Halloween-themed EDM nights abounded over the past week, but how else did EDM professionals celebrate the holiday? Ultra Music decided to collaborate with Manic Pumpkin Carvers, and had two of their popular artists, Steve Aoki and Deadmau5, replicated in gourd form. Watch the progression of time for each creation here.
Holiday aside, multiple new releases came out this week. On the trance end of things, there was two remixes of Aruna’s “Save The Day.” The track itself has already migrated up to No. 2 on the Beatport trance chart, and this week, Tom Fall and Tony Arzadon did their interpretations. All releases are out on Black Hole Recordings.
For a greater surprise, drum & bass artist Photek put out his first album in 10 years, called Ku: Palm. The release features Ray La Montagne, Linche, and Veronika Coassolo.
If you didn’t hear already, Calvin Harris released 18 Months. Although Harris was essentially a bedroom producer for his first two releases, this one features other artists’ vocals instead of his. Is the Scottish DJ going too Guetta?
Although Lady Gaga is frequently attributed to being one of the forces spurring EDM’s recent popularity, Harris, apparently, rebuffed her label’s attempt to schedule a collaboration. An argument, of sorts, ensued on Twitter. Do you think Harris should have accepted the collaboration?
Although not pertaining to a particular release, Black Widow Music just launched a new website, www.deep-house-music.com. Aside from featuring the label’s artists, it will provide information about news, events, and videos.
What do you think is the greatest electronic release over the past 20 years? Mixmag wants you to determine it, and has put together a poll of 300 releases that lasts until December 21. Those that enter also get a discount on any of the listed tracks on Beatport.
Multiple festivals and live performances were additionally announced. One is Something Wicked, which has Kaskade headlining and also features Nero and Flux Pavilion.
For a much later event, Sven Vath is headlining the Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival, scheduled for December 15. Although in winter, the event is expected to have the feel of a summer festival.
For New Year’s, while other artists are doing NYC, Skrillex and Boys Noize are playing in Detroit as part of The Bang.
On the other hand, Canadian electro-pop artist Grimes just canceled her tour of the U.K. and Europe because of health issues.
Advice is always awesome for the up-and-comer or aspiring producer, and MYNC announced this week that he is doing so with a Live A&R Demo Listening Session on November 7. Through his Facebook page, his session is streaming live from Point Blank Studios in London at 2 p.m. EST and will include feedback and development opportunities.
EDM already has multiple stations on satellite radio, but its presence is barely a blip on standard channels. San Diego radio station Jammin’ Z90 just added a two-hour segment devoted to the genre. Remixer Tristan D will be hosting the Friday night program.