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Sophisticated, emotive, melodic and diverse are all words consistently used to describe Guy J’s musical storytelling. Whether it’s taking listeners on a hypnotic journey through one of his tracks or in a full set, he has a reputation for captivating dancefloors with refined, ethereal sounds, deep, textured techno, sensual, groovy tech house and everything in between. I caught up with Guy recently where he describes the power of music for him, his perspective on telling a story through music, his greatest career challenge, production tips, what he’s looking for on his label, Lost & Found, and more. His catalogue is...

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Undeniable talent, passion and hard work have all played a role in the recent success of Marino Canal’s powerful debut album, Over Under, out on MOOD Records. In this 2-part interview - the first preceding the album’s launch, and the second after its release - we cover this Spanish producer's beginnings, production process, defining moments, creating a conceptual album, being authentic and much more. Canal received strong support from Nicole Moudaber early on, releasing two of his most well-received EPs through her label, MOOD. Now, his latest album has garnered support from the likes of Josh Wink, Adam Beyer, Joris Voorn...

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It was a true pleasure to catch up with Belgian techno maestro, Tom Hades. We spoke via Skype where he was ensconced in his gorgeous studio, surrounded by a sea of keyboards, synths, drum machines and other electronic devices. With techno and tech house releases on esteemed labels Drumcode, Bedrock, UMEK's 1605 as well as long-time collaborator Marco Bailey’s MB Elektronics imprint, and with a career spanning over 20 years, I was excited to learn more about this remarkable DJ and producer. The conversation was inspiring and insightful as we covered his production process, great advice he’s received, playing live...

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(all photos cred: axel guerfal) "If there is one thing I constantly preach and push to young kids that want to learn how to DJ, it’s learning with vinyl, learning with the building blocks. Learning the history and the roots from where it all started will make you evolve and become an overall better artist." Being a long-time resident DJ at one of the most respected clubs in the world for house and techno, Stereo Nightclub in Montreal, where he opened for artists like Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin and Sasha, implies a certain level of talent, work ethic, skill and one...

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(photo cred: trever dean) "I was super happy making music and I would dream of a day where I could express my music to everyone besides myself in my bedroom. I guess I did believe in myself, I just didn't know I did." Bouncing between Iran and the US for the early years of his life, Ardalan discovered techno and the underground sound in Iran. A millenial, the Dirtybird producer and DJ discovered his taste in music through friends, parties and online portals, as the internet was most easily at his disposal. As he said, ‘There’s no such thing as...

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