April 2012

The early career of Deadmau5

Deadmau5 does not consider himself a DJ. The word does not accurately describe what he does. He considers himself a musician. He wants his crowds to hear his music when they come to his shows. Deadmau5’s real name is Joel Zimmerman, and he is from the town of Niagara Falls in Canada.

He got his start in the music business as a teenager, when the music he made with the chips from discarded old computers earned him a gig collaborating with Tommy Lee on his album Methods of Mayhem. The two have remained friends through the years and have even collaborated again on other projects.

Swedish House Mafia rock stars? Maybe.

Swedish House Mafia "One" (30 second trailer)


Swedish House Mafia is controversial in some circles. Compared to relatively innocuous and inoffensive house DJs like Tiesto and Armin van Buuren, SHM is reminiscent of Twilight. A dedicated army of followers along with some vocal critics.

The fact that the group looks like a trio of Zoolander-esque male models does not help its case with its detractors and with the detractors of house music in general.

To further anger the critics there was the sold-out concert in Madison Square Garden in December 11, where Swedish House Mafia played the role of rock stars to a heaving, throbbing mass of its dedicated audience.

Critics say that the music is lacking anything even remotely close to technical mastery or elegance. That the music is anything but subtle and that one track tends to sound pretty much like the next.

Who is Afrojack?

Afrojack - Lionheart (Original Mix)


Nick van de Wall whose stage name is Afrojack, was born in 1987, in Spijkenisse, Netherlands. Like so many of the world’s most gifted musicians, the talented, highly rated DJ and producer had his career start at an early age, 11. At that time he would, with the aid of a computer program, transform his love of listening to music to a love of creating it. He would create his music with the use of a digital audio workstation program called Fruityloops. Afrojack still uses that program to create music.

Tiesto's Club Life Volume II

Inspired by Miami


Tiësto - Chasing Summers

During interviews in reference to his Club Life II album, Tiesto has spoken in glowing terms about the city that inspired it: Miami. According to Tiesto, the album is supposed to provide listeners with the Miami club experience whether or not they actually been in one before. Tiesto, a native of the Netherlands, has described the city as glamorous and possessing a distinctive and highly developed club life. The Miami club that Tiesto says served as his main inspiration was LIV, which is located in the Fontainebleau Hotel and which has seen performers such as Frank Sinatra and has been seen in various movies like the James Bond film Goldfinger. Tiestos says that the songs on the album were chosen because they were appropriate to the Club LIV setting.