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Doorly Discusses All Things Los Angeles and the Launch of His Reptile Dysfunction Label

This coming Saturday, 18th of March, DJ, producer and label-owner Doorly is bringing his Doorly & Friends tour back to Los Angeles for a special night at Avalon Hollywood.

The mega-club will host an entire line-up featuring Doorly’s curated guests for the occasion: Tensnake, Solardo, DJ Yoda and Tan Dem. You can purchase tickets via Seetickets as well as enter our contest for 2 free tickets on our website here.

There is no denying that Doorly is a man on the constant move. The British-born artist relocated to the States and lived in Los Angeles for years before moving back to Europe last year, where he continues pushing forward on a career that has seen him tour the world, release on labels such as Cajual, Dirtybird and Hot Creations, become an event curator and now start off his own imprint called Reptile Dysfunction.

We exchanged a few words with the busy man to discuss his love relationship with Los Angeles, the new label and the structure of his Doorly & Friends parties.

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Kevin Knapp Talks About His Love for San Francisco and His Forthcoming “Find Me” EP

Austin-bred, San Francisco-schooled producer, DJ and vocalist, Kevin Knapp has emerged from the ever-bustling electronic music scene of the Bay Area to become one of the most exciting up-and-coming artists in today’s house music scene.

Versatile in his productions and DJ sets, Kevin takes no prisoners with an approach that sees him always striving to get the dance floor rocking, with releases on labels such as Hot Creations, Dirtybird, Poker Flat, Sanity, Lost, Viva Music and Truesoul a testament to his prowess and prolificness in the studio. A man of many skills, the US born artist started out by DJing in San Francisco for notorious clubs such as Werd and Housepitality and after relocating to Berlin his career catapulted and a global touring schedule ensued.

On March 17th he is scheduled to release his next EP entitled Find Me and introducing Baby Luck aka Brittany Ballard, who makes her first ever vocal recording for this project. Distinguished for his jacking house cuts, Kevin has a created a deeply charming EP, reinforcing his position within the dance scene. The four-track release, which is all originals, will be coming out on Rebellion, one of Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels sister labels, and includes two tracks that were premiered by Pete Tong on the same night during one of his esteemed BBC Radio 1 Friday night shows.

We caught up with Kevin ahead of the forthcoming release, which you can pre-order via Beatport here.

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Q&A and Premiere: Aggborough Discusses No Real Value’s Musical Ethos and “The Rhubarb Triangle” EP

The Rhubarb Triangle is an area in Yorkshire, England, that is considered the forced rhubarb centre of the world, and it was there where William Green, aka Aggborough, captured the set of various field recordings which now forms the backbone of No Real Value’s latest release. For those not familiar with No Real Value, it is a label whose 12″ outputs all include pieces of music by Aggborough himself, as well as other leftfield underground electronic music producers, based around a particularly unique set of field recording samplings sourced by Aggborough.

No Real Value’s second outing focused on metal detecting, while this third release pinpoints the location of the field samplings and uses that, as well as  the characteristic Yorkshire dialect and wildlife, to produce a stunning four-track vinyl release. Each piece includes various sounds captured during a recent trip to the Martin Parr exhibition at the Hepworth Wakefield, as well as to the Yorkshire sculpture park the next day. The listener will find ambient sounds from the gallery and wildlife from the park, as well as other human sound recordings juxtaposed against those of giant metal sculptures vibrating against the wind.

6AM talked with Green in honor of the release, and presents to you the official premiere of Ford Foster’s “Ramblers (Set On Fire)” from the EP, which you can find for purchase on Bandcamp.

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C.Vogt Debuts on All Day I Dream with “Purple Hills” EP

Chriss Vogt, known as C.Vogt artistically, is the latest addition to Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream team.

Classically trained, the versed producer just debuted on the esteemed label with Purple Hills, a 3-track outing that includes the title track, a remix of it by now label-mate YokoO and a collaboration with Patrick Jeremic entitled “Pour Éternel.” The son of renowned violinist K.Vogt, Chriss discovered music at a young age, learning the piano and the saxophone before moving to electronic music and releasing on other well-known labels such as Visionquest and Get Physical before adding All Day I Dream to his extensive resumé.  You can stream the EP below and find it for purchase on Beatport.

So how did Chriss attract Lee’s attention? And what does he have planned for the future? We asked that and more as Chriss prepared to deliver his first All Day I Dream podcast, recorded in tandem with Patrick Jeremic and released today.

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Q&A and Premiere: Milo McBride Releases “Antika” EP on [par•ka]

New York City producer Milo McBride is dropping his Antika EP on [par•ka] this coming March 14th.

Antika is Milo McBride’s debut tanz-floor release. From peak-time to the after afters – each track exists solely to serve the dynamic night clubbing experience. Drawing influence from his experiences with an eclectic range of musical styles–from punk to juke–Milo makes post-apocalyptic electronic beats for the dance floor and the bedroom. His production employs sounds from various pockets of the world: sonically combining deconstructed digital sounds with organic instrumentation and field recordings. Combined together, these textures map out the emotional territory a futuristic wasteland similar to that of Mad Max, but with laptops and pills.

Out on vinyl and digital (check out Juno), Antika is composed of three originals and an Acid remix by Peter Fonda. The digital release includes “Phul,” a bonus fifth track which we are premiering today.

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Q&A and Global Vibe Radio Episode 049 feat. Stefan Weise

Welcome back to Global Vibe Radio!

For this 49th episode we have enlisted the musical prowess of producer and DJ Stefan Weise. Now residing in the United States, Stefan is originally from Italy and Germany, and has been involved with electronic music production and DJing for over two decades. He discovered his passion thanks to his father, who was a DJ in Italy, and an upbringing that included a lot of early introduction to underground electronic music, as well as funk, soul, Motown, disco and acid house.

Heavily influenced by Detroit and Amsterdam techno, sci-fi concepts and science, Stefan has been the host of the monthly “Blue Industries” radio show on Proton Radio for over a decade, and has released on labels such as Wolf Trap, Lucidflow, Audiophile Deep, Frequenza, Moveubabe Records, PUNCHIS Black, Eintakt and Evoked Recordings. Stefan just released his Paradrum EP on 3KM Records, containing an original, a personal take on the title-track and a remix by Nadja Lind. The EP, which has received early support from the likes of Danny Tenaglia, Ian Pooley, Fred P, Fabrice Lig and Ben Sims, is available for purchase via Beatport.

Enjoy the mix below and read on for our interview with him in honor of the occasion.

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Cari Golden: The Voice of the Underground

Cari Golden may not be an electronic music producer or DJ, but she has been just as essential an artist in some of techno and house’s best tracks of the last several years.

Singer, songwriter and a true voice of the underground, Cari has contributed to some exciting tracks and remixes by artists the likes of Coyu, Trent Cantrelle, MANIK, DJ T., Maceo Plex, Groove Armada and Sydney Blu. The Los Angeles-based artist has some exciting projects in the future including the launch of her own record label and studio projects with Vincenzo, Ryan Crosson, Roger Sanchez and more.

We had a talk with her in Los Angeles ahead of what is looking to be one of her busiest years yet.

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Dustin Zahn: A Career Carved Out of Hard Work, Tenacity and Persistence

Dustin Zahn’s various biographies on the internet do not contain any particularly alluring or exciting background stories, leaving me to wonder if it’s out of choice or simply because, as one particular bio states, “there are no breakthrough moments or mentors who have taken him under their wing.”

It does not take me long though, to realize that perhaps Dustin’s story is one that simply mirrors his Midwestern upbringing: a career carved out by nearly two decades of hard work, tenacity and persistence. There is no denying that since 1998 his output in the studio and behind the decks have gained him international notoriety and respect within the techno scene and beyond, all thanks to a sound that embodies diversity and quality as its primary attributes.

Born in Wisconsin, Dustin first discovered electronic music and his love for techno in Minneapolis, where he grew up after moving as a child. Although Minneapolis’ techno history is rich, Dustin relocated to Berlin after the turn of the century to further his goals as a producer, DJ and to head his own Enemy Records imprint. He has been performing regularly at some of the most reputable clubs and festivals in the world since, with a few dark warehouses and beach parties sprinkled in between. On top of releasing on his own label he has had tracks come out on Drumcode, REK’D, CLR, Mindshake, Truesoul and more, always striving to produce and play music that is both dark and groovy, seamlessly blurring genres to create a signature, hypnotic sound that isn’t common amongst other artists. He has also launched the fantastic Train Wreck podcast, a talk-show series that sees him chat with house and techno artists from all over the world over a glass or two, discussing music industry related topics as well as more personal stories, opinions and daily-life anecdotes from the DJs and producers themselves.

On March 11th Dustin is returning to the Los Angeles underground for WORK‘s first collaboration of the year with Incognito, a warehouse affair that sees him billed with Smartbar Chicago and Oktave resident Jeff Derringer, as well as LA’s very own JIA and Gerard Not Gerald. We had a chat with him ahead of his visit to talk about what he has been up to and what lays ahead in the years to come.

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Alexis Tyrel Premieres Track Off Forthcoming “Return To Planet Alpha” EP

 

Lessismore record label, founded in 2003 by the Dutch DJ and producer Alexis Tyrel together with MBC, has been home for mostly his own releases under all his monikers and ‘various artist’ compilations.

Return To Planet Alpha continues in this tradition, being a second long-player of Alexis Tyrel after his debut Newtradition from 2011. Return To Planet Alpha is a collection of elegant techno tracks which instead of following the now so popular dark and destructive path focuses on daily moods and airy atmosphere, which is closer to open air and lounge than to sweaty pits of contemporary rave. But that doesn’t mean that the twelve tracks are just indistinctive background music.

For one thing, Tyrel is a master of slick and tight beat foundations of kick drums and bass, often smoothed out with cool synth pads, onto which he layers all kinds of rhythmical chains, subtle melodic ideas and sounds ranging from vintage synths and industrial bits to organic textures and even field recordings. Another distinctive feature of Alexis Tyrel (and his alter ego Gideon, which appears as a remixer on the LP) is diversity and playfulness. The sound environment of the LP, which is obvious from the album and track titles, inclines to a space theme, mainly thanks to the synthesizers recalling the 1980s. But instead of just recreating that.

We are honored to be premiering “Right Side Of The Sun” off of the forthcoming EP, and to have had the time to chat with Alexis ahead of the release. The twelve-track LP Return To Planet Alpha will be released March 17th on digital and vinyl via Lessismore and available for purchase here.

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Q&A: Edit Select Releases ‘Visitors – Projections’ Album with Antonio Ruscito

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This coming November 25th, Scottish techno producer Tony Scott, aka Edit Select, is releasing a collaboration album alongside Antonio Ruscito on his own Edit Select Records imprint. The album will be available via Juno, Decks and Deejay.

While both the Scottish and Italian artists are fantastic in the studio in their own right, Visitors – Projections combines their prowess as producers to form a transcendental techno journey filled with haunting atmosphere, emotive structures and spatial ambience.

We caught up with Tony ahead of the ten-track release to discuss his collaboration with Antonio, Scotland’s techno scene, the influence of technology on the production of techno over the last few decades and more. Read the interview below but first enjoy this exclusive premiere of ‘Projection 2″ right off of the forthcoming LP:

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