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.
As you may already know, Mysteryland, which is said to be the world’s longest-running electronic music festival, will hit the US this spring, setting up shop for the first time in Bethel Woods, NY (the site of 1969′s Woodstock festival), from May 23-26. Over the last two decades, the Dutch brand has made it its mission to bring together underground up-and-comers with dance music’s more mainstream heavy-hitters for an event unlike any other—one that’s handily earned its now 21 years of existence.
Today, promoters ID&T announced the lineup for Mysteryland’s first-ever trip to the US, and it’s a stellar one. Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Fedde Le Grand, NERVO, Chase & Status, Booka Shade, Jesse Rose, Chris Liebing, Dillstradamus (that’s Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus), and about 240 more acts will perform over the course of these three days.
Chris Liebing has been at it for a long time. From beginning as a DJ with two cassette decks playing through an amplifier, onto two turntables and a mixer, and now having developed a very personalized system of software and controllers, the legendary techno DJ/producer knows how to move a dancefloor. Recently, London’s Point Blank production school managed to track down the German stalwart for a masterclass session, in which Liebing detailed not only the equipment used in his extensive DJ setup, but also the overarching philosophy and techniques that drive his renowned sets.
Sven Vath’s Cocoon parties have long been a fixture on the Ibiza summer schedule. Now, 14 years after the event’s inauguration on the White Isle, Vath has announced this season’s lineup for its Monday-night residency at Amnesia and it involves some huge names.
On Friday, February 22, Beatport Live presents UK techno talent Perc. Having gained early recognition for his hit “Up” on Kompakt, Perc went on to catch the ears of Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Chris Liebing, Slam, John Digweed, Green Velvet, Erol Alkan, Steve Lawler, and many more. That critical and peer acclaim led to him being signed to bona fide techno powerhouses like Ovum, Drumcode, and CLR. As well, his own label, Perc Trax, has become a force in itself.
There’s never a dull moment on Twitter when it comes to DJs. Whether they’re cracking wise, beefing like DJ Sneak and Deadmau5, or getting caught unawares on DJsComplaining, the jetsetting DJ life has forever been transformed—and unfurled for all to see—on everyone’s favorite 140-character thought farm. So, in that spirit, here are 10 DJ Twitter accounts you should be following right now.
A couple of weeks back, Frankfurt-based DJ/producer and CLR Records head Chris Liebing stopped through San Francisco for a show at Vessel, but before he did, he offered up some insight into his live performance setup for DJ TechTools. In the video below, Liebing walks us through his complex rig, which features two laptops running Ableton Live, Traktor, and Maschine, two Allen and Heath K2 controllers, and plenty more choice gear and software.