Danny Tenaglia: A DJ’s DJ Finds His ‘Balance’

Danny Tenaglia Balance 025

It’s a Monday afternoon in September and through the magic of Skype I am talking to Danny Tenaglia who is sitting in a hotel room in Montreal. He played a long set on Saturday night into Sunday morning, and instead of jetting back to his home in Miami only to have to fly to Vancouver to play his next gig, the DJ legend called an audible and decided to stay in town and relax.

“I’ve been here so many times but I’ve never stayed,” Tenaglia admits, addiing that he’s woefully underdressed for the brisk autumn weather. “It’s going down to 36 degrees tonight. I was like no-no-no. I wasn’t prepared for this. I only brought a little hoodie.”

Having interviewed Tenaglia many times over the years, and religiously catching his sets at Twilo (from 1995-1997) and Vinyl (from 1999-2004) back in the day, I confess that I’ve been a bit out of the loop about his exploits at Pacha in New York City. The first thing I tell him is how blown away I am by his Balance 025 compilation. A departure from the Hard & Soul sound he forged in the ‘90s and early ‘00s, the two-CD collection finds Tenaglia bringing his unique techy twist to techno with a track listing featuring sublime cuts by Nicole Moudaber, Thomas Schumacher, Regis and Lewis Fautzi.

“It’s been many years now since I moved myself a little more into the techno world where my sets peak, without ever forgetting what people like to hear from me — that New York/New Jersey/Chicago vibe, which is why I like to play long sets,” Tenaglia tells me. “But if I’m doing one of those two- or three-hour set — maybe I’m the headlining DJ or maybe I’m closing — I’ve gotta come on strong. Tech-house is what’s always helped me to jack up the party a bit.” Continue Reading

Nina Kraviz’s ‘DJ Kicks’ Due In January

Nina Kraviz DJ Kicks

Globetrotting Russian DJ/producer Nina Kraviz has mixed an upcoming installment of K7’s longstanding DJ Kicks series. Due out January 26, 2015, Kraviz’s sprawling 29-track mix features a range of dance floor styles and cuts by Goldie, Armando, DJ Bone, Adam Beyer and Polygon Window. The mix includes various exclusives as well as unreleased tracks from Nina’s трип label.

Said Kraviz, “The mix contains lots of vocals. Words spoken in the most spooky and at times almost inaudible way. They come from nowhere and disappear into the music. This is like many of my own productions where I use vocals and verbal loops to achieve this trippy, going nowhere effect.”

She added, “At the very end of the mix you can hear my spoken words in Russian that take me back to the time when I had my own night radio show. From time to time I will pop up in the middle of the track to announce the artist or just share what’s on my mind. “Have you ever been to Reykjavik? I haven’t. But I would like to go there one day.”

Tracklisting for Nina Kraviz’s DJ Kicks

1. Egotrip – Dreamworld (Acapella)
2. Nina Kraviz – Mystery (DJ-Kicks)
3. Area – Broken Glass Everywhere
4. Prototype 909 – Atma
5. Goldie – Truth
6. Bjarki – Revolution
7. Nina Kraviz – IMPRV
8. Bjarki – Polygon Pink Toast
9. Population One – Bonus Beat
w/ Flatner / Ingram Project – Da Comin’ (Jay Denham RMX) Acapella
w/ Parrish Smith – 1.0 / 8.0 Afrika Genocide Acapella
10. Breaker 1 2 – In The Distance
11. Steve Stoll – Pop Song
12. Bradley Strider – Untitled
13. Stanislav Tolkachev – I Will Not Pee In The Pool
14. Armando – Pleasure Dome
15. Nina Kraviz – Prozimokompleme
16. Baby Ford – 24 HR
17. Fred P – Higher Mentalism (edit)
18. Exos – Nuclear Red Guard
19. Steve Stoll – Corona
20. Freak Electrique – Parsec
21. Population One – Out Of Control (Vocal Mix)
22. Exos & Octal – Grow
23. Porn Sword Tobacco & SVN – Complaints A
24. Plaid – Oi
25. DJ Bone – The Vibe
26. Adam Beyer pres Conceiled Project – Pattern 1
27. Polygon Window – Quino-Phec
28. Nikita Zabelin feat. dBridge – So Lonely
29. Rizhome – Corridor

Premiere: Download Budakid’s Downtempo Gem “Saint Yellow”


Jalapeño Records, a fine UK-based label known for releasing music by Kraak & Smaak, Alexia Coley and Ephemerals, says hello to autumn in a big way with new signing Budakid (a.k.a. Kevin Huizing).

A DJ since he was 15, the Tilburg-based producer has been crafting a variety of house tunes ranging from nu disco to tech-house. Influenced by the likes of Floating Points and Todd Terje, the Dutchman, who has issued club tracks on HiFi Stories, Gastspiel, Le Mans and Big Flu Recordings, is about to serve up his Blue Robin EP for the fine folks at Jalapeño.

This emerging talent shows off his downtempo skills with his funky new single “Saint Yellow” which we’re pleased to world premiere.

Download the track below and enjoy!

Big Shot Guest Mix: Timid Boy

Timid Boy Big Shot Guest Mix

Damien “Timid Boy” Almira has worn many hats in the music business. As a DJ, he’s played Panorama Bar, Bar 25, KaterHolzig, Air, D-Edge, Cocoon, Tresor, Rex Club and countless other top clubs. In terms of production, he’s recorded for Barraca, SCI+TEC, TuningSpork, Percusa and co-runs Time Has Changed with fellow Frenchman Acumen. If that wasn’t enough Almira has worked as a journalist, working for publications such as Rock & Folk, Technikart and Trax.

With lots of irons in the fire, October 27 sees the release of Timid Boy’s Extasy EP on Time Has Changed. The EP’s title track tips its hat to old-school ’90s techno and features solid remixes by Rhadow and ONNO.

To celebrate his latest release Almira gave us a red-hot Big Shot Guest Mix, featuring his “Pscyho” track on Steve Lawler’s Viva Recordings as well as stormers from Phil Weeks, Daze Maxim and NTFO.

“This mix was recorded live at Rex Club during my resident party,” Almira tells us. “It’s a good example of what I like to play in club. I play harder in bigger events… [The mix featuring everything] from deep to pumpin’ stuff, with variations, different feelings, new hits like Motor City Drum Ensemble remixed by Marcellus Pittman, old-school favorites like “Groove 2 Me” from Didier Sinclair or stuff from me like my track ‘Psycho’ on Viva.”

So what are you waiting for? Crank it up!

Timid Boy’s Extasy EP is out October 27 on Time Has Changed.

Big Shot Guest Mix: Timid Boy by Big Shot Magazine on Mixcloud

Big Shot Guest Mix: Timid Boy

1. Motor City Drum Ensemble – “Raw Cuts (Marcellus Pittman Remix)” (MCDE Recordings)
2. Timid Boy – “Psycho” (Viva)
3. Fur Coat feat Jaw – “The Right Move” (BPitch Control)
4. Christian Burkhardt & Chris Tietjen – “Chamber Nights” (Dyed Soundorom Remix) (Cocoon)
5. Didier Sinclair & DJ Chris Pi – “Groove 2 Me” (Serial)
6. Shiva – “Shiva” (Martinez Brothers Remix) (Crosstown Rebels)
7. Cajmere, Dajae, Oliver $ – “We Can Make It”
8. Phil Weeks – “Jack To My Groove” (Robsoul)
9. Daze Maxim – “Farbfilm” (Dyed Soundorom Remix)
10. NTFO – “Unudoitrei (Rhadow Remix)”
11. Martinez Brothers – “H 2 Da Izzo”
12. Shonky – “Korg M1″

5 Amazing Moments from Above & Beyond’s ABGT100 Show at Madison Square Garden


Over the course of their storied career UK trance stalwarts Above & Beyond — Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki — have always thought big. To celebrate the 100th episodes of their Group Therapy radio program, they took their show on the road and brought it to Madison Square Garden in New York City. Big Shot‘s Kathy Vitkus, of EDMforLife, was in the thick of the action at the show and recalls five standout moments from A&B’s sold-out shindig. Continue Reading

Gentrification Blues: Williamsburg’s Glasslands Is Closing

Vice Media taking over Glasslands Williamsburg Brooklyn

The New York City music community is still aching from a proverbial kick in the groin after this week’s announcement that much loved indie music space Glasslands is closing.

For the past eight years Glasslands, a once illegal venue located on Williamburg, Brooklyn’s Kent Avenue, has been home to DJs, bands and all sorts of underground musical shenanigans. But that’s all going to end on January 1, 2015, as Vice Media, the marketing behemoth with deep pockets, needs new digs and is willing to pay top dollar for real estate in New York City’s hippest neighborhood.

News of Glassland’s shuttering arrives after two other Williamsburg venues, 285 Kent and Death By Audio, previously announced their closure, reportedly due to Vice moving into space at S. 2nd Street and Kent Avenue (the company is reportedly planning to more than double their staff in the next five years).

Vice Media has yet to make a public statement about the matter. But that hasn’t stopped Billboard, Gothamist and other Vice haters/competitors from piling on, perhaps even secretly wishing they too had Vice’s $6.5M take break.

Despite all of the hyperbole and acrimony, Glassland has taken the high road, posting an eloquent message on their Facebook.

Glasslands, you will be greatly missed.

Dearest friends –

You’re probably getting used to hearing news like this in Williamsburg, so we’ll cut right to the chase: this New Year’s Eve will be Glasslands’ final night of music.

When Glasslands opened in 2006 as an experimental community art space, Kent Avenue felt like a forgotten backwater, scattered with old warehouses playing temporary home to non-profit arts collectives, galleries, and DIY shows. During that time, our single block saw a handful of historically ambitious art & music spaces open: Secret Project Robot/Lives With Animals, Paris London West Nile, Pyramids, Death By Audio, 285 Kent… we’re proud to have grown up in this place and time.

It was an awesome blur: there were shows with MGMT, TV On The Radio, Bon Iver, Yeasayer, Disclosure, Alt-J, there were Soul Clap dance competitions, there were aerialists, comedians, theater groups, fashion shows, raves.

Most importantly, the staff, artists, and party people that have been a part of Glasslands for the past 8 years made the venue a special creative home for music, and a joy to run. It’s impossible to fully communicate how grateful we are for all your love and support.

We’ve got a few months left, and we intend for them to be our best ever. Please come by and help us celebrate our final season.

Goodbye for now, but not forever.


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