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.
Jimmy Edgar’s pal and Ultramajic label mate Danny Daze is a pretty hilarious—and forthright—guy. And today’s interview with the Miami-reared producer/DJ via Attack Magazine really puts a spotlight on the guy’s unique personality. “I’d play at a McDonalds back in the day if they paid me in cheeseburgers,” he said, when asked about taking bad gigs in the past.
Welcome to our gigantic Tuesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Deadmau5 claiming he’s “over” clubland, Swedish House Mafia unleash their “calling-it-quits” doc Leave The World Behind, and Disclosure present Settle at Coachella 2014. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
On Sunday night on the Outdoor Theatre, Disclosure astounded the crowd at Coachella 2014 with their live set. British brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence played stunning selections from their debut album Settle including “White Noise” with Aluna Francis (of AlunaGeorge) and “Latch” featuring singer Sam Smith. The biggest roars came when R&B and soul icon Mary J. Blige stepped out on stage to deliver “F For You.” Watch Disclosure’s complete Coachella 2014 performance now.
Play fanatics! This week, we present Swedish-born chanteuse Karin Park who’s turning heads and winning hearts in the electronic dance sphere thanks to her own gilded brand of dark, sultry, synth-driven pop. As you may recall, in 2013, the statuesque singer songwriter made a notable guest vocal appearance on the Maya Jane Coles’ noir tale “Everything” taken from her breakthrough album Comfort. Park’s new single, “Shine” is a deep, poetic, and deliciously romantic slice of deep-house heaven. Ready to make your mark? Claim fame and glory by reworking Karin Park’s contemplative cut “Shine.”
During Miami Music Week 2014, we sat down with Steve Angello so he could share his candid impressions on the enduring legacy of SHM, the impending theatrical release of Leave The World Behind, the creative future of his signature Size Records imprint, and more. Catch our exclusive In Conversation with Steve Angello now.
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.
The Germans definitely brought minimal techno to the masses (that is, if you consider the relatively small sect of minimal techno fans a “mass”), but it was really born in Detroit in the ’90s, under the command of Underground Resistance’s Robert Hood and Jeff Mills. Decades later, Hood is still putting out slab after slab of direct, booming, often banging techno under his own name and under the monikers Monobox and Floorplan. So with his M-Plant label celebrating its 20th year of existence, XLR8R threw 20 questions past the minimalist master.
Congratulations goes out to Dutch electro-house ace Hardwell, the world’s current #1 DJ, as his latest track “Everybody Is In The Place” nabs the #1 spot on our Beatport Top 100.