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.
December 6, 2013 |
LONDON - "Abandon all hope ye who enter here. " The quote from Dante, scrawled as graffiti on a New York wall, opens Bret Easton Ellis' incendiary 1991 novel, "American Psycho. " The famous phrase is ostensibly about entering the gates of hell, but it could apply equally to the long, exhausting process of creating a major new musical. Ellis' use of Dante is not lost on the ambitious team behind "American Psycho," the new stage musical based on the novel - the phrase also appears on large video projections over London's Almeida Theatre stage.
November 4, 2013 |
The voice coming out of the tent wasn't exactly modest. “They called me the granddaddy of EDM. Then they called me a 73-year-old EDM bad ass,” it said, with a vocodered robot tang. “My name is Giovanni Giorgio. But I like to be called Giorgio.” Giorgio, of course, being Moroder, the founding father of electronic dance music whose Sunday night set at the Hard Day of the Dead festival at L.A. State Historic Park north of downtown was a rare moment of age and experience before youth and beauty at the annual fall rave.
October 12, 2013 |
Even by the outré standards of the 1980s - when music was full of smooth criminals and material girls - the Pet Shop Boys stood out. Two fashion-conscious English guys with the crisp enunciation of schoolteachers, the pioneering duo made electronic synth-pop that looked to the future just as it drew on the old-fashioned storytelling of Noel Coward and P.G. Wodehouse. But nearly 30 years after it broke out with the worldwide smash "West End Girls," the group might be more singular now than it was back then: It's the exceedingly rare veteran act that's gone about its business - and held onto much of its fanbase - without coming across as desperate or uninspired.
September 27, 2013 |
So there's one pretty big show of goth-tinged electronica happening Saturday night at Staples Center. But a second, and arguably more evil, bill is on tap at Complex in Glendale that same night. Actress and Evian Christ are two of the most inventive acts in experimental electronica right now. They don't share much genre-wise. Actress' fragmented noise suites are nominally rooted in minimal dance music, while Evian Christ's foggy, jittery samples come from hip-hop. But while they've planted flags on the fringes of their genres, they're pleasing high-profile ears.
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.