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.

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.

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