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David Gtronic: Atlanta Welcomes a True Talent

It's the beginning of the weekend, and even though Shaky Knees has used up some of the city's energy, the house and techno community of Atlanta still manages to keep it moving late into the night. Early on at the Alley Cat Music Club, support from Koba and Attila stirs upstairs. More and more people, building up an initially intimate crowd, which sets things off to a nice start. David Gtronic begins his set around 1:00 a.m. firmly grounded in house.

Immediately, there is a definite jump in level of complexity and intensity. Hard, round bass and fat, cutting hi-hats are still bouncy somehow. This, coupled with lots of spacey tech sounds and an often swinging feel, fuels the feet and delights the imagination, an impressive balance to strike, no doubt. Bringing things back down to earth for a bit and then building back up with a harder approach to techno, he finishes the night out strong.

Before his set, David agreed to speak with us about his life in the world of dance music.

You recently played New York and Miami back to back. How were your experiences there?

New York for me is one of the most special cities. I really love the fast-paced lifestyle of the city. There’s so much diversity and different styles of music. I really like the Brooklyn scene. You get a lot of underground warehouse parties. New York and Miami are the two key cities in the United States to come and play. I do it every chance I get to. Miami is always special because I grew up there. Every time I play in Miami, and this is the third time I’ve done it, I do open to close sets. I start at 11 p.m. and end at 5 a.m. It’s really nice, because (I see) people that I grew up with in high school come, who I haven’t seen in five years. It’s nice that they come to support me. I’ve always gotten a lot of really good support from Miami, so it’s always really special for me to play there.

What event do you consider the most pivotal in launching your career as a dj/producer?

I wouldn’t say an event, but when I made the move from America to Ibiza in 2013, it changed everything for me. I already had my name growing slowly from releasing music, and I was lucky enough to get support from some of the big guys like Marco Carola, Loco Dice and Dubfire. All these guys were playing my music in 2011 and 2012, before I really had a chance to get out there. In 2013, I finished my sound engineering degree and moved to Ibiza. I just bought a one way flight thinking that I was gonna come back at the end of the season. I met so many people. I ended up living in Berlin. I never came back home, technically. Just to visit.

Of all your various residencies, which has been your favorite and why?

Right now I’m with the Vatos Locos crew, which is Hector, my friends from back home, Randall M, Chad Andrews, my roommate in Berlin, Sece. It started last year, but this summer it’s kicking off a little more. We’re doing a residency in Club Der Visionaere. We have one party each month for the next four months. This place is, I will say, one of my favorites in the world. Some people will laugh at me because it’s a small bar for 150 people, but the vibe that it creates is just incredible. People go there on a nice summer day, have a beer, hangout with their friends, and maybe go to panorama bar after. If you really want to keep partying there you can. Ricardo Villalobos plays there every other month. It’s a special place where people want to come and play. It’s not about the money or anything. People actually pay their own flights to come and play at this place. Have you seen it before?  It’s just next to a river and in the summer it’s beautiful.

The Terrace Podcast has over a million downloads. What do you attribute this success to?

It’s funny. I started this podcast when I was sixteen. Back in the day, I used to listen to Tiesto’s podcast. I listened to it every week so I could see how he presented the podcast. I wanted to do something like this. Growing up in Miami, you can’t go out to clubs until you are 21. I managed to get a fake I.D. when I was 16. I was going to the terrace in Space and I was obsessed with this music and the after hours. That’s why I named my podcast the Terrace Podcast to resemble after-hours music and underground music. The funny thing was, people started thinking that it was the official podcast from Space’s terrace. I got a lot of traffic from that, but eventually they realized that it had nothing to do with Space. They liked what they heard, so they kept listening and more people came.

The great thing about it is I never put any marketing behind it. I never promoted it, and I don’t post about it. I just create the podcast, make the artwork, release it and it just promotes itself. It’s a really cool project. I personally like to think about it as my little musical diary. I love collecting a lot of music, even though I don’t get to play more than half of it. When you come to play in the United States you have to bring something stronger. They are not too open for these weird minimal sounds, but in the podcast I get to do this and express myself in another way that I couldn’t do in the club. That’s what I like about it the most.

Your collaboration with Lilith, Lagrimas Del Sol, reached new heights of musical sophistication. What was your inspiration behind this work?

The title of the EP, Lagrimas Del Sol, means tears on the sun. This was during a really hard period for me economically wise. I was going to school, and I had to choose between working and having some money, or just going to school full-time and making my music on the side. I chose making my music on the side. A lot of the times I was without money and it was very difficult

I met Lilith. She had released under Monique Musique, which is a label that I worked with before.  I started messaging her, saying I really like her music. We met and had a Skype conversation for five hours. We decided to try some music together. She is the same as me in that she is very sensitive and expresses her emotions through music. We didn’t really have a plan, but we wanted to combine, I wouldn’t say classical music, but something like that with techno. She had a friend from Amsterdam who plays the cello amazingly. She recorded a bunch of cello recordings and we had a few piano recordings, and there’s also one track where we have a tango. We grabbed little elements from normal music that we liked, and made it into a techno production.

Do you foresee creating more techno session musicians?

Yes, for sure. I actually have a new record with Lilith coming out that’s called Cello and it’s a twelve minute track with a cello throughout the whole track. This was the first track I made when I arrived in Berlin. It always reminds me of that moment when I was struggling to make the transition to a new city. We definitely will do that more. I love classical music. When I travel, that’s all I listen to - the piano, Eric Satie, Beethoven. I love really abstract piano sessions. I definitely want to keep doing that in the future.

What do you enjoy most about performing at tINI & the Gang, Ibiza?

I haven’t worked with her for the last year or two, but when I did, the most magical thing was being on the beach in Ibiza with all your friends and watching the sunset in front of you. I remember the last time I played was back to back with Chad Andrews. We played right before tINI, so we had the sunset set, and the sunset was directly ahead of us. We were playing and the people were screaming and dancing, watching the sun go down. It was really a special gig. Even Resident Advisor wrote an article about it. That’s the most special part about tINI & the Gang. It’s a free party. People don’t have to worry about paying 40 to 60 euros like they do at Amnesia. You already come with a chill state of mind – have some beers, hang out on the beach with your friends. listen to good music and to new upcoming artists you’ve never heard of before. That’s the good thing about tINI. She always gives new DJs a chance to come and play. That’s something you need to do for the newer generation. You can’t be so egocentric. You have to open the platform for new guys and give them an opportunity. Just how she and I got an opportunity. It’s important to do that.

What are you most looking forward to in the near future?

I’ve never been that type of guy to plan ahead, but I’m really excited for this season in Ibiza. I want to focus more on studio work, and every time I go to Ibiza it’s impossible to get work done out there. One time I even brought my equipment and everything and I didn’t even use it one time. I already know when I go to Ibiza I do some networking, a little partying, a little raving, but I can’t make music over there. This summer I want to focus, staying in Berlin working in the studio not getting distracted that much. I’ll spend June and September in Ibiza like I usually do, but take July to focus in the studio. I’ll be coming back to America at the end of July for one week, and maybe do a gig in New York and L. A. and Denver, and then back to Europe for the rest of the summer.

[Interview] Lauren Lane kicks off an impressive 2016.

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By Kristin Gray

With such a busy start to a new year and no signs of slowing, Lauren Lane is no doubt making a name for herself in the DJ community. She has played at major festivals and venues around the world including BPM Festival, Coachella and SXM Festival, just to name a few. Her new EP was released on Eats Everything's new label Edible, complete with a music video to showcase her title track "Diary of a Madwoman." Along with her loyal travel companion, Bijou, expect to see Lauren continuing this busy schedule with her constant striving to create a positive musical influence for peers and fans alike.

You recently were in London to play at Electric Brixton for a United Ants event. What was that experience like, getting to play at their launch party for that city?

It was really cool getting to play the Ants party in London. It was a sold out show and the venue is really cool. Electric Brixton was I think the perfect place to do it because it has a lot of character and seemed like the people there were really into the music. I really enjoyed my set, and everyone else there played great as well.

The Diary of a Madwoman EP was just released on Eats Everything’s Edible Records, along with a video for the title track. Can you tell us about making the video?

We shot the "Diary of a Madwoman" video all in one night in New York. We basically had all the ideas together. My friend Michelangelo of Energea, and the assistant producer Shaun Benjamin, aka Kid Singapore, as well as the director and cinematographer Andrew Coury from Direct Narrative. The four of us went out and guerrilla shot all over the city. The story takes us on the subway in Manhattan outside different clubs, and on the street. And you’ll see a cool shot going over the 59th street bridge. It was great shooting in New York City because there are a lot of interesting places visually. It also holds a special place in my heart because I lived there for 10 years. I think that New York is a very good representation of the song because there are two sides of the city. There’s a kind of mystery around every corner.

There is also a common lyric throughout the title track of “Does the world revolve around no one but you?”, what was the meaning behind this and the EP as a whole?

The lyric in the track “does the world revolve around no one but you?”, it’s an interesting sound bite that I took. I think it is an interesting concept that people need to think about, to see the bigger picture. And whether you’re thinking about world peace or what you can do to help your own environment day to day, we need to start thinking more externally rather than internally. The meaning behind the EP as a whole. We all have a little bit of madness in us as well as darkness, things we all have to face and explore to find the light.

What was it like growing up in Philly, then finding your true calling of producing and DJing in NYC?

I grew up in Philly and moved to New York when I was 18. I started record shopping with my friends when I was in high school. When I moved to New York I started to learn how to DJ. I taught myself after trying to play off my friend’s equipment one day, and I became instantly hooked. It became an instant passion. Then I moved to LA about 4 years ago, and it was good because it really took me out of my comfort zone. I became a resident at Sound, and for the past two years I have been kind of a nomad, traveling around. Summers in Ibiza and touring, living wherever I will be for that portion of the year. That has been really chaotic but fun and I'm looking forward to getting a home base again so I can concentrate on making more music.

Was there a particular moment in your life when you realized that creating and playing music was what you wanted to do?

I think the first moment that I ever saw somebody DJing, I was 15, and I was instantly fascinated. I was definitely not supposed to be in the club that I was in. I went with some friends and from that moment on I was completely interested in the music, hooked on finding music and making mixes for my friends. Even before I was a DJ, I would always make CDs. The moment I realized I wanted to be a DJ was when I got the opportunity to use someone’s equipment. I literally DJ'ed for eight hours straight until I could finally mix two vinyls together. Then maybe five years ago when I started to learn how to produce, I realized that time kind of melted away while I was in the studio, and it was one of those things that it never really felt like work. Even though it was a new challenge, I really enjoy creating something that has a lasting effect and impression on people. It still makes me excited to go into the studio to start new projects. And when people come up to me and tell me they like my music, that is the ultimate reward because that’s the goal, to make people enjoy themselves and have fun.

Your dog Bijou has earned her own Instagram account and has stolen the hearts of many of your followers. What is one of her greatest adventures on the road with you?

Bijou has definitely earned her own fans, and has her own hashtag, #lifeofbijou. We’ve had a lot of amazing adventures together and it’s funny, my mom jokes that [Bijou] has more stamps on her passport than [my mom] does. We have had some really amazing times. She has been to Mykonos, to Ibiza, and recently she went to St. Barths. I’m sure there's a lot more #lifeofbijou adventures to come, and she’s actually been to a lot of festivals this year. She’s been to Miami Music Week, SXM, BPM, and she’ll definitely be at Coachella and Ibiza. And she played the closing track at Rumors in Ibiza, you can find the photo on Instagram.

What, more than anything else, do you wish to convey to the world through your music?

I think with each different track, there might be a different message to convey. But in the music that I’m making now, it’s music that you can go out on the dance floor and lose yourself to. It creates a lot of energy. It can be played in a big or small room, and it seems like it makes people really amped up and happy. In the future I would like to explore other feelings or messages, but right now it’s dance floor music.

After such a successful start to this year, do you have any more upcoming projects in the works?

After a lot of really fun times already this year, with BPM and Carnival and SXM, playing Paradise and multiple gigs at Miami Music Week. I am going to be playing in Lima, Peru this weekend, the following weekend I will be in New York City for Babel and heading to Snowbombing in Austria. And I have a lot of fun gigs coming up in the summer. During Sonar, I’ll be playing multiple gigs in Ibiza for Paradise and Ants. Plus, look for more new music coming out, it should be a really fun year ahead!

 

Next Up with Ralo

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Raul illegally referred to as Ralo is a music producer from Miami, Cuba or Havana, Florida for that matter. Vicing in the South-side of the map, he arranged beats for money, initially in the realm of rap and hip-hop when emerging from the ‘90s bass music movement. Hip-hop wasn’t dead but it certainly felt like it was time to flip the page. For him, it was time to speed up the tempo.

What is your background? Cuban American

How do you think that shaped who you are today? I’m proud of where I come from. I realize how fortunate I am and do my best never to take anything for granted. In this country, we all have the opportunity to be whoever we want. My grandfather came to Miami with nothing but the clothes on his back. He started from the bottom, provided for our family and took the time to remind us that anything you want in life is possible. I lived with my grandparents for a while growing up. My mom and I moved around a lot when I was young. I always hated moving away from the friends I would make. Although no matter where we went it was easy for me to make new friends, probably because I’m outgoing and, unlike everyone else, I enjoy small talk. I constantly got into trouble at school for talking too much.

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Top 5 Underground DJs at TomorrowWorld

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At TomorrowWorld, you create your own destiny. There are three forces at work to generate an unimaginable festival experience. 1) The vibes of your crew, 2) energy of the crowd, and 3) uncommonly skilled artists.  If you're not looking to spend your weekend at main stage these are the underground shows you don't want to miss.

1. jackLNDN

When you follow jackLNDN on Instagram it's obvious he is one of the most humble dudes in the scene. Although, he has a lot to brag about considering he warmed up Red Rocks for Bassnectar back in May. If you think disco is dead jackLNDN is here to revive your doubts.

Sunday, 27 September

2:30PM-3:30PM

Mythical Frames

2. Shiba San

Music maestro. Get ready for Dirtybird Records' own deep/ghetto house golden child. Shiba San's set is assured to make dat booty pop. Be prepared for some heavy bass and funky, hip hop infused tunes.

Saturday, 26 September

4:15PM-5:45PM

Mythical Frames

3. Alan Fitzpatrick

It's official, the techno crown has been claimed. Producer/DJ Alan Fiztpatrick keeps proving he's unstoppable by releasing tracks on Hotflush Recordings, Drumcode and Figure this past year. If you're looking to get weird, this is the place to do it.

Friday, 25 September

6:30PM-8:00PM

Drumcode

4. Patrick Topping

Hailing from the UK, Patrick Topping is known for his rise to the top under the wing of Hot Creations head honcho Jamie Jones. Miami, New York and San Francisco are just a few of the cities who've recently had the pleasure of hosting one of the most sought after names in dance music. His set will be a cherry on the top of your weekend.

Sunday, 27 September

3:00PM-5:00PM

Paradise

5. Claptone

Hidden under the golden mask stands a true artist eager to captivate audiences. Claptone is an accomplished producer with a recent No.1 remix on Beatport. Dance your worries away with carefree electronic and deep house jams.

Sunday, 27 September

4:30PM-6:00PM

Mythical Frames

Honorable Mention: Bakermat

One reason. This track is the shit.

Sunday, 27 September

7:00PM-8:30PM

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