DJ E-Clyps 'KleensHouse' in this Exclusive Interview
Since his introduction by the legendary Todd Terry in 2011, DJ E-Clyps has made his presence known as one of the names to watch with his rugged, aggressive brand of house music. In a short span he has crafted an impressive resume, and his tracks have been in the playlists of top DJ’s such as Todd Terry, Duck Sauce, DJ Mes, J Paul Getto, DJ Chuckie, Scott Diaz, Gramophondzie, Tony Humphries, Rene’ Amesz, BBC Radio 1,DJ Spoony’s Traxsource Essential 5 on Ministry Of Sound Radio, and many others.
In 2013, his massive remix of Todd Terry & Bridget Barkan’s “Can’t Fake the Feeling” peaked at #2 on Traxsouce and was also named one of the top 200 Singles of 2013. In addition, his original tracks and remixes have appeared on such labels as Nervous, InHouse, King Street/Street King, Fogbank, Guesthouse, and more. 2013 was a breakout year for this up-and-coming Producer/DJ, with 2014 being set up as an even bigger one. Lately he has not only been making impressive resume of productions and remixes, but has also been showing his prowess on the decks as well.
We caught up with E-Clyps to chat about house music, the scene, music production and music more…
1) Who is DJ E-Clyps? How would you describe yourself?
DJ first, producer second. A lot of people think it’s the other way around, it’s not. I started in hip-hop but always loved House. The first house track I ever made Todd Terry heard it and signed it. I still can’t believe it sometimes. The rest is history.
2) What is it like to be mentored by Todd Terry?
Crazy. Who better else to learn from? He and Bill Klatt of have been instrumental in my development as an artist. At the same time he didn’t handcuff me, he emphasized for me to be my own boss and make my own moves, but I knew he had my back. He basically gave me a plan of what to do and said have at it; you get stuck, call me. :)
3) Speaking of InHouse, how did your current collaboration with Bridget Barkan happen?
Todd introduced me to Bridget after doing the remixes of “Can’t Fake The Feeling” and “Sugar Free”. We clicked musically from the gate. “Pay Me” was a vision she had and I loved the concept. So we finished it, Todd heard it, and wanted it for the label and we wanted it that way, keep it in the circle. InHouse.
4) You are also beginning to get called upon a lot for remixes. How do you decide what songs to remix and what is your approach when you do a remix?
The song has to strike a certain spot in me, if I don’t feel it, I don’t commit to doing it. I never ask for stems, just the acapella and a reference track of the original. I strip them down to nothing and start from scratch. Then I spend a lot of time just listening to the vocal and the original version and thinking of what others would do and then figure out a way to do the unexpected opposite. I always tell labels be prepared for something different, if you’re looking for normal: I’m not the guy.
5) How do you feel about the current popularity EDM is experiencing?
I think house could learn a lot from it in terms of business. They realize it’s a business. Music.. Business. Branding and product placement is the secret to their success. You may not like the music, but you kinda have to admire the hustle. But I think house could and will be as popular without changing the sound of house music: but it’s going to take a hard look at how business is done, doing things different and not just hoping real house music gets a shot at the same opportunities. May not be a popular answer, but it’s the truth.
6) What can we expect in a DJ E-Clyps set?
I grew up a big fan of DJ’s whose sets had a journey to them. But essentially I’m aiming for people to literally black out from pure overload of bangin’ music. When that happens for real, I may retire. It’s gonna be rough, rugged, funky, and lots of sub rumbling.
7) You’ve taken a different approach with your new KleenHouse release by making it a SXSW & WMC compilation. What brought that about?
I do my best to keep an eye on what’s going on now and also what lies ahead. WMC is a staple, but SXSW is also becoming a place where house music is getting some exposure. I was going to do two compilations but I decided to kill two birds with one stone and keep it affordable by limiting it to 10 tracks, making it an album that can be purchased for 10 bucks. Not everyone has the budget to buy massive compilations.
8) Do you have any advice for new DJ’s, Producers or someone thinking of starting their own label?
Know your craft. Know your business. Know your history. Music makes itself. Have a vision. Focus on signing not only great music, but also being sure to develop great artists. That’s the philosophy behind my KleenHouse label: delivering great music from great people. We’re here to clean house.