Rusko: Kapow!

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Los Angeles—At first glance, Rusko doesn’t seem like any sort of threat to business as usual. Fresh out of an inaugural meeting for his newly formed recording label, Rusko Recordings, the DJ/producer also known as Chris Mercer sports the tousled sandy brown mullet, unshaven face and ...

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In The Studio With Cold Blank: On The Agenda

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Take one part electro-house sizzle and several handfuls of raw ambition, and you’ve got Cold Blank, the LA-based studio team that’s lit up the Beatport charts the past couple years. The duo, comprised of DJ/producers Chris Gaspar and Manuel Luquin, built its career from a local club night ...

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DatsiK: Bigger Bass!

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Thousands of dubstep producers there may be, but practically every North American basshead, if asked, can name a handful of DJ/producers that define what’s big, bold and blown-all-the-way-out-to-hell in the scene: Kill The Noise, Excision, Downlink, 12th Planet and Canada’s Troy Beetles (aka ...

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In The Studio With Tritonal: Piercing the Quiet

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If you want to gauge the sheer enthusiasm of trance music’s global fanbase, you’ve got to check the Twitter reactions to the genre’s well-known podcasts. Following Armin Van Buuren’s “A State of Trance” and Above & Beyond’s “Trance Around the World,” for example, the popular insta-platform ...

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Audrey Napoleon & Her Robots

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By Justin Hampton In several ways, Audrey Napoleon could be seen as a model DJ. For starters, she’s already warmed up for Deadmau5 and scored a headlining slot on this summer’s national IDentity Festival, just three years after picking up the trade while a waitress at Hollywood’s Geisha House. ...

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In The Studio With Noisia: The Special Edition

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Producers may have their preferences when it comes to genres, but the producer’s producer generally has a surefooted grasp of each one. For the Dutch production collective Noisia (stylized as NOISIΛ), the default for the past decade has been drum-n-bass, but those in the know—most notably ...

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Dada Life: Welcome to Dada Land

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Los Angeles—It’s a typically beautiful day on the Santa Monica coastline, and just 24 hours after Dada Life stormed the ramparts of Coachella, as part of a festival lineup dominated by EDM acts. For the past three months, the Swedish DJ/production duo has been holed up here, waiting out a ...

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In The Studio With Maya Jane Coles: Filtered

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Even in this age of unprecedented exposure for EDM around the globe, deep-house fans can take heart in knowing that 24-year-old Maya Jane Coles will be all theirs for much of the foreseeable future. Since jumping onto the scene in 2008 with the “Sick Panda” EP, Coles has charmed the Resident ...

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In The Studio With Nero’s Welcome Reality

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While Skrillex and Bassnectar were busy claiming the States for dubstep, back overseas, a drum-n-bass production duo made good on its intuitive foray into dubstep’s low end. Indeed, Nero managed to dominate the discussion on the dubstep’s rise to the top, thanks to the U.K. Top-40 success of ...

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Skream & Benga: Foundational Figures

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The intro sounds truly fit for a king—or in this case, kings. Before they can even drop a beat or crack wise on the international airwaves, the MC has to make it known: “OK, ready to turn the page to the next chaptah… REAL. I need everybody to get one hand in the air, one... Read More

In The Studio With… Shpongle’s Simon Posford

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Simon Posford really can’t complain today. The British-born producer has some chores, but nothing he considers terribly stressful. No, he’s kicking back at his girlfriend’s house in Los Angeles, and all he needs to do before hitting the road again is to work on a remix of Blues Traveler’s 1994 ...

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DJ Shadow: Entering the Shadowsphere…

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In the 2001 documentary Scratch, Josh Davis is asked about his record collection, which at the time made getting around his then-home in the sleepy college town of Davis, Calif., somewhat difficult for the camera crew. “It’s sort of like a big pile of broken dreams—almost none of these artists ...

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Mary Anne Hobbs: EDM Progressive

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English DJ Mary Anne Hobbs may be the rarest of all things—a music professional that never burns out on new music. Speaking from her inaugural stop on her national Road Warrior tour in Seattle, the former NME journalist and BBC Radio 1 DJ enthuses articulately and endlessly about the entire ...

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Bassnectar: Bass In Your Face

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The photos on the Facebook say it all. No matter where they’re taken—EDC Las Vegas, Red Rocks, The Dave Matthews Caravan, Bonnaroo or any given festival stop—they all tend to look alike. In the background, a massive, surging crowd of kids stretches back well into the distance, and in front, a ...

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His Name Is Skrillex

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Burbank, Calif.—Just look at him—smoking a cigarette, sporting his massive hipster lenses and goth-kid cargo pants as he steps outside a rented soundstage, where he’s preparing for his Coachella performance in a few days. Depending on where you lie in the spectrum of opinion surrounding Sonny ...

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In The Studio With… Designer Drugs: Through the Prism

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By: Justin Hampton “I’d like to put Nine Inch Nails on our next Datamix,” Michael Vincent Patrick confesses as he discusses the 13th installation of Designer Drugs’ popular online mixtape series, “Or maybe Marilyn Manson.” After all, somebody’s gotta hold it down for the dark side in New York ...

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In the Studio with… Mike E. Clark

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Say what you will about them, but the business of the Psychopathic Records family—home to Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Dark Lotus and many other fine representatives of the Juggalo hip-hop aesthetic—is never dull. And no one plays a larger role in constructing its sound than its longstanding ...

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TRANCE-ATLANTIC STAR

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In the Melodious World of Trance, Holland’s DJ Tiësto Rules the Dancefloor. To some ears, dance music may be nothing without the rhythm and the groove, but as the rise of progressive trance amply illustrates, one cannot underestimate the importance of melody, either. For as the world’s biggest ...

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