"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.
The cloven hoof of festival season is already here, as is proven by London's top pick, Hackney’s experimental and boundary-pushing Test Pressing. Everything from kraut crunch to electro bangs will be explored.
It's worth noting there's another special occasion in the capital this month, as Egg hits sweet 16 and drafts some serious tech to celebrate; Nicole Moudaber, Japan's Hito and Italy's emergent Anna V are among those lighting candles.
A 24-hour Ibiza opening party has locked in a seriously impressive lineup, including Paul Kalkbrenner, Richie Hawtin, ANNA, Peggy Gou and Stephan Bodzin.
Titled Odyssey and run by nightlife company The Night League, the full day's clubbing will also feature Tale Of Us, Damian Lazarus and Reznik.
Beginning at Ushuaïa Ibiza on 18 May at midday, and ending at midday the next day (hence the 24 hours, we're excellent at arithmetic here at DJ Mag HQ) at Hï Ibiza, it looks set to be a belter of a summer opener.
A kickstarter has been launched to help publish the photobook They Call Me Grandma Techno by Detroit photographer Patricia Lay-Dorsey.
Started by Detroit Techno Foundation, 1xRUN and Paxahau, and the producers of Movement Festival, the book features photos taken by the local hero at the festival between 2007 – 2018.
Carl Cox, Armin van Buuren and Richie Hawtin are among the names locked-in for this year's Winter Music Conference.
The Miami institution marks its 34th year in 2019, and will take control of the city's Faena Forum from 25th - 28th March.