Plasmotek – Soulwire on 24/7 Records
Being a Label DJ on 24/7
As a DJ it is a good idea to get signed to a label as a “Label DJ” since this basically establishes the sound that you play; having the support of the label behind your name in any advertising or publications etc. Each label in our industry promotes a certain style or sound and all its artists create music within that style. I have been with a few different labels in my career; I simply change with the times, and grow with it. The past few years I have been with 24/7 Records to promote my day time full-on style and then I am also with Spectral Records to promote my more Twilight style.
The end of March marks the release date for one of my favourite 24/7 records artists – Plasmotek from France. But before I go on about that, I want to introduce the label itself; 24/7 records. They originate in Austria, and the main guys running the label are Andreas- Materia, Jakob Scheinast, Astralex and RiffRuff. 24/7 Records houses many awesome artists like Brainiac, Sinerider, Plasmotek, Mental Broadcast, Neuroplasm, Ilai and Madmind to name a few and also have an extensive list of label DJs from around the world. I find these guys are really professional at what they do. They are up to date with releases, and compilations and their artists are touring the globe regularly.
So what about South African music labels?
Do you guys even know who started it up here in SA? Back in the early days Timecode records and Nano records were the first guys to promote South African artists on a global scale. I was told that in the beginning, no one would book the Timecode guys so they grouped together to create their own name and from there they grew into making parties to releasing albums. Back then they made CDs… nowadays it’s all online. TimeCode and Nano both simultaneously grew into worldwide names representing the South African style. Nano birthed Protoculture, Headroom and The Commercial Hippies from Cape Town and promoted the daytime psychedelic sound whilst Timecode created the likes of Twisted System, Shift , Artifakt and Phyx who pioneered a night time Twilight style. I grew up listening to these guys and watched how they put the South African Trance scene on the worldwide map. They were the first labels to get their artists into international festivals and onto international album compilations.
Now the main reason I’m blabbering on about labels in our music scene is to let you in on the best kept secret from 24/7 records and it’s the latest album release from Plasmotek.
This is his second album, his first was in 2008. I’ve been jamming his tunes for a season or two; his production is so tight, so sick! I know I’m supposed to choose a favourite track but I just can’t. I really love to drop one of these tracks in my set, either in the beginning to bring the dance floor together, or I keep it as a dance floor bomb! Every track is different, either full-on or phat proggy bass lines.
I asked Tibult (Plasmotek) what his intention was behind his album layout. He said that he has already produced a lot of full-on tracks in a proggy way and it just makes sense to him now to include different genres of trance in his second album. He further explained to me that he feels its limiting to only use one small bpm range when you can explore many facets of psychedelic trance and still give people your vision of music .
I asked him what inspires him to make music,
I am always making tunes in my head, every time, everywhere since I was kid. I don’t know exactly what inspired me, music is just going through my head like an obsession. I am always beating drums with my hands or singing notes, themes, bass lines…”
If you love Plasmotek’s music as much as I do I suggest you check out these dates of release:
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