Category: Series

Chit Chat 003: Max Chapman

Chit-Chat! Some of you already know it, some of you are about to! This is a unique interview series, currently hosted on Deep House Amsterdam (DHA), where we invite DJs and Producers for a relaxed chat with host Tina Blaškovič. Chit-Chat aims to provide a fun, relaxing environment where artists and host are free to converse in an open, organic way, bypassing your standard promotional talk, instead focusing on the personality behind the decks. This time Chit Chat hosts special guest – Max Chapman. Anticipating his first time playing Panama (one of DJMag’s Top 100 Clubs), and after his first ... Read more

The Sound of Rome in 10 Tracks by DJ Red

What do you know about the techno sound of Rome? What do you know about Rome? Just like in the eyes of Fellini or Sorrentino, for us Rome associates with beauty and hedonism and since the day the Romans built the city was they referred to it as a woman. Therefore, we were tempted to ask a Roman at birth, resident of one of Rome’s finest dance club’s – Goa Club to tell us about the sound of Rome. In addition there is a certain aesthetic appeal to the techno sound of this city being narrated by the talented redhead woman of Rome – DJ Red. But ... Read more

The Pick Up: Eats Everything

Photo credits: Timo Steenvoorden Today we’re excited to announce the launch of a new recurring photo series with The Pick Up. This series portrays exactly what the title implies: the trip that DJs make from airport or hotel to their designated gig location. As we are deluged with in-the-heat-of -the-moment shots of star DJs on center stage, fists pumping in the air in front of a mass of people, or a dime a dozen self-absorbed Instagram selfies, it’s high time to provide some counterbalance by capturing artists in the beauty of the mundane.  Before introducing our first artist we shortly want to introduce the two returning driving ... Read more

Forgotten Genres: Handbag House

Tamagotchis, yo-yos, dreams of becoming a healthy, functioning adult… like a grown-up child clearing out the attic of their parental home in search of abandoned but formerly beloved things, we’re delving into the dusty annals of dance music history to dig out the once-cherished genres that time and iTunes forgot. What: Handbag House / Diva House Where: UK, USA (New York especially) When: Late 80s – mid 90s As the old story goes, in the glorious years before the Great Dance Music Schism, there was but one House music that lovingly embraced and encompassed all. And then came the moment ... Read more

Emerging Markets: Malta

Resting dormant within the faults of the Mediterranean nightlife circuit is the greatly untapped market of Malta. If you’re in the midst of booking flights to the next rave oasis or looking for a haven to resurrect your dreams as an aspiring artist – you might want to lock yourself in. With its’ unique locality, culture and growing connection to the international community, Malta is becoming a hotspot for wind surfers, music professionals, artists, world-class Scuba instructors, culturally-enthused explorers, and beach ravers alike. The country’s airport has even recently earned the title of ‘most scenic airport approach.’ Comprised as a ... Read more

What Dance Does Right: fabric Fundraises For Refugees

In response the the worldwide humanitarian crisis that is Europe’s refugee situation, London club fabric has taken it on themselves to act. With an all too lax response from Europe and the rest of the world, the commendable act comes in the form of £1 donation options going toward a number of organizations looking to help the situation, including HelpRefugees, CalAid, Refugee Action, United Nations Refugee Agency, and Save the Children. The optional £1 donation comes as an option when patrons purchase advance tickets to the famed London techno institution. Organized with the help of Cambridge Calais Refugee Action Group, aside from ... Read more

Forgotten Genres: Microhouse

Tamagotchis, yo-yos, dreams of becoming a healthy, functioning adult… like a grown-up child clearing out the attic of their parental home in search of abandoned but formerly beloved things, we’re delving into the dusty annals of dance music history to dig out the once-cherished genres that time and iTunes forgot. What: microhouse Where: Germany – Frankfurt and Cologne (and also, obviously, Berlin). When: late 90s – mid 00s. Microhouse, eh? Remember that? For a while in the late 90s and early to mid noughties, microhouse, everyone’s favourite maligned neologism and genuinely legitimate musical sub-genre was, you know, a thing. Though ... Read more

Boiler Room Breakdowns: Kaytranada’s Divine Comedy

After the success of Solomun’s Shakespearean tragedy (and the amount of fun we had writing it), we started wondering what we could tackle next, and Kaytranada’s Montreal session came up almost immediately. Sure it doesn’t have anywhere near the views that Solomun’s video does and it’s less than half the length but it is packed with content. It also doesn’t have the tragic story line.. See also: Boiler Room Breakdowns – Solomun Tulum Kaytranada’s Boiler Room, in many ways, is a comedy, a Divine Comedy, full of eccentric characters and unlikely events. If we ever doubted it was the one to ... Read more

The Modern Shakespearean Tragedy That Is Solomun’s Boiler Room

By: Jack Dolan With well over 8 million views, Solomun’s Boiler Room session in Tulum, Mexico is one of the most popular to date. Only Carl Cox’s Ibiza takeover and Richie Hawtin (in Amsterdam) have more views. Thanks to the success of this video, the Bosnian DJ and relative newcomer now shares a podium with two dance music legends. Its fair to say that Solomun’s set is pretty flawless but as the endless stream of YouTube comments below suggest; there is something else going on here. Pause the video at almost any point and you see a scene that resembles ... Read more