Forget your Memorial Day Weekend plans and head to Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City for a weekend of wild parties at the hottest night spots around. With two night clubs and 10 different bars, never shall there be a dull moment; especially on one of the biggest party weekends of the year.
Taking over mur.mur on Friday, May 24th is the one and only Jermaine Dupri with a special performance by Leah LaBelle! Mr. Dupri is known world-wide for his endeavor with Columbia Records which birthed his independent music label baby, So So Def, becoming one of the most successful labels in the scene. Jermaine Dupri is the youngest artist to ever be in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and between Jagged Edge, Bow Wow, and many other famous artists, he is raining platinum. Along with him will be R&B singer, Leah LaBelle; you may know her from Season 3 of American Idol as Paula Abdul’s wildcard selection that turned into a finalist, something you don’t want to miss!
Sebastian Ingrosso doesn’t need an introduction. The 30-year old Swedish DJ and producer has seen a great amount of success in his past few years behind the turntables and in the studio. He is the head of his own record company, Refune, and was a third of the wildly famous super-group Swedish House Mafia that performed their last show together on March 24, 2013. He recently dropped his new club anthem “Reload,” on May 14th and can be purchased on iTunes, here.
Summer is pretty much here, and besides the fact that it means warmer weather and packed beaches, it also means that it’s time for the season of music festivals. It has become somewhat of a tradition for music lovers. Every year people save up their money to attend their favorite venue in hopes to not only see their favorite artist, but also explore new musicians and genres. It truly has become an exhilarating experience that bands people together through one powerful common interest. Still, these concerts are nowhere near free and not everyone has the money to attend every single festival. This is why many magazines, websites, and newspapers try to analyze the best places to go based on prices and overall content. This may seem like a great idea, which it is, but sometimes facts and opinions can override each other even in a professional setting.
To say that Diplo has seen many successes in his career is the understatement of the century. He has worked with an impressive amount of high-profile musicians that crosses the boundaries of different popular music genres, he joined forces with A-Trak and Skrillex to create the YouTube Channel Potato, and was nominated for the Non-Classical Producer of the Year Award at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony. This, alone, not only makes him one of the most accomplished producers in the EDM genre, but in the general music industry. Still, Diplo has the chance to put another notch on his belt due to his recent acknowledgment in the Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business list for 2013.
Safe enough to say, if you’re a Dubstep fan then you definitely like bass; BUT! Are you a bass head? Within the past 5 years there’s been a world-wide bass boom with the up-come of Dubstep inside our quickly growing EDM seed, and it’s only evolving more (thank the EDM Gods). Of course, with regards to our friends Knife Party, Nero, and Noisia who usually stay on the happier, upbeat/club type-step, few other DJs dare to go deeper. Hits like ‘Witchcraft’ by Pendelum, ‘Infinite’ by Bassnectar, and one of the newest, ‘Fallout’ by Emalkay & The Others are a few triggers to knowing you’re hooked onto the bass chain, especially when there’s not a second to breath between drops and you just want more. Now, this is no definition of which Dubstep is better or what style makes you a better fan, there are simply levels wherein some can handle and some cannot. Let’s talk a fan favorite; Bassnectar.
With only two years in the running, our precious Identity Festival may be coming to an end. With over 18 cities, including Boston, Miami, Dallas, and even Las Vegas, Identity Fest has become one more bone-rattling event for the world’s bass junkies, but will it remain just a memory? Last years line-up included favorites like Eric Prydz, Porter Robinson, Wolfgang Gartner, Arty, and many more on this one day soiree while still remaining completely affordable; some tickets were as low as $25. It’d be a shame to take away this event due to the wide range of locations, artists, ages, and pricing which turned this festival very popular, very quickly.
Not much information has been spilled out about the new and highly anticipated album Random Access Memories, by the legendary French DJ duo Daft Punk. This would be their first album in over a decade, besides their live albums and soundtracks, and fans are excited to hear what the two robots composed for their huge network. But still, with only few days away from their May 21st release date, very little has been said about the album itself.
Of course, not everything about Random Access Memories has been held in the dark. There are commercials promoting the album, and its lead single “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rogers, has seen a great amount of success ever since its release in April. Still, unlike other albums, there hasn’t been that much material from it being displayed for the public.
Worried about you’re iPod not being ready for the summer? Well, DJ Rascal has you covered with his new track, “Wa Wa Ne.” Rascal, a young Miami-based DJ that has collaborated with an impressive amount of spinners like the legendary Steve Aoki and Miike Snow. He has been on the Miami music scene for some time, playing at the city’s most talked about venues. This list includes LIV, Mynt, Arkadia, and Nikki Beach, among other renowned party spots in the city of beautiful beaches and sunny weather. Rascal has been working in the industry since the age of 15 and still continues to work hard to give the ultimate night-life experice.His new track, “Wa Wa Ne,” combines both tribal drum patterns and chanting with the strong sounds of EDM to create a rhythmic experience that will not only have people dancing, but also chanting “Wa Wa Ne” in some of the hottest clubs this summer. The song brings out some of the best that EDM has to offer. Its smooth drops, flawless transitions, and rhythmic set up will make party-goers want to head to Miami and hear Rascal spin this song in one of the city’s famous venues.
If you haven’t yet been to Atlantic City or seen DJs VICE and Doug Grayson behind the decks then now is certainly the time. Arguably the most luxurious hotel, casino & spa in Atlantic City, Borgata boasts 2,000 guest rooms overlooking the water, 182 gaming tables, and 4 signature nightlife experiences for its lively crowd. On Saturday, May 18th, their premier nightclub mur.mur gets a serious upgrade as the hotel reveals a fresh new look for the space. mur.mur will have a brand new color scheme to accompany its carpeting, drapery and lighting. (We love those pink laser beams on the dance floor).
Founded by the late great Jam Master Jay, Scratch DJ Academy began with the goal of making it easier to become a DJ and learn the art form. Jay figured if jazz could be successfully taught at every major university around the world then why not DJing? First based in NY, Scratch DJ Academy went on to open locations in Los Angeles, Miami, and recently Chicago. Originally only teaching the art of DJing, Scratch DJ Academy added music production to its course offerings. Now Scratch has partnered with legendary producer Ski Beatz (producer for Jay Z, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Curren$y, and more) to create Karate School Production Class with Ski Beatz. The one of a kind class aims to teach students how to make beats and samples on Native Instruments' groundbreaking groove production system Maschine. Joonbug was lucky enough to get a taste of what the class has to offer in an exclusive teaching session with the master.
Nigerian-born beauty Nicole Moudaber is no stranger to house music. From her upbringing in the underground house scenes of New York City and London, to her experience playing to internationally acclaimed dance floors, the "Queen" can safely be called an expert in the field. Hot off the launch of her record label, Mood, Moudaber slammed fans with the release of her Believe album, a stunning audio journey that draws inspiration from Moudaber's life and musical growth. In celebration and support of Believe, Moudaber has embarked on a tour that now makes a stop in hot Miami. On May 9th, the Queen will bring her signature "sleazy-house" dark and deep sounds to the legendary Mansion Nightclub in Miami.
If you're unable to jetset to Miami you can listen to the Believe LP here: