Claire is a freelance journalist living, loving and havin' it large in hectic London town. As well as editing the Core website and doing all manner of important editor business on the printed publication, she also writes for numerous dance music publications and reviews clubs and restaurants for London guide, Fluid. When she's not beavering away on the mag or telling people off for bad spelling and punctuation, Claire likes travelling, long walks and throwing some serious shapes on the dancefloor.
There are just so many reasons to leave this rainy isle of ours this year. We’ve already featured Exit, Monegros, Benicàssim, Outlook and Sun & Bass in our Top five... European festivals (part 1) feature, so here are our best of the rest.
Tiesto, The Swedish House Mafia, Judge Jules, Pete Tong, Calvin Harris, Laidback Luke, Avicii, Zane Lowe, Eric Morillo, Hardwell and Groove Armada: you might be forgiven for thinking that the list of people above all feature on David Guetta’s birthday party invitation list, but actually they are just a handful of the supporters Kryder has put under his spell recently. From Radio 1 essential mix features, a full-house score of 5 out of 5 from Mixmag of his main room monster K2, obliterating Privilege in Ibiza, the world’s biggest club, for Tiesto: the backing is as strong as the show, which Kryder rocks every time.
When did you first realise music was a realistic career path for you?I guess the first time I actually got paid to DJ- then I knew I could make a go of it. Sometimes I had to sweep up after my set, but was worth it in the long run I’d say.
D.O.D is a name that consistently crops up at major league events in the dance music world. The modern DJ needs to be a master of all trades to stand out and that is exactly what D.O.D thrives on. His sound? A mashed-up barrage of self-labelled ‘Jump-Up Big Room House’, cut up and re-edited with surgical precision with an arsenal of CDJs and FX units that appear more like the controls of a small plane than a mixing station.
His hi-tech, electro-infused aural attack on the world’s dance floors is winning him valuable supporters, including the likes of Annie Mac, Tiesto, David Guetta, Eddie Halliwell, Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke, Gareth Emery and Laurient Garnier: not bad for a guy in his early 20’s.
Fire It Up is not one to miss out on a red-hot talent, so D.O.D will be gracing the stage at Tall Trees along with a fair amount of deck-abusing and sound twisting. We spoke to D.O.D in the run up to May 6th.
Drum and bass pioneer and founder of the legendary Ganja Crew/Tru Playaz collective DJ Zinc and live breakbeat act The Raged and Sicknote have been added to the Nozstock: The Hidden Valley festival line up.
Exit recently announced plans to team up with Bestival to take part in the Association of Independent festivals (AIF) Twin Festivals initiative (try saying that when you’re drunk!) for the first time in 2012.
Movement, Detroit’s first music festival, announces their 2012 line up for Memorial Day Weekend (26 – 28 May).
Lil’ Louis will headline on Saturday 26 May, rap legends Public Enemy are set to headline Sunday 27 May (for their debut Movement appearance) and Jeff Mills (also known as The Wizard) will bring up the rear as headliner on Monday 28 May. They will be joined by some of the most exciting electronic artists right now, including Actress, Carl Craig, Claude VonStroke, Damian Lazarus, Heidi, Loco Dice, Josh Wink, Nina Kraviz, Radio Slave, Wolf & Lamb and many more.
mulletover return to the hedonist’s party playground this summer for a series of four events. After a brief hiatus away from the island, mulletover will now be stationed at the incredible new Sankeys space in Playa D’en Bossa and will be showcasing a mixture of new and old talent throughout the clubbing season.
Secretsundaze is back with a vengeance this summer, starting with a gig at Hackney Downs Studios London. Secretsundaze will be joined by some of the world’s best talent, including Zurich’s Deetron (Music Man Records). Still a big vinyl-user, Deetron will be sharing his Neo-Detroit flavour with the Secretsundaze crew, and with remix releases on Music Man, Clone, Rejected and Strictly Rhythm, he is definitely one to watch in 2012. Aybee (DeepBlak) will be bringing the US flavour all the way from Oakland: this will be his premier night so he will want to make a good impression on the London scene. Wbeeza (Third Ear) is the third guest of the night (and the first big thing out of Peckham since Del Boy and Rodney came wheeling and dealing out of Nelson Mandela House)! He’s a Secretsundaze regular and has played everywhere, from Moscow to Barcelona, stamping his own London spin on Detroit House. Residents Giles Smith (Two Armadillos) and James Priestly (Simple) will be filling the other spots on the night.
As 2011 proved, there’s no longer any need to visit any other promoters in Ibiza… We have yet again brought in the cream of promoters from the UK’s harder generation for this year’s Ibiza Bootcamp, ready to hit the White Isle and throb your ears off. This ain't a bath in Bodrum, nor some sun ‘n’ sea bollocks: the Ibiza Boot Camp is a concept created by the frontline. Get ready to live it to the max with like-minded people.