#57 - Esteban Adame
Following DJ Godfather’s Booty shaking mix the next release in the EPM Podcast series finds LA’s Esteban Adame showcasing new material from his forthcoming debut album on EPM. Featuring tracks from Robert Hood, Jeff Mills, Ben Sims, Fannon Flowers, Truss, Santiago Salazar and Esteban himself the ICAN man once again delivers the techno goods.
Esteban Adame is a part of the new wave of artists emerging from the Los Angeles underground scene. After releasing material on Planet E, Esteban partnered up with long time friend and colleague Santiago Salazar to start ICAN Productions. As a musician, Esteban is also a member of the Underground Resistance live act Galaxy to Galaxy, as well as being part of the new six-piece ensemble, Thee Afterdark. He has also released solo productions on labels like Underground Quality and Modelhart and boasts various remixes to his credit. Now, following the album’s opening single ‘Home Sick’ backed by a remix from MGUN earlier this spring, LA based artist Esteban Adame delivers his first album for EPM in the shape of ‘Day Labor’. With a few exclusives from the album included in the mix, Esteban gives us a peek of what’s to come…
EPM Podcast 57 – Esteban Adame tracklist
01. Interior Suspect - Robert Hood - Peacefrog
02. New Blood - Ben Sims (Rolando Remix) - Theory
03. RockBox - Fannon Flowers - Sonic Mind Records
04. Untitled - Robert Hood (Marc Broom Edit) - M-Plant
05. Onestar - Lee J. Malcolm (James Ruskin Remix)- EPM
06. Altered Ego - Floorplan - MPlant
07. Parphernalia - Esteban Adame - EPM
08. Real Life - Jeff Mills - Axis
09. Security - Shawn O’Sullivan - Corner
10. Cored - Raiz - VRV
11. Psychofuk - Psychofuk - Matrix
12. Out to Get It - Esteban Adame (Anthony Parasole & Phil Hoffa Remix) - EPM
13. One Touch - Robert Hood (Mark Broom Edit) - M Plant
14. Buckholt - Truss - Inner
15. Drums’N’CO - Studyman - Decabaret
16. Turbulance - Santiago Salazar - Fanzine
17. The Grind - Esteban Adame - EPM
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Q&A with Esteban Adame
1. Please give us a quick run through the music in the mix. What inspired you to choose these tracks?
I just wanted to put together some tracks that would keep the listener interested throughout. No matter if they were in the car or the club. It is a mixture of both old and new records.
2. Your debut album ‘Day Labor’ is released today. How long did it take you to put it together?
I would say it was about a couple of months. I remember saying to myself, “you're gonna finish this not matter what.” There was a point where I almost stopped working on it and forced myself to push through.
3. What were your first experiences of dance music and going to clubs?
Backyard house parties. I fondly remeber walking into a back yard and hearing the DJ playing Sultans of Swing ‘Move it to the Left’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeYU51cTaUA&feature=kp
And there being a cheap strobe light and everyone just getting down to that track. This was about ‘93 I just remember being sucked in and thinking, “man this is so cool.” Those where some fun times.
4. What does L.A. mean to you now? Is it really as weird and wonderful as we are led to believe?
It is both weird and wonderful. I love my city. The weather is great, my family is here. The only complaint is that it is so far from Europe so booking gigs is a challenge with the rising cost of flights. But the scene here has had its ups and downs. I feel like right now the underground is definitely on an upswing. There is a vibrant underground scene and a culturally diverse crowd that is for the most part open minded. I know that some folks don’t see LA as a place that is known for its House or Techno but I hope that we can change all that.
5. How did you come to work with Underground Resistance and become a member of Galaxy 2 Galaxy?
My partner Santiago new Mike Banks for a while and when Banks needed a Latin keyboard player for G2G he mentioned to Mike that I could play that style and was offered a spot in the band. Being a long time fan of UR it was an honour to work with Mike and the rest of the crew.
6. What would you say was the soundtrack to your youth?
Latin Freestyle, early Hip Hop, Disco, Latin Music. I remember bumping JJ Fad, Beastie Boys, NWA when I was like 10. (I know, a 10 year old should not be listening to NWA). Eventually I would record sets from the radio. Stations like KDAY and Shows like Powertools and The Underground Beat with Terrence Toy. If your from LA you know what I’m talking about.
7. How would you spend a non-musical weekend?
BBQ with the family, going to a Baseball game and BBQing some more.
8. You recently DJed for Sankeys in Manchester, a city with a proud musical heritage. How was your experience?
MAN!!! What a fun gig! Folks in Manchester know how to do it. It took me a while to find their groove but once I did, everything seemed to flow. They are a fun crowd to play for. I hope I can do it again soon.
9. What is your label, ICAN currently up to?
Not much at the moment since the album is about to drop. We had a release in March with Barcelona's Guillamino with remixes by Octo Octa. I have some things planned for the end of the year with a new buddy Jordan Peak. I am also working on a new label called Unincorporated that will have more of a harder edge than the ICAN stuff. Be on the look out.
10. Which 10 records are currently getting the most rotation in your sets?
Here is my current top 10 in no particular order.
1. Buckholt - Truss - Inner
2. Turbulence - Santiago Salazar - Fanzine
3. Security - Shawn O’Sullivan - Corner
4. State of Mind - Roberto Bosco - A.R.T
5. Untitled - Robert Hood (Marc Broom Edit) - MPlant
6. Out to Get It - Esteban Adame (Anthony Parasole & Phil Hoffa Remix) - EPM
7. Stereotype - Robert Hood - MPlant
8. Fear Eats The Soul - Vereker - L.I.E.S
9. Extort - MGUN - Third Ear
10. The Grind - Esteban Adame – EPM
‘Day Labor’ is released 26 May on EPM: