Interviews

Neu!’s Michael Rother on forgetting his heroes and finding inspiration during lockdown

Rother drafted the blueprints for punk and electronica in the early 1970s with bands Neu! and Harmonia. And the multi-instrumentalist continues to make and perform music with relentless zeal. As a new boxset brings together his varied solo works, he reflects on his decades exploring new frontiers.

Depeche Mode producer Ben Hillier: “It helps that I’m not easily starstruck”

From electronic titans Depeche Mode to Britpop stars Blur via Mancunian indie heroes Doves and Mercury Prize-nominated artist Nadine Shah, producer Ben Hillier’s exhilarating career in sound is truly eclectic. Having expanded his creative palette into co-writing and performing with Nadine, Ben tells us how he works with some of pop’s most innovative talents and professes his love for the unpredictable sounds of the EMS VCS3.

Prescription Plugs: Rudosa’s guilty pleasures

We ask sonic surgeons to treat our production ailments – this time techno DJ Rudosa offers a cure for weak drums and build-ups that aren’t quite hitting the spot.

Deadmau5 talks touch-control tech, redlining analogue gear and collaborating with icons

As one of the world’s most renowned DJs and electronic producers, the draw of Deadmau5, like that of the best artists, transcends age. With the commercial release of his own control app, OSC/Pilot, we venture into the mau5’s den to discover more about his gamechanging new software, his mind-expanding live shows and more.

Nick Launay on producing Idles, vintage tech and keeping the fire alive in the studio

After three decades producing the likes of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Kate Bush, PiL, Arcade Fire and Idles, Nick tells us how he approaches unique musicians, and why attitude is just as important as technical proficiency.
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