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?
MTV named Nicky Romero an EDM artist to watch in 2012 and our eyes have been glued to the Dutch DJ ever since. So when he announced he’d be making his debut performance at Space Miami last Saturday, we jumped on the opportunity to check out the young star in action.
Brought into the electronic music world by mentor David Guetta, the 23-year-old Dutch superstar has already made an impressive name for himself as the next progressive-electro wonderboy. The rising star spent 2012 producing 14 hard-hitting and well-received singles, touring the nightlife metropolises of the world, and topping it off with a Miami New Year’s Eve weekend concert we’ll never forget.
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.
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.
It’s a sad day for electronic music lovers. Following four years of masterfully-crafted progressive house hits, Swedish House Mafia is calling it quits.
When it comes to electronic collaborations, Swedish House Mafia was untouchably king. The trio of Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello performed their big-room progressive house tracks around the world since 2008, headlining a plethora of festivals including their own Miami massive “Masquerade Motel.” From Miami to Ibiza, the talented trio’s epic anthems can be heard cross-continentally on any given night.
Ten miles of darkness and 2000 cars separated us from the festival we had only dreamt about. As we stared forward, excited and anxious, there was a faint flicker towards the sky and then the familiar explosion of fireworks in the distance. A roar ripped through the desert from the cars around us. Indian chiefs and their topless girlfriends yelled and cheered out their windows, as packs of neon spattered fur boots ran by on foot. This was the scene I had heard so much about. The one that would save dance music events
Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival has consistently been remarked as the premier Electronic Music festival in the country. With steady competition from Ultra Music Festival , and the multitude of other events that have developed in the past few years, claiming that title is quite a feat. Insomniac’s founder, Pasquale Rotella, has rose through the ranks of California promoters to a point of utmost success. He has absolutely earned his stripes, with the immense scale of his events and consequences this sometimes brings. The risk involved with such massive gatherings as these has made it necessary for Pasquale to impose a new standard for safety at these events, both at the gates and in the festival. In both appearance and functionality, EDC proved to be nothing less than the world-class event that was beckoned for.
Sebastian Ingrosso, one part of Swedish House Mafia, is one of the biggest DJ/producers of our time. For more than a decade, Ingrosso has been spinning some of the most iconic EDM to ever hit the dance floor. Although his solo work can at times be overshadowed by his work with SHM, a supergroup if there ever was one, Ingrosso has quickly built a name for himself without his star studded freinds list.
Beginning his career all the way back in 1999 with Mega Records, Ingrosso quickly carved a niche for his sound. Both in his native Sweden and abroad, his debut album quickly made him a household name.
Man, Miami is quickly becoming one of the go to destinations for any EDM lover craving some awesome clubs and beach parties. With some of the world's best DJs playing just about every night, one might wonder if it hasn't become THE destination. Of course, if EDM isn't your thing, plenty of rock acts are heading to Miami in May as well, so don't worry. Here is a list of some of the shows we thought you'd be interested in. As always, let me know if I missed anything worth seeing!
Chris Cornell @ The Fillmore Miami Beach
Melissa Etheridge @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel
Amidst a busy touring schedule, we were able to grab an exclusive with one of EDM's biggest emerging young DJs, Alesso. Calling on the attention from peers such as Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello, we find out why Alesso is a name that we'll keep watching for Years.
Angela Samartano: MTV News recently named you one of their "Rookies to Watch in 2012." How did you first get your start in the electronic dance music scene?
Alesso: I got a CD from one of my closest friends. There was some house music on it and fell in love with it. I couldn't get enough and eventually started making my own music.