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We have waited weeks for an official announcement from Insomniac events on when and where the the legendary EDM festival (Electric Daisy Carnival) will be Held. Today the official announcement was posted on Insomniacs website. The event will be May 24th – 26th (Memorial Day Weekend) at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL. The event will be 18+ to enter and 21+ to consume alcohol. The event spread out over 5 stages will have a capacity of over 300,000 people. 3 day general admission and VIP tickets will go on sale for EDC Chicago 2013 on Wednesday January 23rd at 12pm. As an added bonus it was also announced that for the first time at a EDC event tickets will be sold for camping. Chicago land speedway is located at 500 speedway Blvd. Joliet, IL. Stay tuned to Fusion Radio for all you updates on this massive event.
The second artist on my list this week Fusionites is actually a duo!
If you haven’t heard of Chromeo it’s about time you have! This electro funk duo comes to you direct from Canada.
The duo is composed of P-Thugg and Dave 1, (real names Patrick Gemayel and David Macklovitch). The two childhood friends describe themselves as the “the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the the dawn of human culture,”according Complex.
They met in the mid 90′s in high school, when Dave 1′s brother A-Trak was becoming a world champion in the Disco Mix Club Championships around 1997. Dave 1 was also friends with Tiga and was working with him at his label Turbo, to which shortly after in 2001-2002 the duo got signed to Tigas label and started making tracks as Chromeo with Dave 1 on lead vocals and guitar, and P-Thugg on keyboards, synthesizer, and talk box.
In 2004 they released their first album She’s in Control which had an 80′s feel. Their song “Needy Girl” became a World wide hit in the club scene along with “Hot Mess” which featured La Roux. They released Fancy Footwork three years later which took them on a two year world tour. The track was used in a VO5 Extreme Hair Gel advertisement in the UK and the video got over 666,000 hits off of Youtube. In 2010 they released Business Casual an homage to 80′s flash dance and 70′s disco vibes with a hint of electro funk. Singles like “When the Night Falls,” “Don’t Turn On the Lights,” and “Night By Night” became instant hits with imaginative videos to help boost their cred. In 2011 they released the world smallest album called Drive Time which was made up of 55 songs in only 183 seconds. It was made for Nokia cell phones with a limited release of only forty copies.
This year they will be releasing their follow up to Business Casual and with family and friends like A-Trak and Tiga and comparisons to Duck Sauce you better believe that Chromeo will bring it! Be on the look out for the yet untitled new album to be released this year!
Check out the videos When the Night Falls above and Night By Night below and tell us what you think Fusionites! Till next week adieu!
Duck Sauce, also known as Armand Van Helden & A-Trak, are the duo responsible for bringing disco house tracks to our thriving club scene! The duo has been climbing our Fusion charts for months with their breakout song “Barbra Streisand“. I first heard about Duck Sauce when my husband placed their video on my Facebook page thinking it was hilarious and that I needed to see it. When I discovered Duck Sauce after this initial encounter I knew I had found a group that I would want to share with a World of people who were never into dance music the way we Fusion Heads are! For me they were this underground treasure that half the people I knew had never heard of! This is why I have to share!
Here’s a little bit of back story according to The Village Voice about our band,”When A-Trak (Alain Macklovitch) and Armand Van Helden teamed up as Duck Sauce for the dance hit, “aNYway“, we were surprised, then pleased, then completely addicted. The production duo shares roots in old-school hip-hop and club-friendly, sample-based dance production, but come from entirely different worlds. To give an idea: In 1997, afifteen-year-old A-Trak was busy winning the world DMC Championship. He would spend that year, and the rest of his teens, known as one of the youngest, most talented scratch performers to ever exist. 1997 was also the year that Armand released hisGreatest Hits compilation (on premier house label, Strictly Rhythm) and Sampleslaya–a party breakbeat album. His next single, “U Don’t Know Me“, dropped later in the year and went to the #2 spot on Billboard pop charts.
Since then, A-Trak has gone from scratch champion to Kanye Wests DJ to Fool’s Gold label-founder and production guru. Armand has continued to put out hit records—2006′s “My My My” peaked at #2 on Billboard’s dance charts, and 2007′s “I Want Your Soul” did the same. With the wave of disco revival that has been sweeping through dance music in the last few years, it was only a matter of time until these two met. The result of that meeting? The birth of Duck Sauce, creators of delightfully nonsensical and catchy club bangers. The pair’s second single–debuting a year after their first go– had quite a buzz before it even came out. This probably had something to do with the title–”Barbra Streisand“–but it also had a lot to do with the fact that the song turned out to be insanely catchy. The star-studded video–featuring Kanye, Pharrell, Questlove, and Ezra Koenig–didn’t hurt either.”
Now if you are asking, why the name Duck Sauce you can blame the artist who does all of the groups artwork, Dust La Rock. Dust gave the duo a list of names and it took off from there according to A-Trak, “For me it was funny because I always used to make jokes about duck sauce. I was really mad about it when I saw it cause it was like, “Why didn’t I think of that?” So yeah, it came from Dust and I liked it right away and Armand liked it right away.” But don’t ask whether the name has a meaning, it really doesn’t, “If it’s dope, it’s dope!” A-Trak goes on to say. “For me, I usually run names by Kanye and Fool’s Gold, because Kanye would always get a trip out at these names I’d use for my projects. Kanye was obsessed with the name “Sunglasses Is A Must“, which was the name of my 2006 tour. He wanted to buy that name from me. So, when I can’t decide on a name, I’ll hit him up and he’ll tell me right away whether it’s good. I remember hitting him up about “Duck Sauce” and he goes “Oh yeah. For sure.” If you wanna look for some sort of meaning – it’s kinda New York. Like, New York Chinese takeout.”
If you ask Duck Sauce what they think of the electro-club & pop scene they’ll tell you that they like simplicity and that simplicity, and humor is what their music is about. “We started Duck Sauce at the beginning of the top of ’09, when everyone was making really aggressive techno-electro with distorted bass-lines and crazy production tricks and a lot of glitchy stuff everywhere. It’s kind of grating to the ears after a while. We wanted to come in as a kind of breath of fresh air. Really, really simple. A loop that makes you happy and that you can sing along to. That’s it. If you like it, great! If not, oh well.”
Even the duo say its crazy to have a song with no chorus or real lyrics to climb the dance charts the way that Barbra Streisand has as well as their other chart toppers!
So what have we learned Fusionites? If you are into Pop music which I know you are, and have a sense of humor, you will fall in love with this duo who’s namesake is reminiscent of New York Chinese Takeout: Duck Sauce.
Other little known facts about where Barbra Streisand has been featured is in Glee’s 18th episode during their second season, the title episode being: “Born This Way.” It is also featured in the Vitamin Water Revive commercial and to date the “Barbra Streisand” music video has over 65 million views on Youtube and has even had parodies of the British Royal Navy and Homer Simpson singing and dancing to the song! Barbra Streisand has been gracing our Fusion dance chart since 2011!
Way too often dance music doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Think about it guys, country music gets an entire awards show dedicated to them… sure we have some kick-ass festivals, and some really epic artists. Not all is bad news though, we have made leaps and strides in Television in the last couple years.
With that said take a look at some of the Dance Artists nominated for a Grammy Award this year!I know I was really excited to see a lot of my favorite artists in there. 2012 is already heating up to be another great year for dance music. Here’s this years Dance music award nominees:
GRAMMYS DANCE NOMINEES
BEST DANCE RECORDING
Raise Your Weapon – Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech
Barbra Streisand – Duck Sauce
Sunshine – David Guetta & Avicii
Call Your Girlfriend – Robyn
Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites – Skrillex
Save The World – Swedish House Mafia
BEST DANCE / ELECTRONICA ALBUM
Zonoscope – Cut Copy
4×4 = 12 – Deadmau5
Nothing But The Beat – David Guetta
Body Talk Pt. 3 – Robyn
Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites – Skrillex
BEST REMIXED RECORDING
Cinema – Benny Benassi (Skrillex Remix)
Collide – Leona Lewis (Afrojack Remix)
End of Line – Daft Punk (Photek Remix)
Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna (Rosabel Club Mix)
Rope – Foo Fighters (Deadmau5 Mix)
Not only that, but it appears that Skrillex has bagged himself a Grammy nomination in the ‘Best New Artist’ category. Thanks to InTheMix.com it looks like he’s up against some heavy hitters. Take a look at the facts, and some of the history of dance nominee’s.
Skrillex is up against Bon Iver, Nicki Minaj, The Band Perry and J. Cole – a mixed bunch if ever there was one. Usually dance music is neatly confined to the Best Dance Recording category, so this is a significant moment if you count these kinds of moments as significant.
Skrillex does also appear in the Best Dance Recordings nominees, alongside fellow top-earners like David Guetta and Deadmau5. Robyn’s Call Your Girlfriend is in there breaking up the boys’ club as well.
(glasswerk.co.uk) A name is just a name, unless it has to do with a highly addictive dance song. Just ask Armand Van Helden.
While he and partner A Track were writing “Barbara Streisand,” they let their laughing genes run amok. “We both have wacky senses of humour and we’re drawn to these things that make people sit up and listen,” Van Helden said in a recent interview. He expanded on the actual process of finding the magic name that made the song an instant hit. “The first idea was to put some sort of word there, some sort of silly sample. Then, instead of looking for a sample, we decided we should just say something, we should say someone’s name. After 3 or 4 shots we tried Barbra Streisand and both just started cracking up so we knew then, that would have to be on the track.” But fate almost took them in another direction. “We did try out a few other names. Neil Diamond was a contender but just didn’t sound as good as Barbra Streisand.”