As the energy of electronic dance music continues to spread across the world, Asia reminds the rest of the globe that this Eastern contender won’t be left behind. Returning in March of 2014, Future Music Festival Asia opens its doors in Mines Wonderland in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 18+ three-day event invites attendees near and far to celebrate the ‘rumble in the jungle’ with both live and DJ sets from a wildly diverse set of headliners: Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Knife Party, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan, Rudimental, Chase and Status, Naughty Boy, Porter Robinson, Baauer, Sub Focus, Tinie Tempah, Gesaffelstein, Paul Van Dyk, ATB, Adventure Club, Arty, Brodinski, Carnage, Deniz Koyu, Markus Schulz, Monsta, R3hab and more, along with a special spotlight for Eric Prydz‘s first music festival appearance in Asia and the return of Armin van Buuren‘s celebrated ‘A State of Trance 650: New Horizons.’ There’s a little something for every type of music lover at Future Music Festival Asia, from heavy bass-step and trance to hip-hop and pop 40.
Tickets are available here for this March 13th to 15th event.
Zedd’s “Stay The Night” has received so much positive reception that for artists all over the world, getting their hands on the original production has proved an irresistible opportunity. Joining the ranks of Tiësto, Nicky Romero, DJ Snake and Schoolboy, Henry Fong is the latest to reveal a rendition of the track, which has been played out by both the Russian-German DJ/producer himself and Australian dub duo Knife Party. Melodic synths replace Zedd’s delicate piano playing while Fong uses a new framework to gently weave in Hayley Williams‘ ethereal vocals. The percussive buildup leads into deeper, stabbing electro synths reminiscent of “Hot Steppa,” but with additional rapidness and flare. Released with the official remix package, Fong’s electro take rounds out the start-studded offerings.
Though the DJ Mag polls have closed the Top 100 is not the only awards game in town, and Ibiza’s DJ Awards have ended the summer season by announcing their winners. Now in its 16th year, the ceremony took place on September 25th at Pacha and handed out 20 awards to the movers and shakers in the dance music world. Though an industry panel voted on such items as Track Of The Season and Breakthrough Artist, fans at home sent their favorite producers to the top of the pack in their genre, with Armin van Buuren sweeping both the Trance and International DJ category for his fifth and third year, respectively. Hardwell and Knife Party were also recognized for Electro and Dubstep/Drum & Bass, with Solomun, Luciano, Hot Natured and Maceo Plex scooping awards as well.
Check out the rest of the winners here.
With a stellar lineup featuring festival newbies and veterans alike, the Trance Addict stage at TomorrowWorld is sure to be a popular destination. A favorite spot at Tomorrowland each year across the pond, its debut on American soil is not to be missed. They’ve brought in some major players in the game, including Orjan Nilsen, tyDi, and Simon Patterson. They’ll be heating up the Chattahoochee festival grounds come Sunday, September 29th, the last day of TomorrowWorld. Don’t end the weekend without catching at least one of the artists on this stage.
After announcing their split in June of 2012, no one expected Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen to return to Pendulum anytime soon. The pair felt the electronic rock/drum and bass fusion had run it’s course. Swire asserted, ”We’re having too much fun with the Knife Party project. It’s also great because Pendulum towards the end sort of felt like we were doing it because we had to and that’s never a fun way to do music. Whereas Knife Party is pretty much solely us doing what we want to and if no one likes it we don’t care.” With a year past, Rob took to twitter to make an electrifying broadcast:
Since the international success of Immersion, featuring hits like “Watercolour” and “The Island,” fans have been clamoring for new material from the progressive band. After a four year hiatus, the group’s revival surely will be received emphatically from a dance music community eager for innovation, even if Rob doesn’t think so… (more…)
LA electronic music fans descended upon downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, ready to experience the sights and sounds of HARD Summer. Providing music that could attract ears of all types, from deep house to techno to electro to dubstep and back, the twelve hour event provided a well-curated display of the current pulse of dance music. Click through to read more about the moments that will be cemented in our minds.
Not too long after Feed Me announced to friends and fans that he’d be taking some time off from DJing, DJ/producer Rob Swire of Knife Party and Pendulum fame took to Twitter to let the world know he’d also be using his success to take his time for some much needed R&R and music writing time starting next year. Whether or not this trend continues to pervade for more and more touring DJs with tough road lives and schedules remains to be seen, but artists giving themselves ample time to focus on the core of their craft might not be a bad thing in our eyes.
Jump past the break to see his reflections.
Things just got a little more intense in Ibiza. Two years after choosing the island as the spot to play their first-ever show, Knife Party is returning with their full-fledged Haunted House setup. Over four Tuesdays this summer the dubstep duo will take over Amnesia, bringing the likes of Porter Robinson, Alesso and Steve Aoki with them. With previous stops on the tour involving chainsaws, pyro and semi-naked masked acrobats, it’s likely the super club will play host to all of that and more. If you happen to be in the area this summer there is truly no party like a Knife Party, so click here for tickets and more information.
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 May and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
Dancing Astronaut wraps up May for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. May’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Axwell, Hardwell with Dyro, Cirez D, and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from Arston, Steve Angello with Jacques Lu Cont, and Knife Party. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of May!
Knife Party returned with their third EP, Haunted House, on Monday, and for whatever reason, “LRAD” is the track that has hence received the most attention from fellow producers. While Candyland first debuted their signature ‘OG Trap Remix,’ now Walden has taken a stab at reworking Knife Party’s big room original. Keeping the drop’s minimal flavor alive, Walden layers distorted synths over the original’s powerful kick drum for a solid electro house bootleg.