Over the last two years, the small city of Gainesville, Florida has become an unlikely electronic music hub. With students at the University of Florida shelling out cash for shows on a weekly basis, promoters have booked nearly every big-name act and solidified us as a staple stop for DJs touring the southeast. It’s an incredibly passionate and open-minded scene, so it’s no surprise that Gainesville was chosen as the first city to see a dubstep act headline Life in Color (formerly Dayglow). Departing from its usual mainstream progressive-house schedule, Life in Color broke the mold last Friday night at the Alachua County Fairgrounds with the bass of dubstep duo Adventure Club reverberating throughout the venue. With the help of local concert production/promotion company The Dynasty Group, the show saw a massive turnout and proved that Life in Color may be on to something for future dubstep bookings.
Miami is quickly becoming the go-to destination for EDM lovers here in the states. After an incredible week-long ULTRA festival in March, the pace has not slowed one bit. Wolfgang Gartner, American EDM's prodigal son, will be DJing this Friday along with Pierce Fulton at Amnesia Miami.
Gartner may well be the biggest name in EDM at the moment, at least on this side of the pond, and has been for some time. Following a slew of #1 tracks on Beatport, a grammy nomination, and an exciting 2011 album Weekend in America, Gartner has cornered and taken over the world of dance music. Listen to his collaboration with Tiesto off the freshly released mix album, Club Life Vol. 2 Miami:
This summer's biggest festival has finally announced dates, locations, lineup AND put tickets up for sale. Identity Festival is the self proclaimed largest traveling festival in the world, playing 15 cities in about a month this summer. While the lineup is slightly different for each city, there are a few mainstays including Eric Prydz, Wolfgang Gartner, Excision, Madeon, Porter Robinson, Nero (DJ set), Paul Van Dyk, Bingo Players, Showtek, Noisa, Arty, Doctor P and more! There's pretty much no excuse to miss this one, I mean, it'll be everywhere!
International superstar Tiesto is taking his world travels to heart. He released the second volume of his location based mix album series this week, and this time, it's based on:
"Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, Miami, uh, uh
South beach, bringin' the heat, uh
Ha, ha, can y'all feel that, can y'all feel that?
Jig it out, uh."
Yup, that's right. As introduced so eloquently by Mr. Smith, Tiesto has the Miami fever and he's made a brand new mix commemorating one of his favorite cities. Featuring a bunch of his own productions as well as tracks by Coldplay, Afrojack and Wolfgang Gartner, this mix is said to encapsulate the all out party of Miami Beach. In his own words:
The next two weeks are rife with concerts for any music lover out there; Bad Brains for the punks, Mastodon for the metalheads, and enough dance and electronic music to satisfy even the most die hard ravers. Here is a short but currated list of shows for the next two weeks. If you see something you like, don't wait to get tickets!
Mastodon, Opeth @ Roseland Ballroom (April 11)
The Chainsmokers @ WIP (April 12)
Wolfgang Gartner, a.k.a Joey Youngman, is definitely one of the top American DJs in house music these days, and has been for some time. Gartner began releasing award winning singles in 2009 and now has a nice collection of #1 tracks on Beatport and even a Grammy nomination for his remix of Andy Calwell's "Funk Nasty."
His tracks and remixes lean heavily on supremely danceable, "4 to the floor" house beats, with the tried and true hang/drop that is so popular in EDM today. Working alongside and remixing some of the biggest pop stars and producers today, Gartner's tracks are familiar as they are inventive, catchy as they are unique. He has proven himself time and again, bringing his exciting sets to stages all over the world.
With the insanity of Ultra Fest raging and rollicking throughout the collectively rabid masses, the chaos shall inevitably continue (and expand) with the onset of the weekend! Miami—fully in the throes of musical ecstasy and riotous carnal whims—is gearing up for a weekend of party infamy. It is the inevitable culmination of 10 days of music, debauchery, and the youthful American spirit—a deluge of fiesta!
More than you average, run of the mill weekend; ULTRA weekend is comprised of 21 bashes—featuring the sickest tunes at the most bangin’ spots—in what is truly the most grandiose swan song in Festival history!
From one of electronic music's biggest acts to a two-night affair with one of the most enduring outfits in alternative rock, there's no shortage of live entertainment to be found throughout October. Here are some marquee names and rising superstars that will be hitting the Big Apple's best venues in the coming months:
10/4 through 10/9 - Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom
Love deadmau5? Well, here's your chance to see him six times in a row! The world-renowned electronic artist will make history when he brings his Meowsington Hax experience to Roseland Ballroom for nearly a full week. Named after his cat Professor Meowingtons, the Meowsington Hax show is a combination of arresting visual production and deadmau5's signature blend of original music and remixed classics. Judging by this clip from Lollapolooza, NYC fans are in for one heck of a sense-jarring treat. Though six consecutive nights of those flashy lights can't be good for your eyes...
Ultra Music Festival for the first time ever will take place over the span of three days this year. The first major U.S. music festival of 2011, Ultra is set to take place on March 25, 26, and 27 at Bicentennial Park in Miami. They have just released phase-two of their line-up, including Duran Duran, Armin Van Buuren, Underworld, Moby, and more.
Duran Duran will be appearing for the first time ever this year in support of their Mark Ronson-produced 13th studio album ALL YOU NEED IS NOW, which is out March 22. Also new is Armin Van Buuren’s A State Of Trance 500 area and the debuts of Erick Morillo and Sasha’s (V_rtek) live shows.
The Sunday Snapshot:
The festival set-up, sound and acoustics, as well as operations were extremely professional. It's obvious they have done this before. I loved how they had two stages by each other with back-to-back shows. I parked it at the Budweiser/Playstation stages for most of the weekend due to the line up, but it was incredible to see 10,000 people stacked to see the headliners on the BMI stage. Kudos Lolla.
Sunday Musical Delights & Awards:
Chiddy Bang: Award for Band Best Listened on a CD. I was personally pumped to see Chiddy play. My friends produce their music videos and I have been rocking to their cool remixes/raps for a bit now. Think, Girl Talk meets Drake for their vibe. I was sadly disappointed in the live bit, but I still like them a lot. But the electronic Perry’s stage was a sick addition to the festival. We would be visiting again.