Following the chart-topping Dance (RED) Save Lives Compilation album, the cancer-fighting (RED) organization has once again put together an astounding lineup of features and tracks for the second part of their compilation series. As standouts from the track list, Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, and Deadmau5 will all own spots on the charitable project, and the yet unheard “Infinite Daps” from Baauer and RL Grime also makes an appearance to heighten expectations and increase the pain of anticipation even further. Dance (RED) Save Lives 2 is already available for preorder, and is expected to debut November 25th.
While the well-known festival circuit keeps electronic fans in Europe and North America busy during the summer months, it isn’t until winter that Australia sees its biggest celebrations of music, and Stereosonic Festival is amongst the few favorites in the land down under. This year, Thump, a Vice Network channel, has allied with (RED) to stream Stereosonic as a celebration of World AIDS Day on November 30th. Although specifics of who exactly will be streamed are so far unconfirmed, event headliners include dance music greats Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, and Sebastian Ingrosso on top of many more.
When Swedish House Mafia announced their split last year, many (almost all) EDM fans were heartbroken. It was hard to understand how and why such a loved trio was deciding to end their reign in the land of music. Countless interviews were conducted posing the “big question:” why are they breaking up? Despite the answers we received, it was still hard to believe. Their “One Last Tour” was set for 2012 – 2013 and after their “final curtain” at Ultra, we were all saying goodbye to the iconic Swedish trio.
But not so fast, although we may not be getting new productions and releases anytime soon, fans will be somewhat appeased by the upcoming release of a documentary that follows this brotherhood behind the booth, in and out of hotels rooms and through their everyday lives. In the first clip, we get a small peek at the positive aspects of their life and tour (those that made us want to be DJs too) and some of the negative aspects, which threatened to tear these three best friends apart – and finally did. Full of nostalgia, this first clip gives a glance into their last year as a dominant force – the last year we saw them together as one. It also begs the question: Will SHM ever reunite?
Expect further clips to be released in the upcoming weeks. Full documentary coming soon.
Forbes has just released its list of the top earning electronic talent in 2013. Despite earning more than he had in 2012, Tiësto lost his Top Earner title to Calvin Harris, who netted $46 million dollars in 2013, out-earning not only Tiësto but Jay Z, Kanye West and Katy Perry as well.
Based on annual earning estimates that include income from live shows, endorsements, merchandise sales, recorded music sales, external business ventures and television appearances. The poll also includes DJ Pauly D, who despite his lack of dance music street cred, makes at least half of his income from DJ gigs, matching Diplo for the 12th spot on the list.
Electronic music’s top 12 earners raked in over a quarter of a billion dollars in 2013, DJing their way to $268 million in revenue over the course of the last 12 months. See the full list after the break.
One year ago Swedish House Mafia was still, well, Swedish House Mafia. And the industry’s biggest supergroup had once called the industry’s biggest festival home. On the brink of the ninth annual Tomorrowland, rewind a mere 365 days back towards the trio’s 2012 closing set. Axwell, Ingrosso, and Angello had brought their familiar originals and mash ups to a climactic setting to Belgium, testing showtime antics on a massive crowd before doing so on their One Last Tour. Relive Swedish House Mafia’s last Tomorrowland set and catch them mafioso by mafioso at the festival grounds this weekend.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we feature gems from Steve Angello, Pasquale Rotella, and Diplo.
It’s that time of year again; the polls for the DJ Mag‘s 2013 edition of their Top 100 DJs ranking have opened. Hailed often as a popularity contest, the chart is indirectly correlated with talent but aligned with the mindset of dance music’s fan base. While my ballot (which I will reveal later in this piece) is still unfinished, I’ve found it a priority led by intuition to predict the fate of the 2013 DJ Mag rankings.
I’ve observed the prestigious top 10 spots, artists who have yet to break the top 100, DJ Mag sophomores, projected winners and losers, and even how the former Swedish House Mafia will affect the polls. Each day, week, and moment of the past twelve months have carried weight in the dance music community; here is how I foresee a changing of the guard amongst the industries revered Top 100 DJ rankings.
British drum & bass mogul Koncept is the first brave soul to step up to the mark for official remix duties of Axwell’s “Center of the Universe.” Given an exclusive first spin by Zane Lowe for BBC Radio One in the wake of its powerful original and remode mixes, Koncept’s liquid drum & bass stylings elevate the track to new and unchartered territory, all whilst maintaining the uplifting sentiments of Magnus Carlsson’s powerful topline. For anyone who caught onto High Contrasts remix of “I Found U” back in the day, this remix is sure to rekindle the too often-overlooked stamina of modern drum & bass. With rumor of further remix duties from some of Europe’s hottest peak time exports doing the rounds, this energetic first remix is yet further indication of the inspirational properties Axwell’s solo return is already casting upon global dance music. (more…)
Debuted by Pete Tong on Radio 1, and achieving Essential New Tune status shortly thereafter, “Center of the Universe” showcases the impeccible Axwell ear for perfection we’ve all come know and love. Coming by way of his own Axtone imprint, the single serves as his first single post-Swedish House Mafia and as a remode of the original version kept tight since 2009. Featuring the vocals of Magnus Carlsson, the track takes us on a hypnotic flight of emotional synth work and intricate percussion lines, serving as a great contender to “Get Lucky” for the sole anthem of summer 2013.
When Swedish House Mafia first previewed their latest teaser for the new “Leave the World Behind” video featuring the vocals of Lune (pronounced Lynne) countless diehard Mafia fans thought that this might be the rumored Swedish House Mafia documentary. The teaser website even said that “Leave the World Behind” will be “starring” Swedish House Mafia – but as it turns out it the video is a reimagining of the original featuring Lune (and the Volvo XC60). Lune’s vocal re-imagining sparks new life in SHM’s smash hit and gives us one last memory of the Swedish House Mafia.
Since going their separate ways and ending with a bang at Ultra Music Festival, the former members of Swedish House Mafia have found their success in their born-again solo careers. It is now appearing that we will see the trio together once more, in a project aptly titled “Leave The World Behind” by Lune. The teaser website says “Leave The World Behind” will be “starring” Swedish House Mafia, and has so far previewed videos for Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso, with a third mini-trailer from Steve Angello expected to be on the way. The project is rumored to be a new documentary, mini-documentary, or a similar video feature.