Dance music’s cognoscenti (ie—those who pay work in that neck of the music business) are stoked at the announcement that EDM will get it’s share of the spotlight at this year’s Grammy Awards. Nominee Deadmau5 will perform live with The Foo Fighters, while dance-pop crossover sensation David Guetta will raise his hands behind the decks along with Chris Brown and Lil Wayne.
This has already been a red-letter year for dance music makes and fans as far as the traditionally conservative Grammys are concerned. Dubstep sensation Skrillex leads the nominee pack with five to his name, including Best New Artists (the first EDM performer to be nominated.) Deadmau5, Guetta, Swedish House Mafia and Duck Sauce also racked up nods in 2012. But even though Dance Music has had its own categories since 2003, the award show has struggled to find a place onstage for performances by acts whose stage activity involves little more than pushing buttons. …MORE
Toronto-based electronic superstar Deadmau5 has taken a stab at covering Radiohead’s “Codex” off of last springs The King of Limbs album. The result is a far cry from Deadmau5′s usual stadium rave anthems, and might even recall his early, more thoughtful tunes, although he’s never done something this ambient. Radiomau5 or Deadhead. You decide.
More specifically, the Berlin-based electro-rocker says the magazine’s annual Top 100 DJs List can snack on some male genitals in response to the lack of female jocks who made the reader-voted list. How many ladies did make the cut? Zero.
Peaches posted on her Facebook, “DJ MAG! Your Top 100 DJ boy club list can eat a dick! Where the ladies at???” …MORE
In these days of dance music branding overload, where even the DJs at the bottom of the flier have a custom logo design, no one has taken it farther than Deadmau5, whose iconic mau5head is mimicked by fan worldwide. Now, the Toronto born Joel Zimmerman wants to give you a chance to design the next incarnation of his mask, via a collaboration with Talenthouse. …MORE
Major labels don’t have the best reputation. Corporate conglomorates flailing for their very existence while still trying to sell crap music to a public who has zero moral issue with robbing them blind. This rep may or may not be totally deserved, but it’s nice to see one of these giants doing something good for humanity. And in the process reminding us that some damn good music comes out on major labels as well.
EMI has announced the EMI Family 4 Japan auction, a series of EBay offers where you can bid on things like signed Daft Punk photos and race LCD Soundsystem vinyl, with all proceeds going to Japan relief efforts. And the compnay has promised to match the donations, up to $1 Million. Check it out and see if you cant’ live without a …