Welcome to the blog of Assassin Soldier Recordings. What can you expect? We will talk about music in general, the artists of the label, artists and their music we like and support. We will focus on electronic music and will give you our personal thoughts on it.
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Sionni, tell me a little bit about yourself.
Hi. I was born in a small city (ZVOLEN) in the middle of Slovakia surrounded with beautiful nature. Since I have been a small girl I have always been connected with music and dance. I used to dance 15 years in local folk group. My love was dancing on the stage till my health problems stopped it. At the moment I am studying at university, working, traveling and nature is my second home.
When did you start Djing and why?
My father is a passionate music collector so I had music education since I have been a little girl. My brother is playing the guitar in his metal band. My cousin plays in jazz band so we are all influenced by music. My first touch with turntables was in 2007 when I was 14. I started playing on private events in the best club in that area. I am lucky that I lived in an era when a DJ had to bring his vinyls and there was not such a rivalry between DJs and it was more about respect and support.
Why is music so important to you?
Every artist is putting his thoughts and feelings to his masterpiece. Someone is writer, someone a painter, someone needs music to set his body and thoughts free and focus on something more spiritual. I always say: “Every track has its story.” While listening to it you can get into artist thoughts and feelings what he/she felt while producing it. I just need to listen.
Which are your 5 favorite artists and why?
I focus on other genres not techno. My biggest favorite artists are Ludovico Einaudi and Paul Kalkbrenner. Artists, whose tracks got story and soul. Then some DNB artists like Lenzman and Hybrid Minds or more dark ambient styles like Sorrow, Phaeleh or more optimistic like Jan Blomqvist or The XX. Those artists always rise my current mood :). In the techno genre I have no favorite artists and i always looking for new names.
What has been your most touching moment you have experienced as a DJ?
When I was younger I went to a party where Robin Jaydee performed. I used to play a lot of house music those days, when EDM was starting to get big. On that party I was the only one who really enjoyed his set and after he finished he came down to shake my hand and to thank me. Then he added me on FB. He is always posting my videos and pictures from big events with words: One day we met on one stage on same event.
A few years later we played together on big event Apokalypsa in Czech Republic where I played warm up set before artists like Ben Sims, James Ruskin, Derrick May, Shifted, Toky and many more. Robin played on the house stage that night but of course we had been in touch before the party. We both enjoyed the party and he did not forget to say: “You see, I told you!”
Tell me something about the electronic music scene in the Czech Republic.
I will try to divide it briefly. In the Czech Republic I play mostly techno, as I belong to the Czech booking,”Maximal.cz“. The Czech scene is bigger, as there are more tourists in the capital or other smaller towns; clubs with different styles – usually DNB, house, techno and commercial EDM.
Compared to Slovakia, there are only a few clubs in the capital for the underground scene; the rest of Slovakia prevails in the style of EDM. In Slovakia, especially during the summer, I can play at nice, small events with family atmosphere, sunset and deep music.
I really love it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of DJs and saturation in the market; that’s why the people are not able to recognize styles, which is a problem for the DJ himself or is a problem of commercial radios. But for the defense of both sides, there are many great artists, the people in our country do not know but they are very successful abroad.
What is your perfect idea of happiness?
I have been thinking a lot about this one. At the moment I am preparing myself for final exams so I hope to finish the university soon haha :). I am 24 so it’s time to move on and be healthy and happy.
What do you most value in your friends?
Everyone got plenty of friends but only a few are the real ones. Those I value most always stay by my side. They are happy and extrovert people who always make me smile even in hard times.
Is there anything else you want to say at the end?
Thanks for your invitation and interview and I hope to see you soon again. ☺
It´s time to lose your head with this special Podcast of Israel Toledo recorded this time for FingR86
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Say no to fake people. (English, German below)
Almost every day you can hear or read about tracks stolen from artists, stolen samples and…..nothing. It seems people nowadays don’t care anymore if someone stole a track from another artist and makes a “big hit” out of it.
Can this be true? How can it be that people steal music, change their names, use a silly mask or dress colorful and say that they are professional DJs and producers? And even worse: Some of them have the support of well-known booking agencies.
In recent years I have seen a bunch of pseudo producers who are calling themselves “great producers” producing “bombs”. And when you finally listen to the release you find out that they only use samples they bought or downloaded for free.
I am sure that you have some names in your mind and I am sure some of you already released stuff like this. These puppets do their shows with their live acts or their – trendy and stupid name nowadays – hybrid sets.
It’s a SHAME to see these people doing a complete FAKE SHOW at the stage, getting a lot of money, cheating the promoters, the labels and most important, the people who believe in them.
What happened to these days when a truly LIVE ACT was really amazing (it doesn’t matter the music style) because all the machines and sequencers and all the gear they had on stage? What happened to these days when real DJs spent a lot of time training their skills and spent tons of hours digging for great tracks? What happened to these days when REAL PRODUCERS spent several hours, days and sometimes weeks in the studio just to get the perfect sound for their own tracks?
It seems that everything changed in the music business. It seems that the music is not important anymore. It seems that the most important thing is how good, trendy, funny, dark or stupid artists look on stage. It seems that it doesn’t really matter if the artist is only playing a mix CD or a DJ set from someone else. Or if this “amazing live act” was previously recorded. It doesn’t matter if this pseudo artist has five machines on stage but only uses the “play” button on the laptop. The thing that matters is to have the DJ booth filled with colored lights in the machines, right? So people could say: “Hey this guy has a lot of gear, so he/she is cool…bro!”
It looks that everything is damn apparel on the stage, a lot people don´t care or they have no memory at all about ALL THESE FAKES!
As I said:
"As an artist, you have to work respectful with the labels who trust in your music, with the promoters who trust in your work, but most important...with the people and fans outside who believe in all your work and who believe totally in you!"
Real producers who creates their own music and productions with their own knowledgement without sample libraries and tricky dumb things...they have my entire respect and support.
Say no to fake people!
Sag nein zu falschen Leuten (Deutsch)
Fast jeden Tag hört man etwas über Künstler, die Tracks von anderen Künstlern stehlen, die Samples stehlen, und was passiert? Nichts. Es scheint, dass es den Leuten heutzutage egal ist, ob jemand einen Track eines anderen Künstlers stiehlt und dann einen „großen Hit“ daraus macht.
Kann das wirklich wahr sein? Wie kann es möglich sein, dass Leute Musik stehlen, ihren Namen ändern – dann beispielsweise blöde Masken benutzen oder sich farbenfroh kleiden – und sagen, dass sie professionelle DJs oder Produzenten sind? Und noch schlimmer, dass einige von denjenigen auch noch Unterstützung von bekannten Bookingagenturen bekommen.
In den letzten Jahren habe ich eine Menge Pseudoproduzenten gesehen, die sich selbst als großartig bezeichnen und „Bombenhits“ produzieren. Und wenn man sich schließlich das Release anhört, merkt man schnell, dass sie nur Samples verwenden, die sie gekauft oder kostenlos runtergeladen haben.
Ich bin mir sicher, dass ihr einige Namen im Kopf habt und ich bin mir sicher, dass einige von euch auch diese Tracks schon released haben. Diese Clowns machen dann ihre Live Act Show oder – heutzutage ein trendy aber dummer Name – ihre Hybrid Set.
Es ist sehr schade zu sehen, dass diese Leute eine komplette Fake Show auf der Bühne abliefern und dafür eine Menge Geld bekommen, die Promoter und auch Labels verarschen und das schlimmste, auch die Fans, die an diese Künstler glauben.
Was ist mit den Zeiten passiert, als ein richtiger Live Act noch wirklich erstaunlich war (und es ist egal von welchem Musikstil wir sprechen), mit all den Maschinen und Sequenzern und all den Geräten, die auf der Bühne benutzt wurden? Was ist mit den Zeiten passiert, als noch ein echter DJ stundenlang seine Fähigkeiten trainierte und auch stundenlang nach großartigen Tracks suchte? Was ist mit den Zeiten passiert, als ein echter Produzent Stunden, Tage oder Wochen im Studio verbracht hat, nur um den perfekten Sound für seine Tracks zu produzieren?
Es scheint, dass sich alles im Musikgeschäft verändert hat. Es scheint, dass die Musik nicht mehr wichtig ist. Es scheint, dass das wichtigste ist, wie gut oder trendy oder lustig oder dunkel oder dumm ein Künstler auf der Bühne aussieht. Es scheint, dass es nicht wichtig ist, ob ein Künstler nur eine Mix-CD oder ein DJ-Set eines anderen Künstlers spielt oder ob sein „fantastisches“ Live Set vorher bereits aufgenommen wurde.
Es scheint egal zu sein, dass Pseudokünstler fünf Maschinen auf der Bühne stehen haben und dann nur „Play“ auf dem Laptop drücken. Das einzige, was wirklich wichtig zu sein scheint, ist eine volle Bühne mit blinkenden Maschinen, richtig? Damit die Leute sagen können: „Hey, der Typ/die Frau hat jede Menge Geräte, deshalb ist er/sie cool…Bro!“
Es sieht so aus, dass alles nur noch eine oberflächliche Show auf der Bühne ist; und vielen Leuten ist das egal. Oder sie können sich an diese Schwindelei nicht erinnern.
Wie ich schon sagte:
Als Künstler kannst du nicht respektlos mit Labels umgehen. Sie vertrauen in deine produzierte Musik. Als Künstler kannst du nicht respektlos mit Promotern umgehen. Sie vertrauen in deine Arbeit. Aber das wichtigste…du kannst nicht respektlos mit deinen Fans umgehen, die an deine Arbeit glauben und letztendlich an dich glauben!
Echte Produzenten, die ihre eigenen Sound produzieren, ihre Produktionen mit eigenem Wissen kreieren, ohne Sample Bibliothek und anderen dummen Sachen….diese Produzenten haben meinen vollen Respekt und meine volle Unterstützung.
Sag nein zu falschen Leuten!
Do you know the feeling when - after a long time - you see something again with which you connect marvelous hours of listening music?
Yes, you suddenly start to have this broad grin on your face and start daydreaming.
The same happened to me when I listened about ZYX Music again. Oh, what fantastic Techno music they released several years ago. Quite sure that some of you still have ZYX releases at home.
The more delighted I was to see that in the past years ZYX Music started to release fine Techno music again. Several DJs did some nice Techno sets which are timeless.
One of the new releases is “Assassin Soldier Session” mixed by Mexican DJ Israel Toledo. You can enjoy tracks from Lathan, Electrorites, Ixel, Bas Mooy, Israel Toledo and many more.
Kennt ihr das Gefühl, wenn man – nach langer Zeit – etwas wiederfindet, mit dem man wunderbare Stunden mit Musik hören verbrachte? Genau, plötzlich hat man dieses breite Grinsen im Gesicht und beginnt zu träumen.
Das gleiche passierte mir, als ich wieder etwas von ZYX Music hörte. Dieses Label hatte vor vielen Jahren unvergessliche Techno Musik veröffentlicht. Ich bin ziemlich sicher, dass einige von euch noch ZYX Veröffentlichungen zuhause haben.
Umso erfreuter war ich, dass ZYX Music in den letzten Jahren wieder Techno Musik veröffentlichte. Einige DJs haben wunderbare Sets veröffentlicht, die zeitlos sind.
Eine der letzten Veröffentlichungen ist „Assassin Soldier Session“, gemixt vom mexikanischen DJ Israel Toledo. Im Set von ihm kann man Tracks von Lathan, Electrorites, Ixel, Bas Mooy, ihm selbst und vielen anderen genießen.
An alle meine Freunde aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz:
Ich danke euch für all eure Unterstützung in den vergangenen Jahren; ihr habt diese Mix CD auf ZYX Musik möglich gemacht.
Die CD ist erhältlich in Geschäften und online in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz bei: Media Markt, Saturn, Müller, JPC, Amazon und Deejay.de
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The Assassin Soldier Recordings family has a new member: Lathan!
Who is this person? A good question. He comes from outer space, directly from Alpha Centauri galaxy. A wanderer through space and time.
He brings us music, pure Techno music. Unique analogue sounds echoing through the universe and create for us a deep experience of mind filling beauty.
His only passion is Techno music. No publicity, no social media is important to him. He just wants to make the people dance and dream. Music is his communication.
Lathan will release his first digital album called “First Contact EP” on Assassin Soldier Recordings. Pure analogue Techno sounds without compromises. Nine tracks with killing beats and spherical sounds.
Enjoy this journey together with us through galaxies and back!
At International Women’s Day I realized that suddenly a greater interest for women in electronic music could be seen in social media. I ask myself why it needs a certain day to find out that there is more in electronic music.
We all know that women in music are often underestimated. That’s a pity. In the past decades until today there are very talented girls or women who contributed a lot in the electronic music.
Suzanne Ciani is a great example. She is known for her compositions on the Buchla Analog Modular Synthesizer:
Several scores for television commercials and as well film scores were composed by her. And even with 70 years she is still performing live:
What an amazing woman. I love her work. What about you?
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Exclusion. Everyone knows this word and - in the worst case - has experienced it. It was new for me that nowadays music is excluded from the culture of a city.
What? Yes, I actually I received this statement. Not from a city’s employee. From a self-called “member” of the cultural scene. And the reason for excluding electronic music from the city culture made me realize that something is not good anymore in Germany.
I was told that certain clubs, because of the alleged bad reputation, do not belong to the city culture. But the best was: All the DJs who played there – no matter if they are international artists or national artists – are just bad.
I don’t get this. What does a DJ have to do with the club who books him? Not that much, or? The DJ has to ensure that the audience spends a great night with good music. And for this he is paid. I am afraid I am completely wrong with this.
And another disturbing statement was: "These clubs and the music are not part of the culture of our city." So, you exclude already music in a certain music style. Which person decides who and what belongs to a culture of a city and what not?
I wonder in which society we are living in. There are people who do not only exclude other people, because they don’t fit in their world picture, but also music styles.
Our scene has always been defined by music, tolerance, party and cooperation. Nowadays, we define ourselves apparently by something else.
Is it like this?
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This is an interesting question which cannot be answered with a proper “yes” or “no”. Oh, there is music which
There is music in our world which is unique and emotional, music which brings goose bumps on your skin or music which starts your fantasies. Oh what a gift for your soul. It does not matter if the music makes you feel like dancing or relaxing or even dreaming.
I often find new music which exactly makes me feel like I said before. And then, when I search for it either on Facebook, YouTube, Soundcloud, whatever, I can see: 4 likes…. 16 plays….no likes….46 plays… And in our world today the most important thing for people and companies are the likes on the pages of an artist or the number of the plays of their videos or podcasts.
This is a shame sometimes. Actually I have to admit that I had reacted in the same when I started using social media. Uh, this artist has not so much likes so this means the music is shit.
Mea culpa! I was often wrong, wrong and wrong. A very good friend of mine once told me: “Give the artist a chance.”
Yes, I will.
We should not judge anything including music only by the number of likes or views. There is so fantastic music out there which you will never find because you don’t try it at least once in your life. So, next time you look for a new inspiration in music, give an artist a chance and hopefully you will find music which simply makes you happy. Correct?
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Hans Christian Andersen, the well-known Danish poet and writer, once said:
“When words fail, music speaks.”
I love this quote, as it shows that music can always go further than words. And as I wrote quite a while about the music, it’s time to give you a chance to listen to it.
Enjoy this lazy Sunday vinyl session from Israel Toledo with some great tracks like:
Mørbeck - Pyramid
Alex K. Katz – Give Fire
Shlømo - Titan
Antigone - Static
Planetary Assault Systems - Dungeon
AnD - Fierce
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Last weekend I finally had the chance to visit a record store for electronic music again. After years of closing of record stores, big and small ones, this was a quite overwhelming experience. As most of you know, visiting a record store for a music lover was for all of us a special moment.
Can you remember how you felt when you entered a record store?
You opened the door and suddenly this very special feeling flew through your body. Sounds of electronic music welcomed you, and it didn’t matter if techno music, house music or drum and bass was played. It suddenly felt like coming home..
You saw in front of you hundreds of records and the only thing you really wanted was digging deep through everything to find a special gift for yourself. You spent hours in this record shop.
And then, after flipping through records and deciding for several records you went straight to the turntables. Can you remember the feeling putting the first record and push the start button?
Suddenly you hear in your headphones the typical sounds of a record. This unmistakable crackling sound when you put the tone arm on the record. And when the first track started you were diving into another world. A world full of emotions rushing through your veins and it was impossible to resist.
Oh, I love this picture and often I miss these special moments. Yes, nowadays you can sit at home; search the internet for new and good music, but it isn’t the same, right?
So, if you ever have the chance to go to a record store around the corner, just do it. You will not only find music but also like-minded people, interesting conversations and a unique culture. And you will leave with a good feeling and a bunch of new records and fantastic music.
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I did some research on new topics for the blog and I saw again that the web was flooded by pictures and videos of half-naked women behind a DJ booth, pressing the start button of the laptop and trying to put more attention to their boobs and asses instead on the music.
I started asking myself: Is this the new definition of a DJ? Does a DJ nowadays needs to have good looking instead of having a good music taste and the ability of communicating with the crowd through the music?
Can it be that the music is not so important anymore? Just to be clear, there are lots of good looking DJs – female or male – which have awesome skills in DJing. For me, a DJ needs to have the following skills: a unique music taste, fantastic mixing skills and of course the connection to his/her crowd. If he/she is good looking is really unimportant.
A DJ needs to get the connection to the crowd, this is essential. Sometimes this can work immediately after starting with the first track, sometimes this can take longer. A DJ has to know its crowd to make them a perfect evening.
So what about the mixing skills? In my opinion you need to have it, to call yourself a DJ. Can you remember all nights you spend on the dancefloor because the DJ put some fantastic music on and it felt like the track last the whole night? What an amazing skill to mix together different tracks and different music styles and it still feels like one track. I know, nowadays the mixing skills of a DJ are not that important anymore. Many thanks to the BPM counter.
And music taste? I think a good music taste means putting together new and old school music, show the crowd new tracks but still take care of their taste and what they like. A perfect mixture of music makes a night at the club more interesting. Who in the hell wants to go out and listen the same music every weekend? Isn’t this getting boring at some point?
What is your opinion on this? Is the job of a DJ to give a crowd an incredible and unforgettable evening on the dancefloor? In my opinion, yes. Do you agree?
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I know, I know….This sentence has been answered and the question been asked a million times. But damn, the answers why we love music can be so different and personally that you could write a book about it.
So why we love music? Yeeees, scientists would talk now about the human brain and dopamine. Which is of course fair to answer? But what about that special feeling every human being has (which I hope) when listening to music. Remember when you listened the first time to your favorite song.
You feel surprised and suddenly this warm and comfortable feeling starts to fill your body. And goose bumps start to appear all over your body. And you start smiling.
Or when you go to a concert of your favorite band and you experience one and a half hour full of emotion and happiness in which you are connected to thousands of people through the music…amazing.
Or imagine, you are in a club listening to the music of your favorite DJ and the only thing you can think of is closing your eyes and just feel the music with every part of your body…outstanding.
Or maybe you are at your darkest and saddest part in your life, where nothing seems to make sense anymore. And then you listened by accident this one track and you are thinking: “Damn, there is someone out in this world who perfectly understands what I am going through.” And all these emotions you suddenly feel in your body give you the strength to go on…you will be thankful forever.
And now after all this text I ask you: Why do you love music? Leave your comments here and let me know.
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