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Marcus Barnes is a music journalist with ten years extensive experience in both print and online writing. He is Techno Editor at Mixmag and contributes features, reviews and interviews to various publications including Resident Advisor, Ibiza Voice, DJ Broadcast, i-D Online, Notion Magazine and more. He also hosts a show on www.hoxton.fm every Saturday 8pm-10pm (GMT).

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Armin van Buuren: ‘I’m focusing on the future of trance’, Arts

Armin van Buuren: ‘I’m focusing on the future of trance’

Armin Van Buuren is possibly the world’s biggest trance DJ. He has landed the top spot in DJ Mag’s top 100 DJs poll five times, hosts a weekly radio show that attracts over 20 million listeners per week and was the first Dutch dance music artist to land a No.1 album in the Dutch charts with 2008’s ‘Imagine’. Last year he got together with Philips to work on creating a pair of DJ-friendly headphones and they will soon be launching, so I spoke to him about the product and what he’s been up to lately…

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 24 April 2014 at 3:25 pm

Ceri: “It was just something I did without even thinking about it”, Uncategorized

Ceri: “It was just something I did without even thinking about it”

Ceri is a young lady who has been steadily working her way up the ranks as both a DJ and a producer. Here’s a chat we had recently…

By | | Tuesday, 22 April 2014 at 5:35 pm

Jordan Peak: The Rogue element, Arts

Jordan Peak: The Rogue element

Here’s an interview with Jordan Peak, who talks about his label Rogue Society and how he copes with Cystic Fibrosis…

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 17 April 2014 at 1:07 pm

Tensnake reveals his inner Glow, Arts

Tensnake reveals his inner Glow

A little while ago I met up with Tensnake (aka Marco Niemerski) for a chat about his album, Glow, which was released yesterday. We spent over an hour together, discussing his history, the debut LP and how he found love through the project. Here’s an excerpt from that interview.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at 12:05 pm

Glimpse: “There’s no going back now”, Arts

Glimpse: “There’s no going back now”

Glimpse is a house and techno producer who has been involved with the music for well over a decade now, maintaining a fruitful and productive career – meandering between styles, dipping into live performance, DJing and forming creative partnerships with numerous artists, including the late Martin Dawson. More recently he has been working on the Dense & Pika techno project with his friend, and fellow musician, Alex Jones. I caught up with him a few days ago to speak about what his career…

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 30 December 2013 at 9:54 pm

Prosumer: “Without music I would have gone insane or killed myself”, Arts

Prosumer: “Without music I would have gone insane or killed myself”

Earlier this week I caught up with Prosumer on the last day of his recent tour of the US. He was in his hotel room in Chicago about to head to Edinburgh, where he relocated earlier this year from Berlin. Prosumer is a cult figure thanks to his residency at Berlin’s infamous Panorama Bar, a position he held since it was opened, his unerring passion for record shopping and digging for gems coupled with innate ability to thread together disco, funk, soul and house in his all vinyl DJ sets.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 17 December 2013 at 2:00 am

Tapesh & Maximiljan look back on 2013, Arts

Tapesh & Maximiljan look back on 2013

Tapesh and Maximiljan are a pair of DJs from Germany who have combined their talents on a series of EPs over the last year or so, finding favour with labels such as Leena Music, Noir Music, Area Remote and Mobilee. As the end of the year approaches, I dropped them both a line to get a brief overview of their highlights from the past 11 months.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 4:00 am

Interview with Molly: ‘I must have very lucky stars above my head!’, Arts

Interview with Molly: ‘I must have very lucky stars above my head!’

The house and techno scene in Paris is on fire at the moment. One of the most popular and influential clubs in Paris is Rex Club, which celebrated 25 years in the business this year. I spoke to resident DJ and Head of Communications at Rex, Molly.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 10 December 2013 at 10:59 pm

Joseph Capriati: “Representing Napoli and representing Italy. That’s my spirit”, Arts

Joseph Capriati: “Representing Napoli and representing Italy. That’s my spirit”

Joseph Capriati is one of Italy’s biggest techno exports. After a storming season at Marco Carola’s Music On event in Ibiza this summer, he has just released his debut album, ‘Self Portrait’. I made it Album Of The Month on my techno page in Mixmag last month. With such a great year behind him, Joseph made the perfect candidate for an interview.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 5 December 2013 at 4:00 am

MK: Two years after his return…, Arts

MK: Two years after his return…

Recently the UK No.1 spot was taken by one of this year’s biggest club hits, a remix of ‘Look Right Through’ by Storm Queen. The producer of the remix was MK, real name Marc Kinchen, a house music veteran who has been enjoying something of a renaissance over the last two years. Exactly two years ago I interviewed him for this very blog when he was just beginning his comeback, so I decided to call him for a quick catch up…

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 5 December 2013 at 12:05 am

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