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Wednesday
Mar272013

Deadmau5, Kaskade, Above & Beyond Confirmed for Veld Festival

Last summer Ink Entertainment brought the first annual Veld Music Festival to Toronto's Downsview Park with a huge array of headliners that brought smiles to everyone's faces. After being missing from the touring circuit for many months, the scene's notorious cynic and Toronto native, Joel Zimmerman, agreed to play the hometown show in a rare appearance. This year the promoters are back early in the Spring with the first round of headliners, and it seems quite impressive so far. Kaskade, Above & Beyond, and Deadmau5 are now confirmed for the festival's second year which will be taking place over the weekend of August 3rd and 4th. Tickets go on sale next Thursday April 4th at InkTickets.com, so be sure to snag yours, and we'll try to see if we can get a giveaway going like last year.

Photos from Last Year

By Edward Fancher

Thursday
Mar212013

Ultra Music Festival 15 Weekend 1: How It Really Went Down

From the moment I entered the festival Friday I was already impressed with the improvements from last year. The layout was much easier to walk through and the UMF Worldwide stage next to the MegaStructure wasn't cramped. The lines weren't very long to get in except for a few hours on Friday and the staff was very helpful. After getting in around 7 Friday we tried to catch some of the only Trance on the lineup with Markus Schulz and Dash Berlin. Both played fairly Progressive playlists for the short set duration. The sound in the stage was kind of off and not quite loud enough though, which was one of my only complaints the entire weekend. 

One of the best sets of the entire weekend without a doubt goes to John Digweed who had me and everyone else in the MegaStructure grooving hard. I really want to know what he played because looking back it was a classic example of what a dance music show should feel like, everyone dancing together instead of being cramped up waving their hands at the DJ. Carl Cox followed up by keeping the energy really high with a monster set of heavy Tech and left everyone exhausted.

I myself had to see Swedish House Mafia close just because of all the hype surrounding the "One Last Tour." I have to say that their set Friday was not just mediocre but quite disappointing overall, and very exposing to say the least. The crowd was packed but not moving like crazy, which isn't a great sign for any DJ. The visuals were nothing special considering what they had to work with and I left the festival with a false impression of what was to come the next two days.

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Tuesday
Mar192013

Free Set Downloads: Ultra Music Festival Weekend 1

Well, that was quick. Weekend 1 of Ultra seemed to go by in one giant blur, with epic sets being thrown down left and right. With so much to choose from, it’s hard for me to pick out my favorite set of the weekend. For me the best (streamed) set of the weekend would have to go to Armin van Buuren, although Hardwell came in a very close second with a set that was so good Twitter had to shut down his account due to the overflow of tweets directed at him. I think this is only a taste of what Hardwell can do, and I can definitely see a #2 DJ award in the near future. Weekend 1 set a pretty high benchmark, and hopefully Weekend 2 will be able to match it. See you down there, and watch for our whole review of the weekend tomorrow!

Dog Blood

Rusko

Armin van Buuren

Hardwell

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Tuesday
Mar052013

Ultra Weekend 1 Editor's Highlight: Main Stage Saturday

Ultra is all about Main Stage memories. There's something magic that happens when tens of thousands of people collide with the pulsating sound, the humid air, and each other with the twinkling lights of Downtown Miami as the backdrop. I've been from LA to Las Vegas to New York and beyond in search of that ultimate main stage experience, which often leaves much to be desired. It wouldn't take me long to say that Ultra has the best main stage of all the US festivals, but that was so last year. This year the lawn at Bayfront Park is about to transform into something never done before. While I admit that we hadn't seen the lineup when choosing between the first and second weekend, I have to say that this is without a doubt the most I've ever anticipated a single day in my life. Festival curation is a gift, and Saturday March 16 is the crème de la crème.

Miss Nine

Starting off the afternoon steamy is one of EDM's hottest female stars. Kicking off her career as a model at the age of 16 in Germany, she soon found her first residency after moving to Amsterdam in 2003, playing alongside veterans John Digweed and more. Flash to 2006 and Nine is at the top of the iTunes dance charts with her massively well-received Yoshitoshi Ibiza mix. Kristin Schorat continues to be a force to reckon with both within dance music circles and the international modeling circuit as an ambassador to Levi's.

Tommie Sunshine

No one reps the NYC EDMC harder than Tommie Sunshine. The veteran House DJ has held dominion over the Tri-State EDM circuit for many years, but in most recent developments has emerged as one of our scene's fiercest advocates. There's no doubt in my mind that Tommie will bring to the table an eclectic set of deep groove when he takes to the Main Stage Saturday afternoon. It takes true talent to bring down the house at 7:00 PM, but that's exactly what he did last week opening for Zedd at Webster Hall. This is Tommie's time to shine and I'm sure he'll impress the crowd with his expertise.

Datsik

Here's where the afternoon starts to really shine. Unlike last year which relegated many of the bass acts to a smaller stage, Saturday afternoon this year is all about the bass. With his Firepower tour now "Reloaded," Datsik has throughout the past few months accummulated a lot of support from up and coming bass acts, giving him a huge advantage in the form of new music to play. And with the Vortex ready for the mainstage, I'm not sure if I'm ready. Datsik may have never played a crowd this big but it will be interesting to see what the notorious dubstepper has in store for the huge party. 

Borgore

Borgore's a simple guy. He likes girls. He likes bass. He likes both together even more. The loudest sets I've heard have all been from this Israeli Doctor of Dubstep, most recently his set for the UKF launch party here in New York City. As a go-to face-melter for the scene for many years, Borgore has in most recent months worked on getting his foot in the door of the emerging Trap phenomenon. Whether you go for the bass or just the booty you'll be drenched by the time it's over.

Flux Pavilion vs. Doctor P

If the sheer excitement I'm feeling right now just from writing these names down isn't enough to convince you, I'll take a stab at it. There's a certain exclusivity of the long roster of tracks these two put out. After you get past the obvious Circus hits "I Can't Stop" and "Gold Dust," these two when combined put on a show like none other. I'll be honest and say a lot of dubstep DJs just aren't good at mixing overall, but this couldn't be further from the case for these two. With a stacked playlist of hits and new tracks at their disposal, on a scale of 1 to 10 this set will be gnarly. 

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Wednesday
Feb202013

Track of the Day: "I Remember" - Deadmau5 (Mr. FijiWiji Remix)

As we all know, Deadmau5 is one of my favorite artists, and quite possibly the love of my life (damn you, Kat), so I try to keep up on his new releases and the copious amounts of remixes of his tracks that are constantly surfacing. Mr FijiWiji, who has produced some great remixes of some of my favorite of Joel's tracks, has done it again with this amazingly chill remix of "I Remember." Let me just make this clear: I love the original and I always have, but this remix is absolutely brilliant. The two-step beat has eargasm written all over it. If you're digging the sound, you should also listen to his remix of "Aural Psynapse" and his remix of "Strobe," which are both equally astonishing. Big ups to Mr FijiWiji for another amazing remix - keep doing your thing!

By Sara Landry

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