The Moment: Climate Change

The Moment: Climate Change

Electronic music is often an opportunity to escape and to forget the burdens of daily life. But there are times we need the music to do more. This is one of those times.

This morning we announced our involvement in the #ListenParis2015 initiative (www.listenparis2015.com)… a worldwide music event taking place during the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris to bring attention to the issue of sustainable energy.

This 24-hour celebration will begin Saturday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. Paris time, at which time we will host a live stream of music on a special section of Beatport to power multiple silent discos organized by #ListenParis2015. Anyone, anywhere will be able to tune into the same music, at the same time, in support of the same message to help unite the world through a common music experience whether they are participating in any of the silent discos or not.

Dozens of DJs from all corners of the globe have rallied to contribute music for this soundtrack, bringing the power of electronic music and our industry to draw attention to the climate talks. Participating DJs include:

  • Above & Beyond (UK)
  • Alok (Brazil)
  • Celeste Siam (Thailand / Ibiza)
  • Danny Ávila (Spain)
  • DJ Three (USA)
  • EDX (Switzerland)
  • Gareth Emery (USA)
  • Gui Boratto (Brazil)
  • Jesse Rose (UK / USA)
  • Jewelz & Sparks (Germany)
  • Leslie JayCee (China)
  • Mako (USA)
  • Marc Houle (Canada / Germany)
  • Michael Calfan (France)
  • Michael Mayer (Germany)
  • Oliver Heldens (Netherlands)
  • Oliver Koletzki (Germany)
  • Sian (Ireland)
  • Soul Clap (USA)
  • Sydney Blu (Canada)
  • The Crystal Method (USA)
  • Treasure Fingers (USA)
  • Tujamo (Germany)
  • Zhang Youdai (China)

I would like to thank OceanRecovery.org Director and Co-Founder Doug Woodring for organizing this effort with the many partners involved, and Above & Beyond (as well as their manager James Grant) for bringing Beatport into the conversation during the IMS Summit in Shanghai this October.

Climate change is a particularly important issue for the electronic music community. DJs’ travel activity, and festivals, have an environmental impact in terms of both power and waste. And while DJs and festival organizers alike have taken important steps to offset this burden, we as an industry can do much more. So it’s only fitting we come together to add our voice to the important resolution being debated now in Paris and to celebrate the promise of a cleaner, brighter future.

Music can serve many purposes. It can tell a story, connect people who have never met, and inspire listeners to do things they never thought was possible. Electronic music in particular speaks a universal language that transcends languages, borders, and lifestyle.

Music should be of the moment, and right now the moment is climate change.

— Greg Consiglio, President & CEO, Beatport

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Watch Miss Melera’s Colourizon Boat Party Live From Amsterdam

After two successful parties at Amsterdam Dance Event, the Colourizon podcast is about to get nautical. As part of the SAIL Amsterdam festivities today (Friday, August 21), the city’s own Miss Melera is commanding the party-ready Pure-liner boat for a special Colourizon at sea. While she delivered eight-hour solo sets at the past two editions, the podcast host has invited Dimitri – a true legend of Dutch circuit – to join in.

While it’s completely sold out, Beatport Live is set to stream the Colourizon SAIL special for the rest of us. In case you’re wondering, SAIL Amsterdam – billed as ‘the largest free public event in the world’ – sees approximately 600 ships and boats hit the waterways around Amsterdam. Sounds like an atmospheric setting for a boat party, then.

If you want many more hours of house and techno, Miss Melera’s Colourizon archives run deep, stretching from 2012 through to last month’s episode. In the meantime, get into the broadcast below from 8pm CEST.

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Throwback: Watch Porter Robinson’s 2012 Beatport Live Mix

Three years ago, Porter Robinson was still up-and-coming, and had yet to reach the game-changing level of artistry at which he sits today post-Worlds. Ahead of his new live shows at HARD Red Rocks and HARD Summer this weekend, a trip down Memory Lane is in order to see just how far he’s come.

On July 8, 2012, Robinson popped by Beatport’s Denver, CO office for a quick live mix that allowed fans from around the world to watch the rising star at work. With only dark blue walls, a couch and a small flat-screen behind him, it was not the most extravagant backdrop against which Robinson’s played. Still, he filled our humble room with 30 minutes of electro house energy – including his singles “Say My Name” and“Language,” a Feed Me remix of Nero’s “Innocence” and Calvin Harris crossover “Feel So Close.”

Let the nostalgia flow full-force below. As shown by his debut album and subsequent work, Porter’s changed quite a bit since then – and needless to say, his accompanying visuals are much more sophisticated. Fans who have yet to see him in person are in for a treat, as he brings his new Worlds live show to the West Coast starting tonight at HARD Red Rocks before he goes primetime at HARD Summer. Head here for a preview of what’s to come.

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Watch House Duo Goldfish Live From Beatport’s Amsterdam Studio

Join us tonight (July 24) at 8:30PM CET for a special Beatport Live session featuring South African duo Goldfish. Start your weekend off right with Dominic Peters and David Poole’s energized, soulful house vibes as well as some deft live jamming including saxophone, flute and keyboards. Also, expect to hear their latest deep house track alongside DIMMI, “The Storm.”

Starting out at a tiny beach club in Cape Town, Goldfish have gone on to headline Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium, cracking the top 10 on the US Dance charts and scoring a coveted residency at Pacha Ibiza alongside French chart-topper David Guetta. Along the way, they have gained support from world-class DJs like Sebastian Ingrosso, Pete Tong, Sander Kleinenberg, Fedde Le Grand and more.

Catch all the action below in their Beatport Live session direct from Amsterdam.

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PHOTOS: Here’s What the 2015 Tomorrowland Main Stage Looks Like

PHOTOS: Here’s What the 2015 Tomorrowland Main Stage Looks Like

The Tomorrowland main stage design remains a closely guarded secret until the gates open on day one at the De Schorre recreation area. In 2015, early arrivals at the site were greeted by an all-new design from the Tomorrowland team – a typically extravagant fairytale castle setup inspired by the 2015 ‘Kingdom of Melodia’ theme.

While the full spectacle will come alive after dark (you know about the live stream, right?), the main stage still looks suitably dramatic in the daylight. Set against the recreation area’s treeline, the castle showcases intricate attention to detail, with Gothic arches and spires, stained glass windows, hanging foliage and towering speaker stacks. At the center of it all, dwarfed by the structure around it, is the flower-lined DJ booth.

Friday’s main stage schedule opened with a special extended set from Nick van de Wall, otherwise known as Afrojack, who had 150 minutes to work with. As befitting the ‘Daybreak Session’ time-slot, van de Wall played a rare warmup set, favoring accessible tech-house over the buzzsaw anthems he delivers as Afrojack.

While Tomorrowland regular Steve Aoki is tasked with Friday’s main stage closing set, a capacity crowd is expected for Swedish hitmaker Avicii at 10:45pm. Other Meanwhile, techno don Carl Cox is back with his own stage, along with curated stages from Derrick Carter, Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak and more.

Check out Beatport’s exclusive photos of the 2015 main stage captured just as gates opened, and stay tuned for more coverage over the weekend.

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Photo by Gabe Coffey / Beatport

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Photo by Gabe Coffey / Beatport

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Play: Enter Sian’s “Medicine Man” Remix Contest

Techno supremo Sian brings a refreshing modern approach to the global electronic music scene. The Barcelona-based Octopus boss embraces the avant-garde side of club culture on standout singles like “Farewell Mermaid” and “Sleeper Cell” that underscore his ethereal, pulsating perspective. Now Beatport Play invites you to showcase your own studio skills for a chance to win the dream.

Ready to be crowned our latest Beatport Play champion? Make your mark by remixing Sian’s bristling techno weapon “Medicine Man.”

Enter our latest Play remix contest by August 10 for your chance to win our exclusive grand prize including a Native Instruments D2 controller, Lindell Channel X analog plugin bundle, a set of DUBS Acoustic Filters pro earplugs, a Sounds to Sample Elements library and an official release on Sian’s signature label Octopus.

As our Play runner-up this week, you’ll receive the entire Octopus Signature Sounds collection and a set of Stokyo Oyaide d+ Class B DJ cables. Get creative. Get discovered.

Don’t miss all the action in our other Play contests below:

Three more weeks to enter:
– Chocolate Puma & Junior Sanchez’s “Lost Your Groove” contest

Two more weeks to enter:
– Xenia Ghali feat. Wyclef Jean’s “Get Dirty” contest

One more week to enter:
– Kissy Sell Out’s “Give Me Your Hand” contest

Two more weeks to vote:
– Magit Cacoon’s “Freedom Is Timeless” contest

One more week to vote:
– Borgeous & David Solano’s “Big Bang” contest

Recent winner announcements:
– Congratulations goes out to 18-year-old Argentinian ace Private Cluv, aka Juan Nuciforo, who won our Cr2 producer challenge with this banging house entry and had this to say about it: “With this original track I wanted to introduce myself to the international house scene and showcase my production skills. For me, the drop is my favorite bit because I put all of my style in it. Hope you enjoy!”

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Listen: Dillon Francis & Jauz Drop Their Genre-Bending “Lean On” Remix

Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s “Lean On” collaboration met massive success following its release in March, garnering a frontrunner slot for 2015’s ‘Song of the Summer’ and even a live performance on late-night television. Now, Los Angeles darlings Dillon Francis and Jauz have teamed up to throw their genre-bending magic onto the popular hit.

Music fans have been hungry to get their hands on this frenzied interpretation after Jauz premiered it during his GoHARD Dallas set this past May. The pair inject the original with their flair for all things moombahton- and trap-inspired while keeping Danish singer MØ’s infectious vocal hook as the central focus, delivering an abrupt tempo change around the halfway mark to give the track an unexpected dose of dancefloor-ready energy.

The remix rounds out the track’s official remix EP alongside previously shared renditions from CRNKN, ETC!ETC! & Ephwurd, Fono, Malaa and Moska. It arrives just ahead of Dillon Francis’ own EP, a new collection of moombahton tracks he’s cheekily called This Mixtape Is Fire.

Listen to Dillon Francis and Jauz’ remix of “Lean On” below, and buy it over at Beatport Pro.

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!K7’s DJ Trading Cards Are Back For 2015

!K7’s DJ Trading Cards Are Back For 2015

Back in 1995, Berlin label K7! released the sixth volume in their pioneering X-mix series, Mr. C presents X-Mix: The Electric Storm, and as promotion for the audio/visual mix album, the label tried something new: DJ trading cards (collectible trading cards were huge at the time – even serial killers had their own).

The set featured an all-star lineup of legends like Josh Wink, Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins, Laurent Garnier, Derrick May and many more (click here for the full list + pics, courtesy of Marc Houle), offering crucial DJ stats like average BPM, size of record collection, longest set, shortest set and total DJ bookings.

When we first wrote about the trading cards earlier this year, we never thought we’d see a new set, but, back by popular demand (well, back by our demand, anyway) 20 years later, !K7 has announced an update to their DJ trading cards, in celebration of their brand new 50th DJ-Kicks release with DJ Koze.

The 50th anniversary edition of !K7’s “DJ Top Trumps” takes inspiration from their 1995 version, with a 2015 update, featuring 20 DJs and artists picked from the DJ-Kicks roster, including DJ Koze, Nina Kraviz, Actress, Carl Craig, Four Tet, Will Saul, Maceo Plex, Maya Jane Coles, John Talabot and more. To keep abreast of these changing times, the new series include stats like “number of social fans” and “longest track length,” using data that was compiled in May, 2015 with help from Resident Advisor and Beatport.

The cards are available exclusively as a free gift with purchases at !K7’s webstore, so get yours before they go out of print once again. Pretty awesome.

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Joseph Capriati Locked In For Mysteryland Sessions on Beatport Live

Earlier this month, Mysteryland kicked off its new live-stream series, Mysteryland Sessions, in the lead-up to the Dutch festival. After staying local with Yours Truly residents The Flexican and MC Sef, the series looks to Italian techno don Joseph Capriati to head its next broadcast.

Catch Capriati in action live from Beatport’s Amsterdam studio on Beatport Live this Tuesday, June 30 from 19:30-21:00 CEST. As his Awakenings return goes down just days prior, expect the Music ON resident‘s techno muscle to be limber as ever coming into the 90-minute session. For a primer on how he operates, check out his Autoritratto documentary below.

Other confirmed acts in the ongoing series include Laidback Luke on Sunday, July 12 and a very special Spinnin’ Sessions with Dutch affiliates Firebeatz, Julian Jordan, Mightyfools, Dubvision and Sam Feldt on Wednesday, July 22.

Watch Joseph Capriati throw down for the Mysteryland Sessions on Beatport Live.

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Watch the Defqon.1 2015 Live Stream Right Here

Watch the Defqon.1 2015 Live Stream Right Here

This weekend (June 19-21),the world’s largest hard dance event, Defqon.1, returns to the Netherlands for three days of madness. Those unable to attend are in luck: the festival is live-streaming for the first time in its 13-year history, and you can catch it all on Beatport Live.

Day One of the festival stream kicks off with The Gathering before diving into sets from Max Enforcer, D-Block & S-te-Fan, Brennan Heart and more; while the second day goes bigger with Noisecontrollers, the Power Hour, Frequencers, Atmozfears, Ran-D (creator of this year’s Defqon.1 anthem) and The End Show.

Finishing strong on Sunday are sets from some of hard dance’s biggest heroes, including Frontliner, Wildstylez and Coone, before the festival formally ends with the Closing Ceremony. In addition to the music, viewers can tune in for behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive artist interviews with hosts Kutski, Audiofreq and Cassi.

View Defqon.1’s live stream and broadcast schedule below.

Broadcast schedule

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Play: Enter Borgeous & David Solano’s “Big Bang” Remix Contest

Miami-based duo Borgeous and David Solano know how to build suspense in their signature sets as well as in their original tracks. Case in point: their 2015 Life In Color anthem, “Big Bang,” a full-on hands-in-the-air affair that’s sure to get your pulse racing and your feet moving on the dancefloor. Now it’s your turn to show them what you can do.

Ready to be crowned our latest Beatport Play champion? Make a real impact by remixing Borgeous and David Solano’s 2015 Life in Color electro house anthem “Big Bang.”

Enter our latest Play remix contest by July 6 for your chance to win our exclusive grand prize including a Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S49 keyboard, an Output Sounds software bundle, mDrumming Large from Melda drum machine software, a set of DUBS Acoustic Filters earplugs, a Sounds to Sample Elements library and an official release on Dutch dance juggernaut Spinnin’ Remixes.

Don’t miss all the action in our other Play contests below:

Three more weeks to enter:
– Sven Tasnadi’s “Keep Rolling” contest

Two more weeks to enter:
– Markantonio’s “Last Way” contest

One more week to enter:
– Phil Fuldner and Polina Griffith’s “Do What You Like” contest

Two more weeks to vote:
– Cr2’s exclusive producer challenge

One more week to vote:
– DJ Sneak’s “Funky Rhythm” contest

Recent winner announcements:
– Congratulations goes out to German duo Just Emma, aka Alexander Klose and Saskia, who won Of Norway’s “It’s You” remix contest with this epic deep house entry and had this to say about the experience: “We really love the original track so we wanted to interpret a remix with our arrangements and sound design, but without losing the recognition of the original.”

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Beatport Live AMS: MFD & Lauhaus

Join Beatport Live Saturday (June 13) as we welcome Dutch selectors MFD and Lauhaus to our cozy Amsterdam studio.

First, Dutch duo MFD will take the controls and lead you on a melodic journey. Next, it’s Lauhaus who has been a renowned figure within the Dutch club scene over the past decade. With a signature sound ranging from tech house to pulsing techno, the Soweso Records boss has delivered a consistent diversity in his sets as well as in his own tracks on notable labels like Cocoon, Rejected and Danse Club. Don’t miss it!

Catch MFD and Lauhaus live from Amsterdam starting at 7PM CET/1PM ET/10AM PT.

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Beatport Guest List Winner Darryl Tan on His Surprise Trip to EDC NY

Beatport Guest List Winner Darryl Tan on His Surprise Trip to EDC NY

Last week, we spoke with Darryl Tan (who tweets at @itsdral), 24-year-old Des Plaines, IL native and winner of our Beatport Guest List contest to travel to see DJ Snake and the rest of this year’s EDC NY cast.

Darryl was able to meet 12th Planet, reunite with some of his East Coast friends, and spotted the differences between a New York and Vegas carnival. Read our interview with him below to learn more, and enter to win a spot on the Beatport Guest List here.

Was this your first experience at EDC?

EDC New York, yes, but I went to Vegas [last year]. [This time] I won through DJ Snake. I want to say this is the second time I’ve seen him. The first was at the Mid in Chicago.

Why is he one of your favorite artists?

Well, he switched it up. I’ve been listening to him for awhile and he can definitely really feel out the crowd, and I think that’s a really good talent to have – especially for a big name DJ.

What were some of your favorite moments from EDC NY?

I saw Kaskade, and he was definitely one of my favorite artists on Holy Ship. We have this thing and we call ‘Ship Fam’ and even the DJs go along with it. He was one [act] I could not miss because it brought back memories of being on the cruise ship for three days.

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Photo from Darryl Tan

Another was 12th Planet. He used to be one of my favorite DJs back when I used to be really heavy into dubstep. I kind of transitioned into electro house, trap; my genres kept switching over the years. I actually saw 12th Planet and got to meet him backstage and he threw down so hard it re-sparked my love for dubstep.

I love the fact that it kind of reconnected me with the people I know out in New York. I haven’t seen them in almost a year and that was one big thing for me, like ‘Oh my god. I just won this sweepstakes from Beatport and they’re sending me to New York.’ That was a big deal for me, to be able to chill with my friends that I haven’t seen in a long time.

What about the stage set-ups?

I really liked the way they kind of kept the main stage own set up [similar to EDC Vegas]. It’s not as big as the one in Vegas, but it still kind of kept to the same scene. Also, the rides and everything… I just really liked that they didn’t change it up too much.

Sound fun? Enter at guestlist.beatport.com to secure your VIP trip to your favorite artist’s next gig

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Stream the First Album Release on Kaskade’s New Label

When Kaskade forged ahead in his career by launching his new Arkade imprint, he stepped back into his early days when announcing that the label’s first album release would come from his old bandmates, Late Night Alumni. Months later, the album is finally out, and you can stream it below.

Eclipse, as it’s called, is Late Night Alumni’s fifth studio album, following 2013’s The Beat Becomes A Sound. According to a press release, “The album…was inspired by the duality of human nature. We can’t be defined. We are how we see ourselves and we are the someone that everyone sees. We are cycles of change. We are idiosyncrasies and nuances. We are no one thing. No man is an island, but every man, an eclipse.”

That sense of duality is evident in the album, where singer Becky Jean Williams’ ethereal vocals lie in contrast to a sound that’s slightly harder and edgier than their usual downtempo fare, from the deeper bass hits of “Runaway” to the slightly sinister “Legion.” Others, like “In The Middle” and “Good Measure,” are more lounge-worthy.

Stream Ecplise below and purchase it over at Beatport Pro. Coming up for Late Night alumni are live performances at San Diego’s Pride Festival, Das Energi in Salt Lake City, and shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco throughout the summer.

[Photo via Late Night Alumni’s Facebook]

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