Back with vengeance after a landmark first year, We Are FSTVL returns as a two-day event to Damyn’s Hall Aerodrome in Upminster on August 25-26 with a jam-packed line-up of essential dance talents from across the globe. Whilst Saturday’s line-up is dominated by Richie Hawtin, Disclosure, Maya Jane Coles, Chuckie and Cazzette, it is the likes of Fatboy Slim, Solomun and Duke Dumont that keep the momentum ticking for Sunday’s mainstage action. Stage hosting duties come from Defected In The House, Paradise, Cocoon, Circo Loco and RAM alike, making the seemingly impossible culmination of Kenny Dope Gonzalez, Camo & Krooked, Nina Kraviz, Andy C and Kryder a surefire landmark on the British festival circuit. Given last year’s triumphant sell-out stature, this bank holiday weekend extravaganza provides an early and eclectic reason to look forward to warmer times and an impressive summer soundtrack. Grab early bird tickets now and hit more to see the full line-up in all its glory.
With over 300 artists and 38 hours of overlapping music this weekend, the number of tracks heard at TomorrowWorld is somewhere in the thousands. While not even almighty Internet can spit out a list of every tune that received play time in the Chattahoochee Hills, a few tracks were heard again and again, earning anthem status and a firm spot in the memory of the Main Stage attendees. While some older tracks like “In My Mind,” “Wakanda” and “Reload” still frequently made their way into sets, we’ve compiled the ten tunes that defined the most recent chapter in the Book Of Wisdom.
Brighton hometown hero Norman Cook, or internationally touring DJ Fatboy Slim, has ventured outside the realm of electronic music and into the risky food business. Back in June, he opened up the Big Beach Cafe in his seaside hometown of Brighton, in hopes he’s able to “cement [his] relationship with the community” and give something valuable back. The space of the cafe was formerly an all-vegan spot, so at the very least, some patrons may just be thankful to find non-vegan options after a day at the beach. Norman seems to know the market — he went to school in Brighton, brings the Big Beach Boutique shows to the shores of Brighton every year, and rather than focusing on an upscale establishment, knows the cafe culture is what lies at Brighton’s core.
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Fatboy Slim turned down offer to judge Simon Cowell’s DJ contest, encouraged the show’s cancellation
Back in 2012, Simon Cowell looked to apply his X-Factor and American Idol reality show model towards the booming genre of dance music, as he announced that he would begin a TV program in search of “the world’s greatest DJs.” Months later, the New York Post reported that Cowell’s “X-Factor for DJ” concept had been called off; a sigh of relief for just about anybody with appreciation for the genre.
What would Cowell’s “EDM American Idol” contest have looked like anyway? Well, Fatboy Slim has spoken out to reveal that he was offered to become one of the show’s judges, but that he turned down the offer and even insisted that Cowell should not proceed with production, begging “Please don’t do it. It’ll ruin it for the rest of us.”
“As dance music gets taken over by people like Cowell it becomes about being famous and money, the nasty side which I think for years it was relatively free of. Kids grow up thinking to be a DJ, you’ve got to be sexy and bling… It’s not about that. I’m glad that’s one bandwagon he didn’t jump on.”
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It would require fingers and toes to count the amount of times “Animals” was heard, and the same could be said for anthems such as “Cannonball,” “Clarity,” or “Play Hard.” Beneath the most played tracks at Tomorrowland, however, certain drops stood out with significance, truly making an impression on Tomorrowland and its crowd. These tracks influenced the festival on a level only comprehendible for those immersed within its sets, stages and, most importantly, the dreamworld experience in which they created.
Dancing Astronaut was on the ground to catch the moments where select records made an impact and became symbolic of dance music’s greatest weekend; here we proudly present our soundtrack to Tomorrowland 2013.
Unless you’ve been hiding out with no internet access all summer, you’ve heard ubiquitous anthem “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” played across sets and social media networks. Calvin Harris has spun the Fatboy Slim and Riva Starr collab into a gritty acid house mainstay showcasing a more electro-driven sound than what we’re used to. Previewed first during his EDC Vegas set in June and heard throughout summer sets, this song is proof his sound may be making a departure from the Top 40 charts after all.Posted by
The final eighteen Burn Studios Residency contestants have spent the last two weeks in an intensive bootcamp stationed on Ibiza. The bootcamp, comprised of master classes from the mentors, technical lectures, and several other challenges including opportunities to perform, offers three winners residencies at white isle hotspots. The first three mentors — Fatboy Slim, Solomun, and Joe Goddard — each taught the contestants something different ranging from how to create a killer mix and offering production guidance, to the importance of image and sneak peeks at new music. The second trio of mentors, which includes Avicii, Maceo Plex, and Steve Lawler brought with them their own set of tricks.
Upon his arrival to Ibiza Avicii unwrapped a surprise for two contestants who were invited to perform alongside the star at an exclusive Burn Yard event — part of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Budapest. Fire Flowerz and Yamato were chosen as the winners of this prize and both expressed excitement. “We’re totally overwhelmed to have been chosen to perform with Avicii in such an exciting environment and in front of such a huge crowd, it’s incredible.” said Fire Flowerz.
In addition to mentoring contestants in the studio, Avicii also gave contestants an exclusive sneak peak of his debut artist album, due out later this year.Posted by
In days 1 and 2 of the sixth annual International Music Summit in Ibiza, the dance music industry conglomerated to reflect on the status of music, posit the future, and award the best of the past. After a brief introduction by the IMS partners (including Pete Tong and Danny Whittle), the group moved right into the IMS Business Report which, much to everyone’s liking, showed that from 2011 to 2012, there has been a 36% growth in the sale of dance/electronic tracks, higher than any other genre by far.
In the late 90s and early 2000s, electronic music experienced a brief but influential revival on US airwaves, championed by the big beat sounds of Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy and others – each of whom’s aggressive approach to dance music took our popular culture by storm. Not only were the tracks some of the most iconic of the time, but their music videos were equally influential – allowing the big beat sound to infect airwaves and television sets alike. The charm of this era of dance music speaks to most dance music fans – it sparks nostalgia for a simpler time, when the parties were deeper, the beats bigger, and the scene much more authentic. We’ve put together our 10 favorite big beat songs and their accompanying videos after the break, so grab your weapon of choice, find your head, start a fire or two and then let forever be – these are the Dancing Astronaut‘s Top 10 Block Rockin’ Big Beat Music Videos.
Editors’ Selections is an opportunity for your favorite Dancing Astronaut contributors to talk about some of the music they’re listening to that we might not always get an opportunity to post about from week to week. Sometimes it’s out there, sometimes it’s obscure, but you’ll always get a peek into what we’re loving behind closed doors.