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Interview

Worthy on his debut Disbehave: "I pushed myself and tried to create my own sound"

By Jason Black
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SF-based Dirtybird OG crew member Worthy is quite a cool, chill customer. Growing up in Washington DC area, the 36-year-old electronic DJ producer (born Sean Williams) got inspired from an early age from the nascent East Coast rave scene mixed with local ’80s-’90s hardcore punk bands of the day like Bad Brains, Minor Threat (later Fugazi), Dischord Records’ heavyweights Nation of Ulysses, and many more. Later, he moved to New York where he started playing records across a myriad of dance genres; from techno and breaks to hip-hop and drum & bass. Whatever was fresh and exciting sound-wise. Then, in 2001, he flew out west to San Francisco where he linked up with Claude vonStroke and Justin and Christian Martin, becoming one of the original four founding members of the Dirtybird collective. Impressive. Recently, Beatport News editor Jason Black sat down with him over an IPA or two at the roguish Toronado dive bar located in the infamous Lower Haight district to chat about being an original founding member of the Dirtybird crew, the recent release of his debut Disbehave, the formation of his artist-driven Anabolic label, and growing up in DC with a diverse musical fervor for LTJ Bukem, Stacey Pullen, and Ian MacKaye.

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Festivals

Pittsburgh Track Authority, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito rep Denver's GATF 2014

By Beatport News Editors
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Snagging a naming convention tip from the long-running Great American Beer Festival (and conveniently slated one week later), the fourth annual Great American Techno Festival kicks off this fall in the Mile High City featuring a diverse roster of homegrown American talent. Leading US-based techno luminaries including Pittsburgh Track Authority, NYC’s Bunker residents Mike Servito and Bryan Kasenic, Throne of Blood’s own Ulysses, and electronic duo Blondes are just some of the 18 current acts already confirmed at various venues around the city over the weekend of October 9th to October 11th.

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Culture

Explore Detroit's long lost, '70s pre-techno club culture

By Beatport News Editors
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Detroit’s accepted twin pillars of musical history are undeniably monumental: classic ’60s Motown and late ’80s techno. But, during the ’70s (between 1973 to 1985), there was another influential pre-techno sound — the disco and post-disco era — that swept through the Motor City’s nightlife club culture and has been lost until now. As established Detroit DJ Mike “Agent X” Clark points out: “I try to mention it in interviews, but it gets deleted because it predates techno. It would be great to finally have Detroit heard and understood before techno.”

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Weekend Weapons

Ellen Allien unleashes her top six dancefloor slammers

By Jason Black
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Berlin-based DJ producer and BPitch Control boss Ellen Allien (born Ellen Fraatz) is a true creative at heart. Through her signature blend of leading-edge techno, classic electro, and experimental electronic, she’s been a genuine fixture on the global dance music scene over the past two decades. In our latest weekly Weekend Weapons segment, we spoke with the German dance luminary to get her top six dancefloor slammers of the moment including the standout single “Come To Me” from her latest three-track EP Freak.

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Music News

Adam Beyer, Dubfire, and Ida Engberg lead ENTER.Ibiza next Thursday, August 7, live from Ibiza

By Beatport News Editors
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Techno icon Richie Hawtin continues his summer-long ENTER.Ibiza residency at Space next Thursday, 7th with another must-see lineup. For week six, the Minus man will be joined by special guests including Drumcode boss Adam Beyer going B2B with Swedish mixstress Ida Engberg, Dubfire, Recondite, and Bella Sarris, among others. Even if you can’t make it to the White Isle, you can still catch it all live right here starting at 9:30 pm CET / 3:30 pm EDT.

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Nina Kraviz, Maceo Plex, and Josh Wink takeover ENTER. tonight, July 31, live from Ibiza

By Beatport News Editors
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Techno icon Richie Hawtin continues his ongoing, 14-week ENTER.Ibiza residency tonight, Thursday, July 31st with another stunning lineup at Space. Coming up for week five, the Minus label boss will be joined by special guests including Nina Kraviz, Maceo Plex, Josh Wink, Paco Osuna, and Ean Golden, among others. Even if you can’t make it to the White Isle, you can still catch it all live right here starting at 9:30 pm CET / 3:30 pm EDT.

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Music News

Tune in to Ida Engberg live at ENTER.Ibiza week 1 now

By Jason Black
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Swedish techno heroine Ida Engberg began her career at 18 when she filled in for another DJ before winning her own regular club night. Later, she got her big break working at The Spy Bar, one of the most famous clubs in Stockholm. Since then, she’s collaborated with some of dance music’s most recognizable names including Roger Sanchez, John Dahlbäck, Sebastian Ingrosso, Eric Prydz, and more. Now, she can add one more marquee name to that list—Richie Hawtin. On Thursday, July 3rd, Engberg joined the modern techno icon for the opening weekend of his ongoing, 14-week ENTER.Ibiza residency at Space playing alongside like-minded techno luminaries Maceo Plex, Tale Of Us, and resident Bella Sarris, as well as main-room headliners Hawtin, Paco Osuna, and Recondite.

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Catch Steve Aoki's caking antics live in Ibiza now

By Beatport News Editors
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Have cake, will travel. Las Vegas-based caking maniac Steve Aoki certainly isn’t one to shy away from theatrics. Tonight, the Dim Mak label boss brings his electro-house antics, his fervor for face-caking, and his inflatable raft crowd-surfing to the Spanish White Isle.

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