“Shall we start?” Robbert relaxes back in to his cream armchair, takes a drink and smiles. For an instant I forget that I’m sat opposite the man, voted for by DJ Mag readers, as the best DJ in the world right now.
Best known as one half of house and techno’s most formidable double acts, Jon Rundell has come a long way since delivering papers to save up for his first set of decks. Almost seven years after legend Carl Cox described him as ‘better than most top DJs’, Jon has since held residencies at the biggest clubs in the world, remixed countless hits, spearheaded Pure Intec’s label re-launch and helped push the musical boundaries of the genre.
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.
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