This September, hundreds of electronic music fans will descend on Rovinj, North Croatia’s sun-kissed coastline for the inaugural Unknown Festival.
Interview with Frisco ‘I wanted to step up the levels because I’m getting older and I can’t be speaking about the same stuff’
In September 2006 Logan Sama’s Kiss FM grime show played host to a series of dubs from two of the scene’s biggest crews, The Movement and Boy Better Know, these dubs went on to be released as a compilation CD called The War Report and included some vicious sends from some of grime’s biggest names including Ghetto, Wiley, Jammer, Devlin and Wretch 32 (in the days before he sampled the Stone Roses and made pop music).
Here’s a quickfire Q&A session with an absolute master of the techno genre – Electric Rescue, a Frenchman who has been involved with dance music and rave culture since its very beginnings in his country.
Party promoters Pardon My French are two guys with their fingers on the pulse. The twosome, Luke Sutton and Tim Smith, have been hard at it for a few years, slowly but surely creeping up the ranks in Bristol (and further afield) with their own distinct brand of party vibes. Here’s an exclusive mix from the duo and some words, too.
Grime legends Chronik and Wiley recently featured on the gold-selling album of a Polish rapper named Popek, while shows in Prague and Croatia are rapidly becoming as important to UK MCs as summertime jaunts to Ayia Napa or Malia
Nile Rodgers has been enjoying a resurgence of epic proportions so far this year. He’s always been an in-demand producer and performer but, since Daft Punk’s new album surfaced, he’s been introduced to a whole new generation of music lovers and he’s reveling in the attention. I interviewed Nile as part of a piece on the Daft Punk album, which was published in The Independent’s Radar supplement a few weeks ago – here’s an extract from that interview.
Arlissa’s songwriting skills have seen her signed to Roc Nation and duet with Nas – not bad for a 20-year old from Crystal Palace. She weighs up some of her recent performances, and reveals why sharing a stage with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea was seriously daunting.
Racial diversity in classical music: A daunting experience for non-white professionals working in the industry today
“Going into a concert hall, you see an entirely white orchestra, a white audience and a white soloist”. I am talking to Julian Lloyd-Webber about the lack of black and ethnic minority people in the cut-throat world of classical music. He describes a common scene; by his own admission a “daunting” one for the handful of non-white professionals working in classical music today.
in:Spire – Interview with BBC’s ‘Vis’ Duane Jones: ‘It’s the people who get up after being knocked down that go the furthest’
He’s a DJ, designer, business man, and a TV and radio presenter, with ties in the sports, music and fashion industries. Formerly known as Vis, Duane Jones, is still going strong and has his fingers in more pies than ever but the Pisces born, self-confessed dreamer knows exactly what it is he’s doing and now he’s here to give an insight into life in the entertainment industry and how it all started for him.
Mathew Jonson has been a hero of mine for quite some time now. His timeless piece, Marionette, was on that mixtape and to this day it remains one of my all-time favourite pieces of electronic music. Of course though, Mathew isn’t a one-trick pony and he has produced many more seminal techno tracks, all with very own unique stamp on them. With his new album Her Blurry Pictures due for release on Crosstown Rebels very soon, I had a chance to ask Mathew some questions.
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