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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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(photo cred: alec donnell luna) Sydney Blu has been building her career in dance music for over a decade - to take stock of what she’s done is to look back at her chart-topping success on Beatport, with consistent releases on renowned labels, constant touring as a DJ with appearances at major festivals and clubs globally, the Blu brand and Blu Parties, which attract massive industry talent, her label, Blu Music, her weekly radio show, and I wonder if I’m still leaving something out. We sat down to chat at Sunnyside Pavillion’s cafe patio at sunset, overlooking Lake Ontario, while...

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"We love inspiring people with music - that’s what we’ve always done and that’s what we’re trying to bring here." - Ben Turner "...that’s quite a challenge, to get a site like this and turn it into a festival in your mind, and then for it to actually work on the ground. But I think we’ve pulled it off."  - Rob da Bank I had the pleasure of talking with both Rob da Bank and Ben Turner of Bestival. Ben is one of the directors of Bestival, and group of Bestival companies in the UK. We talked during a media...

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