London-born producer and singer James Blake is arguably one of electronic music’s best hidden gems. His debut album, James Blake (2011), was nominated for a Mercury Prize but it wasn’t until 2013 that Blake’s talents earned the prestigious award through his sophomore album, Overgrown. Winning out over major competitors such as Disclosure and David Bowie, the accolade has enhanced the young producer’s credibility and momentum as a musician to a new level.
In a recent interview with Billboard, Blake admitted that it’s difficult even for him to characterize his sound in words. Earlier this month, he was in a New York City cab explaining to the driver that he was to perform at the famed Terminal 5. When asked what kind of music he produced, Blake responded, “It’s kind of electronic.”
Moby has long been a progressive figure in the dance music universe, standing up for causes like veganism, animal rights and net neutrality. Now he’s championing BitTorrent as a means to release music into an ever-evolving digital world, making the stems for his latest album Innocents available for fans to remix without legal restraint as a BitTorrent Bundle.
In a recent interview with Mashable, the Grammy-nominated artist adopted a less-than-popular industry stance in saying he believed producers who made the effort to make a remix using his stems deserved to profit from it.
“When people try to control content in the digital world, there’s something about that that seems kind of depressing to me,” Moby said. “The most interesting results happen when there is no control. I love the democratic anarchy of the online world.”
It’s not every day that you get to sit down with a dance music pioneer like Giorgio Moroder. It’s safe to say I was struck by a reverential awe as I approached the acclaimed Italian producer at HARD Day of the Dead. Sitting silently in his dark, clean suit jacket, Moroder had an aura of authenticity about him. Whether it was the signature brazen mustache or the curious look in his eyes, Moroder exuded a worldly sophistication: there were years behind those eyes — experiences of immeasurable depth and significance. It was evident in his voice, from his stuttered hesitations to intermittent bursts of laughter. This was no ordinary musician, but a legend.
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It all began in March 2012 when Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz played their first back-to-back set at Godskitchen in Birmingham, which inspired another collaborative set at Tao Beach, Las Vegas. In Novemeber, the duo’s third ever tag team occurrence took place in Washington, DC. Arguably, that seven-hour back-to-back set, which garnered SiriusXM’s attention and was aired live in the US on Electric Area, made history. Believe it or not, their simultaneous bookings at Echostage in 2012 were a complete coincidence. At the time, they were still just Ferry and Markus.
Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen, or Laidback Luke, is now 37: a living legend in a young man’s game. Despite all his accomplishments, Laidback Luke is always looking ahead at new projects that fascinate and interest him. Right now, one of his passions is helping the next generation by passing on the decades of wisdom he has acquired over the years.
“I love helping people find their way.”
Laidback Luke pauses before elaborating further: “I’m helping 45 kids, and I take them on very young, about 16. I’m looking for people looking to put in hard work, [and] make sacrifices.” The Dutch producer sounds focused and inspired with a million ideas swimming in his head.
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Armin van Buuren recently spoke to Fusion about the surreality of his career, “something that [he] can’t put his finger on.” As a DJ and producer whose wholehearted belief is in trance, the Dutchman is proud of the accomplishments he has made, despite acknowledging that he could have even more fans had he chosen to produce house instead. More importantly, he speaks out on the stigmatized “rave scene” that EDM connotes, arguing that drug use occurs at all concerts, whether we’d like to acknowledge it or not. He reminds fans, “You don’t need drugs to have an amazing time.”
Despite using the term “EDM” many times throughout his interview with Fusion, Armin admits that it is not his label of choice. Regardless, the genre illustrates more sway than one might think. “The fact is, is that it’s no longer just a phenomenon, or hype. It’s a cultural thing. It’s something that moves a generation of people… It’s a celebration of life and this is not going to go away.” While it’s impossible to tell what the future holds, the “God of Trance” seems quite confident that dance music has made a new home for itself and is here to stay.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Deadmau5 gives fans insight as to what they can expect from his new music, and the concept behind his latest work. With 12 songs that he is confident in so far, Joel says ”there’s this really sordid, pretty vibe” to his masterpieces, most of which were influenced by Radiohead’s “Codex.” As always, the mau5 prefers to keep his records vague and open to interpretation, rather than keeping them rigid and uniformed.
After unveiling his stunning, 70-track Essential Mix back in February, it became clear that Mat Zo was no ordinary artist, but rather, a visionary of sorts — someone who not only saw hope in the nooks and crannies of dance music, but inspired promise through his own creativity and belief. Today marks a special day for Matan Zohar: his debut LP, Damage Control, has finally been released. It’s an album that’s been brewing, shifting, and materializing for four years now. Having journeyed through Damage Control at least ten times, it’s safe to say that all the hope, the hype, the rampant enthusiasm surrounding Mat Zo’s debut album… all of it has been justified. This is one for the ages.
We caught up with Mat for some insight into his astonishing new LP, released today on Astralwerks. Through an extensive interview, Mat elucidated the inspirations behind the album as well as the personal significance of the release.
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It feels like just yesterday that Women’s Wear Daily broke the news that Richie Hawtin would be playing at the Guggenheim International Gala pre-party, which will take place on November 6th in New York. Today, an interview with the English-Canadian DJ/producer was released, which occurred two weeks ago at ADE. Hawtin discusses how thrilled he is to be playing at the Guggenheim, as he is a fan of both art and architecture. “I’m also a fan of having the chance to do a gig anywhere strange, or which takes you out of the context of the club,” he told the interviewer. Taking electronic music to the heart of where art thrives, a museum, will allow the musician’s minimal techno to reach a different crowd and ultimately, foster a stronger relationship with the genre. In two days, its versatility will be proven through the mind and craft of the world’s most influential techno producer.
Even the most successful get nervous at times, and Hawtin admits that his performance at the Guggenheim will pose some risks. “I guess that’s it though, part of the risk and what’s scary about the project is that I spend so much of my time in clubs that I don’t have to think about what I’m doing when I play those gigs, and probably when I don’t think is actually when it’s at its best. Here I have to think a lot, not only in terms of the preparation, but it’s also going to be quite intense during the show to find my way through a new and different type of performance.”
If we’ve learned anything about Jon Gooch over the past week, it’s that his real life persona is just as mischievous and cunning as his famed alter ego, Feed Me. While Jon provided no shortage of jest in our own interview with him, he went on to display his practiced wit by reviewing five tracks from the Beatport Top 100. Now, participating in a feature with Clash Music, we see another side of Jon altogether: a whimsical craftiness marked by brazen (typically alcohol-induced) spontaneity.
In the candid feature, Feed Me shares no less than six idiosyncratic anecdotes from his tour life over the past few years. Highlights include spraying Datsik with chemical powder, drunkenly cavorting with Joe Ray of Nero, and making a Hotel ceiling sandwich with Flux Pavilion. Check out the full story at ClashMusic.com.
Via: Clash Music