The Lane 8 camp is full of exciting announcements right now. The Denver-based artist, real name Daniel Goldstein, has announced his second album, Little By Little, out Jan. 19, 2018 on his own imprint, This Never Happened. The album comes with an extensive 35-date global headlining tour, with stop in North America, Australia, and Europe.
To celebrate, Goldstein has released the first single off his forthcoming LP, titled “No Captain feat. POLIÇA.” The track distills Lane 8’s unique flair for melodic and eloquently-textured productions that are both classy and quirky, traversing reflective electronica, instrumental club epics and left field pop moments alike.
Lane 8 addressed fans over Twitter to announce the project,
Over the past two years I’ve waited for a certain feeling to return – the feeling that I was ready and excited to write an album again. As it happened, at the end of 2016, we finished an incredible first This Never Happened tour shortly before welcoming our daughter into the world. As 2017 began, I found myself really driven to create album #2. Throughout this year, I found a lot of joy in focusing on each little task achieved, each small accomplishment that pushed me one step closer to the goal of making another album – another experience – that I was really proud of. In a way I think that’s what this album is all about – taking the time to appreciate each small step in a larger journey.
Pre-order Lane 8’s Little By Little LP here. See the full list of tour dates here.
A considerable amount of time has passed since the Oregon Eclipse Gathering, but exclusive sets continue to appear online as artists upload their live acts or, in some cases, even go as far as to re-record their sets.
Now former attendees and eclipse chasers from around the globe can now enjoy sets from the likes of Bassnectar, Minnesota, CloZee, and many more, organized into stage-by-stage playlists thanks to one SoundCloud user. From the deep, dark tech house of the Sky Stage, to the psytrance of the Earth Stage, to the festival’s bass head haven at The Moon Stage, over 50 live and re-recorded sets are available for stream from Oregon’s Global Eclipse Gathering, held Aug. 17-23, 2017.
Though international eclipse festivals are often based around trance and downtempo, make no mistake that the bass, jam, and house acts are actually considered guests in this awe-inspiring, transformative festival experience. Relive sets from the Global Eclipse Gathering’s Earth, Moon, Sun, and Sky stages below.
Listeners looking for the next up-and-coming house music DJ can find that in DJ Rae with the release of her new euphoric, 90s-infused track “Surrender.”
DJ Rae is a multi-talented artist with top-notch vocals, production and DJ skills, which have allowed her to attain residencies at some of Ibiza’s most prominent nightclubs such as Pacha and Ushuaïa.
The London-based DJ fuses bass and acid house elements in “Surrender,” with cowbell hits and deep synths on the bass line that complement DJ Rae’s captivating vocals. Released off her own imprint, RATED, house lovers can expect to be groovin’ to this one on their next trip to the UK nightclubs.
After just three months of making beats in North Carolina, DJ/producer HEYZ caught the eye of mau5trap, deadmau5‘s widely acclaimed imprint. This lead to his first official label release with an original track “Quietly.” Following this debut, the producer has decided to grace listeners with a Halloween techno-treat entitled “Nice.”
As for an inspiration behind the track, HEYZ revealed, “I wanted to create a sinister, sharp sound while utilizing a driving bass line to create something that’s dark yet danceable.” That he does, indeed, with hard-hitting drums and crunchy synths throughout what is basically the tracks entirety, throwing in an occasional whispered “nice” sample. The track represents a powerful followup from a producer quickly on the rise.
The new track is an intergalactic-tinged number with a dance-ready concoction of elements. It brings forth the duo’s quintessential combination of quirks, synths, and fervourous flair — and yet, the number simultaneously primes fans for a sonically diverse album arriving soon.
Now in it’s 21st year, the mystique surrounding Burning Man and its ability to draw in the biggest names in electronic music have shown now signs of abating. This year was no exception, with contributions from Diplo, Skrillex, and a Burning Man favorite — Tycho’s sunrise set.
One particular guest to Black Rock City that has until now remained rather elusive has been the legendary Carl Cox. Thanks to the folks at The Radio Department, fans of tech-house can now hear Carl Cox’s first-ever guest mix (beginning at the 58 minute mark) on John Digweed‘s radio show, Transitions.
Recorded live from deep within the playa this past September, expect to hear a carefully curated mix of techno and progressive DJs who are pioneering their respective genres, including Dance Spirit, Satori, Markus Homm, Connan Mockasin, Tiefschwarz & Yawk, and more.
When one’s passion is ardent enough, that which ignites it will eventually take over all aspects of life. Sacha Robotti — Dirtybird’s well-loved, Belgian-raised clan member — is an embodiment of this idea, having come to a realization well into his professional life that he was meant to pursue a career as an electronic musician.
Music had clearly been something that ran deep in Robotti’s veins, as evidenced by his professional pianist sister. “I played music [classically] until I was about fifteen or so,” the tech house commander recalls when discussing playing cello in his youth. “Then, I started DJing.”
Robotti’s tone subtly lights up when he mentions his beginnings as a DJ, and anytime the topic of his current profession arises in the conversation. His dedication and love for his art is infectious, and shows up in all manifestations of his being. This feeds right into his steadily-growing fan base, who revel in and return the enthusiasm with full force. He would be serving as a counselor to a raucous crowd at Dirtybird Campout in just a few days, and continuing a lengthy Slothacid tour right afterward — a testament to how a genuine attitude and talent can carry one far.
Before taking the leap of faith into DJ and producerhood, he faced an all-too familiar crossroads when moving into the young professional part of his life. “I had always felt there was a possibility I could make it as a musician,” Sacha began when asked why he didn’t decide to test his luck in the electronica waters straight away. “However, at the time architecture seemed like a more sensible career path, so I persisted down that road,” he admitted.
“In my opinion, you truly get better at something when you’re passionate about it, and ultimately my passion is music.”
He felt satiated for a brief while: “It was definitely a great field at first, because it made me travel and look at the world from different perspectives. I feel like you perceive everything differently once you know how certain things are built, and how people move around.” Having been born to an Italian father, a German mother, and being raised in Belgium, a tendency toward cosmopolitan habits is as ingrained in Robotti as music was.
Another thing that has remained unchanged is his selfless interest in creating a positive impact for others. Sacha let his creativity flow through some conceptual design work, but most enjoyed “participating in an area of architecture that was really useful to those who needed it.” Before turning to music, he had been working on a reconstruction project in a war-affected area of Afghanistan.
The former architect is a strong believer of sustainable development as well. To him, it’s “the direction we all need to go in to save the planet, especially with all the pollution and destruction happening right now.” He continues on: “We need to shift to a different outlook, and start building with more recycled materials and other power and water-saving supplies that don’t consume as many resources.” One day, when he’s ready, he’ll be building his own house in such a manner.
Sacha’s turning point came in 2005, when he “got invited to apply for a master’s in music at this institution in Berlin.” The sign he’d been looking for had finally arrived. “When I got accepted, I knew my path was to do music full time,” he affirmed.
His followers know the rest of the story. Influenced by the underground and other electronica influences that swept his home town of Brussels, Robotti built his own unique personality through highly danceable sets and thumping tech house works that caught Dirtybird attention in 2012. Through his music, he’s once again able to travel around the world and view things from different perspectives.
“I live and breathe music right now. I try to embrace everything that I can, and take any opportunity I get to travel, network, and see different places with my work. I find it particularly interesting to learn about new cultures and people all around the world!”
In music, he also gets to continue down a path where his output is something of use to people. While architecture manifested utility on a more physical scale, his music offers people a playful escape from the real world — always a welcome gift.
An innate desire to sweep people off to a pleasant place happens to tie into his association with sloths as a spirit animal and personal brand. When throwing a warehouse party one day, where the goal was to create a place “where one could feel comfortable, relaxed, and have a good time — unlike a club-type setting,” he decided to use a sloth logo. Fans soon started tagging him on all things sloth-related, and thus he became a “sloth man.”
“Like the sloth, I like to take time to balance everything in life. They really are a positive spirit animal for me, in a sense.”
The conversation ends on a gleeful note, as Sacha names off the new cities he’s played thus far on his successful Slothacid tour, where he’s looking forward to playing next, and of course, his favorite things about Dirtybird Campout. That weekend, he went on to be lovingly welcomed by his campers, where he returned their positivity with a wild set that shattered their self control and left nothing but dancing as a result.
Let’s dive a bit into your background now with architecture, the field you were in before music. Can you give us some details on how you got into it?
Sure! I studied architecture in Scotland and Berlin. It was definitely a great field at first, because it made me travel and look at the world from different perspectives. I feel like you perceive everything differently once you know how certain things are built, and how people move around. After eight years in the field, however, I realized that it wasn’t for me.
One big takeaway from my years in architecture is that I know for certain that I want to design and build my own house one day. Hopefully I’ll be able to do this soon!
Are you saving up for land and materials and such?
I wish, but not right now. Sometime in the future, I hope I can start.
Honestly, my life is just about music right now. I live and breathe it right now, and try to embrace everything that I can, and take any opportunity I get to travel, learn about new cultures, network, and see different places with my work. I find it particularly interesting to learn about new cultures and people all around the world!
What led you to study architecture in the first place instead of diving right into music?
I played music streadily until I was about 15 or so, and then I started DJing. My sister was a pianist as well, so in a way I always felt there was a possibility I could make it as a musician. However, at the time architecture seemed like a more sensible career path, so I persisted down that road until I realized it wasn’t more sensible for me. In my opinion, you truly get better at something when you’re passionate about it, and ultimately my passion is music.
Totally agree. If you’re passionate and driven enough about something, you can make it work! So, when was your turning point when you made the transition to being a full-time musician?
In about 2005. I was in Afghanistan working on a re-construction project. I got invited to apply for a master’s in music at this institution in Berlin, and when I got accepted I knew my path was to do music full time. I got a master in “music communication,” which is more or less a “deluxe” version of sound design. It was a more artistic side of the field though, with more theory.
Let’s get into some more music-related things. Tell us about your Slothacid tour!
It’s been great so far — I’ve been able to play in cities I haven’t been to before. There’s also Dirtybird Campout, which I’m super excited for. I’m playing at Sky Bar in Chicago too, along with another round of interesting places. I have about 20 more cities to hit in the next couple months. I’ll be travelling with some support as well — Kevin Knapp is coming, Rybo will be there, J. Worra, Pezzner, and Fancy Fox. I’m really looking forward to that!
Which cities are ones you’ve just played at for the first time, and which have been your favorites?
Vancouver is one, and I also haven’t been to Edmonton (British Columbia), Kelowna, Washington DC and a few others. I played in Boston as well, which was really nice.
Moving onto Dirtybird Campout – you’ve been to every one. What are your favorite things about it, and what sets it apart from other events you’ve played at?
The campout theme itself makes it different from every other festival I’ve been at. The boy/girl scout spirit, the games, the music being all Dirtybird, and the intimacy are all things I love to it.
DC underground stalwart, Sharam, is gearing up for the release of his album in a few days, but he is still riding high after the release of the third part of his Collecti project. Consisting of five tracks, Collecti Pt. 3 demonstrates a wide array of the producer’s various sounds and styles.
To serve as the bridge between this release and the upcoming album, Sharam has lent his hand to crafting an hour-long, exclusive mix for Dancing Astronaut. Blending his latest releases like “Dubbi” and “Napoli” with highlighted tracks from his peers like DJ Dep and Chance Caspian, the techno maven sustains a constant energy and groove while balancing light and dark tones in an innovative stimulating fashion.
Tracklist: Sharam – Dubbi Sharam – Techi (Renier Zonneveld Remix) Rudosa – Eyes On You DJ Dep – That’s Right Third Son – Sanguine Sharam – Napoli Sharam – Texi Chance Caspian – ID Stephan Bodzin – Powers of Ten (Maceo Plex & Shall Ocin Remix) Sharam – Spaci
Amidst their recently commenced world tour, UK tech-house twosome, Prok & Fitch, have released a three-song EP entitled Seagulls via prolific techno label, Relief Records. The duo accredits internationally-celebrated house and techno producer, Green Velvet, for his hand in getting the ball rolling: “We first started working on the Seagulls EP last year. As soon as Curtis (Green Velvet) heard a demo of ‘Parker The Virgin’ he wanted it.” The pair, who are no strangers to Beatport Top 10’s, has worked alongside house icons such as Mark Knight and Moby, with their remixes culminating support from front-pagers like Tiesto, Carl Cox, and Pete Tong.
The EP’s title track, “Seagulls,” with its steely beat and distorted vocal samples, is crisp and unconventional. Its stripped down sound design and clandestine, warehouse texture give “Seagulls” its raw tech-house energy.
Gorgon City has proved to be one of the most successful dance music duos in the industry right now, having sold 2 million combined global singles to date and recently acquiring their own weekly radio show on Sirius XM. The UK-natives have also announced a 22-stop Kingdom tour throughout the UK and North America, which will be their biggest tour to date. Now, fresh off a massive summer hit with Duke Dumont on “Real Life,” they’ve unveiled plans to start their very own imprint through Virgin EMI called REALM with their popular new track “Primal Call” being its first official release. The label is designed as a platform to focus on Gorgon City’s underground, more club-focused tracks. Matt and Kye had some words of their own to accompany the launch:
“We’ve been planning to launch our imprint for a long time and it now feels like the perfect time to release ‘Primal Call’, after getting great reactions over the summer. We wanted the debut to be a new track from us, to set the vibe of what’s to come on the label. We can’t wait to release more great music on REALM, so watch this space!”
“Primal Call” itself contains piano riffs, echoing pitch vocals and a euphoric breakdown that leaves room for the thumping house bassline and elongated sirens. The duo truly shows off their improved production skills, with a sound that will force anyone to stay at the club until sunrise.
To purchase tickets for their upcoming KINGDOM tour, click here.