The 78th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Seamless Beat.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
Back in the 90’s is when I first fell in love with Electronic Dance Music. Heart of Gold by Force and Styles was the track. Back then I thought the song was legendary. It’s funny now looking back at how simple the production was but back then I knew nothing about how music was made. I just loved the feeling it gave me.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
First DJ gig was again back in the late 90’s when I was just 14 years at a local club called Legends which is no longer there. I played Happy Hardcore back then. My last gig was here in North Carolina a few months back. Small crowd, mostly Drum & Bass lovers. I definitely don’t play out very much currently.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
I don’t remember the first track I purchased. I’m sure it was an old Force & Styles track though or perhaps something from United In Dance. They were the standard in uplifting happy hardcore and I pretty much had all their tunes. I get a lot of music through promo pools now but I recently purchased a few older tracks of Gai Barone and Stanisha. I learn a lot from their production style and mostly buy songs I am going to study now.
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
As an up and coming producer I’d say having my music played by the likes of Gai Barone and John 00 Flemming are highlights for me. These among other artists are whom I aspired to be like just over a year ago. It’s amazing to think that in this short time some of my work is respected by such accomplished artists.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
In June 2012 I wrote a book on the Training and Development of Long and Triple jumps (Track & field) and today it is the best selling ever on the topic.
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
It’s really hard to say. Every week when I listen to all the promos I am sent I’m amazed at all the great music coming from producers I have never heard of before but obviously these artists have discovered by some. I just wish the deep progressive genre in general and all its incredible artists was heard by a lot more people.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
I must again say Gai Barone and Stanisha. I just love the stories they tell with sounds. It will always be my goal to paint pictures with sounds the way they do. Artists such as Phoebus who I have been lucky enough to work with several times now are super talented as well and create such deep music. David Broaders, Navar, and The Blizzard are all amazing to me also.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
I’d really love to work with the vocals on We Control The Sunlight by Aly & Fila and also their track Running Out of Time ft. Chris Jones. A couple of other tracks I’d love to remix include Beauty Hides in the Deep (The Blizzard Remix), Mr Slade by Gai Barone, For An Angel by Paul Van Dyk, Saltwater by Chicane, and Beyond the Moon by A.M.R. I’d love to put my deep twist on those tracks. And I’d love to hear what Gai Barone would do with some of my songs.
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days and the majority of people feel most of them are mediocre music factories. Which ones if any standout for you?
I love Morninglory Music. They run an outstanding and professional label and I am very happy to be part of it. I also have great respect for Mistique Music, Suffused Music, LuPS Records, JOOF Recordings, and Stellar Fountain.
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
Renaissance: The Mix Collection – Sasha and John Digweed. Legendary stuff.
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Indian Food especially Vegetable Samosas
Animal: Polar Bear
TV Show: The Last Ship
Movie: Best of the Best 1
Video Game: NBA 2K
Track / Song: Beauty Hides in the Deep (The Blizzard Remix) – The Doppler Effect
Producer / Band: Gai Barone for producer Oasis for band.
Record Label: Morninglory Music, Mistique Music, Suffused Music, LuPS Records, JOOF Recordings, and Stellar Fountain.
DJ: Markus Schulz
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Beauty Hides in the Deep (The Blizzard Remix) – The Doppler Effect
Phoebus & Seamless Beat ‘Endless’ is out now on LuPS Records, you can purchase the release: here