Yep, it’s 2014 and the internet is still going gaga for lists, but hey, there’s still a fair bit of value in those hyper-simplified clickables—especially when it comes to rounding up great tunes. Catch a few floating around the net, plus much more, in today’s roundup.
Remember during the Super Bowl when Krewella surprised a bunch of unsuspecting sports fans in New York by dropping in on their party (sponsored by Bud Light®) and performing an impromptu version of “Enjoy the Ride“? Well, today they released the real-deal video for the track, and it’s teeming with all sorts of steampunk-carnival vibes.
As you may already know, Mysteryland, which is said to be the world’s longest-running electronic music festival, will hit the US this spring, setting up shop for the first time in Bethel Woods, NY (the site of 1969′s Woodstock festival), from May 23-26. Over the last two decades, the Dutch brand has made it its mission to bring together underground up-and-comers with dance music’s more mainstream heavy-hitters for an event unlike any other—one that’s handily earned its now 21 years of existence.
Today, promoters ID&T announced the lineup for Mysteryland’s first-ever trip to the US, and it’s a stellar one. Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Fedde Le Grand, NERVO, Chase & Status, Booka Shade, Jesse Rose, Chris Liebing, Dillstradamus (that’s Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus), and about 240 more acts will perform over the course of these three days.
Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance radio show isn’t just one of the most listened-to dance-music programs around—it’s also one of Miami’s most coveted events when van Buuren brings it to the Ultra Music Festival stage, as he has done for the past few years. In anticipation of this March’s ASOT 650 gig (yep, the show’s 650th episode), which van Buuren will play under his GAIA moniker, Ultra released a wrap video of last year’s performance (that’s ASOT 600, if you’re keeping track), and we’ve got it for you today.
Laidback Luke fans traveling to Miami have got more than just a lot of partying to look forward to. The producer and DJ isn’t only adept at the decks, it turns out—he’s also a bit of a kung fu enthusiast, and he’s set to bring those martial-arts skills to a special one-off class that anyone can attend.
To call Pete Tong a broadcasting legend would be to do the man a disservice. So fortunately the Queen of England has gone and one-upped that claim by bestowing upon the DJ/radio host the title Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (now imagine that in Keanu Reeves’ voice). Yesterday, the Queen’s grandson, Prince William (aka the Duke of Cambridge), presented Tong with the award at Buckingham Palace.
Skrillex is a polarizing force, to be sure, but is he still really “the most hated man in dubstep”? His former critics are beginning to sing the man’s praises, and for good reason—so maybe it’s time you reconsidered your stance?
Fan art—without it, the DJ community would be visually represented only by camera-made photographs. How boring is that? Thankfully, kids (and, we suppose, a handful of grown adults) around the world with a knack for illustration and hero worship are more than happy to flood the internet with their own visual approximations of their favorite stars. Dim Mak head honcho Steve Aoki knows this all too well, and is about to host an exhibit of fan art entitled Mementos at LA’s Scion AV Installation from March 11-30, and Aoki will hold forth on opening night, presumably playing some tunes, too.
Last year, Paris Hilton surprised everyone by holding up a summer residency at Ibiza mega-club Amnesia. (Or was it actually Amnesia that surprised everyone?). Either way, it cemented the socialite’s place in the dance-music world, and whether you like it or not, she’s become a part of its history.