At the Grammys this evening Kaskade was vocal with reporters about his hopes for the future of electronic dance music and the genres new found acknowledgement by the iconic awards ceremony;
“The Grammys have embraced us and are figuring out ways to include us, this year better than ever. The categories had some great artists in it and it was representational of what’s happening in my world.”
With Skrillex once again sweeping the dance music category and electronic music making waves at the 2013 Grammys, it’s no surprise that Kaskade believes that dance music is ready for ‘the big room.’ While mainstream popularity is often met with considerable disdain from devotees of the ‘scene,’ dance music’s effect on the global conversation is an important step to solidifying it as a genre and not a marketing fad.
Avicii and Diplo: two dance music extraordinaires that took 2012 by storm — enough so to earn prestigious Grammy nominations. From the year’s biggest productions to sold-out performances around the world, each proved to be standout entertainers and representatives of the mainstream-crossover jig. Thomas Pentz and Tim Berg — as listed by The Recording Academy — have occupied Hollywood this past week to prepare for what they anticipate will be a historic evening . So how are the guys gearing up for the 55th Annual Grammy show? Click below the break to find out.
Skrillex, Diplo, Kaskade, Tommy Trash and Nero have teamed up with (RED) to bring fans a Grammy’s pre-party called DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES on February 8th. The mostly invite-only event will be held at a secret location in Los Angeles and will benefit the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES offers a uniquely intimate setting for audience. If you’re interested in getting a more up-close and personal experience you can bid on the meet and greet package. The highest bidders wins the opportunity to meet dubstep heavy-weight Skrillex.
Not many can enchant audiences the way Ryan Raddon can. A statement only properly understood if you’ve experienced this Freak of Nature live. Last June, the renowned American producer captured desert festival-goers in this aw-inspiring set complete with famous mashups and Fire & Ice classics. Anyone who has experienced the hyped Insomniac festival knows Kaskade’s music flows perfectly with the fantasy world EDC creates. A highlight of the set is hearing the crowd roar as the fireworks go off during Call Out/Epic mashup, while the Move for Me/The Legend mashup may have the power to turn your Wednesday morning completely around. Tracklist after the break.
Ever since their first album, Empty Streets, was released in 2005, Late Night Alumni have been working tirelessly to blur the lines between live and electronic music. Comprised of Ryan Raddon, Finn Bjarnson, John Hancock, and vocalist Becky Jean Williams the band melds trance-like vocals and euphoric string work with Kaskade‘s poignant electronic influence to create a sound and style that is truly transcendent. For those of us not always content with the same old CDJ/Mixer set up, LNA provide a welcome reprieve from the tried and true formula – proving that electronic music can be created live without sacrificing it’s integrity.
Watch part of their performance at The Great Hall and go behind the scenes of Kaskade‘s side project in Part 1 of the 6 part video series. Their fourth album, The Beat Becomes The Sound, will be released on January 29th via Ultra Records.
Pretend you’ve never been to Marquee (at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.) Adrenaline seeps into your veins as you step through the velvety partitions. You are surrounded by suits and legs bookended by ultra-mini dresses and stilettos. Just before the elevator doors opens, the operator mirrors the grins around him and says, “Have fun tonight!” Drink in hand, you make your way to the floor. In case you weren’t sure, a mural on a wall proclaims, “You’re not in Kansas anymore.”
Driving through the desert from Orange County to Vegas, we were treated to the rare spectacle of moonrise over the barren peaks. Less than 24 hours ago, I had gotten final confirmation that I had won Dancing Astronaut’s editorial contest to cover the New Year’s Eve weekend at Marquee. Because no road trip to Vegas would be complete without it, we stopped at In-N-Out, hoping some double-doubles would fortify us against the sub-40 Nevada chill. After making a real friend out of the internet friend we were crashing with, we hastily decked ourselves out and hopped back on the I-15 towards the piercing, gleaming lights of the strip. The most powerful spotlight on earth reaches out towards the infinite depths of space from the top of the Luxor pyramid; like moths to flame, we were irresistibly compelled.
Kaskade’s mashups have become a staple of his world-class sets. Every so often (on a Monday), Kaskade will release his masterful mashups for free to his fans. Yesterday was one of those days. For this week’s KMM, Kaskade has paired “Surrender,” a lesser-known Kaskade original off 2006′s The Calm, with Hard Rock Sofa and Swanky Tunes’ euphoric original “Apogee.” The mashup is simple but effective. The combination of these two tracks is uncannily natural. Kaskade has an unparalleled ear for harmony, and his mashups are direct evidence of this. Pick up “Surrender Apogee” for free from SoundCloud.
Acoustic version of dance music songs are currently all the rage. We’ve heard acoustic versions of Zedd’s “Spectrum” and “Clarity,” Above & Beyond’s “Sun and Moon,” Hardwell’s “Spaceman,” Swedish House Mafia’s “Dont You Worry Child,” and now Kaskade’s “4AM.” The American producer tweeted it out last night alongside the following statement, “Seems like more electronic artists are getting into the idea of doing acoustic versions of their songs. When I filmed this 4 years ago all it did was confuse people and the label just looked at me strangely when I delivered it.” We’re glad the world is finally embracing acoustic remakes especially because 4AM is one of our favorite tunes of all time. Check it out above and let us know in the comments section what other songs you’d like to hear acoustic versions of.
Like any native of New Jersey, much of my younger 20s were spent stumbling through the neon lit and awkwardly carpeted atriums of Atlantic City’s dated casinos. In terms of luxury and elegance there wasn’t much to look forward to along the Jersey coastline. Debauchery? yes, luxury? hell no. When news of Revel’s development began, our eyes once again looked towards the Jersey coast. Their mission was bold – make Atlantic City a destination for more than just geriatrics on slot machines. It’s aim was to bring all of the luxury and grandeur of Vegas’s preeminent hotels to the North East, giving the residents of New Jersey and New York a Vegas of their own. The second we set foot inside the world class establishment last summer for Avicii’s performance at Ovation Hall, there was no question — they had succeeded.
2012 has been an exciting year for dance music, the scene has grown beyond any of our comprehensions, supplanting itself in popular culture, fueling the soundtrack of commercials, sitcoms, and even a Disney movie — shaking the foundation popular culture by establishing a new wave of music consumer. At the forefront of everything have been the artists, the true pioneers of the electronic dance music wave. With a scene as large and expansive as EDM, it was hard to honor only 50 – for every David Guetta or Calvin Harris there are droves of aspiring bedroom producers all doing their fair share of pushing the movement — simply by creating and sharing their art. With the EDM explosion officially in full swing in 2012, we saw countless new artists emerge, seasoned producers experiment with new sounds, and massive collaborations form that made crowning the “best” artist a nearly impossible task.
We’ve already covered 40 of the Biggest Artists of 2012 – hop past the break to see our picks for the final 10.