September 20, 2014

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Kaskade: America’s Best DJ

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 ...

Markus Schulz: Trance-Global

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 ...

12th Planet: The King’s Tour

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 ...

Amon Tobin: Media Massive

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 ...

Steve Aoki: Wonderland & Beyond

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 ...

Skream & Benga: Foundational Figures

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 ...

Modeselektor: Berlin Calling

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 ...

DJ Shadow: Entering the Shadowsphere…

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 ...

David Guetta: Life at the Top

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 ...