Forbes’ World’s Highest-Paid DJs, topped by Calvin Harris, are earning the lowest amount since 2013 according to this year's International Music Summit report from Ibiza.
Dance music's share of the global music market in general has declined over the 12 months to December 2018. The UK saw the biggest loss— from 11.6 to 9.5%. In the US, the drop was from 3.5 to 3%. Germany and Canada, meanwhile, actually saw electronic genres grow during the same period.
The tracklist for Avicii's 'TIM' has been revealed, alongside plans for a new global campaign aimed at bringing fans across the world together.
'TIM' will be released on 6th June, and is the first album of new music by the producer, AKA Tim Bergling, since his unexpected death in 2018. It contains several previously-unreleased tracks that were completed by the artist himself, alongside works that required finishing touches based on specific notes he left prior to his passing. Collaborations include Vargas & Lagola, Aloe Blacc, Imagine Dragons and Bonn.
Armin van Buuren doesn’t really do interviews anymore. He’s reached the upper echelons of his chosen career, and doesn’t really need to. The “trance overlord,” as someone dubs him at the Q&A that your DJ Mag hack hosts with him at this year’s revamped Winter Music Conference in Miami, is one of the most successful people in dance music — seen as impeccably clean-cut and well-adjusted by some, as godlike by others. He’s the unflappable, intelligent, fan-friendly king of the #TranceFamily; the record-breaking five-time winner of the Top 100 DJs poll.
“I always promised myself as a little kid that if I ever had the opportunity to make my own radio show, I would do it,” he says. “I felt it was the most direct way to introduce new music to your fans.” He started a weekly show, A State Of Trance, in June 2001 — in Dutch — and a couple of guys in the north of Holland started illegally streaming his show on the internet through Shoutcast, an early streaming protocol. Trance enthusiasts from around the world began following the show, communicating with each other via IRC chat.
“Out of the 10 positive comments on a gig, there’d be one negative one — and that would destroy my life. I wasn’t able to sleep, I was using alcohol too much, and I was feeling depressed — I was really depressed about being No.1. It was crazy”
Armin’s last No.1 gong came in 2012, and he suggests that the pressure came off him after he relinquished the top spot. He got a Grammy nomination in 2013 for anthemic trance-lite ditty ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ featuring Trevor Guthrie, and felt like he could cross off topping the Top 100 DJs poll from his list of achievements. “That’s not to say I don’t want to be No.1 anymore — if you ask Steven Spielberg if he wants to win another Oscar, I’m not gonna lie, you’re only as good as your last film or last production,” he says.
It was just over a year ago that Swedish dance icon Avicii took his own life. And Keith Flint from The Prodigy more recently. How hard did Avicii’s tragic passing hit Armin? “Very hard,” he says, solemnly. “Yeah, very hard. The passing of Avicii is probably the darkest day in dance music, cos he’s the first one to go — and, I hope not, but I think more will follow. I see many DJs coping with mental issues — more than I can say in this interview. It only takes one bad night, one bad decision.
Ibiza mainstay David Guetta has today announced he’ll be returning to the White Island for a huge summer residency at Hï Ibiza.
For the residency, Guetta will be debuting his Jack Back alias on the island, taking over the Club room with resident Idris Elba each Friday from 7th June to 4th October 2019, while F*** Me I’m Famous! will rule the Theatre room.
The long-awaited reunion of Swedish House Mafia in their homeland has now taken place as three back-to-back dates at Stockholm's Tele2 Arena went ahead as planned.
Despite some issues involving travel to the shows for foreign fans, and the huge amount of pressure on the trio— AKA Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell and Steve Angello— those in attendance were not disappointed.
Swedish House Mafia's reunion shows have been thrown into turmoil due to a Swedish pilot strike.
Hype has been building around the EDM super-group's dates since October, with performances set for Stockholm's Tele2 Arena on Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May. But staff at Scandinavian carrier SAS have staged a walkout after negotiations with management broke down.
Dance music culture has invaded gaming, and is blurring the line between the real and virtual world. Big gaming companies are recruiting dance music DJs for more than their music. They are co-opting their image, their brand, their personality and weaving their digital avatars into a video game storyline.
Avicii’s family have started the Tim Bergling Foundation in support of mental health.
The project will initially concentrate on offering support to individuals and organisations in the field of mental health and suicide prevention, before expanding to cover other issues such as climate change, development assistance, nature conservation and the protection of endangered species.
"Tim wanted to make a difference – starting a foundation in his name is our way to honour his memory and continue to act in his spirit," an official statement from the family said.
Flume has announced more new music is on its way.
Until this week all had been quiet on the Australian artist's front in terms of fresh material since 2017's 'Skin Companion EP II', although back in January fans were promised more studio work would be coming this year.
Calvin Harris is selling his Hollywood Hill’s luxury home just 16 months after buying it. The asking price is $5.75 million, though you can also rent it for $25,000 per month if you’re short.
At 6,000 square feet, it comes with a comfortable four bedrooms and six bathrooms. There’s also a home recording studio, obviously. Other amenities and features include a living room with chandeliers and parquet flooring, swimming pool, an outdoor shower and spiral staircase, and decking with views across the city.