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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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