With a number of stellar releases, a growing crew of up-and-coming talent, and a Wednesday-night residency in Ibiza called Paradise, there’s no question that 2013 has been the year of Jamie Jones and Hot Creations (which we sort of predicted last year). A Welsh DJ and producer who got his start when his Freak n Chic release “Amazon” took over the charts in 2006, Jones founded the Hot Creations label with friend and fellow artist Lee Foss in 2010. Together, the duo has been steadily releasing music from a solid roster of like-minded artists, including Digitaria, Clockwork, Miguel Campbell, Ultrasone, wAFF, Jesse Perez, and Bubba. A couple of weeks back, the London-based producer dropped the deep and techy Planets, Spaceships EP on the label so we caught up with him to talk about the four-tracker, the magic of Ibiza, and the year that was 2013.
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.
So, what to get for that special someone—someone who spends most days and nights out in a field covered in glitter paint or wearing shades in a cavernous club? We’ve got you sorted with a raver holiday gift guide courtesy of Vibe, and, of course, tons more news from the dance-music world.
“The Txter,” “The Cry-baby,” “The Jesus,” “The Orgasmatron”… there’s a whole host of poses that DJs can tend to strike when they’re up there behind the decks. Recently, long-running dance music publication Mixmag decided to interpret a number of them in cartoon form, tackling well-known poses from globetrotting jocks like Skrillex, David Guetta, Dixon, Maya Jane Coles, and Seth Troxler (in his “birthday suit,” of course, seen up top). You can check out a couple more of Mixmag’s illustrations below and check out the website’s full gallery here.
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.
As we roll into Turkey Week, much is brewing in the new-release section of Beatport.com. See what’s doing it for our expert team of merchandisers and editors today.
Looks like Ellisa Freeman has raised the bar for young people getting into dance music—the 13-year-old just started her own club night near Houston. Check it out and much more in the morning link dump.
There’s no doubt that deep house has seen a huge shift in popularity these past few years—bubbling up from dark-and-sweaty basements in Chicago, Detroit, London, and Berlin and onto the main stages of some of the world’s biggest festivals, not to mention the playlists of top-tier DJs and even Beatport’s own electro-and-progressive-dominated Top 10.
Hey, it’s Monday morning—so it’s probably a good time to take stock of the weekend and decide if you’re actually partying too hard. Cosmo (of all mags) has put together a little guide on making said determination (yes, it’s pretty tongue-in-cheek), so once you’ve sussed out your partying problem, keep on reading for a look at dance music’s best businessman-DJs and a whole lot more.
Pharrell Williams certainly has had one huge 2013. And he’s wrapping it up with one of the most inventive music videos we’ve seen in a minute—the 24-hour-long “Happy.” Check it, and a whole lot more, in today’s Morning Roundup.