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This New Venue Brings A Whole New Meaning To “Intimate”

Your EDM - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 3:45pm

An old National Guard facility in San Francisco is being turned into an interesting new venue. Currently called the “fetish porn palace of the adult film industry,” the building known as The Armory is about to get a makeover.

The Armory is currently owned by Kink.com, a popular adult website. The owners are looking for additional uses for the building, and have decided on creating a premier venue. The space has been used to host events before, and not just the sexual kind. The Drill Court (I wonder how it got its name…) is the building main event area, and it boasts 40,000 square feet of space. With such a nice space in a flourishing city, plans have emerged to convert this space into a 4,000 person dance floor. Audrey Joseph, the creative director of the renovations, describes the new venue as “large enough to accommodate a well-known touring band or DJ but intimate enough where everyone can see the stage. There’s not a bad view from anywhere in the room.” And it seems like she’s not alone in thinking The Armory has serious potential. It was the site of HARD SF (hehe), where the legendary The Chemical Brothers stopped by to headline a Bay-area set.

And there seem to be high hopes for the new place, as Joseph also had this to say:

There aren’t many spaces this large or beautiful left in San Francisco. It’s the kind of creative venue the city needs. There’s nothing else like it.

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Randomer is back on L.I.E.S. with Kid's Play

Resident Advisor - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 3:41pm
The London producer will drop a five-tracker on Ron Morelli's label this September.

Shift K3Y & Born Dirty – Misbehave (Panic City Remix)

Dancing Astronaut - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 3:23pm

Dancing Astronaut - EDM, trap, techno, deep house, dubstep

LA newcomer Panic City has been slaying every remix thrown at him this year, throwing acts as diverse as Tove Lo, Crookers and Syn Cole into the mix along the way. Now, Shift K3Y and Born Dirty’s latest comes under the knife of the Dim Mak favourite, bringing some serious attitude to the table in the process. Slurred beats and heavy low-end functionality in tow, Panic City imagines ‘Misbehave’ with a rusty yet immediately powerful extension of his eclectic house functionality. Compared to a more clean cut take on ‘Talking Body’ earlier this year, it’s reassuring to hear the next generation is still willing to get its hands dirty when the mood is right.

Stream: Spotify

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Dirtybird BBQ Las Vegas Temporarily Cancelled; Claude Von Stroke Says Party’s Back On

Your EDM - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 2:53pm

Don’t mess with the Dirtybird BBQ.

The newest summer tour has overtaken the country, selling out in multiple locations like Seattle, Brooklyn and more. The house music day party, however, originally cancelled today’s stop at Daylight in Las Vegas, and obviously fans were not too happy. Dirtybird founder Claude Von Stroke took to Twitter early this morning to explain the situation:


But after a few people took to social media to completely blast Daylight after hearing the news, it seems the situation has been rectified:

Ok lol, Internet is sometimes awesome. Vegas is back on today!! Club came around because of u guys the fans!! We are playing @DAYLIGHTVegas — VonStroke (@vonstroke) August 23, 2015

While a temporary solution has been found, it’s still concerning that a Las Vegas club such as Daylight wouldn’t have enough money to pay for Claude Vonstroke, J.Phlip and Shiba San. But for now, the Dirtybird BBQ will continue their perfect streak of shows.

 

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Dirtybird BBQ Las Vegas Temporarily Cancelled; Claude Von Stroke Says Party’s Back On

Justin Bieber Cancels Show with MAKJ in Montreal

Your EDM - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 2:29pm

Looks like DJs aren’t the only ones that get into Twitter battles.

Justin Bieber, who has been (surprisingly) successful at breaking into the EDM world, cancelled his appearance at Montreal’s BeachClub last night. The outdoor venue, which just hosted Kylie Jenner’s 18th birthday party last week, booked Bieber and MAKJ, but according to the singer in a tweet, the promoter was in breach of contract.

Montreal due to the promoter of today’s event breaking his contract and lying I will not be able to attend today’s event. I’m sorry

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) August 22, 2015

I look forward to coming back to Montreal in the future to do a proper show but I will not be able to attend 2day due to this breach. Thanks

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) August 22, 2015

BeachClub also released an official statement of their own to back up the singer’s tweets:

“Beachclub and Justin Bieber are in no way liable for the cancellation of today’s event. We would like to reassure all of our clients that tickets will be fully refunded on the spot…. Our management team truly believes this is a troubling situation, especially since it was completely out of our control. To accommodate our clients, Beachclub will be offering free entry for all to assist the MAKJ DJ set all day long.” – BeachClub

According to comments on their Facebook page, it seems Team Productions only paid Bieber half the fee he promised for the appearance. They also promised free admission at first, but later comments on their page suggest that they charged $25 at the door for entry. MAKJ will also be playing BeachClub today.



Source: TRC

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Source: Justin Bieber Cancels Show with MAKJ in Montreal

Nero put together cinema inspired mini mix

Dancing Astronaut - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 12:14pm

Dancing Astronaut - EDM, trap, techno, deep house, dubstep

Nero is at the tip of everyone’s tongue, with Between II Worlds expected to be released in early September and a newly announced North American tour underway, the UK trio have a lot up their sleeves. Leading up to the release of the record, Nero has everyone on the edge of their seats, so just before the chaos of their new album’s release and impending tour ensues, Nero is offering a little mini-mix based on the outfit’s other, perhaps lesser known inspirations.

Rounding together a few clips from iconic film soundtracks, Nero put together a short mix for Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, including a few of their favorite movie tunes. Blending pieces of Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild” with a classic Tarantino riff, rap spits from 8 Mile with unforgettable Whitney Houston lyrics, and some intergalactic funk cropped from the Star Wars soundtrack, Nero cruise through a handful of their favorite movie tunes in a short, sweet, ode to the movies.

Photo Credit: Rukes

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Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Make You Feel (Hotel Garuda Remix)

Dancing Astronaut - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 11:58am

Dancing Astronaut - EDM, trap, techno, deep house, dubstep

Alina Baraz and Galimatias’ recent collaborations have pushed the boundaries of the definition of electronic music. The pair produced much of their work on opposite sides of the ocean and the stunning results are difficult to pigeonhole in a genre. LA-based duo Hotel Garuda give “Make You Feel” a fresh reinvention, making the track even lighter than the gorgeous original. Baraz’s delicate vocal is endlessly remixable (Stwo, Pomo, and Felix Jaehn have all tried their hand at remixing duties) and Hotel Garuda preserves the topline’s dreamy quality over syncopated xylophone scales, claps, and bright synths.

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Former NBA all-star Steve Nash set to executive produce documentary on era of legal ecstasy in 1980s Dallas

Dancing Astronaut - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 11:56am

Dancing Astronaut - EDM, trap, techno, deep house, dubstep

Former two-time MVP and all-star point guard Steve Nash is spending his newfound retirement as an executive producer for an upcoming indie film about rave culture and the origins of ecstasy and “Molly” in 1980s Dallas. Most people are unaware, but legal ecstasy in the early 80s ignited a cultural phenomenon in the Texan City from gay clubs to college fraternity parties. “Having played in Dallas for six years, I was drawn to this project for its relationship with the city,” said Nash. “After poring over the material I found an incredibly unique story with so many vibrant characters and a bold history known as the origin to the rave scene ecstasy culture. Its footprints are now all over the world.”

Nash will co-executive produce alongside Ezra Holland of Meathawk Productions as well as Prettybird Pictures. The film’s director, Dori Oskowitz, is a Grammy-nominated music video director for Jack White, Pharrell and Lenny Kravitz, and also directed the EDM documentary “Blackout” for Vice. 

Via: Variety

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Excision weighs in on the ‘death of dubstep’

Dancing Astronaut - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 11:55am

Dancing Astronaut - EDM, trap, techno, deep house, dubstep

As electronic gains popularity in the American sphere, its dissemination and evolution has become expedited to such a point that the pursuant influx in genres – and the correlative appreciation of their fan bases – has seemingly reached an impasse. That is to say, as new genres constantly emerge, and their coverage becomes increasingly detailed, it is hard for any electronic genre to have a lasting impact.

In 2010 and 2011, the American iteration of dubstep found itself in the spotlight. In following years, the 140-BPM, LFO heavy genre has yielded its significance to trap, future house, and other genres, leading fans to the popular conclusion that dubstep is “dead.”

Jeff Abel has established himself as a figurehead of the now-diminutive genre under his widely celebrated alias, Excision. Abel took to Facebook this week to share his perspectives on the popular but dismissive aforementioned sentiment:

The reality is that Dubstep became bigger than anyone ever expected it to, and for a time, a large portion of the people attending shows were there because it was the “cool” thing. Those people have all moved on to the next hipster trend, and the Dubstep scene was left with all the people who are there for the music.

In my opinion that’s a huge win. For someone outside our scene looking in, it would make sense if ticket sales, track sales etc completely fell off the map. I can’t speak for other artists, but for me, they have been steadily increasing every year and continue to do so. The amount of energy I’ve seen from dance floors this year puts the previous years to shame! Part of this is because the crowd has been refined to music lovers, the other part is because there has been a reduction in quantity, and an increase in quality.

We are seeing all the guys who got big in Dubstep experiment with making a wide variety of genres, and that’s a good thing. It’s fun to mix things up, and you can hear the influence of Dubstep sounds in every current big genre from Trap to Downtempo stuff to nearly every subgenre of House. It’s influenced other genres so much that the internet explodes with people arguing over what’s what. Forget about classifying everything, but if you must, I prefer to simply use the catch-all “Bass Music”.

Regardless of how popular a genre is, its popularity has nothing to do with how we feel about the music that we love, and that’s how it should be. Spread and support music you love.

The umbrella-term of “bass music” is all but ubiquitous in electronic music’s current state. Dubstep artists at all levels have evolved; Smaller producers have tried their hand at fame by experimenting in other realms, while dubstep icons internationally have transcended their original limitations. In terms of musical flexibility, Skrillex leaves no stone unturned, while dubstep progenitor Skream has diverged into totally different directions.

Excision closes his argument by stating that a genre’s “popularity has nothing to do with how we feel about the music that we love, and that’s how it should be.” Though classic dubstep names may have veered away from the classic definitions of the genre in its strictest form, their pursuit of new and interesting sounds continues. True fans of the genre haven’t dismissed the sentiments that are inextricable from the music that they love, but have moved onto the most current music that evokes the same feelings.

Dubstep isn’t dead, but limitation is dying.

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DA’s Sunday Morning Medicine: Volume 124

Dancing Astronaut - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 8:30am

Dancing Astronaut - EDM, trap, techno, deep house, dubstep

Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.

1. HNNY is keeping the art of sampling alive in house music like no other.

2. The ever-inventive Max Cooper lends his cerebral touch to Landslide’s “Still There” from their debut EP.

3. Addal has made a career out of crafting emotional house tunes like “Morning In Love.”

4. On top of Essential Mix duties and official remixes for Groove Armada and now WhoMadeWho, Andhim are having a great year.

5. G-house connoisseur Ryan Collins shows off his sentimental side with a remix of John Lennon’s cover of “Stand By Me.”

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Burning Man Produces More Greenhouse Gas Than A Small Country

Your EDM - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 10:37pm

Burning Man is a polarizing event, as most people either love or hate the festival. Burners will do anything to argue that Burning Man is the best event in the country (calling it a music festival wouldn’t be appreciated I’ve learned), but an article has recently emerged that effectively slams Burning Man into the ground, bringing up very valid points surrounding its procedures.

The main argument made is how Burning Man’s ‘environmentalism’ is merely a facade. The first and most obvious issue is the fact that tons of wooden sculptures are doused in fuel and burned, releasing a number of chemicals into the air. Add to this the fact that a total number of 70,000 people are expected to file into Black Rock City this year, and this can lead to some real issues. A website called Cooling Man conducted some research on 2006’s Burning Man, estimating the gathering’s carbon footprint. In their own words:

Burning Man 2006 generated an estimated 27,000 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This figure includes emissions from participant and staff travel to and from Black Rock City, as well as on-Playa power generation, art cars, fire art and, of course, burning the man. Dividing ~27,000 tons by ~40,000 people yields an estimated ~0.7 tons per Burning Man participant.

In 2006, this was DOUBLE the weekly national average per person. When you take into account the burning sculptures and the different forms of transportation needed to get 70,000 to the deserts of Nevada, the numbers start to make sense. And given that the carbon numbers are from 9 years ago, we can only assume they’ve gone up. An update to the numbers shows that if Burners party like they did in 2006, an estimated 49,000 tons of greenhouse gases will be released into the atmosphere, which is more than Switzerland consumers in a week – with a population of 1.2 million – more than 17 times Burning Man’s temporary population. We can only hope that Burning Man does something soon to combat this issue, and soon.

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Source: Burning Man Produces More Greenhouse Gas Than A Small Country

Mad Decent graduates from Block Party to the big leagues in a two-day showcase in Brooklyn

Dancing Astronaut - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 9:45pm

Dancing Astronaut - EDM, trap, techno, deep house, dubstep

Earlier this month, the Mad Decent family took over the Big Apple’s Brooklyn-based minor league baseball stadium for their yearly Block Party, a traveling festival that hits most of the major US electronic music markets as it makes its way across the country every summer. The Mad Decent Block Party is one of the rare few elements left in electronic music that has seen purely organic growth. Beginning as a free, local celebration outside of Diplo’s studio in Philadelphia, the label and brand heads foresaw a need to take this phenomenon outside the bounds of the City of Brotherly Love and reimagined the event as a traveling show.

Fast-forward to today, and the Mad Decent Block Party has become a quintessential music event for fans across the continent. By incorporating a wide variety of artists that reach outside the bounds of the typical Mad Decent roster, the Block Party gives many major US festivals a run for their money – figuratively and literally, seeing how low the face value of a ticket has remained.

 

Last year, the Block Party moved their New York location to MCU Park and issues were abundant; most notably, fans assigned “stadium” seating rushed the floor, and security essentially gave up efforts to control the massive crowd. Learning from their lesson, this year, the staff were prepared – the entire stadium was general admission, and fans could travel around the park as they pleased. Medics and security were in record number attendance with few incidents to report when asked.

The talent at the Mad Decent Block party is undeniable. Each stop packs a unique punch in its lineup, and you’d be hard pressed to find a single disappointment across the 20+ festival shows. Unfortunately, this also means that attendees can’t see every artist on the roster, and for New York that meant a lineup without Mad Decent faces we know and love like Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, and Flosstradamus.

For the New York show, Diplo brought out the likes of Gents & Jawns, 4B, Party Favor, Lunice, and Grandtheft – and that was just to get the party started. By the time the crowd reached full force on day one, Vic Mensa was stepping down from the stage following a rowdy hip-hop set. In his place, Trippy Turtle (Lido, for the uninitiated) and Cashmere Cat took the stage for what was likely to be the most sonically challenging set for the crowd to connect with. It may have taken a few minutes for the music to really hit with a trap and big-room oriented audience, but the future bass sounds of the two experimental artists grabbed the attention of stereotypically stubborn New Yorkers shockingly quickly.

Day one hit its climax with Yellow Claw climbing on stage for a set that cranked the energy up to unfathomable levels following their future bass stage predecessors, and never let up until Major Lazer stepped off the stage. Between the two acts, Tommy Trash threw down a memorable set including a “troll” for the crowd with “Turn Down For What.” Die Antwoord did exactly what Die Antwoord does best — confused everyone, and even scared some along the way.

 

Of course, the Mad Decent Block Party wouldn’t be what it is without the Mad Decent messiah, Diplo. Major Lazer, the closing act for the night, were up to their usual antics as they hopped in hamster balls across the crowd and dominated the stage with their impressive presence. And as if a Major Lazer performance wasn’t satisfying enough, the group brought out MØ for a live rendition of “Lean On.”

Day two started off with intensity as the early artists brought a heavy dose of trap to the stage once again. The most highly anticipated of the day-time artists, What So Not, ruled the stage with a handful of fan favorite tracks, though his set lacked a bit of flavor from the forthcoming Gemini EP, which has been advertised and toured endlessly, but has been given no release date as of yet. Gorgon City, the next scheduled act, had to cancel due to travel issues, so Vic Mensa played another set before Tyler, The Creator bombarded the stage with a wild crew of fellow Odd Future members. Though the crowd seemed to be there for the electro flavor, the neon-sporting fans might as well have been OFWGKTA diehards – the stadium went absolutely insane for the weirdo rapper.

To close the day, Knife Party took the stage with just Gareth in attendance, leaving fans wondering where legend Rob Swire could be, but the set continued with flying colors and a heavy bass assault on a crowd that endlessly begged for more. The rough and rugged synths of the tongue-in-cheek Knife Party style had what felt like the entire city praying for a Skrillex and Diplo signature Jack U set.

Skrillex and Diplo’s set was exactly what would be expected, plus a bunch of ‘surprise’ appearances. Touching on just about every track from their LP, a handful of productions from each artist’s solo catalogue, and a few edits that the two artists have long played out together, the artists played a set that spoke to their performance chemistry and knowledge of their mainstream-oriented audience. While special guest rapper CL was announced well before the show began, fans did not expect Vic Mensa (for the third time today), Kiesza, and Silento to climb upon the stage, but each did with their own swagger and handled the sizable crowd with fluency. In the end, the artists relied more heavily on star-power than musical curation to succeed, but their formula is undoubtedly effective.

 

The single element that Mad Decent Block Party missed was… the Block Party element. Last year in Brooklyn, the festival felt more family-and-friend oriented: masses of individuals hung back behind the DJ booth, creating a social, laid-back atmosphere. This year, the artists and their teams were nowhere to be found. Where fans hung out last year to get a word in with Diplo, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, and other performers, there was little to see this year, with nothing but a late-day fly-by from Mac Miller to check out the closers for day two. The unusual separation between the performers and the fans was more reminiscent of a festival than a block party.

Mad Decent Block Party is a great show, and undeniably an incredible bang for your buck. While missing some elements that helped make the traveling festival so great in the past, Mad Decent has done a great job at maintaining the grass-roots foundation of the party, even while most of their signature acts have risen to astronomical heights.

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Penthouse Penthouse – 69′ Camaro feat. Bobby Saint (Original Mix)

Dancing Astronaut - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 9:37pm

Dancing Astronaut - EDM, trap, techno, deep house, dubstep

Los Angeles duo Penthouse Penthouse whip up a slow-burning banger to transport listeners back to simpler times. “69′ Camaro” is a saucy jam that cruises on electrifying synths and sensual vocals from Bobby Saint. The track, which is based on the instrumental “Dandy In Love” by Mukai Shutoku, showcases the duo’s ability to turn nostalgia into pure gold. Anticipate the video drop of “69′ Camaro” this upcoming Tuesday.

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Fox News Investigates “Moms Who Rave” Group

Your EDM - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 8:14pm

Leave it to Fox News to start a controversy. The news outlet recently investigated Moms Who Rave, an Instagram page dedicated to mothers who enjoy attending EDM festivals, concerts, and raves. Fox News interviewed a woman named Nicole, a 32-year-old mother of two who runs the New York City-based spin-off Instagram group momswhoravenyc. Nicole vouched for the validity of the groups, comparing the act of going to a concert to a regular couple’s night out.

Fox News took aim at the idea of taking drugs at these events, which Nicole admitted to doing on occasion. However, she revealed that she started the momswhoravenyc page to promote safe raving and responsibility for mothers who want to attend EDM events. Fox News also interviewed a ER physician named Dr. Robert Glatter, who argued that moms attending these events set a negative example for their children. The report ultimately concluded with Nicole saying that while attending these events isn’t likely the best activity for mothers to partake in, it’s not the most dangerous activity if a mother stays responsible.

We agree with Nicole, and believe that any group dedicated to promoting safe raving deserves a round of applause. Watch the Fox News report below:

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Fox News Investigates “Moms Who Rave” Group

Zedd Uploads Gorgeously Dark “Beautiful Now” Remix From Mysterious New Artist

Your EDM - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 6:37pm

The plethora of mystery artists that have emerged in EDM haven’t gone unnoticed, and the technique has become cheesy and frivolous to say the least. But denying the talent of a select few such producers is unwise.

Grey is a shining example. Emerging with two refreshing bootleg remixes, one of “Beautiful Now” by Zedd and another of the hit collab betwixt Jack Ü & Justin Bieber, “Where Are Ü Now,” the LA-based duo – as we have come to learn – has set out to establish their own sound combining organic instruments and a distinct Marshmello & Jack Ü trapped-out flair that is truly groundbreaking.

And speaking of not going unnoticed, it appears that Zedd himself has reached down to offer this duo the opportunity of a lifetime: an official ticket for their “Beautiful Now” rendition and an upload to his incredibly popular SoundCloud which, in three days, has amassed more plays than their own despite being around for nearly a month.

Check out the track below, which is promised to be releasing soon… And be sure to check out Grey’s other release on their SoundCloud here.

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Zedd Uploads Gorgeously Dark “Beautiful Now” Remix From Mysterious New Artist

Your chance to party with Dan Bilzerian at his $650,000 Electric Zoo table

Dancing Astronaut - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 6:20pm

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Less than a month ago it was announced that millionaire poker player and social media playboy Dan Bilzerian dropped $650,000 for his own private VIP deck at Electric Zoo in New York for 200 of his closest friends (and models). Bilzerian has now teamed with Draft Kings for a contest where four lucky winners will receive an all expenses paid trip to rave with him at his table. According to the contest page, the prize package includes: free VIP tickets for Saturday, September 5 where your liver will have access to over half a million dollars in liquor and an additional $2,000 for flight and accommodations.

Electric Zoo takes place September 4-6 (Labor Day weekend) on Randall’s Island in New York City. You can enter for your shot to live the bro dream by signing up here.

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Zac Efron Reveals What It Is Like To Work With Alesso

Your EDM - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 5:01pm

Zac Efron’s new movie, We Are Your Friends, has been met with mixed reactions since its announcement. While most in the EDM scene feel the actor is inadequate for the role, the movie is still moving forward and Zac is getting help from some of the industry’s best. In a recent interview with Thump, Zac talked about the upcoming movie and what his thoughts were on approaching to play the role:

I was aware in the mainstream sense of what was popular and accessible. I didn’t really delve deep into all the different genres. I could tell you the difference between dubstep, reggae, and house, but on a basic level, I couldn’t name too many DJs.

In order to get ready for his position in the new film, Zac Efron took private DJ lessons from Alesso so he could better understand what it’s like to be a DJ:

Alesso showed me how to really feel the music and get the crowd pumped up. When he transitions tracks, he jumps up in the air. On the decks it’s just a twist [of a knob], but he turns it into an event. You just have fun and do a show. That shows the audience that you’re into it.

After his lessons with Alesso, Zac spent several hours practicing and refining the skill of DJing. Although modern DJing itself is not rocket science, it was crucial that he could perform, not just act like he could.

I would get so lost and tired I would pass out—there’s a lot of math going on with matching BPMs!

There is a lot more to DJing then just counting beats, Zac. Hopefully you learn that before the movie releases.

You can watch the We Are Your Friends official trailer below:

Source: Thump

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Zac Efron Reveals What It Is Like To Work With Alesso

People Are Abandoning Apple Music, New Survey Shows

Your EDM - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 4:41pm

Apple Music may be pulling a Tidal as a new survey shows that 48% of Apple Music trial users have stopped using the service. The new survey highlights the growing problem Apple Music has retaining it’s current users.

Although the hype around the new music service has been great, the ability for Apple to retain users still proves to be one of their biggest problems. The study, conducted by Music Watch, also shows that only 11% of IOS users have tried the new service.

The research company conducted the study with 5000 US consumers in order to gather a variety of data. Although the study goes to great lengths to provide a comprehensive result, Apple has issued a statement to The Verge claiming that the information is incorrect.

Apple claims that their music service still retains 79% of users who are already using the service. This number, which is far off from the result of the study, is hard to prove without concrete evidence. Apple’s claim was further hurt as a survey of the study subjects concluded that 61% of Apple Music users turned off the “auto-renewal option” for the service.

Although turning off the auto-renewal option doesn’t seem like a big deal, it is actually a crushing blow to labels interested in the new service who rely on constant releases being pushed to users.

With the trial period in effect until October, the numbers that are surfacing after two months of operations are not looking promising for Apple music.

You can watch The Verge’s in depth review of Apple Music below:

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Source: The Verge

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: People Are Abandoning Apple Music, New Survey Shows

Calvin Harris Steps Away From Taylor Swift Drama To Give Actual Music Interview

Your EDM - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 4:20pm

Reporting on Calvin Harris since his Taylor Swift relationship has been dismal at best. Whenever you check in on the superstar, it’s some “Twitter spat” or how much “her love for him warms her heart”.

Barf.

Well, finally, Calvin Harris has decided to step away from the tabloid limelight to give an in depth interview of what he knows best: music. Sitting down with the legendary Annie Mac from BBC Radio 1, Calvin Harris discussed the state of electronic music and although the video interview is only available in the UK, Beatport has rounded up the highlights from the interview.

The first pressing question Annie Mac asked was “Why the UK and Europe isn’t as EDM-obsessed as North America” which hit home with Calvin Harris:

“It’s not really happening over here, is it? That whole EDM sound. Part of my theory on this whole thing is the [UK] recession fed the music. And then when the bigger clubs shut down, the smaller clubs were the only thing that was happening. And you can’t play a big Swedish House Mafia style thing, a big Alesso style track, in a small club. You play vibey records. But as long as those huge festivals are happening in America…which need that sound, you can’t go to a 100,000 person festival and play vibey house music; you just can’t.”

Calvin Harris is right in his answer. With popular clubs closing around the UK and the amount of major electronic based festivals on the decline in Europe, the scene has switched to a major North American focus. Annie Mac continued the questions with her follow up, “Why have you traded being a frontman for a new lease on life?

“I wasn’t even going to be a DJ. I was more planning on being a producer. It was mostly that I didn’t want to sing on my own songs anymore, and I had songs in the bank that didn’t suit my voice. [Being a frontman] is a nightmare, because you’re singing the same songs again and again, and then when you do another tour you have to change the old songs slightly for the new tour. I was thinking, this isn’t creative, I’ve written 15 songs but I want to do way more than that. So 2011 and 2012, I worked more in the studio than I ever did in my entire life.”

The switch to being a frontman for Calvin Harris didn’t come without it’s drawbacks. The fan base he had built prior to be being a DJ did not take the transition lightly and many voiced their discontent with the move:

“It kinda cut off the fans of the old music, But I was over it, because I felt like it was done, and it was.”

When Calvin Harris did make the transition to being A DJ, he found a massive amount of success that propelled him to the level of stardom he enjoys today. But with great power and fame comes great responsiblity, Calvin claims:

“If you have enough success in dance music, you have a responsibility to release really good music,” he says. “You know a lot of people are gonna listen to your records and say, ‘That’s dance music, that’s EDM.’ Make something good! You can have a good song that goes off, as well as a bad song that goes off. So make the good song! Please.’ That’s what I’m trying to do with my new song [“How Deep Is Your Love”]. It doesn’t go off in traditional ways that I’ve made my songs go off in the past.””

You can read the full interview on Beatport.

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Calvin Harris Steps Away From Taylor Swift Drama To Give Actual Music Interview

Skrillex Gets Weird, Unveils Latest Selects & They’re Not What We Expected

Your EDM - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 2:32pm

Skrillex is, noticeably, continually expanding his musical horizons, and his latest Skrillex Selects (8/21) epitomize his growth as a taste-maker and producer. From chilled out future bass styles to grime and seemingly everything in between, this latest playlist is edgy and exactly what we have missed from dubstep upstart Sonny Moore with his latest forays with Jack Ü.

Check out the 6 track below and their accompanying descriptions after the jump!

1. To start, Skrillex has Virtual Riot‘s latest “Disintegrate.”

“Floaty vibes from German producer, Virtual Riot, via recently upstarted imprint, Spirited. Check out “Disintegrate” along with the rest of the label’s inaugural compilation release here.”

2. Next comes Nebbra‘s remix of Party ThievesATLiens‘ “Chief.”

“Paris is on fire, and Nebbra is part of the emerging wave of French producers making serious, stand-out tracks. More quality remixes for Major Lazer, Zeds Dead, and more from Nebbra on Soundcloud.”

3. SKEPTA‘s “SHUTDOWN,” meanwhile, claims the 3rd spot and is acclaimed as:

“A top tune of 2015, no doubt. Too early to tell, but “Shutdown” might end up being the record that finally successfully crossed grime over in the US. We’ll have to see.”

4. Perhaps my favorite on the playlist, Alessia‘s “‘Here’ is a true story,” she claims.

“It’s a party song, but really it’s the complete opposite of a party song. It’s absolutely me; it shouts out the person in the corner of the party, looking around uncomfortably. I feel like this song narrates what the wallflower is thinking.”

5. Fifth is Melé‘s Mixmag premiere of “Ambience.”

“Meet the master of percussion known as Melé. I imagine dancing around a raging fire in the middle of a jungle Lord of the Flies style to this one.”

6. And, last but certainly not least, comes Vinadata‘s “Getting Away” featuring Mack.

“Straight off Vindata’s debut OWSLA EP. Beautiful vocals from Mack with a bright, uptempo rhythm.”

H/T NestHQ

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Skrillex Gets Weird, Unveils Latest Selects & They’re Not What We Expected

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