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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Own Daft Punk’s Roland TR-909 Drum Machine

That’s right, you could be the owner of Daft Punk’s Roland TR-909 drum machine. All you have to do is win an online auction for it.

The Roland TR-909 in question once belonged to Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk and has been listed on Facebook as a “collector’s item” on Facebook, set to go to the “highest bidder.”

The 909, which has been put up for action by Vintage & Analogue Occasion, comes still loaded with the presets recorded and used during the French duo’s seminal Homework album which was released in 1997.

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Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream Announces 2017 World Tour

Lee Burridge’s roving open-air soirée, All Day I Dream, is traveling the world. Dubbed, All Day I Dream: A Summer of Love, the upcoming World Tour’s ethos will continue to spread that very feeling out across the planet, connecting Dreamers along the way with it’s unique vibe and feeling.

In an array of iconic settings, All Day I Dream’s recognizable decor and artistic structures play their own part, complimenting the music while enveloping and enchanting the crowds of international musical nomads, artisans and adventurers. Each play their own part in creating one of the world’s most unique and exciting parties. Lee will be joined this Summer by many of his superlative label’s artists. Each weaving a part of the day’s story through their own musical mastery.

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Coyu: “Nowadays Who Made The Track Is More Important Than What Made It”

Coyu, Suara label chief, producer, DJ, philanthropist and now clothing line boss, has taken to his Facebook page to lament on the state of releases in today’s underground dance music scene.

The reason? Coyu feels that unless a large name is attached to a track, the release isn’t getting purchased despite amazing reception when played live in front of packed dance floors.

“Big labels don’t care about people like you,” he states, explaining how large imprints do not take the time to listen to demos from unknown producers, subsequently failing to give great tracks the release they deserve. He thengoes on to take the conversation full circle, “But then one day, maybe today, you have a gig later at night, you go to Beatport because you wanna buy some new tracks to blow up the dancefloor and then… You only buy music from big names. You don’t care about newcomers or non well-know profiles because you only trust on those names you have been listening for years releasing on big labels and those names which tracks everybody play because they are hype, they are hot, they are cool. And then you realize you don’t support people like you.”

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The Lincoln Speakeasy: A First Anniversary Milestone

It’s been one year since The Lincoln Speakeasy first opened its doors in the West Los Angeles area. Despite being a relative newcomer compared to the other nightclubs in Los Angeles, it didn’t take long for it to make quite the impact in the LA nightlife scene. In such a short period, the club has made a name for itself thanks to its exceptional service, exclusive access, and, most especially, showcasing some of LA’s finest local and international underground artists, musicians,  and DJs. Names such as Matthew Dekay, Francesca Lombardo, Hoj, Powel, Marques Wyatt, Lars Behrenroth, Lonely Boy and MightyKat  have performed in the club and treated guests to some unforgettable party nights.

Despite being relatively young, the Lincoln Speakeasy, or TLS for short, was built on years of experience and tradition set in place by its owner, Jamesen Re. In fact, Jamesen himself has made history in his home country of Australia for having started what would become the longest running club night in Australia dance history. That party was Sunny Side Up, a brand and party series he began 20 years ago. Fast forward to today and comparisons are being made now between Sunny Side Up and the TLS here in Los Angeles.

While there are plans now underway to bring TLS to other locations in the U.S. and beyond, for now all energies are focused on the preparations for TLS’ 1 year anniversary party happening on Friday, March 24th. We recently caught up with TLS founder Jamesen Re to provide more details on the event, the first year of TLS, as well as his 20-year history of throwing parties down under and beyond.

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