Author: Steve Rickinson

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

[Interview] Staying Cool With Tiga & The Crusade Against Boring Records

After contributing material and production to Tiga’s 2016 “No Fantasy Required” LP, an organic collaboration formed between the the Turbo Recordings and fellow Montrealer Clarian, the two have come together for one of a slew of projects that have set the former’s eventful spring and summer season. The result of that collaboration, an amazing Acid Techno package, “Stay Cool/You’re So Special”, which this Friday, 13 July, sees the release of its diverse remix package, featuring interpretations from a trio of Turbo artists – Absolute., Beton, and Dimitri Veimar – alongside Eats Everything and, today’s exclusive premiere, Gerd Janson, who also ... Read more

[Review] Knops Earplugs Allow Four Settings Of Volume Control

Last year we came across an interesting, Amsterdam- based (successful) IndieGogo campaign, which claimed development of earplugs allowing increased control over the peripheral volumes of life. Of course in our world hearing health is paramount and something all too frequently looked at within a bipolar setting…either you wear something or you don’t. I don’t have to tell you what the pitfalls of either practice is, but for the latter (in my opinion), it is the lack of control one has over their device that really affects my willingness to use. Traditionally, once an earplug is inserted, sound is muffled and important ... Read more

Interview: Marina Karamarko

Marina Karamarko has a tendency to leave listeners with a full heart on the dancefloor. With her unique style and charisma, her capacity to understand music, its layers, coupled with her natural ability to entertain and connect, brought her respect from her peers and fans alike. Since 2005, she has gone strength to strength with over a decade in the game, having held residencies at the likes of Viva Warriors & Unusual Suspects (Ibiza), appearances at Sonus, OFF Sonar, Sea Star Festival, WeLoveSound Festival, tours of North & South America, as well as releases on labels like Innocent Music, Baile ... Read more

[Interview] Sofia, Kirilic & The Ever-Evolving DIY Of KiNK

One of the scene’s most in demand figures, KiNK‘s ability to reshape sound has made him a singular entity in its highly competitive environment. Frequently in the “favorite live act” conversation, KiNK’s musical output and performance prowess spans the spectrum of what is possible in the underground electronic music industry. Continuing to operate from his home base of Sofia, Bulgaria, KiNK’s decade+ in the limelight, and 2+ decades in the scene, has seen him reach the pinnacle of renown through releases on the likes of Rush Hour, Running Back, Pets Recordings, Bedrock Records, Freerange, Clone, DGTL, and more, while his ... Read more

[Interview] The Global Creative Footprint Of Mirik Milan

Mirik Milan, Amsterdam’s former Night Mayor and longtime creative director of some of the city’s most celebrated events, has been an ambassador the the culture and importance of nightlife for some 15+ years. Amongst his many accomplishments, Mirik can list the multi-venue Nacht voor de Nacht, a revamp of the once trouble Rembrandtplein district, and tireless efforts for gender equality with initiatives like Chicks on a Mission, amongst a slew of other forward thinking, nightlife and cultural based initiatives. Now, Mirik has assumed a new role, where in 2017 alone he gave over 25 international talks to city governments and ... Read more

Interview: Ilija Djokovic

Since 2010, Ilija Djokovic has assumed the position of one of Balkan Techno’s fastest rising individuals. Known for energetic sets of melodic and euphoric techno, Ilija has that innate sense for crowd reading, delivering exactly what’s needed on the dancefloor. This sound can be heard across his releases from Terminal M to Tronic Music, Filth on Acid, Phobiq and more, or via carefully constructed sets at the likes of EXIT and Lovefest. This July, Ilija Djokovic will join the 2018 edition of Labyrinth Open Croatia, which will see her head to Croatia alongside the likes of Amelie Lens, Butch, Hernan Cattaneo and more. ... Read more

DHA Mix #373 + Interview By Trikk

One of Portugal’s finest, Trikk was praised and embraced by many as a new star on the horizon. After releasing on labels such as Innervisions, Lossless and Optimo Music nothing was left to prove as he continued to explore (mainly) House aesthetics within complex, wisely composed productions. A true member of today’s underground, Trikk will join Pantha du Prince and Frankey & Sandrino in London on 30 June as Labyrinth and Melodic Diggers take to Village Underground. Ahead of the event, and with his well received Innervisions’s release, “Vilara”, available now, Trikk graces us with an exclusive mix alongside a ... Read more

Interview: Secretsundaze

For 16 years Secretsundaze have marked themselves out as one of the most distinct, vital and consistent voices in dance music. Having long since bloomed beyond its London home base, every branch of Secretsundaze’s complete identity stems its co-founders, the DJ duo of Giles Smith and James Priestley. As a DJ/Production duo, party brand, and record label, Secretsundaze continues to exemplify the “DJ’s DJ,” whether digging in solo, handing off between marathon sets, or throwing down back-to-back. On 15 June, the duo bring their latest single, “Still Hope”, to Phonica Records where they team up with British born Cypriot award ... Read more

Interview: Suzanne Ciani

Suzanne Ciani is a five-time Grammy award nominated composer, electronic music pioneer, and neo-classical recording artist whose work has been featured in countless commercials, video games, and feature films. Over the course of her 30+ year career, she’s released 15 solo albums, provided the voice and sounds for Bally’s groundbreaking “Xenon” pinball machine, received the 2017 Moog Innovation Award, played concerts all over the globe, and carved out a niche as one of the most creatively successful female composers in the world. At last month’s Moogfest 2018, Suzanne Ciani and collaborator, Layne, unveiled the world premiere of live score in ... Read more

Interview: Elena Colombi

Born in Italy, Elena Colombi has since relocated to London, setting up a successful series of events since 2008 that have made her a staple name of its underground. Now a respected DJ and radio host on NTS, Elena’s musical style taps into a wide array of influences, from Industrial rhythms, pulsing techno, ambient atmospheres, synthesised sounds, freaky disco, balearic love affairs, proto-house, anything goes in her dynamic sets. Throughout last year Elena has made significant moves in her DJ career, making her Japanese debut at AOYAMA Zero, playing at Amsterdam’s De School, as well as playing Säule and Panoramabar ... Read more

Amsterdam’s Tuition Free University Of The Underground Welcomes Peaches For Event Series Launch

Founded in February 2017 with the focus on global engagement with society as a whole, the registered charity and postgraduate educational space, University of the Underground, launches the first in its event series – Agora Club Happening on 27 June at De Marktkantine, The University of the Underground will welcome, amongst its guests for the event, board member Peaches who will explore various neurological landscapes through a series of environments before culminating in a collective act of celebration guided by a specialist hypnotherapist. Also on the evening will be the explosive sound clash of Sounds of Sisso who hails from ... Read more

Moogfest 2018: A Festival Lesson For The Resistance

Durham, North Carolina may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking (electronic) music festival, but this small city in the American South annually plays host to one of the finest and most forward thinking celebrations of music, technology, art, and politics around. With a mission set in growth and philosophy, and a 2018 focus on lineup diversity, Moogfest is a dual approach event, splitting its education and entrepreneurship focused days with cutting edge performance nights. Set across 4 days, 17 – 20 May, the festival is spread across multiple venues throughout the newly developed city of ... Read more

Interview: Ellen Allien

What could possibly be said about Ellen Allien that hasn’t already been…a first generation female DJ, Internationally touring artist, label owner, and role model, Ellen has done and been nearly everywhere for her two decades+ in the scene. Last weekend, we met up on site in North Carolina as she followed up Helena Hauff at Moogfest’s opening night. With new remixes of Mount Kimbie‘s T.A.M.E.D. available now, a huge North American tour (with stops at Movement Detroit, Electric Island Toronto, and more), a We Are Not Alone Off Week party on 15 June, there’s tons to talk about over a ... Read more

Interview: Satori

The first EP released after his full length Crosstown Rebels album “Maktub”, Satori has brought “Yam” to DGTL Records. As the fourth release on the Amsterdam-based electronic brand’s recently launched imprint, “Yam” sees the talented live performer deliver a more dancefloor orientated offering with two originals and a special Satori remix included. As part of the DGTL family for years, Satori’s connection with it becomes even more pronounced, diverse, and influential, with another opprtunity to showcase the sound of electronic world music Here, we caught up with Satori as he travels the world on his own and as part of ... Read more

[Playlist] Psychedelic Research Lab's Best Of Satellite Records NYC

Psychedelic Research Lab (PRL) “Keep On Climbin’” was born out of the Satellite Records store in NYC, a famous record store that sold almost 750,000 records a year to some of the biggest DJs in the world. From PRL Scott Richmond was co-founder and John Selway worked there the first 5 years of its existence. They met at their college/music conservatory and had a shared passion for dance music. In celebration of the release PRL is going to go into the way-back machine and check out a few favorites that Satellite Records sold. Full disclosure – when I (Scott Richmond) ... Read more