Producers vs Live DJ’s – Who Rules the School?

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Okay, here’s how it goes for me. I discover an EDM song that blows my mind. The song is really good that I can’t get it out of my head. I in fact find myself humming to the song’s melody for the better part of a week.  If I’m a fan, then I already know other tracks that this guy has created. But what if I’ve never heard of him before? I’ll obviously get curious and look into his work a little more. Maybe “a little” is an understatement. When I decide to stalk you, I take no prisoners. Believe me!

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Me stalking my fav DJ’s

Well, soon enough I find myself really digging the producer’s other songs and so what’s the next step? Seems only logical to hire him to come perform at my wedding party and pay him in advance to cover my funeral too, right? Okay, jokes aside, the next thing would be to buy a ticket to go see the guy play live in Miami, Ibiza or at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Producers vs. Live DJ’s – Who rules?

If I’m lucky, perhaps I’ll land a selfie or 2 with him. Do I care if he knows how to DJ? Like really good dj-ing, all technical aspects considered? Uhm, I probably don’t care that much. Now, if what I saw on social media last week is anything to go by, a lot of people who read this will probably want to drive a wooden stick through my chest, you know, vampire style. Here’s why:

Renowned Dutch Electronic Dance Music DJ, Laidback Luke, recently said something that drove many into a fit. And It all began with this simple tweet:

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Someone quickly responded that seeing their favorite producer play live was more important to them than that producer’s DJ-ing ability. This statement immediately rubbed a few people (mostly DJs) the wrong way and a small Twitter war began, with the other side insisting that DJ-ing ability was just as important as quality and skill of production.

Now, I’m not really a Laidback Luke fan but he is an industry veteran-perhaps one of the best in the world and so when he says something, I’m at least going to look into it or pay some attention. However, I’m not with Luke on this one. For me, a DJ set is just like a concert. I view it more like a musical showcase.

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Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want to attend a concert where the performing DJ just plays songs without much consideration to the crowd and setting. When you’re paying upwards of $250 for a festival ticket, you want to have the best experience. Nevertheless, I personally feel that a lot of great EDM producers are criticized for not being outstanding on the turntables.

Sometimes, a new artiste in the game may create a few dope records that garner a lot of support and this ends in fans wanting to see him performing at Tomorrowland, Ultra or another huge festival. This kind of pressure may lead to them hitting the stage before they are ready. For this reason, I think we should cut them some slack.

Both DJ-ing and studio mastery are great arts and anyone in either camp will obviously glorify one more than the other, based on where they’re coming from. Generally, DJs who started producing will enjoy the turntables more than the studio while producers who started DJ- ing while cherish studio time. So who should we applaud, the chef or the waiter? The short answer? Both! Without the producer, the DJ would have nothing to play but the DJ also plays an important role of helping us discover good new music.

Turntable Mastery

In the aforementioned Twitter argument, Luke in the end stated that he would like to see more producers “performing live” rather than DJ-ing. If turntable mastery for you is important, I imagine that you only go to the shows headlined by great DJs. On the other hand, if you admire an artiste’s production skills, you attend most of that artiste’s shows. And there’s plenty to choose from. Zedd, for example, plays more concerts than DJ sets. His fans therefore make an appearance to have him play his songs for them live and therefore the DJ-ing aspect doesn’t come in very strongly here. It’s more of a showcase.

In contrast, Laidback Luke, a great producer and a genius DJ, values his sets very much and takes a lot of time to prepare. He therefore scores more of the DJ-ing fans.

Though one may be a better producer than they are a DJ, that’s not to say that there aren’t any acts out there that excel in both areas. Personally I can vouch for people like Skrillex. His sets are just as insane as the records he puts out. When that happens, obviously everybody wins.

So what are your thoughts on this? Do you attend shows and festivals to see your favorite DJ on stage or do you show up to witness mad turntable skills and discover new music?

20 Best EDM DJs of All Time

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Martin Garrix, Avicii, Astrix, David Guetta, Infected Mushroom, Skrillex… We are all used to seeing these names on these kinds of lists.

Usually, that’s because of how much money they earn, or records they sell. It is time to see things from a new perspective.

Here is a list of the top 20 Djs worldwide, who are the most talked about according to social media and online searchers.


# 20 – SHPONGLE

Shpongle is a psychedelic music project formed in 1996 in England. Members are Raja Ram and Simon Posford.

This duo is considered to be one of the ancestors of the psybient genre. It combines world music with ambient and psychedelic trance music.

Their tracks combine traditional music and sounds from all over the world and amazing female and male vocals with western synthesizer-based psychedelic music.


#19 – Steve Aoki

Steven Aoki mixes electro, dubstep and progressive house into his unique dance sound.

He was described by Eminem’s manager Paul Rosenberg as a genre defining the music that the globe needs more of.


#18 – GOA GIL

Gil was born in 1951 and was raised in San Rafael, California. He lived the birth of the hippie movement and the acid rock, and was involved with the freak collectives Family Dog and Sons.

He took off first to Amsterdam and then to India in 1969 and ended up settling in Goa.


#17 – Deadmau5

Joel Zimmerman’s alter-ego is almost as famous for his various takes on house music as for his online outbursts.


#16 – TRISTAN

With a career as long as the history of psy-trance, this guy has been a star in the festival scene for years.

He played at the most important festivals in the world. He has a massive number of fans who love his full-on music of deep psychedelia.


#15 – Tiësto

Dj Tiesto or Micheil Verwest is still on top three decades later, he is today combining his old trance with a pop charm that has won him a new generation of fans.

Tiësto was top of Forbe’s world’s highest-earning Djs list.


#14 – DJ BLISS

DJ Bliss is among a small group of Emirati celebrities with the highest career growth and taking their talent internationally.

He has been able to establish himself as one of UAE’s most influential entertainers being the first Emirati DJ to go on tour.


#13 – Diplo

Best known for Major Lazer and Jack Ü alongside Skrillex, this guy spent the year of 2015 on top of festival lineups and global charts.

This year will certainly be no different, however it might be hard to make something more popular than Lean On.


#12 – AZAX SYNDROM

One of the best makers of Psy-Trance music, AZAX SYNDROM (aka Regev Azaria), is easily one of the most influential artists today.

He creates his own music style, or as he calls it “Power Trance”.


#11 – Hardwell

Robbert van de Corput, or Hardwell was an early bloomer. He is one of the people who fell in love with the EDM music.

Hardwell’s was one of DJ Magazine’s Top 100 for 2 straight years, 2013 and 2014.


#10 – NEELIX

There’s only one obvious thing in the sound of Neelix: Relentless forward boost. Exactly how this boost is generated is not obvious at all – which makes it catchy in the most subliminal way possible.

Neelix nicely adds elements of Progressive Trance to Progressive House and Electro music.


#9 – Avicii

Wake Me Up made by Avicii in 2013 was for sure the song that made Avicii’s career take off. He’d sold 10M albums before the end of the year.

Since then, he has made himself as a real festival A-lister, riding high with his fellow Axwell Swedes and Alesso.


#8 – VIBE TRIBE

Elmar Ivatarov is one of the creators of the Vibe Tribe project. He has been making electronic-based music since he was only 13 years old.

He spent four whole years of experimentation of thorough learning which kick started his professional career as a Dj. A short while after, he started releasing tracks on different compilation releases.


#7 – Martin Garrix

This guy is easily a child prodigy of EDM. Martijn Garritsen was only 17 when Animals went international during February 2013.


#6 – Skrillex

In the 2000s, Sonny John Moore was making emo-rock music with From First to Last.

He may still look like a hardcore star, but it is clear that his electronic career has been way more successful. He is now into electronic dance music.


#5 – ANGERFIST

Danny Masseling is a Dutch hardcore producer and DJ. He was born on 20 June 1981.

He produces for various genres and subgenres under many aliases. He is also part of the following groups: Roland & Sherman (with Outblast), Masters Elite (with Catscan and Outblast) The Supreme Team (with Outblast, Tha Playah & Evil Activities) and Masters Elite (with Catscan and Outblast).


#4 – Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris is the next biggest thing from Scotland after whiskey. He has had one foot in the pop world and one in dance music since his start in 2007.


#4 – RAJA RAM

Raja Ram is an Australian musician. He left Australia in the 50s to start the hippie trail. He studied flute at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and went to New York in 65 to study jazz.

He was a founder of the psychedelic rock band Quintessence in the 70s. He was also the co-founder of Shpongle. And he now plays solo and is one of the best Djs of the psytrance scene.


#3 – Infected Mushroom

Infected Mushroom is an Israeli musical duo formed in Haifa in 1996 by producers Amit Duvdevani and Erez Eisen. They produce and perform psychedelic music, psytrance and electronica.

They are one of the best-selling artists in the Israeli music history in terms of both international and domestic sales.


#2 – David Guetta

He has been in the electronic music industry since the 90s, but Guetta’s solo career went worldwide these last years.

Billboard declared his 2009 track When Love Takes Over, with Kelly Rowland, the best dance-pop duo of all time, in 2013.


#1 – Astrix

And the #1 Dj of our list is Avi Shmailov or Astrix! He is an Israeli trance music Dj specializing in full-on psy-trance.

He is a leading trance maker and DJ and he has been for more than a decade. He is carrying his message of beautiful emotional uplifting trance to the most well-known urban clubs, big festivals and underground events.

Interview With Souljah Sessions At Sound FM

I went over to CKMS 100.3 AKA Sound FM radio station in Kitchener to check out the Souljah Sessions crew in action. I sat down with DJ Phodee6, Woody Wood, and Mark Furious while Uncle Doobie was dropping some excellent beats live on air in the background. We talked about the history of the long standing collective as well as a couple things about the DnB scene.

Check out our full interview below in video form.

History Of Souljah Sessions

Souljah Sessions was founded by Phodee6 when he started spinning on the University of Waterloo campus radio station. He used this as a home base for putting out groovy beats and happy vibes, later attracting more DJs to the show.  The Souljah Sessions family grew and grew, with an increasing number of artists coming through on the show either as hosts or guests.

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Drum and bass isn’t just about the music, it’s about the social side of things as well, it’s a movement. The project is about creating an open platform for expression just as much as it is about spinning auditory amazingness. That’s why Souljah Sessions has always made a point to offer a stage or a broadcast tower to anyone looking for that opportunity of expression. It’s a key value of what the genre is about.

Over time, these souljahs have become quite the veterans. Putting on shows in the area for years upon years, they’re part of the people who are keeping the scene alive. They’ve also seen some things to say the least, having brushed shoulders with the likes of Demolition Man, DJ Souljah, and Mickey Finn.

A Quick History Of Drum And Bass Music

So what is this drum and bass thing all about? It all started from an experiment from the 70s by Frankie Bones. Frankie played two copies of the same record at the same time, but slightly out of synch. The records were at different speeds and also offset from each other, which created a crazy new sound that got a wild response from the audience.

Here is “Bass Kickin’ Beats”, a track by Frankie Bones that defined a generation by its extremely bumpin’ 808 kick sound.

Frankie Bones’ new sound set off a chain reaction, and this officially created irregular breakbeats. It was a huge development at the time, however it mostly remained rather obscure as house was growing ever popular in the 80s.

That is until the 90s hit and labels and producers started messing around with breakbeats. Artists were mashing together a variety of genres like reggae, house, hip-hop, techno, and the notorious breakbeat sound. This lead to the formation of the basics of the drum and bass vibe we know and love today.

Paralleled in it’s infancy by hardcore, which is based on a more steady 4/4 beat rather than the out-of-whack breakbeat, this candy bag of genre mixtures fuelled the UK underground scene throughout the 90s. Eventually hardcore grew enough to break off into it’s own niche, along with similar variations such as happy hardcore, leaving drum and bass to further refine its own identity.

1994 came and the Jungle movement was at it’s peak, marked by clubs like AWOL, Jungle Rush and Jungle Fever busting at the seams with ecstatic ravers and pounding bass. It was a year of intense raving and unbelievable musical growth. It brought about names like DJ Pugwash, DJ Zinc, DJ Hype and Bizzy B. The scene was absolutely vibrant, full of emotion from the crowd and full of new sounds from the artists coming out from everywhere.

Even pirate radio stations dedicated to the genre known as Jungle started popping up all around. Most notable was Kool FM, which was a staple of drum and bass goodness.  Despite being raided multiple times by the authorities, it kept going strong as ever. The most intriguing part of it all, is the fact that this movement in all its colour and excitement was initially exclusive to the UK.

Commercialization Of Jungle Music

Later on, the jungle scene grew and grew until 1995 marked a year of commercialization. Goldie had released the famous track “Timeless” which hit massive sales in the UK (approaching 150000 copies) and also started gaining the genre some international attention.

Goldie proceeded to form his own label, Metalheadz, along with names such as Doc Scott, Dillinja, Photek, Peshay, J Majik, and Lemon D. They continued to push drum and bass tracks into the world and introducing as many people as possible to the genre.

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In terms of the scene, however, it seemed to be dispersing by the end of 1995. Depending on who you ask, you might get the feeling that the underground communities started breaking off into new niches at that point.

Fast forward to today, you can see drum and bass present in the mainstream musical circuit. SO WAIT….IS THIS THE END? No, not at all, silly. The genre’s massive expansion reached a tipping point where it naturally started flowing into the mainstream charts, which can be a bummer for the underground flag wavers out there.

However, it’s an important step because it allowed it to infiltrate other countries and create new communities. Looking at the scene in North America, for example, you can see a strong non-mainstream following. It’s actually quite an interesting layout because the movement seems to have formed pockets and grassroots-level strongholds all across the continent, promoting the old school rave values that initially made the scene what it was back in the early 90s.

While the music has touched the mainstream, artists in the field didn’t stop to mourn as they actually kept producing new music and pushing new boundaries. At the end of the day, that’s what dnb was from the beginning, a sound that thrusted dance music into new territory. While a lot of people may complain about the mainstream, we suggest looking a bit deeper into the indie scene because it’s actually there….still brewing new groovers….and still abuzz with dedicated audiophiles and party people now more than ever.

Souljah Sessions

Take it from the guys at Souljah Sessions, who have been putting on shows for well over a decade in the area. If you put on a show with good vibes and good tunes, people will come out of the woodwork. In fact, these types of shows are also what bring in new converts. We’ve all dragged that one friend with us to a show they had no idea about….or, conversely, a lot of us have been that friend that has been dragged out to some random show. This is how you catch the bug.

That’s how the folks at Souljah Sessions got into it.  Well before anything, they each ended up at some random rave and saw it for themselves. One thing always leads to another and before you know it your heart is stuck with this movement of high-tempo, bass-pounding groovy deliciousness.

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Souljah Sessions works passionately. It’s about a love for the music and a love for the vibes of the parties. Aside from dropping the sickest beats, they want to promote a P.L.U.R. attitude and inclusiveness in the scene because that’s what keeps the community together and keeps the fun times rolling. That’s why if a friend offers to drive you to some obscure warehouse for a weird party with artists you have never heard about and people you don’t know….do it….seriously, do it.

Additional Resources

https://ukf.com/words/route-170-an-exploration-of-drum-bass-in-the-us/12231

http://www.globaldarkness.com/articles/history%20of%20jungle%20drum%20and%20bass.htm

http://www.factmag.com/2015/12/19/drum-bass-2015/

http://www.fantazia.org.uk/DJs/mickeyfinn.htm

Who Or What Is Squarepusher? EDM, Jazz, Bleeps, And You

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Jenkinson showed interest in music very early in life while studying in Essex at a school affiliated with Chelmsford Cathedral. That’s why the organ music highly influences his work.

At the age of 11, Tom bought a 3/4 size nylon-strung classical and attended a couple of private lessons, but soon after that, he decided to teach himself. This was as a result of the fact that he found his teacher’s answers of his questions unsatisfactory.

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He joined his first band at the age of 12 and in the following years he played bass guitar in numerous gigs across East England and London. During the 90’s he started to show any interest in the acid house, techno, house music and hardcore. This resulted in his friendship with the co-founder of Spymania – Hardy Finn.

Notable Albums by Squarepusher

V. Selection Sixteen (1999)

For less than $14 you can purchase a vinyl copy of one of the most underrated albums of Squarepusher. This is the most acid techno related record he has ever released. In fact, it was really great, and people never understood why he didn’t experiment more with it in his next albums.

At the time of the album’s release, Tom had been working as a regular DJ in various clubs located in Sheffield. “Snake Pass” is a fantastic track, which makes a great combination with “Mind Rubbers.” These two together with “Schizm Track #1” and “Schizm Track #2” make this album a genuine pearl.

IV. Hello Everything released in 2006

After a series of acid tracks had been made, Tom decided to create another album even thought that he first stated that he had no intention of doing so. Some of these tracks were played at Warp’s 20th anniversary in Sheffield 2009 by Tom, himself.

Many believe that Hello Everything was his last great record. They might have a point!

III. Hard Normal Daddy

This is the first album developed for Warp, and Tom used the same equipment, which he used in Feed Me Weird Things. He wanted to move over to the more soundtrack-type of sound and pushed away the jazz influence.

The sleeve artwork was influenced from sceneries the town he lives in has. The cover image features the Gasometers near the place he lived as a teenager.

II. Go Plastic

Squarepusher’s Go Plastic album is really experimental, but it consists of some of the greatest moments of Squarepusher’s composition. “The Exploding Psychology” reveals his incredible creativity, and it’s a true bliss to listen it.

In this album, you can find one of Jenkinson’s most straightforward drum & bass tracks and the semi-radio-friendly record “My Red Hot Car”.

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In January 1997, Tom moved to a flat in London where he even filmed the “xxx” documentary. During that time, Tom claimed that he had experienced numerous nightmares about the end of the world.

Part of this album is the record “Journey To Reedham” which was an 8-bit project developed on a computer for a computer game. Meanwhile, “Come on my Selector” has turned out to be his most famous tracks, whereas the director of the video Chris Cunningham also played a major role in this success.

What else in the Squarepusher goodie bag?

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Visit Squarepusher on YouTube

Aphex Twin’s Top Gear – The Unknown Facts

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Who Is Aphex Twin?

Aphex Twin, also known by his original name Richard D. James, is an Irish-born British musician and electronic music maker. Due to his amazing work in electronic music styles such as IDM and acid techno, Richard has been praised worldwide by critics and loved by fans who seem to get his surreal, unorthodox musical stylings and dark of sense humour.

Some of his first and popular albums were his 1992 album called Selected Ambient Works 85-92 and the one in 1994 named Selected Ambient Works Volume II. However, his popularity skyrocketed with his 1997 EP Come To Daddy and his single “Windowlicker”.

His most recent album released in 2014 “Syro” won him a Grammy Award for the best electronic album.


Richard’s Face

James decided to use his face, grinned or distorted, on his covers and songs because techno producers used to hide their identities.

He explained that there is an unwritten rule in techno, where performers can’t show their face on songs and covers.

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Aphex Twin’s Top Gear

PlayerPro Tracker

This is a complete music editing software and player, which is available for Mac. To work with it, you are not required to have a specific hardware. Currently, it is considered as the best music editing software available for Mac devices.  Richard said that he recorded the majority of the album Drukqs with PlayerPro Tracker.

Here is a link to PlayerPro Tracker on Sourceforge that we dug up


Akai MPC60

MPC60 is a music production studio, created by the Japanese company Akai and designed by Roger Linn.

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MPC60 offers 99 patterns, 99 sequences and 99 tracks per sequence that can be created & edited seamlessly. You can easily edit samples, loop, and transform with the lo-fi Sampler section. There’s also a built-in drum machine. Those who want to create Hip Hop, then there are 18 voices of polyphony available for you.  

Richard has been known to use the MPC60 on a number of occasions, especially live.

Check out the Akai MPC Professional on Amazon for something similar


MetaSynth

This is an electronic music studio especially created for Mac devices. With it, you can create, compose, transform and design music the way you want. You can quickly produce full-length compositions with the six rooms it has to offer.  You will find it used extensively in his song, Windowlicker…

Visit http://uisoftware.com/MetaSynth/


Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer

TR-808 uses analog synthesis to create its drum sounds that are of very high-quality. Many performers use this hardware to create R&B, dance, techno and hip-hop music.

The machine offers 16 drum sounds including low/mid/high toms, congas, rimshot, snare, 808 kick, maracas, cowbell, open hi-hat and lots more. In fact, a large number of these sounds can be easily edited.

You can find some of these sounds on his Ambient Works tracks, or on Polygon Window.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5eRyZPNj1w

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Sequentix Cirklon

Cirklon is a MIDI sequencer made in small batches by Colin Fraser. An interesting fact about this niche equipment is that you have to be on a waiting list to buy one.

The quality of this machine is incredibly high, and Colin will help you out in case something gets broken. With Cirklon you can create patterns, which can be either piano roll style with high-res or rigid step sequences.

There are around 64 tracks, and each one of them can play a pattern. All the information, regarding which patterns are played, is carefully stored and organized.

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Aphex Twin even said himself in a recent interview: “it is the best sequencer ever made til now, in terms of analogue i/o, timing man that box…its got a long way to go but I can’t endorse it enough ! I’ve never been into endorsing anything, I’ve been asked by a lot of people but i hate the idea of it, makes my skin crawl, there can be good combos for sure between artist and maker but when its too business it all goes wrong, people gotta make a living but you can tell easily when people got their priorities wrong anyhow, anyway colin is totally on it and in it for the right reasons.
i hope colin does really well out of it, he deserves to , guys a genius and he’s got my gx1 still for midi -ing! but at the mo id rather he kept o.s updates flowing:)”

Check out https://www.sequentix.com/shop/cirklon-hardware-sequencer

You can hear this slick synth on his album Syro, for which he won a frickin’ Grammeee brah! Watch his tear jerking speech here:

10 Unknown Facts About Apex Twin

  1. What many people don’t know is that Richard took his pseudonym from a single processing equipment brand known as Aphex Systems Limited. “Twin” is in memory of his older brother who died at birth (a story he has trolled the media with on more than one occasion).  
  1. “Drukqs” was released in 2001, even though that he had said that he would compose music only for him. However, his laptop with hundreds of tracks was stolen, and he feared that somebody would upload them. Thus, he decided to release the double album himself.
  1. James once revealed that he had spent five weeks without sleeping because he had to make music. That’s a person who is ready to go the extra mile for his performance.
  1. Once Madonna requested a remix, but he was willing to do it only if she made pig noises on the track.
  1. Richard used to scare his girlfriend by putting his “Come to Daddy” silicone mask in bed. He puts it, cuddles next to her and waits for her response when she turns around. Crazy, isn’t he?
  1. Back in the days, Aphex remixed a Craig David track only with one sole purpose: to irritate him. According to James, he has hundreds of unreleased tracks stored.
  1. Back in the days, when James was a young kid, he used to mess with the wires and hammers of their piano. This had established a special connection to music from an early age

We leave you with this nice interview with Richard talking about God knows what…

Bonobo’s Simon Green – DJ Spotlight

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DJ Simon Green, aka Bonobo Barakas, has often talked about himself as being technically homeless, in the sense that he has toured so much in recent years he has been without fixed address for long stretches of time.

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=> Click to visit Bonobo’s website for current tour dates

Where Is Home?

A Quick Look Back

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Give An Ape A Turntable…

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Ape For Bass

Bonobo Studio Albums / Enter The Sound Scape

Down Tempo’s Favorite Son

If you are new to Bonobo’s work, check out this album called Sweetness – a melancholic classic for the ages that is one of our favorites.

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Additional Stuff

Watch Bonobo’s What’s In My Bag episode below.

The Music Man StingRay

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The Northern Borders DVD

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Best Underground Techno DJs in 2016 – A Who’s Who

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If you are an avid techno music lover, there are very few things that are better than discovering an awesome new DJ with an awesome new track to add to the soundtrack of your life. The mainstream has its own appeal and successful DJs are usually famous the world over for a very good reason. But Josh Wink, Tiga or Carl Cox are sometimes not enough for the ravenously hungry music enthusiast, so looking deeper into the underground is probably the best source of fresh new artists and music.

So, let’s look at some guys and gals that are worth checking out and who have already been making a name for themselves as part of the blossoming techno underground from all around the world.

Ben Klock

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You cannot talk about the techno underground without mentioning Berlin and its thriving modern techno movement centered around its local techno mecca Berghain. And you cannot talk about Berghain without its resident DJ Ben Klock. If you are part of this scene, he might as well be an icon, not an underground veteran.

Take in some of Ben Klock’s live dj set and see why he’s a boss of this scene, and why you may want to start buying your plane ticket now.

This energetic German started his career with his signature marathon sets that helped him hone his skills to an amazing level. Besides skill, his performances offer a lot of soul and emotion and everybody that has seen him live agrees that he knows how to make any venue feel intimate. In recent years Ben has started touring more and his international popularity has steadily been rising. If you get the chance to catch him live, don’t miss it.

=> Ben Klock Facebook

On top of this, don’t look over other underground DJs from the Berghain scene in Berlin like Marcel Dettmann, Function, Rodhad and Marcel Fengler.


Adrian Hour

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After Berlin, let’s look at South America. Adrian Hour is one of the most talented and hardworking DJs from Argentina. He leads the way as part of the Buenos Aires underground scene, but has already started making a name for himself worldwide.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Hu_Vf8sZrY

=> Adrian Hour Facebook


Donato Dozzy

Dozzy’s music and sets have a lot of depth and so does his personality – he actually has a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Rome and is known for his deep knowledge about music as well. He currently tours the world intensively and resides in Berlin.

=> Donato Dozzy Facebook


KiNK

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Bulgarian DJ Strahil Velchev known as KiNK is a typical example of a talented DJ to start gaining some international recognition solely on the legs of his skills and his music. He started out in the Sofia techno scene but his unique approach to making modern music soon got him noticed.

KiNK loves both vintage and modern equipment and also likes tinkering with it to produce new and exciting sounds that are very different from what most other people do. He got his first real break in 2008 thanks to a home video of him tweaking a drum machine. It got him enough attention to start appearing in famous clubs all around Europe and his unique performances helped him create an international following. What you’ll see when you catch him live would not be expensive visual effects, but an artist and a performer who is one with his unconventional set of machines and controllers.

=> KiNK Facebook


Matrixxman

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Techno DJs from the USA have been rising in popularity in recent years and one of the forerunners of the new generation of North American underground techno DJs has been Charles Duff also known as Matrixxman. His sound has been described as cold, mechanized and futuristic but by no means emotionless. His tracks explore the road to the singularity when humans and machines would be one and his musical style reflects that duality.

Here’s Matrixxman performing a killer DJ set at the Boiler Room, showing no mercy and taking no fucking prisoners.

Matrixxman has been releasing new music regularly and has been doing sets in a number of iconic locations around the globe. If futuristic techno is what you are looking for, this is certainly a DJ and an artist to keep an eye on.

=> Matrixxman on Facebook


Nicole Moudaber

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Nigerian-born Lebanese lady Nicole Moudaber has been a star DJ for some time already. Besides her fierce DJ sets, Moudaber is known as an event promoter, a record label founder and a radio host.

Feast your ears on her live DJ set at Music Is Revolution in Ibiza.

Some might even argue that Nicole Moudaber’s prolific work has already lifted her out of the underground but her dedication to the techno scene keeps her close to the troops despite her success. She might not be “the most underrated DJ” as described by Carl Cox in 2009, but she still has a lot of room to develop and is always worth paying attention to.

=> Nicole Moudaber Facebook


The Techno Underground as a Whole

What’s beautiful about the underground is that is always full of surprises and there are a lot of other DJs to keep an eye on as well, so keep your hearts and ears open and keep searching.

A few other underground DJs worth checking out: Shlomi Aber, Oliver Huntemann, ANNA, Nikola Gala, Danny Daze.

DJ Krush – History And Profile

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A Short History Of DJ Krush

Hideaki Ishi, as his real name is, dropped out of school really early to join one of the most brutal and popular gangs – Yakuza. He decided to forget about his criminal past when he found a finger wrapped in paper on his desk. It belonged to one of his best friends. He decided to pursue career as a DJ after watching the 1983 movie Wild Style.

Ishi is one of the most famous hip-hop producers, and he is considered by many as one of the pioneers of the Japanese hip hop music. Back in the old days, the American rap scene dominated the genre, but his experimental beats and music changed the whole industry.

DJ Krush doesn’t like to identify his music by associating it with a particular genre because it could serve as a limitation to his talent. People consider his music like ambient, hip hop, trip hop and a combination of the last two. However, Hideaki appreciates all styles of music, and he likes to keep a distance from the genres associated with him.

His career skyrocketed when he formed the group Krush Posse, which became famous in Japan almost instantaneously. Four years later he decided to pursue a solo career, and his first album has been ranked high in numerous Japanese charts.

World Recognition

In 2007, he created a special DVD box, which was a collection of his work in the past twelve years.

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He is internationally recognized, and he has produced music for movies, TV shows, and many commercials throughout his career. He has done numerous collaborations with known musicians from around the globe. In 2009, he won the Kommersant Award of the Moscow’s Film Festival with the animation film “First Squad.”

Recently, he collaborated with Bernie Worrell and Toshinori Kondo on Bill Laswell’s latest project called “Method of Defiance.”

Statistics

The facts tell an interesting story about Hideaki Ishi. He has performed in 29 cities in 50 countries in front of more than 7 million people.

The amazing producer continues to create music and make millions of people happy because of his beautiful and groundbreaking music.

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