Techno star and Ibiza mainstay Francisco Allendes gives us production tips and a tour of his gear

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Chilean DJ and producer Francisco Allendes has been slowly rising through the ranks of the techno scene, releasing on labels such as Desolat, Crosstown Rebels, VIVa Music, Cadenza and many more. He’s been a resident of Ushuaïa since 2010 and a monthly regular at the incredible ANTS party, too – and once we discovered he […]

French DJ and producer Rocco Rodamaal explains how he recreated a stone-cold house classic

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For those who don’t know you, Rocco, tell us a little about your journey into DJing and making music… I’ve been a DJ for 30 years and a producer for 20 years. I’ve been immersed in music from childhood, thanks to my older brother, who was DJ’ing in the 80s. He allowed me to listen […]

“I can’t make feel-good stuff right now”: KYOSi on her current approach to making music

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She’s been described by some as ‘experimental indie pop’, while others have referred to her as a skilled fuser of jazz and electronica, but for New York-based electronic-music artist Dani DiCiaccio – in the guise of her artistic persona KYOSi – the music she crafts isn’t designed to tick any specific boxes. “I think I […]

Black Lion Audio on its approach to fusing modern technology with classic hardware

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It used to be that if you weren’t getting the best performance out of your audio interface, then the only solution was to sell it and buy a new (and usually more expensive) solution. That scenario might well have changed, because there are now specialist companies such as Black Lion Audio that can take an […]

Steve Mackey on producing M.I.A., Arcade Fire: “Persuading artists to turn dials and do extreme things in the studio is exciting”

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“I think it’s tough for new artists to do what Pulp did. Which was to be very unsuccessful for a long time,” laughs Steve Mackey. The former Pulp bassist, now anarchic production auteur, is dissecting the music industry and how it has mutated since he, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle and the rest of Sheffield’s most […]

Production duo LYRE share vocal chains and explain the power of silence in tracks

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Female production duo LYRE may not yet be a household name, but at their current trajectory, they could be before long. Made up of best friends and former roommates Alina Smith and Elli Moore, LYRE specialise in pop and their productions have already racked up over 100 million plays. They’ve even earned the number one […]

Paul Statham – multi-Platinum songsmith for Warner Chappell Music – on how to write hits

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In the last decade, songwriting courses have flourished around the world, with droves of passionate students keen to cultivate the skills that will enable them to join the sizeable writing teams behind the charts. Music-industry stalwart Paul Statham is one of the architects behind the Writing For Commission module at BIMM London, a visiting professor […]

Caravan Palace on how the “virtuous cycle” of social media has underpinned their huge success

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Back in the day, a single or album chart position could define a band. It would indicate sales, success and serve as a good predictor for how long said act would last. Did your last single scrape into the Top 40 at number 39? Your days are numbered. Nowadays, while chart success might still be […]

Ed Harcourt talks highs and lows of songwriting and collaboration

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During our exploration of Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter and producer Ed Harcourt’s Oxfordshire studio, the inevitable question arises – about whether modern studio technology is a good thing and whether having unlimited track counts and thousands of instruments at your disposal is beneficial to the process.  Ed’s view is that in the songwriting sphere, less can be […]