The BPM Festival Cancels Brazil Edition


The BPM Festival has posted a new statement following the deaths at Blue Parrot in Playa del Carmen on the last night of the festival earlier in January of this year.

“Our hearts are broken by the loss of six wonderful lives that were cruelly cut short,” begins the statement, naming all six victims killed during the shooting at the club that was hosting The BPM’s closing Elrow party. “The dance floor is where people come together to share joy, be with friends, create memories, and celebrate life. While our festival and dance community have experienced a tragedy, we’d also like to remember the magical moments, new friendships, and beautiful landscape of Mexico that we’ve all shared over the last 10 years.”

As part of the statement, The BPM Festival has announced that it will be canceling its plans for the inaugural Brazil edition of the event, plans that were announced during last month’s BPM Festival in Mexico and originally scheduled for April of 2017. The Portugal expansion plans, announced at the same time as those for Brazil but taking place in September of 2017, will continue.

The BPM Festival is not likely to return to Playa, as local Mexican officials there have banned the festival from taking place after 10 years of operation.

The victims of the tragedy were Rafael Penaloza Vega, Giovanni Arturo Amparan Saragossa (both of Mexico), Daniel Pessina (Italy), Alejandra Villanueva (USA) and two security staff, Kirk Wilson from Canada and Geovanni Francisco Ruiz Murillo (Mexico). Kirk Wilson was a well-known member of the Canadian nightlife scene as a respected doorman that had worked in the industry for years. A GoFundMe has been organized to support his family.

Read the full statement below:

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DJ Nobu Plans LA Debut for Making Shapes


At the forefront of the Japanese techno movement you will find DJ Nobu. He emits  a signature style of deep, driving, hypnotic techno that has garnered the recognition of global establishments such as Dekmantel, The Bunker NY, and recently did the honor of a 10 hour closing set at Berghain. But to try and put his impact into words would almost be a disservice, making it that much more essential to see him in action.

Those in Los Angeles are in luck as Dj Nobu will be making his LA debut for the Making Shapes party on Friday March 11th. DJ Nobu’s inaugural West Coast appearance will undoubtedly be a pristine showing of techno, in an ideal atmosphere that Making Shapes curates so well. Complimenting the evening will be fellow selectors Jeniluv and Split Secs.

An RSVP is mandatory for this event with advance tickets available through Resident Advisor. 

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Dekmantel To Host Winter/Spring 2016 Tour Across Five Continents

Screen Shot 2016-01-28 at 9.22.05 AMThe Amsterdam-based music company Dekmantel will embark on a winter and spring 2016 tour across five continents with 27 show dates. Dekmantel is a cutting-edge electronic music company known for being a well-established record label, promoting its festival brand that includes Dekmantel Festival (August 4 to 7) and the new Dekmantel Selectors in Croatia (September 1 to 5), and functioning as the select destination for underground music showcases. Read more

Nicole Moudaber and Victor Calderone Join Awakenings NYC


178432_540071546007383_152510453_o-980x623With the initial phase 1 lineup announcement in tow, Awakenings NYC will be joined by another heavy b2b set between Nicole Moudaber and New York native Victor Calderone for the Dutch brand’s first American edition. Read more

Adam Beyer b2b Ida Engberg, Pan-Pot, and Julia Govor play Phase 1 Lineup for Awakenings NYC

Awakenings 7Awakenings is one of the world’s most revered techno brands, and it will arrive on the shores of New York for its first ever stand-alone American show happening on President’s Day weekend. 2015 saw Awakenings’ 15th inception in Amsterdam, and 2016 will see a continued expansion of the techno festival. Read more

Experience a Disco and House Revival with the Legendary Return of Paradise Garage

film-project-about-iconic-new-york-club-paradise-garageThe name Paradise Garage elicits the not-so-distant nostalgia of the glamorously raw beginnings of a musical genre known as House in the growing hustle and bustle of the electronic music scene on the streets of New York City. It all began when Larry Levan and company took to the decks of Paradise Garage in 1977 and established a melting pot of musical influence drawn from the prominence of UK garage and American discothèques at the time as well as the subversion of cultural identities in favor of the dance floor. Read more

Desert Hearts Brings Colorful Dusty Vibes with a City Hearts Winter Tour


Fresh off the press from their three year anniversary festival experience in the desert, the Desert Hearts crew has some plans brewing for a winter tour across thirteen dates, one of which will take place in Toronto, Canada. This will be the crew’s second round of metropolitan hopping featuring the core five plus special guests that will be announced deeper down the rabbit hole. Read more

Oliver Heldens is Bringing Sizzling Bangers with a Winter Tour in Asia


With eight dates across seven countries, Oliver Heldens is jet set for Asia during the cold season for a huge tour over the span of eleven days. To kick off his tour, Oliver Heldens will be joined by dance music heavyweights like Armin Van Buuren and Axwell & Ingrosso at Bangkok’s Bitec on December 9, and he will conclude his tour by playing at India’s Enchanted Valley Carnival on December 18 and 19. Read more

Woman Went Overboard on Mad Decent Boat Party


On Thursday November 12 a woman had reportedly gone overboard during the Mad Decent Boat Party. The boat departed from Miami on November 11 and planned to arrive at Cozumel, Mexico on November 15.

The Norwegian Cruise Line was sailing through the Yucatan Channel when witnesses said that the woman intentionally jumped off of the boat at around 7pm. The US Coast Guard are scouring the area, 22 nautical miles off the coast of Cuba, for the still missing woman. Read more

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Roland Boutique: Compact, Lightweight, Classic

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Last week, Roland teased us with a vague announcement of an upcoming product, fueling a great deal of speculation; thankfully, they didn’t keep us waiting too long this time. The company has just officially announced its upcoming Boutique series, consisting of digital reissues of the so-called “holy trinity” – the Jupiter-8, Juno-106, and JX-3P.


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The Boutique synthesizer line, which includes the JP-08, JU-06, and JX-03, will make a nice addition to your favorite gear from the AIRA series. Designed to be ultra-portable, the synths are compact and lightweight, run on battery or USB power, and can be played by either an external MIDI keyboard or the optional mountable keyboard. Each unit features a built-in speaker, step sequencer, dual ribbon controls, and four-note polyphony. As of now, Roland has not disclosed the release date and pricing for the Boutique line, so be sure to keep checking back for updates. For now, enjoy the video below.