The Discovery Project was always a fun project that gave aspiring artists the opportunity to showcase their talents quite literally on the grandest of stages – at Insomniac events. This year with Motorola’s help, the program will reach new heights, and this is one opportunity you do not want to miss.
The White Wonderland Discovery Project is looking for a DJ/producer to grace its stages this year, and that is not all. Laidback Luke (known for his dedication to education) will be the Moto X Mentor who will spend an afternoon guiding the lucky but skilled winner, a perfect way to ring in the new year.
Furthermore, this contest is no longer regulated to a musical contest. Later this year, art installations, costume design , and set design competitions will all be a part of the Discovery Project program as this becomes a platform to highlight creatives artists, and not just musicians.
There is only one week left in the competition, so enter here to get your chance of a lifetime.
Festival favorite Laidback Luke has revealed his latest undertaking with up-and-coming electro house producer Peking Duk. The collab “Mufasa” instantly sets itself apart from other big room hits with an eclectic other-worldly vibe that rapidly creeps up into an explosive electro bass drop laced with a hint of trap flair. With an unconventional yet welcomed sound, it’s evident that the producers attempt to put a distinct twist on the cookie cutter formula: When announcing his latest production on Twitter today, Laidback Luke explains, “I’m very diverse! I’ll make what I play!”
Release date: TBA
Just a few weeks away from hectic holiday season, Insomniac has finally confirmed their White Wonderland New Year’s Eve celebration. Lineup rumors and concerns about the event’s absence in the NYE events roster can finally be laid to rest, as the full overlay of headliners has been unveiled. This Southern California event stays true to tradition by asking attendees to dress in all white attire to ring in 2014 with their headlining talent and a strictly 21+ crowd. This year, ATB, Congorock, Cosmic Gate, Dash Berlin, Laidback Luke and Steve Angello will light up the stage at the ‘New Year’s Eve gala.’ Tickets will go on sale on November 23rd here.
Dillon Francis has made countless accomplishments in 2013, and the year isn’t even over yet. Most recently, he has taken up the role of Olli Springer in Martin Solveig and Laidback Luke‘s commercial for “Blow,” raised over 6K for After School Matters, and unleashed one of the defining singles of his career with “Without You.” Yesterday, the funny man announced on Facebook even more good news: A debut album release. After all the singles and EP’s Francis has released over the years, an album has been a long time coming. He updated fans that he is “like 85% done” and that he will likely release two singles before the album (tentatively) goes live in March. Let the countdown jokes begin.
Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen, or Laidback Luke, is now 37: a living legend in a young man’s game. Despite all his accomplishments, Laidback Luke is always looking ahead at new projects that fascinate and interest him. Right now, one of his passions is helping the next generation by passing on the decades of wisdom he has acquired over the years.
“I love helping people find their way.”
Laidback Luke pauses before elaborating further: “I’m helping 45 kids, and I take them on very young, about 16. I’m looking for people looking to put in hard work, [and] make sacrifices.” The Dutch producer sounds focused and inspired with a million ideas swimming in his head.
Click past the break for the full interview.
San Diego’s LED Presents has announced the line up for their two-day New Year’s Eve event. The annual OMFG! celebration is 18+ and will take place from December 30th to 31st. Today, the event has released their official lineup and officially roots LED as a promoter to watch. The SoCal company has always placed a heavy emphasis on trap and trip hop style artists in their lineups, but there’s a new sense of variety coming from their holiday celebration roster. Boys Noize, Diplo, Madeon, Nervo, Laidback Luke, GTA, Nero, Feed Me, DJ Snake, Bro Safari, Henrix, Brazzabelle, Ookay, and Cole Plante will light up the San Diego arena and ring in 2014 with some of electronic music’s favorite tunes. With early bird tickets already sold out, pre-sale tickets are available here, so grab yours now before the next price hike.
Dad? No, that’s just Dillon Francis taking on the role of supermodel Olli Springer. “Being a supermodel is not an issue. You know, I don’t care to be good looking, I just force myself to forget it.”
Aside from loving cheese and reading authors from Baudelaire to Capote to Rembrandt (who is actually an artist), Olli stars in commercial number two demonstrating his passion for “BLOW,” the “Spray of Life.” The clip is eclectic to say the least, but Francis is renowned for his over-the-top antics and no other artist could have fit Olli’s role with such grace and bluntness. The LA DJ/producer is caught wearing red lipstick, a black feathery jacket, tight black pants, and a black wig, while he walks around the set with a zebra. “BLOW” is Olli’s essence; is it yours?
Following countless months of tweaking their newest collaboration to perfection, Laidback Luke and Martin Solveig were finally satisfied after premiering “Blow” at this year’s Tomorrowland. The track is heavier than what we would expect from Solveig, whose productions are typically of a slower BPM and more lighthearted. The track does not contain an intense drop, per se, as its emphasis is on the Dutch House bleeps and the springy, electro synths. However, it does feature elephant sound effects in its opening, which is quite fitting as “Blow’s” music video was filmed during Martin’s set at Electric Zoo this past August.
Laidback Luke has taken to Facebook to announce that his pre-halloween Super You&Me New York City, which was set to take place this Friday, October 25th, has been canceled due to “recent local events.” Although the promoter, RPM Presents, was initially granted sufficient permits to put on its series of Pier of Fear Halloween parties, the City of New York has since rescinded two of those permits. However, tough times do not necessarily mean that the party must be completely canceled. New York has proven time and again, particularly after this year’s Electric Zoo, its resilience. Luke and his posse will instead put on their October 25th show at Pacha, and while this is far from ideal, his dedication to fans has been reiterated through this unfortunate circumstance.
Via: Facebook (Laidback Luke)
Note: If you purchased a Super You&Me ticket for the original show at Pier 96, you can exchange it for a ticket to Pacha an receive a 20% refund (on a first come, first served basis). A second option is to have your ticket fully refunded by getting in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the countdown to the release of Donna Summer tribute album Love To Love You Donna now in the single digits, Laidback Luke is ready to share his contribution with the dance world. Tasked with recreating Summer’s 1978 Grammy-nominated “MacArthur Park,” the Mixmash master opted to add some fierceness to the flowery prose, mixing down the original’s sweeping orchestral elements into a synthesized bridge and select vocal interludes. More electro than emotional and dirty than disco, the rework presents the queen’s pipes in a new context, reinvigorating the hit that Summer herself resuscitated from Richard Harris’ original 1968 release.
Check out the Dub version after the break.