The anonymous artist known as testpilot is, in Richie Hawtin’s words, “a skinny white kid from Canada”—whom the techno master deems fit to have his name on Plus 8′s first release in a year and a half.
It’s no secret to anyone who follows the goings-on of techno god Richie Hawtin that the man keeps a pretty busy schedule. But over the 48-hour period surrounding New Year’s Eve 2013-2014, Hawtin played four gigs in four separate cities. As he often does, he had a small film crew trailing him to capture the magic on video. Check out the brief documentary below, which follows him through Wuppertal, Milan, Madrid, and Barcelona.
For some, the Olympic Games are a show of physical strength, teamwork, sportsmanship, camaraderie, and national pride. For others, it’s all about the spectacle of the opening ceremonies, which, on top of drawing a pretty ridiculous amount of viewers, set the tone for the weeks to follow. And it’s hard to set that tone without one killer soundtrack. Naturally, some of music’s biggest stars are enlisted to craft and perform those compositions that accompany the world’s finest athletes as they make their way through the Olympic village for the first time, but every once in a while, they sneak in some of electronic music’s best to do the job as well. In that spirit, we’ve huddled together a handful of some of our favorite style of music’s best showings at games past.
Is it just us, or is there a lot of stuff going on this summer? In just the last few days, we’ve counted about 10 new festival announcements, and there are plenty more to come. Today, Croatia’s Sonus and Unknown gatherings offered up their lineups, and we’ve got big news out of Detroit tomorrow, so while you ponder a trip to the Adriatic this summer, let us also point you to some music-tech news, mixes from Vladislav Delay and Jimmy Edgar, and the stories behind some of the most prominent samples in modern music.
It’s a packed lineup today in the Morning Roundup, with a host of news bits from Deadmau5, Disclosure, Perry Farrell, Simian Mobile Disco, Four Tet, Richie Hawtin, Skrillex, and plenty more. So get that coffee ready cuz you’ve got readin’ to do.
DJ TechTools’ ever-knowledgeable Ean Golden has put together a quick video to demonstrate how, with a little bit of micro-mapping, DJs can find, create, move, and layer loops on the fly in their sets.
Annnnnnnd… we’re back. Yes, like everyone else, the music industry takes a day or two off over the holidays, but your favorite DJs and producers just don’t stop. Today we’ve got year-end wrap-up mixes from Laidback Luke and Diplo, who to watch out for in 2014, and a few surprises from Skrillex and Co. Happy new year!
Friday is packed with news from all around the dance-music world, but perhaps the most talked-about bit is the launch of Deadmau5′s new all-access subscription site. Come on in to see what it’s all about.
The aims of Blackout, a new short documentary assembled by Vice offshoot Thump, are laid out succinctly in its opening moments: to tell “the story of a night out around the world.” Capturing a single night’s worth of ups and downs from party professionals and avid ravers across the world, the 30-minute doc comes chockfull of club-rattling music, cheering, dancing, outlandish fashion, substance abuse, and—while they’re at it—a good deal of insight into the exploding global dance music culture.