Brittney Scott may not be a name you know, but if you’re on Twitter and enjoy dance music, her art is something you’ve seen before. Her signature Microsoft Paint-looking drawings have been used by some of the world’s biggest DJs including A-Trak, Major Lazer, and Martin Solvieg as Twitter avatar photos. What looks like a simple scribble here and there has grown into a massive following, leading Brittney to design her own merchandise and debut her first art show in Los Angeles last week.
Scottish-born DJ extraordinaire Jackmaster (born Jack Revill) is a true force of nature behind the decks. Simply put, the man can play. House, techno, lost disco, classic ’80s electro, and more all seamlessly bend to his will in the mix coupled with his exceptional, eclectic taste and his silky flow. In a recent feature-length interview, XLR8R tapped the DJs DJ about working at the influential Rubadub record shop, the true role of a resident DJ, and his unflinching love for 24-hour fast food.
It’s a studio collaboration that sounds clandestine. A few years ago, the musical odd couple of Guy Gerber and Puff Daddy connected when the Manhattan hip-hop mogul invited the modern deep-house icon to fly to New York for a bit and head into the studio together. Just to see what would happen. The result, is 11 11, an emotive mix of Gerber’s ethereal, sublime production and Diddy’s New York-style hip-hop flow on standout cuts like “My Heart” and “Floating Messiah.” As Gerber himself sums it up: “11 11 is a date and an hour when two worlds collide and a gate opens to another dimension.” Color us intrigued. So we caught up with the Israeli-born deep-house luminary while he’s been summering in Ibiza so we could unravel this musical riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
Like most globe-trotting DJs of his stature, David Guetta, 46, is spending the summer months in idyllic Ibiza. Why not? He can. Seasonally based in the splendid Spanish White Isle, the Frenchman currently hosts two weekly residences at Ushuaia (on Mondays) and Pacha (on Thursdays) respectively. Over the weekend, he jet-sets across Europe gigging wherever the tailwind takes him. And, as if his relentless touring schedule weren’t enough, he’s also carved out a sliver of time to collaborate with Swedish chart-topper Avicii on his new single “Lovers on the Sun” featuring singer Sam Martin. Interestingly enough, Guetta says he drew personal inspiration from some classic Morricone Spaghetti Western scores like 1964′s A Fistful of Dollars and 1966′s The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Both were directed by Italian director Sergio Leone and starred Clint Eastwood. We immediately perked up and wanted to know more about it.
Washington-born, Chicago-bred, and current Detroit resident Theo Parrish is one of the most respected producers in the modern scene. At the tender age of 13, the Motor City luminary began playing vinyl, name-checking Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, and George Gershwin as some of his musical inspirations. Nearly two decades later, Parrish’s name has become synonymous with his genre-spanning DJ sets around the world, his own Sound Signature label, and along the way, he’s collaborated with a host of notable musicians from Amp Fiddler to Moodymann. Recently, the influential Detroit producer was across the pond in England for a series of live shows and stopped into Gilles Peterson’s tastemaking Worldwide radio show to chat about his life in music and his recent performances in London and Manchester. In addition to the insightful interview, Parrish brought along an essential selection of tunes including personal influences and some VIP-only gems.
Over the past year, Chapel Hill, North Carolina native Porter Robinson, 22, has been hard at work on his debut album Worlds. He’s remained absent from the major festival circuit around the country, and has merely been fulfilling his obligations to his Las Vegas residency at Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub. While not playing those shows, though, he’s been slaving away at a studio in Carrboro, North Carolina, feverishly working on tracks for Worlds, his first official studio album since his monster EP, Spitfire dropped in 2011. In the lead-up to its release today, he’s teased a host of new tracks from the album, but all-in-all, the whole thing has remained a secret save for the recent NPR stream that gave listeners the first dose of the new face of this blossoming young producer.
Almost three decades ago, Chicago-based DJ producer Nathaniel Pierre Jones, known to his rabid fans simply as DJ Pierre, pioneered the signature, squelchy acid house sound by messing around with a second-hand Roland bass synthesizer known as the 303. Acid was born, and later, as a member of Phuture, Pierre released 1987′s landmark EP Acid Tracks, (originally recorded in 1985) considered to be the very first acid-house recording in history. This classic ’80s acid sound went on to inspire a far-reaching array of ’90s electronic artists: Richie Hawtin, Aphex Twin, and The Chemical Brothers just to name a few, as well as modern producers like Skrillex.
Despite having a music career that most artists dream of spanning over three decades, Kevin Saunderson, 50, remains humble and down to earth about his accomplishments. Lately, the KMS Records boss has been committed to keeping it family-style, helping to launch the future of his youngest son Dantiez, who’s a up-and-coming DJ producer in his own right. Recently, UK-based news source Attack sourced the Detroit icon (who just flew in from Ibiza) to chat about the modern globalization of dance music, hidden samples in classic Inner City records, and some essential tips to handling fellow Belleville Three legend Derrick May.
If you’re fortunate enough to be in Amsterdam this weekend, you’re probably headed straight to the second annual Dekmantel festival. Prominent electronic luminaries Ben Klock, Boddika, DJ Koze, Jamie xx, Jeff Talabot, Nicolas Jaar, and Theo Parrish, among many others will all be on-hand to move the masses across fives stages curated by Resident Advisor, Red Bull Music Academy, Boiler Room, and more. Sounds amazing. Yet, just in case you can’t make it, XLR8R’s got an in-depth interview with the founding trio—Thomas Martojo, Casper Tielrooij, and Matthijs Theben Terville—behind the leading-edge, three-day event.
SF-based Dirtybird OG crew member Worthy is quite a cool, chill customer. Growing up in Washington DC area, the 36-year-old electronic DJ producer (born Sean Williams) got inspired from an early age from the nascent East Coast rave scene mixed with local ’80s-’90s hardcore punk bands of the day like Bad Brains, Minor Threat (later Fugazi), Dischord Records’ heavyweights Nation of Ulysses, and many more. Later, he moved to New York where he started playing records across a myriad of dance genres; from techno and breaks to hip-hop and drum & bass. Whatever was fresh and exciting sound-wise. Then, in 2001, he flew out west to San Francisco where he linked up with Claude vonStroke and Justin and Christian Martin, becoming one of the original four founding members of the Dirtybird collective. Impressive. Recently, Beatport News editor Jason Black sat down with him over an IPA or two at the roguish Toronado dive bar located in the infamous Lower Haight district to chat about being an original founding member of the Dirtybird crew, the recent release of his debut Disbehave, the formation of his artist-driven Anabatic label, and growing up in DC with a diverse musical fervor for LTJ Bukem, Stacey Pullen, and Ian MacKaye.