SF-based Dirtybird OG crew member Worthy is quite a cool, chill customer. Growing up in Washington DC area, the 36-year-old electronic DJ producer (born Sean Williams) got inspired from an early age from the nascent East Coast rave scene mixed with local ’80s-’90s hardcore punk bands of the day like Bad Brains, Minor Threat (later Fugazi), Dischord Records’ heavyweights Nation of Ulysses, and many more. Later, he moved to New York where he started playing records across a myriad of dance genres; from techno and breaks to hip-hop and drum & bass. Whatever was fresh and exciting sound-wise. Then, in 2001, he flew out west to San Francisco where he linked up with Claude vonStroke and Justin and Christian Martin, becoming one of the original four founding members of the Dirtybird collective. Impressive. Recently, Beatport News editor Jason Black sat down with him over an IPA or two at the roguish Toronado dive bar located in the infamous Lower Haight district to chat about being an original founding member of the Dirtybird crew, the recent release of his debut Disbehave, the formation of his artist-driven Anabatic label, and growing up in DC with a diverse musical fervor for LTJ Bukem, Stacey Pullen, and Ian MacKaye.
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.
Eats Everything is nothing if not a joker. The Bristolian producer and DJ, known to his mum as Dan Pearce, has practically made a second career of comedy, riffing on the Burger King logo for his own graphic treatment, placing the character of his “Jagged Edge” video in a fast-food drive-thru binge, and just generally having a lot of fun with the often-serious world of underground dance music. So he must’ve had some real fun with this one: Today the directing duo called That Jam released a “documentary” entitled Behind the Eaters, an hilarious look at a couple of Pearce’s super-fans.
In monthly video series XOYO Loves, we go behind-the-scenes with some of the world’s most influential DJs at one of London’s coolest clubs: XOYO. Eats Everything, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Justin Martin, Disclosure, and Skream, among others all band together for this new residency launched in January 2014 where four top artists will make XOYO their home for 12 consecutive Saturdays each. Filmed and directed by Spike Morris, this six-minute XOYO Loves mini-documentary examines what it means to be a dedicated club resident in the age of jet-setting DJ headliners.
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Miami Music Week is, of course, one of the most important weeks all year on the dance-music calendar, so if you’re heading east (or maybe that’s west, for our European friends), you’ll likely be scheduling out your plans far in advance. Allow us to be of some assistance to you with this handy guide to the best parties in Miami this March. Check out some Beatport Miami essentials here and keep coming back to this listing for more updates throughout the weeks to come.
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.
Riding the wave that was their 2013, the Brothers Lawrence (you know them as Disclosure) have just announced that they’re primed to present a series of unique shows this coming year, and have so far confirmed dates for Berkeley, California, in April and Chicago, Illinois, in June.
In the course of electronic music’s ascent to becoming a worldwide phenomenon, the genre of electro house has played no small role. Built around house music’s classic formula and enhanced with edgy sonics and powerful rhythms, electro house has dominated dancefloors for years now, with some of electronic music’s heaviest hitters (Justice, Tiesto, and Deadmau5, just to name a few) delivering many of the genre’s most memorable efforts. With this in mind, we’ve put together what we see as 20 of the most distinctive, important electro-house tracks to date, and present them to you, in no particular order, to relive, debate, hate, and—who knows—hopefully get turned on to something new.
Now in its seventh year of existence, the Hard Summer festival once again grabbed Los Angeles’ State Historic Park by its cojones over the weekend. Featuring a roster of artists from across the electronic spectrum, the music was spread across four stages and two days, and performed for some 70,000 people. Somewhere between a high school rave and a state fair that you really wouldn’t want to bring your parents to, there were many things in abundance. Among them: syncopated hi-hats, undergarments disguised as clothing, and young people absolutely on one. Or two.
We’ve got a pretty exciting day on News today, with plenty of video coming back from Ibiza’s first opening parties, some fun being had with techno in Detroit, and confirmation that Skrillex’s Essential Mix pretty much killed it. Come on and see what else is inside.