Diego El Cigala Talks Flamenco and the Greats: "There Will Never Be Another Paco de Lucia"

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Modern-day flamenco master Diego El Cigala.

Flamenco is the historic folk music of the Andalusia region in southern Spain. It is known for its use of the guitar, cajón, castanets, and clapping. Its singing, el cante, is evocative, heartfelt, and profoundly infused with pasión. Originally introduced to a wider audience in the late 1700s, flamenco did not explode unto the modern era till musicians like Paco de Lucía, Camarón de la Isla, and Tomatito brought it to international ears during the 1960s, '70s, and '80s.

Nicknamed the "Norway Lobster" for his slimness as a youth, Diego "El Cigala" Ramón Jiménez Salazar is today's foremost flamenco interpreter and master. His singing has transcended the borders of Spain. And as a musical explorer, noted for his work with Argentine musicians incorporating tango and his Afro-Cuban experiments with jazz legend Bebo Valdés, he has reached a global community of fans that continues to grow.

Now in his mid '40s, El Cigala still seems a young man, filled with ambition and bonhomie, as he continues to explore the nuanced facets of flamenco and the many other forms of music that fascinate him. We here at Crossfade recently had the chance to speak with Señor Jiménez Salazar about pain, pasión, and "the greats."

See also: The Spanish version, "Diego El Cigala Habla Flamenco y las Leyendas: 'Ya No Va Haber Otro Paco de Lucía'"

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Underachievers on Clockwork Indigo With Flatbush Zombies: "This Is Never Going to Stop"

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Brooklyn's Underachievers and Flatbush Zombies have joined forces to become Clockwork Indigo.

It's a good time to be a hip-hop fan. All over the country, artists and MCs are coming together to produce some of the most ambitious and memorable rap music since the '90s.

New York, in particular, is a hotbed of activity, and two of Brooklyn's most heavily hyped crews, Underachievers and Flatbush Zombies, have recently joined forces. They've chosen the name Clockwork Indigo and they've just dropped a self-titled, five-song EP.

To celebrate this new slab, the group's hit the road for its debut tour, the Electric Koolade Experience, set to bumrush downtown Miami's Grand Central this week. So we caught up with Underachievers' Issa Gold to talk about psychedelics, literature, life, Stitches, and the new hip-hop renaissance.

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty Rapper

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Hardwell on Debut Album: "Whether It Flops or People Like It, I Love What I Did"

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Hardwell giving the "people had the best night of their lives" in Miami.

Another year, another number-one spot atop the infamous DJ Mag Top 100 rankings. Another headlining spot at the main stage of Ultra Music Festival. Another absurdly successful set at Tomorrowland. So goes the life of young, Dutch DJ Hardwell.

He has become one of EDM's biggest mainstays at 26, and the brand is strong. He is releasing his debut full-length album, United We Are, in January. He pilots a terrifying EDM robot in the video for lead single "Young Again," and he recently announced a collaboration with W&W on the new record.

Which brings us to Hardwell's I Am Hardwell show at the Klipsch Ampitheater at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, where Crossfade was able to meet up with him before the three-hour set for a one-on-one chat.

See also: Hardwell at Klipsch Amphitheater: The Full 97-Photo Slideshow

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DJ Bre on Dormtainment and Miami Hip-Hop

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The life of the party is in the hands of the DJ. They play the cuts that keep the people dancing, moving, and shouting along.

They are also in charge of bringing the newest sounds of the streets into the clubs and onto the radio.

DJ Bre is an up-and-coming selector who is committed to the life of the DJ on all counts. You can catch him in the club, two nights a week, live in the Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Or even crisscrossing the world with comedy crew Dormtainment.

Here's what he had to say about Wynwood, local flavor, and controlling the show.

See also: Miami's Top Ten Hip-Hop DJs of All Time

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Franck Roger on "Surprising Music Lovers After 15 Years of Productions"

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French touch maestro Franck Roger.

From Daft Punk to David Guetta, there's no denying that the French have dominated global dance music since the '90s. But aside from the aforementioned commercial stars, Paris is also home to a rich underground house music scene.

Take Franck Roger. Inspired by the enduring Chicago house legacy, the prolific DJ-producer and Real Tone Records boss has put out some of the finest international deep house cuts of the past 15 years. It follows that he's also a world-class selector who summons the diehard house heads without fail wherever he throws down.

Get a dose of proper French-flavored jacking beats courtesy of Franck Roger at Do Not Sit on the Furniture on Saturday. But first, find out what he had to tell Crossfade about the French touch, Real Tone Records, and getting back to his vinyl-slinging roots with a brand new label.

See also: EDM's Five Greatest Delusions

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Jessy Lanza Talks Debut Album, Pull My Hair Back, and Working With Caribou

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Last week, we here at Crossfade spoke with Caribou ahead of his highly anticipated upcoming live show at downtown Miami's Grand Central, and he had nothing but praise for Jessy Lanza, his opening act on the current tour and a collaborator on his new album.

Of course, the critical acclaim for Lanza has been widespread since the Canadian singer-producer unveiled her 2013 debut album, Pull My Hair Back. Co-produced by Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, the album exudes a sensual lyricism carried by elegantly understated and delectable electro-R&B arrangements.

Ahead of her live performance with Caribou on November 19, we spoke with the talented Ms. Lanza about her musical roots, her album, and the show.

See also: Caribou on Our Love, Dance Music, and "Connecting With People"

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South Florida's PBG, Pretty Boy Gangsta from Loaf Of Bread Records

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PBG is stuck on go, with his foot on the gas.

Going from dirty clothes to filthy rich isn't easy, but Fort Myers' Pretty Boy Gangsta has done it by traversing Alligator Alley to Miami for more than a decade.

The rapper whose brother built the label and studio that made Plies famous is about to star in his own MTV music video.

Working with his own Loaf of Bread Records, local superproducers Cool N Dre, PBG has set the stage for a new era in representing South Florida in mainstream gangsta rap. Here's what he had to say about unity in the community, expensive trees, and being locked up with T.I.

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Haochi Waves Releases Peggy: "She Lives Inside of All of Us"

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The gals and guy of Haochi Waves.

Haochi Waves has been living up to the second part of its name for some time now.

From the ashes of Pretty Please, husband-and-wife creators Juan Oña and Ana Farina Mackliff reemerged, joined again by Didi Aragon. And now they're poised to release their latest band's first full-length album, Peggy.

In anticipation of this debut slab, we here at Crossfade spoke with drummer Juan Oña about the band, legal ordeals, and what's in the future.

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty Guitarist

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Interpol's Sam Fogarino: "Miami Is Where I Learned How to Do What I Do"

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Sam Fogarino, the drummer for Interpol and former Miami music scenester.

Before Sam Forgarino provided the beat for Interpol, one of the biggest (and best) indie-rock bands of the past decade, he was a fixture of our city's punk scene.

As a member of one of the area's most underrated bands ever, the Holy Terrors, Fogarino has deep musical roots in Miami. His local experiences were transformative, and the man credits some specific South Florida relationships for his success.

We here at Crossfade spoke with the drummer and songwriter about how the Holy Terrors' Rob Elba, Rat Bastard, Churchill's Pub, and Miami "showed me the way."

See also: Interpol's Sam Fogarino on El Pintor, Recording at Electric Lady Studios, and "Spontaneity"

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Rustie Talks Prog Influences, Warp Records, and His New Album, Green Language

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Because he emerged alongside the UK dubstep explosion of the late 2000s, it would be an easy mistake to pigeonhole Scottish DJ-producer Rustie (AKA Russell Whyte) as a member of that trendy contingent.

Glass Swords, his critically acclaimed debut album from 2011, may have fit the basic textbook definition of dubstep with its deep sub-basslines and syncopated rhythms exceeding 140 beats per minute. But Rustie's sound is a whole other beast, bursting with exuberant, anthemic melodies and exalted crescendos -- like the soundtrack to waking up inside an epic live-action video game.

An artist with a lot to say musically, but a man of few words, we here at Crossfade were nevertheless able to cajole a few sentences out of him. Here's what he had to say about his influences, the honor of being signed to Warp Records, and his new album, Green Language.

See also: EDM's Five Greatest Delusions

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