Despite having a music career that most artists dream of spanning over three decades, Kevin Saunderson, 50, remains humble and down to earth about his accomplishments. Lately, the KMS Records boss has been committed to keeping it family-style, helping to launch the future of his youngest son Dantiez, who’s a up-and-coming DJ producer in his own right. Recently, UK-based news source Attack sourced the Detroit icon (who just flew in from Ibiza) to chat about the modern globalization of dance music, hidden samples in classic Inner City records, and some essential tips to handling fellow Belleville Three legend Derrick May.
If you’re fortunate enough to be in Amsterdam this weekend, you’re probably headed straight to the second annual Dekmantel festival. Prominent electronic luminaries Ben Klock, Boddika, DJ Koze, Jamie xx, Jeff Talabot, Nicolas Jaar, and Theo Parrish, among many others will all be on-hand to move the masses across fives stages curated by Resident Advisor, Red Bull Music Academy, Boiler Room, and more. Sounds amazing. Yet, just in case you can’t make it, XLR8R’s got an in-depth interview with the founding trio—Thomas Martojo, Casper Tielrooij, and Matthijs Theben Terville—behind the leading-edge, three-day event.
Welcome to our Aloha Friday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella firing back at aging rocker Tom Petty, a 23-year-old has been charged in a drug-related Electric Zoo death from 2013, and Fact touring some of the UK’s most-influential mastering facilities. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
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.
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.
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.”
Berlin-based DJ producer and BPitch Control boss Ellen Allien 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.
Welcome to our awesome Thursday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Deadmau5 taking controversial Toronto mayor Rob Ford on a Coffee Run, Thump dropping the 10 best sets from Tomorrowland’s weekend two, and the people of Berlin’s Berghain club. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
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.
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.