With new leadership at the helm, Amsterdam Dance Event 2018 is set to be as innovative and captivating as ever

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As with any major event, new executive leadership inevitably leads to fresh perspective and change. As Mariana Sanchotene prepares to take the reigns on October 1 as Amsterdam Dance Event’s new Director, succeeding Richard Zijlma, the 2018 edition of ADE will arguably boast a new kind of luster. And that’s not the only notable change ADE is about to undergo; the festival and conference behemoth is officially transitioning out of its longtime relationship with promoter Buma Cultuur. For the first time ever, Amsterdam Dance Event will soon become an independent foundation.

In a sense, 2018 will mark the end of an era. Since its inception in 1995, both Amsterdam Dance Event and Buma Cultuur cultivated what eventually became the largest (and loudest) movement dance music has seen. While some argue ADE is a multi-day, 24-hour party, there’s so much more to unearth across its five-day lifespan. ADE is culture, technology, education, mentorship, sustainability, business, philanthropy and wellness – all bundled into one overarching event.

This year, South Korea is ADE’s 2018 focus country: it’s a fitting selection given it houses one of the most diverse and technically advanced music markets in the world. A dedicated pavilion will give visitors the chance to learn more about South Korea’s music scene, network and – for the lucky few – perhaps strike a new business deal.

Ahead of Amsterdam Dance Event 2018, we’ll highlight why it’s the most innovative, creative and multifarious dance music event in the world.

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As part of ADE’s philanthropic efforts, the festival is offering attendees the chance to make a difference while traveling to Amsterdam for the annual affair. Brave souls are invited to join in on a bike tour from Berlin to Amsterdam to raise money for Bridges for Music, a non-profit that supports electronic music education and accessibility in developing countries.

ADE Hangover

Though access to ADE’s full range of day-into-night events doesn’t come without a price, Sunday’s free event, ADE Hangover, will make its second appearance in 2018. ADE Hangover, which is intended to be a designated R&R oasis, will offer live bands, DJs, art installations, an arcade, hot tubs and – for the first time ever – a sauna.

Audio Obscura

Revered for hosting parties in Amsterdam’s most unlikely locations, Audio Obscura will invite house and techno kingpins Charlotte de Witte and Joris Voorn to perform at Lil’ Amsterdam – a collection of 18 pop-up shops – inside the Amsterdam Central Station. The creative hub, which opened in August 2017, displays the best of art, culture, sustainable fashion and lifestyle. And in 2018, the space will be completely transformed into ADE’s newest and brightest stage.

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ADE not only provides a breadth of nighttime events to choose from, but also coveted opportunities for producers to have their music heard by the industry’s finest. ADE Sound Lab serves as the aspiring producer’s watering hole, brimming with A&R managers, artist managers, agents producers and event promoters. For those looking to get their music in the right hands, or simply brush up on their production chops, music lovers are encouraged to take advantage of ADE Sound Lab’s myriad resources including workshops, master classes and studio sessions, to name a few.

ADE Beats

ADE Beats – a slight departure from ADE’s signature underground and big room backbone – offers inspiring talks and networking sessions on the best of urban genres such as hip-hop and bass. Featuring representatives from Def Jam, Empire, Island Records and countless other labels, ADE Beats is a space for curiosity, learning and potential new business opportunities. Guest speakers include Bruce Carbone (A&R, Def Jam) and Alex Boateng (A&R, Island Records).

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ADE Health, a thoughtful initiative that provides a safe space for music fans and industry folk alike to discuss mental and physical health in the music industry, is slated to return in 2018. The session will facilitate an open conversation surrounding stress while on the road, and how to combat the negative impacts of being a musician in healthy and productive ways.

ADE Green

A pioneer in sustainability, innovation and social change, ADE Green will highlight the ways in which the music industry can take better care of our planet. From discussions on reducing plastic waste to how dancing can oftentimes spearhead a political movement, ADE Green will teach attendees how to incorporate small but impactful habits into their everyday lives. It will also showcase six startups on the bleeding edge of sustainable events, through products such as waterless female urinals and biodegradable tents.

5 must-see sets at Toronto’s Electric Island season finale

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As the September long weekend has snuck up on our radar, the unfortunate and hard-to-digest reality is that summer’s on its way out. The pinnacle of this year’s festival season brought upon an abundance of notable moments such as the inaugural edition of the long-awaited All My Friends Festival and of course, the return of English duo Disclosure with five disco-esque singles.

For those seeking one last summer soirée before accepting the gradual transition into coat-check season, Electric Island has made its name within the Toronto community as the unmissable summer event series. With past editions bringing out an imposing selection of talent, attendees have flocked towards the Toronto Island for this seasonal experience, awaiting to groove on the piece of paradise. 

Set to host their two-day season finale over the course of September 2-3, the fourth edition hosts headliners like Loco Dice, Nicole Moudaber and Lane 8 to ring out each day. In preparation of the final event, Dancing Astronaut has assembled a list of our most-anticipated sets ahead of the upcoming weekend on the island. 


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Lane 8

Though his placement on the Anjunadeep label has created him a notable profile, Daniel Goldstein has procured his own reputation for his idyllic, dreamy house soundscape. A curveball booking thrown into the abundance of techno and tech-house, Lane 8 falls perfectly into the sunset scene of the islands.

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Rodriguez Jr.

In creating a musical catalog that represents a vast undertaking of minimalist, yet intermingled melodies, Rodriguez Jr. has captured eyes across the nation over the past few years. From the softer cadences in his techno productions to iridescent synths that remain consistent throughout his work, he remains a staple selection in the Electric Island finale.

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Justin Martin

Coming to a city that fiends the Dirtybird vibe, Justin Martin will be welcomed with open arms over the September 2-3 weekend. As the label co-founder, Martin showcases an impressive selection of genres across the board from drum ‘n’ bass to tech-house that Torontonians have come to love.

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Loco Dice

Fresh off of his closing b2b set with The Martinez Brothers at Movement Festival, Loco Dice fits into a perfect fold of hip-hop-tinged, bouncing house music. The release of his latest album, Love Letters, brings an air of spontaneity to his latest work, and foreshadows a dynamic closing set on day one of Electric Island.

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Charlotte De Witte

With recent recognition making her one to watch in the game, Charlotte De Witte has heads turning with her high-intensity take to techno. Joining the Electric Island season lineup with other female power-players like Ellen Allien, Sydney Blu and Nicole Moudaber, De Witte’s set is not one to miss.


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Good Morning Mix: Head down the techno rabbit hole with Charlotte de Witte

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Charlotte de Witte is an anomaly. Still considered to be a fresh face in the techno scene, de Witte has seen her technical prowess in the studio and in her live performances pay off, as now shown by her immense online following and booking power. A perfect example of such power are her latest gigs at Pukkelpop, a festival that brings in the greatest in techno and underground house to its stages in her home country of Belgium, and where she live-streamed her two-hour set from its Boiler Room stage. This set — now available to stream via Facebook — is a prime example as to why de Witte has been able to gain the respect she has throughout her relatively short career so far.

De Witte also graced the festival’s main stage for a second performance at peak time just the next day. As a little added bonus, she also streamed her set from the main stage — this one of course, only lasting an hour — at the festival the next day. Find both sets below.


Relive weekend one of Tomorrowland 2018: sets by Above & Beyond, Hardwell, Tchami x Malaa, + more

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The first three days of Tomorrowland 2018 are officially in the books. While there may be another packed weekend of brilliant, Belgian-based mayhem still in store, we took a look back at high points from weekend one of EDM’s most storied celebration. Whether it’s a two-hour euphoria trip with Above & Beyond at the Anjunabeats stage or a crawl through the techno trenches with Charlotte de Witte at the main stage, weekend one implores a revisit. See our top highlights from Tomorrowland’s opening weekend below.

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Don Diablo

Axwell ∧ Ingrosso

Tchami x Malaa

Alesso

Steve Aoki

Carl Cox

Netsky

Nicky Romero

Hardwell

Oliver Heldens

Above & Beyond

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Charlotte De Witte on her intellectual bond with music, perseverance, and wisdom gained along the way [Interview]

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Charlotte De Witte

“My goal at that stage [of my career] was just to be happy with what I do . . . and to feel satisfaction in what I’m doing right now,” mused Charlotte de Witte on her earlier days. Little did she know when taking up the art of producing and DJing at the age of 17 that years later, she’d climb the ranks to earn a reputation as one of the top talents of the new generation of techno elite. “Music made me happy, and it still does,” she continued.

This simple, yet strong feeling that music she describes is one that drives many people’s musical ambitions. She grew up in Belgium, a place with electronic music running through its veins. Though often overlooked, the country played a major role in electronic’s development and integration into the mainstream in the earlier rave days, and remains home to some of the world’s most reputable festivals. Before “discovering the music [techno] on a more intellectual level,” de Witte enjoyed what she heard while going out with friends. She started her journey in electro, before “going out more and digging deeper into the music, and music culture/history.”

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What sets this budding musician, who is just hitting her stride, apart from others is her keen ear for arrangement. In her research and experimentation, de Witte has found her way into cooler, subtly industrial shades of techno. Her music is minimal in nature, but it’s through clever arrangement of each element that she is able to move her audiences. Her no-frills approach thus becomes purposeful. “…A couple elements like a kick, some percussion, and maybe a vocal…grabs your attention so well,” she explains about her appreciation for this sound. “That’s what I really love about [this] music — I can actually get lost in the emptiness of the track, you know?”

She had a solid methodology in place as well when it comes to forging pieces that fit her preferred aesthetic: “For me, it’s really important to have a good and functional low end. All the rest of it is kind of easy to make.” Her creativity flows afterward, lending itself to ear-catching vocal bits, and sparse, yet impactful synthwork. Audiences lap up each each output, indicating her profound understanding of her art, and her relatability to listeners.

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Moreover, de Witte’s persistence is a prime driver of her success today. At the beginning of her journey, she was vastly underestimated; not only in the sense of being a woman in a male-dominated realm, but also for her young age. After all, many instinctively discount young people at times due to the difference in life experience and perceived wisdom. Charlotte has turned a blind eye toward naysayers since the start, simply aiming to reach a satisfactory level by her standards and learn as much about her new scene of choice as she could. Eight years later, and we now see her set to host a stage at Tomorrowland (where she will be hosting a stage), and earn a top slot at the techno mecca itself: Movement.

Due to take over Movement’s Underground Stage for the penultimate set of the night, we sat down with de Witte for an interview, where we gathered her thoughts on the festival and dove deep into her growth and evolution as an artist.


Let’s start with you getting rid of your Raving George alias and showing the world that you were a kick-ass female artist. What are your words on deciding to make this change, and on women being respected adequately in the industry?
To be honest…I first started playing when I was 17, so I was very young. So I was both the only female in the underground industry, and I was also very young. Those two aspects didn’t make it very easy for me in the beginning. I do have the feeling that a lot of people tend to narrow it down on just the sex or the gender, especially. In my situation, [this] was not the case; it was both being a woman, and also my age. People love to talk about gender, and gender inequality in the music business, so to me this is an important side note because especially nowadays I feel like female artists are getting much more respect, and are being taken [more] seriously when they start compared to well, eight years ago.

Ah, you make a good point, that ageism is also an issue as well. Do you ever still find yourself having to prove that you have as much knowledge as other people, despite your age, then?
Not nowadays, but when I started because I was only seventeen. I was very, very young, which made it very difficult for me to be taken seriously. Combined with my sex, of course, that was also very tricky for me in the beginning. But now I’ve been DJing for 8 years, so that’s quite a long time. I mean I’m still very young — I’m 25 now — but, I don’t feel as insecure and new to the scene now as I did back in the day, so I think that’s what I’m trying to say there.

Yeah. So, how did you work to push through those negative assumptions at the beginning of your career? Or did you just persevere and have faith that one day people would take you seriously?
It wasn’t really my goal for people to take me seriously. My goal at that stage just to be happy with what I do . . . and to feel satisfaction in what I’m doing right now. I’m not really a person who gives up easily on herself, so that wasn’t the case in the beginning. But yeah — you should just stick through, and don’t give up when others try to shoot you down in any case. I try to look at things in a positive way. Music made me happy, and it still does, so I will not let people get me down that way. After all those years, people have tried to bring me down . . . they shut their mouth nowadays. I proved them wrong! [But] I was not necessarily thinking, “What should I do to convince these people, to prove them wrong?” It was just like, “Okay, I really love what I do, so I’m not going to stop in any case, whether they believe me or not.” You know?

When you were 17, did you realize you wanted to do this full time? When did that moment really arrive?
Not at all. I never expected this to be my life. It sort of happened, and throughout the years, I kind of discovered and found out that I really loved doing it and that it makes me happy, and that I must have some sort of talent in this because things were going really well. So yeah, things just happened, and you just go with the flow, and then at some point, you end up with a manager and you can play all your first festivals and really nice clubs, and you can start travelling. So yeah — you just go with it. Now this is my full time job, and my life! I’ve never had another job.

You’re a lucky one! It feels like over the past few years you’ve really blown up and reached ‘full speed’ in terms of touring and such. What has been the hardest part of adjusting to this new lifestyle so far, and what lessons have you learned along the way in terms of balance, self care, maintaining inspiration, etc?
[Over the past] two years I’ve started touring multiple countries in one weekend, and it’s really amazing to meet and get to know new people, their culture, and their food. Because I’m a massive food lover, I love trying new foods, local foods, and food cultures. But I did underestimate the impact it would have on my life. First of all, the lack of sleep is something that’s not easy on your body, though you can get used to it. I haven’t woken up next to my boyfriend on a weekend day for over two years now . . . but I’m kind of used to it in a way. I [also] underestimated the fact that I don’t see my friends and family as much as I would love to, and that’s one of the downsides, but you get so much in return. So that’s something that’s kind of hard — not necessarily the loneliness, but not seeing your loved ones as much as you want to.

I did kind of balance out my health — I’m not getting drunk at every single gig anymore, I try to drink some water, and I try to eat healthy in between — which is not easy, especially when all you have is airport food. I try to sleep as much as I can, too. I’m an easy sleeper; I can sleep wherever, whenever, so that’s a good thing.

That’s cool — you’ve basically learned to avoid the burnout before it happens.
Yeah — I mean, people talk about the burnout, but you never really know when it will hit you, right?

Well it seems like it’s far off for now, yes?
Yeah — so far so good! I’m feeling pretty good, so I’m feeling pretty happy. My voice is completely gone, but aside from that, I’m feeling okay.

We can imagine because you’re losing it every weekend! Let’s switch gears to your comeup and development of your sound. You began with electro, but now you’re kind of putting out cooler, almost industrial shades of techno. How did you get from point A to B?
Well, it’s just like evolution. That was 8 years ago, and I was only seventeen. I grew up and became an adult first, and now I know what I want in life. I think just by going out more and digging deeper into music and music culture history, it really was a logical step that you discover what you really like. Everything that’s happened so far is what’s gotten me to this point, if that makes sense.

Speaking of, you use a lot of classic trance in your work from fellow Belgians. Did you ever listen to that growing up, and did it help play a role in what you like today, or did you just discover it during your evolution?
Bonzai was a label from the 90s, so I was too young to be alive during this period of time — which is a shame, because I think I was born too late. Since I started going out, me and my friends always went to parties and even afterparties where I got in touch with that music. But it wasn’t until around five years or so ago that I really started digging deeper into Belgian music history and got to learn stuff about Bonzai and the rave scene. So I discovered it on more of an intellectual level than when I did when I was going out with my friends and just having fun.

It seems like Belgium is underrated when it comes to electronic music!
Well it is! It didn’t used to be. In the 80s and 90s we were huge, but we’re surrounded by really important countries for electronic music and cities like Berlin and London and Paris, so I we have quite a lot of competition going on. But Belgium is definitely underrated, because we make up a big part of dance music history.

Another thing you’ve said is you’re drawn to darker music because it touches deeper on emotion. We feel like another big factor is the cathartic, heartbeat factor of the drums. Do you think that might part of it too?
Kind of! I really love techno music because you can get into a trance by listening to a few elements. You’ll only have a couple things like a kick, some percussion, and maybe a vocal, and it grabs your attention so well . . . you know? It just feels simple and really simplifies everything. That’s what I really love about music — I can actually get lost in the emptiness of the track, and the purity of the track sometimes.

Less is more; you can interpret the music your own way! Yuu had trouble DJing at first, but now you’re feeling more comfortable with performing, and taking on longer sets. Where do you see yourself taking your DJ art next, and how do you deal with stage fright?
When it comes to DJing, for now I’ve just been focusing on what I’ll be playing through North America…I have Movement coming up, and that’s a big thing to take off my wishlist. I always wanted to travel as a kid, so I’m very satisfied that I get to do that and I get to do music. I will try to do this as much as I can and see the world.

I am thinking of doing an album, but I need some more life experience and I need to tour a little bit more. That’s not something you really want to rush, so I am taking my time with that. I’d like to start a label in the following years as well, so it’s all really vague [at this point], but I’m just focused on touring a lot and making time for production. It has been really difficult to find time in the studio because I’m constantly away, so that’s something I’ll probably have to take into account for next year.

On stage fright, you don’t lose it. Every single gig I’m always nervous. Depending on the gig, I’m more or less nervous, but that’s not something I think goes away if you’re a musician. You’re not a performer, you don’t have to stand up on stage holding a microphone, and you don’t have to put your hands up in the air, you don’t make the people follow you. You’re a DJ; your job is to just play the good music and make flawless mixes. So that’s why you don’t see me being very crazy behind the decks and drawing unnecessary attention to me. That helps when it comes to stage fright, because you’re not really performing. You’re just doing an intellectual performance with music.

You’re getting into your bubble when you’re playing every time; If I’m at a really big festival, after my set is done I often just stand there and I don’t really know what’s really going on because it’s all so overwhelming and crazy to be standing in front of thousands of people and see them dancing and going crazy to my music. It’s absolutely crazy, and I cannot get my head around it. It’s really intense. It’s amazing and beautiful, but it’s really intense. So you don’t really realize what’s going on in the moment, but instead, afterwards.

It must be crazy; sometimes it’s easy to pretend people don’t exist, but we can’t imagine this on such a grand scale.
Yeah! You can’t really pay full attention to what’s happening. I try to get in touch with the crowd and build a relationship with them. But to fully realize the amount of people standing there to see YOU is something I try not to do, because it’s too crazy!

When it comes to preparing for a set like that, what’s your process? Do you pick things on the fly, do you have a rotation of tunes, etc?
That’s kind of a hard one because I have a weekly radio show, and there I make a brand new set every week. I use entirely new tracks and do lots of research, but I think when it comes to playing clubs, especially at festivals, people that come to watch you are quite a broad audience — your goal as a DJ is to make people dance. So it’s really hard for me to pick a track for a festival, because you don’t want to go too commercial or too underground. And you want to play your own tracks. It’s really difficult, and that’s why I find it logical to plan a festival set because you want to keep everything in balance, and you want to keep the people dancing. It’s not easy!

And you have to figure out how to fit it all in a couple hours too.
Exactly. I have a lot of music. It depends on the day, what I’ve played in before sets, but actually if you think of it, you don’t have so many tracks that fit into that one moment when you’re standing on stage at a festival and people expect to be dancing, having the time of their lives. So you don’t really have that many tracks to choose from.

You make a good point! So we see you’re hosting a stage at TL. How did that come about, and who are you hosting/what ethos are you looking to build with your artist selection?
Well I played at Tomorrowland for the first time in 2011, and I’ve returned there ever since so we’ve developed kind of a working relationship. And then this year they hit me up and said, “Hey, let’s do a little KNTXT stage!” KNTXT is the name of my party that I host in Fuse, a club in Brussels that’s been open for over twenty years. My party is now about three years old, so to host a stage at Tomorrowland is really cool. Music and artist-wise, we want to keep it in the same line as KNTXT in keeping it fairly underground. We won’t be hosting big artists like Ben Klock or Nina Kraviz at our stage, but we do have DVS1, and there will be the fresh new generation of the techno underground.

This is your first Movement, right? How does it feel to be playing at the techno birthplace?
It’s crazy. I’m really excited for that one, especially because I will be around for two nights, so I get to explore Detroit. I can’t imagine the place; it must be so incredibly amazing, so I’m really looking forward to that one. When I was in the US recently for my tour, everyone was telling me that I would love Detroit, the people, and the clubs.

What is your process for writing music? What inspires you?
For me, it’s really important to have a good and functional low end. All the rest of it is kind of easy to make. For example, vocals — I can get really creative with those. I think that if your low end doesn’t sound just right, it could really ruin your track. It could be a make-it-or-break-it type of deal, so I always try to work really hard on my basslines, percussion, and background noise because that’s all really important when it comes to making techno.

That’s definitely a theme in your music; there’s a lot of white noise in the background. Final pressing question: We need an update on your life as DJ Nina (context here). Did you ever get a dog named Tiësto?
No! I haven’t had a dog in a really long time, actually. I would love to have another dog again — even if his name has to be Tiësto — but that’s not going to happen anytime soon because I am too busy.

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DA presents: 10 sets you can’t miss at Movement 2018

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Words by Bella Bagshaw and Grace Fleisher

Despite a visibly shifting techno scene stateside, 2018 marks one of the most banner years for  Detroit, and America’s finest house & techno institution — Movement. With a booking that arguably serves as a controversial departure from the city’s roots, Movement’s 2018 programming captures the experimental essence of the times, a time where producers are gifted more creative freedom than ever to explore new sounds and the space between genres. As some techno becomes more and more of an amorphous body of music, free from rigid delineations, and a spectrum of experimentation emerges, there will always be those that prefer the pioneers lead the way.

No matter whether one’s an old techno head, a Drumcode-stan, or feeling the direction that Dirtybird is taking tech house, there’s one thing we can all agree upon — Movement will deliver. Ahead of the festival, Dancing Astronaut has taken to compiling the 10 sets not to miss. From the more obvious, Detroit-heavy mainstays who continually rep the city, to the purveyors of present and past innovation, 2018 promises to be an unmissable installment. Movement is techno history in the making. Don’t miss out. 

10) Shigeto

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Movement 2018 marks a proper Shigeto homecoming. Beyond the Ghostly International artist’s booking, which will allow him to showcase his triumphant new album, The New Monday, Zachary Saginaw represents the exemplary booking of Movement’s solid undercard. An equally exemplary representation of what it means to be a musician in the modern age, Saginaw’s music is a union of classical training, energetic ambient programming, hip-hop, jazz, raw passion, and everything in between. His latest work was inspired by a return to the city of Detroit and is delivered with an unequivocal passion that meets Motown’s diverse musical history, which not to mention, promises a spectacular live show, complete with an impassioned fervor on the drum kit. Shigeto recently launched his own label, Portage Garage Sounds, which doubles as a creative outlet for the city’s local musicians and as a weekly showcase purveyor at the city’s Motor City Wine. He’s steeped in the breadth of what it means to be a working artist in the birthplace of techno and will undoubtedly do the city justice, playing everything from Motown to Danny Brown come his Hart Plaza descent.

9) Mija

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It’s more than likely Mija’s “Fk A Genre” mentality will take a backseat to her longstanding love for Detroit techno, if nowhere else but for her 2018 Movement set. Coming off her highly stylized HOW TO MEASURE THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOVERS EP, Mija can usually be found wielding buoying bass music these days. However, cleaning up the festival this year just behind Rezz, from 8-10 on Monday, she’ll be showing the Stargate Stage just how deep her omnipresent tech house tastes run. 

8) Dubfire

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Celebrating the 10th anniversary of both his illustrious solo career and the inception of his SCI+TEC label, internationally revered DJ, Dubfire is showing no signs of ware. The Iranian “Exit” producer will return to Movement for a two-hour 10-midnight headlining set. Fans would be hard-pressed to miss it, as the four-time nominee and Grammy-Winner is known to seamlessly summon sets straight out of the techno underworld.

7) Carl Craig

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Carl Craig can be described as an electronic music icon, a world-class dancefloor experimentalist, and an ambassador for his native Detroit, but no such term would suffice for the work and art the man has bestowed upon the city of Detroit — and really, the entire world of techno — over the last few decades. Having served as the co-creator and artistic director for the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000 and 2001, Craig’s served on the frontlines of the techno revolution in Detroit since its dawn.  With a plethora of releases under a multitude of aliases, Carl Craig has had more musical personalities than most electronic artists in their lifetime. Whether he’s serving up his deep commitment to soul, jazz, or techno come Memorial Day weekend, Hart Plaza is in for a treat. Craig will be reminding attendees that Detroit is the birthplace of techno, after all.

6) Ida Engberg

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One half of the techno’s Swedish power couple, Ida Engberg has been spinning her intoxicating web of minimal house and techno on the high-profile, low-nonsense techno label, Drumcode, spearheaded by her highly decorated husband, Adam Beyer for quite some time now. Born in the suburbs of Stockholm and coming up through the Swedish underground club scene, she has more than paid her dues. Don’t miss Engberg show the boys at Pyramid Stage how it’s done Saturday.

5) Helena Hauff

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Revered for her outpouring love for 80s synths, industrial, and cold wave classics, Helena Hauff is leading the avant-garde hardware movement in both electro and techno. As a supreme selector and enthusiast for a vast array of musical subcultures; her sets boast everything from punk to nu-wave, industrial, krautrock, and avant-garde electro. Hauff’s pushing the boundaries of what it means to exist as an artist.  She’s rooted in raw experimentation, and her Movement set promises a polar opposition to the perfect, polished mainstream.

4) FISHER

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Dirtybird Australian newcomer, Fisher’s iconic “Ya Kiddin’” track took on a life of its own last summer, rapidly becoming one of the most Shazamed anthems of the 2017 festival season. Since then, he has stunned with his Oi Oi EP, containing hits like “Stop It,” which has had everyone from Dirtybird Campout to Coachellamovin’ up and down side to side like a rollercoaster.” Follow the Fish Saturday to the Movement stage to get a piece of the funky frenzy everyone in house music has been raving about.

3) Nina Kraviz

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Perhaps the best way to sum up the work of the Russian dentist turned DJ, Nina Kraviz, is by taking a look at her quote “Music is a continuum connecting generations,” in her crowning piece as Mixmag‘s 2017 DJ of the year.  The cosmonaut dentist weaves through eras with ease, and with little to no novacane, too. Her Movement set will be one of her few performances stateside in the next year, and with her burgeoning, mutant techno, power-house bombs, and a few trance numbers, attendees won’t want to miss one of the most talked about stateside techno sets of the coming year.

2) Claude VonStroke

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Dirtybird label head and founder, Claude VonStroke, will show fans who isn’t afraid of Detroit Saturday at the official Movement Stage. The Dirtybird crew is an unrelenting force at movement each year—this year notwithstanding—though VonStroke is sure to wield a massive set, as his proclivity for Detroit techno is hallmarked by his explosive, omnipresent appearances at Movement. His 2016 set at the fest for example, shook Detroit to its core when he teamed up with none other than Green Velvet at the Red Bull stage for one of their classic, unforgettable 90 minute b2b sets.

1) Charlotte de Witte

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Charlotte de Witte is the name on the tips of the techno world’s proverbial tongue. With a style that remains as tied to the underground techno scene as it is trance, and Belgium — where de Witte’s from — she’s proving to be an all-around revelation for the state of techno. With a DJ set that’s guaranteed to keep the audience moving and a thunderously aggressive, stripped-down approach to her own music, de Witte is a multifaceted artist of the finest degree, and her Movement set will undoubtedly deliver on the thunderous nature of techno that so many desire.

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RHA Festival rounds out 2018 bill with impressive additions including Luciano, Charlotte de Witte, Justin Martin & more

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Mexico’s hottest new flyway fest, RHA, has announced its second round of acts for this year’s lineup, rounding out the bill with an impressive collection of world-class talent.

Following the overwhelming success from their 2017 debut in the heart of the Riviera Nayarit, RHA Festival will bring its paradisal experience to fans from around the world with acts across the house and techno spectrum. The latest wave of acts includes Luciano, Charlotte de Witte, Hector, Justin Martin, and many, many more.

More information and tickets are available here.

RHA announces lineup as stunning as its location

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RHA touched down in the scenic Puta Mita, Mexico in 2017. Soon after the close of its first edition, the nascent destination festival distinguished itself as one of the top of its class when it came to travelling and dance music.

Boasting an impressive array of talent across the house and techno spectrum, RHA’s second edition is set to be as grandiose as its predecessor. Luciano will be headlining, for one — his first time back in Mexico in three years. Joining him are the likes of Justin Martin, Charlotte De Witte, Sabo, Marques Wyatt, Lee Foss, and more. RHA has also upgraded its confines, adding a brand new natural ampitheatre to host an array of its artist roster.

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The event takes place Memorial Day Weekend. Grab tickets and find more information here.

Charlotte de Witte solidifies meteoric rise in rousing Essential Mix debut

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The quickly ascending Belgian stalwart and Fuse resident Charlotte de Witte made her rousing Essential Mix debut February 10.

De Witte’s imbued her signature deep and meandering melancholy into the mix, where she dives deep into the bellows of the most uncompromising techno trenches.

The mix is a steady, galvanizing slow-burn. As its energy snakes beneath minimal beats and between its sweltering pads, de Witte incorporates new music from herself as well as tracks from some of the underground’s finest acts like Cleric, Ambivalent, and Amotik.

The mix is an earnest testament to de Witte’s looming domination of the underground circuits. Considering her 2018 touring schedule is beginning to fill and her name is popping up all over the global festival circuit, it’s likely that we’ll be seeing much more of her in the months to come. Last year, DA named De Witte as one of 15 artists that rocked the underground in 2017, a decision backed up by her impressive Essential Mix debut.

Listen to Charlotte de Witte’s debut Essential Mix here

Tracklist:

Luca Ballerini- Prelude
Cleric- Moxie
JustLocal- Dedication
Maxime Dangles- Dew Of Heaven
Charlotte De Witte- Look Around You
JTLZ- Damped
Krag- Despade
747- Tethys
Charlotte De Witte- Silence
Charlotte De Witte- Control
Charlotte De Witte- This (Lewis Fautzi Remix)
Ambivalent- Drag (Amotik Remix)
Guillermo DR- Distorcion
Spiros Kaloumenos- Vector
Charlotte De Witte- Breathing
Lützenkirchen- Radium (George Makrakis Remix)
Charlotte De Witte- Remember
Setaoc Mass- Left Behind
Robert S (PT)- Young Raver
Mooz- It’s A Trap (Carera Remix)
Linus Quick- Der Brunnen
Amotik- Teis
Charlotte De Witte- The Healer
Djrum- Showreel Pt.1

45 artists have been revealed as part of Sonus Festival’s 2018 lineup

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As part of Sonus Festival‘s Phase One lineup, the Pag Island, Croatia beachside affair has revealed 45 names for its 2018 edition. Among the festival’s rising stars include Charlotte de Witte, Binh, Peggy Gou and Amelie Lens, while veterans Adam Beyer, Dixon, Maceo Plex, and Richie Hawtin are set to return to the fest’s scintillating beaches.

Sonus Festival’s sixth event will take place August 19–23, and offers attendees a range of activities including water sports and boat parties. Best known as one of the summer season’s top destinations, Sonus pairs unrivaled talent with a stunning, five-day programming specially curated with the house and techno music fan in mind.

Stay tuned to Dancing Astronaut as Sonus Festival unveils its second phase lineup in the coming months.

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Learn more about Sonus Festival and purchase tickets here.