After coming together from opposites
sides of the globe by way of the legendary
Def Mix crew, SAW Recordings founding
partners Satoshi Tomiie and Hector Romero
have released their first DJ mix compilation
entitled Undulation 1.
Satoshi Tomiie, who met DJ Frankie Knuckles
in Japan over a decade ago, has been a
rising star in the house community for
some time now. Following that initial
meeting, Satoshi relocated to New York
and joined the acclaimed Def Mix crew
where alongside the likes of David Morales
and Frankie Knuckles, he lent his creative
skills to artists such as Mariah Carey,
U2, David Bowie, and Kosheen. During this
time, Satoshi also was selected for a
release in the well-received Global
Underground - Nubreed series.
From the first time Hector Romero stepped in front of the turntables and
started playing a combination of Latin, House, and Hip Hop music at age 15,
it was apparent that he was headed for a long career. Early on, Romero
developed such a strong that following that he was offered the opportunity
to spin at several area clubs, including La Mirage and Devils Nest, and
eventually found himself spinning at the legendary Red Zone. It only seemed
inevitable when not too long after, Hector Romero was recruited to work at
Def Mix Productions and assist in the creation of Definity Records, the Def
After establishing themselves as DJs
to watch, Satoshi and Hector came together
to form the SAW Recordings imprint. Two
years and over twenty-five releases later,
they have taken an opportunity to give
us a look at what SAW is all about with
the release of Undulation 1.
We contacted this amazing duo via email
to get a handle on the story behind the
Undulation 1 album, the SAW label,
and their first compilation with one another.
Shawn: What aspects
do you think each of you brought to the
SAW: Introduce ourselves,
represent what SAW is. With present and
future releases, reintroducing our past
in new way with creative mix.
What do you use for inspiration
when planning a compilation mix?
The music just lead us. Music was our inspiration.
Who would you say have been your
biggest influences in your DJ careers?
All the greatest DJs, producers and musicians on this planet.
There are several points in this
album that are very mellow and there is
really a great vibe throughout the entire
album. When you're searching for tracks,
what do you look for? Is there a particular
sound or feeling?
Nothing in particular. Our policy is releasing good quality dance music
regardless of style. Good mixture of styles makes our sound unique.
You included tracks from several
relatively unknown talents, such as Medway,
Sean Cusick, and Echomen. What was it
about these tracks that appealed to you?
The quality. I know names mean something but the content is more important
than the container.
Where did the title Undulation come
The original idea came from the word SAW. 'Undulation' just popped up in my
head when I was touring in South America.
What were your goals when you set
out to put together the mix for this album?
This is only the beginning :)
What was the first step of the process
for you since there were two people giving
Put the first tune, which is Medway & Sean Cusick, in the CD deck!
How would you describe the sound
of the album?
How does this album stand out from
each of your prior works?
Now we have 25 plus releases... And we reached the first point that we can
put together a CD to show what out sound
is. The attitude to my work of mix CD
has been the same, playing and putting
quality dance music together. It's just
different music each time like dj sets.
As two-disc sets are becoming more
and more common, why mix one disc together?
Why not each compile a disc of your own
and release them together?
We just want to concentrate the essence of the label on 1 CD, instead of 2.
Are there any plans to tour in support
of this album?
We have been on it actually. Started in Mexico and then we had an album
launch in NY and Amsterdam. We will play in Dominican Republic right after
Christmas! We will play together or sometime separately (like Hector in
Frankfurt and me in Newcastle on the same night) supporting this release.
Where do you stand on the CD versus
vinyl issue? Do you mix with both?
I mix both. I just don't have time to record all my vinyl collection or new
tunes on CD and still like to mix vinyl. You have to be careful what
cartridges and mixer you use when you play CD and Vinyl.
What is your opinion regarding digital
downloads? Will you ever make a track
or mix available for download by your
I am not 100% sure yet. Only thing I can tell is you have to act very
What can we expect in the future
from you guys? Will you work together
-- written by Shawn Wallace