Interview with Mumbai Science

by City Moments Tuesday 20 December 2011
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Experimental, young and very fresh in the music industry, the Belgian duo, "Mumbai Science" (Maarten Elen & Jonas Kiesekoms), opened a whole new window  to the scene. Mumbai Science is not your typical DJ/Producer, but their funky beat, a mash of indie & electro genre will put you into a trance and coming back for more!!

You might be wondering about the talents behind such amazing music concoctions, look no further, CM had the pleasure of a squeezing a little information out of the fantastic duo and we are gonna share it with you! 
CM: You’re experimental psychologists.  What does that mean?  Do your day jobs impact or inspire your music?
J: Basically we examine why, how and when people buy certain products. For instance, why Maarten has such a hard time picking a toothpaste out of an assortment of 30 different toothpastes.
M: hah, yeah call me when you have a solution to that. I think we sometimes do try to take the same approach with our DJ sets, trying to analyse why some tracks work better than others. But with these things it’s always best to follow your gut instead of overthinking it. Just going with the flow provides us with the best results.
CM: Break it down for us: why is driving electro-techno so fun to dance to?
M: It appeals to the body! Our sets have a straightforward techno groove, a neverending 4/4 beat that gets the crowd in a natural high.
J: Without ever going to deep. We keep it interesting by using electro melodies to get people excited!
CM: What’s your chemistry like in the studio?
M: We've been friends for years so we almost know what the other one is thinking.
J: Yeah I know perfectly when it's time to get Maarten a new cup of coffee. It helps him to make better tracks.
CM: You’ve said before that you don’t plan your sets . . . do you fight over tracks to play?   What would we hear you two saying if we were next to you in the DJ booth?
M: We rarely have heavy discussions. I think we’re lucky that we’re almost always on the same page. Not only during our sets, but also in the studio and even beyond.
J:  If you’d come eavesdropping, you’d probably hear us chanting along with the tracks or yelling at random people to refill our drinks (laughs).
CM: What’s one track you can’t get enough of playing?
J: Right now, I totally adore TWR72’s stuff. It’s so techno-ish but still sexy. For instance, their ‘ Jhon Lord Fonda - what’s going on’ remix. You can play that track anywhere, at any time and people will be dancing and grooving.
CM: You guys dance.  Any dancefloor moments that stick out in your head, or inspired you a lot?  Favorite dance moves?
M: I remember an ed banger night in my hometown, Louvain. That was five years ago or so. I’ve never experienced a vibe like that. Needless to say that it inspired me a lot. I try different dance moves but my favorite is still the crotch grab inspired by Michael Jackson.
J: The first time I saw Boys Noize at pukkelpop. Also five years ago I think. How I danced! My legs still hurt a little when I think of that day.
CM: What is “HURB”?
M: Hah, Hurb is a word we invented while we were on the road together with Jochen and Vincent from sound of stereo. It stands for the things in life that are too awesome for words. Except for one word: Hurb.
J: Act with caution when expressing the H-word though. It must only be used by those worthy of the Hurb.
CM: How come you changed your name from Project Cyborg to Mumbai Science, and what is the meaning of Mumbai Science?
J: It was time for a new chapter in our lives. Our music changed, we just signed with lektroluv rec and, in a way, we wanted to start over again.
M: The ‘science’ part comes from our profession at that time. The ‘Mumbai’ part expresses our interest in mysterious cultures we hear so much talking about, but know so little about. Actually, at one point we thought about the name ‘Shanghai Science’, but it has to much ‘s’-sounds in it (laughs).
CM: What do you sing in the shower?
M: Frank Sinatra - my way.
J: Barry White - let the music play.
CM: Have you ever performed in Asia before?  If so, do you think the Asian crowd reacts differently to your music?
J: We have never been to Asia before!
M: But we've heard some amazing stories! We are really looking forward
CM: Which one of your remixes you spent the most time on? Have artists ever given you surprising feedback?
M: I think we spent the most time on the Mixhell - Antigalactic remix. We wanted it to be a peaktime track, which is for us the most difficult to make. We’re also real perfectionists, so it takes us a long time to finish anything anyway.
J: The weirdest feedback I ever got was from Tiga on our ‘burning down’ edit. We played together in Miami and I asked him what he thought about the edit. He told me he totally hated it, then he paused for a second, after which he continued and admitted he’d hated it at first, but now loved it and played it a lot in his sets. Till date I’m not sure he meant that or just tried to mess with my emotions.
CM: Are you single? (question from our female fans..)
M: Sorry ladies, I’m off the market. We can still be friends though.
J: No comment!
CM: What’s always in your suitcase on tour?
M: Vitamin supplements. Especially useful to survive the fastfood on US tours.
J:  Earplugs,hair gel, and my diary.
CM: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
J: Definitely Straciatella, which is basically just vanilla with some pieces of chocolate in it!
M: Aw man, whenever I have to choose between ice cream flavors, I totally collapse. I’m the guy that takes half an hour to decide which one to pick. Right now I would say... mm... Vanilla .. or no wait.. Coffee ... or cookie-dough!! Do they serve ferrero rocher ice cream? ...
J: ow god.
"Gold", "Ancova" & "Woof" are a few of their many insane tracks, so be sure to check them out at our NYE MASSIVE!!!

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Interview with DROP THE LIME! (MESH Opening)

by City Moments Tuesday 06 December 2011

 Hey City Dwellers!

Known for his insane meshes of genres into songs, 'Drop The Lime', (AKA Luca Venezia) a renowned Electronic Producer/DJ from the NYC, is coming to Shanghai this Saturday @The Wharf, and we had the privilege of having a few minutes of his crazy packed schedule: 
CM:  Growing up in New York, where the music scene is always so progressive & competitve, did you struggle as a musician at the beginning?
DTL: Not at all. If anything the competition is inspiring and keeps you motivated. Keeps you working harder.
CM: I’m sure you get this a lot, but… how did the name “Drop the Lime” come about?
DTL: It actually started out as an ode to my grandfather who was from Sicily – he had this lime green motorcycle that he used to cruise around on, and he used to say exactly that – “I’m dropping the lime!” I used to visit him in Sicily as a kid and cruise around with him on the back of his motorcycle, so that’s where the name came from.
CM: Your music is well known for its mesh of many genres, (Bluesy, Electro, etc.) If you had one word to describe your music for people that don’t know you yet, what would it be?
DTL: If a song has attitude and sexiness,  I'll play it. it doesnt matter what genre it is.. As long as its got that edge.
CM: Do you have a rough idea of what the Shanghai party scene is like? What are your expectations for the crowd in Shanghai?
DTL: I had an absolute blast last time I played, so I'm looking forward to the return. I'm happy to be a part of a new event explosion for MESH!
CM: Of all the tracks you produced, do you have a favourite track? Why?
DTL: My favorite is always the newest and most recent I make, because its capturing my present mood and state of mind... So 'Shake Baby Shake', my new club single, which just dropped on ultra would be my current fav.
CM: What are your future goals for 2012 in terms of your music?
DTL: My debut album will be dropping, Enter The Night, and there will be lots more DJ tours and exclusive full live band tours.. Very excited for the new year to come.. Been ready to drop this album to the public for a while now. And its finally reached its place and is ready to be shared.
CM: As an artist that has “made it”, do you have any word of advice for aspiring musicians out there? 
DTL: Always stick to your guns. Do what you believe in and dont steer clear. If you try and do whats currently popular youll be a flash in the pan... Music is meant to be timeless.. Embrace your creative natural potential.
Drop The Lime is also a successful founder of the dance label, 'Trouble & Bass'. The man just doesn't stop! So watch out for this crazy talented DJ coming to The Wharf this Saturday, it's a performance not to be missed!
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Bustin' Moves with Jay Sebag & DJ Sugarstarr

by Sasha Peakall Tuesday 06 December 2011
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The Shanghai party scene is far more well known for its obsession with Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber then for its appreciation of house and techno music but slowly its changing one City Moments party at a time! 

This past Friday clearly after hearing the desperate cry's of expats in Shanghai yearning for some new music, City Moments brought a little piece of the European house scene to Shanghai! Two awesome European acts DJ Sugarstarr of Syke'n'Sugarstarr and vocalist Jay Seabag most well known for his collaborations with Martin Solvig got the party pumping at Zeal on the Bund.
What could be better? Two of some of the most well known names in house music in a prime location on the bund looking out over the stunning Shanghai Pudong skyline. Oh yeah and it was free which makes it better.  That is of course if you were an early bird and slipped in before 11pm which me being the cheap person I am was there at 10:55 on the dot to enjoy the view and chat with friends before the party kicked off.  And when it kicked off it really kicked off! The crowd at Zeal sure knew how to party. 
The crowd was young, stylish and drinking and dancing their butts off.  In fact I would say judging by the interpretive dancemoves that were being busted out on the dancefloor most of the crowd had enjoyed many of the very good Long Island Ice Tea's! 
People were getting wacky, shaking their butts, waving there arms in the air in some kind of jellyfish/octopus moves, there were gallopers taking up meter's of space with their horse inspired moves. And me, well I was trying to shed my Chinese influenced moves that I had picked up in a year of going to Chinese nightclubs!  The entire room including me was dancing intoxicated by the music!
And boy was the music good! When Jay Sebag hit the stage the crowd went wild.  With his sweet, sexy and soulful vocals set off by the funky techno beats of DJ Sugarstarr every one was feeling the soul and swinging their hips. 
And it wasn't just the crowd! Jay Sebag sure knows how to dance and perform! To top that all off he was flanked by two sexy girl dancer's doing moves that had the whole room thinking ooooh lala and everyone of the guys eyes glued to their swinging hips and thrusting chests! 
After a short 30 minute set Jay Seabag rested his vocals and all the attention turned to DJ Sugarstarr.  This guy sure knows how to DJ, mixing house and techno beats with soulful tunes and even what sounded like Cossack music. But where were the Cossak dancers? No one was quite game enough to tackle those kinds of moves!
By the time Jay Sebag came on stage again with his dancer's who had changed into even more dazzling, sparkly outfits the crowd was visibly more hyped up and enthusiastic. This night was only just beginning! And into the morning it went!...
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