Musclecars are infamous New York City party purveyors - two dj's and producers with an exuberant reputation and excellent taste.
Brandon Weems and Craig Handfield have been running parties for many years and in 2018 launched 'Coloring Lessons'. The party has brought a lease of life to New York's dance community and has become a stalwart of house, techno, disco and beyond. It is described by the pair as follows:
"While the party and sound is not genre specific, it is heavily focused around house, disco, jazz, and soul, embracing the musical elements of black and brown ancestors."
Now they are about to release a new compilation celebrating the series, they have invited the likes of Levon Vincent, Beta Librae, Kai Alice and many more to join them on the inaugural release on the label.
We invited them to show us what they're all about with a mix ready and set to go.
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
We’re Craig & Brandon, a NY based dj/producer duo by the name of musclecars. We also throw a party called Coloring Lessons.
What does your music sound like?
Craig: Somebody called us an Afro Jazz / World Groove Electronica duo recently and it made me laugh. Clearly I have no idea what the music we make sounds like hahah.
Brandon: haha, yeah we try to not to label it.
Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
Where was the mix recorded?
Craig: My apartment in Bushwick.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Craig: In the living room after having moved all your furniture to the wall (to make room for dancing).
Brandon: When you’re out and about, on the move, maybe running errands.
What should we be wearing?
Craig: Whatever Quarantine fashion statement you’re making this month.
Brandon: whatever makes you happy :)
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
Craig: Somewhere in our city. Loving the system created by Devon Ojas- they have one over at Public Records. For set up, 2 TTs, 2CDJs, and an Isonoe or an ARS 6700.
Brandon: Same here, I think that a night club would be the best!
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Brandon: Bucie - Like A Moth / early Black Coffee production and I love the lyrics!
Craig: Sheree Hicks & JD Surabaya - Your Warning (Sean Ali Mix) / It’s the perfect falling out of love song.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
Craig: Something from Coloring Lessons? I definitely be running back our old mixes hahaha.
Brandon: I really love the recording of us at Nowadays for Mister Sunday last November (2019).
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
Craig: first set up was to CD players and a Numark mixer with no EQ’s. I was 13. Current set up is 2CDJs, one TT, and one DJM.
Brandon: My first DJ setup is actually my current, two Technic SL-1200M3D’s and a Pioneer DJM-250MK2.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
Craig: Definitely the ending track.
Brandon: I would say the ending track too.
What were the first and last records you bought?
Craig: Bought Roy Ayers Running Away when I was 11. It was my first of many records I bought that year before I owned a record player.
Brandon: The last record I purchased was 280 West - Love’s Masquerade.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
Craig: Soul Food
Brandon: Eggs and Grits
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Craig: Rim Kwaku Obeng & Kasa - Love Me For Real (The drums are all over the place timing wise. BPM jumping all over the place!)
Brandon: Ray Barreto - Arallue
Upcoming in the world of…
Craig: We just started a label and we have some exciting new stuff coming out in 2021.
Brandon: Can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on :)
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