I figured it would be a good idea to get a post down to kick things off for this new year, so here we go.
The last month has kinda been a blur for me, personally. I had two great projects fall into my lap a few weeks before I was set to go to England, to play a fewl gigs in London/Berlin (more on that later) and visit family. The first of these is a film which will be shown at this years Sundance Festival. It's called The Blackout Experiments and it's pretty dark and messed up! I won't say too much about it, as I feel this is something you gotta sit down and watch and experience. More info here: https://www.sundance.org/projects/the-blackout-experiments
The second project is an upcoming video game, which will be released on Steam later this year. Again, I can't say too much about it at this stage, but it's gonna be very atmospheric and has a deep emotive story line to drive it. Expect a deep emotional soundtrack by myself to accompany it. More news on that as soon as I can divulge it.
Onto the gigs... I don't DJ out much these days, for numerous reasons, but I'm sure glad I took these two offers. The first of which was with the Northern Electronics crew at Corsica Studios, London. This was part of Clock Strikes 13's 2 month-long epic event series, that featured some of the biggest and best talent in underground dance music at several venues across London. We had room two at Corsica and everyone played absolutely incredible sets. The dancefloor filled up nicely as the night progressed and it was so heartening to see everyone enjoying the Grey Area sounds and our mutated techno rhythms and such. If you came, thank you very much for a great night. The second was the following weekend in Berlin at Ohm, hosted by Samurai Music. Billed as an Auxiliary x Samurai Horo night, it was the first time me, Sam, Ena and Presha had all shared the same bill, and again, it was pure vibes until 6am. Once again, thank you if you came and danced and made it a special night for us all, and a special thanks to Ajay and Geoff for their hard work in making these events happen. Two very special gigs that reaffirmed that we really are onto something truly special and unique with our music right now!
Now onto 2016 and Auxiliary and Grey Area label plans. Well you know by now we like to keep things quiet and not announce too much, so I'll just throw out a few tasters of what's coming up soon. On pre-order right now, we've got a brand new EP from Sam KDC (AUX012) and the second anonymous Grey Area 12", Volume Two. Volume Three is on test press and Volume Four is being readied this week. After Sam's EP, will be my most adventurous work yet, entitled The Farthest Reaches. This will be AUX014 and will be a 2 x 12" affair, due to the length of the tracks - all four pieces are over 10 minutes long each, so that might give you some scope of the type of music to expect here. Anyway, it's something I'm extremely proud of releasing and can't wait to hear and see peoples reactions to it. We're expecting test presses soon, so once we've got those approved, pre-orders will appear on the Samurai store before you know it. Other than that, we'll be dropping Grey Area Podcast Two right around the time of release of Volume Two vinyl/digital, which will be 12th February. We plan to follow this goal of putting out a new podcast around the time of new releases, so if any of you were wondering about the timing of these, well there you go.
Of course, we also have a few surprises and other releases we're working on, but you'll find out all about those nearer the time of release. I hope you all have a fantastic 2016 and here's to another year of Grey Area sounds and truly pushing things forward.