SUB.Culture: Montreal Trailer

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SUB.Culture: Montreal Trailer
The latest edition of THUMP’s explorative SUB.Culture series delves into Montreal’s dance music scene, nestling into Québec’s multi-cultural metropolis as it prepares for the world-renowned outdoor music festival Igloofest. With its arts culture supported through grants and funding, Montreal holds a unique and fervent musical community that’s launched the careers of Tiga, Chromeo, and Kaytranada. THUMP sits down with some of the movers and shakers of Montreal’s music scene to better understand the pulse that keeps its nightlife alive: From the Saintwoods tastemaker Zach Macklovitch, to co-owner of Turbo Recordings, Thomas Von Party, and the locally respected DJ and producer Christian Pronovost, SUB.Culture Montreal finds out what puts the “real” in “Montreal.”
Stay tuned for the first installment of SUB.Culture: Montreal coming next week on THUMP.
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Verboten Celebrates First Anniversary with ‘Verboten 001′ Featuring Carl Craig, Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons, Luciano, Maya Jane Coles & More

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VERBOTEN CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY
‘Verboten 001’ Features Carl Craig, Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons, Luciano, Maya Jane Coles & More
Brooklyn’s underground techno cathedral calls time on an incredible first year” — Mixmag
“Verboten is an amazing club. It is a spiritual place created by dedicated passionate people with pure intentions to connect the music with the people.” — Ida Engberg
March 9 Willkommen Deep House Yoga [special anniversary edition]
March 10 Willkommen Deep House Yoga [special anniversary edition]
March 12 Verboten Live: Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons / PillowTalk [live] / Bedouin
March 13 Wasabassco: Sin on Heels [special anniversary show]
March 13 Detroit Love: Carl Craig / Luciano / Chuck Flask / Keith Kemp

March 14 MJC & Friends: Maya Jane Coles / Lauren Flax / Wild Dark

Menbar Photos for VerbotenNewYork.com
Verboten celebrates its first anniversary ‘Verboten 001’ this March with a week-long series of incredible events featuring the debut of Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons’ live show, resident Carl Craig with Luciano, and resident Maya Jane Coles, as well as free Willkommen yoga featuring special musical performances, a scintillating anniversary show by Wasabassco burlesque, and special anniversary DJ brunch. Verboten is also proud to announce the launch of its new membership program. With an opening year that saw the club voted “Best Dance Club” in Village Voice’s 2014 Best of NYC Readers’ Poll and named “best club in America” by Matthew Dear, Verboten is poised to continue leading Brooklyn’s clubbing renaissance as what Rolling Stone calls “Williamsburg’s newest music mecca.


Music Lineup
Verboten introduces the Verboten Live series with Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons, a daring new project that utilizes all manner of brave new sounds; listen to their first single “Lovers’ Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Najariya)” released last year. Damian Lazarus, who played Verboten’s opening night, makes history again with The Ancient Moons making their US debut at the club. Also performing live are San Francisco’s PillowTalk, manipulating pop melodies, classic R&B, soul and boogie into the loose rhythms of house music. The event is hosted by Bespoke Musik, whose residents Bedouin – composed of Brooklyn’s own Tamer Malki and Rami Deejay – recently released their ethereal new EP ‘Whispering Words of Wisdom’ on Kindisch.


Verboten resident Carl Craig is described as a creative visionary, an electronic music icon, an esteemed Grammy-nominated composer, a world-class DJ and an ambassador for his native city Detroit. The prolific producer/DJ has few equals in terms of the artistry, influence, and diversity of his music. His remixes discography boasts some of the most desirable names in music, making him one of the most sought after remixers in the world, and his Planet E imprint has given a home to a wide range of Detroit-based artists. He is joined by Luciano, who, ranking as one of today’s most influential and groundbreaking world traveling DJs and performers, always been at the forefront of techno and house. The forward thinking Swiss-Chilean innovator and Cadenza Records boss has brought his own eclectic and truly unique blend of electronic music and passionate Latin grooves to crowds all over the planet.


Fellow Verboten resident Maya Jane Coles is somewhat of an enigma in today’s music world; on a typical Maya Jane Coles record, Maya will have written, produced, engineered, arranged, mixed and performed every element of the track; sometimes top-lining and, on most occasions, even designing the sleeve artwork too. Life has been changing quite dramatically for the British-Japanese, producer/DJ; having recently released her biggest body of work to date — her debut album, Comfort — things look set to keep on changing.


Culture
As a thank you, Verboten offers two free sessions of its celebrated Willkommen Deep House yoga on March 9 and 10. For these special dates, Willkommen features special musical performances to bring together mind, body and music. The classes take advantage of Verboten’s large, skylit Control Room and cushioned, reclaimed wood floor, and feature Lululemon yoga mats.  Smoothies, water, and coconut water are available. Says Huffington Post, “Deep House Yoga takes “wellness clubbing” a step further, creating an opportunity for full-body contemplation in an environment that otherwise may feel incongruous to meditation and reflection. But the unlikely combination worked.”


Voted one of the top 10 burlesque shows on the planet by Travel Channel, Wasabassco Burlesque celebrates the first anniversary of Verboten with a very special Sin On Heels show, featuring scintillating performances by its beautiful cast, who have been a staple at Verboten since the beginning. NYC’s most interesting people know that this is the place to start your Saturday night date — with high octane striptease performances from the nation’s top-tier talent, incredible atmosphere, all curated and hosted by Sydni Deveraux, plus a full menu of Verboten’s decadent small plates and craft cocktails.
Revive yourself at Verboten’s special anniversary Sunday DJ Brunch on March 15, a day-long party featuring Verboten resident DJs and $1 dollar specials on food and drinks. Verboten brunch takes place in its beautiful skylit Cabaret Bar featuring rotating art exhibits, a crisp Martin Audio sound system, and delicious brunch fare and specialty cocktails.


Membership Program
To help celebrate the occasion, Verboten will also be launching a membership program for its regular customers, offering reduced admission to club nights, purchase rewards, and access to special events and merchandise. Stay tuned for more details to be announced!

Verboten
54 North 11th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
 
 
About Verboten
Verboten is a leader in the New York underground dance music scene: booking, producing and promoting house music and techno parties at a variety of clubs, boats, festivals and music conferences. Verboten was founded by Jen Schiffer and John Perez with the goal to bring high quality production, exceptional customer service and the best international DJ talent to an eclectic crowd of discerning music fans. Recently voted “Best Dance Club” in Village Voice’s 2014 Best of NYC Readers’ Poll,in 2012 Verboten was also voted ‘Best Party’ in Time Out New York, ‘Best Promoter’ for Paper Magazine Nightlife Awards, and nominated for ‘Best Event Promoter’ in 2013′s International Dance Music Awards. In summer 2013 Verboten hosted its inaugural summer event series StageONE on the East River waterfront and it opened its eponymous new nightclub in the heart of Williamsburg in spring 2014.
 

Zeitgeist presents French Express at Verboten, February 21

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Zeitgeist presents French Express at Verboten, February 21
A Mysteryland Curator Showcase
 
Moon Boots and Perseus at Verboten
Photo credit: Razberry Photography for VerbotenNewYork.com

As New York looks ahead to warmer days this Memorial Day Weekend for Mysteryland USA‘s sophomore edition, fans can start the party this Saturday, February 21 as Zeitgeist presents French Express brings the grooves to Brooklyn’s Verboten for a Mysteryland Curator Showcase.

French Express labelmates, Moon Boots, Jonas Rathsman, Perseus and Isaac Tichauer come together with their sultry grooves and future disco sound for a special Saturday edition of Verboten’s weekly indie dance and nu disco party, Zeitgeist. This Mysteryland Curator Showcase is the first of a series of events that will take place in the lead up to Mysteryland USA and fans can expect more events to be announced soon!

Moon Boots has been traveling the world finding solace in the soothing sounds of underground disco and R&B boogie records, returning to take Verboten on a galactic groove ride this month. Check out his latest track “There’s No Love” available for free download on SoundCloud here.

An integral member of the French Express crew declared ‘Future Star of 2013’ by BBC Radio 1’s key dance gatekeeper, Pete Tong, Jonas Rathsman seemed to burst from nowhere. But as with all ‘overnight successes’, the rise of this Gothenburg based producer and DJ is anything but. He found his own genre-defining sound early on with his first release for French Express, ‘Love Is My Middle Name’. Further singles ‘Since I Don’t Have You and ‘W4W’ continued to catch the attention of Pete Tong who granted Jonas the highly coveted Essential Mix slot in January 2013. With a new single planned and some sensational remixes to come, Jonas Rathsman is set for a very busy, but hugely exciting future to confirm all notions that this versatile Swede is most definitely here to stay.

In 2010, Toronto born, Leon Oziel (aka Perseus), decided to take his passion for house music and discovering new artists to the next level. He turned the name of his blog into a record label, French Express, he recruited talents like Chris Malinchak and Moon Boots to the roster, and has been pumping out rhythmic house tunes ever since. Now he’s returning to his roots, planning to produce uplifting and “romantic” techno under his given name, Leon Oziel, making this Saturday’s show at Verboten one of his final gigs as the moniker Perseus. Preview Leon Oziel’s new sound here.

Bound together with oozing soul and moody bass-lines, Isaac Tichauer‘s productions splice together classic and contemporary house concepts. A classically trained pianist and heavily influenced by the Detroit house scene, Isaac orchestrates a deep progressive energy in his music through detailed synth work, melancholy vocals and classic lead elements from Rhodes to strings. Isaac released his club hit “I Forgive You”, and more recently the “Take Over You” EP in May 2013 that saw Isaac’s compositions reach new heights, enjoying regular play on BBC Radio One and Triple J Australia. Now residing in Berlin, Isaac works as a producer full-time, dedicating his time to a host of brand new productions and continuing his celebrated mixtape series.

Tickets available while supplies last at VerbotenNewYork.com.

 
 
Saturday, February 21
Moon Boots
Jonas Rathsman
Perseus
Isaac Tichauer
 
Verboten
54 North 11th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249
 
Mysteryland tickets for are available now at Mysteryland.us
Festival information
Mysteryland
May 22-24, 2015
Memorial Day Weekend 2015
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Bethel, New York
21+ festival
 
About Verboten
Verboten is a leader in the New York underground dance music scene: booking, producing and promoting house music and techno parties at a variety of clubs, boats, festivals and music conferences. Verboten was founded by Jen Schiffer and John Perez with the goal to bring high quality production, exceptional customer service and the best international DJ talent to an eclectic crowd of discerning music fans. Recently voted “Best Dance Club” in Village Voice’s 2014 Best of NYC Readers’ Poll,in 2012 Verboten was also voted ‘Best Party’ in Time Out New York, ‘Best Promoter’ for Paper Magazine Nightlife Awards, and nominated for ‘Best Event Promoter’ in 2013′s International Dance Music Awards. In summer 2013 Verboten hosted its inaugural summer event series StageONE on the East River waterfront and it opened its eponymous new nightclub in the heart of Williamsburg in spring 2014.
 

Mysteryland USA: 10.000 HOURS Community Service Day & Julie’s Bicycle Creative Industry Green Rating For Environmental Sustainability Efforts

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Mysteryland USA 2015
The Electronic Music Culture And Arts Festival
 
10.000 HOURS Community Service Day &
Julie’s Bicycle Creative Industry Green Rating For Environmental Sustainability Efforts

10.000 HOURS Mysteryland Volunteers
 
Mysteryland USA returns to the home of the legendary ’69 Woodstock, at Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, New York over Memorial Day Weekend 2015. The arts & culture festival draws creative, electronic-music-loving fans from around the world by showcasing internationally renowned artists to multiple stages and creating immersive art environments. This year Mysteryland USA is committed to supporting the local communities again with its 10.000 HOURS project and is being recognized by Julie’s Bicycle for last year’s environmental sustainability efforts to reduce the impact of its festival footprint.
 
Mysteryland USA lends a helping hand to the local communities in Bethel and Sullivan County for its 2nd annual 10.000 HOURS community service day on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
 
10.000 HOURS is a project designed to create a feeling of unity between festival-goers and their community. Participants sign up to donate their time towards bettering their surroundings. As each area has its own difficulties and needs, the project will focus on those of the people and environment of the surrounding area of the festival grounds. Last year, Mysteryland joined The Allyson Whitney Foundation in their 5K run event, in support of young adults with rare cancers.
 

This year’s community service day will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Mysteryland USA will be teaming up with The Children’s Community Garden, Sullivan Renaissance Program and Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to revamp the children’s community garden. Our vision is to encourage and inspire festival-goers to actively participate in the society in which they live, supporting both group participation and active citizenship. Through this initiative, Mysteryland’s goal is to reach ten-thousand hours of time donated to charity work. Participants can donate their time in exchange for a Nomad Weekend & Holy Ground Camping ticket to Mysteryland USA. For more information and pre-registration, please go to Mysteryland.us.

Mysteryland has a strong global commitment to reduce its environmental impact with sustainability practices embedded into its operations and activities and has achieved Creative Industry Green certification in 2014 – download report here. In its inaugural year, the festival was awarded three stars in the Commitment and Communication categories against the Creative Industry Green criteria with a one star rating for its overall efforts. By achieving this certification Mysteryland USA is joining the UK creative industries’ response to climate change and environmental sustainability.  
 
Mysteryland USA is working hard to make the arts more sustainable and continues to commit to best practices for 2015, including initiatives to recycle, reduce, and minimize its environmental and carbon impacts.  
 
2015 Sustainability Initiatives:
 
● Clean Vibes: Waste Management (Recycle)
● Cup Program
● Energy Management
 Fair Trade & Eco-Friendly Food & Beverage Vendors
● Shuttles & Carpool
● Water Project (free tap water for all patrons via real water bars)
 
Mysteryland will release its full 2015 sustainability program in April.
 
Mysteryland USA 2015 tickets and camping are available here, while supplies last. Holy Ground camping is 70% sold out, Friendship camping is 100% sold out!
 
Festival information
Mysteryland USA
May 22-24, 2015
Memorial Day Weekend 2015
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Bethel, New York
21+ festival
Watch the trailer here!
About Mysteryland 
Mysteryland dates back to 1993 and is now the world’s longest-running dance festival. With a clear focus on culture, art, talent, creativity and sustainability, the festival takes visitors to inspiring and surprising worlds where literally anything is possible. The first international edition of Mysteryland was held in Chile in 2011. In May of 2014, Mysteryland made its USA debut at the site of the legendary 1969 Woodstock Festival and now returns for its second edition. Mysteryland is an ID&T concept.  ID&T is an SFX Entertainment Inc. company.

 

The BPM Festival: 60,000 Fans From Over 60 Countries Descend Upon Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

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The BPM Festival 2015
60,000 Fans From Over 60 Countries Descend Upon Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Paradise on Day 6 at Blue Venado, January 14, 2015

Photo credit: Doug Van Sant for TheBPMFestival.com

 
The BPM Festival 2015 returned for a successful eighth year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. With 60,000 dance music lovers coming together from more than 60 countries over 10 sun-drenched days and beautiful nights featuring more than 375 artists at 80-plus parties, the festival continued to grow in size and roster of global talent. The BPM Festival has recently been nominated in the 30th Annual International Dance Music Awards for “Best Music Event” for a second year in a row – vote here.
Continuing to draw in an international, dance music savvy crowd from all over the world, the festival welcomed back veteran BPM showcases like All Day I Dream, All Gone Pete Tong, Bedrock Recordings, BPitch Control, Circo Loco, Innervisions, Paradise, Used & Abused and many more. Meanwhile, newcomers like Black Butter Records, Joseph Capriati’s 100% JC, Keinemusik, Night Bass, Solomun + 1, Young Art and more joined in, continuing to make The BPM Festival a celebration of tastemaking labels and parties from across the world, and an essential stop on the festival circuit for all underground dance music aficionados.
Also returning was the Green Team, which this year collected over 185 tons of trash and over 10,000 lbs of recyclable materials to help keep the beaches clean.
Stay connected on social media  for more photos, official aftermovie, and info about The BPM Festival 2016.
 
BPM 2015 PRESS QUOTES:
“Boasting greater than tenfold growth in the span of six years, BPM’s founders have succeeded in bringing a diverse music-first and multi-venue festival experience to the Americas.” — Billboard.com
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What makes The BPM Festival special? Imagine taking the magic of a summer in Ibiza and cramming it into ten straight days of house and techno in Mexico and you start to get an idea. Set in beautiful Playa del Carmen along the Caribbean sea, the festival is a little slice of paradise for underground dance music enthusiasts.” — Dancing Astronaut
“If you had to prioritize with one festival over all others for cost, situation, crowd, music, BPM would win hands down in my opinion. It really had the most relaxed but educated crowd, we met people from all over, as many newbies as veteran BPM-ers all excited to see their favorite DJs in stunning surroundings.” — The DJ List
“The general consensus is that this is the best BPM to date. The festival has managed to get bigger while still maintaining the special intimacy that it’s known for and in recent years has perfectly blended the swagger of the larger shows with the bedrock of underground support that has always defined festival.” — Mixmag
“BPM is officially a dominant node in the worldwide festival circuit.” — THUMP
BPM 2015 ARTIST QUOTES:
“BPM was magical like it has been every year.” — Benoit & Sergio
“@TheBPMFestival thank YOU for giving me the chance to make this happening here and to share a pure musical journey with the crowd. RESPECT” — @josephcapriati 
“It’s a continuation of the new year celebration in the warmth of the Caribbean with the best mix of mostly underground electronic music artists and Dj the world has to offer… Everyone is so happy to be there and the crowds are incredible!” — Josh Wink
“There’s a bit of everything over here, minimal, house, deep house, techno, it’s what you like, and they’re catering to all kinds of music. It’s got the sunshine, great people coming from all over and just enjoying themselves listening to great music. So it’s fantastic.” — Nicole Moudaber
“The whole theme of BPM is the champion of the underground, that’s what people cherish. It was never about big theatrical events, pyrotechnics, stuff like that. It’s focused more about the music, and the social circle. I always get asked the question ‘Is Vegas the new Ibiza?’, well really no, Playa Del Carmen is almost Ibiza to an American audience.” — Pete Tong
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Stereo Productions on Day 1 at Blue Parrot, January 9, 2015
Photo Credit: Doug Van Sant for TheBPMFestival.com
 

Marco Carola at the Official BPM Closing Party on Day 10 at Blue Parrot, January 18, 2015
Photo credit: PEARCEY PROPER for TheBPMFestival.com

Life and Death on Day 2 at Blue Venado, January 10, 2015
Photo credit: PEARCEY PROPER for TheBPMFestival.com