While it may not (yet) be regarded as one of hip-hop’s landmark years in the same way 1988 or 1994 now are, there is a sense as 2012 draws to a close that it’s been one of the genre’s strongest seasons for some time.
Tech house DJ James Zabiela recently launched new record label Born Electric. Marcus Barnes caught up with him before a gig at London’s Boiler Room
A few weeks ago I spoke to German producer Zombie Nation (AKA Florian Senfter) about his musical history and his studio set up. Having interviewed Tiga, with whom he collaborated on the ZZT project last year, I knew he had quite an impressive studio and was rather adept at making new music via his analogue equipment. So here’s the resulting interview, enjoy.
Starkey’s industrious melodies and grimy tendencies have rightfully led to the coinage of the term ’street bass’. Originally from Philadelphia, the DJ and producer has also experienced life in London, picking up traces of grime and garage along the way. We caught up to discuss sci-fi films, Mike Skinner and America’s cult-like grime following.
Initially it appeared to be just cunning promotional puffery. “Lyrically, not for the squeamish,” warned the introductory email about Don’t Wait to be Hunted to Hide, the third album by the band David Cronenberg’s wife. “If this is you” – the squeamish – “then you will probably want to skip track eight.”
Someone has written a book about a track that did well in the charts 45 years ago, drawing Tony Blair, Cherie Blair and Michael Howard into the narrative.
To celebrate the ‘end of the world’, Damian Lazarus – head of record label Crosstown Rebels – is organising a 24-hour festival, called Day Zero. Featuring appearances from a variety of electronic music acts, along with spiritual awareness classes, meetings with Mayan descendents, special ceremonies… and all taking place in an awe-inspiring site in Mexico. I caught up with Damian recently to talk about the Mayans and his forthcoming event.
Miguel Campbell may have risen to fame quite recently, but he’s been dedicated to his sound for a long time now. Having been toiling away on his productions for eight years, he has remained loyal to a heavily funk and disco-influenced sound even though he was often scorned for it when he first started. Now one of the shining lights at Hot Creations as well as running his own successful label, Outcross Recordings. I sat down for a chat with him to get the lowdown on his recent goings-on.
Rio de Janeiro prepares for Red Bull’s B-Boy world championship tomorrow. Sixteen boys from 11 nations will show their best breaking moves in a battle for the crown, where only one wins.
There aren’t too many names in today’s electronic biosphere that can top bills with any of their aliases that they choose to call upon. Yet, when not being Machinedrum or linking up with Praveen to form Sepalcure, Travis Stewart takes on a number of provocative alter egos to spread his musical virtuosity. We caught up to chat hip-hop nostalgia, the woes of learning German and singing in the shower.
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