Steven Braines and Sophia Kearney of The Weird & The Wonderful are perhaps one of the most admirable success stories in the music industry. As well as running a globally established artist management company with a roster that includes Maya Jane Coles, KDA and DJ Deeon, over the past year, they’ve put new ideas into practice exceptionally fast with a party that’s already gaining momentum in some of the world’s most important clubbing cities.
New York has always been culturally diverse, and with one of the biggest LGBTQIA+ communities in the USA, there were movements way before the 1980s, when voguing was in fashion and crossed into the mainstream. Queer storylines were breaking onto Broadway in the 1920s, and there’s Manhattan’s iconic gay club Stonewall Inn, where the legendary protests took place after police raids in ’69. One of the most proliﬁc NYC parties in the mid ’80s/early ’90s was Limelight.
“A lot of people want to experiment, but don’t feel that they have the green light to,” Braines says. “Most people want to do things, but they’re worried about social embarrassment. So if you give them a place of unconditional positive regard, where they can go and be themselves in a non-judgemental, non-prejudiced way, they can experiment, because there’s no backlash to come from it. So they can be extreme. You can wear something and decide it wasn’t for you that week or the next week, or make a mistake, and that’s ﬁ ne.
“This kind of night is exactly what the dance/electronic community has needed for a long time”
One of the most integral artists to the family is Maya Jane Coles. “It’s been fantastic being a resident at what I feel is one of the most important and exciting new nights in the current club world,” Maya says. “Watching He.She.They grow so rapidly in such a short space of time, and seeing the effort put in by the team, has been inspiring. This kind of night is exactly what the dance/ electronic community has needed for a long time.
01. Art Of Noise ‘Moments In Love’
“Such an iconic synth-pop track of the ‘80s. We love the orchestral stabs and the beautiful hooky melodies. Art Of Noise has definitely inspired our ‘Pleasure Planet’ EP and you can probably hear that most on our track, ‘Suzuki Samurai’.”
Kim Ann Foxman is one of those artists who never ceases to blow our minds. As a producer, vocalist, tastemaking DJ, artist and designer, former Hercules & Love Affair member and Firehouse Records founder, you couldn’t say she’s been anything other than prolific in the past decade.
Now, Foxman joins forces with Andrew Potter and Brian Hersey to form Pleasure Planet, a new musical project/”extraterrestrial doomsday cult” that will have you dancing all the way into the apocalypse.
NYC DJ/producer Hunter Lombard FKA Peal will release her debut EP tomorrow 4th April on Brooklyn’s Jack Dept label. The ‘Eris’ EP features three fierce and hypnotic original cuts, fusing techno, ambient and electro elements with intoxicating results.
Sónar Festival has completed its programme for 2018 with a host of new names joining the event which runs in Barcelona from 14th to 16th June. The new additions include Objekt, Despacio and Kim Ann Foxman amongst many others.
Sónar 2018 already boasts a seriously stacked line-up, with the likes of Laurent Garnier, Richie Hawtin and Motor City Drum Ensemble joining other heavy-hitters such as Thom Yorke, Ben Klock and Modeselektor.
Miami Music Week kicked off in style last week, with thousands of electronic music lovers descending on the Florida city.
Check out our review of events below, as well as 31 insanely amazing photos from the week.
Action for the DJ Mag crew begins on Tuesday evening with Doorly & Friends at the 1 Hotel Rooftop, which involves some nifty back-to-back action with Skream, Kolsch and Solardo.
DJ Mag wraps up our favourite premieres and exclusives from the week!
Premiere: Lunar City Express ‘Good Condition’
We premiered Lunar City Express’ trippy contribution for Hudd Traxx’s 10th anniversary compilation, which showcases the best from label past and present, and is out now.
Kim Ann Foxman's new EP 'Creature' isn't short of remixes. The single has nabbed rerubs from Hot Creations star Richy Ahmed, Nick Simoncino and even Kim herself, as well as two reworks from fellow New York native, A/jus/ted.
A/jus/ted's vocal mix is the EP's stand out, its wonky acid licks slither perfectly aside Foxman's recognisable vocal, and is available on wax as part of the 'Creature – Remixes' EP, out now on Kim Ann Foxman's Firehouse Recordings.
After the titanic success of their opening night, Destino Pacha Ibiza Resort has kept crowds strong with a string of free parties at the brand new Ibiza club venue.