Those heading to Sonar in June, we have 2 pairs of FREE tickets to give away for the two OFF:WAX parties on the 14th & 15th June featuring Ricardo Villalobos, Soul Capsule, Zip, Radio Slave, tINI, Tobi Neumann, Ryan Crosson, Sebo K, Boris Werner, Julian Perez, Bill Patrick, Robert Dietz, Margaret Dygas, Seuil, Sonja Moonear, Livio & Roby, Nastia, Valentino Kanzyani, Cesar Merveille, Anthea, Dasha Redkina, Andrea Oliva, Franco Cinelli, Rainer, Alexkid, S.A.M. & more...
To enter, simply email your full name to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject OFF:WAX - winners will be selected at random and published at the end of the month :)
With excitement we would like to announce the first edition of OFF:WAX electronic parties in Barcelona on the Sonar weekend of 14th and 15th June, 2013. Solid Am agency & WR Limited Artists have joined forces with the Berlin based Just Wax crew in selecting only the finest internationally recognized talent for this two day 6pm to 6am affair in a huge and elegant open-air venue, so expect mind-blowing visual shows, artistic performances and cutting-edge underground electronic music tendencies all in one. No surprise maestro Ricardo Villalobos is eager to hit the decks exclusively for the ЯETURN party on Friday, 14th of June and share that vinyl love with house and techno freaks such as Thomas Franzmann aka Zip, Margaret Dygas, Thomas Melchior & Baby Ford aka Soul Capsule and the unique Sonja Moonear. And there is no stopping to this as on Saturday, 15th of June the FATHERS & SONS one year anniversary tour via Berlin, Moscow, Paris and London is making a very special stop in Barcelona! Presenting labels highly demanded Julian Perez, Livio & Roby and SAM, the night will see exclusive appearances by Tobi Neumann, Radio Slave and Boris Werner. Topped up by the most gifted female DJs of today as Anthea, Dasha Redkina and Nastia sharing the stage with psychedelic crowd-pleasers as Bill Patrick, Ryan Crosson, Cesar Merveille and many others, OFF:WAX is about to feel like a huge family gathering.
See here for details for both events
Derrick May, Justice, Richie Hawtin, Reboot, Mcde, Omar S, Ejeca, Guti, Dubfire, Maceo Plex, Joy Orbison, Patrice Scott, Steffi, Ellen Allien, Chris Liebing, Mario Basanov, Theo Parrish, Valentino Kanzyani, James Teej, Martin Buttrich, Federico Molinari, Audio Werner, Move D, Actress, Kyle Hall, Modeselektor, DJ Nature, D'julz, Redshape, Isolee, Andrew Weatherall, Speedy J, Ryan Crosson, Heartthrob, Laurent Garnier, Nina Kraviz, Prins Thomas, Marco Carola, Marcellus Pittman, Surgeon, DJ T., Metro Area, Ewan Pearson, Nick Hoppner, Livio & Roby, Droog, Tania Vulcano, Tevo Howard, Paco Osuna, DJ Qu, Raime & many more take centre stage through the month of May in London... home
Following the release of their top 10 debut album Amok, Atoms For Peace today reveal a run of full-band live shows for July 2013. The dates, which will feature the full Atoms For Peace line up of Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker, Mauro Refosco and Flea, include three nights at London's Roundhouse venue on from 24th July - tickets on sale from 8th March.
Long running London techno mecca, Lost, returns on Sunday 31st March. Very special guest and Lost favourite, Jeff Mills, heads proceedings with both a film & DJ performance. Basic Channel's Moritz von Oswald also represents alongside resident/founder Steve Bicknell, Plaid & Mario...
tickets & updates, here
Panorama Bar resident Steffi compiles the 5th chapter of the clubs mix compilation series with the London launch taking place on Sunday 5th May.
01. Palisade - 18:30
02. Endian - Doze
03. Big Strick - Hayday
04. Chris Mitchell - Lonely Nights
05. BLM - The Nest
06. Fred P - Project 05
07. Naoki Shinohara - Timeless
08. Juju & Jordash - A Stab In The Dark
09. John Barera & Will Martin - Reality
10. DJ Fett Burger - Disco Tre
11. Juergen Junker - Post Reunion
12. Steffi - DB011
13. Dexter - Jawada
14. DJ Skull - Don't Stop The Beat
15. Obsolete Music Technology - Latency
16. Trevino - Juan Two Five
The mix compilation is out on the 13th May.
Press here for London launch details...
secretsundaze, Ostgut Ton & mulletover crack open the Easter weekend in LDN on Thursday 28th March with Robert Hood, Nina Kraviz & Maceo Plex all featuring...
secretsundaze Easter Special
Ostgut Ton x 50 Weapons
mulletover 9th Birthday
More LDN Easter selections and highlights, here
At 4pm today (21/2/13) a live stream interview can be viewed at http://www.yourvisionquest.com/ about Visionquest Thirteen, the 13 parties throughout 2013 conjured by Seth Troxler, Lee Curtiss, Shaun Reeves and Ryan Crosson.
Trapped amidst a world of mass-consumption and musical stagnation, the Visionquest collective: Seth Troxler, Lee Curtiss, Shaun Reeves and Ryan Crosson are seeking a new path forward. Harnessing innovative production concepts and cutting-edge technology, their Visionquest Thirteen project moves beyond classic club environments and embarks on a shared journey of co-creation and musical enlightenment. Throughout a series of thirteen unique events, this will be the only opportunity to see these four artists operate as a cohesive unit performing both as DJs and live at some of the world's leading underground clubs and festivals.
The party's journey will progress from the blackness of the deepest corners of night, to the warmth of the first light of dawn; and potentially back again. Visionquest Thirteen is a logical progression of the aesthetic values already well-established by the Visionquest brand; specifically the use of ancient symbols, numerology, and other mystical icons. It revels in the mysticism that has attached itself to the number 13 throughout cultures and periods in history and references the mysteries of the ancient world as a revelation for the future.
"Visionquest Thirteen is a chance for the boys and I to go back to what we do best. Playing and hanging out together the way we used to and coming up with new ideas. The twist on doing these thirteen special events is that we will be pushing the level of production and music up further than we had originally imagined."
- Lee Curtiss
The Visionquest Thirteen is the only opportunity to witness the four playing as a collective and together only they will steer the musical voyage from the start to finish. Taking place at unique locations across the globe as well as reinventing some much-loved established institutions, each event will be inimitable, and once over forever lost to the vaults of time.
The tour kicks off on the 30th March at fabric in London, followed the next weekend byTimewarp in Mannheim on 6th April, and then on the 27th April by Warehouse Project in Manchester and over the following nine months will take in clubs, bespoke events and festivals in Chicago, Ibiza, Amsterdam, the American wilderness, Paris, New York, Turin, Buenos Aires, Miami and rural Chile.
The full thirteen date tour diary will be announced on Friday 22nd March.
Visionquest's London date is Saturday 30th March at fabriclondon - see here for full details
Montreal duo Footprintz release their album on Troxler's, Crosson, Curtis & Reeves Visionquest label on March 18th. You can listen to the album here:
Minilogue will release their next album "Blomma" on Cocoon in April/May 2013. Here is a live set by Minilogue, recorded at Länghult: http://we.tl/KevL7RH8Bu
East London music & arts venue Oval Space launch their live series programme on Thursday 7th March with a special performance from Canadian techno trio, Cobblestone Jazz (Mathew Jonson, Danuel Tate and Tyger Dhula). Doors open at 8pm...
Iconic French electronic dj & producer, Laurent Garnier, brings his critically acclaimed live LBS show to London for the very last time this Friday 30th November.
Having taken the show around the globe and performed on the worlds grandest stages, all good things must come to an end and it does so in London, this weekend...
"After eighteen months on tour with my musicians, I began to realize that I could get as much pleasure from playing live in a festival as I could from DJing in clubs. Whilst on tour, we developed a very open style of playing: interacting, improvising, and expressing ourselves freely, something that I thought I could only achieve through my DJ sets. It was obvious that after a long period spent touring round some of the biggest festivals, I was going to feel an overwhelming desire to go back to my roots (clubs and records), but the idea of finding myself alone behind two decks was impossible. So why not combine the two? Why not play other people’s records alongside my own tracks, played live? Why not put the two together to make one? After more than twenty years spent DJing, I really wanted to take it a step further. Sometimes, when I see other DJs playing out today I get the feeling that they’re bored, that they don’t get off on what they’re doing anymore. It is very clear to me why the idea behind L.B.S came to life because not only will it give my work a new lease of life, it will also offer a new and very different experience to club goers."
LBS are Laurent Garnier (DJ & machines), Benjamin Rippert (keyboards) and Stephane "Scan X" Dri (machines)
LBS Live | Friday 30th November | egg - London | 10pm - 8am
a scintillating weekend in LDN is on the horizon this 12/13/Oct: Rolando, Marco Carola, Surgeon, DJ Qu, Steffi, Heartthrob, David Rodigan, Moodyman, Burnski, Vatican Shadow, DJ Spider, Danny Krivit, Heidi, Burnski, Greg Wilson + many more... see home page for info/tickets...
From its intimate Sunday night origins for 300 dedicated followers, supernova has grown to become a monthly Saturday night house and techno Mecca that currently resides in Kings X... They turn four on Saturday night. Lots of very special guests, London friends and family will take over the 4 spaces for this occasion... The DC7 crew take over space one with Desolat star Pirupa joining Gianni Scotto & the supernova residents... Sub Terrania return to the terrace with Cadenza party starter Dani Casarano and the second Desolat guest, Paola Poletto, returning for another supernova session following their amazing appearance last time around... Full info and lowdown, here: http://wild-music.com/events.php?id=3295
One of the globes finest festivals, EXIT, showcases in London on Saturday 15th September featuring a electronic/dance highlight from this years gathering. Representing the festivals homeland, the Serbian trio of Marko Nastic, Dejan Milicevic & Marko Milosavljevic are landing in London for a special B2B showcase. Hosted by global party starters FACT, also on hand are London collectives Paradox & Leading Astray featuring Nisekay & Caroline Banx (FunnyLookinCreatures / Lo*kee), Outart (One More / Paradox), Guille Bonesso (Juntos), Elek-Fun, Luis Pedregosa, L Tete, Alvaro Ponce, Inigo Surio, Nils Hess, Jb & Marta Del Valle, Joe Le Groove & Jay Tempest.
Full info/tickets, here.
Hello wildlings, welcome to the weekend...
Following last weekends monolithic selection, this Friday/Saturday/Sunday's disco decision is less of a dilemma. Despite lower levels of dancefloor detection here at Wild HQ, frequencies remain at the highest magnitude for this weeks identified events: New venues open, several very special guests descend on the Capital, enthralling showcases take place plus a super fraction of local party starters are out to play...
See HERE for the lowdown and check the site more events and location announcements...
Stay tuned to our facebook page for future news.
All at w/m x
Hello wildlings, welcome to the weekend...
As many revelers head to an abundance of festivals this weekend (Latitude, Montreux, Exit, Benicassim, Melt, Electric Elephant, Dour, Larmer Tree, BBK, Optimus + many more), equal electronic solace can be found here in London with a sparkling few days & nights on the horizon. River & street festivals, open air concerts and Bastille Day celebrations are thrown into this weekends fix with numerous nocturnal and daytime gatherings scattered across waterways, squares, gorilla spaces, secret places and the finest nightlife establishments. With a hot selection of the capital's finest party starters and various electronic eminences taking centre stage, expect another action packed adventure on the dancefloor...
See here for the lowdown and check the site for more events and location announcements...
Stay tuned to our facebook page for future news including first announcements for the launch of the UK arm of a independent record company, digital distribution network (servicing 300+ stores), a promotional tool for unpublished artists/producers, plus invites for a new music & lifestyle social media site...
All at w/m x
Following last weekends opening spectacular, the London Pleasure Gardens host the first of several serious electronic gatherings this Friday 6th & Saturday 7th July as Bloc 2012 opens its gates. Over the course of two days & nights, a myriad of electrifying guests take centre stage in various guerilla spaces on both land and water: Orbital, Snoop Dogg, Richie Hawtin, Amon Tobin: ISAM, Gary Numan, Steve Reich, Flying Lotus, Ricardo Villalobos, Jeff MillsSquarepusher, Battles, DOOM, A.T.O.L., Jamie Jones, Carl Craig – 69, Nicolas Jaar, Apparat Band, James Blake, Ellen Allien, Joker, Four Tet, Monolake, Scuba, Hudson Mohawke DJ, Levon Vincent, Surgeon, Clark, Shackleton, Martyn, Joy Orbison b2b Jackmaster, Art Department, Sandwell District, Actress, Hype Williams, Digital Mystikz, Kode9, Tikiman with Scion, Alva Noto, Cosmin TRG, Steffi, L Vis 1990 b2b Bok Bok, Jacques Greene, Loefah, Billy Nasty, Addison Groove, Cooly G, Jon Hopkins, Nathan Fake, Space Dimension Controller, Appleblim, Oneohtrix Point Never, Will Saul, Ikonika, Ray Keith, Mosca, Ed DMX, Geddes, Xhin, Midland, Untold, Byetone, T.Williams, RadioNasty, Mark Archer [Altern 8], Transparent Sound, Dusky, Pariah, Boddika, Arpanet, Pinch, Illum Sphere, SND, Perc, Objekt, Lucy, Daniel Stefanik, Oneman, Deadboy, Redinho, Spencer, Truss, Scratcha DVA, Terror Danjah, Ceephax Acid Waltzers, Andy Blake,
Over the coming months, partys from mulletover, secretsundaze, Cocoon, Art Of Dark and Pushca take place at this location. For more information and updates, check LPG.
Bloc 2012 Day One - Friday 6th July
Bloc 2012 Day Two - Saturday 7th July
This Sunday in London, a new party sets sail, West side - Casablanca. Featuring Anja Schneider, And.Id, Simon Baker, Studio 4, Gerd Janson, Rob Mello & Carsten Klemann, this bi-weekly soiree provides some outstanding summery electronics and warm shades of disco on the westerly side of town... Meanwhile, Sunday veterans, secretsundaze, open their afternoon calendar on the Bussey Warehouse roof with very special guests Daniel Bell, Braiden & Flori joining party starters James Priestley & Giles Smith for another season of alfresco moves and grooves...
See here for the full lowdown and advance tickets:
Casablanca Launch at Loftstudios, Sunday 1st July
secretsundaze opening at Bussey Warehouse, Sunday 1st July
Elsewhere, tINI (Desolat) plays Fuse and Gaiser (Minus) takes centre stage at WYS/fabric - info here.
On Saturday 23rd June, supernova present something very special as they welcome a 4 man Berlin show, the Highgrade Disharmonic Orchestra, for their live UK debut appearance! Taking over room one for the whole evening, the electronic quartet of Todd Bodine (highgrade), Tom Clark (highgrade), Philip Bader (Bar 25) and Daniel Dreier (Bar 25), collide on stage for what promises to be an exceptional show. Full event details, here
Techno certainly rules the roost this weekend with a gargantuan invasion of big hitters leading the sonic attack on the capitals clubs, warehouses and gorilla spaces... Secret spaces, cosy places and purpose built dancing establishments play host to this lot on Friday night: Omar S, Kode9, Benji B, Audiofly, Danny Daze, Jozif, Jackmaster, Midland, Alex Arnout, Anthea, Marshall Jefferson, Eats Everything, Actress, Robert Owens, Oliver Huntemann, Technasia, Tricky & many more... And Saturday night sounds like this: Steve Bug, Kate Simko, Move D, Prosumer, Steve Rachmad, Speedy J, Marcel Dettmann, Sandwell District, A Guy Called Gerald, Marcellus Pittman, Todd Terje, Morgan Geist, Frivolous, The Mole, Frankie Knuckles, Rino Cerrone, Pirupa, Floating Points...
See here for info with links through to the full lowdown, ticket & guestlist options and venue updates. Stay tuned to the site for more dancing options, announcements & future discos...
Have the best weekend ever,
All at wild x
This Saturday night, the 3rd supernova 2012 party sets sail with their Ibiza Edition. In collaboration with Night&Day Magazine, Relations & Paradox, supernova have put together a party featuring the island's current & future movers & groovers: Nima Gorji (Welt / Murmur), Jose De Divina (Circoloco), Francisco Allendes (Cadenza / Andes Music), Paola Poletto (Viva Music), Rene (Circoloco), Neverdogs (eukatech), Jimithesun (digital traffik / tresor berlin), Clint Lee (Wildlife) & secret Paradox guests all feature.
Ahead of the party, we had a quick chat with Chilean/Ibiza star Francisco Allendes...
We’ve had quite a few Chilean dj/producers at our London parties over the past 8 years: Luciano & Villalobos, Alejandro Vivanco, Felipe Venegas, Marcelo Rosselot, Pier Bucci as well as releases on our eukahouse label (Vivanco & Miguel Tutera). The music definitely has a unique sound, subtle and atmospheric. Where do your influences come from?
I think we all have a heavy influence by chilean rock and folk from the last 30 years. We had (and still have) some great bands that mixed rock and latin sounds, kinda progressive rock with panflutes and congas. Incredible bands like Los Jaivas, Inti Illimani, Congreso that are also worldwide known for their music. Me, in particular, I am very influenced by jazz-rock bands of the seventies, Zappa, Floyd and Mahavishnu Orchestra are always with me.
Which new Chilean producer/djs are worth keeping an eye on?
There are many upcoming producers from Chile, my favourite producer is Manuel Araneda from Concepcion (South of Chile). We have a few releases of him on our label Andes Music, check them if you have some time ;)
DJs I would recommend Marco Latrach and Phillipe Liard
What releases do you have coming up and any new label projects?
2012 has been a great year in releases so far, I have released on Viva Music, Cadenza Lab and remixed for Andes Music, Monza Recordings and Orion Muzik. Next I have a Desolat release with Paola Poletto, the first release of our new label Aurora Indigo and 2 tracks on Entail Records among others.
Where are you going to be this summer and what highlight gigs / residencies do you have planned?
There are some very nice parties going on this summer in Ibiza but I cannot tell right now since it is not all closed. I will be resident at La Plage in Ibiza (together with Paola Poletto) and have parties in Spain, Italy and France between June and September.
You produce with another of the supernova guests, Paola Poletto. Where did you meet and what collaborations do you have coming up?
We met on Facebook! I was still living in Chile when we started talking in 2009 and now we are married living together in Ibiza in a nice house in the country where we have time to grow our vegetables and make music :) We have a Desolat release coming out very soon and we are very happy with it! Also we started a label called Aurora Indigo that will have its first release ending April. And a lot more music is coming!
What are your favourite venues to play at in South America and Europe?
In South America I played a couple of times in Montanita, Ecuador in a venue called Electromundo, amazing!!! Just a few meters from the beach and open air made me have one of the greatest parties i've ever had. I Europe I had the chance to play in Cromie, Italy, that was also an amazing venue!
You've had a summer residency in Ibiza. When not on the dancefloor/djing, where are your favourite places to relax and eat on the island?
One of my favourites places to chill is Cala D'hort, a lovely beach in front of Es Vedra, I like a lot also Cala Oliveira for its landscape and Dog Friendly policy :) Since I am vegetarian, I don't find many options to have nice food, but I can recommend you Out of Time, a small place at the side of Plaza del Parque with a delicious menu of vegetarian, organic and raw food and Passion, a great cafe (not only vegetarian) with excellent variety of veggie burgers and salads located in front of Space. In both places you shuld come with no hurries since they call themselves Slow Food restaurants.
What's your dj & studio set up?
I was playing with traktor but when it crashed during a party I decided to stop it. Right now I am paying with cds and thats it. In the studio, I work with Cubase (I have used it for years, tried to move on Logic or Ableton but was not possible), I have also a Dave Smith Tetra and a Moog Slim Phatty that sounds really fat. Before this I did not have any hardware and now that I have I can tell the difference on the sound. The last machine to enter in my studio was a Doepfer Modular about 2 months ago, it is supposed to do incredible sounds but I am still learning how to work with it....
Francisco plays supernova on Saturday 21st April - info/tickets here
He's also put together this hour mix, enjoy :)
Whether you immersed yourselves in music or escaped to quieter climbs, we hope you all had a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend! Apologies for being incommunicado this past month; our reasons for this cyber sabbatical will be unveiled very soon... On to this weekend where it's going to be another loaded few nights in London. Although not ladened with the usual high quantity (it is the weekend after the bank holiday after all), the musical quality still prevails. Several birthday parties and new residencies set sail on Friday evening featuring a host of special guests and local heroes, namely: DJ Qu, Troy Pierce, Addison Groove, Alexandra, The Revenge, Neil Landstrumm, Archimedes, Audiojack, Robert James, Droog & Felix Da Housecat + many more...
Saturday night entices with an abundance of sonic flavours served up courtesy of these exceptional guests: Marco Carola, Dave Clarke, Gary Beck, Black Asteroid (live), SIS, DJ Spen & Karizma, Soul Clap, No regular Play, Boris Werner, Alex Celler, Puente & Rosch, Alexkid, Tom Demac (live), Rainer, 19.418.104.22.168.5.18, Junior Boys, Friendly Fires, Will Saul, John Roberts, Coyu, Uner, KiNK, Jeremy P. Caulfield & much more.
PRESS HERE FOR THE FULL LOW DOWN
Spanish house/techno giants FACT land in London on Saturday 31st March. Headling the party os very special guest Timo Maas (Cocoon / Rockets & Ponies) and guests from Tsuba, Back To Basics, Jaunt, Lost Souls and Discreet soundsystem. Full party details are here
CT caught up with Timo Maas ahead of his gig...
1) You’re often named as a big influence on artists as they were starting out, who were your influences when you started and who do you get inspiration from now?
My influences were mostly the experiences of life really… I`m nearly 30 years DJing…wanted to hold my own vinyl in my hand….which finally happened back in `94. These days I listen a lot to all kinds of music, hang out with musicians and would really point out Sante Pucello aka Santos as my most inspirational personality..
2) What’s been your biggest highlights over the past year?
Oooo….there`s been a lot! All the mixes, albums, travels, parties, people, … many v cool highlights
3) You’ve remixed a lot of artists over the years, who would you most like to remix or work with that you haven’t and why?
David Bowie still I would say…
4) So as you’ve been DJing for nearly 30 years now, did you ever in your wildest dreams think you’d still be doing this as a profession all this time back when you started?
Absolutly NO! many things came together, meeting the right people, being at the right point at the right time, luck obviously too…but in the early days, I always said: “I NEVER BE A PROFESSIONAL, cause it has no future”…
5) In the past 10 years DJing technology has changed so much, where can you see it being in 5 or even 10 years time?
Basically, it will still be about the music…HOW that is presented, I think will be very much advanced…I couldn`t imagine a few years back, making music on highly sophisticated touchcontrol units anywhere, where I want.
6) You ran a remix competition on your Rockets & Ponies label at the end of last year, how was the quality of the entries and how hard was it to pick a winner?
It was over 300 remixes to listen to, loads of average stuff…some really interesting concepts and a well deserved winner with Ivan from Chicago, who is a great talent!
7) What can we expect from Timo Maas in 2012?
Finally my new album, which is nearly done now, remixes, travels, parties, Ibiza….and hopefully good times!!!
8) What can we expect from your alias Mutant Clan (alongside production partner Santos) this year too?
We work on something new here too!
9) If you had to finish DJing and Producing music tomorrow what would you most like to be remembered for?
For all the love, passion, work and enthusiasm I have put into my work, and for all the great moments been created when somebody played or still plays my music!
Bloody Mary (Dame Music) and Luna City Express (Moonharbour) head the February supernova session on Saturday 25th. Jamie at CT caught up with BM for a quick chat...
Is there a story behind why you started using the name Bloody Mary?
My friends call me Mary since a long time and it became Bloody Mary because of a crazy night and the fun I had with them…
For anyone who’s seeing your name for the first time, how would you describe yourself as a DJ/Producer and what sort of sound we can expect from you at Egg in London?
It´s difficult to speak about my style. Well, I would say that I like massive kicks, a dark & sexy groove and vocals. Is that enough? haha
What’s the proudest moment in your career so far?
To have my own label :)
What were your main highlights of 2011?
My first gig at Panoramabar Berlin and also playing the mainstage at Fusion Festival. Meeting lovely people, new friends and having the chance to continue to play my music around the world.
You’re originally from the Aix en Provence region of France, but now reside in Berlin, when did you move over there and how did you find it settling in when you first arrived?
I fell in love with Berlin in 2004 and I moved there in 2005. This city is really relaxing and at the same time full of energy. No traffic, its green, but also super cold. It has helped me to spend more in the studio ;)
I see you played at the BPM festival in Playa Del Carmen in Mexico last month. Had you played there before? How was it? As it’s a relatively new festival, but seems to be growing more and more each year.
I played already there 2 years ago for NYE. Mexico is one of my favourite countries to visit, people are really friendly and the crowd is amazing (food also!!) Playa del Carmen is one of the most beautiful places (with Tulum) I´ve seen in my life, to play there on the beach is magic. Of course like everything, the festival is getting bigger every year and soon the invasion will come!!!
Your label Dame Music has been getting a lot of attention and it’s only been running for a year and a half, what would you say is the secret?
To be a music lover :) and not to follow the others… and to work a lot.
What can we expect from the label this year, are planning anything special for the 2nd birthday?
Will you be part of the Elite? Klub Klub is coming to get you… More info about the various artists coming soon.
What are you most looking forward to in 2012?
Happiness and love… and of course more music ;)
Full party details and mixes from the headliners can be found here.
Ahead of his appearance at La Dolce Vita this Saturday night, LDV caught up with Marco Faraone (Moonharbour)...
Q: This is your first time playing at La Dolce Vita, right?
I'm very happy to see some italian dj's playing at the same party in a big city like London. Its a big honor for me to be there and share the stage with lots of friends. I expect a really nice party full of energy! I think that London at the moment is one of the best cities where a dj can play and be appreciated from the people.
Q: What are some of the your best memories of parties in London?
The last time I've been at the egg, was in March 2011 and the party was Amazing. I was playing with "Zoo Brazil" that night and I remember a really energic crowd and atmosphere! Cool people and cool club. 3 different floors and very good soundsystems everywhere - that's so important for our job. That's why i cant wait to came back this week and enjoy the new gig!
Q: Do you have any secret weapons ie tracks, edits/remixes and can you name a couple of records that will definitely be in your box?
Yes I have a few nice bootlegs and some special tracks that I love to play. To be honest I don't have a precise list of tracks that I ALWAYS play in my dj sets. I just go in the club, look at the people, open my laptop/record bag and try to create the wave that I feel in the same moment. My musical influence can cross house, deep, techno and disco sounds. I think that everything depends on the party. All the parties have their own history.
Q: Describe how you first got started in music. Where are you based and started when did you start producing? What was your 1st track and what happened with it?
Everything started around 10 years ago in my town "Lucca-Tuscany" like a joke. I'm 23, but i already started to play and listen to music a long time ago. My father was a radio speaker in 1980 and my grandfather was a known Italian folk singer. So I think this is the reason why i've been always around the music. I was 14 when I got a pair of turntables. It was like a dream and step my step I fell in love with my new "hobby", which today, with passion and determination, has become my Job. My first vinyl release was in 2008 called "Arte varia". This Ep was good but a bit techno, because in that year the sound was a bit harder than now… Really far away from the style i'm playing and producing at the moment. I think a dj/producer has always a music evolution during the years...
Q: Since then you've released tunes on different labels and can you describe your sound and what you are trying to achieve?
I've been playing music for ten years and producing for six. I started producing for fun with an old PC just because i wanted to try and create something by myself. I remember my first software (reason3.0), was totally crazy and difficult to produce only with this program! When i started to produce, i didn't know exactly what i'd like to do like style of music, so for me it was like a "Test". Then after a few months I changed my sound a little and produced some new fresh house stuff. Then i released a new Ep called "Arabia" on Tenax recordings (Italian label from my friend Alex Neri), and then growing year after year improving my sound and my technique, i landed on labels like Moon Harbour, Cècille, Four:Twenty and many more...
Q: Do you have any fave tunes you have produced and if so why? Who has championed your sound + biggest achievements to date?
My favorite tracks that i've produced are "Don't touch my stereo" on Bloody Mary's label (dame-music) and "Want life time", but the most important one was definitely "Strange Neighbors" released on Matthias Tanzmann's label "Moon Harbour". I don't have a specific artist who helped or inspire me to create my sound. I've been inspired from my travels in Ibiza, Berlin and during the years in lots of clubs and festivals.
Q: Has the digital revolution helped you take off and what do you think of music industry right now?
This is a big question… I think that the music industry is running very badly at the moment because of digitalization and the web. I've spoken with a few friends who have a labels and they are also sad for the situation. Everybody shares and downloads music for free everywhere and i think that is totally disrespectful for our job. I play with my laptop not because i don't like to play records but, just because with Traktor i can do things that i can't do playing vinyl. I still buy vinyls every week for my own collection. But i'm also aware that the future is going to be digital, it's sad to say that, but there is no competition because i don't think that the digital business will finish in the next few years - it will keep growing up!
Q: What are your plans for the the rest of the year in terms of releases, remixes, and gigs / radio shows?
I have two new releases soon, a new Ep on Moon Harbour which included 2 original mixes from me and 2 original mixes from my friend and partner Arado.Then just before the springtime i will release on my label "Etrruia Beat" a new vinyl Ep from me and my label partner "Luca Agnelli", included two bomb remixes from Robert Dietz and Lauhaus. I have also an upcoming remix on Safari, label from my big friend Arnaud Le Texier. Stay tuned because it wll be really hot ! regarding gigs - i'm really happy, i'm playing over the last 2 years so, let's hope that everything goes better and better step by step...
Marco Faraone joins Lucio Aquilina (Cocoon), Rene (Circo Loco) a secret guest and many more on Saturday 21st January at La Dolce Vita.
01 - Tom Ruijg - Nothing But Love / BangBang!
02 - Alexandar Kyosev - Sidecar Theory / Draft
03 - Kenny Larkin - Cirque De Soul / Planet E
04 - Marco Faraone, Arado - Get Reverse / Cècille records
05 - Lisa Lee – When Can I Call You (Nicholas Dirty Dub Remix) / Needwant
06 - Giuseppe Cennamo - imprints in my mind / Carillon
07 - Sidney Charles & Sven Kerkhoff - House Witness (Original mix) / Variante
08 - Damian Schwartz - Saket feat Kasper / Oslo
09 - My favourite robot - Forest fires / Visionquest
10 - Julien Bracht - Battle Bitch / Ama rec
11 - James Mile - White lies / Etruria beat records
12 - Trickski - Good Time To Pray (Axel Boman Remix) / Suol
Mihai Popoviciu (Highgrade / Diynamic / Romania) & Yousef (Circus / Cocoon / Cecille) head the supernova xmas party on Saturday 17th December.
See below for a Yousef mix live from Circo Loco / DC10 this summer and from Mihai at Boiler Beats.
Full event details can be found here.
Marcel Dettmann (MDR/Ostgut) conjures his dark arts for the beatport live series. A selection of the Osgut family descend in the capital on Friday 25th November for a special showcase, full info here.
A collision of like minded creatives from the world of music, nightlife, lifestyle, arts, culture, culinary, fashion, technology, adventure and entertainment industries have collaborated to forge a new independent print and online platform, thewildtimes.
We have several contributor opportunities available across a myriad of lifestyle subjects and are seeking new blood to become part of this exciting project. Unlike most other media outlets, this venture is primarily penned by creatives, industry specialists, tastemakers and clued-up insiders rather than journalists. It’s not essential, but if you have direct industry involvement, fantastic!
There is no submission deadline as the project is ongoing. However, the soft launch is November 2011, and we have a number of commissions available.
If you want to be part of the team with your words / pictures / videos / sounds, then please get in touch specifying which subject area you are interested in contributing to:
We look forward to hearing from you and will reply to all enquiries as soon as possible.
This Saturday night, the legendary DJ Ralf hits London to play at the supernova party with a cast of special guests from London/Ibiza/Berlin/Italy and fellow headliner, Siopis (Get Physical). He has put together a summer mix for Italian electronic magazine, Soundwall, press here to listen.
Get Physical/Coccon/Pokerflat producer/dj and Wilde artist, Lopazz, has put together a most excellent Podcast. He performs live with Alex Cortex as Bad Cop Bad Cop at Fabric this Saturday 3rd September in London.
Earlier this month, we were all shocked by the news that long established Soho record shop, Harold Moores was closing for a re-fit and in order to prepare its shop for a revamp, staff chucked out thousands of records – dumped in a skip outside for anyone to just walk past, jump in and pick up what was thought to be up to 20,000 rare musical gems. Unfortunately we missed out on the gold mine and have been kicking ourselves ever since but with the dream still alive, we caught up with techno veteran Tim Green to ask him, if he had been in Soho that day which records would he have saved and why?
The Dirtybird/Cocoon stalwart has also given us an exclusive mix to download which burns a raucous party atmosphere and has been heating up the fabric office of late.
Download: Tim Green - fabric Promo Mix
1. Pat Metheny - As Falls Wichita
Pat Metheny Group can do no wrong in my opinion. This is one of my many favourite records by Pat Metheny, due to childhood memories mainly. Only 5 tracks on here I think, but all really long and interesting Jazz; kinda similar in feel to Miles Davis’ ‘In A Silent Way.
2. Jeff Buckley – Grace
One of the most haunting and beautiful albums; it’s a real favourite of mine. An absolute perfect record in my opinion; everyone should have a copy of this!
3. Bjork - Vespertine
I love everything Bjork does, but this is my favourite record by her. She always has the ability to re-invent herself. She can always get away with just realising any type of music she wants; people expect it from her :) This album though is brilliant for the use of technology and tiny sounds, mixed with incredible choirs and orchestras. The group Matmos was a huge part to this album also.
4. Daft Punk - Discovery
This is the record that got me into dance music. Funnily enough it wasn't ‘Homework’ (just because I heard ‘Discovery’ first tbh). But I’d never heard anything like them before.
5. Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue
A recent addition to my favourite records, I really can’t stop listening to it. The title track is incredible and is what I first heard from the album. Sounds just like a road trip to me. Plus it’s on Warp, who are easily one of the best labels in the world. Such a great mix of musical styles all perfectly working together – a super talented artist.
6. DJ Shadow - Entroducing
This record definitely should be saved. If you haven't heard this album then you should punish yourself! Another record that got me into dance music heavily. The ‘Changeling’ track is my favourite, especially as its time signature is 7/4 or 14/8.
7. Rowan Blades, Chris LakeFilth (Andy Page Remix)
Getting back to dance music, this was an incredible remix in my opinion. I used to really love breaks, also a lot of the progressive stuff. It had such incredible atmosphere but with the crispest beats. It was so futuristic when I heard it. Andy Page has some incredible production skills.
8. Illogic & Raf - Could It Be
I was into drum and bass a long time before I started producing techno/house. I learnt to DJ with drum and bass and used to produce it. This was my favourite record from that time. It has everything I loved about drum and bass - moody, trippy and rolling!
9. Gaiser - Egress
This record still blows me away. So futuristic, it influenced me so much. The best groove on any record. Ridiculously funky!
10. JD - Sealed Up
I think if this album exists anywhere, it would be in a record shop like Harold Moores. It’s a brilliant folk/country album by an English musician, with the most incredible songs - in a very similar vein to Sparklehorse. I made a copy on minidisc from a good friend from college whose step Dad engineered on the record I think but I’m pretty sure it never came out; maybe only on promo copies in record stores. So I’m not even sure if that was the name of the LP, or even what the track names are, but it’s got such great songs.
Tim Green joins Raresh, Digitaline, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Mean records and more at fabric on Saturday 3rd September
Ahead of the Parisian flavoured party on Saturday, the two headliners throw down two exclusive mixes to get you into the groove...
Dan Ghenacia and Dyed Soundorom head the Sound Of The City party this Saturday 6th August at The Hub Studios, London. Full info and tickets here.
This Saturday night, Ian Pooley (Simple/Ovum/Plus 8/Berlin), joins Uto Karem (Plus 8), Anderson Noise (Brazil/Noise Music) and DJ Fudge (Ibadan) to head the supernova Lovebox carry on. Ian recorded a mix at the beginning of the summer and here it is, press here.
Ian Pooley – Side of me
Robert Owens – Bring down the walls (Leo Zero Edit)
Moodymanc – Black Paint (Dub)
Chris Carrier – Street Machine
Gene Siewing – Youre not a DJ (Luna city Express Rmx)
Technique – Southwater (Alexkid Tool Mix)
Consistent – Higher Feel
Shlomi Aber- Slow Dancer (Wink Remix 1)
Sean Miller – Cmon that's it
Johanna Knutsson – Heavy Baby (Ian Pooley Edit)
Delano Smith – A Special kind
Ian Pooley Groove me
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Ahead of his Saturday night Fabric appearance, Vince Watson drops some deep techno rhythms to get you into the groove. Press play and listen... Also joining him on the night is Steve Rachmad, Dixon, Isolee, Rahaan and the lazermagnetic boys. More info here.
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1. Nick Dunton - Between Worlds - Surface
2. Frederico Todos - The Moment (Matthias Vogt Remix / Fred Everything Edit) - Urbantorque
3. Jimpster - Alsace & Lorraine (Josh Wink Interpretation 1) - Freerange
4. Arithmetics - For the Faint of Heart - Freerange
5. Agoria - Panta Rei - Infine
6. Vince Watson - Illusion (Dub) - Tresor (Promo)
7. Vince Watson - Pressure - Bio
8. Vince Watson - Sequential - Bio 024 Promo
9. Joel Mull - Red Lights (SLS Mix) - Audiomatique
10. Phil Keiran - Free Yourself (Instrumental) - PK Recordings
11. Vince Watson - Interference - Promo 025 Promo
12. Nick Dunton - Between Worlds (Sandwell District Remix) - Surface
Sunday 7th August: Details coming soon, stay tuned here...
Ahead of his Flying Circus appearance on Saturday 4th June, Lee Curtiss recorded a set to get you into the mood...
Ahead of his back to back set with DJ Spen, here's 60 minutes of tunage from Karizma recorded live at Cooly G's birthday party...
Kaytronik – Bmore State Of Mind – CDRXclusive
Karizma – Twyst This – R2 Records
Osunlade – Idiosyncracy_Yoruba Records
Kenny Dope – Unknown – CDRXclusive
Kaytronik – Ya Shook – CDRXclusive
Exist – Looking At Blue – CDRXclusive
Karizma – K2daP – CDRXclusive
Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey (Atjazz Remix) – CDRXclusive
Joash – Bleed (K2′s Love’s Hard Drumz) – CDRXclusive
Joash – Bleed (K2′s Love’s So Hard Edit) – CDRXclusive
Karizma – Outta Kontrol – Defected
Richy Pitch – Dey Suffer (Suffer Dem Drums)- BBE Records
Kaytronik – I Think – CDRXclusive
Greenmoney- Sum Mi Stay (Kaytronik Remix)- Fools Gold Records
EOL (Ft. Lisa Fischer) – Love Will Know (Deepah Dub) – Vega Records
Kaytronik – Just My Luck – CDRXclusive
Atjazz – For Real – Atjazz Record Co.
Exist – Exist 1 – CDRXclusive
Karizma heads the next muak house party on Saturday 28th May, details are here
Ahead of this Saturday's live show at Fabric, here's a snap shot from A Guy Called Gerald to enjoy...
A Guy Called Gerald plays alongside Zip, Agoria, Sushitech Records and more on Saturday 14th May at Fabric.
Ahead of this weekends next Muak warehouse party, the guys caught up with one of the headliners, Mr Charles Webster...
Hey Charles, you’re certainly another DJ we have had on our hit list for some time now so are glad to finally have you down to play. Are you a fan of these pop up warehouse raves? (CW) ‘I love these types of gigs…it’s takes me back to the early 90’s in Nottingham and in San Francisco and Oakland…always a great atmosphere … people feel like they are witnessing something unique and special…which of course they are’
You first started out making Hip – Hop beats. Do you still find time to work on other musical genres? (CW) ‘yes… most of the music I am working on at the moment (pretty much always has been like this) probably 50% of it is non-house music…lot’s of vocal projects, a film soundtrack and my main focus at the moment is a Jazz album I am making with my great friend Peter Wright…..on the house front I have 6 releases ready to release over the next 6 months or so, plus loads of remixes.
What is your favourite original break to work with? (CW) ‘ I love ‘take 5’ and ‘50 ways to leave your lover’ best I think., though I never really sample breaks, I try and recreate in the style of’’
You have worked with the likes of Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson in the studio – pretty much a who’s who of the times. Is there anyone else from the era that you wished you had got the chance to work with? (CW) ‘I know carl Craig and Moodymann but I never worked with either of them.. that could be fun’
Under the moniker, Sine, you pretty much created the signature for a lot of records we hear today. What pieces of kit were you using to make these early bullets on? (CW) ‘yes, it is odd, I used to hate the tags ‘tech house’ and ‘deep house’…now look at the scene…amazing 20 years later and still going strong…as for equipment.. pretty much the same as I use now (apart from the Mac of course, I used an Atari 1040 with Notator back then)…lot’s of Roland synths, cheap FM synths and Akai and EMU samplers’
You resided in Nottingham for some time and as a fellow Midlander must say I enjoyed many a night out there. My favourite venue was The Bomb, which was yours? (CW) ‘I would have to say Venus’
What still excites you about the industry? (CW) ‘discovering new sounds and music.. it is endless’
How are things going with Miso? (CW) ‘not to bad…we are much more on the digital download front these days….we have a very full schedule of releases lined up for the next 6 months or so…lot’s of nice vocal traxx…and a more ‘chill’ compilation’
What releases do you have coming up both on Miso and personally through other labels? (CW) ‘on miso I have a track I did with Diviniti from Detroit (we got amazing mixes from Piranahead and D.J minx)…..a Version album….a track I did with the amazing vocalist Cathy Battistessa….a new project I have started called January Tuesday, this is more eclectic stuff…folky, electronic etc… and I did quite a few remixes over the winter…for Vega, Atjazz, Tribe etc..’
Do you still have a local record shop or is everything done online now? (CW) ‘all the specialist shops here have gone…I buy stuff online these days….places like Interstellar Sounds, Honest Jon’s, Clone etc..’
Do you manage to listen to every track that you get sent through? (CW) ‘pretty much…I don’t listen to the whole track if it is horrible tho…that would be ridiculous !’
Which artists and labels are doing it for you at the moment? (CW) ‘as, always..new things pop up all the time, I don’t think I could guarantee to like a labels entire output…some good labels at the moment are…rush hour, delusions of grandeur…’
CHARLES WEBSTER JOINS ANDRE LODEMANN FOR THE MUAK WAREHOUSE SPECIAL THAT TAKES PLACE AT THE VAULTS SPACE THIS SATURDAY 30TH APRIL. PRESS HERE FOR FULL EVENT INFO / TICKETS.
Ahead of his Saturday night party at All Friends, deep house & jazzy techno supremo, Scope fires off some words and drops a new mix to get you into the mood...
Q > Hey Ric, good to have you flying back over the Irish Sea to spin some beats. How’s life treating you in Belfast?
Great! So busy, but I’m really inspired at the moment as I have been tucked away in the studio preparing for my album, which I’ll be starting to record very soon :)
Q > How did you get into music in the first instance and then secondly your house music?
I've been really into all types of music since I was around 10 or 11. It was like a social thing with friends. We'd go to the record store after school, buy some bits, and then go back to a friend’s house. There we'd listen and make copies for each other and mixes too. I started a band with the same friends when we were around 14 and I also started to DJ when I was around 16. It was around 95/96 that I started to get into dance music. For the 1st few years I was just taking everything on board and buying lots. It was from my 1st clubbing experiences around 98 when I really discovered the exact genre of dance music that I was really into and that was House!
Q > What was your first event promotion, first DJ gig and first release?
Following on from the last question.. It was about 2001 I decided to start my own club night. I wanted a place to really push the sounds I was into and for all my friends to come to also. The night was called 'Funktion'. I just booked local DJ's to begin with, but as it was so successful I was offered a bigger venue and that when I started to book internationally. At the start of when I started to run the night I never played out. I was happy to pick the DJ’s and direct the musical direction. All my friends said that I should be playing myself, so I started to do warm ups and it all spiraled from there really and I was getting booked by other clubs. DJ’ing in Ireland wasn’t really enough for me and I knew the only way I could break out was to start making my own music. My 1st release was around 2006 on Urban Torque and that started a whole new era for me.
Q > What is your favourite piece of kit and do you use hardware?
I've only ever owned a few bits of hardware like workstation synths, samplers and midi controllers. A lot of my producer friends who are older than me have a great selection of kit, so I try and use or borrow stuff when I can. In all honesty though, people have this fantasy that hardware is better. Up until 5 years ago, maybe. But now the quality of software is so good it’s unreal. I'd probably have to say my favourite piece of kit is the Korg M1. That is what House music is all about!
Q > Where is your favourite gig?
Ohhh, that’s a tough 1! When ever people ask me about this, I don’t just think of the actual gig. I think about the whole experience. The venue, the soundsystem, the booth, the supporting DJ’s, the promotion, how you're treated etc etc. I'd probably have to say Dubai. I've played there many times now and I’m always very well looked after and the people are so passionate about their music.
Q > Which track that you have produced are you most proud of?
WOW.. Well I've made about 120, so I couldn’t narrow it down to just one. 'Strung Out' on UrbanTorque, 'Omoplata' on NRK, 'Magic' on Large have all been big for me. A track I did on Kolour, 'It's The Funk' is another favourite too :)
Q > We hear you have a label starting soon? Can you tell us the ethos behind it and what we can expect to hear from the output?
Yes, the label is starting in April and it's called Seven Music. I've learnt so much over the years with my 120 tracks on different labels. I have a very focused view now of how things should be. It's going to be a versatile label. So I’ll be releasing everything from modern disco stuff, through house and all the way to Detroit inspired techno and some downtempo and electronica. When the right music comes, I’ll put it out, but I’ll be fully open minded and always thinking outside the box.
Q > Has it always been an ambition of yours to have your own imprint?
Not really no, but the time is definitely right as I have lots of inspiration and motivation now.
Q > Will any of the releases be physical?
Definitely! I'm passionate about CDs & Vinyl, but I know it's a collectors market now. So I will only be doing physical releases when the right project is available.
Q > What project’s aside from the label do you have forthcoming?
Well I’m doing a lot of nu-disco and pitched down house with my friend Sean, under the name South West Seven. We have releases on Kolour Ltd, Carry On and Solar Disco, plus some stuff forth coming on Seven Music. I'm also about to launch my 1st commercially available mix CD on Big City Beats from Germany. That will be available on CD around mid April. I'm also working on my debut album at the moment. That’s exciting me a lot! :)
Q > Which artists and labels are exciting you at the minute?
Labels: Delusions Of Grandeur, Suol, Compost Black Label, Off. Artists: Huxley, 6th Borough Project, Morning Factory, Julio Bashmore
Late Nights & Early Mornings by Scope - Track Listing:
1. Sydney Young - Whats Happening - Seven Music
2. Til Von Sein - Injoy - Suol
3. Fog - Diggler's Job - Metroline Limited
4. Johnwaynes - Ceyla - Compost Black Label
5. High Powered Boys - Udon (Julio Bashmore Remix) - Sound Pelligrino
6. Superlounge & Den Ishu - This Is It - Supernature
7. Sven Tasnadi & Juno 6 - Brothers - Strictly Chosen
8. Silicone Soul - Chic-o-laa (H-Foundation Remix) [Scope Edit] - Soma
9. Scope - Love In Space - Grouper
10. Gadi Mizrahi - Oh Love - Spectral Sound
11. Jim Rivers - Junk (Roberto Rodriguez Remix) - Dieb Audio
12. Julio Bashmore - Battle For Middle You - PMR
13. Unknown - Unknown - Unknown
14. Homework - I Got One (You're It) - Exploited
Catch the latest podcast instalment from the Wolf+Lamb collective here, served up by Phil Stone...
Wolf+Lamb and Soul Clap's new DJ Kicks album tour continues on Saturday 9th April at Netil House / London, full details here.
Matt Tolfrey celebrates 5 years of his Leftroom label with a party on Thursday 28th April in London featuring Seth Troxler and Maya Jane Coles. To get you into the mood, here's a mix from the boss.
Muak return with their second outing that takes place at a new and intimate warehouse/studio space in Shoreditch on Saturday 30th April, that features two very very special guests from the old and new school realms of house music, deep techno and electronic soul…
Charles Webster is one of the most underrated house music producers around, a true innovator in the electronic music scene. He’s been breaking moulds for two decades, has worked with US legends Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson, and has released mind blowing productions on seminal labels Paper Recordings, Peacefrog and NRK as well as Freerange, Dessous and Sonar Kollektiv. Continually pushing the boundaries and renowned for his absolutely stunning dj sets, we can’t wait for him to bring the roof down on the 30th!
Representing the new wave of deep house and techno is our second special guest of the evening, Andre Lodemann. This Berlin producer and DJ has been setting dancefloors alight with his productions and remixes on Simple Records, Fineart, Dessous, Moods n Grooves, G-Stone and his co-owned Best Works imprint. His warm and uplifting sets have established him as a regular guest at his native Berlin clubs Cookies, Tape, Watergate & Panorama Bar as well as the globes finest establishments. We’re very much looking forward to his appearance and getting down to his beats in this intimate setting. Muak residents Zaki & Manish will be keeping the fires burning.
This space will be kitted out with Funktion One sound and the location will be announced the week leading up to the party.
Tickets can be found here
What is Red Dot Relief?
It is a group of artists and supporters of the dance music community who are asking YOU to compare those factors mentioned above and to make magic happen!! Red Dot Relief is a call to action across the dance music community in a bid to raise money and spread awareness of the disaster stricken regions of Japan. Spearheaded by Visionquest (Seth Troxler) & Friends alongside the Tuning Spork Efforts Team we are trying to influence others to follow and donate whatever they can to the disaster fund by involving not only artists but the wider community in this cause including event organisers, promoters, club owners, clubbers, agencies, music labels and the supporting press.
For full details and for info on how to get involved, press here.
The Napoli Connection land in London on Saturday 19th March for a special showcase following theirt latest release on Adam Bayers Drumcode imprint. They'll be joining a host of special guests from London and beyond for the special Supernova party in Kings X.
room one. DC7
Rino Cerrone Rilis/Drumcode
Mark Antonio Analytic Trail/Drumcode
Luigi Madonna Analytic Trail/Drumcode/Loose
Gianni Scotto & Lorenzo Panico DC7
room two. The Terrace Gets Messy
Soho & Mark Chambers Safari Electronique/Leftroom/Culprit
Nick Maleedy / Claudi Lovisa / Jordi Mas ETM
Greg Lynch Paris
room three. Puppet Parade
Canary Fontaine & Zippy Serialism
Claus Voigtmann Toi Toi
Pablo Tarno & Fede Onirik Serialism
room four. Relations
Pako S Angels of Love
Richie Tune / Mirko Lampis / Eddy Kruger & Ladislao
s/n residents: Nils Hess, Jb, Anto, La Gosse, Gabriele Cutrano
We’ll keep things short and cut straight to the chase as London’s electronic/dance heartbeat is in full flow this weekend. There's an overdose of house/techno rushing through the disco arteries of the capital featuring Carl Craig, Visionquest, Lo*kee, New Sunday party, Tevo Howard, Steve Bug, Rhosyn, Theo Parrish, Boris Werner, Session Victim, Move D, Miss Fitz, Ben Klock, Night Slugs, Kabele Und Liebe, The Mole and much more.
Click here for full details and for info on a new Sunday afternoon party.
An amalgamation of electronic sounds seduce us into the weekend and onto London's dancefloors this Friday night: Ben Sims and Kirk Degiorgio launch their new project, Machine with very special guest Luke Slater... Detroit vibes hit Corsica Studios with Omar-S, Newworldaquarium and more at Bleep43... French label Versatile continues its 15th Anniversary tour with Chateau Flight, I:cube and Joakim representing... BBC Sound Of 2011 nominee James Blake stars at the Rank & File party at the Red Gallery... DFA's Juan Maclean, Matias Aguayo and Daniel Maloso host a special live show at The Queen Elizabeth Hall... Bruno Pronsato & Ninca Leece (Public Lover) touch down for the next Toi Toi gathering... And finally, as part of the Coming Up Festival (a new project that fuses young artists and producers from all areas of the creative spectrum), various new musicians, hip hop artists, spoken word performers, MCs, live grafitti and a guest performance from the Roundhouse Experimental Choir, launches the first installment Old Roots / New Routes at Debut...
Saturday provides all sorts of house treats and deep beats: The All Friends family return to Kings X for their next escapade featuring gourmet house producers Nacho Marco (Loudeast), Giom (Lost My Dog) and the Tuesday night Italian starlets, Paradox... Geddes' Murmur imprint hosts the launch party for its first label compilation at No Fit State... Exstatic Sounds head out on their next warehouse adventure with Franco Cinelli (Hello? Repeat)... Holic invite Diynamic Records over from Hamburg to head their birthday party... Marco Carola launches his new album at Fabric in room one whilst room two hosts the EPM birthday with Robert Hood, Orlando Voorn and more... Layo & Bushwacka! return to Village Underground for their next Shake It... Eglo Records and Floating Points make home at Plastic People... And Prologue continue their 10th birthday celebrations with Terry Farley at The Star Of Kings...
London Fashion Week is upon us and in full swing. Away from the front line, there's a creative cauldron of exciting, alternate and outrageous designs being conjured by London's future of fashion, producing stunning, inspiring and some seriously out there creations. Central Saint Martins and a selection of the Capitals underground movers and fashion groovers, descend upon Kings X for the annual alternate Fashion show and party, Wearable Art, this Saturday night to showcase their designs. A melange of music, alternate fashion shows and performance, expect this to be the most colourful disco of the night. Advance tickets have rocketed so early arrival is advised...
Else where its another action packed weekend on the dancefloor. Friday welcomes the Perlon family to What? with Zip, Baby Ford and Margaret Dygas touching down. John Roberts and Raime head Bleed, Prins Thomas plays the next warm party, Dollop launch the first of a series of weekly warehouse extravaganzas at The Citipost Building, Universal Vibes say hello to Toby Tobias and Sud Electronic's Lakuti, The Old Queens Head turns five and Leading Astray have their next warehouse adventure...
Saturday sees the London Music/Fashion scene weaving their way to Wearable Art, Eglo Records celebrate two years with Mary Anne Hobbs, Fatima and Floating Points, Wiggle climb high to Paramount with Cesar Merveille, Fabric open their doors to Clone Records, Levon Vincent, Tobi Neumann and The Secret Agency, Neville Watson and Joe Hart cast Magic Waves, Mr Scruff returns to Koko, Dan Curtin touches down for the Select Elect warehouse party and Golf Channel Records host a early evening in store showcase at Phonica.
The opening warehouse session takes place this Saturday 12th February with leading house and techno collectives Muak, Freerange, tabula rasa and several very special secret guests...
The party will take place at the warm and fabulous Red Gallery space in Shoreditch and will be kitted out with the new Funktion One Resolution 3 (R3) system, the very latest edition to the F1 arsenal.
The final batch of advance tickets are now live. There will be some on the door too so arrive early.
And its a CASH ONLY BAR so please bring enough earth pounds (there are machines situated by the venue though).
For full event details, see here.
Thank you to everyone that made it along on Saturday! Things step up a gear this weekend... Friday hosts Toi Toi's next adventure with Thomas Brinkmann and Crowdpleaser touching down in East London, Kill Em All return to Charterhouse Street, the Glimmers are let loose in N16 at Scandalism, Jon Kennedy is in session and the amazing Lee Scratch Perry performs the first of two live shows at the Jazz Cafe.
Saturday welcomes Hamburg house heavyweights Kruse & Nuernberg (Simple/NRK) to the Supernova Birthday party in Kingscross that also features a selection of special guests from the capitals most fabulous underground gatherings including Alex Arnout (Dogmatic), Rob Marmot (Wonderland), Clint Lee (Wildlife), Cozzy D & Alexis Raphael (Creche), Alfredo Ramos (Bambara), Daniel (Cerca Trova), Toni Loi (Tape) and more. Fabric hosts the next Tyrant party with Lee Burridge & Craig Richards at the helm, Systematic's Marc Romboy launches a new residency at MOS, Slowpoke flex their musical muscles with Trickski and Death On The Balcony and Gilles Peterson presents the 2011 Worldwide Awards at Koko.
And there's something a little different... New York City, 1977. The World Disco Dancing Championships are to be held at Studio 50, the ultimate nightclub, nestling in the heart of Greenwich Village. As the competitors descend upon Manhattan, film crews gather amid the glitterati, hoping to gain admittance to the exclusive club – no mean feat, given the proclivities of Studio 50’s eccentric and mysterious owner… Witness a 50-hour non-stop improvised comedy soap opera in twenty-five 2-hour episodes starting on Friday and finishing on Sunday night...
NEXT WEEK... The month of January ends with a bang featuring yet another selection of marvelous musical goodness. Dance floors will be subjected to music courtesy of this lot... SLZ, Andrea Paker, Horse Meat Disco, Joker, Ms Dynamite, Tilman, Leif, Frankie Feliciano, DJ Le Roi, Tiefschwarz, Tobias, Slam, Theo Parrish, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Will Saul, Sebo K, Skudge, Caribou, Floating Points, Jona and many more.... See here for details and more happenings.
The docshow is one of Italy’s most talked about events and lands in London for the first time. One of the most trendiest parties around, a fusion of dining, performance and dancing has made this a party du jour with its off the hook events. Through styles of Moulin Rouge to the anthropomorphic, the full team of djs, dancers and performers will be flying in to help bring the house down to a back drop of their infamous production. Their dj team includes Francesco Farfa, Lorenzo LSP, Alex Neri, Walter S, Steve Mantovani, Stefano Fontana, Gene, Slow, Andrea Caprara, D N Art, Neverdogs, Federico Grazzini, Alex Picone, DJ Remo, Masomenos, Onur Ozer, Dinky, Jean Cedric, Damian Lazarus & Visionquest, of which a selection will be flying in to perform alongside the full dancers and performers.
Here is the full article from Leftroom head honcho Matt Tolfrey, taken from theWildTimes print magazine that’s floating around the capital. They caught up with him for a quick chat…
One of London's finest house parties, Muak, reaches its seventh year this Saturday night. Staying true to their roots and not comprising with trends, Muak has kept its focus strictly on house music in its raw, deep and soulful manifestation. Over the years numerous heavy weights have stepped up to play and their birthday party is no exception as they have something very special planned. They have invited back one of their favourite and very special guests from NYC, Kerri Chandler, to play a marathon 10 hour show that will incorporate various purpose built gadgets for a special live performance! The last time he played he destroyed the place and this one looks like more of the same and then some! Also in the house are Diynamic's Hamburg duo Kollektiv Turnstrasse with a thundering live show, Lazy Dogs' Jay Hannan and tabula rasa's Jimi Mistry who can now afford more time on a slightly different dancefloor following his Strictly exit!
Leading up to Saturday, Muak founder and resident, Zaki, caught up with Kerri ahead of the birthday celebrations...
Q: Hey Kerri, good to have you back. 10 hours then, do you enjoy these longer sets and how will you play it?
A: I will Play it all by heart and ear, I have a lot of friends coming down and also a film crew, to film a documentary of the night. It's one of my favourite places to play, I love just meeting new people, vibing with my friends, and Hanging out with Zaki(also an Amazing DJ and great friend)
Q: We have achieved a massive milestone with 7 years but you have been pushing the music we all love for so much longer. Do you feel like you have deservedly claimed status as a pinnacle figure in house music and becoming such a global phenomena or does it seem part of your of your life and just flow?
A: It seems to be a part of my life. Allot of my ideas are based on what is currently happening in my life so majority of the time it just flows. I appreciate all of the support from lovers of house music worldwide.
Q: This must have been asked a few times but how do you become exposed to house music and how did you take it further from there?
A: I was influenced by my dad when I was a pre-teen. He was and still is a DJ in New Jersey. After DJ several sets as a preteen and into my teenage years I met up with Mel Madale, he taught me the business aspect of the music industry and my career took off from there.
Q: How do you think things have developed recently with house? Times are obviously changing and things are ever evolving, but what have you personally noticed that are moving things in different angles?
A: When I DJ at different venues the majority of the crowd is of a younger generation. Many young people actually come to me and ask me to play a record that I produced in the 90s.
Q: Do you enjoy producing music away from house? Any plans for future projects, or indeed, if not, and the world was your oyster, what would you be making?
A: I'm interested in producing a jazz album
Q: Are you still loving the house music as it is today? There is still soul in there but clearly saturation has hit the market. Do you still go vinyl shopping?
A: Yes, I still love house music as it is today. When I'm travelling I search for record shops but my favourite is downtown 161 in New York. I still shop for vinyl records as often as possible.
Q: Who has influenced your career the most in the past and now in the present? Is there someone still very much connected in your life that shapes you?
A: My best influence has been God and everything and everyone around me.
Q: With travelling around a lot and the availability of CD’s and digital derivatives, what format becomes the basis of a Kerri set?
A: If its playing I'm playing it. I mix whatever I can get my hands on.
Q: How many records do you own in total? Oh… and this is physical.
A: I own 50,000 records and counting.
Q: When making beats are you still keeping it raw or have you moved into new technological avenues?
A: Yes, I still make raw beats, Not afraid to experiment and place my signature on new projects.
Q: Has Fela Kuti influenced your upbringing into music?
A: Yes, he is a part of my interest in house-soul music however, I have many influences.
Q: Do you ever foresee yourself moving away from America and on a political angle how are things there?
A: Right now my schedule consists of frequent worldwide travel. I don't get heavily involved in politics.
Q: You create a lot of units for the studio yourself. Is this always conceptual or do you follow through on engineering etc? Also, you must obviously be a forward thinker, so with the gear you create it must be from concept through to completion. Therefore it must be missing, any chance of you becoming a project manager later on and developing new technologies for a brand?
A: I have worked on existing brand technologies and look forward to future opportunities.
Q: Can you tell those that do not know about your mini mixer?
A: It is a 2 channel rotary portable mixer that is the size of your palm. The DJR400 is the bigger brother of the mini mixer.
Q: What going on with yourself in the next few months? Any big plans?
A: New Madhouse record releases in 2011
Q: What has been your greatest memory over the last 7 year?
A: My greatest memory over the last 7 years has been the reel to reel set at Southport weekender - Virtual Holograms performances.
Q: Lovely to catch up with you and literally cannot wait till November 13th.
A: Love, Respect and Admiration, I'm counting the days! 10 hours still doesn't seem long enough at Egg, I love it!
Muak 7th Birthday takes place this Saturday 13th November at Egg. Click here for full info & ticket details.
What a weekend! Record numbers flooded the Capital's dancefloors for the fabulous Halloween revelry.
November starts with a bang this weekend featuring a superb selection of disco activity to warm your souls. Powering the systems this week falls to the following... Carl Craig, Ben Sims, Advent, Mark Broom, Deepgroove, Luciano, Ernesto Ferreyra, Wiggle, Drop Music, Todd Terje, Joris Voorn, Michel Cleis, Adultnapper, Mr C, Jamie Jones, Le Loup, Bill Brewster, Floating Points, Shaun Reeves, Lee Foss, tINI, DJ Assault, Lee Van Dowski, Dan Berkson & James What, Norman Jay, KiNK, Kris Wadsworth, Timo Maas and many more...
Click here for the full event selection, live updates, announcements, additional gatherings and see below for picks with links through to full details, tickets and guest list options, and for some snaps from the mulletover Halloween extravaganza and click through for the full gallery...
All at WiLD xx...
As part of the launch of the new interactive lifestyle hub, theWildTimes, there is an opportunity to have some of your snaps printed in the mini fold out print edition that will be hitting the streets in December. Although the online site reaches out to a global community, this particular print run will be distributed around hotspots in London only (although other regional UK editions will follow in the new year!). What we'd like you to do is capture an image that encapsulates the vibrant quintessentials of London living. Think music, fashion, arts, nightlife, theatre, design, food/drink, film, escapes, topics that this new social guide will feature. The pictures team will select two images to print in the launch edition and the winners will be invited to curate one of the first photographic projects on the new site. Click here for submission details....
1. Ryan Crosson - Metro Bunker - Eklo
2. Four Tet - Love Cry - Domino
3. Appleblim & Ramadanman - Void 23 - Aus Music
4. Kenny Larkin - Glob (Claude VonStroke Mix) - Planet E
5. Swayzak - Ping Pong - Swayzak / 240 Volts
6. Canson - Sleeping (Demo Version) - Cityfox
7. The Martinez Brothers - Broke In The BX - Objektivity
8. Roska - The Sheppard - Roska Kicks & Snares
9. Soul Clap - Break 4 Life - Crosstown Rebels
10. The Mole - Nervous Disid - New Kanada
11. Cajmere - Freaks And Stars - Cajual
12. Art Department feat. Seth Troxler - Vampire Nightclub - Crosstown Rebels
13. Deetron - Sing - Circus Company
14. Guti & Redshape - Every Cow Has A Bird - Crosstown Rebels
15. Soul Keita & Nicolas Jaar - Para(sol) - Greta Cottage Workshop
16. Damian Lazarus - Diamond In The Dark (dOP Remix) - Get Physical
17. Lee Jones - Yoyo - Cityfox
18. Agaric - Run (Ostern Jam) - We Are
19. Su Kramer - Magic Dance - Teldec Schallplatten
20. Bill Holt - Program Ten (Part Five) - Stone Theatre
21. Bill Holt - Program Ten (Part Six) - Stone Theatre
Damian Lazarus - the LA based but London born musical chameleon - proudly presents the 54th offering in the fabric compilation series. Having graced the international dance music circuit since his time pushing artists on City Rockers, Damian’s fruitful career has seen him hone his talent to become one of the most in demand players in contemporary electronic music. Be it through his exciting Crosstown Rebels imprint that is home to intriguing talents such as Jamie Jones, Deniz Kurtel, Seth Troxler and Glimpse, his solo production work that includes the album ‘Smoke The Monster Out’ for Get Physical where he “delivered, arguably, the defining album of the modern clubbing experience” [The Guardian] or his ability to cause havoc on any dancefloor, Damian’s capacity to find, push, promote, and play the perfect beat has proven to be a key asset to music throughout the past decade.
“As a kid, I was obsessed with music - taping radio shows, going to see bands and stuff like that. When I was 12, my cousin introduced me to his record collection and I got heavily into soul, funk, hip-hop and electro. By the age of 13 I was getting Saturday jobs to supplement my love of buying records. I worked in Groove Records for one day when I was 13 and spent all my wages on records. At the age of 14 I bought a pair of Technics and the Numark 1775A mixer (with the 4 second sampler button) and convinced my parents that one day I'd be a great DJ.”
After holding his first residency at the age of 16 at local Essex club The Villa, Damian became an acid house convert, hanging out with DJs that were playing on the then illegally broadcast Kiss FM, gradually earning himself more gigs at underground parties and local clubs. Placing a brief hiatus on his DJ career following the birth of his daughter, Damian spent a number of years working as a music journalist, eventually becoming Assistant Editor for Dazed & Confused aged 21. It was shortly after that his career in music resumed. Having A&R’d for London Records, in 2001 he created City Rockers with Phil Howells, and went on to release some of the biggest tunes of the electroclash era, from artists like Felix Da Housecat, FC Kahuna and Tiga & Zyntherius’ with their massive hit ‘Sunglasses at Night’. His Futurism and Futurism 2 compilations remain defining documents of that era. Certainly not a stranger to compilations, Damian honed his craft as a DJ over numerous compilation releases over the past decade. Since 2007 Damian has also curated his Lazpod series - a podcast that not only showcases the cutting edge house and techno for which he is most famous, but also demonstrates his love for cosmic disco, rock, soundtracks, and various other forms of experimental music. But he’s especially chosen not to release any mixes or allow any sets to be recorded for the past year in preparation for his special fabric mix.
With fabric 54, Damian demonstrates his immense talent as a club DJ, with his offering to the series acting as a snapshot of what an archetypal Damian Lazarus set at fabric can be. “My recent mixes and the Lazpod podcasts have been pretty weird and varied and I realized that I haven't made a solid 'club' sounding mix for some time, obviously this was reserved for fabric and I am super happy with the results. After some months of pre-planning and structuring, I actually mixed this album on Sunday May 9th 2010, very early considering the October release. Sitting alongside my long time studio engineer, Matthew 'the goat' Styles, I think I made something fresh, exciting and very relevant to the DJ that I am today.”
It’s this freshness that makes Damian Lazarus such a significant figure within contemporary dance music in 2010. With releases from the Wolf + Lamb associated e funk duo Soul Clap, UK funky figurehead Roska and always stand-out Four Tet, the mix remains a snapshot of cutting edge house and techno, yet constantly references elements of the various genres of music from which they currently take influence. Damian opens with leading light of the Detroit nu school Ryan Crosson, via post-dubsteps Appleblim & Ramadanman, and a timeless slice of Swayzak. He skims the cream of current releases from The Mole, new Crosstown Rebel signings Art Department and wunderkind of the moment Nicolas Jaar with Soul Keita. While the home stretch sees Lee Jones and Agaric rubbing shoulders with Germany’s most sublime entrant for Eurovision, Su Kramer, before closing with two dreamlike numbers from Bill Holt. Fusing synthetic deepness with relentless rhythmical force and twinkling humour, the mix brings all the unique charm of Damian’s club sets into your living room.
“I went to the opening of Fabric in October 1999 and felt at home there from that day on. London needed this club so badly at the time and it couldn't have been more perfect. In the following years I'd be on the dance floor, checking out music and DJs, wishing one day I'd be asked to play there. Which of course did happen back in 2005 and I have been playing there once or twice a year ever since. Being asked to mix this album is, at the risk of sounding cheesy, like a dream come true, even after all this time.” Damian Lazarus
The next All Friends party rolls into town this Saturday 9th October. Heading room two is rising Barcelona based producer, Soul Minority, from the Stratospherik Collective, a group of producers putting out some fabulous slabs of deep techno and warm house music. Soul Minority has been going since 2007 with fresh material and remixes release on labels that include Tsuba, Dirt Crew, Peppermint Jam, Kolour Recordings, Elevation Recordings, and Noir Music. He was back on London soil last summer at the tabula rasa summer terrace party providing some seriously groovy beats. We caught up with him for a quick chat ahead of his return...
1. What music are you currently working on and what release(s) do you have coming up?
I've been working on a lot of remixes recently, some have been released already, some will come up soon on various labels... Otherwise, I've started working on my debut album, it will be release on Kolour Recordings.
2. Which artists are you feeling at the moment and any new names to look out for?
I had the chance to hook up with the Beatdown guys in Detroit this summer, I'm really into what they're doing at the moment, Delano Smith, Mike Clarke, Norm Talley, Theo Parrish... In Europe, I'm digging Bas Amro, Pablo Fierro, Evren Ulusoy, Gorge, Wbeeza, Jay Robertson...
3. Which Spanish djs, live acts, producers, or labels are currently doing it for you?
I really like what Pablo Fierro is doing, he's a great producer and amazing singer. Honestly, there's lots of great spanish producers around, like Dani Kyo, Nacho Marco, Alex V and Edmund to name a few... About record labels, "My Only Friend" and "Raw Cutz" are two amazing new record labels, if you're into proper deeeeep house. "My only Friend" is based in Barcelona, and "Raw Cutz" in Ibiza.
4. Have you been to many other cities this summer to dj, which places were the most fun?
I spent a month in America this summer, I went to Movement festival in Detroit, and that was really amazing... I played in NYC as well in a very small venue, with an amazing crowd, people really into music, that was really cool too...
5. How are things in Barcelona right now, partywise?
This year was great, there's a couple of new open air clubs who have been rockin' all summer, they had great parties on the beach every week end... I love beach parties !!!
6. What's the most exciting thing about the Barcelona right now?
The summer is not finished yet!!
7. What 5 essential stops must be made if you only had 24 hours in the city?
Boqueria Market for Lunch (C/ Rambla, 91)
Playa de Bogatell for a swim (Metro Selva De Mar)
Bar Premier for a drink (C/ Provença, 236)
Mac Arena Beach Club for Sunset (Playa Port Forum)
Ghoa Beach Club (Parc del Litoral, Sant Adria De Besos)
8. You miss anything about the UK?
Yeah, I miss my old neighborhood, Brixton, I really miss the Caribbean vibe...
9. Any future travel plans in the pipeline?
Yep, I'm going to play in Venice, Budapest and Istanbul in November...
10. What music / single / album best summarises your summer?
Gil Scott Heron - I'm New Here
To get you into the groove, check his low slung mix here, an oldie but a goodie...
Soul Minority joins the Brazilian Soul Crew at All Friends this Saturday 9th October at Egg. For guestlist, please send full names here.
Tickets for Glastonbury Festival 2011 will go on sale at 9am on Sunday, October 3rd, costing £195 (+ £5 booking fee and P&P).
You will be able to book up to 8 tickets per transaction by paying a £50 deposit per person, either online at www.seetickets.com/g2011 or on the booking line: 0844 412 4635. You will need the registration number and postcode for each person for whom you are booking a ticket.
Lots of disco action this weekend folks starting this evening and going right through until Sunday night. Birthdays, album launches and indoor festivities all make up the weekends sound track courtesy of this lot: Andrew Weatherall, Underworld - Live, Distance, Oneman, Cosmin TGR, Horsepower, Baby Ford, Ion Ludwig, Robert Dietz, H.O.S.H., Gadi Mizrahi, Melon, Friendly Fires, Gary Beck, Mike Vath, Reset Robot, Massimo Licari, Moodymann, Floating Points, Rephlex, Tiefschwarz, D'Julz, Wolf+Lamb, Rebolledo, Simian Mobile Disco, Danny Tenaglia and many more.
Please click here for full details, ticket links and guest list options:
And this years secret Tabula Rasa Garden Party extravaganza takes place this Sunday afternoon in a new location:
Have a great weekend,
All at w/m x
Leading up to his performance at Septembers Muak party alongside Trus' me and many more house experts, Muak resident and promoter, Zaki, caught up with Lovebirds (freerange / buzzinfly) for a quick chat...
Hello Basti how are you today?
Not bad except my old desk keeps turning on and off by itself.
How has your Summer been?
July was nice and warm august sucked but good for working.
Looking forward to playing London again?
Always love coming to london - one of my favorite cities.
How are things shaping up with the album?
Working exclusively on this at the moment, hopefully done by the end of the year, out early next year.
Will there be plans for any remixes of the singles?
Chris todd (hot toddy) just remixed my upcoming single and yam who are on the list for the following.
What is the one piece of kit that you cannot live without in the studio?
I think that would be my rhodes suitcase mk2
Are you proud of the Knee Deep records that you produced?
Proud isn't the right word.
How can you see your sound developing further in the future?
Less dance, more listening/album.
How methodical are you in the studio or do you just let it happen naturally?
100% not methodical at all.
What releases and remixes do you have forthcoming?
New single feat set downs called "want you in my soul" on winding road, album track/single on ben westbeechs album and a new release on vincenzo´s and my label teardrop called "love & happiness / the rain" incl. a steve bug remix. ah, and a track together with vincenzo called "epic" on bedrock!
Lovebirds will be performing at Muak on Saturday September 11th at Egg.
These days, in the insulated world of electronic music, the cyclical journey from obscurity to oversaturation to insignificance (and, of course, back again) often happens in the space of a year. It’s all too easy to get numbed by minutae or otherwise lead astray away by the fickle whirlwind of hype. Rummaging through the 15 year discography of the unrelenting, steadfast techno legend Surgeon - and tracing the vast odyssey of his creative exploration - breeds a rare feeling of discovery. And genuine artistry. Surgeon (a.k.a. Anthony Child) stands tall as a true individual in the leagues of electronic music history, with seminal, landmark releases bounded only by raw passion and a transcendentally deep imagination.
“For me personally, I don’t go for heavily publicising projects, I just let things take their natural course and treat things with the longer term in mind. Over the years that I’ve been DJing I’ve seen the popularity of techno rise and fall many, many times but this doesn’t panic or concern me, I do what I do and if it’s more or less popular then that’s just the way the universe operates. But fortunately I’m still able to survive through DJing, so as long as that’s the case then that’s okay. So many times for so many years I’ve noticed people say, ‘Well everything’s been done that you can possibly do with dance music.’ It reminds of something I heard about how in Victorian times they decided that all scientific discoveries had been discovered and that was all there was to learn; it was as if science was a shut book. It’s a bizarre thing to say, and it’s the same with music. If your motivation is down or your inspiration is down, then maybe it’s just the case that you’re not looking in the right place. There’s always something there to discover or to motivate you.” - Surgeon
Growing up in Kislingbury, a small village outside Northampton, Surgeon’s first forays into music began with lessons in classical instrumentation. But it was his tape deck experiments, from a very young age, that brought to light his producer mentality: bending sounds and re-shaping ideas whilst creating dense, immersive soundworlds.
“I got hold of one of the old quarter inch tape reel-to-reel decks and started doing razorblade editing and setting tape loops and things. That was influenced by what I’d read about the way that the Beatles recorded. That was a bit of an entrance in to some kind of avant-garde stuff. There were aspects in their music that fascinated me, the sound collage and manipulation. That really fascinated me, the collage aspect of sound much more than the melodic aspects, because when I was young I knew I was interested in music but I assumed that meant I had to play an instrument. So I tried piano, violin, guitar and all these things and I got on to an extent – but with the piano, for example, I’d open the top up and start banging the strings like, ‘Ah yeah, I like that a lot better. It’s so boring learning these scales.’ Different things suit different people.” - Surgeon
Becoming heavily influenced by a wide range of sounds and sonic textures – from those of experimental musicians Brian Eno and Isao Tomita to the impassioned and raw industrial flavours of Coil and Suicide, Surgeon relocated to Birmingham to persue an education in sound engineering. It was here that he started a club night, House of God, with a close knit circle of like minded friends in 1993; even now, 17 years later, it still runs strong.
After his first release, the now legendary ‘Surgeon EP,’ and his other work on Downwards (which somehow landed in the influential record crates of Dave Clarke and Jeff Mills - itself no mean feat considering this was pre-internet file sharing), his connection with fellow Downwards artist Regis (aka Karl O’Konnor) produced their vibrant, industrial-flavoured work as the British Murder Boys. “We really thought about every detail: about how it would look and sound, and the titles and the way it was presented, and the performance. So it was like playing at the image a lot more and very much influenced by Throbbing Gristle’s industrial records and the like.”
From his edgy, powerful albums which each spun techno in an entirely new direction (‘Basictonalvocabulary’ on Tresor in ’97 and ‘Balance’ on Tresor in ’98, ‘Force + Form’ on Tresor in ‘99); to his boundary-shattering mix CDs (‘Counterbalance Collection,’ ‘This Is For You Shits’); to releases on his own innovative labels Counterbalance and Dynamic Tension; to his Frequency 7 project with Ben Sims (“It’s like listening to our musical banter. Ben’s style of DJing is very precise structurally, we can fit it together very precisely and very quickly and it just builds this thing - we don’t know what it’s going to do and it just goes all over the place. It’s really fun and exciting for us.”); to the endless list of his EPs and remixes...Surgeon’s work always contains an uncompromising devotion to a resolute vision. Similarly, it’s within his deeply focused DJ sets that give his ideas a gifted freedom, with productions coming to life enriched with energy, subtlety, frequency and power. His sets are a winding, mind-bending, colliding sonic voyage, propelled by an intimate and intense back-and-forth connection between himself and the audience.
“I do change the way I’m playing at different places. It’s having an awareness of what people’s expectations are, and then stretching the boundaries of that, while trying to incorporate different styles into it. There have always been far more experimental and avant-garde electronic artists than anything that I do, but I like to work as a kind of breach between the fringes of the avant-garde and the experimental stuff - I try and bring an essence and a flavour of that in, but try to use techno as a carrier wave, or a as medium, to sort of transmit these more avant-garde elements in. I bring it in but make it more palatable and try to bring it to a wider audience. That’s my method and for me, it’s a more effective way of introducing these flavours and sounds. It’s like testing out boundaries and figuring out how far to go so you don’t completely lose people. A lot of the time in my sets, if I’m in a place that might be more difficult I’ll definitely follow up with something easier. It’s like giving a reward.”
Flicking easily from the heavy, sheets of sound produced by his old school contemporaries, Surgeon fuses the old with the new on fabric 53, creating connections between the oppressing and the minimal that have never been as simply decoded. Honing in on the idea that a lot of ‘modern’ bass music harks back to rave and constantly re-feeds on its memory for inspiration, (“just this idea of the breakbeat, the broken beat; it’s got some echoes of rave, there are some elements of that somewhere in it”), he includes music from a veritable liege of young producers. Instra:mental’s rolling ‘Forbidden’ is used early on and adds the kind of quickened bass texture that has been carefully incubated over their workings as they slow down from 175bpm drum & bass and Starkey’s ‘Spacecraft’ is used brilliantly to juxtapose the rolling pressure of what comes before it, eliminating the 4x4 pulse and adding thicker, more leading bass tones.
“It really is a current snapshot, it’s changed even now. When I did the mix, I opened my current set and deleted a few things and this is what I was left with. This is the music that I am enjoying and I feel it represents me; and on the other side, there were some newer or lesser known artists that I really wanted to represent. It’s about making people aware of different genres, to show the likeness. It’s taking T-Polar, Subeena, Ital Tek, Ancient Methods - and putting that next to Orphx, DJ Overdose and Russ Gabriel, and mixing them all up together. It’s kind of strange looking at the tracklist, but for me it’s very natural the way these things fit together. And really, to me, this is all techno. That’s the way I think of it; I don’t subdivide genres, the beats are just slightly different places in the bar. They all have different feels and textures, but I don’t differentiate, I just like all this music so I want to mix it together.
It’s another example of what I was saying about being caught up in the detail, and detail is important, of course, but you’ve got to be able to shift from this bigger picture down to detail and back up again and not just be caught up on one level of it.” – Surgeon
01 Location recording from Kuramae Subway Station, Tokyo, Japan
02 Scuba - Glance [Hotflush]
03 Surgeon - Bad Hands (Drums Only) [Dynamic Tension]
04 Marco Bernardi - Giro (Exium Remix) [Dirty Planet]
05 Instra:mental - Forbidden [Apple Pips]
06 Forward Strategy Group - Applied Generics A [Forward Strategy Group]
07 Reeko - Agile Movement [Theory]
08 Surgeon - Bad Hands Part 2 (Drums Only) [Dynamic Tension]
09 Robert Hood - Superman [M-Plant]
10 Planetary Assault Systems - X Speaks To X (Al Tourettes & Appleblim Remix) [Ostgut Ton]
11 Ritzi Lee - Black Star Ritual (Ben Sims Remix) [Underground Liberation]
12 T-Polar - Crab People [Digital Distortions]
13 Ital Tek - Spectrum Falls [Atom River]
14 Surgeon - Klonk Part 1 (Drums Only) [Dynamic Tension]
15 Subeena - Picture [Opit]
16 Fran Hartnett - It Was Written In Vapour [unreleased]
17 Mark Broom & James Ruskin - Hostage [Blueprint]
18 Stephen Brown - Stress Free [Music Man]
19 Ancient Methods - AM04B1 [Ancient Methods]
20 Surgeon - Compliance Momentum [Dynamic Tension]
21 Greena - Tenzado [Apple Pips]
22 Starkey - Spacecraft [Planet Mu]
23 Starkey feat. Anneka - Stars (Slugabed Did A Remix) [Planet Mu]
24 Cari Lekebusch - Spindizzy (Luke Slater's L.B. Dub Corp Remix) [Mote-Evolver]
25 Surgeon - The Crawling Frog Is Torn and Smiles [Dynamic Tension]
26 Orphx - Threshold (Substance Remix) [Sonic Groove]
27 Gatekeeper - Blip [If Symptoms Persist]
28 Mark Broom & James Ruskin - No Time Soon [Blueprint]
29 Russ Gabriel - El Juan [We Play House]
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Eastern Electrics catch up with the Dirtybird boss ahead of his EE label showcase...
I was there to witness you smash the last set in the main room @ sonar night this year. You also played at our kevin saunderson / inner city event last year. How does playing in the two environments - an enormodome and a sweaty east london warehouse - affect the way, style and feel of how you play?
Well for sure certain venues are more fun than others and lets just say dingy warehouses usually edge out giant airport hangers. Its also quite different to follow Kevin Saunderson 3 weeks after you've remixed one of his tracks as opposed to following 2many DJs playing queen mashups at 140 bpm with confetti cannons. wink wink. That all being said i don't change the sets toooo much. Of course there is an adjustment for a massive room but i like to bring my style to all the venues i play. I'm not there to play like everyone else. I'm being booked to be myself, to play dirty sluty bass, Claude VonStroke style.
In lots of your press shots you're often wearing an impressive array of different big chunky digital watches. I'm quite obsessed with digital watches myself, what's your favourite city you've played in around the world for big chunky disco watches?! i'll tell you mine if you tell me yours!
Well i get my chunky disco watches down the street in San Francisco so i guess thats my city for that, but i have a feeling a lot of these watches are getting made in Japan. My favorite brand is Nixon. Just clean, no xtra features. they only tell time. I wear them so i dont look like a douchbag checking my phone while i'm playing. Sometimes when i only have 90 minutes or 2 hours to play it is really important to check the time so i dont leave out any tracks i really want to play.
5 years of dirtybird eh? Seems like only yesterday i held/cherished the first release in my hands! I know it's a cliched question and you'll want to say 'all of them' but can you pick some highlights of the past 5 years for us... excluding your own stuff! :)
Excluding my stuff i feel like the Martin Brothers "Stoopit" was the first time we said something very San Francisco to the dance music world. I think everyone thought SF was only good for smooth vocal house and deep house records up until dirtybird came around, but bass music has always been big here. Also, our very first record "The Southern Draw" really set the tone for the label. It was a very strange record with bass, farm animals, fart noises, a rap lyric..everything was crazy about this record. And it got us a German distributor which was key to getting the label heard around the world.
I've just been looking at what you're supposed to give people for their 5th anniversary. Basically over your side of the pond people give silverware... over here we given wooden items for some reason?! We're also supposed to give you daisies on your 5th anniversary too. Without meaning to sound too weird, which wooden item would the dirtybird family most like to receive and why?
A cuckoo clock for sure. i always loved those things when i was a kid.
Your album 'bird brain' encompassed so many diverse aspects of dance music and beyond. can you tell us what it was like working with the legend that is bootsy collins?
When i thought of the idea i never actually thought it would happen. But it did and he was really easy to work with. We did it as kind of an internet collaboration since he lives in Cincinnati but i told him kind of what i was looking for and he did it way better than i expected.
Also, i've prob not read my press release for the album properly (i haven't read it at all, sorry!) but can you let us know how you constructed the track 'vocal chords'. I'm assuming it was built predominantly around the voice?
I had a guy come in who could sing 4 octaves and he went through all the different notes in all the different vowels that people usually sing. so he did all the notes of "eee" "aaa" "ooo" etc. through 4 octaves. then i put all of these into a massive sampler patch and then jumbled them around so they were rising and falling but changing the vowels at the same time...it gets even more complicated in the breakdown but ive probably already confused everyone enough.
There's (another) renewed interest in ibiza again from all corners. How's your residency @ we love... space been? they've certainly been booking a diverse line-up this year.
It's going really well. My first date was last week. We love is a cool party. you can see almost anything from dOP to Carl Craig Djing with a piano player to Aphex Twin. Ibiza is always commercial to a certain extent but you really have to respect a party that has been going so long with such strong line-ups. Something for everyone really.
You're not one to play it straight down the line in terms of what the records you play. At eastern electrics next month, Resident Advisor's 3rd room plays host to the likes of Scuba & Joy Orbison. Have you found these new producer's cross pollination of sounds creeping into what you play of late?
Well I haven't played any tracks yet by either of those particular names but I AM very interested in what they are doing and all this new stuff bubbling up. We have our own sort of crossover stars on db like Julio Bashmore who does a very 90's Good looking drum n bass style production but in a house format. I will always play a track i think is sick even if i have to totally stop the music and just play it at a totally different bpm.
Is there anything i should have asked you that you've always wanted to be asked? If so, what's your answer?
No but i'm glad we are bringing a full dirtybird party to London again. It's been too long. The first time we did one the room was like 45 degrees and the security was hassling everyone (but it was still packed!) but hopefully this will go even better, more like the original party in San Francisco goes off.
Eastern Electrics takes place on Sunday 29th August at Union Carpark.
In preparation for the Swiss house music take over next weekend in Kings X, Muak's Zaki caught up with one of the Drumpoet Community representatives, Quarion...
Hello, we are very excited to be welcoming both yourself and Soultourist along for a night of Drumpoet Community deepness. How did you guys all meet?
I’ve known Ron (from Soultourist) for about 5 years. My old friend Alex Dallas (from The Lost Men and co-owner of Drumpoet with Ron) introduced me to Ron and Tobi (Foster) saying they were great DJs and talented producers. Our friendship evolved naturally since then.
It seems some of the strongest brands today have become more like family’s. Does Drumpoet fall into this category?
Yes, I think so. I’ve known Alex since his days as manager of Straight Ahead Recordings. He was the first one to book me in Zürich and we shared a passion for the jazzier side of the music spectrum. When he told me he was setting up a new label, I gave him the first Quarion tracks and we started working together more often: sharing gigs in Europe, working on new releases and just having a great time with the whole crew.
How has Berlin been since you moved there? Has it reshaped your sound at all?
I think it reshaped my sound a lot when I arrived there 3 years ago: I was going out every week, discovering all these clubs and hearing fresh music. I think my music took a more “clubby” and “basic” turn around 2007-2008. I feel I’m going back to more musically-based tracks nowadays, I’m missing the jazzy aspect of House.
You have an extensive Jazz and Hip-Hop background. What other genres have you produced and are there any plans to carry on producing beats away from House, as well as delving into newer musical territories?
I’ve been producing Hip-Hop and various electronic genres since 1999 under the moniker “Ianeq”. My uptempo stuff was heavily influenced by Broken Beat, Jazz and Detroit Techno when I released EP’s on a few swiss labels (Mental Groove mostly). Nowadays, I still produce a lot of Hip-Hop beats that I hope will end up as a new project…we’ll see! I’m also now playing electric piano in a folk band and I starting producing pop-orientated songs with a multi-instrumentist friend of mine. In the end, I always feel that music is a journey and it wouldn’t make sense for me to stick to one genre my whole life…although I can say, after spending the last 15 years in its company, that I have a genuine passion for club music.
How has your studio set up changed since the rise of new technology? Do you still have a few pieces of hardware knocking around and what does your set up consist of?
I still kept most of my hardware and I’m totally getting back to it at the moment! There’s really something about hitting pads, playing keys or tweaking knobs in comparison to moving the mouse or touching a tablet… I use mostly Ableton but I get really tired of it sometimes, so I just turn on the MPC and try to do a song using only this machine.
What has been your favourite gig so far this year?
Hmm, this is always a tough one! I think DJ-wise, it was at About:Blank, a new spot in Berlin. The vibe was amazing and I think I played one of best set in years! A back-2-back session I had with Willie Graff in Cielo (NYC) was also a highlight so far. Live-wise, I have very fond memories of my first live performance for our monthly Retreat party (set in a small basement in Kreuzberg). I played with a laptop, a midi controller and a noisy analog synth, it was wild!
Your career has offered you the opportunity to travel far and wide. Is there a country or venue you still have on your to do list?
Indeed, at the end of the day, I’m very grateful that my passion allows me to visit all these breathtaking countries. I love travelling so I always try to do stay a few days if I’m booked someplace far away… I’m very much hoping to go to South America in the near future. I’d love to see Brasil, Argentina and Colombia.
Do you find more enjoyment from gigging or sat in the studio making beats?
I feel these are two complete different situations. Making music can sometimes be way more difficult, especially when you have a concept in your head but can’t concretize it the right way (which happens to me quite often). But when you know you’re onto something good, the excitement you feel is unrivalled. Performing brings more enjoyment in a shorter time lapse: you get immediate feedback and it fuels your creativity.
Which record to date are you most proud of?
Also a tough one… as far as my “Quarion” stuff goes, I’m very happy with “Karasu”, I think it might be the most perfect track that I produced… I’m also very proud of a Hip-Hop album that I produced for one of Switzerland’s best MC. And the Enterplay album also represents a life-defining moment for me.
Are there any new producers who have turned your ear recently in both House music and beyond?
There’s a lot of great new music out there! Within the house scene, I love stuff from Iron Curtis, Hunee, Kyle Hall and Floating Points, aswell as releases from Delusions Of Grandeur and We Play House. I also listen to a lot of Dubstep: Martyn and 2562/A Made Up Sound are killing me with each record!
What releases do you have forthcoming?
There’s a remix on Plak that just came out. Otherwise, I finished a remix for [sic!] coming out on meakusma and I just did a rework/remix of John Daly’s “Meltdown” that should surface sometime after summer. This one is a bit special because I’ve only used the MPC3000 to produce it… very, very raw! Otherwise, I’m focusing now on new material for Drumpoet, Retreat and Dolly.
Quarion joins fellow label artist, Soultourist, and DJ Le Roi at the All Friends party, Saturday 14th August at Egg.
Another weekend of festivals is on the cards this weekend for those looking to escape with the Big Chill, Boardmasters, and One Love taking place (details below). Here in London it's all about Saturday night with many mouthwatering discos setting sail. Make sure you head home after, rest and put on your Sunday best, as Sunday afternoon looks rather tasty too with some fresh disco injections... Check click here for our selected round up with links to full details, tickets, and guest list options...
Another musical melange of most excellent festivals sweeps across the country this weekend with Free Rotation (details below), Womad, and the Secret Garden Party as some of the choicer destinations. Here in the capital, there's more festival action too with the 1234 Festival taking place in Shoreditch Park (details below) and the ice cream duo taking over Clapham Common.
When evening falls, there are some pretty tasty discos taking place as well as a sprinkling of daytime terrace action to boot. Please click here for full details with links to the full info, tickets, and guest list options...
With his new album on Freerange Records now out, Pezzner is about to get a whole lot hotter. Prior to his gig at Muak on Saturday 10th July, we managed a quick Q & A with the man himself...
Q. Hey Dave, really glad to be having you over for 2 gigs. Excited to be heading to Europe???
A. Definitley. It's been years since I've done a longer tour like this. The last time I traveled out like this was with Jacob London, but its my first proper tour as "Pezzner" showcasing my solo material and doing live sets. I'm especially excited about making London my home base for the month of July. I've always had a great time in London.
Q. The music's obviously been well received. What more do you have lined up?
A. Thanks. I'm really happy with the support I've gotten over the last couple years, and extremely grateful that labels like Freerange, Om Records, Urbantorque, Strictly Rhythm, had given me the chance to share my music with the masses. Aside from my album, which releases this week on the 14th of June, Freerange will be following up later in the month with my first single off the album "Blacklist" featuring remixes by Stimming and Lusine. Next month Om Records is putting out a remix I did off Groove Armada's Blacklight album, the song "Paper Romance". I also did some remixes of tracks by Michelle Owen on Lost My Dog and Shiny Objects on Smoke n' Mirrors. I'm currently working on a remixfor Ian Pooley's classic hit from the late 90's "The Allnighter" and Luke Solomons forthcoming single on Leftroom. Its going to be a busy summer for sure.
Q. Some extremely revered labels have been picking up your work, any designs to begin your own imprint???
A. I'm not sure about that. Sometimes I think that perhaps that's the next step in my career - to start my own label... but I think about all the work these labels do to make it happen, all the promotion, working with distributors, stores, manufacturing. Its more than a full time job, as is being an artist, what with all the touring, managing myself, and of course, producing. I'm just not sure I'm ready to pick up another full time project.
Q. How is Seattle for house, are there any local producers that you think are making things work???
A. Absolutely. Seattle is bustling with talent, although I wish there were more artists making their careers in house music. Off the top of my head we've got Lusine, Lawnchair Generals, Chloe, Eva, Carlos Da Silva... as well as tons of local talent.
Q. How extensive is your studio? Is hardware a mainstay???
A. Hardware used to be a mainstay back when Bob Hansen and I were starting out. We had a nice little array of rack effects, guitar pedals, a couple synths and an ASR-10. For the last 10 years however, I've been producing all in the box. I'm a pretty devoted Windows user. Now I'm on Windows 7 and I do all my music in Image Line's FL Studio DAW. Sometimes when tell people that I get some strange looks, but FL Studio, which only runs on Windows, is an extremely affordable program. $200 gets you the software and free upgrades for life. It also allows me to do some tricks and tackle some processes that I just can't do easily in any other program. I also use Native Instrument's Komplete Collection. The computer I use - thanks to the fine folks at Microsoft and Dell, they've recently given me a Dell Studio XPS1647 Core i5 with 8 gigs of ram, which is an amazing piece of machinery. 'The Tracks Are Alive' was produced on a more modest system, Intel Core 2 Duo with 2 gigs of ram, something most people have in their home. For live shows, I perform using Ableton Live 8, 2 Behringer BCF 2000 midi controllers, Focusrite Sapphire 6 audio interface, and a novation Launchpad.
Q. Away from music how is your downtime spent???
A. I spend most of my time with my wife Christina, and stepson Anthony, and we spend as much time as we can with our friends - mostly Bob Hansen (from Jacob London), his wife Betsy and their newborn girl Charlie. My wife also has a childrens clothing line called "Ricicli" www.riciclikids.com/ and on weekends we set up a booth at Seattle's Fremont Market, and various other markets selling and promoting her kids clothes. Pretty domestic stuff really
Q. Your partnership with Bob Hansen is well documented do you have any collaborations forthcoming???
A. Yeah we keep meaning to finish these projects that we've had on the table for a while, but what with new babies, and traveling and the projects that I've had, its been difficult for us to get together on a more professional level. Its like, since our time has been cut short by the hustle of regular life, we find ourselves spending our time together just hanging out and being best friends. I'm sure anyone who has kids would understand.??However we're seriously planning on some new projects as simply "Hanssen and Pezzner" and take a new approach to dance music that I think was difficult for us to take when we were the quirky Jacob London duo.
Q. What is your favourite piece of studio kit???
A. I'd say Native Instruments Battery. I use it in every song, and have used it for the past 9 or so years. Its sold as a drum sampler but I use it for everything from sampling chunks of music, to creating strange midi effects that I can only think of doing easily in Battery. I'll be doing some video tutorials later on in the summer so people can see what I'm talking about. ??Q > Do you play any instruments???Nope. I have a key controller that I use to sketch out ideas but I dont actually "play" it. Any solos that you may have heard in my music were mainly written using the pencil tool in FL Studio, or just loosley playing the notes as best I can and then manipulating them after the fact.
Q. Any good at cooking? What is you signature dish???
A. Good question and thank you for asking! I love to cook, and I can rock an omlette like no one else. Anyone who is lucky enough to eat my omlette will be floored.
Muak takes place at Egg on Saturday 10th July with Ian Pooley and DJ Deep also in the house.
After an absolutely superb Glastonbury adventure, we head back to London town for this weekends musicality's. It's a good one too with more festival action on the cards, plus several disco excursions on boats, roof tops, terraces, car parks, yurts, and even one at Trafalgar Square. Please click here for the essential selection with links to full info, tickets, and guest list options...
Here's this weeks lowdown featuring events with Andrew Weatherall, Click, Macmillian's, Margaret Dygas & Glimpse, Shift, Faith, Stilnovo, Caligula, Tape, Blow, Becks Vier, Wiggle, M Plant, Colony, Village Disco, Doldrums, Plexi, Soundclash, The Loft, Half Baked, Modular, Diesel & Pollocks and more...
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Those not heading to the coast, countryside, or adventures on the White Isle and beyond this weekend, there's lots happening this Bank Holiday in the city. A stellar selection of special guests will be landing, and there are several alternate ways to spend the evenings and daytimes with friends and loved ones. Please click here for the selection and click for full info, ticket links, and guest list options...
This weekends disco radar is highly active with this lot unleashed upon London town... Derrick May, Andrew Weatherall, Ragga Twins, Skream, Chemical Brothers, Intergalactic Gary, Dopplereffekt, Simian Mobile Disco, Luke Solomon, James Preistley, Carsten Klemann, Troy Pierce, Alexi Delano, Alex Under, Vera, Faze Action, Serge Santiago, Peter Herbert, Crazy P, Geddes, Damian Lazarus, Jamie Jones, Shinedoe, DJ Three, Horse Meat Disco, Tom Trago, Billy Nasty, Toni D, Mr Scruff, Gavin Herlihy, Neverdogs and oodles more.
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We Fear Silence take over London Bridge club and announce diverse program…
Never really recovering from the closure of venues such as The End, The Cross, Turnmills and Canvas and with clubs such as Plastic People under threat the London clubbing scene is crying out for something fresh. London promoters, We Fear Silence have taken over the Saturday night program at Bermondsey based venue Cable and announced a new start with a double header on the weekend of the 4th / 5th June, one year after it originally opened.
Mixing a forward thinking music policy with an intimate vibe, reworked lighting and a bespoke Nova sound system from Germany, the new format will answer the prayers of clubbers across the city.
The opening weekend looks like back2back madness with FACT Magazine hosting Friday 4th, pulling in talent from across the Techno / Dubstep / Bass-led divide they champion. The fun doesn’t stop there; Modular will be looking after Saturday 5th with a DJ set from Annie and live performances from Tensnake and The Swiss.
The line up for the following seven weeks of Saturdays reveals names such as Goldie, Toddla T, Ben Watt, Boy 8 Bit, and Emalkay will be making an appearance. Cable is destined to become notorious for its potent and eclectic programming.
Said We Fear Silence founder Ryan Ashmore ‘We've worked all hours since moving operations to Cable to ensure we deliver on absolutely every level. New lighting rigs have been installed, the already excellent sound system has been reconfigured and now sounds even more insane – we’re competing with the bigger, more established clubs.
‘Cable fills a middle ground, that intimate vibe people are crying out for - not just punters but promoters. Cable holds 800 people. Most large London venues are much bigger than this - since The End closed there aren't any mid sized venues’
Co-founder Ajay Jayaram commented “It’s rare to find promoters presenting a diverse a spectrum of music with forward thinking, cutting edge acts, artists, labels and collectives all under one banner - the ethos being about good music above all else…Hopefully exciting times ahead for Cable, We Fear Silence and most significantly London.”
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Please find this weeks collection of dancefloor activity that will be taking place on terraces, lofts, basements, and a turbine hall, as well as at several undisclosed establishments. Special guests include... Booka Shade, Killer Whale - Live, Yam Who?, Prins Thomas, Chateau Flight, Prosumer, Mr C, Rocky, Diesel, Terry Farley, Skull Juice, Kyle Hall, Floating Points, Losoul, The Horrors, The Mad Professor - Live, John Tejada - LIve, Andre Lodemann, Tony Lionni, Commix, Tobias - Live, James Priestley, Stuart Patterson, Thurston Moore, Eva Prinz, DJ Spooky, Shaun Reeves, AlexKid, Will Saul, Mark Asken, La Roux, and more... Click here
After the hugeness of the Bank Holiday weekend, things are much much quieter over the next 4 days. Today is of course the General Election and when the votes have been cast and the ballot boxes have closed, there are several musical options and alternative ways to keep updated with the results. There's little to excite on Friday night, although we have uncovered a few tasty options where you can laugh or cry. It's back to business on Saturday evening though with several high quality parties setting sail, and Sunday unfolds with a sprinkling of daytime dancing one-offs, as well as the usual options to see out the weekend...
Here's who's in town: Carsten Klemann, James T Cotton, Satoshi Fumi, Hideo Kobayashi, Wolf+Lamb, Guti, Linkwood, Ray Mang, Eddie Richards, Dave Mothersole, Mark Broom, Hugo, Jamie Jones, Richard Zen, James Zabiela, Geddes, Walls, Bearweasel, Mat Playford, Craig Torrance, Terry Francis, DJ T, dOP, Seuil, Craig Richards, Optimo, Elektro Guzzi, Motor, Mike Huckaby, Rick Wade, Norm Talley, Actress and more. Please click here for the full details...
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Hooray!, the first May Bank Holiday is upon us. Those of you not heading for the hills or venturing out of town, the Wild disco radar has detected a multitude of covert happenings and huge gatherings on land, water, and high up in the skyline. Boats, car parks, warehouses, gardens, roofs, and courtyards are transformed into dancefloor spaces, broadcasting a kaleidoscope of sound and colour around the Capital. There are events to take you back in time, make you change colour, plenty of dressing up options, some to keep you dancing for over 24 hours, and several discos where bands leave instruments behind and take to the dj booth.
Here's who's in town... Charles Webster, DJ Krush, Danton Eeprom, Gorillaz, Basement Jaxx, Konrad Black, Dinky, Matt Tolfrey, Mike Shannon, Roman Lindau, Friendly Fires, Razorlight, Ashley Beedle, Reboot, Richie Hawtin, Magda, Jon Carter, Mattias Mayer, Eurokai, Lee Jones, Sasha, Carl Craig, Matthew Dear, Michael Mayer, Seth Troxler, Tiga, Norman Jay, Juan Maclean, Ark, Einzelkind, DJ Sneak, Ellen Allien, Ivan Smagghe, The Revenge, Sancho Panza, New Young Pony Club, and lots lots more. Please see below for the full details...
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Have a super smashing weekend,
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After last weekends cancellations and last minute line up changes, it looks like this weekends proceedings will be unaffected by the volcano with a silly name, as normal service in the sky's resume. And it's a good job too as there are some pretty tasty parties in the pipeline.
This weekends music is served up with a side order of cinema, bingo, mind bending visuals, the seaside, birthdays, Berlin tours, a new venue opening, and performance art.
Here's who is in town: Carsten Klemann, Ikonika, Health, Chrome Hoof, Andrew Weatherall, Chris Cunningham, Cassius, Holy Ghost, Greg Wilson, 2 Bad Mice, A Guy Called Gerald, Appleblim, Aux 88, Bok Bok, Ceephax Acid Crew, Hardfloor, Jimmy Edgar, Joker, Luke Vibert, Matthew Herbert, Joy Orbison, Mock & Toof, Padded Cell, Derrick Carter, Luke Soloman, Cobblestone Jazz, Sandwell District, Echocord, Serge Santiago, Ben Fat Trucker, Benji B, Soulphiction, Lee Foss, Arnaud Le Texier, Danny Howells, Victor Simonelli, Asad Rizvi, Chris Woodward, Rebekah Aff, Danny Faber, Red Robin and lots more... See here for event info, ticket links, and guest list options.
London resumes normal levels of disco activity after the last two epic weekends. There's music for all, conjured by some exceptional guests, to ensure that the perfect balance of seriousness and stupidity prevails. Here's who's in town... Mika Vainio, Donato Dozzy, Terrence Parker, Ashley Beedle, Stereo MCs, The Bays, The Herbaliser, Tom Middleton, DJ Brun, Geddes, Bones, Francois K, Juan Atkins, Jerome Sydenham, The Revenge, Feral, Alex Under, Joris Voorn, Paco Osuna, M.A.N.D.Y. , Plaid, Neil Landstrumm, Simon Baker, Pendle Coven, Skream, Joy Orbison, H.O.S.H., Jon Carter, Billy Nasty, Lottie, and oodles of others......
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Here's the weekends w/t featuring parties & djs/live acts that include... Carl Cox, Greg Wilson, Dan Berkson and James What, Tim Sweeny, Morgan Geist, Brothers Vibe, Black Grape, Joey Negro, Snuff Crew, Wbeeza, Plastician, Argy, Chris Sullivan, Matt Tolfrey, Colin Favor, Dennis Ferrer, Sven Vath, Loco Dice, Cassy, Dan Bell, Robert Hood, Danny Krivit, Levon Vincent, I Cube, Zip, Marcel Dettmann, Martinez, Click birthday, Shake It, Disco Bloodbath, secretsundaze, ETA, Primo, Get Loaded, Hellfire Club, Atmosphere, ToTheBone, Transition, Outlook, Holic, Karaokecokey, Shock, Shoplifter, Month Of Sundays, Invisible College, Cocoon, Fabric, Muak, Lowlife, Underbelly, Prologue, mulletover, Trailer Trash, Circo Loco, WYS, La Dolce Vita, Zoetrope, tabula rasa, & Kubicle...
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Have a great weekend
Here's this weeks sonic lowdown featuring parties and artists that include... Ricardo Villalobos, Surgeon, Doc Martin, Ali Love, Damon Martin, CJ Macintosh, Josh Wink, Kasra, Trevor Jackson, Alex Metric, Sebo K, Marcus Worgull, Mark Henning, Caspa, Skream, The Bloody Beetroots, Prime Cuts, Neverdogs, Giles Smith, Alex Arnout, Guy Williams, Andrew Weatherall, Kode9, David Mancuso, Simian Mobile Disco, Moodyman, Click, Double Gone Chapel, FWD, The Lonely Hertz Club, Warm, Make Me, Fabric, Together, Blow, Momo, Size Doesnt Matter, Caligula, Follow Me, Underground Rebel Bingo Club, Colony, Bestival, Ovum, 1 Roof, Spacebox, The Loft, Bloggers Delight, Disco Geisha, & T Bar presents... Please click here...
Tevo Howard, Tamo Sumu and Prosumer jet in for the Sud Electronic party on Saturday 10th April where they host a Chicargo special. Click here for details...
Brothers Vibe from Candenza Records gets the Easter weekend underway at the Primo party alongside Matt Tolfrey and more...
mulletover are inviting all friends and family to celebrate their 6th Birthday with them over the April Bank Holiday – don’t they grow up fast. For this momentous occasion they are treating us to 3 Rooms of underground house, techno, dub and disco with a few birthday surprises and a birthday present for the first 600 people who purchase a ticket. Read more and see full dteails here...
Hundreds of mentalists will be descending upon the West Country this weekend, with good reason too. Kicking off the festival season, the Bloc Weekender rears its head in Somerset for its annual three day gathering, with Salt N Pepa, Model 500 - Live, Roots Manuva, Skream, Surgeon, Marcel Dettman, Flying Lotus, Ms Dynamite, and oodles of others ensuring that suitable musical mayhem prevails. The Sunday fancy dress theme is The Big Day with grooms, pageboys, mother in laws, brides, vicars, cakes and wedding singers all thrown into the mix. Don't feel left out though as the capital can match all of this, albeit minus the fresh air, starry sky's and sleeping in chalets.
Underground Bingo, the 1940's Blitz, dark circus themes, a gypsy caravan, flame throwers, and dancing in toilets are all possible occurrences this weekend in London as well as mystifying sounds served up by The Friendly Fires, Prins Thomas, Mylo, Claude VonStroke, Frivolous - Live, Franck Roger & Alix Alvarez, The Bays, Uner and Coyu, Daniel Sanchez, 6th Borough Project, Alexi Delano, Makam, Lee Curtiss, Giles Smith, 2ManyDjs, Matt Tolfrey, Will Saul, Daniel Sanchez, Ashley Beedle, Craig Richards, Zombie Nation, Sub Focus, MJ Cole, Louie Vega, Roni Size, XPress2, Robert Owens and lots lots lots more.
Here's this weeks HOT range of dancefloor...
Danny Krivit and his buddy Tony Smith, a proper New York disco legend who will be making his UK debut, to play back-to-back, all night long on Saturday 3rd April. Click here for info...
NYC legend David Mancuso hosts another of his 8-hour psychedelic trips on Sunday 21st March at The Light Bar. Details here.
Chillean star and house/technp pied piper will no doubt entice the masses to Fabric on Saturday 20th March. Full line up here.
Oodles of oomph this weekend...
Moodymann, Untold, Stimming, Matthew Herbert, Ed Banger, Sonar, James Holden, Afrilounge, Re:Boot, The Cuban Brothers, Fabric 30 hour party, Onur Ozer, Daniel Wang, Michael Mayer, Dan Ghenacia, Maurice Fulton, Norman Jay, Plaid, DiY, Misstake, Todd Terje, Rustie, Strip (and regular) karaoke, dinner with disco, burlesque, roller boogie, cabaret, love hotels, dressing up, musical instrument boxes, jelly, reiki, warehouse spaces, basements, theatres, concert halls, mansions...
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secretsundaze host their first London party of 2010 in conjunction with RBMA on Sunday 7th March, w/ special guest Todd Terje at Paramount. Click here for info
Jeff Mills makes a rare appearance at Fabric alongside a special Live show from Aux 88 on Saturday 27th March. Click here for full line up.
The capitals biggest Club, SE ONE, has finally closed its doors:
The enforces of the law are putting pressure on small Shoreditch venue, Plastic People, to close citing reasons of Public Nuisance and Anti Disorder. Keep track of developments here:
Planning permission for a residential build opposite the Ministry Of Sound poses a threat to the venues future. Check here for full info:
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Following on from Muak's immense January party, they return on Saturday 13th March with The 5 Beats featuring DJ / Producer trio Franck Roger, Mr V and Alix Alvarez. This visionary collective has quickly built an enviable reputation through their stand out parties in Paris, Miami, New York and Tokyo. London will get a slice of the action and another lesson in house music, click here for full details...
On Friday 19th February theres a few tasty happenings in East London. Steve Bug touches down at Plastic People for a 4 hour session at Warm, Metro Area's Morgan Geist and Maurice Fulton provide a late night sound track at The Camp, and Chloe arrives at the T Bar for another allnighter and the Old Queens Head celebrates their 4th birthday...
On Saturday 30th January, Muak kick off their first party of the year and have enlisted very special US house heavy weights, OSUNLADE and RON TRENT, to take center stage. Not only that, the brilliant Charles Webster will also be in thee house. Check here for full details…
Check this weeks Wild Times for our New Years Eve and New Years Day hot picks and essential gatherings, here...
Surgeon touches down in London this evening to headline the excellent Bleep43 party at Corsica Studios.
To get you warmed up, here’s a recently recording of him in Spain; Deep, emotive, warm and explosive. Click here.
Full event details and ticket info can be found here.
The tabulal rasa people have announced details of their next secretive gathering that takes place on Friday 1st January from 2pm until 5am at a secret location. There will be a heated marquee area added and a new hospitality room. Check the full details here...
Very special guests Miss Fitz (Perlon/oslo/Berlin) & Glimpse (Cadenza/Planet E) join Matt Tolfrey and a selection of surprise guests for the 2nd intimate Leftroom Session at Sosho, on Sunday 13th December. Click here for full details.
Neverdogs at Cirque. Recorded at the Brickhouse, London, on Sunday 29th November.
Cirque is the new clandestine gathering for all things HOUSE. Special guests are invited to come and play more house driven sets for a refreshing party in East London...
More of the same this Sunday 6th December from 6pm...
West Coast house maestro, Doc Martin, takes centre stage at the Egg's Winter Wonderland Xmas party on Saturday 19th December alongside NYC's Larry Tee & Tombstone for a huge festive fiesta. Full details can be found here.
The show preparations for 'Cut Out and Keep' are well underway and this afternoon Hang-Up took a visit to Alex Daw's Vyner St studio. We obviously cannot give too much away at this stage but the quality and breadth of work is amazing.
Alex has already seen his work displayed in the National Gallery in London and has developed a celebrity following having sold pieces to Bob Dylan and Playboy chief Hugh Hefner
The show which will be Alex Daw's first solo art exhibition opens on the 26.11.09. There is an exclusive preview party from 7pm with catering from Funthyme and cocktails from Havana club. This is a guest-list only event but there are limited spaces available click for more details.
Leftroom head honcho Matt Tolfrey hosts the first of his intimate Leftroom Sessions at supernova on Sunday 15th November, taking over the evening with a selection of label artists and friends. For Sessions #1 he's joined by fellow Cocoon & Leftroom artist, Inxec, and new recruit, Jozif (Vitalik). Full event info can be found here.
The dynamic duo, Luna City Express (Moonharbour/Berlin), have relesed a video for their laterst single 'Mr Jack' taken from their recenetly released album, Hello Planet Earth. They guys touch down in London on Friday 20th November at Bar 512 alongside Mic Newman. Full event info can be found here.
Very special guests Shaun Reeves (Wolf+Lamb/Raum...Muzik) & Inxec (Cocoon/Leftroom) join a secret afterparty crew at the supernova party on Sunday 25th October. Please see here for full event details.
In 1995 DJ Sneak's disco filtered sound revolutionised house music with inspirational sounds and rhythms never heard. These grooves became Sneak's signature sound and inspired others like Daft Punk, Basement Jaxx and Armand Van Helden.
Throughout his career Sneak has maintained his status as one of the Top 100 DJs in the world by staying true to his dynamic style - from furious banging Chicago tracks and Latin tribal beats, through disco filtered reworks of retro classics and melodic rhythms – with tracks selected to suit your soul and get you moving.
In 2009, the DJ Sneak vs. Herve release ‘Droppin Kisses’ reached Number 1 in Music Week UK’s official club chart and received BBC Radio 1 spins from Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Judge Jules, and Kissy Sell Out.
Putting the final preparations to what promises to be the hottest night in November’s clubbing calendar, organiser Zaki Lais said: “With DJ Sneak as our birthday guest it’s going to be another special Muak night and one not to be missed. Another year older, yes. Wiser? Maybe. See you on the dance floor.”
Muak 6th Birthday. Saturday 14th November at Egg, London. Full events details and updates please click here
Very special guest Ryan Crosson (m-nus/wagon repair) joins the supernova party this Sunday 11th October...
Ryan Crosson crafts techno and house tied to the historical precedent set in his native city of Detroit by classic artists such as Kevin Saunderson, Richie Hawtin, and Moodyman. Still, Crosson owes just as much to the constant exchange beween Detroit and Germany, equally taking his cues from artists like Pantytec, Ricardo Villalobos, and Thomas Brinkmann, to shape his own musical output.
Situated loosely between these two organizing poles, as are many of his American peers currently living in Berlin, Crosson stands out from most of his fellow producers in two key respects: delivering a fetishistic attention to programming and sound design, and embodying a ceaseless energy that carries itself from the studio directly into his live set and DJ performances.
Ryan Crosson consistently chooses to steer away from the predictable circuit of so-called “underground” club hits, instead favoring a process of constant renewal and return both to early influential material and to emerging sounds that depart from hegemonic trends. Likewise, Crosson’s production and sampling practices consistently depart from the world of electronic music by accessing histories of sound linked to militant black jazz, proto-disco, fusion, and west african indigenous music.
After releasing acclaimed material on diverse and groundbreaking labels like m-nus, Telegraph, Trapez, and Wagon Repair, Crosson has fully given himself over to a life of touring and performance that keeps a steady focus on both the avant-garde aesthetics of and deeply emotional bonds to dance music subculture. Making the move to Berlin in 2007 has opened up residencies for Crosson at Alte Borse in Zurich, Arena Club in Berlin, and of course the notorious summer weekly party, Soulshower, at Club Der Visionaere
Very special guests Luna City Express land in London for the Vertigo party at Egg on Saturday 10th October. This dynamic Berlin based duo have crafted an extremely slick and groovy sound that has won them plaudits around the globe. An intricate part of Mathias Tanzmann’s Moonharbour collective, their releases encumber the reignited tech house sound that is emanating across dancefloors. Their debut artist album Hello From Planet Earth has just dropped and it’s attracted much acclaim through its kaleidoscope of house, techno and atmospheric tracks. These guys have got the funk. We look forward to welcoming them this Saturday evening for their exclusive UK show! Accompanying the guys is the full Vertigo New Cycle crew featuring Julius, David Zeta, Max, and Micky Galliano. Expect this floor to go off… See here for full details
Very special guest Kabale Und Liebe will be heading to Sosho on Sunday 27th September as party of the Rhythmatic party at supernova. Recording on native Dutch labels Soweso, Remote Area & 100% Pure, he hit the lime light with his classic Mumbling Yeah?, a huge hit with the house and techno elite. He has remixes coming up for Tenax together with fellow country men 2000 and One and Lauhaus as well as recent collaborations with Julien Chaptal. Djing since the very young age of 12, this man has got the beatz. Event info can be found here.
Very special guest Roberto Rodriguez will be jetting in from Helsinki to headline the 4th tabula rasa terrace party on Sunday 20th September with an exclusive live show! Roberto encapsulates the house sound that has become synonymous with the party. He’s making waves amongst the underground house community with his sophisticated and deep beats. Recording on the likes of Plastic City, Compost, Freerange & Sonarkollektiv as well as producing under his other monikers as Future Beat Investigator, Track N Field, and Acid Kings, Roberto’s contemporary house sound has won him many plaudits. His live set is pure, deep electronic boogie; we can’t wait for him to serenade us with his deep tech funk on the terrace (Roberto will also be performing a dj set later in the evening at the afterparty, details to follow)! Check here for full party info.
We had a quick chat with him...
What are you working on at the moment?
I just finished a remix of a 90´s classic Marmion - Schoeneberg for superstition which will be released on Flying Circus. Some days ago i started working on a remix for Yoko Ono. Also doing some finishing touches for my next Compost release due out at the end of November. Another release that i´m finishing is a new mid tempo disco ep, but I can´t tell you the label just yet...
What is the scene in Helsinki like?
The scene in Helsinki is great but relatively small. Lots of great parties every weekend with great dj´s. In Helsinki there are three great clubs for house and techno and their lineup is always top notch.
Which new Finnish producers / djs are ones to look out for?
There is lots of good talent here. You have Juho Kahilainen, Samuli Kemppi, Jori Hulkkonen, Lil Tony, Jussi-Pekka Parikka for example. These guys have been doing this for a while but they are definitely something to mention.
What tracks are doing it for you at the moment?
These are some of my favorites at the moment:
Daniel Wang - Like Some Dream
Redshape - 2010
Wax - Wax20002
Lil Tony - Saturday Morning
Acid Pauli - Marvin
Andre Lodemann - Vehemence Of Sleep (Atjazz Perspective)
What has been your favourite party / event this year?
I´d say that the event I enjoyed the most this year so far was the whole Flow-festival here in Helsinki in mid August. Great atmosphere, good music & perfect crowd.
A snippet from the third tabula rasa terrace party with Matt Tolfrey closing out... Stayed tuned here for details of the next party or keep logged in to the tabula rasa facebook group or the wild music group for announcements...
Very special guest, Moby, appears at Sosho on Sunday 6th September at the supernova party for a rare UK dj set. Stay tuned here for full info...
Richie Hawtin premiers his Contakt documentary at the ICA, London, on Friday 25th September. Full details here.
Techno pioneer Dan Bell jets into the UK on Sunday 30th August to headline the Carnival carry on party at the Egg, London. See here for full event info...
Perlon head honcho, Zip, lands in London and climbs high above the capitals sky line to headline the next Superfreq party at Paramount on Saturday 12th September. Stay tuned here
London imprint, Sarafi Electronique head to Sosho on Sunday 30th August with label boss Arnaud Le Texier and SE artist & Kubicle/Zum resident, Toni D. Check here for full event info and click here for more info about the lable.
Pokerflat head honcho Steve Bug takes center stage at THAT club on Sunday 30th August alongside Doc Martin. Full event info here
Justin Martin released the very first two records on dirtybird and then went on an amazing production path, releasing tracks, mix cds and remixes on multiple labels like Buzzin’fly, Utensil, Om.
Claude VonStroke has been begging him to return to the nest for years and now he is back! Justin has re-joined the family in full force, dedicating himself to multiple new EPs and the raucous fun style that makes dirtybird special. Most importantly he is back with his good friends where he belongs.
Speaking of friends, this time Justin teams up with Claude VonStroke to deliver 6 minutes of pure dirtybird. Justin brought the almost finished track into DB headquarters claiming he was stuck and couldn’t finish it. Claude put it up on the system and decided it was too hot to throw it away. So they worked on it together for a few days and here we are with a new dirtybird bomber.
The track is based around a twisted vocal playing on the old school “Beat That Bitch with a Bat” vocal. But this bit of ADD house goodness could have also been called “The Chicken Trilogy” because it has three distinctive parts that are all different and all happy surprises for the dance-floor.
“Beat That Bird” will also be one of the tracks on Claude’s new album “Bird Brain” out in October and he would like to thank Justin for not throwing the track in the trash bin!
Justin Martin plays supernova on Sunday 9th August at Sosho
For all big chill goers wanting a sunday night fix, keep your ears to the ground for details of a secret supernova party that will be taking place at the big chill festival on sunday night. more info to follow...
On Sunday 2nd August the people from Wild Music, some of the Retox team, and industry friends and family, launch a brand new Sunday night adventure, supernova. Click here for the launch details!
This summer The East Room (Sosho's sister venue) will be running a pop-up version of The East Room in a field, backstage at The Big Chill. They will be catering for some of the food and all of the drinks needs of the artists, press and music industry guests...
tabula rasa is one of a few secretive gatherings that takes place around the capital. Full article, here
Very special guest, Justin Martin, touches down on Sunday 9th August to headline the supernova party at Sosho. Running the Dirtybird label with Claude VonStroke, his beats can also be found on the excellent Buzzin Fly label of which we have label representative Chris Woodward joining us too. Check our events section for full details and see below for a video of the recent Exit festival that Justin has recently rocked...
Stay tuned here for up to the minute information and announcements about secret guests and venues, future events and appearances, and more, from our network of friends and family...