Ask the Experts: DVS1
Zak Khutoretsky imparts his wisdom on DJing, music production, mastering, and everything in between.

In the latter half of 2016, news hit that Zak Khutoretsky (a.k.a. DVS1) was making plans for HUSH’s 20th anniversary celebrations. Through those past two decades, the HUSH umbrella has covered all of …

Top 10 Rising Australian Producers
XLR8R shines a light on 10 ascending artists from down under.

Being so far away from the rest of the world geographically, Australia can sometimes be overlooked when it comes to underground electronic music. Most of the time, it’s not until an artist uproo…

Point Blank Takes a First Look at Maschine Jam in Latest Video
Point Blank instructor and producer Paul Ressel gets to grips with the brand new hardware release from Native Instruments.

Native Instruments’ Maschine has become a staple in producer’s studios the world over since it was launched back in 2009. In the years following, Maschine received numerous software and ha…

Watch Stefano Ritteri Explore Teenage Engineering's OP1 and Pocket Operators
Point Blank instructor, producer, and DJ Stefano Ritteri shows how to use the portable synths to create a track on the road.

First dropping in 2009, Teenage Engineering’s OP1 is a portable synth, sampler, and recording device with a whole lot of quirky features to stir inspiration and have you thinking about creating …

Premiere: Hear a Trippy Drum Workout from DJ Spider
'TMC' will feature on the renowned producer's forthcoming EP on Rekids.

Ninja Dive-By will be the latest EP from New York techno stalwart DJ Spider. Following on from releases on The Trilogy Tapes, BleeD, and KilleKill, the four-track EP will be DJ Spider’s debut fo…

Mike Shannon: "For me, techno has always been a faceless thing."
As XLR8R Festival 2016 approaches, the head of the Cynosure label muses on his beginnings, his ethos, and the advantages of musical naiveté..

Nowadays, he’s one of the most respected guys in techno; as a kid growing up in Ontario, however, it’s a safe bet that dance-music greatness was probably the last thing on Mike ShannonR…

In the Studio: Tim Green
Take a peek into the London laboratory of the ever-upwards techno/house honcho.

London’s Tim Green occupies a curious position as a certain kind of British producer. Nowadays, the 31-year-old, originally from Aldington in Kent, makes beats of a club-crushing propensity more often…

Premiere: Hear a Track from Primitive World's Upcoming EP on R&S
The 'Purple Caps' EP will land on the revered UK label on December 4.

Primitive World (a.k.a. Sam Willis) will debut on the revered R&S imprint on December 4 with Purple Caps, his latest EP. The four originals presented on Purple Caps, as well as the lone remix by N…

Premiere: Stream Johannes Heil's Latest LP in Full
The Exile boss will drop 'The Black Light' on November 23.

German producer Johannes Heil is set to drop his latest LP, The Black Light, via Exile on November 23. The Black Light presents 10 tracks aimed squarely at the darker edge of the dancefloor. From the …

Watch Parts Two and Three of Icicle's Native Instruments Tutorial
In the latest videos, Icicle focuses on creating drums and bass in FM8 and Kontakt.

Point Blank has just released parts two and three of drum & bass producer Icicle’s tutorial series. Following on from part one—which featured the renowned sound designer running through NI&#…

Interview: Kode9
Emptiness and loss serve as the catalysts for the Hyperdub founder's new album.

On New Years Eve of 2014, Kode9 scrapped almost all the music he had been working on for the past year. “Everything I was making was really synthy and didn’t capture how I was feeling,” he expla…

Q&A: Ron Morelli
The man from L.I.E.S. talks about his latest work for Hospital Productions, 'A Gathering Together.'

Few people are synonymous with their record labels in the same way as Ron Morelli. His brainchild, Long Island Electrical Systems (L.I.E.S.) has been home to the grainy house and techno that’s become …

Q&A: Nils Frahm
The acclaimed composer and performer preps the latest installement of the 'Late Night Tales' mix-CD series.

As the phone clicks and a soft-spoken Nils Frahm gives a greeting, it’s hard to imagine how he even has time for an interview, let alone a new project. The solo musician and composer has been establis…

Interview: Happa
The Leeds-based producer may be young, but he's a mature and accomplished artist.

It’s refreshing to meet someone who has been making huge waves in the European electronic scene for the last three years, but remains down to earth and honest—perhaps even humble. Needless to sa…

Q&A: Fort Romeau
With 'Insides,' the producer delivers an album brimming with rich, sensuous house.

“That album name came kind of last minute,” Mike Greene says as he sits in a Williamsburg, Brooklyn hotel room, relaxing before a late-night gig at New York’s club of the moment, Good Room. “I had the…

Q&A: Ben Sims
A techno titan talks hip-hop, labels, and studio break-ins.

Tune into digital-radio station NTS late on a Wednesday night, and you’ll be greeted by what sounds like a fractured, cut-and-paste jingle. It’s the sort of program opener that a morning d…

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