Posts byAngela Nguyen

Dance Music Docs: Manatee Commune (Exclusive Video)

There must be something in the water. The emerging pool of electronic dance music artists from the Pacific Northwest is, for lack of a better word, mind-blowing. We’re seeing a growing number of talented NW artists taking center stage. From big room giants BL3R to festival favorites

Robyn’s Tekla Festival Promotes Women in Technology

The topic of sexism is an important issue here at Dance Music Northwest. We have previously discussed the disparity between gender roles in the music and technology. We’ve also profiled Tatiana Alvarez, a female DJ who went undercover as a man to understand the reality of sexism in

Richie Hawtin’s CNTRL College Campus Tour Hits Seattle

Richie Hawtin and friends will be reviving the CNTRL College Campus Tour this spring – a unique dance music experience featuring workshops and guest speakers, followed by performances later that evening. The CNTRL Tour will be visiting eight college campuses around North America, hitting up the University of

Live Nation Continues On Path To EDM Domination

The conglomeration of the electronic dance music industry continues as Live Nation announced it has acquired the majority stake of Stureplansgruppen Live, or SPG Live for all us non-Swedes. Live Nation’s acquisition strengthens its global prowess into the European EDM market. SPG Live is responsible for a

Galantis Shines with the Release of Gold Dust Mixtape

Freshly departed off of their voyage on Holy Ship!, Galantis gifted fans with treasures beyond jewels or gems the other day: Beautiful music. They recently dropped their Gold Dust Mixtape, 57 minutes of melodic and synth-driven electro, typical of what you would expect from the Swedish duo.

Festival Essentials: Your Guide To Raving Alone

Shake the dust off those flower crowns and break out the perlers kits, because the much-anticipated festival season of 2015 is fast approaching. Whether you’re prepping for a trip to Vancouver B.C. for Seasons Festival or planning the annual pilgrimage to the Gorge for Paradiso, our team here at

Excision & Pegboard Nerds Deliver With “Bring The Madness”

Canadian bass mastermind Excision and Scandinavian duo Pegboard Nerds join forces for the first time ever to release Bring The Madness, a high-voltage and bass-heavy collaboration, fitting of what you would expect from Nerdcision. Their latest track combines brutal vocals from Mayor Apeshit and strong elements Tunes Into EDM With New Music Services

Video streaming platform announced they will be adding music to their repertoire of services, introducing the Twitch Music Library and the beta Music category. Twitch is largely popular among the gaming community for live streaming gameplay. Recently acquired by Amazon in September 2014, the initial launch into

Feel The Love With Zeds Dead On Valentine’s Day

We were heartbroken last November when the second day of Freaknight was cancelled, causing some of the Northwest to miss the highly anticipated Zeds Dead (unless you were lucky enough to be at Q Nightclub, of course!) But as quick as a strike from Cupid’s

Marble Productions Presents: Uniting Hearts Benefit Show

Seattle’s one and only Marble Productions is hosting Uniting Hearts on January 31st at Studio 7. Uniting Hearts is a benefit event in support of Luella Claire Hale, who was recently born and diagnosed with the rare Zellweger Syndrome. Luella is the daughter of Lacey Weaver and Rick Hale.

Skrillex Shares Message Of Positivity For 2015

Everyone’s favorite dance music superstar Skrillex had an extremely productive 2014 to the say the least. Perhaps still high from the success of his first studio album Recess, his 27-city Mothership tour, and the debut of his powerhouse partnership with Diplo as Jack Ü, Skrillex gave

Midnight Tyrannosaurus Treats Us To Midnight Snacks Vol 1

Dubstep fans rejoice! Midnight Tyrannosaurus recently dropped a massive 25-track album, entitled Midnight Snacks Vol 1. But heed our warning, this album is not for the faint of heart. A dinosaur-sized collection of tunes by the up-and-coming DJ and producer, Midnight Snacks caters to heavy dubstep and

Introducing The First Cascadia NW Arts & Music Festival

Although it may seem like light years away, it’s not too early to start thinking about what events you’ll be hitting up this upcoming festival season. Sasquatch! Festival is a Memorial Day Weekend tradition and the perfect way to kick off the summer. Dance music fans reunite

Rain Man Moves On From Krewella, Unveils New Side Project

Rain Man, formerly the third member of Krewella, is starting a new chapter in his musical career with former Kill Hannah frontman Mat Devine. The two are teaming up to form a electronic duo called Hunter Square. Rain Man stirred up controversy last September by suing the Yousaf sisters for

Calvin Harris Wins MTV EMA Best Electronic Artist

After cancelling his performance at the 2014 MTV European Music Awards due to health concerns, Calvin Harris won the Best Electronic Artist award from the EMA’s this last Sunday. He beat out tough contenders Afrojack, Avicii, David Guetta and Hardwell in fan votes for the top prize.

Pasquale Rotella Releasing Tell-All Book Out in May

Insomniac Events ringleader Pasquale Rotella is penning a tell-all book, chronicling the rise of his company from its humble beginnings in the Los Angeles rave scene to the influential dance empire that it is today. He also dishes on rival promoter SFX in the upcoming book.

Ultra Music Festival Hit With $10 Million Lawsuit

Ultra Music Festival is facing a $10 million dollar lawsuit filed by security guard Erica Mack, who was trampled by festival-goers on opening day at last year’s event. Mack sustained a skull fracture, several broken bones and continues to undergo rehab for her injuries since March.

DJ Mag 2014 Top 100 Revealed, Hardwell Reigns Once Again

Every time the DJ Mag Top 100 list rolls around, the electronic dance music community is set ablaze with debate and controversy. Glorified popularity contest? Perhaps. With often times interesting and rather questionable results, DJ Mag Top 100 at the very least gives us a semi-accurate

Vote Now in Bassnectar’s Dollar Per Basshead Initiative

From dropping his tenth studio album Noise vs. Beauty to the 18-city stop NVBS tour in fall, Lorin Ashton, better known as Bassnectar, continues to make headlines in 2014! Lorin just announced today that voting has begun on his 2014 Dollar Per Basshead initiative that donates $1 for every Bassnectar ticket sold to five organizations.

Eptic Prepares Us For ‘The End’

Never Say Die’s resident mastermind Michael Bella a.k.a Eptic has released the previews for his upcoming EP entitled, The End. Almost a year since the release of his Doom EP, Eptic is back at it again to top the charts. Marking his fifth release under SKiSM’s

SMOG Records Drops Battle Royale Vol. 1

What an exciting time to be a basshead. In the past year, there has been an upsurge of underground dubstep making its way into mainstream festival sets. We’re seeing established producers like 12th Planet and Getter embracing a deep and wonky, UK-inspired dubstep sound known as Riddim.