Traxsource Getting Down with Ezel (Interview)

Ezel is a multi-instrumentalist, house music producer and DJ. He started his career in 2007 remixing work for such labels as Yoruba and Ocha Records. In 2010, he received worldwide recognition for his single “In My Lifetime” featuring Tamara Wellons, who got remixed by the likes of Deetron, Atjazz among others. From that moment on, Ezel has been a sought after DJ having performed in places like Japan (Tokyo Crossover Festival), Amsterdam (ADE), France (Djoon), USA among other places. A man of many musical visions, his style of work reflects his desire to always keep pushing envelopes thru musicality and passion.

We caught up with Ezel to talk about his New EP on Local Talk and more.

Your artist name Ezel is actually your birth name – is there a special meaning behind it?

I like to think it is special… altho I doesn’t have any particular meaning to it.

Seems like you’ve had a bit of a break from house music – what have you been up to the last few years?

Mostly growing in other aspects of life. The time away helped me re-design myself for the future ahead so I am pretty grateful.

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The release we’re here to talk about is the ‘Get Down EP’ you did with Tumelo via Local Talk, tell us in your words a little bit about how it came to be and and what prompted it’s musical direction?

Well basically the song came first as a 16 bar jam that I sent to Tumelo to see if we could try doing something together. I appreciate the fact that he was very receptive of the initial input (funny it was the deeper bayacou mix I sent first). After I got his vocal parts, listening to them in acapella, I kinda felt I had hit a gold mine because his vocal tone was so pure and funky. So having done the deeper version first, I went again to the drawing board and then sketched the soulful (original) version – trying to convey more of a complex performance with response, hooks, etc. Suddenly, I had 2 strong tracks, one being a remix.

Hooking up with Local Talk came to be pretty organically. I usually send my works in process and stuff over to some close friends who are also DJ/Producers, for another pair of ears. So I sent these to Kiko Navarro and it was him who encouraged me to send these over to Mats. He replied positive and the rest is history.

Has your roots starting as a piano player at your local church (over a decade ago) helped shaped you into the artist you are today?

Well, I guess so. I remember back then I only could play a limited amount of chords and my chops wheren’t nearly as smooth as they are today.

But even back then, while being at that church feeling the spirit doing what I love and comparing it to now, whenever I hit a dancefloor with dancers, poets and people who come to feel the music… it just feels like a church and I am sure the spirit is there as well.

What artists (dead or alive) have directly influenced your sound the most?

I am tempted to say Prince and leave it there… but then again, there are so much more. On a house tip… my favorite producer is Deetron.

What’s next for you?

I’m gonna keep building my partnership with Local Talk by releasing yet another project with them. Things are looking really good right now, I really appreciate the positivity the guys are putting into this project and the support they have given me and you guys as well.

On another tip, there is very special Ezel EP more afro house oriented to be released on Ocha Records. Not sure the release date but I think it will come in the fall. Can’t miss that! Besides that, well a few remixes here and there and hopefully some gigs will come along.

His ‘Get Down EP’ is available now on Traxsource: HERE

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Exclusive DJ Mix for Local Talk

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Fresh on the heels of its debut on the Local Talk talk label here comes an exclusive DJ Mix for the LT family and supporters part of their guest DJ mix series “Introducing…”

We really appreciate the love and support from Local Talk and its fanbase toward Ezel newest single “Get Down”.  In case you haven’t gotten around this fantastic release yet you can listen/preview it here

For some of you who have been inquiring about the official tracklist of this DJ mix, you will be happy to find it below the audio.

We hope you enjoy this musical ride. Feel free to comment/share/and follow @ezelmusic and all social media platforms.

Thank you for supporting.

Love & Positive energy your way

  • 1Ezel ft. Tumelo - Get Down (Original Mix)
  • 2Popof & Arnoy Joey - Lidl Girl (Kerri Chandler Remix)
  • 3Crackazat - Universal Love
  • 4Art of Tones - I Just Can't
  • 5Hugo LX - Yugen
  • 6The Dangerfeel Newbies - What Am I Here For (NDATL Remix)
  • 7Mark Lowler & Ash Reynolds - Feel it in our bones
  • 8Leroy Burgess - Barely Breaking Even (Opolopo Remix)
  • 9BlackLoops - Cassete 7
  • 10Luyo & Mike ``Agent X`` Clark - Ancestral
  • 10SunlightSquare - Celebration of Oggun (Original Mix)
  • 11Banda Black Rio - Super Nova Samba Funk

Ezel joins the Local Talk family with “Get Down”

Music has always played a major part in Ezel’s life. Having done remix work for labels such as Yoruba, King Street and Reel People and working with artists such as Tortured Soul, Daz-I-Kue, AtJazz, John Arnold & Jeremy Ellis it’s now time to welcome Ezel to the Local Talk family with ”Get Down”.

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Opening is the title track ”Get Down (Original Mix)”, with it’s immersive chords, bumping bassline and the help from the unmistakeable vocal talents of Tumelo, it’s house the way we like it. Both soulful and deep.

On the b-side Ezel serves us a remix of Get Down. There’s no denying in that there’s a strong Onsulade Envision-esq feel to this one – and that’s a good thing. An absolute must for every DJ’s bag, trust us. Finally production heavyweight Atjazz revisits the glory of the Bayacou Mix but focusing more on the finer tweaks, it’s all in the details folks.

DJ Chart June 2016

EZEL DJ CHART JUNE 2016

This month DJ Chart features excellent new music from labels Papa, Rhemi Music, Innervisions, Grintrax, Soulshine and other. Big shout to all the artists and labels for the quality music.

  1. Ezel ft. Tumelo – Get Down (Original Mix) – Local Talk
  2. Rhemi ft. Alex Mills – Back to the One (Original Mix) – Rhemi Music
  3. Mike Steva – Weekend Love (Louie Vega Roots Mix) – Yoruba
  4. Louis Benedetti ft. Sy Smith – I Want You For Myself (Original Mix) – Soulshine
  5. Hyenah – The Idea (Franky & Sadrino Remix) – Freerange
  6. Saison – Scoping – Gueshouse
  7. Aena – Running Hot – Innervisions
  8. Bonetti – The Change is Gonna Break – Grintrax
  9. Kates le Cafe – Illusion – Samsara
  10. Realm of House ft. La Nena – Ancestral Vibe (Original Mix) – Arawakan