Just last week Axwell told us to save two dates for him in Miami, and now we can tell you why. Axtone will be kicking off its festivities on Wednesday March 21st at Amnesia, where Axwell will be joined by Jacques Lu Cont, Thomas Gold, and NO_ID — sound familiar? The party will continue on Sunday March 25th — the final day of Ultra Music Festival — at Surfcomber Beach Club, where Axwell recorded part of an Essential Mix last year. The twelve hour event will run from 11AM to 11PM and has an equally impressive lineup: Axwell, Thomas Gold, Arty, Funkagenda, Michael Calfan, and NO_ID, with special guest Calvin Harris. Tickets for both shows will go on sale at 10AM EST on Thursday February 16th.
Alongside the event announcements, Axwell is hosting a contest that will allow one lucky DJ to open at both Amnesia and Surfcomber. Two mixes are required for entry, which will be judged by Axwell, Thomas Gold, and NO_ID themselves. The winner not only gets to open at the events, but will receive airfare to Miami, hotel accommodations, $500, and a meeting with Axwell. Check Axwell’s Facebook page for official information. Now, about the Masquerade Motel…
Although the fate of Masquerade Motel remains uncertain, fans will still be able to get their Swedish House Mafia fix during Miami Music Week. Axwell will be performing with Thomas Gold on both March 21st and March 25th at a still unannounced location. According to Axwell’s Facebook page more details will be announced soon, including special early bird tickets, line up information, and a chance to DJ at the event. He also states that Masquerade Motel info is coming soon too — so there’s still hope on that frontier. We’ll be back with more details as they come in.
Slowly but surely the pieces of Cosmic Opera are falling into place. First we learned about Axwell’s involvement, then a second show was added, and now we can tell you that Deniz Koyu, Thomas Gold, and NO ID will also be part of the festivities. Alongside the Swedish Mafia member, NO ID and Deniz Koyu will be playing on Thursday February 23rd, while Thomas Gold and NO ID will be joining on Friday the 24th. Tickets were believed to be sold out for both events, but there will be one final release taking place this coming Tuesday, February 7th, at 10AM. These are sure to go as fast as the previous rounds, so make sure to be near your computer early!
shows to appreciate his DJing skills live. To close out 2011, he’s giving away a huge edit called “Turnbulence Mutfakta Flashback,” combining three great tracks into one nice free download. We’ll admit that we haven’t heard this one for ourselves live, but we have no doubt that it’ll be a solid addition to his sets that already leverage his seemingly never-ending collection of quality, inventive bootlegs. We’ve got this one for you a little early thanks to Thomas himself, so grab the exclusive download below.
Laidback Luke, S.Aoki, L.Jon, Chuckie,Calvin Harris-Turbulence Mutfakta Flashback (Thomas Gold Edit) by Thomas Gold
A few months back we started our “Stargazers” column through which we shine the light on upcoming talent that we feel has the potential to rise to the top of the EDM world. Our inaugural Stargazers selection, Michael Brun, wasted absolutely zero time with his ascension. The Davidson College attendee has got some great tunes coming out with major artists we can’t share quite yet with our DA fans but we can give you a clue. One of the artists goes Hard… and does it damn Well! For those of you looking for new talent in the progressive sector of EDM this kid will surely satiate your hunger. Check out his latest remix and a preview of an official mix he is whipping up.
Check out Michael Brun’s hard-hitting remix of Dirty South and Thomas Gold’s “Alive”:
BONUS: Here’s a preview of Brun’s remix of “Dancing” by Delivio Reavon and Aaron Gill
Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike are busy smashing the USA, but they somehow managed to crank out a remix of Benny Benassi’s “Close To Me.” To our ears, the duo’s take bears an uncanny resemblance to Thomas Gold and Dirty South’s “Alive” — but when has that ever been considered to be a bad thing? Give the track a listen for yourself and see what we mean, and we’ll keep you updated on official release date information.
You may remember Thomas Gold’s work with Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain,” needless to say, you loved it. Thomas now remixes “Someone Like You” alongside Mark Mendes and keeps the same sensitive rolling bassline that is evident in his previous work with Adele. Earlier in the year in seemed that Lady GaGa was the most remixed artist from the mainstream world, however, we believe that Adele is now the hottest artist for house artists to remake. “Rolling In The Deep” was mashed up and bootlegged so often you can’t even count how many times you’ve heard it in live sets. Here is the scary part – it was damn good no matter what setting you were in.
NOTE: This tune is a great warm up for Thomas’ “Sing2me.” Keep on the lookout for the release!
Let us paint a picture for you: Thomas Gold is on stage, and you’re directly in front of him, about 50 feet back. Miraculously, your group has managed to find some breathing room. Everything is going well. There are no sweaty teenagers jammed into y
Escape from Wonderland 2011 is officially a wrap, but you can re-live the music forever by downloading some of the live sets from the event. Thanks to SiriusXM broadcasting, we’re graced with sets from Steve Angello, Thomas Gold, AN21 and Max Vangeli, R3hab, Markus Schulz, and many many more. It’s going to take us a few days to comb through these ourselves, but feel free to get started on the daunting task by hitting the link below.
PS: R3hab was kind enough to post his directly to his SoundCloud, and you can listen to it embedded after the break.
How’s that for a Halloween treat?
Update: Thomas Gold has posted his set to SoundCloud too. Find it below!
In order to properly decipher what the DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ poll actually means we must be able to identify what criteria people are voting on. Is it the best actual DJ? Best producer? Most popular? Shot slamming ability? Hottest Girlfriend? Is it even feasible to determine what the hell a whole bunch of people are actually voting on? Not to burst your bubble, but the answer is a big N-O. Here is what we do know – the DJ Mag list is the only ‘relevant’ (kind of) ranking system we have in the Electronic Dance Music world, well at least it is for now, until we figure out how to craft our own.
Throughout the past few months we have asked big name DJs about whether the list is actually relevant. Two of the biggest names we asked were Fedde Le Grand and Tiesto (click on each name to read their interviews with us). Their answers are transcribed after the jump: (more…)