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Groupthink is everywhere, but rarely found in a more pronounced form these days than in the dance scene. Patrice Bäumel is not a fan of this phenomenon and, to his credit, he is willing to challenge received wisdom and orthodoxy. That approach to life makes him an ideal guest for this show and it was a pleasure to dig into some thorny topics with h…
 
Releasing your own music can be liberating, but it also involves challenges. How keen are you on self-promotion? Well you better get used to it if you're self-releasing. Steffi is a long running resident of Berghain/Panorama Bar, and an alumnus of their label, Ostgut Ton. For her forthcoming album, The Red Hunter, she has taken over those responsib…
 
This week I'm taking the opportunity to evaluate what we've been doing on the show during the 19 weeks since I last did a solo pod. That also ties in neatly with a weekend I just spent in Berlin where we held a Hotflush party at Æden, and also collabed with HÖR on sets from me, Anna Kost, Roska, and Closet Yi. Support the show on Patreon! We'd be h…
 
We have been angling for a booking agent to guest on the show since launching the podcast, and finally we have one! Ned Beckett is the founder of the Little Big agency, represents Aphex Twin, and is as well placed as anyone to make the case for the contribution made by agents to the careers of artists and live music as a whole. We discuss his forma…
 
Electronic music and DJing are intrinsically linked, so what happens when your studio output shifts from being explicitly designed for mixing to something far less functional? Performing live is a challenge many DJs have taken up, but few as comprehensively as George FitzGerald who fully embraced the live experience after signing to Domino Records …
 
Miami is one of those places whose reputation precedes it. South Beach, basically. Which anyone with any smarts will reassure you is far from the whole story. Danny Daze is a second-generation Cuban who is Miami to the core. He's a former pro-level tennis player who spends his time running TR808s through an Eventide H9000, and is currently preparin…
 
We are now live on Patreon! Support the show and get tons of extra content right here. Pirate radio as part of underground music is commonly seen as a London phenomenon, but in the early 90s Kiss FM in Berlin was a key part of the emerging landscape. Anja Schneider played an important role in that extremely exciting period in the development of dan…
 
The touring lifestyle is not for everyone. It's the classic case of something which appears to be endlessly glamorous from the outside, but the reality of which is something else entirely. Everyone wants to be a part of it, few manage to sustain it for very long. At this point Ali Shirazinia, aka Dubfire, might (without too much of an emphasis on 8…
 
Prince taught us all the importance of controlling your own music, and that is a concept which this week's guest has taken to heart over the course of his career. A label-owner, publisher, and spinner of DJ sets featuring exclusively his own material, Levon Vincent is a producer's producer and a proper hero of the underground. In this conversation …
 
Dubstep Wars is a series we're incorporating into the show which takes a serious look at the development of Dubstep in the US. How it got there, how it grew, and what happened then. This is the second in the series, but we've got so much more than that on this episode. Joe Nice is an actual hero of underground music in North America. Justifiably re…
 
Hospital Records is one of the biggest labels in Drum n Bass, but its origins came out of the musical crossroads in the mid 90s which involved Acid Jazz, Broken Beat, elements of UK Garage, and of course Jungle. Chris Goss was a co-founder, a key part of London Elektricity whose music Hospital was in part set up to support, and now runs the label a…
 
Should you bother to learn music theory if you want to make dance music? This is a rare area in life where ignorance is quite often openly celebrated. That's not to be sniffy about those who can't pick out the sixth note of a minor harmonic scale, but the arguments used to justify the lack of knowledge do lend themselves to a suspicion that the peo…
 
What constitutes a hit record? In the underground dance world the definition can be very different to one that, say, a major label exec living in LA might use. A genre-defining club track is not a "hit" on everyone's terms. But this week's guest has made records which can unambiguously be associated with the H-word. Since starting out in the mid 20…
 
At this point the argument over NFTs probably seems a bit tired. But the fact is that very often the real benefits, theoretical though they might be, can be absent from the conversation as a whole. When Jacques Greene effectively sold the publishing rights to a track via the blockchain he was hinting at a world which currently doesn't exist, but th…
 
When you're trying to get started in music there is a tendency to find yourself doing all sorts of stuff just for the privilege of being involved. One of the first things I ever did was conduct an extremely poorly-researched interview with an up-n-coming DJ and producer who was making tunes every dark garage DJ wanted (it wasn't quite called Grime …
 
Musicians can be broadly assigned one of two categories - those who are willing to say what they think, and those who are not. There is an element of risk and reward at play in this dynamic - and it might be a calculated strategy or purely a reflection of a given person's ability (or otherwise) to express themselves. This week's guest, Dave Clarke,…
 
Since the pandemic hit, no part of the music scene has been dissected so minutely by people with less direct knowledge than the club and festival circuit. That was inevitable - everyone loves to party and far too many take an unhealthy pleasure in the misfortune of others. Thankfully on this week's show we have some actual expertise to draw upon. R…
 
House music all night long is a fine adage for the feckless youth of no responsibility, but try delivering the aforementioned while breastfeeding a newborn and facing the prospect of doing the same thing tomorrow in a different country. Cassy has unquestionably done the 'DJ thing'. Formerly resident of Circoloco and graduate of the inaugural Panora…
 
Techno is a functional form of art, one which on first glance might seem highly formulaic but upon closer inspection reveals itself to be almost infinite in the number of variants in which it can appear while still feeling fresh. Chris Liebing is a master of the style. From a starting point in the early-90s Frankfurt scene, through launching his re…
 
Musicians often view the public relations side of the industry with a degree of suspicion. Sometimes outright hostility. This is occasionally the result of misinformation, or perhaps just a poor level of understanding of what can be a crucial cog in the wheel of an artist's career. But like most things in music there can be a slightly unsavoury sid…
 
Manchester in the late 1980s was as vibrant a musical environment as you could wish for, and following the second Summer of Love in 1987 societal barriers were crumbling as the combination of music and ecstasy provided the catalyst for eventually became the all-conquering leviathan that we now know as the global rave scene. A Guy Called Gerald made…
 
No-one knew anything about Dubstep in 2005. Almost no-one in London but definitely no-one in Denver, or so it would've been reasonable to assume but Nicole Cacciavillano launched her Dubstep night Submission that year and runs it to this day, now at her own venue The Black Box. It's fair to say that Nicole has been extremely influential in the deve…
 
We are 15 weeks into the Not A Diving Podcast. On this week's show we discuss how it has gone so far, what the emergent themes have been, how it might develop in the future, and why we're doing it anyway. We also assess a weekend in Berlin involving two shows of sharply contrasting fortune. The interview mentioned: http://www.lebronjames.co/intervi…
 
Following his debut release on Moving Shadow in 1999, Tim Exile has forged a singular path for himself in music. Releasing LPs on Planet Mu and Warp, previously working for German music-tech behemoth Native Instruments, and most recently founding the collaborative platform Endlesss, he has a restless creativity that often leads to unusual results. …
 
Mark Broadbent, the slightly embarrassed recipient of an Outstanding Contribution award from DJ Mag, is a nonetheless-legendary promoter and prominent proponent of the importance of serious music policy in nightclubs. Most noted for his work in Ibiza with We Love Space and Cream, he currently works on festivals in Croatia (including Love Internatio…
 
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