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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  

Europe’s festival market continues to flourish, with long-running staples stronger than ever, and new markets exploding in regions like Portugal and new Mediterranean hideaways like Albania, as summer getaways become ever more synonymous with catching the world’s best selectors...

With mental health and wellbeing one of the principal keynote topics at the International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza at the end of this month (May), we asked the Association For Electronic Music (AFEM)’s working group Protect Mental & Physical Health For Fans & Professionals to interview some industry stalwarts about their mental health experiences and how they’ve coped. Read on for some expert advice on how you can maximise your wellbeing when things get tough...

 

Despite keeping his identity under wraps (or in this case, Post-it notes), Unglued has been turning heads with his rough 'n' ready productions. With the Hospital Records war machine behind him, and a penchant for crate-digging, he's surely unstoppable — as evidenced in this vinyl-only mix for our Fresh Kicks series...

The New York club stalwart delivers a propulsive and percussive mix lifted from a recent set in Brooklyn's Good Room. He also gives us some insight into the inspiration of his home city on his production and spinning technique as well as the purpose that fuelled his new LP, 'Shout'...

Alison Wonderland is on the verge of releasing her sophomore studio album, ‘Awake’, after an incredible 2017 that saw her debut at No. 89 on our Top 100 DJ poll. She talks to DJ Mag about finding her ‘Happy Place’ and how she hopes her music does the same for her fans…

A slew of quality releases this year proved the compilation is still a vital format for taste-making selectors to present a snapshot of where we’re at with dance music. From seminal labels celebrating their back catalogue, collections of rare disco and sublime mixes of unreleased material, right through to electro icons enjoying being back in the limelight, here’s our top 10 compilations of 2017...

Since the international rise of acts like Black Coffee and Culoe De Song, the spotlight is shining once again in the direction of the South African dance scene

Sneaky Pete's Electric Fields
Sneaky Pete's Electric Fields

Club's owner chooses 12 tracks ahead of hosting a stage at Electric Fields...