First of all, Merry Christmas! As always another year has flown by and I’m not quite sure how it happened. Apart from looking like the whole world has gone more mental than ever before from the perspective of the studio it has been a total success of a year. Several of our production students have seen releases on record labels and of our DJ students we have seen them playing gigs everywhere from Manchester to Ibiza.
Starting off the list of things we are proud about is Jamie Mannion who started with us a few years ago now. He has formed a record label ‘BeeYou Records’ and has been playing gigs all over the place this year. With a selection of quality beats of his own lined up expect to see some deep groovy releases from him throughout 2019.
Josh Reeves only started as a total production newcomer in January but is already making waves with his keenness and drive to make techno tracks. His first release was a remix that has come out on GUI Records two months ago and is already the labels fifth best selling track of all time. His first EP is set to come out on said label soon is three tracks worth of techno beauty with early support from Mark Broom.
Also on the techno front we have enjoyed Blasha & Allatt swinging by to the studio with their ideas and a need to get them mixed down for release. Their first single came out on Ben Sims. pres Tribology recently, which is amazing to have support from such a massive legend of a techno heavy weight!
Holly Lester has been DJing for a long time. As a regular at the Warehouse Project she knows how to get a dance floor moving. This year has seen some big goals reached for the lady, including playing a Boiler Room set AVA festival. She’s been dropping by to the studio over the past few years to get a few handy tips on Ableton and music production and apart from already having some great tunes locked away on her hard drive she tells us releases next year are to be expected.
Nolga has been making minimal groovers since before swinging by to see us last year and has since signed and released a number of tunes including on Jamie’s Label ‘BeeYou’. Most recently he has released a collaborative track with good pal of ours Michael James who is making waves in the house and minimal scenes with a string of number one releases.
Decloak tutor Phil Denton has been quiet on the production front this year whilst focusing on a new hardware set up and higher tempo techno, some of which is likely to be unearthed in late 2019. However there’s still been time for his more stripped back and melodic tracks to see the light of day under the Zonal alias, with three warehouse ready releases on Solid Tracks, 7Teen Records and most recently on promising London based start up Convolution Records. He’s also launched a mastering service with the first project completed for Brhsic, with a post-trance techno EP coming out in early 2019 on Rising High Records. There’s lot’s in store for the next year with a new Zonal release on Basement Reborn due in March and the darker, harder and more industrial sounds finally emerging from the Decloak Bunker.
Away from production and DJ lessons we have helped many people with their mix downs and mastering this year, giving a final spit and polish to some brilliant music before it hit the shelves (or Spotify).One notable client is Manchester’s Tom Holden (now going under the guise ‘Robo Dukun’), a multi-instrumentalist who’s laid back funky numbers have been keeping Decloak’s suite of mastering tools busy all year. his debut album came out in the summer and he has been busy working on new material since. Keep your eyes on this chap.
2019 - The Year Ahead
2019 will see the team here at Decloak expand, along with our purpose for running the studio. See, both myself and Phil started making music on Ableton together over 10 years ago when we were both running club nights in Manchester. The studio was initially a place from myself and mates to spin records and make music. But it soon became much more than that. It developed into what it is today, and education centre to help people with a passion get to that next step in their ability, and a hub to allow producers and musicians collaborate in making music. This has been the case for 4 years now and we think it is time from both a personal level and a business level to steer the ship to new shores.
Whispers of sample packs, guest lectures, online tuition and even a record label are all echoing around the basement of the Mancunian mill. We have so much good music coming through our doors it makes sense to bring it all together in these ways and we are buzzing to get the ball rolling with it all.
To help, a few more pals of mine will be joining the ranks. Pal’s who are naturally all making and releasing music, as well as DJing around the world regularly.
We could go on for ages talking about the achievements of people involved with out little studio, but hopefully more will come to light next year when we release of short video series on what is going on with everything here. Yes, thats right. We have teamed up with USB Sessions to create some content for us. Keep your eyes peeled for this come Spring Time.
See you in 2019!