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Digging Deeper with Bosnian Techno Producer Mladen Tomic

Bosnian Techno champion Mladen Tomic has certainly been making waves on the scene winning big fans such as Richie Hawtin, Nicole Moudaber, Dubfire, Adam Beyer, Umek and more.. With his awesome new Hot Moog EP dropping on My Favourite Freaks, he just gained another set of fans – 6AM!

We check in to find out more from the man himself.

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Premiere: Listen to Drumcomplex & Roel Salemink’s “Syncronised” on Intec Digital

The latest release to come from Carl Cox and Jon Rundell’s Intec Digital label is a two-track EP entitled Blacklight from Drumcomplex & Roel Salemink, who since their first appearance on the label in 2014 have been two of Intec’s most popular artists.

Collaboratively the pair has also released music on Bush Records, Bulletdodge and Marco Bailey’s label MB Elektronics, and although both are respected solo artists in their own right, many would argue that their collaborative releases are some of their most exquisite.

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10 Tips To Succeed in the Music Business: Seth Troxler

Want to become a better music producer and actually succeed in the music business? Jack of Mastered by Jack has been working in music for the last 20 years, having amassed a great amount of knowledge and experience on what and how music is meant to sound like.

Jack translates this experience into a business by providing mastering and sound engineering services as well as tools and tips for producers to succeed in their production endeavors. As part of this he collects important tips shared by recognized and successful producers/DJs.

First up is Detroit-raised and London-based Seth Troxler, who shares 10 tips on how to succeed in the music business, with emphasis on music production.

Watch the video with Seth below and read on for a bullet-point list of his tips:

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Sci+Tec’s Johnny Trika Performs Live from His Studio and Discusses His Setup

Dubbed as one of SCI+TEC’s ‘next generation’ and counting names like Dubfire and Richie Hawtin amongst his ever-growing list of high profile supporters, Johnny Trika is a producer who has been hotly tipped since his first release in 2014. Backed by a weighty discography on SCI-TEC, May 2017 has seen him once again putting his mark on the industry with a brand new EP and a US/Canadian tour – delivered in a one-two punch that’ll leave people talking right through the summer.

As a producer who pursues quality over quantity, a new Johnny Trika release is something to get excited about, and the Fast Life EP on Oneself is no different. Release at the end of May, the EP features two brand new original productions from Johnny, backed up by a razor-sharp remix from Maksim Dark. The title track brings together a rolling bassline with warped, chopped up vocals and delivers a dark, progressive weapon that’s been tried and tested in Johnny’s sets for a while now. On the other hand, Dreamless King takes on a more ethereal approach to techno with an almost dream-like quality in the synths – a layered but considered sound that retains Johnny’s inimitable weighty bassline and drums.

Yesteday we hosted Johnny on our Facebook page where he performed LIVE from his studio. Admittedly there were some connectivity issues but his impressive work as a live act can still be watched, and more importantly listened to, regardless. Watch the video below and read on for our interview with the producer where he explains his vision for his Live shows as well as his setup:

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Awakenings Release ADE 2017 Lineups: Two Day and Five Night Specials

2017 is the year that techno monolith brand Awakenings is celebrating its 20th Anniversary.

Continuing the party, which already started with official celebrations in April and is about to be revisited during Awakenings Festival this month, the Dutch event series will expand further during Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) 2017, 18 thru 22 October 2017. Just like last year, five nights of Awakenings can be expected at the Gashouder on the Westergasfabriek terrain in Amsterdam. What is new, however, are the two day events scheduled for Friday October 20 and Saturday October 21. Awakenings is a fixed value of ADE, with invariably sold-out events and some of the best lineups in the area of techno and all its diversity.
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What is the “Underground” Really?

We often see promoters, music fans, blogs, news outlets and artists use the word “underground” in the context of electronic music, yet the meaning of the word can vary depending on the context used.

More often than not, the connotation attached to the term is that akin of a stamp of approval, signifying that the sound/music in question is pure, genuine and stands on an honest backbone of creativity that has not been marred by any type of commercialism. But in some circles the word “underground” is used to refer to music played at non-legal venues, while the same type of music by the very same artists can be found at mega-stages and parties somewhere else in the world, leading to confusion as to what truly constitutes the “underground”. On the other side of the coin, and in more commercial circles, the “underground” label can be attached to a scene that is out of touch with the rest of the world, a scene that is seen as unpolished, un-professional, dangerous and, in some cases, even “dirty.”

In this article we examine some of the positions adopted on the subject:

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An Interactive Festival Map With All The European Summer Festivals That Matter

Heading to Europe for the summer? Still looking to plan a last-minute trip to a festival you have never been to?

Check out this interactive map put together by Electronic Beats, it may come useful in your planning! This handy visual guide highlights all European festivals worth knowing about between the end of May and the end of August, including heavyweights the likes of Awakenings, Sonar, Into The Valley Dekmantel, Sonus and Dimension, as well as a lot other smaller less-known festivals.

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Interview: ANNA Talks Asia, the Touring Life, and Upcoming Projects

The Brazilian-born and Barcelona-based ANNA has quickly climbed to the top of the techno charts, and for great reason. Her heavy and industrial productions continue to enchant people around the world. Anna’s most recent release, Haze Moons, was received with open arms, or ears I should say.

She started at her dad’s popular nightclub in Brazil at the age of 14 and after some difficult times she saw her  hard work finally start to pay off. A bucket list item of hers was to play at Movement in Detroit, the iconic festival held yearly in the birth place of the genre that she loves so much, and she did just that this past Memorial Day Weekend.

It is in Detroit that 6AM caught up with her to talk about her time in Asia, what it’s like to be touring all the time, and new projects in the pipeline.

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The Comments on Lady Starlight’s Latest Video are Proof that Sexism in Techno is Still a BIG Problem

Needle dropper, button pusher, knob twiddler and one of the underground dance music scene’s undoubted best, Lady Starlight continues to shine with her live sets and hard-hitting brand of techno.

I had the pleasure of seeing her live twice this past year, the first at Dockyard Festival during ADE last October and the second again in Amsterdam at De School this past April when she played right before Italian techno mastermind and Stroboscopic Artefacts boss Lucy. Both performances were top-notch, showcasing the type of live techno talent I constantly crave for.

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An Interview with Headless Horseman: The Man Behind the Mask

Something about anonymity makes Headless Horseman intriguing. But did you know he has been producing for more than 20 years and only recently, became one of the most talked about techno artists?

A well-seasoned producer and an equally great performer, Headless Horseman removed his mask to speak with us after his brilliant Movement performance at the Underground Stage.   

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