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  SAW RECORDINGS: SATOSHI TOMIIE & HECTOR ROMERO

SAW Undulation 1
   

 

 

WEBLINKS
- sawrecordings.com
- satoshitomiie.com
- hectorromero.com


 

 

 

 

 

 

Satoshi Tomeii

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hector Romero
    

 

 

 

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 Mix imprint.

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 project?

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 from?

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 input?

Put the first tune, which is Medway & Sean Cusick, in the CD deck!

How would you describe the sound of the album?

SAW sound.

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 fans?

I am not 100% sure yet. Only thing I can tell is you have to act very wisely.

What can we expect in the future from you guys? Will you work together again?

No doubt!

-- written by Shawn Wallace

 

 

 

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