Denney: “America’s Dance Music Scene Has Caught Up To The UK”

Ever since arriving onto the underground scene, James Denney, or simply Denney as he is more commonly known, has achieved an impressive number of accolades. Following his massive “Low Frequency” release, which sat at the top of the Beatport charts for over five weeks and received a Ministry Of Sound re-release that broke into the UK Top 100 chart, he was invited to the esteemed Essential Mix decks by Pete Tong in 2016 and toured the world several times over. In 2016 alone he graced the DJ booths of DC-10 and Sankeys in Ibiza, Heart Nightclub in Miami, fabric, Egg and Ministry of Sound in London, Mint Warehouse in Leeds, Flash Factory in NYC, Primary in Chicago, the famous Get Lost in Miami as well as festival appearances at The BPM Festival, Creamfields, Eastern Electrics, ADE and Tomorrowland.

Fresh off heavy stints in the studio earlier this year, James has just released an EP on Heidi’s Jackathon Jams label featuring dance music legends Derrick Carter and Roger Sanchez, with plenty more music scheduled to come out throughout the year.

In Europe myself, I had the chance to recently talk with James about the time he has been spending in the studio this year and his upcoming U.S. tour, as well as his views on the changing musical landscape of both Ibiza and the United States.

I had the pleasure of meeting James in Chicago before, and since ran into him at Get Lost in Miami during Miami Music Week. What immediately surprised me was how approachable, down to earth and friendly he was — qualities that were confirmed once more during our chat, and that I never take for granted when dealing with artists that tour heavily under the massive stress that this industry brings.

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Darin Epsilon Celebrates 50th Release On Perspectives Digital

Seven years ago Chicago-born producer Darin Epsilon founded his label Perspectives Digital. Today, the imprint celebrates its 50th release featuring a collaboration between label boss Darin himself and prolific producer Cid Inc from Finland. The two highly respected artists have collaborated on a multitude of universally praised projects, including their ‘Outliers’ release in 2015, which launched the label’s first Beatport Play remix contest.

More recently, the duo achieved monumental success with their remix of ‘Auralphase’ by Robert Babicz, which charted in Beatport’s Top 100 Techno Tracks for 50 consecutive days, a testament to their prowess in the studio when collaborating together.  On the brink of their next DJ tour spanning from Canada to South America, they team up once again for ‘Resistencia’ & ‘Myndie’ – two ideal tracks for this milestone release.


The first track ‘Resistencia’ was inspired from Darin and Cid’s performances in northeast Argentina. This track evokes the vibrancy and love from the city it was named after. ’Resistencia’ is an uplifting journey that takes flight with warm and lush pads weaving into radiant chord progressions.

On the flip side is ‘Myndie’, a name which stuck with Cid Inc after his performance at the Rainbow Serpent festival earlier this year.  In Aboriginal Australian culture, the mythological rainbow serpent is considered to be either the giver of life or cause of great destruction, and is one of the oldest continuing religious beliefs in the world.  Creating a rumbling energy and nefarious vibe with its hard kick, shuffling highs, and mechanical sounds, the track will surely be a formidable force on the dancefloor.

6AM caught up with Darin the week leading up to the 50th release to discuss the achievements of the label thus far, his recent move to Berlin and more. Read it below and head to Beatport to get a copy of both tracks.

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Q&A and Pemiere: Mod21 Releases “Chapter 1” EP on 21 Imprint

With previous releases on Prologue including an album on Semantica Records, Manuele Chiaravalloti a.k.a Mod21, brings perfectly executed raw modular techno jams, side stepping syncopations and dark delayed bleep atmospheres to create a weighty hypnotic minimal piece entitled Chapter 1 on his label 21.

“A1” is a halftime deep pulsing gem, almost reminiscent of glitch artists such as Ø [Phase] and Pan Sonic. It contains slow modulating percussion and sine bleeps which are large and reverberant, aiding to the overall hypnotic nature of the EP, Chapter 1. Cut in A2, “Philadelphia Experiment” is a mind boggling display of displaced beats and accents. Noise and sine waves rise in pitch while the steady beat of the kick and surrounding percussions help induce a trance.

In “Step by Step” on B1, electro tinged drums roll forward with slight sonic variations and a progressively harmonic drone slowly nurtures the piece. Finally on B2, Structuralism is a faster, more intense track with familiar intertwining rhythms and progressing modulations.

Purchase “Chapter 1” via deejay.de and stream the exclusive premiere of “Philadelphia Experiment” below today. Following is our interview with Manuele in honor of his EP.

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Q&A: Defected Presents Franky Rizardo In The House

Long tipped as an artist to watch, Franky Rizardo has of late firmly established himself as one of house music’s leading lights. With a weekly national radio show in his homeland and a touring schedule taking him across Europe, the Americas, Australasia and beyond, the unassuming Dutchman’s reputation has snowballed with every release, culminating in his recent smash ‘Same Man’, a stick of devastating dance floor dynamite with an unmistakable hook which has tenaciously topped Beatport’s tech house chart for several weeks. Now, his stunning contribution to Defected’s ‘In The House’ mix series cements his position alongside some of the world’s greatest DJs.

Defected presents Franky Rizardo In The House is built upon the firm foundations of Franky’s own productions, including ‘Same Man’, ‘Keep Cool’, his rework of Roger Sanchez’ ‘Morning Prayer’ and a host of brand new tracks and exclusive remixes. Cuts like ‘Work It To The Bone’ and ‘Crazy Day’, and his remixes of chart-topper Jax Jones’ ‘House Work’ and rising starlet Anabel Englund’s ‘London Headache’ – all exclusive to this compilation – typify Franky’s ability to pair infectious vocals with driving dynamics. With an ear for tomorrow’s timeless classics, like Laolu’s remix of Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra ‘Too Much Information’ and Midland’s ‘Final Credits’, Franky also shows off his technical ability, mashing up numerous tracks and accapellas across the two carefully-constructed 70-minute mixes. The result is a compelling collection of contemporary house music, brought together by one of the world’s most exciting proponents of the genre, and available for pre-order it here.

6AM spoke to Franky right in the middle of a World Tour that is seeing him visit Australia, Asia, the U.S. and of course Europe:

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Q&A: North-London Based Producer Saytek Releases “Doppelganger’ EP on KMS Records

 Saytek is one of the rising stars of techno’s new breed to grace the mighty KMS label as they celebrate their 30th year reign.

In the past, Saytek’s releases have catalogued for labels the likes of Soma, Bedrock, My Favorite Robot and fabric. Returning with a tasty batch of live jams on Kevin Saunderson’s imprint, Doppelganger EP is already being championed by the likes of Joseph Capriati, Sven Väth, Marco Carola, B Traits and more! Two insanely well-built slices of techno, ‘Doppelganger (Live)’ and ‘Revolutionize (Live)’ are filled with atmospheric textures, dark stabs and thumping kick drums — the perfect combination of dance floor-ready components that make this two-tracker a well-received EP.

With the EP already available on Beatport, 6AM checked in with the man and his machines

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Q&A and Global Vibe Radio Episode 056 feat. Rythmetic Records Boss CJ Jeff

This week’s episode of Global Vibe Radio comes from Greek producer and Rhythmetic Records boss CJ Jeff.

Last year the Greek producer, DJ and label head celebrated 15 years in the game, an achievement marked by releases on some of the most respected house and techno labels around, including Souvenir, Skint, Bedrock and most recently Objektivity and Yoshitoshi. The array of dance floor gems he has produced over the last decade have further established his reputation as one of the most exciting producers on the circuit, with more planned for his career ahead. Naturally, his prolificness in the studio has led him to launch his own record label, Rhythmetic Records. Launched in 2005 with a vinyl release from Jeff himself – complete with a remix from Maetrik aka Maceo Plex – the label as gone on to release music from likes of Nick Curly and No Artificial Colours gracing the catalogue.

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Sian: Bridging The Gap Between Techno and Hip-Hop

Classic modern techno, that’s likely to be the sound you think of whenever you hear of Sian and his Octopus Recordings imprint. The Los Angeles-based label owner, producer and DJ has made a name for himself running one of the strongest techno labels in the world, with releases coming from respected artists the likes of Jay Lumen, Oliver Koletski, Julian Jeweil, Enrico Sangiuliano, Gregor Tresher, Noir and many more.

To this day, Sian’s own productions have been to this day a further testament to the quality of Octopus’ output. Intelligent leftfield techno that strives to walk away from generic big-room sounds while remaining palatable to those in the midst of crossing the bridge to the “underground.”

Sian’s latest project, however, is very different from what you may be used to from him. On Monday April 10th the Irish-born artist is releasing Capital Crimewave, fearlessly transcending those invisible boundaries between warehouse techno, urban hip-hop, mind-bending acid, dubbed-out electronics and countless other future genres in between. The massive 20 track LP sees Sian bring together his love for hip-hop and techno, binding together his diverse catalogue of machine-made sounds into one cohesive audio experience that is unlike anything previously released on Octopus. For the project, he is joined by guest vocalists such as AG Fernandez, bringing together artistic minds for the creation of this brand-new atmospheric and murky late-night journey.

6AM had the chance to sit down with Graham and AG before Miami Music Week, taking the opportunity to discuss the album and the bridge that they hope will bring techno and hip-hop closer together. Capital Crimewave is available for pre-order via Beatport.


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Christian Gerlach Talks California and Lanthan.audio’s Upcoming 10th Release

We met Lanthan.audio founder Christian Gerlach right before his Los Angeles debut for LA Structures, where he shared the bill with Developer, Ascetic Limited’s Motionen, Symtek, Sarah Strandberg and Jeremy Sena. And what a debut it was, the packed room lapping up every single second of his set, proving once more that LA’s love for techno keeps on growing and knows no boundaries.

Christian’s own releases and that of his label pack a definite punch, forming up the perfect puzzle pieces for techno journeys like the one the packed Los Angeles room got to witness that night. Christian’s relationship with Los Angeles began with his contribution to Ascetic Limited’s second EP outing, a mini-compilation that also included tracks from Dorian Gray, Deepbass and HOBI, and will continue when the LA label’s founders Motionen release on Lanthan.audio in the coming months.

We had the chance to talk to Christian following his set to find out more about his trip in California and his future plans, as his label readies for its milestone 10th release.

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Bastian Bux Explores His Connections With Elrow, Suara and Upcoming Gigs in Chicago and New York City

We catch Bastian Bux hot on the heels of his debut Miami Music Week gig for elrow and right as he readies for gigs at Chicago’s Spybar and New York City’s Wesbter Hall this coming weekend. Bastian is on a mini-US tour alongside Coyu, the boss of the imprint that he calls home. Bastian’s production debut came with his Stay EP on Suara, where four timeless tracks laid the foundations of what Bastian Bux means today: deep and emotional techno, dark house, and high class electronica. Such was the success of the debut that, a few months later, he repeated on Coyu’s imprint with Teardrop EP, Screenshot, Tresor and his more recent Oracle EP, where his stylistic range extended further, going from futuristic deep house to progressive techno. After taking his first step into remixing, reworking Habischmann’s “All I Dream” for Dave Seaman’s Selador imprint, Bastian’s next outing came Nicole Moudaber’s esteemed label MOOD Records.

In front of a crowd, Bastian is able to travel elegantly from housey grooves to rough techno, going through epic melodies and sober beats, always loyal to his way of understanding music but without losing sight of the dance floor. That ability has earned him the status as a new resident for elrow, one of the most important brands in Europe, based in Barcelona and Ibiza, and has seen him tour the globe. After his summer residency at Space Ibiza and having played in the UK, Germany, France and Dubai, the future looks bright for this new, up and coming wonder-kid.

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Hermanez Discusses His Career, “Chaologic” EP and Forthcoming Remixes for Daniele Di Martino and Solvane

Hermanez is a Belgium-born DJ and producer who has hit the ground running in 2017 as his stellar productions continue to grace the playlists of the world’s DJ elite.  About to unleash two giant remixes for Daniele Di Martino & Solvane’s “Daarp” single on The Plot Music and his new Chaologic EP on Trapez Ltd already doing damage, 6AM got the low-down.

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