GDD™ Morning Update: David Guetta on Critics, Above & Beyond on American EDM, Amon Tobin ISAM Live 2.0 Tour, SOUNDUO Dub Occupation Tour

Happy Friday! Today’s stories include David Guetta’s message to his critics, Above & Beyond on American EDM, Amon Tobin’s ISAM Live 2.0 Tour, and the SOUNDUO Dub Occupation Tour. Please read on after the jump.


David Guetta on his detractors: “F*ck them”

No matter what David Guetta does, it’s going to be divisive. With prime placement amongst dance music’s top-earners and a staggering 34 million fans on Facebook, the DJ is not the first guy you’d expect to “hijack the system”. Regardless, that was the motto that went with Guetta’s show this week in London: a ‘secret’ party in a warehouse-style space presented by Burn energy drinks, a Coca Cola product. The event was a collaboration with Paris-born, Los Angeles-based street artist Mr Brainwash (the subject of Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop documentary), who gave the venue its look. He’s also set to direct the music video for the Guetta/Nicky Romero hook-up Metropolis. Mr Brainwash’s real name is Thierry Guetta, but the pair is not related.

A corporate-sponsored night that was all about celebrating dance music’s DIY roots pretty accurately sums up the paradoxes of David Guetta. However, as picked up by Mixmag and other UK outlets, before his set the Frenchman gave short shrift to the critics who berate him for diluting dance music and selling out. “I would say fuck them,” he said. “I come from that scene. When I started making music I was only about 11-years-old, the reason I was underground was because I didn’t have a choice. If I think my music is amazing, why would I not want to share it with more people? I think people are really narrow-minded. Why shouldn’t I be sharing my music with the world? We need to keep this music going for ourselves.”

The London party, which featured a surprise appearance from Nicky Romero, was advertised as David Guetta going back to his roots. “In the beginning of the ‘90s, I was organising raves,” he says in the video below. “We used to give a phone number, and say, meet you at eight [pm] at this place. I would put the soundsystem and lights in a tunnel under construction. We would bring 2,000, 3,000 people; this is where I’m coming from.”

(via inthemix)


Above & Beyond: Is the EDM Bubble About to Burst?

The explosion of EDM in America and all over the world is undeniable. It’s created a love or loathe effect within the dance music scene and is dividing the opinions of fans and DJs across the globe.

In an exclusive interview with Mixmag, Above & Beyond expressed their concerns about the state of commercial dance music and the effect it is having on dancefloors across America.

Jono from Above & Beyond talked about his experiences of EDM in Las Vegas and how he sees the growing genre: “The bubble in America is gonna burst. It’s got to the stage where it’s all about what we call The Playlist. There are about 12 records that these DJs are playing. They may play their own music in their sets around the world but when they come to Vegas, it’s a case of sticking to The Playlist. It’s a bit cynical really.”

The dance music legend went on to talk about the experience that club goers are looking for in a night and how it may not be exactly what they are expecting due to artists seeming to be more concerned with the table & mainstream crowd and keeping promoters happy rather than their long term fans.

“In the process they lose all their identity. As an artist, you hope that people come to see you for your art, not just to hear the Top 10. A club could hire almost anyone to do that job” he said.

Read the full transcript of the conversation between Above & Beyond and The Pet Shop Boys here.

(via Mixmag)


Amon Tobin Brings ISAM 2.0 to North America

Amon Tobin will embark on a tour of North America with a reworked version of his ISAM show this fall.

The Brazilian-born artist released his latest album ISAM last year, which saw him further exploring field recording techniques, “crafting entire synthetic instruments from slivers of incidental sound” as our review put it. The album was complemented by a worldwide tour that saw Tobin couched in a large-scale stage installation (pictured right) with elaborate video-mapped projections to match the music. ISAM made appearances at Sonar, Coachella and clubs across Australia among other places. This autumn he’ll bring the show on another North American tour with what he’s calling ISAM Live 2.0. 

This second version of the show will feature new aural and visual components, including new material from his Two Fingers project, which will release a new albumcalled Fools Rhythm in October. The tour will see him criss-cross the US, hitting both coasts as well as midwestern and southern dates, beginning September 1st in Seattle, ending in Los Angeles on October 12th, with one Canadian stop in Toronto on September 10th. No word yet on opening acts.

Washington State, United States of America  Sep 01  Amon Tobin ISAM Live, Moore Theater, Washington State
Oregon, United States of America  Sep 02  Amon Tobin ISAM Live, Roseland Theater, Oregon
Colorado, United States of America  Sep 04  Amon Tobin ISAM Li.., Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Colorado
Minnesota, United States of America  Sep 06  Amon Tobin ISAM Live, Orpheum Theater, Minnesota
Illinois, United States of America  Sep 07  Amon Tobin ISAM Live, Congress Theater, Illinois
Illinois, United States of America  Sep 08  Amon Tobin ISAM Live, Congress Theater, Illinois
Michigan, United States of America  Sep 09  React & AEG present:.., Royal Oak Music Theatre, Michigan
Toronto, Canada  Sep 10  Amon Tobin ISAM Live, Kool Haus, Toronto
Massachusetts, United States of America  Sep 12  Amon Tobin ISAM Live, House Of Blues, Massachusetts
New Jersey, United States of America  Sep 13  Amon Tobin ISAM Live, The Wellmont Theatre, New Jersey
New York, United States of America  Sep 14  Amon Tobin ISAM Live, Hammerstein Ballroom, New York
Pennsylvania, United States of America  Sep 17  Amon Tobin ISAM Live.., The Electric Factory, Pennsylvania
South Carolina, United States of America  Sep 19  Amon Tobin ISAM Live Tour, Brooks Center, South Carolina
Georgia, United States of America  Sep 20  Amon Tobin ISAM Live Tour, The Tabernacle, Georgia
Florida, United States of America  Sep 21  Amon Tobin ISAM Live, House of Blues Orlando, Florida
Florida, United States of America  Sep 22  The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater..
Texas, United States of America  Sep 24  Amon Tobin ISAM Live Tour, Palladium Ballroom, Texas
Texas, United States of America  Sep 25  Amon Tobin ISAM Live Tour, Austin Music Hall, Texas
California (North), United States of America  Oct 05  Amon Tobin ISA.., Berkeley Greek Theatre, California (North)
California (South), United States of America  Oct 12  Amon Tobin ISAM Live.., Greek Theatre, California (South)

(via Resident Advisor)


SOUNDUO – Dub Ocuppation 2012

Following the release of their first full length EP (via Made in Glitch) ‘Departures’ and subsequent non-stop Southeast touring in the first half of 2012, Sounduo has entered the summer season with some exciting releases. These releases included an official future dub remix of The Easy All Star’s ‘Billie Jean ft. Luciano,’ as well as a track on a Gravitas Recordings’ collaborative dub compilation ‘Dubble Trubble’, along side world renowned artists such as Govinda, RUN DMT, Zionoiz. 

With only positive progression on their minds, Sounduo is proud to announce their first full length East Coast tour – Dub Occupation 2012, as well as the release of their brand new website, Fans now have a one-stop shop to stay up to date with all things Sounduo. In celebration of this news, Sounduo has made a brand new track entitled ‘Zion’, available for free download for all who sign up for their mailing list. There are a few more surprises throughout the site, such as their first music video for their single, ‘Predator’. So make sure you take a minute to browse around to see what else is in store!

Dub Occupation 2012 will have Sounduo bringing their unique sound of post-dub, spanning from Florida all the way up to Maine. They will also be introducing a brand new audio/visual synced stage rig featuring 3-D mapped structures, and more. Along the way, Sounduo will be sharing bills with acts such as Ill Gates, Ill Esha, Samuel Paradise, Jimkata, Arpetrio, and many more.   

For more information on each show, as well as a to preview to their live performances, check out  

Sounduo Tour Dates 

8/24 – Club 39 – New York City, NY
8/25 – Mint Green Music Festival – Woodstown, NJ
9/4 – Episodes – Tallahasee, FL
9/5 – New Earth Music Hall – Athens, GA
9/6 – Roasted Cafe – Macon, GA
9/7 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal Wets
9/8 – Livewire Music Hall – Savannah, GA
9/9 – Pitsurf – Devil Hills, NC
9/11 – Five Points Pub – Columbia, SC
9/12 – Rapture – Charlottesville, VA
9/13 – Canal Club – Richmond VA
9/14 – Cidar House – Knoxville, TN
9/15 – Baltimore, MD – The 8×10
9/19 – Wonderbar – Alston, MA
9/20 – Stella Blues – New Haven, CT
9/21 – Empire Dine and Dance – Portland, ME
9/22 – Kingman’s – Old Town, ME
9/23 – Monkey House – Winooski, VT
9/26 – The One Stop – Asheville, NC
9/27 – The Pour House – Raleigh, NC
9/28 – The Fillmore, Bass Church – Charlotte, NC
9/30 – Club TSI – Jacksonville, FL
10/2 – The Stage – Miami, FL
10/4 – Green Room Live – Ft. Lauderdale, FL