With the rest of the country still nursing Independence Day hangovers, dance fans from all corners of the country flocked to Chicago’s Montrose Beach for the second year of Wavefront Music Festival. There are more stages, there’s a giant inflatable water slide and ferris wheel, and although there isn’t quite any direct access to the water from the festival, exploring the sights and sounds of a beach-front festival is an experience unlike many others right now in the crowded US festival market. The weather cooperated (holding at a very pleasant 80 degrees with a breeze and sun), and the crowds were thinner than what we’re expecting in the second two days. Click past the break for our highlights from day one of the festival.
For part two of our Artist Spotlight series in the lead up to Wavefront Music Festival in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend, let’s talk about Guy Gerber. Guy is an Israeli export, a dynamic techno and house producer, and in Resident Advisor’s top live acts poll from last year, he appeared in the number two spot — right behind Nicolas Jaar. He released his first album Late Bloomers on Cocoon Recordings in 2007, and since then has consistently and reliably been producing, performing, and shaping new expectations for what live performance in dance music means. He also runs his own label Supplement Facts and hand draws his own album art.
Pete Tong rounds up this week in dance music with Essential New Tune ‘Centre of the Universe,’ ‘Atmosphere’ premiere, Daft Punk interview
Presenting us with the hottest in new music from around the globe, Pete Tong showered us in delicacies last night during his weekly BBC Radio 1 dance music marathon. Kicking the show off with the world premiere of Kaskade’s autonomously sung and produced new single “Atmosphere,” moving on into Sander van Doorn’s electrifying “Neon,” and the bouncy, big room Hardwell remix of Krewella’s “Alive,” followed by other progressive anthems.
Pete’s coveted “Essential New Tune” went to none other than ex-SHM member Axwell for the remode his new single “Centre of The Universe,” replacing Francesco Rossi’s enigmatic tune “Paper Aeroplane” from last week. Daft Punk continued the discussion with Tong in Part 2 of their Coachella interview while immersing in new tracks off RAM “Giorgio By Moroder,” “Loose Yourself to Dance” and “Instant Crush.”
London-based techno producer Scuba ran through his picks for week’s “Goodie Goodies” including Locked Groove’s “Do It Anyway” and favorite tune of the year Dusky’s “Vanishing Point,” while house legend Kerri Chandler was knighted into Tong’s “Hall of Fame” while explaining the compelling story behind “Bar A Thym.” Tong pins Blond:ish as his future star, ending of with a hot mix from Israeli tech-house sensation Guy Gerber.
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As the lastest announcement in this week’s string of Balearic-themed news, Pacha Ibiza and Guy Gerber have announced the details of the residency hinted at in the now quite contentious New York Times article about internal strategy shifts at Pacha this summer. If Pacha lost stars like Erick Morillo, Defected, and Luciano to Cipriani’s new Bomba Ibiza, they’ve gained Guy Gerber. His “Wisdom of the Glove” residency will include magicians, shadow puppeteers, and fortune telling machine and the entire club will “pay sacrifice to a centrifugal glove-shaped force in the shape of a £150,000 single glove.”
Both Gerber and Pacha seem to be riding the recent surging underground dance music wave in order to come up with a club experience that is truly out there. So far, it’s confirmed that Four Tet, Shaun Reeves, Cajmere, Benoit & Sergio, dOP, and Deniz Kurtel will be joining the Israeli DJ for various appearances through the summer season. Just like Bomba Ibiza, Gerber’s residency will begin on May 22nd, right in time for the International Music Summit.Posted by
Listed as Resident Advisor’s second best live act of 2012, Guy Gerber is a tech-house magician who creates music with both sythesizers and live instrumentation. The Israelite spun into the Balearic spotlight in 2004 with release “Stoppage Time” under John Digweed’s imprint Bedrock, and later onto Sven Väth’s prestigious Cocoon Recordings. In an unlikely collaboration, Guy even helped Diddy produce recent project 11:11 after the rapper fell in love with his technique. More recently, Guy’s latest “Claire” with Clarian boasted top honors as Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune back in February. We are treating you this morning with a technically immaculate set straight from London’s Zoo Project Festival back in September. No tracklist on this one, unfortunately.
The first single ahead of Montreal based Clarian’s six track EP on Visionquest is dubbed “Claire” — a beautiful, forward-thinking progressive house collaboration with acclaimed producer/DJ Guy Gerber. This production has Gerber’s mellow chord sequencing written all over it, appearing also on another recent Visionquest release, “The Mirror Game.” This track is full of uplifting vibes; it’ll allow you to totally get lost. The EP is set to release on February 25th.Posted by
If you’re anything like us, you probably spent much of the last ten days avoiding social media for fear of mention of BPM, an event quickly becoming dance music’s greatest amalgamation of (largely deep house and techno) talent at once. The sixth annual festival took place this year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico — far away from the cold winds and boring cubicles many festivalgoers left behind for a glorious combination of beaches and beats. None of us over at Dancing Astronaut were of the lucky to attend, but we did catch some of the many killer sets that went down on the playas and in the clubs. Not all of these sets are complete and they’re definitely not a replacement for actually attending, but we hope this roundup will offer even the tiniest bit of solace. Click below for our choices from Andre Crom, Nicole Moudaber, Tale of Us, Ellen Allien, Sven Väth, Dubfire, Eats Everything, Cassy, Sasha, and Seth Troxler b2b Guy Gerber.
Thanks to our friends over at Be-At.TV, you can spend an entire masochistic week watching and listening along to the live streams from all times of day at the BPM Festival going on right now through January 13th in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. You can explore the site directly, or check out schedules on BPM’s Facebook page. Dubfire‘s Sci + Tec, Toolroom, Loco Dice and Martin Buttrich’s Desolat, Sasha‘s Never Say Never, and Guy Gerber‘s This Is The End are just a few of the parties you’ll have to drool over in coming days.Posted by
Israeli producer Guy Gerber pleased American techno fans this week with the announcement of a seven date US tour as well as the release of his latest productions, Steady EP. “Steady” is a tightly produced and groovy release; another pleasant surprise from the man who most recently delivered on his Fabric mix back in late June. The EP includes the title track, a Midland remix, and a killer production called “The Golden Sun and The Silver Moon” with support from newcomer Clarian. Gerber will be joined by Carl Craig, Shaun Reeves, and Kate Simko to kick off his US tour at the Highline Ballroom in New York on November 21. You can hear his brand new EP and find the full list of tour dates after the break.