Above and Beyond at Mansion
Reporting by Jessica Ekman
No Miami Music Week is complete without seeing a performance from the beloved Above & Beyond. Last Tuesday, Tony and Paavo teamed up to perform their hearts out to a sold-out crowd at Mansion Nightclub in South Beach, Miami with support from Beckwith and Norin & Rad. Also in attendance were friends MK, Gareth Emery, Bossi of Cosmic Gate, and Kevin Wild. Thanks to Opium Group, the show was a success as those in attendance kicked their MMW off the right way.
Fueled by the energy of the crowd, Above & Beyond’s performance was absolutely beautiful. Including tracks like Moonbeam’s “Pick Me Up,” Mat Zo’s “Pyramid Scheme,” and their very own “Thing Called Love,” “Alchemy,” and “Walter White,” the set was on point for any Anjunabeats lover. At the end of the show, Tony and Paavo picked a lucky fan from the crowd who held a sign saying “Official Button Pusher” to press the button during “Sun & Moon.” The moment was quite magical for everyone in the room. With hopes that the audience took away one of their many messages, Tony and Paavo wrapped up the night with passion and fire.
This track is monstrous, and that's not just because of the title. W&W, a beastly duo in their own right, have managed to pack all the fantasy and mystery of the of the fabled abominable snowman, along with with the sheer, wild ferocity of a Yeti into their first release of 2014.
Reaching #14 on the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, W&W rode a crushing wave of success throughout 2013. With 'Bigfoot,' out today on Mainstage Music, and already shaking things up this winter, it's looking like the devastating duo will be leaving crater-sized footprints in their wake as they continue trample the competition this year.
When it comes to the revolution of electronic dance music, make no mistake that the Dutch DJs are the pioneers of it all. Amongst DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs, 6/10 of the Top 10 DJs are all Dutch, and even apart from a very calculated list, there's no denying that the most recognizable names in the industry have some of that Dutch blood pulsing through their veins.
Just to name a few, artists like Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack, Laidback Luke and Hardwell, were all featured in the film speaking in their native Dutch language. The film, which is available in select screenings across the US, follows the lives of these superstars as they go from one event to another explaining the sucess and influences of Dutch producers.
Dutch duo Blasterjaxx are showing no signs of slowing down their rapid ascension into EDM's elite class. After making it onto the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, charting 71st, the duo have unleashed their new single “Snake,” out now on Dim Mak. The melodic, bass-pounding floor shaker is a definite smash, with multiple drops and relentless energy throughout. Expect to hear this in a club near you.
Check out “Snake” below, and grab your copy of the single here.
After claiming a spot on DJMags Top 100 DJ's list for another year in a row as well as a recieving their "Top 100 DJ's Legend Award", Tiësto decided to release a new song for free. The track is a collaboration with Disco Fries and is called "ITrance". Bringing it back to his roots of melodic trance, but still incorporating his newer sounds in it, we are sure that Tiësto faithfuls around the world will love this one. It is available for stream and free download on Soundcloud. Congrats to Tiësto on winning this award, and thank you for all your hard work and great music throughout the years!
If you've ever taken a look at Jochen Miller's Facebook page, you'd know that he loves updating his fans with photos of the delicious foods he is about to indulge in, photos of his adorable daughter, and live sets from past shows. But in the DJ booth, Miller shows us no mercy as he throws down some of the most exhilerating sets we've heard. As Electric Zoo quickly approaches, we spoke to Jochen about his upcoming show at one of the official afterparties at Roseland Ballroom with W&W, Firebeatz, and Zack Roth on September 1st. Read on to see what he had to say about returning to New York and some insights as to who he is as both your average human being and as a DJ/producer!
A perfect holiday gift for rave babes and trance fans, I certainly hope "A Year In The Life Of Armin van Buuren" pops up as one of my stocking stuffers! Fans in the U.S. and Canada can buy the movie here, and fans around the world can buy it at the Armada Shop here.
Be sure to grab your tickets here to see Armin close out 2012 at Pier 36 this NYE for a seriously extravagant party that is sure to go down as one of the best!
Although it's more than one month away, we're gearing up for New Year's Eve here at Joonbug.com, especially after our exciting announcement today that DJ Mag's number one DJ, trance sensation, Armin van Buuren will be headling THE best New Years Party on deck to close out 2012 at Pier 36. Snag your tickets and tables here, and listen to these van Buuren spun grooves to get you in the mood:
2. Armin van Buuren- Imagine