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Rewerk Wednesday/Zedd

“If our love is tragedy why are you my remedy……If our love’s insanity why are you my clarity?,” chants UK songstress Foxes on “Clarity,” the 2012 Grammy winning collaboration she shares with German DJ producer and beat maestro, Zedd, who’s about to straight up give it to us with a two night stint at the Electric Factory beginning tomorrow night. 

Born Anton Zaslavski in southwest Germany, the future dance floor destroyer and global dominator was raised into a musical family in which Zedd first tickled his music fancy at four-years old by taking on the acoustic guitar. It wasn’t long before he graduated to ticking the ivories and eventually moved on to playing the drums in a local band. And from there, well, the digital world soon came calling and Zedd would become the most sought after names in the dance music business in no time flat. 

Thanks to a batch of high-profile rewerks for Lady Gaga, Armand Van Helden and a handful of A-list others, Zedd served us with Clarity in 2012his first full length album that put him well on the music map and beyond. This was due to the shimmering success of sizzling singles “Spectrum” with Matthew Koma, “Stay the Night” with Haley Williams of Paramore and of course, “Clarity,” which owned the top spot on every music chart across the globe for months on end. 

A successful follow-up, True Colors, got rightfully served to us in 2015 and proved to be an even bigger success in busting charts worldwide due in part to pulsating thunderstorms, “I Want You to Know,” co-starring Selena Gomez, “Papercut” with Troye Sivan and of course the album’s hauntingly beautiful title track which Zedd shares with the Rainbow diva herself, Ms. Kesha.

And that moment he teamed up with Ariana Grande in 2014 to deliver her second My Everything single, “Break Free?” Fucking priceless. 

Of course, we just can’t leave out Zedd’s latest and greatest 2017 werk–the bass bumpin’ “Stay” with the red-hot Alessia Cara(which we all know) and “Get Low,” a somehow underrated groove (y’all just ain’t listening to it enough!) co-starring former One Direction-er, Liam Payne.

Delicious. 

And while do hope that his latest bangers make it onto his eagerly anticipated third studio set, what we do know is that Zedd is one hell of a remarkable talent (with that “Clarity” Grammy to prove it) and that he’s going to blow the roof off of the Electric Factory over the next few days. 

Get ready, Philly. 

To grab those tickets to Zedd’s shows (Friday is almost sold out and there’s one-hundred left for Thursday) at the Electric Factory, go right here, right now

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Zedd cover photo courtesy of Billboard 

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Rewerk Wednesday/Thomas Gold

Whether firing up one of his original works, owning a well crafted remixes or landing high-profile slots in music festivals across the globe, Berlin based DJ and producer Thomas Gold has certainly earned his place as one of the world’s biggest and baddest dance music moguls. 

And this Friday he’s about to prove all of that and then some when he takes over the decks at Coda for a set that’s sure to be nothing short of explosive. 

Getting his start tickling the keyboards at the oh, so young age of seven, Gold soon drew his love for music towards the synthesizer, which would then lead him to pursue his strobe-lit dreams thanks to a makeshift home studio he soon built in his Mom‘s basement, of course. Is there any other way? Absolutely not. 

Soon after, Gold linked up with fellow DJ Björn Mandry and the pulsating pair released the high-powered Paintbootiqa EP on the Mauritius dance label, all while Gold was making a solo name for himself due to his remixes appearing on a handful of red-hot Ministry of Sound compilations. 

But perhaps Gold’s biggest break along the disco way came in 2010 when his fiery retelling of Fatboy Slim‘s “Star 69” went straight to the top of the Billboard Dance charts, and from there, well, it’s pretty much dance music history as Gold is still one of the most sought after DJs on the planet. 

Just ask any of the thousands of festival goers and his legions of fans who’ve witnessed him own the Ultra Music Festival and Coachella. Or, just ask anyone whose gotten down to his sizzling body of werk, including such firestorms as “Take Me Home,” “Beast,” “Sing2Me,” “What’s Up,” as well as his latest creations, “Shake It” and “Better Versions of Myself,” which are sure to headline his takeover of Coda on Friday night. 

In other words, let’s fucking dance…because we must. Thomas Gold told us to. 

For tickets to Gold’s show at Coda this Friday, peep this

And for much more hot grooves and lots more fun shit like this, check Philly Mixtape out right here, here and here.

Happy dancing!! 

Thomas Gold cover photo courtesy of Electronic Midwest

 

 

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10 Victor Calderone Rewerks Everyone Should Have in Their Collection

In what is going to be a jam packed next few days in Philly including the NFL Draft and Penn Relays, legendary DJ Victor Calderone will be taking over Rumor (10 pm/1500 Sansom) this Friday night to help ease the tensions from all that impending traffic and all those Uber/Lyft surcharges for a set that’s guaranteed to blow the roof off the mother fucking place, kids. 

Just to spill a little dance music tea on Calderone, the DJ got his start in Brooklyn, NYC, by linking up with his older brother and eventually learning enough to bust out on his own. It wasn’t long before Calderone was doing the damn thing across the East Coast, spinning his way at Roxy in NYC and Liquid at Miami Beach.

Within that time he was quickly becoming a worldwide sensation, Calderone was twisting’ up hard, hard hitting remixes for Sheryl Crow, Madonna, Garbage Depeche Mode, Sting Madonna, Gloria Estefan and oh, yeah, lots and lots of Madonna and many, many others. 

Which is all the more reason to dive straight into these 10 Victor Calderone rewerks and then go see him pulverize Rumor on Friday night. 

Madonna/”Beautiful Stranger”  No words…just lots of dancing and lettin’ it all kick in. Plus, the CD Maxi-Single, anyone? Yas. 

Destiny’s Child/”Survivor” Life.

Garbage/”Push It” Again…just let it kick in.

Sting/”Desert Rose” Like…what the fuck. Genius.

Gloria Estefan/Heaven’s What I Feel” Exactly. 

Goldfrapp/”Strict Machine”  Because you’re still freaking the fuck out after this past Monday’s Goldfrapp show at the TLA. Just listen. 

Madonna/”Don’t Tell Me”   Don’t ever tell us to stop dancing to this ginormous Madge floor burner..cause we fucking won’t. 

Destiny’s Child/”Independent Women” (Pt. 1)  And another one…

Depeche Mode/”Precious”  Because it’s called respect for this remix and the respect for Depeche Mode to forever make us bug the fuck out of our minds on the dance floor. 

Madonna/”Sky Fits Heaven”  Done. Just fucking done.