Hailing from sunny Los Angeles, letlive. are a band going from strength to strength and power-move to power-move. 2011 has been a big year for the band, with appearances at Download and at Reading & Leeds. I threw some questions in the way of Ryan Jay Johnson.
Drum & Bass Arena is one of the world’s leading websites covering everything from club listings to its very own ‘TV channel’ which broadcasts live sets by some of the scene’s most famous faces. As Drum & Bass Arena is celebrating its 15th anniversary, I decided to get in contact with The Risky, who has never spoken about the site until now. He filled me in on the success of his business and how it all came about…
Dutch bass monsters, Noisia, hit 2011 running with a re-release of their 2010 album ‘Split The Atom’. Touching Bass caught up to talk gaming, Dutch vending machines and a side hip-hop project that is well underway.
As we come to the end of 2011, which saw the overwhelming success of the female solo artist, which bands or artists should we be looking to welcome into the New Year?
A few months ago I downloaded a mix by German house and techno wiz Alex Niggemann – typically when I enjoy a mix by someone I investigate their background and discover more of their music and other mixes… which is exactly what happened with Alex.I then saw him DJing at a party held during the Amsterdam Dance Event back in October and subsequently heard he was working on album. I asked Alex for a little progress report on what will be his first attempt at a Long Player – he also kindly donated an exclusive hour segment from his set at the infamous Watergate club in Berlin, recorded just a few weeks ago at the Clubmotoren event.
One of the leading factors in what’s been something of a rennaisance of house this year has been the large number of tracks that feature vocals. I’ve spoken about this with several DJs over the last months and there’s a definite feeling that having a vocal element in a house track helps make the music more accessible and gives it a wider appeal (for better or worse, depending on your stance). One person who has succeeded in making some instant classics in terms of vocal house has been Dortmund-based DJ/producer Larse.
Over the last couple of years, Mosca has built a solid reputation up for his wide ranging taste in music. As a DJ, he’s known for his diversity and ability to draw records from far flung corners of the world. While as a producer, he draws influences from dancehall, grime, bassline, UK garage, funky, hiphop – the list of genres is endless.
Not many artists can boast the same summary as Leeds-based group, Paper Tiger. The clan, who have performed with the likes of Tokimonsta and Rustie, have forged together an amalgamation of live and sampled music in order to create a sound that surfs untroubled between the realms of electronic, hip-hop and jazz.
When Seth Troxler moved to London most of my friends would have joked that it made it easier for me to stalk him – as they are well aware, he is without a doubt my favourite DJ and I’m not afraid to admit that.
It can’t be easy for any band – be they American, British or otherwise –to jump on a plane, travel for hours and hours on end, spent vast amounts of money and undergo huge amounts of stress and still remain dedicated and passionate to the thing they love – touring.
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