Paxahau has announced Movement‘s Phase 1 Lineup. Needless to say, it’s another epic lineup. Movement is one of the most underrated parties in the world. This festival has been going strong for over a decade now. In the city where techno was born, we gather under the sun in Hart’s Plaza to celebrate the music that we love. Detroit is considered one of the most desolate cities in the US. From the airport to Hart’s Plaza, the city is littered with abandoned buildings. However, during Memorial Day weekend, the small corner of Detroit comes to life. Read more
One piece of gear that had everyone buzzing this past weekend at NAMM was the MP2015 Rotary Mixer by Rane. The MP2015 had an expansive team working on it from Rane, as well as artists such as Dixon, Ben UFO, and Tim Sweeny providing ideas and input. With a dedicated team like that, it’s no surprise that the mixer turned out so well. We caught up with some of the guys at Rane this past weekend, and took an indepth look at the new MP2015 Rotary Mixer.
Expected Release: Mid-Late February
Retail Price: $2,899
The Roland booth at NAMM was full of great gear and music this year. One of the people responsible for supplying some great live sets during the show was non-other than Bulgarian electronic artist, KiNK. We had the opportunity to catch up with him after his set, and talk about his recent show in LA amongst other things. Here’s what KiNK had to say.
Pioneer has revealed their new XDJ-RX controller at NAMM this year. Staying true to a classic Pioneer design, there aren’t many surprises here, but there are some nice features that make this an excellent new controller to hit the market. Here’s a little overview of the new XDJ-RX. Read more
Zoom always delivers a high quality product to the recording industry. Known for their outstanding quality portable recorders like the H4N and new H6, they have also introduced the iQ Series microphone attachments to revolutionize audio recording on IOS devices. We got a chance to check out Zoom at NAMM 2015, and needless to say we were more than impressed. Let’s start with the iQ series. Read more
The annual NAMM convention is coming to a close in Anaheim, California, and as expected the manufacturers did not disappoint. It was another exciting year at NAMM with all brands showcasing their arsenal for the upcoming year, and we took on the task of visiting as many booths as possible to get the inside scoop.
Throughout this week make sure to stay up to date with us on our website as we roll out new product videos, gear reviews, company profiles, and a very special artist interview that went down Saturday afternoon. Here are our initial thoughts on NAMM 2015.
During our time at NAMM we were able to visit a wide variety of booths, and received great insight relating to what the general theme of the year will be. Many companies such as Novation, Roland, and Akai all leaned towards a theme of creative intuition in a very straightforward product interface. Whether for live performance or production, many new products at NAMM had this theme in common. It seems each year the products are getting better, and this is fantastic for the seasoned veteran and bedroom producer alike. Products such as the new Launchpad and AIRA MX 1 are generating a lot of buzz, and will be expected to gain widespread popularity once released.
Other noteworthy announcements included Arturia’s intention to enter the audio interface market with their new Audiofuse Interface. The company already offers a wide range of products from synths to sequencers, and with the Audiofuse it is clear that their goal is complete their market offering as a one stop shop for some producers. The interface is loaded with a wide variety of inputs to accommodate any situation, and sets up very nicely for a swift and interactive workflow.
Audiofuse Expected Release: May 2015
Retail Price: $549
In addition to showcasing the new AIRA MX1, Roland also announced a new hybrid synth the JD-Xi. The JD-Xi includes 2 digital synths with a preset bank included, a drum synth with an expansive library of Roland drums, an analog synth and signal path, a vocoder, and a 16 step sequencer to tie things up nicely. As well as other standard synth parameters like a dedicated filter, effects, and envelope section. The JD-Xi is expected to be available in March for $500.
Overall, there was no shortage of interest when going between the four expansive halls and floors at the Anaheim Convention Center, with each brand bringing something unique to the table. This brief overview doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface, so make sure to keep checking our website this week for more reviews and content from NAMM 2015.
The calm before the storm. Tonight has been much anticipated for the past few weeks, and we are just hours away from WORK with Livio & Roby and Clovis with support from our own Jamie Charles and Jared Sanders. Last week we gave away two free Livio & Roby tracks, and today we offer up several free downloads from Los Angeles native, Clovis. You can listen and download the two tracks from the Soundcloud players below.
Guestlist and pre-sale tickets are still available through our website here: Tickets/Guestlist for WORK 02
Clovis – Merwin
Merwin is a beautifully constructed track bridging the gap between an ambient soundscape and minimal. The drums have a very human feel, which is refreshing compared to many drum arrangements these days, and the pads and synths strike an emotional chord with each and every progression. A thought provoking sample rounds off this minimal masterpiece, and is a perfect track to enjoy before the heavier grooves commence on the dance floor tonight.
Clovis – Monk Enthusiast
Who doesn’t want a little jazz in their life? Monk Enthusiast is Clovis’ bootleg rendition of the 1936 classic Caravan with Thelonious Monk on piano. Taking original elements such as the piano and bass, he puts a more modern dance twist on it rearranging the drums to something more dance floor certified. While the original track Caravan was recorded in the mid 1900’s, it is reminiscent of tracks we enjoy today from artists like Guti. Enjoy this one and let’s take that bassline for a walk.
We look forward to our first event of the year tonight, and couldn’t be happier to have Clovis and Livio & Roby at the helm for the music selection. Enjoy these freebies, and the dance floor awaits. See you there!
New York City based DJ/Producer duo, Grass is Greener, is coming off a busy year touring and producing. They were kind enough to deliver us an exclusive mix for our latest episode of Global Vibe Radio. We caught up with them recently for a quick Q&A to discuss everything from Sullivan Room, what to expect this year, and their studio process when the two sit and collaborate. Be sure to stream and download the episode below and subscribe to our iTunes Channel for monthly guest mixes showcasing the best in house & techno.
How have things been after the closing of Sullivan Room?
EBAR>>We started our first residency there as a duo, so it will be missed, but one door closes and another opens. It has pushed us out of the comfort zone locally in NYC as DJs.
SR SERGE (aka Sergei Sklyarenko)>>It gave me more time to spend in the studio, focused on production for the Grass Is Greener project. After making it to the top 10 charts and gaining recognition, we’ve been fortunate to travel the world and showcase our sound in many major cities and clubs
The location at 218 Sullivan will surely be missed. How was your recent Sullivan Room party at Tribeca Studios?
SR SERGE>>I started these 5 months ago, so 5 successful events later, I’m happy to say that we’ve maintained a similar intimate setting as we had at 218 Sullivan. Good sound, good people, but it will never be the same as the original 218 vibe. But you never know where the Sullivan Room brand may resurface…
What are you both looking forward to this year?
EBAR>>Looking to play more varied events. We really have a sound that works equally well for bottle service as it does for the summer festival.
SR SERGE>>More original production, I may even try to do something random with some Russian vocals!
Can you give us some insight to your studio process when you two are together?
EBAR>>Listening to a lot of music to get inspired, then looking through notes of music ideas that we’ve taken over time, full of references to older music (mainly obscure 80s tracks), and then laying down some melodic patterns. The best ideas come up in the subway, on the plane, jazz concerts, in the middle of nowhere – so noting thoughts when they occur is important.
What’s on the horizon for Grass is Greener?
SR SERGE>>Getting quality music out there and sticking to our guns, our musical identity as Grass Is Greener.
Any new releases to look forward to?
EBAR>>We’re currently working on a new EP, a bit tech-house inflected. Some familiar samples that we think will be floorfillers. Remixes here and there if we’re feeling the tracks and have the bandwidth. Our Beatport page is filling up nicely!
Moog has just announced that they will be reissuing several of their long-extinct modular synthesizers in a one-time, limited-quantity run. They will be offering 55 units of of the System 55 at $35,000 each, 35 of the System 35 at $22,000, and 150 of the model 15 at $10,000. While that is indeed a steep price to pay, it is well worth it if you can fork out the cash. These machines, out of production for decades, came to be some of the most popular modular synthesizers of all-time; as they are virtually limitless in their capabilities, they have been utilized in techno, house, funk, disco, and RnB. For those who don’t know, modular synthesis was invented in the 60’s by Dr. Robert Moog and RA Moog Co. The technology was refined and reached its pinnacle in the late 70’s and early 80’s. These modular synths were different from their predecessors in that they were fully “programmable.”
Unlike a fully enclosed, hard-wired synth, a modular systems allowed the user to connect the components (modules) in different ways. With a little creativity, suddenly the world is at your hands. However, these units were large, expensive, and unpractical, and thus fell out of fashion, replaced by smaller hard-wired synths, especially the newly-developed FM synthesizers. Despite their newfound obscurity, these synths made their way into the hands of a number of dance music pioneers, and the rest is history. Literally. Since these artists demonstrated just how amazingly flexible a modular synthesizer can be, the synths have enjoyed a cult-like following and have become some of the most sought-out pieces of vintage gear. These units will surely not stay on the shelves once they are unveiled – keep checking back here for more updates! In the mean time, check out their amazing video below. Click here for more information
Timewarp, one of the most monumental festival brands, has recently announced their lineup for 2015 in Mannheim, Germany. The German mega-festival will commence Sunday April 5th at 8:00pm and continue well into Monday afternoon.
Timewarp appears to be sticking with the cast of usual suspects that has brought them success over their long history. Many Timewarp residents such as Sven Väth and Pan Pot make their return, with several fresh additions that stand out on the 2015 edition. Audion [Live] and Dubfire’s Live Hybrid performances should be highly anticipated, especially at a festival that caters to all aspects of the audio and visual performance.
Mannheim is where it all began for Timewarp, making each and every year a special moment for the city and for those who travel to experience the festival. If the lineup or overall aura surrounding Timewarp isn’t convincing, perhaps take a look at the 2014 Aftermovie below. This year will be another strong edition with a phenomenal selection of artists.