Last month, DJ Mag unveiled their annual top 100 rankings, and the 2012 list of DJs was full of surprises. The most notable being an apparent changing of the guard, with Avicii cracking the top 3 — slots that have been designated to the same dominating powers for the past several years. While Avicii — who has been held responsible for the commercialized trajectory of EDM — may not have been the unanimous vote among dance music fans, his influence among the genre, and the world in general, has been unavoidable.
Many people throw around Avicii’s name when cracking mainstream jokes, but — like it or not — the man has become one of the most popular and influential icons of the scene. Whether or not you agree with his #3 ranking, the people have spoken and the numbers show that he has earned that spot. Here are the 7 reasons why Avicii was ranked as an elite figure in 2012.
Rolling Stone has just announced its list for the Top 25 DJs in the world, and some of the selections may surprise you. For one, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy came in at number 7 — ranked ahead of Boys Noize, Skrillex, and Daft Punk (who were ranked dead last.) Carl Cox and Deadmau5 joined the French duo deep in the list, sitting comfortably at 22 and 20 respectively while underground newcomer Maya Jane Coles came in at 15 — ahead of arguably the most technically talented DJ in the world, A-Trak.
XS Las Vegas is out with its New Year’s Eve Weekend lineup, and it does not disappoint. We already knew Eric Prydz would be headlining at neighboring Surrender, and XS has only raised the stakes for a dance music lover’s dream weekend in Vegas. In chronological order, XS will be featuring Tiesto, Steve Angello, Deadmau5 over the preceding weekend and finally Avicii on New Year’s Eve. Tickets will undoubtedly go fast, so if you’re debating, go ahead and bite the bullet! Purchase links after the break.
Avicii is back with the eighth episode of his Levels podcast since last hosting Steve Aoki for a special guest mix, and this time he is coming forth with new music and his own narration. Tim continues to span many genres in his latest selection as he has done so well of late, but the vocal addition to “Nicktim” steals the spotlight.
While we’ve been anticipating the MixMash release of the Nicky Romero collaboration for some time, it comes as no surprise that we are first being hit with a revamped and renamed vocal edit, now known as “Stranger.” In addition to this major debut — which may stir mixed emotions — Avicii drops the next big thing from Cazzette — a Knife Party-esque original mix “Run For Cover.” Let us know what you think of the new tunes from Tim and download his latest podcast on iTunes.
Avicii has a tendency to preview tracks way ahead of their release, and this gem that we had been referring to as “ID^2″ finally has a name: “EDOM.” Featuring a slow building melodic section with gentle string elements and delicate piano riffs, “EDOM” has a nice drop that echoes the similar style of the lead section. The preview posted on Avicii’s SoundCloud is just under two minutes long, but you’ve probably heard this one before if you’ve been at an Avicii set. Of course, we don’t have any info on a release date just yet, but we’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear more.
Update: We’ve been wondering what “EDOM” stood for, but Avicii’s manager Ash Pournouri just clarified that it’s just ‘MODE’ spelled backwards… So much for “electronic dance opera music.”
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 Hardwell, Pasquale Rotella, Diplo, and more.
Do you want to have your photos included in our Best of Instagram feature? All you have to do to be eligible is use the hashtag “#astrogram” in your photo entry on Instagram. Keep your photos DA or dance music-related, and we’ll choose one user-submitted photo to include each week.
Only days following the heavy electro remix package of “Silhouettes,” Avicii is giving away his own rendition of the melodic production. His offering comes as a pairing with his Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply campaign, which supports his loyalty to his trademark fashion, the flannel. Unlike the heavier remixes of the track, Avicii’s fresh take is merely a boost of blissful sound that takes the original in a new direction. Head to Ralph Lauren’s page to claim the track for yourself and keep your eyes open for Tim on billboards in your city.
Avicii’s most recent Beatport chart-topper has received a much needed remix package. The original mix of “Silhouettes” was undeniably a beautiful production, but to be respected in any realm beyond listening pleasure it needed new life. That is where Tim and the LE7ELS team called upon electrifying producers EDX, Syn Cole, and Lazy Rich. All three remixes bring forth fresh sounds that refuse to be labeled predictable. Stream all three beefed up versions of “Silhouettes” below the break and head to Beatport for the official release.