Boys from Oz: My day on set with Stafford Brothers

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I have made no secret about my affinity for Australians (well, one in particular), but I still didn’t expect to like Stafford Brothers as much as I do before spending the day with them for this feature on Billboard. There are plenty of people in dance music and the music industry at large (for that ...

Haters Anonymous: Twitter Fan Fiction and How I Became a Sky Ferreira Cyber Bully

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  Sky Ferreira changed pop-music. Stay with me on this one, because not only is it true, but I can explain why. For those who don’t know who Sky Ferreira is (and I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that there are quite a few who don’t), she’s the twenty-year old, ...

Explaining EDM America to British Dance Music Elitists

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A response to Clive Martin’s handy guide/open letter to America. Britons, Thank you, for the recent “explanation” of rave culture. On behalf of my fellow Americans, I’d like to thank you for the advice on how to handle our dance music scene. However, there are few things you might not quite understand. I am more ...

Lo Safai of Heartsrevolution disses her former label in an entertainingly tasteless way

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If you have a hipster memory that extends four or five years, you might recall Heartsrevolution as the boisterous duo with the song “C.Y.O.A.” that played a bunch of IHEARTCOMIX parties back in the dark last years of the Bush administration. I was pumped to talk to them last week for CODE on Billboard about their ...

Dirtybird’s J-Phlip on being timeslot-appropriate and style conscious in a techno boy’s club

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Dirtybird, the San Francsico techno crew, is more like a mafia than a record label. Founded a decade ago as a dance party by Claude von Stroke (the alias of Barclay Crenshaw), Justin Martin, his brother Christian Martin (sometimes known as Leroy Peppers), and their friend Worthy, Dirtybird has become a term synonymous with bass-heavy ...

Zedd and country singer Hunter Hayes might be the same person

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It’s unlikely that electro/dubstep DJ/producer Zedd (left) and country singer/songwriter Hunter Hayes (right) share too many fans. When we saw Hayes at the Grammy’s earlier this week we did a double take – is that Zedd playing the piano? No, it was Hunter Hayes, or Country Zedd, if you’d prefer. It got us thinking: these two ...

Lazaro Casanova’s sexy new mix makes him our Valentine

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Miami-based DJ/producer/label head Lazaro Casanova has a keen melodic sensibility and always packs his sets with a few sweet surprises. His new Burnin’ Up In February mix includes the Steve Huerta track, “Revenge,” that came out on petFood last month as well as Casanova’s remix of Intruder’s “U Got Me,” out next month on Murk ...

Sexual Favors and Moonwalking: Why we won’t hear from Al Walser again

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I spent Sunday morning with Al Walser, the controversial Grammy nominee, to profile him for Billboard. He was very nice and gracious about letting me spend time with him amongst his entourage. He and his wife were cute together, and I admire their commitment to each other amid the chaos of the day. But after ...

The White House uses dubstep to promote State of the Union

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A video uploaded Tuesday promoting last night’s State of the Union address featured a montage of past SOTUs and infographics of President Obama’s accomplishments set to an unidentifiable dubstep tune. It’s only a 44 second clip, and the bass doesn’t kick in until about :14, so it’s not like there’s much time for a real ...