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


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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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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Why The U.S.’ Zero-Tolerance Drug Policy Isn’t Working

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During the 1960’s, “Hippies” and celebrities popularized the use of marijuana, LSD, and other drugs. “During the Civil War, troops used morphine, uppers dominated World War II, the Vietnam troops shot heroin”, and their addictions didn’t stop there, as the U.S.’ demand for drugs kept on growing.

The term “War on Drugs” was coined in the summer of 1971 after Ronald Reagan ordered law-enforcement officials to directly target drug consumers rather than producers or suppliers.

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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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Q&A: Meet Alexander Aurel, Frankfurt’s Cutting-Edge New School Producer


Alexander Aurel is one of the cutting edge new school producers hailing from Frankfurt. He has released on Anja Schneider’s Mobilee and Monika Kruse’s Terminal M label, among many. Alexander is about to drop his first collaborative single with Danny Serrano on Leena, his second personal release on the label which has so far received early support from John Digweed, Richie Hawtin, Monkia Kruse, Damian Lazarus, Nicole Moudaber, Nic Fanciulli, Claude Von Stroke and more.

Scheduled for Beatport Exclusive release on January 20th and full release on February 3rd, Collapse is a three-track EP containing a collab and a solo production each from Alexander and Danny. 6AM checked in with Alexander to find out more about his forthcoming work and more:

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Promoters, This Is How You Should Use Instagram To Sell More Tickets

Instagram is without a doubt one of the strongest promotion tools on the Internet. With its easy-to-use and pleasing to the eyes interface, it is statistically the best and most used photo sharing platforms and apps in the world. As a promoter, you want to showcase your events and sell it to potential attendees — not just in your immediate market area but far beyond it also.

Instagram let’s you do that. The right picture or video paired with matching captions and hashtags allow you to pick up more ticket-buyers than you could have previously reached. But are you using Instagram as a marketing tool correctly? We have prepared a few tips to let you maximize Instagram to its full potential, with the aim of hopefully raising more ticket sales. Promoters, this is how you should use Instagram to sell more tickets:


People scroll through Instagram not to read captions but to look at photos. If you captivate their eyes with amazing event-related photographs, then they’ll take the time to read your caption and possibly buy a ticket to your upcoming event.

Make sure to upload high-quality photos, and regularly post event posters to promote what is coming. As we have mentioned, Instagram users usually look at photos, so uploading your event flyers amidst other high-quality graphics promoting your event will let your followers and potential attendees know about it and lessen the risk of them scrolling right through it.

In addition, try to use less Instagram filters. You want to showcase your events to potential attendees, so the crisper and clearer your photos are the better. Most of the times, “Instagrammers” follow accounts that are artistic and attractive. So find out the aesthetics and branding that you want for your Instagram page and stick to it. It is important for your page to be consistent with your branding. See below for examples of well-branded and consistent promoter Instagram accounts, including Amsterdam Dance Event, Awakenings, CRSSD Fest and Movement Detroit.


Your photographs will capture your audience’s attention but your work does not end there. You still have to put a caption: it is the voice to your visual contents. Grab this opportunity to explain what your event is all about, what attendees can expect musically and non and relevant information on how they can purchase tickets. Depending on the particular post, you can share interesting selling points on the artists featured on your line-up or on the venue chosen for the event. It is also great to get your users engaged by asking them to tag friends where appropriate, or asking questions and inviting to leave comments on your post. The more engagement your photo gets, the more likely it is for Instagram’s algorithms to pick it and have it featured both at the top of the home newsfeed as well as the explore section.

Instagram cuts off each caption after a few sentences so be sure to put important details first, or at least something that attracts user’s attention enough so that they click to read more. Take note that you could use Instagram to sell more tickets but you have to price your event tickets correctly for a larger number of sales. Instagram does not allow for hyperlinking in captions or comments, but there are several ways you can ensure your followers still get to your ticket page — more of that later in the article.



Hashtags have everything to do with how your events could get discovered through Instagram. So be sure to create an original hashtag for each of your events and let people use it when they upload photos in relation with your parties. The right use of hashtags can surely attract new followers and potential ticket buyers for your next event.

Aside from using original hashtags, use common hashtags that are trending and pertinent to your event and brand. You can view the top hashtags on Instagram’s Search and Explore tab and try to use at least three or more on each event promotion post that you upload. This will make your posts searchable thus attracting more ticket buyers.

It’s likely that once your account is built with enough followers you won’t find the need to use as many hashtags as you did originally. At that point using 4-5 works just as efficiently.

Use Your Bio URL Wisely

Since Instagram doesn’t allow clickable links on captions, regularly update your bio’s URL. Direct it to your most recent event’s page or ticket-selling website. By clicking on your bio’s URL link, your followers or guest viewers will be redirected to a page where they can find more in-depth details of your event and purchase tickets.

Add a short note on your caption to let your viewers know that they can buy tickets through your bio link. Below is our suggestion on how to go about this:

  1. Include a link to your ticket page in your bio. Using an original link works, but the use of links can be effective in tracking how many people are accessing your ticket page from Instagram directly.
  2. Tell your followers in the photo captions that the direct ticket link can be found in your bio, but include the link anyways. If it’s easy to remember or copy, such as in the case of your festival name or a short link, followers could end up simply typing it directly into their browser.

Instagram Ads

If you have a budget set aside for advertisements, consider create an Instagram Advertisement for your event. The idea is to target it adequately so that your posts end up being seen by potential attendees that do not follow you yet, inviting them to both follow you and to buy tickets to your event.

Instagram offers different types of advertising options including photo, carousel, and video. Photo Ads are featured with a small “Sponsored” logo on the top-right corner. You could choose different call-to-action options to go along with it like Learn More, Book Now, and others. This is a sure fire way to raise your event ticket sales and drive potential attendees to your site for ticket-purchasing.

For limited time ticket sales, Instagram offers Marquee Ads. These are single-day campaigns with assured impact and placement in the top ad area of Instagram’s feed. This type of format will showcase your event’s advertisement with different styles to the same user up to thrice a day.

The reason we suggest using Instagram Ads is that the platform features specific audience targeting through your Facebook page, which is connected to your account. This means you will have all the needed and required tools to reach your target audience.




There are millions of Instagram users with new sign-ups each day and there are thousands of event promoters trying to gain the attention of potential attendees in each given market. There is no better time than today to learn how you should use Instagram to sell more tickets and start defining your own promotion style in order to stand out from the competition!

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Farewell Obama, United States’ First President To Understand and Acknowledge the Power of House Music

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Two nights ago Barack Obama, United States’ 44th President, gave his farewell speech to tens of thousands presents at Chicago’s McCormick Place and millions more watching around the country. While it is not up to us, as a news outlet that focuses on electronic music, to judge President Obama’s 8 years in the Oval Office, we find it important to remember Obama’s several personal links to house music and his history in supporting the scene we love so much.

Back in 2004, when he was still an Illinois State Senator, President Obama was directly responsible for facilitating the honorary naming of a day (August 25th) and street after Chicago House pioneer Frankie “The Godfather” Knuckles. Obama’s influence in the decision was explored during a recent episode of TV One’s Unsung.

Prior to the revelation, however, we had already learned of President’s Obama personal acknowledgement of house music and its importance in both the arts and as a cultural backbone that continuously shapes Chicago, the United States and the entire world beyond our borders. A picture of the Obamas and Knuckles surfaced in 2014 alongside a personal condolences letter penned by the President and the First Lady after Knuckles death that year. The photo of Barack and Michelle with Knuckles was actually taken at Oprah’s Legends Ball several years prior, where Knuckleswas the DJ. The letter, which you can read below, referred to Knuckles as “a trailblazer in his field,” stating that “his legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors across the globe”. When you read the letter, note that the Obama’s carefully chosen words include mention of Knuckles’ penchant for “blending genres” — terminology so specific to the electronic music world it may be years before we hear another President utter or write anything so remotely pertinent to dance music culture.

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In 2015 President Obama personally recorded a message for the 25th Anniversary of the Chosen Few Picnic in Chicago, an annual music festival held in Jackson Park that features house music as a central focus of the celebration. In fact, Obama went so far as to invite the Chosen Few DJ’s to the White House, further underscoring his understanding and love for the cultural movement that is house music.

No matter your political affiliation and your thoughts on President Obama’s 8 years in office, it’s most certainly a fact that it will be years, if not decades, before we get another United States President with the same cultural understanding, appreciation and respect for house music as Obama’s.

But now it’s time to bid Obama farewell, and we choose to do so with one of Frankie Knuckles’ best tracks.


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Sirus Hood Estimates He Had 100,000 Booties Shaking Last Year Ahead of North American Tour 2017 with Sacha Robotti


Instagram - ArtworkIn the next coming months, Sirus Hood and Sacha Robotti will be embarking on a 16-stop North American tour beginning on the 3rd of February in Santa Barbara and ending on April 8th at Phoenix’s Lights Festival. In between, the two producers and DJs will visit some of the region’s best known venues, including Bang Bang in San Diego, Webster Hall in New York City and Spybar in Chicago.

Paris’ Sirus Hood has risen the ranks of the French and International house scene thanks to a sound that can be best described by the two main labels he releases on: CUFF and Dirtybird. The first is the brainchild of French ghetto-house movers Amine Edge & DANCE, while the second is the unmistakable global brand spearheaded by LA-based producer and DJ Claude vonStroke. While housed on separate sides of the world, the two labels have one very distinct theme in common: they get people moving and they get booties shaking.

Sirus prides himself on adopting that very same philosophy in his productions and DJ sets, a musical benchmark that has seen him grow in popularity both back in Europe and across the pond here in the States. His latest track — a collaboration with Roland Clark entitled “I’m House” — was recently featured on Dirtybird’s New Years Special Volume 2 compilation.

You can listen to it below and purchase it on Beatport.

We talked with Sirus to discuss how he first met the Dirtybird crew, his love for hip-hop, the legalization of weed in the States and more!

Welcome back to the States! How does it feel to be back?

Thank you! It feels so good, I’m so excited to tour here, every time was a blast, and no doubt that this tour will be amazing.

Your music is definitely inspired by sounds that vary from Chicago Hip-House/Ghetto House to classic NYC house music. Tell us about the first time you came to the US, was it what you expected?

Yes, I was definitely inspired by these movements. The first time I came to the US was in Miami with my best friend, I had in mind the GTA Vice City maps and it was surprisingly similar haha. It was one of my goals to come play in the States and I am so proud to have been able to tour around the country where the music that inspires me took place.

Your music is firmly represented by two record labels, Europe’s CUFF and the US’ Dirtybird. How did you first get involved with Barclay and the rest of his team?

The first time I met him was in Miami at a Dirtybird BBQ a few years ago for the WMC. While I was queuing up to get in, Justin Martin played one of my tracks, and I said at the door “They are playing my track, please can I get in to film !” And they were kind enough to let me in directly. I met Barclay on the stage where I introduced myself. And when I heard Justin playing a second track of mine, I went up to him and told him who I was, he got crazy and carried me in front of everybody haha. Since then, we’ve kept in contact. CUFF invited Claude VonStroke to a Showcase Paris in 2015 and we played b2b. After that I released 3 tracks on his label and I hope to do more with him.

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If you were to guess, how many booties did you get shaking in 2016?

100 parties x 1000 people =

Then there are the streaming booties, we need to find a very complicated formula in order to sum up all the plays on internet, on Soundcloud, YouTube and Spotify. Et voila! I would say a few million booties. Not bad

What was your favorite gig of last year? Why?

I can’t decide on one particular gig, but I can say that my favorites were : Truth – Joburg (South Africa). Ministry of Sound – London (England). Decks on the Beach, Beirut (Lebanon). Sankeys – Manchester (England) for NYE.

You’re about to embark on a huge North of American tour and I am sure you’re excited for each stop. Any specific club you’re looking forward to playing?

I’m looking forward to playing again in Bang Bang San Diego, and La Cave in Orange County, next to LA. I’m also looking forward to going to Las Vegas, I’ve always wanted to go there!


What do you think about the weed legalization movement in the States?

I think that any country that encourages liberty should enable anyone to decide what is good or not for him/her. Anyway, all form of prohibition never really worked, it actually elevated criminal activity. I hope that the other “free” countries will follow this example.

Who is your favorite hip-hop artist of all time?

I’m hesitating between Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Biggie of course. With a slight preference for Dr. Dre because he is a music producer.

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Ok next up I’m going to ask some rapid-fire questions. Favorite food?

Ice Cream

What is your favorite 80’s jam?

Queen – I Want To Break Free

Hats or hoods?

Hats in summer, hoods in winter

Pioneer or Allen & Heath?


Favorite football/soccer team?

On FIFA, I always play with the Barcelona team

What’s your biggest tour pet peeve?

Jet Lag

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Favorite country you’ve visited?


Favorite non-booty house track?

Long Time – Inland Knights

Small club or mega-club?


90’s hip-hop or current hip-hop?



All photos by Justin Prinz

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Introducing All Day I Dream’s Latest Recording Artist: Leo Grünbaum

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This coming Friday, January 13th, All Day I Dream will be releasing their latest EP courtesy of Argentinean recording artist Leo Grünbaum aka Grünbox.

Hailing from Buenos Aires, Grünbaum now lives in Berlin, where he has been putting his Berklee College of Music training to use, producing instrumental deep house tracks heavy with emotional chords  and dreamy vocals. His Amarone EP is a testament to his classical training, a 3 original 1 remix outing filled with symphonic elements and super intricate, lush soundscapes.

Since 2010 he has toured the globe, collaborating with fellow artists including Alex Under, Matthew Dekay, Guti. Following successful releases on Trapez Ltd, Desolat, Lucidflow and more, Grünbaum is the latest artist to join the All Day I Dream as of January 2017, merging the vision of his Tech House act Grünbox with the lushness of a new sound.

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