Yet a Mixtapes From Mars mix is ready you. The first of, which is without techno. Thought it was time to take it a notch down.
In recent months Colman have been very productive with his own productions, and the massive response made us aware of his tunes and talent. Funky deep vibrating tunes to the sultry moments on the dancefloor. We love it. So we where more than pleased to see Colman accepting our request and make a mixtape with many own productions and some exclusives.
Further, the Q&A with Colman turned out very well. Do enjoy, while listening to his mix. We also put in a couple of his tracks in the player.
We just recently discovered your Soundcloud-profil, and have since been daily visitors, as we need our quality house-fix. But who is Colman Buckley? Our curiosity wants to know.
Colman: First I’d like to start off with thanking you guys for the support and for posting this mix, really appreciate it! All this interest around my music in the past 3 – 4 months has been a trip!
Music wise I’m still very new to all this. I’ve been making music for the last 6 years with my mate Ray Taff under the names Dualtec and more recently Dog Days.
Our Dualtec project was more techno driven and I think we took the name as far as we could. This was our first outing into the whole music world. It was definitely a good learning curve and insight into how things work.
With Dog Days we slowed the pace a bit and focused on trying to carve out a unique House sound. It wasn’t long before we landed a nice deal with Audiojack’s Gruuv imprint and secured our first vinyl release something we had only dreamed about! This was definitely the kick we needed!
Many many hours and sacrificed weekends have been burnt in the studio since then and our sound has developed into something we are very proud of!
Somewhere in the last 4 – 5 months I felt like it was time to try some work on my own. I’d been reluctant to do so before because I knew my sound wasn’t quite there yet..It just felt like it was the right time for me to get out on my own as a solo artist whilst still working hard with the Dog Days. From there I’ve grown and grown as an artist. Putting in long hours in the studio on my own and trying to find my identity with my music! Its definitely the biggest creative spurt I’ve ever gone through and I’m loving every minute of it!!
Here is a whole bunch of questions about your sound. Can you explain what Colman Buckley’s deep house sound is all about? Which aesthetics are you trying to explore and communicate? And what is your solo-project compared to your participation in Dog Days?
Colman: I think the one thing that is most important to me with my own music is making it identifiable. I’d like to think that you could hear one of my tracks and instantly know where it came from. that’s very important to me. There is an abundance of ‘New School, Old School’ House out at the moment and making a personal stamp for myself away from the pack is definitely what I’m striving for.
I’m not too keen on being put in a certain box or genre either. I hate that word genre! My musical taste stretches far beyond the walls of House music and I think that is evident if you listen to my music. I definitely take influences from Techno, Funk, Soul, Hip Hop and basically whatever I’ve been listening to prior to sitting down in front of my studio computer!
I think my solo material differs from my Dog Days work purely because I’m working on a more personal level. Its great having someone else in the studio to bounce around ideas with but when I’m on my own I get totally lost in what I’m doing. My phone gets turned off, no internet and no distractions. Just me, the computer and the music!
In Denmark deep house is very popular at the moment, how does the Dublin club-scene looks like? Any favourite places to play or party?
Colman: Some people may disagree but I feel the music scene in Dublin is really strong right now. We lost one of our biggest clubs last year which really sucks but there has been an influx of new club night’s popping up all over the city trying to fill that void!
Most notably ‘Mongo’ who is run by a group of guys in Dublin has fast become the main place to be every bank holiday weekend in the capital. We love playing there, always big numbers and a vast selection of home grown talent and big DJ’s.
Also more regular club night’s such as ‘Melodic’ and ‘Electric Ballroom’ have been booking some top quality DJ’s the last few months and It’s nice to see these guys grow and grow. There’s definitely something going on every weekend whatever music your into.
2012 have just ended. As per usual people take a look on the year that went by, and make goals for the year to come. How were your 2012? Any highlights to build on in 2013?
Colman: 2012 has been a great! So much growth this year not just with music but personally as well!
Obviously starting to make my own solo material was a massive step for me. I’ve met so many people through Soundcloud, Facebook ect the last few months with my music and the support i’ve gained has been immense! Special thanks go to Dj Caspa, Sem, Owain Bellis, Steve Dowsett, Speedy Garage and Nick Beringer for really taking an interest in my music from day one and supporting me. The exposure I gained from this was amazing and really kicked off my whole Soundcloud page.
2013 i’m going to be working twice as hard in the studio. Lots of collab work in the pipeline as well. I have 3 vinyl EPs coming up in the coming months to so loads to look forward to! Really want to push my music as far as I possibly can in 2013!
Last. Tell us some thought on the mix. What journey can we expect?
Colman: This mix is a showcase of some of my solo work, some Dog Days work and some music from my mate Ray Taff the other half of Dog Days who is starting to produce some solo material of his own. I think this mix embodies our sound completely and being able to showcase a mix full of original productions is always something I’ve wanted. Expect some chunky and deep vibes mixed up with jacking grooves from the start. There’s a few exclusive tracks thrown in there as well so hopefully you enjoy!
Thanks again for taking an interest in what I’m doing lads! Really do appreciate the support.
Roll on 2013!!