Techno Blind Test: DJs trying to identify classic Techno tracks
If you’ve ever hoped for a Tomorrowland of techno, then make room in your planner for Awakenings Festival, the world’s largest outdoor techno event. This year the Netherlands event celebrates its 20th edition with a lineup as deep as it is wide, presenting sets from the pound for pound techno icons like Carl Cox, Jeff Mills, and Derrick May alongside a true buffet of the genre’s new breed.
While Awakenings billed as a techno festival, its lineup builds a truly vibrant sonic collage within the genre. In 2020 fans can expect sets from 99999999, Richie Hawtin, Boris Brejcha, Ricardo Villalobos, Speedy J, Joris Voorn, ANNA, Charlotte De Witte, and Tale of Us among literally a hundred other DJs who sit at the top of the electronic game.
To celebrate having its roots planted firmly in Amsterdam’s techno culture, Awakenings took to the canal’s for this year’s lineup announcement with an hour-long acid journey from Reinier Zonneveld, whose electro-tinged brand of techno has gained him particular notoriety in the Dutch scene.
Checkout Awakenings Festival’s 2020 lineup below.
When you’ve spent over 20 years at the top of your profession, it must be hard to find new ways to challenge yourself. A true superstar of the German techno scene, Chris Liebing is one of the most in-demand DJs in the world.
But instead of resting on his live show, Liebing ventured into the new ground to create by far his most cohesive and compelling album to date. Burn Slow sees him steering an enviable group of artists into the dark and cerebral territory.
We caught up with the techno legend and asked him about everything from the album as an art form to an artist’s responsibility to their fans, to how he plans on integrating his new music into his live show and to see just where his head’s at in the wake of releasing his game-changing record.
First off, congrats on the album. It’s not really what I was expecting and I’m sure you’ll get that quite a lot but I’ve been listening to it on repeat.
Chris Liebing: Nice! That’s great to hear because that’s basically what it was intended for. Not necessarily on repeat, that’s a nice bonus, but basically listening to it from beginning to the end sort of thing.
It’s already exceeded my expectations because I really never expected that anyone would take the time to listen to an album from the beginning to end but apparently a lot of people still do. It’s great to hear.
Yeah, people have been talking about the death of the album since Napster, but I just haven’t seen that. What I’ve seen really is people doubling down on the album experience.
That is the first time I’ve heard that from someone, what you just said. I didn’t really realize that. You’re probably talking to more people than I am about things like this but I grew up with the album listening experience and I think the album format is just such an important format.
When I was sitting on this album I definitely put down my expectations of people actually listening in full. In these modern times, everything needs to be so quick, and every video on YouTube should only be like three minutes because nobody’s looking for anything that’s longer.
I thought this is kind of like something that is really out of fashion, so it’s really nice to hear what you just said that people are doubling down on it, that’s great.
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Giorgia Angiuli is an Italian composer and multi-instrumentalist. Angiuli’s love for experimentation started early on in her life, as she went from having a background in classical music to pursuing electronic music production as a career. The epitome of her experimentation can be witnessed in her live performances. She is known for using toys—yes, actual toys that sometimes people don’t even have a name for—images and scents to create multi-dimensional live sets. Some of the instruments she uses are the trumpet, sax, drum pad, keyboards, and her voice. The result is a journey of music genres varying between pop, techno and house.
Mixing and looping these into different arrangements electrifies the dance floor and leaves the audience thirsty for more after a night of dancing their asses off. Since 2013, Angiuli has managed to release tracks and albums on some of the biggest labels, such as Crosstown Rebels, Harry Klein, Kindisch, and Systematic and Suara. Her latest album “In A Pink Bubble” was released on Stil Vor Talent.
On a broader scale, Angiuli—along with her toys—has performed at some of the biggest clubs and festivals around the world, including ones in Berlin, New York, Paris, London, Munich, Madrid, and Paris. Her global presence has increased thanks to her viral video clips that reflect her quirky persona as an artist and performer.
You come from a family of classical musicians; what made you switch to electronic music production?
I love music in all its shapes so at this moment I am just swimming in a new ocean… Actually, when I was a student I had a lot of prejudice against dance music. I thought that it was something vulgar and very easy to do. But I was completely wrong, every music has its own difficulties.
What I really love about dance music is the reaction of the crowd because you can immediately feel what they are thinking about your sound. Dance music is about instinctive reactions and feelings so if they dance, it means they are liking it
Your identity as an artist is very much noticeable in all aspects of your persona —from the way you dress to artwork and the gear you use to make sounds. Can you tell us more about that?
I’ve been collecting toys for many years now. I know sometimes people look at my setup in a suspicious way, but I don’t care. It’s me. I love colors, I love toys and kawaii – cute outfit, I feel a bit like a Japanese girl
I know that maybe with a black outfit and simple equipment everything could be easier but I don’t wanna change for the market rules.
“It’s difficult to have hobbies with my lifestyle”
You can read more about her interview at Projectrevolver
Have you heard? NECHTO has seven releases planned, mostly by “unknown names” the Kyiv label says with 4 of them out there. Most of the producers hail from Nastia’s native Ukraine, such as Splinter UA, Voin Oruwu, Recid and Vitaliy Symonenko, while others like Knigi and Ben Khlifa are from Russia and Tunisia. Nastia herself will release music on the label under a new alias, SHEIS.
“NECHTO is an open platform for everyone, it’s a label with no pretences,” Nastia told Resident Advisor. “I want to use all of my power to push other artists who are new to this. I want make the process simple for them, and make everyone see how easy it is to release music if you just make good stuff.”
The first EP NECH001, a four-track EP credited to an unknown artist, is out December 13th last year.
Sven Väth, the German DJ legend and three-time DJ Awards winner who’s career in electronic music spans well over 30 years! “Electrica Salsa” with OFF launched his career in 1986. Lovingly referred to as “Papa Sven” by his fans, Sven Väth has made his mark in the music community by being one of Germany’s “pop stars” in the nineties, running two famous night clubs in Germany, and starting his own company Cocoon, which encompasses a booking agency, record label, and a branch for events.
Sven Väth is a major proponent of vinyl, using only two decks and a mixer for his extensive DJ sets, his longest set having been 30 hours.
Here’s how Sven’s playlist looked like 3 decades ago, thanks to groove.de