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Music has lost a legend! RIP DJ Rashad.

DJ Rashad, born Rasahd Hardem, a leading producer in Chicago’s footwork scene, dies Saturday afternoon. According to The Chicago Sun-Times, Rashad was found unresponsive by a friend on the city’s West Side at 1:30 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 34.

The Chicago police suspect a drug overdose, drugs and drug paraphernalia were found near the body. On Sunday, an autopsy proved inconclusive. Toxicology studies are being conducted to determine how he died. Police have confirmed there were no visible signs of injury.

Born Rashad Harden, the producer and DJ was a pioneer of ‘footwork’, an electronic-oriented music genre that originated in Chicago and has been big around the city for more than a decade, named forits lightning-fast dance moves. It marries dreamy synthesizers, bursts of brutally fast beats and R&B samples to classic stepper’s movements and hip-hop dancing. It started out in high school gyms and neighborhood dances on the South side and the West side and has long since crossed over to clubs and rock festivals.

Rashad’s father told the Sun-Times his DJ son was a big part of the local music scene, having started out as a DJ when he was 10-11 years old. “Since he was a kid, he’s been doing this,” Harden said. “He knew what he wanted to do, and a lot of us don’t get a chance to make our dream come true.” Rashad performed throughout high school with dance troupes before turning more to spinning records at parties and for WKKC, the Kennedy-King College radio station, and helping to develop footwork, which centres around dance battles. He was the most prominent member of the Teklife crew.“He shared his music with everyone that would listen,” Rashad’s father said. “He’s been all over the world, taking footwork all over the world. He’s done quite a bit over his short time.”

Rashad’s most recent album Double Cup was released last October by the influential British label Hyperdub, and he has an EP,We On 1, scheduled to come out on vinyl, today, April 28th via Southern Belle Recordings.

Via Chicago Sun-Times.com

Future Music Festival in 2013 Line-Up, Dates and more+

From its humble beginnings back in 2006 at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse, Future Music Festival has morphed into a colossal beast of an event, touring the country in March. This over 18years old event is set to pop off, with the line up already announced and tickets are now for sale. Tickets for the event can be found on Moshtix website here^, just click the city event you wish to attend and click purchase.

Where  & When:

Saturday 2nd March 2013 Brisbane– Doomben Racecourse – Hampden St Ascot QLD 4007  Australia

Sunday 3rd March 2013 Perth (Labour Day Long Weekend)– Arena Joondalup – Joondalup Drive, Joondalup WA 6027 Australia

Saturday 9th March 2013 Sydney – Randwish Racerouse – Gate 1, Alison Rd Randwick NSW 2031 Australia

Sunday 10th March 2013 Melbourne – Flemington Racecourse – 448 Epsom Road, Flemington Victoria 303 Australia

Monday 11th March 2013 Adelaide – Bonython Park – Port Rd Thebarton SA 5031 Australia

^ Note: moshtix are not selling for the Perth festival at this time

Special Guest PSY (Gangnam Style)
Bloc Party – Dizzee Rascal – Azealia Banks – Rita Ora
Boys Noize (Live debut) – Hardwell – The Temper Trap – FUN.
Madeon – Rudimental – Ellie Goulding – Steve Aoki
Gypsy & The Cat – A-Trak (Live)
Kill The Noize – Feed Me (Live) – Zeds Dead
DJ Fresh – Nervo – Zane Lowe – Borgore
The Stafford Brothers & Timmy Trumpet – Tenzin – Bombs Away

 feat Sven V th – Richie Hawtin
Ricardo Villalobos – Seth Troxler – Magda

WAKE YOUR MIND feat Cosmic Gate feat Emma Hewitt
W&W – tyDi – Andy Moor – Super8 & Tab – Ben Gold

If you and your friends are heading to the event let us know by leaving a comment! We like to know who you are looking forward to see at Future Music Festival and which event you are actually attending! Thanks guys and we will see you all there!

DJ/Producer Martin Dawson’s Shocking Death – R.I.P


On 12th November, news broke out that the British DJ/producer Martin Dawson had died overnight in hospital following an aneurysm.

Known also as King Roc and nicknamed Hawk, he was additionally one half of the Two Armadillos alongside Giles Smith. His 2009 album ‘Chapters’ was met with critical acclaim by the dance press worldwide. Still recognised as one of the most genre-defining deep house albums of its generation, it scored ‘album of the month’ in our pages and received a nomination for Best Album at our Best Of British 2009 awards.

During a career spanning over ten years, he switched to making music under his own name in 2010, delivering deep house treasure ‘Sunday Smoking’ (featured on his last LP with the same title in 2011), as well as productions alongside GlimpseJay ShepheardTim Sheridan and Andre Cromfor lauded labels Crosstown RebelsHypercolourMoodmusic and Leftroom.

Based in Berlin for the last part of his career, he was regarded within the industry as an affable character with exceptional talent as a producer and DJ. Much loved by those lucky enough to come across him, Martin – the man and the music – will be sorely missed.

Production partner and close acquaintance Giles Smith offered this testimony in memory of him:

“I have lost a great friend. We met casually at secretsundaze years ago but that memory is hazy. Our friendship was cemented whilst he worked in Phonica and we decided to work together. From the first studio sessions in 2006 it was clear that we had a strong chemistry that was of course rooted in music but most of all emanated from the fact that we got on so well, laughed so much together, were both extremely open people (we told each other pretty much everything) and both shared a love of cakes and beer (not at the same time i hasten to add!).”

He continued; “Its a cliche to hear these things when someone passes away but he genuinely was one of the nicest, warmest and loving people I have ever met. He always had time for people and certainly a lot of patience with me! It goes without saying as a producer, DJ and working alongside me as an engineer his skills and knowledge were totally exceptional. I was so happy to find someone that could help me realize some of the ideas I had.”

“I will also remember Martin most as being one of the few people that talked as much as I do and i will miss him hugely.”

Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends on this tragic death which shocked us all.