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.
September 12, 2013 |
A 30-plus-minute recap of Tomorrowland, a popular electronic music festival in Belgium, is garnering notice on YouTube. The highly produced video that features vignettes from the live music performance with popular tracks, inclulding Avicci's "Wake Me Up" and Martin Garrix's "Animalsaas" has attracted more than 2 million views, making it one of the top four trending videos on YouTube on Thursday morning. The Tomorrowland video serves to promote the upcoming TomorrowWorld concert Sept.
May 1, 2013 |
Kelis has taken up a new sound. Again. Three years after going EDM on her album "Flesh Tone" (which included collaborations with David Guetta and Boys Noize, among others), the shape-shifting singer announced that she's completed its follow-up, titled "Food" and due out in September, according to Pitchfork . Kelis, who broke out in the late '90s and early '00s with a series of adventurous R&B singles produced by the Neptunes, recorded the new disc with Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio.
March 14, 2013
While most of the EDM establishment is cavorting at Winter Music Conference in Miami, some of the genre's biggest names will head to L.A. for Beyond Wonderland, one of Insomniac's bigger annual events. Swedish House Mafia's Steve Angello, Afrojack, pop titan David Guetta and rising acts such as Maya Jane Coles, Art Department, Damian Lazarus, Arty and Rebecca & Fiona top a pretty thorough bill of contemporary EDM. San Manuel Amphitheater, 2575 Glen Helen Parkway, San Bernardino. 4 p.m. Sat. $75-$150.
January 7, 2013 |
Those looking for further evidence that electronic dance music has consolidated its power on the Las Vegas Strip need look no further than Monday's announcement of 2013 residencies at the Wynn Las Vegas. A veritable feast of electronic dance music producers and DJs will appear at the upscale casino's clubs Surrender, Tryst, XS and Encore Beach Club, including Bassnectar, Skrillex, Diplo, Nero, AVICII, David Guetta, will.i.am, Afrojack, Rusko and Madeon, among dozens of others. Wynn's stacked roster shows continued commitment by the casino to lure a fast-living, big-spending all-night dance crowd, the kind that made hot spots out of Ibiza, Berlin and Miami. But it's not just at the Wynn, of course.
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)