Sydney Blu has established herself as one of the top female EDM producers and DJs in the world.
Originally from Canada, Sydney has performed at some of the biggest music festivals and clubs in the world, along the way gathering support from the likes of Tiesto, Paul van Dyk, Deadmau5, and Funkagenda. She's been constantly on the Beatport Charts with hits such as her remix of “Givin It Up” by The Goodmen. Lately, she's been getting closer to her fans by starting a new documentary series that can be seen on Black Hole Recording's YouTube channel. Saturday she was in town to tear down the huge BangOn!NYC event in Brooklyn, and tear it down she did! If you don't believe me just search all the tweets about Sydney Blu's set at the event. Joonbug was lucky enough to sit down for a quick chat with Sydney just before her amazing set at Bang On!NYC.
Just two days after sitting down with emerging star, Topher Jones, we managed to catch an interview with Tritonal at Made Event's Bingo Beach at Governor's Island. The show obviously headlined Bingo Players, but accompanying him (Paul was unable to be at this event due to health reasons) were Bassjackers, Tritonal, and Majk. Chad is super outgoing while Dave is reserved, like me, but we were able to keep a great conversation going in the green room about 45 minutes after their set. There was definitely a lot to talk about, as 2013 has been a year of change—new tour, new management, new logo, etc. The trance duo we know and love had a lot to share with us on Sunday, and Tritonians can expect many good things from them in the near future.
Sultan & Ned Shepard will be coming to Pacha this Friday, June 21st, along with Hook N' Sling (yup, the guy that helped produce the hit, "Take You Higher"). We were so excited that we couldn't wait to interview them at the venue, so here is an anticipatory pre-show interview! Together they have produced a number of tracks, such as "Walls," "Call My Name," and "In the Air." These guys are also repsonsibile for that amazing remix of Kaskade's "Fire in Your New Shoes" and more recently, of Bruno Mars' "Locked out of Heaven." You can either purchase tickets or get on the guestlist for $10 admission before midnight (21+ only, 19+ reduced).
If you’ve ever listened to Gareth Emery’s sets, chances are pretty likely that you’ve already heard Topher Jones’ music, but never knew who he was. Jones is best known for his records, “Brohammer” and “Hello Chicago.” In fact, he just released his festival mix of “Hello Chiacgo" on Beatport about a week ago, which is now #79—check it out here! We talked to Topher over the weekend before his show at Stage 48 in New York, and not only is he on our ‘up-and-coming artist’ watch list, but he’s also the sweetest guy ever. Jones was a pleasure to talk to and this interview gives some insight as to who he is and why we should listen to his music. If you like what you see below, be sure to listen to his Soundcloud and catch Topher and Tritonal as they begin their Metamorphic Tour in July.
On June 11, 2013, Scottish electronic duo Boards of Canada released their fourth studio full-length onto US soil. After eight long years, the now ironically titled Tomorrow's Harvesthas hit our ears and it couldn't have come soon enough. Boards of Canada is kind of like the Daft Punk of the experimental scene; a mysterious duo (sans masks) who oftentimes provide little information or insight into their current state of production. Similar to the French house legends, they've also had the tendency to avoid interviews over the years, as well general spotlight on a personal level, and thoroughly enjoy teasing the living hell out of us. Seriously, who else would allow fans to hear their album two weeks early, if only they could use geographic coordinates to find speakers set up in the middle of the California desert? Luckily, for our ears' sake, the game-playing this go around was not for nought.
Armin van Buuren posted on Facebook Saturday that he will be traveling to space in 2014, thanks to SXC. As one of the “Founder Astronauts,” this is a huge honor for Armin. Only 100 people have the priviledge to be part of this program, and founders will make the very first flights into space. van Buuren will partake in multiple training sessions to prepare him for his adventure, and hopefully we’ll see “A State of Space” broadcast next year on SiriusXM.
Roger Shah, Brian Laruso, and JES have recently collaborated to produce their latest track, “Higher Than the Sun.” Officially released on Magic Muzik, the official music video and remixes by the likes of Aly & Fila, Sunlounger, and Jesse Vorn will arrive in July.
"Higher Than the Sun" begins with a subtle build featuring JES’ voice, and at about 1:20 we really begin to hear those reminiscent vocals from songs such as "Awaken," (JES), "Every Other Way," (BT feat. JES),” and "Flying Blind (Cosmic Gate feat. JES)." While the song keeps an invigorating pace, it also maintains an emphasis on the potency of the lyrics and of the vocals. What’s great about this song is the powerful blend of JES’s heartfelt singing, high-energy synth, and string components. It’s raw in emotion, yet listeners can’t stop moving to the progressive-trance beat.
There are many characteristics that come to mind when I think about EDC Las Vegas, including: the hottest names in EDM, glittery outfits, hippie headbands, carnival rides, and the desert. We are only a few days from one of the biggest productions and invasions of electronic dance music that Vegas has ever seen. Between the $35 million being put into the festival and the constant delivery of entertainment, EDC-goers are in for a treat. As I prepare to embark on the same adventure as many of you this upcoming weekend, there is some advice I would like to bestow to you.
With Camp Bisco less than a month away, we’ve officially hit crunch time to prepare for this 3-day premiere Electronic Music Festival. In anticipation of the marvelous festival in upstate New York, Mixify will be hosting the official Camp Bisco Digital Pre-Festival with MCP Presents and ThisSongIsSick on Wednesday, June 19th. If this is anything like Mixify’s past few digital events, we highly recommend listening in. This 1-day event will feature sets from some of the hottest DJs in the industry, including Tommy Trash and Congorock alongside some rising stars and veteran Mixify favorites. The free digital pre-festival will be hosted on Mixify.com and is open to electronic music fans worldwide. Not only will listeners have the opportunity to listen in for free, the first 50 to purchase Camp Bisco 3-day General Admission passes through Mixify will get a Free US Airbag Freefall Xperience. Be sure to tune in this Wednesday for the pre-festival!
The first time I saw Kaskade live was at Identity Festival in 2011, at Jiffy Lube Live (Bristow, VA). In fact, this was the first music festival I had ever attended, period. At the time I didn’t know much about EDM. It was cool and all, but I didn’t quite understand it. Nor did I know how I would survive an entire day of running around festival grounds. However, I vividly remember him playing ‘Raining,’ a track that he produced with Adam K and Sunsun in 2010, and the amazing lightshow that reacted to the beats. Fittingly, it might have even been raining as he played the song. And if it wasn’t, I can promise that it did at least rain at one point during Identity.
ID&T, the company that brought Sensation to America last year, will also be bringing Mysteryland and Q-dance to us in 2014. It has been announced that Mysteryland, which originated in the Netherlands, will take place at an ‘historic’ site in the New York area. In fact, 2013 is the year it will celebrate its 20th anniversary, with headliners including Steve Aoki, Steve Angello, Fedde le Grand, and Headhunterz.