GDD™ Morning Update: Tiesto, Hard Summer, Mixmag’s Greatest Dance Act of All Time, Anonymous, Jamie XX, Art Department, Lightning in a Bottle, Bag Raiders

Good morning! After the black out on Wednesday, the GDD™ Morning Update is back in full effect with a wealth of great content for your viewing pleasure. There is too much for me to list out, so please read on after the jump for the full stories, videos, and music.

Tiësto: In The Booth – Episode 1

Join us for an unprecedented, all access look inside the world of Tiësto! Never before has anyone been this up close and personal in every part of Tiësto’s world. This first episode is a preview of the amazing journey that will unfold over the course of this season. From Las Vegas to Paris, to New York, Marrakech, Ibiza, and beyond…it’s more than you ever imagined…and just the beginning. So join us now as Tiësto brings you “In The Booth!”
Tiësto & Hardwell – Zero 76 (Intro Music)
Cazzi Opeia – I Belong To You (Alex Bauer & Lanford Remix)
Alex Sayz – Faces (Original Mix)
Lune – Girls With Bangs (Tiësto Remix)
Kryder – K2 (Original Mix)
Tom Hangs ft. Shermanology – Blessed (Original Mix)
Tommy Trash – Future Folk (Original Mix)
Tiësto ft. Kay – Work Hard, Play Hard (Extended Club Mix)
Dune – Heiress of Valentina (Alesso Exclusive Mix)
Tiësto – Maximal Crazy (Original Mix)
Select tracks from Club Life Volume 1: Las Vegas

Other tracks available on Tiësto’s label, Musical Freedom:


Hard Summer Returns as a 2-day Festival

Following the success of the free, sold-out “Hard x Mouth Taped Shut” shows (London, Stockholm, New York, Chicago and San Francisco) and the maiden voyage of “Hard’s Holy Ship!”, the world’s first three-day electronic music cruise, now comes news for the return of Hard Summer. For the first time in its 5-year history, the downtown Los Angeles destination festival will expand to a two-day event, Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4, and returns to the Los Angeles State Historic Park, this time with four stages and 60-plus artists. $99 two-day passes go on sale this Saturday, January 21 at 10:00 a.m. PT at

In 2011, Hard Summer—the largest ticketed music festival in the city of Los Angeles—took on a larger-than-life identity that culminated with 30,000 fans descending upon the Los Angeles State Historic Park to experience performances from an elite group of progressive electronic music artists, including Skrillex, Chromeo, Ratatat, Duck Sauce, Boys Noize, Odd Future and more. “This is the best welcome home party I’ve ever had,” said Skrillex in a piece at

What can fans expect for Hard Summer 2012, a music festival known for its diverse lineup of the most cutting-edge, innovative electronic artists on the scene accompanied by trailblazers from both hip-hop and rock ‘n’ roll? Says Hard founder, promoter and DJ (as Destructo) Gary Richards: “My motto for this year is ‘Trust me.’ This is our fifth year, and I think by now we’ve shown the fans we bring the big names and we introduce the newest of the new every time. We want people to know that we’re so confident about this event that you can start making plans. Book your hotel, pick your outfits, reserve a car because there’s no doubt this is going to be the music event of the summer.”

As a two-day event, “there’s a new element of exploring downtown, meeting people from other places, and creating a whole weekend of adventures,” says Richards. “That’s on top of the 16 hours of madness inside HARD Summer’s boundless acres.”

Adds Richards: “It’s important to me that we as a city and as a company look at this as a destination festival and welcome the people who are going to travel here to our hometown to be a part of this experience. I’ll be happiest to see the boost to the local economy because this isn’t a car-camping, mud-puddle festival; this is right in the middle of gorgeous downtown LA. You’ve got Chinatown, Little Tokyo and all these wonderful places to visit here.”

Hard maintains a strong bond with its audience: “For our loyal L.A. fans, I think most of them already know why the success has grown with us,” says Richards. “Hard’s total ticket price is less than a fraction of other festival tickets, but you’re getting to see 60 amazing artists that I’ve hand-picked for you. You can get to and from the park quickly and safely on the Metro for mere pocket change. The park itself is beautiful, and I’m glad we’ve been able to bring it so much attention (and I can’t wait to surprise you all with some of the improvements we’re making).”
The 2012 line up will underline Hard’s commitment to exposing new talent. Explains Richards: “I’m always happy to give more exposure to the great acts that people haven’t necessarily gotten to see yet. But for the most part, this line-up is going to be about pairing some of the new talent you might not know yet with the legends of electronic music that have yet to play a Hard event. 2012 promises to double the experience.”
(via B-sides)


Mixmag’s Greatest Dance Act of All Time

The results are in! From September to December last year, you voted in your tens of thousands to decide who was the greatest dance act of all time.
The poll was embraced by fans from Birmingham to Buenos Aires – acts campaigned fiercely, heated debate ensued and all of our expectations were exceeded by your response to the poll.

And now the wait is over. Below is a list of your top twenty greatest dance acts of all time, including the all important winner.

In a closely run battle, we can now reveal that The Prodigy have emerged victorious, pipping robotic legends, Daft Punk, into second place by a very tight margin.

Keith Flint of The Prodigy commented: “To walk off a stage and feel like we smashed it – that’s the reward for us, to see the crowd react and know we’ve done what we’ve come to do. But something like this is truly voted for by the people – and essentially we are nothing without them, so it feels awesome and really respectful.”

All at Mixmag offer congratulations to The Prodigy, an act who have managed to stay as exciting as ever, over two decades on from their first gig.

The full results are published in the latest issue of Mixmag, on sale today (Thursday January 19) with comment from all the acts in the top 20. You can grab an iPad/iPhone version here.

We are sure you will have plenty say on the results of the poll, so get busy in the comment boxes below.

Scroll down to see Mixmag’s top 20 greatest dance acts of all time in full:

1. The Prodigy
2. Daft Punk
3. The Chemical Brothers
4. Faithless
5. Deadmau5
6. Plastikman
7. Underworld
8. Fatboy Slim
9. Orbital
10. Moby
11. Leftfield
12. Kraftwerk
13. Pendulum
14. Depeche Mode
15. Justice
16. Basement Jaxx
17. Groove Armada
18. The Shamen
19. Above & Beyond
20. The KLF

(via Mixmag)


Universal Music, RIAA Websites Attacked Following Megaupload Shutdown

CNNMoney reports that following today’s shut down Megaupload by federal prosecutors, “hacktivist” collective Anonymous has apparently attacked the websites for the Department of Justice, Universal Music Group, the Recording Industry Association of America, and the Motion Picture Association of America. A Department of Justice representative commented to CNN, “We are having website problems, but we’re not sure what it’s from”.

The Twitter account AnonOps seems to have confirmed that Anonymous is behind the website takedowns.

(via Pitchfork)


Jamie XX Radiohead Remix Release

Jamie XX has reworked Radiohead’s ‘Bloom’ once again and the track is set for a limited vinyl release.
‘Bloom (Jamie XX Rework Part 3) is, as the title suggests, the third time The XX man has taken on the track previously reworking it for the Radiohead remix album, TKOL1234567.

The track is on a very limited release through Young Turks with only 500 copies available.

You can listen to the track below and buy a copy here. Let us know what you think of Jamie’s latest effort.

(via Mixmag)


Art Department @ Troyka Multispace

Eastern Europe isn’t a forgotten land in the wide world of dance, it just seems shrouded in secrecy. Art Deparment took a trip to Russia and dropped their signature deep, dark, gooey house in an intimate setting at Moscow’s Troyka Multispace. Looks like they know what they’re doing in the land once hidden behind the “iron curtain.”
In the clip, you may recognize Art Department’s remix of DJ T.‘s massive ”Burning”; get it on Beatport here and check out more from the Toronto outfit here, including their recent remix of My Favorite Robot’s ”Wakinda Park.”
(via Beatportal)


Lightning in a Bottle Official Documentary


Bag Raiders Monthly Mix

Here is the first in a (hopefully) year long series of monthly mixtapes. It’s full of tracks by some great producers that we are enjoying right now.. We hope you enjoy them too.. Tell your friends..