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Contemporary, adventurous, experimental and multidisciplinary: that’s Rewire Festival in a nutshell. The beauty and mystery of this eclectic fest come from the organisers’ fascination with the openness of various forms and blends of music, sound art and performances. Here are a few extra-specials our editor-in-chief Kasper-Jan picked up from the wide-ranging programme.
Real name Lysa de Silva, Lyzza is a Brazilian Latina producer/DJ whose approach to the music industry makes me questions if she’s really only 19 years old: ‘Don’t let people step over you, stand up for yourself, and don’t be afraid to ask for things.’ She’s become a familiar face in Amsterdam; often playing her balie infused, restless sets at NYX and Progress Bar, as well as further afield at Berlin’s Creamcake and London’s UNITI – all spaces disrupting the mainstream, homogeneous club culture.
Plastic laser gun-like sounds, bouncy ball-driven rhythms and high-pitched female voices bring London-based electro dance-pop musician Sophie compositions to Technicolor heights.
Emma Olson is performing as Umfang. She’s a Brooklyn-based techno DJ who co-founded the New York-based Discwoman, a New York collective, platform and booking agency and one of the most powerful, genuine, motivating and fun movements sweeping across dancefloors in NYC and beyond. The Bronx-born producer released her debut full-length, Symbolic Use of Light, via Technicolour.
All Caps’ Calum MacRae first caught our attention through Jaded Lour’s layered house cuts back in 2010, one of which appeared on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Electric compilations. The Glaswegian disappeared as quickly as he appeared, but later emerged out of nowhere as Lanark Artefax. His music now sounds darker and draws more from ambient then ever before, but hi trademarks remain unchanged: the tracks are loopy, they’re disorderly, and best enjoyed as loud as possible.
In her search for the proudly odd, No Pain in Pop’s techno experimentalist Karen Gwyer has committed to long-form, fluid compositions in which hefty synth motifs are played to disintegration, lapsing into drone.
Rewire takes place from 6 til 8 April in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Info and tickets here