If you thought you hated veggies, think again. Brooklyn EDM producer j.viewz somehow turned the worst part of dinner into a stunning mini dance music show set to “Teardrop” by Massive Attack (House theme song anyone?). With a carrot spinning on vinyl, a keyboard made of strawberries, and an eggplant drum machine, this is one salad worth watching. Is is just me or do you have the urge to raid the nearest grocery store?
What, Mom? Don’t play with my food? BUT EGGPLANTS MAY LEAD ME TO GREATNESS!
At 19-years-old, Walden is not only a talented DJ, but very down to earth. He’s up for anything, evidenced by the fact that he tried dog sledding while on holiday in Sweden (“It was about -35, but it was fun”). Evan Ross chatted with him over the phone while he was in Chicago to get a sense of dance music’s bright young thing.
WHO HE IS: Let’s get the superficial stuff out of the way: Walden is adorable. His face, his demeanor, everything. He’s just an all around pleasant person, which should take him far. John Walden aka. Walden is an Australian producer/DJ who is just starting to gain speed on the EDM/house circuit. This is a big time for electronic music and Walden seems excited to be a part of it all: “House music has always appealed to me…it’s such a varied genre, that it allows you to put anything in it. It’s really fresh and new.”
WHY HE’S ON OUR RADAR: He’s young and talented, and it really doesn’t get any more exciting than that. Walden is only 19 and is already slated to play at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. He says his age can be both beneficial and a hindrance; “a young age generates attention, which is good, but I do lack experience.” He also joked that, being 19, he can’t drink in most places. Hopefully he took advantage of the drinking age on his Canadian tour stops in Toronto and Montreal this January.
FILE NEXT TO: Walden is signed to the same label as some of the biggest names in dance music today. He knows how to let a track climb and give it an epic release a la Skrillex, and his songs have the earworm tendency of Martin Solveig, both of whom are fellow Big Beat Records signings.
HIGHLIGHTS: He was recently signed to Big Beat Records, home to some of the top dance artists like Chromeo and Icona Pop (as well as massive hits Skrillex and Martin Solveig, mentioned above). He’s worked with acts like Tiesto and David Guetta which has helped to build his sound. He says “I’ve learned how to read crowd reactions and give a track build up to keep them moving.” His music is awesome, Brightness being a particular favourite. It’s a great track and you can tell it’s going to be massive in clubs (also be sure to check out his YouTube and Soundcloud pages to hear the rest of his work)
Unlike some other artists, Diplo can work with whomever he wants without losing his credibility. It’s impressive how many strange, random collaborations he’s done but he always brings something cool to the table. In this interview, we ask him about his new album, working with the Maple Jesus (Bieber) and what it takes to get picked up by Mad Decent.
Watch it here
Australia’s shittiest DJ, otherwise known as Drongo, provided us with a wealth of douchey one-liners that you should never ever repeat in public.
Here are some of the douchiest things he said:
The parody, by Australian YouTube star shooterwilliamson, is already trending online since uploading it this morning. Previously, he showed us how NOT to do a drug deal and told us why Aussies are the wildest of the bunch.
I hate to say it, but he kind of reminds of that self promoter who got nominated for a Grammy, Al Walser.
Watch it here
Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Icona Pop, a DJ duo from Sweden.
I’ve been mildly obsessed with this female electropop duo ever since I heard “I Love It” in July. They’ve garnered international attention with hits like “Manners, “I Love It,” and “Nights Like This.” Now, they are gearing up to fully take the music world by storm. The ladies are releasing their sophomore EP titled, Iconic today and they are touring the US, Sweden and Norway throughout October.
Origins: Stockholm, Sweden
Band members: Aino Jawo, Caroline Elizabeth Hjelt
Known for: They are known for making music you can’t help but dance to, even if you can’t dance.
Used in a sentence: ”Icona Pop are majorly badass, effortlessly cool, and Aino Jawo’s haircut makes me all sorts of happy.”
File next to: Little Boots
Download now: “I Love It”
Five fun facts:
1.They have a blog that documents everything from their sick fashion sense, to beach days.
2.During Fashion’s Night Out in Manhattan, the ladies did a DJ set at Helmut Lang and an in-store performance at Urban Outfitters. Read more…
It’s a big day for Kaskade. The DJ released his new track “Kaskade vs. Quilnez — Stars Troll” on iTunes and he’s performing at the Staples Center in Los Angeles tonight for his Freaks of Nature Tour.
For all his fans who plan to mope at home because they can’t make it to his sold-out show, fear not, you can basically be there. His landmark performance will be streamed live at 12:15 am EST (9:15 pm PST). Kaskade earned the distinction of being the first electronic dance artist to EVER solo-headline the venue and he also marked an industry milestone by selling it out (SAY WHAT?).
“It only seems natural to allow fans to experience it across the world through a live stream,” Kaskade said in a press release. “It’s the beauty of technology — I can bring this to so many more fans than just those in the arena!”
Don’t forget to check out the 90-minute concert tonight (below) and see his new music video next week, which will take footage from the show. Catch the teaser video for the performance here.
Not entirely sure if she’s still relevant, but Paris Hilton made her debut as a DJ this weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the Pop Music Festival.
Donning sequin headphones, fingerless black gloves and diamante suspenders with an embellished satin corset, she also debuted her new song Last Night at the start of her set.
While I’m not entirely sure how I feel about a Djing Paris Hilton (I still think it’s weird), it looks like she had a fun time as she later tweeted:
“Wow! What an incredible night! So happy you all loved my set! Loved watching you all smile & dance! One of the best night’s of my life!”
HMM. If you’re still as confused as I am about this news, here’s video proof of her Dj-ing in front of a HUGE crowd.
Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Netsky, a DJ from Edegem, Belgium.
This European DJ and producer is only 23, but his beats have been turning heads ever since he came on the scene in 2009. His music is in the liquid funk style, which is a sub-genre of drum and bass that includes multiple instrumental layers and vocals. He’s scheduled to release a second album in 2012.
Origins: Edegem, Belgium.
Real name: Boris Daenen. Netsky, his stage name, is based on a computer virus of the same name.
Known for: We love his mix of uplifting melodies, jungle sound, vocal led classics and dance floor anthems.
Used in a sentence: “Netsky brings out your inner b-boy/robot/dance diva and makes you dance like no one is watching.”
File next to: High Contrast, London Elektricity
Download now: Put your dancing shoes on and listen to his newest single, “Give & Take.” If you haven’t listened to many DJs, this will definitely pique your musical tastebuds.
TMZ reports Paris has been travelling the world to shadow the world’s greatest DJs, like Afrojack and Deadmau5. She apparently plans to become the most powerful female DJ in the world.
One source extremely close to the heiress tells TMZ, Hilton believes she can become the “Queen of house music” — because “no woman has ever taken over in that arena … and she wants to become that person.”
She hopes to have an album before the end of the year. Doesn’t Paris realize music isn’t her thing? Does she forget her last attempt at music? See below:
The event is called Fashion’s Night Out, and its the biggest event during Fashion Week. TMZ reports Pauly has agreed to DJ for free as a wedding present to Kim, and he usually gets $40,000 to DJ. And he wasn’t even invited to the wedding!
What a nice guy.
Sponsored by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, (LVCVA) the New Global Epicenter for Superstar DJs and industry heavyweights are teaming together to create the ultimate DJ competition; the first annual Vegas Spin Off. Starting on July 25, hopefuls can head over to www.facebook.com/lasvegas and upload and share their original tracks with fellow aspiring DJs. From the uploads, seven finalists will be selected to fly out to Las Vegas and compete in a “spin-off exhibition,” where they will be filmed and judged by a panel of international DJ superstar judges. The winner will score a grand prize of a $10,000 in-home recording studio, as well as “the opportunity to spin with a beats master at a fabled Las Vegas haunt.”
“Las Vegas has always been known for its entertainment and, in recent years, has evolved into a top destination for some of the biggest DJ names from around the globe,” says Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing for the LVCVA. “Resident DJs and major music headliners have become part of the Vegas experience and continue to give our visitors another great reason to visit.”
Remember Milli Vanilli? Well if you are over the age of 25 you probably do. For those of you not old enough to rent a car, Milli Vanilli was a pop act in the late 80′s that turned out to be a fraud, after it was revealed the voices on Milli Vanilli tracks were not their voices.
However Vanilli might be making a comeback with Eminem’s DJ, named The Alchemist. The DJ told TMZ, “I’m working on a joint with Vanilli … Vanilli making a comeback.”
Now this is an unusual union, but was more surprising is Vanilli will be using his actual voice on the tracks! Yes we will finally hear what Vanilli sounds like. Wow, I don’t think anybody really cares anymore what Vanilli sounds like, but the truth of his singing talents will finally be revealed. A little late, but better late than never.
Below is a flashback to one of Milli Vanilli’s big “hits.”
Lady Gaga is one of the biggest pop stars in the world. Consequently you would think any artist would kill for the chance to work with her. Well Cut Copy was offered the chance to tour with Gaga, but they turned it down! Cut Copy explained that decision, along with their roots as a one man project.
They used to say James Brown was the “Hardest Working Main in Show Business.” Well James Brown is dead, and Tiesto now deserves the title. Tiesto is constantly on tour, and has collaborated with some of music greatest artists, like Nelly Furtado and Emily Haines. We had the rare opportunity to catch up with Tiesto while in Toronto. It was a quick interview, but nevertheless Tiesto was quite charming.
RadarOnline broke the story, saying the show will be called “Pauly’s World.” “The boys that Pauly hangs with are his road manager “Big Mike,” his bodyguard Jerry and Ryan, a buddy he grew up with who “has a really good business sense,” a source tells Radar.
“At the heart of ‘Jersey Shore’ is the unique and genuine cast and Pauly D truly embodies both qualities,” MTV executive vice president of programming and head of productions Chris Linn said in a release. “He’s distinguished himself onscreen as the fun-loving, well-coiffed and dependable guy you can’t help but want to hang out with. We know viewers are curious about his life away from the shore and we look forward to exploring new possibilities around that.”
Oh yeah! Pauly D is making lots of money. Yeah! The Jersey Shore cast member recently upped his appearance price by ten grand—asking $40,000 for just showing up.
The well-known DJ has used his star power and the help of talent agency William Morris Endeavor to bring in huge dollars for making appearances at clubs. “He was making about $30,000 an appearance before but the new asking price has been raised to $40,000,” a source said, according to RadarOnline.
A recent event made it clear to the world—or at least teenagers who love MTV—that Pauly D is the kind of person people show up for. The reality star recently visited a dorm at the University of Rhode Island and once word broke out that he was there, he pretty much got trapped.
“People started knocking at the door of the dorm room he was visiting. He looked outside and saw thousands of people in the parking area surrounding his car and he realized he couldn’t get out,” a source said.
It took efforts by Pauly D’s bodyguard, campus security, and the local police to get the DJ out of the mob scene. “It was insane, the college kids were grabbing him,” said one of the reality star’s friends. “Like the Beatles all over again.”
Music is an ever changing business, and with that change comes a new definition of a rock star. Some of the biggest music stars on the planet are actually DJs. Grum is one of those DJs who is redefining what it means to be a rock star, and creating a new genre of music at the same time.
The third season of Jersey Shore has wrapped production but Pauly D is just getting started on a new project: His own spin-off show, reports RadarOnline.
The 28-year-old has always had a passion for spinning records, and travels the United States and Canada in his time off from working on Jersey Shore, so it’s only fitting that his new show will be about his life as a DJ.
“They have already chosen a name and of course it will be deejay-related,” a source confirmed.
The source continued, saying “It’s another MTV reality show and he’ll be DJ-ing and of course doing things his fans love to watch.”
Although MTV has yet to make an announcement, the source says that the show is scheduled to start filming in the next month.