Being one of MTV's Artist to Watch is a pretty big deal. Last year's illustrious list was a stellar selection of the year's major movers and shakes, including the likes of Bastille, Danny Brown, Iggy Azalea, HAIM, Lorde, and many more. Representing for the electronic music community were The Bloody Beetroots, Dillon Francis, Disclosure, Martin Garrix, and Zedd, just to name a few. This year, the MTV Artist To Watch lineup gets a whole new list of players, two of which we had the pleasure of seeing perform at the Highline Ballroom in New York City this past Monday. Who are they? None other than '#Selfie' kings, The Chainsmokers, and Australian electronic music phenom, Flume.
It’s been roughly twenty years since Pasquale Rotella began his Insomniac Events empire with an underground warehouse party in downtown Los Angeles. The music mogul spent the last two decades cultivating America’s premier electronic music events brand which now hosts over a dozen festivals across the country annually. Growing from humble beginnings organizing underground raves, to heading up the world’s largest electronic music festival, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Rotella has been a trailblazing force behind the domestic dance music explosion. Joonbug.com caught up with the Insomniac head honcho who dished on EDC’s history, alphabetizing festival lineups and what's next for the historic events brand.
With only a week left until Moogfest kicks off in Asheville, NC on April 23rd, more and more announcements have begun rolling out and revealing some juicy details about the upcoming festivities. In the latest update, Moogfest has also revealed that MAKE Magazine will be sponsoring the 4th Annual Moogfest Circuit Bending Challenge. Circuit bending combines technology, sonic artistry, and creativity by experimenting with the inner functions of electronic devices to create new sounds and effects that were not original intended, which is exactly what Bob Moog started out doing before giving birth to Moog Music. The winner will be selected on site from one of the four finalists on Friday, April 25th, and will receive two passes to Moogfest and a Moog Sub Phatty as the Grand Prize.
Ovum Records is celebrating 20 years by putting their artists on stages all across America and Verboten in Brooklyn is about to host a 2ovum party featuring Josh Wink, M A N I K and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs!
Josh Wink, a DJ that has been around longer than most, started out in Philly in the 80's playing sets as a kid. He is mostly known for hits like "Higher States" and "Horizontal Dancing". M A N I K on the other hand is a new and emerging artist hailing from NYC and is also Ovum record artist. His influences range from J Dilla to The Dirty Projectors and everything in between. The added bonus for the night comes in the form of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs or TEED, a young UK artist who has been breaking out onto the electro-pop-disco scene. TEED was named Fuse's top 30 artists to see at SXSW in 2013 and he has also done remixes to popular songs by Disclosure and Banks.
Do you remember the first time you heard 'Barbara Streisand?' At first, it probably seemed like just some hilariously catchy track that would enjoy a little fun in the sun for a while, but then came the music video. With celebrity cameos by Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Chromeo, and more worked into the mix, the track found its way on to every TV that could play it, eventually becoming so popular, you could hear 'Barbara Streisand' rocking in the oddest of places (we're talking department stores and supermarkets). That, however, was back 2010, when Duck Sauce was just starting to make a splash on the scene. Since then, the duo of A-Trak and Armand Van Helden have been making a whole lot of noise with their unique fusion of hip-hop, house, and disco, not to mention the added flavor of their quack-fueled comedy that has become the iconic characteristic of all things Duck Sauce. Now, years, millions of YouTube views, and a few VMA nominations later, Duck Sauce finally releases their highly anticipated full-length album, Quack.
Hailing from the small country of Moldova, Andrew Rayel is a world renowned DJ/Producer who is unique for a variety of reasons, one mainly that he was classically trained in music. This has led to his being called "a modern day Mozart."
We were lucky enough to sit down with the 21 year old producer before his show at Cielo Nightclub in New York City last Thursday night, April 10th.
Is this your first time to New York City?
That’s right, that’s my first time in New York, so I’m so excited about it
In its 15th year of desert-raging glory, Coachella will once again invade the scorching terrains of Indio, California for two consecutive weekends of genre-bending music. Careening from floor-filling electronic
stylings to vocally-driven indie-pop, old and new hip-hop acts to varying octaves of rock and roll, the iconic sun-drenched festival truly satiates the cravings of every kind of music fan.
Headliners range from Outkast and Disclosure to Arcade Fire and Muse, with other top billing acts including Skrillex, Oharrel Williams, Bonobo, Lorde, Foster The People, The Glitch Mob, Alesso, MGMT and Empire of the Sun. Unexpected performers the Pixies and Julian Casablancas of the Strokes also covertly snuck onto the festival’s weekend one schedule, which was revealed Tuesday night. With more than 150 acts performing across six stages, conflicting set times are bound to arise, but we’d rather be bombarded with options than yearning for more. Make sure to download to Coachella 2014 app to build your personalized schedule and keep your days on track!
This is the latest and greatest threat to the security of the internet, and the dance music world, we've ever seen. Notorious EDM masterminds DallasK and Henry Fong have conspired together to create a track so dangerous, it would be blackmail to even suggest you hadn't heard it yet. This 'Blackmail' scam of theirs has been making its way around the world fast through the internet since its release on April 11th via Ultra Records, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down.
Legend is probably the only word that could even attempt to describe the illustrious and prolific Bob Sinclar. The Frechman has been a pioneer in bringing the grooves back to the dance floor, constantly pushing the boundaries of DJing and producing music around the world by trying his hand at anything and everything that tickles his fancy. Whether it’s the discotastic beats that got him started way back when, or it the deep reggae and dance-hall sounds that he's recently become so obsessed with, Bob Sinclar's name is synonymous only with greatness.
Back in 2007, when EDM saw a huge rise in its popularity, John Dahlback's career followed suit and benefited as a result of his Benny Benassi inspired hit, 'Blink.' Now, years after the original racked up millions of YouTube plays, John Dahlback has teamed up with dance music icon, and former muse, Benny Benassi to rework the original into their debut collaborative single, 'Blink Again.'
As of late, riding on the wave of fame is a Parisian by the name of William Grigahcine – DJ Snake, to be correct. A worthy member of the Mad Decent camp, DJ Snake has brought some color back to the inevitably waning trap scene within the last year. Though it is difficult to pinpoint the exact moment that he began to turn heads – both of industry leaders and fans alike – it could be argued that his 2013 original mix with Alesia, 'Bird Machine,' along with his remixes of Duck Sauce’s 'It’s You' and Major Lazer’s 'Bubble Butt,' are what began to give him some extra leverage. Needless to say, it was 'Turn Down For What' in collaboration with Lil Jon that defined DJ Snake as a commendable producer – one to keep an eye on in 2014.