Bristol’s Roni Size is known first and foremost as a jungle and drum & bass legend, and his Reprazent collective changed the dance-music game entirely in 1997 with their classic LP New Forms. But did you also know that the man loves to cook? “I love to cook curry, sushi and West Indian food. I love mastering the party of flavors,” he told Mixmag recently, when asked about his current obsessions. But that’s not all.
In a world where almost anyone can become a superstar overnight, there are few in the “big-room” game that have risen with such subtlety and decorum as Syn Cole. Avoiding the unscrupulous tactics of some of his contemporaries such as buying likes and hiring ghost producers, this Estonian DJ and producer (born Rene Pais), 26, has stepped out from beyond Ash and Avicii’s shadow with only a few original tracks and a handful of big name remixes. Following the recent release of his glowing remix of Zedd’s “Find You,” 2014 is set to be the year Rene transcends the Le7els brand that built him and make the melodic electro world his own.
Jimmy Edgar’s pal and Ultramajic label mate Danny Daze is a pretty hilarious—and forthright—guy. And today’s interview with the Miami-reared producer/DJ via Attack Magazine really puts a spotlight on the guy’s unique personality. “I’d play at a McDonalds back in the day if they paid me in cheeseburgers,” he said, when asked about taking bad gigs in the past.
The Germans definitely brought minimal techno to the masses (that is, if you consider the relatively small sect of minimal techno fans a “mass”), but it was really born in Detroit in the ’90s, under the command of Underground Resistance’s Robert Hood and Jeff Mills. Decades later, Hood is still putting out slab after slab of direct, booming, often banging techno under his own name and under the monikers Monobox and Floorplan. So with his M-Plant label celebrating its 20th year of existence, XLR8R threw 20 questions past the minimalist master.
Last week, we got the chance to chat with Oxford, UK-based LAXX, the dubstep technician who has transformed his sound on each new release. Newly signed to the Never Say Die label, LAXX (real name Jamie) follows up his Step One release from earlier in the year with this week’s Step Two EP. Peruse the full interview below as we delve into his history and his thoughts on the current states of dubstep, trap, and sounds for the not-so-distant future.
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.
Over the course of his more-than-decade-long career, Deadmau5 has never able to visit his huge fan base in India—until recently. Yes, you may recall that a few weeks back, he finally got to make the trip to Mumbai, Bangalore, and Delhi, and he also got to hit a closed-track course in a Lamborghini with one of the country’s most celebrated singers, Daler Mendhi. Well, after those appearances, it’s apparent that his love for India is sincere and huge.
Maybe more than any other ’90s producer out there, Marc “MK” Kinchen has been riding a crazy wave of popularity since deep house’s recent embrace by the masses these last couple of years. It’s by no means undeserved, of course—Kinchen has certainly got the chops to warrant the attention—but it’s been his remixes of some of pop’s biggest stars, both back in the ’90s (Pet Shop Boys, Bobby Brown) and now (Lana Del Rey), that have put him squarely in the center of dance music’s world-domination plot.
So just how do you get to be as huge and long-running a success in the world of dance music as John Digweed? “Do you want to be a sprinter or a marathon runner?” is the question that the legendary DJ and producer suggests you ask yourself. “I’ve always wanted to be in this for as long as I can,” he told Thump in a recent interview.
Great authors have always offered the advice to “write what you know.” On his latest album, Love Letters, Metronomy frontman Joe Mount, 32, did just that, crafting songs about traveling and touring, love and longing. As you’d imagine, the last few years have been a roller-coaster ride for the London-based crew due to the overwhelming response they’ve received for 2011’s critically acclaimed The English Riviera, which was nominated for the UK’s coveted Mercury Prize. Now, Mount’s back in New York getting ready for a show tonight at the Music Hall in Williamsburg to promote his new effort. Over the phone holed up in his hotel room, he spoke to us about the great expectations that comes with success, the stark beauty of analog recording, and why he’s a fanboy for Kelis.