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Lane 8 Does The Unthinkable, Bans All Phone Use In Latest Show



In today’s world, phones are as ubiquitous as ever. They have become a veritable extension of our body, and arealways within arm’s reach. While they do offer temporary level of comfort and amusement, these devices take away from reality and experiences in the present. Club settings exemplify this type of behavior, as it has become common for a sea of phones to dominate the dance floor. People often watch the show through their screen, effectively taking away from the experience in the moment.

Enter Daniel Goldstein, who grew tired of playing to a phone-obsessed crowd. Slated to play at Mezzanine in his hometown of San Francisco, the DJ known as Lane 8 conceptualized a new show with one goal in mind — eradicating all phone use. He fittingly called it “This Never Happened,” and explained on his Facebook page, “we invite you into a space where the only thing that matters are the people in that room, the music and the magic that happens when those things interact. An event where the dancefloor will be a phone and photo-free space.”

Entering the venue, a slim piece of tape was placed on everyone’s phone, covering both the front and back camera lenses. An unusual buzz engulfed the club, as people seemingly arrived wide-eyed, excited to experience this one-of-kind night. Awaiting Lane 8, loud banter filled the room and not a phone could be seen spanning the dark dance floor. It was apparent that those in attendance were committed to respecting this abnormal request, not only for Daniel but also for themselves. As Lane 8 hopped on the decks, everyone’s focus darted to the stage. Fans shrilled in anticipation and music finally began to fill the room. Throughout the set, phones were non-existent, not even a balloon drop mid-set could entice the crowd to whip out their devices. There was a genuine and engaging energy reverberating throughout the club, and Lane 8 fed off of it. He expressed his gratitude over the mic, as adulation reflected through his body language. With the night coming to a close, the same intensity the night had started with remained, and still no phone could be seen. Lane 8 proved that a show sans phone is possible and opened the doors to what possibly could be the next best trend in electronic music.


Diplo Isn’t A Fan Of The DJ Culture



Diplo has shared his distaste for DJ culture.

In an interview with Billboard, the producer and Major Lazer member, aka Wesley Pentz, had a surprising view on the dance music scene.

He explains: “The DJ world is the corniest fucking group of people. We’re not famous for any good reason. We’re just really lame. Besides people like Dillon Francis, who makes fun of the whole thing, or Calvin Harris, it’s a sinking ship.

“It’s a really lame culture. I’m sad that I’m part of it, but I play the game.”

That being said, the Major Lazer artist refuses to stop his current streak of hits, high-profile collaborations (Justin Bieber, Skrillex) and seemingly endless schedule of performances. According to Scooter Braun, Bieber’s manager, Diplo’s motto is to grasp every opportunity.

Braun said: “He always has said to me, ‘You never really know when your moment is going to end, so you’ve got to seize the moment.'”

He’s also just been named dance artist of the year by Billboard. Carry on, Diplo.

Read the full interview here.

What Detroit Cabbies Say It’s Really Like To Drive During Movement Festival


If you’re a cab driver in Detroit, Memorial day weekend is one of the busiest weekends of the year. Between Saturday and Monday, over one hundred thousand locals and techno-loving visitors descend on city’s Hart Plaza forMovement Festival, the city’s annual techno blowout. After the headliners wrap up for the night, they pour back out of the festival gates in droves, gearing up for the city’s rich offering of official and unofficial after-parties, some of which don’t even start until the sun’s been up for a couple hours. From our giddiest moments of musical anticipation to our lowest late-night lows, Detroit’s taxi, Uber, and Lyft drivers see it all. That’s why, as we party-hopped through Motor City this year, we decided to ask as many of them as we could about their experiences behind the wheel.

1. Hasan

Hometown: Detroit

Time driving: Two months

What do you think about techno?
I like it. It can loosen you up—open you up more to other people, other cultures, dancing.

What’s the best thing about driving during Movement?
Meeting new people.

What’s the worst thing about driving during Movement?
Everything’s been great. Great personality, great energy—everybody’s having a good time.

2. Abe

Hometown: Lebanon.

Time driving: 15 years.

What do you think about techno?

It’s cool—like, lounge music type stuff, right?

What’s the best thing about driving during Movement?

We get tipped pretty well.

What’s the worst thing about driving during Movement?

Obnoxious people that drink too much. I used to drive a limousine. They’d walk into the limo classy, then walk out assy.

3. Percy

Hometown: Springfield, Illinois.

Time driving: Six months.

What do you think about techno music?
I think it’s great! I was here when Detroit techno started—I’ve been here 30 years. I listen to some of the [electronic] music on Sirius XM’s “chill” station. I can’t take it all day, but I’ll listen to it.

What’s the best thing about driving during Movement?
Interesting conversations. Have you ever heard the term “Naked City”? It’s the name of a TV program, and Naked City is, of course, New York. The slogan is: “There are [eight] million stories in the Naked City; you’ve just seen one.” That’s always how they ended the program. And it’s like that here: everybody’s got a different story.

What’s the worst thing?
I picked up a woman, and she wanted me to take her to the bank. It was a little chilly that night, and she wanted to do the transaction from the inside of the cab, so I pulled up next to the machine, but the windows in the back don’t go all the way down. I didn’t want her leaning on the window because she could’ve broken the glass, so I told her she had to get out of the car. She wanted to argue, but I just got quiet. Afterwards, she was talking to someone on the phone about how rude I was. I’m acting like I don’t hear it, but she didn’t appreciate that I don’t have to do this. She just had this prima donna attitude, talking down to me like I’m “the help.”

4. Darius

Hometown: Detroit.

Time driving: One year.

What do you think about techno music?
I don’t really know about it.

Did you know that techno started in Detroit?
Really? I never knew that.

Do you know Derrick May or Juan Atkins?
I think I know one of those.

Do you know about Movement?
Movement techno festival, right? Not really.

When I get out of the car, you should turn on “Strings of Life.” I’m coming back next year and am going to quiz you.
Ok, I’m on it.

5. Kim

Hometown: Clinton Township, Michigan.

Time driving: Three months.

What do you think about techno music?
I personally don’t care for it, but I’m 50. I have a 23-year-old son who is absolutely crazy for it, so he’s been camping down here. I think he just likes the atmosphere. It’s kinda crazy, because I would have never pegged him for a kid that likes this kind of stuff, but he’s totally engulfed in it. He lives it and breathes it. I had no idea that Detroit was such a techno hub—I’m finding out that Detroit was the originator.

What’s the best thing about driving during Movement?
Oh my gosh: totally meeting people from all over. I mean, I have met people from LA and Miami and Boston and it’s just been… everybody is in such a good mood. If they’re in a bad mood, it’s their own dang blasted fault. And if they’re not having fun, they’d better go home.

What’s the worst thing?
The traffic. The tie-ups—especially at midnight, when all of you are trying to get out of the festival at the same time. So we have a lot of one-way roads, plus we have a lot of construction, and now adding the gridlock—it’s a little hairy, but it’s all good.

6. Tony

Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan.

Time driving: Five years.

What do you think about techno?
The music is beautiful; I didn’t know about it until five years ago, when I started working in a cab. Movement a beautiful festival for the city of Detroit. It’s a holiday weekend and I’m still working, because I enjoy driving during the festival. It’s fun, nice people, and you get to meet people from different countries. And they can see the positive things about Detroit, not just the bad things in the news.

What’s the best thing about driving during Movement?
You see some crazy things and some good things. When I see people having fun, it means a lot. Some people go out of control; it’s sad, but we keep them safe and drop them off somewhere nice.

What’s the worst thing?
When I see someone who doesn’t know where they are. They’re here, but they lose it—they’re blacked out on drugs and alcohol. They don’t know where they are. Sometimes, if I don’t know where they’re going or anything, I gotta take them to the police department. I know he’s probably angry or something, but I feel good because I’m saving his life. That’s the best thing I can do.

7. Marlon

Hometown: Detroit.

Time driving: One year.

What do you think about techno?
I love techno music, though I like the traditional classic stuff; the contemporary EDM shit I don’t like. I’m into the classic Detroit and Chicago—like Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Paul Ritch, Richie Hawtin. The legends.

What’s the best thing about driving during Movement?
The best experience I’ve had has a driver during the festival was with this DJ who was so unassuming. I could tell he didn’t have the ordinary level of knowledge about music. Who was it again? Fuck. Let me think. Ah! It was Tiga! I had no idea who he was—he was just Mr. Regular. He ended up staying in my car for like an hour just talking about music—we were just driving around and I got to show him some different stuff around the city. That was way unexpected.

What’s the worst thing?
The worse experience I’ve had during the festival is fairly common. Believe it or not, some people tend to get a little high at the festival and will get in the car and not really have a destination. So I’ll try to sit there and ask them where they’re going and they can’t talk—they just sit there. I’m like, ‘What trip are you on?’

8. Marcus

Hometown: Detroit.

Time driving: One year.

What do you think about techno?
The music itself is pretty good—it’s the type of music that will get you to move your body. It doesn’t matter if you don’t want to dance—even if you’re a GANGSTER, if you’re going to the Movement festival, you’re going to dance. And when you move, your spirits lift up, and it makes you happy and perfect. If you go to the opera—the music is great, but people walk out still depressed. You go to Movement, the music is awesome, and you come out and you still want to party. It’s the ultimate adrenaline rush.

What’s the best thing about driving during Movement?
Meeting people from all around the world. My last customers were from England—two were from Nottingham, one from Manchester. And I met people from Oakland tonight. I think Movement is wonderful. What it has grown from—it used to be free. One time it was 10 dollars, then it was 20, now—70 a day. That just helps me understand the significance of it and how it attracts people from all around the world. I was telling those people from England: if it was still free, there would be no room for the people that come in from out of town. People from here would swell it up.

What’s the worst thing about driving during Movement?
The worst part is I don’t get a chance to attend; I don’t get a free wristband or nothing. Just picking people up and hearing their stories, and you’re just looking at everyone, like, “Damn. I either got to work, or I could be one of them.” I mean, if I wanted to go I could go. It’s a choice that I chose to make.

9. Cody

Hometown: Flint, Michigan.

Time driving: One week.

What do you think about techno?
I’m not a fan of today’s music or technology. I listen to classic country.

Waylon Jennings or Willie Nelson?
Both. You can’t choose.

What’s the best experience you’ve had driving during Movement?
Don’t really have one yet.

What’s the worst thing?
Can’t think of any.

10. Scotty

Hometown: Detroit.

Time driving: Two months.

What do you think abut techno?

I appreciate it, but I’m not the biggest fan. I’m into indie rock and 60s and 70s rock. Motown. I like electronic music as far as like Radiohead goes, or some of the electronica type bands from the 90s. But this modern EDM music has kind of passed me by. I’m aware of [the history of techno in Detroit], but I have more of a connection with the history of rock & roll. For 50 years, Detroit was the music mecca.

We just went to check out the Third Man records store.

Oh yeah, where is that? I forgot that Jack White built one in Detroit.

It’s pretty small.

So it’s not like the main one in Nashville. I’d like to go. It was weird: when Jack White left Detroit 10 years ago it was kind of acrimoniously. I think his friends and his fans in Detroit just thought that he got too big for his britches. But I guess he’s made up with the city. You know he plays a track on Beyoncé’s new album?

What’s the best thing about driving during Movement?

The best part is the stories—hearing where people are from.

What’s the worst thing?

I’ve had people ask me for various drugs—that’s about as crazy as it gets, really. I haven’t had anybody throw up or anything. Nothing terrible. I can’t think of any negative experience. Everyone’s been real cool. Then again, I can’t think of one negative driving experience period. I’ve been pretty lucky.

11. Jess, aka Basel

Hometown: Kuwait.

Time driving: Two months.

What do you think about techno?
I was a part of it like 15 years ago. I moved here to make techno music. When I was mixing I was called DJ OX. One of the friends that I had was Derrick May, and I also know Carl Craig, Jeff Mills, Kevin Saunderson…

How did you meet all of them?
In Switzerland—that’s where I was living.

Did you play parties with these people in Switzerland?
I played in the Montreux area. That’s where I first met Derrick May. Many times DJs lose their records or have them delayed on planes, so he arrived at a party without any records. I knew he was there so I said, “You could play with my records”—and so did some other DJs, like [Swiss underground techno and house legend] Eric Borgo. He played with our three bags of records, and the set he created was just unbelievable. He didn’t know the records, he didn’t know the tracks; he just played them on the fly. But once he started, he just shifted the room into an explosion.

Do you still DJ?
Unfortunately, from Switzerland, I shifted gears to Kuwait. That’s where I originally come from. The plan was to try to promote electronic music in Kuwait. I only gave myself six months. I couldn’t stay any longer, because I need to live in an environment where I could feel comfortable. So then when I moved here 15 years ago. I was just married and blessed with a girl, who’s now 15. Then life kinda got on me with the day-to-day, paycheck-to-paycheck need to make ends meet. [Driving] is just a means to support myself financially. But I still have artistic ambitions and hobbies and passions to pursue.

Do you go out to shows much here?
I’ve been to some shows—a really long time ago. I haven’t seen any venues of the same scale or quality of what I’ve seen in Switzerland. When there’s a festival in Switzerland like this it’s not an enclosed chicken feed farm like the Hart Plaza. Over there, the whole city would be shut down. I wish techno had more of a presence in Detroit—more than just Movement. That’s not big enough for the size of what techno has done to the world.

Kaskade Confirms Redux Show At EDC Vegas



Kaskade has rightfully earned a name for himself as one of America’s most innovative DJ’s. With a long and successful career comprising of nine studio albums in his repertoire, there is almost nothing that he cannot do. While his musical style has evolved to compete with today’s trend of big room sounds, the Chicago native never allows himself to forget his roots and where it all began. Kaskade’s treasured Redux shows have brought joy to many of his fans, and this year it will be returning to EDC Las Vegas.

A resident of EDC for many years, Kaskade has just confirmed on Twitter that he will perform a bonus Redux show yet again. The purpose of these sets is to travel back in time to the early days of his career when the EDM scene was still developing underground. While it has now reached the mainstream, his Redux performances will always exist to remind everybody that everything great must start somewhere. Composed of his older songs as well as brand new tracks created solely for the show, Redux is something Kaskade fans take great pride in.

Check out the tweet below, and make sure you don’t miss Kaskade’s Redux show next weekend!

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LA Nightclub Announces No More Laptops In The DJ Booth


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A venue located just outside of Los Angeles in Glendale named Cure and The Cause has decided to implement a controversial new rule: no more laptops in the DJ booth. Kenny Summit, the venue owner and a well-known DJ, posted the announcement to Facebook:

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The venue responded to the post writing, “WE DONT WANT LAPTOPS. End of story. To each their own.” Kenny later posted a second update that read:

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Cure and the Cause shared the post and added the caption “do what you want in your house, this is how we do in our house.”

This post opened the floodgates to a flurry of comments about the idea of no laptops and numerous discussions within the music community about learning the industry and the tools that come with it. For now, it looks like Cure and the Cause is standing their ground; we’ll keep our eyes out for more responses regarding the new policy as we see them.

Two Dead Following Sunset Music Festival This Past Weekend



By all accounts, Sunset Music Festival this past weekend was a success. The sold out festival raged over Saturday and Sunday, but unfortunately not everyone was able to make it back home.

Two individuals, Katie Bermudez, 21, of Kissimmee and Alex Haynes, 22, of Melbourne, died over the weekend; a Hillsborough County Medical Examiner is ruling an overdose as the likely cause of death.

According to local news station WFLA and various other agencies, 57 festival-goers were transported to the hospital over the weekend, a number that a spokesperson for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa calls “frightening.” In comparison, police made 33 arrests at the festival – 25 were classified as felonies and 8 were misdemeanors. Police also cited 16 people for possession of marijuana.

UPDATE: The festival sent this statement to WFLA:

“The health, safety and welfare of our fans and community is Sunset Music Festival’s first priority and we take every measure to create a safe environment at our events. Any loss of life is a tragedy and we extend our deepest heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of those affected. Due to the ongoing investigation by the medical examiner’s office, Sunset will not issue additional comments at this time.”

A spokesperson for the Tampa Sports Authority, which manages Raymond James Stadium, released the following statement:

“We have received this information as you have through the Tampa Police Department’s release. We extend our condolences to these families for their loss. We will continue to work with the promoters of the Sunset Music Festival and local life safety agencies to provide the safest environment possible for their attendees.”


via WFLA | Image via Sunset Music Festival

Moby Delivers Four Hours Of Meditation Music



Moby has been the talk of the town recently with the opening of his new vegan restaurant in Los Angeles and a riotous new autobiography of his first 10 drug-and-party-filled years in New York prior to the release of Play. He’s also managed to squeeze out four hours of ambient music for yoga, sleep, meditation and panic.

Moby’s website describes the music as “really really really quiet music…no drums, no vocals, just very slow calm pretty chords and sounds and things for sleeping and yoga.” Although we haven’t managed to get through all four hours yet, we can definitely attest to a prettiness akin to two other California-based ambient masters: Steve Roach and Robert Rich.

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Over Two Million Young Europeans Took Ecstasy Last Year



“Creative and sometimes aggressive marketing” could be a factor in the rising use of ecstasy, according to EU drug experts.

The European Drug Report 2016 found that 2.1 million people aged 15 to 34 had taken ecstasy in the last year, 300,000 more than was first estimated. It’s thought the use of unique logos, such as UPS and Superman, may have played a part in the large number of consumers.

A 157,000 rise in UK users was reported in 2015, with an increase in MDMA puritybeing cited as the reason. As a result, experts are calling for new safety initiatives.

Alexis Goosdeel of the EU drug agency said: “The revival of MDMA brings with it the need to rethink existing prevention and harm-reduction responses to target and support a new population of users who may be using high-dose products, without fully understanding the risks involved.”

Over the last 12 months, Netherlands had the highest amount of ecstasy users (5.5 per cent of young adults), closely followed by the UK (3.5 per cent).

[Via: the Guardian]