What a summer it’s been so far for Nicole Moudaber. She’s brought her deep, dark sound to some of the world’s best festivals, clubs and parties, launched her In the MOOD radio show, released “Rooted” in June on Drumcode Records and it ain’t over by a long shot.
The Nigerian-born, London-based Lebanese techno titan just dropped a smoking hot remix of Carl Cox’s “Kommen Zusammen” culled from the legend’s most recent album, All Roads Lead To The Dancefloor. On her re-rub — her fifth effort for Cox’s Intec Digital imprint — she so goes for the jugular with an interpretation that builds to the point where you’re ready to cry mercy.
In advance of a string of North American DJ dates, including her return to New York City’s Electric Zoo festival, we connected with Moudaber and got the lowdown on her musical exploits this summer, remixing Carl Cox and why the Big Apple remains a special place for this globetrotter.
As an added bonus, we’re happy to present her lost Big Shot Guest Mix from 2011. Like fine wine, her mix is better with age.
Consolidation in the U.S. music festival circuit continues as SFX Entertainment announced today that it had acquired Electric Zoo, the three-day EDM festival founded in 2009 which takes place annually on Labor Day weekend on Randall’s Island, New York.
“The acquisition of Made is strategically important for SFX, as it establishes a strong foothold for us in the New York City region,” said SFX Chairman and CEO Robert F.X. Sillerman. “Co-founders Mike Bindra and Laura De Palma are the ultimate industry professionals, and our management team will benefit greatly from their years of experience. We plan to develop the Electric Zoo brand internationally and have the opportunity to build other SFX brands in the U.S. with the support of Mike, Laura and the team at Made.”
According to a press release, SFX acquired all of Made in the transaction, after previously agreeing to acquire 70% of the company.
“After years of independence, we couldn’t be happier about our venture with SFX,” said festival co-founder Mike Bindra. “To date, SFX has brought together the top companies and individuals in the electronic dance music industry.”
The third day of Electric Zoo 2013 was cancelled when two festival attendees, Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester, and Olivia Rotondo, 20, of Providence, R.I., died from drug overdoses.
Electric Zoo returns to Randall’s Island Park for its fourth year over Labor Day Weekend (August 31 to September 2). Promoters Made Event have announced the phase 1 artist lineup for the three-day end of summer blowout. So far usual suspects David Guetta, Axwell and Tiësto are confirmed along with underground heroes including 12th Planet, Dillon Francis and Maya Jane Coles. See the full list below, keeping in mind more names will be announced shortly.
Electric Zoo 2012 Phase 1 Artist Lineup:
(in order of appearance)
(the rest in alphabetical order):
Above & Beyond
Bloody Beetroots DJ Set
Better Lost Than Stupid
Djedjotronic vs Strip Steve
Flux Pavilion & Doctor P
Gabriel & Dresden
Kill the Noise
Maya Jane Coles
Sander van Doorn