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Tour Bag with Christian Smith

 

Pioneering techno DJ/producer Christian Smith began 2017 on tour and at the top of his game, starting with a Tronic Showcase at The BPM Festival. The Swedish born artist has been a leading name in the underground techno scene for over 20 years, with a steady stream of releases on labels including Plus8/Minus, Drumcode, Cocoon, Bedrock, Mobilee and his very own imprint Tronic Music. With three solo albums under his belt, his own label with over 200 releases and his weekly Tronic radio show which is now syndicated in over 100 stations worldwide, Christian is definitely a busy artist always on the go.

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We caught up with him during the middle of a hectic worldwide album tour which brought him to the West Coast to reveal what he packs in his tour bag to help him survive on the road. Here are his must-have DJ items:

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Sirus Hood Estimates He Had 100,000 Booties Shaking Last Year Ahead of North American Tour 2017 with Sacha Robotti

 

Instagram - ArtworkIn the next coming months, Sirus Hood and Sacha Robotti will be embarking on a 16-stop North American tour beginning on the 3rd of February in Santa Barbara and ending on April 8th at Phoenix’s Lights Festival. In between, the two producers and DJs will visit some of the region’s best known venues, including Bang Bang in San Diego, Webster Hall in New York City and Spybar in Chicago.

Paris’ Sirus Hood has risen the ranks of the French and International house scene thanks to a sound that can be best described by the two main labels he releases on: CUFF and Dirtybird. The first is the brainchild of French ghetto-house movers Amine Edge & DANCE, while the second is the unmistakable global brand spearheaded by LA-based producer and DJ Claude vonStroke. While housed on separate sides of the world, the two labels have one very distinct theme in common: they get people moving and they get booties shaking.

Sirus prides himself on adopting that very same philosophy in his productions and DJ sets, a musical benchmark that has seen him grow in popularity both back in Europe and across the pond here in the States. His latest track — a collaboration with Roland Clark entitled “I’m House” — was recently featured on Dirtybird’s New Years Special Volume 2 compilation.

You can listen to it below and purchase it on Beatport.

We talked with Sirus to discuss how he first met the Dirtybird crew, his love for hip-hop, the legalization of weed in the States and more!

Welcome back to the States! How does it feel to be back?

Thank you! It feels so good, I’m so excited to tour here, every time was a blast, and no doubt that this tour will be amazing.

Your music is definitely inspired by sounds that vary from Chicago Hip-House/Ghetto House to classic NYC house music. Tell us about the first time you came to the US, was it what you expected?

Yes, I was definitely inspired by these movements. The first time I came to the US was in Miami with my best friend, I had in mind the GTA Vice City maps and it was surprisingly similar haha. It was one of my goals to come play in the States and I am so proud to have been able to tour around the country where the music that inspires me took place.

Your music is firmly represented by two record labels, Europe’s CUFF and the US’ Dirtybird. How did you first get involved with Barclay and the rest of his team?

The first time I met him was in Miami at a Dirtybird BBQ a few years ago for the WMC. While I was queuing up to get in, Justin Martin played one of my tracks, and I said at the door “They are playing my track, please can I get in to film !” And they were kind enough to let me in directly. I met Barclay on the stage where I introduced myself. And when I heard Justin playing a second track of mine, I went up to him and told him who I was, he got crazy and carried me in front of everybody haha. Since then, we’ve kept in contact. CUFF invited Claude VonStroke to a Showcase Paris in 2015 and we played b2b. After that I released 3 tracks on his label and I hope to do more with him.

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If you were to guess, how many booties did you get shaking in 2016?

100 parties x 1000 people =

Then there are the streaming booties, we need to find a very complicated formula in order to sum up all the plays on internet, on Soundcloud, YouTube and Spotify. Et voila! I would say a few million booties. Not bad

What was your favorite gig of last year? Why?

I can’t decide on one particular gig, but I can say that my favorites were : Truth – Joburg (South Africa). Ministry of Sound – London (England). Decks on the Beach, Beirut (Lebanon). Sankeys – Manchester (England) for NYE.

You’re about to embark on a huge North of American tour and I am sure you’re excited for each stop. Any specific club you’re looking forward to playing?

I’m looking forward to playing again in Bang Bang San Diego, and La Cave in Orange County, next to LA. I’m also looking forward to going to Las Vegas, I’ve always wanted to go there!

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What do you think about the weed legalization movement in the States?

I think that any country that encourages liberty should enable anyone to decide what is good or not for him/her. Anyway, all form of prohibition never really worked, it actually elevated criminal activity. I hope that the other “free” countries will follow this example.

Who is your favorite hip-hop artist of all time?

I’m hesitating between Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Biggie of course. With a slight preference for Dr. Dre because he is a music producer.

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Ok next up I’m going to ask some rapid-fire questions. Favorite food?

Ice Cream

What is your favorite 80’s jam?

Queen – I Want To Break Free

Hats or hoods?

Hats in summer, hoods in winter

Pioneer or Allen & Heath?

Pioneer

Favorite football/soccer team?

On FIFA, I always play with the Barcelona team

What’s your biggest tour pet peeve?

Jet Lag

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Favorite country you’ve visited?

Australia

Favorite non-booty house track?

Long Time – Inland Knights

Small club or mega-club?

BOTH!

90’s hip-hop or current hip-hop?

90’s


 

All photos by Justin Prinz

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Eric Prydz

Eric Prydz to play Factory93, Brooklyn Warehouse, Space Miami and more as part of Spring 2017 Tour

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Eric Prydz is set to get intimate with his fans this coming Spring 2017, announcing club and underground venue shows throughout North America that will see him play music from his multiple aliases of Pryda, CirezD and Eric Prydz.

The tour will crisscross the house and techno spectrums, while undoubtedly including his signature progressive house flair. The tour will begin at Washington D.C.’s Echostage on the 25th of February, and end in Los Angeles where he is set to play Insomniac’s Factory93 series in an underground-style location on April 8th. In between he will visit Uniun in Tornto, a secret warehouse in Brooklyn, Club Space in Miami for a Miami Music Week Pryda show, as well as Houston, New Orleans, Austin and Dallas.

The last few months have been particularly busy for Prydz. He announced his biggest ever show, EPIC 5.0. to be held in late May in London, the 15,000 capacity event sold out just hours after being announced. Under his Pryda alias he released Pryda 037, brought back his EPIC Radio podcast, and performed two special shows and released a track ‘Lillo’ raising money to fight cancer in memory of his late fan James Lillo.

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Tickets for shows will go on sale Friday January 13th 12pm EST.

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Desert Hearts

Desert Hearts Reveals 13-Show US Summer Tour

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The Desert Heart crew is set to return to the road this summer.

The Endless Summer Tour will see the collective embark on a thirteen-show US tour in twelve different cities. The tour-de-force will begin with a double-header in Brooklyn on June 17-18 and end the weekend of September 22-25 in Oakdale for Symbiosis. In between stops at Flash in Washington D.C., Public Works in San Francisco, the Belasco in Downtown Los Angeles, a show with the Paradigm Underground group in Chicago and more. See below for full dates and schedule.

This of course follows a successful Winter Tour in 2015 and the continuation of their ever-popular festival in the California desert.

The roster for this City Hearts road trip is a selection of familiar Desert Heart artists, including Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Deep Jesus, Marbs and Porkchop. Desert Heart parties are well known for their effervescent and colorful take on house and techno, and their ability to unite people thanks to a mantra of good spirit and exuberance.

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Floating Points Touring North America with Live Band

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When Floating Points debuted on Resident Advisor’s Top Live Acts of 2015 list in December he had played less than 10 live shows. Ever. Yet his critically acclaimed Essential Mix had made him the talk of many whom, with good reason, have since been clamoring for the chance to see him perform live. This comes to no surprise considering the praise Sam Shepherd’s debut album Elaenia garnered from critics and fans alike, receiving the final accolade of RA’s album of the year for 2015.

Patience is virtue and those in North America are now being re-warded with a 17-stop tour after the artist performed live in London and New York City with a live orchestra to test out his new live show. The tour will take place in April and May and will span both the United States and Canada for around a month, including five stops in Southern California, two dates in San Francisco and stops in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver to complete the West Coast. The Metro in Chicago, upstairs from Smart Bar, will host the city’s stop on the tour before Shepherd visits Toronto, Montreal and a final flurry of East Coast dates that include NYC, DC, Durham and Atlanta.

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Damian Lazarus Announces Altered States North and Latin American Tour

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Crosstown Rebels head-honcho Damian Lazarus must be having a great January, coming off an immensely successful Day Zero party in Tulum that has received massive praise from industry professionals and dance music fans alike. In fact, Billboard were so impressed the author of their article stated that he “wouldn’t be surprised if Day Zero will become the cruelly unrealistic benchmark for all parties of this nature to come.”

It is perhaps not a surprise then, that Lazarus’ Get Lost party during Miami Music Week is already offering $55 Tickets of Trust with no line-up announced (other than Lazarus of course). The label-owner and producer has now announced that he will be readying himself for the 24-hour Miami shenanigans with a 16-stop Altered States tour that will see him travel the Americas for the next two months.

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Highlights include two Circoloco stops in Lima, Peru and Cordoba Argentina this upcoming weekend on top of other gigs in Ecuador, Chile and back to Argentina all before February 8th.

Following a break, he will be back on the road with a stop in Toronto and Mexico City, as well as several gigs throughout the States starting with Boondocks Houston on Feb 25th. Further stops include a much anticipated return to the iconic Spybar in Chicago on February 26th, a Brooklyn gig the next day at a still-undisclosed location as well as a Los Angeles performance at Sound Nightclub on March 4th. Lazarus will also be making already-announced visits to CRSSD Festival in San Diego, Okeechobee Festival in Florida and of course his grand finale show at Get Lost Miami.

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Jonas Rathsman Launches ELEMENTS: Debut North American Tour

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Three months ago, Jonas Rathsman debuted his ELEMENTS mix series featuring exclusive music from industry flag-bearers including Bicep, Booka Shade and Whitesquare just to name a few. Now, the Swedish producer and DJ is debuting a series of curated ELEMENTS events in North America, with a three-stop tour beginning on the 25th of February at Brooklyn’s Good Room.

With follow-up stops at StereoBar in Montreal and Primary in Chicago, Rathsman will curate a diverse line-up for each night, complementing each venue with an eclectic selection of artists and a few surprises along the way.

The tour will take place right after the third episode of ELEMENTS rolls out on February 8th, featuring new and unreleased music from Rathsman as well as other artists in the underground dance music circuit.

When asked about the tour, this is what the producer had to say, “I’m really excited to bring ELEMENTS on tour, and present some acts that I have been supporting in the mix series! I wanted to do these debut events in intimate spaces that have something unique about them, and I think these venues we have chosen will be the perfect setting to discover what ELEMENTS is really about.” 

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Tickets are on sale now for the below individual venues:
 
Feb. 25:          Good Room, Brooklyn – Line-up TBA
Feb. 26:          StereoBar, Montreal – Line-up TBA
Feb. 27:          Primary, Chicago – Line-up TBA

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Above & Beyond Announce 2016 Acoustic Tour

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In the frenzy that is electronic dance music, Above and Beyond always provide a refreshing twist with their acoustic performances. In light of their forthcoming album, Acoustic II, Above and Beyond are scheduled to play several events at world-renowned venues for their 2016 Acoustic Tour.

Above and Beyond’s Acoustic Tour will start on May 5th at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London, with the group proceeding to events in New York, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Australia, and more.

“We had so much fun doing the first run of acoustic shows and it was really the reaction from our fans that convinced us to tour it more extensively.  We’ve ticked some pretty impressive venue boxes with this tour–somebody pinch us!” – Above and Beyond

For more information on the acoustic tour and pre-sale tickets, visit the Above and Beyond Official Website

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Claude Vonstroke and Green Velet Launch Official Get Real Tour

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While the two have been playing recent shows under their Get Real alias, Claude Vonstroke and Green Velvet are officially embarking on their Get Real Tour this December.

Individually, the two artists have made impactful contributions to the dance community through their extensive releases and world tours, and their collaboration as Get Real is a further testament to the possibilities when two artists join forces.

The Get Real Tour will kick off at Exchange LA on December 26th, and includes stops in Denver, Detroit, Brooklyn, and a special New Years Eve stop in Green Velvet’s hometown of Chicago. As the Dirtybird head-honcho, Claude Vonstroke has been instrumental in launching careers of artists such as Justin Martin, Eats Everything, and Julio Bashmore (to name just a few), and Green Velvet is known as the mastermind for esteemed imprints such as Relief and Cajual, while maintaining an impressive catalog of his own releases.

Check out the official Get Real website for tickets and more information regarding the upcoming tour

Tour Dates
Dec 26 – Exchange, Los Angeles
Dec 27 – Beta, Denver
Dec 30 – Russell Industrial Center, Detroit
Dec 31 – Reaction NYE, Chicago
Jan 2 – TBA, Brooklyn

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Uner Launches New Label and US Tour

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UNER is a techno veteran who needs no introduction. He had an amazing run this summer, performing at top Ibiza clubs such as DC10, Space, Sankeys, and a residency at ANTS (Ushuaia). In addition making waves in Ibiza, UNER performed his second Boiler Room set (Berlin 2014, Barcelona 2015) and debuted a new live music project which blends DJ performances with live instrumentation. He has also toured extensively this year, including a massive US tour and unforgettable performances at Rock In Rio (Vegas) and Burning Man.

uner liveAlthough 2015 has been an amazing year for the Spanish producer, he has some big moves lined up that show us the year is far from over. November will see another North American tour, which kicks off in Chicago on the 6th. The tour will feature 5 shows, also including Los Angeles, Miami, Dominican Republic, and a secret location TBA. The announcement coincides nicely with the launch of his new, highly anticipated label, Solar Distance. UNER will begin the endeavor on November 16th with Return & Rebirth, his own 4-track EP that was inspired by deeper and more harmonically intricate musical styles. Solar Distance will definitely be a name to keep an eye out for in the future as they continue to push the boundaries of techno as we know it.


Don’t miss your chance to see UNER drop some new tracks from the EP

Friday 6th November – Primary, Chicago
Saturday 7th Novmeber – Le Jardin, Los Angeles
Friday 13th November – Heart, Miami
Saturday 14th November – Barbete Beach, Punta Cana
Sunday 15th November – Special Event TBA

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