Who is Robert Hood?

For those unfamiliar with the techno icon who is playing the 13th Anniversary of Make It New this week, it quite impossible to sum up his career, but this Resident Advisor interview from 2014 (by one-time Boston resident, and Make It New guest DJ, Will Lynch), does a pretty good job.

It’s my goal and my life’s ambition and my vision to give, to bring water and bring food to all who want to listen.

The icon speaks very highly of the music of his parents, the sounds of Pac Man, and the famous Detroit radio DJ, the Electrifying Mojo, who, as Lynch says: “may have had more influence on techno than anyone who ever lived.”

You were designed to do great things. But a lot of people go to the grave not knowing that, not realizing their dreams and their visions, having them manifested and come to pass.

Read the full interview here (one which, according to one comment, might bring you to tears), or just experience the music for yourself this Thursday.

Video Games Are Influencing A Generation of Music Innovators

A lot of my drums are just people picking up new ammo and weapons in games. — Burial

Mixmag goes underground with our friends Ikonika, Tokimonsta, and–well, maybe someday–Burial in a grand expose on video game music’s influence on the latest sounds.

Rustie is another artist who flipped perceptions of dance music on their head and ushered in a new generation of producers with his 2011 record ‘Glass Swords’ arriving stylistically similar to, and packed full of hyperactive noises from games such as Zelda.

Of course, Mmmmaven’s five-year mission is to support the unification of music and technology, and articles like this make every sense in the world.

Just take this quote from Make It New alum Ikonika: “My life feels more like a game than a movie. Music is the biggest game I’m playing.”

Much, much, MUCH more at Mixmag.

Rush Hour comes to Make It New

I’ve never been able to fully go for DJing, because I’ve always seen something uncertain about it. I never wanted to make a lot of money with DJing. I wasn’t feeling it in that sense. That’s why I started a record shop.

Make It New is proud to be one of five US hosts for the 20th Anniversary celebration of the mighty Rush Hour Music from the Netherlands.

Rush Hour began as a record store, then opened a distribution arm, and then a legendary record label. Here is its co-founder, Antal, talking about the art DJing:

“I think there’s a certain respect for a DJ that comes with introducing tunes that are unheard in a certain scene. I try to focus most of the time on trying to discover new and old music. That’s where the passion is. I have a hunger to find stuff that I haven’t heard before. It’s nice when I go searching in a direction where I don’t know a lot of stuff and hear new tunes and then play them out.

To me, that’s the role of DJing, because in essence a DJ is just a record promoter. He or she has to promote records that you haven’t heard so that they become valuable for people.

Antal is bringing Rush Hour’s not-so-secret weapon, Hunee, in order to play all night long:

Hunee pretty much operates on his own terms, in his own world. As a DJ, too, he is tireless and visibly enthusiastic at every gig. His selections are made with a palpable passion and cover a cultured cross section of essentials from house and disco to afro and techno. The music he serves up comes from a place of love and knowledge in equal measure – there are no cheap thrills with Hunee, just pure musical joy.

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Coralcola Opening Vibes for Denis Sulta

Looking to vibe out? Have no fear, Coralcola is here:

His opening set for “best club night in the f^&*ing world” (Denis Sulta) includes Burial, Rottderdam’s Elitechnique, and the iconic 2016 jam from DJ Koze, “Operator.”

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