What happens when stars collide? The odds of their paths crossing with such perfect timing are so small that many would consider this occurrence to be destiny rather than coincidence. Soon to converge are two stars, united paradoxically by their trailblazing resolve to pursue unique paths.
‘Rising star’ is a term that has been used to describe both Desyn Masiello and EQ’s CD series, ‘Balance’ on numerous occasions. In fact, Deep Dish, Danny Howells and Sander Kleinenberg have, at one point, all named London born Masiello as their ‘future DJ Hero’. The future may be upon us as ‘Balance 008’ will be Masiello’s third mix compilation, and his second of 2005, following on from the critically acclaimed ‘Bedrock Original Series_01’.
Indeed, originality is the embodiment of Masiello’s DJ’ing style. Unlike most DJs, not only do his sets contain tracks of many and varied description but the individual tunes he plays traverse no musical boundaries, often making genre categorization impossible. While some try and label him a ‘progressive’ DJ, the term is only applicable when denoting his forward thinking attitude. Just as evident are his tech, funk and deep house influences.
Similarly, ‘Balance’ is a series that refuses to be pigeon holed. Look at the previous contrasting styles of ‘Balance’ compiler’s Chris Fortier, Anthony Pappa, James Holden and Phil K. ‘Balance’ has always given its DJs the freedom to create their own legacy; the results being incredible. Before ‘Balance 006’, few knew that breaks formed part of Anthony Pappa’s repertoire. Even fewer would have imagined him capable of mixing a progressive breaks CD of such quality. The quirky, experimental, tech of Fortier on ‘007’ as well as tribal house displayed by Phil K, better known as a break-beat pioneer, on ‘004’ are all excursions just as memorable, and James Holden’s ‘005’ quite simply remains one of the best mix compilations you can hear anywhere.
So back to the question at hand: what happens when two stars collide?
Fire and Magic! A collaboration as unique as that of Masiello and ‘Balance’ will result in an unforgettable masterpiece. As with any collision, their individual paths will forever be altered by the significance of this joint endeavor.
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