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Skrillex: The Making Of A Superstar [Yahoo]

“He introduces himself as Sonny Moore, but to his millions of young fans, he’s Skrillex — one of the biggest names in electronic dance music (EDM). Since he first found success as an EDM DJ and producer in 2011, Skrillex has collected six Grammys, 19 million Facebook fans and an estimated $20 million — all while giving away most of his music for free.

And at just 27 years old — an age he characterizes as “not young” — he says he has no plans of slowing down. The EDM prodigy is churning out new collaborations with superstars both inside and outside his genre, testing the limits of his craft — and his fan base — with every new innovation.

One of his boldest, and perhaps most polarizing new partners: pop heartthrob Justin Bieber. Moore and fellow EDM DJ Diplo, under the moniker Jack Ü, teamed up with the Biebs in early 2015 to produce the single “Where Are Ü Now.” The track quickly shot to the top of mainstream charts, drawing the ire of some EDM fans who were vocal with their criticism that Skrillex was “selling out.”

Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric met up with Moore at his studio in downtown L.A. to give him a chance to respond to the criticism and to take a rare, intimate look into the life and career of one of EDM’s biggest stars.” – Yahoo

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Dannic & Dyro Interview — Rowdy Beats Exclusive

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[ROWDY BEATS EXCLUSIVE] – Borgore Interview

Borgore is a man on a mission, check out our interview with him on his 2013 Aokify America Tour!

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[ROWDY BEATS EXCLUSIVE] Kryoman Interview

To say that the half man, half machine, Kryoman aka Andrew Moore entertains the masses at concerts is an understatement. The “robots” tower 10ft tall with LED lights, CO2 smoke guns, Hi-Def LED mapping, pyrotechnic special FX systems, and much more, take the energy to a whole new medium at venues that they perform! The powerful combination of his DJ set along with this technological masterpiece, Moore has been featured across the globe from Vegas to Ibiza with big names from Tiesto to Nicki Minaj. Now, he’s on Steve Aoki’s – Aokify America tour, and we had the privilege to chat with him! Check out what he had to say:

Rowdy: First off, thank you for taking the time to chat with us. You’ve toured with several big names, and now you’re with Aoki. Anything that’s been really out of the ordinary about this tour compared to the others?

Kryoman: Just that they are a really nice team of people, very professional and it’s a great working environment and that’s crucial due to such a heavy touring schedule.

Rowdy: The concept of Kryoman really brings out a new energy within an already raging crowd. What were your initial expectations for Kryoman? Is Kryoman living up to those expectations?

Kryoman: Very much so.  The new show I designed for Steve Aoki’s tour has hit the mark with precision.  The reveal concept has the crowd flipped upside down in an instant, leaving them blown away.  It really works well and Steve enjoys it a lot, which is one of the core things to make it work.

Rowdy: You mentioned in another interview that Kryoman’s combination of the name was inspired by superheroes. As a kid or even now, given the man in a robot, we would want to guess your favorite super hero is Iron Man, but who would you say is and why?

Kryoman: Batman or Iron man because they are just regular people with no essential powers, but the will of a man with an idea driven by a greater cause.

Rowdy: Kryoman requires you to be on stilts, was this something that you were used to? How did you train?

Kryoman: I have been walking on stilts since a young age so it was natural, but my style developed through performing.  No better training than actually performing.

Rowdy: What was the biggest challenge in launching such a unique idea?

Kryoman: The biggest challenge was being accepted as an actual artist in the Electronic Dance Music industry.  Nobody had even dared to take what I do to in the areas of the music industry where I have gone.  Pop/Commercial, Hip Hop, Underground, and back again… having such a broad crossover ability in the industry, it enabled us to make a lot of friends and that helped warm everyone up to the whole idea.

Rowdy: Can you tell us a little bit about how things have changed in dance music from your warehouse rave days in the UK to the shows now?

Kryoman: It’s big business now.  The USA has finally picked up on it thanks to a push from David Guetta and Will.i.am which has now sky rocketed dance music to the very top of the music scene right now.  There is a whole new generation of kids getting involved now and it’s an amazing thing to see.  I look forward to it everyday.

Rowdy: Interacting with the audience is the staple of Kryoman, and using the DJ set you’ve brought along yet another dynamic. Do you prefer one over other? What do you feel is the merit of each?

Kryoman: With Djing, I get to experiment a lot with all of the gadgets and weapons I’ve designed and it’s a lot of fun to try new things.  Also, to be able to control the robot and the music is a really progressive move for me artistically. Now, my team and I can engage the crowd on a multisensory level. It’s epic.

Rowdy: It seems that Kryoman is constantly evolving. Anything in the works or can you give us any insight into what new and old fans can look forward to?

Kryoman: I have a free track release coming out on the 15th of November with a crazy tour movie I shot with Steve Aoki, so that’s definitely something to look out for.

Rowdy: Final question is from our reader: what’s the strangest thing you’ve eaten when on tour? And how was it?

Kryoman: Normally the weirdest stuff we have no idea what it is, it just kind of sits at the buffet staring at you … mystery food…. Eat me!!  Some times its good and sometimes it’s awful.  Roll the dice and live a little.

Thank you Kryoman!!

 

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[ROWDY BEATS EXCLUSIVE] Skrux Interview

Skrux aka Kaylan Brown is a DJ/producer from Arlington, TX who claims that he makes “noises” with his computer. Well these noises have caught the attention of Dubstep.net several times, and in turn have given this young talent a massive rise to stardom. Known for producing melodic dubstep, Skrux introduces harmony and pure genius in every song that he puts out. Our first discovery was through “The Rising”, an original production that features spine chilling melodies and drops. Check out his Facebook.

Rowdy: So lets start off by saying you’re an 18 year old producer who has been around for a little while now, but within the last year you’ve really taken off. What does this rise mean to you and where do you see yourself within the next few years?

Skrux: I can’t even explain the feeling I have to see how far I’ve come in such a short amount of time. I just hope I can keep doing this for as long as possible, and maybe be up there with some of the big name artists like adventure club etc.

Rowdy: For sure, so is this a full time gig? Or are you going to school alongside?

Skrux: I’m in school Fridays and Saturdays, that way I have more time for my music.

Rowdy: So one of the notable things about you is your interaction with your fans. Can you tell us a little bit about how you came to doing that and how you plan on continuing as your number grows?

Skrux: I’m sure everyone has wanted to talk to their favorite producers at one time or another, I know I have. I wanted to make that possible for fans, to know that they can have that kind of interaction with me the way they would interact with a friend. I even gave out my number haha. Most people will say it’ll get harder and harder to interact with people the bigger you get, but I’m not gonna let that get in the way no matter how big I get.

Rowdy: That’s definitely comforting. Tell us a little bit about your signature sound and why you chose dubstep as your primary genre.

Skrux: To be honest I never started out making dubstep. I originally produced beats for rappers, until a buddy of mine showed me skrillex – scary monsters & nice sprites. At the time I was just like “wtf is a dubstep” after doing some digging into the genre I found adventure club who were completely different from all the crap I was hearing. That’s when began to shape my sound, I wanted to sooth the ear with beautiful melodies and peaceful leads, but at the same time making it into a dubstep track. I want to put myself apart from all the crazy in your face kind of dubstep.

Rowdy: It seems that Adventure Club has been highly influential for you. What’s your favorite song/remix by them? Any other major influences in addition to AC?

Skrux: Damn it’s hard to chose, they’re all amazing, but either lullabies or their new track gold. Other artists like xilent, seven lions, and flux pavilion also influence me, but it’s the smaller artists that push me the most to do better like mr fijiwiji, singularity, Clark Kent, etc.

Rowdy: Definitely dope songs. In this industry there are thousands of aspiring producers, what’s been the most difficult undertaking/challenge in your journey into the electronic music scene?

Skrux: The most challenging (in my opinion) is creating music that both me and my fans/potential fans can enjoy listening to. Getting your name out can be very difficult for most artists if you don’t know how to navigate through the industry. I’m still learning which methods work and which methods don’t. My advice to other aspiring artists is to just keep making music that you enjoy and always remember to have fun.

Rowdy: To expand on the creating music. Can you tell us a bit about your creative process? Your inspirations? Your message? Etc.

Skrux: I want to show people that there’s more to dubstep then just who can make the nastiest sounding wobble. That there’s a melodic side

Rowdy: Tell us a little bit of your personal life. How has your rise as an EDM producer affected your relationship with your friends and family?

Skrux: To be honest, not much has changed. I still have time to hang out with all my friends and family on a daily basis.

Rowdy: That’s awesome. So what’s next for you? Naturally you’re going to keep producing, but any plans on doing shows in and out of Texas?

Skrux: I’m not much of a show guy, I just stick to producing, but if I get a really good offer I definitely wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to play. For now I’m just putting all my work into my tracks instead of looking for shows.

Rowdy: What’s been the highlight of your career thus far?

Skrux: The responses and support I’ve been getting from my tracks. Never thought I’d be getting 100k here, 100k there, it’s crazy.

Rowdy: Yeah it’s absolutely amazing to see your growth. Finally, if you could have any super power, what would it be and why?

Skrux: It would probably have to be telekinesis, because I’m a lazy f*ck haha.

Special thanks to Kaylan for this interview!

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[ROWDY BEATS EXCLUSIVE] The Floozies Interview

The Floozies consist of producer Matt Hill and drummer Mark Hill. The Kansas duo brothers bring fresh vibes and energy to their live performances that elicits a lot of dance and awesome electronic funk. All of their music is FREE! Check them out HERE! 

Rowdy: You guys have developed a very unique style that most people would classify as “future funk.” What inspired you to head in that direction for your productions? What genres have inspired you?

The Floozies: We grew up listening to funk as kids due to our parents, particularly our mother. Funk music is just part of who we are and incorporating electronic style was just a natural progression for us as we evolved.

Rowdy: Do you both write music together/separately? To my understanding, Matt, you do most of the electronic production. Is this true, or does Mark produce as well?

The Floozies: Matt does all of the production for The Floozies. I do some producing but it is just for myself and not really in the same style. The extent of my Floozies production is Matt bouncing ideas off me. We have extremely similar tastes so generally agree on direction musically.

Rowdy: Some artists like to start with drums, some with guitar, synths or a bassline. Can you describe your writing process for our readers? How do you find inspiration/what is the best way for you guys to get a new track started?

The Floozies: Inspiration comes from a lot of places. Obviously music of all types can inspire ideas. Also, movies have given us some brilliant ideas. The writing process is not always the same. Just have to roll with ideas as they come. Sometimes they amount to something and other times they stay as a faint idea forever.

Rowdy: Like some of our other favorite artists (Big Gigantic, Gramatik, Griz) the two of you are incorporating live instrumentation into your shows. What does the “live band” aspect add to your shows that a DJ set can’t create?

The Floozies: Well, live instrumentation definitely adds to our ability to create a fun high energy experience for the crowd, but that is because that is what we are good at. I have seen DJs that can achieve a great performance without instruments. Both have their benefits as long as you are into what you are doing. We have always loved improvising so our instruments allow us to do that.

Rowdy: What advice would you give to aspiring producers or live bands?

The Floozies: Don’t listen to advice.

Rowdy: The Floozies are touring extensively themselves as headliners and are going to be supporting fellow “future funk” producer, Griz, shortly. How is your current tour going and have you encountered any major setbacks (what do you enjoy about touring/what do you dislike?) What aspect are you looking forward to during your upcoming run with Griz?

The Floozies: We love touring. It is always fun to share what we love to do with so many different people and places. It can be hard on us due to being in the car all the time and not sleeping much (or well for that matter). But for the most part tour life has been amazing! Very excited to hit the road with Griz. Not only musically is it a good fit, but we have gotten to hang with him a bit in the past and he is a great dude. I’m sure we will be having a great time on the road!

Rowdy: At this point, its hard to find a ton of information about you guys. What can you tell our readers about yourselves that they might not already know? What are your musical roots? What artists inspire you? Along with your respective parts in The Floozies, do either of you play other instruments?

The Floozies: We both play a variety of instruments, but none as well as our main instruments in The Floozies. Our musical roots are very diverse. We both played in rock bands, jazz bands, etc. It all led us back to funk though.

Rowdy: Between touring and writing/producing music, what do you guys enjoy doing with any free time you get?

The Floozies: Off the road we spend most of our time working on music and being with family and friends. We love Kansas and have a great home life.

Rowdy: We know how great your tracks can be, and we love getting down to that funk. What can someone who hasn’t seen you live, expect from one of your shows?

The Floozies: Expect to dance.

Special Thanks to The Floozies for this interview!

Interviewer: Spencer Cain

 

 

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[ROWDY BEATS EXCLUSIVE] Valy Mo Interview

Up and coming DJ/Producer Valy Mo reigns from France. After his recent success from the remix of Crystal Castles’s “Kerosene”, which received direct attention from Crystal Castles, we had a chance to interact with the man behind this dope remix.

 

Rowdy: So Valy Mo, can you tell us a little about yourself? Is Valy Mo your real name or stage name? Where are you based out of?

Valy Mo: (Sorry for my bad english level ) Valy Mo is just a stage name, I come from a little village where nights are quite, there are lots of fields, and empty spaces around… I began music because one friend shows me how to use a DAW, but i don’t know why and how I keep on producing…

Rowdy: Can you tell us your real name? And why did you choose Valy Mo?

Valy Mo: My real name is not something I chose, that’s why I decided to rename myself with my own vision, I didn’t wanted to associate my style with my name, so Valy Mo was a perfect one because if someone sees this, he could never tell what kind of music I do… Because I myself don’t know what kind of music I do, electronic of course, but I try to have my own style.

Rowdy: That’s great! Now, we know you did a remix of Crystal Castles’s Kerosene – two part question: 1) What inspired you to remix that song? 2) Can you walk us through the remix process and did you expect this positive reaction?

Valy Mo: In fact, I made this remix one year ago, simply because I like this song, and there was vocals easy to use at the end of the track. I took the vocals, and the melody was an evidence, then I decided to mix a kind of trap and dance style, with that horrible synth ! So… I put the remix on my soundcloud and maybe Ethan (from Crystal Castles) found the track by tipping “Crystal Castles remix” … It was the same thing with Kissy Sell Out, it was only by chance! I’m lucky I guess…

Rowdy: That’s great. So tell us a little about your influences – who do you listen to and how do you describe your sound?

Valy Mo: I think my influences comes from my parents, they were listening to a lot of world’s music, with artists as Ismael’O, Idir… Of course I listen to bands or persons as the Subs, Simian Mobile Disco, TEED, for the club feeling of my productions, then I like to hear darker things like Salem, Lustmord… About my sound, I’m unable to tell you what kind of style it is, mmmmh… electronic yep ? But I let you judge about what kind of.

Rowdy: What is next for you? Are you working on more remixes or new productions?

Valy Mo: Yes! Big remixes are coming! And i’m working on a big project, the biggest one I ever worked on haha! I will make more clips, more tracks, and (keep it secret) but I’m secretly plan to create a sect…

Rowdy: Can you tell us about your upbringing? Have you always been interested in music? Do you play any instruments?

Valy Mo: I began music by playing guitar, then I play Bass in a grindcore Band, I love it, and of course I use my computer to make electronic music ! I always been interested by music, it’s 75% of my time, and I fear the when I will not have so much time to do it!

Rowdy: Aside from music can you tell us one interesting thing about you?

Valy Mo: I like to live at night, cruising through darkness and of course, discover everything, every time… hang out with friends and girls, having experiences! I spend money on travels, and event, not in material, because these memories are the only thing you bring with you when you’re dead.

Special Thanks to Valy Mo for reaching out and giving us an awesome remix!

 

 

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Interview with Robbie Rivera–Exclusive

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We had a chance to sit down backstage with Robbie Rivera at Spring Awakening Music Festival 2013. He was an extremely chill dude, hear what he has to say about struggles in his career, upcoming music, and more!

 

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Congorock Interview–Rowdy Beats Exclusive

Congorock chatted with us before his set in Minneapolis on 4/5/2013 (opening for Calvin Harris) at EPIC Event Center. Check out what he had to say! Off camera he mentioned how his love for movies inspires his unique music videos such as Babylon featured in our interview.

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Exclusive Interview–EOTO

 

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Check out our exclusive interview with Jason Hann from EOTO, filmed in Minneapolis, MN. Here’s a little background about them:

As electronic influences continue to penetrate the live rock, jazz, and jam ethos, one band consistently rises to the top, bringing together fans from across the musical spectrum. Throbbing bass and thudding beats are the signatures of this project from String Cheese Incident bandmates Michael Travis and Jason Hann. Born out of their shared love of electronic dance music, EOTO’s M.O. is to take the free-wheeling party vibe of a DJ set to the next level by using organic instruments, innovative performance technology, and improvised musical exploration. Live drums, guitars, and keys, and vocals are mixed, remixed, and sampled on the fly with no backing track. This is all done without a script.

 

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Interview with Infected Mushroom Minneapolis–Exclusive

Check out our quick interview with Infected Mushroom before their show in Minneapolis 3/8. They talk about their signing with Dim Mak, making music, and their epic new tour featuring the “Dueling Death

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Ravi aka Sex Ray Vision!

You have heard of Sex Ray Vision (we’ve written about him several times now), a bay area electro house DJ that in just one year became eminent with hundreds and thousands of downloads of his sick mashups, remixes and originals. He has close to 3 million views on his SRV YouTube channel, here is a taste of his genius “Mind Explosion 2011”:

Well now, the up and coming artist has taken a progressive step, and changed from SRV to Ravi. Our exclusive interview with the DJ was super chill and fun. We had the privilege of getting to know more about Ravi’s music and a little about who he is!

Rowdy Beats:

You used to be Sex Ray Vison, producing dope remixes and mashups. Could you tell us what prompted the change to Ravi? And more importantly, what sort of musical change will be under Ravi – will you be producing more original mixes or will your fans still have the rad remixes and mashups to look forward to?

Ravi:

I decided to change my name for a number of reasons. Mostly though I just wanted a fresh start and focus on stuff that’s a little bit different. As SRV I produced a lot of melodic, poppy house music and as Ravi I want to branch out into other EDM genres. I’m still doing a lot of the stuff that got me popular as SRV though as well, and there will be a lot of that in the future.

Rowdy Beats:

That’s interesting that you mentioned poppy and melodic as SRV. What artists are your inspiration in exploring other genres of EDM?

Ravi:

I’m into a lot of stuff right now. Artists I’ve been listening to a lot right now include TJR, Dubvision, Arty, R3hab, Swanky Tunes, Laidback Luke, Alvin Risk, … that’s just rattling off names of the stuff in my recently played queue on Spotify. I’m trying to find up-and-coming artists as well that don’t necessarily chart on the Beatport Top 100 and get tons of exposure, there’s tons of great stuff out there.

Rowdy Beats:

Can you tell us a little bit about your history with the love for music? When did you start producing/becoming interested in EDM?

Ravi:

It’s weird…I was never really into EDM as a kid but I got really into it like 3-4 years ago. Basically I always wanted to be a rockstar, but I was too lazy to learn how to play a guitar or something so I decided to start making EDM. And then of course I started listening to EDM and it all went from there…

Rowdy Beats:

[Haha] yeah I guess we all wanna be rockstars, I played guitar hero to suffice that.

You’ve had some incredible accomplishments already, including releases with Dim Mak and Epic Records, and opened for Cataracs and others. What has been your favorite set so far? And, where do you dream to play one day?

Ravi:

Wow that’s a tough question…there have been a lot of massive shows but I still enjoy doing shows at frats and small clubs where there are way too many people packed into a small room but everyone’s going crazy and having an awesome time. As for where I want to play some day…well Madeon just had a set at the New York Stock Exchange, which is one of the silliest things I’ve ever heard of, so I guess that’s my dream as well. To do a show somewhere ridiculous.

Rowdy Beats:

More on the future, what can old and new fans expect? More shows across the US? Any EPs?

Ravi:

For the future I got a lot of stuff coming up. Got a few really cool official remix opportunities on the horizon. I also have a couple vocal tracks in the pipeline, which is something I really want to get back to doing. Mostly though I just want to start exploring different styles of EDM and stuff that’s not just straight up 128 BPM electro/prog house.

Rowdy Beats:

If you could hang out for one day with one famous person in or out of music, who would it be and why?

Ravi:

Probably R Kelly. I’m pretty sure he’s one of the craziest people alive and I just want to experience that in person. Also I’m not a 15 year old girl so I probably have nothing to be afraid of.

This concluded our interview with Ravi. Check out his stuff HERE – FREE DOWNLOADS!

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Interview with Reid Speed @Bassgasm 8

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Reid Speed: “Check 1,2, we are inside Bassgasm 8, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Freezing our f*cking asses off. While I get druuuuunk as f******cck.”

You grew up in New York City, one of the craziest cities in the world. What was it like to start as an electronic music artist in New York city?

“Well New York City is a very exciting place. So it was exciting to be part of that scene and at the time there were not a lot of girls doing it. So, I was lucky that the scene embraced me and allowed me to like do my thing, and it was really cool to be a part of that before Giuliani ruined everything, it was like the most exciting place in the world (laughs).”

Tell me a little bit about your music. Where do you inspirations come from? What made you take that (EDM) path?

“The music chooses itself. I am just a conduit that it flows through. I am a divining rod of music from the spirit world and I honestly have no idea what I’m gonna play until the person before me puts on their last track.”

I’ve seen that you’ve hit LA, Chicago (and all around the US). How has touring changed you as a person?

“Touring has made me realize that most of the people in the world lack manners and self-consciousness. And they are not aware of their own bad habits. But it has taught me how to be an airport ninja. And if you’ve ever seen the movie Up in the Air, I can pack a suitcase in like 10 minutes flat and it will be perfect. And I will find the shortest line in security. And I will find a place to smoke weed, and people to smoke weed with in every city around the world.”

What are plans for the future? What are your dreams?

“My dream is to open my nightclub and to bring all of the artists I love to ME. To my own house.”

Your own house?

“My own nightclub that I can have the music that I want, and that’s it. No bullshit.”

Right before you go on stage, what’s going through your head? What kind of emotions are flowing through your body right before you perform?

“Right before I perform, I’m usually a little stressed out, because usually I find, immediately when I’m supposed to start playing that whoever was using their computer before me didn’t like plug it in the right way, and usually its kind of stressful at first, but then as soon as I get started and people start responding then it’s the most amazing drug, the best high you’ll ever find in the world. It’s like better than any drug.”

Last question, do you have any interests outside of making electronic music?

“Oh my god, I love cats, I am obsessed with cats. I also like to smoke blunts, and I am the crazy bike rider. I have a crew called the West Side Riders Bass Club Crew, and we ride biked, drink mojitos, and smoke blunts all over the west side of Santa Monica.”

That was Reid Speed ladies and gentlemen, a beautiful lady who’s about to play some mean ass dubstep for us.

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Big Gigantic Interview–Minneapolis Rowdy Beats Exclusive!

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One of our favorite artists, Big Gigantic graced us with this awesome interview! Dominic Lalli gave us an inside scoop into Big Gigantic and how they got to be where they are and an explanation into the dopeness that is their music. CHECK THEM OUT!

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