The latest, greatest professional DJ mixer!

play-differently-model-1-top-large-584x600Intriguing! Obviously this is not DJ equipment for beginners, and I’m not in the market for a high-end professional DJ mixer these days. However the idea of something different for our treasured DJs does appeal and I’m always interested in what they are using up there in the stratosphere of DJland. It was co-designed by Richie Hawtin himself.

This analogue mixer has no crossfader, 6 channels, and more options than any other mixer out there. According to the website: “MODEL 1 has a unique offering of six fully featured input channels plus two stereo returns in a small format frame. It has many features not currently available on any comparable device, such as Input pre-amplifier drive control, hybrid filter/swept bell EQ, dual cue system, dual mixer linking system, and a fully balanced Tascam DB25 connector system. A fully balanced mix buss, zero crossing detection for seamless filter & master EQ routing along high voltage differential power rails.”

I have no idea what most of that means.

Play differently backApparently Adam Beyer and Dubfire are going to be playing with it this year.

Not for the faint of heart: £2500/$3650, £50/$73 flat rate shipping worldwide + taxes.

You can currently only order it direct from the playdifferently.org website.

 

 

 

 

An unlikely electronica team? Jean Michelle Jarre and Edward Snowden

Wow. This year is just full of surprises!

“The whole Electronica project is about the ambiguous relationship we have with technology: on the one side we have the world in our pocket, on on the other, we are spied on constantly. There are tracks about the erotic relationship we have with technology, the way we touch our smartphones more than our partners, about CCTV surveillance, about love in the age of Tindr. It seemed quite appropriate to collaborate not with a musician but someone who literally symbolises this crazy relationship we have with technology.” – Jean-Michel Jarre

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/apr/15/jean-michel-jarre-records-with-edward-snowden-nsa-whistleblower

Cozy Club Goes Massive: Toffler Festival – Rotterdam, May 21, 2016

Toffler is a fantastic, teeny weeny club literally in the underground in Rotterdam. I go there often because it’s the closest thing to Boiler Room that we’ve got here. You can get right up front, inches away from the DJ. However Toffler is known around here as “The Tunnel,” because that’s what it’s like. You can maybe fit 10 or 15 people across, and a few hundred going back.

Toffler tunnel

The vibe at Toffler is always rich and fun. So when I heard they were going to have a big outdoor electronic dance music festival, I was intrigued. The lineup was killer, with Chris Liebing, Adam Beyer, Sam Paganini, and my current heartthrob, Tale of Us. Toffler Festival was really, really nice. Of course the perfect weather gave it an advantage many in the Netherlands don’t have.

Me and Peter at Toffler

There I am with my friend Peter from Rotterdam – smiles all around!

Something very interesting I noticed about this festival was that it was much more multicultural than the festivals in Amsterdam. I’d say half the attendees were white, and half were all the other colors of the rainbow. Very refreshing. My biggest complaint was the lack of free drinking water: who does that these days?! Other than that I thought it was spectacularly organized and laid out; somehow they brought the gezellig feeling from their tiny little club into a multi-thousand person electronic dance music event.

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They’ll be doing an indoor daytime festival in November – You can be sure I’ll be checking that out!