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[update] PestoLP002: "2.0 - The Next Generation Of Pesto Artists" out now!

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After the huge success of our first longplay release (9 out of 13 tracks entered the charts on Beatport), we're already dropping the next bomb. Out of another class A bundle of tunes, two are making up chart positions on Beatport again!

[update: as of now (Jan 10th) we already have four tunes entered the charts: Rucyl on 16, Tina Valen on 39 and Da Funk on 96 in Deep House; Jon Silva on 81 in House - whoo hoo!]

"2.0 - The Next Generation Of Pesto Artists" is, as the name implies, a showcase of upcoming releases, exclusive tracks and new talents on Pesto Music. While you may have waited for some of the tunes to be released as you heard them on the PestoMixes already, others are totally fresh and brand new. The compilation also proofs that the family of Pesto producers is expanding beyond the borders of Germany with artists from Ukraine, USA and Switzerland.

In order to spotlight the artists involved, we will publish dedicated features about them. You will find the features in the artists' appearing order - so check back for a deep insight on Tina Valen in brief!

Here's the track list again:

01. Tina Valen - Discotime
02. Rucyl - Love In War (Pete Gust KID Remix)
03. Cloudsteppers - Make Me Shine
04. Quell - Baby Gaps
05. Replika - Loveletter
06. Phonic Funk - On Top
07. Da Funk - Electronic Love
08. Sandra Lima - Higher (The Mulder's Up-A-Dub)
09. Aegean - Jon Silva
10. Robin Rush - Into You (With Pryde Remix)
11. Cooccer - Jam Hot
12. Khaan - Pegasos (The Mulder's XX-File Remixx)
13. Nuance Movement - Violet (Soda Inc. Remix)

"2.0 - The Next Generation Of Pesto Artists"
is available on your favourite online store (more to be added in brief):

Beatport
Juno Download
Trackitdown
Traxsource
DJDownload

Saying bye to 2007, saying hi to 2008!

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Dear Pestoleras and Pestoleros - dear friends,

As I was thinking about the things that should be said in this article, I went on a personal review trying to recall what the last year was about so I was going through the posts of 2007.

I also found the bulletin that was published for last NYE and I read about the aims and remembered the hopes, fears and my mindset in general from back then.

Let's see what turned reality, what hasn't yet and what the plans are for 2008.

Quoting from last year's post:

"This year is coming to an end and for us, it was one full of changes - one of them being this web site you're just looking at. 2007 will be an exciting year for Pesto and all the people involved with it as a lot of stuff is to be released."



2007 was indeed another year full of changes (I guess change is one of the few constants in my life) and yes, it was exciting, indeed. The redesigned Pesto page was quite a success and, as many people stated, an appreciated source for information, entertainment and new music. The number of unique visitors tripled compared to the highest number of unique visitors of the former page and remains growing on a constantly high level. The number of our RSS and email newsletter subscriptions are constantly increasing, so is the number of downloads of our PestoMix, PestoCast and Pesto FreeBees stuff.

I would have loved to see more releases in 2007 - there were only four of them on Pesto - but that year also saw the birth of the Traxx sublabel and I was busy doing remixes like never before. So I don't complain, especially since both the Traxx releases and the remixes went down pretty well. On top of that, we also released our first digital longplayer "Vic Music presents: Beautiful & Timeless Vol. 1" - a compilation that had been released as a CD before and that attracted a lot of music lovers already. Furthermore, I was also experimenting with the new digital format as Pesto was limited to a total of four tracks per release back in the vinyl days. The new medium offers new possibilities but also new occasions to screw up.

As a side effect, I had gigs in numerous countries, some of which I visited for the first time such as Morocco, Sweden or (the former yugoslavian republic of) Macedonia. I met a lot of lovely people, made new friends all over and discovered that everywhere I went, people already knew about us or instantly got hooked on the Pesto vibe. Very encouraging.

Another source of inspiration has been the vivid Pesto community: so many people contributed excellent DJ mixes in order to share them with the rest of you. Many of my office hours were sweetened by the flavour of DeepHouse from our fellow Pestoleros and I just highly recommend signing up for the Pesto forum as there are a couple of goodies exclusively available to registered members only.

2007 also meant a growth of the Pesto family regarding artists: we already saw a couple of remixers such as Nikola Gala, Da Funk, El Farouki, Khaan or Kellyyss just to name a few. But we will also see (and first of all hear) the next generation of Pesto artists on our "2.0" compilation which is about to be out by 8th of January. Some of that work has been cooking on the stove for ages in order to mature and get better and better (Sandra Lima and Robin Rush - you hear me?), other stuff is brand new yet equally kicking - Tina Valen, Cloudsteppers, Phonic Funk, Quell, Rucyl, Pete Gust and Replika are names you already might be familiar with if you're following our PestoMixes or they might sound totally fresh to you. Either way, those will be names to watch out for in 2008 if you're serious about House music and these ladies and gentlemen contribute massive tunes to the Pesto catalogue.

Consequently, 2008 will see more frequent releases - both singles and compilations. I finally installed an infrastructure that allows me to focus on the creative side of things rather than spending my time doing administrative work. This will give me more space to discover new talents, develop new products and increase the release rate in general while keeping the quality level you'd expect from Pesto Music.

Last but not least, the passed year held a lot of support for Pesto from industry professionals: club and radio DJs were heavily playing our stuff, it got supported on CD compilations, web sites were writing reviews, tunes got featured in DJ mixes and podcasts by renowned artists, the download shops also seemed to appreciate our efforts.

And finally you, our fans and biggest supporters, the music lovers, the ones that don't buy the Beatport Top10 in order to play the same shit as everybody else, the people that make all this Pesto thing possible - you supported our artists, Pesto and Traxx as labels, you supported our vibe! I would personally like to thank you for believing in us, in our goals and in our philosophy - the recognition and support coming from your side is priceless and I - speaking for all Pesto and Traxx artists here - can't express how much your support is appreciated. We love you! :)

For the new year, my wishes for all of us are love, happiness, peace of mind, health, success and as much wealth a decent life requires. Let's all go further, make our wildest dreams come true and be happy humans vibing on the same wavelength.

Take good care of yourself, stay well and stay with us because you'll enjoy being part of the Pesto family in 2008 and beyond!

Sincerely yours...Jon Silva/Jost Gerischer

Beautiful & Timeless: Featured release on Beatport in two genres!

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PestoLP001 aka "Vic Music presents Beautiful & Timeless Vol. 1" seems to be quite popular with the guys at Beatport. They are featuring our release both in the Deep House and Chill Out sections. Needless to say that this massive support results in chart positions in the respective genre charts for a couple of our tunes.

Thank you, Beatport - we love you, too!:)
Yet still, the biggest thank you goes to all the people that buy our music (we love you even more!) and support us.

Check "Beautiful & Timeless" on Beatport.com.

You can also buy the release from other services such as:

Juno Download
iTunes Music Store
Trackitdown

PestoLP001: Beautiful & Timeless Vol. 1 out now!

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Our first digital longplayer is out (and already climbing the charts on Juno).

You can also buy the release from other services such as:

Juno Download
iTunes Music Store
Beatport.com
Trackitdown

Happy shopping from Pesto Music!

Pesto Music drops DRM

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Starting with the digital compilation "Vic Music presents: Beautiful & Timeless Vol. 1", we're proud to announce that Pesto Music with all its subsidaries will offer its catalogue free from any DRM restrictions on all platforms that offer a choice regarding DRM, first of all the iTunes Music Store with its iTunes Plus option.

We consider DRM or "Digital Rights Management" first of all a euphemism as it's not managing anything rather than restricting the user (that's you, our buyers and fans) in the way she or he is entitled to use the downloaded music.

Opposed to organizations like the IFPI and similar, we do not consider our clients criminals. File sharing is a reality as much as copying 12" albums on compact cassettes was a reality back in the 1980ies. We're not encouraging you to share your purchased Pesto and Traxx files on filesharing systems (except our FreeBees), but if somebody does, we can't help about it. We rather focus on new music instead of filing lawsuits.

We just think that by putting out great music, supporting our fans with free downloads and other goodies, we will attract the buyers that appreciate our work, people that understand that supporting new and upcoming talents costs some time, money and much more idealism.

Last but not least, we won't increase the prices for the DRM-free titles. :)

Feel free to share your thoughts about DRM in general in our comments' section.

Vic Music presents: Beautiful & Timeless - we're going digital!

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It's been long-awaited and this step has been overdue but we finally made it!

Chapter One of the immensely successful CD series will be released as a digital download. We'll offer both the individual tracks (with quite a bunch of unreleased productions such as by Nuance Movement, Soda Inc., Jon Silva and many more) as well as the whole mix.

One tune will be exclsuive to those who buy the full album: "Theme Of Vic Bar" - a tune especially made by Jon Silva & Babak Shayan for the Vic Bar in Cologne.

More details regarding the track list and availability on this page in brief. "Beautiful & Timeless" is brought to you in cooperation with Shayan Music.