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Festivals

Mysteryland announces lineup for US debut, with Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero, Moby, Carl Craig, and more; phase-two tickets available on Tuesday

By Ken Taylor
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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.

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Visionquest launch special live shows and prep new album

By Dan Carter
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Where the various solo efforts of Detroit’s Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson, Lee Curtiss, and Shaun Reeves have breathed an unpretentious air into forward-thinking electronic music, together, as the underground powerhouse Visionquest, the quartet has found unprecedented harmony in their creative endeavors. That quest of which we speak is a dual production outfit and eclectic label, which has issued forth wave upon wave of norm-challenging new music.

Kicking off last week at London’s Fabric nightclub, their Visionquest 13 concept takes in a set of global club and festival dates, all rife with immersive visual experiences to accompany their boundary-pushing new sounds. Beatport News took the rare opportunity to sit down with all four members in London to trace the project’s origins.

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Ryan Crosson and Cesar Merveille unleash Visionquest's first full-length

By Lauren Salm
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As a follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed DRM Part 1 EP, Visionquest’s own Ryan Crosson has again teamed up with Cesar Merveille, this time for a similarly named full-length album—the label’s first ever. With a more than cinematic unity of sound and flow, Crosson and Merveille together offer up nine pieces that are less like tracks and more like a jam session of sultry and chill sounds dabbling in many different genres.

The two Berlin-based producers are definitely no strangers to the spotlight. Crosson has appeared on the cover of both Mixmag and DJ Mag this year, and Merveille has quickly skyrocketed as part of Luciano’s Cadenza crew. We recently chatted with them about their new album, working together, and what the future holds for the duo.

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Labels to Watch 2011: Visionquest

By Beatport News Editors
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One of the year’s most eagerly anticipated label launches is finally upon us: Visionquest.

The label is a collaborative effort between Shaun Reeves [a], Seth Troxler [a], Lee Curtiss [a], and Ryan Crosson [a], who have been using the Visionquest moniker for productions and remixes for a couple of years now. At long last, with their collective cred at a record high and still rising, they unleash their label on the world.

Interestingly, the first release comes not from the quartet but rather from Benoit & Sergio, the D.C. duo that’s been making waves with its lush, melody-soaked releases for Spectral Sound [l] (and, soon, DFA). “Walk and Talk”—with its unforgettable refrain of “My baby does K all day”—has been burning up sets from the ‘questers and their circle for a while now, and it’s set to be a massive underground anthem for 2011.

We reached out to Visionquest to find out more, and were treated to answers from all four members. Read on for an in-depth look at one of the year’s most exciting new outfits.

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Interview: Ryan Crosson on production, Berlin and Popkomm

By matthewbaker
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Berlin is the focus of the electronic music world this weekend with the seminal Popkomm event playing host to an array of top-end talent right across the city.

In preparation for the Dumb Unit Edge City Invitational at Club-Rechenzentrum, Matthew Baker talks to Ryan Crosson [a] about moving to Berlin, his latest works and what exactly this weekend is all about.

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Argentina club: Ups! presents Ryan Crosson

By planetkat
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On Friday, March 14th, the Detroit nuschool technoist Ryan Crosson [a] played at Ups!, one of the friendliest, most intimate minimal nights in Argentina. Some people had been waiting for this moment for months. And they were not disappointed.

Ups!, organized by local DJ and promoter Juan Deb, is highly recommended: It is an amazing thing when event organizers are not only great, erm, organizers, but also good DJs and, above all, frantic music enthusiasts as this guarantees they will do everything in their power to book those who they admire the most.

After booking the likes of Lee van Dowski, Ripperton, Shaun Reeves and Easy Changes plus offering the emerging Argentinean minimal scene with key figures like Barem, Franco Cinelli, Dilo, Seph, Gurtz, and Funzion a platform, Ryan Crosson fits the bill perfectly as there is an irrevocable connection between the Detroit producer and the Argentinean minimal scene.

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