Posted on Jun 2nd 2012 1:00PM by Amanda Connon-Unda
Mathew Jonson, a Canadian electronic musician based in Berlin, is easily recognizable on stage for his improvisational talent — both as a solo artist, as Midnight Operator with his brother Hrdvsion, and as one part of the four-piece electronic act, Cobblestone Jazz.
Posted on Jun 1st 2012 4:30PM by Amanda Connon-Unda
Nautiluss seems to have come full circle as he prepares for his debut performance atMutek Festival tonight. Having grown up in Montreal, Nautiluss, perhaps better known as Graham Zilla (of former band Thunderheist), says he always wanted to play the festival.
Posted April 12 by Amanda Connon-Unda
There have been lots of memorable gigs for Metronomy, so it’s hard for the band’s founder and singer Joseph Mount and his cousin, main man behind the keyboards, Oscar Cash, to pick one favourite from the last year. The four-piece band (along with bassist bassist Gbenga Adelekan and drummer Anna Prior) have been on the road since December 2010 and will be on the road in North America for another month opening for Coldplay starting on April 17 for over a dozen dates before heading back to Europe for more gigs in June.
Mount and Cash sat down with Spinner for a chat days before the first of their two massive festival gigs (April 15 and 22) at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival in California.
Posted on Mar 6th 2012 11:30AM by Amanda Connon-Unda
Following a successful year of touring to support the release of his album ‘Bible Eyes,’ Toronto’s Egyptrixx is headlining a series of shows as part of The Red Bull Music Academy and Mutek Tour. The gigs wrap up March 8 in Winnipeg shortly before Mutek Festival announces the first group of performers for the festival’s 13th edition, which takes place May 30-June 3, in Montreal.
Posted on Mar 6th 2012 4:00PM by Amanda Connon-Unda
Originally from the Netherlands, Dutch electronic musician Martyn recalls leaving behind his big studio a few years ago for a move that would kick-start his career. He set up shop in Washington, DC, and in 2009 released his debut album, ‘Great Lengths,’ on his own 3024 label.
In May of 2011 I interviewed Richie Hawtin, one of techno’s early innovators, and the main man behind the m-nus label.
During our chat, Hawtin discusses what inspires him, his predictions of the future of planet earth, how he maintains his optimism, and the evolution of music and technology.
This interview was done while he was in Windsor, Ontario, preparing for his Plastikman Live Show at Mutek. You can read my article in spinner, based on the interview, here.
Hot off the heels of a momentous gig at Coachella, Anders Trentemøller and his six piece band are set to play Spain’s SOS festival this weekend. Although SOS is a smaller upstart festival, it promises to be just as memorable, with other live bands like Suede and the Kooks and DJs like Tiga also on the two-day lineup.
Posted on Jun 6th 2011 12:45PM by Amanda Connon-Unda
MUTEK’s 12th edition, which took place this past week in Montreal, will likely go down in history as the liveliest electronic music festival that Canada will see this year. With an amazing array of artists and showcases of both new music and technologies, the audio-visual experiences at the festival arguably stole the spotlight.
Posted on Jun 3rd 2011 1:00PM by Amanda Connon-Unda
Richie Hawtin is one of the world’s biggest DJs, but much of the Detroit techno luminary’s reputation is rooted in his pioneering production work as Plastikman in the 1990s. Lately, he’s been fusing his two careers together with his audio-visual extravaganza Plastikman Live. Enlisting a ten-person team of VJs and sound and light engineers, the Windsor, Ontario native has wowed dance crowds everywhere from Europe and North America to Japan, Argentina and Australia, including an acclaimed set at last year’s Coachella.
Hawtin will now bring his show to Montreal’s MUTEK festival tonight, June 3. It’s a homecoming of sorts as he first performed Plastikman Live here back in 2004. The techno superstar admits to Spinner that the gig seven years ago was a disappointment and explains how he intends to triumph tonight with the revamped show. Hawtin also shares his admiration for Trent Reznor and explains why he’s not worried that “this planet’s days are probably numbered.”
Posted on Jun 1st 2011 by Amanda Connon-Unda
It’s hard to believe but this year marks Amon Tobin’s debut at Montreal’s MUTEK Festival, now in its 12th year. Even so, Tobin is no stranger to the Canadian city, having lived there while producing several of his albums for the celebrated electronic label Ninja Tune. It’s only fitting then that the renowned Brazilian-born DJ and producer would select his former stomping ground for the world premiere of his new live show.
Posted on May 30th 2011 1:00PM by Amanda Connon-Unda
With the recent 50th release from Thoughtless Music, music fans are taking note of Noah Pred as both a top-notch DJ/producer and the founder of the Toronto-based techno label. At this year’s Mutek festival, which kicks off June 1, five producers on Pred’s Thoughtless roster are poised to perform at the renowned five-day affair in Montreal.