Sound Derpartment is back and we are proud to bring you Rodriguez Jr. of mobilee Records. With support from an old deep house favorite Halo. Who is launching his new label Surface. Plus local favorite Clint Stewart of Safeword.
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::Rodriguez Jr Bio::
Olivier Mateuâ€™s wide-ranging inspirations and interests find their ultimate outlet as Rodriguez Jr., positioning him as Mobileeâ€™s new master of eclecticism.
As one half of French electro act The Youngsters â€“ best known for their two studio albums and singles for Laurent Garnierâ€™s F-Communications â€“ Mateu has already received enough plaudits and praise to last a lifetime. The Youngstersâ€™ award-winning productions catapulted them into the international arena, taking them to some of the biggest clubs and festivals around the world.
Rodriguez Jr. reveals a different incarnation of Mateuâ€™s musical psyche, one that strides ahead, guided only by his kaleidoscopic vision; moving through shimmering, contemplative electronica, to deep and urgent techno, leftfield melodic accents and quirky pop refrains, Rodriguez Jr. is the by-product of an untamed brand of creativity and a thirst for the new and unexpected. Drawing inspiration from artists as diverse as Stockhausen, LFO, Carl Craig, Eric Satie, Kraftwerk, and Michael Polnareff, Rodriguez Jr.â€™s spirit of adventure translates as soaring creativity, and music that cannot be pigeonholed.
Mateu manifests Rodriguez Jr. in his MLab Mk5 studio, which brims with vintage synthesizers and dusty analog gear. Acclaimed Rodriguez Jr. releases for imprints such as Mothership, Boxer Records and Giant Wheels, prefaced the quirky melodies of his bass-driven house hit Princess Guacamole for mobilee records, and the tropical techno of Kids of Hula for itâ€™s sister label Leena Music. Drawing both pleasure and inspiration from live performance, Rodriguez Jr. relishes the opportunity to realize his project on the stage, and has done extensively throughout Europe and America.
As he restlessly seeks out the ultimate intersection between all of his disparate influences, Mateu explains it best: â€œGood electronic music is not a jail,â€ he says, â€œIt should be enjoyable everywhere, from dancefloors to living rooms, and by everybody.â€ Now an integral part of the mobilee family, Mateu will continue to channel his vision, passion, and love of music into all that he does, and all that will come.
From Midwest rave hero to West Coast icon to Deep House globetrotter, Halo is a name familiar to most. Relocating across the country several times and morphing his style to keep himself relevant are some of the reasons he constantly remains at the forefront of the underground House Music scene. It all started in Chicago, where Halo worked at record store Hip House during high school, became an early rave favorite and formed powerhouse production duo H-Foundation with longtime friend Hipp-E. After several years, H-Foundation is releasing new material and Halo, back in San Diego, is launching a new label on his own, Surface Recordings.
In just under five years Clint Stewart has carved out a reputation as a rising musical talent gaining accolades with a growing catalogue of charismatic productions and diverse DJ sets. Since a breakout set at San Franciscos Lovefest in 2007 acclaim has been mounting worldwide for Clint as a DJ, producer and as part of an elite group of core artists holding a residency at one of the most desired destinations in the States, 222 Hyde.
Clints captivating DJ sets can go from deep and moody to heavy and twisted. While consistently maintaining a foundation in dynamics and range, the music always celebrates the diversity of people, music and environment encountered. His reputation has placed him at the world-renowned Dance Under the Blue Moon radio show with Anja Schneider as well as acclaimed Berlin clubs including Tresor, Arena Club, Bar 25, and Watergate - where he closed the night by rocking into the afternoon with an 8 hour set at the opening party for the 2010 Love Parade.
Clints productions speak of a similar style and range. His solo work as well as Safeword, a recent project with production partner Marc Smith, immerses you in an extensive palette of sounds. With Safewords engaging live set, a current release on Paso Music that is getting widespread play from DJs worldwide and upcoming releases on Berlin giant Poker Flat all signs point to exciting things to come for the duo. Solo remixes on Mexican label Pantamuzik, Belgium imprint Sirius Pandi, and collaborations with Alland Byallo on Amam and a debut solo ep on Byallos forthcoming label Bad Animal all suggest a dynamic artist with an ear to the future.