Following a successful year with mega releases, headlining club slots, and festival performances, Newcastle native and progressive house giant Cristoph is thrilled to announce his forthcoming "O2C" North American Fall Tour. Since its debut in Europe and the UK, the “O2U” tour will expand to the States aiming its growth on the rise of progressive house music and techno. The two-month run will begin in Chicago on October 13 the innovative live op-to-close concept will tour across Houston, Brooklyn, D.C., Toronto, Seattle, Denver, Los Angeles, and more dates.
His passion and dedication to his craft and connection with his fans remain a forceful energy to an ever-evolving legacy. Cristoph’s monumental rise in the US music scene is a testament to his unparalleled talent and work ethic. His growing popularity stateside, combined with an insatiable demand from fans and venues, compelled him to make a strategic move. He recently relocated from the U.K. to the U.S. this past year, further solidifying his position as a global powerhouse in the electronic music industry.
At each “O2U” show, Cristoph intends to take the crowd on an intimate and immersive journey through sight and sound. With an open-to-close concept with no zero openers or closing acts, only Cristoph will be the headliner at each event. This upcoming Fall tour will see the electronic music maestro curate an experience like no other. A total of 71 hours of tunes with an impressive 15 show dates.
Techno titan Richie Hawtin has recently announced his latest project ‘From Our Minds’ its next expansion destination, New York. The concept will take over the premiere dance space Knockdown Center in Queens. Earlier this year, the unique imprint made its North American debut in the origin of techno. Detroit. The series made its way to a sold-out warehouse event in Toronto, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more. It holds a strict no-photo and video policy, making each event a one-of-a-kind experience for those in attendance. Richie Hawtin believes he is helping push the techno scene and sound forward in innovative new ways. Knockdown Center will see this dynamic group come together for the first time on the East Coast.
This evolved from Richie’s CNTRL tours back in 2012, when EDM was booming and mainstream across the US. He toured on a bus across American college cities performing and educating a new generation entering the dance music scene of the origin of techno music. The tour takes its slogan and ethos from Hawtin’s ‘90s label imprint Plus 8 and its ‘From Our Minds To Yours’ slogan, connecting back to the early days of techno. The New York showcase will feature a wave of new techno talent throughout the States, representing the scenes of a wide range of dark, heavy, and euphoric sounds while keeping the original traditional techno elements. Heavy-hitters and craft-makers the lineup consists of visual artists, producers, and DJs such as Korea-born and Tokyo-based, machìna and Detroit natives Tylr and Henry Brooks. Brooks will be joined by another rising Detroit artist, producer, DJ, and visual artist Huey Mnemonic, who aims to both preserve and add to the rich lineage of his region’s homegrown sonic culture by channeling the Black American experience into his work. Canadian artist Barbosa, owner of the Toronto label Heist Mode. Representing Texas is the pair of Declan James and Decoder, who often perform back-to-back as their side project Frame. Out of New York is DJ and producer Jay York who runs the vinyl label TOCA Records alongside Decoder. Completing the ballot is Cali-born, Phoenix-based, Lindsey Herbert first encountered techno on Richie’s CNTRL tour and has been a champion of the sound in the South West ever since. She’s joined by Octopus Recordings artist Michelle Sparks, an artist who has been an inspirational gem in the growth of the underground rave scene.
‘From Our Minds’ is committed to working with independent local promoters who are aware and respectful of the history of techno music. Making the future for techno and its programming, planning, and execution in events. Knockdown Center is home to the club BASEMENT, which has been hailed by locals and touring DJs as one of the country’s top techno sites, drawing comparisons to Berlin’s famed Tresor. The New York edition of ‘From Our Minds’ will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2023, come suited in your blackest attire and immerse in one of the greatest techno vacant in modern dance music.
Chicago’s newest and only festival, ARC Festival which is dedicated to house music and techno, has announced the ARC After Dark afterparty lineups. It is heading into its third year, gaining more popularity from festival-goers plus the consecutive legendary DJs who have performed. It's about time that the birthplace of House Music has its music festival celebrating its roots and culture. The 2023 edition will be taking place Labor Day Weekend September 1-3.(more…)
This year’s Ibiza season, Joseph Capriati is returning to Amnesia for a second residency that will be legendary to an entirely new level of entertainment. The Italian techno titan's Metamorfosi party concept will kick off on Friday, July 21 with Joseph joined by Sven Väth and Frank Storm, plus breakout star Indira Paganotto who curates the Club Room for three events with Andres Campo and Sara Landry as well as Skizzo. The infamous Ibiza event will be every Friday night through August 18. More supporting acts will include Paul Kalkbrenner, Charlotte de Witte, Enrico Sangiuliano, Jamie Jones, Dubfire, Dax J, Seth Troxler, Vintage Culture, Reinier Zonneveld, Agents of Time, Carlita, Dennis Cruz, Ellen Allien, and Luigi Madonna, including plenty of special guests.
Joseph Capriati has driven his career to high lengths. The Italian talent had a resident on the legendary BBC1 Radio at the end of 2022. He then took his Metamorfosi party to London for an epic debut at Outernet. Last summer made his mark on the White Isle with immersive showcases of his skills, as well as appearances playing for Circoloco, Paradise, and Solid Grooves. His in-depth techno sound has reached listeners globally becoming one of the highest-ranked techno DJs and producers in today’s dance music industry.
His unique parties now return to Ibiza in the summer of 2023 with real attention to detail on cutting-edge technology, light, and sound that immerses Ibiza goers into an all-new and carefully curated world. His own DJ sets will be the start of each night with special guests all handpicked by the man himself, and the world-renowned Amnesia is the perfect place for him to offer this most epic run of shows. For the first three weeks of the residency, Spanish talent Indira Paganotto will host the Club Room. She has released her epic sounds on the likes of the KNTXT label and has made herself one of the hottest properties in the scene. On the Terrace, the July 28 party will have Vintage Culture, Ben Sterling, and Mason Maynard, with the Club Room hosting Indira Paganotto plus Charlotte de Witte, Agents of Time, and Flavio Folco back-to-back Gianni Callipari. Paul Kalkbrenner plays live with Carlita, Jaden Thompson, and UK duo Murphy's Law, and the Club Room sees Indira Paganotto joined by Dax J, Markantonio back-to-back Luigi Madonna, and Richey V and Simone Zino on August 4. Joseph Capriati will be performing back-to-back with Jamie Jones plus, Dennis Cruz and Kidoo on the Terrace. In the Main Room, Dubfire and Ellen Allien will perform plus an exceptional warm-up set from Joseph Capriati on August 11. The Closing Party on August 18, is a three-way legendary combination of back-to-back performances between Joseph Capriati, Seth Troxler, and ANOTR. Plus, Francesco Squillante will give an exceptional performance on the Terrace. The Club Room will have a live show from Reinier Zonneveld, plus Enrico Sangiuliano, Sasha Carassi, and Ivan Masa. The debut party will begin this Friday, act now for the last available tickets to Joseph Capriati's much anticipated Metamorfosi at Amnesia.
"'Metamorfosi' is a project that does not have fix musical genres nor standards, but it embraces what is the club-night-culture as a whole and anything connected to what the real Ibiza vibes and energies overall are. The whole team is ready to work hard and give it all for this season! See you all very soon in Ibiza - I cannot wait, the dream continues!!” - Joseph Capriat
Can’t make it to Ibiza this year? Don’t FOMO too hard. After a massive weekend in March, party brand Teksupport will welcome back Joseph Capriati to perform at ArtsDistrict Brooklyn on September 2, 2023 - Labor Day Weekend, for a special audio and visual experience. Tickets are available HERE.
FRESH OFF THE BEAT returns, this week the segment features the likes of new uprising talent and heavyweight legends. Canvasing over multiple genres and sub-genres plus introducing projects from indie electronic artists. Featuring the likes of Domnbresky, The Chemical Brothers, Icarus, and Bacavi. This playlist article will keep you dancing till the weekend and beyond.
New York City is the mecca of nightlife, with multiple iconic nightclubs for decades, plus legendary parties and events. Recently featured in the article New Era of Nightlife, MUSICA NYC is one of the hottest dance club destinations. Recently relaunching this year with new audio-visual features and outstanding dance music artists. Now, venturing into the warmer months, MUSICA is thrilled to announce its stacked upcoming spring and summer lineup.
Starting off this proficient array of the spring and summer schedule is the talented deep house and progressive duo act Eli & Fur this weekend, April 8. Preparing for the well-known giant birthday debut celebration MUSICA NYC is house and techno hero Victor Calderone on April 22. Followed by trance legend, Ferry Corsten on April 28, and rising Ukrainian DJ and producer that is known for her uplifting melodic techno sound Korolova on April 29. Melodic trance extraordinaire and Anjunabeats mainstay Ilan Bluestone will make his MUSICA NYC debut on May 5, followed by progressive house legend John Digweed on May 20, the month continues with the highly-anticipated NYC debut of rising Afterlife sensation Chris Avantgarde on May 19, and progressive house and techno star Cristoph on June 3. JUST ANNOUNCED: The loveable sloth daddy returns to New York City for his MUSICA debut, Sacha Robbti along with uprising Dillon Nathaniel on June 17. As the summer continues, more shows will be announced, and MUSICA NYC prepares to make this season unforgettable by welcoming high-elite artists and underground talent. Follow MUSICA NYC and MyPlayground Media's social media channels for more updates.
MUSICA NYC is a Dream Hospitality venue powered by a seasoned team of nightlife and marketing professionals - JonPaul Pezzo owner of Trust Us Events, Mario Danza (TTYL), and Real Talent Management who are determined to revive the city’s house and techno ties and bring the beat back. Giuseppe Cipriani, and Tito Pinton, are the mastermind owners of MUSICA. Cipriani is a global brand famous for superior service in the hospitality industry. Originating in Riccione, Italy (the capital of the nation’s nightlife.) MUSICA brings traditions and charm, reinventing the status quo of what club in New York City should be. Its multi-level dance floor, VIP balcony, and state-of-the-art sound system provide an immersive atmosphere that aims to provide its guests with intimate clubbing experiences soundtracked by some of dance music’s top-billed artists. The sprawling venue offers completely different experiences and endless possibilities on each floor of the venue. Donned as The Whisper Room, the ground floor offers an opulent stage, a private green room, private luxury booths, and state-of-the-art lighting and sound. A massive versatile event space, the Main Floor consists of 2 bars, a VIP lounge, a cocktail lounge, an intelligent lighting and sound system, and a newly-installed immersive video wall. Bringing tradition and charm to the edge of Manhattan, the illustrious venue offers attendees one-of-a-kind events that can’t be recreated, only experienced.
As house and techno options continue to expand in Brooklyn, MUSICA aims to bridge the gap for Manhattan club-goers who are looking for a more local and accessible experience, without diluting the essence of what the underground nightlife scene has to offer. Setting itself apart from any other venue or nightclub in New York City, MUSICA’s upcoming calendar will provide an immersive musical affair quite unlike anything ever seen before.
New York City’s premier underground events collective Teksupport recently announced Transmoderna featuring an all-night-long set by Dixon. Taking place at the innovative ArtsDistrict Brooklyn on Saturday, April 29. It is a hybrid collection of virtual exhibitions through the combination of contemporary and multimedia art, soundtracked by genre-bending sets from co-founder Dixon.
The Berlin-based, techno icon continues his success with the Innervisions label, his own fashion clothing line Together We Dance Alone, and the technology platform Transmoderna. Founded in 2019, sitting between sound and art, blending senses together creating an immersive and innovative event that has spanned globally. A selection of artists has been invited to curate visual aspects of the show, which will be displayed on ArtsDistrict Brooklyn’s 360-degree projection system.
Teksupport has transformed New York nightlife since its first launch. Bring in state-of-the-art events, fashion shows, and a music festival. Establishing itself underground for its skillful integration of expert musical curation and innovative production, making them the premier partner for stateside takeovers from global institutions. Tickets for Teksupport: Transmoderna x Dixon is available to purchase.
Alan Fitzpatrick was back on the road this October, with his infamous House Party Tour, kicking things off in Bristol, then onto Brighton and Southampton. We Are The Brave events have been popping up all over the UK, with a rapidly growing artist roster. Laying down some mega anthem tracks in the last 24 months, we can expect a lot more, as We Are The Brave continues to fulfill fans to the max, with its energetic rave ethos.
Anthony Cardinale aka Avision, a producer from New York makes his debut this November. He caught the attention of Alan with his dark and deliciously deep beats. “I love the direction Alan is going with the label, and the broad range of his musical taste. I'm blessed to be a part of it” adds Anthony.
The title track ‘The Come Up’ has a growling low end, a thick groove, and roaring rhythmic movements – a track that couldn't be more perfect for We Are The Brave. “I’ve been playing pretty much everything that Avision sends me. He has a very mature sound that you can tell draws on a wide variety of influences, which gives his music a very unique flavor” – says Alan Fitzpatrick
Both featuring vocals, ‘Get It Right’ has a euphoric 90’s house edge to it, alongside an energetic beat, whilst the short stabbing vox effect rhythm in ‘Out Of Sight’ makes this the most minimal, linear track of the release.
“I am genuinely so excited to have this release out on We Are The Brave – for me, it represents the next step in my career, and a sort of ‘come up’ in the industry”. – Anthony. ‘On The Floor’ is instantly catchy with its hypnotic hook. It’s got that chunky NY old-school sound that Avision seems to effortlessly create.
Anthony Cardinale aka Avision is a force to be reckoned with, starting at the age of 12, and his preference for a more mature sound led to his first residency at Club Abyss in New Jersey by the time he was 15. Fortunate to grow up around the club culture of New York, and influenced by the sounds and music scene - Avision has become a new wave of techno. Over the last year, he has rereleased various influential labels like Mark Broom’s Beardman Records, Carl Cox’s Intec, Victor Calderone’s Matter+, Carlo Lio’s On Edge Society, Inmotion LTD, and now Alan Fitzpatrick’s We Are The Brave.
"Yes, it is, and I’m super excited about it! ‘The Come Up’ I would say took me about a month or two to create, I’m always working on music, so after I had a good batch of tracks I sent them to Alan and he selected from there."
"The NY music scene has always inspired me, I have always been inspired by the early 90’s music scene. DJs would play all night long from 10-24 hours sometimes playing tribal, techno, house, and even vocals. ‘The Come Up' is an EP that really resembles my influences from New York as it has a little bit of melody, groove, and chunkiness to each record"
He was recently featured in DummyMag Avision and was listed as one of the Top 10 Best Rising Techno Talents. In a recent interview during Amsterdam Dance Event, we spoke with New York’s techno artist Avision, he is set to release his debut EP which features his talent. Throughout the interview, he talks about the EP and how his passion became a reality.
"I don’t think I have a favorite track on this EP, I think each track is unique in its own way and I enjoy playing them throughout the night."
"There is, I think this EP is what is going to push me further in my career. ‘The Come Up’ title just means it’s my come-up into this amazing industry."
‘The Come Up’ is being released on Alan Fitzpatrick's label We Are The Brave, did you ever imagine your musical career would lead to this?
I can’t wait for this EP to release, and I’m honored to have it on Alan’s label. He’s been working very hard on this label and all of the branding behind it as well. I never imagined my musical career would lead to this, but it was always in the plans. I always want to better myself and strive for bigger ventures, especially when it comes to my music.
"I have so many influences but if I had to choose one it would be Quincy Jones - enough said."
"What an amazing experience, I was blown away since it was my first time. To finally meet everyone I’ve been talking to overseas, and getting to link up with my DJ friends was an experience I’ll never forget. The parties were all packed, and all the production was done properly. I’m looking forward to next year already."
"I don’t think I had one specific favorite moment, although my favorite part about this trip was walking into almost every party and hearing one of my records. It was really humbling, and inspiring to hear so many different artists playing my music. I never would have thought to hear my music as much as I did, and for that, I’m forever grateful for all the artists playing my music, it means a lot to me."
"I mean as always, I think Awakenings was really impressive, but I have to say everything I experienced was nothing short of amazing."
"There is still a lot of music ready to go for the future. ‘The Come Up’ is my last EP of 2018, but we start the new year up with a big release on “On Edge Society” that has a remix by the legend DJ Rush, and I also have an EP coming out on Eats Everything’s a new label called EI8HT. I’ll most likely come back to We Are The Brave as well with a follow-up EP. The rest you’ll just have to wait and see!"
His debut EP ‘The Come Up’ is a four-track project showcasing all of Avision’s talent and passion. Avision’s legacy is growing like a supernova exploding in the farthest reaches of our galaxy…and he’s just getting started.
SOEL began to produce his own sounds during adolescence, using music samples representing his originality and changing from house music and dark disco in the year the 1980s and 1990s, to minimal techno.
His music has immediately been supported and played by some of the most popular techno artists in the world, like Carl Cox, Marco Carola, Tale Of Us, Dubfire, Luciano, Mind Against, Oliver Huntemann, Karotte, Paco Osuna, Mark Knight, Alexi Delano, Joseph Capriati, Marco Bailey, Kaiserdisco, Pig&Dan, Stephan Bodzin, Martin Eyerer, Sian, Wehbba, Alan Fitzpatrick Ambivalent, Carlo Lio, Sonja Moonear, and many many more.
In the course of his experience, he has refined the technique also strengthening his musical culture, His DJ sets are in fact a journey that includes a mix of techno and minimal sounds blended with dark vocals.
There is one artist who is dedicated to his work and craft of creating his own unique sound, SOEL was born in the gray and bustle of Milan. Over the course of more than 10 years in music production and DJing, SOEL’s inspiration has come from his Arabic roots, Hollywood music composers, and varying genres of music, but most of all the world around. His passion, probably hereditary, was born from an early age thanks to his father, who collected vinyl records by artists including important figures who stood out like Ry Cooder, Robert Johnson, and Jacques Brel.
“It came at the end of September 2019, and has already reached more than 81,000 streams (as of this month, January) and likes from all over the world! The response was unreal, I couldn't have imagined such support from all these music lovers, and it makes me very happy because the two hr set is made only with my own productions! I know many people have been waiting for my tracks, especially 'Ambrosia', 'Sense of Eternity', and my remix of Sting's 'Desert Rose'. By making the set with only my own music, I was able to at least have those tracks played in full. Not just video clips online.”
“I have many, but especially Hans Zimmer, Clint Mansell, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Trentmøller, Alva Noto, Trent Reznor, Derrick May, Jeff Mills, and Recondite!”
The musical evolution of SOEL leaves people with multicultural experiences and individualism is originally reflected in his music. He’s refined his unique sound to a mix of deeply emotional ambient & atmospheric techno sounds, blended with dark synths and cinematic soundscapes.
“First inspiration comes from my background, my North African / Middle Eastern origins fused with my European upbringing, gave me the opportunity to experiment and create my own sound, based on the cultural differences between those two places, the music, the people, the cinema, even the food. I'm very inspired by what's around me! I've written tracks for example, on a plane because the colors of the sky were so beautiful, or because of the stunning view from the Brooklyn Bridge of NYC when I was living there, or simply because of a movie I love.”
A lifelong traveler, and fashion and art enthusiast, SOEL’s musical evolution, multicultural experiences, and individualism, are organically reflected in his music. Throughout the past decade, SOEL has refined its unique sound, which includes a mix of deeply emotional ambient and atmospheric techno sounds, blended with dark synths and cinematic soundscapes.
“Ryoji Ikeda, Trent Reznor, Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto"
“I had a vision and a dream about it, but I personally didn't have the time to create it and so it fell to the side for a bit. My girlfriend and a bunch of artists friends who I truly respect, the ones with 20+ years experience who I knew were honest in what they were telling me, as well as the huge encouragement of my supporters, is what pushed me to finally open the label. I'm not opening the label with this motto of "I have to be the biggest and best label in the world. I have to be famous", if anything, it's the opposite mindset. I have over 37-hours of unreleased music, that's like 350 tracks. When it comes down to it, I haven't been able to find a home for my music, so why not create one myself?”
ORACOLO Records will focus on musical realms in dark, atmospheric techno, and cinematic ambient. Giving him the opportunity to showcase his unreleased music and much more. This is a huge milestone for SOEL as an artist.
“I hope the future releases of my label, my music, and the journeys I try to create each time through my sets, will reach more and more people around the world! The support and messages I receive every day and during each gig are truly indescribable. I do my best to interact with everyone who writes to me and/or comes to my gigs. I see every message, every comment, and it's what inspires me to keep doing what I love.”
“'Maisha', which means 'Life' in Swahili, was released on Recondite's label, Plangent Records at the end of 2017.”
"Absolutely, yes. I can't share the details just yet, but I will. I have some really interesting projects I'm working on. Some are quite different from what people are used to. But so far, this is one of the most creative projects to date. I can't wait to share more about it. I'll keep you updated!"
"I am playing my first live show next month, at a big festival with so many artists and friends, followed by my first South American tour, with debuts in Argentina, Chile, and Colombia. I'm also making a return to Asia which I first toured last year. I'm very excited about that."
SOEL continues his trip to the musical reality, with enthusiasm and rigor, giving his music around Europe, Egypt, Morocco, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Vietnam, Qatar, and North America. He will continue to travel the world and make new music stay tuned for more!
Making changes in both his DJ career and the underground techno community, Bryan Fein, better known by his artist name Mafia B is known for pushing boundaries and staying original. He always stays true and his goal is to continue to create quality and make an innovative impact in the music scene and community.
For the first time in his music career, the DJ and producer created an event and party concept DECODED. Providing a sense of community for both guests and artists is a meaningful project for Mafia B. As a beginning artist, it's difficult, especially these days to make a name and stand out from the rest of all the DJs. DECODED will provide that chance and opportunity for those who have been waiting for their moment to perform and be seen.
“I wanted to create a sense of community within the dance music community, especially locally first. I'm trying to create something where the artists, DJs, even the people, and the attendees are more engaged with each other, rather than just going to an event, or going to a party, I want something more engaging. Let's put a light on the X first. How can we make them feel like A-list, right? How can we put a spotlight on them and make them feel like there's somebody rather than like, oh, you're DJing tonight and no one knows? I'm working to develop something where they feel more appreciative of the art. If the person is spending X amount of time, their hours in their studio, and putting their heart and soul into this craft, why not feel like there is somebody when they're DJing? And when it comes to the attendees, how do we make them feel like this is just more than an event? How can we make this more of an experience, an interactive experience? And that's what I and my team are currently working out at the moment into creating that experience for both ends of the spectrum. Yeah. So when I talk about community, my goal is literally to have everyone say, have you been decoded? And are you decoded? And use that verbiage interchangeably. Yeah, that's my goal for that. And at the end of the day, it's all about music. So maybe later down the line, it might turn into a label, but at the end of the day, as I said, it is about the music, playing good music, and the overall experience of being part of Decoded."
Mafia B takes the underground scene to a new dimension with his own party brand. He is touring different cities throughout the TriState area with DECODED displaying his passion and talent in new realms. He will be taking over a secret location with his DECODED concept this Saturday, March 11.
DECODED has already launched last month and is already becoming a huge success with sell-out rsvp and packed nightclubs. DECODED isn’t at one location, each night a different location throughout the New York metropolitan area. Giving more insight into different dance clubs and building and creating its community.
“I do see a sense of community, especially with the dance music culture, because as you go out every week to different types of dance music events, whether it might be house music or techno, there is a sense of community there already. Because you might most likely see the same people there, and they know you by your first name, which is amazing. Every sense of genre of music will have its sense of community. And the reason why I gravitated more towards the dance music scene, is because I started out playing house music, and that was way years ago when I used to partake in martial arts. And my instructor was a DJ and a promoter. And for every class that we took, he would play house music."
been influenced by Hip-Hop, Rock, and Classical Music. He developed a unique sound as he continuously release original music in his studio or on the streets of the city he lives. Brian has played at the top nightclubs from across the country and the globe. “So I was training to house music, and I was like, how do I get into this? I downloaded the software so I can make my own mixes. That's how I started. I love dance music. I love dancing. I love music in general, and it just kind of snowballed from there”.
From first playing at underground parties and after hours, he quickly gained a following of popularity from performing at elite New York City dance clubs. Forming and experiencing techno and house music rhythm and sounds, Mafia B generated himself as a well-known local. In his earliest years, he dabbled with both house music and techno with different upbeats and down-tempos. His energy feeds off the crowd as an artist and DJ performer, whenever experiments with new music or plays some of his early and old tracks. He quickly then moved up to perform at upscale clubs at the age of 18 being one of the youngest DJs playing at 21 and over in New York City nightclubs.
“I remember playing one of my tracks, and the first time I played it out, and I didn't know how it was going to react, and once the drop hit, I just heard, oh, I was like, all right, cool. This works. Even though that track is not the best, at least in my eyes, I'm my worst critic. But when I heard, oh, and I'm like, yeah, okay, cool. It feels good."
Mafia B has opened for numerous artists such as the legendary DJ and producer, Erick Morillo, and other techno heavyweights and local favorites. In addition, Mafia B has played at infamous clubs around New York City including Marquee, Cielo, Output, Analog BKNY, Highline Ballroom, Sankeys, and more. His first record released was signed to Elektrobeats Records and was also part of The Techno Compilation which landed on the number one spot on Traxsource.
Creating killer beats in his new Brooklyn studio, teaching classes to up-and-coming DJs, Everywhere he gets inspiration, from old classical music to classic dance music and life experiences. To make a name as a DJ and producer in this competitive industry, every artist must stay original and continue the momentum Plus, use every aspect of general life, and constantly release music. Let everything inspire the artist and use to it expand the creativity.
“Everything inspires me. I would say I think as an artist, we just absorb different things in our lives and we kind of put that in a capstone, figure out how can we take that emotion from whatever inspires us and make it our own, right? That's the beauty of being an artist hearing that and oh, that inspires me to do something. So for example, I think the last couple of songs that I'm currently producing is, okay, I like the sound of Heavy Metal. And I'm thinking in the back of my head, what happened if the bassist in my song, he's like a metal head or something, and this is what's happening in the back of my head. And it's like, what if he's a metal guitarist? How do I kind of translate that into my techno song? So like I said, anything and everything inspires me when it comes to creating a sound or creating music, new songs, anything. I just enjoy the process of doing that, creating, getting something that inspires me, and spitting out something that I could call that's mine.”
Most artists have so much unreleased music it’s because they are uncertain if the public will like and approve of the track. Feeling nervous about losing fans and following, a true artist will face that fear and release everything regardless if they may think it’s bad the true fans will still follow and support. “Just because as an artist, you're allowing yourself to be vulnerable because you're putting a lot of effort and soul into your craft, then that's your vulnerability, and then you put it out there in hopes that you can make an impact to at least one person. Right? I remember at one gig, it was a random gig actually, and I was just DJing, this girl comes up to me and she's like, oh, can I request a song? I'm like, oh, no. Why? But she showed me the song that she was requesting. It was one of my songs. And I was like, yeah, I'll play that. That's cool. And obviously, that one song that I released years ago made an impact on her. It may not be made the number one on Beatport, but it made an impact on somebody for them to come to my event and see or hear me play a particular song that she liked”.
“So when it comes to releasing, yeah, there's a little nerve. Okay, hopefully, somebody likes it, or at least the label likes it. But at the end of the day, if I like it and I believe this is the best I can do, and this is what it is, I'm going to release it in hopes that people like it and keep moving forward, keep moving on."
The world and the city that built his DJ career, Mafia B has explored different realms and ways for more inspiration. Eating different foods, running new trails in New York City, or experiencing new nightclubs for DECODED. Generating new ways and ideas for more creativity as an artist and producer.
“I used to run Central Park all the time in the morning, and I kind of use it like a metaphor for life, because I'm running to a particular destination, which is I'll go from 60th, which is the entrance to Central Park, to the reservoir, and that's my goal. But as I'm running it, I see people on the left and right of me, and there are people in front of me, but I'm not in competition with any of those people because they have their own goals. If I were to follow one person, whether he or she gets off the next exit, then I'm losing sight of my own goal. I'm following one person. Because that's their goal. I don't know what they're doing. So I think as long as you know where you want to go and just keep going in that direction. And it's okay too, if you're running and you're getting tired, maybe you start walking down a little bit. As long as you keep moving forward toward that goal, then you will reach there. It takes time. If you're okay telling yourself, it would take me five to 10 years to be somebody or to reach a certain level and this craft. And if you're okay with that, then yeah, you'll be all right. But if you expect to be a hit overnight, which is an anomaly for sure, but if you expect to be a hit overnight, but you haven't put the work into it, then you can be discouraged every single time."
From establishing his own studio and party brand, DECODED within a matter of a couple of years, Brian constantly sets new goals for himself to maintain the energy he quickly built from the very beginning. “There's going through this journey and just hitting these little milestones are signs of success. Even the average human set mini goals, not big goals, you just set your set. There's a difference between you're going to be frustrated if your major goal is to DJ Ultra, right? But you haven't produced a track yet. So set small goals, but okay, the first goal is to learn how to do this. Learn how to do this. Or the first goal might be to release one track. What's that look like? Releasing one track can be a sign of success. So the more you make these little goals and be consistent will ultimately have this huge pyramid of milestones. And before you know it, you might be in front of a large crowd at EDC or Ultra, whatever it may be, whatever your North Star or goal may be.”
Besides setting and completing goals, the music industry quickly grew into a life passion. Making new music, performing at nightclubs, and growing the party brand, Decoded all that excites him the most. The positive vibes from the crowds each night demonstrate why he entered the scene in the very beginning.
“One is being a DJ and a producer. I just love being in front of people. I'm a people person, so I love being in front of a crowd and seeing how they react to certain songs. I purposely make my sets unpredictable, and I love to see the reaction of crowds. And that excites me because I like to see people have fun, seeing people enjoying themselves.”
DECODED is taking off at a successful rate, and Mafia B still has the time to create some new music. His studio is his favorite place in the world its where he can expand his mind to different realms of creativity. “I'm turning out some EPs. I already have one EP done. I'm just setting up feedback before I send it out to labels. So one EP is done, working on a second EP at the moment. That's going to be sent to a feedback phase, and then I'll send it out to labels. So hopefully sooner than later, we'll have some new music out, some Mafia B stuff.”
The process for every DJ and producer is different, some can make an album within days or years, and some decades. Everyone is different and everyone has different ways of processing their creativity.
“I like to work in collections. In terms, of what I mean by that is, okay, either I'm going to turn out an album or an EP, and the process is different every single time. Or the length of developing a project varies from project to project. I can't say if it takes long because that's relative. Right? But typically when the project's done, it's done. Usually, that takes a couple of months, which I'm okay with. I wanted to give it my best, the best, and give it my all. At the time of my current skill set. Right? So it takes time. And yeah, I'm looking forward to multiple releases this year and seeing how people react to it.”
Would there be an album anytime in the future, or? “I love albums, but not a lot of people make them anymore. Unless you're an A-list artist like Skrillex, or Deadmau5, or who could be anybody. I think at that level it is a little bit easier to release albums because here's a collection of 13 songs and 15 songs and sure. Then go on tour. But as you're a developing producer, I think that releasing either singles or EPs.”
“Yeah. And having people recognize your name. That person does this type of music. I've released albums and albums before. I think I would love to do an album. This is the vibe and theme of this album, and just kind of focus on that and release it. But definitely, I would never rule an album out."
“It's approved by the masses. When I get into the studio every day, I just love being in this room, constantly learning about my workflow, constantly figuring it out. That's my job as a producer, is to figure it out. I just love solving puzzles that excite me. You just figuring it out because no one knows anything. Just pick one thing and figure that out. And I pick music and I'm figuring it out as I go every day, and that excites me. There are no DJ schools, no DJ universities."
“I have students that come into my studio once a week, and I teach them, and it excites me to see them going from learning nothing to having tracks. Right? And that excites me. I'm like, wow, I gave so much value to this person, and they took it and they create something out of nothing. It amazes me. And I didn't have that. I did have a mentor, but teaching somebody kind of cuts all of the wrongs turns if you will. Although it is inevitable to make your own bad decision and learn from it and come back to stability if you will. But yeah, teaching students excites me. Being in this room excites me, and playing in front of people excites me. I love music”.
When he’s not DJing or creating original music, he strives to make the New York City house music and techno scene better and give back to the community. In his off time, he teaches DJ classes, these days everyone wants to DJ or learn how to. There is no school or Univerity for that kind of learning in the states, most people are self-taught and grow from the experience and keep getting paid gigs. Mafia B launched his DJ class at his studio, the moment he began his classes he quickly fell in love with it and gained more respect for the community. Through these teaching classes, he found more of a purpose and one of the ways to give back and pass along the greatest knowledge ever.
Teaching classes and focusing on expanded Decoded, creating new realms and possibly a festival or label. DECODED continues to rapidly grow with constant sell-out tickets, and the culture and movement continue to grow and expand, each month by taking over different new and different nightclubs plus secret locations.
If you are first starting or taking one of Mafia B’s classes or considering becoming a DJ here are some wise words from an experienced DJ and producer.
“Hard work, not giving up! Consistency is key, right? It's okay to take breaks here and there, but I think that as long as you keep moving forward, that's all it matters. It takes time. If you're okay telling yourself, it would take me five to 10 years to be somebody or to reach a certain level and this craft. And if you're okay with that, then yeah, you'll be all right. But if you expect to be a hit overnight, which is an anomaly for sure, but if you expect to be a hit overnight, but you haven't put the work into it, then you can be discouraged every single time.”