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Coming In Hot

It’s pretty much standard operating procedure for us here at GDD™ to leave for Vegas in the middle of the night. Nothing really beats pulling into Vegas at sunrise, begging to be allowed to check-in early, being denied, and then just getting cocktails and playing video blackjack at the bar until the pool opens. After our weekly VERSUS party in Santa Monica Jonah Berry, myself (Burn Unit, the artist formerly known as Matt Black) & Co. hopped on the 10E and headed towards our destiny in the desert. It wasn’t long – okay, like sixteen hours – before we were finally in a limo on our way to the festival. Traffic was pretty congested around the city but as we pulled closer and the excitement built it didn’t really matter.

First Impressions

The anticipation in the air was palpable as the entire crowd in line roared and started chanting. Finally walking through the tunnel and laying eyes on the new EDC festival home it really set in. Two of my favorite things in the world – Vegas and EDC – had collided to form a truly unique festival experience. We walked through the crowd for Bloody Beetroots and for the first time in well over a year I slightly enjoyed hearing ‘Warp‘ as we made our way towards the Circuit Grounds stage to check out the fellas in Cosmic Gate. The quality of the production all around me was incredible, there were dozens of people to buy waters from roaming the crowd, more than a few cops who actually seemed to be somewhat enjoying the sights and sounds, and rides everywhere. From top to bottom Insomniac had put together something special, considering every detail, and it showed from the beginning. We all knew this was going to be a weekend to barely remember but never forget.

Jonah: The Top 3

As Matt so eloquently described above, Insomniac outdid themselves this year and brought one of the best massive electronic events in the world to Las Vegas and succeeded. With production and talent being second-to-none, Pasqualle and the lovely people at Insomniac spared no expense on making the Electric Daisy Carnival the best overall experience you could ever ask for as a music and art enthusiast. Every direction I looked in I was dumbfounded by the sheer size of the stages, the fireworks that seemed like they lasted for hours, and the top tier artists on all stages at all times. Here’s a breakdown of my top 3 acts by day:

Friday – Richie Hawtin presents Plastikman — There’s not too much to say about Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman set that you don’t/should already know. The man is an audio/visual genius. After seeing the Plastikman show at Coachella a couple years back, I thought I pretty much knew what to expect from the show last weekend in Vegas, but once I glared upon that monstrous LED curtain while simultaneously getting rammed in the ear with body-vibrating Minimal Techno, I knew that Richie was about to amaze me once again. Lucky for me, I had remembered my Plastikman iPhone App, so I had a live streaming video of the man behind the curtain at all times. Lucky for the crowd, Richie came out in front of the curtain at the end of his set to prove he is, in fact, a human being. If you have not seen Plastikman, I highly encourage you to do so the next chance you get.

Saturday – Boys Noize It seems that it’s standard now for Boys Noize to make the top performances of any festival we cover. I can confidently say that the man is a living legend, and his song selection and powerful DJ prowess have never, ever let me down. His set commenced with a new track, unknown to me at the time, which repeated ECSTASY about 15-20 times before launching into a massive drop that nurtured the crowd’s need for a big-time Boys Noize banger. Despite some festival-goers losing their marbles just after this first drop, the set went on and was as relentless as ever, with the staples of a BN set bursting through the Vegas desert including “& Down,” “Yeah/Swoon,” and “My Moon My Man.” As long as Mr. Alex Ridha doesn’t start playing top 40 mashups, I’m pretty sure he’ll always be at the top of my list wherever I witness his performance.

SundayAfrojack — Like many artists at EDC this year, Afrojack was slotted for two sets: Saturday night at Kinetic Field and Sunday night at Cosmic Meadow. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to catch his set on Saturday (though I heard it was fantastic), but fortunately I saw his set in its entirety early Monday morning at the Cosmic Meadow stage. It’s safe to say that the man is one of the best DJ/producers out there. With an arsenal of original tracks and a fresh Grammy under his belt, Afrojack is leading the charge across the ever-closing gap between Pop and House music. Thanks to the great people at Insomniac, we were able to watch this monuMENTAL set from the stage, as Afrojack wanted everyone up there to be right behind him for his entire set. He even moved his own monitors so the sound would project towards the people on stage and not him! There was ‘Bangduck.’ There was ‘Pon De Floor.’ There was ‘Take Over Control.’ And thank baby Jesus there was no ‘Sexy Bitch.’ I can’t wait to see this guy again.

BONES: EDC OVERALL

My two colleagues above seem to capture the energy of the festival and the top performances of the weekend, but with the opportunity to have all-access coverage of EDC what really made this weekend for me was the level of ease we enjoyed every aspect that was put in to making the festival a resounding success. With the festival going from literally 8pm till sunrise, it was the first time I was able to witness Boys Noize and MSTRKRFT (you better believe I went to both) from dawn til’ the break of sunlight.


The production of the stages uniquely complimented each lineup accordingly – the BASSPOD shaped like a transformer Ferris wheel with the DJs performing in the center, the main stage given a huge upgrade in size that made you feel like an ant when you came near it. All I can say is that the production throughout the festival was out of control.

With attendance reaching around 80 thousand each day the new location at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway made the crowds flow easily as we maneuvered through the masses to reach every stage and attraction. The layout of the Speedway also made it possible for Insomniac Events to really capture the carnival theme, and in a town full of performers it was clear that all of the dancers, jesters, bikers, and even fish people were truly skilled and appropriately matched to the night’s festivities. As if that wasn’t enough, the pyrotechnics and fireworks were enough to hold us over beyond the 4th of July. Everything just seemed to go right all weekend, with the hundreds of amazing performances and the problem-free atmosphere making for a spectacular first year in Las Vegas. With the news of all the success traveling far and wide, we can only imagine how much is going to be put into next year!

GDD @ EDC: THE VIDEO
Don’t just take our word for it – we were lucky enough to have our great friend and videographer Clare Wadsworth put together a highlight video of all we experienced during the weekend!

GDD ♥ EDC from Clare Wadsworth on Vimeo.

TUNEAGE:
Fortunately @ EDC this year, many of the performances were captured on Sirius satellite radio, so you can relive some of the best sets from the weekend!

Afrojack
Avicii
Benny Benassi
Chuckie
Cosmic Gate
Hardwell
LA Riots
Laidback Luke
Martin Solveig
Roger Sanchez
Sidney Samson
Steve Aoki
Zedd

What a butt, right? Anyway, I’d like to thank you all for your feedback on the recent Dirts that we’ve been putting up in past weeks. We know you guys all love your free music, but we also want to make you all aware of great new tracks that big time artists are playing out that you may not have heard of before. Therefore, we will be keeping The Dirt to tracks available for download, zipped up tight for your bulky pleasure. In addition, we will be starting up a new Artist Chart-type feature where artists will throw us 10-15 tracks that they’re fond of. Not sure what to name it yet, so if you guys have any ideas feel free to comment below. We’d love to hear your input.

This week, Troy Kurtz and I decided to do a double-team Dirt for you guys. Each of us took a completely different take on these tunes, so don’t be surprised that his 6 have absolutely no relation to my 6. TK has used his recent trip to ATL as an inspiration, and I just felt like it was necessary to go with some of the bigger House tracks that have been in heavy rotation since last Monday. Let us know what you think! Tunes after the jump. Continue Reading

Seriously now does Dillon Francis ever sleep? Seems like every time I look he is giving away another free track. I guess the boy must not like money that much!  This time he’s giving away his remix of Chris Brown‘s “Look At Me Now,” produced by Diplo and Afrojack. Head on over to his Facebook to snag it now!

If you’re in LA this Friday, come out and see Dillon spin in the Honey Lounge at CONTROL at the Avalon. In the mean time, check out the video of his set he did for Red Bull at the Boiler Room in London.

See you Friday!

KMOC

If there is one thing Afrojack can be thankful for, it’s the amount of support and fans he’s gotten over the past year or so, making him one of the most popular DJs on the planet. In honor of the big man reaching 100,000 followers on Twitter and more than 250,000 Facebook friends, he is giving away a special funky rework of Pacha On Acid called POP ON ACID, made especially to show his gratitude for his die hard fans. Here’s what he had to say about it:

“Thank you all for the support over the past years. I’m super happy that we came this far and still going strong with dance music (and even Afrojack music) on the radio now. The world is going crazy for it and there’s more and more people sharing the love. So as promised here is a small gift. it was meant to be its own release, but Fuck it – there’s so much coming right now, so I’m giving you this track for free! Have fun listening to and see you guys soon!”

Afrojack – Pop On Acid √+

Another week, and another VS. party at The Central in Santa Monica. You’ll all be happy to know that we are making this week FREE with RSVP at DANCEiSM.com again with sets by two secret guests as well as opening performances by ///BONES, Tre, and The Kid. Come on out to the West Side for some good ol’ fashioned GDD™ fun.

Listing Info:
The Central: Social Aid & Pleasure Club
1348 14th St., Santa Monica, CA
FREE w/ RSVP at DANCEiSM.com
21+  9PM – 2AM

Big, Housey √+ Tunage:
Avicii – Street Dancer (Original Mix) [Beatport]
Drop The Lime – Hot As Hell (Yolanda Be Cool Remix) *192kbps

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jonahberry

Just when you thought it was safe to start thinking his signature sound is fading, Benny Benassi goes and unleashes another big room monster. Definitely let loose on the festival circuit this past year (including Ultra and EDC), Benny’s new jam ‘House Music’ hints at the production assistance of Afrojack, who remixed the anthem ‘Satisfaction’ early this year. Although the track was featured as a bonus on his ‘Spaceship’ EP, it seemed to not achieve the credit it deserves. To boot, Dim Mak’s Autoerotique (formerly VNDLSM) has laid down a diabolical remix to revive the release – I look forward to seeing if anyone else does any justice of their own to the new Benny banger. Until then, grab these and fire away.
///BONES

The young Netherlands export Sander Koetze, or Seductive, has done it again with another tribal anthem in his new EP Hard Rockin.’ The Dim Mak released ep is loaded with noisy remixes from Tom Stephan, Bassjackers, Malente and more. Huge release for this guy, with upcoming releases on Mad Decent and Southern Fried. Also got some other huge tunage for ya in that ballpark. Respect.

BONUS DRUMS:

Ralvero & Bassjackers – Rambo (Original Mix) √+

///BONES

Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to attend DJMag‘s Top 100 DJs award ceremony at London’s highly acclaimed Ministry of Sound. I’ve never seen a club so rammed, as thousands flooded the streets, in line to catch sets from some of the world’s top acts. Afrojack opened up the second room, with a pretty tight two hour dutch house set, but the vast majority were there to find out who’d be crowned the world’s number 1 DJ. Armin Van Buuren received the award for the fourth time in consecutive years, as several hundred in the club appeared to groan at the lack of change.

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For the past month or so, my obsession with big room and tech house has grown into an insatiable and undying need for more booming tracks. In come house masterminds Gregor Salto and Hardwell. These two very talented artists from Holland have been making some huge splashes in the EDM pond this year. Gregor Salto has pumped out three separate releases on three different labels (including one on his own label G-Rex) just since the end of June; the most notable being his collaboration with Afrojack titled ‘I’ll Be There.’ His tech influence mixed with Latin flavor is brilliant and unlike anything I’ve ever heard. Hardwell has shown that age does not equate with talent as he has already co-produced tracks with the likes of Chuckie as well as produced commissioned remixes for Laidback Luke, Steve Angello, and Sharam; all at and before the age of 21! Needless to say, I’m sure the rest of 2010 will prove to be a huge year for these Dutch producers, and if they keep up their creative and groundbreaking ideas, 2011 won’t be so bad either.

I’ve carefully selected a few goodies for you guys that I have been pumping in the GDD™ Penthouse all day. All are 320 and definitely √+
BONUS!
I had Sneevs put this in The Dirt a few weeks ago, but I had to put it up here again in case any of you missed it. One of my favorite tracks of the summer by far.

jonahberry

This morning our dear friends over at Ministry of Sound were kind enough to give us an exclusive for all you loyal fans out there. They have sent us over the newest label-approved remix of Afrojack’s super hit “Take Over Control” done by the English super producer Adam Fenton (Adam F). For all those who have been living under a rock the past 10 years, Adam F is one of the biggest names in the dub game. He has worked with everyone from DJ Fresh to Redman. Needless to say, his producing skills are second to none. In his remix of this notorious Dutch banger, he has successfully been able to take out the Dutch horn sound and create a subtle yet perfect dub mix. I highly suggest you check it out! Do not forget to pick up the 320 version when it drops November 7th on Ministry of Sound Records.
Cheers!
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