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BEHIND THE LINEUP: LOGISTICS

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SNOW & BASS – January 30th, 2015 @ Ryze
(event info here)

In the midst of body-numbing temperatures in Toronto it’s only reasonable that we bring three of drum and bass’ heavyweights for a night of strict bass business. Get out of your winter woes and join us inside Ryze Nightclub January 30th to experience these legends in an intimate setting. Need more convincing? Just scroll down and get reacquainted with drum and bass royalty.

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Logistics:

Continuing on the theme of brotherly love and musicality within the family, Matt Gresham better known as Logistics is a name that is synonymous with stunning, atmospheric production, specifically, in the liquid drum and bass arena. His brothers, Dan Gresham known as ‘Nu:Tone‘ and Nick Gresham known as ‘Other Echoes’ helped corral him in the direction of drum and bass since it initially didn’t grab his ear as much as rock and other forms of electronic music. After Dan introduced him to the  Music Box LP‘ released on Full Cycle Records, there was no turning back. The release of the singles, ‘Come To You/Music on Nu:Tone’s label, Brand.nu kickstarted his career and pushed forward his production skills.

Shortly after he signed to the prestigious Hospital Records label in 2004 and released a slew of singles including the classic ‘Spacejam’ EP and the track ‘Together’ that had wide spread appeal. In 2006 he released his first debut LP titled, ‘Now More Than Ever’ was released and  received major hype from label manager and mate Tony Colman (London Elektricity) That album, then went on to a win at the BBC 1XTRA’s 2007 Bass Awards. His follow-up album, ‘Reality Checkpoint’ was also highly regarded as multi-faceted yet, consciously dyanamic effort further solidifying his work in the scene. Known for stepping outside his comfort zone and creating music that has textural notes, he teamed up with his brother Dan under their moniker, ‘Nu:Logic‘ and released a fan-favourite, ‘What I’ve Always Waited For’. The cohesive project had good success with tracks like ‘Morning Light’ and ‘Everlasting Days’. The list of achievements continue to rack up for Logistics. From countless collaborations with his brother and label mate to seven LPs under his belt, he keeps getting better. His constant headliner gigs around the world seem to be at an all-time high and there are no signs of this mastermind slowing down.

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BEHIND THE LINEUP: NICKY BLACKMARKET

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SNOW & BASS – January 30th, 2015 @ Ryze
(event info here)

In the midst of body-numbing temperatures in Toronto it’s only reasonable that we bring three of drum and bass’ heavyweights for a night of strict bass business. Get out of your winter woes and join us inside Ryze Nightclub January 30th to experience these legends in an intimate setting. Need more convincing? Just scroll down and get reacquainted with drum and bass royalty.

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Nicky Blackmarket:

Known for his long career in drum and bass and his impact at the iconic record store, ‘Blackmarket Records‘ now, ‘BM-Soho’, Nicky has secured a niche set of followers. From early breakbeat hardcore fans to new drum and bass fans, his presence and respect is felt throughout the globe. Nicholas Andersson-Glyden started DJing at youth clubs in London at the age of 14 which turned into getting more into the public ear (pun intended) at Friends FM. Exposure on the radio waves eventually led to Nicky joining the team at Blackmarket Records in 1990 and two years later, he decided to open up a separate department to cater to the growing breakbeat sound we now know as, drum and bass. Alongside cultivating the department and being hands-on with all of the material coming through the shop he continued to focus on his own career. He started his own label Gyroscope Records alongside music royalty, Dave Piccioni which resulted in the release of his first record the, ‘Spam’ EP and the coveted ‘D’Bounce EP Vol.1′. Regarding himself as a “DJ first” he continuously traveled around the UK and internationally doing what he loves most.

Between running the shop, producing and djing he met the MC Stevie Hyper D. As a dynamic duo they played parties at the Raw Club in the west of London and played on Kool FM (East London’s longest running radio station) which featured them every Sunday as a part of the station’s, ‘Super-Sunday’ special. Unfortunately, their run ended rather abruptly due to the untimely death of Stevie a few years after. Continuing to move forward and be cutting-edge in the drum and bass scene he created his second label, ‘Kartoonz‘ which released TNT’s massive anthem, ‘2 degrees‘ amongst many other hits. His undeniable dedication to the drum and bass scene make him a trailblazer deserving of the title as a founding pioneer and legend.

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BEHIND THE LINEUP: OPTICAL

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SNOW & BASS – January 30th, 2015 @ Ryze
(event info here)

In the midst of body-numbing temperatures in Toronto it’s only reasonable that we bring three of drum and bass’ heavyweights for a night of strict bass business. Get out of your winter woes and join us inside Ryze Nightclub January 30th to experience these legends in an intimate setting. Need more convincing? Just scroll down and get reacquainted with drum and bass royalty.

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Optical:

We all know Matt Quinn (Optical) as the creative quirky co-pilot to the immensely talented duo that is Ed Rush & Optical. However, we rarely look at their own accomplishments before they came together to become one of the most respected djs of all time in drum and bass. Coming from a musically-inclined family with two brothers; one of them being ‘Matrix from ‘Matrix and Futurebound’ it wasn’t surprising when Matt decided to also get involved in the drum and bass scene. He started to make music at the age of 17 and shortly after, released music off his first hardcore imprint, Phat Tunes. In the years following, he focused on production and released music various aliases one of the more popular ones being ‘Morpheus’ under the Blame Technology label. After 96′ Optical was full steam ahead. He helped cultivate one of Grooverider’s most prolific LPs ‘Mysteries of Funk‘ and released many tracks on Metalheadz and Prototype Recordings.

After meeting Ben Settle (Ed Rush) they co-founded Virus Recordings in 1998. Pairing Ed Rush’s dark minimalist tendencies with Optical’s dark yet, whimsical futuristic soundscapes made for a perfect match. Both inspired by each other’s musical references they continuously worked together to achieve one seamless sound that we now describe as ‘neuro-funk’ which is arguably one of the most important contributions in drum and bass influencing artists like Phace, Optiv&BTK, Noisia, Gridlok and The Upbeats to name a few. Optical’s superstar status is emblazoned in drum and bass for good reason. His upbeat demeanour on the decks always makes for an amazing show!

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SKRILLEX MAKES A SPEECH ON STATE OF EDM

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After fights broke out the night before, Skrillex delivered a speech on the state of EDM at Solaris Festival last weekend in Toronto.  Here is what he said:

You all are beautiful! Give a round of applause for yourselves! All you, you too! I feel your energy, I can see an ocean of faces all sweaty, all crazy … Now we are going into the new year! This is crazy, the last few years. In electronic music in North America, Canada, everywhere over this area, it’s crazy. Because all this, you guys out here, doing this for years! Going, listening, this is our generation right now! And looking at the audience, I [see] so many different types of people! I see black kids, white kids, Chinese kids, Asian kids, Russian kids, Puerto Rican kids, Mexican kids — all you guys are here now! That’s amazing, man.

There is some special s–t going on in our generation right now. Let’s not take that for granted. We need, into the new year, let’s go in together. Let’s take this positivity over into 2015, because we need more positive s–t on this planet. I feel like this is what it’s about, man, we got 6,000 people here, no one is fighting and everyone is having a good time. I’m so impressed on this stage looking at you, I really am, I really appreciate your energy. So in 2015 let’s carry over this positivity, let’s spread it and make it bigger and better, and more soulful and more real than it ever has been before. But it’s not just up to me — it’s up to you guys! Really. I’m just one person, it’s all about all of you people, it’s amazing energy in this room.

This music is for everybody — it’s for the outcasts, it’s for the cool people, it’s for the fat kids, it’s for the skinny kids, it’s for the gay kids, the straight kids. The aliens! The yellow people, the purple people, the black people, the white people, No matter who you are, this is for you. If you see someone at your school, or at your work and they look left out man, all you gotta do, our New Year’s resolution is hand a hand out, in 2015 and say, “Hey, it’s all right. I know how it is.” Make some noise for love in 2015.

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PROJEK: ANDY C PICTS

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RAVE OF THRONES

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Winter Is Coming… To Toronto… On April 17th!  Tickets on sale on Friday, December 19th, 2014!

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THE MOST EXPENSIVE BOTTLE SERVICE IN THE WORLD

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The Most Expensive Bottle Service in the World—$500,000 for Champagne in Vegas

It’s not quite priceless, but you can view all this from your table Hakkasan while drinking 30 liters of champagne and wearing a championship belt. (Photo: Al Powers of Powers Imagery)

We know about dropping the New Year’s Ball, but this is New Year’s Baller.

The Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub is offering what it calls the world’s most expensive bottle service for its year-end party extravaganza. Just plunk down $500,000 at the MGM Casino venue, and you’ll get a whole lot more than a place to sit when the clock strikes midnight.

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Your champagne for the evening — the Midas is in the back. (Courtesy: Arman de Brignac Gold Dynastie)

We can’t even say you’ll party like a rock star, because in the age of Spotify most rock stars can’t afford this kind of spread. Here are the perks of the club’s Dynastie Package:

A staff of 40 to serve you and your posse.

  • Your name flashing on the Hakkasan screen amid a light show and confetti drop.
  • The world’s  largest champagne bottle served just for you: the 30-liter Midas by Armand de Brignac, which measures at 100 pounds and 4 feet tall, and holds the same amount of booze as 40 standard-sized champagne bottles. And because Vegas is about subtlety, you’ll be served this bottle by a “model cocktail waitress” riding a chariot. Ben-Hur never had it so good.
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From the headliner on New Year’s Eve. (Courtesy: Calvin Harris/Twitter)

  • A custom-made championship belt to wear across your waist, in case you want to indulge any UFC fantasies there.
  • A gold disc signed by superstar DJ Calvin Harris, who’s the headliner that night. (Should you book for Dec. 30 it’s signed by performing DJ Hardwell, and on Jan. 1 it’s signed by Tiesto.)
  • A pair of diamond Hakkasan cuff links for him, and a diamond necklace for her … or her … or her.

Related: WATCH: Booze-Warfare Hits Vegas Club With Drone Bottle Service

If all this sounds too bourgeois for you, you can also book astandard ticket to the NYE event at the ladies’ price of $150, and the men’s price of $300 (prices are subject to increase).

(H/T: Yahoo News)

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OUR PLAYLIST FOR PROJEK:ANDY C

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Our Andy C Playlist

From 93′ to 14′ we are going through some of our favourite tracks he’s made as well as what you’ll definitely be hearing on Friday night. From Nightlife compilations to an array of mixes we’ve compiled a wish list! So go ahead and listen to our playlist and get ready for an incredible night inside the Main Room with The Executioner himself, Mr. Andy C!

Culture Shock – ‘Troglodyte’The deep brooding darkness of this song paired with a catchy rhythm always produces a seemingly synchronized crowd. The VIP is set to be released December 14th on RAM records after 2 years of waiting. Andy definitely has it so it’s just a matterof whether or not he’ll let us hear it! Trust me, we’re dying for it.

Seba – ‘Under The Sun’ - The haunting ethereal vibe Seba managed to create on this track made it an instant favourite when released on his album, ‘Sine Language’. It made it’s way onto Nightlife 6 and it will likely seduce the crowd on Friday.

Mind Vortex – ‘Overture’ – This is the latest off Mind Vortex’s EP titled, ‘Colours’. It’s been featured in many sets throughout the summer and it’s likely Andy will give a nod to his label mates with this massive tune.

Hive – ‘Neo’ (Audio Remix) – This was featured on both Nightlife 4 and 6. Clearly he’s a big fan and you should be too!

Shimon & Andy C – ‘Body Rock’ - This is a popular collaboration from Shimon & Andy back in 2001. It got mixed reviews at the time of release but had major commercial success.

Origin Unknown – ‘Valley of Shadows’ - For those of you that don’t know, Andy C also released music under the alias of Origin Unknown with his friend and fellow producer Ant Miles. This was one of his earlier tracks released back in 1993. The vibe on this track is undeniably timeless and it is regarded as one of the best drum and bass songs ever made. Because it’s his last time at The Guvernment, don’t be surprised to hear it!

Loadstar – ‘Link to the Past’ - This was featured on Andy’s ‘Nightlife 5′ and is recognized widely as Loadstar’s breakout track. This is definitely on my personal wish-list.

Culture Shock – ‘Ohrwurm’ - This still has mass appeal in the latest drum and bass sets around the world. Andy recently featured it on his November Beatport chart so take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with it if you haven’t already!

Sub Focus – ‘Rock It’ & Rock It (VIP) - This jazzy guitar-riff ladened track has won over the hearts of dnb heads for years. Look out for it and look forward to it. The original and VIP make a lovely pair!

Sub Focus – ‘Timewarp’This song has the ability to create sheer pandemonium in a club. Andy did a double drop of this earlier in the summer. It’s likely he’ll send us into a timewarp (pun intended) with this smashing throwback.

Andy C & Fiora – ‘Heartbeat Loud (VIP) & ‘Heartbeat Loud’This was officially released two weeks ago and has quickly risen on all the charts. Both of these tunes are comfortably holding onto the #1 and the #3 spot respectively on the Drum and Bass chart on Beatport. The original has also been nominated for Zane Lowe’s coveted ‘Hottest Record of the Year 2014’! You can bet your bottom dollar you will hear this on Friday.

Loadstar – ‘Warrior’ - Featured on Andy’s Nightlife 6, this heavy tune finds it’s way into Andy’s sets at precisely the best time. This track has essentially become an anthem with everyone trying to sing the words while rinsing at maximum power (or at least I do). You better know the words or you’ll find yourself lost on the dance floor in Kool Haus on Friday. Learn them here:

TC – ‘Tap Ho’This song has been remixed by the who’s who in the world of bass music. From Bassnectar and Taxman to the dnb and dubstep VIP’s of this, Andy will have the crowd’s undivided attention for this. If you want the original click here:

Feeling wobbly? Check out TC’s dubstep VIP:

Ed Rush & Optical – ‘Pac-man’ (Ram Trilogy Remix) – The pacman death sample along with this funky bassline make it an instant gem. If you love drum and bass and pacman, you’ll love this. We probably won’t hear it, but we can wish!

Andy C – ‘Haunting’ - This track has been heavily used as Andy’s opening track over the past year and for good reason. The ominous build up into a hard bassline never disappoints. Haven’t felt the haunt yet?

DC Breaks – ‘Swag’Along with ‘Take You Higher’, ‘Swag’ may have been one of the most played drum and bass songs all summer. This ‘bassface-maker’ lands it a spot on the most-likely & the wish list!

Wilkinson – ‘Take You Higher‘, ‘Afterglow‘ & ‘Dirty Love- Having a monster year, it’s no doubt we will hear a few Wilkinson tracks tomorrow. Listen to all of them respectively below:

This is the last time Andy C is playing in the iconic Guverment Complex! Join us in the Main Room on Friday, November 28th and watch history unfold as Andy closes it out with a bang. Get your last minute tickets before they completely sell out!

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WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR TIX?

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A few weeks ago, we asked our fans on our Facebook page:

“What would you do for a pair of Andy C tickets?”

Naturally we received the usual smart ass, non-sensical remarks you’d expect from the internet mixed in with offers of sexual favours, but in our inbox we received something we never thought we’d see.  Destiny fan Adam Raitanen composed a well written essay about his admiration for Drum & Bass, and the Executioner: Andy C.  Naturally he won.

Here is what he submitted:

 

Most people vividly remember the important moments of their lives: their high school graduation, exchanging their wedding vows, the birth of their first child; but I remember one moment particularly well: the moment I realized the immense power and poetry of drum and bass music, and the profound impact one particular DJ of this genre would have on my life. The moment occurred at projek: VIRAM on March 27th, 2010, and the DJ was Andy C.

I had seen Andy C a number of times before. Having been a hardcore DJ for over 10 years at the time I would regularly attend a variety of events in the Ontario and Quebec regions, and make an effort to experience all types of genres and headline performers. I rarely had the opportunity to take in a full set however, or to really process what I was seeing as I was always on the move and focused on my own performance. The night in question was different though. I had gone specifically to see some of the biggest names in drum and bass with a group of friends, and to take the time to enjoy it strictly from the perspective of a raver. I knew drum and bass was one of my favourite sounds, and this was the time to immerse myself in it from the front of the crowd. From the moment Andy C took the stage, I knew I was witnessing something special:

The crowd started going wild. They had their lighters, their cell phones, their hands, anything reaching up to the ceiling. I couldn’t help but get completely swept up in the energy of the room. My entire body could feel the basslines, the crowd roars, and the power that this DJ was pumping into our lives. I went back to my hotel room that night with only 1 conclusion: Andy C is the greatest DJ on planet earth.

The first thing about Andy C that everyone notices right away is his impressive, complex, beautifully structured sets. The mixing is inspired and fluid, and moves you through emotions, rhythms and soundscapes at a blistering pace. His track selection is exceptional. He always busts out the newest anthems and classic bangers, and customizes to the crowd he’s playing for. He takes them on a journey, and there’s a reason he’s about to launch a UK Tour of his Andy C – All Night events: he’s one of those few DJ’s with the versatility and stamina to keep a party raging from start to finish, complete on his own. All those who have experienced Andy C at an event will attest to this.

Looking back at Andy C’ storied career, one thing that immediately jumps out is his success as a label manager. The RAM records back catalog is a playlist of some of the biggest drum and bass anthems of all time. Valley of the Shadows, The Beginning, Titan, Body Rock, Signal, X-Ray, the list is endless. After 22 years of continually pumping out hits, the label is stronger than ever. The brightest young up and coming producers are flocking to sign with RAM, knowing the respect and recognition artists on this label consistently receive. Artists such as Audio, Culture Shock, and Toronto’s own Rene LaVice are achieving new plateau’s of success in the dnb circuit under the guiding hand of Andy C and RAM records. 

Andy C hasn’t only been taking a manager type role at RAM records, but he’s also one of their leading producers. He recently signed with major label, Atlantic Records, having proven himself both on the dancefloor and in the studio. His latest anthem, Heartbeat Loud is achieving new heights of success for drum and bass music on the global dance music scene. Drum and bass is no longer a niche, complicated, inaccessible genre. Andy C has brought drum and bass to the mainstream, while maintaining the energy and beauty that die hard junglists cherish and expect.

The future is not yet written, but it doesn’t take an expert to predict that Andy C’s success will continue to grow, and his influence on the world of drum and bass and dance music in general will reach new heights. The groundshaking live sets he performs, the producing power of his RAM records roster of artists, and the refined beauty of his own studio creations have solidified him in annuls of jungle/drum and bass history. If you haven’t had the good fortune to see ‘The Executioner’ live yet, do one thing right now when you finish reading this: buy a ticket for Projek: Andy C at Kool Haus in Toronto, November 28 of 2014. This will be the last time he performs in the immense Kool Haus space, and it is sure to recreate the moment that inspired me to write for you today. A new generation of drum and bass fanatics will be born on the dancefloor that night, and a legion of lifelong Andy C supporters will be ecstatic as they get to see the greatest DJ on planet earth perform once more.

Adam Raitanen

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH RYAN KRUGER

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 ‘YOU’RE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR WORD.
BURNING BRIDGES WITH ARTISTS, AGENTS OR THE PUBLIC WILL HAUNT YOU FOREVER.’
- Ryan Kruger

With a career spanning over 20 years. Ryan Kruger is the poster boy for our growing electronic music scene in Toronto. Starting Destiny in 1993 he cultivated a strong events company that is highly respected in Toronto and abroad. Between running Destiny and being a managing director at the alpha omega, Electronic Nation Canada, he took a minute to let us pick his brain about the infamous Tornado at WEMF to some of his favourite experiences over the years.

D: What made you decide to start Destiny Events?

RK: I started attending raves as a patron early on in the Toronto rave scene. It was around 1991 and it was literally the first year they existed. I quickly realized I had a connection to the music and the scene like nothing else I had experienced to that point in my life. Within that first year I was helping promote and then partnered on a series of events called Mayhem and then founded Destiny in 1993 with the help of a few other promoters in the city. Being a promoter seemed like a natural fit and still does today.

D: During Destiny’s earlier years, what were some roadblocks that occurred i.e. booking the venue, booking artists or promoting it?

RK: Venues were always the biggest issue. While there were no lack of empty warehouses and film studios in and around Toronto at the time, we were just kids with no experience in real estate. Trying to convince building owners to do what we wanted to do was always a bit of a challenge and it didn’t help that doing events in these types of rooms fell into a legal grey zone where various authorities could shut you down for any number of reasons. Luckily, by-law officers rarely worked late or on weekends and because we didn’t sell alcohol, the police pretty much left us alone. Over the course of those first few years, we learned that negotiation skills would get us the buildings we wanted and avoid us from being targeted by the various agencies that could cause us problems. Artists and promotion were not really issues in the early days. All the DJs were local and without the web even existing at that time, all promo was hand to hand flyers and a physical mailing list. While labour intensive, it wasn’t rocket science!

D: How did WEMF come to fruition? Who were the main coordinators behind the event?

RK: We decided to do WEMF based on the stories we were hearing about multi-day festivals in Europe. Reading about the Mayday festival in Mixmag was the actual inspiration if I recall. Nobody had done anything like it in Canada before and we wanted to try something new. It was 1995 and we built it as our Destiny 2 year anniversary event. We pretty much did it on our own although we did work with a promoter out of the UK called the Outer Limits to help book talent.

D: In 1995, a tornado ripped through WEMF at Mosport International Raceway. How did you deal with the aftermath and what skills did you possess that helped you deal with that occurrence?

RK: While a complete disaster when it happened it was actually a blessing in disguise. It was Friday night when it rolled in and flattened the 3 circus tents we had up as well as smashing all the sound and lights into the ground from those 3 stages . Luckily I was able to convince the sound company to cobble together enough gear to build one big main stage on Saturday morning and continue the party. When word got out that we had been hit by a tornado but were still going it was all over the media – especially the dance radio station and people streamed in all day Saturday. Had this not happened the event would likely disappeared into history as just another event that lost money. 20 years later, I still get asked about it all the time. Skill wise it was a great example of how to manage under pressure and turn adversity into advantage.

D: You’ve produced over 600 events at Destiny. What are some of the most memorable experiences you’ve had over these 21 years?

RK: WEMF festivals were always the most challenging and the most rewarding events I did until joining Live Nation 3 years ago and creating Digital Dreams. We tried to move WEMF every year – sometimes by choice and other times after being chased out of town by an angry mob who we kept awake for 3 days. Building a small city in a new location each year made it interesting to say the least. It was also great experience for almost every facet of business I was involved in over my life. Whether it was transporting 10,000 people to and from Christian Island on a flotilla of water craft or dealing with town councils across Ontario there was never a dull moment.

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D: Destiny is known for building strong relationships with artists. How important do you think that is in operating a successful promotions company?

RK: The entertainment industry is based on relationships. It is still a place where you are only as good as your word and burning bridges with artists, agents or the public will haunt you forever. With artists, we always worked very hard not only to provide a great event experience but also get to know them as people where possible. As an artist, you want to feel comfortable when you travel and playing for a friend is always better than a stranger.

D: What are some of the differences you’ve noticed with respect to the ‘EDM Boom’ as opposed to the underground style in the early 90s?

RK: Our goal was always to bring electronic dance music to the masses. Now that this has actually happened it’s not only a great feeling of accomplishment but also a safety mechanism for our industry. When everything was underground it was easier for tastes to change and the industry to lose relevance which it did, in North America through the mid 2000’s. As a mainstream force, it becomes another major genre that is self-perpetuating due to the critical mass of people attending events, creating music, promoting events and everything else that goes into a vibrant scene. The “EDM” boom is simply the gateway for many people to enter dance music who might not otherwise experience the sound, or be turned off by the ‘underground nature’ of the scene. From the gateway people can then become more educated about the various genres and styles but without the gateway there are no next steps!

D: Where do you see Destiny going in the next 21 years? (since it will obviously still be around!)

RK: We will continue to produce the kind of events that people want to attend. Musical tastes and genres will continue to evolve and we will be right there with them. When electronic music runs in your veins for this long it’s unlikely it will ever go away!

D: You also run Electronic Nation as a managing director. How has your experience and Destiny helped you in this position?

RK: If I had not built my promoter skills or enjoyed working as an independent for so many years I would not be here today. Live Nation is the largest concert promoter in the world and as such has the ability to work with and employ people who have proven their abilities in the industry. Hard work and dedication got me here and I continue to use the skills and relationships I’ve developed over those many years on a daily basis.

D: If you weren’t in the music industry, what would you be doing as a career?

RK: I did my MBA in marketing so likely somewhere within that field.

D: Who have been some of your favourite acts booked and why?

RK: You could look at this from two sides. First there are people who I consider friends and who I go back with for many years. People like Andy C, Ed Rush & Optical, Christopher Lawrence and others who I always enjoy not only hearing but also spending time with outside the event. On the other hand, there are artists who I either spent many years wanting to work with and now do or are personal favourites when I listen to music. These include Tiesto, Eric Prydz, Danny Tenaglia, Luciano, Justice and many others. Bottom line here is that since I curate the festival you can look up and down the Digital Dreams line-up and it will give you a pretty good indication of what I like.

D: What are your favourite events to throw and why?

RK: I love them all and try to make each and every one the best it can be. If you sell fun for a living why wouldn’t you?

 

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