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Video: Maceo Plex DJ-Kicks Interview

One of Maceo Plex’s stated goal with his DJ-Kicks mix was to take a forward-looking approach to the music and selection, rather than getting mired in retro-ism. That emphasis on the future seems to have extended to this video interview, which sees the DJ / producer speaking about his contribution to the DJ-Kicks series amidst some incredible 3D visuals from The Butchers.

Maceo Plex’s DJ-Kicks is out this week. Grab a free track, see tour dates, and order the album at http://www.dj-kicks.com/maceoplex

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Photek Interview With Dubspot

Dubspot is a digital production school in New York and LA specializing in arming the next generation of producers with the tools they’ll need to create incredible music. They caught up with Photek in SXSW this year to speak about his first music-making set-up, his advice to up-and-coming producers, and his DJ-Kicks mix.

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Maya Jane Coles Video Interview

Maya Jane Coles’ DJ-Kicks is out this week, and she’s still on an incredible run! In the short time since we last touted her accomplishments, she’s been named one of five Best New Artists for April by Spin Magazine, and been honored as Artist of the Year by Beatport’s staff. All in a month’s work, we suppose.

We managed to grab some time out of Maya’s insane schedule to speak in London about the mix, and her philosophy on making music. Check out the video (directed by Giorgio Gremigni) below, and below that you can grab an exclusive new Maya production from the mix. The whole mix is available from fine retailers worldwide.

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Photek Video Interview

Watching Photek in his studio is a bit like watching a master chef in the kitchen. We were lucky enough to drop in to his Los Angeles home base to chat about his massive DJ-Kicks mix, his first live show DJing with Peshay, and the inspiration behind the titles for some of the exclusive Photek tracks that appear on the mix. DJ-Kicks is out now everyone but the US, where it comes out on April 3rd. Read more…

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DJ-Kicks Q&A: Motor City Drum Ensemble

The eclectic and personal DJ-Kicks mix from Cologne’s Danilo Plessow, a/k/a Motor City Drum Ensemble has inspired praise for its adventurous tracklist and meticulous mixing. Primarily known as a producer, we were interested in how the process of making a mix different from his approach to his studio recording. Motor City Drum Ensemble’s DJ-Kicks is out now.

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DJ-Kicks Q&A: Voices Of Black

Wolf + Lamb & Soul Clap roll deep, as it were. Their collaborative DJ-Kicks mix features no less than ten exclusive tracks, all comprised of material from their close-knit extended circle of friends and family. Leading up to the release of the mix, we decided to connect the dots, picking the brains of the talent behind the exclusive tracks on the mix. In this edition we spoke with Voices of Black, Providence, RI via Teaneck, NJ’s denizens of funk fazed beats with damaged soul to spare. Their track “Fridays With Her” features on the first EP of DJ-Kicks exclusives. Both EPs, as well as the full mix are out now. (Interview after the jump) Read more…

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DJ-Kicks Q&A: Tanner Ross

Wolf + Lamb & Soul Clap roll deep, as it were. Their collaborative DJ-Kicks mix features no less than ten exclusive tracks, all comprised of material from their close-knit extended circle of friends and family. Leading up to the release of the mix, we decided to connect the dots, picking the brains of the talent behind the exclusive tracks on the mix. In this edition we spoke with Tanner Ross, the Berklee-educated producer and member of supergroup SECT (along with Soul Clap’s Eli & Charlie, and Sergio Santos). His track “Goodbye Summer” and SECT’s “In The Park” are two of the highlights of the first EP of DJ-Kicks exclusives. Both EPs are out now. (Interview after the jump) Read more…

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DJ-Kicks Q&A: No Regular Play

Wolf + Lamb & Soul Clap roll deep, as it were. Their collaborative DJ-Kicks mix features no less than ten exclusive tracks, all comprised of material from their close-knit extended circle of friends and family. Leading up to the release of the mix, we decided to connect the dots, picking the brains of the talent behind the exclusive tracks on the mix. In this edition we spoke with Nick DeBruyn and Greg Paulus, the Brooklyn duo together known as No Regular Play. Their track “Takin’ U Back” is on the second EP of DJ-Kicks exclusives, out March 1st. The first EP is out now. (Interview after the jump) Read more…

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DJ-Kicks Q&A: Slow Hands

Wolf + Lamb & Soul Clap roll deep, as it were. Their collaborative DJ-Kicks mix features no less than ten exclusive tracks, all comprised of material from their close-knit extended circle of friends and family. Leading up to the release of the mix, we decided to connect the dots, picking the brains of the talent behind the exclusive tracks on the mix. In this edition we spoke with classically trained guitarist turned producer Slow Hands, whose “Fast Tongue” put him on the map via W+L’s Significant Others EP. (Interview after the jump) Read more…

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Wolf + Lamb / Soul Clap interview w/ Bass Ache

Our friends at Bass Ache got psyched about the forthcoming Wolf + Lamb / Soul Clap DJ-Kicks and ran a couple of questions by the guys. Check out a bit of their conversation below, and head to Bass Ache for the full interview & review.

How and where was the mix recorded?

This mix was made on the couch in our Miami house, during breaks between playing ping-pong and swimming.

Four DJ’s making one mix CD is quite unique, how did you find that experience?

So much of what we do is collaborative anyway, from productions to label experiences to cooking dinner, we’ve all been working together for almost 2 years and that made it really natural to pull everything together. We know each others strengths and weaknesses so each of us took on rolls: writing new tracks, compiling music from friends, mixing, editing and mastering. Then once we got in the ring, Gadi gave Charlie a pile driver and Eli had to retaliate by hitting Zev in the head with a steel chair. Blood was flying everywhere!

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