Saturday, July 01, 2006

double on decks with tactic

Tactic ~ Tactic is the DJ partnership between Ben Fuller and Brent Lippincott aka dj Candlewax. The two came together creatively in late 2002 while both were living in Lawrence, Kansas. Ben was finishing up his journalism degree at KU and Brent had recently returned to the area after completing his degree in music industry management to run the local hip-hop label Datura Records. The two first met as guests on the immensely popular ‘Breakfast For Beatlovers’ on KJHK 90.7 FM, KU’s student run radio station. It was not until Ben invited Brent to play at one of his events in Lawrence that the two realized they had more in common musically than they had previously thought.

Between the two of them, they have explored every aspect of the music industry. Whether it is djing, production, event promotion or running a successful independent hip-hop label, Ben and Brent live and breath music to the fullest.

Tactic was put on hold for the past year after Brent moved to Seattle in July of 2005 to pursue new job opportunities. Both continued to make strides regardless of the distance between them. Within 4 months of living there, Brent had established 3 different monthly residencies at some of the hottest clubs in Seattle, and has been featured multiple times in “The Stranger”, Seattle’s weekly music and culture magazine.

One of Seattle’s most respected music journalists, Dave Segal said, “I wholeheartedly recommend him as a reliable provider of impeccable, eclectic selections. He's adept with hiphop, IDM, dancehall, ghetto tech, post-rock, broken beat, and techno, and maneuvers gracefully between mainstream and underground: seamless segues from Ludacris to Ghislain Poirier and from DJ/rupture to M.I.A. exemplify this skill (from the “On The Decks” mix). Dude should have his own commercial radio program, though listeners may die of shock from the caliber of tracks Candlewax spins with the brash confidence of a DJ with nothing to lose... except your inhibitions.”

While Brent made waves in Seattle, Ben stayed in Kansas City and continued to play all over the region and smash dance floors alongside some of the hottest talent in the nation.

Tactic has never stuck to one genre and never plans to. From the beginning, the ethos was to “play the hot shit” and that meant discarding any boundaries previously held by the two or any dj for that matter. This philosophy has allowed Tactic to play all over the US, alongside an eclectic range of artists from hip-hop pioneers Prefuse 73 and Beans, to techno stalwarts Cari Lekebusch, Dietrich Schoenemann and Jerry Abstract, IDM producers Cex and edIT and most recently, hipster superstars Spank Rock. With Brent’s return to Lawrence in June, Tactic is back.

In honor of the reunion, we are pushing out 2 mixes this month.  Check it out on MixCloud.com





"Urban Outtakes"
(Minimal, Techno, Acid, Electro)
  1. Farben – Live At Sahara Tahoe, 1973 – Klang
  2. Mathew Jonson – Typerope – Itiswhatitis
  3. John Tejada – Deep In The Funk – Palette
  4. Acid Test – Test One – Playhouse
  5. Chok Rock – Give It Up – Warp
  6. Tease> Monolake – Axis – Monolake
  7. Sebo K – From S2S – Aspekte Schallplatten
  8. Monolake – Carbon – Monolake
  9. John Tejada & Arian Leviste – Faux Obsolete – Playhouse
  10. Kenneth Graham – Fire, Water, Machine – Immigrant
  11. Geoff White – Etsche – Spectral
  12. Adam Johnson – Traber – Narita
  13. Steve Bug & Cle¢ - Downunderware – Poker Flat
  14. Someone Else & Miskate – Rip It Cookie Muenster
    (Matthew Dear Rmx) – Foundsound
  15. Cabaret Voltaire – Nagnagnag (Akufen Rmx) – Mute




“Off The Broken Path”
(Broken Beat, Nu-Jazz, 2-Step)
  1. Karma -- High Priestess (Jazzanova Rmx) - JCR
  2. Kabuki --Tempest (Atjazz Rmx) – Head2Toe
  3. Tiefschwarz – Nix - Classic
  4. Strike Boys -- Music Is in The Air - Stereo Deluxe
  5. Shur I Kan – Halfstep - Freerange
  6. Dj Abstract – Touch - Tempa
  7. Landslide – Hear My People (Dub Mix) - Hospital
  8. Horsepower Productions – Electro Bass – Turn U On
  9. Eric H. & Dj Joseph – The Task – Iris Records
  10. Beatless – Life Mirrors (Opaque Rmx) - Ubiquity
  11. Fauna Flash – Tel Aviv (Peter Kruder Rmx) - JCR
  12. John Kong & Moonstar – Future Vision (Zero db Rmx) – Fluid Ounce
  13. Dj Abstract – Took My Love Away – Rat Records
  14. High Contrast – Return of Forever (Landslide Rmx) - Hospital
Upcoming Tactic Dates:
07.14.06 - w/ Nigel Richards @ The Grand Emporium - KCMO
07.29.06 - w/ Mad Decent / Diplo Tour
08.04.06 - w/ Walter Meego & Flosstradamus @ The Hangout - KCMO
08.05.06 - Bleeding Kansas Festival AfterParty @ Club Liquid - Lawrence, KS


armin van buuren made in ny


Linda Lee ~ New York, NY - For two special days/nights, Made Event presents internationally renowned DJ Armin van Buuren at the Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park with a stunning vista of the majestic Lower Manhattan skyline on the waterfront. This is a special 'Armin Only' event where the Dutch trance superstar DJ plays solo for the whole night.

This spectacular two-part series is the first electronic music / DJ event of its kind in the beautiful and dramatic Tobacco Warehouse with 30,000 watts of custom Integral Sound installed. The Tobacco Warehouse is a roofless 2-story structure that has been nationally recognized as a historic landmark and opens into the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, where U2 ended their last album tour with a special performance between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

Armin van Buuren is one of the highest ranking DJs in the world (DJ Mag #3) and belongs to a cadre of Dutch DJs that have gained world wide recognition. Armin is now armed for another whirl wind tour in support of his latest mix album 'A State of Trance 2006' on Ultra Records (May 16). For this album, Armin chose a new concept for both sides: Disc 1: "On The Beach" has 13 summer-tinged tracks and Disc 2: "In The Club" contains his biggest dancefloor-fillers, including his original, upcoming single, entitled "Sail."

Armin van Buuren's recent second artist album 'Shivers' has already won 2 awards in the category "Best Album" at the Dutch Release Dance Awards and the prestigious Edison Awards, following '76', his debut artist album released in 2003. His first music DVD 'Armin Only - The Next Level' represents the unique atmosphere of a 9 hour long an 'Armin Only' DJ set at a 12,000 person event in Rotterdam. The DVD released in January 2006 entered the Dutch charts with a number one position. More recently at the Miami Winter Music Conference 2006, Armin received the International Dance Music Award for 'Best Mix Radio Show' for his radio show "A State Of Trance" which celebrates its 250th global broadcast this month with transmission in over 20 countries.

Made Event is committed to excellence in the promotion, production, and execution of electronic dance music events. They constantly bring a world-renowned caliber of entertainment into ever increasing unique and innovative venues, and seek to push the limit of expertise in their field. Made Event was the trailblazer for bringing international DJ events to Central Park and this August 2006, they bring their award-winning event Made in Central Park with Paul van Dyk back again for the 4th successful year in a row. Now, Made Event continues their series of groundbreaking events with this unprecedented electronic music event 'Armin Only' at the Tobacco Warehouse.



Made Event presents Armin van Buuren @ at the Tobacco Warehouse! (1 Main Street Brooklyn, NY) in the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park section of Brooklyn Bridge Park Between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges on Friday, July 7th, 4:00PM - 11:00PM & Saturday, July 8th, 4:00PM - 11:00PM

COST: Limited Supply Advance Tickets $30 Until May 19th / Special 2-Night Pass $55 www.ticketweb.com | www.wantickets.com / TRAVEL PACKAGES: Hotel & Airfare www.wanttravel.com / 18+ with valid I.D. RAIN OR SHINE. FOOD & DRINK will be available.



Other Tour Dates
06.28.06 - Atlanta - Eleven50
06.29.06 - Newport Beach- Temptation
06.30.06 - Chicago - Congress Theatre
07.01.06 - Los Angeles - Circus
07.02.06- Miami - Club Space
07.03.06 - San Francisco - Ruby Skye
07.07.06 - New York - Brooklyn Bridge Park
07.08.06 - New York - Brooklyn Bridge Park
07.22.06 - Denver - Red Rocks

For more information, visit the calendar date on our site, Made-Event.comArminVanBuuren.comBrooklynBridgePark.orgUltraRecords.comIntegralSound.net, orCornerstonePromotion.com!

dance for me

Justin Kleinfeld  ~ New York, NY - Recall Records is pleased to introduce North American audiences to one of Europe’s best kept secrets – singer / songwriter Thomas Dybdahl. Dybdahl’s North American debut One Day You’ll Dance For Me, New York City is released August 1st.

Creating a sound reminiscent of the finest points of Jeff Buckley, Sondre Lerche and Bright Eyes, Thomas Dybdahl’s intimate portraits in song are true masterworks. A winner of the Norwegian Grammy Award (“Spellemannprisen”) and Alternative Award (“Alarm”), 25-year old Thomas Dybdahl is one of the most talented singer-/songwriters to emerge from the Norwegian music scene. He has received rave reviews for all three of his gold and platinum selling albums - …That Great October Sound (2002), Stray Dogs (2003) and One Day You’ll Dance For Me, New York City (2004) - and is now ready to reveal his talent to the rest of the music-loving world.

His third album in three years, One Day You’ll Dance For Me, New York City, was released in Norway in October 2004. The album went straight to number 1 at the official album charts and achieved Gold-status in only a few days. It has now sold approximately 50 000 copies in Norway and is still at top 10 on the album charts.

Besides creating his own artist album, Thomas Dybdahl is a hard working musician who has written songs for other artists (including Maria Mena) and produced a film soundtrack. He is also the lead singer of the new gold selling Norwegian band “The National Bank”, featuring members from Jaga Jazzist and Big Bang. Thomas Dybdahl will tour the North America extensively this summer, so be on the lookout!

About Recall Records

Founded in 1997, Recall Group is now one of leading independent record companies in Europe and has developed an exciting roster of artists and soundtracks. Based in Paris, with recently opened offices New York and Toronto, Recall Group is dedicated to releasing a diverse selection of new and established artist albums, from indie rock to electronic to hip-hop to world, alongside soundtracks on its Recall Music For Films imprint. Following successful European releases from Mylo, Brand New Heavies, Lisa Stansfield and The Servant, Recall USA will focus on British indie rockers Grand National, electronic producer DJ Cam, and international singer songwriter Jehro. The company is seen as a pioneer in exploring and developing entirely new expressions of music and image, whether for film, television, advertising, video games or communications and internet technology.

For more information on Thomas Dybdahl please visit ThomasDybdahl.comRecallRecords.com or RephlektorInk.com!

too low to miss the remote


Justin Kleinfeld ~ New York - On July 11, The Remote releases their debut album Too Low To Miss. The Remote is comprised of Ashley Casselle (previously recording under the name Ashtrax) and front man Ben Lost who have joined forces to create an incredibly cool electronic band project. With a voice reminiscent of Pete Shelley from the Buzzcocks, the sexually ambivalent looks of a young Bowie and the rock n’ roll presence of a youthful Iggy Pop, The Remote has in Ben Lost a front man for a new generation. This album should be high on your radar.

Signed earlier this year to Global Underground’s GUMusic artist label, the band have been playing by the rules of electronic dance but trashing them as they go along: you can only get away with breaking the rules when you know them inside out, and they wrote the book. Ashley Casselle has been a respected international DJ since 1999 and is The Remote’s musical backbone: providing a lush electronic wash of breaks against a synthetic wall of sound spiked with acoustic guitars recorded on a Dictaphone - all mixed to make a whole that is at times bleak and wintry and at times like immersing yourself in an Eighties dream world.

The fresh face of Ben Lost belies a heart forged on the road – he bunked off school in Peterborough aged thirteen to go on tour supporting The UK Subs in his junior punk band Candi-Snatch, something he describes as “quite an experience and probably illegal”. Soon he moved on to Charlie, who were signed to London records and got airplay from the venerable John Peel. “My parents were really cool about the whole thing, although by ‘96 when we were getting a lot of press with Charlie, my Dad used to buy the NME every week and he got a bit upset when he read that I’d got off my head, thrown up on Jarvis Cockers hotel room floor, punched Joe Strummer and called him an old c*nt. I thought ‘my Dad cannot read any more of this’. So I had to get my Dad’s NME before he did every week, rip the stories out and pretend it was a coupon for a free CD.” To keep up with Iggy he also got his c*ck out on stage when his Dad was in the audience. He must have been so proud.

Ben can also be found DJing his own brand of NYC punk, ketamine electro and garage rock at his residency with London club “Crisis On Broadway” alongside international dates in cities such as New York, Moscow and Tokyo.

For the more information on The Remote visit MySpace.com/TheRemoteGlobalUnderground.co.uk or RephlektorInk.com!

porterhouse operation berlin


Betty Kang ~ Steve Porter continues on his ‘Porterhouse’ album world tour that has taken him to Australia, Europe and Asia over the last couple months. Amidst his exciting tour, Steve heads to Berlin’s Love Parade held on July 15th – returning after a two year absence. Steve will be playing on Berlin’s own Paul van Dyk’s float for an anticipated crowd of over a million! He will also be playing at Paul’s annual mega event The Love From Above – the official Love Parade opening party with Sander Kleinenberg, Moguai, Steve Porter, Adam Sheridan, Giuseppe Ottaviani and Rene Vaitl.

“I’m really looking forward to this year’s Love Parade. It’s great to have it back and Vandit/Vocnyc will be there in force. I have Adam Sheridan, Guiseppe Ottaviani, John Askew, Jose Amnesia and Steve Porter on our truck.” –Paul van Dyk, I-DJ magazine

In honor of his debut at the legendary Love Parade, Steve Porter releases a new PORTER & BLAIN ‘OPERATION BERLIN EP’. Steve specially created these tracks for the host city of the largest electronic music street festival and the World Cup. Berlin has truly emerged at the intersection of globalism and electronic dance music.

Steve Porter returns to internationally acclaimed Stereo Nightclub in beautiful Montreal on Friday, July 28th with his Boston cohorts Chris Reavy & Eli Wilke and a special live performance by Bon Johnson. Bons is also on opening duties at Stereobar alongside local rising star Just Jonathan.

“Stereo Montreal has one of the most incredible vibes of all the clubs in the world with an unrivaled sound system. It’s been a great place to evangelize my Porterhouse party ethic of fantasy funk.” – Steve Porter
Also, coming this fall, Steve Porter enters the global gaming industry with exclusive new music for Konami Digital Entertainment, producer and publisher of video and computer games for PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox.

Steve Porter Tour Dates
06.30.06 - Edinburgh, Scotland @ Beatroot
07.01.06 - Birmingham, UK @ Air at Godskitchen
07.07.06 - Boston, MA @ Rise Afterhours
07.14.06 - Berlin, Germany @ Love From Above with Paul van Dyk
07.15.06 - Berlin, Germany @ Love Parade Berlin Float with Paul van Dyk
07.22.06 - Prague, CZ @ Roxy
07.28.06 - Montreal, Canada @ Stereo
07.29.06 - Club Alebrijes, El Salvador
08.05.06 - Croatia @ Rabac Festival
09.03.06 - Cream @ Slovenia
09.30.06 - Providence, Rhode Island
10.07.06 - Sofia, Bulgaria @ Lipsick
10.27.06 - El Salvador @ Terrace


For more info check out DJStevePorter.comLoveParade.netTheLoveFromAbove.deFadeRecords.com or PlexiPR.com!

hi-fi high lights

Justin Kleinfeld ~ New York, NY – e-Recal, Recall Records’ new digital community is pleased to announce the North American release of Lodger’s Hi-Fi High Lights Down Low. Perfectly embodying e-Recall’s own fun, creative and communal approach to music, Lodger has created a strong buzz with a unique brand of self-promotion and compelling visual imagery.

Lodger built a strong, almost mythical cult online following (more than 3 million individual visitors to its Lodger.tv website) thanks to its simple but uniquely effective, self-made animation videos. Although the bands website has attracted millions of visitors from around the world, it offers very little in the way of information on the people behind the music. Without proper publicity photos, and with the animation videos as the only visual representation of the band, there is a huge mystery surrounding Lodger. Just exactly who/what is Lodger?

We can tell you that Lodger was founded in 2002 in Helsinki, Finland by singer-songwriter Teemu Merilä. Intended primarily a showcase for Merilä’s songs, the band soon found a unique visual outlet in a striking animated video for the song “Doorsteps,” made by bass player/lyricist Hannes Häyhä on his laptop computer. In 2003, “Doorsteps” was chosen as the best Finnish music video of the year. At the BAF03 festival in Bradford, England, it won the award for best Flash animation. The following year, Doorsteps was one of the highlights of Resfest 2004, a traveling digital film festival that visits more than 35 cities around the world. Yet, that was all just a prelude to the kind of attention the video got on the internet. Interest continued to grow with the release of Lodger’s next video––“I Love Death”––once again featuring the animated antihero “One-Eye”. Lodger’s first album Hi-Fi High Lights Down Low has a sound that matches the band’s videos: hidden underneath the deceptively simple guitar-rock surface are bold melodies and stories unafraid of the big emotions.

e-Recall is the continuation of a proactive step that Recall Records has been taking in the digital space. Through a partnership with iTunes and MTV Europe, Recall lead the successful worldwide release of Guy Ritchie’s 2005 movie soundtrack Revolver in digital-only format. e-Recall has many projects in the works, including the July 4th worldwide exclusive release of L’art De La Nappe - the first album in a new series of compilations from Hotel Costes. Beyond these releases, e-Recall is also a community where members are given access to creative and rich exclusive content such as the lodger sagas, exclusive music tracks, concert footage, mobile content and much more!

About e-Recall

e-Recall focuses on launching artists and projects in digital-only format using creative marketing and distribution tools within the new media environment. e-Recall features exclusive content in the form of free music downloads, streaming video, news, mobile content and a chat/discussion area for Recall artists including Grand National, Jehro, Border Crossing and Thomas Dybdahl. e-Recall also acts as a digital imprint for on-line only releases from new and developing artists, including Junesex, Waterboy, Lodger and Ricardo Villalobos.


In addition to exposing music lovers to the great music of Recall Records, e-Recall also aims to discover the best undiscovered music on the planet – from our own fans. A special "demo" area will allow aspiring artists to upload sample tracks for review by Recall's A&R staff and the music community. The best tracks and artists will be eligible for commercial release via e-Recall.

About Recall Group

Founded in 1997, Recall Group is now one of leading independent record companies in Europe and has developed an exciting roster of artists and soundtracks. Based in Paris, with recently opened offices New York and Toronto, Recall Group is dedicated to releasing a diverse selection of new and established artist albums, from indie rock to electronic to hip-hop to world, alongside soundtracks on its Recall Music For Films imprint. Following successful European releases from Mylo, Brand New Heavies, Lisa Stansfield and The Servant, Recall USA will focus on British indie rockers Grand National, electronic producer DJ Cam, and international singer songwriter Jehro. The company is seen as a pioneer in exploring and developing entirely new expressions of music and image, whether for film, television, advertising, video games or communications and internet technology.

Check out e-Recall.comLodger.TV for more information, or RephlektorInk.com.

ferry corston loud electronic ferocious

Linda Lee ~ Having worked in the music industry for over 17 years, Dutch Ferry Corsten has earned the respect from fellow Dance Music Producers, DJs and fans all over the world for his commitment to bringing quality music through his signature electronic dance music productions and numerous DJ sets worldwide.

Since his first single release in 1989, Ferry has produced innumerable dance singles (under countless aliases), remixes and 8 artist albums to date. Dedicated to his craft, he is a master at engineering and producing all of his singles, artist albums and compilations.

With the success of his singles "Fire" (Top 15 NL), "Rock Your Body Rock" (Top 11 UK) and "Punk" (Top 15 UK) to name a few, Ferry has also produced for other artists such as Japanese popstar Ayumi Hamasaki's single "Connected" on her album "I Am..." The album went on to sell over 4 million copies to date.

As a producer Ferry also made remixes of world famous artists like for example U2 ("New Years Day"), Duran Duran ("Reach Up For The Sunrise"), Faithless ("Why Go?"), Moby ("Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?").

In his quest to create cutting edge music, he has not only gained homage from fans and fellow musical contemporaries but praise from music critics and the industry as well. Over the years, he has won awards such as best Dance DJ 2005 at the Ibiza DJ Awards, Producer of the Year (beating out superstar producers P. Diddy & Rodney Jerkins) / Ericsson Music Awards, London, and the Silver Harp Award / Outstanding Contribution to Dutch Dance Music (2000), to name a few.

When not buried in the studio working on his next production, Ferry can be found on the road touring in various events in clubs and at festivals all around the globe. He consistently tours throughout Europe, the US, South America, Asia, and Australia. A mainstay as one of the top DJ's in the world, he is currently listed as the world's #5 DJ in the world (DJ Mag).

Amidst all these successes, Ferry Corsten also has recently found another new record label, Flashover Recordings, which have signed new hit tastemakers, Frost & Maron.

2006 promises to be an exciting year for the electronic dance music producer/DJ. Aside from his yearly DJ tours around the world, he is armed yet again with a slew of hit singles from his 2nd artist album under his own name Ferry Corsten: "L.E.F", the first single of the album "Fire", a collaboration with Simon LeBon of world famous group Duran Duran, has made waves in the dance scene with it's unique flavour of house, electro, trance.

His second single "Watch Out" (Release Date Benelux May) in combination with his album release party at the Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam will send further shockwaves with his signature "Loud Electronic Ferocious" sound.

The L.E.F. album seamlessly combines Ferry's signature sound while introducing a new pop/rock element with guest vocalists and collaborations with Simon LeBon, Howard Jones ("Just Look At you Now", "Lift Me Up"), Guru (Gangstarr, Jazzmatazz) and Denise Stahlie ("In My Dreams" collaboration with Ferry Corsten) to name a few. Aside from the release of the album, Ferry Corsten fans can be guaranteed this year the release of exciting remixes and compilations such as theme song from the hit FOX television show "Prison Break".

With millions of website hits a month, sold-out performances worldwide, mind-blowing remixes, a successful record label all under his belt by the age of 32, Ferry Corsten is uniquely poised to take the world by storm. Join him on his musical journeys, be it with his current or past artist albums, a night out with him in your favourite club or on the radio.

For more information, just go to FerryCorsten.com , UltraRecords.com or CornerStonePromotion.com.

hi-lo tech india

Shaun Williams ~ My interest in photography began in 2000 with a trip to London, England. The trip to London was my first venture outside of the United States and I wanted to be certain that as time progressed and my memory faded that I would never forget what I saw and the experiences I had. I purchased a Canon Rebel EOS 2000 SLR film camera to document my journey.

That trip to London and the purchase of my first Canon camera sparked an interest in photography that has led me to where I am today as a photographer for phocas.net.

Since that time it is always a great pleasure for me when I have the chance to combine two of my favorite things, photography and international travel, and return to my roots as a photographer.

A few weeks ago I traveled to India on a business trip but did not miss the opportunity to mix it with pleasure. Armed with the latest Canon Rebel XT Digital SLR I expected to take many pictures. What I didn’t quite expect was the impact of what I saw with my own eyes and captured with my camera. On the flight home I was convinced that I needed to share the images and the story that went along with them with everyone I could back home.

Arrival

It took roughly 20 hours to reach Delhi, the capital of India, from Chicago with a brief layover in Frankfurt, Germany. The differences between the East and West were immediately apparent. Deplaning in Delhi occurs on the tarmac and a subsequent bus ride will take you to the terminal building. The terminal is not a terminal as we know it in the United States. There was no air conditioning and it was a balmy 115 degrees or so. The “terminal” was basically a small room with one exit and entrance to the tarmac. Every seat was dirty and stained with something. There were no fancy LCD’s directing travelers where to go.

I managed to find baggage claim, collected my luggage, purchased a cab ride, and thus my journey began. The sights and smells I experienced on the ride from the Delhi airport to my hotel will never leave me. If a picture is worth a thousand words then being there in person must be worth a billion.

The poverty in India is nothing like poverty in the United States. I witnessed people and families who live on the side of the road and in the median. Some had makeshift tents made out of whatever fabric or plastic could be found. The amount of garbage and waste on every street cooking in the 115 degree heat produced a smell so horrible that covering my nose with my shirt did nothing to ease the sting in my nostrils. On several occasions I simply stopped breathing to avoid the smell.

I quickly learned that navigating traffic in India is not something any of us from the West would be able to do. While there are lines painted on some of the roads this appeared to be a remnant of the British Empire as they didn’t really mean anything. Any motor vehicle can drive anywhere on the road. Up the middle, zig zagging, inches from other vehicles on both sides, it didn’t matter. All that was necessary was a toot from the horn to let others know you were coming through.

Major intersections have traffic lights that most drivers seemed to obey. At one of these stops I witnessed what appeared to be a mother and two children in the median next to me. Living. There were clothes on the ground and hanging from the trees. A tent was nearby. A boy probably no older than 5 with several large scars on his body was playing with a knife.

The "untouchables” are the lowest caste or class of Indian society and they use their children as sources of income. A mother will encourage her children to cut and scar themselves to generate sympathy and consequently donations from passersby. As I waited for the light to change I was spotted by the mother and she quickly ushered her children and herself to the side of the vehicle. I was obviously a Westerner with money. Her and her children made repetitive motions with their hands near their mouths. While I couldn’t understand Hindi, the language she was speaking, I knew what she was saying. “We are damn hungry and if you could give us some money we would greatly appreciate it”.

After about 10 minutes had passed I had seen no sign of anything remotely suggesting that I would be spending my weekend in anything but misery. I began to wonder if the cab driver even understood where he was supposed to be taking me. A few minutes later we arrived at a walled compound. When the gates were opened I breathed a sigh of relief as I saw the Marriott sign. This was the only oasis of wealth I saw on the entire ride from the airport to the hotel. The hotel was palatial with marble floors a
nd walls. And most importantly, no smell.

Nearly in tears from what I saw, most of which I could not photograph simply because I was in shock, I decided to spend the rest of the afternoon and evening in the hotel to collect my thoughts. I arranged a day trip for the following morning through the hotel travel service which would take me to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. I grabbed a bite to eat and went to sleep.

Agra and the Taj Mahal

After some much needed rest I woke up the next morning refreshed and ready to go. The travel coach was a huge air conditioned Volvo charter bus. I appreciated this more and more as we left Delhi. Each stop in traffic took only seconds for peddlers and the poor to swarm the bus looking for handouts or to sell peacock feathers, books, handicrafts, and the like. As we left Delhi the next several hours gave me a glimpse of rural Indian life. Unskilled laborers in India can make an average wage of $2 to $3 per day or roughly $600 per year. I saw school children sitting outdoors on the ground in formation for class. I saw what looked to be dilapidated straw huts. Upon closer inspection they turned out to be homes where families lived.

Despite the poverty and miserable conditions people seemed very friendly. Our group was traveling in the nicest vehicle on the road which screamed “Western tourists”. Many people smiled, waved, and posed for pictures even as we drove down the road. It was also quite comical to watch the reaction of every rural Indian male on the highway to Agra when they made eye contact with the American girl a couple of seats behind me.

In and around the Agra area we visited several tombs, the Agra Fort, and the Taj Mahal. Words alone cannot describe the magnitude, beauty, and brilliance of the architecture involved. The buildings and tombs from Agra were all built between 1300 and 1600. It’s amazing how structurally sound those buildings are and how original paint can still be seen in some of the tombs. However, the Taj Mahal is not painted. The color is actually smaller slivers of marble that were individually crafted. You can begin to understand how it took 20,000 people over 20 years to build the Taj Mahal. After visiting the Taj Mahal we were taken to a marble factory where descendants of those who helped build the structure still practice marble craftwork using the same techniques by hand and even a secret glue recipe used to set the smaller slivers into hand carved areas of larger pieces of marble. This is what gives the marble work its painted appearance.

Delhi

On Sunday I hired a personal tour guide for a half day to take me to some of the sites in Delhi. It was scorching hot which made it all the more interesting that the men still wore pants and most even wore long sleeve shirts. The women were mostly dressed in traditional Saris. I saw nobody but westerners in shorts.

The tour guide took me to the British Imperial part of town where government buildings, monuments, and diplomatic residences exist. These areas appeared to be the nicest part of Delhi that I saw.

He also took me to another tomb and the oldest part of Delhi that exists. Delhi is a city that has been destroyed seven times throughout the course of human history. It is currently in its eighth reincarnation. However, a small section of the first city still exists. These structures were constructed in the 9th and 10th centuries. Even more amazing is a steel column that was erected in this part of town by the builders of the original city. This steel column dates back to roughly the 4th century as it is over 1600 years old. The strange thing is the column was coated with something that made it rust proof even though tests have shown it is over 99% steel. To this day it is unknown what was used to coat column to make it rust proof. Looking closer at the column you can see ancient writing in Sanskrit inscribed. I’m not sure if we know what the writing says. I expected that if we did there would have been a monument or something nearby telling us. Either way it was absolutely amazing. After visiting the old city I did some shopping and headed to the airport to catch my flight to Hyderabad where I would be working for the week.

Hyderabad

Upon arriving in Hyderabad even though it was dark I noticed a drastic difference in quality of life. The city seemed a bit more like New York or L.A. than a third world country. There were many modern buildings, shopping centers, restaurants, bright lights, and a bustling night life.

My previous experiences in Agra and Delhi felt pretty third world compared to Hyderabad. Although Hyderabad still suffered from infrastructure issues and poverty, wealth was also very apparent. It was particularly interesting to see what must have been multi-million U.S dollar homes with a wall around it yet right next to the wall were tent cities of extremely destitute people.

I worked in a part of town called High Tech City. This is the part of town which has basically been built by large American corporations searching for cheap labor. The buildings in this part of town are very Western looking in appearance and amenities. These types of buildings are the only types of buildings in India that use heavy machinery during construction. Most buildings in India are built entirely by hand using rather primitive construction techniques.

Even though High Tech City was very nice the power would go out several times per day and backup generators would kick in. I know the infrastructure of the country is not as advanced as the United States’; however, I couldn’t help but compare the situation to the rolling blackouts experienced major US cities during the hottest parts of the summer. In our case it isn’t so much of an infrastructure problem as one of simple supply and demand. In India it was probably a combination of both.

I also had the opportunity to visit a nightclub in Hyderabad. Unfortunately it was on a Wednesday night and only an hour before closing so there were not many people there. The club was called Bottles and Chimneys and happens to be one of Hyderabad’s hot spots. Much as we have bottle service in the United States they have a hookah service in which flavored tobacco is brought in multiple hookahs. I am not a cigarette smoker by any means but the water cooled strawberry and blueberry tobacco was excellent.

Home Again

The smells, colors, poverty, culture, heat, and many other things made India the most wonderful travel experience I have ever had. I had adjusted to the power outages, heat, no hamburgers, and Indian food. I appreciated the friendliness of everyone whether they spoke English or not. Every person who could speak English always addressed me as sir, yes sir, or no sir. Despite the initial overwhelming shock by the end of the trip I found myself not wanting to leave. This article can do nothing to convey what I experienced. If you ever have an opportunity to visit India, jump on it!

etain mania


Tim Yoder ~ interview with DJ Etain ~ images courtesy of DJ Etain  ~  Etain is a ten year veteran DJ turned producer as well as a record label owner of Star People Music. She has been featured on XM Satellite’s “The Move”, and other notable internet radio shows, Provocative and Riders of a PlasticGroove. She has headlined many massive events in her career, namely the Heineken Full-Moon party in the Dominican Republic that hosted 7,500 attendees, and a short Russian tour in 2003.

Steering clear of the mainstream and familiar, Etain has maintained her status as one of Colorado’s most in-demand DJ’s for almost 7 years. Never one to follow trends, her sound constantly pushes the envelope and enables her to stand out as a uniquely talented DJ and producer.


With 10 years of DJ’ing under your belt, have you always been in Denver?

I started in Los Angeles, when I used to live there. My roots were in the CA desert rave scene which paved the way for a lot of DJs we know and love! I then moved to Columbus, OH and played events in Columbus, Pittsburgh and Cleveland for a year, before I moved to Colorado. I have been here 7 years now.

What City did you enjoy the best music wise?

To be honest, I have not played in many US cities. I need to start doing more outside of Denver. I have been pretty lucky locally in Denver, and haven’t really needed to venture the borders of CO that much. I will say though, that I was pleasantly surprised when I played in a small town called Tver, in Russia. When we arrived at the train station it looked like a poor town in the old Soviet Union. When we arrived at the club it was like an oasis in the desert and it blew my mind. People seemed to crawl out of the woodwork and come out to dance, all dressed up like it was Ibiza or South Beach. I was amazed. I had a great time. I hope to play more cities in the US if I could just find a decent agent, lol. I have not had the best of luck in that department. Hopefully soon though.

Describe your style for me.

I have come full circle when it comes to my musical style. I taught myself how to mix using old House and Breaks records. I started with House in 1996, (a lot of Subliminal-type stuff), went into Speed Garage after that. I also got into Psy-Trance & Goa, as well as Hard German trance, which was huge in the 90s. I started dabbling with London Acid Techno around 1998, because I loved Hard Trance and the Acid Techno was like that, but edgier. Not being too fond of anthems and build-ups, I started looking for a harder, tougher sound around 1999. Kev Bird from the UK introduced me to UK Hard House, which I played for a solid 3 years after that. But when that started going anthemy, I began searching for the techier side of electronic music, if you will. I have always had a love affair with Techno, being as I fell in love with Kraftwerk and Sven Vath at age 12, so I started looking for Techno again. I would say that the past 3 years have seen me start to appreciate more intelligent dance music. Maybe its age, but I prefer music at a slower BPM these days, and I look for thought-provoking, soulful music. Needless to say, I have also found myself back at my House roots and I play a wide variety of House, whether its Tech House, Electro, Progressive House, or Tribal House. I think electronic music has evolved nicely and there are genres within genres, which make it easy to be versatile performer. I also play in so many different venues, that I have to take the type of venue and audience into consideration. Whilst I will never succumb to popular demand and play something I dislike for the sake of the audience, I will definitely make sure I have the right music for the right occasion. Whether it’s playing Tech House at a small intimate venue, or banging Techno at a huge outdoor massive, I always thoroughly enjoy my track selections and love to concentrate on the unique programming that is necessary for the different genres that I play. I have to say that even though I have played a multitude of genres in my 10-year career, I am finding that my preferences are turning more towards the minimal side of electronic music.

Any favorite records in your rotation?

The vinyl elitists are going to hate me, but I just play CDs these days. Worse yet, I scribble the name of the producer on the CD, and the genres are all mixed up. It’s a mess, but somehow I always manage to find my favorites. I can tell you the producers I stick with pretty consistently, but the song names escape me. I like Valentino Kanzyani, Umek, Tony Thomas, Marco Nastic, Hertz, Mastiksoul, Steve Bug, Terry Francis. Lately I’ve been buying pretty much everything those guys put out, so they are continually in my rotation and get a lot of play!!

What made you start Angelic DJ’s?

Actually, it was Jamie Kent who started Angelic. She contacted the rest of us; me, MLE and Ms. Vicious. We have now been together for a year and a half. What’s interesting about us (this was totally unplanned) is two of us are House-heads and two of us are Breaks-heads. MLE and Ms. Vicious discovered that they have similar tastes in Breaks and Drum & Bass, and Jamie and I have discovered that we love the same kind of House. MLE and Ms. Vicious have also teamed up individually and called themselves The Dirty Girls. Their debut Breaks release Daddy’s Little Girl is being released on my label (Star People Music) on July 1st, 2006. Jamie and I are also working in the studio on some original music, which we will release soon. So within Angelic we have also found other niches!! As a whole group, we are pretty busy with local events. We have two residencies and have started to get really busy, especially now that summer is here.

Tell me about Mania TV and your involvement?

ManiaTV is the world’s first 24-hour internet television music network. We are based here in Denver. Basically our business model is simple: Play music videos of all varieties, and make it possible for the audience to chat live with the CJs (Cyber-Jockeys). It’s the first show of its kind that is completely interactive. Things are really picking up for us. I have only been around for a short while, but already I see how big we are getting. Were live, uncensored (after 10pm), 24-hours, 7 days a week. It’s the new age of television! I present a show called Circular every Tuesday from 12am 2am EST. It’s great, because people can make live requests and chat with me online between breaks. It’s definitely interesting and I enjoy it very much!

It seems you are a busy woman with all that and the radio show.

Oh yeah! That’s not all. I have a full-time job, and I run my own record label. I launched my label two weeks ago on Beatport. I also recently set up my own recording studio at home, so all I want to do is make music now. My good friend Nebulae in Dallas put me through boot camp to learn music production software, and now it’s all I want to do! Even with my crazy schedule, I make sure I sit down to write music everyday, even if it’s just a half hour. I am really disciplined with it, and rarely have time anymore for social activities which really bothers my friends. But you have to understand, I have 22 years of music data stored in my head, and now that it wants to come out, I am a slave to it! I just released my first track called Submerged and I am finishing a Techno track to be released on my label next month. It’s called The Valkyries.

What made you start a label?

Good question. I had tossed the idea around for years, and with sites like Beatport providing an easy way to own and manage your own label without the hassle of a distributor, it seemed the logical route. I also didn’t want to spend years trying to get some other label to like my stuff and pick it up, and then try to get paid for my efforts. I love the creative freedom of making my own music and then deciding for myself if it’s good enough to sell. I finally have a creative outlet to do something that I love. I do everything from writing the track, to marketing it, and I love having that control for the entire process. I also have so much music in my head that I need to get out, so honestly this is the best way for me to do it entirely my way, and never be at the mercy of someone else who does not share my creative ideas, thereby trying to make me write music I am not passionate about.

Is that the style of techno you are looking for?

If you mean the style I want to produce, then yes, that is one facet of my multi-faceted tastes in electronic music! My new track definitely has that German Techno feel to it, driving bass lines and underlying melodies with lots of energy. When I sat down to write this track, I had no idea in mind what it was going to sound like, but it is definitely morphing into that sort of style as it nears completion. I really want to try and write some more minimal techno stuff after this. The problem is that I love it all when it comes to Techno. It is such a great genre to explore and really get creative with. There are no rules in Techno. I love it!
What is the most memorable party you have played?

That would probably be the Heineken Full Moon party in Santo Domingo last August. I had played there in April, and Heineken liked what they heard, so they invited me back to headline the Full Moon party four months later. There were 7,500 people there. I love playing in the Dominican Republic. The people have a certain joie-de-vive and just love life and music. When you have 7,500 screaming music fans looking up at you and cheering you on, it is not something you forget quickly! I hope to go back this year sometime.
Any thoughts on the future? What do we have in store from you?

A lot!! I am focusing on getting my label up and running this year, with some releases from other artists around the world. I am also doing a LOT of producing. I’m writing my own original material, as well as some remix work I was recently given from Depth Recordings in Seattle. Jamie Kent and I are working on music together, to be released on my label in the near future. Angelic is in full-swing, so I expect well be doing more and more on the events side. My number one goal is to keep working steadily in my home studio and to put out quality releases that will keep everyone just dancing and loving the music.

For more information check out MySpace.com/djEtain or ManiaTV.com

nigel richards returns to kansas city


flyer artwork by Chrissy Laing - Kansas City, MO - July 14, 2006 - phocas.net in cooperation with Disco Productions, will begin the first in a series of dance music concert events at The Grand Emporium in Kansas City, MO featuring some of the best in world-class and internationally recognized talent from across the country and around the globe.

The first in the series will feature internationally renowned DJ, Producer & Recording Artist, Nigel Richards and future talent will be announced at each show. Don't miss out!


It has been two years since Nigel Richards has played in Kansas City at Chaos Theory v2.0, when he turned the main dance floor inside out for more than a thousand who just could not keep from dancing to his skils on the decks.

A unique performer and very personable guy, Nigel's career in the dance world spans nearly 20 years and includes heading up an internationally recognized record label (611 Records), 40+ records, 3 mixed cd’s and a whole lot of globetrotting! Needless to say, all of this has made Nigel a wanted man around the world and this experience shines through at every performance, as he rocks crowds with new sounds while keeping the masses comfortable.

For more information about Nigel Richards, visit his web site for more information! There's all kinds of goodies in there and to make surfing easier... here's a couple of the high points!






Kicking the night of at 10 pm, will be the newly reunited Tactic [Ben Fuller & DJ Candlewax (Flea Market / Heavy Lounge)]. These two are definitely one of Kansas City's hottest duos, previously featured "on decks" in August 2005 issue of phocas.net and featured again in this month. The last time I saw them together, they had a full Kabal dance floor shakin it! It will be good to have them back together! For more information about Tactic, visit this month's "on decks"!



 Recognizable as Kansas City's most important landmarks of music, it's history goes back as far as most people in Kansas City can remember. Over this time, it has always maintained a solid reputation for showcasing some of the best talent seen in the music industry across nearly every genre. It has only been in the last year, after a complete remodeling, that Dance Music stepped up to the plate at The Grand Emporium, easily complimenting it's already diverse lineup. With good sound, a clean sleek appearance, as well as a bar and lounge area that are out of the way of the dance floor, this is the kind of evolution that has allowed The Grand Emporium to be passed from one generation of dancers to another. Whether it be Blues, Soul or Dance, it has always been the place to get your groove on. More information about the Grand Emporium can be found at their website, kcClubs.com.



Nigel Richards LIVE
w/ warm up set by Tactic
@ The Grand Emporium
3832 Main Street
Kansas City, MO
816.561.2560 
10 pm to 3 am
$10 at the door
21 to enter *
(18+ w/ advaance tix)



july 2006 editor note


It seems that the best events are always in the summer months. Last month was no exception and in July things are only going to heat up.

The cover this month is more art work by Chrissy, the official "graphics girl" of phocas.net. She never ceases to amaze me with what she comes up with. The art work is that of the flyer for our upcoming event at The Grand Emporium, featuring Nigel Richards! I have been ecstatic about this event since everything was finally confirmed.

Increasing my excitement is the fact that this is only the beginning of regular phocas.net events. With the help of one of the biggest names in dance events, Disco Productions, we will bring you a new level of talent to the club and at other future events, each and every month. We will be bringing you names that you have only seen at huge events, such as the former Chaos Theory series.

Of course, this wouldn't be possible without the help of my friend and the GM of The Grand Emporium, pictured here with me. Her interest in dance music has definitely opened doors for us, as well as others, to do some really great things!

The shot was taken at the recent John Digweed performance at The Madrid Theater. I was quite surprised 
to see so many people out on a Wednesday night, but then... it was Digweed. Warming up the night, DJ billpile got the floor rockin hard before Digweed even took the decks. Overall, he played some good music and was his usual flawless self. He seemed tired though, as if he was out of energy. I talked to several people around the country who had been to his recent shows and received they echoed much the same sort of review.

Kicking off the month though, was Gay Pride in KC and Joe grabbed a few shots of RuPaul's performance down at the Liberty Memorial. That looked to be quite a show! The following week, the camping and music festival, Wakarusa launched into it's third year. It was really great to see electronic music properly represented among so much other great dance music. It was the place to be after the stages closed down and it couldn't have worked out better. Overall, during the day... it was stifling hot and my survival depended upon the lemonade they had for us in VIP and after the sun went down, a beer or three was good too.

It was that very same week, that Shaun was in Russia. He sent back some interesting shots from a club called Kasanova. He just sent in some photos from his recent trip to India, as well. There's also a story to go along with it in this month's issue. Be sure to check it out. He definitely travels to some strand and far off lands.

Not so far off though, Brian just got back from Murphysboro and sent us some great shots of the second installment of the massive weekend-long event, Underground Sound: Back 2 The Freak. There's a couple little surprises in there too! I really wish I could have gone this year, but other stuff kept me in Kansas City. Maybe I'll squeeze out of town again for Caffeine in New Orleans... or the Global Dance at Red Rocks. Either one looks awesome. Or who knows, maybe we can somehow go to both!

July is a huge month. The talent coming through the Midwest and around the country is some of the very best we've ever seen. We hope that we can share some of this outstanding talent with you, so for us... it all starts with Nigel ... I hope to see ya on the dance floor that night!

;)
~phocas~


july 2006 issue