It’s an interesting thing that even in a place like South Africa, the music scenes between town and country rarely intersect. Leave it to Bridges for Music, then, to help integrate not only the sounds of South African urban centers with their outlying townships, but also to foster a relationship between artists from the US and Europe and those making their homes in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and other metropolises. Geneva’s Luciano is one such DJ who, earlier this year, made the trip to both entertain and educate South African youth in Langa and Soweto townships on the topic of dance music.
After first launching at the renowned Space club on the Playa d’en Bossa last year, pioneering techno DJ/producer/label head Richie Hawtin’s weekly ENTER. residency is set to return to Ibiza for its second summer beginning on July 4.
Uh-oh. Sources say that indeed Paris Hilton has signed to Cash Money for a house album. Thankfully, we’ve got other inspiring news from the Bridges for Music camp right behind the curtain, so read about it all after the jump.
Pacha has long been an anchor club on the Ibiza nightlife scene, having laid down its roots in the ’70s and established itself as an anti-Franco retreat for bohemians and artists. Of course, over the decades, it’s grown into a multi-million-dollar-a-year business and has hosted some of the biggest names in dance music ever—Tiesto, David Guetta, and Erick Morillo being just a few of them. Now, however, the club’s owners are striking back at the astronomical fees being demanded by top-tier DJs, and as such, have fired their music director, Danny Whittle, and have not renewed booking engagements for Luciano, Morillo, or the Defected In the House event.
What a morning for gear news! We’ve got updates from Nord, Pro Tools, Novation, and plenty more in the lead-up to Musikmesse, plus, your usual dose of music news of all sorts, so cruise on through!
It’s odd when something as innocuous as an ugly t-shirt can launch a Twitter war, but hey, that’s the state of the world today, so deal with it. But that’s not all—we’ve also got a new video from Armin Van Buuren, which features pornstar Ron Jeremy, a Nina Kraviz flick (which has nothing to do with porn stars, BTW), and an on-the-level update from Luciano, who heads to South Africa next week.
Everything old is new again, as they say, and that couldn’t be more true with today’s news items—revisit the jams of rave past with a slew of Kode9 mixes, an audio interview with Altern-8, and a birthday celebration for Luciano’s Cadenza label.
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.
Oooh, boy, is this an exciting day. Not only do we have more news from the big gear-industry tradeshow NAMM, but we’ve also got lineups for Ultra Music Fest and Coachella in today’s wrap-up. See who makes the cut after the jump.
Switzerland-based Andrea Oliva has enjoyed massive success seemingly from behind closed doors. A committed member of Luciano’s Cadenza crew, with residencies at some of the world’s top clubs, and productions sprinkled throughout the catalogs of the most celebrated labels in underground house, Oliva’s ascendancy has been a long one since his first introduction to dance music 17 years ago.
We caught up with the four-to-the-floor master and asked about his recent charting remix of Lucian