• Tomorrowland 2013 sells out in an instant
• Baauer Explains Azealia Banks “Harlem Shake” Squabble, Working With AlunaGeorge on New EP
• Listen: Tensnake‘s summer-ready new Essential Mix
• Skrillex, Diplo, and A-Trak launch YouTube music network – Potato Will Eat You
Tomorrowland 2013 sells out in an instant
In the least surprising breaking news of 2013 so far, ID&T’s mammoth Tomorrowland festival in Belgium has sold out. The international ticket sale flashed by, with some lucky thousands claiming their spot and many more narrowly missing out. ID&T is also expected to make a big announcement on Monday 18 February at 10am EST, which is 2am on Tuesday morning in Australian Eastern Daylight Time.
The 2013 Tomorrowland line-up is being steadily revealed through the festival’s Facebook page. So far, the list includes Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Tiesto, Sebastian Ingrosso and Axwell. It will continue to grow over the coming months.
Last year, 180,000 people found out first hand why Tomorrowland has become the stuff of lore for dance music devotees. In a nutshell? Over three days in the Belgian town of Boom, a rollcall of the biggest names from every corner of dance music converge, flanked by jaw-dropping, no-expense-spared production. In 2012, the bill boasted big commercial players like Swedish House Mafia and David Guetta alongside legends Sven Vath and Carl Cox, plus a trance contingent led by Above & Beyond and plenty of devoted hardstyle, bass and techno stages. In sum: it was as big as festivals come. You check out the epic ‘after-movie’ from 2012 – 50 million views and counting – below.
“The biggest achievements of Tomorowland are simultaneously the ridiculous level of spectacle, the incredible detail in the set-up that creates a cohesive fantasy world at every step, as well as being the ultimate salute to those who enjoy a genuine spectrum of different dance music,” our reviewer wrote. “There’s something special about the fact that Dave Clarke, David Guetta and Josh Wink can all be playing at the same time, each with a set-up that’s equally as spectacular in its own way, and that these worlds can all exist alongside each other.”
Baauer Explains Azealia Banks “Harlem Shake” Squabble, Working With AlunaGeorge on New EP
Last week, “Harlem Shake” producer Baauer found himself in the line of Azealia Banks‘ bridge-burning fire. She released a remix of the song that generated a thousand memes; Baauer had it removed. Cue Azealia Banks calling him a “faggoot” on Twitter. “I can post emails showing where u gave me permission to use Harlem shake,” she fought back. She then Tweeted, “@Diplo just sent me an email saying the reason they won’t let my Harlem shake remix fly is because they’d rather have juicy j on it” and “I feel like Harlem shake was a ho with some free pussy and everyone was allowed to fuck but me. “
Now, Baauer has responded to Banks. In interview with the Daily Beast, Baauer explained that he had planned to release a version of the song with Banks quite a while ago. But when her verse wasn’t up to snuff, he pulled the plug on the collaboration and went ahead with the instrumental version of the song.
“She laid something on ‘Harlem Shake’ and it was so/so. Didn’t love it,” he said. “And that was a little while ago, and since all this video stuff happened, our plans all changed. Because of that, we decided to just release the song on its own with no vocal version. So we told her, ‘Please don’t release your version.’ And she said, ‘Well, I’m going to put it online anyway.’ And we said, ‘Please don’t. We’d really like it if you didn’t.’ And she did.”
In other Baauer news, he tells the Daily Beast he’s working with Aluna Francis from AlunaGeorge and Just Blaze on his upcoming EP that will be released throughLuckyMe. He’s also potentially working with A$AP Rocky.
Listen: Tensnake’s summer-ready new Essential Mix
Introduced by host Pete Tong as “the man who brought the disco back to the dancefloor”, Hamburg’s Tensnake stepped up for the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix over the weekend. With the Northern Hemisphere still shivering through the tail-end of winter, the producer otherwise known as Marco Niemerski brings some trademark sunshine onto the show. From the ecstatic rush of Coma Cat to his ‘90s house throwbacks Something About You and Mainline, as a producer Niemerski does ‘feel-good’ like a pro.
“I think this mix is really nice, deep and groovy,” he says at the top of the show. “It starts quite slowly; a bit of disco in the beginning, and then it switches a little bit, more house-y and clubby stuff. It also features two unreleased tracks of mine off my forthcoming album.” Niemerski confirms that the album is finished and slated for a 2013 release. Tensnake also remains busy on the remixing front, with credits for Lana Del Rey, Friendly Fires, Little Dragon, Mark E, Aloe Blacc and many more. Hit play and let the good times roll.
“I really do enjoy instrumental music, but I have to admit I love pop music,” Niemerski told inthemix in 2011. “For me, a great song has to have a great voice in there. I don’t listen so much to lyrics. For me, the voice is the instrument, and it adds colour to the whole production. I think a voice makes it complete. I remember six or seven years ago, with pure electro music or minimal, you would rarely hear any vocals, just short sample snippets. It’s really joyful to have vocals in the clubs again!”
1. Alice Coltrane – Krishna
2. Move D – Untitled B2
3. Kruse & Nuernberg & Polargeist – Temperature Rise
4. Trujillo – Acapulco Gold (Ron Basejam Remix)
5. Bang Goes – I Can’t Hold It
6. Du Tonc – Darkness
7. Nickodemus – Los Tarantos
8. Galarude – Cero (DJ Harvey Remix)
9. EJECA – Dazed
10. Jan Jelinek – Tendency (Tensnake Edit)
11. Martin Patio – Your Lips
12. Anthony Middleton – Till The End Of Time
13. James Welsh – The Way (Tom Demac Remix)
14. Monika Kruse feat. Robert Owens – One Love (Rampa Remix)
15. Terranova – I Want To Go Out (David Mayer Remix)
16. FCL – It’s You (San Soda Panorama Bar Acca Version)
17. Gerd – Palm Leaves (Deetron Remix)
18. Medlar – Knockard Pearl (Detroit Swindle Remix)
19. Leslie Clio – Couldn’t Care Less (Iron Curtis Remix)
20. Hot Chip – How Do You Do (Todd Terje Remix)
21. Boe & Zak – Kiss My Cologne
22. Vicky Devine – The Beat Is Mine (Soul Clap Remix)
23. T-Coy – Carino
24. Tensnake – ID
25. Felix Da Housecat – What Does It Feel Like (Royksopp Return To The Sun Remix)
Skrillex, Diplo, and A-Trak launch YouTube music network – Potato Will Eat You
They hinted at a collaboration a year ago when shooting the Billboard cover. Now, following a promo video uploaded to YouTube last week, all is becoming (a little) clearer.
Today sees the launch of a YouTube music network that’s headed up by the all-powerful DJ tripod: Skrillex, Diplo and A-Trak.
The channel, titled Potato Will Eat You, is inspired by the spirit of early music television and will “give voice and vision to the immensely diverse and ever-growing field of music.”
Watch the trailer below to get a little flavour of what’s on offer and tune into Potato Will Eat You today at 4pm (EST).