One month down, eleven more to go – it’s crazy how this year is already picking up so much momentum! I’ve been exponentially adding to the multiple hats I wear weekly thanks to a writing gig with the DJ List which I’m absolutely enamored with and being named the Board Liaison for the organization I volunteer for. It’s a little overwhelming but nothing I can’t handle – I say bring it on!
Shazam x Beatnet = A Match in EDM Heaven
I don’t know about y’all, but when I Shazam a remix that I love and it doesn’t give me any information I feel a weird mix of awesomeness that my music taste is so progressive and a little annoyed that it can’t tell me what’s playing; well have no fear EDM lovers, because this morning Beatnet and Shazam announced a partnership that will give Shazam access to over 1.5 million songs in the Beatport registry. This is a huge step forward for EDM fans everywhere, but DJs are already lamenting that people will be glued to their phones instead of enjoying the tasty beats.
The War on EDM
Though there’s usually some uproar in the media about EDM, this week we’ve seen some considerable backlash from the likes of the LA Weekly and the LA Times. Both had articles, published the same day mind you, written to rile up the general public and incite backlash against the wonderful community that we’ve built. Both articles are beyond one-sided, not to mention highly inflammatory. The good news, is that (at least with the people I know) it’s caused us to take a hard look at ourselves and the lives we live; and we’ve come together, stronger than ever, to fight against this negative stereotype that society wants us to remain under. Kaskade, a top notch DJ and producer, delivered an eloquently written reply to the times and one of my favorite music blogs, Stoney Roads, had some great input as well. If this has you as annoyed as it has us, take a minute to sign this petition and spread the word, you know, this one: PLUR
Skrillex pairs up with Cirque du Soleil
Skrillex is a mastermind in his own right; once upon a time, he was simply known the bassist of From First To Last but fastforward to 2013 and he’s become a household name that’s synonymous with Dubstep and the culture that surrounds it. This past year he lent a hand to the Disney team by contributing part of the score for the hit animated flick Wreck It Ralph and was rewarded with a small cameo in the film. Now, word on the street is he’s pairing up with the famed Cirque du Soleil for a resident show in Las Vegas; no word yet on it’s direction, but believe me when I say you should not miss it!