Want an easy way to make sure you are up to date on all the latest, best music? Dancing Astronaut takes a look at the top 10 tracks officially released in October and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
Dancing Astronaut wraps up October for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. October’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Alesso with Calvin Harris, Hardwell with MAKJ, Diplo, and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from Junior Sanchez, Chromeo with Oliver, and Gesaffelstein. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of October!
Panama promoter Showpro and Disco Donnie are banding together to bring the three-day Day After Festival to Panama City this January 2014. From January 10th to 12th, Figali Plaza will host ten of dance music’s most resound names: Calvin Harris, Afrojack, Deorro, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Nervo, Quintino and Sidney Samson.
As one of America’s largest promotion companies, Disco Donnie continues to bring events not only to the States, but Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean in effort to continue bringing in an immense international crowd together for dance music. In collaboration with Panama’s leading ticket distributor, the Day After Festival is guaranteed to be a first-class production to showcase celebrated performances of some of dance music’s finest talent to a worldwide audience. Head here for more information regarding tickets and artist schedules to come.
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As a thank you to his loyal fans for helping him hit 100,000 likes on Facebook, Clockwork has given away Hardwell’s re-working of “Tremor.” This take amps up the original track and gives it an extra punch, à la Rambo, of Dutch House. The build starts off with more energy making it a less drastic yet pumped up climb, while the drop is still ear-popping. Out of the archives and into the hands of the public as an edit of the now-number one DJ in the world, claim “Tremor” as your own.
Other than the fact that it is finally Friday, BBC Radio 1 gives us another reason to be excited tonight — Dutch duo W&W, aka Ward van der Harst and Willem van Hanegam, will showcase their debut Essential Mix tonight on BBC Radio 1. It was only this year that the two truly made a name for themselves in the dance music community, but what shocked the world the most was their utmost quality and consistency. While it is generally the case that lesser-known artists find fame in that one incredible track, W&W didn’t just stop after “The Code” became one of 2013′s anthems. Shortly thereafter, they released an electrifying collaboration on Armada Music with none other than Armin van Buuren, “D# Fat,” in addition to this past summer’s most popular remix of Armin’s “This Is What It Feels Like.” Finally, we can’t forget the infectious nature of their single, “Thunder,” and their production with Hardwell, “Jumper.” The list goes on, but it is clear that the Dutchmen are doing it right, combining trance’s uplifting characteristics with the ground-breaking magnitude of electro and progressive house.
Tune in here at 8 PM EST/1 AM GMT.
It’s no secret that Holland has earned a reputation for birthing a plethora of top-tier modern electronic music talent, as if a synthesizer is standard by the side of every crib. Since 2011, the county’s own Dyro has been steadily rising to the top of the charts and into countless DJ sets with continued support from Hardwell and Revealed Recordings. The Dutch electro-juggernaut has most recently stirred up buzz by claiming the #30 spot on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ rankings, marking the highest new entry position in the competition’s history. Perhaps to celebrate, Dyro gives us a big taste of the sound that brought him here. “Go Down” is festival-sized big room banger with a fast progression build-up that leads to an intense drop with the power to make any crowd go absolutely nuts. Consistent but certainly no one trick pony, the young producer shows no signs of slowing down or breaking away from a style he truly owns.
On Saturday, Dutch breakout Dyro became the highest new entry in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, debuting at number 30 and cementing yet another excuse for Revealed Recording to celebrate – the first reason of course being the installation of Hardwell as the poll’s overall champion. Just moments after being crowned the highest new entry of the 2013 poll at Amsterdam RAI, Dyro told Dancing Astronaut: “This is an absolute honor for me. I am feeling great. It is all still a little bit surreal and I could never have thought it would be this high. You start thinking about the numbers and then all the social media hype kicks in, but I could never have guessed it would be this big for me in 2013.”
The announcement comes at the tail end of one of his biggest years to date, which saw the young Dutch breakout don his first Beatport number one alongside Hardwell for “Never Say Goodbye” as well as an extended streak of visibility on the global clubbing circuit. When asked about the pressures of his profile growing so rapidly throughout the year, he explained: “The pressure is getting bigger and it is harder to actually find time to get into the studio. I am not complaining, but this year it got very hard to get in the studio, but with time you work out how to balance the touring and recording element. Most importantly, this is still fun, even as it gets harder.”
With his next Revealed Recordings offering “Go Down” unleashed upon the digital market today, the year ahead looks to be no quieter for Dyro and his persuasive industry overhaul. With talk of his first North American solo tour and impending collaborations from the likes of poll-entering peers Dannic and Shermanology, new music looks to be an obvious focus for 2014. Posed with the task of offering advice to artists who aspired to ascend the industry in the same vein, Dyro offered the following advice: “The most important bit is to believe in yourself. If you are just starting out – look at your music as a learning process. You don’t have to release everything you make. Some tracks just end up being a vital piece of the puzzle for your learning curve. You have to accept it and use the elements that did work in moving forward.”
Dutch DJ/producer Hardwell has become the youngest ever victor of the DJ Mag Top 100 poll. Knocking national peer Armin Van Buuren to second place, the 25-year old Revealed Recordings head honcho was presented the honor by Giorgio Moroder for the poll’s 20th recurrence. Despite dropping two places, Tiësto receives KLM’s DJ legend award, commemorating years of globetrotting service from the Dutch icon. Revealed label mate and national peer Dyro became the highest new entry of the competition (30). New entries also include Krewella, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Stafford Brothers, Bl3ND, Vicetone and Ummet Ozcan, with Showtek and Myon & Shane 54 re-entering the poll for 2013.
View all the results here.
ADE may be in Amsterdam, but that does not mean you have to miss out on it. Hardwell and Tiësto are providing fans worldwide the opportunity to tune into their parties tonight via live streams, perfect as soundtracks for your own weekend ahead. Hardwell’s Revealed Records will be broadcast live tonight, while Danny Avila and Calvin Harris will join the king of club life on the decks in the other feed. Tune in to the videos after the break, where the URLs and embeds are below.
In true red carpet fashion outside of the “I Am Hardwell” premiere in Amsterdam, exQlusiv TV got a chance to bump shoulders with a few of the industry’s biggest names including Tiësto and Armin Van Buuren. In the beginning of the snippet, when Tiësto is asked who the number one DJ will be, he confirms that Hardwell is indeed the new king of the DJ Mag poll.
“I know 100-percent sure, it’s going to be Mr. Hardwell at number one. I believe in him, because he did so well this year and he has so many loyal followers which is important. He has a lot of great music, he’s done a great job, and he had a great show at Tomorrowland where he played amazing. So, it makes sense.” – Tiesto
In the video, Hardwell (looking like an absolute boss in that suit) says that he is unsure of the rankings and that everything will be confirmed only after the official rankings come out on Saturday. It is also rumored that Tiësto is going to be given the Lifetime Achievement Award during the awards ceremony.
You can catch both artists this month at Hakkasan Las Vegas, where they currently have exclusive residencies.
Via: exQlusiv TV
Now in its 25th year, Amsterdam Dance Event continues to draw artists, professionals and fans from across the globe to celebrate the electronic dance music industry. To commemorate 25-years of dance music in the Netherlands and the ongoing relevance of the annual conference, DA turned to some of the nation’s finest musical assets to tell the unique story of Dutch dance music from the mouths of the artists that have kept in such high esteem. At the tail-end of his most prolific year to date, Hardwell tops off our series with his take on the global overhaul of Dutch dance music.