Chris McKay is a London based journalist. He is currently working as an Account Executive at Cow PR. He's presented and produced house music radio shows, co-founded BPM Sheffield (a dedicated Dance, House and Trance night in Sheffield) and is a current member of Ministry of Sound's DJ Academy.
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.
‘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.
It’s 5:00pm on a Friday night and instead of enjoying a post-work beer to celebrate the end of another week I’m logging into Skype to chat to a youngster who has exploded onto the EDM scene over the last 12 months.
From Blackpool DJ to Radio 1 superstar, Danny Howard’s journey has seen him go from debt ridden student to global superstar in a matter of 14 months. Travelling the world, he plays the music he loves in some of the biggest clubs and with some of the biggest names. I caught up with the man who brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘life can change in an instance’.