Red Bull Music Academy â Closing Night

Red Bull Music Academy – Closing Night

Red Bull Music Academy says adios with one last night of club anthems at New York’s most talked-about new venue, Output. Brooklyn’s own Ron Morelli and his L.I.E.S. crew will open the night with an evening of ambient and experimental dance, followed by a L.I.E.S. club night with more “outsider dance” (© Ben UFO) courtesy of label cohorts Legowelt, Beautiful Swimmers, and Marcos Cabral. Meanwhile, Jersey house don Kerri Chandler and the Red Bull Music Academy Allstars will be manning the decks in Room 2 for a farewell session in the finest of styles. 37 nights, 236 artists, 8000 anthems, 1 city: RBMA says fare thee well and thank you, New York. Hope to see you soon on a dance floor in a galaxy not so far away.

Legowelt = the name under which Danny Wolfers releases most of his music. What Music you might ask??? Well a hybrid form of slam jack The Hague electronix combined with deep chicago trax,obscure & romantic ghetto technofunk, EuroHorror Soundtracks and lots -a- more! You can't quite pigeonhole it but it sure as hell slams the pit!

Already more then 10 years in the business Legowelt has released a dozen or so projects on various formats, most of them on good ol' vinyl released on homebase Bunker records, The Hague's legendary pioneering electronic music label. Sometimes these tracks spin out of the obscurity like an asteroid from a spacebelt and fly straight into the charts; such an event happened with 'Disco Rout' which was voted track of the year 2002 by the acclaimed german Groove magazine.

check out the discography for a list of his projects.

Legowelt began producing music when in the early 90ies the adolescent autistic schoolboy came in sporadic contact with the sounds of Detroit's Underground Resistance, Model 500, Blake Baxter (probably his all-time favorite producer) and Chicago heroes such as Farley Jackmaster Funk, Armando Gallop and mr.Fingers. Later on this palette of influences grew with early Mu-Ziq, Aphex Twin, Drexciya, various stuff from The Irdial Discs label and virtually every type of freaked deep music he could get his hands on.

But nothing had quite the influence of when, somewhere in the early 90ies, he first heard a band called 'Unit Moebius' on the radio. A punky palette of RAW freaked out Lo-fi chicago trax and deep detroit jams made with machines which were found next to the garbage can. Shocked in awe he heard that this music came out of The Hague, Holland The very same city he lived in! Put on the right track by this fact he stumbled into the Bunker Records office and discoverd a world of contemporary autistic freaked music lovers who looked beyond all the bland house and dance music that ruled the media and clubs. Musical mentors such as IF and Melvin White (aka pametex) lectured him with even more unknown sounds such as early electro and the obscure pre-1983 Italian disco which production secrets were closely studied. In 1998 Bunker released the first vinyl of Legowelt : Pimpshifter, a 6 track mingled Italo Chicago combi which became an instant cult hit with tracks such as 'Stumvogel' and 'Total Pussy Control'.

Apart from producing Legowelt has been playing live all over the world for the last 10 years. A lot of time together with Orgue Electronique and the infamous Bunker Team.

Beautiful Swimmers

Easy listening superstar Jimmy Buffett famously sang, "Beautiful swimmers stay in the groove" – a rallying cry today's Beautiful Swimmers fully get behind. Finding that sweet spot between disco, classic house and 70s rock and funk, Ari Gordon and Andrew Field-Pickering produce and DJ easygoing jams and edits perfect for your pool party, summer camp make-out sesh or full-moon beach extravaganza – releasing many of them on their own Future Times label. Along with friends like Steve Summers and Ron Morelli of the L.I.E.S. imprint, they're putting down roots for a new gen East Coast house scene, one that's obsessed with classic labels like NuGroove, Trax, Underground Resistance and Prelude – making them the perfect people to ask for a countdown of hot grooves.

Marcos Cabral

Willie Burns

Willie Burns AKA Grackle, runs it. Runs WT Records, Newtown Radio WTBS on Mondays, The Thing in Brooklyn - runs it.

Professor Genius

Jahiliyya Fields

We’ve all read enough artist biographies by now. This is just a little intro to the music I make, the trax I run, and a bit about me.

Long story short, I mostly make and play underground house and techno. I came up on the standard diet of hiphop, jungle, rock and indie, as well as lots of dub reggae, dancehall and world music, so I’ve got as many influences as anyone else I guess. But it took me a while to figure out what it was about music I love, and really it’s just a certain vibe… The shit that grabs me most has always been dark but still sexy, it’s deep and emotional but with energy, it’s dissonant and experimental and raw but still made for the club, and above all it’s got endless groove, it rolls… the direction is always >>>

So that’s what I aim for when I’m making tunes or digging for them. I’m a producer first – as in I started producing before I started to DJ – but to be honest I can’t really say one or the other is more important to me. I love other people’s music too much to ever just play my own trax. But I also love producing, struggling to make that mythical perfect tune, you know? I know it’ll probably never happen but that’s some kinda guiding light for me. I know I don’t put out enough tunes, sorry about that… I’m working on it though. Even after all these years of producing I still feel like the new kid though, I’m still learning about music, and to be honest I hope that never changes.

One other thing to mention – I have a two hour show on BBC Radio 1 where I get in the mix and also bring in some friends and heroes in for guest mixes. This is probably the best way to understand what I’ve been talking about here…

But anyway I could bang on about music all day so best to stop here. Thanks for reading.

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Red Bull Music Academy – Closing Night with LEGOWELT, Beautiful Swimmers, Marcos Cabral, Willie Burns, Bookworms, Professor Genius, Jahiliyya Fi...

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