In under 10 minutes of speaking to Hugo Leclercq, the man behind the construction known as Madeon, it is clear the musical phenom is, inarguably, one of the most intelligent people you have ever come across. This is notwithstanding his age, which is a mere 20 years—old by music industry standards according to Madeon, middle aged, in fact—he is smart by all accounts. He confounded the intelligence tests administered at school. His vice of choice is sleep deprivation.
It starts with a whisper rather than a bang. A psychedelic symphony, the music slowly seeps in, filling the void before the first lines move in. "There are five million stories in the big city - this is one of them," the narrator reads in the opening song, an overture to the impending orchestral journey that lies ahead.
John Digweed was DJing long before the acronym “EDM” existed, let alone went mainstream and became the musical backdrop of Generation Now. In fact, back in 1982, the young aspiring teen from the South Coast of England was spinning records before he had even blown out the candles at his Sweet Sixteen.
It's safe to say that without Gavin, Robbie and Scott Hardkiss, the early '90s electronic music scene in San Francisco would have been very different. Coalescing as Hardkiss in 1991, the trio were merry pranksters spreading mayhem during the first wave of raves to take place on US soil, helping shape the whole culture of electronic music via their parties and eponymous record label, which put out scene classic “Raincry” by God Within (aka Scott).
The sheer scale of what is happening in Las Vegas cannot be understated when it comes to the EDM revolution. After all, Sin City isn't a place where early nights happen very often. It was the epicenter of the electronic music quake a few years ago, and the reverberations of its aftermath are still shaking the rest of the country to its foundations.
Pasquale Rotella has 20 minutes to spare. The live music tycoon and founder of Insomniac Events, one of dance music’s most powerful brands - encompassing international multi-media events, nightclubs and over a dozen festivals (Electric Daisy Carnival, Nocturnal Wonderland, Beyond Wonderland, Electric Forest, to name a few) has just hopped off a plane. After spending a week scouting “new areas and meeting with property owners to talk future festivals,” he’s now back in his Los Angeles office where phones are ringing off the hook.
It was a decade ago when Jackmaster founded Glasgow club night Numbers, forging a party ready collective of like-minded talent whose ranks helped launch the likes of Rustie and Hudson Mohawke into the wider world. Today, Numbers is still multiplying exponentially, with Jackmaster – who recently recorded a Radio 1 Essential Mix - refining the art of the purely focused DJ by bringing his superior live sets across the world - three times over - on what feels like a never-ending tour.
Last time DJ Mag caught up with Seth Troxler in an official capacity, it was around the pool at our 2010 party in Miami. Then a still relatively unknown 24-year-old kid from Detroit, relocated to the techno mecca of Berlin, he'd just demonstrated his incredible DJs skills with the release of a game-changing entry into the Boogybytes series on Ellen Allien's BPitch label.
Last time we featured Sishi Rosch, the Guatemalan-born producer was living in Barcelona knocking out darkly funky, future house tracks shot through with urban grit. Already co-running two labels, Digital Delight and Sultry Vibes, his work had also been snapped up by the likes of Exploited and Jackmode.