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    ART DEPARTMENT: Living The Life

    IT TAKES 2 As EDM Goes Enormo, Art Department’s Dynamic Duo Keeps the Underground Fires Burning ...

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    GLOBAL STOP: CENTRAL AMERICA

    San Salvador, El Salvador—Just a week after thousands of electronic dance music enthusiasts ...

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    One Direction – ‘Story of My Life (Sevag Area-201 Remix)’ [Exclusive Premiere]

    Beginning as a full-time financial worker, Sevag left the 9-to-5 world and has become one of ...

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    Dirtyphonics’ View from the Booth

    Pitchin and Charly—Dirtyphonics’ DJ duo—are poised at the edge of a wobbly table that ...

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    Martin Garrix: Studio Animal

    Apparently, age is simply just a number for Martin Garrix. With a U.K. chart-topper and two ...

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Case & Point: Boston-Strong Electro-House

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Case & Point: (from left) TJ Pointe & Casey Vadum By Shannon Horowitz Case & Point, two upcoming Boston DJ/producers, have been working tirelessly for the past year, and the positive results are rolling in. In January, the duo—Casey Vadum and TJ Pointe—released “Savage,” an ...

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25th Anniv. Moment: Jam Master Jay – June, 2000 [Interview]

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King of Rap: Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay Surprised DJ Times With His Visit to DJ Expo West. So, As Longtime Fans, We Decided to Stalk Him. It Went Like This… Originally published: June 2000 It’s a Friday afternoon in the college town of Athens, Ga., during the early summer of 1985. ...

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25th Anniv. Moment: Skrillex – July, 2011 [Interview]

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Originally published: July 2011 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 ...

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Why Armin van Buuren Almost Ended ASOT, and What Changed His Mind

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Miami Beach, Fla. – It’s the week before Christmas and I pile into an SUV with Armin van Buuren and crew at the Fontainebleau Hotel. Before we know it, we’re streaking north up I-95, discussing van Buuren’s whirlwind year. Like many of his recent professional escapades, this trip will represent ...

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DEVolution: Garage-Infused House, Take Two

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For many recent converts to the sound of garage-infused house, it seems that DEVolution has only been on the scene for a short while. The U.K. duo’s success with the 2013 “Arrival” EP (Black Butter Records) put them on the map and into the hands of established Black Butter DJs like Kidnap Kid, ...

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25 Million Views Later, DJ Duo Eton Messy Transcends YouTube

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It’s a common complaint among DJs. In between the producing and the performing, looking after one’s social media—that multi-channel A.D.D.-centric funhouse of updates, hashtags and misinterpreted quotes—begins to feel like a chore. Unless, of course, you’re Adam “DJ Beluga” Englefield or ...

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Martin Garrix: Studio Animal

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Apparently, age is simply just a number for Martin Garrix. With a U.K. chart-topper and two Beatport No.1’s under his belt before his 18th birthday, the Dutch DJ/producer entered 2014 on the heels of a prolonged hot streak. After the mega-success of “Animals,” one of 2013’s biggest festival ...

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Will Sparks: ‘It was as if I had some kind of drug problem–with music’

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Just a couple of years ago he was a guitarist in a local Melbourne rock band. Then, the discovery of an unguarded back entrance to a local club playing techno so inspired a teenaged Will Sparks that he started pestering mates to teach him Ableton Live. Obviously, he learned well because his ...

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Nicole Moudaber’s Dark, Percussive Techno Has Heads Turning

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  “[Some DJs] drive stick-shift cars, and [others] drive super-cars”   Amsterdam, Holland – Getting out of a taxi and striding through Amsterdam’s Westerpark neighborhood, you’re soon struck by the massive Gashouder building peeking through a dense set of trees. ...

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One Direction – ‘Story of My Life (Sevag Area-201 Remix)’ [Exclusive Premiere]

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Beginning as a full-time financial worker, Sevag left the 9-to-5 world and has become one of the tri-state area’s hottest up-and-coming DJ/producers with a string of monstrous house remixes of pop’s biggest tracks and a residency at New Jersey’s Mister East. We caught up with Sevag to talk ...

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Blonde Ambition: Blond:ish on Festivals & Remixing Depeche Mode

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Atlanta — Hailing from Montreal before settling in London, Blond:ish—the tech-house duo comprised of Anstascia D’elene and Vivie-Ann Bakos—has played all over the world and remixed the underground’s hottest names, from Maya Jane Coles to Luca C & Brigante. The eclectic pair is ...

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Jamie Jones Talks Ibiza & Vegas Ahead of Sold-Out Marquee NYC Show

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As a solo DJ/producer, Hot Natured band member, and Hot Creations label co-founder, Jamie Jones does it all. After a busy 2013 that saw the release of Hot Natured’s debut album Different Sides of the Sun, two solo EPs, as well as his Paradise Ibiza residency, Jones is keeping the momentum going ...

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Eliot Lipp Talks Sampling, New Album, Gem & Jam Festival

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After ten years and eight albums, Eliot Lipp is no stranger to electronic music. We featured his remix of El Ten Eleven’s “No One Died This Time” in a #FreePlayFriday roundup last summer, but Lipp has kept busy since then by releasing a considerable amount of original material and a delivering ...

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DVS1: Back to the Old School

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Playing Tough Techno & Throwing Devoutly Underground Events, Minnesota’s DVS1 Maintains a Quaint, Yet Effective DIY Ethic Brooklyn, N.Y. – As I step out of the taxi between the Wythe Hotel and Output—New York’s hottest late-night destination—I notice that the freezing rain hasn’t let up a ...

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Marcus Schössow: On a Roll

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With 14 years of DJ and production experience, Sweden’s Marcus Schössow is no novice—and in 2013, he really put it all to good use. Coming off a year of heavy touring—which included big shows at London’s Ministry of Sound and Hollywood’s Avalon club— Schössow can also look back on a busy studio ...

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Dirtyphonics’ View from the Booth

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Pitchin and Charly—Dirtyphonics’ DJ duo—are poised at the edge of a wobbly table that precariously holds their decks/mixer combo onstage at the Orange County Observatory. After a few prepping shouts to the suburban SoCal audience, Pitchin flies into the fans’ waiting arms to the pulsing sounds ...

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25th Anniv. Moment: Richie Hawtin – Nov, 2001 [Interview]

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20/20 VISION: Richie Hawtin Sees The Future of DJing: Less Perspiration, More Innovation. Originally published: November 2011 The irony in not lost on Richie Hawtin. As a minimalist, no electronic artist has done more for dance music by doing less. An as a technophile’s technophile, not ...

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25th Anniv. Moment: A-Trak – Jan, 2007 [Interview]

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Battles Behind Him, A-Trak Pushes Turntablism’s Boundaries, Finds His Comfort Zone With Kanye West Originally published: Jan, 2007 In some artistic circles, topping oneself isn’t really a challenge anymore. Case in point: Montreal’s DJ A-Trak. Why? By the time he was old enough to vote, ...

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Danny Howard Rides The Airwaves to US Debut

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New York City — Over the past two years, Danny Howard has gone from unknown to dance-radio powerhouse. Since winning BBC Radio 1’s Superstar DJ competition in 2011, Howard has gone on to host his weekly Dance Anthems program on the station as well as gaining backing from Paul Oakenfold and ...

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Style of Eye: ‘It’s Been Completely Mad’ Producing Icona Pop

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Your mother may tell you that nothing good happens after dark, but Linus Eklöw—better known as Style of Eye—would disagree. Over the past few years, the Swedish DJ/producer has amassed an all-star list of production credits that includes remixing Swedish House Mafia, Kylie Minogue, and Dada ...

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Hot Since 82: Bigger Than Prince?

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He may be known as Hot Since 82, but Daley Padley’s true breakthrough year was 2013. After a huge summer of parties in Ibiza, Padley’s brand of deep house pervaded throughout the dance world due to the success of his slinky remix of Green Velvet’s “Bigger Than Prince.” He’s proven himself to be ...

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23-Year-Old Mat Zo Is Just Getting Started

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With the anthemic “Easy,” he topped the Beatport charts this past year alongside Porter Robinson. Then, with Chuck D on the mic, he rode to the top of the Billboard Dance Chart with the funkier “Pyramid Scheme.” He’s a firm favorite of big-room DJ-megastars as varied as Tiësto, Skrillex and ...

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BT on New Production Tech: ‘Holy S**t!’

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Emotional Technology: As BT Tours Behind Album No. 9, We Find That He’s Still Embracing the Future Las Vegas – Brian Transeau stands before 2,000 fans at DEF CON 21 in the Rio Hotel and Casino this past summer. He wears a T-shirt, gives the crowd a wave and says how good it feels to... Read More

25th Anniv. Moment: The Roots – Jan, 1997 [Interview]

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Longtime Philly Crew Finally Gets Its Props on “Illadelph Halflife” Album Originally Published: January, 1997 The Roots are here! Trust me, if you’ve been getting reports since 1993 about this group from Philadelpia like I have, then I’d say they must have some kind of ...

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25th Anniv. Moment: Nas – May, 1994 [Interview]

New York Newcomer Hooks Up With All-Star Producer On “Illmatic” Debut LP Originally published: May 1994 Perhaps it an be attributed to something funky in the water, but there’s been a steady flow of talented MCs and DJs who have streamed out of the mighty borough of Queens, N.Y., over the past ...

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DJ White Shadow: Lady Gaga’s Go-To Guy

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As a Writer/Producer for Lady Gaga Since 2011, DJ White Shadow Has Been Living the Dream. Just Call Him Music’s Latest 20-Year Overnight Success. You may not realize it, but DJ White Shadow has been all over the airwaves since 2011. After a chance encounter with Lady Gaga in an L.A. club he was ...

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The Asphodells: Cosmic Disco & More

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“If you’re doing something you believe in,” says Andrew Weatherall, “the worst anyone can say is that they don’t like it—it’s just a matter of taste. If you’re doing something you don’t really believe in and someone says they don’t like it, it’s no longer a matter of taste because you know in ...

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Cassy’s Big Year

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As Cassy Britton finishes up 2013, it’s hard for her not to look back and realize that she’s had quite a year. Not only did she release her splendid Fabric 71 mix comp—with its tasty combo of techno and house flavors—she also began a quarterly residency at Brooklyn’s ultra-hot Output club ...

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Sister Act: Nervo Talks Starting a ‘Revolution’

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Australian twins Mim and Liv Nervo kept themselves very busy in 2013, with a string of successful singles—including “Revolution,” their collaboration with R3hab and Ummet Ozcan—and a worldwide modeling contract with CoverGirl. Next year looks to be no different, with the pair recently announced ...

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Marcus Schossow: Wild Child

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With 14 years of DJ and production experience, Marcus Schossow is no novice. Coming off a year of heavy touring—which included shows at London’s Ministry of Sound and Hollywood’s Avalon Nightclub—Schossow has also flexed his production muscle. With a big collaboration with fellow Swede Adrian ...

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Jeannie Hopper’s Liquid Sound Lounge Turns 20

If you know anything about NYC’s underground dance culture, the name Jeannie Hopper travels in very good circles as an ambassador of the scene and ardent supporter on the airwaves. She wears many hats—DJ, radio host, producer, label owner, music programmer and station manager for Art ...

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In The Studio With… Rudimental

In electronic-dance music, it’s rare when an artist easily and effectively spans genres, but that’s exactly what Rudimental has done The British foursome—Amir Amor (producer, keys, guitars), Kesi Dryden (keys, percussion), Piers Aggett (keys, DJ) and Leon Rolle (DJ)—pick a different style and ...

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25th Anniv. Moment: Daft Punk – May, 2001 [Interview]

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One More Time: Four Years After Its Filter Filled Splashdown, Daft Punk Returns With Discovery – Complete House Beats, Disco Sweeps and, Yes, Plenty of Vocoders Originally published: May 2001 Taking their name from a review in an English music tabloid that described the indie rock band ...

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Claude VonStroke: The Dirtybird Way

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With “Urban Animal,” Claude VonStroke Keeps the Quirky Fun Rolling Everything about Claude VonStroke is fun. Amongst so much faceless techno, so much house that sees itself as some serious, transcendental art form, the man born Barclay Crenshaw and his all-conquering dirtybird crew ...

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Detroit Swindle’s Bounce

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Musically speaking, Maarten Smeets and Lars Dales stand like a totem between the Detroit of today and the Detroit of yore. But what gives these Dutch DJ/producers and house revivalists the chutzpah to actually call themselves Detroit Swindle? “We wanted to honor our musical heritage, but not be ...

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GETTING IMMUNITY Jon Hopkins, it seems, has a mental block about DJing. “I don’t actually do that,”claims Hopkins. But when the British pianist/producer is reminded that, in fact, it is what he does for arenas full of expectant fans at Coldplay shows, he admits, “I forget about that.” Easy to ...

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Krewella Comes Alive, Brings Youthful Enthusiasm to Stadium-Sized EDM

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As many of us know, a night of clubbing can be separated into three phases. You have: The Pregame—warming up, getting ready, getting to the club, getting in; The Party—the sweat, the crowd, the dancing; and The Aftermath—the cool down, getting home, sitting in your car exchanging stories, ...

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Little Boots Takes the Discotheque Global With New Live Set

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Earlier this year, British singer Little Boots—real name Victoria Hesketh—released Nocturnes, the long awaited follow up to her 2009 glittering synthpop debut Hands. The Italo dance and nu-disco-inspired LP came after Boots spent a period of almost two years playing DJ gigs all over the world. ...

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In The Studio With Alex Niggemann: New Label Chief

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Alex Niggemann is a hard man to pin down. Though he considers himself a house DJ, his productions and DJ sets transcend genre boundaries, as they easily range from taut, techy tracks to vocal-centric floor-fillers. He’s recently launched his own label (AEON) and he kicked it off by releasing ...

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Tracy Young: Woman’s World

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When it comes to experience and playing big gigs, not many DJs compare to Tracy Young. With over 20 years of spinning and studio work to her name, the Virginia native has played nearly everywhere—from major club venues to exclusive private events, like Madonna’s wedding. Her studio credits ...

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Blake Jarrell: Vegas, Baby

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Las Vegas – Sometimes you have to look back to move forward. Such is the “dilemma” for popular DJ/producer Blake Jarrell. In an EDM world of copy-cat tracks and relative sameness, Jarrell says he wants to re-evaluate his own studio approach. He’s made his name with hands-in-the-air trance ...

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Eats Everything: Hungry for Success

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These days, Eats Everything’s sub-heavy bombs are destroying dancefloors around the world, but it wasn’t always an easy trip up the ladder for the English DJ/producer. Luckily for Dan Pearce, his success has been a testament to the powers of hard work. Known professionally as Eats Everything, ...

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Miss Kittin: Less Gear, More Music

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For this story, we connected with Miss Kittin from Paris, just as she was experiencing two distinctly different, but no less momentous occasions. Just as she prepared for the release of her expansive double-CD Calling From the Stars [wSphere], she announced that she was selling many of her ...

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DJ Muggs’: Bass for Your Face

Secret Weapon: Muggs says it’s his record collection.

Most casual music fans know DJ Muggs for the massive hip-hop hits he produced for Cypress Hill and House of Pain in the 1990s. In fact, HOP’s “Jump Around” remains a reliable party starter—from nightclubs to catering halls and sports arenas. “I constantly experiment with sounds like The Beatles ...

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tINI’s White Island Grooves

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Most DJs are plenty happy to play Ibiza. But what would it be like for a DJ/producer to actually live and work there? One jock who fits the bill is tINI—aka Germany’s Tini Günter. After meeting Loco Dice a decade ago on the Spanish party island and playing gigs with him, she joined his ...

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Doing It Right

In the Booth: Matar spinning at Cielo’s Paradizo party.

Inspired by Ibiza, DJ Nicolas Matar Opened Cielo. Ten Years On, It Remains the Jewel in NYC Nightlife. New York City – A full decade ago, Manhattan nightlife was enduring another of its periodic shifts. The legendary Twilo had closed —and, relatively speaking, Arc and Centro-Fly weren’t far ...

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ART DEPARTMENT: Living The Life

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IT TAKES 2 As EDM Goes Enormo, Art Department’s Dynamic Duo Keeps the Underground Fires Burning Nearly three years on, the scene is oft-repeated. The pinging opening synth lines to Art Department’s “Without You” waft over a club sound system, and the crowd reacts with a knowing hum. By the time ...

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Ben UFO: Dubstep Innovator

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Is there any genre of music that’s exploded and splintered quite like dubstep? In half a decade, it went from a handful of inner-city youths in U.K. suburbs to domination of the pop charts, co-opted by everyone from Korn to Britney Spears. So stark has been the transformation from the emotive ...

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Noir: Playing Proper House

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Bitten by the EDM bug as a Danish youth and deeply influenced by Detroit’s techno godfathers, René Kristensen finally hit the DJ decks in 1996. But it wasn’t until 2005 that Kristensen (aka Noir) broke through with his now-classic track, “All About House Music” (Wyze). It was shortly followed ...

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Chris Lawhorn’s Fugazi Edits

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Indie-rock fans haven’t heard brand-new material from Fugazi since the iconic quartet went on “indefinite hiatus” more than a decade ago. Through its Dischord Records website, the D.C.-based quartet did treat its followers to an amazing digital vault of live recordings in 2011, but that wasn’t ...

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Jody Wisternoff: Dongles & Distance

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Jody Wisternoff insists he does not wear a purse. Instead, he describes his carry apparatus for global gigging: “It’s a big black-leather, manly bag,” he asserts. “A DJ briefcase—vintage by the way.” OK, so what’s in his bag? “Two USB dongles,” he says of his traveling DJ-music library. “It’s ...

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Global Groove Network: Q&A with Director Courtney James

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New York, NY—Filmmaker Courtney James needs your help. For the better part of a decade he has devoted his life to documenting his journey through what he dubs the “Global Groove Network,” or GGN. Yet another overarching moniker for the infectious dance music culture and lifestyle, the GGN is a ...

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In The Studio With… Toddla T’s Watch Me Dance

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By Justin Hampton Unlike their forebears, young bucks like Tom Bell (aka Toddla T) don’t have to legitimize dance music—they just have to jockey for position in an even more crowded musical landscape. Most choose to align themselves with a specific genre, but U.K. jock Toddla T has won himself ...

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Still Flying High

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Eric Prydz, one of dance music’s more prolific hitmakers. holds a certain mystique over many fans. Part of the mystery might be the deep respect offered the Swedish DJ/producer by his contemporaries, but also likely is the fact that he is much scarcer on the North American clubbing and festival ...

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In The Studio With Zedd: Going for Clarity

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Like much of L.A., Anton Zaslavski gets a lot of his work done from behind a computer, while blissfully sipping a soy iced chai latte from Starbucks. But these days, things are moving a little faster for the Russian-born/German-bred producer (aka Zedd). From remixing Skrillex to traveling with ...

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Rising & Falling: Layo & Bushwacka!

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The week of their new album’s launch party, Layo Paskin and Mathew Benjamin—aka Layo & Bushwacka!—are in great spirits, but on seemingly two different planets. Paskin is writing a script and working on opening a restaurant with his sister, Zoe. Benjamin is getting accustomed to his newly ...

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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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Kristina Sky: Sky’s the Limit

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A 90-year-old man channeling Moses in a toga handed out dried cranberries inside a strip club. The light of the Ugly Duckling used car lot sign glowed across the street. On that night in the mid-1990s somewhere in Van Nuys, Calif., mini Adidas backpacks and furry things abounded, while a ...

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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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Zeds Dead: Dynamic Duo

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In 2004, the guys from Zeds Dead began as a hip-hop production team known as Mass Productions. But over time, the duo’s style evolved into a winning amalgam of dubstep, glitch, breaks and electro-house. Now, with several releases on Mad Decent, Dim Mak, Ultra, and Hypnotic Records, music ...

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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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Erol Alkan: Bugged Out/Bugged In

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When working in the studio, Erol Alkan is a hoarder—in the best possible way. The trailblazing DJ/producer never throws away any piece of music he creates. In fact, the identifiable synth riff from “Lemonade”—his 2010 collaboration with Boys Noize—was fished out of the trash and slapped onto ...

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Ferry Corsten: Full On!

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As Electronic Dance Music continues to grow and its events become larger spectacles, for good or ill, it’s not just about DJs mixing two records anymore. Nonetheless, fans—especially newer ones more accustomed to festivals than clubs—have come to expect more for their entertainment dollar. They ...

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The Disco Fries: School Ties

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In the past few years, we’ve had a front-row seat for The Disco Fries’ rise up the EDM ladder. During its appearances at the DJ Expo’s annual “Remixer/Producer” panel, the New York-area duo—Nick “Piklz” Ditri and Danny “Danger” Boselovic –has dropped valuable dollops of studio wisdom for show ...

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In The Studio With Ȃme: Deep Delights

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This summer, German DJ/production duo, Ȃme, celebrates a decade in dance with the release of its first CD of new material in six years. Ȃme Live [Innervisions] is a typically warm and eclectic affair, with tunes by Underworld, Roy Ayers, Unkle and a host of others skillfully reworked beyond ...

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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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Armin van Buuren: A State of Trance

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Miami Beach, Fla. —By his own admission, Armin van Buuren rarely grants lengthy interviews. Nonetheless, DJ Times managed to connect with the mega-popular Dutchman for an unhurried talk earlier this year. After he’d touched down in Miami during his A State Of Trance 550 World Tour—he was ...

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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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Idjut Boys: Goodbye, Kick Drum

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The Idjut Boys have been involved in producing and DJing for nearly 20 years. But it’s only now that the U.K.-based duo of Daniel Tyler and Conrad McConnell has released its first artist album, Cellar Door [Smalltown Supersound]. Less aimed at the dancefloor and more so for the bedroom or the ...

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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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Morgan Page: In the Air

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This year, Coachella cloned itself. While the promoters’ intention may have been to bring different sets of fans to the Indio, Calif.-based festival for each semi-identical weekend this past April, it required double trips for the actual talent. So, we caught up with Morgan Page as he was about ...

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In The Studio With VibeSquaD: Bangin’ the Bass

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As American bass music continues to blow up, many EDM fans (and DJs) are just now getting introduced to some of its longtime practitioners. So, in that spirit, meet Aaron Holstein—aka VibeSquaD. Before succumbing to the wobblier side of EDM, the Denver-based dubstep master was a touring jazz ...

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Flosstradamus: Dropping Bombs

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It’s rare for DJ/artists to stay afloat in the ultra-competitive world of dance music for nearly a decade without steadily producing their own music. But a combination of party-starting remixes, years of non-stop touring, and support from head honchos like Diplo and A-Trak have kept Midwestern ...

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Paul van Dyk: EDM Evolution

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In the four-and-a-half years since DJ Times last interviewed Paul van Dyk, the EDM scene in America has undergone a dramatic and positive transformation. To a veteran of the scene like PvD, however, the real culture of clubs hasn’t changed all that much. It just took awhile for America to catch ...

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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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Chuckie: Global Phenom

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Known to clubbers for his Dirty Dutch sound, Chuckie has taken his hard-edged house vibes around the world several times since his 2009 breakout. Maintaining one of EDM’s busiest schedules, Chuckie—aka Clyde Sergio Narain, 33—has managed to increase his workload Stateside. In between Ibiza ...

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Kaskade: America’s Best DJ

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Six months after taking the 2011 America’s Best DJ title, Kaskade remains a little giddy. To hear him tell it, he’s just as excited about DJing and making music as he ever was, certainly as much as when he fell in love with it all as a suburban Chicago teen listening to B96 radio and... Read More

In The Studio With Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike: Go-To Mixers

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Over the span of two-plus years, Belgian brothers Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike have enjoyed a rapid ascension, and much of that comes from their high-profile remixes. Their studio work and its variety are impressive: The discography includes energetic mixes for Swedish House Mafia (“Leave the ...

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Photek: Hollywood Swingin’

By Lily Moayeri It seems that Photek is all about putting himself in uncomfortable positions. Early in his career, the British DJ/producer enjoyed critical and commercial success with his original drum-n-bass tracks and saw packed DJ appearances in his home country. But that wasn’t enough, ...

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Markus Schulz: Trance-Global

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Los Angeles—The scene outside Avalon isn’t untypical for a Saturday night. Fans stream steadily into the club and, by 1 a.m., a line begins to form down Vine Street. Once again, the Hollywood Hustle is on. But what’s different about tonight’s festivities is its air of blissful familiarity. This ...

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In The Studio With MK: House Master

Loved as much by underground garage heads as he is major-label pop stars, Marc “MK” Kinchen remains one of U.S. house music’s living legends. Raised in Detroit, MK earned his production stripes under the tutelage of Kevin Saunderson, went on to DJ around the globe and release a slew of seminal ...

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Adrian Lux: Making Moves

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It’s become clear by now that the Swedes are taking EDM by storm, and the latest addition to the ranks is Adrian Lux. The model-turned-DJ/producer—aka Prinz Adrian Johannes Hynne, 25—began his career behind the decks rocking reggae and hip-hop parties. But soon enough, he’d begin to make huge ...

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12th Planet: The King’s Tour

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Athens, Ga.—Overlooking a typical downtown-Saturday-night street scene from the Georgia Theatre’s rooftop bar, it was hard not to entertain a degree of irony. Why? In a couple hours, this newly rebuilt venue—in a town known for its longtime devotion to traditional musicianship and all things ...

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Miami 2012 Preview: Chuckie

Chuckie: Two big Miami gigs. In preparation for Winter Music Conference ...

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Miami 2012 Preview: Axwell

Miami 2012 Preview: Axwell In preparation for Winter Music ...

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Miami 2012 Preview: NERVO

Miami 2012 Preview: NERVO In preparation for Winter Music Conference ...

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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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Dave Clarke on Techno & Integrity

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Dave Clarke, the legendary “Baron of Techno,” is back. One of the most uncompromising and electrifying DJs of his generation, Clarke returns this month with a thunderous new Fabric 60 mix CD and—like it or not— he’s back in the international spotlight all over again. Famously describing himself ...

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Amon Tobin: Media Massive

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One of the most-discussed live-music events of the past year was Amon Tobin’s ISAM tour. Since its mid-year premiere at Montreal’s MUTEK festival, electronic-music lovers have been clamoring to see this spectacular show. And after a global jaunt that saw Tobin hit 17 tour stops in 13 cities, ...

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Droog: Main Culprits

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Los Angeles—If the hype is to be believed, there appears to be something in the once stagnant water of L.A.’s underground scene. In its four years of existence, production trio Droog—Andrei Osyka, Brett Griffin and Justin Sloe—has played a big part of that city’s growing notoriety. In its ...

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Cosmic Gate’s American Jaunt

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In 2010, we caught Cosmic Gate raising the roof of Amsterdam’s massive Passenger Terminal during the “Synergy” event. Fast-forwarding a year, we found the German duo burning it up in closer confines—Manhattan’s esteemed Cielo club. It was easy to see that, no matter the venue’s size, Cosmic ...

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Steve Aoki: Wonderland & Beyond

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Some may envy Steve “DJ Kid Millionaire” Aoki for his privileged upbringing. Others may scoff that his flamboyant live-show antics—like crowd-surfing in an inflatable kayak (aka “white raver rafting”)—are mere gimmicks. But, what may seem to EDM purists as a device, in actuality is rooted in ...

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DJ Q45: Media Maven

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Kenneth Eric Williams stands as proof that turntablists can realize dreams beyond winning DJ competitions. Known professionally as DJ Q45, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based Williams has transitioned easily into other media—namely, TV and radio. His outlets are many. On television, he’s the monthly ...

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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… Porter Robinson’s Spitfire

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Already, 2011 has been a big year for Porter Robinson. The Chapel Hill, N.C.-based DJ/producer has played some of America’s largest festivals; he’s supported Skrillex and Tiësto on separate tours; and he was commissioned to offer up a gnarly, underground remix of Lady Gaga’s otherwise anthemic ...

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Gabriel & Dresden: Happy Together?

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After a three-year break from each other, the award-winning DJ/production duo of Gabriel & Dresden is back. From their stint as Motorcycle for the 2003 international smash “As the Rush Comes” (featuring Jes) to their 2006 hit “Tracking Treasure Down” (with Molly Bancroft) and beyond, Josh ...

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