The BPM Festival Podcast: Kiki

#BPM2015 is only a few days away. Pack your bags while listening to our new podcast from Kiki! He’s going to start off #BPM2015 at the celebration of 8 Years of Akbal Music January 9, 2015 at Fusion Beach Club!

Kiki was born in Helsinki, but has now found his home in Berlin.

Initial forays into making sounds with violins and pianos soon gave way to
the mechanical beats of hip-hop, mixed together with more popular sounds whilst playing at school discos before he was even a teenager. With such an early start it was no surprise that before he was old enough to enter a club, Kiki was holding down a weekly residency at one – Helsinki’s Tempo club, which was swiftly followed by another at the Smile club.

A move to Berlin in 1994 to study Architecture was the catalyst for Kiki to step in to the realms of a serious DJ. Impressing the legendary Masters At Work at a Marlboro DJ competition led to him securing gigs at Berlin’s three cathedrals of techno -Tresor, Pfefferbank and WMF. Gigs in Berlin and Germany were soon followed by a string of international bookings and the release of an infamous three deck mix for Sonnenhaus which led to de-bug worrying about the health of his fingers.

With his profile as a DJ growing it was two short steps to releasing his first record on Ellen Allien’s Bpitch Control label in 2001, who through a happy coincidence he had met when the pair were double booked to play the same DJ slot. Since then Kiki has become an integral part of the Bpitch family growing into a truly international artist, sharing his love of energetic and hypnotic music across the globe from Mexico, to Tokyo and making a little bit history along the way. Kiki has been the only performer ever to pack Ibiza’s Space club to capacity on a Monday.

With an output that has been nothing short of prolific, Kiki has released a number of genre defining records both as himself and later with partner in crime Silversurfer. Kiki was the first artist asked to put together a mix for the now legendary Boogy Bytes series, and has been asked to provide remixes and productions for labels as diverse as Bugged out, Playhouse and Crosstown Rebels where he had the honour of being the first artist released on the label. His debut album Run With Me was an international success, and led to the video for Shake Off (a collaboration with Silversurfer and Captain Comatose) being playlisted by MTV. More recently a collaboration with Sasse and his Moodmusic imprint led to the release of the excellent Grand Cru – a modern club classic already. However, as he has grown and matured, a yearning to explore deeper and more personal forms of expression in music, has led to Kiki working on his follow up to his debut album – Run with me. Without forgetting his roots in the club, Kiki has reigned back the short sharp thrill of 12” releases to concentrate on his second album.

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And so the next chapter begins. Kiki is set to release Kaiku (which means echo in Finnish) in the spring of 2009. Like a musical calling card it combines all of the elements that can be only be learned through a life dedicated to music and musical expression. Where the space between house and techno and electronic music becomes blurred to the point of irrelevance and the feeling and emotions created by the music give you all the labels you will ever need. As the song on Kaiku says – No Words Necessary.

The BPM Festival Podcast: Sharam

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Listen to The BPM Festival‘s new podcast from Sharam and get in the BPM groove! He’s going to help end #BPM2015 with a bang at Yoshitoshi’s Showcase (an official BPM closing party) at Blue Parrot Sunday, January 18!

From underground classics like Texi, Get Wild and Don’t Say A Word, to scoring international chart toppers, like PATT (Party All The Time) and The One, Sharam’s musical credits are as dynamic as his DJ sets. His production collaborations include artists such as Kid Cudi, Shakira, Patsy Cline, Chris Martin and Daniel Bedingfield just to name a few. He seamlessly navigates between hypnotic underground sets rooted in his rich history of house and techno, while entertaining younger dance enthusiasts of today with laser like focus and dedication to quality. His motto remains ‘entertain while educate’. His sound is Ibiza in Vegas. His style is limitless.

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At Miami Music Week (WMC) 2014 he once again scored one of the most sought after records with his new outing ‘Tripi’ on Seth Troxler’s new labels inaugural release, garnering support from all sides of the industry. Tripi follows his rich history of seminal records like 2013’s On & On featuring the long time collaborator Anousheh that ended up being the #1 Miami Buzz record. He followed that release with “My Way” taking a more techy vocal approach — all part of his upcoming 2nd artist album.

During the Miami conference Sharam rejoined his old buddy Dubfire as the legendary duo “Deep Dish” and performed their first show in over 8 years setting the industry abuzz once again with their set as well as their new single “Quincy”.

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Early Christmas presents from Standard Hotels: DJ sets from Blond:Ish, Clarian, and Seth Troxler

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Good news: Christmas came early this year! And we got you sounds: Standard Sounds, that is.

This past September, Standard Sounds & Emporio Armani Sounds teamed up on a special series of events at The Standard, High Line that brought together renowned talents and created magical musical conversations on the roof at Le Bain. The results were equal parts inspiring and ecstatic.

And now, you can hear what we heard: Blond-ish, Clarian, and Seth Troxler’s sets are streaming now, exclusively on their Mixcloud channel. Enjoy.

SETH TROXLER - Standard Sounds X EA Sounds Vol. 3 by The Standard on Mixcloud

CLARIAN Live - Standard Sounds X EA Sounds Vol. 3 by The Standard on Mixcloud

BLOND:ISH - Standard Sounds X EA Sounds Vol. 2 by The Standard on Mixcloud

DJ Sneak’s “I’m A House Gangster” Showcase Returns to The BPM Festival 2015

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The BPM Festival is proud to present the newest instalment of its official podcast series featuring DJ Sneak’s “I’M A HOUSE GANGSTER LIVE,” showcasing three hours of his signature underground house.

DJ Sneak returns to The BPM Festival 2015 with his “I’m A House Gangster” showcase featuring DJ Heather, Doc Martin, Jesse Perez, Josh Wink, Mark Farina and Paolo Rocco at Mamita’s Beach Club on January 11, 2015. Tickets are available while supplies last at TheBPMFestival.com.

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One of house music’s true pioneers, DJ Sneak has the passion and drive to keep house music alive. Self-proclaimed House Gangster, Sneak has helped shape the course of dance music since the early 90s; his early music influencing the likes of Daft Punk, Basement Jaxx and Armand Van Helden. His signature sounds – funky filtered disco-influenced house and tough, jacking beats – have revolutionized and redefined house music for well over 15 years.

Having begun his DJ’ing career in 1983, Sneak continues to be at the top of his game: non-stop beat bumpin’ sets are a one of a kind experience in the electronic music circuit, and a barrage of top quality releases over the last 20 years have culminated and just keep on coming. Meanwhile, “House Gangster” is a concept that was inspired from a hotline that in turn created a motive to inspire and increase followers specifically to house music, with “gangster” used in referenced to those who have that undying commitment and passion for house music, bottom line.

The BPM Festival: I’m A House Gangster
Sunday, January 11, 2015
DJ Sneak
DJ Heather
Doc Martin
Jesse Perez
Josh Wink
Mark Farina
Paolo Rocco
 
Mamita’s Beach Club
28th Street & The Beach
12pm-8pm
Tickets available at thebpmfestival.com
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Outlook Launch Graz Mix Competition

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We teamed up with Asutrian based Beat Supreme and Outlook Festival to offer aspiring DJs the opportunity to win 2 VIP-Passes at Outlook and perform on the main stage of the official Outlook Festival Launch Party Graz at Postgarage! Perform on a big stage alongside some of Drum and Bass‘finests, DUB PHIZIX & MC STRATEGY, AMOSS, MEFJUS and more!


Prizes

  • 2 VIP-Festival-Passes for the OUTLOOK Festival 2014, taking place in Pula (CRO) from 3 to 7 September 2014.
  • A slot to perform your set (1h) on the mainfloor of the Outlook Launch Party Graz @ Postgarage on 20th June 2014
  • The best 5 mixes will be aired on Radio Soundportal (Styria/Austria FM) as part of the Beat Supreme radiocast

 10 entrants will be shortlisted to become finalists – these mixes will then go into a second stage where special guest judges will listen to the finalist’s mixes and along with their feedback on social media, a winner will be chosen.

How to enter

  • Upload a 30 minute mix to Mixcloud of the kind of music you would
    play at the Outlook Launch Party Graz.
  • Name the mix ‘Outlook Launch Graz Mix competition – your DJ name’
  • Tag the mix with “Outlook Launch Graz“. If you fail to tag the mix correctly, your entry may be missed!
  • Use the Outlook Launch Party Graz mix-competition artwork provided here.
  • Your entry needs to include a full track list to be considered.
  • Provide links to your social media accounts.

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Judging

  • Entrants will be judged on factors including (but not limited to) number of plays, favourites, positive feedback on social media, tune selection, originality and technical ability. DJs must gain over 50 plays to be considered for the shortlist.
  • Beat Supreme are looking for DJs who show commitment and are able to use the tools available on Mixcloud and across the web to promote themselves effectively.
  • The final decision will be made by Beat Supreme and the special guest judges.
  • Remember that this is a competition for Newcomer-DJs who don’t play on bigger
    stages on a regular base.

Adventures in Record Collecting: A Dust & Grooves Book + London Book Launch

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acWe’re proud to join forces with Wah Wah 45s, Classic Album Sundays and Ninja Tune / DJ Food to support the book launch party for Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting, the debut book by photographer Eilon Paz about the world’s finest record collectors.

If you’re in London join us at The Proud Archivist on Friday May 23rd for an event that celebrates vinyl culture and photography with a photo exhibition, book signing as well as all-vinyl sets from DJs who are featured in the book.

Scheduled DJs include:

  • Jonny Trunk
  • DJ Food (Ninja Tune)
  • Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser)
  • Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy
  • Kid Dyno (The Daily Diggers)
  • Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s)
  • Sheila B. (Cha Cha Charming)

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The official Record Store Day book for 2014, Dust & Grooves is a 416-­page coffee-­table book that profiles over 130 vinyl collectors and their collections in the most intimate of environments—their record rooms.

With a foreword by the RZA, compelling photographic essays are paired with in-­depth interviews to illustrate what motivates record collectors to keep digging for more records. Readers get an up close and personal look at a variety of well-­known vinyl champions like Gilles Peterson, Four ­Tet, and Mr. Scruff as well as a glimpse into the collections of other known and unknown DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday enthusiasts.

“Working on Dust & Grooves has been like going back to school, but this time it was school for music, filled with passion & love. Here is a little glimpse of what I’ve learned from the collectors I’ve profiled during these years, a brief glimpse into their musical planet. Thanks for the trip!!
Eilon”

What I've Learned - Eilon for Dust & Grooves by Dust & Grooves on Mixcloud

Dust & Grooves London Book Launch
Friday 23rd May
@ The Proud Archivist, Dalston, London
Click here to RSVP
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Soundwave 2014 DJ Competition

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Soundwave Croatia have teamed up with Mixcloud to offer aspiring DJs the opportunity to win flights, accommodation and a set at this year’s festival in July! After a round of public opinion-based judging, ten entrants will be shortlisted to become finalists. Special guest judges (TBA soon) will listen to the finalist’s mixes alongside feedback from Mixcloud to choose one winner.

How to enter

  • Upload a 30 minute mix to Mixcloud of the kind of music you would play at Soundwave Croatia
  • Name the mix ‘Soundwave Croatia 2014 DJ Competition Entry’
  • Tag the mix: “Soundwave Croatia 2014 DJ Competition Entry“. If you fail to tag the mix correctly, your entry may be missed.
  • Add tracklist.
  • Use the cover art provided here.
  • Your entry needs to include a full track list to be considered.

And stay updated on their twitter feed here…
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