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Natisse Remixer DJ Kippling Interview

// May 20th, 2010 // 7 Comments » // News

DJ Kippling, Natisse remix competition

In the second of our series of interviews with the chosen winners from the Kiss Me On The Lips remix competition, we speak to Richard Kemp, aka DJ Kippling.

He’s been busy producing music at home for a while now, but hasn’t had a platform to give it proper public exposure, so he’s really excited at the prospect of what the contest success will do for his career...

How did you find out about the Natisse remix competition and what motivated you to enter?
I found out via an email from the King of the Decks competition I entered last year. This was the first real chance for me as a hobiest music producer to get my name out there. I really want people to hear my music and support me as an artist so I can propel my musical career further. I knew I had to take part in the comp immediately as its about as big an opportunity for someone in my position as you can get.

Where did the inspiration for your mix come from, and what kind of sound were you looking to achieve?
My main inspiration came from the fresh stream of electro which is taking the clubs by storm at the moment. Acts such as LMFAO, Sydney Samson, Wolfgang Gartner etc are all producing wonderfully fresh and inventive electro and I’m really loving it. I tried to achieve the kind of melodies and bass groves that you can’t help but move to, that happy-go-lucky, let’s-get-crazy attitude.

What are you biggest musical inspirations and influences?
My musical inspirations are incredibly widespread as is evident in the hugely varied styles in my original compositions. The main artists I look up to, past and present, include Chemical Brothers, Kraftwerk, Pendulum, Prodigy, Imogen Heap, Sneaker Pimps, Noisia, BT and a whole host of others. I’m also a huge fan of rock and metal (I play guitar as well) which I occasionally let influence my compositions. No two songs I make seem to carry the same style. Check them out at and see for yourself!

Other than making it onto the Natisse remix package, what have been the key high points to your production career so far?

Doing mixes and work for internet radio stations and playing a set at the biggest club in Ipswich were some of the best moment thus far. This remix competition could potentially open the doors for me if people take the time to check out my music, so expect lots more from me in the near future…

What else have you got going on music-wise in the coming months?
I’ve got a few new songs in the works at the moment so I’d like to get those finished. Starting to look into getting some vocalists to collaborate on some stuff too so that could be exciting. I’m also planning an Electro event which, if all goes well, will happen sometime this summer, and depending how it goes it could become a regular slot.

Where do you ideally see your production career taking you in 5 year’s time?
I’d like to have had at least one single commercially released and hopefully an album. I’d also like to be known a lot more in my local area, perhaps get the chance to work with some of the local talent, remix their singles, collaborate with them etc. I’d love to have some kind of air time on a radio station too, all those things would really be awesome.

What do you think of Natisse/Shed Records making a success putting out music usually dominated by major labels?
I think it’s fantastic. The people working there have clearly put their heart and soul into the label. It’s awesome to see more and more independent labels finding their own amongst the big players. I think the focus is slowly shifting away from the big labels and more towards the independents so it’s an ideal time to be doing this kind of set-up. It also gives more people a chance to get their music heard and released. Everyone has to start somewhere and its labels like Shed that make that possible. Maybe one day I’ll be seeing a release of my own on the label… here’s hoping!

Check out DJ Kippling’s KMOTL mix again:

KMOTL (DJ Kippling) by Shed Records

Natisse Remixer Earl E Dawes Interview

// May 19th, 2010 // 7 Comments » // News

Matthew Hamer aka EarlEDawes
In anticipation of the full release of Natisse’s Kiss Me On The Lips, containing remixes from no less than 5 up-and-coming producers discovered on this website, we are speaking to the guys you voted the best.

First up, Matthew Hamer, otherwise known as Earl E Dawes, tells us how he came to enter the contest and where he sees his career leading after this…

How did you find out about the Natisse remix competition and what motivated you to enter?
Through a friend who is a Liquid DJ at Swindon. No motivation needed to enter but I’ve been working on remixing tracks from just the acapellas to sharpen up my production skills and this seemed like a good track to work on for the next project!

Where did the inspiration for your mix come from, and what kind of vibe were you looking to achieve?
Commercial club tracks that typically I find DJs like to whack on “early doors/earl e dawes (geddit?)” in mainstream bars just as heaters, but yet can also work well in a Saturday night set. It’s about making a good track into a great track.

What are you biggest musical inspirations and influences?
Probably Full Intention, Freemasons, Buzz Junkies, Cahill. Also I guess you could say I’ve a lot of disco influence with a sprinkling of R&B and hip-hop.

Other than making it onto the Natisse remix package, what have been the key high points to your production career so far?
Just the fact that tracks I am putting out there and passing around to DJs seem to be getting genuine and consistent reaction, from the mashups I made years ago to the remixes I have put out over the last four years.

What else have you going going on music-wise in the coming months?
2 DJ residencies and working on some original productions.

Where do you ideally see your production career taking you in 5 year’s time?
I’d really hope to be paid to do some great remixes for chart tracks, and for the DJ bookings to take a leap because of that and take me to gigs all over the globe. If the studio work was paying the bills I’d be delighted, and on my current form I don’t think I’m a million miles away.

What do you think of Natisse/Shed Records making a success putting out music usually dominated by major labels?
I think it’s great that in this day and age it’s more feasible for smaller labels to be able to get great music out there. The costs of putting a great track out there and shooting a video can be kept on a shoestring, whereas years ago this wasn’t possible. Middle men have been cut. Technology has advanced and it has increased opportunities for artists, musicians and producers, including myself. If someone had told me ten or fifteen years ago that I’d have equipment in my own home that can put out a track of industry standard quality I’d have had a right old chuckle. It’s more accessible now…and whilst this increases the amount of wannabes and people who are all talk, it’s meant the standard has been raised across the board.

Listen to Matt’s remix again:

KMOTL (Earl Dawes) by Shed Records

Natisse Interview: Part 2

// May 7th, 2010 // 7 Comments » // News

After hearing about the trials of shooting a half naked video in the cold streets of London, today Nat tells us what’s lined up next in the Natisse plans for world domination…

Now ‘Follow Me’ has come out, what comes next?

We’ve just shot a new video, for ‘Kiss Me On The Lips’, in Brighton which was a lot of fun and very different to the last one – it was a lot warmer for a start! The KMOTL remix package contains winning entries to our remix contest from Zaheer and 4 runners-up. We had load of good entries and the public vote went really well too. Thanks to all who entered, and all who voted!

Any live shows coming up?

We’re auditioning for some dancers for my stage show at the moment, and lining up some pretty exciting gigs for the next few months. First up is Air & Breathe in Dartford on June 1st. Being in the studio is quite hard work, but live you really get that buzz and it gets you into the song more easily. I love it.

What else would you like to do now the album is prtty much finished?

I’d love to do a ballad. Something that will make people cry, like Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Beautiful Disaster’. I was at performing arts college in London and we used to play Alanis Morrisette’s ‘Uninvited’, which was later covered as a Freemasons club hit. I’m trying to do things the other way around, recording acoustic versions of my dance tracks. We just did ‘Not Over You’, one of my first tracks, with piano, and ‘Follow Me’ is next, so that’s really exciting. Listen out for them.

You recently Twittered (@natissemusic) that you wished all your dreams would come true – can you let us in on what they are?

I want people to stop and take notice. To think, that girl has really got something, she’s brave and she’s doing it. Obviously I want to see my songs and videos on MTV and Ministry of Sound compilations, and I’d like to see myself judging the X-Factor one day! My dreams are to go out there and live the dream.

Download Follow Me from iTunes

Zaheer wins Natisse Remix Competition

// April 21st, 2010 // 16 Comments » // News

We can now announce that the winner of the competition to remix the next Natisse single, Kiss Me On The Lips, is the talented producer Zaheer.

Big congratulations to him from the whole team at Shed Records, York Street Music, The Music Producer and our club network judges. His remix was a big hit with the public and gathered huge support in the voting (backed up in the comments section too). It was an immediate contender for our shortlist when we first heard it, so makes a worthy winner… and a potential club smash!

The win secures Zaheer inclusion on the official remix package for Natisse’s Kiss Me On The Lips, due for release in June, and guarantees his mix peak-time play for a month in over 82 major nightclubs across the UK including Oceana, Lava & Ignite, Envy, Liquid and JJ’s venues.

We can also announce that due to the exceptionally high quality of the finalists’ entries, Shed Records will be releasing a few of the runners-up along with the official release, which will be announced in the next couple of days so keep you’re eyes peeled for that! Whilst these won’t enjoy the guaranteed peak-time club plays of the winning entry, all officially released tracks get serviced to over 600 UK Club DJ’s and 1100 Radio DJ’s worldwide!

You can still hear Zaheer’s remix, and all of the 12 entries on the voting shortlist here.

A huge thank you goes out to our partners and sponsors on this competition. The Music Producer for providing the all-important free downloads and bountiful prizes, and our UK club network for the support across all their clubs and associated websites.

Final thanks must go out to the public, who voted in their hundreds over the last week and have been spreading the word via Twitter, Facebook and beyond. We hope you’ve enjoyed this competition and will keep following Natisse as our assault on the dancefloors and the charts continues!

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More news of the release of Zaheer’s Kiss Me On The Lips remix coming soon on

Results Countdown: All Revealed at Midday Tomorrow!

// April 20th, 2010 // 4 Comments » // News

Natisse Remix Competition

The public vote in the Natisse Remix Competition has been an incredibly closely fought battle, with only a whisker separating the top few candidates.

We will announce the final result here on at midday (BST) tomorrow, Wednesday 21st April.

The winner get a full release of their mix as part of the Kiss Me On The Lips package and guaranteed plays in the top clubs in the UK. And we’ll have some further exciting news about a couple of runners up too.

Join us at lunchtime tomorrow for the big announcement!

Voting Closed: Result Coming soon!

// April 19th, 2010 // 2 Comments » // News

The public vote in the Natisse ‘Kiss Me On The Lips’ Remix Competition is now closed. A huge thanks to the many hundreds of you who checked out the 12 finalists and selected your choice of track.

We’re tallying up the numbers and will be announcing the winner here on very shortly, so make sure you return to find out which track will scoop the honour of being included in the official remix package, for release in June.

The winner will be heard in clubs before that too, with guaranteed peak-time play in all our partner clubs nationwide including Oceana, Liquid, Envy, Lava & Ignite and JJ’s.

Remix Comp: Last Chance to Vote

// April 16th, 2010 // No Comments » // News

The votes are still pouring in for the best entry in our Remix Competition for the next Natisse single, ‘Kiss Me On The Lips’.

And the comments and messages of support for your favourite remixers also make interesting reading. It’s going to be a very tight contest!

You’ve got until this Sunday (18th) to make your voice heard. Preview the tracks and make your selection. The winning remix will be released in June as part of the full remix package, but club play will start in a matter of weeks…

Vote HERE now!

Natisse Remix Competition: Public Vote

// April 7th, 2010 // 38 Comments » // News

Competition has been fierce, but we’ve finally settled upon a short-list of entries in the Kiss Me On The Lips remix contest.

The level of talent has been so high we couldn’t decide upon 10 mixes, so we’ve put together a total of 12 for you, the public, to listen to and decide which you think would be best to join the remix package for a full commercial release this summer.

Please click on the arrow to sample each mix, then click next to the name of your favourite remixer in the form below. Please support your favourites and get friends to visit this page and vote. Multiple votes are not permitted though – so make your choice wisely and your one vote count!



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So, you’ve hear the music, (good remixes, aren’t they!) now let us know which one you think is best.


Script by Dagon Design

Natisse Remix Showcase #4

// April 2nd, 2010 // 13 Comments » // News

With a final flurry of excellent mixes in the last few days of the Kiss Me On The Lips remix contest it’s time for a final couple of showcases ahead of the public vote after Easter.

Here’s one from Zaheer, who combines plenty of Nat’s vocals with a standout atmospheric production that takes the track into deeper territory.

Remix Competition: 5 Extra Days to Enter!

// March 31st, 2010 // 2 Comments » // News

Natisse Remix Competition

The response to the Kiss Me ON The Lips remix competition has been fantastic, and we’ve got some great contenders to put to the public vote soon.

However, we’ve had a lot of requests to extend the closing date to allow a few of the remixes to be tweaked and improved over the Easter break. Therefore we’re extending the competition until midnight on April 5th.

Anyone submitting (or resubmitting) a mix up until that time will be in the running. We’ll announce exactly which mixes have made the public vote after everything is in, and the overall winner will be added to the remix package for a summer smash!