Category: Editorial

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Lente Kabinet: A Lesson In Experimentation

Experimentation is one of those fickle beasts within any creative scene. With subjective meanings juxtaposed against industry standards, as well as the ever-present search for acceptance and “cool”, it is an approach to creation that frequently gets lost in an interconnected system of artistry and promo. Many an artist (and brand) have found themselves on the cusp of experimentation, only to yield to the financial pressures of sponsorship, branding, and template, ultimately killing any artistic approach that once allowed for the very platform off which they once thrived. Mostly a result of financial stability, and the sirens call of corporate ... Read more

Party Report: Electron Festival [Geneva, CH]

One of the best perks of electronic music events (or I would even say, of most cultural gatherings) in Switzerland is that a spectator is sometimes gifted the impossible possibility to experience an intimate encounter with some of the world’s biggest names. These events often entice thousands of ravers from around the world, fitting them into relatively small spaces, where the intimacy of the party does not compromise the energy generated by big crowd. Electron, festival of electronic cultures, decided this year to connect three emblematic clubs situated in the same neighborhood of Geneva, each offering a different clubbing experience ... Read more

Kingsnight/Kingsday 2018: Your Last Minute Guide

It’s upon us, the biggest Holiday celebrations of the year, and with virtually every local crew showcasing their concepts at venues across the city, it’s harder than ever to navigate the slew of events coming tonight, tomorrow, and beyond… But, that’s where we come in, and here is a list (in no real order of preference…except a full on recommendation for tonight’s Next Monday’s Hangover with Jennifer Cardini and DJ Tennis as a personal must attend) of our top events of the coming days. Where will we find you over these coming days? Kingsnight Next Monday’s Hangover – Het Sieerad ... Read more

Lehar Goes 'All Through The Night' In Los Angeles With REVERE

Aiming to create a night the provides as much as possible, Diynamic‘s Lehar has been bringing his “All Through The Night” concept to all corners of the globe over the past handful of months. Since its February launch in Moscow, Lehar’s spontaneous and passionate sets have been felt everywhere from Istanbul to Tulum and on 30 March he landed in Los Angeles for the first time as an artist. Going from open to close with local underground party starters REVERE, Lehar brought a complete uninterrupted flow of spirited House and straight-up Techno turmoil to the LA faithful. See also: ‘All ... Read more

Arnhem: Amsterdam’s Underground Alternative

When one thinks of Dutch nightlife, Amsterdam is the city most likely to come to mind. However, there are more places in Holland with a booming house and techno scene. Take for example the city of Arnhem. In recent years, it developed itself from dormant and quiet to a city that enlists organizations such as 8Bahn, Free Your Mind, Studio Sonsbeek and ABSTRACT as active participants in showing the world that Arnhem also has a party mentality. A change that hasn’t gone unnoticed. In August 2017, Electronic Beats was the first to release an article featuring photo’s taken inside some ... Read more

What Do A Butcher, An Igloo, A Few Mountains & A Slew Of DJ’s Have In Common?

Let us tell you a little story about a butcher, an igloo, a DJ standing over a cliff and a few insanely high mountains. Celebrating its 19th edition this year, the Mayrhofen event is unique to any other snow-based event. Being able to run that long as a festival is an impressive feat. How do they do it? Enter Snowbombing. The main part of the festival takes place during the second week of April from Monday to Friday, but it already kicks off the Saturday before and officially ends the Saturday after for ravers who might still have an ounce ... Read more

Party Report: DGTL AMS 2018

It’s been a week since DGTL took over Amsterdam’s NDSM for their sixth edition. A prominent and important date in The Netherlands highly competitive (and at times, highly over saturated) festival and electronic music market, DGTL is still able to fortify its place within the countries creative eco system with consistent quality curation, as well as a forward thinking approach to Art, Technology, and Sustainability. Last week, I wrote pretty extensively on the selections of Art at DGTL AMS 2018, which featured everything from a before-the-gate- augmented reality app (personal note, isn’t AR so much better than VR? I feel ... Read more

10 International Spring Festivals You Can’t Miss

It finally feels like Spring here in Amsterdam, and with a week removed from our Unofficial festival kickoff that was DGTL AMS 2018, we thought we’d take a look at a few of the other festivals we’re excited for through the season of rebirth. In no order at all, and with no real limitations, these 10 events are on our calendar from now through until the summer solstice. Here, there are massive festivals, conferences, industry staples, local gems, and respected brands all doing their thing for 2018. What Spring festivals are you most interested in attending? Lente Kabinet 2018 After ... Read more

The Artistic Revolution Of DGTL AMS

Amsterdam’s annual Easter weekend festival – DGTL – has grown steadily in its 5+ years in the Dutch capital. So much so in fact, the brand has since gone global with renowned events across multiple continents including in Barcelona, Tel Aviv, São Paulo, and the recently announced Santiago, Chile. Here however, housed in its industrial home of Amsterdam-Noord’s graffiti and shipping container laden NDSM, the flagship early spring event acts as an unofficial kickoff of sorts to The Netherlands’ robust and diverse festival season. Across its weekender structure, renowned artists representing the spectrum of underground electronic music can be experienced, with the ... Read more

Paradise City: A Vision Of A Sustainable Festival Future

We already had last year’s edition of Belgium’s Paradise City Festival on our festival bucket list and with a steady evolution of artist and activism, it’s 2018 edition is undoubtedly one of the most sustainable (and global) minded events on the planet. Musically, we can say a lot about its lineups, featuring globally-minded acts like Call Super b2b Objekt, Jennifer Cardini, KiNK, Laurent Garnier, Red Axes, Studio Barnhus, and more, but we’ve kinda said a lot about them all already. Here, rather we focus on the global nature of Paradise City Festival, looking at a few of its intangible qualities ... Read more

DGTL AMS 2018: 10 Can’t Miss Performances

This weekend, DGTL returns to its home base of Amsterdam with its annual Easter spanning festival. This, its sixth Amsterdam based edition after expansions to locations like Barcelona, Sao Paulo, and Tel Aviv, continues the festival’s tradition of combining art, performance, and environmental sustainability, all while featuring one of the more balanced lineups around. Combining international and local talent, a full spectrum of sounds, and a socially conscious approach to representation and environment, there’s much to look forward to. See also: DHA Mix #353 By HAAi This year’s lineup holds no shortage of headline names, featuring the likes of Hot ... Read more

Venues: Vujaday Music Festival

With little more than a week to go, the inaugural festival in paradise, Vujaday Music Festival, is officially imminent. The event, which takes place at venues throughout the Caribbean island, will being the likes of Behrouz, Cassy, DJ Tennis, Lee Burridge, Peggy Gou, Wolf + Lamb, and more to its five incredible (public) venues (word is, there may be a secret, mid-island venue as well). With four on the island’s West, and one on its East side, Vujaday Music Festival is truly utilizing the destination aspect of its event with an entire island’s worth of discovery potential. The diverse venue ... Read more

8 Things I Learned At Envision Festival Costa Rica

We went to an escapist paradise festival deep in the jungles of Costa Rica, and here is what we learned. It’s Breathtakingly Beautiful Taking place in a steamy jungle and sun soaked beach right on the coast at Rancho La Merced, there are breath taking sights everywhere you look at this festival. You’ve never seen greens as green and blues as blue as they are here. The sky is always a painting, and when the sun sets and rises it’s an experience you you never forget. Dancing In The Jungle Feels Natural The musical offerings at Envision come from the ... Read more

10 Events During The March Madness In Miami

Miami in March means many different things. First of all, it means all the college kids on the east coast are on spring break and can’t wait to go get crazy in the sunshine state. For over 30 years the WMC has gathered some cutting edge events in south Florida. The newer version and competitor MMW – Miami Music Week, affiliated with Ultra, has now outgrown the WMC to the point where hosting a WMC is cool but not that cool anymore. Regardless of all this acronym manias, Miami in march will feature the “creme de la creme” in electronic ... Read more

Balancing: The Diary Of My Important Mixtape

– James Zabiela When the idea of making a ‘Balance CD proper’ was suggested to me I was filled with dread. I was of course excited and grateful to be given the amazing opportunity, but I immediately felt this enormous pressure that it needed to be something special. It had been so long since I’d put anything out that I was pretty daunted by the prospect, especially given some of the mixes Balance have been responsible for putting out, many of them considered classics. Still, at least I would have plenty time to make it, with a deadline that seemed ... Read more