# 58 - Santiago Salazar
Following ICAN label partner Esteban Adame’s mix, the next release in the EPM Podcast series finds LA’s Santiago Salazar aka DJ S2 aka Seldom Seen in full effect. Taking us ever deeper into the realms between house and techno we find Santiago mixing up Terence Dixon, Jeff Mills, Silent Servant, Monolake, M23, Robert Hood, Mood II Swing, DJ Bone, D. Knox, K. Hand and of course productions from himself and Esteban Adame.
Santiago Salazar aka DJ S2 is a second wave artist emerging out of Los Angeles in the 1990s, then moving to Detroit to join the highly respected Underground Resistance crew. After releasing material under the UR label, Santiago began to tour around the world headlining sold out venues in Europe & Japan such as Liquid Room (Tokyo), Berghain (Berlin), Rex Club (Paris) and Fabric (London). In addition, Santiago also played large festivals such as DEMF (Detroit) and Metamorphos (Japan).
By 2008 Santiago and Silent Servant begin Historia y Violencia releasing music by Los Angeles based artists Raiz, Truncate, Roque Hernandez, John Tejada, David Alvarado and Silent Servant. Santiago has solo releases on Rush Hour, Historia y Violencia, Fanzine, Finest Blend Recordings, Seventh Sign Recordings, Love What You Feel, Macro Recordings, Finale Sessions and has remixed Infiniti, Raiders of the Lost Arp, Aztec Mystic, Aaron-Carl, Truncate, Hakim Murphy, Kevin Reynolds, to name a few.
Now Santiago brings more dancefloor heat ahead of his soon to be released track ‘Sucio Grind’ on the Four Seasons Volume 4 EP on GotoGo Records.
Esteban Adame’s debut album ‘Day Labor’ is also out now on EPM.
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Q&A with Santiago Salazar
1. Please give us a quick run through the music in the mix. What inspired you to choose these tracks?
I wanted to use records I had for a long time but never really played and a few records that I had lying around.
2. How did you first come across your ICAN Productions partner Esteban Adame?
I think it was a back yard party in La Puente in the mid 90s. We were both asked to play the same party. Esteban has a funny story about it, he said I was a asshole when we first met, I don’t remember it that way.
3. What was it like moving from L.A. to Detroit in the 2000s?
I moved to Detroit in 2002. Moving there was a “life changer” for me. If I hadn’t moved to Detroit, this EPM mix wouldn’t be out.
4. How did you come to work with Underground Resistance and become a member of Galaxy 2 Galaxy?
Mike Banks asked me to work for UR in 1998 but I couldn’t at the time, so when he asked me again in 2001, I couldn’t say no. DJ Dex was the DJ for Timeline at the time Galaxy 2 Galaxy formed, he couldn’t do it because he was moving to NYC. So, I got the job as DJ for G2G
5. What sort of music (dance) scene is there in L.A. these days?
There is a huge dance scene here in Los Angeles. On any weekend, you can catch 2-4 shows going on that consist of house, techno and everything in between. As of now, there has been a crackdown by the LAPD on illegal parties. Some promoters have to throw illegal parties outside the city limits, so it’s a little weird at the moment.
6. Where for you does house end and techno begin?
That is a hard question for me to answer. A lot of people say the techno I play is house. Being a DJ who plays a lot of Detroit house/techno, it all kind of blends in together.
7. How would you spend a non-musical weekend?
At the beach with family or playing video games with my son.
8. Was there a particular moment growing up when you suddenly got dance music?
I would say at an early age, I was a breakdancer in the early 80s and there were always back yard parties in my neighborhood every weekend. My friends and I were too young to attend, but we would always sneak a peak and check out the girls dancing.
9. Who dead or alive would be at your dream dinner party?
James Stinson, Aaron-Carl, Ron Murphy, Romanthony, Teddy Riley, Horace Tapscott.
10. Which 10 records (album or single) would you most likely take with you to a desert island?
LFO – Frequencies - Warp
Drexciya – The Unknown Aquazone - Submerge
Various – Detroit: Beyond the Third Wave - Astralwerks
Nuyorican Soul – Talkin’ Loud
Underground Resistance – Interstellar Fugitives 1- UR
UR – Electronic Warfare – Designs for Sonic Revolutions - UR
Andres – II – Mahogani Music
Larry Heard – Genesis – Mecca Recordings
Carl Craig – More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art – Planet E
Massive Attack – Blue Lines - Virgin
|01. Terrence Dixon - Over The Top - Finale Sessions|
|02. Jeff Mills - The Rhythm Within - Axis|
|03. Fanon Flowers - Up - Sect|
|04. Silent Servant - Murder Murder - Sandwell District|
|05. Alone - Lodge & Clairmont - Underground Resistance|
|06. Robert Hood - Untitled - M-Plant|
|07. Voiski - Eccentric Habits - L.I.E.S.|
|08. Monolake - Melting - Monolake/Imbalance Computer Music|
|09. M23 - Conversation(Slam Mode Sedation in Noise Remix) - Desvio|
|10. Mood II Swing - Move Me - P&D Recordings|
|11. Santiago Salazar - Sucio Beat#2 - Ican Productions|
|12. Robert Hood - Protein Valve (edit 2) - M-Plant|
|13. Esteban Adame - Home Sick - EPM|
|14. D-Knox - Hidden Meaning - Sonic Mind|
|15. DJ Bone - Change - Subject Detroit|
|16. K. Hand - Not Tellin' You - Acacia Records|