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.

Daft Punk Announce First Live Performance of 2017

Daft Punk will perform live alongside The Weeknd at the Grammy’s on Sunday 12th February. They will be playing live for the first time in three years since their last appearance at the Grammys in 2014. In 2014 they performed ‘Get Lucky’ with the help of Pharrell, Stevie

In 2014 they performed ‘Get Lucky’ with Pharrell, Stevie Wonder and Niles Rodgers.

This is the only live performance scheduled for Daft Punk so far for 2017.

 

Watch a video of Daft Punk rehearsing for their previous Grammy Awards live performance in 2014 below

Daft Punk’s Debut Album “Homework” Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Even though Daft Punk didn’t turn out to be big until after Discovery, their very first album Homework takes up a prominent spot in the duo’s history. Homework comes prior to the robot persona of the group, which was debuted in 1999, and demonstrates a specifically rare and intimate appearance at the productions that they had been in love with at the time.

Like a lot of house music at the time, most of the songs were cut with disco samples and were placed on loops. Daft Punk managed to put a lot of their soul and character into the record. With influences from Frankie Knuckles and Juan Atkins, or Romanthony and Todd Edwards (the latter two who had been referred to in “Teachers” on the album), Homework was a stepping stone for the careers of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.

Songs that went big from the album are Around The World, Da Funk and Alive.

Who really is the world’s number 1 DJ?

This year has to be the worse year for voting, Trump gets into power, Brexit happens and Garrix becomes the number 1 DJ. Is he really the number 1 DJ though?

Analysis

The “Number 1 DJ” would mean that we are only observing the ability to be a Disc Jockey which is mixing, crowd enjoyment of music and technique. A quick look at the stats would indicate that 36% voted for Music Style, 28% for DJ Skill and 24% Production Ability. There was another 6% for showmanship and the last 3% for popularity. This means only 28% of people voted for what the award is literally for.

The top 3 of the poll is Martin Garrix who is hugely popular in America; as is Hardwell and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. There will be a few followers in Europe who will cement a DJs place in the top 10. The music that they produce will also play a major part in helping build their reputation. The reason why Garrix is number 1 is the most votes in the competition came from the USA, his tracks are more mainstream, and he is moving the “Garrix” brand to more pop music feel reach many more listeners in the mainstream charts.

A drunken Hardwell has already admitted on stage at a gig that the Poll is rubbish. He then said Atmosfearz was a much better producer than him and wouldn’t sell himself out to win Polls. Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike must have been one of the worse DJ’s I have ever seen live; they seriously need to shut up and just play the music much like a few other DJs.

Let’s move swiftly on to the next big surprise of the poll, Daft Punk who are amazingly at number 72. In case people didn’t know, this poll was the year 2016. Daft Punk have not released any music since 2013 and only recently were featured in Weeknd’s album. They have also not appeared live since a TV Appearance for the Grammies in 2013 and before that, it was 6 years back during the 2007 tour. It is true they do DJ in underground clubs in France but not as Daft Punk; they do this on a low-key appearance where you probably wouldn’t know it was one of them. Voting for Daft Punk was like voting for Harambe as a write in.

My last nail in the coffin of this joke of an award is the worthy candidates outside the top 10. Above and Beyond at number 47 who are arguably one of the most respected acts in dance music. They produce music, tour live, bring through and promote talented DJs/Producers. If you were an unknown producer, then get a slot on Above and Beyond Group Therapy and you will be an instant hit. Eric Prydz is my number 1 DJ of 2016. I am not a major fan of his music however what I respect about him is the quiet way he goes about his sets, his mixing is great, and the experience was unreal. Every set he has played has blown people away in 2016. The positions of some DJs are jokes such as Paul van Dyk, AngerFist, Nicky Romero, Jack U, Carl Cox and then we have some of our DJ’s that are not even there such as Kutski, Gareth Emery, Fat Boy Slim, Duke Dumont and Bryan Kearney…. SMH.

The poll isn’t an accurate reflection of who the number 1 DJ is. The poll will never be able to define just who truly is the number 1 DJ. Trying to argue who the number 1 DJ is impossible. Do you go off fan base? Record sales? The number of gigs? Fees paid? The best theory to apply to the pole is “Opinions are liked assholes, everyone has one.” In the end, there isn’t a number 1 DJ of the world; the poll is just a publicity stunt designed to get people talking and give DJ Mag a bit of boost in viewing numbers.