Deadmau5 Releases New Album ‘Stuff I Used to Do’ for Free

In an e-mail to his fans, Deadmau5 has offered his latest album ‘stuff i used to do for free. This comes from a previous Facebook post from the producer’s mau5trap music label that, along with the announcing the album’s release date, initially said it would be released for free before being deleted. Deadmau5 was not sure if the album would be free or not. Instead releasing an album mini mix in the final lead up to its release. Fans should be happy  that he has beaten expectations once again. Deadmau5’s stuff i used to do is available for download here.   Image Source: Live Nation

Snapchat Discovered the Power of One of Its Most Popular Features at an EDM Festival

Snapchat co-founders realized the power of Snapchat’s Live Stories feature at EDC Las Vegas, which is one of the largest EDM festivals. “I remember Evan and myself were actually out in EDC Las Vegas when we launched this product, and so we were half expecting to see nothing,” Snap co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Bobby Murphy said in the company’s roadshow video. “Instead we saw the most amazing content covering an event that we’ve ever seen.” Snapchat launched Live Stories at EDC in 2014. The company realized that if they could create a digital geographic demarcation aka geofence” around a certain area, they could get users to post videos and photos from the music festival. When a user snaps a picture or a video from the zone, they get an option to include their content in a community-sourced public channel.     Photo Source: Insomniac

SENSATION TO HOST THEIR LAST EVER EVENT IN AMSTERDAM

Sensation has been known worldwide for quite a long time now for its unique dress code where everyone who attends wears only white. Sensation which is hosted in Amsterdam has brought many fans from around the world together who share the same love for electronic music. Just recently Sensation went on facebook to announce that 2017 would be the last Sensation event in Amsterdam which has come very sudden. Even though other events will be hosted in other locations around the world the event in Amsterdam will be greatly missed. With this being the last event in Amsterdam there will be a great lineup to follow in the likes of Hardwell, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Fedde le Grand and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and more set to perform.   Check out Sensation’s announcement below

EDM Takes Center Stage at the Grammys

Electronic dance music was front and center at the Grammys this past weekend. The genre starred in a few categories at the 59th year of the awards ceremony. Steve Aoki’s I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, a documentary directed by Justin Krook that follows the life and times of Steve Aoki, was a contender for best music film. Skrillex & Rick Ross’s “Purple Lamborghini,” made for the feature film Suicide Squad, was nominated for Best song written for visual media. Tycho, Flume, Underworld, Louie Vega, and Jean-Michael Jarre were up for best electronic dance album. Flume won for his second studio album Skin. Flume’s “Never Be Like You” featuring Kai competed in the best dance recording category but the Chainsmokers “Don’t Let Me Down” took home that award. The Chainsmokers also competed for Best New Artist but Chance the Rapper came out on top. While they didn’t win that award, the fact The Chainsmokers had three nominations says a lot. Early on in the show, Daft Punk emerged in their characteristic helmets, followed by The Weeknd who launched into a medley of their two collaborations together: “Starboy’” and “I Feel It Coming.” The audience was treated to lasers and lit up columns. It was no EDC stage set up, but everyone looked entertained. You can view their performance below.

Diplo’s Super Bowl show shut down by Cops

  Diplo’s pre-Super Bowl show in Houston was crashed by cops … who took the mic away from him, told everyone to leave. Diplo was performing at the Rolling Stone Live: Houston party Saturday night at the Museum of Fine Arts … when an officer jumped on stage and pulled the plug. For what it’s worth, Diplo didn’t seem too pissed, and the cops tell TMZ it’s not personal.  

Kids’ Choice Awards 2017: The EDM Takeover

Calvin Harris, Major Lazer, Skrillex Lead Nominations for Inaugural EDM Category

  EDM has reached the children! For the first time, Nickelodeon is adding a favorite DJ/EDM artist category to its Kids’ Choice Awards this year. Nominees in the category are Martin Garrix, Calvin Harris, Major Lazer, Skrillex, DJ Snake and Zedd. The Chainsmokers, for one, are pretty pumped about being first-time nominees. “This has gotta be one of the coolest things ever!,” Alex Pall tells Billboard. “We grew up watching Nickelodeon religiously… Nick basically shaped who we are as goofballs, so to be nominated for favorite group and new artist is so cool. We may not be some boy band or whatever but it’s nice to know all the kids out there get down with us.” Full article at Billboard

The BPM Festival Shooting: Aftermath

It’s been two weeks since the shooting. A full two weeks since the music at the last BPM festival ever to be held in Mexico stopped abruptly, interrupted by the panic awash one of Playa Del Carmen’s most famous electronic music beach clubs. Hours before the 10-day BPM techno/tech-house festival concluded its 10th edition, The Blue Parrot beach club became the scene of a cartel shooting that claimed the lives of 5 individuals and injured many more. When I first stepped foot in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico just a few days before, I had been in awe of their beautiful architecture, refreshingly magical ocean breeze, and laid back attitude. It reminded me of Miami without the pretentiousness. I was shocked at Playa’s attitude where drugs were concerned. Within hours of arriving, there were drugs as far as the eye could see, appearing all throughout the city’s touristic shopping district, smacked in between the henna stands and the native women who sold their braiding skills to all interested white women. Local men of all ages were scattered throughout the promenade, offering the most popular vices, “marihuana, cocaína, ketamina,” in a low but nonchalant tone. Especially once they noticed your festival wristband, the drug dealers knew to raise their voice and throw it in your direction. I had clearly underestimated how blatant the drug trade would be down here. This much I realized the first time I saw a man inside a club offering a dozen different powders and pills in a zip lock bag held high to my face. Initially, I had appreciated how relaxed everyone was, but didn’t understand at what price -seeing only the benefit of a society that wasn’t penalizing drug behaviors yet seeing none of the symptoms. But on that Sunday night, as the last party of the festival was underway and then suddenly aborted, I saw the symptom. “Out of security concerns, we must cancel the rest of the festival. Thank you and happy 10 years of BPM.”   Confusion and anger painted the crowd. Droves of us left the venues slowly, amidst growing conversation. Little did we know that just a few miles to the east, many of our fellow festival-goers had just witnessed the targeted murder of a fest organizer and many casualties. Within minutes of the announcement, news spread of the chaos which had occurred in a club I had frequented not two hours earlier.   Men wielding arms forced their way in through the exit and by the back of the club, in a section directly on the beach where I had sat earlier, as I watched the Elrow party get started. Elrow, the famed Spanish party production company known for their decorative and highly histrionic parties, had set the theme at the Blue Parrot that night to be psychedelic. The DJ booth was framed by a groovy yellow bus. There were pink peace signs hanging all throughout and a portrait of John Lennon to one side.   I wonder now, however morbidly, about how these gimmicky decorations and festive 60s colors became the last thing these individuals ever saw before their untimely demise. I consider the onlookers who were paralyzed in fear, surrounded by gunshots and hanging peace signs. The Zetas cartel later took responsibility for the shooting. It marked the end of the BPM Festival’s time in Playa and also took 5 lives with it, traumatizing many others. Let it be known that music was not responsible here. The music had united a globe-trotting crowd for a decade without real incident. Despite Playa Del Carmen’s pre-emptive cancellation of all things electronic music within city limits following the shooting, it was not techno that caused this violence – but rather, had too become a victim of it.

The Chainsmokers Respond After Being Compared to Nickelback

The Chainsmokers respond to the comparison to Nickelback made by men’s fashion magazine Esquire.

“The duo brings all the worst cliches of the genre, and just might destroy it,” writes Esquire.

The Chainsmokers were quick to respond in a pretty devastating fashion, mashing up their hit “Paris” with Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me.”