Last Thursday Armin van Buuren took over Sirius XM’s fishbowl studio for the Electric Aquarium series, which has played host to top dance music talent including Afrojack, Ferry Corsten, and Dirty South. The series offers a uniquely intimate experience, incomparable to almost anything else out there due to its unprecedented artist access. At festivals and concerts fans are separated from DJs by a sea of heads, a bounty of security, and several physical barriers — but for Electric Aquarium events there’s only a few feet of space between the fans and their idolized performers.
Attendees were able to watch Armin’s live interview and then bear witness to an up close and personal performance where Armin treated fans to a slew of tracks from his recently released Intense album. The corporate office location wasn’t enough to counteract the effects of his euphoric selections as fans spent the majority of the time swaying along with the beat. A frequent occurrence at the Sirius XM office, these sort of intimate experiences are often offered by Electric Area, giving diehard fans a chance to see their favorite DJs like they never thought possible – it was the perfect setting for a small group of superfans to see the world’s #1 DJ spin his latest album.
Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything! (more…)
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instragram each week. This week, we’ve got gems from Afrojack, Tiesto, Steve Aoki, and more.
Do you want to have your photos included in our Best of Instagram feature? All you have to do to be eligible is use the hashtag “#astrogram” in your photo entry on Instagram. Keep your photos DA or dance music-related, and we’ll choose one user-submitted photo to include each week. Click past the break to see this week’s #astrogram contest winner.
Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything!
17-year-old Danny Avila might be better known for his Justin Bieber like hair than his DJing skills, but his prowess behind the decks is undeniable. I had the pleasure of attending his live in-studio session at SiriusXM last week, and found myself impressed with both his talent and confidence. Avila was discovered by Sirius president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein after receiving recommendations from two important people: Pacha NYC owner Eddie Dean, and the world famous Tiesto. Both came to him with rave reviews, and after checking Avila out for himself, he too recognized the talent.
During his performance in the packed fishbowl studio, Avila proved that there is certainly a place for him in the dance music world — though we’re not quite sure just where yet. Personally, I’m excited to see where his path takes him. Read on for the full tracklist and audio of his set.
Tiesto already has his own radio channel on SiriusXM with a very impressive lineup, but he’s looking to add a new show to the mix — and he’s giving you the chance to host it. For the contest, fifteen winners will each win tickets to an upcoming Club Life College Invasion tour date and host a one hour show that will air on Club Life Radio. At the tour’s conclusion, Tiesto himself will choose one of the candidates to host a monthly show on the channel for up to six months. It’s a pretty incredible opportunity for an aspiring DJ or producer — hit the link below for all the details, and be sure to enter before the contest closes on September 21st.
Via: Billboard Biz
Enter at SiriusXM
We’ve been fans of Sebastian Ingrosso’s Refune Radio podcast since the beginning, and we’re excited to inform you that episode five will be premiered not on iTunes like past episodes, but on SiriusXM’s Electric Area. The latest installment of the Swedish House Mafia member’s radio show will be aired for the first time today at 4PM EST, with replays happening Saturday at 9PM, Monday at 8PM, and Thursday at 11PM.
Of course, Refune Radio will also be made available on iTunes, though it won’t be until next Friday July 20th. In the meantime, feel free to subscribe to the show on iTunes — and it doesn’t hurt to subscribe to our own Axis podcast while you’re at it either.
Update: We’ve been tipped on a rip of the show that’s live on SoundCloud right now. Listen to it below.
Dancing Astronaut is proud to present to you an exclusive remix from the creator of “Babylon” and “Sirius” – Congorock. There are many of you that may own the Angger Dimas remix of “We Run The Night,” and with all due respect to Angger we think Congrock’s latest rendition is flat out the best. Think: Bart B More meets Sidney Samson. You can hear the dutch drums pounding in the background and the drop features an extra dose of dirty.
Ever since she toured with the likes of Lady GaGa and The Pussycat Dolls, Havana Brown has quickly ascended the ranks of the pop world. “We Run The Night” (featuring Pitbull) is her debut single on Universal Republic Records has done incredibly well at the box office proving that she may be our next princess.
Disclaimer: you can download this, but this tune lead to excessive bouts of procrastination or overall inefficiency due to the various attention grabbing elements throughout the track. Clicking the ‘repeat’ button may be the only thing you do today.
Via: The Musebox
Rocco Rampino better — known as Congorock — has either been hiding or just plain busy in the studio. Today, he dropped his latest single called “Sirius” on Ultra Records. The track offers a steady house melody with some other wrenching sounds that remind us a little bit of Zedd. After not hearing a Congorock track for a while its good to see Rocco is back in the studio producing some quality tracks. Preview it below.
Via: Soundcloud (Congorock)