On a windy late autumn night atop the W Hotel in Hollywood, EDM deity Steve Angello was bestowed the 2013 Eliason Merit Award by his Scandinavian peers at the Los Angeles branch of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce.
EDM. Fu manchu. Cake. You already know who i'm talking about: Steve Aoki. His Aokify America tour swaggered into The Shrine auditorium on Saturday (Nov. 15) with an impressive array of genre-bending acts in tow, featuring high-energy hip-hop hotstepper Waka Flocka and surprise guests including Kid Cudi and Blink-182's Travis Barker. The diversity of the lineup brought together everyone from full on kandi-masked ravers to frat kids to weekend warriors, all converging in the name of neon-tinged revelry.
As Los Angeles was in thrall to punk and the coming of glam metal at the onset of the 80’s, singer Terri Nunn met electronics wizard John Crawford and decided to gamble on the Euro obsession with the shiny new synthesizer mania. They formed the fittingly named Berlin, and cult hits "The Metro," "Sex (I’m A…)" and "Masquerade" eventually evolved into massive chart success later in the decade.
While electronic dance music has exploded onto the mainstream in recent years, the scene has been fermenting for decades, pulsing out intriguing sounds well before the current era of top-40 hits and massive arena tours touted major "EDM" names.
Directors DanCutforthand Jane Lipsitz, the team behind Katy Perry: Part of Me and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, will direct the concert documentary EDC 2013: You Are the Headliner.
Insomniac, creator of the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), is partnering with Haven Entertainment, who produced the upcoming rock documentary A Band Called Death, on the project, which will tackle the festival experience through the eyes of the fans and the creative minds behind the dance music festival.
The notoriously press-shy Daft Punk (Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo) are featured in the May issue of GQ magazine, talking about the process of creating their upcoming album Random Access Memories. Due out later this month, it's the French duo’s first album in eight years -- not counting the soundtrack to 2010's Tron: Legacy, which they scored -- and one the two deliberated long and hard about.
Get those glow sticks ready, EDM fans, because Electric Daisy Carnival returns to Las Vegas in just one month.
Hitting the stage once again is electronic dance music pioneer David Guetta, who recently signed on for a 2012 residency with the Wynn in Sin City. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter at a recent taping for MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, the France native contemplates how to top last year’s headline-making festival.