Premiere: Galantis’ “Smile” (Bart B More Remix)

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When we talked to Galantis in December for our massive 2013 Rewind feature, the Swedish EDM duo comprised of Christian “Bloodshy” Karlsson of Miike Snow (co-writer/co-producer of Britney Spears’ “Toxic”) and Linus Eklow (a.k.a. Style of Eye; co-writer and producer of Icona Pop’s “I Love It”) described 2013 as “productive.” Talk about an understatement. Not only did they release two monster singles — “Tank” and “Raveheart” on Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg’s Robotberget label — they set the stage for their brand new single “Smile,” an accompanying NSFW orgy-tastic video directed by Dano Cerny of Hyperballad (watch it below) and a hotly-tipped live appearance at Coachella. “Smile” is already in heavy rotation with big-name jocks ranging from Diplo to Pete Tong, so to say that sky’s the limit for Galantis in 2014 would by no means be hyperbole.

On January 27 Big Beat will present a remix package of “Smile” including an edit by Kaskade, and we’re delighted to premiere Bart B More’s remix of “Smile.” On his blazing-hot interpretation, the Utrecht-based mixmaster, of Secure Recordings fame, presents us with a Dutch treat by injecting the song with his signature big-room energy.

If you like Galantis’ new song, there’s plenty more music in the pipeline: we have it on good word that the twosome are busy working on their debut album. They’re productive, indeed.

Image by Fredrik Skogkvist

Ultra Music Festival: Weekend 1, Day 2 Recap [Gallery]

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With the streets flooded with young, colorful electronic music buffs taking over downtown day two of Ultra Music Festival‘s first weekend was bananas! The talent was nothing short of amazing, spread out around multiple stages, seeing the best of the best was the only thing you could do. On Ultra Worldwide, Dirty South put on a show to remember with fists pumping, people jumping and the crowd going wild. When Laidback Luke took the stage with his lazer light show, everyone had no choice but to keep their hands in the air. Just across the lawn, Knife Party’s slightly dark and heavy took the main stage pumping out out body moving beats, fire show and golden dancers only leading up to sweet sounds of Kaskade with deadmau5 closing out the night with a performance to remember (fireworks and all) and one of the best sets played all night sending the festival goers home begging for more.

Review and images by Eunique Fowler

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Contest Alert! Win Tickets to Ultra Music Festival

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Ultra Music Festival 2013, taking place March 15-17, 2013 and March 22-24, 2013 at Bayfront Amphitheater in Downtown Miami, is celebrating its 15th anniversary the only way it knows how — by once again booking some of the world’s best DJ and electronic talent to perform at its world-famous event.

We’re giving away a precious pair of tickets to weekend one to a lucky Big Shot reader courtesy of our friends at UMF. The jaw-dropping bill includes a lineup of stellar international DJ talent: Swedish House Mafia, Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Yeasayer, Eric Prydz, Infected Mushroom, Avicii, Boys Noize, Martin Solveig, Ferry Corsten, Kaskade, Fedde Le Grand, Rusko, Booka Shade, Bassnectar, Above & Beyond, Sub Focus, Major Lazer, Pretty Lights, Wolfgang Gartner, The Weeknd, Porter Robinson and many more.

Excited? You should be!

To enter the contest tweet the following:

I want to win @ultramusic tickets for #UMF weekend 1 from @bigshotmagazine
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Remember: you only need to tweet the above sentence once in order to enter the contest. Good luck!

The Rules:

• Entrants must be following @bigshotmagazine and @ultramusic
• Winner must be 21 or over
• Winner is responsible for transportation to/from UMF 2013
• Anyone found using multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible
• Contest ends at 12:00 pm EST on March 8, 2013

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And the winner is…

Congratulations to @AliDegan! Big thanks to everyone who entered.

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Skrillex and Diplo Played Secret L.A. Party Last Night For DANCE (RED), Save Lives [Gallery]

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Last night Grammy nominees Skrillex, Diplo, Kaskade, Nero and Tommy Trash played a secret pre-Grammy party in Los Angeles at the AT&T Building. The bash featuring the cadre of respected DJs had a noble purpose: to raise awareness of DANCE (RED), Save Lives, the electronic music branch of Bono and Bobby Shriver’s RED charity that’s engaging businesses in the global fight against AIDS. It was an intimate evening to say the least: only 20 sets of four tickets to the private event were auctioned off via global charity auction site Charitybuzz.com. An auction featuring loads of memorabilia and the opportunity to meet artists from many genres ends tonight. If the auction is too rich for your blood (or you simply don’t fancy paying a few grand to hang out with Steven Tyler or Barry Manilow), then take the path of least resistance by purchasing the DANCE (RED), Save Lives Presented By Tiësto album.

Photos by Getty Images

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DJs React to DJ Mag Poll on Twitter [Updated]

The results of DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 poll was announced last night in Amsterdam (see the full list of winners here). Armin van Buuren took the top spot for the fifth time, edging out 2011 winner David Guetta, who fell to the fourth position. Since last night DJs have been on Twitter, some expressing their gratitude for making the list and others having a less positive view. Winner Armin van Buuren tweeted that his victory was “overwhelming”; Hardwell proclaimed he has “the best fans in the world” and Nervo tweeted that they too were “overwhelmed.” But not everyone was feeling the love: Diplo, who landed at 102 on the poll, tweeted “Seriously I don’t even know what dj mag is is it actually a magazine? Like people?” Sasha offered “Oh no dj Angerfist beat me in the DJ mag poll. My career is over.” Feed Me suggested that the poll is “a corrupt and an outdated model.” But perhaps the most curious tweet was from Kaskade who wondered, “Is a DJ Mag Poll Relevant?” Have a look below at the chatter on Twitter and tell us who you agree or disagree with.

Oct. 22 update: See new tweets from BT, Alesso, Sébastian Léger and others at the bottom of the story.




























DJs Don’t React to Forbes’ Highest-Paid DJ List on Twitter

DJs regularly take to Twitter to express their feelings — to promote an upcoming release or show, vent or share thoughts or be a little silly with their followers. With Forbes (a business new and financial publication that’s become obsessed with DJ culture) recently publishing its list of highest-paid DJs (see below), we thought Twitter would be awash with commentary — both positive, negative and indifferent — from DJs.

Well, we scoured Twitter looking for opinions on the aforementioned topic and came up empty.

Aside from a congratulatory tweet from Dillon Francis and retweets of the article by Addison Groove and Funkmaster Flex, even the most opinionated jocks were silent on Forbes‘ list. Even more curious was that not one DJ had a word to say about DJ Pauly D of MTV’s Jersey Shore fame earning an estimated $11 million.

Perhaps the old proverb is true after all: when money speaks, the truth is silent.

Forbes’ List of Top-Paid DJs

1. Tiësto: $22 million
2. Skrillex: $15 million
3. Swedish House Mafia: $14 million
4. David Guetta: $13.5 million
5. Steve Aoki: $12 million
6. Deadmau5: $11.5 million
7. DJ Pauly D: $11 million
8. Kaskade: $10 million
9. Afrojack: $9 million
10. Avicii: $7 million