Florence's Decibel Open Air has announced its first wave of acts for its 2020 edition.
Terminal V has locked Charlotte de Witte, Richie Hawtin and Green Velvet for its Easter 2020 event.
The mammoth session will again be held at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, with the date set for Saturday 11th April.
Bonobo, Nina Kraviz, Eats Everything, I Hate Models, Ben UFO, Helena Hauff, Honey Dijon, Avalon Emerson, Moxie, Shanti Celeste and Lena Willikens are among the other names confirmed for DJ sets so far.
Spain's 20-hour desert rave, Monegros Desert Festival, has announced its first names ahead of the event's return after a five year hiatus. Richie Hawtin, whose A/V album 'Close Combined' dropped in September, Paul Kalkbrenner and Amelie Lens lead the charge.
Hip hop act Natos & Woar have also been confirmed, with the final line-up set to see more than 50 artists joining for the 45,000 capacity, 20-hour gathering, which will run 12 stages from 1st - 2nd August 2020.
Richie Hawtin has released a new A/V album.
Following the announcement of his interactive app, CLOSER, which allows fans a chance to see his CLOSE live show up-close and deconstruct it, the British-Canadian DJ has shared the next step in his CLOSE live series, ‘CLOSE COMBINED (GLASGOW, LONDON, TOKYO - LIVE).
"For us it was... where everything started from. It was in the middle of mountains, so you have that view from the stage. The first time they did a party for two days, there were people with caravans, tents — it was that kind of rave.”
“Everything that is around you influences you. Think about Berlin — it’s very dark, the city is quite like that. In Napoli, we have sun, sea... it’s more Latin. So maybe we are bringing that through,” Madonna says, explaining how the lush-yet-gritty landscape might impact the city’s aural output. He seems to have forgotten industrial might.
We’re told Neapolitans have a phrase — wherever you go, there is always Coca-Cola, Martini and someone from Naples. As much as the port brings in, it puts out, leading to a roaming band of dedicated local disciples at any date in the world, that books someone from the city. But a trade deficit has also emerged. The demise of clubs such as Old River and the 5,000-capacity indoor Metropolis betray a wider struggle in the dance community.
Markantonio, meanwhile, is still in Naples’ charmingly crumbling centre. Like Madonna, he’s proud of the city and its identity, but agrees there are issues. “Everything we do here is 10 times more difficult than in Holland or Germany or wherever.” Genny Mosca also understands. After two decades in the Neapolitan promotions game, while running a label and artist agency, he’s seen all sides of the dance industry.
The TB-303 is one of the most iconic sounds in electronic music; a kind of acidic, alien howl that immediately places the listener in the world of techno and acid house. It is also, to be frank, one of the most over-used tools in dance music.
The sound of ‘Sheet One’ is strangely familiar and utterly alien. It’s no exaggeration to call Hawtin the Jimi Hendrix of the 303 for the way he utterly reinvents the sound of the mechanical box on his 1993 album, making it emote like no one has managed before or since. On ‘Sheet One’, the 303 is by terms pensive, melancholy, malevolent, cheeky, frosty and welcoming, with Hawtin ringing a world of emotion out of Roland’s failed bass synthesizer.
Last month, Point Blank made their way to Florida to attend the annual Miami Music Week Winter Music Conference. Now, they have unveiled exactly what they got up to whilst they were there; from interviewing legendary DJs and producers to sitting in on thought-provoking panels, hosting beat-making sessions and of course checking out the epic parties on offer, see what went down at WMC 2019 in their Miami Music Week video roundup.
The nominations have been announced for DJ Mag's annual Best of North America poll.
The poll is our chance to put a spotlight on the immense breadth of talent to be found throughout North America. Across 16 categories, representatives from the worlds of house, techno, bass and disco sit alongside electro, jazz and experimentalism in the hope of platforming the wide-ranging and ever-changing dance music environment of North America. You can see the full list of categories and nominees below.
Richie Hawtin has announced plans to host an audiovisual installation in London this weekend.
The exhibition, at The Store X, 180 The Strand, will be open to the public from Friday April 5th - Sunday April 7th following on from a private viewing on Thursday April 4th. It's free to attend.