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Exclusive Mix 036: A Digital Needle

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August 21, 2014


Have you ever wanted to teleport to another city and check out a couple DJs or a club night only because of what you’ve heard? Take for example, A Digital Needle (ADN), Dylan and John are the two masterminds who make ADN the recognizable team that they are. I have come to find that both their musical selection and sound quality is exceptional. Their edits are indeed something to look forward to and covet. So if I had teleport capabilities I would put “Beam Me Up” on the top of that list. First stop, Toronto, Ontario.

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Where are you based?
Toronto, Ontario

How did you two meet?

John and I both grew up in Port Dover, a small town in Ontario, Canada. It’s fairly sleepy most of the year, but overwrought with tourists during the warmer months. The locals are mainly of the devil-may-care hippie variety, full of character and so we both head there from Toronto as often as we can. We bonded over shared loves of music, muses and soccer, not necessarily in that order, and have been fairly inseparable since we were teenagers. We’ve, more often than we can count, been mistaken for a couple, which should give you a good idea of how close we really are!

Is there a specific genre of dance music you program into your sets?

The underlying theme of all that we play, regardless of genre, is S.O.U.L. We’re massive disco junkies, but we consider that word eclectic and elastic. We sprinkle in Jazz, Brazilian, African, Funk, Rock, Folk, New Wave, House and Psychedelic sounds. We’re about to launch a new weekly that we’re leaving undefined, musically. Tying everything together should pose a welcome challenge, but it’ll all surely have that soul!

What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?

Eventually we’d love to own a small, dance-focused venue. A hole in the wall to call our own. We’re also keen to dive more into the production side of things, and have been toying with the idea of starting a disco band, alongside our Beam Me Up (our monthly disco jam) partner Mark Penner, aka Cyclist. In the meantime, we’re focused on digging and discovering more music, gigging and trotting our disco sound around the globe.


Favorite label or artist from the past year?

John’s really digging Stavroz and I’m on a big Marvin & Guy kick. We both love the Whiskey Barons and nearly everything released on Basic Fingers. The My Grooves (Afshin Djoon & Alex Finkin) edits and reworks get a lot of lovin’ at our parties, too!

What are you looking forward to most this year?

We’re trying to bring Al Kent back to Toronto, as well as locking in some new acts to book for our Beam Me Up gigs, which is where a lot of creative energy goes. We’re also quite close to booking a small European tour in the autumn, and potentially making another jaunt to California. We played San Diego last year and really fell in love with the people, namely Joseph “JoeMama” Koumpounis, and the city!

What’s on your turntable at home?

Our vinyl collections run toward home listening, rather than party jams. We play some jazz/folk 45s at home, but the format hasn’t necessarily ever concerned us. Sound and musical quality is of the utmost importance. Our digital tables have been spinning a lot of Tony Orlando, Demis Roussos, Donald Byrd and Nick Garrie-Hamilton, of late!

Track list:

Mirage – Summer Grooves (ADN Long Edit)
Disco Dub Band – Money (ADN Extension)
Doc Powerhouse – Mountain Funk (ADN Edit)
The Fabulous Conti Family – You’ve Got Me Goin Baby (Kon Edit)
BT Express – Still Good – Still Like It (ADN Ruff Edit)
Viola Wills – If You Could Read My Mind (ADN Edit)
Patrick Juvet – L’Enfant Aux Cheveux Blancs (ADN Edit)
Gloria Gaynor – Heartbeat (Ashley Beedle Mix ADN Edit)
Tony Joe White – Get Off On It (ADN Ruff Edit)
Cream & Sugar – Hard On Music (ADN Ruff Edit)
Mohammed & The Black System – Let’s Dance the Spank (ADN Ext Edit)
Musique – Love Massage (ADN Ruff Edit)

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