As we find ourselves in the midst of an era marked by internet fame and Instagram, the game has changed as it paves the way from humble beginnings to international acclaim for young prodigies like Madeon.
While for most of us, the word "career" at 17 meant little more than muddling through high school and maybe a part-time gig on the side for those that were feeling really ambitious. These provincial ambitions are a far cry from the viral acclaim that Madeon received at such a young age with the whirlwind success of his first single, the aptly named "Pop Culture" which made major waves across the interweb. Shortly after, the fresh faced talent joined Lady Gaga on her 2013 Arena tour as a supporting artist, spinning tracks in colossal venues alongside a pop icon. Only three years later, he embarks on tour to promote his inaugural album, "Adventure", and we're sure he'll deliver nothing short of that eponymous claim.
Since his split from Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello has flourished as an independent artist. In addition to achievements such as multi-platinum records and sold-out shows, Angello can now add his his latest self-titled tour and its many sold-out appearances to his extensive list of achievements. With infectious vibes and electro-luxe appeal, this artist delivers nothing short of a legendary performance each and every time he takes the stage. Despite his fame and acclaim from former collaborations, he has truly come into his prime as a solo performer over the past few years.
The 17th edition of the Miami-based Ultra Music Festival succeeded again by showcasing world-wide talent, first class production and positive vibes from a more mature audience (thumbs up for the new 18 and over only policy). From humble origins (the first Ultra festival drew in about 10,000 people), this year’s three-day festival was nearly sold out with well-over 100,000 very happy fans attending the mother ship of both Ultra festivals (there are now nine Ultra “franchise” festivals worldwide) and EDM concerts.
Per norm, it was not so shocking for Ultra Music Festival to throw in a few surprises on top of their already top-notch production. With guest performances by celebrity musicians such as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Usher, Diplo, CL and Diddy, the festival truly exhibited prominence in the electronic festival spectrum. However, the real testament to this year’s rendition laid in the depth of talent attributable to the performances of the non-headliners and side-stage acts. With the inclusion of the Resistance stage, along with “live” performances (more than a dude spinning a disc or pressing playback buttons) throughout the March 27-29 weekend, it’s safe to say Ultra veterans or first-time festival attendees were satisfied in that they had the option to experience their favorite SoundCloud producers regardless if they played at 2 pm or 10 pm.
It seems impossible, but I remember being six months old, enjoying a summer day at the pool with my Safta Sarah; Safta being the hebrew term for Grandmother. Singing a happy tune and navigating through the water as I sat atop an orange floatie, she offered the comfort that only a grandmother could provide. In her eyes I could do no wrong, in her world I would remain innocent forever, and if ever I needed her, she would be there.
I'm not sure whether it’s because that is the last moment untouched by her disease I can recall, or because it was one of the happiest of my young life, but I do know it is a scene that replays in my memory from time to time.
Maroon 5's highly anticipated worldwide tour is in full swing after kicking off this Tuesday, March 31st in San Jose, California. The superstars hit up San Diego next on Wednesday, April 1st, and bring back-to-back shows to L.A. on Friday and Saturday, April 3rd and 4th.
If you haven't already, now's the time to mark your calendars and purchase your tickets to witness the multi-platinum, multi-Grammy-Award winning, pop quintet bring their signature magnetic live performance to a city near you. Get info, a complete list of shows, and tickets here.
It's no secret that Jessica Minh Anh is something of an authority in the realm of producing far-reaching fashion shows: from the Eiffel Tower to the Grand Canyon and now the Hudson River, the J Spring Fashion Show 2015 marks her ninth presentation atop globally recognized stages. And it delivered the perfect encapsulation of not only New York but also of the Hudson River itself.
Frankly, we were anticipating a carousel of cute cocktail gowns showcased to house music, setting the ambience for a cruise along the Hudson. However, Jessica Minh Anh and her highly skilled team not only matched but exceeded our predictions. Distinguishing itself as something extraordinary, this production was replete with gemstones that glimmered like the iconic cosmopolitan skyline and chiffon-draped models beating along the runway like the river's waves.
The most anticipated electronic music event of the year is back for its 16th incarnation. Ultra Music Festival, arguably the largest electronic-dance music festival in North America (in terms of attendees), will take place in Miami’s own Bayfront Park March 27-29.
With a reputation for top-notch production along with the most sought-after artists in the dance music sphere, it comes to no surprise the Ultra team has diversified their performing talent by including a plethora of extremely notable non-traditional EDM producers. Performances by Odesza, Clean Bandit, Chromeo, Goldroom, Kiesza, ASTR, Die Antwoord and live performances by Porter Robinson, RAC and Netsky will play side-by-side to traditional electronic DJs at the other six surrounding stages.
Oliver Heldens’ infectious banger “Last All Night (Koala)” has conquered the radio as the widespread introduction to this fresh-faced talent. The 19-year-old producer is the newest in a series of adolescent Dutch prodigies. Named as an “Artist to Watch” by Rolling Stone, Heldens has carved a niche in the ever-expanding world of EDM.
Signed at 17 by Spinnin’ Records, Heldens has climbed swiftly up the ranks as a pioneer of “future house,” weaving deep bass lines with the melodic grooves of classic house. He showcases his prowess with a diverse range of productions, abandoning the rigid confines of genre and preferring to conjure beats of his own liking.
La Dispute is no laughing matter. The contemplativeness of lead singer Jordan Dreyer’s lyrics border on a realm of unmitigated melancholy. His musings resemble the thoughts one has on a solitary drive on a lonely highway, when the mind ponders the nature of the vast forests and the infinite towns passing you by on the highway. There is also a rhapsodic quality to La Dispute’s music, which is fashioned by Dreyer’s lyrics and the minimalist backing instrumentation. Both they and their fans and critics loosely label the band as punk, but the definition of "punk," much like the contemporary punk beau monde, is derelict and nonuniform. This is, whatever the genre, simply good music.
Start your Friday night off to the musical stylings of rising sensation, Skye Stevens, at The Manor Complex, one of the most epic night spots in Wilton Manors, Fla. With his latest single 'Pass The Keys' still in heavy rotation internationally, and after making his mark in the pop dance world by solidifying the #3 spot on Billboard charts with smash hit 'Take All Night' in 2012, Skye is more than ready to give anticipated fans a breathtaking performance this weekend.