Music Is My Sanctuary has been much-loved by music-lovers worldwide since beginning in 2007. What made you want to start the platform?
The website started as a way to get my (Lexis) DJ mixes out there, an alternative to carrying 50 CD-R’s on me at all times. After a couple years of operating more under the personal blog/podcast model I started welcoming collaborators and DJ’s from all over the world and from there our audience and various projects grew pretty quickly. I would say that the mission of the site more than ever is to put the human touch back at the centre of music curation and exchange.
A couple of years ago we ran a competition with you to celebrate the Art of the Mixtape. What do you think makes that format still so important/worth celebrating?
More than ever, mixes are an essential alternative to the overwhelming influence that algorithms have taken in music consumption. I think any curation of music with a strong human approach brings something an algorithm can never touch: depth, context, presentation, storytelling and personality.
What has MIMS got in store for the rest of 2019, following Dimensions?
We’ve been very busy but mostly in our homebase of Montreal. We have a monthly party featuring some of our favourite local DJ’s – from rising talent to legends of the city. In the next few months, we are also bringing international talents like Theo Parrish (September 21st) and Oliver Coates (November 8th) in addition to our big annual 24 Hours of Vinyl party the first weekend of March.
MIMS has been involved in Dimensions for a number of years. What are some of your highlights over the editions?
Dimensions is a combination of incredible programming, breathtaking venues but also festival goers who are there for the music and are quite open-minded. It may sound cliché but the reason we come back is because of the overall vibe, to hangout in a beautiful spot with like minded music lovers.
I think the Dimensions x MIMS association works well because the festival knows we’re into anything from jazz, broken beat, house, rare groove, hip-hop and more… so I think we’re adaptable to presenting many different artists from Mndsgn, Peanut Butter Wolf, Jon Wayne to Nu Guinea and Mafalda this year.
Is there a certain song you think of when thinking of Dimensions – or songs that always go down well at the festival?
Well there are beach classics, boat classics and then nighttime classics as well! In our playlist (above) you can find a few of our Music Is My Sanctuary classics but we’ll let you figure out which tracks are for the beach, the boat and the nightime ragers!
Have there been any discoveries or stand out sets you’ve experienced at Dimensions?
There were tons of nice discoveries like the sets from our two winners of our Art of The Mixtape competition Kay Suzuki (2017) and Jake Stellarwell (2018). Also some great young DJ’s really impressed us like Sean Keating, Kamma, Donna Leake, Debora Ipekel to name a few. The Broken Beat special presented by Co-Op a few years back was incredible, a highlight for a Bruk head like myself. Theo Parrish all night 2 years ago in the rain was truly special. Last year we hosted a talk with the Eglo crew (Alex Nut, Spacek, Fatima and Shy One) in the middle of a thunderstorm so we had to get unplugged, intimate and a little crazy.
Then of course there was a number of absolute legends that we had never seen live before like Grace Jones, Marcos Valle, Cymande, Azymuth, Kraftwerk and many more we were able to cross off our bucket list!
As we celebrate our last year at the Fort, what will you miss most about the site?
Each stage feels like a little world unto itself. From the biggest to the smallest stage, each has musical direction, a feeling. So we’ll miss the beach stage, the boat parties, the void, the stables, etc… we’ll miss that bar that makes those giant mojito pitchers.
This year MIMS will be taking to the Adriatic for a Boat Party. Can you tell us a little about the artists you’ve invited along?
This will be our very first time having a Music Is My Sanctuary boat so that’s incredibly exciting in itself. The lineup will be Nu Guinea (DJ set), Mafalda and myself. We’ve been huge fans of both of them and this will be our first time catching them in person. And a boat on the Adriatic sea seems like the perfect setting for their music isn’t it?!
Who else are you hoping to catch at the festival this year?
That Mr Scruff vs Gilles all night B2B for sure! Also: Alia a young Belgian DJ on the rise, always need that Dam-Funk, big fans of Objekt we’re really curious about his live set, never miss a Josey Rebelle set, that Larry Heard featuring Fatima and Paul Cut sounds hella interesting and sets from the homies Dimensions Soundsystem and DJ Gilla are always a must!
Dig into Music Is My Sanctuary’s Dimensions Classic Playlist below, and make sure you’re joining them at The Last Dance.
Final festival tickets: HERE
Music Is My Sanctuary Boat Party tickets: HERE