Richie Hawtin, Skrillex and Luciano Host a Successful Panel for Bridges for Music at Sonar
After the successful workshop series in South Africa (Langa and Soweto), Bridges for Music rounded things off nicely at Sonar, Barcelona in June with an ‘On the Couch’ style panel discussion with the three DJ/Producers involved in the events; Richie Hawtin, Skrillex and Luciano.
Hosted by Bridges for Music founder, Valentino Barrioseta, the event was preceded by a short film currently being made to document the journey each artist has made on behalf of this initiative “and the positive effect it is having on the areas.” All three artists got to share their own experiences of visiting our sunny shores, in particular their workshops in the townships.
Richie Hawtin on his memorable Kliptown gig; “I can’t really explain it, it was the proudest moment in my career really.”
Although Skrillex only had the opportunity to visit Langa for the once off workshop it too left quite an impression on the Dubstep producer; “I loved seeing how hungry the people we met in South Africa are to get somewhere. They don’t want pity, they want to create better lives for themselves.”
Luciano, who only came for the workshops and events linked to this, playing no ‘commercial gigs,’ says he could relate to township life, “I grew up in a neighbourhood in Chile with lots of similarities to the townships of South Africa, and I know how music can change your life.”
About: Bridges for Music is a non-profit organization supporting electronic music and the members are all leaders in the global dance music industry. By using their vast experience and contacts to achieve their goals they aim to use electronic music and the international stage as a means to create upliftment in disadvantaged areas. Thus far they have hosted workshops with the three aforementioned DJ/Producers in both Langa, Cape Town and in Kliptown, Soweto. As the name indicates, Bridges for Music aims to ‘bridge social gaps’ through music.
Opinion: Whilst their first series of events was a success as agreed by all involved, particularly from a feel good perspective, we can just hope that the townships do not simply get used as a great PR opportunity for international DJs and promoters to ‘show they care.’ IDM looks forward to phase two of this wonderful initiative which will hopefully glean some of the rich talent we have in Africa ending with genuine success stories.
We’ve sure got the talent and since Africa seems to be the flavour of the month right now on the international circuit, it is programmes like Bridges for Music that can really turn this interest in our continent’s dance music scene into something substantial.
Scratch Lab DJ Training Facility launched and running
The Scratch Lab DJ Training Facility opened in Woodstock, Cape Town recently and is the brainchild of the pioneering DJ collective known as Beat Bangaz. Consisting of Ready D, E-20 & DJ Azuhl, the three DJs have combined experience of more than 30 years in the DJ game and it shows when you watch the three of them operate. This experience ranges from international tours, SA and African Tours, Radio, Television, Clubs, Music production, Mixtapes, Live Bands, Seminars, Expo’s and workshops so you can be sure they have the goods to carry the mantle of teaching young upstarts the art of scratching, DJing and general skills required in this business. Here’s what they say…
“Combining traditional DJ methods and tools with the latest cutting edge technology, the training received sets Scratch Lab apart from other DJ schools. From novice, bedroom DJ or the seasoned performer, Scratch Lab offers a range of courses and workshops to accommodate any skill level. Its cost effective DJ and music production courses are conducted by accredited, professional and experienced trainers to keep students on par with the latest technology, developments and techniques. From the beginner courses to advanced, the emphasis for Scratch Lab is also importantly on building personal relationships and a holistic approach to training.”
Interested? Well look out for their free ‘Lab Sessions’ held once a month to introduce attendees to new technologies, guest DJs and producers and tools to promote self expression through music. These are an excellent way to gauge if their workshops are for you.
You can find them at 122 Victoria Road (above Sound Select)
082 256 7533 | Scratch Lab Official Site
UMEK delivers a proper dose of techno to EDC headliners
They say save the best for last and that was the case on this year’s sold-out EDC Las Vegas. Apparently this year the promoter decided to educate the fans or “headliners” as they called them this year, and introduce a creme-de-la-creme choice of world class techno DJs to the crowd under the main stage.
UMEK played an unforgettable set, not even slightly softening up for a more mainstream oriented public and they seemed to enjoy it very much. According to live feedback on social media, UMEK delivered one of the most memorable sets of the whole festival, featuring some of the fresh hits from his gourmet imprint 1605.
This was the Slovenian DJ’s second appearance on an Insomniac’s main stage this year and there are some to follow. Apparently America is getting its share of the avant-garde in 2013 directly from main stages across the country.
Let’s hope the trend continues with more underground acts rocking the main stages.
IONO boss to headline next Multiverz
“A cube is a geometric, three-dimensional shape. Each of the six square faces is equal and creates a steady, strong but predictable form. However, what happens when somebody manages to see beyond the ordinary shape? What happens when a person starts to treat this cube as a Rubik’s Cube, and create a complex and creative new form? What happens is DJ CUBIXX, aka Mattias Sperlich.”
DJ CUBIXX (Matthias Sperlich) is the genius behind IONO MUSIC from Germany – one of the premier and most respected labels in the world of Progressive Psytrance. IONO MUSIC was born in 2005 at a time when Progressive Psytrance as we know it today was still a figment of his imagination. Displaying great wisdom and vision he created IONO MUSIC and set about building what has become the pinnacle of progressive psytrance – deep, emotive and intelligent music, always striving to innovate through fresh creative sounds. Read our full interview with Matthias here.
For more info: Multiverz Facebook
Have you watched Goldfish’s video for their single One Million Views yet? Soon after launching on YouTube last month [now sitting at 111,887 views], the video was picked up by various blogs/forums and a raging debate ensued as to whether this was/is a cheap trick to gain views/likes. [See Little Misfit’s column for more on this subject].
The song and indeed the video pokes fun at this tendency for ‘big name DJ/Producers’, the likes of which suggest that David Guetta, Deadmau5, Skrillex and others use pre-planned sets when they perform and are prodigious ‘button pushers.’ i.e. they don’t really do too much on stage except put their hands in the air and occasionally push a button or two.
Now it’s no massive secret that pre-planned sets occur and if anybody has the right to question this it is guys like Goldfish, considering the genuine live element they have and continue to bring to their performances. Anyway they’ve received their fair share of love and hate on YouTube. Why not pop on over and show some support for our boys… They deserve it.
DeaderThanDisco sign with Sony Music Africa
THE INTERNATIONAL FINALISTS OF MIXMAG / OLMECA ‘BE THE DJ’ REMIX COMP WITH STEVE AOKI RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE I’M SO CRUNKED UP
DeaderThanDisco are a Johannesburg based Electro House production team comprising of Dale Allman & Garrick Jones. Selected by Mix Mag as the international winners of the Olmeca Tequila ‘Be the DJ’ Remix Competition with Steve Aoki, the duo recently spent three days with Mr Aoki on a DJ master class at the Pioneer DJ school in Amsterdam, and are now releasing their debut single through Sony Music Africa, I’m So Crunked Up ft Lakota Silva.
“The song originally came to us when we came across the lead vocal from a contact of ours in Minneapolis in the US. We loved the verse and his style; and we wanted to create a party track around this. After many attempts, Garrick came up with this KILLER bassline that worked perfectly for the track,” says Dale.
The duo started working together in early 2012 and have an impressive list of achievements thus far: official remixes for EMI, Soul Candi and a host of other artist; opening act for international DJ Basshunter as well as slots on the Cell C Spring Break Tour; exclusive performances for Cotton On South Africa store launch parties and most recently, joining Jax Panik’s new collaboration project K/DZ for two hot new singles.
The duo’s breakthrough success and development potential resulted in DeaderThanDisco signing a deal with Sony Music Africa this month. The team are currently hard at work on their debut EP, as well as some very exciting collaboration projects.
LABYRINTH: 8 years of psytrance magic!
LABYRINTH (or LAB as it is affectionately known) is no stranger to throwing psytrance parties – having kicked off early in 2005 at the now infamous Opium venue by hosting a weekly Thursday night. LAB has since grown into Cape Town’s biggest, longest running, and greatest indoor brand, culminating in celebrating its 8th Birthday this year by throwing a massive event with all the trimmings of ArtEscape Décor, Afterlife Visuals, Funktion-One sound, and a DJ line-up including Feedback, Broken Toy, The Commercial Hippies, Bruce, Gokon Rave and more.
Not stopping there, LAB has 2 more events coming up this winter season – hosting none other than global psy icon – Sub6 [see our interview here] for the next show on 13 July. Their shows are often sold out so best you grab your tickets early.
13 July – Labyrinth ALIVE ft. Sub6
3 August – Winter closing party
Electro Swing Club Vol I is a compilation from the epicentre of the electro swing genre and scene. ESC is the original and largest network of Electro Swing Clubs in the world, with over 18 club nights across Europe, North America, The Middle East and Australia. All the clubs feature the freshest and most exciting talent on the scene, reflecting ESC’s remit of breaking new ground and talent.
This CD is the most original and dance floor driven compilation of the genre and showcases new, fresh and unsigned artists, as well as a few select established artists and remixers. Standout track is our very own James Copeland Music with a remix of Kitten & the Hip’s Shutup and Dance. Electro Swingers: grab it!
Out now from the capable hands of Wishingsoul is Jungle Fever Vol.1 dropping on the DeepForestSA imprint – the same label that brought deep house fans the hit album Deepforest Sessions Vol.1 mixed by Jaguar Paw. This time around sees Wishingsoul on mixing duties and according to them he’s really stepped up to the plate and interpreted his own vision of music. Jungle Fever will be Wishingsoul’s debut compilation offering and the 11 tracks feature various favourites from the likes of Roque, Darque, Antique, Lele X, Toxic and DJ Fortee just to mention a few.
Check ’em out here: deepforestsa.com
Delving deep into her party persona, Pixie Bennett has laced her lyrics over four-to-the-floor beats on a ten track house album.
Released through heat-seeking specialists BBB records and well-established major Universal, A Thousand Paper Birds is an album that wholeheartedly encourages you to let loose on the dancefloor while immersing you in emotion. Bennett enlisted one of the country’s top electronic producers, Craig Massiv to build and blend the beats.
“Being close friends, we really connected on the direction we were going to take on the album. We are both bass babies and love the groove of a track so we had loads of fun in the studio,” she explains.
Read the album review here and our 5 Minutes with… feature on Pg. 36