Paco Osuna, Nicole Moudaber and Matador Are the Latest Ambassadors for Richie Hawtin’s PLAYdifferently MODEL1 Mixer

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It was just at the beginning of this year that Richie Hawtin unveiled his latest project to the rest of the world. Alongside Andy Rigby-Jones and Allen & Health, the Windsor-born producer, label head and DJ introduced PLAYdifferently’s MODEL1 Mixer, aiming to revolutionize the way DJs perform.

Throughout the prototype testing, Hawtin enlisted the assistance of several other elite DJs in trying out the product, all of them endorsing it as true ambassadors of what they felt was a truly unique and much needed new addition to DJ gear market. Later, PLAYdifferently welcomed Dubfire, DJ Tennis, Chris Liebing, Maceo Plex, Mike Servito, Hito, Loco Dice and many others to join Richie on his Prototype Tour across the world performing exclusively with the new MODEL1.

Now, this illustrious group of artists is joined by Nicole Moudaber, Paco Osuna and Matador, the latest ambassadors to have endorsed PLAYdifferently’s vision and MODEL1 as an ideal mixer for both DJ and live sets. Together with this announcement, PLAYdifferently has also introduced a key technology partnership with one of UK’s most renowned nightlife brand and venue, The Warehouse Project in Manchester. The goal with the collaboration is to allow a wide array of artists to have access to Hawtin’s first released mixer at several elite events yet to be specified.

Each of the new ambassadors had the following to say regarding their involvement with the project:

“Finally a refined mixer is available. It was instant love when I played the MODEL1 in Palm Springs. The sound experience and attention to detail implemented is second to none. This 6 channel mixer is a game changer for the DJS who seek to enhance their sets as well as playing back to back.” – Nicole Moudaber
“I’d been searching for the right analogue summing mixer to glue together all the elements in my live set, something that could also give me hands on control with certain familiarities. The MODEL1 has become the centre-piece, the engine room for my live performances, delivering next level sound and opening up sonic possibilities & techniques that I could only dream of in the past, a truly inspirational piece of kit!” – Matador

“It’s important to have a tool that facilitates the musical expression as MODEL1. The features of the mixer allow me to be much more creative; as it has such precise equalisation and such a great range of frequencies, I get to keep using many more tracks at once without making the mixing sound too stuffy. Also, for me it’s essential that all channels have a filter, be it independent or general, as that way I can use six channels at once; and by using the general filter the sound is uniform and compact. The tool I need to maximise my creativity when I’m DJing is finally here!” – Paco Osuna


Music On Ibiza Announces Summer 2016 Lineup

Photo courtesy of Music On

Photo courtesy of Music On

Fresh off a near 24-hour solo set at Sunwaves in Romania, Marco Carola and his Music On team have announced the lineup for their summer residency at Amnesia Ibiza.

The party is celebrating five years on the island and is one of the most sought-after destinations for partygoers in search of techno, tech house and house music. This year, those visiting Amnesia on Friday nights will be treated to music by a series of esteemed residents that include Stacey Pullen, Paco Osuna, Apollonia, as well as Music On regulars Leon and Neverdogs. While some of the additional guests are still to be announced, Sam Paganini, Green Velvet, Paul Ritch, Matthias Tanzmann, D’Julz, The Martinez Brothers and Dubfire are all set to play throughout the summer.

Music On boss Marco Carola is scheduled to play the Terrace every night of the residency that begins on June 3rd and ends September 30th. Unlike previous years, it seems that he will not be playing any open-to-close sets although Terrace guest DJs for August 12th and September 9th remain unannounced.

Find the full line-up for Music On Ibiza 2016 below. Tickets are available through Amnesia’s website.


Music ON Lineup


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6AM Group’s Favorite DJs

decksElectronic music has undeniably influenced the entire world in an amazing way.  Behind the music, there is a DJ who can masterfully orchestrate sounds that hypnotize and captivate the audience.  Everyone in this community has a certain sound or a certain DJ that makes them tick; we all have a favorite.  Has a DJ ever made you dance so much that everything around you just melted away?  Was there a moment when the DJ got you dancing like there’s no tomorrow?  We asked the 6AM Group team members:  “Who’s your Top 5 Underground DJs?”  It’s a very difficult question to answer.  There were some phenomenal DJs listed in the answers, but there were a few DJs that stood out a little more than the others.  Below are some of the DJs that were named more than once from our results:

Ben Klock:  You might see this German techno DJ and producer play at the Berghain in Berlin and all around the world.  Ben ranked 6th on RA’s Top 100 2014.  He also runs a label:  Klockworks.  Check out this set from Berghain:

Dubfire:  You might also know him as 1/2 of Deep Dish.  Label boss to SCI+TEC, he’s a techno DJ with a polished sound.  You can always count on Dubfire to kill the dance floor every time with his rolling bass lines and that signature Dubfire effect.  Hear what I’m talking about below:

Martinez Brothers:  These brothers from the Bronx have made one hell of a mark on the industry.  They have been on the road since high school and are definitely emerging leaders in the global house scene.  They have held a residency at one of the world’s best clubs, DC-10, since 2011 and show no signs of slowing down.  Check out this set from Ultra 2014 Sunday Underground Stage:

Paco Osuna:  The man behind Mindshake Records and Club4,  Paco is no stranger to the underground.  Below is a link where you can listen to this Spaniard throw it down at the Monegros Desert Festival:

D-Nox & Beckers:  The German DJ duo consisting of Christian “D-Nox” Wedekind & Frank Beckers have been making their mark in the global electronic music community for the past 7 years.  Check out their set below:

Adam Beyer:  The family man behind the epic techno label, Drumcode, it’s not hard to see why this DJ was on a few people’s Top 5.  Check out his set from the legendary Berghain on Drumcode Radio:

Slam: “Slam instigated Glasgow’s underground house music scene in the late 1980s, going on to be instrumental in the explosion of the UK techno scene, and their quarter of a century exploits have seen them travel far and wide, leaving scorch marks on the dance floor everywhere while taking their uncompromising vision of techno around the world.”  Check out this special 4 hour set by Slam:

The next 3 DJs you can consider 6AM Group’s top 3.  These next particular DJs were tallied several times.  They have influence several members in 6AM Group.

Jamie Jones:  The man behind Hot Creations, Jamie Jones has been credited for creating an iconic sound paving the way for a warmer, melodic, deeper side of techno.  Jamie Jones was ranked 12th on this year’s RA Top 100.  Below is his set from Timewarp:

Cajmere:  Curtis Jones goes by several aliases; you might be familiar with Green Velvet, that’s one of them.  Hailing from Chicago, Cajmere is a much respected veteran DJ in the electronic dance music community.  Click below to hear his set from the Electronic Playground Podcast:

Marco Carola:  This Italian DJ had the most votes from 6AM Group team members.  Label boss of Music On and leading the biggest underground party in Ibiza, Friday nights at Amnesia.  RA ranked him at 17 on this year’s Top 100.  At the top of his game, Marco is not going anywhere.  Check out one of his sets below:

The above DJs were just a drop in the bucket.  There are still several DJs that have not been mentioned that are followed closely by 6AM Group members.  DJs like Dixon (RA’s #1 DJ), Claude VonStroke, Carl Cox, Steve Lawler, Hernan Cattaneo, and much more.  In addition to all these DJs, there are still DJs out there that have not been discovered.  So keep your ears, minds and hearts open.   We’ll see you on the dance floor!

Paco Osuna, Apollonia tonight at Exchange LA

Paco Osuna and Apollonia are all set to take Los Angeles on a musical journey tonight at Exchange LA for their weekly Inception Saturdays. The much anticipated event is a pre-series for the annual Escape from Wonderland where both Paco and Apollonia are confirmed to play at Richie Hawtin’s ENTER stage next week. Tonight’s event is also part of Apollonia’s album release tour (Tour a’ Tour) which came out last week on their own imprint. Joining in on the celebration will be a special live set by Fer Br with warmup support by local culprits, Droog. Expect nothing but the slickest beats at Exchange LA tonight, tickets and guestlist are highly recommended for this one.


Paco Osuna LIVE at Beatport Berlin – TUNE IN NOW


Tune in to the Beatport LIVE feed here

Spanning his 20-year career, Paco Osuna, 40, has always fostered a genuine love for dance music. Throughout the ’90s, the Barcelona-based techno kingpin spent time developing his craft, working in record shops and haunting Spanish nightclubs for a glimpse of what the future held. In 1999, he got his first big break, scoring a coveted residency at Amnesia Ibiza where he was able to establish his own unique electronic sound. From there, German techno legend Sven Väth plucked him up and became his mentor. Since then, Osuna’s musical focus has shifted from house to techno, but his passion for electronic music has never wavered.

“The bassline is my obsession,” he explains. “It’s the key ingredient to making picture-perfect techno and playing incredible, unflaggingly energetic DJ sets.”

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Over the years Paco Osuna has achieved a great deal, which is reflected in his popularity as an artist and producer. In a continual evolution of his sound, he has managed to coat the purest minimalist sounds, combining them with his most characteristic fibers; depth, darkness and intelligence. Through his passion and intensity, Paco has made people in the scene take note of his creativity and innovation, always telling a story and establishing a connection with those who hear him play. Throughout his career he has shown himself to be, without a shadow of a doubt, our prime international ambassador. Over the last few years he has been awarded several of the most important prizes going in our country: ‘Best Artist’ and ‘Best Techno DJ’ (Vicious Awards, 2011); ‘Best Artist’, ‘Best Producer’ and ‘Best Remix’: ‘Plastikman- Ethnik’ (DJ Mag Awards, 2011); ‘Best Artist’ (Deejay Awards); ‘Artist of the Year’, ‘Best National Artist’ and ‘Best Techno DJ’ (Vicious Awards, 2012); ‘Artist of the Year’ (Ritmos XXL, 2012), etc.

Tune into this very special Beatport Live session to hear selections from his debut LP Long Play on Richie Hawtin’s Minus imprint. Check out the live feed here going on live and direct from Beatport Berlin.