GDD™ Morning Update: Kaskade, EDC Chicago, Disclosure, Novation, Juicy Beach, Morten Breum

Kaskade: “No such thing as selling out”
• Electric Daisy Carnival announces Chicago Stop-off
Disclosure to tour the USA again
• Novation introduces the Launchkey
• Juicy Beach 2013 Phase One Lineup announced
• Morten Breum Releases Stunning Official Video for “Larva (Far Away)”


Kaskade: “No such thing as selling out”

Kaskade reckons there’s no such thing as “selling out”.

The big room house/EDM producer has taken to his blog to opine about the notion of selling out, or not.

“I’d argue that there’s no such thing as a sellout,” he writes, before continuing, “A sellout is thought of as a person who has forgotten their roots, who has sacrificed their personal integrity in order to grab at some fame, fortune, or notoriety… But I can’t believe that they are selling anything out. If that’s where they’re willing to go, that’s who they’ve been all along.”

We’re assuming that Kaskade has taken to his blog due to the recent explosion of EDM-inspired arguments (and debates), in which some artists are simultaneously defending themselves as pure, creative minds and being defamed as peddlers of vacuous, mundane dance music.

He continues: “We all know there are Big Men in Big Suits in Big Buildings, shot-calling what they think will be next. They’re scouting and grooming, with no love or respect for the roots of any genre… And the formulaic, nicely packaged box they put out into the world is glossy, shiny and as easy to swallow as a gel-coated sugar pill… But those pre-fabricated sounds are not sellouts either. Again: if that’s the core, if that is their endgame, that is who they have been from the start. Their roots were not dug in anywhere, they have been untethered from the beginning. There was nothing to sellout, because it was never theirs to sell.”

So, if you always intended to sell out, then that’s cool. You’re excused. Read the rest of Kaskade’s post here.

(via Mixmag)


Electric Daisy Carnival announces Chicago Stop-off

Electric Daisy Carnival has announced that it will stop in Chicago en-route to EDC Las Vegas. The EDM event will take over the Chicagoland Speedway on Memorial Day Weekend, from May 24 -26.

The organisers have also revealed that Chicago will be the only event in EDC’s history to offer camping spaces next to the festival ground.

The Windy City stop-off is one of many for the festival, including New York, Puerto Rico, and Orlando. These visits lead up to its largest event in Las Vegas, from June 21-23.

The line-up for EDC Las Vegas has yet to be announced, although last year’s event featured big names like Avicii, Steve Angello, Afrojack and David Guetta.

Tickets for EDM Chicago will go on sale on January 23 at 12pm CST.

For more info, check out the official website.

(via Mixmag)


Disclosure to tour the USA again

Following last year’s excursion, the two young talents from Croydon will soon be bringing their act back to North America in early 2013.

Having garnered an immense fan base due to their sound, which manages to seamlessly combine both old school garage elements and newer warehouse-ready styles, Disclosure will be playing some of the biggest stages in the United States.

The boys currently have festival stops planned for SXSW (Austin, TX) and Ultra Music Festival (Miami, FL), along with more intimate affairs such as the famed Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York in early March.

(via Mixmag)


Novation introduces the Launchkey

Novation has announced Launchkey, a new series of USB-powered keyboards.

The Launchkey comes in three sizes—25, 49 and 61-key devices are all available—and features an array of programmable faders, knobs and clip-launching buttons. Like most controller keyboards, all of these can be used to control DAWs like Ableton Live. What makes the Launchkey series notable, though, is its integration with a pair of iPad apps that are included with the keyboards. First is the Launchkey synth, which pairs Novation’s synth engine with a touchscreen interface. Synth functions also map to the physical controls on the keyboard. The second app, Launchpad, triggers loops and effects. In addition to the iPad apps, each keyboard comes with Novation’s V-Station and Bass Station software synths, a sample pack from Loopmasters and Ableton Live Lite. Novation has posted a teaser video to YouTube showcasing some of Launchkey’s functionality, which you can check out below:

The Launchkey 49 is available from late February 2013 at a suggested retail price of US$249.99. The 25 and 61 models will be available from late April 2013 at a suggested retail price of US$189.99 and US$299.99, respectively.

(via Resident Advisor)


Juicy Beach 2013 Phase One Lineup announced

Robbie and Monica Rivera announce today the phase one lineup for Juicy Beach – taking place Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the world famous Nikki Beach during WMC / MMW.  Juicy Beach is always one of the standout attractions amongst a week celebrating the global dance scene and the 2013 event is no exception. The first in a series of line-up reveals leading up to the party, we’re now able to announce that in addition to a performance from Robbie Rivera, Juicy Beach will include sets from Bob Sinclar, Cosmic Gate, Moguai, Manufactured Superstars,Nari & Milani, Stefano Noferini, Manuel De La Mare and Federico Scavowho will play alongside all star talent to be announced in the coming weeks.  

Since 2005, Robbie Rivera and his wife and business partner, Monica, have been the driving forces behind the world-renown Juicy Beach party at WMC in Miami each March. The 17-hour events at Nikki Beach Club attract a cast of over 5500 clubbers as well as A-list DJs, and the party has gone on to become one of the week’s most successful events. From 2006 to 2008 Juicy Ibiza parties at Amnesia (sponsored by Armani Exchange) and Privilege in Ibiza & Catwalk in Barcelona welcomed over 6,000 clubbers. To date Juicy Beach has featured a who’s who of DJ talent including Kaskade, Deadmau5Benny BenassiAxwellSander van Doorn,Steve AngelloMark KnightDirty South, Sebastian Ingrosso, Laidback Luke, Joachim Garraud, Thomas Gold and George Acosta, among others.

To coincide with Juicy Beach 2013, Robbie Rivera has launched an online competition seeking out a hot new dance music talent that he can showcase at Juicy Beach and through his Juicy Music label. The Grand Prize winner will receive the opportunity to play along side Robbie and other international DJ talent at Juicy Beach on March 21, 2013 plus the chance to show off those production skills with their very own release on Juicy Music. Robbie isn’t looking for some last minute opening DJ, but a rather a new talent to showcase prominently at the Juicy Beach event and on all promotional materials. Miami is Robbie’s hometown, so yougotta work your ass off THAT much harder to win it.  

To enter, aspiring producers and DJs are invited to submit an original remix of Robbie’s track, “Makes Me Feel Good” along with their best 15-minute mix that incorporates their remix for “Makes Me Feel Good” are available here. Submissions are open until February 10, 2013 with a one-week voting period taking place between February 11 and February 18. Robbie Rivera will personally choose the Grand Prize Winner while the fans will choose the runner up. Winners will be announced onFebruary 26, 2013.  Click here to review the guidelines and submit your work. 

There’s a lot in the works for 2013 including the first ever Juicy World Tour that commences this weekend at Pacha in New York City. After successfully bringing Juicy Beach to New York City’s Governors Island (the first North American Juicy Beach show outside of Miami), Robbie’s decided to bring Juicy themed parties directly to fans across North America.  Look out for addition tour dates and the Juicy Beach Phase Two lineup coming soon


Morten Breum Releases Stunning Official Video for “Larva (Far Away)”

The Danish studio wizard and dance floor surgeon, Morten Breum, releases the stunning official video for his critically-acclaimed masterpiece, “Larva (Far Away).” As the track has already received excellent radio reviews, it is to no surprise that it gets visual treatment that is as beautifully mysterious as it is hypnotizing. Watch the “Larva (Far Away)” official video here:

WIth an infectiously growing presence in the United States and around the world, Morten Breum is bringing himself to the forefront of EDM with every impressive release and thrilling performance given. The official video for “Larva (Far Away)” draws upon dark imagery to show a few women delving into a mystifying drug-induced beat-driven experience.  With those women, vibrant colors, psychedelic patterns, and subtle shots of Morten himself, the video provides for an entertaining and artistic perception of sounds. 

Catch Morten at Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles this Saturday and stay tuned for his awe-inspiring new remix of the Stafford Brothers’ hit song “Hello,” featuring Lil Wayne & Christina Milian, at the end of January.