The Prodigy’s Maxim Announces First-Ever US DJ Tour

Maxim, an original member of The Prodigy, has announced his debut US DJ tour scheduled for this fall. This will be the first time any of the members of the group have toured the states since the fall, and is meant to tide fans over while the group is in the studio working on a new album, due out in 2014. The tour will kick off on October 25th at San Francisco’s 1015 Folsom and will include performances in Los Angeles and Austin before wrapping on November 3rd at New Orleans’ Voodoo Festival.

Maxim promises sets full of both tracks he’s written and dancefloor staples from genres including hip-hop, grime, DnB, rock, and electronic dance. Cianna Blaze will join the DJ onstage and will provide live vocals to the performance. Maxim has also been working with the female MC in the studio, and has announced plans to release the material under the we Are noize (wAn) imprint.

To celebrate the announcement of the tour and give fans a taste of what they can expect on it, Maxim has released a downloadable DJ mix, available below with the full tour dates.

MAXIM ON TOUR
Fri 10/25 San Francisco, CA @ 1015 Folsom
Sat 10/26 Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theater (FreakNight)
Sun 10/27 Los Angeles, CA @ Lure
Tues 10/29 San Diego, CA @ Voyeur
Thurs 10/31 Austin, TX @ Republic Live
Fri 11/1 Edmonton, AB @ Venue to be announced on 9th October
Sat 11/2 Los Angeles, CA @ HARD Day of the Dead
Sun 11/3 New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Festival

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See TomorrowWorld from Nicky Romero’s Eyes

Many DJs dream of playing the main stage of a major festival like Atlanta’s TomorrowWorld at some point. Until those dreams are realized, a new video posted by Nicky Romero will give everyone a taste of the magic. Shot using Google Glass, the clip shows the minute backstage through the opening synths of his electro house hit “Toulouse” straight through the Dutch producer’s point-of-view. Watch it above.

Get more information about Nicky Romero here.

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Serato Releases Serato DJ 1.5 Update, Offers DVS Support

Serato has released the 1.5 Update to Serato DJ, which adds support for Serato Control Vinyl/CDJ control with new Serato DJ Noisemap DVS hardware. This allows users with Rane Sixty-Four and Pioneer DJM-900SRT mixers to use Serato DJ in conjunction with CDJs and turntables. Those familiar with Scratch Live will recognize the identical control modes: Absolute, Relative, and Internal.

The update also packs a few other features as well as bug fixes. Users can now change the color of the played tracks in their libraries. Now, already-played tracks can be displayed as either the current gray option or a brand new neon blue color. Additionally, a new Simple Sync option is available, as well as the option to snap to beatgrids.

For the full update list for Serato DJ 1.5, head over to its download page.

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Paul Kalkbrenner Announces Debut ‘Guten Tag’ North American Tour

Paul Kalkbrenner has announced the Guten Tag tour, his first-ever solo North American tour that will see the German techno artist playing six live shows in December. The tour will kick off at New York’s Webster Hall and will include stops at Chicago’s Metro and Los Angeles’ The Henry Fonda.

The tour follows the release of his seventh studio album Guten Tag, as well a performance at Coachella’s Sahara Stage and a sold-out show at Brooklyn’s Output earlier this year. Check out the full tour dates and Kalkbrenner’s latest single “Der Buhold” below. For more information and tickets, go to PaulKirkbrenner.net.

Paul Kalkbrenner Guten Tag Tour Dates
12/5 – New York – Webster Hall
12/6 – Montreal – Telus Theatre
12/7 – Toronto – Phoenix Concert Theatre
12/8 – Chicago – Metro
12/13 – Los Angeles – The Henry Fonda
12/15 – San Francisco – Mezzanine

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ADJ Releases Lightweight Micro Image RGB Mini-Laser

ADJ has unveiled the Micro Image RGB, a small, lightweight mini-laser featuring three lights and 25 laser patterns. Equipped with 80mW (650nm) red, 30mW (532nm) blue, and 60mW (532nm) green lasers, the unit can produce 25 geometric patterns to display upon walls, ceilings, dancefloors, and more. The four-pound unit also houses 15 built-in programs, providing near endless varieties of light shows.

The unit is designed for ease of use, with it being ready to go as soon as it’s connected to a power source. Featuring both two selectable modes—Auto and Sound Active—and a wireless remote controller, the lasers can be controlled from anywhere in the room. There are also control buttons on the unit itself, so users can adjust the microphone sensitivity, speed, and programs.

The ADJ Micro Image RGB is priced at $349.95. For more information, go to ADJ.com. Check out the product in action below.

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#FreePlayFriday – 9/27/2013

We’re switching it up and now bringing you the best of the week’s free downloads every #FreePlayFriday! This week we’ve got nine downloads that range from hardstyle to disco house, with nearly everything in between.

Chromeo kick off #FreePlayFriday with “Over Your Shoulder,” the lead single of the duo’s upcoming album. The track is a slinky disco number complete with the smooth vocals for which Chromeo is known. America’s Best DJ of 2013, Kaskade, offers up a mashup of “How It Is,” a track from his recently released album Atmosphere, with R3hab & Quintino’s staple remix of Tiesto’s “Chasing Summers.”

TJR’s ‘120 BPM Refix’ of Drake’s “Hold On” provides a low-key thumper featuring pitched up vocals matched with ambient reverb, making it perfect for a late night lounge. Atlanta-based Treasure Fingers is giving away his official remix of Katy Perry’s radio smash “Roar.” The mix features chopped and repeated vocal cuts layered over bumping disco house lines.

Calvin Harris’ Fly Eye Records is offering up GTA’s “Yolohton” for free. The track is a moombahton-inspired groove packed with the heavy electro house bass and synths. The exploration of the funkier sound paired with the duo’s knack for big room bombs is a tour de force of sounds and inspirations. Bare’s trap remix of Carnage & Tony Junior’s “Michael Jordon” is dominated by high hats and a build containing elements of big room synths. Will Sparks delivers a more hardstyle-influenced approach to trap on “Crazy” with its pulsing tempo and synth leads.

Tommie Sunshine’s set from New York’s Pacha showcases his varied taste while still offering up a smattering of some of the best electro house around now. The highlight of the set comes from the seven unreleased exclusives peppered throughout the set, including tracks from Nicky Romero, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Calvin Harris, and more.

Listen and download all of the tracks through our Soundcloud below. If you find any outstanding free tracks, remixes, bootlegs, or mashups, tweet them to @DJTimesMag using #FreePlayFriday. We’ll feature our favorites in future editions!

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Markus Schulz to Release Buenos Aires ’13 Mix Compilation

2012 America’s Best DJ winner Markus Schulz has announced plans to release Buenos Aires ’13, the latest of his annual mix compilations, through Armada on October 4th. The release will be a two-disc affair that boasts both new singles and remixes, including new single “Remember This” and a brand new remix of Solarstone’s “Solarcoaster.” Additionally, there will be an appearance of Schulz’s deeper, darker Dakota alter ego on new track “Baracas.”

The Miami-based Trance DJ/producer cites his connection to Buenos Aires, including his performance at the city’s Bicentennial festivities and an almost 15-hour DJ set at Mandarine Nightclub, as influences on the compilation. This release will coincide with a mini US tour this fall while he works on his next artist album Scream 2, due out in Spring of 2014.

Stream “Remember This” and check out the full tracklisting of Buenos Aires ’13 below. For more information, go to http://MarkusSchulz.com.

Buenos Aires ’13 Tracklisting
Disc 1
01. Marscela – Momento de Gloria
02. Sequ3l – We Evolve
03. Sensetive5 – Sin City
04. Crystal Design – Scarface
05. Rodg & Ruben de Ronde – Remain Different
06. Tucandeo – To an End
07. KhoMha – Cyclone
08. Rex Mundi – Aureolo
09. Ruffault – Progressive Dreams
10. Grube & Hovsepian – Palermo
11. Danilo Ercole – Point of View
12. Markus Schulz presents Dakota – Barracas
13. Wellenrausch & Basil O’Glue – Wickaninnish
14. Markus Schulz featuring Ana Diaz – Nothing Without Me (Markus Schulz Shadows of Coldharbour Remix)
15. M.I.K.E. – Before Dawn
16. Markus Schulz – Remember This
17. Mr. Pit – Catch Me
18. Aaron Camz – Suburbia
19. Rex Mundi – Backpain

Disc 2
01. Protoculture – Talisman
02. Markus Schulz & Rex Mundi – Towards the Sun
03. KhoMha – Dimensional
04. Digital X – Stratosphere
05. Purple Stories – Praia da Adraga
06. Danilo Ercole – Freezing Rain
07. Fisherman & Hawkins vs. Nifra – The Battle
08. Elevation vs. Grube & Hovsepian – Fair Winds
09. Vassilakis & Tarr – Galea
10. Grube & Hovsepian – Trickster
11. Basil O’Glue – Gilgamesh
12. Solid Stone – Scrambled
13. Markus Schulz – Mardi Gras
14. Harry Square – Royal Flush
15. Digital X – Phantom
16. Skytech – The Other Side
17. Elevation – Stadium Control
18. Solarstone – Solarcoaster (Markus Schulz Coldharbour Remix)
19. Marscela – Viaje Completo

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Bassnectar Releases ‘Side Two’ of Immersive Music Mixtape

While in the midst of his North American Immersive Music Tour, America’s Best DJ 2013 nominee Bassnectar has dropped Side Two of his Immersive Music Mixtape. While Side One, released in July, was a shorter mix focused on more traditional Bassnectar sounds, including dubstep and trap, Side Two offers a mix of both the expected and experimental. This is also seen in the remixed and reinventions presented in the mix, which range from classics like the Deftones to current stars like Grimes. Overall, the mix is packed full of exclusives which should give fans a taste of what there is to experience on the producer’s current tour.

Download and listen to Side Two of the Immersive Music Mixtape above. The full tracklisting is below. For more information on Bassnectar and his Immersive Music Tour, go to Bassnectar.net.

Immersive Music Mixtape Side Two Tracklisting
Ming & FS – Retrace (Bassnectar Remix)
Harmonic 313 – Battlestar (Bassnectar Remix)
Bassnectar – Raw Charles
Capital J – The Throwdown (Bassnectar Remix)
Bassnectar – Heads Up (WCLF 2013 Remix)
Bassnectar – Take Ye Down
Bassnectar – Witch Doctor 808
Culprate – Scarred edit
DJ Wonder – ??? (Bassnectar 2013 Redux)
Egyptrixx – Godzilla edit
The Deftones – My Own Summer (Bassnectar Remix)
Bassnectar – Window Seat 2013
Lux – Forgotten Name (Bassnectar Redux)
Telefon Tel Aviv – TTV edit
Mos Def – I Against I [Instrumental edit]
Grimes – Genesis (Bassnectar Remix)
Outro

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Nocturnal Wonderland: Wild & Wooly in Cali

Bass Wonderland: Firebeatz tore up the Labyrinth main stage.
Photo: David Dyer

By Deanna Rilling

San Bernardino, Calif.Eat. Sleep. Rave. Repeat.

If there was one motto the 43,000 attendees at Insomniac Events’ longest running event could live by, that creed from Fatboy Slim’s latest hit would do just fine. And this past Saturday, Sept. 21, at the San Miguel Amphitheater & Grounds, Nocturnal Wonderland brought the wild and the wooly and Fatboy Slim, as usual, was front and center.

Soon after the Brighton, England-based DJ/producer took the festival’s main stage (aka Labyrinth), he once again showed why he’s still one of the best in the biz at connecting with the audience—from encouraging and directing singalongs to bringing his barefoot self to the stage apron to hype the crowd.

Was it the best set of the night? In terms of pure entertainment and energy, sure. And it should be noted that some of the other DJs at Nocturnal must have taken a cue, as variations of Fatboy tracks were heard in at least three other sets.

Jumping back to the beginning of the day, it was apparent that Insomniac continued to up the ante for production. And, similar to this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, fans got to experience a giant moving owl encompassing the main stage’s DJ booth. Though it did look like a few of those neon mushrooms from EDC were recycled for the Sunken Garden stage’s decor, a different forged metal looking owl—with eyes that looked like they’d shoot death lasers at any moment—presided over the DJ booth.

Also particularly delightful: Labyrinth’s animatronic tree with moving mustache and mouth that could “sing” to the music. And though not elaborate, Alice’s House (with mirrored backdrop) could trip out even the most sober person into thinking there was an extra person in the booth.

Back on the music front, Firebeatz—though fairly commercial—put a great twist on the familiar. Slovenian techno titan Umek didn’t disappoint and the Discovery Project stage (the pirate ship-looking art car) offered a great chance to find something new. Besides the aforementioned Fatboy Slim set, other standouts included: Markus Schulz, who showed his trance roots, as laser lights bounced off the surrounding mountains; Damian Lazarus, who took us deeper and deeper; and Porter Robinson, who dropped a surprisingly banging frenzy of borderline hardstyle.

Noteworthy mentions also go to Green Velvet and Lee Burridge. My only musical complaint? Dash Berlin’s cheese-dripping set.

On the brighter side, this was the first year Nocturnal offered on-site camping with a variety of activities from Kandi-making to Frisbee golf, fishing, swimming and more, so that’s a definite recommended option for future attendees. (That’s the Repeat part, kids.)

Thanks, Nocturnal—see you next year!

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Nicky Romero Develops ‘Kickstart’ Production Plug-In

Nicky Romero has released Kickstart, a new sidechain compression plugin that he developed with Cableguys. The plugin features 16 modulation patterns handcrafted by Romero himself that each serve to rhythmically change the volume of audio channels in order to create space and definition to tracks. The use of sidechain compression is an integral skill for many dance music producers to bring out the sound of their drums and bass in mixes, and this plug-in streamlines the process. The plugin is compatible with any VST or AU sequencer, including Ableton Live, Logic, Cubase, Fruity Loops, and more.

The product trailer for Kickstart is above. To purchase Kickstart or download the trial, go here.

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