District 8 Ex­pec­ta­tion

Dublin club District 8 is shortly to com­mence an ex­cit­ing new se­ries of mu­sic pro­duc­tion cour­ses. By Will Kin­sella

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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.

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