Altus Project – ROLLINGTUFF Sessions : Cheap Picasso | Interview + Podcast

Altus Project – ROLLINGTUFF Sessions : Cheap Picasso | Interview + Podcast Comments

Within a short amount of time Cheap Picasso are starting to make a name for themselves, most recently playing at Off-Sonar, Barcelona for JEUDI Records who they have just had a EP release with.  Artists supporting their tracks include DJ T, Tensnake, Smash TV, Kruse & Nuernberg, The Magician, Tapesh, Amine Edge & Dance and Le Youth just to name a few.

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  Altus Project owner Lee M Kelsall caught up with Cheap Picasso shortly after Sonar to find out a little more about the DJ Duo and what the future holds for them. To begin with I want to know more about you boys so…who are Cheap Picasso?
Cheap Picasso is a DJ Duo, we met just over 5 years ago both working for the same company and got talking about mutual musical similarities. We were DJ'ing around Edinburgh separately but talked about doing a project together which led to Cheap Picasso and have played together ever since.   After playing various warm up and support gigs we got our first residency at Edinburgh night Rendezvous where we took control of room 2.  This led to starting our own night called Gasoline Dance Machine which we now run on the third Saturday of the month at Cabaret Voltaire.
Wow 5 years DJing….. What artists have you supported in that time?
In the last few years we've played alongside Carl Cox, Jonas Rathsman, Isaac Tichauer, Doctor Dru Adana Twins, Medlar, KRL, Mat.Joe, The Magician, and Lee Foss…. We can continue?
You have just had a huge release on Adana Twins JEUDI Rec. I’ve been playing it for a while in my sets …..So how did the producing come about?
We had a couple finished track's and started sending them out to some labels, JEUDI Rec. being one of them, we are fans their recent releases from the label.   Doctor Dru was kind enough to get back to us saying he was interested in them for JEUDI Rec. and if we could hold the tracks for them.  We of course jumped at the chance, CUFF were also interested after the track receiving support from Amine Edge & Dance.  We were happily shocked when The Magician featured it in his infamous Magic Tape a few days after we sent it to him.

That all sounds great now…. How would you describe your sound?

First and foremost we want to get people dancing, it's all about the vibes and having a good time and connection with everyone in the club, we want to be on the dance floor as much as behind the booth.  We cross the lines between deep house and techno with a touch of more tech sounding stuff mixed in too.  Our basic ethos is if it sounds good and gets us dancing, we'll play it.
This is one from the people….What gigs have you got coming up?
We're excited for T in the Park Festival this year, playing Saturday night in the Afterburner tent, guaranteed to be a wild one.    We're also super pleased to be asked back to Beacons Festival for the 2nd year in a row, Beacons is possibly the best small festival in Britain with an unbeatable line up of solid artists and music and highly recommend people check it out.
 What are your Top 5 Dance Floor Weapons?
1) Hodgson - Babylon System 2) Joy Wellboy - Before the sunrise (Dixon Remix) 3) Max Chapman - Holding On (PAWSA remix) 4) Doctor Dru - Alpha Ray 5) Hot Since 82 - Like You (Audiojack Ruff Cut)
We just wanted to thank Lee and Cheap Picasso for putting this together for us. Cheap Picasso is now being represented by the Altus Projec, to book the artists email: eliane@altusproject.com Follow Cheap Picasso :
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Culprit Takes Over Lot 613 – Featuring Apollonia & Droog | 7.5.14 + Ticket Giveaway

Culprit Takes Over Lot 613 – Featuring Apollonia & Droog | 7.5.14 + Ticket Giveaway Comments

This week, Culprit takes over Lot 613 for another extraordinary event featuring their head flag bearer Droog and the legendary trio Apollonia. Couldn't be more excited to see Apollonia make their way to L.A. and what do you know, we are giving away a pair of tickets to get you up close and personal. Ticket Giveaway 1) Like Apollonia's Facebook: HERE 2) Like Culprit's Facebook: HERE 3) Finally, tag a friend in the Facebook section of this post. Just want to wish everybody good luck, the winners CONTINUE READING
T.G.I.M.: Adam Beyer | Drumcode 204

T.G.I.M.: Adam Beyer | Drumcode 204 Comments

Thank God It's Monday!.... This weekend I went up to San Francisco to  visit the other half of ROLLINGTUFF. We had an amazing party with the Italian duo Hunter/Game and then turned it into a proper reunion Bender compliments of our wonderful local friends up there. Just something about showing up to a club at 8am that says S.F. and I have to hand it to them... They know how to party. As you might have noticed, most of my Monday mixes are reflections of how I'm feeling post Sunday, and today CONTINUE READING
MNS 18 Year Anniversary – Coyu | Freddy Be | Native Behavior

MNS 18 Year Anniversary – Coyu | Freddy Be | Native Behavior Comments

We have always been proud to be associated with a weekly like Monday Social. They have consistently curated a proper event with cutting edge artists and a forward thinking audience and tonight we celebrate 18 years in the running. Monday Social has been the longest running weekly in Los Angeles,and tonight marks a new milestone for the brand and we wanted to recognize how special this really is. Headlining the show tonight is none other than the Spanish producer and Suara label boss Coyu. Coyu CONTINUE READING
HARD Summer 2014  PREVIEW | Official Trailer + Line Up + Mixtapes + Tuff Selections | August 2 + 3

HARD Summer 2014 PREVIEW | Official Trailer + Line Up + Mixtapes + Tuff Selections | August 2 + 3 Comments

Our friends over at HARD presents... have done it again! Do we dare say the biggest and baddest bill Los Angeles has seen in the last decade?! Gary Richards and Co. have been at the forefront of Los Angeles' electronic music scene for the last 15 years, employing the best of the best in both the creative and production departments to orchestrate groundbreaking experiences of a brand all their own. This time around they are bolstering that brand with a line up that  truly bridges the gap between CONTINUE READING
Stefan Z – BLU | EP

Stefan Z – BLU | EP Comments

Rhombus imprint co-owner and Producer Stefan Zlatarits, otherwise known as Stefan Z, takes the spotlight for this evening. Currently based out of Vancouver, Stefan has been on our radar for quite some time now. With a wide array of musical passion ranging from the good old ivories to the trumpet, Stefan has allowed his experimentation and curiosity towards music transform into a project that is truly unique. This My Favorite Robot flag bearer and Rhombus imprint co-owner is all about delivering CONTINUE READING
Boomrat –  A New Music Platform

Boomrat – A New Music Platform Comments

We have been following the development of Boomrat over the past couple of months and we couldn't be more excited about their launch. Boomrat is an blog powered dance music platform that helps you search genres for new music and artists. We had the opportunity to work along side Boomrat these past couple of weeks because they hosted two of our own resident djs, Kedd Cook and Matt Hubert at EDC this year. The art car experience was amazing and it already is leading to the planning of a couple CONTINUE READING

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