“You can’t start in the rabbit hole,” I overhear trance producer/DJ Markus Schulz explain to another writer as I walk into a Beatles-themed hotel suite in the heart of Hollywood. In just a few short hours, the German-born, Miami-based “unicorn slayer” (as his fans call him) would perform one of his famous extended sets to a sold-out audience, kicking off the first of three album release parties in February to promote his fifth long-player, Scream 2.
While heaps of recognition have been bestowed upon Detroit, Chicago, and Berlin for their contributions to dance music over the years, the British industrial city of Manchester played just as central a role in the music’s global takeover. And it’s not just New Order and the Hacienda that help put Madchester on the map. Twenty years ago, the founders of Jockey Slut magazine, which was, at the time, a bible for rave culture in the UK, started the Bugged Out series of events, which would take on club nights, festivals, exclusive mixes, and all sorts of other forms in the ensuing years.
Friday always seems to deliver a couple new videos, at the very least, and we’ve got them from Armin van Buuren and Danny Daze. But we’ve also got a rad new Ryan Hemsworth t-shirt, a guide to Miami, and a cheatsheet on what other materials one might use to make a record. Check it.
iHeartRadio is a bit of a behemoth these days when it comes to the internet airwaves. As the digital platform for broadcast giant Clear Channel, it’s got a pretty huge presence, but what’s nice to see is that despite terrestrial radio’s rock and hip-hop dominance, iHeartRadio certainly doesn’t give dance music short shrift. In fact, quite the opposite, as shows like Pete Tong’s Evolution and the platform’s upcoming awards show might suggest.
For those who haven’t been following them, Krewella weren’t the overnight success that many people think they are. In fact, they formed in 2007 but waited til 2011 before they really broke out—because, as member Jahan Yousaf says, their music wasn’t good enough yet. She and the gang, plus manager and high-school friend Jake Udell, tell all in this great interview, conducted by fellow Chicagoan Tommie Sunshine, at last year’s EMC confab in Australia.
That’s right—we still f**king love records. So we’re particularly psyched for what James Murphy has got in store for RSD. Check it out, along with lots of festival news and more, in today’s roundup.
Skrillex may be wrapping up the last of his Takeovers tour in Barcelona right now, but that doesn’t mean his Nest HQ team isn’t working hard to bring you every minute of it as it happens. Case in point: They’ve just released the wrap-up video for the San Francisco leg of his tour, and it’s pretty awesome.
While Deadmau5 is actively trying to lose Facebook fans, David Guetta’s pretty content with his more than 50 million followers. So when his ticker clicked over that mark the other day, Guetta released a special 13-minute video documenting “A Party 424 Meters Under the Sea,” a gig he played with Infected Mushroom in Masada, Israel, which is supposedly the lowest place on earth.
Pete Tong is one of dance music’s longest-standing figures, so it’s no surprise that his Evolution program on I Heart Radio is such a success in this brave new digital world. Now you can add to that show a special video interview series, which Tong just launched with Thump. See episode one right now, plus, win tickets to see the new Swedish House Mafia documentary and check out the best compact speakers on the market. Ready?