Benefit Compilation Supports Helly Larsons’ Brain Cancer Fight

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A group of dub techno and deep house producers have rallied to support Lars Helbig (a.k.a. Helly Larson), a Cologne-based producer who was diagnosed six months ago with brain cancer. Helbig, who has released tracks on LucidFlow, Plastic City, Sofa Sessions, Etui Records, desperately needs €30,000 (approximately US $32,800) so he can enter a private clinic for treatment.

He says, “Unfortunately I’m doomed with seizures as a part of this terrible disease and my girlfriend – the love of my life – is always by my side and taking care of me. Being a care giver for me 24/7 is another drop of our financial situation. There is no support for this situation.”

A crowdfunded campaign to support Helbig has spawned a compilation to support Helly Larson’s Brain Cancer Journey Fund. Available now on Deeptakt Records’ Bandcamp for €7 (roughly US $7.68), the 15-track Dub for Helly – A Charity Compilation features tracks from IfIHadAHiFi, Asphalt Layer, Dave Marian, Monomood and Raumakustik.

So far the campaign has raised €16,807, with 12 more days to go. Donations can be made here.

1. Ifihadahifi – Stasis
2. S_EncE – Change Of Perspective
3. Asphalt Layer – The Sound Of Night
4. Dave Marian – Black Dust
5. Basicnoise – Immersion
6. Insect O . – Helly Del Mar
7. Narcotic 303 – Ghost In The Machine
8. Planetary Secrets – Exp1
9. Twin Peetz – Chaos Mechanics
10. Monomood – Resize
11. Matthias Springer – Tunnelbrigade
12. Dan Mad – Caleta Negra
13. Break SL – Deep Space 1 (ew2006)
14. Frank Hellmond – Belief
15. Raumakustik – Short Piece

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Mark Lewis Plans L.A. Homecoming Party After Drug Conviction in South Korea

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British-born LA-based DJ/producer Mark Lewis, who has toured extensively with Paul Oakenfold and shared bills with DJ giants such as Carl Cox, made international headlines in August 2016 when he was arrested at a customs checkpoint at Incheon International Airport.

Lewis was charged with possession of a bottle filled with 3.78 liters of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), also known as the date rape drug. It was alleged that he smuggled GHB into South Korea on four separate occasions, from January to June of 2016. Lewis, who was holding down a residency at club Octagon in Seoul, denied the allegations. A YouCaring fundraising page was launched to raise money for Lewis’ legal defense.

After a storm of press the Grammy-nominated mixer was found guilty of drug smuggling in February. The Seoul Central District Court sentenced the 53-year-old DJ to a year in prison, suspended for two years. A Korean-American was fined 20 million won (about US $17,802) for buying and using the drugs. Continue Reading

FABRICLIVE to Host Drum ‘n’ Bass Legends & Rising Stars This Summer


Now that London’s Fabric is back and firing on all cylinders after a heap of legal woes earlier in the year, the famed club has unveiled a killer summer lineup for its ongoing FABRICLIVE series.

Focusing on drum ‘n’ bass — a genre that all too often gets short shrift from big clubs — FABRICLIVE will feature a host of genre heavyweights including Grooverider, Roni Size, S.P.Y, Bad Company UK, Toddla T and a back to back set featuring Mampi Swift and Crissy Criss. The summer run will also feature debuts from Abra Cadabra, Nadia Rose, Kyrist, Upgrade and T>I.

Obligatory press release gush from booker Rob Cracknell: “FABRICLIVE in summer 2017 is going to be a very special run for us featuring a carefully picked selection of established and exciting new acts and brands coming together to form some of our most diverse line ups to date.” Continue Reading

Help Wanted: Big Shot Is Looking For Freelancers


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‘Children’ Producer Robert Miles Dies at 47

DJ/producer Roberto Concina, better known to the world by his stage name Robert Miles, died today in Ibiza at the age of 47.

The news was broken by producer and longtime friend Joe T Vannelli, who first released Miles’ biggest hit, the trance/chillout classic “Children” in Italy in January 1995 as part of the EP Soundtracks on his DBX label, on Instagram.

Vanelli wrote, “The tragic news of the death of a very talented artist of our time makes me incredulous and upset. I will miss the fights, brawls, criticism, judgements but especially your talent in finding sounds and unparalleled melodies.”

Miles released six full-length albums during his career, but “Children” — a song he composed after seeing photographs of children who had been victims of the war in the former Yugoslavia —  was Miles’ most successful single. It was certified gold and platinum in several countries and it reached number one in more than 12 countries.

Miles reflected on the genesis of the track in his bio: “I was anxious to see how people would take to this piece. The following Sunday morning I opened my DJ set with ‘Children’, feeling both scared and excited… the DJ just before me had ended with a very heavy piece. To break the existing mood with a melodic tune and a long intro could have simply cleared the floor. The people in front of me stopped in their tracks, their eyes fixed to the console almost in annoyance. I felt my blood run cold and I remember lowering my eyes in fear. The record reached its soaring climax. From the floor came a thunderous noise… I lifted my gaze and saw a sea of hands reaching up high and a smile stamped on every face. A girl approached me in tears. “What music is this?” she asked me. I don’t think I shall ever forget that moment, when I realized that my feelings had been conveyed through my music. My dream turned into reality.”

He went on to launch his own label in 2000, S:alt Records, and kept busy as a DJ and producer.

The cause of death has yet to be announced. More as this story develops.

Rusko Diagnosed With Stomach Cancer


Fans of dubstep/bass producer Rusko (a.k.a.Christopher Mercer) are rallying to support him after he revealed on Facebook that he’s been diagnosed with stomach cancer.

Rusko’s medical issues began on April 25 when his team posted on Facebook that several gigs had to be canceled as the DJ/producer was suffering from “an unforeseen medical emergency and under the strict instruction of Rusko’s physician the following shows have been cancelled: Colorado Springs, Salt Lake City, Columbus and Buffalo. Ticket holders can get information on how to receive a refund from their point of sale. We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.”

Yesterday Rusko, 32, took to Facebook and revealed he was being treated for gastric lymphoma, a type of stomach cancer:

So after a stay in a US hospital and then back here in the UK, I am currently beginning treatment for gastric lymphoma (a type of stomach cancer). Regrettably I will not be able to make any shows this summer, but I do still have loads of music coming out which is awesome – and gonna cheer me up for sure. In the meantime if I’m a bit quiet you know why.
Lots of love and thanks for the support always

Rusko will be off the road for the foreseeable future, currently unable to play a string of US and UK music festivals he’d been booked to play. More on this story as it develops.

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