At first glance, we’re led to believe that the worlds of classical and electronic music are galaxies apart. But there are more parallels and crossovers than you might think, and a new wave of electronic artists and composers are finding inspiration by reconnecting dance music with its classical past. DJ Mag talks to Marc Romboy, Jules Buckley, Max Richter, Carl Craig and others to check the score…
WORDS: Ben Osborne
Avicii has confirmed that two EPs are set to follow his ‘Avīci’ release, with the third making up his full new album.
The Swedish EDM star revealed the news in a new interview on BBC Radio 1 with Pete Tong. You can listen to the chat below.
Avicii didn’t confirm the dates the new releases would land but he did reveal he is “getting back into” DJing.
He revealed that despite retiring from touring he still has decks, and has started using them again after he “couldn’t look at them” following his final shows.
Pete Tong has expanded his planned 2017 ‘Ibiza Classics’ Live dates with two stops in Australia.
Tong, and the 65-piece orchestra led by frequent collaborator Jules Buckley, will stop by Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena Wednesday 1st November before continuing onto Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl for a full performance on 3rd November.
Pete Tong continued the needed dialogue of diversity and gender equality within electronic dance music during a recent extended interview. The conversation is a continuation from this year’s International Music Summit.
Pete Tong reckons the dance music market in the US and Europe has "peaked" but "no one wants to say it too loudly," declared the Radio 1 DJ during a recent interview with Billboard Magazine.
He doesn't reckon there will be a crash, though, but rather a slowdown that's more like a "puncture".
The cause of legendary trance artist Robert Miles' death has been revealed, with the Italian DJ/producer and founder of OpenLab passing away from cancer on Wednesday (10th May).
According to a statement posted by OpenLab — the radio station headed up by Miles since 2012 — the producer passed away from stage 4 metastatic cancer aged just 47.
“Robert passed away peacefully last night after a courageous battle with stage 4 metastatic cancer over the last 9 months," the statement reads.
808 Whisky is a new Scotch whisky that takes its name from the legendary Roland TR-808, an homage to the fact that both dance music and alcohol bring people together.
"It's a sociable drink that inspires conversation. Like the best dance music it has warmth, bottom end, and a definite KICK, the sub-bass of drinks. 8O8 is whisky but not as you know it. It's whisky remixed!" said founder and veteran DJ/producer DJ TommyD.
V Festival, set to kick off on 19th and 20th August 2017 at Staffordshire's Weston Park and Chelmsford's Hylands Park, has announced its multi-genre line-up this week, to include Pete Tong, Rudimental, Sigma (live), Hannah Wants and more, plus headliners JAY Z and P!nk.
Unique to the festival is Pete Tong’s performance of his Ibiza Classics show, alongside The Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley.
Helena Hauff is set to mix the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix this week, with the show due to air this Saturday 25th February 2017.
It's the first time the Hamburg-based DJ/producer has crafted a slot for the famous mix series, hosted by Radio 1 resident and UK broadcasting legend Pete Tong.
Helena follows mixes from Tube & Berger, My Nu Leng and Adriatique who all spun Essential Mix slots previously in February.
Boardmasters has revealed its second wave of acts set to perform at Cornwall’s own surf and music festival, taking place this year from Wednesday 9th through Sunday 13th August 2017.
29 new acts are set to join the bill, with headliners Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai and Alt-J already locked down.
On the dance music side, Hannah Wants, Gorgon City, Pete Tong, Hot Since 82, T Williams, Purple Disco Machine and Sonny Fodera have all been confirmed to play the five-day festival — you can check the artwork below for the full list.