Once upon a time dance music was, like, totally gay. Gay clubs were the point of origin of modern dance music culture. When EDM came onto the scene, it was gay clubs that embraced the genre. But dance music is now the straight bro's domain, with girls and gay guys just along for the ride.
Havana Brown is not just a pretty face. She's been keeping Australia dancing for years and is supported by the likes of Rihanna, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga.
We look back at ten years ago, when we were in our teens, and see the mainstream success of Franz Ferdinand, The Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs and Razorlight amongst others and wonder where their contemporary equivalents are hiding.
Warpaint are on the verge of releasing new material and it's worth getting excited about. You may have heard of the all-female quartet through their former ties to Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, or actress/drummer Shannyn Sossamon; good attracts good, and the foursome stand on their own.
Music is a huge part of my professional life and I'm lucky enough to spend most of my waking day listening to music or working with musicians. Since there are few greater gifts than music, I thought I'd showcase 10 acts that have made a real impression in the past few months.
"Ecstasy" is back in the news, although now it's being called "Molly." A few young partiers have died at big "Electronic Dance Music" festivals around the nation, even prompting cancellation of some such events.
As Above & Beyond ended the show, the screen flashed with their mantra "Life is made of small moments like these." One can't help but wonder if they're underselling themselves.
It seemed unlikely when it debuted in 1999, but the infamous Circo Loco party at Ibiza's DC-10 has become an island institution, an international clubbing destination, and an iconic event that continues to expand and evolve.
"I think we have a lot of lesbian fans!" confesses Krewella's Yasmine Yousaf rather joyously, "There's really something about the whole girl thing -- my sister and I being the girls in the band, obviously -- that they can relate to."
As Smalltown DJs we began producing and releasing mash-ups, rap acapellas over top of well-known and unlikely instrumental versions. Mixing rap with dance music. Pressing them to vinyl. It seems archaic but we had to do that to be able to play the sound we wanted. Guys like DJ AM & Canada's own A-Trak continued to bridge the gap between pop, rap and dance music.
It was in the midst of glam metal and punk rock in late 1970s Los Angeles that Terri Nunn, the queen of New Wave, emerged as the lead vocalist of Berlin. Nunn mesmerized with tantalizing appeal, encompassing the alluring glam of David Bowie combined with the powerful confidence of Grace Slick.
Nobody was more surprised by the massive success of Krewella's debut single "Alive" than the band itself, says Yasmine Yousaf. Released on the 2012 EP Play Hard, Yousaf recalls watching in amazement as the track scaled U.S. pop charts.
Sally poses with DJs at a past event Eat your heart out Ben Ainslie! There's a new competition in town that's about to steal your thunder. I'm parti...
These days, there's no doubt that Dubfire (Ali Shirazinia) is one of the biggest names in the international techno scene. But a few years ago, his embrace of the sound was met with strong skepticism.
The Features are easily comparable to well-known Akron rockers The Black Keys, not only in their sound but also due to the fact that Pelham's resemblance to Dan Auerbach in both looks and stage presence cannot go unnoticed.
The music industry is full of jerks and ego-maniacs, so when you meet anyone that is so passionate and respectful of the art form, it's always a breath of fresh air. That's how I would describe Alex Botwin, known in the electronic music realms as Paper Diamond.