WEEKEND PICKS
Event Preview: David Guetta at Echo Stage

Get tickets here.

When: Saturday March 8th 9pm - 3am

Where: Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd., Washington, DC

ALL ACCESS PASS
Interview with DJ Colette
IN THE HOUSE
Dutch Influence

Appropriately titled, "Dutch Influence," the film gets right to the point with saying that dance music originated in Europe and explains it's transition into America. The film features talented, global superstars such as Tiesto, Laidback Luke, Fedde Le Grand, and many more. The doc will follow these rising talents through some of the party capitals of the world and give fans an insight of their experiences and what it takes to stay fresh in the revolution of dance music. Check out the trailer and for more information visit the Dutch Influence homepage here.

THE BEAT
Size Records Delves Into Augmented Reality

Dance music has recently undergone a major transformation in the music industry, but with Size Record's newest foray into the app/'augmented reality' world, the forward thinking movement has reached a new frontier. Now, using your iOS or Android powered phone, you can dive into the world of Size by pointing your camera at certain predefined images. Sound cool? Let me explain.

Once you download the app (available here for Android and here for iOS) your phone will launch a camera like application, but you don't use it to take pictures. Simply point the camera at the Size marker, and voila! You enter a world of artist bios, concert calenders and streaming, bass-thumping EDM from the likes of Steve Angello and the rest of the Size crew. Download the app today and connect with some of the biggest names in EDM or be doomed to live in an unaugmented world forever.

WE OWN THE NIGHT
How to Succeed in Nightlife: Exclusive Interview with Rob Fernandez

Although Rob Fernandez may not yet be a household name, it's almost guaranteed that every DJ, producer, club owner, and club goer in New York City does. For the past two decades, Fernandez has been working his way up the nightlife networking ladder to become one of the biggest nightlife industry professionals in the city, helping to bring dance music to new levels with every event he touches. Rob Promotions, his company, is synonymous with NYC dance music mecca Pacha NYC, Dance.Here.Now and Asseteria. Not only does Rob have his fingers in most NYC noteworthy events, but most weekly parties including consistent impressive line-ups at Dance.Here.Now Thursday's hosted at Meatpacking District venue Cielo Club.

ALL ACCESS PASS
Massive Event Celebrates 5 Years in Nightlife

Massive Event is not your average event company. Based in New York, Massive Events has been pushing the boundaries in the New York City event promotion and production industry. Over the years Massive Events has thrown parties in a massive way within NYC's finest nightlife hot spots and an ever-changing array of internationally recognized DJs and producers such as Dash Berlin, Paul van Dyk, Cosmic Gate, as well as other sought after electronic dance music artists. What better way then to celebrate 5 years in the business than with the most one of the most massive Black Friday parties New York City has to offer? Joining in on the celebration is an solid line up of trance and progressive artists including Simon Patterson, TyDi, and Roger Shah.

ALL ACCESS PASS
California Gets Massive for Halloween 2011

For the past 13 years, Californians have enjoyed the most massive Halloween event this country has to offer, and this year things only get more crazy. The 14th annual Monster Massive, usually held at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, will now bring the madness to The Oak Canyon Park in Irvine, CA. The outdoor atmosphere will not only house the bass and beats of over 30 different artists, but it will also host the first and only Armin Only: Mirage with trance music legend Armin van Buuren.

Armin van Buuren, voted #1 DJ in the world for the past four years in a row by DJMag.com's Top 100 Poll, will be gracing Monster Massive with a special performance to celebrate his 4th artist album, Mirage. The trance superstar has been traveling the globe to bring Armin Only: Mirage to trance fans throughout the world. Cities included in the Mirage tour include Melbourne, St. Petersburg, Buenos Aires, Moscow, and Utrecht in the Netherlands. Monster Massive will be hosting the only US stop and the last venue of the tour.

THE VELVET ROPE
Club Space and It's Colossal Return

If you have yet to attend an evening, night, morning, and afternoon (yes, afternoon) at Louis Puig's Club Space in the heart of downtown Miami, it can be summarized in two words -- an experience! The club, which originally opened it's doors in March of 2000 during Winter Music Conference, has acquired quite the reputation as the #1 dance club in the US. Boasting an undescribeable multi-level and rooftop venue with guest appearances by legendary DJ's Paul Van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, John Digweed, and Tiësto, the club has secured it's position as a mandatory "to-do" for visitors and locals alike. Over the summer, rumors circulated that Club Space was closing for unconfirmed reasons. Die hard fans invaded the club for the club's epic closing party and left Club Space to hibernate until further news. Word of mouth later brought news to light that the club was only closing for a short while for renovations.

ALL ACCESS PASS
Free Range Humans: Ana Sia Interview

Last week Ana Sia droped some knowledge on the dance-party animals at the Brooklyn Bowl along with friends Eliot Lipp and Alex B. Before throwing down beats Ana Sia was kind enough to talk to Joonbug about her new album, dance music and the worst q-tips ever.

Josh Gordon: How was it putting together your debut album, International Profile?

Ana Sia: It was pretty wild. I was pretty unattached to the outcome, but it was a goal I had set. It represents a typical DJ set for me like it is not just one style, and the collaborations are really great to be a part of. It is more of an expansion of what is going on inside my head because there is a bunch of different styles. Some of it is weird. Some of it isn’t even dance music.

ALL ACCESS PASS
Breakdown of the Beats: Electric Zoo 2010

Electro fans from around the world gathered on Randall's Island Park this past weekend to get their dance on at New York City's own Electric Zoo. Despite the "dustboogers", the lineup was unbelievable, the weather was perfect, and the crowd came ready to move their feet.

THUMBS DOWN

The Chemical Brothers

Dubbleyou.Tee.Eff! What happened to you guys? Although this set was highly anticipated by Electric Zoo goers, it was quite the disappointment. The performance lacked emotion and “umph”. It was kind of, well, boring. But hey, at least the visuals were cool!

Dustboogers

Dancing leads to dust on Randall’s Park Island – a lot of it. Dust leads to dustboogers. Gross.

Less Is Not More

The crowd was bigger, the lineup was better, but the venue needs to step it up. There needs to be more signage regarding parking and where to walk, more water stands, more porta-pottys, more everything! It’s also time to start “enhancing” the grounds a bit, please refer to Ultrafest or Rothbury for ideas.

One Place At A Time

Because choosing between artists is so difficult sometimes, we wanted to see them all!


THUMBS UP


Diplo

When Diplo got on the 1's and 2's at E.Zoo, he didn't forget his A-game. The Red Bull Tent was bursting with energy both from the DJ and the crowd, who fed off of one another for the entire set. Diplo's unconventional integration of hip-hop favorites like "Beamer, Benz, & Bentley" with hard-hitting beats kept the crowd on their toes, literally - consistently amped and begging for more.

Kaskade

Kaskade’s sound is unfailingly emotional and heartfelt. His set this year at E.Zoo was no different. The music clearly connected the mass as they sang “Move for Me” and “Angel on My Shoulder” in perfect unison. Kaskade is a DJ who performs music that you not only hear, but feel, time and time again.

Above & Beyond

A&B’s set was packed with high-energy tunes like “On a Good Day”, "Road to Nowhere", and "Love Comes Again". They kept up crowd interaction by writing messages out on their laptop and holding it up for all to read – a gesture that was both unique and appreciated. At one point they wrote “Can you sing?” which was happily, and loudly, obliged. Towards the end of their set, they even hugged one another, and who doesn’t love that?

Fedde Le Grande

It was Fedde's first time at Electric Zoo, but it certainly will not be his last. Bringing energy from start to finish with intense visuals and lively mixes of "We Are Your Friends", “Walking On a Dream” and "Zombie Nation" amongst others, Fedde proved to be one of the best performances of the weekend.

Steve Aoki

If you came to party, you know to go to Aoki’s stage. Steve knows how to get you absolutely out of your skull, with both his music and his antics. His set included his own anthems “Turbulence”, “Pursuit of Happiness”, and his newest “BRRRAT!” (with Armin Van Helden). Amazing music, mind-blowing visuals, his signature champagne showers, and a dive into the crowd made Steve Aoki the perfect finale to a perfect weekend.

You!

This year’s festival was considerably more sizeable than last year’s, a testament to electronica music and to festival culture. We like this at Joonbug. With the music pumping and the crowd jumping, we can’t wait till next year! Wahoo!

Slideshow photos by Electric Zoo