One of this year’s most popular DJ duos has without a doubt been Bicep, AKA Belfast boys Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar. Though they were surrounded by music when they were growing up, one of the key factors in their musical education was record shopping. As London’s infamous Phonica Records prepares to celebrate its ninth birthday, the Bicep boys kindly penned an ode to vinyl and record shopping exclusively for my blog.
Mark B is one of those nomadic, forward-thinking people who has gone through several different guises during his time within the music industry. He is the brains behind the much-lauded International Feel label, as International Feel enters a new phase, Mark has put together a compilation of the label’s releases. I caught up with him recently to speak about his work.
In my opinion the MOBOs is a great, dynamic organisation undeservedly neglected in the minds of the music community while the Barclaycard 2012 Mercury Music Prize is an exercise in marketing.
I have tried to ignore it, but Gangnam Style by pop sensation Psy, seems to be playing everywhere. Now record executives from Universal Music Group, Psy’s record company, are talking up the prospects of other South Korean artists. The calculation is that K-pop artists could have be an international rather than just a regional success story.
‘Push me and then just touch me ’till I can get my, satisfaction.’ Back in 2002, Benny Benassi rose to fame with the lyrics that now echo through clubs across the world. Over the years he’s won a Grammy Award and collaborated with the likes of Kelis, Jean Baptiste and Chris Brown but his biggest success was creating one of the initial tracks that brought ‘Electro’ to the mainstream market.
From putting off University to making an album on next to nothing to sharing a stage with their childhood inspirations, West Coast quintet The Story So Far are moving from strength to international strength. I sat down with bassist Kelen Capener to talk all things pop-punk.
Brighton producer and DJ, Moony, sits comfortable as one of the latest students to learn from grime’s seminal school of hard knocks. We caught up to talk about Artful Dodger, Gobstopper Records and grime’s current potential identity crisis.
In Brazil the economy, as well as electronic music, is booming. As one may expect, the scene there is vibrant and full of energy with numerous musicians and DJs making their presence felt on a local (and global) scale. One of the most famous clubs in Brazil is D-Edge, owned by business man and DJ Renato Ratier.
Hurricane Sandy has reminded us of the power of wind, and encouraged many to capture her in sound.
In the mid to late Nineties Ice Cream Records was one of the most popular garage labels. With hits like Double 99’s infamous ‘Ripgroove’ under their belt, they helped to push garage through into the mainstream while maintaining a very underground sound and retaining the credibility, which is no mean feat. Ice Cream Records re-released their entire back catalogue not too long and now look set to push forward with lots of new music. I spoke to one of the men behind the label Andy Lysandrou.
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