Bon Voyage, FLY BerMuDa

Want to hear what I’m lis­ten­ing to as I write this? Magda at FLY BerMuDa 2012

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Got a dis­heart­en­ing newslet­ter from the pro­mot­ers of Berlin Music Days, a cel­e­bra­tion of that city’s vibrant, under­ground music scene held the first week of Novem­ber, with the announce­ment that its big fes­ti­val FLY BerMuDa, isn’t hap­pen­ing this year. In recent years, in addi­tion to club par­ties and tech­ni­cal sem­i­nars, the week was anchored at the end by FLY BerMuDa, held at the now-defunct Air­port Tem­pel­hof.  From what I can gather, the pro­mot­ers felt it was bet­ter to go back to what Berlin does best, focus­ing on label show­cases and club nights. So while you can likely still see all the major techno labels play in Berlin that week­end, there won’t be one mas­sive party where you can see them all at once.

FLY BerMuDa is one of the entries I’d already writ­ten for the book I’m writ­ing (yes, I’m writ­ing a book) — part techno fes­ti­val guide­book, part techno adven­ture chron­i­cles. And as this fes­ti­val is no longer hap­pen­ing, I may as well put this entry some­where. Guess this means I’m going to I LOVE TECHNO instead?

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How to Enjoy an Electronic Music Festival

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Want to lis­ten to what I’m lis­ten­ing to as I write this? Click here for Pan-Pot’s Sonar mix.

I fig­ured since I’m not in Vegas for Elec­tric Daisy Car­ni­val in pur­suit of other fes­ti­vals around the world, I’d like to offer some tips on how to make the most of an elec­tronic music fes­ti­val expe­ri­ence. I like to con­sider myself a sea­soned vet­eran, so I am aware of what’s essen­tial for me to have peace of mind to go out. I’m not going to get all PLUR on you, or be your mother, but I prac­tice what I preach. Hav­ing one bad fes­ti­val expe­ri­ence can ruin it for you, so just don’t have one. These tips can be used at pretty much any fes­ti­val, elec­tronic or oth­er­wise, but some are def­i­nitely geared toward long nights and morn­ings lis­ten­ing to dri­ving bass. [Read more…]

Swedish Techno Invades Vegas

If you thought this was going to be about Swedish House Mafia, I’m sorry. Hope­fully you’ll find this better.

I am of course, lis­ten­ing to an Adam Beyer set as I write. Want to know what beats are dri­ving me? Click here

I’m pretty sure Swe­den hasn’t invaded any­where since… Abba? The first Ikea in the US? This guy?

The Swedes are bet­ter at a lot of things than most: pro­duc­ing tall beau­ti­ful peo­ple (mostly blond), DIY mod­ern fur­ni­ture, and techno. And there’s no bet­ter ambas­sador to send than Adam Beyer.

Elec­tric Zoo New York 2009


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Today’s Soundtrack. Lots of techno, very little food.

Today I plowed through my final story due for the Octo­ber food issue of Vegas/Rated. As it’s the food issue, I had quite a few sto­ries to file. This last one I worked on I put off because I knew it would be the hard­est for me to write — and so I set a reward for myself for when I fin­ished it. When I fin­ished my final fea­ture story, I would be able to pur­chase my ticket to Europe for a trip I’m tak­ing in the name of techno five weeks from now.

I relied on a Cocoon set from Ger­man DJ Sven Väth to help me out in this endeavor. Vath also hap­pens to be head­lin­ing the Fly BerMuDa Fes­ti­val, the rea­son why I’m going to Berlin.

Con­se­quently there was lots of techno to go with today’s work, but very lit­tle food. All I ate today, in addi­tion to my typ­i­cal morn­ing pro­tein shake and iced mocha, was one of these bad boys that I keep stashed in my desk.

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What I’m Listening To Tonight

11:11 pm. August 28. Plug­ging away on one of my many sto­ries I have lined up for the Octo­ber food issue for Vegas/Rated. Seri­ous writ­ing calls for seri­ous music. Enter a set from Sur­geon, circa 2003.

Only the truly ded­i­cated techno heads know the epic tal­ent of this UK mas­ter, one of the most revered DJs on the scene– his name draws out even the old timers who chose life and now have (more) respon­si­ble jobs, spouses who weren’t in the scene, kids, mort­gages. His trips to the US to play are few and far between, play­ing only a few gigs a year in select cities. Chicago was for­tu­nate to have him a num­ber of times. I saw him most recently in LA last Feb­ru­ary at the clos­est thing to a rave that I’d been to in years. [Read more…]

Enter with a bang… part 1

Food and techno don’t cross paths very often, but it’s a delight when they do. Some of the most renowned techno pio­neers and DJs are lovers of good food — being world trav­el­ers allows them this lux­ury. When I had the good for­tune to inter­view Richie Hawtin last month before Elec­tric Daisy Fes­ti­val, we dis­cussed not only what was sup­posed to be his ENTER. con­cept at the fes­ti­val, but also food. Really good food. And I real­ized he had been to nearly every restau­rant in the world that I needed to go to — Noma, Mead­owood, French Laun­dry, El Bulli — and then some.

The ENTER. con­cept which Hawtin is launch­ing as part of his res­i­dency begin­ning tomor­row (July 5)  at Space in Ibiza, is a grander idea, with more mov­ing parts, includ­ing a technology-driven area (remem­ber the Con­takt 2008 tour with The Cube?), and a sake room with sake that has never before been exported out­side of Japan. Turns out Hawtin is a trained sake som­me­lier, pur­su­ing the endeavor purely out of his love for the spirit. He’s com­pleted two stages of the four-stage process; all that’s left is to con­tinue to build his palate by tast­ing sake all over Japan. Iron­i­cally, in Japan, sake isn’t cool to drink, with the younger crowd eschew­ing the tra­di­tional bev­er­age for beer and hand crafted cock­tails. “Sake is what your Dad drinks,” Hawtin laughs.

While I did cover his stage at EDC (that never hap­pened due to high winds) for Vegas  Seven, there’s a lot that I couldn’t fit into that piece. So here’s the tran­script of the recorded part of our inter­view over sake and sashimi at Shibuya at MGM Grand.

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