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Mon, 21 Jan 2013  /  5 Comments
The follow-up to Glass Eights is set to drop in May via Dial Records.
Thu, 12 Apr 2012  /  Post a comment
Dunkel Radio is an electronic music platform launched january 2nd 2012 based in Copenhagen, Denmark, that adresses the music enthusiasts, who are interested in what is happening in the danish and international electronic music underground. Showcasing young talents and big stars in the form of podcasts, interviews and reviews, every week. For this week we've got an exclusive interview with Floating Points and John Roberts while they were in Copenhagen to play at Dunkel Bar.
This episode of ‘Dunkel Radio Talks To’ is a very special one, cause we didn’t just talk to one, but two of the most talented young house producers the scene has to offer. Floating Points has released heap of superb EP’s, remixed big names like Sebastien Tellier and Bonobo, AND is the co-owner of the foresight imprint Eglo Records. John Roberts released his much praised debut album ‘Glass Eights’ in 2010 on Dial records, he just finished a followup EP for Dial, and is working on his 2nd album, an album we are looking very much forward to! Najaaraq meet both of them while they were in Copenhagen to play at Dunkel Bar. Enjoy!
Wed, 10 Aug 2011  /  Post a comment
The American deep house act talks to The Feast about his Chicago influences, essential New York parties, and the downside of European crowds.
Thu, 07 Apr 2011  /  2 Comments
John Roberts and Paul Kominek, AKA Pawel, launch a magazine dedicated to travel and hotels through the eyes of artists, musicians and other touring creative types. David Lynch, James Murphy, Terence Koh and Javier Peres all feature within the debut issue.
Thu, 13 Jan 2011  /  2 Comments
The acclaimed Dial producer drops a few new and unreleased tracks on Tim Sweeney's Beats In Space show.
Thu, 11 Nov 2010  /  Post a comment
Studio Talk with John Roberts about 'Went'
Cleveland, Chicago, New York and finally Berlin are the important stages in the life of John Roberts. After working as a graphic designer, a waiter, an assistant at a printmaking studio, a gallery consultant he is doing the music thing nowadays. His album "Glass Eights" is out on Dial. Here is how he did "Went":
WENT (From the album 'Glass Eights') - Written by John Roberts & Carson Chan
WENT was one of the last tracks that I produced for the album in cooperation with a friend of mine, Carson Chan. He had mentioned that he had a piano in his apartment, but forgot to tell me how amazing he was at playing it. I originally went over to his house on a Sunday afternoon to look at the piano, and he casually played me some advanced pieces from Debussy and Arvo Pärt. We had talked about working on something together previously, but after hearing him play I became obsessed with the idea, although I wasn't entirely sure how we should proceed. I had attempted a few collaborative efforts in the past but was never entirely satisfied with the results.
Work on WENT began with me providing Carson with a few repeating piano chords that I had recorded in San Francisco the previous winter. These chords were recorded on an upright piano and layered with a repeating note from a grand piano recorded in New York a few months later. I left Carson with the parts to the track for a couple of weeks, and then when we had time to meet next I arrived at his house to see that he had actually written some notation in pencil on ledger paper. He played me what he had written as he listened to my original track on his stereo. It sounded amazing and I was ready to record it that day, but he wanted more time to practice.
Before we met again I tried to play some violin parts on top of the track with his additions in mind, but it sounded awkward so I pitched them down to sound more like a cello. I had also pitched down the original piano samples I had recorded in the U.S. to fit into the time signature that I was working with, so we ended up having to have Carson's piano re-tuned to match the pitch of what I had already written (his suggestion). I never would've imagined this as some sort of solution, but I think it's sort of a perfect example of why working with someone who is coming from a completely different perspective can often yield the most interesting results. In the end, I recorded Carson playing in his apartment with one condenser microphone on a stack of towels under the piano. He was adamant about playing it correctly straight through without pause. I think this, in addition to the end result, really speaks volumes to his skill as a musician and I'm really honored to have gotten to work with him.
Sat, 06 Nov 2010  /  1 Comment
In this interview with HHV, the acclaimed Dial producer talks about about his influences, his fascination with Madlib and his top five Dance Mania records.
Sat, 30 Oct 2010  /  Post a comment
Dial's John Roberts took some time out to answer some questions over at Handsomeclub on the Amoeblog.
Tue, 26 Oct 2010  /  Post a comment
The recent star of RA's Exchange
brings together Mr. Fingers, Girl Unit, Omar-S and his own unreleased material on this effort for Clubberia
Mon, 11 Oct 2010  /  Post a comment
Amoeba Records in California conducted a brief, but solid interview, with John Roberts of Dial fame.
Mon, 08 Mar 2010  /  Post a comment
Sup Magazine draw some interesting comparisons to the Dial dude's music. Art, vocals and ghetto house also feature.