DJ Q/A: Rich & Kiss

March 29, 2014 in DJs, Events, images, Words by Mark Vicente


Let this DJ Duo help you groove your way into Spring. Rich & Kiss will be manning the decks tonight at Peopl. Not to be missed! Here’s what they had to say about the Art of DJing

Mark Vicente: How would you describe the Rich & Kiss sound?
Rich & Kiss: Deep. Uplifting. And hopefully arousing. There are many different factors to consider when playing a set: your mood, the crowd, the venue. All things considered, we generally have a soulful spice that’s buttered up with heavy undertones.

Mark Vicente: As a duo, how do you guys like to share the deck duties?
Rich & Kiss: We pretty much duke it out for playing time but having 4 hands helps with things like sound effects. It offers room for versatility so we’re incorporating a few other cool plug-ins like the Maschine.

Mark Vicente: Why is Club Culture an important aspect of society?
Rich & Kiss: It brings people together. No matter what race, religion, sex, etc. None of that matters any more. Everyone is together for one simple reason: the music. It’s so healthy.

Mark Vicente: What has been your proudest moment as DJs so far?
Rich & Kiss: Cliche as it sounds, we’re having so much fun that it makes everything pretty awesome. That being said, our residency at Peopl is something that we love.

Mark Vicente: What is the perfect party experience?
Rich & Kiss: Having a great sound system, a full venue (but not overly-packed) where EVERYONE is dancing and loving our shit. Gets us high.

Mark Vicente: What would be your dream city/club/festival to play for and why?
Rich & Kiss: There’s so many gold-standard venues, like Space in Ibiza, that are a backbone for the culture. We’d be privileged to be added to the list of performers. But in all honesty, we think things will keep changing – venues, events, themes. The scene is so dynamic and getting so integrated with modern society that innovation is inevitable – not exclusively for the sound. It should create some colourful dynamics and we want to contribute and share with everyone.

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DJ Q/A: Scott James

March 17, 2014 in DJs, images, Words by Mark Vicente

Scott James is one of those Montreal DJs who has been steadily growing in the scene for many years now. As Resident at Circus Afterhours and with many productions under his belt with several labels, this dude has shown staying power, talent and charisma. He’s opened for big names like Benny Bennasi but still rides a Bixi bike to work on occasion which I think is pretty bad-ass.


Mark Vicente: How did you get into DJing?
Scott James: When I was a student at McGill a buddy of mine had a DJ set up at his place. One day I was just playing around with it and thought, “hey this is pretty cool.” It took me about four months to save money and buy my own gear but when I did I was hooked.

Mark Vicente: Why is Club Culture important in society?
Scott James: I think going out and clubbing is such an important way of learning to connect with people. It’s a place to practice being out there, making new friends, new connections and flirting. If you think about it, most successful people are people who know how to engage, express ideas and network. I think Clubbing can really help with that.

Mark Vicente:What do you like about the Electronic Music Scene in Montreal?
Scott James: There are just so many parties and really good DJs. Anything you want to experience is happening here whether it’s a big name DJ, a cool Event or an awesome After Hours. It’s all here year round.

Mark Vicente: What are you most proud of as a DJ?
Scott James: One career highlight would playing in front of ten thousand people at Escapade in Ottawa. I also had a request from a fan in Sri Lanka who liked my productions and was playing them out in the clubs out there. He was doing a benefit for a friend who needed heart surgery and wanted me to give his friend a shout out over the internet which I gladly did. It’s really touching to see how my music is impacting people around the world.

Mark Vicente: What kind of advice would you give to young DJs who are starting out?
Scott James: Definitely to treat DJing like a startup. This is your business and your brand. Also to be patient and keep your eye on the bigger picture. I’ve been growing steadily because I am persistent and I continue playing the game.

Mark Vicente: In two words how would you describe the Scott James sound/experience?
Scott James: Fucking exciting.


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DJ Q/A with Heidy. P

March 8, 2014 in DJs, Events, images, Words by Mark Vicente

I’m so excited that the THUMP crew gets to throw a party with this cool cat this Saturday at The Royal Phoenix. Here’s what she had to say about DJing.1607098_424393124362624_2013711726_n

Mark Vicente: What inspired you to become a DJ?
Heidy.P: I became a dj because of radio. It all started with this radio show I was hosting on CISM 89,3FM, Ce soir on danse. I was 19 years old then and did the show for 7 years. Not long after starting hosting it, a friend asked me to be a guest dj at a night he was doing at Saphir. I agreed and ended up liking it a lot. Soon after, I convinced Korova owner (back then it was Jose…remember when korova had a dragon head behind the bar?) to give me a weekly on Sundays, Week-ends never end. My music taste changed a lot throughout the yeas and I slowly shifted from a more post-punk/indie sound to house and techno.

Mark Vicente:Why do you think Club Culture is important in today’s society?
Heidy.P:I think club culture is important in a society cause people tend to be more open minded in nightlife. It can be a way to change people pre-conceived idea and let them explore their creativity.

Mark Vicente:Describe your perfect party
Heidy.P:A perfect party relies on a good soundsystem. If you have enough bass the rest should follow. Also having an open minded crowd that is there for the music and not just to do drugs is an important factor. I’m also into discovering new spaces. There was a Resident advisor mini documentary about the club culture in Paris and the promoter was explaining how finding the perfect spot was part of the thrill. He’d take a scooter trip to find perfect places a little outside Paris. I really hope to be able to do that at some point; drag Montrealers outside of their comfort zone (Plateau/Mile-end) and throw parties in warehouses, unusual buildings or even remote fields or lakes…

Mark Vicente:what is one of you proudest moments as a DJ
Heidy.P:Last Saturday at Montreal en Lumières was a moving experience. I got to DJ for 4 hours in front of 10 000 people at Place-des-Arts. It was freaking cold but most of the people at the front stayed for the whole set and danced their asses off. The crowd was way younger than I’m used to (at the front at least) so it was a challenge to keep them enthusiastic for the whole set but it the end I was able to balance my old school house with newer bassy sounds and it worked just fine. It was a rewarding experience.

Mark Vicente:What do you love about the Montreal Electronic Music Scene and what could it improve on?
Heidy.P:I really love what has been happening in the Montreal electronic music scene in the past few years. There are a lot of new players that keep the scene healthy (Forbidden Planet, Booma Collective, Morning Fever, Thump,…) . Now what has to improve is the city’s obsession to shut down after parties and give fines to clubs due to noise complaints. We’ll see how things change with Coderre open to the idea of keeping certain bars open until 6am.

Mark Vicente:What kind of experience can people expect from a night with Heidy Pinet?
Heidy.P:I consider myself equally a host and a dj. I’m in the nightlife for the love of music but also for the love of partying. I like to talk people coming to my shows and I try to make them feel at home. I put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure everything is perfect and everybody is having a good time. I’m not afraid to drop some classics here and there to make people smile. I’m tryng to make it as fun as possible and I’m not affraid to go from house to techno to disco and mix things around.

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“Stop Watching TV” my Q/A with NOTV

November 12, 2013 in DJs, images, Words by Mark Vicente


I am super stoked that I got Julian Prince of the collective known as NOTV to participate in a Q/A for me. I greatly respect his sound and creativity, not to mention his Restaurant/Bar Lounge that he co-owns, Joverse, is one of the hottest places to go in Old Montreal. Here’s what he had to say about the art of DJing and Producing.

Mark Vicente: How did NOTV get created?
Julian Prince/ NOTV: Sean and I have known each other since we were 14. I started djing at 16 when Sean picked up a guitar and started composing songs. I met Amine at Cherry much later, on my wednesday night weekly party called “The Other People’s Secret Weekend”. He had just arrived from Paris, was tired of that city and was looking for a new home. We became instant friends. He came by my studio and we made a track called The Fun Maker and a bootleg of Country from Empire of the Sun. Working with him was very organic and seemed natural from the first kick. Six months later we convinced Sean to join us and had him and his guitarist come by the studio to jam. We recorded the vocals without telling Sean and made a track with it called Inside and Out…he was part of NOTV without knowing it. He had no choice but to join us.

Mark Vicente: What are the pro’s of working I a collective
NOTV: People often say three is a bad number. It’s the animal law that two people naturally teams up on one. for this project to move forward, we came up with the rule that majority wins right from the beginning. Everyone brings their best to the project. Sean is the crazy scientist, he comes up with new ways to treat the sound and sings, Amine is the tweaker, he’s got more patience and a good ear, I’ve got the experience so I’m the architect, I polish the tunes, structure the djing and co-write the songs with Sean.

Mark Vicente: why is club culture important in society?
NOTV:Because it’s a place where everyone in society can have fun together without giving importance to the background, the color, the sexual orientation, the job, the money in the bank account…all people care about is dancing and having a good time. Club music makes that possible.

Mark Vicente: what kind of experience can people expect when going to a NOTV event?
NOTV: We’re high energy. You can hear the passion through the speakers. We play alot of our songs, we can dj, sing, play the instruments…anyway get ready, we may surprise you!

Mark Vicente: what has been the proudest/ exciting/ craziest moment of NOTV so far?
NOTV: Nic Warren closing all his sets of summer 2013 with our remix of From Loving You from Gone Deville.

Mark Vicente: what kind of advice or encouragement would you give to up and coming producers?
NOTV: Don’t waste your time watching TV. Music is now democratic. Everyone can make music without having a 100k studio. Don’t go to school for this, school yourself. Youtube is the best teacher. It really comes down to how many dedicated hours you put in and how much you want it. 10% talent, the rest is work.

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