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    29 2017 October

    5 Reasons Why: Wonderflip – A Magical Circus

    From 9 – 12 November, India’s inaugural carnival of wonders – Wonderflip – A Magical Circus brings a selection of Europe and India’s finest DJ’s to a truly exotic location. Held in rustic, rural Khempur,...

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    19 2017 July

    Dekmantel 2017: 5 Artists To Watch

    One of the beauty’s of Amsterdam’s annual Dekmantel festival is the diversity in its annual lineups. Not only does it feature one of the most balanced gender and cultural lineups in the scene, but also...

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    17 2017 July

    Party Report: Innervisions Barcelona

    Innervisions took over one of the best locations in Barcelona for such an intimate events which suited the label and the organization itself just perfectly. It was the first time for me at the Plaza...

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Have You Heard Of: The US RAVE Act?

December 6, 2016 | Amsterdam

On top of Capitol Hill in Washington DC, sits a massive pile of legislations still yet to be approved, one of which is the RAVE Act or “Reducing Americans’ Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act,” introduced to the United States House of Representatives in 2002. With such a perplex and badass acronym, no other politician than Senator Joe...

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There’s no doubt that Amsterdam’s nightlife is up there. The city now gets mentioned in the same breath as London, New York, Berlin etc. which is pretty impressive considering it’s size. Thanks to the city’s progressive attitude, we seem to be in a good place which is more than can be said for many cultural capitals....

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New advancements in DJ and equipment are now hitting us on a daily basis. Pioneer has just this week released an iPhone version of their WeDJ app which allows users to play at being Carl Cox on the morning commute or make believe they’re Adam Beyer whilst on the bog. Of course, this progression was...

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In the future we will be listening to music produced by Artificial Intelligence (AI), like it or not. However harsh and uninspiring this statement might sound, don’t jump into conclusions just yet. Yesterday, 24th Nov, BPI held a conference “Music’s smart future”, where the main theme analysed to the bone was AI and it’s impact to...

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Last week with my article “The Gabber. or How Rotterdam Gave Birth to An Underground Style” I went on a quest to reintroduce, and maybe slightly poke at the so-thought dead, Gabber culture. The teasing tone of the publication gained an immediate wide-range of comments. Most had a good chuckle or two, but for others this article came off as inhospitable. Then is...

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House Vs Techno: What Is The Real Difference?

November 21, 2016 | Amsterdam

Now this may seem like a really stupid question. Most people definitely think they know the answer. When you push them for specific criteria, however, it all gets a little fuzzy. It seems that how we decide whether a track is techno or house depends largely on a kind of sixth sense which is hard...

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Justice: A Ten Track History

November 16, 2016 | Amsterdam

In the two-thousands, Parisian duo Gaspard Auge and Xavier de Rosnay, (aka Justice) were the poster boys for a whole new movement in electronic music. Undisputed top of the pile at Ed Banger records and leaders of the electro-house movement coming out of France. By 2010 they were selling out stadiums and bridging the gap...

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Once, not long ago, existed a short-lived and favored underground music scene known as Gabber, it is pronounced rubber but with the Dutch’s signature throat scratching ‘G’ gulping the ‘R.’ They lived the moment, danced till the sunrise, had no care about shower and limits on drug induced highs. Despite their flat out retarded dance...

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What Is The Underground?

November 14, 2016 | Amsterdam

Describing music as “underground” can mean a whole bunch of different things dependent on the context. Often in music circles it can be a stamp of approval, pointing to the fact that, whatever sound it is, comes from a genuine place of creativity not tainted by commercialism. On the flip side, in more commercially minded...

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Why Should You Know Leonard Cohen?

November 11, 2016 | Amsterdam

Love, sex, religion, politics and death – have been the main themes of the songs he wrote. While some are devoted fans, some, as Huxley tweeted this morning, have not been aware of how many songs of the legend poet, singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen we may have known till this day of his death. Despite on which side you stand, this...

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Trainspotting 2: A New Soundtrack

November 10, 2016 | Amsterdam

Danny Boyle’s movies are well known for their heavy reliance on soundtrack. In interviews on the subject he has referred to the songs he uses as though they themselves were characters in his films. Many of his greatest cinematic moments hinge around an iconic piece of music. Whether it be taking something familiar and subverting...

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Alex Niggemann Talks Balance Compilation

November 8, 2016 | Amsterdam

Rarely we get to know the full thought process of an artist putting up his musical story in one rounded piece. The prestigious Balance series, championing the most unique talents of the underground house and techno heroes, is now joined by the talented German producer Alex Niggemann. Here, to carry us through the journey of putting...

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Life After Fabric

November 8, 2016 | Amsterdam

Is it time for London to move on? If so, what is the best path to move forward? In the wake of the iconic club’s closure, how best can London’s nightlife begin moving forward.  In the past few months the London music community has gone through the first four stages of grief over the closing of...

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This is a short series of articles, considering the most important, most resounding panels of Amsterdam Dance Event conferences. A collection of observations that span the conversation in the industry for the rest of the year, the heated discussions and knowledge that is worth special attention. To scan through or read thoroughly, as always is your choice,...

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Boiler Room Breakdowns: Skream B2B Disclosure

November 4, 2016 | Amsterdam

It’s been awhile since our last Boiler Room Breakdown, so we thought we’d return with a classic. It’s been over three years now, since that fateful night when Skream and Disclosure joined forces in a poorly lit hotel suite but many YouTubers still love to revisit the moment over and over and over again. Aron...

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