Manalogue - Winnipeg, Canada
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Occupation: Founder & Editor in Chief of Manalogue.com
I'm the editor in chief of Manalogue.com and one half of a DJ-duo called THE SHAKE. With a love for electronic music and a background in journalism DJing and blogging seemed like a good fit - it’s worked out pretty well so far.
In 2003 I left Canada (I lived in Vancouver at the time) and moved to England for a year. My intentions were to visit the musical homeland of things I loved. I wanted to go to Cornwall to see the hometown of Aphex Twin, Sheffield for the origins of Warp Records, and of course Manchester because of its influence on dance music. After a short time in London I ended up in staying in Brighton the rest of the year. I fell in love with the place – the people and the city itself. The number of DJs I saw there still astounds me.
What's Your Strictly Rhythm?
I openly admit, picking a favourite tune has never been a strong point for me. Plus, considering there are hundreds of releases and thousands of tracks and remixes on the label, this is a totally unfair question. I can only narrow it down to a few, in no particular order.
• Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey. This is a classic house track that works well when lights are dim. I play this one a lot.
• Armand Van Helden – Witch Doktor (Original Mix). The Armand Van Helden EP was one of the first singles I bought. It was long before I DJ’d but it still has this nostalgia tied to it.
• Armand Van Helden – Break Da '80's. Again, from the same EP as above – I always thought it would be a great opening track. Maybe I should try this out sometime soon!
• Josh Wink – Higher State of Consciousness (Tweekin’ Acid Funk). I remember hearing this at my first proper warehouse party in Calgary, Canada. Let’s call it what it was, a rave. At the rear of the warehouse two towers of bassbins stood at least two storeys high. In 1995 I was a naïve 15-year-old who didn’t know anything about drugs and this girl showed me imaginary ice cubes melting in her hand – then this track dropped and I was hooked.
• Arthur Baker feat. Nona Hendrix & Ladonna – Tear Down the Walls (A1 Bassline Remix). Relatively, one of my more recent purchases from Strictly, I just love the way this tune wobbles. It sounds great loud – now if I could only play on those bassbin towers…
• Roland Clarke & The Montanas – Music Talking (Fred Falke Remix). Classic summer jam that never fails.
Really digging these Strictly tunes lately -
- Falko Richtberg & Sebastian Wojkowski – Madelaine / Home (Dirty South Edit)
- Daniel Bovie & Roy Rox feat. Capitol A - The Jam (Original Mix)
- Baggi Begovic - Step On (Original Mix)
I think my favourite tune of the moment is a bit of an oldie, Stoopit by The Martin Brothers. I’m also really into the Christian Martin remix of Don’t Turn the Light on by Chromeo. Others include:
- J.Phlip – Drop Bombz on Your Momz (Original Mix)
- Stanton Warriors – Get Up (Original Mix)
- Plump DJs – Hump Rock
- Krafty Kuts – Let’s Ride
- Neighbour & Think Tank – Lando (Funkanomics Mix)
- Neighbour – Disco Is Back
- Wax & Motif – Go Deep (Extended Mix)
- Funkanomics – Jucachavezxx
- And about a hundred others, maybe more...
International DJ Scene:
Winnipeg has a really great scene. Most recently, the folks behind the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME) brought in some serious talent including Thomas Fehlman (of The Orb), Bluetech, Adham Shaikh, Jay Tripwire and others. There have been many international djs brought in by other promoters too, including A.Skillz, Nom de Strip, Lazy Rich, Alix Perez, Steve Aoki (has played in Winnipeg too many times to count), MSTRKRFT, Shuttle, Ill-Esha, Ashburner, Noah Pred, Wolfgang Gartner, Skrillex, Gareth Emery, Joachim Garrard, Fedde le Grande, Fat Pat, Will Bailey, Stickybuds, Justin Martin, Klaas, Dub FX etc. etc.
With Lotek (who writes for Mashuptown.com) we play back-to-back in tag team style as THE SHAKE. We’re known for our diverse sets, which probably stems from our love of almost all things dancy and our low attention spans. The non-formula works though – we’ve opened for an array of headliners including A.Skillz, Nom de Strip, Lazy Rich, and others. The two of us are also part of the Resonate Crew, holding down a residency at a local hotspot called Bar Italia.
Our two most memorable gigs have been at this year’s MEME where we headlined the locals' night, and at the Harvest Moon Festival. What made the latter so great is that we had no idea what to play because it’s a roots music festival. We didn’t play anything folky, but the crowd loved it.
I’ve been privileged to play at MEME twice now. The festival is only two-years-old but in those two years it’s grown incredibly. Mike Monday played the first year and said he couldn’t believe how well it was run. This year it was even better.
Sadly, I’ve never been to any massive festivals. I’ve always wanted to check out Shambhala. Hearing people like Elite Force say it’s the best outdoor venue he’s ever played at makes me want to go even more. South by South West is another one I’d like to go to, as is Mutek in Montreal. For that matter, Movement in Detroit is another must on my list. Living in Winnipeg, the winters are pretty harsh so escaping to Miami for the Winter Music Conference or Ultra would be thrilling too. Since I’m on a roll with this wish list let’s add BPM in Playa Del Carmen, The Great Escape in Brighton, Glastonbury, Global Gathering, Field Day, Leeds Festival, Creamfields, Bestival… you get the drift.