When Don Diablo and Matt Nash released “Starlight,” it instantly grew as a widespread hit better known for its “You Could Be Mine” moniker due to the contagious vocal that has carried it through some of the biggest sets of late. Now this big room gem is getting a helping hand from Otto Knows, who’s lent his Refune-bred talent to Axtone as September comes to an end. The “Million Voices” producer delivers euphoric build and uplifting drops that exceeds the high expectations he’s set with previous remixes.
Britney Spears revealed the title of her upcoming single yesterday with a cryptic Instagram, but inadvertently opened up another can of worms with the credited songwriters. Among the co-writers of “Work Bitch” listed at the top of the lyrics page were William Adams (will.i.am), Otto Jettman (Otto Knows), and Sebastian Ingrosso. Later that day Ingrosso told Billboard that he didn’t know why he was listed and couldn’t take credit for the song’s production.
Instead he explained that will.i.am (who he refers to as a good friend) asked him for a beat to write on for the new Britney Spears single. Of the music offered, will.i.am chose a production from Otto Knows, one of the artists managed by Seb. While “Work Bitch” won’t be the latest Ingrosso production, the Tuesday release will be yet another episode where will.i.am snatches dance tunes.
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 A-Trak, Nic Fanciulli, Brodinski, and more.
You’ve seen photographs online after parties that were absolutely bananas. Most likely, you’ve also seen the ones taking those photos, or you’ve seen the flash, and the one responsible has vanished. Camera in hand, I’m one of the many dark figures running through nightclubs, squeezing through groups of people packed in like sardines, trying constantly to find the best spot to capture that one moment when the pyrotechnics erupt and the crowd goes wild. Often times, these seemingly endless treks across clubs are fruitless, and we feel compelled to move again…and again…to chase the perfect shot. It’s always a challenge; every venue is different in its own unique ways. Having just wrapped up photographing some incredible shows during Miami Music Week 2013, here are some of the ways I’ve learned to navigate the insanity that has become EDM photography on the ground and on assignment.
Back when MTV was primarily a music channel, music videos were almost as important as the songs themselves. The changing musical climate, however, has rendered music videos just a few notches above obsolete. Still, although no one is clamoring for them anymore, they’re still being released with some frequency. Almost a year after Otto Knows released “Million Voices,” or as I affectionately call it, the “E, E, E, E, E, Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah” song, the Refune artist has uploaded a music video. It’s just a series moving mouth images, which is fitting for the tune.
Like any native of New Jersey, much of my younger 20s were spent stumbling through the neon lit and awkwardly carpeted atriums of Atlantic City’s dated casinos. In terms of luxury and elegance there wasn’t much to look forward to along the Jersey coastline. Debauchery? yes, luxury? hell no. When news of Revel’s development began, our eyes once again looked towards the Jersey coast. Their mission was bold – make Atlantic City a destination for more than just geriatrics on slot machines. It’s aim was to bring all of the luxury and grandeur of Vegas’s preeminent hotels to the North East, giving the residents of New Jersey and New York a Vegas of their own. The second we set foot inside the world class establishment last summer for Avicii’s performance at Ovation Hall, there was no question — they had succeeded.
It’s inevitable that countdowns will always spark controversy, that’s just the nature of the beast. Some tracks will be snubbed, some overlooked, and some ranked higher than you may have expected. We’ve already gone over our ranking criteria at length but despite our own self-imposed guidelines, 2012 proved to be more difficult to rank than years past. With the EDM explosion officially in full swing throughout the year, the sheer number of releases was mind numbing, and — consequently — nearly impossible to rank. There has been no greater challenge for the editors at Dancing Astronaut than creating the list of the Biggest Tracks of 2012.
You have already heard the picks for the biggest tracks of 2012; 50-41, 40-31, and 30-21 now check out which tracks made 20-11 below the break.
Mixmag got the opportunity to sit down with Alesso and Otto Knows for the magazine’s live Thursday night hangout series. Topics of discussion include career projectiles, nerves, how the two refune artists became acquainted with one another, and more. If you’ve been dying to hear Alesso’s new single “Clash,” then look no further because he gave Mixmag an exclusive first listen. Tune in at 10:10 to check it out.
Fun Fact: Alesso, Otto Knows, and Avicii all went to the same school in Sweden.