Tag: Sonar

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] Through The Smoke With Helena Hauff

Born and raised in Hamburg, former Golden Pudel resident Helena Hauff’s profile has grown exponentially since the release of her 2015 LP debut “Discreet Desires”. Built on authenticity and seamless integration of Acid, Electro, EBM, Techno and Post Punk in her electrifying DJ sets (still constructed via the physicality of lugging record boxes from country to country), Helena has found herself an event center piece everywhere from Sonar to Dekmantel (where she returns this 5 August). As a Producer, her machine centered, unapologetically raw work has been heard via Werkdiscs, Handmade Birds, as well as her own Return to Disorder ... Read more

Track Deconstruction at Sonar Barcelona: Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.

Last month, Point Blank Music School returned to take part in the programming of Sonar +D, the daytime tech showcase that accompanies Barcelona’s Sonar Festival. This event sees thousands of creatives attending to interact with some of the latest innovations in technology, creativity and more. As part of their involvement this year, Head of Curriculum Ski Oakenfull provided attendees with another of his celebrated track deconstructions, this time breaking down Gorillaz’ ‘Feel Good Inc.’, off their 2005 album ‘Demon Days’. Find out more about the many ways you can learn music production with Point Blank here. In a style now ... Read more

Report: 25 Years Of Sonar

by Rick Heffernan There is nowhere quite like Barcelona and there is nothing quite like Sonar, the two combined for the past 25 years have pushed the Catalan capitals cultural agenda through the roof, whilst placing Sonar firmly as a world festival leader in terms of advanced culture, creativity, tech and music built on a firm foundation of pure electronica. More popular than ever it has morphed from a one-day party started by friends in 1994 into a three day, two-night monstrosity that just hosted over 126,000 visitors from 119 countries at this years silver anniversary edition. Split into a ... Read more

DHA Mix #370 By Bawrut

Bawrut is a Madrid based, Italian born producer and DJ heavily influenced by Chicago pioneers, European teachers, and every sound on the internet or digging. His first physical release on Ransom Note Records boasted the early hits ‘Ciquita’ and ‘1234’ which received heavy support from the likes of Jackmaster and Axel Boman before continuing his run with ‘Rumba’, ‘Drums of Passion’, and his take on Joe Goddard’s ‘Lasers’. Currently, Bawrut anticipates a new Ransom Note release, a residency at Madrid’s Mondo Disko, and several club and festival dates, including Sonar, Le Nuits Sonores, FARR Festival, around Europe. Tracklist Airhead – ... 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: Violet

The alter ego of Lisbon DJ and Producer Inês Coutinho, Violet is a multi-talented figure within the city’s underground electronic music scene. Her music has appeared on the likes of One Eyed Jacks, Cómeme, Paraíso and Snuff Trax, while her own imprint – Naive – debuted with the jungle inspired, and highly acclaimed, “Togetherness” EP in 2017, followed by this month’s recently released BLEID collaboration, “Badness”. A socially minded artist, Violet is also the co founder of Rádio Quântica, while curating shows and regular nights at Lisbon’s Lux Frágil. With her busiest year to date, including performances at Germany’s Nachtdigital, ... Read more

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 Mayor de El Poble Espanyol, but I have to say, it’s an amazing art pavilion that was originally built for the Barcelona International Exhibition in 1929 and represents the “real Spanish town/village”. You can definitely feel the Spanish soul wrapped around the buildings and all the typical arches! Now back to Innervisions event! I actually skipped one day of Sónar, just to be full in ... Read more

Party Report: Sonar By Night 2017

After landing at 10pm, I took a bus and a short ride to my AirBnb. They welcomed me and explained all about my staying while I was checking the clock, so I make sure I don’t miss a thing at Sonar. I arrived on Friday, therefore I already skipped two days of huge headliners and all the conferences – It still hurts! Either way, I headed to the location of Sonar By Night, which was at Fira Gran Via de L’Hospitalet, met a crazy fashion Spanish designer on my way there and finally met with my friend at the entrance ... Read more

DHA Off Week 2017 Guide: 10 Must See Events

Not sure what happened to time, but OFF Week 2017 goes down this week in Barcelona. With so may events to choose from, and new lengthy destination event series, conference, and hybrid events popping up around the world, we thought we’d sift through the crowd and see what OFF Week events we’re most looking forward to. Obviously, there is so much more to choose from in the awesome city that is Barcelona, and many of the names may be go to, but hey…they’re “go to” for a reason. Sorry that so many events are sold out, but I’m sure there ... Read more

Indigo Raw Brings Five Off Week Events To Medieval Era El Monastario For Fifth Year

With over 10 years of experience on audio/visual immersive events, Barcelona’s Indigo Raw launches its 2017 Off Week lineup. Combining a forward thinking collection of artists in one of Barcelona’s most aesthetic and unique venues, Indigo Raw sets 14-18 June on fire with the likes of Maya Jane Coles & Friends, Detroit Love, People Like Us, Pampa Records, and FRRC. Always a highlight of Off Week, 2017 see’s the likes of Ben Klock, Ellen Allien, Moodyman, Henrik Schwarz, Archie Hamilton, Guti, DJ Kose, Axel Boman, Ricardo Villalobos, Sonja Moonear and more to the historic combination of El Monasterio. Now in ... Read more

What Can We Expect From Sónar 2017?

With the summer heat approaching and after festival season already began, we are moving closer to some of the biggest global festivals. This year we are taking a closer look at Sónar as they will deliver wide range of artists, conferences, stages and much more. Held in beautiful Barcelona, Sonar will definitely write many people’s stories for summer 2017. Festival is not focusing only on well known genres, therefore they recently announced the opening of a new stage – Sónar XS, which will give an opportunity to young names and underground/extreme sounds. Sónar XS and other stages will be a ... Read more

FACT Announce Globe Trotting 2017 Plans

FACT is kicking off 2017 in real style. In the first two months of the year they will be hosting huge events at BPM Festival in Mexico, Faust in Paris, at Pacha in Barcelona and at Warung beach club in Brazil always with both long serving residents Herr and Andre Buljat setting the pace, with guests like Ilario Alicante, Ryan Crosson, Steve Bug, Fur Coat, John Digweed, Lee Burridge and more all playing. Well known for its worldwide events in the best clubs and festivals of the globe in London, Amsterdam, Ibiza, Berlin, Zurich or Beirut and more plus they also have ... Read more

DHA Mix #247 By Booka Shade

2016 sees Booka Shade release their 10 year anniversary of their Movements LP, and also the new release of their supercharged edit “Movements 10”. In lieu of their celebrations and achievements they deliver DHA with a progressive yet funky mix. Booka Shade (Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeierthat) have caused quite the stir since they first started out back in 1995. They started off with 90s pop-synth experimentations in Frankfurt, releasing a number of their underground dance tracks, of whom most notable – “Una Musica Senza Ritmo” (90s synth diggers should give it an ear). Back in 2002 the duo set their sights on the techno ... Read more

Preview ‘Off Week’ At Pacha Barcelona

During the off-week of Sonar Barcelona, Pacha will carry the torch hosting a series of parties over the week of June 15-19th. Some of which include acts such as Pan-Pot, Dubfire, Hot Since 82, Joris Voorn, Matador, and Nic Fanciulli. Kicking it off on June 15th is Pan-Pot with special guest Dubfire, who will be celebrating the 5th Second State event for 2016. On the following day, Hot Since 82‘s Knee-Deep In Sound label will take the court along with other guests such as Joris Voorn, Matador, and Cristoph. Another highlight of the week at Pacha is Nic Fanciulli Presents: We Are The Night, where Anja Schneider, D’Julz, and Butch will all make an appearance. You can ... Read more