2016 is something of a landmark year for Ashley Casselle, seeing as his new Dayrise Enterprise label is about to launch after the successful club-night (or, clubday rather) he runs of the same name all afternoon and evening on monthly Sundays with his resident djs Jay Pudd & founded with Berlin resident The Pushamann.
The label's forthcoming releases (some of these fronted by Ibiza born songstress Barbarella) are being road tested in his appearances at various clubs around London such as Loose Lips at Corsica Studios & Bread&Butter at Studio Spaces, alongside luminaries such Molly from Rex Club and Lawrence (whose sublime 'A Place To Be' happens to be featured on this podcast).
Ashley's well received remixes and tracks (often with a celebrated bunch of collaborators) such as The Egg feat Ulrich Scnhauss' 'Electric City' have recently been attracting attention and plays from the likes of Andrew Weatherall & Guido Schneider, not to mention the array of supporters and djs who've been engaging in his productions since he was half of electronica act Ashtrax more than a decade ago.
It was recently at Dayrise Enterprise's residency at the clubber's oasis Cafe 1001 on Brick Lane, East London, that this live dj mix & podcast was recorded, where he chose to build up into an 'exaggerated warm up set', winding the tempos and tracks up slowly like a clock till the club was just at the correct temperature and pitch to allow his guest and Freerange label artist Pippo Cerreti (aka Usul) to play to an eager dancefloor. The mix was then subtly edited and post produced to provide even more warmth and dynamics to what's already a musically varied journey.
Ironically perhaps, perhaps this mix puts Casselle right back where he started out all those years ago in the late 90's, warming up for the likes of Sasha & John Digweed at Bedrock in Heaven & playing obscure lush dubby records that paved the way to a long night and a musical building up of sorts, gaining him a trusted responsibility amongst the bigger clubs of the day to be the perfect opening dj.
Since the early Noughties, Ashley's dj'd at Space Ibiza, Giant LA, Womb Japan, toured the USA and Russia extensively, played on stellar lineups at the world's leading festivals, made it into the ever controversial Top 100 DJ Mag chart and even had his photograph in the National Portrait Gallery as part of a 'dj coffee table book'. But it's only now that he feels he's come of age as a deck selector and is 'really doing something rather interesting, real and lovely', as well as recording for the true trainspotter's fave Portsmouth based UK label, Murge Recordings, recently. Back to the roots then of a colourful and varied career thus far.
'I just hope that people can relate to music that's a bit more subtle, out there, and less banging from time to time. I can and do like to play those harder 3am style sets with rumbling techno and rude housey basslines, but I also love the more dreamlike, odd and funky stuff that works at home or in your headphones too, and this mix is certainly the latter and it's what Dayrise Enterprise is all about. It's what I might call Nu Balearic if was being very, very daft, I guess' . Ashley
Daft or not, this is a fitting mix to give to Ibiza Voice and we welcome Ashley onto the series.
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