This year, Seattle’s Decibel Festival celebrates a milestone in American electronic-music history, ringing in its 10th anniversary. There is no question that the annual event has been a leading light on the North American scene, as well as globally, from the incredibly diverse representation of genres, to the exponential growth of attendance. In the lead-up to its 2013 edition, we caught up with Decibel founder Sean Horton to talk experimental curation, dB’s hometown, and getting hitched at a rave.
There’s always a lot of talk about the next big thing in the dance-music industry, to be sure. But if Daft Punk’s “Teachers,” um, taught us anything, it’s that we see further because we stand on the shoulders of the generations that came before us. In that respect, Societe Perrier has assembled a who’s-who of amazing DJs still wowing us long after they blew out the big 5-0 on their birthday cake. So, who makes the cut?
If you’ve taken your decks anywhere outside the normal club conditions—heck, even those can be dangerous—you know that the poor things, despite how well-built they may be, are susceptible to all kinds of damage. Throw in extreme heat, unexpected dust storms, and all sorts of other mayhem—ahem, Burning Man—and you’ve got yourself quite the set of circumstances under which you must protect your gear and still play a flawless set. What to do, what to do?
Happy Friday! Today, we take a look at some of dance music’s raddest screen visuals, via interviews with the VJs for Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, and others. Plus, we’ve got your usual dose of music news and a whole lot more, so step right up.
Interviewing artists can be a super-stressful experience for journalists of all stripes—especially when said interview is being filmed or going live to air. So, in all honesty, we feel a twinge of sympathy for the reporter charged with chatting up Major Lazer at Lollapalooza.
First of all, who knew Idris Elba (aka The Wire‘s “Stringer Bell”) was a fan of dance music? Second of all, who knew he had an English accent? Okay, the details: Last year, the native Londoner, along with the BBC, assembled a solid documentary on the history of clubbing—basically a top-20 countdown of the most significant events in dance music’s legacy.
We’ve got a pretty exciting day on News today, with plenty of video coming back from Ibiza’s first opening parties, some fun being had with techno in Detroit, and confirmation that Skrillex’s Essential Mix pretty much killed it. Come on and see what else is inside.
There’s no denying it that Diplo (aka Wesley Pentz), the Grammy-nominated producer, remixer, and and head honcho of Mad Decent Records, is one of the hardest-working men in the music business. Through unending curiosity and exploration of the world’s vast musical heritages in Jamaica, Africa, the US, and beyond, Diplo has a knack for seamlessly connecting the dots between the global underground and the commercial music mainstream. And in connecting those dots, he’s racked up production credits for MIA, Santigold, Drake, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars, among many others.
It’s one of those special days in which we’ve been graced by a slew of new music videos to introduce you to. So, let us get to it, with new heat from Uner, Flight Facilities, Jon Hopkins, Sam Smith, and a whole lot more.