Circuit Breakers is the cohesion of two massive trance producers, Dickster and Burn In Noise, who have been sending dance floors into a frenzy with their energy-filled deep psychedelic sets around the world. Their recently released début album, ‘Fragmented Reality’ is full of driving bass lines, acid drenched soaring leads and cheeky samples like only these naughty knights can do!
People were quite chilled on Monday afternoon at Earthdance, after a long weekend of hard dancing. The music was excellent. I played some good Zenonesque style Dark Prog, enough to get people on their feet dancing but not to heavy to tire them out again.
Was loads of fun. The Zenon style of music is growing from strength to strength around the world, now being featured at most Psy festivals around the world. I see Sensient, head of the label, will be at Organik in Cape Town in October. There are a few tracks and remixes from him in this mix, I hope you really enjoy it to the max.
Earthdance is the biggest charity dance event in the world. Hundreds of parties around the world raise money for people in need and DJ’s donate their time and resources to giving back to those that are less fortunate. Thank you to all of the people that attended, your support provides help for many.
On Monday I was honored to play a Cercle live concert during sunset at the Costa Brava in Tossa de Mar, Spain. Thank you Cercle and thanks to everybody who came out there to dance with me at the sea. What a beautiful finale after more than 100 concerts during our Disconnected Album Tour in the last 10 months. I am really thankful and satisfied, but also I can’t wait to start working on the next album…
Two fantastic live mixes this week.
Hour 1 features highlights from the last time I played the Exchange in Los Angeles in 2017.
Hour 2 features Robbie Lowe’s warm up set from Sydney earlier this year.
An interview with John Digweed by Ryan Middleton in Magnetic Magazine
John Digweed is a man who needs little introduction. He has been an icon in electronic music for the past 25 years as a producer, DJ and label owner. He hasn’t just been a successful DJ on his own, but also collaborating with Sasha for their infamous Sasha & Digweed project that has found new life in the past few years and Bedrock with Nick Muir – also the name of his label.
In his frequent travels around the world, he records his sets and sometimes releases them as part of the Live In…. series that puts out official recordings of his DJ sets. This past New Year’s Eve, he played the final set ever at revered Brooklyn nightclub Output, playing for 10 hours well into the morning. He is releasing the set as part of his Live In…. series tomorrow, May 3. Though all 10 hours aren’t in the version being released, most of it is packed into a 6 CD compilation with records new and old from Eagles & Butterflies, Super Flu, Anja Schnieder, Pig&Dan, Agoria and more.
With the mix coming tomorrow, we chatted with Digweed about that final gig at Output, why he decided to put this out on vinyl and how clubland can do better with its important institutions.
Why did you decide to release this set on vinyl?
John Digweed: As a record label I think it’s always important to try and release vinyl when you can. On a big album like this with so many incredible tracks I was actually spoiled with choices but with the cost of manufacturing I had to whittle it down to just four discs. I think I’ve managed to include a good balance of tracks that have never been on vinyl and some rare tracks that would be in demand that people still wanted.
Which songs didn’t make it into the compilation? How difficult was it to license all of these songs?
John Digweed: The second track that was originally on this album was going to be “Be Yourself” by Danny Tenaglia but due to the fact that it’s on a major label, the process of trying to get it licensed was one of the reasons it came out later than normal. We tried everything we could, including reaching out to Danny, but working with major labels is incredibly slow and we had to make the decision to take the track out and move on. I’m really gutted this track didn’t make it but we would still be emailing the major label now asking them if they have an answer for us. Apart from this, the album was fairly straightforward to put together and I’m thankful for the labels that we were able to work with and continue to work with that are very supportive of what we do.
Do you know ahead of time that you will record a set to be released? How do you prepare for those sets differently? Does it change song selection?
John Digweed: I’ve always recorded my sets. It’s just something I’ve always done, so when the “Live In . . .” concept started it was only then that I ever first listened back to a recording. I never plan any of the clubs or the cities that these albums have come from. I think psychologically if you know you’re going to record an album to be released it would make you play differently and you would be conscious that this recording was going to be on a live album. These albums always catch me in my natural environment, relaxed and playing the music I love. I think that is why they’ve been so successful. Nobody is really releasing these types of albums nowadays. We just have to make sure the standard is higher than the last album.
What was the mood like when you played your final song during the Output set?
John Digweed: The mood in the club was incredible! By that time I was originally going to finish around 8 AM, but when I went past this I still had so many records I wanted to play. It’s a weird feeling knowing you’re never going to play another record in such an amazing club ever again, so it was very important to me to give everyone there that stayed the distance a truly memorable ending. When we got to the last record there was such unity on the dance floor — it was an incredible moment and something I won’t forget. New York has always been a very special place to me ever since I first started playing there in the 90’s, so I was really honored to be the very last DJ in such a legendary club.
Where would you rank Output in the overall pantheon of New York clubbing lore?
John Digweed: Since Twilo shut in 2001 there have been many clubs that have come and gone, but few have made the impression that Output did. Their music policy was incredible and a door policy with no VIP made everyone the same. With the camera ban, this allowed people to just focus on the music and the friends they were with and friends they have not yet met. The owners had a great vision of how a club should be run and what people they wanted to come to it.
How do you survive marathon 6 to 10 hour sets? Bathroom?
John Digweed: When I first started to DJ you played the whole night regardless. There were no other DJs, you played from start to finish, so I’ve always been used to long sets. When you’re playing on such an incredible sound system like they had at Output, ten hours never seems long enough and on the other hand it also just seems to fly by.
Do you ever see a point where you may not have the energy for a set that lasts until sunrise?
John Digweed: It’s all about picking the right parties to play those long sets with the best sound systems and the right crowd who are there to hear and enjoy what you do. I love to DJ now more than ever before so I have no plans to hang up my headphones at the moment.
What can fans, DJs and others in the business do to help keep great clubs open?
John Digweed: The most important thing is for people to support the clubs. People used to go to clubs because they were great clubs, they trusted the music policy, and they had faith in the music that would be played there. Lately it has become talent-driven, where people will only go to hear certain DJs when they play there, leaving the club looking like more of a venue than an actual traditional club.
Clubbing in New York has shifted from Manhattan to Brooklyn. How have you seen the scene shift during your time playing as it has moved over the river at the pace of an MTA project?
John Digweed: The club scene in Manhattan was kind of forced to move to Brooklyn really after Twilo shuttered. Nothing seemed to really work in Manhattan and seeing it first-hand, it kind of fizzled out. People who invested millions of dollars into these clubs saw them close down. It’s really healthy to have more clubs than just a few because this keeps promoters and club owners on their toes as well as gives clubbers plenty of choice. When the warehouse parties started happening in Brooklyn it energized the scene with new clubs and parties that were getting thrown every weekend. Nothing ever stays the same in clubland so that’s why it’s always important to support these clubs week in week out.
You have been coming to New York for a long time. What are a few of your favorite places to eat or go out?
John Digweed: I’ve got some great friends in New York that take me to some amazing places every time I travel there. With so much variety you can find somewhere great to eat. Sushi is always a favorite of mine in New York – Sushi Zo, Ushiwakamaru and Omakase room by Tatsu.
As a label owner and DJ, how do you battle through the countless demos of functional electronic music?
John Digweed: I try to work my way through as many as I can, but we can only really release around 20 to 25 releases a year so the tracks have to be very special to make it onto the Bedrock release schedule. I spend a lot of time listening to new music demos and promos to try and find the most exciting tracks for the label.
How have your sets with Sasha changed over the years? Who goes first?
John Digweed: We just get out there and do our thing. Nothing has changed since the first time we started playing together, we don’t practice and we don’t rehearse, we just try and read the crowd as we see them on that particular night. We have enough years of experience between us to know how to rock a crowd. We always take it turns with who goes first.
Mowgli is a Psychedelic Trance project by Kyle Johnson, based in Pretoria, South Africa.
Mowgli’s music has been featured on VA’s along names like Microsphere, Shenanigan, XS, Desired Reaction, Balliou, Fobi and Desh, to name a few. Mowgli’s first EP is about to be released on Mansion Records, as well as a few international colabs in the works too.
Kyle aka Mowgli focuses on driving bass lines; anxious atmospheres, playful and excited FX, all brought together with tracing jedi leads and high energy instrumentals.
Mowgli is best suited for the nocturnal members of the tribe, coming in at a driving 147 to 152 bpm range.
1. Shadow Shaman & OxyFlux – Monkey’s Wedding
2. OxyFlux – May The Fungus Be With You
3. Jumpstreet, Rugrats – Tiddy Bouncers
4. Render – Low Extender (Render RMX)
5. Duke & Gonzo vs. PASA – Take a Ride
6. Rugrats and PASA – To much input
7. Synkronic & Module Virus – Synkronic Virus
8. Veheme & Andromed – Norwegian Omelet
9. Veheme – Psyzza
10. Delirium Tremens – Albert Stole My Bike
11. Braingineers – Mentally Ill
12. Braingineers – Alcononymous
13. Radikal Moodz – Northwild
14. Radikal Moodz – Strange Journey
15. Radikal Moodz – Undergroung Therapy
16. Microsphere – Take This Pills
My Techno set from Earthdance Johannesburg. Set in a beautiful forest near Haartbeeshoek Satellite Station, the venue is on the edge of the Magalies mountain rage, near Hartebeespoort dam. It was early on Saturday at 1am. I took over from a young DJ, named Rikay, who played a fantastic set. He got the crowd jumping!
My Techno sets at Earthdance always seem to go down really well. It winds between harder underground Techno and driving Acid Techno. The KV2 sound system was fantastic, driving hard and with a solid kick. Gavo took over after me and continued slamming it till the close at 4am. Tanks to Terence and Jade and Earthdance for the great opportunity.
Such a beautiful day and great vibes at the Swamp Stage at MoDem Festival 2019. I did this video during the live set of my friend Eartheogen / Zenon Records 🔶 amazing Stagedesign by Daniel Popper – artist
😀 Listen to the full set here: https://soundcloud.com/…/eartheogen-live-swamp-stage-modem-…
track id: https://soundcloud.com/eartheogen/steak-for-fossegrim
Harvest Moon Festival was an opportunity to raise funds for an animal sanctuary, including wolves, horses, donkeys, birds, monkeys, goats pigs, dogs and zebra. Some beautiful new wolf cubs had just been born
We also got a chance to meet the adult wolves and feed them in their enclosure. A male and a female Canadian wolf that had been rescued from a place where they weren’t being looked after well.
The sanctuary houses a lot of rescued animals that were being abused and not well treated. We had a festival to raise some money for their keep and got a chance to interact with them and see how well they are doing.
The wolf puppies had to be taken away from their mother as she had shunned them from the den and they needed to be raised by hand.
Many wars had been fought in the area many years ago. There are ruins of fortifications around the 2000 hectare farm. An old ox wagon stands next to the river.
A large pool and entertainment area made for a great space to play music and we’ll be back there again soon. Smilin Thru resort, thanks to Morne and Lee-Ann for their hospitality.
HypoGeo is “Anything that originates, grows and evolves beneath the earth”.
The description perfectly fits the music: deep, obscure, hypnotic, mental, filthy and psychedelic.
It takes shades through the producer’s musical background: orchestrated by extreme metal, industrial & EBM, New Wave, Noise, techno, IDM & dark ambient.
May 2012 marked the inception of HypoGeo’s introduction to the wider world of music. The first full-length album “Tree of Lies” was released on Zenon records – the infamous Australian psychedelic label.
The album was a huge success for the particularly aggressive and heavy sound, building the bridge between the deepest of psychedelic trance textures, some call it “forest” and the ultimate “Zenonesque” sound.
No matter what the title, the awe of experiencing a live Hypo-performance is second to none, anywhere around the globe.
Currently, HypoGeo is working on the long awaited 2nd studio album; an epitome of creativity, abstract sonic landscapes, and undeniably intricate composition.