BBC Radio 1 has more to offer week-to-week than Pete Tong’s regular duties, or slots manned by the likes Zane Lowe and Annie Nightingale. Taking Thursday nights’ Residency broadcast to the next level, BBC will double the doses beginning in January. Kicking off 2014 with an all-star cast, Residency will now occupy airwaves from 9pm-10pm in addition to the usual midnight mix on Thursday night’s. Promising the best in dance music, the revamped radio show will kick off on January 9th with guests Nervo and Steve Angello, followed by a line-up consisting of James Blake, George FitzGerald, and others.
Battle of the Beats is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two tracks that share the same title against one another to determine which production represents the name better. With the dance music community continually growing, producers, mashup artists and DJs alike constantly create new music, often of the same name. Now we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on whose rendition takes the proverbial cake.
Meet the contenders
Attention all girls and guys, 18 years and older, who happen to live in LA: If you’re in love with Nervo, or are simply a diva, today is your chance to be admired by the entire world. The Australian twins are seeking between 10 and 15 fans to be extras in their “Revolution” music video in the LA area on Tuesday, November 12th. If walking around looking beautiful for a solid 13 hours in the desert sounds like everything but a challenge, send your photo submissions to email@example.com.
Not to worry, though, as Nervo’s team will make sure to feed you throughout the day and provide transportation to and from the shoot.
After Miley Cyrus‘ controversial performance at the VMA’s, talk about sexism shot through the roof. Jahan, one of the three members of Krewella, responded to Miley’s decisions on Tumblr to discuss the supposedly taboo subject of gender inequality. It’s also no surprise that Australian twins, Nervo, and Swedish duo Rebecca & Fiona, have also spoken out numerous times about sexism, the gender gap, and the male-dominated society in which we live.
Gary Richards, founder and CEO of HARD, is stepping up to the plate and plans on approaching this issue head-on. Next year, he’d like to have a music festival that solely features a female lineup: ”I have a concept for a show that’s all girl performers…It’s not a 70,000 person event. But I do see more females coming up and…I’m definitely going to do it in 2014.” The chief obstacle Richards will face is getting all of these female artists booked simultaneously, as he admits that pay will not be at the most desirable numbers. Hopefully the artists who are invited, however, will see the potential in Richards’ idea and that this festival could be the gateway to more powerful female influence on electronic music in the future.
If the red grit of the album art provides no indication, “Revolution” is a track that’s supposed to get your attention, and in that sense it does its job quite well. R3hab and Ummet Ozcan’s imprimaturs abound, and while NERVO’s role may seem to some opaque at first blush, it’s clear that the general aura of the track draws in no small part from their involvement (see the musical stylings of “Hold On”). The trio of musicians delivers, and “Revolution” proves to be much more than the sum of its parts. And while festival season might be over, with the sound still going strong, expect to hear the familiar big room sounds ringing through the clubs for the next few months. Release: November 11, Spinnin’ Records.
Listen to the track here.
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.
Panama promoter Showpro and Disco Donnie are banding together to bring the three-day Day After Festival to Panama City this January 2014. From January 10th to 12th, Figali Plaza will host ten of dance music’s most resound names: Calvin Harris, Afrojack, Deorro, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Nervo, Quintino and Sidney Samson.
As one of America’s largest promotion companies, Disco Donnie continues to bring events not only to the States, but Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean in effort to continue bringing in an immense international crowd together for dance music. In collaboration with Panama’s leading ticket distributor, the Day After Festival is guaranteed to be a first-class production to showcase celebrated performances of some of dance music’s finest talent to a worldwide audience. Head here for more information regarding tickets and artist schedules to come.
Watch the trailer.
With a year of festival appearances and suitably tailored club cuts behind them, Dutch chainsaw master R3HAB and Aussie sister-act Nervo unveil an impending collaboration with Dutch up-and-comer Ummet Ozcan. Last found touting his Spinnin Records debut “The Cube,” this highly-anticipated release sees three essential forces unite for a suitably hard-hitting venture. Far from the u-turn in Nervo’s previous collaboration with Marco Lys, “Revolution” returns to the raspy and festival-primed get-up that both R3HAB and new found peer Ozcan have become closely associated with. In a firm nod to that universal peak time equation that all three artists have perfected throughout the year, “Revolution” is a landmark suitably geared towards global domination for the final and potentially most exciting musical quarter of 2013.
Release date: November 11th
While remixes of Intense tracks have steadily piled up in the months following the album’s release, the latest entry has finally revealed the collection’s release date. Starkillers’ take on Armin van Buuren & Nervo’s “Turn This Love Around” will be released on November 15th on the official remix album, presumably with efforts from Dannic, Ummet Ozcan, Audien, Tritonal and more. Like the remixers before him, LA’s Starkillers sought to insert his own voice into his rework, taking a mellow, radio-ready tune and adding a bit of spice. Though Laura V’s vocals maintain their soothing qualities, they are sliced, diced and lined up to build into a more energetic presentation. Proving to be the gift that keeps giving, Intense and its creator have three more weeks to unveil the tracklist – and maybe even another mix.
To celebrate reaching a milestone one-million fans on Facebook, NERVO are giving away an unreleased collaboration with tech house craftsman, Marco Lys. “Don’t Break My Heart” doesn’t sound like your typical NERVO release, borrowing much of its influence from Marco Lys’ techy soundscape. The track features punchy chords over a rhythmic and groovy bass line, with a vocal segment that gives off a classic, pure-house vibe. You can download the track for free on their SoundCloud page.