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Interview

Kevin Saunderson on his career: "It’s a dream when you can do something you love"

By Beatport News Editors
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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.

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XLR8R delves into Amsterdam's Dekmantel festival

By Beatport News Editors
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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.

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Morning Roundup

Insomniac's Pasquale Rotella responds to Tom Petty and a New York man has been charged in Electric Zoo 2013 death

By Beatport News Editors
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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.

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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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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 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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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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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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