Day two of Detroit’s annual Movement Festival downtown at Hart Plaza was full of freaks, techno geeks, and Richie Hawtin. We sent Beatport News correspondent Emma Robertson back to join in all the Sunday randomness.
Prepare for the madness. TomorrowWorld’s first lineup announcement is here — and it’s huge. Avicii, Bassnectar, David Guetta, Skrillex, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Diplo, Kaskade, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Richie Hawtin, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, and Zedd are among the festival’s announced headliners, while countless other acts will also touch down in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia (southwest of Atlanta) for the second stateside incarnation of Tomorrowland on September 26-28, 2014. Up-and-comers Andrew Rayel, Dyro, The Chainsmokers, and TJR are also on the bill, alongside established names like John Digweed, Ferry Corsten, and Laidback Luke.
With dance music slithering its way into every element of modern culture, it was only a matter of time before it took over the inflight entertainment systems of large-carrier airlines. Fortunately for you, dear dance-music fan, that means an altogether new listening experience for your next zip across the Atlantic as airlines like British Airways are tapping some of electronic music’s biggest names to craft special mixes for their flights.
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.