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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Interview: Max Cooper Creates Multi-Sensory Musical Experiences

Appearing on a number of best-of lists, including RA’s top 20 live acts of 2012 and Beatport’s top 10 artists of 2012, Max Cooper’s experimental approach to electronic music has earned him the respect of both producers and listeners alike. Cooper is one of today’s most innovative electronic musicians, pushing both himself as an artist and us as listeners to […]

Interview: Mighty Mouse Gives New Life to Nu-Disco

Disco: a glitter-coated pop music cheese-fest that hit its prime in the ‘70s… right? Maybe not, as in the past decade several notable artists have lead the disco revival with a modern upgrade in the form of nu-disco. The London-based Mighty Mouse is one such DJ helping to introduce this generation of club-goers to the genre with his own […]

Interview: Supernova Bring Heart & Soul to House Music

Emiliano Nencioni and Giacomo Godi, otherwise known as Italian duo Supernova, have been a considerable force in the house music world with the library of original productions and remixes of classic tracks that they’ve amassed since they began working together in 2002. They have brought their dynamic DJ sets to venues large and small across the […]

Interview: Mastermind Savant Reminds Us Music is Art

EDM naysayers beware: Twenty-six-year-old Aleksander Vinter from Norway, known as Savant, is here to remind us that electronic music is indeed an art form that provides us with endless possibilities for creative expression. At an age when most of us were still playing with bugs and Legos, four-year-old Savant was discovering electronic music by playing around […]

Interview: Z of SectionZ Records – Pushing the Boundaries of Genre

In the commercial world of top 40 tracks and Billboard charts, much of the popular music is built on a static formula designed to produce the biggest financial return with the least amount of effort. With little room for creativity and innovation, the result is a landscape of music that all sounds the same. There […]

Interview: Drop Goblin’s Black Magic Entices on ‘Voodoo’

Deep in the darkest realm of electronic dance music dwells a producer and DJ from New Hampshire, USA known as Drop Goblin. Goblin’s signature sound exists at the cross between metal and dubstep, combining deep bass and heavy wobbles with shrieking electric guitar to create metalstep. There is but one word to describe it: angry. […]