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.
Since being debuted back in March at Ultra Music Festival, “Legacy” has become a set staple for both Nicky Romero and Krewella. While the track began as a working instrumental in Romero’s growing catalog, the Dutch producer enlisted flourishing festival act Krewella for vocal duties. The track’s foundation works off affable melodies and sporadic instances of grungier bass elements. The Yousaf sisters breathe a human element into the track, injecting the break downs with catchy lyricism and impassioned harmonies. On the whole, “Legacy” features a clean progression of energy, refraining from the more chaotic tropes that have characterized the majority of main stage-oriented dance music.
We’ve been patiently waiting since March for the release of massive Krewella & Nicky Romero collaboration “Legacy.” To keep us on our toes, Protocol Recordings is teasing us with a video preview highlighting the artist’s performing the energetic song for a thousands in a crazed festival setting. The preview again shows off the sweeping vocal hook from Yasmine and Jahan, with a dirty big room drop from Nicky. It looks as the though the single will finally be released on July 15th.
Over the weekend Sensation debuted its newest party theme, Into The Wild, at Amsterdam Arena. A menagerie of alabaster tribal elements, the event hosted 15,000 dance music faithfuls for a night that only the iconic Sensation brand could provide. Enlisted to curate the soundtrack to the debut event, Nicky Romero performed an hour and twenty minute set, rising above his illness while he performed his personal catalog of smash hits. Playing a set right in line with the same over-the-top and larger-than-life style that Sensation brings to its production, Romero’s set is a peak time pleasure — one that is jam-packed with some of the biggest tunes EDM has to offer.
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When news of Nicky Romero’s illness and show cancellations were announced, many fans expressed concerns regarding the producer’s well being. No less than a month ago we had seen Nicky perform at EDC Las Vegas, a set that would outwardly appear as if he was a picture of health. Not slowed by the illness, Nicky jumped and thrashed behind the decks as he always does, but what his thousands of fans couldn’t see was how sick the DJ had recently become. In the 3 months that led up to his final diagnosis, Nicky was noticeably and outwardly ill to those in his entourage, but with doctor’s unable to diagnose the issue, a rigorous touring schedule and countless sleepless nights, Nicky’s health continued to decline.
One of the hardest working producers in dance music today, Nicky has continuously put his own health on the back burner in favor of bringing fans the experience they expect. It’s this unfaltering dedication to his craft and his fans that makes Nicky one of EDM’s most coveted talents. While his recent bout with illness exposes the less glamorous side of the DJ lifestyle, it also exposes his incredible strength as a performer and producer — even with his health on the line, Nicky’s primary concern remains with his fans and his music.
In support of Nicky on his path to recovery, we sat down with the young producer to talk about finally being diagnosed with mono and the 3 months he spent without treating the debilitating illness.
Rihanna is no stranger to electronic music, no stranger to smash hits, and has enlisted the right friends to align both concepts. Rihanna found more than just love in a hopeless place when she linked up with Calvin Harris for the airwave dominating “We Found Love,” and her single alongside David Guetta with co-production from Nicky Romero, “Right Now,” has a “Metropolis” sound infiltrating pop culture. This week, the record is taking new direction, away from the national television commercial and and directly into nightlife arena.Amongst a remix package that includes artists such as Sick Individuals and Justin Prime, Dyro continues his blazing-hot summer with the premiere rendition, his own club mix.
Life in Color, the world’s largest paint party, is invading the IZOD center on August 16th in a wave of neon body paint and blistering electro beats. After selling out last year, the iconic party brand returns to the tri-state area for its Rebirth Tour. One of the most spectacular and over-the-top dance music experiences in the world, Life In Color features world-class DJ talent, acrobatic performers and gallons upon gallons of neon paint.
Artists have been announced today and include the likes of Nicky Romero, Borgore, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, and more. Jump past the break to grab your tickets today and spend August 16th awash in a sea of fluorescent paint and electronic dance music.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we feature gems from Seth Troxler, Chuckie, Dubfire, and more.
Electric Daisy Carnival has come and gone, but fans can relive the memories as the dust settles in Las Vegas. Taking to SoundCloud, DJs such as Afrojack, Tommy Trash, and Nicky Romero are offering their live sets from EDC 2013, while the likes of Dash Berlin and Carnage gift their own outings to encompass all genres. Also in the mix comes sets from Sander van Doorn, Bingo Players, and R3hab, all to ensure that fans won’t forget Las Vegas anytime soon. Here are one dozen sets to relive EDC Las Vegas with:
UPDATED: Eric Prydz added making this a baker’s dozen.
Few European artists have landed more definitive career breakthroughs this year than Jordy Van Egmond, better known on the global club circuit as Dyro. Now midway through one of his most definitive years to date, the Revealed Recordings breakout unveils a firm run of studio material for the remainder of 2013.
The young Dutch producer hit it big for 2013 with landmark releases alongside Hardwell and Tiësto, but told Dancing Astronaut of impending collaborations with Nicky Romero, Shermanology, a further high-profile remix and a strong run of original releases penned to drop in the wake of his EDC Vegas debut. He explained: “Aside from working towards that remix for one of my favorite artists of all time, I have been working on lots of originals. For the road past EDC Las Vegas, I will be showcasing a load of originals by then. Myself and Nicky (Romero) have also teamed up for a collaboration and once the festival season is out the way, Shermanology and I will be teaming up for an original track.”
With a subsequent debut offering for Romero’s Protocol Recordings said to be enroute to up-the-ante for his diverse studio output to date, Dyro admitted that his approach to-date has driven by a severe lack of quality control now facing the recording industry. “My perception is that it is getting too easy for people to make music and release it and to be honest, I blame the A&R managers,” he explained. “The music being released is because labels want stuff quick out the door to up the income, and the quality is lacking. It’s now up to the artist to crank up the quality and give these labels no choice but to release the best music.”
Catch Dancing Astronaut’s full-interview with the full Revealed Recordings roster later this week. (more…)