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Have you ever pictured being outdoors in negative temperatures and having the time of your life? Well the power of music can make any environment enjoyable. Eric Prydz and Cristoph performed a sold-out show at Igloofest in Montreal on Friday, February 2nd. This was the only sold-out night of the show so far in 2024.

Igloofest, or better known as the coldest festival in the world, takes place at Old Port Montreal every year for four weekends from January to February. Attendees usually have to be warm to brave the negative temperatures. The past weekend was not one of the worst we have experienced. The lows were from -15 to -10°C, what kept us warm were the amazing fire pits at the back where you could roast marshmallows. If not that, the crowds of the packed show kept you warm. The VIP zone had heated spots near the bar, which was perfect for Friday night.

Ostrich, Cristoph & Eric Prdyz

Early in the night, the crowd warmed up to the sound of Montreal-local Ostrich at the Sapporo Stage where I spent my night. The Deep Tech House artist set up the stage from 7:30pm and had the crowd very prepared for Cristoph. A Newcastle native, he had a groovy one-and-a-half-hour set and played his classic hits like ‘Tha Music‘, ‘Swoon‘ and ‘Revolver to name a few. Cristoph had the crowd dancing and toned up the heat with amazing visuals on a cold winter night in Montreal. Fans including me could not get enough of that set. EDMTunes had a chance to chat with Cristoph right before his set, do have a read right below the event review. He definitely has a few secrets to share and plans for a big 2024.

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Cristoph lay the land perfectly for the man himself, Eric Prydz. Of course, Mr. Prdyz sold out the Montreal show and did not disappoint. It was 2 hours of bliss, you knew it would be legendary when he started off with his remix of ‘Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus‘.  He had a perfect mix of all his classics and aliases — Cirez D and Pryda. What got me dancing the most was ‘Bootshaus 2012 ID‘, a Cirez D working title and ‘Melbourne Trak / UMF 2014 ID‘, a Pryda working title. He took the crowd by surprise with his ending tracks being ‘Pjanoo‘, ‘Viro‘ and the banger ‘Allein‘ for the last. Witnessing a few Prydz sets in my time I was very ecstatic with his choice of ending with Allein. All this music transposed me to a warm happy place forgetting I was out bundled up on a cold night.

If you want to experience the two hours of magic we did with Eric Prydz, check out the set list here.

EDMTunes Chats with Cristoph

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EDMTunes had a chance to sit with Cristoph and have a quick chat before his set. Hope you enjoy this read!

EDMTunes – Welcome to Montreal, what’s your favourite part so far/what are you looking forward to?

Cristoph – I just landed two hours ago, so I haven’t seen anything yet. I do enjoy the cold, so extreme and I want to ski/snowboard and my best friend says if I do try it I will definitely injure myself. I am quite injury-prone.

EDMTunes – 2023 was big, loved your Open to Close concept. What inspired you to do that series?

Cristoph – *Cough* my manager – hinted Rene his manager from the back. Basically, I am really into the style of DJing at night where it is more focused on the music, the venue and the people in there. Rather than all the lights on the DJ and let’s all stare at them, type of thing. I enjoy a rave in the dark room, where there is minimal light and you know you have the cliche of going on a journey. That was the idea behind it. I do enjoy every art of DJing. Whether it is warming up, or the mid section, or closing out. So we decided to give it a go and were delighted to see how well it actually did.

EDMTunes – Anything different you are planning to do in 2024, that your fans haven’t experienced so far?

Cristoph – The open-to-close was such a success, we have decided to build a bit of lighting show with it. It is not visuals, but it is lighting. I want the night to still be more minimalistic than anything of these great big screens. The AI visuals are becoming monotonous, we want it to be about the clubbers and them enjoying the night. So we want to create lighting to go with the gigs going forward. The New York show at the end of this month will be the first one we will premier this at. Of course it has to be in certain venues to get the rig in. From there onwards hopefully there will be festival shows where we can build this into more than just America. We are hoping to then take this open to close worldwide.

No residencies in the US, surreal for me to be able to come to America. Growing up I did look up to America, so it has been surreal for me to go around and play in such great venues.

EDMTunes – You have been producing music for the last decade, what has been your most technically challenging track to make so far?

Cristoph – Oh that is a good question. Some of the vocal tracks have really grounded me down. I used to send versions to management and Eric for feedback. I have 50-60 projects of some of those records, little tweaks here and there. All of it to get the sound and clarity on a full vocal track like ‘Illusions’ where you need a peak to sit above the music but still feel integrated into the record. It became a tough one and just wanted it to be over. But overall it really got me there and I was grateful for their feedback and how it turned out.

EDMTunes – Your recent Consequence of Society Mix was great, let’s talk a bit about this series/concept of yours.

Cristoph – The whole Consequence of Society, it is the music I play into the consequence of the society I was brought up in. So I used to sneak into clubs with my brother like everyone seems to know. It was the shindig in Newcastle when I was 15. That progressive music coming out from the likes of Danny Howells and others, they paved the way. The whole label, mixed series I just wanted to keep it as one name so we can build a brand. I just want to keep the simplicity and push the brand, I have the link with it being the consequence of society I was brought up in.

EDMTunes – Any plans on making an album?

Cristoph – It’s been a discussion over the past 4-5 weeks. I am doing a Facet, there is an idea for the fourth Facet and perhaps tying them out. I will keep putting the out, and we need to think of doing an album and then an album tour. So probably after the next open-to-close tour then it might be the album which will be 2025. I have my idea of what I want to do for my album but it will take some time.

EDMTunes – What would you do if you weren’t a DJ? And what is the weirdest food you’ve eaten?

Cristoph – I really don’t know, no one has asked me that. In all honesty, I don’t know. I am terrified of the authorities as a boy. I have an obsession & passion for criminal psychology. That is what I fall asleep watching, something along those lines. Definitely not a detective. But happy I am a DJ and doing this!

Ah weird, well I had a grasshopper taco once when I was down in Texas. You could feel the hair on the legs whilst I ate it, so strange. Maybe octopus would be the weirdest. The weird texture! Ha – thank you this was fun!

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A State Of Trance Top 1000 #1 Is Revealed!

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After 30 years of nothing but Trance excellence, with all the feels, and all the incredible talent, Armin van Buuren‘s legacy prevails. A State of Trance Top 1000 Award revealed the number one track of the label. We can’t imagine how hard it was to pick their top track ever. Cue the drum rolls please… The award goes to none other than Dutch Trance producer RAM and German DJ Jorn van Deynhoven. The honorary title is thanks to their remix of the 2009 masterpiece ‘RAMsterdam’.

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The Duo took it on their social medias to showcase the plate they received to commemorate the award. We can’t forget the track has earned over 10 million streams on spotify. The track embodies Trance in its rawest form. Its true nature and drive summarize the power the genre carries from decade to decade. Naturally, ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) reigns supreme over 999 other songs that have moved millions of people since the inception of A State of Trance. Furthermore, RAM mentioned on his Facebook post that after he earned the title, DJ Mag announced his residency in the number one Trance club in China for 2024.

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Both artists are one of a kind, and the award deeply recognizes the mark they continue to leave on a State of Trance and the scene itself. ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)paved the way for more unique sounds to evolve and develop to this day. RAM and van Deynhoven have what it takes to carry the title of worldwide phenomenon.

Congratulations to these two legends! Now, go ahead and leave ‘Ramsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) on replay. After all, it is the number 1 ASOS Top 1000 track.

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[EVENT REVIEW] Ultra Chile Returns After Nearly A Decade, And In Full Force Too

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The large ‘U’ festival celebrated a fantastic return to South America recently.

When you think of Ultra Music Festival, you likely gravitate towards Miami straight away. But we’re lucky enough to have them all over the world, celebrating parties far and wide. That is certainly a blessing for energetic crowds living in somewhat further places in the globe, like South America.

I’ve been here for a while, and it’s safe to say it’s growing a strong community of Dance-devoted madmen like me. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know the Argentinian scene fairly well, and also those in its neighbouring country, Chile. This is a country where Hardstyle reigns supreme, and genres like Techno and its branches are seeing a roaring uptrend in the number of fans and followers. So much so, that Ultra themselves decided to pay a visit. A two-day visit, mind you.

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Ultra Chile: Its History

Chile had its first Ultra in 2013, with the next two years also calling artists from around the world to come together on the far southern end of the globe for Ultra Chile 2014 and 2015. The year after, Chile received a more compact Road To Ultra, as well as in 2017, for the Ultra host of those years was the continental giant, Brazil. After that, Chile would have to wait some time before the brand set foot on it again.

2023 saw Road To Ultra return to the long country for a Halloween party, headlined by Marshmello, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, and Two Friends. And this year, the acclaimed main branch returned in full force, with two days of unstoppable beats coming from a handful of places, and showcasing an impressive plethora of talents, established, up-and-coming, returning… everything.

It was held on Friday, April 19th, and Saturday, April 20th, in Santiago’s iconic go-to place for massive events, Espacio Riesco.

Day One: Friday

Day One kicked off late in the afternoon, at 7 PM to be precise. The crowds started to appear from very early on. Once inside, it was time to have a look at the place, and, oh dear, they truly made the most out of the venue. Three of the four stages were on that day, the Mainstage, on the back of the property and boasting an impressive open-air setting, the Resistance stage, a blacked-out, massive former plane hangar to welcome the best Techno represents in the world, and the Carolina stage, a local-lineup filled stage out on the open.

Day One Winners

Jumping between the Mainstage and the Resistance stage allowed me to watch basically all artists for a little. That’s life at a festival, you can’t really marry one particular DJ. That said, I think I’ve got my favourite artist of the night, and it is Stephan Bodzin.

I had never watched him play, so I was basically going in not knowing what to expect. Add to that, I was at the Main seeing Armin before, so I didn’t really know what I was about to witness. Walking into Resistance, the first thing I noticed was that there was A TON of space to dance and just be yourself. The Mainstage was filled to the brim with people, and well, that left the Techno-devoted stage with a crowd that was truly enjoying Bodzin’s magic. I did too.

I swear, ten minutes in I was already fully hooked. Eyes closed, moving side to side, that kind of hooked. Him playing a live set was a tenfold amplifier as well, since he was interacting a lot with the audience, and the audience interacted a lot with him back. Ask me to name one track from his set, I can’t. But what I CAN recall vividly is how happy he was managing his instruments, and how happy the people dancing beside him were. I was one of them, fully gone away in a trance. A star for you, mate.

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Day Two: Saturday

Day Two started quite earlier, promising twelve endless hours of good music. My friend — who flew in from Buenos Aires for the festival — and I entered the place just past 2:30 PM. And after a little day tour of the venue, we headed straight to the brand-new Resistance Square stage. Reason being, Daniella Da Silva was on at 3:00.

The stage itself was really interesting to me, since the Ultra guys turned this giant conference place into the host for the darkest, most energetic beats of the entire day. I remember my highschool once took me for University speeches or something of that kind literal years ago, and seeing it changed to fit a literal Ultra festival blew me away.

The other stages were just as breathtaking as the day before, and now places like the Mainstage enjoyed the geographic surroundings of Espacio Riesco: mountains for days. It was another level. Point for you, day parties!

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Day Two Winners

Daniella Da Silva

My friend wanted to see her so badly, and I wanted to learn from someone new to me. Good. Lord. Those were 90 minutes of nonstop dancing. There are pictures and videos of me absolutely losing it during her set which I won’t show for, reasons, but let me tell you, her energy is sensational. Dark, Hard Techno. I’m not of the kind to enjoy that in a car ride or on a normal day, but I for sure allowed myself to enjoy her beats at Ultra. I felt slightly sore after that, and that should tell you enough of how good of a set hers was.

Hardwell

My childhood hero. How wouldn’t I have enjoyed Hardwell’s set when he was my role model when I was in school back in the day? Growing up loving ‘Encoded’, ‘Spaceman’, and his remix of ‘Man With The Red Face’, it was about time to see him again. Absolutely nuts. Lots of what he played I had heard before at his Ultra Miami set from earlier this year, but far from taking away from the experience, it allowed me to sing my lungs out. Special shoutout to that ‘Strobe‘ x ‘Save The World‘ mashup which nearly got me crying.

Kasablanca

These guys take the gold for me, no question. Seeing Hardwell, you know beforehand that it’s going to be a phenomenal show, but I had never seen Kasablanca before. I’d only heard their Anjuna tunes. And so my friend and I got to the very front of the Mainstage to see them. We could not have decided better.

They played a live set, just like Bodzin had done the day before. The difference here was the setting: While Stephan Bodzin played inside the warehouse vibe of the Resistance stage, Kasablanca did it out in the open. And their set just so happened to occur during the last hours of the day and into the night, sunset included.

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They absolutely rocked it. From synths to vocals to literal choreography, their set had it all. They truly made good use of the Mainstage speakers as well, with their fat-bottomed tracks. I can’t tell you just how magical that time was, even the landscape fit the vibe of their music. Mountains all around, the clouds turning slightly red at sunset (see a few pictures above), and the moon reigning high aloft by the time they dropped their remix of Above & Beyond’s ‘Black Room Boy’. The duo take the gold, and my heart with it. I won’t turn down the possibility of seeing them in the future.

Final Thoughts

It had been a while since I last attended a big festival, since I’d been much more inclined to go to artist-focused events. It was a refreshing treat to come to Ultra Chile and soak in the festival experience again. My mate and I had a great time, enjoyed the food (shoutout to Papa John’s), the Gin Tonics, and the feel-good atmosphere. For now, be right back, I’ll be listening to Kasablanca!

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Adriatique’s ‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix) Is a Mystical Voyage

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As time goes by, some songs become timeless classics. Even more when artists reimagine different emotions and moods. This is the case with Eynka‘s ‘Beyond Us‘. It wasn’t long until Swiss Electronic duo Adriatique made their own renditions of the track. They amped it up a notch when they immortalized their rendition at the Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt last year for Cercle. Finally, we’re delighted to get an even more magical version of the track, brought to you by Deep House Parisian Icon Alex Wann.

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‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix)

How do you remaster and refresh a track that has so much influence and power, you may ask? Well, it seems like Alex Wann found the right formula for his ‘Beyond Us’ remix. From Eynka’s melodic touch, to Adriatique’s deeper and darker undertones, Wann manages to deliver an ethereal track with powerful afro elements. The percussion calls out to your ancestors, and the groove represents the vast deserts phenomenally. After a successful run with his Kelis’ ‘Milkshake’ Remix, the producer continues to influence the world around him.

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A star in the rise, Alex has received the support from House legends Keinemusik, Pete Tong, Swedish House Mafia, Diplo, and Blond:ish. This remix furtherly proves his ability to produce with different elements and styles, such as Adriatique’s unique sounds. Earlier this year he embarked in a North American tour, visiting major musical capitals such as Miami, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, and Montreal. Next Up, Alex Wann will make his rounds around Ibiza, Milan, Dubai, and La Bourget.

Watch out for Alex Wann this summer! He will most likely reign supreme with this delicious version of ‘Beyond Us’.

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