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Simina Grigoriu

6AM Guest Mix: Simina Grigoriu

Romanian-born, Toronto-bred Simina Grigoriu has been steadily racking up accolades during her decade-long career. Starting off as a DJ, she’s made the transition as a producer and kicked off own label Kuukou, a home for techno forward productions, where she calls all the shots. In this time she’s also transplanted to Berlin, a place she now calls home and the major source of her creative inspiration, a source as diverse as her influences.

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6AM Guest Mix: Viktor Flores

Fanzine Project will be back to A Coruña, in Spain, from December 5th to 7th for the 2019 edition of its ‘Fanzine Fest’ festival. With an eclectic selection mixing well-established artists such as Levon Vincent, The Horrorist, Alienata, Viktor Flores, or Dorian Concept to new musical and visual projects, avant-gardism is this festival’s keyword.

Viktor Flores is a Galician journalist and DJ known for his long residency and co-programming in the legendary club Vademecwm and as the founding member of SINSALaudio Collective (also promoter and festival). He flags the minimalist Central European sound, combining it with timeless classics from Chicago and Detroit, notes of Dub, Electro, classic Disco, EBM or Techno-Pop sound. He has made incursions into projects away from the dance floor and more experimental like Lost in Sound. For a decade he has presented the workshops of the RBMA in Spain.

We asked Viktor Flores to provide a 6AM Guest Mix for our readers and listeners and grabbed a chat with him while we were at it. The mix is a live recording of a recent club set at Mondo in Vigo, proper signature Viktor Flores sound!

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In Interview with Markus Suckut: “For Me 6am Is The Perfect Time”

Anja Schneider created Sous to provide a new platform where she can evolve her sound and play around with new creative ideas. It’s also fast become a home for some exciting collaborations with a new wave of outstandingly talented and accomplished producers Schneider admires.

Making his Sous debut is hypnotic techno king, Markus Suckut with two exceptional original cuts – ‘6AM’ and ‘Float’. Since bursting onto the scene back in 2009, Markus has stayed faithful to his minimal tech roots, creating mind-altering releases for everyone from Rekids to Figure by way of his own SCKT imprint. An artist at heart, his music is very often made without a dance floor in mind: a testament to his studio craft that he’s become such a potent force in the scene.

With an EP title we are certainly fond of, 6AM sat down for a chat with Markus to talk about his relationship with Anja, the meaning behind 6AM and more.

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DJ Set vs Live Set?

In the past, stadiums and giant arenas were mainly reserved for rock bands, rappers, orchestras, and popular singers. Yet, as the years have passed by and electronic music’s popularity has soared, DJs have found a way to be a part of these arenas, gaining the following, respect and attention that other major bands and artist have been receiving for decades.

As the electronic music scene has grown, millions of music fans around the world have taken to local nightclubs, festivals and arenas to listen to their favorite DJs. If you are a newcomer to the electronic music dance scene, however, it is possible that there are some terms used around which may be confusing to you, such as when flyers have the words “Live Set” or “DJ Set” next to an artist’s name. What do they mean exactly and what is the difference between the two?

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6AM Guest Mix: Jonny Maven and Tommy De Niro (Live at 6AM 10 Year Anniversary Party)

Today’s guest mix is a #FBF as we look back to our 10 Year Anniversary Party in LA featuring Detroit techno OG Kevin Saunderson, dela Moontribe, Maison and, of course, 6AM Residents Jonny Maven and Tommy De Niro.

Enjoy the mix!

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30 Essential Underground Dance Music Venues in the United States

 

After featuring 25 essential clubbing destinations for house and techno in Asia, it’s now time to highlight our very own underground dance music scene here in the States.

While we originally narrowed down our list to 23 essential underground dance music destinations, we recently expanded it to a total of 30 venues you should take the time to visit for techno and house here in the United States. Here they are in alphabetical order by city:

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6AM & DownBeats Launch Ultimate Ticket Giveaway for 2018

Hello 6AM and DownBeats followers! We have decided to give back to you this holiday season with a special Ticket Giveaway valid for anyone anywhere in the world.

On Christmas Day we will be selecting one winner and gifting them the 6AM & DownBeats Ultimate Ticket Giveaway prize! Entering is simple and so is the concept: the winner will receive one ticket of choice per month in 2018 for any electronic music event in the world worth up to $40USD, ticket fees included.

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What Record Would You End Your Set With at 6AM?

The first track and the last track. A lot of the times those are the two records that anyone in the room immediately recollects when thinking about a set they witnessed. It may seem like an annoying trivialization perhaps, but it’s still the truth. They are the bookends that encapsulate what we always hope is an unforgettable musical journey.

The first track is the business card which the DJ presents to his dance floor, the one that somehow draws in the crowd and lets them know the trajectory and mood the set will take from that moment on. Granted, the DJ may throw in a surprise or two during his performance but more often than not the beginning of a set gives a clear inkling of the direction the night may be going in. And then you have the last track, the icing on the cake of a path that, hopefully, has already given a myriad of emotions and comes together as a whole, as a single piece of definitive musical work.

That last record can often be the the one track they still hear when their head touches the pillow and they close their eyes back home. When chosen and offered right, the last track is often associated with some of the best clubbing and underground partying memories, that link that binds us to the music and to entire nights spent dancing until sunrise.

These tracks can be anthems that drive the entire room into one last frenzy, or dreamy records that perfectly bring the journey to a close. A crafty track-selector  is able to read the room and knows which one to pick and when. We have chosen 15 of these tracks – but there are plenty others – that give us wonderful chills along the back, transforming our six in the morning into literal inescapable moments:

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9 Unforgettable Festival Escapes Worth the Flight

Music festivals have been popping out everywhere and in different parts of the world, all with different concepts, lineups and offering diverse experiences from one another.If you’re one of the many people who has done their local and national festivals many times already, why not plan a trip with your friends or fly solo and find the inner music adventurer within you by attending a new festival abroad?

Enjoy beautiful sceneries and get lost in new countries and cities, all the while experiencing some of your favorite DJs in the process, some of which you may never get the chance to see back at home. From all over the globe, we give you nine of the most unforgettable festival escapes worth the flight:

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The Need for Sustainability in Today’s Music Industry

More and more artists are prioritizing the need for sustainability in today’s music industry. They are slowly transforming music parties into greener more environment-friendly festivals. It all begins with small initiatives such the single-use of plastic bottles and the technology that allows tour trucks to utilize sustainable biodiesel to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In ecology, sustainability (from sustain and ability) is the property of biological systems to remain diverse and productive indefinitely and as part of the ecosystem. It is up to each one of us that inhabit this beautiful planet to do our part to help attain homeostasis without causing further harm to the environment. More importantly in our industry, it’s imperative for each one of us to to act out and promote the need for sustainability.

As a producer, you can help out by producing more environment-friendly festivals and put a stop on wasteful party practices. Here are some of the biggest festivals that have adopted the “leave no trace behind” policy and practices recycling and other means just to cut down C02 emissions: Grassroots, Outside Lands, Sweet Life, Lollapalooza, and Lighting In A Bottle in the States, or DGTL in Amsterdam. There’s plenty more out there, with festivals, big and small, old and new, rising to the occasion to forward as many green initiatives as they can.

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