Category: Features

Interview: Colyn

Colyn may seem to be a mysterious talent who came out of nowhere, but he has put in the hard hours to get where he is today. Despite his young age of 25, he already has 9 years of music production behind his name. We sat down with him to unravel Colyn’s tale. His initial breakthrough came when the popular duo ‘Tale of Us‘ picked up on his sound and started playing out his music regularly. With ‘Amor‘ getting signed to their successful imprint and event concept ‘Afterlife‘, he started to turn heads. The record got heavily supported by other ... Read more

In Conversation: Tee Mango & Amp Fiddler

UK producer, and the man behind cult clothing brand Millionhands, Tee Mango returns this summer with his latest long-player,  ’50 Songs’. This album is perhaps his most personal to date, seeing him delve deep into soulful territory, helped along in no small way by the contributions of Detroit’s Amp Fiddler. Amp Fiddler has a discography that takes in work with Prince, George Clinton, Moodymann and many more besides and makes his mark here on lead single ‘Feels Like Whatever’. Tee and Amp took time out to get ‘In Conversation’ for us and shed a little light on their working process ... Read more

[Interview] Erol Alkan

Erol Alkan has lived many different guises so far; DJ, remixer, label founder, club promoter, radio host, and each with great success. Keen to keep moving forward, what, one might wonder, allows Alkan to remain such a vital figure in contemporary music, both in the DJ booth, in the studio and beyond. “We each have to find our own way inside of the demands we place upon ourselves, so I can’t really advise much apart from to trust your instinct (again), and if you feel you can’t give enough of yourself to something, then reassess.” Great to speak to you ... Read more

Must-Attend Festivals And Events In Barcelona This Year

Photo by Pexels / The Pixabay License Located along the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain (Madrid is the first). The city is renowned worldwide for its incredible art and architecture. But it’s also known for its beaches, sunny weather, restaurants, parks, museums, and football team — to name a few. Thus, it’s no secret that Barcelona is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with a lot to offer, no matter your interests — it’s a hot destination for international tourists, clubbers, and poker players alike. And it also has a killer selection of music festivals. Here ... Read more

[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

[Interview] André Bratten

André Bratten is one of Norway’s leading artists in terms of electronic music. We caught up with him at Sommerøya, and spoke about everything from black metal to Prins Thomas. We’re sitting in a small tent behind one of Sommerøya’s two stages. It’s the only electronic music festival that caters to solely underground music in the entire country. André is well spoken, and seems the perfect person to shed some light on the mysteriousness of Norwegian electronic music. Growing up in Norway, how did you first get in touch with electronic music? Oslo is 100% black metal, there’s no recordshops ... 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] The Hidden People & FMLY Agency

ADE is always rich with a fine offering of underground parties. But one that sticks out more than most is the debut event from The Hidden People—known principally for their immersive OFF Week events in Barcelona—and FMLY. Dubbed a ‘mini-festival’, the event will take place on October 18th at a stunning venue in the form Hotel Arena, and 18th-century chapel, and for 12 hours will be soundtracked by the likes of Alex Niggemann, Baltra (live), Benjamin Damage, Breach, Butch, Detroit Swindle, DJ Boring, Francois X, Object Blue (live), Pantha du Prince (live), Renaat, and Space Dimension Controller (live) Before the much-anticipated ... 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 World’s Most Beautiful Festival Locations: Fort Festival’s Tossa De Mar

On the strength of its lineup alone, 2018’s Fort Festival has found itself as one of our top autumn destination events in the world. Featuring the likes of Maceo Plex, Mano le Tough, Jeff Mills, Audiofly, Jan Blomqvist, Satori, and more spread across its three days, the Costa Brava, Spain held festival is one that brings a diverse sound range to an intimate minded setting. Beyond the lineup, however, there is another aspect of the event that makes it stand out from the crowd, its idyllic location. Here we wanted to showcase Tossa de Mar. As part of the Fort ... Read more

[Interview] Róisín Murphy: “Nowadays, Good Times Are Something You Don’t Expect”

– conducted, transcribed & edited by Rick Heffernan After releasing two critically acclaimed albums in recent years, Róisín Murphy returns with some of her most personal work to date. Self-producing the accompanying video’s and teaming up in the studio with cult DJ/producer Maurice Fulton, Murphy has crafted a four-part series of single releases away from the confines of a major label via indie music/arts label “The Vinyl Factory“. No stranger to collaborating with some of the most prolific producers in the business like Matthew Herbert, Prince Paul, and more recently DJ Koze, Murphy lets her love of underground dance/disco shine through ... 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

In The Scene’s Most Competitive City, RITE::. Producer Meetup Provides A Leg Up

Held at Berlin’s Chalet, RITE::. is about immersive connected experience, connecting artists, venues, and audiences and highlighting the importance of community and (healthy) ritual in our far-reaching scene. In an effort to find more ways to engage with this connection, RITE::. ads a new aspect to their event series, and in the city with the most music producers per capita is something most welcome, the ‘RITE::. Producer MeetUp.’ The idea is simple: For all aspiring music producers in the city of Berlin, RITE::. offers the opportunity to test out their own productions on one of Berlin’s best club sound systems, ... Read more

Esther And Michelle On Their ‘Journey To Freedom’ (1/3)

From the moment you wake up until you go back to sleep you make choices that will impact tomorrow. What if we can make those decisions more consciously to provide a positive impact? That is a question Esther Gramsma and Michelle de Bruijn ask themselves running their projects.  Esther and Michelle take it as their responsibility to inspire people to make more conscious choices on a daily basis. Therefore, they started ‘Silent State’,  a visualization meditation in the midst of a festival giving you a moment of reflection and now in their project ‘Journey to Freedom’. We’ve had the pleasure ... Read more

What Happens When 30 People Live Jam On A 10.000-Year-Old Hill Overlooking Oslo

10.000BC, a small, winding path leading up the Ekeberg is being travelled by hunters & gatherers. Fast forward a rough 12.000 years and this same road now leads up an extra 115m of elevation and is now being travelled by festival revellers who follow the luring soundwaves of Oslo’s only electronic music festival; Sommerøya. Situated on the side of the Ekeberg, overlooking Oslo with seemingly endless sunsets accompanying its diverse line-up of local and international artists. Boutique Festival Sommerøya is comparatively small. It has 2 stages close to each other. One main stage, and one with the focus on the ... Read more