Among those who’ve been fortunate enough to visit Snowbombing, the statement “This is the best week of my life” is as common as people falling over on the slopes.
I often wonder what life on the road as a DJ is like, from what I can gather it’s not always as glamorous as one might imagine. Ok, so they get to travel the world playing the music they love to thousands of people every week – but, in reality despite the obvious plus points there’s the down points too – constant tiredness, traveling from one airport to another to another, never really seeing much of the city you’re playing in. Ok, hardly the end of the world, but still it’s not all one big party. To illustrate their life on the road as DJs, German duo Pan-Pot (Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix) have released an hour-long DVD based using footage from their various gigs. I spoke to them about the new film…
Hamilton’s brand of relentless, hard-hitting drum’n'bass has seen him make a phoenix-like re-emergence into the bass game. His latest EP includes ‘Deep In My Heart’ which refuses to budge from club playlists and has helped nudge the Ram signee to the forefront of his field. We talked about his roots in hardcore, sub-genres of D&B and plans for an artist album.
Kasper Bjørke had a large degree of success as one half of Danish duo Filur. Since splitting with his partner in Filur, Tomas Barford, Kasper has moved on to producing his own material, working for others and managing his own acts – the super-talented Trentemøller and new group Reptile Youth. Despite being so busy he’s managed to record a brand new album, Fool, which I absolutely love so it was only a matter of time before I tracked him for a chat…
T.Williams makes top quality house and has carved out a strong reputation for himself thanks to tireless work ethic and his well-produced tracks that encompass many different musical influences, but maintain a house foundation. Always on the road, or in the studio, T has dedicated his life to making and playing the music he loves and he’s become a success seemingly overnight. But his story began many years ago, when drum’n'bass, UK garage and, eventually, grime was his forte (he was previously known as Dread D). I managed to have a brief chat with T, in between touring and producing… and he’s turned in a great exclusive 30-minute mix too.
Outwardly there’s never been a better time to be a female musical artist. Adele, PJ Harvey, Florence, Jessie J and others command vast audiences and remuneration. But layers of gender specific conditionality are still applied.
Alfred Darlington loves inventions and new-founded gizmos so much, that he produces and DJs under the moniker Daedelus. Just like his Greek namesake – the imprisoned inventor who made the ill-fated wax wings for his son, Icarus – he thrives on using and designing awe-inspiring contraptions.
Over the last couple of years I’ve been to Ibiza twice for the closing parties at the end of September, a time when the clubs (and clubgoers) mark the end of the summer season with one last huge fiesta. But last year after I returned home I started to wonder what happens to Ibiza once the season’s over and all the party people have said their final farewells. So I decided to look into it and find out, from the people who remain on the island during the winter months, what life is like when Ibiza goes back to ‘normal’.
Matthew Gresham answers my first question about the thought process behind his latest album, with a succinct and honest reply.
“I felt it was time to progress my style and move away from the sound I’m known for,” he says, “I was very keen to take my sound somewhere new with this album.”
A few years ago Piers Sanderson decided to make a documentary based on the warehouse scene in sunny Blackburn. During the late eighties and early nineties, the warehouse scene exploded across the UK capturing the imaginations of young people from all walks of life. Helping to bring people together in musical harmony – a cheesy image, but actually true for the most part. Here Piers fills me in on his film High On Hope…
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