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Music has lost a legend! RIP DJ Rashad.

DJ Rashad, born Rasahd Hardem, a leading producer in Chicago’s footwork scene, dies Saturday afternoon. According to The Chicago Sun-Times, Rashad was found unresponsive by a friend on the city’s West Side at 1:30 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 34.

The Chicago police suspect a drug overdose, drugs and drug paraphernalia were found near the body. On Sunday, an autopsy proved inconclusive. Toxicology studies are being conducted to determine how he died. Police have confirmed there were no visible signs of injury.

Born Rashad Harden, the producer and DJ was a pioneer of ‘footwork’, an electronic-oriented music genre that originated in Chicago and has been big around the city for more than a decade, named forits lightning-fast dance moves. It marries dreamy synthesizers, bursts of brutally fast beats and R&B samples to classic stepper’s movements and hip-hop dancing. It started out in high school gyms and neighborhood dances on the South side and the West side and has long since crossed over to clubs and rock festivals.

Rashad’s father told the Sun-Times his DJ son was a big part of the local music scene, having started out as a DJ when he was 10-11 years old. “Since he was a kid, he’s been doing this,” Harden said. “He knew what he wanted to do, and a lot of us don’t get a chance to make our dream come true.” Rashad performed throughout high school with dance troupes before turning more to spinning records at parties and for WKKC, the Kennedy-King College radio station, and helping to develop footwork, which centres around dance battles. He was the most prominent member of the Teklife crew.“He shared his music with everyone that would listen,” Rashad’s father said. “He’s been all over the world, taking footwork all over the world. He’s done quite a bit over his short time.”

Rashad’s most recent album Double Cup was released last October by the influential British label Hyperdub, and he has an EP,We On 1, scheduled to come out on vinyl, today, April 28th via Southern Belle Recordings.

Via Chicago Sun-Times.com

WAVEFRONT festival – lineup announcement!

Chicago’s Wavefront Festival may only be in it’s second year, but it is sure looking like they are shaping up to be one of the US Dance festival’s to keep an eye out for.

In it’s first year it drew in over 40, 000 to Lake Michigan over the two days, all whilst competing with another like-minded festival across the country.

With a line-up like this, i’m sure Wavefront will be living true to it’s name and making a real splash in the Electronic music world this year.

Check it out below:

Wavefront Festival Line-up

  • Audiofly
  • Audion (Live)
  • Benoit & Sergio
  • Caspa
  • Cedric Gervais
  • Chris Lake
  • Clarian (Live)
  • Cosmic Gate
  • Crookers
  • Damian Lazarus
  • Danny Tenaglia
  • Davide Squillace
  • Diplo
  • DJ 3LAU
  • dOP
  • Dubfire
  • Guy Gerber
  • Hot Natured (Live)
  • Jamie Jones
  • Jus†ice (DJ SET)
  • Lee Curtiss
  • Lucy
  • Magda
  • Matt Tolfrey
  • Maya Jane Coles
  • Nicolas Jaar
  • Pleasurekraft
  • Rusko
  • Ryan Crosson
  • Scuba
  • Seth Troxler
  • Sharam
  • Shaun Reeves
  • Soul Clap
  • Steve Bug
  • Sultan & Ned Shepard
  • The Martinez Brothers
  • Visionquest (Special Visionquest Thirteen date with all 4 members)
  • Wolf + Lamb

 

Source; Billboard.com

 

 

EDC – Electric Daisy Carnival in 2013!

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Pasquale Rotella confirmed Chicago as a destination on Electric Daisy Carnival’s road to Vegas last month, and the official announcement has finally been made. EDC Chicago will span Memorial Day Weekend as rumored and will take place at the windy city’s Chicagoland Speedway. After its success in Las Vegas, the festival has touched down in New York, Orlando, and Puerto Rico; and now, Chicago will be graced with Electric Daisy Carnival on May 24th, 25th, and 26th — but here’s the kicker: Chicago will be the first to offer camping.

Tickets go on sale next Wednesday, January 23rd at 12pm CST. Jump below the break for ticket and camping information along with a message from Pasquale Rotella.

Three-day passes will be initially priced at $175, with VIP passes priced at $299. Festival and camping three-day passes will cost $295, $419 for VIP.

“This is  the first EDC that will offer fans the opportunity to camp while enjoying the festival and I know
that the Chicagoland Speedway is the ideal location. I’m really excited we’ve added Chicago to
the EDC family of festivals.”

Krewella Release New EP 'Play Harder'

As a follow up to their hugely successful EP, Play Hard, Krewella have released a remix EP titled ‘Play Harder’. The EP features remixes of their songs ‘Alive’ and ‘Killin It’ as well as a new track titled ‘Come & Get It’.

The eight track EP is available on iTunes as well as a free download on Krewella’s Facebook page.

After a string of successful shows at Stereosonic festivals around Australia, Krewella are now on tour in the US. If you can make it to any of their remaining shows, swing by and show your support, you will NOT be disappointed!

Wednesday 12th December – Miami Beach, FL – LIV
Saturday 29th December – Chicago, IL – Congress Theater
Mon day 31st December – Dallas, TX – Lights All Night at Fair Park
Monday 31st December – Denver, CO – Decadence @ Colorado Convention Center