"All these buttons, faders and knobs should feel like an expressive musical instrument in performance otherwise you're just a janitor maintaining a machine."
"We will find our way either in this or that direction and wherever this path leads us to is exactly where we'll want to be..."
In conversation with Lindsay Todd - the man behind one of the most innovative and unique labels in the UK at present.
"I had built a system, an algorithm. I'd automated myself."
"There's a lot more to be done..."
"People often ask if you could rewind to any moment in dance music what would it be?"
"I didn’t fully understand that music at first but I clearly remember listening with full curiosity, on my cassette walkman, sitting on the swing in our garden."
"It's a bit like Lyon mutated from flower to fruit. The city was ready, ready to do something."
"It's not just the DJ and their music that's involved in creating something that's special, or something that's not."
On licensing, warehouse culture and the Golden Gate city.
Escaping the noise of Amsterdam...
Is the internet stifling creativity? We talk innovation and predictability with a singular producer.
Past, present and future...
"One of the nice things about art is that it allows you a space to be an idealist in without actually risking too much."
The future is mysterious...
Ten years on the run...
A reflection on the Polish scene and next steps.
"Everything should be good."
"Relationships, gossip, nightlife, club culture, nature and hospitals"
We talk to the pioneering Norwegian ahead of his appearance at Sonar.
Now in its fifteenth year the festival is bigger than ever.
"Space became conceptual as we no longer needed it to meet in person, to interact with each other, shop, or fall in love, frankly."
"Everyone thought they knew better and how to party harder.”
The dampest of Tuesday night spirits were overcome by a group of men more accustomed to life beneath the sun.
As the label approaches ten years we sit down with the boss.
It's London, very much in the present, a little bit of everything.
"We grew up with the idea that music is based on youth movements and youth movements are based on music…"
The pair talk art, asylum and alcohol.
There is often little discussion surrounding the properties or functionality of a slipmat...
A melting pot of taste and musical creativity.
A hyper realised self if you will...
It’s personal, sincere and inspired.
In 2013, a label emerged from seemingly nowhere sporting the music of obscure producers: faceless sounds with a microsoft paint drawn identity.
"It had a conscience, a personality and was never too serious.”
London is far too congested. This city can be a difficult place to build a sense of self, to form a plan or develop an idea.
"Police raids, overdoses, people freaking out, the whole scene imploding, crazy people at parties: it all sounds colourful but it wasn’t fun.”
“Ideally likeminded and interested people will appreciate the output. Collaborations, events, parties and shared beerz have been and can be the outcome of this.”
Building music for nightlife. Amsterdam based producer Lemontrip is one of the team behind De School.
“They’ll see me DJ eventually and realise.”
Friends have the capacity to come and go, the passing of time can create space and distance between people who were once close but a genuine love, shared interest or connection can often surpass such circumstances.
"The coat became a metaphor and an analogy of a way to insulate yourself away from the harshness of a Canadian winter. It’s pretty bleak."
"It's just really come from years of having built up a relationship with Cuba. Being over there, it's one thing I kept being drawing to"
"Before we were even thinking of it as an album project, we were exploring all sorts of different avenues."
The towering, pointed marquee of Butlins pierced through the dark clouds that hovered above the seaside town of Bognor Regis.
Jan & Dominik reflect on the production of their latest EP with Christian Pannenborg.
Tribo Massahi, Letta Mbulu,Athens of The North, The Supreme Jubilees and more..
Plus Instruments innovator talks upcoming music, the role of women and New York club life in the 80's.
Old stories still circle online about the likes of DJ Harvey having dinner and a dance alongside the likes of Tim Sweeney and Eric Duncan in this space now gone.
'Even though the world may seem like it is falling apart one can have find a calm & peaceful moment'
I have come to the conclusion that Richard Fearless has the most badass name in all of Electronic music. I'm thinking he maybe fancied becoming a wrestler in another life, maybe he just has literally no fear, or he has a super hero alter ego.
There are elements of sheer brilliance; a prolonged drum solo intertwines fluidly alongside the blips and glitches of machines as members of the orchestra watch on noticeably impressed.