Although we mostly know them now as the robotic pair behind Daft Punk, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo were once merely humans who made fantastic house music. Their transformation into the space-aged robots they are today, it turns out, has been the ongoing effort of a team including stage FX designer Tony Gardner, who takes us through the evolution of the Daft Punk helmets, gloves, body armor, and all that in a new mini-documentary.
San Francisco DJ and producer J.Phlip has been on a roll ever since she convinced dirtybird to release her track “Rumble, Rumble” back in 2008. She just wrapped up a huge tour with label boss Claude VonStroke, but the party never stops for this former Midwesterner. Back in September we caught up with the artist known more formally as Jessica Philippe at TomorrowWorld, where she told us about how she got signed and how she chose the artistic path she’s currently carving out.
The current techno scene is flush with those who take their music (and themselves) far too seriously. Not so with Exercise One (aka Marco Freivogel and Ingo Gansera), who originally met in Berlin while working at the !K7 label. Years later, the Berlin duo stands out from the crowd with their genuine warmth, a mischievous manner, and a DIY spirit that threads throughout their music over the past decade. As they describe it, they’re “driving a car called techno off a cliff and straight into the sea of endless possibilities.” Watch our exclusive interview with them now.
Australian wunderkind Flume has ascended to the heights of the electronic music world in a considerably short amount of time, with his trademark “Sleepless” track building steam before the release of his self-titled debut LP for Future Classic earlier this year. Now Flume has seen a deluxe release as a new four-disc set including the full album, a CD’s worth of remixes and coinciding mixtape, a live DVD, and a special “producer disc” which features an in-depth tutorial led by Flume on making and performing music with Ableton Live.
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.
Imagine growing up in your hometown tastemaker record store. Well, that’s exactly what happened to an adolescent Jesse Siminski (aka Heartthrob). Born and raised in Northern Michigan, he was weaned on early Prince and Kraftwerk vinyl that he foraged from his dad’s independent record shop. Then, as a teen, he discovered the Midwest rave scene, commuting to Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee to catch the pioneering minimal acid and techno of Richie Hawtin, Drop Bass Network, and Communique Records, among others. Now, he resides in techno mecca Berlin, releasing on influential labels like Hot Creations, Minus, and now, his own imprint Isnisnt.
It’s an interesting thing that even in a place like South Africa, the music scenes between town and country rarely intersect. Leave it to Bridges for Music, then, to help integrate not only the sounds of South African urban centers with their outlying townships, but also to foster a relationship between artists from the US and Europe and those making their homes in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and other metropolises. Geneva’s Luciano is one such DJ who, earlier this year, made the trip to both entertain and educate South African youth in Langa and Soweto townships on the topic of dance music.
As you may already know, Toronto, Ontario, is busting at the seams with dance-music talent. Even beyond the more obvious names (who know who we’re talking about), folks like Keys N Krates, Autoerotique, Gingy, Azari & III, and tons more are keeping the scene fresh, vibrant, and not tied to any single genre or scene. Like the country’s multicultural mandate, Toronto too embodies an all-are-welcome musical ethos.
On his own, Japanese artist Ryo Fujimoto (aka Humanelectro) is a beatboxing phenomenon. But with a team of engineers and artists, who convert the electric signals that emanate from Fujimoto’s body during a performance into real-time audio and video, his work becomes a whole new thing.
Video fun—that’s what we’ve got for you today. Whether it’s Deadmau5 busting out the Ferrari, some voguers busting out the sweetest moves ever, or Flux Pavilion busting out quite an outfit for kicking it at Walmart, there’s a lot to process. So what are you waiting for?