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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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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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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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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Tracy Young Brings Genesis to NYC (Q&A and Free Download)

When it comes to experience, not many compare to Tracy Young. With over 20 years of DJing to her name, she’s played nearly everywhere. One of her biggest events is her yearly Genesis party, a New Year’s Day celebration taking place in Miami. She’s partnered with Live Nation to bring Genesis to ...

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Disclosure Disclosed!

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Miami, Fla. – In case you’re a club DJ living under a rock and haven’t heard the news… Disclosure is on quite a roll these days. Hailing from suburban London—Reigate, Surrey, to be exact—the young sibling duo Guy and Howard Lawrence broke relatively quickly. After one 2010 release, they really ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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… 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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