The weather has finally started shaping up here in Chicago and with that comes more street and music festivals than we could ever hope for. One I’m looking forward to in particular is the Wavefront Music Festival on Montrose Beach. Last year we couldn’t make it due to it being the same weekend as Electric Forest, but this year we’re blessed with the opportunity. Back to back weekends of music festivals? Sounds perfect.
Before we dive in and start hitting you with previews of each festival, we wanted to update you on a special competition happening for the Wavefront Music Festival – the DJ Invitational. My good friend Noah Saltz is battling other artists for the top spot which is an opportunity to receive an official spot on the festival lineup.
Between now and Sunday, May 19th at 11:59PM, the top 5 vote getters who were not selected as winners will have one last chance to have their fans vote. The votes will be tallied and the final four – the top 2 vote getters and top 2 judges’ picks – will perform Friday, May 24th at 10pm at Castle to determine which 2 DJs will play at WavefrontL. The winners will be chosen based on style, technique, music selection, crowd interaction and crowd reaction. The 3rd and 4th runners up do NOT go home empty handed. Each contestant to make the Final Four will receive a 3-Day General Admission pass to Chicago’s first and only electronic music festival on the beach!
Please do us a favor and vote for our friend Noah Saltz, his track “Skyway”, and we’ll see everyone on the beach! Just connect with your Facebook account to vote and then click the ‘heart’ button on the bottom left of the page to submit your vote.
London-based Producer Duke Dumont has been creating serious buzz abroad and a recent partnership with Win Records along with leading independent U.S. record label Downtown Records, he presents us with his hit single “Need U (100%)” featuring A*M*E and MNEK. Everyone over in the U.K. has been blessed with this massive record for a few months now as its been sitting at #1 on the Top 100 chart for weeks now. Duke has been given support and appeared in everything from Spin, Paper, NME, even a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.
“Duke Dumont’s ‘Need U 100%’ is the first of what I feel audiences have been looking for these last few years,” says Sean Glass, founder of Win Records. ‘EDM’ exploded, now deep house is doing its thing, but what will really cross this music over are songs. ‘Need U 100%’ takes actual verse-chorus-verse structure, including a killer hook, and applies all the best sounds of deep house and garage right now. Throw in some classic disco flair and Duke Dumont is right alongside Daft Punk in the best dance producers out there right now.”
Embarking on a North American tour this week, you can expect Duke to supply you with some serious house anthems, so without further delay, I suggest you watch the video above and then hit the jump to see if he’s coming to a city near you.
After a random night out a few months ago, my friends and I found ourselves standing by the bar of an semi-empty club looking at the karaoke machine with child-like nostalgia. Karaoke is not my thing, has never been, but for some reason -probably liquor induced – it seemed like a wonderful idea. I definitely was not going to get up there and sing, but if I could find the perfect song to rap along with, I was going to kill it.
While providing exclusive content, interviews and a variety of other resources for our supporters, taking the time to realize the gravity of certain moments is no less important. Monday afternoon, an act of terrorism took the lives of three people, while injuring over 175 others during the Boston Marathon. Many of us stood polarized in front of televisions or while reading news reports thinking to ourselves, “not again.” As a culture of young adults we have witnessed numerous acts of violence from Columbine to Newtown and as each of these cowardly acts comes and goes, it is all too easy to become numb to it, to see these situations as a sign of the changing times. Should we learn to accept situations like these? Should we incorporate massive changes to our daily lives?
In a huge announcement this morning, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation announced a new multi-year global venture with Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company. Under the terms of the deal Roc Nation will become a standalone label under the UMG umbrella, similar to Interscope Records and Island Def Jam. For the full story, you can click here. Also, peep Hov’s official statement below.
“We are looking forward to working with Lucian and the incredible team he’s assembled at Universal. We would like to applaud Lucian for collaborating with us to strike a new age deal. This agreement presents a unique opportunity for Roc Nation’s artists-being able to continue to operate as an independent label with the strength, power and reach of the best major. I look forward to a long and prosperous collaboration with UMG. It feels good to be home.”
Over 300,000 electronic music fans descended upon beautiful Miami Florida this past week to enjoy the first weekend of the 15th anniversary of the Ultra Music Festival and now another 300,000 fans anxiously await departure for a sold-out weekend number two – ourselves included. What’s it like sitting at the office days before you’re about to hop on a plane to enjoy one of the worlds greatest music festivals you ask? One word: hectic. We could be like the other guys and simply just fly down to Miami, go with the flow, and see what happens, but we’re not like those other guys. We want to give you guys an inside glimpse into all of the happenings going on in Miami which is why we’re giving you event previews, guides, interviews with artists, and much more.
Now that you’re in ‘the know’ with all of the things happening outside of the Ultra Music Festival, lets dive right in and take a look at all of the things happening within the festival at the gorgeous Bayfront Park. For those of you who have been before, think of this simply as a refresher, and for those of you who are about to enjoy your first Ultra experience, let us guide you so you don’t end up making out with a tree on camera like this girl did last year. She clearly forgot to read the IMF 2012 guide. Don’t make the same mistake she did.
For those of you who have been living under a rock, Miami Music Week is in full effect and with the completion of weekend 1 of the Ultra Music Festival, we’re going to begin to prepare you for the madness that is week 2. First things first, make sure you read our Miami Music Week guide – this will update you on our picks of some of the top parties. Second, stay tuned to IMF because as the week goes by, we’ll be releasing some exclusive content with event previews, interviews, and much more.
Kicking things off today, we give you Social Experiment Miami presented by BPM Festival, No.19, SAFE, The Modern Love Affair, and Jazz J Spinder. It will feature headliners Art Department, Canadian techno/house Legend Kenny Glasgow and Canada’s fastest rising star and No.19 label owner – Jonny White. They’re joined by the legendary DJ Sneak, Deniz Kurtel, Juan Maclean, Tone Of Arc, Shaun Reeves, My Favorite Robot, Nitin, Droog, Clayton Steele, and Jakkin Rabbita all under the Cafeina Wynwood Lounge (297 NW 23rd Street) at 10pm. The party goes until 5am for those of you who have no need for sleep and you can pickup tickets here.
Interested in hearing a little bit more of what you’ll be seeing live? Check out the soundcloud player below for a Spring 2013 Sampler mix from No. 19 records. Grab your tickets, your dancing shoes, and we’ll see you at Cafeina Wynwood Lounge on Friday!
If there is one event that I am most looking forward to most outside of the Ultra Music Festival it has to be the dirtybird Players event taking place at Villa 221 on Thursday of Miami Music Week. The dirtybird family has been blessing my ears and my rear end with the best booty bass, deep house, tech house, future dubstep, and musical genres that haven’t even been invented – yet for quite some time and I am ready to finally get to attend one of their infamous dirtybird BBQs. There will be burgers, there will be house, and there will be hip hop. The OG dirtybird family will be joined by hip-hop innovators De La Soul and it is sure to be a pairing not to miss. Pretty much it is my idea of what heaven would sound and taste like.
I would hope that by now dirtybird needs no introduction, but for those of you who have been living under a rock let me get you up to speed. The label started from a simple desire of transforming the tired vocal house sounds of San Francisco and giving the people a free party to attend at Golden Gate Park. The inaugural party did not have many in attendance, but it was only a matter of time before the word of something special spread. The founders Claude Von Stroke, Worthy, and the Martin Brothers, grew the event until there was not enough burgers to go around and the park could no longer accommodate the throngs of people looking for a party with a smile. A couple of years later the label was formed and from there our ears have been continually blessed with the innovative sounds coming out of the dirtybird heavy hitters that include Claude Von Stroke, Justin Martin, Leroy Peppers, J.Philip, and Worthy.
If you can’t catch the tour in Miami they will be making a few other stops around the globe before the labels first summer residency in Ibiza. If you can’t make any of those tour dates try to refrain your urge to cry. The players have also released a two part compilation to hold you over until they are back in your neck of the woods. dirtybird Players Part 1 and dirtybird Players Part 2 are out on Beatport so fire up the grill, make yourself a burger, and pretend you are in Miami with us while you bump these killer compilations. For a sample of what you can expect, check out some of my booty bumpin picks after the jump.