Bushwacka! releases under his new moniker, Just Be…
Just Be – the new solo project of Matthew Bushwacka – steps into the fold for the illustrious Get Physical Music with “After The Storm”. Due for release on 21st January 2013, the new single also features a deeper mix, and additionally a B-side also called “Out Of The System”. The release is also accompanied by a video that focuses on contemporary dance and explores themes such as disability discrimination, personal triumph and acceptance.
“After The Storm” continues the new musical path that Matthew is currently on with his new Just Be project, whilst still retaining the certain special characteristics in Matthew’s music that contributed to Layo & Bushwacka’s previous success. The title track bursts open with bright percussion, paving the way for a long build up filled with effective ambient elements to set the mood perfectly. Everything comes together when a rhythmic synth creeps up on, setting the track on fire.
The Deep Mix demonstrates Matt’s ability to approach tracks from a different reference point, and provides a different kind of warmth to an already engrossing track. A journey into a ‘dreamier’ soundscape, this one will is sure to provide ethereal moments for listeners both at home and in the club. “Out Of The System” is another percussive wonder and its bouncy beat keeps driving towards the track’s infectious crescendo. An energetic track that is sure to provide the soundtrack to many peak moments over the coming months.
As mentioned, to accompany the release Frogspawn Creative have produced a video for “After The Storm”. Following the story of a deaf dancer who is mocked by her peers at an audition, the performer then wows them with a stunning contemporary ballet routine. The dancer is still able to enjoy music via physical vibrations, and this phenomenon is based on the director’s personal experiences of a deaf University friend who used to enjoy clubbing on a regular basis. Former West-End choreographer Penelope Schmidt-Uili and deaf advisor and performer Jacob Casselden were consulted on the video to make ensure that dancer Emily Spriggs created a realistic and truthful performance.
Launching in August 2013 in the Italian Alps, Vertigo Festival will deliver electronic dance music in an entirely unique way. As the highest altitude summer electronic music festival, Vertigo is set to be a highlight of the 2013 festival season.
Today, Vertigo Festival announces an array of top International brands and labels to the mountains, starting with Berlin based ‘Get Physical‘, showcasing M.A.N.D.Y., DJ T, Smash TV and Betoko, whilst Swiss born ‘Cadenza Records’ welcome Reboot, UNER, Michel Cleis and Andrea Oliva.
Culprit LA will also be bringing their Downtown Los Angeles rooftop vibe to the rolling mountains, with Droog, M.A.N.I.K, Inxec, Climbers and Lula Circus, whilst Manchester & Ibiza powerhouse Sankeys, have ventured outside of their familiar Club environment for the first time, adding to the equation Darius Syrossian and Enzo Siragusa, with several more top headline artists TBA.
Vertigo also welcomes one of London’s most exciting and forward thinking labels in Art Of Dark, who will be showcasing DJ W!LD, Hector and their stalwart residents Jack & I, Colin Chiddle and Charlie Dave Kent, with several exciting additions due to be announced.
Complementary to the exquisite array of label showcases, Vertigo Festival will offer a platform to some of the UK and Europe’s most exciting emergent event brands. From Virunga with it’s forward thinking emerging residents, Departure expanding on its European destinations, Solid Grooves‘ rooftop vibes, Troupe and its unique label artists, plus Malta’s leading brand Panoptic. Festival goers can expect fun-loving vibes as brands join together to assure Vertigo Festival is one of the summer’s must visit destination festivals.
Vertigo Festival brings to the fold further talent including Alex Niggemann, Daniel Bortz, Move D, Finnebassen, Chopstick & JohnJon, Hot Since 82, Flashmob, Fabio Giannelli, Jobe, Saytek live, Silky, DZeta N’ Basile, and many more acts still yet to be unveiled!
Set in a naturally stunning and bespoke environment in the heart of the Italian Alps, Vertigo Festival will embody the essential essence of a festival whilst also combining a truly breath-taking setting.
The location can be found within a secluded mountainous valley, with a capacity of around just 4,000 people, all those lucky enough to attend Vertigo Festival, will be able to indulge upon 18 hours of hand-picked music, across each of the 3 days and nights, in the most intimate of surroundings.
The festival will take place at the internationally acclaimed Ski Jumping Hotel. The venue is located at an altitude of over 1,500 meters, in the remote village of Pragelato, at the heart of Northern Italy’s Piemonte Region. Nestled between the panoramic valleys of Chisone, approximately 1 hour drive from Turin, this venue boasts Olympic heritage, having hosted the Ski Jumping, Nordic Skiing and Cross-Country Skiing at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics.
Early bird tickets have already been release on general sale, and special limited weekend passes released at £69 for those looking to book with accommodation and transfers included.
Vertigo are ensuring that party goers can reach the secluded location with relative ease, by providing an extra service of transfer coaches to transports people to and from the Festival for those reaching prime locations such as Turin airport, numerous Milan airports and main train stations in both cities.
Vertigo maintains a strict music policy, showcasing only the finest cutting-edge music from its carefully selected line-up of Deep and Tech-House DJs and Producers.
Imagine blue skies, crisp mountain air, 28 degrees at Europe’s highest altitude dance music festival; welcome Vertigo.
Europe’s Highest Altitude Summer Dance Music Festival…
Summer festivals are becoming more and more popular with the increasing number of festivals popping up faster than mushrooms in the damp, and with many aiming to launch a huge event with all the biggest headliners, the concept seems to wear thin. Which is why when Guerilla Sounds first got word of a new summer festival called Vertigo in the pipeline, we were clearly sceptical of the prospect. Festivals such as Glastonbury and Burning Man seem to be the only obvious ones that offer a unique experience. Apart from that, many seem to just want to cash in on the huge event, huge names, huge money aspect.
But once we discovered more details of yet another summer festival, our interest in Vertigo ignited, mainly because of the concept that initially seems to be behind it. Now, without knowing all the details and without 100% confirmation of such an event, it would be foolish to speculate at this point. But since information, although very limited, is coming from a very credible source, we feel confident in sharing what little information we have at the moment.
Apparently, Vertigo Festival aims to create a wholly unique, unparalleled and exclusive summer dance music festival experience, when it launches for the first time in August 2013. Hoping to embody the essential essence of a festival, whilst also combining this with a truly breath-taking environment, Vertigo Festival is set to take-place in the heart of what could arguably be described as one of Italy’s most naturally beautiful locations. This location can be found within a secluded mountainous valley, and with an expected capacity of around just 3,000 people, all those lucky enough to attend Vertigo Festival, will be able to indulge upon 18 hours of handpicked music, across each of the 3 days and nights, in the most intimate of surroundings.
Eager to assert its status as niche festival, Vertigo maintains a strict music policy, showcasing only the finest cutting-edge music from its carefully selected line-up of Deep and Tech-House DJs and Producers.
Much hype still surrounds the line-up and which artists will be included when the festival is expected to be released either later this year or during the first weeks of January. What is known however, is that talks and negotiations have been taking place with regards to various label/brand showcases, including the likes of Cadenza, Get Physical, Life & Death, Culprit, Club to Club and Sankeys.
For the time being, it is not possible to speculate further as to what labels, brands or artists will be a part of this eagerly anticipated event, but word on the grapevine tells us that Cadenza and Get Physical’s involvement is highly probable, whilst Life & Death, Culprit, Club to Club and Sankeys are all still hotly tipped to be involved. It is expected that around 35 headline artists will complete the line-up, many of whom are likely to get punters rushing to the website when the limited tickets eventually go on-sale.
It has been noted that on the Cadenza website, a number of their highest profile artists already have Vertigo Festival booked into their calendars. Household names such as Frankfurt’s Reboot and Geneva based Michel Cleis and Andrea Oliva, seem to be dead certs for next summer’s most mysterious dance music festival.
It has also become apparent from the Cadenza website that the festival will take place at the internationally acclaimed Ski Jumping Hotel. The venue is actually located at an altitude of over 1,500 meters, in the remote village of Pragelato, at the heart of Northern Italy’s Piemonte Region. Nestled in-between the panoramic valleys of Chisone, approximately 1 hour drive from Turin, this venue boasts Olympic heritage, having hosted the Ski Jumping, Nordic Skiing and Cross-Country Skiing at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics.
There is still much to be revealed, but for the time being we just know that this will be a three day and three night festival of the finest deep and tech-house DJs that can be found on the scene, with an intimate and secluded vibe. Well, the setting looks great, and we’re told they have the line-up to match.
Artizan Music call in US deep house sounds of Demarkus Lewis…
When asked to detail the bond he shares with deep house, Dallas born and raised Demarkus Lewis remarks: “trying to describe my passion for the deep is almost like trying to describe why sugar tastes so sweet”. Well, if there was ever a slogan to capture the spirit of house fans, then, this is it!
Smash TV speak with Guerilla Sounds about their partnership, live set and future projects…
Smash TV have not only been gyrating dance floors in Berlin, but all across Europe, whether it is with their energetic DJ sets, their fully loaded live performances or their records being played out by countless DJs.
Kai and Holger are Smash TV. Two friends who started releasing music on Ellen Allien’s Bpitch label before joining their current home, the Get Physical label, where they have enjoyed releasing some of their finest music such as ”Steroids To Heaven”, ”After All These Years” and our personal favourite, ”Baby Got Me Open”, as well as remixes for Adultnapper & Mr C’s ”Anti Sailing” and ”Buddies” by M.A.N.D.E.A.R.
Berlin Music Days or BerMuDa, has been the festival on everyone minds the last few weeks and anyone who has been in the German capital this week would have been touched by the festival in one way, shape or form. The festival itself had a successful start in 2009, created by the originators of the worldwide renowned Watergate Club. Steffen Hack, Ulrich Wombacher and Niklas Eichstädt thought it was time to establish an authentic festival for electronic music, which originated from Berlin’s clubs. With 40 different locations, over 100 DJs and a stack of daily events all part of the BerMuDa festival, you can start to understand how it would have touched many people.
A notable factor in the countless number of events happening through-out the capital has been the amount of record labels taking over numerous locations to hold their own events. Watergate in particular was overrun almost every day of the week by Souvenir, Bpitch, Mobillee and Moon Habour, boasting line ups that would blow your ears off; Tiefschwarz, Ellen Allien, Kiki, Anja Schneider, Matthias Tanzmann, Miss Jools, Chloé and Thomas Muller. But there was clearly one label, on one night, that was going to make a huge imprint on the week of events. With a line-up of M.A.N.D.Y., Tim Green, Alexkid, Javier Logares, Siopis, Jona, David Keno and of course Smash TV performing a special live show, which Kai (one half of Smash TV) later said “was probably one of our best live performances so far”, the Get Physical label night at Watergate was leaving no doubts as to, which event was gleaming with potential.
Through a long standing partnership that lasted nearly 10 years with DJ T and Book Shade, M.A.N.D.Y. have carved a unique niche in electronic music by consistently selecting productions for their Get Physical label that induce their audience into a frenzy. The Get Physical label has been a predominant influence on the music scene in terms of the caliber of music, artists and parties it has unleashed on to the scene. And with M.A.N.D.Y., Booka Shade and DJ T all becoming so successful in what they do as DJs, producers and live performers, you could almost say that Get Physical held the title of having one of the most profound artists lists any label would dream of. Speaking with Patrick (one half of M.A.N.D.Y.) at Watergate, he explained whether each member of this dream team contributed in different ways to the success of the label… “Yeah, you could say like sound-wise, in the sound direction, we each had our own, but also in other aspects of running the label, I think we each brought something very special and important to Get Physical”. You could say that each one has been vital in the success of the label, Philipp’s charm and savy, Patrick’s allusive artistry, DJ T’s entrepreneurial sense and Book Shade’s collaborative genius. All this combining to form a masterful team that pushed the boundaries of dance music. But one does have to ask the question, that although three successful artists names leading the way may be a dream, how can a label work so in sync and successfully when those three successful names, or five individuals, are all at the helm?… “You know, we have this long standing friendship of over 15 years that transformed into a label. It wasn’t only from the outside, but also a real inner circle, free feeling vibe and emotions”, Patrick explained. A friendship that was clearly founded on and shared the same ideas and passion for the music they all love and have come to disburse on to the hundreds of thousands of fans around the world.
The beginning of this year unfortunately saw DJ T and Booka Shade leaving the label… “After nearly 10 years of working together, DJ T and Booka Shade left around the beginning of this year but for good reasons you know. Like Booka Shade, with this crazy artist career, didn’t really have time to focus on the label. There’s a lot of work involved. It’s not all just about sales, it’s not about making money, you’re actually happy if you don’t lose money… but there’s a lot of effort and dedication involved. And they felt that it wasn’t worth continuing to run the label. Thomas really got into a lot of A&R in the last few years and he’s really happy doing what he’s doing now and focusing more on his career. And Book Shade as well are happy to be focusing more on their career”.
M.A.N.D.Y. have been faced with not only a busy touring schedule this year but also with the running of the label, surprisingly enough they seem to be keeping the Get Physical label alive as ever; having over 20 releases so far this year plus the “Full Body Workout Volume 7″, not to meantion M.A.N.D.Y. still finding the time to put together “Body Language Volume 10″. Even though Booka Shade and DJ T many no longer be at the label, M.A.N.D.Y. have still retained a strong caliber of artists releasing on Get Physical. DJ T himself often releasing, along with Audiofly, Martin Dawson, Catz N’ Dogz, Mr C, SIS, Smash TV and Siopis.
M.A.N.D.Y. also seem to have an amazing view on music, their interaction with people is truly remarkable, transmitting their love and energy for the music to the people, not only through the their mixing, through their music, or through their actions and expressions behind the console, but also in the way they speak about the music.
A great example of their dedication and love to the music, would be when asking Patrick about his recent appearance at Bedlam, London, he explained…“I already played at the Bedlam party in Kent a couple years before, which was really good and it was a nice surprised to know that Tim had taken his night to London. I had heard so many good things about the first Bedlam in London at the beginning of the year. So when I had a last minute gig cancellation I agreed to play as a favour to Tim Green and his Bedlam night… and It was amazing, It was totally great. It was this warehouse in London and it had never been used before in the middle of nowhere. We came in and it was a bit like Panorama Bar, great audience with a proper club culture like Bedlam had already been there for years.”
Now, getting back to the Get Physical label party at Watergate on 02 Nov… It makes you wonder that with an intense tour schedule for M.A.N.D.Y. and keeping the Get Physical label alive, it does make you question whether all this has an effect on their DJing performance and the Get Physical party in question…
The answer is very simple… M.A.N.D.Y. alone played some of the most infectious body moving music around that was seamlessly blending together in that unrivaled M.A.N.D.Y. style. And considering this was a Wednesday night, Get Physical and all its artists provided Watergate and its perfectly energised crowd with a ‘full body workout’.
Special Thanks to Corey @ Professional Rockstars, Markus and of course Patrick.
Nearly 2 years in the running and Bedlam just seems to be going from strength to strength….
Over the course of nearly 2 years since the creation of the profound Maidstone (Kent) underground night Bedlam [Kent], it seems that Tim Green & Co are determined to make their mark on the scene as they reach new heights.
Bedlam, being the night of fast rising UK talent, DJ/Producer Tim Green. Tim Green being the man behind great tracks like “Old Sunshine”, who has seen both his name and production work on outstanding labels such as Get Physical, Dirtybird and Cocoon. And the Co being the dedicated people [Forward Thinking Music Management] behind the organisation of the night, helping both Tim Green and Bedlam to reach new heights.
From day one hosting the likes of M.A.N.D.Y., Martin Buttrich, Audio Fly, Lee Burridge, Matthias Tanzmann, Emerson Todd and 2000 And One, Bedlam has been smashing places like Maidstone hot spot, The Loft, some old abandoned cinema and now the historic Chatham monument, The Tunnel. And Bedlam seems to be focusing on those venues that are just dripping with pure underground vibe, which seems to be another key to its success along with the countless talent of DJs they are drafting in!
And with The Tunnel being the prime location we made sure we were at the Bedlam 1st Birthday almost 1 year ago. Where we soaked up the energy of Tim Green banging out his very own “Old Sunshine” and Matthias Tanzmann building the crowd with Yousef’s “Come Home”. We can honestly say that Bedlam @ The Tunnel is a truly momentous night indeed. Which is why Bedlam at The Tunnel returns once again this weekend [29 Jan] to host rising Italian house star Leon and very special guest Cassy. And of course resident Tim Green!
Cassy, well-known for playing DC10, Cocoon (Ibiza), Panorama Bar and Fabric, is undoubtably one of the best DJs on the scene. With her music being released on Souvenir, Cocoon and the almighty German giant Perlon Records, not to mention her mix CDs for Panorama Bar and Cocoon, she has gained huge respect in the underground scene. Her unique style and party vibe earning her back2back sessions with Ricardo Villalobos as she focuses on weaving deep and dark house music, twisted techno along with skill and finesse. There’s no doubt about how things are going to turn out for Bedlam!
Leon returns to Bedlam after having played an impressive set at the beginning of 2010 alongside M.A.N.D.Y. Having releases out on Nick Curly’s Cecille Records and Steve Lawler’s VIVa MUSiC, his talents have been gaining recognition from world-class DJs as Pete Tong, Ricardo Villalobos, Carl Cox, Luciano, Laurent Garnier, Loco Dice, M.A.N.D.Y., Tiefschwarz, Matthias Tanzmann, Nic Fanciulli, Danny Howells and Marco Carola. Adding to that, an extensive 17 date tour of the USA and Canada along with constant dates in Italy, UK, Germany, Holland, Russia and Spain, it’s not hard to see why Bedlam has got Leon back behind the console.
Which brings us back to the point of success. Because it’s not just the countless number of exceptional DJs that give the feeling of climbing success, it’s also with the added expansion and launch of Bedlam London. An act of proof that Tim Green & Co not only have the credentials but also the vision – “determined to make their mark on the scene”.
Bedlam London, set for a secret East London venue on the 19th March, boasts the presence of the Cadenza star known for the hit release “Elle” and collaboration with Cadenza co-star Cesar Merveille, Columbian born Pablo Cahn along with Crosstown Rebels duo, Art Department. – One word – Sick!
All we can conclude is that London may be a bigger pond but with Bedlam’s track record and reputation, it was inevitable that it would start to out-grow its current location and search for a larger environment, which will simple fuel its success.