Interview with DJ and producer Steve Aoki: ‘You can’t be lazy in this game. You have to evolve and keep your sound fresh, ahead of the curve’
Steve Aoki is a man who puts the ‘busy’ in ‘business’. Not only does the 35-year-old DJ produce and remix tracks, he’s also the driving force behind Dim Mak records, has his own successful clothing line and plays in a band.
“It was like your last day at school,” Axel Christofer Hedfors tells me as he reminisces about Swedish House Mafia’s final ever gig.
It’s just gone midnight in midsummer Croatia and Stadion Poljud, home of Croatian football team Hajduk Split, has been thumping to electronic beats for the best part of eight hours already.
Quirky, cheery and fun – three words many have used to describe French DJ and producer Martin Solveig. But despite having hits from early on in his career, it was his 2011 global smash ‘Hello’ that really catapulted him into a household name.
Filipino-born producer and DJ, Laidback Luke, real name Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen, takes a sip of still water as we sit and chat in the reception area of the Hotel Verta. He’s visiting London for a sell-out ‘Super You & Me’ gig at Electric Brixton, an innovative night that, in Luke’s words, help to bring the fun and stupidity back into clubbing.
While most 21-year-olds are thinking about finishing university, looking at moving back home or preparing to step on the first prong of their career ladder, Alessandro Lindblad is doing pretty much the opposite.
Originating from Toronto, duo Zeds Dead used to spend hours making old-school hip hop beats in their parent’s garage. Ten years on from their first album Fresh Beets, they have replaced hip-hop with bass-heavy sounds.
They may take their name from people who play my nan’s favourite game but for Dutch duo Bingo Players that’s where the similarities end. As their latest track ‘Rattle (Get up)’ reaches number one in the UK singles chart, Chris McKay caught up with Maarten Hoogstraten and Paul Baumer, who make up Bingo Players, to find out a little more about the double act.
“Nobody has the right version anyway so I’m not super bothered,” recently turned 24-year-old Nicky Romero retorts when I ask him how he feels about people illegal downloading his new track.
‘Push me and then just touch me ’till I can get my, satisfaction.’ Back in 2002, Benny Benassi rose to fame with the lyrics that now echo through clubs across the world. Over the years he’s won a Grammy Award and collaborated with the likes of Kelis, Jean Baptiste and Chris Brown but his biggest success was creating one of the initial tracks that brought ‘Electro’ to the mainstream market.
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