Over the last decade London has seen a vast array of its iconic clubs shut down. Whether this has been due to the weakened economic climate or personal decisions made by its owners, ravers & late night dance fanatics have had a swift reduction in what has been some of the best platforms for electronic music. Trackitdown has decided to undertake a showcase of some of the most iconic venues credited for pushing the electronic music scene to new heights. With London becoming more & more crippled by the lack of high end club spaces, we wanted to re-live some of the components which inspired & enhanced the British music entertainment sector.
Miami Music Week, renowned for showcasing & hosting some of the most exciting parties world wide just ended. The 6 day festive period which invites well established & underground DJ's alike took place on March 25th - 30th. Curated by some of the best labels across the globe, the week long adventure provides intimate surroundings, rare collaborative moments & beautiful palm trees-adding to the Miami-esc stereotype. Four days have now passed since the event, allowing people time to breathe, regain their memory & no doubt their brain cells too. With that, we decided to have a chat with our friends at Be-at.tv who spent their time filming & streaming some of the most epic party sets of the week. Naturally, our main interest focused on the best sets, memorable moments, crowd atmosphere & so forth. According to the Be-at.tv the arrangement and style of the event changed this year, preferring EDM style music for the day time parties and focusing on the underground sounds in the evening. Unfortunately, some of our sources said the EDM failed to get the party started & that this arrangement should be changed.
Time Warp Festival (2014) is back for another year of techno, Detroit dance, minimal & deep house in Mannheim, Germany. After an astonishing 2013, its hard to imagine it could get any better. However, with this year being its 20th birthday, you know some surprises are in-store!
With the festival season on the way, picking the right acts for 2014 hasn't been too much trouble for SW4. Their only concern is that their staging can support their latest act as they bring on this years dance heavy weight, Daniel Pearce aka Eats Everything on Bank Holiday Sunday.
Its a sad day for House as one of its very own legends, Frankie Knuckles was confirmed to have passed away (Chicago Tribune) at the young age of 59. It has been reported that 'The Godfather' was a victim to Type II Diabetes. A further report is due to come forth today by long term business associate & partner, Frederic Dunson.
Hessle Audio co-founder, Ben UFO treated Radio One listners to a full half hour Jungle set. The only vinyl set featured on Rockwell's show includs tracks from Dillinja, Hype & Dj Krust. BEn UFO is well regarded for his feel good music selection, usually ranging from House, Techno & Garage. Distinctly acknowledged for his music selection, you can find the Dj mixing outside of his comfort zone regularly, choosing classic Disco tunes as well as tones of Ragga, Hip hop & other bangers from any musicical enthusiasts collections.Here we've got some classic jungle beats & a few words from the man himself.
To celebrate another strong year at Formation Records DJ SS has put together the 3rd instalment of 'Freeform'. Trackitdown is very proud to be giving away this seriously good compilation for free on behalf of DJ SS and his team at Formations Records.
Ben Pearce burst onto the scene in 2012 with his killer track 'What I Might Do', which was undoubtably one of the biggest tracks of the summer. Since Ben has had success on Moda Black and Under The Shade but to name a few and this has earned him a nomination for DJ Mag's Best Of British - Best Breakthrough Producer. We caught up with him to find about life as a DJ and producer and to get the lowdown on his record label Purp & Soul.
Marc Kinchen aka MK is undoubtably one of the most influential house producers going, he pioneered the house in the early 90s and remixed some of the biggest pop tunes including Celine Dion and Pet Shop Boys. He then went onto work with Qunicy Jones, where he produced tunes for the likes of Will Smith, Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg.
Jon Rundell is a very talented individual, not only is he an international DJ and producer, he is also the manager of Carl Cox's Intec record label and of his own Etch Recordings.
With a creative background and the expertise in making music videos for the likes of AlunaGeorge, Laurence Blake aka Citizen switched his attention to music production and was quickly picked up by house pioneer Kerri Chandler for his MadTech Records.
Sean Tyas has had yet another excellent year and it's not over yet. Hot off the heels of his track with Noah Neiman and Fisher 'Lose My Logic', Sean Tyas is set to release a remix version and his next sole release 'Now You See' just around the corner.
Nick Coles catches up with Dutch stadium house superstar Sandro Silva ahead of his imminent return to the UK for Houscienda's massive launch party, here's what he had to say...
With nearly 20 years worth of experience in the industry, in-particularly in the Trace scene, we thought we'd catch up with Mark Sherry to find out what he thinks about these evolving times and to see if he had any studio tips for us.
Pioneer unveils the CDJ-900NXS - the next generation digital player that keeps every performance fresh
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs will headline London Warehouse Events New Year's Eve party along with Breach, Bondax, T.Williams, Gorgon City and many more of the UK's best house, bass and garage artists.
For the last decade Lange has been at the forefront of the Trance scene, making him one of the most influentials artists in the genre. Ahead of the release of his third studio album we thought we'd catch up with him to find out more about the project.
London Warehouse Events or LWE as most will know it, have been hosting and curating events for the last 3 years throughout London. With their concept largely based around warehouse spaces and unique locations, combined with bespoke production, heavyweight sound systems and cutting edge line-ups they create the perfect rave formula, which goes back a long way.
Mixed In Key 5.5 is the latest version of its harmonic-mixing software that's used by world-class DJs like Sasha, Markus Schulz, Paul Oakenfold, Sebatian Ingrosso, Pete Tong and Kaskade. Mixed In Key 5.5 quickly and accurately identifies the keys and tempos of digital music files, making it easy for DJs to create mashups and play perfect DJ sets. Version 5.5 offers a powerful new music energy level algorithm as well as new file format compatibilities.
So we might be a little behind the curve on this one... by several years!