This week we are calling it 'Of The Moon' week on Dailey Blend in honor of my good friend. What can I say about 'Of The Moon' aka Rassek. Well, let's start off by saying he taught me how to DJ, next let's move onto he taught me how to make music (I still am so/so) and well he taught me about the groove. Rather than diving into the past and getting all sentimental, let's get into what all we have in store for this week.
This week we are going to feature content from 'Of The Moon' each day of the week. On Monday we are featuring a Q&A session from him. Tuesday we are featuring his remix for Who Made Who. On Wednesday his mix for Physical label. For throwback Thursday we are bringing it back to a mix he recorded for our very own Dailey Blend Podcast under his Rassek moniker four years ago. Friday we are showcasing some of his original production.
About Where are you from / where do you currently live?
I'm an Iranian-American who has split most of my life either living in Tehran and New York City. To me, both places are home, both places have great people, stellar food, and incredible people.
When did you start writing about music—and what or who were your early passions and influences?
As soon as I learned the craft of a DJ and mixing records I realized that there is more to this so, in order to for fill my musical desires I started getting into production, playing around with sounds and making my own music.
My father is a massive fan of rock music, so I grew up listening to Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode etc. This had a massive impact on what I liked to listen to and in turn influenced my sound in terms of production and the songs I select when Djing.
From a dance music (house/electronic) perspective, my major influences were Deep Dish, Dj Behrouz, Scumfrog and Danny Tenaglia.
Who are your favorite musicians/groups right now? At this point in music, there are so many great people doing incredible things. Music has never been this accessible and as a result, people have elevated their game and make better tracks. You are also seeing regional / crew-like sounds popping out which feels similar to what we saw in the 90's. If you were to ask me about certain artists, Maceo Plex and Stephan Bodzin are two individuals who I feel like are stand outs to me right now doing incredible stuff.
How did you come about getting connected with the Who Made Who Team?
I wish there was a really cool story about how I met the guys in some train station or maybe at a restaurant. Sadly, it was pretty straight forward. WhoMadeWho's management happened to hear my music and liked my material so he contacted me and asked me to do a remix for their new single "Hi & Low", that was my first release on "Get Physical" and the rest started from there.
Can you give us a little insight into what is next for you?
Where can we find you on the web