In our awesome TGIF edition of the Morning Roundup, Deep Dish make their official Miami comeback, Danny Tenaglia goes in-the-mix on John Digweed’s Transitions show, and Todd Terje chats It’s Album Time. Let’s do this!
So just how do you get to be as huge and long-running a success in the world of dance music as John Digweed? “Do you want to be a sprinter or a marathon runner?” is the question that the legendary DJ and producer suggests you ask yourself. “I’ve always wanted to be in this for as long as I can,” he told Thump in a recent interview.
The legendary British producer and DJ John Digweed has amassed a fair number of Transitions radio shows over the years, and for his 500th episode, he’s pulling out all the stops. Digweed will send this particular program out over the airwaves during his annual Sunset Cruise in Miami starting at 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 27, and for the first time ever, he’s broadcasting these four hours of music live.
Haunting experimentalism, classic techno and house, and Detroit-style underwater electro all pop up in this week’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.
Between live spectacles, a consistent album output, and an aptitude for drawing collaborators from across the musical spectrum, Derry’s Japanese Popstars have proven a truly authentic force in electronic music. Now one member fewer (after the departure of Declan McLoughlin) and realigned in their approach, Gary Curran and Gareth Donoghue have not only returned to the limelight but rewarded fans who may have feared that the big, bad industry had subdued this precious experimental outfit. And if their 2012 IMS anthem “Matter of Time” hadn’t been reassurance enough, their third album, Disconnect/Reconnect, for Bedrock Records, signaled a full journey from the major-label circuit they so infamously embraced. A deep and transient showcase of experimental techno stylings, their retraction from a partnership with Virgin/EMI Records offers a firm lesson not only for producers pining for the major-label pedestal, but for those who don’t believe that underground club fuel can still hit positive notes on a mass scale. Beatport News sat down with Popstar Gary Curran to talk albums, U-turns, and the lessons to be learned in chasing the “other side” of the industry coin.
The Sun City Music Festival is set to take place August 31 and September 1 at Ascarate Park in El Paso, Texas, and we’re proud to announce Beatport’s involvement. Among the scores of already-awesome guests that the festival will host, we’re excited to co-present with SCMF the Beatport Stage, where we’ll bring you a lineup of tried-and-true dance music leaders and up-and-coming stars from the underground. So far, Brodinski, Cassy, Droog, Eats Everything, French Fries, Gesaffelstein, John Digweed, Michel De Hey, Popof, Sébastien Léger, Stefano Noferini, and Scuba are all scheduled to hit our stage, with more announcements to follow in the coming weeks.
John Digweed is one of those iconic names in electronic music that will never fade away. Now a music legend, and a pioneer of the progressive and house genres, Digweed began DJing at the tender age of 15 out of his hometown of Hastings, England, and has been making his mark on the music industry for over 20 years. We were lucky enough to catch up with him just minutes before he closed out the Beatport Stage at the Movement Festival a few weeks back to talk playing house in Detroit, the first ever Renaissance compilation album, and the pros and cons of the digital landscape.
Last weekend, as you’ll likely know from some of our earlier coverage this week, the Beatport team was in full effect at Detroit’s Movement Festival, hosting a huge riverfront stage, scouring the backstage area for interviews with Moby, Masters at Work, Kevin Saunderson, John Digweed, and tons more (which you’ll catch in the weeks to come), and checking out every last artist to grace Hart Plaza that weekend. On the ground (and on the afterparty floors), writers Lauren Salm and Emma Robertson, along with photographer Jordan Loyd, took in as much as was humanly possible, and today we’re excited to present their personal highlights from that huge blowout dance-music weekend.