Friday 6 March 2015

Chuckie @ Dirty Dutch Metamorphosism, HMH

Part of his label's worldwide tour, with a globally renowned radio show and a residency in Las Vegas under his belt, Chuckie is ascending to the heights of DJ superstar. He started out his musical journey as a hip-hop DJ before creating his own his own champion brand of hybrid beats under his own label, 'Dirty Dutch'. This night in Amsterdam was a celebration of his full-throttle musical style, and a taste of what is to come as they continue to aim for the top.

You don't get over 1 million fans on Facebook by chance. Chuckie is a household name on the EDM scene, and with good reason. Filling venue usually reserved for platinum selling rock bands; the cavernous, aircraft hang?r like Heineken Music Hall is a testament to just how popular he is to his fans, performing a marathon set in front of thousands of ecstatic party-goers. "A decade of world domination" is how he described the Dirty Dutch experience in his own words, and it's not hard to see why as the phenomena that is Dutch House has swept the globe. It only takes one look at the Beatport Top 10 to see just how many of the nation's exports are topping the charts.

Now cramming his sets full of arena sized EDM slammers, and showing no sign of letting up yet, even at the age of 36, he slays the packed-out dancefloor with a series of heavy tracks and mashups to get the young crowd really moving.

There has been much discussion on the longevity of EDM, with some artists finding it harder and harder to diversify in the current uniform state of the more commercial end of the Electronic Dance Music spectrum. Not a problem for Chuckie, as he draws on his hip-hop roots to really mix things up in a super effective style - dipping into Dutch House, Trap, EDM and more to create an onslaught of hard-hitting tracks. With a surprising appearance on Loco Dice's most recent Desolat Label VA Sampler earlier this year as well, he proves no matter how popular he gets, he still has one eye on the underground, and fresh funkin' beats that can translate to the biggest of stages.

Not for the faint of heart... this is a big one!


Ethan McNamara

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Saturday 28 February 2015

DJ Mix #365 - Federico Gardenghi

Federico Gardenghi, 10 years old, attends the fifth grade and has a great passion for music. This sounds like the average kid from the block, but Federico is different. With support by Carl Cox, who invited Federico to play alongside him on Ibiza or DJ Mag which did a review of him, this 10-year-old has made quite an impact already.
If you think this is a joke we recommend you check out this mix. We at DanceTrippin have nothing to add to what Carl Cox thinks: This guy got some serious talent right there!

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Friday 20 February 2015

Olivier Weiter @ Click 8 Years Anniversary, WesterUnie

Olivier Weiter, a growing figure in Amsterdam’s underground house scene, has performed at events such as Time Warp NL and Welcome to the Future, not to mention his own WEITER parties that people flock to for the tribal WEITER energy and sound. Olivier’s trademark of savvy house aesthetics, melodic techno beats, and his uncanny ability to hypnotize the senses of everyone on the dance floor have propelled him onto the international stage as an artist.

The set begins with a rather soulful vibe, filled with melodic beats that entrance the senses, before progressing into a more melodious transition. Then enter the tribal sensations with beats that pull emotions as the set turns deeper with a dance floor impact which truly showcases the WEITER magic he cast on the partygoers who were at Click’s 8 years anniversary at WesterUnie.

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Saturday 14 February 2015

Ida Engberg @ Click 8 Years Anniversary, WesterUnie

Ida Engberg, Swedish bombshell and partner of fellow techno powerhouse, Adam Beyer, can often be found teaming up together on the road under his mighty Drumcode label. Today we catch her riding solo as she topped the bill at a huge 21 hour marathon celebration of the Amsterdam based party Click's 8th anniversary.

With a lineup worthy of most top European festivals, Ida takes the reigns and instantly captivates with her presence. Descending from a long line of Scandinavian techno heritage, with seminal artists such as Jesper Dahlback, Cari Lekebusch, and of course Adam Beyer himself, all hailing from her home nation, she is well versed in smart and sophisticated sets full of icy grooves and solid track selections. She brings that human touch, full of melodic motifs, that is so often missing from the pounding, industrial, male-dominated world of Techno. With deft choices such as the excellent new Efdemin remix of DJ Boom's classic track Kinda Kickin', her performance has a charming accessibility, while at the same time brimming with trippy big-room energy that fills the room and makes it a pleasure to watch unfold.

Never limiting herself to the safe structures or expectations of just being a 'female' DJ she pushes the envelope with her talent and passion for full-bodied techno filled selections. Journeying swiftly through airy numbers and touches of acid-led grooves, before moving into solid underpinnings of darker and tougher techno rhythms as the night progresses. A shining example of her capabilities behind the decks and the constant irresistible urge to dance to her music, this is one to truly get you moving out of your seat.


Ethan McNamara

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Wednesday 11 February 2015

Liveset #364 - Saytek (Live)

As one of the UK's most exciting acts, Saytek has carved out a unique position for himself over the last few years. Having built himself a reputation for innovative, improvised sets that span the house and techno spectrum he is now widely regarded as one of the nation's very best live performers. His expertise and confidence in using hardware to create totally original tracks right before the audience's eyes creates the perfect blend of entertainment and unpredictability. Merely watching him build his live set via an impressive array of hardware including his trusty Roland MC909, Maschine Mikro, a Kaos Pad 3, Pioneer's RMX1000, the Akai APC 40 and a DJ mixer is a joy to behold. Performing with all of these instruments through Ableton has now become second nature, meaning every twist and turn is controlled effortlessly, creating a dynamic experience for all involved.
Enjoy listening to this Liveset recorded at Golden Times @ Golden Gate Berlin.

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