CHAPTER 24’s Marcus and Sam’s taste in tunes is spot on. For this selection it’s like they read our minds and knew the tracks we’d been rinsing this month…in fact ‘Sam, Marcus, how have you done that? What else do you know…?’ Hmmm.
Petar Dundov – Before It All Ends [Music Man]
Marcus: My pick from Petar’s new album, ‘At The Turn Of Equilibrium’. Cosmic and organic, melancholic and euphoric in equal measure, with a killer groove and beautiful melodic flourishes. Dundov proves once again that he is the master.
Malbetrieb – Meun [Chapter 24]
Sam: We met Niels at ADE last year; he was playing at the SoHaSo showcase at a cool little bar in the centre of Amsterdam. He said he’d send us some demos when he got home that night and sure enough they arrived in our inbox just a few hours later. Meun was the first track we heard and it blew us away with its expressive white noise rhythm and dramatic sound design.
Mark Slee – Nocturne Belle (Tim Green Remix) [Manjumasi]
Marcus: Taken from the first release on Atish and Mark Slee’s Manjumasi imprint, Tim Green turns the title track into a trippy, groovy melodic number with dark stabs and soaring pads.
Nandu – Glömde feat. Tyra (Love Over Entropy Remix) [OFF Recordings]
Sam: Love Over Entropy has been ruling things since his debut appearance on Something Happening Somewhere last year, which included a Dixon retouch of his track Tonii. This is another beauty from LOE, on remix duties for Copenhagen artist Nandu.
Gundelach – Fjernsynet (Fur Coat Remix) [Cosmos Music]
Alex Niggemann – Siyawa [Last Night On Earth]
Sam: Last Night On Earth continue to fly the flag for melodic house and techno in the UK, and they’ve drafted in one of the biggest in the game here, Alex Niggemann. Siyawa offers some epic, peak time shenanigans. This sounds really great on big soundsystems.
Timujin – Bitter Earth (Remix) [Free Download]
Marcus: A Burning Man regular and one of the key players behind the White Ocean camp, we’ve been following Timujin’s excellent monthly mixes for a while now. You can just imagine that this remix, sampled from a beautiful original song called ‘On the Nature of Daylight’ by Max Richter, would be a perfect close to a sunrise set on the playa. Even better, it’s a free download on his Soundcloud page!
PS. Chapter 24 and Electric Dodo are hosting a party this weekend at The Pickle Factory featuring Miss Melera’s first ever UK appearance | more info here
Welcome to another ‘The People Behind the Scene’. We are really excited to chat to Christian Legno AKA SOUL BUTTON, DJ, Producer and owner of label STEYOYOKE. Steyoyoke consistently delivers gorgeous ethereal techno and has seen amazing success in the past few years growing to be one of the leading labels on the melodic techno scene. Read on and find out what it takes to make the magic happen…
What is the role of a Label owner?
Organising and scheduling are the most important functions, especially because you get to coordinate and communicate with many people every day; between artists, promoters, distributors, agents, managers, employees, competitors and of course, all of the followers (who are the best). It’s a lot of work because there really is no specific role. I can mention a quick list of various daily tasks: consult with artists, listen to music, plan the release schedule, send music to the distributor, promote the label, artists, gigs and music, send promos to the radio, magazines, dj friends and blogs, update the websites, manage all the social media, upload to YouTube, promote the releases when they are out … and … organising the merchandise, the new products in the shop, book the artists of the label, manage their careers … well, I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting lots of other tasks 🙂
What is the role of a DJ and producer?
Clearing your mind empty of all the bullshits of this world and use the creativity as weapon for creating “bombs” 🙂 I do listen lots of music every day because the most important thing is to follow how the sound keeps evolving. Also, I try to always be up to date with all of the new tools, like new plugins, techniques, software and gear. I spend hours and hours, days and days, weeks and weeks in my studio. I don’t care if I don’t see my friends; they know I’m locked in the studio and I don’t go out with them because I’m making something that makes people happy and dancing … and that’s why they still love me.
Tell us about your typical day?
Typically, I wake up at 9am and I go straight to the Steyoyoke office where I meet my lovely collaborators Susi and Simon, we drink coffee, we joke a bit and then we start our chaotic day. There are no simple working days, there is always something crazy happening. Around 6-7pm I leave to go back home, I eat something and then I start producing or DJing or record a podcast. Sometimes if I’m too tired from the office work and not really feeling super creative, I take care of my social network pages … sometimes I don’t sleep until the next day; Susi and Simon will already know why I didn’t get to the office early!
How did you get your job?
I created my job and … believe me .. it was a very hard and long process. I started to make music when I was 17, now I’m 39. I stopped producing music for 3-4 years when I was living in London because I wanted to better understand the music industry. After I learned about how many challenges face the music business, I decided to come back to production and I started to think about starting my own project.
The reason why I do music business? …even though I don’t necessarily love the industry after what I learned (I wanted you to ask me this question so I asked myself, LOL). Music is pure art, and the music business treats it as product instead. This is what I don’t really like, so this is what I will never accept for my projects. The only way to control it is to avoid connections with agents, managers etc… And this is what Steyoyoke is. We don’t have any connections with anybody. Yes, we have been open to the idea in the past, but in order to keep things organic we no longer have any connections with anybody. I still believe in music as beauty and wonder, and prefer not to accept the concept of making agents rich from exploiting my art.
What’s the best part of your job?
For sure it’s the performance piece, when you get go to play in front of thousands of people. The energy and adrenaline that the crowd shares with you is something that is just impossible to describe. When you play your own tunes and you notice that people know them… When you start to play and there’s this excitement in the crowd because the headliner is starting.. and you notice them all prepare themselves to give their best on the dance floor.
And … of course when you see your own, or your friends releases climbing the chart on Beatport…
Also, when Sasha plays your tune in the Essential Mix 🙂
And the worst…?
The worst ?? uffff … I do not like to deal with people who are not able to use their brain. I prefer to not go further.
What has been the highlight of your career to date?
For sure my label Steyoyoke. It’s not just a label, it’s my child, my work and my life. I put so much energy in this project, every second of my life. I never forget “her”, not even for one instant. People who know Steyoyoke definitely feel it.
Any tips for aspiring label owners?
There are millions of labels around the world. Only a few have a strong concept and character. If you want to start your own label, don’t think that it only means releasing music and sending it to the distributor and then wait for the release date. Create something that distinguishes your label from the others. It can be a strong artistic concept, it can be a very specific music style, it can be consistent quality music. It can be whatever, but you need a concept for sure. And .. you have to do it with your heart and with passion, otherwise you will fail after a couple of years max.
Any tips for aspiring DJ/producers?
I could say the same things like … put your heart into it, express your soul and translate what’s “deep inside” in notes … but I feel like I want to say another thing … be original … don’t copy. The music, in this very strange transitional period of the story of dance music, is all far too similar. When a good producer makes something that becomes popular, then millions of small producers try to do the same. Now everyone is trying to copy Stefan Bodzin, two years ago was Tale Of Us. You have no idea how many demos I receive, with the producers writing: “I have made this song, especially with the sound of Steyoyoke .. but I can do so many different styles” … WHAT ??? That’s so sad. It means that they made their music with another goal, that is to be released and not to show their own art … and what is exactly their signature if they can do so many different styles?
And .. I want to add something important. We lost the concept of the “MESSAGE” in the music. Ok, of course we do Dance Music and very often there are no lyrics, making it hard to deliver a message, like the way it used to be 10-15 years ago. I understand this point, but let’s not forget that make music means to share a message to people. This is important .. very important.
Qualifications: Degree in Electronic Engineer. Sound Engineer.
The festival season is nearly upon us and so it’s time to trawl through the listings and figure out where to focus our al-fresco partying this year. Living in London you can’t go wrong with a day festival. There’s plenty to chose from here in the city and it’s a great way to get your festival fix without the mess, effort and insomnia of camping (maybe we’re getting old?!).
This year there is a new kid in town brought to you by the guys behind XOYO, The Nest, Dimensions and Outlook – Sunfall Festival. But this one’s different; your ticket gives you access to the outdoor day festival and one of their night sessions – the best of both worlds. Sunfall will be bringing together acts such as Jamie xx, Moodymann, Ben Klock and Kamasi Washington to South London’s Brockwell Park on Saturday 9th July. An eclectic line up to represent London’s eclectic scene.
Ahead of Sunfall’s launch, we caught up with Noah Ball from Outlook/Dimensions festival to get the inside scoop on his brand new project…
Hey Noah. First of all, thanks for taking the time to chat to us, we appreciate you must be pretty busy now we’re fast approaching the festival season and the launch of Sunfall.
Lets start from the beginning… Both you and Andy [Columbo Group] are well versed in the art of putting on parties and festivals, so it feels that you’re the perfect duo to take on London with a brand new festival. How did you guys come together? Is it the first time you’ve joined forces to put on an event?
This is the first event we’ve worked together on, but it’s been a very natural fit between us, we really enjoy working together. Outlook & Dimensions offices are based in London so we’ve known the guys from Columbo for a number of years, they’ve done amazing work with their venues and we really respect their music policies and how they operate. When the opportunity to work together on this project arose we couldn’t think of a better partnership to have.
I read somewhere that you wanted to launch a festival that was unique and true to the underground scene. This is clearly represented by the eclectic collection of acts and all manner of genres making an appearance – jazz, electronica, house, hip hop, dubstep, techno, soul, drum & bass and disco.. You’ve only got to look at the headliners to see that vision – Jamie XX, Moodyman, Ben Klock and Kamasi Washington. That’s a bold step. What was it that inspired you to take this approach?
I think that this was a very natural development, you only have to look at the scope of music that is represented at Phonox & XOYO, Outlook & Dimensions to see that this event is an embodiment of the best music from all of those sides. Our approach to festival bookings to is present artists whose music we love, whose records we are buying. For me, good programming, good synergy in an event isn’t about booking the most obvious ticket sellers but creating an interesting patchwork of music. Music enthusiasts are just as likely or even more likely to enjoy an array of different styles of music as they are a bunch of obvious “big hitters”.
You recently announced that you will be hosting an independent record fair at Sunfall which is a pretty exciting and an alternative addition to the festival. Where did this idea come from and how did you go about selecting the labels?
At a one day event across a handful of stages there simply aren’t enough hours for us to be able to provide a platform to all the labels and artists that we would wish to represent (although we have tried!), so being able to provide a load of independent labels with space where they can promote their releases and sell their music to an audience of music lovers was something we were keen to do. We worked together with Morell (Rhythm Section) in inviting labels to attend, he has been running a number of south london record fairs recently and so we wanted to support that.
As well as a strong daytime festival, Sunfall allows revelers the chance to carry on the party at a selection of eight South London venues where you’ve curated some special after party magic, again each with an individual sound and all included in the day & night ticket. You’ve certainly gone all guns blazing on 9th July – Sunfall is taking over South London! What made you decide to roll out a series of night events as well as the day time festival?
Most city centre festivals tend to roll out their “feature presentation”, and then a bunch of afterparties may be announced closer to the date as an afterthought almost. We wanted to make sure that the day and night time activities were both equally represented from the start and work with some of the best london nightclubs for experiencing night time dancing such as Corsica, Phonox, Canavans, Bussey etc.
As well as Sunfall you must be pretty flat out with Dimensions and Outlook this year. You must be pretty chuffed with the success of both festivals – when you first set up Outlook did you ever expect Croatia to become the clubbing mecca that it has become now?
We’ve been working out there for nearly 10 years now and it has most certainly changed quite a lot in that time, but yes when we first started Outlook we did envisage that it was going to become a popular destination. It’s such a beautiful country. We are lucky to be able to hold our festivals in what I believe to be one of the best sites on the planet, there aren’t many places where you can experience such amazing quality sound in a 2000 yr old amphitheatre and an abandoned fort built in the eighteen hundreds.
What are your plans for the rest of this summer? Any time for relaxing? Checking out any other festivals?
The day after Sunfall I’ll be dragging myself out of bed to go and see Stevie Wonder in Hyde Park and then the following weekend back in Brockwell Park for the Lambeth Country Show. Apart from that just getting ready for Outlook & Dimensions at the end of August.
And to close things off, the question we ask everybody – if you were techno kittens for the day what would you get up to?
I’d spend the day avoiding cucumbers.
Thanks guys, can’t wait for Sunfall! Tickets are on sale now, here.
Today’s selection dances from jazz to melodic and progressive to soul, there’s a killer remix and other-worldly electronica. There are a few big techno tunes too of course, we wouldn’t leave you hanging. Delve in and discover.
- Seb Wildblood | Seal of Approval – whimsical, heavenly, jazz-laced loveliness
- Jamie Jones Feat. Hero Twins | Land Of The Giants – indie-vocals and twinkly beats
- Sekuoia | Someone’s Problem – get your bounce on
- Tim Green | Only Time Remains – great progressive builds
- Ricardo Villalobos | Easy Lee ( Dashdot & Do Santos Remake ) – a new take on an old classic
- Roland Black | VOID – frantic and frenzied
- GNTN & Luca Secco | Solar– swallows you up
- Oyinda | Flatline – heart and soul
- RYD | Simple Place To Be – ethereal and gentle
- Leo Abrahams | Steal Time (Brian Eno & Leo Abrahams Remix) – magical
There’s a new podcast series in town and it’s one to get very excited about. Profound Sounds is JOSH WINK’S gift to the internet. An hour of techno published on soundcloud on the last Friday of every month. The mixes will be 100% recorded live from Wink’s DJ sets around planet earth. We just stuck our lobes around Episode 1 and as you’d expect from Mr Wink it’s a hypnotic ride encompassing the many sounds of techno from dark to deep and acid to ambient. There are some seriously badass tunes in this mix, including beats from Green Velvet, &Me and Rodreiguez Jr vs Marc Romboy. If this is a taster of what’s to come then this is going to be a monthly highlight for us!
Stream Episode 1 below and here’s a bit more from Winky:
“Profound Sounds is a continuation of my mix series which blossomed into my weekly mix show on SiriusXM. I try to keep an open mind when heading into my sets, so you can expect a diverse mix of sounds from techno to house and more. Once a month I will choose a set that I have selected from my various live performances around the world and and present to you as a Profound Sounds podcast. Come along with me on the journey.” – Josh Wink
We’re long-time lovers of Eastern Electrics festival, having been rather a few times. The festival brings together a choice mix of techno and house acts and always has a decidedly fun vibe. For 2016 the festival makes camp at new venue Hatfield House (25mins by train from London) and will host skreaming rave tents, the always grooving switchyard, a grime-laced forest, an Electric City full of tropical surprises, a VIP island paradise and the intimate EE pub. Music aside there will be fairground rides, dancers, food vans, mysterious woodland areas and more.
This year’s line-up is varied featuring heavy hitting house names to masters of garage, grime and bass. Take a look…
Main Stage: Seth Troxler * Martinez Brothers * Eats Everything * Hot Since 82 * Richy Ahmed * Darius Syrossian * Colin Chiddle
Skreamizm: Skream * Citizenn * Derrick Carter * Grain (Special Guest) * Waifs and Strays Groove Armada: Groove Armada * Waze and Odyssey * Kolsch * Breach * Felix Dickinson
Viva Warriors : Steve Lawler * Cassy * wAFF * Denney * Detlef * Ceri
Do Not Sleep : Darius Syrossian * Nick Curly * Matthias Tanzmann * Huxley * Bones * Kydus
Black Butter Records : Shy FX * Oneman * Monki * Mele * Bodhi * NVOY * Syv
Star of EE Pub : DJ S.K.T * MJ Cole * Spoony * Artful Dodger * Sam Supplier
Ibiza Rocks House Presents Pikes VIP Village : Tom Findlay * Andy Cato * Severino * Doorly Does Disco * Guy Williams * Bones * Grainger * Special guests TBA
Tickets are pretty damn reasonable at £39.95 and there’s also a £10 payment scheme to help you out til pay day. If you want to take a trip down the rabbit hole into The Pikes VIP Wonderland tickets are £50/£59.95. It’s going to be a good ‘un!
Fabric mixes make up a decent corner of my music collection. The sign of a really good one is when you can stick it on five or ten years later and it still sounds exciting, inventive and importantly makes you want to move. I have a feeling ALAN FITZPATRICK’S fabric 87 is going to fall into that category. The 23-track selection is predominantly the type of chunky techno you’d hear from Alan in fabric’s room 2. Energetic, full of groove and expertly crafted to get the crowd in a frenzy. Recorded in one take the 76-minute musical experience contains lots of stuff you won’t have heard anywhere else before…
“I really wanted to deliver a mix that had a timeless quality about it and that contained tracks that people were not very familiar with already. Crucial to achieving this was the special edits that feature in the mix, as well as the exclusive and unreleased material that I was able to include which I hope everyone enjoys listening to.” – Alan Fitzpatrick
What I love most is the way you can be thrusting your hips about to this mix then a deliciously emotive melody will weave in and you’ll be floating and swaying about. Alan certainly delivers a techno mix that will please the beard strokers and the fist pumpers alike. A worthy addition to the fabric hall of fame.
COPILCO is back with more techno tunes for you. His second installment of #mixofawesome is another cracking selection of tracks and one hell of a party mix. We know you’re gonna dig it. So read on and enjoy Copilco’s #mixofawesome…
01: Audiofly feat. Jaw – Excuse My Wildness (Carl Craig Remix)
This slow and beautiful opening track is one of my favorite open air afterhour tunes. It incorporates that magic vibe you feel when you’re dancing out of the club and into the warm sunbeams. I think it’s the delayed synth notes that would make you want to stay in that moment forever.
02: Lehar – Flora (Original Mix)
I discovered this amazing track while listening to an electronic underground radio show in London. Since I was driving a car in that moment (and believe me it’s difficult in England for a continental-European), I had to stop somewhere so I could enjoy the music and absorb it totally. What I particularly like about this song is that it develops over a long time and just doesn’t get boring.
03: Graze – Banding (Original Mix)
Some tracks have a vibe that I call the “enchanted forest feeling”. This track by Graze is a perfect example. The sounds are very colorful and are dancing throughout the whole frequency spectrum. You discover beautiful little details every time you listen to it again.
04: Subjected – Deko (Deepbass Remix)
Now we’re approaching the darker realms of Technoland. I was at Berlin’s Sisyphos club once on a Sunday evening. They had just opened their big warehouse floor called Hammahalle. And out of the speakers came an incredibly dark and intriguing deep techno track. Yep, the guy behind the decks was Deepbass. He has his own imprint “Informa Records”, so watch out for this label!
05: Oliver Huntemann – Dark Passenger (Original Mix)
Since we’re already talking dark techno… I think Oliver Huntemann’s album “Paranoia” might even be considered something like Horror-Techno. All tracks have this “unpleasent” (it’s not really unpleasent…) yet exciting vibe. It’s a record that seems both personal and analytical at the same time. “Dark Passenger” is my favorite track. I really like the dirty synths and the overall rhythmic structure that includes some unusual patterns.
06: Sam Paganini – Domino (Original Mix)
This guy is a genius when it comes to classic mainfloor bangers. Yet he somehow manages to create a very unique sound in every new track. “Domino” maintains its industrial elements while opening up in the middle section in order to showcase a simple and brilliant lead synth line.
We’re back with another installment of Seven Stories from the guys at CHAPTER 24 RECORDS. You know the drill by now – Sam & Marcus pick out their top tunes of the month to share with you. As always, there are some real beauties in there. These guys never cease to impress with their exquisite taste; we know you’re going to love this months installment. Enjoy!
Solee – Ten [Parquet]
Sam: An absolutely huge tech track to kick things off this month. Truly epic and befitting of the ten year celebration of Parquet as a label from their boss Solee. Here’s to another ten.
Trikk – Proto Rhyt (Black Version) [Lossless]
Marcus: I first heard Âme play this massive banger at their all night long session at Oval Space in February and have been eagerly awaiting its release since then. Out on vinyl and digital early next month on the Berlin-based Lossless.
DJ Tennis – Divisions (Roman Flugel Remix) [Life And Death]
Sam: DJ Tennis is a hero of mine and Roman Flugel gets things just right on this one. Slow, synth heavy electronica with that trademark Tennis vocal, reminiscent of classic Depeche Mode.
Anton Dhouran – A Kind Of Light [Chapter 24]
Marcus: Anton is a young French producer based in Paris. His big break was with a release on Diynamic and we have been delighted to work with him since. He’s planning an album with us in the new year and this track, out on our recent Overcoming The Monster compilation, is a taste of what to expect.
Marc Romboy – Counting Comets (Ruede Hagelstein Remix) [Bedrock]
Sam: This track nearly knocked me for six when I first heard it. Drifty, cosmic, epic – it’s a perfect late night/sunrise piece of music. Patrice Bäumel dropped it as part of his recent standout set for our friends We Concur at The Steelyard. Great to hear these melodic vibes played to a big crowd.
Ryan Davis – Brun (Luca Bacchetti Endless Remix) [Anjunadeep]
Marcus: Another fantastic outing for us recently in London was All Day I Dream and it was nice to have the team back together with label co-founder Paul Nolan flying in from LA. Gorje Hewek and Izhevski included this unreleased Luca Bacchetti remix of Ryan Davis in their promo mix for the event – a dreamy downtempo beaut which really captures the special vibe of the day.
Pax – Reign (KatrinKa Remix) [Dialtone]
Sam: KatrinKa was almost the first artist we ever signed to Chapter 24, and we have worked together and become close friends ever since. Her productions are invariably great. Here she combines a big bass groove with some dark stabs and an emotional breakdown for a dancefloor bomb.
Chapter 24’s next release is coming very soon from Malbetrieb – his debut EP on the imprint. You can listen to it here on Soundcloud – it’s a corker of a release. Also, if you want some more Chapter 24 in your life, their next event in association with Electric Dodo is taking place 4th June at The Pickle Factory with Miss Melera, Sam Pauli, Mas Black, Alexi Merlo and Girish. Tickets here.
Ever wondered what it’s like to be the Deputy Editor at one of the best dance music mags on the planet? For the third installment of our ‘The People Behind the Scene’ feature we chat with Erin Sharoni and find out all about her awesome working life…it’s a good ‘un!! Read on…
What is the role of a Deputy Editor?
Write. Edit. Rinse. Repeat. More specifically: I report to the Editor, Sarah Polonsky — one of my favorite people on the planet. We vet pitches, listen to and look for great music and stories, assign features, write plenty ourselves, edit content, and put together a damn fine magazine every single month. Ta-da!
Tell us about your typical day?
Wake up. Hit snooze three times and curse poor bedtime choices. Roll over. Look at phone. Find 103473562462 emails because everyone east of the Atlantic has been awake for 5-8 hours longer than you have. Shower. Walk dog. Eye emails warily again. Make coffee. Drink 3 cups. Continue to curse poor bedtime choices. Stop cursing when you open a promo from some unknown Berliner that delights your senses. Realize that in addition to a full-time day job, you have three features to write, two Skype artist interviews waiting, and an entire magazine to sub-edit. In 72 hours. Anxiously consume more coffee. Send 500 emails. Curse Apple’s shit autocorrect. Replay the Berliner’s techno promo and shuffle in desk chair. Disregard dog’s skeptical glance. Repeat.
How did you get your job?
Well, that’s quite a story. But here’s the shortest version: In a time not so long ago not so far away, I was a sports television presenter. My obsession with Arsenal FC is only surpassed by my obsession with the New York Rangers. Through this team allegiance, I met a number of like-minded New Yorkers who also worked in media, one of whom is a man called Chaim Haas. Chaim’s cousin, Andrew Rauner, is the Photo Director for DJ Mag USA. Chaim heard through Andrew that the editor of the magazine was looking for a new writer, and he knew that in addition to TV presenting, I wielded the mighty pen. He also knew of my lifelong love affair with dance music and the fact that I was a DJ. Cha-ching.
So, Chaim introduced me to one of the universe’s most dazzling life forms – Sarah Polonsky, editor of DJ Mag USA. I sent Sarah a few writing samples, along with what was probably some sarcastic, late-night appraisal of the state of our world, and quickly realized she was a long lost sister. Not literally. But we do share the same middle name.
Anyway, enter another character: Justin Kleinfeld, PR man for Tiësto, NERVO, Oakenfold, Digweed, Loco Dice and others. Justin is also a diehard NY Rangers fan and I knew him through that. His clients, the NERVO twins, were slated to be on the cover of DJ Mag USA and the story needed a writer. Justin suggested me. Sarah, bless her foresight, agreed. And thus, my very first assignment was born — a cover story for NERVO. No pressure.
You don’t need details to figure out the rest: everyone read happily ever after and a few issues worth of writing later, I accepted one of the most awesome positions I’ve ever held. Fuck a glass slipper. Take techno and a pen.
What’s the best part of your job?
The music! The story! The people! Okay, let’s break it down.
The Music: Much as we might moan over email inboxes that look like nuclear explosions, most of that mess is because we’re fortunate enough to be bombarded with piles of unreleased music in which there are absolute gems to be discovered. Including gems from genres I’d never think I would enjoy. Plus, getting to call late-night raving “work” isn’t too bad.
The Story: I’ve always been a storyteller. As a visual artist; as a writer; as an actor; as a musician. The best art tells a story in a way that makes people feel something. In a way that moves them enough to want more. That’s a challenge and it’s also a wonderful journey.
The People: Getting to connect with so many incredible souls from across the world — artists, managers, publicists, agents, A&R, promoters, other writers — is priceless. Nothing can describe my deep appreciation for that. And I’m a word-woman, so that’s saying something.
And the worst…?
Deadline deadline deadline deadline deadline [breathes], deadline deadline deadline.
What has been the highlight of your career to date?
That’s nearly impossible to answer and now you’re going to make me abandon my normal sarcasm and get soft. Fine. I’d say this job itself has been a highlight of my lifelong journey through music.
Music has been a part of my life since I was a toddler surrounded by shelves of vinyl in our living room. All of my fondest memories revolve around music – jazz clubs with my dad growing up in NYC, concerts with my mom, Middle Eastern songs with my grandparents; playing clarinet and later in college, singing opera; DJing and dancing my way through the late ‘90s at warehouse raves when they were ACTUALLY in warehouses and we wore horrible pants.
Dance music is everything to me. To be in a position to share the best of it with the world is a gift. I’m so appreciative.
Any tips for aspiring editors/writers?
See my answer to “Qualifications”. But honestly, the only tip that really matters is this: You have to be in love with what you’re doing. Like relationships, there are moments of discontent but if it’s real love, you can always come back to the core of what makes you care about it in the first place. That holds true for any endeavor in life. Don’t love it? Don’t do it.
Be a damn fine writer. Be passionate. Be critical. Be willing to “kill your babies” (thank Stephen King’s On Writing for that one). Know the music, know the scene. Keep an open mind, always. Even when it’s commercial. And don’t confuse “your” for “you’re” or “then” for “than” or succumb to the ultimate sin, “would of” for “would’ve.”
Oh dear. Word count is at 1,009. I’ve written too much, haven’t I? SO MUCH FOR EDITING.
– We enjoyed reading every 1,009 of them! Thanks so much Erin.
Check out Erin being a babe and schmoozing with the stars below (from top to bottom):
with Carl Cox & DJ Mag USA Editor Sarah Polonsky at EDC Vegas
being a dancing queen
arrival at the Berlin airport to play my first gig in Germany
with Danny Daze at Ushuaïa Ibiza
with Mark Knight in Miami
with NERVO at SLS Las Vegas
with MJC in Miami
with David Beckham because let’s face it, this is the highlight of my decade