Pete Tong is one of the team behind IMS, Ibiza’s annual electronic music conference which has just had its 7th edition. Of course, he is also the main man at Radio 1, a globe-trotting DJ, a producer, label owner and he’s even been handed an MBE by the Queen. Marcus Barnes caught up with him
Ben Turner is another member of the team behind Ibiza’s International Music Summit, an electronic music conference that has grown in stature over the years to become one of the most important events of its kind. Marcus Barnes caught Ben at the end of the event to get his thoughts on how this year went…
Alfredo moved to Ibiza from his native Argentina in the early eighties. Though the island was nowhere near as much of a clubbing hotspot as it is now, he became fascinated with DJing after picking up work at a bar – it wasn’t long before he’d become resident at Amnesia where he cultivated what became known as the ‘Balearic’ sound. He also inspired the UK’s acid house movement, after Paul Oakenfold, Nicky Holloway, Danny Rampling and Johnny Walker (AKA the Ibiza Four) visited Amnesia in 1987 and attempted to replicate what they’d heard with their own London club nights. I was fortunate enough to be granted some time with Alfredo at the recent International Music Summit in Ibiza, here’s the result of our conversation…
Marcus Barnes interviews the original funketeer, Mr. George Clinton at the International Music Summit in Ibiza. This year the Parliament frontman and funk legend will be back in the public eye with a new album, a reality show and a book about his life all set for release.
Interview with Hawk Eyes – “We’ve already shown that we can do all the guitar gymnastics… we need to show we can do other things as well!”
Hawk Eyes have been gathering momentum supporting a wide variety of the best rock acts in the world, including the likes of Iron Maiden, The Wildhearts, Alexisonfire, Jamie Lenman and System of a Down. Having enjoyed great underground success with their second album Ideas (a record full of them) and 2013’s short sharp burst of an EP, “That’s What This Is”, they tell Remfry Dedman how they’re now looking to expand their musical horizons.
I can’t remember a year I haven’t been to a Field Day that hasn’t been hijacked by horrendous weather – but this year though the two-day East London festival is set to welcome an altogether more jovial type of hijacker – ones from Transgressive.
One of the acts I’ve really been digging recently is L’N'F, a duo from Switzerland who make stripped down, raw house music that works perfectly on the dancefloor. It’s deep at times, yet unpretentious and totally absorbing. The twosome have an album full of this kind of music due for release soon on DJ W!LD’s Catwash Records, so I caught up with them to find out more…
In the deepest darkest recesses of North London, somewhere between the seedy streets of Kings Cross and the long-ago gentrified dwellings of Camden Town, there lies a night club of quite staggering contradictions. Remfry Dedman investigates
Leah Timmins runs the Decadance Agency, which counteracts the typical notion of club dancing, taking it to a far higher level with dancers who are trained in the artform and not only contribute dazzling routines but also work on conceiving fresh and exciting concepts with their shows. I spoke to Leah recently about her background and the professionalism her agency brings to the world of club dancing…
Eurovision 2014 starts today with a series of qualifying heats in Copenhagen, leading to the event proper on Saturday night.
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