Not only is UMEK (aka Uros Umek) one of Europe’s most prolific makers of techno and tech-house tracks—the Slovenian DJ/producer is also a machine when it comes to crafting sample packs for others to use in the studio. Loopmasters recently released UMEK’s newest sample collection, Loops From Behind the Iron Curtain—2.7 GB of loops, one-shots, and synth presets named after his renowned radio show—so we talked with him about his sampling philosophy and what it takes to build such a package.
Before he made the jump to Berlin, Toronto's Adam Marshall was already an integral player in Canada's hallowed techno and house scene. But in recent years, his popularity has only grown. With a packed touring schedule, a highly acclaimed studio partnership with Christian "XI" Andersen called Graze, and the 50th release of his New Kanada label, Marshall is the definition of an in-demand producer and DJ. Yet he still found time to drop an amazing podcast mix for XLR8R a couple weeks back, so we talked with him about his approach to mixing and how he put it all together.