Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Music Producers Warsaw analog and Epi Centrum, shares a brand new techno song 'Abstract Concept Called Impact'

Warsaw’s Jurek Przeździecki, better known by his stage moniker, Epi Centrum, will be releasing a brand new EP, ‘Excrescence’ on the 6th of December via Synewave Records.
In anticipation to this release, he has shared the first track on the EP via The Playground for us all to enjoy.

Bred throughout the 90s on a varied diet of first wave techno, new beat and post-industrial mutants like SPK or Psychic TV, he developed his own vision of highly intricate and detailed yet definitely danceable, funked-up techno for connoisseurs of the genre. Actively involved in producing music for 2 decades plus, he started his career in world-touring Bigwigs, later to release his solo and collaborative stuff on such labels as Cocoon, Whirlpoolsex, Synewave, RecognitionNachtstrom Schallplatten or Affin Records soon. He devotes most of his time to studying arcanes of deep composition and researching the possibilities of various legendary studio gears, such as Buchla's modular Morton Subotnick-designed System 200e.

Listen to Epi Centrum’s 'Abstract Concept Called Impact' below:

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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Sunday Noise & Mathias D, share a brand new tech-house EP, 'Dalesser' with 2 new songs

Peruvian teenage producer Sunday Noise teamed up with French producer Mathias D. to deliver a banging new tech-house EP Dalesser, containing two instant club hits ‘The Question’ and ‘Dallesser’. The EP drops this coming Friday (7 Sep) via Marcus Schossow's Code Red Music, but you can listen to them below.

Sunday Noise is a young teenage producer from Peru that has quickly made name for himself in the electronic music industry. Having received supports from industry heavyweights like Nicky Romero, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Showtek, Unmet Ozcan, Will Sparks, Jay Hardway, Junkie Kid, Borgeus just to name a few. In his short career, he has already shared stages with the likes of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Kryder, Atmozfears, Mike Candys and Zoofunktion.

Mathias D. grew up in France inspired by artists like Daft Punk and Axwell and have been creating his own music since 2013. Having released music on numerous labels like Art & Music Recordings, Groove Cartel Records, and Spectrum Recordings to name a few, he has since seen support for his music from notable artist like Nicky Romero, Fedde Le Grand, Kryder, R3hab, Miami Rockets and more.

Together, they released Dalesser, a 2-track EP containing the tracks ‘The Questions’ as well as the title track ‘Dalesser’. Tip-toeing between house and techno, the Dalesser EP supplies you with an injection of proper tech-house which fans of both house and techno will be able to appreciate. Sunday Noise and Mathias D. came together to bring forth something truly remarkable as both of these tracks hits hard, neither one letting the other steal the thunder. We’re uncertain which one is our favourite, so guess you will have to decide for yourself?

Listen to 'Dalesser':

Listen to 'The Question'

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Friday, 24 August 2018

Producer, DJ and Radio Host Chris Liebing To Host a Free Album Launch For His Brand New Album ‘Burn Slow’

Techno DJ, radio host and producer Chris Liebing announced recently that he will play his brand new album Burn Slow in full for the first time, and the event will be free.

The event will take place on Saturday 8 September and will start in the morning at 11am and continue straight through until 23h00. All Day Long, in association with Loveland, will take place at Kaap Oost Amsterdam, an amazing secluded location on Zeeburg Island, close to Amsterdam.

Chris Liebing’s Burn Slow will be released on 7 September.

Catch Chris Liebing at the following performances:
26 Aug - Closer, E1, London UK
31 Aug - TV BAR Lounge, Detroit, USA
2 Sep - Electric Zoo NY, New York City, USA
8 Sep - All Day Long, Amsterdam album launch event **
14 Sep - Nordstern, Basel, Switzerland
15 Sep - Spazio 900, Rome, Italy
16 Sep - Brunch in the Park, Barcelona, Spain
21 Sep - District 8, Dublin, Ireland
22 Sep - Amnesia, Milan, Italy

23 Sep - BPM Festival, Portimão, Portugal
Burn Slow - tracklisting
So Then… feat. Cold Cave
Zero One
And All Went Dark feat. Polly Scattergood
Out Of This World
Card House feat. Miles Cooper Seaton
Ghosts Of Tomorrow 
Polished Chrome (The Friend Pt. 1) feat. Gary Numan

No Regrets (The Friend Pt. 2) feat. Aleen

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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

German DJ and Record Producer Helena Hauff Drops Highly Anticipated Album ‘Qualm’

Helena Hauff is a German DJ and record producer based in Hamburg, Germany. She is known for her "stripped-down techno and electro tracks," that are recorded using strictly analog equipment and draws influences from acid house, EBM and industrial music. Hauff, who has an eclectic background in fine art, physics and systematic music science, released her debut record, ‘Actio Reactio EP’, in 2013 and has been on the rise ever since. Following a series of releases from various different labels, including James Dean Brown's Hypnobeat record label, she released her debut full-length album, Discreet Desires, through Werkdiscs records in 2015 and the album was listed as number 19 on Rolling Stone's list of ‘20 Best EDM and Electronic Albums of 2015.’ Last year, Helena Hauff became the first ever female DJ to be named BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix of the year and at the end of 2017 Crack Magazine declared Hauff ‘The Most Exciting DJ In The World (Right Now)’ 

Qualm’ is the new album by Helena Hauff, released only last week via Ninja Tune. The title is a word that has a double meaning as in German, the word ‘Qualm’ translates as fumes or smoke, whilst the English meaning refers to an uneasy feeling of doubt, worry, or fear. True to form, the record is unapologetically raw and finds her returning to her original modus operandi - jamming on her machines - "trying to create something powerful without using too many instruments and layers". 

Listen to selection of tracks from Helena Hauff’s new album, ‘Qualm’ below and buy the full album here.
Qualm’ Tracklist:
1. Barrow Boot Boys
2. Lifestyle Guru
3. btdr-revisited
4. Entropy Created You And Me
5. Fag Butts In The Fire Bucket
6. Hyper-Intelligent Genetically Enriched Cyborg
7. The Smell Of Suds And Steel
8. Primordial Sludge
9. Qualm
10. No Qualms
11. Panegyric
12. It Was All Fields Around Here When I Was A Kid

Upcoming Tour Dates: 
10 Aug Studio Spaces E1, London, UK
11 Aug Flow Festival, Helsinki, FN
12 Aug Houghton Festival, Norwich, UK
17 Aug Argonauts Festival, Anaklia Seaside, GE
19 Aug My Life Festival, Sète, FR
23 Aug Cabaret Vert, Charleville Mézières, FR
24 Aug Atonal, Berlin, DE
25 Aug     Lost Village, Lincolnshire, UK
31 Aug Dimensions Festival, Pula, HR 
01 Sep Festival Forte, Coimbra, PT
06 Sep Meteor Festival, Lehavot HaBashan, IL
10 Sep Amnesia, Ibiza, ES
22 Sep Suma Beach, Istanbul, TR

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Monday, 23 July 2018

Interview: Exclusive mix and in depth interview with the diverse music producer Lewski

“It’s really hard to think about a life without art.”

Lewski has infiltrated the electronic music scene with his style of techno and live performing skills. Patron Records supported his released which caught the eye of several international artists. Ben Ufo, Danny Daze, Stingray & Umwelt are all up on arms over Lewski’s work and it’s easy to see why. 
He curated a masterful 55-min mix including his own original music from his brand new EP Folkloric Human that was released via Wolfskuil Records. The mix also contains the likes of  Andrea Parker, Sarin, DefekT and many more. The mix is sure to keep you going for a while as it includes techno, house and all the best electronic music you need to know about. 

We had a sit down with dynamic techno producer and DJ, Lewski about how he approaches the creation of a new song, his influences and being patient with your own skills.


Set the tone for us. Why the arts?
It’s really hard to think about a life without art. It has always been inside me to create and to share my expression with art.

Which comes first when you’re producing – the sound or the idea?
The thing that comes first is the sound. After gaining experience by listening to a lot of electronic music and go out clubbing, I can easily hear and see the whole idea playing there before my eyes, if I hear a good sound.

Does your material feature any collaborations?
My first and second EP on Wolfskuil Limited is all solo work. I even recorded my own voice for the track “Erebus”. My voice without effects on it sounded really crap.. But I’ve used a lot of plug-ins to get a kind of vocoder sound. 

What’s on your current playlist?
Listening to a lot of electro minded stuff lately like: Stingray, Simulant & Silicon Scally; funny that all the names I just mentioned starts with an S. What’s in a letter, right? ;)
But with the nice weather outside I like to listen to Reggae, Italo & Afrobeats like Tony Allen.

Tell us about the chemistry you have with your fans on stage.
Lewski's perspective on performing as a dj is all about finding that perfect moment and choosing the right frequencies in a room full of people to make them feel in a specific way, and forget about their problems in life. So I just love to see everyone in the same state of mind and just enjoying themselves!

What techniques do you experiment with to get your original sound?
I’m always on the lookout for failures or mistakes. I try to get the most out of one layer or one synth or one drum machine.
When you process an 808 on a very different and weird way for example, it will automatically sound more “original”. I resample and shape the sound so much that it will fit perfectly with the rest of the track. After that I always forget how I did it haha. But that’s the way I like it because it was in that particular moment and vibe and so you can’t tweak it anymore. You just need to accept that it is part of your track. So by experimenting with Fx plug-ins, pedals etc, I can get a signature sound out of it.

What is a day in your recording studio like?
I like to work at different locations. Not only in the studio with my laptop. Sometimes I’m working with crappy speakers in my bedroom or in the train or at any other place. Since a few months I finally got some gear, so when I’m in the studio I start with them first. If I already made a project outside the studio and I miss a layer to fill the track, my gear in the studio will solve the problem almost every time. For me it’s really important to take a lot of breaks to get any further with the project. I need to keep my ears fresh and not constantly hear the loop all day long. When I’m very productive, I get it on my private Soundcloud asap with random artwork and a name so I will instantly see the result. So when I take a walk through the city center, I can quickly listen if this track can work or not. Luckily all my roommates are making music. When we cook diner, someone is plugging his laptop on the sound system in the kitchen to give a teaser and eventually we all go for a listen in the studio and give each other feedback.
Was there a specific moment in your life where you thought, “this is what I want to do”?
The dance culture in Holland has always been very rich. I grew up with it. So at the age of 13, I was already a dj, but it really started to get serious in 2011 when I experienced my first rave. Since then I’ve played techno, house, electro etc. This was also the time when I started producing myself. That didn’t went well at first haha! I always wanted to see instant results, as soon as I’ve had finished a project. But then I noticed that it takes very long to develop any kind of skills in producing and especially making your own ‘signature’ sound. I’m now at the point that I can finally fill up one night with my own tracks. It’s also great to see that my music is released on vinyl these days and to see all my heroes playing them in front of the crowds. That gives me a lot of strength to go trough with this!!

What do you keep close by while you’re playing a set?
My earplugs can’t leave my home without them.

Any emerging artists on your radar?
Really hard to say.. A lot of good music is coming out lately. But I think Animistic Beliefs is really nice. They have a fresh electro sounding liveset!

What gets your creative juices flowing?
Coffee, clubbing, record shopping & films/series (I’m a big fan of Westworld).
Take us through your collection of gear, tech or software that accompanies your creative expression.
You can easily get lost in making music. I usually want to keep my set-up simple. I’m sharing a studio with my roommates in our apartment. We have plenty of gear but like I said, I’m not using everything. Mostly I’m using my own stuff because i’m attached to it. My first synth is the Erebus of Dreadbox a semi-modulair. It is versatile, so I can make a lot of sounds with it. I’m using some fx pedals from Moog & Strymon to give a soft synth a more analog feel. I’m using Ableton as my DAW and the only plug-ins I use are from Arturia. I use everything from Soundtoys. And I also like to use FM8.

Any side projects you’re working on?
The main focus is my project Lewski. I want to make what I like and play out whatever is fitting that particular moment. For instance, when I’m playing alongside electro artists, I will play my Electro & Acid stuff. But last time I shared a stage with Joe from Hessle Audio and Efdemin (House set), so I’ve played House. 
I hope fans and people will understand that I like to play other stuff as well.
Ofcourse I have side projects, but those projects are collaborations and that will come later.. maybe after a few years!

How have you refined your craft since you entered the industry?
I did a course at SAE Institute Amsterdam and I’ve just finished my school of Arts. But I’ve learned most of my crafts from friends that also make music. Since I live in Utrecht with other musicians, it went really fast.

What can we expect from Lewski for the rest of the year?
I’m going to play more, so a lot of debut gigs are coming! My second EP Folkloric Human is coming out on vinyl at Wolfskuil Limited. And my first international release will come out this year. Unfortunately I can’t tell you guys something about it yet. Details will come later :). Keep an eye on my socials!

Follow Lewski:
Facebook /\/\/\ Soundcloud

Lewski's tracklist:
1) /DL/MS/ - Exit Ghost
2) Pip Williams - Outer Limits
3) Shredder - 002 
4) Andrea Parker - Invasion
5) CEM3340 - Galaxy 87
6) Lewski - Alien Passengers
7) Lewski - Phase Mistress
8) CS_TMS - Sector Y
9) Lewski - Guadala
10) DeFeKT - Mental Ease
11) Sarin - AIM-54 C
12) Tzusing - 4 Floors Of Whores 
13) Lewski - Folkloric Human
14)Aleksi Perälä - GBLFT1740071 
15) Drexciya - Sighting in the Abyss

Lewski recently released his Folkloric Human EP via Wolfskuil Records.
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Thursday, 5 July 2018

German Drummer and Producer JBXDR Releases His New Song ‘Accelerate Everything’, a day before the album release.

The day before German drummer and producer, JBXDR, is scheduled to release his LP, Wave Talks, he shares an incredible pumping track, titled ‘Accelerate Everything’.

JBXDR is well-known for his innovative drumming and experimental production techniques, but it all comes together with ‘Accelerate Everything’. It starts ominous enough, but as soon as the drums kick in within the first 20 seconds of the record it never slows down. Just as the title suggests, the song feels as though it is constantly growing, becoming faster and faster until it spins out of the control. Are you going to start gripping the handlebars or will you rather throw your hands up in the air and enjoy the ride?
The rhythmic synth following each drum beat makes for an hypnotic and pulsating journey into the profound mind of JBXDR.
‘Accelerate Everything’ is  a fantastically produced track which is a must-have on any experimental or techno playlist. The bass-heavy treatment of “Accelerate Everything” is a heartbeat soaked, toe-tapping, synth rollercoaster amidst JBXDR’s innovative, yet always pleasing set of skills behind a drum kit. The upcoming LP Wave Talk is nothing short of colourful, carefully constructed and energetic potency. A collage of love, life and everything in between.  

Listen to 'Accelerate Everything':

Wave Talks is set to be released on the 6th of July via Springstoff and will contain 12 tracks:

1. Mass Adoption / Direct Opposition
2. Counter Culture Is the Only Way Critiquing Culture
3. Refusal To Grow Up
4. Everything That I Need And Want
5. Single Slice Of Time 
6. Surge Identity
7. Simpler Times
8. Surfing A Wave Of Populism 
9. Accelerate Everything
10. Wave Talk
11. Empty Theatrics
12. Formular

JBXDR Upcoming Live Dates:12 July - Showcase Gig - Berlin, Germany
12 July - Monarch -  Berlin, Germany
4 August - Vogelball - Hamburg, Germany
5 August - DETECT Festival - Berlin, Germany
17 - 19 August - Bucht der Träumer, Germany

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Friday, 29 June 2018

Swedish DJ And Musician Eric Prydz releases a new EP 'CIREZ D'

Eric Prydz is no stranger to electronic dance scene. He has been a staple of EDM for nearly two decades and it’s clear that he has no intention of stopping anytime soon. Releasing music since 2001, he has produced so much music, to make sense of it all he also releases music under his techno alter-ego, Cirez D.

It’s from Cirez D that we are blessed with a brand new EP full of tracks which he has teased at festivals over the past year. The record consists of four brand new tracks each better than the last. 

Prydz pushes the boundaries of techno while simultaneously paying homage to what the genre is known for. It’s accessible to brand new fans of techno, but don’t think that the real techno-heads out there won’t get anything out of this.  

Each techno-filled track transports you to a dystopian world where the machines have taken over and this is their soundtrack. 

If that’s the case, then sign me up for the next robot uprising!

Listen to Cirez D’s EP here:
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Monday, 18 June 2018

Russian DJ and Music Producer Nina Kravit's releases ten songs from Aphex Twin and Mike Dred

The ten-track release includes "15 c7" by Universal Indicator, a '90s project from Aphex Twin and Mike Dred. Hardcore legend Marc Acardipane contributes a cut as Pilldriver, while the rising Russian artists Nikita Zabelin, Roma Zuckerman and Shadowax also feature.

Listen to Shadowax's "I Want To Be A Stewardess." She joins Kraviz and co. at the трип party in Barcelona on Friday.

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

DJ Modd Returns to All Day I Dream Imprint with Salomeya

Techno DJ and Producer Modd returns to the All Day I Dream Imprint, releasing Solomeya, a rather deep, yet melodic collection.

Buy/Stream Solomeya here:

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Monday, 11 June 2018

Music Icons Life and Death and Innervisions Announces The Return of Rakastella, an interactive music and art experience

International underground electronic music icons Life and Death and Innervisions have announced the return of Rakastella, an interactive music and art experience. It will take place on December 8th on the shores of Virginia Key in Miami, for a 14 hour day into night journey. With the background of the ocean and sandy beaches everywhere, the art installations, stages and lounges will be other worldly. With the aim to bring completely submerge those attending into a world of art and music, Raskatella brings prominent techno and house minds together to perform.

Founded by DJ Tennis and Dixon & Ame who have gained reputations from their superior event production and singular sonic palettes. While Innervisions Lost In A Moment party series has thrown events on remote islands and in abandoned castles, making the combination of the two a force to be reckoned with.  Last year’s installment included names such as Dixon, Âme​ ​II​ ​Âme, DJ​ ​Koze, Roman​ ​Flügel, DJ Tennis, Mano​ ​Le​ ​Tough, Octo​ ​Octa​ ​(live), Axel​ ​Boman. This year will be no different, with the selection of acts reaching across the electronic music field. With only one day to explore the combination of the creative worlds of art and music presented from partners PL0T, Secret Garden and Where Are My Keys.

Tickets On Sale June 7 via Eventbrite:

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Friday, 4 May 2018

Interview: We Caught Up With Producer Fanstrom

FANSTRØM was born in the year 2014 as an electronic music project that began by performing as a selector in various musical venues and later gave way to the composition and production of original music.

Going through various genres, he is presently focused in the most melodic and introspective branches of techno, constantly seeking the most subtle and profound harmonies and textures. Throughout these sounds, it is his desire to express with his style the incessant restlessness of his inner world.

In late 2017 he joins the team at T4F Records since its inception and participated in the label's first release. Also, he has signed and collaborated with labels such as Concepto Hipnótico Recordings, Condor Tunes (Argentina) and Suspekt Records (Berlin).

The year 2018 begins rather exiting for the Argentinien born musician with a great deal of collaborations and releases. We just fell in love with his deep melodic tunes and caught up with him for an interview:

Hi there! To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
I like to say that it is profound, textured and atmospheric.

Get an idea and check out FANSTRØM's newest release 'Entre Bosques' from Cementero EP

Which three albums have influenced you the most creatively?
If I think about recent years I most definitely have to point out "Lost In A Dream", by The War on Drugs. One of the most introspective, hypnotic and sentimental albums I heard in my life. But if I go further back, the greatest influence ever and, as I told a friend, the one album I would take to the Moon would be "Neu! 75", by Neu! A masterpiece by absolute masters. And I should also mention "Empire Burlesque", by Bob Dylan. But there are so many that 3 really falls short.
If I have to think about electronic music and techno, I don't think I can pick 3 albums. If I may, I would point out 3 artists that come to mind: Polar Inertia, Ness and Blazej Malinowski, for instance.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?
What is totally non-negociable is the message. I always try to say something, tell a unique story. I really don't like the idea of just "putting out songs". However, of course it not always comes out as I'd like. I think that each of my compositions share two aspects: the time and the atmospheres. By time I mean the composition time. I try to give each song its unique timeframe, understanding where it is taking me, not rushing it and letting it mellow appropriately. Sometimes this means a song can be completed in a couple of hours and sometimes it can take months. I accept this as an intrinsic facet of my process. And by atmospheres I'm referring to the final phase of the composition, where I try to reinforce and really emphasize the atmosphere and texture I'm looking for. After the song is structured, this stage kicks in. Aside from these features, I could say that each song starts with a variety of loops, percussive and harmonic. I play around for God knows how much, changing instruments, melodies, samples and whatnot. After I finally feel there's something solid to work on, I move into the arrangement part. This can usually take quite some time (I'd say the arrangement arrives at 70% the total composition time). In the arrangement I continue to play a bit starting from a base structure until I feel I got it right.

See how that all sounds together and listen to Fanstrom's very own composition 'Fango'

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?
What a challenging question! Studio work and music creation gives you an unique opportunity to really get to know yourself, connect with the deepest parts of your soul and with the most entangled thoughts. You go through every single emotion you can think of, suffering quite a bit in the midsts. This, I think, conveys the purity of composition. Performing, for me, is pure ecstasy. It is a magnificent journey from start to finish, and connecting with people on site is just priceless. Thus you could say that it is usually the least conflicted part. I don't think I can prefer one over the other. For me composition alone is not enough, as I feel that I need to share what I'm doing not just online, but on site, and share the energy. However, I also believe that only performing would fall a bit short since I feel that a lot of the things I need to say can only be conveyed through composition.

Any new artists on your radar?
Lots from my hometown in Buenos Aires. The underground scene is thriving. I could name Ronze, Coscia and Looper as a couple of artists that come to mind. Great people with shining futures.

What has been your most memorable performance so far?
A private party held inside a recording studio for no more than 80 people. Breathtaking. The greatest sound system I've ever played with. The crowd was eclectic, dancing non stop for hours and scattering energy and color.

And which performance would you prefer to forget?
Once I played in a club where the usual crowd was not exactly keen to electronic music, and folks came every once in a while asking me to put on Latin music. Nothing wrong with Latin music, of course, but playing with a crowd that is just not into what you are doing, not because of your possible flaws but due to their incapacity or unwillingness to connect is not worth it and a big downer.

If you could collaborate with, or perform alongside any artist, who would it be? And why?
I think I could say Rødhåd. I love his Dystopian label and its concept and the sound he promotes. At the same time, his live performances are incredible, so dark and full of mystique.

Tell us about any upcoming shows or releases you have in the pipeline.
May is a rocky month! I have 3 releases coming up. An EP through Suspekt Records from Berlin, with 2 originals and a couple of remixes; another song for a V.A. from T4F Records, a label I work with closely here at home; finally, a composition for the Six Year Anniversary compilation of another great label from Argentina called Concepto Hipnótico. So excited!

We are, too! Thanks a lot for taking your time for conducting this interview with us. We are looking forward to seeing your new releases and hope to hear from you soon. 

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Friday, 20 April 2018

Interview: We Got Together With Musician Klunsh

Klunsh, originally from the North of France, cultivates his music through various experiences as a producer and is inspired by world music. In early 2018, Klunsh released his first two tracks "Imaona" and "Hayu Marka" with Moblack Records and got the support from the likes of Sasha, Black Cofee, Trikk, Olderic, Oliver Koletzki and Andhim.
He published another single "Tribo / Intercone" on March 30 and is about to set free "Moringa Radical" on April 23 with BeatFreak Recordings.
Within a few months, Klunsh released numerous well-produced songs that have already been played by considerable artists such as Eelke Kleijn, Undercatt, Mickael Klein, CidInc and Gaziano Raffa.

We caught up with Klunsh for an interview:

Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today?

I’m fine, I just got informed that my Chopper will be ready in three weeks and I can't wait to hit the road, I really enjoy riding. Today, as usual, I will start to make a mint tea with a home made aloe vera gel, make a little pump or go running. Then, I watch my emails and turn on the machines. It's almost become a ritual.

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

I think I would define my sound as multicultural. And a little rock 'n' roll because I do not set any limits. If, one day, I have the idea to use a flamenco guitar that sounds good enough, then I would do it without hesitation. However, most of the time I surf on the deep house wave. Progressive and Afro House, this is maybe what I like the most at the moment. In definition, there is good and bad music. I prefer the good anyway 'Haha'.

What are the 5 albums and artists that have influenced you the most?

Andhim - for their world musique influences
Dixon - I’m fan since his track «Where we at » feat. Ame, Henrik Schwarz and Derric.L.Carter, released in 2006... probably my most played vinyl
Armonica - I love all their tracks and remixes
Black Coffee - his vibes are just the pure sound of Africa, every gig is a great journey

What other artists do you really like at the moment and why?

The artist I really like at this moment are Lehar, Adriatique, Black Coffee, Olderic, Solomun, Davi, Franky & Sandrino, Upercent, Moblack, Stereocalypse, Juan, Mainro. Each of them does some very interesting and colorized music, grooves, sounds and Dj sets. I often listen to their productions, live set and podcasts when I run some kilometers, at the breakfast or when I shop alone.

What are some of the key pieces of gear you use to write your tracks in the studio? Or do you prefer to use software and plug ins?

I do not have a huge studio recording. I think it is not about the equipment but moreover about my mind, my knowledge, my own presents and my joy to rock n’ roll. I do not have money to purchase some great equipment and synths, but I would love to work with modular synths and real percussions. Currently, I usually sample my drums with banal objects (desk, bottles, wooden stick, salt pan, keys, rubbing hands, flute, bamboo..) I use my voice and everything I find around me. All vocals on my tunes such as « Imaona », « Come With Me », « Fundamental Things » and « Lalibela » are from myself.

A few days ago, The Playground premiered Klunsh's new track 'Morninga Radical'. Let's give it a listen on TechnoGROUND:

Has your arsenal of equipment changed much since you first started?

On the contrary, I do not have much of my equipment left. Most of it is rather old and my whole studio got stolen by an ex several years ago. It must have been about 40,000 € worth of material and also thousands of vinyls. Ever since, I've never been able to re-equip myself properly. I still work on my iMac from 2008. I also produce some Movie soundtracks as well as pop and I would love to produce for Lana Del Rey.

Do you enjoy playing to an audience or working in the studio?

I inevitably need to perform on stage, even if I like working in the studio. There comes a time when my inspiration lessens and working in a studio gets frustrating. Therefore, it is primordial and vital for me to perform. I started being a DJ before producing my own music. Performing has been in my veins since 1995 and will always keep me motivated and excited.

If we gave you the budget to put a line-up together for a mini fest, who would you book and where would you play?

I would like to perform a lot on Clubs and festivals worldwide, especially Tomorrowland on Diynamic stage. That is where everything started for Klunsh. I was there with my Marion, my girlfriend, and we had a real blow hearth at the first sight. Besides, without her, I could not have taken this new musical direction. Her opinion of my work has a real influence and importance to me, by the way she guides me rather well.

If you weren't a musician what would you be?

I think I could have been an actor, or a philosopher. Well I love this job, even if it’s very difficult to get a stable situation. Having the chance to create music is a huge honor. ... but yes, actor I admit, that would do! (laughs)

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects, DJ mixes or collaborations in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

Well, I just released my new Afrohouse and Afrotech EP including « Tribo » on Moblack, which already got lots of support. The next one contains three different tracks that will be released on April 9th, on Timeless Moment. There is another three-track EP coming on April 23rd with Beatfreak. It will be the 6th of Klunsh's discography since the beginning of the year. Then, I would like to take more time to realize projects of collaboration, but for now, I prefer not to say anymore. In fact, what I would like the most of all, is to go back on stage and travel around the world. However, for now, I'm still looking for a regular job to stabilize my situation. There is also my personal project: Spending time and having cheerful moments with my love.

Sounds like there is much ahead! We would like to thank you for taking the time conducting this interview with us. We wish you only the very best for your future and hope to hear from you again soon!

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Monday, 16 April 2018

Music Producer Liss C released his new EP 'Wet & Wild

Liss C. just released his brand new EP titled Wet & Wild on the 12 of April via LC series. The EP consists of four tracks with two originals and two remixes.

Wet & Wild raised the bar on what an EP should be. Direct to the beat and intense full sound. The first track titled ‘Wet’ directs your mind through a deep wobble of wonder. With prominent build-ups and drops this track proves to be a great introduction to the collection of songs.

The second original titled ‘Wild’ definitely does justice to the name. It’s out there being crazy and wild. The song features an intense kick with an overlay of synthesizer madness.

The EP also has two remixes. The song ‘Wet’ has been given a new touch by Sleeparchive keeping the deep intensity with a lighter beat whilst the ‘Wild’ remix goes to The Plantworker solidifying the track with more direct beats and sound, still keeping it on the wild side.

Let your ears be graced by this Techno madness EP Wet & Wild

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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Techno Musician NHOAH Releases His Anticipated Album 'West Berlin'

Releasing his highly anticipated album West Berlin on the 13th of April through R.O.T respectortolerate Records, NHOAH the techno-talented musician is breaking new ground with an epic resume of remixes, singles and previous EPs Abstellgleis zu Remixen and 120 Red Skies zu Remixen. Already capturing fans across the globe and attention of publications Resident Advisor, PopMatters, Clash Mag, Data Transmission, Electronic Groove and Radio 6 Music’s Nemone the producer is on a transforming journey of building a respectable catalogue.

Having performed and shared stages with some of the most esteemed musicians such as Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, Bronski Beat, Jayne County and Romy Haag, to name just a few,  NHOAH after releasing two albums: Tangowerk was also nominated for German Record Critics' Award (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik).

NHOAH produced and engineered for several decades in Germany’s underground electro-scene and became familiar with utilising different types of software and equipment in his production trying to never limit himself and exploring out the box.  Often producing on the road and having limited resources, the German muso has become extremely creative in trying to recreate different majestic sounds and waves with his music.

The new album which will be released on the 13th of April, West-Berlin a creative sound that has evolved through time and created completely “from scratch” promises to be NHOAH’s best work yet. West Berlin will be released digitally and on a double-vinyl and is a full-length album that embodies perfectly NHOAH’s influences and as well as his signature style of ‘rich synthesizers, cascading arpeggios, pulsating oscillations and complex patterns.’ The album is reminiscent of Berlin’s club scene and takes one through a journey of exploration of a scene that is dance-crazed, diverse and structured all at once. With deep techno beats that use layered synthesizers and complex patterns - fans of NHOAH are in for a treat.

West Berlin will be available via all major digital outlets, download/stream here.

West Berlin Tracklist
1. What happened … Berlin
2. 120 Red Skies
3. Lichter RMX
4. NO Kohle Oel Erdgas
6. Sequenz 1
7. Der Golden Ball
8. Red Sky Blue Heart
9. 160-120
10. Abstellgleis 

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Interview With Music Producer Pauke Schaumburg

Nobby and Kenno grew up in a small country called Schaumburg, near Hanover (Lower Saxony, Germany). Until a few years ago, they were known as Solo-DJs in local clubs and private partys. So it took some time and a good bottle of absinthe until they finally decided to work together behind the mixer.
"Pauke Schaumburg" was born. The name established from the origins of the basedrum: the kettledrum - called 'Pauke' in German.
At that time, their musical taste was influenced by the sound of the mid-nineties: techno, house and hard trance played a major role in Kennos and Nobbys record rack.

Their newest single 'Transit', released 16 March 2018, delivers three well produced melodic techno tunes: Transit, New Horisons, Charon (featuring Animal Swing Kids). With about 120 beats per minute, the new tunes flow with segments of violins, kicking bass drums and rich soudscapes at low frequencies.

We caught up with the two artists for an interview:

Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today?
Hello! First things first, thank you very much for having us. We are fine. Today is promo day again, there is much good stuff coming around before the summer!

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
The typical Pauke Sound… mhh… some kind of synth heavy, melodic deep techno sound, but always groovy- not too straight and a bit playful. No mainstream, though!

What are the 5 albums and artists that have influenced you the most?
Nils: I liked the most recent albums from Einmusik, Stephan Bodzin und Extrawelt. I am also in lovewith the sound of Patrice Bäumel.

Ken: I think these are some of the artists that influenced me the most over the years: Extrawelt, Gui Boratto, Alex Niggemann, Gabriel Ananda. But there are many others...

Let's give new tune 'Charon - feat. Animal Swing Kids' a listen on TechnoGROUND

What other artists do you really like at the moment and why? 
There are many many good guys out there. Difficult to pick one.

What are some of the key pieces of gear you use to write your tracks in the studio? Or do you prefer to use software and plug ins?
Our main DAW is Ableton 9. There are of course plug-ins featured in our productions, i.e from Native Instruments, Arturia or Output. But we work with hardware too, we are  still loving our little Moog Minitaur, for example. The Novation Peak is our allrounder when it comes to chords and stuff with more than one voice. We really love this synthesizer! Some Roland Boutiques are also in the studio. Like the SH-01A, SE-02, TB-03 or TR-09. We love to fumble around with these small boxes. The NI Maschine is another one of our key pieces.

Has your arsenal of equipment changed much since you first started?
Nils: We have tried and tested pretty much every single one of the standard setups- we started with turntables, then moved on to CDJs and took the next step towards Traktor with two controllers and 4 decks. From there, we went back to and stayed with CDJs, because its much more convenient to travel with thumbdrives in your pocket instead of lugging equipment cases and fragile electronic devices around.
I should mention though, in all fairness, that I have two turntables set up at home and that I try to purchase the REALLY dope tracks on vinyl as well.

Ken: Yes of course. The studio is constantly evolving and changes all the time. You buy hardware, you sell it again.. and then something new will be thrown onto the market soon, and the cycle continues….  :)

Do you enjoy playing to an audience or working in the studio?
Ken: It‘s both great. On one hand you can sit quietly and alone in the studio, get in the mood and forget about time. On the other hand, it is interesting to see how people react to our own productions- you get goosebumps when you earn those hands up moments with your own tracks!

Nils: Me personally, I have significantly more fun when Djing for a crowd.

If we gave you the budget to put a line-up together for a mini fest, who would you book and where would you play?
Thats a VERY interesting question, we like it when the music ramps up over the course of the night as well as alternating between DJs and liveacts on a given lineup.
So…. The opening would probably be played by Christian Löffler, LIVE. Then Dirty Doering followed by Gabriel Ananda. We would play a DJ set afterwards, then Woo York LIVE, Tale Of Us shouldn’t be missing and then Extrawelt LIVE could tear the place to shreds…. The closing would probably be performed by Einmusik in the early morning hours with the sun rising. We think, that would be pretty fantastic!
Hey, if you want us, too, we would be there in a heartbeat!

If you weren't a musician what would you be?
We are, unfortunately, not full-time musicians as of now.  We still have our dayjobs to pay the bills.

Nils: Im a chimney sweeper and I would love to be able to make a living off music.

Ken: My profession is media designer.

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects, DJ mixes or collaborations in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
Sure… We just completed a remix for Seth Schwarz & UCB Berlin. Theres another EP forthcoming on Beatfreak Recordings, the label run by D-Formation. And finally, we will contribute a track to the next “Various Artists” Split EP for our homies from Trampolinmusik.

Many thanks to you guys for taking your time and collaborate with us. We gladly support your artwork and wish you all the best for all upcoming releases, shows and productions.

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