DJ/producer David Morales has shared a letter that Barack and Michelle Obama wrote to friends and family of Frankie Knuckles. As you likely know, the Obamas lived in Chicago prior to their time in the White House, and naturally, President Obama knew a thing or two about the house-music culture that was born there.
Were you there out in the blazing California desert or was it just a Couchella mirage? Coachella has just released its official 2014 recap for the annual music and arts festival that touched down over the past two weekends in Indio, CA. Featuring over 35 of the festival’s most notable dance acts including Outkast, Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris, Girl Talk, Dillion Francis, among many others, the two-minute slow-mo video set to Virtual Boy’s “Sandias” takes you on a magical journey back through the defining moments of both weekends. Watch it now.
What happens when you head to Ibiza in the ’80s to party and have your mind blown by classic balearic house? You bring the whole thing back home with you. That’s exactly the sights and sounds explored in a new 20-minute documentary from Dazed and Channel 4, the second in their ongoing Music Nation series. Berkshire Goes Balearic covers the blossoming of the balearic house music scene across the UK during the late ’80s including the clubs, the culture, the DJs, and, of course, the dance music that made it all memorable. Flashback now.
There’s nothing like coming home and playing in front of a faithful crowd. Just ask Pretty Lights (aka Derek Vincent Smith), 33, who’s announced an upcoming string of US tour dates in 2014 including a two-night stand at Colorado’s idyllic Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 8th and 9th. It’s all part of his new 11-date tour with summer festival stops in Atlanta, New Orleans, Memphis, Austin, New York, Chicago, and more.
Welcome to our massive Monday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Deadmau5 dominating the conversation in 2014, Giorgio Moroder remixing Coldplay’s “Midnight,” and plenty of Coachella 2014: Weekend 2 coverage. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
Frankie Knuckles’ legacy will live on with a little help from his friends. The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), in collaboration with Judy Weinstein and Defmix Productions, has just announced the establishment of the Frankie Knuckles Fund to support HIV information, testing, and treatment.
Englishman Mark Knight is a modern DJ whose comfortable at the forefront of culture. Now, with the recent release of his latest house single “The Return of Wolfy,” we thought it was an opportune moment to catch up with the Toolroom boss and find out what’s rocking his world right now. Here’s what’s you’ll hear from him over the weekend.
The video for Disclosure’s tune with London Grammar, “Help Me Lose My Mind,” was quite the controversy-stirrer a few weeks back when it was first released—and then yanked because of its supposed glamorizing of youth drug use. Well, it’s back, for those of you who can access the Daily Motion video portal.
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.