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Laurent Garnier: ‘A good night with a good DJ is an experiment’, Arts

Laurent Garnier: ‘A good night with a good DJ is an experiment’

Laurent Garnier has been a driving force within the French electronic music scene. A man who is universally revered for his constant evolution and forward-thinking approach to his career, he is currently in his 25th year as a DJ and will soon be bringing about an end to his well-received LBS Live project. With this in mind, I sat down for a chat with him recently…

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 29 November 2012 at 3:53 pm

Ones to watch: Kings Of The City, Music

Ones to watch: Kings Of The City

Although I focus mainly on electronic music, my musical tastes vary and live performances are a favourite of mine, particularly from exciting new talent. A couple of years ago Kings Of The City caught my ear – I saw them perform a few lives shows and was impressed by their set up – they are a large group comprised rappers and live instrumentalists. Full of energy they left an impression on me and, just recently, I had the chance to interview them about their story so far…

By | Music, Notebook | Wednesday, 28 November 2012 at 12:24 pm

Disclosure: We’d never even been to a club when we made our first single, Arts

Disclosure: We’d never even been to a club when we made our first single

For most of us, reaching eighteen years of age opens up a new world for exploration, spontaneity and out right drunken silliness. Although, for two young brothers from Surrey, before even reaching eighteen they were already unleashing some of the most talked about DJ sets across the country.

By | Arts, Music | Saturday, 26 May 2012 at 4:00 am

“I just want to make beautiful, next level art”: Pretty Lights on his audio-visual ambitions, Arts

“I just want to make beautiful, next level art”: Pretty Lights on his audio-visual ambitions

Making music only to give it away for free may seem like a strange notion, but in an age where file sharing and illegal downloads are widespread, adopting a different approach to spreading your musical message is sometimes the only way to achieve success. Pretty Lights (AKA Derek Vincent Smith) did exactly that and he recently joined electronic music superstar Skrillex on tour as well as amassing his own huge following.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 14 May 2012 at 4:00 am

Amon Tobin: Music and sound are pretty all-consuming for me, Arts

Amon Tobin: Music and sound are pretty all-consuming for me

If you were lucky enough to catch Amon Tobin’s ISAM album tour last year then you’ll know just how groundbreaking his audio-visual stage setup was, and even if you didn’t make it along, then chances are you saw the enthusiastic reviews cropping up online at some point.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 11 May 2012 at 11:15 am

Daedelus: ‘Is there anything else but the impulse to create?’, Music

Daedelus: ‘Is there anything else but the impulse to create?’

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.

By | Music | Thursday, 12 April 2012 at 4:00 am

The Geordie scene: We’ve never craved attention, we just do our thing, Arts

The Geordie scene: We’ve never craved attention, we just do our thing

I’ve been to Newcastle twice in my lifetime, both times were for nights out but back in the days when I frequented more ‘commercial’ clubs. I had a brilliant time on both occasions, if there’s one thing everyone knows it’s that Geordies, and people from the north in general, know how to party. But, sadly, the impression that most of have of Newcastle is a city where commercial music overrides everything else… which begs the question ‘What about house and techno?’… There has to be some kind of electronic scene there?

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 15 November 2011 at 1:30 pm

Renaissance Man: Architects of sound, Arts

Renaissance Man: Architects of sound

A pair of architects may be an unlikely source of electronic music production to some, however Renaissance Man are a duo who have been dominating Finland’s house scene for some time now with their own brand of ‘midget house’ (no, seriously). Having conceived the idea for an album around a year ago, they are now preparing to unleash their very first LP to the world – but firstly, they took a little time to answer some of my questions….

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 19 October 2011 at 12:02 pm

Elektro Diskow: A homage to the dawn of electronic music, Arts

Elektro Diskow: A homage to the dawn of electronic music

Many of today’s stars use a sound that has its roots in the late 70s and early 80s, when electronic intruments became a lot more prevalent in the music-making process. Those very early productions certainly have a lot to answer for, having a strong influence in both the commercial and underground musical spheres. Stuart Paterson, [...]

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 17 October 2011 at 12:25 pm

Introducing: Squarehead, Music

Introducing: Squarehead

With Toddla T rejuvenating Sheffield’s electronic music scene in recent years, a new wave of producers are breaking through in the city. Meet 18-year-old producer Squarehead, real name Oliver Legder, who releases his new EP today.

By | Music | Thursday, 16 June 2011 at 3:46 pm

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