Insomniac Introduces All Trance Festival – Dreamstate

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Insomniac Events has announced their plans for a festival that will have trance enthusiasts overjoyed. Taking place somewhere in Southern California on November 27th and 28th, Dreamstate will feature an exclusive all-trance lineup, and with Insomniac’s popular reputation we can expect them to pull out some crowd favorites and serious trance heavy hitters for the occasion.

No venue or lineup has been announced yet, but the news of the festival itself has people clearing their calendars for the last week of November. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 22nd at Noon for those eager to make the journey to this trance haven.

Check the following pages for news and updates on Insomniac Events and Dreamstate

Dreamstate: Official Website | Facebook
Insomniac Events: Official Website | Facebook

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What The Festival: The Premier Festival in the Northwest

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Written by: John Verlinich

What better way to celebrate the summer solstice than a 3-day 3-night festival? None. And no, we’re not talking about EDC.

From June 19th to the 22nd, 5,000 people migrated to the Northwest corner of the United States to enjoy the 4th annual What The Festival. Taking place at the beautiful Wolf Run Ranch in Dufur, Oregon festival attendees were able to roam 250 acres of the grounds with a wide variety of music and activities. With fantastic musical programming and unique “micro-experience offerings” What The Festival couldn’t have provided a better atmosphere for the summer solstice weekend. Read more

Resident Advisor Launches iOS App

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Resident Advisor has officially released RA Guide. an interactive iOS “events app. The electronic dance music community has been itching for an app like this for quite some time; Resident Advisor has always been a one-stop-shop for dance culture, and now their entire database is accessible in an easy-to-use, visually appealing mobile format. With thousands of weekly listings, the RA Guide appears to be an intuitive new resource for dance music enthusiasts.  Built entirely in-house, the RA Guide features listings from more than 120 countries, with over a million listings of artists, clubs, promoters and more.

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How the RA Guide works:

– Add your favourite DJs and artists from your iTunes library

– Follow DJs, promoters and clubs to get custom listings

– Get recommendations based on your location

– Buy tickets to events directly in the app

– Share events w/ friends on Facebook and Twitter

The RA Guide can now be downloaded in the iOS app store and in iTunes.

Preview: Spencer Parker Forthcoming Release on Rekids

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2013 saw the iconic techno label, Rekids, come to a standstill. Certain circumstances arise, and sometimes decisions need to be made in order to ensure the longevity of a brand or vision; and this is exactly what Radio Slave did in December of 2013.

After taking time to recalibrate the label, Rekids is back in the swing of things with a recent release from Radio Slave and a forthcoming release from Spencer Parker so aptly titled No More Silly Club Songs Vol. 1

“This EP is simply a collection of tracks I made around 18 months ago for my own sets. No concept, no bullshit, just some tracks to WORK the club.” – Spencer Parker

Release Date: July 20, 2015 (12” & Digital)

Spencer Parker: Facebook | Resident Advisor
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This statement from Parker himself is spot on. These four tracks cut right to the chase and are aimed directly at the dance floor. Silly Club Song No. 1 utilizes widely recognizable chords that often find themselves in dance floor oriented DJ tools. Accompanied with simple yet precise drum programming the opening track is everything you’d expect. Now we just want to hear it as intended on a proper sound system.

Silly Club Song No. 2 doesn’t deviate much in terms of the drum foundation from the opening track, but there’s still a great amount of substance here to differentiate from the rest of the EP. Rocking at a steady pace, Silly Club Song No. 2 maintains a level of tension that is sure to have dance floors in a frenzy.

The flipside starts strong with an alluring lead, techno rides, and an epic breaks drum breakdown. Easily the most unique of the release, Silly Club Song No. 3 is an incredibly versatile tool that can be the perfect injection of life into a set.

Rounding off the release is Silly Club Song No. 4 in all its gritty techno wonder. Sticking true to the bare bones foundation, this closing piece is essentially only a few tracks in the arrangement, which is a testament to how effective techno can be. A few tracks done right is really all one needs to make something work a dance floor…that was the goal after all according to Spencer Parker.

One confirmed death at EDC Las Vegas

EDC-Las-Vegas-2015There has been one confirmed death at this years Electric Daisy Carnival (2015) held in Las Vegas. A 24 year old man was confirmed dead and seven more festival goers had to be transported to a local area hospital after day 2 of the 3 day festival. The identity of the man and cause of death are not yet known. The news of the fatality was reported by the Las Vegas Metro Police.

Insomniac released this official statement about the incident:

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the man who passed away. The health and safety of our fans is Insomniac’s first priority and we take every measure to create a safe environment,” Insomniac Productions, festival organizers, said in a prepared statement. “While the cause of this tragedy will take some time to determine, we ask that you keep his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers. Tonight and every night, we ask all of our fans to take care of themselves and one another.”

Since the circumstances of the death are not yet known, it is too early to know how this tragedy could have been avoided.

Bryan Cranston (AKA: Walter White) Presses Above & Beyond’s Button at EDC

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“Say my name…” 

These were the first few words spoken by Bryan Cranston as he addressed the gigantic crowd at the KineticField at EDC 2015. This year Bryan Cranston, widely known throughout the world for his famous role as Walter White on Breaking Bad, had the honor of pressing the button to start Above & Beyond’s set. In a rather dramatic button push, Cranston does the honors and kicks things off for what was to be another memorable trance set from Above & Beyond. Take a look at the video below to see the full intro to Above & Beyond’s set with special guest, Walter White.

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Sidney Charles Prepares EP for Truesoul

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Sidney Charles is a name synonymous with jackin’ house grooves and massive garage basslines. But that’s not necessarily the only style in his vast repertoire. With several releases on labels spanning from Avotre, 8Bit, House Gangster, and more, Sidney Charles has prepared a forthcoming release for Adam Beyer’s label, Truesoul.

Sidney Charles had a recent single that appeared on the Drumcode A-Sides Vol 3 Compilation, and his forthcoming EP titled Impermanence strikes an incredible balance between techno and house. For the full preview and additional commentary see the player below.

Impermanence will be available June 22, 2015

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Artist Spotlight: Jay Zoney

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Techno has always played an integral role in Canadian nightlife. From the pioneering days in Windsor to the thriving underground scenes in cities like Toronto and Montreal, there is an incredible pool of talent coming from Canada. While Toronto and Montreal are the more widely known nightlife destinations of the country, there is a thriving scene developing in Vancouver.

One of the current people at the forefront of the underground electronic music scene is Jay Zoney. Through his own label, Eternal Drive Records, Jay Zoney has released music from himself and friends such as Black Asteroid, Luis Flores, and Brendon Moeller. Adhering to a strict regiment of no-nonsense techno, Jay Zoney and EDR records play a major role in the development of the underground scene in Vancouver. Jay Zoney has recently recorded an exclusive mix for our Global Vibe Radio podcast, and we’ve had the chance to ask him about his current projects and the ethos of Eternal Drive Records.

Jay Zoney: Facebook | Soundcloud | Beatport
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Jay Zoney – Tracklisting 

  1. The Automatic Message & Measure Divide – Crawl Space [Brood Audio]
  2. Brian Sanhaji – Pending Errors [Blank Code]
  3. Reeko – Recharger [PoleGroup]
  4. Inigo Kennedy – Arcing [Token]
  5. Mark Broom & Gary Beck – Borders [Bek Audio]
  6. Secluded – Remember [Soma]
  7. Brian Sanhaji – Panic [Blank Code]
  8. Jay Zoney – Workhorse (Audio Injection Remix) [Eternal Drive Recordings – forthcoming]
  9. Virulent – Ancient Empire (The Automatic Message Remix) [From 0-1]
  10. Brian Sanhaji – Gyre [CLR]
  11. Subjected – Krupp 5 [Electric Deluxe]
  12. Owen Sands – Planar Shift [Ill Bomb Records]
  13. Drumcell – Departing Comfort (Planetary Assault Systems Remix) [CLR]
  14. David Meiser – Pressure
  15. Plane Shifter – Hammerhead (Obstruct Remix) [Eternal Drive Recordings – forthcoming]
  16. Neil Landstrumm – April Acid (Audio Injection Remix) [Sienna Obscure]
  17. Jay Zoney – Mr. ED [Eternal Drive Recordings – forthcoming]
  18. Meat Beat Manifesto – She’s Unreal [Interscope]

Tell us about your roots in electronic music and how it all started for you? At what point in your life did you realize that techno was the music you will live and breathe by?

I remember hearing bands like Pink Floyd, The Human League, and The Eurythmics back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, using synthesizers to create these amazing futuristic, robotic sounds, and instantly loved them. It was in the late 80’s and early 90’s that I started to buy early techno and acid house. I started collecting vinyl, mainly hip-hop, and got my hands on some hip-house, such as Simon Harris “Bass”.  Also, my pal DJ Zach played me The Prodigy “Experience” and I loved it. I would say though, that a few records really sealed the deal for me.

Another good friend of mine, Tyler Newton, had been mixing techno/house/trance for a while, and in 1993 he gave me a mix-tape that had some real classics on it such as, Transform – “Transformation”, Delta Lady – “Anything You Want” and Robert Armani – “Circus Bells (Hardfloor Remix)“. It was then that I jumped in with both feet, started to stack up the vinyl collection, and bought 2 Technic 1200 turntables and a Realistic 2 channel mixer. I’ve never looked back.

When most people think of underground electronic music in Canada, cities such as Montreal (Stereo) and Toronto (Footprint, Coda) often come to mind first. What can you personally tell us about Vancouver’s underground scene that seems to be often overshadowed by the two cities mentioned?

Well first off, both Toronto and Montreal are considerably larger than Vancouver. Toronto is more than twice the size of Vancouver, and Montreal is a third larger. This allows for more underground event goers. Montreal is well known for it’s rich music culture and nightlife, and seems to have the support of the city. I’ve lived in Vancouver my entire life, and it has never really had that “rich music culture” feel. Another challenge we face in Vancouver is lack of support from the city. Venues are continuously being shut down, and seem to be disappearing rapidly.

I’ve been around long enough to see about three waves of underground enthusiasts come and go. I remember back in the mid to late 90’s to what felt like a much more thriving “scene”. Currently, Vancouver’s underground community is relatively small, but seems to be growing. Techno has made a strong leap forward from even two or three years ago.

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Can you tell us a bit about your label, Eternal Drive, and what was the main purpose and goal behind launching this label? What can we expect in this coming year as far as releases go?

Eternal Drive is a focused collection of peak-time, dark and driving, techno. I launched the label to showcase many of my talented friends from the global techno community, and of course, as an avenue for me to release my own material as I see fit. With the help of Subspec Music Label Boss, JGarrett, EDR launched in March 2014 with a single of mine titled “Bulldozer”, which includes remixes by Black Asteroid, Freaky Chakra, and an alias of mine Plane Shifter. So far it was been a blast running EDR, and in a little over a year we’ve had 7 releases. It’s been a pleasure working with everyone so far. Coming up this year are some releases I’m very excited about. Look for originals and remixes by names such as: Brett Relish, Daya, Subjected, Obstruct, Audio Injection, Luis Flores, Uun, Monix, and of course myself.

Through your vast experience in the industry what do you think needs to happen consistently for Vancouver to have a more thriving underground electronic music culture and scene? And more importantly what is it going to take to grow and sustain it?

In a word, consistency. Consistently bringing new artists to town, showcasing the deep talent pool here in Vancouver, and exposing new people to how awesome this music is. With consistency though, support is also needed. Our underground community is quite small as aforementioned, and it’s important for local promoters to coordinate dates to ensure the crowds aren’t spread to thin. It’s not a perfect system, but overall I feel that this is being accomplished.

What do you have coming up next in the horizon as far as being a Producer, DJ, and Label Boss? 

I have some releases coming up that I’m really pumped about!

EDR009 as Plane Shifter – “Hammerhead”, with remixes by Subjected and Obstruct.
EDR011 as Jay Zoney – “Workhorse” with remixes by Audio Injection and Daya.

For DJ-ing I have some excellent local outdoor events that are going to be a blast. June 27th in Victoria, BC at an outdoor venue hosted by DJ Zach and Cataphonic. And August 15th here in Vancouver I’m part of a summer series called “Sunwave”, featuring a great list of Vancouver locals, and hosted by K.A.S.H. for the second year in a row.

For the label I’m amped for the next several releases that will take EDR though the rest of the year. I’m also working on Eternal Drive’s first vinyl release which is very exciting.

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Japan Amends No-Dancing Law

The notorious “no-dance” law known as Fueiho— officially recognized as the Entertainment Business Control Law, has finally been amended by the Japanese government.

Implementation of changes to the law were first proposed in 2013 by an organization called “Let’s Dance” as they submitted a petition that garnered over 150,000 signatures. While updates were approved by Japan’s cabinet in 2014, they were later dismissed in early January of this year. However, as of June 17th, Japan’s House of Councillors has officially made changes to the law that will now allow dance clubs to be open after midnight as long as certain standards are assured. (The law had formerly defined locales that permitted its customers to dance as “adult entertainment establishments,” which in turn required them to close at 12:00 AM). Read more

Lovelife presents Episode XII: A New Boat – Interview with Jon Dadon

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“I feel like we are always fighting the “good fight” against copycats, mainstream clubs and corporations parading as boutique brands, so I would say Luke Skywalker. Wish I had a Yoda though to guide me a bit more on how to defeat the dark side” – Jon Dadon

In a galaxy not so far away, a group of musical rebels are creating something very authentic and special. At the forefront of the underground electronic music scene in San Diego you will find Lovelife, a passionate and dedicated group of individuals collectively working towards their musical vision. What started as a group attempting to fill the void in their own scene has evolved into a major influencer of underground music in the San Diego region, and from the looks of it there’s no slowing down for Lovelife.

On July 11th the San Diego based crew will undergo their 64th event, Lovelife presents Episode XII: A New Boat. For their third annual Star Wars themed event they have secured the Hornblower Inspiration, a 1,000-person capacity charter yacht, with Stimming and Henry Saiz at the musical helm. Setting sail at 6:00 PM, the intergalactic attendees will enjoy several hours on the water with the beautiful downtown San Diego skyline and the warm atmosphere that is a standard for Lovelife events.

In preparation for the highly anticipated galactic voyage to San Diego we’ve caught up with Lovelife Co-Founder, Jon Dadon. See below for the interview as well as all the details for Lovelife presents Episode XII: A New Boat. Read more