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5 Performances Not To Miss During Awakenings’ 20th Anniversary

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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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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!

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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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Win Tickets To Cosmo Festival NYE/NYD in Rome ft. Âme, Chris Liebing, Nina Kraviz, Joseph Capriati & more

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Planning to ring in 2017 in the Eternal City? You definitely should if Cosmo Festival’s massive lineup in Rome is anything to go by.

The giant Italian promoters have announced a NYE/NYD party worthy of the big occasion. Starting at 8pm on December 31st and ending at 4am on January 2nd, Cosmo Festival will take place across four different indoor venues, all within 100 meters walking distance from one another. Attendees will of course have access to all four spaces throughout the duration of the event.

Scheduled to perform are heavyweights the likes of Âme (Live), Monoloc, Chris Liebing, Joseph Capriati, Loco Dice, Nina Kraviz, Pan-Pot, Avalon EmersonLuca Ballerini, Ilario Alicante and Massimiliano Troiani. Check out the video from last year’s edition for an idea of what to expect from what is undoubtedly one of the biggest NYE parties in the whole of Europe.

We are giving you the chance of being one of the 10,000 in attendance at Cosmo Festival. How? Simply follow the instructions in the widget below. The winner will be selected and announced at noon on Thursday, October 20th.

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Chris Liebling, of the Traktor Cookery collective, poses for a portrait with his assistant at Red Bull Guest House in Miami, FL, USA on 27 March, 2015.

Discover Five DJs That Have Said “No” to Eating Meat

 

It is no secret that traveling takes a lot of energy out of touring DJs. Jet lag, lack of sleep, after-parties, airport delays and hours spent on planes definitely do not help, so it comes as no surprise that artists need to ensure they are well fed throughout their tours.

Yet, despite the often lackluster options of airport or plane food, there’s a selection of world-touring DJs who have not only continued to say “no” to meat and other animal products, but have provided useful tips on how to live on the road while maintaining a vegan or vegetarian diet.

It appears that the darkness of techno has no bearing on one’s dietary choices. In fact, our selection of five outspoken vegetarian/vegan DJs includes not one but three CLR recording artists.

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Can’t Make It to Space Ibiza to Say Goodbye to Carl Cox? BE-AT.TV Will Live Stream It For You!

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Thousands of dance music fans are planning to make the trek to Ibiza this summer to pay homage to one of the scene’s greatest, Carl Cox, as he embarks on the final Music Is Revolution journey of his career before Space Ibiza is turned over to the group that owns Ushuaïa across the street.

Although the Intec Digital boss has announced his desire to continue playing on the island as a guest DJ, 2016 truly marks the end of an era with the Final Chapter becoming one of the hottest nights of the entire season. While many will be visiting the Space dance floor during one of the 15 Tuesday dates planned for the next coming months, thousands of others won’t be able to make the farewell celebrations.

It is for exactly this reason that live streaming service BE-AT.TV has jumped in to provide coverage of the entire 15-week season, bringing you two rooms direct from Space Ibiza every Tuesday, all night long.

Undoubtedly, Carl himself will be the main event of each party and live stream, but as a bonus this year’s final Music Is Revolution lineup is the residency’s largest yet, with the world’s biggest underground DJs paying their respects to the big man each week with their own unique take on house and techno. You will be able to see some of the industry’s best name in action from the comfort of your home or office, no matter where you are in the world: Luciano, Chris Liebing, John Digweed, Nic Fanciulli, Sasha, Adam Beyer b2b Ida Engberg, Joseph Capriati, Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber, Pan-Pot, Kerri Chandler, Loco Dice, Carl Craig, Nina Kraviz, Marco Carola, Matthias Tanzmann, Joris Voorn, Josh Wink, Monika Kruse, Marco Bailey, Danny Tenaglia, Francois K, Masters At Work, Yousef, Kölsch, Tania Vulcano, Cirez D, Guy J, James Lavelle, Cirez D, Carlo Lio, Julio Bashmore, Catz N Dogz, Davide Squillace, Hot Since 82, Deetron, tINI and DJ Sneak are all scheduled to play.

Things will start off on Tuesday June 14th, with the closing party scheduled for September 20th. Simply tune in at www.BE-AT.TV and enjoy the music! Although streaming lineups for the entire season aren’t released yet, below is the list of artists confirmed to be featured in the first three weeks:

Week 1
Carl Cox
Luciano
Cristian Varela
Matthias Tanzmann
Michel De Hey
B. Traits
Week 2
Carl Cox
Jon Rundell
Uner
Guti (Live)
Danny Howells
Week 3
Carl Cox
Monika Kruse
Marco Bailey
Ben Pearce
DJ Vibe
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Gregor Tresher, Len Faki, Robert Hood, Premiesku and more to play Hyte Ibiza at Amnesia

Photo by Pablo Bustos Photography

Photo by Pablo Bustos Photography

Wednesday nights at Amnesia Ibiza have been Hyte territory since last summer, when the techno-centered residency first landed on the island with bang. While in 2015 the residency was spearheaded by Loco Dice and Maceo Plex, this year the latter has left and launched his own debut Mosaic residency at Pacha Ibiza. Loco Dice will continue to head Hyte with appearances at all except three nights throughout the entire summer.

The 16-week party series will begin on June 1st with a pre-opening party before officially starting on June 29th and ending on October 5th. The roster of talent is deep, with a total of 42 artists set to perform. Others regularly playing the Wednesday night party include Chris Liebing (12 nights), Pan-Pot (11 nights) and Enzo Siragusa who is bringing his Fuse imprint to the Club room on four nights throughout the residency.

Photo by Pablo Bustos Photography

Photo by Pablo Bustos Photography

Some of the most illustrious guests visiting the club include Robert Hood who will play twice as Floorplan; Henrik Schwarz who is playing three times solo and once as one-half of Schwarzmann in September ; Gregor Tresher on July 6th; Premiesku with two separate dates; and finally the likes of Len Faki, Maya Jane Coles, Caribou and DJ Harvey all playing once.

This summer, Hyte is promoting a “Yes To All” mentality of inclusion, hoping to bring together a mix of club-goers who enjoy big room techno, tech house and house alike. They will also be hosting 5 after-hours event at Cova Santa, set for June 1st, July 27th, August 10th, August 17th and September 28th. Lineups are still TBA but will likely feature artists that played Amnesia the night before. You can find the full Hyte roster below or through RA’s promoter page.

Hyte Lineup

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Richie Hawtin Finally Unveils PLAYdifferently’s Model 1 Mixer

Richie Hawtin, his father and Andy Riby-Jones before the unveiling of PLAYdifferently's Model 1. Photo courtesy of Richie Hawtin via Instagram

Richie Hawtin, his father and Andy Riby-Jones before the unveiling of PLAYdifferently’s Model 1. Photo courtesy of Richie Hawtin via Instagram

After years of work and months of promotion and road testing, Richie Hawtin has now fully unveiled the Model 1 mixer of his PLAYdifferently line. Previously, fans and DJ technology buffs had only seen partial pictures of the hardware that didn’t reveal much.

The mixer is now officially launched and available for pre-order on PLAYdifferently’s website for £2500 plus £50 flat rate shipping word wide. Orders will be shipping after June 30th. The official launch event will occur via live stream later today, courtesy of Boiler Room Berlin. Read more

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EDC NY Line-up Includes Chris Liebing, Hot Since 82, Mind Against and More

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Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival is always an eclectic affair, and while the line-ups are definitely EDM-heavy, Pasquale Rotella and his team have always found space to give their fans some techno and house.

This year’s New York edition will take place on May 14th and 15th at Citi Field. Insomniac just released the complete line-up for 2016 and it includes some heavyweights of the current “underground” scene.

First up, in alphabetical order, is CLR boss Chris Liebing, a New York City favorite who is bound to bring a darker side of techno to the festival. Chicago’s Green Velvet, a regular Insomniac guest DJ, will also be making an appearance as will Hannah Wants.

Hot Since 82 is set to bring his Knee Deep in Sound brand to New York, possibly as the head of a stage showcase, as is Nicole Moudaber with Moodzone. New York’s very own Lauren Lane and The Martinez Brothers will also be performing, joined by Life & Death’s Mind AgainstPaco Osuna, and Technasia.

Last year’s edition included illustrious names in techno and house such as Carl Cox, Art Department, Joseph Capriati, John Digweed, Luciano, Âme and Dixon.

Tier 1 tickets have already sold out. Tier 2 is currently on sale for $229 plus fees – layaway options are also available. See the full line-up below.

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TIME WARP Returns To New York – PHASE ONE LINEUP ANNOUNCED

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Time Warp, the ultimate techno festival, is coming back to New York after making an iconic debut last year at the 39th Street Pier. This year, they will be hosting the weekend marathon event at the historic Bedford Armory, a 108 year old historic monument, in Brooklyn from November 20-21. The two floor, 138,000 sq. ft castle is the perfect venue for what techno legend and Time Warp staple Sven Väth dubbed “the best indoor event on this planet.

Phase one line up has also been confirmed by Time Warp featuring Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, Joseph Capriati , Chris Liebing and many more to be announced soon.  Time Warp has built its reputation by fusing dark, dance floor aligned techno with visceral custom stage production and lighting that is comparable to none making this the most anticipated parties of year. 

 “Our mission is to make people dance and we’re delighted to do that again in NYC” – Steffen Charles, Time Warp founder

 Over the years the global event has become well-known as the meeting place between a festival and warehouse party. Built by artist collectives, technicians, and interdisciplinary creatives from all over the world, the “Signature Floors” such as the Cave 1.0 and 2.0 are large-scale installations which transport visitors through various optical worlds. The space transforms from a cavernous ice cave to an menacing inferno depending on the colors and rhythms of more than 400 lamps and lasers.

Time Warp’s organizers Cosmopop (Sonus Festival in Croatia, Love Family Park and Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival in Germany) are joining forces with world-renowned festival promoter ID&T and New York’s TCE.

Tickets for Time Warp US are on sale via private presale. Fans must register to get a unique access code that will allow them to participate. (guaranteed best prices and a very limited supply).

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Event Roundup: CNTRL LA

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Richie Hawtin‘s CNTRL tour brought a new kind of event to college students across the country, hitting 8 campuses in 10 days (quite an impressive feat considering the distance between cities). However, this was not your typical “college tour” –  CNTRL featured lectures and equipment demos from the man himself, several other artists, and some of the industry’s leading tech companies (followed, of course, by  amazing afterparties). We were lucky enough to make it to the both the UCLA event and the afterparty this past Saturday, and here’s our comprehensive breakdown of the weekends events.

Co-hosted by UCLA’s EDMC (as well as its extremely helpful and dedicated staff) and Music Industry Program, the UCLA CNTRL event was held in the Jan Popper Theater at the Herb Alpert School Of Music. The room was packed without an empty seat. It was truly amazing to see students lined up all the way around the building for a techno-related event, eager to further explore the intellectual side of techno with some of the genres brightest minds. Across the hall from the theater was the tech marketplace, where some of the top companies in the music tech industry brought an arsenal of gear and software for anybody to use, and naturally we took advantage of this.

Photo Cred - Nolan Isozaki/UCLA EDMC

Photo Courtesy Of – Nolan Isozaki/UCLA EDMC

Native Instruments came with a number of controllers, most notably the D2 and the S8, along with several laptops running Traktor software. Richie Hawtin has been a long-time public supporter of the Berlin-based company, and over the years Native Instruments has grown from a software company to a dominant force in all sectors of the electronic music technology market, including DAW software, plugins, hardware, DJ gear, controllers, and much more. Point Blank, one of the world’s leading schools for electronic music production made a special appearance at both the tech marketplace and the lecture, participating in Hawtin’s discussions of technique, experimentation, learning, and training. Joined by Victor Calderone, Chris Liebing, Ean Golden, and singer Grimes, Hawtin gave an insightful lecture accompanied by a demonstration of several elements of his live performance setup in a masterclass hosted by Point Blank. All of the other artists got to weigh in as well; after the lecture, they opened the room for questions, and people lined up to say hello afterward.

The Lecture

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CNTRL/Point Blank Masterclass w/ Richie Hawtin

The lecture opened with a discussion of live performance in dance music and injecting human feel into otherwise mechanical grooves. Using a TR-8, Ableton Push, and Traktor with a variety of Native Instruments controllers, Richie Hawtin demonstrated a number of live performance techniques he has developed over the years. He stressed the importance of breaking the monotony of 8 and 16 bar loops over and over again, adding that the best way to get lost in the groove is when it is ambiguous which bar is the beginning of the phrase; Richie does this by using obscure loop lengths, bringing new elements in at unexpected moments, and making endless variations on relatively simple material. His workflow, he explained, does not involve digitally syncing Ableton and Traktor, which he avoids for two reasons: first and foremost, differing latencies between the computer programs can cause the musical elements to get out of time with each other. This can be avoided by “beatmatching” the programs by “nudging.” Additionally, not syncing allows him to be free from the monotony that syncing requires; tempos can be adjusted in one program while the other remains independent.

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“The time you spend in the studio is never wasted time, even those days when you’re uninspired.” – Richie Hawtin, CNTRL LA

While the lecture demonstration featured software and hardware, Richie also discussed the role of playing records in a live set, noting that DJ and Live sets don’t have to be mutually exclusive. He adds that the DJ is responsible for creating what he calls the “third record”; this metaphorical record is created when a DJ assembles a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. This can be done by blending records, layering instruments/drum machines, sampling, looping, tweaking FX, and more; he adds that historically, EQ has played an enormous part in the creation of this third record. Often, DJs will crank the highs all the way up for a few bars, creating a sharp, crispy slap, or kill the bass to create a type of low-end vacuum. When the knobs are tweaked, the crowd experiences new musical elements that are not present in the original record.

After the demonstration of live techniques, Richie talked about playing around and figuring out how the gear works since they didn’t have manuals for the used gear they bought back in the day and had no idea how to use it – they had to blaze their own trails with the technology, and that forced them to spend massive amounts of time experimenting with the gear.

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Photo Courtesy Of – Nolan Isozaki/UCLA EDMC

Finally, the floor was opened for questions, and virtually every hand was in the air. One student asked about the place of experimentation, and Richie explained that he is driven by what feels right inside of him, and will continue to do so, experimenting when he feels so inclined. However, he emphasized that while experimentation and innovation are important, they should only be done in an authentic manner that doesn’t betray one’s artistic essence and alienate. This led to an intriguing dialog between Richie and friends about authenticity in music; the consensus was that all that matters is making music that feels right to you. As Victor Calderone pointed out, it’s easier and faster to make music that comes from inside your heart.

Another student asked about promoting oneself as an artist and how to find a label; Richie dismissed the notion that you need a label to get started with your career, noting that the most important thing was enthusiasm and support from your friends. As he told us, if one person in the room produced a track and every person in the room shared it on their social media, that would get the ball rolling. Long-hailed as the king of minimal techno, Hawtin comes from a DIY underground culture, and he explained that a lot of whathe did marketing-wise was just trial and error, just it was when he was learning how to use the equipment he has come to master.

Tech Marketplace

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Photo Courtesy Of – Nolan Isozaki/UCLA EDMC

The tech marketplace opened at 2:00, 2 hours before the lecture, and remained open during and after the lecture. I began at the Roland booth, where they had set up a number of AIRA instruments, including the TR-8, TB-3, VT-3, MX-1, and System-1. With 5 machines and 5 pairs of headphones, it was evident that a proper jam session was in order – I rounded up a few students and we just started playing around. Next was Subpac, a unique “Tactile Bass System” designed to provide low end enhancement in instances when a subwoofer is unavailable or unpractical, and can either be fastened to a chair or worn on the back. In addition to being well-suited for studio use, this product is an amazing option for DJs as it makes beatmatching a breeze.

 

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Photo Courtesy Of – Nolan Isozaki/UCLA EDMC

Pioneer, a company that needs no introduction, was there in full force to promote their CJDs, controllers, speakers, and new rekordbox update. The booth was packed all day, as dozens of DJs went B2B with friends and strangers alike, and their staff were very helpful, teaching a number of younger students how to use the gear. One of the most iconic brands in the DJ industry, the Pioneer booth was the first stop for many attendees at the tech fair. The last booth we were able to check out was Splice, a free service for artists and producers designed to facilitate musical collaboration; essentially, you sync project files, presets, and samples to a cloud, and they can be shared via the website for collaboration with producers around the world. Projects can be shared as open, public, private, or secret collaborations, and major artists such as Richie Hawtin, Daft Punk, and Skrillex have used the service. Supported DAWs include Ableton, FL Studio, Logic, and Garageband, although they are currently taking requests for new software to include.

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 The After Party

After the CNTRL event at UCLA was over, we made our way to the afterparty, hosted by Insomniac Events. It had already been a long day of excitement, but we knew things would be getting even more exciting. The Hollywood Palladium was perfect for the event, large enough to comfortably accommodate the crowd and without a bad view in the house. The show, with performances by Lee K, Ean Golden, Victor Calderone, Richie Hawtin, and Chris Liebing was seven hours of techno heaven. Lee K got things started nicely weaving between smooth house cuts, with a highlight being the tropical flows of Supernova’s edit of the classic Beat Me Back.  Ean Golden kept the crowd warmed up on some nice vibey grooves and started picking up the pace with the well known Radio Slave anthem, Don’t Stop No Sleep. For a warm up set the Radio Slave track seemed a bit out of place, but Ean was quick to re-calibrate the vibe setting it up appropriately before Victor threw down some chunky tech-house fire.

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Victor Calderone getting the crowd ready for Richie.

 

As Victor stepped away from the booth, Richie tapped in with some minimal bliss, hypnotizing us in a sea of rolling basslines and glitchy percussion. No real point in attempting to ID any tracks as it was a master-class in beats and technology. Arguably the best part of Richie Hawtin’s set was the final twenty minutes where he slowed the pace down and crafted cerebral minimal textures to a welcoming crowd. To end, Chris Liebing kicked the energy up to a whole new level, delivering a barrage of heavy thumpers all the way to 4AM closing time. Unfortunately it appeared as if tiredness kicked in as the crowd was not as energetic as they could have been during the massive techno display that Liebing put on. That being said, any fan of CLR and techno would have had a great time during his set…perhaps it was just a little much for some of the fresh crowd.

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Looking back on the event and the tour in general, it is safe to say that CNTRL was an enormous success; the UCLA event saw a a tremendous student turnout, although it drew a great deal of fans of all ages. Families, children, students, and adults came together, united by a love of music and technology, and we can only hope that the future will hold more events like this one. Although much of mainstream society doesn’t know it, Techno is and has always been an intellectual phenomenon, and it’s great to see these kinds of innovative presentations embraced by the academic community.