The Dandy Warhols’ Zia McCabe on learning via experimentation and building bass lines

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For the past 25 years, The Dandy Warhols have forged a successful path through a shifting musical landscape with their distinctive cacophony of guitar and synth-based rock ’n’ roll. This route has included recording huge hits like 2000’s colossal Bohemian Like You, We Used To Be Friends and Not If You Were The Last Junkie […]

Ørjan Nilsen on the birth of his career and what tracks inspired him

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This Norwegian producer and DJ was first known for his driving and anthemic Trance sound, with his breakthrough tracks in 2005 and 2006 for Armada Music under his DJ Governor alias. A successful debut solo album came in 2011 before hundreds of solo releases, remixes and another three studio albums. Constantly working with some of […]

Tech Dissect: discussing equality in the music production world

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On 9 November 2019, Spitfire Audio hosted London’s first-ever Tech Dissect, an event specially created by Bristol organisation Saffron, with the express intention of supporting womxn in music and music technology and challenge the current climate of the industry where only 7% of UK engineers and producers are currently female. Over the course of the […]

Korg M1: A classic workstation synth gets the nostalgia treatment

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Were you making music in 1988? Things were very pricey in the synth market back then, with old-guard-analogue being firmly out of favour. The new digital breed, such as the Yamaha DX7 and the Roland D-50, were firmly established, no doubt sounding very fine though your ‘digitally ready’ headphones (remember that meaningless sales campaign?). But […]

Show Off Your Studio: Tim Goalen’s eclectic studio of synths and folk instruments

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Studio owner Tim Goalen Contact timgoalen.com | Twitter: @TimGoa Kit List Sequential Prophet-6 Korg Polysix Moog Sub Phatty 2 Mac Pros linked by ethernet, one running Pro Tools and the other running Vienna Ensemble Pro for sample playback Avantone CV28 small diaphragm tube mic Genelec 8020C monitors Instruments: viola, violin, Fender Jaguar, acoustic guitars, ronroco, […]

Kate Tempest producer Dan Carey on working fast in the studio and harnessing creative ideas effectively

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“When you’re in the midst of making a record, you as the producer are performing almost as much as the band. You need to keep the sessions moving, ensure each day has a good arc to it and there aren’t any gaps because you’re fucking around with MIDI cables.” South London producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist […]

Cody Currie lets us into his Jazz Dungeon studio and tells us how Berlin life has shaped his career for the better

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Cody Currie’s nuanced concoctions of jazz keys, disco licks and heavy-hitting drums has cemented his place in the house music scene, with a distinctive sound that oozes maturity. The Berlin-based 24-year-old has been experimenting with samples for most of his career but has recently dived head-first into live instrumentation within his productions. After recently teaming […]

Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL) discusses working with Orchestral Tools and the creation of his new sample pack

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One of the soundtracking world’s biggest stars, Junkie XL has made a significant impact with his scores to such blockbusters as Mad Max: Fury Road, Terminator: Dark Fate, Tomb Raider and numerous others. Now the man behind the music, Tom Holkenborg, has teamed up with Orchestral Tools to provide composers with a unique brass library […]

Producer Third Son talks modular, great claps and how Spotify “saved the music industry”

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In what feels like the blink of an eye, Joseph Thomas Price’s Third Son alias has gone from a DJ project based around a university club night, to a successful electronic artist performing live and DJ’ing at some of the best clubs and venues across the world. With music supported by many of the house […]

The Best Gear Of The Decade: 2018

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It’s not as easy to feel the impact of products from 2018 given that they’ve only had a year or so to get into the hands of creative artists. But some of the gear that came out has a very deserving place in a Gear Of The Decade list, and no doubt will continue to […]