By Adam Stewart
If the idea of having your eardrums explode and your chest crushed by disgustingly filthy riffs and thunderous bass lines turns you on, then we suggest you become quickly acquainted with Qulinez and their Scandinavian beast "Troll" , which will be released tomorrow, February 10.
Pronounced "Cool Lines," Swede's Johannes Gustafson and Alex Lager's exotic moniker has been plastered all over set lists from Arty to Pete Tong and everyone in between. Recently, the boys took some time away from the studio and their busy schedule to give MTV News a little insight in to who they are and just what they’re capable of.
“I grew up in a small town called Laholm, with my mom, dad and my sister,” Gustafason says. “I didn’t like the school time so much, because I wasn’t so interested in studying. I choose the music classes and that was the best part of the school.”
“I grew up in the town we still live in, Varberg,” Lager added. “I grew up with my mom, dad and sister too and wasn’t the best in school either!”
Luckily for them, focusing a more on music and less on who won the Battle of 1812 has brought them to the cusp of global dance music recognition. Read More...
By Akshay Bhansali
And what, pray tell, will lurk in the New York night skies now that the OWSLA gang have arrived in the Big Apple? Only time will tell. But rest assured, after a five date blitzkrieg of Los Angeles, with friends 12th Planet, Diplo, Caspa, Zedd, Kill The Noise, Benga and AraabMUZIK, among those aboard the mothership for his L.A. takeover, New Yorkers best believe they have a sonic tornado on their hands.
The five-times-Grammy-nominated Sonny Moore launches his four-date New York series tonight at Webster Hall with AC Slater. Thanks to Skrillex, Tim, and Steven Vasquez, we have a taste of what the mayhem might look like! Check out the video below:
Check out Skrillex' New York tour dates, after the jump! Read More...
By Akshay Bhansali
On Tuesday (January 31) Avicii wraps up "House for Hunger," his 27-date American tour that sees a portion of the proceeds – $1 million to be exact – going toward combating hunger in the U.S. through Feeding America. It’s an endearing undertaking for Tim Bergling, stage-name Avicii, and his manager and executive producer, Ash Pournouri, both of whom hail from Sweden, who are showing their support to a country that has given them so much over the past few years.
And rather than simply write a check, Avicii and Ash took matters into their own hands, literally, by recently visiting the New York City Rescue Mission to feed hungry New Yorkers and pack grocery bags for individuals and families in need.
MTV News tagged along for the inspiring ride. Check out the video below:
Avicii and Ash were given a tour of NYRM’s daily feeding operation, an effort that feeds about 400 hot meals every day. After donning aprons and hats and serving lunches, Joe Little, NYRM’s public relations manager, invited the two Swedes to join the Pantry Program, an amazing operation that distributes 150 to 200 bags of groceries daily.
“Avicii (and Ash) being here helps us to galvanize our efforts today,” Little said. “But it also helps bring the spotlight here. There’s an excitement in the air. There’s a buzz in the air!”
But in the end, it was Ash and Avicii who were in awe of the daily undertaking of the New York City Rescue Mission. “We’ve been serving food,” Ash said. “We’ve been talking to everyone that works here. Truly inspiring people. It just feels like a blessing to be able to do this. Seeing people’s faces. We wanted to help people and we can see that we are doing that.” Read More...
By Akshay Bhansali
Before deconstructing, “Eyes Wide Open,” his latest track with Dirty South, featuring Kate Elsworth, house music hit-maker Thomas Gold brought MTV News along to the kick-off of his current U.S. tour.
Several hundred folks packed Clifton, New Jersey's Bliss Lounge to catch a steamy set of big room EDM, including Gold gems “Sing2me,” “Marsch, Marsch,” and his enchanting remix of Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain.”
But we won’t explain any further. Re-live the night for yourselves by watching the video below!
By Sam Hendrick
Tonight, Motor City welcomes Grammy-nominated Swedish producer/DJ Avicii and manager "Ash" Pournouri as they kick off their "House for Hunger" tour in the US – it's the first of 26 stops in just 27 days. As part of a personal mission to combat American hunger and give back to a nation that they feel has provided them with so much support over the past year, Avicii and Ash will personally donate $1 million of their tour revenue to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. Earlier this week, MTV News sat down with Avicii and Ash to discuss the drive behind their generous donation.
“When he [Ash] approached me with the idea is just felt really natural, especially to do it in the states because for me personally it’s given me so many experiences and good times,” said Avicii, who was one of MTV's Best EDM Artists of 2011. “It felt like giving something back to a country that’s given me so much.”
Ash explained that news of the recession had initially opened their eyes to the problem, but that they weren’t fully aware that millions of Americas still face hunger issues on a day-to-day basis. Read on for more and to see if the tour is stopping through your town! Read More...
By Adam Stewart
According to some, in one year there might not be any more fun things like this to blog about. Yes, the official countdown to whatever the Mayans say is looming asymptotically towards us finally here – and the good news is you’re not the only person who thinks the dudes running around the Mexican jungle with the pyramids and weird drawings may have been onto something.
You see, this conversation stems from when last we spoke with Swedish House Mafia's Axwell in person, back in March during Miami Music week. Our handy little "Magic 8 Ball" on-set provoked all sorts of interesting questions from many of EDM’s best. It helped Sofi and Moguai determine the success of their new record and predicted Deadmau5’s miraculous arrival into town.
But when that little black ball got into the hands of good old Axel Hedfors, without hesitation, he asked "Will the world end in 2012?" While the plastic psychic fired back an indecisive "try again later" or something of the sort, it was clear that our Swedish pal had certainly be watching his History Channel.
Fast forward to last week in New York just before the boys were set to destroy Madison Square Garden, we saw fit to follow-up on the question that has everyone looking at the calendar (whether they admit it or not) to see how they plan on living their next (and maybe last) year on this big blue spaceship we call home.
"[I’m] still a bit concerned. Still a bit concerned," Axwell said when we revisited the conversation. "You know, there's a lot of movement. There's a lot of stuff going on."
By Akshay Bhansali
Swedish electronic dance music DJ-producer Tim Berg winds down 2011 seemingly seated on a throne. Under his Avicii stage moniker, he has arguably one of the most popular dance music singles of the year, "Levels," which was recently released by Interscope and has a hilarious music video to accompany it. He sits just above Afrojack at #6 on DJ Mag's list of top 10 most popular DJs on the planet. And more recently, a song he co-produced with David Guetta, "Sunshine," was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.
Underscoring the accolade, MTV News caught up with Guetta this weekend, where the dance music icon sang Berg's praises. Check it out below:
“He's an amazing new talent,” Guetta says. "I think he has a great future. In the same way that I met with Afrojack two years ago and was like, 'Wow this kid is amazing!' and I tried to help him as much as I could, last year I met Avicii."
By Adam Stewart (@AdamMTVNews)
Get out your noisemakers and silly hats, New Year's Eve is just around the corner. You either love it or hate, it, but let’s get real, you know when it comes down to it, no matter how much you resist, you're going to end up doing something on the last night of 2011.
Now, you could hit up that house party in town and hope the girl you've been eying runs up to you for a smooch when the big hand is on the little hand at midnight, or you can be smart and knock her socks off by taking her to one of the hottest parties in the country. What do you have to lose? After all, if the Mayans are right, it'll be your last NYE on earth anyway. So saddle up, take a stand against "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve" and let this handy MTV News' guide to an EDM infused NYE be your beacon for beats.
>>> Avicii at Pier 94
Selling out in less than an hour, EDM’s hottest rising star is taking over Pier 94 with support from Arty and Swanky Tunes for a once in a lifetime riverfront bash -- and the party continues into New Year's Day as Boris and Victor Calderone keep it thumping with Apocalypse 2012. Whichever your pleasure, 15,000 crazed fans in a 135,000-square foot structure with a zillion big ass speakers? Sign us up! (Note: a little birdie tells us more tickets are being released very soon!)
>>> Deadmau5 at Pier 36
Maybe it’s "Pier Pressure," but our favorite Canadian is taking his sight and sound spectacular to Gotham in similar fashion, and knowing the visual effects package he rolls with we're sure this won't be anything short of awesome. Don’t be surprised if you see Lady Liberty sporting a Mau5head for the night.
Read on for more! Read More...
By Zachary Swickey
NORMAN, OKLA. – I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read that the world’s greatest party-thrower, Girl Talk, was going to be at the Opolis – a tiny venue in the college town of Norman, Oklahoma, that showcases indie acts and local bands with a capacity well below 200. This must be some kind of mistake, I thought, but just the thought of seeing such a huge act in such an intimate setting was awesome.
Turns out, Girl Talk – also known by his common name, Greg Gillis – is in the midst of a guerilla tour of sorts that is hitting up only eight college cities across the states. For the AXE One Night Only Tour 2011, Gillis is going old-school by performing secret shows in low capacity venues, announcing details of the gigs just days before show time via the AXE Facebook page (four more secret stops are scheduled for this Tuesday through Friday, so be on the lookout). Gillis treated me to a quick phone chat before the show and said this tour is a way to give back to the fans and reminisce over his pre-breakout gigs. "Prior to 2006, I would play anyplace, anytime," he told MTV News. "The circumstances did not matter."
By Akshay Bhansali
At 19-years old, Porter Robinson is already among the most explosive, versatile DJ-producers in electronic dance music. With banging tracks that range from electro house to dubstep to moombahton, Porter has come a long way since MTV News first met the then-18-year-old high schooler from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with buddies Aero, Tommy Lee, Sofi and deadmau5 at Miami Music Week in March of this year. Since then, he’s dropped his stellar Spitfire EP and toured the U.S. with Tommy Lee, Aero and Skrillex. And when it came time for one of dance music’s biggest icons to hit college campuses across America this September, Porter was handpicked by Tiësto to join him on his "College Invasion Tour." Luckily for us, and you fans, Porter brought along a cameraman to document the last week of his history-making trek. Shot by Kaskade and Insomniac Events’ brilliant cameraman, Justin Nizer, MTV is proud to premiere Porter Robinson’s "The College Invasion Tour" mini-doc, featuring cameos by Tiësto and Diplo ... and MTV News, to name a few.
Check it out below!
Set mainly to joints off of Porter’s Spitfire EP, the short film takes fans through PR’s final west coast dates in September, ranging from an unannounced Santa Barbara show after-party at a house to his record-setting show in Carson before an audience of 26,000 people. Through the film, audiences are treated to the rollercoaster ride of life on the road of a superstar DJ. Wanna know what’s on PR’s rider? How he describes 2011 and his fans? Check out the video above, or tune in at 3:30 AM this Thursday on MTV Clubland (MTV’s block of electronic dance music videos airing Monday through Friday from 3-4 AM EST)! You won’t want to miss it. Read More...