Grammy-winning New York house legend Todd Terry is set to support fellow Grammy-winning disco legend Nile Rodgers and his band, Chic, when they tour Australia this month. Terry will share the stage with the famed disco crew for two historic shows—in Melbourne at Billboard and in Brisbane at Cloudland.
VA’s penchant for appealing to a younger, hipper clientele than most airlines is well known, but their new safety video is pretty next-levs. Check it out, along with a bunch more videos—from Deadmau5 messing around on his new touchscreen controller to a sketched-out demo on how to get into Berghain—in today’s roundup.
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.
The dance music world just can’t get enough of Nile Rodgers. And for good reason: the guy has remained constantly relevant since the ’70s, and is riding a tidal wave of attention in the last couple years with his collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Nicky Romero, and more. Dubspot had a chance to sit down with the legendary guitarist recently to roll through a number of his past achievements and get inside the mind that created some of dance music’s biggest hits, among them Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” and his own band Chic’s “Le Freak,” to name just a fraction. But Rodgers wasn’t always a hit-maker; it took being put in his place by a former music teacher to really embrace the dance and pop worlds.
There’s always a lot of talk about the next big thing in the dance-music industry, to be sure. But if Daft Punk’s “Teachers,” um, taught us anything, it’s that we see further because we stand on the shoulders of the generations that came before us. In that respect, Societe Perrier has assembled a who’s-who of amazing DJs still wowing us long after they blew out the big 5-0 on their birthday cake. So, who makes the cut?
The flurry of activity in the dance-music world often reaches fever pitch come Friday, when the week’s big news stories have wrapped and the clubs and festivals get their sound-and-lighting rigs warmed up. All hail the weekend dance party. But will yours be filled with the sounds of Richard Simmons?
If you’ve taken your decks anywhere outside the normal club conditions—heck, even those can be dangerous—you know that the poor things, despite how well-built they may be, are susceptible to all kinds of damage. Throw in extreme heat, unexpected dust storms, and all sorts of other mayhem—ahem, Burning Man—and you’ve got yourself quite the set of circumstances under which you must protect your gear and still play a flawless set. What to do, what to do?
First of all, who knew Idris Elba (aka The Wire‘s “Stringer Bell”) was a fan of dance music? Second of all, who knew he had an English accent? Okay, the details: Last year, the native Londoner, along with the BBC, assembled a solid documentary on the history of clubbing—basically a top-20 countdown of the most significant events in dance music’s legacy.
Into the weekend we go… and if you’re like us, that may mean warming up the laptop and spending a day or two getting further into an Ableton session. If so, let us be your guide to yet another piece of awesome—and free—software. If not, well, we’ve still got plenty of music news to cover, so come on in.
Man—first we get months and months of anticipation for Random Access Memories, then a clutch of news and interviews with Daft Punk around the release, and then a total drop-off—like, nothin’! Well, that all changes today, as there’s more news in the hopper from those lovable French robots.