Italian DJ and producer Benny Benassi has come a long way since the 2002 hit that put him on the map on a global scale. Across the span of over two decades, Benassi has proven himself talented within different circles of the electronic dance music community. From house to electro to progressive anthems, he is a great example of a producer who managed to adapt his sound over the years in the hopes of meeting audiences halfway – after all, isn’t that also one of the responsibilities of a good DJ?
This past Saturday, Benassi touched down at LIV nightclub in Miami Beach. Known for its ritzy décor, high bottle and cover prices and young, beautiful crowd, LIV has, in the past, been accused of being too commercial and posh for true music fans.
When you're in a city like Miami, a parties beckon perpetually from every street corner. This weekend though, we have our eyes on one party in particular and it will be taking place at the ever-popular, always glamorous LIV nightclub. The headliner is Benny Benassi, and from what we've been hearing lately on his soundcloud, the legendary producer has way more up his sleeve than another remix of 'Satisfaction' (although we're hoping he plays classic at least once over the span of the night). The performance is the second to last stop on his North American Danceaholic Tour, so if you missed him this week on the Mad Decent boat party, this is your last chance to see him in the Magic City.
When: Saturday, November 15th, 11pm
Where: Liv Nightclub, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Fl
In the electronic music community, musical identity is everything. It can determine your success, fanbase and most importantly, your reputation in the scene; fall into the wrong category, and it’s tough to get out. In rare cases, though, an artist or project comes along that does not quite fit the mold, but rather takes elements from various genres to create a unique trademark that is all their own. The creation of a fresh sound coupled with the introduction of a new project leads to that sense of hype that the electronic music arena thrives on.
A new project, Autograf, has emerged on the scene armed with both unparralled creativity and unmatched production skills. Self-proclaimed members of the new “future house” movement, Autograf strives to push the boundaries of electronic music by fusing together different, unexpected elements from a variety of genres. To put it simply, their music is something that can't be classified.
In the days leading up to their show at Mansion in Miami, we heard plenty of negativity regarding Above & Beyond's club sets. Some said their sets were purely commercial, while others claimed A&B just didn't "know how to perform anywhere other than a festival setting." Having never seen them live before, we were saddened to think that the group we had adored since early childhood could be anything less than spectacular.
We should have known better than to listen to the naysayers. It's Above & Beyond after all, and you can't produce music as perfect as 'Sun and Moon' or 'Alchemy' and then suck in real life. And besides, when your catalog is as beautiful and extensive as theirs is, why would you play anything that isn't original?
Anybody who says that trance is no longer welcome at clubs hasn't seen Paul van Dyk perform in a big room before. The Vandit label boss touched down at Passion Nightclub in Hollywood, FL's Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this past Saturday and proved that the #TranceFamily is still very much alive - and ready to show up with guns blazing at a real party. Passion mainstay DJ Edgar V warmed up the room with deep house, which proved the perfect genre to set the mood for what followed when PvD took the stage.
It’s pretty well known that Miami is a melting pot in more ways than one; home to legends like Cedric Gervais, Markus Schulz and Oscar G, when it comes to dance music, it hosts one of the most thriving and well-stocked scenes in the world. That's also why we take great pride in discovering new talent on the rise, and this year's music landscape has produced a name music aficionados would do well to remember: Niko Javan.
If techno is your cup of tea, you won't want to be anywhere this Saturday other than Miami's legendary club Space. This weekend's lineup will feature some of the biggest and most respected names in the game, including legend and VIVa Music label boss Steve Lawler, Incorrect Music founder Anthony Attalla and the elusive SCI+TEC favorite SHADED.
"The level of excitement I have for this event is unprecedented," said Attalla about what he knows will be a monumental evening. "This is such an emotional gig for me, playing with my all-time favorites at the temple known as Space Terrace."
Over a hundred thousand fans gathered in New Orleans’s City Park Halloween weekend to witness three days of unrelenting musical talent from huge headliners including Foo Fighters, Outkast, Skrillex and the Artic Monkeys. This years’ lineup was incredibly strong with some of the most memorable and bizarre performances playing sporadically throughout the weekend spread across each of the four stages- Ritual, Carnival, Le Plur, and Flambeau, each stage being a mini festival within itself. The brilliantly-planned layout of the stages in a semi-circular pattern allowed each structure to blare crisp unadulterated sound and allowed festive Voodoo fans to easily frolic between stages to catch electrifying performances of electronic dance music, indie/alternative, rap, brass bands, rock and more!
For the third year in a row Solarstone has put together a “Pure Trance” album. We are super excited about this because Bryan Kearney majorly contributed to this awesome collaboration.
In the search of the "Pure Trance" chosen, they considered 1000’s of tracks under the ‘Pure’ microscope. In the end, they finally found 37 of the most exclusive, pure and virtuous trance tracks out there from big names. These top trance works come from Aly & Fila, Alex M.O.R.P.H., Thrillseekers, Sied van Riel, John O’Callaghan, Arctic Moon and Ferry Tayle, as well as much from Solarstone & Kearney themselves.
London based DJ’s Eli & Fur, or Eli Noble and Jennifer Skillman have been building quite a name for themselves. They have been making music together since they were in college, first dabbling in creating melodies and lyrics, then progressing into the DJ scene in 2012. They have recently put out the exciting single, “Seeing Is Believing," their amazing collaboration with Shadow Child.
Their latest track, "Feel The Fire," has a dancey beat, featuring Eli’s pure vocals, with a luxurious and polished vibe. The track has a melodic sound and a hypnotic feeling that is perfect for relaxing or partying—best of both worlds!
These girls create infectious tunes that are taking over European dance floors and London clubs. We hope to hear more of them over here in the states!
Stream the track below and purchase here.