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Interviews

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Interviews

Here's where DJ legends spill the beans on their life, loves and record collections. These are the characters who've mattered most to the craft of DJing, and the new guns pushing things forward. Put the kettle on and settle down to some tall tales of music and dancing.

Norway comes correct with Hubbabubbaklubb and Todd Terje crossing the finishing line in the top two places. If you want to read about changing babies, pulling wheelies and the Nordic combined then you have found yourself in the right place. Lucky you!
Hubbabubbaklubb Popping up as a 7-inch only release on Sydney’s Death Strobe Records, this rabble of moped riding Norwegian cross-coountry skiing enthusiasts hit hard with this proper underground grower. Snapped up by those in the know it was championed by our very own Bill Brewster all year, popping up in his sets from Glastonbury to the Boiler Room as well as at our Low Life parties and it’s now going for the price of 4 bedroom house in Dalston (which, if you don’t live there, is quite a...
  • There are few producers in the UK who have been making electronic music (in all its guises) as long and as deftly as Charles Webster. He’s been producing music since he was at school and earning a living from his writing and production for nearly 30 years.
  • Steven Stein, aka Steinski, alongside studio partner Doug DiFranco (alias Double Dee) did for hip hop in the studio, what Grandmaster Flash did in the club. He first came to prominence in the early ’80s after winning a Tommy Boy competition to remix ‘Play That Beat Mr DJ’. Subsequent to that, mainly working as a pair with DiFranco, but also alone, Steinski a series of breakology classics known as the Lessons. A huge influence on Coldcut, Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow, Steinski is still active today as a DJ.
  • You might not know his name, but you’ll know his work. He was one of the men behind Bizarre Inc and Chicken Lips.
  • Tim Sweeney was born in Baltimore. Raised on a diet of Warp and Black Dog records and Cold Cut's 'Solid Steel' radio show on tapes brought back by his older brother on trips to London. He started DJing at Washington D.C. raves at fifteen, came last in DJ competiton around the same time and took a trip to New York one summer, a visit that started a love affair with the Big Apple. After moving to New York to study music he worked for Steinski, warmed up for Fat Boy Slim (film cameras and all) and was there almost from day one working at DFA. He is also the host of WNYU's Beats In Space radio show, starring a veritable who's who of underground music's finest and a must listen for anyone with a passing interest in hearing what the world's best DJs get up to in a studio with Tim sporting only a fairly obscene pair of Speedos.
  • Vince Montana, who died on April 13th 2013, was an instrumental figure in the rise of Philly disco in the 1970s.
  • Bruce Forest is the skinny straight, white guy, who replaced Tee Scott at Better Days, one of New York’s best black gay clubs in the disco and early house era. Having won over the hard-to-please crowd, he took it on to a new level, guiding it through the house era before becoming a full-time remixer and producer. He left the industry about 20 years ago to work in new media.
  • Jay Strongman was arguably the first British superstar DJ. At one point he was simultaneously resident a London’s legendary Wag, Mud and Dirtbox clubs. The Face named him, “the hippest DJ in town”. He helped pioneer warehouse parties, played in communist Russia and sold clobber to Bowie and Adam Ant. In the 1980s, Jay was the DJ’s DJ. We talked to him about mods, rockers, punks, soulboys and peg trousers.
  • The Furtive 50 is back, the votes have been cast, counted and announced and now we meet the main men behind the tracks that made more bums wiggle than the rest of this year's sonic solutions. All hail the kings of the DJhistory castle.
  • London born Ralph Lawson is a northern legend. As resident at Back To Basics he played the first ever track at the seminal club and as one of the founders of 2020Vision was instrumental in introducing the fusion that eventually became known as tech-house. Ralph is a DJ’s DJ who, despite many years of travelling all over the world, is never happier than breaking records at his first love, Basics.
  • Morgan Geist is a modern day house and disco legend. He grew up in suburban New Jersey but his music is clearly incfluenced by the purest sounds of Chicago but mostly New York and Detroit. As part of Metro Area he is responsible for a ton of amazing disco and house inspired dance music. He also owns Environ records and was the man behind our number one record of last year, Storm Queen's Look Right Through.
  • Adrian Sherwood is a one-man UK reggae almanac. He began DJing and throwing parties while still at school and was selling reggae records to shops before he left school. He'd made his first album when he was still a teenager before going on to founding the influential On-U-Sound label.
  • Dave Godin, who sadly passed away in 2004, was the writer who coined the phrase ‘northern soul’. Dave spent a lifetime championing the cause of African-American music in the UK and was instrumental in helping Berry Gordy gain a foothold in British market. He continued to write about soul for the rest of his life. Latterly, he was responsible for the brilliant Deep Soul Treasures compilations on Kent.
  • Eddie Richards has been consistently one of the finest house DJs the UK has produced. He founded one of the – if not the – first DJ agencies in the world and still has the thirst for underground dance music even today.
  • She was the queen of them all. For a time Loleatta Holloway ruled supreme over even Chaka, Aretha and Diana. She was the Queen of Disco and voiced the troubles and triumphs of gay men better than anyone.
  • Dave Lee has had more pseudonyms than Howard Marks, including his mainstay alter ego Joey Negro, alongside Doug Willis, Sessomatto, Z Factor, Akabu and his live project, the Sunburst Band. Since he began his career in the late 1980s, he has been flavour of the month, remixer du jour, hitmaker and, lately, grande dame of disco.
  • Voodoo Ray was the biggest independent selling record of 1988. Climbing as high as number twelve in the charts, being awarded a gold disc and becoming a certified house music anthem. During this time Gerald Simpson was living in a squat and doing interviews from a pay phone.
  • Ewan Pearson is a Cambridge graduate that makes techno, has turned down remixes for Shakira and denies he is the world’s best educated DJ despite having a Masters. He is most proud of making people happy.
  • Here they are, our mini interviews with those responsible for this year's three biggest bangers! If you ever wanted to know about Morgan Geist hanging out with a Queen, which hip hop track Space Dimension Controller wants to remix or whether TBD have ever played hide and seek with a celebrity you are in the right place.
  • DJ, cultural critic and historian based at the University of California, Alice Echols is the author of Hot Stuff.
  • DJ, Producer and Altern 8 inspiration, Chris Duckenfield has made some of the finest house tracks to come out of the UK.