It’s undeniable — when it comes to the deep, dark and funky sounds of dance music, Toronto’s backstory is rich and far-reaching. Throughout the past 20 years, the city has seen both the peak and disestablishment of warehouse raves, cherished venues have come and gone, artists have risen to the international stage, and more recently, we’ve seen a growth in the festival circuit with unique, large-scale events offered year-round. Who better to shed light on the past and present state of our club culture than those who were immersed in it since day 1?
Meet Demuir. If you’re not already acquainted with the Toronto-native, let now be the time to educate yourself. Demuir’s sexy and soulful house beats have kept our city’s dance floors cased in sweat for years. With releases on iconic labels such as DJ Sneak’s Magnetic Recordings, I’m a House Gangster and most recently, Low Steppa’s Simma Black imprint, Demuir’s range in production style touches on everything from feel-good jazzy vibes, to disco house grooves and driving techno & tech house. His Roots of House EP comes out today on Simma Black and as its title suggests, the EP embodies the sounds and feelings of classic House. Today, we’re thrilled to feature Demuir on this episode of #Viewsfromthe6.
If you could bring back any Toronto music venue which no longer exists, what venue would you choose? Why?
It would have to be Industry. This place was so pivotal in bringing the most imaginative DJs and Producers who took every opportunity to educate people on house music while taking them on a journey. We are talking about people like Daft Punk, Mark Farina, Derrick Carter, Sneak, and the list goes on for days. I only got to experience this through underground mix tapes and online sites… My parents were super strict and my ass couldn’t do anything. LOL!
What is your go-to spot for post-gig grub in Toronto?
Hate to admit it, but that street meat is boss… grilled Italian or Polish sausage (well done) Just don’t be around when someone belches it up. lmao!
What’s one thing you can always guarantee when visiting Comfort Zone?
Comfort Zone guarantees grimy tech house beats 100% I love playing there with Rudee Nik and crew. It’s a right of passage of sorts and a definite institution that has fostered that techno and tech house sound in Toronto.
Sometimes it’s about the room and I must say that Bassline Music bar has that room which makes it feel like the sound just wrapping around you.
Name a shop in Toronto where you can still go crate-digging and find some gems.
There’s a few, but Cosmos Records is my spot. I’ll dig in their warehouse, which is an invitation only affair… 🙂 These guys have helped me make many jams.
My favorite sound system to play in Toronto is located at…
Sometimes it’s about the room and I must say that Bassline Music bar has that room which makes it feel like the sound just wrapping around you. I haven’t played at CODA yet, but the sound is great at that spot too.
You can typically find me in this borough on a…
Friday night: Junction or in my studio
Sunday afternoon: Queen West
I discovered… Nathan Barato and Carlo Lio in Toronto while they were playing at… Footwork, which is now CODA. It’s there where Nathan encouraged me to get on music and not to stop. Forever grateful to that dude.
My very first music industry friend in Toronto was…
DJ Attic aka P from Da Grassroots
It’s [at Footwork] where Nathan encouraged me to get on music and not to stop. Forever grateful to that dude.
My favourite outdoor venue to catch great music in Toronto is…
The worst part of Toronto’s 2AM last call is…
That it’s 2AM and not as long as Montreal’s, makes no sense at all.
The most embarrassing job I have worked in Toronto was…
Head Expediter at Red Lobster. I ate well though.
To date, my favourite gig in Toronto was…
Sneak Bday Beats at Nest.
Roots of House is out December 5 on Simma Black via your preferred downloading depot.