Dax On Sax is one of the coolest young Sax players on the planet! Famed for his sax-y jams and performances over in Ibiza’s top spots such as Café Mambo, Nikki Beach and beyond, he’s also been busy in the studio and is now releasing his debut album My Vision.
Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the world’s largest club festival and the most important business conference for electronic music, has announced its finalized program that will be happening on October 18-22.
ADE 2017 will see a record-breaking 2,500 artists and 550 speakers participating in over 450 events within the 5-day period. An estimated 375,000 visitors are expected to come for event’s 22nd edition. This is a significant improvement from last year’s record of 2,200 artists and 550 speakers in 140 locations. With more events in place during the ADE, the organizers are also focused on the further expansion of its daytime and early evening activities. In addition, a couple of conferences are slated for the ADE for the first time, technology conference ADE Tech and the ADE Hangover, which will be part of the daily activities.
Riven is one of Luxembourg’s key innovators on the underground scene, he co-runs a label, co-organizes club nights and festivals, DJs around Europe and in between all that he even finds time to produce! 6AM pins down the busy mover and shaker for a quick chat as he releases his new Disco Acid EP.
“Stay Together” is the delightful new collaboration between Luxembourg’s Sam Skilz and London’s singer/songwriter Grace Ashaye. Set to a warm house groove, “Stay Together” is a giant musical hug for the dance floor that’s filled with emotion courtesy of Sam’s gut wrenching piano chord progressions and Grace’s raw heartfelt vocals.
The Algarve hosted The BPM Festival on 14, 15, 16 and 17 September, the first time the festival touched down on European land following its 10-year history in Mexico. Located in Portimão and Lagoa, The BPM Festival’s first foray in Europe was greeted by the temperate Mediterranean climate, providing the public with spectacular sunsets and pleasant evenings.
Of note was the presence of globally requested acts the likes of Art Department, Hot Since 82, Jamie Jones, Jackmaster, Loco Dice, Nastia, Paco Osuna, Pan-Pot and Seth Troxler as well as pioneers of underground dance music such as Carl Craig, Danny Tenaglia, Dubfire, Paul Kalkbrenner, Richie Hawtin and Victor Calderone.
Diynamic Music is set to release the first edition of its new series called “Picture.”
This newly founded series is a document in time, showcasing an artist’s current creative output in order to allow the listener to visualize and understand the artist at a certain moment.
It is not an album format, but far more than merely an EP. “Picture” is various dance-floor facades of one producer, shaping the imagery that ultimately results in the listeners mind.
For its first edition, “Picture” presents the work of Italian artist Lehar and his signature organic Deep House sound.
The life of an electronic music artist looks all fun and glamour from the outside. People have this image of electronic artists getting lost in the music and making people move to the beat; lights glowing and dimming.
The thing is that this glamour and frequent environment that artists are exposed to are tempting. If they don’t give importance to right things, they can easily get lost in that and ultimately lose what they actually stand for. Therefore, the outsider’s thinking is wrong and if they are right, then they are probably looking at a poorly disciplined artist.
A real and dedicated electronic artist is more concerned about manufacturing the right sounds and beautiful rhythms. They hardly pay attention to the tempting environments that are often part of. If they do seem absorbed, then it is rather a thing of the moment. Beyond that stage or club, they have serious issues to think about and realistic goals to meet.
Mental health is an issue that has been cause of concern in the music industry today. More so in the electronic music genre, where at least a staggering 30% of electronic artists have experienced mental health issues at one time or another.
With such figures, coupled with the highly demanding nature of the industry, there is a tremendous need to raise awareness on the importance of caring for mental health. Fortunately, organizers such as Amsterdam Dance Event have stepped in to help raise awareness and tackle these issues.
This year Amsterdam Dance Event will be holding a conference titled “Protecting Mental & Physical Health for Fans & Professionals”. Organized by the Association For Electronic Music (AFEM), this conference will bring together a panel of industry pros to share their views on subjects such as negotiating depression and anxiety, caring for hearing and dealing with tinnitus, and advice on where to get help if needed.
Expected to speak at the conference are DJs Ben Pearce of Purp & Soul, Juan Atkins, Pig&Dan and Christine Brown, Director of External Affairs at Help Musicians. Moderating the conference is Arash Shirazi, President of talent agency The Bullit Agency.
The conference will be held at the Delamar Theater in Marnixstraat 402, Amsterdam on October 18, from 12:20 PM to 1 PM. For tickets and other information on the event, visit the event page at the Amsterdam Dance Event website.
True to what is now considered a tradition, the Gashouder on the Westergasfabriek terrain in Amsterdam will once again be the venue of Awakenings New Year. Known as one of the most anticipated New Years party in the world, this year’s Awakenings New Year party will commence on Saturday, December 30.
The upcoming Awakenings New Year promises 3-days worth of music and partying with 4 events as we bid farewell to 2017 and kick off 2018. Doors will first open at 12:00 PM on December 30 for the New Year’s Special By Day, featuring Joris Voorn, Richie Hawtin and Chris Liebing, among others. Afterwards will be the first Evening Session as top international techno artists Adam Beyer, Loco Dice and Joseph Capriati just to name a few, are on the programme of the Early New Year’s Special By Night and Joseph Capriati will bring the night to a close.
Amongst discerning house connoisseurs, Leftback Records has long been one of the UK’s worst-kept secrets.
Whether it be full-on house or minimal techno, Dudley Strangeways and Michael McLardy’s label continues to impress. Their latest outing is a case in point. Arriving on our plate from the dab hand that is Mr Strangeways himself, it sees the Nottingham producer produce alongside David Gtronic, and is a partnership that pays great dividends on the Dimunition EP.
A rollicking indication of what makes the label tick, it’s also a fascinating insight into the minds of two producers whose styles very much compliment one another. On the eve of the release, we checked in with Dudley for a quick chat.
Here’s what the man in question had to say when we threw a few questions his way recently in honor of the premiere of “Melee” from the forthcoming EP he was kind enough to have us host.