'Skrillex Quest' Joins Music Video Game Roster

Right on the heels of 2 Chainz and Juicy J’s 8-bit adventures comes another retro video game that features a digitized major musician. In Skrillex Quest, the dubstep superstar gets the Legend of Zelda treatment. When a speck of dust invades an old game cartridge and threatens to unravel the entire virtual world, Skrillex’s tunic-clad avatar must destroy the game’s glitches and save the virtual princess. His music is prominently featured, which is fitting, as game creator Jason Oda notes that Skrillex’s tunes sometimes sound “like a broken video game.” Oda has previously made games for Atreyu, Breaking Benjamin, and Chemical Brothers as well. Who could be next to hop on the online retro video game bandwagon? It might be a longshot, but we’d love to see Escape From The Rihanna Plane. That one might be impossible to beat, though.

If you dig Skrillex, check out OurStage artist DJ Tranzed.

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The Pulse: EDM Roundup

The Pulse is a new, weekly blog dedicated to all things EDM. Join us as we keep our fingers on the pulse of the ever-changing landscape of Electronic Dance Music.

To kick off this new edition to the OurStage magazine, we’ve collected some of the biggest tunes to hit dance floors over the past few months, highlighting some of the new genre break-offs that have emerged while still giving due credit to the styles that proceeded them.


The Pulse: EDM Roundup from OurStage on 8tracks Radio.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

OWSLA Announces First Label Tour, Will Be Brining The Noise To A Town Near You

It pay to be friends with Skrillex, assuming of course that every artist signed to OWSLA, The Undercut One’s imprint record label, is friends with him. The producer/DJ has effectively reshaped the pop and electronic landscape ever since he broke through with his second EP Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites nearly two years ago. Since that time American audiences have become much more receptive to EDM, especially EDM performed by artists that slot well into the sonic mold that Sonny Moore helped popularize.

So it’s about time that the coterie of artists that make up OWSLA’s roster (and a couple of their closest musically inclined friends) hit the road together. And that’s exactly what they’re doing this fall.


Jekyll & Hyde: Rockers And Their Alter Ego Side Projects

It’s always interesting to find out that one of your favorite artists, known for a particular genre, is quite talented in another style of music. Sometimes fans get so used to a person as a specific character fulfilling a familiar role that, at times, it can be a surprise to hear the musician’s alter ego. Often times though, it can be and eye-opening experience, creating crossovers and introducing listeners to a new style of music that they would have otherwise been oblivious to. So, with that in mind, I’d like to acknowledge and pay respect to a few eclectic rockers who have challenged their fanbases with side-projects that are almost polar opposites from their main work. Some you may know, others may surprise you. In the end, you may feel inspired to finally start that pseudo-electronic jazz fusion folk band you’ve been dreaming about for so long. (more…)

Skrillex Gets Digitized In 'Wreck–It Ralph' Cameo

In addition to scoring Wreck“It Ralph, Disney’s new computer animated movie about the lives of arcade video game characters, Skrillex will also reportedly portray himself in an animated cameo role within the film. The former screamo frontman“turned“EDM megastar is slated to appear as a DJ at a party in the video game world. While Skrillex has stated that there will not be any “dancefloor bangers” on the soundtrack, we can’t help but hope that his DJ cameo lets some of the film’s video game characters get their “whomp” on.

Wreck“It Ralph depicts the existential career crisis of an arcade video game villain who tires of his unappreciated work as a digital bad guy. Similarly, Skrillex probably got sick of people making fun of him for fronting a post“hardcore band that wrote songs about designer jeans. Watch the trailer below.

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Young and Wild and Free

Take The Day

Hanging with buds, falling in love, partying all night ” that’s what teenage dreams are made of. Take The Day, out of New Berlin, Wis., has dedicated their talent to providing a killer soundtrack for youth. Their songs are high-adrenaline, hooky dance rockers, inspired in equal measure by Top 40 pop and EDM. Freaks gets the blood pumping with big synth blooms, pitch-shifted beats, and grungy guitars. Although Take The Day is clearly influenced by artists like Skrillex, they like their rock, as the gnarly guitar solos of Look Who’s Laughing Now prove. But it’s Celebrities that epitomizes what the band is all about. Gimme the fame so everybody knows my name, demands singer Adam Devlin, I want to party every day. If you think this band is settling for anything less than supreme rock stardom, you got another thing coming.

Sound & Vision: Can Muse Become the Biggest Band in the World?

Move over, Coldplay. And tell U2 the news. Muse is gunning for the latter bands’ longtime job, the one for which the former might be considered naturally next in line: biggest rock band on the planet.

Bono, for one, may have seen this coming. When Muse opened for U2 on U.S. dates of the iconic Irish band’s 360° Tour in September and October of 2009, U2 frontman Bono touted the young English trio as one to watch ” and listen to ” the next biggest thing. Muse deserved the distinction: What other rock & roll band can claim responsibility for inspiring the Twilight saga?

And, finally, thank you to the talented musicians who inspire me, particularly the band Muse ” there are emotions, scenes, and plot threads in this novel that were born from Muse songs and would not exist without their genius.

” Twilight author Stephenie Meyer

But being the muse of a best-selling author and earning plum spots on the soundtracks to the blockbuster films based on her blockbuster book series do not ruling rock Gods make. Muse, though, is about to give it a shot with their upcoming sixth album, The 2nd Law (due October 2), which is receiving perhaps the biggest pre-release marketing push since Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way. (more…)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012