Digging Deeper at ADE with GNTN

GNTN are an emerging DJ & Production techno duo from the Ruhr Area in Germany.

Marcel and Jan both grew up around Dusseldorf, and then decided to join forces in 2014 upon realizing they shared equal passion for music production and electronic music, and in particular for melodic-influenced techno.

After securing sets in cities like Cologne, London or Dusseldorf they soon discovered their musical direction and found support from some of the biggest names of the scene, including Felix Kröcher, Joseph Capriati, Drumcomplex and more. On December 15th GNTN will release their latest studio work via Moonbootique Records, soon to be available on the label’s Beatport page.

We sat down with them during last month’s ADE to talk about their past year and what’s ahead for them in 2018.

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Q&A and Global Vibe Radio 087 feat. Grensta

This Thanksgiving we travel to the San Francisco Bay area for our weekly appointment with Global Vibe Radio. Our guest is Grensta, a young artist catapulted to the scene after winning Insomniac’s Discovery Project, with personal music releases since on labels such as Psycho Disco, Perfect Driver, Nite Records and Sleazy G.

Listen to the mix below, download it for FREE here and read on for our interview with Grensta and full track listing at the end of the article.

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Q&A and Premiere with New York City Minimal, House and Techno Influenced Live Composition Trio N/UM

N/UM are a New York City trio composed of Jeremy Loucas on drum machines, samples and mixing;  Emil Bovbjerg on synths and vocals; and Elias Meister on guitar and bass.

On December 8th they are releasing YES on their own Ninetofire label, their second production outing following their debut album Zebra (Duro)YES is a four-track EP recorded live in a single take before an audience at House of Yes in Brooklyn. Created in free improvisation, the tracks flow into each other seamlessly in such a way that a small element of one track is often transformed into the main part of the next. After all, this is how N/UM always operate, producing minimal, house and techno on the fly, whether in the studio or on tour, and recording it for release. The result is always something original, making their project and ambitions unique in an industry where studio sessions often see producers go anywhere but the strictly live composition route.  It’s a sight to behold, as they use classic instruments such as the 808, 909, SH-101 and Mono/Poly paired with their inventive use of voices, guitar and unique samples to produce something completely original with each and every take.

6AM is excited to be presenting the exclusive premiere of “Elastica” from the forthcoming EP, which you can stream below. We also caught up with N/UM in honor of the occasion to learn more about their project and life in the Big Apple.

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Digging Deeper with Vibe Killers

Vibe Killers are a duo from Lancashire, UK, — two brothers who have been creating waves on the release front and with their gigs over the last year and a half.

Their music, both as producers and DJs, has received support from artists the likes of Hot Since 82, Loco Dice, Richy Ahmed, wAFF and more, with charting releases on labels like Hot Creations, Kaluki, Elrow, Knee Deep In Sound, Sola and Material.

With some big tracks coming up in the next few months, and their new EP, Violator out November 24th on Hottrax and now available for pre-order via Beatport, we decided to chat with them to dig a little deeper into what the fuss is all about!

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The Use of Vocals In Dance Music: An Interview with Thee FFF (Felix Da Housecat and Hoopalaï )

Thee FFF is the kind of musical project that was never purposely intended, the child of a fortuitous connection that turned into something more. On November 24, Montreal’s dynamic duo Hoopalaï (Francois Lebaron & Frédéric Laurier) join forces with Chicago’s legendary Felix Da Housecat for a second time under their fresh, new alias. The result is a two-track EP perfect for late-night slots, which comes out on Montreal-based imprint Victims Music Company. Entitled Contradiction, the two-tracker is just that: a blend of groovy Chicago House elements with obscure, minimal techno twists.

6AM had a chat with Thee FFF to find out more about the project and dig into their take on the use of vocals in dance music.

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Q&A and Premiere: One Child Policy Discusses His Debut EP on VRV, His Asian-American Heritage and Favorite LA Food Spots

Out on Los Angeles based VRVOne Child Policy‘s debut introduces the electronic music world to a new and distinct sound. Featuring a yin and yang selection of tracks, Cultural Transmissions (order here) contains productions that are both club-ready and cerebral in nature, kinetic and moving while simultaneously exercising the mind into new dimensions.

One Child Policy (1CP) is a project born out of the LA’s colorful San Gabriel Valley Chinese area, a fusion of sorts that sees the amalgamation of electronica with a background of classical music, electrical engineering and sound design. The results are peculiar, in a most positive way, with distorted vocals, mind-bending synth leads, gritty yet warm percussions and an overall atmospheric aura that carries through all his tracks.

We had a chat with the man behind the project to talk about his roots, favorite Los Angeles food spots and the journey that took him here: the release of his debut on one of LA’s most recognized labels, from which we are premiering the track “Chase The Dragon.”

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Digging Deeper with Paul Ritch’s Experimental and Abstract Alter-Ego: Kaczmarek

With over thirty distinct releases appearing on a dozen different labels in the past decade, the prolific Paul Ritch has undoubtedly made a name for himself thanks to the respect his music as received from fans and industry peers alike, as proven by his being one of the top 100 charting artists on Resident Advisor.

Consistency, uncanny craftsmanship as a track selector and hard work in the studio are all qualities that Ritch embodies as an artist, all on top of his work as a label curator for the Quartz label – showcasing his ability to easily connect with other like-minded musicians. It is no surprise, thus, to see Ritch expand his horizons, “stretching out” and increasing his sonic vocabulary to elicit an even wider array of of emotional and physical responses. It’s with this in mind that Ritch has launched a new project titled Kaczmarek, in conjunction with the announcement of his new KCZMRK label. The project is ambitious and goes beyond music, incorporating a complete audio-visual concept with a debut album titled IIIIIIIIIIIIII that presents a preview of the type of material to be expected when Kaczmarek performs in a 3D sound space tailored towards a live and communal setting.

The uniqueness of the project goes beyond the new spatial audio technology that it will feature, a series of largely unprecedented 3D performances in which sounds themselves seem to have their own kind of mobility. The album is constructed with precision and aforethought, each track featuring elements that contribute to the construction of a virtual environment, some of the elements to be found are “ghostly hovering dissonance, intense hydraulic percussion, and subtle glitches appearing on the periphery of consciousness.”

6AM had a chat with the French producer/DJ to learn more about the exciting new alias, label and IIIIIIIIIIIIII, which was released on October 30th on  3 x 12’’ LP and digital download formats and is now available on Beatport and Juno.

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Exclusive Premiere and Digging Deeper at ADE Interview with Redux Saints

Despite both living in Los Angeles, we meet Redux Saints on a weekday afternoon in Amsterdam, both here for the yearly appointment with the industry’s biggest conference of the year, Amsterdam Dance Event.

During  our chat we discuss everything from the role of ADE, his work as Redux Saints as well as his work with Krafted, the label he has been spearheading to great success with the introduction of the Deep Tech Los Angeles concept, a collective based out of LA that focuses on the deep tech sound that is so popular in the SoCal city.

We also take the opportunity to exclusively premiere his remix of Paul Sawyer’s Change, scheduled for release on December 4th as part of an EP by the same name on Krafted Digital.

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Digging Deeper at ADE with DESNA and Johnny Trika

6AM chats with two Arcana Agency artists in the midst of a busy ADE 2017 week.

Desna and Johnny Trika both produce and play techno, although with characteristically different soundscapes of their own. Desna’s path has seen her strive to move away from labels, choosing instead to focus on quality music production of a transcendental nature, inspired by artists such as Ben Klock, Len Faki, and Jeff Rushin just to name a few. She rose from the ranks of one of the world’s most competitive dance music cities, New York, performing at gay parties which ultimately led to launching her own controversial event series.

Johnny’s story is a little different. “Discovered” by Dubfire himself, he has been a Sci-Tec label mainstay for a while now, armed with a minimal techno sound that perfectly fits that of the Iranian-born producer and his label. Born in Montreal, Johnny is a gear aficionado, and it shows both in his studio and live set-up, as well as the mesmerizing and intense live performances he has now been doing all over the world, each one stacked only with original material, both released hits and unreleased gems.

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Digging Deeper at ADE with Eelke Kleijn

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Born, raised and still living in Rotterdam, Eelke Kleijn looks right at home when I meet him at the Armada Store Pop-Up in the middle of a very busy ADE week. It’s Friday afternoon and he has a flurry of interviews lineup for the day.

The next day he has his DAYS like NIGHTS label showcase going on, in tandem with All Day I Dream playing the other room of the venue at the same time. Since the launch of the label, the brand has been doing tremendously well from both a musical output perspective and, of course, as a party brand for events such as these. The label, of course, has also helped boost Eelke’s own career, pushing his deep, progressive and melodic sound to more ears than ever befre.

As we begin to chat I instantly recognize how approachable, friendly and down-to-earth Eelke is. He is welcoming and it immediately feels like I am talking to someone I have known for a while.

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