The Lowdown on SoundCloud Reposts and Paid Promotions

There are a number of services out there promising SoundCloud users tens of thousands of reposts which will result in more subscribers/followers for their SoundCloud channel. This can seem like a great deal, especially for new and aspiring artists who want to get a good head start in the music industry.

But what is the real lowdown on reposts and paid promotions in general?  H Academy recently came out with a research piece on this matter that is filled with interesting data and shocking results. The average repost only generates plays equal to 3-4% of that channel’s following. And for many SoundCloud channels, getting only 3-4% of their channels’ 1,000+ followers is not an encouraging number.

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5 Instagram Tips for Electronic Music Artists

Instagram has become one of the most popular social media networks in use today. While the app seems simple at first glance, there’s more to Instagram than meets the eyes, and especially so for those looking to build and grow a brand that gets to the eyes of its intended target audience.

Today, we are sharing 5 important tips for electronic music artists to bear in mind:

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Lee Burridge and All Day I Dream Return to LA’s Chinatown on December 30th

With 2018 just around the corner Los Angeles couldn’t miss its end-of-the-year appointment with Lee Burridge and company.

Although the date changes every year, Dreamers remain faithful that the veteran British producer and DJ will return to the City of Angels once more to celebrate another orbit of our beautiful planet around the sun. This time around he brings label faithfuls YokoO and Hoj in tow, making the lineup a perfect trifecta of melodic deep vibes ideal for the soirée set to ensue.

Sponsored by Sapporo, the event returns on December 30th to the familiar and beloved home of Gin Ling Way in the city’s Chinatown area. The closed-off area is perfect for the open-air party and vibe Lee always strives to exudes with his parties, and marries well with the decor and general aesthetic of All Day I Dream events.

Tickets are available on Resident Advisor and will likely sell out as they do every year.

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Premiere: Listen to Blicz’ Title Track From Mineral Effect EP on French Label VOLPHONIE

VOLPHONIE is the creation of French based artist Chris Honorat and set to focus on twisted, hypnotic techno grooves, balancing the notion of introspection with dance floor appeal.

The sophomore EP on the label sees another jam packed selection of talent under one roof. Expect to hear raw, analogue beats with an organic, modular feel. A selection of remixes are available across the vinyl and digital packages with contributions from Flug, Andre Kronert and Drafted. Mineral Effect is out on Jan 9th but available for pre-order via Beatport.

Blicz provides the original work, and is forging a promising path for himself as he continues to turn heads and pick up well deserved fanfare. Based in Paris, his highly educated and developed sounds have seen releases on MM.REC and PureLine thus far.

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Digging Deeper with Donatello

Donatello‘s music has received praise not only from progressive house music fans in his home country of Lithuania, but from those around the world and international DJ peers the likes of UK producer Clive Henry, who has stated “Amounts of enthusiasm and uncontrollable energy exuding from his sets remind me about beginning of my own career. He has EVERY trait needed for a DJ. I mean – an impressive DJ”

Donatello was hand picked to represent the best promoters’ agency in Lithuania, ATARI. This resulted in Donatello becoming  an unofficial resident of the ATARI ORIGINAL nights at club Galaxy, in Vilniusm, sharing the stage with Booka Shade, Maceo Plex, John Digweed and others in front of  a packed club with over 1,500 clubbers and music enthusiasts. Moreover, he has kept busy playing Kaunas’ EXIT club, awarded as the best club of Lithuania twice, all the while continuing to perfect his burning mixture of deep, tech and progressive sounds, getting play time in countries throughout Europe and the U.S.

This week he is releasing his Futura EP on Chicago’s Vested imprint, complete with Rise And Fall Remix. We took the chance to speak to him ahead of the release, which officially drops tomorrow but is available for pre-order on Beatport now.

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For a Limited Time Only: Watch a Documentary on the Birth of Techno in Germany for Free

Germany has built itself quite the solid reputation as the techno hub of Europe and one of the most happening techno scenes in the globe. Indeed, one cannot think of techno without its association with Germany as the two have become synonymous with one another.

Of course, Germany’s renowned techno culture is not something that came about in a short period of time. It took years of evolution and development for it to get to where it is today, and it is still constantly evolving to this day. However, it is a story that few are even familiar with in full.

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In Anticipation of Epizode Festival’s Second Season

Guest article by Johnny Nguyen

I seem to be making it a habit of catching idyllic tropical island festivals in their sophomore year.  After attending and loving every minute of the 2017 edition of SXM Festival on the island of Saint Martin, I find myself barreling through the sky at 500 MPH towards a proper close out to the year with Epizode Festival on the island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam.  RIght now, I’m somewhere over the North Pacific between Kazakhstan and Japan, struggling to contain the excitement that understandably precedes a Carl Cox New Year’s Eve countdown set. The setting? A verdant tropical island off the coast of Vietnam.  The best part? We’re just getting started.

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Premiere: Greg Campbell Releases Groovy “Headz Up” EP on Full Flavor Music

We saw Greg Campbell debut with original music in November with his Capricorn EP. Now Headz Up drops in January of 2018, continuing to showcase Greg’s sound as a contemporary fusion of tech and house, all the while keeping the groove going with dancefloor-ready cuts.

Headz Up is a two-track EP consisting of songs “Bottomless Bubbly” and the title track. “Heads Up” is a real groover, the 303 machine paired with the Moog Mother 32, creating a ratchet filled acid sounding bassline and an added vocal hook riding on top filtering in and out during different sections.

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Q&A and Global Vibe Radio 093 feat Carl Bee

The Christmas week 2017 Global Vibe Radio guest mix comes from the Mediterranean island of Malta, located in between Italy and the northern coasts of Africa. The island has an effervescent music scene that has been exploding as of recent, and guest Carl Bee is a perfect testament of that.

Carl has been busy in the studio in 2017 with releases on Saved Records, Lapsus Music, Lost Records, Time Has Changed, 303 Lovers, CR2 and Deep Visionz Recordings and regular support from artists such as Dubfire, Groove Armada, Nic Fanciulli, Claude Von Stroke, Marco Carola, Josh Butler and many more. The end of the year has seen him release an EP on Carl Cox’s Intec, with a second scheduled for release on ABODE in January of 2018.

Kind enough to provide us a live recording from BLACK at The Playground Club in Malta, Carl also took the opportunity to chat with us a little about Malta and what is going on with his life currently.

Download the mix for FREE here and read on for the interview.

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Digging Deeper with Ilario Alicante

Following on from his debut EP on Drumcode earlier this year, Ilario Alicante returns to Adam Beyer with a generous 6-tracker entitled Figures & Echoes.

Hailing from Livorno, Italy, Ilario Alicante has enjoyed something of an unintentional Ibiza kinship with Adam Beyer. When the Swede played his special annual sets on the Amnesia Terrace for Cocoon, for three years out of four, the Italian has been right there playing alongside him, ensuring his talents were on the radar of the Drumcode chief. Thus, it makes sense then that his most recent release comes out on the iconic Swedish label.

We took the time to speak with the Italian producer and DJ to dig a little deeper into his relationship with the label as well as his home in Livorno.

Figures & Echoes EP is out now on Drumcode and available on Beatport.

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