Fresh from his Grammy Awards hat trick, Skrillex is back with some new visuals. The video for “Bangarang” appeared late last week; it’s pretty cool, and seems likely to lend even greater popularity to one of Sonny Moore’s catchier songs. How long till this hits the number 1 spot on bpm:tv’s Hot 20 Dance Chart? The choice is yours.
So what happened? Did Skrillex win a Grammy? No, please don’t answer that. The biggest sign of the EDM takeover isn’t the awards these artists are winning — it’s the sheer volume of buzz that gets uncorked when these awards go down. My Facebook and Twitter feeds were a veritable orgy of Skrillex and Deadmau5 praise on Sunday night, and that will always elicit a wry smile. But of course, congrats to Sonny for bagging three awards –and to all the other winners, too.
Let’s jump back into it, shall we? On Friday I was bemoaning what a slow week it had been for new releases, and the production gods must’ve heard, because on the weekend I came across an abundance of new tracks — enough material to be talking about for days. But It’s only Tuesday. Let’s just check ‘em out and discuss later. Highlights include Jacques Lu Cont, who is worth the price of admission to Coachella alone!
Today is the eve of Dillon Francis Day, which we’ll be celebrating by checking out his brand new EP. In the meantime, Dillon has a nice fresh remix for us. So sick!
Skrillex arrived at the 54th GRAMMY Awards in his signature all-black look. His influence in bringing dubstep into the limelight over the past couple of years has been enormous — and nabbing three Grammys at last night’s show puts a whole new kind of spotlight on the EDM scene.
David Guetta did his thing on stage alongside Chris Brown — a good performance, nothing too spectacular. But seeing Deadmau5 rock out with Foo Fighters was quite extraordinary to witness: two great artist from such wildly different genres coming together to please the crowd. It goes to show that music, in the end, really is one large community that will always unite, no matter the genre.
Deadmau5 and Skrillex, both brilliant producers, share a streak of child-like immaturity. On the red carpet, where fashion is the priority, Deadmau5 took a low-cost approach to his choice of attire, sporting his famous mau5 head and a black t-shirt … inscribed with Skrillex’s personal cellphone number (626-319-1039) and the message “U Mad Bro?” Skrillex showed he has a sense of humour, tweeting: ”Haha @deadmau5 just wore my phone number on his fokin shirt on tv gotta retire this phone.”
Adele definitely stole the limelight, winning in every category she was nominated for and going home with 6 Grammys. Her performance was remarkable — which was nothing less than what was expected from this 23-year-old British phenom. Jennifer Hudson delivered a stunning tribute to Whitney Houston, delivering the singer’s classic ballad “I Will Always Love You” — a performance that brought goosebumps to the viewers at home, and earned the standing ovation it got at the Staples Center.
As for Nicki Minaj‘s choice of pontifical attire for the red carpet, and her bizarro let’s-piss-off-the-Catholics performance of “Roman Holiday” (with bonus exorcism!) … well, it was all just plain ridiculous. As entertaining as it can be to watch Nicki Minaj show off her MANY personalities, the spectacle is starting to get old.
This year GRAMMY Awards were definitely worth tuning in to watch. Many entertaining bits, some great performances — and, as always, plenty of laugh-worthy moments.
A lot went down this week. A wicked Toronto show by Hamburg’s finest, Digitalism, was the highlight. Though it came on a damp and dreary day, the place was brought to life by the sounds from I Love You, Dude. Real humble, honest and talented is the way to describe this German pair. When I got to interview them, I was impressed by how open and forthcoming they were. They even offered to send us some T-shirts to give to bpm:tv fans. We’ll let you know as soon as they arrive.
Also, congrats to all the EDM artists nominated for Grammy Awards. This is a true example of how our genre is taking over the world. I’m not much of a Grammys fan, but you have to at least appreciate the gesture. Deadmau5 really better win one, and I’m crossing my fingers that Skrillex will claim best new artist, though he’ll have stiff competiton from J Cole and Nicki Minaj. The most interesting category will be Best Dance Recording. The nominees:
* Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech – “Raise Your Weapon”
* Duck Sauce – “Barbra Streisand”
* David Guetta & Avicii – “Sunshine”
* Robyn – “Call Your Girlfriend”
* Skrillex – “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites”
* Swedish House Mafia – “Save The World”
Those are all big songs, buuuuuut … well, it’s kinda the reason I don’t like the Grammys. But I’ll keep that to myself. In my opinion, this has to go to Duck Sauce; that song was way more than an anthem. The Robyn track is a close second — and the rest, in my opinion, aren’t even the best songs these artists put out in the past year. But I digress. With luck, we’ll see some killer performances on the show.
The leak of Bowski‘s Poppies EP is definitely the other highlight of my week — but I’ve already talked about that. So here are a few other things to take you into the weekend. Enjizzzoy!
First up: our hometown boys are killing it. Killabits in Belgium, Zeds Dead tearing up North America … Dec. 17th at Kool Haus is gonna be wickkkkkkkkkkkkked. This video is nutz.
GRiZ is fast becoming my favourite producer. Detroit What!