October 31, 2013 |
In his penthouse condo on the toniest block of Westwood, one of the world's biggest dance music producers kicks back at his dining room table in an all-black Armani ensemble. A spread of magazine covers, featuring the producer's face, stares up at him as he talks about his many new projects - remixes for buzzed-about pop acts like Haim and a DJ gig closing out the HARD Day of the Dead festival at L.A. State Historic Park in Chinatown this weekend alongside Skrillex and Deadmau5. His vocals were a centerpiece for a track on the year's biggest dance album, Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories," and, like many of the biggest stars of the genre, he's pondering a major Las Vegas DJ residency spanning his whole career.
April 23, 2000 |
Dance music is just not enough. Or at least not always--even for Simon Ratcliffe. He's half of Basement Jaxx, the acclaimed London duo that has built its reputation by mixing classic house beats with a variety of pop music genres. The pair has even revealed a weakness for, of all things, guitars and human vocals amid the electronic beats. That can be a controversial notion to some of the dance world's true believers. In those circles, anything but hard, urgent beats can often be heard as heresy.
June 27, 2012 |
On Wednesday, Los Angeles-based electronic dance music promoter Hard Events, which presents some of Los Angeles' biggest and most successful events of its kind, announced its sale to Live Nation Entertainment, one of the world's largest concert and ticketing conglomerates. The deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, offers further confirmation that electronic dance music and its many subgenres, including house, techno, dubstep and electro, have crossed over into the mainstream and now earn enough to warrant corporate interest.
August 5, 2012 |
Amid the bass-heavy bluster at the second night of the electronica festival HARD Summer on Saturday in Los Angeles' Chinatown, the best song anyone played was a Neil Young cover. James Murphy, the LCD Soundsystem frontman and an inspired crate-digger of rare disco cuts, was a few tunes into his late-night DJ set when he quietly slipped in an edit of the folk rocker's “Harvest Moon” by the local dance duo Poolside. It's an unlikely fit for a rave tent, as Young's version is a spooky, minimal tune about maturing love.
April 28, 2003 |
From Christopher Lawrence to Masters at Work (the DJ team of Little Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez), Day 1 of the Coachella festival's dance-music lineup was rich with memorable performances. However, the dance MVP was the fans. From early Saturday afternoon until the end of Roger Sanchez's set around midnight, dance enthusiasts filled the expansive Sahara tent with an electricity that never faded and often eclipsed the festival's two stages and two other tents. L.A.'
April 13, 2013 |
Sometimes even the most devoted ravers outgrow their fairy wings and neon bikinis. The 160,000 people expected to attend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the next two weekends will find a new electronic music tent with the kind of accouterments rarely seen at these venues - including air conditioning, a hardwood floor and comfy chairs. The new Yuma tent is a world apart from the bare grass floors and body heat of other tents, reflecting maturing tastes and older fans.
August 3, 2012 |
The British dance-punk band Bloc Party returns to the U.S. on Friday night as headliner of the two-day Hard Summer festival in Chinatown's Los Angeles State Historic Park. The huge popularity of the annual electronica-heavy festival owes a debt to bands like Bloc Party, who helped make dance music safe for young rock fans in the 2000s. Yet Bloc Party's Hard headlining date comes just as the band shed most of its pioneering club influences on its new album "Four," a fanged and heavy record that focuses on live musicianship and ferocious guitar work.
November 26, 2012 |
John Tejada is one of the most accomplished Angelenos in electronic dance music. His producing and label-boss (of Palette Recordings) career spans more than 15 years; he's penned some of the genre's most reliably show-stopping singles, such as “Sweat on the Walls” and “Mono on Mono,” and cut two albums for the pace-setting German label Kompakt, including this year's “The Predicting Machine.” Commensurately, L.A. has been ground zero...
November 15, 1993 |
A "rave" concert featuring some of the biggest acts in techno dance music was shut down to the dismay of waiting fans Saturday night by Los Angeles City Fire Department officials fearing overcrowding. The event was scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. at a Marina Del Rey-area sound stage, but the doors never opened, and organizers informed an estimated crowd of 3,000 gathered on Glencoe Avenue of the cancellation at about 11 p.m.
February 6, 1994 |
"We've taken our hearts and wrung this music out of it." Dot Allison, the 24-year-old lead singer and co-lyricist of the promising new Scottish dance music trio One Dove, chuckles slightly at her melodramatic description of the group's music. But only slightly. She's a woman who believes music should be personal and revealing--not exactly qualities often associated with hit dance music. "Our music's sincere in the same way good country & western is sincere . . .