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.
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.
If you were dancing in London in the ’90s, there’s a good chance at some point that you traded in your sneakers for Moschino loafers or high heels, your hoodie for a proper shirt or dress, and made the move from jungle to garage. If that sounds familiar, a new documentary on the London scene of yore, Music Nation, produced as a partnership between Dazed & Confused and the UK’s Channel 4 TV, is for you—particularly its first part, Brandy & Coke, which examines the emergence of London’s garage/2-step scene.
You’ve heard of Sonos. You’ve heard of Neil Young’s new Pono. Now, there’s Fono, a solar-powered DJ setup of sorts that lets you amplify the music from your mobile device while using rudimentary controls from a concrete console.