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Robert Elster – Still Breathing.

Today is a very big day for not only myself and JOOF Recordings, but musically for the scene. I’ve been fortunate to work with Vibrasphere in the past and released their music on JOOF, we can all say that we were devastated when we got the news thats Vibrasphere had split and the wonderful music had come to an end. This left a huge gap musically in the scene.

4 July 2016 News Read more

Set times.

Set times once used to be a crafted thing of beauty,  a form of unity created by a group of passionate artists and promoters working closely together in order to produce the perfect musical experience. It was that very musical experience that gained the trust of the attendees and bought them back week after week.
Recently a set time has become a badge of honour, a trophy of status, a show of power, a chest puffed announcement to the world they are performing a headline set. An army of managers now dictate to the promoter when and for how long their act plays to ensure they become the main attraction so that they walk away being ’man of the match’ taking the glory for the evenings entreatment. It’s career building.
It’s a hard pill to swallow for the next generation of DJ’s getting pushed to the side at festivals and big events, they get 60 minutes to play while the big guy gets 3. It’s an even harder pill for the promoter to swallow when the manager won’t listen to his pleas that the set time they are dictating won’t work in his territory. The musical curve is shattered and disjointed throughout the evening. The big guy finishes playing then leaves. So does the rest of the dancefloor. The promoter used to be like a conductor of an orchestra ensuring all the parts of the band flowed, now they’re a school teacher fighting off the spoiled brats parents.
The evening’s programming must have a story, a magical journey. There used to be a gentleman’s agreement while on the stage, the DJ before would bring the energy to the correct level for the next to take over. A discrete conversation would be had once the next act arrived letting them know the tracks you already played and asking what BPM/vibe they would like things to be left for them, instead you’re often faced with a musical situation that’s a long way off where you fit and have to reset things. Yes it effects the vibe on the dance floor.
There is light at the end of this tunnel, there’s a new generation of events and festivals that are gaining traction, again that unity is getting reignited and it’s wonderful to see people like; Boomtown, Bedrock,  Jeff Ryan (Dreamstate), John O’Callaghan (Subculture), Javier Bussola (BAT), Oz (Ozmozis), Solarstone (Pure Trance), Noisily, Luminosity, JOOF Editions,  and more getting hands on personally communicating with the artists to ensure they produce the best shows possible. Passion once again takes prime place.

29 June 2016 Blog  News Read more

JOOF Recordings – 18 years.

18 years ago my good friend Russell Coultart (who owned Transient & Automatic records), suggested I start my own record label due to the amount of unsigned new music that I was uncovering while crate digging in record shops. From his experience running two very successful labels, he quickly identified myself being the recipe of what makes a great A&R boss and put me forward for the job asking me to take this lead role whilst he provided the business infrastructure. Handshake was done and we became partners. From that day I took the stance to support and provide a platform to uncover new emerging talent and showcase those producers that are making forward thinking music. Still today 18 years later, that ethos has stayed in tact. Though we have many, many well established producers wanting to come onboard, I don’t want JOOF recordings to be a commercial label, the day that happens we lose our musical freedom. We simply identify producers with something unique, daring to be different for us to showcase to the world.
Over the last couple of years we accumulated so many producers that main JOOF was at full capacity having releases almost every week, this certainly wasn’t a place we wanted to be in, being like a factory churning so much music out. We originally had no genre rules but had to address this problem to take the strain off JOOF. As you all know, we did a slight rebrand launching two sub labels, JOOF Mantra now takes care of all things in the Psy world, whilst JOOF Aura heads in a deep progressive direction whilst JOOF continues to concentrate on Trance. The results after just six months are phenomenal and we can’t thank you enough for the support.
Running a label can also take it’s toll and at one point ten years ago I nearly closed down JOOF. Russell closed his labels as he moved to another area in the music industry, this was at the time where vinyl sales had significantly decreased, download sales had just started along with torrent sites hitting those digital sales hard. Suddenly the income for all artists and labels in the industry were hit hard, we could no longer employ the team of staff we had in the office and some serious thinking to be done as it was impossible for me to work full time on this along with my DJ/producer career. You all have to thank my long term friend Marnik from Bonzai, if it wasn’t for him JOOF would no longer exist. It was one of those fate moments, Marnik called me at the time when I was struggling, being a close friend I opened up to him with my dilemma. Marnik has always been one of the most forward thinking guys in this music industry I’ve known and for the next two hours I fuelled off his excitement has he predicted the future of the digital age that was heading our way. As always he was right. I’m so glad he reached out on that day, I accepted his helping hand and JOOF instantly became a label partner within Bonzai labels and distribution group.
Alongside the Bonzai team; Marnik, Fly, Katja along with Gary, Daniel, Glen, Darren and Selma this month we celebrate JOOF Recordings 18th birthday.  We won’t make a big fuss, we’ll save that for 20 years, but we’ve made a little album full of remixes of JOOF favourite from over the years. https://www.beatport.com/release/joof-18-years/1748138
We also must thank all the producers that make the foundation of JOOF records, and of course you the fans as without we wouldn’t be where we are today.
Happy Birthday to my baby I’ve dedicated 18 years of my life too.

16 June 2016 Blog Read more

Dancing Astronaut Review: John 00 Fleming’s new psy trance album ‘Alter Ego’ sets a precedent for Goa’s modern renaissance.

John 00 Fleming, or JOOF as he’s nicknamed, plays a quiet leadership role from his base in the underground trance scene, using his keen ear and mastery of electronic music production to curate sounds that ripple out to all reaches of trance. Despite a continually changing soundscape, he remains a consistent figurehead of the genre.

13 June 2016 News Read more

Sound Control

I often come across fellow DJ’s and producers that passionately chat about how they need high quality files to play out in clubs, then proceed to rattle on about bit rates, killahurtz and frequencies. In the studio I’m the same, I care about sound, buy high end equipment in order for me to create the very best music possible with the sound quality being at the top of my list. An age old internal joke between musicians, we spend all this care, attention and thousands of pounds spent on studio equipment that gets lost when it reaches the end user that listens to the music on a pair of iPhone headphones. I see similarities between this and equipment in some clubs.

13 June 2016 Blog Read more

Flux BPM Online Interview John 00 Fleming for his album Alter Ego.

The legend DJ, music producer, label owner, and radio host John 00 Fleming has recently released his third long player called Alter Ego. The album has been welcomed from the electronic music online community and there were positive remarks from fanbase and reviews too. It is fantastic that despite his busy schedule John has found time to reply in our questions and he gave us some interesting glimpse of the backstage process of producing this psy trance masterpiece. Of course the interview attempts to place the album within the past, present and future of John 00 Fleming magnificent career who has left his stamp in the electronic music scene and his legacy will be discussed in the years to come. John has helped many new artists to come forward and find platform in his label and radio show to communicate their music with the wider public.  Press Play on your media player and enjoy Alter Ego while you read his though provoking honest and really truthful answers.

23 May 2016 News Read more

Congratulations to label boss John 00 Fleming.

We are overwhelmed by the love and  support we have received here at JOOF Recordings. As this week John 00 Fleming’s artist album ‘Alter Ego’ was released on JOOF Mantra, the first Psy album by Label boss. This has received massive support not only from his fellow colleagues DJ’s and producers but from his massive following of fans. It’s reached Number 1 in the main beatport chart and is now also number 1  in the Psy Trance chart. I think we can safely say this is a huge achievement and we are delighted with the response so far.

14 May 2016 News Read more

John 00 Fleming’s new album ‘Alter Ego’ on JOOF Mantra out today.

John 00 Fleming is a man with whose electronic music career has been equal parts industrious and illustrious. Now spanning two decades or more, he’s been the driving mix-force behind music compilations, now too numerous to count and – for the larger part – a steadfast advocate of ‘the singles school’ of music release.

9 May 2016 News Read more

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