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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.

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Harold Heath’s career could be your life

Harold Heath's new book "Long Relationships" explores his journey "from unknown DJ to smalltime DJ" with some harrowing stops along the way.
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Chasing Motown: Josh Milan & the making of Honeycomb Music

After the demise of Blaze, Josh Milan built Honeycomb Music into a model for the modern soulful house label. His motto: do it or die trying.
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Reaching a little bit higher: Jackie Queens

Based in South Africa, Jackie Queens says she has a song for every moment in her life. Before she's done there will be a Jackie Queens song for yours, too.

“Sociopaths in Headphones”: What happened when plague raves came to Zanzibar

Supporting a delusional president, superstar DJs & plague ravers partied with MAGA conspiracists & anti-vaxxers while the coronavirus silently whipped through Tanzania.
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Dance Loud: This Moment & The Next

Chicago electronic music duo Dance Loud survived adversity to release their best work. After "The Moment," they're just getting started.

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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