About:

I'm a DJ, producer, crate-digger, MPC basher, vocalist and all-round good egg by the name of Ewan Hoozami.
I've been played on BBC Radio 6, Solid Steel Radio, Radio Popolare (Italy), and BBC Introducing, released music on Pedigree Cuts, Goodgroove Records, Big M and many more, and DJ'd all over the UK and Europe.
I loosely centre my music around Funk, Hip-hop, Disco and Soul. I love basslines. And drums.
When I'm not doing Ewan Hoozami stuff I can be found doing the following (deep breath):
Running Particle Zoo Recordings
Writing & performing:
House/bass as STEGA
Wonky electronic hip-hop as Sirklz
Bassweight remixes of cult classics as one half of Box Rocket
Analogue sci-fi disco as one half of The Mind-Reading Space Lasers.

Monday, 24 September 2012

EVERYTHING MUST GO!

After several years making a large quantity of music in a variety of different styles, I am giving away almost everything I have ever written. But this is not an end, it's a beginning. If you are interested, I have written a few words to explain why I have come to this decision...

As a young producer with nothing but an MPC500 and my record collection, I made a well received trip-hop EP and my debut album. A few of the tracks on the album also used a couple of hardware synths, but the overall idea was to cut up and re-interpret the sounds from great and obscure records I picked up along the way. I would grab a few sounds I liked, put them into the MPC, sample some drum hits and start chopping, editing and slicing until I had something I liked. I didn't really know what I was doing, and some of my mixdowns were horrendous, but somehow the album was picked up by Terry at Pig Balls Records, and a few of the tracks ended up on Solid Steel mixes and got a bit of radio play, including Radio 6 Music.


Since then my skills as a producer have steadily improved, and I've been fairly prolific, producing tracks in loads of different styles, to varying degrees of interest from the wider world.


As a music fan I've never been able to devote myself to one style or one genre, and it's the same with my production. As a DJ, I've played all sorts of music, from the incredibly obscure and psychedelic to the guilty pleasures and everything in between. This started back when DJs tended to have one genre and would only play that style (it was 90% vinyl back then so switching up genres was much harder to pull off!)

I realized recently how much I have missed playing live. My old band, Syte and The Sound, had some great times in the 2 years we were together but sadly split last year. I would regularly turn up to gigs with MPC, decks & mixer, guitar, bass, and synth, and play them all live during the show. You can't beat the feeling of playing live, when anything could go wrong in a second, but when you pull it off it feels amazing.

So, thanks to encouragement from friends like Cheeba, who strong-armed me into playing an MPC set at a recent Soundcrash party, I started playing live shows again. The shows were great, and I got the familiar rush of performing, but despite the positive reactions I quickly realised that something was missing as a live spectacle... too much head-down tapping and not enough audience engagement. What was missing was vocals, mainly, so I started writing full songs with proper structures, and performing the vocals myself. This was a complete accident - every vocalist I approached with music let me down in some way, so I thought I'd just do it myself!

This process has been massively eye-opening... I feel competent enough as a musician to write the music that's in my head, and confident enough to vocalise the words that are in my heart. I also feel like there is so much potential in developing a live show around the new material. It's proper self-expression, a shift in my perception, and I want to make a new start, focusing on my original sounds.

And that's where I am now... writing new material, that sound like 'proper' songs, with original vocals, and working with Substatic's Colleen Quinn to put together an album and a live show that I think will blow some people away. I will lose fans, there is no doubt about it... some of you won't understand what I'm doing. But I'm cool with that.

So this is a chance for me to draw a line under the music I have made thus far, by giving it all away for FREE, as a thank you to all who have supported me during my career so far. I will archive it all at some point, so grab what you can now if you want it.

Peace out for now, I'll be back with a bang soon.

Yeah, I know... TL:DR

One Love

Adam AKA Ewan Hoozami

TRACKS: This is everything I've done to date as Ewan Hoozami, except 2 current or pending remixes, which it would not be fair on the labels to give away. Also except for some material that will be on my new album.

There are 3 BRAND NEW tracks up for grabs - I've put these at the top of the set.

If you wish to make a donation, please make payments to ewanhoozami @ gmail.com via Paypal.



Friday, 27 July 2012

Runner-up in the Dimensions Festival Producer Competition!

I'm delighted to announce I have come 2nd in the Dimensions Festival Producer Competition!


Here's the track that I entered

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Dimensions Festival Producer Comp - My entry

I've entered the Dimensions Festival Producer Competition, with this track, which will also be on my new Robot Soul EP.

If you like the track, please hit the heart button - I need at least 500 plays and 100 hearts to make the shortlist!



Thanks to Lady Nade for providing vocals.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Telephunken - Shake Your Monkey Remixed - OUT NOW!

The excellent Tremendo label is back once again, not with the renegade master, but with it's head honcho Telephunken's smash hit 'Shake Your Monkey' re-released with a slew of dope remixes.
Busta and Basement Freaks join me on the remix duties, each of us taking the key elements of the original and reworking them in our own styles.
See what you think, and buy it here

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Free Download, a DJ Mix and a track to buy!

The last few installments of my bloggings have been noticeably me-free... and it's been nice to dwell on other people's work for a while.
But, time ticks by and I release more music by the boatload... and since this is my blog, I should probably blog it.

I'm not going to review my new tracks, as that would be self-indulgent even by my standards. All I will say is that I, personally, really like them. And sometimes, in art, all that really matters is the sense of fulfilment from creating pieces that you actually like.

FREE DOWNLOAD - Through with Love
Electronic Soul

TO BUY - You're Mine
Bass-Hop
Bulabeats BB040

MIXTAPE
A 45 minutes or so mix I forgot I'd recorded at the end of 2011. Pretty much all around 100bpm, some nice glitchy sounds, lots of bass, some classic hip-hop, a bit of turntablism and the first incarnation of Box Rocket's Avalanches remix, which you'll never hear anywhere else.
This is just a bit of fun, don't take it too seriously!

Tracklist:

Chopin Terrorist - Billa Quase
 
Mary Jane - The Alkaholiks
 
Get Your Freak On (Wick-It Remix) - Missy Elliott
 
No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn (Wick-It Remix) - Beastie Boys
 
Prelude - Bonobo
 
Fly Away Another Day - Pretty Lights
 
Dream On (Griz Remix) - Aerosmith
 
Dust - Hidden Orchestra
 
Market St (Ewan Hoozami Remix) - Johnny Pluse
 
Drop Bombs - Mochipet
 
Fire Feat. Mara Tk (Opiuo Remix) - Benny Tones
 
Here's A Little Something For Ya - Beastie Boys
 
Yo Mama So Fat (12" Remix) - The Pharcyde
 
Friday Night Time - Nynfus Corporation
 
Dopest Of The Dopest - Frenic
 
Give It Away (Blue Bubbles Remix) - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
 
Barrio - Lopez
 
What Is It ? - Dirty Dubsters
 
Babylon Shall Fall - John Hendicott

Make 'Em Bounce - John Hendicott
 
Avalanche Psychiatrist - Box Rocket
 
Can't Tell Me Nothin' (Griz Remix) - Kanye West

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

The Allergies' debut single drops



Having graced this page a mere matter of days ago, I'm pleased to announce The Allergies have dropped what can only be described as their first single - a double A-Side featuring tracks 'Big Star' and 'Symphonics'.
Big Star is highly likeable - a swaying arrangement of snatched soul vocals, lush instrumentation and flowing beats.
But it's 'Symphonica' which does it most for me - the punching percussion, deep swirling atmospherics and beautifully eq'd samples that sit snugly on the driving bass line is, to me, reminiscent of classic Fatboy Slim.
All in all a great listening experience with something for the living room and something for the dancefloor. Tidy.

Oh, and it's FREE!

Go here http://theallergies.bandcamp.com/ if you know what's good for you

Friday, 13 April 2012

Some downtempo lushness from Riddim Fruit and Dj Chamber

In my current spirit of actually putting some work into this blog, I have another boat-load of great music for your ears - that won't hurt your wallet either.

Two new EPs hit my inbox yesterday... both of them from artists/labels that I usually associate with more dancefloor-orientated output... so it was a slight surprise that both DJ Chamber and Riddim Fruit's latest free EPs are both stocked with laidback beats for the chillers.

It's a fact that right now, I think influenced by the success of Skrillex etc, the world of funky breaks has seen a large increase in more face-melting 'funky' breaks. Two artists I really admire, Featurecast and Pimpsoul, have both recently released some epileptic monsters, and below them there are a whole slew of producers fusing Skrillex style spazz-outs to the 'Ghetto Funk' sound that has swept the globe over the last couple of years.
I have nothing against that, it's quite interesting when done right, and there's no denying the effect they can have on the dancefloor, when used sparingly.
It's certainly influenced some of my production - as my forthcoming remix for Telephunken will display!

BUT... in equal measure this style has given me a hankering for some of those old-time sample heavy dusty beats... it's a ying and yang thing I guess, or maybe I'm just getting old.

Last week I blogged Frenic's lush new EP, and now it's DJ Chamber and Riddim Fruit's turn.

I can only deduce that they've all been feeling the same as I, since both come with some sumptuous dusty beats that wouldn't be out of place on Grand Central circa 1994.

I can't help notice how things have come almost full circle from the demise of Grand Central, with the expensive copyright lawsuits that had cleaned them out, and put the frighteners on an entire industry, that, at the time, was revelling in DJ Shadow type sample-smiths, such as The Avalanches, Nightmares on Wax etc.

As but a wee bairn, I was busy with my MPC badly producing tracks with great samples, blissfully unaware that the industry was changing, and no-one dared touch music with samples for fear of copyright claims.

Big names such as Fatboy Slim could just buy the copyright, but for new producers the door had been shut.

This, in turn, affected the market, as musicians realised they had to produce their own sounds, or deconstruct their samples til they were unrecognisable. You might not think this was a bad thing, but it certainly changed the sound of hip-hop/breaks, and left trip-hop pretty much dead.

As we got towards the end of the 00's, the internet, mp3 downloads, torrents and a decline in revenue has since meant that the major labels and copyright lawyers have lost much of the resources needed to successfully sue publishing artists for copyright infringement. But, that is only really true if the music stays at a cerain level - if a track with samples gets into the charts, or gets licensed for TV/Film, it runs a much bigger risk of prosecution - so most 'big-name' artists are still either paying for their samples, not using any, or doing what Mark Ronson often does, which is write a song with samples, and then get real musicians to emulate the sounds.

But there is something in the sound of that dusty sample that many of us still love, and it's great to see current artists coming back with the music that was effectively outlawed in the 90s. In a landscape where people expect music to be free, by and large, there's nothing to stop artists using samples and releasing their music as free downloads (as the success of excellent net label Dusted Wax Kingdom shows).
And it's great to see labels such as Riddim Fruit, and artists such as Chamber, The Allergies, Frenic etc, put some music out that has no chance of substantial financial reward. It just proves that it's from the heart.
We need some more souful music in the world today, and if you're looking for it, you'll be hard pushed to beat these two latest releases:

(Christ that was a long segway, eh? Props if you're still with me)

RIDDIM FRUIT - CLOUD WATCHING EP
Cloud Watching Vol 1 Download LINK

I really ought to go through each track individually, as there are some real gems in here, but I'm out of time I'm afraid... you'll have to make up your own mind!
Stand out track for me is Dropsteady Freddy feat. Butterfingers 'Down South'.
No preview unfortunately - just download it now!

DJ CHAMBER - Action Through Inaction




Friday, 6 April 2012

Some HUGE free tracks for your ears...

Well, there's no denying I've somewhat neglected this page over the last few months, for which I apologise.

Hopefully I can make up for it with this post, full of some GREAT new music that is completely free and all...

First up, because it's my blog and I can, is one from me!
All Quiet was originally a lo-fi shuffler on my 2009 downtempo EP 'Mildebeats'... I've remixed it for 2012 and given it some glitchy bass treatment, while hopefully still maintaining it's original soulfulness. It's FREE just click the 'Buy' tab and either provide your email address or offer a donation of your choice.


Next up is a quite exquisite EP from my homeslice Frenic. Not only one of the loveliest people I know, he's also maddeningly talented, and for me, this EP is his finest work to date. Sumptuous, rich beats under dusty samples, precision scratches and brilliant orchestration - I can't recommend this enough.

Go here to download http://dustedwax.org/dwk125.html

On we go, this time to the fantastic Nynfus Corporation. They've been impressing listeners around the globe for a hot minute with their tight production and unique sound, that still definitely fits into the Ghetto Funk bracket, but is definitely at the more interesting end of the spectrum.
This free download is a tastefully reworked take on the Jacko classic 'Dirty Diana'. You may think there is no more room in the world for another Michael Jackson remix, but this is expertly done. Trust me...


Finally a track that takes me back to my first days of warehouse raves in the 90s and early 00s... Hiddin Riddim, the man behind the inspirational label Riddim Fruit, remixes Ben & Lex to great effect - the result is a rolling, dubby glitcher that has the trademark Riddim Fruit sound - which means lots of sub bass!

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Live at Wormfood! Set 2 - Heaters!

On Saturday March 17th 2012 I played at the amazing Wormfood clubnight in London's best live venue Hootananny, Brixton.
This is the second set I played, to a now packed room. I wish I'd had the mic on so you could now hear the noises from the crowd... it's fair to say they were enjoying it!
Again it ends pretty abruptly when the next band were ready to start...
DOWNLOAD LINK http://www.sendspace.com/file/3u6ktt



Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Live at Wormfood - Mix 1 - Reggae/Dub/Hip-Hop

On Saturday March 17th 2012 I played at the amazing Wormfood clubnight in London's best live venue Hootananny, Brixton. This is the first set I played, and as such is very much on a warm-up tip... roots, reggae goodness with some heavy dub and hip-hop. By the end of this set the crowd were very definitely warm!
As with all live things, there are some little mistakes (such as when I FX swept the wrong track, leaving 5 seconds of silence!)... but it's live and it was fun so who cares?
Oh and it ends pretty abruptly...
DOWNLOAD LINK http://www.sendspace.com/file/frnr2a

Hit the link for full tracklist:


Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Release news!

Got a couple of tasty new releases out right now... remixes for Dave Remix and The Dirty Dubsters, respectively.

My take on Dave Remix's bass/breaks banger 'Come Feel The Beat' is a heavy wobble-fest with a tough breakbeat and enough bass to sink a small fishing fleet!
Check it here

And buy it here

Less wobbly, but no less heavy is my remix of The Dirty Dubsters feat Bass Nacho's 'Bend Down Low'. Nacho's lyrics aren't exactly tender and romantic, but they certainly pack a punch!
I played this to 500 party people on Saturday at the inaugural FFTTXXL and they definitely approved!
Check it out here

And buy it here

Monday, 9 January 2012

Box Rocket - Avalanche Psychiatrist

Box Rocket - Avalanche Psychiatrist

Equipment:
2 x Bristol's fastest rising producers, Ewan Hoozami and Dave Remix.
1 x Laboratory filled with an arsenal of synths, instruments and records.
1 x underground classic

Method:
Deconstruct underground classic. Cook up some vicious bass. Sprinkle with crunchy percussion. Assemble using the equation fat (tough & funky) = dancefloors liquidised.

Conclusion:
Two of Bristol's hottest producers, Ewan Hoozami and Dave Remix, combine forces to drop science on the world of mid-tempo breaks. Fusing pelvis-rattling bass with tough breakbeats and lashings of psychedelic soul, Box Rocket announces their arrival on the scene with a first glimpse of their debut EP.

Evaluation:
"AVALANCHES REFIX! - an almighty rerefix of The Avalanches available for the price of a Facebook Like. Bargain. Now you can spend your hard earned pennies on penny sweets and crack..." LOUDAT.com
"Fuck! Playing this!" RACKABEAT & BARLOW
"ultra fresh" GHETTOFUNK.co.uk
"serious mid-tempo/glitch/ghettofunk" WOMPBLOG.blogspot.com
"if this 1st track is anything to go by we should be getting a load of sick tunes coming our way" DJFRENIC.com
 "hold on to your speakers!" SHERLOCKOHMS.com

To get your hands on this track all you need to do is visit the Box Rocket Facebook page, become a fan and download the track from there. Simple really.


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