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

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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"

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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)

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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

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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."

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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."

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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..."

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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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Jack Beats chat winning DMC, signing with Skrillex, and "Beatbox"

By Jason Black
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In an exclusive Beatport News interview, we sit down with London-based duo Jack Beats inside San Francisco tastemaker vinyl shop Vinyl Dreams to chat about their musical evolution from DMC-winning turntablists to eclectic house beatmakers, linking up with Skrillex (aka Sonny Moore) and his LA-based OWSLA crew, and their latest single “Beatbox” that affirms their deep hip-hop roots.

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Night Slugs main man Bok Bok talks London, collabs, and the first record he ever bought

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Night Slugs label head, designer, and of course DJ and producer Bok Bok (aka Alex Sushon) is about to release Your Charizmatic Self, his first EP in three years, on May 26. To mark the occasion, XLR8R floated 20 questions by the Londoner to get his feelings on a number of topics; where he was born, what his first purchased record was, and what he loves and despises about his hometown, are just a few things he discusses.

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