Saad Ayub Pays Homage to Amsterdam Nightclub “Shelter” With Latest EP

The annual Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is upon us, and today Toronto’s Saad Ayub will be dropping his Shelter EP ahead of the hectic week of panels, meetings, events, mixers and incredible music. This four-track EP, is Saad’s ode to the conference week, with the title track dedicated to the infamous Shelter nightclub located in the basement of the A’DAM Tower.

Debuting his newfound love and productions of melodic techno, Saad’s creations are hypnotizing dance-floor worthy pieces of art, ready to take you to a higher consciousness.

‘Shelter’, the title track of the EP, is the second collaboration between Saad Ayub and Andy Teixeira; it is a melancholic piece of melodic techno with a dynamic arpeggiated climax.

‘Réveille’ is a dark, moody techno track characterized by its use of vocal chops and a room-filling stab lead.

‘Face to Face’ is a driving techno track with a progressive influence, complete with ominous floating pads, and a throbbing bassline.

‘This’ is a tribal-flavoured techno track, featuring a battery of syncopated drums and a hypnotizing vocal.

We grabbed a chat with Saad to talk about the EP and the influences behind it.
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In Interview with Nico Morano

Nico Morano is considered to be one of the biggest names in the Belgian House music scene. Morano plays a minimum of 100 gigs a year in Belgium alone. His blend of deep, melodic house with a strong emotional touch has been picked up by many. He’s played at highly respected clubs such as La Rocca, Café D’Anvers, Fuse and Ampere to praised festivals such as Paradise City Festival or Tomorrowland where he’s hosting his own stage.

Internationally his sound is getting picked up as well, since he started releasing more regularly in 2018 with EP’s on labels like Selador, EIN2, Days Like Nights, Click Records or his own outlet Atmosphere Records. He received support for his latest tracks of names like Kölsch, Joris Voorn, Solomun, Sasha, Kevin De Vries, Frankey & Sandrino, etc.

2019 has undoubtedly been his best year yet with some crazy performances at Tomorrowland and Paradise City Festival over the Summer which was quickly followed up by his EP release alongside Tom Zeta on Katemukke imprint. Soon Nico will be unveiling his very first release on the soon-to-launch Ontourage label. Most recently Nico hosted the sixth Ontourage livestream which saw him feature at Liege’s St. Guillemins station, re-watch that here.

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Discovering ADE’s Sound-Fleet Boat Parties

Sound-Fleet is once again back at ADE to offer the most unique party experiences of the whole conference: on a proper boat meandering through the Amsterdam canals.

From October 16th to 20th they have seven parties planned with hosts and brands like Rejected, Magdalena, HOSH and his fryhide imprint, Muse by Lehar and Musumeci, The Bliss Office, Olivier Weiter and more.

The boat itself is fully decked out with a killer sound system and offers a great way to dance while taking in the blissful sites of the gorgeous city. Here we speak to the man behind it all, to gain more insight on what attendees can expect from the Sound-Fleet series of events.

Head HERE for tickets and info, and read on for our exclusive chat.

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In Interview with Rahaan

DJ Rahaan’s outstanding skills behind the decks have catapulted him from the Chicago underground circuit onto the international playing field from Japan, Australia, Europe and across America.

With a staple set of releases and remixes on the likes of Fourplay Records, Midnight Riot, Classic, 4 To The Floor, Lumberjacks In Hell and many more, his new single with Angel-A, ’True To Myself’, hails the debut release of Liverpool Disco Festival’s new label LDF Recordings.

6AM checked in for a chat…

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Q&A and Global Vibe Radio 181 Feat. TWR72

Amsterdam-based TWR72 pioneers a forward-thinking approach towards electronic music: a fusing and pulsing rhythm with a cutting drive, binding it with a strong signature groove.

Tracky, stripped-back and tough as hell, TWR72, delivers an ultra-lean cut of prime techno.

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In Interview with Reduce Records’ Ben Vedren and Leiris

The new Reduce Records release from Ben Vedren comes with a classy Leiris Remix. Two groover for all minimal techno lovers, courtesy of two French producers whose minimal sound has been long influenced by some of the greatest in the genre.

We caught up with both to discuss the release, their collaborative spirit and their journey launching Reduce Records.

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Emerging Artist DESNA Talks About Establishing Her Career in New York

When someone begins their career as a DJ, usually it’s because they enjoy the sensation of performing, connecting, and controlling the rhythm of the crowd. It doesn’t come from a business perspective, that tends to come later. The passion is driven by the love of music, and the scene. That passion is exactly how new emerging artist DESNA was able to become such a dominant force in Brooklyn, New York.
DESNA came from humble roots in the Brooklyn scene. Her musical momentum began in NYC through performing at underground parties which led to launching her own event series. She was able to gain notable residencies, such as Output. DESNA has been able to establish herself as one of the rising stars to come out of New York. This weekend will be a highlight for her, as she is playing as direct support for COYU at Analog Brooklyn this Friday.

6AM was invited to have a sit down conversation with her face to face, where we were able to get to know the intricate complexities that made her such an unique force in the city that never sleeps.

The first time I got to see you live was opening for Wehbba and Pan-pot at The Brooklyn Mirage, can you tell me what that was like?
I think playing The Brooklyn Mirage is definitely a destination for most artists. It felt great to be put on that party, especially with it being only me and two other artists and not some stacked lineup. It was August 4th so I was so grateful I had a great turnout because it was SO hot. But still, it was a great turn out, awesome time, awesome vibe.

Growing your career in New York, what do you think was your biggest challenge that you triumph?
I think the biggest challenge was cultivating the sound that I wanted to put out. I have a lot of influences, but I’m someone who really cares about what I’m releasing. In a sense that, I want to do something original; I don’t want to copy anyone. We are currently living in society where everyone’s kind of using similar samples and programs. I feel like it’s getting harder and harder to be original yet familiar. That was something I recently felt like I conquered.

You mentioned how you cultivated your own sound, how would you describe that?
There’s always emotion involved in figuring out what sound to put out. I think this year was a big year for me by taking time to really figure out how I want to be represented. Everyone knows I play techno, and are starting to get to know who DESNA is, but I don’t think people really know what music DESNA makes. As a DJ, I feel like this will be my time to showcase what my sound is. I was a DJ first, and I was producing the whole time but I wasn’t seriously putting out anything until last year. Even then, I was happy with the music I was making but something wasn’t sitting right. I really dug deep and researched New York’s sound. New York has this very Underground Tribal feel. I wanted to take a little bit of that tribal vibe and influences from the industrial sound and create something that’s not only beautiful, but well received.

What was your biggest milestone in your career?
Figuring out my sound, that’s a big personal milestone no one’s heard yet. The other one is just the recognition. Before I came out as DESNA a year and a half ago, I was playing under my real name in New York having fun but not really tying everything together. Output was supporting me a lot, that’s where I was like “you know what? I’m gonna go for it.” I have a musical background, I can play the piano, I was a singer for a few rock bands, even Opera. Music has always been a part of my life, but I never took into consideration that it could become a career. When I started getting booked regularly at Output is when I decided to take my music career more seriously.

What do you think is missing in New York techno scene?
Club Culture. We have it, but there is a void now that Output closed. There was something about Output that brought people together. It really put the underground scene on the map for New York. These big venues contribute a lot to Brooklyn, but I miss the intimacy of being able to go to a club, not have to look at the lineup and knowing that it’s going to be a good night regardless.

Do you have any new events release we should look forward to?
Yes! I’m on direct support for Coyu this Friday coming up at Analog in Brooklyn which I’m really looking forward to, and then I’m playing an after-hours set at ‘Day Jam’ in Philadelphia on September 28th. 
As far as releases, I’m collaborating on an EP with Metodi Hristov on his Label, which will be out at the beginning of 2020. I’m very excited for that as well. 

There’s a lot more in store for DESNA as she’s just getting started. We’re expecting great things from this New York grown artist. If you’re in the city, you won’t want to miss her set at the Analog Brooklyn this Friday! Click the flyer below for more information

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