The Feel Sessions by Robert Oleysyck

Robert Oleysyck

A mix show by legendary Las Vegas DJ, Robert Oleysyck, featuring emotive music, outstanding programming, and dynamic mixing from a variety of progressive, house, and electronica music styles.
Greetings, and welcome to The Feel Sessions! I've been doing this show on ProtonRadio.com for many years, and am now bringing it to you via Podcast direct from Las Vegas.

Depending on how I feel, you might hear Progressive House, Tech House, Electro, Breaks, Indie . . . deep or energetic . . . melodic or moody . . . I've always believed that good music is good music, regardless of genre or style.

I'll be uploading brand new mixes, recent mixes, and classics from the archives, so stay tuned!


The Feel Sessions: Episode 081: Voyager
Sep 14 2020
The Feel Sessions: Episode 081: Voyager
I recorded this mix earlier this year, and as some of you know, it premiered on DJ Sense’s YouTube Channel, Casa Del Soul / VidMixxTV as a full length video. It took me over 50 hours to shop, gather, organize, produce, and edit the video to this mix, so if you haven’t checked it out, you an find it on my YouTube channel, Robert Oleysyck Creations - I promise you won’t be disappointed. It’s a journey through space and time, so that’s why I call it “Voyager.”Part of the reason that I haven’t been keeping up with this podcast is because I’ve really been working on re-inventing myself, as I think many people are doing in these uncertain times. What’s my new re-incarnation gonna be, you might ask? I’m currently in a re-branding phase, pivoting to a creative agency that handles photography, filming, video production and editing, audio engineering and voice over… an all-in creative solution so to speak. So I’ve been gearing up, training and practicing, especially with video. I’ve already started some personal passion projects in this regard, so stay tuned to my social media for new content, including brand videos, travel videos, and especially, time lapses.Instagram is where I’m most active, so if you’d like to keep up with my creative effrots, follow me at The Feel Sessions is available wherever you get your podcasts, so please subscribe, tell your friends and share the vibes. If you enjoy the show, please consider rating or leaving a review on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, or your podcast app, as it really helps!Thanks. I’d love to hear from you! If you have any suggestions for topics you’d like me to discuss, favorite tracks, or just to say hi, get in touch at thefeelsessions@gmail.com. As always, I hope you find some joy and inspiration, and especially now, a sonic escape.Enjoy.Tiempo de Maldad - Danser Sans Fumer (Inclan Remix), Andreas Balicki - Circles (Sascha Cawa Remix), Rufus Du Sol - Underwater (Adam Port Remix), The Checkup & Deeleegenz - My Kingdom (Original Mix), Menshen - Mynta (Original Mix), Gavin Froome f. Golden Ears - Don’t Come Home (The Revenge Mix), Bedouin - Wastelands (Original Mix), Navar - You Find (Extended Mix), Navar - You Find (Dmitry Molosh Remix), Yotto - Chemicals (Original Mix), Baile - Amae (Sasha Fabric2099 Mix), Maceo Plex f. Paradigm Shift - Mutant Pulse, Remake - Blade Runner (Maceo Plex Renaissance Remix), Township Rebellion - Monocloque (Original Mix), Henry Saiz & Cora Novoa - Golden Dawn (Brynjolfur Dream Mix), Tilt f. Paul van Dyk - Rendezvous (Orkidea Remix), Libra presents Taylor - Anomaly: Calling Your Name (Ferry Corsten Remix)
The Feel Sessions: Episode 080: Flashback: Carbon 002 (2002)
Apr 1 2020
The Feel Sessions: Episode 080: Flashback: Carbon 002 (2002)
In the previous episode, I talked about how progressive house had turned to a darker, somewhat ominous sound in the early 2000’s. Throughout my DJ career, I’ve seen the ebbs and flows of underground music shift through various phases of vibrations, often reacting with an opposite pull to what’s happening in the more mainstream music environments of the time. For this partciular period from around 2001 through 2006… let’s call it the “Delta Heavy” phase, named after Sasha & Digweed’s Delta Heavy Tour. Characterized by moody vibes, dark textures, atonal sounds, trippy effects, narrative style vocals, tribal tones, and driving, heavily percussive rhythms, I honestly loved this period of underground progressive house. You can hear many of these influences in today’s Techno, Progressive House, and Tech House productions.This mix was meant to compliment and contrast the more mainstream appraoch of Carbon 001, which, if you refer back to Episode 79, was intended to be a crossover mix in an attempt to bridge the gap between the mainstream and the underground.One of the tracks that never left my crate during this era, was Pablo Gargano’s “Gangsta” on EVE recordings UK, because it used an infamous sample from the movie, “Goodfellas.”The Feel Sessions is available wherever you get your podcasts, so please subscribe, tell your friends and share the vibes. If you enjoy the show, please consider rating or leaving a review on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, or your podcast app, as it really helps!Thanks. I’d love to hear from you! If you have any suggestions for topics you’d like me to discuss, favorite tracks, or just to say hi, get in touch at thefeelsessions@gmail.com. So, remastered, and slowed down a few notches, here’s Carbon 002. As always, I hope you find some joy and inspiration, and especially now, a sonic escape.Enjoy.Rigby & Oliver - Human, Piece Process - Adrenalin, John Debo - Rising, Mike G - Bellslut, Fatal - Turn of Time, Lexicon Avenue - Why R U Here, Pablo Gargano - Gangsta, Solar Stone - Seven Cities, DKMA - The Rocket, Red Moon - Lucky, Paper Nation - Watersnake, Samaya Painters - Wasteland
The Feel Sessions: Episode 079: Flashback: Carbon 001 Crossover (2002)
Mar 26 2020
The Feel Sessions: Episode 079: Flashback: Carbon 001 Crossover (2002)
The year was 2002, and by this time, the HipHop takeover was in full swing. The hey days of the rave scene and the global house music movement had seemed to peak, at least in terms of its’ mainstream appeal. But, there were still many of us trying to keep it viable in a crossover nightclub environment. Back then, the glory days of Utopia were gone, with venues like The Drink, and the brand new Rain at the Palms taking over. The struggling C2K nightclub in the Venetian was primed for a takeover, and that’s exactly what we set out to do. My Aussie friend Adam Ward and I laid out plans to transform the space into a haven for those of us still craving to have house music properly represented in a large Vegas venue, and we named the night “Carbon.” Yeah, we were trying to get fancy and philosophical, because Carbon is the common element found in all known life forms, so we thought it would be a good name that had layers of meaning behind it.By this time, progressive house was beginning to take a darker and more minimal stance, and you could say that this movement was ultimately represented by Sasha & Digweed’s “Delta Heavy” tour, which, for those of you who were around back then, had a stop in Vegas, at the very same venue… C2K.Personally, I loved this sound, but as underground dance music often does, it had evolved into a backlash against what was happening in the mainstream music environment at the time, and proved to be too much of a stretch, and unpalatable for the casual underground dance music fan.So, we tried to come up with a blend of mainstreamy and underground dance music that would appeal to a wide audience, playing crossover house music, discohouse, and remixes, while going deeper into progressive as the night went on. We even incorporated live performance acts, like a guy doing Tai-Chi on stage! But, alas, timing is everything. The landscape and conditions just weren’t right. The musical zeitgeist had moved on, at least in terms of hosting a dance music only night in a large space.The Feel Sessions is available wherever you get your podcasts, so please subscribe, tell your friends and share the vibes. If you enjoy the show, please consider rating or leaving a review on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, or your podcast app, as it really helps!Thanks. I’d love to hear from you! If you have any suggestions for topics you’d like me to discuss, new favorite tracks, or just to say hi, get in touch at thefeelsessions@gmail.com. So, here we go with my flashback mix, Carbon Crossover 001, recorded from vinyl on May 15th, 2002, featuring Full Intention, Modjo, Deep Swing, remixes of No Dobut and Garbage, plus an awesome Lighthouse cover from the 80’s that I had forgotten about, “Hey Little Girl”Up first, it’s AB Boulevard’s “Point of View” followed by Moony’s “Dove”, right here, on the feel sessions.As always, I hope you find some joy and inspiration, and especially now, a sonic escape.Enjoy.AB Boulevard - Point of ViewMoony - DoveFull Intention - I’ll Be WaitingSolaris - SunshineUsher - You Don’t Have To CallModjo - LadyC-Mos - Calling All CarsGerardo - AmericanaDeep Swing - In The MusicGreenhouse - CaravanMathias Ware - Hey Little GirlNo Doubt - Hella GoodGarbage - Cherry Lips
The Feel Sessions: Episode 078: Live at Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball
Nov 23 2019
The Feel Sessions: Episode 078: Live at Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball
In this episode, I talk about what I've been up to this past summer, including my experience as the Music Director for Spiegelworld's Atomic Saloon Show, photography in Scotland, and my video production pursuits.Tonight's mix is from my recent show at the Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball, in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas.My goal for this set was to enhance the Halloween vibe, and create a haunting, moody and driving soundstage, a perfect setup for some menacing Tech House, Techno, and Progressive, on a big, proper sound system, with some recent bangers, and dashes of classic remakes, including Underworld, the Blade Runner theme, Nightmare from Brainbug, and a couple of unforgettable sample layers.So, I’d love to hear from you! If you have any suggestions for topics you’d like me to discuss, new favorite tracks, or just to say hi, get in touch at thefeelsessions@gmail.com. The Feel Sessions is available wherever you get your podcasts, so please subscribe, tell your friends and share the vibes. If you enjoy the show, please consider rating or leaving a review on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, or your podcast app, as it really helps!Thanks. deck, I’ve got Hot Since 82 f. Jem Cooke, the classic Timo Maas Remix of “Dooms Night” by Azzido Da Bass, some D-Nox & Beckers, Tube & Berger, Olivier Giacomotto, and Noir.Up first, it’s the killer “Dinamo” track by Birdee.As always, I hope you find some joy and inspiration.Birdee - Dinamo (Robert Oleysyck IntroEdit Remaster), Azzido Da Bass - Dooms Night (Timo Maas Remix), Trancesetters - Roaches (Peace Division Remix) (Sample Layer), Giom - Love/Hate (Lonely Boy Black & White Mix), Hot Since 82 f. Jem Cooke - Buggin’, Justin Massei - Nothing Can Hide (Dave Seaman Remix), Township Rebellion - Monocloque, Pete Lazonby - Sacred Cycles (Adam Beyers/Bart Skills/Layton Giordani Renaissance Remix), Underground Sound of Lisbon - So Get Up (Acapella), Remake - Blade Runner (Maceo Plex Renaissance Remix), Underworld - Born Slippy (Andrew Meller Reincarnation Remix), Cassim - Dances with Wolves (Chus & Ceballos Remix), Olivier Giacomotto & Noir - Reste (Raxon Remix), Brainbug - Nightmare (Pleasurekraft Remix), Tube & Berger - International Corporate Motherfuckers (Original Mix), Xiaha Troden - Mira Negra (D-Nox & Beckers Remix), Disclosure f. Aluna George - White Noise (Sample Layer), Adrian Hour - Love Something, Golden Girls - Kinetic (Prok & Fitch Golden Shower Remix)
The Feel Sessions: Episode 076: Flashback: The Funky Ezekiel (1995)
Apr 18 2019
The Feel Sessions: Episode 076: Flashback: The Funky Ezekiel (1995)
Let’s set the stage… The year was 1995 and I was the resident DJ at the Palladium, probably the biggest nightclub Las Vegas has ever seen, and I was also playing part time at the legendary Shark Club. I had an Apple Macintosh Performa 630, Bill Clinton was in office, I had my very first cell phone, a Motorla m300 flip complete with an extending antenna and a bulky battery, and eBay was first launched.At the time, I had a Sclat 8 DJ mixer by Spanish manufactuer Ecler, an exquisite full size 19” rack mounted mixer that featured a modular console build, 110 mm faders and a whopping 16 inputs. I still have this mixer in storage by the way! Plus a Pioneer AV Receiver hooked up to some janky JBL home theater speakers where I had replaced the tweeters with horns, and three dual cassette decks so I could record and dub copies. I think they were made by Pioneer or JVC. Remember, this was about 5 years before I would start using Pro Tools. All this was assembled in my bedroom on a set of garage style shelving units that I got at Home Depot.Breakbeat was a dominant part of the underground electronic music landscape, and since Pulp Fiction was a huge part of the pop culture zeitgeist, it was only natural that I used Samuel L. Jackson’s infamous Ezekiel 25:17 speech from the soundtrack as an intro… hence the name of the mix, The Funky Ezekiel.Recorded on the highest bias metal cassette tape I could buy at the time at Tower Records, I had to do multiple takes to get the intro to line up with the big snare on the first track just the way I wanted it. And, since this was before I was using any kind of digital audio editor, if I fucked up, or if the mix wasn’t up to my perfectionist nature, I had to start all over, which I often did.At the time, I was living in a vintage house near the Stratosphere, and one of my roommates was Greg Ryan, the founder of Scope, an alternative monthly magazine newspaper that would later evolve into The Las Vegas Weekly. He’s the one who turned me on to Adobe Illustrator. I would buy blank, white, high bias cassette tapes, cassette cases, and Avery cassette labels, all in bulk. I then created the artwork for my mixtapes, printing out the cassette stickers and J-cards. By the way, special thanks to Greg for giving me my start in Graphic Design. I would crank these tapes out by the hundreds, giving them out to everyone, and eventually mailing them out, which in turn led to my first out of town DJ booking in Denver. More on that on another episode when I feature Seoul Searching, a mix from 1996.Featuring a bevy of tracks that defined the early to mid 90’s West Coast Breaks scene from artists like The Bass Bin Twins, Jedi Knights, Hard Hop Heathen (aka Omar Santana), Josh Wink (only known as Wink at the time,) and The Chemical Brothers! Hell, The Chemical Brothers weren’t even The Chemical Brothers back then. They were first known as The Dust Brothers. Naming themselves after the production duo famous for their work with The Beastie Boys, once they started to get international recognition, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons were forced to change their name after objections were filed by The Dust Brothers themselves. A Big part of the West Coast Breaks scene and underground house music in general at the time, was Acid, that unique, squelchy, alien sound produced by the infamous Roland TB-303. And without going into a dissertation about Roland, this Japanese manufactuer’s 808 and 909 drum machines are staples of many music genres today, including Dance and Hip Hop.Music was produced and mixed quite differently back then, and there are limitations to how much bass and bottom end a vinyl pressing will handle. Engineers, even to this day, have to master for vinyl differently than digital, as too much bass can literally skip the needle out of the groove! But, since we’re in the digital domain here, I remastered the mix, giving it a lot more bottom end, and a touch of sheen on the tops, using the UAD Neve 1073 EQ, the Virtual Tape Machine by Slate Digital, and the Waves L3 Ultramaximizer.One of the descriptive terms I touched on earlier is breaks, which is short for breakbeat. So, what is a breakbeat? Well, most house music is written in a 4/4 time signature, in fact, the vast majority of music that we’re familiar with in the Western world is 4/4. But specifically to house music, there’s a variant that’s sometimes known as four to the floor, which means that there’s a kick drum on every beat of the measure… four kicks, in four beats which is a measure. Breakbeats on the other hand, in it’s simplest form, only have 2 kicks in a measure, on the downbeats, 1 and 3, alternating with the snare on the 2 and 4 counts. Now, there are tons of variations and syncopations, but that’s the basic framework. Now, house music is typified by a 4/4 beat, it’s one of the defining characteristics of the genre… that relentless thump that pushes the energy forward. And like I talked about in episode 74, it’s also the foundation of Disco, which is really where the four on the floor beat was first popularized, and then somewhat carried through in 80’s New Wave, reflecting the movement towards electronic beats. Not that it wasn’t used before at all, but if you listen back to the history of recorded music, it’s all about breakbeats… everything from Jazz, Big Band, Country, Soul, Motown, Funk, Classic Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Grunge, Metal, and Top 40. And genres like freestyle, triphop, and drum & bass are defined by breakbeats.But, since electronic music draws on so many genres and structures, why not incorporate breaks into the house music landscape? Breaks are funky! They just make you wanna sway your hips and shake yer ass, right?! Samuel Jackson - Ezekiel 25:17 (Pulp Fiction Soundtrack), Tales From The Woodshed Vol 2 - Brainclag [Cloak & Dagger UK], XCalibur - Higher [Orbit Transmissions US], Dust Brothers - DustUp Beats [Junior Boy’s Own UK], Rebirth - Go Off [Bassex US], Bass Bin Twins - Untitled Track 2 [BassBin Records], Hard Hop Heathen - Ohterior Motive [Tricked Out US], Anoesis - Trouble Down Groove [DFusion US], Hard Hop Heathen - Free Bass [Tricked Out US], Pizzaman - Sex On The Streets [Pulse8 US], Bass Bin Twins - Untitled Track 1 [BassBin Records], Bitin’ Back - She’s Breaking Up [Fokus US], Earth Trance Interlude - Lunatrick [Silent US], Wink - Higher State of Consciousness [Strictly Rhythm US], Jedi Knights - Intergalactic Funk Transmission [Clear UK], Stella Getz - Dr. Love [Mega UK], Mindwarp - Too [Stress UK] As always, I hope you find some joy and inspiration.
The Feel Sessions: Epsiode 075: Celebrating 100,000 Downloads
Mar 14 2019
The Feel Sessions: Epsiode 075: Celebrating 100,000 Downloads
It's a hallmark occasion, and although I’ve been doing this show for much longer, The Feel Sessions as a podcast officially turned 8 years old recently. Filled with over 130 hours of content and well over 3 times that in logged production hours, I’m extremely proud to announce that this very show now has over 100 thousand downloads! Damn people!!To all of my loyal listeners, fans, followers and subscribers, I give you a warm, heartfelt, and sincere thank you. I appreciate each and every one of you for your support, kind words, and spending some of your valuable time with me on my musical and personal journey, and although I can’t see you, I can feel your smiling faces and love coming back to me through the wires. People like Reann, Tanya, Terry, Sarah, Adam, Chad, Danny, Vanessa, Jen, Ira, Jeff, and so many more wonderful boys and girls out there … I wish I could give a shout out to each and every one of you, and give you a big fat hug too. I hope I’ve given you a sonic escape, a bit of insight, and maybe a few laughs… but most of all, joy and inspiration. Humbly, I’m grateful to be in all of your orbits. Right on! So, there’s a huge misconception out there that Djing is easy. They might say things like, “you’re just pressing buttons,” or “oh, you get to play music for a living, how fun!” And while these statements are partially true, I’m here to tell you that when done properly, it’s NOT easy. There’s a lot of hard work, time and dedication that goes on in the background, in preparation for what we do as DJs that’s hidden under the surface and behind the scenes.One of the biggest jobs for a DJ is taking on the role of a librarian - a curator. Obtaining, downloading, buying, sifting, collecting, classifying, organizing, tagging and integrating new music is a massive undertaking! And keeping track of so much music to be able to recall it at a moment’s notice is the ultimate goal.Now, I definitely take things to another level, A) because of my background music service company, Auratunes, where I provide custom playlists for businesses like restaurants, bars, and retail stores, and B) because I’m just a nerdy freak that loves to get super granular on details. But believe me, all that work and preparation pays off.Sometimes, I get tracks that may not work in the context and flow of one of my DJ sets right now. But I’ll classify and tag them with descriptive terms that will help me find them in the future, especially because it’s hard to recall each and every track by artist and title alone.Tagging the comments field with adjectives and adverbs that I can search for in the meta data, like melodic, chunky, funky, moody, thick, light, tight, breaks, lazy, aggressive, sexy, proggy, uplifting, deep… you get the idea, or even including what instruments or sounds that are used in a track, like saxophone, rhodes, arpy, 303, 808, 16th hats, full vocals, etc., lays the groundwork and foundation for future DJ sets when the mood strikes or circumstances arise.Here’s a tip for all you DJ’s out there. Try to come up with descriptions that are unique, so that those tags are easier to find when doing a search. These can be contractions, acronyms, or even made up words that don’t normally occur.For example, let’s say I’m searching my library for progressive house. Well, the words progressive and house will probably show up in other fields that you may not be interested in seeing, like the album or title. But, if you shorten it and eliminate the space between the words into proghouse, it will narrow your search to exactly what you’re looking for. We all think differently, so it’s all about organization and coming up with a system that makes sense for you.Today’s mix is a perfect example of all of this behind the scenes work. While some of these tracks are brand spanking new, half of them are a few if not several years old… I might not have discovered them until recently, or I might have been storing them in my physical and mental library, ready to put ‘em on deck when it suited the vibe, sound, and programming placement I’m feeling at the time. So, I’ve assembled a a little journey starting off with breaks and then progressing into nudisco and house tracks that lend themselves to a chunky breakbeat type of vibe… with some old and some new, featuring samples of Blondie, The Notorious B.I.G., Janet Jackson, and even Herb Alpert. And then, as an added bonus (I was in the moment and feeling the mix), I top it all off with some of my all time favorite progressive jams from what I think is one of the glorious periods of Progressive House, the mid to late 2000s, with Satoshi Tommie, Arno Cost, Dinka, and Sebastien Leger.If you’re interested in my voice over services for commercials, narration, business or documentaries, please visit www.robertvox.comComing up, a tasty dreamy gem by Be Svendsen called Andromeda, which I just can’t get enough of at the moment, and a laid back, funky remix of a classic by Sound 5 called The Hacienda Must Be ReBuilt. Later in the show, we’ll hear from Discotron, Dr. Packer, Jay-J, Miguel Migs, Lisa Shaw, Birdee, and one of my top ten favorite producers of all time, Spirit Catcher. Right now, it’s a fresh, updated version of an epic 1999 monster, Greece 2000 by Three Drives On A Vinyl. All you Utopia heads will definitely remember this one. Remixed by Sebastian Davidson & Melosense, it morphs this trance classic into a cool, modern chill-out track that sounds great at a wide variety of tempos, and it’s definitely one of the best remixes of this track, ever.So, I hope you enjoy the show, and as always, I hope you all find some joy and inspiration.Three Drives On A Vinyl - Greece 2000 (Sebastian Davidson & Melosense Extended Remix), Be Svendsen - Andromeda, Sound 5 - The Hacienda Must Be ReBuilt (Cosmic Me Remix), Jay C - Fab Freddy Said (Peter Horrevorts Remix), Discotron - Slicker Than You Average, Spirit Catcher f. Mr Renard - Final Call, Jean Bacarreza, Base On - Back 2 Basicz, Paul Harris - Glow of Love (Giom Remix), Jay-J & Sean Bass - Be Good (Jay-J's Shifted up Mix), Monte - You Should Know, Lisa Shaw f. Miguel MIgs - Falling (Miguel Migs Salted Vocal), Miguel Migs - Down To It, Birdee f. Steee Downes - Your Power, NTEIBINT - I Do, Club 84 - Sophie (Michael Cassette Mix), Satoshi Tommie - Glow (Spirit Catcher Remix), Arno Cost - Cyan, Dinka - My Love Will Surround You, Arno Cost & Norman Doray - Apocalypse (Sebastien Leger Remix),
The Feel Sessions: Episode 074: Something Disco
Feb 14 2019
The Feel Sessions: Episode 074: Something Disco
Ya know, I’ve always had a soft spot for Disco… yes, Disco from the 1970’s. Although I was too young to truly experience this era of music, nor was I nearly old enough to get into Studio 54, I did hear my parent’s playing it on their 8-track in the family station wagon. In particular, I recall a period where Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls” album was in heavy rotation. Yeah, my parents, like most of America, had a brief stint with Disco - it was everywhere, a pop and cultural phenomenon… you couldn’t avoid it.. my Mom even had a curly perm! As my DJ career grew throughout the 90’s, I discovered more and more about this often maligned genre, and came to embrace it heavily. Whether it was a mobile DJ gig, a wedding, a corporate event, or even open format nightclubs back then, Disco always meant one thing - FUN. It just has a way of galvanizing people with a universal appeal, and you could always count on these records to get the crowd up and going, and dancing, which was a huge part of Disco culture itself. Now, coming up with a definitive top ten list is almost impossible for me, on any topic, and I’m definitely not a connoisseur of the genre, for that, I’d have to defer to my friends Patrick Labbate and Jeff Kutash, but some that come to mind right away are Funkytown by Lipps Inc., Donna Summer’s “Last Dance”, Shalamar’s “The Second Time Around”, and one that I can definitely without a doubt put in my top 10 Disco records of all time, “Come To Me” by France Joli, on Polydor Records, 1979.In July of 1979 at Comiskey Park in Chicago, the glory days of disco came crashing down when a crate filled with disco records was blown up on the baseball field between doubleheader games. Now, I’m not gonna go into a deep dive about the history of disco, but my point is this: no matter how you feel about Disco, we wouldn’t have house music without it. Out of the ashes of disco, and fused with a host of other influences and styles, House Music emerged in the early 80’s, and has never stopped evolving since, and ironically, Chicago is credited with being the birthplace of House Music, in the very same city where it’s predecessor died.Even to this day, old disco records are sampled and used in modern productions, especially in the genre, yes, you guessed it, DiscoHouse.So, in this mix, I’ve got a set of groovy, feel-good disco tinged house and nu-disco.Remember, The Feel Sessions is available wherever you get your podcasts, so please subscribe, tell your friends and share the vibes. You can support the show by rating or leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or iTunes, as it really helps me out and it’ll only take a minute. Thank you. if you’re interested in my voice over services, please visit www.robertvox.comAs always, I hope you all find some joy, love, and inspiration.Modjo - Lady (Hear Me Tonight), Calvin Harris f. Sam Smith - Promises (Mousse T.'s Extended Disco Shizzle Remix), Bertrand Burgalat - Icare (Yuksek Remix), Tensnake - Freundchen, Shakedown - At Night (Purple Disco Machine Extended Remix), The Shapeshifters - Lola’s Theme Recut (Superlover Remix), Moon Rocket - Intro, Kevin Yost - Messing With My Soul (Brian Tappert Re-Work), Domestic Technology - Here We Go Again (Bollow Remix), Angelo Ferreri - I’m Talking To You, Saison - Moments, Dirty Disco & Adam Nova - Together, Lou Rawls - You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (Kenny Summit, Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper’s Unreleased Anthem)
The Feel Sessions: Episode 073: Underground Vibes
Jan 29 2019
The Feel Sessions: Episode 073: Underground Vibes
What’s up boys and girls, Robert Oleysyck here, and welcome to episode 73 of the Feel Sessions, this time, with some fresh beats and underground vibes.You know when you hear a new song, and it just immediately grabs you and just pushes your hot button? That’s how I felt when I heard “It Makes You Forget” by Peggy Gou, a Berlin based Korean DJ and producer (YAY!) There’s just something about this track that I can’t get enough of… I mean, it just has everything… it’s groovy, it’s percussive, it’s dreamy, it has drive and emotion, it has a DOPE female Brazilian vocal that’s just so hot and sexy, AND a hint of acid? Faaack. … it’s a perfect combo!Anyway, you’ll hear it about halfway through the mix, followed up by “Ultimatum,” Disclosure’s latest, a vibey track with an AfroTribal twist and some juicy Rhodes organs. HOTAnd then, it’s the latest from Audiojack, with his remix of Made by Pete called “So Long,” with a ridiculously haunting vocal by Jem Cooke. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s the new hotness by Ferreck Dawn & Robosonic, “In My Arms” with infectious piano and vocal loops.Dang, I can listen to this grouping of tracks back to back on repeat all day.Plus, we’ll hear a moody ditty from Little Dragon, a Kraftwerk remake by Joey Negro, Kevin Yost, and some flashbacks by Maceo Plex, Tiga, Audion, Solomun, Depeche Mode, Eric Prydz, and a Radiohead remix by Gigamesh. DID YOU JUST SAY RADIOHEAD? yup.Remember, The Feel Sessions is available wherever you get your podcasts, so please subscribe, tell your friends and share the vibes. Please consider taking the time to rate or leave a review on Apple Podcasts or iTunes, as it really helps me out and it’ll only take a minute. Thank you. if you’re interested in my voice over services, please visit www.robertvox.comUp first, it’s the club mix of Ben Pearce, “What I Might Do” right now, on The Feel Sessions.As always, I hope you all find some joy, love, and inspiration.Ben Pearce - What I Might Do (Club Mix), Little Dragon - Little Man (Dead Blonde Remix), Joey Negro - It’s More Fun To Compute, Ray Okpara - Satin Curtain (Kevin Yost Remix), Miguel Migs f. Bebel Gilberto - Zuzu, Peggy Gou - It Makes You Forget (Itgehane), Disclosure f. Fatoumata Diawara - Ultimatum, Made By Pete f. Jem Cooke - So Long (Audiojack Remix), Ferric Dawn & Robosonic - In My Arms, Martin Dawson f. Nichols Ryan Grant - Think About It (Maceo Plex Remix), Tiga vs. Audion - Let’s Go Dancing (Solomun Remix), Radiohead - Everything In Its Right Place (Gigamesh Discotech Remix), Depeche Mode - Never Let Me Down (Eric Prydz Remix), Moby - Go (end sample) The Feel Sessions is presented by Auratunes, a team dedicated to making your commercial space feel good, with custom background music playlists, curated especially for you, that compliment and enhance your business. Whether it's a restaurant, retail store, or casino floor, Auratunes takes your background music to the next level. Find out more, at Auratunes.com.
The Feel Sessions: Episode 072: Best of 2018 Part 2
Jan 11 2019
The Feel Sessions: Episode 072: Best of 2018 Part 2
Now, I need to clarify that, just because some of these tracks may be a little older, I include them here because I first learned about them in 2018 and played them a lot in my live sets. I believe that new music is what’s new to me in the moment, regardless of when it was released. It’s the act of discovery that keeps us young at heart.One of my absolute favorites from last year was “Ghosts” by Henry Saiz and Band, and I couldn’t resist playing two different mixes of this track because they’re just so damn good. Off of his recent “Human” album that was crowdfunded on KickStarter, it’s a supreme effort of collaboration that aims to sonically capture the vibe of different locations around the world, including Australia which is portrayed in this song, Dubai, Kenya, Saigon, Joshua Tree California, and even Antarctica… whoa, what was that trip like? The project took a year and a half to complete. You all know that I’m a huge fan of Henry Saiz, so I encourage you to watch the behind the scenes videos on YouTube and support the project on bandcamp.com. Remember, The Feel Sessions is available wherever you get your podcasts, so please subscribe, tell your friends and share the vibes. Please consider taking the time to rate or leave a review on Apple Podcasts or iTunes, as it really helps me out and it’ll only take a minute. Thank you. if you’re interested in my voice over services, please visit www.robertvox.comIn this mix, you’ll hear some of my highlights from 2018, including some Indie Pop by Elise Trouw, one of my favorite discoveries of the year, a groovy 80’s soul track by Central Line, Disclosure’s take on Al Green, an inspirational remix of Empire Of The Sun, and some chunky, arpy monsters by Oliver, ZHU, and even Kate Bush… plus FM-84, an amazing Synth Wave artist that summons the glory days of 80’s SynthPop and New Wave.Starting off, it’s Mayer Hawthorne’s cover of Chromeo, When The Night Falls - right here, on The Feel Sessions.As always, I hope you all find some joy, love, and inspiration.(Background Intro Music) Robert Oleysyck - Tannhäuser Trip (Unreleased), Mayer Hawthorne - When The Night Falls (Robert Oleysyck EQ IntroEdit), Elise Trouw - Target, Central Line - Walking Into Sunshine (Robert Oleysyck ReMaster IntroEdit), Disclosure & Al Green - Feel Like I Do (I’m Still In Love With You), Mansionair - Astronaut (Something About Your Love), Empire Of The Sun - Celebrate (Styalz Fuego’s Windows 95 Remix), ZHU f. Tame Impala - My Life, The Phantoms f. Vérité - Just A Feeling (Love Thy Brother Remix), Tony Disco - Disco Solar, Oliver - Space & Sound, Henry Saiz & Band - Ghosts (Original Mix), Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill (Louis La Roche Remix), Henry Saiz & Band - Ghosts (Aux Tha Masterfader Street Dance Mix), FM-84 - Mainframe • The Feel Sessions is presented by Auratunes, a team dedicated to making your commercial space feel good, with custom background music playlists, curated especially for you, that compliment and enhance your business. Whether it's a restaurant, retail store, or casino floor, Auratunes takes your background music to the next level. Find out more, at Auratunes.com.Thanks for tuning in everyone. Remember to visit TheFeelSessions.com to download or stream any of these shows, and get full access to all the past episodes. Please tell your friends, and subscribe in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts… say hi on The Feel Sessions Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram, and let me know how you feel! Until next time, I hope you all found some joy and inspiration. Now pass it on.
The Feel Sessions: Episode 071: Best of 2018 Part 1
Dec 24 2018
The Feel Sessions: Episode 071: Best of 2018 Part 1
Why does time seem to move at a much slower pace when we’re children, going by faster and faster as we age? One explanation is that as children, we’re filled with new experiences and new information all the time, which later becomes familiar - losing this intensity of perception. Time seems to slow down when we’re exposed to new environments and experiences. So with this in mind, I can tell you it’s been a long year, but in a very very good way. Filled with newness, excitement, promise, creativity and productivity, I’ve spent this past year traveling more than ever, exploring my passion for photography, and venturing down two new career paths.So, here’s the scoop!I recently launched my new career as a voice over artist! Yes, you heard me right… voice acting, voice over… whatever you wanna call it, I’ve been studying, training and receiving professional coaching over the past 2 years at The Voice Actors Studio, right here in Las Vegas, under the tutelage of Melissa Moats and company. And I’m proud to announce that I was just added to their staff as a trainer and coach, specifically for audio engineering, studio setups, and as a Mac expert. If you’re interested in voiceover, THIS is the place to go. Check out www.thevoiceactorstudio.com.For those of you who’ve been following my podcast for a long time, you probably noticed that at a certain point, I started talking, which I had never done before on the show. Well, that’s right around the time I started down the path of taking voice over seriously.So, if you, your friends or colleagues need a professional voice over for just about ANYTHING, including commercials, documentaries, internal business videos, video games, Kickstarter campaigns, eLearning, product launches, real estate videos, charitable organizations… whatever! I’m your man!Go to my new website right now, RobertVox.com, where you can listen to all of my demos and find out more about me, my studio and gear, and let me know what you think! That’s Robert V O X dot com. You did’t think I was gonna let you get off that easy did ya? So here’s my documentary voice over demo reel.Now, If you go to the Showcase page, you can see a video of one of my recent voiceover projects for A Mob Story, a brand new theatrical show at The Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas. It’s a musical and dance adaptation of the history of the mob in Las Vegas,featuring the life of Michael Franzese, an actual former capo of the Colombo Crime family. It reveals the unique and compelling story of crime, loss, redemption and love. Which brings me to my next bit of news… I’m the Music Director for A Mob Story… responsible for music selection, audio production, editing, FX, sound design, AND mixing and mastering! It’s been an almost two year process and I’m just so proud and honestly, downright honored that they entrusted me to contribute my creative visions and sonic sensibilities to the arc and fabric of the show. I owe it all to director, producer, and choreographer Jeff Kutash, who just happens to be an Emmy and Golden Globe award winner. He just gets it, and we had such a great time collaborating and exchanging ideas.All of my work was done off site, right here at Auratunes, so when I first saw the finalized production (complete with lighting, costumes, and an updated sound system), I was giggling with delight, and honestly, I was choked up with emotion to see the result of our hard work and efforts. So, I hope you’ll all be as moved when you see it, and hear it for yourself.Get your tickets now at the Plaza Hotel website or AMobStoryLV.com. It’s the show you can’t refuse. Visit Auratunes.com to check out my audio production and music services. And last but not least, travel and photography. I’ve been taking pictures ever since I was a little boy, and had a knack for it right away. It wasn’t until the age of 13 that I got my first “real” camera, a Minolta X-570 SLR, but once music and DJing found me in my first year of college, that went by the wayside, until last year when I got the bug again and picked up a Sony Alpha A7ii, a mirrorless full frame camera, and now, I’ve got photography on the brain. Seattle, an Alaskan cruise, Zion National Park, Page Arizona, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon, and even Mt. Charleston, Red Rock Canyon, and local parks right in my own back yard, I’ve been fortunate to have time to explore these areas, and so grateful for the wonderful sights and experiences I’ve had with friends and family. You can check out my photographic adventures on Instagram or Flickr, and I look forward to reading your comments.Let’s get to some tunes shall we? Since it’s been almost 9 months since my last episode, I thought it would be appropriate to do a best of 2018, so that’s exactly what I’m a gonna do. Here’s some of my favorite crossover tracks from the last year or so, including Miguel Migs, Calvin Harris, Disclosure, Zhu, Portugal The Man, a couple of great 70’s era remixes, and Birdee. I’ll probably do part 2 in a few weeks.Remember, The Feel Sessions is available wherever you get your podcasts, so please subscribe, tell your friends and share the vibes. Please consider taking the time to rate or leave a review on Apple Podcasts or iTunes. It really helps me out and it’ll only take a minute. Thank you. first, it’s a remix of Pete Heller’s classic anthem from 1999, Big Love, reworked and updated by Dr. Packer, Traxsource’s #1 NuDisco Artist, for a second year in a row. Congratulations mate! Thanks for tuning in everybody. Happy Holidays, best wishes for the new year, and I hope you all find some joy, love, and inspiration.Pete Heller’s Big Love - Big Love (Dr. Packer Extended Remix), Disco Incorporated f. Earth Wind & Fire - Fire Groove, C. Da Afro - Funk-O-Holic, Birdee f. Chloe Amber - Give Into Love, Miguel Migs f. Lisa Shaw - Waterfall, Sonny Fodera f. Yasmin - Feeling U (Deep Mix), Hector Couto & Santi Garcia f. Pablo Fierro - Let The Music Play (Giom Remix), Calvin Harris f. Dua Lipa - One Kiss (Denis First & Reznikov Remix), Disclosure - Boss, Ninetoes - Finder (Remastered), Andre Crom - Body Dreaming, Zhu - Guilty Love, Portugal The Man - Feel It Still (ZHU Remix), Birdee - Dynamo (Robert Oleysyck Remaster Edit), Misiu - All A Dream •The Feel Sessions is presented by Auratunes, a team dedicated to making your commercial space feel good, with custom background music playlists, curated especially for you, that compliment and enhance your business. Whether it's a restaurant, retail store, or casino floor, Auratunes takes your background music to the next level. Find out more, at Auratunes.com.
The Feel Sessions: Episode 070: Progressive
May 4 2018
The Feel Sessions: Episode 070: Progressive
Henry Saiz & Tentacle - The Prophetess (Brian Cid Remix), John Monkman - INAWIO, Jorgio Kioris - Linda, Jelly For The Babies - The Flow, Marc Marzenit - The Imaginary Trip To Hawaii (Dosem Remix), Sasha - Singularity (BAILE Remix), Kiko & Dave Davis f. Phoebe - Living In Space (Olivier Giacomotto Remix), Dousk & Jorgio Kioris - Ozaki 8 (Dousk Remix), Dee Montero - Polaris, Way Out West - Tuesday Maybe (Guy J Extended Mix), Kastis Torrau - Cold Water, Sous Sol - Floating (Martin Roth Remix), Sebastien Leger - La Danse Du Scorpion, Luzon - Manila Sunrise (Sharam Remix), Roma Moss f. Holy - Leaving Traces (Zoo Brazil Remix), Feu d’Or - Singapore (Martin Roth Remix), Matan Caspi - I’ll Be There, Domestic Technology - Here We Go Again (Bollo Remix), One of the reasons why I love Progressive House so much, is that, it tends to create a space that’s open to interpretation, waiting to be filled with imagery and ideas from your own imagination. Whether it’s a breathtaking landscape, an other worldly vista, or even a fractal, hypnotic mind trip into the vastness of the universe itself, Progressive House has a thoughtful, pensive nature that can transport you to another state of mind. The dictionary defines pensive as “engaged in, involving, or reflecting deep or serious thought.” On an emotional level, it often serves as a method of escapism, invoking a variety of moods from sexy and laid back, to fierce and energetic, at least, that’s my take on it.Before we dive in, a quick reminder… The Feel Sessions is available wherever you get your podcasts, so please subscribe, tell your friends and share the vibes. I’d really appreciate it if you could rate and leave a review on Apple Podcasts or iTunes. It helps the shows visibility, and it’ll only take a minute. Thank you. on Episode 70, it’s a mix featuring my progressive house picks. On deck, It’s the latest from Sasha, Jorgio Kioris, Jelly For The Babies, and Dousk. Later in the show, we’ll hear from Luzon, Sharam, Way Out West, Guy J, Martin Roth, and Zoo Brazil. Up first, it’s one of my favorites, Henry Saiz, this time with Tentacle, on a track called “The Prophetess”. As always, thanks for tuning in, and I hope you all find some joy and inspiration.The Feel Sessions is presented by Auratunes, a team dedicated to making your commercial space feel good, with custom background music playlists, curated especially for you, that compliment and enhance your business. Whether it's a restaurant, retail store, or casino floor, Auratunes takes your background music to the next level. Find out more, at Auratunes.com.Thanks for tuning in everyone. Remember to visit TheFeelSessions.com to download or stream any of these shows, and get full access to all the past episodes. Please tell your friends, and subscribe in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts… say hi on The Feel Sessions Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram, and let me know how you feel! Until next time, I hope you all found some joy and inspiration. Now pass it on.
The Feel Sessions: Episode 069: Live at Juicy Beets
Apr 25 2018
The Feel Sessions: Episode 069: Live at Juicy Beets
Robert Oleysyck - Indigo (unreleased), Au/Ra & CamelPhat - Panic Room (CamelPhat Club Mix), Downgrooves & Chris Sterio - Zen Moments (Robert Oleysyck Remix), Neverdogs - State of Blind, Quivver - Hype, Dennis Cruz - Cookies, Musumeci - Mood Organs, Stan Kolev - Forsaken, Dr. Kucho! - Hale Bopp, Robert Oleysyck - Acid Cloud (unreleased), John Moss f. Rozie Gyems & Tyrell - Mystic, Quivver & Funk D’Void - Dual State, Jelly For The Babies - The Flow, Marc Marzenit - The Imaginary Trip To Hawaii (Dosem Remix), German Brigante f. Thomas Gandey - And Forever, Nathan Barato - A Little Love, Here's a live set from my recent show at Juicy Beets in Las Vegas, where I debuted three of my latest productions. Indigo and Acid Cloud are original tracks, and Zen Moments is my remix that’s available now on Bonzai Progressive via Beatport, iTunes and Amazon. Thanks to Chris Sterio for giving me a shot at the mix. This was my first time playing at Juicy Beets, and I have to say, I love the space. The MNTRA boys do it right, with a great setup, sound system, friendly staff, and a nice, intimate vibe. This is definitely one of the best spots to experience underground dance music in Las Vegas, and I’m looking forward to coming back soon.Special thanks to Ryan Christian and AFS for having me as a guest, as well as the entire MNTRA crew.Remember, the Feel Sessions is available wherever you get your podcasts, so please subscribe, tell your friends and share the vibes. I’d also really appreciate it if you could rate and leave a review on iTunes. It helps the shows visibility, and it’ll only take a minute. Thank you. up first, it’s my original track, “Indigo” but first, a little background. I was about halfway through writing the melody and beats, and I remembered this interview that I heard on NPR, featuring a British neurologist by the name of Oliver Sacks. He believed that the brain is “the most incredible thing in the universe,” and experimented with a lot of medicinal plants and other drugs to treat his patients, as well as himself. What follows is a fascinating insight into his mind and experiences, and it just called to me, so I had to sample him. I’ve included a link in the description to find out more. here it is, Indigo, featuring Oliver Sacks, by yours truly. As always, thanks for tuning in, and I hope you all find some joy and inspiration.
The Feel Sessions: Episode 068: Romancing The Tone Volume 2
Apr 10 2018
The Feel Sessions: Episode 068: Romancing The Tone Volume 2
Capital Cities - Drifting, Justin Timberlake - Breeze Off The Pond, Pharrell f. Daft Punk - Gust Of Wind, Sandy H & Emma Brammer - Back In Time (Ben Macklin Remix), Saux f. Jeffrey James - Loving You More, Ben Pearce - What I Might Do (Kilter Remix), Bo Geste - Back Around (Mutron Remix), Aimes f. Javi - Take Me (Ben Macklin Remix), Maverick Sabre - I Need (Luis Leon Blue Sky Edit), Mike Taylor - Electric Feel, Disclosure f. London Grammar - Help Me Lose My Mind (Robert Oleysyck Edit), E1sbar - Du Jour (Extended Version), Rhye - The Fall (Maurice Fulton Remix), Lykke Li - Let It Fall (Robert Oleysyck Edit), RAC f. Katie Herzig - We Belong (Odesza Remix), Sofi Tukker - Drinkee (The Knocks Remix), Pherotone - My Baby, Misiu - All A Dream, Before we dive in, I’ve got some news and updates… I’ll be throwin’ down some underground vibes, and showcasing my latest original tracks and remixes, at a special event called “Classic Case” this Saturday April 14th at Juicy Beets in Las Vegas - alongside AFS and Ryan Christian. The show starts at 10pm and I’ll be spinning at 12:30, so I hope to see ya there.Also, I’m proud to announce that one of my remixes got released on Bonzai Progressive, one of my favorite labels. The track is called Zen Moments, by Downgrooves and Chris Sterio, and it's available everywhere, including Beatport, iTunes, and Amazon.So hey, can you do me a favor? I’m making an effort to increase the show’s profile and visibility. As a loyal fan and listener, could you visit iTunes Podcasts and rate the show or leave a review? It’ll only take a minute, and I’d be so grateful for your help. Thank you.Alright, on this episode, I’m back with Volume 2 of Romancing The Tone. As the name implies, this series of mixes is a conduit for some of my choice chillout cuts, invoking a sexy, magical, pensive, and dreamy vibe. Coming up, some tasty NuDisco, Downtempo House, and IndieTronica, featuring Pharrell & Daft Punk, Rhye, Sofi Tukker, Lykke Li, Disclosure featuring London Grammar, Odesza, and Maverick Sabre. Plus, a couple of divine remixes by Ben Macklin, and a remarkable cover of MGMT’s “Electric Feel” by Mike Taylor.Remember, The Feel Sessions is available wherever you get your podcasts, so please subscribe, tell your friends, and spread the word. first, it’s the latest from Capital Cities with “Drifting,” and then my favorite track on Justin Timberlake’s new “Man Of The Woods” album, “Breeze Off The Pond.” As always, thanks for tuning in, and I hope you all find some joy and inspiration.The Feel Sessions is presented by Auratunes, a team dedicated to making your commercial space feel good, with custom background music playlists, curated especially for you, that compliment and enhance your business. Whether it's a restaurant, retail store, or casino floor, Auratunes takes your background music to the next level. Find out more, at Auratunes.com.
The Feel Sessions: Episode 066 - Romancing The Tone Volume 1
Jan 20 2018
The Feel Sessions: Episode 066 - Romancing The Tone Volume 1
Ta-ku f. Alina Baraz - Down For YouAlina Baraz & Galimatisas - FantasyBonobo f. Szjerdene - TowersOdesza - BoyLusine - ForksHow To Destroy Angels - Ice Age (Deadmau5 Remix)Odesza - KusangiBillie Ellish - Ocean Eyes (Astronomy Remix Edit)Portugal, The Man - Feel It Still (Medasin Remix)Portugal, The Man - Feel It Still (Lido Remix)Ambiente - It’s A Fine DayAfterlife - Dub In Ya Mind (Beach Club Mix)Camel - SiguemeBonobo f. Andreya Triana - The KeeperPraful - Teardrop ButterflyRoni Size - Heroes (Kruder’s Long Loose Bossa)Afterlife - Falling (by Afterlife)Hazy Rooms - Herbal EssenceTricky vs. The Stereo MC’s - Makes Me Wanna Die (The Full Weekend Mix)Pig&Dan - Friday FreaksSpooky - Strange Addiction (Original Version)Freaky Chakra - Budded On Earth To Bloom In HeavenRocker’s Hi-Fi - Going Under (Kruder & Dorfmeister Session)Conjure One f. Chemda - RedemptionWelcome to a special episode of The Feel Sessions, entitled “Romancing The Tone, Volume 1.” In this mix, I’ve got some blissful, sexy, and provocative grooves in store, with some Chill-out, IndieTronica, and ChillWave, featuring some favorites from last year by Bonobo, Odesza, Lusine, and a couple of fantastic remixes of Portugal, The Man. Later in the show, I’ll revisit some classic TripHop from the 90’s by Tricky, Spooky, Freaky Chakra, Kruder & Dorfmeister, and Conjure One. Remember, The Feel Sessions is available wherever you get your podcasts, so please subscribe, tell your friends, and spread the word - I appreciate your support. first, it’s a couple of breathtaking tracks with Alina Baraz, one of my favorite vocalists, leading off with “Down For You” by Ta-ku. As always, thanks for tuning in, and I hope you all find some joy and inspiration.
The Feel Sessions: Episode 065: Progressive / Tech House
Dec 1 2017
The Feel Sessions: Episode 065: Progressive / Tech House
Sons Of Maria - Luna ParkArturo Escudero, Flexible Fire, Ger Reccitelli - All My Plans (Kastis Torrau & Arnas D Remix)Philipp Straub, Collective Machine - StalactiteJohn Moss f. Rozie Gyems & Tyrell - Mystic Oliver Huntemann, Dubfire - Terra (Joseph Capriati Remix)Kidnap Kid, Lane 8 - Aba (Yotto Remix)Rafael Cerato - Vibrance (Quivver Remix)Trent Cantrelle f. Cari Golden - BladeStas Drive & Tash - Eve (Peter Dundov Remix)Alex Vanni & Tony Barbato - The StrainRoger Martinez - Dream State (Madloch & Hot TuneiK Remix)Noir - Obscurite (Gorge Remix)Olivier Giacomotto & Noir - Reste (Raxon Remix)Monkey Safari - OxyDropbox, Shigaki, Eudi - HideawayDr. Kucho! - Hale BoppFeu d'Or - Singapore (Martin Roth Remix)Age Of Love - The Age Of Love (Solomun Renaissance Remix)Saints & Sinners - Pushin Too Hard (Guy Mantzur Remnix)Dar & Dor - Zed (Dmitry Molosh Remix)L.S.G. - Netherworld (Rise & Fall Remix)Quivver - Twist & Shout (Marc Mitchell Remix 2015 Remaster)One of my subscribers recently asked me about my process of mixing, producing and engineering this show, including DJ equipment, software, blending techniques, and plugins. Well, all I can say is, thank you. It takes a lot of time and effort, and I'm so glad that it's appreciated. Anyway, if you're not into the technical mumbo jumbo, you might wanna skip ahead a few minutes.First, it all starts with the programming… selecting tracks and sequencing them in an order that feels right to me, always with the intention of a building journey in mind. Usually, I'll start with a dry run, selecting a track or two that I'd like to open with, and then doing the rest on feel… hence, The Feel Sessions. I might back up and exchange tracks as I go, but part of this process is getting familiar with the tracks themselves and learning the story of the songs, adjusting grids and markers, and making tagging notes.I've been using Native Instruments Traktor with an S4 controller for about 3 years now, and I love it. The only thing I don't love is the power of the headphone output, it's severely lacking, but I get around this (somewhat) by using an external headphone amp. That's one of the reasons that I'm eyeing the S5 controller, plus the fact that the S5 has a separate booth output as well. Special thanks to my BFF Chad Stolarick for pushing me to make that change. Previously, I had been using Serato for many years, and it was a game changer, as it was for pretty much all DJs. But after a horrendous experience with the early versions of Traktor that was bundled with Stanton's "Final Scratch," in the early 2000's, I was a bit reluctant, but now, I'm all in. In defense of Native Instruments however, it really came down to Stanton's shoddy hardware, not the Traktor Software.In terms of blending, I generally apply subtractive EQ techniques paying close attention to summing. If you're not familiar with these, it's too much to cover here, so I recommend you look them up, as they're vital to the mix process, not only in the DJ world, but in the production realm too. Last year I replaced my aging Event DJ monitors with a pair of JBL LSR 308's, and I highly recommend them.Once I'm happy with the mix, I'll bring it into Pro Tools with a Universal Audio Apollo Quad interface. Now, I'm not totally sold on the fidelity of the S4's sound card. It's not terrible by any means, it's actually fine, but it lacks a touch of warmth and sheen compared to using an analog mixer. I'm not sure if it's the D to A converter, other circuitry, or a combination of these. So, the first plug-in in my chain is the Neve 1073 EQ, where I'll add just a nudge of high shelf to give me the sparkle and a bit of bite that I want. Next, is the Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machine set to High Bias, 30 fps, and the half inch 2 track setting, warming up the digital recording, especially in the low end. Then comes the Waves RComp, which I simply use to side chain the voiceover and ID drops. All topped off with the Waves L3 Ultra Maximizer limiter, making the mix loud and proud. As far as producing the voiceover, well, that's a completely different subject, so, maybe another time.In this episode, let's get into some underground progressive and tech, featuring some of my favorite tracks of late, Mystic by John Moss featuring Rozie Gyems & Tyrell, Blade by Trent Cantrelle f. Kari Golden, and Oxy by Monkey Safari. You all know I love a good reboot, so later in the show, there's some stunning remixes of 90's trance classics of Der Dritte Raum's Hale Bopp by Dr. Kucho!, the Solomun Remix of Age of Love, and the one that gave me chills, the Rise & Fall Remix of Netherworld by L.S.G., otherwise known as the unparalleled, Oliver Lieb. Remember, The Feel Sessions is available wherever you get your podcasts, so please subscribe, tell your friends, and spread the word on Facebook. Anything you can do helps.Let's set it off with a couple of deep, moody progressive vocal tracks, and stick around for Marc Mitchell's wicked remastered remix of a Quivver classic, Twist & Shout.Right now, it's Luna Park, by Sons of Maria. By the way, here's wishing you all the best for the Holiday season, and the new year. Thanks for tuning in everyone, I hope you all find some joy and inspiration.The Feel Sessions is presented by Auratunes, a team dedicated to making your commercial space feel good, with custom background music playlists, curated especially for you, that compliment and enhance your business. Whether it's a restaurant, retail store, or casino floor, Auratunes takes your background music to the next level. Find out more, at Auratunes.com.Thanks for tuning in everyone. Remember to visit TheFeelSessions.com to download or stream any of these shows, and get full access to all the past episodes. Please tell your friends, and subscribe in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts… say hi on The Feel Sessions Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram, and let me know how you feel! Until next time, I hope you all found some joy and inspiration. Now pass it on.
The Feel Sessions: Episode 064 - Flashback: Moments In Time (1997)
Oct 23 2017
The Feel Sessions: Episode 064 - Flashback: Moments In Time (1997)
Blade Runner - Movie Sample IntroRemake - BladeRunner [Loaded UK]Trickle - Incarnate [POS US]Sungods - Feel Me [MCO US]Raya Shaku - The Rising Sun [Hello! UK]Qkumba Zoo - The Child (Inside) [Arista US]Coyote - Spirits Dancing [Stress UK]Qattara - Come With Me [Steel Fish UK]Ritmo de Vida - The Spirit Is Justified [Limbo UK]BT - Embracing The Future [Perfecto UK]Noise Maker - Moments [Strictly Rhythm US]Sasha - Ohmna [Deconstruction UK]Alex Whitcombe - Ice Rain [Skinny Malinky UK]Salt Tank - Swell [Internal UK]Libra presents Taylor - Anomaly (Calling Your Name) [Platipus UK]So, I know it's a little off topic for this show, but bear with me. Have you seen Blade Runner 2049 yet? Man, I gotta tell ya, I thought it was amazing, and I don't say that lightly. Between the story, cinematography, acting, and special effects, it's a masterpiece in my book, and rivals the original, which is one of my favorite films of all time. Hollywood could have easily screwed the pooch on this one, and I was cringing at the idea, but thankfully it didn't disappoint, and in my opinion, it's one of the best sequels ever made. Give credit to director Denis Villeneuve and the rest of the team. One of the reasons the original from 1982 resounded so strongly with me was the soundtrack by Vangelis. To quote Wikipedia, "… it's a dark, melodic combination of classic composition and futuristic synthesizers, which mirrors the film-noir retro-future envisioned by Ridley Scott." Now, not to downplay the brilliance of the entire composition, but the most well known track is the theme that played during the end credits, simply called "Blade Runner (End Titles)."This brings me to today's flashback episode. In 1997, I recorded a mix, on cassette tape, called "Moments In Time." It was inspired by a new record that I had gotten then, which re-created the Blade Runner theme into a Progressive Trance monster. This reminded me of one of the most gripping monologues in the film, the scene where Rutger Hauer's character, Roy Batty, realizes the value of all life, just before his own inevitable demise. So, I sampled it for the intro. According to legend, Rutger Hauer altered the original script, and wrote the final lines. Pretty amazing.Comprised of Progressive Trance and Progressive House from that era, this mix originally clocked in at a blistering 137 BPM, which was pretty standard for the time, but I find it hard to enjoy at that pace nowadays, so I took the liberty and slowed it down to around 132. For all you tech heads out there, I used the Elastic Audio feature in Pro Tools on the Varispeed setting. I didn't want any artifacts that tend to creep in when time stretching this much with pitch compensation.By the way, The Feel Sessions is available wherever you get your podcasts, so please subscribe. A lot time and effort goes into the show, and word of mouth is the best way for The Feel Sessions to grow, so if you love it, please spread the word and tell your friends, or share on your social media. And, if you're feeling really frisky, leave a review on iTunes. Anything you can do helps.So, here it is, from 1997, "Moments In Time," featuring some legendary tracks by Sasha, BT, Salt Tank, and Taylor, on classic labels like Loaded, Stress, Steel Fish, and one of my favorites, Skinny Malinky. Thanks for tuning in, and I hope you all find some joy and inspiration.The Feel Sessions is presented by Auratunes, a team dedicated to making your commercial space feel good, with custom background music playlists, curated especially for you, that compliment and enhance your business. Whether it's a restaurant, retail store, or casino floor, Auratunes takes your background music to the next level. Find out more, at Auratunes.com.Thanks for tuning in everyone. Remember to visit TheFeelSessions.com to download or stream any of these shows, and get full access to all the past episodes. Please tell your friends, and subscribe in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts… say hi on The Feel Sessions Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram, and let me know how you feel! Until next time, I hope you all found some joy and inspiration. Now pass it on.
The Feel Sessions: Episode 063: Live At Herringbone Brunch (September 2017)
Oct 4 2017
The Feel Sessions: Episode 063: Live At Herringbone Brunch (September 2017)
Gigamesh f. Amanda Love - Red LightBen Macklin - Let You DownAutograf - Dream (Deepend Remix)Miguel Migs f. Meshell Ndegeocello - TonightDeadmau5 f. Colleen D'Agostino - SeeyaJustin Bieber - Company (Ken Walker Uptempo Mix)Charlie Puth - Attention (PeteDown NuDisco Mix)The Weeknd f. Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming (Kay Stafford Mix)Samma Lone f. Kenny Loggins - This Is It!Clark & Pudell - Zashu (Satin Jackets Remix)Autograf - OneJanet Jackson - Pleasure Principle 2.0 (INTLparty x E.T. Remix)Pherotone - My BabyRhye - The Fall (Maurice Fulton Remix)Rene & Angela - I'll Be GoodS.O.S. Band - Just Be Good To MeChic - Soup For OnePherotone - FlossyRafael Fernandez f. Shalamar - Answer From AboveDr. Packer f. Luther Vandross - A Thousand KissesDr. Packer f. Bozz Scaggs - Ooh I WonderDr. Packer f. The Whispers - EverlastingAnderson Paak - Am I WrongDiscotron f. Suzanne Vega - Disco PowerOpolopo - Mr. Zog's Sex WaxOpolopo - Put Your Cap OnSebastien Leger - DeadlineJustice - Safe & SoundLet's talk about the act of discovery. Comin' across new tracks that you love is exciting for any music fan. As a DJ and music programmer, it's a major source of enjoyment, and I look forward to it. But nowadays, shopping for music and navigating the sheer volume of tracks that get released every week can be extremely daunting and tedious, but finding that one stellar track or handful of songs can turn a mundane task into excitement, giving me the motivation I need to keep pushin' on.I always keep an ear out for tunes, it's my job, and discovery can come from a variety of sources… the radio, a tv commercial, Shazaming something I hear when I'm out, or sound tracks and needle drops in a movie, and I find so much great music this way. For instance, I watched "Baby Driver" the other night (great flick by the way), and I wound up buying a slew of songs on the soundtrack. This is a prime example of the fact that discovery isn't just about brand new music, it's also about being exposed to old songs, and learning from the ongoing music history lesson that occurs in my life. In 1982, the disco/funk band Chic with guitarist Nile Rodgers released the song "Soup For One," and when I recently heard it for the first time, I was like, "Yes, OK!, that's where that guitar riff came from!" I was excited! Now, I'm sure all you disco heads out there are rolling your eyes right now, but hey, I didn't know! As any house music soldier that's worth their salt would recognize though, is that it was sampled by the French house music duo, Modjo, on "Lady (Hear Me Tonight), which was an international smash in 2000.Another recent "discovery" is "Just Be Good To Me" by The S.O.S. Band in 1983, which I just found out was produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, the guys behind some of Janet Jackson's biggest early albums, and a big part of the New Jack Swing movement. Previously, I had only known of the remake by British dub group Beats International, fronted by Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim. It was basically a cover version, and hit #1 in the UK and #1 in the US Dance Club Chart in 1990. Again, another music history lesson for me.So, as we say farewell to summer, and welcome the cooler breezes of autumn (finally), it's time for another live Brunch set from my residency at Herringbone in the Aria Hotel, right here in Las Vegas, featuring a bunch of flashbacks and remixes influenced by 70's and 80's disco/funk, including those two recent "discoveries," as well some Indie Dance, NuDisco, and Deep House. Coming up, we'll hear from Ben Macklin, Miguel Migs featuring MeShell Ndegeocello, Deadmau5, Charlie Puth, The Weeknd with Daft Punk, Pherotone, and Autograf. Later in the show, this artist called "Dr. Packer" has been doing a tremendous job of updating classics for today's sound, plus a couple of killer tracks by Opolopo from his recent "Bits N Bobs EP", wrapped up with the latest from Sebastien Leger, and a killer track by Justice from their recent "Woman" album.By the way, the show is available wherever you get your podcasts, so please subscribe. A lot time and effort goes into it, and word of mouth is the best way for The Feel Sessions to grow, so if you love it, please spread the word and tell your friends, and share on your social media. And, if you're feeling really frisky, leave a review on iTunes. Anything you can do helps, and thanks for tuning in.Right now, it's one of my favorite artists, Gigamesh, this time with Amanda Love on vocals, this is "Red Light." So here we go, let's have some fun, and I hope you all find some joy and inspiration.The Feel Sessions is presented by Auratunes, a team dedicated to making your commercial space feel good, with custom background music playlists, curated especially for you, that compliment and enhance your business. Wether it's a restaurant, retail store, or casino floor, Auratunes takes your background music to the next level. Find out more, at Auratunes.com.Thanks for tuning in everyone. Remember to visit TheFeelSessions.com to download or stream any of these shows, and get full access to all the past episodes. Please tell your friends, and subscribe in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts… say hi on The Feel Sessions Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram, and let me know how you feel! Until next time, I hope you all found some joy and inspiration. Now pass it on.