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DJ Mag meets Eric Estornel in Spain to find out about his upbringing in Miami and Dallas, his new album for R&S, and how the US affection for grittier beats is at the heart of his sound...

Under the name Maceo Plex, Cuban-American DJ/producer and label founder Eric Estornel is among the biggest players in electronic music. So why has he resurrected his more cerebral electro project, Mariel Ito, which has lain dormant for years? DJ Mag meets Estornel in Spain to find out about his upbringing in Miami and Dallas, his new album for R&S, and how the US affection for grittier beats is at the heart of his sound...

DJ Mag meets Jlin to discuss the feeling of home, composing for a ballet and the powerful complexity in simplicity...

Having become a staple of the Planet Mu roster, Jlin’s experimental sonics have seen her captivate club-goers and festival crowds around the globe. Now the US producer has opened herself up to a whole new audience and world of potential — composing a ballet, and in the process, achieving a lifelong ambition...

Words: TARA JOSHI
Pics: MADHUMITA NANDI / Live pic: MARK ALLAN

Ben Cardew puts arguably Daft Punk's most influential album under the microscope...

DJ Mag's weekly Solid Gold series examines the ongoing significance and influence of electronic albums throughout history. In our latest edition, Ben Cardew revisits Daft Punk's 'Discovery' to discuss how the Parisian duo’s classic album anticipated the yacht rock revival, EDM, online fan-bases and the digital revolution...

DJ Mag North America's September cover star, the one and only David Guetta, talks success, pop and being a workaholic...

Whether you love it, hate it or (be honest) pretend to hate it, there’s no denying the colossal impact David Guetta’s music has had on the world. The 50-year-old’s global fame, riches and sound has reached levels only few dare dream about, let alone actually achieve. This is neither hyperbole nor speculation, it’s in the numbers – and his Grammys, countless hits, homes, jets and bank accounts don’t lie. At home in Ibiza, DJ Mag finds the Frenchman is less interested in cozying up in all that revelry and cash, but rather, working like a madman to release his latest, near-overdue album, ‘7’...

 Words: KATIE BAIN
Pics: ELLEN VON UNWERTH  

We meet disco legend and songwriting extraordinaire Nile Rodgers for our September UK cover...

Nile Rodgers is the man behind Chic and countless disco classics and mega hits. Always moving with the times and updating his classic guitar licks and grooves for new generations, he’s about to release a long- awaited new album filled with modern collaborators. DJ Mag met Nile to talk about staying current, the significance of the disco movement, and why he continues to do what he does so well...

WORDS: Declan McGlynn
PICS: Dan Reid 

We meet Orbital to talk their new LP, live performance and what it's like to be 30 years deep in the dance music biz...

After almost 30 years — minus a couple of splits — operating as Orbital, Paul and Phil Hartnoll are back with their first studio album in six years (and ninth in total), ‘Monsters Exist’. DJ Mag tracks the brothers down in their beloved Brighton to chat their new LP, sibling bickering and sending a message through music...

Black Coffee fronts DJ Mag UK's August cover...

Without bluster or overblown hype, Black Coffee has doggedly worked himself into the position of being not just South Africa’s foremost electronic music artist, but one of the biggest playas on the planet. DJ Mag meets the mild-mannered gentleman in Ibiza — the location of his high-profile weekly residency at Hï — to talk philanthropy, overcoming adversity, and working with megastars such as Drake and David Guetta...

 

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Simon Baker was a successful DJ/producer who had releases on labels such as Kompakt, Cocoon and Last Night On Earth. But then he developed tinnitus, and his life changed. However, rather than wallowing in misery, he started to find out all about how to treat the condition before re-training as a craniosacral therapist in order to help others experiencing tinnitus. Here’s his story...

Words: Simon Baker

Luciano is an Ibiza icon. Witnessing the rise and fall of genres, nights, clubs and careers, his own resident sets at DC-10 and Vagabundos parties at Pacha — to name but two— soundtracked some of the island’s most memorable moments. Now he’s spearheading a new concept at Ushuaïa, where nothing is quite as it seems. We spoke to him about his recent sobriety, where the island is headed and his vision for DYSTOPIA...

 

Independent record labels are thriving by adapting to new models and branching out into management, distribution, publishing and clothing. DJ Mag finds out more...

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