Published on March 5th, 2013 | by Sam Warren1
DPC Guestmix Series 19: Jeff Button
For DPC’s 19th Guest Mix, we’re heading up to Toronto and bringing you a curated selection from one of the city’s preeminent up-and-comers: Jeff Button. This jack-of-all-trades has been seemingly everywhere the past few years – holding down residences all across Toronto, running a successful podcast, playing festivals (including an appearance at this year’s BPM Festival alongside Miguel Campbell) and opening for almost every major artist that comes through the city’s gates. His show schedule is, for lack of a better word, relentless. Button is not content to “sit still” behind the turntables, however.
After banding together with fellow Canuck Sean Roman, the duo just released the stellar Love Is True EP with support from the likes of DJ T., Jozif, Waifs & Strays, Solomun, and Catz n’ Dogz. Not bad for a guy who started DJing a mere 5 years ago. We got the chance to sit down and pick the brain of Mr. Button before he recorded his exclusive mix for DPC:
DPC: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself. How’d you get started DJing in Toronto?
JB: I actually started out as a promoter originally, but decided to pursue DJ’ing after realizing how naturally it came to me. Playing the after-parties at the legendary “chez umar” helped quite a bit. Most ease into it – I think my first set I played there was close to 8 hours. I knew at that point I wasn’t letting go of it anytime soon.
DPC: What’s the music scene like in Toronto? Where do you see it going?
JB: Like everything Toronto has to offer, it’s the best of the best. You can pretty much get anything you desire musically – great live bands, resto-lounges, and of course clubs and afterhours. Footwork has been the staple for underground music and it’s the place I’ve called ‘home’ as a resident for years. There are so many cool things coming from some emerging promo groups that it’s tough to say where it’ll end up. Everyone and their grandma is going ‘deep’ right now… and that doesn’t look like it’ll change anytime soon.
DPC: Who/what is inspiring you the most right now? What artists are you really feeling?
JB: I’ve shifted most of my focus to music production as of late. Just finished up Point Blank Online’s extensive Ableton course, so I haven’t been really paying attenton much outside of my little bubble. Though there were some serious stand outs at BPM this year – Wildkats, Miguel Campbell, Puente & Rosch put on an absolute clinic, and I spent a lot of time with their crew while in Playa.
DPC: Tell us a little bit about your collaboration with Sean Roman and how that came about?
JB: We brought Sean on board for one of our Modern Love Affair parties last year, and we randomly played a back-to-back set even though we actually hadn’t even met in person before. That went off really well, it let to another gig where he showed me a track he hadn’t quite finished – Love Is True. We had a session in his studio a few weeks later, where we finished that track and produced 3 others to go with it. Solomun picked up Love Is True, and dropped it in his Privlige Closing set in Ibiza. Instantly we received a bunch of offers, and decided to go with Seaking in Montreal for the EP. It came out last week, and after a day was already in the Top 100 Deep House released on Beatport so hopefully by the time this is published we’re top 10 status!
DPC: Who’s your favorite artist(s) you’ve played with? Personally? Professionally?
JB: That’s a tough one. I’ve played with so many insanely talented artists so I’ll do my best to keep it brief. Growing up DJ Shadow was by far my biggest influence musically, and I had the chance to open up for him last year and I still have a tough time even comprehending that night. Earlier that year playing a 3+ hour opening set for Jamie Jones to a capacity crowd was a real treat. I’d have to add Maya Jane Coles, Lee Foss, Maceo Plex and Soul Clap and No Regular Play to that list as well. Locally, I’ve had a great time playing with Rich Hope (the other half of Sleazebot), Sean Roman and Footwork’s Jonathan Rosa.
DPC: Favorite venue overall? How about gig that you’ve played?
JB: Favorite venue hands down has to go to Sonic. I was a promoter at that spot for years, and was given the opportunity to open the closing party. The sound in that club was incredible. Favorite gigs would have to be The Modern Love Affair party at La Santanera (BPM) and Beach Blanket Disco at Cherry Beach last year playing in front of thousands. Those are always special parties to play.
DPC: Ever considered a mini U.S. Tour?
JB: Absolutely. Where do I sign up?
Clocking in at just under an hour, Button’s mix showcases a unique ability to stay concise yet maintain an expansive and eclectic track selection. His mix flows seamlessly between deep and tech house while showcasing a undisputed ear for placement and building themes. We hope you enjoy this one as much as we did!