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Monolink describes growing into his musical self and the inspiration behind ‘Amniotic’ [Q&A]

In recent years, a new type of artist has been developing in Germany, one as unique as he is talented. This artist is called Monolink, and his music is a blend of his own voice, his guitar, and craftily arranged, satisfying electronica. His music has been so well received, in fact, that some are pointing […]

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Carl Cox & Eric Powell become ‘MD Funk Connection,’ share stories of their roots [Q&A]

Legends Carl Cox and Eric Powell remain heroes in the house and techno sphere. Despite clocking in three decades each behind the decks, their passion for their craft and drive to continually move forward musically allows them an endurance that has stood the test of time. Paired with this endurance is a profound connection with […]

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Thugfucker forges whimsical house mix ahead of Elements [EXCLUSIVE]

Thugfucker were founded on the basis of uplifting peoples’ spirits with ethereal and mystical shades of house and tech. The outfit — now a singular act led by member Greg Oreck — rose through the ranks swiftly, making their mark on the underground world with their dynamic approach to sets and drive to create an […]

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Adana Twins go dark on ‘Sequence 01’ [Premiere + Interview]

If the name “Adana Twins” doesn’t ring a bell, their music is certain to conjure memories of nights out, or days spent dancing in the open air. The German duo has caught the house and techno world by storm, crafting up melodically-inclined releases that fulfill cravings for both sentimentality and grittiness. Having spent well over […]

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3D discuss their legendary union, Danny Howells’ return from hiatus, and more ahead of debut tour [Interview]

Danny Howells, Dave Seaman, and Darren Emerson are icons in their own right. Each of these three stalwarts has spent well over two decades on the international circuit, pioneering the sounds of house, progressive, and other groove-centered strains of dance music. Their unrelenting standards and passion for what they do drives their continued success. When […]

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First Listen: Opiuo on new EP, ‘Syzygy 01’: ‘It’s a journey-filled, funkadelic party pie’

From the outset of his highly innovative act, Oscar Davey-Wraight introduced the world to a mind-bending blend of glitch-hop, breakbeat, synth-led funk and bass. What began as a humble bedroom act has evolved into the extremely diverse, immersive live band experience that fans have come to know as Opiuo. Now from the Australia-based artist comes his highly-anticipated seventh EP, Syzygy […]

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Meet the counselors of Dirtybird Campout East: Louisahhh

Dirtybird Campout has grown past a simple gathering and into a phenomenon that has gained national interest. Claude VonStroke and his flock have created a truly unforgettable experience that harkens back to childhood memories while also offering an immersive transformational festival experience — complete with an endless supply of rage-worthy music. 2018 marks a milestone […]

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How to Ask Questions at a Q&A, Courtesy of McSweeney’s

Off-white humor blog McSweeney’s has a guide to asking questions at public events, formatted by writer and teacher Meriah Crawford as a final exam. Questions include “How long should my questions be?” and “Is this a good opportunity to explain how the speaker is wrong?” and answers include “Sit your ass back down” and…Read more… […]

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Meet the artists of Costa Rica’s 2018 Ocaso Music Festival: Kevin Knapp

Costa Rica’s new underground getaway, Ocaso Music Festival, is preparing to soundtrack the pristine Pacific playa with some of the underground’s most sought-after house and techno artists from January 4-7. In its second edition, Ocaso has become a prime destination for the global underground elite, offering a who’s who billing of beaconing industry titans. This year’s […]

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Meet the artists of Costa Rica’s 2018 Ocaso Music Festival: Kevin Knapp

Costa Rica’s new underground getaway, Ocaso Music Festival, is preparing to soundtrack the pristine Pacific playa with some of the underground’s most sought-after house and techno artists from January 4-7. In its second edition, Ocaso has become a prime destination for the global underground elite, offering a who’s who billing of beaconing industry titans. This year’s […]

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Meet the artists of Costa Rica’s 2018 Ocaso Music Festival: Weiss

Costa Rica’s new underground getaway, Ocaso Music Festival, is preparing to soundtrack the pristine Pacific playa with some of the underground’s most sought-after house and techno artists from January 4-7. In its second edition, Ocaso has become a prime destination for the global underground elite, offering a who’s who billing of beaconing industry titans. This […]

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Karra divulges on being an artistic chameleon, her prized memories, and more [Q&A]

Singer/songwriter Karra has certainly made a name for herself in the electronic music scene over the past few years. After growing up on the East Coast, she moved out to LA to pursue her music career — a move which has paid off tenfold. The vocalist has worked with some of dance music’s biggest stars — including […]

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‘It’s like getting dessert every night’ — Kaskade sits down to talk Redux, Christmas album

It’s beginning to look a lot like a Kaskade Christmas. The man behind the iconic moniker, Ryan Raddon, has been a groundbreaking pioneer within the dance music world and has played a huge role in the music industry throughout his storied career.Kaskade further solidified his position as an innovator when he recently dropped a full-length […]

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Techno Tuesday: Monkey Safari on making a club album & their new chapter

Techno Tuesday is a feature on Dancing Astronaut documenting the culture of underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and narratives from artists within the techno, tech house, and deep house world in an effort to shed light on some of the best talent outside the world of mainstream dance music.Monkey Safari have built […]

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Busy birds Walker & Royce touch down to talk the release of their debut album ‘Self Help,’ abandoning samples, and bringing hip hop vocals to house music [Interview]

Six-years ago, birds of a feather Samuel Walker and Gavin Royce perched atop an egg of an idea. The Brooklyn based duo’s musical nest hadn’t, however, been empty — the Brooklyn-based duo had been releasing music since 2011, when their track, “Future Lately” caught the attention of Damian Lazarus. The ‘yolk’ of Walker & Royce’s […]

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Just A Gent talks style evolution, creative process [Interview]

Australian artist Just A Gent has been producing since his pre-teen years, evidenced by his compellingly composed pieces of music that transcend genre classifications. His diverse musical interests have led him to flip songs of all genres over the years — from Illenium to Whitney Houston — all while sporting a spiffing suit and top hat.Just last month, he released a wistful […]

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[Interview] Epizode Festival founder Roustam Mirzoev talks improvements, curation strategy ahead of 2018 edition

From its industrial home in the heart of Detroit to the dusk-till-dawn underground events that dominate Europe’s rigorous party scene, techno knows no boundaries. In recent years, the genre has since exploded in Asia, further playing into the genre’s exponential growth across the globe. One festival in particular stands out among the rest.It’s called Epizode Festival.Epizode, which made its Vietnamese […]

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KRANE discusses his Dim Mak album ‘Fallout,’ SESSIONS 2018, and finding his sound [Interview]

KRANE is an eternally evolving force, creating ripples throughout the dance music sphere with each new phase in his career thanks to his recurring motif of emotive future bass. Starting at his entry as an up-and-coming artist 3 years ago, KRANE has always maintained a forward-thinking modus operandi with everything he’s done — this is […]

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