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The acronym EDM stands for electronic dance music. Electronic dance music, or EDM, is the umbrella term for modern dance music that is DJ produced, rather than created by a band. Its history can be traced all the way back to the disco era. Not so much for its sound, but because disco was the period when extended dance mixes for songs were first created and played in clubs to keep patrons dancing all night long. The genre began to evolve into forms like techno, house and trance music over the years until it ultimately became what we now call EDM.

The music currently termed EDM gained its first popularity in the UK, back when it was sometimes called electronica. Artists like Underworld, Prodigy, Fatboy Slim and The Chemical Brothers all achieved some measure of success in the US, but not nearly as much as they garnered in Europe.

Festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza started featuring EDM music in some of its venues before EDM music-only festivals began to take shape in the late 90s. These new gatherings included Electric Daisy Carnival, which started in Los Angeles in 1997 before relocating to Las Vegas. The Ultra Music Festival has also been going strong in Florida since 1999. A more recent entry into the EDM festival circuit is Electric Forest Festival, which started in Michigan in 2008. These festivals feature wild dancing and equally wild and colorful clothing. They're an experience, as much as a concert.

Another big factor in the proliferation of EDM has been the collaboration between electronic music artists, like David Guetta, and various pop stars. Now that R&B divas are incorporating electronic musical elements into their pop songs, the style is becoming more palatable to the average American music fan.

Of late, EDM artists like Deadmau5 and Skrillex have also begun landing their pictures on major rock magazine covers. This could be the beginning of an era where the most popular DJs are legitimate rock stars. Also, the age of your typical EDM fan is very young. Many of these kids are not going to rock shows like their parents were.

The popularity of EDM shows no signs of slowing down. Many young people are growing up with EDM the way previous generations had embraced rock & roll. Ready or not, the EDM generation is alive and well and here to stay.

Good news is you don’t have to wait for summer festivals to experience some fantastic EDM shows. The Winter White Tour now touring. East Coasters, this is the best in New York entertainment. Check out Steve Aoki along with Mat Zo, DSC CHK, and DVDJ Dread, January 31st, at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY.

Words by contributing writer Jerry Marrello (Turning Stone Operations Manager)

December 29th, 2012--By now we hope that you are familiar with rising New York duo Hyperbits along with Santos Party House's popular Electric Beach series. 

In 2012 alone, Hyperbits has shared stages with Sander Van Doorn, EDX, Michael Woods, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Madeon, Filo & Peri, Mysto & Pizzi, Matt Lange, Zack Roth, Dzeko & Torres and are now making their way to the status of headliner. 

In June of 2012, Hyperbits' freshman release, "Move", signed by Auryn Music, peaked at #49 in the top 100 progressive house charts on Beatport, cementing their place as young and rare talents within the worldwide EDM community. After their "Starlight" remix went to #6 on Hype Machine, Hyperbits has been busy working on original material, with tracks already signed to Fuzzy Recordings and Blue Soho Recordings slated for release in early 2013. 

 With such a high-energy duo wrapping up an exciting year with plenty to look forward to, you can guarantee this will be one of their most explosive sets to date.

October 22nd, 2012-- This weekend we had the honor of covering Justice at Sirius XM's New York City offices. Below is our coverage of photographs from Danilo Lewis, a Paradise Beats contributing photographer and a guest write up from Ashley Warner.

New York City showed its individuality and diversity in the Sirius XM studios for this praised event. While Justice is known for the integration of their rock and indie influence into their music and style, it translated well with the crowd; dubbed by Sirius as the largest crowd they have ever had for a live event in their studios. From studded leather jackets and boots, to men in button down shirts and ties, to fashion forward women in Louboutin’s and sexy dresses, the French duo brought New York’s most eclectic personalties to the studios to see their live set. 

After the interview with host DJ Liquid Todd, Justice went on to do what they do best- perform. While the crowd watched the two men from inside and outside the studio area, taking photos, tweeting, discussing, there was a constant buzz around the room. People were dancing as if you would see in any club or rock concert. Their music has the effect of bringing people from all walks of life together; no matter what your background is, and giving their fans a sound so great and so diverse that it gives people the opportunity to mingle. It was truly amazing seeing the interaction between the two genres and people, and it was all thanks to Justice.

Words by Ashley Warner

September 19th, 2012-- Aruna, the esteemed dance music songbird whose distinct vocals and honest lyrics have captured the hearts of fans around the world, will release her much-anticipated single Save The Day October 8th via Black Hole Recordings

A poignant break-up song, Save The Day tells the story of that moment you realize the magic has left a relationship and isn't coming back. Having gone through the experience herself, Aruna says that moment tends to be even sadder than the breakup itself. 

"It's like the death of innocence or the loss of hope," she says. "One thing I like in particular with this song, though, is the contrast between the title and the actual lyrical content. It sounds so triumphant and heroic when you hear the title but when you actually start digging inside the lyrics, it's the complete opposite of that." 

The release follows Aruna's debut solo single, Let Go, which was released on Anjunabeats in 2010. Her debut cracked the iTunes Dance Top 200 singles chart at #150 and was the second most popular download from the album. 

Touted by Above & Beyond's Tony McGuiness as "one of the most talented singer/songwriters around at the moment," Aruna's resume doesn't stop there. She's penned a chart-topping single recorded by Miley Cyrus for the multi-platinum selling #1 Billboard Hannah Montana soundtrack and recently added DJing to her arsenal of skills. Trance Around the World, the popular radio show produced weekly by Above & Beyond, showcased Aruna's talent for track selection and mashups when she hosted the guest mix on August 31.

September 18th, 2012 -- In early 2010, Andre Tegeler, better known by his stage moniker, Moguai, became the first producer to sign with deadmau5's embryonic mau5trap record label. Since the date, the label has flourished, launching the careers of artists like Feed Me and Skrillex, and its first-round draft pick has continued to grow at a similar rate.

Today Moguai brings us a preview of his latest production, a rock-influenced Electro House remix of Moby's Extreme Ways. Moby was contracted by the producers of The Bourne movie series to rework the original for the ending credits of each film, and from this request, a revamped Extreme Ways was conceived. This cinematic version is reminiscent of a lullaby, so it's refreshing to hear a reworked rendition suitable for a lively dance floor. Moguai's remix is slated for release via Moby's record label, Little Idiot, on September 24th, but in the meantime check out the preview below.

Photo Credit: Drew "Rukes" Ressler
September 17th, 2012 -- The infamous Dutchman is at it again. Just yesterday, Tiesto premiered his remix of Calvin Harris's "Sweet Nothing" on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1. The rendition includes every musical element you'd hope for from Tiesto: high synths, booming bass lines, and that transcendental aura only a master of EDM can produce.

Tiesto's currently touring Spain, and plans to start a ruckus tonight at Pacha Ibiza. Don't fret: the Dutchman's returning to the U.S. for a Fall Tour that launches at the OnCenter in Syracuse, NY, on October 2nd. So enjoy the preview, and make sure to check out Tiesto's Fall U.S. Tour Schedule for a rave near you.

September 17th, 2012-- After climbing the Progressive House charts up to #19 with their debut of Here and Now, Archie and Polina present Paradise Beats with exclusive coverage of the remix package.

Featuring forces Benny Royal (Stealth/Spinnin'), Miami-stationed Henrix (Mixmash), Aveno (Armada), Swedish prodigy Jakob Liedholm, and DEFEP member Henry Fong, the remix package stands for one of the most impressive releases from a select camp of first-rate rising stars this Fall.

A mix of hard-hitting bass grinding Electro, Deep House, Progressive, and Electronica, the package displays a carefully construed variety of mixes available to a variety of production and DJ styles.

Make sure to check out the original below as well.

Released today via Hype Jones Entertainment.

Purchase: Beatport

September 13th, 2012-- If you're not familiar with the name Danny Avila, we will forgive you (for now). Avila, who has worked with dance music icons like David Guetta, Afrojack, Fedde le Grand and Martin Solveig, announced his weekly radio Ready to Jump at the beginning of August.

Only 17 years old and already claiming 3 Ibiza residencies along with a 15 minute side-by-side set with none other than Tiesto, Avila already shows great promise at such a young age.

"My new radio show Ready to Jump is all about energy and fun, because that's what I'm all about,” says Danny . “It's wild and loud and it makes you want to jump and dance. Besides that, I simply love being open to all different kinds of EDM music and I want to get as much of it as possible in my show to share my love of music and get people excited about dance music and how it makes you feel. I'm really looking forward to the launch of Ready to Jump on SiriusXM!!!"

Danny Avila Presents Ready to Jump airs Wednesdays at 4:00 pm ET and will be rebroadcast on Fridays at 2:00 am, Saturdays at 7:00 pm, Tuesdays at 3:00 am, and Wednesdays 5:00 am (all times ET).

Recently, Sirius XM invited us to cover an event held at their NYC headquarters with the young wunderkind. Check out pictures from the event below and the exceptional promo video from opening weekend in Ibiza.

Photo Credit: Rahav Segev

September 13th, 2012-- Released on September 11th, Bassnectar brings bass-heads and movie-buffs alike his latest banger, "Hexes," featuring vocals by Chino Moreno from the Deftones. Ashton confirmed that this latest installment will be featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming movie, Resident Evil: Retribution, which is set to hit nationwide theaters this Friday.

With the release, he left this message for fans and listeners on his SoundCloud:

"I was thrilled to be a part of scoring this, and wanted to make a beat that dropped like a wall of bricks to knock people back in their seats at the movie's sudden and dramatic end. Chino put together the lyrics in a poem that felt like a slow motion dream, and somehow the two sensations works in tandem: falling backwards in a dream while getting blown back by a wobbling wall of sound." - Lorin Ashton

With "Hexes," Bassnectar expands the exposure of his electronic music by targeting cinema audiences and Resident Evil fanatics. This publicity tactic will certainly serve him well as he continues to build hype and momentum for his upcoming fall tour, which launches September 27th in Greensboro, North Carolina. Enjoy the new track, and learn more about Bassnectar's fall tour with the link below. 

September 13th, 2012-- With a style that blends big hooks and riffs, soaring vocals, thumping beats and mind-bending effects trickery, Starkillers (aka Nick Terranova) was one of the first American born DJs to break big room EDM music in the USA. In 2009 Starlkillers produced two of Beatport’s Top 25 biggest-sellers Discoteka and Bitch Ass Trick and reached number one with his remix of Armand Van Helden’s classic The Funk Phenomenon.

Now Starkillers presents his latest melodic monster What Does Tomorrow Bring. Featuring the sensuous vocals of Natalie Peris, the track was just premiered on Pete Tong's illustrious BBC Essential Mix. Scheduled for release October 1st, what does tomorrow bring for Starkillers?

Make sure to keep your eye out for an accompanying music video in the next few weeks.

September 13th, 2012-- To say that Avicii is a trend setter is like saying Obama is the President of the United States: duh.

Lenny Kravitz's integration into dance music can most likely be attributed to the golden boy's Miami Ultra Music Festival debut of his remix of Superlove that reached most ends of the globe within 24 hours.

To say that the style of remixes from the young Swede and foursome of DJ Ruckus, dBerrie, and Dzeko & Torres are similar would be like saying Obama should be re-elected (apologies for the overuse of political analogies).

Preserving Kravitz's recognizable and iconic vocals, the foursome create an innovative blend of Progressive and Electro, undeniably drawing influences from artists like Dada Life, Swanky Tunes and Hard Rock Sofa (aka the Russian House Mafia) in terms of basses and Afrojack in their rollicking drum lines. Keep your eye out for this massive release.

Set to release September 25th via Atlantic Records.

September 12th, 2012-- To say that the last twelve months (and particularly summer) for Steve Angello has been monumental would be an understatement.

Selling out Madison Square Garden in a matter of minutes for the first ever dance event in the iconic venue was only the tip of the iceberg last Decemeber. Since, Steve and his two Swedish conspirators have provided some of the genre's biggest hits -- Antidote, Greyhound, and Don't You Worry Child, and overall left an unforgettable and undiagnosable stamp on the physicality and culture of dance music as they plan to "break up" after their finale at the Friends Arena in Stockholm--fitting right?

On September 29, Steve Angello’s highly anticipated new single Yeah will be released on SIZE Records. A signature track of his 2012 summer world tour, Yeah is a true stadium anthem that combines a pounding rock n’ roll bass drum, big room synth and a dose of 303’s with a whole lot of attitude.

Right before the release of Yeah, Steve Angello will be taking his famed Size Matters party to New York City's very own Central Park. Though the show has been sold out for a while now, Pacha NYC has just announced the official after party, which will feature the man of the hour himself along with Junior Sanchez--other performers (i.e. Vangeli & AN21) are not confirmed yet.

Hopefully this preview isn't breaking news to any devout Angello fans.

September 11th, 2012-- If you were bouncing around Electric Zoo last weekend, there's a 97.1% chance you heard this NY themed rib-rattler. Dutch tandem Firebeatz have been churning out adrenaline filled electro house for some time now, yet remain relatively obscure when pitted against their bass happy peers. Having sampled the Beastie Boys not once, but twice before, Tim and Jurre are no strangers to the wonders a little old school flair can do for a modern banger. This time taking inspiration from An Open Letter To NYC, the duo, along with newcomer Schella proffer a bass heavy original that's greasier than a Baconator. A heavily reverb-ed melody sets a fittingly grungy mood before the jaw-droppingly gritty bass line takes over. A dubby and drum filled breakdown round out this buzz chart topper.  We're hoping that such an obvious ode to our home city is a sign of a long overdue transatlantic visit from one of Spinnin's most promising outfits.  

Out now via Spinnin'

Purchase: Beatport

September 11th, 2012--  If your morning needs a stern kick in the pants, read on. Never ones to shy away from monstrous drum play and infinitely danceable beats, Jordy Dazz and Dannic have proven two of Holland's most unique producers as of late. Rebranded as Jordy Dazz (formerly Jordy Lischous), the Dutchman's OMG slingshot him back into the spotlight this spring.  With fellow Revealed henchman Dannic, these two have created an aptly titled outing that should prove a welcome jolt to any pedestrian set. A thoroughly enjoyable and bouncy melody not unlike Dannic's Tombo only hints at the maelstrom of frequencies that inhabit Fuego's drop. Shrieking horns and rollicking drums command attention and loudly affirm the intentions of this latest release on Hardwell's blossoming label. This is supercharged house.

Out now on Revealed Recordings

Purchase: Beatport

September 11th, 2012-- 2012 could very well go down in dance music's quickly evolving history as the year of youngsters. The barriers to entry into this fickle world of beats have been smashed left and right over the past three years; it's no wonder everyone's a DJ. This flood has brought it's peaks and valleys, but the positive wave of talent can't and hasn't been ignored. Russian youngster EITRO has been making a steady, calculated surge to prominence over the summer, and his latest release only adds to the momentum. Embracing a slightly heavier sound than previous piano heavy releases (see: True Story), Character is reminiscent of the pulsing progressive house of the young producer's countrymen, Swanky Tunes.  Little surprise then that the Russian trio has supported this, as have Thomas Gold and Sander van Doorn.  Driven by an uncomplicated synth-heavy melody, this gem is chock full of militaristic drums, electro tinges, and blistering crescendos. EITRO is making a prime-time statement with this latest outing; expect an exponential rise.

Out now via Smash The House

Purchase: Beatport

September 10th, 2012-- Seeing the hype that the Tomorrowland 2011 After Movie created, it was only logical for them to come back bigger and better this year. Compiling 13 minutes of breath taking video in 2011, Tomorrowland's production team now provides a 20 minute recap of the magical festivities known as Tomorrowland. Boasting over 180,000 guests this summer, the festival needs little introduction as it is arguably known as today's premier European dance music festival. With the release of the video, the organizors of the festival have announced that next year's Tomorrowland  is set for July 26-28, 2013. Don't sell yourself short wait for the 1080p to load before you watch.


01. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs Sander Van Doorn - Project T (The Tomorrowland Intro) 
02. Pendulum - The Island
03. Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Wolfpack - Ocarina (Out Soon on Smash The House) 
04. Yves V & Felguk - Wow (Out Soon on Smash The House) 
05. Otto Knows - Million Voice
06. Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl ft Gregori Kay - In My Mind (Axwell Mix
07.Dimitri Vegas, Moguai & Like Mike - Mammoth ( Out Soon ) 
08. M83 - Midnight Cit
09. Laidback Luke, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike - ID (Out Soon) 
10. Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Coone & Lil Jon - Madness (Out Soon on Dim Mak) 
11. Swedish House Mafia - Greyhoun
12. Nari & Milani - Atom
13. Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child (Out Soon on EMI) 
14. Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Regi - Momentu
15. Dirty South & Those Usual Suspects ft Erik Hecht - Walking Alone
16. Chuckie ft Junxter Jack - Make Some Noise (Out Soon) 
17. Yves V ft Dani L Mebius - Chained (Out Soon On Spinnin Records) 
18. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike - Tomorrowland Anthem 2012 (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs Yves V Mainstage Remix ) (Out Soon on Le7els) 
19. Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas vs Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike - Phat Bram (Out Soon on Dim Mak) 
20. Outro: M-3ox - Beating Of My Heart (Matisse & Sadko Remix) 

September 10th, 2012-- Canadian bred producer ImanoS and his Danish partner in crime, Faustix, have been on quite the roll recently, now releasing their latest free download, a remix of New York based Noosa's Fear of Love.

Originally an Indie Dance track, the up and coming duo electrify Fear of Love providing an innovative Electro drop filled with enough funk ready to bring down the house. Continuing to develop their own sound and style, Faustix and ImanoS continue to impress, consistently engineering unique gritty basses unique to themselves.

Make sure to keep your eye out for Tommie Sunshine's soon to be released remix of their Strictly Rhythm released original Ambulance

September 6th, 2012-- If you've been following our Facebook page, the new Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus should be no surprise. The accompanying features will, however, be more of a shock: good and bad.

The Bad (and not even that bad)

Master Sync. With the explosion of dance music creating an unimaginable influx of bedroom DJ and producers, the art of DJing has been reduced to what has been called "button pushing" by many. Though a sync feature has been present on Serato and Traktor, which even many professional DJs map their gear to, it was always reassuring to see a DJ on stage with CDJs sans computer. Now the new equipment features a master sync button which will allow DJs to sync beats between players at the click of the button so long as they are linked through a LAN connection.

Not to worry, however, as these CDJs are rumored to be put on the market at such extravagant prices that we probably won't see many amateurs making new acquisitions.

The Good

Full Color LCD Display: The new CDJ features a 6.1" LCD panel for displaying song titles, album artwork, and other information like song rating, key, and wave form. The function of identifying keys on the fly seems to be giving Mixed in Key a run for their money. The new display also boasts the ability to zoom in and out of your waveform allowing for a greater picture of the track you are playing or are about to.

Slip Loop: When switched, the switch silently continues song playback during a loop, reverse or scratch and continues audible playback at the exact time when the loop, reverse or scratch is ended, resulting in smoother transitions.

Quantize: With their updated software, you will be able to set perfectly timed loops and cue points on the exact beat, ensuring smoother transitions. 

Wolfson Processor: As Pioneer is the industry standard and most widely used DJ equipment for dance music professionals, the new CDJs only deserve the best: the Wolfson DAC Processor that claims to have much improved signal-to-noise ratio and increased headroom.

Wi-Fi: This is probably the most significant new feature in the new model, other than arguably the master sync button. Now, your CDJs will allow you to access you rekordbox collection wirelessly via your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and computer.


We know what you might be thinking: what is happening to the original art of DJing? Here's a good way comprehending and embracing the change. Take the classic Nokia Candy Phone. Would you rather be using that to try and tether your laptop to a internet connection or Steve Job's market dominant iPhone. The answer is the iPhone. As with any advance in technology, there are going to be people who like the "old fashioned" way (think Vinyl enthusiasts when digital DJing was invented).

If you think DJing has lost its art, however, take a look at Laidback Luke rip these CDJs a new one.

Available for purchase this September.

September 5th, 2012-- First gaining recognition with his aptly titled 2012 collaboration with Kaskade's novice talent Fareoh, Archie (known then as Archie V.) has proved to be a producing machine this year with over 20 tracks to his SoundCloud in the last 6 months. 

Nine months later, the two have reunited and provided a free download for their original mix Feathers. Combining Fareoh's melodic expertise with that of Archie's superior production prowess, Feathers is a high energy big room Progressive track perfect for the end of summer.

In a genre where ideas are often recycled and innovations are only recreations, Feathers is filled with substance and original creativity as we see a mean dub driven breakdown after the second chorus that truly makes this track stand out amongst the crowd.

Enjoy the free download below. 

September 5th, 2012-- Back from our brief hiatus, Paradise Beats presents episode nine of our podcast Housed featuring a guest mix from Italian duo Promise Land.

Known for their forward thinking Electro tracks, Promise Land has garnered support from some of dance music's biggest names such as the Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, David Guetta, the list goes on.

For this installment, we focused on delivering a mix that would warm the decks up while still keeping our party-oriented sound fresh and relevant. Featuring tracks from Jaytech, Gregori Klosman, Imanos, Pierce Fulton, Jakob Liedholm, and dBerrie, the selection goes down a primarily progressive road teasing hints of Electro, along with a funky dubby break, warming the listener up for the gritty basses that Promise Land deliver.

Squires Mix:

01. Jaytech - New Vibe (Album Version)
02. Florence & The Machine - Spectrum (Calvin Harris Remix)
03. Punk Ninja & Monique Thomas - Colourful (Gregori Klosman Mix)
04. Ellie Goulding vs. John Dahlback - Lights Embrace Me (Imanos Mash-Up)
05. Gorillaz vs. Jordy Dazz vs. Koan Sound/Kill The Noise - Clint Eastwood (Pierce Fulton Private Edit)
06. Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash - Reload (Jakob Liedholm's Set Fire Edit)
07. Passion Pit - Take A Walk (dBerrie Remix)

Promise Land Guest Mix:

01. Dirty South & Alesso - City of the Dreams
02. Promise Land feat. Georgi Kay - Emotions + Apologize (Promise Land MashUp)
03. Nicola Zucchi & Master Mood - Aries (Master Mood Remix)
04. Chuckie & Promise Land vs Swedish House Mafia - Breaking Up Antidote (Promise Land MashUp)
05. RHCP vs Dada Life - Californication Mother F__ker (Promise Land MashUp)
06. Emili Sande - Daddy (Promise Land Remix)
07. Deniz Koyu - Bong