“It was like your last day at school,” Axel Christofer Hedfors tells me as he reminisces about Swedish House Mafia’s final ever gig.
Maybe it’s a hedonistic reaction to the age of austerity, maybe it’s a backlash against the rise of fiercely futuristic ‘EDM’, or maybe it’s just the cyclicality of music industry trends; whatever the reason, it appears that disco is back.
Nile Rodgers has been enjoying a resurgence of epic proportions so far this year. He’s always been an in-demand producer and performer but, since Daft Punk’s new album surfaced, he’s been introduced to a whole new generation of music lovers and he’s reveling in the attention. I interviewed Nile as part of a piece on the Daft Punk album, which was published in The Independent’s Radar supplement a few weeks ago – here’s an extract from that interview.
Bozzwell And Nicco Eastwood are Hiem, a musical production duo based in Sheffield and responsible for some really well-made, alternative dance music, although still readily accessible and not too far leftfield to ostracise people. I interviewed Bozzwell last year and found him to be a great subject and so I followed up with this second interview focusing on his collaborative project with Nicco.
They may take their name from people who play my nan’s favourite game but for Dutch duo Bingo Players that’s where the similarities end. As their latest track ‘Rattle (Get up)’ reaches number one in the UK singles chart, Chris McKay caught up with Maarten Hoogstraten and Paul Baumer, who make up Bingo Players, to find out a little more about the double act.
A lack of visual spectacle has always left live electronic music at a significant disadvantage to the traditional band set up.
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