This past weekend Southern California house and techno aficionados came together at the Waterfront park in San Diego to prance, dance, and drink craft beer at the bi-annual CRSSD Festival. I hadn’t been back myself since my trip in March of 2016 for their spring addition and honestly, not much had changed in the year and half I was away. The festival may be in its seventh instalment, but it’s not changing or growing too fast to fit the crowds. Instead, the festival remains the same small size with three stages: The Palms stage, focusing on house artists; The City ... Read more
Foreign artists and musicians wanting to perform in the US will be hit with a 42 percent increase in artist permit fees starting Dec. 23, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced. Nominally the fee will rise by $135 from $325 USD to $460 USD. In an official press release the USCIS Director León Rodríguez commented that the organisation was mindful of the effects it would have on the customers and already withdrew from rising the fees several times, however he adds, “[..]as an agency dependent upon users’ fees to operate, these changes are now necessary to ensure we can continue to serve ... Read more
Finally, it’s not just talks about spirituality, yoga and getting to know your 2nd chakra. The organization behind the biggest electronic dance music stage on Coachella Festival has taken action and turned their community’s attention to the controversy over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Despite their disavowal to be perceived as a political organization or have a political stance, Do Lab along with Symbiosis decided to proactively support the protection of the Sioux lands and is calling for donations along with exercising civic democratic rights. If you havent heard about the Dakota Access Pipeline protests its because the media ... Read more
Coinciding with the city’s annual dance celebration ‘Movement,’ Detroit has declared this week as its official “Detroit Techno Week”. Mayor Mike Duggan has described Movement as “one of the world’s most recognized electronic music festivals” that “celebrate the rich culture of techno, which was created in the city of Detroit.” Obviously, Detroit’s influence on electronic music cannot be understated, particularly coming from “The Belleville Three” (Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson), but any number of artists can also lay their claim in this history (Jeff Mills, Carl Craig, Stacey Pullen, amongst many, many more). Movement, which goes down this weekend, features a heavy ... Read more
This is one of those end of year lists that may not conveniently fit in any singular category. The following ten events, in our opinion, highlighted this year in dance music, each representing a different aspect of what we hope to provide you: a broad spectrum of what underground dance music culture is, what it symbolizes, and what it is capable of. From micro to macro, local to global, our list is not a real ranking of sorts (yes, it is numbered…a formality really, aside from the overwhelming importance of the top spot). From the lifting of antiquated laws to the stimulation ... Read more
Recently available in the UK, though being published in the US in 2014, ‘Dancefloor Thunderstorm: Land Of The Free, Home Of The Rave’, takes a look at the American underground dance scene, pre-EDM invasion. By looking at the rave movements in the 1990s and early 200s, the picture of a scene steeped in the underground, stuffed animals, candy bracelets, and UFO pants galore. DJs like Christopher Lawrence, Donald Glaude, and Richie Hawtin are seen (take it from me, as a child of the East Coast rave scene of the late 90s ALL these figures, including the likes of Josh Wink, ... Read more
There’s footage that’s been circling the internet for a couple of days now, and it’s probably one of the most feelgood videos out there at the moment. Picture a serious high school dance off where the coolest kids in class are showing off their moves. Imagine the surprise you’d feel when the quiet, less popular student takes to the dancefloor. “What is this kid getting himself into?”. Then you should think again, because what happened next at this school is pretty insane.