The German duo of Patrick Bodmer and Philipp Jung (together as M.A.N.D.Y.) have made quite a bankable name for themselves in global dance-music circles over the past decade. Alongside label co-founders Booka Shade, their 2005 electro-house hit single “Body Language” made a huge splash on their own Get Physical imprint—and years later, they continue to build on that success with their latest deep-house tunes like “Twisted Sister” and “Superstitious.” Speaking from the state-of-the-art studio in the basement of their Berlin offices, Bodmer rapped about his exclusive Beatport mix, the newly released “Superstitious” remixes, and what’s up next for M.A.N.D.Y. in the coming year.
With a number of stellar releases, a growing crew of up-and-coming talent, and a Wednesday-night residency in Ibiza called Paradise, there’s no question that 2013 has been the year of Jamie Jones and Hot Creations (which we sort of predicted last year). A Welsh DJ and producer who got his start when his Freak n Chic release “Amazon” took over the charts in 2006, Jones founded the Hot Creations label with friend and fellow artist Lee Foss in 2010. Together, the duo has been steadily releasing music from a solid roster of like-minded artists, including Digitaria, Clockwork, Miguel Campbell, Ultrasone, wAFF, Jesse Perez, and Bubba. A couple of weeks back, the London-based producer dropped the deep and techy Planets, Spaceships EP on the label so we caught up with him to talk about the four-tracker, the magic of Ibiza, and the year that was 2013.
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.
Spektre has been one of the most consistent and prolific studio outfits over the past few years. UK-based techno cohorts Richard Wakley and Paul Maddox united over their shared passion for driving electronic music and a deep mutual desire to push sonic boundaries. That’s exactly what they’ve accomplished across their clutch of quality singles and, most notably, two full-length releases, 2010’s Casting Shadows Without Light, on their own Respekt insignia, and their most recent, Cyclic Operations, which just landed on Toolroom. As chilly winter weather closes in, Wakley and Maddox have retreated to their Sheffield-based camp to fire up the machines and log some serious studio time. We got a chance to sit in on their latest session and find out more about their musical adventures.
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.
Longevity. Few in dance music can claim lasting career endurance more than Ram Records main man Andy C. The secret to his success is simple. He loves doing exactly what he’s doing. And what’s not to love about making your living DJing, producing music, and touring the world over the past 20 years. We connected with him at home in Hornchurch, Essex, England, to find out more about the latest installment in his ongoing Nightlife mix series, including his standout jump-up single “Workout,” partying at the Great Wall of China, remixing Radiohead, and never, ever stopping to rest on your laurels. Away we go…
It may be shocking to some people, but there’s more to Germany than techno [Gasp!] Yes, outside the sacred walls of Berghain there’s a number of young producers making all shapes and styles of electronic sounds, and trying to make their mark in the wide world of dance music. One such young gun is Mannheim-based producer Virtual Riot (aka Valentin Brunn), whose wondrously fluorescent take on the electro-house sound is something we can’t get enough of here at BP HQ. Brunn had a second to chat and we picked his brain about his sound, his favorite VSTs, and what to expect from Virtual Riot in 2014.
A few weeks back we were lucky enough to catch up with Zedd (aka Anton Zaslavski), who, after winning a pair of Beatport Play remix contests in 2010, has become one of dance music’s breakout stars, going from producing in a bedroom in a small German town to producing Lady Gaga and touring the world.
Roaming along the wood-stained shelves at City Lights Books in San Francisco’s infamous North Beach neighborhood, Guy Gerber, 39, is like a kid in a candy store. From an early age, the Israeli-born DJ/producer has been fascinated with mid-century American culture, particularly the ’50s Beat Generation of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and the rest. He’s standing at ground zero in the mecca of American literary counter-culture and loving every second. Delighted, smiling from ear to ear, he meanders up and down the overstuffed aisles of the extensive fiction section soaking it all in.
Back in September, we hitched a ride down to Chattahoochee Hills, GA, to catch TomorrowWorld in its inaugural US incarnation. Among many other highlights, we were psyched to get the chance to speak with Dim Mak head honcho, DJ, and producer Steve Aoki, who told us all about how his label rose to prominence in the electro-house underground and how Los Angeles’ club scene is constantly evolving. Peep the video interview below.