After a busy weekend for some of EDM’s biggest names, we’ve got the first DJ to be sent to space, the premiere of the new country-inspired Avicii track, Skrillex’s premiere-peppered Essential Mix, and more.
Armin van Astronaut
After spending his life becoming the world’s most popular DJ, Armin van Buuren has reportedly set his sights on the galaxy. YourEDM reports that Armin will be one of the first 100 “founder astronauts” sent into space for a quick up-and-down journey by the Space Expedition Corporation, or SXC, a private commercial space travel firm. Armin and the rest of the space pioneers will be trained on the essentials of space travel for a launch in 2014. Not much else is available at the moment.
Avicii Premieres Wake Me Up
Avicii’s long-awaited and polarizing new single Wake Me Up, featuring Aloe Blacc, received its debut Saturday during Pete Tong’s Radio 1 show. After a short preview, the full track comes as a surprisingly well-mixed blend of a country-pop song and progressive house (if there ever was such a thing). Whether Bergling’s experiment is a stroke of genius or a false step, he’s definitely thinking outside the box.
LA’s Next Mayor Says Let Them Rage Face
Three years since the tragic events that ended EDC in Los Angeles, LA’s new EDM-supportive mayor Eric Garcetti might be the guy to bring massives back to the Memorial Coliseum.
LA Weekly reports that during a Reddit forum last week, The incoming mayor was asked if he would “… allow music festivals to happen in LA again, especially at the coliseum. Huge festivals like electric daisy carnival bring in a huge inflow of cash to the city and surrounding neighborhoods,” to which he replied, “YES! I want some signature festivals here in LA, the music capital of the world.”
Having held fundraisers in Avalon Hollywood, at which he was quoted saying, “If you like electronic music, then L.A. is where the DJ scene is at,” Garcetti might be the EDM-bassador LA needs.
Skrillex Packs In The Premieres On Pete Tong
OWSLA head-honcho and US bass pioneer Skrillex stepped up to Pete Tong’s decks Friday night absolutely loaded with unreleased material. Sonny opened his inaugural Essential Mix with an Untitled Demo from Dog Blood, and he worked his way into Middle Finger 2, a slower VIP on the original. He tossed in Excuse Me, the fourth tune from Boys Noize’s gradually unveiling Go Hard EP and the long-awaited Dog Blood remix of A$AP Rocky’s Wild For The Night. As the high-energy set progressed, Moore threw in more first-plays, including a heavy-handed edit of Josh Wink’s ’95 rave classic A Higher State of Consciousness from Dog Blood and an Untitled DJ Tool of his own, featuring super-cool retro scientist voices. Listen to the entire mix above.
The Sound Of Q-dance
Hardstyle fans rejoice! After its successful US debut at EDC Las Vegas last year, the hardstyle event series Q-dance announced today that it will be returning to the States Oct. 5 for its debut standalone party on US soil, The Sound Of Q-dance. The event, which will take over the Shrine Auditorium in LA, comes shortly after the Q-dance stage at TomorrowWorld festival in Chattanooga, Tenn. in September. Get more info here, and watch the trailer below.