Monday, 30 September 2019

Music producer Will Clarke Reveals Remix of Adam Beyer and Bart Skils 'Your Mind'



Quickly following the release of his new EP 'Nothing Is Forever' via Adam Beyer's sub-label Truesoul, Will Clarke is back with a new remix of Adam Beyer and Bart Skils smash hit 'Your Mind'. Out now via Drumcode Records, the track will be released on the label's annual A-Sides Vol.8.

The 25-track strong compilation features standout cuts Beyer has received over the last 12 months and includes Jamie Jones & Darius Syrossian’s buzzy Drumcode debut ‘Eyes of the Night’, Nicole Moudaber’s first DC release in 5 years with the mesmerizing ‘This Is Us’, Will Clarke’s bass-drenched re-work of Adam Beyer & Bart Skils ‘Your Mind’ and Joey Beltram’s first Drumcode release in 11 years with the retro-tinged ‘Can You Feel It’. The beloved Alan Fitzpatrick returns to the fold with the searing ‘Heiße Rakete’, alongside label mainstays Layton Giordani, who drops the stirring chord-driven ‘Chrome’ and Wehbba with ‘Mantra’, combining techno classicism with future-focused groove.

As one of the most recognizable DJ’s with his unique style and one-of-a-kind beard, Will Clarke has solidified his place in the dance music scene with early hits 'Booty Percolatin', 'Can You Funk' and recent smash remix of Rufus Du Sol’s 'No Place', along with releases across major labels including Dirtybird, OWSLA, Universal, Truesoul, Insomniac, Relief Records, Drumcode, Repopulate Mars and more. Will’s impressive producer skills and distinctive sound has caught the eyes of industry top players such as Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones, Shiba San and the Dirtybird label boss himself Claude Von Stroke.

Launching a live side project known to the world as AMOK(Will Clarke & Sian) at Hard Summer in Los Angeles this August, the duo brought the best techno vibes to a sold-out crowd in Pomona. Keeping busy with a hit radio show "The Barbeshop" (over 500K monthly listeners via Sirius XM), new podcast "Things We Are Doing" With Walker & Royce via Spotify, and personal vlogs "True Life" on YouTube, Will proves he’s one of the most well rounded and hardest working individuals in the game today.

 Tracklist
Layton Giordani - Chrome
Luca Agnelli - Apollo
Raxon - Dream Space
Juliet Fox - Was Beautiful
Adam Beyer & Bart Skils - Your Mind (Will Clarke Remix)
Secret Cinema & SAMA - Diviner
Veerus - Prophecy
Mark Reeve - Get It
Wehbba - Mantra
Nicole Moudaber - This Is Us
Ilija Djokovic - Aura
Joey Beltram - Can You Feel It
Shelley Johannson – Raze
Timmo - Acid Circus
Jay Lumen - Razor
Weska - Alpha Rhythm
Woo York - Rainforest Mystery
BEC - Hypersphere
Alan Fitzpatrick - Heiße Rakete
Jamie Jones & Darius Syrossian - Eyes of the Night
Ramon Tapia - Sonic Therapy
Anthony Castaldo - Express Yourself
Zimmz - Console
Avision - Break
Marco Bailey - Haku


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Friday, 27 September 2019

INTERVIEW // We get the chance to talk to Juliane Wolf and get to know about her life in music



Juliane Wolf started DJing with vinyl in 2008 and played in nearly every bigger city in Germany in clubs like Golden Gate or Suicide Circus in Berlin, but also other places like France and the Netherlands.

She has a really versatile live act. For example, one week she played a techno set at Suicide Circus, but the next month she played a live ambient gig at a church in Cologne.

Besides DJing, she discovered the world of producing and synths. This has led to many releases and remixes on labels such as Manual Music / MNL, Cinematique, Modern Agenda, Stripped Digital and many others. She also did a remix for Nick Warren which will soon be released on his label Soundgarden.

She released her album ‘Peaceful Heart’ on Honey Drops Recordings in 2017 which went into Beatport's Electronica and Progressive House Top 10. Juliane loves diving deeply into analog equipment and loves the sound of vintage synthesizers. Because of her wish to be independent as an artist, she started her own label Wizarding Wolf in May 2019, together with her Wizarding Wolf radio show on DI.FM Progressive.

We had the pleasure of talking with Juliane Wolf, where we got to know about her life in music and we were lucky enough to get the chance to hear her latest track.

Tell us about your earliest musical memory?
Listening to ABBA records of my aunt. I still love that group and the quality of their recordings from back then.

At what point in your life did you have that moment where you said to yourself "This is it. This is the type of music I want to create?"
At a DJ workshop at a local club in Germany. I think this is why there should be more creative hubs like that, where people meet in groups, discovering new music and sharing their knowledge.

Please list some of the most influential albums on your creative outlook and output:

  • The Who - Quadrophenia
  • Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
  • Above & Beyond - Anjunabeats Volume One
  • Air - 10,000 Hz Legend
  • The Notwist - Neon Golden
  • Deine Lakaien - Dark Star & Second Star
  • Sigur Rós - Agaetis Byrjun
  • Grasscut - 1 Inch 1/2 Mile
  • Pendulum - In Silico


What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?
I love the sound of vintage synths, but because I don't have the money (at the moment), it's hard to find vintage gear in good condition and I also like to use the advantages of today's technology (for example USB connection and automation in the DAW), I am always searching for alternatives. That's why I like to use synths such as the Model D. For reverb I love the Blackhole Plugin by Eventide. For 303 emulation I use AudioRealism Bassline. For Juno 60 emulation I use Tal U-No-LX. One thing I really look forward to is building my own NAVA 909 soon!!

What inspires you outside of music? What do you turn to when the creative well runs a little low?
Going outside and seeing other stuff, other than screens. I try to enjoy other sounds, mostly nature. I look at visual art, watch good movies, eat good food, meet up with friends, just using my senses and getting new impressions.

What is your opinion on the ever-spreading sub-genre vine? Are there too many? Do you think there' s perhaps a sub-genre that doesn't get the attention it deserves?
Sometimes I hear people ask the question whether a certain track belongs to a certain genre. I don't take part in these discussions, because it doesn't make sense for me to divide. For me, everything is just music. With regards to my own music, I mostly call it electronic music. What would you call it?

A sub-genre I like very much is Synthwave and I hope that there will be more artists and DJs in the future that will make this sound even more popular.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, what do you prefer?
Working in the studio is an essential part of my artist life. I am also preparing a live set for the near future. But showing it to people adds another layer to it. The rush of adrenaline that you get at a live gig is not replaceable for me. It's the best way of getting dopamine ;). Although, I always suffer from stage fright :)

As a music artist, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?
I would like to stop the people who focus so much on numbers. Sometimes I talk to people who keep asking how many followers I have on social media before they even listen to my music. This makes me very sad. I would love to have more of a community feeling than the competition. I also don't like it when artists talk bad about each other. We all have the same mission: making people happy with music.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar? Who shouldn't the world sleep on?
One artist I really like is Luciano Scheffer. He's a great progressive producer and DJ from Brazil. He is doing a remix for my next release 'First Kiss' on my label Wizarding Wolf. It will be released in October after ADE. He sent me the remix a few days ago and it's amazing how he builds up the groove and arrangement. I can learn a lot from artists like him.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
At ADE I am playing at the Modern Agenda party. Label boss Amber Long is a woman I really look up to. She is so inspiring with all of the energy she puts into things and she is such a positive person. Something really great that also happened this year was that Nick Warren asked me to remix his and Nicola Rada's track 'Severe Heads'. It will be released on Nick's label Soundgarden. I was so blown away by a request from such an amazing and legendary artist. Besides his great music and DJ sets, he is such a humble and nice person. Can't wait to meet him at ADE as well!

Famous last words?
As an artist, always be who you are, do what you want and what you feel comfortable with.


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Friday, 13 September 2019

Melodic Techno music producer NHOAH returns with latest song




It’s release day for NHOAH as he shares his latest track, ‘Between Vienna And The Stars’ via R.O.T respectortolerate. The track is marriage of synth melodies and techno, driven forward by state-of-the-art production technology. We previously featured NHOAH when he released, ‘I Can’t Satisfy You’. You can read that piece here.

Though NHOAH’s label is based in Berlin, he also has two studios in Vienna where he visits frequently to embrace the local music scene. This multitalented artist has also written two biographical short stories called ‘THE BERLIN DIARIES’, for the book ‘City Primeval’, by R. Carrithers and Luis Armand.

Ontop of this, he also released ‘Kohle Oel Erdgas - Ken Hayakawa´s & T Raum´s Climate Change Remix’ fifteen days ago. The track is devoted to his passion to bring down the super majors in the oil industry. “It is urgently necessary in the future to get along without KOHLE OEL ERDAGAS as an energy producer.”

When speaking about ‘Between Vienna And The Stars’, NHOAH tells us “Because of my live shows and DJ gigs, I am regularly in different cities. These short stays influence my artistry very much. The people in the streets as well as the audience on the dance floor are the most important factors, but also the districts where I live in the city, my breakfast, the subway, the nights, the skyline that appears with the first sunbeams, the posters on the walls and the music that comes from the cafés. Very often I’ve written songs directly after the shows, often in the morning before I fall into bed. Each of these tracks has become like a travel diary for me.”
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Thursday, 5 September 2019

Interview with ÜKrenek out of Buenos Aires, Argentina


Ükrenek is all about industrial techno. His music is based on a deep and tortured kick over rhythmic, tribal percussion.

In his teenage years, he DJ’d at the local club in the city, soon he turned his attention to electronic music and decided to transform his hobby into a career. When he finished school he travelled to Buenos Aires to study at EMBA (Electronic Music School in Buenos Aires) to perfect his techniques and abilities.
During this time he organised events in the big city with his college buddies, establishing the Wertz Electronic Group.

We are pleased to present an exclusive interview with Ükrenek alongside his track 'Basement', a pick from his latest release "Torture Detected", released via Portuguese Techno label Trau-ma on August 12th, 2019.




Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?
When I was a child, I used to watch many electronic music recitals, such as Time Warp and Awakenings, etc. I have been influenced by tribal music, mixed with alternative rock and cinema sound, besides, genres like dub-techno & dark ambient, merging them creating dark atmospheres. When I was 19 I started studying at EMBA, (Electronic Music School in Buenos Aires) , the electronic music producer career, where I learned techniques to manipulate my knowledge much better.

What would you like to achieve with your music? What does success look like to you?
Achieve with the music, transmission with the music and my sensation with it, and be able to meet the whole world, with the most I like in life, the music.

What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?
Technically talking, I have a studio in my residence, in which I count with  monitors, Akai MIDI key controller, KORG synthesizer ,a KOMPLETE audio sound card. And software, Ableton Live 10 because it seems much versatile for my creations.

What/who are some of your greatest musical influences?
As I said before, I have been influenced by Linkin Park, Pink Floyd, Krafwerk, Front, Plastikman and others.

Outside of music, what inspires you?
Apart of the music, I have too many hobbies, such as skateboarding, sailor, skiing, travel around my country and the world, enjoying the landscapes and discovering new cultures.

What kind of relationship do you have with the internet? How does this inform your artistic expression?
Nowadays, I think the Internet is the most useful tool in the world, because you have the opportunity to get known in the world, just by tapping on a screen. Because of that, I am doing my best on my creations, and working in parallel with my social networks, to show the people my music expressions.

How has your approach to writing and producing music shifted from when you started?
I started listening to a lot of music, trying to catch some techniques so then I can use it on my projects, and during the last years, I was improving that techniques and by them creating my new ones.

As a performer or as a member of the audience, what single show has been the most memorable for you?
One of the most memorable presentations as a DJ, was last year in the most popular Techno Club in Argentina, Cocoliche (Actually I continue being a resident of the club); in which Adam Beyer made a presentation too.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?
TWCOR, MODIG, Sebastian Kramer,  74185# , A4, Exsiderurgica , Endlec and others.

Please suggest an album for us to listen to.
Torture Detected & Nemesis on Beatport or BandCamp, my favourite.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
A record label for my events producers "Wertz Electronic Group" and new releases that i have been preparing.

Famous last words?
Ueppa



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Friday, 30 August 2019

∇▲ FEATURED SONG ▲∇ 'Parable 2', an excerpt from the fantastically twisted tale that is Holldën's "Parable" EP



Holldën, aka Crown of Plenty, is the Portuguese techno DJ and producer behind techno/ambient label Kuiper Noise, a platform for new and established talents and one with a strong creative ethos and stringent quality control.

"All I care about is creating and be worthy of those who reach out to me. You see, maybe it’s naive to think this, but I believe the value of work should be front and centre in the music business. It’s not. But it should be if we’re to keep the so-called underground alive." Holldën said in his recent interview with The Playground.

He is also a member of Disturb, the promoters turned label from Lisbon focused on contemporary techno.

Holldën's latest EP Parable is out on trau-ma, the techno label based in Portugal run by Robert S (PT).

"As I improve I’m also more humbled by the task at hand. I’m better now at choosing elements that go together. But I keep my options open. I like to build elements from scratch. That’s the adventure right there! A tiny grain of surprise can do wonders for a song, it can generate whole new challenges. Not all sound is equal. Some things don’t work well together. So one thing you have to learn is to say “no” a lot. “No” is better than “yes” in music. “Yes” is easy. But it numbs the mind and makes you a slave to chaos."

Listen to our select from the EP, 'Parable 2', below.






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Monday, 22 July 2019

Interview with techno artist Alexander Church


In 2001 Alexander Church turned his then 7-year love affair with electronic music into his very own offspring in the form of industrial techno and melodic soundscapes of his own making. This child now grown into maturity has resulted in the artist's own label Configurations of Self. This label has come as a sort of self-therapy/explanatory session through which Church hopes to reflect on his own life, journey and where he is in that moment. And then, in turn, use that platform to help others do the same - “I aim to help other people who are living their lives in a dysfunctional and self-sabotaging way.”

Alexander Church lent a bit of his time to us for a few questions about his craft, how it all started for him and how important an artists psychology is to their art.    

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?

Mmmm, that’s a difficult one, I would say that my sound depends on my mood and feeling at the time. Currently, I’d say my sound was melodic and humanistic, it kind of represents a shift and change in my life, however, this can change over time and dark industrial music can take over.

How did it all start for you?

It all started around 1996 when I was fortunate enough to be given a YTS at my local record shop, the Disc in Bradford. I was completely consumed by vinyl and all kinds of releases from industrial techno coming from France and the UK based techno and rave scene. I was only 17, however, I would go to the UK raves and immerse myself in the darker sound of techno. My knowledge of the scene and the music releases was quite comprehensive, I used to catalogue my vinyl releases in order and knew all the cat numbers and track titles of all the releases I had. I used to go to the phone box every week and call a small distributor in Paris, who would send me these rare limited industrial noise records. At the raves, I always remember the PRS workers who were tasked with logging down each of tracks the DJs were playing, the DJs were supposed to pass their vinyl to the PRS so they can be catalogued. One of my favourite DJs at the time (The DJ Producer), would never let anyone else touch his vinyl’s, so his sets could never be documented, I asked the PRS if I could have a go at documenting his set, He played his set and I knew every single track, label, artist and cat number he played. After his set, he was shown the document and he was like who did this? And they pointed to me, he came over and was like wow that is awesome, from that moment he helped me with production and making tracks and invited me to his studio so I could watch how he made music, things started to gather momentum from there and I started to collect synths hardware and practised making music.

What three albums would you say influenced your sound the most?

Ed Rush and Optical Wormhole
Bladerunner Soundtrack 
FantasiaTwice as Nice 

Are there any key pieces of equipment that you can't live without?

I am quite a keen synth collector and in the past, I have been guilty of thinking that the equipment I have defines the output I get. It took me a lot of years and a lot of money wasted to realise that time spent learning my equipment is much more valuable than the money spent on my equipment. Currently, I am using the Dave Smith OB-6 and the Prophet 6 a lot, they are fantastic synths full of richness, I would be a little lost without them, however, If needed I could live without them.

What are some of your key influences in your music? Whether it be the sound created by others, imagery, films or any kind of art form.

My key influences have always been using music to help me capture my emotions sadness and inner struggles. I had to take a few years away from music, as I started to let my sessions in the studio define my mood. I would feel pressured to make something and feel happy and joyful if it went well, and then sad and down if I could not put anything together. It was a really dark time and I needed to escape from music a little. Now I am not defined by my music making and am using my studio time as self-reflection and a means of understanding the pain and hurt of others, I am studying to become a counselling psychologist and part of my journey involves working with people and trying to help them through depression, anxiety, bereavement and all kinds of abuse. When I finish my work with clients, I usually come home and go into the studio. This helps me capture my feelings and process what is going on for me. I have also started to use rural locations and photography as a means of escapism too. It’s a release for me and the basis of my new label called Configurations of Self. 

What is one sub-genre you think doesn't get the attention it deserves?

I struggle with the categorisation of music and genres and sub-genres if I am honest. There is so much now it really is hard to keep up with it. I do like and follow the ambient noise and drone scene a little though. In terms of it having more recognition or not. I could not really answer that.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?

To be honest, I am not very good at keeping up with the scene and would not know who new or old artists were, I missed a few years away while I pursued other things, so I am just catching up a little. I do however buy lots of vinyl from Decks and Juno, and sometimes buy digital releases too. I must say there is some amazing music out there at the moment and some very talented producers, regardless of genre I try to look for depth in a track and I always try to imagine what the artist was thinking when they made the track, what triggered them into using the sounds they used and what processes were going on inside for them. I do also love the artwork for labels especially vinyl, sometimes there is so much to listen too, I might be drawn to the cover or the artwork and it will make me stop and listen.

What makes your live performances different from the rest?

Currently, I am working with my friend on developing a VR based performance that we are trying to put together. It's in its early stages of development, however, we want to perform it at an art or media centre. A few years ago, I played a live set with my friend Martin under our Dronelock guise. We immersed ourselves in this stage and media was beamed around us as we played live with some modular and other equipment. It was great fun, however, it was really stressful setting everything up and praying it all worked. I would never take as much gear out these days, for our VR project I am using an Octatrack MK2 and MPC live synced and it's really fun, I would not call it live, however, the combination allows you to experiment a lot.

What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a performer? As an attendee?

Far too many memorable nights to mention. When I was younger, it was the Sanctuary in Milton Keynes and The Void in Stoke On Trent, as I got older I’d say Fabric and Tresor in Berlin, Sonar by Day and Woodstock in Amsterdam are my favourite places as an attendee. I have not really performed in many places however Corsica Studios in London was a great venue to perform.

What is your favourite venue of all time?

To be honest, I have to say Woodstock in Amsterdam is my favourite venue of all time, the sound, the location, the people - it is an amazing place to go. I would recommend it to anyone. It finishes around 11.30 pm too, I can’t party like I used to anymore. From a nostalgic perspective, I would have to say the Sanctuary in Milton Keynes.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

My plan in terms of projects is to grow my Configurations of Self label and use this as an output to process my thoughts and feelings as I progress with my academic study. I am learning about lots of psychological theory and will present theory, media and music with each release on the label. If I can also work on the VR project I’d like people to be able to go on a journey of my mind while they listen to the releases and submerse themselves in Virtual Reality.

Famous last words?

Drink plenty of water daily – it solves a lot of issues and helps us feel good.


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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Boris Brejcha drops melodic techno roller ‘Gravity’



Marking his first release of the year, German DJ and producer Boris Brejcha returns with high-energy single ‘Gravity’, out today via Ultra Music.

 Clocking in at over nine minutes, it’s an immersive track that takes the listener on a high-octane journey. The melodic breakdown roughly midway through allows Berlin-based singer-songwriter Laura Korinth to apply her ethereal, transcendental vocals, before the thumping kick-drum returns and jolts the single back to life. ‘Gravity’ also features a ten-and-a-half minute long extended version, a shortened radio edit and a sombre, downbeat piano edit delivered by Nick Schwenderling.

 The release comes amidst a typically stacked summer schedule for Brejcha, with a set alongside compatriot and fellow techno titan Sven Vath at Ibiza’s Ushuaïa Beach Hotel preceding two of his own ‘Boris Brejcha F*ckin Serious’ parties at Hï Ibiza. This will be followed up by six North American dates to round off the month of August, as he takes his idiosyncratic brand of dance music to Halcyon in San Francisco (23rd), Exchange in LA (24th), Space in Miami alongside Chris Leibing (30th), and more. 

 Emerging onto the scene with the double release of ‘Monster’ and ‘Yellow Kitchen’ back in 2006, Brejcha has spent the years since developing his own style of music, coined as ‘High-Tech Minimal’. Most recently he dropped a track on the Best Of Cloning Sound compilation to mark the tenth anniversary of the imprint.

 Released ahead of a slew of performances at some of the world’s finest clubs, Boris Brejcha’s first single of 2019 marks the next chapter in the story of one of electronic music’s most prolific artists.




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