How Techno and Contemporary Art Can Co-Exist: an Interview With Dániel Marcel Hevesi

Budapest-based Hungarian artist Dániel Marcel Hevesi represents the new wave of underground techno culture to the contemporary fine art world.

His work is unique, for he converges the worlds of underground techno with abstract, minimal art, and he does so in a compelling and stand-out manner that makes him a multi-lateral artist in the truest sense of the term. Among his most well-known pieces are those that comprise his “Locked Groove” series, in which he paints different techno sub-genre inspired artworks. Each piece of the “Locked Groove” series is created by using acrylic paint, small gravel, chalk and smaller sized canvas, his methods characteristically involving both self-invited “water washed” techniques as well as techniques used by German contemporary abstract artists.

I was drawn to Dániel’s work from the moment I saw it, and after speaking to him I realized that his passion for techno is a deep-rooted one, while his work as a painter is in fact a more recent form of expression. Dániel has been involved in the underground electronic music scene since 1996 and started painting just two years ago in 2015.

“The connection between abstract art and underground techno music was always there. They both live a life of an outlaw. Very misunderstood and not valued enough in a wider audience. They both belong to the underground. But this is all fine because, they are not for everyone.” Dániel says.

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Q&A and Global Vibe Radio 069 feat. Dani Lehman

The 69th episode of 6AM’s Global Vibe Radio is a one-hour studio recording from Detroit-based and Dirty Epic regular Dani Lehman.

Based in Detroit, Dani has been making a name for herself in the United States techno scene as a fine track selector with a penchant for dark, heavy bass lines and an unmistakeable groove that gets entire dance floors moving. Dani is a DJ who feels long-winded intros and bios are unnecessary, preferring instead to let her music do the talking.

Enjoy the mix below and read on for our exclusive interview with her, as well as full complete track listing at the end of the article. You can download the mix in its entirety for free here.

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Chuck Daniels Celebrates 15 Years of Sampled Detroit

Sampled Detroit is celebrating 15 years of music, and we have asked founder and owner Chuck Daniels to weigh in on the massive history of the label, going through its accomplishments and the tracks that best highlight the sound of what is undoubtedly one of Detroit’s most influential modern-day imprints.

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Q&A and Premiere: Dunmore Park Releases Debut “At Midnight” EP on Substation Recordings

This past week Andrew Williams aka Dunmore Park released his first soulful composition on Substation Recordings, a four-track EP titled At Midnight. Born in Edmonton, Canada, Williams is embodies the definition of a true electronic music devotee: he is the co-founder of the city’s first electronic music production school, Night Vision Music Academy, as well as Western Canada’s first electronic-based music convention, the Alberta Electronic Music Conference, and all of this is on top of his projects as an artist. His latest such project, At Midnight, is his attempt to combine both classical and modern notes, a feat he accomplishes to brilliant results by producing a subtle warm journey from Canadian winter to the blooms of spring season.

Each of the four original tracks that form the release reflect various experiences of Williams life, including the music he was exposed to living in Europe as a child, his travels to ancient cities as he went through his formative years and more recently his exploration of Canada as an adult. As such, At Midnight is a musical narrative that takes the listener through Williams’ own life journey, one that begins with with deep melodies and emotions and ends with dominating basslines and mystery.

Stream the exclusive premiere of At Midnight below and read on for our talk with Williams, where we discuss the release, his life in Canada and more.

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Exclusive Premiere and Interview with Francesca Lombardo

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Francesca Lombardo, a multidisciplinary artist who has established herself as a leader in the dance music community, has announced the sixth release on her Echolette imprint with Birds of Mind’s “Ankara”, out on December 23rd.

Birds of Mind, a Parisian-based duo formed by Alex Heim & Adrian Carreno, takes inspiration from a “close to nature” environment, composing beautifully crafted electronica nourished via organic sounds and ancient refrains, aiming to offer a spiritual, peaceful and loving feeling to listeners.

“Ankara” in its original format kicks off the EP with a decidedly sluggish baseline, dissonant, sliding harmonics and a reassuringly steady beat. This sets the stage for the track’s sheer exoticism, alongside intoxicating oriental strings and Spanish guitars which is sure to transport you to warm weather and beachy vibes.

The five track EP features remixes by NU, Stavroz, Zone+ and Usif, as well as one from Francesca herself, which we are premiering exclusively on 6AM.

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Q&A: Edit Select Releases ‘Visitors – Projections’ Album with Antonio Ruscito

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This coming November 25th, Scottish techno producer Tony Scott, aka Edit Select, is releasing a collaboration album alongside Antonio Ruscito on his own Edit Select Records imprint. The album will be available via Juno, Decks and Deejay.

While both the Scottish and Italian artists are fantastic in the studio in their own right, Visitors – Projections combines their prowess as producers to form a transcendental techno journey filled with haunting atmosphere, emotive structures and spatial ambience.

We caught up with Tony ahead of the ten-track release to discuss his collaboration with Antonio, Scotland’s techno scene, the influence of technology on the production of techno over the last few decades and more. Read the interview below but first enjoy this exclusive premiere of ‘Projection 2″ right off of the forthcoming LP:

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Gorje Hewek & Izhevski Discuss Their Involvement With All Day I Dream

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All Day I Dream‘s vision is one that transcends the mere scope of your run-of-the-mill party series. Founded by Lee Burridge on a hot Brooklyn rooftop back in 2011, the brand has gone on to become a worldwide phenomenon, spurred on by the promise of a dreamy journey through music no matter the city and the venue.

It was clear from the beginning that Lee’s Burning Man influences and prowess in the studio combined to provide an escape party unlike others in the United States, attracting thousands of “Dreamers” in Los Angeles, New York City and other cities who flocked to All Day I Dream in search of a transcendental foray into a magic and unparalleled world.

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mobilee records: The Past, The Present and The Future ft. Anja Schneider and Rodriguez Jr.

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The brainchild of Anja Schneider and Ralf Kollmann, mobilee records has been around for 11 years now. The project founded in Berlin blurs the boundaries of dance music’s more underground genres, bridging the gap between familiar and innovative soundscapes with effortless precision.

Perhaps unexpectedly what begun as a label has since grown into much more: a hub for music, well-curated events and artist management that is able to incorporate the past, the present and the future of house and techno under one uniformed umbrella. If you take a look at mobilee records’ extensive discography you will find releases from names such as Solomun, Maya Jane Coles, Audiofly, Miss Kittin, Pan-Pot and Nicole Moudaber sprinkled in between a list of mobilee core-team producers the caliber of Rodriguez Jr., Lee Van Dowski, Re.You, Customer aka Alan Fitzpatrick & Reset Robot, And.Id, Gel Abril and Ray Okpara.

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Coyu on Donald Trump, Suara’s New Fashion Store, His Favorite Genre and Playing in Los Angeles

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It’s ADE and Amsterdam is buzzing. The mid-October air is crisp cold yet everyone is still biking as if it’s summer out. I am rushing and weaving through late-morning traffic as, admittedly, I am running late for my interview with Iván Ramos, artist name Coyu, due to some unforeseen complications I ran into that morning.

Walking into the Miracle Management hub for ADE week I am greeted warmly by both Coyu and Bruno, who was kind enough to set up the interview during one of the craziest weeks of the year. I know Coyu doesn’t have much time — he is running a label and has a Suara showcase in Amsterdam that night, is opening a fashion store in Barcelona, oversees the Suara Foundation which benefits cats and of course is a successful producer and DJ in his own right. Literally just over a week following the interview (this weekend) he is scheduled to play Suara showcases in San Francisco first and then in Los Angeles for Underrated Presents’ Minimal Effort Halloween — a one-day festival in the heart of the city’s downtown area.

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Q&A: Simina Grigoriu on Her Forthcoming “Shook Up” EP, Newfound Motherhood and more

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‘Shook Up’ is the latest EP from Romanian-born, Toronto-raised and Berlin-based producer Simina Grigoriu. Scheduled for release in digital format on October 21st, 2016 via the recently launched label Kuukou (which means “airport” in Japanese), the EP consists of one stunning techno bomb titled ‘Shook Up’.

with lush synths and pulsating bass lines, fused with a dark atmosphere which sets the mood for the entire release. The EP remains dynamic and diverse thanks to 4 reworks from Animal & Me, Autotune, Julian Wasserman and Original Peter, all exploring different sides of the same track, thus revealing the complexity and intricacy of Simina’s work.

Simina was kind enough to allow us to premiere ‘Shook Up” ahead of tomorrow’s release, and to chat with us a little about her career and newly-found motherhood.

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