Havana Club launches Global Remixing Competition


Authentic Cuban rum Havana Club is inviting DJs, producers and music    enthusiasts to remix a track and win a chance to spend ten days in Havana—one of the world’s burgeoning music capitals—producing and recording original tracks alongside Cuban musicians under the expert guidance of renowned DJ Gilles Peterson; the executive producer for the programme.

The competition is open to everyone (of legal drinking age), regardless of their level of expertise. To enter, contestants simply visit and follow instructions to submit their remix of the track ‘Agita’ (Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band featuring El Micha and Osdalgia). They may choose between using their own remixing software or the online tool available on the website. In order to increase their chances of making it to the final round, participants are encouraged to share their remixes with friends and get votes. Gilles Peterson will listen to the finalist remixes and select the group of winners that will travel to Havana.

Check out the video for some inspiration:

Gilles Peterson says: “I’ve been lucky enough to work in Cuba with Havana Cultura and make four albums with not only the new generation of Cuban musicians, but some legends of the scene. I’m excited about Havana Club Cultura Mix. I can’t wait to collaborate with talented producers from around the world and some of Cuba’s finest musicians in one of the world’s music capitals. Winners can expect to make music that they will never, ever regret!”

For four years, world-renowned DJ and tastemaker Gilles Peterson has collaborated with Havana Cultura; Havana Club’s global platform for the celebration of contemporary Cuban creativity— to reveal the very best of Havana’s music scene through an acclaimed album series and concert tours.  It provides artists living in Havana, a chance to showcase their work, energy and passion to the world. This competition marks the next step in Havana Club’s commitment to sharing the vibrancy of the Cuban capital’s cultural scene with international audiences, through collaborations which bring together Cuban artists and talents from around the world.

To enter the remix competition please visit

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How To Dress Well unveils new track ‘Words I Don’t Remember’

Today, Tom Krell AKA How to Dress Well has posted a brand new song… to YouTube. Entitled “Words I Don’t Remember”, it is the first studio recording Krell has released since 2012’s highly acclaimed “Total Loss”.

“This song for me is about love, trust, commitment”, explains Krell, “and what happens to these things and, like, what happens to really real love when sentimentality is so co-opted and ruined. What remains of true love in this world of simulations?”

Stream the track now on

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Disclosure present WILD LIFE at EXIT Festival

DISCLOSURE presents WILD LIFE in DANCE ARENA TAKEOVER & EXIT announce 15th Edition back to back Part II!

The world-renowned EXIT Festival Dance Arena is the place to be this summer, presenting the most exclusive concepts in the electronic music scene. First up on Thursday, July 10th DISCLOSURE are bringing their special WILD LIFE show to Serbia. Also being announced is the first names of Part II of Exit’s fifteen years in Dance back to back specials. If you were there for the Decade of Dance in 2009 you will remember the groundbreaking performances. Get ready for another set of surprises!Revealed to the world just a few days ago, WILD LIFE, is a conceptual night presented by Disclosure showcasing performers they love. Featuring alongside DISCLOSURE’s LIVE set, will be exclusive b2b performances including; CARL CRAIG vs GREEN VELVET, DUSKY vs PAUL WOOLFORD and JACKMASTER & ONEMAN present Can U Dance!

Playing at EXIT for the first time will be the unstoppable British duo DISCLOSURE, who set new foundations when it comes to electronic music, proving that alternative electronic music can succeed in the commercial music world with no compromise whatsoever. Brothers Guy (22) and Howard (19) Lawrence already have a name to themselves, proven by sold-out performances and chart-topping tracks, as well as a significant change in the British electronic music scene which opens doors to many new underground talents. This year, they released their debut album Settle which has already reached number one at the UK Album Chart, and was also nominated for the Best Album at the Mercury Awards 2013 and Best Dance/Electronica Album at the Grammy Awards 2014. For the upcoming Brit Awards, Disclosure are nominated in four categories: MasterCard British Album of the Year, British Single, British Group, as well as British Breakthrough Act, also announcing a special performance at the awards featuring one of the hottest new names, the New Zealand singer Lorde. They are coming to EXIT Festival with their live set, which is praised as one of the best live performances in the world of electronic music.

Celebrating the 15th Edition in true EXIT style, the iconic Dance Arena will do the second part of their infamous back to back sets revered in 2009 for their 10th Edition. This year sees another selection of DJs performing in battle and it’s going to be another memorable year.

First up is Carl Craig vs Green Velvet. Electronic music visionary and the creative magnate, Carl Craig, owner of the eponymous label Planet E is going to shake the Dance Arena once again, and joined by Green Velvet will be here to elevate partying to the fullest! An eccentric Chicagoan, musician and producer best known for his cyberpunk hairstyles and numerous house music hits, going under the name Green Velvet, is already considered a favorite by Dance Arena’s visitors since his closing of the EXIT festival in 2009 together with Carl Cox. This year, in a special b2b session with Carl Craig, he is ready to pump up EXIT’s Dance Arena!

Next up is Dusky vs Paul Woolford. The London duo Dusky have proven very productive and imaginative when it comes to writing elegant orchestral grooves and piano themes, as well as creating heavier house and techno rhythms, and this is exactly what defines their genre – composing electronic music with a significant touch of depth, soul and originality. After several joint gigs, a special chemistry arose between them and Paul Woolford, also known as Special Request, a man who built his flourishing career as a DJ, producer, label owner, remixer, collaborator and experimentalist.

And finally introducing Jackmaster & Oneman presents Can U Dance, a new show being showcased at only a handful of shows this summer, which promises a great party on four turntables! Oneman is a synonym for Rinse FM, a very well known radio station, a brand and a subculture. Jackmaster not only is a co-founder of the highly influential label Numbers, but is also an amazing DJ – he simply lives to play people records, which is enormously felt in his eclectic sets, containing a wide span of music, from forgotten classics to some of the hottest dance floor hits. Together, they will present a concept that surpasses the idea of b2b without great manifesto or conceptual nonsense, no masks or go-go dancers, it’s all about what comes out of those speakers. Yes, U Can Dance.

Joining the already announced Skrillex, Rudimental, Dub Fx And Koven the 15th edition of EXIT Festival will be marked with the sign of EXIT ADVENTURE, which will take us to EXIT, held from July 10th to 13th at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, continuing at SEA DANCE FESTIVAL, held from July 15 to 17 at the beautiful Adriatic Jaz Beach in Montenegro. Get ready for an unforgettable road trip and enjoy a diverse range of artists, for seven unforgettable nights spent with your best mates in the sizzling hot Balkan sunshine. Sounds good? It’s time for EXIT ADVENTURE!

Watch the video announcement here…

EXIT was crowned ‘Best Major Festival’ at the 5th annual European Festival Awards, which took place at Groningen’s De Oosterport in The Netherlands on January 15th. More than 360 festivals from 34 different countries applied to take part in this year’s European Festival Awards, and over 620,000 festival fans all over the world voted.EXIT will once again be the ‘Fortress of Bass’ with a second year partnership with the world renowned bass music champions UKF. With a truly international event pedigree, and over 7 million subscribers regularly tuning into their channel, UKF will once again be taking full responsibility for the Main Stage night time line up from 1am right the way through to EXIT’s iconic fortress sunrise. Our festival goers deserve a mind-blowing after party… And we know UKF are going to deliver that with their next-level line-ups and their on-point explosive vibe. All will be revealed very soon.

So are you ready for the ADVENTURE? This summer will be marked with the sign of EXIT ADVENTURE which will take us to EXIT, held from July 10th to 13th at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, continuing at SEA DANCE FESTIVAL, held from July 15 to 17 at the beautiful Adriatic Jaz Beach in Montenegro. Get ready for an unforgettable road trip and enjoy a diverse range of artists, for seven unforgettable nights spent with your best mates in the sizzling hot Balkan sunshine. Sounds good? It’s time for EXIT ADVENTURE!


EXIT FESTIVAL regular 4 day ticket £95 / 110 Euros + b/f
Camping tickets for EXIT and SEA DANCE will be available at the price of £25 / 30 Euros each +b/f each.Buy tickets here:

Getting to EXIT is easy! The nearest airport is Belgrade, with flights from the UK with JAT and Wizz Air and many others with all European carriers. Belgrade is only one hour from Novi Sad and you easily can take a taxi or shuttle bus. EXIT Trip is the Official Travel and accommodation service for the EXIT Festival with the lowest prices guaranteed!

Travel packages from only £115 / 139 Euros including festival ticket, transfers and accommodation. More information on packages, tickets, travel and accommodation here


As well as the Music, EXIT never forgets its beginnings and aims to evolutions the revolution it started more than one decade ago with several key topics to improve initiative, engagement and further development of young people. EXIT is the only music festival to be created as an effect of youth activism and aims to continue to mobilise the public opinion and thought leaders in the field of youth development on a regional and a global level.

On the opening day of the festival, and the birthday of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest scientists and inventors of all time, an initiative for Serbia’s (re)branding took place with EXIT taking a leading role in promoting positive changes and the image of Serbia and Balkan region to the world and boost its tourism and economy development.

An agreement with the cooperation of the University of Novi Sad and EXIT was signed, with a goal to promote the importance of culture, science and education among the youth and the society in general. A special tribute was paid to one of the biggest scientists and inventors of all time, the brilliant Nikola Tesla, whose name was featured on the name of the festival’s main stage, as well as the Tesla Corner, named after the famous Tesla Corner in New York City, where the visitors had the opportunity to interact with various experiments.

Through a series of public discussions, media articles, workshops, lectures by successful startups, Exit is encouraging young people to take destiny in their own hands and start their own start up business. Several workshops took place on festivals were mentors were giving free lecturing about various topics including; how to create/produce electronic music.

The leading European eco-conference Go Group in cooperation with the European Festival Association was also held, alongside a large number of socially responsible actions that were created during the festival, and whose results will come to life during the next edition of the festival.

Other projects EXIT are involved with are promoting positive role models for young people in the region and highlight all those young, talented, creative people who work hard everyday to make positive change in their own life and their community. Exit donated hundreds of free tickets to the best students, youth activists, young artists and young humanitarian workers.

EXIT. Where hedonism meets activism.

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Ableton Live and Maschine users can sample a free full Kit from Deep Tone by click this link


The full pack costs £24-95 GBP, and includes 15 Full Mixed Kits, Patterns and Projects ready to supercharge your Ableton live or maschine software.

Also until March 7th _ Get Beat Machines TR909 Absolutely free when you buy Deep Tone or Naked Techno.


So if you want to see what all the fuss is about with this new sample label from Loopmasters – download now!

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Debukas unveils DJ Nature and Acid Monday’s remixes of ‘Minus 24′

Minus 24 is one of the highlights of the critically acclaimed debut album from Debukas.

The track was written on a particularly freezing cold day in Debukas’ native Scotland when the thermometer dropped to minus 24 celsius. If you listen closely I’m sure you can hear the crystalising ice adding percussion to the frosty studio conditions.

The track itself is trademark Debukas.  Rich, analogue electronic grooves mixed with his soulful vocals that ride a mellow house rhythm.  Listening to it always reminds me of a cold weather alternative to the Beloved’s ‘Sun Rising’.

First up on remix duties is DJ Nature, who we’ve been following since the Major Force days and are huge fans of his releases on Golf Channel so it was great news when we learned he was a big fan of Debukas and happy to do a remix for us.

His mix brings some sunshine to proceedings with its lazy Balearic shuffle and compliments the original perfectly.

Ibiza residents and purveyors of nonsense, Acid Mondays started out with their debut 12″ on 2020 and have since built up a collection of great tracks that have had the likes of Villalobos, Laurent Garnier, Dan Ghenacia and DJ Sneak playing their tracks on the island.

Their mix is a masterclass of proper deep house. Restrained, classy and hypnotic, but whack up the volume on a decent system and it is guaranteed to make you move.

Finally Debukas pops up again with another of his superb ‘glaze’ mixes, the man is a machine!

I guess that’s why he called his album what he did….


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RBMA feature film – What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music
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Red Bull Music Academy FULL-LENGTH feature

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Following its simultaneous global premiere yesterday in more than 65 countries across all world time zones, What Difference Does it Make? A Film About Making Music gets its free digital release today Tuesday 18th February at 2pm GMT.In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Red Bull Music Academy invited award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg to create a full-length feature film. What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music explores the challenges that a life in music can bring. It seeks to go beyond music, and ask questions about life itself.Shot during the 2013 edition of the Red Bull Music Academy in New York, the film evokes the heady atmosphere of that event, in which fresh musical ideas tend to spark between artists representing different genres and generations. In a different city each year, 60 up and coming musicians from around the world participate in workshops with musical luminaries in a custom-fitted complex of studios and workspaces. By night, they perform in the city’s cult venues and concert halls, alongside contemporary and classic innovators as well as heroes and heroines of the local scene. Long after the last notes are played, the experiences and insights gained there tend to resonate deeply in the lives and practices of those who take part.

“Why am I doing this and what difference does it make?”
Brian Eno

Available for free from 2pm today on, the film features Lee ‘Scratch’ PerryBrian Eno, Philip Glass, Giorgio Moroder, Erykah Badu, Nile Rodgers, Rakim, Skream, Q-Tip, Bernie Worrell, Egyptian Lover, Ken Scott, Thundercat, Richie Hawtin, James Murphy, Debbie Harryand Stephen O’ Malley and many others. All of these artists have lectured or been studio tutors at the Red Bull Music Academy. Every one of these artists has been heavily influential in shaping the face of music today.

Red Bull Music Academy video content, lectures and radio shows available at and and follow  @rbma on Twitter


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Brighton Music Conference: Phase 1 Artist Line-up


  • Confirmed artists AND.ID, Dave Clarke, DJ Pierre, DJ Spen, Sebo K, Phil Asher, C-Soul, Hoi!, Inland Knights, Psycatron, Tony Montana, and Tresor Residents Sebastian Krenzlin and Sebastian Notyourbuiz
  • Above & Beyond’s Jono Grant, DJ Pierre, Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll and Lisa Lashes to speak
  • BMC will feature the EXCLUSIVE UK premiere of Roland’s highly anticipated Aira products
  • Confirmed showcases from Wiggle, Mobilee Records, J00F, Black Rock Records, SKINT, and LOST


Brighton Music Conference is excited to reveal phase 1 of its artist line-up (full details below) for its inaugural event, taking place April 11 & 12, 2014. Whilst the conference is focused primarily on business, education and music technology during the day; at night, attendees and clubbers will be able to lose themselves fully to some of the scene’s most respected underground DJs and artists.


BMC’s Phase 1 line-up of showcases includes esteemed underground labels / club nights Wiggle, Berlin’s Mobilee Records, British labels J00FBlack Rock Records, and SKINT, and pioneering London techno promoters LOST. The club nights will take place across venues in Brighton.


BMC’s parties will serve as the perfect compliment to the conference’s jam packed days of networking and lively business debates, and the exhibition’s inspiring educational seminars and groundbreaking music technology showcases. One of the key highlights of BMC, will be the UK premiere of Roland’s highly anticipated Aira product line. The Aira instruments – still not fully revealed – includes the reimagining of three of electronic music’s most fundamental machines, the Roland TR-808 drum machine, the Roland TR-909 drum machine, and the Roland TB-303 bass line synthesizer. BMC has the exclusive UK showcase of all four Aira products, making BMC the first chance for UK producers and DJs to get hands on with all four of these amazing new instruments live.


Brighton Music Conference is the UK’s first annual electronic music focused business conference with prestigious speakers from across the industry, including many respected DJs: Above & Beyond’s Jono Grant, Lisa Lashes, DJ Pierre, DJ Spen, Phil Asher and Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll, will all speak at BMC.


BMC Phase 1 Artists (in alphabetical order)

Adam Shelton

Adrian Pickard

Alex Knight

Alex Downey


Andrew Macari

Booker T



Dave Clarke

Dave Seaman

Dead Celebrities


DJ Pierre

DJ Spen

Eddie Richards


Inland Knights

James Thomson

John 00 Fleming

Leon Sweet

Lifford Shillingford

Liz Edwards

Louis Hughes


Markings & Dominion Man

Mat Playford

Matt Pond

Mick Fuller

Nathan Coles

Pablo Contraband

Phil Asher


Ralf Kollmann

Rik Parkinson


Sebastian Krenzlin

Sebastian Notyourbuiz

Sebo K

Simon Stokes

Sonny Wharton

Steve Bicknell

Steve Mac

Terry Francis


Tom Sevinski

Tony Montana


BMC Super early bird tickets

Early bird tickets are now on sale.

Exhibition, Panels, Workshops and Showcases: From just £8 
Industry conference: £76 (includes entrance to most club events, limited spaces, £86 from Feb 14)



Brighton Music Conference

When: April 11 & 12 2014
Where: Brighton Dome & Brighton’s top clubs

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