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Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

EDM

Hard Summer Unlikely to Return to Whittier Narrows Next Year

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When L.A. State Historic Park underwent renovations earlier this year, the Hard Summer festival was forced to move to a new location. They chose Whittier Narrows Recreation Center in the San Gabriel Valley. Reviews for the new spot were mixed; it's further out, but a much bigger space. 

But according to sources with inside information who wish to remain anonymous, Hard Summer will not be coming back to the L.A. County-managed property.

The reason appears to be related to a spate of arrests at Hard Summer this year, and a death. 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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12th Planet Is Sick of the Dubstep Scene

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Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 4:30 AM
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  • John Dadzie, aka 12th Planet (left)
12th Planet is credited with bringing dubstep to America. 

Ahead of his performance at Made in America in Grand Park this Sunday, August 31, we talked to him at the Red Bull Studios in Santa Monica, where he is recording music for his new album.

In contrast to his heavy sounds, 12th Planet — aka John Dadzie — is constantly cracking jokes and has an easy laugh. We talked to him about his music and his party habits.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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The Chainsmokers Are Blowing the Eff Up

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Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 3:48 AM
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Two years ago DJ Alex Pall and producer Drew Taggart were pretty much unknown.

Yet when we talked to them earlier this month, the duo had just lunched with Tïesto in Las Vegas. 

Pall and Taggart are better known as NYC-based EDM up-and-comers The Chainsmokers. They were one of our favorite acts at Hard Summer this year, and they're also the guys behind the hit song “#selfie," which hit #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and has over 10 million Soundcloud plays. (You can hear it below.) 

"#Selfie" is a joking ode to vapid club girls, comprised of a catchy beat over a Valley girl's drunk monologue. The song blew up because, well, everyone knows this type.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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The 5 Most Overplayed Songs at EDM Festivals

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Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 9:17 AM
PHOTO CREDIT: TIMOTHY NORRIS
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Electric Daisy Carnival goes down this weekend in Las Vegas. West Coast Sound will be there providing full coverage!

But will you be there yourself? If you are, expect to hear, well, lots of songs you've heard before. In fact, whether it's Hard, Coachella, or countless other big EDM festivals, we're getting a bit tired of these moments of musical déjà vu.

Here, then, are the five most overplayed songs at festivals today:

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Zedd - SCREENGRAB VIA YOUTUBE
EDM DJs are often accused of not really being musicians, but you certainly couldn't say that about Zedd, the 24-year-old German DJ best known for his hit songs "Clarity" and "Stay the Night." 

He starting learning piano when he was a tyke, and certainly deserves the title "classically trained." 

Don't believe it? His iTunes Session EP, released last fall, features him doing acoustic covers of his own songs and otherwise showing off his musical prowess.

We talked with Zedd, who's now based in L.A., about his piano playing, and how it affects his sound as a DJ.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

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AC Slater Throws the Most Exciting New Dance Party in the City

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Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 3:42 AM
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Los Angeles has cemented its reputation as a hub for forward-facing dance music. Right in the mix of things is DJ AC Slater, whose monthly Night Bass event at Sound in Hollywood has piqued the attentions of tastemakers around the nation.

The party has only happened twice, but BPM magazine has already named it "the most exciting new U.S dance event.

Slater merges the groove-laden staccato rhythms of UK garage with sub-low bass rumblings. "Night Bass is my description for a mixture of house, garage, bassline and grime with a dash of old skool rave," he says. "Just fun bass music you can dance to."

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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Why Frankie Knuckles Matters

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Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 4:05 AM
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Frankie Knuckles wasn't necessarily the first house music artist (Jesse Saunders usually gets the credit), but he was irreplaceable in connecting electronic dance music's narrative to disco, dance-floor counterculture, and the unprecedented creative uprisings of the 1970s.

For nearly all intents and purposes the history of dance music's transition from soul to disco to the earliest seedlings of rave culture runs through one man - Knuckles.

Today's purveyors of "house" music - Avicii, Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack, David Guetta - can all eventually trace their heritage (and millions of dollars in income) to the Brooklyn-bred DJ, who called Chicago home and died on Monday. 

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

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Ten Walking Raver Cliches You Meet at Festivals

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Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 4:15 AM
PHOTO BY GEORGE MARTINEZ
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[Editor's Note: Miami's Ultra Music Festival happens this weekend, which for the EDM crowd is sort of like Electric Daisy Carnival, Coachella and every nightclub in Vegas all rolled into one big bass-dropping ball of awesome. We will bring you Ultra coverage on Monday. In the meantime, our friends at Miami New Times' Crossfade blog shared this handy guide to Ultra's attendees, which we think applies pretty well to the EDM festival crowd here, as well.]

By S. Pajot

Ravers are like snowflakes, right?

Wrong. It's actually not uncommon to find two (or twelve) who look (and sometimes behave) almost exactly alike.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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Are You a Real EDM Fan? Take This Quiz!

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Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 3:24 AM
Real fans or mere party people? - TIMOTHY NORRISS
  • Timothy Norriss
  • Real fans or mere party people?
Sure, anyone can strap on a glow stick and call themselves an EDM enthusiast. Considering the massive increase of the music's popularity and the subsequent influx of new fans in the past few years, however, it's likely that many folks are in it for the molly poppin' rather than the music. 

Find out whether or not you're a real deal EDM fan by taking our not scientific but still totally fun quiz. 

See also: The Evolution of Rave Fashion

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014

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Dada Life - Avalon - January 31, 2014

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Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 3:58 AM
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Avalon
January 31, 2014


Better than: Bananarama

The last time Dada Life played at Avalon, they caused a riot. Literally. The Swedish electro house duo's 2010 set the Hollywood venue was shut down by police in riot gear after a squirrely crowd trying to get into the over capacity club threw rocks, bottles and garbage at the LAPD. 

On Friday night, there was once again a lot of shit flying through the air at Avalon - but it was feathers, inflatable bananas and sprays of champagne. It was in the spirit of celebration as Dada Life returned to play the fifth anniversary party of Control, the club's Friday night progressive EDM event.

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