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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 5/4/12 – Burnaby, BC: Venue TBA 5/18/12 – Pyramid Lake, NV: Symbiosis Fest 5/26/12 – Detroit, MI: DEMF 6/8/12 – San Francisco, CA: 1015
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.
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!Apparat's DJ-Kicks is available now, and Photek's mix will be released April 3rd, followed by a mix from Maya Jane Coles on April 17th.
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
One half of heralded production outfit Instra:mental, Alex Green's "Boddika" alter ego has been responsible for a growing number of go-to tracks, popping up on mixes from many of the heavyweights of bass music. "Acid Battery," an new track exclusive to Sucba's DJ-Kicks is, as the title suggests, indebted to classic acid house, but sidesteps a retrogressive mind set with a state of the art production aesthetic. Like Scuba's mix itself, the track elegantly straddles the line between techno and bass music, sitting comfortably next to of-the-moment sounds from a host of amazing production talent. Acid Battery by Boddika