Dave Allison mixes volume #14 of A 5 Mag Mix, 5 Magazine’s flagship mix and interview series.
Being named Mark Farina’s favorite producer on Soundcloud is no small feat. Montreal’s Dave Alison has amassed quite a body of work with his originals and remixes alike, and is known for his own label Kinjo Music which he founded in 2006.
This exclusive set for our A 5 Mag Mix series follows mixes from Luke Solomon, Tyree Cooper, Till Von Sein, Groove Junkies, DJ E-Clyps, Henry Street Music founder Johnny D., Jeremy Sylvester, DJ Godfather, Mr. Mendel, Naeem & Gusto, Parris Mitchell, Zernell and Kool Vibe.
Where are you from and where do you derive your musical influences from?
I am born and raised in Montreal, Canada. Montreal is an island filled with great restaurants and is host to many excellent music and arts festivals. It’s -40 in the winter and +40 in the summer. The extremes make for an interesting outlook 🙂
My musical influences are constantly evolving along with my tastes and evolution. A long time ago it was mostly early rap music from the 80’s, in the 90’s it was electronic infused breakbeats and in the 00’s it was deep and funky house. Today, it’s sort of a hybrid of all of those, the common theme though is heavy on the disco influence either through the drum breaks or the solos. Everything leads back to disco!
Where can people come see you play? Do you have any residencies?
I play about every season or so @ Le Bar Vinyle Bleury. It’s my favorite spot in Montreal. It’s a humble place, a small bar but full of vibe where I can play anything I feel like at the time. The crowd is always very appreciative and Seb & Chrystel have done an amazing job making it what it is in just a few years.
It has also become a tradition the past couple years to spin @ Stereo Afterhours the week of my birthday (along with fellow capricorn and Frosted recordings owner Max Hebert.)
Where do you like to find your music usually?
I’m happy when people send me really great promos 🙂 I buy a lot of music from Juno Download and Juno Records. I still always have a love for digging through dusty record bins when I can.
What do you have coming up for the future, where can people see you play?
DJing I’ll be at these places:
Oct 23rd – Tunis,Tunisia @ Le Carpe Diem
Oct 24th – London, UK @ Queen of Hoxton
Oct 31th – Montreal @ Le Bar Vinyle Bleury – I have Kon as my guest for a Halloween Disco extravaganza!
Nov 14th – Washington D.C @ Eightteenth Street Lounge.
And few dates TBC, in Mexico for early 2016.
Production-wise I currently have a track that’s out this week on Editor Kutz vinyl #6 (Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee)
Kinjo vinyl 003 – will be out in November a few downtempo jams by myself and a deep disco original cut.
Featuring Falcon Punch on guitar with a remix from Holland’s Junktion, a track on 12″ sampler from Masterworks Music (UK), look for a 12″ release in early 2016 on Rahaan’s label “Street Edits” and of course, Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee will be busy with more stuff on Editorial Records!
What was the last set you saw that really inspired you?
Probably Session Victim, the live bass guitar and Ableton combo was a quality show. Those guys have been producing great records too! It’s made me think about working on a live show of sorts myself someday.