British actor, Idris Elba, made his mark as the pragmatic drug lord Russell “Stringer” Bell in The Wire and then again as the ruthless detective John Luther in Luther. In film, he played the revolutionary leader Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and many other Hollywood roles.
The laymen might be surprised that Elba is also a passionate DJ, as he planted the ultimate professional crossover via his establishment of 7Wallace Music, his very own record label. He also released a new Netflix Comedy, Turn Up Charlie, about a struggling DJ and loosely based on his life.
Having crushed his house set at the Yuma Coachella Weekend 1 with top notch house selection, he looks to run this back for Weekend 2. Watch the action unfold live.
Coachella always brings out historic appearances. Akin to Aphex Twin‘s storied return to Indio after a decade, the festival was also able to get Dubfire and Sharam back together for their first time in five years following their 2006 split. Weekend one saw them spin a fluid set that balanced thumping deep cuts and euphoric, melodic tracks—including one of their biggest anthems, “Say Hello.” Now, they’ve reprised their spot at the iconic Yuma decks, where fans who might have missed out last week can re-watch the action. Expect a fresh new set from the two as the hour-long journey unfolds.
Chris Lake is a Grammy nominated house DJ with massive, commercial hits from “Boneless” with Steve Aoki and Tujamo to his remix of Calvin Harris‘ “How Deep Is Your Love.” A Skrillex backed house act off his OWSLA release “I Want You,” certainly bodes influence towards bass house, where the dubstep poster child is heading. Another house and HOWSLA (OWSLA’s house music compilation album) favorite became Lake’s “Operator (Ring Ring)” single featuring Dances With White Girls. Ring Ring goes the telephone. There’s no one home.
The UK-born producer has been laying that four-by-four beat for over a decade, and assumes responsibility for some of the most pandemic dance hooks to grace the atmosphere. With his new Black Book Records label, fans have seen the reemergence of Lake’s chunky, hard-hitting bass lines featured in his recent singles, hopefully to be heard in his live set below.
Over the past decade, Dillon Francis has been somewhat of a fixture at the Sahara tent. Since making his Coachella debut in 2013, the impish moombahton mainstay has been a premier attraction at the festival’s rowdiest stage in 2014, 2017, and now, 2019.
To celebrate the milestone of his fourth Coachella appearance, he laced his energetic, primetime set with notable guest appearances from some of his choice collaborators. In addition to inviting DJ Snake to join him onstage for their hit, “Get Low,” Francis temporarily veered attention away from the decks, as lovelytheband came onstage to perform their recent joint single, “Change Your Mind.”
In an Instagram album recapping the set, Francis succinctly expressed how emotional the experience was for him, further engendering excitement regarding what’s in store for Coachella’s second weekend.
IAustralian dance trio RÜFÜS DU SOL have consistently been lauded for their live act, having played numerous prominent festivals from Electric Forest to their most recent Coachella 2019 set, and touring an expansive North American itinerary. Now, they bring their performance chops to the late-night screen, marking their first-ever appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The electronic group consisting of Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George, and James Hunt, took to the stage to perform “Treat You Better” over Kimmel’s airwaves, the fourth single from their 2018 studio album Solace.
With Lindqvist providing impeccable live vocals, George on the keyboard, and Hunt providing the percussion, the trio deliver nothing short of the live brilliance we’ve come to expect, conveying an inspiring performance that exuded magnetic stage energy. The success of Solace has catalyzed RÜFÜS DU SOL’s artistry and career moves, resulting in the trio debuting a 360-degree short film Underwater, securing a Wynn Vegas residency, and taking slots in both weekends of Coachella 2019.
Just weeks after debuting his new Cubev3 setup at Ultra Music Festival, deadmau5 has shared a brief recap for those who weren’t in the Miami crowd. In the three-minute video, he shows the work that went into setting up the impressive installation, starting with packing up the Cube in Toronto in February, along with snippets from sound-checking with Lights. Set to mau5ville: Level 2‘s “Drama Free,” the video drops with the chorus and shows an enthralled Ultra crowd going nuts to the new setup and Lights’ live performance of the song along with it.
deadmau5 is taking the monstrous setup on the road, making stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn and more this fall and in early 2020. Learn more and get tickets here.
Lil Dicky paid a visit to Ellen DeGenres on April 18 to promote and preview his forthcoming song and accompanying music video, “Earth.” He tells DeGenres that the animated video features a star-studded cast, including the voices of Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, and more.
“It’s all about saving the earth,” Lil Dicky tells DeGenres. “There’s an environmental crisis going on right now. When I started making the song, I didn’t know the facts at hand, but we have 12 years to completely change the way we do so many things on Earth or the damage is irreversible.”
Proceeds from sales of the song will go toward Leonardo DiCaprio’s foundation, which will work with Lil Dicky to help and protect the sustainability of our planet.
“Earth” premieres at midnight Friday, April 19 on YouTube.
You might know Salvatore Ganacci from his creative and infectious dance moves behind the decks, most notably at Tomorrowland. The Swedish producer released an equally funny music video for his new single, “Horse,” released off Skrillex‘s OWLSA label.
The visuals for “Horse” continue off the enigmatic DJ’s performance energy with the animal-whispering Salvatore rushing to save his friends from the abrasive humans.
The song is a tribute to raving in the ’90s with the throbbing kick and riding high hat. Going back to Ganacci’s youth was vital for capturing his one-of-a-kind persona, which also included hiring his childhood friend as the director, who runs the production company Business Club Royale.
This May, Ganacci’s will make his EDC Las Vegas debut along with a hefty tour schedule in Europe this summer. He also recently released the high-energy bass house track “Cake” with Megatone off Big Beat’s Ignition Compilation series.
In the days leading up to his Coachella performance, it appears Dillon Francis wasn’t just working on his set. He contacted Jeff Wittek of Vine fame with a request: to get jacked in seven days.
Over the course of the next week, Wittek and Francis worked together to get Francis the body he’s always dreamed of. A video on Wittek’s channel documents the venture, showing Francis doing push ups with a scorpion under him, hiking, and attempting 50 burpees.
“I plan on taking [Francis’] laptop, ’cause I know DJs need that to ‘play their music,’” Wittek says in the video as he runs off with his laptop. “If he doesn’t’ stick to the plan, he won’t be able to perform at Coachella.”
Not all heroes wear capes; some stand still with an ever-so-steady hand for a full 90-minute performance in Coachella‘s Mojave Tent. One fan took it upon themselves to document Aphex Twin‘s Saturday night performance—easily one of the most anticipated sets on this year’s Coachella 20th anniversary lineup—for everyone else’s viewing pleasure.
Hot off the heels of his first NYC appearance in nearly two decades, the Collapseproducer pulled out all the stops with anonymous visual artist Weirdcore in tow, delivering a mind-bending, sensory-overloading performance. It has been 11 years since Richard James’ last performance at Indio’s Empire Polo Club, and his return to Coachella during this year’s first weekend proved to be well worth the wait. Relive Aphex Twin’s full performance below.