Two decades after the original Summer of Love, Britain exploded into two seasons of euphoria, capturing the minds of British youth to the sound of acid house. Emulating the free spirit and hedonism of the 60s, the summers of 88 and 89 helped define the zeitgeist of that era in rave culture.
EDM’s resurgence has fueled ticket sales for name brand festivals like Ultra and EDC, but there is still a thirst for a more interactive experience beyond the standard music and light show. Inspired by rave culture and the DIY ethos of Burning Man, a number of “Immersion Festivals” popping up around the world that are embracing a sense of community an participation. Here are five of our favorite.
Last week, URB released a PSA with a group of famous DJs (including Kaskade, Z-Trip and more) speaking out about responsible drug education. The release comes after a number of deaths this summer including two people at Electric Zoo, which resulted in the third and final day being cancelled entirely. This brings up an important […]
Talking with always-eclectic Rob da Bank at the International Music Summit in Ibiza last week, DJ-legend Fatboy Slim chatted in detail about the “world of EDM,” touching on a huge range of topics from his battle with alcoholism to the superstar DJ’s new approach to playing modern festivals like Ultra. Check out the video here: From 35:00 on […]
Metal and EDM don’t go together, right? Wrong! 19-year-old mashup producer sssShawnnnn proves it in this routine combining the Midi Fighter 3D and the M-Audio Trigger Finger. His video description elaborates: My friend Ian left his Midi Fighter 3D at my house, and I made something with it. [...] Controller stuff is recorded live into Ableton. Several […]
Spotted in The Guardian this morning was a great op-ed on changes in British club party sizes by Joanna Fuertes-Knight, observing the migration from small intimate venues to huge raves – and to online webstreams. As dance music has hit a renaissance (again), the popularity of massives might be impacting the former glory of the smaller […]
Sander Van Doorn stopped by the DJ TechTools office for a quick video interview a few weeks ago. We asked him about his production and DJ tools, how his mixes change from country to country, and his thoughts about the DJ Mag Top 100 list – on which he currently holds the number 16 slot.
The Mau5 recently stirred up a shit storm by calling out himself and his fellow superstar performers for doing little more than “pressing play” on stage. Just a few days before the controversial article in Rolling Stone magazine, I asked “Where are the real EDM rockstars?” in my own op-ed here on DJ TechTools. The […]