September 26, 2013 |
Warner Music Group Corp. has tapped Bart Cools to lead its electronic dance music strategy as it pushes to take advantage of the growing EDM genre. Cools, a key architect of EDM star David Guetta's dramatic rise, will hold the newly created position of executive vice president for global A&R and marketing for dance music at Warner Recorded Music. Cools, who will report to Atlantic Records Chairman and Chief Executive Craig Kallman, came to Warner when the record company closed its acquisition of Parlophone Label Group from Universal Music Group in July.
March 6, 2014 |
The Grammys are conflicted about electronic dance music, and Beatport sees an opening. In 2012, the Recording Academy nominated dubstep producer Skrillex for new artist, but its Grammy "Tribute to EDM" was a strange melange of DJs performing mash-ups with rap and rock stars. In 2013, the academy was roundly mocked after a dance recording nomination went to Al Walser, a keytar-toting unknown (the Grammys later tweaked rules to prevent such flukes). Dance music legends Daft Punk won album of the year in 2014, but for an album that sounds more like classic disco than today's EDM. Pop Bites: Lea Michele, Robin Thicke and more In contrast, Beatport - the pacesetting EDM download site for DJs and dance-music fans - will announce the winners of its sixth annual Beatport Awards on Friday.
December 29, 2012 |
When Brazilian electronic musician Amon Tobin took the stage at the Greek Theatre for his headlining set in October, fans couldn't see much of him. That's because he was concealed behind panes of opaque, electrically charged specialty glass, part of an enormous Cubist lighting contraption that filled the stage. From a booth in the crowd, technicians projection-mapped images onto the milky blocks, turning the stage into a color montage cued to the music, punctuated with images of space travel (fitting, as Tobin was wearing a full-body astronaut suit)
May 30, 2010 |
On a recent afternoon, Gary Richards was standing in his Hollywood office in front of a detailed map of the Los Angeles State Historic Park, the 36-acre plot just east of Chinatown. Richards, who has promoted dozens of gatherings under the moniker Hard Events, is planning his first parties on public land, and, as he's learned by now, a new venue requires extra attention. Where will the thousands enter? How much electricity will be needed? Through which hidden corners will the gate-crashers try to sneak?
October 9, 2012 |
Among the English artists conspicuously missing from the London Olympics' closing ceremony - the so-called "Symphony of British Music" that featured performances by the Who, One Direction and dozens more - was Ellie Goulding, whose 2010 electro-pop debut, "Lights," topped U.K. charts before breaking here this past summer. But maybe Goulding was excluded because she'd already taken part in another era-defining event across the pond: the wedding last year of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
February 13, 2012 |
The collaborative performance for dance music on Sunday night's Grammy telecast, featuring electronic music superstars David Guetta and Deadmau5, was a confused, if well-meaning, picture of dance music's place and influence in current pop. The two heavyweight DJs were joined onstage by a broad array of artists, including rockers Foo Fighters, rapper Lil' Wayne, and R&B singer Chris Brown. A relative newcomer to the Grammy's, with two major categories less than a decade old, the dance music performance was a necessary addition to the show in a year when dance music culture swept across American radio, festivals, clubs and the Internet.