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Weekend Primer #18

12 smoking terrace talking points for the Bank Holiday weekend

2016 May 27     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: titans of techno, DJs' health worries, dance music in rude financial health, Moby, mastering, mulletover and a dash of reggae

1. With Movement Festival taking place in Detroit, not only did the city's mayor Mike Duggan declare this officially 'Detroit Techno Week', but Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson (pictured), Jeff Mills, Kelli Hand, Carl Craig, Eddie Fowlkes and Underground Resistance were all presented with Spirit Of Detroit awards by the city council. Also honoured were the Submerge Techno Museum and Movement organisers Paxahua Events. The news was particularly timely in a week that saw techno overtake tech-house as the biggest-selling genre on Beatport.

2. Sven Väth has announced a major summer tour, mostly under his Cocoon brand. The tour kicks off at Amnesia, Ibiza on 30 May and will run until October. Sadly for those living further afield it's almost entirely a European trek, though he will be popping over to Marrakesh for the Oasis festival on 18 September before ending up back at Amnesia on 3 October. Better news, though, for fans of Skepta who are based Down Under: the Konnichiwa grime MC is to play four dates in Australia and three in New Zealand in September.

3. In an interview with Pete Tong at IMS Ibiza this week, Erick Morillo spoke frankly about his troubles with drugs and alcohol, revealing that he lost a chunk out of his arm after it became infected through injecting ketamine, and has done several stints in rehab. "When all these young DJs were all of a sudden blowing up, my ego couldn’t take that I wasn’t the top dog anymore," he said. "That’s when things started to unravel."

4. Also from IMS comes a report which puts the total worth of the dance music industry worldwide at a staggering $7.1 billion. That's a 60% increase since the last report three years ago, with emerging markets in Asia and South America contributing most to the big hike. The full report can be found here.

5. In club news, London party crew mulletover are to stage their first event in the city since 2014. 28 May is the date, an undisclosed 300-capacity location in East London is the place and mulletover founder Geddes will headline, joined by Okain, Lee Rands and MINA. Meanwhile 60s-themed Ibiza party Flower Power returns to Ministry Of Sound for a one-off on 9 July, following its successful Southwark debut last year.

6.  Festivals 1: the line-up was announced this week for this year's Hospitality In The Park D&B bonanza, which takes place in Finsbury Park, London on 24 September. DJs and artists include High Contrast, S.P.Y, Calyx & Teebee, Dub Phizix, Calibre, LTJ Bukem, Biz Marky, Modestep, TC, Danny Byrd, Logistics B2B Nu:Tone and many more. Bonus random fact: Danny Byrd's dad used to be iDJ's accountant many years ago!

7. Festivals 2: also announced this week was the full line-up for Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. There's a ton of big names from the world of EDM and trance, as you'd expect, including Tiesto, Martin Garrix, Axwell & Ingrosso and Zedd, but you can also catch Andy C, Armand Van Helden, Bad Company UK, Hannah Wants, Hot Since 82, Mark Farina, Doc Martin, Duke Dumont, Redlight, Chris Liebing, Maya Jane Coles and Steve Davis. Nah, not really Steve Davis - you can catch him at Glastonbury instead.

8. Soundcloud has teamed up with online mastering service LANDR to offer a free mastering option for Soundcloud members. So now you can get your DJ mixes sounding really nice and smooth before Soundcloud takes them down!

9. Remember when Paul Van Dyk fell off a stage in Utrecht a few months ago and broke his back? Well, good news - he's recovering well and should be touring again by mid-June. The news broke via an emotional post from PVD himself in which he thanked the hospital staff who helped him get better, his family, friends and industry colleagues for standing by him, and his fans for their love and good wishes.

10. In release news, forthcoming albums to get excited about include the latest in Kompakt's annual Total compilation series, and a limited edition Deep Dish boxset. Total 16, out in August, features tracks from Maceo Plex, Michael Mayer, John Tejada and DJ Hell, among others, while the Deep Dish box contains their GU025 mix comp from 2003, plus a 116-page hardback book, postcards and a Global Underground luggage tag. It's out on 1 July and marks Global Undergound's 20th birthday.

11. Not content with having an autobiography and an accompanying compilation album out, Moby has gifted fans with four hours' worth of free music. The 11-track selection, Long Ambients, is designed to be listened to while doing yoga or meditating. We didn't notice any whale noises but we're sure they're in there somewhere...

12. Finally, if you're a reggae lover then there's a rare chance to catch two legends of the genre in action this summer, when Bunny Wailer and Max Romeo join forces for a three-date UK tour that takes in Manchester Ritz (8 July), Birmingham Academy (9 July) and Kentish Town Forum, London (10 July).

Kevin Saunderson pic: Scootie/Creative Commons, via Flickr





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