As I AM: The Life & Time$ of DJ AM Las Vegas Premiere

I am incredibly honored and humbled to have worked with “Team AM” on the Las Vegas Premiere of “As I AM: The Life and Time$ of DJ AM” documenting not only his musical journey but also his inner journey and struggles with drug addiction. The red carpet event took place at the Brenden Theatres in Las Vegas at the Palms Casino Resort where AM held his very last residency. The film was followed by a Q&A with Director Kevin Kerslake and Jonathan “Skecky” Green which gave us an private look deeper into the film and AM himself. The afterparty was a spectacular showcase of musical talent organized by DJ 88 and her “Pop-Up” party. We saw performances by: DJ Scene, VICE, Spyder and Melo D. Also in attendance were, myself (duh!) DJ Shift, Kevin Scott (who also was the film producer), KidFunk, Warren Peace (also a producer) and many, many more.

It was an incredible night and I highly recommend seeing the film which is currently charting #2 on iTunes. See below for the trailer and here for the link to download and watch!

Get Ready For EDC LV with These Killer Live Sets From EDC NY [LISTEN]

Yesterday, Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella revealed the2016 Electric Daisy Carnival lineup by letting fans identify hundreds of song clips during a special episode of Night Owl Radio. To celebrate and get you ready for the main event June 17-19, we’re sharing some of the top live performances from the recent EDC New York.


Dada Life

Yellow Claw

Adventure Club

Dillon Francis

Source: Get Ready For EDC LV with These Killer Live Sets From EDC NY [LISTEN] |

DJ Mag Name Their Top 100 Clubs For 2016

Source: DJ Mag Name Their Top 100 Clubs For 2016

Once more in 2016, Space Ibiza has been crowned #1 in DJ Mag ‘s annual poll of the word’s best clubs.
The White Isle superclub beat out last year’s Brazilian winner Green Valley for the top spot, returning for what’s their fourth win in the poll. But as DJ Mag point out, it will the last time you can expect to see Space Ibiza on the list. “This will be the venue’s final year of operation,” they write. “Widely regarded as one of the greatest clubs of all time, the Ibiza superclub has stood on the same site for over 25 years, and will close its doors at the end of the summer.”
Green Valley has been bumped down to the #2 for 2016, while Amnesia, Pacha Ibiza and South Korean nightspot Octagon round out the top five.
But the best thing about this year’s poll? An Australian club has made the cut. Sydney’s Chinese Laundry has clocked in at #80 on DJ Mag ‘s publicly-voted poll, the first time they’ve made the list since 2010. With dons like Sasha, Kolsch and Scuba all stopping by for sets in the past year, shout-outs from Flosstradamus and consistently excellent weekly line-ups, it’s not hard to see why Laundry raked in the votes.
All up 36 different countries are represented in 2016’s poll, from Colombia to new Middle Eastern entry the United Arab Emirates. See the full list below or on the DJ mag website.

DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs 2016
1 Space Ibiza, Ibiza
2 Green Valley, Brazil
3 Amnesia, Ibiza
4 Pacha, Ibiza
5 Octagon, South Korea
6 Zouk, Singapore
7 Hakkasan, Las Vegas
8 Ushuia, Ibiza
9 Sirena, Brazil
10 BCM, Majorca
11 Papaya, Croatia
12 DC10, Ibiza
13 Echostage, Washington
14 Paradise Club, Mykonos
15 fabric, London
16 Berghain/Panorama Bar, Berlin
17 Bootshaus, Cologne
18 Anzu, Brazil
19 Motion, Bristol
20 Noa Beach Club, Croatia
21 Warung, Brazil
22 Cavo Paradiso, Mykonos
23 Ministry of Sound, London
24 Guaba Beach Bar, Cyprus
25 Cocorico, Italy
26 Zouk, Kuala Lumpar
27 Sankeys Ibiza, Ibiza
28 The Warehouse Project, Manchester
29 Baum, Colombia
30 Air, Amsterdam
31 Digital Newcastle, Newcastle
32 Omnia, Las Vegas
33 Exchange, Los Angeles
34 Arma 17, Moscow
35 Marquee Las Vegas
36 Elrow, Barcelona
37 Matahari, Brazil
38 Space Miami
39 Barbarellas, Croatia
40 El Fortin, Brazil
41 Yalta, Bulgaria
42 Avalon, Los Angeles
43 Icon, Miami
44 Guendalina, Italy
45 Aquarius, Croatia
46 New City Gas, Canada
47 Fabrik Madrid, Madrid
48 Output, New York
49 White Club, Dubai
50 Encore & Surrender, Las Vegas
51 Versuz ,Belgium
52 Privilege, Ibiza
53 Cacao Beach, Bulgaria
54 EGG LDN, London
55 Womb, Tokyo
56 D-EDGE, Brazil
57 Lost Beach Club, Equador
58 Lux, Lisbon
59 Sub Club, Glasgow
60 Myst, Shanghai
61 The Palace (formerly Valkyrie), Philippines
62 Beach Club, Montreal
63 Sankeys Manchester
64 Coliseum, Jakarta
65 Elements, Beijing
66 Duel Beat, Italy
67 Rex Club, Paris
68 Watergate, Berlin
69 Mint Club,Leeds
70 Drais, Las Vegas
71 La Huaca, Peru
72 Cielo, New York
73 E11EVEN, Miami
74 Concrete, Paris
75 Revelin, Croatia
76 XOYO, London
77 Tresor, Berlin
78 Dragonfly, Jakarta
79 The Light, Las Vegas
80 Chinese Laundry, Sydney
81 Cubic, Macau
82 Foundation, Seattle
83 Velvet, Paraguay
84 Modo, Beijing
85 Metropolis, Paris
86 M2, Shanghai
87 Phonox, London
88 Kitty Su, India
89 Razzmatazz ,Barcelona
90 Ce La Vie, Singapore
91 Mad, Switzerland
92 Verboten, New York
93 Illuzion, Thailand
94 Stealth, Nottingham
95 CODA, Toronto
96 Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
97 X2, Jakarta
98 Studio 338, London
99 Space, New York
100 Robert Johnson, Frankfurt

Thoughts on EDM from Eric Prydz

Eric Prydz Speaks Out on Mainstream EDM, His Fear of Flying and Breaking the Mold | Your EDM.

Following on the heels of Eric Prydz‘s debut albumOpusThe Guardian‘s own Michael Cragg recently spent time with the progressive house grandfather to learn more about his take on the current state of dance music and his involvement in its constantly evolving growth. During a night of several different live events thrown in Los Angeles, Prydz opened up about the accessibility of mainstream EDM and his conscious efforts to remain on the outskirts.


“Musically it’s very accessible, quite cheesy and very pop. It’s not house or techno. It’s pop music with a four-four beat.”

As for the fans that follow it, he says that most of them don’t take the time to study or appreciate the art for more than a week or two’s time. As opposed to his own music, a tempered and clean-cut brand of progressive house, he implies that the top radio hits are fleeting and uninspired enough for him to want to avoid them as much as possible.

“I call it iTunes fans – it’s normal consumers who listen to the radio and they like the top 10 on iTunes so they like that song one week and then the next it’s something else. It’s like fast food, week-to-week music consumption.”

In almost every aspect, Prydz treats his music career differently than the cookie-cutter brand of modern dance music contributors. Despite his often hectic touring schedule, he frequently chooses to take a bus due to his fear of flying. Even though the vehicles seldom have onboard bathrooms, Prydz enjoys the the comfort and ease of his own approach, and manages to work his schedule around whichever methods most suit him.

“The EDM thing is almost like pot. Like when people say ‘if you’re going to smoke pot, then you’ll start doing heroin soon and moving on to stronger things. More refined.’ The whole EDM thing is very accessible, it’s like McDonald’s or something. You go to your first festival and you see these acts and it’s the confetti and it’s the boom and the screaming in the mic and the big melodies, and I can see how a 16-year-old kid at their first festival would get hooked on that. But you’re going to get older and your music taste will get more refined. You’ll develop a genuine interest in music.”

Being able to straddle the line between more mainstream crowds and the underground is something that Prydz has mastered over the course of his career. Under the pseudonyms Pryda and Cirez D, he has opened up the dance music community to his variety of tastes of expressions that fall outside the Prydz banner. Experimental house music and techno enter the spotlight when he resides over places like Los Angeles’s warehouse circuit and similar spots, events that the average EDM listener may not attend or know about.

“It’s like the way I meditate almost. And tonight I can go to this sort of dark underground hole and do this musically totally different thing for a few hundred people. But that’s just the way I am – I love this and I love that and I’ve found a way to do both.”

Carl Cox weighs in on why he is ending his 15-year Space Ibiza residency | Dancing Astronaut

Carl Cox weighs in on why he is ending his 15-year Space Ibiza residency | Dancing Astronaut.


Countless questions were raised following Carl Cox’s sudden announcement that he would be ending his 15-year residency at Space Ibiza, but now the techno trailblazer provides fans with an in-depth explanation as to why: Ushuaïa Group will be taking over the superclub in 2017.

The Brit admitted to Inthemix, “It’s not that I’m walking away from the club, because Pepe [Rosello], the owner of Space, his contract is up at the club. He’s going to be 80 years old and will officially be out. It gets handed over to Ushuaïa Group across the road and its manager Jan will be given the keys to run Space. And once that happens, everything changes. So I have no desire to stay in that club for any reason.”

Cox goes on to discuss Ushuaïa’s ulterior motives, and that the promoter hoped he would continue his residency merely because it would help bring in significant cash flow. He can already envision Space’s downward spiral into a “models & bottles” type of venue, and the notion of being tied to a club that capitalizes on money as opposed to the music is, in a word, horrifying.

“…My heart tells me I will not ever do that – because if Pepe’s not there, I am not there. We grew up together, we’ve been all the way through this together, and we’re going to finish together. And I’m quite happy about that, because it means we leave the legacy of a club that made a difference. We can walk away with that – the legendary status of what used to happen at Space when we were there – because no one else can emulate that, it’s not possible.”