what I am referring to. It’s that too often, my peers seem to play bland boring sets of minimal or near-minimal tunes. The rudimentary “producer-gone-dj” formula of “buildup, peak, buildup, peak, repeat” with literally no disruption within the set. Yawn.

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Groovetech Podcast 069 – Techno, House and Minimal

What makes a good DJ Set? I think it starts and end with a good DJ. My own philosophy has always been to play a variety of style. Sticking to just one style, especially something popular like tech-house, means you are one boring DJ. Because what do you miss when the music lacks versatility? Contrast. By removing all the contrast in music what you end up with is musical wallpaper. In a broader sense, a good DJ Set is about combining predictability and surprise. This is especially true with online podcasts on mixcloud or soundcloud, where you cannot interact with listeners in real-time. That’s why I play a variety of styles – banging Techno is my zone of genius, but I know one cannot listen to it for 2 straight hours. People cannot keep attention for more than 30 minutes (even that’s a stretch) so you can expect them to drop off if nothing at all changes in your mix.

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Groovetech Podcast 068 – Techno, House and Minimal

They opened an A&W in my neighborhood recently. I noticed it coming home late one evening. Perhaps it was the alcohol impairing my better judgement but I went in and got myself a “meal”. But while I was sinking my teeth into what I believe was a hamburger, it got me thinking. I am eating “tech-house”. You know, that loopy crap that goes nowhere and all the tunes sound the same. It’s the fast food of electronic dance music. Cheap, easy to make, impossible to digest, might make you feel bad afterwards. I think I should have made a sandwich instead.

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