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Artist Spotlight DJ TEEZ: Just Who Is The Fresh Prince Of Jersey?

Adam Subotin

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This is a story all about how a dream became a reality for a Jersey native. Jersey Club – Bass thumping, crowds moving, and packed rooms. It’s a genre brought to the limelight by artists such as 4B, DJ Sliink, and Trippy Turtle, all while being pushed globally by the likes of Skrillex, Diplo, and DJ Snake. The craziest part – most the artists mentioned above have had a hand in supporting or collaborating with DJ Teez in his early career.

“It was teen nights man, way back when 4B was still spinning,” TEEZ remarks.

It’s funny to think of a main stage juggernaut such as 4B closing out teen nights at a local club, but those shows are what made a lasting impact on our heir to the throne.

Reminiscing back to his early beginnings in late middle school to high school, Tyler Zahradnik, aka TEEZ came from a classical background raised on bass and guitar, which has had a lasting impact on his musical inspirations.

“People don’t know Teez rips guitar. If you listen you’ll hear guitar in the background of some of my tracks.”

In fact, when Tyler got his start in producing, it was his guitar amp that functioned as his studio monitor.

“I didn’t have any crazy monitors or anything back then, I used my guitar amp actually,”  He said with a chuckle to himself.

Just like, Tyler’s amp situation, his name “TEEZ” as he explained, literally came from his surroundings as well.

“I think it was just a nickname. People just randomly started calling me ‘Teez’ so I went with it.”

Moving onto Tyler’s life post-graduation, a little less than 3 years ago it seemed as if Tyler already had a good life set up for him in Kansas City where he moved due to military obligations.

“Yea man, believe it or not when I was in Kansas City, I had a home, I was engaged, I had my life laid out in front of me.”

No matter his military obligations, Tyler still had a massive passion for music and it was evident in his lifestyle.

“I would actually bring my laptop out to the field with me to lay down new track ideas. I would always get these ideas that just popped into my head and I just knew I needed to lay them down.”

The military albeit a short overall period of his life up until this point was a dramatic turning point where he knew he was all in on his music career. Tyler recalled his thoughts and said,

You know, the first thought was, ‘The first time I go overseas is to headline a show, not to kill a bunch of people I don’t know.‘”

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DJ Teez (right) pictured alongside DJ Sliink (left) at DJ Sliink & Friends

Fast forward to 2018 and TEEZ is kicking things off in style. On January 12th he debuted his official remix for DJ Snake & LAUV’s ‘A Different Way,’ and a week later turned around and played one of the most legendary Jersey Club line-ups in recent history with DJ Sliink & friends at Schimanski. Not only that, but TEEZ’s prediction about going overseas is looking to become true, hinting at a possible Japan tour coming soon.

With friendship and major support from artists like 4B and DJ Snake, it’s only time until the fresh prince of Jersey is rightfully crowned a king. TEEZ comments on his friendship with the likeness of 4B saying,

There will be some nights Bobby will hit me up with a tune and say ‘remix this for me real fast, I wanna play it out tonight,’ and I’ll open up Studio, crank something out real fast and send it over. That’s just the type of relationship we have.

For 4B fans, maybe there’s a hint at some of those ID’s that have been played out. More importantly, that’s just the type of worker TEEZ is. When asked about what he has in store for 2018, TEEZ almost scoffed,

“This is my year man, I have so much stuff ready, originals, remixes, all of it.”

Particularly it’s his originals that seem to be sparking interest. With his major unreleased tune ‘Whistle’ being rinsed out by major artists in every corner of the globe, Tyler reassures us that he has much more in store.

“Yea ‘Whistle’ is going crazy right now and I gotta shout out Bobby for making it happen, but the crazy thing is – I have so much more stuff with Sliink, Stevie G, and so many more guys that’s going to be just as big.”

Tyler also made it a point to chat about how much working with MACA has influenced him, especially all the artists he’s had the opportunity to work with.

“I really want to give a shout out to MACA man, I’m so grateful to them and everything they’ve done for me, KAKU, Malo, Stevie G, Andy, especially my girl Gab, she really keeps my head on straight, there’s just too many people to shout out man.”

A success story isn’t something that appears out of nowhere, it takes a whole lot of hard work, hardship, passion and a solid team. TEEZ appears to have of those, and a work ethic that is undeniable, so good luck and keep an eye (and ear) on DJ TEEZ in 2018 – we’ll see you at the top.

For more on DJ TEEZ check out his socials below:

Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | Spotify

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Interview: Breathing It In With Sacha Robotti At Dirtybird Campout

Bradley Callison

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As the dust has settled and we have finally been able to catch a breath of fresh Los Angeles air from the excursion that was Year 3 of Dirtybird Campout, the campers are back at home recuperating and still getting the dust from out of their fingernails. Amongst the dust, good vibes and plenty of booty to go around, we managed to navigate our way to the Birdhouse on Sunday afternoon and caught up with one of our favorite Dirtybird’s, Sacha Robotti, after his set and took a moment to relax, have a candid conversation, take a shot or two and get a glimpse into the Sloth’s mind.

Sacha: (Laughing) “Good morning!”

Tune: (Also Laughing) Good morning!

Tune: (Chuckling ensues) What do you think is the biggest difference between when you started and now in 2017?

Sacha: “You mean other than I’m a millionaire now? (Laughing) I have a mansion in Beverly Hills, I bought a Bentley, Spotify pays well (laughing). Jk, things haven’t changed that much, still here still working on a brighter future!”

Tune: (Laughing) Living it up dude

Tune: If you were to start producing and DJing today do you think you’d have a harder time in today’s industry?

Sacha: “I started producing around 2000 and DJing in 1995 so I honestly don’t know if I would have a harder time, there’s more software now and it’s more accessible today. Kids today don’t need a crazy studio anymore, technically they can produce everything in their basement on a laptop which makes it easier.”

Tune: Very true but all that can lead to over saturation.

Sacha: “Very true and it got harder to get noticed, there are so many people wanting to be DJs and producers! Some may think it’s all easy and glamorous, some think they’ll be instantly famous, but don’t realize it’s a lot of work, it took me a long time to get where I wanted to be.”

Tune: When you started did you ever think about getting into the American market?

Sacha: “No not at all actually. It wasn’t planned.”

Tune: Dirtybird was though right?

Sacha: “I mean Dirtybird wasn’t planned either at first, but I know the label since the beginning, for ten years or so! They never answered to my demo mails (laughing). I also sent them promo vinyls, CD’s, everything I could think of. Finally Claude replied after 5 years of demo mails and here we are!”

Tune: In the end was that more discouraging or motivating to be denied for so long?

Sacha: “It started as frustration but then turned into motivation. I must’ve sent over 200 demos in my life so I was no stranger to being denied by the time I finally heard from Claude. We were tired of waiting for A&Rs to get back to us, so we said f*^k it and started our own label in the meantime.”

Tune: That’s exactly why I started my own label as well! Any plans of starting one up again by chance?

Sacha: “Yes actually! Next year most likely and it’s something I have been thinking about a while, so I it’s time.”

If you wanna get weird with the Sloth Man, be sure to catch Sacha Robotti on his Sloth Acid Tour from now thru the end of the year by snagging a ticket here and we’ll see you on the dance floor.

Photo Credit: Connor Lee Photography

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Exclusive Interview With Post Death Soundtrack

Jesse-Lee Rowe

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Earlier this year, we were gifted with the latest album The Unlearning Curve’ from Post Death Soundtrack and after hearing it, I was dying to get the chance to speak to the brains behind the project. As a true proclamation of expression and individuality, I had a feeling that getting to know Steve Moore & Kenneth Buck was going to be far from boring.

Describe who Post Death Soundtrack is in ONE sentence: 

Steve: Post Death Soundtrack is my heart and mind.

Jon: Art that expresses states, senses and experiences that occur day to day but are perceived beyond the common.

 

Being a part of a band is like being a part of a family. How did all of you guys meet, and how far back do you go?

Steve: This band is friendship. Everyone who has participated in Post Death Soundtrack since the beginning have been very close friends. It started with Ken and I in 2006, both wanting to work on different types of music than our current bands would allow. After releasing “Music As Weaponry”, Ken moved from Calgary to Vancouver. We started playing music with Jon, who had known Ken for years. We had both played shows with his band Revolution and knew we liked his musical approach. Colin joined us soon after and we wrote the material that would be “The Unlearning Curve” over the next few years. For our upcoming album, Jon and myself wrote and recorded it.

I met Ken, one of the band’s founders when I was 12. Steve and I have shared bills with our former bands dating back to around 2001. We go way back. They’re brothers.

 

Who is the member of PDS that holds the band together, and how does he do it?

 

Steve: I feel like the band only moves if we’re all engaged. For my part, I hold the band together through being jazzed, annoying, pushy, unpredictable and over-excited pretty much daily.

Jon: Steve has been the consistent member through every incarnation. His unbound vocal expression gives all the music something to wrap around.

 

Share something personal (and perhaps even a little bit inappropriate) about a member of PDS.

Steve: My grade 6 music teacher was a real classical crab apple and didn’t respect rock music at all. He would always cut our guitar/drum jams off and send us home. One day me and my friend Brian pissed in his coffee pot and watched from across the hall as he poured a cup, took a sip, slightly smiled, and then kept drinking. We were in uncontrollable hysterics. It was a coming-of-age moment.

 

There was about a 3 year period where PDS went a bit quiet. What was happening during that time?

 

Steve: Well, the project temporarily dissolved for a while there. I think we knew that we’d revive Post Death sooner or later. I was sidelined with health issues in 2011. We recorded some music in 2012, but for the most part I didn’t make music for 3 years. I had worked so hard pushing my music for years that I wanted a break.

Jon: When your members are all based in different cities, with other projects and life going on around them, things get delayed. Steve had some health issues that put him out of commission for a bit. However, I think that we weren’t ready to move on at that point anyway. Sometimes you’re too inside your head and you need to get outside of that to see where the story needs to go.

 

Describe the perfect partner for a SINGLE member of PDS.

 

Steve: Jon’s perfect partner is a woman who appreciates good whiskey, a taste for mischief and a devilish wit.

 

‘Unlearning Curve’ is a pretty complex project. What is the messaging that you hoped to achieve through this album?

 

Steve: We intended for a lot of the lyrics to communicate with the listener’s subconscious. When we’re relaxed we’re more open to suggestion, so there’s that element of direct communication we try to achieve in our music. Some of the themes to do with the name “The Unlearning Curve” are really about stripping away the dogmas and layers of our awareness to see what’s left. In the end, we just want to create powerful sounds.

Jon: I think the goal was just that. To be multi-faceted. All these states are true to ourselves, you just experience life from different perspectives as you move along the game board. One day it’s love and appreciation, the next day it’s cynicism and fury. All these states combine to paint the picture of your personal experience. The hope is to unravel the things that you may do thoughtlessly and try to acknowledge their sources.

 

Where do you draw influence from when creating music?

 

Steve: I think it’s similar with many creative types. I’ll get a musical idea when out for a walk or before bed. I’ll hear a new hip hop song and come away with an idea for Post Death, how we could do it differently. A manifesto, a movie, the news…but really, it’s my daily experience that influences me. My relationships, my state, my emotions.

Jon: Beyond just other artists (music, film, painting etc.) I take a lot from sounds that are seemingly unmusical. When I stand on a street corner, the ambient noise is a symphony. When everybody’s watching fireworks, I’m listening for the echoing reverberation off the mountains. It’s all music..

 

How do you feel that your music stands out from other artists within the genre?

 

Steve: We incorporate a lot more melody and hip hop influence than most industrial projects. We’re influenced by so many different things. I also think the subject matter with us tends to be very different from what’s happening in industrial or metal music generally.

Jon: hope is that the albums feel overwhelmingly eclectic while still holding a steadfast intellectual and emotional core throughout. And if industrial happens to be the genre we best fit in to, that our sound uses the best of its influence without falling in to any of the usual banal pitfalls. That’s not really a question we can answer properly from the inside of the beast. It is more up to the listener to decide that.

 

Where would you ultimately like to see PDS in the next 5 years?

 

Steve: Making more music to be heard by more people.

Jon: I’d want to have a few more good albums under our belt. Performing live again would be a riot but I’d want to set up a full lineup that can properly recreate all the elements, analog and digital that make up the songs. Not just strut out on stage with a computer and a bass. Do what Bowie did. Hunt down the best and write with them…

 

What would you consider to be a milestone in terms of success for the band?

 

Steve: I think that selling out of our upcoming album’s 1st vinyl pressing will be cause for celebration.

 

You can recruit any musician, dead or alive, to be an honorary member of PDS. Who is it, and why?

 

Steve: That’s a very tough question! I love PJ Harvey’s voice, and she would sound fantastic over our music.

 

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Premiere: DREVM Debut Dark Genre Entitled Single ‘Deathcore’

Adam Subotin

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Deathcore

Brothers Dylan and Jared Chancey of DREVM have been on a roll lately with their stellar releases. Hammering home their domination of the blogosphere, DREVM keep their momentum rolling and debut their dark, genre entitled single, ‘Deathcore.’ While doubling the name of the track with their self-entitled genre “Deathcore”, the track acts as an example of what the genre as a whole, truly encompasses.

When asked, “What does the genre of deathcore encompass to DREVM?” DREVM responded, “…deathcore is basically the atmosphere and overall feel of the track. It’s mainly about the unique way of using samples and synths in ways you would not think of using [them]. Also with deathcore, we like to tell a story in a way…we try to portray what a horror movie would be, but in a track. We want you to have the experience in a way.”

Where did they get their inspiration from you ask? Well, it may seem pretty straight forward, but simply from their collective love of horror flicks and folklore. “We came up with this because me and Dylan love horror movies and paranormal shows and stuff. Always used to interest us. Our main inspiration to create music like we do is the horror movies, legends, and paranormal experiences you hear about today.”

Coming full circle to ‘Deathcore,’ I think it’s safe to assume DREVM accomplishes what they’ve set out for themselves. The ambient environments and spooky sceneries they are able to create throughout their use of samples, distortion, and dark synth work are unparalleled. The ways in which they simultaneously play with, yet mesh their eerie use of static noise and very metallic, industrial sounds in ‘Deathcore’ mimic that of a haunted factory or warehouse killing ground. However, just as DREVM proclaimed to me, “we want you to have the experience…” so, what a DREVM track may sound like to me, may be much different to you.

Take a listen to DREVM’s exclusive premiere of ‘Deathcore’ below:

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