With Pete Tong holding the fort in Las Vegas for the annual EDMBiz conference, Danny Howard took the reigns for this week’s Essential Selection radio show for BBC Radio One. Between crowning Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” his first Essential New Tune and getting the cream of the crop from Dutch duo Bingo Players, Howard held the fort with cutting edge tunes from start to finish.
Bingo Players were in the seats with their Goody Goodies, with Dancing Astronaut’s own One To Watch MAKJ and youngest Beatport chart topper Martin Garrix all along for the ride. After celebrating the country-esque wrath of “Wake Me Up” and inaugurating Axwell’s “I Found U” into the Pete Tong Hall of Fame, Howard topped a successful first stint with his own Weekend Hot Mix from across the global dance spectrum.
The final day of the EDM Biz conference was defined by two powerful keynote discussions from the estimable Pete Tong and CAA Managing Partner Rob Light, both of whom waxed philosophical about the growth of the dance music industry, it’s impact on popular culture and the industry’s potential over the course of the next decade. The subject of the “EDM bubble” played an integral role in much of the conference’s discussions but both Pete Tong’s and Rob Light’s insights were the most relevant of the lot, touching on dance music’s late 90′s revival and the counter culture movement of the 1960s.
Following Wednesday’s announcement that Pasquale Rotella and Allen Shapiro from Dick Clark Productions are teaming up to produce a dance music awards show comes more exciting TV-related news from EDMBiz. Another partnership has formed, this time between media company OneBeat and multi-platform network Music Choice. The newly formed twosome plan to bring TV programming with a focus on dance music to cable TV.
While we’ve seen sprinklings of dance music’s inclusion in the mainstream media — including major network television channels like MTV– it’s been sparse and often surface level. OneBeat and Music Choice hope to change that trend with over 24-hours of content. Viewers can expect lifestyle, character based, and artist profile shows including: You Should Know Me By Now, Road Trippin, and Themantics. Artists and labels whose inclusion has already been announced include: Armin van Buuren, Steve Angello, Skrillex, Art Department, Hardwell, Porter Robinson, Pete Tong, OWSLA, Size, Toolroom, Armada, and Om Records.
The content is scheduled to become available for free to cable subscribers nationwide beginning on July 1st and runs until August 11th.
Along with the exciting times that come with the third year of EDC Las Vegas, Insomniac has planned for the second year a concurrent dance music-focused conference named EDMBiz. This year the event will be held again at The Cosmopolitan on June 18, 19, and 20th — right before EDC Las Vegas hits The Speedway. While the keynote speakers for this year’s event were already announced a few weeks back, Insomniac has now shared a revised and updated list of the panelists that’ll be joining the many industry enthusiasts as well as a list of the topical and fascinating panels set to take place during the conference.
Avicii unveiled his new bluegrass-influenced tunes earlier this year, taking a risk at Ultra Music Festival, and later outed a promo mix packed with tracks from his forthcoming album. With Random Access Memories out of sight, Avicii’s studio album is perhaps the most anticipated of the year, and its lead single will finally see its world premiere this Friday, June 14th on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show. Entitled “Wake Me Up,” Avicii’s next record is distant from anything he’s produced before, setting the benchmark for his new sound and his new album.
Pharrell Williams is no stranger to the world of dance music, having teamed up with Swedish House Mafia, Paul Oakenfold, and most recently Daft Punk. The world famous artist is, however, a stranger to dance music’s paradise island of Ibiza — that is, until now. After making a splash with “Get Lucky” earlier this year, Pharrell will finally make his Ibiza season debut this July at Ushuaia. Making a special appearance for Pete Tong‘s opening Le Grand Bazaar party, Pharrell will join Nervo, Tato, and Pete himself on July 5th. The event will be broadcasted globally from the beach and tickets to attend are available now.
For the first time in two years Pete Tong returns to Las Vegas to host a special edition airing of the ever-expanding Evolution Radio. After recently announcing the show’s expansion to over 80 terrestrial stations in the continental United States, Tong’s appearance at Wet Republic will undoubtedly be a memorable one. Supported by R3hab,Tiga, and Michael Woods, Pete continues to embrace a variety of styles from all corners of dance music. Be sure to stop by Wet Republic to see the most influential voice in dance music do what he does best.
After Tim Berg won Pete Tong’s Fast Trax BBC Radio 1 competition by a landslide vote of 70% in favour in 2008, he had track “ManMan” released on Pete’s imprint Bedroom Bedlam. Quickly launching himself into international limelight, fellow producer Laidback Luke even commented on Avicii on his MySpace saying “[Avicii], by winning this competition, left many contesters behind in their dust. / So a big CONGRATULATIONS to these brilliant DJs for winning the contest and all the luck with their future careers!” Shortly afterwards, Avicii officially signed to At Night Management, and quickly advanced through the levels of notoriety to where is he is today.
Indulging us in another week of dance music hits, Pete crowns Eric Prydz new track “Layers” not only as the one of the “most in demand tunes in the world” but also as his Essential New Tune. We also get to hear Nervo’s favorite picks for the weekly Goody Goodies, and witness Armand Van Helden as the fifth member knighted into Pete Tong’s Hall of Fame.
Kicking off the progressive take of Pete’s show, we are infiltrated with the Swedes including Sebastian Ingrosso & Axwell’s new Monster’s Inc tune “Roar,” the hyped of Carli remix of Ingrosso & Tommy Trash’s “Reload” and Axwell’s massive new tune “Centre of the Universe,” among others. Pete plays Disclosure’s “Grab Her” as his favorite cut off their new album ‘Settle.’
Nervo slides us through their current personal picks including Ummet Ozcan’s “Airport” and Mike Magoo’s “The Show” while talking about their upcoming album and Ibiza summer plans. Pete names his future new star as the Miami born techno star Danny Daze, while we finish off with a limited edition weekend hot mix from German deep house master Henrik Schwarz.
Dance music tracks have been prevalent on public access radio stations in the United States for some time now, slowly edging out pop princesses and boy bands for dominance. But while EDM tracks are now readily radio available, the presence of reputable hosts offering educated commentary has been lacking — until now. Legendary host Pete Tong is bringing his talents to American airwaves with the recently announced “Evolution with Pete Tong” show featuring a weekly chart of the USA’s favorite dance tracks, Tong’s essential new tune of the week, and guest mixes from reputable names.
The one-hour program can be heard daily on Evolution 101.7 in Boston, 93.5 in Miami, and iHeartRadio’s Evolution channel and now will be broadcast on almost 80 stations nationwide. “By partnering with Premiere to develop Evolution with Pete Tong, we will be giving more terrestrial stations a great entry point for broadcasting EDM content on-air, and a platform to break and showcase more Electronic Music across America,” says Tong of the opportunity.
For a full list of stations that have already broadcast Evolution, click below the jump.