The media room at Chicago’s Paris Club was abuzz with photographers. Amid a perfectly styled actress from Twilight, champagne liberally being passed around and a corner jammed with journalists, Tony McGuinness of iconic trance trio Above & Beyond quietly slipped in, unassuming, and took a seat against the wall. After being told we each only had three minutes with him, I hurriedly narrowed down my list of questions. Three minutes to speak with someone from a group that founded Anjunabeats, played to one million people in Rio de Janeiro and won BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix of the year twice? How? Turned out there was no reason to worry – well spoken and thoughtful, Tony and I turned three minutes into a discussion on vinyl memories, staying …
Despite it’s immense popularity, dubstep continues to be the most divisive sound in EDM. Need more proof? How about Los Angeles DJ Fei-Fei, who took to the tables at Armin van Buuren’s A State Of Trance party as part of the larger Beyond Wonderland event in Southern California this weekend. The 10-year DJ vet decided to mix things up with a selection that included moombahton, hip-hop and the dreaded “D-word.” Seems AvB’s fans, who were listening to her set online didn’t take so kindly to this inclusive sound and got very hostile on Fei-Fei’s Facebook page.
“My set was unexpected, yes, but I didn’t think I was gonna be receiving death threats on my Facebook. That’s harsh,” Fei-Fei told LA Weekly.
Made Event’s seminal Randall’s Island event Electric Zoo 2011, sure had lofty expectations; not only did they add an extra day to their festivities, but the lineup, the stages and all things on-site were on a grander scale. Everything from stage design, booth coordination, food trucks and even security was maintained on a next-level tip. But was the lineup up to par with its surroundings for all three days? Also, how would the organizers respond to the vast dust problem of last year? Would there be surprises, duds and everything in between? Check out the hits and misses of Electric Zoo 2011 after the jump.
The Playhouse in Hollywood, besides being host to the now near-legendary Bud Brothers Monday Social (14 years & counting!), also from time to time has served as the site for music video shoots. Perhaps the most famous example was Tiesto’s highly-publicized set late last year. Well, unlike that night, the house was cleared for this new video, for the upcoming Christopher Lawrence single “A Little Rush”. Hopped up, pumping and unapologetically high-energy, “A Little Rush”s glistening synthetic beats are complemented by the lush vocals of singer SuZie del Vecchio. If that latter name doesn’t sound familiar to you, it no doubt will soon, as del Vecchio’s recent collaboration with Paul Oakenfold, “Mesmerized”, has already been remixed by Adam White, Mark Lewis, Swedish Egil, Hirofumi Ohta and Anthony Garcia, among others, and is expected to be released soon by Oakenfold on …
UPDATE: According to court documents filed by Insomniac, Inc., the company is seeking damages between $1,015,180 and $1,142,027. Not cheap for a city that is already facing down a huge budget deficit.
Los Angeles dance music event company Insomniac—the promoters behind the embattled Electric Daisy Carnival—filed suit Friday against the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) over an alleged contract violation, following the cancellation of a concert by trance mega-star DJ Tiësto, schedule to take place at the LACC on October 30th, 2010. …MORE