New York-based beatmaker FaltyDL (aka Drew Lustman) defies simple categorization. Whether it’s on his various albums like 2013′s critically acclaimed Hardcourage for English tastemaker Ninja Tune or his musically diverse releases on his own underground Blueberry imprint, he enjoys dabbling in jazz, hip-hop, electronic, obscure vinyl-only oddities, and much more. Next month, he’s releasing his anticipated fourth LP In The Wild so XLR8R decided that it was high-time to put the American DJ producer on the hot seat.
This year, in 2014, just as Beatport marks its 10th anniversary, Lloyd Starr, 35, has been named acting president. It’s a leadership role that the former COO has been diligently working towards over his past decade with the company. You might say he’s been groomed for the position. Recently, the door opened due to former CEO Matt Adell’s exit last month. So, after much internal discussion, Starr has stepped in and up, and has never looked back. In a new mini-interview with leading music industry publication Billboard, Beatport’s new helmer opens up about the future of the digital dance music download platform, his overarching plan to increase the organization’s social media reach, their ongoing cat-and-mouse game with download farms, and the true meaning of EDM.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.