Grammy-nominated producer Kaskade participated in an insightful Q&A session Sunday night at the Grammys. The ever eloquent DJ discussed his upcoming album, the responsibility of voting members, his love for deep house and, the elephant in the room, Al Walser. His next album, which remains without a confirmed title, is due in late spring or early summer following a tour slated to kick off in March.Posted by
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. For our rare Monday edition, we’ve got red carpet gems from Kaskade, Diplo, Skrillex, and more from last night’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California.
Last December, Grammy nominations were announced and the dance music scene, once again, had something to clamor about. Big guns Diplo, Kaskade, and Eric Prydz may have earned nominations across the board, but the most coveted prize remains within the Best Dance Recording category. This year the category belongs to Avicii, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, and a fifth deserving artist that was snubbed of a nod. Instead, the fifth spot — which could have been filled by artists such as David Guetta, Afrojack, or Zedd — was hijacked by a man named Al Walser, for the questionable track “I Can’t Live Without You.”
The announcement provoked a storm of outrage from dance supporters, as well as questions of the Grammys’ credibility from the general public. As Walser gained notoriety in the same vein as Rebecca Black or William Hung, he instantly became public enemy number one in the EDM world, a title previously held by the likes of Paris Hilton. With the award ceremonies taking place in Los Angeles tonight, Walser has taken the time to speak of his underhanded tactics, and even stands by his credibility as a nominee — although his battle against EDM remains insurmountable.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we’ve got gems from Chuckie, Diplo, Dillon Francis, and more.
Reading through the nominees for the 55th Grammy Awards seemed pretty standard. Kelly Clarkson? Check. Fun.? Check. Adele? You better believe it. Venturing to the Best Dance Recording category, I followed a similar checklist with Avicii, Skrillex, and Swedish House Mafia. It wasn’t until I reached Al Walser that my confusion bordered on stupefaction and became pervasive enough to challenge my own sense of reality.
Who is Al Walser? Find out after the break.