If we told you at first that we weren't a little apprehensive to go on tour with Rihanna, we'd be lying. How would her crowds react to our very different sound and how would our creative process change writing music whilst being away from home for two and a half months?
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.
"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."
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.
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.
On Friday, Spinnin' decided it makes enough money from frat boys in bro tanks. Luckily for dance music fans with any sense of decorum, there are plenty of other record labels putting quality music out.
Bronx born and bred, the Martinez Brothers have become New York's most compelling international ambassadors of Big Apple house music. They're the latest artists to carry the flag for their hometown sound.
You're not likely to find too many retired NBA players hanging out in the dusty playa at the Burning Man gathering. But you can definitely count on seeing -- and hearing -- the former Miami Heat center Rony Seikaly there.
The deaths of two Electric Zoo attendees and hospitalization of at least four others prompted the cancellation of the third day of the festival on Sunday. As a music journalist who covers dance music for one of the nation's biggest media outlets, I can't say it's a story I'm shocked to hear.