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.
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.
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.
In celebration of their debut LP Desire Paths, the dastardly drum & bass duo of Technimatic have hit us with something amazing. We’ve gotten a chance to speak with Peter Rogers of the Technicolour half of Technimatic (minus collaborator Andy Powell aka Komatic) and asked him to share with us some of the things that are key components to their workflow. What we got back was a rare inside peek at the workspace and the tools that it took to compile what some outlets are calling “Album of the Year.” We fully agree with that assessment and were honored with the opportunity to show you a bit of their “tools of the trade.” Catch what he had to say now.
Welcome to our final July edition of On Rotation, our weekly staff recommendations in house, techno, drum & bass, indie dance, electronica, and more. Start making waves in your next set with these must-spin summer essentials.
Sight. Sound. Synesthesia. Electronic music and boundary-pushing visuals have always shared a common bond while sparking our limitless imagination. In this month’s latest TenFold series, we spotlight a cavalcade of visionary artisans that are renowned for their distinct point-of-view in the presentation of electronic music. Whether it be through the creative medium of music videos, stage productions, or DJ-mix videos, these 10 Sound & Vision iconoclasts including Michel Gondry, Chris Cunningham, Andrew Thomas Huang, and many others seek to explore the outer limits of leading-edge visual arts and multi-media across global electronic music culture.
Play fanatics! Baja-born, Barcelona-based deep-house don Louie Fresco has been dedicated, diligently working hard, and perfecting his musical craft for years. Recently, the MEXA label honcho unveiled the fruits of all that blood, sweat, and studio tears — his Autophobia album featuring catchy standout singles like “White Sugar” and “So Good.” Now it’s your turn to make your mark and impress Fresco and company by winning our latest Play remix competition. So let’s fire up the studio and get to work on remixing Louie Fresco’s reggae dub opener “Misunderstood” featuring German vocalist Aquarius Heaven.
Beatport has just revealed their official plan to host an exclusive stage at the sixth annual Electric Zoo festival, held over Labor Day weekend, August 29th to 31st at Randall’s Island Park in New York. Over the massive, three-day outdoor event, their Riverside stage will present 25 leading electronic acts including German deep house hero Tensnake, Paul van Dyk, BT, Gorgon City, Bonobo, Jamie xx, and Gesaffelstein, among others.