Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this evening’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on Silver Circle, a Virginia-based DJ that has an extensive new EDM mix out for a Monstercat mix contest. Earlier this year in January, I delved into a different mix of Silver Circle’s and lauded his remarkably creative knack for making a fascinating dance mix with a slew of interesting sampling decisions. Does Silver Circle reach, and hopefully exceed the bar he set for himself back then? Let’s dig into the new mix and find out.
I’m going to embed the mix above, which I’d very much recommend listening to if you plan to vote for Silver Circle in the Monstercat contest. It’s a long listen, yes, but I’d argue Silver Circle’s talent makes it a consistently compelling one. The first major sampling is of Hellberg’s ‘The Girl,’ but in the first two minutes the mix elegantly transcends past that sample into an incorporation of Pegboard Nerds’ ‘Hero,’ an undeniably infectious, anthemic track.
That, of course, is what Silver Circle has a tendency to do better than most DJ’s - he can jam his way through track after track in a mix with complete control over the soundscape. Each transition is seamless and the mix feels like a piece of art unto itself, which is a high compliment, I’d argue.
At the five minute mark, the Monstercat mix explodes into a massive dubstep piece that’s accentuated by intense, industrial-like synthesizers. Project 46’s ‘Signs’ is the next major piece of music to be highlighted, and it’s an interesting contrast to the bombardment of dubstep stylings that preceded it. Again, though, it feels organic in its introduction, and as quickly as it was introduced, it fades away into the most bombastic instrumental section of the mix.
The ten minute mark, I’d argue, is where things start to get really interesting. Silver Circle starts to briefly utilize an actual orchestral piece - fully equip with a choir that sounds like they’re scoring a scene in ‘Braveheart.’ The final notable sample of the mix then, after an extensive EDM phase, is a return to ‘The Girl,’ which makes the mix feel like it’s truly come full circle.
In January, I remarked that Silver Circle does club DJ’s jobs for them - they just have to queue up his incredible mix and let the dance floor move. I stand by that analysis, and I think this is a mix very worth a few moments of your time to vote on in the Monstercat contest. Connect with Silver Circle below and vote at the voting link!