Author: Steve Rickinson

Steve is Editor in Chief of DHA and does some other things too

[Interview] 1979

Based in Amsterdam and Italian born, 1979 is an artist who combines the malncholy of post rock with the enrgy of rave and bass of Techno to maximal effect. With a star on the ascent after well recieved releases on the likes of Klangwelt and Addicted Music, it is his affiliation with HOSH fryhide imprint that has really sent the sound of 1979 into the stratosphere. His “Once I Saw The Sky” EP included the festival dominating ‘Space Cake’ set the tone for what was to come and now with a new two track “Metro/Distanza”, the classically trained lover of ... Read more

[Label Showcase] Clash Lion

Established by the trio of TERR, Daniel Watts, and Shall Ocin, Clash Lion is a Barcelona-based label fast becoming recognized for its consistent releases representing the weird and wonderful. Since its 2017 launch, Clash Lion has released a total of 7 EPs, including work from key artists like Maetrik and ANNA, while also shining a light on global emerging talent like Fiberroot and Risa Taniguchi. By covering a variety of genre, ranging from Techno to Nu Disco, Electronica to Leftfield, Clash Lion is not a label to always release tracks strictly for the club but rather a destination of emotive, ... Read more

[Interview] Orbital: “Donald Trump & Kim Jong Un Aren’t The Only Monsters Around”

Throughout their long-standing and renowned career, the twin brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll who make up Orbital have headlined the biggest stages in the world, while establishing themselves as bonafide electronic music pioneers. The brother’s extensive back catalog ranges from Punk anthems like ‘Satan’, to Techno classics like ‘Chime’, ‘The Saint’, and ‘The Box’, as well as the seminal Rave anthem ‘Halcyon+on+on’, which have featured across classic albums and soundtracks from the early 1990s up until today. Now, after a six-year hiatus, Orbital is back with their new album, “Monsters Exist”. On shelves, and via streaming platforms, “Monsters Exist” is ... Read more

The 10 Unmissable Autumn 2018 Festivals

Who says festival season (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least) has to end with the end of summer? From October through December, there is a slew of festival and conference style events taking place across the European continent and beyond. From Mexico City to Kraków, coastal castles to industrial warehouses, these are 10 events we’re most looking forward to in the coming autumn months. What events are you most looking forward to? Amsterdam Dance Event Amsterdam’s (and the entire industry’s) ultimate gathering is back for another week of networking and parties. With something for every taste not much needs to ... Read more

Glitch Festival 2018: Transforming Malta Into An Electronic Music Paradise

When we talk about the preeminent party islands of the world, Malta may not be one immediately coming to mind in lieu of more traditional European tourism fair like Ibiza or Majorca but, with the third edition of its Glitch Festival, this may be about to change and we’ll all be better for it. In flying over its distinct coastline of three islands toward the southerly located airport, one is immediately struck by Malta’s strategic and accessible position nestled between Sicily and Tunisia. Undeniably rich in culture, and featuring a slew of activities and destinations scattered throughout the island to ... Read more

Neopop 2018: Portugal’s Purist Techno Marathon

Nestled along the outer walls of Viana do Castelo’s Forte Santiago Da Barra, beneath the hilltop laden Basilica Santa Luzia, lies Portugal’s most renowned underground electronic music festival, Neopop. A marathon affair taking place across four days, two stages, campsites, and alongside a handful of peripheral acts, Neopop brought many of world’s top DJs and underground favorites to a space whose origins date back to the 15th Century. Over its three festival days, opening concert, and added bonus Red Bull Music events, Neopop welcomed everyone from Main Stage staples Solomun, Nina Kraviz, Ben Klock, Joseph Capriati, and Marco Carola, to underground stars ... Read more

[Interview] WECANTASTE With Chef Sergio Herman

WECANDANCE – Electronic Beach Festival is a premium boutique festival which not only offers a wide range of great music but also leaves an immense impression when it comes to quality food and a fashion-forward crowd. With its ‘no fast food’ policy, WECANDANCE takes the concept of festival food to a completely different level; from typical festival food to a topnotch Michelin Star dining experience. Part of this dining experience is Chef Sergio Herman who will bring selections from his Pure C restaurant to WECANDANCE as part of their WECANTASTE experience. Known for his impeccable sense for beauty and love for ... Read more

[Interview] From Africa To France, St Germain’s Authenticity Blending Of Roots & Rhythm

A creator or intelligent, sensual and original deep house, St Germain has been seminal in putting emotional French electronic music on the International radar for early two decades. From his renowned 1995 debut album, “Boulevard” to its follow up, the multi-platinum, award-winning, “Tourist”, all the way through his self titled, Africa-rhythm inspired third album, St Germain has always been known for his uncanny ability to subtly blend machines and instruments, authentic roots and modern influences. On Wednesday, 8 August, St. Germain will bring his acclaimed live performance to Portugal’s Neopop Electronic Music Festival where he opens festivities up alongside the ... Read more

[Interview] Through The Smoke With Helena Hauff

Born and raised in Hamburg, former Golden Pudel resident Helena Hauff’s profile has grown exponentially since the release of her 2015 LP debut “Discreet Desires”. Built on authenticity and seamless integration of Acid, Electro, EBM, Techno and Post Punk in her electrifying DJ sets (still constructed via the physicality of lugging record boxes from country to country), Helena has found herself an event center piece everywhere from Sonar to Dekmantel (where she returns this 5 August). As a Producer, her machine centered, unapologetically raw work has been heard via Werkdiscs, Handmade Birds, as well as her own Return to Disorder ... Read more

[Interview] The Ritual Of Music With Anané & Louie Vega

Louie Vega’s multiple talents make him recognized worldwide as one of the finest purveyors of House Music in its history, while Anané has had music in her blood from her childhood in Cape Verde to her renowned NULU Movement events in New York City. Now, two of New York City’s most diverse of underground representatives, the couple have translated the camaraderie and vibe of The Big Apple into The Ritual with Anané and Louie Vega over 10 weeks at HEART Ibiza. With their rich and personal history in New York, alongside the years of work creating an open, inclusive and ... Read more

[Interview] Kickin’ It With DJ Seinfeld

With a first career chapter nothing short of remarkable, DJ Seinfeld has quickly established himself as one of the scene’s most diverse and interesting figures. Having already released under aliases Rimbaudian (Emotive House) and Birds of Sweden (Drum & Bass), it was the 2017 introduction of the Seinfeld moniker, with underground hit single ‘U’, that catapulted the soft spoken Swedish artist to international acclaim. By presenting music rooted in nostalgia, colored by dusty and analogue house grooves, DJ Seinfeld has now found praise coming from all corners of the music and media sphere. Since ‘U’ (which appeared on 2017’s “Time ... Read more

Dekmantel Festival 2018: 10 Artists To Watch

The crown jewel of Amsterdam’s robust festival landscape, Dekmantel Festival, features one of the most well-balanced lineups in the world. Focused on quality and discovery alike, this year’s edition sees many a familiar Dekmantel face, a slew of debuts, and eclectic acts that cover the spectrum of culture, gender, sound, and approach. Over the course of its 3 festival days and mid-week opening festivities, the likes of Four Tet, Jamie xx, Helena Hauff, Lena Willikens, Mount Kimbie, Ricardo Villalobos, and more feature across its 50+ artists. Here, we’re looking at ten of the acts we’re personally most looking forward to ... Read more

Hï Ibiza & Black Coffee Presents: Themba

Having burst onto the global scene this year with high profile release and appearances, Themba is the latest musical export carrying the flag of House Music from South Africa. With a sound forged into his African roots, Themba utilizes local singers, songwriters and percussionists to create his own unique & distinct take on House & Techno. A take that has already been heard via Knee Deep in Sound, and will also feature on Yoshitoshi, as well as through upcoming remixes for Nick Curly and Black Coffee. In fact, it is Themba’s relationship with Black Coffee that has perhaps been his ... Read more

Label Showcase: Berlin Bass Collective

Berlin Bass Collective was founded with the goal to spread positivity through its diverse array of music. Through events and releases, Berlin Bass Collective privileges weirdness, freedom, and discovery with an ethos of “if you put positivity out in the world then it will come back to you”. Across its 12 releases, and 30+ events, multiple countries represented, and slew of DJs, Producers and Visual Artists, Berlin Bass Collective has developed and maintained a light approach that does not rely on any singe genre, style or hype. Featuring artists on the roster including Charlie Smooth, Zola, Kez YM, Funky Espresso, ... Read more

Backyard Sessions’ Documentary Showcases Ins & Outs Of Swedish Festival Landscape

For those outside its borders it may come as something of a surprise that the liberally minded Nordic country is, in fact, one of Europe’s most difficult places to throw large scale events. A result of a number of reasons as parties and external alcohol consumption are heavily regulated, while also existing in one of the continents most expensive countries. Backyard Sessions, where 2018 sees its second year, is an example of success in the face of such conditions. An electronic music festival and love letter to its host city of Malmö, Backyard Sessions is a family friendly event from ... Read more