Patricia Johnson

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Art Department at the BPM Festival

Together artists Art Department have been making waves this year. At the start of 2013, the house/techno duo spent some time in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico for the world-class BPM Festival.

If exceptional house and techno beats alongside beaches, sunshine, tequila and tacos sounds like a good time to you, then BPM might be your heaven on earth. The ten-day festival hosts more than 150 of the world’s best underground electronic producers and DJs at parties thrown by some of the most noteworthy record labels and promoters, all in the idyllic Mayan Riveria.

Given the high caliber of musical talent showcased at BPM, it is no surprise that Art Department were one of the most anticipated acts of the festival. Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White sat down for an interview with fellow producer/DJ and RA’s #1 DJ of 2012Seth Troxler, at some point during the 10-day beach party marathon to discuss the festival and Art Department’s latest plans.

If Troxler’s comical demeanor is any indication, he’s been having a blast on the beach. The interview feels more like a casual chat between friends than anything formal, which speaks to the festival’s overall vibe (and Troxler’s unique personality). According to Glasgow, BPM’s growth and evolution over the past few years has meant a bigger budget to book better artists. When Art Department and Seth Troxler declare “all of our friends are here,” you know it’s a stacked lineup.

During the interview, Glasgow and White give us an idea of what to expect from Art Department in the coming months. Watch out for new singles to be released this spring from their upcoming full-length album, due this fall. Not long after the BPM festivities came to a close, Art Department also released their latest Social Experiment Mixtape, featuring tracks from the likes of Jamie JonesDamian Lazarus, and Tale of Us, plus several exclusive tracks from the duo themselves, including this gem below:

Art Department plays Together at Bijou with Tamer Malki on Friday, May 17. Check out their collaboration with fellow Together artists, Soul Clap, below. Be sure to purchase a pass so you can gain access to Art Department, Soul Clap, and all other Together events!

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