EXCLUSIVE Interview with D-Malice, Rancido & Pascal Morais
European based DJ’s; D-Malice, Rancido & Pascal Morais have more in common than just being friends that work together on the occasional record. They are apart of a ever growing afro-house movement. We caught up with talented up-and-coming artists to get a better insight into their scene, music, labels and more…
About The Artists
UK based DJ/Producer D-Malice began DJ’ing at the tender age of 13, heavily influenced by the Old School Garage sound. As a producer Malice has had releases on leading labels, such as Defected, Soul Candi (SA), Offering Recordings, Adaptation, Seasons and Hed Kandi just to name a few. He is also proud label owner of label DM.Recordings.
Netherlands based Pascal Morais is now an established name in the underground Afro Deep House scene as a producer gaining respect and support by well known artists like Atjazz, Osunlade, Boddhi Satva, Rancido, Mr V, Djeff Afrozila and many more. Labels like Atjazz Recording Company, Fatal Music, Drum Mode & Baainar Digital have released many of Pascals original productions and remixes. His label ‘Arrecha Records” is the main output for his own new music, as well as introducing new talents mainly from South Africa that continue to preach the sound of African House Music throughout the world.
Randy Tjon-A-Fon, also known as Rancido, is one of the hottest talents in the dutch house scene today with his afro-beats, soulful and deep house sound. Born in the Netherlands, he has been creating music since the age of 12. He present day productions have found home on labels like Defected, Vega Records, Nulu Music, Offering Recordings, Seasons Limited and Afrazoo. He has gained big love from DJs such as Louie Vega, Anane Vega, Boddhi Satva, Osunlade, DJ Gregory, Abicah Soul, Zepherin Saint, N’Dinga Gaba, Gregor Salto, Antonello Coghe and Mark Knight.
We caught up with all 3 of these talented artists to get insight into their lives, music, their labels and much more
1) Firstly, thanks for taking the time out to chat with us. Tell us where you’re based and how you are feeling right now?
“Thank you to Traxsource for featuring us on this great platform for digital/House music. D-Malice and DM.Recordings are based in the United Kingdom in a town north of London.”
“First of all, thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to be able to display ourselves in this big big world of house music. We from Arrecha Records are based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.”
“Thanks to Traxsource for this opportunity. I’m based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. And I’m feeling good!”
2) What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes your sound?
“I try to experiment and use a variety of hardware synthesizers and plugin’s for my music, I’m currently addicted to the Native Instruments K9 Ultimate package, I’ve created many patches/sounds from this beast which adds gives my music great character!”
“For myself as a producer, people might know me from my BBQ mixes. These are the happy soulful tunes where I use the high synth melodies but on the other side, the deeper stuff is full of melodic string patterns and a wall of sound as Atjazz characterized my music, lol.”
“I’ve worked in numerous programs and used loads of different plugins, but the one I can’t live without is most definitely FL Studio.”
3) What’s you’re opinion on the current state of house music?
“For me personally I’m loving the House music I play and produce. For the past couple of years I have seen the Afro, Deep, Soulful House sound grow rapidly. To the point where it’s being played on our main radio stations here in the UK and being charted along side commercial music. Having platforms like Traxsource also helps the scene, its allowed us to hear fresh new music from new talented artist from across the world. House music has been around since I can remember and its just growing and I don’t think its going anywhere.”
“I think it is at a very high quality level. Because of the Internet, the world has become so small which allows people to work with each other and create wonderful house music. Ten years ago I could never imagined that I would have been able to work with, Zano or Tellaman, both from South Africa for example. Now we can keep in contact every moment of the day and work on stuff whenever we like. Also because the modern technology makes it easier to make music, it keeps everybody sharp and forces everyone to be the best they can be, which is a good thing. Personally I think we are also finally gaining some turf from the commercial EDM crap that people have been stuffed in their throat for years. Here in Holland I see more a more people liking quality house music. Either Deep, Soulful or Afro house. It’s still hard work but you see more and more events pop up with quality music. For me it’s a sign people are searching for something new and it’s our job to serve them with good music.”
“For me personally, I don’t really look into what’s going on now in the scene, as long as people are happy with the sound that I produce, and I get to play the music that I love.”
4) What’s it like running a Record Label – and what do you want to accomplish as an imprint?
Personally for me I love the job of running DM.Recordings. It gives not just myself but others to showcase their music and talent and introduce them selves through their music via platforms like Traxsource.
Our aim is to carry on putting out great music and concentrating on our artists and mold DM.Recordings and our artists into a successful brand.
“Running a record label (Arrech Records) allows me to meet great new artists and talented people from every corner of the world. I’m always looking for new talent and I’m trying to give them a platform to display themselves as an artist and If I can help them further in their ambition I do everything in my power to help them where ever I can. I’m still growing as a label but I do have proper contacts to connect the right people with each other where both parties benefit from”
“Running a label for me is fairly easy, but all credits goes to Dadadam BV. They are managing all the label side of things. I think like any other label we want to represent a sound and or feeling, and for now that sound is going towards Deep house with touches of African music in it.”
5) What keeps you both motivated after all this time? Tell us about the highs and the lows…
“For me personally everyday life keeps me motivated, my family, my friends and just general love for music. All these things influence my music and how I feel hence why I call my remixes “Expressions”. There’s always highs and lows no matter what career path you choose its just life, but I do try to keep a positive circle around me which helps me to progress and do better in music and life.”
“My passion for music is so strong that It blows away any negativity on my journey to grow. In every stage you grow, you come across new people trying to bring you down but my passion is stronger so I don’t allow negativity come across my path. But also in every stage you get to meet new amazing people. A few years ago I could never dream of working with D-Malice, Rancido, Jonny Miller, Atjazz, Kid Fonque etc. Each and everyone of them are nice, laidback and talented people. Respect to you guys!!”
“Family, friends, fans and all producers, musicians keep me motivated. We all know the down part of the business :-D”
6) What’s next for you?
“I have a number of projects that I’m working on. Currently working on my first album, which will feature some great collaborations. There’s no set date yet as I’m in no rush to complete it, I want to perfect the sound but it’s going to be amazing! I also have an EP coming out in March 2014 called “Deep Expression” which is coming out on Soul Candi Records (SA) on the 28th February, it features four Deep/Afro House tracks one of them includes vocals from the amazing Marissa Guzman who featured on Cuebur’s 2013 anthem “No Doubt”. I have a couple more EP’s coming out later on this year one of them is a collaboration with the amazing Jonny Miller…the EP is sounding EPIC! Cant wait for you guys to hear all this great music”
As for DM.Recordings we have some amazing talent, which I’m sure you have come across the past year, from the likes of “The Lamberti Boyz, Calvin Fallo, Beebar”. 2014 is shaping up to be a great one for us.”
“I’m currently working on an album with collaborations with vocalists and remixes I did for them. I don’t know when it will be finished yet because I demand certain quality of myself and I am still not satisfied with some things that I wrote.”
“I’m not gonna say much, I will keep you guys waiting in suspense…But there is some great music coming from myself & Deep Journey Recordings”
7) Share a few artists that have influenced your sound?
“From listening to an eclectic mix of genres from a small age I have been influenced by many artists, such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Hans Raj Hans whom are legendary folk singers from India, Michael Jackson, George Duke, Bob Marley, Gregory Issac, Beres Hammond, Prince, J Dilla, Pete Rock, MAW, Osunlade, Black Coffee, Boddhi Satva, Atjazz, Karizma, Domu, MdCL, and artist who I have the privilege to work with today such as Pascal Morais, Jonny Miller, Rancido, Kid Fonque, Cuebur…I could go on!”
“Basically any good artists influences me. Battlecat (hiphop producer), Thievery Corporation, Bob Marley, Culoe de Song, but also Rancido, D-Malice, Atjazz influence my sound.”
“Well the one who influenced me the most is not an artist, but definitely a big inspiration, my mom! And if I have to look to artist than probably Gregor Salto, Boddhi Satva, Masters At Work, Atjazz.”
8) Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?
“Believe in what you do and work hard towards your goals, nothing comes for free and certainly doesn’t come easy. The music industry is a cutthroat industry and you will have set backs but as I said work hard, be original and all will fall into place”.
“My advice is don’t listen to other people’s promises and do everything by yourself. You are the only one that is going to run as fast as you run. In this music world you get a lot of people promising you the world but you always find out at the end that they don’t come through with what they promised you. Just stay focused on your journey and don’t be blown away from any disappointments you come across. Just look at it as a video game where you have to do your best to go to the next level, if you fail you try again until you accomplish your mission! Stay focused and work very hard and before you know it you work with people you always looked up to”
“Work hard! Stay Focused on your what you want to achieve. And last but not least, believe in yourself.”
9) And finally, what would be your short list of dream collaborations, past or present – dead or alive?
“Good job you said short list because we’d probably have to create a website just for my dream collabs, HA!”
- Jill Scott
- India Arie
- Lauren Hill
- Erykah Badu
- Bob Marley
- Black Coffee
- Jordan Rakei
- Angie Stone
- Michael Jackson
- Sizzla….I think he would be amazing on a Afro House track!
“Wow, let me think about this one, past or present there would be a long list but let me name a few I really, really would like to work with”:
- Bob Marley
- Fela Kuti
- Busi Mhlongo
- Frank Sinatra
- Erykah Badu
- Buena Vista Social Club
- Nina Simone
- Thievery Corporation
- Quincy Jones
Here it goes!!
- Lalah Hathaway
- Jane Hamilton
- Monique Bingham
- Erykah Badu
- Jill Scott…. And so many other female vocalists… yes I LOVE female vocalists :-D
D-Malice latest release ‘Deep Expressions EP’ is out now on Traxsource.
Pascal Morais latest release ‘Thatha Kancane – The Legit Remixes’ is out now on Traxsource.