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    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

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    Triple The Pleasure: Lee Foss, MK, & Anabel Englund on Pleasure State

    Based on seamless pairing of Anabel Englund’s sultry vocal stylings and Lee Foss’ trippy tech ...

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    Seven Lions Shares His Top Seven Production Tips

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

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SBTRKT Recalls Craziest ‘Wonder Where We Land’ Stories

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SBTRKT’s much-anticipated sophomore LP, Wonder Where We Land, is out in the UK today via Young Turks and will be released in the USA and Canada on October 7th. We sat down with the masked producer during a recent visit to New York and he shared some of the most fascinating ...

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Lady Starlight Talks Techno, Live Performances, & Touring with Lady Gaga

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For anyone who’s caught one of the shows from Lady Gaga’s intercontinental artRave: The ARTPOP Ball tour this year, Lady Starlight’s percussive-heavy techno performances will be instantly familiar. The New York City-based DJ/producer has been a close creative partner for Gaga since their ...

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Yves V Talks TomorrowWorld, Tomorrowland Residency, & New Single

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Atlanta, GA is a home away from home for Yves V. Over the past seven years, the Belgian artist has performed as a resident DJ at Boom’s massive Tomorrowland festival just steps away from his front door. However, he made a cross-continental journey last September for the festival’s inaugural ...

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Andrew Rayel Talks Album & DJ Sets ahead of TomorrowWorld Performance

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Achieving harmony doesn’t have to be a quiet event when it comes to trance hotshot Andrew Rayel. After his track “Aether” caught the attention of Armin van Buuren, Rayel joined the Armada Music family, leading to a series of big releases, performances, and collaborations through the Dutch ...

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Ultraviolent: Hook N Sling on Lana Del Rey Remix & Upcoming Collaborations

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With an endless stream of party-ready beats and no shortage of soaring melodies, Anthony Maniscalco has the dance community hook, line, and sinker. Adopting the stage name Hook N Sling, Maniscalco has released a stream of high-profile collaborations with some of EDM’s biggest stars, including ...

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Blast Off: Kaz James on ‘Show Me All Your Love,’ Roots, and Production

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The summer’s winding down, but Australia’s Kaz James is bringing the heat with his new single “Show Me All Your Love.” Out now on ONELOVE, the track is a glittery disco-house number with triumphant chords and jubilant vocals. The track serves as a follow-up to “Blast Off” (James’ collaboration ...

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Melbourne’s SCNDL Talks North American Tour, TJR Remix, & Studio Setup

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Big room house and Melbourne Bounce come together via Austalian duo SCNDL. Comprised of Tom Grant and Adam Amuso, the pair has been on the rise since its 2011 formation. Choice releases—including a remix of MAKJ’s “Hold Up” and originals “Gypsy” and “Bleed”—led to support from Tommy Trash, ...

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Calling All Heroes: Adventure Club Breaks Out Big from Rock Roots

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – “Is this for print? Shoot, we better sit really still.” says Christian Srigley, one half of Canadian EDM duo Adventure Club. Not that other member Leighton James takes much notice. He’s caught sight of a video recorder on the desk between us, and is busy trying to work ...

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Sonic Youth: Cole Plante on Studio Setup and Debut LP

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New York City – It’s a Friday afternoon in Chelsea, and Cole Plante is at his hotel preparing for his performance later that night up the road at Pacha NYC. For most in the dance world, this scene is a standard scenario. However, the situation becomes far more interesting when you take into ...

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Doing the dirtybird: J.Phlip on Playing Vinyl, Detroit Movement, & More

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Acid techno, booty shaking, and filthy basslines: these are just a few of the things that anyone catching J.Phlip’s live sets is sure to experience. As part of Claude VonStroke’s dirtybird label, J.Phlip (aka Jessica Phillippe) has emerged as a dark horse of sorts with a white-hot heat streak ...

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heRobust Shares His Top 5 Production Tips

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It’s a busy month for heRobust. In addition to dropping “Pump This”—a slimy big room collaborating with SNAILS for OWSLA—last week, the Atlanta-based DJ/producer delivered a guest mix for Sway In The Morning and is prepping for the release of his next track “Rain On Em” on September 22. ...

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Sébastien Léger: 20 Years On

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When it comes to French house-music royalty, Sébastien Léger stands tall amongst an elite set of pioneers and innovators. His storied career as both a DJ and a producer is long, illustrious compilation of top-notch production, a diverse output, and a signature that’s undeniably his own, as ...

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DJ Dan: Nothing But a Party

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Los Angeles — As a club and rave staple for over 20 years, DJ Dan been described as the hardest working man in dance music. The description is an apt one, as just this year DJ Dan has managed to release a brand new album, in between his constant touring and the running of his... Read More

AC Slater Talks Night Bass US Tour

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Photo by Kaitlin Parry AC Slater is bringing his signature dose of deep low-end and late-night debauchery on the road this fall with his Night Bass tour. The tour represents an extension of his monthly Los Angeles party series of the same name and will see the DJ/producer joined by his peers ...

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Dreams: Tough Love on Toolroom Records & UK House Influences

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This summer has been anything but rough for rising UK house duo Tough Love. Following the release of their single “Dreams” earlier this summer on Mark Knight’s Toolroom Records, the pair has teamed up with French G House team Amine Edge & DANCE for The Perfect Love EP, out today on Tough ...

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Hot Shots: Rebecca & Fiona on ‘Beauty is Pain’ & Their Swedish Musical Family

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Anyone who’s caught a DJ set from Swedish pair Rebecca & Fiona is aware that these two know how to start a party. With a DJ style that channels the energy of 90s rave culture through a uproarious Swedish electro filter, the girls have torn up festivals and clubs alike since taking up DJing ...

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DJ Times Nexus Radio 008: Mixed by Le Castle Vania

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Although he originally hails from Atlanta, GA, Dylan Eiland’s musical output has had little influence from the Dirty South. Since adopting the moniker Le Castle Vania, Eiland has created a discography of high-octane electro house bangers that have caught the eyes of even America’s Best DJ 2013 ...

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Psychedelic Journey: Feed Me on New Tour, EP, & Kill The Noise Collab

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Jon Gooch isn’t afraid to show his teeth. As the man behind the devilish alias known as Feed Me, he’s produced a body of work that transcends the typical genre boundaries of electro house and dubstep. Of course, it’s just one part of his multifaceted artistic persona, which also includes his ...

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Club Life & Beyond: Tiësto on Sharpened Songcraft, Corporate Sponsors, & State of EDM

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New York City – “I happened to see an old copy of DJ Times from around 2001, with me on the cover, just last week—I thought, wow, so much has happened to me since then. It’s been wild.” Tijs Verwest, the Dutch DJ/producer known to millions of dance-music aficionados as Tiësto, has just a ...

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DJ Times Nexus Radio Episode 007: Mixed by Destructo

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No one knows how to party HARD quite like Destructo. As the founder of HARD Events, Destructo—the stage name of Gary Richards—is no stranger to the fundamentals of planning massive electronic music shows and festivals. In addition to preparing for the upcoming HARD Red Rocks and HARD summer ...

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Overdrive: Oliver Heldens on UK No.1, New Single, and the EDC Main Stage

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Between genre mainstays like Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, and Fedde Le Grand, it’s no small task to break into the upper echelon of the Dutch dance music scene. However, Oliver Heldens flipped the script with 2013’s “Gecko,” his debut single on Tiësto’s Musical Freedom label that blurred genre ...

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Prime Time: Justin Prime Hits NYC

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By Michelle Fetky New York City – Justin Prime, the Dutch progressive and electro house DJ and music producer, is making a rare appearance in NYC tonight at Melrose Ballroom. Caffeine Events & Bass Connection are bringing to Astoria, Queens, over 10 hours of music, featuring over 20 artists ...

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Advancing Men: Groove Armada on Warehouse Raves & Moda Black Compilation

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British duo Groove Armada has spent the past year exploring its underground club roots, going back to basics by eschewing its live band performances in favor of DJ sets and house basslines. The boys showcased this sound earlier this year on their three-track Moda Black EP Pork Soda, and dropped ...

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Smile: Dada Life on New Single, SubPac, and Hot Air Balloon Voyage

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 “One Smile” is the name of Dada Life’s new single, and there aren’t many titles that could be better fitting. Over the past few years, the Swedish pair—comprised of Olle Cornéer and Stefan Engblom—has become infamous for its raucous live shows, party-inducing productions, and curious obsession ...

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Too Much: Bright Light Bright Light Talks New Album, Ableton, & DIY Marketing

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New York — Following an initial foray into music with folk-inspired releases under his given name, Welsh DJ and singer-songwriter Rod Thomas transitioned into electronic productions after adopting the alias Bright Light Bright Light. After four years of learning to produce, finding his sound, ...

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‘Logical Evolution’: Chus + Ceballos on Debut Album, Label, & The House Explosion

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When it comes to Chus + Ceballos, both the weather and the house music are always tropical. The Spanish DJ/production pair—consisting of Chus L. Esteban and J. Pablo Ceballos—has played to crowds across the globe together for well over a decade, amassing a rabid fanbase with their joyous sets ...

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The Way It Is: Kove on New Single, Festivals, & Ibiza

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It’s been a whirlwind year for UK DJ/producer Kove. After getting his start on Andy C’s RAM Records imprint Program Recordings, Kove—real name James Rockhill—found his tracks in the hands of artists like Chase & Status before scoring big with his 2013 single “Love For You.” Now, he’s ...

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In Deep: Pleasurekraft on Production Approach & The US Underground

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Self-described as a “simultaneously visceral and cerebral experience,” Pleasurekraft has been laying down dark basslines and intricate grooves to legions of fans since the release of the 2010 tech house smash “Tarantula.” The elusive duo—comprised of Kaveh Soroush and Kalle Ronngard—has since ...

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Shakedown: Freemasons on New Album & Dance Music’s ‘Noise Fest’

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Divas, drama, and disco moments: these are just a few of the essential ingredients of the Freemasons. The Brighton, UK-based DJ/production duo achieved club ubiquity with a series of anthemic reworks of pop smashes from Beyoncé, Kylie Minogue, and Kelly Rowland in addition to their own ...

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KILLIN’ IT: Carnage Goes from Bedroom Producer to Top EDM Draw

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As I’m talking to Carnage, who’s in Miami for a quick one-off show, I can hear him move the phone away from his mouth mid-conversation… then order some nachos from his waiter. It’s a revealing, unguarded moment because, unlike many dance-music producers, Carnage is not the jaded type, certainly ...

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DJ Times Nexus Radio Episode 004: Mixed by DJ Dan

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With over 20 years experience, DJ Dan has remained a dance music staple with a continuous stream of electrifying performances and tight productions. Now based out of Los Angeles, the DJ/producer balances his musical career with running his label InStereo. He released his latest studio album ...

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J.Phlip Talks Vinyl, Her Surprise Detroit Movement Set, & Verboten Show

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Acid techno, booty shaking, and filthy basslines: these are just a few of the things that anyone catching J.Phlip’s live sets is sure to experience. As part of Claude VonStroke’s dirtybird label, J.Phlip has emerged as a dark horse of sorts with a white-hot heat streak of demolishing festival ...

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Sébastien Léger Talks 20 Year Career Anniversary

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When it comes to French house royalty, Sébastien Léger stands tall amongst an elite set of pioneers and innovators. His storied career as both a DJ and a producer is a long, illustrious compilation of top-notch production, a diverse output, and a signature that’s undeniably his own as evidenced ...

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Swanky Tunes Talks New Single ‘Fire In Our Hearts’

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Good things come in threes, a saying personified succinctly by Russian group Swanky Tunes. With a discography comprised of raging EDM anthems—including collaborations with fellow Russian trio Hard Rock Sofa and America’s Best DJ 2013 Kaskade—the group has amassed a global following in its ...

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Triple The Pleasure: Lee Foss, MK, & Anabel Englund on Pleasure State

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Based on seamless pairing of Anabel Englund’s sultry vocal stylings and Lee Foss’ trippy tech house productions and DJ sets, it’s hard to believe there was a time before the duo had met. Before Englund had even dreamed of donning the leather catsuit for her role as a vocalist on “Reverse ...

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Seven Lions Shares His Top Seven Production Tips

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In a sea of DAWs, plugins, hardware, and a near-infinite number of other things to turn your bedroom into a music studio, it can be easy to lose sight of the basics of sound design and setups when crafting tracks. The importance of speaker placement, frequency sweeping, and knowing where to ...

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DJ Times Nexus Radio Episode 003: Mixed by Bright Light Bright Light

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It’s hard to pin Bright Light Bright Light into one role. After early musical dabbles with folk music, Rod Thomas drew inspiration from a classic Gremlins scene for his new stage name, hoping to channel his early influences from 80s house and electropop for a new artistic identity. Now mixing ...

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PREMIERE: Kronic’s Handstands & Hangovers Episode 7

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With a series of hot electro house productions and remixes, Australia’s Kronic is a hotshot artist to watch out for. His bootleg of David Guetta & Showtek’s “Bad” was featured as part of #FreePlayFriday last month, and now he’s back with the latest edition of his Handstands & Hangovers ...

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MK Thinks Future DJs Will Never Touch Vinyl

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House icon Marc Kinchen (aka MK) talks about how new technologies are shaping the future of DJing. MK’s long production career has given rise to some of dance music’s most iconic tunes. In this video, he talks about how new technology inspires creativity in DJing and brings him ...

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Going Deep: Adrian Lux Talks New ‘Make Out‘ EP

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Not many male models have successfully made the transition to global DJ and critically acclaimed producer, but Adrian Lux has done it in style. With a full artist album under his belt when we last spoke to him in our September issue, Lux has since played B2B with Ferry Corsten, released ...

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New Hardkiss LP ‘1991’ Hearkens Back to Summer of Love

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In 1991, San Francisco was experiencing a second Summer of Love, but one impacted more by turntables than guitars. Still, like the hippie-rock scene that preceded it 24 years prior, its heady vibe began to carry year ’round for the Bay Area’s DJ/dance denizens. It was during this freewheeling ...

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Inspired: NERVO on New Mix Compilation, Influences, & Songwriting

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London — If you’ve had any exposure to dance music over the past few years, it’s hard to miss NERVO. The Australian-born, London-based sisters—Mim and Liv, who sports the longer hair—have become electronic titans after a cavalcade of anthemic tracks, main-stage festival performances, and ...

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Sleepy & Boo Talk Marquee NY Residency with Ticket Giveaway

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Since Marquee New York’s reopening in January 2013, making plans for a Friday night has become much easier thanks to Sleepy & Boo. The DJ pair—comprised of husband and wife duo Mike and Begoña—has run the club’s Friday nights since the renovations, booking some of underground dance music’s ...

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Teen Duo De$ignated Usher in New U.K. Bass Sounds

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If Hollywood has taught us anything, it’s that older brothers are trouble. They get you into compromising situations, make you rebel, get you into dangerous hobbies. They’ll lead you astray. Luckily for Nima Bazrcar, his script read a little differently, as his brother had a blueprint for ...

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Uner on Acoustic-to-Digital Techno & His Diynamic Debut

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In the world of techno, Spanish DJ/producer Uner has become a notable force in recent years. He broke out in 2009 (collaboratoring with Coyu) on “Raw Sweat,” a tight, groovy EP for Diynamic. Two years later, Uner scored another underground hit for the label with the deep, chugging “Bassboot” ...

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Yeah Boy’s Johnny Castro Talks Parachute Youth, Pharrell, & US Debut

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It’s impossible to get enough of Johnny Castro these days. The Australian singer/songwriter has just released his US debut Can’t Get Enough EP via Big Beat Records as Yeah Boy, showing off a marked departure from the alternative sounds of his former band Parachute Youth. The new identity ...

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Markus Schulz: ‘Stop Facing the DJ’ & ‘Start Facing the Party’

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London, England – Nine flatscreens, hanging from the Ministry of Sound’s high ceiling, are staggered in banks of three across the dancefloor, away from the DJ booth. The striking HD footage pierces the smoke and lasers, accentuating the sharp melodic synths that are a fundamental part of Markus ...

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‘Glow’-ing: Tensnake’s Groovy Debut Fulfills His Dreams of Youth

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Inspired by his older brother’s disco records, Marco Niemerski caught the music bug early. “The first record I can remember I had in my hands was a Best of Chic record,” says Niemerski (aka Tensnake). “I remember I saw those guys there with suits, like having fun on the cover, and I grew up ...

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25th Anniv. Moment: DJ Tiësto – Jan, 2003 [Interview]

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In the Melodious World of Trance, Holland’s DJ Tiësto Rules the Dancefloor. Originally published: January 2003 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, ...

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Cash Cash: Working Overtime

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Back in 2008, you may not have known about Cash Cash unless you were a frequent Hot Topic shopper or avid attendee of the annual Vans Warped Tour. The band-turned-DJ-trio—currently consisting of brothers Jean Paul and Alexander Makhlouf and Samuel Frisch—began its music career as an ...

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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]

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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

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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

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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

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Miami 2012 Preview: NERVO

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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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Modeselektor: Berlin Calling

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The world is littered with DJ/producers claiming to be “unique.” But few, if any, can match up to Berlin’s underground-to-overground heroes, Modeselektor. The duo’s DIY approach and explosive, indefinable sound have made them one of the most exciting EDM acts on the planet today. Modeselektor’s ...

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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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Dirty South: Strictly Banging

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Dirty South may not be as well-known as EDM stars like David Guetta or Swedish House Mafia, but upfront club jocks the world over always keep an eye out for his work. Why? Same reason those very EDM stars love to work with him—Dirty South makes rough, banging beats that fire up a dancefloor. ...

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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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In The Studio With… Paul Kalkbrenner: Beyond the Screen

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Paul Kalkbrenner exhales nonchalantly in a prescribing voice over the telephone line from Berlin: “You know, I don’t really think I want to talk about the movie anymore—I just want to concentrate on talking about the album.” And with that, the whistling sound of a cigarette being inhaled cuts ...

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Randy Boyer: A Career in Trance

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Sometimes there are no shortcuts to success in the DJ game. That’s especially the case when you’re from Connecticut, a state whose biggest claim to fame is being located between two other states with big cities—New York and Boston. But that never deterred Randy Boyer. Despite pursuing his craft ...

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David Guetta: Life at the Top

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It’s one thing for a DJ to enjoy one of the highest pay grades within the nightclub and dance-music industries. It’s entirely another when he’s entered the daily cultural discourse. But that’s exactly what’s happened with France’s top musical export, David Guetta. A recent example: When 2011 ...

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Soul Clap: Deep DJ Duo

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Eli “Elyte” Goldstein and Charles “Cnyce” Levine, the Boston-based duo that calls itself Soul Clap, like keeping things in the family. Their organic musical development has been based on this ethos, they admit, whether or not they were aware of it at the time. For Soul Clap’s recent installment ...

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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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Dave Nada: Moombahton Man

By Justin Hampton In an increasingly networked and globalized planet, what happens in a quinceañera event in Monterey or a beachside club in Bali can now directly influence the party thousands of miles away. So make way for moombahton, which couldn’t come soon enough for mainfloor techno/house ...

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Soviet Panda’s Twin Cities Takeover

By: Jim Tremayne Minneapolis—We say it all the time: If you’re a DJ and you don’t like the scene you’re in… then, get your hustle on and create a new one. That’s exactly what DJ Peter Lansky (aka Soviet Panda) did, and four years later he’s still running the hippest dance night in the Twin... ...

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will.i.am: Bridging the Gaps

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As the leader of The Black Eyed Peas–arguably the biggest commercial pop group of the moment–will.i.am’s take on electronic-dance music and his forays into DJing might actually surprise you. Unlike other mainstream artists who have only recently discovered the joys of DJing, will.i.am (aka ...

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In The Studio With… MANIK: Way of the Warriors

By: Jim Tremayne Lucky for underground DJs seeking a varied playlist, Chris Manik’s music can’t be too easily categorized. As evidenced by his “McLovin’ You” EP (Culprit) or his 17-track debut, Armies of the Night: I Declare War (Ovum), he doesn’t step to one beat, yet he’s adept at plenty. ...

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In The Studio With… Eclectic Method: Video Mashers

By Justin Hampton Las Vegas—People are sailing in and out of the Zumanity Stage before the 4th Annual Mashable Award show gets under way, and U.K.-based VJ troupe Eclectic Method are setting the tone with A/V collages marrying “The Sound Of Music” with “Groove Is In The Heart,” and layering ...

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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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It’s All Gone Pete Tong—Again.

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“It’s All Gone Pete Tong” entered the vernacular long ago, but neither the Cockney phrase nor the legendary DJ who inspired it ever really left the world of club music. And now, as this coming party season appears on the horizon, it’s even become an official brand. How’s that? After three years ...

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ATB: Marquee Man

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Las Vegas—From his perch just above the Marquee masses, André “ATB” Tanneberger can see that his melodious mix has rubbed the dancefloor into a lather. The new club’s clean and powerful Funktion-One sound system offers the perfect vessel for his boomy lift-offs and hook-filled breakdowns, so ...

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In The Studio With: Beats Antique’s Electronic Fusion

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By: Justin Hampton It’s New Year’s Eve, just a few minutes before midnight, and Beats Antique is onstage at the Sea Of Dreams party in San Francisco, showing the home crowd just how far they’ve come. As longtime members of the Bay Area’s Burning Man culture, Beats Antique is hardly out of step ...

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J.Rocc Steps Out Front

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It only took two decades, but J.Rocc is finally getting out front and center as an artist. After forming the all-star DJ crew The World Famous Beat Junkies in 1992, the legendary turntablist has amassed plenty of work as a valuable collaborator. Early Junkies’ releases (The World Famous ...

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Q-Bert: And Still Champ…

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Since the age of 15, QBert (aka Richard Quitevis, 41) has dedicated his life to using the turntable as a musical instrument. In doing so, he’s become one of the world’s best-known and, more importantly, most-respected practitioners of the art of scratch. QBert’s journey is well-known and ...

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In The Studio With Haneef Raisani: True Believer

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Think you can’t find quality house music deep in the heart of the Middle East? Then check out Raisani Records. Based in Abu Dhabi in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates—an area more culturally liberal than many of its immediate neighbors—the label is the loving endeavor of a Haneef Raisani, a ...

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Reid Speed Says, “Play Me!”

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When American dance music runs low on ideas, it often seems to appropriate the latest British craze. At the moment, that is dubstep. Morphing from the 2-step and drum-n-bass genres, the tough drum patterns and syncopated basslines of dubstep make its appeal universal. The American translation ...

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Wolfgang Gartner: Front to Back

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New York City—It’s late January and the East Coast is suffering from one of its most treacherous winters in history. The New York streets are lined with mountains of snow and the sidewalks are sparse. But inside the walls of Pacha, Manhattan’s premier super-club, the crowd is thick with ...

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TOKiMONSTA’s Future Beat

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By: Danna Hawley The beat scene in Los Angeles is heavily primed by Flying Lotus’ wondrous Brainfeeder label, with each individual artist initiating their own blend of experimentation. Genre- and gender-bending producer/performer TOKiMONSTA (aka Jennifer Lee) does her part by feeding futuristic ...

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Cosmic Gate: Still Raging After All These Years

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Amsterdam, Holland—Each year, the Amsterdam Dance Event offers a few pleasant surprises and this past year Cosmic Gate was one of them. Playing the middle of the “Synergy” bill at the massive Passenger Terminal, Cosmic Gate’s Nic Chagall and DJ Bossi wowed the room with a deft mixture of ...

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Avicii: Youth Is Served

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New York City—We first connected with Avicii this past summer, while the Swedish sensation was visiting Harlem’s Stadiumred Studios to work on a track with ultra-soulful vocalist Jeremy Carr. Our interview time was brief. Studio time, after all, is money. Afterward, we caught his DJ gig at ...

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In The Studio With Alex Niggemann: To the Deep End

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In a very short four years, Germany’s Alex Niggemann has risen through the ranks of EDM’s top talents. In 2006, the Dusseldorf-born DJ/producer gained notice with his remix of Booka Shade’s “Darko” and he subsequently released tracks on labels like Meerestief, Micro.fon and Moonpool. Audiofly ...

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BT: New Frontiers

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For over 15 years, Brian Transeau (aka BT) has become one of the foremost pioneers of electronic music. He has successfully blazed new sonic trails, while remaining on the bleeding edge of technology. BTs musical journey began at the age of five. Born in Rockville, Md., he started off studying ...

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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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Pretty Lights: A New Kind of Star

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Derek Vincent Smith has a knack for seizing opportunities. Rather than spurn P2P, he (alongside Girl Talk) pioneered a free distribution model for all his recorded Pretty Lights material. To date, he’s racked up 800,000 downloads on his website (prettylightsmusic.com) for his six LPs and EPs, ...

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Ferry Corsten: Once Upon A Night…

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Amsterdam, Holland—Call it inevitable. But four days into the Amsterdam Dance Event—with the evenings spent listening to house, techno and breaks DJs—we finally stuck our toes into the trance pool. Of course, it only confirmed what we already knew: When it comes to trance, it’s not a pool—it’s ...

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Ferry Corsten Unravels Dutch Dance Music Dominance

DJ Ferry Corsten explains why the Dutch dominate the dance music industry

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DJ OBaH Finds the heart of Brazilian Soul

Last year, Brooklyn-based DJ OBaH got a call from Ocote Soul Sounds leader Martín Perna, the multi-instrumentalist perhaps better known for his work with TV On The Radio and Beck. Would OBaH—as in “Old-school Beats and Harmonies”—like to remix a track from Ocote Soul Sounds’ CD, Coconut Rock ...

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GLOBAL STOP: CENTRAL AMERICA

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San Salvador, El Salvador—Just a week after thousands of electronic dance music enthusiasts slogged through two star-studded days of Ultra Music Fest in Miami, a party with fewer pretensions and perhaps a little more passion launched a second round of fun on the Central American isthmus. ...

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