Kevin Knapp 5 Tracks of the Moment

Kevin Knapp

US born DJ/producer/vocalist Kevin Knapp is a triple threat whose presence on the global house music scene has been steadily growing over the past few years. Releasing choice tracks and collaborations on labels including Hot Creations, Dirtybird, OFF, Leftroom and ViVA Music, he’s built his rep for a hard-hitting, floor-filling sound that bridges the gap between old and new school.

Just before Miami Music Week kicked into high gear Knapp made his debut on Crosstown Rebels’ sub label Rebellion courtesy of Find Me EP. It’s a fiery four-tracker packed with a zillion volts of energy as well as beats and bass for days.

We asked the Berlin resident to share five tracks currently in heavy rotation, and he was more than happy to comply.

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Matthias Tanzmann 5 Tracks of the Moment

Matthias Tanzmann

Moon Harbour boss Matthias Tanzmann, who’s still riding high on the success of his acclaimed 2016 album Momentum, has had a busy first quarter of 2017.

Among his numerous DJ and production exploits, he hit the road in February with pals Martin Buttrich and Davide Squillace on their Better Lost Than Stupid tour.

Last week he touched down in Miami to DJ at Resistance at Ultra Music Festival (watch his set here) and a showcase at Heart Nightclub along with Buttrich, D’Julz and Mathias Kaden.

On top of all that Moon Harbour will release its 100th release, by way of Danish house duo Anëk’s Rebellion EP, on April 19, featuring Matthias Tanzmann, Luna City Express and more.

Before Tanzmann touched down in America, he shared his five tracks of the moment with us. Continue Reading

Where to Go & What to See at Miami Music Week

Anyone who has been to Miami during Miami Music Week, Ultra Music Festival or Winter Music Conference (that’s still a thing, right?) can attest to how taxing it can be for those jetting back-and-forth from South Beach to Downtown to see their favorite DJs. While there’s nothing wrong with getting your party on while in Miami, it would be a shame if all you did was eat terrible, overpriced pizza on Washington Avenue when Liberty City has so much to offer.

To get a local’s perspective, we turned to Miami transplant and progressive house DJ/producer Stan Kolev. Hailing from Bulgaria, Kolev, who recently helmed a Big Shot Guest Mix boasting his recent floor filler “Fill Me Up” featuring Sula Mae, has called the city home for over two decades. Below he shares places every festival attendee should check out while in town. Continue Reading

Guy J 5 Tracks of the Moment

Guy J

It’s been more than a minute since we last connected with Guy J. At the time the Lost & Found label head was thinking about his next artist album and was about to play a few dates in South America, where he enjoys rock-star status among a contingent of fanatical fans.

The Tel Aviv-based DJ/producer/label mogul heads to Miami this week to play the debut of Rapture Electronic Music Festival, a one-day 14-hour music festival launching on March 23.

While South Beach pool parties can be hit or miss for a variety of reasons (meatheads, I’m talking to YOU), REMF will offer a more sophisticated experience on a beach and protected environmental oasis in Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. The event boasts five sound stages powered by L-Acoustic Systems and private beach access.

In advance of Guy J touching down in Liberty City, we asked him about tracks he might drop at the festival. Read on to find out five fresh jams he’s loving right now.

Rapture Electronic Music Festival boasts an all-star lineup of world-class DJs including Carl Craig, Dave Seaman, Ellen Allien, M.A.N.D.Y., Fur Coat and Steve Lawler. More information here. Continue Reading

Where to Go & What to See at SXSW 2017

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Holy shit, South by Southwest (SXSW) kicks off this weekend. The annual week-long schmoozathon held in Austin, Texas, is where music, film and technology geeks gather to talk trends and party. With so many events and panel discussions on the schedule, the week can be overwhelming for attendees.

Knowing this we reached out to local DJ/producer Christian Barbuto (pictured below) for a rundown on what to do, see and eat while in Austin. Regular readers of Big Shot will remember that we last connected with the Australia-bred technocrat last year when he released his Vantablack EP, a dazzling three-track effort on Sian’s Octopus Recordings featuring a tasty re-rub by from Enrico Sangiuliano.

A resident DJ at Kingdom Nightclub, Barbuto has been DJing all over the Lone Star State and North America as of late. In fact, after SXSW he will drop his Phobiq EP with a stellar remix by Spektre. His sage advice about surviving SXSW? Well, you’ll have to read on to find out.

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What are your SXSW plans?
Christian Barbuto: I am looking forward to DJing at several parties this year. I’m doing a mid-day and late-night set at Ethics as well as a couple of underground showcases at Vinyl and Lightfaktor. Aside from that the best part of SXSW — for me anyway — is simply walking around the city and breathing in the crazy energy. There is so much going on in every direction you turn it’s really exciting.

How many SXSWs have you been a part of?
This year will be my eighth consecutive and over 20 events.

Where’s the best place in town to go record shopping?
Waterloo Records is a hot spot — Austin was called Waterloo before it was Austin — with a great collection and they host bands all week.

Any local up-and-coming DJs and labels we should check out while in town?
Definitely stop by Plush and Ethics for a solid rotation of top local artists. Of course I’d personally love to meet anyone coming to the festival at the shows I’m playing alongside Austin’s best (so many) so follow my Facebook or Instagram pages and pm to find the cool local shows (the underground local shows are incredible but hard to find so be sure to hit me up).

Best dance club?
Kingdom for the big international shows like Sci+Tec, etc.

Where’s your go-to place to grab a late-night meal?
24 Diner and Magnolia (do it).

Favorite food truck?
Chi’lantro (for God’s sake go)

Where’s the best local place to get away from it all?
Go to Graffiti Park at Castle Hill

Anything to add?
Have fun, be safe and don’t blow it out in the first few days. I’m still struggling with this. And save some energy for the final couple of days!

Kylie Auldist Soul Inspirations

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Soul singer extraordinaire Kylie Auldist is the complete musical package. Blessed with a powerhouse voice and a knack for telling stories, the Australia-bred vocalist, who has four solo albums to her credit, has been turning heads as the featured lead vocalist of The Bamboos and Cookin’ on 3 Burners.

In February Auldist was featured on London-based Soulnaturals’ “You Make Me Feel Like I Can Change The World,” the lead track from their group’s upcoming album, Love Says Yes! It’s a delightful, funky romp that encompasses her oh-so-smooth style and boasts melody hooks for days.

Below Auldist explains the trajectory of how a girl from a remote part of Oz discovered soul music and went on to following in her idols’ footsteps.

Soulnaturals ft. Kylie Auldist’s “You Make Me Feel Like I Can Change The World” is out now on British Soul Standard. Continue Reading