Recent remixes by electronic music artist DJ MacIntyre and the updated version of “The Great Simoon” pay homage to that day over 150 years ago, when Santa Barbara recorded the highest temperature ever recorded on the planet: a whopping 133 degrees, although contemporary scientists have disputed this claim. .
“It’s a swirling burner of a track, which, like its namesake, rises like a scorching wind, leaving the scorched landscape in its wake,” MacIntyre explained of his updated version, which he named “June 17, 1859” after the date of the incident. All three remixes feature Alex Efe from Uruguay, Francisco Castro and Derk from Argentina and Casper Keys from Paraguay.
It’s just the latest from this globetrotting producer, who grew up in Lompoc and frequented UCSB while launching his career, sparked by his 2017 debut album, Tandava. He has since played at Burning Man, Moscow, Playa del Carmen, Siberia and across the United States, from Oakland to New York, finding himself “as comfortable in a dark basement club as he is. in an open-air festival ”.
His SLC-6 Music label is another tribute, this time to the space launch complex at Vandenberg Air Base, which the town of Lompoc says would become the home of the space shuttle program. “When plans changed, Lompoc was left with a disappointment and many hotels underutilized,” MacIntyre said. “For many years, SLC-6 has symbolized the shattered dreams of those who sought to push the limits of our human reach and those of a small California town.”
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The complex reappeared in the 1990s to launch Delta IV rockets. “SLC-6 has returned to symbolize progress, hope and conquering the skies,” said MacIntyre, who said his label embodies resilience, progression and technological advancement by showcasing the many DJs he meets. during his travels. “We hope the music gives you the same sense of wonder and mystery that comes with watching a rocket launched into space.”
Today he lives in the Santa Ynez Valley. “I have lived in various places around the world, but still find my way back to Santa Barbara County,” he said. “The label concept has its roots with us, but futuristic and spatial themes are what people all over the world can connect with, and they harmonize well with electronic music.”
He made the best use of his time during the COVID era. “The pandemic, in large part, has been a musically productive time for me, during which I was able to finish quite a bit of music,” MacIntyre said, although he said it was difficult to stay motivated. . “Isolation is overwhelming and there is not a lot of energy coming back to you. Some artists seem to have been successful in turning lemons into lemonade, but there have been quite a few that have really struggled mentally and creatively. Like many musicians, he is ready to come back on stage.
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