Amsterdam Dance Event’s second phase of artists: Peggy Gou, San Holo, Sam Feldt, and more

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Amsterdam Dance Event’s second phase of artists: Peggy Gou, San Holo, Sam Feldt, and moreADE

Europe’s globally attended industry-oriented festival and conference week, Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), has released its second arm of genre-traversing musical meat for the affair’s 24th edition.

Among the production’s most recent wave of names is Carl Craig, Catching Flies, DJ Seinfeld, San Holo, Peggy Gou, Steve Aoki, Dubfire, as well as dozens more, scheduled to stretch across its five-day tenure this October 16-20. Alongside the performer additions comes the next leg of conference speakers, including Nastia, Hannah Wants, and Lisa Ellis, SoundCloud’s global head of music and artist relations.

The new names join the ranks of ADE’s hotly anticipated first wave, namely Amelie Lens, Charlotte de Witte, Martin Garrix, Bonobo, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Netsky, and Carl Cox, just to name a few from the multitudinous menagerie of upper-echelon muscle.

This year’s installment will feature France as the festival’s focus country, along with the return of the endeavor’s live showcases at historic Amsterdam venues, Melkweg and Paradiso. ADE’s first wave of artists is available in full here. Explore the lineup additions and purchase tickets to the festival here. The complete artist roster and 2019 festival program is expected to be finalized in coming weeks.

Amsterdam’s De School announces 62-hour rave during ADE

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Amsterdam’s De School announces 62-hour rave during ADEDe School Amsterdam

The academic building-turned-nightclub, De School, enters the fray of Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) with a commendable, if not slightly over-the-top 62-hour rave. The marathon party, which, according to the event listing encourages audiences to “stay as long as you please,” is set to take place between the evening of Oct 18 and ends on the morning of October 21.

The lineup is expectedly deep, with 35 local and international acts featuring the likes of John Talabot, Jane Fitz, Carista, Interstellar Funk and Dr. Rubinstein. It’s worth noting, however, that while the event runs continuously throughout the weekend, allowed entry to the event will have scheduled times.

Check the event listing page for tickets, the full line-up, and details regarding entry.

Amsterdam’s De School announces 62-hour rave during ADEDe School ADE

Audio Obscura returns to Amsterdam’s Central Station for an ADE rave

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Audio Obscura returns to Amsterdam’s Central Station for an ADE ravePatrick Topping CODA Photo Credit Alec Donnell Luna 1

Premier Amsterdam promoter Audio Obscura is bringing the rave back to the Dutch capital’s Centraal Station. They’ll be hosting a two parties throughout Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE).

Per usual, the brand is bringing a heady lineup of underground electronic music to the station’s halls. On October 17, Motor City Drum Ensemble will be bringing a taste of house and disco to the decks, alongside left-field darling Young Marco. Patrick Topping will be showcasing his new label Trick on Sunday, October 19, where Spencer Parker and Krystal Klear b2b Manpower will be joining as support.

Audio Obscura became one of the first to use Centraal Station as a dance music venue during ADE in 2018. They hosted Charlotte de Witte, Joris Voorn, Maceo Plex, and more for their successful inaugural run.

H/T: DJ Mag

Photo credit: Alec Donnell Luna

Good Morning Mix: A morning dose of techno with Luke Slater ahead of his momentous return to LA

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Good Morning Mix: A morning dose of techno with Luke Slater ahead of his momentous return to LALuke Slater Credit Ale Kurunis

Many music industry pros have dubbed Luke Slater a “mastermind” of techno, and the UK producer has definitely proven this notion. An architect of the underground since his start in the 90s, Slater’s helped pave the way for darker sounds to rise to prominence—thanks to impeccable DJ sets performed across Europe and numerous releases under aliases that include his collaborative project LSD with Steve Bicknell and Function, and of course, the groundbreaking Planetary Assault Systems. Under his own name, Slater DJs with precision and class, opting for refined, yet forceful records that build onto each other like bricks in the Roman age. His proven dexterity behind the booth has made him a favorite at iconic venues like Berghain, Rex in Paris, and Georgia’s KHIDI.

It’s been quite some time since he was last in the states, however. By this we mean nearly two decades. So, when this legend announced his long-awaited return to both coasts, it was a cause for joy. That’s why we chose this brilliant set he just released from ADE, conveniently on Christmas 2018, to wake up to this morning. Sleeping after being grilled by the searing synthesizers and fiery kicks is simply impossible, especially when mixed with perfection.

LA is one of the most anticipated stops on the tour, where he’ll be playing an extended set in a discreet warehouse. Tickets are still available here.

 

 

 

Photo credit: Alex Kurunis

Fans can now relive Martin Garrix’s ANIMA show in full [Watch]

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Fans can now relive Martin Garrix’s ANIMA show in full [Watch]Martin Garri Anima

Those who have kept up with The Martin Garrix Show season three know how much work has gone into his new performance concept, ANIMA, which was debuted during Amsterdam Dance Event this past fall. The producer enlisted a team of the top editors, creative directors, and show directors among many others, who worked countless hours over an eight month span preceding ADE to make the concept of ANIMA come to life. Those who attended his two sold out shows at the RAI were able to see ANIMA in all its glory, but everyone else has only been able to see glimpses of it throughout the episodes within season three.

However now, Martin Garrix fans the world over can experience what the “Glitch” producer has been pouring so much of his time into. Garrix has finally released the show in full onto his YouTube where viewers can now enjoy the full story of ANIMA, which features four chapters: “Consciousness,” “Void,” “Transcendence,” and “Worlds.”

Martin Garrix’s New Show Concept is finally debuted in latest episode of ‘The Martin Garrix Show’

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Martin Garrix’s New Show Concept is finally debuted in latest episode of ‘The Martin Garrix Show’Martin Garri Show

Those wanting the backstory of Martin Garrix‘s new book can look no further than the latest episode of The Martin Garrix Show. The book is titled Life = Crazy, and the show around it introduces fans to the Dutch wunderkind’s photographer, Louis Van Baar, who shot the book’s content. Garrix talks about how the book is forever versus many things in 21st century life, which are seemingly fleeting.

Viewers watch as fans hug the famed producer during his book release event, and one even gives a testimony about how the positivity of Garrix’s music and his shows had inspired him to live through hard times. The episode then jumps to the filming of the artist’s  ADE live show graphics, where new technology is used to capture the models and the producer in a robotic and angular fashion. The Garrix team finally takes over the warehouse they will be performing in at the major dance event and test the concept in full that they have been creating since the previous November. Despite the lack of preparation shown through Garrix improvising his intro minutes before it began, his show turned out to be a huge success.

Watch as Martin Garrix and his team scramble to complete his ADE show concept in time

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Watch as Martin Garrix and his team scramble to complete his ADE show concept in time6.27.15 Martin Garri OMNIA Photo Credit Al Powers

In case fans were wondering, 22-year-old Martin Garrix, who not too long ago had to be escorted to and from his club performances, still does not have his driver’s license, as confirmed in the latest episode of The Martin Garrix Show.

In the beginning of the episode, Gabe Fabroni, Garrix’s show director, reveals more about what went into their ADE show, which is eight months in-the-making, broken into seven different chapters. Viewers follow the members on Garrix’s team as they work tirelessly during the days leading up to the show on their respective crafts. At one point, Garrix locks himself in a studio working on new music and sampling his past releases in different ways for his two-hour set. His editor traces the episode through a daily routine, non-stop working with the exception of a few hours when he gets to sleep.

Damian, the director for Garrix’s ADE concept, talks about how he created the video concept for the show, which is something he says he has been dreaming of doing for years. What he admits he did not foresee was the tight timeline for such a large undertaking. He stresses about whether or not the project will be completed in time for the show, serving as a worthy cliffhanger for next week’s installment.

Photo Credit:© Al Powers, PowersImagery.com

Amsterdam Dance Event: a compilation of 2018’s key learnings and insights

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Photos courtesy of Dick Renning, Piet van Strijp, Coenvan Tartwijk, Mark Richter

Now 23 years in the running, Amsterdam Dance Event has grown to be one of the most prolific occasions in the world. Garnering over 400,000 visitors from more than 100 countries and upwards of 1000 events across five days, ADE is unlike any electronic music festival-conference hybrid out there.

200 venues. 2500 performing artists. 600 speakers. These are just a few of 2018’s key statistics that demonstrate why ADE is a leader in the music business. 

It’s this command for curation that makes ADE’s programming unparalleled; from ethereal sound experiences to keynote interviews with the CEO and Founder of Ushuaïa Ibiza, ADE’s scope knows no bounds. And it’s not always about music, either. With its finger on the pulse of society at large, the seminal event also traverses pressing topics such as the future of food, sexism in the age of social media, and cyber security, to name a few.

Amsterdam Dance Event: a compilation of 2018’s key learnings and insightsDick Rennings 20181021 R2 3312 1Staying Organized at ADE

ADE’s gargantuan festival and conference schedule can be overwhelming for most, particularly first-timers. Its day-into-night programming runs 24 hours per day for five consecutive days, and it’s easy to get lost in the countless panels, parties and networking opportunities. In other words, attendees that don’t pace themselves will burn out much sooner than the rest.

Insight: It is impossible to do and see all that ADE has to offer, and you do not have to be at every event that catches your eye. Mapping out a day-by-day plan in advance – even if tentative – will help you stay organized. Add each of your events to your Google Calendar, with the knowledge that your schedule will undergo last-minute changes. And if you’re setting up a meeting with a potential client, be sure to take down their phone number ahead of time so that you can easily find one another.

Be open to impromptu meetings and getting sidetracked. Not having a plan isn’t always a bad thing. 

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ADE’s daytime programming often gets lost in the shuffle as attendees look to the event’s sweeping nighttime roster as its biggest draw. Yet those looking to learn, network or potentially strike a deal look to ADE by day as one of the most valuable opportunities of the year.

Insight: While ADE capitalizes on its rich catalog of parties and showcases, the event’s reputation is also largely rooted in its masterclasses, keynotes and art exhibits. On one end of the city, dozens of DJs around the world are spinning at renowned record store Rush Hour, while on the other, Spinnin’ Academy is building an all-star team of budding DJs and producers. Meanwhile, local artist Dadara is exhibiting his gallery, Life Inside a Pixel, at KochxBos Gallery. It’s evident that the team behind ADE not only had the aspiring producer in mind, but also the artistically inclined and the audiophiles.

Make time to take advantage of ADE by day’s limitless offerings – even if that means calling it an early night. A considerable amount of time and thought are put into constructing the conference, as each year themes shift in accordance with what’s trending in dance music, technology and culture. By far one of the most memorable moments  was ADE’s Sound Experience at The Conscious Club, which coupled the best of slow, tribal beats with live instruments including a flute, violin, harp, contrabass and hand drum.

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Public transportation plays a key role in planning around a hectic ADE schedule. Both the metro (underground) and trams (above ground) are clean, efficient and highly accessible. Oftentimes, public transportation serves as a faster (and cheaper) alternative to Uber.

Insight: Purchase a 6-day metro pass, which is accepted on the metro (underground), tram (above ground) and bus. For about $36, both the metro and trams can quickly transport attendees to nearly any ADE-marked venue. Once you’re in the city, walking from venue to venue shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes, though several trams run from one end of the U-shaped city to the other.

Note: the metro and trams stop running at midnight. However, if you’re heading to venues across the river like A’Dam Tower, Shelter or NDSM-werf, the ferries from Centraal Station run 24 hours per day and are free. 

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Though some see ADE as a prime networking opportunity, others view the festival as a chance to discover new music and attend some of the best parties in the world. Representing everyone from Hardwell to Maceo Plex to Mano le Tough, it’s hard to not find a showcase worth checking out.

Insight: This year, many ADE pass holders found themselves disappointed when they were denied entry to their party of choice due to capacity. While some venues chose to enforce a “one in, one out” policy, others capped their events completely. If there is a party you absolutely must attend, arrive at least 30 minutes before doors open – especially if your preferred party is sold out or at risk of drawing a big crowd. Purchasing a ticket isn’t a bad idea either, as only a certain number of delegates are admitted into each party before all remaining spots go to ticket holders. Unused tickets can always be sold safely on Ticketswap.

Open-mindedness is also handy here. Consider seeing artists that you’ve never heard of, or opt to check out some of Amsterdam’s most famed venues like Gashouder, Chicago Social Club, De School or Shelter. Curiosity can go a long way, and you might just find some new musicians to include in your next Spotify playlist.

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It would be remiss to not see Amsterdam’s myriad landmarks like the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank Museum, Van Gogh Museum, Vondelpark and Dam Square, to name a few. And if you’re lucky, ADE might just be hosting a party at one of the city’s top destinations: in 2016, Maceo Plex became the first electronic artist to perform at the Rijksmusem’s iconic bicycle passage.

Insight: ADE wouldn’t be the same without its surrounding environment, and paying respect to its city is equally as important as the festival itself. There’s no place in the world quite like Amsterdam – a city rich with history, shimmering canals, artistic heritage and fine cheese shops. Set aside some time to see Amsterdam outside of the party setting, and act like a local. Rent a bike and see the city through the eyes of the Dutch. Sample a cone of Belgian fries, or make a new friend with a Soho House membership who will take you to the newly opened House as their guest. Who knows – you might even stumble upon Honey Dijon spinning in the lounge.

Martin Garrix presents new show concept for ADE in newest episode of The Martin Garrix Show

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Martin Garrix presents new show concept for ADE in newest episode of The Martin Garrix ShowMartin Garri ADE

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) came to a close recently, but Martin Garrix takes viewers back to his extensive preparation for the event in the most recent episode of The Martin Garrix Show. The Garrix team debuted a brand new show concept during his ADE show titled, Team Garrix Presents: Anima.

Anima is a story that features four chapters: consciousness, void, transcendence, and worlds, all of which the attendee is exposed to sonically and visually throughout the performance. As Garrix puts it, the show has truly become an “art form.”

Garrix notes during the episode, “I’ve been looking forward to this week for a long long time. The preparation that went into this week compared to any other show is not even fair. It’s not comparable.”

As viewers watch what goes into the graphics, music videos, lighting, and studio preparation, the aforementioned comment’s validity becomes apparent. The ADE show coincided with Garrix’s full release of his Bylaw EP, wherein he released five tracks in five days. Bylaw collaborators Dyro and Blinders both make cameos during the momentous episode.

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After three years, Martin Garrix’s collaboration with Pierce Fulton and Mike Shinoda is finally here

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After three years, Martin Garrix’s collaboration with Pierce Fulton and Mike Shinoda is finally hereMartin Garri Pierce Fulton E1539968525899

Martin Garrix caps off ADE week with the fifth and final release from his new EP, now revealed to be named BYLAW.

The five-track compilation is the long-awaited release of the music we have heard Garrix feature in his sets this festival season. The final track of the week is titled “Waiting for Tomorrow,” and it’s unlikely that Garrix enthusiasts haven’t been listening to a bootleg version of the song since Garrix started performing it in 2015. The collaboration with Pierce Fulton was feared to never be released, but three years later, it’s finally here.

The track features vocals by Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda, adding a new dynamic and contrasting from the pop-leaning vocals of many of the producer’s recent releases. The collaboration is also not without a good story, as Pierce Fulton posted on his Instagram the story about how the track came to be.

The EP is fully out now on Garrix’s own STMPD Records.