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ATQPOD028 || Deen Ariff

The 28th Arteq podcast is presented to you by an exceptionally diverse DJ, the one and only Deen Ariff. Regular player at Revolver Upstairs, and interdependent curator and resident artist in the Mutant Dance, and Timeless crews.

As well as being a true DJ, Deen is also a true friend to the group at Arteq, and it gives us joy that we are able to spread his talents through our channels.

Whether it be house, techno, breaks, ambience, Deen has it all. Though with this special mix for Arteq, Deen Ariff has decided to hand you, on a platter, 90 minutes of electrifying electronic music, full of energy, and phat tracks!

This mix is goooood, and we hope you enjoy. Deen, thank you kind sir. We look forward to this at an Arteq event in the near future ;)

CLICK to open mix in SoundCloud.

More from Arteq and Deen Ariff below.


What direction did you take on the podcast and why did you decide to go this way?

I wanted to make a predominantly Techno mix which showcased my idiosyncratic taste and interpretation of the genre. In saying that, the style of mixing I have developed doesn’t allow me to stay within the constraints of a particular genre so whatever vibe feels necessary at the time is included. In this particular mix there’s the odd addition of electro and dubbed out leftfield house and techno, which I can’t quite categorically put my finger on. I don’t really consciously predetermine an approach, because whenever I have, it just doesn’t feel natural. So my decision is based on what spontaneously feels right at that moment.

What did you use to record this mix?

I used my 2xTechnics 1210 M5Gs, A Pioneer DJM900NXS with Rekordbox DVS and the Pioneer DDJ-XP1 (For CDJ functionality like cue points and loops

Why did you start DJ'ing?

My big brother showed me videos on the internet of DMC turntablist competitions when I was 10 or 11. I was completely blown away with the idea that you could chunk samples on top of each other. It reminded me of unique ways you could construct like with my favourite toy at the time Lego. I fell in love with Techno when I was 12 when friend of mine showed me a mix which had Dave Clarke’s ‘Thunder’ track. I thought to myself that these tracks can seem a bit monotonous on their own when played start to end, but with the creative flair of the DJ are transformed into beautiful works of art. So from there I took any opportunity to get more exposure to the culture.

You play regularly at Revolver Upstairs on a Friday night, a place we love dearly. What's your favourite part about this residency?

There is too much to mention, I could write an essay on this question alone haha. With respect to playing though, Revolver Fridays shaped me. It was/is my stomping ground where I am so honoured and grateful that the head honcho, my bro Mike Callander, has had me on regular rotation, usually for my favourite slot ‘5-7am’. Playing here is a responsibility as much as it is an absolute joy. You have a responsibility to the patrons and the legacy of the venue, so I think it helps curate a special selfless zest for the dance floor, and that would be one of my favourite things about this residency. The people that work at Revolver are what really makes the place though, so from all the DJ’s to bar staff and management, getting to learn and be a part of this artistic family is something special.

There’s 10 minutes left before the world self destructs, what song do you put on?

Haha the answer to this would change on an hourly basis for me! BUT I just played Vin sol – Alien Adjustment over the weekend, and I tell ya what, vibing to that right before I died wouldn’t be to bad!

What are you most looking forward to in 2021?

Getting amongst it, 2020 was… u know !

Is there anything on your mind that you would like to say?

Yea big ups to the wonderful Melbourne electronic dance music community, whatever part of the scene your from, our collective passion makes this place a destination


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