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Real Talk: Dense & Pika
Alex Jones and Chris Spero reflect on the challenges of an extended life in music.

Dense & Pika is the DJ/production project of Alex Jones—Hypercolour label boss—and Chris Spero, most widely known for his work as Glimpse. Their collaborative journey started in 2011 with a number…

Real Talk: Kiani & His Legion on a Science of Uncertainty
The rising Belgian artist muses on outside inspirations and the need for ambiguity in art.

Over the last few years, rising Belgian artist Thomas Neyens (a.k.a. Kiani & His Legion) has become a name to watch in the greater house music scene. Neyens first appeared on the radar under the K…

Artist Tips: Janina
Drawing on experience, the Berlin-based artist offers her tips for young DJs looking to break through.

Success certainly didn’t come easy for Janina. Born in the German capital, where she resides today, she grew up without the stability that family can offer: her parents divorced, fled, and left her un…

Artist Tips: Monoloc
Sascha Borchardt reveals some of the secrets behind his brooding, atmospheric sound.

Given his releases on some of techno music’s most prominent labels, many of you will already be familiar with the work of Sascha Borchardt (a.k.a Monoloc). Borchardt, now based in Berlin, grew u…

Real Talk: Honey Dijon on What it Means to Be a DJ
The house music mainstay muses on the artform behind the mix.

Honey Dijon will be performing alongside Ricardo Villalobos, RPR Soundsystem, Black Coffee, Âme, Nina Kraviz, and more at SXM Festival, which takes place March 15-19 in St Martin. You can grab tickets…

Real Talk: Romans on the Importance of Techno in the Face of Fascism
Gunnar Haslam and Johannes Auvinen (a.k.a. Tin Man) reflect on techno's role in the fight against fascism.

The latest in our series of artist-penned essays comes from Romans, the collaborative project of New York techno producer Gunnar Haslam and Vienna-based acid evangelist Johannes Auvinen (a.k.a. Tin Ma…

Artist Tips: Pedram
The enigmatic producer reveals some of his studio secrets.

UK-based artist Pedram Mehrshahi (a.k.a Pedram) first surfaced in 2013 when he released an emotionally charged slice of electronica in the form of his debut Nina EP, before playing a memorable Boiler …

Real Talk: Eomac on Misogyny in Dance Music
Ian McDonnell addresses the existence and consequences of misogyny in dance music and wider society.

Our final Real Talk of an utterly bizarre 12 months comes from Ian McDonnell, the DJ-producer and label boss better known as Eomac—and it sits there as perhaps one of the most poignant and fascinating…

Seven Davis Jr.: The Other Side
XLR8R gets the story behind the LA-based producer's sophomore full-length.

Seven Davis Jr. has left an indelible mark on the world of electronic music in recent years. The Los Angeles musician has rode a skyrocketing trajectory ever since his earliest material dropped back i…

Discwoman: Rave Ethics for Women
Catherine Hilgers and Discwoman's Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson detail how to rave safe.

Currently, I’m in West Warwick, Rhode Island and just went for a bike ride and a guy hurled abuse at me because apparently “my ass was hanging out”—which, as a side-note, is how I like my ass to be. A…

Hearing: the Science of Protecting Your Ears
In part one of three, EarPeace explains the science behind hearing and hearing loss.

As music lovers, there is one sense we can’t live without: hearing. Despite its precious nature, noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus are among the fastest growing disabilities in the western world…


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