Welcome to a new year—and a new set of challenging Play remix contests just for you, the global Beatport community. First up is Belgian DJ extraordinaire Coone (aka Koen Bauweraerts), who’s been building a name for himself in dance music circles over the past decade as a global ambassador for hardstyle, the bass-heavy, high-BPM genre that’s managed to wallop its way over the Atlantic from Europe. And stateside clubbers have indeed taken notice, with LA-based arbiter of taste Steve Aoki signing Coone to his own Dim Mak label. Hardstyle, it seems, is set for worldwide take-off. Now here’s your chance to make your mark in 2014 by remixing Coone’s hard-storming anthem “150 BPM,” from his latest album, Global Dedication.
Of course, festivals are great places to binge on your favorite music for days on end. But, if you’re so inclined, they can also be fantastic places for hooking up. That said, some multi-day events are better than others when it comes to coupling, so, with Playa Del Carmen’s BPM Festival having just kicked off this weekend, we took a look at some of the world’s more amorous dance-music parties.
Wow. That headline’s a mouthful, with so much going on in the dance-music world today, so stop on in to for some big announcements, videos, and new music in this morning’s link dump.
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.
Everyone loves a good Bieber scandal these days—and yes, we’ve got another one for ya. The latest allegations against the crazy young Canuck? That he “Will.i.am’d” Eric Prydz. Oh, there’s also a new tweet-heavy video from Krewella and Headhunterz, and a shorty documentary on Chuckie, so come on in and see what else is brewing.
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.
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.
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.
The first-ever TomorrowWorld festival—the international version of Belgium’s renowned TomorrowLand festival—is set to take over a large portion of the rolling hills outside Atlanta, Georgia, this weekend with three days worth of heart-pounding, mind-bending dance music. Boasting a jaw-dropping lineup that includes the likes of Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack, Porter Robinson, Axwell, Steve Aoki, A-Trak, Diplo, and Claude VonStroke (to name a few), TomorrowWorld is certainly not short on top-notch mixmasters. Still, the festival is not merely a top-heavy event full of megastars; there is plenty of depth to the talent TomorrowWorld plans to offer. With this in mind, we’ve chosen five acts that may not be at the top of every festival-goer’s list, but certainly should not be missed by those in attendance at the gathering’s inaugural session.