Wednesday Watercooler #2 — February 15th, 2012
A year ago, he was living illegally in a squat in LA, and now he’s getting upwards of 100k for a show (by some estimates) — Sonny Moore’s story is improbable, but not impossible. His success as Skrillex was effectively consummated by the US music industry on Sunday, presenting him with three Grammy awards for Best Dance Recording (for Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites), Best Remixed Recording (his remix of Benny Benassi’s Cinema), as well as an award for Best Electronic/Dance Album (also for Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites).
The last two days have been good to the dance music-friendly festival enthusiast, with two of the largest American festivals announcing their early lineups.
Bonnaroo announced their lineup yesterday — Radiohead, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Phish, and The Beach Boys headline. Skrillex is the highest listed electronic artist in a lineup that seems largely devoid of them, perhaps marking a step back from the dance-friendliness of Bonnaroo in recent years. The only other EDM names on the list are Mimosa, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, and Big Gigantic — not nearly enough for their own stage.
Meanwhile, Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) released their first announcement this morning — and it’s just what the American EDM fan needs. Public Enemy, house music originator Lil Louis, and The Wizard (the new live persona of techno legend Jeff Mills) all headline. Other notables on the lineup include Busy P, Mr Oizo, Major Lazer, Claude Von Stroke, DJ Sneak, Danny Daze, Maya Jane Coles, Maceo Plex, Loco Dice, and Mark Farina playing a set in the style of his Mushroom Jazz mixes. Consider us sold.
Charlie Smith and Dylan Newton released the full details of the long awaited follow up event to SWAG, with a lineup that reads like a small festival. Slated to run from 9pm to 7am, the lineup boasts two stages with the names who are literally running the electronic scene, on all fronts, in Iowa. Tickets are $15 — plus the gas it’ll take you to get out to Waterloo.
KAGE confirms an EDM weekly at Blue Moose
Iowa City promoter and professional bass abuser/DJ KAGE confirmed to me this week that the new free EDM parties going down on Saturdays at Blue Moose are “going to be sticking around for a while.” While it’s far from a full-on commitment, it’s a big step for the non-top 40 DJs in Iowa City and seems to be off to a great start, atttendance-wise.
RELEASES AND STUFF
Dillon Francis dropped a new EP for the lovers yesterday, fresh off of the OWSLA label. It’s solid, if a little-straightforward, for Dillon Francis moombahton. Definitely worth picking up if you’re in to the whole moombah thing.
Consequences (Defender Remix) — Kickshifta
Solid, minimal dubstep tune from three of the boys in the SubFix crew out of Cedar Falls. This tune will make your subwoofers purrrrr.
Beep – Rood and DarkGrey
Forward-thinking, jumpy, four-step garage. If anything is the future sound of dubstep — it’s stuff like this. Don’t say we didn’t warn you about this one, it’s pure fire.