'Public indecency and offending public morality'. Before April last year, those words probably meant about as much to Dax J as his name did to anyone outside of techno. The poster boy for the return of a fast, industrial sound - a counter to the stagnating mainstream - he maintained underground appeal while earning ever-bigger bookings. But a single incident looked set to change that.
But there’s only so long anyone can hack being around tunes they hate, and after a few weeks “playing crap music” in San Antonio, Dax was ready to pack it in and head home — before the season had even started. Luckily, a friend convinced him to stick with it and finally, like so many ravers in the long illustrious history of Ibiza, his epiphany came in Space.
DARK, DRIVING TECHNO
By the end of Dax’s first season, he’d replaced his Hed Kandi comps with a record box full of “dark, driving techno”. He was addicted; constantly hunting through DJ sets, researching online, discovering new music — or, in many cases, old music, as the current scene was growing increasingly minimal and harder tracks that grabbed his attention mainly came from the ‘90s and early 2000s.
"If you’re playing average music, if you’re making average music, then there’s so many other people doing good stuff that you’re not gonna get heard.”
London City Airport has today been playing the landmark Brian Eno album, 'Ambient 1: Music For Airports', on constant loop to celebrate the release's 40th birthday.
A shrewd move that has understandably garnered plenty of publicity for the terminal, this is likely the first time the record has been amplified in similar surroundings to those that first inspired its creation.
Ellen Allien is throwing a 24-hour rave this weekend under her We Are Not Alone banner, taking over the Berlin club Griessmuehle from Sunday 1st to Monday 2nd April, making the most of the Easter holiday.
Berlin’s Institute for Sound and Music has revealed plans for its "Hexadome" exhibition.
The exhibition, which will open in Berlin at Martin-Gropius-Bau on 29th March and run until 22nd April, makes use of 360-degree technology to create an audiovisual experience that aims "to redefine the museum experience".
The exhibition will feature a wide range of installations and live performances from the likes of Brian Eno, Thom Yorke, Tarik Barri, Holly Herndon, Mat Dryhurst, Jemma Woolmore, Ben Frost, MFO and more.
5001 is the newest festival set to hit Berlin this summer, with the party due to take place in an abandoned military bunker in the north of the city.
Completely hidden from the public eye, it’s fair to say that the Honecker-Bunker is a place of significant history. The DDR’s most important military bunker, it remained a secret until it was discovered in the aftermath of the Berlin wall’s fall.
Techno-scored film about Berlin's nightlife, 'Symphony of Now', has just had its teaser unveiled, whetting appetites ahead of the official release next month.
In a bold and progressive move, Berlin's city government has pledged €1 million to fund soundproofing in the city's various clubs and venues.
According to German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, the money will initially be used to beef up several venues' soundproofing who have had issues with noise complaints from their neighbours.
No club on earth goes deeper, longer or harder than Berlin’s Berghain. A true adult playground, the notorious former powerplant officially opened as a club in 2004 and has since left an inimitable mark on the electronic music scene.