By Akshay Bhansali
It’s a shame – but even Steve Angello will concede he doesn’t get to come to New York often. So you better believe the foundation has been laid for a knock-you-on-your-butt session of house music when Size Records hits Governor’s Island, NY, this weekend. In fact, when MTV News had the pleasure of linking with Angello earlier this summer, after revealing some Swedish House Mafia secrets, clearly his thoughts were already on the August 20 event and what he was planning on bringing to New York.
Tickets are sold out for the 5,000 capacity event being put on by our good friends at Pacha NY. But if fans come out the way they did to Miami Music Week earlier this year, expect to have fans lining the perimeter of the event just to catch a glimpse of the festivities. And while he may not be flanked by his Swedish House Mafia brethren, he’s bringing out Carl Louis & Martin Danielle, Thomas Gold and New York legend Junior Sanchez to help him deliver a heavy dose of dance music that New York will remember for months to come. Read More...
The moment Avicii fans everywhere have been waiting for is finally almost here … the exclusive video premiere of “Fade Into Darkness”!
“Fade Into Darkness” is the evolution of Avicii’s (AKA Tim Bergling) huge hit “Penguins,” now complete with some beautifully layered vocals. The video, which was directed by Tobias Hansson and Karl Aulin, starts off with a seemingly happy couple just enjoying their time in a beautifully bright room, but of course, as the lights start to fade everything changes.
The video will be premiering exclusively on MTV’s brand new electronic dance music hour, “CLUBLAND,” tonight! Well, technically it’s tomorrow morning at 4AM, but after seeing the exclusive teaser we have for you, who’s really planning on sleeping tonight?
“CLUBLAND” is non-stop electronic dance music featuring classic dance videos and the latest from artists such as deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Martin Solveig, Wolfgang Gartner and many more. You can follow @MTVCLUBLAND for the latest on upcoming exclusive premieres, playlist updates and more. “CLUBLAND” runs every Thursday at 4AM, only on MTV.
By Adam Stewart (@AdamMTVNews)
Summer heat and humidity keeping you locked in the air-conditioning blindly staring at your computer? Well, we’ve got a little something to help you to pass the time as you’re surfing the web for summer time beats on these sweltering afternoons – and the reward is moar than just cheese. So get out your sketch pads, and put on your thinking cap, because it’s your chance to design Deadmau5’s new head.
Team Deadmau5 and Talenthouse are for the first time placing Deadmau5’s head on the line – literally – putting his next signature cranial contraption in the hands of his fans. When MTV News caught up with Deadmau5 backstage before his recent set at Encore Beach in Las Vegas, he admitted that his army of loyal (and intelligent) mau5keteers are naturally already well ahead of the curve.
“[Talenthouse] said ours was the first contest where kids were able to figure out how to cross link their image and then post it somewhere else, so other people could see their entries,” which they don’t normally do, he explained. “[Typically they] collect them all, show them all to us and we can just pick out the good ones, but now I can go back on my Facebook and my Twitter and click the links that the kids are posting to see the heads, so I’ve already seen a lot of them!”
And just what is up for grabs for this friendly competition you ask? Well let’s just say it’s not your average prize pack. Not only will Deadmau5 physically produce and wear the winning Mau5head on his tour, but the winner will also receive a pair of VIP passes, round trip travel and accommodations to one of Deadmau5’s “Meowingtons Hax” tour dates in Los Angeles (August 25-27) … and oh, did we mention you’ll get to meet the man himself? And who knows, maybe you’ll even get to pet his furry sidekick Meowingtons – if you’re lucky. Read More...
A few weeks ago, Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary took to Twitter to announce that the Queen of Pop was about to hit the studio to begin work on her twelfth studio album – her first since 2008’s Hard Candy. At the time, we had a few suggestions for Madge. We recommended she A.) stay away from “hot” producers like RedOne or Dr. Luke, B.) make some real dance music, and C.) use the ups and downs of the last few years to write about something substantial.
And guess what? She’s taking our advice!
Oseary tweeted that Her Madgesty began work on the untitled album on the Fourth of July. Now the first producer has been named and he’s someone to get excited about: Martin Solveig. Solveig is a French electronic music DJ and producer best known for work with Canadian electropop group Dragonette and the song “Hello,” which became a hit in the U.S. after being featured in commercials for Trident.
Remember what happened the last time Madonna worked with a lesser-known French DJ? Music happened. Read More...
Credit: Cheyenne Bosco
By Adam Stewart
It was one epic a weekend for the New York City dance scene, as Governors Island played host to tens of thousands of fans and over 75 DJ’s on three stages at the first ever Dance Here Now Festival. With a six-hour set by the legendary Paul van Dyk kicking off the festivities Friday and Fatboy Slim headlining on Saturday, the stage was set for the most anticipated acts of the weekend, Laidback Luke and Benny Benassi, who co-headlined Day 3.
Sunday started off soggy and damp on the Island when MTV News arrived on the scene, but before long, things were already heating up in the courtyard tents with a bumping electro house set by Slick Nick, down tempo “Moombahton” set by Sazon Booya, the moniker of Mr. Vega and DJ Sav (aka Stephen Vasquez, director of the Electro Wars documentary). Back on the main stage, the masses were further primed by the up and coming Japanese Popstars, who took to the main stage and hit hard with a Benny Bennasi remix of their hit single “Saving Lisa,” kicking the party into high gear.
When Dutchman Laidback Luke took the helm around sunset, the thousands in attendance exploded as he wowed the crowd with Steve Angello’s “Be,” Duck Sauce’s “Barbara Streisand” and Swedish House Mafia’s “Miami 2 Ibiza.” Mixing it up even further in the second hour of the set, Luke changed gears for a old-school hip hop intermezzo , belting out a remix of Fat Joe’s “Lean Back” and House Of Pain’s “Jump Around,” before switching gears back to house with he and Lil’ John’s massive collaboration “Turbulence” and the Mahesa Utarra remix of Angger Dimas’ “Are You Ready.” Needless to say, Dutch Dance ambassador rocked the Governors Island beach and perfectly set the stage for the evenings closer, Benny Benassi. Read More...
By James Dinh
David Guetta has never failed at delivering scorching summer dance tunes, and his Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj-assisted new single “Where Them Girls At” is no exception to that rule. In the visual for the buzzing track, which dropped Monday night, Guetta adds a twist to his typical video fashion. Instead of simply recruiting the song’s featured guests and a string of hot nobodies, the French DJ/producer takes things up a notch by creating mysterious life-size bubbles that force city strollers to perform some rather convulsive dances.
In no attempt to take away from the quality of this killer summer smash, we here in the MTV Newsroom have to admit that the moves offered in Guetta’s latest serving are kind of weird (and maybe even scary). In light of the dance floor mastermind’s latest clip, let’s take a look at some other clips with hilariously bad choreography.
By Adam Stewart
No car this holiday weekend? So you’re stuck in the city and can’t find your way down the shore or out to the island. Fear not. Instead of wasting away the days frying on your co-op’s sweltering rooftop listening to a senior’s book club yap while you’re daydreaming of a better life, why not join the 25,000 others who’ll be dancing their cares away right in your backyard? There’s still time to grab tickets and join in on inaugural Dance Here Now Festival. Pacha Nightclubs presents the first of its kind event on NYC’s Governors Island this weekend, July 1-4, bringing together world class acts, top notch sound and one hell of a view.
“The four day open-air festival will be housed in the biggest outdoor arena in NYC history,” says Eddie Dean, president of Pacha Nightclubs. “It’s custom made and built for the occasion, with a sonic and visual onslaught by festival specialists AG Light & Sound”.
Construction on the massive arena is currently under way as over 200 crew members erect the structure which will house 15 world class headlining DJs, including Laidback Luke, Benny Benassi, Paul Van Dyk and Fatboy Slim, James Zabiela, Victor Calderone and The Japanese Pop Stars, as well as over 60 supporting acts spinning sets in the courtyard tents. Read More...
By Sam Hendrick
On an otherwise hot and sunny Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas, an abnormal cold front made its way into the mix, leaving Tao Beach party-goers to seek shelter in their cabanas. Chilly, half naked bodies snuggled up under towels leaving the super posh party spot looking more like a ski lodge than one of the hottest poolside destinations in Sin City.
It was uncertain where the day would go from there but those in attendance were eagerly awaiting the upcoming set by Dragan Roganovi?, better known by his DJ moniker Dirty South. In a seemingly divine act straight from the pages of the biblical texts, the moment Dirty South hit the decks, the clouds parted, the wind subsided and the sun finally came out. Over the next two hours, Dragan’s killer set heated the bikini-clad crowd up to a proper Las Vegas temperature.
It’s safe to say this was one of our favorite sets of the weekend, and if it’s anything like his upcoming Strictly Rhythm compilation Strictly Dirty South, we’ll definitely be picking up a copy. After his set, Dragan was kind enough to sit down and chat in depth about Strictly Dirty South and what to expect.
By Akshay Bhansali and Kunal Merchant
My, how the Big Apple savors a visit from jolly Saint Nick. No, we're not referring to the affable silver-haired bestower of gifts that visits at Christmas each year (although there was a different silver-haired guest present), rather a crowd pleaser of another kind.
In fact, as has now become customary, fans began to call out to Nick van de Wall, a.k.a. Afrojack, almost an hour and a half before he was to take the decks at Pacha NY for his set Thursday night, letting him know they were ready to take in his sermon.
"Afrojack! Afrojack! Afrojack!" they chanted in unison.
With each appearance in New York, Dutch DJ/producer Afrojack has stood before dance-music enthusiasts during a different milestone in his career. And last night was no different. Read More...
By Kathleen Newman-Bremang and Melanie Wolfson
Most interns fetch coffee, file papers and do other mindless tasks, but here at MTV News, we have to be up for just about anything. Today, that meant dancing in front of a green screen. That's right — we were asked (read: forced) to break it down "stanky leg"-style in order to bring Dallas dance moves to the masses.
We kicked off our shoes and jumped in front of the camera as part of a video that imitates dances from the Dallas scene. We're not sure which dance was more embarrassing: the "stanky leg" or the "Ricky Bobby." Both involve moves we never thought we'd be making when we came into work today.
We thought we'd share our experience, because it was just too ridiculous to keep to ourselves. Dancing around like you're in an iPod commercial sounds like fun, right? Try terrifying. Read More...