If the '90s was an area of rainforest, natural home to the much sampled rave loon, then its rate of deforestation would have long passed an alarming rate. Pillaged by two generations, one born in that decade and now at the height of their clubbing peak, the other those who lived through its first rich bloom and are returning to their roots for cuttings, its golden house sound has already dominated the last five years or more.
Turn on a Saturday morning TV chart show and fifth generation copies of New York house and New Jersey garage often provide the backdrop.
Martin Garrix has been revealed as the winner of the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll 2016, with the 20-year-old Dutch superstar becoming the youngest ever No.1 DJ.
Garrix, who takes the coveted top spot from 2015 winners, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, was awarded the No.1 trophy by his mentor, Tiësto, on stage at the Top 100 DJs poll award ceremony at the Heineken Music Hall. The event was the opening party in this year’s AMF Festival, the largest of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE).
Groove Armada make their debut on Riva Starr’s Snatch! Records with their ‘House With Me’ EP tomorrow (September 16th), and we’ve got the exclusive premiere of ‘U Can’ from it below.
For nearly two decades Groove Armada have been established as one of the planet’s best and biggest selling dance acts, after Andy Cato and Tom Findlay first met in London in the mid 90s.
On ‘U Can’, the duo channel early 90s Balearic house, built around a soulful male vocal, warm pads and rock-solid drum programming.
Set to release his new album '8-track' through Hot Since 82's Knee Deep In Sound imprint next month, 2016 is shaping up to be another epic year for Newcastle native Cristoph.
He's already wowed fans with the album's first single 'Closer' — that features vocals from fellow fast-rising star Jinadu — and now Cristoph is set to spin at EGG LDN to help celebrate DJ Mag's 25th birthday in October.
Joseph Capriati is the rapidly-rising Italian techno star who's broadened his sound out for Ibiza to inject more groove into it. Leaving behind the Music On night with Marco Carola at Amnesia on the White Isle, he's teamed up with Jamie Jones for some dates at Paradise at DC10 this summer — playing some back-to-back sets with the Hot Creations man in the process — and has been busy setting up his own new label and touring the world.
FROM: JAPAN VIA BERLIN
SOUNDS LIKE: RICHIE HAWTIN, MARCO CAROLA, DUBFIRE
If there’s one thing Japanese DJ Hito knows — it’s Sake. It was her love of the traditional rice wine that cemented her relationship with techno don Richie Hawtin, alongside her outstanding DJ skills and formidable record collection, and has seen her spin with Hawtin at his famed ENTER. parties since 2012.
Ahead of this weekend’s boutique festival Field Maneuvers where the likes of The Black Madonna, Ben UFO and Axel Bowman will perform — we’ve got an hour long mixtape from none other than Altern-8’s Mark Archer.
As one-half of Altern-8, Mark Archer — alongside his partner in crime Chris Peat — laid down the foundation for stadium rave shows with their breakout album ‘Full On Mask Hysteria’, which was released some 25 years ago.
Point Blank (London) has the heady accolade of being the best equipped Ableton and Pioneer training centre in Europe. However, not content to rest on their laurels, they have just opened up a second learning facility, now giving more opportunities to the next generation of music industry workers. DJ Mag Tech spent some time with the guys to understand why Point Blank continue to be top of the class.