Major Lazer recently took their shot at giving Boing Clash Boom by Dada Life a rework. The end result was out of this world. So far, this is just a preview (although an extended one at that) and the track itself is going to be released "soon" on Dada Life's new label, So Much Dada. This info and more on their Soundcloud
Take yourself back on vacation with Destructo & Brodinski’s Private Island set from this year’s HOLY SHIP!!
HARD EVENTS, along with partners Cloud 9 Adventures and The Bowery Presents, recently celebrated the successful completion of HOLY SHIP!!, the second annual electronic music cruise, which set sail Friday, January 4, through Monday, January 7, 2013, aboard the glamorous Italian cruise liner MSC Poesia with thousands of fans onboard. HOLY SHIP!! sold out in record time and featured performances from Justice (DJ set), Boys Noize, Knife Party, Major Lazer, Diplo, A-Trak, Skream & Benga and many more.
Featuring over 40 of the world’s top DJs and cutting-edge artists in the dance/electronic world among multiple venues into the late hours at sea, HOLY SHIP!! was the ultimate way to kick off 2013. The MSC Poesia has docked, but the party lives on with Destructo & Brodinski’s Private Island set from the second annual HOLY SHIP!! Beach Party.
New Year’s weekend saw the much-anticipated Phase 1 Lineup of Ultra Music Festival’s Miami showdown make its way around the World Wide Web like wildfire after Avicii leaked the lineup online. If there was ever an excuse to slap ‘viral’ on an announcement then this was it! One week after the Internet frenzy, and the world’s premier electronic dance music festival can now confirm artists that will be performing throughout the 6-day/2-weekend marathon of sound, light and dance. Over the weekends of March 15-17 and March 22-24, Downtown Miami plays host to the event’s 15th year with an unparalleled bill of the best DJs, live acts and future talent this planet has to offer.
The world is already aware that this year’s edition of the iconic festival will mark the final curtain for Swedish House Mafia, who’ve chosen Ultra Music Festival as the ‘One Last Tour’ finale to end where it once began (Ultra Music Festival at Bicentennial Park in 2010). Expect an unforgettable performance created specially for Ultra Music Festival by deadmau5, one of the industry’s most in-demand talents who returns to close out both Saturday nights. Luminaries who have aided in shaping the movement make appearances across BOTH weekends include Tiësto, David Guetta, Armin van Buuren and Avicii as well as (in alphabetical order): Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Bassnectar, CalvinHarris, CarlCox, FatboySlim, Kaskade, KnifeParty and RichieHawtin. Of course, Ultra Music Festival wouldn’t be complete without the essential Carl Cox & Friends Arena, which has been announced in addition to Armin van Buuren’s (the world’s #1 DJ) A State Of Trance 600 Arena. Mixmag—the world’s indispensible clubbing bible—will also slam into the sunshine with an area of their own and who can forget the #1 club in the world, Space Ibiza, bringing Phase 1 of Ultra’s 15th Anniversary to close with the return of their own Space Ibiza Arena.
It is not only the cosmic DJ talent that ensures Ultra Music Festival’s growth year after year, it’s also the LIVE elements that entice thousands of revelers to the Festival’s sun-kissed terrain. This year, and again in alphabetical order, live performances includes: The Bloody Beetroots, BookaShade, BoysNoize, Crystal Castles, Disclosure, DJFresh Live, Hot Chip, Major Lazer, Matt & Kim, Modestep, Rudimental, Thievery Corporation, and Yeasayer. All acts are confirmed to make appearances; some returning after more than a year’s absence and some making grand debuts, thus proving the forward-thinking and finger-on-the-pulse nature of Ultra’s festival organizers. These lineups showcase Ultra’s ability to consistently deliver on talent, both fresh and established!
The complete Phase 1 line-up for the 15 Annual ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL is:
Above & Beyond
Armin Van Buuren
Swedish House Mafia
The Bloody Beetroots
DJ Fresh (Live)
Matt & Kim
A State Of Trance 600 Arena
Carl Cox and Friends Arena
With all this in mind, let’s not forget this is only Phase 1 of a complete line-up of what is surely to go down as one of ULTRA’s greatest line-ups ever! Building on the excitement is the newest piece of viral content for UMF TV, the video, created and directed by Final Kid’s Charly Friedrichs, director of the ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL experience film “CAN U FEEL IT.” Get ready for a no holds barred indulgence!
Yesterday brought us a huge re-release and a remembrance of one of the biggest milestones in the history of Electronic music. 15 years ago, The Prodigy unleashed a monster, The Fat Of The Land, that would become one of the most prolific and game changing albums of its genre, and of music in general. They have re-released it for this massive anniversary in all of its glory. Songs like "Firestarter", "Breathe", and "Smack My Bitch Up" are some of the most quintessential tracks of not only the 90's but the Electronic genre as a whole. It evens holds a Guinness World Record for the fastest selling UK album (and over 10 Million copies sold to date). Now, we all know this brilliant piece of music history, so lets move on to the best part of this release.
Not only have they given us the original 10 tracks (enough on its own, especially since the younger ravers need some reeducation), you also get a bonus package of some of the dirtiest, filthiest remixes to date from each of the artists lucky enough to be chosen to do this. The 6 remixes are from the likes of Major Lazer, The Glitch Mob, Alvin Risk, Noisia, Baauer, and Zeds Dead. I have included links to check out each, but below I wanted to include my favorites and the ones I felt best suited to be here. The Noisia remix is a raw, punch-in-the-gut type, bass heavy leviathan of a track that (in my mind) pays homage in the best possible fashion to the dark, grimy world of The Prodigy's genius. The second is the remix by Alvin Risk. This badboy is just insane. Major Lazer and The Glitch Mob are not too far behind in the incredible factor.
Buy the album now on iTunes, or if you already have it (which you should...) definitely grab the remixes. They will not disappoint.
This year, HARD Events tackles the traditional Day of the Dead holiday with a blowout extravaganza of high-profile performances, state-of-the-art staging and the renowned themed decor that made HARD Haunted Mansion America's favorite Halloween event. HARD Haunted Mansion Presents: Day Of The Dead will be the most deliciously wicked party ever.
As anticipation continues to build for the premiere of HARD Haunted Mansion Presents: Day Of The Dead Saturday, November 3 at Los Angeles State Historic Park, HARD Events has released set times for the event. The one-day festival will feature over 30 acts across four specially themed music areas of the festival: the HARD Stage, Knife Party presents EARSTORM Stage, Moombahton Massive Stage and Red Bull Academy Discotheque. Featuring enhanced production like no other HARD event, Day Of The Dead boasts an exciting lineup of the hottest names in EDM and hip-hop today, including Justice (Live), Knife Party, Major Lazer, Zeds Dead, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Kill The Noise, Crookers and many more.
One would think that a Snoop Dog and Major Lazer collaboration would be quite unusual...However, I personally think its perfect and especially after this song. Reincarnating his alter ego, Snoop takes on as his alter ego Snoop Lion and does work in "LA LA LA". Great track to kick back and relax too...
Major Lazer, currently just Diplo doing his thing less Switch, as the two recently split ways, is up to no good with a new release through maddecent records. The track, 'Get Free', features vocals from the chillingly sweet Amber Coffman, whose voice has been permanently camped in my dome since I first heard her on the track 'Hold On', and it is definitely something special. The best part is that they're giving it away for free, head over to THIS LINK HERE to receive a free download of the above song, as well as a remix by Bonde do Role.
Like many DJ hopefuls, Sticky K got his start producing music on a macbook in college. What started with a few garageband beats and mixing at house parties turned into something much greater after being signed to Switch's record label Dubsided in early 2009.
As a fellow UCSB alum, I've known him for years and I've had the extreme pleasure of losing my hearing to his music at the aforementioned house parties and most recently at the Harder Stage at Hard Haunted Mansion in 2010. In between those, Sticky K headlined a small event called Neon Noize in Santa Barbara that forever cemented my love of EDM.
With two EPs already under his belt, his Persian-style techno banger Prince of Persia released earlier this year and the frontal lobe-rupturing Separate Your Mind appearing on Dim Mak Records New Noise Vol. 1 last month, 2012 seems poised to be a big year for Sticky K. Continue past the jump for answers to some questions about his music and the EDM scene as a whole.
First let's talk about what you're working on. Any new or upcoming projects you want to talk to us about?
My next release will be on Mad Decent. It will be a single called Persian Algebra. It's a moombahton track, but as the title suggests, it has some Middle Eastern flavor! More detail on the release and previews are coming soon. [You can listen to the track on the September edition of Diplo's Blow Your Mind]
Another upcoming project to look out for is the new Major Lazer record. I co-produced one of the tracks with Diplo. Unlike my other work, this track is straight reggae.
You've mentioned before you've been working on a full-length release. Any updates on when we can expect it?
As far as full length goes, I'm actually going to be focused on releasing singles for the time being.
You recently tweeted about a collaboration you're working on with Dillon Francis, can we expect more gold along the lines of Persian Algebra?
We were too hungover to come up with something good, I still have those chords he came up with and I'm supposed to work on it but haven't come up with anything cool yet. Hopefully soon!
I've seen your music described as "donald duck basslines" and "laser synths," and of course there's the definite Persian Influence seen on your California EP and Prince of Persia. How would you best categorize your music?
I would best describe my music as a mix of hip-hop and house music. Obviously its dance music, but I like to incorporate percussion and vibes from hip-hop. Of course there's the Persian influence in my music but not every tune I do has to have a Persian melody. That would be boring, I'm too ADD to stick to one sound anyways.
There are upwards of 100k music blogs. What are some of the ones on your blog roll?
My favorite blog/website is Southern Hospitality, a UK blog that covers hip-hop. Another UK blog/magazine I follow is for sure factmag. This is my go-to for everything club/dance as far as the UK underground goes. I don't really try to look at the blogs because you risk listening to the same stuff as everyone else.
Biggest influences at the moment? Favorite up-and-comers?
Who do you predict is going to really explode in 2012, like Afrojack did last year and Avicii did this year?
The thing is...you can never never really predict who is going to "blow up." Two things I've noticed, whenever someone is touted as being the "next big thing" they never usually are. And people like Afrojack and Avicii back a couple of years ago were never publicized as "OMG THESE GUYS ARE GONNA BE HUGE." That kind of success is always unexpected to a certain degree. Sooo, I really can't say who is gonna be big next year.
Have you read the SPIN article about the "New Rave Generation"? What are your thoughts on the explosion of the EDM scene in the past few years? I did read that SPIN article. It's cool to see dance music get coverage like that, but it also worries me because this kind of coverage is a definite indicator that things are at the peaking level and things are only going to go downhill from here. I can already feel the backlash coming.
But at the same time, people have said the same thing about hip-hop and even rock n' roll. So maybe EDM is just becoming the standard form of music.
Sticky K currently has no upcoming plans to tour or play in Socal, so if you like what you hear, join me in bugging him toget down here and play @Sticky_K. Original Tracks by Sticky K
This is without a doubt my favorite remix of 2011 thus far. The two Italians are at it again with a remix of Major Lazer's newest original track, "Original Don." This track has been stuck in my dome since I heard it so I thought I'd share it with y'all, ENJOY.