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.
Phra (Crookers) will be at Webster Hall on Friday, June 28th, and we were able to conduct a quick interview with him before his upcoming show with Fake Blood. 2013 has brought all sorts of new beginnings for Crookers, which was originally a duo consisting of Phra and Bot, who worked together from 2003-2012. If you haven’t yet seen Phra perform on his own, you definitely should attend his show. You have probably heard their track, Knobbers, or their remix of Kid Cudi’s ‘Day N’ Nite.’ If you want to hear more, listen to some of Crookers’ sets on Soundcloud.
This DJ started out as the lead singer of post-hardcore band From First to Last. After breaking out on his own, he eventually found himself at the turntables. I’m talking about the one and only Sonny Moore, who most of you know as Skrillex. His insane performances and floor-shaking tracks leave no question as to why he is one of the best known DJs today. When he’s not winning Grammy Awards, Skrillex can most recently be seen on the stages of the biggest music festivals with Boys Noize as the two form Dog Blood. Skrillex and Boys Noize teamed up last year and have been setting EDM on fire ever since. Even when he's not working on his most recent project Dog Blood, Skrillex finds a way to wow us all.
Last week, Williamsburg-based gospel funk outfit Brother Joscephus and The Love Revolution (long-windedly known as Brother Joscephus and The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra) released their sophomore studio effort, Revolution of Love. Since their inception, this twelve-piece "explosion of love" has brought the spirit of New Orleans with them everywhere they go. Utilizing soulful and powerful vocals, funky rhythm sections, jazz-rock guitar, a big brass sound, and even bigger stage presence in the live setting, BroJo, as they are adoringly called by their fans, is a righteous force to be reckoned with.
Renowned for tracks such as "So Much Love," "Put Your Hands Up For Detroit," and his remix of Coldplay's "Paradise," Joonbug was lucky enough to exchange some words with Fedde Le Grand recently at Pacha. Here's what he had to say:
First I want to congratulate you on getting one of your latest tracks, “Rockin’ N’ Rollin’” to the Top 5 on Beatport. What is your game plan for promoting the song to increase its exposure?
Although we’re all so unbelievably familiar with the sharp catchy and sparked sound of “Latch” by Disclosure, the British brother duo (Guy and Howard Lawrence) only just released their debut album, Settle, one week ago.
Right in time for summer, Disclosure revealed just how full of pop they really are. This 14-track album will for sure be the soundtrack to many summer nights; it’s exuberating with a clean noise that will wrap itself around you almost instantly. These tracks are only the beginning of the inevitable flood of fun summery sounds that will reach our ears throughout the next couple of weeks. And it’s a pretty great start.
Producers Lliam Taylor and Fiorella Messinian together form the electric duo Rise At Night and have released one of the filthiest tracks for friends and fans to chew on.
You may recognize them as the powerhouse minds behind the speakers when the stars are out at the some of the biggest events around, or on Datsik’s Firepower Records, either way they’re unstoppable. Fiorella is the drum ‘n’ bass producer and vocalist of the pair and Lliam is also a producer and calls himself, Kezwik.
Beginning DJing at the young age of 14, Sidney Samson has seen it all. Initially playing hip hop and R&B, he changed his style completely in 1999, to the bleepy, electro-house sound that has made Sidney known all over the world. This is what he has brought to the table, and this is the contribution he has made to Dutch house music. We can only thank him for the way in which he was able to inspire others to manipulate that sound into one of their own, and here are some of Sidney's thoughts:
The most common complaint among music lovers during the summer months seems to always be the outrageous price tags for tickets to music festivals around the country. Can’t afford a $200 ticket for a day of tunes, sunshine, and great vibes? Enter 4Knots Music Festival presented by the people behind some of the most sought after events in the City, The Village Voice. The newspaper is responsible for Brooklyn Pour, Choice Eats, and Choice Streets, and other festivals and events that are among the most popular to hit the five boroughs. Needless to say, The Village Voice won’t disappoint with their annual music festival held in the historic South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan on Saturday, June 29th.
Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom aka Dada Life have popularized the banana and its meaning years ago, and recently the two have been pressing on making Dada Land a real place. Apparently, this year “Dada Life declared Dada Land a sovereign nation” and “they wrote letters to the major governments of the world on March 6th.” Protests were held all over the world, from London to Sydney to New York. These protests, as you can probably expect, were filled with insane Dada Life fans either dressed in banana costumes or running around with signs promoting “freedom” for Dada Land. Check out the website they made for Dada Land just to see how serious they really were.
Last month, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zero’s made it their mission to bring their listeners down a stony path of nostalgic thought when they released “Better Days,” the first single from their upcoming 3rd album. The sound both ironic and passionate, "Better Days" somehow perfectly matches overlapping and emotional vocals with a seriously dense beat.