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Q&A and Global Vibe Radio Episode 047 feat. Golf Clap

We return to Global Vibe Radio with a live recording from Detroit duo Golf Clap.

The 47th installment of our podcast, which features global and local acts alike, was recorded live at Output Brooklyn in December of 2015. DJs, producers, founders of Country Club Disco and self-proclaimed after-party connoisseurs, Golf Clap have released on some of the most influential house labels in circulation, have a Boiler Room appearance under their belt and have graced the decks of some of the most celebrated nightclubs and festivals in the States.

Hugh Cleal and Bryan Jones discovered their love for house music in Chicago, later bringing it to Detroit where they now live. Thanks to their infectious and approachable personalities, hard work, talent and passion, Golf Clap have built a literal community of supporters throughout the country, as evidenced by the number of fans donning Club Country Disco merchandise everywhere they play.

We caught up with them last week ahead of shows at Spybar Chicago and Coda in Philadelphia.

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How Spotify Can Help You As An Artist

 

There is a lot of speculation these days about music streaming services and how they can help musicians/producers  make an overall impact in the highly-competitive music business industry.

Right now it seems like you can find almost every fresh and up-and-coming producer on Spotify. Aren’t you wondering why? Read and find out how Spotify can help you as an artist:

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Tour Bag with Christian Smith

 

Pioneering techno DJ/producer Christian Smith began 2017 on tour and at the top of his game, starting with a Tronic Showcase at The BPM Festival. The Swedish born artist has been a leading name in the underground techno scene for over 20 years, with a steady stream of releases on labels including Plus8/Minus, Drumcode, Cocoon, Bedrock, Mobilee and his very own imprint Tronic Music. With three solo albums under his belt, his own label with over 200 releases and his weekly Tronic radio show which is now syndicated in over 100 stations worldwide, Christian is definitely a busy artist always on the go.

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We caught up with him during the middle of a hectic worldwide album tour which brought him to the West Coast to reveal what he packs in his tour bag to help him survive on the road. Here are his must-have DJ items:

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Q&A and EP Premiere: Kane Michael Releases 002 on Lights/Out Recordings

 

Kane Michael is a Southern California producer, DJ, host of the Lights/Out Selection, and label owner of Lights/Out Recordings. He focuses on blending the genres and influences that he holds dear to his heart, creating a mix of dark, psychedelic futuristic techno and aggressive progressive.

His second EP outing on LOR is composed of three original tracks, now available for purchase via Bandcamp and premiered exclusively by 6AM on SoundCloud.

We had the chance to talk to Kane as he releases LOR002 to discuss his upbringing in SoCal’s rave scene, the plans with his recently-started label and more.

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30 Essential Underground Dance Music Venues in the United States

 

After featuring 25 essential clubbing destinations for house and techno in Asia, it’s now time to highlight our very own underground dance music scene here in the States.

While we originally narrowed down our list to 23 essential underground dance music destinations, we recently expanded it to a total of 30 venues you should take the time to visit for techno and house here in the United States. Here they are in alphabetical order by city:

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Why You Should Stop CDJ Shaming (A Message to Vinyl Purists)

 

It seems that the prevalence of CDJ shaming is a direct result of the rise of vinyl-exclusive DJs.

Hey, I incredibly enjoy an all vinyl set when it comes around, but to those who negatively label CDJ users as talentless laypersons are completely missing the point.

Technology has directly revolutionized the dance music community, especially with regards to accessibility, capability, and creativity when it comes becoming and being a DJ in today’s world.

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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

Watch the documentary in full below:

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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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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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