I don’t know whether you share this dream with me: I’ve been dreaming of a festival, on the beach; with great music, disco and pop, mostly electronic; nice weather of course; good food and lovely wine.
Apparently some creative people have been not only been dreaming of this but they organize a festival on the isle of Corsica, France, which seems to be too good to be true. Calvi On The Rocks takes place from July 2 – 6 in the town of Calvi.
The line-up is blowing my mind:
But it get’s even better: during the day, there are DJ-sets at the beach; the concerts later at night take place at an outdoor venue in town and even later there are, of course, the after parties…
More info about the festival, accomodation and travel is found on the official website.
Here’s a great little teaser to get everyone in the right mood for the beach, the party, and the great vibes at Calvi:
So this internet thing might achieve the impossibility of simultaneously being amongst hundreds of so-called friends while still being entirely alone. Thus the joy of personal connection combined with intimately shared musical taste is an experience so delightful it is only matched by the afterthought that this is partly a frustrating illusion created by the world wide web, and that in fact this connection is being made thousands of miles away from me, this time, in Boston.
Max Pearl, aka DJ Kat Fyte is our newest progenitor of the “nu whirled music” vision, coming in correct alongside other Mass. reps like Dancehall Diva Rizzla and the mother/father of the “nu whirled” Wayne Marshall, of Beat Research and Wayne & Wax.Today marks the introduction of DJ Kat Fyte the DJ and genre-destroyer, but also DJ Kat Fyte the promoter and curator.
Kat Fyte is involved in hosting touchstone DJ’s of the transnational bass movement at this year’s Boston Electronic Music Festival “Together”, taking place between February 8th and February 14th. Kat Fyte’s invites include Trash Menagerie short-list favorites DJ/Rupture, Kingdom, Kat Fyte himself, and the homie Taliesin of Dutty Artz, all corralling to put truth to power in the superhuman command of heavy bass music from the depths of the globe’s party basement.
To kick-off Together and originally mixed for Boston-based blog On A Friday, DJ Kat Fyte offers a very persuasive argument for the intersection of Dancehall rudeness and underground club music. I look forward to hearing more from this kid, as I’ll be even more thoroughly delighted to share a physical stage with him, rather than this lonely alternative.
01. Balkan Beat Box – “Bulgarian Chicks (INSPKTR Bootleg)”
02. Sticky feat. Natalie Storm – “Look Pon Me feat. Natalie Storm”
03. Princess – “Frontline – Original Mix”
04. Heckmann – “mushroom man ji fi remix”
05. Killaqueenz – “Double Up feat. Lady Chann (The Only & Breakdown Remix)”
06. Malente&Dex feat. New Kidz – “Lions (Douster Remix)”
07. Shystie – “Pull It (ill Blu Funky Mix)”
08. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix)”
09. Headhunter – “Prototype (Modeselektor’s Broken Handbrake Remix)”
10. Pangaea – “Memories”
11. Octa Push – “Ai Nadia”
12. K Dot – “Get Milli Get Mad (DJ Q remix)”
13. Cruel Intentions (Joker Remix) Simian Mobile Disco
14. ??? – ??? (White label)
15. Kat Fyte – “Birthday Sex (PAINFUL EDIT)”
16. Sp:Mc – “Trust Nobody”
17. Zomby – “Liquid Dancehall”
18. TEMPA T – “Next Hype (Starkey Vocal Mix)”
19. Jahdan Blakkamoore – “The General Remix feat. General Steele”
Of all the people I’ve been surprised to learn have gone to Burning Man Festival, it’s got to be techno/tech house DJ and Lot49 label owner Meat Katie, who’s hard-edged sets that include breaks, broken beat and minimalist I only imagined stayed within the cold walls of stripped down clubs.
It turns out that the legendary far out art and music festival-event-circus-lifestyle that takes place every year out in Nevada’s inhospitable desert made a deep impression on the DJ. One could even call it a soft spot.
I talked to Meat Katie (Mark Pember) about why, how and again why a club DJ would ever find himself at a glorified love-in with a bunch of hippies. He tells me about the the miracle of consumer-free living, porn, eggs, and why this is one festival the loo roll comes provided. PLUS check out his live mix from Rockbottom.
Amy Riley: Hi there, how are you?
Mark Pemberton: Okay. I was supposed to be playing in Greece, but instead I’m sitting on my sofa, sick. Where we work, we have a block of studios that I share with other DJs like Alec Metric – so now we all have the flu and having to cancel our gigs.
AR: So the question I’ve got to ask: what’s a DJ doing at Burning Man? Wasn’t it just a hippy fest?
MP: I had the same reservations about Burning Man. The thing is, I’ve got a really good association with some promoters in San Francisco called Opal. I’ve been doing their parties for the last 8 years. They got involved in Burning Man right when it got started, about 12 years ago, and then it just grew. The weird thing is they kept saying, ‘You got to come, you’d love it’ and I thought ‘hippies, no way’.
Slowly but surely, other djs were playing for them – they went there and said it was amazing. I fought it for six years – ‘you’re lying to me, it’s going to be crusties with no clothes on’. Well, it’s kinda true. There’s a lot of crusties and a lot of people naked, but it’s more than that’ (laughs).
This year I decided to go and the promoter gave all our DJs – the Saturday night. I took on the daytime shows. That video clip you see is at Rockbottom, which was on at 4 in the afternoon. Because of time, Elite Force and I did back to back sets, which was good since our music is quite similar. Doing the day time parties, it meant I arrived early. I didn’t know what to expect. People said ‘it’s not what you think it is.’ It’s not hippyfied. The art side of things is not tie-dyed – it’s amazing sculptures and fire . They have fire orchestras, half the size of a football pitch.
AR: How is the music organised?
MP: All the soundsystems have their own vibe. There’s no sponsorship – Burning man don’t give them any money. It cost 70k to put one on.
AR: Why do they do it?
MP: People put on stuff because they want to do it. We got there Monday (early) and there was forklift trucks to put soundsystems up. There’s nothing like it here.
AR: Is it like the rave scene used to be here?
MP: It’s like early raves, but it’s organized so they’re set back from each other.
AR: What soundsystem are there?
MP: It’s crews of people based around cities. A lot of people from San Francisco because that’s where it started. Denver. Crews from Florida have started coming out. They have all their own sounds.
AR: What kind of music were they playing?
MP: A lot of dubstep and glitchhop – which suited heavy electronic and desert and Mad Max anarchy. It was a nice backdrop for that. I didn’t hear a lot of trance, which I was expecting. There was a lot of minimal and techno, which I like.
When I wandered around, I discovered there was an amazing number of international DJs who made the pilgrimage to be there. Armand Van Helden was there -he played a really underground set, not the euphoric hands in the air set he normally does and he’s not being paid 50k to be there either. He did himself lots of favors by playing there. I met Carl Cox when were were both DJing out there. We bought our own tickets and paid our own way.
AR: So is Burning Man in your top ten festivals?
MP: It’s my number 1 event – nothing even comes close. I walked out of there with my jaw on the floor. Coming back to UK and hooking up with people who had been there, everyone said the same thing. It’s such a harsh envionrment you’re in, the way people brave this terrain to be there and do this, you get something from it. I don’t want to sound like a hippy, but I gained something from it and the benchmark was lifted to unrealistic level for anywhere else.
AR: What do you like most about Burning Man?
MP: That you can’t spend any money. When you go to normal festivals, you don’t even realize how caught up you get in spending money and you don’t realize how branded and corporate it is. At Burning Man, you’re not being sold anything. All they do is provide a a perimeter fence around the site and you have to make your own fun. It’s a totally different type of experience to any other festival, where you go based on the lineup so you make a decision based on what you’re going to get – at Burning Man, there’s no lineup so you go. I’d be happy to go even if I wasn’t playing.
They supply toilets as well, and not once where there was no toilet paper and they were always clean, which is quite an achievement.
AR: Any advice you’d give to punters?
MP: Prepare properly. If you want to go, don’t just turn up with your camping gear. Its important where you stay, but people are so friendly. Goggles, face masks.
AR: Oh what, people need to dress like that? I thought they were just trying to look cool with those stupid vests.
MP: I know you look stupid, but the sand is everywhere, it’s unbelievable. And then you get the sand storms, the white outs where you can’t see your hand. I was walking to our camp and there was a white out and it was like being sandblasted and there’s some people having sex and we just walked around them. You couldn’t see them until you were right up close.
You have to queue to get on the site – it’s not like Glastonbury where you can stay in Bath or Bristol – you’re there for the duration – seven days – it swells out on Thursday and Friday. Some people say there for two weeks.
AR: Where there a lot of drug casualties?
MP: I got a sore throat half way through, just from dust. I went to the medical centre there – it was all run by volunteers, it was like M.A.S.H – and I didn’t see anyone there freaking out on drugs. It was mainly people who fell off vans. When the doctor saw me, I gave him ten dollars, and they went to Reno and picked up my prescription for me. They say Black Rock City is the only place in America where you get free medical care (laughs).
Lot49 are running a competition to discover a new producer for a lucky 3 EP deal as part of their New Lot competition, which closes on 1 December. For more details, check out our post on the competition or go to the Lot49 site.
Here is one to round off your week!! The almighty High Rankin will turn you out after a listen to his relentless mix from Glade Festival this past July. It’s SICKKKK, twisted, hard and heavy, with a bit of this and a bit of that!!!! I’ve already listened to the mix 2 x’s through and it appears it will be played over and over until someone shakes me and tells me to stop. It’s sure to set you in high motion for the weekend and just may leave you feeling like all other mixes you’ve listened to lately are a bore.
Keep an eye out for a ton of High Rankin remixes, some appearing on this very mix, which include Skunk Anansie “Charity” (High Rankin Remix), Mumdance and Brodinski “Eurostarr” (High Rankin Remix), Phonat‘s “Set Me Free”, out 24/8/09, Sinden and Trevor Loveys “Organ Grinder” (High Rankin Remix), Krywolf “Mucky” (High Rankin Remix), and a brand new EP Dropping this September on Cheap Thrills!!
Stay up with Mr Rankin’s antics over at his bloggggg and catch him out over the Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday 30th August, as Audio and Chew The Fat present, Cheap Thrills vs Skint 10 at Audio Brighton.
Via High Rankin –
“Big thanks to Jay Cunning and all the nu breed crew. And a special thanks to the people who commented on my Clockwork Orange outfit. Particularly the comments:
1. Nice Boiler suit
2. Is that your PJ’s?
3. Nice tracksuit
4. Nice baby grow
I love you too you bunch of cunts.”
01. High Rankin – Soundboy
02. High Rankin – No Money for guns
03. Krywolf – Mucky (High Rankin Remix)
04. Trevor Lovey and Sinden – Organ Grinder (High Rankin Remix VIP)
05. High Rankin – Occupation: Pimp and Gambler
06. Phonat – Set me free (High Rankin Remix)
07. Black Daniel – Here comes Caeser (High Rankin Remix)
08. High Rankin – The Airloom 2009
09. High Rankin – Requiem for a dream
10. Hérve feat: Marina Gasolina – Baseball Bat (High Rankin Remix)
11. Alex Roots – Don’t stop (High Rankin Remix)
12. High Rankin – Beak Street
13. Barbarix – Bass Rocker
14. Temper D – Wonky Glasses VIP
15. Diplo and Switch – Get Off (Jack Beats Remix)
16. Rusko – Cockney Thug (Scratch Perverts Remix)
17. High Rankin & Gyto – How Many Records
18. Skunk Annansie – Charity (High Rankin Remix)
19. Kevin Rudolf feat: Kid Cuddi- Welcome To The World (High Rankin Remix)
20. High Rankin – VERY METAL
21. Steve Angello & Laidback Luke feat: Robin s – Show me love (AC Slater Remix)
The 2009 edition of Melt! festival went down last weekend at Ferropolis in Germany. It was an incredible fest with good music, good people and not so good weather. As promised before, here are some impressions (pictures below the text). (more…)