Comment
Music News

Here's a brief primer on Busy P's Justice-rearing Ed Banger label

By Beatport News Editors
busy-p

If electro house is your thing in 2014, there’s a man you need to think—and his name is Busy P. Sure, the producer/DJ/impresario born Pedro Winter isn’t exactly singlehandedly responsible for electro house’s popularity, but his role can’t be understated. Not only did he manage Daft Punk for 10 years (during which they launched their monumental live show in 2006), but he also helped give birth to Justice—the Parisian duo who proved to be the lynchpin between the older French house style and today’s huge electro sound—via his Ed Banger label, which also ushered the careers of DJ Mehdi, Uffie, Feadz, Breakbot, and tons more.

Read More

Comment
Interview

Todd Terje on It's Album Time: "It's 1,000 times more rewarding to make something from scratch"

By Ken Taylor
Todd Terje

In the years prior to his 2012 breakout hit, “Inspector Norse,” Todd Terje was a prince among the disco-edit royalty of the Scandinavian dance scene. But all that changed on the strength of a couple original singles, and before long, fans of his slinky, synthy house were clamoring for more. Today, the man who takes his stage name from house legend Todd Terry (his real name is Terje Olsen) releases his first full-length LP, appropriately titled It’s Album Time, and it takes in all manner of influences from dance music’s past—including a notable guest appearance from Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry. We spoke with the Oslo-based Olsen about the new album, his songwriting approach, and the importance of label independence.

Read More

Comment
Music News

A day in the life of a party photographer, courtesy of Thump

By Beatport News Editors
atrak

Party photographers can live a pretty fast and fun life—at least according to one whose photos popped up on Thump late last week. Kaitlin Parry spent a week in Miami with camera in hand, snapping all manner of shots while taking it way into the dawning hours with the likes of Diplo, Drop the Lime, DJ Craze, GTA, and more.

Read More

Comment
Tools of the Trade

Producer Nick Hook reviews the Bass Bot TT-303 clone of Roland's TB-303

By Beatport News Editors
TT303

The Roland TB-303 was introduced in the early ’80s to help guitar players have a little buddy to play bass along with them—but they hated it. Then some cats in Chicago picked it up and started making house with it and acid was born. Fast-forward 20 years, long after the original was taken out of production, and we have a million clones on the market: from the plugin, to the one that looks like a pizza box, to the x0xb0x, and on down the list to today’s review subject, Cyclone Analogic’s Bass Bot TT-303.

Read More

Comment
Festivals

Zedd, Benny Benassi, Hardwell, and Krewella to headline Sunset Music Festival in Tampa

By Beatport News Editors
sunset

The festival lineup for this Memorial Day Weekend couldn’t get any hotter. Not only are Movement Detroit, EDC New York, and Mysteryland taking place that weekend, but now Tampa’s Sunset Music Festival has also thrown its hat into the ring, and to entice you, they’ve booked Zedd, Benny Benassi, Hardwell, and Krewella to headline the event.

Read More

Comment
Weekend Weapons

Owen Howells shares a handful of surefire heaters before tomorrow's Sydney gig

By Matt Ferry
owen Howells

With releases running the gamut of four-to-the-floor dance music, and an upcoming tour spanning every corner of the globe, London’s Owen Howells continues to make waves in the underground scene. From DJ, to producer, to label owner of Shades, Howells has put in the hours, and is rightly reaping the benefits of his contributions to the electronic music community. Prepping for his first gig in Sydney tomorrow, March 29, Howells took some time to hip us to a few of the surefire heaters you’ll be grooving to at one of his upcoming shows.

Read More