Category: Where I Find Music

The time has come to tell you all about the best website on the Internet- Hype Machine. Also known as HypeM, this is the site that got me into EDM in the first place. I discovered HypeM in March 2010 after looking at TIME’s list of best music blogs that year, and instantly fell in love.

Hype Machine is considered a music blog aggregate that compiles songs from blogs all over the web onto one website. Registered users of the site can then “love” and favorite songs that give each track points. It’s basically a democratic way of deciding what songs are hot on the Internet in a small window of time. It then links to those blogs where you can go and download songs!

HypeM often features songs ranging from EDM (including tons of Dubstep) to hip-hop, to indie and other genres that are breaking into the electronic scene. I discovered artists such as Skrillex and Ellie Goulding on HypeM, and I can’t help but think the site help launch them into popularity.

Popular songs can be organized by the past three days or the past week. You can also see which tracks are being tweeted about most and spy on songs that other people listen to. If you already have a favorite music blog that is linked to HypeM, you can simply favorite that blog on the site and every time it posts a new song, the blog title will show up highlighted in your feed.

Another area where HypeM shines is finding songs from the past by your favorite artists. Just simply search that artists name, and HypeM will spit out every track of theirs that has ever been blogged. You can then sort those results by recency or most favorite. It’s incredibly efficient.

I don’t go on HypeM nearly as much as I used to because I have found other means of tracking down EDM catered to my taste, but I still think it is a trailblazing site that sets the tone for what’s popular at any given time. I check it about once a week compared to checking every day a year ago.

Please check it out. I know you will not be disappointed. You can also follow friends on the site to see what they like. So favorite “jmozer” and see what I’m listening to!

In the second addition of “Where I Find Music,” I am going to tell you about one of the coolest websites on the Internet – B@TV.

As you may know, I do not read blogs to find my music, but much prefer to seek it out on my own. One of the coolest ways of doing that is by reading tracklists from DJ’s sets. But why just read tracklists when you can actually watch them DJ???

B@TV provides just that. This incredible site has archived footage of hundreds of DJ sets from the past four years or so. When I first found this site around a year ago, its thing was showing DJs in four different camera angles side-by-side (one behind the DJ, one from the way back of the venue, one with a front view of the DJ, and another that roamed the crowd for hot chicks). The site has since evolved and does primarily one angle at a time, but still rotates between the four perspectives. B@TV also has live streams now, which are really cool.

The way that tracklists are posted on the site still needs improvement, but viewers can comment on the timeline with the song title, and B@TV has since added their own labeler.

I often just sit for hours in front of my computer watching as my favorite DJs kill whatever venue they are at. These are some of my favorite sets to date, but I encourage you to explore further:

Avicii @ Energy, Utrecht: As my friends may remember when I first got my laptop, enhanced with Beats Audio, I would walk into class and make people listen (of course with Bose headphones) to the four minutes of this set where Avicii played “ID” now levels for the first time ever live.

Fedde Le Grand @ Mansion: Fedde is absolutely one of my favorite DJs in the world, and honestly, B@TV (this set specifically) is what convinced me of this. He always plays tracks I don’t know and really toes the line between so many genres I don’t listen to on a regular basis, such as Techno and Tech House.

Tomorrowland 2011: Any set from the coolest looking rave in the world would be awesome to watch, and that is exactly what I did during my internship for two days this past summer. Some of the best sets include Kaskade, Avicii, and Laidback Luke, but do yourself a favor and watch Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike’s set which took place at night (OMG!). I don’t listen to Carl Cox because he plays so much Minimal and Techno, but the lighting at his night set was out of this world too.

Anything w/ Laidback Luke: In my opinion, Laidback Luke is the most talented DJ in the World, incorporating all EDM genres, as well as hip-hop and Alternative Rock into his sets. Not one set is the same and no one can squeeze as many tracks into one show as Luke. His productions have gone down hill compared to last year, but his DJing ability continues to sore. Watch it all!

Another new segment! People often ask me where I find the music I listen to, so I thought I would share a few of my sources with my readers.

If you are ever looking for House music before I post the weekly EDM Playlist, you can hop on over to Morgan Page’s In The Air Podcast. We literally have the exact same taste in music. And once, I had already heard every song he played
on the podcast. Basically, if you enjoy the music I post, take a list to his weekly podcast.

The podcast is downloadable on iTunes and from his Soundcloud.

Full tracklists are always posted here.

While we are on it, here are my favorire Morgan Page tracks:

  1. Fantasy (Morgan Page Remix) – Nadia Ali [Progressive House]
  2. In The Air (Extended Mix) –  Morgan Page, Sultan & Ned Shepard & BT [Progressive House]
  3. Longest Road (Deadmau5 Remix) – Morgan Page [Progressive House] I know this one isn’t by Morgan Page, but the original is and this was one of the very first songs that got me into EDM…