Back in 2012, Skrillex had just been crowned an EDM superstar. His unique brand of raucous dubstep was dominating the charts and social media alike. Of course, those familiar with how social media treats superstars will remember that the trolls had Skrillex in their crosshairs as well.
Success breeds contempt on the internet, and Twitter A&R was ready to typecast Skrillex—real name Sonny Moore—as nothing more than a dubstep producer who made his name on spectacle rather than substance. Moore, however, didn’t feed the fire with his own internet assault, as so many of his peers would have done. Instead, he threw everyone a curveball. Not only did he collaborate with Boys Noize, a bonafide legend on a new project called Dog Blood, but he also invented an entirely new genre entitled “electronic-core-rave-metal” with his new German cohort.
Naysayers would contend that this project and genre were equivalent to Moore’s previous work: eye- and ear-catching for no reason other than a claim to originality. Looking back though, it’s clear this project was born from a love of music and chemistry he shared with Boys Noize, aka Alexander Ridha. Dog Blood never embarked on a worldwide, 200-date tour, and to this day, they haven’t even put out five releases. This project demonstrates the best parts of music culture: mutual respect among talented artists leading to fresh, innovative music.
Now there is a new four-track EP from Dog Blood just around the corner. To honor the release from this dance music supergroup, Dancing Astronaut looks back at a sunrise set from the pair at Monegros in 2014. Adopting an entirely different vibe than Dog Blood sets are known for, these 90 minutes prove that Moore and Ridha shared undeniable chemistry as DJs and that their taste goes deeper than any naysayer would care to look.
With Memorial Weekend fast approaching, Detroit’s beloved Movement Festival will enter its 21st year in the running, bringing forth yet another relentless wave of excitement in its showcase of diverse musical talent. Originally surfacing as a free event, Movement has grown from its beginnings into a nationwide landmark whose dedication to housing premier electronic music attracts music-lovers from all over the spectrum. In recent years, Movement has expanded immensely from its techno and house roots with its polarizing shifts in programming. This year’s lineup undeniably juxtaposes the underground mainstays with new blood, welcoming the likes of FISHER, Chris Lake, and Charlotte de Witte with local legends like Stacey Pullen, Carl Craig, and Octave One.
Encompassing over two decades of performances, curated stages, and transformative industry shifts, Movement has no shortage of monumental highlights that have been captured. As dance music prepares for Movement 2019, look back on Movement’s journey through the last ten years with the Dancing Astronaut team as we chronicle some of the best moments of the historic techno and house gathering.
2008: deadmau5, Beatport Stage
Racking up an attendance of 75,000 (up 30,000 from the previous year), Movement cemented itself as one of the most important electronic festivals nationwide in 2008. Right at the onset of deadmau5‘ peak touring period, Movement hosted the original helmet-wearing DJ on Saturday, May 24 at its Beatport Stage. Just two studio albums into his now-extensive discography, Deadmau5 made his Movement debut in the early stages of his career, spinning to a packed crowd that received his performance amicably.
2009: Carl Cox, Main Stage
Dance music titan Carl Cox brought the house down in a two-hour set at the-then Vitamin Water Main Stage, closing out a list of heavy-hitters from Day One. Already eight years deep into his yearly Space Ibiza residence and five years into his Carl Cox & Friends curated stage concept, the acid house veteran and his legendary party-throwing skills catered to new ears and techno-lovers alike.
2010: Plastikman, Main Stage
Marking Richie Hawtin‘s first Plastikman show in Detroit since 1994, the techno trailblazer returned under his Plastikman moniker to deliver an incredible main stage performance on Saturday, May 29 for the tenth anniversary of Movement Festival since its inception in 2000.
2011: Skrillex, Red Bull Music Academy Stage
Making his Movement debut on the Red Bull Music Academy Stage, Skrillex closed out Day 1 on Saturday, May 28 to what many will remember as one of the best sets of the festival. On the cusp of his seminal “Bangarang” release and coming off the success of his 2010 Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites album, the dubstep producer graced the humble, but notoriously diverse Red Bull stage in the midst of his blossoming career.
2012: Public Enemy and special guest Ice-T, Main Stage
Breaking its attendance record again with 107,343 fans coming out in 2012, Movement dipped its feet into hip-hop programming, bringing rap legends Public Enemy to the main stage. The performance given by the “Fight the Power” rappers has remained one of the most unforgettable pinnacles of Movement and spoken to the festival’s ability to curate acts that stray from the traditional techno and house genres while maintaining appeal to the Movement audience.
2013: Nina Kraviz, Underground Stage
Since her breakthrough in 2009, Nina Kraviz has been a frequent performer at Movement throughout the years and continued to bring her hypnotic style of music back to Detroit. The Siberian DJ closed out the Underground Stage on Day One of Movement 2013 to a massive crowd. The timing of Kraviz’s appearance also coincided with the release of her divisive Resident Advisor interview and the subsequent controversy.
2014: J.Phlip, Beatport Stage
Both a special night for J.Phlip and spectators alike, the Dirtybird staple stepped on the decks to celebrate her birthday and simultaneously closed out Movement’s final day on the Beatport Stage as a last minute fill-in for Boys Noize.
2015: Dog Blood, Movement Stage
Seeing Skrillex’s return four years later performing under Dog Blood with co-producer Boys Noize, Movement undeniably paid tribute to the rise of burgeoning talent in Skrillex’s graduation to a densely-packed main stage performance. Up until then, Movement had avoided slotting cross-over acts for main stage; however, the praised reception to Dog Blood proved an unlikely payoff that would continue to play an influence in Movement’s ever-expanding roster.
2016: Kraftwerk, Movement Stage
Movement 2016 not only celebrated its tenth anniversary relaunching under Paxahau Events, but also capitalized on its place as a leading festival by landing Kraftwerk — one of the most influential forces in modern electronic music and undeniably the most prolific booking of Movement in recent years. The German pioneers made their debut Movement appearance and captivated fans with their 3-D visual performance, solidifying their position as both innovators and improvisational artists.
2017: Richie Hawtin, Movement Stage
Electronic mainstay Richie Hawtin brought his new audiovisual show CLOSE – Spontaneity & Synchronicity to Detroit for a surreal 75-minute experience combining elements of DJ and live performance. The minimalist techno-champion presented his latest project Day One during his headlining slot on the main stage. The following nights saw Testpilot and Carl Cox as headliners.
2018: Claude VonStroke, Movement Stage
With the Dirtybird brand showing up consistently as a strong presence at Movement, it was only a matter of time before Claude VonStroke got his distinguished spotlight. The head Dirtybird chief closed out Movement’s main stage for the first time in 2018 before heading off on a world tour to Tomorrowland, Shambhala, Dirtybird Campout, and more. VonStroke also released a live mix album of his Movement set Claude VonStroke: Live in Detroit, paying homage to the city where he grew up.
Skrillex and Boys Noize have finally set a date for their long-awaited, resurgent EP under their joint moniker, Dog Blood. The former took to Twitter to announce the four-track project will make its emphatically anticipated landing May 31, as Skrillex confirms each song is finally finished and primed for release.
Dog Blood’s official road to resurrection has been a gradual one, beginning this past March, with performances at BUKU Festival, the Miami Music Week staple, Brownies & Lemonade, as well as Ultra itself promptly after. The torrential twosome paired the feverishly awaited Ultra set with a brand new track, “Turn Off The Lights” that very same day. Skrillex confirmed more new music was on the way shortly thereafter.
Per Skrillex’s tweet, Dog Blood secured some special guest spots to accompany them on the new venture. The project will mark the duo’s third multi-track release, following both the Middle Finger EP of 2012, and the subsequent Middle Finger Pt. 2 of the following year, each jointly released through OWSLA and Boysnoize Records.
Boys Noize and Kenny Beats may have more in common than meets the eye. Both have a background in creating raucous electronic tunes (genre aside), as well as a penchant for hip-hop production. Just as Boys Noize dropped collaborations with Snoop Dogg and Gizzle, Kenny Beats has left his position with LOUDPVCK to try his hand at hip-hop production. Becoming one of the hottest producers in hip-hop, Kenny Beats has worked with Rico Nasty, JPEGMAFIA, and now, teaming up with Boys Noize, has produced the beat to Smokepurpp‘s new track, “Repeat.”
Fitted with Kenny Beats’ signature bass-heavy swing, the two producers conjure a beat with room for Smokepurpp to belt out his jarring vocals. Clocking in at two minutes, the track fits into the hard-hitting, fast-paced production style that has brought Kenny Beats to the top.
Supergroups are a tough concept to nail. More often than not, the sum is far less than the whole of its parts, and the dueling influences of the outfit’s two (or more) megastars falls short of its members’ solo endeavors.
Such is not the case for Dog Blood, nor has it ever been. Skrillex and Boys Noize’s abilities to measure up to their solo catalogues in tandem is rooted partly in their skilled production approach, and more so in their stylistic compatibility. Most of all, however, it’s the result of their decision not to over-exert the project. Dog Blood releases are few and far between, but when they arrive, they inevitably leave an inimitable impact.
Today, March 29, the iconic pair has released their first new single in more than five years. “Turn Off The Lights” picks up just where Skrillex and Boys Noize left off in 2013; detuned synth-work, Ragga-esque vocals, and garage-inspired beats pervade Dog Blood’s long-awaited return to the studio.
While the new single is a bit less heavy than most of their earlier work, it undeniably leaves us yearning for more.
The wait is finally over, new Dog Blood is on the way.
At long last, Skrillex and Boys Noize are primed to deliver scalding, acidic mayhem on March 29 under their joint Dog Blood moniker—the duo’s first release together since 2013’s menacing Middle Finger Pt. 2 EP. The new track, still nameless, comes just ahead of the pair’s first show outside of a festival setting, when they take over Brownies & Lemonade’s highly anticipated MMW warehouse affair the night of Friday, March 29. Though, the new music landing this Friday is only the tip of the iceberg—apparently the pair have multiple tracks in the chamber, with more rounds expected to follow soon.
A couple weeks ago .@boysnoize and i spent just spent a few days in Berlin jamming in the studio … going to release a song this Friday #dogblood
Dog Blood has long promised new music, though Skrillex and Boys Noize famously only produce new material when they can be together. With two insanely demanding itineraries, the Dog Blood studio sessions understandably come few and far between. Though, between Skrillex and Boys Noize’s headlining BUKU performance and their upcoming performance at Ultra Music Festival, the two have managed to carve out plenty of quality production time, and now the fruits of their handiwork will finally be heard by the masses. In the meantime, revisit Dog Blood’s thrashing Middle Finger Pt. 2 below.
The dance world is waiting on the edge of its seat, salivating over imminent new material from Dog Blood—Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s elusive, acidic side project. The pair recently linked in New Orleans to headline BUKU Music + Arts Project, reuniting for their first show since 2017, and only their second since 2015. Exceeding expectations, the duo used BUKU’s main stage as a testing ground for a trove of new, yet-to-be-named material, followed by a confirmation from Skrillex that new music is indeed underway, and landing soon.
Dog Blood’s performance at BUKU has been one of the most anticipated sets of the early part of 2019, along with Skrillex’s reunion with his former screamo outfit, From First to Last, which also took place at BUKU. As the Dog Blood’s performance schedule continues to materialize throughout the summer, expect more new music to debut from the OWSLA and BNR helmers. For now, get the first taste of new Dog Blood below and prepare for Boys Noize and Skrillex’s impending release—it’s bound to live up to the hype, and it could drop any minute now.
With Miami Music Week just around the corner, festival season now officially feels like its in full swing. Dance music’s cream of the crop are headed to southern Florida for a week of events in the lead up to Ultra Music Festival, now at its new home, Virginia Key Beach Park. Amid the Miami Music Week festivities is Brownies & Lemonade‘s highly anticipated warehouse affair, headlined by Skrillex and Boys Noize reuniting as Dog Blood. Though, Dog Blood has never played a venue as small as a warehouse, and with the exception of one show, the pair haven’t performed together in half a decade. Fear not though, new music from the acidic super group is now confirmed to be underway, just in time for their Miami outing.
skrillex & boys noize currently in germany putting in work
Dog Blood’s warehouse debut, also the duo’s first performance outside of a festival setting, will feature brand new material—confirming that a long rumored studio project from the pair is in the works. Boys Noize and Skrillex are joined by a stacked lineup including Anna Lunoe, A-Trak, What So Not, Whethan, and more. Brownies & Lemonade’s Miami Music Week event is set for Thursday, March 28. Tickets are available here.
Porter Robinson, who has spent much of the last year and a half operating under his Grammy-nominated Virtual Self moniker, has been taking the EDM world for a ride with his trance, jungle, and hardcore offerings. After introducing his stripped back Clubsystem sets in London, Los Angeles, and New York, Robinson has introduced another show into the mix, bringing the Virtual Self Clubsystem series to Miami Music Week for a special extended set.
With Boys Noize along for the ride in support, fans are sure to hear the absolute best in hard techno, acid, jungle, drum ‘n’ bass, and more genres that fit into the heavy-hitting, high-end of the BPM spectrum that Robinson has become known for. Taking place at Soho Studios on March 31, this show is poised to become one of the many highlights of the storied Miami Music Week.