Real Talk: Cosmin TRG
The Romanian DJ-producer explores how social media has broken the dance music ecosystem.

Our Real Talk series returns, this time with Cosmin TRG, formerly known as TRG, and now one of dance music’s ubiquitous figures. Throughout a career spanning almost a decade, the Berlin-based Ro…

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…

Real Talk: Brett Johnson
The US DJ-producer explores the importance of 'playing the game' in artistic success.

The latest in our series of artist-penned essays comes from America’s Brett Johnson. The Berlin-based DJ-producer has been releasing his take on groovy house for the best part of two decades, hi…

Real Talk: Marquis Hawkes
The UK DJ discusses his motivations for switching from vinyl to digital formats.

Real Talk’ is a series of artist-penned essays that appear on XLR8R from time to time.  Since his 2012 debut on Glasgow’s Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, the raw, ghetto influenced stylings of Marqu…

Real Talk: Sepalcure
Travis Stewart and Praveen Sharma discuss the benefits of constraints in the creative process.

Real Talk’ is a series of artist-penned essays that appear on XLR8R from time to time. This week’s submission comes from Sepalcure, the project of North Carolina’s Travis Stewart (be…

Exclusive: Stream a New Mix from Fred P
The mix was recorded in Cape Town, South Africa on March 24.

A recent subject of our Real Talk series, New York’s finest Fred P has been honing his craft for over two decades, releasing under both his Fred P and Black Jazz Consortium aliases. On March 24, he pl…

Real Talk: Tim Exile
"I had an alternative vision for what music could be: improvised, spontaneous and adapting to each unique scenario."

Real Talk is a series of artist-penned essays that appears on XLR8R from time to time; this installment’s scribe is producer Tim Exile. Born Tim Shaw, the producer is ambitious, restless and inq…

Real Talk: Ambivalent
The man behind the Delft and Valence labels asks: What does a real DJ do?

‘Real Talk’ is a series of artist-penned essays that appears on XLR8R from time to time. This installment’s scribe is  producer Kevin McHugh, the man better known as Ambivalent. McHu…

Real Talk: Jimmy Edgar
The veteran producer speaks on longevity and the importance of loving his work.

‘Real Talk’ is a series of artist-penned essays that appears on XLR8R from time to time. Next week, Jimmy Edgar will issue Fabriclive 79, his contribution to the vaunted mix series and the…

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