Esser Lets His Hair Down
by Gaspar Oliveira

Ben Esser is more talented than you. At only 23, he's toured with Kaiser Chiefs, produced beats for Cee-Lo, signed two record deals, and been photographed by Hedi Slimane. But probably because he's still just 23, Esser is also a total sweetheart...MORE

A Fabulous Interview with Tiga
by Gaspar Oliveira

Tiga's in quite an enviable position. On the one hand, he's on top of the mountain, with a label that just celebrated its 11th birthday and an album featuring work by James Murphy, Soulwax, Gonzales, Jesper Dahlbäck and Jori Hulkkonen set to come out in the U.S. next week. But on the other hand, there's nowhere to go but up...MORE

Do You!: An Interview with Adam Freeland
by Gaspar Oliveira

If anybody's going to save hard, fun, heavy rock music from itself, from becoming a complete, terminal bore, it's....a DJ? Adam Freeland's Cope™ might be the antidote, and he gave Gaspar the inside scoop on it...MORE

The King of No: An Interview with Busy P
by Max Willens

Before the world knew about Busy P, before Ed Banger Records even existed, Pedro Winter was Daft Punk's manager. He'd gotten the gig at the tender age of 20, and it didn't take him long to develop a reputation...MORE

I'm Not Alone: An Interview with Calvin Harris
by Max Willens

Calvin Harris's month-long North American DJ tour kicks off this Friday at Webster Hall. We're understandably over the moon about it, but all the more so because it sounds like we're the beginning of a much-needed vacation...MORE

The Yin and the Yang of Thunderheist
by Max Willens

The Canadian duo Thunderheist are rolling. They've got one of their songs featured in an Oscar-nominated film, a debut coming out on Big Dada, and international tour dates that'll keep them jetlagged for most of 2009. Not bad for a duo that started out as an accident...MORE

An Interview with Lady Sovereign
by Nell Alk

About three years ago, Lady Sovereign had it all: an MTV-dominating single, a world tour lined up, and mic skills that impressed even heavyweights like Jay-Z. But after bad luck and some dubious management decisions, she was forced into what some people were calling an early retirement. Turns out Sov was down, but she was not out...MORE

An Interview with Ed Banger Art Director So-Me
by Max Willens

Say the words "Ed Banger Records," and one corner of your brain probably conjures up Pedro Winter or Justice or SebastiAn. But another side, the visual side, only comes up with one thing: the work of So-Me, a jack-of-all trades who's more important to Ed Banger than anybody besides Pedro Winter...MORE

An Interview with Jesse Rose
by Max Willens

Jesse Rose, one of the biggest DJs in the world is all set to release his full-length debut album, What Do You Do If You Don't, on Dubsided Records. This might seem curious, given that Rose owns and runs a label of his own, Made to Play, but old friendships are involved in Rose's thinking...MORE

An Interview with Passion Pit's Ayad al Adhamy
by Max Willens

Ayad al Adhamy hasn't graduated from college yet, but he's got one hell of a post-graduate job lined up. As keyboardist-and-guitarist for the hotter-than-hot Boston quintet known as Passion Pit, al Adhamy is bracing himself for a crazy 2009...MORE

An Interview with Lifelike
by Max Willens

2008 was arguably Lifelike's most successful yet. The ten year vet's soft, deeply emotional synth work was all over some of the year's most popular songs, and from the look of things, 2009 might be even bigger.