In a world where almost anyone can become a superstar overnight, there are few in the “big-room” game that have risen with such subtlety and decorum as Syn Cole. Avoiding the unscrupulous tactics of some of his contemporaries such as buying likes and hiring ghost producers, this Estonian DJ and producer (born Rene Pais), 26, has stepped out from beyond Ash and Avicii’s shadow with only a few original tracks and a handful of big name remixes. Following the recent release of his glowing remix of Zedd’s “Find You,” 2014 is set to be the year Rene transcends the Le7els brand that built him and make the melodic electro world his own.
Duck Sauce have just released their long-awaited debut album, Quack, on Fool’s Gold. The dynamic duo of A-Trak and Armand Van Helden have been delivering crossover hits like “aNYway,” “Barbra Streisand,” “Big Bad Wolf,” and “It’s You,” for half a decade, but their individual careers span back much further. Below are the 10 essential musical moments by A-Trak and Armand that help to illustrate just how their current Duck Sauce sound came to be.
Nope, it has nothing to do with the refrain of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”—but it does have to do with “you.” “Thank U for a great 16th edition of Ultra Music Festival Miami,” says the intro to the festival’s wrap-up clip, just posted on YouTube. “This video is for you, and all the rest of the Ultra fans worldwide that attended the event at Bayfront Park Miami or viewed the UMF TV live-stream on YouTube.”
Every once in a while, DJs get caught in moments of apparent vulnerability. One such moment occurred recently when Laidback Luke, Sander Van Doorn, and Steve Aoki all simultaneously took to the decks at a Mixmash party in Miami for a little threesome fun in the booth. Naturally, things were pretty, uh, laid-back up there (it being a daytime outdoor party and all), but one YouTube user took the opportunity to take some lighthearted jabs at the trio, and uploaded some video of them entitled “What DJs Actually Do,” with captions that drew attention to their seeming lack of activity when it came to keeping their hands busy with playing music.
Welcome to our gigantic Tuesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Deadmau5 claiming he’s “over” clubland, Swedish House Mafia unleash their “calling-it-quits” doc Leave The World Behind, and Disclosure present Settle at Coachella 2014. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
During Miami Music Week 2014, we sat down with Steve Angello so he could share his candid impressions on the enduring legacy of SHM, the impending theatrical release of Leave The World Behind, the creative future of his signature Size Records imprint, and more. Catch our exclusive In Conversation with Steve Angello now.
Deadmau5 seems to have stockpiled a ton of “Coffee Run” footage over his time in Miami. In fact, in just the last week, he’s released episodes featuring Steve Duda, Laidback Luke, and Vanilla Ice, so he’s probably got even more in the can that we don’t yet know about. Today, however, he unveiled his mobile chat with Swedish producer/DJ Eric Prydz.
Congratulations goes out to Dutch electro-house ace Hardwell, the world’s current #1 DJ, as his latest track “Everybody Is In The Place” nabs the #1 spot on our Beatport Top 100.
There’s no better place to see the stars—and a show—than at Colorado’s Red Rocks. That’s one of the main reasons why HARD is returning to this idyllic, open-air amphitheatre for its second year on July 31st. This time out, UK electronic act Nero and American moombahton pioneer Dillon Francis, 26, will share headline duties alongside special guests Rudimental, Destructo, Julio Bashmore and Samo Sound Boy. Get tickets here now.
Welcome to our bountiful Friday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got lots of Coachella coverage, Ultra Music Festival gets a lifeline, and the inspiring portrait of the Mali hip-hop scene. Your massive, music-filled weekend starts right this way.