Our friends over at SectionZ are churning out what we believe to be some of the most versatile and progressive electronic music around. With the second installment of their compilation series titled SectionZ Fresh, Josh and Shannon are offering EDM fans a taste of the future, a taste of something different. With their label’s motto in mind, Excellence Over Genre, these next nine tracks act as a tribute to a group of relatively unknown producers who properly exhibit the aforementioned skill set.
Regardless of genre or style, SectionZ has the ability to seek out producers who display the only quality that matters when producing EDM, musicality. A quick glance at their roster would immediately corroborate this fact (with Savant being the most glaring example). With all of the experience under their belt, Z and Shannon have gone ahead and compiled another set of excellent electronic music tracks featuring producers that you need to know.
Notable jams on their most recent compilation include: ‘Plux’ by TUNEDEF, ‘Turquoise’ by Prismatic, ‘Unforgiven’ by Portanexus and ‘Bale’ by Mosen. But don’t get us wrong, every single track on this album is worth a listen. In fact, we actually had the chance to sit down with an artist of our choosing from SectionZ’s latest edition of Fresh for an in depth interview. After several thorough listens, we decided to have a chat with New York native TUNEDEF in order to give our listeners more insight into the artist behind Plux, our favorite track on the compilation.
Rager Onion Exclusive Artist Spotlight & Interview – TUNEDEF
We had the privilege of sitting down with Phil Kirsanov who produces electronic music under the moniker TUNEDEF. Besides being a regular 20 year old college bro who currently attends The College of New Jersey, Phil has always been into music. He started playing piano at the age of 4 and grew up listening to current and classic video game soundtracks.
His first taste of EDM came in the form of a virtual “radio station” that aired on the video game Grand Theft Auto 3. Users were allowed to switch between various genres of stations while using a vehicle in the game, the channel in particular which caught the ear of Phil was titled MSX. It featured mostly drum and bass and jungle music.
However, it wasn’t until about three to four years ago when this infatuation with electronic music was realized in the form of music production on FL Studio.
“I saw some ‘Strobe‘ remixes on YouTube and thought the program looked fun.”
So, like many young producers these days, Phil Kirsanov began to develop his sound on his own, learning more and more as time passed. Using a “studio” that consists of his headphones and computer, TUNEDEF has been creating music and funding his efforts out of his own pocket. The good news here being that his hard work has payed off.
Catching the attention of the crew over at SectionZ with a demo of his single ‘Plux’, Phil’s track was selected to be featured on their most recent release of their compilation series. The progressive label goes on to state, “We chose this music because we believe they [the artists] represent change in the face of formulaic EDM, some because of style, others because of attitude, but in the end, they all represent the three pillars of what we look for in musicians.”
We wonder, under which of these pillars does TUNEDEF rest?
And in regards to genre, Phil has found the right home in SectionZ Records. From his roots in producing Drum and Bass and Liquid, TUNEDEF has progressed to incorporate sounds of almost any style. Mr. Kirsanov states,
“My productions change as my taste in music changes. I just try and make music in the style I would want to listen to. When I make music, I don’t have a set idea of what I want to end up with. The songs tend to change a lot while I am producing them. As an example, I just tried to make something trance-like, but instead it ended up have a half-step drum pattern.”
With a stamp of approval from one of the most knowledgeable labels around, TUNEDEF is headed down the right path as 2013 heads into the latter half. We look forward to hearing more from electronic producer Phil Kirsanov out of the big apple (perhaps in the form of an upcoming release? *hint hint*). Until that day comes, we’ve shared a few of his jams that we truly dig. Give them a listen, and be sure to drop by TUNEDEF’s various social media pages to gesture your virtual approval.
SectionZ Fresh Volume 2:
Various awesome TUNEDEF tracks: