SF-based DJ producer Matrixxman (born Charles McCloud Duff) loves straddling the Matrix-like invisible line between classic Chicago house and melodic Detroit techno. It’s a gift, really. Duff himself refers to it as “resurgent techno atavism.” Back in 2013, his solid debut The XX Files EP garnered critical acclaim and standout cut “Protocol” has been rinsed by a host of the underground’s elite including Levon Vincent, Len Faki, Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, and Boddika, among others. Most recently, he just released his four-track Amulet EP on Matthew Dear’s signature Spectral Sound imprint including notable tracks like “Venetian Mask” and “The Caravan.”
For the 15th annual edition of Mutek, Montreal’s annual internationally-acclaimed festival joined forces with a like-minded audio-visual festival called Elektra in order to present EM15: a bigger showcase of electronic art, music, and culture than ever before. Beatport News correspondent Amanda Connon-Unda was there all week interviewing several of the performing artists and got them to weigh in on their own personal experiences at EM15.
Following up his well-received Movement 2014 performance, minimal techno maestro DBX (aka Daniel Bell) is set to play his first gigs in two select US cities. On Friday, June 6th, the former Richie Hawtin collaborator will hit Monarch in San Francisco before heading to the Smart Bar in Chicago on Friday, June 13th. After these two rare live dates, Bell tells Resident Advisor that there won’t be any more in the US for at least an entire year so definitely catch him while you can.
The 15th annual EM15 festival (formerly known as Mutek) just wrapped over this past weekend in Montreal and DJ Tech Tools was there covering all the cutting-edge experimental electronic festivities. In this new exclusive, hour-long interview, techno guru Richie Hawtin chats with DJ Tech Tools’ managing editor Ken Taylor about his creative process for making and performing electronic music over the course of his esteemed 25-year career.
If you’re a dedicated fan of techno (or any style of underground dance music, really), you’re likely well aware of Movement, Detroit’s longstanding Memorial Day Weekend festival that celebrates the city’s place in the pantheon of dance music. Of course, the lineup is a stellar one, seeing the likes of Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, Bonobo, DJ Sneak, Claude VonStroke, and tons more perform at Hart Plaza over the course of three days. But, as with any festival of this stature, there is a host of side- and after-parties taking place throughout the hallowed home of techno, and Resident Advisor has rounded up a number of them.
Tickets purchased. Hotels booked. Bags already packed. With Detroit’s historic Movement Electronic Music Festival just over a week away, the countdown can truly begin. Now, our collective attention turns toward the lineup. This year’s truly massive performance roster boasts over 150 acts including notable standouts such as Underground Resistance, Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, Green Velvet, Stacey Pullen, Kenny Larkin, Kevin Saunderson, Seth Troxler, and Jeff Mills, among many, many others.
Over the course of the last 15 years, Montreal’s MUTEK Festival has become a premier destination for not only fans of electronic music, but also its most renowned makers and experimenters. It has in that time held all manner of special engagements, from building an operating room setting to host Matmos’ live rendition of their A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure album to presenting Richie Hawtin’s totally revamped Plastikman live show. Having inspired a number of other digital-media festivals to follow, including Seattle’s Decibel and Boulder’s Communikey, MUTEK is practically the dictionary definition of a “game-changer” when it comes to festival production.
Look—we don’t ever advocate doing anything illegal, but all the same, if you’re in the business of throwing parties (or, you know, throwing parties that you want to make into a business), there is a right way and a wrong way of doing things. Today, Thump published a slate of tips for how to properly throw an illegal warehouse party, and they offer up a fair bit of useful information via some unnamed, but experienced sources.
With the dawning of May, festival season is well underway, as new events pop up around every corner alongside tried and true classics celebrating anniversaries of all sorts. To get summer festival-goers even more stoked, Resident Advisor has rounded up their picks for June’s finest, and they include some of the usual suspects along with some lesser-known gems.