New York ’78 – It’s Saturday night and there’s a full moon. Blood is crawling in hidden places. On New York’s West 54th Street stands an endless row of fans who are dying to get into Studio 54 and become part of the inside crowd. Studio 54 is the only thing that really matters to these loyal followers. In the infamous VIP-room of the club owned by Steve Rubell events take place that never see daylight. But some things are just irreversible.
There are rumours that Freddie Mercury and Blondie (Debbie Harry) found each other in the middle of the night, while being in ecstasy. During this night something that is rather unthought of happened. Freddie Mercury, who is gay, makes love to Blondie in a shadow corner of the VIP room, and makes her pregnant. Blondie decides to keep the baby, while being at the height of her career. Between her two most successful albums ‘Paralellel Lines’ and ‘Eat to the Beat’, Blondie is off the radar for five months - ‘sick’, and does not accept any performances.
Nightlife people say that she gave birth to a boy, who was brought forth amid all the buzz of the nightlife, and has music flowing through every cell in his body.
Techno in China, where to begin! The genre is globally widespread as we all know, even in the far reaches of the biggest country of the world: The People’s Republic of China. Although the scene is by far not as developed as it is here, it is growing and expanding evermore. Here’s a look into the current state of affairs of house music in China. This year, spring 2016 I did a second China DJ tour. I visited Hong Kong and consequently played in Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Kunming, Dali, Chengdu again and I ended with a show in Bangkok for a ... Read more
“I try something different every time but lots is depending on my mood. My general way of living is to live day by day as much as possible. I guess this also transcends on how I work in the studio.” Mike Ravelli is a household name in the Dutch, Amsterdam and Haarlem electronic music whereabouts. His career kicked of when the now much praised and iconic Gasten Zonder Grenzen collective was set up and got immensely popular as a music production till their closing party in 2010. As of today he’s putting a musical legacy mark on the scene more ... Read more
Our next Free Download is a special homegrown one. Amsterdam producer and DJ duo Cleavage are two musical child wonders that – thankfully – found each other in the Amsterdam nightlife a couple of years ago. Since then they have been nailing down hit after hit on labels no less than Spinnin’ Deep, Musical Freedom and Toolroom. This time the duo took the tough job of giving St. Germain’s timeless classic So Flute a 2015 dance floor jacket. What we know from the longhaired and paint creative boys is that they got a perfect feeling for club viable beats and rhymes. ... Read more
Hailing from the United Kingdom, Miguel Campbell has been an active member of the UK house music movement since the early 90’s and has been DJing around from that period onwards. In 2006 he founded his label Outcross Records and consequently released his first LP titled Community Funk. We were more than happy to have Miguel back with us, especially since his mixtape was one on our most popular ones of 2014. Despite the scene of 2006 in his hometown of Leed being mainly driven by minimal and techno, Miguel Campbell stuck to his nudisco influenced house sound, a decision that proved ... Read more
The cosmopolitan vinyl-only label Slow Town Records has roots in Spain, France and the US but is keeping rather mysterious on the masterminds behind it. With this upcoming EP they are heading for their eighth release and second time with the Dutch, Nijmegen based artist Hans Peeman aka Junktion. As it should, sound-wise, this four tracker is perfectly in line with the imprints’ earlier releases. The label was set up unpretentiously to print 180gram wax for each release with an old school fat & sweet and deep & warm house sound, giving an answer to the current mainstream sound. And ... Read more
Ibiza is a place that creates and fulfills dreams – for some. It is a place that many see as a mythical spot in the Mediterranean with godly women dancing in bikinis on beaches, world-class DJs playing in the famous Balearic clubs, the beautiful views when moving away form the touristic areas and so on. When you ask Google what the magic of Ibiza is, the variety of hits you get is speaking for the answer. This ‘magic’ is an often talked about and popular subject. So what exactly is it, then? Vice shot a 30-minute Ibiza documentary trying to ... Read more
The Berlin based family that is named Dirt Crew takes up new infants with every release and is ever growing while celebrating ten years of quality releases this year. In 2004 James Flavour and Break 3000 launched the imprint after releasing their first EP’s “Cleaning Up The Ghetto part 1+2” as the identically named duo Dirt Crew. The list of releases they built up in the meanwhile is impressive. A grasp of the last couple of months includes artists like Detroit Swindle, Downtown Party Network, Waze & Odyssey, Chimera and Tigerskin amongst others. Quality after quality house and deephouse release ... Read more
“If I would tell my grandmother that I’m a DJ & Producer for House / Techno music she will probably tell me that I should look out for a serious job.” Berlin’s twenty-year-old Marlon Hoffstadt has had a crazy 2013. After releases on Evamore Music, Keno Records and WellDone! Music, he scored a mega hit with ‘Shake That’ on Jesse Rose’s Play It Down Imprint. At the time of this writing Hoffstadt is about to release his first LP with HRRSN with a new alias: Tender Games and the consequently self-titled Tender Games record. We had a short chat with ... Read more
Futureboogie is a label that has its home in Bristol, one of England’s most exiting cities for cutting edge electronic music. The concept Futureboogie – as we know it now – started off as a club night in Bristol somewhere in the early nineties and transformed into a fruitful management and booking agency and a highly regarded record label. The current success of the Futureboogie crew stems from the experienced Dave Harvey and Steve Nickolls who boasted ten years of experience into the scene when setting up the label. Their first release dates back from 2011. Julio Bashmore set the ... Read more
Something Happening Somewhere, or shortly SoHaSo, is the name of the young record label launched in April 2013 by Dutch stronghold DJ Nuno Dos Santos. Nuno, who has been the driving force behind the label and SoHaSo clubnights at Tivoli in Utrecht and later at Trouw in Amsterdam, stood at the basis of the success at the latter club since its opening in August 2011. With the imprint, he wants to “release music from befriended producers, new talent as well as his own work.” So far so good, the first two releases received tons of positive reviews. And now this ... Read more
Hamburg’s based house music label Diynamic is one of Europe’s success stories in modern day house music. The label was founded in 2006 and currently holds 15 artists, hosts the weekly success nights Diynamic Neon Nights at Sankeys in Ibiza during the summer and now gives way to its 70th (!) release by label head honcho’s Mladen Solumun or Solomun, who gives us another delight of his endless musical talent in the form of the Samson EP. Diynamic’s (and Solomun’s) ongoing search for musical talent has put a big stamp on today’s dance scene by creating a podium for names ... Read more
Thinking back to the only pet I ever had, ran away due to my lack of attention and care, I’m not in the best position to make any statement about animals. So what have Pets recordings, Catz and Dogz in common? Is it the fact that there are two Polish groovedoctors who love animals? Well, it’s no secret that the duo from the city of Szcecin in Poland named Grzegorz Demianczuk & Wojciech Taranczuk, aka Catz ‘N Dogz, are given lots of love when it comes to their releases. The discography of the two as well as their list of ... Read more
“Amsterdam is a village with a city feel. We have the allure of a city but without the hectic of a metropolis, for me that’s the perfect combination” Boris Werner has been a rock-solid name in the Amsterdam scene and beyond for the last 10 years. With outstanding releases on labels like Rush Hour, Soweso and Get Physical, Werner has created some well-known beats that are still heard around the world. We had a chance to catch up with Boris about his performance at the Circo Loco Night at The BPM festival in Mexico, his own night at Trouw which is coming soon ... Read more
Benoit & Sergio hardly need any introduction. The French/US duo has numerous musical delights on their repertoire, released on prominent labels and is remarkable in their sound as their music is infused with intelligence that is often conspicuously absent from electronic music. Prior to their performance at the BPM festival in Playa Del Carmen in Mexico, we caught them for a few questions on strange rituals, embarrassing stories, marketing tactics and the BPM Festival. We heard that you guys met at a birthday party of a common friend several years ago. In what way were you involved in electronic music ... Read more
Friday the 27th, also known as third Christmas day, the warehouse space of Dhoem Dhaam in Amsterdam Noord prepares itself for the 9th edition of Amsterdam success night UK Sounds. This time the organization booked Waze & Odyssey as their headliner next to A Lister, previously booked hero Oli furness and the very talented Samuel Deep. Alongside are the UK Sounds residents Alexander Valentijn, Jimmy van Esch and Prunk. UK Sounds has all the ingredients of a present day quality nightlife concept with international appeal where the music is central to the event. Apart from that, the location couldn’t have been better ... Read more