Archive for the ‘Artist Interviews’ Category

Jeff McIlwain has been on my radar for 15 years now, ever since I heard his bass-dropping IDM cut-up beats on Isophlux back in 1999. McIlwain released four full-lengths on Ghostly International as Lusine, two records on Hymen under his Lusine Icl moniker (where the “Icl” stands for “intercontinental”) and nearly 20 EPs altogether. The 2007 […]


Founded in 2009 by Jonathan Lees, Hibernate Recordings takes you to the melancholic Northern English countryside in the company of musicians such as Chihei Hatakeyama, Hakobune, Clem Leek, Field Rotation, Simon Bainton and Offthesky (…and the list could go on and on!). The label celebrated its 5th birthday in August, complemented with the presence and […]


Richard Devine is an electronic musician releasing on Warp, Schematic, Sublight and Detroit Underground among the many labels. As a sound designer, he’s created patches for Korg, Native Instruments, Clavia, and most recently film, video games and many other hardware devices. In August of 2013 he released The Electronic Music Manuscript: A Richard Devine Collection – a construction kit for Sony’s […]


For many of us, Australia might seem to be extremely far off, exotic and almost unreachable. Obviously, it has a great deal of specialities to offer, nature and adventure at its best – plus they have Andrew Khedoori as well. Andrew is the founder of Preservation, a record label based in Sydney since 2001, releasing […]


Hi Adam. What have you been up to and where are you spending your summer? Hey HC, I spent most of my summer in Berlin, and it was winter there, so thankfully I missed out on a lot of the notoriously hot summer of Melbourne. I was spending time making music and hanging out with Ingmar […]


Perhaps Taylor Deupree does not need introduction. Having made an imprint on the electronic music scene in the mid 90s, Deupree went on to create his very own form of ambiance: meditative, minimal, and very much organic. As an owner and the curator of the world renown 12k label, Deupree is responsible for the output of […]


SAÅAD. What is the deal with the Scandinavian character? We used that letter because of the circle over it. It could refer to the sun, a ‘light’ to balance the sadness of our band name (which simply means ‘sad’). Circles are a kind of a trademark that we use on all of our covers since […]


Hey Dennis, what have you been up to this past weekend? Mostly a stress-free weekend actually, mainly managing a few boring post-release jobs that needed to be done after my new album was released earlier in the week, as well as enjoying having my feet up, with a giant air-fan blowing a cool breeze onto […]


Hi Monique… who are you, where are you, and what have you been up to lately? Hi there, I’m a small girl running a small record label called Sonic Pieces. We are based in Berlin, Germany. This year has been pretty exciting and busy so far. I’ve been working on album releases by two lovely […]


Benn Jordan is a Chicago based musician, who somehow manages to stay out of the spotlight, no matter how much I want to shine it on him. You see, when it comes to intelligent electronic music, lush atmospheric ambiance and astute witty IDM with just a perfect dose of organics and DSP, Benn Jordan is at […]


Luke Howard was on of my great 2013 discoveries. This Australian musician appeared on the scene via his self-released debut, titled Sun, Cloud, and immediately captured my heart, and a deserved spot on Headphone Commute’s Best of 2013 list, Music For Watching The Snow Slowly Fall In The Moonlight, along the likes of Eluvium, Lubomyr Melnyk, […]


First of all, Bruno, you just completed a trip to Moscow for a special performance. That must have been amazing. Please, you must tell us what that experience was like! It was absolutely an amazing experience! The concert was almost sold out, the venue where I played had excellent acoustics and since the sound check […]


And we’re back with yet another entry in our new “In the studio with…” column. You guys seems to like these, noh? Today we’re featuring the working environment of Christopher Bissonnette, a Canadian sound artist with numerous releases on Kranky and a gorgeous piece with David Wenngren (of Library Tapes) on Home Normal. Bissonnette is […]


Scott Morgan is a Vancouver (Canada) based musician, deriving his alias from the “looping oscillator” function in Csound audio programming language. Yet loscil’s music is more than loops. Morgan’s slowly pulsating ambient textures cover the landscapes of frozen mountains and early morning plains in a blanket of sonic euphoria and aural bliss. Since 2001, loscil […]


Uwe Zahn has been recording under his Arovane moniker since the early days of City Centre Offices. In fact, Occer / Silicad was the first label pressing back in 1999. I was particularly swept away by the Arovane sound with his 2004 album, Lilies, in which Zahn has said “Good Bye Forever” to his fans on […]


Among his many monikers, Robin Rimbaud is most known for his work as Scanner with releases dating back to the early 90s, and a vast discography on labels such as Ash International, Sub Rosa, and his very own imprint, Bette. What started as a focused fascination with radio waves, mobile phone signals, and police scanners, has evolved into a […]


Editor’s Note: all answers furnished by Mirza Ramic You took a long hiatus and some of us feared you weren’t coming back. What made you decide to return to recording at this time? In 2012 we went through many life changes. Both of us started Master’s programs (in non-music related fields), which made it difficult to […]


Frank Bretschneider is a Berlin-based electronic musician working with sine waves, white noise, and other primitive signals as source material for his compositions. In 1995, along with Olaf Bender, Bretschneider founded the monumental Rastermusic label, which subsequently merged with Carsten Nicolai‘s offshoot to become what is known today as Raster-Noton. Bretschneider continues to release music, with his most recent […]


Maxim Reality, born Keith Palmer, is a British musician known for being a member of The Prodigy. But Maxim is not only an MC spitting lyrics for the singles Poison, Breathe and Mindfields, he’s also a constantly touring DJ and a solo artist. I caught up with Maxim for a quick interview to talk of his DJ debut, […]


Editor’s note: Welcome to the second installment of Headphone Commute’s “In the studio with…” column. Behind this door with the Hello Kitty “Welcome” sign (pictured above) lies the home in which Brock Van Wey (aka bvdub) composes his music… Be sure to check out Brock’s latest release on echospace [detroit] titled Home. Works really well in […]



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