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Today’s show is dedicated to the OG electronic music heads! Synthpop wizard Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yaz, Erasure) sat down with U.K. rave gods Paul and Phil Hartnoll of Orbital for a catch-up amidst the drool-worthy vintage synthesizer collection at Hook & Fade Studios here in Brooklyn. The old friends take us on a trip back through the dance scenes they were immersed in throughout the ’80s and ’90s, analyze the American and British music communities, and compare notes on the differences between the legendary old raves and today’s massive EDM festivals. And while on past podcast episodes we’ve heard very disparate takes on the way artists work up demos — Clams Casino’s iPhone apps, Yoshimi’s train riding — we’ve never heard anything remotely like Paul’s method. (And we’re guessing his dentist hadn’t, either.) Check it out.
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—Elia Einhorn, Talkhouse Podcast host and producer @eliaeinhorn
Today’s episode was co-produced by Mark Yoshizumi.
The Talkhouse Podcast’s theme song was composed and performed by The Range.