Leaders of the New School: ImanoS

Leaders of the New School have been at work lining up more interviews for you guys… and boy oh boy do we have a big one tonight !!

From the sunny streets of Vancouver, BC  – Emerging producer/dj Juice Somani aka ImanoS has answered some questions that I had to get off my chest. I consider ImanoS to be one of the hottest commodities that Canada has to offer in the EDM scene and I consdier him a friend, he’s helped me alot on my votage into the sound.

Enjoy the Q&A

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Bounce Radio:  First off thank you for taking some time off your busy schedule to take some time to sit with us. Your first single ‘Be Loved’ has received a lot of support and love across the globe, how has it changed things for ImanoS

ImanoS: Hey thanks it’s no problem! I think it’s changed things in the sense that more folks are aware of who I am and are interested in seeing/hearing more from me. It’s also helped a lot in terms of gaining recognition from artists I respect dearly and helped me build relationships with djs/producers/fans who have contacted me after hearing the track.

Bounce Radio: Your music has a very distinct sound to it, Is that something you try to add to each song you produce or is it something that has just fell into place as your learning curve continues?

ImanoS:  It’s more of a natural thing. I enjoy sampling a lot as a lot of my favorite producers are doing interesting things with samples so that may be one aspect of it. The music you create will probably sound similar to the stuff you listen to and admire yourself eventually.


Bounce Radio: You recently had a gig at PACHA in the UK. Explain the feeling of playing at a venue like that?

ImanoS: Absolutely unreal! Just a really fun time..I had a few friends travel in to be there for that night and we just had a blast. Playing big clubs like Pacha especially when it’s nice and packed is one of the best moments a DJ could ever experience.

Bounce Radio: Your latest track “Look of Love” is a collaboration with the Swedish producer Mick Kastenholt, Tell us how you two put this banger together? Was it a back and forth edit (where you both work on parts and combine) or was it a full-time collab?

Imanos: I showed Mick and he liked it quite a bit, and we worked together in building it, but you can hear a lead that is a trademark sound of Mick’s in there. I really liked the outcome and have been able to play it out and it really wrecks the floor!

Bounce Radio:Your name is all over blogs on the net, many of which are including your name as one of the next rising stars in EDM, How does that make you feel knowing that others are not only enjoying the music you make; but are saying you could be the next big name?

Imanos: Well it’s very nice that people are listening to and enjoying my music and I am always pleased to see support from blogs and the online community. I don’t know about being the next “big name” haha. Who knows about that, but I am glad there is support! 🙂

Bounce Radio: Name your most favorite venue to date? What made it so special?

Imanos: I recently played at Spektrum a new club in Denmark with over a 1000 people there when I was playing and I just had a blast! The hospitality there was incredible and I met a lot of cool people, who I plan on keeping in touch with.

Bounce Radio: What would you consider to be your “Dream Gig”?

Imanos: Playing in a nice Beach club in Amsterdam, Space Miami during WMC, basically any nice spot on the beach is good for me!

Bounce Radio: What are you using for LIVE Dj Sets? & What about in the studio?

Imanos: I am using my AKAI APC 40 for live sets now and I love it! In my studio I have my laptop, AKAI MPK 49, my KRK monitors, my soundcard and that’s it! It’s a very basic setup, but I find it has been effective for me, and not too costly.

Bounce Radio: What’s up and coming for ImanoS? and Where can we stay up to date?

Imanos: I have remixes coming very soon for Used Records, Uncovered. Two massive originals on Italian label, Loudbit Records that I believe will be very big. One of them is “How We Do” and the other is “Poison” both of these are collaborations with Nunzi a production partner and close friend of mine in NYC. Another big collaboration project is an upcoming single with, Ton Def called “Evil Woman” which I think will be huge as well!

Look out for more stuff from good friends Mick Kastenholt, Fred Lilla, Oliver Meyer SKLA, Ton Def, Luis Sastre, Chris Lawyer, Shane Silver, Pierce Fulton!

You can stay up to date with me by following me on
Twitter –
http://twitter.com/DJImanoS
Checking out my Facebook Fan Page –
http://facebook.com/djimanos
and look out for ImanoS.net coming very soon!

Best wishes from Sunny Vancouver! – ImanoS

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