We catch up with the Silence In Metropolis label boss to get the full story behind his epic musical giveaway, Project 48
we talk about Project 48, let's talk a little about your background -
how you first got into dance music, when you started DJing and
1996 a couple of my friends took me to an alley in DC and there was a
spot in the alley called Zei Club. It was an electric substation
warehouse turned into a Eurpean-style nightclub with probably the
best sound system in DC at the time. This was the first time I was
introduced to the four-to-the-floor dance beat. The music was house,
techno and trance, all with a Euro tinge. I was blown away by the
music, and by how the DJ took control of the crowd and told a story.
then had to learn how to DJ and was soon doing all kinds of gigs,
from weddings, to house parties and international college events and
even some corporate gigs. While doing these side gigs I got myself a
pair of Technics and started hitting up 12” Records in DC which
later became the now defunct DJ Hut. There was a party hosted by
Farid of Eighteenth Streeet Lounge and DJ Sam Burns called Red... it
became my Sunday night dance ritual.
would post DJ mixes online and through that I was invited by DJ
Kimozaki to play house with him over at The Park’s patio on Friday
nights. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to have DJ’ed most
underground spots across DC, playing alongside some of my favorite
acts including George Fitzgerald, Detroit Swindle & Huxley.
the early 2000s while I was DJing at weddings etc I was experimenting
with software that was popular at the time like Acid and Fruity
Loops. I used to make edits to tracks for my gigs and dabbled in some
remixes. That was my intro into production and I’ve been producing
in some capacity ever since."
co-owner of the Silence In Metropolis label. Can you tell us a little
about the label's history, ethos and music policy?
label’s idea was solidified when Sam Kosh, my partner in SIM, and I
were at WMC 2012. We were inspired by all the talent and music we
were surrounded by and decided we had to contribute to the scene and
we had been throwing around the idea of starting a label. The name,
look and feel of Silence in Metropolis is an homage to Fritz Lang’s
1927 sci-fi epic Metropolis. The logo and most of the artwork
is derived from the iconography within that film.
ethos of SIM also revolves around the theme of the movie, where the
protagonist goes into the depths of city and attempts to help the
workers rise together. In some small way we like to think we're
finding hidden talents and helping them shine through. Musically we
gravitate towards forward-thinking deep house that is well thought
out and has some meaningful touch or soul to it. We're really proud
of the roster of artists on the label and the tracks we've put out so
that brings us to Project 48. 48 tracks in 48 weeks is quite an
undertaking - what first gave you the idea for the project?
year I didn't release a lot of tracks but I did spend a lot of time
in the studio starting a lot of projects. I also had tracks that I
finished but hadn't shopped around to many labels. I needed to get
the material out there, and as a label owner I know how release
schedules go: it can sometimes take more than a year to release a
track once it's signed. So I set a goal for myself, to create my best
work and commit to a release schedule that was challenging yet
achievable and something I could control. The result of this is
...and what are you hoping to achieve with it?
any artist will tell you, the most important thing that matters is
sharing your creative work with as many people as possible. Project
48 is my answer to how I can do that in an efficient and quick manner
with little in-between myself and the folks that would enjoy my work.
The focus needs to be on the music and this is why I decided to give
every track away. I'd like people to download the music and then
share it with their friends. Spread the good vibes... life is too
short for anything less."
all the tracks be available throughout the project, or do people have
to 'grab 'em while they're hot'?
will release one track every week and from then on these tracks will
be available to download. Again, the goal is simply to get it in the
hands of anyone that feels it."
there any plans to put out a compilation at the project's end, or
anything along those lines?
I’m getting closer to the end of the project I might do something
special.. but I'm not sure yet what that might be. A vinyl
compilation of the best received tracks perhaps? Maybe get some
remixes done? Who knows… anything is possible I guess!"
made you plump for Bandcamp rather than any other distribution
was easy to set up and gives me some statistics that might be
helpful. Also it has all the basics of what I would need to expand
out this project to something more if I so choose."
can we expect from the series musically... will it all be the kind of
very deep house that Silence in Metropolis specialises in, or given
the sheer volume of music involved, has this been a chance to spread
your wings a bit?
productions are all over the place as far as genres go but mostly it
revolves around the deep house/house/tech/indie-dance realm. I used
to make hip-hop remixes for a couple of local DC crews back in the
day as well, so spreading my wings a bit is a very real possibility."
long has it taken to get the material ready for this project? 48
tracks is a lot so you must presumably have been beavering away at
this for a while?
been making a lot of music, mostly it’s unfinished ideas, but I've
given myself a little head start and finished a little more than a
couple of months' worth of tracks. With the tight schedule I’ve set
out for myself I will still have to keep the wheels turning, so to
speak. This was the idea all along: to commit myself to doing what I
love most. If you don’t commit to things that you love, then life
has a way of committing you to things that might not matter as much -
like watching Netflix!"
else is going on for you at the moment - both as Funkdamentalist and
with Silence In Metropolis?
Funkdamentalist, Project 48 is going to keep me busy for a while. As
for Silence In Metropolis, we have a vinyl release coming out in a
few months and some great releases brewing on the digital front. Also
we’re just now starting to accept demos again, so we’re pretty
excited about that right now. 2016 is looking very promising."