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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRANCE GATE!!!

Save this date: Saturday November 7th 2015 because the 10th anniversary of Trance Gate party will be celebrated.

10 years of the highest quality trance music brought to Italy thank to my friend, the amazing promoter and event organizer, Gianluca Ferrandu.

The 10th edition of this unique one night called Trance Gate started off last September 26th with Driftmoon (that we interviewed last month) and Re-Order.

This year we will see less parties, not the usual monthly event, but be sure that mr.Ferrandu will keep the quality at the maximum level, bringing us international trance djs from the biggest worldwide events.

And to celebrate this amazing goal, these first 10 years of big happenings, we find an extra special line up with 3 huge international artists:

MENNO DE JONG (NL)
https://www.facebook.com/mennodejong

DARREN PORTER (UK)
https://www.facebook.com/DarrenPortermusic

MANUEL LE SAUX (I)
https://www.facebook.com/ManuelLeSauxOfficialFanPage

The warm up set will be hosted by ENDRY++
Sabato 7 novembre 2015 si celebreranno 10 anni di eventi targati Trance Gate,
10 anni di musica trance con i migliori djs al mondo in esclusiva italiana grazie al lavoro dell’amico promoter e organizzatore di eventi Gianluca Ferrandu.

La decima stagione della one night Trance Gate si è avviata il 26 Settembre scorso ospitando in consolle Driftmoon (che abbiamo intervistato) e ReOrder.

Quest’anno la festa non avrà più una cadenza mensile, verranno proposti meno eventi ma state pur certi che la qualitò delle line up resterà altissima, con ospiti internazionali provenienti dalle consolle dei principali eventi Trance del pianeta.

E per celebrare questo magnifico traguardo, questi primi 10 anni vedranno una line up d’eccezione con 3 grandissimi artisti:

MENNO DE JONG (NL)
https://www.facebook.com/mennodejong

DARREN PORTER (UK)
https://www.facebook.com/DarrenPortermusic

MANUEL LE SAUX (I)
https://www.facebook.com/ManuelLeSauxOfficialFanPage

A fare gli onori di casa con il Warm Up set ci sarà ENDRY++

L’evento si terrà in Via Toffetti 75 a Milano dalle ore 23:00 in poi.
presso il Galimba’s
Space. La location è facilmente raggiungibile con ogni mezzo e si trova a pochi
minuti a piedi dalla Stazione Fs e metropolitana di Milano
Rogoredo.

Iscrivetevi all’evento ufficiale, in palio per i più
fortunati degli ingressi omaggio!
Prezzi
10 euro donna / 20 euro uomo con 1 drink incluso All
Night Long

Tessera Entes obbligatoria, tutti i possessori della
tessera Entes con la dicitura 2014/2015 possono presentarla all’ingresso.
Chi non è in possesso della tessera potrà ritirarla
alla cassa (costo 3 euro).

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mail : trancegatemilano@gmail.com

MARTIN BUTTRICH – TWO NEW PROJECTS BORN SIMULTANEOUSLY

OCTOBER 16TH SEES THE FIRST COLLABORATION TITLED “SYNCHRONICITY” WITH MATHEW JONSON.

Hot off the back of writing, producing and recording Loco Dice’s Underground Sound Suicide LP, Martin Buttrich launches his new label, Rhythm Assault.

This project is intended to be an outlet for impulsive releases of his own music, free from the constraints of rigorously organised and planned imprints.

The label’s first project gives birth to Collaborator – A two volume project seeing Martin release a continuous stream of brilliant collaborations with the likes of Carl Craig, Guti, DJ Tennis, Loco Dice, Timo Maas, The Martinez Brothers, Guy Gerber to name but a few. October 16th sees the first Collaboration titled Synchronicity, with Mathew Jonson.

There’s a common misconception that Buttrich merely engineered the myriad tracks he’s worked on over the last two decades. In reality, his long-running partnerships with the likes of Timo Maas and Loco Dice were fully collaborative.

“I was never someone who would get told what to do in the studio” he says. “I like it more like a creative process. Really having hands on the song was most important. I haven’t really ever just engineered other artists, apart from maybe here and there for one song. I would say it’s co-writing, co-producing. I have requests where people would ask me, “can you mix my album?” and I’m absolutely not interested in that. Even for my own productions now, I’m thinking about getting a mixing engineer. For me, mixing is pretty much one of the worst jobs!”

Buttrich began producing at the age of 18 after being bitten by the dance music bug in parties in his hometown of Hannover and Berlin. A wealth of output under many different aliases ensued, but it was teaming up with Maas – whom he met when they both worked at legendary house label Peppermint Jam – in the late ‘90s that saw his career gain global significance. Their groundbreaking remix of Azzido Da Bass’ Dooms Night helped spawn entire genres, crashed into the UK Top 10, and led to remixes for everyone from Madonna to Muse, Kelis, Moby, Placebo, Jamiroquai and to a Grammy-nominated rework of Tori Amos. Former hip-hop DJ Loco Dice made for his second key partnership in the early 2000s, Buttrich helping him to become one of underground house and techno’s biggest stars and forming the acclaimed Desolate imprint with him.

His incredibly slick, highly musical yet intensely technical productions under his own name have been released on the likes of Cocoon Recordings, M_nus, Supplement Facts and Planet E, with his acclaimed debut album Crash Test landing on Desolat in 2010. There is no now doubt that he is amongst the house and techno scene’s finest artists in his own right – but rather than follow a path of self-aggrandisement, he’s decided to focus his new album and tour around collaborations once again, yet this time Martin will step from the shadows and into the light.

His 20 Years Of Martin Buttrich Global Tour – dubbed #9414 – saw him take his live show to some of the world’s finest clubs from September 2014 to December 2014. Martin teamed up with one of his favourite DJs for each date. “I was looking through old stuff, and I just thought – ‘wow, 20 years’. It’s just chance to give a little bit back to all the people who have supported me over the years, and it was also an opportunity to get together with the people I always wanted to play with.” With the likes of The Martinez Brothers, Loco Dice, Carl Craig, Guti, tINI, Mathias Tanzmann and Mathew Jonson in tow, the tour reached from Berlin’s Panoramabar to Chicago’s Spy Bar and makes for a timely reminder of his enduring – and ongoing – contribution to the scene.

Earplugs…A must have!

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Recently, I’ve seen a post by one of my favorite artist in the scene (Ruben de Ronde) on the socials,
He posted a picture of his earplugs and stated “safety first”….actually we all should 100% agree with him on this point.
But when I attend events, honestly I still see people who don’t wear any plugs, exposing their ears to terrible damages…I also seen some weirdos putting their heads directly into the speakers at some parties!!

Normal levels of conversation are around 65 decibels loud. At a level of 110 decibels, (which is the Noise levels around the stages at music festivals) hearing loss can occur after only two minutes of exposure.

That’s like standing next to a jackhammer drilling into concrete

The longer you are exposed to levels that loud, the greater chance of hearing loss you have. So, just think about attending an all-day music festival without any ear protection.
It is not just the music that can quickly exceed the danger zone of 80 decibels, but also the noise around you that can cause long-term damage to your hearing, let’s think to all the people talking around you, partying and dancing, they all make loads of noise.

Even if at the biggest festivals, foam earplugs are given for free, most people refuse to use them and in a recent survey I found out that 84% of festival-goers experienced dullness of hearing or ringing in the ears after listening to loud music…this is alarming
We could say we don’t have a proper education to this….we grow up exposed to a lot of dangerous noises, factories, traffic, power tools and of course loud music.
And While we don’t think twice about getting our eyes checked on a regular basis and to wear contact lenses or glasses, for some weird reasons, we often neglect to take care about our ears.
I always underestimated the fact I could really damage my ears, and when I was kid I always listened to loud music, and never worn plugs at clubs…
Until…………………
I attended a party in one of my favorite Italian club, Armin was the headliner and of course I wanted to stay front row until the end.
Let me tell you that night the music loudness was really off the roof!
My ears were buzzing for a couple of days …I had a big headache and couldn’t communicate properly the day after the gig and my ears rung
After that, it all was ok, I was feeling good again and apparently I could ear normally…..
But…my bf, a sound engineer who is always trying to give me an education about music in general (must say I’m pretty wild in this and never listen to him 🙂 ) explained me quite clearly that what happened was probably a serious damage to my ears, even if, at first the hearing loss was temporarily, if I went on that way, the hearing degeneration could have been permanent with all the consequences of the case;
Hearing loss and tinnitus can cause a significant decline in overall quality of life. It can lead to reduced cognitive function, communication problems, depression, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of falls, irritability , frustration and of course the incapability to enjoy my favorite music.

From that point I started taking care of my ears properly following all his advices, (yes, I even set my limit volume on iphone, ipod and so on) I use quality headphones when I listen to music (actually I am a lucky owner of Tiesto’s signed AKG) and I try to avoid to be exposed to loud noises when I can ( I still listen to dubstep from time to time tho….lol )
And of course, I started using plugs at every event I attended….I tried several earplugs till now, some worked, some others just were not ok for me …there are so many plugs and so many prices:
Ear plugs are inserted to block the ear canal.
They may be premolded (preformed) or moldable (foam ear plugs). Ear plugs are sold as disposable products or reusable plugs. Custom molded ear plugs are also available.
Semi-insert ear plugs which consist of two ear plugs held over the ends of the ear canal by a rigid headband.
Ear muffs consist of sound-attenuating material and soft ear cushions that fit around the ear and hard outer cups. They are held together by a head band.

The choice of hearing protectors is a very personal one and depends on a number of factors including level of noise and comfort. Most importantly, the hearing protector should provide the desired noise reduction. It is best, where protectors must be used, to provide a choice of a number of different types to choose from.
If the noise exposure is intermittent, ear muffs are more desirable, since it may be inconvenient to remove and reinsert earplugs.

And if you think your ears just got used to high volumes and crazy db levels at festivals well it’s possible the damage has done already and remember when hearing is gone, it’s gone for good .
So I hope this article helped you understand the importance of protecting your ears,and please remember it doesn’t take a life time of attending loud events to cause a hearing loss, you can damage your ears in just one event.
So, what about you, are you wearing plugs when you go clubbing or to festivals ? Or maybe you use them at work? What kind you prefer? Let me know 🙂