Why You Should Stop CDJ Shaming (A Message to Vinyl Purists)

 

It seems that the prevalence of CDJ shaming is a direct result of the rise of vinyl-exclusive DJs.

Hey, I incredibly enjoy an all vinyl set when it comes around, but to those who negatively label CDJ users as talentless laypersons are completely missing the point.

Technology has directly revolutionized the dance music community, especially with regards to accessibility, capability, and creativity when it comes becoming and being a DJ in today’s world.

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Why The U.S.’ Zero-Tolerance Drug Policy Isn’t Working

The Failing War on Drugs

During the 1960’s, “Hippies” and celebrities popularized the use of marijuana, LSD, and other drugs. “During the Civil War, troops used morphine, uppers dominated World War II, the Vietnam troops shot heroin”, and their addictions didn’t stop there, as the U.S.’ demand for drugs kept on growing.

The term “War on Drugs” was coined in the summer of 1971 after Ronald Reagan ordered law-enforcement officials to directly target drug consumers rather than producers or suppliers.

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Why and How You Should Help an Intoxicated Person at a Party or Festival

 

If you’re attending a festival, show at a venue or going to a nightclub, chances are that you and your friends will be drinking alcohol at some point during the night. While it is important that someone in your group remain sober if you’re driving to the party, it is also likely that you will be surrounded by friends and strangers who will inevitably consume too much alcohol and become drunk as a result.

By the time someone has become noticeably intoxicated, the alcohol has left their stomach and is being absorbed through the walls of the lower intestine, meaning that they are beyond the point of return. With more than six people dying daily in the U.S. from alcohol poisoning — a total of 2,200 a year a helping hand is always necessary. It’s important that we not only look out for our immediate friends, but also for any strangers that are at the same party or venue. We are all in it for the music and a thriving dance music scene relies heavily on the spirit of love, respect and camaraderie. It can be the difference between life and death.

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Techno Philosophy, Thrift Stores, and Anthracite – A Conversation with Sian

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“It’s tribal. People bullshit on about it being a religious thing, but in a lot of ways it is the most basic idea of celebration” – Sian 

There is a primal rhythm deeply rooted in human nature. Music often brings out these feelings and inhibitions, and if there’s one artist that has tapped into this energy it’s Sian. He’s developed a signature sound of techno through a plethora of releases,while curating his own vision of techno through his imprint, Octopus Recordings. Artists such as Sasha Carassi, Harvey McKay, and Jay Lumen have all signed on helping curate the vibe of Octopus, and Sian continues to host numerous Octopus Recordings showcases around the world from Movement to Sonar. In the wake of his recent EP, Medicine Man, Sian has completed and prepared his forthcoming album, Anthracite, with a release date set for August 3rd.

“This was more of a cinematic trip,” explained Sian. “I actually worked on a bunch of tracks as singles, and then I had about 100 tracks and started honing it down to 50, and so on.” Sian’s approach on music is holistic at times as far as inspiration goes. Honing in on specific sounds, or perhaps a surprising voicemail from a good friend, Sian builds a cohesive foundation around the tracks that allows them to stand alone or coexist as one body of work.

As the process came to a close, Sian eventually ended up with 23 tracks to tell the musical story of his new album. Anthracite embodies the peaks and valleys of techno complete with various cinematic landscapes and tantalizing bass line rhythms from start to finish.

Sian with album titleWith a set up comprised of a few Moog Synths, a Korg MS-20, and an array of outboard effects, Sian had the tools at his disposal to start developing tracks from the resonate hypnotic groover of Gulf Stream to the dubby techno textures of Metaverse, and everything inbetween.

We recently met up with Sian to talk in depth about the making of Anthracite, techno philosophy, and an unforgettable story outside of Johannesburg…among other things.  Listen to the Anthracite LP previews and read the full conversation below for more insight. Read more

Video: An Afternoon with Cari Golden

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As we walk through the door we are greeted by the fragrant aroma of sautéed rosemary and garlic. We’ve just walked into the home of singer and songwriter, Cari Golden, and she’s in the midst of preparing a delicious lunch of fettuccine, asparagus, and burrata cheese so good that it would take you right to Italy.

After we all sit down for lunch, we start enjoying some wine and get around to discussing the thing that drives us all…music. After much hard work, Cari Golden has made an excellent career in electronic music. She is easily one of the most sought after vocalists in this industry. Cari has the ability to inject a tremendous amount of emotion and harmony into dance music, and it’s no surprise that she’s found herself releasing music with the likes of Pan-Pot, Groove Armada, Kaiserdisco, Ryan Crosson, and Anja Scneider, just to name a few.

With several trips complete this year and more music on the way, we had the pleasure of catching up with Cari Golden to discuss everything from her start in the dance industry to her current methodology for writing tracks.

Take a look at our full conversation in the video below, and make sure to keep up to date with Cari Golden’s future musical endeavors

Cari Golden: Official Site | Facebook | Soundcloud | Beatport

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Artist Spotlight and Q&A: FAT SUSHI

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“Decades of electronic music inspire us to do what we do: produce and play the music we love” – Fat Sushi

The industry has got a new appetite for some Sushi; Fat Sushi that is – the duo artist based in Switzerland have been making significant waves in the past few years choppin’ and dicin’ releases from top notch labels such as Suara, OFF, Hive Audio, Kittball, and Stil Vor Talent with upcoming remix duties for Berlin’s Nils Hoffmann on Wankelmut’s Poesie Musik. Their deep-hypnotic house and chunky techno sound is gaining support from the likes of Marco Carola, Nicole Moudaber, Maya Jane Coles, Oliver Koletzki, Roger Sanchez, Andhim, Coyu, Eats Everything, Reboot and more.  Fat Sushi is making their U.S. debut in San Francisco at Monarch this Thursday. Read more

Artist Spotlight and Interview: Joel Mull

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“I have a soft spot for the underground parties that are held in locations that will only be around for a certain amount of time. It’s a special vibe that I love” – Joel Mull

The international techno community is comprised of many talented artists and visionaries. At the forefront of the current techno movement is Swedish artist, Joel Mull. Amidst a very busy schedule this week at WMC 2015, Joel Mull will be making a stop in Los Angeles on Saturday to play a very intimate rave affair. We recently caught up with him and talked about everything from his dance upbringing in Sweden to his love for the underground. Read more

Conversations with: Carlo Lio & Nathan Barato at Sound Nightclub

It’s always a treat when Carlo Lio and Nathan Barato make a stop in LA. This past weekend was no exception as these two tech house heavy weights from Toronto brought some serious vibes to Sound Nightclub. From humble beginnings in the Toronto scene at establishments like Comfort Zone, both Carlo Lio and Nathan Barato have transcended into major players on the international circuit.

Right before their set at Sound we had the opportunity to catch up with the guys about their history in Toronto, WMC, and Carlo’s recent trip to Japan. Take a look at the conversation below! Read more

Conversations with Oxia

Oxia bodyOxia has established himself as one of the leaders in the French house and techno movement. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Oxia is a seasoned veteran and can look back on many highlights throughout his career. Having released on influential labels like Intec, Saved, and 8bit, and playing epic parties such as Marco Carola’s Music On extravaganza, his music has reached audiences worldwide.

We will be hosting Oxia on Friday, February 20th, and we recently had the opportunity to catch up with the French house ambassador. Here’s our conversation with Oxia. Read more

Conversations with SHADED + Global Vibe Radio Guest Mix

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SHADED is having a busy 2014 with tours and productions keeping him on his toes for most of the course. His major EP on SCI +TEC, ‘‘Dwell’’,  released earlier this year reached #1 on the Top 100 Beatport Minimal Release charts. Following the success of ‘’Dwell’’ was the EP – ‘’SHE SHE’’, his debut release on Tiga’s Turbo Recordings in June 2014 solidifying his production versatility. On the road, he has exemplified his signature sound – a weaving combination of funky, psychedelic vibes and texture, making his sets something to remember. His sound is undeniable in character and a breathing new life in to the techno world. Since 2012 SHADED has been playing his LIVE sets worldwide, touring with the SCI+TEC family alongside Dubfire and Carlo Lio gaining him recognition throughout the industry as one of the top LIVE acts.

We recently caught up with SHADED to discuss his forthcoming EP, Gender Bender, on SCI+TEC along with his upcoming Monday Social Sound Nightclub appearance and what it has meant for him to be touring with some of the world’s top elite acts in the past 2 years.

Q1. For your next EP on SCI+TEC, you have two great remixers on duty rounding out the release. This is your first time allowing anyone to ever remix your music- what was the thought process behind choosing both Carlo Lio and Matador to remix your music?

I have always had a particular sound that I have liked and pushed, so every time I make music it tends to have my signature style on it. For a while I was creating and nurturing this sound, and now I feel like I have hit a point where I am really excited and comfortable with allowing others to play around with my music. By letting other artists to remix my music I get to see another side of it that I would never actually create myself, and that itself is fresh for me. I was able to choose who I wanted to remix this EP, and therefore as both Carlo and Matador are good friends, it was an easy choice. They both have a definitive and signature sound that is so recognizable, which is something I love. When you hear a Carlo or Gavin’s tracks you know instantly who it is, and that’s what I wanted them to do with Gender Bender – essentially to make it their own.

Q2. We know you enjoy vocals in your music, however Gender Bender has a lot more vocals in comparison to all your other previous work. What prompted you towards this more vocal inspired tech house sound? 

I have always loved vocals, so I wanted to make a record that really showed that. One night we were out booze cruising in Barcelona on a night off and I came home really inspired to make music. Not sure what prompted me to try and “sing” but at the time I thought it was really cool. I think when we were out we were listening to Prince at some bar – maybe that’s what inspired it! So I came home, sat down and laid down a couple of versus and a chorus – it was kind of like a normal song layout and before I knew it the sun was up.

Gender Bender EP is out today on SCI+TEC via Beatport, grab your copy here.

Q3. 2014 saw you release originals and remixes outside the SCI+TEC label which has organically become your primary outlet. Can you tell us your plan for 2015, and what you have planned for next year in regards to musical output and the new live show you have been working on?

In 2015 I am looking to build on this past year. I have loads of new music finished and ready to go, just need to work on getting it out! I have 2 confirmed releases set for SCI+TEC next year, and other than that I am looking to find new homes for all this music. I have a few labels I really want to be a part of, so that will be one of my main goals. Also, I have been working on finishing this new live show. It has been taking a long time to finish, but its looking cool and I am excited to debut it soon. There is no date set yet, but it should be relatively soon as I really want to tour it next year.

Q4: Your last show in the U.S. was here in LA back end of May, what does it mean for you to return to home turf and play in front of your friends and family after being away for some time touring around the World? What can we expect to hear during your Live set at Monday Social?

Yes – it is always amazing coming back and playing in LA. It’s where I found out and learned about techno and house. So to come back and hang with friends and play is always special. Plus this will be my first time playing for MNS as well as my first time playing at Sound, so I am excited!

Q5: Does performing live sets have a big impact on your music production? Do you create music based on what you would normally incorporate during your sets?

Yes it definitely does have a big impact. As a Live act you usually have a much shorter time period to perform than a DJ, so you have to pick and choose what you want to pack into your set. When it comes to working in the studio I write lots of bass, synth, and percussion lines so I can test them in the club and see the crowd reactions. I play bits and pieces of tracks so that I am able to fit more elements into my sets. Once I get a good reaction from say, a bass line, I take that back into the studio and turn it into a full-blown track

Q6: How has touring with Dubfire and the SCI+TEC camp influence you as an artist? And what has it meant for you personally being able to travel and experience the world doing what you love most?

As an artist it has influenced me on multiple levels. My first year when he took me on tour with him was like a crash course in Techno Road Warrior 101 haha! It was nuts! I went from being a bedroom producer who was doing random gigs here and there to full time touring. It was an amazing experience that opened my eyes to the world and the way the business works on a global scale. It also musically inspired me as I got to meet so many more producers with different styles and techniques as well as some of my musical idols. I was just grateful as it was a realization of everything I had been working toward. I remember the main reason I pursued being a musician was for the love, and steering clear of a 9-5 job. The second reason I got into music was to travel the world. I have always loved travel and music, so to be able to combine the two and call it a job is mind blowing and I am humbled people like my tunes.

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