Swayzak Talk ‘Lost Tapes’ & Making Back Catalogue Available Online

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During the mid to late ’90s UK duo Swayzak — David Brown and James Taylor — were trailblazing an enthralling tech-house signature, alongside peers like Terry Lee Brown, Jr. and Terry Francis. Their deep, dubby and often minimal exploits quietly countered the electronica euphoria of the day. During their impactful reign they released a wonderful selection of singles on M_Nus, Curle Recordings, Ellum Audio and !K7 as well their 240 Volts label, with their pièce de résistance being the groundbreaking Snowboarding in Argentina.

Now a solo project helmed by Brown, Swayzak is set to release Lost Tapes, a compilation of tracks released over the past two decades. The release boasts “Sunshine,” a brand new single with Richard Davis. Additionally, “Smile And Receive” receives the remix treatment by Apparat and Davis & Brown; there’s a Mathew Jonson remix of “Another Way”; and a handful of late ’90s/early ’00s cuts, some of which are unreleased until now.

Related: Swayzak Look Back On Snowboarding in Argentina

Additionally, Swayzak’s back catalogue will become available online for the first time, including B sides, demos, unreleased tracks and live versions, all presented in deluxe double digital disc editions.

Brown exclusively tells Big Shot, “Lost Tapes as the title says I guess is inspired by a CAN box set I saw in my local store. I was getting more and more requests to re-issue certain tracks. I set about gathering our recordings from boxes of old DATS, CDs, digital files and even cassettes from the last 20 years. I chose the rarer stuff I felt sounded sonically superior, mixes that were never released, tracks that had been shelved, remixes that never saw the light of day and originals that were quite rare 12”s only.

In addition to releasing Lost Tapes, Swayzak will also make all six of their albums — Snowboarding In Argentina, Himawari, Dirty Dancing, Loops From The Bergerie, Some Other Country and Serieculture — available in deluxe digital versions with unreleased versions, B-sides and remixes from Cassy, Apparat, Mathew Jonson and Alter Ego and others culminating in December.

And there’s thankfully new music on the way in 2018. Says Brown, “I’ve been working on a lot of new releases for next year and the time felt right to draw a line under the old material and re-issue the whole catalogue in full alongside the more cohesive Lost Tapes compilation, get everything in one place on the 240 Volts label and hopefully introduce them to a new audience.”

Lifelike Launches ‘Electronic Dreams’ Kickstarter Campaign

Lifelike Launches Electronic Dreams Kickstarter Campaign

Veteran Parisian DJ/electronic music producer Laurent Ash, whose musical nom de plume is Likelike, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his next album, Electronic Dreams.

Ash, whose vast body of work includes collaborating with Kris Menaceremixing Moby and crafting awesome bootlegs, is seeking roughly US$30,000 to pay for CD and vinyl production, album design, promotion, videos and a launch party. He envisions the album is a collaboration with artists like A-TrakOliverChromeoElectric YouthYota, and Audio District.

Ash has a specific reason for not wanting to find a label partner, “After working in the past with both smaller independent labels and big major labels, I decided that I would do something different and speak directly to the people who love and support the music.”

He adds, “Sometimes when you work with a smaller label, they are overworked and don’t have the influence or financial muscle to really push a release in the right way. Or, when you work with a bigger label, you can lose control of the creative process, with your release disappearing into a marketing machine never to be seen again.”

Contributions to the campaign can be made here until December 3, 2017. Help this brother out!

Alice Glass Says Ex-Crystal Castles Bandmate Ethan Kath Abused Her

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Alice Glass, former singer for Crystal Castles, released a detailed, highly graphic statement yesterday claiming the ex-bandmate Ethan Kath (real name: Claudio Palmieri) abused her since the age of 15.

Glass, who left Crystal Castles in October 2014 and was replaced by new vocalist Edith Frances, joins a cavalcade of women who have leveled claims of misconduct against other actors, producers, directors, photographers and musicians.

According to Glass, Kath “was very manipulative towards me. He figured out my insecurities and exploited them: he used the things he learned about me against me. Over a period of many months, he gave me drugs and alcohol and had sex with me in an abandoned room at an apartment he managed. It wasn’t always consensual and he remained sober whenever we were together.”

Glass alleges that Kath controlled everything she did and forced her to have sex with him. “I wasn’t allowed to have my own phone or my own credit card, he decided who my friends were, read through my private emails, restricted my access to social media, regulated everything I ate. He berated me and yelled at me, telling me that I was a joke, that all the people that came to our shows were only interested in his instrumentals and that I was ruining the band. He broke glass shower doors to frighten me, he locked me into rooms. He told me that my feminism made me a target for rapists and only he could protect me. He forced me to have sex with him or, he said, I wouldn’t be allowed to be in the band anymore.”

Kath has denied Glass’ allegations in a statement issued to Pitchfork via his attorney: “I am outraged and hurt by the recent statements made by Alice about me and our prior relationship. Her story is pure fiction and I am consulting my lawyers as to my legal options. Fortunately, there are many witnesses who can and will confirm that I was never abusive to Alice.”

In the wake of the allegations, Crystal Castles have cancelled the remaining dates on their current tour.

Japanese DJ with ALS Uses Only Eyes to Spin

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Three years ago at the age of 27 Masatane Muto was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS was first discovered in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought international attention to the disease.

A lover of music and DJ, Muto, who recently finished working at an ad agency, felt the desire to remain a communicator. Wanting to inspire people with disabilities, he uses special sensor-equipped eyeglasses that allow him to use smartphone apps with his eyes to select videos and music, executing commands by blinking. As a result of the amazing innovation, Muto calls himself the world’s first “eye video disc jockey.”

In September Muto performed at MOVE FES held at the world-famous Womb club in Tokyo. He was joined on the by fellow artists including eNBAND, Ram Rider, Realheart’s, MarcelloJonno, Response and Shuharihito.

During the course of his set in front of a screen that brandished his mantra: “No Limit, Your Life.”

“I want to break down barriers between disabled and non-disabled people,” Muto said. “I was able to do my best performance.”

#nolimityourlife #eyevdj #music #als #withals #day1048 #movefes #masatanemuto #day1048#thankyou #20170909

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House and Techno Topple EDM in DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll

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After a significant decade-plus run dominating clubs, festivals, radio and charts in the U.S., EDM, electronic music’s most artistically vacuous style, has been floundering as of late. Major U.S. festivals like Ultra Music Festival and Electric Zoo have veered their programming toward booking more house and techno artists, and the ripple effect is certainly felt in DJ mag’s 2017 Top 100 poll. Artists from the genre who had been regulars on the top of the poll either faced massive drops on the chart or fell off altogether.

Some things went as expected on this year’s DJ mag Top 100 poll: EDMer Martin Garrix (pictured) retained the number one spot for a second year, and mainstays like Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, David Guetta, Afrojack and Steve Aoki all placed well.

Here’s where the story begins to shift: Solomun, Claptone and Black Coffee made impressive debuts; Richie Hawtin and Paul Kalkbrenner returned to the chart; Loco Dice, Marco Carola, Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones, Green Velvet, Seth Troxler, Nina Kraviz and Kölsch all made extremely strong showings in the 2017 DJ mag Top 100 poll.

Full list of poll results is below. Let us know if you feel this chart is indicative of EDM’s slow demise.

TOP 100 DJS POLL 2017 – THE FULL LIST

World’s No.1 DJ – Martin Garrix
Highest Duo – Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Highest Trance DJ – Armin van Buuren
Highest Techno DJ – Carl Cox
Highest Drum & Bass DJ – Andy C
Highest Hard DJ – Headhunterz
Highest Climber – Alan Walker (Up 38)
Highest New Entry – Lost Frequencies
15 New Entries
7 Re-entries
5 Non-movers
Over 1,000,000 votes cast

2017 DJ Mag Top 100 poll results

1 Martin Garrix Non-Mover
2 Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Non-Mover
3 Armin van Buuren Up 1
4 Hardwell Down 1
5 Tiesto Non-Mover
6 The Chainsmokers Up 12
7 David Guetta Down 1
8 Afrojack Up 2
9 Steve Aoki Down 2
10 Marshmello Up 18
11 Don Diablo Up 4
12 KSHMR Non-Mover
13 Oliver Heldens Down 5
14 W&W Down 1
15 Calvin Harris Down 1
16 Skrillex Down 7
17 Alan Walker Up 38
18 R3hab Up 3
19 Alok Up 6
20 Dash Berlin Down 3
21 Axwell ^ Ingrosso Down 5
22 DVBBS Up 2
23 DJ Snake Down 1
24 Kygo Up 2
25 Diplo Down 2
26 Lost Frequencies New Entry
27 Above & Beyond Up 20
28 Avicii Down 17
29 Zedd Up 630 Quintino Up 2
31 Vintage Culture Up 23
32 Vinai Up 5
33 Headhunterz Up 3
34 Eric Prydz Up 32
35 Bassjackers Down 1
36 Blasterjaxx Up 7
37 Alesso Down 17
38 Ummet Ozcan Down 19
39 Fedde Le Grand Up 11
40 Angerfist Up 6
41 Wolfpack Up 22
42 Nervo Up 3
43 Timmy Trumpet Up 3744 Radical Redemption Up 24
45 Major Lazer Down 1
46 Tujamo Up 32
47 Tom Swoon Up 9
48 DJ Kura Up 3
49 Deadmau5 Down 18
50 Nicky Romero Down 21
51 Paul van Dyk Up 9
52 Danny Avila Re-entry
53 Aly & Fila Down 1
54 ATB Up 7
55 Yves V Up 7
56 Diego Miranda Up 2
57 Yellow Claw Down 9
58 Miss K8 Up 30
59 Brennan Heart Non-Mover
60 Mike Williams New Entry
61 Dannic Up 9
62 Carl Cox Up 12
63 Carl Nunes Up 23
64 Lucas & Steve New Entry
65 Warface New Entry
66 Galantis Down 27
67 Da Tweekaz Up 4
68 Jay Hardway Up 21
69 Claptone New Entry
70 Martin Jensen Up 12
71 Florian Picasso Down 33
72 Vini Vici New Entry
73 Jauz Up 10
74 Cat Dealers New Entry
75 Sam Feldt Up 12
76 Robin Schulz Down 7
77 Andy C Re-entry
78 Carnage Up 6
79 Andrew Rayel Down 14
80 Richie Hawtin Re-entry
81 Solomun New Entry
82 Steve Angello Down 52
83 Will Sparks Down 10
84 Mariana BO New Entry
85 Black Coffee New Entry
86 Dillon Francis Down 22
87 Flume Up 7
88 Shogun Down 46
89 Alison Wonderland New Entry
90 Ferry Corsten Up 9
91 Maceo Plex New Entry
92 Carta New Entry
93 Mosimann Re-entry
94 Julian Jordan New Entry
95 Tchami Re-entry
96 Porter Robinson Down 6
97 Paul Kalkbrenner Re-entry
98 DJ L New Entry
99 Swanky Tunes Down 72
100 Disclosure Re-entry

Pioneer Unveils Stand-Alone DJ Sampler

Pioneer DJS-1000

Seeing how more DJs are supplementing their DJ sets with additional instruments and devices, Pioneer DJ will introduce a stand-alone DJ sampler this month that allows DJs to layer beats and melodies as well as record and sample audio on-the-fly.

The DJS-1000, which will retail at SRP of €1,299 including VAT (roughly $1,535), features an easy to navigate user interface brandishing 16 multicolored step input keys, 16 multicolored Performance Pads, a host of inputs and outputs, plus various other performance features

The unit allows DJs to make beats and sounds in advance of their sets or produce them on the fly, then sequence and loop them as they wish. The Live Sampling feature allows DJs to freely sample input sounds and work them into their mix as effects or tracks.

More details below as well as a promo video. Continue Reading