In september 2013 I obtained the 3rd place in a contest of The House Academy, founded by Nathaniel and Maxim Lany (both producers and deejays). They constantly focus on “Quality First” music and they are really passionate about organizing exclusive parties in the region of Kortrijk/Gent and recently also in Antwerpen. My mission was to create a high-quality mixtape composed out of carefully selected tracks that would perfectly suit in the setting of Jardin, a classy restaurant located in Knokke.

Here you can read what The House Academy blogged when they launched the “Quality First” contest on August 17, 2013:

There are 2 things we at The House Academy are extremely keen on. The first thing is, of course, quality. Whatever we do, wherever we go, we stand for quality. The second thing we really value is giving chances and opportunities to young and undiscovered talent. So we thought it would be great if we could combine both things in one action.

We’re very happy to present to you, in cooperation with one of Knokke’s finest restaurants, Jardin: The “Quality First” mixtape competition.

When going to a nice restaurant, one of the elements that is so important for the atmosphere, is the music playing in the background. The art is to find music that 90% of the guests will not notice in particular, but that will set the right atmosphere and that will catch the attention of the 10% of the musical connoisseurs amongst the dining guests.

Choosing the right music for a restaurant is a hard job. It’s a big challenge. But we’re not afraid of challenges and we are convinced many amongst you aren’t either.

Sounds like fun? Get going! Deadline is September 14, 2013. Good luck!

Maxim Lany (Lany Recordings)

Here is the positive feedback I received from The House Academy:

We finally made a decision. There were a lot of great entrances and yours was amongst the best ones. You win the ‘bronze medal’ with your set. We were really surprised by the high-quality track selection. Thanks!

KJ Vercruysse (House Grand Cru)

Special thanks go to Maxim Lany who I personally met during one of the Play & Produce editions at the Vooruit in Gent. He told me to keep on focussing on “Quality First” music to make a difference and to set an example. Thank you, Mr. Lany, to believe in my work and my passion for music.

Now sit back, relax and listen to my I love Bar Grooves 2 liveset recorded exclusively for The House Academy. Share if you like and spread the word!

Jardin

This is my personal refix of Stimming‘s masterpiece: ‘November Morning’, taken from the ‘Window Shopping’ EP released in March 2012 at Diynamic Music (Hamburg). Blue and melancholic house chords with a typical Stimming climax: not obvious, but effective. A weird sounding pseudo-violin, organic percussions, field recordings and his whistle create a grey and moody vibe absorbing the listener.

According to Beatport, this is one of Stimming’s most emotional tracks. To intensify his blue feeling even more, I’ve injected samples from his ‘Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester’ Version, taken from the ‘November Morning’ EP released in November 2012 at 2DIY4, a sublabel of Diynamic Music. More than 60 musicians from the Brandenburg State Orchestra were involved and made this work an unique classical experience. No artificial sounds or sampler elements have been added, all you hear are pure analog sounds played by real people!

The subtle classical addition of the Brandenburg State Orchestra takes this track to the next level. I just can’t stop listening to it. What about you?

Featured Artists:

Featured Tracks:

  • Stimming’s ‘November Morning’ (Original Version) taken from ‘Window Shopping’ EP (2012)
  • Stimming’s ‘November Morning’ (Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Version) taken from ‘November Morning’ EP (2012)

Featured Label:

  • Diynamic Music

Listen to Stimming – November Morning (Dave Canto’s ‘Blue Morning’ Refix). Please comment, share & support!

Stimming - November Morning

This is my personal refix of Avicii‘s smash hit: ‘Levels’. Although it isn’t the kind of music I like to spin nowadays, I do want to share this mashup with the rest of the world. How did I proceed? During my performances as a deejay, I noticed that the following 2 tracks fit really nicely together:

  1. Avicii & Clockwork vs Green Velvet & Nicky Romero – Flash Levels (A.M.R Bootleg)
  2. Flo Rida – Good Feeling (Original Mix)

The first track is an unofficial bootleg by A.M.R who mashed up the Clockwork Remix of Avicii’s ‘Levels’ with Nicky Romero‘s interpretation of Green Velvet‘s classic: ‘Flash’. The second track is taken from the ‘Wild Ones’ album that was released by Flo Rida in 2012. He sampled Etta James‘ epic vocal, just like Avicii did in 2011. I already had live mixed both tracks at several gigs, which brought me to the idea of recording it in Ableton Live as well. During the process, I played around with panning, which means moving the audio signal from one output to the other. If you listen carefully, you’ll hear Etta James singing alternately through the left and right speaker and vice versa. Near the end you get surprised by a fat dubstep break. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as the audience does time after time!

Featured Artists:

Featured Tracks:

  • Avicii – Levels (Clockwork Remix)
  • Green Velvet – Flash (Nicky Romero Remix)
  • Avicii & Clockwork vs Green Velvet & Nicky Romero – Flash Levels (A.M.R Bootleg)
  • Flo Rida – Good Feeling (Original Mix)

Featured Labels:

Listen to Avicii & Clockwork vs Green Velvet, Nicky Romero & A.M.R – Flash Levels (Dave Canto’s ‘Good Feeling’ Refix). Please comment, share & support!

Avicii - Levels

This is my personal refix of Booka Shade‘s beautiful gem: ‘Night Falls’, taken from the ‘Movements’ album released in 2006 at Get Physical Music (Berlin). According to Resident Advisor, ‘Night Falls’ deserves more than one listen: it will intrigue you more if you know its destination. This is exactly what I had in mind when creating this refix: intensify that mysterious sense even more. Hence I’ve used samples from Larry Gold‘s ‘Night Falls Over Philly’ String Version, taken from ‘Cinematic Shades (The Slow Songs)’ album released in 2008. The subtle classical addition of Larry Gold’s uplifting string quartet takes this track to the next level. I just can’t stop listening to it. What about you?

Below you can read what Get Physical Music blogged when they released the ‘Night Falls’ EP on March 8, 2006:

While Booka Shade’s biggest release of 2005, ‘Mandarine Girl’, basked in the euphoric afterglow of early 90’s techno-trance, their latest 12″ is a somewhat darker, more nocturnal affair. Not less than it’s forerunner, ‘Night Falls’, has the potential to become a summer-hymn, awakening reminiscences of the old days, creating a more epic and filigree atmosphere. The taster single for Booka Shade’s soon to be released second album ‘Movements’ works with a spine-tingling trance riff over scuffled, hazy beats and a strong story-telling bassline.

Featured Artists:

Featured Tracks:

  • Booka Shade’s ‘Night Falls’ (Original Version) taken from ‘Movements’ (2006)
  • Booka Shade’s ‘Night Falls’ (Larry Gold’s ‘Night Falls Over Philly’ String Version) taken from ‘Cinematic Shades (The Slow Songs)’ (2008)

Featured Label:

  • Get Physical Music

Listen to Booka Shade – Night Falls (Dave Canto’s ‘Night Falls of Strings’ Refix). Please comment, share & support!

Booka Shade - Night Falls

Last year I got the chance to play at the 5th anniversary edition of Cubic Clash, a well-known indoor festival for electronic music lovers at the Kuub concert hall in my hometown Turnhout. Unfortunately the 5th edition of Cubic Clash was also the final one. The founders, Tune In Turn Out, decided to put an end to the Cubic story and explore new horizons.

Nevertheless Cubic Clash has always been a versatile and contemporary event with various musical dimensions. Not only local deejays got the opportunity to play, exciting electronic live acts were invited as well. Every year international and exclusive headliners came to Turnhout to perform on stage:

The organization of such a fast growing indoor festival required lots of energy. The comparison with large commercial dance events was often made, although its growth potential and profit margins had never been the intention. Therefore Tune In Turn Out wanted to avoid that their Cubic concept became too mainstream like several other festivals already did.

I’m proud that I could be part of the very last edition, which was a real highlight again and made me longing for the next new party concept in T-Town. Thank you for 5 years of quality electronic music!

Because I was unable to tape my live gig at Cubic Clash, I recorded it again at my homestudio. It starts rather minimal with tracks from Leesa (Atmosphere Records) and Shur-I-Kan, and evolves into jackin’ tech house with Oliver Koletzki (Stil Vor Talent) and Sonny Fodera. Just the way I like it!

Let’s share and enjoy my tribute I love Cubic Clash mixtape.

Cubic Clash 2007 Cubic Clash 2008
Cubic Clash 2009 Cubic Clash 2010
Cubic Clash 2011