This August 3rd and 4th Canada’s largest city is playing host to another year of an amazing music festival, The Veld. The two day is event is headlined by Kaskade, Above & Beyond and of course, hometown hero Deadmau5. These amazing musicians will play alongside whole host of supporters that leave little room for complaint. And they’re not even done announcing the talent yet, so keep checking back here as we break down artist by artist. But for now check out the website and take our word for it; no matter what genre of electronic music gets you moving, you’ll still be trying to pick up your jaw when security tells you that it’s time to go home.
The real host of the event, Downsview Park, is gorgeous, and minutes away from downtown Toronto, and of course nightlife staple and after-party spot The Guvernment. It also doesn’t hurt that Toronto is usually 75° and sunny in August.
Click here at 10am tomorrow Thursday April 4th for tickets. Seriously, the first tier is super affordable, so set your alarms, crack your knuckles and get by your keyboard. We’ll see you in Toronto!
Earlier this week, when this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 rankings were released, I have to say I was pretty excited.
Not because I was curious to see the rankings of 2012′s explosive newcomers like Hardwell and Skrillex, not to know whether the initial leaked rankings matched up to the real ones, and no, not to find out if Armin Van Buuren surpassed David Guetta to regain his title as the world’s number one DJ.
I was excited for the reaction that would follow, to have artists, fans, writers, critics, everyone that plays a part within the electronic music ecosystem, give perspective on the same issue.
More on why the DJ Mag Top 100 matters after the jump…
The prolific Tai is back, this time with his September Mixtape. Featuring original, unreleased material, as well as Tai’s own remixes and edits, the mix fully illustrates the technical abilities of this accomplished studio master. Perfect for your weekend pregaming activities or a leisurely run, definitely take advantage of the free download here.
Dim Mak is taking over the Riverside stage on Saturday which means it’ll absolutely be the definitive bass stage of the day. Get ready for not only awesome music ranging from house, to dubstep, to drum & bass, etc, but a lineup of artists with stage presence that is really hard to match. P.S. Watch out for the cake flying at your face courtesy of Mr. Aoki himself!
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Last night Steve Aoki brought his signature antics and showmanship to NYCâ€™s Terminal 5, for a Trident sponsored free show that had boasted of a special, surprise guest. In what became a poorly kept secret throughout the day, various tips and Tweets confirmed that legendary British pop rock band Duran Duran would be joining Aoki on stage. Thanks to the rise of house music, the melding of genres looks to be the next step in pushing live performances and produced tracks to the next level.
However, in the rush to usher house music into the mainstream, a step was skipped in the attempt to meld a show with Aoki, an early pioneer in the Los Angeles house music scene, and Duran Duran, a group that experienced its heyday prior to the births of most of last nightâ€™s concertgoers. The various floors of the multi-level venue were more segregated than an Orthodox synagogue â€“ under-21s were firmly planted on the floor, while the adults staunchly occupied the second floor VIP balcony.
The division was starkly obvious as those on the second floor barely reacted during the Aoki set, but swiftly whipped out their smart phones for video capturing the moment Duran Duran came into view. The opposite happened on the floor, with a mass exodus following the two partiesâ€™ collaborative track (an Aoki remix of â€˜Hungry Like The Wolfâ€™), leaving the area half filled by the time Duran Duran was through its second song, â€˜Notorious.â€™ Then again, it was nigh on 10 PM and likely nearing their curfew so they can’t be faulted too harshly.
Much more review and photo after the jump! (more…)
After Steve Aokiâ€™s rider was leaked out Wednesday by harderbloggerfaster, the Twitter world has exploded with comments about the asks, both on stage and behind the scenes. With staples of his live show, including corked champagne, a well-stocked confetti machine, and an inflatable raft, it also shows a bit of the hospitality asks from Aoki and Co., which includes American Apparel clothing, organic fruits and wraps, and local grass to round out the list.
Las Vegas has always been a city of illusion, a self-contained ecosystem where anything is possible and attendees enter another world for their stay. Anyone thatâ€™s been there knows that upon first experience itâ€™s like uncovering a secret world that has operated unbeknownst to first-time visitors.
In a lot of ways, this mirrors the explosion of electronic dance music, so itâ€™s no surprise that DJs and Vegas now not only cross paths, but are seemingly intertwined in many of the same conversations. A recent report in The New York Times records the DJ-turned-rockstar movement in Sin City with some staggering insights.
Still, the phenomenon is somewhat unsurprising. To stay relevant, artists now have the need to constantly connect with large crowds, at times outside the radius of hardcore fans.
So what’s money got to do with it? Read after the jump… (more…)
Wow! The phase 1 line up of EZF 2012 was just released this morning. Absolutely stunning line up. Highlights include Sasha, Boys Noize, Tiesto, Tommy Trash, A Trak, and Nicky Romero. Oh yea, and Marco Carola is back in Sunday School. No big deal…
In celebration of the late, great DJ AM, the BPM channel of SiriusXM will be launching a dedicated ‘DJ AM Radio,’ featuring mixes from DJ AMâ€™s archive of mixes and DJ mixes from other prominent names such as Steve Aoki, Kev E Kev, Travis Barker, Mighty Mi, Destructo, Gina Turner, DJ Homicide, Cosmic Kids and DJ Scene. This special tribute will launch TODAY at 5 PM ET and will air through the weekend until Monday, April 2 at 12 AM ET on SiriusXM BPM, Channel 51.
It’s a little known fact that Lil Jon, the rapper best known for timely ‘YEAHHHHHS’ and a diamond encrusted pimp cup, got his start as a house DJ in Atlanta. Perhaps his involvement in the electronic scene, including appearances at Ultra with Steve Aoki and Afrojack, makes a bit more sense now?
For all the working folks out there and those in school who aren’t indulging in spring break, get your party on with Lil Jon as he livestreams his LETS F***IN LOSE IT DRINK PARTY live from Cancun. Everything goes down today at 5 PM ET (2 PM PT) on Ultra’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/ultramusic, Ultra’s Music’s website www.ultramusic.com, Ultra’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/ultrarecords and Ultra’s Twitter page www.twitter.com/ultrarecords.
In conjunction with the event, Lil Jon officially released his new single aka Spring Break anthem â€œDrinkâ€ featuring LMFAO. Video below!