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EDM Moments in 2012

As the year end approaches we think it is appropriate to share what we have found. EDM Sauce recently posted what they thought were the top ten best moments in EDM this past year. We at Radikal couldn’t agree more, so we picked a few of our favorites to share with you.

Ellie Goulding and Skrillex breaking up had to be one of the most disappointing pieces of EDM news. I think everyone had high hopes for this absolutely adorable couple. Maybe one day they’ll find their ways back to each other.

Rusko Releasing his music for free on his website. Let’s hope more EDM artists get angry and give us free music! You can get his free EP “KAPOW” by paying with a tweet or facebook post or by joining his mailing list. If you want, you can buy it on iTunes with money instead… but why would you do that?

EDC Las Vegas sold out this past summer and had a record breaking 320,000 attendees. This was such big news because it was the biggest festival ever in the history of Electronic Dance Music. In fact the dates have already been set for 2013’s Las Vegas Electric Daisy Carnival!

Deadmau5 randomly found vocals to his song “The Veldt” thanks to today’s social media. Joel Zimmerman created the song during a 22-hour live streaming session and was inspired by the short story “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury. Chris James reached out to Deadmau5 with his own lyrics that captured the essence of the short story and Zimmerman loved it. The song was officially released June 24, 2012 and the rest is history.

MTV’s VMA’s finally has an electronic dance music category! Enough said!

Swedish House Mafia announced on June 24, 2012 that their next tour will be their last. “One Last Tour” is going on now. You still have a chance to see them live!

Can you think of any better moments that happened for EDM in 2012? Let us know!

Swedish House Mafia Announces “Black Tie Rave” For Hurricane Sandy

Swedish House Mafia has added one more show to their New York City dates for Sandy Relief. The “Black Tie Rave” will take place at New York City’s esteemed Hammerstein Ballroom, with all proceeds going to Hurricane Sandy Relief through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Tickets are being auctioned off this coming Friday, December 14th, starting at $100 for the February 28th performance, so start saving your money now for a sure to be incredible show!

Al Walser, Officially Famous?

Have you heard of Al Walser? No? If you have it’s probably because he’s been all over the music blogs since he was nominated for a Grammy. In fact we posted about him last week. Here is a little overview and update so far.

His song, “I Can’t Live Without You” was nominated for “Best Dance Music Recording” alongside artists like Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii and Calvin Harris. The world of music blogs is in a sort of shock and awe over this extremely random nomination.

Yahoo music refers to the song as “an effort that’s not quite Rebecca Black-level terrible, but pretty close in terms of, well, not exactly making the professional grade.” House.net stated, “Certainly, it is difficult to believe that Al Walser’s single was legitimately nominated for the award in question, particularly when one actually listens to it.”

It’s hard not to feel embarrassed for Al Walser because this song is so bad! So bad in fact, we have to share it with you, again!

Here is the additional information. Strangely enough, there is also a video on YouTube of Deadmau5’s Joel Zimmerman reacting to Al Walser’s nomination that was posted under the user name “Al Walser.” It’s hard to tell if Zimmerman is angry, sarcastic or actually doesn’t care at all. Check it out for yourself.

As they say, any publicity is good publicity, what do you think?

Future Music Festival Asia 2013 Lineup Announced!

The lineup for Asia’s Future Music Festival have finally been announced, and it’s fantastic! The festival will be spanning over he two days of March 15th & 16th 2013. The first day will be devoted entirely to Armin van Buuren’s “A State Of Trance 600: The Expedition World Tour,” and will feature top acts that will be announced at a later date. The second day will showcase some of the biggest names in EDM right now at the “Warrior Arena,” such as Zeds Dead, Feed Me, Kill The Noise, and Borgore, with The Prodigy headlining, and Psy being featured as a special guest! The other stage will feature Fun. Bloc Party, The Temper Trap, and Rudimental. Make sure to check out the complete lists of artists above!

Was Al Walser Able To Fix The Grammys?

http://youtu.be/UJEdy301yVo

When this year’s “Best Dance Record” Grammy nominees were announced, nothing seemed too out of place at first. The contenders were all big-name stars such as Avicii, Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia, and Calvin Harris. All of them have countless fans, millions of YouTube hits, and hundreds of sold-out tours. So when the completely unknown (and, in our humble opinion, not good,) DJ Al Walser suddenly popped up on the ballot, more than a few eyebrows were raised.

The track in question, titled, “I Can’t Live Without You,” is a corny dance catastrophe that at the time of nomination, only had 20 views on YouTube, while Al Walser had less than 1,500 FaceBook fans. So just how does something like this happen? Nobody seems to know! It seems that no matter how impossible it may sound, Walser has actually managed to fix the Grammys. We’ll be bringing you additional details as soon as more information is released, until then, check out “I Can’t Live Without You,” if you dare.

Markus Schulz to Headline for Digital Society, The 6th Birthday

Attention trance music lovers! Markus Schulz will be the headliner for Digital Society’s 6th Birthday Spectacular on February 8, 2013 at O2 Academy in Leeds. Digital Society is known for hosting some of the biggest dance music events in Leeds and this one will be no exception.

Alongside Schulz will be amazing, superstar DJ’s like, John O’Callaghan, Andy Moor vs Lange, John 00 Fleming, Max Graham, Menno de Jong and many more. Show goers can expect “a very special production show alongside the stunning venue sound and lighting” according to Digital Society’s events page. This is going to be big!

The Lineup
Markus Schulz
John O’Callaghan
Andy Moor vs Lange
John 00 Fleming
Max Graham
Menno de Jong
John Askew
Protoculture
Estiva
Signum
Thomas Datt
Sneijder
Thomas Bronzwaer
Will Holland
Paul Pearson vs Andy Croson
Rav Takhar vs Harry Fowler
Mark Landragin
Gav Pilling vs Danny Austin

Above & Beyond Australia Tour Starts Next Month!

Above & Beyond will be blowing minds in Australia starting January 25, 2013 in Family, Brisbane. You can catch them on one of their five stops while on tour. Above & Beyond hails from London, England and have been making trance music since 2000. Members Jono Grant, Tony McGuiness and Paavo Siljamäki have created some hypnotizing music that even hits close to home like Alchemy. If you haven’t seen the video for this song check it out on Above & Beyond’s site.

Australia Tour 2013
25 January – Family, Brisbane
26 January – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
27 January – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
01 February – Metro City, Perth
02 February – HiSense Arena, Melbourne

Swedish House Mafia Release Limited Edition Bracelet With Efva Attling

While it will undoubtedly be the end of an era once Swedish House Mafia preforms their last show as a group in the next couple of months, their fans can be comforted by the fact that a designer bracelet is being released in their memory. After meeting legendary designer Efva Attling backstage at the Swedish Grammy Awards, the idea was suggested to make a musical remembrance bracelet for the trio. Made of black leather with a silver plate and the groups recognizable circular logo, with an S, H, & M engraved on it. So, let us know: will YOU be snatching one up?

Zeds Dead Concert Cancelled Due To Overdoses

Fans of the incredible DJ duo Zeds Dead were shocked and disappointed this past Saturday night when a concert at The Electric Factory was cancelled due to multiple concertgoers overdosing on an unknown drug. Police showed up at 8pm to the venue to respond to multiple calls about overdosing, and when they got there, were surprised to see that up to nine people, mostly teenagers (the youngest is said to be 15), had completely passed out. Paramedics were called to the scene and the concert was moved to another venue, Lit Ultra Lounge, where patrons must be 21 or older to be admitted. While the drugs used still have not been identified, there are rumors circulating that both Bath Salts and Ecstasy were to blame.

Steve Aoki Announces “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It” EP Release

New Steve Aoki is here! With the supposed impending apocalypse coming this December, Aoki is releasing his newest EP, “The End Of The World As We Know It,” on the 11th. You can find the track listing for this pre-apocolyptic EP below, and make sure to pick up a copy. We’re sure that as always, Mr. Aoki will not disappoint us!

Track Listing:
1. Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas feat. My Name Is Kay – Singularity
2. Steve Aoki feat. Dan Sena & Miss Palmer – Omega
3. Steve Aoki feat. Rune RK – Transcend