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German DJ and musician Lena Willikens is proud to be an outsider, and her leftfield approach to dance music, art and noise resonates with followers the world over. DJ Mag caught up with her to learn more about her cathartic sets, experiments in sound — and her ghostly muse...

 

When Dax J made worldwide headlines last year for dropping an Islamic call to prayer sample during his set in Tunisia, it looked for a minute like his career could be over. As a result of the ensuing international furore he received all manner of online death threats, and was sentenced to a year in prison by a Tunisian court. But instead of wallowing in gloom, he channelled the experience into writing music, producing some of his best ever work that has made its way onto his new album. Appropriately titled ‘Offending Public Morality’, it finds the Berghain regular in uncompromising mood. DJ Mag joins him in Berlin to get the full scoop... 

Object Blue's debut EP on Tobago Tracks is an assertion of presence unlike any we've heard so far this year – In her Fresh Kicks mix she serves up an in intense hour of brutal textures and complex soundscapes

The Black Madonna is the real deal. Raised in Kentucky but born in the DJ booth of Chicago's Smartbar, she's unleashed the true spirit of house back into the world. Fearlessly challenging the status quo both on and off the dancefloor, she’s spearheading a global revolution drawing its power from the founding principles of dance culture. In advance of playing our Miami pool party, we found out why The Black Madonna still believes...

"Come on and dance with me...."

Bringing one of god’s best houses closer to acoustic perfection... 

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Ever since the revelations in Hollywood about film producer Harvey Weinstein, and the subsequent #MeToo stories of sexual misconduct, the dance music world has been waiting for tales from our scene to come to light. And it seems that there are plenty. The following accounts are from women in our scene who have been harassed, abused or bullied by men taking liberties — without their consent. Names have been kept out of the accounts for obvious reasons. A helpline has been launched specifically for the electronic dance music industry, details are at the bottom of the page...

Last year was an incredible year for party boys Solardo. Playing over 200 high-profile gigs, traversing the globe like a well-oiled machine, the Manc lads rapidly shot into the upper echelons of the scene — converting everyone they came into contact with via their fun-time positive vibes, rolling tech-house bangers and loud shirts. After scooping the Best Duo gong at our Best Of British awards in December, DJ Mag's editor Carl Loben meets up with the pair to find out more...

Nicole Moudaber is the techno queen with a rock & roll attitude. She’s the fast-driving petrolhead who’s as at home behind the wheel as she is on the wheels of steel. She’s the hugely talented DJ, producer, promoter and radio host who’s carved out her own niche with tenacity and skill. On the eve of the release of ‘Mood 50: Best Of MOOD’, her compilation to mark the best moments of her label so far, DJ Mag tracks her down in New York to talk growing up in Beirut, fast cars and much, much more...

They’re next-level DJs, VJs, label owners, sample freaks, activists, punky instigators and pioneering software developers, and DJ Mag is awarding them the Outstanding Contribution gong for 30 years on the cutting edge of electronic music. They are, of course, Matt Black and Jonathan More, aka Coldcut…

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