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JUCY DJ NU-MARK witness to decades of DJ evolution feels free with vinyl Mark Potsic’s foray into DJing began when he was just 13-years-old in Los Angeles. Now known to the world as DJ Nu-Mark (and best known as a founding member of seminal hip-hop outfit Jurassic 5), he has continually found new ways to keep DJing fresh and exciting. Nu-Mark has become recognized for his now infamous Kids Toy Sets, where he integrates children’s toys like a cymbal-clapping monkey into a unique live performance. He released a DVD compilation of these performances entitled Nu-Conduit in 2012. He’s also an accomplished producer and remixer; his career highlights include the anthemic “What’s Golden” for J5, his 2012 studio album Broken Sunlight, or his collaborative album with Slimkid3 of The Pharcyde. Recently, he’s started a series on Facebook called Zodiac Tracks where he mixes artists together who share Zodiac signs with the corresponding month. The Monster Energy 7 Inches of Pleasure Tour, that rolls through Calgary in March, gives Potsic, along with Mat The Alien, DJ Pump and Illo, the chance to take a reprieve from the many technological advancements ARDALAN makes music for himself Although tech house is a staple and trademark of the monumental label Dirtybird Records, signee Ardalan experiments with all genres and decades. The Tehran Native and San Francisco based DJ, whose full name is Ardalan Noghre-Kar, has created a new of epic proportions with All Night Long. His musical prowess is on display from beginning to end. The first track is a remix of American R&B/soul group Mary Jane Girls, protégées of singer Rick James. “All Night Long,” will thrust you back to Studio 54, kicking your adrenaline into high gear with banging percussion and nostalgic synths, it finishes with lush vocals. According to Noghre-Kar, it was while playing the video game Grand Theft Auto that he became enamored with discotheque. Incidentally, Mary Jane Girls are featured on the soundtrack to the 2002 version Vice City. This interest would later open the door to creative opportunities. “I think it’s really important to bring back the past, not repeat the past, but be inspired by it. At the same time I want to move forward and push boundaries. I like [fusing] the past and the future together,” he says. ““All Night Long” was a spur of the moment, a happy little accident. I decided to mess with it right before a Dirtybird show and I made it in like an hour. I played it that same night and it went off,” says Noghre-Kar. The second track, “Act Like You Know” came effortlessly they’ve borne witness to throughout their careers, and get back to the basics spinning only vinyl 45s. “I enjoy playing 7-inch records because there’s a high level of risk involved,” Potsic says. “Either your copy of the vinyl is clean or not. Finding some of these joints on vinyl can be tricky and cutting and scratching is also much more difficult. I suppose I enjoy the challenge!” Potsic explains that his Zodiac series has made preparing for this tour easier as he’s become re-familiarized with his extensive record collection. “In the ‘90s I dug deep into rare music,” he says. “Today, I find myself looking for classics that myself and my crowd enjoy.” He says that the ability to bounce back and forth between Serato (digital DJ) sets, his toys sets and vinyl-only shows keeps him vibrant and enthusiastic about being a musician, preventing boredom from ever creeping in. He adds that he can’t wait to re-visit Calgary and hear Mat The Alien and the rest of the crew get down again. Ardalan’s new EP All Night Long is out now. “Personally, it makes me feel free,” he says of the vinyl-only tour. “Sometimes when I’m on stage with the computer and toys, there’s always this nagging feeling I have that something needs to be charged or it might not be stable etc. With vinyl, it’s very straight forward, if you treat your vinyl right it plays tight.” He is regardless excited about the new Phase technology, that he, Jazzy Jeff and Skratch Bastid got to geek out on at 3 Style in Poland recently. while playing around with production. Noghre-Kar transforms Fat Larry’s Band “Act Like You Know” (also featured on the Vice City soundtrack) by sampling and pairing it with Aaliyah’s sultry track “Are You That Somebody,” featuring Timbaland. The EP concludes with “All Day Since Everyday,” a track written seven years ago. Noghre-Kar says it was supposed to be released on a label, but got pushed to the back burner and was waiting for the right time and project. “I have a lot of stuff that I haven’t released before. I kind of think I’m cursed or something, I keep everything for myself. When I make music I make it for myself first because I just love the process of making music. DJ Nu-Mark at home in the new school and old school of DJing. Moving forward, he plans to get proper release events for his Zodiac Tracks series worldwide, he’s releasing an EP called TRDM- RK with Slimkid3 and Austin Antoinne and is on a new TV series called Drop the Mic, in which Method Man hosts and he DJs. It was just picked up for a second season on TBS produced by James Corden. Check out Nu-Mark at the HiFi on March 24 [Calgary] or at Lodge of 10 Peaks on March 17 [Lake Louise]. BY CATALINA BRICENO “I’m trying to release more music and [share it with the world]. At some point, I will release all the stuff that I haven’t,” says Noghre-Kar, laughing. The EP is reflective of Noghre-Kar’s musical identity, a blend of different genres, sounds, and decades. The unique composition is also showcased in his sets. “I don’t like to confine myself to one area, people think I just make tech house, but I don’t really label it as a specific type of music.” “I just love making every type of music and love playing everything from like electro, to breaks, minimal, sometimes drum and bass…. I’ve been kind of getting weirder and just been playing jazz loops and just doing some fun stuff like that. I feel more comfortable doing that,” says Noghre-Kar. The year may have just started, but Noghre-Kar has big goals for 2018. First up: The Ardy Pardy. The event will bring world -renowned DJs and will give opportunities to budding artists to break into the scene. The official launch is set for the summer, but its preliminary exhibition takes place on February 23 in Washington, Columbia and features sets by Ardalan himself, as well as Sepehr, Navbox, Alex Eljaiek, and Edo. Finally, Ardalan also has an EP coming out soon with fellow Dirtybirds Walker and Royce. Catch Ardalan at the HiFi on March 17 [Calgary]. BY PAUL RODGERS photo: Soul Kichen Music JUCY BEATROUTE • MARCH 2018 | 35