Under the Electric Sky is the name of a new documentary about Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival, which was recently shown at the Sundance Film Festival. And while the official release is still a ways away, you can peep a short trailer now.
We know it’s likely very cold where you’re sitting right now, but plans for Miami, summer festivals, and the Ibiza beach season are already heating up. Today, we’ve got news of a very special MMW gig to honor Bingo Players’ Paul Baumer, an opening lineup for Amnesia, and plenty more updates from the dance-music world.
Is it just us, or is there a lot of stuff going on this summer? In just the last few days, we’ve counted about 10 new festival announcements, and there are plenty more to come. Today, Croatia’s Sonus and Unknown gatherings offered up their lineups, and we’ve got big news out of Detroit tomorrow, so while you ponder a trip to the Adriatic this summer, let us also point you to some music-tech news, mixes from Vladislav Delay and Jimmy Edgar, and the stories behind some of the most prominent samples in modern music.
A Nightslugs boss heads to Clone, Bugs in the Attic alumni drop some heat, and Kompakt offers up another Pop Ambient comp in today’s On Rotation, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite tracks of the week.
After four decades of existence, dance music has no shortage of unsung heroes and forgotten favorites for every new generation of fans to rediscover. Two of the genre’s earliest innovators, Giorgio Moroder and Nile Rodgers, were given huge boosts last year, thanks to their involvement with current kings Daft Punk. But those disco legends certainly aren’t the only past princes of dance music worth investigating. Here’s our list of 10 more names that are more than worth Googling.
Dance music has often had a difficult relationship with television appearances (mostly because it’s music made by pushing buttons and clicking cursors, which doesn’t make for the most exciting onstage performance). In the real live setting, of course, performers have made up for this deficit by creating gigantic visual shows synched to the music, but these spectacles tend to lose a lot on the small screen.
So when has dance music made its mark on the small screen? Here are 10 television performances throughout the decades that are definitely worth watching.
Asheville, North Carolina’s Moogfest just announced its first lineup phase today, with Kraftwerk, Chic (with Nile Rodgers), Laurie Anderson, Giorgio Moroder, and plenty more electronic-music legends added to the bill. What was once a relatively modest festival to celebrate the pioneering work of synth maker Robert Moog has now grown to become one of the US’ premier dance-music events, and its list of performers for the 2014 installment, which takes place April 23-27, is nothing short of amazing.
There’s the Beatport Top 100—and then there’s what the folks who work here are playing at their desks and during their weekend gigs. And, no, the two don’t necessarily cross over that much. Our staff, stretched across four offices and nine time zones, is a diverse bunch with all sorts of dance-music tastes, which run the gamut from peak-time big-room electro-house chart-toppers to esoteric suites of Reichian drone to dark-and-dank bass-heavy bangers—and every shade in between. But to rank these favorites would be to do them a disservice, as there’s no winners and losers when it comes to the music we all love.
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.