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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Ibiza-ness As Usual

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This past July, several of us from DJ Times had the pleasure of spending a week in Ibiza, exploring what the indisputable dance music mecca had to offer clubbers in its 2012 season. As of late, bloggers and reporters alike have been trying to herald Las Vegas as the “New Ibiza,” but we can ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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