Since they became friends in kindergarten, Egyptian trance duo Aly & Fila have enjoyed many successes together, including hosting their own radio show (Future Sound of Egypt) and running a record label of the same name, but they’re probably best known for their 2011 anthem “We Control the Sunlight.” In 2010, their debut artist album, Rising Sun, reached #1 in the Beatport trance chart, and now they’re following it up with Quiet Storm. Right before they hit Paul van Dyk’s We Are One Festival in Berlin this weekend, we caught up with the pair to talk touring, tinnitus, and the Top 100 DJ poll.
Beatport Live is very excited to announce that on this Wednesday Paul van Dyk will be coming to the Berlin office for a special set, in collaboration with the We Are One Festival, which he started in 2010 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall being brought down. With a whole host of amazing artists including Chicane, Aly & Fila, Arnej, Ben Nicky, Mark Eteson, First State, SHato & Paul Rockseek, and Stoneface & Terminal, it’s set to be an amazing experience.
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Paul Van Dyk is one legendary chap when it comes to trance and progressive house—and we want you to see him live, which is why we’ve teamed up with Berlin’s We Are One Festival to give you a pair of tickets—just festival tickets, no travel or accommodation—to catch him there on July 6.
Okay, okay—we love Destroid (that’s Excision’s new supergroup) as much as the next guy, but we gotta say that after watching a minute of their live show, their outfits bear a striking resemblance to that of the lead character in what we consider one of the funniest rave movies ever made. C’mon through and we’ll show you what we’re talking about.
Happy Friday! Folks, there’s so much to get to in today’s Morning Roundup, but in all honesty, if you check out one item, let it be the one most useful for your weekend… and that’s how to get down to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” Ready? Go!
We love a good DJ rant. And we love a good DJ-related commercial. Fortunately for you, today we’ve got both. Check them out, along with festival announcements, ringtones, and a lot more, in today’s Morning Roundup.
This year, Beatport was super-excited to announce our Mixes platform, a system by which any DJ can legally sell their mixes online and further expand their fan base. And since it’s blown up, naturally, it’s not just hobbyists who are getting in on the action. In fact, some of the dance music world’s biggest DJs are putting Mixes to use—and the Beatport News staff has decided to cull 10 must-hear sets of theirs for your mix-hungry ears. Check ‘em!
As you may already know, tons of your favorite DJs, like Moby, Paul Van Dyk, Photek, and Diplo, have been selling their exclusive mixes through our Beatport Mixes store. Now it’s your turn to start doing the same, as we’re excited to announce that we’ve released Beatport Mixes to open beta for the public.
Congratulations to Roger Sanchez, who’s just found himself in the #1 position on Beatport Mixes with his Release Yourself ’12 Pre-Party Mix. This weekend Sanchez surpassed Paul Van Dyk’s Beatport Live mix, but that’s not all—Sanchez also has another mix climbing the ladder, with his Party Mix from the same Release Yourself ’12 series.
The crazy, hilarious, brilliant, and oft-scary world of fan art has thrived for decades, but with its proliferation on the web, that space has become all the more amplified. And while fan art used to be relegated to the world inhabited by comic-book and fantasy geeks, in 2012, it really knows no bounds. Yep, it’s even jumped genes to the DJ world, with great success, as you’re about to witness. Whether for the purposes of generating a gig flyer, or simply to satisfy an urge deep down inside to express oneself with pencil and paper, in tribute to one’s favorite artists, DJ fan art can be a manifestation of equal parts sincerity and creepiness. But anyway you slice it, it’s all pretty mind-blowing, so without further ado, here are 10 of our favorite pieces floating around the web. Can you guess who’s who?