The legend that is John Digweed is prepping yet another mix of his live legacy with the forthcoming release of his newest CD/4xLP; Live In Slovenia. Simply put, Digweed recorded a tantalizing set in the city of Izola and is sharing with fanatics and newcomers worldwide. What’s interesting about the mix isn’t the volume of if all, but the actual balance that Digweed displays; pairing a lot of the tunes and artists you’d think he’d play (Booka Shade, The Chemical Brothers, Josh Wink, etc.) with producers who have just made their mark or even more so, on the up-and up (Boys Noize, Deetron, George FitzGerald). Surely worth an in-depth listen, Live In Slovenia is a journey that takes you through the mind of a mixing veteran who’s dipping his toes into unforeseen territory and opening the ears of eager fanatics who are willing to listen. John Digweed will be coming to a tour near you for a very limited run of tour dates near the summer. Check out the tracklist for the mix, as well as the tour dates, post-jump.
Richie Hawtin‘s month long CNTRL: Beyond EDM trek across America’s universities and nightclubs is deep into it’s third week. And while most of the online action has come via live streams of DJ sets and educational panels, not everyone has the time (or in the right timezone) to sit and watch things as they happen. So we enjoyed this wrap-up of the first week’s events, including an impromptu hotel party webcast, a meet-up with Josh Wink, and a serious post-Sandy throw down from Hawtin, Eon Golden, tINI and Loco Dice.
Fall is back to school season, even for superstar DJs like Richie Hawtin. Following a summer full of epic partying, much done at his ENTER residency in Ibiza, Hawtin, along with Loco Dice, are embarking on a the CNTRL: Beyond EDM tour of North American universities that will feature daytime educational lectures along with the nighttime music events these two DJs are globally renown for. …MORE
We’ve all been there, walking into the club only to be confronted with an opening DJ pounding out the biggest peaktime tunes to a sparse crowd of early arrivals who are more concerned with checking their coat and grabbing a drink than sweating it out on the dance floor. It’s the first no-no of the warm-up DJ set, and is repeated by all of the star jocks—including Josh Wink, Hector Romero, Mike Huckaby and DJ Dan—in a recent blog post by NYC DJ school Dubspot. Other tips include making room for the next DJ in the booth, not dropping the headliners biggest hit right before he goes on (duh) and packing something “throwback or silly” which according to DJ Shiftee will make your set memorable without messing with the vibe of the whole evening.
Of the many storied clubs in the history of dance music, no one name represents ’90s techno as well as Tresor, the historic venue built inside an old East German department store vault after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Inspired by the hard techno sounds coming from Detroit via Jeff Mills, Blake Baxter and Underground Resistance, Tresor was a central junction in the reunification of Berlin, where young people from the East and West mingled in a hedonistic mix of dancing, drugs and anarchy.
Deep underground, with a thunderous sound system, nearly no lighting, and a crowd that had literally never heard the term “bottle service,” Tresor was a far cry from the Vegas-Ibiza-styled club culture of today, yet set the template for what remains the ultimate in underground dance music establishment.
A new documentary being released …