Who is Robert Hood?

For those unfamiliar with the techno icon who is playing the 13th Anniversary of Make It New this week, it quite impossible to sum up his career, but this Resident Advisor interview from 2014 (by one-time Boston resident, and Make It New guest DJ, Will Lynch), does a pretty good job.

It’s my goal and my life’s ambition and my vision to give, to bring water and bring food to all who want to listen.

The icon speaks very highly of the music of his parents, the sounds of Pac Man, and the famous Detroit radio DJ, the Electrifying Mojo, who, as Lynch says: “may have had more influence on techno than anyone who ever lived.”

You were designed to do great things. But a lot of people go to the grave not knowing that, not realizing their dreams and their visions, having them manifested and come to pass.

Read the full interview here (one which, according to one comment, might bring you to tears), or just experience the music for yourself this Thursday.

Richie Hawtin on What Powers His Sound

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When it comes to techno, Richie Hawtin is nothing short of a legend.

In the latest issue of Future Music, the mag met up with him in Berlin to find out how he’s stayed on top throughout all of his years in the ever-evolving techno scene.

In the interview, Hawtin gives the lowdown on the hardware that has powered his iconic sound, his decades of production experience, and his all new compilation, From My Mind to Yours.

Longevity is a rare commodity in electronic music…That’s why the multi-decade career of Richie Hawtin is so impressive.

Hawtin produces and performs under a long list of aliases, including Plastikman, Childsplay, 80xx, and F.U.S.E., to name just a few. Through these varied identities, he has been able to create a style that always keeps him on the cutting edge of the techno genre.

Pick up Future Music issue 301 for the full scoop on Richie Hawtin, as well as insider articles on multisampling, and FM’s favorite synths of 2015.

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Want to learn more about hardware synthesizers/configurations? Try Mmmmaven’s Synthesis Program!

Make It New with Matthew Dear [11/12]


When a talent like Matthew Dear asks to come back to play our party we know we’re doing something right.

Or, rather, we know YOU’RE doing something right.

Welcome the Ghostly International stalwart back as he fixes the decks for a third time at #MakeItNew

Whether it’s his outstanding collabs with the likes of Tiga, his production at the cutting-edge as Audion, or the DJ sets that light thousands on fire, Dear brings a quality musical mix experience each and every time he touches the controls.

w/ residents John Barera and Baltimoroder
Thu 11/12
Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA
Central Square Cultural District

3 Reasons to #MakeItNew with Jackmaster


We’ve said it before, but we might as well say it again. Jack is back in town and he’s “just a DJ.”

But oh what a DJ. Here are three reasons to bring a sawbuck to Middlesex Lounge before 11pm to catch one of the greatest DJs in the world today.

1. He’s got his protege in tow

For this US excursion, Jack is packing a secret weapon. His young Glaswegian padwan Jasper James (waving the powerful Optimo Trax crest) has already been featured on the world-famous Essential Mix. James is the son of one of the owners of the world-famous Sub Club and was taught to DJ when he was 13 years old.

If there’s one thing that’s more exciting than Jackmaster, it’s a younger, hungrier Jackmaster.

2. Satisfaction Guaranteed

The last time Jack came to town, people left … exhausted. “I just apparently left my brain elsewhere,” “What a f*ckin’ party last nite! Thanks dudes!” “SERIOUSLY” “Jackmaster is the business!” was just a few of the replies. Someone even left a video as feedback:

There “Ain’t No Other Man” quite like Jack.

3. The Ceaseless, Unrelenting Groove

When Jack was asked to do the BBC’s world-famous Essential Mix show, he was obviously flattered to the end. As a kid growing up in Glasgow, being handed the Essential Mix is one of the highest honors a UK kid could have. The 20+ year-old show has a list of presenters unlike any other in modern dance music history. So what did Jack do with his time in the honorable spotlight?

He put the hammer down and never let go:

From world-class parties like A Club Called Rhonda to Output in Brooklyn and Lights Down Low in San Francisco (and ending on NYE at Fabric London), he’s coming to rock the Middlesex Lounge tonight.

And there’s no missing it.

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