Good morning! Today’s headlines include Ultra Music Festival, Fatboy Slim, Bassnectar, Snoop Dogg, Wynn Las Vegas, Modeselektor, & Culprit Sessions. Please read on after the jump.
Ultra Music Festival Adds ‘Amazing’ LED Roof To Main Stage
His name is Vello Virkhaus, and his company, V Squared Labs, has had a hand in some of the most epic visual displays in live entertainment over the years. For more than a decade, Virkhaus, or VJ V2, his handle in the industry, has pioneered the evolution of the visual display, integrating visual remixing and 3-D digital animation and directing visuals for live shows for some of the biggest names in music: Korn, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beyoncé and Amon Tobin are but a few of his past clients. (Remember Tobin’s visually masterful ISAM tour last year?)
With an unmatched library of visual loops and effects in his arsenal and a flair for dazzling yet seamless integration, it makes sense that Virkhaus has been at the helm of visuals for Ultra Music Festival for 10 years, having started out with 16mm film projections in UMF’s infancy and now integrating state-of-the-art LED displays.
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And so MTV News readily accepted Virkhaus’ invitation to join him in his studio in North Hollywood, California, for a sneak peek at what he’s been cooking up for Ultra this year.
“We’ve come a long way since last year,” VJ V2 said. “We are looking at what Ultra is going to look like, and this is a preliminary drawing,” he continued as his new designer software, Epic, animated a mock-up of the main stages over 20 LED panels bouncing to music.
“We have this crazy high-definition output system taking it to the next level at Ultra this year,” Virkhaus beamed.
Of course, possibly the most exciting one-up from last year’s undertaking is the presence of, wait for it, an “LED roof” over the stage that is going to be an added visual element for each set.
“This is the overhead grid that’s going to be over viewers,” Virkhaus explained. “You’ve got artists like Tiësto, Afrojack, Skrillex, Avicii — people coming who are going to make a fantastic show for the audience — and we are going to do some amazing visuals. I know [the fans] are going to be blown away with the experience we are bringing.”
VJ V2 will be joining UMF founders Russell Faibisch and Adam Russakoff and team Ultra on the ground at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami this week to help pull off a series of EDM performances that will shape dance music culture for the year.
Fatboy Slim Joins XFM
Fatboy Slim is to join XFM to present 10 shows in the run up to his Big Beach Bootique shows at Brighton’s Amex stadium this June.
Kicking off on March 31, Norman will present a series of one hour mixes on Saturday nights, with the final shows being broadcast on the weekend of the Big Beach Bootique (June 1-2).
The shows will take in a selection of everything from the latest floorfillers to the most stone cold classics with Norman commenting, “If I was allowed to play a ten hour set at BBB5 this would be just about it.”
Tune in for the first show between 6pm-7pm on March 31.
For more information on Big Beach Bootique 5 click here.
Bassnectar Radio: VAVA VOOM Previews
VAVA VOOM – the new album from BASSNECTAR available APRIL 10.
For news, tour info, and a FREE download of “UGLY (ft. Amp Live)” visit www.bassnectar.net
Snoop Dogg’s House Mix
You heard correctly. Snoop Dog, the hip-hop superstar from the LBC known for his gin and juice swagger and dope beats, has created a house mix…and it’s good.
Dubbed the ‘Tekno Euro Mixx’, it actually contains no techno, but a smooth blend of deep house and jazzy tracks on a 70 minute-mix he released on his SoundCloud page.
Check it out for yourself here.
Wynn Signs 34 Dance Music DJs to Exclusive Club Residencies
Over the last few months, Encore Beach Club, Surrender, XS and Tryst have slowly been rolling out their 2012 resident DJ roster, name by super-famous, electronic elite name. But today, the Wynn/Encore clubs dropped a bomb: a list of 34 electronic dance music DJs that have signed exclusive residencies with the clubs in 2012.
The list is packed with new faces, previous Wynn Las Vegas residents and EDM A-listers, including Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Sidney Samson, Tiësto, Skrillex and two-thirds of Swedish House Mafia (sorry, no Axwell). Along with the household names, the clubs have also signed on EDM up-and-comers, like 20-year-old Swedish prodigy Alesso; AN21, Steve Angello’s younger brother; Max Vangeli and Porter Robinson.
Basically, if you like dance music, get ready to have a very busy day and nightlife: Upcoming bookings feature Tiësto at XS on March 31, followed by Max Vangeli on April 13 and Sebastian Ingrosso on April 14. DJ Spider plays Tryst on March 23, and at Surrender, Mike Posner takes over the club March 24, with resident Norman Doray spinning March 30 and fellow resident Bingo Players on March 31. Encore Beach Club starts pool season with Steve Angello on April 21 and Tiësto playing Daystar Sundays on April 22.
(via Las Vegas Weekly)
Modeselektor feat. Miss Platinum – “Berlin”
German electro duo Modeselektor throw a crazy cardboard animation dance party, with King Kong as the guest of honor, in the music video for “Berlin”. The pair’s latest album, Monkeytown, is out now via Monkeytown Records.
Culprit Sessions Announces Rooftop Program in Los Angeles
Now in its fifth year of operation, the Sunday afternoon gatherings on the Standard Hotel rooftop are some of the West Coast’s most picturesque parties. The venue boasts an intimate dancefloor, a fire pit for keeping warm and a spectacular view of LA’s downtown skyline as the sun sets.
As usual, Culprit’s 2012 program features some of today’s biggest names in house and techno, including a number of artists who’ve produced for the label. Craig Richards and The Revenge are the guests for the April 1st opening session, and later in the month Shonky and System Of Survival will play sets. Highlights throughout the year include Maceo Plex, Art Department and Hot Natured (AKALee Foss and Jamie Jones). The Droog trio themselves will occasionally take turns on the decks. The rooftop fun winds down with a closing party in October, details for which are still forthcoming.
Apr 22 Culprit Sessions: Shonky, System Of Survival
May 13 Culprit Sessions: Maceo Plex & Droog
Jun 03 Culprit Sessions: Art Department, Jozif, Droog
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Aug 05 Culprit Sessions: Inxec Live + Droog
Aug 26 Culprit Sessions: Hot Natured + Richy Ahmed (Tbc)
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