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Dubspot is a digital production school in New York and LA specializing in arming the next generation of producers with the tools they’ll need to create incredible music. They caught up with Photek in SXSW this year to speak about his first music-making set-up, his advice to up-and-coming producers, and his DJ-Kicks mix.
Photek’s masterful DJ-Kicks mix is out this week in North America, and is currently charting on the iTunes Electronic chart. He’ll be hitting the road for a string of dates in the US to celebrate the release, including major electronic music festivals Together Boston, Symbiosis Fest, and the mighty DEMF. Having caught a taste in Austin, we’re sure you won’t want to miss the chance to see this man take to the decks!
4/5/12 – Washington, DC: U Street Music Hall (w/ Dieselboy)
4/6/12 – New York, NY: Cameo Gallery
4/7/12 – Boston, MA: Together Festival
4/20/12 – Charlotte, NC: The Fillmore
4/27/12 – Denver, CO: Beta
Watching Photek in his studio is a bit like watching a master chef in the kitchen. We were lucky enough to drop in to his Los Angeles home base to chat about his massive DJ-Kicks mix, his first live show DJing with Peshay, and the inspiration behind the titles for some of the exclusive Photek tracks that appear on the mix. DJ-Kicks is out now everyone but the US, where it comes out on April 3rd. Read more…
For serious music fans, SXSW in Austin is close to heaven on earth. Non-stop music of all sorts, plenty of beer & BBQ, and for those of us in colder climates, a chance to enjoy some mild weather before Spring is fully underway. This year, as a part of our celebration of 27 years of !K7 we’ll be kicking the festivities off with DJ sets from two of the recent stars of DJ-Kicks, Photek & Apparat.
The party will be free and won’t require a badge, so come one come all. In addition to the headliners, we also have a several special guests lined up, including artists who appear on Photek’s mix. We’re looking forward to starting the week of music off on the right foot with all our friends, and hope to see you there!
Wednesday March 14th @ Kingdom (103 E. St. Suite B, Austin)
DJ-Kicks SXSW w/ Photek, Apparat & more
8:00 PM – 2:00 AM • 21+ • FREE
To say Maya Jane Coles had a big year in 2011 would be an incredible understatement. In the space of twelve months, the 24 year old East Londoner went from a hotly tipped favorite of house music connoisseurs to, well, pretty much taking over the world. It is our extreme pleasure to announce that her first commercially available DJ mix is coming this year, in the form of a DJ-Kicks mix in April.
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Brooklyn / Berlin producer Machinedrum (who also happens to be 1/2 of Hotflush’s Sepalcure) is responsible for one of our favorite records of the year so far, Room(s) on Planet Mu. His remix of Scuba’s DJ-Kicks exclusive track “M.A.R.S.” exemplifies a lot of what we love about that album: breakneck drum programming, syncopated keyboard stabs, and swirling atmospheric textures. DJ-Kicks is out this week, and we’re pretty thrilled with the reviews so far.
After setting the UK bass scene on fire with the ubiquitous track “Footcrab” on Loefah’s Swamp 81 label, producer Addison Groove has been closely watched by in-the-know fans of forward-thinking electronic music. The new track “An We Drop,” excluisve to Hotflush boss Scuba’s DJ-Kicks diverges slightly from the overt footwork influence of early releases, but still packs plenty of dancefloor thump. “For me, ‘An We Drop’ is one of the key tracks [on the mix],” Scuba explains. “It’s a fusion of two things, that urban, UK kind of sound, and something more techno. It sums up what the mix and my music is about.”
Paul Rose, a/k/a Scuba, the mastermind behind the incredibly well curated Hotflush label, has been enlisted to mix the latest in the DJ-Kicks series, due late October of this year. Featuring a healthy helping of exclusives from his camp including new music from Addison Groove & Boddika, the mix treads the line between the UK bass music scene in which Scuba came up, and the techno sounds dominant in his current home of Berlin, creating a new sound in the process. See below for the full tracklist.
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