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The Week

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Every Thursday, Electronic Beats hosts Kikelomo, Juba and OttO Kent shine a spotlight on music, culture and what’s next. From new releases, to the week’s crucial headlines in tech, fashion, and the arts, to the pop culture phenomena and discourse shaping our feeds right now – The Week is your frequency filter for the age of everything, everywhere, all at once. The Week is a production by Telekom Electronic Beats and ACB Stories. Follow @electronicbeats on Instagram and TikTok for more news u ...
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With the Euros on, the Olympics upcoming, and everyone getting back into summertime Strandbad shape, we bring back The Week co-host Juba to chat with Otto Kent about the connections between fitness and music, and their favourite workout tunes. Also, Otto presents this week’s news: The impending shutdown of mix database MixesDB, British fashion bran…
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Her anthem “Baddest Of Them All” went viral on TikTok in 2022, hit number 1 in the UK and is now certified double platinum. Life has been a crazy ride lately for Eliza Rose. What most people don’t know is that the DJ, singer and producer from Hackney, London, has been an institution for British club culture long before she was headlining big festiv…
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The Sugababes are definitely having a moment right now. Between new music, appearances at festivals like Glastonbury and MELT, and them being all over our TikTok feeds, the legendary London group is back in a big way. As part of Deutsche Telekom’s Summer To Remember campaign, their biggest hit Push The Button has been remixed by Berlin duo DJ Heart…
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Have you been feeling too tired to go out clubbing recently? You are not alone. There is even a word for it: rave fatigue. For this week’s episode Kikelomo talks to music journalist Marie Dapoigny about how rave fatigue has become a thing, and what we can do about it as a community. Plus: a youth initiative going viral with a D’n’B tune, a new docu…
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With festival season approaching, OttO Kent invited co-host Juba to share some of their best and worst festival experiences ever. What are they hyped for in 2024? How important is the line-up? What’s their take on mega festivals like Coachella? And what about the toilet situation…? Plus: Open AIs new chatbot reminds people of the movie HER, Apple M…
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This week, Juba speaks to Shani Atani to peel back the meta and musical layers behind the ongoing beef between Drake and Kendrick Lamar, and how listeners choose sides in the digital age. Plus: fka Twigs on AI deepfakes, Eurovision Song Content controversies and the North American premiere of Daft Punk's Interstella 5555. Interstella 5555 at Tribec…
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Narciss is on a mission to make techno fun and colorful again. Born and raised in Berlin, the DJ and producer is the opposite of what their name might suggest, more like a nerdy video game fan, a 90s kid who’s grounded, humble, amazingly charming – and a queer icon in the making. After witnessing their first Loveparade in their mother’s womb, Narci…
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This week, OttO Kent speaks to Marke Bieschke of the Stud collective to learn the inspiring story of a community banding together to save a beloved local venue. Plus: an iconic house label is reborn, Black British music at the British Library, and celebrations of Rico Wade of Organized Noize and footwork pioneer DJ Rashad. Support the Stud Beyond t…
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This week, Kikelomo speaks to Ryan C. Clarke of the Dweller festival and blog about their work centering and celebrating Black artists and perspectives. Plus: Weekend One of Coachella, a BPM ban in Chechnya, anti-LGBTQ laws in Georgia, and Earth Day initiatives from EarthPercent. Read the Dweller blog Learn more about EarthPercent The Week is a pro…
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This week, Otto Kent speaks to returning guest Christa Belle about the enigmatic and very viral DJ/producer HorsegiirL – and what her popularity tells us about the current dance music. Plus: An awkward encounter with Tyler the Creator, music courses on Spotify, a new lease for the long-running Berlin venue YAAM, and a new database dedicated to gend…
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As a queer, black, female artist working with everyone from Solange to PinkPantheress, Swarovski to Ferragamo, Kelela has been pushing boundaries on representation in music and fashion since the early 2010s. After disappearing from the public and taking an extended social media hiatus, Kelela reemerged in 2023 with the critically acclaimed album RA…
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This week, Otto Kent speaks to the Berlin-based DJ and music producer Sarah Farina about her work with Chicago house vocalist Tish Bailey, and the frequent erasure of Black women from dance music history. What can be done to help change it? Plus: A new Beyoncé album, Wizkid disavows Afrobeats, YouTube introducing search by humming, and James Blake'…
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Last week, UNESCO added Berlin techno culture to its list of "intangible cultural heritage." But what made Berlin eligible for this honor, how did it earn the recognition, and what impact does it actually have? Juba finds out more speaking to Ellen Dosch-Roeingh from Rave the Planet, the Berlin-based nonprofit that helped initiate and write the app…
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James Blake just went viral with a series of tweets about the state of the music industry, including one about artists not being able to live off streaming royalties. This isn’t news, we keep having the same discussion over and over again. Which leads us to the question: Does anyone actually care about streaming payouts? Juba joins OttO Kent in the…
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It’s that time of the year again! OttO Kent invites two familiar faces to the studio to look back on everything 2023: Juba and Christa Belle. They talk about what to take into 2024 and what to leave behind: Bandcamp, BeReal, Dubstep, Fred again.., filming random people on the street? And of course they each crown their own personal record(s) of the…
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Why is there such a strong correlation between music and mental health? Our guest this week, Dr. George Musgrave, studies the psychological and working conditions of creative careers. The results turn out better for audiences than for artists. Plus: Retired detective becomes new nightlife mayor in New York and EU Parliament calls for new rules to r…
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Harry Nuriev is an architect, a furniture designer, and an artist. He describes his approach as "transformism": creating new and exciting designs with what we already have, in contrast to producing something entirely new. Whether it is sofas made out of winnowed clothes, gamer chairs covered with lace, or a swimming pool tiled like a Photoshop tran…
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With their soulful vocals and melodies divas bring themes of love, acceptance and power to the dancefloor. Kikelomo talks to someone who brings the same energy to their sets: fka.m4a. Plus: A campaign in the UK to stop the use of rap lyrics and videos as evidence in criminal trials, an AI model that can understand and identify South African languag…
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Will “AI Pins” replace smartphones? That's not the only question about new generations that we ask ourselves in this episode. OttO also talks to Anetha about intergenerational understanding and exchange in dance music. Plus: the Warehouse is returning as a touring party brand, Cassie sues Diddy for sexual assault and André 3000 releases his debut s…
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Music taste and fandom have always been tied to our identities, but today it can seem like musical genres themselves are being replaced by identity-driven scenes. At least, according to music researcher Kriss Thakrar, who recently wrote a piece for the music industry blog Midia Research. OttO Kent invites Christa Belle to the studio to discuss this…
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After Songtradr bought Bandcamp, more than half of the staff has been booted out the door. In this episode Otto Kent talks to Ed Blair, one of the union's bargaining committee members. Plus: Listening to your favourite music actually acts as a painkiller, The Beatles released their final ever song with help from AI, and subcultures like “sad girl m…
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What a time to be online. In this week’s episode Kikelomo and OttO Kent discuss whether or not artists are obligated to post on social media in the wake of political crises. Plus: Fashion labels are recruiting and exploiting models from refugee camps, UMG is now NTS's largest shareholder, US states file a lawsuit against Meta accusing the company o…
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Alcohol can be quite central and inescapable at clubs and parties. So what would happen if someone banned alcohol completely from their party? That’s basically what journalist Michelle Lhooq did at her ‘Shroom Raves’. OttO Kent talks to her about her inspiration for the idea and about what it means to create a space for experiencing other kinds of …
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Why is it more important than ever to create ‘safer’ spaces and awareness concepts in our club culture? And what can we all do, so that everybody feels safe while going out? Kikelomo talks to diversity consultant Lewamm Ghebremariam about the evolution of safer spaces, why she rather speaks about intentional spaces, and how the Netflix series “Sex …
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While West-African music is celebrating new milestones globally, the electronic music scene is still underrepresented. The Nyege Nyege festival in Uganda and its community have been a centerpoint for highlighting dance music and queer culture from East Africa. In this episode Kikelomo talks to Turkana, who’s part of the experimental Anti-Mass colle…
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Dance music from the Latin diaspora is making waves into the European scene – but who’s really profiting from the boom? This week OttO Kent talks to the Venezuelan writer and deputy editor of Crack Magazine Rachel Grace Almeida about the long-overdue attention that Latin American artists are getting, and why it’s problematic to lump all these artis…
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Should we consider turning away from the DJ booth? That’s what an older generation of ravers is proposing on social media? Kikelomo has some strong feelings about that – and even the science to back them up. She’s joined by co-host OttO Kent to dive into the debate and to talk about the history and evolution of the DJ booth. Plus: Songs as investme…
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Are demons taking over pop culture? This week OttO talks to a mystic creature herself – the british artist Sarahsson – about the current trend of playing with the devil, cybersigilism being the new tribal tattoos and how a new generation is charging their Whoppers while remixing the forbidden. Plus: African music getting some long overdue global lo…
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WTF was happening at Burning Man this year? First climate protesters were blocking the entrance, and then a rainstorm hit the desert playa so that people weren’t allowed to leave the ground. OttO – who’s an burner himself – talks to DJ Kim Ann Foxman, who’s been a Burning Man aficionado for decades. They talk about the reasons for people hating the…
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How is the electronic music scene in Ukraine keeping up and evolving since the Russian invasion? This week OttO Kent talks to Ukrainian DJ, promoter and producer Human Margareeta about keeping a culture alive and the importance of daytime raves during the war. Plus: first results of Berlin’s drug-checking program, protests at Burning Man, the unexp…
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Can a DJ set be a guided meditation? This week OttO Kent talks to DJ Gigola about dance music as body music, her album “Fluid Meditations” and how everything is rhythmical. And since they both share a soft spot for ASMR, of course they had to try it in the studio. Plus: Burna Boy making history, Boiler Room Broadcast Lab, Albania as the hot spot fo…
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Do DJs have to be influencers nowadays? Why do some people feel that it’s embarrassing to be a DJ today? This week OttO Kent is talking to music journalist Shawn Reynaldo, who wrote about the changing perception of being a DJ in a recent essay that made a lot of waves. Plus: Tomorrowland partners up with TikTok up, why ‘Rave The Planet’ almost didn…
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Did you notice sexual humour is making its comeback on the dance floor? For this week’s episode Kikelomo is talking to MCR-T and Miss Bashful about the legacy of sexually explicit songs in dance music. The couple just released what they call their “first born”: “Tootsie Pop”. Their debut album is full of horny club bangers. Plus: a pledge to boycot…
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This week Kikelomo is joined by Juba to talk about how being a DJ often clashes with being a climate activist: Where is the problem in blaming individuals? And how can the climate justice movement become more intersectional? Plus: Looking back on Glastonbury, Pharrell Williams for Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion Week, listening to Marshall Jefferson…
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Have you seen Doja Cat previewing her upcoming album live on Instagram? In this week’s episode we are deep diving into going live together with one of the most iconic queer creators on the internet right now: Berlin’s own diehuepsche. Plus: Peggy Gou going viral on TikTok, a time machine to 2010, how to get Flo Rida to perform at your bar mitzvah, …
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When Apple introduced the Vision Pro, everyone was completely hung up on the huge price tag. But is there a way we and the cultural spaces around us can benefit from such innovative, yet expensive products without having to actually own them ourselves? OttO Kent takes this question to Michail Stangl, a cultural commentator and musical curator best …
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Talking about mental health has become destigmatized – more and more artists open up about their issues with mental health: Stormzy, Santigold, Motor City Drum Ensemble and many more. For this episode DJ Mell G joins OttO Kent in the studio to talk about her debut LP ‘ISSUES’ and about her journey with borderline personality disorder. Plus: futuris…
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It’s officially Pride Month! And queer music and culture is more visible than ever. To celebrate, OttO Kent is joined by Sarah Esocoff of ‘Sounds Gay’, a new docuseries podcast that portrays queer people whose lives have been transformed by music. Plus: DJ Mag reveals its annual top 100 clubs, listening to birdsong is healthy, Miley Cyrus is NOT co…
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Everyone is feeling the cost-of-living crisis – but things are especially bad for smaller DJs and dance music artists. To understand what’s at stake here, we speak to San-Francisco-based DJ Chrissy and UK-based DJ Mina about the effects of rising prices and stagnating fees. Plus: Sakamoto curated his funeral playlist, tailgating is back, cringe DJ …
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Streaming simply doesn’t pay the bills! The discussion about streaming payouts has been going on for years. And now Snoop Dogg joined the debate: “That sh*t don’t add up!” Kikelomo speaks to Darren Hemmings of Motive Unknown about what needs to change and about what we as fans can do to support our favorite artists. Plus: a rapping pro footballer k…
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Jayda G’s resume includes a Grammy nomination, remixes for the likes of Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift, and played countless shows on some of the world’s most coveted stages. But even more importantly, she has something to say. Whether it’s speaking out on environmental issues or sharing her story as an African-American kid growing up in rural Canada to…
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Just last week, the WHO officially declared the pandemic over. But while restrictions for concerts and festivals have been lifted for a while in most parts of the world, some things haven’t gone back to normal. The Home Again festival in Berlin tries to take these changes into account. Kikelomo talks to organiser Nils Gelfort and artist Cinthie who…
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Slimzee left Rinse FM after almost 30 years. In this episode we are meeting DJ Juba to take a closer look at the station that played a massive role in shaping entire genres like grime or dubstep and to talk about the impact Rinse FM has had on herself and music culture as a whole. Plus: MET Gala-looks dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld and his cat, people…
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Chicago’s legendary nightclub “The Warehouse” was granted preliminary landmark status. This is not only a huge step towards preserving music history but also reminds us of where house music originally came from. Plus: Skrillex, Four Tet and Fred Again.. closing Coachella Weekend 2, vinyl getting an environmental upgrade, a Whatsapp Group on how to …
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How did Coachella become COACHELLA? With this year’s first weekend in the books and the second one just ahead, we turn to journalist Gabriel Szatan for an in-depth look at the festival’s past, present and future – especially regarding the discussions about Frank Ocean’s performance. Plus: COLORSxSTUDIOS team up with Apple Music, a report takes on g…
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Mochakk is one of the most exciting new artists that house music has seen in years. His unique sound – drawing from a broad range of influences, including the funk and soul of his home country Brazil – and his irresistible charisma behind the decks have turned him into a viral sensation, with plenty of musical substance to back the hype. For this E…
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Have you listened to @rpnickson’s Kanye Deep Fake? For this week’s episode we are taking a closer look at how AI technology influences music production. Plus: Goodbye to Ryuichi Sakamoto, a tribute concert by a Rosalía superfan, songs that no one listened to in 2022, why everybody is obsessed with crocs, and your weekly recommendation – this week w…
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For our debut episode, we are diving into Aslice, a technology company that is working on closing the gap between DJ incomes and producer payouts. Electronic Beats host OttO Kent is joined by techno-futurist-legend Richie Hawtin who incorporated Aslice in his recent tour. A logical step in order to keep dance music flourishing? Plus: good reasons f…
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Welcome to "The Week", the new podcast from Telekom Electronic Beats. "The Week" is your frequency filter for the age of everything, everywhere, all at once. Hosts Kikelomo and OttO Kent will shine a spotlight on what really matters in music and the culture around it. New episodes are released every Thursday – starting this very week. Follow "The W…
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Birmingham, UK born Techno stalwart Rebekah speaks with our host Gesine for the latest Electronic Beats Podcast episode. Throughout the discussion the pair touch on Rebekah’s first forays into the club world in her hometown, sexism and sexual harassment in the music industry, learning the craft of music production and sound design and her move to B…
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