It’s not hard to imagine LCD Soundsystem‘s tunes having an even more thoughtful, even groovier feel than they already do. The indie rock group is helmed by a once-upon-a-time DJ, after all. Not to mention, their latest studio album American Dream was a significant dance with the indie-pop tag, as it leans wholeheartedly on squelching synth pleasantries with tracks like “tonite” and others. But now, two dance mavens have got behind the booth with LCD, driving the band further into the dance realm than ever before.
Innervisions label boss Dixon has put his own touch on “i used to,” repurposing the track at its seams into newly illuminated dance-appropriate attire. Lovefingers, too, has put his own touch two times over on “oh baby,” dancing with the guitar and adding glitzy new drum tracks and a flickering bass line into the mix.
The team behind Grand Theft Auto’s latest “After Hours” expansion have achieved full integration into the electronic music world. With the new focus on nightlife within the video game, they’ve tapped into the world of DJing to mingle with its new features. First came Solomun’s music video for “Customer Is King,” and now Dixon is next up in a field of techno DJ’s accomplishing firsts. The German artist linked up with the company behind GTA, Rockstar Games, to DJ a full set in a nightclub – in animated form.
Live streamed by Resident Advisor via Facebook, the video fully recreates a club scene – DJ moves and technical adjustments – within the animated world of a video game. Tale of Us also streamed a “live set” from the game. For frequent clubgoers, the simulation might feel uneasy or dissonant; but once the whole club culture is painted it is of course, familiar.
Although it was released nearly five years ago, Grand Theft Auto V keeps finding ways to make their game exciting and relevant via additions to the game’s to online play. In GTA‘s newest expansion, GTA Online: After Hours, Rockstar Games revives an old fan-favorite character, Tony Prince, the exuberant nightclub owner from Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony. In the trailer, the game’s newest digital resident, The Black Madonna, seems to be adopting to GTA life quite well, delivering a sweet sucker punch to a police officer who was probably just trying to shut down a rave. Either way, if The Black Madonna is laying down a hay maker, whoever is on the receiving end probably had it coming.
Bringing the gameplay back into Tony’s nightclubs, the update allows players to operate and develop the city’s hottest dance music locations, as well as a massive criminal enterprise. Grand Theft Auto V, a game already known for it’s stellar soundtrack featuring the likes of Flying Lotus and Tyler the Creator, brings in dance music icons like Solomun, Dixon, and Tale of Us. The GTA Online: After Hours expansion will be available to players online around the world on July 24.
Art and dance music connoisseurs can rejoice in knowing that Innervisions and Life and Death‘s iconic joint event. Rakastella, is returning to its home of Miami during Art Basel on December 8. Hosted on the Virginia key, the event is primed to fulfill it’s title’s mission once more of “making love” by melding together stunning visuals and some of the finest house and techno into an immersive 14-hour show.
As DJ Tennis, Dixon, and Âme are the prime curators behind their labels’ event, the lineup is naturally cutting edge. The aforementioned acts will be headlining, joined by Job Jobse, DJ Harvey, and Red Axes. Apparat will also be making his Miami debut in the form of a DJ set.
Stay tuned as more of the roster is unveiled. In the meantime, purchase tickets here.
Rockstar Games added nightclubs in the Los Angeles-inspired Los Santos on its award winning video game, Grand Theft Auto V. They’ve also announce residencies in the virtual world from some of the biggest underground house and techno stars: Solomun, Dixon, Black Madonna, and Tale of Us. Earlier, we were teased about their potential cameo appearances in GTA when mysterious promo began popping up on each act’s respective social media channels.
In July, gamers will have the opportunity to hear new, exclusive sets from the resident DJs. Nightclubs are perfect covers for certain operations one might conduct in the vice-ridden video game. Learning how to run a nightclub with some of the best DJ sets in the industry sounds like a house head/gamer’s dream.
The video below is the teaser video showing the DJs likenesses in the game, including those signature Solomun dance hands. With the direction of technology in the world today, virtual DJs will be more than just the mixing software.
Four legends have began teasing at a summer collaboration that is sure to cause a stir among the house and tech realm. Solomun, Dixon, The Black Madonna, and Tale Of Us all posted a mysterious promo poster on their respective social media pages, with not much information other than “summer 2018” and “Los Santos.” The background of the flyer is vivid and surreal.
As any video game fan might guess, “Los Santos” indeed appears to indicate the Grand Theft Auto town of the same name. The make-believe city was modeled after Los Angeles. One can easily deduce from here that each of the collaborators will be assisting with the newest GTA iteration’s soundtrack. Past electronic artists playing a cameo in the video game include FlyLo and Soulwax.
Fans of the DJs have also commented in hopes of confirmation that these four will perform, or collaborate together somehow in reality. with many nudging the group to play together in the city that inspired Los Santos.
German techno gathering Time Warp released their lineup ahead of the festival’s 2018 edition. Since 1994, Time Warp has solidified itself as Germany’s premiere underground gathering, and has since become a globally recognized event. Featuring artists like Speedy J, Sven Väth, and Richie Hawtin over the years, the festival is known for pushing the envelope with stellar underground programming.
From its industrial home in the heart of Detroit to the dusk-till-dawn underground events that dominate Europe’s rigorous party scene, techno knows no boundaries. In recent years, the genre has since exploded in Asia, further playing into the genre’s exponential growth across the globe. One festival in particular stands out among the rest.
Epizode, which made its Vietnamese debut nearly one year ago, is an 11-day, immersive musical experience hosted on the country’s largest island, Phú Quốc. Picturesque views of the Gulf of Thailand and year-round tropical temperatures encapsulate the Epizode Festival experience to facilitate the natural charm of a techno-laden beach haven. The fest’s distinguished lineup featuring the likes ofCarl Cox, Dixon, and Jamie Jones, amongst a handful of other house and techno mainstays, is enough to make any two-stepping aficionado swoon.
Ahead of Epizode Festival’s 2018 edition, Dancing Astronaut sat down with founder Roustam Mirzoev to discuss introducing an all-techno event into Vietnam’s growing music scene, and how Epizode creates an authentic presence amid the growing destination festival circuit.
Tell us about Epizode Festival’s roots: how did the idea come about, and at what point did you start producing the festival?
The roots of Epizode are undoubtedly coming from the legendary project Kazantip Republic. The president of Kazantip – Nikita Marshunok and his core team – were doing just the same more than two decades at the Crimea peninsula, since 1991. Then they moved the event from there in order to ensure that the visitors will be safe in 2014, and were looking for a proper location which would be suitable not just for a one-time event but to settle permanently. After several attempts, we finally landed on Phu Quoc, working together with the great people from Mikhail Danilov’s Sagrado Corp. from Moscow. So this is essentially a continuation of Kazantip, but better and more exotic than ever before! The name “Epizode” came to us in 2016 and I think it matches our ideology even more. I have been personally heavily involved since this year’s edition, while having the honor of playing Kazantip festival and organizing events there many times before so was already really familiar with the team. It was always a highlight of my touring schedule for obvious reasons.
Why Phu Quoc Island specifically, and how difficult or easy was it to get the country on board for a week-long electronic music festival?
Actually, we had little to no problems with the authorities. We have a great team working locally with them. The economy of the land is currently growing drastically and they welcome new projects that can develop the land further. Besides that, their approval was also heavily influenced by the fact that we are not a festival in the common meaning of the word but rather a gathering of people who just want to have fun, not only dancing to the high-quality sounds from the best world-known DJs, but also to enjoy the happiness, relax at sunsets, exchange emotions, experience each other and the unique atmosphere we create. We bring a certain unmistakable vibe that people long for. You can compare it to Burning Man; it’s just not so extreme and takes place at an ocean beach instead of a desert with a lot semi-clothed people running around and having the time of their life.
Considering Vietnam’s music scene is still developing, did you feel as though you were taking a risk by creating a strictly techno festival in a country where the genre is less prevalent?
Believe it or not, this was often the kind of question Nikita was asked for any place where they made the event before, regardless if it was in Crimea, Georgia or Cambodia. After a short period of time, our event always changed the whole region around it. Kazantip/Epizode can be compared to those terraforming projects from sci-fi films about the future — we land on uncharted lands, build tremendous art installations, bards, decorations and dance floors and literally transform the space, time, minds, people and attitudes around us. We have done it many times before and with Vietnam’s current growth potential are sure to do it again. Also we aren’t sticking to a strictly techno paradigm — we will also have trance, drum’n’bass and breaks artists, along with a proper representation of the local scene and other great asian and related acts. We are going for a balanced schedule that could appeal to different groups.
What are some reasons fans from abroad should consider going to Vietnam to check out Epizode?
With everything that has to do with Kazantip before and Epizode now the aim was to create something unique. Epizode is our creation, same as all past projects, and it is definitely incomparable to anything else currently existing in the world. Look, sometimes in the movies you see those “perfect moments” when everything is just right. It sounds impossible but we’ve really always managed to give this feeling to people inside the reality we created, regardless where it was. And we will do it again, even better than before. So if you are a fan of amazing music, exotic beach locations, quality people that understand you and sunsets that will make even the hardened skeptic cry, then Epizode is definitely for you. You cannot find a more hedonistic festival on that side of the world and we take great pride in that — our sense of freedom that we provide!
Initially, many people drew comparisons between KaZantip and Epizode, considering both festivals are produced by the same team. What differentiates the two, and in what ways does Epizode stand out?
It can be considered as our next level. The difference for us is probably that we don’t have to struggle with any authorities, their laws, or any kind of corruption. Phu Quoc is a really safe place where we can breathe freely. For people who are coming to us who you would call participants or visitors and we call “the great nation”, it’s also almost the same as Kazantip, only in even more beautiful place with nice specialities and unique Asian touch. Kazantip was well-known for its tradition for people to experience and enjoy sunsets together, many thousands gathered at the beach each afternoon. Now at Phu Quoc we have easily the best sunsets on this planet, amongst other things. Also the food is just incredible for those moments when you need to refill between your favorite artists’ sets!
What worked really well this year, and what didn’t? What additions or improvements will attendees see next year?
Last year it was our first landing at that location. We had to learn it from scratch, got our first experiences, and managed to establish our authentic atmosphere within the shortest time. You see many of our unique art objects on photos over the whole Web. Besides that, we also built really cool forward-thinking dance floors equipped with top hardware, various awesome bars, a food court and so on. I am satisfied with our achievements from last year. We invested hard into basic things because we wanted this location to be our place not only for a year but for many to come. This time we can concentrate more on perfecting everything, for example our lineup will be much more powerful, we will do everything possible to guide and inform the new coming visitors, there will be even more special events and happenings, and so on.
What is your strategy when curating Epizode‘s lineup?
I am not a fan of names for the sake of names. There is a lot of bullshit on the market and a lot of fake artists getting undeserved hype and fees for nothing, while real musicians struggle. For me, it’s a basic question of “is the music good or not?.” I always said, a really good track must give you goosebumps, going deep into your heart. So for this year we tried to do a balanced approach. We have things like a crazy 3-day HYTE takeover with major headliners, Carl Cox for New Years celebration, personal events from Luciano and Dubfire, Dixon closing out the festival and other amazing artists and showcases spread out through the whole 10 days. It really has something for everybody and we tried to stack a massive line up, so hopefully festival goers won’t have much time for sleep haha.
Has Epizode considered going abroad – such as Europe, or possibly even the US? Ultimately, where is the festival headed?
Epizode, as well as Kazantip or Befooz, is not a place or location. First of all, it is about people. People who are doing it and people who take part. Our mind is always open for any next change as long as we believe that it will be better for us all. It is good to have some special place on the planet that is unique like Phu Quoc, but besides that we definitely are now able to establish this authentic atmosphere anywhere else within just several months. Somewhere in the future we see a world expansion, nothing is impossible when you have a great idea, а strong team and a true community.
Following its inaugural edition in January 2017, Vietnam’s Epizode Festival has released its official aftermovie and first headliners for 2018. House and techno kingpins Dixon, Loco Dice, Chris Liebing and Luciano are among the four acts that have been revealed.
Inviting participants to each play a role in the main episode of party season, Epizode Festival is founded upon the ideals of full autonomy and creative expression. This year’s theme, “Equatorial Musical Adventure,” will be spread across 11 sun-soaked days at Vietnam’s pristine PhúQuốc.
Watch Epizode Festival’s official aftermovie above. Tickets are now available here.
At the end of April, Chloé, came out of a four-year hiatus with the elegant and ominous vocal epic, “The Dawn,” serving as her inaugural release on her own imprint, Lumière Noire. Now, the Parisian maven’s ten-minute track has received a nefarious facelift from a man who needs no introduction.
As one could expect from the Innervisions legend, Dixon has conjured up a profound and haunting rework highlighted by enormous bass growls, angelic strings, and propelling synth lines. Dixon’s remix is certainly one underground fans can expect to hear numerous times this summer festival season given its equally awe-inducing and dancefloor-ready design.
Listen to Dixon’s remix of Chloé’s “The Dawn” below: