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DJ Tips

Marcel Dettmann tips his five keys to DJing success

By Jason Black
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No ifs, ands, or buts, German techno luminary Marcel Dettmann, 37, is a world-class DJ. As the reigning resident at Berlin’s infamous Berghain nightclub, he’s made a quality name for himself with a rugged, raw moon patrol-type sound that permeates all corners of your mind and body. One listen to his recent fabric 77 mix and you’ll catch our meaning. In a new feature-length article, XLR8R consults with the Berliner decknician to get his five keys to mixing success including such universal pearls of wisdom like “be yourself,” “have role models,” and, of course, the ever-essential “master beat-matching.”

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Music News

Ice Bucket Challenge: Richie Hawtin, Skrillex, and Dubfire take the plunge for a good cause

By Jason Black
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This short video proves once and for all that dance music does have a big heart. The headlining dance trio of Richie Hawtin, Skrillex, and Dubfire are the latest big names to help raise awareness for the neurodegenerative disease ALS by taking the plunge in Ibiza at Amnesia. Oh, and LA socialite-turned-DJ Paris Hilton makes a cameo to boot: “That was fuckin’ dope.”

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Weekend Weapons

Daniel Avery divulges his top six techno stunners

By Jason Black
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UK-based underground dance hero Daniel Avery is headed to the States over the weekend for a string of live dates. The Phantasy Sound artist and fabric resident will begin his mini-tour at Chicago’s Smart Bar, spinning alongside Harry + JPEG on Friday, August 22nd. He’ll then make his way to the Pacific Northwest for his Seattle debut, playing an event put on by Decibel at Re-bar on Saturday, August 23rd. Avery will wrap up his mini-tour with an appearance at LA’s indie-dance extravaganza FYF Fest 2014 on Sunday, August 24th, joined by Phantasy label mate Conan Mockasin, as well as Four Tet, and Jamie xx. Since he’s headed Stateside to our shores, we were curious about what to expect from his live sets. So we thought it was the perfect opportunity to get his top six techno stunners of the moment. Here’s his list.

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Festivals

DAT Music Conference: Techno, tube floating, and "limitless" craft beer in rustic Montana

By Steven Dermody
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Everything about the inaugural Digital Analog Technology (DAT) Conference that took place over the weekend of August 1st-3rd felt like the polar opposite of what the modern day “EDM” festivals seemingly strives for. Missoula, Montana has to be one of the most relaxed, cozy towns in the States, which made the setting laidback and friendly. The line-up was sprinkled with international headliners alongside the rest of the cast predominantly coming from the West to Pacific Northwest.

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