Shortcircles (Oakland) In The Studio for Episode #220 (September 24, 2013)

Photos from Shortcircles‘ interview on last night’s The Main Ingredient.

My Set
denitia and sene. – casanova. (input)
shortcircles – all i can be for you (instrumental) (plugresearch.com)
charliered – smile to you (tristate inventory)
p.r – set the scene featuring skyzoo & substantial (cultclassicrecords.bandcamp.com)
gang colours – why didn’t you call? featuring lulu james (brownswoodrecordings.com)
safia – listen to soul, listen to blues (indian summer remix) (soundcloud.com/safia-music)
myele manzanza – 7 bar thing featuring mara tk (bbemusic.com)

The Interview
shortcircles – fallin’ (plugresearch.com)
beep – mbira (shortcircles remix) (soundcloud.com/shortcircles)
shortcircles – tunnels (plugresearch.com)
shortcircles – sometimes things are exactly as they seem (plugresearch.com)

Shortcircles Picks The Tracks
glenn jackson – save (ceremony)
hiatus kaiyote – rainbow rhodes (hiatuskaiyote.bandcamp.com)
kenny wheeler – part 1 – opening (ecm)
empty pockets – are you recording? (soundcloud.com/empty-pockets-oakland)
ernest ranglin – avila (oscar’s song) (avila street)
dan casey – gravity (ceremony)
kingdom – bank head featuring kelela (fadetomind.net)
kouta – granola (soundcloud.com/kouta)
bonnie koloc – roslyn (ovation)
floating points – love me like this (ftps remix) (r2)

The Main Ingredient is a weekly radio show covering brand new soulful underground music from around the world, featuring as in-studio interviews with the artists making it. New episodes can be found Wednesdays at noon at jonolivermusic.com. The show began in May 2009 as a weekly broadcast from East Village Radio’s storefront studio on 1st Ave. & 1st St. in NYC and continued there until EVR closed it doors in May 2014. This episode is from the East Village Radio Archives.

Shortcircles (Oakland) On The Main Ingredient September 24th!

I’m excited to welcome Matt Tammariello aka Shortcircles to the studio next week. The two EPs and album that he’s released since I first “discovered” him (early 2012) have been incredibly consistent. There isn’t much that this guy creates or remixes that i don’t like. He’ll entertain my idiosyncratic questions about his tracks as well bring some tunes to share from his personal library.

About Shortcircles:

Matt Tammariello was born and raised in Escondido, just north of San Diego, CA. Like so many youth, Matt grew to be enamored by hip-hop early on. And 1 mixtapes introduced him to Sadat X and early Common, and by the time he heard MF DOOM in 8th grade, he was smitten. Being that Escondido wasn’t a bustling hub of Matt’s particular kind of musical leanings, it did not take long for him to meet peers with similar interests. Infatuation led to imitation and by his early teens, Matt had formed a rag-tag rap group with a friend and using cracked programs and sub par recording equipment put their own spin on popular instrumentals.

Though musically isolated, Matthew was not unsupported. His partner-in-rap was instrumental in continuing Matt’s relationship with hip-hop, and another good friend introduced him to the world of ambient music.

The home front was supportive too. His mother gave him a Deep Puddle Dynamics album on a particularly memorable Christmas, and after a seemingly commonplace dinner mention by Matt on how he’d think it cool to build a studio out of their spacious garage, his father showed up with tools and equipment to do so. The latter proved to be a pivotal point in the forming of Shortcircles.

Once the studio was built, Matthew made the transition from writing rhymes to making beats. Wetting his feet with computer programs, it wasn’t until he got his hands on an MPC 1000 (and slaved over it for some time) that a sound combining his early love of hip-hop and new found appreciation for the experimental began to take shape. By this time Matt was graduating high school, his rap group partner had moved up to the Bay area to attend an audio engineering school and Matt saw that as a way to pursue his passion and leave Escondido.

In the meantime, he enrolled in a school in Mira Costa that just so happened to just have a state-of-the-art studio. For the cost of a community college class Matt got to tinker and toy with it, experimenting with different recording techniques in a way that would have been impossible before.

Once finished with his studies in Escondido, Matt wasted no time in relocating to the Bay. Though it was a move that re-energized and inspired the young producer, it was not without it’s thorns. A relationship that was built in Escondido met its end in the Bay, but Matt capitalized on the loss. Using his melancholy as inspiration, Matt channeled that feeling into an EP he was asked to make for a good friend’s website. The Mapzzz EP, as its come to be known, was the first formal introduction of Shortcircles.

A musician that was never trained as such, every time a composition is created warrants a different approach. Inspired by Four Tet, Teebs, Floating Points and DJ Shadow, as well as a plethora of 50’s jazz records, the Shortcirlces sound is hard to pin-point. The best way he can describe it is as a “peaceful sound. I try to make music that is as honest to myself as possible.”

With that mindset he set out to craft a follow up Shortcircles project. Collaborating with other vocalists and musicians, this was the most serious project to date for Matt. Without having an outlet for it, he completed it. It wasn’t until friend and Plug Research artist Elephant & Castle heard the album that Matt considered a label. E&C played liaison and within a short time, Shortcircles became a welcome addition to the roster. Shortcircles promises to deliver an amalgam of styles both soothing and galvanizing, but always honest.

The Main Ingredient Radio Show NYC – Episode #219 (September 17, 2013)

The Main Ingredient Radio Show NYC – Episode #219 (September 17, 2013)
the internet – partners in crime part two (odd future records)
preservation – summer love (mondieumusic.com)
saux – only for today featuring joya mooi (soundcloud.com/saux)
kenautis smith & black spade – look around (allnaturalhiphop.com)
denitia and sene. – she’s not the only one. (input)
youngblood brass band – erik owen (tru-thoughts.co.uk)
the stepkids – symmetry (stonesthrow.com)
myele manzanza – city of atlantis featuring ladi6 & charlie k (bbemusic.com)
sandra st. victor – i prefer (shanachie entertainment)
black milk – sunday’s best / monday’s worst (blackmilk.bandcamp.com)
basecamp – 2 thingz (soundcloud.com/basecampmusique)
toro y moi – campo (carparkrecords.com)
jesse boykins iii – young & beautiful (jbiiimusic.com)
body language – well absolutely (cosmic kids remix) (smokenmirrorsrecords.com)
titeknots – wordy (tru-thoughts.co.uk)
alt-j – bloodflood (infectious/atlantic)
sonnymoon – every summer night (m. constant remix) (soundcloud.com/sonnymoon)
disclosure – you & me featuring eliza doolittle (pmr)
shokazulu – part 4 (2000black.com)
jessica newry – butterfly featuring kalani trinidad (jessicanewry.bandcamp.com)
laura mvula – she (rcarecords.com)
p.r – we will make it featuring cise star & blu (cultclassicrecords.bandcamp.com)
elvis costello & the roots – cinco minutos con vos (bluenote.com)
praverb the wyse – blue collar featuring don streat (pragmatictheory.bandcamp.com)
ladi6 – people talking (ladi6.bandcamp.com)
tiny hearts – snowcold (dirttechreck.com)
stwo – liz (huhwhatandwhere.com)

The Main Ingredient is a weekly radio show covering brand new soulful underground music from around the world, featuring as in-studio interviews with the artists making it. New episodes can be found Wednesdays at noon at jonolivermusic.com. The show began in May 2009 as a weekly broadcast from East Village Radio’s storefront studio on 1st Ave. & 1st St. in NYC and continued there until EVR closed it doors in May 2014. This episode is from the East Village Radio Archives.

DJ Shred One (NYC) In The Studio for Episode #218 (September 10, 2013)

Photos from (Cherries Records Co-Founder) DJ Shred One’s interview and guest DJ set on last night’s The Main Ingredient.

My Set
blitz the ambassador – bisa featuring nneka & ty (jakartarecords.de)
deft – faded (projectmooncircle.com)
the foreign exchange – call it home (theforeignexchangemusic.com)
denitia and sene. – lucy.loosie (input)
ladi6 – hold tight (ladi6.bandcamp.com)
soia – obtaining (recordbreakin.com)
body language – falling out (bodylanguage.bandcamp.com)
theo parrish – kites on pluto (sound signature)

The Interview
amalia – welcome to me (cherriesrecords.com)
benjamin – love is gonna let you down (cherriesrecords.com)
doug shorts – don’t sleep on my love (cherriesrecords.com)

Shred One’s DJ Set
benny tones – odyssey (b.bravo’s ‘lover’s bounce’ remix) (bbemusic.com)
reggie b. – tell me baby feautring sherrale b (soundcloud.com/reggieb18)
reva devito + roane namuh – lavender (roanenamuhrevadevito.bandcamp.com)
the electric vs. etrecs – simple as easy (etrecs.bandcamp.com)
J-1 – tbd (unreleased)
reggie b – time (soundcloud.com/reggieb18)
dwele – what profit (rt music group)
proh mic – i like (cherriesrecords.com)
tony ozier – the funk (cherriesrecords.com)
prince – boyfriend (npg)
tuxedo – so good (tuxedofunk.com)
proh mic – right on time (cherriesrecords.com)
the sunburst band – put a lyric in it (z)
reva devito + roane namuh – c(h)ampagne (roanenamuhrevadevito.bandcamp.com)
original just us – you’re my latest Inspiration (big jack’s discotechnology edit) (unreleased)
feel – let’s rock (sutra)
amuzement park – groove your blues away (our gang entertainment)

The Main Ingredient is a weekly radio show covering brand new soulful underground music from around the world, featuring as in-studio interviews with the artists making it. New episodes can be found Wednesdays at noon at jonolivermusic.com. The show began in May 2009 as a weekly broadcast from East Village Radio’s storefront studio on 1st Ave. & 1st St. in NYC and continued there until EVR closed it doors in May 2014. This episode is from the East Village Radio Archives.

DJ Shred One (NYC) On The Main Ingredient 9/10!

DJ Shred One (Cherries Records), who has been on the top of guest wish list since I started my show 4 years ago and I’m excited to say that she will be my guest on Monday night!

About DJ Shred One:

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Sheila Red aka Shred One was constantly surrounded and heavily influenced by music at a very young age as she tagged along with her vinyl collecting family. She moved to Brooklyn, NY in ’98 where she began collecting her own records and fell in love with the art of djing, as well as learning the music industry game working at Rawkus Records. In 2010, she moved to Chicago where she competed and won the first annual Vocalo FM DJ Competition. She also co-founded Cherries Records, a modern funk and r&b record label with her husband/producer Andrew Brearley. Now residing back in NYC, she continues to release, collect, and play records, and plans to travel the world djing with her fellow label mates on a future Cherries tour.