We journey home with four of electronic music’s biggest stars to explore how their origins have shaped their careers and lives.
As part of the House of SONOS, the hub of the ORIGINS series, we’ll uncover four films complete with an exclusive playlist created by Chris Liebing, Eats Everything, Magda and Matthew Dear. Celebrating the joys of an everyone-back-to-mine house party or a lazy Sunday at home the artists have all dug deep into their crates to curate a playlist especially for the House of SONOS.
Playlist curated by Matthew Dear
The rich mosaic of Matthew Dear’s influences sets the tone for the Bedroom. Pulling together everything from classic rock to contemporary drone music, Dear’s playlist makes for an introspective late-night listen.
In the fourth edition of our film series with SONOS, the Ghostly International co-founder takes us back to the small ranch town where it all started.
If there’s one thing that sets Matthew Dear apart as an electronic artist, it’s his gift for singing and songwriting—not the most common skill-set for someone who came up in Detroit’s techno scene. Starting in the late ’90s, Dear made a name for himself with blistering club tracks on Ghostly International (the label he started with Sam Valenti IV), but it was his voice, lyrics and swagger as a frontman that would later make him such a unique icon. The source of this talent goes back even further than Detroit to Dear’s childhood home in Kingsville, Texas, where his father, also a professional musician, taught him to sing and play guitar. In this episode of ORIGINS, Dear heads to Kingsville for the first time in over a decade to revisit spots from his childhood and “pick some guitar” with his dad.
“I wanna see some places where I used to go. What is nostalgia and what is real, and what are my memories worth?”
– Matthew Dear
Playlist curated by Magda
by her experiences in Detroit and Berlin, Magda’s dusky tastes made her the perfect selection for the House of SONOS’s Loft. Her playlist draws heavily from the ’80s and ’90s intersection between early techno, industrial and experimental electronics.
Magda Chojnacka describes her winding journey across multiple cities and countries.
The need to adapt to new environments has been a constant in Magda’s life. But these challenges were invaluable in shaping the artist she is today. In our third episode of Origins, we revisit Magda’s experiences in Poland, Detroit and Berlin, and hear how they determined the course of her career.
“I love the rough, raw energy that I experienced growing up in Detroit…”
Hot tacos ´ Dubfire & Hawtin set up a shop in a Mexican taqueria; electronic tabasco for adult technolovers ….
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico’s BPM Festival always brings with it tons of surprises. And one such unexpected event earlier this year in January found techno god Richie Hawtin posting up at a taco stand (after playing two ENTER. gigs earlier that day) for a party that went well into the night. That’s right—not content to just perform at his ENTER.BPM day and night events at Fusion and the Blue Parrot, respectively, Hawtin and pal Dubfire set up inside of El Fogon taqueria to bring techno and tacos to the BPM massive. Check out the video wrap-up below.