Listen to Richie Hawtin talk techno in a new interview

Filed by Rebecca RobertiRebecca Roberti

Listen to international dance music icon Richie Hawtin chat techno and his top tracks of 2017 in a new interview with BBC. The three-hour Christmas Special with B.Traits was dedicated exclusively to the techno technician.   

The mood for the interview is established with two Hawtin mixes, the second recorded at the Maida Vale studios. The conversation between Hawtin and Traits commencing around the 1:49:10 mark. B.Traits wastes no time in asking for a tech walkthrough, Hawtin initially explaining: “There is definitely a lot of things going on and I wouldn’t say that I use everything at every show; sometimes I focus on one thing more than another.”

The cutting-edge artist then breaks down the pre-recorded and live elements within the arrangement and how this impacts the visual and overall experiences of these improvisational explorations. Hawtin demonstrating his Model 1 mixing techniques for Traits, a skill witnessed during his CLOSE dates.

While speaking about his recent large-scale appearances, Hawtin dropped some insights into varying expectations between rock and dance music: “People go to see a rock band and they expect to see their eight favorite songs, and maybe they tweak a little bit but they don’t go too far… But, at the heart of DJing it’s about living in that moment and playing new records and trying to create something that doesn’t really exist.” The DJ/producer then mentioning the current live visual experience is an evolution of the Plastikman experience.

To hear the tracks that [kept] bubbling up for Hawtin throughout 2017, and how the master selector finds these cuts, be sure to stay locked in through the final hour of the special.

Find the complete interview via BBC here or check it out below:  


Martin Garrix Makes His Relationship Instagram Official

Filed by Antonio AlbertyAntonio Alberty

Would you fall in the name love? 

That’s right, ladies. The number one (and perhaps one the cutest) DJ in the world, Martin Garrix, is f the market. While there is no ficial word from the 21-year-old producer himself, he did post an adorable picture him and a girl scuba diving whilst holding hands on . In this day and age, that’s how you confirm a relationship, right?

After much digging and sifting through the numerous comments on the picture, it is obvious that the girl is Dutch model . If you need more confirmation who the mystery scuba diver alongside Garrix is, check out all the pictures she has with Garrix on her Instagram page.

It appears that they’ve been together for quite some time now, as one her posts dates back 7 months. Hopefully for them this is the real deal, and not just because they’re “scared to be lonely.”


Judges Confused as Figure Skater Performs Routine to DJ Snake Music

Filed by Abbey ShoreAbbey Shore

Judges Confused as Figure Skater Performs Routine to DJ Snake Music
Figure skating has always been seen as a peaceful and gentle sport. When we think figure skating, we picture a skater wearing a skimpy outfit elegantly grazing the ice and performing a routine to classical music. At this year’s US Nationals, one skater approached his routine differently. Figure skater out Great Neck, New York, Jimmy Ma, chose very interesting music to perform his routine to. Being the complete opposite classical gentle music, the 22 year old, decided to perform to DJ Snake‘s ‘Propaganda‘ and ‘Turn Down For What‘.

Selecting DJ Snake to perform a routine to was so unique that the commentators could not stop rambling about it. From initially calling it “rap music” to then calling it “house music”, the commentators seemed to be more captivated by the music than the routine itself. However, the commentators were not the only ones intrigued by the music as the audience grooved to the upbeat music as well. The routine itself was a bit confusing with a lot stiff movements opposed to the usual gentle swaying figure skating. Nonetheless, Jimmy Ma has demonstrated a whole new side to the sport and one that we hope to see more .  Hopefully this inspires other figure skaters to perform their routines to unorthodox music.

Although the routine didn’t achieve the highest score on the scoreboards, Ma definitely won many new fans with his performance. You can check out the full routine below.


Premiere: WILDLYF throws What So Not’s ‘Be Ok Again’ on its head

Filed by Ryan FerroRyan Ferro

Sydney’s latest electronic prodigy, WILDLYF, has gifted us with the bragging rights for what could be his biggest flip yet – national treasure What So Not’s “Be Ok Again”. This remix adds a more-than-generous dose vibrancy and vigour to the track, and we think it’s set to be a tune you’ll hear a whole lot in the coming months.

Why? It’s all in his track record. WILDLYF’s (IRL: Conor Moran) tracks have a bit a habit spreading like wildfire across the web. His play-count has run far into the millions on Soundcloud, Alison Wonderland has been closing her sets with his Messiah remix for months (see below), and his flip Blackbear’s “Wanderlust” has more plays than the original. Oops.

It’s all highly understandable when you listen to his tracks. They’re festival-ready, high energy, but still emotionally charged. (Most the time. His ‘Chicken Soup‘ flip is just a straight up banger.) He holds these achievements at the age 18, having been on the grind since early high school days. “I remember at 13, watching all these crazy videos during that initial Skrillex wave at school, just watching everything all these crazy artists were doing and thinking “Man… that’s what I wanna do with my life.” I picked up production not long after that and it shaped every aspect my day to day life ever since.” he says.

In his remix “Be Ok Again” (featuring the world’s most unlikely EDM top-liner, Silverchair’s Daniel Johns), he hones in on all the best elements What So Not’s creation – the twinkling opening scale, those stabbing pre-chorus synths, the soaring chorus – and amplifies them by 10. The energy rises and falls in a way that’s criminally smooth, and a drop that’s glitched-up, heavy, and just the right kind whack.

He let us know here at Stoney that he’s been putting the finishing touches on his original material over the past few months. “The idea this track was to take it back to where I was in early 2017, just me, in my room making these remixes songs by artists that inspired me; What So Not was the obvious choice, I think he’s a very special artist to myself and lots other Australian acts. What resulted was something super personal and groundbreaking for me creatively. A rare occurrence where I had to take one step backwards to take two steps forward.”

If you hear this one now, you can tell your mates “I told you so.” when you’re throwing down to it in the club for months to come.

Peep below, and stay tuned to WILDLYF’s for his 2018 happenings. “At the risk sounding cliché, there’s definitely some really big stuff happening behind the scenes but for now I’m keeping my cards close to my chest, I can say you’ll definitely be seeing heaps from me this year though.” he says.


ODESZA Delivers The Winter Olympics 2018 Anthem

Filed by Kelli MichelsonKelli Michelson


Electronic Duo, ODESZA, Are The Creators Of The Winter Olympics Anthem

ODEZA, made up  Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, are the group behind the anthem. NBC’s preview the Olympics features the breathtaking “Corners Of The Earth” with vocals from RY X. Furthermore, the track is just one more the breath taking anthems from their album: . By the same token, the American duo are growing at an unbelievable speed and are making incredible feats at such a young age.

In like manner, this milestone proves how electronic artists are breaking in every industry with their music. Can we see more electronic acts become involved in future Olympic anthems?

Pyeongchang, South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Check out the preview down below:


Kaskade Celebrates Holy Ship With A Small Recap For Fans

Filed by Kelli MichelsonKelli Michelson

Kaskade Celebrates Holy Ship With A Small Recap For Fans

After a massively successful 2017 filled with two projects (Redux EP 002 & A Kaskade Christmas) and his Redux Tour being sold out at every single stop, Kaskade started f this year right by hanging out with the Ship Fam.

After a fun-filled first voyage, he decided to give fans a little snippet his time on the ship. It isn’t long but it does the job, plus there’s even some footage that b2b with A-Track and Claude Vonstroke. Check out the clip below.


Bicep just announced a headline Sydney show

Filed by Judi PeartJudi Peart

Armed with a stellar new show, Bicep are readying themselves for their arrival down under f the back their debut album, and an ficial headline Sydney show has finally been added to the calendar

As part their nationwide stint that includes stop f at Pitch Music and Arts Festival and Days Like This, the UK duo will be introducing us to a brand new live show that is loaded with their impressive album catalogue.

Their Sydney show will take place at Oxford Arts Factory on March 2nd, the first location in their 5-stop tour.

Watch a teaser their live set below.

Check their full tour schedule below and nab tickets .

Friday 2nd March: Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney ()
Saturday 3rd March: Max Watts. Melbourne ()
Friday 9th March: The TBC Club, Brisbane
Saturday 10th March: Days Like This Festival, Sydney
Sunday 11th March: Pitch Music & Arts Festival, Victoria


Mickey Kojak shares dreamy, twisted visuals for ‘Watch Me Drown’

Filed by Rebecca RobertiRebecca Roberti

Sydney young gun Mickey Kojak has just dropped the visuals for his latest tune, ‘Watch Me Drown’, and they’re just as lush as the tune itself.

Fresh f a round sold out supporting slots on Motez’s national tour, he’s lapping up the love from Triple J and fans alike. In this tune, he’s combined live instrumentation with the electronic vibes he’s known for. The synths in this track alone, will throw you into a daydream.

He’s teamed up with long time creative collaborators, yeahsure, to give the third single f his 2017 EP “Surrender” a visual sidekick. In perfect sync with the track, the video twists real and artificial effects to create an carefully controlled explosion colour, light, and sounds. It’s easy on the eyes, to say the least.

You can check out this visual delight below, and listen to the rest the Surrender EP .


Tomorrowland Releases 2018 Registration And Ticket Information

Filed by Kelli MichelsonKelli Michelson

Tomorrowland Releases 2018 Registration And Ticket Information

The organizers for the monumentally successful Tomorrowland festival have released information regarding 2018 ticket sales. For any EDMTunes fans planning on attending, read on below for the (slightly complicated) information.

In a few months Tomorrowland: The Story Planaxis will be held on two weekends from July 20-22 and July 27-29. In order get a ticket for either weekend, concert-goers must first register for ticket sales. Beginning today, January 9th to February 2nd

The actual sale the different ticket formulas will take place on January 27th and February 3rd. The hosts the stages will be announced on January 17th and January 22nd, the line-up will gradually be revealed. To find out exactly what the mysterious theme the ‘Story Planaxis’ entails, visitors will have to wait until late July, during the two weekends pure magic.

Mark these dates on your calendar:
• Registrations : January 9th, 17h00
• Global Journey : January 20th, 17h00 CET
• Worldwide Pre Sale : January 27th, 17h00 CET
• Worldwide ticket sale : February 3, 17h00 CET
• Tomorrowland : July, 20-22, 27-29

There are a number ticket packages, including the ever-popular Global Journey tickets, which include a flight or train/bus to Brussels, accommodation packages and weekend passes. There will be a party for attendees who stay in DreamVille (The Gathering), and a separate but equally spectacular and unique event for people who stay in Brussels or arrive internationally.

You can check out the Tomorrowland 2017 Aftermovie , or see the teaser for 2018 below:


The legendary Richy Ahmed is touring this week!

Filed by Rebecca RobertiRebecca Roberti

UK House pioneer Richy Ahmed is making his way down under next week with three shows lined up and ready to go.

Richy Ahmed has played a major part in the UK dance scene, playing to huge crowds at various venues/events not only in his home country but across the globe. He draws influence from Funk, Techno, Electro and Hip Hop making him one the most versatile and high-energy DJ’s to hit the stage.

Richy Ahmed will be stopping by The Met Brisbane, The Bottom End Melbourne and Marco Polo Sydney. The tour kicks January 12 and wraps up on the 14th. Check out the dates to see when he’s in your city but in the meantime, give his mix for Clash Music a spin below!

The legendary Richy Ahmed is touring this week!


The Metamorphosis of Mallrat: Electronic, pop and everything in-between

Filed by Donte DishnerDonte Dishner

In an nondescript building in Surry Hills, Mallrat and I are left to our own devices.

Let’s consider her year. She’s nabbed sets at monster festivals like Splendour, Listen Out, and the first ever Sydney City Limits. She’s been on tours galore, having just led an all-female pack artists on her own Better tour, and lent support to the Peking Duk boys on the road. However, Mallrat is still unexpectedly, the epitome down to earth. “At Spilt Milk, I had to leave halfway during Lorde, which was really upsetting, but I got to see a little bit her and I cried. She’s really one my favourite artists. It sounds selfish, but when I listen to her music I feel like she wrote the song for me, and I feel like a lot people feel that way which is the magic her music. She writes so eloquently about being a teenager and being in suburbia, that transition moving into the public eye. Being a teenager is great, but you can really feel like an alien sometimes.”

That subject is something Grace Shaw, now 19, is overcoming herself. Earlier in the year, she made the move from Brisbane to Melbourne, having put away her school uniform for the last time just 2 years ago. Amongst the stress the latter years high school, she wrote and recorded demos for her first releases, produced with the help Adelaide’s Tigerilla and many others, sourced from Soundcloud. “School was really cool in that I realised I wanted to do music, and then it was the strangest experience ever because it was so frustrating knowing that I didn’t need any the information I had learnt anymore, or that the work was unnecessary. Having to do assignments was really annoying because I wanted to be writing music, and it was just taking away time from it.”

Out the shadows the internet, Mallrat emerged in 2014, at the ripe age 16. Her skills and self awareness are beyond her years, but within her music, she doesn’t try to seem older than she is. It’s open, at times confident, at times self-doubtful, and always candid about the teenage experience and what surrounds her. “I think that I write honestly, and people can hear it.” She’s not wrong. She knows how to nail down very specific moods to the tee. Be it nostalgia, social awkwardness, or growing up, she does it without being overbearingly obvious in any element. It’s resonated with the world. “I don’t mind what people feel when they listen to my music, but if they feel something, anything at all, that’s really good.  Or if they remember something, a person or a situation, that’s the best thing ever. I don’t know why I want that, but yeah.”

And she’s versatile. Her music floats in a limbo between rap, pop, and electronic. In her singles, she’s moved progressively from a rap-singing style, to a st-spoken and melodic one. From there, she’s collaborated with PC music makers Oh Boy and Donatachi, and now taken a lean towards the pop world with her latest acoustic-driven single, ‘Better‘. In the most wholesome video you’ll see this year, Mallrat dances through fields and rides horses in a sun-dreched retro film style. “I really love horses, and so the video was the perfect excuse to spend a couple days hanging out with them.” she says.

“If we were to open up your preferred music app, what would be in your most recently played?” I ask. Pulling out her phone, we dive into her wealth Spotify playlists. “I make playlists every month. I would make them public but there’d be too many. I’m loving Slow Hands by Niall Horan, it’s actually such a jam. I’ve also got ‘Havana’ by Camilla Cabello, ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ by Demi Lovato, the new Tyler The Creator album, ‘Flower Boy’, ‘Confidence’ by Willow Beats, and then I have a Sleep playlist for when I’m on a plane or going to bed.” she says. With that range influences, it’s clear that Mallrat will never be your average pop artist.

In November, Grace made made a trip to Japan with her touring DJ and long time m8 Denim Boudis, for pleasure, not business. “I loved being in Tokyo, specifically Harajuku and Shibuya and seeing how cool everyone was dressed. They all just looked so cool and the shopping was awesome, I bought so much stuff. It’s so inspiring to be around people who dress exactly how they want to. I feel like sometimes in Australia and especially in Brisbane, people dress down a lot, so seeing that is really cool.”

“I’m inspired 90’s fashion, 100%. I love what cowgirls wear, big boots and big hats, I love looking at high fashion, and street style in Japan and Korea, although it’s pretty streetwear, hype based lately. I love kids clothing, the way that the patterns are so fun, and I love watching kids put outfits together, it’s so cool. They choose exactly what they wanna wear, it could be like a tutu and sneakers paired with a purse with a toy dog in it. When you get dressed in the morning, you can put on a bit a character for the day, and for me that’s so exciting, ’cause it helps me to be more confident if I can channel a certain style like, “This makes me feel smart,” or “This makes me feel like a rockstar.”

On being a young, successful woman making music in a boys club industry? “I’ve been really lucky to not have a lot dismissive experiences. There’s only been a very small amount times when I’ve felt that, and I’m not the sort person to feel like a victim about it because I usually have better people to work with anyway so I can just go “Alright, have a nice life, I’m gonna go work with someone else now.”

“In America I feel like the culture is really different,  people are very in their world, they’ll work on a big hit that goes really well and then they think they know everything. That’s a huge generalisation, but I’ve definitely come across people who think like that. When I did some sessions over there, there were a few moments where I was getting a little bit sad, because I was like, “These people actually don’t care”. And when you’ve committed a whole day to spending it the studio with them, it’s pretty annoying when they don’t wanna listen to what you have to say. I think it’s just a cultural, L.A. thing though. Despite it, she says she plans to move to Los Angeles this year.

Mallrat has long teased her next EP, which she says she’s just finished up, set for release in the early months this year. “I wrote and oversaw everything, so kind the executive producer.  In terms working with producers, it’s been something I’ve been working on in my own time to be able to produce my own stuff, but more so learning about how to talk to producers. When you start, you don’t know what any words mean. You don’t know what a compressor is, you don’t know what reverb is. When I started, I was in that position. I knew how to write lyrics and what I liked,  but I didn’t understand the technical side things, but I’ve learnt a lot about that now which has been really good. All the people I’m working with have been teaching me stuff.  So now I think I’m in a good position to be able to do that myself. I don’t really wanna do it all by myself, but it’s nice to be able to speak confidently about it.”

It’s safe to say the world will be here waiting.

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Mallrat is touring around the country in January 2018, and you can grab more information . 

 


Sam Gellaitry has dropped his first tune of 2018 and it’s just lovely

Filed by Abbey ShoreAbbey Shore

With his Aussie tour looming, Sam Gellaitry has shared his first track the new year and god damn it’s nice on the ears.

Titled ‘hibernation’, the beatsy tune follows that familiar Gellaitry formula he has honed over the past 18-months, starting slow and building up gradually to a hefty instrumental drop come the 39-second mark.

The rather short track is the first release from the Stirling producer in a little while, but as mentioned above it comes a soothing reminder that he will be heading down under in a matter months.

Listen to ‘hibernation’ below and peep his tour dates .