Will be doing a live uStream DJ set from my crib TONIGHT (Friday 19 Sept.)
So basically it’s a live podcast. You only need a browser to tune in – no extra apps or gimmicks is needed…just click on the link!
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/fanujanne is the channel.
Will begin around 7:00 GMT / 3:00 EDT / 22:00 FIN and play for maybe a hour and a half or so. Planning on getting a little drunk and getting some mixing in!
So if dnb / jungle / bass music is your thing and you ain’t got anything better to do on a Friday night, get a few brews ready and tune in!
Won’t be speaking on this one, and no tracklist coming…but you can actually participate by commenting on the page with your Facebook profile.
I’m not sure if I’ll be archiving these, so don’t count on that – we’ll see!
My distributor told me yesterday that we have already sold half of the Lightless006 batch (300 units made) – and the record was released on Monday.
Honestly, this is kind of crazy and seriously exceeds the expectations I had at a very early stage.
Thing is, I haven’t released vinyl for a while, and you know how you hear all the stories of vinyl not selling…and eventually you end up saying that yourself.
I have so many fans who have been kicking my ass about releasing vinyl for a long time, and I’ve always said “It’s not really worth it”. And now, it truly seems that the loyal fans have proved their might and vinyl IS selling. I actually feel a bit like a *record* label again. I am so stoked about that.
This really gives me faith in Lightless vinyl production. I can already say I will be releasing more vinyl on Lightless – because it is worth it (sorry for sounding like a Loreal ad!). Tunes for another 12″ are already made, and plans for Lightless007 are in the works.
Time to get humble and say big up and massive thanks to everyone supporting the cause – and extra special mention to all the true vinyl heads and those who kept telling me to do it.
P.S.: Oh yeah, if you want to get your Lightless006 vinyl, don’t wait too long…it will sell out. Find the purchase links on my other blog post to get yours.
This one was a fun one!
TRACKLIST: Continue reading
I’m glad to tell you that LIGHTLESS006 is out today (as of Sept. 15). The manufacturing of this one really tested everybody’s faith and some bad karma was definitely in the air, but not giving up is often worth the struggle in the end, and you know what they say: some of the best things won’t come easy.
I’m super stoked and proud to present this one to you, as I believe it’s one of the strongest releases I have put out on my label to date. It has received support from respected DJs such as Laurent Garnier, Grooverider, and Om Unit, and I hope you like it, too.
You can listen to it on Soundcloud.
To buy vinyl, head to Juno, Redeye, Boomkat, Hardwax, or any other major bass music store of your choice.
To buy digital, check my personal Bandcamp page, Digital Tunes, Beatport, iTunes, or any store selling electronic music.
Thanks to everybody for the on-going support…there’s a lot more music in the pipeline!
Here’s some recent feedback on the mastering work I’ve done for producers recently. It’s been very exciting, and I’ve had some 30 happy clients already.
(if you need mastering, get in touch by email: email@example.com)
-Many thanks man, my EP is going to sound much better now and I feel like it’s worth making music again because I can get the engineering to an acceptable level. Feeling optimistic about getting noticed by bigger labels. Continue reading
Interview time: peeps of Bite The Belt blog were kind to ask me this and that, and as the result, the interview became what’s probably the longest interview I’ve ever done.
It is a lot to read, but I think some good recent thoughts were covered, and some stuff was revealed that you probably didn’t know and which might interest you – or not.
Anyways, grab a cup of coffee (or many) to make it thru the whole shebang if you’re up for doing some long-ass reading.
Ladies and gentlemen, let me present to you my official, Ninja-Tune-approved remix for Amon Tobin.
Anyone who knows Amon Tobin knows he’s fucking insane with his drums – and with his everything. One of the true electronic masterminds of our time. And anyone who knows me knows I’m into drums. I think that’s the reason why I’ve always been drawn into his music so much: he’s constantly re-inventing himself, even with his beats. I suppose that’s what we both have always been into.
We connected for the first time when Amon was asking me for some of my early releases for DJ use, and that blew me away. Years later, I was honored for being asked to do a remix of Journeyman for the massive box set on Ninja Tune, and some time after that, I was listening to Stunt Rhythms, and the thought hit me again that I’d love to go in on one of those tunes. I was working on my now soon-to-be-released FatGyver hip hop works in early 2013 and asked Amon if I could do a hip hop remix of 101 South. I got the samples, but for some reason, that remix never really picked up, but I kept the samples. This summer, I went to the countryside, and the weather was just being pretty bad. The inspiration can really hit you when you’re in the nature, so I wrote this one in a few good sittings.
Getting to remix one of your musical heroes is a massive honor. I’m grateful to Amon and Ninja Tune for the opportunity – and all the inspiration they’ve provided me with. I’m not very good with words, so I’ll just let the music do the rest of the talking.
I hope you like it. It’s free. If you like it enough, please consider sharing it.
Original 101 South by Amon Tobin.
I had a little convo with Serato on their blog.
Been keeping it quiet about my forthcoming FatGyver hip hop releases recently – we’re getting closer to them now (on Redefinition Records).
LP is done, EP is done, and we’re waiting for the artist (a dope artist, Joe Buck, who’s been doing stuff for De La Soul, for example) to work on the LP art. They’re coming.
Here’s a cool, simple beat for a hot day. Drink that coffee, hot or not.
To peep more of what’s coming, check out FatGyver on
Now offering mastering services to producers.
I used to do a bit of that at one point, and then I got too busy with other stuff and had to stop doing that. Might look into it again.
I master most of my own stuff these days, and have been increasingly interested in doing it myself. I’ve also learned a lot about mixing by learning mastering. During mastering process, I’m also ready to give you feedback on your mix.
I do it all in a digital domain, using UAD / Izotope / Slate Digital / A.O.M. to mention some plug-in manufacturers whose plug-ins I use (not necessarily using them all at the same time, of course).
Peeps needing to get their songs loud and clear could hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and we could discuss pricing.
Fanu @ Bassoradio – July 21, 2014 (DL using the player)
Om Unit – Ulysses [Sweatson Klank Remix] (Civil Music)
Triceracorn – Porcelain [Recue's Anger Management Mix]
Borealis – Not of This Reality [Recue rework]
Desto – Don’t Lose Yourself (dub)
DJ Rashad & DJ Manny – Drums Please (Hyperdub)
Danny Breaks – Firin’ Line VIP (Droppin Science)
Graeme S – Autofac (Hsüan Records free DL)
Minus & Interface – Hardwork (Gutterfunk)
Moresounds – Sound Bizness (Cosmic Bridge)
K-AZE – Warrior Groove (Gutterfunk)
Boxcutter – Neo-Geocities (Planet Mu)
Sully – M141 (Keysound)
Fracture – Loving Touch (Exit)
Sonis – Keep It Dark (dub)
Deft – Arx Him
Sully – Solitaire (Keysound)
Deft – I Don’t Use MPC
SB81 – Four Tun (Metalheadz)
Nonfuture & Indica – Gwan60 (dub)
Nonfuture – The Watcher (dub)
Trisector & Creep – Hollow [Phuture-T Remix] (Alphacut)
Coleco – Tryptamine (dub)
Graphs – Ixtlan (Ground Mass)
Gremlinz – Fallen [J.Robinson & Ink Remix] (Architex)
Optical – Bounce (Virus)
Nucleus & Paradox – Analogue Life (Metalheadz)
Dom & Roland – Outta Endz VIP (Metalheadz)
Fistfunk – Raindance (Lightless)
Wish – Panopticon (dub)
Fracture – All My Love (Astrophonica Bandcamp free DL)
Stray – Long Lost (free DL)
Kate Tempest – The Beigeness [Stray Remix]
Om Unit – Vibes Is Right (Cosmic Bridge)
Stray – Triangles (free DL)
Aki – Murot On Loppu (dub)
Aki – Scope (dub)
Abdominal & DJ Fase – Fast Food (Fry Antics)
Damu The Fudgemunk – Streamline [Instrumental Version] (Redef Records)
Twit One – Seemy (http://twitone.bandcamp.com/)
Damu The Fudgemunk – Trenchcoat, Fedora & Briefcase (Redef Records)
Curren$y x The Alchemist – BBS
Gravediggaz – Mommy, What’s A Gravedigga?
On this release I wanted to study the 160 bpm slow/fast type of drum and bass. I also brought in a friend, DJ Pushups, with an even slower track that fits the aesthetics well. The slower tempo has been in the air for a while, and I’ve been playing with it and feeling excited. The tempo allows for more space. There are so many good and genuinely fresh vibes in that field.
Greetings from far away, dear friends. Yes, far is relative, of course, but the chances are I’m far away from wherever you are. So yeah, whaddup from Finnish countryside – northern Ostrobothnia region, to be precise, some 600 kilometres north of Helsinki.
Came to the country for 1.5 weeks to chill out, take some distance from the city life, and sniff the clean country air for some added inspiration. The nature here is amazing. The distances are fairly long, they don’t have corner stores or skateparks here – but what they do have is absolute serenity. And the nature is breath-taking. Just did a 16-kilometer bike ride and even saw a fox couple play out in the field. Stopped and took a photo during my bike ride and wanted to share with ya’ll. Oh yeah – we’re having “nightless nights” here as well, which is kind of surreal.
Can’t forget music on holiday, however…just fired up a long overdue remix for a Ninja Tune artist we all know dearly, and thought I might go and get an inspirational beer or two to make that even more fun. Oh, and some red wine. Now, let me get busy with the beats in the middle of nowhere. I hope you’re enjoying your summer, too!
This has been in the plans for a while now, so here we go.
I receive questions relating to music production as well as handling the artist/label/etc life all the time, and I’m always happy to answer, because that’s what I put all my time on, after all. So, I thought it might be fruitful to do this publicly.
I’ve found Facebook the best place in terms of mutual interaction today, so let’s fire up the Q&A session on Facebook.
Drop your Q, and I’ll reply. I may not be able to answer everything right away, but I promise to answer every Q eventually.
Keep it relevant (or not)!
I did an exclusive mix for the legendary Ninja-Tune-operated Solid Steel show. Hope you dig it.
01. Damu The Fudgemunk – Assembly Line (Redefinition Records)
02. Damu The Fudgemunk – 2004 Beat Original (Redefinition Records)
03. Pete Rock – Strange Fruit (Loud Records)
04. Cypress Hill – Funk Freakers (Ruffhouse)
05. DJ Shadow – Heavy Mood (Reconstruction Productions)
06. FatGyver – Monday Stroll (Redefinition Records forthcoming)
07. FatGyver – Celestial (Redefinition Records forthcoming)
08. Danny Breaks – Beat Biter (Droppin’ Science)
09. Fanu – Street Sermon (Lightless)
10. Photek – Consciousness (Metalheadz)
11. Om Unit – Timelines (Metalheadz)
12. Coleco – Spatial (Inflect)
13. Photek – Aleph 1 (Virgin)
14. Paradox – Play Twice Before Listening (Paradox Music)
15. Fanu – Ninja Chicks (Darkestral Ice)
16. Adam Elemental – Poly6 (Runtime)
17. Fanu – Paracosm (Lightless Recordings)
18. DJ Krush – Maze (Mo Wax)
19. Jay-Z – Dead Presidents (Priority)
20. Lonnie Liston Smith – A Garden Of Peace (Doctor Jazz Records)
21. V-Love – The Wilderness (Icon Records)
22. Klaus Layer – Immer Noch Hungrig (Redefinition Records)
23. Raw Poetic & K-Def – Stealin’ Bread (Redefinition Records)
Pushing the 160 bpm movement. Unreleased.
100 % saturated fat.
From next month on, I and Docius will be doing our own DNB shows, taking turns each month (I’m doing July, starting July 21, Docius does August, etc). No drama (we thought of putting out mad drama just for the promo value, though)! Musically we’re just going in different directions and developing our interests in different ways. I’m increasingly interested in what the 160 bpm / slowfast / footwork-jungle-juke field has to offer, while Docius is firming his grip on all things tech and stuff (he’s been taking classes from Optical, Break etc).
Good music either way. Braaap!
Back by popular demand!
The “Vinyl Bear” – it started as a podcast logo and has since become a symbol for digging good music & good things, not taking things or life seriously, cratedigging, vinyl loving, just taking it easy…and stuff!
We’ve got a limited edition of 60 shirts back in stock, so get yours while you can thru Bandcamp! (regular sizing)
I addressed a question, ”Should I continue making music” on a music forum, and upon finishing, I thought that the reply, which came out way longer than I initially expected, would make a decent blog post, for it’s been in the back of my mind to blog about that particular topic because, every now and then, I am asked how long I’ve been making music, how long did it take until I started getting songs released – ”Should I quit because I’ve been making music for X years and still haven’t got signed” etc… so here we go.
Should I make music? Should you make music? Let’s find out. Continue reading