hola amigos and amigas!
Our latest installment of the Wings of the Future mix series, comes from our good pal, and label head of PUZL Records, Mr. PUZL!
As a co-founder of LAMP, Mr. PUZL is no stranger to the world of deep grooves and epic journeys. And with this mix, we can only sit back and enjoy: its groovy, deep, emotive, and just what you need to get the week started RIGHT.
In addition to being a skilled DJ, what else keeps you busy?
Haha, much appreciated! So many things…
I run and operate a music collective, promo label called LAMP with my partners in crime Randall Bass and Josh Brooks. We recently launched a distribution label this year called PUZL Records and have put out some EPs from the likes of Jamie Prado, Leo Islo and Dan Jedynak with much more to come this year.
I also have a full-time job as the Creative Director for a mobile development company in Santa Monica that focuses on iOS, and native web application.
To get some exercise I play in a men’s soccer league on the weekends and our club trains weeknights near DTLA.
What is the most influential record you have heard?
Such a tough question as I think many records and albums for that matter have influenced me at different periods of my life.
The old jazz, funk and R&B records that my Mom would play in the house when I was really young definitely stuck around in my subconscious. Artists like Miles Davis, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire, Parliament-Funkadelic, James Brown, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner and Diana Ross to name a few were just incredible.
My teenage years would definitely be Jamiroquai with tracks like Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Virtual Insanity of course, and Blow Your Mind.
I went through a heavy modern punk phase for a while with tracks like ‘Straight Ahead’ by Pennywise, in fact anything that Epitaph Records was putting out in the late 90s I probably bought.
Weirdly or maybe not, at the same time I was also listening to a bunch of hip-hop like Tribe Called Quest, J5, . There was the incredible compilation from Echo Unlimited called Lyricist Lounge Vol 1 + 2 that changed my perspective on hip-hop music drastically, Mos Def’s track ‘Oh No’ featuring Pharoahe Monch & Nate Dogg, pure fire.
From there I feel like I was always looking for the of the-beaten-path music, regardless of genre.
Any guilty pleasure tracks?
Depends on the night, crowd and where I’m playing but off the top of my head:
Tapesh – Boogie Men
Josh Billings – Perspective
Kevin Over – Retrovision Pt. 1
Super Flu – Jo Gurt (Stephan Bodin Remix)
SBTRKT – Hide or Seek
Also! Favorite mixed/tropical drink! (Or island-based food)
I love a good mudslide! As far as food, my mom used to make an Indonesian dish called ‘Nasi Goreng’, basically a really tasty fried rice meal.