In the increasingly antagonistic and money-fuelled world of dance music, it’s reassuring to know there are still some stalwarts that value substance over style. One such renaissance man is Bill Brewster, co-author of seminal dance music history Last Night A DJ Saved My Life.
Eric San, AKA Kid Koala, is something of a pop culture polymath. During a career spanning the best part of two decades, the 33-year-old has written books, illustrated comics and helped create computer games, not to mention producing and performing some of the most original music to be found on the already innovative Ninja Tune record label.
The world of EDM – or electronic dance music to the uninitiated or un-American – is at war. In the last few months several spats have erupted between wildly popular mainstream electronic artists and their apparently slightly bitter underground counterparts.
Between DJing, producing and promoting Daniel Avery leads a busy life, but far from being jaded, the 26-year-old from Bournemouth is incredibly appreciative of his situation.
If you were lucky enough to catch Amon Tobin’s ISAM album tour last year then you’ll know just how groundbreaking his audio-visual stage setup was, and even if you didn’t make it along, then chances are you saw the enthusiastic reviews cropping up online at some point.
More so than perhaps any other music strain, dance music is cyclical. Declared dead with alarming frequency, only to rise from the ashes to popular prominence, the merry-go-round of internal sub-genres is forever regurgitating styles and sounds that were previously pushed out.
A lack of visual spectacle has always left live electronic music at a significant disadvantage to the traditional band set up.
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