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Drumcell: An Altered Shape
Marked by BL_K Noise and Hypoxia, the LA-based artist discusses the experimental side of his character.

For most people, it’s their upbringings and early life experiences that shape who they are—and for an artist, it’s those years and moments that have paved the creative path. For …

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AMBIQ: Freedom Through Sound
The electronic-jazz trio discuss the origins and inner-workings of their improvisational collaboration.

AMBIQ is the project of Max Loderbauer (modular synth), Samuel Rohrer (drums/perc, electronics) and Claudio Puntin (clarinet, electronics). The origins can be traced back to Loderbauer’s relationship with Ricardo Villalobos. …

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Coachella 2016: Winners and Losers
Yeah, we went both weekends.

Winner: DJ Koze in The Yuma Tent Many artists have showcased their talent on the decks inside the Yuma tent since its inception back in 2013. Our first big memory …

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Real Talk: Lucy
Luca Mortellaro explores the split between the producer and performing side of artists.

Real Talk’ is a series of artist-penned essays that appears on XLR8R from time to time. This month’s submission comes from Luca Mortellaro, the DJ-producer better known as Lucy. The Italian-born, …

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Artist Tips: Session Victim
Hauke Freer and Matthias Reiling give us some quick sampling tips.

Hauke Freer and Matthias Reiling are German house duo Session Victim. Friends of over two decades from their home of Hamburg, they quickly built a reputation in dance music circles, …

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A Guide To: Virtual Reality and Music
XLR8R explores the rich intersection between electronic music and virtual reality.

After a fitful start in the 1980s and 1990s, a new dawn of virtual reality (termed “VR”) is now finally upon us. By now, you’ve surely heard the hype; many consider …

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Bubblin' Up: Junes
XLR8R spends an afternoon with the Galdoors co-founder at his home in Berlin.

Back in the Spring of 2013, a new Audio Werner record surfaced as the debutant release on the then unknown Galdoors record label. A totally faceless affair, it was packaged …

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Labels We Love: Heisenberg
XLR8R investigates the origins and secrets of the thriving Russian label.

“If the music is good it will reach the people; if not then fuck it,” says Sasha Kaktus. Besides his work as a DJ-producer, St. Petersburg-based Kaktus is founder of …

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Zendid: Merging of Minds
A widely-known name in the DJ community, the French duo finally explain their story.

If you missed the mix they shared via XLR8R just last week, you’d be forgiven for not knowing who Adrien Doumenge (left) and Lenny Mailleau (right) are. Originating from Toulouse, Southern France, …

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Artist Tips: Sasha
With a new album on the shelves, Sasha provides five tips on collaboration and workflow.

British artist Sasha—now based in the US—has been one of the leading house and techno DJs for most of his 26 years as a professional DJ, and his mix compilations are …

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Get Familiar: Chris Carrier
XLR8R shines a light on one of house music's unsung heroes, who also provides an exclusive bundle of music.

Chris Carrier is an artist in the truest sense of the word. He creates not for the glamour of doing so, but rather due to an innate need to do …

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A Guide To: Modular Synthesis
Freerotator Steevio guides us through the minefield that is his Eurorack.

Unless you’ve been avoiding any kind of electronic music-related content for the past few years, you have noticed the rise in popularity of modular synthesis. Once the preserve of scientific …

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In the Studio: Milton Bradley
Marking his upcoming LP, the Berlin-based artist discusses gear, records, labels, and his main sources of inspiration.

Having been born and raised in Berlin, it’s clear that Milton Bradley’s dark and moody studio output is influenced by the city’s gloomy landscape. Over the past eight years, Bradley …

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Cristi Cons: Classical Electronics
The rising Romanian discusses his history with classical music and the turning tides in the Romanian scene.

Romania’s electronic music scene has never attracted as much curiosity as it does in this day. It’s a well-documented story that we all know by now: Their Bucharest­-centric bubble, characterized …

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Artist Tips: Âme
Kristian Beyer offers up five quick tips for finding the best music for your sets.

“The digital age has changed a lot about finding music,” says Âme’s Kristian Beyer in our recent conversations. The German DJ-producer—who co-runs the prolific Innervisions institution alongside Dixon and Frank Wiedemann—has forged a …

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Real Talk: Fred P
"There is a soundtrack and it is the beat of your heart. Forever translate and be in the sequential rhythm of life…"

Real Talk is a series of artist-penned essays that appears on XLR8R from time to time; this instalment comes from deep house specialist Fred Peterkin (a.k.a. Fred P or Black …

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Moderat: Power of Three
They may be up to album number three, but Sebastian Szary, Sascha Ring and Gernot Bronsert's sonic synthesis doesn't come easy.

Disregarding the rare savant who can toss off a masterpiece in an afternoon, art rarely comes easily. Self-doubt is always there; the pressures of the outside world are always present; …

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Tresor: 25 Years and Counting
Marking Tresor’s 25th anniversary, XLR8R meets those behind the Berlin powerhouse to discuss what lies ahead.

In what is still a relatively young genre, there aren’t many institutions which are yet to make it to the ripe old age of 25. Tresor has been a stronghold …

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