In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Deadmau5 gives fans insight as to what they can expect from his new music, and the concept behind his latest work. With 12 songs that he is confident in so far, Joel says ”there’s this really sordid, pretty vibe” to his masterpieces, most of which were influenced by Radiohead’s “Codex.” As always, the mau5 prefers to keep his records vague and open to interpretation, rather than keeping them rigid and uniformed.
In order to rank the best night clubs in North America, Rolling Stone turned to the people who know them best — the artists and insiders who call these clubs their offices. Enlisting the help of 23 industry professionals, from managers to world famous DJs, Rolling Stone has compiled a list of the top 10 night clubs in the United States.
Check out the full list of judges and club rankings after the break.
Rolling Stone refers to them as “the crowd-pleasing, club-wrecking, festival-killing road rulers.” Artists such as The Rolling Stones, Prince, and Jay-Z occupy the top ten and legends such as U2, Paul McCartney, and Metallica round out the top twenty. It’s the ranking of the 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now, occupied from start to finish by immortal musicians. Amongst the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam, Skrillex finds himself slotted at number 42 as the only EDM representative, beating out even Lady Gaga.
In addition to the honorable ranking, Skrillex received further praise from Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, who had this to say about the dubstep poster boy:
“When I saw him it was 30,000 kids going fucking apeshit to this orgasm of lights and sound and strobes. I’ve never seen anything so completely over-the-top. It felt like it was on a spaceship.”
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Datsik’s love of hip-hop and rap is well-documented in his releases. From frequently collaborating with Messinian and Snak the Rippper, to churning out trap VIPs of his own work, Datsik’s productions have always incorporated hip-hop influence in some form or another. As part of his Cold Blooded EP back in January, Datsik released “Too Late to Say No,” featuring original rapping from Beetles himself. The track was met with an ambivalent response, with fans both supporting and criticizing his lyrical experimentation.
Now Datsik has premiered the video for “Too Late to Say No,” reflecting on the process with Rolling Stone: ”That was definitely a different experience for me, but I also learned quite a bit on how to make my voice sound good and not make it sound so much like me.”
After releasing “Atmosphere,” the title track and first single off his forthcoming album, Kaskade continues to gear up for its release with an accompanying fan-focused music video. As fans energetically pose for photos inside a photo booth Kaskade woefully sings along with his vocals, ultimately winding up floating atop a sea of hands. “This video was really fun to make because I was able to get my fans involved,” Kaskade told Rolling Stone. “They are all so supportive and brought exactly the energy that we needed to make the video as fun as it is.”
If four minutes of Kaskade isn’t enough to quench your thirst don’t fret too much as the album’s September release date isn’t too far away.
Having recently announced plans to release his first solo album, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler hinted in a recent interview for Rolling Stone that he may be taking at least some of it in dance music’s direction. Although he hasn’t confirmed any concrete plans relating to electronic collaborations, when asked who he plans to work with, his name-dropping contained EDM heavyweights.
“There’s so much good stuff out there. I am a huge Skrillex fan. I went to lunch with Deadmau5 at Mel’s Diner. He’s got incredible ideas for his next tour – blew me away, what he’s gonna do … He knows where to take it, and he’s still relevant. So it was a sick dinner, it was f–king unreal. I want to go out and explore things … I really want to take a little risk here and do something solo.”
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“Fly Me To The Moon” is a standard instantly recognizable to almost anyone, and although originally written by Bart Howard in 1954 it’s probably most closely associated with Frank Sinatra’s recording of the record. Another popular recording, however, is that of samba and bossa nova singer Astrud Gilberto (also very well-known for her version of “The Girl From Ipanema”). In celebration of the coming release of another addition of The Verve Remixed series (this time featuring an all-female lineup), Kaskade was responsible for giving a modern electronic music touch to Gilberto’s timeless vocals.
If Clarity was any evidence, Zedd is well primed for the intersection between pop music and electronic. After touring with Lady Gaga last spring, Zedd has formally hooked up with the megastar to help produce her forthcoming album ARTPOP. As dance music continues its rise into mainstream acceptance, Zedd’s collaboration with Gaga could represent the zenith of EDM’s advancement.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Zedd said of the studio collaboration: “I’m really, really excited for people to hear what we came up with. I just really can’t imagine they would not like it, to just say it straight up. I think the stuff we’ve made is pretty fucking cool.”
After thrilling festival-goers at Coachella with a surprise video preview of their unbelievably funky lead single “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk sat down with Rolling Stone for their first exclusive interview since announcing the release of their forthcoming album, Random Access Memories.
Check out the track-list and new details on the album that Daft Punk describes as “drawing a parallel between the brain and a hard drive” after the break.
Rolling Stone, wising to the increasing demand for purer house sounds, is giving away the final track off Maceo Plex’s impending DJ-Kicks compilation — out in full on April 30. By the looks of the tracklist, Maceo has worked hard to curate a grouping of sounds like none other (including no tracks previously released on digital — almost just to prove he can). In his brief chat with Rolling Stone, he explains this song was written in three hours on while traveling between Manchester and London on New Year’s Day and the inspiration derived from the sensation of his “mind was on fire between the stresses of the road and the ideas [he] had simmering within.”
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