Sensation in Vegas: An Ocean of White

Banging: Michael Woods at Sensation Vegas.

Las Vegas – An “Ocean of White” flooded the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this past October 5. As the inaugural Sensation in the City of Sin, the Amsterdam-based event welcomed 21-and-up dance music fans clad in all-white attire to a world of massive décor that included a Sputnik-style centerpiece, giant suspended jellyfish, water features, pyrotechnics and plenty of sexy performers.

Walking through the MGM Grand to get to the event was an experience in itself. The casino floor was dotted with white clothing, but as one got closer to the Arena, it was like walking into a communal sea of participants in the know. Costume creativity (or ladies in their skivvies and/or tutus) was less than expected, but the overall effect wowed.

Mr. White: No, not that Mr. White…

Kicking the night off in a rotating DJ booth, Sensation resident Mr. White (no, not a Breaking Bad reference) got the party started with some proper house—save a head-scratching remix of Prince’s “1999”—but super-solid grooves nonetheless.

Keeping the good tunes flowing next was French DJ/producer Sébastien Léger digging deep and playing the best set of the night. Conversely, Holland’s Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano didn’t seem to get the memo that this was a festival and not a typical evening at a Vegas nightclub, and out came the “Clarity” and “Wake Me Up” cards, diverting the night into the typical commercial EDM sound or more familiar offerings like “Jack” and “Now Let Me See You Work.”

Closing out the night, English DJ/producer Michael Woods also went a more banging route with aggressive electro-house, even throwing in a remix of the most overplayed dance track of all time, “Show Me Love.”

Whiteout: The floor at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The overall Sensation experience made the event worth attending, though it was unfortunate that the event was cut down to one day. Here’s hoping Las Vegas gets another chance for Sensation next year, in case you missed it, because it’s definitely a party that dance music fans should be a part of at least once. The next stateside Sensation takes place in Miami on October 12, followed by New York October 26. More information can be found at Sensation.com.

—Deanna Rilling

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Style of Eye and Christian Karlsson Team for New Galantis Single “Smile”

Not much has been heard from Galantis, the collaborative side-project of Swedish DJ/producer Style of Eye and Miike Snow’s Christian Karlsson (Bloodshy of pop production outlet Bloodshy & Avant), besides 2012’s two-track Raveheart EP and the A-Trak collaboration “Jumbo.” The pair is back, however, with “Smile,” premiered yesterday on Pete Tong’s US radio show as one of his Essential New Tunes.

“Smile” opens with a layered acapella of the song’s main lyrical hook before descending into subdued synths and piano. Over the song’s slow build, the bubbly electro synths slowly come in before exploding into a euphoric section featuring vocal repetitions that merge into the track’s instrumental. The anthemic, uplifting sound of the track really plays to both artists’ strengths, with a production reminiscent of  “Taken Over,” Style of Eye’s collaboration with Rebecca & Fiona and vocal production and manipulation that recalls Karlsson’s earlier work with Miike Snow.

“Smile” will be released on November 5th and can be streamed above. For more information on Galantis, go to WeAreGalantis.com.

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See Pioneer DJ’s Artmix Exhibition Benefiting VH1’s Save The Music in LA TODAY

The exhibition of the second edition of the Pioneer DJ Artmix, Pioneer DJ’s fund raising program that sees DJs using CDJs as canvases in order to benefit VH1’s Save The Music Foundation, will take place today at The Bank in Downtown LA’s Art Walk. The event is free and open to the public from 6 – 10pm tonight, and will include CDJs decorated by Zedd, Nervo, A-Trak, as well as America’s Best DJ winners Kaskade and Markus Schulz.

In addition to the display of the Artmix collection, guests will be able to see live DJ performances, take a photo in Pioneer DJ’s “Be The DJ” photo booth, and check out the latest Pioneer DJ gear.

The collection will be available to bid on its CharityBuzz page later tonight, with all proceeds going toward VH1’s Save The Music Foundation. For more information on the Pioneer DJ Artmix, go to PioneerDJ.com/Artmix

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The British Are Coming: Sankeys to Open in NYC This Month

Sankeys’ third season is coming to a close, but the party isn’t stopping as the owners prepare to open a New York edition of the British club on October 31st. The new location will be located in Manhattan on 36th Street and houses two rooms: the famed futuristic-themed Basement and the low-overhead European Spektrum. The club will be outfitted with a Void Incubus sound system in addition to the world’s first hydraulic LED Grid Matrix system.

Sankeys NYC will kick off with a Halloween party featuring an extended set from Reboot, No Regular Play, My Favourite Robot, and Dave Rosario. The rest of the weekend will see live sets from Amirali, Slow Hands, Fur Coat, and Tanner Ross on Friday and sets DJ Sneak, Julian Perez, Deep and JKRIV on November 2nd’s Saturdays Launch Party.

The New York club promises to be a showcase for up-and-coming underground artists in addition to featuring the big names. David Vincent, one of Sankeys’ owners, has long dreamed of moving the club to New York, saying,

“I really cannot wait to finally bring a lot of new music and artistes to the city that taught me about what house music really means. If we can achieve even half what the great clubs like Sound Factory, Paradise Garage and Tunnel did for the city then I will be more than happy.  We have waited three years for this project to finally become a reality. Hopefully it will be worth the wait.”

Sankeys NYC opens on Thursday, October 31st. For more information on the club, go to SankeysNYC.com.

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GIVEAWAY: Meet Kaskade, America’s Best DJ 2013, at Marquee Las Vegas

Kaskade to Accept 2013 Award from Pioneer DJ & DJ Times

Las Vegas—After all the fans’ votes were counted, it was announced this past Sept. 5 that Kaskade was voted America’s Best DJ for a second time. Now comes the moment when he’ll collect the shiny hardware—and you can be there to celebrate with him! (Details below)

This Sunday, Oct. 13 at Marquee Las Vegas, Kaskade will take a quick break from his Atmosphere Tour to accept his special trophy – a personalized, gold-plated DJM-900nexus mixer from Pioneer DJ – plus a commemorative plaque from DJ Times. As Kaskade also won the title in 2011, it marks the first time any DJ has won the 8th annual award twice.

In addition to witnessing the on-stage award ceremony at Marquee Las Vegas, fans will get to enjoy a performance from Seven Lions, who placed #30 on the 2013 America’s Best DJ list, as well as sets from other special America’s Best DJ guests. The show is free, and doors will open at 10 pm.

The Library in Marquee Las Vegas

Additionally, 10 lucky fans will have a chance to meet Kaskade and witness a private pre-award ceremony in Marquee Las Vegas’ Library room. Fans must provide their own transportation.

To enter, simply use the widget below:

YOU MUST BE 21+ TO ENTER, AND BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOUR OWN TRANSPORTATION TO MARQUEE LAS VEGAS. DETAILS WILL BE SENT ON OCTOBER 12TH VIA EMAIL, UPON YOUR RESPONSE TO OUR PRIZE NOTIFICATION EMAIL.

CONTEST RULES: No purchase necessary. The voting period will begin at 5:00PM EST on October 9th, 2013, and end at 5:00PM EST on October 12th, 2013. The winners will each be notified and announced later that day via email, Facebook, and Twitter. The winner is allowed to bring ONE friend of their choice. You will be denied entry if you try to bring more than one friend. The contest/event is only open to those 21+ and in Las Vegas at the time of the event. Winners must respond in a timely fashion via email to confirm their spot, otherwise their prize will be forfeited. DJ Times and Marquee Las Vegas will not be held liable for any damage to personal property or injuries sustained while attending this event.

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Gesaffelstein Brings Guns, Sex, & Gold for “Hate or Glory” Video

To coincide with the release of his I Heart Techno 2013 mix compilation and debut album Aleph on October 28th, Gesaffelstein has released a video for new track “Hate or Glory.” Full of the same cinematic flair seen in the video for his single “Pursuit” this summer, the new clip ditches the sci-fi aesthetic for a California gang theme. Complete with guns, sex, and a gang member literally turning himself into gold, the not-safe-for-work clip outlines the rise and fall of a gang kingpin.

The track itself is a continuation of the sounds heard from the French producer this year, including his work on rapper Kanye West’s Yeezus album earlier this summer. Ominous rumblings, squeaking crashes, and filthy basslines charge in and out of the techno-inspired track, which is ripe with atmosphere.

Aleph will be released on October 28th and Gesaffelstein’s I Heart Techno 2013 compilation is available now. For more information on Gesaffelstein, go here.

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Pretty Lights Previews Full Band Tour with New Video

America’s Best DJ 2013 nominee Pretty Lights kicks off his North American tour in support of his studio album A Color Map of the Sun in Kansas City on October 10th. However, this tour is differentiated from prior performances due to the addition of a live band, which producer Derek Smith has debuted in a new video. Shot during Pretty Lights’ two-night run at Denver’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in August, the video showcases the new ensemble, including drummer, Adam Deitch, keyboardist Brian Coogan, keyboardist Borahm Lee, Scott Flynn on trombone, and Eric Bloom on trumpet. The tour preview showcases the new track “Give Your Love Away,” which was created using samples of the band’s rehearsals.

The tour video preview is above. Full dates for Pretty Lights’ fall tour are below, with more information available at PrettyLightsMusic.com.

Pretty Lights – Fall 2013 Tour Dates
10/10 – Kansas City, MO @ The Midland by AMC
10/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
10/12 – Nashville, TN @ ILLUMINATION @ Greer Stadium
10/16 – Auburn, AL @ Auburn Covered Arena
10/18 – Miami, FL @ Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park – BassLights Show – Pretty Lights & Bassnectar
10/19 – Miami, FL @ Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park – BassLights Show – Pretty Lights & Bassnectar
10/22 – Columbia, SC @ Township Auditorium
10/24 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
10/25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
10/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival
10/27 – Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
10/29 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/31 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Arena
11/1 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
11/2 – Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre
11/3 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hard Day of the Dead
11/6 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
11/7 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple
11/8 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/9 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/13 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
11/14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
11/15 – Lincoln, NE @ Pershing Center
11/16 – St. Paul, MN @ Myth
11/17 – Fargo, ND @ Concert Hall at The Venue
11/20 – Missoula, MT @ Adams Center
11/21 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
11/22 – Seattle, WA @ ShoWare Center
11/23 – Portland, OR @ Memorial Coliseum
11/27 – Reno, NV @ Silver State Pavilion
11/29 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
11/30 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

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A-Trak to Join Danny Brown on Co-Headlining Tour

Fool’s Gold boss and America’s Best DJ 2013 nominee A-Trak will be hitting North America with rapper Danny Brown on this fall’s Double Trouble tour.  The tour will kick of at the Fox Theatre in Pomona, CA on November 8th and will include stops in around the West Coast, including Los Angeles for the second annual LA edition of the free Fool’s Gold Day Off party. The tour announcement coincides with the release of the Detroit rapper’s new album Old on October 8th.

For more information on the Double Trouble tour, go DJAtrak.com.

“DOUBLE TROUBLE” TOUR DATES
11-8 Pomona, CA – The Fox Theater
11-9 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
11-10 – Los Angeles, CA – Fool’s Gold Day Off
11-11 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
11-12 – TBA

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#FreePlayFriday – 10/4/2013

The weekend is finally here! Celebrate the end of your responsibilities for the week with our picks of the best free downloads. Whether you’re looking for the latest in bounce music or the biggest of big room house, we’ve got you covered.

If you’re still transitioning back into the real world after TomorrowWorld or Beyond Wonderland last weekend, Angger Dimas and Swick are offering up two huge tracks that are perfect for any festival’s mainstage. Anger Dimas’ “Jump Floor,” a bonus track off his debut album Angger Management, is a festival-ready bomb with a percussion-heavy drop reminiscent of Martin Garrix’s “Animals” and Knife Party’s “LRAD.” Swick’s remix of Savage Skulls & Douster’s “TRT” delivers a tribal-influenced take on big room house.

With twerking having reached critical mass in pop culture, there’s no better time for two free bounce tracks! First up are Zeds Dead, who team up with Major Lazer and Elephant Man for “Turn Around,” a reggaeton-infused track heavy with sub-bass and synth squeals. Similarly, Victor Niglio invites you to get “Jiggy” on his new track with Mr. Man. Vocal repetitions and high hats pair with didgeridoo samples to create an entrancing bounce anthem.

We recently chatted with Little Boots, who just released a remix of “Cabaret,” originally recorded by Brooklyn-based disco band Escort. The remix recalls the best of contemporary disco with its string section and Boots’ addition of her signature space-synths. Reminiscent of Audien’s “Iris,” Triad Dragons drop “Over The Rainbow,” a soaring progressive house anthem complete with melodic female vocals and anthemic synths.

Listen and download all of the tracks through our Soundcloud below. If you find any outstanding free tracks, remixes, bootlegs, or mashups, tweet them to @DJTimesMag using #FreePlayFriday. We’ll feature our favorites in future editions!

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Atlanta’s TomorrowWorld Festival Wows

Massive: TomorrowWorld’s astounding mainstage.

By Jim Tremayne, Chris Davis & Chris Caruso

Chattahoochee Hills, Ga. – This past September 27-29, ID&T brought its famous mega-production to the Bouckaert Farm outside Atlanta and showed American audiences what’s been missing from its already-massive festival market.

The event’s multiple stages each featured an engaging theme—from the mainstage’s massive “Book of Wisdom” motif to the Hardstyle stage’s scorpion monstrosity. Even a walking trip through the woods to visit a pair of faraway stages brought surprises, like the “firebreathing fish” stationed throughout a nearby lake.

Over 140,000 fans made their way to the deep-in-the-woods venue about a half-hour southeast of downtown Atlanta. Many camped, most partied and everyone danced. It went like this:

Our Friday experience kicked off with an extended visit to Ferry Corsten’s “Full On” stage. Alternating between solo guest sets and back-to-back transitional sets, Corsten performed with trance superstars Shogun, Solarstone, Sied van Riel, Audien, Cosmic Gate, John O’Callaghan and Aly & Fila. Ferry closed out the night with a solo set following this frenetic game of trance musical chairs.

We were lucky enough to experience Sied van Riel slicing into us with his anthemic arena-ready beats, and recovered shortly afterward with Audien’s boat-party trance set. The stage, shaped like the TomorrowWorld/TomorrowLand butterfly logo, was a unique one. Representing the Cyclops eye portion of the logo was the round, open-air stage, while the white sections of the logo created a moat and pool areas. Attendees danced on the purple solid ground.

Post-Full On Ferry we devoted most of our time to the “Deep End” stage, which featured an all-star cast of deep-house, tech-house and techno jocks. Lee Foss was our first act, slamming us with his cold-blooded deep funk in front of a beautiful waterfront backdrop. The stage, adorned with lily pads and screens displaying electric waterfalls, sat on the shore of a large lake located on the 8,000-acre Bouckaert Farm. Later, Damian Lazarus dropped a mesmerizing set of tweaky, trippy tech-house—it was part groove-fest, part alien landing.

Saturday: The Fools Gold Clubhouse offered some of the afternoon’s most unique offerings. Australian-native Anna Lunoe’s set featured a trap-based approach to house, which included a rousing bass bootleg pitting A-Trak and GTA’s “Landline” against the classic vocals of Groove Armada’s “Superstylin’.”

Style of Eye stunned the mid-afternoon crowd with relentless, obliterating bass throughout his uptempo set, with the highlights being Carli’s “Look Up” and a mash-up of Nom De Strip-produced Kylie Minogue track “Skirt” and its GTA remix. Bag Raiders closed out the afternoon with a sundown set full of bright indie dance tunes that packed out the waterfront stage with a grooving disco feel.

Saturday Savior: Maya Jane Coles in the mix.

The night belonged to Pete Tong, whose All Gone Pete Tong tent was one of Saturday’s most atmospheric stages. Decorated with monstrous forest mushrooms, the tent played host to Maya Jane Coles in the early evening, whose deep basslines and mysterious soundscapes left the crowd completely entranced. Once Pete Tong took over, though, the night was taken to another level. Playing a two-hour set, Tong took the sea of ravers on a musical journey that spanned a variety of styles that never let the crowd lose even a part of its frenzied energy.

By Sunday, we could tell how weary festival-goers had become, with a sparser, slowly gyrating crowd trying their hardest to keep up with Sander van Doorn’s late-afternoon Mainstage trope. As the sun set, we were drawn to the Dirtybird stage where a slew of oddball house DJs and producers from Claude VonStroke’s label performed. Dusky kept the vibes relaxed, while Justin Martin destroyed the tree-shrouded dancefloor with booming hip-hop-flavored deep house.

At the Owsla stage, Alvin Risk dropped a crowd-pleasing effort with tracks from Disclosure and Skrillex. Meanwhile, Diplo set it off at the Mad Decent stage: On command, booties were shaking when he dropped “Bubble Butt” and fists were pumping to the well-worn Crookers remix of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.”

Breaking Bad: Armin van Buuren’s TV homage.

Closing out the festival was Armin van Buuren, or as one cheeky festival attendee described, “The God of All Gods.” Recognizing the significance of this particular Sunday for these American festival-goers, Armin walked onstage wearing a “Los Pollos Hermanos” T-shirt from the hit TV series “Breaking Bad,” which aired its final episode during his set. As usual, he took the crowd out to the stratosphere and back with a gorgeous set punctuated by ascending keys and crushing beatdrops—plus his ubiquitous hit, “This Is What It Feels Like.”

By the time the throngs made their way back to civilization, everyone knew that they’d had an experience they’ll never forget. .

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