Looking for something to do on Thanksgiving Eve next week? The Bowery, Pacha NYC and Terminal 5 have teamed up to bring you and evening of hyped beats and funky sounds from everyone's musical maestro of the moment, Deadmau5. Alongside will be U.K. funkmaster, BURNS, who's Parisian-style funk melded with UK disco-filtered house is rocking dance floors around the world.
In this viral video, Europe's top House music DJ, David Guetta discusses his involvement with Activision's DJ Hero franchise. Get DJ Hero for Christmas for your aspiring DJ.
Every year, DJ Magazine publishes a poll of the Top 100 DJs as voted by dance music fans around the globe. We don't really know if it's all that scientific or not, but it's pretty fun to watch who gets added, who moves up or down and who gets bumped.
If you don't know Dubspot, the music production and DJ school has quickly entrenched itself as the defacto spot to learn the tools, tips and techniques for the DJ trade. Whether it's making music with Ableton Live, scratch classes using Serato, or DJing with the Pioneer DVJ mixing console using DVD's, the school has a class for you.
Dubspot's 2009 Summer registration is under way and you'll need to jump on it quick, because I hear that classes are filling up. According to a recent NYTimes article about DJing in the dowturn, Dubspot enrollment has doubled to 300 since last year. Since the economy took a turn for the worse, it's always good to use the time to pick up a new skill. While some are transitioning to nursing and health care or other sectors, you might be thinking about leaving the corporate carer behind to do something infinitely more creative than crunching spreadsheets and building Power Point presentations.
Last Wednesday night, despite the lingering rain that has been pestering New Yorkers for the last month or so, I decided to venture out to the newly revamped Mansion, which is now known as M2 UltraLounge--the stealthy moniker that is cover for what's supposed to be Ministry of Sound's new NYC effort. If Pacha can bring the funk to New York, then Ministry of Sound sure can too, even if it it takes over a space that has seen it's better days. I wasn't much of a fan of Crobar, the club's original incarnation. But, I must say the venue's design team have given a touch of class to a huge room that was sorely lacking sophistication.
Showing up to Bacardi's B-Live was, for me, an off, then on again affair. It was 11 pm and I'd just arrived to my friend's house across the Hudson in Guttenberg, NJ, where I'm staying for the month to be closer to the city. I knew I had to get up for work early, because I commute about 1.5 hours each way to the office in Long Island. As I sat down to check my Facebook messages, I saw a friend sent me an earlier note asking if I was going to go. If so, she was wondering if I was going to take some shots that she could use for a publication she writes for. Despite my better judgement, I knew she needed my help. I got my butt up off the couch, jumped in the car and shot into the city to see what I could come up with. After all, she's a great gal and I don't mind doing a favor for a friend.
This is a hot new tune from AVH, which scored a number one on the British charts. Check it. We've got the video.
[caption id="attachment_1693" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Kevin Saunderson History Elevate"][/caption]Respected and acknowledged around the World as one of the three Detroit Techno innovators, Kevin Saunderson is a legend in his own right, who helped to reshape the future of Dance music as we know it today!
To celebrate his mammoth 20 years worth musical genius, KMS & Fabric Recordings join forces and unleash a retrospective of Kevinâ€™s work with a brand new compilation â€˜History Elevateâ€™ featuring a heavyweight selection of KS classics.
There's nothing like being friends with the DJ, lol. I shot this video from the booth at Aero (off 23rd and Collins) on Saturday night, March 28, sometime around 3 AM. The club was jumping as AVH kicked his classic hits, including My, My, My, Witch Doktor, Full Moon and more. The crowd was having such a good time, this dude started throwing money around...literally! He threw a stack of dollar bills up in the air. Too bad it wasn't C-notes. I guess it's the economy and he must have been holding back.
We love the folks over at MixMatchMusic.com, one of the cooler music services navigating the digital landscape. The company provides online software to mix and distribute music in a viral fashion, with built-in ways to generate and share revenue between producer/remixers and musicians collaborating in the software online. It's a unique service, one in which you can tell a lot of love has gone into.
I'm headed down to Miami for the 2009 Winter Music Conference. I'm going to try and do as much blogging and podcasting as I can, but it's going to be tough. So many places to go, so many things to see. Stay tuned!