Exclusive Interview: EZRAKH for Never Normal Records + Bonus Track Stream

Jersey’s own Ezrakh just released a special tape with us. Today the super progressive producer, dj, & co-founder of the club movement THREAD, chats a bit about his world adventures, rare Jersey garage music & his spiritual sound. Press play on the music stream & enjoy the read.

1. As an artist, what things in life make you feel, never normal?

I suppose my overall world view along with my way of seeing and sensing things. I like to call it #PARANORMCORE. As well, the capacity to feel and the ability to turn the feeling into a shared experience via art. 

2. What is your favorite part of your sound?

As of late I’m falling in love with my own voice more and more nowadays. I was very critical of it after high school. Then years later I took to task the process of finding the truer version it. As well the quintessence/spirit of my sound, there’s an indescribable vibe to it really, its more felt.

3. Tell us a highlight moment of your music journey.

Probably going to Montreal, I’ve been twice. My friends out there (Phil Sparkz & Compton Chic) are integral players in the Piu Piu and Booty Bakery collectives. There’s a certain magical charm there as well as a laissez faire spirit, so it feels very free. Also I did some modeling for a little while and shot for L’Uomo Vogue (Italy), not exactly music but very much related to my journey as an artist overall.  Getting a page in a magazine is an interesting feeling.  
4. How did you even get into music?
A combination things I think.  Hard to answer know exactly, but here’s a list
- my parents eclectic music choices
- dancing to the rhythm of a broken washing machine with my sister as a child
- tap dancing (solidified my affinity for percussive music/movement)
- church chorus (discovery of my voice)
- my brother djing (got me into club/house & hip-hop)
- teaching myself guitar & experimenting in bands
- musical theatre
- school band

- my brother giving me my first production software

5. What’s the 1st thing on your mind as soon as you wake up?
Usually I’m trying to remember and decipher details/symbols of the dreams I had during the night. Sometimes I’ll have 2 or 3 segments of a dream, which at times seem unrelated in real world terms. “I Stay Woke”

6. You live in New Jersey who are some of your favorite new artists from Jersey right now?

There’s so many but here’s a few: Moruf, Nadus, Asha, the Kusher/Dead Rebel Society, BillZEgypt, brain orchestra, St. Joe Louis and myself. As a “new” artist I like my music a lot, especially the new stuff I’m finishing up.

7.  You couldn’t live without….?

Probably music. Sounds cliche maybe, but considering thats why I’m here thats my answer. Besides there are few things I’d rather do more than make music :)

8. What are all of the instruments you play?

Voice, guitar, a little bass, some piano, timpani, mallet keyboards, percussion (traps/auxiliary), and records/turntables/mixer

9. Who are some of your favorite artists you’ve had the pleasure of working with?

I’d say a lot of my contemporaries, some of whom I mentioned earlier. Also I’ve had the pleasure of DJing with Taz Arnold whose work with Sa-Ra I especially revere. DJed with Blaqstarr recently and that was crazy, especially considering he’s made some of the best club music of the last 2 decades.

10.. What’s one thing in life that always inspires you?

I’m always in awe of creation (both natural and human-made) and the fact that all this exists. Like for a time I would just sit for like an hour or more outwardly observing things and being like, “wow i’m really here right now. in this time, in this place” or “wow, all of this exists.” Then other times I shift to more inward observation/inspiration, which is basically just all of that (the idea of creation/existence etc.) but from an inner view. 

11. Do you like where music culture is going right now?
Yea, I think so. Its a bit more saturated now, but the balance has shifted more into the hands of the people, artists and listeners so thats great. Plus thankfully the tools are more readily available, and that helps expedite the progression. 

12. What are your top 3 most influential records of all time?
That’s a tough one, especially as a DJ and even more so as an artist who gets influences from everywhere. There are so many but here’s three of my top ones, in no particular order:
- “Follow Me”- Aly-Us. This record is a NJ garage/house classic and was/is very essential to my life/musical experience. Plus there from my hometown (Rahway!), so I’d hear this song all the time btwn like ‘92-97. As a DJ, you put this track on at the right time in Jersey and its a wrap
- “Fast Car”- Tracy Chapman. One of my dad’s favorite artists, so this song represents a very specific combination of feelings from a much simpler time & space. Very seldom do I not tear a little while listening to this song

- “As”- Stevie Wonder. Stevie channels the creative source and lets it speak directly to the listener through him. When i hear it I’m just like “Whoa, tru. Thank you Creator.” 

13. Any last thoughts?

Just really want to thank Suzi Analogue and Never Normal for releasing this. I always said to myself I’d like to release it on cassette and I see the multi-verse was listening.


Fourword To Infinity is now available on cassette on Never Normal Records.
The EP drops digitally 10|28 • available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon & more. 
@Ezrakh | @NeverNormalRecords #FourwordToInfinity

Exclusive Interview: EZRAKH for Never Normal Records + Bonus Track Stream

Jersey’s own Ezrakh just released a special tape with us. Today the super progressive producer, dj, & co-founder of the club movement THREAD, chats a bit about his world adventures, rare Jersey garage music & his spiritual sound. Press play on the music stream & enjoy the read.

1. As an artist, what things in life make you feel, never normal?

I suppose my overall world view along with my way of seeing and sensing things. I like to call it #PARANORMCORE. As well, the capacity to feel and the ability to turn the feeling into a shared experience via art. 

2. What is your favorite part of your sound?

As of late I’m falling in love with my own voice more and more nowadays. I was very critical of it after high school. Then years later I took to task the process of finding the truer version it. As well the quintessence/spirit of my sound, there’s an indescribable vibe to it really, its more felt.

3. Tell us a highlight moment of your music journey.

Probably going to Montreal, I’ve been twice. My friends out there (Phil Sparkz & Compton Chic) are integral players in the Piu Piu and Booty Bakery collectives. There’s a certain magical charm there as well as a laissez faire spirit, so it feels very free. Also I did some modeling for a little while and shot for L’Uomo Vogue (Italy), not exactly music but very much related to my journey as an artist overall.  Getting a page in a magazine is an interesting feeling.  

4. How did you even get into music?

A combination things I think.  Hard to answer know exactly, but here’s a list

- my parents eclectic music choices

- dancing to the rhythm of a broken washing machine with my sister as a child

- tap dancing (solidified my affinity for percussive music/movement)

- church chorus (discovery of my voice)

- my brother djing (got me into club/house & hip-hop)

- teaching myself guitar & experimenting in bands

- musical theatre

- school band

- my brother giving me my first production software

5. What’s the 1st thing on your mind as soon as you wake up?

Usually I’m trying to remember and decipher details/symbols of the dreams I had during the night. Sometimes I’ll have 2 or 3 segments of a dream, which at times seem unrelated in real world terms. “I Stay Woke”

6. You live in New Jersey who are some of your favorite new artists from Jersey right now?

There’s so many but here’s a few: Moruf, Nadus, Asha, the Kusher/Dead Rebel Society, BillZEgypt, brain orchestra, St. Joe Louis and myself. As a “new” artist I like my music a lot, especially the new stuff I’m finishing up.

7.  You couldn’t live without….?

Probably music. Sounds cliche maybe, but considering thats why I’m here thats my answer. Besides there are few things I’d rather do more than make music :)

8. What are all of the instruments you play?

Voice, guitar, a little bass, some piano, timpani, mallet keyboards, percussion (traps/auxiliary), and records/turntables/mixer

9. Who are some of your favorite artists you’ve had the pleasure of working with?

I’d say a lot of my contemporaries, some of whom I mentioned earlier. Also I’ve had the pleasure of DJing with Taz Arnold whose work with Sa-Ra I especially revere. DJed with Blaqstarr recently and that was crazy, especially considering he’s made some of the best club music of the last 2 decades.

10.. What’s one thing in life that always inspires you?

I’m always in awe of creation (both natural and human-made) and the fact that all this exists. Like for a time I would just sit for like an hour or more outwardly observing things and being like, “wow i’m really here right now. in this time, in this place” or “wow, all of this exists.” Then other times I shift to more inward observation/inspiration, which is basically just all of that (the idea of creation/existence etc.) but from an inner view. 

11. Do you like where music culture is going right now?

Yea, I think so. Its a bit more saturated now, but the balance has shifted more into the hands of the people, artists and listeners so thats great. Plus thankfully the tools are more readily available, and that helps expedite the progression. 

12. What are your top 3 most influential records of all time?

That’s a tough one, especially as a DJ and even more so as an artist who gets influences from everywhere. There are so many but here’s three of my top ones, in no particular order:

- “Follow Me”- Aly-Us. This record is a NJ garage/house classic and was/is very essential to my life/musical experience. Plus there from my hometown (Rahway!), so I’d hear this song all the time btwn like ‘92-97. As a DJ, you put this track on at the right time in Jersey and its a wrap

- “Fast Car”- Tracy Chapman. One of my dad’s favorite artists, so this song represents a very specific combination of feelings from a much simpler time & space. Very seldom do I not tear a little while listening to this song

- “As”- Stevie Wonder. Stevie channels the creative source and lets it speak directly to the listener through him. When i hear it I’m just like “Whoa, tru. Thank you Creator.” 

13. Any last thoughts?

Just really want to thank Suzi Analogue and Never Normal for releasing this. I always said to myself I’d like to release it on cassette and I see the multi-verse was listening.

Fourword To Infinity is now available on cassette on Never Normal Records.

The EP drops digitally 10|28 • available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon & more. 

@Ezrakh | @NeverNormalRecords #FourwordToInfinity

Never Normal Records Releases - Love Affairz V.1 - Suzi Analogue + Swarvy [Digital | Cassette | Video]

Out Now, the newest music from Suzi Analogue + Swarvy. A collection of 16 new jams produced by the two. The 3rd release on Never Normal Records [NN-03]

SMOKE- the latest video is directed by JTVizion. Out now on VEVO.

Love Affairz V.1 iTunes / Amazon / Google Play / Beatport

2 New Reasonz To Smile.

#LoveAffairzVol1 Cassette + #FourwordToInfinity Cassette out tomorrow on @nevernormalrecords for #CassetteStoreDay!

#NewMusic #Cassette #CassetteStoreNightNYC #SuziAnalogue #Swarvy #EZRAKH #THREAD #Soul #Electronic #Club #ChillWave  #NEVERNORMALRECORDS

2 New Reasonz To Smile.

#LoveAffairzVol1 Cassette + #FourwordToInfinity Cassette out tomorrow on @nevernormalrecords for #CassetteStoreDay!

#NewMusic #Cassette #CassetteStoreNightNYC #SuziAnalogue #Swarvy #EZRAKH #THREAD #Soul #Electronic #Club #ChillWave #NEVERNORMALRECORDS

Official Artwork For NN-03 • Suzi Analogue + Swarvy - Love Affairz V.1
Finding a perfect place between soul, electronica and raw hip-hop elements, Philly-based producer SWARVY and NYC-based Suzi Analogue collaborate on Love Affairz V.1 - a collection of new soul music with beats produced by both of the artists and sweeping vocals by Suzi - inspired by love letters from people like Frida Kahlo & Beethoven - with a lone feature by Fools Gold’s Grande Marshall.
Back Cover Artwork + Tracklist


Released by Never Normal Records  | Available 9/27 on Cassette for Cassette Store Day | Available Digitally Worldwide 9| 30

Official Artwork For NN-03Suzi Analogue + Swarvy - Love Affairz V.1

Finding a perfect place between soul, electronica and raw hip-hop elements, Philly-based producer SWARVY and NYC-based Suzi Analogue collaborate on Love Affairz V.1 - a collection of new soul music with beats produced by both of the artists and sweeping vocals by Suzi - inspired by love letters from people like Frida Kahlo & Beethoven - with a lone feature by Fools Gold’s Grande Marshall.

Back Cover Artwork + Tracklist

Released by Never Normal Records  | Available 9/27 on Cassette for Cassette Store Day | Available Digitally Worldwide 9| 30

EVENT • 9|17|14 7pm - Suzi Analogue + Swarvy - LOVE AFFAIRZ V.1 Listening Session in Brooklyn
Our next cassette release (NN-03), LOVE AFFAIRZ V.1 is a collection of super smooth new jams produced by Swarvy & Suzi Analogue. This week, Never Normal Records will hold a special listening session for the project dropping on cassette and digital in a few weeks.
The session will include an artist talk, and a screening of the first video for LOVE AFFAIRZ V.1 in a cinema-space.
RSVP at hi@nevernormalrecords.com to attend!

EVENT • 9|17|14 7pm - Suzi Analogue + Swarvy - LOVE AFFAIRZ V.1 Listening Session in Brooklyn

Our next cassette release (NN-03), LOVE AFFAIRZ V.1 is a collection of super smooth new jams produced by Swarvy & Suzi Analogue. This week, Never Normal Records will hold a special listening session for the project dropping on cassette and digital in a few weeks.

The session will include an artist talk, and a screening of the first video for LOVE AFFAIRZ V.1 in a cinema-space.

RSVP at hi@nevernormalrecords.com to attend!

NEVER NORMAL RECORDS releases Suzi Analogue - ONLY Video

Never Normal Records founder and electro dynamo Suzi Analogue returns with the official video for “ONLY” from her Chills + Thrills tape, which touched down in February. The video directed by Fresh Pres is a hypnotic studio clip that finds emerging from a cocoon of chill. Watching the analogue girl morph into a lace-clad butterfly with killer nails may be just the encouragement needed to convince a certain someone to get to know the girl behind the boards. Check the footage below to watch the official video for “ONLY.” Purchase Chills + Thrills via iTunes. Stay tuned for more from Suzi Analogue.  via OKAYPLAYER.COM

NEVER NORMAL RECORDS releases Count Bass D - Handshake Vs. Dap Video

Today, Never Normal gives you the 1st look at a new cinema-style video, laced with Count Bass D’s “Handshake Vs. Dap” as the soundtrack to celebrate the 2nd tape release on the label.  Just like the music, the visuals show a world with it’s story inspired by street culture, soul, and technology: a surreal blend.

Count Bass D, the producer behind the project, known also for his production on MF DOOM’s “Potholderz” shares this about the title of his new tape:

"Handshake vs. Dap is figuring out how to greet a person initially. The vibe is peace, unity, love & having fun once we have togetherness.” © Count Bass D

Handshake Vs. Dap is the 2nd release on Never Normal Records, specializing on putting new music on analogue formats. The collectible cassette, featuring 30+ minutes of Count Bass D’s newest buttery beats, is up for now for pre-orders on Never Normal Records site.

Handshake Vs. Dap Youtube  | Handshake Vs. Dap Vimeo | Subscribe to our channels.

Handshake Vs. Dap Video Stills:

@countbassd | @nevernormalrecords #HandshakeVsDap

Exclusive Interview: Count Bass D for Never Normal Records + Album Stream

The beat extraordinaire, and 2nd artist released on Never Normal, sits down and talks chords, his favorite instrument, and things he just can’t live without. Press play on the album stream & enjoy the read.




1. As an artist, what things in life make you feel “never normal”?
Dedicating my life to music makes it. You either goin’ my way, or you IN the way.
2. What is your favorite part of your sound?
Atypical harmony. Chords turn me on.

3. Tell us a highlight moment of your music journey.

Currently on the Respect the Architect Tour with Blueprint and DJ Rare Groove. It is the longest tour of my career with 60 concerts total. Today we leave for two concerts in Alaska.

4. What’s the 1st thing on your mind as soon as you wake up?
Gettin’ money for my responsibilities is the first and last thing on my mind each day. 

5. You live in Atlanta, who are some of your favorite new artists from the A right now?
If Tuamie is in the A as they say, him. Also, ForteBowie.

6.  You couldn’t live without….?
Food, clothing, shelter & decent health is all I can not live without. I’ve learned nothing in life is guaranteed to be permanent. I shall not want or need.

7. What are all of the instruments you play?
Having a solid working knowledge of music theory, I apply that knowledge to whatever instrument I get to spend a fair amount of time with. At this stage in my career, and after working with some of the best musicians in the world, I feel the drum machine is my primary instrument. 

8. Who are some of your favorite artists you’ve had the pleasure of working with?
Don’t have favorites, but learned key elements of my musical style from MF DOOM, Roy & Victor Wooten and Van Hunt.
9. What’s one thing in life that always inspires you?
Re-harmonizing hymns may never get old to me. That is my daily inspiration.

10. Do you like where music culture is going right now?
Not very concerned with music culture at large, as long as I can make money off music. Most acts don’t last long enough to miss them.

11. Your new EP and tape is called Handshake Vs. Dap. What gave you the idea for that name?
Handshake vs. Dap is figuring out how to greet a person initially. The vibe is peace, unity, love & having fun once we have togetherness. 

12. Any last thoughts?
Thank you Suzi. I love what you do and how you do it.
Count Bass D - Handshake Vs. Dap Cassette is on sale now via Never Normal Records.





Count Bass D is now on a North American Tour with Blueprint bringing slaps (and daps) to the stage now through July on the Respect The Architect Tour. Catch him in your city.



Tuesday June 17th - Whitefish, MT @ Crush Lounge | EVENT DETAILSWednesday June 18th - Missoula, MT @ Stage 112 | EVENT DETAILSThursday June 19th - Great Falls, MT @ Machinery Row | EVENT DETAILSFriday June 20th - Bozeman, MT @ Zebra Cocktail | EVENT DETAILSSaturday June 21st - Minot, ND @ Souris River Brewery | EVENT DETAILSSunday June 22nd - Fargo, ND @ The Nestor | EVENT DETAILSTuesday June 24th - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews | EVENT DETAILSWednesday June 25th - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry | EVENT DETAILSThursday June 26th - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room | EVENT DETAILS
 

@CountBassD | @NeverNormalRecords #HandshakeVsDap
Exclusive Interview: Count Bass D for Never Normal Records + Album Stream
The beat extraordinaire, and 2nd artist released on Never Normal, sits down and talks chords, his favorite instrument, and things he just can’t live without. Press play on the album stream & enjoy the read.

1. As an artist, what things in life make you feel “never normal”?

Dedicating my life to music makes it. You either goin’ my way, or you IN the way.

2. What is your favorite part of your sound?

Atypical harmony. Chords turn me on.

3. Tell us a highlight moment of your music journey.

Currently on the Respect the Architect Tour with Blueprint and DJ Rare Groove. It is the longest tour of my career with 60 concerts total. Today we leave for two concerts in Alaska.

4. What’s the 1st thing on your mind as soon as you wake up?

Gettin’ money for my responsibilities is the first and last thing on my mind each day. 

5. You live in Atlanta, who are some of your favorite new artists from the A right now?

If Tuamie is in the A as they say, him. Also, ForteBowie.

6.  You couldn’t live without….?

Food, clothing, shelter & decent health is all I can not live without. I’ve learned nothing in life is guaranteed to be permanent. I shall not want or need.

7. What are all of the instruments you play?

Having a solid working knowledge of music theory, I apply that knowledge to whatever instrument I get to spend a fair amount of time with. At this stage in my career, and after working with some of the best musicians in the world, I feel the drum machine is my primary instrument. 

8. Who are some of your favorite artists you’ve had the pleasure of working with?

Don’t have favorites, but learned key elements of my musical style from MF DOOM, Roy & Victor Wooten and Van Hunt.

9. What’s one thing in life that always inspires you?

Re-harmonizing hymns may never get old to me. That is my daily inspiration.

10. Do you like where music culture is going right now?

Not very concerned with music culture at large, as long as I can make money off music. Most acts don’t last long enough to miss them.

11. Your new EP and tape is called Handshake Vs. Dap. What gave you the idea for that name?

Handshake vs. Dap is figuring out how to greet a person initially. The vibe is peace, unity, love & having fun once we have togetherness. 

12. Any last thoughts?

Thank you Suzi. I love what you do and how you do it.

Count Bass D - Handshake Vs. Dap Cassette is on sale now via Never Normal Records.

Count Bass D is now on a North American Tour with Blueprint bringing slaps (and daps) to the stage now through July on the Respect The Architect Tour. Catch him in your city.
Tuesday June 17th - Whitefish, MT @ Crush Lounge | EVENT DETAILS
Wednesday June 18th - Missoula, MT @ Stage 112 | EVENT DETAILS
Thursday June 19th - Great Falls, MT @ Machinery Row | EVENT DETAILS
Friday June 20th - Bozeman, MT @ Zebra Cocktail | EVENT DETAILS
Saturday June 21st - Minot, ND @ Souris River Brewery | EVENT DETAILS
Sunday June 22nd - Fargo, ND @ The Nestor | EVENT DETAILS
Tuesday June 24th - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews | EVENT DETAILS
Wednesday June 25th - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry | EVENT DETAILS
Thursday June 26th - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room | EVENT DETAILS
 
@CountBassD | @NeverNormalRecords #HandshakeVsDap
«6.13.14» Live Beat Sets In Brooklyn tonight coming from Lakim @lakimisalive, Suzi Analogue @suzianalog Quelle @quellechrist + more. 
Be there to hear nxt lvl beats! Friday the 13th vibe.

«6.13.14» Live Beat Sets In Brooklyn tonight coming from Lakim @lakimisalive, Suzi Analogue @suzianalog Quelle @quellechrist + more. 

Be there to hear nxt lvl beats! Friday the 13th vibe.

«News» Announcing official pre-orders of Count Bass D (@countbassd) Handshake Vs. Dap Cassette. | NN-02

30+ minutes of buttery productions by Count Bass D on a buttercream-colored cassette with bonus recordings exclusive to the Never Normal release.

Limited Edition. Don’t sleep, grab yours today.

Visit http://nevernormalrecords.com/shop to order.

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