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Catch In The Nest's latest clip featuring Anna Lunoe

By Jason Black
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Aussie DJ producer Anna Lunoe has been making waves here in the States since her memorable Coachella 2014 set out in the Southern California desert. Now, she sits down with Skillex’s Nest HQ family for a quick on-camera chat. In the latest third episode in this ongoing artist-driven series, In The Nest delves into Lunoe’s songwriting process, her early days as a radio station volunteer, and DJing as a form of meditation.

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Louie Fresco on dedication: "There's no alternative where I'm doing something other than music"

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Baja-born, Barcelona-based deep house hero Louie Fresco has been dedicated, diligently working hard, and perfecting his musical craft for years. Recently, the MEXA label honcho unveiled the fruits of all that blood, sweat, and studio tears — his Autophobia album on No. 19 featuring catchy standout singles like “White Sugar” and “So Good.” Beatport News was fortunate enough to catch up with this hard-working DJ producer in the Catalan capital where we chatted about his early life in Mexicali, “remixing” Hot Creations’ Lee Foss, his upcoming whirlwind tour, and so much more.

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Theo Parrish's pearls of wisdom: "Stay dedicated, honor the craft, and be true to yourself"

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Genre-defying Detroit DJ producer Theo Parrish, 42, never looks back. Never ever. Only forward. He’s not interested in getting sucked into reflecting on Detroit’s influential mid-’90s underground scene, a thriving scene he helped create and polinate. He only wants to push himself toward the future, toward what’s possible, toward the unknown. Recently, the Sound Signature boss chatted with UK-based lifestyler Huck Magazine about what he learned from his early career, his obsession with creatively challenging himself, his latest single “Footwork,” his love of Prince, some essential pearls of wisdom along the way, and plenty more.

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Michael Brun on his homeland: “Dance music is new in Haiti, but it's boomed in the last few years”

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Haitian-born electronic DJ producer Michael Brun, 21, is certainly wise beyond his years. Growing up on the mean streets of Port Au Prince has shaped him, being surrounded by his Caribbean country’s endemic poverty day-in and day-out. In a new feature-length interview with Billboard, Brun comments on being raised in a musical family, lending a helping hand to his homeland, and the launch of his new imprint Kid Coconut and lead-off progressive single “Zenith.”

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Flava D as a teen: "I was a bit of a recluse, very stuck in my music"

By Jason Black
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UK-based Butterz affiliate Flava D (born Danielle Gooding) has been making waves lately with her innovative garage sound including her latest single “In The Dance“. But she’s still a bit shy in the spotlight, finding refuge beneath her New Era baseball cap and behind label bosses Elijah and Skilliam. In her first solo-ish interview with Fact, the producer-slash-DJ chats about her humble beginnings, J Dilla, her future ambitions, and much more.

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Robert Hood on techno: "I just want to help inspire, put that inspiration back in others"

By Beatport News Editors
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During his recent Movement 2014 set, Detroit techno pioneer Robert Hood, 49, did something unexpected. He had a bit of family fun during his Underground stage set by letting his 18-year-old daughter Lyric (who wants to be a DJ) play a few tunes including Martin Garrix’s “Animals.” Unexpected sure. But it simply shows that Hood is all heart, all family — and doesn’t care much what pundits or techno purists think about his music. And you’ve got to respect a guy who’s always followed his own path. In a new feature-length interview with Resident Advisor, the techno icon talks about faith, music, and the Motor City.

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Simian Mobile Disco ace XLR8R's 20-question quiz

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Recently, UK electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco (aka James Ford and Jas Shaw) trekked out into the stark California desert to Pioneertown (a small community near the Joshua Tree National Park) where they played a local saloon with a skeletal setup including two modular synths, two Sequentix Cirklon sequencers, and a mixing desk. A recording of their landmark performance will form the basis of their forthcoming, fourth album Whorl dropping in September. In a new feature-length interview with US tastemaker outlet XLR8R, the synth-loving tag team talk about Robert Johnson, US customs, Pioneertown, and the meaning behind their new album.

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J.Phlip on closing out the Beatport stage at Movement 2014: "It was the biggest honor in the world for me"

By Emma Robertson
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When one of the headliners scheduled to play the Beatport stage on Day 3 of Detroit’s Movement Festival 2014 unexpectedly backed out due to illness, the decision to offer the slot to DirtyBird’s own Jessica Philippe was a no-brainer. The San Francisco-based DJ producer better known by her stage name, J.Phlip is a powerhouse behind the decks. Now that the post-festival chaos has calmed down, Beatport News correspondent Emma Robertson caught up with the Champaign, Illinois native to talk about her incredible closing set, her recent birthday celebration at the Lightning in a Bottle festival, and the enduring magic of The Motor City.

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XLR8R fires 20 questions at breakcore pioneer Venetian Snares

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Canadian electronic artist Venetian Snares (aka Aaron Funk), 39, is a micro-genre master. He’s one of the pioneers and most prolific leaders within breakcore, IDM, and lots of other niche musical styles. Last week, he released his latest album My Love is a Bulldozer on Mike Paradinas’ Planet Mu label. This week, XLR8R chatted with him about his first new album since 2010, the power of love, cats, coffee, and much more.

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Icelanders GusGus on calling their new album Mexico: "It’s a metaphor for going out west."

By Nick Tsirimokos
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GusGus are one the most influential bands to emerge from the notable electronic music scene in Iceland. Their ability to effortlessly weave together combinations of techno, house, and experimental pop has led to both an impressive back catalog spanning nearly two decades, and an uncompromising aesthetic that is distinctly their own. This week, GusGus release their ninth studio album, Mexico — a vibrant, pop driven affair that follows on from 2011′s broody but dancefloor friendly Arabian Horse. Setting an instantly playful tone, Mexico delivers a collection of smooth, intelligent, and slickly-produced tracks that combine cutting-edge pop sensibilities with a lighter, more emotional club feel. Last week, Beatport News was fortunate enough to chat to Biggie Veira and Högni Egilsson about the recording process, their studio gear, and their future plans.

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