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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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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

Bill Patrick: The Trials & Tribulations Of The Working Class DJ, Music

Bill Patrick: The Trials & Tribulations Of The Working Class DJ

Bill Patrick is a rare breed within house and techno, he’s a DJ who manages to maintain a consistent career purely by playing records and not having to rely on record sales/the music making treadmill. This is quite a feat, as the industry is almost entirely geared around DJs having to make music in order to remain present in the public consciousness and to keep on gigging. Only very few avoid this, and Bill is one of them. Renowned for being outspoken, Bill’s a rather controversial character at times, but highly entertaining and refreshingly honest. So he made for a perfect interview subject…

By | Music | Thursday, 29 January 2015 at 5:16 pm

Vh1 Supersonic: A Shining Example of India’s Growing Dance Music Industry, Music

Vh1 Supersonic: A Shining Example of India’s Growing Dance Music Industry

In August 2013 I wrote a piece for DJ Broadcast on the electronic music scene in India, which has been growing in stature over the last few years. At the time, the industry was what might be described as burgeoning – definitely full of promise though held back by conservative laws and regulations imposed by state governments. Since that article was published, India’s scene has continued to grow and evolve and I was fortunate to witness a small example of this progression when I visited the Vh1 Supersonic Festival in Goa a few weeks ago. The event took place across four days on a beach in Candolim, north Goa, just after Christmas and boasted an impressive selection of artists from around the world as well as some of India’s finest. While I was in Goa, I had the chance to speak with the men behind the festival Jaideep Singh and Nikhil Chinapa, as well as experiencing the full breadth of what the event had to offer… Here’s my report.

By | Music | Tuesday, 27 January 2015 at 5:14 pm

Bloc’s owners on the brand’s carefully conceived return, Music

Bloc’s owners on the brand’s carefully conceived return

Two and half years ago, Bloc, one of the UK’s best-known alternative electronic music events, suffered a massive blow when their very first London event encountered a disastrous turn of events that led to its cancellation and the company going bankrupt. Since then, the owners Alex Benson and George Hull have slowly but surely worked on reinstating the brand’s status, culminating in the return of their ‘weekender’ this March. I spoke to them about their comeback and that fateful night in July 2012…

By | Music | Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at 3:47 pm

Kim Ann Foxman on Maya, New York and her new label, Music

Kim Ann Foxman on Maya, New York and her new label

Kim Ann Foxman is one of those ladies who knows exactly how to rock a party. Her combination of old and new school grooves, New York attitude and a general positive outlook makes her one of those enchanting selectors who always gets a great response from the dance floor. She’s appearing at Maya Jane [...]

By | Music | Friday, 26 December 2014 at 12:57 pm

Premiesku: Romania’s finest on the progression of their country’s scene, Music

Premiesku: Romania’s finest on the progression of their country’s scene

Premiesku is a three-man outfit made up of Romanian duo Livio & Roby and their friend George G. As a trio they get together in the studio to produce house and techno music with a very distinct flavour, while also refining their live show, which works around three racks of modified equipment. They’ve had a [...]

By | Music | Tuesday, 23 December 2014 at 4:24 pm

Club To Club Interviews (Part 5): Ninos Du Brasil, Music

Club To Club Interviews (Part 5): Ninos Du Brasil

Club To Club in Turin, Italy, is a festival based across numerous venues in the city, focusing on a more avant-garde approach. The artists involved are mostly from an experimental, or at least more unusual, background than the kind of performer you find at most festivals. My experience there was great, from superlative performances from [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 18 December 2014 at 3:05 pm

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