Friday, December 21, 2012

After the Storm


Just Be – the new solo project of Matthew Bushwacka - steps into the fold for the illustrious Get Physical Music with ‘After The Storm’. Due for release on 21st January 2013, the new single also features a deeper mix, and additionally a B-side also called ‘'Out Of The System'. The release is also accompanied by a video that focuses on contemporary dance and explores themes such as disability discrimination, personal triumph and acceptance.
‘After The Storm’ continues the new musical path that Matthew is currently on with his new Just Be project, whilst still retaining the certain special characteristics in Matthew’s music that contributed to Layo & Bushwacka’s previous success. The title track bursts open with bright percussion, paving the way for a long build up filled with effective ambient elements to set the mood perfectly. Everything comes together when a rhythmic synth creeps up on us, setting the track on fire.
The Deep Mix demonstrates Matt’s ability to approach tracks from a different reference point, and provides a different kind of warmth to an already engrossing track. A journey into 'dreamier' soundscape, this one will is sure to provide ethereal moments for listeners both at home and in the club.
'Out of the System' is another percussive wonder and its bouncy beat keeps driving towards the track’s infectious crescendo. An energetic track that is sure to provide the soundtrack to many peak moments over the coming months.
As mentioned, to accompany the release Frogspawn Creative have produced a video for ‘After The Storm’. Following the story of a deaf dancer who is mocked by her peers at an audition, the performer then wow’s them with a stunning contemporary ballet routine. The dancer is still able to enjoy music via physical vibrations, and this phenomenon is based on the director’s personal experiences of a deaf University friend who used to enjoy clubbing on a regular basis. Former West-End choreographer Penelope Schmidt-Uili and deaf advisor and performer Jacob Casselden were consulted on the video to make ensure that dancer Emily Spriggs created a realistic and truthful performance.

A1 - After The Storm – Original Mix
A2 - After The Storm – Deep Mix
B1 - Out of the System

Great Article on Playa Del Carmen

My friend Emily (love that little raver), found this great article on Playa del Carmen. If your planning on attending BPM Festival in the future its a great read. Check it out on Tons off the grid info, everything from where to stay, where to eat, where to shop, and most importantly where to have fun.

My favorite recommendation was the "Odd Ball Day" which included releasing your toxins at Maroma Resort’s Kinan Spa and eating a Mexican tapas dinner at Indigo Beach.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

5 Years of Desolate


RELEASE DATE –  04.02.2013
FORMAT -  2x12” / digital


As we fast approach the end of 2012, Desolat announce the release of their annual sampler. Due for release in Feb 2013 this edition not only sees artists from the Desolat family turn in exclusive tracks, but also sees Loco Dice supply a mix packed with the brand new productions from the 2x12”, plus a few special extras.

It has been another successful year for the Desolat camp. An impressive release schedule that included DJ Sneak, Basti Grub, Aldo Cadiz, Francisco Allendes & Paola Poletto, and Shlomi Aber all putting out killer releases. As always, the annual sampler sees those artists at the core of the Desolat camp turn in exclusive tracks, and the 5th year anniversary edition delivers a selection for the landmark year.

Loco Dice’s "Lolopopinho" picks up where his recent "Toxic" EP left off: a groovy energetic whirlwind production that takes the listener on a head spinning journey into the recesses of the label bosses club-orientated mind. Shlomi Aber’s "Mancha" features a sublime bouncing bassline, whilst Yaya weighs in with a track that nods to a fantastically bright future.

The latest talent to emerge from the highly respected Romanian scene is Horatio. His track "How Much 909 Can You Take?" serves up a warbling aural assault that will easily get feet stomping. Lucero en Vivo’s "La France" first surfaced in 2010 when it caused a stir on Dice’s Amnesia Ibiza Underground 10 mix CD. A welcome addition to the sampler and finally getting the full release it deserves! The young blood of Desolat is rounded of by Alexkid’s ethereal "Enty" which provides some moodiness to proceedings.

And of course the mainstays of the label have also turned in impressive productions. Hector’s "Amorphous Mass" displays the dark depths of the Desolat vaults, whilst the first lady of Desolat tINI turns in a warm intricate release in "Room 305"

And as if that was not enough, all of these tracks feature on the special addition mix from Loco Dice, and will be available for individual download. The mix also comprises an additional seven exclusive tracks from the likes of Basti Grub, Alli Borem, Francisco Allendes, Premiesku, Alli Borem, Benny Rodrigues and Desolat favourite Guti. The mix highlights the consistent musical thread that runs through much of Desolat’s output, and is compiled with Dice’s signature sound.

A1 - Loco Dice - "Lolopopinho"
A2 - Shlomi Aber - "Mancha"
B1 - Yaya - "Our Connection" 
B2 - Horatio - "How Much 909 Can You Take?"
C1 - tINI - “Room 305”
C2 - Hector - "Amorphous Mass" 
D1 - Lucero en Vivo - "La France"
D2 - Alexkid - "Enty"

01 - Alexkid - "Enty"
02 - Yaya - "Our Connection"
03 - tINI - "Room 305"
04 - Loco Dice - "Lolopopinho"
05 - Hector - "Amorphous Mass"
06 - Basti Grub - "Drunk & High"
07 - Guti - "Caballero"
08 - Francisco Allendes - "Platonic Solid"
09 - Dragosh - "Vorbeseara"
10 - Shlomi Aber - "Mancha"
11 - Premiesku - "Capture"
12 - Alli Borem - "Raving The Days"
13 - Benny Rodrigues - "Klippenklappen"
14 - Horatio - "How Much 909 Can You Take"
15 - Lucero en Vivio - "La France"

See the Desolate crew at BPM:


BPM 2013 - Tentative Schedule

From January 8th - 15th, I know the festivities start much earlier but these are the dates I'm going.

8th - Life & Death @ Canibal Royale
9th - Dirty Bird @ Canibal Royale
10th - tINI & the Gang @ CB
11th - Culprit VS Leftroom @ Mamitas and Never Say Never: Cassy & Sasha @ Kool
12th - ADID @ Mamita's
13th - This is the end

: Night :
8th - Free
9th - Hot Creation @ Coco Maya ???
10th - Desolat @ Blue Parrot
11th - Dixon @ Coco Maya
12th - Rebel Rave / Super Freq
13th - Tulum 

Liesure Activities (Non Festival):
Chichén Itzá by Colectivo Bus $4 US
The Jungle Place  Monkey Sanctuary

Monday, December 3, 2012

BPM 2013 Has Inspired Me to Write Again


So I know its been a while since I've written anything. My writing has been sporadic best, sorry guys I needed a break after going "on tour" from 06 - 09. My life has gotten hectic with that thing I do in between fun, you know it's called work. But lets move on before I get sidetracked.

BPM!!!!!! It's the first ravecation I'm excited about in a long time. Fun, Sun, Beaches, Taco, and Electronic Music in a tropical setting. Ahhhh.... I can not wait. I hope it reminds me of a chiller WMC. Yup, like back in the day and with less a hectic pace, mexican food, and minus the masses. Well at least that's what im hoping for, but I could be totally wrong.

I need to get out of this NYC cold so bad, 2013 please hurry up.

Here are my deets and expenditures:

Dates im going: 1/8 - 1/15
Yeah sorry I couldn't get the entire week off that thing called work again.  Planing on compressing in Tulum a couple of days after BPM ends. Traveling on American Airlines, round trip $411 US.

Logging: Casa Del Mar Condos, Sleeps 6, $250 US per person
We booked an ocean from view penthouse with get a PRIVATE HOT TUB!!!!!! SCOOOOREEE! or maybe I should say GOOAAL! It's in the Downtownish area.
Booking via

Transportation CUN to Playa: Aldo Buses
I heard this was the best way to go or at least the cheapest, you can catch them at the airport for about 10$ US.

Touristy Stuff if I have time:
Visiting Tulum
Going to see ruins
Shopping on La Quinta Avenida -  Mexican 5 Ave
Stalagmites and Stelagtites of Mexican Caves - Cenote Chaak Tun

Any and All specially the day parties.
The Jungle party :)
Listed? Robot Heart? Crosstown? Cityfox?

So that's all for now folks, email me if you have any question!



The BPM Festival 2013
Phase 2 Artist Lineup & Event Schedule

The BPM Festival Podcast #10 - Hector (Desolat): download
The BPM Festival 2012 Video: watch

January 4 - 13, 2013
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The BPM Festival is excited to announce the Phase 2 artist lineup and Day & Night events schedule for its sixth annual edition in Playa del Carmen, Mexico from January 4 to 13, 2013. With over 250 artists confirmed to perform, this year's BPM is heating up to be the ultimate dance music lover's winter holiday destination.

The Phase 2 artist lineup includes a number of veteran BPM artists returning for another knockout round including: Danny Tenaglia, Heidi, Luca Bacchetti, Mr. C, Pillowtalk, Sander Kleinenberg, Sharam, Simon Baker, Tone of Arc, and more. There are also many titillating new additions making their BPM debut that are sure to amp up the party including: Cajmere, DJ Harvey, Josh Wink, Livio & Roby, Masters At Work, Robert Dietz, Sander van Doorn, Slam, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Radhoo, and many more!

Not to be missed parties include the legendary Masters At Work team of "Little" Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez, two house maestros guest starring at the Rebel Rave. One of BPM's daytime beach staples is Lee Burridge's All Day I Dream. A much-anticipated party with a dreamy soundtrack tailor-made for blue skies, sunny smiles, and dancing with sand between your toes. Perennial faves Art Department return stronger than ever for their No. 19 Music showcase as one of the pillars of BPM. Jamie Jones' Hot Creations presents Paradise is destined to become a nu-disco favorite. Debut parties with techno legends Carl Cox and Sven Väth brings along his Cocoon Heroes. Richie Hawtin returns with the Minus crew and unleashes the power of today's technology. Dubfire returns once again with his surefire hit SCI+TEC party, along with Carlo Lio. Cadenza head honcho Luciano brings along his merry band. Guy Gerber brings back his live show for a genuinely unique performance. Marco Carola will bring Music On all night long for a special extended set. Innervisions' veterans Dixon & Henrik Schwartz bring their intimable blend of deep house. Disco don DJ Harvey is sure to mesmerize the uninitiated with his penchant for disco classics, obscure beauties and impeccable mixing style. After all that, be sure to maintain your party pacing and save your energy for the The BPM closing party with Danny Tenaglia and special guests for a grand finale finish.

Additional Day & Night showcases have been added: Akbal Music, Cielo 10 Year Anniversary, Cityfox Records, Dialtone Records, Haunt Records, Intimate & Underground, Mexa Records, Modern Love Affair, Mutek Mexico, Outcross Records, Stereo Productions, Superfreq, This is the End, Varsity All Stars, Voodoo Records and Younan Music. Along with an international melange of host partnerships with BRINGTHEBEATS, Dog & Pony Show, FACT, Footloose, Footwork, Gem Events, Glow DC, Ibiza Sonica Radio, Jazz J Spinder, Listed, Maison, Movement, Picnik Electronik, Playhouse, Provoke, Sankeys Ibiza, Sound, Stereo Montreal, Uniq Lifestyle and Vessel.

The BPM Festival will be hosting multiple day parties at Kool Beach Club, Mamita's Beach Club and Canibal Royal Beach Club all located along the Caribbean sea with its turquoise waters and miles of vanilla sand. At night, the quiet town of Playa Del Carmen turns it up at Blue Parrot Night Club, Coco Maya Night Club, La Santanera, Alux Cave, Blue Venado, and Marlins After Hours with dancing past sunrise.

Please see BPM Day & Night events schedule for details here. More parties to be announced!

"One New Year's resolution you should make, however, is to attend BPM Festival, returning on 4th January to the gloriously tropical climes of Mexico's stunning coastline region, Playa Del Carmen, for its sixth edition... Originally conceived as the industry's chance to escape the grind of constant travelling and endless late nights, by offering a series of beachside parties in paradise with plenty of downtime, its evolved into a fully-fledged festival bearing possibly the longest line-up of underground dance talent we've ever laid eyes on each year. It's only getting bigger, too." -- DJ Mag

Be sure to book travel through the official travel partners for BPM 2013: (USA/Canada), Technotravel (Europe) and PDC Travel (Mexico/South America). Please check sites for vacation packages and flight information. For a list of official BPM hotel partners & condos, please go to the Travel section at

3-Day VIP | 7-Day VIP | 10-Day VIP wristbands are now available at VIP wristbands includes expedited, guaranteed entrance and re-entry to all day & night parties. Individual event tickets will go on sale 12am on December 1st (Friday midnight).

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

3 Dicks and 1 Deck

Thursday, May 24, 2012

DEMF Weekend Afterparty Recommendations

With so many afterparties listed on, do you know how to pick and choose which ones to go to? Are you wishing you had a clone? I've been in this position before and it's kinda overwhelming, especially if it's your first year going to Detroit during Movement festival.

Here are my recommendations; parties I'm really looking forward to, parties guaranteed to have great TECHNO and the ones that are just hard to pass up because they're what Detroit techno is all about: celebrating its sound, its talent and its roots.

Friday May 25th

Bang Tech 12 Sixteenth Anniversary Party @ Bookies Bar & Grill
2208 Cass Ave, Detroit. 3pm - 2 am
Our friends from the Detroit Techno Militia are throwing their annual anniversary party for their booking agency Bang Tech 12 to start the DEMF weekend in style: with some no-bullshit techno. With a huge lineup of DJs (a lot of Detroit locals and it also includes several names from states like Ohio, Indiana, Florida and Tennessee), this friendly bunch makes it even more friendly: it's free. If you have seen Seoul and Linder at the festival in 2010 or the DTM 5x5 last year, you know the Militia won't fuck around.
You can find more info about the Bang Tech party HERE.

Smart Bar Movement Opening BBQ @ TV Bar
2548 Grand River Ave, Detroit. 10 pm - 4 am
Chicago's Smart Bar is bringing in Detroit exclusives Prosumer and Orchard Lounge to play with Kate Simko along with local Detroit talent. I'm recommending this, well, because Prosumer is playing and he is not to be missed.
Info & tickets HERE.

Saturday May 26th

CLR @ Elysium Lounge
625 Shelby St, Detroit. 10 pm - 4 am
Chris Liebing. Speedy J. Tommy Four Seven. Drumcell. If these names alone don't get a reaction from you, there's something wrong with you.
Info & tickets HERE.

Beretta Music: Ten Years of Techno @ The Works
1846 Michigan Ave, Detroit. 10 pm - 6 am
Detroit label Beretta Music is celebrating their ten-year anniversary in style with names like Aril Brikha, Reference (Luke Hess & Brian Kage), Omar-S and Ryan Crosson. Plus you can't go wrong with anything Detroit-based when there.
Tickets and info HERE.

Soul Skate 2012 @ Northland Roller Skating Center
22311 W8 Mile Road, Detroit. 11 pm - 5 am
Kenny Dixon Jr's (aka Moodymann) annual roller skating party is always fun. Seriously, techno and skating? SOLD.
Tickets HERE

Sunday May 27th

KMS 25 - Tribute to Detroit @ St Andrew's Hall
431 East Congress St, Detroit. 10 pm - 4 am
Kevin Saunderson put together what that looks to be the most anticipated party for the weekend. With all four creators of techno on one stage PLUS Ben Sims and Carl Craig's 69 live show, the lineup also includes Detroit Techno allstars like Blake Baxter, Stacey Pullen, Buzz Goree, Mike Huckaby and Kenny Larkin just to name a few to be spread out in three floors. This one is the NOT-TO-BE-MISSED party.
Tickets and info HERE.

Interface 36 - Scene 04 @ The Works
1846 Michigan Ave, Detroit. 10 pm - 7 am
Blank Code and Droid are teaming up to have some of the most serious techno this weekend. With acts like DVS1, Cell Injection (Drumcell + Audio Injection), Raiz, Luis Flores, Kyle Geiger and Project 313, this is the go-to party for the deeper, harder techno heads. Do not miss Corbin Davis! Got a chance to check him out this past weekend and he blew my mind.
Info HERE.

Shit Show 3 @ Waterfalls
673 Franklin Street, Detroit. 7 am - 7 pm
They're back for their third year of non-stop debauchery. Lineup includes Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Ryan Crosson, Daniel Bell, Deetron and Three, among many others.
Tickets and info HERE.

Monday May 28th

Need I Say More VII @ Old Miami
3930 Cass Ave, Detroit. 7 am - 7 pm
What to say about this party? Presented by Visionquest, this has always been the highlight of DEMF weekend. Lineup is not announced, there are no presales (you pay at the door, $10 all day) and it's guaranteed to have great talent. Maya Jane Coles and D'Julz are said to play according from their tour dates. Get there early, it gets PACKED. Expect long lines.
Info HERE.

Movement Official Closing Party @ Elysium Lounge
625 Shelby St, Detroit. 11 pm.
The official closing party presented by Paxahau will have Marco Carola on decks all night. It's free with a VIP wristband, otherwise it's $5 at the door. Yes, you got it right: Marco Carola for $5. Enough said. Usually the closing party ends around 3 am.

Midnight Jack @ The Works
1846 Michigan Ave, Detroit. 10 pm - 5 am
Buzz Goree is presenting his Mixworks 11-year anniversary with a label showcase that includes some of the best talent from Detroit. Rolando, Tim Baker & HD Substance as District 909, Dru Ruiz and of course, Buzz Goree will all be playing. Also one of our NY boys, Craft (Daniele Ciocio) will be sharing the decks with such inspiring Detroit artists. Craft has become one of the top up-and-coming artists from New York City and has an upcoming vinyl EP release on Mixworks which includes a remix by Mr Goree. Make sure you check him out!
Info and link for tickets HERE.

Decibel 2012 Alert!

A note from Decibel Festival

In 2003, I founded Decibel Festival with the mission to redefine underground electronic music and visual art as a unified performance medium, while establishing the Pacific Northwest as a vital hub for electronic music culture in the United States. At the time, "laptop performance" was still shrouded in mystery and most electronic music performance consisted of turntables, CDJs, and a mixer. Electronic music in America had receded from the rave boom back to small communities of loyalists caring more about the music itself than its potential to generate revenue or fan base. This has been the community that has supported Decibel from day one and I'm thrilled they are still at the heart of Decibel today. 

Fast forward to 10 years and electronic music is pervasive in nearly every facet of mainstream American culture and we continue to have mixed emotions regarding this surge. As avid supporters, performers, producers, and fans of electronic music for over 20 years, we can't help but feel nostalgic for a time when underground warehouse parties and independent record stores were the predominant outlet for electronic music discovery.

As much as the digital age has brought many advantages, it's important to remember how we got here and what it means. It's a balance between technology and creativity; innovation and nostalgia; popularity and obscurity. With each year I hope to build a program that encompasses all of these elements while retaining the integrity of a festival known for pushing the boundaries of both art and science. 

Looking at our continued growth from our inaugural festival of 2,500 attendees in 2004 to 23,000+ attendees in 2011, I am faced with the challenge of assembling a compelling program that captures our past, present, and future. Although we're only mid-way through announcing this year's line-up, I believe that 2012 will be our most ambitious program. Based on the initial list of artists below we already have our most diverse program to date. This includes a strong international presence with 19 countries represented as well as 25% of the line-up featuring female artists, which is a historically high number based on other electronic music festivals. In addition, Decibel is continuing to embrace a wide spectrum of genres, venues, and activities designed to entertain, educate, and inspire attendees regardless of age or background. 2012 festival pass holders will be treated to 34 audio/visual showcases, an outdoor event, a three-day conference, and a film festival. In addition, Decibel will be co-curating and co-producing eight after-parties and five boat-parties, none of which will conflict with the festival schedule. As you begin to look at what we have in store this year, I encourage you all to dig deep into our new website and explore a festival filled with discovery, decadence, beauty, emotion, and unbridled entertainment start to finish.

Much more to come. Hope to see you in September! 

Sean Patrick Horton

The past few years we have taken an "artist a day" approach to unveiling the festival program. This year we'll be announcing the first half of the line-up on May 24rd (60 artists out of 120), with the second half of the line-up coming on June 27th. In addition offering some immediate gratification, we hope to reward those who purchase passes early with a discounted rate (25% off through June 26th). As for the dB Conference, the individuals showcases, film festival, after-parties and boat-parties; we'll be announcing the entire program on July 11th. 

Tier 2 passes still available!
But not for long - Get them now 25% off 

Decibel 2012 Venues
The Paramount Theatre : 911 Pine St / Showbox SoDo : 1700 1st Avenue South / Showbox at The Market : 1426 1st Ave / Neumos : 925 E. Pike St / The Nordstrom Recital Hall : 200 University St / The Crocodile : 2202 2nd Ave / Broadway Performance Hall : 1625 Broadway / Melrose Market Studios : 1532 Minor St / The Baltic Room : 1207 Pine St  / Re-Bar : 1114 Howell St / The Triple Door : 216 Union St / Barboza : 925 E. Pike St / The Islander Cruise Ship : 1611 Fairview Ave E + MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED 

Check out our 2012 partners

FREE Movement Guide by Beats Me

BeatsMe has launched its FREE Movement mobile event guide. In addition to line-ups, bios and set times for every Movement performance, it includes all official and unofficial after-party, the ability to check-in and chat live. Go to on any smart phone.

Don’t have a ticket? We'll be announcing ONE lucky winner to receive a PAIR of VIP Passes on Friday at 6PM EST. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to come meet us in person to pick up the passes. 

For you chance to win simply:
1.    Create a profile on BeatsMe.
2.    Follow us on Twitter and/or like us on Facebook.
3.    Tweet or share this and tag @beatsmefm.

BeatsMe is a new mobile application, event guide and social media platform for live music that allows DJs, producers and fans to connect and interact in real-time. By broadcasting DJ’s set lists live to our app, we offer a powerful new channel for immediate and enduring attribution, promotion and sales.

We are excited to say that we are official sponsors of the KMS Records 25thAnniversary party on Sunday and that Kevin Saunderson himself will be using BeatsMe live on the Main Stage at the Movement festival Monday night. Additionally, we are partnering with DJs at multiple events across Detroit including, Girls Gone Vinyl and Shit Show.

For more information visit

Friday, April 27, 2012

Voyage Royale IV

Last week, Danny Tenaglia surprised his fans with his "resignation", announcing that his birthday @ Pacha NYC would be his final gig for an indefinite period of time. A few days later he said that previous commitments would be kept, stating that his absolutely final gig before his temporary retirement would be a 6-hour set on a boat in Detroit for DEMF weekend. This left everyone with expectations for the announcement and sale of tickets for the Movement boat party.

Paxahau announced a couple of hours ago via Facebook invite the boat party; Voyage Royale IV, teaming up with BPM to bring you Danny Tenaglia, Art Department and DJ Sneak aboard the Detroit Princess. It will be held as always on Sunday night after the festival. First release tickets are on sale for $60 and you can find them HERE.

Paxahau official afterparty tickets on sale

While browsing through Facebook, the event listing for Movement's official opening party popped up. It will be held at Elysium Lounge (625 Shelby Street). The first 100 tickets go for $10, then the following 100 for $15, and the rest for $20.

Matt Tolfrey vs Ryan Crosson
Life and Death (first live performance ever)
Pillow Talk
Bill Patrick
Lee Curtiss
Shaun Reeves

You can find tickets HERE.

Saturday's official afterparty will be held at St Andrews Hall (431 East Congress). Lineup includes Lil' Louis, Rick Wilhite, Greg Wilson and Michael Geiger. Tickets are on sale HERE.

I also received the invite for the closing party, held at Elysium as well. Marco Carola is on the bill and admission will be $5 at the door.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Movement 2012 Full Schedule

Full lineup is out! Who are you most excited about seeing?

The full schedule can be downloaded HERE.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Saturday, March 31, 2012

DEMF Weekend Afterparties

With a bit less than two months to go for Movement (and immediately after WMC), afterparties are starting to get announced for Memorial Day weekend and I'm giddy with excitement. Those that know me know I'm GLUED to several sites and message boards since around February every year to find out what is going on as soon as parties are announced. I put together a list of everything that goes on in Detroit during Movement weekend that I share on a message board with everyone; it's my thing. I even include some suggestions and tips for the DEMF first-timers. I book my hotel in December or January just to make sure I get the best options. This is my Techno Christmas.

Of all the afterparties announced so far, I have to say that the one I'm the most excited about is Interface 36 / Scene 04, a collaboration between Blank Code and Droid Behavior taking place on Sunday May 27th at The Works. The lineup is stellar, including Droid artists Drumcell and Audio Injection playing together as Cell Injection, the Vargas brothers also known as Raiz, DVS1, Luis Flores from Mexico (who recently wowed me with his CLR podcast a couple of months ago) and Kyle Geiger along with many Blank Code regulars. I am also glad to see Jeff Derringer in the lineup, who is the resident DJ and one of the masterminds behind Oktave, a monthly party in Chicago and NYC bringing a deeper and more abstract flavor of techno. Tickets are on sale and very limited at You can find more info on the event here:

Techno favorites Chris Liebing and company are hosting a CLR showcase in Detroit for the second year in a row at Elysium on Saturday the 26th. Lineup includes Chris Liebing & Speedy J (Collabs), Tommy Four Seven and Drumcell, with more names to be announced. Early bird tickets are on sale on RA:

Gary Springs Hunting Club is back this year with the third edition of Shit Show, taking place at a new venue, Waterfalls, on Sunday the 27th from 7 am until 7 pm. This year they have teamed up with the 'As You Like It' crew from San Francisco. Their lineup includes Detroit exclusives Kollektiv Trumstrasse (who I highly recommend catching) and Rich Korach. Ryan Crosson, DJ Three plus more to be announced. Tickets can be found here:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Burning Man LEGO Set

An Instant Theme Camp in a Box

Simon Pearce and Mary Elise Chavez created this Burning Man LEGO Set, a fake LEGO product that is an “instant theme camp in a box” featuring a mini version of the Spacecats’ Hammock Hangout camp.

We were sad when we got no tickets this year, so we decided to create a mini-burn out of legos! Then it got out of hand…

Check out the amazing details:

Burning man lego set

image via Simon Pearce

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Gary Springs Hunting Club Speaks Out - DPD FAIL!

Matt Abott of Detroit's famed GSHC speaks out on abusive behavior of the Detroit police towards dance music events. He goes on to say, "So when are you (speaking to the Metro Times Detroit's Facebookpage) going to finally to on the complete harassment of the DPD and the total abuse of power towards all dance parties in this City? I think it's an issue that needs to be discussed considering it takes 5 hours for a police officer top show up if i call them in an emergency, yet 20 cops come to Jumbos, a legal establishment at 2:02 AM on a Friday night and hearten to beat up its patron and find every way to find anything illegal going on, which they did not. It's a waste of tax payers money to say the least, and keeping away people coming to our city to spend money to have a good time, all to go back to the suburbs with a bad taste in their mouth. Its a sad stat. We all know its "easy money" for them to come raid an event of usually 200 - 400 people, with 20+ DPD deep, to issue about 5 or 6 MIP tickets, but this is ridiculous. We have major crime and corruption in this city then to be worrying about arts and things that that are actually trying to make this city a better environment for young people."

Not surprisingly the Metro Times did not answer his post and soon after deleted from their Facebook page. Hundreds show support for GSHC via likes, shares and comments (over 400 and counting).

HEY DPD. GO FUCK YOURSELF. even we we do something completely legal, you still try. we all know that you have nothing better to do in detroit then to try and bust a legal party at a bar that stopped at 2am. i know you fucking dickwads are reading this. F U C K Y O U D P D. so sorry that your bust at a bar didnt work out for you, thanks for wasting the tax dollars that we pay you. you fucking DICKHEADS

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5 Days of ADE

Amsterdam Dance Event announces 2012 dates, adds fifth day

The seventeenth edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the international conference and festival for electronic music, will take place from the 17th to the 21st of October, 2012. After selling out for the last five years, the ADE is regarded as one of the highlights of the annual international dance and electronic music calendar. Thanks to the fact of being both a major festival of electronic music as well as a business platform for the international music industry, the event is widely considered to be an important indicator of the health of the electronic music scene.

Event organiser the Amsterdam Dance Event Foundation expects that the five day event will once again attract more than 140,000 festival-goers and 3,000 conference delegates from 62 countries. "Two years ago we included the Wednesday in order to accommodate a growing list of conferences and parties, and in 2012 - because there are now so many events throughout the whole of the weekend - Sunday is now officially included in the ADE dates,” Richard Zijlma, ADE Director, said. The 2011 Sunday schedule included amongst others Visionquest at Trouw, Moon Harbour & secretsundaze, Wicked Jazz Sounds and the Melkweg After Party.

ADE 2012 will also feature expanded versions of the ADE University (aimed at inspiring and educating students and young music industry professionals) and ADE Playground (showcasing technology and technological innovation), both of which were introduced in 2011 to widespread acclaim, as well as improvements and new developments for the Hard Dance Event (HDE), Music and Bits and ADE Next.

Each year 3,000+ artists, A&R managers, journalists, label representatives, booking agents, producers and music publishers from around the world gather in Amsterdam to do business, network, discover new talent and keep up to date on the latest technological and legislative developments. The 140,000+ festival visitors - including approximately 30,000 tourists - fill the city's venues for a wide range of shows and events featuring the very best national and international artists. The 2011 edition of the ADE staged a record 220 events in 52 venues across the city, with a total of over 800 DJs and acts performing.

The Amsterdam Dance Event 2012 will take place on October 17 to 21. More information is available at

The Amsterdam Dance Event is organized by the Amsterdam Dance Event Foundation, an initiative of Buma.

Movement Detroit Initial Lineup Announced

Paxahau announced Movement's initial lineup, which takes place in Hart Plaza over Memorial Day weekend.

Headlining the festival on Saturday is Lil' Louis, Public Enemy on Sunday with its first Movement appearance, and Jeff Mills closing out the festival with a performance as The Wizard.

The rest of the initial lineup is as follows:

Busy P
Carl Craig
Carlo Lio
Claude von Stroke
Damian Lazarus
Danny Daze
Davide Squillace
Derrick Carter
DJ Sneak
Earl Mixxin McKinney
Eddie Flashin' Fowlkes
Greg Wilson
Ian Pooley
Jay Haze
Josh Wink
Juan Atkins
Kevin Saunderson
Keys N Krates
Kyle Hall b2b Jay Daniels
Loco Dice
Maceo Plex
Major Lazer
Mathew Jonson
Marco Carola
Mark Farina (Mushroom Jazz set)
Maya Jane Coles
Michael Mayer
Mike Huckaby
Monty Luke
Mr. Oizo
Nina Kraviz
No Regular Play
Radio Slave
Nick Wilhite
Roni Size
Slow Hands
Stacey Pullen
Steve Bug
Tale of Us
The Martinez Brothers
Todd Terje
Wolf + Lamb

Tickets are already on sale, you can find them HERE.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Burning Man Links

Collection of helpful links I have verified, as of 1/25/12 links below are working.

Preparation Guides and Survival
Packing Lists

Building Desert Structures
Black Rock City Fashion
Burning Man Resting Relaxing And Recovering

Friday, January 13, 2012

Burning Man Ideas for Hair, Makeup, Clothing and more

Girls guide to staying pretty on the playa. The key is try to keep things as low maintenance as possible, while still looking nice. Below are some ideas and suggestions on girls stuff for Burning Man.

  • Rule of thumb stick to what’s easiest for you at home.
  • Wigs are great for the night. Not only do they protect your real hair from getting sandy, but they also keep your head warm from cold playa nights. During the day it can be very hot. For some it might be too hot for wigs, so as long as you’re comfortable you can wear a wig.
  • Braids are a great option for playa. They are
  • Playa is not the time to be crimping and curling. You do not want to spend a lot of time on your hair while at burning man.
  • Fun hair accessories, big flowers, clip on feathers and colored hair extensions
  • After 3 days your hair will be crispy from all the sand.
  • You will need heavy conditioner and various shampoos once you get back from Burning Man.
  • When you finally was your hair Do a light vinegar rinse, this will help get rig of playa sand and protect it the alkaline.
  • Bright colored lipstick is great looks better in pictures too
  • Sparkly eye make up
  • Bright eye shadows
  • Big fake eyelashes, i find them annoying to wear but alot of girls had them on and they look great.
  • Check out Xotic Eyes and Violent Lips makeup one time applique solutions. Paste and go.
  • Warpaint and Tribal style
  • Over the top
  • Try All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray by Urban Decay. It should help your make up last a little bit longer.
  • If you can afford to spend $30 on a manicure suggest getting Shellac or similar gel nail manicure. This type of manicure lasts up to two weeks with no chips. I tested it last year and it worked great.
  • Your nails are going to chip regardless of what you do, so iether bring some remover or adopt an "I don't care attitude"
  • Crackle polish
  • Glitter polish
  • Fun designs
Palyawear, Burning Man Fashions
  • Stay away from garments the will spread MOOP.
  • Anything goes, in term of playa wear you can really get a way with anything so be fun and creative.
  • Small backpacks or fanny pack, cross body bags, its good to have different size bags depending how long you will be out of you home base.
  • Hats to protect you from the sun, big floppy ones, or cowboy style
  • Faux colored fur it’s a Playa must have.
  • Parasols make great accessories and they help protect you from the sun
  • My criteria for shop
  • Head dresses
  • Masks
  • Its not halloween so I don't suggest full costumes, but if you peace together pieces of different costumes that works!
  • Bikini tops
  • Mesh
  • Colorful fun printed leggings and stockings, great for night time
  • Tank tops, tube tops, no tops
  • Shorts
  • Sequins
  • Someday you might not feel like fully dressing up or making your outfit a production, bring some regular clothes.
A lady will always carry with her...
  • Portable ashtray if you smoke
  • Small mirror
  • Lip gloss or chap stick, colored chap stick
  • Roll on perfume or travel body spray
  • Travel Size baby wipes useful for everything.
  • Hand cream, hands ten to get dry, and not just any hand cream but the higher the concentration of Shea butter the better.
  • This is apart from your essentials, dust mask, head lamp, lights ect.
  • Feminine wipes
  • Condoms
  • Breath mints, gum, or those tiny disposable tooth brushes
  • Hand held folding fan, keep your self cool.
  • Sun glasses

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Coolest Burner Bikes Ever?

A cool collection of Burning Man dream bikes.

Bright Bike

EL Wire Bike

Monkeylectric Bikes

Parker Brothers Tron Legacy Bike - Yep, you can have your own Tron bike!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Burning Man Tips, Tricks, Survival Guide, Dos’ and Donts’ All in One. Part 2

PART 2 - Let’s Talk Logistics, first time RVing

How to get you and all your CRAP from point A to point Burning Man? How and when too book everything. This is how we did it, you can learn from our mistakes.

We booked an RV from San Francisco, made the bulk of our purchases in Reno.

I pretty much did things in the following order and it worked out well:
1. Book RV
2. Buy Burning Man Ticket
3. Buy Airfare
4. Pick up RV in San Francisco
5. Buy Supplies in Reno + Bikes
(will talk more about this in Part 3: Collecting your Harvest)

But you don’t know anything about camping and you still want to go Burning Man? Have no fear. Who can blame you? Get and RV and join a camp. This will make you life easier your camp will help you get organized. Some camps provide meals and build showers. This is what camp dues are for, to build stuff for your camp like light up dance floors and provide food and comfort in a hostile environment.

When is the time to Book your RV? Where?
If your asking this question then probably you’re already too late, prices for booking an RV go up the closer you get to BM dates. So the time to book the RV is NOW! Before December you can get the best prices. Start doing your research right after this years BM is over to book for next year.

MISTAKE – Not Booking an RV early. Rule of thumb the sooner you can book your RV for Burning Man, the better.

The closer you are to Reno the more expensive it will be. So for a couple of hours drive from San Francisco or Sacramento, you can SAVE a lot of money.

What are the costs? Is booking an RV going to cost me an arm and a leg.
That depends on the size of RV and pick up location. Average RV cost not out of Reno is $2,700 for an RV that can accommodate 4 or 5 adults. Prices range $1,500 - $6,000+ so be smart about booking. So about $500 - 800 per person (in a vehicle for 5+ people), should cover RV and gas cost, for the length of the trip. Gas cost was actually less than expected. To fill up our is was about $120 to fill the RV, we filled up 3 or 4 times.

To book an RV you only need a credit card and a partial deposit. Worry about the rest of the money later on when you’re required to pay in full. Rules on payment vary from company to company. Read and ask questions before booking. Also expect to pay extra fee because of BM.

MISTAKE – Trying to fool the RV rental place, by saying your not taking it to Burning Man. They been doing this for years, they know. The dust gets everywhere including the motor. It’s impossible to get off. They’ll know. You’ll end up forfeiting the deposit or paying extra.

The extra insurance we got saved our asses. Get whatever extra coverage you can. I our case we went over a curb, and it made a slight damage to the wheel well. We paid $75, versus $300-$400 to fix with out the insurance.

MISTAKE – Not getting the insurance.

Is the convenience package REALLY worth it? What the hell is a convenience kit anyways? How many kits should I get?
Most RV companies off a kit called the convenience kit. It brings a fair amount of stuff your going to need. Fees for the kits are $50 or more per kit.

Kits include:
• Pots & pans
• Cooking Tools – Yes! It comes with can opener
• Silverware, dinnerware and glassware
• Pillows and blankets
• Towels

A lot of people say no, it’s not worth it but I disagree. It’s easy to bring all this when you live in the west coast, but if you have to travel by air to go pick up your RV its all the stuff you don’t want to bring with you from far away.

I do however think, you don’t need 1 kit per person, 1 or 2 kits for entire RV is fine.

TIP – Get at least one convenience kit.

What do I do when I pick up my RV? And Returning? Cleaning is a bitch.
This is probably the single most important thing I learned about booking an RV! When you pick up this monstrous vehicle inspect it well. We where so excited that we for got to check a couple of things.

We where already well on the road to Burning man when we realized two very important things:

1. The microwave DID NOT work … Keep Calm carry On
2. The amount of gas that rental company said they put in the vehicle was contrary to what it actually had. Supposedly they gave us a full tank. FAIL it was 1/3 full. This was a problem because you have to return it with the same amount… Keep Calm carry On

I cant stress this enough inspect ever single inch of that because you will be liable.

Check that everything works. If it run on electric make sure it turns on and its working properly. If you find any bumps or bruises make sure the company knows it.

TIP - Test all of the electronics yourself
Microwave … make sure it turns on heats up
Stove … make sure it turns on heats up
Fridge… make sure both halves are cold Fridge and Freezer
Generator… test it before you go
Meters for black water… make sure they seem inorder

OH! And expect the RV place to be rude to you, they’ve been dealing with Burners all day.

Returning, the RV is not easier. In fact it’s harder because cleaning it is a bitch. We did our cleaning ourselves this saved us some money in the end. A group of 5 of us did it in about 2 hours.

PLAYA SAND is like BABY POWDER so the first couple of times you try to wipe it off, all your doing is spreading it. Be prepared to use water and lots of it go to an RV park they will have areas for you to clean your RV and a hose. It will be everywhere. It’s going to want to stick to you and to the RV. It’s going to want to go home with you. It’s you new clingy boyfriend or girlfriend that you can’t get rid of. Good old-fashioned elbow grease is your answer.

TIP - Use moist towels with vinegar to help wipe things down and remove sand.