Enamoured by electronic music culture at a young age, Michael moved to Cologne just as his teens came to an end and got a job in a record store — Delirium. Riding the first minimal techno wave, a few years later he co-founded Kompakt — now a distributor, record store, booking agency and recording studio, as well as a pioneering electronic label. He started his own Total Confusion parties too, a concept he has exported to various other European cities over the years — including to Fabric, which led to him recording one of their earliest mix CDs in 2003.
Emerging from his anonymous beginnings on Dirtybird, Shadow Child has stepped into the light to become one of the UK’s biggest artists. Combining modern house with elements of speed garage, hardcore and drum & bass, his weekly Wednesday Rinse show showcases his sound as well as providing a platform for up-and-coming new talent, to go alongside his Food Music label.
There is a fine line between trying and doing. Alex Scholler, aka Alison Wonderland, is undoubtedly doing … and on her own terms. Effortlessly cool and blissfully self-aware, the young "love trap" luminary's multi-dimensional talent continues to amass swarms of international revellers who are magnetically drawn to her seductively electrifying vibes.
Chus & Ceballos are constantly on the run. Whether they are smashing dance-floors during marathon DJ sets in Ibiza, or braving the freezing Canadian cold to headline a music festival, or in their studio making their signature Iberican and tribal-tech productions, the raw drum-driven energy pulsating through the Spanish duo's never seem to have them breaking a sweat.
WhoSampled is the go-to website for dance nuts investigating the funk, soul and electronic music samples that underpin their modern day favourites. Growing from a niche concern into a huge database with 10,000 contributors, it's become a vital music research site. We spoke to founder Nadav Poraz to find out more...