The Audiophile

High-definition video transformed movies and TV, and high-resolution audio is changing music, thanks to 3D surround sound and better quality. Each week we publish an in-depth interview with the musicians and engineers making music better, where stars such as Steve Aoki, Imagine Dragons, Foo Fighters talk about their latest releases … and how new HD is helping making them awesome.

High-res audio is changing music, thanks to 3D surround sound and better quality. Every Friday we interview the musicians and engineers making music better, where stars such as Steve Aoki, Imagine Dragons, and Foo Fighters reveal how HD helps them be awesome.

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Embracing the ’80s and flipping the script with The Shins frontman James Mercer

James Mercer and his ace band The Shins came up with eleven new arrangements for every song on their 2017 release Heartworms and re-recorded them for a stunning role-reversal album called The Worm’s Heart, which may even eclipse the power…
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Naked but never nihilistic, Starsailor charts a course for indie soul

Modern vocalists have to navigate the slippery slope of connecting emotionally with listeners without tipping over into sappy/corny territory — something Starsailor leader James Walsh does with honest panache on All This Life.
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How new wave legend Nick Heyward transformed his musical doodles into songs

Nick Heyward’s knack for creating indie-rock-laced earwig confections are akin to those found in the DNA of modern pop artists like Sam Smith, Hozier, Charlie Puth, and James Bay
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Avenged Sevenfold is down with Beach Boys covers, but not with going to Mars

The deluxe edition of Avenged Sevenfold’s The Stage doubles the album’s original track count with one new song, six covers, and four live tracks. Singer M. Shadows sees it as the next stage of the band’s creative evolution.
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Joss Stone tossed the script (and recorded her dogs) for ‘Project Mama Earth’

Singer Joss Stone told us how five people maintained a free-thinking approach to creating music without restriction, how to stop obsessing over studio perfection, and how Nature helped pave the way for Mama Earth’s lyrics and rhythms.
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Pop a cork and sit down. For Slowdive, vinyl is all about the ceremony

Slowdive guitarist/vocalist Neil Halstead discusses the band’s new appeal to teenage audiences, why you have to curb your digital options during the recording process, and why shoegazing is no longer a four-letter word.
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Silverplanes jet into the ‘Gulfstream’ of modern listening, one EP at a time

There are those artists who embrace our collective recorded heritage as something that can be built upon — artists like Aaron Smart, the singer/songwriter/guitarist behind the rock collective he’s dubbed Silverplanes.
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Barenaked Ladies cut loose and show it all with ‘Fake Nudes’

Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies discusses how the band laid down the sonic template for Fake Nudes, how one’s love of vinyl comes in handy while on the road, and why they’re the perfect band to have a song featured on a recent episode…
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For the Bloody Beetroots, sometimes building bridges means tearing down songs

The Bloody Beetroots’ masked DJ/producer Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo tells DT about the band’s mesh of samples and live instruments, how living real life is crucial for creative songwriting, and what his personally perfect everyday Halloween…
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How deep is your crate?’ DJ Cut Chemist digs down on ‘Die Cut’

Cut Chemist discussed how he perfected the art of mixing samples with live musicians on his new Madman EP and upcoming Die Cut album, why a certain drummer’s studio performance changed his production goals, and which pioneering tracks…
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As loud and snotty as ever, the Dead Boys are keeping punk alive

Before the Dead Boys headed out on the road on their 40th anniversary tour, guitarist Cheetah Chrome told us about the enduring legacy of their punk-template track Sonic Reducer, why finding the right producer is critical, and what a 80th…
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From early Macs to vinyl, Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo digs his tech relics

We caught up with Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo before he left for his Electric Trim solo tour to discuss the vintage gear on display in the New Thing video, his listening preferences, and which ionic artist stuck up for Sonic Youth’s…
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Friends, admirers, and collaborators remember Canadian rock legend Gord Downie

Some of the late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie’s peers, collaborators, and admirers discuss his songwriting prowess and his knack for finding the best sounds to reinforce his sometimes nonlinear messages — plus we hear some…
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How Dhani Harrison spiritually connects with the music of his late fathe

Dhani Harrison, son of late Beatle George Harrison, discusses how he developed the electronic sonic template for IN///PARALLEL, his long-term battles with fake news, and how he’s embraced his role as “healer-in-chief.”
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Remembering Tom Petty with an unreleased interview on gear, recording, his legacy

Tom Petty was the transitional glue linking the sonic sensibilities of the more freewheeling ’60s with the singer/songwriter/bandleader movement of the ’70s, the one catch being he was able to sustain a level of creativity and…
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Ever wonder how an album is made? Neil Finn live-streamed the process

Neil Finn tells us how artists balance mystery and transparency with their audiences, why the final version of Out of Silence came together so quickly, and how he’ll weather his next live-streaming experiences.
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Backed by an orchestra, Kaki King shape shifts yet again on ‘Live at Berklee’

Guitar whiz Kaki King follows up her recent boundary-pushing multimedia extravaganza with a live chamber orchestra recording that re-imagines eleven of her most challenging songs.
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Deer Tick returns from hiatus with a double-barreled dual album release

Deer Tick bandleader John McCauley told Digital Trends how their two new albums resuscitated the group as a creative force, which covers he may eventually tackle himself (and in what style), and about his recent “vinyl mishap” at home.