Many of dance music’s biggest names have teamed up with VH1′s Save The Music Foundation to raise money for the advancement and sustainment of music education programs. Twenty-six custom CDJ-2000nexuses from the likes of Kaskade, Zedd, Dada Life, NERVO and more are all being auctioned off via CharityBuzz.
Check them out here.
The gates are open, DreamVille populated, the headliners making their way to the grounds. Yes, the inaugural TomorrowWorld has kicked off, and as thousands of fans eagerly await the 300+ acts, we’re giving you a taste of the Main Stage with our very own Spotify playlist. If you live and breathe the Top 100, never miss a Tiësto set, love Nervo and Nicky and need R3hab, we’ve given you 30 more reasons to tune in to the live stream with some of the biggest tracks from dance music’s biggest names. Whether you’re still en route to the madness or camped out to spectate from home, give our mix a whirl and check out the full lineup below. Then either jealously text your friends or vow to go (again) next year.
Enter the Main Stage madness
Between Ibiza parties, Cover Girl duties and VMA DJing, the Nervo girls have been quite busy since their last release. Luckily, with a little help from their friends the twins are back in producing action. The pair teamed up with Ivan Gough and vocalist Beverly Knight for their latest Spinnin Records release, heading into new territory with “Not Taking This No More.” Brassy instead of bubbly with a sharp around the edges progressive sound, the collab rearranges tried and true big room elements into sometwhat of a new direction for both acts. Though a departure, the tune has received heavy rotation in Mim and Liv’s sets – with a larger than life sound system and crowd waiting, we’re betting their TomorrowWorld performance is no exception.
Olivia and Mim Nervo take a step back from their usual vocal duties on their latest collaboration with Ivan Gough and Beverly Knight, “Not Taking This No More.” With Nervo focusing on the production, Beverly Knight takes over top line duties, belting out a soulful lead before Ivan Gough takes listeners down a roller coaster of festival-formatted big room synthwork. Distinctly different from the Australian sisters usual progressive pop charmers, “Not Taking This No More” is smokey, seductive and destined to leave its mark on the final weeks of the summer festival season. Grab the track when it is released on September 23rd via Spinnin’ Records.
You’ve seen them on CoverGirl commercials during this year’s Super Bowl. You just saw them DJ MTV’s VMA red carpet where they were named two of the best dressed celebrities by Elle. You’ve seen them at the biggest festivals the country has to offer. You are infatuated by Miriam and Olivia Nervo. Their bubbly personalities glow while they’re in the DJ booth and you can’t keep your eyes off the contagious smiles or fun-loving shoulder sways. But that’s not the only reason these twins naturally capture hearts; their live sets are something to marvel at musically. Taking to Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 last weekend, the Nervo girls were up to bat with Essential Mix duties. Up against two hours on the clock to impress sonically without their adoring stage presence.
Despite MTV’s recent MTV Clubland outlet, dance music stars were snubbed of awards at last night’s VMAs. There was Zedd being beat out by Austin Mahone for the fan-voted Artist to Watch, Calvin Harris falling short to Pink for Best Collaboration and to Justin Timberlake for best editing, A-Trak & Tommy Trash being toppled by Ryan Lewis & Macklemore for Best Cinematography, and both Skrillex and Duck Sauce taking a back seat to Capital Cities for Best Visual Effects.
While Daft Punk was ousted by One Direction for Best Song of the Summer, the duo made their first public appearance since the Random Access Memories craze, presenting the award for Best Female Video alongside Pharrell and Nile Rodgers following a teaser for their follow up single “Lose Yourself To Dance.” Other dance music mainstays may not have taken home a moon man, but instead served as the DJs for the red carpet. Of course, that was the Nervo twins spinning the pre-show as stars and starlets entered the Barclays Center.
Surprisingly, the program’s commercial interludes included tracks such as Baauer and Just Blaze’s “Higher” and Disclosure’s “When A Fire Starts To Burn.” When all said and done, however, dance music has certainly had a stronger presence in VMAs past with performances from David Guetta and Deadmau5. MTV’s 2013 award show was electronic friendly, it just wasn’t actively electronic.
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Nervo and Zedd have both withdrawn from Creamfields this weekend due to a scheduling conflict with the MTV VMA Awards, taking place the same weekend in the US. The VMAs have switched their show from early September to August this year. Nonetheless, due to performance needs and award nominations both artists are required to attend. In order to fill their time slots, Nicky Romero will play for an extended two hour time period on Saturday August, 24th from 17:30 -19:30 BST, and UK-based Major Look will play in place of Zedd from 18:00 – 19:00 BST.
Both artists send their apologies to Creamfields attendees and look forward to being in the UK soon.
Where the White Isle has continued to play host to some of the biggest nights on the European clubbing calendar, BBC Radio 1 has seldom missed a beat. Cue a rare turn for Pete Tong’s Essential Selection duties, which saw the show transported to Ushuaia Ibiza for part-two of their Ibiza broadcast marathon. With the likes of Rudimental and Alesso already having taken the annual event, all eyes were on Pete to deliver a standout session.
It’s that time of year again; the polls for the DJ Mag‘s 2013 edition of their Top 100 DJs ranking have opened. Hailed often as a popularity contest, the chart is indirectly correlated with talent but aligned with the mindset of dance music’s fan base. While my ballot (which I will reveal later in this piece) is still unfinished, I’ve found it a priority led by intuition to predict the fate of the 2013 DJ Mag rankings.
I’ve observed the prestigious top 10 spots, artists who have yet to break the top 100, DJ Mag sophomores, projected winners and losers, and even how the former Swedish House Mafia will affect the polls. Each day, week, and moment of the past twelve months have carried weight in the dance music community; here is how I foresee a changing of the guard amongst the industries revered Top 100 DJ rankings.