Bestival 2014: An Overload of Top DJ and Electronic Music Talent

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This year’s Bestival was held on a sunny weekend from September 4-7 at Robin Hill Country Park located on Isle of Wight. Rob da Bank’s annual fete was four days of music and mayhem with acts ranging from Outkast and Major Lazer to Foals, Chic and Bonobo.

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EDM is taking a foot hold everywhere and the genre made its presence known at Bestival. The usually eclectic UK festival that began in 2004 had been generally been built on electronic music, but this year saw a decline in indie-rock acts on the bill. Interestingly enough, the hippies, crustsies and rock heads who were prominent in recent editions seemed to disappear. Nonetheless, happy smiling faces were in abundance.

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This year’s theme was desert island disco with the introduction of the world’s largest disco ball, an idea kicked off by disco legend Nile Rodgers of Chic, who also headlined the main stage on Sunday night.

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Bestival is without a doubt a festival built around electronic music and this year went into overdrive, with Disclosure, Basement Jaxx, SBTRKT and La Roux being some of the bigger names of recent times. Underground house and techno was well represented, with up-and-coming acts such as Blonde, Bondax and Shift K3y features along with Sven Väth, Chase & Status, Annie Mac, Dusky, Green Velvet and Gorgon City, to name only a few.

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Ten years strong and now attracting 60,000 people, Bestival still manages to keep its friendly, eccentric atmosphere. Bestival goes that little bit further to create a weekend that will linger in the memory, and Bestival 2015 has a lot to live up to.

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Track of the Moment: Wink – “Talking To You”

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Since the ’90s Josh Wink has been teaching a masterclass in musical simplicity. He’s done so by keeping his productions minimal and focused with pinpoint accuracy.

On “Don’t Laugh” he stitched a sample of a delirious laugh into the fabric of a gurgling acid backdrop; “Higher State of Consciousness” (penned under his Winx moniker) was an intoxicating miss-mash of breakbeat, acid and techno; and “I’m Ready” (penned under his Size 9 alias) delivered one of the most memorable epic buildup/breakdown of all-time.

Tinged with acid and sporting a vocal sample oozing with Philly attitude, “Talking To You” strikes with the precision of a commando attack. Concentrating again on one great idea, the professor builds the tension into a rousing crescendo, presenting yet another lesson on why less-is-more works on the dance floor.

Game. Set. Match. Wink. (Again.)

Carl Cox, Disclosure Among DJ Awards 2014 Winners

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Carl Cox took top honors in the categories of Techno and International DJ at the 17th installment of DJ Awards held at Pacha in Ibiza on September 22.

This year’s edition was divided into 11 categories, with the organizers adding two new categories (Breakthrough and Electronica) and 12 Special Industry Awards.

Patrick Topping snagged two awards in the Newcomer and Track of the Season categories, while Disclosure won for Electronic Live Performance.

Innervisions received Record Label of the Year, with co-founder Dixon accepting the award, and Native Instruments took home the Cutting Edge award.

To coincide with the ceremony, the organization’s annual double CD compilation has been released on D:Vision Records featuring tracks by Hercules and Love Affair, Chaim, Gusgus, Agoria and Claptone.

Full list of DJ Awards 2014 winners is below.

Deep House: Jamie Jones
Tech House: Luciano
Electro House: Hardwell
Electronica: Diplo
Techno: Carl Cox
Trance: Armin van Buuren
Drum & Bass/Dubstep: Skrillex
Breakthrough: Mano Le Tough
Newcomer: Patrick Topping
Electronic Live Performance: Disclosure
International DJ: Carl Cox

Special Industry Awards
Ibiza DJ: Ibán Mendoza
Ibiza Live Performance: Matador
Ibiza Night: Flower Power
Track of the Season : “Forget” by Patrick Topping
Producer: MK
Record Label Of The Year: Innervisions
International Festival: Creamfields UK
Dance Nation of the Year: Croatia
Media: Be-At.Tv
Cutting Edge: Native Instruments
Outstanding Contribution: DJ Harvey

Video: Watch Afrojack Hit 200 MPH In A Bugatti

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Say what you will about Afrojack’s music but he has an undeniable and seemingly insatiable need for speed.

In 2013 the Dutch DJ/producer born Nick van de Wall bought a $240,000 Ferrari 458 Italia, only to crash it hours later. Moments after the crash he tweeted, “Lesson in life: don’t drive a Ferrari in sh*t weather!”

Earlier this month the jock hopped into a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Edition — only eight cars were ever manufactured — and put the pedal to the mettle, taking the sweet ride up to 201 mph.

It’s unclear if the ridiculously pricey whip is his latest purchase, but thankfully the brief clip shot on a mobile phone sees Afrojack handling the car with ease.

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DJ Chart: Simone Gatto’s Top 10 for September 2014

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Simone Gatto’s Top 10 for September 2014

1. Aphex Twin – “Syro” (Warp)
2. Distant Echoes – “Master Blaster” (Dystopian)
3. Roman Fluegel – Happiness is Happening (Dial Lp)
4. Delta Funktionen – “Please Identify” (Ann Aimee)
5. Jeff Derringer – “Panic” (Mike Parker Remix) (Soma)
6. Conforce – “Depth Over Distance” (Delsin)
7. Simone Gatto – “Way of Life” (Orlando Voorn Remix) (Vosnos)
8. Inigo Kennedy – “Queenstown Road” (London White)
9. Edgar Peng – “Paraphrase” (USRL)
10. Recondite – “DRGN 2″ (Hotflush)

DJs, send your your top 10 charts along with a photo and we’ll publish them!

Big Shot Guest Mix: Josh Butler

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Emerging UK house maestro Josh Butler turned heads when he unleashed “Got A Feeling,” a massive track that featured a crafty remix by Bontan. On September 29 Butler and Bontan’s “We Found A Place” will be made available after advance support from Pete Tong and Annie Mac. Featuring Josh Barry on vocals and released on Chase and Status’ famed MTA imprint, the new jam is primed and ready to storm the charts and dance floors all over the world.

Before the release of his future club classic, Butler forged a Big Shot Guest Mix featuring “We Found A Place” as well as upfront floor movers from Mat.Joe, Hector Couto, Liam Geddes and others.

Crank up Butler’s mix to 11 and check out our exclusive interview where the man of the moment explains how the amazing collaboration came together, labels and producers who’ve influenced his sound and his special relationship with MTA Records.

Big Shot Guest Mix: Josh Butler by Big Shot Magazine on Mixcloud

There’s a nice buzz about “We Found A Place.” How did this fantastic collaboration come about? Was it produced together in the studio or did you swap files over e-mail?
Josh Butler: I have known Bontan for years now. We originally met through a mutual friend and instantly clicked as we both produced music. So this collaboration was basically just us finally getting in the studio and joining our styles together. It was all done in the studio, we only live around 20 minutes from each other.

The song takes a page from deep-house anthems released in the ’90s. While you do have a techier side, how much does music from that era inform and influence your sound?
We wanted to keep this track true to house music’s roots. I love some techier modern sounds, but I think the sound of soulful deep house is timeless. Artists such as Kerri Chandler, Masters at work and Todd Terry, etc. have influence my sound a lot. They are some of the pioneers and originators of this genre, and I want to keep that alive!

Is there a particular label or DJ from that era that inspires you?
It’s hard to just chose one. I love a lot of the stuff from King Street, Nervous Records, Strictly Rhythm and Mad House!

Your work has received attention from the likes of Pete Tong and other industry bigwigs. What’s that like for you?
Honestly, mind-blowing and very rewarding! I’ve listen to Pete’s Radio 1 show since I was a kid.

In October you play MTA’s five-year anniversary party at Warehouse Project. How do you reflect on your association with MTA? What type of set are you likely to play?
MTA have been a huge part of my career so far. They are a great bunch, they really support my vision and I’m so grateful for the opportunity. My set will all depend on the energy in the room at the time. I will always include elements of my sound. Even if I start deep, I will always build the vibe and work with the crowd to find a balance.

What’s your guiltiest musical pleasure?
Probably happy hardcore

Any plans to play the U.S. in the near future?
No plans set in stone but there are talks of a tour sometime next year.

Big Shot Guest Mix: Josh Butler

1. Mat.Joe & Thabo Getsome – “You See Me”
2. Hector Couto – “Dreamer”
3. Josh Butler & Bontan – “We Found a Place” (Dub Mix)
4. Liam Geddes – Untitled
5. Tommy Vercetti & Piotr & Zhan – “In The Back”
6. Josh Butler – “Educate”
7. Cristoph – “Shelter” (Josh Butler Remix)
8. Truth Be Told – “Appointment”
9. Daily Rhythm – Untitled
10. Josh Butler – “Sideways Acid”
11. Josh Butler – “Keep Moving” (Less is more VIP)
12. Sascha Sonido – “Taronga”
13. PAWSA & Wade – “Anahata” (Hector Remix)
14. Josh Butler – “Snake Skin Dub”