Posts

Toronto’s Electric Island Announces 2017 Season Lineup with Sven Väth, Maceo Plex, Dixon, Nina Kraviz and Ben Klock

Celebrating five years this upcoming season, Toronto’s Electric Island is going all out to celebrate a milestone that has seen the event series grow to one of the most respected techno and house brands in North America.

Read more

Win Tickets to Movement Detroit’s Official Afterparty with Seth Troxler b2b Dixon All Night Long

On Sunday May 28th Paradigm Presents and Paxahau will join forces for a Leland City Club take-over, hosting an official Movement Detroit afterparty in the upstairs room that will see Seth Troxler and Innervisions boss Dixon go back-to-back from club opening time to close.

We have teamed up with Paradigm Presents to give you the chance to win two GA tickets to the night, which is now SOLD OUT. To enter, simply follow the instructions in the widget below. The winner will be selected at noon PST on May 19th.

Read more

Paradigm Presents Announces Dixon b2b Seth Troxler Open-To-Close Movement After-Party

The Paradigm Presents crew is taking over Leland City Club once more this coming Movement Detroit weekend, with a special edition of their Motorcity Madness series taking place on Sunday, May 28th.

For the occasion, the upstairs section of the historic venue will be taken over entirely by two heavyweights of the techno and house music scene. The artists in question? None other than Detroit-raised Seth Troxler and Innervisions boss Dixon.

The two will join forces for a never-done-before back-to-back set from club opening time until the music cuts off in the early hours of the morning. Knowing how Detroit gets down during Movement weekend this will be the perfect opportunity for those with enough energy to waltz into a cab and make it on time for Old Miami’s doors opening at 7AM for the iconic Need I Say More day party.

Tickets are available via Ticketfly.

If you found this article interesting, sign up for our newsletter to learn more and to stay up to date with 6AM’s news and features on the world of electronic music.

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.

belleville three

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!

If you found this article interesting, sign up for our newsletter to learn more and to stay up to date with 6AM’s news and features on the world of electronic music.

Watch a Mini-Documentary Featuring Dixon and Âme’s Innervisions Imprint

Ame Dixon

Smirnoff Sound Collective is giving fans an exclusive look into one of the most respected labels in the underground dance music world: Innervisions.

The German label, co-founded by Steffen Berkhahn, a.k.a Dixon, and Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann of Âme, has been paving the way as one of the most respected imprints in the world thanks to signature dreamy and mesmerizing releases from some of the most respected producers in the scene.

The mini-documentary features some exclusive footage including from Amsterdam’s Woodstock ’69 where Dixon and Âme performed b2b all day, Wiedemann diving into the label’s work and chilling with label newcomer Aera at the office in Berlin, as well as discussions on how to run a label of success such as Innervisions. The information revealed is particularly interesting for a label that counts three major producers and DJs at the helm, but it does a great job in describing how compromising and finding common ground has been key in pushing Innervisions to high levels of success in the 11 years of its existence.

The documentary comes following a recent revelation, via Dixon’s take-over of Resident Advisor’s Instagram, that fans can expect forthcoming albums from Âme and Schwarzmann in 2017.

Watch the documentary below.

Connect with Innervisions: Discogs | Resident Advisor | Facebook | Twitter

Connect with Dixon: Resident Advisor | FacebookInstagram

Connect with Âme: Resident Advisor | Facebook

Win a Ticket to Diversion: Dixon, KiNK, Danny Daze and more in Los Angeles

Diversion 1

This upcoming Sunday, 9th of October, a new day party named Diversion lands in the warm streets of Los Angeles.

Presented by the curators behind Prototype LA and co-hosted by Culprit and Making Shapes, Diversion is an open-air block party in the Arts District of of the metropolis. The organizers will utilize the block of Imperial Street as well as the entire Lot 613 complex to create a unique urban space for dance music aficionados to enjoy cutting-edge talent in an outdoor setting filled with Southern Californian sunshine and fresh air.

The lineup includes Dixon, KiNK (LIVE), Danny Daze, Weval (LIVE), Droog, and Jeniluv, all set to perform on the main Imperial Street stage. The local LA scene will be well-represented by a series of house acts inside of Lot 613 including Cooper Saver b2b Jen Ferrer (Far Away), Matt Damon (Damon Eliza Palermo [100% silk] & Matt McDermott [States of Being]), Benedek b2b Jamma Dee (Peoples Potential Unlimited, Leaving Records, Arcane). The Springs, an entirely organic and vegan restaurant in the vicinity of Lot 613, will also be hosting an ambient lounge with Matthewdavid (Leaving Records, Brainfeeder) DJing and Earthen Sea (Lovers Rock, Other People) playing live.

RSVP to the Facebook event for full info. Tickets are available for purchase via Resident Advisor.

You can enter win a ticket to the 21+ event via our giveaway below. The winner will be selected and announced at noon on Thursday, October 6th.

Please note: If you are having difficulty opening/entering this contest via cell phone, try the following:

    1. Open this link directly on Safari or another designated web browser (not through the FB or Twitter apps)
    2. If the above fails, try via desktop computer.

Win a Ticket to Diversion: Dixon, KiNK, Danny Daze and more in Los Angeles (Contest on Hive.co)

Electric Island Toronto Concludes 2016 Season with a 2 Day Showcase

EIToronto3
Torontos’ electronic music picnic and concert series, Electric Island, is set to conclude this Labor Day weekend.  For the first time since its 2013 inception, Electric Island will be spread across two days on Sept. 4th and 5th. The closing weekend will feature an array of acts from the likes of Dixon, Âme (LIVE), Get Real (Green Velvet b2b Claude Von Stroke), Loco Dice, Fatima Yamaha, Nicole Moudaber, Bicep, Guy J, and Justin Martin blending across a series of House and Techno with a splash of Electronic Pop to keep attendees on their toes.

Following the massive success from The Civic Holiday weekend in early August that drew well over 6,000 music lovers and making it one of the most memorable series to date. It is safe to say that the momentum will only carry forward into this weekend as local and international festival-goers will come to celebrate the rise of Toronto’s House & Techno scene, much thanks to the organizer’s relentless effort to push forward on this vision and making the city a bucket list destination for music travelers from around the world for many years to come.

Toronto is a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic CN Tower. The city also has many green spaces, from the orderly oval of Queen’s Park to 400-acre High Park and its trails, sports facilities and zoo. Toronto is also known for their great local dining options and outdoor/indoor farmer’s market style such as the St. Lawrence Market. You can be sure we’ll be arriving there a few days early to soak up the city vibe before making our way to Queen’s Quay for the closing weekend of Electric Island 2016.

For tickets, travel info, and more please visit the official Electric Island website.

Official Line up by day

September 4th Line Up: Day 1
Get Real: Green Velvet & Claude VonStroke
Nicole Moudaber
Justin Martin
Bicep
Alberto Jossue / Members Only

September 5th Line Up: Day 2
Loco Dice
Dixon
Ame [Live]
Fatima Yamaha [Live]
Jamie Kidd / Simon Jain / Night Vision

EIToronto-Day1+2

 

Larry Heard Mixes Rebirth 10 For Record Label Anniversary

The Rebirth 10 release by Larry Heard aka Mr. Fingers marks the 10th anniversary for the Italian Rebirth Label. This 2 CD special compilation, selected and mixed by Larry, includes key releases from the first 10 years of the label plus unreleased tracks. The release features artists like Agoria, Butch, Marc Romboy, Joey Negro, Blondish and remixes by Motor City Drum Ensemble, Deetron, Dixon, Henrik Schwarz, Nic Fanciulli, Radio Slave, Tensnake, and Ripperton to name a few.

Rebirth Records, established by Daniele ‘Shield’ Contrini in 2006, has surely matured over the years into one of the most respected independent Italian labels. When discussing the release Shield said, “The philosophy behind the label finds its roots in the past, building a link between the soul of a song and the warmth of a melody then combining them with a contemporary sound. I’m always looking for something timeless, something that I can imagine to still listen to in 20 or 40 years time. Who better than Larry Heard could do it for us? He delivered a mix that embodies the soul and the different facets of the label. Larry, as well as having remixed three songs for the label, is among the producers who had written the history of a musical genre and one of the names who most have influenced our music. The cover of the CD is designed by Emil Schult, who has created some special images for the occasion. Visiting him in his studio in Dusseldorf and breathing his Kraftwerk experience has been an unforgettable moment. I’m really pleased they both agreed to work on this project.”

The release has 49 tracks in total, spanning over two hours of timeless sounds. It is available on Beatport for $21.99; listen and purchase it here.

Âme and Schwarzmann Are Set to Release Albums on Innervisions in 2017

Innervisions Label

Dixon took over Resident Advisor’s Instagram account to dive a little into Innervisions’ plans for the coming year, informing the electronic music world that followers of the label can expect forthcoming albums from Âme and Schwarzmann.

Specifically, Steffen Berkhahn posted the below photo to the Instagram profile showing him alongside Henrik Schwarz and Âme’s Frank Wiedemann in the label’s Berlin studio. The accompanying caption tells the full story here, “Best Thursday morning in a looooooooong time. In our Studio with Henrik and Frank. Listening to bits & pieces of the new LPs from Ame & Schwarzmann. 2017 is going be incredible.”

Dixon is taking over RA’s Instagram channel for the entire week. Follow his posts there for further possible updates on his and the label’s world.

 

Connect with Innervisions: Discogs | Resident Advisor | Facebook | Twitter

Connect with Dixon: Resident Advisor | FacebookInstagram

Connect with Henrik Schwarz: Resident Advisor | Facebook | Twitter

Connect with Âme: Resident Advisor | Facebook

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

IIIPOiints 1

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.

IIIPoints

Connect with III Points: Online | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram