East London TBA venues, edits and the new top DJ and live act all come under discussion in this new series.
Over the course of the past few years, we've had tons of fun doing our annual year-end RA Exchange round-up. One of the things largely missing from electronic music, in our opinion, is discourse. Pictures and the written word only go so far in telling the story of what's happening after all. So, in early 2012, we decided to make these chats a more common feature of RA's Exchange series. In our first edition, RA editor-in-chief Todd L. Burns went to London to talk with RA's Associate Editor Ryan Keeling and two freelancers for the site, Stephen Titmus and Benji Lehmann. We talked at length about the current proliferation of East London TBA venues, discussed Will Lynch's recent piece about edits on the site and pondered what Jamie Jones and Nicolas Jaar's rise to the top of our year-end polls in 2011 means.