September 25, 2013 |
Avicii has gone from being EDM's cautionary tale to the mega-star everyone initially suspected he might become. All it took was a little bluegrass. The Swedish producer, riding his latest hillbilly-dance-floor smash "Wake Me Up," has just announced a solo headlining date at the Hollywood Bowl on Nov. 19. Tickets for the general public go on sale at noon Friday. Sander van Doorn and Excision will open. Avicii isn't the first electronic act to headline the Bowl (we remember a distinctly loud Chemical Brothers show a few years back)
September 11, 2013 |
Since his most recent double-album “Fire & Ice,” Kaskade has become shorthand for the arrival of stadium-sized EDM shows in America. After a decade honing his pointedly emotional, populist sound, he was the first dance act to headline Staples Center, and topped bills at most of the major EDM fests in America. That's been great for his career -- but what does becoming a genre figurehead mean for your actual music? On “Atmosphere,” it means getting more musical -- some of these tracks barely flirt with dance beats at all. Instead, there are winding little orchestras and even more prominent places for his raft of female guest vocalists.
April 2, 2013 |
In the latest issue of GQ, writer Jessica Pressler followed the superstar Swedish DJ Avicii around for a few nights leading up to his New Year's Eve show. The result was a long profile that attempted to document what, exactly, today's crop of megawatt DJs are actually doing onstage at a marquee performance, and what a once-underground culture looks like once a few years' worth of insane money and attention have soaked in. The article was especially notable for a few quotes where Pressler says Avicii admits that much of his set is pre-planned, and that he's mostly just mixing volumes and a few effects onstage.
February 14, 2013 |
Last week, a DJ threw a rave at Vanguard. This in and of itself was pretty unremarkable; for years, the imposing East Hollywood warehouse plunked amid car dealerships and the 101 overpass was a staple of L.A. dance music culture, regularly hosting deep-house veterans like Marques Wyatt, even if the room itself was a bit bedraggled. Yet on that particular night, the DJ was the Swedish neo-house festival-topper Avicii and the club was packed to capacity with svelte 1-percenters and younger, rowdier club kids buzzing with improbable news: Vanguard is back on the map. “It was so much better than we expected,” said Costas Charalambous, the senior vice president of night life for the hospitality conglomerate SBE. “We were actually wondering afterwards, 'Did we just hurt ourselves here?
January 10, 2013 |
The Swedish producer Avicii (also known as Tim Bergling) is best known for sampling Etta James on his world-crushing single "Le7els. " But his next batch of source material might be slightly more obscure. For a new single, he's put out on open call for fans to submit instrumental tracks that he'll "executive produce" into a full song. " Avicii x You " creates a whole platform for fans to upload, vote on and share their original stem tracks for " Melody, Bassline, Beat & Rhythm, Break or Effects . " Every week, Bergling will pick from the top vote-getters and use the files to arrange a new track set for a Feb. 26 release, while fans can earn prizes ranging from merch up to formal album credits and interviews as part of the song's mainstream press push. To his credit, this "Avicii x You" project is pretty refined in its one-off collaborative mission and isn't the same as, say, Amanda Palmer's plan to use unpaid backup musicians on a tour.
September 15, 2012 |
Outside the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Friday, just before the Swedish producer/DJ Aviciiperformed the first of his three concerts this weekend, a guy passed out on the lawn. The fellow looked to be in his mid-20s, buffed with protein-supplement shakes and so annihilated that he flitted around the front yard like a little fratty hummingbird searching for sugar water (or tequila). Three police officers chased him before he finally collapsed in a leaden pile right in front of several thousand people waiting in the ticketing line. This obviously had nothing to do with Avicii or the venue (which wasn't even serving alcohol - go figure)