Protect IP Act

It’s a bill tailored by the the entertainment industry to try and stop pirating of music and movies on the web, but is positioning itself to disrupt how we use the internet day to day…

What our generation does on a daily basis would incur huge penalties, fines, and possibly jail time for simply trying to spread the music we love to the masses. Trying to hype new songs, artists, and albums would be infringements that give private corporations the ability to block OUR blog(s). It’s an unprecedented bill that is being fast-tracked through Congress in the dark of night and should be spread through the same facets that it’s trying to hinder!

Some more food for thought on this disturbing topic:

According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.

We can’t just stand by, like the corporations are expecting us to… let us stand united and fight this together! Go to the website below and fill out the information it needs to help support the cause.

http://americancensorship.org/

An EDM Laundry List

Alrighty ya’ll so I have got everything from mainstream to movie trailers to remixes to dubstep and trance.

This LMFAO track is a few months old but after recently hearing R3HAB’s super sexy remix of it I decided to check out the original video and it is definitely worth the watch.

LMFAO ft. Natalia Kills – Champagne Showers

LMFAO ft. Natalia Kills – Champagne Showers (R3HAB Remix)

Nothing But the Best

Regardless of whether or not you agree with David Guetta’s new reign as the world’s number one dj, there is no doubt that he is a musical genius and a dance music pioneer.  Check out a trailer for a film about D Guetta: past, present and future.

“Nothing But the Beat is the story of David Guetta and house music, as told by himself, his fans and the legions of legendary artists that he’s worked with. The documentary focuses on Guetta and his unstoppable fire to create incredible dance music, fueled by an overwhelming passion and ambition to be the best. This is the official trailer.”

Example – Midnight Run

Example is known for their massive collaboration with Laidback Luke with their track ‘Natural Disaster’.  They just released the official video for their latest single ‘Midnight Run’ and below is Flux Pavilion’s remix.

Example – Midnight Run (Flux Pavilion Remix)

Modestep – Sunlight

Modestep is a fairly new dubstep and electronic band from London.  This is one of their most popular tracks with a whacky video to boot.

Gareth Emery – Tokyo

This is Gareth Emery’s latest track.  The official release date is December 5th.  I have to say it’s not what I was expecting so definitely take a listen and leave a comment with your opinion!

Boom Jinx ft. Justine Suissa – Phoenix From the Flames (Club Mix) 

Any track that has vocals from Justine Suissa is bound to be amazing and this track is nothing short of just that.

FreakNight 2011: A Night of Musical Mayhem

When explaining FreakNight 2011 to others, you find yourself stumbling for the correct words to adequately sum up this night of perfection. Incredible, mind-blowing, everything you ever wanted and more…the list goes on and on.  With a sold out attendance of 15,000 people, Seattle‘s WaMu Theater found itself engulfed in a night of musical mayhem.  To all of you that missed October 28th’s madness: THIS IS FREAKNIGHT2011.

An interactive production put on by Seattle’s USC Events, FreakNight 2011 stunned the Northwest with a hefty lineup featuring artists such as Tiesto, Dada Life, Cosmic Gate Felix Cartal, Feed Me, Pendulum, The Japanese Popstars and more.  Unfortunately featured artist Doctor P dropped out at the last minute due to personal conflicts and a number of cancelled shows.  Despite that, the night still proved to be more than successful.

From carnival rides, to game booths, to free swag and interactive circus performances.  Fire spinners, acrobats, trampolines, bumping lego trucks, costume contests, rock walls, endless bars and more USC stocked the event with plenty of fun that made the 8:00pm-4:00am event endlessly entertaining.  Additionally, an after party that lasted from 3:00am-8:00am at local Seattle club Volume kept the party going well into the morning.

One of our favorite moments of this year’s FreakNight would have to be Dada Life‘s hilariously entertaining set.  The duo dressed themselves in fat chef costumes and bopped around the stage, inviting anyone in a banana costume to join in their fun.  Inflatable bananas and champagne bottles, along with an abundance of energy surged through the crowd.  From ‘Happy Violence’ to their interpretation of Benassi‘s classic ‘Satisfaction‘, the entire venue found themselves doing the Dada.

Tiesto certainly lived up to his name and dragged the crowd alongside him on a roller coaster ride of sound.  He threw tracks such as Delirium‘s ‘Silence’ and Sneaky Sound System‘s ‘I Will Be Here’ and even a remix of Oasis‘Wonderwall’ into the mix.  With almost 15,000 fans packed into the crowd, it surged from the stage, up the bleachers and to the ceiling with an ecstatic, continually dancing audience.  To sum it up, Tiesto was 100% captivating.

On one of the smaller stages, Felix Cartal had the area packed.  With dozens of confetti cannons, fans were caught dancing in a confetti storm of sound.  Felix bopped around blissfully in a Max suit from ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and looked like he was having just as much fun as his wild audience.  With confetti constantly swirling around, everyone was happily lost in the moment.

To end the night, Cosmic Gate was the perfect pick.  Their beautiful light sound had the crowd still going into the early hours, with fog cannons blasting and lazer lights flying around.  We couldn’t help but just sit back, rest and let their sound cascade over us.  Perfect, perfect way to end the night.

Be sure to check our more of the fun on USC Event‘s webpage where you will soon be able to find hundreds of photos and videos documenting this epic night!

http://www.uscevents.com/

All we have left to ask is: What did YOU think of FreakNight 2011.  All we can say now is that we are counting down the days to when we can get our tickets to FreakNight 2012.  Enjoy.

-The Usual Suspects

Flash

So I was driving around listening to Gareth Emery’s Electric Zoo set (which is altogether phenomenal!download link in previous E Zoo posts) and there is one track I can NOT get outta my head.  From the first few seconds of the song I was hooked and I can bet you will be too.

Gareth Emery and Ben Gold’s “Flash”  >>>>> Download this track!

ATB: A Trance Legend

The shockingly beautiful and warm day in Seattle had me reminiscing about summer and one track that was constantly on repeat for my summer season playlist was ATB’s “What About Us”.  ATB aka Andre Tanneberger is a German dj and producer and truly an accomplished trance legend.  ATB has been involved in the music industry since 1992, but began pursuing a solo endeavor in 1999.  Since then he has released an incredible NINE albums and is truly a godfather of trance and has been an innovator in the edm world and an inspiration to artists globally.

I had the pleasure of seeing ATB at Ultra this past March and his set is absolutely mind-blowing and soul-crushing in all the best ways.  Listen yourself!

A State of Trance 500 in Miami at Ultra Music Festival

Tracklist:

01. ATB – Ecstasy (Special US Intro Mix)
02. First State feat. Sarah Howells – Reverie (First State’s Pounding Club Mix)
03. Estiva – Festival (Original Mix)
04. Jaco – Excuses (Original Mix)
05. ID
06. Rammstein – Du Hast (Gerayd Remix)
07. Ultra Dj’s – Me & You (Ernesto vs. Bastian Mix)
08. ATB feat. Melissa Loretta – ID
09. MuseArtic – Last Saturday (Original Mix)
10. ID
11. Anton Firtich pres. AF Project – Something Wrong (Original Mix)
12. ID
13. ATB – LA Nights (Original Mix)
14. ATB – What About Us (Original Mix)

I have included the tracks for two of ATB’s albums No Silence (2004) and Distant Earth (2011) – which was released just this past spring! Also, a remixed album of Distant Earth was JUST released in mid September.  Just click for selected downloads!

No Silence:

1. Ecstasy // 2. Marrakech // 3. The Autumn Leaves // 4. Here With Me // 5. Black Nights //6. Mysterious Skies//7. Collides With Beauty//8. Sun Goes Down//9. After The Flame//10. IntenCity//11. Eternal Swells//12. Wait For Your Heart//13. Circular Symetry

Distant Earth:

1. Twisted Love ft. Christina Soto (Distant Earth Vocal Version) // 2. Gold ft. Jansoon//3. All I Need Is You ft. Sean Ryan//4. If It’s Love ft. Melissa Loretta//5. Move On ft. JanSoon//6. Chapter One w/ Josh Gallahan//7. Heartbeat ft. Melissa Loretta//8. Killing Me Inside ft. Sean Ryan//9. Apollo Road w/ Dash Berlin//10. Running a Wrong Way w/ Rea Garvey//11. Where Are You ft. Kate Louise Smith//12. This Is Your Life ft. Fuldner//13. One More ft. Christina Soto//14. White Letters ft. Melissa Loretta//15. Vice Versa//16. Magnetic Girl//17. Be Like You ft. JanSoon//18. Moments In Peace//19. Moving Backwards ft. Kate Louise Smith//20. Distant Earth//21. Trinity//22. City of Hope//23. Expanded Perception//24. Sternwanderer ft. Anova//25. Orbit

Lastly, the YouTube video for “What About Us” – a fun, high energy track!

ATB’s Facebook//Twitter

Mixmash Records

On the subject of Laidback Luke, I want to take a moment to talk about Mixmash Records.  It is an independent music label that began in 2004, primarily focused on Laidback Luke’s music.  Under Laidback Luke’s direction this international label has the reputation of releasing trendsetting and cutting edge music that cannot be defined by any one genre.  This label boasts tracks and support from Tiesto, Avicii, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Steve Angello, Tocadisco and many more.

If you are an aspiring artist you can also send off your demos to Mixmash HERE.

Subscribing to their YouTube channel will not disappoint….

Also be sure to check out Mixmash’s website, facebook, twitter, and soundcloud. 

Get Those Wallets Out….

Alrighty kids, it’s that time of year to make those two BIG purchases.  What am I talking about? Ultra Music Festival (UMF) and Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) of course! These two MASSIVE festivals give you explosive bang for your buck seeing countless of your FAVORITE artists altogether in one place.

Tickets have ALREADY gone on sale for Ultra and tickets for EDC go on sale NOVEMBER 1st.

Watch some trailers here….

Ultra Teaser

CAN U FEEL IT

EDC 2012

 

Voice Of An Angel

Boasting a Grammy nomination for her song ‘Fantasy‘ (Morgan Page remix), this globally renowned singer/songwriter is just warming up.  Those who have listened to her work can testify that Nadia Ali truly does have the voice of an angel.

Recognized as one of EDM‘s leading ladies, her melodious, elegant vocals have been featured by the likes of Avicii, Alesso and even Armin van Buuren to begin the lengthy list. Though Nadia grew up loving an extensive variety of musical genres, her experiences across the world (born in Libya, moved to Pakistan and then New York in the 1980’s) helped foster her desire to maintain diversity in her collaborations.

‘Rapture’, the haunting track produced as a result of Nadia‘s work with iiO, thrust her to the top of the EDM scene. Her voice quickly because a sound that resonates within each song it is featured in.

Nadia Ali | Rapture (Avicii Remix)

And to think, this is only the beginning framework of Nadia’s career. We have a lot to look forward to with this songstress paving the way for females in the EDM industry.  Here is a little sampler of Nadia Ali.

Nadia Ali | Pressure (Alesso Remix)

Nadia Ali | Fantasy (Tritonal Air Up There Intro Mix)

Spencer Hill ft. Nadia Ali | Believe It (Original Mix)

Armin van Buuren ft. Nadia Ali | Who Is Watching

Nadia Ali ft. Mike Candys | When it Rains

Sultan & Ned Shepard ft. Nadia Ali | Call My Name (Spencer & Hill Remix)