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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Ben UFO: Dubstep Innovator

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Is there any genre of music that’s exploded and splintered quite like dubstep? In half a decade, it went from a handful of inner-city youths in U.K. suburbs to domination of the pop charts, co-opted by everyone from Korn to Britney Spears. So stark has been the transformation from the emotive ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Gabriel & Dresden: Happy Together?

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After a three-year break from each other, the award-winning DJ/production duo of Gabriel & Dresden is back. From their stint as Motorcycle for the 2003 international smash “As the Rush Comes” (featuring Jes) to their 2006 hit “Tracking Treasure Down” (with Molly Bancroft) and beyond, Josh ...

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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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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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Soul Clap: Deep DJ Duo

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Eli “Elyte” Goldstein and Charles “Cnyce” Levine, the Boston-based duo that calls itself Soul Clap, like keeping things in the family. Their organic musical development has been based on this ethos, they admit, whether or not they were aware of it at the time. For Soul Clap’s recent installment ...

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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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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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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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Reid Speed Says, “Play Me!”

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When American dance music runs low on ideas, it often seems to appropriate the latest British craze. At the moment, that is dubstep. Morphing from the 2-step and drum-n-bass genres, the tough drum patterns and syncopated basslines of dubstep make its appeal universal. The American translation ...

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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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