It's an early Wednesday afternoon in July at the Warner Brothers Records offices in midtown Manhattan, and both members of JEFF the Brotherhood are hungover. It stands to reason: after 10 years of near-constant touring and six independently recorded and distributed albums, Nashville-based brothers Jake and Jamin Orall have reason to celebrate. They've just released their seventh studio album, Hypnotic Nights, which is their first on a major label — Warner Bros. Furthermore, the previous evening saw them commemorate the album's release with a performance on Late Show With David Letterman, followed by what appears to be a late night of karaoke. (For the record, JEFF favor '90s soundtrack hits like Seal's "Kiss From a Rose" and Quad City DJs' "Space Jam.") Despite their years as indie exemplars, the Orralls aren't worried about blowback from their move to the majors.
"How does he do that?" If you caught rising star DJ-producer AraabMuzik at Coachella recently, or when you catch him at Sasquatch, Summer Camp, or any number of other festivals this summer, then you'll know that question follows the man around. Touring on the strength of Electronic Dream, his excellent 2011 album of spacy, Euroclub-tinged instrumentals, the sampler wizard born Abraham Orellana has become a must-see live act on the strength of his fleet-fingered workouts on the MPC2500. We caught up with the self-proclaimed "MVP of the MPC" on his way to a gig, and got the low-down on his influences, work ethic, and what's next. What artist or producers did you grow up listening to? I listened to a lot of Dr. Dre, a lot of Swizz Beatz, a lot of J Dilla, a lot of DJ Premier, Just Blaze. I was always listening to a lot of different styles and sounds. Just studying.