“Once a year the whole industry gathers just 373 kilometres away from our little bubble in Hannover to celebrate the worlds largest festival and business conference for electric music in Amsterdam.
From windmills, over the bridges of countless Grachten, to a place full o good coffee and delicious cheese, greasy frinkadels, and smiling people from every race and colour. Amsterdam we owe you.
We celebrate this opportunity to meet new friends and family members from across the globe in this beautiful city with an own issue of our Selections album series. Compiling some of yours and our favourite producers that all manifest our definition of quality house music in one bundle. These 14 carefully selected, exclusive tracks are for you Amsterdam.”
–This Ain’t Bristol
Amsterdam Dance Event is nearly upon us, which means a host of new releases from our favorite labels to celebrate the festival. Mike McFly and The Schmidt are some of the producers contributing to the latest wave of techno and house music. Their new track Rollin’ Up is a high energy 125 bpm tech house tune, with an extremely bouncy bassline and awesome weird synths throughout. We got some words from Mike about the new tune, as well as some info about upcoming releases and shows – read below:
We love your new song with The Schmidt. How did this international collaboration come about?
Mike McFly: David and me have been going back and forth for about a year, passing ideas along. We got to talking on SoundCloud and we both digged each other’s style. He sent this to me one day, I digged the vocal and I got to work. I think I banged out the basic framework for this track in a couple of hours. After that David and I fine tuned the track a bit. We sent it out to Maximono, who ended up playing this a lot over the summer. When This Ain’t Bristol confirmed they wanted to sign it to the Amsterdam Selections compilation, we geeked out!
What techniques and tools did you use in the studio to produce this track?
MM: I am an in the box kind of guy, I think Dave is too, so most of the song is culmination of VST’s like Sylenth1, and Massive and stock Ableton effects. Of course we have our tricks to make it sound phat, but for me it’s mainly a balancing act. I think EQing is a very overlooked tool in the production process.
You’ve recently had releases on esteemed imprints like Dirtybird, Relief, Psycho Disco, and TAB to name a few. What’s next – any shows or tracks to look out for?
MM: Yeah man, this year was a dream really. Hopefully some more stuff will release on This Ain’t Bristol in the future, *wink wink*. Jeff Doubleu and I have a smasher of a single coming out pretty soon on Box of Cats, which was remixed by Botnek – which is very cool of course. And I have a cool one coming out on Medium Rare Recordings at the end of the year. Show wise – I am looking forward to my first show abroad, with the NOID/Lame guys in Bergamo, Italy; and hopefully, we’ll plan a tour of the south west of the States with The Schmidt somewhere in 2019. So plenty to look forward to!
Big ups to Mike McFly and The Schmidt on their excellent release, as well as to the This Ain’t Bristol crew for putting together another monumental compilation. What’s your favorite track on the TAB Amsterdam Selections? Share your thoughts in the comments or on social media!