BBC Proms

It was absolutely fantastic to see the BBC Proms celebration of dance music broadcast on 29 July 2015.

But why is it only a one-off celebration?

From the response on the night and over the following days on social media it seems there is a massive audience for dance music.

And yet there are no dance music shows on BBC Radio 1, 2 or 6 Music and almost no shows dedicated to the genre on national commercial radio.

It was hugely refreshing to hear classic tracks by Eric Prydz, Shapeshifters, Robert Miles, Daft Punk and Faithless – although a shame they left out the wonderful Chicane.

But there are new as yet undiscovered music producers who have no way of finding an audience for their work because there are no radio shows dedicated to dance music.

As has been stated before this lack of exposure to dance music on UK national airwaves has seen audiences stop listening to stations and negatively affected nightclubs and festivals.

So, once again, TheEDMblog.com is calling on presenters, producers and senior executives on UK national radio stations to not be afraid. Please play more dance music, create more dance shows, discover new presenters who are passionate about the genre, and showcase more up-and-coming as well as established artists. There is a market for it and your audiences will love it.

#PlayMoreDanceMusic

Ibiza 2015

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Cream are releasing a new compilation album to celebrate the weekly parties they are hosting in Ibiza.

Spread across 3 CDs it features music by artists such as Calvin Harris, Duke Dumont, Alesso, Ferry Corsten and Avicii.

There are also tracks by Genix, Super8 & Tab, Paul van Dyk and rising star CamelPhat.

Cream stage a weekly party at Amnesia on a Thursday night on the White Isle. DJs performing during the season include Above & Beyond, Fedde Le Grand, Aly & Fila and Eric Prydz. Find out more about the season at www.creamibiza.com.

The album Cream Ibiza 2015 is due for release on 8 August 2015.

Love Waits

This is the new track by Australian dj and producer Ahmet Atasever.  It features the vocals of Amy Kirkpatrick.  Just listen:

Stunning!

It is due for release on Black Hole Recordings on 3 August 2015.

The EDMBlog – Top 10 dance tracks – July 2015

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Ten current EDMBlog favourites:

1. Joe Stone ft. Montell Jordan – The Party (Firebeatz remix) (Polydor)
2. Otto Knows – Next To Me (Grum remix) (Disconap)
3. CamelPhat ft. Jaxxon – Sun Comes Up (Ultra)
4. Rodg ft. Patrick Baker – Nothing To Prove (Statement! Recordings)
5. Michael Woods – Chin Up (Diffused Music)
6. Francis Mercier – Can You Love Me (2Elements remix) (Ego Records)
7. Doc Trashz – Valiant (Trashz Recordz)
8. R7 – Love Will Carry Us (Club mix) (ClubStream)
9. Jerome Isma-Ae – Hold That Sucker Down (10 Year Anniversary Mix) (Jee Productions)
10. Willem De Roo – Omen (Armind)

The Grum remix of Otto Knows is excellent.

Rodg is producing some very impressive stuff recently.

The Michael Woods track is banging.

And check out the R7 track which is great too.

All in all some good music out there.

Enjoy!

The dark side of Eden

Eden is a new film written by Mia and Sven Hansen-Løve.  It tells the story of Paul, an aspiring French DJ, emerging into the dance music and clubbing boom which started in the early 1990s.  Together with a group of friends he becomes involved in the music scene, the nightlife, the sex, the drugs and the hedonistic promise of the era.

The basis for the story is the fresh and exciting new music which emerged at the time.  It fused traditional musical instruments and vocals with sounds created by computer underpinned by a constant repetitive beat.  The soundtrack features notable dance music classics including Jaydee – Plastic Dreams, Liquid – Sweet Harmony, Bryon Stingily – Get Up, Daft Punk – One More Time and Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman.  As you hear these during the film you are reminded just how fresh, innovative and exciting these tracks were and they still sound absolutely amazing.  It is like a wake up call for the ears.

The storyline centres on Paul as he tries to develop a career as a DJ over several decades in Paris at the time electronic music duo Daft Punk were gaining huge popularity for their unique musical sound.  He starts by playing music for his friends at house parties but this leads to bookings at larger venues and events in front of ever-increasing numbers of people.  He becomes involved in the lifestyle attendant with this scene staying up all night, taking drugs, having casual relationships and developing a careless approach to life.  At one point he wakes up to put on his Paul Smith designer clothes but looks in the fridge to discover he has no food.    One of the writers of the film, Sven Hansen-Løve, was part of DJ duo Cheers who ran parties in Paris in the early nineties.  His personal experiences and knowledge clearly give the film a certain autobiographical veracity.

Eden captures very well the musical and clubbing aura of the time.  There is a brilliant segment near the start in which Paul walks down a tunnel of light onto a wild dance floor full of youths dancing to a pulsating beat.  There are snapshot images of people caught in the coloured lights of a nightclub totally lost in the moment.  It is one of the best parts of the film.

But it is not all about orgiastic pleasure.  The movie reflects the dark side of living for the moment showing Paul’s developing addiction to drugs, lack of intimate connection with other people and his inability to function outside the vampire world of nightclubs.  If you are hoping for a feel-good “it’s all about the fun” ending you are in for a surprise.

Eden is definitely worth seeing if you are passionate about the music and interested in the sociological history of clubbing.  But don’t go with any illusions.  While the music sounds incredible and dancing all night with beautiful people makes you feel amazing, darkness lurks in this hedonistic garden.

Eden opens on Friday 24 July 2015.

#PlayMoreDanceMusic

The @TheSunClubz column has published an interview with Dutch dj and producer Armin van Buuren.

During the interview he says: “The UK crowd has always been living and breathing dance music.  They truly do appreciate the music.”

It seems something of a shame then that this passion for the genre is not reflected in the output of UK national radio stations.

Dance music, EDM and particularly trance have long been dirty words which can’t be mentioned in editorial meetings at many radio stations.

Surely, networks which are paid for by everyone – such as BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 – should reflect the diverse interests of the audience and feature dance tracks among the records they play on a regular basis?

Shouldn’t there also be more shows dedicated to the wide variety of dance music featuring everything from disco to house, hard house to rave, trance and beyond?

Van Buuren has been presenting his A State Of Trance show on Dutch radio for 14 years and it has an enormous audience worldwide.  Unfortunately, BBC Radio 1 cancelled the hugely popular shows by dance music pioneers such as Judge Jules and Dave Pearce leaving Pete Tong as the only remaining stalwart for the genre.

This lack of exposure for dance music on the UK national airwaves has seen audiences stop listening to stations and move to the internet to find their ‘fix’.  It has also negatively affected nightclubs and festivals.  If audiences don’t listen to dance music during the week they won’t go out at the weekend and pay to hear it.

And yet the passion for the genre in the UK remains but it takes a Dutch DJ to highlight the fact.

So this is a call to the Presenters, Producers and Senior Executives on the UK national radio stations to not be afraid.  Play more dance music!  Your audiences love it.