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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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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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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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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DJ TIMES FEBRUARY 2012 DIGITAL EDITION

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DJ TIMES FEBRUARY 2012 DIGITAL EDITION’s iRig NEW ...

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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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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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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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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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Why Your Shazam Habit = Cheating

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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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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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Banksy Film Exploits Handicapped Children, Drum-n-Bass

British street artist Banksy has been tattooing buildings for nearly 20 years, and his random art of vandalism has stirred in the public a ravenous response. A film documenting his exploits, Exit Through the Gift Shop, out tonight in select cities before a nationwide rollout, offers the first ...

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Vinyl Life: Analog Assasins

If you tagged Vinyl Life as “old-school,” chances are the NYC-based trio wouldn’t be insulted. Though they might prefer to be called “authentic,” the guys in Vinyl Life—producer Butcha, MC Phaze Future and keyboardist Richie Roxx—know what kind of sound they want to push—one that grooves with ...

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