R&S co-founder Renaat Vandepapeliere will be joining us live this Tuesday (12/12) for the next installment of DJ Mag Panels. The A&R guru was pivotal in techno making the leap from America to Europe in the 1980s and has helped shape modern dance music like few others.
Established alongside his wife Sabine, R&S were champions of Derrick May and Joey Beltram in the early ‘80s and have continued to be highly respected dance music prognosticators.
Beatport's number one label of 2017 has been revealed, based on customer sales, and Adam Beyer's Drumcode has claimed the top spot.
Established back in 1996, the imprint has been home to some of the biggest names in techno over the last two decades. Joey Beltram, The Advent & Industrialyzer, Jerome Sydenham, Slam, Gregor Tresher, and Ben Sims have all recorded for the stable, to name but a handful.
Sophia Saze offers up an eclectic techno selection for the latest edition of our Fresh Kicks series.
Originally from Tbilisi, Georgia, but now based in Brooklyn, Saze is about as creative as they come. A multimedia artist who’s been involved with music and dance from a young age, she's now turning heads in the techno scene with her well-crafted, highly varied output.
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In his early days as a DJ, Hawtin would regularly travel ‘over the bridge’ from his hometown of Ontario, Canada to Detroit, where techno forefathers such as Juan Atkins and Derrick May regularly played. Watching their approach and playing in the same circles hugely inspired his future career.
Dubfire (real name Ali Shirazinia) is the inimitable subject of new documentary film Above Ground Level. The 77-minute production tracks the Iranian born DJ/producer from his childhood in the Middle East through to his current icon status in dance music.
Directed by Michael Koczynski and Mino Kodama, the documentary includes accounts of Dubfire’s emigration into the United States, and early artistic pursuits, prior to his eventual breakthrough as one-half of Deep Dish with Sharam.
Alan Fitzpatrick will play six dates in six days for his forthcoming Irish tour, which is set for mid-December.
Wittily titled Fitzy's On The Black Stuff— a nod to the techno don's love of booze (he brews his own beer) and the Emerald Isle's most famous tipple, Guinness— the shows will kick off in Limerick, at The Library, on Monday 11th December.
Berghain has unveiled 60 hours of techno for its New Year's Eve marathon, which goes under the title Sylvester Klubnacht, opening for business just before midnight on Sunday 31st December, and running clean through until Tuesday 2nd January.
Spread over four rooms in the cavernous Berlin venue- Berghain, Panorama Bar, XXX-Floor, and Elektroakustischer Salon- a host of regulars and residents are set to play, including Steffi, Answer Code Request, Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Norman Nodge, and Nick Hoppner.
Ténèbre dropped his 'Territory III' EP via WNCL Recordings this month, so to celebrate he's cooked up an hour of rugged techno and breaks for our Fresh Kicks mix series.
About as underground as they come, and a favourite in the DJ Mag office, the Frenchman has been turning our fractured, industrial beats on his self-titled label for several years now.
Nina Kraviz has announced a year-end tour across the Americas. The tour commences 16th November in Austin, Texas.
The tour, dubbed ‘NK Overseas’, runs through dance culture hubs Los Angeles, San Francisco, Mexico City, New York and Chicago before closing 23rd December at Space Miami. Stops in Juarez, Costa Rica, Medellin, Bogota and Houston are also on the itinerary.
Kraviz ends 2017 with a performance spot during HYTE’s forthcoming 24-hour NYE rave.
Berlin in the 90s was a special place for a then-emergent electronic music culture, and specifically (although not exclusively) techno.
The city had been reunited in 1989 with the fall of the Wall, by which time fast beats and noises already had its youth hooked. The previous 44 years of separation had meant economic stagnation, leading to a huge amount of vacant space ideal for weekend-long parties. New clubs opened, and Germany's capital became a global centre of dance.