We’re actually pretty big fans of Anthony Bourdain. Despite his somewhat transparent bad-boy image, the guy is a straight shooter and has turned us on to amazing cuisine and hidden locales all around the world. But, not surprisingly, he’s a total rockist, too, and he holds dance music in contempt, as evidenced by a recent episode of his relatively new CNN show Parts Unknown. In said episode, he pays a visit to Vegas, which, as any foodie will tell you, is one of the US’s top culinary destinations (buffets off the strip, notwithstanding).
U2. Skrillex. John Tesh. What do these three artists have in common? They’ve all killed it at Red Rocks, the beloved amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado (just outside Beatport’s hometown of Denver). But only one of these artists’ shows have come under fire (guess which one?), and it’s because a number of nearby citizens have lodged complaints with the local government over the historic venue’s noise issues.
“Adapt or die” is the guiding principle within modern dance music. No one knows that better than Dutch master Tiësto (born Tijs Michiel Verwest), 45, who’s made the transition from his nascent hardcore days to trance and now to electro house as effortlessly as anyone. Recently, he underscored his own ability to musically shape-shift in a DJ Mag TV interview where he said that he left trance behind in 2008 because the sound ceased to be relevant with what was going on at the time. Enter Zedd and the rest.
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.”
Tiesto is one of the most prominent names each year on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list each year. Not only has he taken a handful of #1 titles, but since 2002 he’s never dropped below #4 on the list. To say the least, the readers of DJ Mag really like Tiesto. Fittingly, after his #4 showing on last year’s list, the magazine sat down with the man born Tijs Michiel Verwest to talk about his wins over the years, and what his first gigs were like.
Welcome to our chock-full Thursday edition of the Morning Roundup. This time out, we’ve got Breach debuting his new track “Artis,” Tiësto talks about leaving trance behind in 2008, and Coachella’s must-catch artists out in the desert. Right this way for today’s complete wrap-up.
Play fanatics! This week, we’ve got a real blockbuster exclusive tailor-made just for you. For our exclusive BT Producer Challenge, you have the unique opportunity to sign-up, download a free 30-day trial of the new BreakTweaker plug-in (a collaboration between iZotope and BT), and use it to create your own original track. Then, BT himself will pick one lucky grand-prize winner as well as two runners-up.