As the energy of electronic dance music continues to spread across the world, Asia reminds the rest of the globe that this Eastern contender won’t be left behind. Returning in March of 2014, Future Music Festival Asia opens its doors in Mines Wonderland in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 18+ three-day event invites attendees near and far to celebrate the ‘rumble in the jungle’ with both live and DJ sets from a wildly diverse set of headliners: Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Knife Party, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan, Rudimental, Chase and Status, Naughty Boy, Porter Robinson, Baauer, Sub Focus, Tinie Tempah, Gesaffelstein, Paul Van Dyk, ATB, Adventure Club, Arty, Brodinski, Carnage, Deniz Koyu, Markus Schulz, Monsta, R3hab and more, along with a special spotlight for Eric Prydz‘s first music festival appearance in Asia and the return of Armin van Buuren‘s celebrated ‘A State of Trance 650: New Horizons.’ There’s a little something for every type of music lover at Future Music Festival Asia, from heavy bass-step and trance to hip-hop and pop 40.
Tickets are available here for this March 13th to 15th event.
Thanksgiving 2013 may be officially over, but artists from all over the world spent all of yesterday tweeting what they were thankful for this year. Yes, even those who aren’t American and don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in their home countries, such as Chuckie, Dada Life, and Cedric Gervais. Below is a collection of Thanksgiving-themed tweets for an extra dose of turkey-induced candidness.
Today is Thanksgiving. It’s a time to give thanks for good health, good friends, good family, and, of course, good music. We thought we’d take the time to pay tribute to our favorite parts of dance music culture on this day of thanks, not only for the guys who slave over turntables while we get to party, but for the dance music scene in general and its constantly expanding fanbase. This one’s for the electronic acts that put their heart and soul into it, the clubs that go all out every night of the week, and the people who live and breathe dance music. It’s the least we can do.
In early November, seemingly unaware that it was no longer summer, hundreds of well-dressed twenty-somethings packed the mahogany dance floors of Revel Casino’s HQ Nightclub just to catch a glimpse of Porter Robinson. A staple of East Coast night life throughout the summer, HQ and it’s host hotel Revel have not missed a beat since the change of the seasons, riding a wave of buzz following Tiësto’s Beach Club set on its closing weekend. Now well into the fall, its nightlife remains un-phased. Porter Robinson’s debut at the seaside club drew a sold out crowd from Philadelphia and New York City, all eager to see the electro house DJ outside the confines of warehouses and festivals.
2013 has been a silent few months for 21 year-old Porter Robinson. Despite consistent headlining appearances at festivals around the world and a residency at Wynn in Las Vegas, it seems like so long ago we first played ”Easy,” the collaborative masterpiece between he and Mat Zo. Since then fans have been anxiously awaiting album and new music announcements. Porter has hinted at his latest work via Twitter and Facebook in an attempt to soothe his anxious audience. “It’s really close to done. This record focuses on being emotional and beautiful and vast-sounding and I feel more strongly about it than anything I’ve ever done in my life.” the young producer explained.
It seems like the wait may be ending soon. Today, Virgin EMI UK and record label Astralwerks have announced a worldwide deal with none other than Porter Robinson. Director of Virgin EMI and general manager of Astralwerks speak to the talent and promising future they see in the young American producer. “Porter is ushering in a new generation of electronic music that will evolve the genre into uncharted places. He crafts songs with exquisite precision, creating music that is both intimate and infinite,” general manager of Astralwerks Glenn Mendlinger praises.
As for the album news? The currently untitled album is scheduled for a vague ’2014 release date,’ and Porter emphasizes his new direction for his debut album. ”It’s got a sort of vintage-inspired, lo-fi, nostalgic vibe to it. The album is definitely not a mainstage EDM album; I’ve grown so tired of the formulaic, buildup-drop formula. This record is listening music, not party music. I think fans of songs like “Language” will like the album – it’s meant to be emotional and pretty in the same way – but on a different set of sounds. I feel really strongly about this. It’s my favorite music I’ve ever made.”
As Porter Robinson took the stage on the first day of TomorrowWorld, there was an undeniable tension in the Chattahoochee air. Fog and mist clung like static to the air around the main stage. Porter immediately shattered the atmosphere with his intro edit of M83′s “Echoes of Mine,” and promptly dropped into Torro Torro’s remix of Zeds Dead & Omar LinX’s “Cowboy.” Instantly, the crowd was on his side. His remix of “Less Go” followed, and from there he brought an onslaught of musical madness that was breathtaking to behold.
Battle of the Beats is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two tracks that share the same title against one another to determine which production represents the name better. With the dance music community continually growing, producers, mashup artists and DJs alike constantly create new music, often of the same name. Now we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on whose rendition takes the proverbial cake.
As part of CNN’s Tomorrowland coverage, Porter Robinson sat down with the news agency to talk about his first exposure to electronic music and his grassroots approach to DJing. Getting his first taste of the music through Dance Dance Revolution, Porter was quickly bit by the electronic bug and hasn’t looked back since. As a performer he mixes his sets on the fly and scolds any DJ who pre-plans their performances; “If you’re not improvising then you’re literally doing nothing. What you are doing is the least inspired, most boring sh*t possible.” He also goes on to acknowledge that his intro and outro are always the same but from there his sets follow the crowd’s reaction and his own unique style. According to Porter he plays 140 tracks in a set, taking pride in educating his audience rather than pandering to them and playing “the most commercial sh*t possible.”
Watch the full interview above and check out part of Porter’s set from Tommorrowland after the break.
It sure feels like Porter Robinson has been the heavyweight act he is today for longer than 730 days. His success and touring schedule may give him a veteran appearance, but the “Language” producer is still young, fresh off his 21st birthday. Back in October, Porter celebrated the two-year anniversary of his first ever show in Santa Cruz, California at the same venue that hosted his debut. In a recent mini-movie, the affair is documented from behind the scenes footage with Zedd to the commemorative show at Motiv, where each fan in the audience was hand selected.
Heading to your Fourth of July celebrations with food, drinks, and fireworks? Don’t forget to load up on the music to accompany the Independence Day festivities. In July 4th fashion, take live sets from your favorite patriot technicians on the go — and what better way than to revisit some of our favorites from the homeland.