“CNTRL is what America needs right now: an effort to reconnect the electronic dance music movement with its history, without forsaking either innovation or imagination.”
– Philip Sherburne, SPIN.COM
Electronic music innovators and world-leading DJs Richie Hawtin and Loco Dice are launching a music and technology tour of Canadian and U.S. colleges, taking the history and the future of the platform to the very people who could well be the next generation of producers, DJs, technology innovators orsimply advocates of the sound that is sweeping the continent after 20 years of trying.
The tour, called CNTRL: Beyond EDM- Electronic & Techno(logy) Based Music, will be a groundbreaking North American college tour combining educational daytime lectures on music technology presented by Dupspot in some of the leading universities and colleges, followed by an evening of electronic music with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Ean Golden from DJ TechTools and their touring guest DJ’s.
Set to launch October 29 in Buffalo, NY and taking place at Berklee College of Music on October 31, CNTRL will feature a selection of artists whom Hawtin and Dice feel will give a good cross-section of the current and cutting-edge sounds of electronic music, including Carl Craig, Seth Troxler, Kevin Saunderson, Josh Wink,Victor Calderone, Paco Osuna, controller specialist DJ TechTools’ Ean Golden and others joining on specific days throughout the tour. CNTRL will also feature special guest speakers in each city during the daytime lecture programming, including Tiga (Nov 5, Montreal) and John Acquaviva (Nov 6, London, Ontario) with more to be announced.
The events will focus on the techno and technology aspects of modern-day electronic music, presenting the more futuristic and underground side of the genre, as championed by Hawtin and Dice and their peers for the last two decades. Central to the CNTRL concept are daytime seminars in the colleges toinform and inspire people about technology, music production, live performance, and the business ofelectronic music. These will take place from around 5pm-7pm on show day and are presented by worldrenowned electronic music production and DJ school, Dubspot. All DJs performing on the night will participate in the master classes by day, and CNTRL will invite local DJ / production / industry pioneers from each region to also take part in the events. CNTRL will be a future thinking session but will also ensure the students leave with a deeper understanding of how the genre developed to where it is today. The event then ends with a low-ticket gig at a venue near campus, giving the students a chance to experience the artists in action.
CNTRL is all about engaging young North American fans of EDM and showing them the roots of the music, the history of a global movement and demonstrating what the future of music technology andperformance has the power to become. The tour will take place in over 15 cities across the eastern part ofNorth America (with a west coast leg to be planned for 2013).
Tour dates are as follows:
DATE CITY COLLEGE // VENUE:
Mon 10/29 Buffalo, NY TBA // Town Ballroom*
Tue 10/30 Syracuse, NY Syracuse University // Westcott Theatre*
Wed 10/31 Boston, MA Berklee College of Music // RISE*
Thu 11/1 Washington, DC American University // EchoStage*
Fri 11/2 Philadelphia, PA Drexel University // Electric Factory**
Sat 11/3 New York, NY New York University // Webster Hall***
Mon 11/5 Montreal, QC McGill // SAT****
Tue 11/6 London, ON UW Ontario // London Music Hall****
Wed 11/7 Windsor, ON University of Windsor // Boom Boom Room*****
Thu 11/8 Toronto, ON TBA // The Hoxton*****
Mon 11/12 Detroit, MI Wayne State University // TV Bar******
Tue 11/13 Urbana, IL TBA // Canopy Club******
Wed 11/14 Ann Arbor, MI University of Michigan // Necto ******
Thu 11/15 Dayton, OH University of Dayton // Masque
Fri 11/16 Chicago, IL Columbia College // The Metro*******
Sat 11/17 Madison, WI TBA // The Majestic Theater*******
Sun 11/18 Minneapolis, MN Slam Academy (with UMN EDM Club // The Loft at Barfly*******
*Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Paco Osuna, Ean Golden
**Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Josh Wink, Ean Golden
*** Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, tINI, Ean Golden
**** Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Victor Calderone, Ean Golden
***** Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Carl Craig, Ean Golden
****** Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Seth Troxler, Ean Golden
******* Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Kevin Saunderson, Gaiser, Ean Golden
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