Digital EditionPOSITIVE VIBRATIONS Though the trusty British weather still can’t seem to make up its mind, summer is almost upon us — and with it comes festival season once again. Glasto is back this year, along with all our other favourites across the world, plus a bunch of new ones we’re sure will provide stiff competition, and to help you decide which is worth your hard-earned pounds our annual festival guide is back, starting on page 33. This year, we’ve even gone to the trouble of asking a whole heap of DJs what their favourite events are, and boiled them down to a top 50 (page 49).
On to our cover, though, which this month is graced by Russian DJ Anastasia Kristensen. Her rise over the past couple of years has been meteoric, and deservedly so. Dissecting the boundaries between techno, electro and breaks, she’s a force to be reckoned with in the booth, turns out off-kilter productions like few else can, and — as we all learned first-hand when she came to play our HQ streaming session last summer — is a genuinely friendly, humble person. We’re proud to be able to tell her story this month (p24).
Talking of lovely, talented peeps, this mag also features a big chat with Peckham’s finest Bradley Zero (p54); techno stalwart Paula Temple explains why she’s tackling global warming and more on her new album (p63); and we get the low-down from the kind minds behind the slew of new non-profit labels dedicated to raising money for charity (p78).
Elsewhere, we look into how artificial intelligence could shape the future of dance music (p59), run down all the antics from Miami Music Week (p83), and look ahead to this year’s International Music Summit (p68), exploring what’s going on, and two of this year’s key panel topics: sobriety, and streaming in the DJ booth.
So grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy — maybe we’ll see you down the front at a festival or two this summer…