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Festivals

Hard on the Rocks: Mile High-jinks with Nero, Dillion Francis, Rudimental, Julio Bashmore, and Destructo

By Mary Fox
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When you’re seeing a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre there are two things for certain. One, you know you will see a sight unlike any other, from the stage, the people, to the flaming boulders that created the organic venue. The other, you’ll have an unforgettable evening. When pulling up to the parking lots, you can already see the brilliant boulders peak over the hilltops. Ladies in bright neon and shirtless men gather around for prior celebration to Hard’s Denver installment, Hard on the Rocks. We sent Beatport correspondent Mary Fox along to dance her face off and file this report.

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DJ Tips

Five tips to mastering the ever-elusive DJ bio

By Jason Black
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It’s true. We all struggle with writing about ourselves. Even I do (and I write for a living). Unfortunately, a well-crafted DJ bio is a necessary piece of the puzzle in today’s hyper-competitive booking market. Have no fear. DJ Tech Tools is here to help. In a new step-by-step guide, the SF-based community site outlines the five tips you need to craft a stellar DJ bio including focusing on what makes you unique (aka “core competency”), keeping it short and sweet, avoiding unnecessary clichés (pretty please!), hiring a friendly neighborhood ghostwriter to help, updating it annually, and more.

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Music News

Warp officially announces Aphex Twin's 'SYRO'

By Jason Black
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After the mysterious blimp piloted over London, the black logo stencils sprayed in New York City, and leaking the album details via the deep web, Warp have finally, officially announced Aphex Twin‘s new album, Syro. It’s been a week where Richard D. James ruled the Net with his off-kilter antics but we now have cover art and a press release of sorts from his UK-based label.

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Festivals

DAT Music Conference: Techno, tube floating, and "limitless" craft beer in rustic Montana

By Steven Dermody
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Everything about the inaugural Digital Analog Technology (DAT) Conference that took place over the weekend of August 1st-3rd felt like the polar opposite of what the modern day “EDM” festivals seemingly strives for. Missoula, Montana has to be one of the most relaxed, cozy towns in the States, which made the setting laidback and friendly. The line-up was sprinkled with international headliners alongside the rest of the cast predominantly coming from the West to Pacific Northwest.

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Interview

XLR8R lays 20 questions on Jackmaster

By Beatport News Editors
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Scottish-born DJ extraordinaire Jackmaster (born Jack Revill) is a true force of nature behind the decks. Simply put, the man can play. House, techno, lost disco, classic ’80s electro, and more all seamlessly bend to his will in the mix coupled with his exceptional, eclectic taste and his silky flow. In a recent feature-length interview, XLR8R tapped the DJs DJ about working at the influential Rubadub record shop, the true role of a resident DJ, and his unflinching love for 24-hour fast food.

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