Belgian duo Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike had one crazy 2013, to be sure, so it’s no surprise that their successes over those 12 months had such an impact on the Beatport massive, who voted them Community Choice Artist of the Year and chose their track “Mammoth” as Community Choice Track of the Year in this year’s Beatport Awards. We chatted with the brotherly pair about picking up two huge awards on Friday.
Few producers in the ever-expanding dance-music universe have received such critical acclaim and maintained such a loyal following as Norway’s Savant. Forever bending the sonic style of his electro-laced main-room productions, the producer known properly as Aleksander Vinter cranks out his intoxicating sonic fluoresence with a regularity unrivaled through any outlet of the modern music industry—which is exactly why we were so happy to catch up with the man himself after his recent US tour with Infected Mushroom and the release of his third studio album of 2013, Orakel.
Though Marc Houle first came to our attention in the late ’90s as a stalwart member of Richie Hawtin’s Minus outfit, it is his penchant for techno, house, new wave, and sarcasm that has kept him on our radar throughout the years. Launching the Items & Things imprint with Magda and Troy Pierce in 2011, Houle’s sound continues to be a revolving door of evolving ideas. “A lot of people know me from my minimal bleep days,” says the Berliner-by-way-of-Windsor, Ontario, “which will still be thrown in there, but my sound has changed a lot and I want to see how people will react to the new material.”
Still buzzing from the 25th release on Items & Things in September, a five-track collaboration with Click Box, Razzamatazz, Houle is in the midst of tying up a 22-day tour of North America, bringing his one-of-a-kind live shows, in which he only plays his own productions (he’s said to have over 1000), to 13 different cities. While blazing the trail, we caught up with him to talk about the hardships of being a live act, North America’s love for techno, and what’s up for 2014.
It’s not everyday that a modern dance music artist pays direct tribute to dub master King Tubby. But, amongst influences that range from Chicago juke to quick-paced jungle, that’s just what Paris-based Moresounds does on his new self–titled EP on Astrophonica. Thankfully for us, Moresounds disconnected his tape delay long enough to let us slip him a handful of questions.
Finland’s Something Good unveil a new five-track EP for Nocturnal Groove and discuss the challenges of being their nation’s best-kept secret.
As childhood friends, Ruben den Boer and Victor Pool held the same vivid musical dreams as the vast majority of their Dutch peers. Years down the line, their Vicetone moniker has set an unprecedented benchmark for young artists with the ambition to make it happen at any cost. Now representing Holland’s new-school elite with a wave of free releases and remixes, few have mastered the power of blogs and online fan interaction quite as persuasively as this Universal Music-approved outfit.
Having dropped their Trice Recordings debut “Stars” back in April to a hero’s welcome from some of Europe’s hottest DJs, the Dutch duo sat down with Beatport News to talk about giving it away, the persuasive reign of pop and house, and their forward motions for 2013.
It’s becoming more and more common that producers are being discovered not so much through their releases as their live videos on YouTube. M4SONIC is one such bedroom producer whose videos of him jamming on a Novation Launchpad were seen by the right eyes, and as a result, he landed a remix for synth-poppers Empire of the Sun. For not having any released music or live shows under his belt, his Facebook has tens of thousands of fans and tens of millions of YouTube views—all driven by his unique, labor-intensive approach to using the Novation Launchpad. With his new remix of Empire of the Sun’s “Alive” just out, M4SONIC recently took a minute to tell us about how his rising star was set in motion.
As the newest and youngest member of the dirtybird crew, 20-year-old Justin Jay proudly reps his SoCal roots, bringing LA’s laid-back vibes into perfect harmony with dirtybird’s trademark groovy funk. After winning a DJ Mag competition at the tender age of 18, Jay released his first track ever on dirtybird in 2010, and in the past three years his stature has only grown. Now, with his Static EP burning up the deep-house charts, we checked in with him to talk NorCal/SoCal beef and having two Justins on one label.
Devout house heads claiming to be wise to the renowned “Mannheim sound” are sure to have lapped up the versatile talents of Nick Curly somewhere along the way. A multi-angle evangelist who traffics in the soulful and energetic ends of modern house music, Curly has carefully balanced his unique studio offerings with dual label duties for Cecille and 8Bit.
His debut album, Between the Lines, was recently re-released by Defected Records, and brings with it a considerable arsenal of remixes from the likes of Dennis Ferrer and Yoruba Soul, among others. Beatport News sat down with Curly to talk instrumental aptitude and the legwork that led his Cecille imprint towards its fifth anniversary.
In the last few years, Booka Shade’s Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier haven’t played a ton of live shows—but that’s about to change this weekend as they bring their Blackout: White Noise Tour to London’s Neon Noise Project this Saturday, March 9, and take the stage with all their gear alongside Lindstrom, Marc Romboy, Russ Yallop, Foamo, Fort Romeau, and Warm DJs. But what’s more is that they’ve also got the Blackout: White Noise EP out a week after that. We chatted with Kammermeier about what’s changed with their productions over the years and what to expect from the new live gigs.