Dutch DJs Honored With Postage Stamps

Netherlands Dance Stamps

How cool is this?

As The Netherlands get ready to host the Amsterdam Dance Event, the country has taken the opportunity to officially recognize some of its biggest contributions to electronic dance music.

Namely trance, house and other innovators AfrojackDash BerlinTiëstoArmin van Buuren and Hardwell, who all appear on limited-edition postage stamps. The mugs of the Dutch dominators are appropriately nightclub flashy and neon-light colorful, and will surely spruce up any letter mailed in the country for the next few months.

[Via Dancing Astronaut]

Tiësto’s ‘Light Years Away’ Video is Out of This World

After making a splash with his very own Bellagio fountain show in Las Vegas, Tiësto has released the music video for his new single, “Light Years Away.”
The collaboration with British production team DBX goes out of this world as we follow the story of a woman and her robot. The pair seem to be doing important research on an alien planet when the woman is gassed by some alien species of plant.
The robot nurses her back to health — but is he also catching feelings for his human companion?
The jaunt is a cute excursion into the space(!) where EDM and intergalactic elements collide — even if a little digital get down raises a few eyebrows.

See Tiësto’s Las Vegas Fountain Show

Tiësto made history last week when his music was used in a Bellagio water fountain show in Las Vegas. The feat not only secured him as the first EDM act to be among such Sin City royalty as Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, but also the first ever to work with WET Design to orchestrate the spectacle.

A video of the showcase made its way online. Within the five-minute show, walkers on The Strip get treated to the tunes “Footprints,” “Rocky” and “Red Lights” off his A Town Called Paradise album.

And what they saw was an awe-inspiring display. With water jetting this way and that, at times seeming solid and at others flailing in the night sky, no detail was overlooked, from the complementing lighting to the plumes of as mist seen during songs’ transitions. Truly a sight to see if you’re in Vegas, but if not, check out the video above.

Tiësto Gets Las Vegas Fountain Show at the Bellagio


Tiësto is joining the ranks of iconic Las Vegas performers when his music becomes part of the Bellagio casino’s fountain show.

The superstar Dutch DJ-producer teamed with WET Design for the three-song medley of tunes from his A Town Called Paradise album. It marks the first time an EDM artist’s music has been used for the free fountain show in Sin City, as well as the first time WET has worked with the music’s composer for the show, according to Las Vegas Weekly.

The Tiesto-featuring presentation debuts on Wednesday, September 17, and will also feature music from Celine DionElton John, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.

Calvin Harris Tops Forbes’ List of Highest-Paid DJs

Calvin Harris

Dance/EDM is big business — look no farther than the continually growing empire of Robert F. X. Sillerman’s SFX Entertainment as evidence. But executives aren’t the only ones raking in cash, as proven by Forbes’ 2014 list of the world’s highest-paid DJs.

Topping the Electronic Cash Kings 2014 ranking is Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, who pulled in $66 million over the past 12 months and even out-earned rapper Jay Z and country singer Toby Keith, according to the magazine.

Check out the top earners and tallies below, along with their rank from last year in parentheses.

1. Calvin Harris, $66 million (1)
2. David Guetta, $30 million (3)
3. TIE: Avicii / Tiësto, $28 million (6, 2)
5. Steve Aoki, $23 million (11)
6. Afrojack, $22 million (7)
7. Zedd, $21 million
8. Kaskade, $17 million (9 (tie))
9. Skrillex, $16.5 million (9 (tie))
10. Deadmau5, $16 million (5)
11. Hardwell, $13 million
12. TIE: Armin van Buuren / Steve Angello, $12 million (8, 4 (as part of Swedish House Mafia))