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
The underground had a big year in the US in 2012 and we only felt it appropriate to highlight some of these amazing artists independently from potentially bigger or more commercial artists in the dance music world today. We considered the year these artists have had in terms of production, live sets, and overall influence. We also generally picked artists we love and admire; artists we feel are extremely important to pushing electronic music forward. This list of 25 names includes legends and young guns alike, but we can assure you that every single one of these artists is incredibly talented and is well worth a listen or a trip to a club for a live set. Picking up where we left off yesterday, we will continue the countdown with our picks from #5 through the #1 spots.
The underground has weighed in on 2012. Resident Advisor‘s annual poll came out today and, per usual, its overlaps with DJ Mag Top 100 are few and far between.
This year saw American techno transplant Seth Troxler ascend to the poll’s coveted pinnacle, while Richie Hawtin‘s unprecedented CNTRL: Beyond EDM tour and eye-opening ENTER Ibiza debut buoyed the M-nus boss into the number-two slot. Eclectic Berlin producer Dixon, Crosstown Rebels darling Maceo Plex, and Klockworks owner Ben Klock round up the rest of the top-five, respectively, while Hot Creations boss and last year’s number-one Jamie Jones clocks in at the sixth spot. Hawtin’s CNTRL comrade Loco Dice, Chilean-German sensation Ricardo Villalobos, Tale of Us, and London deep house hot-shot Maya Jane Coles fill out the rest of the top ten.
For the full list of rankings and rationales, check out the poll results here.Posted by
Adding to the list of opinions on the recent “what is EDM?” debate, dance music historian Bill Brewster –a man most well known for his book with Frank Broughton Last Night A DJ Saved My Life – recently weighed in with quite some impactful and telling words. Brewster, in speaking to Mixmag, explained that he thinks “EDM has effectively bypassed the club culture on which house and techno were founded” –an implication that the scene draws more of its influence from arena rock concerts than true DJing. We’ve seen similar opinions from other more underground DJs as of late, including Richie Hawtin and Loco Dice on their CNTRL: Beyond EDM tour and lecture series.
Richie Hawtin and Loco Dice are considered to be some of the most prolific and forward-thinking DJs of our time. This fall, they embarked on a North American tour stopping at college campuses to lecture by day, and music venues to DJ by night. The tour’s timing couldn’t be more perfect; with the over-saturation of pop-centric house and electro taking over the club and festival circuits, audiophiles anxious to explore the next chapter of this thriving revolution are finding themselves seeking out the pastures of the next big thing. Read on to see how Hawtin and Dice brought together old school fans and newcomers on the same dance floor at New York’s Webster Hall.
Asked for observations at the dawn of the CNTRL: Beyond EDM Tour, Ean Golden does not hesitate.
“Roughly 70 percent of the people at the seminars say they want to be producers,” DJ Tech Tools‘ founder says, grinning broadly. “Fewer people want to be DJs. It’s a paradigm shift in terms of what people want to be.”
It’s the same sea change that made this tour a reality. Conceived by minimal techno legend Richie Hawtin (aka Plastikman), his M-nus Records artists Loco Dice and Paco Osuna, and Golden, CNTRL is as much an educational roadshow as it is a concert tour. Each of the 17 North American shows is preceded by a college-campus seminar, featuring an artist panel discussing music technology and the past and future of dance music. The events are saturated in social media coverage, allowing dance music fans around the globe to tune in and learn.
Rolling Stone has just announced its list for the Top 25 DJs in the world, and some of the selections may surprise you. For one, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy came in at number 7 — ranked ahead of Boys Noize, Skrillex, and Daft Punk (who were ranked dead last.) Carl Cox and Deadmau5 joined the French duo deep in the list, sitting comfortably at 22 and 20 respectively while underground newcomer Maya Jane Coles came in at 15 — ahead of arguably the most technically talented DJ in the world, A-Trak.
We were impressed to see underground stunners like Seth Troxler, Loco Dice, and Richie Hawtin receive proper recognition, all of whom secured strong places among the usual EDM head honchos, Tiesto, SHM, Avicii, Kaskade and David Guetta.
As with most lists that try to arbitrarily rank talent across genres of EDM, there will likely be tons of debate over Rolling Stone‘s inaugural list.
Read the full article at RollingStone.com and let us know your thoughts in the comments after the break.
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It’s been 13 long years since German techno visionary Sven Väth first brought his Cocoon party to Ibiza, a remarkable span of time that has seen the White Isle blossom into a global epicenter for dance music. Weathering ebbs and flows in genre popularity, Väth’s party built its reputation as an uncompromising haven for underground techno. This summer’s “Into the Magic” incarnation was no different, boasting a staggering lineup of scene stalwarts like Richie Hawtin and Chris Liebing, as well as young guns like Seth Troxler and Maya Jane Coles.
In the wake of his closing party, Väth has released a fan-centric after movie to recap the season. Featuring such vaunted acts as Loco Dice and Ricardo Villalobos, the video is a fitting capstone to an Ibiza season in which underground parties (see Enter and Cadenza) flourished. Now that Amnesia is closed for autumn, Väth is taking his Cocoon Heroes show on the road. With 17 dates announced in 13 countries — including shows in New York and Miami — those who couldn’t make it to Ibiza this summer can still experience the magic. Click past the jump for the full list of tour dates.
Electronic music kingpins Richie Hawtin and Loco Dice are embarking on a fifteen city US and Canada tour that plans to spread the message of dance music across numerous music venues and college campuses alike. The tour, called CNTRL: Beyond EDM, combines the educational side of college lectures with an evening of electronic music by Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, and their touring guest DJs.
Amsterdam Dance Event, the world’s largest dance music conference, returns to the Dutch capital from October 17th to 21st. Now in its 17th edition, the sheer scale of the conference and accompanying nocturnal club festival is mind boggling — this year some 700 DJs, 3,000 panelists and 140,000 fans from 62 countries are expected to make the pilgrimage.
Today, some major dance heavyweights announced their parties, and if you’re a techno fan, you’ll be licking your lips. The Westergasfabriek venue looks like the place to be – On Wednesday, Fatboy Slim, Christian Varela, Nicole Moudaber, and Charlie Hedges will support Carl Cox at his Global 500 event there. On Thursday, Adam Beyer will present his Drumcode party, while on Friday, Richie Hawtin will bring Dubfire, Loco Dice, and others to realize his ENTER concept. Green Velvet and SHM-killer DJ Sneak will join British techno baron Dave Clarke at a separate venue, Melkweg, on Friday.
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