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10 Reasons Underground Dance Music Fans Shouldn’t Miss The Yuma Tent At Coachella 2017

DJ Koze performs inside the Yuma Tent at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA, USA, on 16 April, 2016.

DJ Koze performs inside the Yuma Tent at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA, USA, on 16 April, 2016.

With high anticipation and lineup speculation circling the festival, Coachella calmed the storm with the release of its star-studded 2017 line-up; confirming many of the artists we predicted earlier this year including Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, and Radiohead as headliners.

To no surprise, the $399 general admission tickets sold out within three hours.

After review of this year’s line-up, we uncovered Coachella booked the most proper underground electronic artists to perform at the festival to date. As we did last year, we highlight ten underground artists who cannot be missed in the heaven that will be the Yuma Tent. 

Please note that we think most of the below artists will be playing the Yuma Tent, but there’s a small possibility that some will be featured on other stages due to the diverse and eclectic arsenal of music they are capable of performing.

Ben UFO

Ben UFO

This UK-based DJ is such an exquisite mixer that he rose to the top even with no production experience. His unique track selections make him one of the most sought-after DJs in the underground dance music community with sounds ranging old and new, house to dubstep.

A forward-thinking selector who is into constant development, Ben UFO does not disappoint.

Bicep

Bicep, A Northern Irish duo with the passion for heavy house grooves, have established themselves as prime producers and DJs. They are known to always incorporate the most carefully-selected house rhythms to light up any dance floor, leaving you desiring for more. Releases on their record label, Feel My Bicep, feature the likes of house, techno, funk, and italo cosmic sounds, a representation of the eclectic set you can expect to hear when they perform at Coachella 2017.

Their top hit this year, “Higher Level”, was one of their most successful releases to date, a track we predict they will play this track during their Coachella set.

Dixon

Dixon

Even and especially among the underground elite, Steffen Berkhahn is considered a multitalented veteran in the community. From being vice president of the FC Magnet Mitte Bar in Berlin, a bakery owner, Innervisions label co-founder with Âme, a producer and a DJ, Dixon is always busy letting his creative juices flow.

His producing and DJing career has been on a meteoric rise for more than a decade. Consequently, he has amassed superb skills behind the DJ booth and is known to please his audience with an array mix of house and techno that has landed him Top DJ in the world on the Resident Advisor poll for four years in a row.

Floating Points

An absolute mastermind. Sam Shepherd’s productions and mixes are truly reflective of his Ph.D. in neuroscience. He has the ability to fluidly blend jazz into techno and garage into house, while still maintaining the elements of each genre.

Per his tweet, he will perform with his live band and a DJ set. Both are never anything less than amazing.

Four Tet

Kieran Hebdan began his extensive career in 1997 producing music with folk and electronica influences, a style later dubbed “folktronica”. He held a residency, alongside Floating Points, at the legendary PlasticPeople in London from 2009-2011.

Fast-forward to today and Four Tet is best known for his techno, house, and minimal infused sets that shape his now established sound.

HoneyDijon

Honey Dijon

This Chicago native will be representing the original Chicago House sound infused with the depth of New York underground. As a veteran in the electronic music community, Honey Dijon pulls from a wide variety of musical styles including Chicago House, disco, tech-house, tribal, funk, and soul.

With her biggest inspirations come from Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, and Frankie Knuckles, Honey Dijon’s set is sure to be a fun one!

Marcel Dettmann

Marcel Dettmann

A well-known Berghain resident, Marcel Dettmann is known for his wide-ranging selection and production of heart-pounding techno. He is recognized as one of the most influential producers in modern techno with the capacity to intermix new and old. A well-respected performer in the community, Marcel also works at the legendary Hard Wax records in Berlin.

His Coachella debut and the resultant heavy techno in the desert experience is not one to miss,

Nicolas Jaar

Nicolas Jaar

A star that never stops rising, Nicolas Jaar’s live performances and most recent productions are truly unprecedented in today’s dance music world. Incorporating live instruments, real world sound samples and deep synths, Nicolas has soared to the top of underground lists with his impeccable creativity and musical genius.

Regardless of whether he will perform live or a DJ set, Nicolas Jaar will not disappoint.

Richie Hawtin

Richie Hawtin

This English-Canadian is among the most influential underground dance music artists of our time. His career began in Detroit during the early 90’s techno scene and has never stopped since. He is also known for his work under the alias Plastikman and for his ENTER. events in Ibiza and around the world. Most recently he partnered with former Allen & Heath engineer Andy Rigby-Jones and launched PLAYdifferently, a new mixer to diversify the way DJs performed.

There is no doubt that he will be using this new mixer during his first Coachella performance in four years.

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The Belleville Three

Last but certainly not least, The Belleville Three’s presence on the Coachella 2017 lineup is a testament to the Yuma Tent’s vision of representing underground dance music at what is considered to be one of the most commercial and eclectic festivals in North America and beyond. Consisting of Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson, the trio who formed an alliance after being high school friends in Belleville, Michigan and have since been considered responsible for giving birth to techno. While the three together are known to be Detroit Techno pioneers in their own right, they since split ways to begin producing individually and are only now reuniting after several years of solo career focus.

Their first Coachella gig is possibly the first stop of their 2017 tour, one you certainly do not want to miss!

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15 Back-To-Back Sets You Need To Listen To

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Recently Ben UFO expressed his feelings on the importance of back-to-back sets, attempting to tackle the criticism some have thrown at promoters and DJs alike, with claims that b2b billings are a simple marketing gimmick to sell more tickets.

While there is no doubt that interesting back-to-back pairings do catch the attention of event-goers, the words of the highly thought-of British DJ had us looking back in time at some of the best back-to-back sets ever recorded. We have selected fifteen of our favorites that we think you should definitely give a listen to!

Did we miss any? Tell us via Facebook or Twitter.

Floating Points b2b Four Tet at Final Plastic People, London – 2nd Jan 2015

 

The Black Madonna b2b Mike Servito – 23rd Jan 2016

 

Luciano b2b Richie Hawtin at Enter, Space Ibiza – 5th Sept 2015

 

Sasha b2b John Digweed at Twilo, New York City – 29th May 1999

 

Drumcell b2b Audio Injection (Cell Injection) at Berghain, Detroit – April 16th 2001

 

Speedy J b2b Chris Liebing (Collabs 3000) at Masonic Temple, Detroit – 19th Nov 2005

 

Ricardo Villalobos b2b Raresh at Kristal Glam Club, Bucharest – 31st Dec 2006

 

Lee Burridge b2b Matthew Dekay at Mamitas, Playa del Carmen – 10th Jan 2015

 

Oliver Koletzki b2b Oliver Schories at Pleinvrees Heroes, Amsterdam – 5th May 2011

 

Pete Tong b2b Eats Everything at Warehouse Project, Manchester – 16th Nov 2013

 

Stephan Bodzin b2b Marc Romboy at Running Wild, Village Underground, London- 13th Dec 2014

 

Ben Sims b2b Truncate at Corsica Studios, London – Dec 2015

 

Speedy J b2b Lucy (Zeitgeber) at Trouw, Amsterdam – 7th Dec 2013

 

Henrik Schwarz b2b Frank Wiedemann for Trouw, Amsterdam – Nov 2014

 

Ben UFO b2b Helena Hauff at Sonar, Barcelona – 17th June 2016

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Ten Fantastic DJ Quotes: Dixon, Marco Carola, Sven Väth, Maceo Plex and more

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It’s not easy to talk about electronic music, and especially so when the genres in question are house and techno, mostly instrumental and oftentimes devoid of lyrics.

The lack of vocals make it easy to get lost in a sea of technical adjectives and meaningless explanations. We should let the music do the talking, sure, but what about the producers and DJs… what do they think?

We have collected ten of our favorite DJ quotes from some of the best producers, DJs, record label owners and promoters in the game:

Ben UFO and Helena Hauff going back-to-back at Sonar, Barcelona

The Artistry of Back-To-Back Sets According to Ben UFO

Ben UFO and Helena Hauff going back-to-back at Sonar, Barcelona

Ben UFO and Helena Hauff going back-to-back at Sonar, Barcelona

Just like with plenty other heated subjects in the broad world of dance music, many are divided on the subject of back-to-back sets. In one camp are those who feel that billing two acts together is a way to sell more tickets or get more heads to a night, while on the other are those who find excitement in seeing artists play together for what they hope is a one-of-a-kind performance.

Here is my mea culpa. As an aspiring young promoter in Chicago I was guilty of booking rising Chicago acts for back-to-back sets for two distinct reasons: while I wanted to show support to both acts by giving them both playing time, I also hoped that billing them together in a slot otherwise dedicated to one DJ could increase the number of people coming out to party. Guilty as charged.

Yet, I learned something special from booking two specific artists for tandem performances more regularly than others. Despite their diverse track selection and music inclination, they would both vibe off of one another to produce sets that the crowd wouldn’t otherwise witness. But perhaps the best thing to come out of this unintentional experiment was the personal growth those acts experienced as artists in their own right, all thanks to being forced into a situation which requires sharper skills and attention as a DJ.

This past week, one of the world’s most respected men behind the decks took to his Facebook artist page to express his thoughts on the subject of back-to-backs. Ben UFO has quickly risen to up the ranks as a no-nonsense DJ with a strong reputation as one of the most accomplished track selectors in today’s electronic music scene, and all of this without resorting to producing music to make a name for himself, but rather solely letting his DJ technique speak for the true quality of his artistry as a tastemaker. The Hessle Audio boss is notorious for playing back-t0-back sets around the world, more often than not finding himself billed alongside acts he has never played with before. The result, he says, is magical and unique in its own way, “Playing this way forces you to step outside of your comfort zone, to react spontaneously to things that are outside of your control, and to maybe reassess habits of your own that familiarity can blind you to.”

He discusses the subject and mentions his upcoming ADE back-to-back performance with Hunee, “we are quite different DJs but i think our attitude is similar and im confident we’ll find an interesting path!”

Read the full post below. Let us know what you think about the subject by commenting on our Facebook or Tweeting at us!

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Music Monday: Listen to the 12hr fabric Takeover of Rinse FM ft. Ricardo Villalobos, Marcel Dettmann, Nina Kraviz & More

Rinse

Start your week proper with an entire 12 hours of top-tier underground house and techno from some of the biggest names in the international touring circuit.

This past Saturday, 3rd of September, fabric London took over Rinse FM for 12 hours as part of the current #savefabric initiative to save the club from closure. The venue is facing an official review of its license by the local Islington Council and Metropolitan Police as a result of two overdose deaths that prompted local officials to close the club indefinitely pending the aforementioned incoming review. Recently, London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has weighed in with an official statement replying to the #savefabric petition that has been doing the rounds to urge him to intervene in ensuring the club isn’t permanently shut down.

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III Points Booked LCD Soundsystem, Dixon, DJ Koze, Maya Jane Coles and more for 2016 Edition

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Miami’s III Points is returning in 2016 with a three-day lineup of top-tier electronic acts.

Taking place between October 7th and 9th, III Points is returning to Mana, Wynwood and is bringing a trio of world-acclaimed electronic groups the likes of LCD Soundsystem, M83 and Thievery Corporation. On the house side, international caliber billings include Dixon, DJ Koze, Black Coffee, DJ Tennis, Maya Jane Coles, Dusky, KiNK and Ben UFO.

Keeping things diverse, this year’s line-up features Flying Lotus, Method Man and Redman, and Ta-Ku. See the full line-up below.

The festival has announced that it will also continue with its focus on art by hosting art gallery showings, lectures and “a special virtual reality experience”

Pre-sale tickers are now available here.

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Four Tet, Ben UFO, and Andy Stott Take On Joshua Tree This Spring

four-tetFYF and Goldenvoice will bring the live sounds of Four Tet, Ben UFO, and Andy Stott to the picturesque California desert this spring. On May 7, the trio are set to play at Pappy and Harriet’s, an intimate outdoor venue located in Pioneertown on the outskirts of the famed Joshua Tree National Park. Read more

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Four Tet brings Floating Points, Ben UFO, Daphni and Madlib to LA

Four Tet

This morning the dance music community was hit with a whirlwind of announcements, including the full Lightning In a Bottle line-up and Movement Detroit’s Phase I.

Because good things perhaps come in threes, Four Tet added to the news of his Movement debut and LIB performances with the release of a unique mini-festival set to take place at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles on April 30th.

Presented together with Los Angeles based promoters FYF and Goldenvoice (who puts together Coachella), the night will feature performances by British DJ sensation Ben UFO, Daphni (Caribou’s frontman Dan Snaith), Madlib and perhaps the most acclaimed named of this stellar line-up, Floating Points. The latter caused waves of excitement with his amazing Essential Mix debut in 2015 and has been one of the most sought-after acts to catch since, especially considering the fact that he only played less than ten live sets as of December 2015. Four Tet himself will be performing, a return behind the decks in Los Angeles after his six-hour set at Lot 613 in early December.

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Tickets for the 18-and-over show are on sale now, starting at a cheap $15.

Field Trip Series: Ben UFO at La Cheetah Club

Ben UFO Flyer

For this weeks edition of the Field Trip Series we rally the troops and imagine ourselves on the next flight out to Scotland, and no…this time it’s not for an epic round of golf. Roam around Queen Street in Glasgow and you may stumble upon a very small basement like bar, known as La Cheetah Club. What it lacks in capacity, it makes up for in atmosphere and booking policy. This Friday is no exception.

This Friday December 12th, La Cheetah Club will host Ben UFO (who just came in at #7 on the Top 100 poll of 2014) alongside Spencer for a marathon night between the two. Ben UFO’s eclectic style of techno and his ability to program the entire evening should make for an incredible party in an intimate venue like this. As mentioned before, La Cheetah Club is no chump when it comes to booking serious talent for the venue. In the past they’ve hosted artists such as Mathew Jonson, Theo Parish, Moodyman, and with Ben UFO making an appearance that list keeps on growing for the small Scottish club.

We know that there are amazing parties every week, but something about an end of the year party just feels so right; especially with a proper venue such as La Cheetah. Ben UFO and Spencer taking control of the console for a marathon set in a intimate venue? Sign me up. This would be a most memorable techno field trip.