Stereosonic, the roving festival that makes its way through five Australian cities, is off and running, having hit Sydney and Perth this past weekend. As expected, the 60,000 fans in Sydney alone were not disappointed, with huge sets from the likes of David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Empire of the Sun, and more.
Moby’s always seemed like a pretty cool and generous dude, so suffice it to say, we aren’t terribly surprised that he’s opening up his project files for you to mess with in Ableton Live and Pro Tools. Check it out, along with some video work from LA’s and Montreal’s dance scenes, plus a whole lot more, in today’s roundup.
As you may already know, Toronto, Ontario, is busting at the seams with dance-music talent. Even beyond the more obvious names (who know who we’re talking about), folks like Keys N Krates, Autoerotique, Gingy, Azari & III, and tons more are keeping the scene fresh, vibrant, and not tied to any single genre or scene. Like the country’s multicultural mandate, Toronto too embodies an all-are-welcome musical ethos.
On his own, Japanese artist Ryo Fujimoto (aka Humanelectro) is a beatboxing phenomenon. But with a team of engineers and artists, who convert the electric signals that emanate from Fujimoto’s body during a performance into real-time audio and video, his work becomes a whole new thing.
Yep, it’s the man up top—Hardwell—who took the #1 spot this past weekend at DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs Poll award ceremony, which, conveniently for the young Dutchman, was held in his homeland during the Amsterdam Dance Event conference. At age 25, the DJ known to his folks as Robbert van de Corput is the youngest to ever claim the honor. Tiesto was also honored at the event with the first-ever Top 100 DJs Legend Award. So who else made the top 100?
Mapping the trajectory that led us to the ever-increasing multitude of new and hybrid genres of music today isn’t easy, but one brave programmer has taken up the task, charting the evolution of Western dance music from its folk-culture roots to the sounds of the present with a new, interactive map.
As always, the talented newcomers who take top honors in our Play remix contest each month continue to turn in polished reworks that go head-to-head with the originals. This time we take a look at now-officially-released winning remixes from our July, August, and September contests, which featured huge names like Blond:ish, Yousef, Tosca, Inner City, and PVT. Check out those winning tracks below, and enter the current stock of Play contests here.
Mistaken identities (multiple Joel Zimmermans, a non-acting pro gambler named Don Johnson) some mouseheads, Bon Jovi, and pretty much the most expensive single song request ever factor into one helluva tale—and lawsuit—for Deadmau5. But wait—it gets weirder.
Last weekend, from September 27-29, Dutch concert promoters ID&T brought TomorrowWorld, the American spin-off of their legendary Belgian event Tomorrowland, to Chattahoochee Hills just outside Atlanta for the first time ever. We went down to check out the action, and we can say the festival was nothing short of breathtaking in every possible way. Being a brand-new festival, at least for the American market, nobody really had any idea what to expect, but Tomorrowland has a reputation for being one of the most unique and well-thought-out concert experiences around the world, so the stakes were high. Concert-goers and overnight campers were treated to three full days of amazing music consisting of over 300 DJs and performers. The crowd seemed like an embassy of the world with tens of thousands of dance music enthusiasts proudly waving flags from all over—even from places as far off as India and Australia. TomorrowWorld‘s production and setup was extremely meticulous and considered, with mind-blowing visuals and fireworks going off for what seemed like an eternity every night. All together, the experience truly felt like walking into a fantasy world where everyone could forget about real life and do nothing but dance and love life. Patrons could even visit the bookstore, go for a swim at the pool club, enjoy a beer at the Belgian beer cafe, or even send some outgoing mail at the Post Office, if they were so inclined. The festival site was so large that it took about 30 minutes to walk from one end to the other, and even involved crossing a bridge that ID&T built to cross a river. But that’s to say nothing of the music—our highlights of which follow, along with a slew of crowd shots from the weekend by Film Magic.
Seattle’s Decibel Festival, now in its 10th year, has built itself up from a small homegrown event to one of the US’s premiere underground dance parties, spreading more than 100 artists over five days and countless venues throughout the city. Despite a pretty steady stream of rain over last weekend, little could dampen our spirits for the festival’s decade-celebrating installment. Here are some of our highlights. — Ken Taylor and Steven Dermody