Berghain To Open New Säule Floor In March

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The famed Berghain is expanding next month with the opening of a brand-new floor called Säule.

Set to open on Thursday, March 23rd with experimental acts Alessandro Adriani, Natalia Escobar and Deena Abdelwahed billed for the occasion, it is unsure exactly where Säule will be located.

The room, which literally translates to “pillar” from German, is likely to be situated in a ground-floor area underneath the Berghain dance floor that has recently been closed for construction. Following opening night, Säule will be taken over by Dis Fig, Illum Sphere and Laura Clock at midnight on Friday, March 23rd.

Resident Advisor has reported that the long-running Get Perlonized! party held at the upstairs Panorama Bar on March 4th may have been canceled, as the listing was deleted from their site this week. It’s unsure whether the Friday night events held there will no longer occur as of yet.

H/T: Resident Advisor

Q&A and Global Vibe Radio Episode 046 feat. Torsten Kanzler

 

6AM’s Global Vibe Radio Episode 046 comes straight from Germany, a 60-minute live techno recording by Torsten Kanzler.

Torsten Kanzler’s live sets are known to lead to controlled excess like no other. Like a chief engineer he takes his crowd into a universe of mind-blowing drum-arrangements, creaking synths and warm growling basslines, using “Maschine“ of Native Instrument and two Allen & Heath Xone K2. His direct interaction combined with a spontaneous set with up to four decks spinning is making Torsten Kanzler an exception – a league of his own.

In recent years Torsten has traveled the globe with gigs in Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Venezuela, Argentina and more, including festival appearances at Nature One, Rave on Snow and Amsterdam Dance Event just to name a few. His powerful and profound techno productions, headed by his album Analog Systems released in 2015, have gained him support by the fellow peers the likes of Richie Hawtin, Sam Paganini and Adam Beyer.

Torsten was kind enough to deliver a 60-minute live recording for the latest episode of Global Vibe Radio, and to chat with us a little about his career and what he has in store for 2017.

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Watch This Documentary About Glasgow’s Thriving Underground After-Hours Scene

 

Glasgow, a city that truly knows how to party.

The largest city in Scotland is known to be a hot-bed for skillful DJs and producers, in large part thanks to a thriving nightlife scene with several world-renowned clubs the likes of Sub Club, La Cheetah and SWG3.

But beyond the clubs, there’s a deep underground after-hours scene that is rapidly becoming one of the most talked about in the world. i-D has decided to explore this late-night/early-morning world through a mini-documentary that dives deep into the city’s underground scene and the players that are making it shine.

“Discontent with the current political climate, they are artfully rebelling, reclaiming the city and throwing illegal after-hours parties. In this love letter to inner-city Scottish misfits, we discover more about the ripple effects of regeneration on Glaswegian youth culture.” — i-D

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Celebrate Black History Month with These Iconic DJ’s

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Note: Originally published in February of 2016, this article is being republished as applicable still in 2017, in honor of the amazing never-ending list of iconic DJs that have graced our scene with their illustrious art and careers.

Since the beginning of time there have been countless individuals who helped shape the music landscape. In honor of Black History Month, we took some time to honor some of the most iconic DJ’s of recent times:

*Artists are listed in alphabetical order

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Token to Release EPs from Ø [Phase], Ctrls and Johannes Volk

 

Techno label Token has a strong series of EPs coming out in the following months.

Ø [Phase] is set to to release his first track since 2015’s Alone In Time? LP, as part of a three-track EP entitled Submerged Metropolitan which will be coming out March 17th. Next up it will be the turn of Ctrls who will follow on April 14th with Routing, an outing comprised of four tracks and two locked grooves. On May 12th it will be the turn of Johannes Volk, who will be releasing for the first time on Token with Designing Evolution.

You can listen to “Fallen Columns” by Ø [Phase] here.

Tracklist:

Submerged Metropolitan (Token71)
A1 Submerged Metropolitan
B1 Fallen Columns
B2 This Absent Mind

Ctrls – Routing (Token72)
A1 The Shortest Path
A2 Locked Groove 1
A3 Rush Hour
B1 Crash
B2 Locked Groove 2
B3 Highway

Johannes Volk – Designing Evolution (Token73)
A1 Designing Evolution
A2 Escapism
B1 Cosmic Clockwork
B2 Sleeping On A Razor Blade

Token will release Submerged Metropolitan on March 17th, Routing on April 14th and Designing Evolution on May 12th, 2017.

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Watch Daft Punk Deliver Lackluster Grammys Performance

 

The Daft Punk hype continued this past weekend as the masked French duo took to the Grammys stage alongside The Weeknd, or at least that was until the three actually performed.

The trio played “I Feel It Coming” off of The Weeknd’s Starboy album, leaving little to the imagination with what turned out to be a truly uninspired performance from all involved. Naturally, Daft Punk played while donning their familiar helmets as well as black capes, as The Weeknd sang in front of their iceberg-shaped control station for most of the duration of the song.

As expected, the performance wasn’t followed by any confirmation of a 2017 Daft Punk tour. Considering the lackluster performance last night it’s no surprise that Twitter and other social media networks remained pretty quiet on the tour rumor mill that usually surrounds anything related to Daft Punk.

Watch the full performance below:

 

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A Timeless Night at Do Not Sit On The Furniture in Miami

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Guest post by Jennifer King

As I drove away from the luminous sunset and into the cloudless dusk on my drive to South Beach Miami towards Do Not Sit On The Furniture, I immediately knew I was in for an impassioned and magniloquent musical chef d’oeuvre with diverse notes on my entrée. The archetype at Do Not Sit… is artlessly timeless.

As always, the experience is a lavish plate of echoing and swirling vibes are floating with mystery in an elaborate and multifaceted ambience.

The family and staff at Do Not Sit On The Furniture are supremely positive and welcoming. Dancing alongside the skillful DJs after their sets and, in the case of this particular night, with the DJ’s company the likes of New York City’s Delfic, is all a part of an typical outing at Do Not Sit.

Other industry paragons will be subservient by your side as you rollick the night away into a memorable bliss. Do Not Sit On The Furniture is indefatigable and true to its tone and consistency, making it timeless attraction.

Passions, intentions, motivations, and challenges are all coming to mind as I sit on the furniture over different areas of the club to really feel the vibrations of the music. It was effortless to sit as the furniture was completely vacant as a result of the entire venue dancing with intention, taking the club’s name to literal heart.

I danced as if I were comfortable at home, of course. The feeling of subtle xylophone chimes and courageous breaks vibrated through my core, as a hint of  classy jazz inspiration brought everything home during a particularly memorable track.

The sound at Do Not Sit On The Furniture radiates. It evokes in my mind that now now “vintage New York” sound that I used to dance my ass off to at the original Le Souk on Avenue B and 4th Street in Alphabet City, where I lived and thrived endlessly.

As I am there, I speak to the owners of the club, Behrouz and Megan Nazari, and ask,What feel in atmosphere at Do Not Sit On The Furniture depicts the overall sound in comparison to the ‘playa tech’ sound at Burning Man as well as the free- spirited sound at Love Burn?

“The acoustics and customizations with the analog processor and the unique make of the speakers hold it volumes above the amplified sound travel that one hears at Burning Man or Love Burn,” explains Behrouz. “Burning man sound as an art form has an unfair advantage over other art forms when the bass cannot be effectively contained with any structures.”

“At Do Not Sit On The Furniture the sound system is one-of-a-kind. I seek out custom made speakers with an Eastern origin that truly gives the sound an acoustic advantage. You can be anywhere in the venue and you will hear the music differently but never too high-sounding and intense or inaudible and subdued,” he continues. “Extra speaker components are also an important factor to take the rhythm of. Also, tuning the sound just right to an Allen and Heath or Pioneer is essential. Although I believe the sound is on point, at Do Not Sit there is always room for improvement.”

This brings me to wonder and ask, “What do you feel are the biggest challenges within your intention limitations for Do Not Sit On The Furniture? Do you feel ataraxia more or less of the time?” The response is perhaps expected, as they begin talking about the fairly small size of the venue. “Size can be a limitation. Some industry people do not like to explore and will remain creatures of habit. Although Do Not Sit On The Furniture is ahead of the curve for most all taste makers, it is still vital to prepare in advance. The staff has become our family and when everyone is happy and loving the music and what they are doing, there is that feeling of tranquility.”

So what are the true motivations and ambitions behind Megan and Behrouz’ work at Do Not Sit? As I begin to wonder, the answer comes from Megan, “We aim to create a platform for up and coming artists which we currently do. Because the community can be lacking, helping each other out with support is a goal of ours for sure. Also Behrouz’s motivation is to go out and enjoy the music and the sound and curate artists for more new music that compliments the original sound at Do Not Sit On The Furniture.”

Earlier in the night, upon arrival at the club, I had a sit-down dinner with one of the artists set to play that night, the talented Adrian Myd for “Magician On Duty”. We were able to capture his intentions behind the custom “fabulous” hats that he has had in the works for the staff at the venue. The hats offer a unique experience and “somewhat of a show to embellish special wardrobe features.” Believe me when I convey Magician On Duty’s true artistic expertise. Adrian Myd has innumerable projects in his creation including intricate hats, custom key chains and coasters, just to name a nanoscale few. 

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As a Miami resident with playing experience at a variety of venues in the city, I wondered how he felt the sound at Do Not Sit compared to other clubs. “Having lived in Miami for the past ten years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to play in most of the city’s underground nightclubs. I can firmly say that Do Not Sit on The Furniture is my favorite. I think in terms of musical direction, Do Not Sit is at least two-three years ahead of most of the nightclubs. Obviously, having an underground dance music legend, Behrouz, as the owner of the club the events are extremely well crafted.”

He goes on to say that he believes, “the people that frequent the club are sophisticated, very musically savvy and they are all about having a great time! Living in an age of technology is extremely rewarding. When I walk into the club and I do not see anyone checking their phone, or sitting on the furniture, that is truly joyful.”

Magician On Duty has been running two record labels for the past three years and most notably the music from the imprints has been supported by the likes of Behrouz, Hoj, Joseph Capriati, Madmotormiquel, Rampue, Birds Of Mind, Marymoon, Denite, Riva Starr, Hraach, BLANCah, Jamie Jones, Josephine Retour, Lea Dobricic, Martin Kremser, Philipp Kempnich, Ran Salman, Sascha Cawa, Stas Drive, Alex Schaufel, Clawz SG, Leevey, Talul and many more.

“Recently, Behrouz invited me to host my own night and I am beyond ecstatic to showcase my sound and concept,” he said.

Next up I speak to Tara Brooks, a Los Angeles based artist also on the bill for the night. I ask her how she became involved with the Do Not Sit family. She opens up, “I am happy to say that I have known Behrouz Nazari for years now. We met before we performed in the same venue in San Diego called Voyeur. Since, it has been this mystical voyage into a journey of home. Do Not Sit On The Furniture is always and has been so comfortable that it feel like home. It is an honor and I feel truly grateful every time I play at the club. The vibe exudes a genuine intimacy, and it’s always an enlightened experience.”

Tara is passionate on stage, able to get the entire club grooving as one. When I have a chance, I ask her about that passion in performing at the well-managed, eclectic yet fairly small (when compared to other venues) club. “‘My home away from home’, I always say, because this family makes me feel like I am ‘home’. I have acknowledged that Do Not Sit On The Furniture has always remained consistent with its classy and captivating character as well as enticing ambience. My artistic passion is heartfelt when I play here.”

From a soft and modest woman to a strong warrior goddess, Tara whispers when she comes in but yet she comes in tough and vigorous as an artist. For myself, at Eagle Sound Agency, I am in an atmospheric heaven of sort when she is playing.

Tara’s stylistic hands drop the bass while vibrating my soul chords. She brings in a siren sound that moves the furniture around, transitions spiraling like thread to a spool spinning fabric, threading on an ambiguous tone that tunes the room to a fierce but graceful lust.

 

 As an entity and creative music venue that produces the type of  genres and talent that Do Not Sit On The Furniture does, it is safe to say this is the best underground scene in South Miami Beach. Everything is on point from the sound to the atmosphere to the vibe. Atmospheric lust, where sound seeks beyond expectation. Truly the home of vibe extraordinaire.

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Carl Cox, Sven Väth, Tale Of Us, Jamie Jones, Sasha & Digweed to Headline Kappa FuturFestival 2017

 

Kappa FuturFestival is back on July 8th and 9th 2017 with a lineup chock-block full of heavyweights.

Turin’s Parco Dora is expecting 40,000 party revelers for the occasion, traveling from all over Europe to witness one of the continent’s most anticipated festivals of the calendar year.

The Italian festival prides itself on world class audio systems, high quality production and a real attention to detail including things like being the first Italian festival to sell tickets through smartphones and to offer Cashless payment technology on site. Always with an environmental awareness and focus on sustainability, KFF again offers top class selectors playing from noon to midnight.

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Phase I has been announced, promising a selection of headliners that include King of Ibiza Carl Cox, the Paradise and Hot Creations hero Jamie Jones, as well as a sure to be historic set from the one and only Sasha & John Digweed on July 8th. July 9th will instead feature Cocoon label boss Sven Väth and Afterlife/Life & Death Italian duo Tale Of Us.

Phase 2 and more info will be released in the coming weeks.

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The Music Business Has a Gender Problem and This Is What Everyone in the Industry Can Do About It

 

You are lying to yourself if you think that the music business does not have a gender problem. Whether you’re a DJ, producer, promoter or work for a record label, the signs and evidence are all around you: female DJs are grossly under-represented on lineups (and not due to lack of skill), mansplaining occurs even at the highest level with international touring acts, stories of sexual assault and misogyny continuously pop up left, right and center and of course the typical rebuttal to all of this sounds something along the lines of, “she fucked her way to the top and doesn’t even make her own music.”

Having been involved with the dance music industry in the United States for the past five years, I have noticed the uneasy and lopsided pressure on women in music. In the fall of 2016, at the Sørveiv conference in Norway, a panel was conducted on the subject of gender in music that led to a revealing discussion that highlighted several key points on the subject. A man, interestingly enough, took a stance and argued that women simply need more role models, once again putting blame on women for the gender plight that is so pervasive in this industry. The gender problem is not just a woman problem, it’s a problem every single member of the music community is responsible for in one way or another, and shifting the blame back to women is not only irresponsible and short-sighted, but only serves to cement the status quo that we find ourselves debating in the first place.

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Is Heart Nightclub in Miami Becoming the Marathon-Set Capital of the World?

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Miami has long been known as being the one city in the United States known for hosting marathon techno and house sets, especially thanks to Space Club’s iconic terrace and the long list of top-tier acts it has hosted over the years.

Right next door, however, it’s Heart Nightclub that has recently been making headlines as the club leading the charge of marathon sets. In a city where 6-8 hour sets are the norm, Heart has recently featured performances that have stretched past the 13-hour mark and then some. Marco Faraone and Erick Morillo each hit the decks for 13-hours, Hector & David Gtronic played b2b for 13.5, Solomun spun an uninterrupted 14, The Martinez Brothers lasted an impressive 20, and the club’s Art Basel weekend included a breath-taking 40-hours of non-stop music from various DJs, setting the new record in Miami for longest running hours in a night club.

Behind the carefully curated parties is promotion company Humans Alike, who have set the tone for the vibe on the Heart dance floor, following a remodeling of the 20,000 sq ft multi-room club that is also fitted with a German-engineered Dynacord Corba 3 sound system and the very best in visual and audio composition.

Travis Rogers is one of the partners at the helm of Humans Alike, a group formed together with Louis Diaz, John Fortini and Giancarlo Chia. Travis is a promoter with extensive experience in Miami that includes years of work at Club Space just next door. We had the chance to talk to him to discuss the vision behind Heart’s recent focus on marathon sets and what this means for the club as Miami Music Week approaches.

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