Kaskade has announced his plans to serve up a special show for New York City on the most celebration-friendly day of the calendar year, New Year’s Eve, at Terminal 5. The dance titan will return to play the iconic Manhattan venue following his sold-out Redux shows at the Brooklyn Mirage and a spectacular main-stage sunset set for Electric Zoo at Randall’s Island. The first of these launched in support of his widely embraced Redux EP series’ latest edition, Redux 003. The two-night run of branded shows sold out in under two minutes.
3000 attendees will have the chance to catch Kaskade play the multi-level Hell’s Kitchen venue and experience the hotly anticipated NYE performance. The night promises immersive lights and production as well as an open bar to up the ante.
Limited pre-sale goes live Tuesday, September 6 at 11 am ET here. Pre-sale access will be the only way to formally secure tickets.
Just days after hinting at bringing his storied HOLO show to New York, Eric Prydz has confirmed two performances before the clock runs out on 2019.
HOLO will land in The Bronx on Dec. 27 and 28 at the New York Expo Center. Fans will have a chance to experience his mind-bending visuals and otherworldly sonic exploration at the 60,000-square-foot venue for two nights only—HOLO’s first and only US landing.
These two Prydz performances are likely to go down in history, as a press release notes that they will “feature greater production levels than any previous Prydz US show.”
Pre-sale sign-ups are available now here. The pre-sale will take place at 10 a.m. EST Sept. 10, with codes sent an hour prior. This format is designed to help fans purchase tickets directly for the show and prevent scalpers moving tickets into the secondary market.
Learn more on the website and view the preview video for New York below.
New York City’s stock of live music venues further contracts with the impending closure of PlayStation Theatre. Operated by Bowery Presents, the 2,100-capacity Times Square site will close its doors at the end of 2019 after a four-date run of New Year’s performances by the Disco Biscuits, according to Variety. The closure is reportedly due to the expiration of the theater’s lease.
With the news of its impending exit from the New York City music circuit, PlayStation Theatre joins the ranks of fellow shuttered venues such as Output Nightclub, Cielo, and Pacha NYC.
You would have thought by now that we all learned our lesson from Fyre Festival – but apparently that isn’t the case for the gang over at the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. Amid a plague of obvious danger signs, the fest shows no sign of stopping. Originally scheduled to take place at Watkins Glen on
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.
Record label owner and global sound purveyor Moscoman is an artist who needs little introduction. First becoming a pillar of the Tel Aviv underground, his sound that effortlessly smudges the lines between disco, electronic, global music, and house have since made him a subject of international intrigue. He eventually made Berlin his home base, where he launched Disco Halal in 2016. In just a few years, the imprint has earned a high reputation, playing an ever-increasing role in the rise of left field dance music with notable signings from Chaim, Red Axes, Trikk, and more. Moscoman also made waves in 2017 with his hybrid imprint/eight-part series, Treisar.
The artist has continued to build upon his recent successes in 2019, putting out well-received EPs from Trikk and Nicola Cruz & Auntie Flo while stopping by fellow avant garde leader DJ Tennis’ label Life and Death for Wave Rave. Like its name, the eclectic four-tracker is rife with new wave/1980s influences—with futuristic overtones. His and his artists’ output remains impeccable, and it’s clear that Moscoman has fully stepped into his own as an artist,
He also follows a busy tour schedule, with one of his key upcoming dates being Gather Outdoors. The festival, organized by New York scene shapers Teksupport, is putting on its first edition at the Holiday Mountain Resort in the Catskills region of New York. Moscoman joins the likes of Francesca Lombardo, Brian Cid, Audiofly, and more at the festival’s Members-curated Oak Stage.
Curious to know more about his take on the rise of global sounds in dance music, lessons he’s learned through his long-reaching career, playing Gather, and his curatorial influence, we had a brief chat with Moscoman for this edition of Techno Tuesdays.
Learn more about Gather Outdoors and get tickets to the festival here.
If you weren’t able to DJ and produce for a living, do you think you’d still be working in the industry full time? We saw a Twitter exchange about publicity?
Ha, the PR tweet was a joke amongst friends, but i’m super into everything around this industry!
I would do something maybe in management or any other way to help out artists, and of course my daily label work is one of my favorite things.
‘Disco Halal’ has been described in the past as “a very Berlin based label” – can you give us a rundown on how your sound has changed and evolved since moving to Berlin from Tel Aviv?
I reckon that only in Berlin I really found my voice, and thus begun this era of New Tel Aviv wave. Both happened at the same time simultaneously. Disco Halal is a Berlin Label, but its influences are worldwide. There isn’t really a play-by-play of what happened. But in terms of content, it moved from editing remixing other people music to releasing originals and giving people a platform to release their truth.
On a similar note, you’ve also advised that Berliners tend to have a more restricted mindset. But in recent years with artists like yourself, Acid Pauli, Powel, etc, it seems as though the city’s mind has “opened” more toward world sounds and more melodic material. What do you think has led to this change?
Tourism, inwards and outwards. More DJs playing outside of Berlin and more outsiders play in it all became a melting pot, people need to dare more to standout these days (and throughout history for sure).
Why do you think people connect so deeply with your sound? It’s been crazy to see how much you and your brand have grown over the past few years.
I believe people connect to us because its very Mediterranean in its core. It’s like your mother’s cooking, its something you are familiar with or something you want to be familiar with. It comes from the heart and soul of all of us, its a story of unity somehow.
What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned since launching your own labels [Treisar project and Disco Halal]?
Not to want too much too fast, and everything has its moment. The smart ones know when the moment is right (I’m still working on that point!)
Do you ever feel as though you’ve sabotaged yourself at times in your efforts to release other artists’ music over your own on Disco Halal? Why not?
No, in life you give and get back, and never directly. This label is not my personal playground, it’s made for the music, for the fans and of course for the artists that are helping us to create and develop it.
Who are some artists you’ve signed as of late that are particularly noteworthy, and what makes these artists unique?
I have a personal relationship with all my artists, and I love to hear what they say and what they’re after. No one is after huge success really, and all are after their true artistic selves. That can be annoying as a label manager, but as an artist myself so i can also understand it. Ultimately every person is unique, but only a few standout.
Having lived in two distinct music towns, what are the similarities and differences you’ve noticed in terms of innovation, support for the arts, etc between Berlin and Tel Aviv?
You can’t really compare stuff. Tel Aviv has been about survival, Berlin invented many of the rules of this scene, when I moved I had no idea that things will pan out they way they are so I didn’t really notice too much. I would say that there’s great music from every city, and party wise there are better parties in Israel at this point, because the Berlin club market is over saturated which makes stuff a little bland. That said, the key clubs still hold their own.
How do you determine when the timing is right to release a certain track, or EP? Thinking about how you waited until the right moment (2018) to release your debut EP on Disco Halal.
I go with my gut, to be honest, no magic. I don’t live within patterns so I honestly do whatever i want all the time. It’s not always right, but it’s never quiet.
What inspires you the most creatively these days?
You’re about to play the debut Gather Outdoors festival, which has a very specialist/underground lineup. What do you think this says about the US dance scene as a whole?
I love the change. From the first time I played in the US ’till now its been a crazy ride and I’m so happy that there’s place for people like me in the US Scene.
What excites you most about playing Gather?
The amazing line up, friends, and of course visiting the borscht belt for the first time!
The warm weather on the East Coast brings with it Brooklyn Mirage season. The palm tree bedecked New York venue has newly reopened for another vibrant year of event production on Stewart Ave. The Mirage’s calendar of summer bookings features a wealth of celebrated live acts, including electronic music vet, Alesso. From evergreen electronic classics like “Calling” and the Grammy Award-nominated “If I Lose Myself,” to comparatively more recent productions like the country-inflected “Let Me Go,” Alesso’s catalog is essentially a wide-spanning highlight reel of house music.
With his latest EP, Progresso Volume 1 now out and ready for live set inclusion, Alesso’s highly anticipated return to New York City will begin on September 13 at the Brooklyn Mirage. The rapidity with which Alesso’s inaugural Brooklyn Mirage booking sold out is a testament to the acclaim that enshrouds the producer, and has preluded a newly announced followup show, due to overwhelming demand. Alesso will appear at the Brooklyn Mirage again on September 14, to take attendees on a ‘sweet escape’ from the everyday through his momentous live production. Fans can secure tickets to Alesso’s secondary show, here.
Colin McBean, or Mr. G, is a true pioneer. Moved by the sounds coming out of Detroit and Chicago, he became one of the first to import house and techno to his home of UK and is widely considered a godfather of the country’s contemporary rave scene. The legend has been sought after in the states for well over two decades, but has notably declined offers to play. That is, until now. With a renaissance of underground sounds currently unfolding across the country, the timing feels right for Mr. G to make his take the decks stateside at Teksupport’s Gather Outdoors festival.
Sunday, May 26, marks the day of Mr. G’s landmark debut. True to his M.O., the iconic DJ will be bringing his live kit along with him for a particularly unique showing. Fans and curious onlookers can expect a heady mixture of soulful, grooving house cuts imbued with the infectious energy and signature aesthetic that Mr. G brings to each of his sets. His inaugural performance stateside will be one to remembered, and is primed to become a permanent part of American dance music history.
Purchase tickets to Gather hereto catch Mr. G’s premiere USA performance, alongside Jamie xx, James Murphy, Amelie Lens, and more.
Time Warp has been a crown jewel of the techno sphere since its inception 25 years ago. Having passed that milestone birthday this year, it only felt right the German institution would return once more to New York for a two-day showing at the Expo Center in the Bronx neighborhood. Time Warp has enlisted their usual local collaborators, Teksupport to help facilitating the return.
The festival first made its way to New York in 2014 and returned in 2015 before taking a four year break. In previous editions, New York received rare appearances from the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth, and more. This year’s edition takes place on November 22 & 23, and with the lineup being revealed in the coming months.
It’s time to assemble the flock; the DIRTYBIRD BBQ lineups have arrived for each city, and Claude VonStroke has once again assembled a high caliber crew of friends and labelmates to join him on the cross-country adventure. Justin Martin, Will Clarke, Sacha Robotti, and Shiba San are just a few of the names who will be appearing at the BBQ’s stops in LA, SF, Brooklyn, Austin, and Denver.
Food and good music remain the pillars of the DIRTYBIRD BBQs; however, this year guests will have an even more immersive experience throughout the day with the introduction of the Sizzle stage. Campout-inspired activities like bingo, a “Bird Roast,” and more will be hosted, allowing fans a taste of the childhood revival that happens each fall.
Finally, head here to enter a contest to win a pair of flights and tickets to the New York BBQ to spend quality time with Will Clarke.
Bay Area (May 4 – Alameda County Fairgrounds):
Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, J.Phlip, Christian Martin, Worthy, Ardalan
LA (May 5 – LA Exposition Park):
Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Sacha Robotti, Justin Jay, Wyatt Marshall vs Lubelski, + SPECIAL GUEST
Austin (June 1 – Carson Creek Ranch):
Claude VonStroke, Walker & Royce, Christian Martin, Ardalan, Steve Darko b2b VNSSA + SPECIAL GUEST
Denver (June 8 – Fillmore Outdoors) – City Vote Winner*
Claude VonStroke, Christian Martin, J.Phlip, ZDS, VNSSA, + SPECIAL GUEST
Brooklyn (June 16 – Brooklyn Mirage):
Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Gene Farris, Will Clarke, J.Phlip, Joeski, Steve Darko b2b Codes
Being my first House of Yes and Caravan Gitane party, I was pleasantly surprised with how this past Saturday night turned out. I usually don’t stay out past 3:30am in my old age, and I was still moving at 5am. I was prepped with the fact that it’d be in a massive warehouse (awesome) with