Cityfox Showcase March 25th SF – Lee Jones | Digitaline | James What – Artist Interviews!
Housepitality & Auralism present a Cityfox label artist showcase in San Francisco:
SF underground music lovers, this is as close as we get to a Miami Winter Music Conference artist lineup in San Francisco. Switzerland’s slick and distinguished Cityfox music label will be roaming through San Francisco’s Public Works this Friday March 25th. They will bless the Funktion One sound system with top shelf precision over intelligent tech house rhythms and melodic textures. The cult dj talent of Lee Jones with Digitaline’s revered live show and Poker Flat’s James What are the headliners of the night.
Your local talents will warm up the rooms : Sammy D, Jason Short, Miguel Solari, Kenneth Scott, Michael Tello, Roman Stange, Jason Greer, Mikebee, and The Ride.
Words from some of our Artists:
Lee Jones –
Main Cityfox headliner Lee Jones has made quite a name for himself in dance music culture worldwide though his tight knit technical production and mood setting dj sets. Besides being a main part of the Cityfox label outfit he is also releases music on Watergate, Aus, Playhouse, Liebe Detail and others. We had some time to kick back with Lee Jones today and pick his brain a little over his first Peruvian pisco sour and ceviche at La Mar Cebicheria in San Francisco, our first stop directly after the airport.
I could not help but to ask him a little about the process behind his famous RA Mix which affected a lot of people’s lives, not kidding. Just ask our dear friend Farzana.
Lee: It took me a couple of weeks to put that mix together. I spent a considerable amount of time sourcing the tracks but they all fit. I was going for a slightly melancholic, sort of romantic cinematic tone and I all the tracks that I kept finding just worked perfectly like the Acid Pauli and the Jay Haze tracks. It really made it come together perfectly. I thought it was a good time for music back then.
Where is your music headed now?
Hard to say, I’m working on songs. Non dance music. I’m working on a live music project called Abraham with vocalist Rachel Cuming. We are doing an album with guitars, piano, double bass, vocals and some percussion programming. We’ve been recording in her parents house located in a remote English village with books and art everywhere. It is very inspiring. I’ve been in this world recently and not in clubland. I need to extend myself further with my musical ambitions.
Here is link to Lee’s famous RA 121 mix which also changed my perspective on music.
Digitaline arrived in SF last Sunday night and they have been enjoying our great city. Here they are pretty much unknown but in Europe they are considered some of the biggest names in dance music. They are headlining artists on Luciano’s famous Cadenza label and Zurich’s Cityfox label which has been blowing up lately. Their label mate Lee Jones arrived in SF today and we had time to catch up with him over some pisco sours in which he also mentioned in regards to Digitaline, “those guys are amazing. I don’t know how they make that Cadenza style music, they are truly unique.” We had some time to sit down with Lausanne’s Digitaline and learn more about their secret sauce:
1. Can you tell us about how you two met and the origins of Digitaline?
We first met in parties. We were both starting to produce our own music and we started this project as a live project in some underground parties 7 years ago. And after a while playing together we decided to get in the studio and make our first tracks, which has been release on Cadenza (7) in 2006.
2. Cityfox is new to many people here in San Francisco. Can you tell us a little about the label and club, and how you came to know and work with them?
We played at the first Cityfox party 3 or 4 years ago. At that time they were organizing parties in a big warehouse called “Die Haerterei”. We kept on playing for them very often in different venues in Zürich and once they decided to start a label 2 years ago it was natural for us to be an active part of their project. We made the second release of the label called “seeking attention EP”. Today we have lots of different projects and also a solo project coming on the label.
3. What do you do to get inspired while you are working on music? Do you have a routine or ritual for getting creative?
In the studio, we spent time playing our last loops and trying to make them match one to another. Long hours of jam sessions, this is mostly where our inspiration comes from. Then we have to make some choices and that’s how our tracks start to become tracks rather than a combination a different loops.
4. In what ways do you compliment and contrast each other when writing music? How do you tend to divide the sounds up between you both when playing live?
We are used to making tracks out of our livesets and not our liveset out of the tracks. This is a very important aspect of our music. The live stuff is at the center of our creative process and this is also a good way to find the right balance between both our musical identity.
5. What does the future contain for Digitaline?
We have our “Up and down my spine” EP coming on Cadenza Records very soon. We are working on a new series of tracks. We will work again with Gregorythme’s label Raoul Records and Cityfox in the next few months…
Thanks fellas, we can’t wait to hear you drop it for us on Friday at Pubic Works.
***FREE from 9-10pm*** Music starts promptly at 9pm in both rooms. Early arrival highly suggested!
Main Room: Cityfox Showcase
DIGITALINE – LIVE
(Cityfox, Cadenza, Laussane, Germany)
(Cityfox, Watergate, Berlin)
(Poker Flat, Crosstown Rebels, Dessous, London)
2nd Room: Housepitality
(Kontrol, Love Letters)
(Smash hit, Nightlight, Moniker)
(Housepitality, Om Records)
(Under-appreciated, Om Records)
PUBLIC WORKS SF
161 Erie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Info: +1 415-932-0955
Pre-sales available at http://cityfox.eventbrite.com/