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Mayor of Detroit Mike Duggan Declares Techno Week 2017 in Honor of Movement

Detroit will forever be known as the city that gave techno to the world. The genre was born during the mid-to-late 1980s, and remains as popular as ever in no small part thanks to the work of Movement Electronic Music Festival in the 10 years of its existence (and the prior years under different names).

This coming weekend, tens of thousands of electronic music fans will descend upon Hart Plaza for yet another three-day music bonanza featuring top-tier talent in techno, house, experimental and a series of other eclectic genres spanning from hip-hop to drum ‘n bass. Detroit techno legends will be joined by more recent underground favorites for what is surely the biggest event of its size in North America.

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University Professor Claims Listening to Techno Can Make You Smarter

If you have an arduous physics exam coming up? Are you looking to pass the bar in the next coming months? You may be in luck if you’re a fan of underground electronic music.

According to Professor Peter Dale of Manchester Metropolitan University, adding techno to your studying routine can increase your chances of getting improved academic results. In fact, Dale believes that techno should be incorporated in the classroom teaching approach as a means of revolutionizing education.

Perhaps listening to the latest recorded set from Awakenings, Time Warp or Movement Detroit festivals in the classroom will one day be an accepted method of improving student results. We already know of plenty of accredited universities teaching DJ and production classes, but according to Dale it’s about using the right music for the students in his classes, which he believes is likely to be techno (or other electronic music) in today’s world.

For a lot of these kids, they’ve grown up with this music – their aunties, brothers and friends are into it, too. And their parents were probably ravers in the heyday of “acid house”

What do you think? Can techno really improve student results?

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This Instagram Account Photoshops Smiles on Your Favorite DJ’s Pictures

We have all laughed at DJ press photos at some point or another. There is no denying that a lot of these photos show artists in serious somber poses, which can be both pretty hilarious and strange.

An Instagram account called Happy DJs  is seeking to fix that, however, by photoshopping huge, joyous smiles on the face of high-caliber DJs. While smiles seem like a normal element on every normal photo, the series of doctored pics below show just how peculiar these changes can look when you’re used to seeing artists look back at you with stone-cold stares.

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Golf Clap’s Guide to Movement Detroit Weekend

The last time we spoke with Golf Clap was two months ago when they graced 6AM with a special guest mix for our Global Vibe Radio podcast. In that interview the duo discussed, amongst many other things, the importance of Movement Electronic Music Festival for Detroit-based artists such as them.

This past weekend we had the pleasure of chatting with them once more, this time to collect their own personal guide and recommendations for Movement weekend, both at the festival and outside!

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Techno and House Invade Barcelona’s Biggest Former Bullring

Creaductions Arena, Barcelona’s largest former bullring, has announced as series of open air daytime showcases throughout OFF Week. Best yet, all of them are FREE as all people need to do is to sign up via the links below.

La Plaza de Toros La Monumenta is a breathtaking former bullring in Barcelona. It has grand architecture, was built in 1914, and once held 20,000 people. The events will feature 15 years of Get Physical, 5 years of This And That (DC-10 regular David Squillace’s imprint), and more.

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Q&A and Global Vibe Radio 059 feat. Ascetic Limited Founders Motionen

This week it’s the turn of Los Angeles audio-visual project Motionen to step up to the Global Vibe Radio decks for what is now our 59th episode.

Composed of Matt Salamone and Carlos Matamoros (a.k.a Altrd Being), the duo produce techno, acid, ambient and dub, and DJ both individually and as a duo. They are also the founders of Ascetic Limited, a young imprint that focuses on the driving sounds of acid, ambient, and deep techno. Since its fairly recent inception, the record label has come out with two strong releases, EPs featuring tracks and remixes by the likes of Christian Gerlach, Dorian Gray, HOBI, Deepbass and Motionen themselves.

2017 is looking like a busy year for Motionen. They began the year with a label showcase in Los Angeles featuring Deepbass and Reggie Van Oers and have just announced Mike Parker as the headliner of their next event in LA on June 24th. Musically they have upcoming release on Lanthan.audio and OFF white records out of Italy and are slated to perform at Synthetik Audio, a Movement weekend day party at The Works.

Enjoy the mix and read on for our interview with the duo and full track listing.

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Squire: When Soul and Jazz Meet Techno and House

Squire is one of the exciting talents currently coming out of the vibrant Spanish city of Barcelona.

Born and raised in the capital of Catalunya, Jaime borrows from his soulful jazz roots to produce and play music that seamlessly traverses the boundaries of techno and house, reaching deep to create atmospheric soundscapes that take dance floors on unique musical journeys. You wouldn’t think so from his young age, but Jaime has already released on a number of well-respected and known imprints such as Get Physical, Rebellion, My Favorite Robot Records, Tenampa, Parquet Recordings and, as we get to talk to him, has an EP that was just released on UNER’s Solar Distance.

Kaleidoscope is a three-tracker filled with melodic and rich sounds, entrancing vocals and textured, captivating elements. Find it for purchase on Beatport and for streaming below.

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Detroit, LA, Chicago and NYC Combine For Only Day Party at The Works During Movement Weekend

Movement weekend is undoubtedly the busiest four days of techno and house in the United States all year. On top of the three-day festivities at Hart Plaza, the city plays host to over 50 day and nighttime parties featuring diverse lineups and genres, from more underground sounds to dubstep and drum and bass.

And this year, for the first time ever, outfits from Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City combine for the only daytime party of the weekend to be hosted at The Works — one of Detroit’s most iconic and respected venues. An industrial three-room space known by techno aficionados around the United States as the home of some of Detroit’s best techno events, this year The Works will be hosting four nighttime parties featuring some of the best techno lineups of the entire weekend including Tommy Four Seven, DVS1, Lucy, Luis Flores, Dadub, Hypoxia and Audio Injection, just to name a few.

On Sunday May 28th Synthetik Minds (LA/Chicago), AudioBite Records (Detroit) and Terminator Records (NYC) are all combining with 6AM for Synthetik Audio, a daytime party that will see all three rooms at The Works feature some of the best techno and house from all these major United States cities and more.

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World’s Biggest Techno Festival Set to Draw 100,000 Attendees to Breda

Three days of non-stop techno: that’s the promise coming from the self-proclaimed “Biggest Techno Festival in the World” in the Netherlands.

Set to take place from July 14 to 16 in Breda, The Gathering is a three-day, 24/7 techno festival that expects to attract 100,000 attendees.

Debuting at Breepark, The Gathering will play host to 150 artists across 10 stages (8 during the day, 2 during the night) with a lineup yet to be announced. Interestingly enough, the promoters have instead offered a list of artists that will not be performing at the festival, which you can read below.

Adam Beyer, Agents of Time, Alan Fitzpatrick, Ame, Amelie Lens, andhim, ANNA, ANOTR, Arjun Vagale, Artefakt, Ash Roy, Audion a.k.a Matthew Dear, Awanto 3, B.Traits, Ben Klock, Ben Klock & Marcel Dettmann, Ben Sims, Black Coffee, Black Rose, Blawan, Britta Unders, Butch, Carl Cox, Charlotte de Witte, Chris Liebing, Claptone, Colin Benders, Daniel Stefanik, Darling, Dasha Rush, Dave Clarke, Dax J, Dense&Pika, De Sluwe vos, Dirty Doering, Dixon, DJ Harvey, DJ Rush, dOp, Dr. Rubinstein, Dubfire, Eagles and Butterflies, Enrico Sangiuliano, Fatima Hajji, Ferro, Floorplan, Format B, Henrik Schwarz, Hot Since 82, Ici Sans Merci, Ilario Alicante, Illesnoise, Jeff Rushin, Jesse Rose, Joey Daniel, Joris Voorn, Joseph Capriati, JP Enfant, Julia Govor, K!NK, Klaudia Gawlas, Kobosil, Kolsch, Layton Giordani, Len Faki, Loco Dice, Luke Hess, Luuk van Dijk, Maceo Plex, Marcel Dettmann, Matador, Mathias Kaden, Minimum Syndicat, Monika Kruse, Monoloc, Nastia, Nicole Moudaber, Nikita Zabelin, Nina Kraviz, Noir, Obscure Shape, Oliver Koletzki, Oliver Schories, Olivier Weiter, Overmono, Paco Osuna, Pan-Pot, Paula Temple, Paul Kalkbrenner, Randomer, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Ritzi Lee, Sam Paganini, Seth Troxler, SHDW, Solomun, STAB Virus (live), Sven Väth, Tale of Us, Tessela, The Black Madonna, The Martinez Brothers, Tim Wolff, Truncate, Truss, under_score, Weval, Wighnomy Bros

A collaboration between UK promoters sub:Merged and Dutch team Techno 24/7, The Gathering preaches a message of love through the video which you can see below.

“It’s time to join forces and make a stand against all the wrongs in the world. Let’s create our own movement starting with three days of peace and music. A new era starts here and now! We want YOU to be part of it,” reads a statement.

“14th to 16th of July, we stand together strong and create the world’s largest techno festival to celebrate our beliefs and send a powerful message to the world.”

Tickets are available here.

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Q&A and Global Vibe Radio Episode 057 feat. DJ Hyperactive

This week’s episode of Global Vibe Radio features one of techno’s OGs in the form of Chicago-born-and-bred DJ, producer and owner of 4 Track Records (4TRK) Joseph Manumaleuna aka DJ Hyperactive.

I have had the pleasure of meeting Joseph, or JoJo as he is affectionately known to friends, during my years working in Chicago’s techno and house industry. Prior to this interview I had last seen him on a cold Chicago night in February, when his good friend and fellow artist Moe Espinosa aka drumcell was in town to play at Spybar Chicago. JoJo played host at a wonderful BBQ dinner before an even better night of techno ensued.

Those versed in the history of techno need little introduction to DJ Hyperactive as an artist. His Resident Advisor bio describes him as one of Daft Punk’s “Teachers” and “brother of the humble,” his contributions and impact to the underground spanning three decades now and leaving a legacy that has not only helped shape techno in Chicago and the Midwest, but the entire United States and beyond. Growing up in Chicago in the early ’90s, DJ Hyperactive honed his skills as both a producer and DJ, receiving instant international recognition and subsequent touring gigs at some of the most recognized and revered venues and events of the last 20-plus years, including Orbit in Leeds, Liquid Room in Tokyo, Berlin’s iconic Love Parade, the game-changing Interface parties spearheaded by Droid Behavior in Los Angeles, Movement Detroit festival in the birth place of techno, Output in Brooklyn, techno meccas in Berlin such as Tresor and Berghain and of course at Smartbar, Spybar and Primary right in his home city of Chicago.

Over the course of his career he has churned out well over 100 remixes and original tracks, his catalogue including such instant classics as “Venus” and “Wide Open” on Missile, “25HRs” on Droid Recordings, “Music Box’ on his own imprint 4 Track Recordings, and more on imprints the likes of Contact, Truncate, Figure, Blank Code, Impact Mechanics, Nachstrom Schallplatten, and CLR, just to name a few. After a warming stint in Southern California, DJ Hyperactive returned to Chicago 2013 to reconnect with his family and musical roots.  His story continues with more gigs and more studio productions, with the difference being the experience and perspective that only a true veteran can possess.

We are honored to have him as guest of our 57th episode of Global Vibe Radio, which we present to you alongside an exclusive chat we had with him last week in honor of the recording. Enjoy the music and DJ Hyperactive’s wisdom below, full track list can be found at the end of the article.

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