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Last month, 16,000 ravers attended Belfast's AVA Festival at its new home on the Titanic Slipways. DJ Mag traveled to AVA to discover how the event is creating a sense of unity, community and a second wave of rave in the city

In 2015, Belfast’s first AVA Festival and conference found its home beneath the towering yellow Harland & Wolff cranes — affectionately named Samson and Goliath...

Get To Know: Kirollus

Get acquainted with Kirollus, the Brighton-based DJ, Defected broadcaster and vinyl seller bringing his love for rare funk, boogie and soul to the masses

In 2020, if you were maxing out on DJ mixes in the Covid pandemic’s first wave, it would have been hard to miss Kirollus. The...

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Since beatboxing first arrived on British shores from the US in the ’80s, the passion and innovation of UK acts have taken the art to unimaginable heights. Jak Hutchcraft charts the development of the scene, speaking to boundary breakers and educators, and finds it in ruder health than ever

DJ Mag is sat in Wembley Arena surrounded by thousands of singing children. We’re at a Young Voices event — the largest school choir in...

AV

Get to know AV, the London UK drill producer who has had a milestone year, making music for artists including Digga D and LD

“Never!” AV beams when asked if he ever expected he would work on a No.1 album. It’s just a matter of days since Digga D’s...

Jeshi

East London’s Jeshi documents personal struggles, social contradictions and life’s day-to-day mundanities with a wry wit and relatable appeal. For this month’s Meet the MC, Rahel Aklilu speaks to him about the observational songwriting of his debut album, ‘Universal Credit’

"This is less of a big, brash political statement, which you’d expect because of the title, but rather a collection of observations from a man...

12 emerging artists you need to hear this June

The latest and greatest DJs and producers rising to the top this month. From hard-hitting techno and soulful house anthems to ravey post-punk bangers, here's June 2022's list of upcoming talent you should be keeping track of

Berlin-based DJ and producer Anna Kost’s debut EP ‘The Very End Of You’ on Hotflush-offshoot Who Whom is the ideal intro into her raw but...

A press shot of Flume in a striped jumper, holding a bunch of white flowers against an orange backdrop

Caught between the demands of being an internationally-renowned performer and his desire for a quiet life, Australian producer Flume found balance upon returning to his homeland. Amongst nature, and with a restored sense of wellbeing, he completed his most ambitious album to date, 'Palaces'. Megan Venzin learns its story

Flume fills arenas, smashes stage props with sledgehammers, and builds booming soundscapes with the high-tech gear that fills his ever-expanding studio. Harley Edward Streten, on...

DJ Mooncup identified as person that died after attending Bang Face Weekender

DJ Mooncup aka Ellen Percival has been identified as the person that died after attending Bang Face Weekender at Pontins in Southport.


The Bristol DJ...

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J Dilla changed music with his unique production style and wonky beat patterns. Ahead of an expansive new book on his life and art, Marke Bieschke talks to author Dan Charnas about the enigmatic artist’s impact 

D is for Detroit. D is for Dilla. D is for ‘Donuts’, the legendary 31-track collection that James Dewitt Yancey — aka Jay Dee, aka...

Premiere: Workforce ‘Reintegration feat. Leroy Horns’

UK drum & bass artist Workforce will release his debut solo album, ‘Set & Setting’, via Must Make Music this month. Listen to the closing...

Julmud stands in a field of yellow flowers, in front of a mountain and blue sky, holding the hood of his blue sweater over his eyes

Ramallah-based rapper and producer Julmud serves up sounds from the Palestinian underground and beyond in his Fresh Kicks mix, and speaks to Theo Kotz about the local scene and his debut album, 'Tuqoos | طُقُوس'

“I removed the frets from the guitar and started fucking with it because I was bored of the scale — like, the Western scale —...

Premiere: Dream_E ‘Grooverider (Live In Oslo)’

Dream_E will release a new two-track EP, ‘Revived’, in May, comprising excerpts from live sets recorded in 2019. Listen to the ravey techno cut, ‘Grooverider...

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Even as pandemic restrictions have lifted, and clubs and festivals have returned, the spectre of coronavirus lingers for many due to the debilitating impact of long Covid. Here, Dhruva Balram speaks to people in the dance music industry about how the effects of long Covid, and a lack of understanding around it, have impacted them, and asks whether it should be recognised as a disability

“My energy levels have never returned to what they were,” says London-based DJ and broadcaster DEBONAIR. “I don’t have the muscle strength and energy that...

Make Future Bass Chord Arps Like ODESZA & Flume

In this tutorial, Point Blank LA’s Everett Pearson shows how you can make a future bass-style chord arp synth in Ableton Live like ODESZA and Flume...

Watch the trailer for new Cypress Hill documentary, 'Insane In The Brain'

A trailer has been unveiled for an upcoming documentary about Cypress Hill.


The film, called 'Cypress Hill: Insane In The Brain', will explore the group's...