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7 Questions - 1 De La Crem

by City Moments Friday 23 March 2012
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A UK and International DJ for the past 14 years,Dela Crem is known for his extremelylively and energetic DJ style and for being a big crowd pleaser, thus earning a title of Best DJ in the Balearics.

 

Havin played for crowds ranging from 200 to 3000 and alongside DJacts like Carl Cox and Judge Jules, to Dave Pearce and Swedish House Mafia, has given him a unique ability and confidence to perform at any level.Dela Crem’s mixing has taken him from his native UK through Spain andThailand all the way to China, wherehe will be a special guest DJ throughout March 2012 at The Geisha and The Apartment.
 
 
7 Questions - 1 De La Crem
 
1) De La Crem, if you allow us to call u like that, you've been here for 3 weeks now, how is your Shanghai experience so far?
Of course you can call me that.yeah i have loved every minute of it here so far, shanghai is such an exciting city and there is so much happening here.
 
2) Having played all over the world, what is your feeling of the Shanghai crowd compared to the UK or Spain for example?
I was really suprised at how lively and energetic the crowds are here,and although they are not as up to date with the music scene as in the uk or spain,they party just as hard.
 
3) "De La Crem"? referring to reaching the Top of The Top or to your extreme Sweeetness??
Ha ha ha,extreme sweetness, i like that one. But its the first one i'm afraid.and it used to be "crem dela crem" actually, meaning "best of the best"
 
 
4) What do you mix with? And what's always in your suitcase on your world tours?
I still mix with cd's,but i also use serato. i know it might sound a bit geeky,but i always carry lots of english medicine when i go abroad.i do a lot of travelling and always find it hard to get the right medicine if i pick up a stomach bug for example, or just feel run down after partying too hard.
 
5) What's your best gig experience so far?
Without a doubt it would have to be the first time i played at the full moon party in thailand,on new years eve 2003.the vibe on that beach is just indescribable, for me it is the best party in the world.

6) How are Carl Cox and Swedish House Mafia when you meet them behind the decks?
The are very friendly and cool guys, and always have time for a chat
 
7) Last important thing to know for the Shanghai Ladies, who have been dancing closer than usual to the Geisha Dj Booth this month, are you single?
 Have they now? Ha ha, i hadn't noticed. But yes i do have a girlfriend who's here with me. one of those ladies you spotted was probably my girlfriend, ha ha. 
 
 
Thanks for your time and see you behind the decks one last time this Saturday 24th!

 

 

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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
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 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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Interview with DJ Angie Vu

by City Moments Thursday 10 November 2011
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Born in Vietnam, Angie is from mix parentage. She used this to her advantage when she started modeling at 17. After having graced the runways of the world and conquering Vietnamese TV, she turned her attention to her next biggest passion, music. As one of the sexiest women in Asia, Angie is one of the 5 models who have been given the title of International Super Model. City Moments had the chance to catch her for a quick interview when she landed in Shanghai for her gig at Zeal this Thursday.
 
CM: Hey Angie it's nice to meet you and welcome to Shanghai!
You started your modeling career at the age of 17 and received the title of an International Super Model.
What made you start your second career as a DJ?
Angie: I love music and love having a good time, it seemed natural to me. I also like challenging myself and doing new things
 
CM: What is your usual music style when you perform in clubs?
Angie: I usually play electro and dirty Dutch house in clubs. It's fun and really gets the crowd going
 
CM: Do you produce yourself as well? 
Angie: I'll be getting into the studio soon and hope to make a few tracks. I'm just trying to find the right producers now...hopefully will have something out by the beginning of next year
 
CM: You became resident DJ at the New Asia Bar in Singapore and usually play there every Friday and Saturday. How do you spend your spare-time during the weekend?
Angie: I spend the weekends like everyone, having fun with friends, enjoying good food, and shopping. Every girl loves shopping. And music, theres always music playing.
 
CM: Is it your first time coming to Shanghai? What is your first impression of this city?
Angie: Yes its the first time here, im so excited to be here. First impression is COLD. I'm based in Singapore so I'm used to warmer weather. I'm really looking forward to check out the scene here, I heard it's all fun here
 
CM: What are your next big steps? Starting a career as …tell us?
Angie: No career change in the future, I love 'Dj'ing and want to stick with it. I'm learning new things every day and meet a lot of fun people. Why would u want to do anything else?
 
CM: Tell us something about your craziest experience as a DJ. As “Asia's Sexiest DJ” you must have some good stories to tell 
Angie: I don't want to shock you or the readers *wink* , but I dj'Ed in lingerie once, that was a bit crazy, but fun also!  Have a look online 
 
CM: Before you go I want to ask the questions all guys would like to know before coming out this Thursday to your show at Zeal….Are you single?
Angie: Hmmm... Unfortunately I am at the moment but maybe I'll meet someone here. Know anyone thats interested? 
 

CM: Thanks a lot for your time and see you Thursday at ZEAL on the dancefloor.
Angie: Thanks CM ! Hope to see you there too. XOXO Angie
 
 
 

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Interview with DJ Tom Pooks

by City Moments Monday 07 November 2011
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About Tom Pooks

Born in Montpellier, Tom Pooks has started his musical trip in the middle of the 90’s, hanging around a few raves, and started to get interested in producing his own music. 

His first productions led him to play with international DJ’s (RICHIE HAWTIN, CARL COX, JOSH WINK, to name a few).
 
He’s invited each year to Ibiza by Carl Cox himself to play at Space for his most famous guest-star event: “Carl Cox & Friends”
His tracks got signed to reknown labels, like Ovum, Intec and Kompakt. Which gave him an international status, allowing him to play everywhere, from South America to Asia and all Europe (including Space Ibiza, Love Parade, Global Gathering, Kazantip,Watergate Berlin…). He released the last official Kazantip Festival Live Mix which reached records in online purchase worldwide.
 
In 2006, ‘Pablo Assan’ was one of the hottest track of the year, handled by the whole Kompakt crew and hugely supported by Sven Vath and the Cocoon-addicts while his latest tracks, ‘Trouble’ and ‘Step 808’ keep on disturbing the best sound-systems.
 
As a DJ, Pooks reveals an incredible energy and uses his own special way to hypnotize people which is why we’re excited to have him as our birthday present!!
 

 

CM: When did your career start? What made you want to produce music?

TP: Well i started my career 17 years ago, when i was in a rave party in north of spain.

I have been really touched by the union between dj and the crowd, and between all people dancing looking into the same direction, same way. So I decided to become a dj.

Then i had the feeling that it wasn't enough and I wanted to give a real piece of myself to the crowd so I started to compose music.

 

CM: What equipment do you use to produce?

TP: I use Mac and Logic Audio as software, plenty of sound banks and plugging to treat the sound as I like, a midi keyboard and most important great monitors to hear as well as possible what I make.

 

CM: Can you talk to us about your label Moovment?

TP: Moovment is more than a label, it's a friendship project where we all play what we like. We are a few working on it and it's mooving all the time as we look for what we can propose to people.

Actually we love to party with my friends, so we use Moovment  to party around!

 

CM: How did you come to playing with Carl Cox in Ibiza and how do you feel the scene has evolved over there?

TP: In fact I have been introduced to Carl by Josh Wink, who is a very good friend and best guy I ever met!

Carl wanted to know the guy who made a track on ovum rec (josh's label), and it was me! So as we were touring together I met him, then we started a very nice story with Carl..

He is THE man, really nice, full of humility..always trying to get his music family bigger. He's used to give a chance to all people he trusts, really handsome man.

So he proposed me to play with him at Space for his party it was great , and i think his nights are almost the only one where you can find the old ibiza spirit.Many others are a little bit too much "fashion" now, you see. ..

Watch the video of Tom Pooks and Carl Cox

 

CM: What's your involvement in Kazantip? And can you describe this Festival?

TP: Kazantip is the biggest open party in the world, Wild true underground but really accessible to anybody who likes music it's the only place in the world where you can dance 24hours a day for 4 weeks!!!!!!!!

There is a president , his name is Nikita and ministers ...I have been contacted by the artistic manager a few years ago because they like my music I made a very good DJ set , they loved it and then we started to work together. I've been playing there for almost 5 years and I love this mood. Then I started to help them with my experience of European dance-floors.

So now as I believe in this event, I promote it all over the world officially for them.

 

CM: After having played around the world, what is your best Gig experience ever? What's your worst?

TP: Best is Space Club with coxy (Carl Cox) and Kazantip! by the way I played last year with Carl in Kazantip..But I have to say that in South America, Argentina, I played in a very warm venue, Rosario City. I played 7 hours and people didn't want me to leave!!! they used to call me Santa Pooks!! Unbelievable!

That is music, sometime you live a magic moment ...

The worse is when there are thousands people in front of you all waiting for you to play and because of a technical problem you can't play, it happens sometimes...

 

CM: What's always in your suitcase on your world tours?

TP: Pix of my daughter Charlie and my headphones

 

CM: Ok, thanks for your time with City Moments and see you rocking the

dancefloor on November 12th in Bar Rouge!

TP: Thanks to you to guest a Frenchy there! I cant wait to see you all there!

 

 

 

 

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