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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What You Can Do To Help Keep The Underground Alive

As the underground techno and house scene in the United States continues to grow, it’s vitally important that every single person involved understands proper etiquette and rules of conduct when attending such events.

By definition alone, the moment the “underground” isn’t underground anymore it ceases to exist, and all it takes is careless behavior to bring unnecessary light to great events occurring in your city. Promoters are undoubtedly responsible for ensuring that every single event they put on is planned and executed with attendee safety as a first priority, but they also need your help in ensuring that the event goes smoothly and becomes one of a series, rather than a single burning flame destined for no future.

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Movement Detroit Releases Stage and Set Time Info for 2017

With less than two months to go until the techno pilgrimage to Detroit’s Hart Plaza is in full effect, Movement Electronic Music Festival has released its full stage and set time info for 2017.

Notable changes include the renaming of the previous Beatport Stage to the “Pyramid Stage” and Resident Advisor taking over the previously named Underground Stage where the heavier dose of techno will be found throughout the weekend.

There will also be three hosted/themed stages, all presented by Thump at the Star Gate: Detroit Love by Carl Craig on Saturday, Kevin Saunderson presents Origins: KMS Records 30 Years on Sunday and Jamie Jones’ Paradise on Monday.

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Sian: Bridging The Gap Between Techno and Hip-Hop

Classic modern techno, that’s likely to be the sound you think of whenever you hear of Sian and his Octopus Recordings imprint. The Los Angeles-based label owner, producer and DJ has made a name for himself running one of the strongest techno labels in the world, with releases coming from respected artists the likes of Jay Lumen, Oliver Koletski, Julian Jeweil, Enrico Sangiuliano, Gregor Tresher, Noir and many more.

To this day, Sian’s own productions have been to this day a further testament to the quality of Octopus’ output. Intelligent leftfield techno that strives to walk away from generic big-room sounds while remaining palatable to those in the midst of crossing the bridge to the “underground.”

Sian’s latest project, however, is very different from what you may be used to from him. On Monday April 10th the Irish-born artist is releasing Capital Crimewave, fearlessly transcending those invisible boundaries between warehouse techno, urban hip-hop, mind-bending acid, dubbed-out electronics and countless other future genres in between. The massive 20 track LP sees Sian bring together his love for hip-hop and techno, binding together his diverse catalogue of machine-made sounds into one cohesive audio experience that is unlike anything previously released on Octopus. For the project, he is joined by guest vocalists such as AG Fernandez, bringing together artistic minds for the creation of this brand-new atmospheric and murky late-night journey.

6AM had the chance to sit down with Graham and AG before Miami Music Week, taking the opportunity to discuss the album and the bridge that they hope will bring techno and hip-hop closer together. Capital Crimewave is available for pre-order via Beatport.

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Christian Gerlach Talks California and’s Upcoming 10th Release

We met founder Christian Gerlach right before his Los Angeles debut for LA Structures, where he shared the bill with Developer, Ascetic Limited’s Motionen, Symtek, Sarah Strandberg and Jeremy Sena. And what a debut it was, the packed room lapping up every single second of his set, proving once more that LA’s love for techno keeps on growing and knows no boundaries.

Christian’s own releases and that of his label pack a definite punch, forming up the perfect puzzle pieces for techno journeys like the one the packed Los Angeles room got to witness that night. Christian’s relationship with Los Angeles began with his contribution to Ascetic Limited’s second EP outing, a mini-compilation that also included tracks from Dorian Gray, Deepbass and HOBI, and will continue when the LA label’s founders Motionen release on in the coming months.

We had the chance to talk to Christian following his set to find out more about his trip in California and his future plans, as his label readies for its milestone 10th release.

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Win 2 GA Tickets to Movement Electronic Music Festival 2017 in Detroit

With Memorial Day Weekend, and the yearly appointment with techno in Detroit, fast approaching, we decided to release our now yearly ticket giveaway for Movement Electronic Music Festival!

Taking place Saturday to Monday at Hart Plaza, Movement features the best lineup of techno, house music and other sub-genres of underground dance music available in North America. The must-attend event organized by Paxahau is also completed by a vast selection of opening parties, day parties and afterparties, all of which you can find in our complete guide here.

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