What do we know about Nicolas Jaar? He was born in New York, lived in Chile, studied comparative literature at Brown, he’s the label owner of Clown & Sunset and, oh yeah, he won Radio 1′s Essential Mix of the Year in 2012. While he’s earned recognition in Europe for his masterful album and famed performance from Barcelona’s Sonar Festival, the American music scene is slowly catching on.
The Red Bull Music Academy hosted Jaar and his Clown & Sunsetlabel two months back for Jaar’s Boiler Room debut, and the results were stunning. Jaar’s headlining set included tantalizing deep house and minimal, while he creatively tinkered around with a MIDI controller and stereo radio. Watch the 45 minute set above.
When I set off to write this piece, the plan was to compare San Francisco and New York. As a Dancing Astronaut reader you’re bound to know exactly what is going on in New York on any given weekend, but what about the fine city to the West? The home of the amazing sports teams, beautiful urban vistas, world class dining, rich history, and the most successful industry the world have ever seen? How does San Francisco fare for fans of electronic music?
Hot off the heels of his back-to-back “Poseidon” tour with Zedd, Porter Robinson has announced a new spring tour set to hit four major cities in the beginning of February. Boasting new light and video production, the tour will stop in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, and New York. The four shows have been labeled “Circle Assembly,” and are sure to some of Porter’s biggest yet.
Anyone who has seen the young North Carolinian live can attest to the fact that Porter Robinson throws one hell of a live show From his creative bootlegs, to his lightning quick mixing style, Porter Robinson’s sets are truly captivating. And with a new album in the works, you can be sure to expect some amazing unreleased material. Tickets go on sale Friday. Don’t sleep on this one.
Last weekend, Pacha NYC played host to world-renowned French DJ/ Producer Martin Solveig and up-and-coming wonder kid, Danny Avila. Hundreds of fans gathered at the packed New York City club to see a show that would be sure to keep energy high through the early morning hours. Having reviewed Martin Solveig at Electric Zoo Festival in September, I was very excited to see him return to the Big Apple for a more intimate show at Pacha. Danny Avila has exploded onto the dance music scene in 2012 — having caught the eye of Tiesto, Solveig, and many other dance music legends. It is clear that his talents have not gone unnoticed in the industry.
Nightlife in New York is about to get a whole lot more exciting, with a number of new or updated clubs being announced by some of the biggest players in the game. Finale NYC (pictured above) will be opening next week as a partnership between the EMM Group and owners of Pacha NYC, Space Ibiza confirms that it will be opening a location in New York, and Marquee NY is under major renovations — and is said to have a partnership in place with Tiesto (see update below). Oh, and we’ve got exclusive details on Nicolas Matar’s latest project — a new Cielo in Brooklyn.
Pretty Lights is bringing his kaleidescopic visuals and groovy sounds to New York City on one of the holiest party nights of the year – New Years Eve. He hinted at the performance as he closed out his Electric Zoo set, but the announcement is finally official. Tickets for the 18 and over events — taking place at Roseland Ballroom – go on sale this Friday, October 19th. As big fans of the unique, sampling superstar we couldn’t be more excited about the news and, with a new album on the horizon, we have no doubt he’ll drop some new tunes. For more information and to purchase tickets, head here. It looks like there will be no shortage of options for dance music aficionados, as Tiesto and Afrojack will also be performing shows in the Tri-state area.
For those of you fortunate enough to attend Friday’s Sensation America debut, allow this Good Morning Mix to give you a glimpse of what to expect out of Joris Voorn and Nic Fanciulli’s sets. Although it is not yet clear if these two will be doing individual sets or a back-to-back set like they have done at so many previous dance music events, this mix will act as a telling sign of what to expect.
Over the years, Joris Voorn and Nic Fanciulli — being the versatile artists that they are — have produced tech house, deep house, and techno records that all feature a unique and solitary dynamic. Whether it be Voorn’s delicate touch on Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games,” or the driving and funky rhythm on Fanciulli’s Movin’ On EP – the spirit that these stellar acts harness will be sure to provide an unforgettable soundtrack for the debut of Sensation ‘Innerspace’ NYC. (more…)
Barcelona’s Sonar Festival is coming to North America for an eight-city tour set to kick off on Halloween. Making stops in major cities across the US and Canada, Sonar, along with its star-studded line up, brings a unique musical trend to the table. Headliners vary by city, but include Seth Troxler, Die Antwood, Paul Kalkbrenner, and more.
As the scene continues to grow in the US and underground artists gain the recognition that they rightfully deserve, two questions remain: How long can the ‘underground’ stay underground, and what are the larger implications for the scene? Jump past the break for a full list of dates and venues.
Not to be outdone by his partner-in-crime Steve Angello one month earlier, Sebastian Ingrosso will be bringing his own monster production to New York City this October. While things were ‘All Mixed Up’ for about a week, the final piece of the puzzle has been unveiled: the pre-sale code for both of the shows. Dialing the same number teased in clues earlier, the code you need is (fittingly): 102712.
We are expecting a bigger production for Halloween — even bigger than Ingrosso’s or Alesso’s last New York appearances. If you are looking to an alternative to Sensation (or if you’re just not 21 yet), look for the ticket pre-sale to begin at Noon today, Thursday, August 23. Tomorrow, all tickets will be open to general public.
Update: Tickets go on general sale Friday August 24th at 12 Noon EST. We’ve been told that Pier 94 is expected to fully sell out today — so if you want tickets, buy them soon!
Kaskade gives us a behind the scenes view at what goes into making his Freaks of Nature Tour happen in a new video posted on his YouTube channel. Episode 1 kicks off hitting the road for Coachella, Las Vegas, and New York, giving us a first-hand look at the intricacies of his new live show. After the debut appearance, Kaskade sets out for sunny Las Vegas to officially kick off the tour to a packed Chelsea Ballroom in the Cosmopolitan Hotel. We get a glimpse of Kaskade’s tour bus where he’ll be spending much of his time while on tour, before rocking out to a sold out New York crowd. The culmination of months of planing have paid off for the California Illinois native; we’re excited to see Kaskade bring the party across North America with episode 2.