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XLR8R fires 20 questions at breakcore pioneer Venetian Snares

By Beatport News Editors
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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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Josh Wink on DJing: "The three most important things are to entertain, educate and create an aural journey"

By Beatport News Editors
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Masterful. Credible. Quality control. These are just some of the words to describe techno-idealist Josh Wink who’s built an enviable long-standing career over the past few decades. In a new feature length interview with 15 Questions, the Philadelphia-based producer chats about the art of the mix, the 20-year anniversary of his signature imprint Ovum, mastering his own studio set-up, and lots more.

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Joakim on his studio: "The tools I use, the instruments I have, are a big inspiration for me"

By Beatport News Editors
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Musically speaking, French electronic artist Joakim Bouaziz, 37, is hard to pin down: part club music, part jazz, part experimentalism. He’s eclectic as Spin’s own Phil Sherburne found out in a new in-depth interview. Speaking by phone from his new apartment in downtown Manhattan, Bouaziz chats about moving from his beloved France to NYC, the management of his own label Tigersushi which launched back in 2000, and, of course, his latest sixth album, Tropics of Love.

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Richie Hawtin shares his creative process, his studio and live set-ups at Montreal's EM15 (Mutek)

By Beatport News Editors
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The 15th annual EM15 festival (formerly known as Mutek) just wrapped over this past weekend in Montreal and DJ Tech Tools was there covering all the cutting-edge experimental electronic festivities. In this new exclusive, hour-long interview, techno guru Richie Hawtin chats with DJ Tech Tools’ managing editor Ken Taylor about his creative process for making and performing electronic music over the course of his esteemed 25-year career.

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FACT TV spotlights Kangding Ray at Montreal's Mutek festival

By Beatport News Editors
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All this week, the 15th annual experimental electronic Mutek Festival (or, EM 15 as it’s now called) is taking place up north in Montreal. Fortunately for those of us that cannot be there, FACT TV is there covering all the action from this leading-edge music, art, and cultural event. Debuting in their ongoing EM 15 video interview series is Raster-Noton techno label mainstay Kangding Ray (aka David Letellier) who talks about his latest, fourth album Solens Arc, the Raster-Noton family, and his own personal creative process.

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Ben Frost on Brian Eno as musical mentor: "...he gives me a challenge, rather than confidence."

By Beatport News Editors
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Iceland-based, Australian-born experimental composer Ben Frost is a remarkable talent who defies categorization. As a follow-up to 2009′s cinematic debut By The Throat, he’s just released his second solo album A U R O R A that’s a headlong dive into the deep end of the electronic pool. Recently, he linked up with Clash to chat about being musically mentored by the iconic Brian Eno, the fun, reciprocal relationship he shares with his Twitter followers, and, of course, his latest effort.

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German techno icon Ben Klock on DJing: "Others can sleep for 13 hours, I can play for 13 hours."

By Beatport News Editors
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As the most well-known resident at the now infamous German nightclub Berghain, techno veteran Ben Klock has become synonymous with the club due to his legendary marathon DJ sets, sometimes lasting up to eight hours or more. (Wow, somebody better get this guy a coconut water!) In a new interview with XLR8R, the born and bred Berliner sounds off about his DJ set stamina, becoming a zen monk, and his genuine love of Nick Drake’s 1972 album Pink Moon.

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Martyn on the music business: "...To stay relevant...you constantly have to come up with something new..."

By Beatport News Editors
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Dutch bass producer Martyn (born Martijn Deijkers) knows that he must continually adapt his leading-edge electronic sound or get lost by the wayside in today’s up-to-the-second bass music culture. Before the release of his third album The Air Between Worlds next month on Ninja Tune, the drum & bass turned dubstep producer opens up to DJ Broadcast about being unsatisfied with his second album Ghost People, settling into his new life here in America, and rediscovered the joy of making music again.

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