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Premiere: Michele Chiavarini Reveals The Jazzcodes Release on Newly-Launched SPRY Records

Michele Chiavarini reveals the second release on his newly launched SPRY Records label, with a superb new slab of dance floor jazz from his brilliant band, The Jazzcodes.

Take Care Of The Music contains all the essential credentials of a feel-good Jazz-In-The-House floor stomper. It’s blazing with classy brass hooks, jazzy guitar licks, hefty key slaying, scatt and ethereal vocal washes, and a set of insane solo’s which freestyle over an irresistible butt-shaking groove. With 3 distinctively different vibes on the package to enjoy, including our premiere of the Dub version, prepare to engage foot shuffling mode.

“If you take care of the music, the music will take care of you…”

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Danny Tenaglia talks AIM Festival, New York Clubs, and Being Yourself

There’s two things you will need to know about Danny Tenaglia: He’s a living legend of the New York scene, and he will be the nicest person you will ever talk to.

We had the opportunity to have a lengthy conversation with the artist as he prepares to headline the Montreal’s AIM Electronic Music Festival July 12-14th. A 3-day festival that takes place on campgrounds that will have some of the best techno and house acts in circulations.

Accompanying Danny this year will be the likes of ANNA, John Digweed, Pig&Dan, and the Desert Hearts Crew. Danny is scheduled to close out Saturday with a 4-hour house set on the main stage.


Danny Tenaglia is a walking encyclopedia with the entire history of the New York Club scene inside of it. Starting in the early ’80s at the age of 16, Danny’s trajectory of success is in large part due to not only his love of music, but of the scene overall too.

When we were speaking to him, we got a glimpse of how passionate he was about his roots as well as his ambitions. Multiple times, the interview would just steer off into a deeper conversation about music. It felt less of an interview and more of an enjoyable conversation. Here are some of the things we were able to talk about.

You are an award-winning producer, Grammy nominated, and a profoundly respected artist, at what point in your career did your success start to shock you?

I don’t think it ever shocked me as it all happened gradually over 3 (now 4) decades and I’ve definitely been humbled by it all. I’ve received many awards since the 80’s. Several were from DanceStar including Lifetime Achievement. DJ Magazine inducted me as the first DJ into their new Hall Of Fame category several years back, many are from The Winter Music Conference and the after The Pacha Ibiza Awards was when it probably all started to affect me and come to a realization of sorts when I started to win awards in Ibiza, most noticeably when I was given “The DJ’s DJ” award back in 2000. This meant more to me than any Grammy nomination because to me I’m much more of a DJ than a remixer, or a record producer, since that is how I started as a very young teen. Being a DJ will always be my first love.

What were your first few steps in your DJing career?

Well, I was probably about 12 when I discovered there was a new artform of entertaining with continuous non stop music by using 2 turntables and a mixer. I always knew of DJ’s being Disc-Jockeys on the radio, but this was a new nightclub thing basically replacing a live act and I was pretty fascinated by it all. The dance floor, the sound, the lights and DJ booths. It was 1976 when I got my first residency in a bar in Williamsburg, I was barely 18. After that I worked at a Roller Disco in Greenpoint 5 days a week from 1990-1983. However, it wasn’t until In 1985 that I jumped on an opportunity to work at a club in Miami 3-4 nights a week. I stayed out there for 5 years. I missed the very first Winter Music Conference, but for the following 33 years I participated every single year. It was there between 85-90 where I started getting recognized and written about in the old school way of social media, which was Billboard magazineDance Music Mags, DJ magazine and other foreign ones. I started getting a lot of attention through that media. In 1988, I went into a studio and made my first record which quickly got signed to Atlantic Records. So between Miami gigs, the WMC and remixes, this kind of put me on the map in a big way and I started to get hired to do several remixes for major labels. By 1990, I knew it was time to come back to New York because this is where everything was mainly with the various recording studios and a big dance music scene. I had already known just about everyone in the business and I knew this was where I need to be if I wanted to pursue being a producer and remixer as well as future DJ gigs.

You’ve been back and forth between Miami and New York multiple times in your career.

I still have a place out there. I got a condo back in 2004 and I use it as my winter escape. New York is and will always be home base for me. Miami is the getaway. Although, I am considering selling and finding a nice home in NJ, but I will always be a true snowbird and head south every winter to escape the frigid temps, even if I have to Air BnB.  Winters are feeling longer and colder each year.

What’s something that Danny Tenaglia would like to see more of in the industry? Is there something he feels like there’s lacking of?

Everything is 100% different these days. My job was always to make people dance, to keep the dance floor full. If you failed or if you started to see people leave the dance floor, you played something else to get them back on. That’s not the case these days.
You know, what is somebody gonna say? “They’re not fist pumping?” or “They’re not holding up their camera phones?”  They’re not leaving the floor to go to the bar and wait for a better song to come on.
DJ gigs are basically a form of concerts now. We are on big stages and platforms now, plus it’s a whole different ballgame and a different attitude as far as entertainment goes with us DJ’s selling tickets.
Even musically, every DJ sounds different from each other. We’re all pretty much playing music that the other guy’s are not playing, and music that the people on the dance floors very likely never heard before, but if it’s relative enough within genres then the crowd participation is pretty much mutual with how they respond to the build ups and the break downs. Back in the heydays, we all couldn’t wait to get our hands on many of the same records being released. We would go weekly to the record pools and record labels and the various shops hunting for new songs, promos, extended versions and dubs.
You know what is definitely missing in a large way? It is the actual art-form of dancing and freely expressing yourself. I think it says a lot about this new generation that many people feel uptight about looking silly. But then again, we didn’t have to worry about people filming us and posting it on social media to shame us. Sad but true. I remember back in the days how one song could come on that everyone was in-sync and united over, and all of the sudden the dance floor is packed like Bamm! That use to happen a lot, especially at The Garage but pretty much everywhere. You would hear the very intro of the song and them Boom! People would say  “Oh my god! I was just about to take a break but that’s my song.” That level of excitement over a song or track is missing. Sweating was expected.

 

New York music scene has grown out of Manhattan and devoured Brooklyn. As a Staple in New York, how do you feel about the change?

There is something very surreal about it. Looking back, I have been a part of so many of NY’s iconic venues and it truly makes being a successful DJ so much more meaningful to me, but it’s definitely quite surreal. These days, when we drive through Manhattan and pass some of these venues and we say wow, this is where Twilo was, or this is where Paradise Garage was, The Loft, The Saint, Vinyl, Arc, Funhouse, Roxy, Cielo, Sound Factory Bar, Pacha, Crobar, Spirit, Tunnel, Limelight, Palladium, Studio 54, Better Days and so many, many more I could name. Now, they are no longer there, now the new clubs are in my backyard in Bushwick and Williamsburg, right where I was born and raised. But, many will come and go, and most will never be able to compare to some of Manhattan’s best.
What really seemed was the most strange to me was when I started playing Output because Output was only like 6 blocks away from the first bar I ever worked at back in 1976. It feels good at the same time, that I have this amazing history growing up in Brooklyn and learning from the best of best since the early 70’s, but there’s a great sadness about it too because the way it makes me reminisce and wonder what it would be like today if all of these amazing venues were still open? I’d be satisfied with half, but I also left out a whole bunch. Maybe our next interview. Hehe

Do you have any advice for producers/artists starting in New York?

The number one thing I tell people, is how important it is to make music. That’s your business card. That’s what’s going to get you attention. That’s what’s going to get your name around the world once it gets on a record label and Beatport, or Itunes, whatever it maybe.

That’s when an agency is going to find interest in you. Any DJ can go to an agency say “can you get me bookings?” and they’ll say “Well what do you have?” You can’t just put a mix on Soundcloud, you can’t hand out flash drive keys with your latest set. You have to make music. Luckily, it’s more affordable than ever to make own little home studio. It’s easier than ever to make your own track with all the plug-ins that basically throw all the familiar sounds out to you.

My other advice is: Put the phone down. Enough with the social media. FOCUS. Make some music, pay attention. If you party, separate that. Those are the things that will set you back. There are now thousands and thousands of other DJs that are now doing that. Time to prove yourself!

What’s the best thing about the music scene like out in Montreal?

I’ve always said this, it’s my favorite place to play. Especially the club Stereo. The people who come to Stereo seem to equally love what I might play at the beginning of the night, Techno middle of the night, Tribal, closing with classics. You don’t get that love everywhere; that appreciation. It’s really rare you play from the heart and it’s open-minded to it all.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

I pray. Plain and simple. I’ve always had my moments and I’m giving thanks. It’s a very personal thing for me.

You’re going to be Headlining the AIM Festival on Saturday at the Monolithes stage with a 4-hour house set. What is the significance of house music when it comes to Danny Tenaglia?

It’s more of soulful feeling, more of a swinging house groove, more to be present. As opposed to the techno stuff, [like I won’t be sounding like] I’m going to pull out my Len Faki records and go that route. Probably be a lot of classics, personal edits, mashups and versions that I’ve done that are exclusive to myself. Not go back to a disco era, but definitely a house vibe.

You’ve been expressing this phrase “Be yourself” for quite some time now. Although the message is obvious, why are you so adamant about getting it out to the rave community?

The song was originally written by Celeda who sings it. She was always a big fan of Sylvester (American Singer known for his hit disco singles in the late 1970s and 1980s) and I was a big fan of Sylvester from day one too. I totally understood where she was coming from with that “Be Yourself”, whether it’s gay, straight, transgender and just accept one another.

I have to be careful with my answers because “Be Yourself” doesn’t mean that you can also be an asshole. But accept one another, by hair color, by tattoos, by ear piercings because we can get over opinionated sometimes. I’m just as guilty as that as well. When it comes to the dance floor, there’s this certainty that you can dance like no one’s watching, and you can “Be Yourself.”

We’re looking forward to your new release “Don’t Turn Your Back” can you tell us anything about it?

I started that song roughly about 6 years ago. I slowly kept developing it but never feeling like it was finished. Maybe because the first 3 years I didn’t even have vocals on it. Then I was in a studio one night and I decided to say “Don’t turn your back” and I did. That gave the song a whole new direction.

I started playing it out and it started getting a lot of attention. Social media hype and people asking “What song is that?” and “When is this coming out?” I finally approached Jamie Jones who asked me to be part of paradise and he said “Yes! I’d love to sign that track!” We were able to get remixes coming out from Carl Cox, Harry Romero, Mendo and I’m a huge fan of all three of them.

It was an absolute pleasure to speak to Danny Tenaglia. C

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How Electronic Music Affects Your Body, Brain and Mood

It is an obvious fact that almost everybody is a fan of some type of electronic music.

In fact, some people have so much love for music that you will find a student failing to submit his term paper in time because he was “held up” at the dance floor, or went to a festival, listening to their favorite music. Smarter college students with music addiction have now resorted to contracting service providers like Edusson to help with academic paper writing service, so that they can have a free weekend to catch up with a concert in town.

So what does music do to your brain, so that you always find yourself leaving everything that would be called important, just to go listen to someone entertaining people in some far away town? Spiritual fundamentalists would call that a spirit, while others will say it is an addiction, but one thing remains a puzzle-how strong is the spirit or addiction, as to make a student opt for the services of a research paper writer, just because he can’t afford to miss it? This is the one question that almost every paper on the topic of music has struggled to explain.

There are several impacts that electronic music will cause on your body, brain and mood.

Amazing Research Findings on Sad Music

There are two types of emotional responses to music, according to research: what is felt and what is perceived. The implication is that though it is perceived, and indeed known that this kind of music belongs to the “sad” category, there is a difference in how it impacts the brains and minds, and therefore bodies of different individuals. As such, you will find people who derive feelings of romance from sad music; even though the general perception is that everything about it is sad.

Music Boosts Endurance

There are times when the going is too tough-the times when you just need more energy to cover the remaining minutes of exercise. These are the times when smart people know how to reap the benefits of listening to music. Research has shown that music actually boosts your urge to continue, even when your energy bank seems to run dry. Music somehow comforts the brain with the feeling of “though it seems to be too tough, there’s something sweet in your company”. Well, that must be very good news to some student somewhere who has a backlog of work to complete within a very short time. Just ensure you don’t enjoy it too much until it pulls you away from the task-but is it gets too tough, you still have the option of finding online research paper writing service if you won’t adjust as much as you may need to.

More Music Means More Active

How can this be? The relationship between your favorite music and the brain can be such an interesting one. There are a lot of ways in which your brain reacts to music. Look at, for example, how willingly your brain memorizes the lyrics and tunes of your favorite electronic music, when it is very difficult for the same brain to memorize the step-by-step process of writing a paper.
Some studies have shown that learning music can help in the development of vocabularies and boost verbal reasoning.

Gottfried Schlaug of Harvard Medical School even says that musicians have different nerve makeup from non-musicians, in that they have more nerve bundles connecting their left and right brains. Have you, for example wondered why music is very instrumental in treating some neurological disorders? It all boils down to one fact: music engages several areas of the brain like the visual, motor and auditory res, all at the same time. So what all this means is that you won’t be surprised to find out that the musician next door always gets it right before you can figure it out!

Music’s Medicinal Effects.

You have seen many people have some soft music playing next to them when they are sick. Well, the medicinal value of music today goes beyond the healing rituals. It is well engrained in scientific corridors that music does something to make the body feel better in times of sickness. Some great scientists like Plato have even suggested the use of music to treat anxiety and weak emotions. Music is also known to inhibit fatigue. Many scientific findings have also linked music to changes in pulse and respiration rates.

What this means is that music can be used to institute some comfort in the sick, which then allows the body to relax and “feel good”, with the overall final outcome of possibly functioning better in terms of fighting disease and responding to medication. However, studies have also shown that very high-pitched music can also cause anxiety and panic, subjecting the body system to immediate strain that can lead to severe health implications. But you could still argue that this just serves to justify the medicinal value of music-doesn’t an overdose of conventional medicine hurt?

Attitudinal Adjustment

In ancient days, music was used to soothe the soul in difficult times. The biblical David was called to play a musical instrument to comfort King Soul whenever he was troubled. In some parts of the world, like Africa, music is used at funerals to comfort the bereaved. Even scientists have confirmed that music is a mood booster. If you are of the ever busy lot, like those who work in the research writing service sector, you will always find some music playing on the background so useful whenever your moods seem to go south.

Music Makes You Alert and Active

Did we say music has health benefits? Research has come to back this by establishing that the there are great health benefits, especially to seniors, of singing out loud. Seniors who live alone with nobody to talk to can count on music to always keep them engaged.

Q&A and 6AM Guest Mix: Charlie Rope

Heavily influenced by the likes of Larry Levan, Giorgio Moroder, Frankie Knuckles and Giles Peterson, Charlie Rope’s love of classic house music and disco is apparent in his productions, which are also driven by a desire to bring people together through music.

Growing up in Bedford listening to disco, funk and early house music, Charlie has started to find his feet as a producer, which only felt like a natural progression after DJing from a relatively young age. Both a regular on the dance floor and long-time listener of BBC’s Essential mix has help build the foundations to his love of club music, track selection and energetic DJ sets. 

His very first release was on Reptile Dysfunction back in 2017, confidently setting out his musical stall with life-affirming disco loops and chunky house grooves. Charlie returned to Doorly’s label this fall with his second solo EP, Different Love: four propulsive house cuts with a healthy dollop of disco for good measure.

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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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Q&A, Global Vibe Radio 072 and FREE Track Download with Deep Tribe

It’s hard to envision what can happen when two people with completely different upbringings, life experiences and cultures meet. On one side we have Andrew, born and raised in Southern California, and on the other Dimitry, from South Ukraine. Two worlds apart, yet connected by a thick, visceral and intellectual thread. Somehow their paths crossed, and together they would fuse their artistic minds into a project known as Deep Tribe.

Los Angeles-based Deep Tribe is a DJ and production partnership that stirs musical minds with soul-hitting and deeply meaningful underground electronic music. Creators and innovators in their own right, the duo blends elements of house and techno with influences from other genres peppered in for an outcome that is a signature sound they are becoming widely recognized for.

Today they are gifting their fans and 6AM readers with an exclusive free remix of their very own collaboration with David O’Dowda entitled “Keep Your Head,” out on their imprint Counterfeit Fun Records, which you can  You can get download here.

Furthermore, 6AM had the chance to chat with both Dimitry and Andrew as they deliver this week’s edition of Global Vibe Radio with a powerful mix that clocks at nearly one hour and 20 minutes. You can listen to that right here and also download it for free courtesy of 6AM and Deep Tribe.

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10 Tips To Succeed in the Music Business: Seth Troxler

Want to become a better music producer and actually succeed in the music business? Jack of Mastered by Jack has been working in music for the last 20 years, having amassed a great amount of knowledge and experience on what and how music is meant to sound like.

Jack translates this experience into a business by providing mastering and sound engineering services as well as tools and tips for producers to succeed in their production endeavors. As part of this he collects important tips shared by recognized and successful producers/DJs.

First up is Detroit-raised and London-based Seth Troxler, who shares 10 tips on how to succeed in the music business, with emphasis on music production.

Watch the video with Seth below and read on for a bullet-point list of his tips:

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This Instagram Account Photoshops Smiles on Your Favorite DJ’s Pictures

We have all laughed at DJ press photos at some point or another. There is no denying that a lot of these photos show artists in serious somber poses, which can be both pretty hilarious and strange.

An Instagram account called Happy DJs  is seeking to fix that, however, by photoshopping huge, joyous smiles on the face of high-caliber DJs. While smiles seem like a normal element on every normal photo, the series of doctored pics below show just how peculiar these changes can look when you’re used to seeing artists look back at you with stone-cold stares.

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Squire: When Soul and Jazz Meet Techno and House

Squire is one of the exciting talents currently coming out of the vibrant Spanish city of Barcelona.

Born and raised in the capital of Catalunya, Jaime borrows from his soulful jazz roots to produce and play music that seamlessly traverses the boundaries of techno and house, reaching deep to create atmospheric soundscapes that take dance floors on unique musical journeys. You wouldn’t think so from his young age, but Jaime has already released on a number of well-respected and known imprints such as Get Physical, Rebellion, My Favorite Robot Records, Tenampa, Parquet Recordings and, as we get to talk to him, has an EP that was just released on UNER’s Solar Distance.

Kaleidoscope is a three-tracker filled with melodic and rich sounds, entrancing vocals and textured, captivating elements. Find it for purchase on Beatport and for streaming below.

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Kazantip Returns as Georgia Electronic Music Festival, Lasting 32 Days and Featuring 500 Artists

The world’s longest electronic music festival is here, as the famed Kazantip is reborn as Georgia Electronic Music Festival.

GEM Fest is the birth child of the creative heads behind Kazantip, a month-long quest to bring music lovers around the world together for a like- minded environment of music, the arts, sports and wellbeing. It takes place at one of the biggest, cleanest and most beautiful beaches on the whole Black Sea – the latest hotspot of the European and global party scene. It is the place to experience the most incredible sunsets, dip in crystal clear water and indulge in world-renowned wines, cuisine and Georgian hospitality.
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