Are Robot DJs real after all?

Filed by Malissa FranzMalissa Franz

It seems that — more and more — the craft  “true” DJing is becoming far less common. On one hand, DJs like or scratch and spin on vinyl. On the other polar opposite end, certain clubs are now using artificial intelligence to spin tunes. Prague based nightclub, Karlovy Lazne, is here to blow minds with a computerized DJ system that works with a human programmer in an hourly rotation to get club rooms moving and grooving.

reports that the club’s management challenged a robotics team to create a robot that could perform at a dance club. The result? A fully functioning robo-DJ that acts as an extending arm to scratch, spin, and twist on the decks.

Some were thrilled by the proposition a Black-Mirror-esque dance floor rave, others weren’t as pleased.

“I don’t like the robot,” Marcia Lopes, 24, a tourist from Mexico . “It can’t feel what the people want to dance to. There is no emotion behind the music. When there is a real person, they know, what fun is like.”

Are Robot DJs real after all?


Armada Records Has Now Started Its Own Clothing Line

Filed by Ellamae AlewineEllamae Alewine

One the biggest record labels in Trance is now venturing out into the clothing business to try and match its success in the music business. Armada Records which was started by the one and only Armin Van Buuren has created , a unique clothing company aiming to provide comfortable and high-quality clothes that people can move a travel around in easily. Ideal for its biggest customers – DJs.

Their items are already being worn by no other than  Trance DJs that have help build Armada Records including W&W (also known as NWYR), Armin Van Buuren, Andrew Rayel, and Fedde Le Grand. They have started f with a 9 piece collection fashionable gear for DJs, producers and music fans. The collection contains a host items including a sweater, hoodie, baseball cap, several T-shirt designs and more.Take a look at the full collection at .

This could be great for Armada as they have been a giant in the dance industry for a long time and would help them continue to be a global brand. Check out their first video below.


Fresh Kicks 55: P.Leone

Filed by Joe NoletteJoe Nolette

P.Leone is taking no prisoners when it comes to his Fresh Kicks mix, so batten down the hatches and prepare for some truly raucous techno!

A New Yorker born and raised, Leone’s career began at the age of 20 mixing hip-hop, disco and more around his home city before his taste for the tough, four-four tastes developed.

When his family’s pizzeria sadly closed a few years later, he took the opportunity to hop across the pond to techno’s spiritual home, Berlin.

Here he met scene stalwart Spencer Parker, who signed his first two releases — the eerie, intense ‘A Memorable Drive’ EP and cosmic effort ‘The Exit 8’ EP — to his Work Them label in 2016.

Then, last year, Leone launched his own imprint called E-Missions with close friend and fellow NYC native, Caiazzo, dropping a futher two collections of lusciously produced, yet brooding techno.

Now a New Year has landed, so we thought it appropriate this exciting new talent kick things off. The result is a expertedly crafted mix that remains sweeping and heady in its vibe yet still punishes with its rock solid percussion. Check it out in full at the bottom of the page.

Fresh Kicks 55: P.Leone

Last track that blew your mind?
“Caiazzo ‘917 (sportmixxx)’ from ‘The Devotion’ EP (E-Missions 003).” 

Last dream you remember?
“I was driving through Las Vegas (I’ve never been) and I’m not really sure why or what year it was but it was just a mess of neon lights and for some reason ‘Son Of A Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield was playing…”

Last mix you streamed? 
soundwall.it Podcast #379… This guy Spencer Parker… Pretty good I think.”

Favourite album to relax to? 
“Joe ‘My Name Is Joe’.”

Favourite DJ? 
“Maurice Fulton.”

Favourite breakfast dish? 
“Bacon, egg and cheese on a roll… but only from a local New York deli — from anywhere else doesn’t really do it for me.”

Who would you most like to collaborate with? 
“Mike Parker.”

Who is your biggest musical influence? 
“Laurent Garnier.”

What’s your New Year’s resolution? 
“Think less negatively…”

Tell us a joke… 
“Knock knock.
Whos there? 
DHL Germany… just kidding they never knock twice.” 

Want more music from up-and-coming artists? Check out Fresh Kicks 54 by Atella.

Ben Hindle is DJ Mag’s Clubs Editor and co-founder of DJ Mag Bunker. Follow him on Twitter here.


Orchestra Beautifully Covers Flume's "Tiny Cities"

Filed by Ellamae AlewineEllamae Alewine

Flume is undoubtedly one the most talented producers our time. Ever since his the release his self-titled debut studio album “Flume” in 2012, he has only gotten better.

In 2016, the Australian producer released his sophomore studio LP, ““, which solidified his place as one the most innovative music makers in the industry. The project brought in a wide range talent from , , , and , all which complemented Flume’s style beautifully. Rightfully so, this led to “Skin” winning the  in 2017.

While there are a variety “Skin”-inspired , one remix stands out from the rest. Recently, we stumbled upon a video  The Chamber Orchestra at Westridge School in Pasadena, California, who created a beautiful rendition “Tiny Cities“, a track featuring .

As seen in the video below, the song translates well into an intricate string heavy arrangement, with woodwinds, light percussion, and delicate piano sounds to blend it all together. Even without Beck’s beautifully composed lyrics, this orchestrated version “Tiny Cities” is a justified tribute to one Flume’s best masterpieces.

We love hearing Flume’s music in this form, and hope that we’ll be hearing more sounds like this. As late, the producer has been teasing fans with tour videos and a campaign alongside to , so we can only hope this means new music soon!

Give the original “Tiny Cities” a listen to yourself, and see how great this orchestra did.


Fresh Kicks 54: Atella

Filed by Rebecca RobertiRebecca Roberti

Atella blend synth-heavy disco, bubbling house and dreamy techno for an totally cosmic edition of our Fresh Kicks mix series.

The Norwegian duo first caught DJ Mag’s ear when they dropped a bouncy, fun-packed set for French party-starters Kitsuné at Bergen’s Vil Vil Vest festival. 

A blend of massive synth-lines reminiscent of their countryman Todd Terje, interstellar atmospherics and punchy percussion, their sound nestles somewhere between slow-mo disco and pop, but never sits still for more than a moment — a perfect fit to their label home, Belgium powerhouse Eskimo.

Atella’s Fresh Kicks mix floats pumping beats over glittery soundscapes and remains irresistably danceable from start to finish via tracks from the likes of Brassica, Magnus International, Tensnake and Pearson Sound.

Check it out in full at the bottom of the page for truly intergalatic trip.

Fresh Kicks 54: Atella

Last album you listened to in full?
“That must have been the Blade Runner 2049 soundtrack. The original Vangelis soundtrack is a big favourite of ours, and a hard one to match. It is a good thing the new one is a bit different, as well as keeping some of the essence from the first Blade Runner movie. It is growing on us. We love it when the music and movie sound FX melts into one and the same (like the motor engine sound in ‘Flight to LAPD’).”

Last meal you cooked?
“The last meal we made together was pizza. Magnus goes by the name ‘Magnus Mozzarella’ for a reason.”

Last track that blew your mind?
“Jonathan Kaspar ‘Toona’, released on Objektivity.”

Favourite club?
“When living in a somewhat remote country, when it comes to clubbing, it is a bit hard to answer this question. We had some great time in different clubs in Berlin and London (Corsica, Fabric, Tresor), but we’ve never visited any of them twice (so far). Locally, in Bergen, Østre has been an amazing small club for electronic music and art for years now.”

Favourite DJ?
“There are lot of great DJs out there. Our local hero is Bjørn Torske — ‘The Codfather’. He still amazes and inspire us with his playful sets.”

Favourite festive song?
Johannes: “That has to be the introduction melody of the Norwegian children’s programme, Jul I Skomakergata (translates to Christmas/Yule in Shoemaker Street). It always takes me back to the time we were dancing around the Christmas tree at my Aunt’s house.”
Magnus: “For me it is ‘Silent Night’ performed by Mahalia Jackson. Not just because of her out-of-this-world performance, but I’m also reliving my father’s attachment to this song. That’s some yule time magic.”

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
“Wouldn’t say no if Goldfrapp called us!”

Which cartoon character would you most like to be?
“The dream is having our own cartoon in the styles of Mézières and Mœbius, with stories of the two clumsy space cadets exploring the universe.”

Who is your biggest musical influence?
“404 not found. Impossible question. Too many influences: great music, people, art, nature… the list goes on.”

Tell us a joke… 
“Mp3 to Wave conversion.”

Tracklist:

01. Atella vs. Fred Berthet ‘Transition Accent (Spaceport Intro)’ [Eskimo / Biomix]
02. Davis ‘Ewer’ [In Their Feeling]
03. Jarle Bråthen ‘Flott Vær (Magnus International Remix)’ [Full Pupp]
04. Andhim feat. Piper Davis ‘Tosco (Clavis Remix)’ [Superfriends]
05. Atella x Frøder ‘Closer To Life (AM Mix)’ [Eskimo]
06. Eduardo Muchacho ‘Intoxicated (Brassica Remix)’ [Of Leisure]
07. Jonathan Kaspar ‘Toona’ [Objektivity]
08. Magnus International ‘Julienne’ [Full Pupp]
09. Todd Terje ‘Ragysh’ [Olsen]
10. Tensnake ‘Hello?’ [True Romance]
11. Pearson Sound ‘XLB’ [Pearson Sound]
12. Andre Hommen ‘Sensory’ [Objektivity]
13. Forriner ‘Goodnight (Shit Robot Disco Dub)’ [Me Me Me]

01.

Atella vs. Fred Berthet

Transition Accent (Spaceport Intro)

[Eskimo / Biomix]

02.

Davis

Ewer

[In Their Feeling]

03.

Jarle Bråthen

Flott Vær (Magnus International Remix)

[Full Pupp]

04.

Andhim feat. Piper Davis

Tosco (Clavis Remix)

[Superfriends]

05.

Atella x Frøder

Closer To Life (AM Mix)

[Eskimo]

06.

Eduardo Muchacho

Intoxicated (Brassica Remix)

[Of Leisure]

07.

Jonathan Kaspar

Toona

[Objektivity]

08.

Magnus International

Julienne

[Full Pupp]

09.

Todd Terje

Ragysh

[Olsen]

10.

Tensnake

Hello?

[True Romance]

11.

Pearson Sound

XLB

[Pearson Sound]

12.

Andre Hommen

Sensory

[Objektivity]

13.

Forriner

Goodnight (Shit Robot Disco Dub)

[Me Me Me]

01.

Atella vs. Fred Berthet

Transition Accent (Spaceport Intro)

[Eskimo / Biomix]

02.

Davis

Ewer

[In Their Feeling]

03.

Jarle Bråthen

Flott Vær (Magnus International Remix)

[Full Pupp]

04.

Andhim feat. Piper Davis

Tosco (Clavis Remix)

[Superfriends]

05.

Atella x Frøder

Closer To Life (AM Mix)

[Eskimo]

06.

Eduardo Muchacho

Intoxicated (Brassica Remix)

[Of Leisure]

07.

Jonathan Kaspar

Toona

[Objektivity]

08.

Magnus International

Julienne

[Full Pupp]

09.

Todd Terje

Ragysh

[Olsen]

10.

Tensnake

Hello?

[True Romance]

11.

Pearson Sound

XLB

[Pearson Sound]

12.

Andre Hommen

Sensory

[Objektivity]

13.

Forriner

Goodnight (Shit Robot Disco Dub)

[Me Me Me]

01.

Atella vs. Fred Berthet

Transition Accent (Spaceport Intro)

[Eskimo / Biomix]

02.

Davis

Ewer

[In Their Feeling]

03.

Jarle Bråthen

Flott Vær (Magnus International Remix)

[Full Pupp]

04.

Andhim feat. Piper Davis

Tosco (Clavis Remix)

[Superfriends]

05.

Atella x Frøder

Closer To Life (AM Mix)

[Eskimo]

06.

Eduardo Muchacho

Intoxicated (Brassica Remix)

[Of Leisure]

07.

Jonathan Kaspar

Toona

[Objektivity]

08.

Magnus International

Julienne

[Full Pupp]

09.

Todd Terje

Ragysh

[Olsen]

10.

Tensnake

Hello?

[True Romance]

11.

Pearson Sound

XLB

[Pearson Sound]

12.

Andre Hommen

Sensory

[Objektivity]

13.

Forriner

Goodnight (Shit Robot Disco Dub)

[Me Me Me]

Want more music from up-and-coming artists? Check out Fresh Kicks 53 by Desert Sound Colony.

Pics by Øystein Haara.

Ben Hindle is DJ Mag’s Clubs Editor and co-founder of DJ Mag Bunker. Follow him on Twitter here.


An Ultra Singapore Attendee Got Fined $10,000 for Stomping on a Security Guard's Foot

Filed by Alvera CastaldoAlvera Castaldo

As many us know well already, the security guards at festivals are ten hired for a vast range roles in order to ensure that the event itself runs smoothly. One their many tasks is to observe foot traffic, but what happened to ficer Sergeant Alex Zhang Zhengyang during Ultra Singapore in 2016 was an incident that required him to “observe foot traffic” in a more literal way. An attendee by the name Wayne Liang had an invasive encounter with the Sergeant which surprisingly resulted in a $10,000 fine for the party-goer.

The former Chinese citizen, now residing in Australia, was heavily intoxicated at the time the confrontation with the ficer. It has been reported that his blood alcohol level was 143mg/100ml! During the altercation, the Sergeant had clearly identified himself to the incoherent party-goer as an ficer the law. Liang continued to reply “so what” and pursued to stop on his foot, resulting in an arrest.

During the trial, the prosecution wanted Liang to be placed in prison for at least four weeks; however, the District Judge Kessler Soh immediately rejected the motion. The law-breaker’s lawyer stated, “there should be no dispute that Liang’s] judgment and memory were impaired at the material time.” Even with a well-put statement, the attendee chose to plead guilty on August 7, ahead his trial, despite his original intent to fight the charges against him.

With everything said and done, we hope that Liang’s actions will be used as an example what-not-to-do when interacting with a police ficer. The fine that you may face due to such actions can be used for much better and more proactive activities – we can guarantee that!


Start Planning For Your Springtime Adventure

Filed by Judi PeartJudi Peart

Start Planning For Your Springtime Adventure

One Insomniac‘s biggest Southern California events is ready to return in 2018. Beyond Wonderland SoCal announced that it will return to the NOS Events Center on March 17th and 18th. The posted a video including the dates, location and a kaleidoscope images representing the event. There is also a signup link to register for updates on ticket sales, which start Thursday, January 11th. There are plenty photos from past events too!

Beyond Wonderland always hires a range performers for its diverse lineup. The 2017 event hosted big names like AC SlaterMarkus SchulzHardwell, and NGHTMRE. Curated stages are also a staple Beyond Wonderland. Dreamstate and Bassrush both designed their own stages and lineups. It’s anyone’s guess what groups will have their own stages this year.

Stay tuned to EDMTunes for ticket info, lineup, and other information about Beyond Wonderland as it becomes available.


Listen to DJ 4B's Countdown NYE Set

Filed by Abbey ShoreAbbey Shore

If you missed Countdown NYE or just want to relive DJ 4B’s set, then you’re in luck.

The Jersey club king just released his set on SoundCloud for the world to hear. The popular festival DJ pulled no stops with one the most  energetic sets the weekend.

If you did miss him, then you’re in luck because 4B already has and festival stops lined up for 2018.

If you want to get hype for the weekend, then listen to his set below!


Lane 8 Releases 'Coming Back To You' Ahead of Album Later This Month

Filed by Jenette DanieleJenette Daniele


Lane 8 – Coming Back To You

Lane 8 released his aural journey a track ‘Coming Back To You’ today, featuring JF July. The single sits with us just two weeks prior to the release his highly anticipated second studio album.

The Denver-based house producer has been creating a ton buzz lately with a snowstorm beautiful singles. The hype for the album is real, and we can’t wait.

Lane 8’s ‘Little By Little’ album is expected January 19th, but until now, let the tunes keep Coming Back To You with the new single. Catch Lane 8 on tour this year!

Lane 8 – Coming Back To You

 


Tomorrowland Teases 2018 Planaxis Water Theme

Filed by Bunny RobertiBunny Roberti

Mark your calendars, ravers. Tomorrowland has ficially released their pre-registration video for the world to see, and the date is coming sooner than one might have thought!

As always, everyone absolutely can’t contain their excitement. The anticipation regarding one the world’s most notable and largest music festivals is through the ro. Ever since the very recent release the clip, electronic dance music lovers from around the world are planning ahead for the opportunity the lifetime to potentially participate in the breathtaking event.

The highly anticipated pre-registration will begin on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018, at 17h00 CET – that’s right, as early as next week!

The festival is known for their incredible performances and settings. This year, they are ready to set sail on a new journey entitled “The Story Planaxis”. Music enthusiasts from across the globe are counting down the days (and their dollars) in hope that this year will be bigger and better than the last. Will you be participating?


Ephwurd And Insomniac Teamed Up For A Successful LA Takeover

Filed by amkr03eydamkr03eyd

Ephwurd And Insomniac Teamed Up For A Successful LA Takeover

On December 15, 2017, Datsik and Bais Haus, collectively known as Ephwurd, took over the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles for a night full raging tunes and fun. The duo is topping f a monumental year full major festival appearances and shows.

Ephwurd brought along rising artists Luca Lush, Whipped Cream, and JVMPKICKS to open the show. JVMPKICKS got the crowd moving and shuffling from the get-go with a bumping bass house set. Whipped Cream went hard playing a mix trap, dubstep, and house. And course, the famously blue-haired Luca Lush threw down a fun set as always.

Ephwurd really sealed the deal on a fantastic night, though. Their high-energy set included tons great music alongside some amazing visuals. Their track selection was phenomenal, featuring a lot the crazy house music they’re known for, but also some heavier tracks and even future bass. They clearly put a lot thought and craft into their live sets and have a lot fun with it. And the crowd was loving it.

Since their inception in 2015, Ephwurd has been going non-stop and we’re excited to see what 2018 has in store for them. Surely they’ll be adorning festival lineups throughout the year so keep your eyes peeled if they’re coming near you. You’ll surely have a great time.


Dancing Astronaut curates snow day playlist

Filed by Yun PinkertonYun Pinkerton

Chilling winds, below freezing temperatures, and endless snow strikes most the east coast today, as a serious blizzard — a veritable Bomb Cyclone — impacts millions people who struggle to stay warm amidst the chaos.

In the thick the storm, many find it difficult to stay sane while cooped up indoors with limited activities to do. However, the Dancing Astronaut team has curated a snow day playlist that will cure your winter woes. Included in the two hour mix are soothing songs by artists such as , , , , and many others. Even though the snow is still raging, our snow day playlist is bound to keep listeners at ease for its melodic waves euphoria and diversity in song selection.

Dancing Astronaut curates snow day playlist