David Guetta is on a deadline. Posted up at his Ibiza estate, the French producer is busy at work. He doesn’t seem to be enjoying it.
Capitalizing on the success of ‘One Love’, every track on ‘Nothing But The Beat’ was a megawatt collab, cementing the “pop star + massive EDM production = fans and money” template with cameos including Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson and Sia. (Sia’s track, ‘Titanium’, was a worldwide hit and the first of her seven collaborations with Guetta.) ‘Nothing But The Beat’ delivered four top 20 hits in the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album.
“If I wanted to release a record,” Guetta says, “I was in a position where I had to get the green light from executives in the US, the UK, Germany and France. Honestly, if all those executives agree on a record, you probably have a shit record.”
In late 1976, a guitarist named Nile Rodgers and a bass player named Bernard Edwards bribed an elevator operator $10 to keep quiet about an after-hours session. Their friend and DJ Robert Drake was working as a maintenance man at Sound Ideas Studios. Along with the rhythm section of their former group The Big Apple Band and by roping in friends such as a pre-fame Luther Vandross, they recorded a song called ‘Everybody Dance’.
After three years in production, Jauz — AKA LA-based Sam Vogel — has finally dropped his debut album under the moniker.
Featuring collaborations from DJ Snake and Kiiara, The Wise and the Wicked is a mixture of genres and styles from heavy dubstep to metal-flavoured dance which drops via Bite This Records.
Split up into chapters which are dictated by production style, The Wise and The Wicked tells a dystopian story in which society faces dangers from increasingly inventive modern day threats.
Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke has shared the full version of the EDM parody track he created especially for Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Showtime series, Who Is America. You can listen below.
‘Cell-by-date’, described as a “troll track”, featured last week in a segment of the show in which Cohen played a character called Ricky Sherman, otherwise known as DJ 5olitary. An ex-convict, he tries to forge a career as a DJ using his experience in prison.
EDM culture has been trolled by Sacha Baron Cohen in his Who is America? show. You can watch an excerpt of it below.
A parody track produced by Hudson Mohawke featured as part of Sacha Baron Cohen’s sketch to get booked as a fake, ex-con character who wants to become an EDM star.
Cohen’s Rick Sherman character plays the track to real EDM promoter Jake Inphamous, who later books Cohen’s character to play at Sway nightclub in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Skrillex has shared a sneak peek video of his new studio on Instagram, furthering excitement that the he will have a lot of new music on the way in the near future.
The series of short clips, which you can check out here, show off the EDM luminary’s new studio which is still in the process of being built.
Skrillex has announced his first US festival performance since 2016 with a set scheduled for Minneapolis’s Snowta two-day event in December.
After a quiet two years, the EDM producer has been making a gradual comeback in recent weeks. At the end of the July, for instance, he made his return to the festival stage at Fuji Rock, Japan.
Now, Skrillex has been officially locked for Snowta, which takes place on December 30th and 31st in Minneapolis Convention Centre. You can see the full line-up so far below.
Tomorrowland have confirmed the theme for their next event.
The festival’s first winter edition will centre around ‘The Hymn of the Frozen Lotus’, following on from last month’s summer spectacle, and will take place from March 9 - 16.
Tomorrowland Winter will take place in the French mountains, in the ski resort of Alpe d’Huez, and will be open to 30,000 fans who have the choice of either a 4 or 7-day outing. All packages will include a ticket for the event, as well as accommodation and ski passes.