Electric Zoo; the festival name itself draws imagery of wildlife illuminated neon with its mainstay headliners such as Tiësto and Armin van Buuren as the electronic lions. On day two, however, A-Trak shifts gears and takes the electric zoo into a concrete jungle fitting for its host city. The long-time Kanye West partner will be using his Fool’s Gold brand and its street-friendly aura to bring Electric Zoo the true soul of New York City, ditching the bright blue gorillas and green rabbits for a crew of urban animals.
Last year it was Dillon Francis who stole the spotlight at the same stage and brought the then-fashionable moombahton to the forefront, but A-Trak will be giving hip-hop a home this time around, calling on Just Blaze, Green Lantern, and Araabmuzik; some of the genre’s biggest producers with undisputed pasts, veteran DJ experience, and tested-and-proven success amongst dance music’s festival circuit.
The journey of Araabmuzik is an interesting one. Born Abraham Orellana, Araabmuzik began producing hip-hop beats at an early age, breaking through with Cam’Ron and Jim Jones’s The Diplomats squad. Going on to team up with the likes of 50 Cent and Swizz Beats, Araabmuzik’s legacy continued in the rap realm before taking a turn towards electronic music over the past year. Retreating to his life-long passion for DJing, the artist has recently performed at Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival, but furthering into electronic music he’s prepared to release his next album this Tuesday. A compilation of his latest remixes, Araabmuzik takes on Steve Aoki’s “Cudi The Kid,” Skrillex’s version of “Cinema,” and Wolfgang Gartner’s “Cognitive Dissonance” among others. Stream The Remixes Volume 1 via Pitchfork and pre-oder the album ahead of its July 9th release.
After establishing himself as a promising hip-hop producer with work for everyone from Busta Rhymes to Fabulous, Araabmuzik has turned to his passion for DJing to enter the landscape of live music. The Rhode Island native known for his advanced use of drums has most recently garnered respect from the electronic community following his Ultra Music Festival debut this spring, and has already been announced to perform at Electric Daisy Carnival later this month.
Hip-hop producer, DJ, and recent Ultra performer, AraabMuzik, has been shot and wounded during a robbery attempt on Thursday, moments after he announced that he would be playing at Electric Daisy Carnival. After his manager, DukeDaGod, posted a photo of the artist in the hospital to his Instagram, and a friend tweeted about the robbery, Araab’s camp made an official statement to Billboard, confirming that he is “currently alive and well.”
“Rumors have begun to circulate and first and foremost, we want to let everyone know that AraabMUZIK is currently alive and well. He was out in his neighborhood last night with friends and unfortunately the victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is recovering now and police are investigating the crime. We appreciate all the concern and fan support and Araab is looking forward to a speedy recovery and returning to the stage as soon as he can.”
With the prospect of a long day ahead, festivals can be tempting times for ticket holders to stay in bed a little bit longer. You’re missing the opening acts, but hey, at least you’ll have energy for the end of the night, right? Wrong. Showing up early to festivals has led me to some of my favorite sets of all time. Lines are shorter, stages aren’t as crowded, and you have the opportunity to catch some of the most promising talent of the day. Artists opening festival stages feel a lot of pressure and tend to deliver far beyond expectations. With Weekend One of Ultra fast approaching, start planning your first sets of the day.
The 2013 lineup for the infamous Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee has been announced and will feature a host of electronic artists including A-Trak, Boys Noize, Wolfgang Gartner, and Pretty Lights. In total, 2013′s cast of producers will nearly double from the five in 2012. From Porter Robinson to Four Tet, or Araabmuzik to Paper Diamond, Coachella’s less flashy cousin continues to welcome in the entire spectrum of electronica, pitting some of the genre’s top producers right alongside legendary artists like Tom Petty, Paul McCartney and the Beach Boys.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instragram each week. This week, we’ve got gems from Diplo, Sebastian Ingrosso, Tiesto, and more.
There is not doubt in our minds that EDM has hit the big leagues and Adidas Originals seems to be in agreement. The sportswear brand is launching Stripes Sessions, a global music event series, and the first performance features Dada Life. The duo is hosting their in-store performance — which we’ve lovingly dubbed “Dadadidas” — tonight and it will be streamed live from Paris beginning at 3 PM EST. AraabMuzik is scheduled to perform the second date in Berlin but more artists and locations are set to be announced throughout the year.
We have our fingers crossed that America will make the list but considering how well EDM is doing in America, we’re not too worried. Check out the teaser video above and head over to adidas Originals’ Facebook page for details and further announcements. Check back for information on how to access the live stream.
Update: You can tune into Dada Life’s live-stream by heading here, and we’ve embedded it below.