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Why Have Warehouse Parties Gotten So Gimmicky?

By |July 1, 2015|Opinion|

The warehouse party is dead – long live the “warehouse party.” A cornerstone of dance music history, a warehouse party has come to be defined as any illegal event – no permit or license – held inside a former industrial location. In some cases, the definition has been stretched to [...]

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Allen & Heath’s Xone:43C: Quality Analog Mixer With Excellent Digital Features

By |June 23, 2015|Reviews|

Back in April, Allen & Heath announced the Xone:43 and Xone:43C mixers. The former is an analog-only mixer built for a range of skill levels, while the latter expands upon this framework with USB functionality, X:LINK capabilities, the ability to handle the Serato DJ Club Kit, and a DVS option [...]

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Reloop Beatmix 4: A Good Starter Controller

By |June 8, 2015|DJ Controllers, Reviews|

Even beginner and intermediate-level DJs deserve quality gear, and Reloop, who has been introducing pieces in recent years that compete with Pioneer and Numark, has put out the Beatmix 4 for this purpose. A performance-oriented four-channel pad controller specifically for Serato DJ Intro, the Beatmix 4 presents a layout and [...]

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When EDM Producers Become Necessary to a Pop Star’s Career

By |May 15, 2015|News|

Justin Bieber’s planning a comeback, and is letting everyone know it. If you’ve forgotten, the teen pop star behind hits like “Baby” and “Boyfriend” tarnished his image over the past two years: The kid with the swept hair and high-pitched voice transitioned into a young adult that throws eggs at [...]

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Krewella Shouldn’t Speak for All Women in EDM

By |May 8, 2015|News, Opinion|

It’s stating the obvious that women aren’t as visible in EDM as the guys. Plenty come up with excuses: Women aren’t as interested in technology, you just have to look harder, or women just aren’t as good producers. This, of course, doesn’t mean that women are completely absent. Several have [...]

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Deep Tech Producer Stefano Kosa Talks Success and New EP in Interview

By |May 5, 2015|Artist Profiles|

Italian DJ/producer Stefano Kosa emerged four years ago and has since turned into one of Italy’s top underground performers. While DJing since 2003, Kosa put out his first official release, a single called “Again,” on Diva Records in 2011 and received support from Richie Hawtin not long after. Having a [...]

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Touring Deep House: The Best Way to Introduce U.S. Audiences?

By |April 20, 2015|News, Opinion|

Deep house is having its moment in the U.S. Some say it’s about time, but with the subgenre’s newfound popularity comes one criticized aspect: Deep house is fueling similarly massive events and venues that progressive house producers were doing three years ago. Last year, New York City saw Tchami come [...]

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3 Ways Underground Dance Music Can Be Full of It

By |April 9, 2015|Opinion|

You don’t mess with something sacred. You don’t spoil a good memory (even if it’s partially false and fully glorified). You don’t talk ill of something so perfect. Underground dance music, or UDM as it’s now being called to differentiate itself from the rest of electronic dance music (EDM), keeps [...]

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Native Instruments Stems – A New Audio File Format Provides DJs, Producers, and Live Performers

By |March 30, 2015|News|

Stems - A New, Open Multi-Track Audio Format is Announced at WMC 2015 in Miami New audio file format provides DJs, producers, and live performers the ability to mix with a track’s different musical elements individually MIAMI 2015 – Stems – a new, multi-channel audio format has been unveiled at [...]

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Native Instruments’ Maschine Studio: A Bunch of Features Right at Your Fingertips

By |March 26, 2015|DJ Controllers, Reviews, Software, Studio Gear|

Out for nearly five years now, Native Instruments’ Maschine has set a new industry standard as a hardware-software beat-production workstation. Its functionality bypasses Akia’s MPC, while serving as a high-quality studio hub (but not a full DAW) with built-in sequencing, sampling, and loop slicing. Now considered Native Instruments’ top-tier groove [...]

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For 2015, the “End of EDM” is Evolution

By |March 20, 2015|Opinion|

The start of each year often means one thing: Publications saying that “this year” will surely be the end of EDM. Instead, with 2015, the trends point less to obliteration of four-to-the-floor beats and huge synth chords coupled with high-pitched vocals. Instead, the end of 2014 and early signs this [...]

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Ghost Producing, Part II: If Everyone Does It, Why Not Admit It?

By |March 13, 2015|News, Opinion|

It seemed that, before the end of 2013, ghost producing within electronic dance music was acknowledged but not talked about. Hinted at, yes, but no artist directly came out and said, “Yes, I have used ghost producers,” or “I have a team behind me. Did you think I was a [...]