Spotlight 004: Manuel Bayer

Manuel Bayer, an artist from Freiburg, Germany is an artist who’s been steadily building a foundation and reputation for himself in the dance music industry. From launching his own radio show Wohnzimmer FFM in 2014, through to making the move to Berlin in 2018 (and releasing his first single!), he’s taken strong strides – he now heads up Daisy Dan Records and presents the latest single ‘Rocket’, this week.

We discussed his history, the new music and what someone should be thinking about before submitting a demo to ‘Daisy Dans Records’.

‘Rocket’ by Manuel Bayer is available via Daisy Dans Records Beatport

How are you – what’s good and how has 2021 been for you?

Thank you, I am doing well. 2021 was not an easy year for me so far, because I couldn’t perform in front of a real audience. But I used the free time to produce music in my studio. Two great releases came out of it. In March I released my track “Hibiscus”, now the track “Rocket” follows. The tracks show my musical facets, but the typical “DaisyTech Sound” runs through like a red thread. I hope, even though it might not be easy at this time, to play my own sound as well as my DJ sets in front of real audiences worldwide this year.

What has been the major challenges over the last year – what did you do to get through this?

The biggest challenge for me was that I could no longer devote myself fully to music. I had signed my international booking contract in January 2020 with the agency Omega Artists, which has its headquarters in the Netherlands, and unfortunately Corona came immediately. Due to the fact that I had no bookings, my financial cushion was quickly depleted and I had to look for a part-time job. I think that’s how a lot of aspiring artists felt. In June 2020 I decided to move from Berlin to my hometown Freiburg. I built my own external studio here and of course continue to work on my music. Due to the fact that I couldn’t perform in front of a real audience, I put my focus on live streaming via social media for now. With the weekly online event “From Home with Love” I was able to reach thousands of people. Furthermore, I played at the festival “Virtual DJ Stages” by “Killed With Kidness” (California). Even though the last year was not always easy, I never thought of giving up. I am a fighter and I know that I inspire people with my music.

What stage is Germany at with parties – do you have anything scheduled, are you attending any?

So far, the big clubs in Germany are unfortunately still largely closed. Open air festivals take place sporadically, but mostly the artists are booked for this, who should already form the line-up last year. So I have not planned any gigs yet. I will continue to spend the time first in the studio and work on my sound. As soon as it starts again properly, I would like to be with my own, fresh sound at the start.

What is your opinion on raves taking place defying restrictions?

I understand that people want to experience something again and want to party, but I don’t really think much of illegal raves. Due to the accumulation of mostly young people who are not yet vaccinated, the virus can spread faster again. Sure, young people usually don’t have such a bad course, but should the numbers rise again, it could be that the gigs for 2022 are also at risk. I would rather wait this year and then start next year at full throttle.

Tell us about your sound, the melodies, the progressive style, where did you begin with this?

Since you can’t classify my sound with Techno or Tech House, I developed my own style of music. DaisyTech is a new kind of electronic music. It is a mixture of Techno and Tech House. It captivates with its very own line of melodies and tones. The special thing about DaisyTech, besides the new sound color, is that you can feel the love with which the music was produced – but with a driving bass line as well as rhythm. My style of music was inspired by CocoonClub, where I worked for several years planning and executing events. We are breaking boundaries and want to establish our new music style DaisyTech on the market.

What inspired your new ‘Rocket’ release on Daisy Dans?

The story behind the track is the awakening of the world. After a long, hard time, people can now breathe a sigh of relief and start again with new strength. People want to go out again, experience something and have fun. I want to pick up the dance people with my track and take them on a journey through the galaxy. All the problems of the past are forgotten in weightlessness and hardly visible from space. With the rocket it goes into a new, better time, in which we can celebrate life exuberantly again.


Tell us more about your record label – what is the musical mission and ethos?

Daisy Dans was founded in Berlin in 2018 and embodies technology, experience and ambition with only one goal: to share the enthusiasm for electronic music with the world. I live for beats and bass and have made it my mission to make people happy with my music. Thereby our target group is broad. “DaisyTech” is for people who love music and go through life in a positive way. They are modern and have fun discovering new things.The name of the label is made up of the English word “Daisy” and the Danish word “Dans” dance together. Just like the popular flowers, the spirit of Daisy Dans blooms all year round. With my passion for electronic music and my power of persuasion, I want to create
something great. And there are already plans for the future. I want to sign more young, talented artists to give them the chance to release their tracks through my label. Furthermore, a merchandise line is planned for the near future.

For someone looking to share demos with Daisy Dans, what would you recommend to them?

It is important to me first and foremost that the person has fun with the music and you can feel this in his music. My label stands for positive, happy vibes and so should be his music. The tracks should have a driving bassline and an incoming melody. It’s also important that the tracks are neither too fast nor too slow (125-127 BPM) would be perfect. Overall, it just has to fit – me and my sounds. The tracks should stand out from the crowd and have a new, exciting sound. It just has to make you want more.

For Manuel Bayer specifically, what other projects are in the works, anything you can share with us?

There are some projects planned in the next time. I will be in the studio a lot and produce new music. Right now I’m also talking to a singer from Ireland. We want to do a track together – I produce the instrumental and she does the vocals. I’m really excited about the collaboration. I think it will definitely be a great track. Overall, I’ll be releasing a few tracks and I’m planning an EP for 2022. I’m also currently talking more with my booking agency again. I hope that I can perform in front of a real audience again soon.

Manuel Bayer
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Sam Paganini shares ‘Bianca / One’ from upcoming album

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. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamPaganiniOfficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sampaganini
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sam_paganini

Sonus returns to trio of Croatian beach clubs announcing 40 headliners

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.

Tickets & Info: http://sonus-festival.com/

Télépopmusik celebrates 20th anniversary of ‘Breathe’ with remix package

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.

More info: https://telepopmusik.lnk.to/BreatheAnniversary_

Octan unveils new terrace ahead of plans to reopen this Summer

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. 

Vote Octan Ibiza in DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs: https://vote.djmag.com/ 

Website: http://octanibiza.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/octanibiza 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/octanibiza/ 

Sailor & I shares his full Diving For Lost Treasure LP

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. 

Available now: https://www.beatport.com/release/diving-for-lost-treasure/3415773

Spotlight 003: Greenjack

Hey Jack! How’s things?

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? Where did it all begin?

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 😉

Codex: https://soundcloud.com/codexrecordings

Greenjack: https://soundcloud.com/greenjack-live

Sonus Festival shares 2022 dates

Sonus Festival 2021 has announced its cancellation of its 2021 edition and states that because of all limitations and restrictions we expected to encounter, they do not believe that they could have presented an experience worthy of what Sonus stands for.

The new edition will take place through August 21st – August 25th 2022. With a lot of ticket holders from 2020 keeping their tickets, make sure to sign up for the limited Early Bird Private Pre-Sale starting on 18th.

Full details: https://www.sonus-festival.com/

Mikey Lion enlists Justin Martin and more on his debut ‘For The Love’ album

Love—it’s one of the strongest and most universal connectors in our world. It’s also the driving force behind everything Mikey Lion does, from the music he crafts to the events he runs as the leader of Desert Hearts, to the circles he keeps. To honor this all-encompassing force, the artist today releases the full rendition of For The Love, his debut studio album, and the 100th release on Desert Hearts Records.

STREAM ‘For The Love’: https://deserthearts.ffm.to/forthelove

For The Love is ultimately a culmination of the triumphs and tribulations Mikey Lion has faced through the years since he first set out to bring the mantra of House, Techno, Love to a global scale—and is also a marker of an artist just beginning to step into his own sonically. Its timeless influences and multifaceted, yet polished sound design point to an artist who’s put in the work to master his craft. Through painstaking detail, instrumentation, and arrangement, Mikey manages to tell years worth of stories in just nine compositions.

At the end of the day, the lesson remains: community comes first always, and the decisions we make should be guided by, if not entirely, For The Love

TRACKLIST: 

  1. Mikey Lion – Above The Clouds
  2. Mikey Lion, Justin Martin – Through The Fog
  3. Mikey Lion, Lubelski, Jackson Englund – When I’m With You
  4. Mikey Lion, Rybo – Meditation
  5. Mikey Lion, Sacha Robotti – Do or Die
  6. Mikey Lion – Spot Freak
  7. Mikey Lion – Burn With me
  8. Mikey Lion – For The Love of What?
  9. Mikey Lion, Lubelski – Talking To The Trees
  10. Oumou Sangare – Djoukourou (Auntie Flo Remix) (Mikey Lion Edit)

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Spotlight 002: Michael Klein

Michael Klein is considered to be one of the Techno scenes’ staple names, born in Frankfurt, the German artist takes inspiration from the likes of Robert Johnson and has shared many energetic and raw techno releases across a slew of top end labels. Support on his music ranges from Danny Tengalia and Pan-Pot through to Laurent Garnier and Dubfire.

This month Michael’s ‘Lips’ EP is out on Turkish imprint RX Recordings and we got to welcome him for a chat on all things music, a reflection on the past year personally and for the industry as well as some key artists he is keeping his eyes on.

Michael Klein’s ‘Lips’ EP is out now via Beatport

Describe the past year – what are the positives from the bad situation?

The past year has been a challenge for everybody. Aside from all the horrible things happening around the world I luckily managed to switch my mind around rather quickly. Knowing that this phase will not pass after a couple of weeks I wanted to use the time to reflect and make use of it as efficiently as possible. Once you get out of the hamster wheel you realise the things that actually matter and are really important for you. With the constant pressure of trying to get more bookings, trying to get higher up in the charts, trying to be more active on social media connecting with fans you can quickly get lost and slowly stop really enjoying what started out as a deeply rooted passion.
Not having that pressure really helped me to get more focus into my productions and helped me to develop my sound further.

I also realised that all that stress and pressure is very counterproductive. Aside from the music things I was able to spend a lot of time with family and also develop a new passion for cycling which helps me to keep my mind clear as well. Long story short, for me the main positive of this horrible situation is personal development which will hopefully help me to be a better human from here on.

When the scene is fully back to its feet, what do you think will be different, and what do you think is a positive change from the old?

Clubs and raves are supposed to be places where you can let loose, be who you truly are and leave your worries at the coatcheck. As covid will still be something that will accompany us for the near future I worry a bit that it will take a while before we can really feel truly worry free and safe when going out. But given the circumstances that is ok and it will be a learning and adjustment process.

On the positive side I think we all will appreciate those nights out way more. Now after it has been taken away from us for so long, a lot of us really understand what the scene means to us. So maybe when you are at a rave you will spend less time on your phone Instagramming but rather trying to enjoy the moment to its fullest.

Tell us about your new ‘Lips’ EP – What inspired it?

A lot of time I get inspired by new toys that I get into the studio. This EP is no different. I created it shortly after I started getting into my modular setup. The main leads or sounds are all coming from various modules from my modular system. Especially with the track Lips I loved to play around with the main synth line letting it develop and move around throughout the whole track.

Specifically when producing it, what gear did you utilise?

As I mentioned most of it is coming from my modular setup. To be honest I don’t really remember which sound came from which module configuration but back then I was using the Noise Engineering modules a lot as well as the Moog Dfam. The percussions have been added afterwards, mainly from Native Instruments Maschine.

Tell us some of the music you have been listening to lately, any new artists to highlight?

I had my phases over the past months. I had a phase when I was listening to a lot of Trance records from when I started getting into DJing. Like the early Ferry Corsten and Tiesto tracks. But these days I m listening to a lot of sets especially stuff on the Hör and BCCO channels. There have been some amazing sets up from people like Future.666, MARRØN and of course the one and only Patrick Mason.

What is the most important message from your music, whats the most defining part of your tracks, the bass, melody or groove?

It’s all about the drive and the groove. It just needs to sound sexy.

RX Recordings: https://soundcloud.com/rxistanbul
Michael Klein:
https://soundcloud.com/michaelkleinberlin