Detroit electro legend DJ Stingray graces our cover this month; often portrayed as a mysterious, brooding menace due to his iconic SWAT mask and ability to batter a dancefloor with vinyl slammers, we discover the man beneath is humble, dedicated to pushing dance music forward with his futurist philosophy, and inspiring hope through his passion for science. Read all about it from page 22 onwards.
And like Stingray, we're also firmly future-facing throughout the mag… After the #MeToo campaign exposed the levels of sexual harassment women suffer across the world, and a host of panels and articles discussed the topic further, we look into how an official Code Of Conduct in clubs could be the next move in stopping this unacceptable behaviour (p41). We chat to Italy's Francesca Lombardo on her new album and new musical direction (p47), and grab five with experimental producer Jlin to discuss her new ballet score (p59). Our digital tech editor explores the developing role of streaming services in live DJ performance (p63), and we find out how the dreaded Brexit will affect UK DJs who want to perform abroad (p69). And you may have noticed this column is being written by me, the Deputy Editor, taking on the big boss job for a month - I'm comin' for ya Carl!
Elsewhere, DJ Mag trips out to Paris to meet live techno don Shlømo (p54); we explore the unique world of Japanese techno (p74); and meet rave-inspired bootlegger Jonny Banger (p82). Plus there's all the usual up-and-coming artists, album and track reviews, and reports from the field. Oh, and one more thing… this month sees the return of that little-known gathering the Amsterdam Dance Event - from which you may well be reading this very mag - so we've waded through the listings and chopped together all the best parties, tips from the locals and survival strategies from ADE veterans (p31). No worries, just buy us a beer…