Dixon and Alex From Tokyo Play Sunset Sound System Halloween Boat Party

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Halloween is around the corner and a slew of awesome parties are popping up here and there. Interested in setting sail and partying on the water? Look no further because underground electronic music collective Sunset Sound System will host a massive Halloween Costume Boat Party and after party in San Francisco on Sunday October 25.

The boat party will feature special guest DJs Dixon of Berlin’s Innervisions and Alex From Tokyo of New York’s Tokyo Blackstar alongside Sunset Sound System’s resident DJs Galen, J-Bird, and Solar. The after party will host UK’s beloved Midland and more to be announced for an epic after-hours spin session.

It will be psychedelic, spooky, and full of wild fun. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Monday at noon. For more event information, check out the event page on Facebook and the official event page. We have also included a mix by Galen of Sunset Sound System to keep those dancing ghosts at bay while you wait.

Sunset Sound System: Official Site | Facebook

Results for the 2015 DJ Awards in Ibiza

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Jose Pascual hosted the first DJ Awards back in 1998, and throughout the years the purpose of the DJ Awards is to celebrate the impact and contributions of artists in the realm of electronic dance music. World-acclaimed talent descend upon Ibiza every year at the conclusion of the summer party months for accolades at the DJ Awards; each genre awards artists based on popular vote across social media platforms, and the award comes in the form of a kryptonite piece, a portmanteau symbolizing the “code and mystery of life” juxtaposed with the nightlife and its culture. The results are in for this year’s 2015 DJ Awards in Ibiza. Check out who made it to the top.

Deep House: Solomun

Newcomer: Cuartero

Breakthrough in association with Mixcloud: Black Coffee

Tech House: Luciano and Hot Since 82

Electronica: Disclosure

Electro/Progressive House and International DJ: Hardwell

Techno: Carl Cox

Trance: Armin Van Buuren

Bass: Hannah Wants

KiNK, Sasha, Adam Beyer, and more to play Yousef’s Camp and Furnace Festival

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Yousef’s Circus will be making a big comeback after a two-year hiatus with two heavy-hitting events at Camp and Furnace in Liverpool. The first event is a day party that will take place on November 28, and the second event will take place the weekend after Christmas on the night of December 27. The lineup is stacked with names like Adam Beyer, Joris Voorn, Luciano, Jamie Jones, Hot Since 82, KiNK, Loco Dice, Joseph Capriati, special guest Sasha, and a continued array of dance talent of all varieties.

Yousef has made a name for himself with memorable parties from Ibiza to the US, from coast-to-coast across the Atlantic Ocean. Circus will feature a triad of unique stages: Camp, Furnace, and Haus, each with its own environment and musical flavor. The festival vibe and club vibe will grapple within the space to produce an experience unlike any other.

Yousef: Official Site | Facebook | Soundcloud

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Ten Walls Gives Updated Apology Regarding Homophobic Remarks

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Ten Walls hasn’t had the busy summer he expected since making his homophobic remarks back in June, and evidence reveals that he’s starting to hurt for attention again. In a recent email to DJ Mag, Ten Walls offered up an extensive apology recognizing the fact that he “offended a lot of people, was the cause of horrible debates, wrecked both [his] and the confidence of others and ruined the plans for many people [he] was working with.” Despite his efforts to reestablish connections with the media and fans, many are not convinced with the apology, and aren’t so quick to give him a second chance.  Read more

Q&A: Justin James Returns to SCI+TEC with “Planned Deviation”

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There’s no denying that Canada has produced some of the finest in minimal techno. The pioneer that put Windsor, Canada on the map goes to none other than Richie Hawtin, and in the wake of the minimal wave of Canada and Detroit, the next pool of artists began to emerge. One such artist is Justin James.

“I have always been into music that is stripped down. Even the hip-hop that I love has a very minimal structure in production. Other than that, being from Windsor and having a close neighbor like Detroit, its impossible to not gravitate to these amazing scenes and the amazing artist that have emerged from them” – Justin James

Justin James Album ArtWith a noticeable influence stemming from Detroit and Canada, it’s no surprise that Justin James has landed releases on Minus, SCI+TEC, Trapez, and Night Light Records. Two years since his last release on SCI+TEC, Justin James follows up on the powerful minimal label with the Planned Deviation, a two track EP complete with rubbery elastic basslines and percussions that coincide so swiftly with SCI+TEC.

The EP has been in the rotation for quite some time, receiving immense support from minimal curators around the globe. Justin James recently took some time to answer a few questions about his summer, life, and of course, Planned Deviation.

Take a look at our Q&A with Justin James below, and make sure to grab your digital copy of Planned Deviation here on Beatport.

Justin James: Resident Advisor | Facebook | Soundcloud | Beatport  Read more

TomorrowWorld Fiasco Leaves Non-Campers Stranded and Neglected

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What draws music lovers to iconic festivals like Tomorrowland, EDC, HARD, and Mysteryland is the infectious positivity in the electronic dance community. Complete strangers positively interact with one another without preconceived notions, offering water to their fellow dehydrated shufflers, or overhearing the most sincere apology you swear you’ve ever heard for stepping on someone’s foot. You would think that the people who promote and organize these events would foster this kind of culture at their events.

This past weekend, TomorrowWorld organizers, SFX Entertainment and ID&T, showed no signs of respect for their festival goers when a massive storm unexpectedly hit TomorrowWorld. Promoters announced Sunday morning, “The experience of the TomorrowWorld visitors is always number one priority, so TomorrowWorld was forced to close all daily parking lots and drop off locations. TomorrowWorld regrets that festivalgoers with day tickets, guest list tickets, and anyone not already camping at DreamVille will unfortunately not be able to access the festival.”

Essentially, non-campers were denied access for the remainder of the festival in order to keep the integrity of the festival experience in tact, so they at least had to make sure someone was able to enjoy the full TomorrowWorld experience. Which is mildly understandable at best. What makes matters worse is the fact that they cut off all access to transportation and failed to put in place a secure shuttle service because they were the ones who blocked off all vehicle entry points, thus leaving festivalgoers stranded, freezing, and hungry with no transportation or cell service.

Needless to say it was a PR nightmare for TomorrowWorld and all festival organizers involved.

 

Ricardo Villalobos, Ben Sims, Jamie Jones and More to Play Fabric 16th Birthday

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Earlier this month Fabric announced that they’re gearing up for an epic weekend marathon to commemorate their 16th birthday. The initial report was that it will begin on October 16th with esteemed artists from the drum and bass community, with Fabric keeping the house and techno acts “under wraps” for the time being. Well, the official houslineup is revealed, and let’s just say a trip to London is worth contemplating.

Room 1 at Fabric for the celebration will feature the best that underground electronic music has to offer. Throughout the marathon the booth at Fabric will be graced by Craig Richards, Ricardo Villalobos, Ben Sims, Matrixxman, Marcel Dettmann, Steffi, Virginia, Jamie Jones, DJ Qu, Felix Dickinson, Prosumer, Terry Francis, Paranoid London, as well as individual sets from Apollonia members, Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom, and Shonky.

Seeing as it’s a marathon, it’s appropriate that an ample amount of Berghain residents are present on the lineup. That said, the lineup is comprised of many artists who are all quite familiar with the vibe at Fabric, and all will certainly be in good spirits for the occasion.

Expect nothing but excellence when this legendary weekend rolls around in London. Tickets and more info for the Fabric 16th Birthday Marathon can be found here.

Fabric London: Official Website | Facebook | Resident Advisor | Soundcloud 

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ADE 2015: Must See Live Acts

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DJ sets can be magical, sure. But nothing really beats a live set between the artist and their respective machines and instruments. Whether it’s a producer taking his or her studio to the stage, or a group of artists coming together for live collaboration, there’s an undeniable energy in a live set that is transmitted throughout the audience.

As expected, there’s also no shortage of live acts at ADE 2015. Here are some highly recommended artists to add to your conference program. Read more

Syria’s Favorite Wedding Singer Pushes to Raise Funds for Refugees

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Omar Souleyman is quite the character. His career began in the village of Tell Tamer, Syria, where has was a wedding singer. 80% of the albums he has distributed since beginning his career in 1994 have been redistributed copies of his recorded performances for weddings. Since then, he has upgraded from weddings to iconic music festivals like Bonaroo (USA), Roskilde Festival (Denmark), and One Love Festival (Istanbul). While he is seeing exceptional success and transformation in his career, Syria is still experiencing devastation from the ongoing civil war. Refugees pour onto the Mediterranean shores in hopes of finding political asylum, but with no voice, support, or compassion. This has prompted the Syrian artist to announce an international tour (See upcoming shows below) in hopes of raising funds and awareness of the Syrian refugee crisis.

“We are working with a number of charities but focusing on those directly providing urgent medical care to those in need during their long, difficult and dangerous passage to a life they dream of.” – Omar Souleyman

Souleyman’s flight to international recognition is no surprise. Even as a wedding singer, he was more than just a wedding singer. A long time collaborator of Souleyman’s, Mahmoud Harbi, would accompany him on stage and recite poetry to Souleyman. He would then sing the poetry live, taking wedding singing to a completely new level. It made his performances personally curated, technically complex, and poetically beautiful.

“The role of the poet is to improvise lyrics about the bride, about the groom,” Souleyman says. “About how they met, about their love to each other, how their lives might develop in the future and about specifics in that wedding itself.”

The recordings of the emcee began to circulate within the electronic music community and eventually began working with Bjork on remixes for her album Biophilia, collaborating with underground UK producer, Four Tet, and frequenting music festival lineups.

Souleyman’s music embodies Syrian culture and tradition while exploring synthetic techno and Eastern scales on digital mediums. His use of Eastern scales puts a refreshing twist on techno, but its his live performances that has music festivals across the globe asking to schedule him. It is truly inspirational to watch the arts community make waves in progressive movements like the way Souleyman and Ida Engberg’s Techno For Humanity party are making a difference for Syrian refugees. If he’s coming through your city this fall, it is highly recommend that you go to experience the way he experiments with techno sounds, and most importantly, to support the refugees.

Omar Souleyman: Soundcloud | Facebook

Upcoming Shows:

October 1 – The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
October 2 – Park Avenue Armory – New York, NY
October 3 – Park Avenue Armory – New York, NY
October 4 – Park Avenue Armory – New York, NY
October 16 – Electronic Beats Festival – Budapest
November 6 – C2C – Torino
November 7 – Metropolis Festival – Dublin
November 8 – Sala La Riviera – Madrid
November 28 – Babylon Bomonti – Istanbul
December 11 – Venue tba – Dubai

British Man Murdered Outside Berlin Nightclub

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Police arriving at the crime scene in Berlin – Photo: Demotix

British DJ and entrepreneur, Luke Holland, was shot and killed recently outside the Del Rex nightclub in Berlin.

Holland, age 31, was allegedly targeted by the armed suspect and was shot outside the club in the early hours of the morning when the bars were closing down. The Telegraph.uk reports that Holland died while en route to the hospital.

Since the shooting, the suspect has been identified as 62-year-old man, Rolf Z, whose name is protected due to German data protection laws. Both Holland and Rolf Z lived on the same block, and according to German authorities there is no reasonable explanation for why this tragic event occurred.

Thoughts and best wishes to Holland’s friends and family, and to anyone affected by the tragedy.

[Source: Telegraph UK]

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