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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

EDM

Meet Skittles, Master of the EDM Art of Gloving

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Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 4:00 AM
Davis Duong aka Skittles at the first International Gloving Championship. - COURTESY OF PLURLIFE.COM
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  • Davis Duong aka Skittles at the first International Gloving Championship.
Originating in the early rave days, the first well known instance of gloving could be credited to Hermes, who put 10 Rav'n lights into a pair of white gloves. Few could've guessed that the simple act of making his fingers dance in the darkness would be the beginning of an entire scene in today's EDM culture.

Today, companies like EmazingLights sell millions of gloves, orbits, poi and other light show related items in a plethora of colors with much more advanced variations and modes. Aside from bringing gloving in the hands of consumers, Brian Lim (EmazingLight's CEO) and his company are pioneering the gloving movement into the skillful expression of art and dance that it is becoming today.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Books

This New EDM Book Looks Awesome, But Will Anyone Actually Read It?

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Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM
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Today, HarperCollins Publishers and their Dey Street Books imprint announced the impending arrival of a new book on American EDM culture. Written by highly regarded journalist Michaelangelo Matos, it's called The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America and is due out in March of next year.

We're excited about this book. Matos, a former music editor at L.A. Weekly's sister publication Seattle Weekly and frequent contributor to Rolling Stone, NPR, and another of our sister pubs, the Village Voice, has long been one of the few U.S. music journalists who consistently writes about electronic dance music with intelligence and insight.

Still, we can't help but wonder how many EDM fans, at least here in the U.S., will actually read Matos' book.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

EDM

Electric Daisy Carnival 2015 Announces Dates, Tickets On Sale Dec. 1

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Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 3:00 AM
Start stockpiling your kandi now. - PHOTO BY CHRIS VICTORIO
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  • Start stockpiling your kandi now.
Insomniac Events has announced the 2015 dates for Electric Daisy Carnival, the EDM festival that, with over 400,000 attendees last year, can now plausibly bill itself as "North America's largest music festival."

The 19th annual EDC (and fifth since the festival moved to Las Vegas from its original home in Southern California) will take place June 19-21 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Tickets will go on sale the Monday after Thanksgiving, Dec. 1, at noon Pacific Time. Three-day tickets will start at $329 plus service fees and can be purchased via LasVegas.ElectricDaisyCarnival.com.

In case you're not excited enough about this news, be sure to watch the seizure-inducing hype reel below. See you in Vegas!

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

EDM

Kenneth James Gibson Is Electronic Music's Man of Many Aliases

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Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 3:45 AM
Kenneth James Gibson (as Reverse Commuter) - KELLY JOHNSTON-GIBSON
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  • Kenneth James Gibson (as Reverse Commuter)
From Beyonce to Madlib, Garth Brooks to Mos Def, musicians love their aliases. For writer, musician and producer Kenneth James Gibson, this is a vast understatement.

Of the more than 13 different projects under his belt, 10 are solo acts produced under various guises, including [a]pendics.shuffle, Eight Frozen Modules, and Reverse Commuter, the latter of which returns today after a long absence with a new album of melodic, pulsating house- and techno-inspired electronic music, Exposure.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

EDM

Hard Day of the Dead 2014: Best and Worst

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Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 1:27 PM
EDM kids getting spooky. - PHOTO BY TIMOTHY NORRIS
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  • EDM kids getting spooky.
Hard Day of the Dead was held for the first time at Pomona Fairplex on November 1 and 2, with an estimated attendance of around 80,000. The lineup was varied, with a few hip-hop acts like Cam’ron and Ty DollaSign mixed in with festival regulars, including Calvin Harris, Zedd, Diplo and Bassnectar.

Although some aspects of the festival were noticeably underdeveloped (more on that below), the giant, two-day EDM extravaganza was still a blast. Here's the best and worst of what we saw over the weekend.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

EDM

Zhu Is Becoming the World's Most Famous Anonymous DJ

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Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Is that Zhu hiding behind that smoke? We can only wonder. - COURTESY OF ZHUMUSIC.COM
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  • Is that Zhu hiding behind that smoke? We can only wonder.
“We live in 2014; everybody has something to say. There is more power in being silent,” says Jake Udell, an artist manager at Th3rd Brain Management who represents Krewella and, more recently, a mysterious producer who calls himself Zhu.

In February, Zhu made a huge splash on EDM music blogs as the nameless artist behind "Moves Like Ms. Jackson," a remix/mashup of the Outkast tracks "Ms. Jackson," "So Fresh, So Clean" and “The Way You Move.” Fans and bloggers speculated that the mystery artist was Disclosure because of the track's deep house style and the fact that both Disclosure and Outkast were set to headline at Coachella only a month later.

A week after the “Ms. Jackson” release, the anonymous artist released an original, “Superfriends” — but this time he added a name: Zhu. But who is Zhu?

For the most part, people are still wondering.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

EDM

Swing Music Goes Electro with the Gentlemen Callers

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Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 4:00 AM
Atom Smith and Buck Down of The Gentlemen Callers of LA - PHOTO BY TONY EDWARDS
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  • Atom Smith and Buck Down of The Gentlemen Callers of LA
Is it that swing keeps coming back, or does it just refuse to go away?

The last time early 20th century sounds burbled up to the surface was in the late '90s, when bands like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy haunted the Derby in Hollywood, a scene immortalized in (and some might say killed by) the movie Swingers. That version of the swing revival was firmly rooted in the big band, horn-rich sounds of the 1940s, brushed with a rock & roll sensibility. Costumery was fun, but sometimes felt narrow: heavy on hepcats and Grables.

This time around, the latest swing mutation marries EDM beats with sounds often drawn from a decade or so earlier, the 1920s and ’30s, spun with a house music sensibility. It's called electro-swing. It's already huge in Europe. But does it have the potential to take off here?

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

EDM

Safe in Sound Festival - Hollywood Palladium - October 18, 2014

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Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 3:15 AM
Adventure Club performing at Safe in Sound - PHOTO CREDIT: SARAH PURKRABEK
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  • Adventure Club performing at Safe in Sound
Safe in Sound Festival 
Hollywood Palladium
October 18, 2014

On Saturday night, the first annual traveling Safe in Sound Festival drew hundreds of bassheads to L.A.'s Hollywood Palladium. Presented by Bassrush (an Insomniac brand), the newest show on the EDM circuit caters to fans who love bass.

The L.A. stop of the tour featured artists Terravita, Caked Up, Destroid, Adventure Club, and Flux Pavilion. The festival's producers partnered with PK Sound, which debuted a 150,000 watt sound system for the tour. They promised "quality, precision, intensity and a feeling of immersion in the experience," according to Insomniac.

They did not disappoint.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

EDM

Dillon Francis, EDM's Class Clown, Is Serious About His Music (VIDEO)

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Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Dillon Francis - PHOTO BY RYAN ORANGE
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  • Dillon Francis
"Let me just hammer this fucking thing in. It's already breaking — classic Ikea," Dillon Francis says with a frustrated smile.

He's sitting in Sonos Studio on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood before an unassembled wooden bed, staring at the assembly directions. Tall and lanky, he has short, dark brown hair and tattoos up his arms.

The 26-year-old DJ/producer asked for this. On his website's merch section, it says he'll build your Ikea bed for $1,000. For that same price, you can have him sing "Happy Birthday" to you underwater or prank call an enemy. For a million, he'll join the Army.

Unfortunately for this venture, before long he's pretty much broken the bed frame. It's understandable — those things are impossible. And he maintains good humor throughout.

"Afrojack will not build your Ikea bed. Neither will Calvin Harris," he notes. (For more of our interview with Francis, see the YouTube video after the jump.)

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

EDM

This House Music Party Is Cool, Even if It's Legal

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Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 4:29 AM
Kyle Hall performs at Risky Vision - CREDIT: PAISLEY BRUISE
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  • Kyle Hall performs at Risky Vision
The excitement of illegal dance parties held in warehouses is being in the know, and getting drinks well past the city’s 2 am curfew. 

An event called Risky Vision is trying to tap into that vibe, with one major difference: It's legal.

But it does still have cheap drinks and the same talent. On a recent Friday night, the Echo is packed with people dancing to Benedek, an electronic musician whose unkempt hair bobs rhythmically to the beat.

Blaring '80-style synths and slapping bass, the music is kind of cheesy, but in that way funky house should be – a throwback to the Chicago scene and Frankie Knuckles. People are boogieing hard.

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