Archive | May, 2011

Calvin Harris feat. Kelis – ‘Bounce’

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Calvin Harris feat. Kelis – ‘Bounce’

Posted on 28 May 2011 by Mizzle

DJ Fresh ft. Sian Evans – ‘Louder’

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DJ Fresh ft. Sian Evans – ‘Louder’

Posted on 24 May 2011 by Mizzle

This potentially could be the summer tune . . .

Creamfields – Extra day for Campers!

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Creamfields – Extra day for Campers!

Posted on 21 May 2011 by Mizzle

Due to demand, Creamfields has announced a third day and will now open its gates for all you campers on Friday 26th August! Creamfields becoming a 3 day camping event will not only improve ease of access to the site for festivalgoers but there will also be an array of entertainment on offer within the main event site:

*That Mixmag Thing Silent Disco*
Scratch Perverts
Brookes Brothers
Futurebound
Clique DJ’s

*Size Matters Silent Disco*
Screening Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Take One’ Movie
Tim Mason
Third Party

Friday campers will also be able to chill out at the festival’s on-site cinema which will be showing a collection of iconic clubbing films as well as enjoying all the fun of the fair, stalls and more. Access to the event on Friday is limited and only open to festival goers camping at the event. Any existing camping ticket holders wishing to purchase a Friday ticket for £20 (standard) / £30 (hospitality) should contact their ticket agent to book.

Demand from fans to introduce a Friday opening has been high since Creamfields became a two day camping event in 2008. Selling out in record time over the last 2 years, 2011 is already on course to eclipse last year’s success.

So if I were you, I would get booking the Friday ticket so you don’t miss out on all the fun!

Visit www.creamfields.com for more info.

Chris Cunningham announced to close The Big Chill

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Chris Cunningham announced to close The Big Chill

Posted on 18 May 2011 by Mizzle

As the festival becomes closer and more acts are announced in the line-up, we have heard from the organisers of this year’s Big Chill Festival that acclaimed video artist Chris Cunningham has been confirmed to close on Sunday at the Deer Park Stage.

Cult film-maker, musician, photographer and producer Chris Cunningham is responsible for some of the most iconic music videos ever made, amongst a myriad of other accomplishments.

He has been dubbed ‘Dangerously ahead of his time’ by The Guardian and ‘A startlingly original visual artist’ by The Telegraph. On the back of a sold out show at the Royal Festival Hall in May last year and recent collaborations with Gil Scott-Heron and Grace Jones, Cunningham returns to the stage this summer.

He will be closing the Deer Park Stage on Sunday, following the set by headliners Rodrigo y Gabriela. Cunningham will create a sight and sound spectacular, bringing The Big Chill to a close in true style.

Lady Gaga – Judas

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Lady Gaga – Judas

Posted on 17 May 2011 by Mizzle

Sonisphere organisers reveal day ticket ballot

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Sonisphere organisers reveal day ticket ballot

Posted on 11 May 2011 by Mizzle

Organisers of this year’s Sonisphere have announced that due to overwhelming demand for the festival they have revealed that they have a limited number of tickets available through a ballot scheme for the lucky few.

The day tickets will be on sale through THE POWER BALLOT scheme where people who apply for tickets will be given an equal chance making is as fair as possible.

Those who want to register should sign up at www.sonispherefestivals.com/uk before the end of play on May 23rd, which is when the ballot closes.

Organisers recommend applying for weekend tickets rather than entering for three seprate days as it works out cheaper and the whole festival can be experienced. Entering the scheme is not limited and people can enter as many times as they like to increase their chances of obtaining tickets.

Those lucky enough to obtain tickets through the ballot system will be notified by email by May 25th and will be told where and how they can purchase their tickets with a maximum number of four tickets allowed per person costing £80 per day per ticket plus the booking fee.

The festival will play host to some of the biggest names in rock so why not get your entries in as many times as possible as it promises to be one of the best festivals set for this summer!

Electric Carnival – Birmingham Street Festival

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Electric Carnival – Birmingham Street Festival

Posted on 11 May 2011 by Mizzle

This is Birmingham’s Biggest Street Festival, apart from the St Patricks day Parade. ‘Electric Carnival’ will be opening its gates on Saturday 4th June at 8pm where you will see half of Digbeth shut off from the public for one night. You’ll find the music and attractions in warehouses, marquees, HMV Institute, railway arches, art galleries and loads of other unique spaces being transformed with state of the art sound and visual production for over 80 DJs and Live Acts. Electric Carnival covers a lot of music genre from House, electro, Drum n Bass, Dubstep, funky to Hip hop, Pop, Electroclash, Garage and any subgenre you can think of all in one place for one night.

Electric Carnival describe itself as ‘An inner city musical playground utilising the many wonderful spaces and stunning architecture that can be found in Digbeth’s prime alternative entertainment district.’

Last year Annie Mac, Calvin Harris & Chase & Status made my birthday outing complete! So what do they have in store for us this year?

Chase & Status, Annie Mac, Example, Professor Green, Benga, Sub Focus, Kissy Sell Out and many more.

This year in Area 12 you’ll find ‘Open Decks’ Yes, they are giving budding DJ’s the opportunity to join in on the Electric Carnival action! So if you have Mic Skills then you should get yourself over to Area 14. ‘Kool Karaoke’ this is where you can show off your skills in front of an audience!

So if you are looking for a fun filled night of dancing till the sun rises and checking out the talent, then head over to the Electric Carnival site to find out more information.

Birdy – Skinny Love

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Birdy – Skinny Love

Posted on 07 May 2011 by Mizzle

Global Gathering 2011

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Global Gathering 2011

Posted on 06 May 2011 by Mizzle

It’s now less than 3 months till Global Gathering 2011! Held at Long Marston Airfield, Stratford-Upon-Avon, it is the annual dance music festival by Angel Music Group, just in case you didn’t know already. It will be taking place on Friday 29th – Saturday 30th July. DJs normally finish around 6am on Sunday, but if you’re camping the party normally carries on into the late morning, then the reality dawns on everyone that they actually have to travel home at some point that day!

In the last 3 years of going to Global I have had some memorable times. In 2009 the wrist bands even said Globai instead of Global! The First Year I went (2008) Godskitchen took place in the biggest marquee in Europe and featured what I and others thought were the most amazing LED screens ever seen. On top of the screens, they looked like a Christmas tree turned upside down. The stunning laser show was jaw dropping.

In my opinion this year promises to be even bigger and better. Okay, The Prodigy isn’t in the line up but there are some amazing acts which I just can’t wait to see. On the main stage again this year, we will be seeing Jaguar Skills. Labrinth will be joining the likes of the headliners, Tinie Tempah & Pendulum, and performing live.

Then as usual you have the marquee’s such as ‘Global’ were you can see the likes of Eric Pryds, Sasha, Underword (live) and Joris Voorn. Then in ‘Hospitality’ you’ll also get to see Andy C and High Contrast. Performing in ‘Toolroom Knights’ you’ll discover Fedde Le Grand, Michael Woods with special guest Benny Benassi. Enlightening us to another enchanting year in ‘Rinse’ Skream & Benga, Zinc and Boy Better know. The creme dela creme of all acts and the one that I’m looking forward to the most in marquee ‘Metropolis’ is …. Chase & Status! WOW – these guys were AMAZING last year! If you have never been to Global before, attend just to see Chase & Status live. Last year was their first year performing live and even they called it ‘An Amazing Experience.’ If this isn’t enough to tempt you, you’ll also get to witness performances from Nero, Caspa & Rod Azlan, Sub Focus & Skrillex.

So after naming just a few, will you be one of the 50,000 attending this year?

For more information about this year’s line up and much more visit Global Gathering.

Enjoy (I know I will)!

Kraak_en_Smaak

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Kraak en Smaak

Posted on 05 May 2011 by Glenn Tucker

Kraak en Smaak Interview.

Not only have i been lucky enough to get my ears into
the latest release (Electric Hustle) by Kraak en Smaak, a funky upbeat journey with magical, soothing and uplifting vocals but i have also been granted the honour of getting some answers to my own questions for the band, such as:

“Where can i go out in Leiden?”

Ok maybe not your average interview questions but hey, if you want to get the stats and not the personality your’e in the wrong place.

Enjoy, I certainly did.

GT: Are you all from the same town in the Netherlands or did you originate from different parts of the country?

KS: We’re all from around here, villages near Leiden; it’s the biggest town nearby.

GT: Did the close proximity to Amsterdam have any influence on your music?

KS: Not really in terms of creating music but for record shops, clubs, concerts, etc. Amsterdam is very interesting of course. But at the same time most of the bigger cities in Holland here are in the vicinity of Leiden: The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, etc. We went there a lot also and we’re more influenced musically by the scenes in The Hague and Rotterdam than Amsterdam.

GT: Where do you hang out/ go out when you’re at home in Leiden?

KS: Mostly pubs really and the odd concert here and there. If you’re travelling that much for dj and live sets it’s great not needing to do that much. We also try and drop by clubs and concerts to have a look how they perform, getting some new perspectives for ourselves, that sort of thing. But these are in general out of town expeditions. Still there is always good music to go and see – last weekend we went to see the Innervisions night in Trouw, Amsterdam with Henrik Schwarz live.

GT: Where can I go for a great night out in your town?

KS: Enough good pubs around to get you through the evening but unfortunately slightly poor club – and concert-wise.  Recently a proper and cool dubstep club night opened though – which is good if you are feeling lively.

GT: Your new album has such an upbeat style mixed with a variation of great lyrics and vocals, where would you say you fit in to the music scene in the UK at the moment?

KS: That’s difficult to say but our closest affiliation at this moment will probably be the vibe of ‘nu disco’. With our first album Boogie Angst it was clear-cut funk, breakbeat and lounge, but since then our style has evolved, incorporating electronica, house, pop… we’re still exploring I guess, but it’s all K&S.

GT: Do you have any favourite UK Festivals and can I catch you anywhere in the UK this summer?

KS: Of course! Glastonbury’s great, Big Chill, Bestival and Lovebox also. Glastonbury’s already in the pocket for June 24 and hopefully we’ll be able to drop by at the other ones again too this Summer, thank you Sir!

GT: Do you prefer luxury or roughing it on tour?

KS: Of course we prefer luxury but for getting your live show together it’s better to rough it; definitely makes the band tighter (unfortunately).

GT: Have you found yourself in any bizarre situations while on tour? The kind where you check yourself and think “How on earth did we get here?”

KS: Hell yeah; we had a live tour in the US where we also played the Joshua Tree festival in the middle of nowhere, nearby Palm Springs in California. It was one big hippie celebration,  it was the weirdest shit; cross-dressers on quads.. errr. Cool show though…

GT: With electronic music changing so fast what can we expect to hear from you in the future? Changing sounds or a similar style?

KS: Electric Hustle feels like a natural development given the last couple of years but the next album could well be more clubby or more pop. We don’t know really.

GT: Who are the artists you have always wanted to collaborate with?

KS: Although we were lucky again to have our share of great vocalists for this album (Romanthony, Lee Fields, John Turrell, etc.) there are of course always more artists out there we would love to record with; Bill Withers would be great, Little Dragon, and of course Ben Westbeech again if possible.

GT: Your new album has a definitive jazz/funk sound mixed with some cool beats. How do you feel about mix genre bands that use a range of music styles (e.g. bands that are fusing rock and electronic music)?

KS: I’s always a good thing if bands and producers try to find new sounds and mix up things to be and stay creative; we consider ourselves lucky to like loads of different things, and these influences will pop up one way or another in our own productions eventually. We don’t want to stick too much to one style; it will bore you in the end because at a certain pont there will be little to explore anymore.

GT: I’ve heard you are a great live act, does this involve full use of instruments and how confident are you all with playing a range of instruments?

KS: Yep, we have full live band on stage with us, involving drums, bass, keys, sounds and effects and female and male vocalists Lex Empress and Sebastian – both feature on the new album too.  We do try to get the thick studio sound in by using a sequencer, also for the sounds that just can’t be recreated live, for example certain synth sounds.

GT: Is this nerve racking or more enjoyable than a D.J set?

KS: It has been a great experience to do both really but there’s always a totally different dynamic involved in either live or dj sets; a dance club ain’t no pop festival!

GT: Do you have any personal mantras you try to live by?

KS: Ha ha, we already have one for the coming years: releasing two albums per three years instead of one 😉

ENDS

Many thanks to Kraak en Smaak for this opportunity and best of luck for the Summer.

Glenn Tucker