2018 Rewind: Thijs de Vlieger of NOISIA

Thijs Noisia

How was 2018 for you?

Thijs de Vlieger: 2018 was a very intense, but good year. I’ve learnt a lot about myself this year, both good things and recognizing my shortcomings. Also in my music career it’s been a heavy year. I accepted a job to write almost two hours of music for an interdisciplinary contemporary dance performance called “Sleeping Beauty Dreams.” I am writing this from Miami, in a warehouse where we’re rehearsing and putting all the disciplines together for the premiere on December 7th!

Highlights?

No doubt one of the highlights of this year will be the NYC premiere of “Sleeping Beauty Dreams.” Writing this music is the biggest professional commitment I’ve done on my own. I’m very proud of what I’ve made and I’m quite sure the end result will be brilliant when it takes the stage. Another highlight that comes to mind: holidays on a paradise island in Croatia (especially the cuttlefish risotto!).

Lowlights?

Climate change and politicians in power making stupid decisions. Pretty generic I know, but it’s pretty bad these days.

Song of the year?

Rosalía – De Plata. It’s from her previous album. Her new album is also stunning, but this one is song of the year for me. I’ve even been mixing it in my DJ sets. (See NOISIA’s Let It Roll stream from January for proof.)

What’s your New Years resolution?

First: to properly rest and recover from this hectic year. Then I want to write a piece for string quartet and electronics, and get in the studio with Nik and Martijn to work on new NOISIA material. And later I want to make a solo album out of the material from the score for “Sleeping Beauty Dreams,” but I’ll need a couple of months away from the project to be able to approach it with fresh ears again!

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2018 Rewind: Frankie Bones

Frankie Bones

How was 2018 for you?

Frankie Bones: It was a great year for me. My Intec Digital release “Call It Techno” did very well on Carl Cox’s imprint, and I got to play Ultra’s 20th on Carl’s Megastructure. It was awesome. I also opened for Carl in Brooklyn for Teksupport in June and went to Europe to play at Tresor in Berlin. It really felt like the ’90s for me. Then I went to the U.K. and played the 30th anniversary for Amnesia House, and I still love to get crowds going.

Highlights?

My first trip to Barcelona. I played a three-hour set at The Moog Club, and I was able to watch the full set back on YouTube. I have never actually done that before. Afterwards I thought, “Yeah, that is exactly what I do, nothing fancy, just come in, play and elevate the crowd.”

Lowlights?

We lost our beloved cat, Bandit, on September 22. The kitty was 15 years old and people don’t realize how sometimes pets can be as important as humans. They show unconditional love and are always happy to see you. You don’t realize that until they are gone.

Song of the year?

“Losing Your Mind” – Bart Skills & Adam Beyer (Drumcode). As was for most techno DJ’s, this was the track nobody could escape.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

To make every moment count and try to be a little bit more patient with myself with everything I do. We live in a fast-paced world and sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses. And then buy a dozen for the special person in your life.

@Frankie Bones

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2018 Rewind: Noncompliant

Noncompliant

How was 2018 for you?

Noncompliant: Kinda wild! Lots of travel, some super amazing dream gigs. Trying to find free time between travel and day job. U.S. midterms were a semi-bright spot in our current dystopian nightmare.

Highlights?

Berghain always. Playing b2b with Erika at Concrete. Also Slam’s Maximum Pressure in Glasgow. Stellar party done by techno legends.

Lowlights?

Twenty-four hours of winter travel woe (including flight cancellations, trains that didn’t reach my destination, trees falling on train tracks and multiple taxis) on my way from the U.S. to Glasgow in early 2018. All’s well that ended well. I had a blast once I got there.

Song of the year?

There are so many but one that I caned pretty relentlessly is The Advent – High Horse.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

Make more time for production. I barely wrote anything this year because I was too busy and I really want to get back in tune with the machines. Also, hoping some planned collaborations come to fruition because those are fun!

@Noncompliant

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2018 Rewind: Rebeca Ark

Rebeca Ark

How was 2018 for you?

Rebeca Ark: 2018 has been a year of changes and new challenges. Something that has been specially remarkable for me is being part of the Ushuaïa’s group as DJ.

Highlights?

My facet as producer and being lucky enough to enjoy this last season in Ibiza as part of Blue Marlin and Ushuaïa Tower.

Lowlights?

Luckily I think that everything helps and all changes are for good.

Song of the year?

Frank Kvitta (Coyu Raw Edit) – “Speaking Thru Emotions”

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

To start creating my own brand.

@Rebeca Ark

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