Finally, festival season is upon us. And there’s nothing more exciting than being surrounded by like-minded folks while listening to hours of music under the shining sun. That being said, seasoned festival-goers and new, shiny faces alike need to make sure that they are prepared in order to have a successful and enjoyable experience. There is nothing worse than getting halfway to your destination and realizing that you forgot to pack earplugs and extra cellphone power. That’s why we pulled together the brain trust and compiled a list of 10 festival must-haves that will keep you dancing and happy. Don’t get caught out!
The Hood Internet will be coming to Beatport Live this Friday, May 17. Aaron Brink and Steve Reidell decided in 2007 that it was time for some great mash-ups, and boy did they deliver. Uploading them straight to their own Hood Internet blog, they received an overwhelming response to the tracks and since then the guys have only been getting better. Their genre-defying style is what sets them apart the most. Never afraid to throw a curveball that you wouldn’t expect to work, they love to surprise the crowd.
We hope that you’ve been hipped to the wonder of “shreds” videos, cuz let’s be real—they’re one of the few pure joys left on the internet. For the uninitiated, Santeri Ojala (known on the net as StSanders) first started uploading his hilarious mock classic-rock concert videos back in 2007, with his early riffs on Van Halen and Santana catching fire on the web. Of course, scores of imitators have popped up over the years, and many of them are great, so we’ll highlight a few of them below, but first, let us show you the latest addition to the meme: Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” rendered shred-style.
The summer season is nearly upon us, and, like you, we can’t wait to get partying in the sun. Fortunately, there’s a slew of awesome festivals in our midst, a few of which have just announced their lineups. Without further ado, here’s a handful of gatherings we’re getting stoked on.
So, Coachella’s second weekend wrapped up yesterday, and we didn’t seem to see much in the way of big announcements like the previous weekend’s Daft Punk reveal. But one pretty hilarious video did emerge from it, and, surprisingly, it comes from the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. Kimmel sent a camera crew out to the desert to interview festival-goers about their favorite new bands—which don’t exist yet, as Kimmel’s writing staff made the names up. So, without further ado, enjoy their “Lie Witness News” segment below.
Say what you will about Paul DelVecchio, but long before the Providence-reared star had any desire to move in with with Snooki, JWoww, and the rest of the Jersey Shore crew, he was plying his DJ trade at sweet 16 parties and nightclubs all over the east coast. Now, after much success on the DJ circuit, due in no small part to his TV fame, the man we all know as Pauly D is trying his hand on production, turning out “Back to Love” for 50 Cent’s G-Note Records, which comes backed with some remixes from Sandro Silva, Jump Smokers, and more. We took a second to chat with Pauly about his early party days and maintaining his DJ cred.
Today we launch five new Beatport Play remix contests—and with them, many chances to score some awesome gear and get your remix signed to some of dance music’s hottest labels. Read on for how to enter competitions featuring tracks by Rone, the Stafford Brothers, Pleasurekraft, Zomboy, and Daniel Dexter.
Once upon a time in the ever-evolving land of dance music, Duran Duran’s keyboardist and founding member Nick Rhodes, along with guitarist Warren Cuccurullo, had a vision of the future that presaged the antics of the dysfunctional family in The Truman Show. With this premonition, they created a soundtrack in the form of an album called TV Mania: Bored With Prozac and The Internet? Shortly after they completed the final mixes, the project was put on hold and subsequently lost (or so they thought) between Duran Duran’s fruitful ’90s output and a cluster of filed mixtapes.
After Rhodes rediscovered the tapes, and now with a fresh take on the project, TV Mania finally sees the light of day. We talked with the legendary Duran Duran member about the story behind this diverse cinematic album, how he sees music evolving, and his plans for 2013.
Look—we come across a lot of videos everyday. Some of ‘em are good, some not so good; and then some are just flipping amazing, like today’s clip that shows how you can tune a stream of water with sound waves. Seriously, just wow.
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.