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Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008

Tech, house and fidget come home for the holidays

Chicago's Nate Manic has made a habit of giving bad advice to dance music producers across the Midwest and beyond. Since launching the Bad Advice Music imprint in 2007, the DJ/producer/label head has managed to coax top-notch producers into spiraling down toward the dark, dirty trenches of his tech-influenced label. Some of his most recent converts include Derrick Carter, Cheap as Chimps and HeavyFeet, to name a few. Since July 2007, Bad Advice has built its reputation as both a digital and vinyl label with an open-door policy that welcomes a range of...
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Plus: Jamie Thinnes, Kate Simko summer warm-up

The perpetual flux of underground dance music has caused the party to continually change. The scene finds a way to reinvent itself every couple of years, proving to the veterans and uninitiated alike that this so-called simple music might not be so simple after all. Who better represents such a free-form, sample-heavy state of mind than U.K. electronic music phenom Dave Taylor? More commonly known as the driving force behind the genre-defying production hype machine Switch, Taylor has redefined the rules for producers who once abided by the conventionalities of the game . . .
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Plus: Derek Plaslaiko’s edgy techno

Living abroad in Amsterdam has repositioned the creative mind-set of Gene Farris, whose deep, spacey sounds echo back to an era of raves gone by. And while his recent batch of remixes is not about reinventing the wheel, the DJ/producer/label owner keeps his Chicago-influenced sound spinning on heavy rotation. In teaming with Control Records leader Bryan Jones of late, Farris has crafted an inspired bag of remix work that quips with quirky tech and acid lines while working audiences with organic finesse. In the mid-’90s, Farris played into another eclectic EDM movement that revolved around the Chicago-based Relief Records.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008

Marketing, minimal house reinvent the EDM monthly

The hushed hype surrounding the kickoff of Projekt, Milwaukee’s newest EDM monthly, has sparked discussion among the underground dance community for nearly a month. “We came to the market…with a very creative, mysterious (marketing) method, using the Web as our main focus for promotions,” said Brad Valerine, a co-organizer of the event. “One message board even called us ‘Cloverfield rip-offs.’” Now the new night is ready to launch a barrage of what promoters call “avant” house music on the ears of the local dance scene beginning Friday, Feb. 29. Highlighting the clean, angular sounds of minimal and techno, Projekt aims to give audiences a regular mix of beats that may otherwise only get play in the occasional or one-off scenario.