Ahead of the debut of his live show in London tomorrow, Hotflush Recordings boss Scuba talks exclusively to The Independent about why he chose Shoreditch over Berghain to premier his new AV spectacular.
It’s 5:00pm on a Friday night and instead of enjoying a post-work beer to celebrate the end of another week I’m logging into Skype to chat to a youngster who has exploded onto the EDM scene over the last 12 months.
Three things The Netherlands have a knack for producing: Well-bred horses; delicious cheese; world class dance music producers. Afrojack, aka Nick van de Wall, is the latest super-producer to come out of the lowlands, joining the likes of Laidback Luke, Tiesto, Joris Voorn, Fedde Le Grand, Armin van Buren, Sander Kleinenberg and Ferry Corsten as the country’s top musical exports.
For many Pete Tong is an idol. Instantly recognisable. Whether you’re seven, forty seven or seventy seven – if you’ve dabbled in the sounds of electronic dance music you’re guaranteed to have heard his name.
The world of EDM – or electronic dance music to the uninitiated or un-American – is at war. In the last few months several spats have erupted between wildly popular mainstream electronic artists and their apparently slightly bitter underground counterparts.
One of the Ibiza’s newest and most exciting venues, Plan Be, opens its doors this week, joining the ranks of Ibiza’s clubbing hall of fame with a slightly different tact – attempting to take things back to the simple, hedonistic days when clubbing was simply about having a good time with like-minded people, no matter what their background.
In 2002, High Contrast (real name Lincoln Barrett) signed to seminal drum & bass label Hospital Records and now, nearly one decade later, he returns with his fourth studio album, The Agony & The Ecstasy.
Founded in 1996, Hospital has gone on to establish itself as a seminal label in dance music. Tony Colman speaks about his previous 15 years as co-founder of the label which has launched artists such as Danny Byrd, High Contrast and Kamo & Krooked.
As they embrace their new Red Light era, I caught up with Tom Findlay from the internationally renowned dance duo before their set at Exit Festival. Speaking about illegal downloading and moving on from CDs, he explains why Groove Armada won’t be making any more albums and also how he’d like to tempt George Michael to play in his ideal festival line up.
Elliot Gleave, or Example as he’s better known in the charts, got his breakthrough with the catchy pop song ‘Kickstarts’ last year. His upcoming third album will take a darker turn into dubstep and dance, featuring ‘Swallowed Up By The Floor’ which is about “taking shitloads of ketamine”. The ubiquitous rapper will be playing at 25 festivals across the summer so if you haven’t seen him live already, expect to be seeing him at a stage near you. The confident star describes what he thinks makes his act so appealing to the public, and how he intends to stay at the top of his game.
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