The highly anticipated LIGHT Nightclub at Mandalay Bay is set to open on April 26th, and with the date inching ever closer the opening weekend lineup has finally been released. On the 26th fans will be greeted by the sounds of Axwell, Nicky Romero, Clockwork, and Andy Caldwell, and on the 27th Axwell is set to return with Hook n Sling. If those names don’t do it for you LIGHT has already confirmed partnerships with Skrillex, Mat Zo, A-Trak, Baauer, Thomas Gold and numerous other top tier DJs. LIGHT’s Music and Marketing director Amy Thomson has this to say about the experience, “Fusing the world’s top DJ talent with the Cirque du Soleil experience was a career highlight for me and I cannot wait to start to see these shows begin.” Neither can we.
Tickets for opening weekend are on sale to the public beginning March 28th via LIGHT’s website.
Social media has greatly enhanced the connection between fans and artists by allowing them to connect on a level far greater than that of a spectator. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have given us an unprecedented look into the lives of our modern day rockstars by taking us behind the booth, into their homes and studios, and even sometimes into their pasts. Click below the break to check out some of your favorite artists in their younger years and find out which superstars got an early start by strumming guitars or tickling the ivories. We have shots from Steve Angello, Chuckie, Skrillex, Nervo, A-Trak, and more.
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!
Henry Steinway lives something of a double life. On the one hand alluring the house world as Clockwork with his agressive live sets and creative bootleg packs, Steinway has simultaneously enraptured the trap world under the moniker RL Grime. Taking a step back from the massive trap anthems of his alter ego, Steinway has dropped his first Clockwork EP since Titan.
In anticipation of his Clarity remix compilation due out Feb 12, Zedd teased Tiesto‘s rendition of the powerful production today. Last year his concept album by the same name became a defining release in the young producer’s career. “Spectrum” — the first single off the album — reached number one on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs chart and a remix EP featuring reworks from artists like A-Trak & Clockwork, Arty, and Armin Van Buuren to name a few. Zedd is ready to give “Clarity” the same treatment with another extended play via Interscope Records.
While recently Clockwork has been something of a bootleg mastermind, it’s easy to forget his rip-roaring production abilities. It’s been a while since Clockwork has released some original material, but the wait has certainly paid off; Clockwork’s new Surge EP is shaping up to be some of his best work yet.
Teaming up with the talented Wynter Gordon for “Surge,” the A-side to the EP, Clockwork has created an alluring original that is both fantastically funky and unquestionably charming. “Tremor,” the B-side to the EP, is equally enticing, making use of a flavorful electro house drop and a swirling, synth-laden build up. Clockwork stays true to his “big bad bassline” mantra with his forthcoming Surge EP. Stay tuned for the official release on February 12th, and click past the break to hear both tracks.
Clockwork is back at it again, this time revealing his remix of Congorock‘s “Bless Di Nation.” The bass-heavy producer has been playing out his rendition of the bubbling dancehall production in live sets and now he is ready for listeners to hear the mastered version.
Using Sean Paul’s original vocals, Clockwork turns “Bless Di Nation” from dancehall reggae into electro-house with ease. Keeping the Jamaican vibes intact, Clockwork turns up the BPM and muffles the bassline forming a big room production driven by the beat. The track is officially due out January 8, but listen for yourself before it’s released.
LA-based producer Clockwork emerged onto the dance music scene in 2011 and yesterday marked 30,000 fan likes on his Facebook page. In honor of the milestone, the producer most known for his mash-ups and remixes gave away his 30k Bootleg Pack, to help celebrate the occasion. We heard his 15k Bootleg Pack back in September and now we will expect an entertaining remix compilation every time the producer gains another 15,000 fans. This time, he mashes up some of the biggest tracks of 2012 with some underground surprises, creating hard-hitting outputs ready for the dance floor. Clockwork gives tracks like Usher‘s “Climax” and Deadmau5‘ “Veldt” an entirely new power that will carry on into the new year.
Head over to Clockwork’s facebook page to grab the free download.
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, Diplo, Nervo, 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. Click past the break to see this week’s #astrogram contest winner.
Today is Thanksgiving. It’s a time to give thanks for good health, good friends, good family, and, of course, good music. We thought we’d take the time to pay tribute to our favorite parts of dance music culture on this day of thanks, not only for the guys who slave over turntables while we get to party, but for the dance music scene in general and its constantly expanding fanbase. This one’s for the EDM acts that put their heart and soul into it, the clubs that go all out every night of the week, and the people who live and breathe house music. It’s the least we can do.