Happy Friday! Today, we take a look at some of dance music’s raddest screen visuals, via interviews with the VJs for Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, and others. Plus, we’ve got your usual dose of music news and a whole lot more, so step right up.
– VJs—they were cool in the mid-’90s, then their stock took a tumble in the ’00s (admit it: live video work got a little cheesy). But now, with the proliferation of huge stage shows for the dance-music world’s biggest names, the video jock has been thrust back into electronic music’s good graces. Fittingly, Forbes speaks with the visualists behind Skrillex’s, Swedish House Mafia’s, and Armin Van Buuren’s live presentations. (full story)
– Daaaaang. Red Bull Music Academy stages some serious musical coups sometimes, and this one, featuring reggae and dub’s most legendary weirdo, Lee “Scratch” Perry, getting dubbed out live by British legend Adrian Sherwood, is something else altogether. Brilliant. (full story)
– As if you needed another good reason for building your fan base from the ground up—here’s nine of them: (full story)
– No one can accuse Nile Rodgers of slacking—dude has got to be the Hardest Working Man in Showbiz© right now. Here he chats with Vibe about Daft Punk video shoots, collabs with Guetta and Chase & Status, and a whole lot more that’s keeping him up all night. (full story)
– Has electronic music got a sad streak? FACT examines the “Rise of the Sad Boys: From Kompakt to Yung Lean” in this piece: (full story)
– Lastly, to take you into the weekend, James Lavelle just dropped a huge Mo’ Wax featuring the label’s usual cast of amazing characters, including DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Dr. Octagon, and more.