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Mix of the Week: Choko

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As we officially enter the fall season, our latest mix of the week couldn't be more appropriate. An ode to the warmer months behind us, Choko's  hour+ aural treat weaves through summer releases from the likes of Zimmer, Monsoon Season, AMTRAC, Mercury and Paradis, to name a few. 

The fact that she hails from Paris is not lost on us -- the romantic vibes throughout remind us of the last lazy days of summer and helps us welcome the cozier nights ahead. 

Born in Paris and based in NYC, Choko (aka Melanie Choko) has been a musician since childhood. From the age of 3, she began playing the piano before discovering her affinity for electronic music on the dancefloors of Paris nightclubs as a teenager with the help from the beloved DJ Mehdi (RIP). Neighbors for seven years, Mehdi helped Choko discover the ins-and-outs of dance music. To this day, Choko credits Mehdi and his wife for taking her to parties, introducing her to her favorite artists and lighting a fire inside her that still burns bright today. 

The daughter of a gallery owner and a film industry vet, Choko has spent her life around various art forms, but she's on her way to carving a name for herself here in NYC. After living in Shanghai and Chile where she delved deeper into the dance scene, Choko made the inevitable move to NYC to further her career as a DJ/producer. When she's not behind the decks at Le Bain, Wanderlust, Le Dandy and other staples, she's busy hosting her own party series, RYM. The collective, made up of Choko, HART (Reynald Philippe and J. Bonjour), and Amaury Besse (all French-born DJ/producers...naturally), recently wrapped their summer series, but will be back in full swing this fall.

In the meantime, throw this mix on and reminisce about Summer 2014 (full tracklist below).

 

 Tracklist: 

- Tales of Love (Glen Check Remix) - 5 Reasons feat. Patrick Baker
- Sensify Me - Zimmer
- You (Dub) - Monsoon Season
- Together (Man & Woman Remix) - Keljet feat. Avan Lava
- Catch (Tobtok Dub) - Kill Me Softly feat. Elizabeth Hanley
- Discobabe - ColeCo
- Joy & Pain - Cesar Pallace
- Free of Fear (AMTRAC Remix) - Client Liaison
- Move On It - Sixth Avenue Express
- Vibin - Mercury
- In Love With You (OH YEAH Remix) - The Paradise
- Out Of My Way - Frankie Goes Deep
- Somebody - Animal Picnic
- All This Love (Future Feelings Remix) - Nine Lives
- No Need (Club mix) - Playless
- Garde-le Pour Toi - Paradis
Mix of the Week: Mia Lucci

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They say she "teases the heart and seduces the mind." They say she weaves together a "mix of playful melodies, ambient supernovas and moody baselines on a canvas she describes as 'contemplative strings of art'."

Mia Lucci does all those things and more. A classical pianist, her foray into music began at the tender age of 5 before becoming a lifelong passion. It wasn't until she showed up at an after party in her native Sydney that she discovered an affinity for house music. Legend has it she took over a set of turntables when no one was looking and the rest, well, is history.

This October, we're lucky to have her on board for our 5th annual Masquerade alongside our partners in crime, ReSolute, Philipp Jung, Connie and Mateo.

In anticipation of our masquerade, we're rinsing her latest mix which debuted on Ibiza Global Radio last month. Sexy, sophisticated, diverse and electric, the mix is the perfect intro to what you can expect on October 3.

Tickets are now available: http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?635431

 

 

5th Annual Masquerade

 

Five years ago, we hosted our first Masquerade in honor of one of our favorite times of year, Halloween. It's hard to believe the years have passed by in the blink of an eye, but we couldn't be more excited to be celebrating our FIFTH masquerade alongside our friends at ReSolute for our "Beast Edition" on Friday, October 3. 

Getting Down With Dosem

 

Spanish producer and DJ Dosem is someone who releases an awful lot of tracks. Somehow he always manages to keep up his quality assurance levels, though, and produces everything from melodic techno to deep house. Following on from critically acclaimed albums, Parallel and Origin comes the man’s newest full length, City Cuts, on foremost Spanish label Suara.  Once again this album showcases Dosem’s ability to craft a number of different moods and grooves with equal élan and so we caught up with the man for more.  

 

 

How are you, how has summer been for you? What have been some highlights?

It's been a fantastic summer, I had the opportunity to play in clubs and new festivals where I had not been before and repeat some of my favorites like Loveland in Amsterdam. As Highlights I’ll pick my first gig at Blue Marlin Ibiza, I love that place.

 

 

What was it like growing up in Spain – how did you get into dance music?

Spain is a country with a long history in clubs and electronic music festivals; it was relatively easy to get in touch with club culture, especially if you live near a city with such a dense scene as Barcelona.

 

 

 

What labels and artist were you into and are they the same ones that influence you now?

I've always had a very open mind when selecting my music to play at the club. Even sometimes I like some tracks that are not suitable for my sets at all, but I edit/remix the elements to make them fit. Beside Suara, I'm playing a lot of music from labels like Defected, Modablack, Saved.

 

 

 

Were you going to clubs or learning from older friends or the radio or… how did you get into this first?

It started very organically ... I liked the music of Vangelis and Mike Oldfield when I was very young… Then I spent a lot of time listening to music produced by people like William Orbit, and then in college I discovered artists like Moby, Orbital, Chemical Brothers.

 

 

 

When did you decide you wanted a career in dance music? When did you start DJing and producing?

Over ten years ago ... I started going to clubs and festivals such as Sonar and I knew I wanted to produce my own music, I felt I had lot of things to express that could only be translated thru music. I wanted to experience and learn everything. Eventually I started playing my songs in my sets and it all started to take shape.

 

 

How long did it take you to really find your own sound, do you think? Maybe you are still searching?

I try not to pigeonhole into any particular sound or style, just try to be true to the essence of what led me to start producing dance music: I wanted to make the music I would like to dance in a club ... intense, powerful ... but with soulful substance at the same time.

 

 

 

Are you hard of software man? Why? Have you got any ideal bits of kit you would like to buy?

Software. At the school I was always the “computers kid”. I spent many years working as a Web designer and programmer. I think with the software and computers there today is reaching a level of very interesting sound quality.

 

 

Does it take you a long time to make a track or are you someone who works quickly? Do you have a proper studio or can you work on the road?

I'm pretty fast generating ideas and translating them into computer. What tends to take longer in my productions are the details that make the difference, such as mixing, sequencing, etc. I usually generate lots of ideas when I'm out, then I work those ideas quietly in my studio.

 

 

Do you think house music should have a social and political conscious in anyway, like it used to when it first emerged, or has it changed into something else now?

Not only the House, but electronic music in general has expanded far beyond its origins. It has become a language of communication, not only to convey ideas, feelings ... but over the years the styles have evolved and every author has taken his own land, with their own histories, values ​​and messages. I think it's so positive to understand how a genre began and try to investigate its origins… but at the same time evolve, experiment and create new things to create new origins, new meanings for the music.

 

 

What are your aims when it comes to DJing – to amaze, educate, edify, entertain?

I like to develop my sets like if it’s a movie... trying to get people to disconnect for a couple of hours and fully concentrate on the music. I want to have a good time all together; to dance while communicating stories ... every song is a story. Every story has a place and a perfect time to be told, my role is to decide where and when.

 

 

What else have you got coming up/are you excited about?

 I’m releasing a new album for Suara and also working on remixes for Mark Fanciulli, Robert Babicz, Sasse, Chus & Ceballos, Uto Karem…

 

 

If you could own one track no other DJ could ever play, what would it be and why?

That would be very selfish! Music should not be exclusive to anyone, it’s an universal language :)