Q&A: Discovering Stephan Hinz

Stephan Hinz

 

A prolific producer for over a decade, Stephan Hinz is entering 2017 with a bang by introducing his fans to his brand new Off Numbers EP. Out on Carl Cox’s Intec DigitalOff Numbers follows on Stephan’s hugely successful previous releases on labels such as MOOD and Second State.

Out on the 27th of January, the EP comes in the form of two originals, both centered around heavy basslines and growing, frenzied crescendos. The title track is tenebrous, its hard-hitting drums a throbbing and threatening proposition that is augmented by a repeated melody. On the other hand, “Shaded” focuses far more on its bassline, interrupted by eerie percussions and metallic noises.

6AM caught up with Stephan ahead of the release:

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Trump Allegedly Planning to Kill the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities

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While as of writing, and until tomorrow’s inauguration, Donald Trump remains the United States’ President-Elect, many of the decisions he as been taking as he readies to take control of the Oval Office have been questionable at best.

The latest, and one that concerns us as active members of the dance music scene and more broadly of the arts, is the news that the incoming president’s transition team is using the Heritage Foundation blueprint to come after arts funding. If these new reports are in fact correct, tomorrow will not only mark the beginning of the country’s 45th presidency, but also the beginning of the end of federally funded arts programs.

These reports, which we sourced from The Hilldetail how Trump’s transition team has been deliberating on ways to reduce federal bureaucracy and cut the national budget. Plenty of agencies risk ending up on the chopping block, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which is the entity behind PBS, NPR, and other public TV and radio outlets. On one hand Trump plans to privatize CPB, and on the other he allegedly intends to kill the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities in their entirety.

What does this mean exactly for America and its arts and humanistic endeavors? Without the NEA and NEH, artists and educators will likely remain incapable of continuing with their projects due to lack of funding and grants, resulting in the death of exhibitions, vital research, productions, and public programs. Although it is not news for Conservatives and the GOP to be targeting the arts, with some succeeding to cut budgets, Trump plans to kill the programs in their entirety. The reports point out that this move goes hand-in-hand with the blueprint Trump and his team were provided by conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation.

Overall, there will be cuts to the departments of Commerce, Energy, Transportation, Justice (why??), and State, with the team aiming to reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years. Needless to say, and as you may have guessed, Trump plans to use those savings to add $450 billion to the deficit by inflating military spending that’s already more than the next seven countries’ defense budgets combined.

It has to be said that these news are not confirmed nor final, but come as reliable predictions based off of the blueprint being followed by the transition team. The motions would need to be passed and with moderate GOP members already pushing back on Trump’s plans for the Affordable Care Act it is entirely likely that some will side with Democrats in ensuring the arts won’t be oppressed under Trump’s presidency.

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DJs and Rimowa: A Durable Love Story

 

If you follow your favorite DJs on social media it is likely you will have seen them post travel pictures at airports, train stations or in front of clubs (especially Berghain) with a Rimowa in tow.

Cologne-based Rimowa is one of the worlds best suppliers of high quality suitcases, with a matching price to boot. While their entire line oozes quality and durability, it is Topas, Classic and Pilot series that have become extremely popular with traveling DJs.  Initially developed in the 1950s as a specialized case for trips to tropical countries, the Topas became a world famous design classic and is still considered one of the world’s most solid yet lightweight suitcases ever built. The rugged aluminium-magnesium shell is designed to withstand the toughest strains and protect your records from humidity and water, protection also promised with the company’s polycarbonate series. Accordingly, Rimowa issue a guarantee term of 5 years, from the date of purchase, against defects caused by defective workmanship or material. Rimowa has even teamed up with Kompakt to produce DJ trolleys specifically designed for artists on the go, building a case where up to 100 records are securely protected by a specially developed rubber foam.

Secure, reliable, sturdy and manufactured with top-of-the-line materials, Rimowas have become part-and-parcel of the DJ lifestyle. Although there are definitely other fantastic brands on the market, it is no secret that DJs have been advising one another to choose Rimowas as a sound investment to both protect fragile content such as hardware and records, and to withstand countless days of globe-trotting around the world.

After replacing a Rimowa recently, Tiga took to Instagram to voice his opinion on the brand, “The changing of the guard. Rimowas are the “tree rings” of a djs life. Sad to see this one go. God we’ve been thru so much. This is essentially as emotional as I get. I took her back to the “Bon Voyage” shop at Tegel yesterday just to fulfil a sense of Providence- that’s where we first met.”

Enjoy the below selection of DJs with Rimowas.

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Martin Eyerer and Ackermann Deliver Second State’s First EP Release of 2017

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Pan-Pot’s Second State imprint has announced its first release of 2017, a two-track EP entitled House To Techno which comes courtesy of Martin Eyerer and Ackermann.

It is no mistake that Martin, who founded Riverside Studio Berlin with Pan-Pot, and Ackermann have gone down a techier route than their usual work, as the title track and EP names so aptly suggest. “From House 2 Techno” adopts catching vocals and a classic Detroit sound coupled with hi-hats and a rapturous build-up, while “Inside” focuses more on percussions to deliver a track that is more suitable for bigger rooms than its darker counterpart.

Listen to “Inside” exclusively via 6AM below, as we catch up with both Martin and Achermann ahead of the digital release scheduled for January 20th.

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The Evolution of Drum Machines In One Infographic

 

Justin Stedmans is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Bradford, West Yorkshire, whom you may remember for the beautiful wall art he created of classic synths, analogue drum machines and DJ mixers.

His most recent work is an intelligent infographic which details the evolution of the drum machine from the ’80s until the present day. Beginning with the Roland TR-808 and ending with 2016’s Roland TR-09, the infographic takes you on an illustrated and informative journey of the beautiful machines that have been the source of some of dance music’s most celebrated tracks.

Check it out below and head to www.analogthis.co.uk to get your hands on a print for yourself!

History of Drum Machines

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Q&A and Global Vibe Radio Episode 044 feat. Jason Patrick

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The 44th edition of 6AM’s Global Vibe Radio comes courtesy of Jason Patrick. Born and raised in Detroit, Jason now lives in Chicago where he holds a residency at Spybar, one of the most respected underground dance music venues in both the city and North America. Jason has shared the stage with underground dance music heavyweights from around the world, including Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Danny Tenaglia Adam Beyer, Len Faki, Joseph Capriati and Rødhåd, all the while playing gigs in Miami, Detroit, San Francisco, Resolute and Blkmarket Membership in New York City, as well as Tresor and Chalet in Berlin.

Jason is also the founder of Klectik Records, a label he began in 2007 that is soon to feature its 26th release in the form of a three-track EP by Milwaukee-based Construct, which 6AM will be premiering exclusively next Monday. Both Construct an Jason will also be performing at Spybar on Friday January 27th — a Klectik-hosted night that promises to deliver a wide spectrum of solid techno from open-to-close.

6AM caught up with Jason in occasion of his one-hour mix for Global Vibe Radio, the recent Klectik shows and the upcoming release from Construct.

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Local Cartel Claims Responsibility for BPM Shooting as Violence Escalates in the Area

Police guard the entrance of the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Five people were confirmed dead on Monday morning after the Blue Parrot shooting and it seems the situation only continues to grow worse in the Cancun region.

According to Mexican news outlets, earlier today Cancun, Quintana Roo declared Emergency Code Red after an attack by armed men on the Attorney General and the Control, Command, Computing, and Communications Center (C4) at Av. Xcaret, in downtown Cancun, Quintana Roo took place.

See video of the shooting standoff at the federal center.

Additionally, the hotel zone of Cancun and the exit to Playa del Carmen are closed to traffic.

Early Tuesday, the Zetas cartel claimed responsibility for the Blue Parrot killings with these statements:

In Playa Del Carmen:

“This is to show that we are here. It was for not paying, Phillip BPM. This is the beginning. We will cut the heads off Golfos, Peloness and Chapulines.” Signed The Old Fayo Z(etas).

In Cancun:

“Heads will roll if you don’t pay up. This is just the beginning. We’re coming for you Golfos y Pelones. Authorities, don’t get involved! BPM, be on your toes bitches, we’re coming in strong to recover the plaza.” signed Fayo y El Indio Zeta Vieja Escuela”

IF YOU ARE IN THE CANCUN REGION, INCLUDING PLAYA DEL CARMEN, AKUMAL, and TULUM PLEASE STAY INSIDE.

Q&A: Adam Port Celebrates 3 Years of Clinic Wednesdays in Los Angeles

 

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Tomorrow night Underrated Presents’ Clinic Wednesdays party series celebrates three years of operation, a great achievement for any brand and more so for one with operations mid-week on Wednesday nights.

Hosted at Hollywood’s Couture, nights at Clinic Wednesdays focus on music quality by providing guest acts of international stature in an intimate no-frills setting. In 2016 alone, the brand was responsible for bringing celebrated acts the likes of Randall M, Julia Govor, Hobo, Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson, Fort Romeau, DJ Three and Hector just to name a few.

To ring in their third year of activity, Clinic Wednesdays have invited none other than Keinemusik head-honcho Adam Port as the special guest for the night, with support from Human Resources and Dahlia. You can purchase tickets here.

6AM caught up with Adam as he landed in Los Angeles for the gig:

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2017: The Year Vinyl Became A Billion Dollar Industry Again

Judging by the amount of love for vinyl these days you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d accidentally stepped through a time wormhole and landed back in the ’70s. The truth is that the love for records is at an all-time high, the industry enjoying a resurgence of unexpected proportions that will see it become a billion dollar industry by the time the clock strikes midnight on the 31st of December 2017.

The prediction comes from research by Deloitte reported on by FT, with sales expected to record double-digit growth for the seventh consecutive year. According to the consultancy a total of 40 million records will be sold during the calendar year, which added to the sale of new turntables, accessory and other related equipment should push the industry well beyond the $1 billion mark for the first time since the ’80s.

Vinyl sales are projected to account for 7% of the total global music market, which is expected to rake in a total of $15 billion in 2017. As far as the physical market goes, estimates see vinyl taking almost a fifth of the global market.

The UK saw over 3.2 million LPs were sold in 2016, a 25-year high. Meanwhile in the United States vinyl sales increased for an eleventh consecutive year.

Paul Lee, head of technology, media and telecoms research at Deloitte, said: “The ubiquity of music streaming services means that music has never been more accessible, portable and readily available for the consumer.

“Yet, despite that, consumers are choosing to buy something tangible and nostalgic and at a price point that provides record companies with significant revenues.”

 

He also added an interesting point, forwarding the possible limitations of vinyl as far as future growth is concerned: “Vinyl has a future in music, and an attractive one from a financial as well as an aesthetic perspective, but it is not, and is unlikely ever to be, its major growth or profit engine.”

Check out our selection of 10 artist vinyl collections that will make you drool.

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Local Officials Cancel The BPM Festival in Playa del Carmen Following Shooting That Left Five Dead

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Cristina Torres Gómez, the Municipal President of the Business Coordinating Council of the Riviera Maya and Mayor of Solidaridad, has made the public announcement that The BPM Festival and all events of this nature are categorically canceled in the area. The news came following the murder of 5 people with 15 injured in the early hours of this morning at Blue Parrot in Playa del Carmen.

The news of the deaths of five people, four foreigners and a Mexican, at the hands of a single person who has since managed to flee, has already gone around the world, adding spotlight to the incident and, ultimately, the festival’s future.

 

Cristina Torres Gómez said, “At this moment, our general stance is not to allow BPM to perform here. It is a decision that we have to make together; we have to analyze the type of destination that we want to have, what kind of events we want to…promote and, above all, what that event entails, what the regulatory framework will be for these kinds of events.”

Maria Helena Mata Pineda, President of the Business Coordinating Council in the Riviera Maya told El Universal, “We’re asking for these kinds of events to go away. Don’t let in anymore. We don’t want BPM here anymore, or any other similar event. We don’t want it and we thank the authorities who are listening.”

The decision to remove BPM, according to Mata Pineda, is not related to any kind of drug violence. With BPM gone, local businesses will ultimately prosper.

“We want to generate jobs in a healthy environment, that healthy tourists come and leave here their currency in an atmosphere of warmth and health in which families and we can live in peace.”

According to the State Attorney General, Miguel Angel Pech Cen, initial investigations into the shooting reveal that the shooting was carried out by a person who was denied entry to the Blue Parrot nightclub for carrying a firearm.

A partial list of the injured, according to El Universal, is as follows:

“AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL
1.- Héctor Estrada Rivera, 25, of the State of Mexico. It has bullet impacts on the left shoulder. Is recovering
2.- Ateel Jacobo Chavez Luna, 26, of the State of Mexico. Has Shock Impacts on right arm. It is in recovery.
3.- Wendy Isabel Ramos Pasos, 26, of Chihuahua. It has multiple bullet impacts. She was admitted to the operating room.
4.- Geovanny Amparan Zaragoza, 30, of the State of Mexico. Bullet impacts on the eye.
5.- Isaías Montejo Sánchez. It has projectile scrap by gun in the back.
6.- Heather Parham, a 29 year old woman from the United States. It has bullet impacts on the left buttock. She was taken to ER.

AT THE PLAYA HOSPITAL
1.- Michael Angel Palenque, 32 years old. Originally from New York, United States. He has a wound in his left arm.
2.- Bria Didzo, 47, from the United States, has a wound on the right side of the waist.
3. Robert Griffin, 33, from Canada, has a wound in his left arm.
4.- Mario José Juan, 47 years old, originally from Canada. He has a wound on his right arm.
5.- Andrés Rivera, 30, from Colombia. He has two wounds on both arms.
6.- Ignacio Busto Valencia, 26, of Texas. He has two wounds on both wrists.”

Our thoughts and love go to those affected by the shooting and their loved ones.

Source: LOPEZDORIGA and Jornada