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We’ve already talked about Dancity, one of the summer festivals frestyl has become media partner for. We love this electronic music festival, and as the festival is coming up (1-2 July) we want to talk about it more in depth here. The lineup for this year’s edition (called “Back To The Future”) includes: DJ Krush, John Talabot, Balanescu Quartet, Filastine, Elektro Guzzi, Oorutaichi, Tim Exile, Steffi, Arandel + Dancity Ensemble, Scuba, Dixon, Populous, Luminodisco, Apes on Tapes and many many others.


Dancity logo: green version

Most of these names might not sound familiar to most people (who are not so involved in the electronic music scene), including myself, but the minds behind Dancity have years of experience in the music business to able to select the best experimental performers of the international scene. And we trust them. So these dozens of musicians will perform in different historical locations of Foligno, Umbria, over the course of two intense days, and we will be there to experience it all.

For the occasion, we’ve also interviewed the founders of Dancity and asked them a couple of questions on the festivals and not only. Here it comes:

Can you tell us a little bit about the Dancity Festival?

Dancity is a voluntary association born in 2006, based in Foligno (central Italy) formed by 20 music lovers. We curate and produce Dancity Festival, this year on the 1st and 2nd of July, and other events during the rest of the year in the region and in other parts of Italy.
It is an important way for us to give a contribution to the place we live in by doing something we love and believe in.

How do you select your artists?

Well, after the festival every year we start choosing the winter events and artists, so names will come up and some of them we might think are more appropriate for the festival, others for our winter club nights. It is an ongoing process which takes most of the year.

Your festival is held in historical and suggestive locations in Foligno, like Santa Caterina. Do you think the location affects the experience of the festival?

Definitely! That is something we love about the festival and we hope will continue. It is a magical experience to see an electronic music festival in a medieval church, like the auditorium San Domenico and Santa Caterina; Palazzo Candiotti is amazing too! It gives a stronger character to the festival and it grows within the city.

The concept of the festival this year, as a matter of fact, is “Back to the Future” because we wanted to emphasize the link between the past and the future and how important it is not only to have a strong history but also a positive and constructive idea of the future.


Dancity logo: black version

What do you think differentiates Dancity from other electronic music festivals?

The locations and the ability to grow within and with the city. It’s inclusiveness, creativity and dedication. These are all aspects that we think are not only perceivable to us as volunteers but also leeks out to the public.

How has the festival changed and evolved since the first edition?

It has grown a lot! In terms of visibility, budget, complexity and public. The number of volunteers has grown too!

Can you give us a couple of thoughts on the current situation of the Italian music scene?

There is a lot going on, quietly, but there is. Things have drastically changed during the past years, mostly because state funding for the arts has almost disappeared which makes everything a lot more difficult for music festivals, and therefore for artist too. It is definitely economically a difficult time in Italy but it is also a time of radical change and probably that is something that comes out musically. People seem to have realized to take things, especially music and art, less for granted.

And it’s always refreshing to hear the enthusiasm of people like the ones behind Dancity who try to bring something fresh and new to Italy despite its current political, economical and cultural distress. We will be there to support it, and we suggest you come too!

Don’t forget that you still have the opportunity to become the “frestyl reporter” for Dancity: until the end of this week you can fill in this form and win ticket+press pass for the festival. Com’on and join the magic!

Ecco che si avvicina l’edizione 2011 del Dancity Festival, di cui quest’anno frestyl è media partner. Questo è quanto annunciano a proposito gli organizzatori (che abbiamo intervistato, sopra, in inglese!):

Il Dancity Festival 2011 “Back to the Future” si terrà a Foligno (PG) l’1 e il 2 luglio al complesso dell’Auditorium di San Domenico, a Palazzo Candiotti e all’Auditorium di Santa Caterina. Tradizione e innovazione rappresentano ancora una volta le parole chiave della sesta edizione del Festival, che unisce alcuni dei luoghi più suggestivi ed importanti della città ad una manifestazione di respiro internazionale, ricca come sempre di artisti di altissima qualità. Spazi outdoor e indoor per due giorni pieni di concerti, live & dj set, installazioni, mostre, workshop. Molte le novità di quest’anno: la parte pomeridiana del Festival, che sarà concentrata nel nuovo Auditorium di Santa Caterina; un focus sul Giappone, un paese che, similmente al nostro, ha bisogno di un rapporto dinamico con la propria storia, per conciliare un passato importante e la voglia di futuro; infine la nuova location serale, la corte di Palazzo Candiotti, che si unirà, come di consueto, all’Auditorium S. Domenico.

Come sempre tantissimi artisti internazionali:
DJ Krush (JP); John Talabot (ES); Move D + Juju & Jordash (DE, NL); Balanescu Quartet (RO, UK); Filastine (US); Elektro Guzzi (AU); Oorutaichi (JP); Tim Exile (UK); Steffi (DE); Stian Westerhus (NO); Zan Lyons vs Blade Runner (UK); Space Dimension Controller (IRL); Giuseppe Ielasi (IT); Arandel + Dancity Ensemble (FR, IT); Scuba (UK); Braun Tube Jazz Band (JP); Kink + Neville Watson (BG, UK); James Pants (US); Teamlab Net & Mjuc (JP); Dixon (DE); Felix Kubin (DE); Populous (IT); Luminodisco (IT); AD Bourke (IT); Apes on Tapes (IT); Furtherset (IT).

Dancity è il nostro mondo, il nostro modo di immaginare il futuro: transmediale, transculturale, transnazionale. Dancity è il nostro modo di rispondere alla crisi: un piccolo atto politico contro la crisi dell’immaginario, dell’economia, della cultura. Alla faccia della crisi, noi vogliamo divertirci e vogliamo farlo coi suoni, le visioni e le tecnologie del nostro tempo. E vogliamo farlo qui, a Foligno, dove si cena ancora in osteria, ci si vede in piazza, si dorme col silenzio e le sere d’estate sono calde e accoglienti.
Se dovremo estinguerci, lo faremo almeno con classe. Vieni a Foligno, prima che sia troppo tardi.


Dancity logo: purple version

E con questa premessa non si può che rimanere affascinati e incuriositi da questo festival, che, possiamo assicurarvi noi che ci siamo già stati, promette grandi emozioni. Vi consigliamo perciò di venire anche voi, e, se avete voglia di diventare i nostri reporter ufficiali del festival, avete ancora qualche giorno per compilare l’apposito modulo, che vi dà l’opportunità non solo di scrivere una recensione per conto nostro, ma anche di vincere l’ingresso e l’accredito stampa per il festival. Dunque, cosa state aspettando?


Dancity 2011 teaser

:: karmanet

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Ti piace scrivere e ami la musica? frestyl quest’anno ti dà l’opportunità di diventare il reporter ufficiale di uno dei tre festival musicali che infiammeranno l’estate italiana: MI AMI, Dancity e Streamfest.

Partecipa e ti offriamo:
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Cosa devi fare:
1. Registrati su frestyl.com se non l’hai ancora fatto.
2. Scrivi la recensione di un evento musicale a cui hai partecipato recentemente (una o due cartelle, scegli tu!).
3. Compila l’apposito form (link qui sotto).

Scegli il tuo festival:
• Per MI AMI – compila il form qui
   Deadline: 1 giugno
   Annuncio del vincitore: 3 giugno
   Date del festival: 10 – 13 giugno

• Per Dancity – compila il form qui
   Deadline: 22 giugno
   Annuncio del vincitore: 24 giugno
   Date del festival: 1 – 2 luglio

• Per Streamfest – compila il form qui
   Deadline: 20 luglio
   Annuncio del vincitore: 22 luglio
   Date del festival: 7 – 11 agosto

Sarai tu il reporter di frestyl:
Le recensioni e le interviste che farai verranno pubblicate sul blog di frestyl, e se piacciono verranno promosse anche dal festival stesso! Inoltre, avrai la possibilità di pubblicare o mandare il materiale da te creato dove vuoi tu (nel senso che non terremo l’esclusiva!).

Informazioni sui festival:
MI AMI, organizzato da Rockit, è uno dei festival di spicco nel panorama della musica italiana indipendente. Si terrà a Milano dal 10 al 13 giugno, con una la line-up che include Massimo Volume, Casino Royale, LN Ripley e Verdena.

Dancity è tra i più interessanti festival di musica elettronica della scena italiana. Le scorse edizioni hanno ospitato artisti come Carl Craig, Mouse on Mars e Alessio Bertallot. Dancity si terrà a Foligno il 1° e 2 luglio.

Streamfest è tra i più innovativi festival digitali in Italia. Non solo musica ma anche video e installazioni si susseguono nel corso di 5 giorni, in 5 diverse location del Salento. Streamfest si terrà dal 7 all’11 agosto.

Affrettateti a partecipare, l’estate musicale italiana ti aspetta!

:: il team di frestyl

Imagine an old Italian church with a gorgeous courtyard, in a historical town in the middle of Italy, turned into a stylish auditorium, which on a summer weekend suddenly becomes the stage of an experimental electronic festival that brings hundreds of people to dance all night. This is what happens every year in occasion of Dancity, a festival happening in the Auditorium Santa Caterina of Foligno, in Umbria. We went a couple of years ago and became totally fascinated by this event, a sonic and visual experience hard to forget.


Dancity logo

This year, as we previously mentioned, frestyl has become media partner for Dancity, and we’re proud to announce the first events that proceed the actual festival, which will take place the 1st and 2nd of July. Tonight, the festival has partnered with Roman organisers Exe-Cute to host an electronic music party at Lanificio 159, while next monday (2nd May) Dancity is bringing to Auditorium Santa Caterina, Foligno, in occasion of its inauguration, one of the most innovative electronic music bands of the last few years, The Books. And this is just the beginning…

Dancity has not yet fully revealed the line-up for this year’s festival, but we anticipate that it will be pretty awesome. And we’re soon launching a contest to become frestyl‘s official reporter for the festival, so stick with us!


The Books

Abbiamo già brevemente accennato una delle nuove partnership di frestyl, quella con Dancity, il festival di musica elettronica che si tiene a Foligno tutte le estati, da qualche anno, nello splendido Auditorium Santa Caterina. Dancity è un’esperienza sua uditiva che visiva, uno di quegli eventi che ti portano fuori dal mondo e ti fanno ballare tutta la notte.

Quest’anno il festival è in programma per il primo weekend di luglio (1-2) e, mentre la scaletta ufficiale non è ancora stata annunciata, sono cominciati gli eventi che lo precedono. Stasera, per esempio, Dancity, in collaborazione con Exe-cute, ha organizzato una serata di musica elettronica al Lanificio 159, qui a Roma. Lunedì (2 maggio), invece, all’Auditorio Santa Caterina di Foligno (in occasione della sua inaugurazione) si esibirà live una delle band più innovative della scena elettronica internazionale, The Books.

Gli organizzatori di Dancity descrivono lo show in questi termini:

Immaginatevi di stare in una stanza seduti per terra. Al posto delle pareti una miriade di schermi e su di loro proiettate tutte le esperienze della vostra vita virtuale e non solo. Suoni, colori, sensazioni, eroi, testimonianze, notiziari radiofonici. Gli schermi si spengono e si accendono. Nella confusione iniziate a capire la perfetta razionalità e armonia che c’è nella danza, fra le immagini e i suoni che vi circondano. Vi ritrovate inermi ascoltatori di un patchwork emozionale, di un mosaico multisensoriale e multimediale, in cui non solo la freddezza è ben presto schiacciata dalla solennità delle composizioni che ascoltate, ma ciò che vi viene raccontato è una storia ben precisa, con profonde radici e tradizioni, musicali e non. Un flusso di coscienza informatizzato e costantemente in divenire, una testimonianza epilettica della generazione dei videogames e delle flash news. Tutto questo è ascoltare i “The Books”.

Non siete curiosi ora?

Ricordiamo anche che presto annunceremo un contest per diventare il reporter ufficiale di frestyl per il Dancity, per cui preparatevi!


The Books – A Cold Freezin’ Night

:: karmanet

frestyl has been open for registration since last October. In these past months, not only we’ve been growing a lot, especially here in Rome, but we’ve also started several fruitful partnerships with local and national key players within the Italian emerging music scene. Some of them we’ve looked for, others have reached out to us, and in both cases it’s been a great experience so far and we’ve grateful to all of them. To us creating a web platform for promoting and discovering music is not only a technological challenge, but also a social one. frestyl is (and wants to become a more prominent) part of the music scene and all of the changes its undergoing, it wants to be on the streets, in the clubs, where the music plays and where many people work hard to make the magic happen.

In past blogposts we’ve already talked about two partnerships we’ve established, the first with the guys of Polimorfo and La Tua Fottuta Musica Alternativa and our second partnership with Rockit, the main opinion leader when it comes to Italian emerging music. We want to also mention a few others that are currently in progress, which we’ll cover more in depth in later posts.

A few months ago I met Stefano, who not so long ago decided to quit being in the organization of big music events and to start a PR firm for artists called Mypresslab, which helps support the promotion of emerging musicians. Through Mypresslab he also still organizes events, but now he focuses on increasing the awareness emerging music. Stefano asked us if we were interested in doing a partnership for the music contest Jammin’Felt, and we were more than happy to do so. Jammin’Felt takes place in a club here in San Lorenzo, Rome, called Felt, and selects emerging bands from March to November. Entering the contest is free, and Mypresslab provides the winner with an award package that includes a music video, a photo booklet, the recording of 3 songs and 6 months of free promotion with Mypresslab. frestyl will help out with promoting the festival, and eventually help out Mypresslab in promoting the winner of the contest. Jammin’Felt is only at its second edition, but it growing fast and we’re happy to be part of this effort to support local bands to overcome some barriers to breaking out and going national.


Detail from the Jammin’Felt flyer

Another Rome-based association, Martelive, has shown that this is, in fact, doable. Working on promoting art at 360°, Martelive has been holding, for more than 6 years running, a music contest that has launched some of the most promising Italian music talents such as This Harmony and Nobraino. We’ve reached out to them as they’re widely established in Rome and increasingly in the rest of Italy (we’ve already covered some of their packed music events in previous posts), but they still keep that drive and motivation that we love and want to support. So we’ve managed to partner with Martelive for their music contest which will run from May until September and culminate in a 3-day SXSW-style music fest here in Rome. That is indeed pretty exciting.


Martelive’s logo

We’ve also established a partnership with the local promoters 2manynights, a group of creative guys whose work spans from the organisation of music events to social media consulting. Indeed, I first met one of the guys, Enrico at the Ignite event during the Rome Social Media Week back in February, where I presented frestyl. I have yet to go to one of their events, but they promise to be a fun mix of artistic expressions in addition to some great music. Their next event (15th of April), for instance, will have a photographic exhibition accompanied by a band playing and a VJ installation.


Flyer from one of the events organized by 2ManyNights: U.F.O.

Finally, we’re really excited by a couple of partnerships-in-progress with summer festivals. They’re both awesome electronic music festivals set up in the picturesque locations of Foliglio, Umbria and Salento, Puglia: Dancity and Streamfest. We’ll help out not only with the promotion of these festivals but we will soon launch contests for all frestylers to get involved. So stay tuned!


Streamfest festival’s logo


Dancity festival’s logo

:: karmanet