John Digweed Stalker Pleads Guilty

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A woman in England has pleaded guilty to stalking Bedrock Records boss John Digweed.

According to Kent Online, Sharon Rennie, 49, sent Digweed a large number of emails between June and October, none of which were replied to. The emails expressed admiration, love and were sometimes sexually explicit. In addition to attempting to get the DJ’s phone number from his agent, Rennie approached Digweed while performing at The Social Festival in Kent, England, in September. She reportedly ran up to him and kissed him, saying, “It’s great to see you. Are you coming home with me?” Digweed had her ejected by security.

Three days later Rennie turned up at his home, attempting to confirm his address with a neighbor.

Rennie apologized in court and promised to never contact him again. She was sentenced to 120 days in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay Digweed £100 in compensation.

Premiere: Uner – The Dock and the Elevator


Uner won 2016. His list of accomplishments are many, so here are but a few highlights we can name off the top of our head: He DJ’ed at BPM Festival and Winter Music Conference; toured North America; launched CommUNERty in order to give free music to his fans; started first US residency in Los Angeles at the exclusive venue Le Jardin; and released a flurry of brilliant productions and remixes (most notably his From The Other Side EP on Culprit featuring a re-rub from Poker Flat boss Steve Bug). Whew!

The Solar Distance label boss closes out the year in a big way by contributing his celestial, acid-tinged “The Dock and the Elevator” to Bedrock 18, a release celebrating the 18th anniversary of John Digweed’s revered label. The package includes two discs of cuts by label mainstays and newcomers as well as a full-length album by chillout purveyor C-Jay. Get an exclusive first listen to Uner’s pristine effort, and check out Bedrock 18 on December 2.

Review: 3LIAS & Ali Ajami – Bring it Back


Whether you dig the deeper shades of progressive house or roll closer to the dark and techy side of things, John Digweed’s Bedrock label has been the genre’s standard bearer for the past several years. Despite the different sounds, styles and artists, one thing is consistent across each and every release: quality. And “Bring It Back,” the newest latest from Lebanon’s 3LIAS and Ali Ajami, delivers.

The original version of “Bring It Back” is pure perfection. Sexy synths, a warm bassline, smooth grooves, guitar, drums and a pinch of magic. It turns down a low-key funk with a mild disco flavor and an almost jam-session-like progression of layers riffing off each other with an easy camaraderie. This one’s about the journey, not the destination. So enjoy the trip. The flip side features a remix from Manchester’s OC & Verde and is an almost complete rework. Where the original had a subtle swing and sultry vibe, the remix is a straight in-your-face ride with more punch but fewer elements. The groove from the original is replaced by a bold energy and pounding kicks and this one does indeed bring it back with a quasi-’90s progressive build. It’s got a different sound for a different set, but both will earn top marks among DJs, critics, and (most importantly) the dance floor.

Big Shot Guest Mix 322: The Shaker


DJ/producer Pete “The Shaker” Bones has been there and done that during his career. He’s played his brand of progressive house and techno at clubs all over the world; released tracks on labels including Superfreq, City Seven, Nosi, Bedrock; remixed cuts for FFRR, London Records and XL—all while helming his Red Ant label. After signing tracks to Superfreq, NOSI, City Seven, and We are Here Music in 2015, this year Bones signed tracks to John Digweed’s Bedrock imprint and inked a new global distribution deal for Red Ant. To commemorate the release of his Bring Your Love Down EP, which was issued this month on Red Ant, Bones crafted a rockin’ 11-track guest mix featuring cuts by Superpitcher, Daniel Casa, Zombies in Miami and Marino Canal. “The inspiration for this mix came from a set I played recently in the courtyard of a stately 13th century mansion in England,” Pete tells us. “The party is called What The? and is a yearly event, a two-day retreat for those who know during the beautiful British summertime.” Check the mix below and catch him at New World Brewery in Tampa on October 15.

Big Shot Guest Mix 322: The Shaker

  1. Superpitcher – “People” (Kompakt)
  2. The Shaker – “Snow Globe” (Red Ant)
  3. Pete Bones – “Iron Curtain” (Red Ant)
  4. Eddie Vedder – “The Wolf” (Niko Schwind Remix) (White)
  5. Daniel Casa – “After Warsavia” (Embi Music)
  6. Marino Canal – “Solace” (MOOD)
  7. Montcosmik – “Agonie” (Nein)
  8. Zombies in Miami – “Shadows” (Correspondant)
  9. Pete Bones – “Another Fine Mess” (Red Ant)
  10. The Shaker – “Bring your Love Down” (Red Ant)
  11. JW Paris – “Animal” (Red Ant)

Guy J Talks US Dates, New LP and Argentina


Tel Aviv-based DJ/producer Guy J, who is known for his spate of releases on John Digweed’s Bedrock label and helming the Lost & Found imprint, is heading across the Atlantic this week to play a trio of DJ dates in Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Montreal.

“It’s going to be the second time for me [DJing] in Philadelphia and Washington, DC,” he shares via e-mail from the road. “The [dates] I have [played in the past were] great — good crowds and good clubs so I’m looking forward to play[ing] there again and get[ting] to meet more people.”

Montreal is a bit of a different story for him. “I’ve played some of my longest sets there and I love it! Stereo is one of the best clubs in the world for me and the AIM Festival is a new experience that I’m really happy to be part of.”

In July the Israeli mixmaster will embark on a  tour of South America. The run includes four dates in Argentina. How did Guy become so popular in that country?

“The feeling you get in clubs is much more intimate and you feel connected with the people — even if it’s two or three thousand people in a club it’s still connected. The festival experience gives a new dimension to your music, but clubs are the real deal.”

“The Argentinians are very, very passionate people,” he estimates. “I think the most passionate in the world from what I know and my music has a lot of emotions and that’s something that connects with the people I think. I get a lot of messages from Argentinian fans about how the music affects their life and is part of their life.”

Although Guy is booked to play Paul van Dyk’s We Are One Festival in Berlin and the Extrema Festival in Holland, his current itinerary is focused on clubs. He says playing for mass crowds is fun but nothing beat commanding a dance floor at a club.

“The feeling you get in clubs is much more intimate and you feel connected with the people — even if it’s two or three thousand people in a club it’s still connected. The festival experience gives a new dimension to your music, but clubs are the real deal.”

As he jets around the world this summer, Guy’s other priority is finalizing his next artist album. Though he won’t say if the full-length will include any guests, he confirms “it is all original music by me for now.”

With this month seeing Lost & Found issue Roger Martinez’s “Downriver” / “Trans” on June 29, the label also has a remix package of Guy Mantzur & Sahar Z’s incredible Time album, the return of Brooklyn producer Brian Cid to the fold and what Guy describes as “a beautiful track by Bluesoul and many more things” on the horizon.

“I want all the tracks to be out there for people to hear,” he concludes, “because I know Lost & Found is going to give real music to the industry.”

Guy J plays Flash in Washington, DC on June 25, Hacienda Lounge in Philadelphia on June 26 and AIM Montreal Music Festival on June 27. His five-date South American tour begins at La Feria in Santiago, Chile on July 15.

Electric Daisy Carnival New York Announces Full Lineup

Electric Daisy Carnival New York has announced the lineup of its event taking place May 18-20, 2012 at MetLife Stadium. The bill includes a variety of world-class DJs including Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Goldie, John Digweed, Danny Tenaglia, Seth Troxler and Art Department.

Obligatory press gush from Pasquale Rotella, founder and CEO of Insomniac Events: “We felt a buzz coming from East Coast fans and decided that New York, with the right venue, would be the perfect stop for EDC. We’re excited to bring Insomniac’s unique multisensory festival experience to the New York area, a kind of production I have yet to see delivered in this market.”

Obligatory press gush from Eddie Dean, co-owner of Pacha New York who partnered with Insomniac to produce the event: “It was a testament to the strength of our brands, and electronic music in general. New Yorkers are a tough crowd to please, but they could hardly contain their excitement for a chance to experience EDC at home.”

Friday May 18
kineticFIELD Stage
Armin van Buuren
Chase & Status
Fatboy Slim
Fedde le Grand
Cosmic Gate

(Hosted by
Pendulum (dj set)
Shy FX
DJ Craze
AC Slater
Star Eyes

neonGARDEN Stage
(Hosted by Pacha
New York)
Oscar G
Chriss Vargas
Dev Bhandari

Saturday May 19
kineticFIELD Stage
Sebastian Ingrosso
* Calvin Harris
Chris Lake
Michael Woods

cosmicMEADOW Stage
(Hosted by Size
Steve Angello
Erick Morillo
Thomas Gold *
AN21 & Max
Junior Sanchez
with special
performance by
CeCe Peniston
Tim Mason

(Hosted by A State
of Trance)
Markus Schulz *
Gareth Emery
John O’Callaghan
Jochen Miller
Rank 1
Sied van Riel

neonGARDEN Stage
(Hosted by Carl
Cox & Friends)
Carl Cox
John Digweed
Danny Tenaglia
Seth Troxler
Art Department
Layo & Bushwacka!
Nicole Moudaber

Sunday May 20
kineticFIELD Stage
Dirty South
Sunnery James &
Ryan Marciano

cosmicMEADOW Stage
(Hosted by
Nero (dj set)
Subfocus Live
Delta Heavy
Jaguar Skills
Sazon Booya

(Hosted by Jacked)
Very Special
Surprise Guest
Bobby Burns

neonGARDEN Stage
(Hosted by Richie
Hawtin presents
Richie Hawtin
Loco Dice *
Victor Calderone
Hot Natured (Jamie
Jones & Lee Foss)