Originally a band that played music as a hobby, St.Albans’ Enter Shikari are now headlining shows all around the globe. I gave frontman Rou a ring to talk about Zeigeist, the struggle of Warped Tour and electronica.
I’m not a massive fan of pop music, or stuff that’s really directed at the mainstream – but Yasmin’s stuff is pretty cool. She has a strong background in DJing, so knows her music and she’s managed to get some very talented underground producers on board for her album, including drum n bass don Shy FX and dubstep star Benga. Not just a pretty face, Yasmin has been an independent woman from a young age and aims to use her position to inspire young women to get the best out of life.
They say the millennium bug didn’t happen. True, no aeroplanes fell from the sky nor did microwaves grow fangs and rampage through suburbia, but something sure happened. As the century changed, a New Year tradition was wiped from the family RAM and replaced with rows of indecipherable data: The List.
Sometimes the best things happen almost by accident, which is the case with Greenmoney – a record label and production partnership helmed by Leo Greenslade (who co-runs the Yo Yo night at the Notting Hill Arts Club) and former Bugz in the Attic producer Alex Phountzi.
A feeling of sensationalism and expectation predominated in hip hop for much of 2011. The hip hop media eagerly embraced a series of grandiose statements, gestures of brash young artists trying to make their breakthroughs, and welcomed the comebacks of older artists staking their claim to their genre.
The word seminal is often misused these days, but for Tresor it’s a fitting title for a highly influential and long-standing name within techno. I spoke to Mike Huckaby, a Detroit legend who put together a special anniversary mix for Tresor and has also played at the club many times over the years, about the impact advances in technology have had on electronic music…
France has never really been somewhere that featured heavily on my list of places to visit for electronic music – that’s despite the country giving birth to arguably one of the greatest electronic music acts of all time, Daft Punk.
2011 has seen Richy Ahmed step out into the limelight from a relative unknown to becoming a very important part of the unstoppable force that is Hot Creations.
Up there on the grime wall-of-fame donning such names as Wiley, Dizzee Rascal and Newham Generals lays another plaque filled by Boy Better Know resident Skepta.
Being one of the first producers outside of London to make a name for himself in the grime scene, Mr Snowman rose to notoriety with instrumentals like Lethal Procedure and Tetris Riddim in the early days grime. He’s now signed to the Sidewinder Raw label and making beats for some of the best in the genre.
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