For those who aren’t quite ready to embrace full-blown holiday cheer, HARD is swinging it back to early November with their Day of the Dead recap. The three-minute revisit highlights attendees’ skull-adorned and electrifying costumes along with standout performances from one of the most anticipated festival lineups of the year. Watch and reminisce with HARD head honcho Gary Richards, Pretty Lights, Eric Prydz, Boys Noize, a live performance from Bloody Beetroots, Zeds Dead, Calvin Harris, Giorgio Moroder and more. Though the video highlights an incredible array of dance music’s shining talent stars already, the short wouldn’t be complete without a bit from the two chief headlining acts: Catch a glimpse of Skrillex as he moves his sea of a crowd from his illuminating pumpkin stage and Deadmau5‘s haunting Hellraiser ‘Pinhead’ mask and next-level production.Posted by
As Skrillex spends the rest of the year finishing up his new music, the beginning of 2014 will see Sonny Moore embark on a new Takeovers tour, hitting San Francisco, Brooklyn, Amsterdam and Barcelona for a total of twenty one shows. As part of his Takeovers concept, Moore will play multiple back-to-back shows in each city, performing from a different venue each night. San Francisco has the biggest lineup of performances thus far with seven shows listed, yet each city boasts at least four nights with the beloved OWSLA champion. Head to Skrillex’s website to purchase presale tickets, and find dates and locations below.
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.
Dog Blood will not be performing at this year’s Stereosonic Festival in Australia due to “unfortunate circumstances” according to Skrillex, who took to his Facebook to announce the unfortunate news. In the duo’s stead, Boys Noize will be performing as himself while GTA will be filling the void left by the superduo on the touring festival’s lineups.
It’s not all bad news, however, Sonny’s reasoning for not attending the festival was in no way attributed to Stereosonic or the OneLove team and that he would be “be spending the rest of this year finishing my new music but will be coming back to do some SKRILLEX shows over New Year’s Eve in a couple weeks and will be spending more time in OZ in ’14. Thanks and really looking forward to seeing you guys soon.”
It was no surprise when dance music’s resident cake-throwing, champagne-spraying DJ Steve Aoki decided to bring two equally wild names on his Aokify America Tour. It seems like Aoki’s explosive electro house tunes have inspired one supporting artist to create his own dance music inspired works. American rapper Waka Flocka Flame announced interest in creating a full electronic dance music album and confirmed in April that his forthcoming project will be titled Flockaveli Psychotics. Though the album is still in the works, Waka Flocka hints several well-respected producers of dance music will be a part of the album, including Flosstradamus, Diplo and Skrillex. Though tour mate Aoki has yet to be linked to Waka Flocka’s upcoming LP, the rapper shares his admiration for the producer. “Steve Aoki is like the electronic Waka Flocka. He just known for turning up. I feel like he’d do everything I do … It’s amazing, I respect him.” He further explains, ”I wanted to go back to like the essence. I ventured off a lot in my whole career … I’ma show you a different Flockaveli this time. Way more turnt up, different crowds now. I’m touching different genres.”
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Ellie Goulding is commonly embraced as one of dance music’s favorite songbirds with countless hits produced and remixed by by notable artists like Calvin Harris, Bassnectar, Jakwob, Blood Diamonds and more. When approached at the recent MTV European Awards by 3FM Serious Radio, Ellie hinted at new and upcoming music. To everyone’s surprise, she explained she has been in collaboration with Sonny Moore, or Skrillex. The duo has partnered up in the past, coming together to release “Summit,” which allegedly was the project that sparked the two’s previous romantic relationship. The couple split in late 2012, however, and despite rumors, it seems the two have maintained a friendly relationship. Skip to the one minute mark for the official word on their new collaboration.
This year Skrillex took a relative breather, but it seems he’s never been harder at work. As this year winds down, the label head and ultra-successful producer has a remarkable year of pushing the boundaries in his rear view mirror. His successes this year include the acid techno onslaught the Dog Blood side project with Boys Noize brought to main stages all over the country, the promising new partnership with Diplo called Jack U, a residency in one of Las Vegas’ newest clubs, all of this before his set at Hard’s Day Of The Dead weekend festival, where he premiered a slew of new brain rattling, bass packed new music. Along with an interview with Rolling Stone, the OWSLA overlord has made it crystal clear that he is still hungry, and Skrillex will be back with a ruthless appetite in 2014.
When HARD released their Day of the Dead lineup a few months ago, we knew it was going to be something special. Though most festivals these days boast enough names to have the average dance music fan salivating, this year’s HARD Day of the Dead lineup seemed particularly exceptional. While sets from Boys Noize, Zeds Dead, Maya Jane Coles, and The Blood Beetroots would have been more than enough for a satisfactory Saturday, HARD Day 1 also boasted three extraordinary festival anomalies: a solo set from Skrillex, a live set from Nero, and a headlining set from Eric Prydz’s techno alterego, Cirez D.
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Dancing Astronaut wraps up October for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. October’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Alesso with Calvin Harris, Hardwell with MAKJ, Diplo, and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from Junior Sanchez, Chromeo with Oliver, and Gesaffelstein. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of October!
Jay Z’s second annual Made In America festival took over Philadelphia this Labor Day Weekend with mega-stars of all genres sharing stages. Being released on Showtime comes the documentary from the festival’s first edition in 2012, which featured headliners from Run DMC to Skrillex. In the film, directed by Ron Howard goes behind the scenes with Skrillex and even gets some pointers on how to DJ. Moments later, Jay Z opens up to praise the dance music culture, comparing it to the trends of hip hop and putting its identity in its rightful place. Here’s what the hip hop legend and entrepreneurial tycoon had to say about EDM:
EDM, people are dismissing as a fad sort of like they did hip-hop, that I think is going to be a bit more sticky. I think it’s good music of the next generation, it’s their soundtrack, it’s their music they’re claiming as they own. They’ll buy hip hop and they’ll buy other music but they’re like “this music is ours.” Kid’s don’t want to listen to their dad’s music, they want to be on the cutting edge of something new, and I think this is something they can claim.