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Rave Curious Podcast

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What are we curious about? Electronic music and the culture that surrounds it.How do we satisfy that curiosity? By talking to people who have dedicated their lives to the electronic music scene—DJs, producers, promoters and more.

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What are we curious about? Electronic music and the culture that surrounds it.How do we satisfy that curiosity? By talking to people who have dedicated their lives to the electronic music scene—DJs, producers, promoters and more.

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dopeness !!!

By Brownyo215 - Aug 23 2017
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joshua's knowledge of the dance scene is on point!!! keep posting these pod cast yo !!!

talking the talk...

By three212 - Aug 22 2017
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casual, candid and worth the listen every time...

iTunes Ratings

42 Ratings
Average Ratings
41
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1
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dopeness !!!

By Brownyo215 - Aug 23 2017
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joshua's knowledge of the dance scene is on point!!! keep posting these pod cast yo !!!

talking the talk...

By three212 - Aug 22 2017
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casual, candid and worth the listen every time...

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Rank #1: Ep. 28 - Moby

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Moby on Aphex Twin Calling Him a "Buffoon." This week's guest on Rave Curious is one of the most iconic yet misunderstood musical minds to come out of the electronic music scene. To many, Moby will always be the face of electronic music, an avatar for all things techno. This is, of course, despite the fact that only a portion of his sizable musical catalog could be considered dance music. Even his most famous work, 1999's double platinum-selling Play, is more of a pop album than anything meant for a dark nightclub. Yet when the backlash against electronic music came in the early '00s (see the Eminem bullying incident), Moby was already a veteran of the fickle nature of fame. He tells Rave Curious that as early as 1994, he had already experienced harsh criticism from his so-called peers, like Aphex Twin, who he says once called him a "buffoon" in the press while they were on tour together. "It's hard to continue to like someone's music when you know they hold you in contempt," he tells us of the IDM icon. His latest album, These Systems Are Failing, just dropped on Mute Records, and as the title suggest, it focuses on the many challenges facing our current society—as does much of our conversation. And it's not just Trump that's the problem. In addition to that wide-ranging conversation, we also learn what it takes to reassemble a sound system that once lived in one of Detroit's most storied dance music venues, Club Heaven, from Dr. Carleton Gholz of the Detroit Sound Conservancy.

Dec 15 2016

1hr 23mins

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Rank #2: Ep. 24 - Drumcell

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How Drumcell Helped Turn Los Angeles Into A Global Techno Capital How the Droid Behavior co-founder built a scene from scratch. For all its reputation as a rave and EDM capital, Los Angeles never had much resembling an international techno scene until Drumcell and his Droid Behavior posse started throwing event in the early 2000s. For 16 years, the LA-born producer Moe Espinosa and his partners Vidal and Vangelis Vargas (who produce techno as Raíz) made bringing techno to Tinsel Town their life's mission. And it worked, with LA now hosting multiple techno events every weekend, while the Droid Behavior crew tour their brand of decidedly non-West Coast sounding techno around the world. Espinosa sat down with Rave Curious at the Vice studios by the beach in Venice, over an hour's drive from his end of East Los Angeles, to talk about what it took to build a scene from scratch, about this inspiration he took from Detroit and Chicago, and about the endless flights back and forth to Europe while keeping what he built at home alive.

Oct 19 2016

1hr 29mins

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Rank #3: Ep. 32 - Louie Vega

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The house legend lost the Grammy, but he's still won our hearts. //  DJ, producer and bandleader Louie Vega knows something about partnerships. His collaboration with fellow NYC producer Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez is one of near mythical status. That pairing has produced tireless dance floor bangers like "Deep Inside" and "The Ha Dance" (as Masters At Work) and "The Bounce" (as Kenlou), as well as the timeless musicality of their Nuyorican Soul project, which featured legends like Tito Puente, Roy Ayers and DJ Jazzy Jeff. The pairing has seen Vega and Gonzalez rock four decks at clubs around the world. But Vega's also had plenty of experience as a solo DJ and frequent participant in various B2B sets at his weekly Wednesday night Roots NYC party that is still going after a jaw-dropping 12 years. "Man, I love playing with Moodymann," the New York hero enthuses about the annual appearance of the Detroit enigma, although he usually prefers the spontaneous B2Bs that happen when the time is right. "The B2Bs that are planned—you don't see that guy until that day—it's less natural." Even Vega's stunning solo career is full of amazing musical alliances. His Grammy-nominated 2016 album, Louie Vega Starring...XXVIII, featured special guests on all 28 tracks, including Funkadelic, Soul Clap, Adeva and, most inspired, the combining of gospel groups 3 Winans Brothers and The Clark Sisters for the first time. Meanwhile, Vega's defining sample, the Barbara Tucker belted "Deep inside!" gets lifted by Kanye West on "Fade." That track, with it's Larry Heard music bed is basically Yeezy trying to pull a Daft Punk "Stronger" with late-80s New York and Chicago house heads instead of 90s French robots. "Kanye has roots with house music, he's from Chicago," Vega says diplomatically. All of which is to prove that, beyond a stellar musical talent, Louie Vega is a terrific communicator—something he readily displays on this episode of the Rave Curious Podcast.

Feb 17 2017

1hr 13mins

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Rank #4: Ep. 30 - DJ Three

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The Robot Heart On the Rise of Playa Tech. //  DJ Three is a name that's been on a lot of lips lately, thanks largely to several successive years of extremely popular podcasts recorded live at Burning Man. But this Robot Heart regular, who dismisses, "playa tech is the new dubstep," discovered dance music about as far from the Black Rock Desert as you can get, in the Central Florida rave scene of the early 90s. It was a era that left an indelible mark on the America rave consciousness, spawning local heroes like Rabbit in the Moon and Kimball Collins, but also acting as an early port of call for European DJs such as Sasha and Digweed, and Paul Van Dyk, for whom cities like Tampa, Orlando and Gainesville were early ports of entry on their way to the top of the American club scene. Though he's called New York home for over a decade (with residencies at Twilo and Output to prove his bona fides), Three's eclectic brand of trippy four-four music (he once ran a label called Hallucination, now cleverly updated to Hallucienda) has made him one of those beloved DJs DJ types, with supporters like Laurent Garnier, Doc Martin and Damian Lazarus. He's able to speak intelligently about all shades of techno and house, regardless of their place of origin, which made him the ideal guest for Episode 30 of Rave Curious.

Jan 23 2017

1hr 25mins

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Rank #5: Ep. 25 Heidi

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Heidi's Love for Prince Knows No Bounds The Jackathon founder talks strip clubs, shoegazer and keeping it underground on the BBC on the latest episode of Rave Curious. Before she became a house music hero on the BBC, the bold DJ who goes by just Heidi was a punky kid from Canada in love with single-name stars like Prince and Iggy. After sharing a laugh over the strange circumstances of our first meeting while she was working behind the bar at a Windsor strip club in the early '00s, Heidi uses her episode of Rave Curious to explain her obsession with vintage photos of her musical heroes, enthuse about her weekly Jackathon residency in London, and even reveal how she went on a couple dates with a "Canadian millionaire" DJ. "I was like 18-years-old! I picked him up in my ghetto-ass, shitty car!" roars the rare DJ who delivers the same energy talking on the mic as she does in the DJ booth. That energy makes this one of the most upbeat and entertaining episodes in recent memory.

Nov 01 2016

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Rank #6: Ep. 45 - Steve Rachmad (Sterac)

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Dutch DJ Steve Rachmad is one of Holland's original techno producers. He's also one of the truest in term of his undiluted commitment to the music in its original Detroit-manufactured form. No wonder he carries with him a "Detroit pass" like fellow European greats Laurent Garnier, Maurizio and Luke Slater. Whether making and playing music as Sterac (his harder techno alias), Tons of Tones (his most Detroit-sounding records) or as his own groovy self, the Amsterdam fixture continues to move crowds after more than 25 behind the decks.  He talks about his early discovery of pre-techno electronic music, his close call with Dutch hardcore and his ambition to play live...someday, all on this episode of Rave Curious.

Oct 31 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #7: Ep. 44 - DJ Garth

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DJ Garth is one-quarter of Wicked Soundsystem, the legendary San Francisco crew of British expats that brought UK acid house to the Bay Area at the dawn of the 90s.   Along with Jeno, Marky and Thomas, Garth pioneered the full moon party scene in Northern Cali before hitting the road in a vintage Greyhound bus and a massive purple Turbosound system to carry the gospel, first to Burning Man, then across the West Coast.   Today, Garth lives in Los Angeles. He discusses the move south, how things came together in the early days of Wicked, how the faithful are still following the crew 25 years later, and why the Bay Area rave scene gave birth to a little thing we call the Internet.

Oct 17 2017

1hr 9mins

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Rank #8: Ep. 42 - Mike Huckaby

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Mike Huckaby is best known as the former manager of Record Time's legendary Dance Room, a store that helped define the musical taste of an entire generation of Detroit DJs. Since the store closed in 2011, Huckaby has come out from behind the counter and has made his own way as an international DJ, surprising many by mixing Tresor's 20th Anniversary Compilation and assuming the role as the semi-official remixer of all things Sun Ra. Add to this his work teaching students young and old about creating electronic music via his relationships with Ableton and Native Instruments, and you'll start to see an artist who has truly created a distinct niche in the often cookie-cutter world of record selectors.

Oct 03 2017

1hr 15mins

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Rank #9: Ep. 42 - Claude VonStroke

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The annual Dirtybird Campout has become a major event on the West Coast festival circuit, by presenting every shade of the label’s beloved sound—from house and techno to bass and hip-hop—and combining it adult updates on good old-fashioned summer camp activities (sexy musical chairs, anyone?). DB boss Claude VonStroke sat down with the Rave Curious Podcast to reveal a couple of surprises he has in store for this year’s gathering. He also offers up advice on how to make it as a musical entrepreneur and explains the back and forth it took him to arrive at his destination as one of America’s most successful DJ-producers.

Sep 18 2017

1hr 14mins

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Rank #10: Ep. 41 - Heidi Lawden

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Heidi Lawden Is Much More Than DJ Harvey's Manager. The dance music "den mother" is more than DJ Harvey's manager. //  Running off to London as a teenager meant that Heidi Lawden was hanging at the coolest clubs at an age when most ravers are still dreaming of big nights out from inside their parent's suburban homes. And Heidi hit the capital at just the right time, when the fashion-forward city was about to be overtaken by the acid house phenomenon. "I thought the streets were paved with gold in London. And they were!" the self-proclaimed "den mother" told the Rave Curious Podcast about the club culture that would embrace her as a DJ and promoter during its 90s heyday of Ministry of Sound. That scene also led to her befriending heroes like Larry Levan and Masters at Work, as well as managing DJ Harvey, who she's worked with for over two decades. Heidi dishes about those early days of clubbing as well as the now legendary story of her move with Harvey to LA and the career rebirth that has taken place for both of them over the past 15 years. She also addresses the very real battle of being a DJ versus working behind the scene for one of the world's most in-demand talents, and even spill some secret news about her charge's next project. Check it out.

Jul 11 2017

1hr 17mins

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Rank #11: Ep. 40 - Jesse Rose

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Jesse Rose Wishes More DJs Would Retire. //  By pretty much any standard, the life of a successful DJ is a good one. Sure, social media is perpetually flooded with DJs complaining, but the cons of long flights, lost luggage and logistical meltdowns pale in comparison to the pros of global travel, VIP accommodations and endless afterparties. Oh yeah, and getting to share music with adoring fans around the world ain't a bad deal either. It's little wonder why once most DJs reach the upper echelon, they'll be damned if they'll let go. Which is why it was so surprising the DJ/producer/labelhead Jesse Rose announced his intention to end his enviable career following his final album, Alright Mate, and a 2017 full of gigs at the best clubs and festivals in the world. But as he reveals on the Rave Curious podcast, Rose isn't the only successful DJ who considers calling it quits after multiple decades behind the decks. "Half the DJs who have been playing for so long would love to retire but they don't because they're earning a great living and traveling around the world," Rose reveals before explaining the fundamental problem with this evergreen DJ mentality. "It's actually a bad thing. New kids coming up with passion and excitement is what got us into dance music to begin with."

Jun 21 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #12: Ep. 39 - Joel Mull

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Joel Mull Is Saving Swedish Dance Music From It’s EDM-Sullied Reputation //  As some of the pioneers of the Swedish techno sound, Joel Mull and friends Adam Beyer and Cari Lekebusch dominated much of the late-90s scene with unforgiving bangers that defined the looping minimalism of the era. Today, Mull—the Stockholm-based DJ and producer—has broadened his palette considerably, creating various shades of techno for everyone from Berlin leaders Dystopian to Sasha's Last Night On Earth imprint, along with his own Parabel label. Though admittedly not as high-profile as some of his Drumcode peers, Mull is an unsung hero of many a party across the globe, delivering sets of full-bodied techno that combine melody and drama with relentless rhythms and daring experimentation. In other words, everything that will keep you on the dancefloor hours after it was time to go home. He joined the Rave Curious podcast this week to chat about his history in techno, and his home country's musical reputation.

Jun 05 2017

1hr 12mins

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Rank #13: Ep. 37 - Lee Burridge

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The Former Fabric Resident Freed Himself From Tech House Purgatory. //  On the new episode of Rave Curious, the former Fabric resident explains building new brand especially for American audiences. It'd be easy to blame Lee Burridge for some of the stuff you hate. He's one of the founding fathers of tech-house, a loose genre that still holds its cold grip around much of the international dance music scene. He might be equally at fault for the playa tech sound that gets so many Burning Man faithful into a lather, having been one of the earliest DJs to bring jittery hand drums and sunny synthesizers to the previously bass-saturated Black Rock City. But like all innovators, the British DJ-producer has managed to get out of these scenes before they get stale—making his mark and moves on before the imitators cluster around a sound. Burridge hopped on this week's episode of the Rave Curious Podcast to explain his latest invention, All Day I Dream. It's an international party series that stands out for it's sensual sound and style meant to draw in party people who gravitate to something more earthy and amorous than the clinical tech-house that dominates so many sunlit soirees. He explains how he went from playing pop music to airline workers in Hong Kong to leading multiple waves of dance music deviation and decadence.

May 04 2017

1hr 9mins

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Rank #14: Ep. 36 - Karl Meier

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The underground vet brings Chicago's industrial music to Berlin techno. //  Growing up in the house music capital of Chicago, one might not expect Karl Meier to make the sort of abrasive industrial techno found on his debut album as one half of Talker (with Johnathan Krohn). But as he tells Rave Curious, the city's industrial scene—famous for the Wax Trax! label, home to Front 242, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and local legends Ministry/Revolting Cocks/Pigface—had just as much influence as the house heroes like Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak and DJ Heather. The result so far has been a single album for esteemed UK techno imprint Downwards in 2014—not bad for Meier's first release after years working record counters at places like the mythical vinyl emporium Gramaphone. That album lead to key gigs at Berghain and Berlin Atonal Festival, compelling Meier to take the next obvious step and relocate to the German Capital the next year. The Rave Curious podcast caught Meier on his first official U.S. tour to find out how a dance music veteran can go from nearly unknown to underground headliner status after decades of DJing. We also try to make nice with Chicago after dissing the Windy City hard on the recent Boom Bip episode.

Apr 20 2017

1hr 9mins

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Rank #15: Ep. 35 - Paul Oakenfold & Mikey Lion

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Oakie Learned About Ibiza From A Famous Transexual //  When the books are written about the history of acid house—and there have been several already—one key fact seems to elude authors as they regurgitate the old story of how Paul Oakenfold and friends visited Ibiza, took some ecstasy, and came back to kick off the Summer of Love. "I was working for a record company and they want [John Waters conspirator] Divine," he tells the Rave Curious podcast. "That's how I really discovered Ibiza." The rest, as they say, is history, with Oakenfold returning to London to bring that white island magic to the UK. From there he rocketed to the top of the DJ hierarchy, first working with Madchester stars the Happy Mondays, and eventually opening for U2 and Madonna on stadium tours. You even have Oakie to thank for the Las Vegas DJ craze, which he may have started in 2008 with a weekly gig at The Palms. Throughout it all, he's seen a lot and shares plenty on the Rave Curious Podcast, including his new Generations concept, celebrating 30 years of UK club culture and his new residency in an American city you'd probably never guess. Find out by pressing play.

Mar 29 2017

1hr 20mins

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Rank #16: Ep. 34 - Christian Martin

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The Dirtybird JD Explains Why Guest DJs Can be a Waste //  Christian Martin will play well over 150 gigs this year around the world. Some will be solo, but many will be as part of the Dirtybird crew, which Martin founded with his brother Justin and friends Claude Vonstroke and Worthy. Today, they might all be international headlining DJ, but when Dirtybird began as an intimate daytime BBQ party in Golden Gate Park, and then a residency at San Francisco venue Shine, the four core DJs kept the decks to themselves. "We wanted to sink or swim on our own merits," Martin reflects, adding. "I wanted us to have our own unique sound." That attitude continued, even as the crew began to grow. Dirtybird parties started to pop-off around the world, and while the members started to play out on their own, they still managed to perform together often, creating one of the strongest house music brands in all of the American dance scene. That DIY attitude is more relevant than ever. As dance music continues to grow, pushing DJ fees higher and higher as it goes, there's starting to be a sense that the bubble could burst. That's why the lessons in independence that Martin tells are so essential. You can hear them all on this episode of the Rave Curious Podcast.

Mar 14 2017

1hr 8mins

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Rank #17: Ep. 33 - Chrissy

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The Smart Bar resident isn't afraid to name and shame. //  As product of the Midwest rave scene, Chrissy has seen his share of sketchiness—from gunplay in Kansas City to troubles on the road in England with DJ Rashad. He admits that the underground environment through much of dance music's history can be a beacon for bad players eager to take advantage of the PLUR. "They were homophobic, and they were misogynistic and they didn't really like the music. They were show up to score ecstasy, or meth, realistically," he says of the crowd the came to many a Midwest party in the 90s. He goes on to rally against the outlaw elements that encourages bad business deals and dangerous venues. The latter of which, sadly took lives in Oakland, including producer Nackt, whose posthumous release just dropped on Chrissy's Nite Owl Diner label. Chrissy recalls his friend and shines a light on raving's corrupt underbelly on this episode of the Rave Curious Podcast.

Mar 02 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #18: Ep. 22 - Danny Daze

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Danny Daze has lived the lives of a dozen different DJs—from a 14-year=old playing electro at giant Miami raves to time spent doing actual time, rising among the ranks of mash-up masters under the tutelage of DJ AM, breaking into the deep house (or as he calls it, "social techno") scene with Jamie Jones, and finally discovering his own direction in the obtuse techno of his OMNIDISC imprint. "My first gig ever in Europe was London, at Fabric," he tells of his almost unbelievable career path. The one thing that remains constant in the Cuban-American producer's ever-evolving is a focus on songs, regardless of the genre. That, and an ear for dark and sleazy sounds rooted in the heaving 808 bump of his native Miami. It's a southern bounces he always manages to bring to releases on imprints such as Ultramajik, Ellium and Kompakt. A bass so deeply embedded that you can practically hear it in his voice as he speaks for an hour on this week's Rave Curious Podcast.

Aug 18 2016

1hr 9mins

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Rank #19: Ep. 21 - Gorgon City & Rudimental

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Fighting Off Hangovers With Gorgon City and Rudimental The Rave Curious podcast catches up with the British bands, plus former Beatport CEO Matt Adell talks breaking capitalism. When two of the hottest bands leading the UK electronic scene hit the road together, even a Monday night is alright for a party. Rave Curious spoke with Gorgon City and Rudimental, a pair of acts continuing the grand tradition of energetic electronica live bands—first exemplified by Roni Size and The Prodigy in the late '90s. We sat down in their Los Angeles hotel room for a quick chat in the midst of a seemly endless string of parties, travel and more parties. Thing start off sluggish as the guy shake off the cobwebs of another sleepless night, but soon our conversation kick into gear as coffee and beer come to save the day. Also on the podcast, former Beatport CEO Matt Adell talks about his new remix platform, Metapop, and takes a long hard look at the current state of the American electronic music industry. "Dance music is one of the things we've seen capitalism break in our lifetime," he says, referring to the bursting EDM bubble, of which Beatport and it's bankrupt corporate parent company SFX are the prime example. Matt doesn't pull punches when it comes to his former employer, but he clearly does know how to move on from it.

Aug 17 2016

1hr 25mins

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Rank #20: Ep. 19 - Derek Plaslaiko

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The Rave Curious podcast hits a California highway with the Bunker NYC resident. Derek Plaslaiko is one of the finest DJs to come out of Detroit's mid-90s techno scene. The current Berlin resident is known for playing extended sets that test the very limits of what might be considered house or techno, with a fearless attitude that's guided him through several important residencies over the past 20 years, including Family and Untitled in Detroit, and The Bunker in NYC. It's also the sort of musical muse that lead him to play an hour of hip-hop during his record-breaking 12-plus hour DJ set streamed from his living room on Boiler Room in 2014. "In Detroit, you could play anything you wanted," he says of the environment where he developed his DJ discipline. Derek drove down the California freeway with host Joshua Glazer for a casual conversation unlike any other you've heard on Rave Curious. Check it out.

Jul 07 2016

1hr 22mins

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