“I am from the Midwest, the real Midwest, like Kansas. Remember Dorothy and the Wizard? Well that’s where I am from.” Beckwith grew up so close to Detroit and Chicago, the spiritual homeland of house and techno, that he was always likely to fall victim to their lures. When he did it was the middle of winter during his first year of college: the now 34-year-old went to a party with some older kids and still remembers perfectly what happened next.
“My first gig was kinda interesting. It was in Detroit of course, south-west Detroit specifically, very close to the iconic Michigan Central Station. Rave spots often have a lot of stories associated with them, 'lore' if you will.
Luca Venezia spent most of the last ten years exploding bass bins as dubstep evangelist Drop The Lime. As head of the seminal Trouble & Bass label in New York, Venezia released countless ferocious, sub heavy beasts. Then, just as dubstep started to break the mainstream, he turned his back on it. Ever contrary, Venezia turned Drop the Lime into a rockabilly electro fusion outfit, singing and playing live.
Daddy's Groove and Congorock don't care too much for cookies. Rather, the Italian house DJs opt for a hard dose of synth with their milk.
Joining forces for a new bass-driven collaborative track, Daddy's Groove and Congorock’s distinct production talents fuse cohesively on 'Synthemilk', set for release tomorrow, March 14 on Ultra.
Belfast producer and DJ Phil Kieran's ever-shifting sonic palette took another twist recently with the release of 'Going There' (and b-side 'Getting Away') on Scuba's Hotflush imprint. Part old school electro, part new school vocal deep house, it's every inch a summer anthem-in-waiting – backed with remixes from Richy Ahmed and Ryan Elliott for good measure.
Recording and releasing 12 tracks over a year — one each month — might seem like a sure-fire way to hit that creative wall, but house DJ/producer Jesse Rose, known for massive bumpy-grooved cuts like 'You're All Over My Head' and 'Sleepless (Night One)', and labels like Front Room Recordings and Made To Play, managed to do just that. DJ Mag spoke to Jesse about the pressure of releasing to such a tight deadline and how he kept the creative juices flowing…
There's little doubt that when it comes to EDM, the Swedes are born with the natural X factor. From Abba to Avicii, time and time again they've showed the world how to fashion an ear-warming melody, forging timeless tracks that pass from generation to generation like freckles or webbed toes.
At DJ Mag HQ we've been hearing rumours about Guy Gerber. Rumours that the Supplement Facts boss is starting a new label and events concept, called Rumors — is there any truth in these Rumors rumours? Or is it still just rumours?
“Well, the rumours about Rumors aren’t just rumours,” says Guy Gerber, when we catch up with him. “Although one must ask himself, 'What are rumours?'” he adds, mysteriously. “The thing about rumours is that it takes a minute to start one, and a lifetime to stop.”
Jesse Rose has served as part of UK house music royalty for over a decade. He's initiated a handful of labels — Front Room, Made To Play, Play It Down — released two LPs and boasts a sizeable back catalogue. All this means is that when he makes a noise people listen. 2013 saw him roll out his '12X12' concept, releasing a new tune on the 12th of every month throughout the course of 2013, and he's rearranged and edited the results to make his third artist album.