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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.

Black Motion: the Last Chapter & a New Beginning

5 Mag cover story with South African duo Black Motion, on 10 years of healing music and international acclaim: "This is a new dawn for the African artist."
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This is some Detroit Fire: vocalist Nikki O on Rough, Rugged, Raw

Detroit vocalist Nikki O has left her mark on some of the best deep house records of the last fifteen years.
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Brawther on the Start of the End

The French DJ/producer and 5 Mag friend on surviving and maybe thriving in the post-COVID music industry.
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Monty Luke on BLM, climate change & making the catalogue of Black Electronic Music

5 Mag's latest cover story with Monty Luke, founder of Black Catalogue on racial justice, the effect of the music industry on climate change and preventing the erasure of Black artists from electronic music.
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Space Oddity: the weird history of the Soviet ANS synthesizer

The sound of Tarkovsky's Solaris, The Mirror and Stalker was generated by a strange machine that created sounds with drawings.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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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.
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.
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#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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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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In The Wolf’s Lair: Inside WOLF Music with Harold Heath

Harold Heath talks to Matt Neale & Stu Clark of WOLF Music and finds out what it takes to run an underground record label without compromise.
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John Digweed: “The shared passion for the music never dies”

More than 9 months in the making, a 4xCD project called QUATTRO opens a new decade for John Digweed. Lauren Krieger speaks with the legendary electronic music DJ and producer.
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Rick Wade: Mike Huckaby Had a Gift for Teaching People. Including Me.

Rick Wade reflects on the life and career of Mike Huckaby, from working together at Record Time in the early 1990s, releasing records and DJing together.

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