Friday, December 19, 2008

Download Beat It: live on 12.12.2008

Hello back again!

It's been too long since my last post. So let's cut the crap and post some fresh beats, recorded last weekend at Beat It Club, Leuven, while sharing the (virtual) deck with The Dukes and Stephanoski Parisiani.

Download here: 135 MB / 1h / MP3 / 320kbs
http://www.zshare.net/audio/529269531aee25a5/

Friday, November 14, 2008

Missing on I Love Techno...but soon elsewhere in Belgium?

OK, this year we've already seen Justice. And Digitalism. And even Crookers. And Bloody Beetroots. And Dr. Lektroluv. And Tocadisco. And SebastiAn. And Boys Noize. 

They 're all at I Love Techno. Great, but...I would suggest some fresh cool guys that make banging music.

1. Danger
He's not expensive, very unknown here, but rocking the place (only 50min show I recall, but still worth it). Somebody book him, please!


2. The Proxy
From Russia with love, and already owns a collection of great tracks.
Raven, 40 Seconds, Dance In The Dark (you should know that one), 
http://www.myspace.com/useproxy


3. Toxic Avenger
Still haven't seen him live. But he's on the iHeartcomix payroll with Franki Chan I guess. A lot of tours in the US. I love his Escape, Saloperie de Minimal, Poker Face, Superheroes,..man I could go on for hours, he's got a lot of great bangin' shit that needs to get out there soon.
He used to be a masked hero ;-) maybe that's why I like him :)


4.  Rambrandt
Honestly I know nothing about this guy, but his track 'Alarm!' has been in my setlist for months now...and is my favourite song of 2008
Great tune, the Atari is near, and so are the Germans. Must be good! :-)

I have no real video, but this will give you an impression. 
More info about him is welcome!

There's a post on Data Sapiens, but it looks like chinese to me:

5. Dmitry Fyodorov
He's got a name like a Russian ice hockey player but drops toxic synths and trashy beats like an italian mobster in Naples.

Ps: this is him behind the decks, but the song is a Britney Spears - Outrageous remix by Felix Cartal (I had it somewhere in my Bompax mix (posted Feb 4 '08)
http://phantombynight.blogspot.com/2008/02/honestly-i-prefer-mirador-penthouse-set.html
Voila, that's it for today. See you on I Love Techno 2008?

Friday, November 7, 2008

Dead or alive.

We have been looking for Phantom. Well, he's gone it seems. Spotted on Club Noord.be, then again somewhere in Leuven (Who Cares?), and now appearing again in Colombian promos of the Cartaghenian beach club 'Bompax'.

But let's hang in there, he's been busy. Working, moving, also mixing & experimenting.

New stuff will be posted, including mixes. But not in November, so take a break, and come back in December for more. (Don't miss out I Love Techno this year!)

Meanwhile: 

12th December @ 22h00
Beat It Club
@ Alegria, (Esperanza) Leuven
D!rty Electro
No fee, just beats, babes and bedroom DJs!

Friday, September 5, 2008

2008: I Love Techno = I Love Electro


Sweet revenge.

Check the line-up. Where are the people who told me that electro is passé? That it had its breakthrough since Daft Punk, and then only got worse? Well, the revival is here, and it's here to stay. The old techno (sorry Underworld & Dave Clarke) is getting very...boring, by the way. Although Dusty Kid is leading the way for a new techno era...and he'll be 16 years old at ILT2008! (at least he looks that age ;-) Watch and learn, you Ableton controllerists ;-)

The official and complete I Love Techno 2008 line-up:

Check the offical site for more details: www.ilovetechno.be

RED ROOM – WHITE NOISE
“Tonight you've turned this pyramid stage into the main stage”, said Karl Hyde after a fantastic concert at Rock Werchter and who are we to contradict that? Last summer Underworld has proved to still be one of the best live acts in the genre, and they come to I Love Techno to largely make up for last year’s cancellation due to illness. Other leading figures of techno in this hall are Dave Clarke – still one of the world’s best techno DJs who will, just like last year, broadcast his radio show “White Noise” live from I Love Techno and who is believed to be soon starting his own record label – and Robert Hood, one of the founders of the legendary Underground Resistance who has exercised an enormous influence on what would later be known as minimal techno. Dusty Kid is our techno tip for the future, a young Italian who has already been allowed to release records on among others Ellen Alien’s Bpitch label and has gotten remix assignments from among others Moby, Robyn and Armand Van Helden. Also for the first time at I Love Techno is Marcel Dettmann. This resident DJ of the Berlin Berghain club is currently being praised everywhere as being one of the most fresh and relevant techno producers and DJs for his mix of Detroit techno with dub and EBM influences. Our national colours are being defended by Pierre, the man behind the Less Iz More evenings and releases. Follow our newsletter and website because in addition, the opening spot in this hall can soon be won!

BLUE ROOM – BODY TO BODY
In the year 2008 dance and indie-rock seem to smoothly melt into one another, 3 examples. Hot Chip provided one of last year’s most beautiful crossovers between pop music and dance with their album “Made In The Dark” and the single “Ready For The Floor”. Digitalism already established the bridge between post-punk and electro last year with their album “Idealism” and comes to prove on November 15th what they have to offer as DJs. Also from Germany is Booka Shade who come and present their long-awaited new CD “The Sun And The Neon Light” (a more song-oriented approach of trance, techno, electro and house). Behind the turning tables there is also room for three big names. With his mix of electro and techno, Boys Noize is without a doubt one of the hottest DJs of the moment and we are therefore proud that he wanted to take on the mix for the I Love Techno compilation. Tocadisco scored big club hits with “Morumbi” and “Streetgirls” and surprised with his debut CD “Solo”. Dr.Lektroluv needs no more introduction in Belgium and is starting to break through far beyond our borders. As a newcomer there is LA Riots from Australia, who were signed by Kanye West DJ A-Trak on his Fools Gold label and have already been allowed to work with tracks by among others Justice, Hot Chip and The Ting Tings.

YELLOW ROOM – MINUS PRESENTS CONTAKT
Richie Hawtin is known for his urge for innovation – he evolved from techno and acid superstar under the alias Plastikman to one of the advocates of the minimal techno movement – and comes to this year’s I Love Techno with a very special event. “Contakt” takes place in a very limited number of places in the world and this as part of the tenth birthday of his label Minus. Expect a 6-hour long improvisation session in which at all times minimum 2 artists will share the stage. Besides the Don himself, Marc Houle, Troy Pierce, Heartthrob – whose recently released debut CD “Dear Painter, Paint Me” stands a chance of winning minimal CD of the year – , leading lady Magda and to conclude Gaiser will participate. And as if this is not enough, there is also the “Cube”. A LED installation with which the audience can not only download exclusive content to their phones through Bluetooth, but which will also create a live interaction between the audience, the music on stage and Ali Demirel’s visuals. How this works exactly, you will soon be able to read on our website. Before the Contakt event starts, there are a number of other performances by Minus related acts. Audion is, besides False and Jabberjaw, one of the many alter egos of one of the most talented techno producers of the moment: Matthew Dear. Marco Carola has been around for more then 10 years and we know him from his releases on Plus 8 and his own Minus sublabel 2M. Warming up is done by Kabale Und Liebe, the Dutchman Liron Van Daalen whose “Mumbling Yeah” was chosen as best track of 2007 by the prominent Resident Advisor.
ORANGE ROOM – ED BANGER (yes baby!)
We already indicated it. With labels such as Kitsuné and Institubes, Paris took over the torch from Berlin as centre of the dance scene. And with not forgetting Ed Banger: the brainchild of Pedro Winter, Daft Punk’s ex-manager who will give a DJ set as Busy P and bring a lot of good people to Gent. Showpiece is no doubt Justice who have revealed themselves as dance act of the moment thanks to their CD “†” and the singles “D.A.N.C.E”, “Never Be Alone”, “Phantom” and “DVNO” and will this time entertain with a DJ set at the festival. That same distortion sound can be found in Sebastian, who has already been named as the next big thing and has entered the public eye with his remake of Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name Of”. Top DJ Feadz, rapster Uffie and DJ Mehdi – definable as 21st century break-dance music – on the other hand, represent the label’s more hip hop and electro influences. And there are no less then 2 special guests in the Ed Banger Room! Birdy Nam Nam is a 4-headed collective that links spectacular turntablism to electro beats. Their new CD – with collaboration of among others Justice – will be released on the day of I Love Techno. About Crookers, they are the hottest remixers of the moment, because names like The Chemical Brothers and Chromeo have come knocking at these Italians’ doors.

GREEN ROOM
Techno and dance are more then ever a worldwide event. I Love Techno favourite Umek and upcoming talent Matthew Hoag are both Slovenian. In Germany the most important dance magazine Raveline voted Felix Kröcher best DJ of the country before Sven Väth and Paul Van Dyk, while in Brazil DJ Murphy can be called the Ronaldo of DJs. The later in the evening, the more the pitch goes up in the green room. DJ Rush is still the king of hard techno. He recently signed Frank Kvitta to his Kne’Deep label and immediately brings him along to Gent. From the same family originates Pet Duo, who will perform their only live set this year on I Love Techno and will maybe even record a live DVD.

SWITCH ROOM (njammie as well!)
Just like in the previous two edition there will be a Switch Room to guarantee optimal convenience to the audience. In this round room with large video screens, the sets of different headliners can be followed through live streaming. But in the Switch Room we also like to give a chance to our tips for the future. Bloody Beetroots are just like Crookers and The Count & Sinden the billboard of the latest dance floor craze fidget house, a nervous mishmash of rave, garage and hiphouse. Again from France are Brodinski and Surkin. Brodinski debut “Bad Runner” that he made with Yuksek, quickly found itself in the record cases of people like Erol Alkan and 2ManyDJs. A new EP on Tiga’s Turbo Label and a remix for among others Mixhell are on the way. Surkin originates from the Institubes camp and intertwines his electro and techno productions with warm filterhouse sounds.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

New Dr. Lektroluv compilation: Live at Pukkelpop!

A packed Boiler at Pukkelpop for Dr.Lektroluv...you all need to have to get this cd!
It's a classic already! Hitting the stores September 8th, 2008!


1. Dr. Lektroluv - Pukkelpop Intro
2. Mr. Magnetik - You've Been Magnetized (Green Edit)
3. Machines Don't Care - Beat Bang
4. Fischerspooner - Danse En France (D.I.M. Remix)
5. John Acquaviva & Olivier Giacomotto - Sofa King
6. The Count Of Monte Cristal - My Condition
7. Jacknife Lee - Making Me Money (Switch Remix)
8. Foamo - Movin It Over Here
9. Ampersand - Fake Motherfuckerz
10. Hey Today ! - Walk Through (ISI-talism Remix)
11. Busy P - To Protect And Entertain (Crookers Remix)
12. Sound Of Stereo - Parrot Attack
13. Kid Cudi - Day 'N' Nite (Crookers Remix)
14. Moby - I Love To Move In Here (Proxy Remix)
15. SebastiAn - Momy
16. Digitalism - Yes, I Don't Want This
17. Hatiras & Jelo - Donkey Punch
18. The Subs - Naked Jack
19. Proxy - Dance In Dark
20. Fake Blood - Mars
21. Alex Gopher - Aurora
22. Shinichi Osawa - Star Guitar
23. Williams - Poltergeist (Original Mix)

This video is recorded the week after Pukkelpop at Decadence...listen...from Moscow with love....Proxy - Dance In The Dark...don't you adore this song, or what?



www.lektroluv.be / www.myspace.com/drlektroluv / www.pukkelpop.be

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Pukkelpop 2008 - Review by Night

It's late, but finally...the big review of a smashing Pukkelpop 2008 with a lot of rock bands and a very interesting electronic music line-up. A lot of names I only know from blogs and online reviews. So check out my personal point of view...here we go!

DAY 1
Midnight Juggernauts: 9/10
Just arrived and we take off with my personal Pukkelpop discovery of 2008...I was so impressed I immediately bought the cd at the Extrazone Shop at Pukkelpop.
Best buy of the summer, no doubt. The cd is so addictive and catchy, but the band is even better live. Wow! And Tombstone is in my summer top 5; love that vocoder!


http://www.myspace.com/midnightjuggernauts

Danko Jones: 7,5/10
This guy has the biggest balls of them all. He' a public entertainer, brings along some fat power chords, definitely more than ok.

http://www.dankojones.com/

Serj Tankian: 7/10
Tankian has that amazing warm voice that teaches you the anti-America way of life. I prefer his SOAD songs, but still, the man is totally nuts and does whatever he likes.
Praise the Lord, pass the ammunition! The show was a little slow, and would have been better at a smaller location instead of the main stage.
http://www.serjtankian.com/

Hadouken! 8,5/10
Known from the cool trashy artwork, some podcasts, and viral stuff. Glad I watched a show that rocked (with dirty synth sounds!) and appreciated by those freaky British trashkids. There is more than the French and German scene out there. A Streetfighter-worthy band! I certainly recommend "Liquid Lives" which made the crowd go totally insane!
And check out these cool handgloves!

http://www.hadouken.co.uk/

SebastiAn 6/10
The most promising producer of the Ed Banger played his party set. Certainly not his best performance, because of the weird/commercial setlist. But the kids liked it, Boiler on fire, no doubt about that. But we 've already seen his tricks and talked about it several times. Next!

http://www.myspace.com/0sebastian0

The Ting Tings: 5/10
Not bad at all, but couldn't grab my attention for more than 2 hitsingles. It's not my peace of cake I guess, sorry hype. Dissappointing but crowded show.

Soulfly (too tired, so no score ;-)
I was so tired, bloody tired, and went straight to bed after 20 minutes of Soulfly. They should install big amps at the back of the Shelter. This kinda music should be played loud all over the place, not just in the front. I even think I like the Cavalera Conspiracy show better at Graspop 2008.

Winner of the day: Midnight Juggernauts

DAY 2
Dusty Kid (Live): 8/10
If you think that Surkin looks like a 12-year old, wait till you see Dusty Kid. He is 12! :-)
2 laptops, great sound between minimal, deep and electro
"Everytime, anywhere: Acid...piew, piew, piew..."
Not bad for Italy...they 're finally crossing the border with more than pizza & vino rosso.
http://www.myspace.com/dustylittlekid

The Count & Sinden 7,5/10
Ok, I admit. I only saw them on the monitors and only know them from some blogs
(Beeper feat. with Kid Sister - you know? But that's a rather irritating song if you overkill it)
So I missed the show, but it sounded very good on the tv+ speakers.
http://www.myspace.com/countandsinden

Radioclit: 0/10
Kick out the MC and we'll talk again. What a waste of time.
http://www.myspace.com/radioclit

Modeselektor & Pfadfinderei: 8,5/10
Surprise of the day. I didn't know Modeselektor kicked the bass that hard. Certainly a good live performance. And I didn't see them at Polsslag because I thought they were too "soft".
Apologies, 'cause these guys kick ass!
http://www.myspace.com/mdslktr

Deadmau5: 9/10
I had tickets to see Deadmau5 in Colombia in Januari 2008, but we decided not to go because of a dangerous road to get there and a bad mood with the (ex)girlfriend. Deadmau5 is know for great remixes, and this young Canadian will be on my "most promising artists" list. And you know what? Deadmau5 can't even mix 2 CDs or vinyls, he's a talented Ableton Live DJ (he's got the Lemurs!!!) using controllers and effect boxes. But he's respected by DJs all over the world, thanks to great productions. An example for all bed- and livingroom DJs!

The Reward is Cheese (live) - Deadmau5 @ Pukkelpop 2008


Surkin: 7,5/10
His arrogance at Dour made me decide to see other bands but in the end we listened to his set from the back of the Boiler. He changed his tracklist and this time he played far better compared to the poor Dour performance.
http://www.myspace.com/surkin

Diplo: 3/10
The part that I saw was pretty hiphop & rnb. So...(jarn)...I left.
http://www.myspace.com/diplo

Erol Alkan: 5/10
Didn't have his day at Pukkelpop I guess, because it was really not good, sorry Erol.
But you don't write bad things about the Gods, so I'll shut up & know you're going to make things right next time. (I Love Techno 2008?)
http://www.myspace.com/erolalkan

Miss Kittin & The Hacker: 4/10
Last time I checked, Miss Kitten was fat, unsexy, looked exhausted, but the music was great (2 years ago). Now she appeared like a young disco queen in blue glitter outfit, with her partner in crime The Hacker...but the music sucked big time.

Metallica: 8,5/10
So I did not see Boys Noize, 'cause Metallica was headliner. My first Metallica concert ever, so yes I was really impressed. Only one thing, "Me Metallica, you Pukkelpop"? And euh...Lars, if you want to make people happy with some drums sticks, don't waste 15 min on giving them acting like the Hunckback of the Notre Dame. A bit childish communication with the crowd, a pity, cause they are still the most respected metal band in the world. But I've seen that attitude before...Deftones lead singer Chino Moreno is also a better musician than he is a communicator. So I guess rock stars need to act stupid sometimes. Anyway...the show was KABOUM! But the crowd lazy. "Yeahiyeaah!"
http://www.metallica.com/

Winner of the day: Deadmau5

DAY 3
The Whip: 9/10
I only witnessed 20 minutes of the show, but now I wanna be trash too, and I become the trigger for your gun! ;-) Very impressive!
Enjoy the live video!
http://www.myspace.com/thewhipmanchester


The Bloody Beetroots: 8,5/10
Italy sends his masked heroes. And at Phantombynight.com we kinda like those acts :-)) And we can show their real faces, but then again, it's not a beauty contest, so let's focus on the music: forza bounce & trash!
http://www.myspace.com/thebloodybeetroots

Late Of The Pier: 5/10
Erol Alkan helped LOTP with the production on the debut album, so we had high expectations. But they couldn't convince me. Not ready (too young?) for the big festivals. Daddy Erol, please teach 'em how to entertain the crowd please.
http://www.myspace.com/lateofthepier

Crookers: 9/10
Everybody likes the Crookers! And maybe they were sad because we kicked Italy out of the Olympic games soccer that day. Anyway, they did very well. Hope to see you them again at I Love Techno!
http://www.myspace.com/crookers

A-Trak: 8/10
Another Canadian talent, and firend of Boys Noize, they'll start touring together in September. A real DJ, winning prizes at the age of 15, but these days also very comfortable on the Serrato box. Apparently he was also the tour dj for Kanye West. But was he any good at Pukkelpop?
Yes.
http://www.myspace.com/djatrak

Bloc Party: 6/10
is Bloc Party I guess. Can't say much about it, I was eating delicious calamares, and that was far more tasty than Bloc Party.
http://www.myspace.com/blocparty

Simian Mobile Disco: 8,5/10
What a show! They were stolen by Justice who unofficially claimed the "We are You Friends". song, but...Simian is hard, genuine, chaos synths, rave.
The cd is so nice, and sweet & soft. Yes that's right.
But the live show was powerful and the stage smokey but impressive.
http://www.myspace.com/simianmobiledisco

Dr. Lektroluv: 8/10
Recorded his live album at Pukkelpop, coming out in a few weeks.
The Boiler was packed so I didn't even see him...on the list: Papillon - The Subs, Busy P - To Protect & Entertain, Danse en France - Fisherspooner, etc.
http://www.drlektroluv.be/

Etienne de Crécy: 9/10
Surprise of the day. The old man does it again! At Petrol he already convinced me with the right tunes. But his live show was convincing and very impressive! A cubic light show with 3D-effects that reminded me of the Daft Punk Show, except they are using the million dollar Pyramid of course ;-)
http://www.myspace.com/etiennedecrecy

UPDATE: see the online video - more or less the same show!


NEPTUNE
par eyero

Crystal Castles: 7/10
Is what you get when your Atari starts to behave like HAL in 2001 A Space Odyssey, and a hysterical wife with a joystick in her hands. I'd love to see a battle between the screaming voices of Vive La Fête & Crystal Castles. But I'm not sure who I'd slap first.
A good album, a slightly over-acting live performance with screaming Alice Glass.
http://www.myspace.com/crystalcastles

Conclusion

Freak of the week: Crystal Castles

Dissappointing:
- Radioclit (that MC ruined everything)
- Late of the Pier
- The Ting Tings (boring)

Best show: Etienne de Crécy

Most promising:
1. Midnight Juggernauts
2. The Whip
3. Dusty Kid
4. Hadouken

I warned ya!

Monday, August 11, 2008

10 Minutes of Fame/Pain (the video)

Some say it's produced...no it's not. Enjoy! ;-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFs8Q0iuNAc



With thanks to the neighbours! (they MUST be deaf ;-)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

10 Minutes Of...Fame/Pain (you choose)

(and guess who makes a guest appearance)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Changes in the URL!


Dear readers!


Please update your direct article links, blogrolls, etc.

http://tomdebelg.blogspot.com has finally been changed to

http://phantombynight.blogspot.com

or use the everlasting
www.phantombynight.com

It was about time to kill that old "tomdebelg"-URL.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Club Noord: Let's D.A.N.C.E. on Fri 1 Aug '08 - Antwerp

Hey boy, hey girl, superstar fashionistas, here we go!



Club Noord took off on Friday 4th of July, some consider it liberation day of Antwerp Nightife. No more door policies, no more discussions with the doorman because you want to dance to club music but wear a Metallica t-shirt or fluo shirts and all-star sneakers. Or a baseball cap, fluo wigs, funky (un)cool sunglasses... Well, at Club Noord, you can be yourself!

You wanna be who you are and have a party with your friends? Come to Club Noord and let's D.A.N.C.E. to modern electro music flavoured with some dirty rock.

Club Noord: Let's D.A.N.C.E.
Friday, 1st August 2008

Doors: 23.00
Damage: 7 EURO
Line- Up: Kim, Rave Grohl & Phantom By Night
Address: Club Noord at Noorderterras, Jordaenskaai 27, 2000 Antwerp

Official website: www.clubnoord.be
Netlog: www.netlog.be/clubnoord
Facebook Group: Club Noord, Antwerp

Spread the love!

Ps: check out Rave Grohl's set from the opening night:
http://ravegrohl.blogspot.com/2008/07/mixset-rave-grohl-club-noord.html

Friday, July 18, 2008

10 times Justice live, can you B.E.A.T. it?

Hello there!

I see you liked my post about the Daft Punk Pyramid...but what about that new Paris duo everybody is talking about...they're still far from what Daft Punk did although they're on their way to become the new electro legends: Justice.

All together, and including the show at Rock Werchter a few weeks ago, this was the 10th time I saw the chou-chous of Pedro Winter and cash cows of Ed Banger Records perform.

An overview...

Early 2006: I received a vinyl..."Waters of Nazareth"...and was immediately blown away. "What is this? How do you call this kind of music?" Damn, this sounded like hard rock, metal but with a beat and a lot of distortion. A new world order! (afterwards I discovered that Justice already had that club hit remix of Simian Mobile Disco "We are you're friends")
The white Justice sampler ends up in my cd player...it's a collector's item now. Damn good productions with remixes from Death From Above, Franz Ferdinand, Mr. Oizo, Daft Punk,etc.!

2006 Pukkelpop, Kiewit: the first show...Justice plays the Dancehall (if I'm not mistaken), anyway...check the videos! It is still an unforgettable moment. The hall was half empty in the beginning and packed by the end of the set. Ed Banger takes over the (big) Belgian festivals...and it started here.
http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=3FvxVisxb5k ("We are your friends")

2006 I Love Techno, Gent: Again Justice, invited by Soulwax/2 Many DJs, joining Boys Noize, Tiga, Ellen Allien & Apparat, ...great night, but not the very best DJ set by Justice. (they were spinning vinyl)
Or at least Xavier was. I never understood what Gaspard was doing during the sets. :-)
http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=eBVW_PqJCvI

2007 Body to Body, Culture Club, Gent: Justice spins the Pioneer decks (3 of them) together with Ed & Kim, Dr. Lektroluv & Cajuan. Un-fu-***-ing be-lie-ve-ble night. Ok, just for the fun of it, we dressed up...or something. No comment. You were not there, so shut up, and stop laughing ;-)

2007 Les Nuits Botaniques, Brussels: Justice, flanked by Goose & Joakim. First time I saw Goose live...damn they are good too. And Justice plays a party set like Busy P woud do. The popular tunes, ending with RATM...and Meet her at the love parade - Da Hool (jeezes). I was quite dissappointed 'cause I didn't hear a lot of their own remixes and too much commercial crap. http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=TwfAX862l3Y (We are Your Friends vs Klaxons)

2007 Dour, Eastpak Core Stage: It's Erol teaching Xavier some tricks, and I have the impression that the China Man doesn't even understand what Erol is doing or saying. But it's a bomb! Mehdi, Feadz, Uffie, Sebastian, Busy P, yes, it's Ed Banger Label night! Only that damn smell at Dour...I'm sure they do it on purpose!

2007 Pukkelpop, Kiewit: another Justice party, this time the place is on fire, Justice starts to get a grip on all young kids, including the little bit older Peter Pan boys, like me. Oh, important...Justice now plays "(LIVE)" these days and says goodbye to the party DJ-sets. They have the Marshall amp wall, the huge Cross, and an impressive monster computer + lightshow...(but we'll get back to those things in my next post - grin). It's a good show, a bit slow, too many breaks, but all by all worth the money. It's certainly the commercial breakthrough. Justice goes mainstream with uncatholic music, it's a fact, some people still tell me their music is so 'underground', 'uncommercial', 'hard to reach', blahblahblah...
Stupid excuses. Go listen to 50 Cent then, and please get lost, will ya.
But I rest my case. I'm a fan and I love it. I admit.

2007 I Love Techno, Gent: Again Justice with the live show, they improved a lot since Pukkelpop, and we still can't see what they are doing behind that dark wall of theirs. But it's damn loud and surprisingly good. Some promo flyers + Cross stickers I had were grabbed, almost ripped out of my hands in a few minutes. Amazing!

(Yes, I missed out SoulwaxMas in December...but check my "Colombia" posts and you'll see I had a good time as well. Even without Justice...)

2008 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels. This hall is known for its incredible sound quality, good atmosphere, so this must be good. No mass hysteria, but a qualitative show...and yes...that's what it is. You've read all about it. They have an act now, holding their breath 30 sec after the we are you friends acapella, cool idea. Some nice mix-tricks & metal mash-ups. The rest can be found in previous posts.
http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=-S-o0GmU42s

2008 Pinkpop, NL: The same gimmicks as during the AB show, but they are here to stay. Even on the big festivals in Holland they seem to succeed. And Dutchies don't speak that much French, so it's rather new for them. "It only gets better!", is what I write down. Every time. And the people love Justice.

2008 Rock Werchter, Pyramid Marquee (not yet on mainstage :-)
Great show, I was bouncing, and raving with the other kids - although they seem to be younger? :-). Had to recover for 2 days, cramps in my legs everywhere. It was top-notch.
But some say it was soo-oo loud.

Well, "If it's too loud, you're too old" (thx So Me, nice quote).

And then there is that special 1 time. That's somewhere when we had diner and a conversation together: Justice, Kavinsky & So Me; we drank wine, talked about a Prodigy remix, smoked something and exchanged Justice remix ringtones. I gave them my ringtone remix, Gas & So Me should still have it...somewhere.

Next time, I'll post some info on their live show.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Daft Punk inside the pyramid!

Old news for some of you...still interesting for the others...


Here's some research I did on the web, which gave me a cool insight on the Daft Punk Pyramid mystery. So this is the Daft Punk pyramid from the inside, you might have seen some of the pics in the booklet if you bought the live CD. :-)


The image comes courtesy of mixmag (via The Daily Swarm), to whom Thomas Bangalter also revealed some secrets regarding Daft Punk's live sets and equipment of choice. Namely:

1. MOOGS (Voyager Rack Mount Edition)
"Next to the ethernet remote computer screens there are four Minimoog Voyagers, the classic analog synthesizers. They're a 30-year old design. We can mix, shuffle, trigger loops, filter, distort samples, EQ in and out, transpose or destroy and deconstruct synth lines. We keep some surprises on the side too!" (they don't use it for quick tv shows :-)

2. ABLETON LIVE + BEHRINGER BCR2000
"The show revolves around Ableton Live software on custom made super-computers, which we remotely access and control with Behringer BCR2000 midi controllers."
(Who said the Behringer equipment was crap? Yes, Mister Salesman, you did, because they 're rather fair-priced midi controllers. And you wanted me to buy more expensive stuff!)

3. SCREENS

Somehow there is some discussion: the pictures show like a Lemur (I'm in love with this machine since I discovered this post last night), but they are not, or not the standard models at least. Although...Daft Punk uses 4(!) Lemurs on TV Live Shows, as you can see here on YouTube (go immediately to 2'47" for Daft Punk action on the Lemurs)

And JazzMutant is happy to mention Daft Punk as a customer. (Hey Justice is a customer too! But that's another post coming up ;-)

4. ? Not a clue...laptops?

VISUALS

"There's a direct connection between our rig and the lights and visuals of the show. The light and video engineers can also add or control layers during the show."


SYNTHS
"Inside the pyramid are synthesizers and remote controls connected to the rest of the music equipment and computers, which are in rack-mounted towers off stage."
But there are no keyboards inside the Pyramid. So it is triggering and tweaking of synthsounds not like J-M Jarre playing the keys live - in a way (you like that Xstophe? ;-). But the triggering can be done with every midi controller, or with the Lemurs as seen in the youtube vid above.


TEAMWORK
"Working the music equipment, lighting and video equipment, and building the pyramid for each show takes around 10 people, including both of us."

PRICE?
2x Behringer BCR20000: 120 EURO x 2 = 240 EURO
1x Ableton Live 7: 419 EURO
4x Voyager Rack Mount Edition: +/- 2000 EURO x 4 = 8000 EURO

2x or 4x JazzMutant Lemurs: +/- 2100 EURO/each x 4 = 8400 EURO (for
'easy' lives)
+ and tons of synth racks (but where are they?) + lasers, etc.

You'd better sell your house if you want a temple like this!

So quite an expensive show triangle they have, and even if it's all technologic stuff, these guys made some of the best dance tracks ever. The shows are awesome, including all the lasers, etc. And in the end what counts is one, easy, simple Soulwax sample: "is it good enough for what you're payin"?

Answer: "Yes it is!"

Thank you, Daft Punk for the behind-the-scences material. Oh, and don't you just adore these helmets? Note the "Hero Helmet" and "Backup Helmet"...if you need a back-up, call me!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Hot Chip + Ableton Live = DJ Kicks

I found this interview this morning, and it's worth it, if you'r into digital DJ'ing/controllerism...or need to be convinced by real artists ;-)

Hot Chip, perhaps Britain's most refreshing electropop band, are renowned for their inspiring live shows, great songs, innovative videos and DJ skills.

After using Ableton Live to compile their DJ Kicks album last year, the band have come to rely on Live as an essential part of their performance and studio setup.


Felix (huge neurd alert! :-) from Hot Chip talks about the details of how they use Live and why. So if you don't believe me, believe the pros. Enjoy the interview!



www.myspace.com/hotchip
www.ableton.com

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The reward is...Saturday Night Session 4

If you get off, then I get off. So this one is for you.

Finally another Saturday Night Session, right?

Most of the tracks were also played during my set at Club Noord, last Friday.


www.clubnoord.be
www.netlog.be/clubnoord
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16112782001

The setlist in text for those who can't read well:

Thomas - Puzique
Danse en France - Fisherspooner (D.I.M Remix)
The Salmon Dance - Chemical Brothers (Crookers Remix)
Bounce - MSTRKRFT
Heartcore - Shameboy (D.I.M. Remix)
The Reward Is Cheese - Deadmau5 vs Jelo
If You Say Yes, I Say Yes - VETO (James Braun Remix)
My People - The Presets (D.I.M. Remix)
Knobbers - Crookers
Blink - John Dahlbäck (Dim Chris Remix)
Close Them - Redial (Phantom 's Antwerp Excuse Mix)
Le Disko - Shiny Toy Guns (Boys Noize Vocal Mix)
Rock Queen - MIDIphil

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Club Noord, Antwerp: a fresh & new electro club party

Phantom is back, 'cause he was busy. Very busy. After a trip to Spain, a visit of London, a few days at Graspop,...but here is some great news for you...

Antwerp will have a new electro & club party place,
opening on the 4th of July!:

And yes, Phantom will be there as well. So will Rave Grohl, and others.
Some say The Dukes will be booked on the second edition.

From now on EVERY FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH = CLUB NOORD party night!

Good to know: no dresscode (so you can leave your Ralph Lauren & Louis Vuitton at home :-) but fashion victions, party harders, fluo kids, and other happy party animals are welcome!

Where?
Club Noord
Noorderterras
Jordaenskaai 27
2000 Antwerp

Become online friends with Club Noord
- on Netlog => http://nl.netlog.com/clubnoord
- on Facebook =>http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16112782001
- Official website: http://www.clubnoord.be/ (subscribe to mailing list)

Or mail: party@clubnoord.be

Friday, June 6, 2008

Disturbed is Indestructible

The new Disturbed album "Indestructible" is out! I can't wait to run to the stores and buy that one! The artwork is -again- wow!, don't you think?


I still haven't seen them live at work, guess they don't like Belgium or what? Graspop not good enough? Grrrr....

Anyhow, check out the widget (these guys are 2.0! ;-)) which gives you the opportunity to listen to Inside The Fire & Perfect Insanity. Enjoy!



The very sensitive video of Inside The Fire - Disturbed
introduction by the charismatic lead singer David Draiman


www.disturbed1.com

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Review: Rage Against The Machine & The Battle of Antwerp, 2008!

RATM plays the music I grew up with as a teenager, but my mum didn't let me go to concerts (anger). So I watched my friends go to those massive rock festivals with all these awesome bands I only knew from my copied tapes (frustration). I was a teen in the middle of my puberty (rebellious).
This was 15 years ago (unpatience).


Monday, 2nd June, 2008: Rage Against The Machine, Sportpaleis, Antwerp.
RATM hasn't lost any energy in those 15 years. Zack de la Rocha jumps around like a wildman, and so do all his soldiers with him in the snake pit. Tom Morello still plays the guitar like a turntablist, and bass Tim Commerford has the same tattoo as me, hell yeah!

The crowd turns into a wild sea of jumping, sweating men, pushing eachother, lifting one guy after the other for a decent surf. It feels like it is a 1000°C down there. Yes, this is the concert you had to see & feel. I can imagine some girls had a nearly-dead experience, 'cause, make no mistake, this is not for puss**s.


And the concert itself? I'm not completely sure, but I seem to remember we took off with: Testify, Bulls On Parade, Bombtrack, Bullet In Your Head...somewhere in between Guerilla Radio, Calm Like A Bomb, Freedom, and it ended off course with Killing In The Name. The rest was a struggle to survive I will never forget.

So fuck Lost & the survivors of Oceanic 815, we survived RATM in Antwerp! ;-)


Oh, I almost forgot to mention: Serj Tankian was a good (and far underestimated) support act, but if the volume is turned down, you really can't get into the vibe. Shame on you, PA!


A pity, because he deserved better. Anyway, I adore his Sky Is Over. Check out the video, and support Mister SOAD.

www.myspace.com/serjtankian

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Pinkpop 2008, day 2 with Kaiser Chiefs, Justice, Foo Fighters and faggy pink ponchos


An interesting line-up on day 2...

...with...(oops) Justice...and even after an impressive show at the AB a few weeks ago, this set was different. First part sounded pretty like the last set, but the second half of the show (call it show, because it is show) was f***ing awesome.


Rammstein through the speakers and party galore, everybody was shaking, jumping, banging on every bleep they produced.
I think I'm going to see them once again at Werchter (it's all coincidence, I swear ;-) and that 'll be the last time, for a long time, I guess.


Kaiser Chiefs. Again, these guys are masters in producing football anthems. They rocked the place, played with the audience, and seemed to have a lot of fun on stage. Way to go Leeds United FC! And yes Peanut still looks like a peanut.

Sorry Groove Armada...I was hungry, tired, thirsty and had to go to the "bathroom". It took me almost 45 minutes...but it sounded like a party from where I was s(h)itting.



Ending this festival day with screaming guitars: Foo Fighters, not with Rave Grohl, famous for dirty mixes & mash-ups, but with his unofficial brother Dave Grohl.


A great show, everybody got loco (including pogo) on the overload of drum & guitar solos, ending with the all-time Foo classic "All My Life", still my favourite FF track.



The Pinkpop organisation must have warned several times for a rain storm coming up, so we bought some kinky pink ponchos (5 ponchos, each 2 EUR, then sold one back for 10 euro to a fine young man,...don't we all like Dutch people? ;-)

MSTRKRFT fans? :-)

"Hup Holland Hup...we're gonna win the Cup!"
But not before Antwerp goes to First Division this year! (grin)

Friday, May 30, 2008

For sale: Edirol UA-25 24 bit/96 kHz USB Audio Capture


Life of a bedroom DJ is hard (and expensive). But life of the bedroom rocker was even worse. Therefore I'm selling some gear I once bought to record guitar samples, synth sounds, etc. (and that I don't need/use anymore since I'm in controllerism)

FOR SALE

An (almost) unused Edirol (by Roland) audio soundcard; professional audio performance into a compact, solid metal body. Once connected, power is simply taken from the USB bus. The UA-25 is both Mac & PC compatible, and comes with the original packing & manual.

All tech specs can be found here

If you're interested, just send a mail to phantombynight@gmail.com or drop a comment.

150 EUR will do the trick, first in, first out.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Ingredients for a live Justice party


Get yourself a:

microKorg midicontroller + Ableton Live + play a few hits + get on stage


...and kill your hairdresser! You don't need him!




Justice @ Radio One Big Weekend @ Mote Park, Maidstone Kent
http://www.zshare.net/download/123580756b04cbde/

I promise not to post anymore Justice stuff, aight? (merci So Fresh Electro ;-)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

New electro party in Antwerp!

...some say...

Antwerp, Friday, 4th of July


...a new monthly no-nonsense electro party for fluokids, trashpeople, partyharders & bangers!

Any news about it?

Busy Phantom wants digital DJs!


Hello again!

It's been quiet, I know. But I've been busy. Just changed that eblogger "dots template" as you can see, finally. And now you've got to help me out.

Wanted!: Do you mix electro with a laptop and dj software/midi controllers? Or you know a local hero who does (near Antwerp)? 
Send me a quick email with a bio + mixtape (mp3-link/30 min): phantombynight@gmail.com

More info soon... ;-)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Today is the day we eat sprouts. (Served by The Dukes)

They've been the talk of the town with an appearance in the Versuz, and they'll be hitting the Spanish Costas to conquer some waves & burn the place down with some fat beats soon. But this is their present to French Cuisine: an impressive playlist spiced up with funky mash-ups.

Bon appétit!


The Dukes present "It tastes like sprouts, only better..."
Download their set (Zshare - 79 min - MP3)

Guns 'n' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
Klaxons - Gravity's Rainbow (Soulwax Remix)
Peaches - Fuck The Pain Away (Acapella)
The Chemical Brothers - Do It Again (Extended Mix)
Teenage Bad Girl - Cocotte (Boys Noize Rework)
Kool & The Gang - Fresh
Feist - My Moon My Man (Boys Noize Remix)
Robyn - With Every Heartbeat (Punks Jump Up Remix)
SebastiAn - Walkman (Re-Edit)
Robbie Williams - Lovelight (Soulwax Ravelight Mix)
Federico Franchi - Cream
Justice feat. Uffie - The Party (LA Riots Remix)
Prodigy - No Good
Daft Punk - Robot Rock
Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
Justice vs Simian - Never Be Alone
Justice - We Are Your Friends (Acapella)
Justice - Waters of Nazareth (Erol Alkan Remix)
Confettis - The Sound of C
Samantha Fu - Theme from Discotheque
Ottawan - D.I.S.C.O.
Simian Mobile Disco - Hustler
Prince vs Alter Ego - Why Not Kiss? (The Dukes Hang-over Mix)
The Chemical Brothers - Galvanize
Snoop Dogg ft Pharrell - Drop it Like it's Hot (Censored Rip)
Sisters of Mercy - Temple of Love (Extended Version)
Michael Sembello - She's a Maniac (The Blood Beetroots Edit)
Bad Company - Planet Dust
Capone vs Touch and Go - Would You Go To Twist Em Out (The Dukes Edit)
Primal Scream - Loaded
SebastiAn - Dolami
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (The Dukes Original Start the War Edit)
Pharoahe Monch - Simon Says
Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved?
Mims - This is why I'm Hot
Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz - Get Low
Theme from Airwolf
Boys Noize - Vergiftet (Original Mix)
Technotronic - Pump Up The Jam
Metallica - Seek and Destroy
The Chemical Brothers - The Salmon Dance (Crookers' WoW Remix)
The Toxic Avenger - Escape (The Bloody Beetroots Remix)
AKA The Junkies - Konijntje
Sam Cooke - Wonderful World
Yelle - A Cause des Garçons (TEPR Remix)
John Dahlback - Blink
Kavinsky - Testarossa Autodrive (SebastiAn Remix)
C'hantal - The Realm (Acapella)
Vanilla Brothers - Believe in Ice Baby (The Dukes Chemical Ice Edit)
Kid Dub - Tetris (Tocadisco Edit)
Hot Chip - Ready For The Floor
2 Unlimited - Twilight Zone
Crookers - Knobbers
Roman Flügel - Gehts Noch?
2 Unlimited - Get Ready For This
Daft Punk - Da Funk
Da Hool - Meet her at the Love Parade
Nightcrawlers - Push the Feeling (Russ Chimes Remix)
Surkin - White Knight Two
Mo-Do - Eins, Zwei, Polizei
Justice - Stress (Auto Remix)

Some rumours say The Dukes will hit Antwerp soon... ;-)



Sunday, May 11, 2008

Justice at the AB, the day after

Brussels under attack! A new religion has confirmed the hype.
Justice was awesome yesterday, and we all liked it. Off course, everybody knows the tracks by now so it's like a sing-along contest, but still they did very well.


It seems Xavier & Gaspard finally have a decent live act, which will put them between the great names of electronic music history. If you had some doubts about it, they are gone now. Even if their latest video "Stress" is not exactly politically correct...the music & the show...damn, did we have a blast last night or what?


And did you hear that? Rage Against The Machine, Ramstein, Metallica through the set? It's all coming back...for good! Finally!


PS: Who's got some unchristian after show stories from the Recyclart? Feel free to post :-)



Friday, May 9, 2008

So what? I Like Mask(e)s Mix!

Download the
(35 min / 55MB / MP3 / Zshare)

Spread the love!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Justice = $old Out, but don't forget the official after party @ Recyclart!


Justice plays the AB on Saturday May 10th. Tickets are already sold out for weeks. You can still win some tickets here & there, but...I seem to read more about the after party @ Recyclart than the actual Justice show.

No presale! So be there or be...[]


Special guests? Wtf!? They didn't even bother to call me ;-)

http://www.recyclart.be/

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

First Beatport Music Awards 2008 - the winners


The first ever Beatport Awards. For those who download illegally, on Beatport you'll find the electronic dance tracks you like, even in .wav. Not the cheapest online store, but still, some tracks are hard to find (and not in iTunes), and you have a good chance finding them in Beatport. The catalogue is being stuffed with new tracks as we speak, so don't hesitate to check it regularly.
http://www.beatport.com/
http://www.beatportal.com/ (still bèta)

And the winner is...
Electro House
1. Deadmau5 (aha...that's a nice recognition for the Canadian who made a very tasty Daft Punk remix of "Harder Better Faster Stronger", he also won the Progressive House Award)


2. Pryda (who? honestly...had to google for him...but it's sexy music maker Eric Prydz! :-)
3. Sebastien Leger (totally agree!)

(Para mi gente de Colombia....)
Deadmau5 va tocar en Colombia:
Jun 13 2008 - Cinema Club - Bogota, Bogotá (Distrito Capital)
Jun 14 2008 - Carnival Club - Medellin
(and it seems that the Carnival Club is a hell of a place... ;-)

(Voor de Belgische lezertjes...)
De heer Pryda / Prydz komt naar Illusion. (Tof. Maar niet meteen my piece of cake.)
May 11 2008 - Club Illusion

Best Electronica Artist
1. Trentemöller (:-/)
2. Guy Borrato (jarn)
3. Boys Noize (big smile ;-)

More info on:
http://www.beatportal.com/awards/beatport-music-awards-2008/

And here is the only thing you've been waiting for...Eric Prydz (aka Pryda) with Call On Me...can you feel the summertime again?!



Have a nice week!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Vote...and win!

Do something useful...and vote!

Mobistar, Universal & ING launched a DJ competition with some nice rewards, for both the voters and the DJs/Producers.
It's easy to participate & voting will cost you only a minute. Really.

So go and vote for my tracks:
Red Zebra - I Can't Live In A Living Room (Phantom Trash Out Remix v2)
http://www.mobilemusicdeal.be/tempodj/?id=177
and
The Unreleased Beats & Bites Show
http://www.mobilemusicdeal.be/tempodj/?id=176

Deadline to participate: 14 July at 12am
15 winners go to the next round (+ some extra wildcards)

Final: ING Public's Favourite Award - 1 September '08

What's in it for the DJs?

What's in it for the voters?

While subscribing:
You get 300 MP3s with a Renault Twingo.
How many votes the winner gets, depends on YOU! :-)
www.mobilemusicdeal.be