Oct 30
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Introducing Serge Devant – Flux Music

Serge Devant‘s career has followed a trajectory unlike any of his counterparts’. Spending his childhood at St Petersburg Music School he recalls a time watching his friends play outdoors as he slaved away to Chopin and Bach. Not understanding how any of this could be useful to him he emigrated to New York aged fourteen; from there his world changed.

Having left a crumbling communist state he began a new education influenced by the likes of Carl Cox, Underworld and Prodigy. Devant, finally free of the classroom, became immersed almost immediately in the New York scene. Looking back he observes the natural progression he made towards the DJ and producer he is now thankful for the education  he received both in the classrooms of St Petersburg and the streets of New York.

This Hollywood style story has come included with a Hollywood lifestyle. Serge has spent the past summer seasoning in Ibiza, playing Burning Man alongside the likes of Carl Cox and Jamie Jones and releasing on Damian Lazarus‘s Crosstown Rebels label. He seems to have entered the highest stratosphere of DJ.

We caught him on his was to the Amnesia Closing Party where he very kindly took the time out to explain all.

Read the full interview here on Flux Music -> http://bit.ly/IntroSerge

Oct 29
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Get Lost Mexico City – Lee Burridge

Coming in fresh from his back to back set with Damian Lazarus at Get Lost LA no more than a month ago, it is with great pleasure that Lee Burridge joins us for the first session of Get Lost Mexico City.
Master of ceremony at his magical All Day I Dream parties we are more than excited to experience the mesmerising beats and melodies Lee has planned for the closing set this Sunday.

Oct 27
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Get Lost Mexico City – DJ Tennis

It is our absolute pleasure to be joined by one of our favourites for the first session of Get Lost Mexico City.

One third of the DJ trio Wizardry, alongside Damian Lazarus and DJ Three, known for their all night long sets at the Get Lost Wizardry parties, Manfredi will be commanding the dance floor solo as we go from evening into night this coming Sunday in Mexico City

Oct 27
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In The Mix: Skream Interviewed – Clash Music

It’s fair to say that Skream has been in a few clubs in his life. The man his family call Oli Jones was part of dubstep’s first generation, and helped take that penchant for bass saturation global before deciding to broaden his sound, direction, and approach.

Since then, Skream has dabbled in disco, taught a few lessons in techno, and entered house hysteria as his non-stop travels have taken him around the world countless times.

New project Open To Close takes things right back to the beginning. Skream has pieced together a very personal itinerary, taking in some of his favourite clubs around Europe. Tailoring his set to suit each club, the producer is relishing the opportunity to swap peak-time sets and festival outings to hit fans with new music all night.

“I did a similar tour in America as a way of really making the transition known from dubstep to house, disco, techno, whatever you want to call it. It worked so well! I feel like I work in a better environment playing all night because rather than just playing peak time, and playing a similar way, I can really show off the music I’m into, I guess.”

“I’ve got so many songs where I’m like, ‘I wish I could play that out, I wish I could play that out…’ and sometimes it just ain’t possible because the mood, and setting, and everything just ain’t right. But with the Open To Close tour I can literally do whatever I want.” Seizing control of his chosen club for a full night, fans can expect to hear anything that comes out of Skream’s record bag – whether that’s rare disco, up front techno, or “mad old African stuff”. It’s a project that sits close to the producer’s heart, with those formative years on the UK Garage and dubstep scenes enshrining the importance of a club setting within dance culture.

Read the full feature on Clash Music here -> http://bit.ly/SkreamClash

Oct 23
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Get Lost Mexico City – Damian Lazarus

In one week Damian Lazarus will bring GET LOST to Mexcio City for the first time. Coming straight out of GET LOST LA, where he and Lee Burridge played back to back all day and night, for Mexico Lazarus is joined by a strong lineup of family and friends. All taking part in making Get Lost the closing chapter of a special weekend.

Oct 21
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Lazpod #31

Damian Lazarus weaves his magic once more in the latest addition in the Lazpod series.

Oct 19
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Machine Love: Matthew Styles

Matthew Styles knows more about the dance music industry than most. He understands the interrelationships between record stores, distributors and labels, as well as the microscopic factors underpinning the music itself. Over the years, he’s mastered tasks that require an exacting attention to detail, whether it’s mixing down and mastering tracks for notable house and techno artists, or managing multiple record labels. He an expert in the language of frequencies and decibels but, unlike many skilled engineers, he’s also intimate with the ups and downs of the creative process. Whether it’s for Ostgut Ton, Running Back or Visionquest, Styles is an in-demand producer and remixer. For the past ten years he’s also been a regular at Panorama Bar, in Berlin, where he lives with his wife, the electronic music artist Dinky, and their young sons.

We skip over kiddy fences and squeaky toys on the way up to Styles and Dinky’s home studio. The pair used to share a space in the giant terminal building at Tempelhof, which was packed with classic and modern synths, drum machines and all manner of outboard processors. They’ve since downsized to a more manageable setup, allowing Styles to fit production time and mixing and mastering duties between trips to the daycare centre. Being equally sensitive to the fickle nature of writing music, the technical rigours of engineering and the realities of navigating the industry makes Styles’ perspective decidedly grounded. With so few illusions, he’s able to focus on the dark art of making his tracks slam.

Read the full feature on Resident Advisor here -> http://bit.ly/Machine_Love

Oct 13
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Tracks Of The Day: Serge Devant – Watch The Hype

With releases on heavyweight imprints like Crosstown Rebels, Yousef’s Circus and an inaugural release for Jamie Jones and Lee Foss’ Hot Creations sub-label Emerald City, it’s easy to say Brooklyn based producer Serge Devant has become one of the most exciting artists making his mark on the international house scene right now.

Russian-born Serge moved to New York in the 90’s and was immediately captured by the city’s thriving nightlife, which of course, went hand-in-hand with new dance music of the era. Instantly hooked on modern 90s sounds from the likes Depeche Mode and Jean Michel Jarre, Serge Devant began to discover and create a new style of electronic music – influenced directly from the culture he found himself at the heart of. A regular at legendary New York clubs like Twilo, Sound Factory and Tunnel, he soon found himself in control of the decks in his beloved city’s haunts – honing and shaping his skills and fixing him as the talented artist of today acclaimed by artists like Pirupa, Hot Since 82 and Damian Lazarus, and playing at some of the most important venues around the world including Fabric London and Space Ibiza.

Read the full feature on Watch The Hype here -> http://bit.ly/_WatchTheHype

Oct 10
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Get Lost LA – Dancing Astronaut Review

On September 25, Get Lost returned to LA, taking to the legendary Park Plaza Hotel for a warm Sunday evening party. Get Lost, of course, refers to the famed event brand cultivated by Crosstown Rebels head honcho Damian Lazarus that has grown into a widely adored cornerstone of underground dance music. Revelers from across the world are drawn to Get Lost parties for their cutting-edge lineups, friendly atmospheres, and all-around psychedelic experiences.

The 2016 LA edition certainly delivered all of these elements and more. In fact, this version was particularly special due to the addition of All Day I Dream leader Lee Burridge who joined Lazarus for a 5-hour b2b set –the first time the two had done so together in years.

Entering the venue, guests were transported back in time to a visual experience that felt overwhelmingly ancient Grecian in nature. A cavernous lobby lined with intricately-painted wooden ceilings and filled with copious amounts of carpets and eclectic cushions provided a cool place to chill out and breathe, or socialize with their fellow music fans. The outside area was decorated in an equally decadent manner and covered in shade, making the extreme temperatures outside bearable.

Despite being a change of pace from the usual Egyptian Theater, Park Plaza Hotel proved equally formidable for hosting an event like Get Lost, and many could be overheard admiring the new layout.

Read the full feature here -> http://bit.ly/GetLost_LA

Sep 30
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Dinky Releases Her New Album ‘Valor’ On Crosstown Rebels

‘Valor’ tells a deeply personal narrative for Chilean born and Berlin based producer / DJ Dinky, her sixth album acts as a pinnacle to her steadfast and illustrious career and brought on a momentous change to her personal journey.

Esteemed for her work on labels such as Cocoon, Ostgut Ton ,Traum, Wagon Repair, Horizontal and Visionquest, and DJ residency at Berlin’s infamous Panorama Bar for over a decade, Dinky AKA Alejandra Iglesias is a trained classical guitarist, singer and keyboard player. Her voice is an anchor to ‘Valor’, it’s crisp definition loaded with intensity.

Tracks such as the driving single ‘Casa’ called out by US giants NPR for its “gorgeously layered vocals” and the fragile layers of guitar and synths on cuts like ‘Milk’ make bold unions between sublime house and techno electronics and Dinky’s live instrumentation.

Listen and purchase the album here -> lnk.to/CRMCD033

Sep 25
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Get Lost LA

As the summer days wayne into fall and the playa dust settles Crosstown Rebel’s notorious party globe-trotting series Get Lost, returns to LA for another blissful balmy afternoon, with label boss and aural mystic Damian Lazarus once again curating the soundtrack of future’s past with the help of some world-class selectors.

For September’s spectacle, Damian Lazarus will join forces with master of the twilight hour and conductor of the All Day I Dream community Lee Burridge for a marathon B2B set. It’s a heavyweight session for the heads, two of dance music’s most celebrated and idiosyncratic selectors combining their curatorial arts, communities and production wizardry to transform a slice of LA for an afternoon, welcoming dreamers, dancers and cavaliers to get lost at one of the most celebrated parties on earth.

Opening the afternoon’s proceedings with a special extended live set will be decorated leaders of the global underground Dance Spirit, a duo who effortlessly fuse futuristic minimal techno with deeply emotive layers in their performances and productions alike. Their universal prowess will prove to be a perfect fit for the Crosstown crowd once again as they step to the helm with their vibe-driven mastery.

Crosstown Rebels celebrates fourteen years of mind-bending sonic existence in 2016, the label has unearthed talents like Jamie Jones, Art Department, Maceo Plex, Deniz Kurtel and Seth Troxler, almost single handedly transforming the face of modern dance music. While its Get Lost party series has traversed the globe setting the standard for immersive events , from outerworldly moments on ancient pyramids in the Mexican Yucatan, to 36 hour marathons in Miami and beyond.

Damian Lazarus, his label and events, continue to champion a fiercely independent and relentlessly adventurous spirit that much of modern dance music has forgotten. Remember it, and Get Lost with them this September in LA.

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Influences: Matthew Styles – Ransom Note

Matthew Styles played a pivotal role in the development of the London electronic music scene in the mid-2000’s, spending years managing behind the scenes at Cross-Town Rebels and at the infamous Sunday funday debauchery that was Dig Your Own Rave at Shoreditch’s T Bar.

No one-trick pony, Styles soulful house music creations were always kept simmering along nicely alongside, eventually becoming a staple signing to the likes of Classic, Running Back and Ostgut Ton. With the imminent release of his Metro EP and in celebration of his birthday today, we catch up with him to talk influences…

Read the full article here -> http://bit.ly/M_Styles

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