March 25th, 2012

Steve Aoki Brings The Heat To Miami's Ice Palace

Steve Aoki Brings The Heat To Miami’s Ice Palace

Posted on 25 Mar 2012 at 4:12pm

Dim Mak chairman had help from EDM pals Datsik and Alan Strovich as he powered through a set loaded with new gems.
By Nicholas Philippou

Steve Aoki performs at Ice Palace in Miami on Saturday

Photo: Luis Duran/ othersidesounds

MIAMI — The Steve Aoki Experience hit Ice Palace in downtown Miami a little after 3:30 a.m. in the early Saturday hours, and the Dim Mak chairman didn’t disappoint. He powered through a set loaded with new music and the madness that fans have come to love from his live shows.

In the lead-up to his Ultra Music Festival show slated for Sunday (March 25), Aoki treated the Ice Palace crowd to champagne showers and shots of Grey Goose. He also brought along some very special friends: Datsik, who’ll hit the road this summer on Dim Mak Records’ Deadmeat Tour; and Alan Strovich, who recently finished a dramatic dubstep remix of “Ladi Dadi.” (One of Aoki’s biggest tracks, his 2011 “Ladi” features singer Wynter Gordon.)

Many of the tracks Aoki played on Saturday were from Dim Mak’s Miami Winter Music Conference sampler, which dropped 10 days ago on Beatport. Those included the banging new gems “Dance” from Spencer & Hill and Dirtyloud; “Turn Up the Volume” with Joachim Garraud and Autoerotique; and Aoki’s smash tag-team with Ti

Madonna Introduces 'Amazing' Avicii On Day Two Of Ultra Music Fest

Madonna Introduces ‘Amazing’ Avicii On Day Two Of Ultra Music Fest

Posted on 25 Mar 2012 at 4:05pm

MDNA superstar makes first UMF appearance as Swedish house producer cements status as an EDM standout with headlining gig.
By Akshay Bhansali

Avicii and Madonna perform at UMF on Saturday

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MIAMI — Swedish house music producer Avicii is currently one of the most popular artists working in music — yes, in music, not just his native EDM. And that star standing was only reinforced on Saturday night when he headlined a gig on day two of this year’s Ultra Music Festival.

Avicii (born Tim Bergling) packed in every hit he could into his closing set on Ultra’s Main Stage. “Fade into Darkness” had tens of thousands of Miami fans chanting back the song’s catchy hook, as did his “Silhouettes” and Mark Knight’s remix of Florence and the Machine’s “You’ve Got the Love.”

Every hand was stretched sky-high in a version of air piano when the DJ/producer’s now-familiar chord progressions on the anthemic “Levels” filled the stage; they stayed up for his collabo with rising star Nicky Romero, “NicTim.” Plus, the main-stage set looked as good as it sounded thanks to the work of visual designer Vello Virkhaus. Fireworks and sublime, smoky lighting textures added to the ambience.

But to really understand just how big of a deal Avicii’s show was we have to take you back to the top of his set. As fans pushed closer to the stage — with virtually every square foot at UMF occupied, some resorted to climbing up into trees for a view — the set went dark and a taped segment featuring, David Guetta, Afrojack, Carl Cox and Avicii came on. Each artist remarked on how popular dance music has become as Madonna’s “Music” played in the background; the clip appeared to be an excerpt from the brand-new UMF film “Can You Feel It?”

Toward the end of the segment, Avicii praised Madonna for using EDM beats in her past work. It then cut to Madge extolling the power of live music. Just as it began to occur to the crowd that Madonna might actually be at Ultra, there she was, striding to the front of the stage.

“Hello, everybody, I’ve finally made it to Ultra Music Festival,” she said. “I’ve been here in spirit for many years, but it’s good to be here, finally. In my world, music and dance are not separate,” she continued. “Electronic music has been a part of my career since I started, and I can honestly say, ‘A DJ saved my life.’

“How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?” she then asked with a coy smile, making a reference to the drug MDMA, which not only had the crowd roaring back at the nod to rave culture, but also happens to be a thinly veiled wink at her new MDNA album title. “Are you ready to dance? Are you ready to sweat? Are you ready to make some noise, mother—-ers?! This next DJ is amazing! Get ready for Avicii!”

With that, the lights came up on Avicii at the decks. Madonna then glided into the DJ booth to rock out with Bergling to her latest single, “Girl Gone Wild.” She stayed for the duration of the song, smiling, singing along and laughing with Avicii.

Of course, Madonna has always been a friend of EDM. After success working with the likes of William Orbit, Paul Oakenfold and Stuart Price (a.k.a. Jacques Lu Cont), she paid homage again to the club culture she loves over the weekend. (She even teamed up again with Orbit on MDNA, due out on Monday.) Two things were crystal at the conclusion of Saturday night’s festivities: EDM fans are ecstatic Madonna has come full circle in her career, and considering the pop queen’s co-sign, Avicii’s star has never been brighter.

Miami Music Week is going down, and MTV News is on the ground! Check back all week as we report from EDM’s biggest parties, bringing the latest news from your favorite electronic dance music stars!

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deadmau5 Baits Miami Music Fans With Ear-Bending Set

deadmau5 Baits Miami Music Fans With Ear-Bending Set

Posted on 25 Mar 2012 at 2:28pm

The poolside Mau5trap party kicked off Saturday night with assists from Feed Me, Moguai, Steve Duda and Frederik.
By Sam Hendrick

deadmau5 performs at Fontainebleau in Miami on Saturday

Photo: Sam Hendrick/ MTV News

MIAMI — Another day, another party. A slightly sunburned MTV News crew hit the highly anticipated Mau5trap pool party at the Fontainebleau on Saturday night, where we found Mau5heads had come out in full force to support the boss himself, deadmau5, and his cohorts during a poolside set.

Don’t be fooled, however, it’s Miami Music Week and this wasn’t your parents’ pool party: Fontainebleau boasts a pool deck that would make most of your favorite Vegas hotspots look like the neighborhood YMCA. Add a DJ booth inlaid within a colossal LED wall, and you’ve set the scene for the Mau5trap Records party headlined by deadmau5, with support from labelmates Feed Me, Moguai, Steve Duda and Frederik.

After Frederik and Duda started strong, warming up the crowd for Moguai, the German producer/DJ introduced himself with his remix of Fatboy Slim’s “Ya Mama” and an electro rendition of the Nena classic “99 Red Balloons.” Keeping consistent with the heavy synths of the signature Mau5trap sound, Moguai passed the torch to Feed Me, who continued to bring up the energy of the evening. The U.K. outfit mellowed out dirty riffs of songs like “Green Bottle” with the soothing vocals of Lindsay on “Embers.” In fact, one fan was so moved by Feed Me’s transition that he started a solo splash-fight in the football field-size pool … perhaps in search of deeper enlightenment?

After a proper warm-up, it seemed only fitting that deadmau5 would take the stage to end the night with a bang. But from the start, it seemed clear he had another agenda. The man born Joel Zimmerman followed a long intro of experimental drum loops with a Mau5y version of Milo’s “Dr. Pressure” and 2 Live Crew’s “Shake That Ass Bitch,” signaling he wouldn’t be mixing his typical set. Instead, for the next hour, he took the audience on a tour of the inner workings of his creative mind and treated them to a showcase of his Ableton mastery.

Those who came to rage with the mau5 may have been left staring at a half-full bottle of Grey Goose, but judging from the vibe of Zimmerman’s set (and recent style postings on his SoundCloud page), the DJ/producer is obviously in a different place than he was in his “Ghosts n Stuff” days (although he did play the track for partygoers at the end of the night).

Were you at the Mau5trap set? Tell us what you thought in the comments below!

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