‘Click Interview’ with Stairway Maze: ‘What Is A Tower Block If Not A Stairway Maze?’

Russian solo-artist, Denis Tverdokhleb, last year released his second full length album “Kelevra”. The work has been released by Aliens Production, which remains a home for intelligent electronics. Stairway Maze mixes IDM, ambient, EBM and cinematic music. Bombast and refinement have been merged together resulting in multiple great songs. I hope this interview will incite you to discover a hidden talent from Russia. (Courtesy by Inferno Sound Diaries) Q: Can you first of all introduce yourself and briefly tell us the way you got in touch with electronic music to finally set up Stairway Maze?  Denis: My name is Denis. I am from Petrozavodsk, a small nice town in Karelia, a region in Russia that is famous for its fantastic Northern nature and landscapes. The surroundings are very inspiring here and I want to believe that the music of Stairway Maze somehow reflects the atmosphere of the North, the place where it was born. And I think it won’t be an exaggeration to say that my music is mainly influenced by the place I grew up and live in, than by other music, bands and projects. But at the same time I can’t deny the fact that many musical genres […]

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New Order and Pet Shop Boys announce co-headline tour

New Order and Pet Shop Boys today confirm a co-headlining tour of North America. The two British electronic bands have announced ‘The Unity Tour’ kicks off September 5 in Toronto and sees stops in select cities including Madison Square Garden in New York on September 12, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on October 2 and more. Both bands will play a full set with the headliner alternating each night. Full list of dates below. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, February 28 at 10am local time right here. The Unity Tour dates September 5 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage September 9 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion September 11 – Philadelphia, PA – TD Pavilion at The Mann September 12 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden September 15 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion September 18 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island September 20 – Minneapolis, MN – Armory September 24 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena September 26 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre September 30 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center October 2 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl Pet Shop Boys […]

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Using a E-learning Platform for Guitar Chords

If you’ve recently decided you want to learn the guitar and have picked out the guitar that is right for you, the next thing you’ll have to decide is how you want to learn to play. The first step to learning to play the guitar is learning the basic chords. Once you have a few basic chords down, you’ll start being able to play songs. The good news is, learning how to play the guitar doesn’t have to be expensive or overwhelming. There are plenty of resources that will help you learn various chords and how to play various songs. YouTube For beginners that are just getting started but aren’t able to afford a tutor, there are various tutorials aimed at beginnings on YouTube. Many of these tutorials have been put together by other guitarists that simply want to share their love of music with others. Online tutorials will go over the basic chords, how to play them, how to read chord charts, and how to start putting basic songs together. While most of these videos are aimed towards beginners, it is also possible to find videos that help advanced players learn to play more complicated songs. Tutor For those […]

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a-ha’s Magne Furuholmen releases brand new video for ‘This is now America’

a-ha’s Magne Furuholmen has released a music video for his solo-single “This is now America”. For the occasion Furuholmen has teamed up with experimental German theatre / performance duo Vinge/Müller, to create a video that according to him is “in many ways the dark, dystopic cousin of the famous ‘Take on me’ video”. Furuholmen explained that this song was a protest song in direct protest to the Trump administration in an interview with Rolling Stone. Not sure Trump really bothers that much though… The narrative in the video follows an adolescent character on the verge of self-destruction, hiding from a troubled world outside. Magne says this about the video: “As a 15 year old kid, I had a feeling the world was full of infinite possibilities, and an exciting place to follow one’s dream. Young kids today grow up in a very different, and much more troubling world. To me, the video for ‘This is now America’ is about loss of innocence and alienation…as is the song, come to think of it!” You can watch the video below. Busy bee Furuholmen Furuholmen, better known to music fans by his stage name Mags, is the keyboardist of the synthpop/rock band A-ha, […]

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Alfa Matrix distributing 20 Euro vouchers via Facebook Messenger to celebrate EBM Day

It’s EBM day tomorrow (24/2) and as usual the Belgian electro label Alfa Matrix is having a special campaign. But unlike last year, they are using quite a different approach. People who comment on the Facebook article below will immediately be sent a coupon of 20 € and this straight in their Facebook Messenger mailbox. The coupon can be used in the Alfa Matrix CD/DVD/vinyl webstore. The code is valid until Sunday March 1st included and can be used for all purchases above 40,00 €. Just add it when checking out. The code applies to all products released more than 6 months ago and not in -pre-order. What is EBM Day ? Ever since Front 242 started up in 1981 the number 242 has held a special position in the numerology of Electronic Body Music. Using the date format often used in Europe (dd/mm = 24/2) it’s fairly obvious why the International EBM day is celebrated on february 24. Though people over the world probably have celebrated this day before along with their friends, it has never been an official celebration day before. But from now on, every year on february the 24th; it’s International EBM day! Its only purpose […]

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Rotersand – How Do You Feel Today

Germany’s Rotersand is known for exciting, intelligent electro. Over a number of breathtaking records, Rotersand combine emotion and electronics. Always questioning, always doubting, always resisting.

The new album “œHow Do You Feel Today” is both a critical observation of our civilization and a profoundly biting piece of social criticism. Huge, sublime music. Electronic anthems for humanity.

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