Smoke Sessions #37 feat. Tyree Cooper (Chicago)

Chicago veteran Tyree Cooper, whom has been on the scene since the 80’s, with his first release “I Fear The Night” on label Underground back in 1986, Tyree Cooper is synonymous with Chicago House. Not just sticking to one project, Tyree has various aliases such as “Cooper, Da Soul Revival, DJ Tyree Cooper, SuperCooper, T Cooper, T. Cooper, T.C., Tree Cooper,Tryese, Ty, Tyrée, Tyree, Tyree “Super Duper” Cooper, Tyree ‘Super Duper’ Cooper, Tyree Cooper “Da Produsa”, Tyree Cooperr, Tyree N. Cooper, Tyree Ultimate Prod., Tyree.Cooper” which hes used throughout his career for Rap projects, Hip-House projects, and other not so easily labeled projects. One thing is for certain, Tyree has been around, is around, and is planning to stick around, so lets get some questions answered from the man himself!


Hello Tyree and thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for the Smoke  Sessions Podcast.

1. Tyree, you’ve been releasing since as far back as ’86 – what we call house music today has come from this amazing adventure where its roots lie right there, that 80s sound. What was going on with you? What were you doing around the time of your first couple releases?

T C: Basically I was trying doing what was around me, meaning that every place i would go to party or hear one of friends play somewhere ; there was “House Music”

2. What equipment are you working with?

T C: Back in the day I didn’t have any equipment the closes i came to owning any equipment was Marshall Jefferson’s 808n that Mike Dunn , Hugo H, and I borrowed for like six months. Maybe “Move Your Body” would have been done with an 808?…

3. Now today, almost 30 years later, what do you find yourself doing musically and in the scene?

T C: Well right now I’m still doing club business like DJing, hosting my my own events along with my partner DJ Bobby Starrr. So in a nutshell I’m still doing the same things i was doing before, it’s just a lot larger than it was before..

4. What kind of equipment are you working with now?

T C: Whatever works, so anything that can make a beat and some baselines…

5. Do you miss anything in particle about producing analogically? Or do you embrace the computer as your production hub?

T C: I totally embrace this whole software thing, because to have all this shit in your house would probably get you robbed or you have to have a special place to keep all this shit…

6. What kind of music do you listen to when youre just hanging around with friends or at home? What could we expect to hear?

T C: I listen to House Music when I’m home or Hip Hop, or Disco, Steppin , Soul Music or DJ mixes from my friends and family..

7. Are there any particular projects that you have been or will be working on soon?

T C : So far I’m just concentrating on my label Chicago Vinyl Recorda where i will be releasing my back catalog and new stuff for sure.

8. Whats are the top 3 labels you have been listening and buying from recently

T C : I could not tell you any of the labels or DJ’s or producer or anything of that nature because it’s too many of them to try to follow..

9. Why?

T C: Just too many to follow…

10. Anything else youd like to share with us Tyree?

T C: I just wanna thank you and everyone involved in this project that you’re doing and just keep listening to and supporting House Music!!!…



Booking: – Claudia Pearls Bookings

Smoke Sessions #36 feat. Dakini9 (NYC – Sound Warrior Recordings, Plan B Recordings) + Entrevista

Dakini9, from NYC takes the time to answer some questions and share some music with Smoke Sessions. Enjoy!



Hello Lola,Its great to have you hear on our program, much love your way for taking the time to answer some questions and share some music with us. Here in South America there is a renaissance of a sort regarding House music, the vinyl revival and a sort of back to “the roots” movement, embracing sounds from the 80s and early 90s as well as contemporary sounds heavily influenced by those early pioneers.

One questions you never ask a woman is her age but, to get some perspective about your upbringing and how that may have molded your sound I guess we will have to start with your beginnings.

1: You have mentioned that you are half Peruvian; can you tell us a little bit about that? Were you born in the US? Immigrated? How did that affect your life? How does it affect it today? Do you look back to your roots for inspiration? South American culture has a lot of indigenous groups and each with their own instruments and sounds, especially percussions. Do you feel that there is some sort of “Latin” backing to your productions?

I was born in USA, my mother is Peruvian and we emigrated to Peru when I was just 6 months old or so. Spanish is my first language. I lived in Lima, Peru  throughout my youth but settled into a Stateside rhythm by the time I was a teen. Being bi-cultural has expanded my understanding of the world and how people live, and most importantly, how people communicate and form bonds, friendships. It’s no secret that Latin Americans are very warm, “simpatico,” and my beginnings in club culture actually reminded me of growing up in Latin America, where you meet a friend’s friend and they instantly become your friend and bring you into the mix. This was how I felt when I first started my club life in the 90s. Now it is different but this feeling sense is in me from my upbringing both in blood family and club family.

In terms of musical feeling, growing up in NYC and being exposed to the music made and played here you can’t avoid the Latin percussion.

2: Growing up in NYC, you mentioned that you had the opportunity to nourish your musical tastes with some of the best artists and clubs of the era, mentioning Paradise Garage, The Loft, Twilo, and The Warehouse in Chicago. For the new generation of musical enthusiasts and professionals today, do you feel that they missed out on something so key to what “dance” music is today?  What can you compare regarding clubs and movements today to that of your earlier years?

I like to think of myself as a “second generation” Paradise Garage head. I was brought up musically by people that were there, and at the Loft, Choice, the World, etc. I was too young to be at these, but I inherited the vibe and also the music by spending time around people older than me who were there. I came up in spaces like the Sound Factory Bar, Twilo, Limelight, Palladium, and then smaller parties like Soul Kitchen, Bang the Party, Giant Step, and Konkrete Jungle.

I wouldn’t say that the new generation has “missed out” because each generation has its places, spaces, and moments, but the culture has changed. When I started going out there was no such thing as social media! The clubs were more private I think. There was a sense that when you were there, you went there to dance and be yourself and to escape from the regular world. I feel this boundary is now very porous and in some cases, nonexistent, due to social media.

3:  You’ve told us that before you labeled your sound as “Ancient Science Noir Direct” care to elaborate on that? What does it mean? How did you go from that to your current deep dubby out space sounds? How did you evolve? Was it a conscience decision of “well the times are changing and so is the music and I need to adapt” or more of a natural progression to what you are today?

My first ever internet radio show was called ASND. It meant either “Ancient Science Noir Direct” or “Another Scientific Needle Drop.” This is ancient history at this point, but anyway…I like to play with language and words. I was and am very influenced by Ron Trent, Louie Vega & Kenny Dope, Kerri Chandler, and the African & Latin, organic percussion of artist like Candido, Manu Dibango, etc. When I first started DJing, I bought anything and everything from Prescription, Clairaudience, Masters at Work, etc. This was also a time when the Afro-Latin percussive sound was sort of trendy, like with DJ Gregory and the Faya Combo releases, so I had a lot of that organic element in my sound from the beginning.

I’ve always been into dubby, spacey sounds. For instance, I love Portishead and Massive Attack, King Tubby, beats & hip-hop. So the current sound I have, in my opinion, is just a natural progression of what I’ve always been into. Sometimes I would absorb things into my sound, like when I was playing Pacha in NYC regularly and learned to play bigger room sounds, or when I was doing smaller lounge gigs and played downtempo, but they were selections authentic to me and “my” sound just played on a different scale.

4: How did you go from DJ to co-label boss of Plan B Recordings and also have an important role in Sound Warrior Recordings? What obstacles did you encounter? Still encounter? What can you tell us about the main difficulties about maintaining a label that releases on digital & vinyl?

To clarify, I am co-owner of both of these labels. I run Plan B Recordings with DJ Spider since 2008 and Sound Warrior Recordings with Jenifa Mayanja since 2013. To further clarify, Sound Warrior Recordings has only ever had vinyl releases and Plan B Recordings is mostly vinyl; we went thru a digital phase in 2009-2010, and occasionally put out CDs.

Going from DJ to working on labels has also been organic. In the case of Plan B Recordings, it grew out of my party Deep See, which I ran for ten years with DJ Eric “E-Man” Clark. DJ Spider became a resident of Deep See in 2006, which is how we became friends. Jenifa and I, both being women in the scene, dare I say “veterans,” would always talk about the intricacies of being a woman in a male-dominated scene. We started the label to bring more attention to women producers, to our role as leaders, I guess you could say, in the scene. With Sound Warrior, it was like stepping up to say, we’ve been around a long time and done a lot of work and if no one else wants to recognize it, we will. Now there are women all over the place standing up for their place in the music scene. The role of women is growing stronger all the time.

5: Sound Warrior Recordings focuses on female artists. Do you feel that it is a success? That a musical industry dominated by men, do you feel Sound Warriors is creating the attention needed by emerging female artists to grow?

It is an ongoing effort to bring more attention to women producers and DJs. When we started, there were not as many avenues focused on women as there are now. In that regard, it is a success because we have added our voice to a conversation that needed to be had, and along with all the other voices, the topic is now unavoidable. We have also released great music on the label and have great relationships with the artists we work with. There are two Sound Warrior tracks on my Smoke Sessions mix: “Nightwalker” by Jenifa Mayanja (SW004) and “Shadow Boxing” by Lilith (SW003).

6:  Locally you mentioned you play with your “Green Villain/Green Village” crew. Who are they composed of? What do you focus on when together? Productions? Back 2 Back sets? Tell us more.

Green Villain ( is a street art/production/design company run by my friend Greg Egdell in Jersey City. He’s been doing things in this area for years and when we met, it was natural for us to collaborate because he was doing underground events for art and culture and so were we. We (the Jersey City-affiliated artists) often play at Green Villain events. For instance, me, Joey Anderson, DJ Spider, Nicuri have all played for Green Villain. Now Green Villain spun off a label called Green Village ( which is run by Greg and two other DJs Em-Et and J Hilla. I released an EP there in August 2015 called “Iron Jungle,” there is a V/A coming soon with tracks from me, Nicuri, and DJ Spider. DJ Spider will release an EP on Green Village as well. Greg is the curator and producer of events and concepts and we are all artists working together contributing to our local scene. Most of us are playing together at an event over the Labor Day holiday weekend here in USA:

7: Internationally you’re recognized not only as an emerging star of the NY sound, but as a woman the industry tends to give it some “wow” factor, as if women aren’t as competent or able as men to do the things they do. Do you feel sometimes discriminated abroad by men? What irks you the most about the industry at this point and time?

I feel I’ve addressed this in the question about Sound Warrior. The thing of women in the industry is very complex and there are people who have discussed it much better than I could in this short space, for instance, in this very interesting interview with Patti Schmidt, one of the curators of Mutek ( I am grateful for whatever attention I get for my music and/or DJing and I love going abroad and sharing my vibe with others. I love DJing and am happy whenever I get the opportunity to do so.

8: Continuing on international relations, you have a short European tour coming up, with big dates such as at Concrete (Vanguard Sound! Night is this your first time abroad? If not, what do you hope to accomplish this time around?

This will be my third tour overseas. Each time I learn more and hopefully improve my ability to connect and communicate to the people in front of me. I hope to accomplish fun gigs with good vibes where everyone dances, meeting new people, and making connections. This is how we keep this thing growing, now that the house and techno thing is so international and global, the club family isn’t just your Friday night darkbox but literally all over the world.

9: Your latest EPs are out now, (Iron Jungle EP on Green Village US)-

Nepenthe EP on Plan B Recordings US –

Can you tell us about them? Your creative process? Did you use old machines or computers or a mixture of both? What kind of textures and sounds did you use to create the sensations that these EP’s give us? What did you want to convey through your music?  

I use digital and analog methods in all my productions. The Iron Jungle EP was made at a time I had just returned from Costa Rica, a beautiful and pristine jungle journey.  Feeling a lot emotionally like I do whenever I’m in Latin America, enjoying the warmth of the culture, the people, and the land, returning to the cold, competitive, grey landscape of urban America, and in particular Jersey City and New York City was a culture shock. So these tracks are about that. There are field recordings of my time in Costa Rica inserted into these tracks.

Nepenthe is a mix of old and new tracks, some tracks that I’d had on my Soundcloud forever (namely “Strawman”) that I was so happy to get out. Also “Find Myself” is a special track for me because I got this vocal from Danny Watts, who is in Houston, Texas doing underground hip-hop. I randomly found him and now I’m so happy to see him starting to tour, release an LP, and getting more attention He’s so talented. My life is very magical and synchronous that way. I attract people and situations into my life sort of like breadcrumbs, follow this path. All of it is organic. So Nepenthe is material I’ve wanted to release for a long time and it finally came together. It’s a special EP for me.


10:  The final question we always leave it as a blank for the artist to use as a space to communicate directly with our readers and fans. Anything you want to say? Projects for the future? What can we expect from you in the coming months? A trip to S. America maybe? 😉

I would love to tour South America. When I first started DJing, there was no interest in South America for deep electronic music, at least none that I knew of. In the first waves of the internet, in my research, it seemed like trance was the popular electronic music in most of South America. I see that is totally changing now and there are deep scenes in Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, etc. I hope that this mix will reach people in those countries and they will invite me to play! No language barrier :) Un gran beso, amigos!

There is a fifth Sound Warrior release coming soon, a V/A that I will be on for Green Village, more podcasts, and more releases. I have a lot of work to do!

All the music on this podcast is from my first degree circle: people on my labels Plan B Recordings, Sound Warrior, or from my people in the Vanguard Sound crew, or released on other labels but made by people in my first degree circle.

DJ Spider – Post-Human

Dakini9 – Delphinus

Kuru – Black Moon Lillith (Joey Anderson Remix)

Courage – Mildred

Hakim Murphy – Ctl Alt Dlt

Guerrila Soul – Into the Woods

Jenifa Mayanja – Night Walker

Dakini9 – Potentiation

Dakini9 – Driftwould

Chris Mitchell – Eurinome

Destination Void – 1111

Lilith – Shadow Boxing

Chris Mitchell – Lonely Nights (Dakini9 Remix)

DJ Spider – My Phoenix Rise

Finally, The Smoke Sessions team would like to thank you so much for taking the time to share some of your life and experiences with us. I hope to someday see you soon in Argentina; you will always have a place here amongst our crew. Thank you!

André Farra Top 5

Hip hop ecuadorian rapper shares with us his current top 5 tunes of the moment! Enjoy


J. Cole – No Role Modelz

Everyone has heard this one, but I got on Cole late, so this is what im hearing now. People told me about him a couple years ago but i don’t trust the hype. if the artist´s good, ill find out by myself. Cole´s good. Solid hooks, solid lyrics.

Todos ya la han oído, pero yo empecé a oír a Cole tarde así que recién lo estoy escuchando ahora. Un par de personas me dijeron hace años que lo escuche, pero no confío en lo que está de moda. Si el artista es bueno, me enteraré por mí mismo. J. Cole es bueno Tiene coros y letras sólidas.

Tyler, The Creator – 2SEATER

This song makes me feel happy. The thing about Tyler is how storytelling takes him places not much artists go. I also love the fact hip hop is part of his composition, not the main part. The instruments and musical arrangements are just beautiful. Perfect song to bump with a hottie by your side.

Esta canción me hace sentir feliz. Lo que me gusta de Tyler es como su manera de contar historias lo lleva a donde muchos artistas no van. También amo el hecho de que el hip hop es solo parte de su composición, no la parte principal de la canción. Los instrumentos y arreglos musicales son hermosos, es una canción perfecta para escuchar con una niña hermosa a tu lado.

Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD – Stark’s Reality

Beautiful instrumental. Sour Soul has been one of my favorite records of the year so far. The string section is something out of this world, the track gives me the chills. Badbadnotgood is never wrong.

Hermoso instrumental. Sour Soul ha sido uno de mis discos favoritos del año hasta ahora. La sección de cuerdas es algo fuera de este mundo, el track me pone piel de gallina. Badbadnotgood nunca se equivoca.

FlatbushZOMBIES – LiT (Prod. The Architect)

Flatbush Zombies are one the best spitters in the game right now. Usually I use this song to get in my zone. The Architect (producer and rapper of the band) makes the sickest beats, this is something you need to hear.

Flatbush Zombies son de los mejores raperos en el juego ahorita. Usualmente uso esta canción para entrar “en mi zona”. The Architect (productor y rapero de la banda) hace los betas más increíbles, es algo que tienen que oír.

Earl Sweatshirt – Mantra (I Don’t Like S**t, I Don’t Go Outside)

Mantra Earl Sweatshirt Earl snaps, great producer, rapper and writer. The dark vibe of the song and the brutally honest lyrics takes you to another place, sets your mood.

Earl se despierta, gran productor, rapero y escritor. La vibra oscura de la canción y las letras brutalmente honestas te transportan a otro lugar, que define tu humor.

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Smoke Sessions Podcast #34 feat: HateLate (FR – Ondulé Recordings)

After months of leave, our monthly podcast is back! Were banging out July with two new podcasts episodes, one from up and coming French artist HateLate, followed by Whimee – next month is a surprise! Interview + Mix below! ENJOY!




Hi Martial, first of all can you tell us a little about yourself, how long have you been producing music/ releasing records?

I started to get interested by Dj mixing in the late 90’s with my friends, we were doing this in my parents’ garage. Step by step, it became a real drug and I say but why not play « My Music ». So I save some money to buy a computer with which I recorded some rhythm ans sounds tracks from old funk, disco, jazz and others style… I still do that reminds me of old stereo speakers. It was really funny to do this with nothing.

How did you got involved with music? tell us a little about your roots. Do you play any instruments?

I’m not a musician but with a bassist father, I always was immersed in music. In the late 90’s, I was just 15/16 years and I discovered the first House sounds, it was a revolution for me to make music without playing an instruments. Can mix with each other songs, I loved it, and I still love it.

We loved your EP ¨Saint-Etienne¨ on Ondulé Recordings, how did you get involved in this project?

I’m glad you like my EP. You know, I have never made a track to a Label and my friends said me i should to send it to Ondulé Recordings, having no visibility on the type of sounds like the Label, and they loved it.

Is your main focus on producing music for the dancefloor?

Of course, I always try, in my studio, to imagine how will the public react with the sound but also for the people who will listen to my song outside a club. I always try to give a story to my music.

What are the reasons that mainly influenced you on making music?

I have so many artists that I love and who gives me even like doing House music. The MAW (Masters at Work), Dennis Ferrer, Moodymann, Frankie Knuckles, DJ Sneak, Daft Punk and so many others… I try to combine each of their styles to create my own.

So you live in France in a city called Saint -Etienne, the same name of your ep, does this have a special meaning for you?

Saint-Etienne is an old industrial and mining town, this is what I wanted to transcribe in this EP. Raw Sounds without artifice and aged. This is what makes my style as authentic. I am more sensitive to pure sounds than too perfect sounds.

Hows the « House » or « Electronic » music scene over there, do you Dj there often?

In France, it is quite hard to find places that play Underground House music. But more and more clubs and festivals forms around my town offer me some good dates on industrial unusual places.

Any future projects coming? new releases?

On July 20th, my second EP intituled “Homemade Recipe EP” on Gourmand Music (JR From Dallas Label’s), including two remixes, one by JR From Dallas and an other by Nouskynousk a young producer with much talent. And then, in September/October on the Ondulé Recordings, the « Saint-Etienne Vol.2 » with an vinyl release grouping the Vol.1 & Vol.2. (will also be available in digital)

What can people expect with the mix you recorded?

I hope you enjoy it, perhaps make you dance in your living room 😉

Thanks a lot for taking time for replying our questions man! best vibes!

 – Andres Zevallos

Traduccion por Soledad Martinez

Entrevista para Smoke Sessions ft. HateLate


Hola Martial, en primer lugar ¿podes contarnos algo sobre vos, hace cuanto tiempo que venís produciendo música/ lanzando discos?


Empecé a interesarme por ser Dj mezclando a finales de los 90 con mis amigos, estábamos haciendolo en el garaje de mis padres. Paso a paso, se convirtió en una verdadera adicción y dije, pero ¿por qué no tocar «Mi música»? Así que ahorré algo de dinero para comprar una computadora con la que grabé algunos ritmos y pistas de sonidos al viejo estilo: funk, disco, jazz y otros … lo sigo haciendo, eso me recuerda a altavoces de estéreos antiguos. Fue muy divertido poder hacer todo esto sin nada

¿Cómo te fuiste involucrando en la música? Contanos acerca de tus raíces. Tocas algún instrumento?


No soy un músico, pero al tener un padre bajista, siempre estuve inmerso en la música… A finales de los 90, tenía solo 15/16 años y descubrí el primer sonido house, fue una revolución para mí hacer música sin tocar un instrumento, pude mezclar entre sí las canciones, me encantó, y todavía me encanta.

Nos encantó tu EP ¨Saint-Etienne¨ de Ondulé Recordings, ¿Cómo te involucraste en este proyecto?


Me alegro de que te haya gustado mi EP. Ya sabes, nunca habia hecho un track para una marca y mis amigos me dijeron que debía enviarlo a Ondulé Recordings, no tenía conocimiento del tipo de sonidos que manejaba el Sello, pero les encantó.

¿Te enfocás principalmente en producir música para la pista de baile?


Por supuesto, siempre lo intento, en mi estudio, imagino cómo reaccionará el público con el sonido, también para las personas que van a escuchar mi canción fuera de un club. Siempre trato de darle una historia a mi música.

¿Cuáles son las razones que te han influenciado principalmente en hacer música?


Hay muchos artistas que amo y que me motivan a hacer música House. The MAW (Masters at Work), Dennis Ferrer, Moodymann, Frankie Knuckles, DJ Sneak, Daft Punk y muchos otros… Trato de combinar cada uno de sus estilos para crear el mío propio.

Así que vivís en Francia en una ciudad llamada San -Etienne, el mismo nombre de tu ep, ¿Esto tiene algún significado especial para vos?


Saint-Etienne es una antigua ciudad industrial y minera, eso es lo que quise transmitir en este EP. Sonidos crudos, envejecidos y sin artificios. Esto es lo que hace que mi sonido sea auténtico. Soy más sensible a sonidos puros que a los sonidos demasiado perfectos

¿Cómo es la escena « House » o « Electronica » de tu país, tocás seguido como Dj?


En Francia, es muy difícil encontrar lugares que toquen música como Underground House. Pero cada vez hay más clubes y festivals que se suman alrededor de mi ciudad y me ofrecen algunas fechas buenas en lugares inusuales e industriales.

¿Algun proyecto a futuro que quieras nombrar? nuevos releases?


El 20 de Julio lanzo mi segundo EP sin titulo “Hecho en casa Receta EP” en la Gourmand Music (JR Según la etiqueta de Dallas), que incluye dos remixes, uno por JR desde Dallas y otro por Nouskynousk un productor joven con mucho talento. Luego, en Septiembre/Octubre en Ondulé Recordings, el «Saint-Etienne Vol.2» con una edición de dos vinilos el Vol.1 y Vol.2. (que también estará disponible en formato digital).

¿Qué puede esperar el público al oir tu mezcla?


Espero que la disfruten, quizás los haga bailar en su sala de estar 😉


Muchas gracias por tomarte el tiempo para responder a nuestras preguntas! Las mejores vibras!