Welcome to the first WEEKENDER post of the year, where we wrap up the week in the music world, and this week has unwittingly celebrated dance music internationally and locally.
Jay Z, Calvin Harris and Will Smith are banding together to create a comedy TV series called Higher that’s going to be “set in the world of electronic music”. I don’t quite understand how exactly this will work nor if it’ll even be good, but the combination of this lucrative power trio, comedy TV and EDM sounds entertaining to me. Not many details are available at the moment, but we’ll keep you updated.
Closer to home, and if she wasn’t busy enough, Nina Las Vegas has co-ordinated a nationwide tour NLV Presents: Parties By Nina Las Vegas For You in appreciation of Australia’s dance music budding talents. There’s no stopping how crazy awesome this girl is. The tour starts on the 13th of February at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne (where you’ll find your trusty art felicis crew – keep your eyes peeled for a review!) and stops over in most of Australia’s major cities until the start of March. Each night features a slightly different lineup, but main acts include Nina Las Vegas herself, Cosmo’s Midnight, Emoh Instead, LDRU, Tkay Maidza, Motez, Sable and Indian Summer.
The 29th International Dance Music Awards have announced their nominees, and many Aussies are amongst the stars of the dance music world. Our favourite boy Flume has been nominated for Best Indie Dance/Underground DJ, Knife Party is a contender in Best Dupstep/Drum & Bass DJ and Empire of the Sun and Cut Copy are battling it out in the Best Alternative/Indie Rock Dance Track category. For a full list of nominees and to vote for the winners, check out their website. Winners are to be announced at the Winter Music Conference in Miami on the 27th of March.