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Ultra Music Festival Announces 2014 Lineup

Ultra Music FestivalWhen I think of major music festivals in March, I can’t help but revert to thinking of South by Southwest. But for those of you with a little more EDM in your hearts, you’ll be pleased to know that returning to Miami this March, Ultra Music Festival will take over Bayfront Park for its 15th anniversary — and they’ve just announced their 2014 lineup. Guests include heavyweights M.I.A., Zedd, David Guetta, and Tiësto, among others. Keep an eye out for which artists will play  the main stage, and in the meantime check out the lineup below. Continue reading ‘Ultra Music Festival Announces 2014 Lineup’

Robert Delong Debuts “Happy”

Women and boy bands tend to dominate the pop charts these days, but if you look closely there is a new class of potential radio chart-toppers beginning to make waves in music. One of them, Robert Delong, has released a new video that we simply could not resist sharing with all of you.

Even in the music industry, Wednesdays can be tough to conquer. The week’s newsflow is usually heavier on that day than any other, and rarely are any of the headlines truly that eye-catching. Today is different though, because today is the day we (and you) discover Robert Delong. He has been making his own brand of electronic-influenced indie pop for a number of years, but his new single “Happy” has been the one track that people have connected with more than any other. The video for the song, which premiered this morning, finds Delong performing for an underground cult who appear to spend their days seeking only happiness. As the song plays there are clear signs of joy on all their faces, but when the clip’s final minute rolls around you learn there is something much more sinister afoot. You can view the video below.

Robert Delong has yet to set a release date for his Glassnote debut, but the release of “Happy” gives us hope that more information will be made available soon. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on “Happy.” Continue reading ‘Robert Delong Debuts “Happy”’

DJ Fresh And Diplo Debut “Earthquake”

After becoming a fan favorite through various live sets, Diplo‘s trap-collab with DJ Fresh has found its way online ahead of a planned Summer release.

“Earthquake” is the kind of track that stands out from the rest of EDM like the redheaded stepchild in a family portrait. It’s intoxicating, hypnotizing, and completely alien in comparison to everything you have likely heard – yet you cannot walk away from its almost surreal appeal. The track will debut for sale somewhere over the Summe, but for now you can click here and stream it in all its glory.

Diplo has been making a lot of headlines for his hilariously negative thoughts on the new Daft Punk album. Click here to read a collection of his best tweets.

EXCLUSIVE Q&A: The Masterminds Behind Throwed


EDM has overtaken pop culture to a point where it almost seems pointless to recap its rise over the last few years. Everyone is aware electronic music is here to stay, and now more than ever there is a demand for events featuring the artists and subgenres that make this music community so vibrant. Answering that demand is THROWED, a Boston-based promotions company that has spent the last half decade making a name for themselves as New England’s largest dance party. We caught up with owners Mike Krilivsky and Eric Marcelino on the eve of their five-year anniversary to discuss their rise in the world of EDM and what advice they have for developing artists. You can read their response below.

Throwed parties have become the “must attend” events for EDM fans in New England. How did you get your started with electronic music, and how did that interest develop into the company you now run?

Eric: I started putting on electronic several years ago under the name Paper, and in within a few weeks were packing clubs on a weekly basis. I parted ways with that group because I wanted to bring my favorite bigger DJs to the city and started Throwed. Continue reading ‘EXCLUSIVE Q&A: The Masterminds Behind Throwed’

Kat Von D Gets Engaged To Deadmau5 On Twitter

We love Twitter as much as the next person, but with the recent story of Kat Von D and Joel Zimmerman, AKA Deadmau5‘s Twitter engagement, it’s hard not to be shocked. For starters, last we knew the couple had called it quits.

However, this past weekend Deadmau5 tweeted a photo of a diamond ring, complete with two skulls on either side of the stone, saying:

“I can’t wait for Christmas so…. Katherine Von Drachenberg, will you marry me?”

Kat Von D quickly replied with a “YES!” before changing her own status to a series of exclamation points, and thanking fans.

“Mi corazon!!! Thank you all for the lovely congratulations!” Kat wrote. “Please excuse me while I go squeeze the hell out of my fiance!”

What do you think of the couple’s engagement? Too soon? Let us know in the comments.

If you like Deadmau5 check out OurStage artist Circuit Assassins.

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OurStage Introduces Expanded Electronic Channels

Greetings OurStagers. We have some exciting news for the producers and EDM-ers among you. For the first time ever we have expanded our Electronic channels to include the following genres; House, Electro, Dubstep, and Downtempo. EDM has gone through a major facelift since its last time in the spotlight during the 90s and we think our channel selections reflect that. The channel definitions are as follows, and be sure to check out the examples of the type of music appropriate.

House – House music is a subset of EDM that must be built off of a 4×4 drumbeat. Slick productions and euphoric feelings should be primary elements of the music submitted here. Everything from Avicii style progressive-house to Richie Hawtin style tech-house is appropriate.

Electro – Unlike our House Channel, there is no required drumbeat for Electro (but keep your 2×4 productions in the Dubstep Channel). Electro submissions should be more aggressive in both style and substance than their House counterparts. Due to the ever-changing landscape of EDM, most upstart genres like moombahton and trap will be appropriate here. Think artists like Justice, Zedd, and Dillon Francis.

Dubstep – Dubstep has morphed and changed drastically over the years, so submit any of your tracks that follow the half-time rhythmic pattern that has become the universal constant of the genre. Whether your music focuses on the deep sub-bass sounds of London or the machine-like sounds of the U.S., Dubstep is the channel for you. Anything from Skream to Skrillex would be appropriate here.

Downtempo – This channel is for any and all electronic music that falls below the intensity level and tempo of club music. Whether you produce chilled-out lounge beats or minimal deep house, your submissions are welcomed here. Artists such as Chris Page, Gramatik, and Daniel Portman would definitely come hang out in our Downtempo Channel.

Enter now!

We hope to expand even further as we grow our EDM community. Please give us any feedback at community@ourstage.com.

The Pulse: EDM Roundup

The Pulse is a new, weekly blog dedicated to all things EDM. Join us as we keep our fingers on the pulse of the ever-changing landscape of Electronic Dance Music.

To kick off this new edition to the OurStage magazine, we’ve collected some of the biggest tunes to hit dance floors over the past few months, highlighting some of the new genre break-offs that have emerged while still giving due credit to the styles that proceeded them.

 

The Pulse: EDM Roundup from OurStage on 8tracks Radio.


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Exclusive Q and A: Eva Simons Talks Honesty, Touring With LMFAO, And Crazy Collaborations

It’s rare to see an artist go from piano lessons to party rocking, but Eva Simons is not your typical pop star. The 28-year-old Dutch singer-songwriter found her musical passions at an early age. Simons was classically trained pianist who graduated from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Her monster dance hit with Afrojack, “Take Over Control,” which she also co-wrote, topped the iTunes dance charts globally, and has sold nearly a million downloads in the U.S. alone, while the video has racked up more than 10 million views on YouTube. Having already collaborated with big stars like will.i.am and Chris Brown, Simons is ready to introduce herself to the American pop scene at the perfect time, as electronic dance music continues to take the world by storm. We caught up with Simons to talk about staying true to herself, being on the Identity Tour with LMFAO, and her ideas for the future of her career. Continue reading ‘Exclusive Q and A: Eva Simons Talks Honesty, Touring With LMFAO, And Crazy Collaborations’

Skrillex Gets Digitized In ‘Wreck–It Ralph’ Cameo

In addition to scoring Wreck–It Ralph, Disney’s new computer animated movie about the lives of arcade video game characters, Skrillex will also reportedly portray himself in an animated cameo role within the film. The former screamo frontman–turned–EDM megastar is slated to appear as a DJ at a party in the video game world. While Skrillex has stated that there will not be any “dancefloor bangers” on the soundtrack, we can’t help but hope that his DJ cameo lets some of the film’s video game characters get their “whomp” on.

Wreck–It Ralph depicts the existential career crisis of an arcade video game villain who tires of his unappreciated work as a digital bad guy. Similarly, Skrillex probably got sick of people making fun of him for fronting a post–hardcore band that wrote songs about designer jeans. Watch the trailer below.

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Take The Day

Hanging with buds, falling in love, partying all night — that’s what teenage dreams are made of. Take The Day, out of New Berlin, Wis., has dedicated their talent to providing a killer soundtrack for youth. Their songs are high-adrenaline, hooky dance rockers, inspired in equal measure by Top 40 pop and EDM. “Freaks” gets the blood pumping with big synth blooms, pitch-shifted beats, and grungy guitars. Although Take The Day is clearly influenced by artists like Skrillex, they like their rock, as the gnarly guitar solos of “Look Who’s Laughing Now” prove. But it’s “Celebrities” that epitomizes what the band is all about. “Gimme the fame so everybody knows my name,” demands singer Adam Devlin, “I want to party every day.” If you think this band is settling for anything less than supreme rock stardom, you got another thing coming.

 


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