Jim Ottewill

Psychemagik on recording their new album and not sweating the small stuff

Following the release of Psychemagik's brilliant debut LP, I Feel How This Night Should Look, we learn more about the record’s challenging birth and genre-straddling production processes.

Inside the secret world of DJ-turned-producer Luca Bacchetti

Luca Bacchetti has soaked up a wild aural palette as a globe-trotting DJ, but it was returning to a bungalow in rural Tuscany that allowed him to shape his debut album, Secret World.

Clean Bandit producer Mark Ralph on producing music with modern listeners in mind

Mark Ralph has produced some of the biggest chart smashes in recent years, working with an impressive roster of artists that includes Clean Bandit, Hot Chip, Jax Jones and many more.

Former Pulp bassist Steve Mackey on producing for M.I.A. and Arcade Fire

Steve Mackey was much loved as the well-heeled bassist in Sheffield underdogs Pulp and long-time musical accomplice of their ubiquitous frontman Jarvis Cocker. But he’s also ploughed an alternative musical furrow as a producer and remixer, energising everyone in the studio from the lo-fi ragga of M.I.A., to the stadium guitar pop of Arcade Fire. We caught up with him to trace his journey from Pulp to top producer and beyond…

Inside James Murphy and Soulwax’s Despacio – the world’s greatest sound system

Ahead of a hotly anticipated return to London this summer for Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre, we clamber under the hood of James Murphy and Soulwax/2manydjs’ Despacio sound system to learn how it sets dancefloor pulses racing – at strictly no faster than 120bpm…

Hugh Padgham on how he created the gated-reverb effect and evolving technology

Alongside his hit records, the much-aped ‘gated reverb’ effect is arguably what Hugh Padgham is most known and loved for. Hugh tells us how he first attained this unique and recognisable effect…
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