Berlin’s Hard Wax is one of the most storied sellers of DJ vinyl on the planet—and with good reason: they count folks like Cassy, Modeselektor’s Gernot Bronsert, DJ Hell, and Marcel Dettmann as past employees, to start, and that’s to say nothing of the store’s founder, Basic Channel’s Mark Ernestus. Suffice it to say, if you’re in the market for techno records, Hard Wax is your spot. With Record Store Day just a week away, Mixmag took a deeper look at the store.
Sven Vath’s long-running Cocoon party is without a doubt one of the more “serious” events held over the Ibiza summer season. Amidst the crush of bombastic drops and poppy crossover electro, one can count on Cocoon to deliver straight-ahead four-to-the-floor beats of the purer techno and house varieties. And because of that consistency, it’s been going steady for 15 years. To celebrate, Vath is bringing out some of his friends and his label’s big guns for the opener, among them Dixon, Ben Klock, and Ryan Elliott.
Recently, German electronic producer Pantha du Prince (aka Hendrik Weber) and world-class percussionists The Bell Laboratory joined forces to perform Terry Riley’s “In C” at London’s Barbican Theatre. Captured in this lush 14-minute video, Weber discusses forging a fusion of his background in solo electronic music, his passion for experimental and minimal music, and his strong desire to collaborate with acoustic musicians.
Yep, it’s time for another list, this one from the venerable DJ Mag, which has named its top 100 clubs from around the world. So what do you need to know offhand? The new entries onto the list include Hakkasan, Light, Zouk Kuala Lumpur, Sky Room, and a few more; a number of Ibiza clubs populate the top 20.
It’s a big week for a pair of dance music’s heaviest hitters. Martin Garrix’s “Animals” has just been certified platinum, and Skrillex’s Recess LP debuted at #1 on the Billboard dance charts—which’ll likely add to many smiling faces at Miami Music Week. Come on in and see what else is happening.
CHECK OUT THE LATEST UPDATES!
Miami Music Week is, of course, one of the most important weeks all year on the dance-music calendar, so if you’re heading east (or maybe that’s west, for our European friends), you’ll likely be scheduling out your plans far in advance. Allow us to be of some assistance to you with this handy guide to the best parties in Miami this March. Check out some Beatport Miami essentials here and keep coming back to this listing for more updates throughout the weeks to come.
It seems these days that there are as many dance-music festivals around the world as there are dance-music artists. Every day a new one appears to crop up out of nowhere. But that’s nothing to complain about, obviously; it’s just that there’s so much to choose from that it can sort of make your head spin. Fortunately, Magnetic is doing its part, and has shared a list of 20 “Life Changing EDM Festivals From Around the World.” So what makes the cut?
If you’re going to Miami, you probably don’t need 25 DJ sets to get you excited—you’re pretty stoked already. Nevertheless, we’ve got those for you, and an interview with one of the guys who made that wild video for DJ Snake and Lil Jon (see screencap above). Of course, there’s much more, too, including reports from Kraftwerk’s tour, details on KaZantip, and A-Trak’s thoughts on what’s needed in music, so come on in.
It’s hard to believe that the Red Bull Music Academy has been bringing together the producers of tomorrow with dance music’s most important players for more than 15 years now. But we’ve got proof that that’s exactly the case, as they recently unearthed this incredible lecture with techno pioneer Jeff Mills, from their 1998 summit in Berlin.