Weekend Pick: Excision at Aragon Ballroom

The Aragon Ballroom is known for hosting artists that bring in something unique, a tradition that will continue this weekend as Excision comes to take over on Friday night. Though his first release wasn’t until 2007, the young Canadian dubstep DJ and producer has actually been spinning since 2004, and is the founder of 2 record labels, Rottun Recordings and Destroid Records.

Excision has collaborated with fellow DJs Bassnecter, Datsik, and Space Laces, to name a few, and his second North American tour with supporting acts Dirtyphonics and ill Gates has just 3 shows left. Armed with a 150,000 watt PK sound system and his famous Executioner light and video program, his noisy songs are loaded with twisted effects and unpredictable bass. Excision’s music will remove you from reality and throw you into something straight-up otherworldly. The show is 18+.

Party on a Boat with the World’s Top DJs to MEXICO!

One of the greatest things about living in Miami is the House scene --Whereever you are, you can listen to some of the best mixes floating in the air. You practically breathe in house in South Beach. But what’s even better than strolling down Ocean drive with your favorite DJ playing in the background? Sailing off to an exotic location for a weekend getaway!

From January 30th to February 3rd, Miami partygoers will be heading to Cozumel, Mexico! The Norwegian Pearl will host more than 60 talented DJs from all over the world alongside 2,750 hottest guests who want to join in on the fun! Some of these DJs include huge names like Adrian Lux, Rebecca & Fiona, Garth Emery, EDX, Michael Woods, and more!

Top 20 DJs of 2013

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:

1. Hardwell

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!

Interview With Pacha NYC President, Eddie Dean

Pacha New York has become a staple venue for renowned DJs to spin for the night. From DJs like Avicii to Laidback Luke, Paul Oakenfold to Mat Zo, nothing says you've made it as a world class DJ quite like getting to feel the enigmatic New York City club vibe from the dance floors of Pacha. Celebrating their 8 year mark in the New York City nightlife scene is nothing short of a momentous step for Pacha New York's co-owner and President, Eddie Dean.

We snagged an exclusive interview with the nightclub honcho, and he shared what it's like to be behind the successful Pacha name, and his grattitude for the fans who have kept Pacha NYC running for so long.

Check Out This Photo of Danny Avila & Tiesto

Tiesto just posted this throwback photo of him with the very talented, Danny Avila. It's nice to see that a legend like Tiesto still supports his fellow peers while never forgetting to show his personable side to fans on his social media. Just goes to show that these superstars are at the top level due to their sense of being grounded and humble in their success.

Event Preview: Mikael Weermets & Jordy Dazz At Webster Hall

Swedish DJ Mikael Weermets is coming to NYC venue Webster Hall on November 30th along with Dutch DJ Jordy Dazz. Together, the two are going to make "brite nites" an unforgettable music experience with their deep House styles and rhythmic House music.

Both of these artists have been performing worldwide and they are recognized by their fellow peers, Tiësto and Hardwell, as the next big DJs of our generation.

This proves to be true, as Weermets promotes a #soundofnow visionary while Jordy Dazz continues to release his own Dirty and Dope podcast series.

The event is for ages 19 and over and you can still purchase tickets here.

Weekend Picks

Spring has finally showed up and what better way to celebrate the beautiful weather than with a night out at the club? This weekend, Gansevoort Park's Red Room hosts two of the City’s up and coming DJs, both transplants from California and NYU alums, John Hamilton and Rhett Bixler.

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John Hamilton at The Red Room (Gansevoort Park, 420 Park Avenue South)

With a stage presence that resembles some of the greats, a talented ear, an ambitious attitude and a humble personality—John Hamilton is working his way up in the dance music scene. This Sacramento native and NYU grad has opened for the likes of Steve Aoki and TV Rock. He has also turned heads at The Belvedere Music Lounge alongside Tiesto, Dada Life and Nervo during Miami Music Week. In addition to playing the college circuit, Hamilton has headlined countless venues throughout NYC such as Santos Party House, Pink Elephant and WIP.

Behind Booth with DJ Blaze Carreras

Behind the decks and behind the scenes, Blaze Carreras is all about style. It’s no wonder Corona asked to feature him in the booth for their latest ad campaign. From open format to progressive and electro house, the man knows how to read a crowd and give them what they want. His talent has landed him residencies in some of South Florida's hottest night-spots such as Wall, FDR, Wet, and Living Room, as well as tours across South America. The Venezuelan producer caught up with Amanda Mesa, our Miami contributor, before a show at Vibe Lounge in Fort Lauderdale to talk about his inspiration, beginnings, and love of music. She decided to do this one Q&A style, so enjoy!

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Cheap Thrills: Your Guide to this Weekend's Open Bars

Let’s say you have a limited amount of money, or perhaps no money at all, but you’ve already gotten it in your head that you’d like to have a few drinks. Glancing over at the jar of loose change, you refuse, as you should, to settle for a 40 oz. from the bodega on the corner. So you start to scroll through your contacts for a fully stocked fridge, err, friend, but wait! Here in New York City, at any moment, on any night of the week, exists an extraordinary phenomenon known as an "open bar," and it’s only a matter of knowing when and where.