September 25, 2012 |
Pandora has long argued that webcasting royalties are cripplingly high , and tech-friendly members of Congress have periodically sought to rewrite the law to bring the rates down. Nevertheless, companies keep jumping into the market -- the latest being Fuzz , a site that lets people listen to playlists uploaded by other Fuzz users. Why? One reason is that people respond to the lure of (free) music, both in the giving and in the receiving. So companies can rely on the public to put together the programming, market it to their friends and build an audience for the site, all at little or no cost.
February 12, 2005 |
Sean "Hollywood" Hamilton, an evening DJ at KIIS-FM (102.7) from 1987 to 1994, will become the weekday morning host at oldies station KRTH-FM (101.1) on Feb. 21. He'll be teamed with his former KIIS sidekick, George Reyes, better known to listeners as Dr. George Brothers. The goal, said General Manager Maureen Lesourd, is to "raise the profile of our morning show while still providing listeners with the music they love."
October 8, 2011 |
Standing onstage at San Diego's Valley View Casino Center on Sunday night, the DJ Tiesto twisted some knobs on his Pioneer CDJ-1000 turntable as 6,500 screaming fans formed a sea of waving hands, flashing cellphone cameras and wide-eyed faces. Jets of smoke burst from cannons below the stage, igniting the crowd into a dancing frenzy. Among the most popular DJs in the world, the Dutch superstar is one of a handful of DJs who pulls down a rock-star-sized salary jetting across the globe to cash in on electronic dance music's rocket ride from underground movement to red-hot mainstream commodity.
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.
October 6, 2012 |
Last September, the DJ and electronica artist Adam Bravin (who performs as Adam 12) spun a set of hip-hop and soul at an Obama fundraising event at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. It was his second time DJ'ing a campaign event, and Obama's staff wanted him to come backstage to meet the president. But on the way to the receiving line, a guest spilled a cup of coffee all over his white clothes. "The only extra shirt I had in my car was one for a friend's drug charity that said, 'The only coke I do is diet,'" Bravin recalled.
February 4, 2014 |
It was DJ Miguel Garcia's first time at last month's National Assn. of Music Merchants' big trade show in Anaheim, but he was in his element, hunched over an expensive DJ rig while spinning his own dance music. "These are probably the best you can get," said the 18-year-old house music performer, who goes by the stage name MikeeyKrook, admiring the Pioneer DJ digital decks and mixers while pumping out his song "Pyramid. " Although the annual NAMM Show is widely known as the place to check out new guitars and amps, manufacturers, retailers and musicians can hear the crescendo of business in a different venue: DJs making electronic dance music, or EDM. Once relegated to raves in warehouses, the electronic music culture has produced international superstars such as Skrillex and Tiesto and has expanded to events such as Electric Daisy Carnival and Electric Zoo Festival, which have put DJs in front of the glow stick masses.