This week, electronic music gets political. More specifically, as the election looms just months ahead, President Obama is going after the EDM vote with a “DJs for Obama” ad that features DJ Cassidy, Steve Aoki, and Adam 12 of She Wants Revenge. If you can feel the beat, can you dance over to the ballot?
Electric Zoo is less than a month away. As New York’s rising EDM event, the headliners and lineup were announced months before, but this week, the schedule of after parties was released. Want to keep on listening to electronic music all night long? The official after parties are being held at the Best Buy Theater and Roseland Ballroom on August 31, September 1, and September 2. Performances start at 11 p.m. and last until 4 a.m. and feature Zeds Dead, Markus Schulz, Jaytech, Ferry Corsten, Gabriel & Dresden, Benny Benassi, Hardwell, and many others.
Avicii is beginning another tour – this time, a college and major market effort. Starting in the fall and produced by At Night, the young Swedish DJ starts on August 31, makes a stop at Radio City Music Hall, and finishes October 12 in Austin.
Another rising EDM producer, Dada Life is also embarking on a North American tour in support of their upcoming album and new single “Feed the Dada.” The tour begins September 18 in Ontario and lasts through October. Tickets are currently on sale.
Noel Sanger is going back on tour, as well as getting his label Dissident Music ready for a re-launch. A radio broadcast, in support of the label, begins in September. “Threshold,” scheduled for August 21 on Beatport, is his latest release on Dissident in a year.
Also before the end of the month, Nicole Moudaber is releasing The Journey Begins EP, which features a collaboration with Victor Calderone. The EP drops on August 20 on Beatport and is being followed with the North American leg of her tour in September.
If you can’t wait even a week, John Dahlback has something to hold you over in the meantime – a free album. Released under his downtempo side project Demure, Kill The Silence features 13 new tracks.
As far as another major U.S. EDM event is concerned, Identity Festival is making the rounds to 15 cities. On the bill are Nero, Porter Robinson, Eric Prydz, Madeon, Wolfgang Gartner, and Paul Van Dyk, among others.
Perhaps turning into another annual EDM event in the U.S., Dutch-based Sensation is coming over the Atlantic, with performances on October 26 and 27 in Brooklyn. The event has been held in the Netherlands for the past decade and has even expanded to other parts of Europe. Presently, while no proper lineup has been announced, Fedde Le Grand and Danny Tenaglia look to be on the bill.