Notable Dance Podcast #009

Mason – Grotto (Original)
Pet Shop Boys – Axis (Boys Noize)
Dallas Downs – Let it Roll (DD4 Mix)
Albin Myers – Grindhouse
DJ Bl3nd & Smoothies – Rise (Original)
Tomcraft – Like a Roller (Club Mix)
Fedde Le Grand – Rockin N Rollin (Extended)
ReepR – Lazer Burn (Original)
John Dahlback – Nuke (Original)
Zedd ft Bright Lights – Follw You Down (Roger Slato)
DANK ft JACQ – Crystals (Original)
Depeche Mode – Soothe My Soul (Steve Angello vs Jacques Lu Cont)
Max Graham ft Tania Zygar – Diamonds (Max Graham)
Aly and Fila ft Chris Jones – Running Out of Time (Original)

INTERVIEW: Max Graham (2013)

Max Graham is quite the maverick, letting his tastes in music dictate what he plays and produces rather than being tied to any one specific subgenre.  Even his record label Re*Brand is named for the way he reinvents himself over the years.  With a loyal following and a popular weekly radio show, Cycles (which often trends on Twitter), Max Graham is busy in the studio working on his upcoming artist album due for release in 2013.  I caught up with Max backstage at the Armada showcase during the Amsterdam Dance Event to find out more about his varied music career.

RS: Max, are you singed to Armada right now?
Max Graham: In 2008, I combined my own label ReBrand with one of Armada’s labels. Technically, I am signed to Armada, but through my own label because I only release on Re*Brand Records.

RS: Does the name Re*Brand have anything to do with how you have changed your sound over the years?
Max Graham: Actually in 2007, I was talking about rebranding myself and at the same time trying to figure out a name for the label. One of my friends, Alex K, who owns a club in Montreal called New City Gas, said to me “call it rebrand, it is something that you keep running into whether you are trying to rebrand yourself or not, it is kind of a word that fits you.” From there I had a good friend in Ottawa design the logo and he came up with the red star above the “re,” separating the two words so it fit perfectly. All of this happened over the course of 10 days, so I went from having nothing to having a label with a beautiful logo, it all came together and I was super happy.

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INTERVIEW: Sied van Riel (2013)

In addition to having just about the coolest last name, Sied Van Riel is very much a character – creating big room trance with a melodic edge.   His recently released track “Carved By Your Hands” is a great example of how he blends trance and progressive to mold his own sound.  As busy in the studio as he is on the road, I spoke with Sied back stage at the Armada showcase during the Amsterdam Dance Event.

DJ Ron Slomowicz: So tonight you are on Armada and doing a versus set with someone, who are you playing against?
Sied van Riel: Tonight, I am playing with Max Graham.

RS: Have you two played together before?
Sied van Riel: Not in a back-to-back, but we have played on the same event so I am really curious and kind of excited.

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