Traveling electronic music tour Identity Festival launched this summer as a sort of touring Electric Daisy Carnival, aiming to bring the recent dance music craze to secondary markets such as Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Long Island in venues with names such as PNC Bank Arts Center, 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre and Jiffy Lube Live (seriously). And while we’re not so snobbish to think that kids who live outside of major metropolises don’t deserve to see the country’s most popular DJ—including Kaskade, Steve Aoki and Skrillex—it is interesting to note that in Los Angeles, the city that pretty much hatched the current rave movement, Identiy Festival has relocated from the originally planned San Manuael Amphitheatre to the Hollywood Palladium. …MORE
A bevvy of current dance music favorites, includng Kaskade, Pretty Lights and DJ Shadow, have been announced as part of America’s first traveling electronic music festival, titled Identity. The event will travel through North America’s amphitheaters in August and September, like mini-Ultra Music Fests, bringing the current dance music rush to nearly 20 cities before it’s over. All of the dates will be announced soon, but here’s the full line-up of DJ and live electronic performers on the line-up. …MORE
We’re used to seeing Steve Aoki rocking the tank top, tight jeans, cool sneakers look behind the decks. So pardon if we do a double take when Aoki appears in a nice tailored suit in the video for “Wake Up Call.” The again, the clip features all sort of things we’re not used to seeing, like Michelle Rodriguez of Lost and Avatar fame doing some light bondage while Clifton Collins Jr. (Traffic / Capote) looks to be pleasuring himself?
Last summer, when Klaxons dropped “Echoes.” the first single off their sophomore album, the tune’s epic rockness and expansive desert video kept reminding us of The Police’s apocolyptic “Synchronicity II.” This remix by Steve Aoki pretty much erases all of those comparisons, but instead taps into a ’90s trance sound, which is oddly fresh right now.’
Ultra Music Festival has announced the initial batch of performers for their annual dance music bachannal in Miami, including easily the three biggest names in dance music—Deadmau5, David Guetta, Tiësto—to headline the event’s first three-day party. Also on the bill are global dance faves The Chemical Brothers, Benny Benassi and Sander Kleinenberg (performing an unusual live set). But beyond these mainstream mainstays, the bill is packed with popular American electro icons (MSTRKRFT, Steve Aoki, Wolfgang Gartner), crossover indie dance stars (Chromeo, !!!, Empire of the Sun, Cut Copy, Klaxons, CSS, Crystal Castles), European techno legends (Laurent Garnier, Carl Cox, Gui Boratto) and dozens of other top acts from Afrojack to, er, Afrobeta. …MORE