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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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Rebekah Hits Back To Accusations That She Is Faking Her DJ Sets

Another weekend has gone by and here we are again having to witness an artist having to provide rebuttals for accusations that they are faking their DJ sets.

While it’s not clear if the nature of the accusations are sexist in nature, we cannot deny that we have not seen it all before with Nina Kraviz, The Black Madonna, Nastia and others: the mansplaining and sexist comments of hundreds if not thousands who are quick to get to a keyboard to accuse female artists of not producing their own tracks or faking their DJ sets. This week it was the turn of Rebekah, and it wasn’t the first time she has had to defend herself either.

The British techno producer and DJ, who is in the midst of her Fear Paralysis Album Tour which sees her play live hybrid sets all over Europe and North America, had to take to her Facebook profile to fend off accusations of fake DJ sets. “So yet again it’s been brought to my attention that people think that I am fake djing in my sets. Firstly I will explain yet again that I play with Traktor with four channels open, to do this they are all beat gridded and synced, yes I use sync because I would rather spend time doing more interesting things like layering and quickly switching between tracks than beat matching, anyone says shit about this I will block you,” she began, before diving into a more in-depth explanation, complete with live video recording, exposing the lies behind the accusations received.

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City Travel Guide: DETROIT

It’s likely that if you ever tell someone you’re taking a vacation to Detroit, you will be met with a mixture of concern and curiosity. While many don’t think of the Motor City as a leisure destination, Detroit holds a special place in America’s history and more so in the dance music world as the birthplace of techno and home of Movement Electronic Music Festival – a three-day affair complete with impressive line-ups attracting tens of thousands to the city’s Hart Plaza every Memorial Day Weekend. Don’t be mistaken in thinking of the city as unsafe or not worth visiting, however, for Detroit is rebuilding and remains a great party and visiting destination throughout the year thanks to its vibrant techno scene, iconic venues and wonderful arts scene.

Throughout this Detroit travel guide you will find everything you need from hotel and food recommendations, transportation tips, things to do away from the music, and of course, a party guide to techno in the Motor City.

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Dumplings By Day, Techno By Night: Meet Tokyo’s 82-Year Old DJ Grandma

Normally, people in the 60-and-above age group are the last people one would think would have even a remote interest in electronic music. However, 82-year old Sumiko Iwamuro of Tokyo, Japan is a huge exemption in this case.

Not only does she have an interest in electronic music, she actually plays such music as a DJ in the DecaBarZ nightclub in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district.

Known in the scene as DJ Sumirock, Sumiko performs in said nightclub once a month. Age aside, she is also known for her unique take on techno music, mixing it with unlikely elements such as jazz, French chanson, and even classical music, delighting club-goers the process.

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Q&A: North-London Based Producer Saytek Releases “Doppelganger’ EP on KMS Records

 Saytek is one of the rising stars of techno’s new breed to grace the mighty KMS label as they celebrate their 30th year reign.

In the past, Saytek’s releases have catalogued for labels the likes of Soma, Bedrock, My Favorite Robot and fabric. Returning with a tasty batch of live jams on Kevin Saunderson’s imprint, Doppelganger EP is already being championed by the likes of Joseph Capriati, Sven Väth, Marco Carola, B Traits and more! Two insanely well-built slices of techno, ‘Doppelganger (Live)’ and ‘Revolutionize (Live)’ are filled with atmospheric textures, dark stabs and thumping kick drums — the perfect combination of dance floor-ready components that make this two-tracker a well-received EP.

With the EP already available on Beatport, 6AM checked in with the man and his machines

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Q&A and Global Vibe Radio Episode 056 feat. Rythmetic Records Boss CJ Jeff

This week’s episode of Global Vibe Radio comes from Greek producer and Rhythmetic Records boss CJ Jeff.

Last year the Greek producer, DJ and label head celebrated 15 years in the game, an achievement marked by releases on some of the most respected house and techno labels around, including Souvenir, Skint, Bedrock and most recently Objektivity and Yoshitoshi. The array of dance floor gems he has produced over the last decade have further established his reputation as one of the most exciting producers on the circuit, with more planned for his career ahead. Naturally, his prolificness in the studio has led him to launch his own record label, Rhythmetic Records. Launched in 2005 with a vinyl release from Jeff himself – complete with a remix from Maetrik aka Maceo Plex – the label as gone on to release music from likes of Nick Curly and No Artificial Colours gracing the catalogue.

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The Best European Party Countries of 2017

Summer is fast approaching, so why not make it a worthwhile one by taking an unforgettable vacation to Europe, where some of the hottest and most fun parties are being held at this time of year?

With so many events happening throughout the continent this summer, it can be daunting to plan a trip there and determine where to go exactly. Fortunately, we have prepared this handy guide that gives you the lowdown on the best countries in Europe to go to. This guide will also tell you which specific events in each country we highly recommend you check out. And while you’re at it, we give you the opportunity to learn some practical culture and language lessons that will be particularly useful for the occasion.

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Kazantip Returns as Georgia Electronic Music Festival, Lasting 32 Days and Featuring 500 Artists

The world’s longest electronic music festival is here, as the famed Kazantip is reborn as Georgia Electronic Music Festival.

GEM Fest is the birth child of the creative heads behind Kazantip, a month-long quest to bring music lovers around the world together for a like- minded environment of music, the arts, sports and wellbeing. It takes place at one of the biggest, cleanest and most beautiful beaches on the whole Black Sea – the latest hotspot of the European and global party scene. It is the place to experience the most incredible sunsets, dip in crystal clear water and indulge in world-renowned wines, cuisine and Georgian hospitality.
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