Beatport News sent correspondent Jacob Schulman to Indio for Coachella 2014′s first weekend. Here’s his report from the California desert.
Pharrel Williams and his magical mountain hat pulled out tons of tricks on Saturday night at Coachella’s Outdoor Theatre. Leading off the evening with his Daft Punk collaboration “Lose Yourself to Dance,” Williams ripped through a star-studded, hour-long set featuring special guests Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Diplo, and Tyler, the Creator, among others. Along the way, his voice began to wane due to the desert wind and dust. Yet, he soldiered on for the sake of the fans wrapping up the night with recent dance hits “Get Lucky” and finally, “Happy.” Watch Pharrell Williams’ complete Coachella 2014 set now.
Welcome to our Wednesday edition of the Morning Roundup where we’ve got Duck Sauce dropping Quack, Diplo and Deadmau5 guesting for Avicii in Vegas, and complete Coachella set times for your viewing pleasure. Right this way for today’s top buzz.
Party photographers can live a pretty fast and fun life—at least according to one whose photos popped up on Thump late last week. Kaitlin Parry spent a week in Miami with camera in hand, snapping all manner of shots while taking it way into the dawning hours with the likes of Diplo, Drop the Lime, DJ Craze, GTA, and more.
For this year’s 2014 edition of the Mad Decent Block Party, Diplo and crew have expanded their reach, planning to takeover 22 cities this year, up from 13 cities last year. While they’re returning to Brooklyn, Philly, Detroit, LA and others, they’ve added new cities like New Orleans, Phoenix, Denver, Eugene, and many others. Get the full concert listing and buy pre-order tickets now.
In our exciting Thursday edition of the Morning Roundup, we’ve got some Fatboy Slim samba magic leading up to the World Cup in Brazil, Diplo modeling the new Nike US team jersey, Cut Copy releasing a new 10″ on Record Store Day, and tons more. Ole Ole Ole Ole!
Play fanatics! This week, we’ve got a real winner for you to monkey with. Enter Diplo (aka Wesley Pentz), the Grammy-nominated producer, remixer, Mad Decent head honcho, and Major Lazer’s guiding force, who’s one of the hardest-working men in the music business. Ready to strike gold—and red and green—alongside Diplo, Pharrell, and the whole Major Lazer crew? No excuses. Fire up the studio and get crackin’ on recontextualizing Major Lazer featuring Pharrell’s freestyle hip-hop jam “Aerosol Can.”
Nursing a massive Miami Music Week hangover? Us too. In this exclusive Monday edition of the Morning Roundup, we relive all the music, the magic, and the peak-hour madness that rocked Miami in 2014. Read on for the clubbed-out recap.
It’s not just Richie Hawtin hitting college campuses around the US to teach the kids a thing or two about dance music. It’s just been announced that Diplo, along with Paper Diamond, Sage the Gemini, and Robert Delong are about to embark on a college tour of a different sort—one that brings students together with the start-up community and the dance-music business.
Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party will take to the high seas this November, according to Billboard. The inaugural Mad Decent Boat Party will set sail from Miami on November 12 of this year, offering 2600 fans the chance to spend four nights touring the Caribbean. A plethora of artists including Diplo, DJ Snake, Dillon Francis, Major Lazer, Wolfgang Gartner, Paper Diamond, and Big Gigantic have already been announced, but smaller acts will be present, too.