When Swedish House Mafia announced their split last year, many (almost all) EDM fans were heartbroken. It was hard to understand how and why such a loved trio was deciding to end their reign in the land of music. Countless interviews were conducted posing the “big question:” why are they breaking up? Despite the answers we received, it was still hard to believe. Their “One Last Tour” was set for 2012 – 2013 and after their “final curtain” at Ultra, we were all saying goodbye to the iconic Swedish trio.
But not so fast, although we may not be getting new productions and releases anytime soon, fans will be somewhat appeased by the upcoming release of a documentary that follows this brotherhood behind the booth, in and out of hotels rooms and through their everyday lives. In the first clip, we get a small peek at the positive aspects of their life and tour (those that made us want to be DJs too) and some of the negative aspects, which threatened to tear these three best friends apart – and finally did. Full of nostalgia, this first clip gives a glance into their last year as a dominant force – the last year we saw them together as one. It also begs the question: Will SHM ever reunite?
Expect further clips to be released in the upcoming weeks. Full documentary coming soon.
On August 28, 2009, Adam Goldstein had passed away, found dead in his apartment resulting from years of drug addiction. Nearly four years later, DJ AM is being remembered and his life story will be captured in the forthcoming documentary, “As I AM: The Life And Times Of DJ AM.” Steve Aoki, Travis Barker, Pasquale Rotella are amongst the friends and industry professionals featured in the film directed by Kevin Kerslake, the man responsible for the “Electric Daisy Carnival Experience” film. “His story is very complex, he had some deep passions and very aggressive demons,” Kerslake said of the documentary that will feature footage throughout Goldstein’s life. The trailer was debuted last week at EDMBiz and the full-length movie is set for a theatrical release later this year.
Derek Vincent Smith’s new Pretty Lights album has been a long time in the making. So long, in fact, that fans (myself included) have become overbearingly curious as to what the glitch hop mastermind has been up to this whole time. Thankfully, VICE‘s new documentary on the making of A Color Map of the Sun has elucidated Derek’s rigorous process. Approaching his new album without the use of extraneous samples, Smith worked with countless musicians in New York and New Orleans to create and render his own vinyl. Watch VICE‘s new video for an extended insight into the inspiring process behind Pretty Lights’ new album.
Special note: early Monday morning on Renman Live, Derek announced that his upcoming album will be followed by both a remix album with harder, bassier VIPs, as well as a new Pretty Lights tour backed by a full band. Exciting times ahead for PLM fans.
German techno duo Pan-Pot’s most recent EP White Fictionis still on heavy rotation on our various msuic players, but what we have not yet mentioned to you, our adoring readers, is the very well-produced documentary that came along with the EP’s release back at the end of last year. Pan-Pot might not be a name quite as well-known to some of us stateside, but it is clear from this documentary they are a massive force to be reckoned globally.
On the day before the release of Swedish House Mafia’s final Until Now album we thought it’d be cool to share their documentary, Take One. Many of you have probably seen it already, but if not, it’s a great look at Axwell, Steve, and Seb right as Swedish House Mafia was starting to take off. This is from a time long before things like “Greyhound,” “Masquerade Motel,” Madison Square Garden, and Milton Keynes Bowl were in the equation, and it’s pretty crazy to see how far they have come in just a few years. Whether you’re a fan or not, it’s impossible to overlook their incredible rise to superstardom. Take One is a solid throwback to remind everyone how they got here.
Readers in the United States can watch the high quality version of this on Hulu.
Last weekend you got a history lesson with How Clubbing Changed The World and this week we’re fast forwarding to 2012. A Year In the Life of Armin Van Buuren just went live on KLM’s YouTube channel, and it’s a great way to spend an hour of your weekend.
Sometimes you can judge an event based on the line that forms even before the doors open. First, are there actually people waiting outside? How far down the street does the line stretch? How loud are those people waiting in the queue? Saturday, August 27th at Slagthuset in Malmö, Sweden, we could follow the the parade of loud clubbers for blocks — up the cobblestone streets all the way from the train station straight into to the venue. But the journey to Avicii didn’t start there, for us at least. Read along for a special look at an Avicii set in which we weren’t just spectators, but included in the action behind the scenes. (more…)
There’s no denying that DJs are a hot commodity right now, and connecting with their fanbase is an easy way to harness support. Yesterday we caught Afrojack’s EDC wrapup video, and today we present one from Max Vangeli during Miami Music Week. This “mini-documentary” features Max giving some great commentary over video footage taken at various parties and locations over the sunny seven days. Cameos from Kaskade and AN21 make it even more worth the watch, but the production quality alone is really impressive. If you’ve got six minutes to spare, be sure to click that play button above — and don’t forget to watch our own videos on YouTube for even more similar content. Shouldn’t it be required of all DJs to do one of these?
We’re still reeling from the sheer amount of music that came out of EDC Vegas, but it looks like we won’t have to wait long for more electric goodness. For one night only, August 4, the “Electric Daisy Carnival Experience” will be aired in movie theaters nationwide. The documentary features clips from some of our favorite DJs ever, including Kaskade, SHM, Afrojack, deadmau5, and Laidback Luke. No word on whether or not you’ll be able to download a copy on iTunes or stream via Netflix, but we have a feeling that you won’t be totally SOL if you can’t make it to a theater when August 4th rolls around. Full list of participating theaters is available here.
PS: We’re throwing the official EDC 2011 teaser up after the break… just to make the wait a little even more painful.