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Interview

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda on collaborating with Steve Aoki: "It was all really organic"

By Evan Shamoon
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“A Light That Never Comes” is the lead single from Linkin Park’s forthcoming remix album, Recharged, which also features remixes by various heavy hitters, including Rick Rubin, Killsonik, Datsik, Nick Catchdubs, and Money Mark, among others. The track was produced by Steve Aoki, in collaboration with Linkin Park’s own Mike Shinoda, over the course of six months. Despite the fact that both artists are based in Los Angeles, they met on Twitter, and constant touring meant that the workflow took place mainly online. The resulting track has a decidedly bass-heavy electro vibe—less with the live instrumentation and more with the moombahton. We spoke to Shinoda about the process of working with Aoki on the duo’s first-ever collaboration.

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Tools of the Trade

And you thought hitting the Sync button was cheating? Wait 'til you see Beamz by Flo!

By Ken Taylor
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Have you ever dreamed of being a star? If the answer is “yes,” then let rapper Flo Rida take you there with his new sensor-based instrument, Beamz by Flo. Like a cross between a Theremin and a karaoke machine, Beamz, at least from the looks of it, allows you to trip samples by gesturing wildly at the controller’s lazer field while playing back instrumental covers of well-known club hits.

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Morning Roundup

Grammy troll Al Walser is back, plus, the Black Dog's new gear company, the history of the beat tape, and Afrojack shoots for the moon

By Ken Taylor
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Remember when, seemingly out of nowhere, a keytar-toting dude named Al Walser ended up in the list of nominees for the Grammys’ Best Dance Recording last year? Well, it turns out that we hadn’t seen the last of that rather ambitious Liechtensteinian gentleman. He’s back—with a new track and video called “I Want My Money Now”—and he’s got quite a story to tell.

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Moving Pictures

Dillon Francis, Boys Noize, Paul Oakenfold, and Alanis Morissette(?) vie for your vote in the DJ Mag Top 100

By Emmy Morales
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Thank god there is still a clutch of DJs (and some singers) out there who don’t take themselves too seriously. As you’ll find in this hilarious video from Funny or Die, folks like Paul Oakenfold, Dillon Francis, Alanis Morissette (yep), and Tiesto (hopefully) can take a joke, as they lampoon what many already lampoon pretty regularly—DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll. Should you trust Oakie if he indeed played a private gig for a pantsless Richard Branson? Can Alanis learn to DJ quickly enough to be eligible for the poll?

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Festivals

Five must-see acts at this year's Melt! Festival

By Andy Lee
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Since its inception in 1997, the Melt! Festival has developed into one of the premiere electronic music events in all of Europe. Taking place in Ferropolis, Germany, from July 19-21, Melt! originated as a single-day event but has expanded to encompass three days of top-notch music from a star-studded lineup. In order to ensure that Melt! attendees witness the best and the brightest of this year’s talented roster, we’ve compiled a brief list of our top five artists that you simply can’t afford to miss.

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