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originally published June 2008


A very exciting time to be had will hit St. John’s just hours after this issue hits stands and then will be followed up by a rare opportunity not to be missed by any one interested in dance music and pro djing. A special report in this month’s Progress magazine bared the headline that St. John’s was the new “it town,” and while perhaps slightly unrelated they may not be all together wrong. Bryan Cox is the latest international dj talent to touchdown in St. John’s, NL which is seemingly attracting more big acts and bigger parties. It’s a welcomed trend for local promoters like Pat Dunn as well as for those that make up the grassroots dj scene here, so this time Cox comes with a seminar.

Who is Bryan Cox?
A lot of people, whether they know him or not, have already shaken their asses to his beats on our dance floors here for years. Plus, he was willing to do the SEMINAR!

What’s the Sunday session really about?
It’s about production. What makes a great track? How do you start from a clean slate to a finished master ready to play for tens of thousands? How do you choose sounds? How do you make the sounds you hear in your head come out through the speakers? How do you build tension? Release it? There are many ways to do these things and this session is all about Bryan Cox sharing a few nuggets from his pool of knowledge. A pool of knowledge, I will dispute, that is much deeper than our collective understanding at this point when it comes to manhandling our available technology.

What kind of set up will there be for this?
First of all I’d like to thank MusicNL and Newfoundland and Labrador government (the D-man) for supporting the arts. They were a great in helping me put this idea into motion. Setup is simple and all that is required for any international Producer to travel and work is a Mac and software of choice, maybe a controller or 2 to input notes and data.

What can they expect to get out of it?
Most times when people ask me that about something I’m balls deep into I calmly just reassure them that I know exactly what I’m doing when I’m making it up as I go. So I’m going to ask all registrants what they hope to get out of it and tailor the seminar around building a track from scratch. I haven’t finalized discussions with Bryan yet but I would like to see the backbone of the seminar be building the track. Along the way we hope to nourish everybody’s thirst for knowledge they require.

Why did you feel the need to set up an event like this?
I do it for love man! (laughs) I love the music!  The infinite possibilities of sound generation software these days is the amazing part of the evolution of music. Some day in the future they’ll call this the synthetic age; it’s music that’s made to make you dance man! Music and Dancing!  I want to master it and I’m far away from that so this is a way to strengthen and nurture our little underground electronic music scene here in St. John’s.

What kind of response have you been getting so far?
Hi-Fives…pats on the back…I don’t need to pay for booze anymore. (laughs)

Do international dj’s just offer up these sessions regularly?
Yea when I was in Miami I went to one with Steve Angello another top producer with the Swedish House Mafia but it was being put off by Apple so the moderator would always try and tie everything back to Logic (Apple’s audio software) and all the great things it can do so people would buy it ‘cause Angello used it.  It got annoying but I asked the questions and got my answers. Props to Apple though for that MacBook Pro! It’s amazing. It really makes me proud to be a human being that we’ve come this far and made something so perfect!

Who should go to this and how do they do it?
Anybody serious about djing will go nowhere without their own tracks so, build your own tracks!  Besides that? Anybody into making music and wants to learn about the technology, it’s in all the music we hear. Everything is done electronically now; Postal Service, Hot Chip, Nelly Furtado – it’s all got that electronic sound though they try and make it sound like it’s not sometimes.

How and why was Buzz Management started?
Buzz Management started out as a name on that little voice in your head that would always sit there ready for you to pull the chute and be the autopilot and guide you back to your bed – it was the principle that you couldn’t let yourself go out on the weekend get too fucked up so that you became other peoples responsibility, like the old work hard play hard.  But then when I was thinking of getting into promoting it was perfect for a bunch of professional party people!

What are the mission/goals of Buzz Management?
Buzz Management was formed as a means of cultivating the appreciation and development of Electronic Music in Newfoundland and those who choose to stick around. Whether importing world renown DJ’s or promoting local talent, Buzz Management seeks to both entertain and inform local audiences of this, the new world sound.

What’s coming up for Buzz in the (near) future?
L.M.F.A.O.  Check them out They’ll be here in August. Met them in Miami. They have a song “I’m in Miami Bitch” myspace.com/lmfaouno. Other than that, Outdoor music festival with top talent and an exclusive Buzz Management audience in a secret location.

If people can’t make it to Sunday, how can they check out Cox?
Cox will be serving up his smorgasbord of body jackin’ fidget house at Junctions Friday June 13th thanks to Polar Ice Vodka and Redbull for that! For more go to myspace.com/djbryancox

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