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.

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deadmau5 Chooses Techno and House To Launch His 2017 BBC Radio 1 Residency


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Last week deadmau5 made news when his New Year’s Eve set at Decadence NYE in Arizona became subject of attack by fans of EDM artist Marshmello, who took the stage after him to perform the headlining set of the night. The reason? According to Marshmello fans the Canadian producer had played a boring set, a perhaps expected and uneducated conclusion from EDM fans who found themselves listening to house and techno tracks by Maceo Plex and Jay Lumen, amongst others.

In the following days the Toronto-born artist was unapologetic and rightly so. In line with his stance, he has now kicked off his 2017 BBC Radio 1 Residency with a debut mix that is filled with underground dance tracks, spanning genres that include progressive house and techno.

There is no denying that Joel Zimmerman as an artist has always preferred to steer clear of the mainstream side of dance music, despite his widely popular progressive signature tracks landing him coveted headlining slots at some of the world’s most popular EDM festivals. As EDM blew up in the States (and the rest of the world) Joel has continuously taken a stance against what he has perceived as sell-out artists playing recycled music for a quick buck. Instead, he has continued to stay true to his roots, while recently perhaps digging deeper than ever with on-stage collaborations with Richie Hawtin and Eric Prydz, as well as solo performances filled with house and techno sounds.

His inaugural 2017 BBC Radio mix is a testament to the direction Joel is on, one he does not look like to be leaving any time soon. The two-hour mix includes a Pig & Dan premiere, as well as works from Maceo Plex, Pan-Pot and Jon Hopkins just to name a few.

See below for full track list and to enjoy the mix:

1. deadmau5 – Imaginary Friends
2. Maceo Plex – Motor Rotor
3. ANNA – Face Your Fears
4. DkA – Anneessens
5.Max Cooper – Distant Light
6. Pig&Dan – Back To Graceland
7. Pryda – The End Is Just The Beginning
8. Pan-Pot – Solace
9. Undercatt – Mongrel
10. Lane 8 – With Me
11. Gardens Of God – River
12. Robert Oaks – On The Run
13. Dom Kane – Borg
14. Tycho – Epoch
15. deadmau5 – Strobe (Com Truise Remix)
16. Jon Hopkins – Lost In Thought
17. Boards Of Canada – Satellite Anthem Icarus
18. ATTLAS ft. Charlz – Ensnared

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Sasha b2b John Digweed Headline Ultra Music Festival Phase 1

Ultra releases a promising phase one lineup for the event taking place on March 24th through the 26th of 2017.

Remember our April Fool’s post about Sasha and John Digweed reuniting for a b2b tour? The joke became a reality and seems to have been extended into 2017 as they are included in Ultra’s lineup for a b2b set.

The extensive list also includes Carl Cox, Dubfire, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Marco Carola, and Tale of Us amongst others.

General admission tickets are still on sale for $324.95 + fees.

See the rest of the lineup below:


Ten Fantastic DJ Quotes: Dixon, Marco Carola, Sven Väth, Maceo Plex and more

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It’s not easy to talk about electronic music, and especially so when the genres in question are house and techno, mostly instrumental and oftentimes devoid of lyrics.

The lack of vocals make it easy to get lost in a sea of technical adjectives and meaningless explanations. We should let the music do the talking, sure, but what about the producers and DJs… what do they think?

We have collected ten of our favorite DJ quotes from some of the best producers, DJs, record label owners and promoters in the game:

Watch and Listen to Maceo Plex’s Live Set From The Rijksmuseum at ADE 2016

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During this past ADE, Maceo Plex went into uncharted territory by being the first electronic music artist to perform at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.

There he joined some of the most celebrated artists in history, including Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt and Vermeer for a two-and-a-half hour set at the museum’s bike passage. In attendance a selection of fans who signed up for free access to the specially-curated event by Audio Obscure via online registration.

During the set, the Barcelona-based producer, DJ, label-owner and party promoter played several of his own tunes including “The Replicant V2”, “Hang 106” and “Love On Time”, Aphex Twin’s “On”, “Maximaal” by Egbert & Secret Cinema, “Ballo dei Morti” from Brassica and many more.

The set was broadcasted via live video for 30 minutes and posted in full on SoundCloud.

Watch and listen below.

Maceo Plex Will Perform Special ADE Set At Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum

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Rembrandt, Vermeer, Vincent van Gogh and… Maceo Plex. For one night only, the Barcelona-based producer and DJ will be joining some of the greatest painters and sculptors in history when he performs atAmsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.

Set to take place next week on the 21st of October, this will be the first event of its kind for Rijksmuseum, who has previously never collaborated with an electronic music artist in its long rich history. The high-profile ADE gig will take place at the museum’s bike passage, matching the venue’s vision of elaborating new exciting ways to allow visitors to experience the art contained within its walls.

Rijksmuseum is famous world over as being the home of some of the greatest works of art from the Dutch Golden Age, but also boasts an important and large collection of music instruments as well as various paintings depicting scenes of music. Testament to that, is the fact that Eric Estornel, known to his fans as Maceo Plex, visited the museum personally where he listened to unique recordings from its collection of classical instruments as a source of inspiration.

Although the event is free of charge, groups of 2-4 will need to register before the 12am deadline of October 18th.

21 October | Audio Obscura pres. Maceo Plex x Rijksmuseum | Register | Rijksmuseum Bike Passage 7-11pm.

SXM Festival Returns in 2017

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SXM Festival has now revealed the dates for its 2017 return to the idyllic shores of Saint Martin. Music fans will be flocking to the beaches of the beautiful Caribbean island on March 15-19 for yet another tech-heavy lineup of international talent.

Following an eventful inaugural edition this past March that hosted two and half thousand festival-goers, SXM Festival plans to return with an even bigger and better lineup, as well as more parties on beaches, jungles, rooftops, villas and the best venues on the island.

SXM Festival organizer Julian Prince has vowed to keep pushing quality over quantity, aiming to provide a a fine-tuned and well-curated festival experience in one of the most unique festival locations in the world. We are waiting for the 2017 line-up annoucement but here was last years stacked roster Apollonia, Audiofly, M.A.N.D.Y., Maher Daniel, Blond:ishMia Lucci, Thugfucker, Bedouin, DJ Tennis, AdriatiqueH.O.S.H., Ryan Crosson, Maceo Plex, Danny Daze, Guy Gerber, Rebolledo, Gardens Of God, and Chaim, with many more to be added in the coming months.

Tickets went on sale today, allowing you to begin planning your return or first trip to the festival.

Check out the official SXM Festival after-movie from its 2016 edition below, depicting a stunning array of natural music venues, remote jungle vantages, and a slew of ways to encounter the rich culture of Saint Martin.

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Music Monday: Listen to Maceo Plex Live from The Peacock Society, Paris on July 15th 2016

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A shot from The Peacock Society. Photos by Franz & Fritz

On this edition of Music Monday, we are taking you on a journey with Ellum boss Maceo Plex, through a special two-hour live recording of his Peacock Society set in Paris.

Peacock Society is a three-night event in the French capital where attendees can experience the ever-changing ebullience of electronic cultures, from music to visual arts. This past month’s artists included Len Faki, Kerri Chandler, Bicep, Function, Steffi, Laurent Garnier, Sven Väth and of course Maceo Plex, among others.

Eric Estornel, as he is known to family and friends at home, recently made news for performing 10 sets in 24 hours throughout Ibiza, aiming to showcase the mosaic of sounds that the island can offer. You can watch the video recap of the feat here.

Enjoy the live set recording from Maceo Plex’s performance that took place on Night Two of the weekend, on July 15th via both SoundCloud and YouTube streaming below:

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Watch Maceo Plex’s 24 Hour Music Journey in Ibiza and 10 Sets Recap Video

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Last Tuesday 26th July, Maceo Plex explored the mosaic of sounds that Ibiza can offer by taking a 24 hour musical journey through 10 different spots 0n the island.

Although many outlets concentrated on what seemed to be a record-breaking feat – the performance of 10 separate sets in the space of 24 hours – Maceo Plex took to his Twitter page to underscore that the focus wasn’t on the number of sets, but rather on the eclectic selection of genres and sounds that have made Ibiza such an iconic and magical music destination for decades.

Enjoy the 24 hour music journey and recap of the 10 sets with the video below:

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Maceo Plex To Highlight Music Mosaic Of Ibiza With 10 Sets In 24 Hours

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Maceo Plex’s long career has been filled with one extraordinary accomplishment on top of another. On July 26th, he will embark on a 24-hour journey throughout Ibiza highlighting the music mosaic of the island with 10 separate sets each played at a different location.

The Ellum Audio boss and Mosaic chief made the announcement via a video posted to his Mosaic Facebook page. Born Eric Estornel but also artistically known as Maetrik and Mariel Ito, Maceo will perform at several of the island’s most interesting locations, promising to highlight the eclectic selection of genres that have made him one of the most sought-after producer and DJ throughout the world. The format is a true testament of his Mosaic party series, seeking to explore different pieces of electronic music that make Ibiza the magical island that it is.

Watch Maceo Plex announce and explain the record-breaking plan below.

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