GDD™ Morning Update: Skrillex, Avicii, I Dream of Wires, Pelican Fly

• Déjà Vu: Skrillex Wins Three Grammys Before Broadcast Even Starts, Again
• Avicii Working With Nile Rogers, Mike Shinoda, Mac Davis on New Album
I Dream of Wires documentary on the way
• Belgian up-and-comers Pelican Fly announce label comp Feathers: stream Sinjin Hawke’s ‘Prom Nite’ inside


Déjà Vu: Skrillex Wins Three Grammys Before Broadcast Even Starts, Again

The 55thAnnual Grammy Awards is going exactly like last year’s events, at least forSkrillex.

Before the main broadcast began at 5 PM Pacific, Skrillex, the DJ name of 25-year-old Sonny Moore, pocketed three Grammys during Sunday’s pre-telecast events, claiming victory in the exact same categories he won last year. With those wins, Moore, the eight-time Grammy nominee, can now take his total lifetime awards to six after going a perfect three-for-three Sunday.

After nabbing one of the first honors of the day—for “Remixed Recording”—Moore won the awards in the “Dance Recording” and “Dance/Electronica Album” categories for work from his Bangarang EP. Moore wasn’t available due to red carpet commitments after winning his first award on Sunday, but did take the stage following his second victory given to the best dance track of the year.

The inspiration of the album was “a second Peter Pan never growing up and the Lost Boys never growing up,” said Moore alongside Sirah, whose vocals were featured on the “Bangarang” single.

Shortly after exiting, Moore was quickly called back to stage after winning the award for best dance album and came back with his full posse in tow.

“None of the rappers showed up so we had to come rolling deep!” he said pointing to a group of more than 15 of his musical “family.”

Moore, who grossed an estimated $15 million last year, ranked second on FORBES’ first rankings of the world’s top-earning DJs. For his third award of the night, he beat out Steve Aoki, Deadmau5 and Kaskade, all of whom are estimated by FORBES to be among the top-10 earning electronic dance music (EDM) acts in the world.

Speaking after the pre-telecast events, Ryan Raddon, better known as Kaskade, said that he believes the recording academy was now paying more attention to the EDM space.

“We’ve got three categories this year, and the academy is making an effort to include us,” he said. “In years past, the best electronic albums were Rihanna and a lot of pop stuff. Now, they’ve got it really figured out… It’s a well-oiled machine.”

As of the end of pre-telecast awards, Skrillex has won the most gramophones at the 2013 Grammys, and is currently tied with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach with three.

(via Forbes)


Avicii Working With Nile Rogers, Mike Shinoda, Mac Davis on New Album

Avicii knows that in the current world of EDM, it’s all about singles, so to him it’s the perfect time to make a complete song cycle. “Everything is single-oriented now, but that’s why the only reason to make an album is if the whole way through is a great album and every track is like a single,” the Swedish DJ, whose real name is Tim Bergling, told Rolling Stone. “No one’s doing this approach to the electronic music, so it’s exciting to me that EDM is at a place where it’s even possible to do it like this.”

When he says, “do it like this,” what he means is put together an eclectic group of artists from all walks of music to make his next album, which he says is due in late spring or early summer. The roster includes Mike Einzinger of Incubus, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, disco king (and David Bowie and Daft Punk collaborator) Nile Rodgers as well as Mac Davis, the country great who wrote the Elvis Presley hits “A Little Less Conversation,” “Kentucky Rain,” and “In The Ghetto.”

For Avicii, working with all of these different and talented artists allows him to complete his vision. “If you put me in a room with someone like Mike [Einzinger] or an amazing singer, I have the melodies in my head and I know exactly where to take everything, but I’m not able to do it myself, I’m not able to sing. So when I’m with someone who does sing and all these acoustic instruments, I know exactly what to do with it,” he said.  

That vision is a collection that he promises will be much more song-based than anything he’s done yet. “I have access to those people now, so it’s going to be a lot of acoustic elements, but kind of twisted a little bit. It’s way more songs than I’ve done before and it’s everything from folk records to more soulful,” he said.

He’s particularly excited about the teaming with Davis. “We’ve done two songs together, it’s a trip,” he said. “He’s singing on one of them. At the moment in the production, it’s kind of a duet between him and Aloe Blacc and the other one has Audra Mae singing on it. And Mac is one of those, he comes from an era that really doesn’t exist anymore, especially in lyrics.”

The two came together, indirectly, via golf. “Neil Jacobson at Interscope, they play golf together and he knew that I was looking for all of these kind of weird influences for my album, like folk and country,” he said. “I think that’s going to be one of the highlights on the album, the kind of songwriting. When you put a voice like Audra behind it, it’s kind of like Adele meets Nina Simone. When you put a voice like that behind what Mac writes and me in charge of the melodies, it’s so amazing the place he took it. I just met him and he played it on guitar, a song he had from before, and then we switched it around a hundred percent. But we kept like the vibe of his lyrics. It sounds like a classic.”

“Classic” is a recurring word as Avicii discusses the new album. “Me and my manager have been through this so many times, we want eight to ten songs on the album, no more, and we want every single one of them to be a classic,” he said. “I’m not being cocky enough to say that’s what I’m going to accomplish, but that’s the goal.” To that end, although he estimates that he already has twenty tracks done, he is still looking for more – hence a four-day session this coming week in L.A. with Nile Rodgers.

“That could be so amazing. Dude wrote ‘Le Freak,’ that’s all you have to say,” he said. “We were going back and forth with conversation and he’s like, ‘Oh, I’m so looking forward to this, it’s like when I told David Bowie. . . .’ There’s so much history.”

If the album does become the classic Avicii envisions, he has a hell of a backstory for the future Behind the Music. After starting the new year with eight tracks completed for the album, Avicii lost his computer. “My driver stole it, it is fucked up,” he said, and launched into a story of New Year’s Eve pre-concert mayhem in Las Vegas. “My crew took the bags to the room and then they missed that one car ’cause they thought all the luggage was in one car,” he said. “They didn’t check in that car, it had my computer bag in it. He went on the run and he’s blacklisted, but I don’t even care about getting him back, I just want my computer back. I had eight songs done on the album already. Luckily enough I still have all the MP3s, so the ideas are still there.”

(via Rolling Stone)


I Dream of Wires documentary on the way

A documentary about modular synths called I Dream of Wires will be released in June.

The four-hour film was written and directed by Robert Fantinatto, with Ghostly International regular Solvent, real name Jason Amm, working as a producer and co-writer, as well as composing its soundtrack. As Self Titled report, I Dream of Wireswill feature interviews with a number of artists and label bosses, ranging from Planet E chief Carl Craig to Trent Reznor, Vince Clarke, Chris CarterLegoweltJohn TejadaContainerJames HoldenDeadmau5Factory Floor‘s Dominic Butler and Mute founder Daniel Miller among others. 

For an idea of what to expect, you can watch a 12-minute trailer for the film below (the interviews with Craig and Carter have also been posted online). You can also listen to Solvent’s “Themogene,” which features on the film’s soundtrack, on SoundCloud.

(via Resident Advisor)


Belgian up-and-comers Pelican Fly announce label comp Feathers: stream Sinjin Hawke’s ‘Prom Nite’ inside

Up-and-coming Belgian label Pelican Fly will showcase its acts on a new label compilation, Feathers.

The names featured on Feathers will be familiar to those with their ear to the underground: Sinjin Hawke has been fusing hip-hop drum styles with operatic fire and brimstone for several years, while the Manchester-based Samename was recently featured in FACT. Label co-founder (alongside DJ Slow) Richelle and Australia’s Lucid have been getting plaudits in all the right places of late, while Cashmere Cat’s refixes and originals have been attracting attention from the hip-hop and r’n’b overground. Zora Jones, Mister Tweeks and Deebs complete the set.

Feathers will be digitally released on February 18, with a vinyl release to follow later in the year. We’re premiering Sinjin Hawke’s scorching ‘Prom Nite’ below.

Zora Jones – Money Cat
Cashmere Cat – Aurora
Sinjin Hawke – Prom Nite
Mister Tweeks – Rave Land
Lucid – On & On
Samename – Mishima Curse
Deebs – Fillet
Richelle – Circular Motions 2025

(via FACT Mag)