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Aaron Dae + JKriv of Deep&Disco / Razor-n-tape Interview

Turntable Lab Radio has been on fire for 2013. For our latest episode, we closed out the Summer with New York’s Deep&Disco / Razor-n-tape duo Aaron Dae and JKriv. Together they have been releasing some of the hottest Disco Edits and House tracks for the last couple of years. After featuring the boys on Lab Radio we wanted to follow up and see what’s good on their end.

TLradio5

You collectively run Deep & Disco and Razor-n-tape, how did both of those projects come to be?

JK: I started Deep&Disco in 2011 originally as a home for some of my own music, but over the past couple years we’ve branched out into releases by other artists. The release that kicked off the the label and kinda set the aesthetic vibe was “Another Night” by me featuring singer Adeline Michele, and since then we’ve also done releases by a bunch of other artists including Satin Jackets, The Right Now and Monsoon Season. We’ve been lucky to get some great remixers on every release like Greg Wilson, Hot Toddy, Moon Boots, Social Disco Club and many others. Razor-N-Tape was something that Aaron and I started together last year as a vinyl-only edits label, but the scope of that project has actually expanded quite a bit as well.

AD: Yeah, after a while we didn’t really want to be pegged as just an “edits” label. J and I both love so many different types of music and wanted to have the option to release whatever we were feeling. This led to us starting up Razor-N-Tape 45 and Razor-N-Tape Reserve.

Deep&Disco Logo

Why divide the labels into two?

JK: Deep&Disco is and has always been all-original music, so the idea with Razor-N-Tape was to separate the edit or bootleg type tracks from that. But now…I dunno…they don’t necessarily need to be separate. I guess we just LURV the busy work that goes along with running two labels. Ha.

TLradio1

Aaron you used to run Dae Recordings that had releases from some major players. Can you tell us more about that experience and highlight some of your favorite releases from the label?

AD: I started the label in 2004, with my partner Adam, while living and going to school in Philly and moved it along with me to Chicago a couple years later. We pressed up wax for almost all of the releases and it was definitely a different time for the industry even in 2004. You had the majority of all the big aspects of the domestic side of the industry right here on the east coast! We got our mastering done by Carl Rowatti at Trutone in Manhattan, our pressing and metals done by Hub Servall / Tracy Val in Cranbury, NJ, and all our distribution by Syntax, Watts, Nemesis, and Downtown 161 which were all in at least one of the five boroughs. Dae had a 20 release stint and it was primarily all House with the exception of a Schmoov! / Nathan G release towards the end that went into what was later coined “Nu Disco.” I’d have to say that my favorite releases were Truman Industries – Love Plus which had a Derrick Carter remix, Greenskeepers – Winter Boots EP, Tuffy (of Ruffy & Tuffy / Smash Hit Music Co.) – Move Me, and the aforementioned Schmoov! / Nathan G joints.

JKriv you were a founding member of Tortured Soul (one my personal faves) and now are in Lab favorites Escort. How do you feel jumping from live player to DJing / Production? Do you favor one over the other?

JK: Thanks. I guess I consider myself an instrumentalist, a producer and then a DJ – in that order. I’ve been playing/performing for about 25 years now so that is really where I’m most comfortable. I started doing production and DJing about 10 years ago, but I’ve actually only gotten truly serious about the DJing somewhat recently.

TLradio2

Speaking of production, what does both of your studios look like? Favorite pieces of equipment?

AD: J’s the producer in this partnership. I tried my hand at production whilst living in Philly, but just don’t have the patience for it.

JK: I have a dedicated studio space in my apartment in Brooklyn. I work primarily in Logic for production, but I do use Ableton from time to time. I’ve got a bunch of synths and outboard gear and I use a UAD Apollo interface with a Dangerous D-box for summing and monitoring. But how you can ask a guy to pick a favorite child? I guess just going by what gets used the most, I suppose my Dave Smith Instruments Tetra synth has been a real go-to in production for the past couple years for me.

TLradio3

What can we expect from the labels in the near future?

AD: Quite a bit actually! As far a Razor-N-Tape goes, we have 2 forthcoming projects on our “Reserve” sub-label. One is by Dirtytwo, who have had massive releases on Local Talk, with remixes from Grey Area and Caserta. The other is by young Dutch newcomers Grey Area (formerly Lowpazz) whose previous releases on Shur-I-Kan’s Dark Energy and the Netherlands’ Nightbird Music shot straight to the top of the deep house charts! We also have an EP by Sixth Avenue Express coming on Deep&Disco, another JKriv Razor-N-Tape release, and a digital release of the Kan Sano 7” we did for RSD UK which also includes edits/remixes by Late Nite Tuff Guy, Luvless, Grey Area, and Leftside Wobble. [ED NOTE: You can pick up the Kan Sano 7″ exclusively at Turntable Lab East Village. Super limited, act fast]

On your recent Turntable Lab Radio were there any exclusives thrown into the mix?

AD: Pretty sure I included 2 in there. Both are edits by J! One is an edit called “Put Your Money Down (JKriv’s Pleasing Edit)” and is coming out on another Razor-N-Tape 7″ project with “Dee’s Keys (JKriv’s 7” Edit) on the flip. It should be out by the end of the year. The other one was an edit that J did of “I Want You For Myself” by George Duke, who recently passed away. Unfortunately, this one will remain locked away in the vaults.

Top 5 Listening Records

Aaron:
Roy Ayers Ubiquity – He’s Coming
Jill Scott – Who is Jill Scott?
Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key of Life
Antonio Carlos Jobim & Elis Regina – Elis & Tom
Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders > Pick it up here

JKriv:
John Coltrane – Ballads
Stevie Wonder – Fulfillingness’ First Finale
Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey
The Beatles – Abbey Road
Paul Simon – Graceland

Top 5 DJ Records

Aaron:
Black Science Orchestra – NJ Deep
Midnight Star – Midas Touch
Masters At Work ft. India – I Can’t Get No Sleep
Cuba Gooding – Happiness Is Just Around The Bend
Round One – I’m Your Brother (Club Version) > Pick it up here

JKriv:
Moodyman – Shades of Jae > Pick it up here
Earth People – Dance
Metro Area – Caught Up > Pick it up here
DJ Deep & Julien Jabre – Love Your Brother
Marcus Marr – Well Alright

Thanks so much to Aaron Dae and JKriv for the excellent episode of Turntable Lab Radio and interview. You can pick up the digital version of Kan Sano’s excellent remake of “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” here and keep up with the guys via the Deep&Disco Soundcloud + Razor-N-Tape Soundcloud. Shout out to ReallyNathan for photography and be sure to subscribe to Turntable Lab Radio via Lab Soundcloud or go direct via iTunes. Finally, check out our interviews with some of the world’s finest DJ’s, designers, and all around cool dudes.

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