Sam Cameron's Marbella Nightlife Blog #2: Skrillex or Avicii?24-02-2012
Welcome to my 2nd Blog on i-Marbella.com!
This week I will be talking about the biggest break-through artists the industry has given us in History: Avicii (22) and Skrillex (23)!
It is pretty clear that Electronic & House Music artists have established themselves like Pop Starts, but we would have never expected this to grow so fast!
Who would have thought a DJ could reach and pass the €100.000 fee for a 2-hour set 2 or 3 years ago? Well, its happening people, and believe me, you wouldn't believe (or don't want to know!) what an artist like this can actually receive for a Festival or an important date like NYE!
Avicii, who started his producing career around 2008 at the age of 18 has established himself as one of the strongest solo artists around the World. As some say (and I agree myself) he is one of the planet’s most in demand DJ and producer. His NYE show in New York crashed ticketing servers and sold over 10.000 tickets within minutes, a record-breaking speed!
It wasn't until 2010 Marbella venues such as Ocean Club, Nikki Beach, and Dreamers started to play his songs "Seek Bromance" and "My Feelings for you". I remember telling some people we've got Avicii on the 1st of August at Dreamers and getting replies like "And who is Avicii?". So I had to make them listen to his songs, which obviously gave me the response "Oh yes, of course I know him!".
After the release of "Levels", our job became much easier! What a tune. I can see it playing in 2050 and people still going crazy about it.
Why do I love Avicii? He has created a new sound which has motivated producers to achieve their dream. A sound that brings happiness to people. A sound both girls and guys love. A sound no matter where and when you play it people will react possitively. A sound which is sweet and happy!
Why does Avicii deserve our recognition? Because not only he has lifted House Music to another "Level", but he has also become a role model for many people, both musically and socially. Avicii has recently performed an "America With House For Hunger Charity Tour" where he has donated over $1 Million! I had the pleasure to meet him, together with my business partner Karl, and have dinner with him and his friends last Summer, and not only he is a great person, but we had an amazing party!
Would you like to see Avicii again this Summer? I think Avicii can become Marbella's #1 party with a bit of time. We have a very, very special surprise for all of you! Please follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/liveBIGSTAGE and Twitter: @sam_cameron
We will reveal this and many other incredibly good news for Marbella soon!
Its turn for Mr. Skrillex.
Even though I am not a very big fan myself of Dubstep, or as I call it, the Electronic version of Heavy Metal, I am a passionate about Electronic Music. I seriously did not want to know about this guy, or this kind of Music, the same as I hated Heavy Metal when I was a teenager, but he has completely won me over, and fully gained my respect.
Triple Grammy Winner with his Album "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" and pioneer of a whole new wave of music, he has put Dubstep right up there. Teenagers in UK, USA, and Australia are going totally crazy about this guy! Who would say he has 4 times more followers on Facebook than Avicii?
Skrillex was a bedroom producer with a dream. A dream he once wrote on a public blog and converted into reality (screenshot below). And this is nothing. What most fascinates me about this guy is he has won Grammy's producing music from his laptop and headphones, from Hotel Rooms, Planes, and Airports! In between his more than 320 shows in 2011. That is truly insane! Not only finding the time and energy in between almost 7 days a week shows for a whole year, but also make them Grammy winners!
Why do I love Skrillex? Because he has made a new sound into a trend. A trend followed by millions of teenagers, and social groups such as Emo's and Skaters. It's a whole different way of dressing, partying, dancing. A whole new musical religion! He has motivated and fed marginated teenagers with low self-confidence to go out there and rave like animals! Without having to care who is watching and judging your way of dressing, your piercings, tattoos. Basically, Skrillex and his music invites to be proud of your personality, no matter who you are, and what people think of you!
Why does Skrillex deserve our recognition? Because he is married to music. As I said before, he has done over 320 shows, sleeping in a different hotel almost every single day of the year. And at the same time carried on his producing magic!
On an interview with BBC he declared "What keeps me going is the passion I have for Music. I don't have a studio or even a home right now. I don't even have time to spend my money". What an amazing problem to have right? :D
Would you like to see Skrillex in Marbella? I personally would. I would love to see Skrillex anywhere. I would love to get in the middle of the crowd and be an Emo for a day! Or maybe just an evening! It's an experience I have to go through. Maybe Tomorrowland?
Skrillex in Marbella… It's the same case we have with Deadmau5. I would be delighted to be part of something like that. And I believe anyone who attends on that night knows exactly what their getting. The regular customer of the night or beach club will be shocked, and its a situation you either Love or Hate. There is no in between, but I believe you will be sweept away by the crowd! I don't think Marbella is ready, but at the same time I can see it happening, and I want it to happen!
If you make me choose between Avicii and Skrillex? I have to say I love them both. The talent is truly immense. At the age of 22 and 23 respectively, they are already ruling the Electronic World! Avicii is an incredibly beautiful party with sexy sounds, Skrillex is a whole experience and raving culture.
My blog has come to an end this week. Tune of the week had to be shared of course by these two talents, with Avicii's Number 1 Hit "Levels", with a Gold Certification in many countries all over the world. And Skrillex's latest Official Video "Bangarang"!
Find below a direct FREE download link to my favorite mixtape from Avicii!
Avicii Live NYE @ Pier94 NYC
A 40 track mixtape where he is the producer or remixer on 22 tracks!
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
Thanks again for reading my #2 Blog with i-Marbella. Please comment below and give me your view on the questions I made and answered myself!
See you on Saturday at Room 101 Banús, where I will be playing again some fresh Scandinavian & Dutch Music! Skrillex only by requests! :)
By: Sam Cameron
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No problem. I love debate, especially constructive and positive ones!
The reason they don't do well in Spain is because places like USA are killing the Market. People over there have no problem in paying $100+ for a Nightclub with a DJ. When I was in Vegas I wanted a table at Marquee on Benny Benassi, they said minimum 10k usd. It was me, my girlfriend of the time, and another couple... People pay it over there... We had to get general entry by the way! haha
Clubs and promoters over there are paying stupid amounts for DJs, therefore they make our job much harder here.
Take care and carry on reading my Blogs please! Sam
@Sam Cameron Thanks for listening :-)
And LOL glad you agree on the old lady thing!!!
I didn't know that about Fatboy Slim but of course there's a major crisis going on right now so maybe that has something to do with them being unable to sell all of the tickets?
Still, there's lots of great Summer music festivals going on here in Spain.
What I mean by I don't think Marbella is ready, is because his music is something hard and new for the prototype of people that visit Marbella. I had to explain people who Avicii was last Summer. I've even had to explain who Axwell is to some people. Marbella is 20 years behind musically. Spain is behind musically. Fatboy Slim has just played in Madrid and they couldn't sell the tickets. €25 tickets. It is sad, but there is not enough culture here.
I still want to see Skrillex here, and I would be delighted to be part of it. I state it in my Blog. I think he will sellout, but promotion needs to be done in an Andalusia level. People from Seville, Granada, etc will come to that event. If you limit the promotion to Marbella, sadly yes, Skrillex will not sellout. In a way Marbella is like an old lady yes, its a great comparison :)
Thanks for your comments. I love your opinions.
Skrillex all the way (even The Grammys agree!)
"I don't think Marbella is ready?"
What do you mean by that?
Is Marbella some old lady or something?
Marbella is a town!
And yeah, they're actually some YOUNG people here!!!
Please give us some entertainment!
I dread the day when this town will end up looking like George A. Romero's "Dawn of the Dead"...
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