Interview with Dark Arps and MUX before Sequential Circus 14

This week we broke free of our usual uninterrupted mix format, taking time to talk with Dark Arps and MUX, two of the Live PA acts featured on the upcoming Sequential Circus 14 lineup.

(For the full audio podcast, click the link at the bottom of this post)

Despite a few technical challenges, we managed to cover quite a bit of ground… Dark Arps has fairly recently relocated to Vancouver, Canada after a 17 year stint in the UK where he toured extensively as part of 10-piece breakbeat orchestra, Keiretsu. Clearly he’s spent a significant amount of time evolving his sound which blends breaks, progressive house and sweeping atmospheric sounds.

Dark Arps in his intelligent light suit (v2.0), with version 3.0 ready for debut this week!

MUX has been on hiatus for roughly 5 years (living on a sailboat off the coast of Mexico) and in addition to talking about the birth of Sequential Circus, tells us how, with the help of a Windows 95 machine, he continues to deliver screeching acid lines in every track he performs (Hint: Nord).

MUX rockin’ the Skytrain at the Robot Uprising party.
Photo credit: Matthew Trentacoste

I could have talked with these guys for days longer, and we will… as Sequential Circus continues to evolve. We also could have played tracks from both of these guys for hours on end, and so you will hear more of their material in the coming weeks and months.

Sequential Circus 14 happens this Saturday January 25th at Open Studios in Vancouver.

Plus, don’t miss the debut of the new daytime portion of Sequential Circus; a partnership with the Vancouver Producers Forum to bring you an afternoon of talks, workshops and panel discussions from veteran live performers. If you’re a live-pa artist, a producer interested in taking things live, or even just a fan who’s curious about what’s going on under the hood, this will be an excellent session of tips, tricks and techniques for live-pa performance.

First Show of 2012 with Guest DJ Peter Allgood

It’s been three weeks since our last show and we’ve been itching to get back in the mix. With three weeks off to pour through new music, we’re back with enough material to play for a week straight!

We also had the pleasure of a special guest mix by Peter Allgood this week. Peter goes way back with us to the days when I used to co-host Digital Alarm Chronometer with DJ Vader & Sidearm back around 94-96 ish. All good memories! :)

dj Smiley Mike Progressive Psytrance Set

OB1 – Free Now (Rocky Remix)
Ace Ventura – Connected (Sunstryk Remix)
E-Clip – Press Hold
Liquid Soul – Hypnotic Energy (Egorythmia Remix)
Liquid Soul – Perfect Day (Aquafeel Remix)
Zyce & Fox – Mission Hard and Soft (Zyce Remix)
Hi-Profile – Essence
Dualism Vs. Meeloo – I Beg You (Day Din And Fabio Remix)
Day.Din – Half A Life
DJ Fabio & Moon – Nice Day
Krama – Restless Tides
E-Clip – Salvia Divinorum
Electric Tease – TV Is The New God (Sub6 Remix)

dj Peter Allgood Guestmix

I’ll see if I can get the tracklist from Peter, but I didn’t write it down.

dj Caddyshack Encore Set

(it’s a bit rough as this is coming from memory)

Orkidea (Solarstone Remix)
More Pryda
Gareth Emery vs. Eurythmics vs. Adelle Mashup
Friction & Spice – The Rhythm (Cosmic’s Funky Mix)