Friday 21 November 2014

Firebeatz @ Doorn Records Label Night, Club AIR

After collaborating in the States on their club anthem 'Guitar Track', Sander Van Doorn invites fellow countrymen, Firebeatz, to bring the heat during his label showcase at Club AIR, Amsterdam.

Combing studio time with everyone from Martin Garrix and Tiesto to Chocolate Puma, the pair are a powerful force of EDM, Electro and all that's in between. Young, brash and Beatport chart topping, they are everything you expect from such an accomplished electronic duo. It's all about big drops and their own brand of explosive big room beats, hitting the crowd at Club Air with banger after banger, and plenty of huge hands-in-the-air moments to go with them.

After being formed in 2008 they've worked hard to climb the ranks and be considered amongst some of the EDM mainstays of the scene now, breaking into the US scene on top of their European success and grabbing the attention of the likes of Rihanna and Justin Timberlake for their club remix packages. Taking things a little harder in the club tonight, getting the crowd fully pumped before the big man, Sander Van Doorn, is no mean feat, but they are more than up to the challenge... notching up a string of crazy tracks to keep the atmosphere electric throughout.

Wondering where the Firebeatz name came from? It started out as a joke. There is a Dutch expression that says “go as fast as the fireman,” and in the beginning when they were working in the studio they would always say, “it needs to go like the fireman!” And they do exactly that in this episode, with all the shine and sheen you'd expect from a duo that has tour all around the globe.

Full of big, colourful, fun records, wild splashes of FX, and a relentless energy. You'll need your dancing shoes for this one.

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Ethan McNamara

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Tuesday 18 November 2014

DJ Sneak @ I'm A House Gangster - ADE Edition, Baut

With queues extending all the way around the block outside the venue, for a DJ who's been around the block in more ways than one himself, the original 'House Gangster' - DJ Sneak - holds it down at Baut Club during Amsterdam's annual ADE.

Hailing from the one of the original homes of real House music, Chicago, he's often noted as one of the pioneers alongside Cajmere, Derrick Carter and Paul Johnson, that helped to mould and shape the sound and style of so many special records that came from the US in that halcyon period. With vast amounts of experience, and seeing a fair share of trends come and go, his gritted determination and faith in the music has paved the way for many of the House artists we know and love today, and he shows us just why here in this video.

Flanked on the podiums in a sleek and bustling venue by the beautiful official House Gangster ‘chicas’, he’s extended his 'I'm A House Gangster' brand to more than just a record label, but a statement of what his entire ethos encompasses. He's from the old-school. And for artists like Sneak, a self proclaimed 'OG', It's simply about wall to wall, no nonsense, floor focused House music, with a trademark ghetto edge. Starting strong, and delivering consistent stomping House cuts like the sensational ‘Mr. G – Got That Swing’ it keeps an expectant crowd on their toes, and sets a solid template for the sixty minutes to come.

There is no need for hands in the air or Jesus poses from this DJ tonight, it's all about the music, because when Sneak is on form, he means business. A fierce personality elsewhere in his life, his concentration and focus on the mixing is unquestionable. An inimitable, bumping, head nodding style, with the rest of the crowd grooving along in unison, only goes to compliment all the elements of the party fluidly moving together, with the high quality sounds firing all gun's blazing from the soundsystem.

As he masterfully tweaks the filters with great experience, laying down a barrage of fiery, jacking tracks in a way that only a legend like Sneak could, he adds a whole other layer of constant movements to the rolling beats. Full of upwards and downward sweeps, taking the crowd on a journey through deeper dubbed out moments, before lifting the energy just at the right time to ignite the atmosphere. Dipping into acid and more classic leaning house sounds, it has a loose and improvised feel to it. Rough and ready in places, whilst always sounding coherent. Up and comers please take note: this is a masterclass from a DJ that has been on top of his game for longer than most young DJ’s have been alive.

His unwavering (and often uncompromising) commitment to real House music can be commended in itself, but to continue to deliver fresh and exciting DJ sets like this one week in and week out, is something very special, and takes a lot of talent indeed.

Are you a House Gangster too? Find out here.

Ethan McNamara

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Saturday 15 November 2014

DJ Mix #356 - Roger Martinez

For Roger Martinez music is a way to reach people in a non-verbal and more direct way.

His broad interest in sound has forced him to do several projects at a time. Roger Martinez is his Electronic Dance Music project. Under his "Horizontal Excursions" guise he explores vast Ambient worlds of sonic emotions. Going full circle in the audio realm, he also occasionally designs sound installations and takes part in interdisciplinary art projects.

We recorded this set live at Loveland during Amsterdam Dance Event 2014.

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Friday 14 November 2014

Deep Dish @ Loveland ADE, Amsterdam

In one of our most epic episodes to date, we bring you coverage of one of the most anticipated sets at Loveland this year by none other than newly reunited DJ duo Deep Dish.

After a seven year break during which both Ali “Dubfire” Shiraznia and Sharam Tayebi went their separate ways, fans rejoiced by the news that the acclaimed Iranian-American DJ duo would be joining forces behind the decks once again during Miami Music Week in March.

In a stunning display of technology both musically and visually, the production was nothing short of spectacular. A dazzling light show illuminated the dance floor as the sweat-drenched crowd enjoyed Deep Dish’s remarkable performance. But who would expect anything less from Deep Dish?

Since their beginnings in the early 90’s, the duo has found a way of impeccably melding their own individual styles and personalities into that signature Deep Dish sound which fans can’t get enough of. Dubfire’s dark techno sound coupled with Sharam’s beautifully melodic house selections take the crowds through various peaks and emotions throughout each one of their sets. And with the use of Native Instruments technology which Dubfire is known for, their ADE performance was one for the books as they added effects, loops and color to an already perfect equation.

But enough talk. We’ll leave you to make the final verdict and please, feel to re-examine the evidence as many times as you’d like. ;)

It’s with great pleasure that we bring you Deep Dish straight from Loveland ADE. Enjoy!

-Jess Rox

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Thursday 13 November 2014

Sander van Doorn @ Doorn Records Label Night, Club AIR

Championing the new school of big-room sounds that has unified the EDM spectrum, we join Sander van Doorn on a homecoming gig of sorts, as he takes centre stage at his very own Doorn Records Label Night at Club AIR (Amsterdam).

A mainstay in the top 10 of DJ Mag's annual Top 100 DJ's list, Sander van Doorn has quickly rose to the top of his game, to become a powerhouse and staple figure of the dance music trend that is currently sweeping the globe. A firm advocate for the evolution and creativity of the EDM scene, through his affiliation with Spinnin' Records as well as his own label, he's one of many international artists currently pushing the envelope in terms of new sounds and ideas in the more commercial field of electronic music. With a style that Laidback Luke recently coined as 'Future House', it can be described as a blurring of the lines between EDM, Electro and Deep House, with plenty of nods back to Trance to keep the old-school Doorn fans with their hands in the air.

Drawing a young and enthusiastic crowd, he opens his set with his most recent smash hit, 'This!' featuring fellow Dutch wonderkid, Oliver Heldens, before setting off on a showstopping sixty minutes of colliding styles and epic breakdowns. As a man so accustomed to playing all over the world at huge festivals such as Ultra, EDC and Tomorrowland, he ramps the intensity right up to 11, creating a festival-like atmosphere of sorts right inside the club, with girls on shoulders, a chorus of sing-a-longs to every vocal, and the whole crowd going wild on every big drop. With slamming remixes of 'Duke Dumont – I Got U' amongst a string of his own productions and remixes, the night reaches fever pitch during the finale. His 'Guitar Track' collaboration with Firebeatz getting a deservedly huge reaction that closes things out perfectly with a bang.

Play this one loud!

Ethan McNamara

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