Digging Deeper with Ralph Zuckermann

As the owner of Destroy All Monsters and a resident at Darkroom, Ralph Zuckermann is a pretty important cog in Asia’s underground electronic music scene.

An ex-pat from Germany, Ralph settled in Asia some time ago and is now firmly based in Hong Kong, where he’s earned a reputation for his long, winding sets and his passionate dedication to pushing discerning sounds in the region. It’s proved a remarkable journey for him thus far, and with his Destroy All Monsters label beginning to make traction outside of just Asia, we thought it a good time to pick the brain of the man who produces using solely his surname.

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Win a Pair of Tickets to Matador + M.A.N.D.Y. with guests Rinzen, Modus, Jia, and HAAS at Union Nightclub LA

On Friday January 19th, 2018 Union, Pocket and Decibel proudly present RUKUS, Minus, ENTER. and PLAYdifferently artist Matador, as well as Get Physical Music’s M.A.N.D.Y., with support from Rinzen (mau5trap), Modus (Immune Records), JIA (6AM) and HAAS (Cyclone).

Doors open at 9PM until late for this 21+ event at UNION, with tickets available here.

We are giving away tickets to the show, with four winners chosen at random, each receiving two pairs of tickets to the event!

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Win A Pair of Tickets to Matador + M.A.N.D.Y. with guests Rinzen, Modus, Jia, and HAAS (Contest on Hive.co)

Premiere: Listen to Barbuto’s “Mathematical” Off Ballroom Records’ Upcoming Secret Ballroom Gems Vol. III Compilation

What a great year 2017 it has been for Ballroom Records and Kaiser Souzai. To start 2018 with a BANG, the label has gathered the finest artists like Tronic’s Barbuto, Berlin legend Gunnar Stiller, Brazil’s finest KALIL, Ballroom all stars DJ Lion, Ben Champell and AlBird as well as Stil Vor Talent’s Jiggler plus Lewis Delay, Ivan Oliva and Disobedient. Every artist delivered a special bomb and this Secret Ballroom Gems edition is the strongest to date.

We are very proud to present this release to you with the premiere of Barbuto’s contribution. Pre-order the the upcoming Secret Ballroom Gems Vol. III Compilation via Beatport.

YENI: My 5 Most Influential Tracks

Cyborgs In Love is back with a vengeance following their recently released Different World EP by John Haden, featuring remixes by label boss YENI as well as another from DJ Emerson. For the label’s latest, it’s YENI once more who takes up the reigns to deliver the equally-exceptional Hang On EP: a stunning five-tracker featuring three originals and two remixes.

In honor of the release, which you can find on major outlets from December 1st onwards, we asked YENI to list her top 5 influential tracks. Enjoy them below!

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Attend More Festivals and Raves: Science Says They Make You Happier

A study conducted in Australia with a sample size of 1,000 people has concluded that people who regularly attend festivals, raves and music concerts are happier with their lives overall than those who do not.

We have always known that art in general and music tend to increase any given person’s happiness level, but this particular study reports that people who go to communal music events on a regular basis are far more satisfied with their life in general than those who abstain from such activities.

The study “explores the connection between habitual music engagement and subjective wellbeing (SWB),” where ‘habitual music engagement’ might be anything from attending music festivals to just going to the club.

The findings revealed that engaging with music by dancing or attending musical events was associated with higher SWB than for those who did not engage with music in these forms. The findings also emphasised the important role of engaging with music in the company of others with regard to SWB, highlighting an interpersonal feature of music.

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Digging Deeper with Judge Jules

Spanning 30 years of work in the electronic music world, Judge Jules‘ career is one that has touched all corners of the globe.

The accolades have poured in over the years, with Mixmag crowning him the #1 DJ, Dancestar Awards naming him the Best International DJ, winning Best Radio DJ from Smirnoff’s Dancestars and continually featuring in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, peaking at #3 alongside the industry’s greatest. Judge Jules’ touch is multi-dimensional, and spans far more than just one area of the industry. He is a producer, a DJ, a radio host, a promoter, has worked record label A&R duties and has also been involved with quite the number of TV work.

In England Judge Jules ruled the radio waves with shows on Kiss FM and the iconic BBC Radio 1, and now his show The Global Warm Up is broadcast on over 70 stations across the globe including the colossal Sirius XM, and notches up a gigantic 750,000 downloads every single week via his podcast. And what about his famous Ibiza brand Judgement Fridays, formerly known as Judgement Sundays? The residency packed out its balearic home every week, with 15 years experience.

Somehow 6AM found the time to chat with Judge Jules in the middle of his packed summer schedule. Our aim was to dig a little deeper and talk about how he juggles it all, exploring the personality outside of music too.

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Mesmerizing Photos From Burning Man 2017

Black Rock City, the temporary city constructed in the middle of Black Rock Desert every summer in occasion of the world’s craziest and biggest festival: Burning Man.

70,000 gathered in the desert once more this past week for 10 days of full immersion at the annual Burning Man arts and music festival, an event that has been taking place since 1986 and that attracts people from all corners of the globe.

Radical self-expression, music and art are part-and-parcel of the experience, all commanded by the 10 principles of Burning Man, which include radical inclusion, gifting, decommodification, self-reliance, effort, civic responsibility, leaving no trace, participation, and immediacy.

Check out a selection of amazing pictures from the Playa. Each can be sourced to Instagram by the relevant photographer handle in the caption.

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Premiere: Listen to Greg Fenton’s “Hot Mess” on Digital Devil Recordings

Digital Devil release number six brings you house music by Greg Fenton, with his excellent EP Hot Mess.

Greg Fenton, is one of the key Manchester DJs and a renowned producer whose love of music is reflected in his mix of records. Making his name in the dance era and clubs like the Hacienda he was a key fixture in that mad period but is still out there on the cutting edge of today’s scene.

Since 1985 he has been involved in residencies at legendary clubs around the British Isles, originally from Belfast, he has been cited as an influence by artists such as The Chemical Brothers, and with regular slots at Hacienda, Golden, Back to Basics, and Shindig, Greg is a man who knows and loves his music, and has years of experience in knowing how to work a dancefloor.

His support of music also comes from his reviews, which he began back in 1991 for DMCs weekly Update magazine (formerly Mix-Mag Update). He currently reviews and interviews for magazinesixty.com and DMC Magazine, having previously written for i-DJ and M8 among others.

Greg’s participation in UK Dance culture has also occurred through his production work. Debuting with Silver City “Love Infinity” which was Essential New Tune on Pete Tongs Essential Selection the song achieved nine consecutive weeks airplay. He has since co-produced as Soularis releasing five singles on Chicago’s seminal Guidance Recordings and has gone on to record for labels such as Hed Kandi.

Today we are premiering “Hot Mess,” the title-track from his forthcoming EP. In the track piercing strings set a backdrop, as the dark bass line pushes the track forward. Awesome arpeggios bubble away in the background while the drums ride all over this track to carry it home. Perfectly placed percussion and the floating cavernous vocal sample come along for the journey.

 

 

Pre-order Hot Mess prior to its August 14th release date via Beatport

Connect with Greg Fenton: Facebook | Twitter | Beatport | SoundCloud

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808 Day: Roland Announces “Ultra-Compact” Version of the TR-808

Happy 808 Day!

And it is certainly fitting that Roland has added two key items to its Boutique range today, with additions of both the TR-08 and SH-01A.

The Japanese manufacturer’s intention is to provide a more versatile version of the TR-808 for users looking for a drum machine that is more compact while maintaining the same sound characteristics that have made it such an iconic piece of hardware for the last three decades. On their site they state that the product “retains the sound, character, and user interface of the original TR-808.”

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Digging Deeper with Italy’s Stiv Hey

On July 14, techno’s ascending leader, Stiv Hey, unchains three gripping tracks for his Interference EP on Loose Records. Characterized by hexing rhythms and villainous basslines, Hey’s sound is best described as tantalizing, futuristic techno. Additionally landing himself on Dubfire’s SCI+TEC label, Hey has received support from such torchbearers as Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola, and Adam Beyer. Now, Hey debuts a refined, dark, and groovy triple-threat in the release of his first solo EP which available for pre-order via Beatport.

We have the pleasure of premiering “Transitions” from the EP, a track that immediately takes off with a rolling bassline and mesmerizing rhythm. Synths circulate and add further depth to the record, resulting in a overall deep-seated effect.

Listen to it below and read on for our interview with the Italian-born producer and DJ.

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