The life of a DJ could be one of the most enjoyable things, ever. We last saw Pierce as he was starting off in Puerto Vallarta, and chapter two opens right where that left off. After destroying PV he headed to Vegas to headline XS for the first time with his parents in attendance. A friend off camera asks an unrelated but interesting question, “You just opened for the biggest DJ ever, what goes through your mind?” to which Pierce responds “Nothing, I just focus on me.” It’s clear he is not used to the lavish Vegas lifestyle, but that probably doesn’t take long to get used to.
Though it began as a one day festival, Hard Summer is now capitalizing on the growth of EDM and has expanded to two days. The festivities are set to go down August 3rd and 4th at LA State Historic Park in Downtown Los Angeles. The lineup is pretty impressive but many newcomers may disagree. Hard isn’t your average festival as artists range from heavy dub to indie, and it includes Skrillex, Bloc Party, Miike Snow, Bloody Beetroots, A-Trak, Magnetic Man, Zedd, and many more. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, tickets for the two day festival are currently $119 but they will escalate to $149 so act quickly. If you east coasters are looking for something to do August 4th and 5th, you could always go to The Veld…
Dyro might not be a popular name yet, but we have a feeling that is about to change. After releasing an edit of Hardwell’s “Kontiki” that was arguably better than the original, he is back, teaming up with Dutch producer Rene Kuppens to create another huge track. “Raid” starts off with a light build that is quickly joined with bass that helps progress to the climax — which drops hard with a pulsating beat. We first heard this song during Hardwell’s set at Beyond Wonderland and again during UMF, and it is featured in his awesome after-movie. The track is on schedule for a release date of April 30th.
As the number of music festivals increases exponentially, Canada seems to be slowly joining in on the party. The Escapade Music Festival will be taking place June 30th to July 1st in Ottawa, but Toronto is getting The Veld on August 4th – 5th. Names have been released at a steady pace throughout the past week, with the lineup so far including Deadmau5, Avicii, Steve Angello, Bassnectar, Knife Party, Steve Aoki, Gareth Emery, Tommy Trash, Chris Lake, Cosmic Gate, Savoy, Nicky Romero, Ben Gold, Mord Fustang, Michael Woods, Aly & Fly, Swanky Tunes, and Cazzette. Although the festival’s name sounds a lot like Deadmau5′s most recent release, “The Veldt,” we’re told it’s just a coincidence. Tickets are on sale April 26th at 10AM, with tickets ranging from $69 – $129 for 2-day GA and $199 – $299 for VIP. Just another festival in the already gigantic summer circuit.
It might be a bit of a stretch to crown a new ‘midwest festival king’ since Lollapalooza has quickly become one of the biggest shows out there, but North Coast has a lineup that should satisfy a range of EDM listeners. Pretty Lights, Axwell, Steve Angello, Steve Aoki, Excision, Alesso, Mord Fustang are some of the announced names in the first wave. The festival takes place over Labor Day weekend, August 31st to September 2nd, which is also the same dates as Electric Zoo. Tickets for the three days are only $110 for general admission and $350 for VIP. If you can’t make it to New York, Chicago seems like the next best option — until Vegas puts out a Labor Day Weekend schedule that is.
While most people were hating on Avicii or Tiesto for becoming too commercial, Deadmau5 was sitting around just being a h8tr. Well it looks like Joel has joined in on the commercial craze, as he (or someone else wearing the classic mau5head) promotes the new wireless Sonos system in the spot you see above. The video has him waking up in his new Toronto apartment with his carbon fibre mau5 head and turning on Spotify through his iPhone app before making some breakfast with Meowingtons (that’s his cat, if you didn’t know). Surprisingly the commercial does not feature any Deadmau5 music, but seeing where these DJs live is always kind of fun. On next week’s episode of DA Cribs…
Michael Brun and Special Features’ “Synergy” is officially available after a cool, trippy preview was released last week. The track has a distinctly big-room feel to it, but as we mentioned last week it also bears some resemblance to Afrojack & David Guetta’s “Lunar.” There’s a long escalating progression until it hits the drop, at which point you’re presented with banging synths that aren’t too overbearing but are still big. Brun’s last single “Rise” got a lot of airplay from some big name DJs, and we have a feeling that “Synergy” could see similar success.
John Dahlback has been around for 10 years and in that span he has released tracks in every genre from progressive house to minimal trance to, more recently, electro. ”Start Lovin’ You” is a fun house track that incorporates funky vocals and an upbeat bassline while still maintaining big room sound. It is a blend of 90′s house with certain new age touches that only a house veterean can master. “Start Lovin’ You” is now avalible on Beatport from Spinnin’ Records.
You might call us mainstream or tell us that we have no idea what were talking about, but David Guetta’s skills as a DJ and producer — not to mention his happy-go-lucky demeanor — still makes him one of the best acts in the business. This video recap from his F*** Me I’m Famous party at LIV nightclub during Miami Music Week, however, proves that Guetta and his wife Kathy know how to throw an awesome party. Between the girls dancing in the giant martini glasses, the endless array of glow sticks and light-up people, the appearances by Afrojack and Nicky Romero, and a whole lot of neon — it’s easy to see how this made for an awesome night at one of Miami’s most exclusive nightclubs. Fun fact: Guetta’s been using the Pioneer RMX-1000 in his live sets recently, which really gives him complete control and the ability to interact with the crowd.
Fresh off a great performance at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Hardwell has been releasing tons of new music lately and he has now joined forces with newcomer and fellow Dutchman Dannic. “Kontiki” is big room progressive house with uplifting synths and a drop that retains the melody of the build. The Dyro remix takes some points from the orignal and makes it part of something bigger, and in our opinion, better. By removing some of the progressive elements and adding some hard electro, Dyro has crafted a song worthy of being Hardwell’s opener on more than one occasion. Both versions are now available from Revealed Recordings on Beatport.
Hardwell & Dannic – Kontiki (Original Mix)
Hardwell & Dannic – Kontiki (Dyro Remix)