Tag Archives: Art Department

Laidback Luke Talks Addiction, Avicii, And That Silly Video (Yes, THAT Video)

Laidback Luke Talks Addiction, Avicii, And That Silly Video (Yes, THAT Video) The mainstream DJs in EDM culture get a lot of flak from haters because of their success. From being called "button pushers" to much worse, the sharp snark of the internets seems relentless, and shows no signs of slowing down. One of those at the top is Laidback Luke. In our eyes, he's a DJ who has paid his dues and earned his stripes to get where he is at.  LBL is a monster on the decks, considered by many to be one of the fastest mixing EDM DJs out there.  And when it comes to production, he's a master- able to produce anything from...

The Divisive ‘EDM’ Acronym- Hate it? Love It? Don’t Care? Vote!

The Divisive 'EDM' Acronym- Hate it? Love It? Don't Care? Vote! One the most divisive terms in electronic dance music is "EDM". Makes sense don't it? Actually we do see the challenge the term presents- although innocent enough at its roots - within the past few years it has gained notoriety as evil entities like corporations, mass media, and politicians have used the term to describe music, mostly produced on electronic instruments, that people tend to dance to. In a nutshell, it's hard to put all electronic dance music under one term- techno is different from drum & bass, which is different...

EDM Struggles: Art Department Gets Featured In Their Own Video

EDM Struggles: Art Department Gets Featured In Their Own Video By now, we've all seen the infamous Laidback Luke, Sander Van Doorn, and Steve Aoki video that shows them on stage premiering a new track during Winter Music Conference 2014. The video, taken completely out of context, pokes fun at modern EDM DJs. But it begs the question- are DJs just up there throwing up heart signs and doing the rodeo pose? Techno DJ duo Art Department was the most outspoken on Facebook- issuing the following status update that commented on the state of the EDM scene: All three of these duchebags need to stop...

Is Your Favorite EDM Artist Struggling With Milli Vanilli Syndrome?

Is Your Favorite EDM Artist Struggling With Milli Vanilli Syndrome? Let’s start at the beginning, when producers and DJs were not necessarily one and the same. Playing live usually meant hauling around a bunch of synthesizers and drum machines. Back in the late 80s and through the 90s there were not a lot of electronic music acts that really toured around with a live set-up.  It was just too much gear and fees were not high enough to really accommodate moving around like a rock band. MAGNETIC RECOMMENDS: Avril Lavigne Struggles With Asians & EDM A few acts like Kraftwerk, The Orb, Orbital, The...

For The Sake Of Art Department: An Interview Backstage At Coachella

For The Sake Of Art? We Talk To Art Department Backstage At Coachella An Art Department Interview Backstage Of Coachella There’s been quite a bit of controversy lately surrounding Toronto based duo Art Department. They made some pretty bold comments on Facebook earlier this week that questioned the integrity of three major, more commercial EDM DJs (Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke and Sander Van Doorn). Were these statements from members Kenny Glasglow and Jonny White merely publicity stunts or a necessary act made in defense of art? MAGNETIC RECOMMENDS: Free Download- Art Department "Heartbreak" Luckily...

New Electronic Music Weekly Chart: Techno Top Ten

artworks-000072842898-x7h4xf-t500x500 This week it seems we’ve got quite a lot of &’s in the mix, and so I’m going to dub this week’s top techno chart, the collaborative partnerships of dynamic duos of techno week! It’s always a beautiful thing when creative worlds collide, and some would say, you need a good friend or other to bring out the best in you. So I hope you’re ready for plenty of fun in the sun, I know I am all sorts of ready to get after it in Coachella, so let this playlist inspire you this week and help you find your own beautiful collaborator of...

New Electronic Music From Art Department “Heartbreak” – Free Download

New Electronic Music From Art Department "Heartbreak" - Free Download Art Department DJing For The Red Bull Guest House in Miami 2014. Credit: lukechristopher.com   Everybody Loves Art Department. Everybody Loves Techno. Well they should at least. And everybody should love their new static glitch crunk techno track (down, hipster! that's not a new genre. Yet.).  AD just shared it as a free download today. It's called "Heartbreak" clocks in at just under six minutes. The beat charges along like a choo-choo train and there's some muy excelente trabajo en el synthesizer. MAGNETIC RECOMMENDS: 3...

Free Download: Annie Mac Presents The Best of Free Music Monday

Free Download: Annie Mac Presents The Best of Free Music Monday Danny Brown, Duke Dumont, Jesse Ware, Para One, Disclosure, Santigold, Carte Blanche, Art Department, The 2 Bears…that's a lot of EDM culture fun right there. Annie Mac kicks ass for Free Music Mondays and just doing what she does—championing quality music. 23 tracks in this set, enjoy the EDM downloads… Follow Annie Mac on Facebook | Twitter You might also...

Watch: Magnetic Chats With Art Department At BPM Festival 2013—“It’s My Favorite Festival Hands Down”

art-department Our pal and photographer Robert Kerian ended up going to BPM Festival last minute, the lucky bastard. Seizing the opportunity, we were fortunate enough to line up a few last minute interviews, which we’ll be bringing you in the coming week. First up is the dynamic duo Art Department, aka Jonny White and Kenny Glasgow. These two are rarely in the same place at the same time, living on opposite ends of the world and all, so we’re especially grateful for this one. “It's My Favorite Festival Hands Down...” -Jonny White The two...

Watch: ‪Art Department‬ On Tour With Onebeat

Watch: ‪Art Department‬ On Tour With Onebeat Admit it: you're EDM culture loving self has fantasized about going on tour with your favorite DJ. Whether it's the music, the traveling, or the partying, you've wanted to see what DJs actually do the 22 hours a day they're not spinning on stage. Cue OneBeat's On Tour video series. Each episode follows DJs from gig to gig, documenting what they eat, where they stay and how they travel. The latest On Tour video chronicles Art Department, which is comprised of Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White. Viewers travel with the duo through Montreal, San...

Carl Cox Is Coming To America And He’s Bringing Friends

Tomas-Loewy-photography---FashionArtWallsDOTcom---for-Magnetic-Magazine---Carl-Cox-074zipped By all accounts Carl Cox & Friends at Ultra Music Festival this past March was pretty spectacular. Now the man himself is coming back for some headlining appearances across the US and Canada, which includes the debut of Carl Cox & Friends at this year’s EDC in Vegas. Both EDC events actually—first, in New York May on 19th (with Danny Tenaglia, John Digweed, tINI, Seth Troxler, Nicole Moudaber, Cassy, Art Department) then it's Las Vegas on June 10th (with UMEK, John Digweed, Green Velvet, Danny Tenaglia, Nicole Moudaber, Nic...

Storm Queen “Look Right Through” Part 1 (Defected Records)

strom.queen It’s hard to believe that the first Storm Queen record came out in 2010. That’s basically like yesterday, yet the Morgan Geist x Damon C. Scott moniker has already seemed to achieve a timeless stamp from many in the disco house scene. We’ve loving that Mr. Geist is bringing the project back this year, which will surely deliver more modern disco classics for the dancefloor. First up is a two-part release with some pretty impressive names signed on. Part one kicks off with jumbo jet remixers Aeroplane, adding their touch and...