The days when DJs risked neck and shoulder injuries hauling stacks of vinyl to and from clubs may be long gone—with laptops loaded with mp3s and vinyl emulation software such as Serato having replaced the record bag—but a strong affection for those 12-inch black discs still exists among a sizeable number of the DJ and music collecting fraternity.
Almost a year ago to the day I met Robert James at WMC in Miami. I was already aware of who he was and what he did – as a member of the Hot Creations crew, he’d had numerous releases via Jamie Jones’ popular label and its subsiduries and he’d also been travelling the world as one of the crew’s main DJs. Here’s the resulting interview…
“Nobody has the right version anyway so I’m not super bothered,” recently turned 24-year-old Nicky Romero retorts when I ask him how he feels about people illegal downloading his new track.
His dreamy green eyes have made Dillon Francis one of the most lusted-after DJs in the tumblrsphere. He is best known for having dual mentors in the form of electronic megastars Diplo and Skrillex.
BBC Radio 1 DJ Toddla T has been making solid strides forward with his Girls Music imprint. In a short space of time, the label has released music from emerging talent such as Des Demure, Walter Ego and Roses Gabor.
Toddla, real name Tom Bell, will host the Girls Music party at the Bussy Building in [...]
Cajmere, AKA Curtis Jones (or Green Velvet), is a Chicago-born recording artist and DJ who has been involved in music for over twenty years and remains a very popular entertainer, perhaps more so now than he was twenty years ago. He travels the globe every weekend, playing to huge audiences everywhere he goes and continues to produce new music on a regular basis as well as supporting the younger generation of house and techno artists. This year his label, Cajual Records, celebrates twenty years since its inception – and, with this in mind, I caught up with Cajmere to discuss his story so far…
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.
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.
DJ Nikki Beatnik: Sometimes I get abuse for being a female DJ, then they listen to my music and shut up
DJ Nikki Beatnik has partied with Will Smith and Jay-Z and counts Kelis among her best friends. She’s won awards for her club nights and is currently the official tour DJ for both Kelis and Nicola Roberts. She talks shoes, make-up and how being trained as a classical musician has helped her rise to the top of the club scene.
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