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Deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse") is far and away one of the most popular and talented DJs and producers working in the business today. He's mastered a number of electronic styles, including dubstep, Neo-trance, and different varieties of house music. The outspoken DJ has not only released a slew of solo albums, but also contributed to amazing collaborations with the genre's biggest names, including collaborations with vocalists on tour dates. He has been one of the top sellers on Beatport for the past few years, and fans have worked themselves into a frenzy deadmau5's epic, world renown concert dates. Deadmau5's concert dates feature stunning visual and auditory experiences that can only be seen to be believed. Fan's who haven't witnessed a deadmau5 show are in luck; he has a number of ongoing, international tour dates in 2011.
Deadmau5 (born Joel Zimmerman) became interested in electronic music in the mid-90's when he began making chip music (a form of music made using old computer chips). His moniker is derived from an incident that began when he was replacing his computer's video card, discovering a dead mouse in the tower. Zimmerman released his first EP, Project 56, in 2005, which featured fifty-six short demo tracks. Most of the tracks were short little bits of beats and none lasted more than three minutes; drastically different from deadmau5's current work. His second album, Get Scraped, was released in 2006 and showcased Zimmerman's talent in diverse styles. Deadmau5 followed up the success of the album later in the year with the release of Vexillology.
Deadmau5 released his first mixed album, Random Album Title, in 2008. The album featured the track "I Remember", the hit collaboration with Kaskade that reached #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Airplay; it began a trend of deadmau5 collaborations reaching #1 on the chart. His 2009 album, For Lack of a Better Name, featured some of his most popular and lucrative tracks, including "Hi Friend!", "Strobe", and "Ghosts N Stuff". While the 2010 album, 4x4=12, featured popular hit songs, album sales suffered due to deadmau5 playing the unfinished tracks on tour dates, which were subsequently released onto the internet by fans.
That's why deadmau5 is keeping the development of his upcoming album under wraps. While deadmau5 has lost many an unfinished track while playing it live, it is these tour dates that have contributed so heavily to his success. Deadmau5 sells out tour dates at arenas and stadiums around the world, with thousands of people grooving and dancing along to incredible light shows. Without anything to go on, these same fans are anxiously awaiting the release of the album, which is rumored to drop before the end of 2011. Meanwhile, deadmau5 is lighting up European concert dates on his current tour. As of April 21, deadmau5 is in New Zealand before heading to Australia for tour dates until the end of April. On May 7, the DJ will be headed to Malaysia for tour dates before heading to South Korea and Taiwan; then off to Europe until the end of 2011 tour dates on July 10.
Calvin Harris invented disco. No, Calvin Harris reinvented disco. He was Marks & Spencers' champion shelf-stacker two years running. He made his debut album fuelled by chicken breast fillets. He knows the whereabouts of Alex Kapranos' secret studio-hideaway-laboratory-home cuz it's quite near his own place in Dumfries.
Calvin Harris's debut album, with the subtle title "I Created Disco", cost 0p to record. He fashions future-disko using an ancient Amiga computer and is, right now, (literally) knocking together a stonking live set using MDF and 204 samples. "My live band's gonna be even more rocking than the tunes. I'll be singing, but only because no one else in Dumfries can sing. I've got an extremely limited range. But I will be wearing a top hat made from the skin of a tiger."
Calvin Harris is one of those 'myspace sensations' you keep reading about. He was wildly popular amongst The Kids and on The Club Scene, a cult producer-slash-singer-slash-bedroom-knob-twiddler who can make the banging-est of pop-dance tunes out of bugger-all kit. The last time he spent any money on gear was three years ago, when he bought a voice processor for £200. "I'm not the kind of dude who buys Sound On Sound. I know if something sounds nice. If it does, I'll keep it. If not, I'll try and make it nice. You don't need to splash out on technology."
Calvin Harris has big plans for summer 2007: a debut album, of course, and then a single called 'Colours', which contains a dash of Visage's proto-electronica classic 'Fade To Grey' and is about girls' clothes. "Chicks who don't wear colours annoy me because there are many wonderful colours in world - and those women who are not utilising them make me very upset. Although black and white does look good. But if you're gonna go out I wanna see someone in a big canary-yellow hoodie. And big baggy pink jeans."
Calvin Harris's first release will be a limited edition 10-inch featuring the turbo-funky 'Acceptable In The 80s' and the robo-pop jitter of 'This Is The Industry'. What are they about? "The song titles say it all. My tunes aren't supposed to invoke deep thought within people; they're just to get you dancing. But musically it is for the brain - it's not music for stupid people. I take great pride in my productions. It's not knocked out in a few seconds." And if you can't track down a copy of 'Acceptable In The 80s' on 10-inch, don't worry. It'll be coming out properly as a single in March too.
Calvin Harris will make you jump around like a silly-billy - the slamming likes of 'The Girls' and 'Merrymaking At My Place' (the latter soon to be found on a second 10-inch) will meet you on the dancefloor now. But if you let him, he might also make you cry. "I've made a lot of miserable tunes - I've got an album worth of depressing chords. I've not got any lyrics, like."
Calvin Harris has his own label, FlyEye, and a manifesto, innit. "Disco disappeared, didn't it? Everyone got sick of it. Now I'm reviving it, with space goggles, or something."
Calvin Harris only made some of this stuff up.
Derek Vincent Smith, better known by his electronic DJ persona "Pretty Lights" has been an innovator in the progressive breaks movement since he released his first album "Taking Up Your Precious Time" in 2006. Pretty Lights tour dates are currently scheduled nationally throughout Summer, 2011. Known for his blending of atmosphere over banging hip-hop beats, Pretty Lights has been rockin' local clubs since his early days as a student at the University of Colorado - Boulder.
Pretty Lights quickly broke out onto the national scene by booking tour dates at famed festivals such as Bonnaroo and Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Pretty Lights continues to tour and produce music, however, he is making waves in the industry for changing the way his fans access his music. Since January, 2011, Pretty Lights began releasing new music under his own Pretty Lights Music imprint for free online. While perfecting his electro-hip-hop blend in the studio, Pretty Lights concert dates are scheduled throughout 2011 ensuring that his fans get to experience his club thumping beats first hand. Feel the energy and experience the emotion of Pretty Lights, make sure you use Eventful as your source of information for upcoming Pretty Lights tour dates.
List of Major Accomplishments
– Amine’s productions have received huge support from Abyss, Anthony Pappa, Carl Cox, Chris Lake, Chris Lattner, Cicada, Danton Eeprom, Dave Seaman, Djuma Soundsystem, Dubfire, Flash Brothers, Franck Roger, Hernan Cattaneo, James Zabiela, John Digweed, Karol XVII & MB Valence, Kasey Taylor, Kenneth Thomas, Kolombo, Markus Schulz, Maxime Dangles, Neil Quigley, Nick Muir, Nick Warren, Paul Oakenfold, Pole Folder, PQM, Rocco, Satoshi Tomiie, S.O.S, Tiger Stipes, Tim Green, Yves Eaux and countless others.
– He has remixed high profile artists such as Add2Basket, Coldplay, Flash Brothers, Kate Bush, Kosmas Epsilon, Oliver Moldan, Ricky Stone, Sam Ball, Steve Mill, Timo Garcia, and many more. His releases can be found on some of the top record labels in the world, including Perfecto and Armada. Amine’s tracks has been remixed by Kolombo & Lemon8.
– Amine's track for Paul Oakenfold's Perfecto label earned him a spot at #25 on the Beatport Top 100 Progressive sales chart and was later featured on Oakenfold’s compilation Perfecto Vegas on CD.
Where does Eric Prydz spend most of his time? "On trains," he says. "No seriously. I've done the calculations. I've travelled more this year than I ever have. Macedonia, a lot of Eastern European shows. Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, they've always been into techno, but now there are the bigger events like Global Gathering, and there wasn't so much of that before. The crowds are so excited and so into the music and the whole vibe, it's just a pleasure playing over there."
Between gigs, Prydz has managed to finish his Pryda album, something he's been working on for the past four or so years. "It's a big achievement for me, that it's finally finished." Also near completion is a multi-media platform ericprydz.tv, which was much of 2009 in the making.
"Over the years, I've not been all that press-friendly," he says. "I don't do that many interviews, I'd rather the music was the focus. But this platform is a way to get closer to the people who buy the music. So I've spent all year with a film crew with me, so people can see a bit more in depth.
"When I was growing up with music, all the Detroit guys and people like Thomas Bangalter, they never did much press or promotion, which made it all the more cool and exciting. You had to go out and find the music."
Cut Copy is the latest Australian indie-electronica act to take the States by storm. Having just released their third album, Cut Copy tour dates are scheduled throughout North America this 2011. The Cut Copy concert schedule (2011), is well underway and promises to be one of the summer's liveliest events. Don't miss a date on the Cut Copy tour schedule; Use Eventful as your concert calendar.
The group formed in 2001 with frontman and DJ, Dan Whitford, who soon recruited Tim Hoey, Mitchell Scott, and Ben Browning. They released their debut album, Bright Like Neon Love and toured internationally. They were featured on the opening stage for such acts as Franz Ferdinand and Daft Punk and cut material for their breakthrough album, In Ghost Colour. The album was a huge success entering the ARIA charts at #1 and earned the band a Gold plaque.
Cut Copy received more exposure in America when their single, "Far Away", was featured in the hit TV show Nip/Tuck. Their third album, Zonoscope, was recently released in 2011, and debuted at #3 on the Australian charts and #2 on the Billboard Electronic Albums chart. To promote their disc, Cut Copy tour dates have been scheduled on a whirlwind international tour. Cut Copy is Aussie electronic rock perfection. Stay on top of Cut Copy tour dates and use Eventful as your source for Cut Copy tour dates and concert schedule (2011) information.