So Brian how did The Beatranch come about?
The Beat Ranch was created in 2006 when Sebby and I’s radio show on 1Groove.com (also called The Beat Ranch) came to an end. The company who ran the site decided that electronic music was not a profitiable market anymore and pulled the plug. Sebby and I thought it would be awsome to have a site where we could post our mixes online for people to download. To give us a bit of exposure and to be in control of the site so we won’t have to worry about anyone “pulling the plug”. A month after we launched the site we thought it would be good to let anyone regradless of status in the scene to be able to be featured on our site. Shortly after that we started The Beat Ranch Digital with the awsome help of Dan Dyson. About a year or less after that we started our Interviews and Mixes section so we could give the top producers and DJs in the scene proper exposure and let them advertise thier new releases or whatever they had on the go at the moment.
How did you get into Hard NRG?
I use to listen to (well still do) a wide mix of music when I was younger. Everything from light fluffy trance to heavy metal. A friend of mine, Pat, in highschool would always bring me a couple cds of random trance or electronic music and I remember thinking, I really like these sounds but its just not heavy enough. It wasn’t until my first rave in 2002 that I heard what hard house & nrg was, for me it combined the heavy aggression of rock with the snythetic sounds of trance. So I was instantly hooked.
What do you like about the scene the most, and equally is there anything you would change?
What I like most about the scene would be the community part of it. Going to an event and meeting up with all your friends, and even meeting new ones, who all share the same passion and love for the music that you do is really a great feeling. The downside is actually the same thing. Where you have promoters who are friends with DJs, booking only them for thier events regradless of how good or bad they are. So unless you are friends with a promoter it can be hard to get gigs (at least over here that is).
How long have you been making tracks for yourself?
Well a couple years I would think, but to be honest really on and off for the last couple years. I find it really hard to finish a track as I will either get really bored with it from listening to it a million times over or just over all not happy with it. Which I am sure happens to alot of producers. After I finished my remix of Floor Eater, I thought it would be best to really get a better understanding of production, and even more importantly better equipment. (I don’t even have proper moniters). I also plan on making my way over to England again in the fall of 2010, and when I do I will be booking some serious studio time ahaha.
Whos your favourite dj and also which producer?
I have had the pleasure in seeing alot of very talented DJs over the years and ones that stick out are Rodi Style, Illogik, Andy Farley, Paul Glazby, Guyver, The Thrillseekers, damn this list could go on and on ahaha. The production side of things Dynamic Intervention, Guyver, Paul Maddox, Grady G, Hi Freak1c, Dan Dyson, Darrell White, Weazal.. again list goes on and on ahaha.
Any plans for the label in future?Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
Well I hope we can still being doing all this 5 years down the road. In the last 7 years that I have been in the scene, I have seen some major changes, with vinyl on the outs, to CD singles taking over. So its hard to tell what the future holds for us. I just hope that if or when things do end, that people will still be rockin our tunes out for years to come.
Whats the weirdest thing you have ever seen while out clubbing?
Well I did see one kid wearing a suit made entirely out of candy (colored beads), so that was a bit different. There is a guy over here in Toronto named Jimmy Lightshow, he is a really nice guy, and when he comes out to events, he brings his puppet with him, and a has this giant belt with all these lights on it. It’s kinda hard to explain, but he is someone that will stick out in your mind if you saw him.
You can cross two animals in a laboratory – what would you make?
Hmm I would take a grey wolf and cross it with a great white shark so that the sharks would hunt in packs. That would be bad ass…or maybe not..didnt really think that through…
Favourite piece of equipment, dj / studio?
Well for DJing any Pioneer CDJ or Tech12s will do, but I gotta say I love my Numark DXM06 mixer. I know alot of people knock Numark, but just I can’t stand the Pioneer DJM800’s cueing system. With my Numark, I just have to flip a switch to listen to the master where as the Pioneer you have to turn the cue knob over and then adjust your headphone volume, I just find that really annoying, when I am trying to cue it really quick, so I will stick to my Numark thank you 🙂
Any advice to the younger starters in the scene?
Most important advice I think would be to just have fun. Alot of people complain about the state of things, but I think that just makes things worse. Go out enjoy your night thats what you are out for, not to complain about things 😛 Support the music by BUYING IT! Otherwise artists will not be able to afford new gear or software to make the music you love so much.
Any shout out of thank you’s??
Thanks to Sparx for havin me on here 🙂 A big thanks go out to everyone who has supported The Beat Ranch through out all these years, let there be many more to come 🙂
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