In a noticeably hurried manner, another year has quickly come to a close. If I could describe it in no other way possible, 2012 in the electronic music scene was a journey full of experiences in an attempt to find that elusive, special place that initially drew me into all of it, a place I like to call Home.
Over the course of the year the divide between the commercial and underground sides of electronic music continued to grow in 2012. For every big new festival and club night there seemed to be an equally disturbing story of a legendary dj being kicked off the decks, or cringe-inducing videos of the likes of Paris Hilton popping up.
For a now, uh-hem, veteran of this scene, watching this evolution continue was a little painful to be honest. Like all good things in this world that become popular to the masses, the purity and essence of what that thing actually is seems to often get lost, and in our music scene, things are no different. Thankfully, the underground contingent continues to push back hard with new innovate concepts, sounds and talent - and one didn't have to go far to find Home again.
Home for me has always been found in the underground local parties I've always been a part of, as well as the club residencies in I've been luckily to be involved with in Calgary. There were plenty chances to come back Home over the course of the year, including the annual Bardo Halloween event, an opening slot for Banel, the FIVE event celebrating 5 years of 709Sessions and my bi-monthly Blueprint residency at Habitat.
When it came to finding that special Home beyond my own involvement and the local Calgary scene, I can look no further than our return to Ibiza in the summer. Although the island is struggling with the allure of commercial dollars and acts coming to other clubs, there was nothing like going to Space and hearing some of those cutting edge sounds from the true legends such as Digweed, Carl Cox and highlighted by techno-god Richie Hawtin - who's Enter night was eventually voted the best on the island at the end of the summer
Another unexpected visit to Home came in the not one, but twice - in the form of Sasha - first at Cafe Mambo sitting at a table about 20 feet away from the dj booth, then under the sunset at the beautiful outdoor club Ushuaia. After all these years, this guy is still number one in my books. Intelligent, forward-thinking and yet still in tune with the original progressive sounds that have set him apart. That was like coming Home with turkey dinner waiting on the table. Brilliant.
Apart from everything on the outside, Home was also found in my physical residence where I got to spend some quality time - although not enough time - in my studio. Over the second half of the year I took on a remix project using a beautiful vocal by Robyn Raymond, from a rock song by Calgary's own Forty Gun Flagship. It took many many nights, but the final track is now up for release in early 2013 on Glenn Morrison's label, so all that hard work at Home paid off in the end. We're all very excited to see where this one goes.
So as the sun sets on 2012 and a new year is ushered in, I think Home is where I'd like to stay for the next while. Home in the music I love, continuing to support labels such as Microcastle, Perspectives Digital, JOOF, Sudbeat, Morrison Recordings and more, as well as producers such as Darin Epsilon, Cid Inc., Luis Junior, Monaque and more. Home in the events I'm a part of and the ones I support in Calgary - both the underground all-nighters and the great small venue dj shows that land at Habitat from time to time. And finally Home in what I do as a dj and producer - always sticking to the progressive sounds I love in both original productions and my radio show.
I encourage all of you in 2013 to simply find or come back to your Home and discover what you're truly passionate about.