One-on-One with Managing Director Alex Maniatis


It’s not often Alex Maniatis, our champion and Managing Director of Together Boston, is able to discuss his history and vision. He’s a busy guy.

CrewLab, an industry interview and podcast series, discussed his history and tapped him for knowledge. The series has talked to the CTO of the Appreciation Engine, the manager of Linkin Park and the founder of

The talk is titled: “How to Teach (and How to Learn) DJing and Music Production, with Alex Maniatis (Owner, Mmmmaven DJ & Production School).

Click and listen here. Like he says as one of the main takeaways:

“Be open to criticism. Realize that some people don’t get what you’re doing, yet… But, they will.”

Learn more about our classes by clicking here.

Marcel Dettmann in the Essential Mix

Herr Dettmann visited Make It New back in 2009, on a wintry January night, with a big assist to Will Lynch. This was back when #MakeItNew was under the control of our sawtooth brand Basstown. Pictures of that landmark night are here.

Surprisingly, this is the first Essential Mix from the 15 year-old Berlin resident DJ and producer. As he explains it, the first hour of this Essential mix is meant to represent the first hour of the night in the mix. Say, 11pm-Midnight Berlin time. The second half is meant to represent the final hour of the weekend, so like 11am-Noon. The mood is staunchly Berlin: moody techno delivered in a minimal yet dynamic mix.

Tracklisting below. Click around and explore the crate of this techno titan.

Area Forty_one – Reminiscence – DELSIN RECORDS
L.B. Dub Corp – Take A Ride (Feat. Benjamin Zephaniah) (Original Mix) – OSTGUT TON
Conforce – Abundance Of Selves – DELSIN RECORDS
Tobias Freund – Fast Null – OSTGUT TON
Rolando – Time Adjustment – ROLAND ROCHA RECORDS
Reade Truth – Blessing Of Luh – N S Y D E
Prince of Denmark – Your Body – FORUM
Planetary Assault Systems – Riot In Silo 12 – MOTE EVOLVER
Physical Therapy – Million Years Crushed (Norman Nodge Remix) – ALLERGY SEASON
Ø [Phase] – Self Deceit – TOKEN RECORDS
Laibach – Eurovision (Remix) – WHITE LABEL
Esteban Adame – Rise & Shine – EPM MUSIC
Chris Clark – Superscope – WARP RECORDS
Dario Zenker – WM2 – WHITE LABEL
Joey Anderson – Come Behind The Tree – SYNCROPHONE RECORDINGS
Marcel Dettmann – Apron (Luke Slater PAS Remix) – WHITE LABEL
Marcel Dettmann – Seduction (Anthony Parasole Remix) – OSTGUT TON
Marco Shuttle – Sing Like A Bird – TIME TO EXPRESS
Mike Storm and GRG – Rainy Mondays – ORBIS RECORDS
L.B. Dub Corp – Nearly Africa – OSTGUT TON
Crystal Maze – Orchidea Nera – ECHOVOLT
Dillon – A Matter Of Time (Marcel Dettmann Remix) – WHITE LABEL
XDB – Ganivon (Answer Code Request Remix) – DOLLY
Staffan Linzatti – View From The Collapsing Centre – BALANS HOLLAND
Orlando Voorn – Gain Upwards – WHITE LABEL
Louis Haiman – Ghost Of Gratiot – PLAZA IN CROWD

Think you can become a DJ and producer like Marcel? Go from Make It New all the way to the essential mix? There’s only one way to find out. Get inside the lab today.