Hector - Artist Profile

Tue 05.12.2017

After a year of following him on and off around the globe, we finally sat down with Hector, over a champagne, in a small record store in Amsterdam called Zwart Gaud.

The Mexican DJ talked us through his adoptive party home of The BPM Festival (and more recently the Portuguese edition), the Vatos Locos family and his humble beginnings from handing out flyers in Ibiza and working in a London record store to fulfilling his dreams as a professional DJ.

Hardworking, humorous and personable (always!), Hector’s story is engaging from start to finish; about how the impact of early English and Ibizan friends, dashed hopes of a professional football career and legendary compilation series from the likes of Fabric and Global Underground were to form the start of his musical path.

He tells us how his stolen record collection spawned numerous amazing industry friendships, and finally, taking us through his all-new vinyl only label (VL Limited) - a somewhat refreshing response to the digital age

Disciples - DJsounds Show 2017

Fri 24.11.2017

Check out Disciples in the mix on the DJsounds Show. The London trio responsible for hits; How Deep Is Your Love, On My Mind, Jealousy play ping-pong on the CDJs laying down rolling bangers. Tasty.

WHY WE DJ – SLAVES TO THE RHYTHM

Tue 17.10.2017

In a revealing new documentary investigating the reality of what being a professional DJ is really like, from the hype and parties to relentless touring and the toll that can take on both physical and mental health.

Following the success of last year's ‘The Underground Sound of Paris’, ‘Why We DJ – Slaves To The Rhythm’ delves deep into the psyche of the DJ, exploring the motivations that drive people to pursue a career behind the decks in the first place and the effects it can have.

In refreshingly candid interviews from artist managers, tour managers, Doctors, music industry professionals and DJs including Carl Cox, Luciano, Seth Troxler, Erick Morillo, B.Traits, Ben Pearce and Pete Tong MBE we hear stories of the lofty highs and plunging lows DJs can experience on a daily basis.

‘Why We DJ – Slaves To The Rhythm’ provides an honest look at the lives of professional DJs from the point of view of the people subjected to a heavy schedule of travel, sleep deprivation and creative pressure, while constantly under the social media spotlight. For the first time, the film examines how DJs can suffer from conditions such as imposter syndrome, opening up the discussion about the sometimes-dark places artists can easily find themselves in when they’re off stage.

Soundtrack (in order of appearance):

1. North Shore - B.Traits // In.Toto - http://bit.ly/2hNQi2F

2. The Magic Room (Dino Lenny & Seth Troxler Re-edit) - Dino Lenny & Doorly // Play It Say It - http://bit.ly/2kYwuOQ

3. No Escape (Stephan Macias remix) - Fraser Stuart // Under No Illusion - http://bit.ly/2zwlyex

3. Oenologue - Luciano // Cadenza Records - http://bit.ly/2yy1SXT

4. Fran Left Home - Luciano // Cadenza Records - http://bit.ly/2yTz8Mc

5. Junkyard Tool - Seth Troxler // Tuskegee Music - http://bit.ly/2glD1ya

6. Bloom - Robert Babicz (Oliver Schories remix) // Traum Schallplatten - http://bit.ly/2x5VXaQ

7. Loving You (instr) - Lane 8 // Just Isn't Music - http://bit.ly/2l0rU2S

8. Middle - Ben Pearce // Different Records & PIAS - http://bit.ly/2ziZNOl

9. Transit - Ben Pearce // Different Records & PIAS - http://bit.ly/2zxWm7H

10. Death in Venice - TadlR // Armadillo Records - http://bit.ly/2x5OLvo

11. Curious Heart - Robert Babicz // Traum Schallplatten - http://bit.ly/2ijUJ9u

12. Still Points - B.Traits // In.Toto - http://bit.ly/2njdkkq

Ben Pearce - DJsounds Show 2017

Tue 26.09.2017

Ben Pearce takes control of the CDJs on the show this time with a hypnotic and lilting swathe of cuts. Smooth!

La Fleur - DJsounds Show 2017

Wed 13.09.2017

Sweden born and raised, currently based in Berlin and Pacha Ibiza resident for Hot Since 82 at his Labyrinth night, La Fleur lays down her deep, rolling hypnotic groove on the CDJs. Keep an ear out for her Sasha remix!

Mihalis Safras - DJsounds Show 2017 - VINYL ONLY

Sun 10.09.2017

The Greek legend is back again! Of course, spinning his trademark unique vinyl-only sound on our PLX-1000s but with added spice this year as he teams the wax with live samples on our SP-16 sampler. FIRE!

Hector & Stacey Pullen - DJsounds Show 2017 - Vatos Locos special from Barcelona

Fri 08.09.2017

Check out this exclusive Vatos Locos special with label boss Hector and label buddy Stacey Pullen jamming in Hector's Barcelona studio. Deep, hypnotic rolling grooves and dusty vinyl-only cuts - HOT!

Tomorrowland 2017 - Big, Bold and Beautiful!

Tue 05.09.2017

Bringing the heat since 2005 and always selling out within minutes, Tomorrowland 2017 was as mammoth as ever.

Spreading across two weekends of July it seemed spirits were higher than the festival’s mobile ferris wheel (Europe’s highest apparently, with the ‘Cloud Rider’ topping 60 meters into the sky!).

This edition features Richy Ahmed, Patrick Topping, Lauren Lane, Tube & Berger, Black Coffee, Technasia, Kevin Saunderson and Claude Von Stroke.

Soundtrack:
Daydream (original mix) - Sabb, Manu Gonzalez // Moon Harbour Recordings - buy here

U Can (Richy Ahmed remix) - Groove Armada, Richy Ahmed // Snatch! Recordings - buy here

Imprint of Pleasure (original mix) - Tube & Berger // Suara - buy here

Edge of Sideways (original mix) - Lauren Lane feat. JAW // 20/20 Vision - buy here

Hot Since 82 - DJsounds Show 2017 - Special Ibiza Kitchen mix!

Fri 01.09.2017

Hot Since 82 invited us to party with him in his Ibiza apartment near Pacha where he holds his weekly residency at Labyrinth. Alongside his trademark throbbing grooves are dusty vinyl favourites dug deep from his vaults.

Kappa FuturFestival - Torino with Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim, Kölsch and Joseph Capriati

Mon 21.08.2017

We caught up with Carl Cox, Joseph Capriati, Kolsch and Fatboy Slim at the Kappa FuturFestival daytime festival in Turin where the Italians - and 47+ other nations! - raved relentlessly in sweltering temperatures above 30 degrees over two days, within those infamous awe inspiring industrial structures.

Learn the origins of this renowned festival and its place among the hearts of the Italians and the DJs that play there.

Soundtrack:

Domino (Matador Remix) - Oxia // Sapiens - http://bit.ly/2lN5sJ9
Prodigious - Phutek // Intec Digital - http://bit.ly/2uhUH7g
Midnight Rambler - Lollino // Hush Recordz - http://bit.ly/2vzrBR2

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