5 Facts, 5 Tracks: Never Dull
West Coast Disco Alchemist and feel-good Music Selector, Never Dull, has been pushing the boundaries between Disco, Soul, House, and Techno since he broke into the electronic music scene in late 2017. He has produced and released more than 50 tracks with prominent electronic music labels around the world.
Never Dull has been recognized as one of the top electronic music artists by the leading online store Traxsource. First, as one of the Top 100 Deep House Artists of 2018, and twice again the following year as one of the Top 100 Nu-Disco/lndie Dance Artists and Top 100 Soul/Funk/Disco Artists of 2019.
As a DJ, Never Dull has been performing since 2017, with DJ sets in the United States, Mexico, France, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. His single, ‘Voodoo Babe’ features on the new ‘Poolside Sounds’ EP on Future Disco. Never Dull pushes the boundaries once more, by straddling the line between Disco and Techno, but still keeping the warmth and organic feel of his now established production style.
Read on to find out 5 facts about Never Dull which you may not know and 5 tracks that he loves and have inspired his career.
1. The name Never Dull represents my desire to always push boundaries and keep music exciting, to never be dull.
2. Right before starting Never Dull, I was the lead singer and producer of a live disco-house band called Slares.
3. I was a professional soccer player in Mexico before starting my music career. I played Goalkeeper for Queretaro FC and Xolos de Tijuana.
4. I am bilingual and have dual Mexican-American citizenship.
5. I love spending time with my dogs Yaya (Schnauzer) , Yina (Chihuahua) & Yeyo (Labrador/Schnauzer mix).
DJ Gregory – Don’t Know Malendro
I remember hearing this track in a club in Tijuana, it was around 4am, the DJ was playing mostly techno, and then all of a sudden this drops and I lost my mind.
A thing I really love about this track is that you can’t really pinpoint a specific era to it when you first hear it. This track has a live feel to it, the drums are so organic but have a powerful groove that drives the whole song. Along with the synths, bass, and the Nile Rodgers style guitars, this track is one of my favorite productions of all time. It’s always part of my sets, no matter what I’m playing.
Teddy Pendergrass – You Can’t Hide from Yourself (Dimitri from Paris Remix)
One of my all-time favorite soulful disco tunes of all time. I often drop this towards the end of my sets, and it gets such a big reaction every time. The build-up at the beginning creates a very positive tension in the room, that is released when the chorus drops, there’s really nothing to match it. I always look to transmit a positive message in my sets, and the lyrics in this track, about truth and being the best version of yourself, is a great way to accomplish that.
Kleeer – Happy Me
I’ve always been attracted to music with soul and feeling, and lately, it’s been harder and harder to find music like that. About a year ago, I came across the disco-soul band Kleeer, mostly with their more dance-oriented tracks, but when I heard this track, I became obsessed with it. Everything is spot on, perfect for a Sunday morning, a taste of heaven indeed.
Johnny Hammond – Fantasy
It’s crazy this tune is from 1975, and 45yrs later, it still moves me, soulful jazz at it’s finest. The arrangements in this track are so perfectly placed that it creates a surreal aesthetic, yet so pleasing at the same time. Can’t go wrong with this one.
Hypnotic – Are You Lonely (1983)
I remember feeling like I won the lottery when I found this track. I think it’s my favorite 80’s funk & soul track ever. The lead vocals by Donnell “Donny” Gillespie are so rough and expressive it’s hard not to be hooked. The bass line is slick and wonky, and to top it off, there’s a clarinet solo. Allan Felder killed the production on this, such a shame it’s like 500 Euros on Discogs.