MTV has just put Hardwell down as an EDM rookie to watch in 2012, but as even the broken DJ Mag top 100 poll placed him at #24, the classification of Hardwell as a rookie is laughable. Hardwell exploded into public consciousness in early 2011, sharing producer credits with Tiesto on one of the biggest tracks of 2011 in Zero 76.
It's looking like he's primed to make another fantastic start to the year with his newest release, Spaceman, from his own Revealed Recordings. The buttery synths take an abrupt dive into an explosive hook with enough power to launch you into lower orbit. When I saw Hardwell last month at Ten Nightclub in Newport Beach, Spaceman induced girls to clamber onto guys shoulders. When the buzzing drop hit, it induced the girls to flash him while raging balls. The look of joyousness on the 24 year old's face was absolutely classic. Here's hoping this song becomes one of the anthems of year like it deserves to be.
I had heard about some upgrades put infor their NYE Benny Benassi show, and I am happy to report Yost has really steppedup their production values game. From the bass thumping out from below thedance floor to the upgraded DJ booth to the lasers painting an neonkaleidoscope through the air and on the walls and ceilings, and of course thebrand spanking new 8’ x 16’ LED wall behind the DJ booth, every little aspectmade the expanded main floor pulsate with dance hungry youth.
The opening DJs played abody-moving if predictable mix of songs, but the energy intensified tenfold when Congorock took the stage tothe angry riffs of Dada Life’s Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker. From therehe moved through a whirlwind of tunes, the horns in Deniz Koyu’s Tung! proving that it still has legsinto the new year after being one of the biggest summer anthems of 2011 anddropping the dance floor off a cliff with the dirty, dirty drops in his own Ivory and Sirius.
My highlight of the night came when he blended the Autoerotique remix of House Music into Wolfgang Gartner’s DJ mainstay Space Junk. After putting my drink downand sketching out a rough circle, I then proceeded to descend into a frenzy oflimbs and stuttering steps while the floor rumbled beneath me. Current bangers Toulouse and Shave It kept the crowd shuffling along, and he continued hisassault by ending his set with Antidote,Lionheart, the Alesso remix of Titanium and Babylon, which really somersaulted Congorock to the top of thescene.
HP and Intel are hosting the first-ever live stream of a concert on Twitter from the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. The concert will kick off the launch of a new 10-episode series on YouTube called “In the Booth” — a behind-the-scenes look at Tiësto’s life and his impact on the electronic dance movement. The private event at the nightclub XS at Encore in Las Vegas will stream live from HP and Intel’s newly enhanced Twitter brand pages.
Tiësto will play a 90-minute set on Wednesday, January 11 starting at 10:00 p.m. PT. It will then play on a loop on HP and Intel’s Twitter page for the following 48 hours. (via mashable.com)
I love the increasingly popular trend to broadcast electronic events live on the internet. Coachella broadcast a large number of their acts last year via youtube (although sadly nothing from the Sahara tent), Deadmau5 streamed his 4D event from the UK a few months ago, and Tiesto himself recently played a show in Brazil to promote the new Mission Impossible movie that was broadcast live over the internet. Here's hoping this trend continues and I can catch a glimpse of Ultra and or Electric Zoo.
I'm also very excited for the "In the Booth" series. Since I follow @tiesto religiously and have been privileged to see one of the biggest DJs in the world 3 times this year alone, I'm looking forward to finding out more about the behind-the-scenes world of Tiesto.
I don't think any artist has had a bigger year than Tommy Trash. I was lucky enough to see him play his first US show at The Music Box in LA, opening for Wolfgang Gartner on 10/22. I was even luckier to be able to meet Tommy Trash backstage and after a little gushing (ok a lot), he invited us upstairs to a little backstage gathering. Tommy Trash is one of the nicest and most humble DJs I have had the pleasure to meet, seeming almost surprised I was such a big fan. He also knows how to party; he was personally DJing the room while we were taking Grey Goose handle pulls until 5AM.
The video below is Mr. Trash himself dunking that monkey above into a cup of pure vodka. Brilliant.
Every time I think to myself, there is no way he can have more releases up his sleeve, Tommy Trash keeps up his vicious release schedule. Seriously, I think he has more releases this year than most artists have unreleased versions they are still working on. Monkey See Monkey Docame out just a few days ago, and his remix of Shave It came out today. Super jelly of everyone who got to see Steve Angello drop it at Escape From Wonderland, but I somehow stumbled upon that video in the wee hours of the morning, so I wasn't too far behind.
Rage past the jump for a small exclusive regarding where Tommy Trash is moving to next year.
Tommy Trash attempting to lick my face. Seriously.
I think I have a bit of awesome news when I tell you that I have heard it from the man himself that Tommy Trash is planning to move to LA in the early part of 2012, which I hope means that next year is going to be even bigger for Mr. Trash.
Of course there's more: his next remix was dropped by none other than Tiesto in Sao Paulo. Steve Forte Rio's Slumber is getting trashier. Look for it off of Tiesto's label Musical Freedom later this month (!!!)