David Guetta sat down with CNN before his set at Tomorrowland 2013 to discuss the growth of electronic music over the course of the past five years. Getting his start in the late 80s, Guetta saw house music’s growth in Europe and seized an opportunity to bridge a gap between US urban culture and electronic music. Working with Akon and other hip hop and R&B talents, Guetta succeeded in changing the format of US radio; “Everything was downtempo [on radio in the US] and all of a sudden everything became uptempo.” He also acknowledges his crossover appeal in tandem with the strength of the underground, praising the diversity of the community as one of dance music’s greatest assets. Comparing electronic music to hip hop, Guetta believes that the genres are similar in that they both came from the underground before crossing over, noting that hip hop’s growth has continued for over 20 years and electronic music is still in its infancy.
“It’s a wonderful snowball that keeps getting bigger and biggerand bigger.”
One of the most memorable moments of Tomorrowland 2013 was the back to back to back set from Nicky Romero,David Guetta and Afrojack. Taking over the stage for 2 hours on the festival’s final day, three of the biggest names in dance music populated the booth together and delivered a once-in-a-lifetime festival experience to thousands of fans. With a track list that features the biggest and best from all three of their catalogs, the back to back to back left the most lasting impression of the weekend. For those lucky enough to experience it in person the recap is a fond reminder of the power of Tomorrowland – for those who missed it, its all the more reason to purchase tickets for next year.
It’s been a positive year for Dutch breakouts Sick Individuals, furthered by their inauguration to Steve Angello’s recently formed X imprint this month. Off the back of remix duties for Rihanna and David Guetta, their two-track label debut offers a significant change of pace both for label and artists alike. Whilst “Drum Machine” serves up a stripped back tip to the sound of European house music, “Chase” tests the electro house style guide with an array of melodic progressions and big room beats.
Tomorrowland will once again invade Belgium this weekend, marking its ninth chapter with an expected attendance of over 180,00 fans hailing from over 214 nations around the globe. With a lineup vast enough to boast over 400 artists, the pool of headliners alone trump rival events, no single dance music genre is left unacknowledged, and the odds of discovering new talent are in favor of the attendees. Before TomorrowWorld touches down in Atlanta this September, Boom offers a heavenly opportunity for festival-goers — but with endless options come difficult decisions.
Want to visit all 15 stages, see your favorite DJ, experiment with new sounds, all while taking the time to witness sets in full? Navigating Tomorrowland will be no easy task, but one all fans should be excited to attempt — and that’s where DA has you covered. In the midst of an endless sea of talent, here are ten moments you won’t want to miss…
Rihanna is no stranger to electronic music, no stranger to smash hits, and has enlisted the right friends to align both concepts. Rihanna found more than just love in a hopeless place when she linked up with Calvin Harris for the airwave dominating “We Found Love,” and her single alongside David Guetta with co-production from Nicky Romero, “Right Now,” has a “Metropolis” sound infiltrating pop culture. This week, the record is taking new direction, away from the national television commercial and and directly into nightlife arena.Amongst a remix package that includes artists such as Sick Individuals and Justin Prime, Dyro continues his blazing-hot summer with the premiere rendition, his own club mix.
When we named Miami genre-defilers GTA one of our summer breakthrough artists of 2013, it was very much on the merit of their ability to break boundaries like few others on the beat. Six months into the year and still tearing up the road alongside Rihanna and David Guetta for their European arena tour, the duo has dropped a new remix for Kylie Minogue to assert that a little pop exposure is yet to cull their devastating club sensibilities.
Accompanied by further remixes from Switch, Nom De Strip and Hot Mouth, GTA take the notably club-savvy original to new and untamed heights. Having gathered such handles as lovestep and trap over the years, their remix of “Skirt” rallies pitch-pervading electro house with their signature chimes in full effect, all to the avail of a worthy example of modern dance music’s response to the ever-popular pop-to-club crossover.
Since Rihanna released Unapologetic last year, nearly all of her dance-pop records have seen commercial success, including her collaboration with David Guetta. “Right Now” has been her most recent record to take global airwaves by storm, lead by the production from David Guetta and Nicky Romero. On the way comes the track’s remix package, which will feature takes from Revealed star Dyro. With a club mix and radio edit complete for the package, Dyro swaps the “Metropolis” sound for his own progressive chord work, giving “Right Now” yet another facet of electronic appeal.
David Guetta has branded his own line of festival music with his Jack Back imprint, beginning with his Nicky Romero collaboration, “Metropolis,” and further finding a distinct sound with offerings from the likes of Spencer & Hill and Daddy’s Groove. This week hosts the label’s fifth release, a production from Dirty Dutch duo Glowinthedark and David himself. “Ain’t A Party” boasts guitar-laden, rock-influenced hooks and deep, echoing drops to juxtapose the live instrumentation. The shrieking vocals are left ringing throughout the track, which allows Glowinthedark’s skills to shine with a subtle sense Guetta’s influence.
After a prolific spree of releases for 2013, Miami’s GTA have announced a 34-date debut arena tour alongside Rihanna. The genre-defiant duo, whose repertoire of high-profile live action has already peak considerably over the past six months, will join Guetta and Haim as main support to the iconic pop star throughout June and July. Starting in Spain and ending in Finland, the tour comprises of such legendary venues as Stade De France and Twickenham stadium, taking the boys out of a recent spree of studio work alongside Chris Lake for their most high-profile live escapade to date. See the full list of dates below and hear volume two of their “Death To Genres” mix series to see the eclectic clubbing epiphany European fans have in store this summer.
If you’re looking to dance, party, and celebrate Memorial Day Weekend like a rockstar — or better yet, EDM star — there’s no better destination than Las Vegas. While brand new nightlife venues opened for their inaugural seasons, Vegas’ mainstay and hottest electronic commodity, XS, opened doors like it was business as usual. Between weekend bookend sets from Avicii and Steve Angello, David Guetta and his once-upon-a-time understudy, Afrojack, both took the decks of XS last Saturday to deliver their sets as they gear up for the summer. Listen to both and follow along with the tracklists below the break.