Renowned UK group, Above & Beyond, have just announced a new event series set to take place at famed Las Vegas nightclub Hakkasan & are giving the chance for two lucky fans to help them kick off their new series in style. The series begins January 23rd & the group are offering a competition via their Facebook page to win a VIP prize including a flight for two to Las Vegas, a stay at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, dinner for two at Hakkasan restaurant & a chance to meet & greet the group face to face. The winners will also be treated to a private screening of the group’s new film, Acoustic, a day before the film’s global release on Vice’s THUMP Youtube channel on January 24th.
2013 is coming to a near finish, which means it's time to reflect on the year's most exciting Artists and DJs. The rise of EDM is no secret and not to be overrated. With an abundance of new talent, artists recreating their sound, and stellar festival sets that stood out from the rest, the EDM scene looks like it's constantly generating exciting buzz all throughout the year. Here's our pick of the Top 20 DJs who's made a great impression in the electronic music scene:
It's no secret that Robbert van de Corput, better recognized as, Hardwell, was crowned DJ Mag's #1 DJ. In 2011, he entered the Top 100 list at #24, quickly rising the ranks to #1 in a matter of only two years. There's a reason why he's been voted the top DJ, just look at the views on all his major festival sets on Youtube. His Tomorrowland set garnered 16+ million views while his Ultra set is at 17+ million views. The numbers certainly speak for themselves. At only 25 years old, there's no slowing down this festival tycoon anytime soon!
The end of a music festival is always depressing. We often tend to make it sadder than it really is or needs to be, maybe because we’re slightly dramatic, or maybe just because we’re simply in love with the music and the festival environment. Whatever the case may be, most of us go through a withdrawal period spanning from a few days to a few weeks. It makes sense though, because the hype continues to prolong with each year. If you haven’t noticed, Ultra Music Festival tickets went on sale in May this year as opposed to in October. We'll admit it— many of us are spoiled, and many of us demand the best of the best. With productions that promise to outdo themselves each consecutive year, we can’t help but to get overly excited for a major festival a year in advance. But those three (in this case, two) days pass by so quickly that when it finally ends, we think to ourselves, “F*ck. It’s already over?” The buildup is intense, but the comedown back to reality hits you harder than you’d think. Particularly with the abrupt ending to Electric Zoo.
Yes, you read that correctly- a couple got engaged this past weekend at Electric Zoo and two of their wildest dreams became a reality. For Chris, it was important that he made the ultimate proposal to his girlfriend of a little over three years, Ashley. And what better way to do so than with the help of Above & Beyond? If you were at the Zoo last week and saw A&B's set, you may remember that during "A Thing Called Love," the LED wall behind them read: "Chris, @TheDJBF WOULD LOVE TO MARRY Ashley, @DJGFProblems." Well, she said "yes," albeit a teary "yes." We found Chris on Twitter thanks to one of our contributors, Jessica Ekman, and decided to ask the couple a few questions to lighten the mood surrounding Electric Zoo. As they say below, "The music we so dearly love is not about drugs and death. It’s about magic, dance, love and bringing people together." Read on to learn their story, and gain a different perspective on Ezoo and electronic dance music in general that oftentimes, we fail to remember.
Friday, August 16th
It’s been a while since Above & Beyond has been in DC, and ever since Echostage opened a little over a year ago, we’ve been dying to see them perform. One of the top trance acts in the last decade, A&B are bringing Group Therapy to the district for their Echostage debut. Best known for their tracks, “Sun and Moon” and “A Thing Called Love,” this show is sure to bring tears to many. Unfortunately tickets are sold out, but you might be able to find some on Craigslist! Doors 9 pm. No dress code. 18+
Ministry of Sound recently released the highly anticipated Trance Nation album, mixed by the father of trance himself, Lange. Between this and the release of his third artist album at the end of this year, the DJ and producer is staying very busy. Lange took some time to fill us in on the mixing of Trance Nation and the exciting year ahead.
What was your reaction when first presented with the opportunity to mix Trance Nation for Ministry of Sound?
Just recently celebrating their one year anniversary, Electric Beach is still going strong and bringing in prime DJs to headline its weekly series. This Saturday, Oct. 13th, welcomes Ben Gold, a rising player in the trance scene, along with NYC based, FancyCats.
It'll be a treat to catch a Ben Gold show so get your tickets at electricbeach.joonbug.com and embrace your inner trance fan with his recent podcast below!
Article by Sarah Harper
Usually when an eclectic mix of ravers cross paths, they find themselves wired with different brainwaves and thinking patterns, disagreeing and interested in opposite genres whether it be dubstep, progressive house or trance. But when the conversation between the two parties leads to Electric Zoo, surprisingly, the two-different minded personalities can usually come together in agreement: Electric Zoo is an electronic music festival, designed for whatever type of sub genere of dance music you’d like to delve into.WebRep currentVote noRating noWeight
There are few groups whose effect can be as varied as Above & Beyond. Vascillating between extreme club dance extravaganzas and heartfelt/emotional tracks, A&B inspire both the party and our minds. After a well received album launch, the veteran producers are heading back to the US for an all-out tour, stopping at Electric Zoo, Electric Daisy, Global Dance and just about every event in between. Do not miss this one!
As an added bonus, Joonbug is giving away two tickets to the May 12th show at Chicago's Congress theater! Worth over 75 dollars, you can't miss a chance like this. Head to the giveaway page and submit your story!
For those of you unfamiliar with their work, check out their album on Soundcloud: