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Feature stories, profiles and interviews with leading House Music DJs, producers and vocalists from more than 14 years of 5 Magazine.

Guitar Center

Private equity keeps stabbing Guitar Center but it still won’t die

Music gear is selling at a record pace but Guitar Center is broke. It's not the pandemic that's screwed it up.

The Prodigy to star in a new documentary

"This one's for Keef!" The Prodigy promise "uncompromising, raw and honest" documentary forthcoming on the history of the iconic UK electronic music group.
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Amy Douglas is a singer, songwriter & professional bad influence

"Without singing, there is no me. I have no purpose, beyond singing and songwriting." Harold Heath profiles the powerhouse of talent that is Amy Douglas.
Electo Electro 2020 installation, photo courtesy of Michael Richison

Techno Politics: Art, Disinfo & the 1/6 Capitol Riot

Michael Richison made an art project out of old voting machines, with video that could be remixed on the fly into techno-like music. Then we watched disinformation about them lead to insurrection.
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Seven Davis, Jr: “I’ve been in self-induced lockdown since 2016”

"I've been a church boy, homeless street kid, corporate suit, addict..." Harold Heath profiles the multifaceted artist Seven Davis, Jr.
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After 29 years behind the mic, Joi Cardwell is still about the love

"My goal was to have a discography as long as Ella's." Joi Cardwell reflects on nearly three decades as dance music's go-to vocalist and answering an ad in the Village Voice to singing on "Club Lonely" from Lil Louis.
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Back To Life: Phenomenal Handclap Band

Daniel Collas returned to his home-base to start something new. Instead he found the re-animating spark that brought Phenomenal Handclap Band back to life.
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The Unapologetic African Sounds of Shamrock Guitor

Kayibiza LOunge talks to Shamrock Guitor, South African guitarist and producer and founder of the new label Gotto Records.
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The Inside Story of As You Like It

The Bay Area residency is now 2020's best new underground label. Lauren Krieger on the history, tragedy & journey of As You Like It Recordings.
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Tensnake: LA Stories

Six years after Glow, German electronic music maestro Tensnake is back with an intimate pop portrait of the city of Los Angeles.
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Ringo had a dream

One of the best new reads of 2020 is Ringo Dreams of Lawn Care, series of weekly notes on music, music-making and cultural flotsam from the mind of Michael Donaldson.
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Innermoods: The James Duncan Interview

James Duncan has jammed with jazz legends Mark Edwards, Sabir Mateen and even sax god Ornette Coleman, but it's his dance music productions that have been turning heads. Bruce Tantum talks to the Brooklyn-based producer and trumpet player.
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Something Special: An Interview with Milly James

#TheMic: Studio sessions, live music in a pandemic and making something special with Mike Schommer: a profile of UK vocalist Milly James.
Packard Plant Project Detroit circa 1911 from the Library of Congress

The dream of bringing Techno back to Detroit’s Packard Plant is over

After breathless media reports of art galleries, apartments, light industry and even a techno club, the Packard Plant Project has collapsed. Most of it never actually began.
The Mic

#PassTheMic – Why dance music needs its singers

Why have the vocalists become almost invisible in dance music coverage these days? The answer (probably won't) surprise you.
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Jorge Caiado: Vitality

Since his first release a decade ago on Chez Damier's Balance, Jorge Caiado has been passionately influencing the electronic music scene of his local Lisbon and beyond.
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There was a genius named Michael Zucker

Michael Zucker, the owner of Finale Sessions was the epitome of a great 21st century underground label owner. He was an even better person.
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Boddhi Satva: “It feels like I’m home anywhere I go in Africa”

Hailing from the Central African Republic but often an ambassador for the entire continent, Boddhi Satva is one of electronic music’s true souls.
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Sylvester Is Too Big For a 15 Minute Short Video But That’s What We’ve...

Watch Love Me Like You Should: The Brave and Bold Sylvester streaming now.
Tee Mango

Art/Artifact: The Music of Tee Mango

Tom Mangan makes music as Tee Mango, inspired by the words of Theo Parrish and an arsenal of deep, irresistible records in his bag.

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Namaste Bros: superstar DJs and plague raves in paradise

The party never ended for the rich - or the superstar DJs capitalizing on slack lockdowns in Mexico.

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