For those who aren’t quite ready to embrace full-blown holiday cheer, HARD is swinging it back to early November with their Day of the Dead recap. The three-minute revisit highlights attendees’ skull-adorned and electrifying costumes along with standout performances from one of the most anticipated festival lineups of the year. Watch and reminisce with HARD head honcho Gary Richards, Pretty Lights, Eric Prydz, Boys Noize, a live performance from Bloody Beetroots, Zeds Dead, Calvin Harris, Giorgio Moroder and more. Though the video highlights an incredible array of dance music’s shining talent stars already, the short wouldn’t be complete without a bit from the two chief headlining acts: Catch a glimpse of Skrillex as he moves his sea of a crowd from his illuminating pumpkin stage and Deadmau5‘s haunting Hellraiser ‘Pinhead’ mask and next-level production.Posted by
As the energy of electronic dance music continues to spread across the world, Asia reminds the rest of the globe that this Eastern contender won’t be left behind. Returning in March of 2014, Future Music Festival Asia opens its doors in Mines Wonderland in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 18+ three-day event invites attendees near and far to celebrate the ‘rumble in the jungle’ with both live and DJ sets from a wildly diverse set of headliners: Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Knife Party, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan, Rudimental, Chase and Status, Naughty Boy, Porter Robinson, Baauer, Sub Focus, Tinie Tempah, Gesaffelstein, Paul Van Dyk, ATB, Adventure Club, Arty, Brodinski, Carnage, Deniz Koyu, Markus Schulz, Monsta, R3hab and more, along with a special spotlight for Eric Prydz‘s first music festival appearance in Asia and the return of Armin van Buuren‘s celebrated ‘A State of Trance 650: New Horizons.’ There’s a little something for every type of music lover at Future Music Festival Asia, from heavy bass-step and trance to hip-hop and pop 40.
Tickets are available here for this March 13th to 15th event.Posted by
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 electronic 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 dance music. It’s the least we can do.
Earlier this month, Twitter’s favorite dance music commentator Deadmau5 left his handle and announced that his management would be taking responsibility to announce music updates and news for the artist. Though the Canadian producer’s presence on the Internet has lulled, it seems he hasn’t been been sitting idle with his newfound time. Through his official Facebook, Joel stated, “launching a private site/subscription model really soon … imagine, we’ll finally have a camp we can enjoy with no spam, just unadulterated music and live streams and access to pretty much everything I have on the go.” The curiosity around Deadmau5′s latest project began to buzz, and Joel took to yet another social media site to further explain.
Today, on Reddit, Deadmau5 posted his own Q&A to alleviate the mystery behind his forthcoming site. He explains his subscription-based site will focus on music, similar to SoundCloud and Twitter but “with less noise.” In hopes to reconnect with his fans, the site will allow users to develop profiles, much like social media sites today, where individuals can connect and/or “receive kudos” from the Mau5 himself. Joel addresses the initial question of daunting subscription fees, first exploring the idea of a pay-for-access tier system, but hoping to keep it an all access type subscription that will be less than $4 or $5 per month that will eventually join mobile and app platforms as well.
The site, Joel explains, will be ad, spam and sponsor free. Unfortunately, fans eager to dive into Deadmau5′s “entire [unreleased] catalogue, pushing more than 400 tracks” will have to stay patient. Joel is still on the hunt for a single point/propriety app that will appropriately support his project. Stay tuned for future announcements and details on Deadmau5′s new music site.
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Mr. Joel Zimmerman may now be absent from Twitter, but thankfully he’s still active as ever on SoundCloud. A musically focused Deadmau5 released a series of short, moody tracks under the umbrella title 7, each named after one of the deadly sins. He’s appropriately overindulged in the third representing “Gula,” Latin for gluttony. Expanding on the original’s piano progression, Joel uploaded two new sounds, one sharing the same title and the second named “777.”
The newer “Gula” introduces percussion that features a grooving kick pattern, ditching the house-typical 4/4 count. When least expect it, the blast of a cloudy, reverb-heavy bass note hits your eardrums. “777” begins similarly, but with a distant clicking beat hiding in the background. This 13-minute expansion breaks for a squeaky lead melody in the ominous breakdown, which makes way for a progressive harmony back into the downbeat. Joel has voiced his interest in creating a sense of story-telling in his compositions, and this series of progress gives us a nice taste of what to expect.Posted by
What is it about Canadians and our Tim Hortons? Despite posting a picture on Twitter of his Ferarri 458 Italia with a cover over it, ready to be retired for the winter on Twitter, Deadmau5 brought it out again for a coffee run with Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani of Infected Mushroom. Over the 45 minute drive across Toronto, the two talk about Tim Hortons’ donuts (speaking from a lot of personal experience), Infected Mushroom’s live stage setup, a theft at the Roseland Ballroom, and a few of their favorite venues. Joel also manages to squeeze in a few quick details about his upcoming album.Posted by
Some artists’ social media platforms are run by management, but Deadmau5‘s opinionated voice has shone through his tweets over the years. Today, he announced on Tumblr that he is stepping down from Twitter and moving forward his account will be in the hands of his management. He writes, “My reasons are my own, not because of something i said, not because of this hilarious I.R.A. vs “ira” craic, not because of lady gaga’s infinite legions of brain dead fans. but as i said… reasons of my own.” Although he will no longer be personally active on Twitter, the mau5 has assured fans that music will still be consistently uploaded to Soundcloud, and that his Twitter account will continue to keep listeners up to date on the latest and greatest. For now, Zimmerman is choosing to focus his time in the studio rather than “Be[ing] force-fed stupid shit that annoys me.” He makes it clear that in no way is he trying to abandon fans by closing all connections, thanking them for their “Continued support and understanding of my decision to personally unplug myself from the very thing that’s making me upset.”
On another note, Joel’s new Tricaster is set to arrive today, meaning that there may be more live streaming with direct audio in the future.
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Following the chart-topping Dance (RED) Save Lives Compilation album, the cancer-fighting (RED) organization has once again put together an astounding lineup of features and tracks for the second part of their compilation series. As standouts from the track list, Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, and Deadmau5 will all own spots on the charitable project, and the yet unheard “Infinite Daps” from Baauer and RL Grime also makes an appearance to heighten expectations and increase the pain of anticipation even further. Dance (RED) Save Lives 2 is already available for preorder, and is expected to debut November 25th.
While the well-known festival circuit keeps electronic fans in Europe and North America busy during the summer months, it isn’t until winter that Australia sees its biggest celebrations of music, and Stereosonic Festival is amongst the few favorites in the land down under. This year, Thump, a Vice Network channel, has allied with (RED) to stream Stereosonic as a celebration of World AIDS Day on November 30th. Although specifics of who exactly will be streamed are so far unconfirmed, event headliners include dance music greats Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, and Sebastian Ingrosso on top of many more.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Canadian producer Joel Zimmerman revealed vague, but imminent plans to focus on a sense of storytelling through his music. Staying true to Deadmau5‘s blasé ‘tude, the producer has been hinting towards his musical plot with sporadic uploads of work-in-progress snippets of powerful, contemplative melodic tunes. Deadmau5 has risen to his word with an abrupt absence on Twitter and debuted an upload of seven short tracks on his official SoundCloud. Uploaded under the pertinent title ’7,’ the 19 minute mix features a haunting and poignant soundscape that showcases Zimmerman’s eloquent progressive talent. He rises through evocative piano crescendos and falls into deep melancholic progressions through his seven latest works: “Acedia,” “Avarita,” “Gula,” “Invidia,” “Ira,” “Luxuria,” and “Superbia.” These seven Latin terms coordinate with the ‘Seven Deadly Sins,’ sloth, greed, gluttony, envy, wrath, lust and pride, respectively. Without a provided explanation, Deadmau5 leaves it to his listeners to weave their own storyline throughout the emblematic playlist.
Though Deadmau5 remains quiet on the Twitter-sphere for now, the Canadian electronic music talent has already begun building up a busy schedule for 2014, beginning with a New Year’s Eve performance in New York and with plans in the works for a large-scale tour.Posted by
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Deadmau5 gives fans insight as to what they can expect from his new music, and the concept behind his latest work. With 12 songs that he is confident in so far, Joel says ”there’s this really sordid, pretty vibe” to his masterpieces, most of which were influenced by Radiohead’s “Codex.” As always, the mau5 prefers to keep his records vague and open to interpretation, rather than keeping them rigid and uniformed.