Awakenings Announces Easter Special Lineups for 2018

This coming year Awakenings will celebrate Easter with four editions of its iconic events from March 29 to April 1, including the special daytime show on Easter Sunday April 1. The venue, as always, will be at the Gashouder on the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam.

The Easter special will kick off on Thursday, March 29 with the Adam & Joseph Special. Adam Beyer and Joseph Capriati will also take up position behind the turntables, as will Luigi Madonna and Roberto Capuano.

Ben Klock & Marcel Dettmann will be featured on day 2 during the Good Friday Special. Chris Liebing, Rødhåd and Kobosil will also be part of the lineup, making this one of the most-anticipated high-octane techno events of the whole series.

Joris Voorn, Kolsch, Pan-Pot, Konstantin and Prunk & Chris Stussy will be taking the stage for the Easter Special by Night on Saturday, March 31.

Finally, on Easter Sunday, the Special by Day will take place. From noon onward doors will be open for Sven Väth, Dubfire, Ilario Alicante, Sam Paganini, Monika Kruse and 2000andOne to perform some great tracks for the crowd.

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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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Drumcode and Mary Go Wild Team Up for ADE Pop-Up Including Surprise Sets, Official Merch and Artist Meet-Ups

Adam Beyer’s Drumcode label will be collaborating with Mary Go Wild for a special pop-up shop experience that will allow the imprint’s fans to get close-up-and-personal with some of its leading artists, all the while enjoying some great surprises including Drumcode x Amsterdam special edition merch, live sets, autograph signing sessions and more.

The event will take place on Thursday, October 19th, during Amsterdam Dance Event week. You can drop by for some (free) afternoon ADE vibes. Unannounced signing sessions will take place throughout the day, and rumor has it there’s a secret little Basement Rave going on next door… Keep an eye out on both the brands socials (@drumcoderecords and @maygowildnl) to find out details and times of the activations on the day of.

Here are some things you can expect:

  • Special Drumcode x Amsterdam limited edition t-shirt, designed in our Mary Go Wild basement
  • Official Drumcode t-shirts and sweaters
  • Full backstock catalog of Drumcode vinyl releases
  • Cold drinks provided by our friends at Kornuit
  • Unannounced signing sessions
  • Basement Rave madness going on right next door…

As specified by both the label and Mary Go Wild, the Drumcode merchandise involved in the pop-up is exclusively available at Mary Go Wild, Zeedijk Amsterdam for a limited time only. It is only available offline during Amsterdam Dance Event in limited stock, so don’t miss out.

You can pre-order the limited edition Drumcode x Amsterdam t-shirt HERE.


ADE Thu 12:00 – ADE Sat 20:00, Mary Go Wild

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Marco Faraone: The 5 Hottest Records in My Bag

Marco Faraone is a prolific and versatile producer whose incendiary live sets have earned him the attention of all the right people.

Hailing from Tuscany, Italy, Faraone has developed a worldwide reputation as an extremely skilled producer, with releases ranging from the warm analogue house grooves of his most recent Moon Harbour EP ‘Next Level’, to the relentless, hypnotic techno of his latest EP for On Edge Society, ‘Black Air’. It’s thanks to this versatility that Faraone has released on so many respected labels in a relatively short period of time – Drumcode, Desolat, Be As One, Sci+Tec, Moda Black, Holic Trax, Get Physical and Truesoul have all provided a home for Faraone’s productions.

Faraone is just as a busy as a DJ, with his popularity back home in Italy plain to see for everyone, thanks to a 3 year residency and counting under his belt at the famed Tenax club in Florence and gigs literally all around the world, including some of the most coveted clubs and festival stages.

More recently Marco Faraone has contributed a wickedly atmospheric track called “Desert Crash” to Drumcode’s latest A-Sides Vol.6 compilation, which is available for purchase via Beatport.

In light of the recent compilation, and summer gigs at Music On, Tomorrowland and Elrow, amongst many others, we had a chat with Marco and asked him to share the current 5 hottest tracks in his record bag.

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Digging Deeper with Kevin Over

Although only 25 years old, Kevin Over is an old music soul in a young man’s body. He’s been obsessively collecting music since he was 13, cutting his teeth at Important Records, the store in Essen, Germany, co-owned by Vladimir Ivkovic, who he rates as his biggest earlier influencer/educator. That comes to no surprise to anyone who knows Ivkovic, manager at Desolat and a Dekmantel regular, among other things.

Kevin Over’s major breakthrough came in early 2015 when the stunning Retrovision EP dropped on Noir Music. Detroit legend Stacey Pullen licensed his stunning “2002” for his well- received Balance 028 compilation, and the warmth of the ‘90s embosses the artist’s musical output, as Kevin creates rough-edged, groove-ridden dance floor weapons that appeal to house and techno heads.

Over the ensuing years, he’s made it his mission to learn and dissect 20 years of music culture and channel it into his productions. His music is a sample heavy brand of house and techno, which draws on garage, funk, soul and disco influences – everyone from Roy Ayres and Funk D’void to The Streets.

You can really feel all these influences in the new Back to Back release for mobilee, an ‘album’ of original tracks, remixes and Kevin’s own tracks remixed by his favorite artists such as Soulphiction, Jacob Korn and Marquis Hawkes.

6AM had a chance to talk with Kevin extensively in occasion of this most recent release, which can be purchased via Beatport.

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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.

The Power of The Sub-Label


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 

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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 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 


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


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 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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