Delighted to have UK don Latmun joining us this week for a very special edition of the central mix series. It comes ahead of his performance at CRSSD Festival (March 4-5) in San Diego. Latmun, known to his mother as Joe Bradley, has been rising like a rocket since debuting ‘Def’ on VIVa Music some time ago. In addition to providing a fresh tape ahead of his return to the USA, he’s talked us through to his current day to day and recent releases on Material and Emerald City Music.
WWD: Thanks for joining us Joe!
It’s been a real whirlwind since the early days of ‘Def’. Can you tell us a bit about what has changed in your day to day routine between then and now?
Hey, thanks for having me back and for the support you guys have continually given me on so many of my tracks! Not a whole lot has changed in terms of my daily routine, the main thing is that the gym has gone down the pan a little with the now very busy gigging schedule haha, its a difficult thing to balance! Im still in the studio everyday making music, and when not actually producing searching for samples and other bits of inspiration.
WWD: You’re touring a lot now. Have you been embracing the traveling?
I love traveling, I actually loved it prior to DJing so its a bonus to me! There are times when your on your own when it takes its toll a little though, for example it recently took me 31 hours to return home from Brazil with unexpected delays etc and to embrace those situations I now have a Netflix account and a very good stock of films, so if you ever need a film recommendation I’m your guy haha.
WWD: Most memorable trip you took recently?
That would probably be have to be Brazil, its a place I’ve always been curious to visit and you hear so much about how good the music scene is there too. It lived up to all expectations! There was a really memorable gig in Londrina where I turned up not really knowing exactly what to expect, and it was an outdoor stage with 2500 people at it! I got to play an extended 3 hour set to a really knowledgable and receptive crowd, I will remember that one for a while for sure.
WWD: What went down in Dublin last weekend?
It always goes down in Dublin! It was a great party in a venue called Hangar, they consistently have great bookings and the crowd there is always one of the best. The clubs have to finish at 3 in Dublin though which is the only sad thing, so I (and hopefully the crowd!) were left wanting more.. which will have to be saved for next time!
WWD: Your Gene Farris remix has seen a mega reaction. When and where did you put the track together?
Thank you very much, the story behind where I actually wrote that one isn’t as good as for my last remix which was written on the plane to Ibiza haha. I made this one in the comfort of my studio but it was quite a while ago, about 6 months or so. Im therefore really happy to have finally got this one out there for people to play and enjoy.
WWD: Production wise – what else have you got coming up on the horizon?
I have an EP coming out on Green Velvet’s Relief Label on the 03/03/17, this is another collection of tracks that I have been sitting on for about 6 months, they have been getting good responses in my sets and have been useful tools so I’m excited to share them and hope they are to other people as well.
WWD: Do you make many tracks that never see a release?
I would say about 70% of the tracks I make eventually see a release, but I do have a collection that I play which will never get released because I’m not happy with certain parts of them or they sample a vocal that I could never get cleared but I just wanted to make the track as a tool. I also have a collection of edits and bootlegs that I’ve made just for my sets to make them more unique.
WWD: Off the top of your head, what are the essential components of your current production set-up?
My studio set up is actually pretty basic so with that in mind.. good monitors, I use a combination of Yamaha HS8’s, Focal Solo 6 Be’s and Yamaha HS5’s. I have two different rooms I produce in with different speaker set ups which I find allows me to be more confident in my final mixes. Another thing is a nice feeling midi keyboard but it doesn’t need to be anything fancy, I use an M-Audio Axiom 25. Finally and obviously an audio interface to ensure what your hearing is as accurate as possible, as I dont have any hardware to record in I just have Focusrite one with 2 inputs and 2 outputs.
WWD: Back to California very soon for CRSSD Festival, what are your top 3 favourite things about the West Coast?
I can only say three!? Well first of all the weather, everyone is happier when its sunny and there is plenty of that on the West Coast! The fact I can hire a mustang while I’m there and feel like I own one for a week haha, also the food of course.
WWD: Delighted to have you mix the latest instalment of our central podcast. The perfect appetiser for those heading to CRSSD Festival. What’s inside? any exclusives from yourself?
Thanks a lot, I really enjoyed putting this one together. There are two exclusives from me, they are both of the tracks from my forthcoming Relief EP titled ‘Everybody’s Dancin’ and the B side is called ‘That’s Good’ so keep an ear out for those! The mix overall is really groovy with lots of siney basslines as thats what I’m into most at the minute, hope you enjoy
CRSSD Fest Spring More Info/Ticket Link – http://crssdfest.com/