deadmau5 and Kaskade on Kx5, the perils of signing for a major label and why we should “unleash the beast” of AI-written pop songs


Deadmau5 would rather not be here today. The iconic producer, real name Joel Zimmerman, makes that clear from the moment he walks in for MusicTech’s interview and photoshoot, only really acknowledging anyone else in the room to complain when conversations get too loud. He’s flown to the UK for his six-hour Printworks show with Kaskade (aka Ryan Raddon, Zimmerman’s longtime collaborator and legendary producer in his own right) the following evening – unsurprisingly he’s struggling with the rapid change in climate and time zone.

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When Raddon walks in an hour later, however, the cloud hanging over the room evaporates. The duo, now producing and performing as Kx5, start bouncing off each other and bantering. Ryan is also jet-lagged and, frankly, seems like he could do with some rest, but is keeping the energy up and recharging his friend with it.

Maybe that’s what Kx5, the pair’s new project, has been borne of – two prolific producers who deserve a well-earned break but just can’t stop making music. They seem thrilled to be sitting side-by-side, joking and jabbing about each other’s tunes. “I’ve never heard any of Joel’s music,” Ryan japes when asked what his favourite deadmau5 song is. Joel chuckles and says his favourite Kaskade track is I Remember – the duo’s first collaboration, released in 2008.

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These media stints are a chore to them – you might feel similarly if they were keeping you from building beats in your studio, orr performing them or audiences of thousands over the world. We won’t complain. The result of their time in their respective spaces is the Kx5 album – set for release on 17 March release – a stunning collection of electronic music that harks back to late-00s progressive house while intertwining contemporary, intricate sound design and emotive vocal performances. Some 20 years after both of their careers began, the pair remain in the spotlight, with a legacy that producers today dream of leaving.

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Black Lion Audio Releases Bluey 500 Series Compressor


Black Lion Audio has released the Bluey 500, a 500-series version of Chris Lord-Alge’s heavily-modified 2U “Bluey” compressor that’s been heard on countless hits.

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Lori Harvey and New Beau Damson Idris Make Their First Red Carpet Debut


Lori Harvey and Damson Idris are quickly becoming the hottest couple of 2023, and we can’t get enough of how well they complement each other. Last month ––at Harvey’s birthday party–– the pair went public, and they’ve been on everyone’s radar since.

Recently, the couple has been spotted strolling Santa Monica with Lori keeping it chic in a black Kwame Adusei bomber jacket styled over a white ribbed tank and a black satin mini skirt. Tyler Lambert’s ‘The Edge’ boots were the kind of shoe candy we needed as she stepped in unison with her new actor beau Damson Idris, who opted for a classic chalky white bomber jacket with black trousers and platform loafers.

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In addition to their sporty streetwear, they both clean up exceptionally well. Serving us black-tie elegance on the red carpet for the Snowfall season 6 premiere, Lori dived into the Gucci archives for a black off-the-shoulder vintage gown styled by Elly Karamoh. She gave us Hollywood glam with a finger wave bob and statement accessories. Damson, who stars as ‘80’s drug kingpin Franklin Saint in the hit FX series,’ wore a midnight Prada suit with a white button-up shirt and black oxford shoes.

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Despite how amazing Lori and Damson looked on the red carpet, it came with unsolicited social media criticism. To which Lori shut down immediately. However, more and more fans have come out critiquing the new couple’s body language and even giving the young lovers 3-4 weeks before calling it quits. We, however, are optimistic that Lori and Damson will make it work. She’s certainly found someone who complements her fly.

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Four Tet, Skrillex and Fred Again.. held a surprise school bus performance in Times Square before Madison Square Garden show


Last week, Four Tet, Fred Again.. and Skrillex joined forces for a surprise show in Times Square just one day before they played their sold-out show in Madison Square Garden.

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The event took place on Friday (17 February) and saw the trio perform an hour-long set on an American-style school bus, parked in the heart of the iconic location.

The pop-up show was held a day before their long-awaited show in Madison Square Garden – which sold out within a matter of minutes – and provided an opportunity for fans unable to acquire tickets with an opportunity to see them perform live.

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Hundreds gathered to watch the joint set from the three artists, and many more joined online via the live stream, hosted by The Lot Radio.

Tracks such as Skrillex’s recent release Rumble (featuring Fred Again.. and Flowdan) were performed, alongside covers of Joy Anonymous.

It was a moment by Four Tet that seemed to capture the most online attention, however, with the artist dropping the dubstep track COUNTRY RIDDIM’ by HOL! – a choice that was quickly undone by Fred Again… Check out footage of the moment below.

im fucking crying at four tet randomly dropping into this riddim song

— gaszia (@Gaszia) February 17, 2023

At the Madison Square Garden performance the following night, the trio performed a five-hour set to over 20,000 attendees.

The event also saw Dubstep icon Skrillex announce Don’t Get Too Close, his second album within 48 hours.

You can watch the full set via The Lot Radio‘s YouTube channel.

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Ciara Makes the Viral Big Red ‘MSCHF’ Boots Look Effortlessly Chic


Supernormal and out of this world, the MSCHF “Astro Boy’ boots have broken the internet and the latest celeb to take part in this viral sensation is no other than Ciara, who looked effortlessly chic while promoting her new song, “For Da Girls.”

Created by Brooklyn art collective “MSCHF” (pronounced mischief), the cartoonish red boots ––that were released this month–– have made a major impact, selling out within minutes of the drop.

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According to the product description, “cartoonishness is an abstraction that frees us from the constraints of reality. If you kick someone in these boots, they go boing.” The $350 price tag quickly superseded over $1,200 on reseller sites like StockX. These gigantic red boots with their TPU rubber exterior and EVA midsole, are in high demand.

We’ve seen these futuristic boots grace the feet of A-list celebs like Lil Wayne, Coi Leray, Janelle Monae, Rich the Kid, and Iggy Azalea. Not to mention, influencers at New York Fashion Week who stole the show, and WWE star Seth Rollins who was seen stomping out his competition in the Big Red Boots.

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However, unlike some celebrities who rocked the boot and looked like they were trying too hard to follow the latest trend, Grammy Award winning artist Ciara looked so fierce and bomb without looking overdone. CiCi was giving her personal style in a Black Michael Jackson thriller shirt with layered diamond neck candy and black shades.

She was giving what it was supposed to give as she affirmed herself through her new self love track about women’s Independence and empowerment. We could all benefit from taking notes on CiCi. She knows a thing or two about being independent and, in the voice of Lil Richard, she puts it on!

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Audient introduces new 10in/14out audio interface, the iD24


Audient has unveiled its new 10 in/14 out audio interface, named the iD24, which follows its recently released iD44.

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The British audio manufacturer has said that it was designed to make your recording better, offering expandability and customisable monitor control.

According to Audient, the iD24 features two Console Mic Preamps seen on every iD interface as well as the flagship ASP8024-HE console. The interface also delivers 126 dB of dynamic range and supports both ADAT and SPDIF, which gives users the option to boost input capabilities by adding up to eight channels of external mic preamps.

The brand says: “We want to ensure our customers can hear their audio with incredible clarity. Being able to hear those subtle details is really important as it helps users to feel more confident when making recording and mix decisions,” he explains. “We know the modern engineer often needs to be ready to handle bigger sessions like recording drums or a live band, and iD24’s optical input and output connections give you the ability to scale up your rig quickly and cost-effectively,”

Audient has also made clear the importance of workflow, with a series of advanced monitoring features including Speaker Select, Talkback, Polarity Invert and Mono can be assigned to any three of the programmable function buttons.

iD24 is fully bus-powered via a USB-C connection and benefits from the addition of dual headphones outputs, four line outputs and a dedicated low latency software mixer.

iD24 is now shipping and will retail at: £299 inc VAT, €349 inc Local VAT and $399 MAP.

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Mackie Onyx 24 Mixer Review


With the new Onyx Series, Mackie offers a very compelling mixer that should appeal to anyone looking for a combination of traditional and modern features…

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Evaluación Del Mezclador Mackie Onyx 24


Con la nueva serie Onyx, Mackie ofrece un mezclador muy atractivo que debería atraer a cualquiera que busque una combinación de características tradicionales y modernas.

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Depeche Mode release single Ghosts Again from new album Memento Mori


Depeche Mode have released the first single from their upcoming 15th studio album Memento Mori.

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The English electronic band announced the album’s 23 March release date on February 9 alongside the release of the LP’s first single, Ghosts Again.

“To me, Ghosts Again just captures this perfect balance of melancholy and joy,” vocalist Dave Gahan Gore shared in a statement, with guitarist Martin Gore adding, “It’s not often that we record a song that I just don’t get sick of listening to – I’m excited to be able to share it.”

Listen to Depeche Mode’s Ghosts Again below.

The James Ford-produced album Memento Mori is now available for pre-order now on 2LP vinyl, CD, cassette, and digital. The album is Depeche Mode’s first as two-piece, following co-founder Andrew Fletcher’s tragic passing in 2022, and was written during the early stages of the COVID pandemic. The LP is also set to be followed by a headlining arena tour that kicks off on 23 March with dates at  New York’s Madison Square Garden, Chicago’s United Center, Los Angeles’ Kia Forum and Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena already announced.

The tour will be Depeche Mode’s first in over five years.

Depeche Mode first announced Memento Mori in October last year. In a statement at the time, Gore shared that the album’s title — Latin for ‘Remember you must die’ — was chosen before Fletcher passed on in May. “All of the songs and even the album title was kind of decided before Andy passed,” he shared, adding, “It sounds very morbid but I think you can look at it very positively as well in that live each day to the max. That’s how we like to interpret it too.”

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FabFilter Upgrades Twin Virtual Synth To Version 3.0


FabFilter’s Twin 3 features enhancements in every area, including a redesign of the GUI, better workflow, reworked oscillators and filters and an all-new FX section…

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