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Interview

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

By Ken Taylor
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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.

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Music News

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

By Beatport News Editors
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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.

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Tools of the Trade

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

By Beatport News Editors
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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.

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Friday Matinée

Lil Silva, Joe Goddard, and Erol Alkan talk early club experiences in a short documentary

By Beatport News Editors
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Without any exaggeration, London’s club scene is unlike any other in the world. It has, for the last 30 or 40 years, been the breeding ground for some of dance music’s most progressive sounds, and naturally was for many years the only place to hear the newest cutting-edge tracks around (we’re talking pre-internet here). To honor that legacy, filmmaker Rollo Jackson has assembled London… On a Regular, a short documentary that features the likes of Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, XL Recordings’ Richard Russel, and producers and DJs Lil Silva, Erol Alkan, and more discussing their early clubbing experiences at the places at which they were regulars.

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Festivals

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

By Beatport News Editors
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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.

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Festivals

Hardwell, Steve Aoki, and Martin Garrix headline Mysteryland 2014; tickets onsale April 5

By Jason Black
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Mysteryland, the world’s longest-running festival, has just announced the first part of its festival line-up for the Netherlands, featuring a broad array of music, art, acts, food, décor and theater, as well as an amazing mix of marquee DJ talent and underground artists. Confirmed DJ appearances include the world’s current number one Hardwell, Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, Loco Dice, Chris Liebing, ISH & Dadara, and Kate Raudenbush.

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