Space Dimension Controller on his new record, harnessing classic synths and creative efficiency in the studio

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“I was a complete mental case. If it hadn’t been for meeting my now wife, I’d probably still be a total disaster.” Irish producer, DJ and electronic music-making polymath Jack Hamill tells us, of how his investment in hedonism and a party lifestyle consumed his life. Meanwhile, his alter-ego Space Dimension Controller has creatively fired […]

Matt Black on the legacy of Coldcut, the values of Ninja Tune and building innovative new technology

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There are few figures in the industry that have had the same level of impact as Matt Black, from a production and performance point of view, his work with Jonathan More as part of Coldcut alone would be enough to enshrine his legacy as a pivotal figure in the evolution of dance music. Arguably the […]

James Hurr shares some pro secrets on crafting the perfect mix for a dance floor anthem

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As a child of the 80s, raised in Ash Vale in Surrey, James Hurr had a relatively quiet life until he discovered rave culture at the tender age of 15. His enthusiasm for this incendiary new movement was not approved of by Guildford’s Royal Grammar School, where years earlier he had won an assisted place. […]

Michael Stein, Stranger Things composer, chats with us at NAMM 2020

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Indulging on his first-ever trip to NAMM, Michael Stein is found floating around the collection of quirky modular instruments on the show floor, where he and his colleague, Kyle Dixon, perhaps feel at home. The pair were known to utilise modular synthesis to create some of the nostalgic, often menacing sounds of the Stranger Things […]

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 […]

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 […]