Decloak Tutor releases “Martinet” as part of VA on DeadCert.Read More
Josh has gone from strength to strength over the past year or so with his productions, having released on Manchester based GUI Records back towards the ends of 2018.
His latest signing has ticked off a life goal however, with techno legend Mark Broom picking his remix of the brilliant ‘M19’ and signing it to his infamous label, ‘Beard Man’.
His love of and desire to make driving techno has driven him to get his head down and continue to work on his craft, and this signing is vindication for these efforts. With his Manchester techno party Good Gatherings playing host to The Advent at the end of the month at Stage & Radio, Josh has a lot happening at the moment and is one to watch.
Follow Josh here to keep up to date;
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Joshreevesgg/
Manchester based duo KRS-Two have released their second EP on Zingiber Audio Digital.
The 3-track release was produced within Decloak Studio’s by the pair over the Spring Time and is illustrates the same stripped back groovy house beats of their first EP.
One half of KRS-Two began his production career here at Decloak, where he got him started on Ableton Live, so it is always rewarding to see yet more clients of ours successfully releasing quality music.
It is available now on Beatport here: https://bit.ly/32EewCZ
S-ampel and Max Casebolt have seen the release of their ‘Don’t Be Smiling’ EP on HouseOnWax.
This vinyl only release takes inspiration from early white label house releases and each track on the EP oozes groove and style.
The 4 track EP includes 2 originals from the collaborators and 2 remixes by Mancini and Alex Ranerro.
The EP was brought to Decloak Studios for a mix down by S-ample and we are super happy to hear the finished product on wax!
Check out the EP Here yourself - https://www.deejay.de/S-ampel_%26_Max_Casebolt_Dont_Be_Smiling_HOW008_Vinyl__350119
As first release this year for S-ampel we can expect more music coming from his soon.
Earlier this year we saw another in a string of releases emerging out of the depths of the Decloak bunker. This time Zonal drops another EP on French label Basement Reborn, who’s recent releases feature the likes of Marla Singer and Ket Robinson, the latter of which is also propped up by a remix from Manchester based, A.Morgan.
The first track Delay Control is defined by dark rolling low ends, infused with powerful chord stabs, evoking a peak-time warehouse-rave feel, with Control Delay being a more stripped back and dubbed out affair, whilst still maintaining the driving low ends and high energy techno percussion. Detright is a more synth laden track, with a little more funk in the bass and organic leads. The EP has elements of both US and UK techno with European vibes through out, and is supported by Alex.Do (Dystopian), Juan Trujillo (Simplecoding), Juho Kusti (Deep Space Helsinki), Marco Raineri, Patrick DSP and Raymundo Rodriguez (Jaded) plus many more respectable Techno artists. Available now at all decent download stores!
It is always nice when a good mate gets something signed and released. It’s always better when you know personally how much work and time went into said release. It is even better still when their release has been signed, along with multiple further EPs, to a label run by a legend as big as Brawther.
Zweizig is a name you should be keeping your eye on if you are a fan of the more minimal, inter-dimensional spacey grooves of people like Ricardo Villalobos, as by his own admission Ricardo is one of his biggest influences.
I should state here that I did not teach Zweizig production, we only assisted in the mix down side of things and gave him a kick up the arse to get things finished.
His music which is set to be released has been in the making for a decade now, and his commitment to experimentation is evident in all his tracks, a decent lesson in itself for anyone looking to make something “different”.
Released last week, the Rhythm Tension EP hit the number 4 spot on Juno Records and its reception has been expectably great. You can give it a listen yourself below or you can grab your copy by clicking on this link: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/zweizig-rhythm-tension/713829-01/
We can confidently say that the other dozen or so tracks Zweizig popped by to help get mixed down are equally as interesting, and his latest stuff is in another dimension all together, but you may have to wait until he has finished building his live set before you can hear any of that material.
You can catch Zweizig’s first live set at Penda in Birmingham on 26th May.
Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/396016011183617/
Decloak Studios - 2018
A Brief Glance Back.
A quick look back at what has happened in 2018 and an idea of what’s to come in 2019.Read More
Every time someone achieves something in the world of music who have come to us for help in the past we feel a sense of pride. And that is no exception here. We are Happy to announce for that for the 17TH TIME, a Decloak Music Production Student has been signed by a label.
Introducing Josh Reeves, Manchester based techno DJ, promoter and now Producer.
Being influenced by the likes of Ben Sims, Mark Broom and Marcel Fengler during his time as a clubber come DJ, Josh went all in on his commitment to learning Ableton Live at Decloak Music only in January this year.
As a DJ and promoter at club night 'Good Gatherings’, he has been throwing parties around Manchester clubs for the past few years and have brought Techno heavy hitters such as Luigi Madonna, Rebekah, Petter B, Mark Broom, Psyk, Truncate and Charles Fenckler to the city.
(Check out latest mix by Josh and fellow GG Resident Reece Reilly here)
During his six months with us he spent a lot of time at home mastering his skills and channeling his creative inspirations smashing out several bangers over the summer months, three of which have been picked up for digital release.
These have been signed by Manchesters’ GUI Records. G.U.I (Global Underground Intelligence) is a label set up by UK based Nik Feral & Slovenian based Alex Nemec and that has seen the likes of Phutek, A.Morgan and Decloak tutor Zonal release in recent years.
On top of the signing label boss Nik Feral requested Josh for remix duty on his own EP.
Follow Josh here —> https://www.facebook.com/Joshreevesgg/
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Today see's the third release of 2018 from Decloak Music patron, Zonal on London based label Convolution Records.Read More
It is definitely a busy time for clients of ours and a proud time to be a tutor at Decloak Studios. Another Manchester local, Jamie Mannion has been throwing parties in Manchester and Ibiza for a good few years now. His love for the groovier sounds of house and garage have seen him and fellow residents at club night Ardeo throw parties that feature the likes of Slapfunk Records.
Coming to us over a year ago before doing another season in Ibiza Jamie quickly found his feet in Ableton and began honing his sound. During the Ibiza season back in 2014 he met fellow producer, London based ‘’Laidlaw’’. They have gone one to form Beeyou records signing a plethora of undergrounds artists such as Kesh, Ben Ulrich, Mehlor, Joe Rolet & Illi
Their first release is a 4 track EP with 2 tracks by upcoming London talent Kesh as well as 1 track by both label co-owner laidlaw and Argentine talent Ben Ulrich.
This minimal masterpiece has just been released and can be purchased here from Juno here - https://www.juno.co.uk/products/laidlaw-ben-ulrich-kesh-nectar-ep/688470-01/
Beeyou plans to have a further two releases before the end of the year and is a vinyl only label aimed at promoting the growth of new talent.
On top of this Jamie recently announced gigs at both Pacha and Amnesia in Ibiza. Not only will he be ticking off these major milestones of a DJs career he’s also playing on the same line up for the legends that are Riccardo Villalobos, Carl Cox, Cassy, John Dimas & Dewalta. His debut at Amnesia was for the One Night Stand tour which saw Carl Cox bring his magic to the Amnesia terrace on 2nd of July and will be making his return to Amnesia for Pyramid Ibiza on August 27th which has recently replaced cocoon. Villalobos will be playing an all night long set in the terrace while Cassy & John Dimas b2b Dewalta will be filling out the club room where Jamie will be playing.
Pacha is on the 10th of July and will see Carl Cox play an all night long set while Jamie & the rest of the Game Over crew will be playing room 2.
You can keep up with Jamie’s movements on his Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/MannionBeeyou/
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A few weeks ago I spoke about Decloak Student Brett Denning having his track be performed live on Boiler Room (read more about that here). So it's made us all very proud here at Decloak to announce a SECOND Decloak student has now appeared on Boiler Room.
Manchester Based, Northern Irish born HOLLY LESTER has been DJing professionally for a good few years now and has been meticulously developing her own production skills and style for equally as long, coming in to see us over the past year or so to help with a few technical areas of production. Heavily influenced by the Old School sounds of house music she has been making a solid name for herself with her DJ sets at venues like the Warehouse Project.
Last weekend however she achieved a life goal of appearing on Boiler Room. Holly was booked to play at AVA Festival (Featuring a heavy hitting lineup with the likes of Bicep, Floorplan and KiNK to name but a few) and it just so turns out that she was also booked to play at the Boiler Room event there. What a superstar!
You can watch her smash the baloney out of her set by checking out the full Live stream recording below and if you want to see her in person then she will be playing at both Parklife and Bluedot festival this year.
Follow her on Facebook here to keep up to date with her gigs and music - HOLLY LESTER
Manchester based DJ, Producer and Decloak Music School student gets track played on Award-Winning Fashion Website, Showstudio.com.Read More
Every now and then we cross paths with artists that are a breath of fresh air. Take Tom Holden. A one-man, loop pedal armed funkateer from Manchester who came to us for help polishing off his tracks only a few weeks ago. As with every client who contacts us about the mastering service I was entirely in the dark about Tom's music during the initial phone conversation. "Funky, soulful folk" was the description he gave me when I asked what sort of stuff he wanted to send.
As with all great and unique musicians, nailing them down with a specific genre can be near impossible. So when I arrived at the studio to check the tracks out he had sent me its funky and steezy vibe made me a fan right away.
Tom's dreamy creations come from his mind and his alone as he plays all the basslines, percussion, keys and guitars himself, looping on his loop-pedal one part before moving onto the next. Now, this in itself is nothing new, but Tom's sound is something exciting whilst nodding to something nostalgic and old. Jazz, funk, soul, folk and blues influences seem to run deep within the DNA of 'Slompy Dockens'.
From the few tracks of the album I’ve worked on so far each carries a trend of swung percussion, groovy baselines and mystical lyrics delivered with style. It's easy listening and it’s great.
His first single, ’Slompy Dockens' is now out. I highly recommend checking it out and showing this guy some support as personally I can’t wait to hear more!
Check it out the single via the links below, and keep in the loop with Tom at his Facebook Page here - Tom Holden Music.
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Following another busy open day last Saturday we have decided to get the next one pencilled in.
This is set for the first Saturday of the month on March 3rd. This will once again be held at the Decloak Music Studio - Northern Quarter.
Free one-to-one introduction sessions for anyone looking to get a taster for what is involved in modern day electronic music production and DJing.
Meet the Decloak team and ask any question you may have regarding music, music production or DJing in the fully kitted out city centre studio. You don't need any prior knowledge, just a passion for electronic music.
We will be going over the basics of Ableton Live and demonstrating why this software is now the worlds number 1 choice for music production and performance. For those interested in picking up DJing, we will show you what is used in todays clubs whether that be USB sticks or vinyls.
For more information or to book you place please go to our Facebook Page and follow the instructions there.
A few weeks ago Andy from The Waveform Transmitter dropped by for a chat about all things music production, underground music scenes and Manchester.
With so much on offer in Manchester in regards to Music Production Lessons, DJ Schools, Club nights and Music Styles, we took a few hours to digest what this means for the city, and where we have come from.
Give it a read here;
Black Friday is upon us, and no matter how much we hate the concept we still thought we'd offer a nice little discount to take advantage of everyones madness over the next few days.
Head over to our courses page now and use the discount code BF25 when completing your order.
A perfect chance to buy a Christmas present for that lucky someone.
No matter which tuition course you choose, all are one-to-one and completely bespoke to the want and needs of the student. We assure you 100% satisfaction. Please contact us if you have any questions.
The code is only active until MONDAY so don't hang around.
Remember to enter code BF25
Here are a few courses we have on offer. (the prices listed are before the 25% discount)