Armin van Buuren drops massive ‘A State of Trance, Ibiza 2017’ mix

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Trance legend Armin van Buuren has always been at the forefront of the scene, in both production and curation. Presumably inspired by his summer residency on the Spanish party island, van Buuren has released his 160-song “A State of Trance, Ibiza 2017” mix.

Featuring tracks from Sultan + Shepard, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, and Armin himself, the nine-hour mix explores the realm of trance through the lens of the celebrated Dutch producer. Available on Spotify, Apple Music, and more, van Buuren’s selections can be found in seamlessly mixed playlists, a relatively new feature sure to shake things up in the ongoing streaming wars.

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The Radar 96: Mixed by Fairchild en route to his Fortitude headlining slot

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The name “Fairchild” might have a familiar ring to it — this is because he’s worked under Kaskade’s mentorship the past couple years as flourishing talent on Arkade. Having captures his well-established boss’ attention with sultry deep house cuts, he first made waves on his new home label with a grooving, “I Just Want You.” Afterward, the Arizona native continued to explore the depths of dance music, entering into progressive territory with his debut EP, Touch The Sun.

Fairchild adds a refined, polished flavor to Arkade, putting out work that is not only consistent in its quality, but also showcasing his grasp of melodic manipulation and sonic arrangement. While Kaskade mans the main stage arena, Fairchild rules the underground aspect of the label, earning support from the likes of Guy J, Henry Saiz, and more.

The burgeoning producer is truly coming into his own, securing his first ever headlining slot in California with Fortitude, a premier promoter in LA that strives to bring high-caliber talent to the city. In celebration of his upcoming gig, scheduled for August 19, Fairchild has kindly put together an exclusive Radar mix packed with eight new original works of his, in addition to some other gems lighting up the progressive world as of late.

“Last time I was here, I had the honor of playing at the Hollywood Palladium alongside Kaskade for his Redux show. What an incredible evening to look back on. Very very excited to be back in LA, this time as the headliner for Purgatorio. I have so much new music I can’t wait to show off. You can hear some new ideas in this mix!” – Fairchild

 

Purchase tickets for Farichild’s Fortitude show here. 

 

 

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Stream Muzzy’s drum & bass mix for BBC Radio 1

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One of BBC Radio 1’s latest mixes includes an eclectic and energy-packed set from UK drum & bass powerhouse Muzzy.

The producer has graced the airwaves with a wild 30-minute mix of some of the best drum & bass, preceded by a short interview. In the interview, Muzzy discloses that he’s working on a number of collaborations, including one with his interviewer, Metrik.

“I always try to do something different with every release,” he says in the interview. “I’m doing a bunch of collabs, and I think that’s the next big thing to put out… this collection of music I’ve been making with other people.”

He mentions working with other Monstercat artists and other established drum & bass producers, along with a few “curve balls” that veer away from the drum & bass scene.

“It’s all about working with artists who are masters of their craft and know the different types of music — not just one particular style, so I think that’s the game plan with this next record,” he says.

On the heels of his Spectrum EP earlier this year, the drum & bass producer seems to be working tirelessly on new material. He calls his BBC Radio 1 mix an “energetic and chaotic” blend of what he likes to include in his DJ sets.

Find the interview between 0:00 and 3:40, with the mix beginning afterwards.

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Techno Tuesday: Henry Saiz on creative inspiration, his ‘Balance’ compilation, and more

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Techno Tuesday is a feature on Dancing Astronaut documenting the culture of underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and narratives from artists within the techno, tech house, and deep house world in an effort to shed light on some of the best talent outside the world of mainstream dance music.

Originality, diligence, and authenticity are the cornerstone elements of being a successful artist — elements which Spanish progressive composer Henry Saiz possesses in spades. Having impressed his more established peers on with his ingenuity and ability to manipulate sound into breathtaking melodies and complex soundscapes, he established his label Natura Sonoris in 2008 as an outlet for his own music and to help cultivate careers of other artists he knew and shared a mutual vision with. Since then, Saiz has charted many successes under his belt, from having his label showcased at reputable global events, to high-charted singles and remixes, to putting together his ground-breaking audio visual album which is due come the end of 2017.

More recently, Saiz was invited to contribute a second compilation to the widely-revered Balance series — a rarity for the company, which has only invited a select few artists back beyond their debut contributions. Their recruiting of him was only natural, given his breathtaking first mix on the series in 2011 which saw him saw him recording the majority of his music in the field and through reel-to-reel tapes. His second Balance compilation is extra special: a hommage to Natura Sonoris’ tenth birthday. Fittingly, the dynamic mix takes place across several parts of varying energy. Each exclusive track and remix within is expertly weaved together by Saiz to create a proper, emotional journey through all shades on the label’s spectrum.

Dancing Astronaut had the privilege of delving into the world of progressive with Saiz right before the compilation’s release for this edition of Techno Tuesday, where topics including live performance, his vision for Natura Sonoris’ next chapter, and his creative inspiration were discussed.

 

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You’re one of the select few to be invited to Balance for a second round; your talent and authenticity clearly speaks for itself! Can you speak about the importance of remaining true to oneself creatively in order to promote career longevity?

Remaining true to yourself is generally important for us as human beings and for career longevity just as much, especially in the ever changing music business. Unfortunately over time the pressure of the scene can cause a lot of damage for artists and their creativity, making them do things the way the industry, the label, or the management dictates. This is reality, we can’t escape that. What we can escape though is compromising our integrity. Getting involved in the music industry a musician has got to understand what he does and why he does that in the first place. Music is an art, it’s a form of self-expression. If you don’t have what to express or come here to express someone else’s self – it’s not going to last, people who are here for the music will spot a fake from miles away. Yes, taking easier paths can be quite tempting at times, but in the long run in order to succeed in this fiercely competitive industry you have got to keep your intentions pure, stay true to yourself, your authenticity and your originality, ignore limitations and focus on doing music that is deeply honest.

Did you select artists to make songs specifically for this compilation, like Hernan Cattaneo did for his most recent Balance contribution?

When shaping up the main idea for this compilation I wanted to create a mix that would showcase the spirit of the label, highlight its aesthetics, evolution and musical variety. I knew I wanted to feature some of the old tracks, but to just do that wouldn’t be much fun, so I decided to select some favorites and get them reworked by the artists I thought would fit that spirit and those aesthetics. With the original material it was pretty much the same approach, it was either from people we already have released on Natura or were planning to. There were so many more I wanted to get involved, but unfortunately I had a time limit for the mix hehe.

Touring around with a band and adding a “live” element has been a cornerstone element of your performance. Can you talk more about your roots as a metal band member and musician at a young age?

I started playing bass when I was a teenager and I was involved in a couple of bands of different genres at that time. But my most important project was exactly that black metal band that Luis and Eloy were also parts of. Actually we won the best black metal band award in Spain with it, and also the best bass player, so we were kind of cool haha. But anyway, that didn’t last very long and three of us left the band as we wanted to go a bit more electronic way with it, you know, to experiment with sounds, keyboards etc, which the rest of the band wasn’t really into and so our paths with them diverged. Then the three of us started experimenting with electronic music and that’s what we’re doing up until this day! Although the musical direction has changed, we’re still trying to reflect that kind of energy nowadays as well. Maybe some day we’ll get back to it and produce a proper black metal album too, who knows. 🙂

Your label is turning 10 already – wow! Where has the time gone? Of this journey thus far, what has been the hardest struggle you’ve dealt with in this swiftly changing industry, and your biggest triumph as a label boss? And, what do you see for Natura Sonoris over the next 10 years?

I know, right? When I look at the label, it’s like I just launched it but it’s really been 10 years. 10 fruitful years of good music and lasting friendships. This was the initial idea when I started this label. I wanted to make a platform for any musician who thinks in music to just come and speak to the world with exactly that – their music. No labels, no limits to a specific genre – just truth and honesty in terms of music. That’s the approach the label has followed for these 10 years, that’s the approach the label will keep following hopefully for another 10. A wonderful thing is also that we’ve managed to establish positive and lasting relationships with every artist so now it feels like one big family, that’s also very important. As to the struggles, well, just casual things like for every independent label: some support from bigger acts and exposure from media outlets would never hurt, because even though the main idea is to provide the audience with unique and honest music, it still needs money to function properly, so that’s where the going gets a little tough sometimes. But I’m positive we’ll get there eventually. 🙂

On another note, last year you stunned audiences with your audiovisual show which was a great crowdfunded project. It seems more artists are taking this direction as well. Do you think this is the future of electronic?

I can’t say if the future, but at this point quite a challenging turn of events for sure. Which can either lead to the expansion of artists’ creativity or to just another non-lasting hype until the next best thing happens. Incorporating an audiovisual component can get tricky. If more and more artists start taking this direction, it will get competitive and in order to stand out they will have to work twice as hard to deliver something truly memorable, that will attract attention and something that will stick. No one needs another commercial salad of images, or another making-of. I mean, yes it’s a nice insight but it’s boring, you won´t attract a lot of people with that. The point of the audiovisual concept is to make the eye listen. To create a story where the visual component enhances the audio one and not overshadows it. So there’s quite a lot of things to consider when conducting a project like that.

What are some of your favorite natural spots that you like to go to to seek inspiration for a track?

It’s no secret that I am unconditionally and irrevocably in love with Canary Islands, and Lanzarote in particular. My first album was produced there, there’s going to be a track representing that place in the new album as well. That island is very dear to my heart and it’s like no other, you’ve got to see it yourself to fully understand how special it is. Then last year’s visit to Joshua Tree National Park, which, by the way, is also going to be covered in the new album, has been quite a trip as well.

You see, with the job I have I am lucky to get that inspiration from pretty much everywhere I go as every place has its unique and special atmosphere that one way or another can and does influence a creative mind.

Who are some rising progressive acts that we should be keeping watch on?

Just as I don’t like to put labels on my own music, same goes for someone else’s. It either speaks to me, or it doesn’t, simple as that. It’s the only criteria I recognize. Last year preparing for the gig I came across this track that instantly got my attention for its emotion, and, you know, honesty; something that is a little too rare to find on the scene these days. It was ‘Shelter In The Sky’ by the dutch producer Joep Mencke. Since then I’ve been watching the guy and now I also have him contribute a track to my new Balance compilation and we’re going to have his release on Natura Sonoris as well. So I’d probably recommend checking him out. And then a good friend RIP Bestia, whose solo EP we already released earlier this year, is also working on new stuff I hope to get my hands on!

 

 

 

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Beyond the Booth 002: Louisahhh opens up on addiction, her love of horses and more

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Beyond the Booth is a feature dedicated to the hidden side of artists that exists outside electronic music— a side rarely discussed with those outside their immediate circle. We venture “beyond the booth,” so to speak, and dive into their deepest passions that tie into their unique personalities. After some self-introspection, each participant then returns to the booth, providing an exclusive mix for the Dancing Astronaut audience.

For years, Louisa Pillot has been a fixture in electro and techno around the world. Louisahhh first rose to international prominence on Brodinski’s recently-disbanded Bromance imprint, gaining a reputation for her gritty production style and haunting, sultry vocals. For the past two years, Pillot has stood at the helm of the RAAR record label, delivering a brazen, unapologetic melange of techno and punk rock alongside her co-founder and frequent collaborator, Maelstrom.

While Louisahhh’s résumé as a musician extends beyond the above accolades, her story outside of the industry is as rich as her contributions within it. Pillot is a dedicated environmentalist, feminist, and a remarkably talented writer; however, her most outspoken societal contribution of late is perhaps her advocacy for sobriety amid a field in which substance abuse can be difficult to eschew.

Louisahhh has been candid about her recovery from addiction, and offers her own experience as inspiration for any individuals facing the struggles that she once overcame, and continues to dominate. Now 11 years sober, Pillot favored a 12-step method in her journey away from her vices, and gives an open invitation for those seeking help: “Slide up in my DMs.”

Ahead of her performance at HARD Summer this weekend, Louisahhh speaks with us about recovery from addiction, maintaining balance, her love of horses, and the impact that sobriety has had on her approach to love. Additionally, the RAAR label-head has provided us with an exclusive mix for the second episode of Beyond the Booth.

Venture beyond the booth with Louisahhh below.

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You’ve mentioned in the past that a 2006 intervention saved your life. Do you think you’d have been able to realize (and act upon) your need for sobriety without that experience?

I’m sure that that day would’ve come eventually, and probably with a swiftness as my options were really running out. I was spending my rent money on drugs, I was on academic probation from school, not showing up for an internship that I cared about or my job or friends, couldn’t stay faithful in my relationships, couldn’t recognize myself in the mirror. Everything was falling apart and I was unable stop the bone crushing juggernaut that was my addiction. The intervention just took away the resources I might have had (financial and emotional support of friends and family) that would allowed it to go on for as long as it did and gave me a really direct path into recovery.

For some people suffering from addiction, the notion of recovering through total sobriety can seem insurmountable due to its absolute, “all or nothing” nature. How did you overcome this fear and come to terms with the fact that sobriety was a necessity for you?

That’s the thing, right? If sobriety is a necessity, it’s all or nothing. If it’s not a necessity, it’s not. If I could handle drinking and using in moderation, believe you me, I would. My reality is that if I’m controlling, I’m not enjoying, and if I’m enjoying, I’m not controlling, so moderation is mostly frustrating and futile. This leaves me with two options: continue to grind my life to dust and shove it up my nose or become willing, based on desperation, to make a serious decision. Unfortunately mild discomfort won’t really motivate someone like me – I have to be really suffering in order to take action. The good news is that action brings freedom and serenity that’s much bigger and more beautiful than I could’ve imagined. I hope to plant this seed as a beacon for anyone struggling with that today.

Maintaining a clean lifestyle is arguably a greater challenge than becoming sober in the first place. What tactics have you used to ensure that you continue staying the course after 11 years?

You’re correct in that stopping is easy(ish) and staying stopped is the tricky part. I’ve needed a consistent program of action in the 12 steps in order to stay present in the gratitude of this life, this freedom, and to ensure that my experience with the suffering of addiction turns into my greatest asset in that it specifically qualifies me to help others that struggle with the same thing. It’s this goal of altruism, of constantly turning the internal compass from self obsessed fear (with or without drugs) to loving presence, that really gives my life meaning today. It might all be a cult, but it’s free and it saved my life, so I’m okay with that possibility.

How have your did your passion for horses initially develop, and to what extent would you say that it’s helped in your recovery?

I started riding when I was six and it was literally all I did or wanted to do until I discovered dance music. I was a working student at a barn in the Hudson Valley and rode and trained competitively through my early twenties (and continued to ride and show in recovery). It was my inability to show up for my horse (Jesse James, love of my young life) that kind of woke me up to the fact that the problem was more serious than I was admitting to myself. You see, humans are fallible. Friends, parents, boyfriends – everyone was disappointing somehow, I could point out their shortcomings if they tried to talk to me about addiction. My horse, on the other hand, was unconditional love and trust – to not be able to show up for him, to not be present when we were together, especially in the show ring – this was both dangerous and heartbreaking. He’s the reason I got sober in the first place. I wanted to be who he thought I was, but when I couldn’t choose him over drugs, it got scary.

I was touched by your tribute after Jesse passed away, wherein you wrote, “The heart heals quickly and also never.” Did you feel compelled to use again while struggling through the combined grief of loss and the disruption of your passion?

Bizarrely, the thought didn’t cross my mind. He was such a huge part of my journey in recovery that to use over that – the loss of a true friend from natural causes (he was 26, he colicked) – would’ve felt like sacrilege. The thing is: when I’m caught in Self, whether I’m using or not – it’s about me, my little plans and designs, how the world owes me a living, if things aren’t how I nee them to be, I suffer. In that mindset, it might have been an excellent reason to get high. However, having recovered (one day at a time), I can see the time we got to spend together for what it was: entirely a blessing. 16 years, most of which I was sober – I am so grateful that I got to be present for it. If I surrender my idea of what ‘should’ be (the things I love shouldn’t die), and live in what is (grief is an evolution of Love), all is copacetic.

What steps did you take to move past this difficult experience without falling back into old habits?

Unexpectedly, fell in love and made an album.

For most people, love is a vague, almost supernatural notion – one which is rarely discussed pragmatically. Can you elaborate on how you view love as a pedagogy?

What a segue! I am really a novice at this loving thing, but it’s been meaningful of late to see that instead of something to hunt ruthlessly in the world, something to ‘get’, perhaps love is a skill I can cultivate. Perhaps it is something that I can learn to work like a muscle, to be courageous and openhearted, even when I’m not receiving it in the way that I would like. Interpersonally in a romantic situation, this means not only being in a relationship to suck up love like a vampire, but hopefully for both parties to be constantly teaching each other how they like to be loved, and expressing love in a way the other can tolerate and receive it. The notion of ‘love’ therefore becomes a learning process, not a destination or a fixed totem. In my experience it requires a level of vulnerability that makes me want to throw up a lot of the time, but it’s also super magical and unexpected and uncanny.

How has this intellectual approach to love strengthened you as a sober individual?

I think maybe it’s the other way around. Sobriety has taught me how to really ‘love what is’ with a ferocity. It’s cute to say that when things are going my way, but when stuff gets disappointing or tragic (as life is wont to do), that’s kind of when the rubber hits the road. Over time, the measure of my sobriety is less based on ‘how many days without a drink’ and more how kind and loving can I be, today, no matter what?’. This doesn’t mean I’m not human, I’m still working on toning down ‘being an entitled dickhead in airports’, for instance, but it’s enabled a teachability, especially in relationship, that I wouldn’t have if I was constantly anesthetizing my experience with drugs.
Emotional intimacy is terrifying and uncomfortable on first examination – at least for me – but if I sit through that, that there is this thing on the other side that I didn’t know about, that’s feeling seen and accepted and understood and inspired and nourished, and like I am capable of giving those things to my partner, even in their humanness.

It goes without saying that substance abuse (and, for some, addiction) is inextricable from the music industry. What advice would you give to people who are heavily involved in the club/rave scene (be it professionally or as consumers), yet have issues with drugs that they feel unable to defeat?

If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, there is help available to you. I highly recommend 12 step programs as a way out. Slide up in my DMs if you want to talk about it.

You’ve been somewhat of a staple of HARD Summer over the years. What’s drawn you to be so involved with the festival, and what are you most excited about for this upcoming edition?

HARD is a really special thing for dance music in America and Gary Richards has consistently supported me and what I’m doing . After a decade, it really feels like a family affair, and I’m really excited to see so many old friends and get to meet people that I don’t know yet. I rarely plan sets, but for something like HARD I really want to bring my A-game, so my knives are gonna be super sharp – really excited to play new material for such a dedicated, educated, enthusiastic audience of fans and peers.

With two days remaining until her HARD Summer appearance this Sunday, August 6, Louisahhh gives the Dancing Astronaut audience a glimpse of her current tastes. Her Beyond the Booth set features selections from Skream, Boys Noize & Mr. Oizo’s Handbraekes project, Aphex Twin’s AFX moniker, and more.

Tickets for HARD Summer are available here.

Tracklist:

Louisahhh – Tonight (Cover/Bootleg)
Tom Jenkinson – Happy Little Wilberforce
The Horrorist – Take This Step (Lenny Dee Remix)
Louisahhh – ID
Parris Mitchell – Ghetto Booty
Jubilee and Burt Fox – Keys Wallet Phone
Feadz – Go On Girl
DJ Funeral – Shutterbug
Jlin – Malkina
Skream – Bang That (Club Edit)
Louisahhh – Super Bust (Bootleg)
Boys Noize – Midnight (Boys Noize & Mr. Oizo’s Handbraekes Remix)
LFO – Tied Up Electro
AFX – p-string
DJ Slugo – Freaky Ride
DJ Rashad & Gant-Man – Heaven Sent
GA Girlz – Heaven Sent
SYNC 24/MORPHOLOGY – Ragtop
Manu Le Malin & Nicollaps – ID
RP Boo – Off Da Hook
SHXCXCHCXSH – LTTLWLF
Yan Kaylen – Mirage X84

Featured image by Nachtschaduw. Artist headshot by Marilyn Clark.

Beyond the Booth 001: Coyu goes to bat for the cat cause

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Beyond the Booth is a feature dedicated to the hidden side of artists that exists outside electronic music— a side rarely discussed with those outside their immediate circle. We venture “beyond the booth,” so to speak, and dive into their deepest passions that tie into their unique personalities. After some self-introspection, each participant then returns to the booth, providing an exclusive mix for the Dancing Astronaut audience.

Ivan Ramos, known by fans as Coyu and his colleagues as “The Big Cat,” has become a highly-respected figure of the underground since breaking through with heaters like “El Baile Alemán” with Edu Imbernon, “Mami Wata” alongside Uner, and more. His unrelenting passion for all things electronic led to him create his Suara in 2008, where its growth skyrocketed to the point where its releases are consistently charted by fellow artists and in polls by sites like Resident Advisor and more. The label is beloved by fans for both its caliber releases and its cat-centric artwork.

More recently, Coyu has taken Suara to the next level, setting up a physical merchandise shop in Barcelona that also hosts the occasional private event for things label-related. The new responsibility has hardly deterred the Spanish native, however, who continues to take his label deeper into the underground while also holding down a special residency each Sunday at the famed club Privilege in Ibiza.

What people might not know is who the man is under the surface of this burgeoning empire. One might be interested to find, in fact, that there is a deeper side to Coyu that is far more dedicated to felines than simply using them as album art. His girlfriend of over a decade happens to be a cat veterinarian, and together, they own the Suara Foundation. Their mission is to collaborate with local shelters and organizations to help find forever homes to cats in need, and in general to help give them a better life. The entire second story of his Barcelona Suara store is a dedicated “cat house” with eight cats currently occupying it — most of which happen to be named after famous DJs. Furthermore, he proudly owns several cats at home as well.

The way Coyu talks about this non-electronic passion is inspiring — compassion drips from his tone as he happily recounts how he came to name his current flock of foundation residents, his favorite things about the species, and the work his foundation does for their welfare. It mirrors the enthusiasm he displays when getting into detail about his known passion of electronica.

Without further ado, Dancing Astronaut takes Coyu “Beyond the Booth” and dives deep into his deep connection with the feline species, before returning back to the booth with an exclusive mix, recently recorded at Berlin’s Watergate club.

Venture beyond the booth with Coyu below.

Suara Coyu Barcelona

 

If you were a cat, what would your cat name be? You can’t say Coyu.

No, it’s Coyu! I’m the big cat. I have a name, and that’s Coyu.

You have a second favorite cat name?

 Yes, Coyu.

What is your favorite type of cat?

I would say Lion. I’m a Leo, so yeah!

What do you like most about cats?

I think cats are very independent. They’re almost like people! For example, let’s say you and I are really good friends, but maybe you hate someone I really like. Cats are the same way — they can be my best friend, but can hate my girlfriend for example. This actually happens a lot with one of my cats at home; she loves me a lot, but doesn’t care about the rest of humanity or the world. She only likes me and wants to stay with me all the time. If I’m in the studio, she’s in the studio. If I’m sleeping, then she’s sleeping, and when I’m not at home she’s sad and crying by the door. But she doesn’t have any connection with my girlfriend, or any other people! This is goes back precisely why I love cats and their independence; they’re not like dogs who just like everyone. I mean, I used to and still love dogs and all other animals. We even have a beagle at my mom’s place, but cats are my soulmates. They are really a reflection of who I am. And that’s why I love them so much.

How many cats do you live with at home currently?

At home we have four cats, and at the cat house we have seven. Through the foundation we have two more cats – one named Ellen, after Ellen Allien, and another named Digweed, who are in foster homes and waiting to be adopted. In total, that’s thirteen cats.

Do you have any favorites of the 13?

Ha – yeah! I usually have more of a connection with the female cats than the males. Right now for example, Bagheera is one of the cats we have here at home who’s not named after a DJ is super cool and friendly  —  she wants to be with you all the time and loves people. Not only me, but all people. Also Cassy, who is a three-legged cat, and Nina, who is shy and doesn’t usually like other people, but she likes me. Cassy and Nina are my favorites for sure. But I also love Maceo, who is the boss of the foundation. I love him as well! The cat that I mentioned before, Nincheta, is my favorite cat.

What about making music with samples made by your cats? Have you ever done that?

Not really, but I did make a tribute track for one of my cats who was deaf and passed away 1.5 years ago. I recorded it when he was alive. He was deaf, and I don’t know why, but he liked to be awake at night, and he cried almost every night for one or two years. So I made a track about that,  but I didn’t use samples of a scratch or purring or anything. Sometimes in my sets, however, I used to use cat meows in the introduction.

Going back to your foundation and your recently-opened store, what inspired the full transition to having a Suara store and full foundation for cats?

We started the Suara foundation in 2011, then the store came a little bit later. We just love cats; especially my girlfriend, who’s a feline veterinarian. One day we just decided to help some of the cats that were living near our place, and after a few months it became a more serious operation. We weren’t just feeding the cats — we were also neutering them, vaccinating them, and everything else. So, we started to collaborate with other shelters and cat associations, and then we decided to create a proper foundation. At the same time, we thought that we had a very good and creative designer, named Gaz, and opted to open the online store because he was already painting all the album art for the label. It was a good way to bring the art, fashion, and cats together. Then, three years later in 2016, we opened our first store in Barcelona. It’s a very nice store – the first floor is for fashion, music, and events, while the cat house is upstairs. I’m surrounded by seven cats as we speak – very normal! It was the natural move for us. We needed a proper place where we could have some cats here for people to see, and it would make it easier for people to adopt our cats. At the beginning, we only had the social media channels. Now, people can come and see the cats and bond/have fun with them, and if they fall in love with them, they can adopt them!

How do cats come to your foundation?

We have collaborations with cat shelters and veterinary associations, and also people like friends and family who know us, or fans, who contact us to share pictures of the cats that they find on the street. But mostly the cats in our foundation are cats from shelters and other places.

We noticed that you name a lot of your cats after DJs – how do you decide the name that goes with the cat?

Actually, I think it’s easier for our followers to learn the names of the cats if they’re named after DJs. But yeah – some of them are very happy having a cat with their name! Sometimes, I try to assign the right DJ name for the cats. Dixon [the cat] is a good example – he’s a very beautiful cat, super handsome. He’s quite shy and a bit mysterious, so I knew I needed to give him the name of a typical handsome, German tall guy. He was impressed!

So in short, yes — we try to find the right DJ name for every cat!

Do you use cats from your shelter as album art for the label as well?

Sometimes we use them! Or, sometimes our designer Gaz will see a beautiful cat and decide to paint him. But yeah – sometimes!

Final cat question: what is something you’d say to a non-cat person to make them want to “give cats a chance?”

Well, we do work in the foundation with standard people who don’t know about cats. We tell them that cats are cool and the perfect pet, in my opinion at least. Cats can be super friendly, and can be your best friend so for sure they’re great for being pets! I think the connection you can have with a cat is impossible to get with any other animal, or even some humans. Some of my cats are my best friends, and it’s hard to get that kind of connection with others. I suggest that anyone who doesn’t have a cat to adopt one – I’m sure they’ll be happy.

Onto some music things – let’s talk about Moby. Suara was one of the labels putting out a huge remix package for his work. How did you get involved in this project?

I’ve been doing Moby remixes for awhile. I did one remix in 2015 because Moby really liked one of my tracks. Then my management got in touch with Moby’s management, and we soon became one of the first labels to do remixes for him. It was very easy – we commissioned Victor Ruiz, Julian Jeweil, Oxia, and Reiner to do the remixes, releasing Reiner’s first and then the rest a few months later. Working with Moby is amazing because I’m a longtime fan of his – not only because he’s a great musician, but he’s also a really good guy in general. We’re actually currently working on a track that will be on my album that will be the second single (the first one comes out on August 14). I’m really happy to be working with someone like him!

Our interest is piqued! Is it going to be an ambient or a dance-floor track?

It’ll be a mix between classic Moby and my music, but definitely more on the electronica side. More for the car or at home, you know?

Sounds like it will be a fantastic listen. Now, going back to your album that you just mentioned, do you have a specific concept in mind?

It’s my first album, so it’s really important for me that I put together all my roots and emotions together so that people can understand who I am and where I come from. So it’s going to be a mix between dance music and at-home listening. I’m still working on it – it’s not quite at 100%, and I’m still deciding which tracks work best for it, but I’ve been working on it for five years and I finally decided to put it out. It’s a big job for me because this is my first album. I imagine the second one will be much easier. I don’t want it to turn out to be like a bunch of singles all together. For me, an album means something bigger and different than the status quo – a true mix of everything.

Speaking of eclectic and having a bit of everything, another thing we’ve noticed recently is that your label has been putting out different sounds that feel darker and even a little more progressive in nature compared to past releases. What has inspired you to go down that road?

Suara has been an eclectic label forever, but now I’m having an underground moment and I feel that Suara has to take a more underground path as well. To me, it’s very important nowadays  to show that my sound and the Suara sound are made of artistic, quality music. For example, when speaking of techn house, I got very bored of it because all the tech house songs coming out lately are very similar. It almost sounds like they were made by the same guy! I felt I needed to escape it, even though Suara was the best tech house label on Beatport at one point and now the sound is huge.

I’m not sure if we’re really going darker per se, but simply more underground. We have music coming from techno guys like Steve Rachmad and Truncate, but also more melodic guys like Fur Coat or Johannes Brecht. Then we have Booka Shade, who are more housey. Ultimately, I don’t care about styles; I just care about quality music. But right now I feel that tech house is turning into the new “EDM” in a way. Creativity is lacking now in that area. That’s why we decided to go back in a house and techno direction at Suara. We aren’t related to any specific style though.

Stream Coyu’s exclusive mix for Beyond the Booth below, recorded live from Watergate in Berlin.

Louis the Child drops 25-minute mix of unreleased tracks

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What’s better than new Louis the Child music?

An entire mix of unreleased Louis the Child music!

The Chicago duo just dropped a 25-minute mix they’ve titled “Candy,” containing more than 20 unreleased tunes. With a track list containing fun titles like “Damn son” and “Crazy Wub Beat,” it’s easy to see that these two have so many tricks up their sleeves that have remained hidden from the music world ’til now.

“Candy is a collection of ideas and songs we’ve made over the past few years. All music is unreleased,” they noted in the track description.

We’d love to see these tracks officially released, especially since there are so many creative and innovative concepts and WIPs sprinkled throughout the mix.

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Stream ODESZA’s ‘Bedtime Mix’ for BBC Radio 1

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A little over a month remains until September 8, the release date ODESZA‘s third LP project, A Moment Apart.

Rest assured too that the boys, Clay and Harrison, are not resting lightly on amping up its release — with several tracks being teased over the last month, a special live online fan Q&A, and a stunning Red Rocks performance featuring much of their new album material. The album will feature the mellifluous vocals of Leon BridgesRegina Spektor and RY X.

Most recently, the Seattle-based duo has taken their indie-electronica talents to the behind the decks of BBC Radio 1 for a laid-back collection of tunes for the ‘Bedtime Mix’ with Phil Taggart.

In a humble move, the guys of ODESZA opt not to necessarily use the BBC Mix as a platform to show off their album material but, more so, to broadcast their acute, eclectic musical tastes. The product is a seamless and sumptuous acoustic journey through sonic time, taking you on a dreamlike pilgrimage through a track list that includes Air’s “Alone in Kyoto,” Gidge’s “Huldra,” and Odd Nosdam’s “Ethereal Slap.”

Listen to ODESZA’s ‘Bedtime Mix’ here.

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Listen to elrow’s debut compilation

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Spanish dance party legends elrow are known for their ability to draw out the best underground talent for their events. In an effort to reflect and share the energy of an elrow affair, they have put together a two-CD compilation featuring mixes from their resident selectors.

Referring to the compilation as “the beginning of a landmark series,” elrow paired up with the U.K.-based label Cr2 to put the clubbing experience into the hands of the fans. Cr2 founder Marc Brown remarked:

I have been following the progression and rise of elrow since their first parties in Barcelona and Ibiza as a fan, DJ and label owner. elrow is one of the few brands that has remained true to their original concepts, creating the ultimate clubbing experience and providing forward thinking electronic music along with sensational production. I am excited to be releasing the first ever official elrow album, bringing together two family run independent businesses that are both full of passion for underground dance music.

The two disc compilation is made up by two mixes, one by Toni Varga & De La Swing and the other featuring Marc Maya & George Privatti. The result is a diverse and energetic set of mixes including tracks from Route 94, Bontan, Lee Walker, Max Chapman, and many more. This compilation helps to cement elrow as a staple in the nightlife scene, with their renowned 12 hour parties and Ibiza residency going strong. The compilation can be ordered and streamed here.

Tracklist:

CD1 – TONI VARGA B2B DE LA SWING

1. MELÉ – SUNSHOWERS
2. DJ DEP – DESALOJADO
3. BONTAN – CONTROL
4. SIDNEY CHARLES FEAT. LADY VALE – MAKE ME MOOVE
5. COLLECTIVE MACHINE – I WANT A HOUSE KIT
6. SANTÉ & TONI VARGA – IN TIME
7. SUPERNOVA – GET HOT
8. DE LA SWING – CONNECTED
9. CAAL & BAUM – DOWNTOWN BEAT
10. ROUTE 94 – HOUSE & PRESSURE
11. MAX CHAPMAN – BODY JACK (GET MY SWERVE ON)
12. ALEXIS RAPHAEL – LOADED UP (CAAL REMIX)
13. CLOONEE – LIKE THIS
14. MIHALIS SAFRAS – PUSHIT
15. EMANUEL SATIE – COME AS YOU ARE (LUCA DONZELLI & MAR-T REMIX)
16. KI CREIGHTON & MAKANAN – TRIVIAL

CD2 – MARC MAYA B2B GEORGE PRIVATTI

1. COYU & BASTIAN BUX – SATARA
2. MARC MAYA – ALAC
3. VEERUS – ARP
4. AUDIOJACK & KEVIN KNAPP – IMPLICATIONS
5. DENNIS CRUZ – MAD
6. SCURRILOUS – THEY PLAY IT SAFE
7. LEE WALKER – BREAK THE SYSTEM
8. GEORGE PRIVATTI & EDDY M – BASILLE
9. WAITZ – BREAK
10. PAUL DAREY, CHRIS MAIN, HANNES BRUNIIC – VOICES
11. BONTAN – THE FIRST TIME
12. PABLO SAY – REENCUENTRO
13. FER BR – JACK
14. WAZE & ODYSSEY – DOWN WITH THA
15. JAMES CAMPBELL – SOLAR

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Mau5trap unveils special ‘Ten Year Anniversary’ compilation

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Mau5trap officially has a full decade under its belt of cultivating the next generation of groundbreaking electronic talent. Known for helping launch careers of many greats, including Skrillex, REZZ, Eekkoo, and more, the deadmau5-founded label has been more than well-received by the industry at large.

10th anniversary celebrations kicked off with a special party in Joel Zimmerman’s homebase of Toronto, packed with performances by various favorites on the mau5trap roster. Today, July 24, the festivities continue with the release of its special Ten Year Anniversary compilation. The 33-track-strong package comes with an array of current favorites in the label’s catalog as well as brand new originals and remixes, including a new remix of Matt Lange’s ‘Fever’ by Monstergetdown, a sought-after “Kayla” by ATTLAS, and “Pyara” by Fehrplay.

Another standout track comes from new signee Rinzen, who provides a dark and stunning take on ATTLAS’ hit single, “Aspen.” Given his track record thus far, he’s looking to be another power player on the label in no time.

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