Bumper cars and genre’s collide at SonarCar

SonarCar is the one area of Sónar where genres and styles of underground dance collide and careen against one another with joyful abandon. Here you’re as likely to hear southern rap as you are dark techno, latin 8-bit rhythms or acid house. In short: just like the bumper cars, on this stage there are no brakes. Friday: Twisted and polyhedral techno New trends in techno are given free reign at SonarCar on Friday. Opening the stage, the talented Canary Islander Carreno is LB will be exploring new territory with an IDM set tailored for the dancefloor. Following him will be three names from the UK scene who have each contributed significantly to the dance underground in recent years:Powell– Diagonal Records label boss, and an artist who has introduced industrial and experimental music into the club; the enigmatic duoParanoid London – whose purist revivalist vision of Acid House and DIY club culture has made them into darlings of the underground, and Randomer – a producer whose series of EP’s on LI.E.S., Hemlock, Numbers and Clone speak for themselves. Following this trio of innovators will be one of the most respected DJs in the contemporary European scene: taking in acid, techno, 80’s EBM, minimal wave and electro, Helena Hauff set looks to be a blinder. Next up, prodigious pianist Francesco Tristano will be setting aside his usual instrument in favour of his collection of analogue synths for a live show which will follow the template set out by his techno collaborations with Carl Craig and Moritz Von Oswald. Taking us into the final stretch of the night will be two experts: Life & Death label head Dj Tennis, whose set may take in punk, house, krautrock and disco to spectacular ends, and RomanFlügel, a key figure in the German scene whose visit to Sónar coincides with an especially sweet moment in his career, having just released the excellent ‘Happiness is Happening’ LP to universal acclaim. Saturday: trap, new rap and latin beats Hip hop’s offspring step up and take over SonarCar on Saturday, with a strong showing of Spanish artists. Kicking things off, the polifacetic resident of Barcelona’s Moog club, DJ Uroz and the Catalan producerWill Blake will start the party with their take on trap beats. Following on, and setting the theme for the rest of the night, UK based DJ collectiveSouthern Hospitality will be bringing a selection of fresh trap, crunk and southern hip hop to the stage, before Spain’s much hyped PXXR GVNGtake the stage for one of the most anticipated shows of the night. Picking up the pieces after the Raval collective show will be Dj Detweiler, ithe enigmatic creator of ‘flutedrop’ and a musical magpie whose sets veer from jpop to future beats, often in the same song. Re-invention is the order of the night, as ¥€$Ø, two stalwarts of the national hip hop scene, debut their trap and juke heavy alias. South American club music will also be represented, albeit through the 8 bit chiptune stylings of Meneo, with a live show for which the #NoFilter could have been invented. And if that wasn’t fire enough, a closing set by Jersey Club originator Dj Sliink will be sure to push the temperature up even higher than the BPM. Source:


Announcing the kineticCATHEDRAL stage…It will bring you to your knees!

Creators and co-producers of Electric Daisy Carnival UK, Insomniac, are giving EDC headliners a special treat this year. For the first time ever, Insomniac will fly in the the awesome kineticCATHEDRAL Stage, modeled after the incredible stage that premiered during EDC Las Vegas in June 2014 to over 400,000 headliners. This revamped version stands at 90 feet tall and 240 foot wide, featuring huge 45-foot tall twin owls, with expressive eyes that are illuminated by LED lighting. Twenty multi-coloured lasers on the stage, multiple massive LED screens, and multiple fountains shooting water into the air will wow the crowd, creating the illusion of detailed stained glass windows and displaying the latest in visual design. It is a spectacular sight, not to be missed, a perfect masterpiece within Insomniac’s phenomenal production portfolio. The twin owls will be flying over the kineticCATHEDRAL stage at Electric Daisy Carnival, July 11th at the Milton Keynes Bowl. EVENT INFO Electric Daisy Carnival UK Date: Saturday 11 July 2015 Venue: The Milton Keynes National Bowl, Watling Street, Milton Keynes, MK5 8AA Doors: Midday–11pm Age Restrictions: The event is strictly 18+ (valid Photo ID is required) LINE UP Art Department Carnage Claude VonStroke Cosmic Gate Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Ferry Corsten Friction Hardwell High Contrast ft. MC Wrec Ilan Bluestone Jamie Jones John O’Callaghan Jordan Suckley B2B Bryan Kearney Kove Linguistics Marco Carola Markus Schulz Matrix & Futurebound Miguel Campbell Mistajam Paul van Dyk Pendulum (DJ Set) + Verse Philip George PureNRG Live Richy Ahmed Robin Schulz Route 94 Shy FX ft. Stamina MC Sigma Simon Patterson Steve Aoki Sub Focus Tiësto Visionquest wAFF Will Aktinson About Insomniac Insomniac produces some of the most innovative, immersive music festivals and events in the world. Enhanced by state-of-the-art lighting, pyrotechnics and sound design, large-scale art installations, theatrical performers and next generation special effects, these events captivate the senses and inspire a unique level of fan interaction. The quality of the experience is the company’s top priority. Throughout its 20-year history, Insomniac has produced more than 250 festivals, concerts and club nights for nearly 4 million attendees in California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New York, Texas, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the United Kingdom. The company’s premier annual event, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, is the largest multi-day music festival in North America, and attracted more than 400,000 fans over three days in June 2014. The company was founded by Pasquale Rotella, and has been based in Los Angeles since it was formed in 1993. Keep up with Insomniac announcements and news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. TICKETS Tickets on sale now £60+BF (General) / VIP packages £255+BF – TICKET AGENTS (General Admission Only) / Tel: 0844 844 0444 / Tel: 0844 888 9991 / Tel: 0115 807 7900 / Tel: 0871 220 0260 / Tel: 0844 884 2920 / Tel: 0207 734 8932 / Tel: 0113 350 4114 / Tel: 08444 77 1000 / Tel: 0800 808 5770 / Tel: 0800 033 7132 COACHES Ticket and Travel Packages available: Tel: 0844 324 5666 Video: FOR FURTHER PRESS INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: National Press & TV enquiries: Sacha Taylor-Cox 07957 338525 National Press & Online: Tristen Lee 0207 284 3444 Regional Media: Jonathan Yates 0207 284 3444 National Radio: Michael Pickard @ Your Army: / 020 8964 6700 Regional Radio: Aaron Labbate: / 07901 518 546 Photography & Artwork:



A lot of powerful words have been used to describe Kevin “The Elevator” Saunderson over the years. One of Techno’s founders, he is rightfully referred to as a pioneer, innovator, forebear—ad infinitum—of the electronic sounds associated with Detroit. More and more, though, the label “father” appears to be most appropriate in illuminating both his personal and musical identity. We recently met Saunderson at a Starbucks near his home to get the skinny on Origins, the all-day showcase he’s bringing to Movement for the second consecutive year. The interview had been moved up slightly to allow him to get home in time to meet his daughter, who had a half-day at school. He smiled with content as he informed us that his wife was out of town for the week, implying that he was on full-time daddy duty. It is not just his familial offspring he supports and safeguards, but his creative progeny, as well. He explains, “We have new generations, new kids coming into it that have no clue. They really don’t. They might not even know what the word Techno means in any kind of way. So you want to protect the origins of it and keep it going and let people know. This didn’t start yesterday. It is as important to the city as it is to us . . . We don’t want people to take it for granted. We want people to understand and respect it.” After performing at college campuses as part of Richie Hawtin’s CNTRL tour in 2012, Kevin created his own response to the EDM explosion. Intended to exemplify the impact of Detroit, Curators of Techno was a precursor to Origins. Now embracing a wider range of sounds, styles and even cities, he says “People who are playing on this stage, it’s not just Techno . . . [it’s] good music that does something for the soul . . . I wanted to make sure that people know, even though it’s ‘Made In Detroit,’ [it] doesn’t mean you have to make music from Detroit. I think there [just] has to be a connection, an influence. My mission is to bring people together through music. Origins is about the origins and the originators, but it’s also about showing love and support for those we have touched, and who have carried the torch in other places, and sometimes in their own translations.” With that in mind, Kevin has assembled a squad spanning past and present sounds for the showcase’s sophomore outing. He’ll be playing a simultaneous four-deck set with Derrick May as “Hi-Tech Soul.” Chicago’s DJ Pierre, a founder of Acid House, will perform live with his group, Phuture. Also representing Chicago, Lee Foss is slated to DJ, as are legendary Detroiters Al Ester—whom Saunderson regards as an all-time personal favorite—D.Wynn, DJ Minx, as well as Saunderson’s mentee, MK (Marc Kinchen). Noticeably energized at the mention of young acts like Disclosure, who he has billed for the KMS Movement afterparty, Kevin enthuses “I get inspired from the younger generation . . . You don’t know what’s next down the line. You don’t know where it’s going. You have to open those doors up realistically and seek being challenged. We want this to rise forever and grow and evolve in many ways.” To that end, he is pleased to also bring Toronto native Greg Gow and local upstarts Dink & TK to the stage, in addition to his own sons, Dantiez and Damarii, who will be playing as The Saunderson Brothers. It is evident in speaking with him that Saunderson is happy to fulfill his obligation as fountainhead for an entire movement. Like any parent, he is proud and protective of the music he helped establish, and the international family of followers it has bred. Nowhere else is this more apparent than with Origins, through which he conveys everlasting commitment to his Detroit dynasty. By Movement Correspondent Reisa Shanaman


Rokolectiv Festival – Opening night

Rokolectiv Festival opens where it all started 10 years ago, in the throbbing rhythm of an aurora borealis, with the installation of Vincent Leroy, standing as a metaphor for our efforts to slow down time and decompose movements. The evening continues with three live performances featuring Pietnaska’s densely-woven sound-tapestry, enigmatic Aisha Devi’s abstract yet visceral techno structures, as well as the come back of French composer Pierre Bastien and his surreal mechanical sound factory. _____________________ 23.04, Rokolectiv Opening Night, 20.00 / MNAC Bucharest Vincent Leroy: “Boreal Halo” (FR) Pierre Bastien (FR) Piętnastka (PL) Aïsha Devi (CH) _____________________ Free entrance (limited to the capacity of the venue). You can join the event on Facebook here


Get ready for Coachella!

H&M and the Coachella team have designed an official co-branded collection to inspire and excite in preparation for festival season. This collection combines the freedom and energy of festival fashion for both men and women; choose between bold prints, bright colors, fringe details and denim, or go romantic and pack a bag with the summer’s best bohemian accessories – perfect for a weekend of music, fashion and friendship. Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is an annual 3-day music and arts festival held at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The 2015 festival will take place April 10th-12th and April 17th-19th. Coachella is not only a destination for music lovers but also showcases art installations from around the world. Bringing together people of all ages and musical interests, Coachella has become the home for festival fashion inspiration. Read more


Twitch to Live Broadcast Ultra Music Festival with Stream Powered by 7UP

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 23, 2015 -Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers, continues its foray into music as an official broadcasting partner of Ultra Music Festival, the world’s premier electronic music festival. This year’s live stream will be powered by 7UP®, the exclusive sponsor of the stream for the 2015 music festival. Scheduled for March 27-29 during Miami Music Week, the entire festival will be broadcast live on Twitch at The talent set to perform during the seventeenth annual edition of the Ultra Music Festival features more than a hundred of the electronic music scene’s biggest acts. Some of the DJ sets and live performances at the festival include: ADAM BEYER AFROJACK ALESSO ARMIN VAN BUUREN AVICII AXWELL^INGROSSO BASSNECTAR (LIVE) CARL COX CEDRIC GERVAIS CLEAN BANDIT (LIVE) DAVID GUETTA DEEPDISH DIE ANTWOORD (LIVE) DIXON ERIC PRYDZ GORGON CITY (LIVE) HARDWELL JAMIE JONES KIESZA (LIVE) KNIFE PARTY KREWELLA (LIVE) KYGO (LIVE) LOCO DICE MACEO PLEX MARCO CAROLA MARTIN GARRIX NETSKY (LIVE) NICKY ROMERO ODESZA (LIVE) PORTER ROBINSON (LIVE) RAC (LIVE) RÖYKSOPP SKRILLEX STEVE ANGELLO STEVE AOKI TALE OF US TIËSTO To view the full line-up, visit: “We are always pushing the envelope, working with the most innovative companies to stay ahead of the curve and offer our fans as much value as possible,” said Adam Russakoff, Executive Producer/Director of Business Affairs/Talent Buyer, Ultra Music Festival and Ultra Worldwide. “We don’t tolerate mediocrity and our switch to Twitch is yet another step in the continuum.” Twitch recently introduced the Twitch Music Library, a resource for game broadcasters that provides rights-cleared music for use in live video and VODs. As part of this venture into music, Twitch launched Music as a beta broadcast category. This has quickly attracted some of the biggest names in the electronic music scene and paved the way for the Ultra Music Festival to choose Twitch as its exclusive broadcasting partner. “Our community has illustrated a strong affinity for live music, making Twitch a compelling new way for artists to connect with their fans,” said Colin Carrier, CSO and Head of Music, Twitch. “Being able to host the Ultra Music Festival on our platform with sponsorship from a brand like 7UP is a testament to the power of live social video.” “We are thrilled to be collaborating with great partners like Twitch and Ultra Music Festival to bring fans across the globe closer to some of their favorite artists,” said Dave Falk, vice president of marketing, 7UP. “Not only are we providing a unique experience at the festival through our Stage 7 activation, but we are able to provide unique access for music fans who can’t attend the festival through this incredible live stream approach.” Visit this link to view the Ultra Music Festival announcement video featuring DJ/producer Martin Garrix, and sign up here to receive Ultra Music Festival news. For all further information on Ultra Music Festival, please visit For daily updates on Twitch, visit the Twitch blog, Twitter feed and Facebook page, and follow TwitchFM for music news. About Twitch Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. Each month, more than 100 million community members gather to watch and talk about video games with more than 1.5 million broadcasters. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for the entire video game ecosystem. This includes game developers, publishers, media outlets, events, user generated content, and the entire esports scene. For more information visit the Twitch website and the blog. About ULTRA Worldwide™ ULTRA WORLDWIDE is the global edition of the World’s Premier Electronic Music event, ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL. The ULTRA brand was founded in 1997 by Executive Producer, President, & CEO Russell Faibisch, and began producing electronic music events in South Florida, which led to the inaugural Ultra Music Festival in 1999 on the sands of Miami Beach. The internationally renowned festival, which has taken place every March since its inception, celebrated its 16th anniversary from March 28-30, 2014 by bringing over 165,000 music enthusiasts to the sold out waterfront event in the heart of the City of Miami. Ultra Music Festival returns to Bayfront Park for its 17th annual edition, March 27-29, 2015. Over the past 17 years, literally thousands of the world’s most iconic DJs, producers and live acts have mesmerized audiences with awe-inspiring sets at ULTRA festivals in ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, CHILE, CROATIA, IBIZA, JAPAN, KOREA, SOUTH AFRICA and of course MIAMI, as well as ROAD TO ULTRA events in CHILE, COLOMBIA, PARAGUAY, SEOUL, TAIWAN, THAILAND, TOKYO, the USA, and now forthcoming events in MACAU and BALI. Each and every new global edition is founded on the same successful recipe that has been perfected over 17 years in Miami, combining the most diverse electronic talent with the most technologically advanced, large-scale festival productions in the world. Read more

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Moog Music Announces Plans For Moogfest As A Biennial Event

Moogfest 2014 was a reboot of the festival, with much of the planning and execution taking place inside the Moog headquarters, just upstairs from where the synthesizers are designed and built by hand. Engineering a production of this scale is a process that can’t be mass-produced, much like Moog synthesizers themselves. The decision to produce Moogfest biennially is in an effort to maintain the authenticity of the event, as well as the financial and spiritual health of Moog Music and its employees, whose primary focus will always be designing and building synthesizers. “Moogfest 2014 was a proof of concept so we could experiment with a new business, a unique format, and a new creative direction,” says Mike Adams, Moog Music Inc. President & CEO. “Producing Moogfest every other year allows us to retain the high level of innovative programming as well as the originality and independence we established in 2014.” This new iteration of Moogfest, with Moog Music Inc. at the helm, brought thousands of musicians, inventors, engineers, futurists, ethicists, visual artists and their fans together to discuss the future of technology and creativity. It established a space for conversation and collaboration while bringing visibility to North Carolina as an international hub of new ideas. Musical performers included legends like Kraftwerk, Keith Emerson, Nile Rogers and Giorgio Moroder alongside future and current stars like M.I.A., Flying Lotus, Dan Deacon, and Factory Floor. “This future-forward version of Moogfest is in its infancy,” says Emmy Parker, Brand Director of Moogfest and Moog. “It will take some time for it to grow, but it’s clear that people want an unadulterated ideas-based festival that combines new art, music and technology. Moogfest is a personification of the Moog ethos and we’re honored to dedicate a full two years for curating each festival, with a sustainable, long-term plan for maintaining this platform for all those who share our passion.” As a pioneer in electronic music and the inventor of the Moog synthesizer, Bob Moog was an innovator who introduced the world to the sound of the future. Moogfest, a five-day synthesis of music, technology and art, held April 23-27 in Asheville, N.C., brought an equal ferocity of spirit to the festival that bears his name. “One of the Top 14 Festivals of 2014” -Time Magazine “Moogfest, in its mom-and-pop technosophy and its insistence on immersive experiences in small, comfortable spaces, might have gotten something exactly right.” – New York Times “Moogfest was once a more traditional festival, but it metamorphosed this year into a celebration of art, science, music and technology — TED filtered through a distortion pedal.” – Huffington Post “Like Austin, Asheville is becoming famous for its cultural event Moogfest.” – The Guardian “It’s a tiny operation, but they’ve produced kind of an amazing festival…” – NY Times Popcast “The city felt abuzz with a geeky curiosity and excitement.” – Billboard “Anyone expecting the fest lineup to consist of a bunch of Emerson, Lake & Palmer knockoffs sorely underestimates what Moogfest has become….The range of performers—Dan Deacon, ADULT., El-P, Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox and many more—shows you just how far the Moog brand has come in its 50-year history.” -Time Out NY “This annual festival–which is dedicated to the synthesis of technology, art, and music and honors the legacy of music visionary Dr. Robert Moog–is in a league of its own and girded by a lofty mission: “[to chart] the course for a future of unknown sight and sound.”-National Geographic “And make no mistake, this is not one big gear advertisement—the artists who play Moogfest are selected for their forward-thinking creativity, reflecting Bob Moog’s innovative spirit back in the day. Moogfest’s cherries on top are their label showcases and expanded art and music technology installations. – Complex “Moogfest has added some eclectic firepower to its already impressive lineup.” -Rolling Stone “Moogfest organizers echo the extra-education sentiment, as they’ve strived to build a lineup of sessions, workshops and film screenings that will thrill just as much as the musicians.” -Mashable “Named after the famous synth pioneer, technology and creation is very much a focus at Moogfest, with a daytime program of workshops and other activities that make it worth the trip for any gear nerd. “ – Resident Advisor “It’s an electronic wet dream… The lineup for Moog is so unique that it has no true competition.” – Consequence of Sound “At Moogfest’s Modular Marketplace, attendees at the electronic music festival in Asheville got to browse some of the best indie and homebrew analog and digital synthesizers.”-Vice/ Motherboard “Although Moogfest has been around for a few years in various incarnations, it found its niche this April in a lineup that included headliners the Pet Shop Boys, Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk, M.I.A. and Nile Rodgers (with CHIC).”-Huffington Post “Geekiness reigned, proudly and openly, at Moogfest 2014, the largest iteration yet of a festival created by Moog Music, which makes all of its synthesizers and other equipment by hand at a small factory here in downtown Asheville.” -New York Times “With 25,000 people attending the event’s free programming, ranging from durational performances by the likes of Dan Deacon and Bradford Cox to an outdoor stage graced by Giorgio Moroder and Zeds Dead, the company may have already achieved its goals. Over the five-day festival, the city felt abuzz with a geeky curiosity and excitement.” -Billboard “Moogfest takes place in Asheville, North Carolina and celebrates the legacy of the man who turned electricity into music, starting with theremins to voltage-controlled analog synthesizers that have been used by everyone from The Beatles to prog rock bands and experimental artists.”-Cool Hunting “At Moogfest today, Odd Division ran Conductar through an Oculus Rift, and let me move about a virtual, augmented Asheville, North Carolina. No hyperbole, it’s the closest thing to the Metaverse of Neal Stephenson’s cyberpunk novel Snow Crash.”-Vice/Motherboard Read more



We’re proud to announce our full line-up for Roskilde Festival 2015. As always it shows our diverse profile, aiming to inspire and challenge the audience by combining raw talent with more well-known artists. Critically acclaimed hip-hop act Kendrick Lamar will join headliners Paul McCartney, Disclosure, Muse, Florence + The Machine, Pharrell Williams and Danish heroes Mew. Other new acts include Nicki Minaj, Ryan Adams, Hot Chip, Father John Misty, Die Antwoord, Einstürzende Neubauten, Thåström, Foxygen, Perfume Genius and Africa Express. Headliners of the future Joining headliners Disclosure and Florence + The Machine, the addition of 27-year-old Kendrick Lamar reflects the festival’s ambition to mix the talented youth with even more established artists like Paul McCartney, Muse, Pharrell Williams and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Kendrick Lamar’s brand-new album To Pimp a Butterfly has already been hailed as a modern hip-hop masterpiece, underlining its great appeal by setting the record for most streams in one day upon release. Artists like St. Vincent, Disclosure and Mastodon all played the festival when they were virtually unknown and now return to bigger stages, equipped for bigger expectations by the festival’s enthusiastic and loyal audience. A diverse festival Roskilde Festival has always presented a very diverse music programme with many genres represented. The War on Drugs challenge our ideas of rock music, Run the Jewels are amongst the most exciting new hip-hop acts, and Jamie xx will offer experimental tastings from his forthcoming debut solo album. Kronos Quartet and Nils Frahm each make different kinds of cinematic and soothing soundscapes, whereas bands like Lamb of God, Mastodon, Enslaved, Deafheaven and Off! all offer something for fans of more hard-hitting music. Kygo, DJ Mustard, iLoveMakonnen and Dixon are all urban and electronic acts that have quickly risen to glory in a new digital landscape. Simultaneously, Ryan Adams, Father John Misty and Swedish legend Thåström all prove that classic singer/songwriters are still thriving in 2015. More than 100 musicians, including some of the big names playing this year’s Roskilde Festival, will join forces as Africa Express take the stage for a five-hour jam session. The 85 new acts are: Kendrick Lamar Africa Express Die Antwoord DJ Mustard Einstürzende Neubauten Father John Misty Hot Chip Marie Key Nicki Minaj Ryan Adams Thåström Timbuktu & Damn! Veronica Maggio All Pigs Must Die Antemasque Bargou 08 Chancha Via Circuito Chouk Bwa Libéte Communions Decapitated DJ Mam Dreamers’ Circus Drenge Egyptrixx Ezra Furman Fat White Family Foxygen Gretchen Peters Joanna Gruesome Jungle Jupiter & Okwess International Kaytranada Kevin Gates Kippi Kaninus Lars H.U.G. – Special Show Lindigo Lust For Youth M.A.K.U. Soundsystem Metá Metá The Mountains Oquadro Pede B & Djnoize Perfect Pussy Perfume Genius The Polyversal Souls Powell Rangleklods Santiago Sarabi Seinabo Sey Selvhenter Soak Songhoy Blues Spidergawd Warm Graves We Like We Whomadewho The Attic Sleepers Benal Black Book Lodge Broen Eero Johannes Elias Farao Fay Wildhagen Gooms Hey Elbow Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation Lord Siva Lowly Molly Molotov Movement October Dance O’hara Piss Vortex Saint Cava Sa’ra Charismata Smerz $ushi X Kobe Thrkngs Tårn The Vintage Caravan Vök Young Dinosaur Young Karin Read more



With just over 10 weeks to go, the festival unleashes a second wave of wide ranging talent to the bill for its 16th edition, taking place from May 27 to 31, 2015! Representing a plethora of premieres, and embodying the festival’s values of live performance, discovery and revelation, here is the next set of names: ANTHONY NAPLES (US) / BASIC HOUSE (UK) / BILLY DALESSANDRO & OMBOSSA present BOOMERS (CA) /CABAAL (CA) / DASHA RUSH presents ANTARCTIC TAKT (RU) / DREW GRAGG (CA) / FUMIYA TANAKA (JP) /GUNNAR HASLAM (US) / HUGUES CLÉMENT presents DICHOTOMIE (CA) / JONATHAN SCHERK (CA) / KAREN GWYER (UK) / LUMISOKEA (BE/IT) / LVIS MEJÍA presents SYNTAGMA (MX) / MINI & NELLY-EVE RAJOTTE present NIX(CA) / MIKA VAINIO (FI) / PATRICIA (US) / PERFUME ADVERT (UK) / PHEEK (CA) / RÉSERVOIR (CA) /SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL (CA) / STÄRKER (CA) / SVENGALISGHOST (US) / TAKAMI NAKAMOTO & SEBASTIEN BENOITS present REFLECTIONS (FR) / WAVESHAPER (CA) / WIKLOW presents SKELETAL WIRES (CA) The always pulsating international underground is well represented with the addition of several artists associated with the UK based Opal Tapes roster, including: label head STEPHEN BISHOP, whose post industrial, textured, austere electronics asBASIC HOUSE will feature, the skewed tech and ecclesiastical chords of KAREN GWYER, the gauzy, aromatic dub house ofPERFUME ADVERT, while Brooklyn based cohort PATRICIA will also bring his crunchy percussion and raspy basslines to the festival for the first time. From the infamous L.I.E.S label, the now Paris-based via Chicago producer and performerSVENGALISGHOST represents with his frenetic, dirty, retro-future visions, as does GUNNAR HASLAM with the world premiere of his solo live set. The MAC will host a special program of light based performances on Thursday night, along with other audiovisual and immersive fare in Salle BWR throughout the week. MUTEK welcomes back TAKAMI NAKAMOTO from NONOTAK for the world premiere of a new audioreactive work, a collaboration with drummer SEBASTIEN BENOITS; joining this bill are two artists presented in partnership with CTM festival as part of their Berlin Current initiative which supports emerging sounds from the German capital: Russian producer DASHA RUSH presents her immersive, and experimental ANTARCTIC TAKT project, and Belgian/Italian duo LUMISOKEA combine ingenious light based scenography with their enveloping, neo-industrial sonic world. From Mexico, accomplished multimedia artist LVIS MEJÍA participates in a lineup of screen based works on Wednesday night with his live A/V performance, SYNTAGMA. Finnish noise veteran MIKA VAINIO joins a deep listening program on Thursday already anchored by RICHARD DEVINE, as does Italian producer LUCY, previously announced for Friday night at Métropolis, who will play an additional set of improvised modular synth music; while local minimal stalwart PHEEK will present his latest sound design leaning work in this context too. MUTEK is of course proud to also put forward a collection of promising new Canadian producers and recognized scenemakers. From the fertile Montréal scene: the classically trained DREW GRAGG whose wistful output has been picked up by NICOLAS JAAR’s label, Other People; noise/techno mainstay MARTIN DUMAIS (AUN) brings STÄRKER, a thick, intense new project with Cyclic Law’s FREDERIC ARBOUR to the big stage of Métropolis; seasoned techno/electro DJ and producer EVELYN DROUIN aka MINI, debuts a live audiovisual project with visual artist NELLY-EVE RAJOTTE; BILLY DALESSANDRO teams up with the Moment Factory’s MANUEL BOSSARD for a high definition audiovisual work; emerging but prolific producer and sound designer CABAAL has a new A/V project; radio artist and post-digital turntablist WIKLOW debuts; and last year’s audiovisual contest winner and MUTEK VJ, HUGUES CLÉMENT presents his brand new piece DICHOTOMIE. From Gatineau, RÉSERVOIR performs a set of austere reverb drenched dub techno inspired by brutalist architecture; sound designer JAKOB THIESEN from Toronto presents his live ambient audiovisual show WAVESHAPER; and from British Columbia, rhythmic delicacies from JONATHAN SCHERK; and dancehall tropes from SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL. While the vast majority of artists playing MUTEK perform their own original works live, careful consideration goes into choosing the Saturday night DJ for the all night MÉTROPOLIS program. This year welcomes Perlon records mainstay, and boundary pushing producer FUMIYA TANAKA to this coveted spot. Also taking to the decks during NOCTURNE 4 at the MAC, young, dynamic talent ANTHONY NAPLES. Get familiar with the music of our second wave of artists with this special mix by MUTEK programmer Vincent Lemieux and mastered by our partner LANDR. And there is more to come, including the sensational audiovisual performances that comprise the A/VISIONS series at Théâtre Maisonneuve, and all of the free programming including: the outdoor EXPÉRIENCE series, the late night experimental PLAY program (at the MAC in the Salle BWR on Friday and Saturday night) and the entire compliment of daytime DIGI_SECTION workshops, showrooms, panels and artists Q&As at the Phi Centre. To help you plan your festival, a rough guide to the night by night programming is available here. All the artist bios are available here. Join the MUTEK 2015 Facebook event page. PASSPORTS PRESALE NOW ON Prices will rise again March 24 (or until supplies last) The best way to enjoy the festival’s many and varied offerings is through the full FESTIVAL PASSPORT or WEEKEND PASS, now on sale in limited quantities. The box office is open here. When you buy your FESTIVAL PASSPORT or your WEEKEND PASS online, you have the option of adding an extra $10 or $5 to your basket. For this, you will receive a specially marked ECOPASS that acknowledges your support of this year’s cause. MUTEK is proud to support the ongoing work of Santropol Roulant and their innovative approach to meals-on-wheels, urban food systems and community care. PASSPORTS and WEEKEND PASSES can also be purchased in person at MOOG Audio and Atom Heart in Montréal: MOOG Audio: 3828 Boul St-Laurent Atom Heart: 364 Rue Sherbrooke East Read more


Elevate-Interview: Antonino d’Ambrosio

Antonino D’Ambrosio is an author, filmmaker and visual artist. His books include A Heartbeat and A Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears, Mayday with artist Shepard Faiey, and Let Fury Have the Hour. D’Ambrosio’s essays from the latter inspired his feature length documentary feature film of the same name. ELEVATE: What are the greatest challenges we are confronted with today? There are many challenges that ultimately chip away at our shared common humanity, breaking down what connects us while strengthening what separates us. In particular, the dominance of private interests over the public good has done much to undermine key elements of our humanity, mast significantly our compassion (which I believe is what fundamentally makes us human). Without compassion and instead a focus on the individual we can never see ourselves in the place of another. This fragmentation and alienation does much to reinforce the ideology of those in power and makes it quite difficult for the interests of the public good to be clearly articulated, understood and ultimately advanced. All of this, in many ways, has led to the ever-widening gap of income equality, which reverberates throughout the world and impacts every significant issue around quality of life (education, housing, jobs, healthcare, art, culture, etc). The there is of course the media—more and more consolidated and controlled by corporate interests—with out a proper vehicle for gathering information, ideas, stories of the everyday and the anonymous we are left with in darkness. With the majority of the world involved in some kind of conflict—the Institute for Economics and Peace’s (IEP’s) latest study covering 162 countries found only 11 countries at “peace” or free from conflict—it’s easy to see that all this working together undermines real opportunity and pushes us further away from a modern world and towards a barbaric one. ELEVATE: Which strategies do you consider most promising for confronting the exploitative economic and political power of the elites, and for creating a brighter future for all? For me, I describe it as embedding how we interact and act as human beings with creative-response. Out of this action of creative-response we then can build a true movement of ethics, something that is sorely lacking in my home country, America. We have the evidence that creative-response works and creates greater democratic opportunity for the majority and strives to make the world work better for everyone. Through creative-response and the building a true movement where uncovering the best ideas and making the best decision via ethics is central to how act as individuals and interact as a society. You can learn more about my ideas around creative-response here: ELEVATE: What projects, initiatives and people inspire and motivate you? I can point to a number of projects, thinkers, artists, and I can list them here (artist Ai Weiwei, philosopher Simon Critchley, filmmaker Claire Denis, the Basque Mondragon Cooperative, technology collective Protei, environmental group Estamos, and many, many more) but simple, everyday encounters motivate and inspire me to aspire to be greater than myself. They include my time spent drawing, dancing and singing with my young daughter to my collaborations with those I create with to the time spent traveling and engaging with a diverse group of people such as the folks in and around the Elevate Festival. ELEVATE: What do you recommend to people who want to be more proactive? How can they participate in a meaningful way? People must act. That is my first and only recommendation. To create and sustain a society where democratic ideals and the public interest is paramount demands active participation and that participation can take many, many different forms but people must transform what they believe in, hope for, and dream into reality and the only way to do that is to take active participation in the word around you. ELEVATE: What will the world look like in 2030, 2050 and 2100? Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Which gloomy scenarios could become reality if we follow a business-as-usual approach? And which positive developments can you imagine if more people take part in a positive transformation of our societies? The scenarios that will become reality if we don’t change course are unfortunately our current reality: war, poverty, environmental catastrophe, epic levels of inequality. Yet we have the evidence of history on our side—we have not simply existed but endured. This is critical to understand and embrace for as we endure we survive and survival is another word for hope. So therefore I remain a hopeful person because we have continued to find a way to struggle, to fight, to survive and for me it all begins and ends with creative-response. We have ample evidence throughout human history of hope/survival (please see my essay “Bend the Notes: A Creative Response Intiation” from my book Let Fury Have the Hour), that while the dark forces may be present and seem to control and dominate our lives, the reality is that the human spirit and thereby humanity has always prevailed. The goal or dream for me is that this movement of creative-response and ethics draws together more tightly from all parts of the world rather then remain disparate and fragmented. One of the key ways to do so is break free of ideology, which tends to be devoid of forward-thinking, inclusive ideas and rooted in the past. Ultimately, it’s people coming together that transforms society. And this is a fundamental truth of our history and our humanity. That’s why it’s critical that we continue to use creative-response to inspire people to act and participate in their communities and beyond. Remember “inspire” means to be “in spirt with,” which is itself the core of creative-response and the opposite of politics, which is what’s done to us. Creative-response is what “we” do together. ELEVATE: What are your hopes and wishes for the Elevate Festival on its 10th anniversary? I hope that there are 10, 20, 30 more years of the Elevate Festival. As I mentioned above, Elevate represents a critical and vital creative-response, a place for people to gather together and exchange and discover the best ideas that will give us all the opportunity to act and transform the world around us. Quiet simply, for me Elevate Festival serves as a bridge to connect, collaborate, and craft what I dream into something real, transformative, and sustainable. One needs always to reach for a big vision for in the act of trying to be greater, sharing your vision, we can discover the millions who share this vision and then we realize everything is possible. Read more Photo: