Your show host, Craft:
"Hi everyone! Welcome to episode 15 of Feed the Raver podcast with me your host Craft.
This week we have Justin Schumacher on the show. He is a New York city based producer and really great DJ to watch perform and has several releases on different labels. His recent Gate EP on Ill Bomb Records is doing really well. It includes the Audio Injection remix which has been charted and featured all over the world. He also did a great techno remix for my Brooklyn Beautiful EP on Subtrak Records and has been featured in our Twice as Proper events here in New York city as well.
Check out his bio and links at www.feedtheraver.com
Feed The Raver Exclusive Set - Tracklist:
01. Mutate - Circle 1 (Truncate Dub Workout)
02. SPX - Suppressor Grid
03. Conrad Van Orton - Straphlo
04. Planetary Assault System - Function 4 (Lucy Remix)
05. Oscar Mulero - False Statement
06. Tom Hades - Bon Voyage (Audio Injection Remix)
07. Samuli Kemppi - Wormhole
08. Luis Flores - New Flesh (Alternate Mix)
09. UZB - Spectres
10. Kirk Degorgio - Membrane (C2 Mix)
11. Tom Hades - Saga (Rich Jones Remix)
12. Johan Afterglow - Captain Crooked (Angel Alanis remix)
13. Kyle Geiger - Scream (Truncate Remix)
14. Adrian Hour - Alud
15. Conrad Van Orton - Hinge
16. Justin Schumacher - Gutter
17. SPX - X-5684
18. Developer - Variations
19. Truss, Donor - Endo 2
20. Adam Jay - Existor (Loudview Remix)
21. Fer Br - New Time New Change (Tripmastaz Remix)
22. Soundstream (Soundhack) - Wenn Meine Mutti Wusste
23. Gideon - Doubt Without
24. Jichael Mackson - Used
It all started in Brooklyn, NY during the mid 90's. Hip hop's golden era was winding down, and the NYC rave scene was just beginning to descend from its peak. There were still tons of big parties and outlaws happening and it was here where Justin first developed his love for EDM.
In 2000, he bought a pair of Technic 1200's and taught himself how to mix and beatmatch with a crate of hand me down techno records from classic labels like Drumcode, Code Red, Hybrid, Planet Rhythm, Svek, Primate, Primeveil, etc. Soon after, with perfect timing, he landed a job working for the prestigious and world renown Satellite Records. Being around the widest selection of new releases and back catalogues only further fueled his vinyl addiction and ability to pick tracks. Within a year, Justin was getting booked to play at various techno weekly's and one offs around the city at famed locations such as Guernica, Liquids,and Sullivan Room to name a few. Established DJ's and promoters were calling him a prodigy due to his eerily quick understanding and mastering of technical and programming skills. Track selection and dancefloor response solidified his status as a respected up and comer in the scene.
In 2004 Justin decided to enroll in the DMX audio program at Touro College in NYC and earned his certificate for audio engineering. That same year he began co-producing tracks with good friend Agent Orange who was already running his well known label Gotham Grooves, putting out vinyl releases consistently. Up until that point Justin had only dabbled in production on a novice level and felt it was time to take the next step, and those first few studio sessions with Agent Orange were the seeds that started it all. Soon after he saved up to buy his own home rig where he can refine his sound. Around 2007 he began producing heavily albeit exclusively hip hop. His roommates and childhood friends/emcee collaborators I Am Many and Reason Kills were the catalyst for these beats which remained hip hop in essence but had undertones of the techno and house music he still played and adored.
His DJ schedule during these years remained modest in NY with some notable gigs outside the city in Detroit and Philly mostly. The DJ circuit in NYC was and still is extremely saturated and difficult to break into on a professional level. It takes a lot more than skills to turn this love of playing techno into a career, and it took a long time for Justin to realize this revelation - If you're not going out 3-4 nights a week and schmoozing with the movers and shakers in the scene, you absolutely must be putting out great music and getting recognition as a producer on an international level before any worthwhile gigs will come your way.
Following some eye opening gigs around the year 2008 in the Raleigh-Durham region of North Carolina where Justin's sets were greeted with packed floors and screaming frenzy, the fire was re-lit. It was this turning point where Justin began taking the necessary steps to solidify a career for himself in the brutally difficult NYC market. This included making equal time in the studio for Techno and House production on top of Hip Hop, as well as proper networking in the metropolis. His first EDM release was a remix for Agent Orange's techno banger "Motorolla" on Gotham Grooves. The feedback that followed was stellar and a true testament to his dormant talent for creating grooves and dancefloor gold from the DJs perspective. It wasn't long before the calls and remix requests started rolling in.
As a result of these first few releases and his networking prowess, he linked up with NYC house music staple Kenny Summit in 2009 and layed down the framework for the promising career that glimmers on the horizon presently. Kenny saw the talent and decided to include him in his plan to start a new label once the pieces were in play and the proper investments locked down. In the meantime Justin released several original tracks and remixes on labels such as Mile End Records, Sonido Locale Recordings, B-Perfect Records, Gotham Grooves, and Assimilation Recordings, which all received heavy acclaim and support from the international DJ community. Like clockwork, the gigs became much more frequent in NYC and abroad, thus building an aura and demand for his high energy DJ sets and floor friendly productions.
In 2011, Kenny Summit's Good For You Records was formed with the financial backing and industry know-how that could transform this hobby into a legitimate career. Justin was quickly signed and began churning out tunes for GFY's catalog under his name as well as the collaborative effort "Goddam Kids" with Kenny Summit. The GFY sound is more geared more towards crossover house and tech house appeal but most importantly, remained totally underground and true to his tastes as a multi-faceted DJ. The first batch of releases are slated for a June 2012 drop.
On the techno side, Justin is set to release the "Gate EP" on Ill Bomb Records in May 2012 which includes remixes from some of the top techno talents from NYC as well as A-List techno heavyweight Audio Injection aka Truncate which is already getting support from Chris Liebing, Subfractal, Erphun, The Advent, among many others. With countless other projects in the works, 2012 is proving to be the biggest year yet with no signs of slowing down.
And on a side note, Justin's hip hop production, under the alias Logik Proof, has found its way to the airwaves of the largest hip hop radio station in the world, Hot97. Peter Rosenburg played the lead single "Posers" from his album with I am Many, titled Strength In Numbers, for seven weeks straight on his Sunday NIght showcase "Real Late w/ Rosenburg".
Justin's DJ style can be described as moody, thought provoking, bangin, funky, and most importantly, dancefloor frenzy inducing. Techno, house, and all of the blurry lines in between are surgically programmed and intertwined with passion and undeniable presence. Whether it's an hour bang fest, or a 3 hour journey, Justin Schumacher will without question make you dance your ass off from the moment he touches the mixer until the last track is played.
Justin Schumacher....aka Logik Proof
Gotham Grooves Records, Bklyn Steel
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