Jana Greenstone - Canada - Hard Techno

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Recent Release:  Errant Ways EP 
Label: Lazuli Black
Release Date: 09.23.2022


October 2022

Being a Canadian label, it's a special occasion when Canadian artists join our family. Perhaps it's the weather, or long winters, but in my opinion, one doesn't really expect Canada to be the place where hard techno is born, but it is. So let's dive a little deeper and find out how this new artist was created.

1.     Who is Jana Greenstone, the person and artist?

By day I am an engineer (not the fun audio kind, nor the fun train kind) that loves to spend time outside skiing, climbing, hiking, and traveling. I love trying new foods and then attempting to replicate the recipes in my own kitchen. I fancy myself a cocktail artist with a strong liking for bourbon. I often find myself captivated by activities and projects like foraging for wild plants, figuring out how to play a new tabletop RPG, or practicing photography. I think the common thread is that I love to learn new things, which is how I ultimately found myself producing music, since music production turns out to be a nearly bottomless pit of opportunity for developing knowledge. Although Jana Greenstone is ultimately just a moniker, she represents the more creative side of my personality and my love of learning, as well as my passion for dance music.


2.     Tell us more about your musical influences, and your journey into the techno world?

The first dance albums that I remember listening to were Eiffel 65’s ‘Europop’ and Aqua’s ‘Aquarius’. I had appropriated both CDs from my dad, which I kept on my bedside table along with my Discman. I would sneakily listen to the albums laying in bed after I was supposed to have gone to sleep. Likely this spawned some sort of early interest in dance music, but as many do during their childhood and teen years, I fumbled around different genres trying to figure out what I liked. A revelatory moment was discovering bass music around 2012 at the suggestion of someone on a BBS forum. I was specifically recommended Netsky and Rusko, which opened up my ears to heavier bass genres and tunes that sat outside of the Top 40.

Following that, I fell in love with trance (shoutout Anjunabeats), which eventually gave way to techno in more recent years. As I learned to DJ, I found myself delving into the various subgenres of techno, developing a particular affinity for hard techno ranging from hypnotic to melodic. That being said, I think there is always room for learning from and loving many genres, so I find myself enjoying everything from Minimal House to Drum & Bass and from Techno to Eurodance.

3.     Your dream gig? Who’s your opener and who’s the headliner?

4. Favourite techno artists?

I find myself really into productions from Bours?, Amstra, BAUGRUPPE90, MRD, and Sara Landry.  I think each one brings some really interesting ideas to what techno can be. Bours? crafts highly energetic tunes with creative leads; Amstra does a wonderful job of bringing deep emotion into hard cuts; BAUGRUPPE90 melds together elements inspired by deep house and Detroit techno with fast bouncy basslines; MRD pulls from 80s synthwave to create some very cool vocal tunes; and Sara Landry flips some truly classic tracks into wicked hard dancefloor destroyers. Outside of the techno sphere, I am inspired by the work of Halogenix, Animals As Leaders, Chris Stussy, Alix Perez, and Above & Beyond. My dream gig would be to play at a multi room warehouse venue with any of the aforementioned techno artists. I have really come to enjoy DIY parties outside of club spaces, as I think they create a great atmosphere of appreciation for the artists and music that is outside of mainstream media.


4.     Favourite labels?

Some of my favorite labels include Dusk Records, Eradys Records, Lobster Theremin, and Possession.


5.     What can we expect from Jana Greenstone in the future? Anything you’d like to share?

I am currently working on additional EPs that I am looking forward to releasing in coming months. I am exploring sounds and compositions that stretch further to either side of the ‘Errant Ways’ EP, with some being distinctly more hypnotic while others definitely more trancey. Further to that, I am also working on aligning my creative interests of photography and videography with my music. As I am finding my sound, I am taking advantage of my back catalog of work to design imagery and clips that reflect my interests and perspective.Overall, I am really looking forward to the next few years, as I feel that my journey has just begun.

 Dystopic - Brazil - Hard Techno

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Recent Release:  Emphasizing Your Fake Side EP 01.21.2022
Label: Lazuli Black
Career Highlights: Support by ihatemodels, top selling Lazuli Black Artist


February 2022

Veterinarian by day, DJ and producer by night. Dystopic is back with Lazuli Black with his most recent release Emphasizing Your Fake Side EP. The EP consists of 4 fast pased hard techno bangers made for the late night hours. True to his style, Dystopic hasn't disappointed and will continue to make noise within this incredible dance scene. 

Who is Dystopic and what got you started in the music business?

Dystopic is a guy who loves to live life on the edge, a guy full of desires who takes everything intensely and it's no different with music.  I discovered my love for music in 2015/2016 after seeing an amazing mix in a club, since then i haven't stop.

Tell us a bit more of your musical influences?

My musical influences are as diverse as possible, I've always liked music a lot, regardless of the musical genre. I usually say that if music touches me in some way or shines in a different way in my ear, i'm sure i'll like it and it'll end up influencing me. Essentially everything around me influences me.

How would you describe your music and style?

I always try to bring different sounds to my songs, I usually like a strong, melodic and energetic line. A mix of HardTechno, RaveTechno, AcidTechno, Trance and many other genres.

Where do you see Dystopic in the future?

I see myself doing what i love the most, working hard on music and taking care of animals.

How does it feel to be part of such a great music community in Brazil?

For me it is very gratifying, I see that we are doing a good job in all Techno genres and i believe that soon Brazil will be a great barn for electronic music. All of this of course is a work that has been built for years and we from the new generation - we are continuing it!