18 photos from Cocoon’s masterful Printworks London opening party

Printworks London‘s latest series began with a bang last weekend as Sven Väth took his Cocoon party to the industrial spot. Patrick Topping, Grainger, Dana Ruh, Dubfire, Ilario Alicante joined the main man on September 29, putting on a show for the capital’s heads. Printworks continues this weekend (October 6) with Maceo Plex’s Mosaic. He’s joined by Len Faki, Ellen Allien, Danny Daze and loads more. Nina Kraviz, Mount Kimbie, Anastasia Kristensen, The Black Madonna all play later in the season. See how it went down below. Mixmag RSS Feed

REVIBE’s energy gel fueled 50,000 ravers all summer long

In August, we covered REVIBE energy gel and how its caffeine and alcohol-free formula can keep ravers going without dreaded hangovers. It launched headfirst into clubland this summer, making appearances at Cocoon in the Park, SW4 Festival, Full Moon Europe, MTV Calling and Bassfest, saving 50,000 weary ravers across the UK. The brand shows no signs of slowing down with new partners, venues and countries all being discussed for release in these up-and-coming colder months. More information can be found here. See images from this summer below. Mixmag RSS Feed

The factory-made magnificence of Los Angeles’ Secret Project in 22 photos

In an effort to circle back to its origins in hosting historic parties in the streets of Los Angeles, Insomniac created Factory 93 – a space and project that keeps its feet in the warehouse with its eyes and ears on the underground. A far cry from the mainstream sound and color of EDC or Beyond Wonderland, the debut of Factory 93’s music and art festival, Secret Project, has been heralded as a total success. Gauging the reaction, it seems reasonable to assume that Secret Project may very well blossom into Los Angeles’ flagship underground dance music festival in the near future. Taking place on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 in Chinatown, the two-stage event arranged for some of clubland’s most venerable names to head up this rousing exhibition of electronic excellence. Following a massive rainstorm the day before, a wonderfully tinted grey overcast hung over the festival on Saturday. This unexpected yet wholeheartedly welcomed forecast called for a soundtrack of eccentric house, off-kilter electro, lethal techno and triumphant disco tunes. Roman Flügel, DJ Tennis, Bicep (live) and Tale Of Us kept the crowd bright and bustling at the Naud Street Stage – an impressive invention of stacked […]

10 photos from Movement Torino’s epic techno get-together

Movement Torino made its return from October 12 and 13 armed with a long list of techno giants. Current cover star Amelie Lens, Nina Kraviz, The Martinez Brothers as well as Cosmo, KiNK, Joseph Capriati and Solomun all descended on the Italian music festival, along with 15,000 party people. The location for all this was Lingotto, a vast building that’s like a “conference centre-come-aircraft hangar”. Divided into arenas ranging from huge to intimate, each one was transformed with stunning production. See what went down below. Mixmag RSS Feed

The Secret DJ: “The ritual of preparation helps to rebuild shattered confidence”

I’ve been a DJ a long time, at a medium level. Recently, after 20-something years, I’ve found I’m having panics and making cock-ups, and I’m not enjoying it any more. It’s like the mistakes and the anxiety are feeding off each other. Any tips before I hang my headphones up? KM, ipswich Hey listen; first of all, don’t do anything drastic! Let me tell you, this is both quite normal and you are not alone. I often say to anyone who will listen (ie my dog) that the number one tenet at the heart of playing records is confidence. Like a lot of performing, or sports, or business… look hard enough and in the middle you’ll see a plucky little nut of confidence. What else is standing up in front of lots of people in a position of authority? These panics and anxiety are down to a lack of confidence, and it can slip for many, many reasons. I can’t comment on your life, or what might be contributing to it, but I can tell that you are experiencing a very commonplace crisis. I had one, too. Sure, on the outside everything was fine: the nature of the subconscious is […]

Get to know Bruce, the producer making techno with hints of hardcore

Larry McCarthy was in his final year at university when he came to a realisation: if he wanted to pursue music and release on the labels he dreamed about, he needed to start making “bangers”. Hessle Audio was one outlet he’d set his sights on, and now the 26-year-old is stepping out as the first non-founding member to release an LP on the revered imprint. “It’s a dream come true,” he says. His entry-point into dance music came via attending underage dubstep nights headlined by Caspa and Rusko in big London clubs like Matter. He admits to being a “little bit bitter” about missing out on the height of “proper dubstep”, but this sense of loss inspired him to forge his own path through music without relying on the reference points of the FWD>> generation. “I like to think that means I’ve been able to make a singular sound,” he says. University was key. Studying creative music technology at Bath Spa (Addison Groove, Vessel and Asusu are among its alumni) taught him production skills, while moving to Bristol after graduating and soaking up the city’s rich dub and bass scenes also led him to realise the importance of UK hardcore […]

All hail the return of the internet music forum

In the years before Twitter trolls and Instagram influencers, internet music forums were a hotbed of hot takes, heated discussions and the discovery of new artists. As punters riled up producers, and users tussled over tracks, voicing opinions on everything from production techniques, forthcoming releases and genre pioneers – infamous threads (Ben UFO vs Zomby, anyone?) showcased the rising viral power in electronic music debates. Discussing his experiences on OG forums like DNBA and Dogs On Acid, d’n’b producer LSB explains: “It was a way of discovering new artists, but I met lots of real cool people through them – some I’m still good friends with today.” This URL to IRL connection extended to forums for clubbers, too. The infamous Gurn.net, aimed at the harder, trancier end of dance music and, admittedly, often as brutally savage to newbies as the beats it celebrated, breathed its last before the end of the ’aughts, but at a time when Sundissential and Godskitchen ruled the UK, it was a vital tool for bringing together aspiring ’Crasher kids with like-minded ravers from all over the UK. The Slam forum was the digital epicentre of Scottish techno culture, with Optimo’s a haven for the more […]

Pusha T brought the “rap album of the year” to London

Pusha T played the London leg of his ‘Daytona’ world tour at the Kentish Town Forum on Wednesday, thrilling a sold out crowd with a set marked by cuts from his self-described (and widely agreed upon) “rap album of the year”. Kojey Radical opened up and worked hard to warm up the venue with a dynamic performance that featured his Mahalia collaboration ‘Water’. There was a noticeable explosion in energy when the main act took the stage. Kicking off with ‘Daytona’ opener ‘If You Know You Know’, King Push was in flawless form, asserting his status as one of the best straight-up rappers in the world. Backed only by a modest light show, he owned the stage, traversing it with confident swagger and delivering his impeccable flow. Alongside the ‘Daytona’ material, a medley of his Kanye West collaborations sparked a full crowd sing-a-long on ‘Runaway’, the bassweight of ‘Numbers On The Board’ shook the foundations of The Forum, and the day ones were paid tribute to (“I don’t do fans, I do family”) alongside a performance of ‘Grindin’’, the debut Clipse single. Throughout the performance he declared ‘Daytona’ as “the rap album of the year” while merch sold inside the […]

15 photos from Epizode’s stunning Vietnamese island party

Epizode, based on the gorgeous Vietnamese island of Phú Quốc, brought the new year in with a stellar array of dance music over 11 days. The festival took place from December 28 to January 8 and took names like Peggy Gou, Seth Troxler and DJ Stingray to the island. The Epizode line-up also included Nina Kraviz, Ricardo Villalobos, Craig Richards, Richy Ahmed and Young Marco. The festival offered open decks, workshops and art activities during the day before descending into a flurry of house, techno, minimal, drum ‘n’ bass and breakbeat at night, 24 hours a day for 11 days straight. Check out some images below. Mixmag RSS Feed

Ladytron – Ladytron

When discussions arise about twenty-first century innovators in music, Ladytron‘s name gets missed far too often. Which is a crying shame as their single-minded approach at crafting intelligent, electronic pop with a leftfield twist deserves its place on the highest pedestal. From 2001’s debut 604 – a record which felt like a breath of fresh air against an onslaught of homogeneous nu metal and acoustic drudgery – to their most recent long player Gravity the Seducer a decade later, they’ve continued to surprise, inspire and more often than not, shine like stars in an otherwise murky sky. However, nearly eight years have passed since the aforementioned Gravity…, and in with the musical landscape changing at a rate of knots ever since, is there a place for Ladytron in 2019? Of course the simple answer is YES. In fact, there’s probably never been a better time for them to return. [embedded content] Nevertheless, an understandable degree of trepidation between releases – not to mention a parting of ways with previous label Nettwerk – left the band unsure themselves whether their fanbase would still care. So last March, the band announced their sixth album was ready to go via Pledgemusic and while fans snapped […]