It has been said by many that 2012 was the year that EDM truly took over and went mainstream, and Forbes annual “30 Under 30″ list certainly drove that point home. Grammy nominees and winners Skrillex, Calvin Harris, and Avicii have all managed to make the list this year, which is considered a collection of “young disruptors, innovators, and entrepreneurs…impatient to change the world.” The EDM heavyweights newest honors put them in the same ranking as the likes of pop superstars Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Bruno Mars, and Ke$ha, along with R&B/rap/hip-hop moguls Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, and Frank Ocean. Only time will tell where these talented artists will go, but we have no doubt that they will all be in the spotlight and changing the world for a long time to come. You can check out the full list of musicians along with other top lists here.
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This year has been loaded with awesome, tracks, remixes and epic releases of electronic dance music. We have talked about some awesome music throughout the year and we’ve randomly picked ten of our favorite songs from 2012. Trust us, there are so many other good ones out there!
In no particular order, our favorite electronic dance music from 2012!
The Veldt – Deadmau5 Featuring Chris James
Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding
Make Some Noise – Chuckie and JunxterJack
Spectrum - Zedd
Roll It, Light It – Cypress Hill & Rusko
Killin’ It – Krewella
Let’s Go – Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-Yo
Can’t Stop Me – Afrojack & Shermanology
Bangarang - Skrillex Featuring Sirah (We know, it came out in 2011 but, it was days before 2012!)
Get Stoopid – Bombs Away & Seany B
Let us know your favorites from 2012!
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?
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.
International remix kings, Bombs Away, recently remixed a killer compilation for Ministry of Sound. Addicted to Bass 2012 debuted at #2 on Aria Compilation Chart. This collection of House, Bassline, Dubstep, Drum & Bass, and Electro bombs features hits from Calvin Harris, Example, Laidback Luke, Gemini, & more! You can watch the album preview below and also be sure to check out Bombs Away’s hit singles Super Soaker and Swagger!
Jay-Z’s own “Made In America” festival announced its first year lineup. Artists onboard include some top DJs like Skrillex, Afrojack, and Calvin Harris, and many more. Jay-Z himself will be Headlining as well as the legendary grunge rock band, Pearl Jam. Tickets are going on sale tomorrow, May 23rd, and passes are expected to cost around 100 bucks.
The “Made In America” Festival is set to rock philly on September 1st and 2nd.
You can check out more information, and more artist lineup info at the official website: http://www.madeinamericafest.com/
Billboard Magazine sat down with hip-hop’s billionaire mogul, Jay-Z to discuss his recent business venture with Budweiser’s Made in America Festival and the future of his career following the birth of his daughter. A trendsetter in his own right, Sean Carter has built a career through strategic business choices that have placed him at the forefront of pop and urban culture. Logically, Carter expressed his interest in America’s latest fascination, electronic music.
His label, Roc Nation, teamed up with EDM Management company Three Six Zero Group in July of 2010. This partnership has spawned a number of prolific collaborations including the monstrous Rihanna release, We Found Love and Swedish House Mafia‘s Calling (Lose My Mind) . To date, the company supports a variety of artists and labels – with Fly Eye (Calvin Harris), Refune (Sebastian Ingrosso), Diffused (Michael Woods), and Rising (Chris Lake) all on the roster. Carter described what initially attracted him to the EDM movement,
“I love revolutions. Hip-hop was a revolution. Grunge was a revolution. Electronic dance music feels like a revolution, it feels like the kids’ music. I just wanna be a part of it, we have a huge footprint in it which is great for us.”
While EDM’s commercialization appears imminent, American audiences are embracing the change. Festivals have caught the attention of money-hungry investors and genre-blending releases are becoming a staple. Although this evolution is exposing the music to legions of new fans, Pete Tong warned it will isolate the underground community and “destroy the scene“. No matter whose side you are on one fact is undeniable; Carter’s business venture was the driving force behind some incredible releases.
Fresh off the heels of the spectacular Creamfields, Melbourne performance, Aussie duo Bombs Away are mixing the new Ministry Of Sound Addicted To Bass compilation. Kid Kenobi joins Bombs Away, mixing tracks from Rita Ora, Flux Pavilion, Calvin Harris, and Example! Click here for more information and be sure to check out their hilarious interview below. Be sure to also check out their original productions Swagger and Super Soaker!
The Entertainment resort/casino, Revel, announced that world renowned DJ, Calvin Harris now has residency at Revel in Atlantic City. With the residency, Calvin Harris is scheduled to play 5 dates in 2012 as well as personal meetups with party goers this summer. Harris is best known for working on Rihanna’s smash hit single We Found Love as well as his collaborations with such other artists like: Kylie Minogue, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and Dizzee Rascal.
HQ Nightclub is a 40,000-square-foot four level nightclub boasting spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Every level of the club features a different environment including a rooftop bar.
Read more about this at nj.com
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