Skrillex Embraces Brostep, and Is Anyone Surprised?

Categories: EDM

Jason Nocito
Skrillex's music has much more cultural influence than his hair.

It's easy to hate on Skrillex or even just razz the dude. Probably since the erstwhile screamo frontman, once known as Sonny Moore, is sui generis and a polarizing figure in electronic dance music who provides critics with plenty of ammunition. For starters, there's that funky hairstyle (a.k.a. the "Skrillet") and "fuck you" attitude, his largely teenage fanbase, bro-tastic friendship with Deadmau5, and, of course, the demented brand of bass-heavy and fidgety EDM that propelled him to superstardom and, depending on who's doing the dissing, ruined dubstep forever.

Many have sampled the haterade when it comes to Skrillex (like the Burning Man attendees who may or may not have booed him and Diplo after their duo Jack U ended a set with "Turn Down for What," just for the lulz) but would probably agree that when it comes to his overwhelming success, the 26-year-old is unassailable. Like it or not, Skrillex and his style of EDM helped light the fuse on electronic music's resurgence in 2011, gave it a massive paradigm shift, won several Grammys, fostered the careers of producers like Seven Lions and Jack Beats (via Skrillex's popular vanity label, OWSLA), and has made more money in a single year than you'll see in six lifetimes.

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Emma Hewitt and Crizzly Added to the Lineup of November's Global Dance Festival in Tempe

Categories: Announcements, EDM

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Emma Hewitt is scheduled to perform at the Global Dance Festival in Tempe on Friday, November 21,
Next month's Global Dance Festival in Tempe just got more global. Organizers of the outdoor electronic dance music massive at Tempe Beach Park announced two additions to its lineup yesterday that might get fans of both kinky bass and vocal trance stoked for the event.

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Steve Aoki to Headline Global Dance Festival at Tempe Beach Park

Categories: Announcements, EDM

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Steve Aoki will headline Arizona's first Global Dance Festival

On the heels of last Friday's wild Mad Decent Block Party, Phoenix electronic dance music promoters Relentless Beats announced another huge EDM concert coming to Phoenix: Global Dance Festival.

The Arizona iteration of the party is scheduled for Friday, November 21, at Tempe Beach Park.

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The 50 Biggest Ragers at the Mad Decent Block Party 2014

Categories: EDM

Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
Thousands upon thousands came to Rawhide Western Town in Chandler this past Friday, all of whom had pretty much the same goal in mind -- partying their asses off at the Valley's biggest electronic dance music event of the year, the Mad Decent Block Party.

They came clad in off-kilter costumes, neon-colored clothing, snarky t-shirts bearing such declaratives as "Sorry Dad" and "Roll Hard or Go Home," or very little clothing at all. And they transformed an acre of grass on the grounds of the kitschy theme park into a flashy and frenetic wonderland of raging fueled by the music of Diplo, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, and other Mad Decent DJs and performers. (Hell, rapper Waka Flocka Flame even showed up to party.)

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Autobot of Flosstradamus: "There's Always Going to Be Haters, No Matter What You Do"

Categories: EDM, Q&A, hip-hop

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J2K (left) and Autobot of Flosstradamus.
In the 2013 mini-documentary chronicling the rise of the Mad Decent Block Party, ├╝ber-producer and festival founder Diplo has a bit of advice for anyone who performs at the event: "If you're an act, don't play after Flosstradamus," he says. "That's really hard."

It's a simple edict that illustrates not only the Chicago-based duo's prominence in Mad Decent land (and the realms of both dance music and trap they occupy), but also their abilities as party instigators and performers.

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Mad Decent Block Party 2014: A Field Guide to Friday's Event

Categories: EDM

Timothy Norris/LA Weekly
Coming to Metro Phoenix on Friday.
Your dance music pals are most definitely going. Ditto for some of the hip-hop heads you see hanging out at an average Blunt Club, those indie kids who are always gushing over STRFKR or Phantogram outside of Jobot, and probably a good portion of Scottsdale's club crowd, all of whom will be bound for Rawhide Western Town this weekend to check out the Mad Decent Block Party's inaugural visit to Metro Phoenix.

Members of the local rave scene, however, may or may not be there.

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Deadmau5 Has Gone to War With Disney

Categories: EDM

Timothy Norris
Deadmau5 vs. Disney is like David vs. Goliath, where David is 10 feet tall and Goliath 300.

By Liz Ohanesian

You probably know Deadmau5 as the DJ who wears the giant mouse mask on his head.

Lately, he's been battling with another famous rodent -- Mickey Mouse. Or, more specifically, Disney.

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Phoenix DJs Offer Alternative to Scottsdale's Flashy EDM Scene

Categories: EDM, Local Wire

Dapper Gatsby

The prominent representation of electronic music in the Valley obviously is the club scene in Scottsdale. The biggest names in electronic dance music play around Old Town every weekend, and thousands of people flock to expensive bars in flashy clothes.

The opposite, that is, of what the members of Provisions DJ collective aim for.

"It's less about the music and more about how many people can you pack in the club to hear this one top 40 song," Tempe-based DJ Issa says of the Scottsdale scene.

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Electric Daisy Carnival Vegas 2014: The Best and Worst

Christopher Victorio

By Dennis Romero

What's it like partying with 134,000 of your closest friends?

After a fourth year covering Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, the size and scope of America's largest electronic dance music festival (and, really, one of the country's largest music events, period) still just leaves us breathless.

This is the definition of massive. That this culture has gone from warehouse raves with one laser and a few hundred people to a 1,500-acre event so large that the only way to avoid an hour-plus worth of traffic is to arrive by helicopter is astonishing, especially if you were part of the scene in its early days.

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EDC Raver's Death Under Investigation

Categories: EDM

Christopher Victorio

By Dennis Romero

The Clark County (Nevada) Coroner is investigating the death of a 24-year-old who collapsed Saturday morning outside Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.

An autopsy was being conducted this weekend, but results aren't yet available to the media, an official at the coroner's office told us. If drug use is suspected, it's likely that a cause-of-death determination will be put off until investigators get their hands on toxicology test results.

The raver, who collapsed outside the three-day festival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, was identified as Montgomery Tsang of San Leandro, California.

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