This week, IMS Engage held its second annual industry conference at the W Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA. During the day’s program, Pete Tong hosted a provocative In Conversation session alongside iconoclasts from film and music including Guy Gerber, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Moby, David Lynch, Hans Zimmer, Junkie XL, and Giorgio Moroder.
Before the internet became the world’s largest repository of unnecessary lists, it was the world’s largest repository of unnecessary trivia quizzes. Well, consider today a step back in time to the golden age of simple tests of knowledge, as you show yourself (and, presumably, those with whom you’ll share such a thing on your Facebook page) just how well you know producer/DJ/impresario Diplo.
Girl Talk’s sole member, Gregg Gillis, had one helluva showing at last weekend’s Coachella Festival, joining forces with MCs E-40, Too $hort, Juicy J, and Busta Rhymes for his performance. Which is a bit unusual, considering he’s used to just taking their tracks and mashing the crap out of them with popular radio hits and recognizable riffs from rock ‘n’ roll’s past. Yesterday, he hosted an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, and from it, we learned that, one, he didn’t get in near as much trouble for sampling as many once predicted—in fact, “It’s been kind of the opposite,” he wrote.
Welcome to our thumpin’ Thursday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, as fans trek back out to the desert for Coachella’s blockbuster second weekend, we’ve got Q-Tip playing at the Low End Theory in LA, Seven Lions dropping a new EP, and KiNK in-the-mix for Resident Advisor. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
Beatport News sent correspondent Jacob Schulman to Indio for Coachella 2014′s first weekend. Here’s his report from the California desert.
A-Trak is on a bit of a promotional blitz of late, with his new Duck Sauce LP, Quack, produced alongside Armand Van Helden just out yesterday. As part of said promo campaign, A-Trak (aka Alain Macklovitch) recently gave The Fader a tour of his NYC digs—Cribs style—and from it came this short film, the first of the publication’s At Home With series.
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.
Welcome to our massive Monday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got a mountain of Coachella 2014 coverage from Weekend 1 including Outkast, Pharrell Williams, Chromeo, and more. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
Pharrel Williams and his magical mountain hat pulled out tons of tricks on Saturday night at Coachella’s Outdoor Theatre. Leading off the evening with his Daft Punk collaboration “Lose Yourself to Dance,” Williams ripped through a star-studded, hour-long set featuring special guests Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Diplo, and Tyler, the Creator, among others. Along the way, his voice began to wane due to the desert wind and dust. Yet, he soldiered on for the sake of the fans wrapping up the night with recent dance hits “Get Lucky” and finally, “Happy.” Watch Pharrell Williams’ complete Coachella 2014 set now.
Pittsburgh’s beloved mash-up king Girl Talk (aka Gregg Michael Gillis) brought some serious party vibes to the main stage on Friday night at Coachella 2014. His frantic 40-minute set included a slew of special-guest rappers including E-40, Too Short, Juicy J, and Busta Rhymes. Watch Girl Talk’s complete Coachella 2014 set now.