It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of everything Toolroom here at DA. If you share our obsession with tech house, then Toolroom TV should be required viewing. If don’t share our obsession with tech house, here’s your chance to turn your life around.
The half-hour web series is a fascinating look behind the scenes at the label, featuring club footage, artist interviews, and tons of excellent tracks. Episode 1 celebrated Toolroom’s fifth anniversary at the Brixton Academy, and Episode 2 expands the narrative, taking us to Miami Music week. At the DJ Mag pool party, we catch up with the lovely Cassy and SHM-killer DJ Sneak. Russian DJ/producer Nina Kraviz talks about her love for men in that slightly unsettling but nonetheless attractive manner that many Eastern European women have. We also hear from Alex Kenji, Sander van Doorn, Mark Knight (swoon), and our favorite bespectacled Brit, Funkagenda. Bonus appearances from Sasha and James Zabiela.
Later on, we delve into Manchester’s clubbing history with Eddie Halliwell, who mixed the latest compilation out on Toolroom. As some of you know, Halliwell is well-known for his technical skills and willingness to experiment with technology. He built his reputation exclusively as a DJ but has moved into production lately, and “Rock This Place,” his big-room-meets-disco monster, features on this episode’s track list.
Finally, Fedde le Grand talks honestly and frankly about the growth of dance music in America over the last three years. He opens up about the “So Much Love” music video, and his mostly-love-but-sometimes-hate relationship with his fans. Fedde wraps things up with a few insightful sentences about the need to respect dance music’s legacy while continuing to attract new fans to our beloved genre.
If you love house music and are looking to catch up with some truly remarkable artists, or simply further your EDM education, look no further. Toolroom TV is the best class around.