District 8 Expectation
Dublin club District 8 is shortly to commence an exciting new series of music production courses. By Will Kinsella
Kicking off District 8’s new series of music productions on April 21 will be an intensive one-day workshop, titled Ableton Bootcamp. Exploring the fundamentals of electronic music production, the course was created to give everyone the basic tools to create music, regardless of prior experience. This is the perfect opportunity for beginners and intermediate producers to hone their craft. Tickets are available now on Eventbrite.
A new company has emerged on Ireland’s festival and big stage circuit. I first met Colin and Lorcan Clarke at the Telegraph Building in Belfast, and they have made great inroads with their new venture, Integral Laser Display. The company are a lighting provider specialising in laser lighting solutions for club and festival events. The story behind Integral is one of passion for music events and visuals. As attendees of many major European dance events, Colin and Lorcan Clarke, hailing from Co. Meath, wanted to bring some of the visual energy they witnessed back to Ireland’s club scene, and so Integral was born.
Driven by an affinity for high-quality laser displays and the unique visual impact of laser light, Integral has gone from strength to strength as clubs, festivals and corporate events around Ireland have availed of the high-end service they offer. From the Anachronica forest stage at Electric Picnic to techno parties at Belfast’s cutting edge Telegraph Building, the team have recently been involved in some of the most exciting gigs Ireland has to offer. For further info, check out integrallaserdisplay.ie
Dublin promoters Funkadelic are relaunching on May 6 with CJ Boland at Wigwam in Dublin, to mark 35 years of R&S Records. Support on the night comes from Shane Berney, Dean Heavey, Rob Whittle
and Kev Kinsella.
Smirnoff have recently announced Honey Dijon as their Equalising Music brand ambassador, and she will play the Button Factory in association with Hidden Agenda on April 21. Dijon has enjoyed a muchdeserved explosion in popularity in recent months. A world class DJ whose technical skills marked her out as one of house music’s truly great artists, her sets incorporate Chicago, New York and European elements. Citing her parents’ R&B and soul records as early influences, she has added global styles to develop her own sound.
Dijon’s acclaimed debut album, The Best Of Both Worlds, was released in October 2017. A champion of diversity, Honey’s rework of Sylvester’s ‘Stars’, with vocals by Sam Sparro, featured on Smirnoff’s ‘We’re Open’ ad campaign in 2017, and she continues to be active in the areas of trans awareness, civil rights and inclusivity.
Elsewhere, I recently checked out some new vinyls from Irish label Shelter Records, who are putting out some incredible releases. On March 19, they put out a Various Artist EP with Ben Gibson & Mary Velo, the label’s fifth release to date. On April 16, Flexure returned to the label following an extremely successful release on another prominent
Irish techno label, Bastardo Electrico. That particular record entered the radio playlists of Dave Clarke, Truss and Ben Sims, with wider support from Dax J, Lag, Sunil Sharpe, Rolando and John Heckle. 2017 saw Flexure play a number of packed-out shows across Ireland, as wellas and notably New Faces in Berlin’s Tresor, with Mareena hosting the night.
The Deadbots, meanwhile, released their single ‘Love Unlimited’ on March
14, featuring Ian Mcfarlane on bass and a special remix from synth aficionado The Emperor Machine. For more info, check out deadbotsmusic.com.