2012 is going to be the year of Knife Party. Bold statement, I know. But given EDM’s massive surge in popularity, EDM and nonEDM fans alike are partying and listening to more producers/djs who are stepping out of the progressive house and big room scene. 2011 was the year of Skrillex and I’m predicting all eyes are going to be on these guys and their fresh sound.
Chances are that you have probably heard of this duo recently assembled of two members from the band Pendulum, Rob Swire (@Rob_Swire) and Gareth McGrillen (@GarethPendulum), and they have been tearing up every EDM festival across Europe and North America. They dabble in everything from electro-house, dubstep, drum and bass, drumstep and whatever clever subgenre names people come up with. McGrillen and Swire and huge advocates of using different sounds/tempos to help push the ever-expanding genre of bass music and they are the tippy-top of EDM acts to party to this summer.
Their new EP has missed a couple of deadlines with Knife Party constantly on the road but it will be out early this summer. Their last EP titled 100% No Modern Talking is a free download on their website that comprised of tracks such as Tourniquet and Fire Hive. They have also remixed tracks ranging from hip-hop producer Labrinth, to Swedish House Mafia, Porter Robinson, and Nero.
If waiting for their new EP is as agonizing for you as it is for me, they just released a completely twisted and demented video that might hold you over. Viewer discretion is advised!
Also, here’s a video of the Knife Party set live at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida this year. Rave your brains out to this as you power through to the weekend and happy Friday KNIFE PARTY PEOPLE.
I’m a little late in posting my photos from when Nero played in Hollywood on December 23rd, but better late than never, right? I’d like to start by saying that I have been a huge fan of the UK Bass Music scene for several years now, and I have missed seeing Nero twice in the past. Each missed opportunity was a huge bummer but this show definitely is going down as one of the best performances I’d seen throughout 2011.
At first glance, I was a little disappointed that there was no crazy LED set up on stage. I brought the camera gear and I wanted to shoot something aesthetically pleasing given the fact that the Music Box is one of the best EDM venues in Southern California. But this night was all about the bass and music enthusiasts that came to rave and love the nightlife. I took a step back only to notice that other producers/artists such as Skrillex, 12th Planet, Ellie Golding, and Dillon Francis were all on stage to catch some of the best DJing Europe has to offer.
The sound was huge and the supporting sets by Da Moth and Alvin Risk could have been headlining sets in their own right. It was an amazing night and we can’t wait to catch all three acts next time they show up to party!
Summer concert season is just heating up and it’s time the Whomping Wednesday series shed some light on the NoiseTrain’s next stop on our summer festival run: Skullcandy’s Identity Festival. With it’s national tour stretching from New Jersey to Seattle, the Identity Crew has organized a line up that’s going to keep North America’s hands in the air all summer long. While their line up my vary from city to city with DJ’s like Kaskade, Pretty Lights, Afrojack, Nero, Skrillex, Booka Shade, Avicii, Rusko, Steve Aoki and Pete Tong dropping in and out of the tour, every show is sure to impress.
If you can’t make it to an Identity show, it’s a bummer but not to worry, their website and a ton of the artists performing are posting photos, videos, blog posts, tweets (@IDENTITYfest) and updates on their incredible app so you can still catch a glimpse of all the fest has to offer from coast to coast.
The NoiseTrain crew is kicking off Labor Day weekend with a massive WHOMP! and rolling down the tracks (literally… we’ll probably take the train down and party the whole way) to the San Diego show at the Cricket Wireless Ampitheater. Hope to see some of you in San Diego and be on the lookout if you want to get stamped with the NoiseTrain logo!