As we close out another great year at DJTT, it’s important to look back and remember how much we’ve grown this year, and some of the great content that we’ve featured this year. First up, artist interviews! Here are the top interviews with DJs from this last year, along with an Editorial Favorite. Click through to watch them all.
#5: LOCO DICE | HOW I PLAY
Loco has great, crazy personality that matches his DJ name – and we love him for it! While on the CNTRL tour with Richie Hawtin, Ean and Loco got a chance to hang out onstage and chat about Loco’s live setup, and there’s some great gear shown off in this one!
#4 DATSIK | HOW I PLAY
Blame Canada-based producer and DJ Datsik for bringing dubstep and moombahton to the masses if you like, but it doesn’t change the fact that he’s one of the most prolific modern producers as a result of his work in those genres (among others). In this video, Datsik shared some of his production secrets, and even his favorite plugins for making epic sounds.
#3 ARAAB MUZIK | HOW I PLAY
This interview also apparently gets the award for “most controversial” in addition to being our number three most-watched interview of 2012. It’s interesting when held up against some of these other interviews – Araab Muzik is probably the most instrument-oriented performer we’ve interviewed, and with chops like his we’re glad to have had an interview with him.
#2 ARMIN VAN BUUREN | ARTIST INTERVIEW
It’s not a surprise that Armin’s back on top of the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll, especially after we got a chance to meet and record this interview with him. I think there might even be more from this interview in the DJTT video vault – if you all are into it (let me know in the comments), I’ll dig through our harddrives and see about chopping up an extra segment!
#1 CHRIS LIEBING: HOW I PLAY
Without a doubt, you all loved this artist interview the most. Chris Liebing is a household name when it comes to techno, but we got to go behind the booth at soundcheck and have Chris walk us through his incredibly complex and powerful rig that features kit from Native Instruments, Allen & Heath, Ableton, Faderfox, RME and more.
EDITOR’S PICK: CLAUDE VONSTROKE + DIRTYBIRD
Without a doubt, we’re super-biased in choosing this interview as the Editor’s Pick / honorable mention. We love the Dirtybird crew, their parties, their music, and all that they do. In addition to featuring Claude VonStroke, it also stars J. Phlip, Justin Martin, Christian Martin and Worthy – and we think that this video has the perfect mix of behind-the-scenes, advice, and humor that really makes this entire crew shine.
Think that a different artist interview from 2012 deserves props? Let us know which in the comments and we can all debate it.