We at Dancing Astronaut have realized that our readership is teeming with talent that has yet to be discovered. We’re also incredibly enthusiastic that so many of you have begun to contribute to the EDM community with your own tracks and musical styles — and the incredible amount of promos we get on a daily basis can attest to that. Stargazers is a column that will showcase members of the DA community and recognize their talents as original EDM producers! We encourage all of you to support your fellow DA fanatics- any of you could be headlining Ultra’s Main Stage someday.
Not many 19-year -old DJ/producers can say they’ve played back-to-back with Tiesto in Ibiza during their first professional appearance. Moska can. Dancing Astronaut‘s latest Stargazers showcases Colombia-born Daniel Amezquita – otherwise known as Moska. Apparently, the South American country not only exports coffee, emeralds, and cut flowers, but also Dutch house. How did Daniel catch his big break? Find out and listen to his unique productions after the break.
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 Steve Angello, Rukes, Dillon Francis, and more.
Like any native of New Jersey, much of my younger 20s were spent stumbling through the neon lit and awkwardly carpeted atriums of Atlantic City’s dated casinos. In terms of luxury and elegance there wasn’t much to look forward to along the Jersey coastline. Debauchery? yes, luxury? hell no. When news of Revel’s development began, our eyes once again looked towards the Jersey coast. Their mission was bold – make Atlantic City a destination for more than just geriatrics on slot machines. It’s aim was to bring all of the luxury and grandeur of Vegas’s preeminent hotels to the North East, giving the residents of New Jersey and New York a Vegas of their own. The second we set foot inside the world class establishment last summer for Avicii’s performance at Ovation Hall, there was no question — they had succeeded.
Billboard Biz reports that Tiësto has severed ties with Complete Control, the Brooklyn-based management company that he has worked with for years, moving instead to Red Light Management whose list of clients extend far beyond that of the electronic genre. The change marks another milestone in the juggernaut producer’s career, once again re-asserting the growth and mainstream acceptance of the EDM-movement.
He has no plans to leave his booking agency, AM Only, at this time.
UPDATED: Tiësto was not the first electronic music producer to sign with Red Light Management — Steve Angello, Rusko and more are also represented by the agency.
We’ve gone over the biggest artists, albums, and tracks of 2012, but our end of the year roundup really wouldn’t be complete unless we talked about our own favorites from this year. These are the songs that made us feel, gave us chills, made us party, and made us cry. You’d probably find these tracks with high play counts in our music libraries and dripping with nostalgia if you make us talk about them further.
2012 has been an exciting year for dance music, the scene has grown beyond any of our comprehensions, supplanting itself in popular culture, fueling the soundtrack of commercials, sitcoms, and even a Disney movie — shaking the foundation popular culture by establishing a new wave of music consumer. At the forefront of everything have been the artists, the true pioneers of the electronic dance music wave. With a scene as large and expansive as EDM, it was hard to honor only 50 – for every David Guetta or Calvin Harris there are droves of aspiring bedroom producers all doing their fair share of pushing the movement — simply by creating and sharing their art. With the EDM explosion officially in full swing in 2012, we saw countless new artists emerge, seasoned producers experiment with new sounds, and massive collaborations form that made crowning the “best” artist a nearly impossible task.
We’ve already covered 40 of the Biggest Artists of 2012 – hop past the break to see our picks for the final 10.
Looks like we aren’t done with holiday gifts quite yet — Canadian production team Sultan & Ned Shepard just released an Indie Mix of their monster hit “Walls” off Tiesto’s Club Life Vol. 2 Miami from earlier this year as a free download on their Facebook page. As could be expected from the title, this mix strips out the big room sound of this track and replaces it with a twinkly and soft bottom line, perfect for ending a long night out. Enjoy the free track below!
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 decided to include a bonus edition featuring twelve Christmas snaps from Carl Cox, Diplo, Tiesto, and more.
We thought there were an insane number of residents in Las Vegas this year, but it seems 2013 will be even bigger. With the opening of LIGHT at Mandalay Bay and Hakkasan at the MGM Grand, booking DJs has become pricey and competitive. Big names like Deadmau5 and Tiesto are reportedly pulling in between $250,000 and $425,000 a night.
The Wynn and Encore will be losing and gaining some residents (including Knife Party, Eric Prydz and Madeon) as LIGHT’s talent manager has already signed Alesso, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Nicky Romero and possibly eight others for an early April opening. Deadmau5 will venture to Hakkasan and will play alongside Tiesto, Steve Aoki, and Calvin Harris, all of whom are making the switch. Two Hakkasan residents will be performing at this years’ Grammy’s and they will be announcing arena shows and possibly a festival at the MGM Grand around that time as well. Seems like every DJ will be in Las Vegas this year making it the place to be if you’re a dance music fan — as if it wasn’t already.
Via: Las Vegas Sun
It’s inevitable that countdowns will always spark controversy, that’s just the nature of the beast. Some tracks will be snubbed, some overlooked, and some ranked higher than you may have expected. We’ve already gone over our ranking criteria at length but despite our own self-imposed guidelines, 2012 proved to be more difficult to rank than years past. With the EDM explosion officially in full swing throughout the year, the sheer number of releases was mind numbing, and — consequently — nearly impossible to rank. There has been no greater challenge for the editors at Dancing Astronaut than creating the list of the Biggest Tracks of 2012.
You have already heard the picks for the biggest tracks of 2012; 50-41, 40-31, and 30-21 now check out which tracks made 20-11 below the break.