The much anticipated new edition of MOGA Festivalwill feature world-class DJs Behrouz, Birds Of Mind, Cc:Disco!, Daox, DJ Tennis, Gusta-vo, Gescu B2B Maher Daniel, Matthew Dekay, Mr. Id and more from the 6th to the 10th of October 2021. This year it takes place in Costa da Caparica, Portugal rather than the usual location of Essaouira, but still allows all dreamers and dancers to be reunited under another Atlantic skyline with endless wellness and music to make for an immersive experience.
Since its creation in Essaouira in 2016, the spirit of MOGA Festival has been deeply inked by nomadism, curiosity, and discoveries. As a matter of fact, Essaouira was once named Mogador by the Portuguese and as a reminder of this ancient history, Morocco and Portugal decided that the cities of Essaouira and Caparica in Almada would become sister-lands. It was obvious that this year that connection had to be explored.
Line-up (a-z) BEHROUZ BIRDS OF MIND CC:DISCO! DAOX DJ TENNIS GUSTA-VO GESCU B2B MAHER DANIEL MATTHEW DEKAY MR. ID & more.
Travel, music and culture will all collide in a tropical paradise at Cult Excape Maldives from October 29th to November 21st 2021. For a few unforgettable days, this boutique festival invites you to escape from everyday life and sink deep into two luxury resorts in the Indian Ocean. Featuring non-stop entertainment and international DJs, world-class restaurants, bars, cafes, rich marina culture and much more, Cult Excape Maldives will be the holiday of a lifetime. This is the very first festival of its kind in the region!
This Halloween, Cult Excape Maldives invites you to build your own virtue and experience a truly dream-like reality in a utopian location. It will be packed with all sorts of grown-up escapades and stunning vistas for an all-in-one price that includes food, drink and local transfers so the only other expense is your flight.
This is the third event from CULT EXCAPE following a pre-pandemic, invite-only and sold-out desert event in Dubai which happened at the height of the pandemic when no one in the world was dancing. Then came Cult Excape Maldives Chapter one right after the pandemic lockdown with just 150 lucky guests attending from all over the world in the midst of the restrictions. This new concept aims to bring a level of togetherness to the region and showcase the power of the talent available in the country on a global scale.
Cult Excape Maldives is a once in a lifestyle experience unlike any other. Places are strictly limited so act fast to secure your ticket to paradise.
This is FOA100! To celebrate, Reinier Zonnerveld serves up a solo menu consisting of his signature techno dishes with 3 key ingredients to serve: CSE. These can be streamed below via the link – this is a key moment in the label’s history and is surely just the beginning of this world renowned techno imprint!
Loom Festival is a brand new open-air celebration of techno with a big sound but an intimate feel. It takes place at the historic Museumspark Rüdersdorf on September 25th with 12 hours of non-stop world-class sounds from Nastia, Thomas Schumacher, Julian Jeweil, Alex Stein, Victor Ruiz, Wehbba LIVE, Anna Reusch and Transcode.
Loom Festival has been inspired by the European festivals where star-studded techno line-ups meet in the most unusual locations surrounded by nature. They are famous for their mind-blowing production and unforgettable musical experiences and Loom is set to make the same sort of indelible impact this Autumn.
It goes down at the historic Museumspark Rüdersdorf, a vast park with a rich industrial history and a dream location for open-air events. Surrounded by lakes, canals and greenery, this idyllic location just outside the city will be transformed and mix raw and industrial vibes while being in the midst of nature. The party is located next to a Shaft Furnace built in 1871 so has a unique backdrop.
Lineup: Nastia, Thomas Schumacher, Julian Jeweil, Alex Stein, Victor Ruiz, Wehbba LIVE, Anna Reusch & Transcode.
Italian techno powerhouse Sam Paganini is teasing the release of his new album later in the year with two very different standout singles from it, ‘Bianca’ and ‘One’. They land on Jam on July 30th and give a fine taster of what to expect from the full length.
For nearly 25 years, Paganini has been leading the underground scene from the front and headlining every major club and festival in the world, from Berghain in Berlin to Output and Cielo in New York and Fabric in London. In that time, the Italian has also released on influential labels like Drumcode, Plus 8 and Cocoon Recordings and is never far from the top 10 of the Beatport techno charts. As well as club-ready EPs, he has always showcased his fine studio craft on immersive full-lengths like 2014’s Satellite, 2017’s Zenith and 2020’s Reflections.
Those albums evolved his famously percussive and harmonic sounds and explored downtempo and breakbeat as well as techno. ‘Rave’ from the Satellite album became an instant classic that has been viewed more than 43 million times on YouTube and stayed for more than 18 months in the overall Beatport Chart after being number 1 for over two months. Next to making techno, he has toured Italy as a drummer with a rock band and had a UK Club Chart #1 ‘Zoe’ under his Paganini Traxx alias in 1996.
The sublime ‘Bianca’ is an emotive track that is dedicated to Sam’s daughter, who was a newborn baby when it was written and is now seven months old. It has celestial chords reaching up to the heavens and is driven by silky breakbeats with a heart-aching vocal that really brings light and hope. This majestically light and airy track is sure to bring real spine-tingling emotions to any dance floor.
‘One’ is all about taking you to the heart of an intense party. The pulsing synths and sci-fi chords bring cosmic energy to a rubbery baseline and prodding drums that never get up. It cannot fail to get you locked into the moment and lost in the music.
These are two very different but equally vital new singles from a real techno mainstay.
At Sonus, the music runs from dusk till dawn for five days and nights. After two Covid-enforced years off, one of Europe’s most iconic summer festivals finally returns in August (21st – 25th) 2022 with its most promising lineup yet.
World-class international guests like a special, mouthwatering back-to-back set between the dream team duo of Ricardo Villalobos and Zip and more will take place. There will be first-ever Sonus sets from Bulgarian KiNK who plays live, as well as DJ sets from global hitmaker FISHER, UK tastemaker Michael Bibi plus Giorgia Anguili and 999999999. There will be also be new stars like Kobosil, Reinier Zonneveld, IMOGEN and Paula Temple all presenting their forward-thinking techno.
Ever reliable global headliners such as Amelie Lens, Sven Väth and Dixon bring their years of knowledge and skill, and there are more than 30 other names including Loco Dice, Maceo Plex, Patrick Topping, Chris Liebing, ANNA, Rødhåd, Ben Klock, Jamie Jones, Sonja Moonear, Richie Hawtin and Seth Troxler also set to headline.
Sonus, presented by Time Warp and We Love Sound, is world renowned for being one of the most carefully considered Summer underground festivals. This highly anticipated eighth edition will go down across the lively Zrce Beach in Novalja, Croatia – more specifically at three coastal clubs Aquarius, Kalypso and Papaya; providing the locations for endless dancing, with world-class sound systems and open-air dance floors.
Telepopmusik is celebrating the 20 years anniversary of their most iconic song “Breathe” and will release new remixes by Krystal Klear, Moscoman, Digitalism, Kid Francescoli, Mounika, Juicy Cola & Speaking Minds on July 9th 2021.
Their elegant sound is now firmly ingrained in the public’s subconscious through hit singles, sold-out tours and clever soundtracking on many high-profile advertising campaigns. Yet we should never forget that, above all, they are a band who have only ever simply strived for creative perfection. Their trajectory thus far has been exemplary – a pure case of letting the music do the talking.
‘Breathe’ feat Angela McCluskey, their hit single, stayed in the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 weeks.
Telepopmusik played over 100 gigs from Moscow, Istanbul to the Glastonbury Festival. The band is also performing all over the world with exciting Dj sets mixing deep & acid.‘Genetic World’ received critical and public acclaim following nominations at the US Grammy Awards.
Octan Ibiza has spent the many months of Covid-closure working hard to refurbish its famous open-air Terrace, as well as planning a big return to dancing once restrictions are lifted later this summer.
There is already a big programme in place for as soon as the club opens. As usual, you can expect that the world’s best house and techno DJs will play, with line-ups coming as soon as restrictions are lifted and the Ibiza government makes a full announcement of their plans.
In 2019, the brand new Octan quickly established itself as a White Island favourite for those looking for a more underground experience. It boasted a first-ever weekly Apollonia residency with Planet Claire as well as parties like Steve Lawler’s Warriors. With a bold exterior featuring expressive artwork that immediately stands apart, the club has three spaces – The Lab, The Basement and The Terrace.
The Terrace has been refurbished and repainted in the last year. It now boasts a central 25m square bar that makes it much easier to order drinks. It also brings everyone together in the middle of the terrace for an extra cosy vibe and lively atmosphere beneath a clear-blue Ibiza sky. The walls are adorned with colourful designs from acclaimed Leeds artist Nicholas Dixon, and also contain the hustle and bustle of the crowd who will be chilling and drinking outside. There is now also a large seating area with some suspended shade from the beating sun, just in case you need to take a break from the main action.
Meanwhile, the club’s Basement is the perfect underground space for those who like it dark and raw. It has low ceilings and a world-class sound system with sleek and stripped back styling. The Lab is the third and final space with its own low key and immersive lighting making it an atmospheric space of pure hedonism. Winter will see the Basement and Lab spaces get further updates ready for a big comeback and full capacity parties from May – October 2022.
Sailor & I shares a new album titled Diving For Lost Treasure on Get Physical’s exciting sister label METAPHYSICAL. The richly layered 10-track album of grown up indie-dance gems is “for lovers, of all ages, who are keen to explore all sides of life and who even dare enough to Dive For Lost Treasure within themselves.”
The brilliantly crafted and put together album finds the artist really going beyond his own limitations of being both songwriter, producer and artist. A friend Tobias Kampe-Flygare helped Sailor & I finish the productions in his studio in East London so it embodies the energy of three cities it was written in – the sleepless, hungry heart of Berlin, the busy London and the endless light of Scandinavian midsummer that is so special in Stockholm. It was made using old analogue gear with no samples and all instruments were recorded one by one, the traditional way.
Hi, I’m good thank you! Right now, I am on my 3-week tour in Ukraine. Parties here almost didn’t stop and it feels nice to play again in front of the crowd, especially after a long break.
Can you give us an insight into your introduction to producing/DJing? Wherediditallbegin?
It all started 20 years ago when I started playing at high school and college parties. Then I became a resident DJ in several night clubs in Kiev. Around that time I tried to produce music but as there was no proper access to samples library at that point, it was impossible to create something professional.
So, I gave up producing for 5 years and came back when the technologies and Internet became better and my DJ skills improved a lot.
Do you consider yourself a DJ or producer first?
I can tell that DJing brings me more happiness than music production. It is just I am a very self-critical person, so when I am making tracks something always bothers me and often I do not finish the track. But of course, it’s a big joy to play your own tracks.
You’ve got a huge new EP inbound on CODEX called ‘Back to Rave’. It’s a great title for the EP, something we’re all thinking of right now. Was this made with the return to events in mind?
The idea of “Back to Rave” appeared when me and Spartaque made a deal about Codex Showcase with Ukrainian festival “Atlas Weekend”. We told each other something alike “oh finally back to rave”. When I came back to the studio, I recorder a vocal sample and started to build up the track around it
Take us through the two tracks on the release, how did ‘Back To Rave’ and ‘Grumble’ come together in the studio?
The tracks differ from each other and this is because there are different types of raves. “Back to Rave” has a more mainstream vibe, something like Open Airs sound, peak time techno. However, “Grumble” has more groovy and hypnotic sound which suits warehouse events. At least the initial idea was to produce tracks for different raves and audience.
Greenjack ‘Back To Rave’ EP is out 18th June via Beatport
The last year has obviously had a huge impact on every aspect of the music industry, and the individuals within it. Has that had an impact on your creativity?
I have to admit that a lack of travelling and new experiences had an impact on my inspiration. After all, music is often written under the impression of certain events, so when you are staying home for months it is impossible to find enough creativity. An important factor was the lack of performances – not hearing how your tracks sound in the venues, not seeing how people react to them – all of us, producers and DJs, miss the goosebumps.
You’re the co-owner of a big label and management group IAMT Music Group. How did you come to run a successful business alongside your DJing / producing?
While developing our career as DJs, me and Spartaque gained a lot experience and contacts. It would be illogical not to use it in order to build your own business which won’t depend on gigs. Well, and I am 35 and nobody knows when I will be tired from touring. Over the past year and a half, we have made a huge step in the development of the company and, paradoxically, without covid, it would have been more difficult, since touring takes a lot of time and the motivation to search an income outside of touring has done its job too. Well, the key guarantee of the company’s success is our team. We managed to have great and productive employees around us and set up our work in such a way that we release 40-45 releases a month.
What do you look for when signing music to your labels?
First of all, it’s sound. It’s more important for us how the track sounds than who made it. It is clear that some labels are developing more successfully and as a result, there is a choice between popular and emerging artists. But if a famous artist sends a release that we don’t like, his number of subscribers will not force us to release it. It is also worth saying that we really appreciate it when artists are releasing with us more than once and send us their new demos. It allows to have tighter relationship and to form an effective artist-label chain.
Is there a specific ethos you like to embed within your different imprints?
Depends on labels. For example, in Area Verde, we try to maintain a certain mood and sound that is associated with us. There are more democratic labels on which we are not looking for a specific sound, the main thing is that the music fits into the framework of the genre.
You also co-run the mega streaming platform Radio Intense. How do you balance everything out and make time for everything?!
In the past, we only published content of our own production. But this is a very labor-intensive project. That is why we have now switched to the label model for this streaming project – people send us a video (demo) that they shoot by themselves. If the video has a high quality (and was not recorded on a mobile phone in the bedroom) and we like the music, we are happy to release such a video on our platforms. By the way, you can send yours at this link https://radiointense.com/submitvideo
With such a huge roster of artists across IAMT and their labels, who should we keep an eye out for in future?
In addition to releasing a huge number of artists, we manage some of them. Of course, I would like to draw your attention to Xenia – her profile is now very actively developing and people from all over the world speak very well of her, we are sure that she will become the next A-class star. If we talk about progressive artists – I would pay attention to several guys from Ukraine – Two Are, Indifferent Guy & Odyssay. They all make a very good sound, although they are at the beginning of their profile’s development. But I hope they succeed.
Anything exciting coming up that you can tell us about?
There is nothing more exciting than getting back on th e road. But of course, there are huge plans for all our projects – very special streams on Radio Intense and a tour of Codex Showcases and a very interesting release at the end of summer. But each announcement has its own time, it is better to prepare and implement ideas and not just dream about them 😉