Amsterdam Looking To Introduce Strict Sound Limitations For Festivals Within City Limits

Amsterdam’s City Council could be introducing new limitations that limit sound for festivals within city limits.

The move, which is being pushed by local residents that asking for reduced sound levels, would see decibel limit pushed down to 85db.

According to the proposed measure promoters will “need to take more measures to reduce the inconvenience for residents. For example, the organizers of festivals must conduct permanent acoustic research during the event.”

A spokesman for the council said: “Organizers are now mainly concerned with how the sound sounds on the field. According to the new rules, they will also have to focus on the question of the effect of noise on the environment, and how to minimize the inconvenience.”

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Throwback Thursday: How Much Has Marco Carola’s Sound Evolved Over The Years?


The Music On founder has been a very well known veteran DJ and producer in the dance industry for the best part of the last twenty years. From creating one of the most well-respected and followed labels to mixing for 24 hours at Sunwaves Festival in 2015 (and trying to break that record in 2016), he is known for always giving his best behind the turntables, and for his focus on music quality above all else.

For all these reasons he has amounted a massive and loyal following, including ourselves. Given that he’s a seasoned pro and has been in the scene over twenty-five years, for Throwback Thursday we decided to take a look at how his sound evolved from his early days to today.

We compared these two sets from the late 90’s and early 00’s to his BPM 2016 Music On mix. Although it was certainly a different techno scene 16 years ago, it is interesting to see that Carola went from mixing at roughly 150bpm to a slower 130bpm sound, perhaps finding his place in a more groovy blend of techno and tech house than his original roots may have suggested

Listen and determine for yourself how much his sound has changed over the years.

Coachella Will Feature Despacio’s 50,000-Watt Sound System All Weekend Long


When Coachella released its line-up this week, a few discerning audiophiles noticed that right at the bottom, it read “DESPACIO All Weekend Long”. With no further information, plenty of chatter began on Facebook speculating what that could really mean.

In late 2013, 2manydjs’ David Dawaele explained in an interview with Wired UK that, “with most gigs, people are turned toward the DJs looking at what you are doing. It becomes a performance. With Despacio, the sound is the star. In Manchester, people didn’t want to take pictures with the DJs, but with the stacks.” The star in question was the 11.5-feet-tall stack of speakers built by LCD Soundystem frontman James Murphy together with sound engineer John Klett and both members of 2manydjs.

Despacio’s 50,ooo watt sound was initially built for a special vinyl-only performances in Ibiza. The purpose of the audio project was to showcase an eclectic mix of music, combining new wave, pop and flamenco that would embody the signature Balearic sound Ibiza is famous for. It is with this in mind that the four audio aficionados began to put the system together, initially sketched out based on the infamous sound system of New York’s Paradise Garage.

The drawings continued over the next 6 months and when the opportunity to use the ever-growing sound system in Ibiza fell through, the artist trio found the opportunity to debut it at Manchester International Festival. McIntosh Integrated, best known for the Grateful Dead ‘Wall of Sound,’ was called in to help finish the system with 4.5 tonnes of amps. When all was said and done, all four involved ensured that the aesthetics of the amps matched their quality of sound, finalizing a project that is arguably one of the best sound systems in the world.

Instead of the DJs being a focal point of the performance, the trio’s booth was positioned at the back of the room with the crowd. The purpose for this was to give them the opportunity to listen with those they were playing music to and for, rather than take the attention away from the music.


Despacio played other gigs after Manchester but the project seemingly died down since. The project, designed to encourage DJs to alter the course of the growing “show-spectacle” scene is now returning for a special all-weekend-long performance at Coachella 2016.

No further information has been made available and while we do not know if the speaker system has been upgraded, how it will be run or if it will replace the sound system of an extant stage such as the Yuma Tent, it is safe to at least speculate that other artists might be involved with performing on it. At best, it can be assumed that this may be the case when James and the Dewaele brothers perform as the front-man of LCD Soundsystem and 2manydjs respectively.

In the meantime, we look forward to hearing more about Despacio and how the project will play out over both Coachella weekends in April.




Freebie Friday: DAVI Remixes

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With a string of deep melodic releases on Crosstown Rebels, Rebellion, and Ajunadeep, LA based DAVI is building quite the résumé in the city of angels. He’s played alongside some of the best in the industry from the likes of Dubfire, Hernan Cattenao, and John Digweed; with a style that creates a perfect atmosphere regardless of the setting. Over the past few years he has honed his skills both in the studio and behind the decks, and his dedication really shines through with his music. He’ll be playing at Sound Nightclub tonight alongside Behrouz and Tara Brooks, and here’s three free downloads from DAVI to set the mood for the evening. DAVI has offered up some free downloads on his Soundcloud, and you can listen and download the three tracks below. Read more

Laura Jones at Sound Nightclub

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Laura Jones is consistently at the forefront of cutting edge dance music. With releases on powerhouse labels such as Leftroom, Culprit, and Crosstown Rebels, her sound embraces everything that is right with dance music today. From a production standpoint, she takes her time in making sure that she expresses herself fully as an artist, and her attention to detail translates into music that hits the sweet spot for ravers and music enthusiasts around the globe.

Always hard working, Laura Jones has quite a busy upcoming schedule leading into the new year. Ibiza Voice caught up with her recently in a very insightful and engaging article that gives us some great insight on her current projects and aspirations. You can check out the interview on Ibiza Voice’s site here.

So many DJ’s fill their schedule with tour dates around the world, but luckily for us Laura Jones will be gracing the decks at Sound Nightclub in Hollywood tonight for what is sure to be an epic night of music. She’s taken her sound all over the world playing at major establishments in Ibiza as well as on her home turf at Fabric in London, and tonight…she gives Sound a taste of the iconic Laura Jones style.


Laura Jones on Resident Advisor and Soundcloud