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Marcus Barnes is a music journalist with 12 years extensive experience in both print and online writing. He is Techno Editor at Mixmag and contributes features, reviews and interviews to variety of music publications and has become one of the most renowned writers in his field.

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John ‘00’ Fleming on The Brighton Music Conference

Last week the second annual Brighton Music Conference took place down on the south coast. BMC aims to create a space where those involved in the electronic music industry can network, collaborate and get more insight into the inner workings of our business. I invited DJ legend John ‘00’ Fleming to write about the event [...]

By | | Thursday, 2 July 2015 at 3:56 pm

Weather in Paris will be great, Music

Weather in Paris will be great

Next week Paris plays host to the third annual Weather Festival. It’s an event that has been growing in stature year on year, and 2015’s edition looks to be one of their most exciting yet, with a cavalcade of artists passing through the event space over the weekend of June 6th and lots of very special performances taking place. With that in mind, we turned to one of the men behind Weather, Brice Coudert, to select some of the most anticipated appearances at the festival…

By | Music | Wednesday, 27 May 2015 at 4:54 pm

Second Storey & Appleblim present ALSO, Music

Second Storey & Appleblim present ALSO

ALSO is an alias that has been adopted by Appleblim and Second Storey, AKA Laurie Osbourne and Alec Storey respectively. As a duo they started out with a release back in 2010, and moved create a live set, which they debuted at Space in Ibiza. Out of the many studio sessions and live performances that [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 21 May 2015 at 8:36 am

A chat with… Ralph Lawson and Subb-an, Music

A chat with… Ralph Lawson and Subb-an

Just last week I caught with Ralph Lawson and Subb-an ahead of Ralph’s 20/20 Vision party here in London this weekend.  The party runs through the day and night and is FREE entry, thanks to a sponsor getting involved! Find out more here. I began by quizzing them about their first meeting and, right away, [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 21 May 2015 at 8:19 am

A beer in the sunshine with David August, Music

A beer in the sunshine with David August

David August was in London recently, so I caught up with him to grab a beer in the sun and talk about his brand new project – a live musical group called The David August Ensemble. A very interesting chat ensued…

By | Music | Friday, 15 May 2015 at 5:24 pm

Actress on London, uni life and Wolverhampton…, Music

Actress on London, uni life and Wolverhampton…

Actress (AKA Darren J. Cunningham) moved to London, from Wolverhampton, in 1999 to attend university in the capital. Over the years his productions have captured the imaginations of electronic music lovers around the world, thanks to his diverse and often quite leftfield approach. I spoke to him recently and our chat began with my excitement [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 14 May 2015 at 5:05 pm

From the vaults: The lowdown on T.B. Arthur’s raw material, Music

From the vaults: The lowdown on T.B. Arthur’s raw material

A few months ago I received some music that was attributed to a shadowy character named T.B. Arthur. Apparently the music, which was raw, acidic, techno with an odd almost unorthodox feel to it, had been lying around for years without a release (thought there is some scepticism around this story). Reissued via Hard Wax in Berlin, the tracks had allegedly been held on to by a friend of TB’s and is finally seeing the light of day almost two decades after it was made. I tracked down the friend of TB and spoke to him about TB, the music and old time Chicago…

By | Music | Friday, 10 April 2015 at 5:12 pm

Sherwood & Pinch: On a version excursion, Music

Sherwood & Pinch: On a version excursion

Adrian Sherwood and Pinch represent a merger between two distinct generations of UK music, their partnership is one that excited me the moment I heard about it. Their album, Late Night Endless, is a superb collection of work inspired by their undying love for dub music and dub plate culture, both of which are close to my heart, having grown up on reggae and, later, drum n bass – two forms of music which are intrinsically linked through bass, dub plates and dub itself. I was fortunate enough to be invited to spend some time with the two men ahead of their gig alongside Squarepusher at the Barbican recently. Here’s the result of our chat…

By | Music | Thursday, 2 April 2015 at 5:24 pm

Claude VonStroke: 10 Years of Dirtybird, Music

Claude VonStroke: 10 Years of Dirtybird

I remember hearing ‘Who’s Afraid Of Detroit’ being rinsed by all the dubstep DJs back in the mid-2000s. That track was my introduction to Claude VonStroke, a man who has established his label, dirtybird, as a premier house and techno platform. With a great team of artists at its core, the label has gone from [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 19 March 2015 at 5:07 pm

Point G: A Chat With Paris’ Finest, Music

Point G: A Chat With Paris’ Finest

Point G is one of my favourite artists from Paris (and I have a real soft spot for Parisian artists). He’s been around for a long while, finding fame through his DJ Gregory alias in the nineties, before adopting the Point G moniker, through which he pushes a more stripped down, raw sound. Up until a few years ago the Point G name had disappeared off the radar, but Gregory brought the alias back in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. This week sees the release of his extended EP, Point G #6 – an eight-track compilation of fresh new music. In light of the release I had a chat with him recently…

By | Music | Friday, 30 January 2015 at 5:03 pm

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