Las Vegas has certainly caught the dance music fever this past year with nightclubs like Marquee and Surrender scooping up big-name artist residencies and drawing massive music-loving crowds. But if you think Avicii selling out XS on New Years Eve was an impressive feat, you haven’t seen anything yet.
The newest creation in the city’s EDM explosion is brand new superclub Light, a Cirque du Soleil-inspired venue inside Mandalay Bay Hotel. Opening April 26th, Light will provide attendees with state-of-the-art interactive productions. And who better to announce a residency at this larger-than-life nightclub than dynamic duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike?
Last year, when Swedish House Mafia brought their infamous Masquerade Motel party to Miami Music Week, it resulted in what could easily be dubbed a "mini music festival." Mostly because their were about 10,000 fans in attendance at Miami's Grand Central Park.
Welcome to a new chapter in the book of Miami nightlife, a brand new tale that’s never been told - Story Nightclub.
Brought to you by, Dave Grutman (the brains behind LIV, Arkadia and LIV Sun Life at Dolphins Stadium), Story Nightclub is the new kid on the block making its grand entrance into Miami nightlife with a stellar roster of talent this month.
Taking over the old Amnesia space, Story Nightclub has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation which revamped the venue into a chicer, classier spot.
Australian house duo, Feenixpawl has some big news for the US following Halloween weekend. The contrivers behind everyone's favorite summer anthem, "In My Mind," have just announced the launch of their first ever U.S. tour, kicking off in Seattle and hitting seven major house hot spots around the country in the next three weeks.The Melbourne-based boys have had a monumental year, gaining international recognition from the southern to northern hemisphere. Initially creating a name for themselves with their remix of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," Feenixpawl rose through remixing the works of Kaskade and Adrian Lux to name a few. Though they had previously released a record under Axwell's Axtone label back in 2010, it wasn't until they teamed up with TV Rock's Ivan Gough and fellow Aussie Georgi Kay to create one of the most iconic songs in dance music to date, "In My Mind."
The now ubiquitous single was quickly snatched up by the Swedish mafioso, Axwell and his edit reached number 1 on the Beatport charts within a week. From making its debut at Swedish House Mafia's historic Madison Square Garden show last December to now being recognized as a classic festival favorite, the songs success is paramount to that of its artists and the energy and talent that the pair brings to their live sets is sure to impress. The appropriately titled In My Mind Tour kicks off on Nov. 7th, so if you find yourself in a city close by, be sure to check out why Feenixpawl is one of the fastest rising names in the game.
Feenixpawl USA Fall Tour Dates November 7 - Mirror Lounge- Seattle, WA November 9 – Bliss - Clifton, NJ November 10 – Tenjune - New York, NY November 15 - Board Room - Chicago, IL November 16 - Yost Theater - Santa Ana, CA November 17 – Marquee - Las Vegas, NV November 18 – 207 - San Diego, CA
He's responsible for one of the biggest tracks in electronic dance music this past year, he's just released a brand new track, and he is also the genius behind the name Starkillers. He is Nick Terranova. The talented producer/DJ has been an electric powerhouse for years now, creating music that illuminates every dance floor. We were able to catch up with Nick, to talk about his new release, his dance floor anthem "Pressure," and what he has planned for the future.
You just released a brand new track, a collaboration with Richard Beynon and Natalie Peris - "What Does Tomorrow Bring." Can you tell me a little bit about the release? It came about because I was working with Natalie first, and I had the vocal, and I started messing around with some beats and stuff like that. And then she came to LA, and we were messing around, like "Hey what do you think of this," and then we started writing some melodies, and it kind of happened from there. I thought it was good, but at the same time, I'm always an artist and myself, doubting my work. So I didn't realize how big the record is now. I never thought it was going to be like this kind of thing where Universal picks it up then it blows over on BBC Radio1 and all this stuff. It's kind of cool.
You've had a number of extremely well-received songs over the years from "Discoteka" to "Scream" to the more recent "Keep It Coming" with Nadia Ali, and of course "Pressure" also with Nadia and Alex Kenji. It's been in countless sets and supported by some really influential DJs and producers, from the huge festivals to the clubs. How does it feel, and how was it to have created such an infectious piece of music? I mean, obviously when you're doing it, you don't think it's going to get that big or whatever, but it's amazing. It's great that my mind thought the way I think, and it was able to strike that many people. Whenever you're making a song, you obviously want to be received, but when it's received on that level, it's awesome to hear that, and i'ts a blessing. It's great to get that kind of acknowledgement more or less.
Did you realize it was going to be such a big hit for you before you released it? No, I thought it was a good record, but I did it more classically. You can never predict a hit. Things that I thought would take off and go through the roof, don't ever catch on, and then other things, I'm like "What?!" I mean I knew it was a good song. I knew I had something that everybody could identify with more or less, I think that's the most important thing. But no, I never thought it was going to be what it is today. You can never go into it thinking like "Hey I'm going to make a hit record" kind of thing, because you'll set yourself up for disappointment everytime. You kind of just have to put it out there and let things happen. I was just blessed on this fortunate event.
You've obviously been in the industry for quite a while. What has been your favorite part or what has been your most memorable experience in your musical career? My favorite part of my career is that I'm able to express myself, and that's important to me. As a young kid, I always kind of wanted to lead, and be someone who could influence people. And that's been the most amazing part of it is just being able to influence people, and get reactions, and make people feel a certain way. The most memorable moment, I would say when I was in Houston with Nadia, we did this amazing show, and the show just errupted. I mean it was like nothing I had ever seen before. Between the energy of Nadia being there and then just my set, it was a very magical night.
Where does the name 'Starkillers' come from? It comes from Star Wars. Basically Anakin Skywalker's original name was Anakin Starkiller. I thought it was cool, and that was kind of basically how it came about.
Named Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2010 by Axwell and Rising Star 2010 by Beatport, Thomas Gold exploded onto the scene last year with impeccable production and the mixing skills of a seasoned veteran. The German producer’s wildly successful career has produced multiple chart-topping tracks that can be heard every night in clubs around the world. Incorporating bassy drumrolls with anthemic vocals and progressive beats, Thomas Gold has created a unique signature sound that sets him worlds apart from the rest of the over-saturated EDM market.
We had a chance to chat with him before his show in Tallahassee, Florida last week about his meteoric rise to fame, his remixing techniques, and how it felt to be chosen as this summer’s face of the Axtone label.
Last month, we told our readers about the EDM revolution starting to take place thanks to music mogul Robert Sillerman and his big-picture thinking. The astute businessman, who made his millions by merging regional concert promoters to create Live Nation, has taken his talents to the electronic music realm and is
using the same successful model. His early August acquisition of “Life in Color” (formerly known as Dayglow) has helped steer the world’s largest paint party into the fast lane towards an incredibly bright future.
Once a standard college soiree with basic paint splatters and decent musical talent put on by Committee Entertainment, Dayglow served its purpose of entertaining attendees for a night of color-splashing on the dance-floor. But six years later and a new monkier, the event has grown into a world-wide phenomenon that attracts more than 500,000 people per year. With the most sought after DJs in the industry behind the decks and intensely high theatrical production, Life in Color has transformed into a highly in demand electronic event and, with the help of Sillerman, will only continue to flourish.
Article by Sarah Harper
Usually when an eclectic mix of ravers cross paths, they find themselves wired with different brainwaves and thinking patterns, disagreeing and interested in opposite genres whether it be dubstep, progressive house or trance. But when the conversation between the two parties leads to Electric Zoo, surprisingly, the two-different minded personalities can usually come together in agreement: Electric Zoo is an electronic music festival, designed for whatever type of sub genere of dance music you’d like to delve into.
Taking place from 8/31-9/1 on Randall’s Island in New York City, Electric Zoo boasted a prestigious line-up of the top DJ and producers in the world, a sold-out crowd and unbelievable electronic music. For three-days straight, attendees dressed in absurd neon attire, drenched themselves in glitter and danced around in animalistic ways while world-renowned DJ/producers dropped their latest beats and high-tech LED visuals.
This Labor Day, Electric Zoo is set to takeover Randall’s Island for the fourth year in a row. With just under two weeks left until the festival, organizers have released the final lineup and set times for the three-day event. Spanning four stages, Electric Zoo will offer an eclectic lineup, which includes everything from House to Techno, Trance to Dubstep, and Electro to Drum & Bass. Some of the most notable names in the EDM will perform in one of the biggest electronic music festivals on the east coast, with David Guetta, Axwell, and Tiësto headlining.
The Swedes Say Goodbye
Saturday, June 23 was a dark day for electronic music lovers. After four years of masterfully-crafted progressive electro-house hits, Swedish House Mafia announced that their unrivaled musical collaboration would come to an end.
I sat collapsed on my bed, wrapped in my blanket, surrounded by tear-soaked tissues and wondered if this was how my parents felt when John Lennon ditched The Beatles for Yoko Ono.
You can call it a stretch to compare the trio of Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello to the greatest rock and roll band of all time, but I wont budge on this one. Maybe The Beatles outproduced and outplayed SHM by decades, but the Swedes surely matched the Brits when it came to vibrant originality, worldwide domination and most importantly genre-defining sounds.