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For the twenty ninth episode we welcome Manofstarz from the land of the Gadigal people Sydney, Australia. Manofstarz has been active DJing and promoting events since the heady 90's previously as Starlite 7 and brings a breadth of knowledge and care with his selections. Digging deep into the archives this mix showcases instrumental hip hop or trip hop as was the stylistic descriptor of the time with some curveballs that fit seamlessly into the mix.
I've been looking forward to sharing this one, perfect to soundtrack laidback sunny days. Enjoy!
- Nights Interlude - Nightmares On Wax [React]
- Splendid Isolation - Hermitude [Elefant Traks]
- 11 Years (Sabres Of Paradise Main Mix) - Wolfgang [4AD]
- Paradise Found - Meat Beat Manifesto [Play It Again Sam Records]
- G 104 / No More - G 104 [Pharma]
- Feel The Wrath - Freshness On Wax [Flag Bearer Records]
- Get Your Head Down - Luke Vibert [Ninja Tune]
- Relax With Pep (Part 5) - DJ Vadim [Ninja Tune]
- Birth (Cut Edit) - Howie B [Pussyfoot Records]
- Masterblaster - Laidback [MXL Recordings]
- Transitions - Beastie Boys [Capitol Records]
- Mental Invasion - DJ Cam [Agogo Records]
- To The Hip - Bootman [Freeze Records]
- Mella (Drive Faster Mix by The Herbaliser). - DJ Food [Ninja Tunes]
- Killer Inside Me - MC 900 Ft. Jesus [Nettwerk Europe]
- Ode To A Blunt - Men With Sticks [Jus' Trax]
- Fleetwood - Chop Shop [City Of Angels]
- Shaolin Satellite - Thievery Corporation [Eighteenth Street Lounge Music]
- Back Roll (Herbal Mix) - Outcase [One Little Indian]
- D'ecoutez - Rootless [Wall Of Sound]
- Because Blonde Wore Red - Pimp Daddy Nash [City Of Angels]
- The Star Players - Friendly [Glup Communications]
- Big Beat's Back - Robin Samples [Beechwood Music]
- Time 2 Build - The Herbaliser [Ninja Tunes]
- 100 Miles and Running (feat. Wale & John Lindahl). - Logic [Def Jam Recordings]
- Stop This Crazy Thing (Sample) - Coldcut [Tommy Boy]
First I wanted to say, thanks for putting together this mix for Recreational Therapy.
My pleasure! I am honored to be included with such talent. It’s good to have a music something for the start of 2023.
This mix definitely has that old skool DJ Starlite 7 feel and they are all old skool tracks. I now play under Manofstarz but would still throw these tracks down anytime that suits.
What was the inspiration for this mix?
I love to Rock Da House with party tracks from the old skool and new skool. Originally I’d planned an acid breaks DJ set, which might take some skin off people’s noses. But then I noticed you looked at "stepping away from the dancefloor '' for Recreational Therapy Mixes... so I followed suit. This mix is what I’d play at after hours sessions, and has a laidback hip hop vibe going on. A music style different to what you would normally hear me play. A constructed and timed mixing style...still you will hear the start and finish of pretty much all tracks in the play list…
I like vocals to play off each other in the mix, , but the main thing I like is how the beats play and hide…
It was a super challenging mix to keep together with lots of tempo changes and shuffling beats. Even with Serato's visual aid I was under the pump to hold it all down. I could have pieced it together in Ableton perfectly but that's not how I roll... so I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
What has been influential for you musically in the past, and also more recently?
I was a bit of a goth in my teens. I liked the usual bands but really loved artists working with computers and samplers. NIN ‘Pretty Hate Machine’ made me look a lot harder at where sounds were coming from in music. My taste quickly turned to cyber Industrial and then to electronic music..... with bands like Meat Beat Manifesto paving a way to rave and other dance music for me.
My first rave – "Welcome 92" New Years Eve – was the clincher, with Orbital playing live... Wow!! The music was next level …and on strange machines I had only heard of but had never seen being played live.
I was pretty broke back in those days so I had to sneak looks at synths and drum machines in weird electronic magazines in the city newsagents. Was caught music technology perving many times and shooed out of the shop.
In the early dance days I was always fond of electro and experimental ambient music. I used to play a lot of the chillout rooms in the early rave days, then those chill spaces became alternative rooms as my interest in the rave scene shifted to the underground techno parties. I started playing more funky beats, breaks and DnB in the 2nd room at techno parties. I like all types of music but really got hooked on electro acid breaks and funky techno while playing at the famous Acid Faction, Jungle Punks and Swarm parties, and plenty of clubs and radio across Sydney.
My biggest music drive was and is performing and DJing...I love it. Performing gets you right into that higher consciousness of thought and it’s a real buzz operating at this level. Vinyl is the perfect medium to perform with. It is so raw and tactical and involves so much hand, eye and ear coordination. You can't fake a vinyl mix with fancy equipment – it's all on you.
My biggest musical influence is the artist Bass Bin Twins", who has made music since 92. Deep Bass, Kick, Sample, Acid... Repeat.
More recently I’ve been following Acidulant from Malta, who produces fantastic music and will blow up big time very soon. I love watching him play live sets on great equipment and it’s great to see acid breaks music continue to be super hot over in Malta. And being half Maltese I really feel the call to go over and be a part of it.
What are you listening to right now?
Lately a lot of downbeat breaks, 2 Step DnB and booty footwork… and right now it’s “Need U Bad” by Jazmine Sullivan (vinyl just arrived in the post).
Who or what is inspiring you musically and otherwise?
I am about to start producing music again. I had some recent issues sending midi program changes to my live equipment, but now that’s resolved and I’m ready to dive in and see what comes out of the music making process.
I love putting on events and making sure they run as well as they can. I involve myself with a few crews this way. I am also a keen photographer and event photography is a skill and art in itself, plus I find it gets me out and about and keeps me in touch with the music scene.
Where can we see or hear your next project?
I am looking to move my DJing online and start streaming. I have a great studio and set up for pushing this platform. Plus I’ve set up integrated visual synthesizers and graphic elements that feed off the music I am playing, which really adds to that performance place I like and want.
I am learning how to produce music but still learning. I have high ideals, so I hope it leads to some great music and experience for everyone.
Anything else you would like to share?
I have been teaching primary school kids for the last year and a bit. It is really fantastic to see kids have such raw musical talent at such a young age even if they don't know it.
During the year the kids performed a live dance version of "Sweet Child of Mine" at the Enmore Theater to a packed crowd. We also put on a school disco where kids were DJing all night for a thousand-plus people – the school hall was more packed than a NYE party! Prime Minister DJ Albo rocked up for an impromptu set with the kids on the night…After the school disco we worked with the kids to produce and perform an original rap song and music video with a real Beastie Boys feel to it and a rock'n hook.
Lastly I would like to share that I collect KLF records and rare vinyl. If anyone has any KLF Communications Records they want to part with...Hit me up!!!
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