Adam Beyer Announces First Ever Drumcode Festival

Presented as a collaboration between Adam Beyer and Awakenings, the first Drumcode Festival is set to take place in Amsterdam on August 18th, 2018.

What began as a humble record label 21 years ago, Drumcode is now inarguably the biggest techno label in the world. A machine that has revolutionized what it really means to be a record label in today’s world, Drumcode is now a brand that can also call itself promoters, an apparel company and a fully-fledged radio radio show with close to 16 million people tuning in weekly.

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Q&A and Premiere: Egypt’s Raxon Makes his Truesoul Debut with Masterful Four-Track EP

One of Egypt’s hottest export, Raxon is a talented DJ and producer who has been on Adam Beyer’s musical radar ever since his impressive remix of Noir & Olivier Giacamotto’s ‘Reste’.

Armed with a diverse arsenal of productions, Raxon’s tracks have found a home on esteemed labels the likes of Diynamic, Noir, Tronic and more recently Ellum, showcasing his skills in churning out powerful and approachable techno filled with emotive power.

On November 6th the producer is releasing his Heliopolis EP on Beyer’s Truesoul label, a release that has received early support from some of the scene’s most illustrious names, including Maceo Plex, Solomun, Nicole Moudaber, Carl Cox, B.Traits, Tale of Us, John Digweed, Adriatique and of course Adam Beyer.

Enjoy an exclusive premiere from the EP below and read on for our interview with Raxon, where we explore his roots and the journey that has taken him to where he is now.

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Watch the Best Techno Sets from Awakenings Festival 2017

This latest broadcast from the leading streaming provider saw people tune in from all over the world. All previous records were broken and in all more than 8 million viewers tuned in, while the streams had a social reach of over 77 million people and 600,000 engagements.

There were many highlights across the two days with sets from huge names from the worlds of house and techno such as Sven Väth, Joris Voorn, Pan-Pot, Nastia, Chris Liebing, Charlotte De Witte, Kobosil, Blawan, Sam Paganini, Floorplan, Ilario Alicante, Alan Fitzpatrick and Adam Beyer.

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Soma Records Celebrates 25 Years with Daft Punk, Robert Hood, Blawan, Jeff Mills, Andrew Weatherall, Kobosil, Vril and more


There is little to no doubt that Soma Records make the list as one of the most respected techno imprints of today. Label bosses Slam formed the label in the distant 1991 alongside friends Glenn Gibbons and Dave Clarke, and are now celebrating 25 years of operation.

The label made a name for itself in its infant years with a catalog of fantastic music outings, including Slam’s very own timeless “Positive Education” and early career releases from the likes of Surgeon, Envoy, Funk D’Void, Silicone Soul and Alex Smoke. Not many know, for example, that french duo Daft Punk released their first raw music pieces on the label back in 1994.

To celebrate the 25 year milestone, Soma has asked a selection of the world’s finest techno acts to provide fresh brand-new music for a specially curated 15-track Limited Edition 5XVinyl Box Set. Old timers the likes of Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, Steve Bicknell, Andrew Weatherall (appearing as Woodleigh Research Facility), Blawan and Adam Beyer were joined by more recent techno newcomers such as Kobosil, VRIL and Jonas Kopp  to select and remix some of Soma’s best back-catalog material for a fresh representation of the role Soma plays in techno today.

Accompanying the brilliant music selection, Soma “decided it was necessary to match the unique musical sensibilities displayed with an artistic environment that clearly juxtaposed the ideas set forth in the project.” The collaboration with Scottish artist Kyle Irvine has resulted in a selection of unique designs crafted specifically for the box set, which also includes exclusive Soma 25 stickers, a poster and illustrated vinyl sleeves.

The box set will be officially released on March 31st.

Track List:

A1. Robert Hood – The Bond We Formed
A2. Jeff Mills – A Tale From the Parallel Universe
B1. Daft Punk – Drive (Slam Modular Interpretation)
B2. Adam Beyer – Just Things
C1. Blawan – Clipper
C2. The Woodleigh Research Facility – S.O.M.A 25
D. Josh Wink – Synodic Period
E1. Slam – Stepback (Jonas Kopp Remix)
E2. Slam – Visions (Kobosil Remix)
F. Percy X – X Track (Vril Remix 2)
G1. Slam – Tempest
G2. Steve Bicknell – Mind Cycles
H. Funk D’Void – 808 Planet
I. Joe Stawarz – Cry (Deepchord Remix)
J. Joe Stawarz – Beebear. (Deepchord Remix)

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5 Performances Not To Miss During Awakenings’ 20th Anniversary

Awakenings Gashouder 2017

The legendary Awakenings is celebrating its 20th anniversary with five massive parties spanning from Thursday, April 13 through Sunday, April 16 2017.

To commemorate this massive event, Awakenings has partnered with Monumental Productions and, Amsterdam based publisher, Mary Go Wild to produce an anniversary book for the occasion.

Most importantly and for the first time ever, the event will feature a day party on Saturday, April 15th from 11 am to 10 pm with heavy hitters Joris Voorn, Ben Klock, Adam Beyer, Jeff Mills and Chris Liebing all performing.

The remainder of the events take place during the night from Thursday to Sunday with the likes of Nina Kraviz, Pan-Pot, Sven Väth, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Bart Skils, 2000 and One, Marcel Dettmann, Dave Clarke, DJ Billy Nasty, DJ Rush, Kölsch, Len Faki, Luciano, Seth Troxler, and Ricardo Villalobos all scheduled to play at Amsterdam’s revered Gashouder venue.

Weekend tickets are sold out, but single days are still available. We suggest you act fast, as this will sell out.

Who Not To Miss

Sven Väth – April 13
The German mastermind that is Papa Sven has been a long-time friend of and performer at Awakenings. Thanks to his signature vinyl-only performances, upbeat techno tracks and funky synths, he’s sure to keep the crowd dancing throughout his entire set.

Ben Klock b2b Marcel Dettmann – April 14
These two gentlemen have been at the top of techno lists around the world and rightfully so. Their dynamic b2b sets ooze characteristic Berghain pounding techno with thrilling twists and turns throughout, making them our standout back-to-back choice for Awakenings’ 20 Year Anniversary celebration.

Jeff Mills – April 15 (Day) 
A space wizard with endless talents, Jeff Mills is one of the most well-seasoned techno producers and DJs to roam this earth. His sets are known to incorporate cosmic synths and spacial sounds, providing timeless and out-of-this-world techno inspired emotions.

Dave Clarke – April 15 (Night)
Another Awakenings and veteran techno producer, Dave Clarke will bring the heat with heavy drums and a signature old school sound that blends techno and electro with effortless precision. The Amsterdam-based UK producer debuted with his first release in 1990 and yet remains at the forefront of today’s underground with good reason: his penchant for quality music above all else.

Ricardo Villalobos – April 16
Unnecessarily talented, Ricardo Villalobos is known to be the king of eclectic mixes, from spiraling sounds with deep bass to spirit-liberating techno. As an Awakenings veteran and one of the most sought-after talents in the world, there is no doubt that he will not disappoint for the festival’s 20th Anniversary.

Full Timetable Awakenings - 20 years

April 13th – Night

22:00 – 00:30 Dimitri & Remy Unger
00:30 – 02:30 Derrick May & Kevin Saunderson
02:30 – 04:30 Sven Väth
04:30 – 06:30 Pan-Pot
06:30 – 08:30 Nina Kraviz

April 14th – Night

22:00 – 01:30 Bart Skils & 2000 and One
01:30 – 05:00 Adam Beyer & Joseph Capriati
05:00 – 08:30 Ben Klock & MARCEL DETTMANN

April 15th – Day

11:00 – 13:00 Kabale und Liebe (Dj/Producer)
13:00 – 15:00 Joris Voorn
15:00 – 16:30 Ben Klock
16:30 – 18:30 Adam Beyer
18:30 – 20:15 Jeff Mills
20:15 – 22:00 Chris Liebing

April 15th – Night

23:30 – 02:00 DJ Billy Nasty
02:00 – 03:45 DJ Rush
03:45 – 05:30 Dave Clarke
05:30 – 07:15 Chris Liebing
07:15 – 09:00 Jeff Mills

April 16th – Night

22:00 – 00:00 Lauhaus
00:00 – 01:45 Luciano
01:45 – 03:30 Seth Troxler
03:30 – 05:15 Ricardo Villalobos
05:15 – 07:15 Joris Voorn & Kölsch
07:15 – 09:00 Len Faki

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6AM Group’s Favorite DJs

decksElectronic music has undeniably influenced the entire world in an amazing way.  Behind the music, there is a DJ who can masterfully orchestrate sounds that hypnotize and captivate the audience.  Everyone in this community has a certain sound or a certain DJ that makes them tick; we all have a favorite.  Has a DJ ever made you dance so much that everything around you just melted away?  Was there a moment when the DJ got you dancing like there’s no tomorrow?  We asked the 6AM Group team members:  “Who’s your Top 5 Underground DJs?”  It’s a very difficult question to answer.  There were some phenomenal DJs listed in the answers, but there were a few DJs that stood out a little more than the others.  Below are some of the DJs that were named more than once from our results:

Ben Klock:  You might see this German techno DJ and producer play at the Berghain in Berlin and all around the world.  Ben ranked 6th on RA’s Top 100 2014.  He also runs a label:  Klockworks.  Check out this set from Berghain:

Dubfire:  You might also know him as 1/2 of Deep Dish.  Label boss to SCI+TEC, he’s a techno DJ with a polished sound.  You can always count on Dubfire to kill the dance floor every time with his rolling bass lines and that signature Dubfire effect.  Hear what I’m talking about below:

Martinez Brothers:  These brothers from the Bronx have made one hell of a mark on the industry.  They have been on the road since high school and are definitely emerging leaders in the global house scene.  They have held a residency at one of the world’s best clubs, DC-10, since 2011 and show no signs of slowing down.  Check out this set from Ultra 2014 Sunday Underground Stage:

Paco Osuna:  The man behind Mindshake Records and Club4,  Paco is no stranger to the underground.  Below is a link where you can listen to this Spaniard throw it down at the Monegros Desert Festival:

D-Nox & Beckers:  The German DJ duo consisting of Christian “D-Nox” Wedekind & Frank Beckers have been making their mark in the global electronic music community for the past 7 years.  Check out their set below:

Adam Beyer:  The family man behind the epic techno label, Drumcode, it’s not hard to see why this DJ was on a few people’s Top 5.  Check out his set from the legendary Berghain on Drumcode Radio:

Slam: “Slam instigated Glasgow’s underground house music scene in the late 1980s, going on to be instrumental in the explosion of the UK techno scene, and their quarter of a century exploits have seen them travel far and wide, leaving scorch marks on the dance floor everywhere while taking their uncompromising vision of techno around the world.”  Check out this special 4 hour set by Slam:

The next 3 DJs you can consider 6AM Group’s top 3.  These next particular DJs were tallied several times.  They have influence several members in 6AM Group.

Jamie Jones:  The man behind Hot Creations, Jamie Jones has been credited for creating an iconic sound paving the way for a warmer, melodic, deeper side of techno.  Jamie Jones was ranked 12th on this year’s RA Top 100.  Below is his set from Timewarp:

Cajmere:  Curtis Jones goes by several aliases; you might be familiar with Green Velvet, that’s one of them.  Hailing from Chicago, Cajmere is a much respected veteran DJ in the electronic dance music community.  Click below to hear his set from the Electronic Playground Podcast:

Marco Carola:  This Italian DJ had the most votes from 6AM Group team members.  Label boss of Music On and leading the biggest underground party in Ibiza, Friday nights at Amnesia.  RA ranked him at 17 on this year’s Top 100.  At the top of his game, Marco is not going anywhere.  Check out one of his sets below:

The above DJs were just a drop in the bucket.  There are still several DJs that have not been mentioned that are followed closely by 6AM Group members.  DJs like Dixon (RA’s #1 DJ), Claude VonStroke, Carl Cox, Steve Lawler, Hernan Cattaneo, and much more.  In addition to all these DJs, there are still DJs out there that have not been discovered.  So keep your ears, minds and hearts open.   We’ll see you on the dance floor!

Freebie Friday: Beatport Decade with Adam Beyer

Adam Beyer

The Beatport Decade series is now on its final week of celebrations, and for the 10th installment they bring in Drumcode head honcho, Adam Beyer. Beyer has selected 10 tracks to include in his Decade Playlist, and also offers up 5 free tracks from Drumcode artists Alan Fitzpatrick, Joseph Capriati, Sam Paganini, Nicole Moudaber, and Victor Calderone. As expected each one of the freebies embodies a different emotion and vibe associated with the quintessential Drumcode sound. Head on over to the Beatport Decade Page to download Adam Beyer’s picks, as well as look at the previous 9 weeks and downloads. Don’t forget to sign in in order to download the tracks. Read more