KiNK on the Desperados SoundStage

We’ve always been big fans of KiNK, he’s played #MakeItNew, Together, and whereever else we can get the Bulgarian machine-man on stage. Way beyond DJ, Strahil Velchev melds into his synth machines much like wetware.

So you can rest assured we’re looking forward to this:

Presenting Desperados SoundStage: An interactive musical experiment celebrating the DIY party culture across the globe. Together with KiNK, we created the ultimate live track. #DesperadosDIY #WattTheFrequency

Bonus video! Here’s Sofia’s finest live at Into the Valley:

Learn the ways of KiNK through our music technology programs. Email me today polina@mmmmaven.com

Make It New Announces 2018 International Residencies

Beautiful Swimmers from DC and British talent Palms Trax land in Boston

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — [Cambridge, MA] — After hosting George Fitzgerald and Martyn for 2017, the Make It New party is announcing two new residencies for 2018: the London-born Berliner Palms Trax and dynamic DC duo Beautiful Swimmers.

The artists will make regular engagements at the Middlesex Lounge throughout the year, bringing their unique perspective on modern music regularly to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Since his beloved “Cooking with Palms Trax” show on Berlin Community Radio, Jay Donaldson a/k/a Palms Trax has played from South America to Australia. His announcement to settle in Boston for a spell comes with similar engagements in Glasgow and Bordeaux.

Beautiful Swimmers most recently spelled in Boston for Together, holding a record fair in partnership with Martyn and closing the 2017 festival down. Rated 2016’s “Best DJs in the World” by Vice (Thump) Magazine — they earned it by being completely obsessed with finding and releasing, and loving, music. They will be visiting Boston regularly from their home in Washington, DC.

“Make It New already has three great resident DJs,” says Mmmmaven CEO and Make It New booking agent Alexander Maniatis, “but these three really add something totally different.” Having just celebrated 13 years of weekly parties, Make It New is hosted by Polina Starobinets, Managing Director of Mmmmaven (simply pronounced “maven”), the DJ school based up the street in Central Square.

Ari and Andrew (Beautiful Swimmers) are selectors who always… always… play amazing music you’ve never heard before and Jay (Palms Trax) is booked at the world’s best events. We’re are so happy they’ve committed to us for 2018.

The DJs of Make It New, Baltimoroder (Erik Pearson), Coralcola (Mikey Lee), and Mike Swells have recently been highlighted themselves. From the Honey Soundsystem Podcast of DJ Mike Swells to Baltimoroder and Coralcola getting inside international music site Resident Advisor (and gathering 3,500 plays in the process).

It all amounts to a bevy of musical riches to the Greater Boston community.

Palms Trax will begin his sojourn on February 22nd, while the Beautiful Swimmers’ residency launches March 1st, 2018.

As they say: Stay tuned.


4 Amazing Shows Ahead


Here at Mmmmaven, our Co-Founder and Executive Director Alex Maniatis, in league with our Managing Director Polina Starobinets, put on the Make It New weekly party in addition to running the school. Of course, our ridiculous supporting staff is always worth a thanks, high-five, or fist-bump!

But for over thirteen years, the award-winning weekly at the Middlesex Lounge in Central Square, brings in guests from around the world to show off the latest in music technology, beat-making, and general fun-having.

For our students, they get the chance to watch a legend do their thing, and for the wider audience, it’s a chance to see some huge global names in an intimate space with amazing sound.

And in the weeks ahead, 4 opportunities abound.

1) 11/30: Make It New with Patrice Baumel + Pat Fontes

2) 12/7: Make It New with Moscoman + Rebolledo

3) 12/10: Sunday Social Club #1 (New Day Party!) w/ Roman Flugel, Axel Bowman, and Matt Foley

4) 12/14: Make It New with Martyn (Residency), and Avalon Emerson

See you on the dancefloor!

***Make It New has a ZERO-TOLERANCE policy towards harassment of any kind. Please respect or you will be asked to leave. NO means NO. Thanks <3

#LoopBerlin on the Web

We had serious #FOMO this weekend as Loop Berlin, fast becoming the most cutting-edge music festival in the entire world, took place at the Funkhaus Berlin. Without our superstar intern Katharine to write about it, we’ve selected some of our favorite posts from the weekend.

Honored guest and new music pioneer Goldie had some interesting quips about the democratization of electronic music:

Ethan Hein, music educator at NYU’s @musedlab pointed out how useful computer music is in education:

With the recent Ableton purchase of Max for Live developers Cycling74, of course they made an appearance:

And BOTH original Together Boston (#tgthr1) guests, Machine Drum and DJ/Rupture (h/t @BeatReasearch), had interesting talks on the power of process:

While JLin was the first to admit trusting yourself is the first step:

Then, of course, came the real stars of the show, the astonishing now of Loop’s incredible installations and performances:

????#loopberlin #loopberlin2017 #abletonlive

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#loopberlin #loopberlin2017 #amazing #loopcolors in #berlin #musicmakers #meeting

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Found the dancefloor. #loopberlin

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3Destruction #antivj #installation #ableton #loopberlin

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Another (purely electronic) Jam Session @ #LoopBerlin

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It seems the closing performance of Nosaj Thing stole the show in the end, perfectly capturing one of the catchphrases born at #LoopBerlin:

The Screen is Your Stage

I have seen no such thing like this before. @nosajthing #loopberlin

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BONUS GRAM! We caught former Together New Business Developer and long-time friend of all of ours, Coleman (@onelikecodiac), on the job:

Artist relations, late stage. #loopberlin

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Want to learn more? You’re in luck. This Friday we have a free seminar with an Ableton super-user! RSVP: