Charlotte de Witte Launches KNTXT Label

Charlotte de Witte KNTXT

Globetrotting Belgian techno star Charlotte de Witte, whose career has been soaring for the better part of the past two years, has announced the expansion of her KNTXT party/radio show to include a same-named record label. The first release on KNTXT is scheduled for September 2019.

According to a missive, the imprint’s mission is to stay true to the techno underground and “aims to be an inclusive home that values purity and strength.”

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Obligatory press release gush from de Witte: “It’s been humbling and exciting to see KNTXT grow as party concept and radio show over the past 5 years and now I’m thrilled to announce its expansion with the launch of this new label. A label has always felt like the logical and natural next step for KNTXT, both as a place to shine the light on the music that I love and as a home for my own productions.”

She adds, “I’m looking forward to sharing the sounds of my favorite artists, some who’ve been around for a while and others who are just starting out, but all of whom represent a sound that I really love. In time, I hope the label will become a respected breeding ground and safe haven for unique talent, both new and established, as well as the main output for my own material.”

In addition to  upcoming appearances at Tomorrowland and Awakenings, KNTXT returns to Antwerp’s Sportpaleis on November 16 with a bill featuring a rare back-to-back headline performance from Marcel Dettmann and Ben Klock, a three-hour set from de Witte and a set from Chris Liebing,

Israeli DJ Ronen Dahan (a.k.a. Perplex) Fatally Shot at Club in Mexico

Ronen Dahan DJ Perplex

Israeli DJ/producer Ronen Dahan (a.k.a. Perplex) was fatally shot by unidentified gunmen during an attack on a club in the central Mexican city of San Luis Potosi on Saturday. Another man later died later of his injuries in a hospital. The shooters have yet to be identified, and their motives for the shooting are unknown.

According to the attorney general’s office for the surrounding state of San Luis Potosi, a group of armed men entered the club in the south of the city early on Saturday and opened fire, killing Dahan, 45, and wounding three other people.

A proponent of psy-trance, Dahan, who was based in Stockholm and DJ’ed internationally, released 13 albums during his career on labels including Universal, Perfecto Records, Balloon Records and Tiger Records. He also collaborated with artists including Jesus Luz, Cutfather, Medina, Coco Star, Inns and September.

His latest project called Pura Vida was a partnership with Daniel Zitrin.

We’ll have more on this developing story as news becomes available.

See a First-of-Its-Kind BBQ Grill With Built-in DJ Station

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Summertime grilling and music go hand-in-hand so McCormick & Company, a global maker of spices and sauces, has introduced SUMR HITS 5000, a concept barbeque which allows grillers to produce music while cooking their favorite summer dishes.

The grill utilizes built-in custom hardware and software with machine learning algorithms to provide the best possible grilling experience, allowing the griller to decide when and what sounds are added to their music track by where the food is placed on the grill and which spices and sauces are used.

Obligatory press release gush from Alia Kemet, creative and digital marketing director at McCormick: “McCormick wanted to explore innovative ways our fans could spice up and enhance their summer grilling. Music plays an important role in enjoying food, flavor and the overall experience. The SUMR HITS 5000 creates the intersection of expressing one’s passion for flavor through original song, and we think it’s the perfect blend of mixing taste and art.”

In the video below, watch famed pitmaster Myron Mixon and DJ Jazzy Jeff work the grill. Unfortunately, though, we never get to hear any of the sounds emanating from that beast of a grill.

Update: Club der Visionaere Says Venue Was Not Completely Destroyed in Fire, No Injuries

Club der Visionaere fire

Club der Visionaere posted a statement on Facebook about the fire that broke out at the famed Berlin clubbing institution on Saturday morning.

While three people were initially reported as injured, the club says no one was hurt.

The statement went on to counter media outlets reports that the fire destroyed the entire club. In fact, they club says the blaze affected only “a section of the upper level seating area located under the weeping willow tree, which was closed at the time of the fire.”

The club credits stringent fire safety protocols and training from local fire officials as the reason why the fire was brought under control without harm to its staff or patrons.

“The fire safety standards and practices at Club der Visionaere have been established along side and approved by the local Berlin authorities, including the training and certification of our staff as fire protection first responders. The resulting mechanisms and infrastructure included first measures being taken immediately by our trained and certified staff ensuring guests were evacuated in a calm and controlled manner without injury. The remaining fire protection plan was carried out by certified staff smoothly until the fire department arrived and extinguished the fire.”

The statement added that they are “now assessing the extent of the damage and hope to reopen soon. Until then, we will keep on keeping on by continuing the Club der Visionaere program at Hoppetosse as of tomorrow/Sunday.”

You can read the full statement below: