It Looks Like Skrillex Is Planning On Staying Busy In 2018

Filed by Alvera CastaldoAlvera Castaldo

It Looks Like Skrillex Is Planning On Staying Busy In 2018

While 2017 was a relatively quiet year for Skrillex, it looks like he has a lot in store for 2018. He just produced a track for ex-Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello and now it looks like he’s working with Atlanta based rapper Kap G on something that has yet to be seen.

On top this, fans might be seeing at some point this year from the prolific producer. One thing is for sure, whenever Skrillex puts out something new, people turn their heads.

UK Drum 'n' Bass Producer MITSABISHI Caught Making Racist Comments

Filed by Antonio AlbertyAntonio Alberty

In today’s political political climate, anyone with any type platform needs to be watching their rhetoric. Simple lines and sound bites can be taken out context, and entire careers can be shattered. These days it’s even easier to brand tough political talk, especially concerning immigration, as racist.

It all happened in the recent wake the cancelation Donald Trump’s visit to the UK. Pullen, who goes under the alias MITSABISHI, attacked London’s mayor on social media. He goes on to say that Sadiq Khan is not a true Englishman due to his opposition to many Trump’s nationalistic views on immigration and other policies:

UK Drum 'n' Bass Producer MITSABISHI Caught Making Racist Comments

It can be tough to read, as his remarks were quick to draw responses and condemnation from many social media users. MITSABISHI doubled down on his sentiments, lashing back with a string heightened racial slurs. He even went as far as to refer to one Twitter user as a “chimp”.

Shortly after the backlash associated on social media, MITSABISHI once again took to Facebook to address the issue. His half-apology attributes his actions to his PTSD from past events in his life. Either way, it’s clear that he has strong feelings on the European mass migration issue. As usual, a substantive debate on the topic is probably not in the cards when its easier to name call those we disagree with.

Zhu, The Black Madonna, Griz and Nicole Moudaber Stack Lightning In A Bottle's 2018 Phase 1 Lineup

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The annual Bradley, CA gathering – Lightning in a Bottle – is back with a bang as they released their Phase 1 lineup this morning. We have one word at most, to describe it in its best way: stellar.

With its three iconic stages, Lightning, Thunder and Woogie, a wide array musical talent both live and electronic will be hosted over the course the long weekend.

The event takes place this year from May 23-28 at Lake San Antonio. Tickets are on sale to the general public on January 18th at 10am PST. On the main stage, Lightning, you can catch Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Zhu, Griz, The Glitch Mob, Tokimonsta, Monolink and more. A sample the lineup for Thunder includes Emancipator, Clozee, Bleep Bloop, Random Rab and Tipper. And last, but definitely not least: the Woogie brings an absolutely stunning list house and techno artists such as The Black Madonna, Stimming, Rodriguez Jr. live, Walker & Royce and so many more.

Check out the full lineup below!

Discogs reveals top selling techno of 2017

Filed by Rebecca RobertiRebecca Roberti

Discogs have released a comprehensive list showcasing the highest selling records of 2017 by genre. 

With lists spanning from Electronic and Experimental to Folk/World/Country to Hardcore, it all adds up to quite the goldmine. Under the Techno heading of course, there were some superb releases on the list among some interesting inclusions.  

The top selling record under the techno heading this year was Kettenkarussell’s ‘Insecurity Guard’, a deep, ambient techno EP released in May through Giegling just two months before the label faced backlash after its founder Konstantin made numerous disgusting and sexist remarks in an interview with Germany’s Groove magazine, saying that “women are usually worse at DJing than men”.

Berlin-based UK-native Objekt came in at number two with arguably one of the best leftfield releases of the year, ‘Objekt #4’. The release blended breaks, dub-techno and melodic house into to wonderfully accomplished tracks ‘Needle & Thread’ and ‘Theme From Q’.

Quite naturally, some of the most exciting and unique electronic LPs of the year made it close to the top spot on the Techno list with Actress’ AZD, Blanck Mass’ World Eater, Four Tet’s ‘New Energy’ (a track from which was DJ Mag’s 15th top track  of the year), Kraftwerk’s ‘3-D: The Catalogue’ and Depeche Mode’s ‘Going Backwards [Remixes]’ all ranking high. 

It was also great to see records like Tzusing’s incredible ‘東方不敗’ and PLO Man’s ‘Powerline’ do so well along with Dopplereffekt’s ‘Cellular Automata’, the title track from which featured in Sophia Saze’s Fresh Kicks mix which we ran in December 2017. 

Included in the top electronic records were albums from Gorillaz (who will be back with a new album this year), LCD Soundsystem, Bonobo and The XX. The experimental list included releases from Burial, Forest Swords and Alt-J.

2017 was yet another great year for vinyl, with 4.1 million vinyl albums being sold in the UK. 


Marshmello Removes Mask & You Won't Believe Who's Beneath

Filed by Rene MayfieldRene Mayfield

Who is Marshmello really? Dotcom? Tiesto? Some washed up DJ from back in the day trying to make a comeback? Who really knows. It’s one EDM’s greatest mysteries.

After years rumblings within EDM circles, rumors led us to believe that behind the decks in the Marshmello mask.

However, things may not always be the way they seem. Over the weekend, Marshmello sold out more than 17,000 tickets for two shows in San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Here, Marshmello also decided to reveal his true identity.

No he’s not Tiesto, nor is he even Dotcom. He is actually Will Ferrell.

Marshmello Removes Mask & You Won't Believe Who's BeneathOf course, pretty much everything Will Ferrell does is a joke, so don’t take this seriously.

However, as all things Will Ferrell does, this is actually hilarious. Marshmello’s manager, Moe Shalizi, captured the moment on video for all fans to enjoy.

Deadmau5 previews vault of orchestral material: Watch

Filed by Malissa FranzMalissa Franz

Deadmau5 has previewed his forthcoming orchestral project via a live stream featuring numerous re-works of some of his biggest tracks.

Mr. Zimmerman, who earlier this month announced that his new project would be “the most epic thing I’ve ever done with my music” and later confirmed that that would involve a 60-piece orchestra, opened the vaults on Monday night during his Twitch live stream.

These fragmented teasers of reworked versions of tracks including ‘Invidia’, ‘Avaritia’ and ‘Acedia’ follow a preview of ‘Strobe’s orchestral re-work from December. The mau5trap boss has reported that particular cut isn’t a part of the new project though.

All of this excitement comes in the wake of the Canadian DJ/producer announcing his new live show for 2018.

Blending the orchestral with the electronic has seen quite the surge lately, with Pete Tong and Haçienda Classiçal recently doing the same. The trend has been met with a degree of negativity from certain camps. 

Check out the full stream featuring teasers for the 14 epic edits below.

Secondcity headlines DJ Mag Live with TAKE

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Secondcity will be repping house and techno partystarters, TAKE, on the DJ Mag Live stream this week.

The UK-born, Chicago-raised DJ/producer has becomes a surefire hitmaker in the tech-house scene with releases for the likes of Dirtybird, Toolroom and Green Velvet’s Relief label.

This year is set to be his biggest yet too, with releases already lined up for Circus, Sola and Knee Deep In Sound amongst others, and yet another busy schedule of gigs.

Before all that, however, he’s down at Work Bar in Angel, London for TAKE alongside a line-up of top rising from the capital.

Joining Secondcity are Knee Deep and Four Thirty Two-affiliate Jansons, Pets duo Senzala, Junk resident Caruana and TAKE’s own Stefan Lane.

Sign up for the free guestlist here and share the Facebook event to let your friends know.

And if you can’t make it down to party in person, watch live from 7pm via

Secondcity headlines DJ Mag Live with TAKE

DJ Mag’s Tech Annual 2017 is now on sale

Filed by Joe NoletteJoe Nolette

Every month, DJ Mag’s tech section is packed full of the latest news from the world of DJ equipment, studio gear, plugins, speakers, headphones and more. We’ve also got In The Studio features where we open the door on some of the world’s biggest producers, in the world’s slickest facilities, to find out how they get their sound and what gear goes into their music.

Elsewhere there are in-depth reviews with the latest and greatest kit going, whether you’re a beginner DJ, or an established producer looking for a creative kick-start. With plenty of tips, techniques and tutorials too, we decided to collect the best of the year into one bumper issue for you to get your tech fix.

Our DJ Mag Tech Annual is out now, with news from Pioneer DJ, Native Instruments, Denon and Novation, interviews with Djebali, Vitalic, Machinedrum and more, long-read features on the gear that changed music and heaps of Killer Sound techniques, it’s a bumper special edition. You can get it now from here for only £4.95 and remember to keep your eye on DJ Mag each month for the latest news, reviews and interviews. 

Caprices Festival locks Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth, Paul Kalkbrenner, more

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Caprices has revealed the first phase of the line-up for its 15th anniversary edition, taking place from 12th-15th April in the ski resort of Crans-Montana.

The Swiss festival will feature Paul Kalkbrenner, Âme, Henrik Schwarz, Luciano, Ben Klock, Cobblestone Jazz, Dewalta & Shannon, Monika Kruse, Amir Javasoul, Archie Hamilton and more.

Caprices regulars Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth and Sonja Moonear are also set to play.

Tickets and information is available from the Caprices website.

Pioneer DJ announce new controller for rekordbox dj

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Pioneer DJ have released a new controller for Rekordbox DJ. The DDJ-1000 is the new flagship in their controller series, completely re-designed to mirror the rekordbox dj software. The DDJ-1000 features four channels, jogs borrowed from the CDJ-2000nxs2 – along with new full-colour circular screens – ten effects from the DJM900nxs2, Magvel faders throughout, dual USB ports, RGB pads for cue points and performance and more.

The four channels can also be used as an independent mixer when not connected to a laptop, with four line ins and two phono amps. Also borrowed from the CDJ range is the ‘Jog Adjust’ functionality for torque tweaking and the controller is dvs ready for any timecode vinyl or CD users.

The circular LED screen in the middle of the jogs displays everything from waveform and cue points to time remaining, what deck is currently active and the key and BPM info. It will be interesting to see if Pioneer DJ will adopt these types of jog wheel screens on the next version of the CDJ, given that Denon did just that on their popuar SC5000 player.

The DDJ-1000 coincides with version 5.1 of Rekordbox DJ, which adds new Auto Mix functions and an updated Related Tracks functionality, letting users find suitable tracks to mix into more easily. Pioneer DJ have been busy with new products coming all year, the latest of which saw the jog wheel removed altogether in favour of performance pads. It will be interesting to see what the CDJ-3000 has in store.  

Pioneer DJ announce new controller for rekordbox dj

New book Rave On traces electronic music’s shift from subculture to multimillion pound industry

Filed by Jenette DanieleJenette Daniele

Rave On: Global Adventures In Electronic Dance Music, a new book written by widely celebrated journalist Matthew Collin, documents the evolution and ever-changing culture of electronic music.

In examining the rise of dance music from underground subculture to multimillion pound industry and its varied manifestations today, Collin travelled to cities where the culture has grown in unique and fascinating ways. From the star studded parties of Ibiza and Las Vegas and the rapidly growing scenes in Shanghai and Dubai to the thriving communities of psytrance in Israel and deep house in South Africa, the journalist goes in-depth into every corner of the global scene.

With further chapters exploring the longstanding techno culture in Berlin and Detroit and the thriving LGBTQ+ club scene in New York, Rave On looks toward the future of dance music and asks if electronic music still has the power to inspire people and communities as it did in its nascence.

In 1997, Collin published Altered State, an essential history of acid house, ecstasy and the ‘summer of love’ in Britain.

Rave On: Global Adventures In Electronic Dance Music is published by Serpent’s Tail and be purchased here.

For more dance music history, check out the We Call It Techno! documentary, which was made available to stream with English subtitles in December via Telekom Electronic Beats. Also take a look at these 12 amazing photographs taken at the historic and infamous Pikes Ibiza. 


Hospital Records deletes Mistabishi’s productions from catalogue following racist comments

Filed by Antonio AlbertyAntonio Alberty

Hospital Records have announced that they will remove all music by d&b DJ/producer Mistabishi from their store following recent racist and xenophobic remarks made on his social media.

Mistabishi – real name James Pullen – was found to have made xenophobic comments about London mayor Sadiq Khan, stating that he was not “a Londoner” because “real Londoners are English”. In since deleted Facebook comments he went on to say that “Khan is from a migrant family. He’s not English”. The comments were screenshotted and shared on Twitter by Manchester-based artist Chimpo said, “How u gonna hate immigrants and make DnB n techno? Racists aren’t welcome here mate. Go make some baroque or suttin. Clown.”

In a statement made on Facebook, Hospital Records, the south London d&b label that had previously released Pullen’s music said, “Our ethos of equality and total inclusivity to all remains, as it always has. Racism, xenophobia and bigotry have no place in our community. We are proud to be part of a diverse and tolerant community in which every person is treated as an equal no matter where they are from, their race or heritage.”

As such, they have deleted Mistabishi’s releases from their online store and have said that they will donate any income received from his releases in other stores to the LoveMusic HateRacism charity. 

You can read Hospital Records statement in full here. 

I’m a Londoner and would be thrilled to have The US President visit this city.
Sadiq Khan isn’t a real Londoner….

— MISTABISHI (@MistabishiMusic) January 12, 2018