From growing up in his native California to his current residence in Lithuania, music has been an absolute constant in the life and development of DJ Ides. Alongside Marshall Jefferson and House Of Virus, he is one of the creative forces behind the recently launched Freakin909 label, and with a spate of his own original productions and remixes set to be unleashed, the time has come for the underground house community to start paying attention.
Growing up on a musical diet of everything from classical to punk rock, it was the 90s desert rave scene that first exposed DJ Ides to the electronic sounds that would become a staple part of his life, attending Moontribe parties and gorging on sets from the likes of Sasha & Digweed (whose seminal Northern Exposure mixes left an indelible impression), Phil K and LTJ Bukem, all of whom remain key influencers on both his style of mixing and own productions.
DJ Ides own music sits very much within the house genre, but is heavily influenced by tech house and techno. In the studio he has a passion for making use of hefty hardware synths to get a more varied and complete sound. He also owns an incredibly extensive vinyl collection, which acts as an invaluable reference point as well as a library for obscure samples.
After relocating to Lithuania, DJ Ides met fellow DJ and producer Virus J who was also playing the underground circuit there. Through him, he met with Marshall Jefferson and after discovering they shared musical interests decided to found Freakin909. So far the label has seen releases and remixes from the likes of Eddie Amador, Doorly, Hoxton Whores and Marshall Jefferson himself, and with a flourishing release schedule, including remixes on Jefferson’s seminal ‘Mushrooms’, looks to be going from strength to strength.
With a number of residencies at various underground haunts in Lithuania, DJ Ides has been biding his time, spending hours in the studio honing his sound. Now the stage is set, and with a recent collaboration with House of Virus ‘The Sound Of House’ released on Casa Rossa, a remix of House of Virus & Jimi Polo’s ‘Better Days’ just released on Freakin909 with plenty more original productions being released on freakin909 inc shake that ass with Dj Sneak remix and move inc Robbie Rivera mix. Read more