Kasey Taylor – Founder of Vapour Recordings, eVapour8 & Vapourise
A LITTLE HISTORY
Kasey Taylor began his DJ career at the age of 13 on the decks at a little roller disco in Australia. 26 years on and hes become one of Australias biggest ever dance music exports, and one of the most widely recognised DJs around the globe today.
To date, his career resume is an impressive read, ticking off gigs at almost every big show in Melbourne and having held residencies at every club worth noting.
In particular, Kasey played an integral role in creating the magic that was the Mansion. In fact, it was such an institution that you felt like you were at a special church for music every Saturday night.
The venue has gone down in clubbing history and during Kaseys time spent there, he played alongside everyone you could imagine, like Sasha, John Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo, Carl Cox, Satoshi Tomiie and the list goes on and on.
In fact, so impressed was Digweed that he invited Kasey to play at his Bedrock night in London, twice! A night and a brand recognised by the music industry as one of the greatest in the world. Kasey was lucky enough to be invited to play 2 years in a row on Easter Thursday, which is always one of the biggest Bedrock nights of the year.
On top of this, hes supported at all major festivals in Australia like Renaissance, Global Underground, Two Tribes, Future Music Festival, Summadayze and so on. He has a very loyal fan base at Rainbow Serpent Festival in his hometown of Melbourne, which now holds the reputation of being up there as one the best outdoor festivals in the world – a festival where Kasey plays each and every year. On his most recent trip back to Australia in February 2011, he was asked to be the exclusive DJ to support the Leftfield & Infusion tour around the country. A tour that was simply amazing to be a part of.
RECORD LABELS (VAPOUR RECORDINGS, EVAPOUR8 & VAPOURISE)
For well over a decade now, Kasey has had the luxury of releasing his records on his own well respected label Vapour Recordings, which he founded in 1997 and has just reached its special 100th release. In the time since Kasey Taylor founded Vapour Recordings, the label has forged itself an enviable reputation, not only as one of Australias leading independent dance labels, but the worlds too.
The last three years have seen Kasey launch his most recent label titled eVapour8. A label dedicated mainly towards Tech House, House and Techno. The first release, Shorkel by Miki Litvak &Ido Ophir was featured in the Beatport main top 10 chart for over six weeks; while the second release, Avilo Rubicon was featured on Anthony Pappas triple mix CD – Moments, (released in April 2008). Following these successes, Fiords Get Up Jude appeared in the Techno top 10 for two months, proving that eVapour8 is growing a strong reputation for releasing quality tunes.
RECENT LABEL NEWS & KASEY TAYLOR NEWS
2011 is shaping up to be a very big year for the label with some quality signings. Some of Kaseys most recent remixes include the classic Infusion track – Love & Imitation, just released on Vapour Recordings which also includes remixes from Peter Horrevorts, Luis Junior, Dousk, Logiztik Sounds, and a new Jamie Stevens & Steve Ward mix. Hes also just completed a remix for Hernan Cattaneos Sudbeat label for the track In My Naked Village by Rodskeez, a remix for Chris Fortiers Fade records label on the track Chava Vagana by Karraskilla with the most recent remix coming out on Vapour Recordings 100th on the classic Snowcone by Dousk.
Also watch out for new EPs from Parham & Plaza – Outside the Inside (which features a remix from Charlie May, out now), a couple of new singles from Roger Martinez, along with new singles from Dousk, Kasey Taylor and our newest addition to the label in Rodskeez, who you will be hearing a lot about soon if you havent already.
VAPOUR RECORDINGS 100TH RELEASE SPECIAL
Kasey spent the first half of 2011 getting the 100th release ready for Vapour Recordings and which was finally release on July 11-201. The clock was wound back for this one choosing artists from past, present and future to remix the back catalogue. This package contains some fantastic names and remixes from the likes of Guy J, Hernan Cattaneo, Luis Junior, Dousk, Jamie Stevens (Infusion), Peter Horrevorts, Luke Chable, Nick Warren, Rodskeez, Fiord, Kassey Voorn, Barry Jamieson and many more. For those who follow Vapour Recordings, this is definitely not a package you would want to miss out on – Out now!
KASEY TAYLOR FORTHCOMING PRODUCTIONS
Kasey is now back in the studio with vengeance having completed about 15 tracks and has finally commenced work on his first studio album, which is due for release in early 2012. Before we see the release of this album though, you will see Kaseys name attached to many remixes and originals over the coming months.
Tune into Proton radio for Vapourized with Kasey Taylor on the 4th Monday of each month at 4pm EST
A FINAL FEW WORDS
So what is it about Kaseys music that has won him the respect of the dance community? If you really want to know, plant your feet on the dance floor for the full duration of a Taylor set as Kasey effortlessly changes gears from all genres of music, sucking you into his sound scapes to a point where you look up all of a sudden and realise youve been lost in music for hours – You can talk about his astounding mixing which is so precise that you probably wont even know whether a track is coming or going -You can talk about the fact that Kasey will be playing records weeks before most, You can talk about a lot of things but at the end of the day, Kasey just gets dance music, He writes music, lives it, studies it, and embodies it, so if you ever get the chance to go and hear a Kasey Taylor set, enjoy it!