Benny Benassi‘s newest video will teach fans more about the acclaimed producer than any interview ever could. The legendary artist, who has been around longer than most, loves waking up early and working out (biking, specifically) and taking at least three “disco naps” a day. The video, which features Benny’s latest single, ”Back To The Pump,” begins at 7 am, the ungodly hour that he rose on the day of his Electric Zoo set.
The one-day documentary, filmed and produced by Frame Dealer, shows the Italian DJ/producer’s day unfold as he kicks off the morning with a hearty workout, does his laundry, interviews with iHeart Radio, and plays a special mix for one of NY’s more popular radio stations, 92.3 NOW. At 7 pm, he is caught taking shots at Randalls Island Park just before his set, which was only the pre game to his after party with Deniz Koyu, Sultan & Ned Shepard, and Alex English at the famed Roseland Ballroom. By the time 4 am rolls around, Benny has been running for about 21 hours and admits, “One day in New York is too much for me. Really, really too much.” Well, not everyone is fit for the city that never sleeps.
Robert DeLong has exploded onto the scene from Washington state, releasing his EP Global Concepts last year and his debut LP Just Movement a few months ago. DeLong has no real genre — his music encompasses all styles, from dubstep elements to indie rock overtones. His stage show summarizes his eclectic style nicely, with live vocals, full drum sets, and traditonal DJ rig all in one setup.
In a recent video, Robert chronicles his current life, his style, and his breakthrough. Citing Los Angeles warehouse shows, DeLong explains how these wild parties first got him noticed. “My turning point was a warehouse show that we threw in LA, and we ended up packing the place out. It was a huge success. It was from there, that every opportunity that I had came from. We filmed it, and that video circulated between a bunch of different people. Because of that, I got a management deal, and because of that, I got some residencies. And then through those residencies, I got signed to Glassnote.”
He further cites his style as “just making music,” regardless of what sound or genre it is. A true musical genius, Robert DeLong is one act you can’t miss.
The inaugural European edition of Ultra Music Festival proved to be a huge success — over 103,000 fans representing upwards of 75 countries gathered for the three day celebration in Croatia. Between Split on the mainland and the beautiful island of Hvar, both locations of Ultra Europe boasted a hefty lineup that included Avicii, Carl Cox, Adventure Club, Bingo Players and dozens of other impressive acts in electronic music.
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.
With iPads now running Traktor and a multitude of touch-oriented apps available for mobile music producers, it’s clear that touch sensitive technology will play a leading role in the dance music of the future. Deadmau5 has been using custom touch software longer than iPads have even existed (who remembers the Jazzmutant Lemur?), so it’s only fitting that he’s throwing his mau5head in the ring.
In a minute-long video uploaded today, the Canadian producer test-drives the software, which he describes as “still early in development,” on an enormous touch screen, setting up virtual knobs, faders and grids that will presumably control parameters in digital audio workstations like Ableton Live. While Deadmau5 revealed that he is partnering with Microsoft on the initiative, he was coy with any further details, only hinting that the software would drive OSC and MIDI to “other stuff.”
Techies shouldn’t sleep on this news. For all the headlines he makes for matters unrelated to music, there are very few artists out there who understand audio technology as well as Joel Zimmerman, and if his BSOD BFF Steve Duda has any hand in it, then it’s likely to be revolutionary.
Dance music’s loudest and possibly most controversial voice speaks up yet again, but surprisingly, this time Deadmau5 isn’t the instigator. Rapper Flo Rida is on the launch of a new product called ‘Beamz by Flo.’ Self-described “future of interactive music,” the device allows users to manipulate pre-programmed popular radio hits by moving their hands through laser beams, adding and controlling layers of instruments and beats. Flo Rida is notorious for taking well-established dance music tunes and remixing them as his own with his releases “Good Feelings” (Avicii’s “Levels”) and “I Cry,” (Bingo Players’ “Cry”) and once again, the American rapper is facing heat with his latest media stunt.
Deadmau5 tweeted this video advertisement for Flo Rida’s upcoming ‘Beamz by Flo’ that very obviously snubs the iconic mouse head along with the tag line, “So easy even a mouse can play!” Canadian producer Joel Zimmerman combated back by directly tweeting at the official ‘Beamz by Flo’ Twitter account. Fellow Swedish House Mafia producer Steve Angello took notice and Wolfgang Gartner instructed Deadmau5 to “sick the lawyers.”
.@beamzmusic i dont recall agreeing to any terms of you using my likeness and trademark to sell your shitty product.
— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) October 28, 2013
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.
Watch the clip.
Adrian Lux’s single with Marcus Schossow “Wild Child” gets a short video accompaniment from his recent show in New York. With its clean guitar riffs and soaring vocals, the tune showcases the familiar beautiful anthemic themes of the talented Swedes. In the video, a packed house of dancing animals dominates the imagery, fitting considering the name of the song. Capturing the essence of electronic music, the clip prepares any fan for the weekend ahead.
Pretty Lights’ two-night run at Red Rocks this past August has already become a thing of legend. Performing for the first time with his full live band, Derek brought the Colorado crowd to their knees with stunning live renditions of his music. Fortunately for the rest of us, the producer is hitting the road to promote A Color Map of the Sun and bringing his band with him. If the above video is any evidence, it looks to be one hell of a time. Check out the full tour at prettylightsmusic.com.
Bromance’s dark prince of techno has completed his first full-length album and he’s ready for the world to know it. This week, Gesaffelstein released a 40-second clip of menacing static over foreboding visuals of monochrome circuitry to announce the album’s title and release date. Aleph will be unleashed just in time for Halloween on October 28th, so mark your calendars and commence your countdowns.