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John Massey - From 0-1 Studio Session Vol 055

From0to1 on January 03, 2013 07:18

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    John Massey


    Brooklyn native John Massey has been attempting to damage eardrums for almost 14 years. A child of the 80s, John transplanted to Los Angeles as a teen. There he discovered an emerging underground dance scene and was infected with an interest in electronic music. John soon founded Sound Rehab Productions, connected with influential local promoters and artists such as Omar Ojeda (Darius Aleksander), Robin Porter, Drumcell, Ron-D-Core, Raiz (Acid Circus) and began coordinating techno events and working the dj circuit throughout the southern California area. Today John resides in Seattle.

    In the years since John has stayed close to the underground, while making appearances at events such as Seattle’s Decibel Festival, SubSensory’s monthly STATIC in Portland, and frequent club and after-hour gigs around the Pacific Northwest. John is the kind of unassuming artists that earns respect rather than demands it; keeping his head down and focusing on his craft, trusting his instincts to keep the dance floor moving. His current set consists of a live/dj hybrid that enables John to creatively blend a wide variety of techno, minimal and experimental sounds.

    As a producer John tackles a variety of sounds ranging from his previous hip hop efforts under Dysposable Heroes, to his techno projects under his own name and previously as Indispensable Villains. He’s affiliated with Seattle’s From 0-1, a conceptual label which he represents in his various endeavors. He’s released on various labels such as HardSignal, Bleepsequence, From 0-1, Subsensory, Droid and his own Sound Rehab Recordings.  No matter the genre he has always enjoyed working with various artists giving him the opportunity to make new friends and take in new influences.


    Alvin Lucier - Still and Moving Lines of Silence In Families of Hyperbolas [Sub Rosa]
    Basic Channel - Presence [Basic Channel]
    John Massey - Maschine Drum Loop
    Regal (ES) - Mute [Enemy Records]
    Sergio Vilas - SlamBam (John Massey Remix) [Subsensory]
    Rebekah - A Lighter Shade of Pale [Stolen Moments]
    The Plant Worker - Track B [Labrynth]
    John Massey - Subluxation Accapella
    Woo York - Void (Truncate Remix) [Mutex Records]
    Pfirter - Multiverse (Markus Suckut Remix) [MindTrip]
    James Mile - Downtone [8 Sided Dice]
    Locked Groove - Drowning [Hotflush Recordings]
    John Massey - Maschine Drum Loop
    Mark Broom and Kris Wadsworth - Motorsmoke [alphahouse]
    Developer - Talking with the Analogs [Modularz]
    Secluded - Provoke [Sleaze Records]
    Shifted - Gates [Mote Evolver]
    Ben Klock - Pulse [Klockworks]
    Edit Select - Signals Dub (Edit-Select Remix) [Edit Select]
    John Massey - Maschine Drum Loop
    Attemporal - Att2 (Audio Injection Remix) [Att Series]
    Basic Channel - Presence [Basic Channel]
    Alvin Lucier - Still and Moving Lines of Silence In Families of Hyperbolas [Sub Rosa]

    5 Questions with John:

    You relocated to Los Angeles as a teenager, what were some of your early musical influences there?

    Moving to southern california as a teenager left a lot of room for impression, it also offered a lot of diversity that strayed from my already established east coast appeal for music. From the punk/hardcore scene where i was listening to groups like Suicidal Tendencies, Inside Out/RATM, The Vandals, Bad Religion, and The Decendents .To the "backpacker" hip hop scene where i was exposed to groups like The Pharcyde, Living Legends, Psycho Realm, The Beat Junkies, Project Blowed and Hieroglyphics. Then eventually discovering electronic/dance music where it was everything from early hardcore, breaks, techno, jungle and so on. Moving to an area with such a high concentration for sub culture left a lot to discover and appreciate.

    A lot of folks may not know that you are also a fairly prolific hip-hop producer. How do you feel that works and balances out writing techno?

    Yeah, lately my focus has been on techno but i still enjoy digging thru vinyl, cutting up loops/samples and recreating. But to answer the question I think it works on a couple levels, mainly with igniting inspiration and creating new ideas. The production process for both genres slightly vary so the studio techniques learned and applied ultimately compliment one another. In the end i just work on what i love and hope it translate's through the medium, weather it be techno, punk, hip hop, polka or tap dance routine

    Your hybrid live/dj sets are quite exhilarating. What is your current 'live rig' and how are you performing with it?

    Right now i'm performing in traktor running 4 internal decks driven by 2 x1's controllers. I also use an ipad to control other various parameters in traktor , it allows me to keep my hands off the laptop for the most part. But the idea is a lot of mashing up or remixing on the fly i guess, using all four decks to isolate different elements of songs/tracks and create something new on the spot. I usually stripe down tracks i've produced to play in this format and allow more of a "live" performance mindset while still being a in DJ format. I'm slowly incorporating maschine into my live/dj shows also, it's a lot of fun to play with , it offers a lot of spontaneity and the ability to further break down my tracks and recreate live.

    Seattle winters: tolerable or cabin fever madness?

    Haa!! Well that's kind of a loaded question being that we're in the middle of winter now. I don't think it's that bad, especially in comparison to some other parts of the country but it does take it's toll as the months press on. The weather definitely allows more time in the studio with all the overcast and rain so i guess that's the silver lining. But the cabin fever does start to set in after a while, i think that's the california kid in me, i could just do with more sunshine. I think the trick is to plan a trip/vacation somewhere warm and tropical during this time to offset the season, now i just need to book that vacation.

    What does the future hold for you, what kind of projects do you have on the horizon?

    Well i just had a remix come out on Subsensory Recordings for the Sergio Vilas "Slam Bam: EP, so check that out. I have a couple other remixes that will be coming out in the next month or so on Subspec Recordings and my own Sound Rehab imprint. I'm finishing up a bunch of original material that i'll be pitching to labels soon and also have a couple collaborations in the works. Beyond that i'm looking to perform as much as possible this year, keep busy in the studio and enjoy the fact that the mayans were wrong, 2013 is gonna be a good one!!


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