After yesterday’s rain, it’s a clear Wednesday over Los Angeles and we might actually have a Daft Punk rumor worth believing. Read up on the rumor, an EDM tribute at this year’s Grammys, and Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy in Miami after the jump.
New Daft Punk album: “It’s gonna be proper and real”
Overnight, the interwebs went into overdrive about a tantalising comment from funk/disco legend Nile Rodgers to the Houston Culture Map about elusive robots Daft Punk: “Those guys are great. They’re coming to my apartment on Monday and we’re going to talk about making a new record together.”
This morning we were able to go straight to the source ahead of the Chic Australian tour and press Nile Rodgers about the Daft Punk comment. The rub? They’re definitely making a record together and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter had just left his place…
“We were just jamming at my house, but it’s gonna be proper and real,” Rodgers told us down the line. “They came over to my today around breakfast time and it’s now evening I basically had to almost kick them out. We were having so much fun just in an informal setting that we decided to make it formal. And it’s very formal. It’s gonna be amazing.”
Naturally, we asked the man to go deeper. “It’s funny I’ve known Daft Punk for some time now but we were never really close – we never got a chance to hang out with each other, we would just meet in passing,” he happily continued. “So today was the first chance we had to spend hours and hours together and it was just so awesome. Every track they played I just ran across the room and got my guitar and started playing and we were all dancing around my dining room having the time of our lives. It was something that was meant to be. It was interesting how Thomas said to me: ‘It’s funny Nile, it’s like we’ve completed the circle’. We’ve always just met, just had a moment to talk and then finally today we just said, this is something that has to happen.
“The best projects I’ve ever been involved in have always been like that: we vibe on an artistic level first – same thing happened with me and Bowie. Like Bowie, they can speak in abstract terms and I know exactly what they’re talking about. So it was funny, at one point I said, ‘You’ve been talking for two hours and you haven’t actually said exactly what you’re talking about, but I know what you mean.’ It’s all the nuances of music and who a person is as an artist, concepts, where that concept is now in the arch of life – all of that type of stuff, which is what I really understand.”
As hard as we pushed, getting Rodgers to talk in absolutes was no easy sell – but surely this is enough to make Daft Punk fanatics sing hallelujahs.
Grammys 2012: Foo Fighters, Deadmau5, Lil Wayne Band Together for Electronic Tribute
Electronic music will have its moment at the 2012 Grammy Awards this Sunday. Today, the Recording Academy announced a special performance to air live from outside Staples Center featuring Foo Fighters, David Guetta, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and Deadmau5.
The segment will honor dance/electronica music, which has been a dominating force in recent years, especially in the touring realm. Many of 2011’s biggest hits also feature elements of dance music, making the performance even more appropriate.
Ironically, the Foo Fighters received an album of the year nomination for their all-analog Wasting Light, although they did also score an nod for best remixed recording with Deadmau5, who lent an electronic spin to the song “Rope.”
It won’t be their first time delivering a Grammy performance from the courtyard of Nokia Plaza’ at L.A. LIVE. In 2008, the band was joined by The Who bassist John Paul Jones for their hit, “The Pretender” (see video below).
The Grammys have a years-long tradition of pairing unlikely artists for the show’s broadcast, dubbed “music’s biggest night.” Other performances scheduled for Sunday night include Glen Campbell with The Band Perry and Blake Shelton,Coldplay and Rihanna and Tony Bennett with Carrie Underwood.
The show kicks off at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.
Above & Beyond Bring Group Therapy to Miami
The talented trio, Above and Beyond are taking their Group Therapy concert-theater experience to hot-blooded Miami this spring. The group is set to perform at the legendary Bayfront Park Amphitheatre on Thursday, March 22 during Miami Music Week as part of the Ultra Live series.
Joining Above and Beyond onstage are Anjunabeats’ very own Mat Zo, Arty, Jaytech and Boom Jinx.
For ticket information, visit here.