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Joel Mull: “The Most Important Thing Is To Never Forget Where You Come From”

With a career spanning almost 25 years, Joel Mull has made a name for himself as a producer and globe-trotting DJ. After all, he was one of the pioneering Swedish techno producers, in good part responsible for introducing the “Swedish techno sound” to the world.

An active and consummate professional, he has produced over 100 releases on various labels such as Dystopian, Drumcode, Truesoul, Audiomatique, Kanzleramt and Music Man. Recently in 2015, he embarked on a new venture by establishing his own label, Parabel, through which he has of course released some of his most recent tracks.

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Dustin Zahn: A Career Carved Out of Hard Work, Tenacity and Persistence

Dustin Zahn’s various biographies on the internet do not contain any particularly alluring or exciting background stories, leaving me to wonder if it’s out of choice or simply because, as one particular bio states, “there are no breakthrough moments or mentors who have taken him under their wing.”

It does not take me long though, to realize that perhaps Dustin’s story is one that simply mirrors his Midwestern upbringing: a career carved out by nearly two decades of hard work, tenacity and persistence. There is no denying that since 1998 his output in the studio and behind the decks have gained him international notoriety and respect within the techno scene and beyond, all thanks to a sound that embodies diversity and quality as its primary attributes.

Born in Wisconsin, Dustin first discovered electronic music and his love for techno in Minneapolis, where he grew up after moving as a child. Although Minneapolis’ techno history is rich, Dustin relocated to Berlin after the turn of the century to further his goals as a producer, DJ and to head his own Enemy Records imprint. He has been performing regularly at some of the most reputable clubs and festivals in the world since, with a few dark warehouses and beach parties sprinkled in between. On top of releasing on his own label he has had tracks come out on Drumcode, REK’D, CLR, Mindshake, Truesoul and more, always striving to produce and play music that is both dark and groovy, seamlessly blurring genres to create a signature, hypnotic sound that isn’t common amongst other artists. He has also launched the fantastic Train Wreck podcast, a talk-show series that sees him chat with house and techno artists from all over the world over a glass or two, discussing music industry related topics as well as more personal stories, opinions and daily-life anecdotes from the DJs and producers themselves.

On March 11th Dustin is returning to the Los Angeles underground for WORK‘s first collaboration of the year with Incognito, a warehouse affair that sees him billed with Smartbar Chicago and Oktave resident Jeff Derringer, as well as LA’s very own JIA and Gerard Not Gerald. We had a chat with him ahead of his visit to talk about what he has been up to and what lays ahead in the years to come.

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Ida Engberg Cancels Remaining 2016 Gigs To Be With Her Children

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Today Swedish producer and DJ Ida Engberg used her Facebook profile to announce that she will be canceling the remainder of her 2016 gigs to stay close to her three children.

The Drumcode artist and wife of label-boss Adam Beyer posted the news with a photo of the two playing back-to-back.

She will be missing 5 already announced shows, four of which were Drumcode branded parties at ADE on Oct 20th, in London for Halloween on Oct 29th, Motion Briston on Nov 11th and the label’s showcase at The Warehouse Project in Manchester on Nov 12th. The other gig that she will not be playing is Mayday Poland – We Love The Future on Nov 10th.

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The Power of The Sub-Label

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It takes an immense amount of dedication and passion to run a label. That’s a given. Running two labels with as much musical credibility as the parent label – now that’s a whole new process and challenge. In addition to some of our labels to watch in 2016, here is a small collection of our favorite sub-labels that are off-shoots of their esteemed parent labels.

 A sided Records

Play it Down | A Sided

Over the years Jesse Rose has flexed his musical muscles when it comes to running labels. His former label Made to Play, and current label Play it Down, are the byproducts of well curated catalogs of music focusing on the groove oriented house rhythms, with A-Sided following suit. In an homage to vinyl gems, A-Sided focuses on quality over quantity, with each release being one single, or A-side, that is destined for dance floor domination.

From releases like “Let’s Get Tight” by Dansson and “Bare Mountain” by Claude Von Stroke, A-Sided is a quality sub-label with a unique theme for electronic music.

Connect with A-Sided: Soundcloud / Twitter / Facebook / Beatport 

Adam Beyer

Drumcode | Truesoul

Most will be familiar with Adam Beyer’s dominant techno label, Drumcode, as it has risen to international stardom over the past decade. Equally impressive with slight sonic disparities is his other label, Truesoul. The label keeps a moderately techno aesthetic, but does so with noticeable differences that you won’t necessarily find on Drumcode. Since 2002 Truesoul has been going strong with continual releases from artists such as Nick Curly, Hot Since 82, Tiger Stripes, Nicole Moudaber, Joel Mull, Reset Robot, and the esteemed list goes on and on.

Connect with Truesoul: Official WebsiteSoundcloud / Twitter / Facebook / Beatport

Octopus

Octopus Black | Hydrozoa

Octopus Recordings is a label that has become synonymous with techno and nightlife culture. With Sian at the helm of the label, the brand has flourished over the years and has become an international staple for quality productions and showcases. In addition to the parent label, Octopus Recordings, Sian also has his hand in the sub-labels of Octopus Black and Hydrozoa, both fulfilling the techno ethos established by Octopus.

Octopus Black has seen releases from artists like Ramiro Lopez, Jordan Van Pol, and Eduardo de la Calle, while Hydrozoa builds it’s catalog with releases from Ashwin Khosa and a powerful release from Aardy – the rising techno star hailing from India.

Connect with Octopus Recordings: Soundcloud / Twitter / Facebook / Beatport 

Luciano

Cadenza | Cadenza Lab 

Under the guidance of Luciano, Cadenza has grown into an international power house of cutting edge electronic music. Using Cadenza as a platform he has built a large roster of fellow Vagabundos, with this ethos transcending into the sub label of Cadenza Lab. While Cadenza may have more of the “A-list” artists on the roster such as Carl Craig, Dennis Ferrer, Valentino Kanzyani, and Luciano himself, Cadenza Lab fills their roster with a widespread range of popular underground selectors. While both catalogs are full of great music, take some time to go through the Cadenza Lab releases to load up on some dance floor gems.

Connect with Cadenza: Official Website / Soundcloud / Twitter / Facebook / Beatport 

Viva Music

Viva Music | Viva Limited

Viva Music has been focused on quality house music since it got its start in 2006 by Steve Lawler. The UK based-label has a historic catalog while providing a strong platform for artists such as Cuatero, Leon, Guti, Detlef, Steve Lawler, and countless more. As impressive as Viva Music has been over the years, the sub label of Viva Limited follows right in it’s parents footsteps. Adhering to a similar aesthetic as Viva Music, the labels “limited” counter-part stays true to the massive house grooves that we’ve come to know and love. With over 50 powerful releases on Viva Limited, there’s something for everyone to enjoy

Connect with Viva Music: Official Website / Soundcloud / Beatport / Facebook / TwitterResident Advisor

Rebellion

Crosstown Rebels | Rebellion

Rebellion was born approximately eight years after the inception of it’s parent label, Crosstown Rebels, and over the years the labels catalog has been filled with quality releases from a variety of talented producers. Damian Lazarus worked wonders for Crosstown Rebels as their main A&R visionary, and the similar ethos established by Lazarus is found in Rebellion. Even as a sub-label, Rebellion has curated a strong catalog with releases from Solomun, Tim Green, SIS, Fur Coat, and many more.

Connect with Rebellion: Beatport / Resident Advisor

Fuse

Fuse London | Infuse

Enzo Siragusa and the Fuse crew have developed one of the most iconic brands in the underground music community. They’ve championed the fine art of deep tech, and their style is well reflected with the Fuse London label. When artists release on Fuse the tracks have a signature sound that can be immediately traced to the crews roots. Infuse is the off-shoot of Fuse London, and even though Infuse is only 10 releases in they’re showing incredible promise.

Connect with Fuse and Infuse: Facebook / Twitter / Soundcloud / Beatport / Resident Advisor 

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Anjunabeats | Anjunadeep

Anjunabeats has established themselves at the forefront of upbeat and melodic progressive house suited for big rooms. With Above & Beyond at the helm, the label has grown tremendously and achieved global success. Take the BPM down a couple notches and you’ll have their sub-label, Anjunadeep. The only real disparity between the two is simply the tempo and groove. Anjunadeep keeps the same melodic intricacies as Anjunabeats, but clearly is adapting with the times and tastes of the masses.

Connect with Anjunadeep: Official Website / Facebook / Twitter / Soundcloud

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Junction 2: London’s Newest Techno Festival

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As it turns out, London will enjoy a brand-new, techno-only festival. The Hydra, Drumcode, and Closer will be providing a stacked lineup for Junction 2, the first festival hosted by London Warehouse Events (LWE), often considered the UK’s finest in underground event promoters. The festival will be held on Saturday, June 4, at a never-before-used, undisclosed (in true underground fashion) Zone 4 location. The lineup is nothing short of ridiculous, featuring techno legends from every corner of the globe, including Alan Fitzpatrick, Dixon, Adam Beyer, Ide Engberg, Pan-Pot, Nina Kraviz, and a live Carl Craig set (billed as Carl Craig presents Modular Pursuits, a new alias under which he will also be performing at Movement). The event aims to blend  “green fields, rambling rivers, woodland pathways and hidden enclaves” and “striking industrial features,” according to festival organizers. Tickets for the all-day show are now available via the Junction 2 website, and the exact location will be announced in the coming months.

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Steve Rachmad’s Punchy Duo “Disturbance/Steps” on Drumcode Limited

5382-871x580The Amsterdam-based man of many faces and many talents has brought forth a punchy double number on Drumcode Limited, the vinyl-only adjunct of Adam Beyer’s label. Signed to Get Physical Recordings and Rejected with over twenty years of experience on the decks, Steve Rachmad is a kind of musical chameleon when it comes to throwing down jams ranging from disco to house to his truer than true techno alias Sterac. Read more

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VH1’s Supersonic Festival Brings Techno to Goa, India

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The VH1 Supersonic Festival hits Goa, India this December with a surprisingly heavy lineup of underground electronic music. Taking place December 27th through the 30th on one of the spectacular beaches of Goa, Supersonic Festival aims to provide a complete electronic music experience for the enthusiastic audience.

Headliners such as Axwell, Disclosure, and Nervo will undoubtedly attract the masses, but kudos to Supersonic for curating a well thought-out lineup of techno mainstays such as Drumcode power couple, Adam Beyer and Ida Engberg, India’s home-town hero, Arjun Vagale, as well as Joris Voorn, Nic Fanciulli, Luigi Madonna, Paul Ritch, and Bart Skils.

The three-day festival bash will be an exciting way for many to end 2015, and start the New Year on a memorable note.

For tickets and more information, visit the Supersonic Festival Official Website

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Techno Therapy: Sam Paganini

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Fresh off appearances at Awakenings and Guendalina in Italy, Sam Paganini will be gracing the decks with a four hour set at Exchange LA this Saturday. He’s among many artists from Italy that have developed their own signature style of groovy techno, and has developed a deep understanding of the dance floor over the years.

Throughout his career, Sam Paganini has released EP’s and albums on esteemed techno labels such as Cocoon Recordings, Drumcode, and Octopus Records, and to honor his trip to Los Angeles we’ve picked three various releases from his techno catalog.

Enjoy the mid-week grooves and make sure to catch his extended set at Exchange LA this Saturday, July 18th.

Guestlist + Tickets: Sam Paganini at Exchange LA
Sam Paganini: Facebook | Resident Advisor

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Sam Paganini – Labyrinth (Original Mix)

Labyrinth is a heady techno groover that found it’s way onto Cocoon Recording’s Compilation N. Sam Paganini elevates his creative and technical ability in Labyrinth and achieves electronic complexities that keep the mind and body locked in. The groove often associated with his Drumcode releases are the perfect compliment to the distorted chords that occupy the arrangement.

Released: September 8th, 2014
Purchase: Beatport

ChocolateSam Paganini – Chocolate (Original Mix)

In addition to being a regular on Cocoon, Sam Paganini has also found a welcoming home on Drumcode with groovy mainroom techno being his specialty. Chocolate gives us some insight into his sound as a Drumcode artist, showing his tight control over the various elements within the track. Even with a dominant groove Sam Paganini still recognizes the subtleties that make the track a cohesive arrangement.

Released: October 14th, 2013
Purchase: Beatport

OctopusSian – Famous Child Actor (Sam Paganini Remix)

Sam Paganini stepped up to the plate to deliver this remix for Octopus Records head honcho, Sian. Like he does so well, Famous Child Actor is a serious slab of groovy techno. It chugs along at a steady pace while continually layering and evolving into a mainroom weapon. Essentially…it’s the track that would be best served up on the Space Terrace during a Drumcode marathon, but hearing it on the Funktion One at Exchange LA is not a bad alternative.

Released: May 6th, 2013
Purchase: Beatport

Techno Therapy: Trus’me – I Want You (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix)

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Alan Fitzpatrick is a household name amongst the techno community. With high energy marathon sets, world tours, and a vast production catalog he has risen to the top of the underground scene. Today’s dose of Techno Therapy is his floor-filling remix of Trus’me – I Want You.

This is one of those tracks that is getting heavy play from a wide variety of DJ’s. From Noir playing it at Loveland during ADE to Fitpatrick hammering it out in his own sets, the track has already gained traction in the playlists and dance floors worldwide.

The remix has everything you would hope for with Alan Fitzpatrick on remix duty. For starters, the low end and kick are enough to shift the party into another gear. Add in some tight closed hats with a vocal that literally hits “deep inside of you”, and you have the recipe for a heavy dance floor track. The track takes on serious club room vibes when the synth line comes splashing in and continues to push the limits of the dance floor. Needless to say, this is another bomb from Fitzpatrick, and is just what the doctor ordered for this week’s Techno Therapy.

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Maceo Plex – Conjure Infinity EP

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Maceo Plex aka Maetrik, just announced that he will be releasing his last and final chapter of the  Conjure series:  Conjure Infinity.  Leading up to this EP, Maceo Plex has taken us on a journey through Conjure One, Conjure Two, and also Conjure Superstar.  The Conjure series have been released so far on labels like Ellum, Minus, and Kompakt.  However, the final EP is set to release on Dec. 15th, 2014 on Adam Beyer’s epic techno label, Drumcode.  Without a doubt, we can expect some quality, bangin, face melting, techno from Maceo Plex.  What’s your favorite Conjure release?

Check out the links below for a few clips from the upcoming EP on his Soundcloud page: