Discovery Sessions w/ Jacques Cousteau 003

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Welcome to another edition of Discovery Sessions, this week I’m happy to present to you another talent his name is Jacques Cousteau. I had the pleasure of seeing him at one of his events inside Create Nightclub a couple of weeks ago and invited him to take part in this project of ours. Check out what he has to say in our questionnaire and find his Discovery Sessions down below! Enjoy!

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So_Cal_Edm_Events (SCEE): Thank you for taking the time to answer this interview let’s start off simple what is your name?

Jacques Cousteau (JC): I was born Theodore Alexander Brown, my nickname is Teddy.

SCEE: What do you go by?

JC: I go by the name of Jacques Cousteau since 2013 before that I went under several names before ending up with this one. I was formerly J.O.C. but John O’Callaghan was dubbed with that name. So under the direction of DJ YO-C I changed the name to Jacques Cousteau.

SCEE: Are you from southern California? If not where are you from?

JC: I am not from southern California. I have lived here in SoCal for the past 10 years. I am originally from a small town in upstate New York called Poughkeepsie in a subsection district known as Arlington bordering Vassar College and IBM Headquarters.

SCEE: And what genre of electronic music do you play?

JC: I play a sound I would like to call Luxury House, which is a mixture of French House, which is almost always the foundation of my sound. I add a little bit of Tech House. I sprinkle in Indie House sparingly. A dash of Nu Disco combined with house music. Then the cherry alamode Deep House. Which combined creates a very Luxury Sound, rich, deep bass lines with soul & funk for days. Some have called it the Luxury Funk of Jacques Cousteau. Essential Mix quality track selection and execution.

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SCEE: How long have you been producing/Djing?

JC: I have been producing since 2010 with electronic music and formerly with rock since 1998. I have been DJing since 1994 I started on cassettes then cd then vinyl in 1998.

SCEE: What inspired you to become a producer?

JC: I would have to say that being around my Friend Mark Lamorg from Streetlab in Junior College seeing him make tracks with propeller head software. Also the chemical brothers are another huge inspiration to me. I used to be a Bass Player in a Heavy Metal Band Back in 93-94 and once I heard Setting Sun I left the metal scene in the tri state area and became immersed in dance music. Also I just hear the music in my head and had to start making it into a tangible thing.

SCEE: Who is your biggest inspiration? 

JC: My Biggest Inspiration is my mother she got me into music very young and taught me how to dance at a very early age. We would dance around our basement for hours. She also taught me how to memorize title and artist of a song. She helped me identify bands by there sound. She had strong opinions about music and through that I built a standard by which I pick music to this day. My brother is another huge inspiration he was making mix tapes while I was in Kindergarten. He also turned me onto Hall and Oates, EPMD, Madonna, Peter Gabriel and The Beastie Boys among other great artists that influence me to this day; he called himself DJ Quick Brown Fox. My sister is also another major influence of mine. She would sneak into the Limelight NYC when she was 16 and tell me all these crazy stories of what goes on. She also opened my eyes and ears to a whole other world that existed. So from 12 years old all I wanted to do was go clubbing and hear dance music.  

SCEE: Do you have any residencies locally?

JC: I currently work with a few groups within Los Angeles regularly and hold residency with them.

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SCEE: What has been the biggest festival/Club you’ve played at? How was that experience? Was it memorable? What would you change?

JC: The Biggest Club I have played is Exchange La so far. That was the most amazing and exciting experience in my life. It was a dream come true, bucket list dream come true type deal.  It was one of the most exciting and memorable nights of my life and I would not trade it for anything I dropped a set so Fuego even I was blown away at how smooth it went for 90 minutes!

SCEE:  Where do you plan on being in five years career wise?

JC: In Five Years I plan on having an entire stage show that will blow peoples minds when it comes to their city and tour regularly as well as releasing entire albums of original tunes.

SCEE: A lot of people will be reading this article, if you could tell them something about yourself to maybe support you what would you say?

JC: If you come to my show you will see a Cosplay Artist in a translucent suit playing the most amazing music and visual experience you have ever experienced and dancing with the crowd. So different than anything you will hear and see in the Los Angeles scene. You may buy a $20 ticket but I am going to give you a $100 performance every time! I will take you on a magical Journey leaving you wanting more every time! Someone who unselfishly makes everything for the intention of making you have they best night of your life and dance your ass off. Just think of me as the guy who doesn’t make the party, he makes the party better by playing the best sound track you will ever hear. I pride myself on my musical selection and unique style that you don’t really hear anymore. Breaking new tunes, which you have not heard before. I am a man who followed his dreams and gives it 110% every show!

SCEE: We have a great deal of followers following us, what would you tell the people who are going to hear this to expect from your mini mix?What do you want to them to take note of?

JC: You are going to hear something dramatically different than your everyday mix you are going to hear an artist at work. I am going to take you on a voyage in my submarine. You will experience a magical journey into the foreign waters.

Take note of the 80’s Influence, funky bass lines as well as the sick drums and use of real instruments carefully crafting the Luxury House funk sound of Jacques Cousteau.

SCEE: What do you do outside of music?

JC: Outside of Music I am a classically trained working actor. I have been on a few tv shows. I also edit and produce small projects on the side. As well as having a 9 to 5 job in the financial services industry.

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SCEE:  What do you think of the current scene? Do you think new people need to freshen up the scene?

JC: The Current scene is amazing everyone is super passionate in Los Angeles and helpful of other DJ and producers. We all get along and I love working with the local DJ and producers. Los Angeles is a super hot scene and the whole country is watching LA right now. So it’s a great time to be part of the current scene.

New people all the time are freshening up the scene. It’s just a natural cycle of the industry. I just wish people would catch on sooner to great dj and producers that are out there already. Also SCEE for spotlighting local talent.

SCEE: Finish this sentence,  Music is…

JC: the one thing that can bring peace love unity and respect to the world and make the world a better place.

SCEE: Lastly we’d like to thank you for participating, for anyone interested in following you more where can they do so? 

JC: Shout out to So Cal Edm Events/SCEE for allowing me to do the mini mix. So follow So Cal Edm Events.

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I also will be playing Create Nightclub Upstairs on Aug 29th in Hollywood, California.

 

 

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Discovery Sessions 002- Eddie Portillo

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Welcome to our second edition of Discovery Sessions, I want to thank everyone who showed support to our debut edition last week with DJ Tysen. This week we are bringing you another more known but still relatively unknown outside of the southern California area dj, he goes by the name of Eddie Portillo.  We  are excited to debut his exclusive mix for us and hope you enjoy it, below you’ll find the questionnaire that we sent out to him to answer so you can best get to know him, his thoughts on the music and the mix is all the way down below. Enjoy!

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So_Cal_Edm_Events (SCEE): Thank you for taking the time to answer this interview let’s start off simple what is your name? What do you go by? Are you from southern California? If not where are you from? And what genre of electronic music do you play?

Eddie Portillo (EP): My name is Edson Portillo. I go by Eddie Portillo. I’m born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and have lived some time in Orange County and Long Beach. I enjoy playing house, tech house, afro house, and progressive house. 

SCEE: How long have you been producing/Djing? What inspired you to become a producer? Who is your biggest inspiration? Do you have any residencies locally?


EP: I started DJing when I was 18 years old and I’m 27, so almost 10 years. I was inspired by going to clubs and watching ONE person dictate the crowd with song selection. I’ve always enjoyed music but could never sing. DJing was the closest I could get to be an artist. I was always an open format DJ but in April 2013, I decided to focus my time and effort into EDM/House music. I started producing music last year in 2014 and I have a couple finished tracks I haven’t released. My biggest inspiration is Sunnery James for many reasons. I DJ frequently at Sutra, Exchange, and Create but have no contracted residencies. 

SCEE: What has been the biggest festival/Club you’ve played at? How was that experience? Was it memorable? What would you change?


EP: My biggest festival has been none other than Wet Electric this year 2015. I was on the main stage and part of the same line up as Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and the godfather of EDM, Tiësto. The experience was unforgettable. Unlike any other feeling of accomplishment I’ve ever had in my life. I wouldn’t change anything. It was perfect. 

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SCEE:  Where do you plan on being in five years career wise?


EP: I gave myself until 30 years old to be a successful producer and travel the world as a full time DJ. I say this now, that’s looking very promising. In 5 years I want to be booked 90% of my time doing gigs for different countries and producing chart topping music. 

SCEE: A lot of people will be reading this article, if you could tell them something about yourself to maybe support you what would you say?

EP: My love for music has always been genuine and as much as you care about the set you’re going to witness, I care about how I make you (the crowd) feel. I will always show my people love and hospitality and hope that everyone that follows me has the courage to let me know if they feel I’m losing site of the person I am before the person I plan to become. I have made some amazing friends just through people contacting me online that they were at a show and heard my set. I appreciate each and every one of you out there. 

SCEE: We have a great deal of followers following us, what would you tell the people who are going to hear this to expect from your mini mix? What do you want to them to take note of?

EP: I started with good tech house, blended into some house, then mashed up some house jams with progressive house and used some acapellas as well.  It shows a little bit of everything I enjoy listening to.

SCEE: What do you do outside of music?

EP: I’m an accountant. I work 7-3 Monday thru Friday. 

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SCEE:  What do you think of the current scene? Do you think new people need to freshen up the scene?

EP: Everyone will always have their own opinions about every scene. My thoughts, continue having your own opinion just don’t shun anyone else’s thoughts because they don’t go along with yours. Respect everyone for who they are, what they choose, and what they think. We are all different. It’s a beautiful thing when we can embrace that and become one in music. 

SCEE: Finish this sentence… Music is

EP: Power. Music is power because we find feelings in music we can’t put into words ourselves. 

SCEE: Lastly we’d like to thank you for participating, for anyone interested in following you more where can they do so? 

EP: www.soundcloud.com/djeddieportillo

@djeddieportillo on Twitter and Instagram

www.djeddieportillo.com

Shoutouts to anyone that made it this far into reading my interview. Thank you for your time. I hope you enjoy the mix!

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-Mario #SCEE

Discovery Sessions 001 Launch DEBUT – Dj Tysen

PhotoGrid_1438902199088 Welcome to the Launch of Discovery Sessions, we finally are here after a long two month process to get here. We’ve scored and search the unknown talent pool that fights every day to be the next big thing in our music. I encourage you to keep an open mind and listen to the many unknown talents we will be showcasing. The premise of this is simple we gave them an opportunity to make a mini mix about 30 to 50 mins long showcasing what best described them and what they wanted to let YOU, the listeners, know what they were all about. We also asked them a few questions regarding various small subjects, so we hope you enjoy this new segment. Let’s kick things off now and get to the questions and music located at the very bottom, hope you enjoy this new program. Much love!

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  So_Cal_Edm_Events (SCEE): Thank you for taking the time to answer this interview let’s start off simple what is your name? What do you go by? Are you from southern California? If not where are you from? And what genre of electronic music do you play?

Tyler (T): My name is Tyler Clemmensen and I go by the alias Dj Tysen. I am from Southern California but I go to school in San Francisco so I’m always back and forth. I play a lot of harder styles of electronic music focusing on Hardstyle and Dubstep. For this mix though I thought I would change it up and go from Hardstyle to Dubstep to Trance to House, which is crazy to think that it works.

SCEE: How long have you been producing/Djing? What inspired you to become a producer? Who is your biggest inspiration? Do you have any residencies locally?

T: I have been producing since I was 16 but I started playing piano when I was 5, which really helped with producing. I got inspired to start dj’ing/prdocuing when I was at couple of events and I kept getting pushed around in the crowd. I’m a small guy, some of the dudes at these events are massive so I’m always the one getting pushed every which way and one day I got so fed up with being pushed around that I wanted to change something, I wanted to be the one on the stage making people go crazy. My biggest inspiration would have to be Skrillex. He was the one that got me into electronic music in the first place. I don’t have any residencies but I have played a good amount of venues such as Create, 333 Live, Los Globos, EPR, and a few good spots in the bay.

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  SCEE: What has been the biggest festival/Club you’ve played at? How was that experience? Was it memorable? What would you change?

T: My biggest event lineup wise was when I got to play along side Getter and Must Die at an event in LA. My 2nd biggest would be playing alongside Doctor P at EPR in San Francisco. These 2 shows were amazing cause being such a basshead, I have been following these artists for years and to see my name on the same lineup as them was super memorable. The one thing I would have changed in my Doctor P show was the fact I didn’t have a link cable for the 2 CDJS. I get up on stage and I start mixing into my first track from the previous Dj and everything going well. I opened with a nice chill Feed Me track and I go to hit link on the 2nd CDJ to load up my 2nd track and nothing, look at the back, no cable. In my head I was freaking out and I dove into my backpack to try and find a possible other USB that I had on me and luckily I found an old USB that only had hardstyle tracks on it so I ended up playing a full hardstyle set because that’s all the music I had on the 2nd CDJ. So note self, ALWAYS BRING YOUR OWN LINK CABLE!

SCEE: Where do you plan on being in five years career wise?

T: In 5 years I would hope to see myself known as a Hardstyle Dj. I’m not saying I want to become a huge Dj and travel the world playing huge festivals but I would like to get to a point where I’m know in the area as being “A dope hardstyle dj”

SCEE: A lot of people will be reading this article, if you could tell them something about yourself to maybe support you what would you say?

T: I like to play diverse sets. Yes I love playing an hour or 2 of hardstyle in a row, but I love switching between genres quickly and I feel that’s what separates me from other dj’s. Like in this mix I went from Hardstyle to Dubstep to Trance and then ended with House, in less than 45 minutes. I don’t like dj’s that will only play house or deep house for a staright hour because it doesn’t take that much skill, it’s not original. Originality in Dj’s is hard to come by nowadays.   

SCEE: We have a great deal of followers following us, what would you tell the people who are going to hear this to expect from your mini mix? What do you want to them to take note of?

T: I would say to keep an open mind as you listen because you never know what is going to come next. I open with hardstyle so right away its bass to the face and it might turn some people off but others are going to be curious to see where it is going to go next. I’m all about surprising the crowd so they have no idea what I’m going to play next. Keeps them on edge.

SCEE: What do you do outside of music?

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T: I go to school at Academy of Art University for Motion Pictures and Television with an emphasis in Sound Design and Sound Engineering, and I love to play piano. I also love a good burger and chicken tenders.

SCEE: What do you think of the current scene? Do you think new people need to freshen up the scene?

T: When I get asked this question, this is when I start to get on edge. I am not a fan of where the scene is going. I don’t like the fact that there are so many ghost producers now and fake artists. I don’t like that fact the in order to Dj at events they go off of how many followers you have on instagram or how many tickets you sell. The promoters are not even listening to the mix’s when they book dj’s, they have no idea what they sound like and its saddens me because there are A LOT of good dj’s out there that go unrecognized because they aren’t good at social media. When I go to events I mainly stay at the hardstyle or dubstep stages because I get bored of all these house artists all playing the same 30 songs and being super basic.

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  SCEE: Finish this sentence… Music is

T: Expression

  SCEE: Lastly we’d like to thank you for participating, for anyone interested in following you more where can they do so? (Social Media plug & Shoutouts)  T: You can follow me on Instagram: @DjTysen, Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/djtysen, Facebook: Facebook.com/djtysen, Twitter: @Dj_Tysen, Snapchat: DjTysen.

  -Mario #SCEE

Discovery Sessions Preview!

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Welcome to the preview of our newest segment here at SCEE (So Cal Edm Events) entitled Discovery Sessions, we wanted to give you a brief preview on what is being launched this Monday before it’s actual launch! This has been a idea I’ve had for over a year at first it started as a music Monday’s where I would share new songs with all of you that I’ve discovered and where worthy of sharing but, after time I realized there were many places and areas where one could do that already including but not limited to beatport own website and other sites dedicated to the music. So I erased that idea from the board and I went back to work, as time progress I almost lost hope into launching something at all until I struck an idea at an event here in Los Angeles. I was at a small party with lesser known dj’s and producers who were trying to expose there music to the masses, I started to think to myself “Why isn’t there a platform for all these producers and aspiring Dj’s to share the music they make to the masses besides working the circuit?”

And that’s when it clicked, why couldn’t I do something like that? Why couldn’t I reach out to all these people with hopes and dreams of becoming big time producers and dj’s and give them a platform to share the music they produces/play/love, from house, trap, trance, french house, deep house and all the in between genres that “EDM” has evolved into. So we got to work, we reached out via our various social media platforms and asked from the smallest dj’s to the one who open clubs like Exchange LA, Sutra OC, Avalon and more. Not surprisingly we received numerous emails and replies with interest and that’s where Discovery Sessions comes in!

We will be showcasing one dj/producer every week and allowing them to show you what they have and what they bring to your ears! I invite you to listen with an open mind and enjoy what they have to offer in various sub-genres of the electronic music spectrum! We hope that with this you’ll find someone new that you will enjoy and hopefully support as they pursue their dreams of sharing their music to the world! With that being said please follow our sound cloud page and youtube pages and both will carry each discovery session each week! Cheers and thank you for stopping by and reading this preview! Much love and here is to a new segement! Cheers!

 

-Mario #SCEE

 

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