We were cautiously excited to hear today that Diplo has apparently signed on with 20th Century Fox Pictures to both exec-produce and star in a film about dance music—a sort of 8 Mile meets Project X for the raver set, it would seem. While we can’t offer much more than that info, we’ve gotta say that these types of films have a history of ending up kinda silly when they hit the big—or small—screen. In that spirit, we’ve assembled a series of the silliest dance-music movies out there.
Musikmesse kicks off with a bang, and we’ve got updates on new Genelec monitors and—what we’re most excited about—Korg’s new line of analog synths. Come see what else is brewing…
Ibiza’s International Music Summit is one of the biggest dance-music-industry think-fests happening each year, bringing together artists, managers, retailers, agents, and all manner of delegates to confer on the state of things to come, musically speaking. In fact, it’s such a high-profile engagement that last year Nile Rodgers used it as a platform to really go on record for the first time about the upcoming Daft Punk album that we’ve all been going ga-ga about.
Pacha has long been an anchor club on the Ibiza nightlife scene, having laid down its roots in the ’70s and established itself as an anti-Franco retreat for bohemians and artists. Of course, over the decades, it’s grown into a multi-million-dollar-a-year business and has hosted some of the biggest names in dance music ever—Tiesto, David Guetta, and Erick Morillo being just a few of them. Now, however, the club’s owners are striking back at the astronomical fees being demanded by top-tier DJs, and as such, have fired their music director, Danny Whittle, and have not renewed booking engagements for Luciano, Morillo, or the Defected In the House event.
Ever wonder what gear your favorite producers are using when they’re rocking a live set? Of course you do. Well, you may be surprised to know that at the core of Daft Punk’s setup, for instance, is Ableton Live, four Minimoog Voyagers, and a number of other pieces of essential hardware and software. Skrillex? He’s punching away at four CDJs.
Miami’s musical festivities may be long over now, but the flood of media from the events there isn’t letting up—and sure, we take full credit for some of that. While Lauren Salm stalked out club nights and days for us in the written form, photographer Jennifer Catherine was busy snapping away at all hours. Here are 10 of her most epic shots from the week.
There’ll always be much debate over which club is the best in the world, but that’s never going to stop publications from declaring their favorites—and no, we’re not immune either. Today, DJ Mag offered up its annual list of their top 100 clubs, naming the likes of Ibiza’s Space and Pacha among the top 10, with plenty more dance music meccas in the mix.
There’s no question that the dance music industry’s tides have changed these past few years. As it makes further inroads into the mainstream—and as huge amounts of money are moved around, performance fees are increased, and big companies merge with one another (yep, we include ourselves here)—certain power players have seemed to emerge, and Inthemix has assembled a list of the 50 Most Powerful People in EDM.
Well, Ultra Music Festival isn’t the first place we’d think to bring Mom with us, but hey, different strokes for different folks, right? Check out one writer’s account of taking her mother with her to the biggest week of dance music in the US of A.