Thursday, 24 September 2020
- Jamie how changed during your personal and professional life during this terrible COVID time?
It’s a terrible time for the planet….and for everyone…..I m going out only when necessary, i m very careful, I drastically reduced almost all unecessary social contacts . Due to the situation many gigs were cancelled or postdated which is something i was expecting of course (and not only myself).
The professional life ist still growing and trying to be as normal as possible with many studio projects i m working to…actually you need much more patience and time for everything as everythings worldwide is slower than normal…Hopefully we will back to the normal « normality » really soon
- Recently one of your Artist/singer CINTHIA MANLEY passed away as well as some other great artists ….
unfortunately this one has been a very sad year with the unexpected loss of three great singers of the Purple Family …Cinthya Manley with whom I have released « Give » « Sunshine Hotel » & « Save the world » a very nice and professional great singer and friend, Nicole Mitchell with whom we released also threee records though other producers (Diego Auguanno , Alex ander and Paolo Barabato) and Michael Procter with whom we had many great parties in Switzerland, Miami and we released at the early beginning almost 20 years ago the song « Paradise »… I was also very sad about the premature death of Eric Morillo early september, ….
- Did u sign new Artists at the Purple Label?
We have released some projects by Eric Faria a great Portuguese producer, as well as a couple ones by the italian star Andrea T Mendoza, & Seumas Norv. I get constantly demos from worldwide from new comers and well known producers…but I really like the fact that our main artists deliver constantly new great music that’s why we love to be a Family Walterino, Seb Skalski, MOD, Mannix, Rob Hayes, Fabe & dj Sacchi, The French House Mafia, James deron, Nikos Diamantopoulos, Mario Piu, Diego Auguanno, Selva Basaran,Delvino & Ken, Ivan Nasini, Kim Cooper,Billie,Diva Avari, Andrea Love, Michael Watford….
- WHAT ARE YOUR NEXT OWN PROJECTS 😕
I m finishing a new Album as well three new singles… top secret for the moment… let’s say
Back to the future !!
- WHAT ARE YOU MISSING MORE AT THE MOMENT ?
The freedom of travelling and spending time whenever i want to go as well as good parties that due to the Covid have been postdated or cancelled… people need to be happy and celebrate… !!
- YOU ARE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY SINCE 3 DECADES NOW : YOU HAVE WORKED WITH ICONS LIKE PRINCE, YOU HAVE GOT A GRAMMY NOMINATIONS( PRINCE ALBUM ,) DISCO STAR CERRONE, YOU HAVE PLAID IN SOME OF THE HOT SPOTT CLUBS WORLDWIDE : WHAT IS YOUR NEXT GOAL OR WISH ?
There are many ones, I never put a limit to dreams and music, I think you need to be smart,have a bit of luck and work hard, life can be a very nice surprise…..I m always open for good collaboration… and .I love unexpected good surprises !
- PURPLE MUSIC WILL BE CELEBRATING SOON 23 YEARS ANNIVERSARY : WAW ANY COMMENT ABOUT IT ?
Myself and my life and label partner Manuela are very happy to see that we are stlll doing what we love to do and releasing great artists from Worldwide, I want to THANK All our producers and singers from yesterday, today and tomorrow !!As well as all our fans, and friends who are suppreting us since the first day : WE LUV U !
Many things have changed in the music industry during the past decades, it has been not always an easy way but when we look back at our Catalogue, friends, artists, and releases we have , we look eachother and say : we did the right think !, and this make us very happy !
- IF PURPLE MUSIC COULD BE BASED IN ANOTHER CITY OF THE WORLD: WHERE IT WOULD BE?
I don’t know really but we are citizen of the world, probably in the best place of the world for us…..
It doesn’t matter where u are but WHO and with wHOM you are
- DID YOU EVER THOUGHT TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAN BEEING A PRODUCER, AND DJ?
Not really …I start to be dj long time ago with 18 , I run the most famous swiss dj recordshop for over 17 years, produced and have the label since more than 23 years…since I was a teenager i m doing what i like to do . I m very lucky and proud about it. Bit i m also a man, a father and an husband… I have the greatest jobs !!
- JAMIE LEWIS MOTTO:
Like Cinthya Manley said « put your energy into doing good , learn from your mistakes, quitter never win »
Thursday, 09 May 2019
- You are one of the rare female djs and House music producer of Turkey:can u tell us about your approach to music and dj life?
In my opinion Dj”s life is getting harder after 2008 as well as the music business.Everything is changing so fast in our world .Good think is <Music will live forever>.
- You start only recently to produce music and we had the big pleasure to be the label releasing your ideas: why?
Thank you so much. it’s my pleasure to be in Purple Music Label. One of my long lasting dream was being @ Purple Music.I love your community , love your productions for me it’s such a honor. A Right label to trust to. The protects the artists rights as well as the own rights everybody is equal, which means a lots to me.
- What can you tell us about your collaborations with singers and famous producers/remixers who participated to release your projects ? .
Music is the best way to hear each other .With this opportunity i would like to thank again all singers ‘producers & remixers for their contributions & collaborations in my projects. I love them and they are always in my heart & melodies Executive Producer Jamie Lewis , Precious producers Staffan Thorsell , Seb Skalski, Nikos Diamantapoulos French House Mafia. Carlos Yedra remixed my tracks.They gave their energy exactly the way i feel. Also they opened another production level in my head with their works
- which are your references music producers or people who inspire you ?
My first inspiration comes from African American community from United States songs from 1950- 60 Than in time great inspiration for Chicago House music in 90″s.than in year 2000 i discovered Purple Music tracks was playing in a 1500 full capacity open air club in mediterraneen side of Turkey.My huge admiration for Jame Lewis and Purple music has started in that moment.
- What is the message you want to give people in your productions ?
Love in general at first side always the more we love the more we eliminate the hate around the world.
- Three words to describe your city
Magical Historical Crowdy
- The best nightlife in Turkey is:
….in Istanbul !!
- The tipical Selva weekend
can I get some sleep ? :O)))))
- We have just released the third production of yours : what can you tell us about it
My Original track Put Your Wings Together represents my tipical way to be Romantic & Deep & there is also secret madness;O))) hiding in my melodies and great producer remixer Seb Skalski reworked & remixed in Happy Mood Disco Sensation…And i am happy too.
Thursday, 21 June 2018
- Herve’ why /how did u chose your Nick name?
Nothing very special. I liked the name of James and then I saw that a basketball player had the name of Deron, I associated the two and voila.
- You start your career in the early 90’s being resident Dj of one of the biggest radio station at that time ONE FM: can you tell us more about this experience?
That was my debut in a radio. The early days were very stressful. Then it became a pleasure. I was looking forward to go mix on Friday and Saturday live on this radio. The emotion of telling you that people were listening to you was amazing. I could pass on my passion and my musical tastes. Moreover, it allowed me to meet and it opened doors for my career. I really thank all the people who at that time believed in me and helped me.
- When did u have the idea to make your first production ?
By listening to the deejays of my time that have mostly become legends. One day I asked to mix before Jamie Lewis to make him listen to one of my productions. Jamie arrived, he got behind me, sat on a couch and at some point I spent my song. There, a childhood friend noticed that Jamie Lewis enjoyed the music, he simply told him: Jamie, this is a song by James Deron. Jamie approached me and asked me if I had signed this song on a label, I said no. And here I am today, a Purple Music artist.
- -You belong @Purple Music family now since many years, after having released some nice EP few years ago, you came back recently with a great remix of Yass ft Lt Brown” i m Free”.
Can we expect more from you in the next months?
I have a lot of projects in preparation for the next few months. Some remixes that are going to be very popular with Purple Music…..je do not tell you more, wait to see. I also have several own projects that will be heard! A big outing this year will be that I just signed up at King Street Sounds, the famous Blaze song, Barbara Tucker-Most Precisous Love. Probable exit in September and December. Since I have regained contact with Jamie Lewis, I must say that things are going very well and that this year 2018 will be very rich in novelties.
- You live in the french side of Switzerland beside of the spoken language what is different in your opinion from the german side of the country?
Very clearly, you have more influence on the side of Germany which is very much carried on electronic music in default of us who are close to France and who unfortunately have the influences of RAP/RNB that are very pronounced in the country. We were in Geneva, at the time, an important pole in the house music, the radios supported the movement until the day they changed their shoulder rifles. Pity and sad.
- Do you think that having a normal daily job is different in terms of a life/dj producer?
No, I don’t think so. You can work in a job that gives you as much pleasure as making your passion that is music. Now, professional or family constraints are in both sides. Sometimes you don’t want to, but you have to do it for bond reasons. But come on, I’m honest with you, the music is more fun and it provokes you sensations that nothing else can bring you.
- Where will you spend your next vacation?
I am going to see my parents in Florence in Italy and then I will spend a few days at my brother in heart, Massimo Conte, who is in the south of Italy, at Otranto/Puglie.
- Your life motto is….
My family and the music
- The song/track you could play now and after 20 years……
Without hesitation a single second, Sandy Rivera’s song “Come Into My room”. This song provided me with memories that I would carry with me to heaven. The melody, the voice in brief everything in this song is just perfect. I thank Sandy Rivera for creating it, in fact, I hope one day to meet him to tell him in front.
- How would you describe your sound?
I do not really sound to me, what I can say what I have African influences in my songs. I love the rhythm, the warmth and the vibrations that these Afro influences give me. For me, even a simple tribal song, speechless, it can provoke me as much pleasure as a very beautiful song with very beautiful voices.
Tuesday, 22 May 2018
- Your real name is Tom Schiphors:why did u choose your nickname KAPAL?
Till my 21’st I used my real name, especially in The Netherlands. But my real name is very difficult to pronounce, especially abroad. So I decide to make an alias. So I put the first part of my last name (Schip) in Google Translate. In Indonesian it was Kapal. That sounds great to me. So I decide to dj and produce as Kapal.
- What makes the difference in your opinion beeing based in a city like Amsterdam having big festivals and music conferences as ADE?
Well, it’s very handy. Of course it saves money (hotel and plane) to have such big parties in your own city. We have to be thankful ADE and a lot other concepts are successful in Amsterdam. DJ’s all over the globe come to Amsterdam to play and meet other people. Great opportunity for a small chat and to give your demo in person;).
- Your premiere on our deep branch INDEEPENDENT RECORDINGS is a success: topping the deephouse charts @Traxsource since 2 weeks now: Any comment about it ?:)
Actually, I hate to be second. If the first place is in sight, I want to go for it. But of course I can only be positive about this. I’m happy my track is doing his job in the charts. I worked very hard to achieve this. It’s a big compliment so many dj’s are playing my track right now. And it’s so nice to see the track ‘fighting’ against artists and labels I look up to. I’m happy Indeependent give me a chance to release on the label. It gave me confidence.
- How would you describe your sound ?
The best way to describe my sound is groovy. It’s the most important thing in music for me. People want to dance, and a groove is the best way to move your body (in my opinion). So the shuffling hats and jazzy vibes is how you can recognize/describe my sound.
- Where are you djing most ?
Mostly in Amsterdam. But the last couple months I didn’t play that much. I spend much time in the studio making music. I like to play in other countries as well, especially: England, Switserland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Turkey and Spain. My sound fits there best!
- What inspires you?
I listen to jazz, blues and reggae very often. There’s a lot of useful baselines and jazzy chords. And it sounds a bit crazy, but I listen to music I normally never listen to. I don’t smoke weed, use drugs or drink alcohol (at all) to get ideas. And of course I listen to other dj live sets a lot.
- The best party/place where u plaid
I think that was a party in my hometown in The Netherlands. Party at the beach. Weather was great, everybody was in a good vibe. I was playing a warm-up set before a big headline DJ. I started with empty dance floor, ended with a packed one;). After my set people told me I played better then the big headline DJ. Goosebumps!
- Your life motto is………………..
Enjoy every moment in life, you only live once!!
- Do you have your own studio or a partner to produce music?
I don’t have a big-ass studio. I have a small studio inside my tiny house. I don’t have a studio partner. I do get more questions from dj’s to work together. But it have to fit with sounds. I am very picky.
- Looking forward to the next months what can we expect from you?
I’ve got a lot of crazy sketches right now where i’m working on. I’m very happy about that. So you can expect new music.
Keep an eye on my Facebookpage facebook.com/djkapal
Thursday, 19 April 2018
- IT’S THE FIRST TIME THAT YOU ARE INTERVIEWED FOR YOUR OWN LABEL TELL US SOMETHING TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF ?
After I finished the school as tour operator (but never worked in the tourism branch ), I start working in the music industry in my city Milan @FULLTIME RECORDS early 1990 and I never left this crazy world! I worked as export manager for some of the top Italian’s music distributors where I could learn & increase my knowledge about the various sides of the music industry . In 1997 I moved to Switzerland and created my own record label PURPLE MUSIC with JAMIE LEWIS who had always in mind to create his own record label (even if he was busy enough with his own record shop »dee Jay Service », as Dj and as producer) .So when i moved to Winterthur city it was natural for us to think to create our own business and put together our experiences and energies
- WHY THE NAME PURPLE MUSIC ?
As many knows now , we decided about the name of our record label while we were watching PRINCE’s PURPLE RAIN movie.We were Prince fans and never thought 20 years later to have the big bless to work with him !!moreover we liked the colour Purple so :PURPLE MUSIC was born !
- WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME ?
I really dream about having some free time….beside of the 200% work in the office for the label i m a multitask woman,& mum ..happily full engaged with various sports and competitions of my daughter, i go out 3,4 times a day for long walks with my dog, i m a wife, i have to think about 1000 things daily for the family as well (school, friends, appointments..home things ) so i never get bored …but when i have time for myself i like to chill in my garden and read a book (at least try to do it)
- THE BEST PURPLE MUSIC PARTY EVER WAS AT ?
… I cannot just mention one party after 21 years ….For sure all events at our residency Swiss club Kaufleuten for 14 years, Nikki Beach in Miami with our friend Marcela and El Divino in Ibiza, Ends Up in San Francisco…but we had so many amazing parties and good time also in Italy,Turkey, Greece, Uk,Croatia,Spain….Every time was different and amazing at the same time
- WHAT IS THE PURPLE MUSIC CRITERIA TO CHOOSE IF A DEMO IS GOOD TO BE RELEASED OR NOT ?
.Well , we do a first selection as sometime we receive productions that musically are not for us. It’s not only a personal flava that helps us to choose but is also a long experience in the music business that make us feeling and decide if a product it’s good but not for us, or it must be part of our catalogue ! We release vocal, soulful, deep, disco, nu disco,Afro :anything we think is quality music anything that give us emotions.By the way for info i’m not the one who is having the last word on this matter so if someone has a complain pls revert to firstname.lastname@example.org LOL
- THE ARTISTS YOU ARE MORE PROUD OF ?
We are proud of ALL our Artists ,singers, ,more than 400 releases… !! Every Artist put a bit of themselves, spend time and money so we have a big respect for everyone but of course it was a BIG HONOUR to work with Legends like Icon PRINCE, or the disco king Cerrone…this happens once in life!
- WHAT IS PURPLE MUSIC GOAL FOR 2018 ?
To do and continue what we like and try to do it always in the best way We have many forthcoming releases in the pipeline featuring some new good artists as well as big came back of some others…It’s always exciting
- THERE AREN’T A LOT OF WOMEN IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, IT SHOULD BE DIFFICULT TO COME INTO THIS BUSINESS WHAT DO YOU THINK ?
Well 27 years ago when I start (yes i m getting old !) there were for sure not a lot of women in the music industry as A&R or manager..or record label owner…but since the past decade when the music industry has changed a LOT luckily a lot of women are part of this business and i m proud I know a lot of successful ones… !!
- THE BEST & THE WORST FACES OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY:
In my experience the best thing is that you can have a dream job, express yourself in various ways and never get bored, you can put together sinergies and create something fabulous, meet new people, travel, have success …the worst :many people just use others to reach their goals, and it’s often unfortunately a pretty fake world. Things can be good or bad depending on the kind of connections you have got : the best is to be at the right time in the right place the worst is not to be at the right time at the right place!
- WHAT KIND OF QUALITIES ARE NECESSARY TO RUN SUCCESSFULLY A RECORD LABEL FOR OVER 2 DECADES ?
I like this question ! I think the rights ingredients are more or less the same as for a successful marriage : :you must have a lot of PATIENCE ! & A REAL PASSION for music and for everything you have to deal with every day .you must be SMART enough to do the right choice at the right moment , have a lot of ENERGY as this is almost a 24 hours job ! INTUITION & FAIRNESS , have JOY to do what u do and be a bit CRAZY(in the good way) to risk sometime and of course LOVE what u do and NEVER QUIT!