Back with vengeance after a landmark first year, We Are FSTVL returns as a two-day event to Damyn’s Hall Aerodrome in Upminster on August 25-26 with a jam-packed line-up of essential dance talents from across the globe. Whilst Saturday’s line-up is dominated by Richie Hawtin, Disclosure, Maya Jane Coles, Chuckie and Cazzette, it is the likes of Fatboy Slim, Solomun and Duke Dumont that keep the momentum ticking for Sunday’s mainstage action. Stage hosting duties come from Defected In The House, Paradise, Cocoon, Circo Loco and RAM alike, making the seemingly impossible culmination of Kenny Dope Gonzalez, Camo & Krooked, Nina Kraviz, Andy C and Kryder a surefire landmark on the British festival circuit. Given last year’s triumphant sell-out stature, this bank holiday weekend extravaganza provides an early and eclectic reason to look forward to warmer times and an impressive summer soundtrack. Grab early bird tickets now and hit more to see the full line-up in all its glory.
Though the DJ Mag polls have closed the Top 100 is not the only awards game in town, and Ibiza’s DJ Awards have ended the summer season by announcing their winners. Now in its 16th year, the ceremony took place on September 25th at Pacha and handed out 20 awards to the movers and shakers in the dance music world. Though an industry panel voted on such items as Track Of The Season and Breakthrough Artist, fans at home sent their favorite producers to the top of the pack in their genre, with Armin van Buuren sweeping both the Trance and International DJ category for his fifth and third year, respectively. Hardwell and Knife Party were also recognized for Electro and Dubstep/Drum & Bass, with Solomun, Luciano, Hot Natured and Maceo Plex scooping awards as well.
After announcing their StageONE series back in May and putting on two massively successful subsequent shows, Verboten is back at it with their fall StageONE lineups. Much like their inaugural predecessor events, which featured big names including Sasha, Maya Jane Coles, and Luciano, the duo of fall shows will see more major headliners. Four Tet, James Holden, George Fitzgerald, and JDH & Dave P will perform at the first show on September 28th and Solomun, Metro Area, David August, and Walker & Royce will officiate the second show on October 12th.
Where the White Isle has continued to play host to some of the biggest nights on the European clubbing calendar, BBC Radio 1 has seldom missed a beat. Cue a rare turn for Pete Tong’s Essential Selection duties, which saw the show transported to Ushuaia Ibiza for part-two of their Ibiza broadcast marathon. With the likes of Rudimental and Alesso already having taken the annual event, all eyes were on Pete to deliver a standout session.
The final eighteen Burn Studios Residency contestants have spent the last two weeks in an intensive bootcamp stationed on Ibiza. The bootcamp, comprised of master classes from the mentors, technical lectures, and several other challenges including opportunities to perform, offers three winners residencies at white isle hotspots. The first three mentors — Fatboy Slim, Solomun, and Joe Goddard — each taught the contestants something different ranging from how to create a killer mix and offering production guidance, to the importance of image and sneak peeks at new music. The second trio of mentors, which includes Avicii, Maceo Plex, and Steve Lawler brought with them their own set of tricks.
Upon his arrival to Ibiza Avicii unwrapped a surprise for two contestants who were invited to perform alongside the star at an exclusive Burn Yard event — part of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Budapest. Fire Flowerz and Yamato were chosen as the winners of this prize and both expressed excitement. “We’re totally overwhelmed to have been chosen to perform with Avicii in such an exciting environment and in front of such a huge crowd, it’s incredible.” said Fire Flowerz.
In addition to mentoring contestants in the studio, Avicii also gave contestants an exclusive sneak peak of his debut artist album, due out later this year.Posted by
Between unprecedented leaps and bounds for his global profile and the Ibiza residency to end all summer sprees, you’re unlikely to have heard any less of the name Solomun this year. Kicking off his new residency at Pacha this month, the German heavyweight returns to his own Diynamic imprint with a haunting take on his craft’s more organic ranks. A dark and sombre soundscape of low-end club fuel elevated with an emotively charged twist, the balance of melodic vocals and murky composition found in “YesNoMaybe” makes for another instant win for a man who can seemingly do no wrong as the poster boy to underground house music and its apparent renaissance. Listen to the preview below, this one will be out on Diynamic on June 10th.Posted by
I came to Sweden as a typical North American with an iPod bustling of commercial house. Swedish house to be exact. I was completely content in my mainstage ways, fueled by a little bit of naïveté and a little bit of hesitation. The underground was simply an unknown, untouched element in my progression, mostly because of my social circle and influences. My only experience with underground was a confusing, fuzzy night at Space Ibiza back when I had only begun my dance music quest. Minimal Sunday was too much of a sharp contrast from the scene I was used to, and at that point in my life I could neither understand nor appreciate what it had to offer.
This past Monday Miss Kittin released her Bassline EP and along with three of her own originals, exposed in full two remixes of “Come Into My House.” Solomun prescribes his funky flair over Miss Kittin’s vocals; kicking up the distortion and driving down the bass line. Miss Kittin is a bit of a fantastical personality in the world of electronic music, so Solomun’s remix plays to her pertinence. Her full album Calling All Stars is scheduled for release on April 22 on French label wSphere.
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Solomun, the king of the 2012 Ibiza season, has finally announced his new home for the 2013 Ibiza summer season. After rounding out a killer year with his Tuesday night residency at Sankeys, Mixmag‘s recently crowned #1 DJ and Diynamic label head will be taking over the very hot Sunday night spot at Pacha. Luciano announced his departure from this booking after three years of the Vagabundos Party at Pacha, but until now no one was clear who’d be following in his footsteps.
Solomun’s concept, “Solomun +1,” simply indicates his plan to invite one other guest each week — “someone who has inspired him and someone he enjoys to play with,” as Ibiza Spotlight reports. Pacha will make a few custom adjustments for the 20-week Sunday night run, including shifting the DJ booth to the middle of the dance floor and supporting a more sparse look that the Diynamic parties tend to favor.
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