The 25 inthemix Features Of The Year

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2012 has seen inthemix publish hundreds of Features, from the in-depth to the tongue-in-cheek. Along with all the acts we’ve interviewed over the past 12 months, there have been a string of Guest Editorials written by artists like Carl Cox and Major Lazer, extended Honour Roll conversations with some of the most respected names in the game, entries to our Looking Local series, and several comprehensive discussions of what’s going on in dance music. Here we’ve pulled together some of the stand-out inthemix Features from 2012: happy reading.


BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG BUDGETS: WHAT DANCE MUSIC DID NEXT

‘Previously it was a dude on a black-covered picnic table with two CD players, playing other people’s shit.’ In this comprehensive feature, inthemix looked at all angles of the new status quo in dance music: big-budget, custom-designed stage shows.


THE BLAME GAME: WHAT’S NEXT FOR KINGS CROSS CLUBBING?

Kings Cross has long assumed the role of Sydney’s badland, but there’s been nothing romantic about its front-page prominence in 2012. When the club district faced the scrutiny of a media panic midway through the year, there wasn’t much heard from the promoters and club owners leading the nightlife there. ITM went in-depth on whether the Cross can thrive.


AN ADVENTURE WITH APHEX TWIN

U.S. expat and Aphex Twin authority Jim Poe started writing for inthemix in 2011. This is his account of a long-ago tour with Richard D James and an ode to a genius career.


THE LOVE/HATE THING: IN-DEPTH WITH DAVID GUETTA

We sat down with David Guetta after the screening of his documentary to chart the making of America’s unlikely pop idol, and find out why he’s so divisive.


THE UNTOLD STORY OF DAFT PUNK’S FIRST AUSTRALIAN TOUR

With mystery swirling around Daft Punk’s 2013 album, inthemix delved into a fascinating chapter of Australian dance music history.


IS AMERICA KILLING DANCE MUSIC?

With nearly 55,000 reads, this was one of the inthemix features that really struck a chord this year, as we asked, will North America’s embrace of dance music ultimately be a bad thing for the scene worldwide?


THE FLOOD, THE FALLOUT: ONE ON ONE WITH PLAYGROUND WEEKENDER

After flooding shut down the festival, we sat down with Playground Weekender promoter Andy Rigby to ask the difficult questions.


DANCE MUSIC DISASTER GIGS: PART TWO

For the Disaster Gigs sequel, we stepped it up, getting the likes of Carl Cox, Porter Robinson, The Magician and Steve Lawler to tell us their DJ horror stories.


ARMIN VAN BUUREN: “I DON’T WANT TO BE A JUKEBOX AT A FESTIVAL”

Regardless of where you stand on his musical output, you can’t help but admire the tenacity of Armin van Buuren. In May, we caught the Dutchman in an expansive mood for a revealing interview.


TRAP MUSIC: THE NEW DUBSTEP?

Back in July, inthemix asked: what does trap music mean for EDM, and does it really have the potential to become the next dubstep?


ARE ‘TRADITIONAL’ DJS A DYING BREED?

In another debate-sparking Guest Editorial, scene veteran John ‘00’ Fleming wrote for inthemix about the divide between ‘entertainer DJs’ and their ‘traditional’ counterparts.


HOW TO MAKE A TRANCE VIDEO

After countless late nights perfecting the melody and snare rolls, your trance banger is ready for Beatport glory. Now comes the time to conceptualise a suitably impressive music video, but you’ve used up all your inspiration. Lucky, then, that inthemix is here with a fail-safe step-by-step guide to making the perfect trance video.

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