Real Talk: Depression
An anonymous musician talks us through the hard realities that many touring DJs face up to.

Real Talk is a series of artist-penned essays that appear on XLR8R from time to time.  In our latest edition, we offer something a bit different to the usual format: its author is a well-known touring…

Live Essentials: Flight Facilities
Hugo Gruzman, one half of the Australian duo, talks us through their live essentials.

When Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell joined forces as Flight Facilities back in 2009, they unwittingly launched a project that would quickly grow to become one of Australia’s most well-received electroni…

Studio Essentials: These Hidden Hands
Tommy Four Seven and Alain Paul run us through the gear that they hold most dear.

Some partnerships were simply meant to be; with every release, it becomes clearer that the British-born, Berlin-based pairing of Tommy Four Seven and Alain Paul is just that. Their project These Hidde…

XLR8R's Top 10 Downloads of August
Check out the 10 most popular tracks to hit our downloads section last month.

It’s with great anticipation every month that we compile the best of our downloads section into the top 10 list. You’ll find tracks from established artists and exciting newcomers alike, a…

Ion Ludwig: The Search Continues
One of the scene's most elusive characters sits down to share his story.

From Berlin’s Club der Visionaere to a historical Dutch city on the banks of the River IJssel, one of the scene’s most admired yet enigmatic characters sits down to tell William Ralston his story. Dev…

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…

Studio Essentials: High Contrast
Wales' gift to drum & bass lets us in on his studio secrets.

Lincoln Barrett, better known as High Contrast, is one of the drum & bass scene’s most familiar faces. The Welshman’s iconic afro has bobbed behind many a DJ booth on the international…

Get Familiar: Route 8 / Q3A
The exciting Hungarian opens up about his story to date, studio techniques, and visions for the future.

With his releases on the likes of Lobster Theremin and Delsin, Gergely Szilveszter Horvath has helped to put Hungary on the electronic music map. Itzel Ramirez caught up with him to find out more abou…

Artist Tips: Tijana T
One of Europe's rising selectors gives 10 tips for improving your DJing.

Tijana Todorovic (a.k.a. Tijana T) may be a new name on the international scene, but the Serbian DJ has been a key figure in her home nation’s dance music scene for many years. However, music wa…

Sónar: Too Much of a Good Thing?
XLR8R digs deep into the relationship between Sónar festival and the various "Off" events that surround it.

Barcelona’s Off-Week—or Anti-Sónar and Off-Sónar as it was formerly known—now brings a similar amount of people to the city as the main festival itself. The relationship between the organizers …

XLR8R's Top 10 Downloads of July
Check out the 10 most popular tracks to hit our downloads section last month.

Each month, XLR8R receives countless download submissions from exciting newcomers and established veterans alike and every day—barring weekends—we release a free track for your listening and playing p…

Studio Essentials: Bruno Pronsato
Berlin-based Steven Ford guides us through the essentials that make his studio such a fruitful outlet.

A wise man once said that there are many paths to the top of the mountain; in the case of Steven Ford (a.k.a. Bruno Pronsato), one of the most revered voices in minimal house music, speed metal drummi…

Ask the Experts: Mathew Jonson
The Berlin-based Canadian gear fanatic steps up to answer your questions.

Last month, we were delighted to be able to relaunch our Ask the Experts series—a column in which we hand over the reigns to some of our favorite musicians who have agreed to take the time to respond …

Interpretations: Sebastian Mullaert
The Swedish artist heads to a Malibu beachfront to perform his live set in front of the XLR8R cameras.

For such a laidback character, Swedish musician Sebastian Mullaert has a knack for making people dance wildly. His story won’t sound too far out of the ordinary to many of us: after a childhood spent …

Get Familiar: Abdulla Rashim
Abdulla Rashim is mysterious and exciting in equal measure. In a rare interview, XLR8R discovers why.

Sweden’s Abdulla Rashim is mysterious and exciting in equal measure. Since taking on the Abdulla Rashim moniker just three short years ago, the DJ-producer has launched two highly respected labe…

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…

In the Studio: Tobi Neumann
XLR8R spends an afternoon at Riverside Studios with a staple of the German electronic scene.

Having working previously as a composer for jingles and commercials, and with numerous collaborations with artists on the front line of electronic music under his belt, Tobi Neumann makes a perfect co…

Studio Essentials: Octave One
The Burden Brothers detail their musical essentials for when they are on the road.

The Burden Brothers’ connection with their machines runs deep. Lenny and Lawrence, siblings from Detroit, are the core members of one of techno history’s most pivotal acts (with Lorne, Lynell and Lanc…

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