Its hard to believe that I have been the guide for dancemusic.about.com for 5 years. This week marks the 5th anniversary of the weekly newsletter. Its a good time to look back - so here are some of my favorite interviews from the past five years..
Obvious one here.. my favorite remixers and one of the few times I was ever nervous with a phoner interview. The duo were good sports and let me ask them questions for nearly an hour - it's doubtful that you will find a more comprehensive interview anywhere else. Inspired by the sounds of American DJs like Armand Van Helden and DJ Sneak, George and Steven came together to produce and remix some of the bounciest and most high energy tracks of the past 10 years. They've waved their hands over the biggest names from Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross to Madonna and Britney Spears, adding their unique sound to pump up the energy on dancefloors across the world.
Good things are worth the way - and this interview took more than six months to make happen. Dannii was everything you want a pop star to be - vivacious, quick witted, fun and best of all, really real. Already known throughout the world for her pop and dance hits, Dannii Minogue is looking to conquer the United States with her delicious American debut CD Neon Nights which has already yielded four hit singles in Europe. Rather than following in her sister Kylie's footsteps, Dannii is blazing her own path by adding her golden pop touch to the underground dance music and giving much love to the DJs who support her
You know that guy you run into at the coffeehouse who is always good for a fun yet intelligent conversation. Moby is basically the DJ version of that guy. He is one of the most intelligent and articulate people in the dance music world. DJ? Artist? Producer? Author? Restaurant Mogul? There isn't a single title that can be used to encompass the multitalented genius known as Moby. Taking a break between a promotional tour and a concert tour, Moby took a few minutes to talk to us about his new album "Hotel," the joys of Teany and political activism.
Junior Senior is taking the world by storm with their debut album "d-d-don't don't stop the beat," combining elements of french disco, rock and ska for an energetic album that is hard to classify. With wild videos for "Move Your Feet" and "Rhythm Bandits" and an energetic live show look for Junior Senior to get the world dancing!
Working with the Berman Brothers and Junior Vasquez are just a few signs that Sophie B. Hawkins has opened her eyes to dance music. You may know her for the hit singles "Now I Lay Me Down" and "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover," but she is more than just a pop singer. Her love of instrumentation and personal songwriting may just create some of the most moving electronic music you will hear this year.
Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena and Heidi Range make up the UK pop trio known as the Sugababes. Known for their edgy yet catchy songs, flawless harmonies and unique styles, the babes have had several hits including "Round Round," "Hole in the Head," "Overload," and "Freak Like Me." The videogenic trio is trying to conquer the United States and with "Hole in the Head" appearing on radio stations everywhere, it just might happen.
It's rare that you meet an artist whose personality is as energetic as their music. Clocking in at over 140 beats per minute, Debbie Loeb's debut single "Faraway" is a poetic fairy tale that's as intelligent as it is energetic. If her last name sounds familiar, you might remember her sister Lisa, who achieved a number one record as an unsigned artist with "Stay (I Missed You)" Or maybe you saw them both on the hit reality show #1 Single.
The Swedes make the best pop music and Robyn updates the tradition with a fresh taste of electro. Known in the US for her '90s hits "Show Me Love" and "Do You Know (What it Takes)," Robyn's made a huge comeback in Europe with the emotionally-charged "With Every Heartbeat." With incredible songwriting and production (Teddy Bears, Bjorn from Peter, Bjorn and John, and Kleerup), Robyn's latest CD is due for US release in April.
Is electro the new punk rock? On The Prodigy's new album, Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, Liam Howlett goes back to his punk roots, exploring his influences and mashing them together in his laptop. Inviting people as varied as Kool Keith, Juliette Lewis, Princess Superstar and Twista along for the ride, the CD is like one we have never experienced before.
The hottest producers on the club scene, the Freemasons (the team of Russell Small & James Wiltshire) have spent the past two years topping the UK and US club chart with their productions ("Love on My Mind," "Watchin," "Rain Down Love") and remixes (Beyonce "Déjà vu," Angie Stone "I Wasn't Kidding," Faith Evans "Mesmerized," Blaze featuring Barbara Tucker "Most Precious Love"). With the release of Shakedown, a genre-defining 2-CD set of over 28 productions and remixes, the Freemasons compile their best work for mass consumption and insane partying.