I came to Sweden as a typical North American with an iPod bustling of commercial house. Swedish house to be exact. I was completely content in my mainstage ways, fueled by a little bit of naïveté and a little bit of hesitation. The underground was simply an unknown, untouched element in my progression, mostly because of my social circle and influences. My only experience with underground was a confusing, fuzzy night at Space Ibiza back when I had only begun my dance music quest. Minimal Sunday was too much of a sharp contrast from the scene I was used to, and at that point in my life I could neither understand nor appreciate what it had to offer.
The Lotus F1 team has partnered up with Columbia Records in a deal that will promote the iconic labels’ music through the team’s website and track activities. The Formula 1 racing team had a similar partnership last year with Linkin Park for the Monaco Grand Prix. As the F1 season begins, Columbia will offer streaming playlists via the team’s website as well as CDs, vinyls and musical performances throughout the season. So far six extremely brief video clips have been teased of the collaboration and features Daft Punk-themed drivers and racecar.
Check them out after the break.
Feed Me plans to hang up the decks, ‘I’ve got a pressing feeling that it’s not what I’m supposed to be doing’
The British graphic designer and production genius behind Spor and Feed Me, Jon Gooch, has decided to – for lack of a better word – “quit” DJing after this summer festival season. Always an artist first and DJ second, Jon has developed numerous creative projects surrounding his Feed Me persona – including an animatronic version of the green goblin he designed.
As for so many producers in today’s dance music world, the act of DJing has simply become a means for performing his work and Jon believes that the experience is “not art.” He took to Twitter late last night to express his concerns and his hesitation to continue down the DJ path, worrying that it may force his creativity to take a backseat if he continues to pursue it further.
Read Jon’s tweets after the break.
As part of the monthlong Red Bull Music Academy series in New York City this month, the legendary Giorgio Moroder was billed to take on his first ever DJ set at Output in Brooklyn this past Monday. With the assistance of his “music director” Chris Cox (whom you will hear Moroder himself introduce through a vocoder at the beginning of this recording), the pioneering producer spent the extent of his set breezing through many of the highlights of his life’s work, including his work for Donna Summer, Three Degrees, Sparks, and Suzi Lane. He touched on his own work as Munich Machine, his Academy Award-winning soundtrack for Midnight Express, and his new track “Racer,” premiered by Google earlier this week. For a 73-year-old, we think he’s doing pretty well for himself these days.
Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything!
Moonrise Festival, scheduled to be held on June 8th and 9th in Baltimore, Maryland, has just been canceled by Steez Promo. According to a statement made on the festival’s Facebook page the final permit needed to authorize the event could not be obtained, forcing the festival to cancel its bass-heavy weekend. Not all hope is lost however, there may still be some secondary shows at smaller venues throughout the weekend featuring Moonrise artists.
All tickets will be refunded through Ticketfly. Read the statement after the break.
Catz ‘n Dogz and KiNK’s long awaited release of “Good Love” is finally here. If you’ve been to an underground show or festival in the past weeks, you’ve probably heard it’s catchy looped vocal segment played out by a cast of top-tier acts. The track sees its release on Claude VonStroke’s dirtybird records — the imprint that has been setting the standard for bass-centric tech house. These two acts have brought to fruition a bouncy summertime jam set for the peak-time hours.
As Bassnectar fans return to normal after getting weird on his annual spring tour, the basshead leader is making things a little weirder with a new remix. Tasked with remixing Primus’ “Here Come The Bastards” for the deluxe edition release of 1991′s Sailing the Seas of Cheese, the fellow Bay Area native added movement to the fairly linear original. Keeping the vocals of the marching chorus but adding drum-laden builds, a tight tempo change and his signature window-rattling bass, the remix puts the original on the map for the legions of fans that are younger than the album it first appeared on.
The “multi-talented” Paris Hilton has just announced that she will be releasing a full album of house music tracks via Cash Money Records sometime this summer! Could this album outshine Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories? Only time will tell.
The heiress, who is best known for her superb acting chops (and creepy night vision eyes), reportedly broke the news to Showbiz411 at a party in Cannes. According to the gossip blog, it is likely that Hilton will be signing on with Cash Money subsidiary Young Money Entertainment to release her latest musical trainwreck. She also claims that Afrojack has been helping her produce the album – a rumor that has been floating around the blogosphere since she made her more-than-stellar DJ debut.
Dancing Astronaut’s suggestion for enjoying Paris’s latest publicity stunt? Grab some popcorn and puncture your eardrums.
Via: Huffington Post
As the 13th annual Movement Electronic Music Festival approaches, with a global techno fan base poised to descend upon Detroit, the Dancing Astronaut editors prepare for their own stint of techno tourism. For followers of techno, house, and other deeper genres in dance music, Movement’s lineup is quite certainly a dizzying opportunity to take on the finest talent on the scene right now in arguably one of the most culturally significant cities in the music’s history. There are five stages in total that’ll be bumping the bass in downtown Detroit’s Hart Plaza this Saturday May 25th through Memorial Day Monday. We’ll be on the ground covering the event produced by the hometown favorite Paxahau (as well as several of its afterparties), but in case you’ll be joining us, read on to hear some of our must-listen picks for the festival itself.