The boss of turntablism, A-Trak, will make his debut at Revel's sleek HQ Nightclub where a handful of superstar DJs have stepped behind the booth already. The highly sought after, multi-award winning DJ/producer will christen his residency Friday, November 30, when he takes over the DJ booth to show the crowd why he is praised as a turntable prodigy.
His feature performance is sure to stun revelers giving them both a festival feel and big room-scale production as A-trak is known for his hard hitting bass dropping and hip hop infused sets. You can expect to hear a versatile mix of genres perfectly intermixed together that you won't be able to remove yourself from the dancefloor.The Montreal native was the first DJ to win five international DJing championships and has other countless awards under his belt. A-Trak has collaborated with big names such as Kanye West and Kid Cudi. He's also responsible for the 2011 worldwide GRAMMY Award -nominated hit "Barbra Streisand," after joining forces with Armand Van Helden to form electro-duo Duck Sauce. The track went on to achieve massive global success, helming the top chart positions in twelve countries and snatching the coveted #1 spot on the US Dance Billboard charts.
It’s official - EDM is here to stay.
As if the flurry of festivals popping up around the country wasn’t enough to convince you, MTV’s announcement of adding a Best Electronic Dance Music Video category to the VMAs certainly solidifies the dominance of the genre.
Big news has dropped today in the festival circuit: New York’s Governor’s Ball has officially announced its 2012 line up. For those not familiar with the Ball, it’s a two day fest featuring diverse tunes, a myriad of activities, and all the usual shenanigans that accompany any outdoor music festival. Situated on Randall’s Island—stock prison backdrop included—this fest boasts headliners Beck, Modest Mouse, Chromeo, Ducksauce, and Passion Pit (to name a few). Interspersed throughout the two days, the line-up looks fiendishly delicious, with June 23 & 24 shaping up to be quite the weekend.
After discovering house music in 2010, I dabbled in the different sects of electronica and found myself in love. In March of 2011, I made my official crossover from rap-enthusiast to househead when I attended Ultra Music Festival. Nearly a year later, I cannot wait to return to my stomping grounds and once again bask in the harmonious music and beating sunshine.
Last year’s festival was an incredible experience, but as a newbie, I had a lot to learn. The low-point of my weekend was when my ticket was ripped off of the lanyard strewn around my neck by a drunken fool. The maniac grabbed the ticket that was hanging above my chest, and ran. Luckily, my mother had always instilled within me the importance of self-defense, so I lunged at the crazy kid who attempted to steal the $275 ticket and returned the item to its rightful owner... me.
The internationally known turn-table genius, label owner, and disc jockey A-Trak has been at the top of his game since the age of 15 where he won the 1997 DMC World DJ Championship. That was only the beginning for the beat scratching artist who most currently was hand selected by none other than Kanye West to be his exclusive tour DJ. From stadium performances to intimate nightclub DJ sets, A-Trak is considered an electronic music icon who's record label Fool's Gold can be held responsible for launching careers for artists such as Kid Cudi and Kid Sister.
We know what you're thinking.
We could come up with a lot of puns on this tour's name, but we will spare you the perverted immaturity. Instead, we will stick to single music reference from a legend who arguably helped spawn these devilish electronica sub-genres, Dubstep and Electro.
Think it's summer time and the livin's easy? Think again.
In this angry world of joblessness and debt ceilings, you need to wind up passed out on the hardwood floor every now and then. Helps maintain sanity.
Already feeling that summer buzz-kill from missing out on Coachella and Sasquatch this year? Don’t worry, there are still plenty of festivals fixing to satisfy that music-hungry appetite at a much lower price than Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza. Check out these upcoming music festivals that will tune your ears in to some audio bliss.
What: Pitchfork Music Festival
Where: Chicago, IL
When: June 15-17
Who: Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, Cut Copy, TV on the Radio, Neko Case, Thurston Moore, No Age, Gang Gang Dance, Deerhunter, Superchunk, Ariel Pink, Curren$y + more!