Once a year The Melbourne Fringe festival transforms the city into a performance space where every possible venue hosts live music, theatre, cabaret, arts, circus events, dance, happenings, talks, you name it. So while Melbourne goes performance crazy the rest of the world can enjoy some of the events from two very active Fringe Festival venues; Pony Club and Bar Open. Check out and discover acts like Deep Street Soul, Mista Savona, Tek Ensemble, Black Beak, The Mung, Dan Webb, White Cell, Will Wagner & the Smith Street Band.. all live on Awdio.com. Check here for full program details:
Bar Open / Pony Club.
The lineup for the massive Paris Techno Parade: Back The Rave party on the the 25th September at Elysée Montmartre, Paris has been confirmed. Parisians and Awdio addicts will be able to enjoy the sounds of Detroit legends Juan Atkins and Eddie 'Flashin' Fowlkes as well as a live set by the Detroit Grand Pubah's. On a more local note The Driver aka Manu Le Malin, Jef K and Master Seb all play hard for the home team. Tune in on Saturday night!
We caught up with Eddie Fowlkes to find a little more out about on of Detroit's most prolific producers:
Hello Eddie, thanks for taking the time out to do this interview.
I’ve always wondered where the ‘Flashin’ came from in your name, can you explain?
Yes. In early 1986, Juan was releasing my first track on Metroplex and Juan asked me, “What name do you want to go by?”. Back in those days, a lot of people had a nickname and mine was flashing because of the tricks I used to do on the turntables.
Your name and music has always been very linked with the city of Detroit, do you still live there and how has it changed since your childhood days?
I live on the outskirts of Detroit. It changed a lot because there were less parties, more people moved out of the city, and there is no more radio support for the music we make. By the radio not supporting our music anymore, it killed the scene.
You have developed a specific genre of Techno called Techno soul, what is the difference say with Detroit Techno?
There is no difference because I grew up on funkin’ soul in the 70’s with Chicago House and the mixture of Detroit Techno music we created. With that said, this is my definition of Techno Soul.
After having produced so much music on many different labels, what made you decide to start your own label Detroit Wax?
I started my first label in 1990, City Boy Records, in which I have a new release out called, The Black Extra Terrestrials. I started Detroit Wax 3 years ago. That is just more deeper soul for music, exclusively for Detroit.
Do you still mix using vinyl or have you gone digital?
I’ve gone digital because the lack of good records to buy. Also, the weight of carrying it country to country was killing me.
What can Parisians expect to hear when you spin in Paris on September 25th?
A day before my first daughter's birthday, I will be banging some hot techno soul tracks.
What do you never leave home without?
Once a year Paris goes Dance music crazy for 24 hours when the Techno Parade takes to the streets. This year 19 floats will be crossing Paris each blasting out dance-floor sounds mixed on board by local and international DJs. Once the parade comes to it’s destination the party continues in many of the clubs around the city. This year Awdio has been invited to the party, not on a float but on all 19! Each float’s sound-system will be recorded and available just for you on Awdio and the official Techno Parade closing party featuring some top talent will be live on Awdio on the night of the 25th. This is set to be absolutely massive!