Long overdue, volume 23 of the Exclusive Mix is here and this time we increase the tempo to match the sounds of Chorux. A San Diego based producer / dj that I was fortunate to see DJ at a few events here and there, before I just had to extend an invite his way to do a mix after hearing a couple of really good tunes I’ve never heard before being dropped during his sets.
The tunes in question were written by him and just got released on none other than Warm Communications as Chorux‘s debut EP entitled Polaris which is getting lots of support from big names in the scene.
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What is the best thing about making/mixing tunes:
The best thing about making tunes is when someone is moved by your music. I got into making music because of songs that really moved me, and the release on Warm Communications has given me the opportunity to have my tunes heard by people all over the world, even artists I’m a fan of. Some of them are now playing them out in their DJ sets, which is amazing. It’s always been mostly just to have fun, but when others are really feeling something you made, that’s the best part.
In regards to your Polaris EP release, I know you have been getting lots of support by some big names like Blu Mar Ten, Quadrant & Subtone to name a few, did this come by surprise? How does this impact you as an artist and your motivation to continue to produce more material?
Oh yea, it came as a huge surprise! Them as well as EastColors, Stealth, Mutated Forms, even Jenna G on her radio show on Reform Radio in Manchester, and a lot of big names who have given great feedback. To hear that and to have my tunes being played out by artists I look up to is amazing and totally surreal. It’s definitely something I could get used to, and certainly motivates me and encourages me to keep going.
What’s next for you on both the production / dj fronts?
Not a lot of gigs at the moment, but I should have some stuff lined up pretty soon. I’m working on some new music which I’m really excited about. I have started the initial plans for a second release on Warm Communications, which will come out on vinyl and hopefully by the end of the year if all goes as planned. So keep it locked for that.
I may have read somewhere that you also play in a non-electronic music project, is this correct? If so, can you tell me a bit more about this other project? What are elements of playing in a live band that you find useful when djing and vice versa?
Yea, I play in a sort of punk surf rock band with some buddies of mine called Mooncrier on the side. I play synths and keys in it, so it is a little bit electronic and not too far off from dnb in that regard. Obviously all the synthesis and sound design stuff I’ve learned from making dnb helps in writing stuff for the band, but I think most of all, it’s just really refreshing to jam and play music with others in a live format. In dnb I produce solo and DJ to perform. I used to play in bands in high school before I got into electronic music, and when I got into production, it was refreshing to not have to deal with other band members. Just make beats and be in charge of everything. I guess it does get lonely sometimes though. Haha.
Your favorite studio gear:
Virus TI2, NI Komplete, Serum, UA Plugins, Camelphat, Cableguys and Addictive Drums. I use lots of different stuff to try to keep things fresh, but these are always my ‘go-tos’.
What artist inspires/motivates you:
I’m always trying to hear new music as often as possible, and I’m inspired by tons of artists from all different styles.
As far as dnb, I definitely have to give it up for Break. He’s been putting out tunes with his own signature sound that, in my opinion, have always been on a whole other level, for as long as I’ve been listening to drum n bass and he’s STILL leading the pack. Without question, the most influential for me. DLR has always been at the top of the list as well since Octane & DLR, and his new album is ridiculously good. And Spectrasoul are definitely some of my all-time favorite producers. Their complete sound over the span of their catalog has been like nothing else, and I can’t wait for their new album.
Outside of dnb, I’m a big fan of anything from Burial, Four Tet, Bob Moses, Bonobo, Tycho, Of Monsters And Men, Matrimony. I’m really loving Sufjan Stevens and Death Cab For Cutie’s new albums. I love Interpol and Imogen Heap’s newest albums (though not so new now). I love everything I’ve heard from Jamie XX’s new forthcoming album. And a rather brand new band that I’ve been loving, The Erised, is a group that I can’t recommend enough if you haven’t checked them out yet. So good!
I like that your musical influences are pretty broad overall, this makes me wonder, what made you dive into dnb? What do you get from it that perhaps you don’t get from other genres?
It’s just simply the most intense and stimulating music I’ve ever heard to this day, and it only gets better the deeper you dig. I got into it through going to raves and parties in LA and SD, and like many people I found that the music in most of the rooms were okay, really nothing special, but the dnb room and the vibe I caught early on was totally different and just really made a huge impact on me. Having said that, I do think it’s important to keep your tastes varied when it comes to music. Listening to just dnb or even just electronic music is not for me. I get really bored of only listening to one thing. There’s so much great music out there and I think that the more broad a range of styles you can learn to appreciate, the better each one of them sounds when you hear them. We all know what happens when something gets overplayed, right?
Life changing album:
Sigur Ros – ( )
Don’t get into the habit of becoming too wrapped up with certain tricks or techniques and thinking that you should always be using them. This is true for pretty much everything, and the best examples are the common tools like EQ and compression. Obviously there are a few hard and fast rules here and there, but you should always remember to EQ, compress, process, etc WITH purpose.
Something people don’t know about you:
I have a serious fear of heights.
Favorite food joint:
Man, that’s a tough one. There are literally too many good places to eat in San Diego, it’s always so hard to choose. Tacos La Mezcla is a gourmet street taco truck that comes to a bar right outside my place almost every weekend, and I seriously eat there two days in a row if they’re out there. Amazing.
01. Kelis – Change (Quadrant, Kid Hops & Iris Remix) [Ninja Tune]
02. Mefjus – Blame You feat Zoe Klinck (Ivy Lab Remix) [Critical Music]
03. Mako – What A Little Moonlight Can Do (Break Remix) [Warm Communications]
04. Chorux – Away From The Light [Warm Communications]
05. Future Signal – Monopole [IM:Ltd]
06. Noisia, Mefjus & Hybris – Clusterfunk [Vision Recordings]
07. SCAR – Call It What You Want [Dispatch Recordings]
08. Cursa – Distance [Invisible Recordings]
09. Sunchase – Thing feat Electrosoul System [Med School]
10. DLR – Human Error feat Break [Dispatch Recordings]
11. Trilo – Voice Freak [Dust Audio]
12. Spectrasoul – Organiser [Critical Music]
13. Ivy Lab – Gomeisa [Critical Music]
14. Gerra & Stone – Long Game [Dispatch Recordings]
15. Break – Strictly Entertainment [Playaz]
16. DRS feat Enei – Count To Ten VIP [Soul:r]
17. Lockjaw – Obsidian [Invisible Recordings]
18. Spectrasoul – Guardian [Metalheadz]
19. Artificial Intelligence – What You Had feat Steo (Lenzman Remix) [Metalheadz]
20. Chorux – Don’t Even Know [Warm Communications]
21. Ulterior Motive – Tape Pack [Metalheadz]
22. DLR – Ask The Question feat Fokus [Dispatch Recordings]
23. Quadrant & Iris – Genesis Wave [Dispatch Recordings]
24. Villem – Splinter In Your Mind (Break Remix) [Ingredients]
25. Lynx feat Fats & Deeizm – All For You [Detail Recordings]
26. Chorux – Polaris [Warm Communications]
27. Gerra & Stone – Running Back [Ram Records]
28. Eastcolors, Traffic & Noel feat Messy MC – Dreams [Demand Records]
29. Chorux – It’s All Happening [Warm Communications]
30. Bredren – Source Code [Proximity Recordings]
31. Octane, DLR & Break – Murmur (Break & DLR VIP) [Dispatch Recordings]
32. Nymfo – On A Chase [C.I.A. Records]
33. Quadrant, Kid Hops & Iris – Obsolete VIP [C.I.A. Records]
34. Spectrasoul – Always [Shogun Audio]
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