This Sunday, MNM Presents and the Miss Buffalo II make their bi-annual cruise around Buffalo. For years now, MNM has been kicking off and kissing the summer goodbye in proper fashion with two separate cruises featuring some of the finest in house and techno music. Last summer ended with Octopus Recordings head honcho Sian and this summer picked back up with Dirtybird veteran and Buffalo favorite, Worthy.
The September 3rd edition of the Capsized! Boat Cruise features an artist new to the Buffalo area in Frenchman Sirus Hood. Sirus is no stranger to the industry having charted releases on Dirtybird himself as well as the Amine Edge & Dance imprint, CUFF. He’s remained busy this summer with constant time in the studio and a tour schedule that has him covering all four corners of the globe. Fortunately, we were able to catch a quick chat with Sirus ahead of his debut here in Buffalo this weekend.
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, how has your summer been so far?
Thank you for having me. My summer is very productive so far, especially in the studio side. Gigs are great especially in Ibiza, London, and Brazil.
So, you grew up in France?
Yes, I was born in Algeria, I grew up there, and then I moved to Paris, France with my family when I was a teenager.
Did you have any musical training growing up?
When I was kid I played piano. But I think most of the kids did that *laughs*. I played flute also and some drums.
When did you first discover electronic music? Do you remember some of the more influential artists/songs during the time?
I discovered house music when I was around 10. My older friends would bring me cassettes of mixes recorded in clubs. At that time I had no idea of who the artists were, or about the labels. There was no internet yet, nor vinyl shops where I lived.
Do you remember your first clubbing experiences?
It was in Paris, when I was just 18 years old, after buying my first vinyl turntables. Some friends wanted to book me and after that I started to play in most of the Parisian night clubs.
What was the dance music scene like during this time?
During that time House music was underground, and quality music. Most of the electronic music was recorded in analog studios. At this time, the French Touch was very hype.
Who are some of your favorite artists at the moment?
Paul Johnson, Claude VonStroke, and The Martinez Brothers.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Cycling around Paris, working out, seeing my friends and family, playing with my cats, and annoying my boo.
What is your DAW of choice? Are there any go-to plugins?
I use Ableton to record my analog machines and synths, to sequence and mix the tracks. Echo Boy from Soundtoys, Kramer Tape from Waves, LFO Tools from X Fer.
This will be your first time in Buffalo, correct? We’ll have to make sure you get some authentic chicken wings.
Yes it’s my first time here! I heard about Buffalo wings my whole life, can’t wait to try.
The boat parties here are a blast. Super fun and a great atmosphere, is there any special prep that goes in to a gig that say, is outside the standard club walls?
I love playing outside clubs, I love daytime parties, and the sea is my favorite. I make sure to prep a fun set.
What is your favorite club/city to play?
Ibiza, Spain, because the atmosphere is magic. And my favorite club to play at is Ministry Of Sound in London, UK.
If you could collaborate with anybody at the moment, who would it be and why?
Paul Johnson because he is a hero to me and has always been.
What are your plans for the rest of summer and 2017? Anything major in the works?
A lot of Ibiza, a little US tour, festival in the UK, and a lot of tracks and remixes in the making.
That’s all I’ve got for now, thanks again and looking forward to Sunday!
A limited number of tickets remain for Sunday’s event. Check the links below for ticket availability and pricing options.