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THE PRODIGY: THE PRODIGAL SONS

“I think we should be a British institution. Everyone goes on about all of these other people from the '90s like Blur and Oasis, but we’re still doing our shit, we’ve stuck to what we’re about without compromise. We just don’t get the recognition we deserve.”

SNEAK PEEK AT THE TRAKTOR D2

Native Instruments have just given everyone a peek at their new deck, the Traktor 'D2'. 

The new decks were showcased at their Traktor event last night in Miami with MK, Dubfire and Uner all playing at the event. The night was streamed live by our friends over at Be-at.tv — you can watch it back below.

The deck looks similar to the S8 which had a lot of DJs swaying to use the controller rather than a mixer and two CDJs, including Carl Cox and many others. 

MARSHALL JEFFERSON: WAX LYRICAL

Not that he went away, especially — it's not like he's ever stopped DJing and, like any other year, he played loads during 2014 (although he did retire temporarily in 1990, only to return three years later). What's remarkable, however, is that — after almost 30 years in the game — the Trax man responsible for huge anthems such as 'Move Your Body', '7 Ways To Jack' and 'Open Our Eyes' — sometimes dubbed the 'Godfather Of House' — has finally started a label.

BAKERMAT: COOKING UP HITS

Lodewijk Fluttert’s near-accidental rise to prominence is every musician’s wet dream. After uploading his first track, ‘Vandaag’ to YouTube, he went from bedroom producer to overnight sensation. The video has amassed a staggering 23 million views to date, transforming Lodewijk into his melodic alter ego Bakermat.

MARSHALL JEFFERSON: WAX LYRICAL

Not that he went away, especially — it's not like he's ever stopped DJing and, like any other year, he played loads during 2014 (although he did retire temporarily in 1990, only to return three years later). What's remarkable, however, is that — after almost 30 years in the game — the Trax man responsible for huge anthems such as 'Move Your Body', '7 Ways To Jack' and 'Open Our Eyes' has finally started a label.

SETH TROXLER: FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Still bleary-eyed after a night DJing to hundreds who braved freezing January weather to hear him spin on a Wednesday evening in Bristol, Seth Troxler is back in London doing the two other things he does best. Holding forth in his kitchen whipping up an evening meal for his friends, the air is as thick with Seth’s Gatling gun chatter as it is with the mouthwatering scents of garlic and fried sausage.

JOYCE MUNIZ MATTERS

Remember the time that Richie Hawtin got hold of your unreleased track and played it on his Ibiza Boiler Room? Me neither, but that's exactly the odd situation that Brazilian-born, Vienna-based DJ and producer Joyce Muniz found herself in after someone popped up on her Facebook page asking about a release date. “The track was already one year old and only four people had it,” she recalls incredulously. “I really was wondering how Richie Hawtin got it!” 

MATADOR IN THE STUDIO

Gavin Lynch discovered a love for electronic music at a very early age. An avid vinyl collector and dab hand in the kitchen, he took a job as a part-time chef to help feed his vinyl and music addiction. With a pair of skilled hands, he took the jump into sound engineering and music production — a self-professed techno nut who is equally skilled in the studio and the kitchen. Matador is cooking up a storm in the techno world, with tunes for a host of respected labels like Trapez, Perc Trax and M_nus, so we badgered him about his studio techniques...

AKAI AMX/AFX CONTROLLERS

 It is no secret that the makers of the two leading DJing platforms, namely Serato and Native Instruments, are in fierce competition with each other. As with all wars each side will push forward and gain the advantage over the other for a while. For a time, it looked like Native Instruments were going to win hands down thanks to the impressive array of controllers available for Traktor, but in recent times Serato have turned the tables and if anything look to be leading the charge when it comes to choice of controllers.

RELOOP'S NEW BEATMIX 4 CONTROLLER

When a group of DJs get together the discussion will inevitably revolve around music and the latest equipment on offer, with each DJ singing the praises of their favourite choice of technology while pouring scorn on those who do not agree.

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