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Map Points, Boys Noize & the $28 Beer

The first time I saw Boys Noize spin, it was about 10 years ago during the Monaco International Clubbing Show at an outrageously upscale disco in Monte-Carlo called Jimmy’z. As the German DJ/producer rocked the well-heeled crowd with a barrage of electro bangers, I noticed that I was fresh out of drink tickets. So, looking to buy two Heinekens and having no idea exactly how much they might cost, I eased up to the bar holding a pair of 20-euro notes. I made the transaction with the bartender and I waited for the change. There was none. Computing the exchange rate of the day, I realized that I’d just spent $56 for a couple beers. OK… guess the tip was included. Anyway… since then, I’ve seen Boys Noize tear it up few times at festivals – and, obviously, spent significantly less on adult beverages. Regardless, it’s clear now that the 36-year-old Hamburg native has become one of the electronic scene’s most influential acts. Considering his own productions, collabs and remixes, plus his Boyznoize Records, the man also known as Alex Ridha deserves his place on the cover of this magazine. Our Brian Bonavoglia followed him to New Orleans and Miami, and caught up with him on the record. In Samplings, Lily Moayeri steps into the studio with U.K. drum-n-bass duo Matrix & Futurebound, while Brian Bonavoglia connects with Caroline Cecil, the Canadian bass DJ/producer known as Whipped Cream. On the tech side, Wesley Bryant-King handles a pair of reviews. In Making Tracks, he tests out two studio-oriented audio interfaces – RME’s Babyface Pro and CEtrance’s Mixerface R4. Then for Sounding Off, he tackles the latest MK3 versions of Native Instruments’ Traktor Kontrol S2 and S4 controllers. For his sidebar, Paul Dailey offers some tips for power users of the S4 MK3. For the mobile entertainer, Mark Battersby takes a look at how the new tax laws have impacted small-business owners (like DJ-company operators) this year. We also get three top mobiles to chime in on the topic. In keeping with the small-business theme, Jerry Bazata’s Business Line offers five tips on achieving success in that realm. And in Mobile Profile, 20 years after we initially featured him, we re-visit with Duane Knight, the Brooklyn-based gospel DJ known as Dr. D who’s celebrating 40 years in the business. This month’s issue saw some reporting from far-away map points. As is always the case each March, DJ Times visited South Florida for Miami Music Week, which included a rejuvenated Winter Music Conference, a re-located Ultra Music Festival and a slew of DJ-driven parties. We bring you all the MMW highlights. Additionally, in the ClubWorld section of this issue, Brian Bonavoglia reports from New Orleans’ BUKU Music + Art Project, which saw a mix of pop stars, underground acts and, yes, plenty of DJs. Also, after dancing thru raindrops, Jamie Sloane tells the story of San Diego’s CRSSD festival, which offered a nice balance of house, techno and trance DJ talent. Of course, we also have DJ Expo on the horizon. Set for Aug. 12-15 at Harrah’s in Atlantic City, N.J., the show will feature the DJ industry’s biggest exhibit hall, 30 educational seminar sessions and sponsored evening events, like Bose’s Pizza Party. And if you look across the page to your right, you’ll see some show updates, including our up-to-date seminar and panel sessions. For the latest, please visit – we hope to see you in AC this summer! Cheers,



Jim Tremayne Editor, DJ Times


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