Having survived a shameful sample by Scooter, November sees Otto Knows unleash the long overdue official music video to his widely acclaimed Refune Records debut ‘Million Voices’.
Dropping nine months after the track was officially released, the young Swede’s first ever music video mirrors the sense of collective spirit that has pervaded his early-rising career alongside label peers Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso. Adding a firm visual dimension to a track that has brought people together across the globe, this sentimental video shows that it doesn’t take half-naked women and high-budget film crews to capture the natural energy of modern Dance music.
Update (10/1): Another official video has been released.
Words by Dan Carter
Within a year that has shown a notable increase of inventive music videos, Cazzette are on hand to set the bar to an all-time high with the befitting music video to their upcoming single, ‘Beam Me Up’.
Directed by Peter Huang, the video shows giant, ufo-like cassettes appear out of nowhere, hovering over the city of Toronto. But eventually, according to an alleged physicist named Daniel Haid, the spaceship-like aircrafts send out a rhythmic, beat-like signal that thrusts people of Toronto in a euphoric fit of dancing fury before teleporting them to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Cazzette’s performance at EDC Las Vegas.
A subliminal hint at the meteoric rise of the Swedish duo and irresistability of the track, the ‘Beam Me Up’ video is by far the cleverest music video we’ve seen and a strong contender for the music video of 2012. Watch it below.
Update: YouTube video added.
Having put Ibiza in the spotlight with episode three, Mark Knight’s Toolroom Records unleash episode four of their Toolroom TV concept, where the crew wing to Amsterdam for this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event and celebrate the sixth anniversary of Toolroom Knights.
Hardwell shows us around the capital city of Holland, label head honcho Mark Knight takes us across the United Kingdom for the six-stop Toolroom Knights 6 tour and Toolroom label manager Pete Griffiths sits down with Friendly Fires, S.P.Y and the Tech House veteran that is Stefano Noferini at this year’s Global Gathering in the UK. Finishing off, ADE director Richard Zijlma and Dutch Influence director Hatim El Khatib discuss the reason behind the success of the Dutch dance music scene.
Teaming up with VEVO, David Guetta and Nicky Romero release the overdue official video to their contender for this year’s Miami Music Week, ‘Metropolis‘. Directed by Los Angeles street artist Mr. Brainwash, the video is one of artistic measures throughout. Acting as something of an apt visual accompaniment to artistic wisdom with a strong emphasis on the words of Mr. Brainwash himself: ”Art cannot be criticized because every mistake is a new creation,” the ‘Metropolis’ video takes place in what appears to be an abandoned warehouse and teeters between can spraying and smashing things into pieces before throwing us into an artistically cut sequence of the French/Dutch duo performing in front thousands.
Update (26/10): Behind the scenes video added.
In the aftermath of its worldwide radio premiere on Friday’s episode of Hardwell On Air, Hard Rock Sofa, Matisse & Sadko and Swanky Tunes team up to release the official music video to their upcoming release on Showland Records, ‘Chemistry (Turn The Flame Higher)’.
Taking place in the suburbs of St. Petersburg, the video sees the Russian producers take up acting as what at first appears to be a group of chemists handling cocaine. But when a SWAT team starts bashing in the doors, the video ends with one of the biggest movie cliché of all time: ”It’s not what it looks like.” Perhaps not as intriguing as the video to Alesso’s ‘Years’, but it makes for an apt visual accompaniment to the track’s title and strong rock influences.
Out November 5th on Showland Records.
On the heels of the release of the instrumental version, October 8th sees 21-year-old Swede Alesso unleash the official music video to his widely renowned single ‘Years‘ alongside Interscope vocalist Matthew Koma.
Based upon his journey from young piano enthusiast to highly acclaimed DJ and producer, the video sheds light on the true meaning behind the production itself and traces the story of his successful music career in a brutally honest way. Additionally, the visual accompaniment to ‘Years’ also features a cameo of fellow mentor Sebastian Ingrosso and pays tribute to close friend Riccardo Campogiani, who tragically passed away back in 2007 the day before his 17th birthday after being severely assaulted on the streets of Stockholm by five boys of the same age.
Update: A video upload available for the US has now been added.
For US residents:
Documenting the non-stop lifestyle of one of the globe’s most sought after live electronic asset, ”A Year with Armin van Buuren” traces his ascent to the status of ‘the king of Trance’ all the way back to his days as an enthusiastic bedroom producer in the southern Holland village Koudekerk aan den Rijn.
From long Skype calls to his wife and the birth of his first child to being named Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau and his hectic schedule, the 50 minute documentary showcases the balancing of van Buuren’s duty as a dad and husband alongside playing to crowds of thousands and jetting across the globe on a daily basis. Also expressing his true love and dedication to the music as he ”would give away all the money just to be able to keep doing it”, the documentary offers an exclusive insight into the life and times of what appears to be one of the globe’s most down-to-earth superstar DJ’s.
Far from just ‘the other Kalkbrenner kid’, Berlin’s Fritz Kalkbrenner is back to unveil the first single off of his long-awaited second studio album. It may have been four years since he donned his vintage vocals to Paul and his ‘Sky And Sand’, but if ‘Get A Life’ is any indiciation, Fritz’s unique hold on the genre has certainly not slipped of late.
In true Kalkbrenner fashion, Fritz fuses his delicate vocal line with smooth chords and a sophisticated bass groove to make for a movie-like piece of music rather than a club gem. Invoking that feeling of watching a rainy landscape pass by through the window of a fast-going car, ‘Get A Life’ sees Fritz continue to prove that there is more to Dance music than high-pitched synths and grinding Electro House.
Out September 21 on Suol.
Between selling out in under ten minutes, setting the global festival frenzy in full motion for 2012 and mustering more than 180 000 visitors, Belgium’s Tomorrowland has dutifully earned the right to claim making history amid the widespread club explosion. As a visual memento to the three-day spectacle of groundbreaking DJs and surreal festival scenery, the official Tomorrowland after movie allows awe-struck attendees and mourning fans unable to scope tickets the chance to relive the landmark Dance festival of the season. Having hosted main stage headline action from Avicii, Swedish House Mafia and Skrillex alike, the after movie is sure to hone in on some of the unforgettable moments mustered by Europe’s most popular clubbing event to date.
Tomorrowland 2013 is set for July 26-28.
01:00 – Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs. Sander Van Doorn – Project T (The Tomorrowland Intro) w/ Pendulum – The Island
02:56 – Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Wolfpack – Ocarina (Out soon on Smash The House) w/ Madagascar (Acapella)
03:52 – Yves V & Felguk – WOW (Out soon on Smash The House)
04:22 – Otto Knows – Million Voices
04:52 – Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat. Georgi Kay – In My Mind (Axwell Mix)
06:28 – M83 – Midnight City w/ Dimitri Vegas, Moguai & Like Mike – Mammoth
07:54 – Laidback Luke, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – ID
08:55 – Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Coone & Lil Jon – Madness (Out soon on Dim Mak)
09:39 – Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound
10:40 – Nari & Milani – Atom
11:13 – Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child
12:04 – Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Regi – Momentum w/ Dirty South & Those Usual Suspects feat. Erik Hecht – Walking Alone (Acapella)
13:31 – Chuckie feat. Junxter Jack – Make Some Noise (out soon)
14:06 – Yves V feat. Dani L Mebius – Chained (Out soon)
15:21 – Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – Tomorrowland Anthem 2012 (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs. Yves V ‘Mainstage’ Remix) [LE7ELS]
16:53 – Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas vs. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – Phat Bram [Dim Mak]
18:31 – Outro: M-3ox feat. Heidrun – Beating Of My Heart (Matisse & Sadko Remix)
In case you’d like to compare it to last year’s after movie:
Having showcased their experience at this year’s Miami Music Week with episode two, Toolroom Records returns to put Ibiza in the spotlight with episode 3 of their Toolroom TV series.
Toolroom label manager Pete Griffiths catches up with Dance music veterans Wally Lopez and Paul Oakenfold at this year’s International Music Summit to talk about what makes the white isle so special, with David Guetta joining in for an exclusive interview to discuss his F*** Me I’m Famous parties, his music output and how he felt about meeting legendary producer Nile Rodgers for the first time. The legend that is Carl Cox gives his view on Space and Ibiza in general, Mark Knight brings aboard Grandmaster Flash, Friendly Fires drummer Jack Savidge and Miguel Campbell to discuss the Toolroom Knights opening party at Space and Fedde le Grand and Deniz Koyu’s upcoming remix of Digitalism’s ‘Zdarlight’ makes it’s official debut (6:29 in the video).
Upcoming Events / Releases
- 23 May, 2013