As dance music’s popularity increases, so does dissent amongst its most ardent supporters. What was once a purely “underground” phenomena has since grown into a worldwide industry, isolating veterans of the scene who feel disparaged by the direction their favorite artists have taken in pursuit of profit, popularity, and mainstream viability. One genre that until recently had managed to avoid the dreaded “Americanization” was hardstyle, who’s number one spokesperson Willem Rebergen, better known as the hardstyle icon Headhunterz, now finds himself suddenly and unfairly the target of vitriol from fans of the genre both old and new.
On Friday night of EDC at the brand new Hakkasan Las Vegas nightclub, Tiësto spent a portion of his set accompanied by the legendary Giorgio Moroder who shared a shot with the house music icon. They’re both legends in their own right, and Tiësto shared details about his evening with Huffington Post;
“He’s one of my youth heroes…He’s such a talented producer and to meet him, yeah, it’s one of those things, like, so cool. He comes to my show and he stayed the whole set actually; I played for three hours and he was there for three hours. He’s in his seventies and still rocking strong. We did shots together and it was fun to hang out together. I was honored that he came actually.”
He went on to discuss Daft Punk’s latest album and his opinion regarding its impressive success, stating that on Random Access Memories “the music doesn’t deliver on the hype so much” but instead asserts that “Because it’s Daft Punk and we want to believe the hype; we are cool people so we have to think this is cool.”
Although nothing is certain, Moroder and Tiësto did exchange numbers and the Musical Freedom label head wasn’t shy about the possibility of a collaboration; “he did a collaboration with Daft Punk, so why not with me?”
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Laidback Luke is known very well for his attention to fans on Twitter, and a recent, mind-boggling question has him responding in a guest blog for Huffington Post; ”Did you forget how to produce or something?” Luke’s affirmative answer is no, but he defends himself to critics in length and attests that the negative backlash in unwarranted.
“Giving my experience in production, it’s very unlikely for me to have forgotten how to produce,” Luke responded to the mindless question before he reminded followers that he’s been producing for over twenty years and has completed over 3,000 tracks. While many brush off criticism that strikes as ignorant, the wholehearted DJ goes into depth to assure fans that he is on top of his game and not to be concerned.
Earlier today the New York Post reported that Pharrell had allegedly made statements regarding Daft Punk’s future touring plans. According to Page Six, the “Get Lucky” collaborator made mention of hitting the road with Daft Punk “next year.” These statements, however, were quickly refuted by Daft Punk’s team in an official statement to Huffington Post citing that “no tour is planned.”
It is still plausible that Pharrell accidentally leaked information regarding the duo’s upcoming tour. We’re still confident that Daft Punk will be taking the stage sooner rather than later, especially with Random Access Memories slated for a May release.
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The M Machine recently took to the Huffington Post to share their opinion on the relationship between computers and music, particularly the rise of EDM in the wake of advancing technology. After the release of their Metropolis Part II EP to a ubiquitous warm reception, it’s common consensus that this San Franciscan trio is not your average set of musicians. The M Machine begin their editorial with two distinct points: the ascension of computer processing has led to an infinite canvas of creative, digital expression, and our generation’s social media aptitude has fostered an unparalleled virtual connectivity, both of which are fueling the recent explosion of EDM. The M Machine go on, a bit more romantically, to describe the “magic” in digital music production. (more…)Posted by
Reflecting upon over two decades spent working in the cause of dance music, Tommie Sunshine took to Huffington Post this week to share a guest blog entitled ‘EDM is Growing Up.’ Much like one of his Twitter rants, Tommie’s message spreads love and optimism for dance music in the new year — only using a few more than 140 characters.
“That time is upon us… it’s going to be an amazing year for EDM and the emerging culture around it.”
Steve Angello: SHM ‘wasn’t having fun,’ new album ‘by the end of the year,’ business people ‘don’t understand’
Steve Angello recently spoke to the Huffington Post, and the oft-candid dance music icon offered a refreshingly honest take on the state of things — a growing trend these days. “Every city and promoter in the world wants to have a festival, and thinks they can,” says Steve. “But they don’t know how to.” That’s just one of the choice quotes from the interview, which is surprisingly revealing and gives an intimate look at the last-bearded SHM member. Steve affirms his grip on the remaining authenticity of dance music is nothing less than uncompromising and gives us sincere responses on topics such as big business, the state of SHM, the art of DJing, and more.