Looks like Ellisa Freeman has raised the bar for young people getting into dance music—the 13-year-old just started her own club night near Houston. Check it out and much more in the morning link dump.
Moby’s always seemed like a pretty cool and generous dude, so suffice it to say, we aren’t terribly surprised that he’s opening up his project files for you to mess with in Ableton Live and Pro Tools. Check it out, along with some video work from LA’s and Montreal’s dance scenes, plus a whole lot more, in today’s roundup.
One can’t really argue with the benefits of using digital means to create dance music. Between the seemingly endless array of options, the detailed level of control, and the relative ease of use that software offers, it’s hard to imagine most all of our electronic music today without the use of computers. Still, there is at least one thing computer music has a hard time replicating on its own—the warmth of analog, real-world sounds. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to strike a balance between the two, and New York production school Dubspot has some helpful tips to get budding producers headed in the right direction.
Fridays are almost always the weirdest news days. It’s the (sorta) quiet before the storm of the weekend, when the odd, hilarious, and beguiling tend to rear their heads for an interesting or easy-going ease-you-into-Saturday read. So who are we to get in the way of that? Here are some weird tales from around the dance-music landscape, including Kaskade pitching at the White Sox game, Avicii’s new videogame, and a place where homeless people can learn how to DJ.
Weddings: they offer their guests little more than a platter of crabcakes and a bouquet toss, right? Well, not always, as this rad dance-off at a Russian ceremony proves. We know, you’re thinking: “What’s this got to do with electronic music?” Trust us—just watch.
We’ve got a slew of hilarious stuff in today’s roundup—from a piece outlining some of the more noticeable tribes in US dance music to a more animalistic remix of “Animals”—but the top news story is without a doubt the return of Milli Vanilli’s Fab Morvan and his new clubbing project. Proceed with caution.
As America goes gaga for dance music again, it’s worth remembering that over the years there have been tons of attempts to bring this style of sound to the masses. One such attempt took place two decades ago, in the form of Moby’s, Aphex Twin’s, and Orbital’s See the Light tour. How did it fare?
Coming up in an era when nightlife was king in New York, DJ, producer, remixer, and all-around musical icon Moby has a background in almost every genre. From composing film soundtracks to producing multi-platinum albums to playing a defining role in New York’s techno scene, Moby’s work is as wide-reaching as it is widely revered. Headlining the Beatport Stage at Detroit’s Movement Festival a couple weeks back, he took a moment before his set to chat with us about what shaped his early years and what lies ahead.