Having spent the last 3 months touring Europe, Afrojack now returns to the shores of the USA, and in doing so marks the return of his infamous 'Jacked' branded parties - kicking off on October 25th at Tryst Lounge in Las Vegas.
Bringing his world-famous Jacked concept to 18 clubs across the country in the space of just 4 weeks, this action-packed trip will see him take in world-famous destinations such as XS Las Vegas, Mansion Miami and the Hollywood Palladium, as well as his own Jacked stage at the Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando!
Joining him along the way are Jacked regulars Shermanology, Quintino, Bobby Burns, and Zawdi MC. Furthermore, fellow Dutchmen R3hab and Sidney Samson will join him on select shows along the way! Coupled with the highest level of production that fans have come to associate with Afrojack's night - every show promises something different and spectacular.
Having recently remixed Michael Jackson's "Bad" and now putting in the hours on his long-awaited upcoming artist album - this will be the final Jacked tour of 2012, don't miss out!
Jacked Tour Dates: 10/25 Tryst, Las Vegas, NV
10/26 Kino Sports Complex, Tucson, AZ
10/27 Petco Park, San Diego, CA
10/27 Voyeur, San Diego, CA
10/29 XS Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
10/31 Ruby Skye, San Francisco, CA
11/2 Surrender, Las Vegas, NV
11/3 XS, Las Vegas,NV
11/4 Main Street Armory, Rochester, NY
11/5 Morgantown Event Center@ Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV
11/6 Penn State University - Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA
11/8 SUNY Binghamton, Binghamton, NY
11/9 Mansion, Miami, FL
11/10 Electric Daisy Carnival, Tinker Field, Orlando, FL
11/11 HQ @ Revel, Atlantic City, NJ
11/16 Congress Theater, Chicago, IL
11/23 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA
11/24 Greystone Manor, Los Angeles, CA
I know this song is old news, but a couple of weeks back my pretty lady played this one and I couldn't believe my ears - so much so that I've selfishly kept it to myself ever since. Basic Physics has constructed a ridiculously filthy bootleg, spinning such a nice twist on Thomas Gold's track that it's once again become relevant so many months later. If you haven't heard this yet, it is a must-have and fully worthy of a spot in your itunes library. This is only the second piece of work that I've had the pleasure of hearing from Basic Physics, but as long as they keep sounding like this, I'd say that there's a bright future in store. Cheers
Miami Music Week has traditionaly been a time for the world's best DJs to come together under the Miami sun to showcase their skills behind the decks. This year, they'll also be showcasing their skills on the soccer field! As I write this post, teams comprised of top talent representing the Netherlands and Sweden are facing off for charity and the fight against AIDS.
The kill is incomparable as Dutch captain Tiesto leads his teammates Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Quintino, Sidney Samson, R3hab, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano against Swedish captain Sebastian Ingrosso and his teammates Alesso, Adrian Lux, Dada Life (Stefan and Olie), AN21, and Otto Knows. The game will consist of two 30-minute periods with a ten minute break in between.
Each team will play in the signature colors of their country and will have a custom jersey made especially for this event. At the end of the game each jersey will be signed by each participant in the game and auctioned by (RED) with all proceeds going to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. (RED) is currently focusing its efforts on helping to end the transmission of HIV from moms to their babies by 2015, one of the markers of "the beginning of the end of AIDS." For more details about the auction follow (RED) on Twitter @joinred.
The game will be filmed, with highlights and interviews with the players going live on (RED)'s Youtube Channel the following week. **We'll be sure to keep you posted when those go viral**
Let the debate begin... who will win dance music's ultimate battle of bragging rights - Team Netherlands or Team Sweden?
Team NetherlandsTeam Sweden
Tiesto (Captain) Sebastian Ingrosso (Captain)
Nicky Romero Adrian Lux
Quintino Dada Life (Olie and Stefan)
Sunnery James Otto Knows
Got some fresh tunage for you to wind down your weekend to. Adrian Lux's 'Fire' was already a nice piece of electro, but R3hab as definitely left a positive mark on this one. The stellar and often audacious remixer has done solid work adding crispy synths that aline beautifully with the vocal stylings of Lune, as well as, Lux's pop electro sound. R3hab said it best himself, "I love it its dreamy and beautiful not too hard and not too soft " The remixes of Fire are set to be released on Feb 21 via Ultra Records.
Be sure and support the artists, but for those lucky few who want to get on top of it...
Sending My Love by R3hab & Swanky Tunes is one of the biggest anthems in EDM this year. Max C's vocals are exciting - some of the best DJs out there seem to agree - and now we have some GREAT remixes out there! I always like to choose which one is the "best"... but I just can't make up my mind. Trust me though, even if you think the original is good, this remixes won't disappoint:
Halloween weekend 2011, Insomniac held Escape From Wonderland - its first ever Halloween inspired event at their famous playgrounds the NOS Event Center in San Bernadino. With the falling apart of the competing Monster Massive, tickets to Escape were sold out weeks prior to the event. Insomniac was amazing and kind enough to hook Death by Electro up with a couple media passes as myself and compadre Jordan ventured off into the rabbit hole for what was one hell of a night...
After retrieving our passes from an off site location, the two of us pulled into the lot just as the sun was setting and the lights were slowly flickering on. The plan was to enter with enough time a couple of the earlier sets, but with confusion of where to enter and multiple walks around the event center (only negative part of the night), we got in right around 7 pm and headed directly over to the "Ghoul's Graveyard" to catch the set of the legend Andre Tanneberger, better known as ATB hearing just a glimpse of Thomas Gold's massive set from the "Slaughter House" along the way.
Before even going into the music, the tent itself was absolutely insane. Insomniac really did an awesome job with decorating even the inside of the stages, as there were ghosts and other ghouls hanging from the ceiling. The set itself was also quite the spectacle. Dropping his classics early in the set, most notably the ever-famous "Ecstasy" as his second track and then into new classics such as Arty and Mat Zo's "Rebound" ultimately ending with a live singing performance of "What About Us," Andre's set in my opinion, was one for the ages. One of the things I gotta say about ATB is that he really seems to have his audiences feeding off his energy as with every track and every drop, he'd be jumping and on the mic getting everybody fired up.
Before jumping back up to hear his closing, Jordan and I ventured back behind the graveyard tent in anticipation for the Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike who were about to take the stage next. We actually got a chance to catch up with the Thivaois brothers, chatting some about their tour and what we should expect with their set. But lemme tell you... there was nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, they could have been said that would have prepared anyone for the epicness that ensued. With only a 45 minute set, one would think that their options would have been at least slightly limited with what they could get done in such a short period of time but this could not have been any more wrong. The Belgian duo threw down what was by far my favorite set of the night, opening it up with Jacob Van Hage's "Convoi," then transitioning and mixing flawlessly from banger to banger with the crowd going absolutely ape shit. One attendee close up to the stage was awesome enough to record the first part of their set, so we can all relive the amazingness even if we we didn't catch it live.
After finally leaving the "Ghoul's Graveyard" for the first time the entire night, we took a little tour of the grounds and, as I mentioned before, Insomniac really did go above and beyond (if only that could've been a relatable pun...) in creating a design, atmosphere, and overall feeling of a Halloween-inspired event. The "Breakabout Woods" where people could sit and gaze at various statues, the lake in the middle being covered in fog, and even the haunted mansion that was quite the maze to get through all came together in the best kind of way so that no matter where you were within NOS, you were constantly stuck far deep down the rabbit hole.
Cruising around from stage to stage, caught a little bit Sub Focus' set until ending up at "Mad Hatter's Hospital," where we ended up sticking around for most of Moguai's set. Gotta say, one of the highlights of my night personally was hearing him drop Thomas Gold's remix of his own "We Want Your Soul" which has become one of the most recognizable songs out there (even if most people don't actually know the name of the track).
As the Moguai set progressed, you could feel the crowd growing larger and louder in what was anticipation for the every popular Dash Berlin. Before he even took the stage, the crowd went absolutely NUTS with their "Dash Berlin, Dash Berlin" lo and behold the man did not disappoint. Mixing in some of the newer, less trancy tracks to begin, he got the crowd going only to eventually unleash the ever famous Dash originals and remixes that EDM fans around the world have fallen in love with. One thing I've always been impressed by with Dash (this being my 5th time seeing him), is that he's always very interactive with the crowd -- whether it be with his iPad sending messages or even walking across the stage tossing out t-shirts and signed memorabilia, he truly seems to be having just as much fun on stage as those in the crowd did witnessing his prowess.
As much fun and excitement as we were having with all those tronces, we realized the clock was about to strike midnight and almost completely forgot about Le Italiano Benny Benassi who had been rocking the "Size Matters Slaughter House" since 10 pm. Booked it over there as quick as the crowd would let us and couldn't have arrived at a better time. First off, props to Benny for being probably the only performer sporting a Halloween costume as he rocked the Superman fit and cape. Just as we arrived before the closing of his set, we were lucky enough to witness this...
He had the crowd going absolutely INSANE as he dropped the crowd favorite Skrillex remix of "Cinema." When walking out from the madhouse Slaughter House, we could hear him closing out his set with another crowd favorite -- J. Rabbit's dubstep remix of "Satisfaction."
With dubstep fresh in our minds, we decided to head over to one of the last 2 stages we had yet to visit -- "The Chopping Block." Got there about half way through Pendulum's set and even with a DJ set, those guys still know how to tear the roof of a place. The bass was so loud you could almost feel the rafters about ready to fall to the ground as they went from banger to banger, nonstop energy flowing through the entire crowd. Now that they've branched off, I gotta say one of the acts I'm most excited of catching in the near future is that of Knife Party, the side project of 2 members of Pendulum. (If you haven't heard the song "Internet Friends," you should probably put this reading on pause and peep this). Right afterwards, one of the biggest names in the dubstep business stepped up to the stage -- Borgore. Right from the start, he had everyone doing their own version of that dance people call dubstep and even as we were leaving, caught a hint of him dropping the Knife Party remix of "Crush On You."
As most rave-goers do, we ended up heading back over to the Slaughter House to catch Mr. Steve Angello but not before making a quick stop for a little leftover tronce as Markus Schulz had Ghoul's Graveyard packed from front to back. 'Twas really interesting to see the difference in both the crowd and atmosphere from the beginning of the night as the Graveyard shifted from a more electro scene into the melodic, euphoric trance beats.
Finally arriving at Angello's set, you could just tell how amazing his set was -- every person in the crowd either had their hands up, over their hands, or all over someone else (in a good way, of course). The Swede did an awesome job playing the Swedish House Mafia classics as always, but also mixing and mashing in a variety of songs with those that we've becoming accustomed to hearing. The set all culminated in 4 of the most favorite and best songs of 2011 as he went from the mashup of Alesso's "Pressure" and Coldplay's "Fix You," into Dirty South's "Walking Alone," followed by both the original and Knife Party remix of "Save The World," and finally into a bootleg of "Fade Into Darkness" with "You've Got The Love." Not quite sure how to put it into words, but it kinda looked like this...
All in all, Escape was hands down one of the best events I've ever attended, especially of the Halloween variety. The lines getting in weren't too hectic, there was plenty of room for people to dance and/or sit, and the overall decor and atmosphere of the NOS Event Center was like I had never witnessed before. A really really huge big ups to Insomniac for proving why they are the best in the business with yet another amazing and successful event!
The scene at the end with all the cars leaving was in and of itself quite the experience, as fans of every EDM genre blasted their favorite tunes in one big collaboration as the cars slowly filed out.
In case you missed out on the Spooky madness, or even if you just wanna relive your favorite sets, here are the ones we were able to get a hold of from the night:
I love when really successful DJs like Tiesto or Swedish House Mafia come out with great original mixes because it usually leads to some banger remixes too! Tiesto's latest and greatest - "Maximal Crazy" - has just had the latest treatment done by some of my favorite Electro DJs at the moment, including: Bassjackers and another one by Swanky Tunes & R3hab. Both of these are very dirty while keeping the basic melody of the original. Check them out:
A suicide Tuesday is a slang term for the weekday blues one might experience after an especially good weekend of partying. For me, Tuesday is usually the day my ears stop ringing and the posts, texts and photos from my friends have all been exchanged and have slowed to a trickle of new updates. For the purposes of this blog, the Suicide Tuesday post is going to be a weekend recap of live shows and events; by Tuesday, official photos and videos are often up and the tracklist is usually already ascertained.
If you're reading this, I hope you made history this weekend along with Tiesto and over 26,000 other people, including yours truly. If you were unable to make it or, like me, dancing as close to the stage as possible, here is the complete scope of the maximal crazy finale. Skip to around 6:45 if you want to go straight to the fireworks. Wear a sweater, tis goosebump inducing.
Words can't describe how truly unforgettable this night was, so I won't even attempt it, but I'll let you relive it yourself. For a video of the end of Porter's set, videos of the full Dada Life and Tiesto sets, a full tracklist for Tiesto and a downloadable zip containing all the songs in his set, click past the jump.
Since the bass heavy parts tend to get drowned out in the Tiesto videos, the vids are more useful to gauge the size of the crowd and the energy of his show. However, we do have a full tracklist + downloads of all the songs if that's more your style.
Although I first snagged the tracklist here, Jon Rieks at thisrieks.com was kind enough to put up downloadable links to the entire set. I grabbed the few songs I didn't have already and threw it all together in a .zip (alphabetical, not in the order of the set...fml)
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Dada Life is one of my favorite duos. If you were at EDCthis past summer, I hope you were smart enough to close out your weekend with ahigh octane dosage of champagne and bananas. I'm probably in the grainy videoyou still have on your phone: for a majority of their set, I was the guy withone of their 5 foot inflatable champagne bottles bobbing at the front center ofthe crowd.
In their interview with DJ Mag after coming in at #89 in the 2010 poll, DadaLife promised 2011 would be "The Year of the Dada." Building off themomentum of "Unleash the Fucking Dada" released last October, they'vecertainly delivered. "White Noise/Red Meat" has been one of thebiggest tracks of 2011, and they've followed it up with sausage-fattened bangerafter banger, including the recent "Happy Violence."
Their September mix features some of my current favorite tunes: Thomas Gold andDirty South's "Alive", Alesso and Sebastian Ingrosso's"Calling", and one of my personal favorites of the summer, R3hab andSwanky Tune's "Sending My Love". However, the clear winner for me istheir remix of Afrojack and R3hab's "Prutataaa", which builds uponthe drop in buzzing, ecstatic fashion. This has the potential to be theirbiggest remix of the year, and when they drop it on me and 25,999 other peoplein LA when they open for Tiesto in the biggest single DJ performance in USHistory, well, shit is gonna be bananas.
Stay tuned for this hot remix (along with Angger Dimas) from Afrojack's WallRecordings.
The combination of Robyn's vocals and Rye Rye's rapping actually works to perfection in each of these remixes. Three big name producers signed onto the project and used both in very different and amazing ways. Definitely about to start hearing all of these at shows and in podcasts real soon.
Got some serious new tunage here from two of the best in the business. Thank you Afrojack and Avicii for your incredible commitment to delivering productions of the highest quality-you're the driving force behind the electro-house sound. We anxiously await each new release and you guys never let us down. Cheers to perfection