Field Trip Series: CRSSD Festival, San Diego

10410718_988254881191563_2555290790124629096_nWhen travelers and partygoers think of the west coast of the United States, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco are the destinations that come to mind. However, California’s southern-most metropolis is home to a vibrant music scene, especially in the warmer months of the year. San Diego’s beautiful coastline and equally beautiful people make it the perfect place to hold a party by the ocean. That is why FNGRS CRSSD and Goldenvoice (think Coachella) are making it happen at Waterfront Park on March 14-15. Read more

Field Trip Series: DJ Sneak at Origami, Tokyo

Origami Japan

Japan experienced a phenomenal year in regards to dance music. For starters, Japan’s cabinet removed the “anti-dancing” law providing a major boost for the nightlife environment in the country. But even prior to the ban being lifted, that didn’t stop Japanese clubs from hosting world-class talent such as Loco Dice, Delano Smith, and an arsenal of their own residents. This week is no different, with Origami Nightclub hosting the Original House Gangster, DJ Sneak.

DJ Sneak will be making his debut at Origami this Sunday December 28th, and like always he’ll be bringing his world-renowned house grooves. It’s a good thing that the law was lifted, because I anticipate that the dance floor won’t stop moving during his set. Sneak will also have support from local artists Iori Wakasa (Deep Tech Records, eMBI Music), You Forgot, and U-T before the madness of his set ensues.

Origami may not be the biggest club, but nonetheless it is still a hot spot in Tokyo amongst the likes of Air and superclub Womb. An intimate setting that provides quality bookings that help progress a scene with much room to grow. Some quality house music sounds like a perfect way to prepare for the new year in the amazing city of Tokyo. This one comes highly recommended to anyone that finds themself in the Eastern part of the world.

DJ Sneak on Facebook | Soundcloud | Resident Advisor

Field Trip Series: Wonderfruit Festival, Thailand

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For this weeks Field Trip feature we travel (figuratively of course) across the world to Thailand for Wonderfruit Festival. But this isn’t your ordinary music festival. To be honest, it would almost be insulting to pin this down as just a music festival. Wonderfruit is a celebration of art, architecture, film, health, sustainability, and of course music. The three day festival will be taking place this weekend in Pattaya Thailand, and will showcase talent from a variety of genres. There are a tremendous amount of great live bands, but for the electronic fans they’re in for quite a treat.

In the months leading up to Wonderfruit Festival they’ve added heavy hitters such as Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Subb-an, Francesca Lombardo, Damian Lazarus, and many more notable industry names. So from an electronic music standpoint they’re obviously in good hands, but again this festival is so much more than just music. Wonderfruit strives on a collective experience that fosters creativity, health, and self-expression.

Soi StageOn their website they state that they are dedicated to practicing sustainability, and are taking many efforts to ensure that they follow through with their ethos. To exemplify this, look no further than Shrine On, one of the artists that will be designing the SOI Stage. The image to the left is one of his previous installations. His description on the site explains that he “is arriving at the festival site before anyone to single-handedly build his land structure from found objects and reclaimed materials around Chonburi”. Sustainable architecture to build a beautiful enclosure for one of the stages sounds like a great start in achieving their goals.

It doesn’t stop there though. Wonderfruit Festival encompasses so many different areas of life that I’d find it difficult to fully experience everything. However, that being said, it is a true testament to how special this weekend will be for the attendees. Wander into the lotus garden for a massage and meditation, or perhaps take a mountain bike ride through the beautiful landscape of Thailand. See what I mean about being more than a music festival? Wonderfruit is a festival of life and living it to the fullest. I would normally say that the music is always first, but Wonderfruit proves me wrong. In this case, the music is only a lovely compliment to a beautiful weekend experience in the beautiful country of Thailand.

But don’t get me wrong…after a day of hiking, boating, or visiting the festivals flee market…dancing the night away to the sounds of Francesca Lombardo and Subb-an sounds like a perfect way to continue the experience. Damian Lazarus also seems like he’ll be right at home in his element. From the temples in Mexico to the lush landscape of Thailand he’s certain to bring an eclectic mix of deep and spiritual dance tracks. Lovers’ Eyes seems to be appropriate for the occasion.

So much can be said about Wonderfruit Festival. Many festivals claim to be all about “innovative ideas” or “the headliner” and talk of being a unique experience, but at the end of the day they still just feel like music festivals. Wonderfruit appears to deviate from that, and looks like it will truly be the experience of a lifetime. To anyone in Thailand or in surrounding countries, this is a weekend not to be missed.

Obviously we can’t cover everything about the festival. It’s just so expansive, so for the comprehensive list of information head on over to their awesome website. How much is a flight to Thailand again?

Wonderfruit Festival: Official Site | Facebook

 

Field Trip Series: Ben UFO at La Cheetah Club

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For this weeks edition of the Field Trip Series we rally the troops and imagine ourselves on the next flight out to Scotland, and no…this time it’s not for an epic round of golf. Roam around Queen Street in Glasgow and you may stumble upon a very small basement like bar, known as La Cheetah Club. What it lacks in capacity, it makes up for in atmosphere and booking policy. This Friday is no exception.

This Friday December 12th, La Cheetah Club will host Ben UFO (who just came in at #7 on the Top 100 poll of 2014) alongside Spencer for a marathon night between the two. Ben UFO’s eclectic style of techno and his ability to program the entire evening should make for an incredible party in an intimate venue like this. As mentioned before, La Cheetah Club is no chump when it comes to booking serious talent for the venue. In the past they’ve hosted artists such as Mathew Jonson, Theo Parish, Moodyman, and with Ben UFO making an appearance that list keeps on growing for the small Scottish club.

We know that there are amazing parties every week, but something about an end of the year party just feels so right; especially with a proper venue such as La Cheetah. Ben UFO and Spencer taking control of the console for a marathon set in a intimate venue? Sign me up. This would be a most memorable techno field trip.

Field Trip Series: Ostgut Ton at Trouw

Trouw Amsterdam

Label showcase events are special gatherings. It is an opportunity for artists and friends to share the same stage, and deliver a night that will be remembered by fans and DJ’s alike. For Field Trip 08, we imagine ourselves on the dancefloor at Trouw Amsterdam for the Ostgut Ton marathon. This night surely won’t disappoint

When one thinks “techno”, Ostgut Ton is a record label that easily comes to mind. Owned and operated by the famous Berlin club, Berghain, Ostgut Ton never disappoints in delivering cutting edge and forward thinking techno. Which is why the clubbers attending the label night at Trouw are in for quite a treat. They will be dancing all night to the sounds of Marcel Dettmann, Steffi, Anthony Parasole, Norman Nodge, amongst other Ostgut Ton staples. For the full lineup check out the event listing on Resident Advisor.

The night is highly anticipated, but in light of news about Trouw closing in January 2015, this places an even bigger emphasis on the remaining parties that the club will host. Last year they announced the news via a statement on their website that they would close, and more recently have set the final closing date at January 3rd, 2015. This whole year the club made two significant changes that parallel the philosophy of Berghain/Panorama Bar:

no phones1) “What happens in Trouw, stays in Trouw”

In the club’s final year, they have adopted the no camera policy to foster a free clubbing environment in which the attendees can fully embrace the atmosphere and energy in the room.

2) No pre-sales for regular club nights

In addition to a no camera policy, the club also relinquished pre-sale tickets. In the statement, the club voiced that popular events were selling out very quickly and felt that this excluded many people from enjoying the night.

That being said, the Ostgut Ton artists should feel right at home this Friday at Trouw. This is the first party that kicks off the beginning of the end so to speak for the iconic Amsterdam club, and this lineup seems to be the most appropriate way to get things going.

Additionally, both Anthony Parasole and Steffi have relatively new releases out. You can preview Parasole’s My Block EP and Steffi’s Power of Anonymity on the Ostgut Ton Soundcloud. These two along with the rest of the Ostgut Ton roster makes for one incredible evening.

It seems at times that life can be a never ending stream of amazing lineups and parties, but when an event like this rolls around there is an added sense of emotion and nostalgia that goes with it. I’m sure the staff and fans of Trouw have experienced many incredible nights on that dance floor, and as it approaches the final month of parties they can hopefully look back on the memories with upmost happiness. If we could, we’d take the Field Trip there ourselves, but to anyone in Europe we highly recommend making the journey to experience Trouw one last time.

Field Trip 06: Watergate, Berlin

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There are many club nights that we can dream of attending, but this Friday at Watergate Berlin easily comes in at the top of the list. Berlin is a city that is known as a hub for artists and musicians, especially in the techno industry, and nights like this shed light on why the city is so special. This Friday Watergate will host an all-star German lineup including Santé, Alex Niggemann, Metro, Robin Drimalski, Tiefschwarz, and a special live set from Âme. An extended party with a lineup like this can only mean one thing; one damn good time!

They don’t call it Watergate for nothing. The club is a two level institution overlooking the Spree River in Berlin, and is home to a phenomenal soundsystem and light installation that makes this a must-visit for anyone visiting the city. And with consistent lineups like this Friday it shouldn’t take much convincing even for the seasoned international clubber.

This lineup would be impressive regardless of what club plays host, but there is always something special when artists play on home turf. All of these artists have their own distinct style, and with them all coming together under one roof the vibe is sure to be proper from start to finish. For a small preview you can take a listen to Tiefschwarz’s Hello Watergate Podcast here:

So now after listening to sets and dreaming of setting foot in this iconic club, it makes me think…is it too early to book the next flight to Berlin? A stacked lineup of German talent in a relatively small club on the Spree River sounds like a dream come true. According to the Watergate Official Website, it will be Âme, Tiefschwarz, and Metro on the main floor while Santé, Alex Niggemann, and Robin Drimalski handle the soundtrack to the water floor. This is exactly where you’d find me if I were taking a techno Field Trip this weekend.

Watergate-Berlin

Field Trip Series: Watergate, Berlin

Flyer Nov 21

There are many club nights that we can dream of attending, but this Friday at Watergate Berlin easily comes in at the top of the list. Berlin is a city that is known as a hub for artists and musicians, especially in the techno industry, and nights like this shed light on why the city is so special. This Friday Watergate will host an all-star German lineup including Santé, Alex Niggemann, Metro, Robin Drimalski, Tiefschwarz, and a special live set from Âme. An extended party with a lineup like this can only mean one thing; one damn good time!

They don’t call it Watergate for nothing. The club is a two level institution overlooking the Spree River in Berlin, and is home to a phenomenal soundsystem and light installation that makes this a must-visit for anyone visiting the city. And with consistent lineups like this Friday it shouldn’t take much convincing even for the seasoned international clubber.

This lineup would be impressive regardless of what club plays host, but there is always something special when artists play on home turf. All of these artists have their own distinct style, and with them all coming together under one roof the vibe is sure to be proper from start to finish. For a small preview you can take a listen to Tiefschwarz’s Hello Watergate Podcast here:

So now after listening to sets and dreaming of setting foot in this iconic club, it makes me think…is it too early to book the next flight to Berlin? A stacked lineup of German talent in a relatively small club on the Spree River sounds like a dream come true. According to the Watergate Official Website, it will be Âme, Tiefschwarz, and Metro on the main floor while Santé, Alex Niggemann, and Robin Drimalski handle the soundtrack to the water floor. This is exactly where you’d find me if I were taking a techno Field Trip this weekend.

Watergate-Berlin

Field Trip 05: A Night at Fabric, London

This week, we close our eyes and imagine ourselves at Fabric for a night of techno that can and should be appreciated in an environment like that club. It’s never too early to start dreaming; on Saturday November 15th, the rooms at Fabric will be taken over by a stellar lineup of underground talent. Take a look at why we’d want to make a Field Trip for this one. Three rooms of nothing but outstanding music at Fabric this weekend. Event on Resident Advisor: Fabric with Desolat and guests

 

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Room 1

Loco Dice

Guti (Live)

Hector

Room 2

Terry Francis

Marcel Fengler

KiNK (Live)

 Room 3

Richy Ahmed

Nathan Barato

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Between these three rooms, clubbers will have their hands full this weekend. The Desolat crew will certainly be bringing their signature tech house sound, and with Guti contributing a live performance that will only add more to the vibe of the main room. That being said, Hector always finds a way to deliver slick rolling grooves to the dance floor. Check out his guestmix for THUMP right here:

The same can be said about KiNK’s live performance. Los Angeles was lucky enough to have him dazzle us with his live performance at Lot 613 towards the end of summer, so I can only begin to imagine the music onslaught that is to come in Room 2. And to sweeten the deal a little, let’s toss Berghain resident Marcel Fengler into the mix and you have one banging party going on.

Room 3 completes the night perfectly with Ahmed and Barato, both having recently released on Hot Creations. You can have a listen to the two respective releases of Richy Ahmed and Nathan Barato on Beatport. With three rooms of stacked talent like this, it’s no wonder why Fabric is held in such high esteem in the international clubbing community. One of the most powerful and clear sound systems in conjunction with a phenomenal booking policy makes Fabric one of the most respected nightlife institutions in the world.

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Club nights around the world consistently have the best to offer when it comes to quality dance music. Nights like this at Fabric portray just that. An eclectic mix of artists ranging from Desolat to Berghain, this party should not be missed by anyone within a 100 mile radius of London. Check it out next week to see what event our Field Trip takes us to…or…wish it took us to.

Field Trip Series: A Night at Fabric, London

This week, we close our eyes and imagine ourselves at Fabric for a night of techno that can and should be appreciated in an environment like that club. It’s never too early to start dreaming; on Saturday November 15th, the rooms at Fabric will be taken over by a stellar lineup of underground talent. Take a look at why we’d want to make a Field Trip for this one. Three rooms of nothing but outstanding music at Fabric this weekend. Event on Resident Advisor: Fabric with Desolat and guests

 

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Room 1

Loco Dice

Guti (Live)

Hector

Room 2

Terry Francis

Marcel Fengler

KiNK (Live)

 Room 3

Richy Ahmed

Nathan Barato

Pirate Copy

 

Between these three rooms, clubbers will have their hands full this weekend. The Desolat crew will certainly be bringing their signature tech house sound, and with Guti contributing a live performance that will only add more to the vibe of the main room. That being said, Hector always finds a way to deliver slick rolling grooves to the dance floor. Check out his guestmix for THUMP right here:

The same can be said about KiNK’s live performance. Los Angeles was lucky enough to have him dazzle us with his live performance at Lot 613 towards the end of summer, so I can only begin to imagine the music onslaught that is to come in Room 2. And to sweeten the deal a little, let’s toss Berghain resident Marcel Fengler into the mix and you have one banging party going on.

Room 3 completes the night perfectly with Ahmed and Barato, both having recently released on Hot Creations. You can have a listen to the two respective releases of Richy Ahmed and Nathan Barato on Beatport. With three rooms of stacked talent like this, it’s no wonder why Fabric is held in such high esteem in the international clubbing community. One of the most powerful and clear sound systems in conjunction with a phenomenal booking policy makes Fabric one of the most respected nightlife institutions in the world.

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Club nights around the world consistently have the best to offer when it comes to quality dance music. Nights like this at Fabric portray just that. An eclectic mix of artists ranging from Desolat to Berghain, this party should not be missed by anyone within a 100 mile radius of London. Check it out next week to see what event our Field Trip takes us to…or…wish it took us to.

Field Trip Series 04 – Mano Le Tough and Friends at Nordstern, Basel

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As popular as the summer season of clubbing and festivals might be, there is something nice about a nightclub on a cold winter night. Switzerland will be getting massive snow relatively soon, as well as world class talent rolling through the country. For Field Trip 04, we take a look at People Like US’ party in Basel at Nordstern with Mano Le Tough, Baikal, and DJ Le Roi.

Mano Le Tough has had another dominant year with popular releases on labels like Permanent Vacation and Maeve. With steady remixes and releases, Mano also graced the decks everywhere from Warung in Brazil to the ENTER.Terrace at Space this summer. His style of slick and cerebral tech house infused with enough groove is the perfect recipe for dance floors world wide. This set from ENTER week 6 is all you need to gain insight on his eclectic sound.

Baikal and DJ Le Roi are also two excellent additions to complete such a great night. Baikal has remixed the likes of M.A.N.D.Y and Ian Pooley, with remixes on Maeve and Innervisions and many more. You can’t ask for much more in a party then to have DJ Le Roi at the helm. The Get Physical / Noir artist always provides a vibe and atmosphere unparalleled to many others, and his appearance alongside Baikal and Mano Le Tough will be a set worth seeing.

The club itself also appears to be very proper in regards to their booking policy. Artists such as Tale of Us, Guti, and Ten Walls have all played the club this year, and from the videos on the Facebook of Nordstern Club, the sound system seems to deliver some deep grooves. After seeing what those artists have done, I can only imagine how the People Like US party will be this weekend. Another club added to the bucketlist for this edition of The Field Trip Series.