Returning to LA’s Historic Park for the second edition of HARD Day of the Dead, Gary Richard’s versatile Halloween festival brandished one of the most enchanting lineups in recent memory. After some stunning performances on Saturday from Nero, Skrillex, and Maya Jane Coles, HARD Day of the Dead finished strong with standout sets from Amtrac, Eric Prydz, Pretty Lights, Deadmau5, and more. Ultimately, however, it was the masked mouse himself, Joel Zimmerman, who would incite the most intrigue, premiering countless unreleased originals for the packed main stage crowd.
For those of us unable to attend TomorrowWorld’s inaugural event down in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, the TomorrowWorld TV livestream will have to suffice. From 7pm to 2am ET today, TomorrowWorld will stream the action live – watch above and join in on the conversation below. If you can’t participate, you may as well spectate (and suffer from a serious case of FOMO).
Finish out the weekend with the Day 3 live stream.
For the majority of us, Tomorrowland is little more than a dance music fantasy. We dream of the exotic Boom, Belgium setting, the fantastical festival stages, and of course, the mind-bending music courtesy of more than 400 artists. The dream becomes a little bit closer to a reality with the return of Tomorrowland’s acclaimed live broadcast service, Tomorrowland TV. With a mix of pre-produced footage and live set streams, Tomorrowland TV is a seamless, high fidelity viewing experience.
Day 1 of Tomorrowland TV features performances from Tiësto, Hardwell, Afrojack, Carl Cox, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Fedde Le Grand, Loco Dice, Quintino, Red Foo and Steve Aoki, and will air live from 3:00pm ET to 8:00pm ET.
Over the past five years, the Boiler Room has continued to pick up steam as the premier live streaming destination for both underground and newly flourishing electronic talent. For the debut of their acclaimed new album Settle, Disclosure took to the highly-coveted space for an exclusive album release party. A month later, the Boiler Room has released official footage of Disclosure performing two tracks from the night. Watch as the Lawrence brothers give an inspiring live performance of the elegant “Help Me Lose My Mind” (a personal favorite of mine), while UK favorite Jesse Ware comes to the aid of the duo on “Confess to Me.”
Uploaded by none other than Jay-Z as part of the rapper’s “The Blueprint” series, Life + Times gives an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into renowned French duo Justice’s live setup. Just what goes into the making of Justice’s live, electronic-rock opera is explained in engrossing detail by everyone from their audio engineers and lighting technicians, to Xavier and Gaspard themselves. From taking their Marshall amps and lighting rigs on tour, to the precise coordination between the entire Justice team during live shows, the nine minute video is a must-watch for anybody with the slightest sense of admiration for the legendary duo.
What do you get when you combine Southern hip hop, drum & bass and experimental trap? Apparently one of most highly acclaimed sets at Holy Ship! Fresh off their breakout performance aboard the EDM cruise ship, Charlotte-based duo Clicks & Whistles have seemingly been on constant tour, bringing their hybrid bass music to eager audiences across the continent. Their live set from Brooklyn is hard-hitting and diverse, incorporating numerous originals alongside obscure hip-hop remixes and familiar cuts from the like of Diplo and Baauer (whom they closed for on the Ship). Check out the eclectic mix and track-list after the break.
Aspiring producers need all the help they can get, so it pays to listen when a talent like Nicky Romero is talking. The Dutch sensation will be sharing tips and answers via his YouTube channel and Google+ page, so tune in at 1PM EST with your burning questions ready. His class and Q&A session will be accompanied by a live set from Vince Moogin, whose single “Love Me Right” is forthcoming on Romero’s Protocol Recordings imprint.
Update: We’ve embedded the livestream video after the break.
Deadmau5 recently played an intimate secret show for 200 fans at the Sonos Studio in Hollywood. If you didn’t happen to be one of the lucky 200 to attend the show, you can still hear Deadmau5′s full performance if you tune into KCRW at 11:15am PT. Fans not based on the West Coast can still hear the full 90 minute mix on demand later today via KCRW’s website. Have a look at the video above and you’ll see why this is not something you want to miss.
Live 9 is finally on its way. Following a video leak over the weekend, Ableton yesterday unveiled the next generation of its flagship live performance and production software, used by such dance music heavyweights as Daft Punk, Deadmau5, and Skrillex, as well as its new Push hardware controller. Both are slated for an early 2013 release.
What makes Ableton Live so unique? Unlike more traditional DJ software like Traktor and Serato, which offer a maximum of four virtual turntables, Live provides the ability to play a nearly unlimited number of songs, loops, and samples seamlessly in sync. With Live, producers are no longer limited to “pressing play” on their songs’ original mixes during live performance. By creating individual loops of their songs’ various elements (ex. vocals, drums, bass), artists can combine, remix, and even produce new elements on the fly, allowing for a far greater level of improvisation and customizability than traditional DJing.
American transplant Jon Gaiser is arguably one of the most unique and exciting artists to emerge from Berlin’s vaunted techno scene. Although he now calls the German capital (and Richie Hawtin’s M-nus label) home, Gaiser received a steady diet of Detroit techno while growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His old school roots still show in his minimal bass-driven productions and carefully crafted arrangements. Click past the break for more on Jon Gaiser’s stellar set at the 2012 Sonar Festival