The phenomenon of celebrity DJing—that’s celebrities DJing, not DJs who’ve become celebrities—got officially out of hand long ago, when folks like Lindsay Lohan started getting behind the decks. But once a prince and duchess get involved, it becomes a whole different story. No, Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton aren’t exactly threatening to take up the fine art of mixing records, but they did receive a (very) quick lesson in scratching the other day while on a visit to Adelaide, Australia.
It’s hardly the ideal practice to make a track in under 10 minutes, but nevertheless, it’s always entertaining to see how some of our favorite producers react under strict time constraints. Next up: Hyperdub queen Ikonika faces the music in today’s episode of Against the Clock on FACT TV.
What happens when you head to Ibiza in the ’80s to party and have your mind blown by classic balearic house? You bring the whole thing back home with you. That’s exactly the sights and sounds explored in a new 20-minute documentary from Dazed and Channel 4, the second in their ongoing Music Nation series. Berkshire Goes Balearic covers the blossoming of the balearic house music scene across the UK during the late ’80s including the clubs, the culture, the DJs, and, of course, the dance music that made it all memorable. Flashback now.
No, Arcade Fire didn’t literally have fun with Daft Punk—it’s likely that the real French house duo were nowhere in sight. But the Canadian indie-rock gods did play a little prank of sorts at their performance to close out the last weekend of Coachella, and it involved some Daft Punk lookalikes taking the stage with them.
Skrillex may just deserve to take a break finally. After all, the guy’s just wrapped up the release campaign for his first full-length album, scored numerous magazine covers, and held down a residency tour of four major cities around the globe—but of course, he’s not even close to being done yet. In the midst of his continually ramped-up activity, his Nest HQ portal found the time to release another after-video of his final stop on the Takeovers tour, from Barcelona.
A-Trak is on a bit of a promotional blitz of late, with his new Duck Sauce LP, Quack, produced alongside Armand Van Helden just out yesterday. As part of said promo campaign, A-Trak (aka Alain Macklovitch) recently gave The Fader a tour of his NYC digs—Cribs style—and from it came this short film, the first of the publication’s At Home With series.
As you may recall last year, Bridges for Music, the cross-cultural project that brought some of the world’s biggest DJs to the townships of South Africa, had a hugely successful run. Richie Hawtin, Skrillex, 12th Planet, Alvin Risk, and Luciano all made stops through Cape Town and Johannesburg to engage with the outer townships’ youth in a series of DJ workshops and concerts. Now, the organization is about to unveil a documentary, directed by Eldon Van Aswegen, entitled Many Stories, One Journey.
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.”
Every once in a while, DJs get caught in moments of apparent vulnerability. One such moment occurred recently when Laidback Luke, Sander Van Doorn, and Steve Aoki all simultaneously took to the decks at a Mixmash party in Miami for a little threesome fun in the booth. Naturally, things were pretty, uh, laid-back up there (it being a daytime outdoor party and all), but one YouTube user took the opportunity to take some lighthearted jabs at the trio, and uploaded some video of them entitled “What DJs Actually Do,” with captions that drew attention to their seeming lack of activity when it came to keeping their hands busy with playing music.
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.