Richard Earnshaw has dedicated his life to writing and producing music. His sound is a benchmark in professional production and his music is respected by music creators and music lovers alike.
Kerri ‘Kaoz’ Chandler one of deep house music’s originators, has been injecting soul into music since the early nineties. An ambassador of the natural and instinctive 4/4 beat, Kerri’s influences can be traced back to New Jersey growing up in a family of jazz musicians. His father being a respected deejay, provided Kerri with a rich background in the origins of soul, disco and the New York Underground Sound (known also as “Garage” music). Accompanying his father to the gigs, Kerri began playing records at the Rally Record Club in East Orange, New Jersey at the tender age of thirteen. Exposed to such musical creativity, it wasn’t long before Kerri found himself interested in production.
Since the signing of his first single “SuperLover/Get It Off” by Atlantic in 1991, Kerri began producing a prolific body of work that has helped coin him one of the most respected house producers in the world. This has been achieved by remaining true to his style. When listening to tracks such as the “Atmosphere EP” on Shelter Records and the seminal, “A Basement, Redlight and A Feeling” album on Madhouse, one has to marvel at Kerri’s ability to not compromise his unique sound for commercial gain. His ability to blend tradition and innovation produces avant-garde music with soulful roots reaching back into the history of Afro-American music. Tradition as in the soulful roots of Jersey house, innovation as in his use of streamlined sparse arrangements and technology, Kerri masters rhythm and space piecing together vocals and instruments with uncanny precision delivering beautiful monster jams.
A spiritual man, Kerri prays before making a record. Each project is an attempt to inject his free spirit into a groove. In the expanses of his breaks the odd counter rhythm will inexplicably appear for a second and then disappear, creating fleshy excitement, not mechanical repetition. His now legendary bass-lines go from heavy and heady to playful and quirky while remaining deliriously intoxicating. His fusions, clamped to the beat of his unique thundering kick drum, redefine house music at every turn. His hooks are loving details, paying attention to horn hits, washes of synthesizers, and catchy choruses creating songs with brutal drive. A believer in peace and harmony, Kerri blames soulful house’s positive vibes for its failure to make it commercially, as its openness to influences are difficult for many to accept.
Kerri is fascinated by technology and its application to creativity. He has built his own studio and spends hours creating new EFX units and sound machines. Taking a fearless leap into millennium technology, he has recently innovated new tools and employed creative ideas designed to revolutionize the way we think of traditional deejay mixing. Kerri uses his deejay sets to inject a spirit into the dance floor. More than a mere deejay spinning records, his sets are “live” during which he remixes tracks whenever he can by incorporating keyboards, vocalists, percussionists, guitars, violins, horns, projector screens, laser synths or just his own excellent soulful voice. Armed with a lap top computer, thousands of MP3 files, his own handmade mini-mixer and a cutting-edge imagination, Kerri has been wowing audiences around the globe while inspiring debate and envy in top industry circles about his new toys.
Check out ‘Kerri Chandler – Love Will Find A Way (Luyo Ordo Ab Kaoz Remix)’ on Double Cheese Records.
House music Producer and Performer Ben Webb is the name behind KORT.
Constantly pushing boundaries and developing their own roles within the studio partnership, KORT have dedicated themselves to their vision of quality house music with a distinctive feel.
Since winning the Defected Producers competition in 2011 and signing a publishing deal with DEFECTED MUSIC they embarked upon a journey with COPYRIGHT RECORDINGS which started with the success of “TOMORROW” and has seen several subsequent Traxsource number one’s, and top ten chart positions along the way.
With more tracks on the way KORT are building on what has gone before and using their experience, dedication and production skills to move forward creatively while keeping feet firmly planted on the dancefloor…
A trip to Ibiza in 2004 led to Noir’s first big international tune. Inspired by Nic Fanciulli’s Skylark bootleg of Tears For Fears, and a snatch of a Dire Straits song he heard from a passing car’s stereo on his return home, he constructed the cheeky, ‘Money For Nothing’ sampling ‘My MTV’. It finally came out on Toolroom in March 2006 (by then parts and vocals had been re-recorded), and its success, coupled with that of 2005’s polemic, “All About House Music” gave Noir (“I was looking for melancholic DJ names and DJ Dark or Black sounded really bad! My girlfriend (at the time) suggested I look for something French” like my birthname René) exposure outside Denmark and the confidence to strike out on his own. Giving up his day job at a friend’s gym (“I had convinced them to put a DJ booth in there!”) in 2007 he set up his own label, Noir Music. In 2009 Pirupa & Pigi’s ‘Sweet Devil’, became Noir Music’s first Beatport number one. Since then the label has combined acclaim from DJs and critics (it’s currently the eighth ‘most charted’ label of all time on Resident Advisor) with commercial success; over 180 releases to date (including on sub labels NM2 and Klimaks Records) have garnered too many Beatport top ten hits to count, while the ‘Use Your Ears’ compilation series has consistently showcased the label as one of the best and freshest in house music.
Indeed while Noir maintains that ‘the real kick’ for him is still DJing, thanks to his label (and his bi-monthly podcast), he’s almost as well known for his skills as an A&R / house music tastemaker as he is producer and DJ. Two of this years hottest stars in particular, Hot Since 82 and Finnebassen, first got their break on Noir Music. The team-up with Defected has also proven a great marriage. Not only have the giant UK house label brought ‘Around’ to a wider audience, but a hugely successful, quickfire double header of mix compilations for the label (‘Defected In the House Miami 12’ and ‘Noir In The House’) epitomised the label’s new, forward thinking direction, arguably helping it regain its status as one of the leading house labels on the planet.
And since that day in the classroom, Noir’s success has been based on following his instincts and refusing to do the expected. Six months after ‘Around’, confounding expectations of a copycat, cash-in follow-up, his next track was the dark, deep, ‘Found Out’. It was greeted with a mixture of caution and bafflement by his new fans, but today its one of the tracks he gets requested the most. “When I play it now,” he says, “everybody sings along even though there’s not big chorus like the one “Around” has got”
Still based in Aalborg, Noir is now firmly established in the first rank of house DJs with bookings all over the world. Last June he recorded his first Essential Mix for Radio One, and he’s just returned from the BPM festival in Mexico, where one of his original heroes, Kevin Saunderson, played at a Noir Music showcase. And while he continues to live that eight year old kid’s dream as a DJ/musician, next on the musical agenda is ‘Angel’, the first collaboration with Hayze in the three years since the completion of ‘Around’. An early Giorgio Moroder-style bassline, fused with a techno vibe and a heartfelt vocal from Hayze, it might well be an even bigger smash than ‘Around’. Not that Noir is too bothered. “I don’t have a strategy,” he insists. “I just have a passion for sharing the music that I love.” From the classroom, to the DJ booth, to the studio: so far it seems to be working.
Marc A. Evans, a native Baltimorean, was born into music. Yet amazingly, this son of a vocalist and jazz saxophonist didn’t discover his own music until his late teens. Finally, as a student at Morgan State University, under the tutelage of Dr. Nathan Carter, Evans began nurturing a love for music. Out of that nurturing arises one of the most sultry, smoky baritones ever. That smooth voice meshed with passionate delivery sets Evans apart from the rest as one of the most talented vocalists of the millennium.
After performing on the MD/DC/VA open-mic, jam sessions, and live band hotspots as a solo artist and with his band, Soul Centered, Evans decided there was something missing in his music. Having been inspired by lyrical greats Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Sting, and Sade, Evans decided to focus as much on his lyrical development as his musical craftsmanship. Evans began to write poetry and perform on the open-mic circuit. As “The Songbyrd”, Evans the poet traveled and performed with the poetry trio “Da Minista, JaHipster, and The Songbyrd” up and down the East Coast from Massachusetts to the Carolinas. Evans’ unparalleled blend of deep verses accentuated with smoke-n-soul riffs and hooks flavor his poetic delivery with that “special something” that has made him a favorite on the performance poetry circuit.
Whether it’s his independent releases, The First Seven Years, VOR Live, Live & Acoustic, Intervention, or his international label release The Way You Love Me (Defected Records UK), he pursues both his writing and his music with purpose. Balancing his talents in both areas, Evans lyrical presentation in song and spoken word is miles beyond one-dimensional artists. To witness any of his performances is truly an experience one won’t soon forget.
As an International Dj, Producer and Remixer, Mark’s played alongside greats such as Louie Vega, Terry Hunter, Joe Claussell, Kenny Dope, Mr V, Sara Devine (Living Room, IT) and others. His appearances include the biggest clubbing centers from Italy (Old Fashion, Circle Club, Divina…), Greece (Shark Club), Spain, London, Amsterdam (Blinq Club) Switzerland, Miami Beach (WMC -Segafredo, Ocean’s 10…) Hong Kong (Armani Aqua), California, Mexico (MiCasa), and Germany..
Currently he’s working with some best house labels in the world, like Quantize (Dj Spen Label), Solid Ground, King Street Sounds, Reel People Music, Tony Records, United Music Records, Sedsoul, GottaKeepFaith..
One of his last singles “Let It Be Love” with an African singer Nickson, was #1 in Traxsource Top Singles chart for three weeks. Mark’s original remix work has received great response from some of the top people in the game such as Tony Humphries, Frankie Knuckles, Kenny Carpenter and many others..
He is the creator and organizer of some of the biggest Soulful & Deep House Parties in Italy and all over the world (Miami WMC, ADE Amsterdam…) called Soulstice and Suevian. These parties demand the likes of Dj Meme, Yass, Hallex M, Guy Robin, Sean McCabe, Master Kev, Souldynamic, Dave Doyle, Tony Loreto, Pablo Martinez, Rafael Moraes, Dj Ala, Rightside and many others.
Mark continues to go from strength to strength in the Studio and Djing and hopes to see you on a dancefloor soon!
Spellband became quite popular and cool on the NY scene thanks to their unique style and their capability to remix music and build from rnb songs proper house “anthems”, which, although being very hard to find as they are not for sale, they are played by the most influential djs in the world, who all give support to Spellband.
In July 2011 Louie Vega decided and believed in the talent and the energy of these Italian guys after he heard and played a lot of their remixes, especially Jennifer Hudson ‘Don’t look down’, which proved to be an “unreleased” cool summer anthem, most wanted and impossible to find. They then joined Vega Records and remixed for the label ‘Elements of life’ and 2 of Anane’s songs in only 1 month.
In 2012 they released an EP for Mad House Records, the famous Kerry Chandler’s label, called the Dogz Family EP.
They have on their history over 150 releases (80% on vinyl) and more than 100 remixes, and during all these years their name appeared on prestigious compilations like Release Yourself vol 9, with their track ‘Isolator’, and, more recently, on Miami Uncut and Tony’s Traxx by Tony Records, remixes on Shelter for Timmy Regisford, and various tracks for the likes of Terry Hunter and ‘We can heal’ for Spen’s Quantize Records.
The trio plays in clubs around Italy and Europe; their set is a six-handed passionate performance, often enriched by live piano sessions, and during which they play their music along with a mix of old and new sounds, all of which make their set vibrant, engaging and fun.
Opolopo is Yoruban for plenty, a word that best exemplifies the diversity of this musician, dj, remixer, composer and production wizard’s voyage! Whether it’s funk, house, or future soul, his compositions and productions are always uncompromising with a steady gaze on the horizon and a quick glance in the rear-view mirror.
Starting out with overdubbing on cassette decks with a Casio VL Tone toy keyboard in his early teens, to constructing soundscapes on synths, beat boxes and computers, Peter Major aka OPOLOPO is one of Scandinavia’s most extraordinary producers.
Born in Zirc, Hungary he spent the early part of his creative development touring with a keyboardist father and listening to fusion and electronic records. Artists like Herbie Hancock, Earth Wind & Fire, Quincy Jones, Jean-Michel Jarre, Isao Tomita, and Kraftwerk helped feed his ingenuity.
Equipped with keyboards, vocoder, and modern technology OPOLOPO plays from London to Tokyo, as a one man band, with jazz ensemble Expansions, or with primary collaborator AMALIA. His music spans over a decade on labels such as JVC Japan, Warner Brothers, Sony/BMG, Tru Thoughts, Om Records, Local Talk, and Especial Records. Collaboration/remix highlights include the legendary Dazz Band, Craig David, Mr. V, Lanu, Simon Grey, Ok_Ma, Mpho Skeef, Eska, and Sacha Williamson. On the underground tip, OPOLOPO’s bootleg remixes of Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, and Erykah Badu have built a frenzy with music connoisseurs worldwide.
Opolopo joins Double Cheese Records hall of fame thru his funkylicious remix of Cloud Nine, by Luyo & Marco Finotello featuring Mr. Shy.
Latest offering on Double Cheese is from N’Dinga Gaba. He has been on the music scene for two decades as a DJ, Producer, Musician and Composer. Hailing from Central African Republic with his musical operations based in Baltimore, Maryland, N’Dinga has embraced a variety of musical styles over his career. He has played with several symphony orchestras and jazz bands as a trombonist, and as a DJ, has toured with hip hop and rock acts, and is proficient in all styles of electronic music, including, down tempo, broken beat, drum and bass, and house. Also known as “The Diplomat, DJ Nuclear,” and “The Love House Movement,” N’Dinga’s musical style is hard to define. Currently you can find N’Dinga’s music and re-mixes on top labels, such as Foliage Records, Quantize, Peng Records, Sole Channel Music, Offering Recordings to name a few. He has also had his music featured on compilations, such as 10 Years of Soul Heaven compiled and mixed by Louie Vega (Soul Heaven Records) and on Dj Tira Presents Afro Lounge Vol 2 Mixed by Tumza (Sheleter Music/Afrotainment). His remix of Max Marinacci – Superlove is a hit currently #4 on Traxsource Afro Chart.
Hailing from Central African Republic (C.A.R.), Boddhi Satva vowed early in his career to make a statement through a signature sound of his own. Boddhi Satva became a demanded remixer as “Ancestral Soul” versions of mainstream tracks won over club audiences across the globe, in addition to recognition from connoisseurs and tastemakers. Osunlade’s Yoruba Records, Bob Sinclar’s Yellow Productions, Peter Adarkwah’s BBE Music, Tony Humphries’s Yelloworange are just a few music labels among many that released Boddhi’s productions.
In 2007 he launched Offering Records. 2012 saw the worldwide release of the debut album INVOCATION on BBE Records, after it was released in Africa in 2011 by Vega Records, the label of the legendary Louie Vega. The latter hand-picked Boddhi in 2008 to be an elite producer for Vega Records and a resident of Vega DJ tours. Invocation confirms the solid place that Boddhi established for himself in the house music landscape. It is an ode to the ritual dimension and the spiritual power of music.
It is a kaleidoscope that reflects the layers, nuances, colours, impressions and transformations that one experiences in life. See, Boddhi Satva is dedicated to master his craft, to rejuvenate the treasures of contemporary music, and to give himself the challenge of confronting his rich musical heritage with whatever influences he brings back from his voyages and performances in nightclubs in Mali, club tours in USA, open-air dancefloors in South Africa, beach parties in Spain and high-profile venues in the UK.
For Double Cheese Records has remixed Groove Cartell – Waiting In Vain feat. Maya Roze, currently available on “Groove Cartell Present Deep Afro House”.