EDMC RADIO Interviews Music

EDMC RADIO: Jeff LeClair // Volume Productions [Providence, RI]



March 31st, 2014

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EDMC RADIO w Jeff LeClair-ARTICLE

Throughout the years, club .:Therapy has acted as one of the Northeast’s most influential electronic dance music institutions, maintaining the music’s presence in the region and acting as a cultural incubator: converting & giving a home to thousands who would heed the music’s call. This week, we’re excited to release an episode of EDMC Radio featuring one of the most recognizable figures behind the legendary after-hours spot: Jeff LeClair.
As the current head of Volume Productions and the former manager behind .:Therapy in Providence, Jeff LeClair has been involved in the New England’s dance music scene for 15 years. He has worn many hats throughout, from graphic design and event production, to promotion and the inevitable destination of DJing. Being a fan of multiple genres, Jeff tends to vary his sets, grabbing whatever fits the vibe and the moment. His present inclination is towards a tech-house sound, though tinges of progressive, minimal, and techno will always find their way in.

 

 

/////////// WHAT’S YOUR APPROACH TO DJING? WHAT DRIVES YOU?

My approach to DJing depends mostly on where and when I’m playing. I’ll research the audience, club, promoter & event in order to play a fitting set. I’ll always infuse my own preference and sound, but I think that balance is key – incorporating your own style while still appealing to the audience. I take chances but if its obvious something isn’t working, I’ll try a different approach.

As far as what drives me? Besides music? It’s mostly an attitude of never being “satisfied,” not in a negative sense, but in that I’m always wanting to take the next step, experience and accomplish more. If I don’t keep moving towards a goal – whatever it may be at the time – I’ll go crazy.

 

/////////// WHAT MUSIC ARE YOU INTO NOW? WHO’S GOT YOUR ATTENTION?

I like a lot of the Dirtybird stuff, as it seems a lot of people are getting into it, which is great. For individuals/producers, I like Koen Groeneveld, Sasha Carassi, Da Fresh, Stefano Noferini, Pleasurekraft, Jay Lumen, Spektre; there’s a lot more, but they’re of note to me currently. On a local level, I’m really impressed and happy with the music that’s coming out from Volume (yes, that’s a plug, but it’s true); there’s quality stuff being put out there and you’ll be hearing a lot more of it soon.

 

/////////// WHAT DID YOU GO FOR WITH THIS MIX?

With this mix, I wanted to put together something more diverse than just sticking within the same genre. Yes, it’s mostly (all) 4/4, but it gradually moves from a slower tempo, deeper, groovier tone to tech, drums to straight techno, and it touches minimal and electro sounds. As mentioned before, how I DJ or mix depends on the forum, so in this case, I wanted to include a little taste of everything that I like, and play out. It also allows for a mix that works better as a whole and for repeated listens.

 

/////////// TRACKLIST

Justin Martin – Buggin
Mr. Probz- Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)
Adam Beyer, Ida Engberg – You Know
Simone Vitullo, Do Santos – My Bassline Friend
Stefano Noferini – Body French
Biella & Astrall – Groovin High
Oliver Heldens – Gecko
Leonardo Gonnelli – A Viper in the Garden
Juan Ddd, Guille Placencia – Flamethrower
Spektre – Mind’s Eye (Nicole Moudaber Remix)
Da Fresh – Warm Sand
Glitter – Dance Floor
Koen Groeneveld – Bommetje
Paul Woolford – Erotic Discourse (Exodus & Smoothie Bootleg)



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