Good morning! Today’s news features Swedish House Mafia, Paradiso Festival, Skrillex, Benga, and Guy Gerber. Please read on after the jump.
Swedish House Mafia to split up at end of next tour
Swedish House Mafia will split at the end of their next tour. The dance supergroup has announced that its three members will go their separate ways following a final string of gigs in August.
“We came, we raved, we loved,” Swedish House Mafia wrote on Saturday. Despite their enormous success as a trio, DJs Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso and Christofer Hedfors, aka Axwell, have revealed that they will pursue instead their separate careers. “We want to thank every single one of you that came with us on this journey,” they wrote. “The tour we are about to go on will be our last.”
Axwell, Ingrosso and Angello began performing together in 2008. They released seven singles, including four top 10 UK hits, and also saw huge success in the United States’ booming dance scene. But Swedish House Mafia was never the most important thing on its members minds: “Swedish House Mafia comes last,” their then-manager told Billboard last year.
Tinie Tempah, who worked with Swedish House Mafia on the hit Miami 2 Ibiza, said the group’s decision was “such a shame”. “They came together to create something that was really incredible,” he told BBC Newsbeat. “All the guys are talented geniuses.” Writing on Twitter, Ingrosso waxed poetic: “It’s better to burn out,” he wrote, “than fade away.”
After performing at Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend, Swedish House Mafia’s next British gig is at T in the Park on 8 July, followed by a farewell show at Milton Keynes Bowl on 14 July. They then perform in Ibiza and Stockholm, with one last series of concerts to be unveiled soon.
(via The Guardian)
Paradiso Festival of electronic dance music a throbbing success
A 96-foot-tall Ferris wheel, a Cliff Hanger thrill ride and three stages of pounding electronic dance music (EDM) greeted ticket holders at Saturday’s inaugural Paradiso Festival at The Gorge, in George, Grant County.
With a slogan of “Digital Meets Nature,” the 12-hour, three-stage outdoor dance party was like a 21st century version of the 1968 Sky River Rock Festival and Lighter Than Air Fair near Sultan — without the hippies, mud and counterculture.
From the campgrounds and parking lots, festivalgoers tramped through the grass by the thousands to begin lining up before the official opening at 2 p.m.
The highlight of the evening at the main stage was Swedish DJ Avicii’s two-hour set featuring such songs as the addictively melodic “Levels” and his hit remix of Nadia Ali’s “Rapture,” a soaring, digital dreamscape. Avicii augmented his orchestrations with Sonar pings, Theremin and other incidental sounds, as women on the stage in white costumes resembling Mardi Gras dancers gyrated to snapping rhythms.
The main stage boasted 88 subwoofers, producing a throbbing, deep-bass rumble that kept the tightly packed crowd in the lower bowl in perpetual motion, with hands in the air and feet barely on the ground. Massive panels of LED lights, as well as giant metal ribbons of additional LED lights resembling the rings of Saturn, encircled the performers perched on raised platforms. Some fans wore rainbow-colored headbands, fuzzy boas, multicolored boxer shorts, furry leggings, even Darth Vader masks.
Multiple styles of EDM — from trance to dubstep — were represented by other headliners such as Dillon Francis, R3HAB, Excision, Knife Party, Above & Beyond and Dutch DJ Afrojack, who brought the festival to a close with an explosive set in the wee hours of the morning, while other stages rocked to a finish with Donald Glaude and Wheelz.
Performance artists from San Francisco’s Vau de Vire Society as well as performers from Seattle and Los Angeles circulated through the crowd and often accompanied artists on the main stage. Richard Dalton, of L.A.’s Stilt Circus, stood more than eight feet tall in his brocade emperor’s costume.
The festival ran smoothly, with few apparent problems or visits to the first aid tents. The weather improved as the day went by, with clear skies and temperatures in the 70s by late afternoon.
Paradiso was the largest EDM event to date at The Gorge, with advance ticket sales estimated at more than 19,000 by USC Events, which co-promoted the festival with Live Nation. USC Events is already making plans for 2013. A large, lighted sign greeted festivalgoers as they left the venue: “Paradiso Festival: See You Next Year!”
(via Seattle Times)
Skrillex Gig Cancelled Due to Threat of Chaos
City officials from St Albert, Canada, cancelled a Skrillex gig yesterday (June 24) following concerns that the city wouldn’t be able to handle his fans.
Skrillex was due to headline the Full Flex Express Tour when it visits the city next month. However, officials put a stop to things when they realised there would only be eight police and ambulance staff to deal with the expected 10,000 fans.
Councillor Cathy Heron said: “The city of St. Albert’s just not prepared to deal with the kind of projected numbers”.
“The potential for disaster was just too big,” she added.
She also said that organisers hadn’t given them enough time to draft in reinforcements to control the predicted mayhem.
It also emerged that the festival’s organisers started to sell tickets for the date before the city issued them a permit. Despite the cancellation tickets are still on sale.
Other acts that were set to appear include Pretty Lights, Koan Sound and Diplo.
The organisers, The Union Ltd, are yet to comment.
Read the full story on CBC News.
Benga brings dubstep back underground (sort of)
If you’re sick of Skrillex, think Justin Beiber’s latest venture is one of the lowest points of electronic musical history and miss the days when dubstep was confined to Big Apple Records, then good news: Benga’s got your back. The dubstep don has announced his plans to bring the divisive genre back to its roots, namely London’s underground. Well, sort of.
Benga has produced a custom-built, 32-minute track created to soundtrack the Gatwick Express: the (partially underground) train trip between London Victoria and Gatwick International Airport. So yeah, that’s ‘underground’ in the most literal sense of the word.
The Gatwick Express have commissioned Benga, alongside a couple of less-noteworthy acts to soundtrack a piece of music that lasts exactly long as the route between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport, and features elements that correspond to various landmarks on the journey. “Musically, it was a challenge,” the Parklife-bound producer explained a promotional video. “I tried to sit there and think about the ups and downs, and the delays that I used are all about trying to make it feel like a journey.”
Those keen on spicing up the journey a bit with some wubbs (and some strings, by the sound of it) will be able to download the trip soundtrack after purchasing a ticket. You can listen to snippets of the ride below, but you’ll have to hop aboard the Gatwick Express to hear the full thing.
Guy Gerber’s Fabric Mix Out Today
Remember how we got all excited about Guy Gerber’s upcoming mix for Fabric? Well, the wait is now over. Fabric 64, mixed by GG, is out today.
Following Levon Vincent’s Fabric 63, The Israeli producer has elected to construct his mix using entirely new and unreleased productions, much like the Fabric mixes of Shackleton, Omar-S, and Ricardo Villalabos before him.
He says: “I always wanted to make an album that will be one long composition, kind of like what Steve Reich was doing, and this was an opportunity for me to make the effort and actually try to create it.
“The most important thing to me was to try and create something unique, and to show that sometimes with a change of only one note in the harmony, the whole mood changes. Hopefully I achieved it.”
Get it here.