A Lot Of People Were Super Unhappy With The Chainsmokers At The GRAMMYs

The Chainsmokers won their first ever GRAMMY yesterday, in the Best Dance Recording category, for their song “Don’t Let Me Down” with Daya. They also presented the award for Best Rock Song, which ended up going to David Bowie for “Blackstar.” As Bowie passed away last year, The Chainsmokers accepted the award on his behalf.

Both of these events combined, it seems, sent a lot of people into a rage spiral. Twitter lit up with comments from plenty of people who were entirely disgusted or unhappy with their award, with their presence, with their… everything. Not featured in this article are the multitude of tweets from those like Zedd, Demi Lovato, Laidback Luke, Showtek and more who congratulated them on their win.

On winning a Grammy:

On accepting David Bowie’s award on his behalf:

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See The Return of Demur As Artist Gives Us ‘DJ Wars’

Anonymous dance music fan and artist Demur has been putting together artwork to illustrate his thoughts as a “concerned citizen of dance music.”

“DJ Wars,” his latest creation, is unsurprisingly inspired by Star Wars and it features one group of dance music DJs and producers on the side of Jedi, and another group on the side of the Sith.

Many of dance music’s A-listers such as Daft Punk, Skrillex, deadmau5, Eric Prydz, and Knife Party find themselves on the side of “good” flanked by fellow producers Noisia, Prodigy, Knife Party, Wolfgang Gartner, Mat Zo, Laidback Luke, Aphex Twin, and even the Monstercat label.

Representing the dark side we have Carnage, Paris Hilton, DVBBS, Danny Avila, David Guetta, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – all of whom have been criticized within the dance music industry for a variety of reasons.Demur DJ Wars

Demur DJ Wars

Check out Demur’s previous piece railing against “copycat DJs” here, and let us know if you think there are DJs who should have or shouldn’t have made the cut for either side!

 

H/T EDM.com

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Laidback Luke Discusses ‘Payola’, Sacrificing Artistry For Money

DJs are this generation’s rockstars. As Laidback Luke states in his recent op-ed contribution to Billboard, “Whereas kids in America wanted to become rappers five years ago, they now want to grow up to be DJs.” With this drastic increase in popularity comes the inevitable monetization of its various factors. From chart placement to venue bookings to tour destinations, everything is placed within an internal ranking system that affects the rest of the artist in question’s actions. This constant ranking has finally led to something Laidback Luke calls ‘Payola’.

Payola, in the music industry, is the illegal practice of payment or other inducement by record companies for the broadcast of recordings on commercial radio in which the song is presented as being part of the normal day’s broadcast. Under U.S. law, 47 U.S.C. § 317, a radio station can play a specific song in exchange for money, but this must be disclosed on the air as being sponsored airtime, and that play of the song should not be counted as a ‘regular airplay.’ The term has come to refer to any secret payment made to cast a product in a favorable light (such as obtaining positive reviews).

This idea directly translates to artists’ interactions with promotional outlets such as radio stations, streaming services, charts, and even some blog outlets. Laidback Luke uses Beatport as a prime example. Because their charts are so highly touted, producer/DJs often use their ranking to more easily book gigs. The managers are then incentivized to get the artist’s tracks on Beatport by any means necessary, as it will in turn mean a heftier paycheck for themselves. By doling out free merchandise or tickets, those in charge of running the charts are more likely to work in their favor. It’s because of methods like this that certain artists will make the lists no matter the quality or passion within their material.

In the strictest sense of the word, this is not payola as it is not a direct “pay for play,” but the idea is the same — influence beyond what could be considered marketing in order to gain success. So call it payola. Call it what you will, it’s (still) here, and it’s all over the dance industry in numerous ways.

The festival industry is not without its own dabbling in Payola practices either. Laidback Luke describes the exclusivity and cutthroat nature of the circuit, mentioning that he is often bound to certain territory restrictions that disallow him from playing at nightclubs in the area within a six month period of a festival performance. The addition of corporate investors makes this process even more hindering, as they are constantly using updated polls and charts to gauge audiences’ preferences when it comes to performing acts. This is part of the reason, he says, so many festival line ups look the same.

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When such large investments are given only on the promise of a return, organizers must make sure to book only the top-selling acts. In this way, they are diminishing the artistic content of such events in place of safe, overused names. In such instances as these, risks can’t afford to be taken when it comes to filling the roster.

Smaller, opening DJs are often forced to pay their way into a performing spot. They must sell a certain number of tickets, or buy their way into the slot in order to get a fighting chance at being seen. As Laidback Luke says, this has nothing to do with their talent on the decks or their stylistic fluidity with the other DJs. When the entire cultivation of the community comes from a money perspective, we lose all the creative influences that made it what it is today.

We all need to understand what’s going on and be part of this debate. Everyone needs to decide their individual role in this. Keep an eye out for real talent, real passion and nurture and develop that. Phonies won’t bring us quality, and they won’t sustain the scene. I’m not just only talking about DJs, but promoters, agents, managers, bookers and radio too. Everyone has their part to play. It’s all our responsibility to step it up and let it grow, rather than let it sink.

 

Source: Billboard

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Laidback Luke celebrates Mixmash’s decade mark with his current top seven heaters

Filipino-Dutch DJ producer Laidback Luke (born Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen), 37, has made a quality name for himself in the industry over the past decade as a cool, chill guy who definitely brings the heat behind the decks. Along the way, he’s played at some of the world’s biggest dance music festivals like Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Ultra Music Festival, among others as well as collaborated with some of the most influential names including the world’s current number one Hardwell, Steve Angello, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Aoki, A-Trak, and Diplo, among many others.

Art Department: These Artists “Need to Stop Calling What They Do “DJ’ing”

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Art Department is a Toronto based DJ/producer duo who takes DJing very seriously. Here they call out Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki and Sander van Doorn for the video that went viral stating that they are “fucking embarrassing” themselves and that “all three of these duchebags need to stop calling what they do “dj’ing” because its an insult to the rest of us who treat this profession with respect and spend our lives hunting for great music and perfecting our craft.” Art Department doesn’t stop there in their rant by continuing on to say that “We only recognize which one Steve Aoki is out of this lot but him and the other two jerkoffs who look like the knobs they’re pretending to work can all lick their own vaginas.”

Wow. If that isn’t a call out, then I don’t know what is. Read the full post below:

Also watch the viral video below:

Updating Lineup For Tomorrowland 2014

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Tomorrowland has announced that each day they will be releasing 3 new artists to their lineup for one of the most celebrated festivals of the year. While weekend 2 is still in question, we can speculate that this year will be one of the events not to miss. Take a look at the constantly updating lineup below:

Update 1: Diplo, Hardwell, Above & Beyond

Update 2: New World Punx, Laidback Luke, Erol Alkan

What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are

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The Imgur user ChesterHester has uploaded 41 DJ Pokemon Trading Cards just in case you were wanting your own playing cards with your favorite DJs. Now you can play with Kaskade’s Fire and Ice, Dada Life’s Happy Violence or Laidback Luke’s Kung Fu Mastery with Dynamo. Take a look at our favorite mock cards below:

Tiesto1 What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are Hardwell What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are Avicii What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are Armin What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are Guetta What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are Nicky What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are Aoki What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are Afrojack What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are Skrillex What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are Dash What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are Calvin What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are Above What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are Angello What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are SHM What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are Daft What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are Knife What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are Laidback What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are Kaskade What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are Dada What If DJs Were Pokemon Characters? Well Now They Are

Ken Loi Releases Free Bootleg Pack

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To thank all of his fans for the support on ‘Don’t Stop The Love’ and getting to 30,000 likes on Facebook, Ken Loi decided to show his appreciation by releasing a FREE bootleg pack. It features 16 brand new bootlegs and remixes you might have heard in his recent live sets. Click HERE to Download and check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist
1. A&B vs Don Diablo, Matt Nash – Walter Starlight (Ken Loi Breakdown Edit)
2. Andrew Bayer vs Tritonal – Need You Now Or Never (Ken Loi Mashup)
3. Andrew Bayer, SHM, Laidback Luke vs Lush & Simon – Drag The England Behind (Ken Loi vs Baha Edit)
4. Steve Angello vs Matisse & Sadko vs One Republic vs Kura – SLVR Ways 2 Apologize (Ken Loi vs HELENA Edit)
5. Arno Cost vs Greg Cerrone vs Calvin Harris – You Used To Night Venture (Ken Loi Edit)
6. Arty vs Headhunterz vs Krewella – Flashback Kids Of The World (Ken Loi Edit)
7. Blasterjaxx, Yves V vs Ken Loi, Zashanell – All That Big (Ken Loi Edit)
8. Bloody Beetroots, Zedd, Firebeatz, Benassi, Autoerotique – Shotgun Ammo 2.0 (Ken Loi Reloaded Edit)
9. Deadmau5, Prydz vs Rudimental – Veldt Waiting All Night (Ken Loi Edit)
10. Jordy Dazz vs Dubvision vs JT – Holy Rifler (Ken Loi Edit)
11. Kaskade & Project 46 – Last Chance (Ken Loi Remix)
12. Prydz vs Robert Miles – Children Every Day (Ken Loi Intro Edit)
13. Sick Individuals, Axwell vs Marco V vs Galantis – I Smile (Ken Loi Edit)
14. SVD, Inpetto, Kaskade, Ken Loi – Shhh You (Ken Loi Intro Edit)
15. Syn Cole vs Avicii vs Nause – This Is Miami 82 (Ken Loi Edit)
16. Tom Staar, Chrom3 vs Pelari – Rave Faces (Ken Loi Edit)

EDM Podcasts & Mixtapes Weekend Roundup Vol. 26

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Here is this week’s list of events and festivals that just around the corner. Here we have compiled a list that includes mixtapes and podcasts by Above & Beyond, W&W, Falcon, The Magician, Felix Da Housecat, Hardwell, Chuckie, Laidback Luke and many more.
 
 

Above & Beyond – “Group Therapy 062″ (Guy Mantzu Guest Mix)



 
 

W&W – “Mainstage 190″


 
 

Tritonal – “Enhanced Sessions 227″


 
 

Kutski – KTRA Episode 95 feat. Hard Driver



 
 

Hisham Zahran – Year Mix [2013]



 
 

Mutants Radio With John Dahlback – Show 112


 
 

Markus Schulz – “Global DJ Broadcast January 23 2014″ (Max Graham Guestmix)



 
 

BT – “Skylarking 120″



 
 

Night Bass X THUMP – AC Slater DJ Mix



 
 

Myon & Shane 54 – “International Departures Episode 216″


 
 

Tiesto – “Club Life Episode 355″


 
 

Essential Mix – “Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano”



 
 

FALCONS for UPXUNDR


 
 

Hardwell – “On Air 150″



 
 

Felix Da Housecat – Underground FG – 22-01-2014


 
 

Laidback Luke – Mixmash Radio 034


 
 

Chuckie – Dirty Dutch Radio 035


 
 

The Magician – Magic Tape 39


This Band Plays DJ Mag’s Top 100 In A Way You Would Never Expect

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The 3 person band named Bareback Titty Squad has just uploaded a live instrumental set of song snippets from all of the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ’s. Each band member of the Bareback Titty Squad is dressed in tighty whities as you’ll soon notice by watching this video, but it is definitely worth the watch as they perform songs by Hardwell, Avicii, Myon and Shane 54, Skrillex, Deadmau5 and more.

 

39:05 1. Hardwell
37:56 2. Armin van Buuren
37:07 3. Avicii
36:48 4. Tiesto
35:58 5. David Guetta
35:35 6. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
34:52 7. Nicky Romero
34:26 8. Steve Aoki
34:26 9. Afrojack
34:20 10. Dash Berlin
33:48 11. Skrillex
33:11 12. Deadmau5
33:05 13. Alesso
32:51 14. W&W
31:53 15. Calvin Harris
31:11 16. Nervo
30:58 17. Above & Beyond
30:36 18. Sebastian Ingrosso
30:36 19. Axwell
30:34 20. Aly & Fila
30:30 21. Markus Schulz
26:54 22. Daft Punk
26:27 23. Headhunterz
25:42 24. Zedd
25:26 25. Knife Party
24:44 26. Swedish House Mafia
24:35 27. Showtek
23:53 28. Andrew Rayel
23:24 29. Fedde Le Grand
23:09 30. Dyro
22:27 31. Laidback Luke
22:17 32. Paul Van Dyk
22:08 33. ATB
21:36 34. Angerfist
21:24 35. Dada Life
20:55 36. Kaskade
20:40 37. Frontliner
20:26 38. Steve Angello
20:19 39. Sander Van Doorn
19:34 40. Martin Garrix
19:27 41. Porter Robinson
19:08 42. Ferry Corsten
18:50 43. Chuckie
18:22 44. Krewella
17:51 45. Coone
17:22 46. Carl Cox
17:09 47. Bobina
16:58 48. Omnia
16:34 49. Orjan Nielsen
16:14 50. Zatox
15:39 51. Gareth Emery
15:06 52. Bingo Players
14:43 53. Infected Mushroom
13:41 54. Eric Prydz
13:28 55. Tommy Trash
13:14 56. Wildstylez
13:08 57. Arty
12:53 58. R3hab
11:46 59. Madeon
11:19 60. Vicetone
10:54 61. Brennan Heart
10:48 62. DJ Feel
10:42 63. Gunz For Hire
10:15 64. Diplo (Major Lazer)
09:32 65. Tenishia
09:18 66. Noisecontrollers
09:03 67. Mike Candys
08:48 68. DJ Antoine
08:34 69. Quentin Mosimann
08:26 70. Project 46
08:09 71. Blasterjaxx
07:47 72. D Block and S-Te-Fan
07:32 73. Dillon Francis
07:19 74. Dannic
07:12 75. Adaro
05:46 76. Richie Hawtin (Plastikman)
05:31 77. Martin Solveig
04:59 78. Felguk
04:28 79. Myon and Shane 54
04:17 80. Cosmic Gate
04:01 81. Heatbeat
03:46 82. John O’Callaghan
03:39 83. Wasted Penguinz
03:22 84. Tiddey
03:20 85. Skazi
03:15 86. Da Tweekaz
03:11 87. Tenashar
02:47 88. Bob Sinclar
02:16 89. Benny Benassi
02:02 90. Stafford Brothers
01:49 91. Bl3nd
01:43 92. Paul Oakenfold
01:35 93. Mat Zo
01:20 94. Diego Miranda
01:13 95. DJs From Mars
00:53 96. Matt Darey
00:49 97. Umek
00:45 98. Solar Stone
00:43 99. Ummet Ozcan
00:18 100. Ran D