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 […]
The age of the EDM superstar is here – now where are the rockstars? Festivals are attracting record-breaking crowds that cue up to watch their heros perform “live”, but all too often this simply means pre-recorded mixes and fist-pumping while everyone sings along together to their favorite song. Are the fans really getting their money’s worth? […]