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Celebrate Black History Month with These Iconic DJ’s

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Note: Originally published in February of 2016, this article is being republished as applicable still in 2017, in honor of the amazing never-ending list of iconic DJs that have graced our scene with their illustrious art and careers.

Since the beginning of time there have been countless individuals who helped shape the music landscape. In honor of Black History Month, we took some time to honor some of the most iconic DJ’s of recent times:

*Artists are listed in alphabetical order

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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.

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!

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Berghain Announces Massive 2017 New Year Celebration That Will Last 3 Days

Berghain Cartoon

Berghain surely knows how to party for more than 48 hours, but they might have outdone themselves with 2017’s New Year celebration. The event is split into a two-part showcase with Silvester kicking things off from 1am January 1st and Erste Klubnacht (first club night) following immediately thereafter, and scheduled to go into the early morning of January 3rd at the earliest.

The Silvester lineup includes Ben Klock, DVS1, Kobosil, Skatebård, Massimiliano Pagliara, Muallem, Soundstream, The Orb and many more.

BerghainNewYearThe Erste Klubnacht lineup features Answer Code Request, Boris, Gerd Jansen, Honey Dijon, Len Faki, Marcel Dettmann, Steffi, and Tama Sumo among others. To accommodate these performances, Berghain, Panorama Bar, XXX-Floor and the Elektroakustischer Salon will be open during this time for an all building event!

Queue into Berghain is expected to be lengthy and, given that it’s a New Year celebration, the entry fee is €35. If you were to leave prior to and return by the time Erste Klubnacht has already begun you will be asked for entrance payment again.

Here is the breakdown of who is playing where:

January 1st – Silvester

Berghain:
Ben Klock, DVS1, Etapp, Kyle Fiedel, Kobosil, Somewhen

Panorama Bar:
Efdemin, Margaret Dygas, Muallem, Nick Höppner, Nitam, Roi Perez

XXX-Floor:
Chris Cruse, Discodromo, Marcus Marr, October, Skatebård, Soundstream

Elektroakustischer Salon:
Barker, Drama, Gonsher, Martyn, Massimiliano Pagliara, Prurient, The Orb

January 2nd – Erste Klubnacht

Berghain:
Answer Code Request, Anthony Parasole, Boris, DJ Pete, Len Faki, Marcel Dettmann, Norman Nodge

Panorama Bar:
Gerd Janson, Honey Dijon, nd_baumecker, Ryan Elliott, Steffi, Tama Sumo, Virginia

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2015 residencies announced at Smart Bar

Smart-Bar-Chicago

Smart Bar Chicago announced yesterday their 2015 residencies spread across their weekly events which includes Queen presented by Derrick Carter, Oktave showcased by Jeff Derringer, Hugo Ball with Justin Long & Co., We still believe hosted by The Black Madonna. Among some of the rotating faces you’ll see in 2015 will be Honey Soundsystem, Honey Dijon, along with Techno masters DVS1 and Regis all promised to deliver cutting edge sounds in to the windy city.

The venue’s no dress code, no bottle service, no VIP policy has set the standards for underground house and techno club in Chicago. The intimate space plus open dance floor along with their Funktion One sound is heaven for any avid club goer craving for a proper night out in the city where House music was born. The complete list of Smart Bar residence can be found here.

2015 residencies announced at Smart Bar

Smart-Bar-Chicago

Smart Bar Chicago announced yesterday their 2015 residencies spread across their weekly events which includes Queen presented by Derrick Carter, Oktave showcased by Jeff Derringer, Hugo Ball with Justin Long & Co., We still believe hosted by The Black Madonna. Among some of the rotating faces you’ll see in 2015 will be Honey Soundsystem, Honey Dijon, along with Techno masters DVS1 and Regis all promised to deliver cutting edge sounds in to the windy city.

The venue’s no dress code, no bottle service, no VIP policy has set the standards for underground house and techno club in Chicago. The intimate space plus open dance floor along with their Funktion One sound is heaven for any avid club goer craving for a proper night out in the city where House music was born. The complete list of Smart Bar residence can be found here.

2015 residencies announced at Smart Bar

Smart-Bar-Chicago

Smart Bar Chicago announced yesterday their 2015 residencies spread across their weekly events which includes Queen presented by Derrick Carter, Oktave showcased by Jeff Derringer, Hugo Ball with Justin Long & Co., We still believe hosted by The Black Madonna. Among some of the rotating faces you’ll see in 2015 will be Honey Soundsystem, Honey Dijon, along with Techno masters DVS1 and Regis all promised to deliver cutting edge sounds in to the windy city.

The venue’s no dress code, no bottle service, no VIP policy has set the standards for underground house and techno club in Chicago. The intimate space plus open dance floor along with their Funktion One sound is heaven for any avid club goer craving for a proper night out in the city where House music was born. The complete list of Smart Bar residence can be found here.

2015 residencies announced at Smart Bar

Smart-Bar-Chicago

Smart Bar Chicago announced yesterday their 2015 residencies spread across their weekly events which includes Queen presented by Derrick Carter, Oktave showcased by Jeff Derringer, Hugo Ball with Justin Long & Co., We still believe hosted by The Black Madonna. Among some of the rotating faces you’ll see in 2015 will be Honey Soundsystem, Honey Dijon, along with Techno masters DVS1 and Regis all promised to deliver cutting edge sounds in to the windy city.

The venue’s no dress code, no bottle service, no VIP policy has set the standards for underground house and techno club in Chicago. The intimate space plus open dance floor along with their Funktion One sound is heaven for any avid club goer craving for a proper night out in the city where House music was born. The complete list of Smart Bar residence can be found here.