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New Forms 2013

Five Minutes with 214 at New Forms Festival

XLR8R spent much of last weekend taking in the sights and sounds of Vancouver's annual New Forms Festival (our full review can be found here). While making our way around the Northwest city, we took some time to catch up with a number of the weekend's performers. Having already shared our chats with Lee Gamble and Anthony Naples, our final conversation finds us speaking with Chris Roman, a Seattle-based producer better known for his electro-minded 214 alias (or, alternately, by his house-minded J. Alvarez handle), who delivered a rare live hardware performance to close out the festival's Saturday night. We caught up with Roman—a producer we deemed one of 2012's best new artists—for a few minutes during the afternoon before his set to talk about why he decided to trek all his gear north of the US border and what exactly the man has been up to this year. … Read more »

Five Minutes with Anthony Naples at New Forms Festival

During our time at Vancouver's New Forms Festival last weekend (our full review can be read here), we took a few minutes to catch up with a handful of the event's artists. After sharing our interview with Lee Gamble yesterday, today we check in with rapidly ascending New York DJ/producer Anthony Naples, who told us about honing his craft over the past 18 months, the goals for his fledgling Proibito label, and his hopes for moving beyond the "outsider house" tag. … Read more »

Five Minutes with Lee Gamble at New Forms Festival

Over the past weekend, XLR8R headed north to take in the 2013 edition of Vancouver's New Forms Festival (our full review can be found here). While there, we also set aside some time to check in with a few of the artists featured on the four-day gathering's impressive bill, including London soundsmith and PAN affiliate Lee Gamble, who talked with us the day after his performance. During our conversation, he reflected back on how his live set has evolved over a summer full of touring, and told us about his forthcoming projects, including his recently announced collaboration with fast-rising Los Angeles producer Delroy Edwards. … Read more »

Nine Highlights and One Surprising Letdown from New Forms 2013

At this point, summer has basically given way to autumn, yet the festival season marches on. Over the weekend, XLR8R once again made the trip to Vancouver for the annual New Forms Festival. Now on its 13th edition, New Forms has evolved over the years into a more substantial event, spanning four days and incorporating various art exhibitions along with its prized selection of musical offerings. Yet even as it grows, New Forms remains a festival that places curation above mass appeal and provides an intimate setting to take in a variety of innovative electronic outfits. This year's program included a number of more high-profile names (at least in underground circles) alongside local acts and more eccentric artists, and in the end, the Canadian festival's 2013 chapter provided many highlights and only one surprising disappointment. … Read more »

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