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Top 5 Moments of Decibel Festival

Seattle’s Decibel Festival is an impressive five-night dance music marathon, run almost entirely by dedicated volunteers and fueled by a genuine love for electronic music (and a whole lot of Red Bull). In its 11-year history, Decibel has earned a reputation as one of the best electronic music festivals in the United States and is therefore a respected authority […]

DJ Set of the Week: Interview with Bianca Oblivion

DJ Bianca Oblivion has only been in town for a year, but her booty dropping rhythms and slick LA style are are already taking over the city. She’s proven her skills at numerous venues including Good Life and Zuzu, where she’s landed a residency at weekly party Zuesdays. Her main mission: to inspire you to dance. How […]

DJ Set of the Week: Interview with Bob Diesel

Boston DJ Bob Diesel has been spinning since the early years of house music, when I was merely a twinkle in my mom’s favorite pair of roller skates. After a decade of DJ residencies at New York City area roller rinks and nightclubs, Diesel moved to Boston in 1987 and brought along a love for house music. […]

DJ Set of the Week: Interview w/ Alix Perez

Alix Perez has been referred to as one of the biggest and best drum & bass producers since his first string of releases in 2005 and 2006. He quickly rose from the smaller drum & bass labels to the inimitable Shogun Audio with his full-length releases 1984 in 2009 and Chroma Chords last year. Now, […]

DJ Set of the Week: Interview W/ Max McFerren

What is it about dark, dingy basement rooms that makes for the best parties? The floor is sticky, the bathroom line is endless, the air is humid and thick with cigarette smoke, and the bar – if there is one – is only half-stocked with my least favorite liquor. In such a raw environment there […]

DJ Set of the Week: Interview: Voices of Black

Voices of Black are Jules and Baba, two friends who met as high school students in Teaneck, New Jersey. The pair bonded over a shared eclectic taste in music and joined forces to create their own sounds. The multifaceted Voices of Black style draws from hip hop, house, soul, and funk, enriched with their own […]

The Silent Maestros: Competition Celebrates Visual Artists of the EDM World

“VJs in general … we’re kind of like pirates,” says Jon Bonk, local visual artist and head of the Together Boston VJ Competition. “We just swoop in, set up our own equipment, stay late, and no one really knows exactly what we’re doing but they kind of like it.” Electronic music has taken over the […]

Max Cooper’s ‘Human’ Is a Journey Into Emotion

My favorite review of Max Cooper’s Human, released March 10, came in the form of a bite-size tweet: If I were to have some sex while afloat in a sea of stars circling saturn, I'm pretty sure the new Max Cooper album would be my soundtrack. — GrilledCheeseSamurai (@GrCheeseSamurai) March 16, 2014 Mr. Samurai has […]

DJ Set of the Week: Keith Mattar

I once understood live music as a one-way transaction: shell out $40 + fees to Ticketmaster, pack into a large venue with a crowd of flat-footed head bobbers, and stare straight ahead as a band reproduces their latest album on stage. I enjoyed it, sure, but live shows always left something to be desired; it […]

Brooklyn’s Verboten Announces Grand Opening this Friday with Rebel Rave

Brooklyn is quickly becoming the club-goer’s dance music destination. With the opening of Output last year and now Verboten, a brand new venue set to open this weekend, Brooklyn’s late-night offerings are formidable rivals for those across the bridge. Verboten has been throwing parties within the New York underground dance music scene for the past decade and is […]

DJ Set of the Week: Interview w/ Ikonika

Sara Abdel-Hamid is a renegade. First as a drummer in metal and hardcore bands, and now as an electronic music producer/DJ who evades categorization, she’s made a career out of balking at the traditional. She calls herself Ikonika, derived from iconoclast: “That means someone who destroys religious artifacts, but in my case it’s more to do […]

Interview: Riva Starr Follows Inspiration to Tech House and Beyond

You’re probably already familiar with DJ/producer Riva Starr’s most popular track, whether or not you realize it. You’ve seen it on tank tops and drawstring backpacks at EDM festivals, and you’ve heard neon-clad college kids chanting the four-word title ad nauseam: “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat.” Riva Starr (otherwise known as Stefano Miele) released the track — a collaboration […]

Mighty Mouse – “Shaker Faker”

If you’ve been stuck in a rut with cold and dark music this winter, you’re not alone… but maybe it’s time to step away from that harsh Berlin techno and cheer up with something a little lighter. London-based disco house producer Mighty Mouse has just the ticket: his new tune “Shaker Faker” combines piano chords, a bit […]

DJ Set of the Week: Interview: AxH

Photo by Kyle Rober, Electrogenic I always feel a little surge of hometown pride whenever a Boston-area musician earns recognition on a national or global level. Our small but passionate dance music community has the unique ability to cultivate niche music scenes; long-running parties Elements and BASSIC, for instance, are both responsible for putting Boston […]

Riva Starr – Kill Me (Mixhell Remix)

Tech house maestro Riva Starr ventured outside of his usual club-friendly realm last summer to release the indie-electronic album Hand In Hand, intended for listening off of the dancefloor. But the man behind the massive hit “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” (alongside Fatboy Slim and Beardyman) isn’t about to abandon the party — this week he released Club In Hand, […]

Flava D Remixes Aaliyah’s “Rock the Boat”

For some reason, producers really love remixing the late R&B sweetheart Aaliyah’s classic tracks. Maybe it’s because her untimely death left us craving more of what we can’t have, so fresh versions of old favorites help fill the void. Or maybe it’s because her soothing voice lends itself well to R&B-inspired dance track hooks. Either way, we’re […]

DJ Set of the Week: Interview w/ Jubilee

Jubilee, aka Jessica Gentile, is the reigning queen of the Brooklyn bass scene. The Miami native’s spicy medley of tropical beats, dancehall rhythms, and sassy rap anthems have been known to scald club dancefloors, and her playful personality on Radio Lily and Brooklyn Radio has earned her respect as a bass music tastemaker. Her latest EP, Pull Ova, is released […]

“It’s Album Time” for Todd Terje

Norwegian producer Todd Terje‘s nu disco tracks are renowned for enlivening dancefloors since his first single, the now-classic “Eurodans in 2004. Though he has traditionally stuck to EPs and remixes, Terje has decided it’s time for a full length. Terje will release his appropriately titled It’s Album Time on his own Olsen Records April 8. The album will include his euphoric […]

MANIK’S “Man x Woman” Remix Brings a Sexy Track Deeper

Producer/DJ and NYC house ambassador MANIK has cooked up a sizzling remix of Man x Woman by Mar. The original, a sexy garage and R&B bedroom jam, is transformed into a club staple with MANIK’s deep house touch. He dials up the sex appeal by bringing the track deeper and adding a thumping 4/4 beat, and the result begs for […]

Guy Gerber to Release Dixon Collab on New Label

We’re not even one month into the new year and 2014 has already blessed house and techno fans with a mega announcement: Guy Gerber (pictured) and Dixon, RA’s #4 and #1 live acts of 2013, respectively, have collaborated on a track to be released on Gerber’s new label Rumors. There are few details surrounding the release of No Distance, but […]

Max Cooper Reveals Melancholy “Adrift,” Announces Debut Album

Producer Max Cooper is known for creating innovative, cerebral music that speaks to human emotions. His latest track, “Adrift”, brings forth a feeling of restless melancholy: he contrasts elegant piano chords and Kathrin deBoer’s delicate vocals with his trademark stuttering, glitchy percussion to create an emotionally moving composition. The track is part of Cooper’s debut album Human, to […]

Rustie Releases Charitable “Boatsss”

In his latest track “Boatsss”, Rustie enlists his trademark SNES-inspired bursting synths, fused with rippling snares and the thud of a Dirty South bassline. He also includes samples from the Southeast Indian Light of Love Children’s Choir, their youthful voices enhancing Rustie’s blissful vibe. For this track, Rustie joined forces with Scottish arts community Transgressive North from […]

DJ Set of the Week: Nick Garcia

When I moved to the Boston area after college, I was skeptical that there was much of a music scene beyond the big name acts that came through the House of Blues. If I wanted to dance somewhere other than a ticketed concert, I would reluctantly head to any number of the stereotypical Boston bro […]

Interview: Cassy Brings House & Techno Across the Globe

House and techno DJ Cassy Britton is the definition of a globetrotter. She performs at clubs throughout the world and is regularly on the move, free of the urge to set down roots in any city. When we spoke with her over Skype, she had just enough time to give us some insight into her transient lifestyle […]