It’s been roughly twenty years since Pasquale Rotella began his Insomniac Events empire with an underground warehouse party in downtown Los Angeles. The music mogul spent the last two decades cultivating America’s premier electronic music events brand which now hosts over a dozen festivals across the country annually. Growing from humble beginnings organizing underground raves, to heading up the world’s largest electronic music festival, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Rotella has been a trailblazing force behind the domestic dance music explosion. Joonbug.com caught up with the Insomniac head honcho who dished on EDC’s history, alphabetizing festival lineups and what's next for the historic events brand.
With only a week left until Moogfest kicks off in Asheville, NC on April 23rd, more and more announcements have begun rolling out and revealing some juicy details about the upcoming festivities. In the latest update, Moogfest has also revealed that MAKE Magazine will be sponsoring the 4th Annual Moogfest Circuit Bending Challenge. Circuit bending combines technology, sonic artistry, and creativity by experimenting with the inner functions of electronic devices to create new sounds and effects that were not original intended, which is exactly what Bob Moog started out doing before giving birth to Moog Music. The winner will be selected on site from one of the four finalists on Friday, April 25th, and will receive two passes to Moogfest and a Moog Sub Phatty as the Grand Prize.
Hailing from the small country of Moldova, Andrew Rayel is a world renowned DJ/Producer who is unique for a variety of reasons, one mainly that he was classically trained in music. This has led to his being called "a modern day Mozart."
We were lucky enough to sit down with the 21 year old producer before his show at Cielo Nightclub in New York City last Thursday night, April 10th.
Is this your first time to New York City?
That’s right, that’s my first time in New York, so I’m so excited about it
Legend is probably the only word that could even attempt to describe the illustrious and prolific Bob Sinclar. The Frechman has been a pioneer in bringing the grooves back to the dance floor, constantly pushing the boundaries of DJing and producing music around the world by trying his hand at anything and everything that tickles his fancy. Whether it’s the discotastic beats that got him started way back when, or it the deep reggae and dance-hall sounds that he's recently become so obsessed with, Bob Sinclar's name is synonymous only with greatness.
As of late, riding on the wave of fame is a Parisian by the name of William Grigahcine – DJ Snake, to be correct. A worthy member of the Mad Decent camp, DJ Snake has brought some color back to the inevitably waning trap scene within the last year. Though it is difficult to pinpoint the exact moment that he began to turn heads – both of industry leaders and fans alike – it could be argued that his 2013 original mix with Alesia, 'Bird Machine,' along with his remixes of Duck Sauce’s 'It’s You' and Major Lazer’s 'Bubble Butt,' are what began to give him some extra leverage. Needless to say, it was 'Turn Down For What' in collaboration with Lil Jon that defined DJ Snake as a commendable producer – one to keep an eye on in 2014.
Jazz, Afro-Latin music fans of NYC have been anticipating Concha Buika's one night performance at Town Hall for months. A performer that transcends language barriers and connects with audiences across the globe with her voice, Buika, voted one of the great 50 voices in the world by NPR, has a deep and blusterous and a strong physical, yet sensuous presence. Both were greeted by an enthralled audience cheering and clapping for her when she took the stage Wednesday night.
Foxy Shazam has gone GONZO! After releasing a surprise album for FREE, as well as unveiling future tour dates, their fans are in a frenzy! The band, well known for their tremendous sound and air-tight musicianship is opening up in a big way. Armed with vocals that would make Freddie Mercury green with envy, one seriously talented band, and some sweeeeet dance moves, Foxy Shazam is ready to begin their reign as rock’s biggest and brightest stars.
Max Vangeli began his career with the international debut of his single “Gama” 2010 which gained the support of Pete Tong. He began touring all over the world and was dubbed as "one of the most promising artists in 2011" by MTV.
Vangeli has become one fo the major heavey weight DJS in the industry and has worked with the biggest names in EDM including Steve Angello and AN21. His track, "The Island" was named "Hottest Track in the World" by BBC Radio One's Zane Low. His track "Last Night Changed it All" debuted earlier last month and has become an international sensation. Along with Size Records, Vangeli has certainly cemented his place in the music world for many years to come.
Best known for the breakout release of his popular dance hit, "Cross the Dancefloor," Treasure Fingers has become a prime beacon on just about every major electronic artist and record label's radar since emerging in the scene back in 2008.
Today, he has found himself an honorable place in the music industry as a respected DJ and producer, releasing countless originals and remixes that have conquered dancefloors across the globe. His remixes have stemmed from a spectrum of musical styles, from the indie underground to mainstream hip-hop, radio pop, and a plethora of notable electronic subgenres.