Toronto duo Zeds Dead (yes, we know the name is grammatically incorrect) really know how to throw down a live show. In fact, sometimes their sets are so crazy, the show gets shut down before they even take the stage! Of course, we kid you, but members Hooks and DC sure do know how to bring the bassy mayhem, crafting a signature hybrid of dubstep, electro house, drum and bass, and more for one seriously live low-end free-for-all. Read on to see how they do it, according to Hooks.
Over six years of collaboration and invariable shifts in taste across the spectrum, Norin & Rad have asserted themselves as an eclectic benchmark in modern dance music. The Anjunabeats-approved duo (real names: Bruce Karlsson and Nick Sember) properly exploded onto the radar in 2012, with a gush of uplifting club fuel that ignites all sorts of genres.
With their latest single, “Aldo,” offering no exception to their spotless track record, California duo sat down with us ahead of their UK debut for Ministry of Sound to trace their daring footsteps and creative influences.
With his cult-like following, aggressive release schedule, and seemingly effortless ability to crank out some of the most intoxicating neo-Tokyo-laced electro house we’ve had the pleasure of hearing, Norway’s Savant could be one of the highest-profile enigmas in the world of crunchy, big-room house and dubstep. As Savant, Aleksander Vinter’s 8-bit circus of sound is all his own, and it never takes itself too seriously. Below he tells us about his production methods, his upcoming North American tour, the transition away from his former Vinter in Hollywood guise, and why he took the name Savant.
Sure it’s just February, but with festival-announcement season in full swing, it’s high time we took a look at the most promising dance-music gatherings of the year ahead. Whether it’s been going for 20 years, like Barcelona’s venerable Sónar Festival, or if it’s a relative newcomer to the scene, like Playa Del Carmen’s BPM Fest, if it rocks, it’s got our attention—and hopefully yours, too. Read on for a killer list of must-attend parties this year.
Today, Mixmag announced its 50 top dance tracks of all time, as voted on by their readers, and they run the gamut from classic trance and techno to ’90s big beat to sleek modern tech-house, touching on most styles in between. We’ve gotta say, it’s one seriously hit-packed list, but where are you gonna find all these tracks to download in one place? Well, we’ve got an answer to that question. Read on…
Each month we faithfully bring you a slew of amazing remix and production contests over on Beatport Play. And today, like always, we’re happy to announce the winners of the last batch of competitions. First up, acid-house legend Mr. C (aka Richard West) tells us about the winners of his Producer Challenge.
Oooh, boy, is this an exciting day. Not only do we have more news from the big gear-industry tradeshow NAMM, but we’ve also got lineups for Ultra Music Fest and Coachella in today’s wrap-up. See who makes the cut after the jump.
Santa Barbara producers Candyland first came onto our radar early last year when they took top honors in our Play contest featuring Bingo Players’ “Rattle,” which itself became a massive chart success for the always on-it Spinnin’ Records. Then in November Candyland scored another huge Play win with Skrillex feat. Damian Marley’s “Make It Bun Dem” remix contest. Not bad for having only started producing in 2011.
Acid house had the 303. Early hardcore had its orchestra stabs. D&B had the Reece. And dubstep, of course, has the wobble. These days though, those lines aren’t as tidy as they used to be, and producers constantly mix and match sounds and tempos from all over the place. In other words, today’s electronic music landscape is a no-holds-barred affair. Austin, Texas producer Psymbionic takes a humorous jab at this idea with his playfully titled new EP for Muti Music called PostWaveFutureCore.
Gearing up for its third year in the rockies, SnowBall Music Festival is set to bring the heat to Winter Park, Colorado this March 8,9, and 10. With a lineup featuring local, national, and international acts, SnowBall easily rivals some of the world’s storied weekenders and is as good a reason as ever to kick off another Friday early and head up to the mountains if you’re one of the lucky ones that calls Colorado home. We caught up with Latane Hughes, one of the talent buyers for the festival, to get the 411 on the history of SnowBall, what to expect this year, and who will dominate Winter Park that first wondrous weekend of March.