Today, it’s Canadian dance-music god Deadmau5 in a grudge match against Canadian indie-rock gods Arcade Fire. You may recall recently, when, during Arcade Fire’s Coachella set, frontman Win Butler took a couple cheap shots at dance music’s rise to prominence by, one, bringing some pretty rough Daft Punk imitators onto the stage with him to play a slowed-down version of “Get Lucky,” and two, shouting out “all the bands still playing instruments at this festival.” Well, Deadmau5, being the confrontational guy that he is, has fired back at the band on—you guessed it—Twitter, saying, “arcade fire needs to settle down. some dudes devote their lives to instruments, others to electronic composition by cpu, dafuqs yer problem?” among many other things.
With dance music slithering its way into every element of modern culture, it was only a matter of time before it took over the inflight entertainment systems of large-carrier airlines. Fortunately for you, dear dance-music fan, that means an altogether new listening experience for your next zip across the Atlantic as airlines like British Airways are tapping some of electronic music’s biggest names to craft special mixes for their flights.
Play fanatics! This week, we’ve got English-born artist Gareth Emery on-tap. He’s a true DJ chameleon, shifting musical styles with ease to whatever suits him in the moment. After all, you don’t get to be one of the biggest names in dance music by confining yourself to any lone genre. Known for his keen sense of blending house, progressive, and trance into his live sets and his music, Emery’s versatility is a big reason for his current global success. He prides himself on defying simple categorization. “I’ve been a fervent anti-genre campaigner from the beginning,” he says. “My aim is to express myself through good music no matter the genre.” Well said. Make your mark by reworking Gareth Emery’s driving anthem “Eye of the Storm” featuring singer Gavin Beach.
Nope, it has nothing to do with the refrain of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”—but it does have to do with “you.” “Thank U for a great 16th edition of Ultra Music Festival Miami,” says the intro to the festival’s wrap-up clip, just posted on YouTube. “This video is for you, and all the rest of the Ultra fans worldwide that attended the event at Bayfront Park Miami or viewed the UMF TV live-stream on YouTube.”
Welcome to our gigantic Tuesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Deadmau5 claiming he’s “over” clubland, Swedish House Mafia unleash their “calling-it-quits” doc Leave The World Behind, and Disclosure present Settle at Coachella 2014. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
During Miami Music Week 2014, we sat down with Steve Angello so he could share his candid impressions on the enduring legacy of SHM, the impending theatrical release of Leave The World Behind, the creative future of his signature Size Records imprint, and more. Catch our exclusive In Conversation with Steve Angello now.
Deadmau5 seems to have stockpiled a ton of “Coffee Run” footage over his time in Miami. In fact, in just the last week, he’s released episodes featuring Steve Duda, Laidback Luke, and Vanilla Ice, so he’s probably got even more in the can that we don’t yet know about. Today, however, he unveiled his mobile chat with Swedish producer/DJ Eric Prydz.
Congratulations goes out to Dutch electro-house ace Hardwell, the world’s current #1 DJ, as his latest track “Everybody Is In The Place” nabs the #1 spot on our Beatport Top 100.
While David Guetta is without a doubt one of modern dance music’s biggest stars, it’s not terribly well known that the guy was a serious house head back in the day, starting some of Paris’ first house nights, playing host to Daft Punk’s earliest sets, and mixing up techno, hip-hop, funk, and disco long before most of dance music’s current crop of fans were even born. So, fittingly, when he was in Chicago last week for a gig at the city’s Aragon Ballroom, he let loose with a big dedication to Frankie Knuckles, who died earlier last week, during his set.