Published on February 21st, 2012 | by EDMinsider0
EDMinsider Picks for The 2012 IDMA’s
Hollywood may be in the middle of award season, but for EDM enthusiasts our season is just getting started. The 27th International Dance Music Awards (IDMAs) will take place Thursday, March 22 in Miami. We don’t think you’re ignorant so we won’t bore you with how incredible this year has been for dance music, but we are excited to see how the industry recognizes this success. Read on for our picks of some of the biggest categories and be sure to vote for your favorites before March 1.
Best Trance Track
Be Your Sound – Cosmic Gate & Emma Hewitt – Black Hole Recordings
Better Half Of Me – Dash Berlin Feat. Jonathan Mendelsohn – Armada Music
Feels So Good – Armin van Buuren Feat. Nadia Ali – Ultra Records/Armada Music
Maximal Crazy – Tiësto – Musical Freedom
Promises – Andain – Black Hole Recordings
Skyfire – Shogun – Armada Music
Sun & Moon – Above & Beyond Feat. Richard Bedford – Ultra
Our pick: Sun & Moon – Above & Beyond Feat. Richard Bedford – Ultra Records/Anjunabeats
Who we think will win: Sun & Moon – Above & Beyond Feat. Richard Bedford – Ultra Records/Anjunabeats. “Sun and Moon” was, by large, the biggest trance track of the year. This track dominated sets worldwide, ignited sing-a-longs from Washington, DC to Brisbane, Australia and most importantly, converted non-believers. Isn’t that what it’s all about?
Best Progressive Track
Calling – Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso – Refune Records
In the Air – Morgan Page, Sultan + Ned Shephard & BT Feat. Angela McCluskey – Nettwerk
Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix) – Coldplay – Capitol/EMI/Toolroom
Pressure (Alesso Remix) – Nadia Ali, Starkillers & Alex Kenji – Simply
Save The World – Swedish House Mafia – Astralwerks
Sun Down – Chris Lake – Ultra Records
You’ve Got the Love (Mark Knight Remix) – Florence + The Machine -
Our pick: Pressure (Alesso Remix) – Nadia Ali, Starkillers & Alex Kenji – Simply Delicious Music
Who we think will win: Save the World – Swedish House Mafia – Astralwerks. Swedish House Mafia sold out Madison Square Garden in 9 minutes flat – for those of you who don’t know – that’s 20,000 seats and is also unprecedented for an EDM artist. And, therefore, it’s only appropriate that the biggest act release a track entitled, “Save the World.” They may not have the cure for AIDS or solve world hunger, but they are saving the everyone from terrible music, one single at a time. That being said, there were a lot of commercial progressive house tracks to emerge this year that were just killer, making this an extremely difficult category. You can’t think of 2011 without remembering Mark Knight’s remix of Florence & The Machine’s “You’ve Got the Love,” or going to a festival without hearing “Calling” (heard at arguably ½ of the sets at Electric Zoo). Fedde Le Grande’s remix of Coldplay’s “Para-Para-Paradise,” Chris Lake’s summer anthem, “Sundown” and the one of the catchiest collaborations, “In the Air” by Morgan Page, Sultan + Ned Shepherd & BT Feat. Angela McCluskey were all stuck on repeat at one point this year. However, the track that has us going back for more is “Pressure” by the Queen of Clubs Nadia Ali, Starkillers & Alex Kenji.
Best American DJ (North America)
Our pick: Kaskade
Who we think will win: Skrillex. We think Skrillex’s 3 Grammy wins (Best Dance Recording, Best Dance/Electronica Album, Best Remix Recording – Non-Classical) makes him the guaranteed winner here, but maybe we’re wrong. Deadmau5 took this award home last year and we just think it’s Kaskade’s time. His album, Fire & Ice, hit number one on the US dance charts and number seventeen on the Billboard 200. The number’s speak for themselves – America loves Kaskade.
Best Global DJ
Armin van Buuren
Swedish House Mafia
Our pick: Armin van Buuren
Who we think will win: David Guetta. This category belongs to last year’s winner Armin Van Buuren. When someone says Global DJ (and the impact they’ve had), you think of van Buuren. Alas, last year’s nominee David Guetta was nominated as DJ Mag’s top DJ this year (whether you support this poll or not is another debate), has produced tracks with global superstars like Usher and Nicki Minaj, headlined festivals across the globe and rocked The Grammys. This category could very well go to Swedish House Mafia as well, having also been nominated for this year last year.
A State Of Trance – Armin van Buuren
Club Life – Tiësto
Levels Podcast – Avicii
Radio 538 Dance Department – Dennis Ruyer
Riddler’s Revolution – The Riddler
VONYC Sessions – Paul van Dyk
Our pick: A State of Trance – Armin Van Buuren
Who we think will win: A State of Trance – Armin Van Buuren. Let me clarify that our pick is actually Above & Beyond’s “Trance Around the World” and we don’t quite understand why it isn’t nominated. However, Armin Van Buuren’s, “A State of Trance” is still a radio force to be reckoned with. Last year’s ASOT 500 was one of the most inspiring events of 2011 and this show continually unites us all. Not to mention the upcoing ASOT 550 events held across the world.
Best Break-Through Artist (Solo)
Maya Jane Coles
Our pick: Porter Robinson
Who we think will win: Porter Robinson If we are referring to the Best EDM Break-Through Artist then Porter Robinson should take this. British songbirds Ellie Goulding and Jessie J are exceptionally talented, but if this is a category reserved for ‘EDM’ artists then it’s not really fair. Sure, R3hab had a great year and will continue to rise, but the 19-year-old, North Carolina native has turned heads and intrigued media everywhere.
Best Break-Through Artist (Group)
Azari & III
Foster The People
Our pick: Dada Life
Who we think will win: Nero. “Art should be loud as fuck.” Questions?
Best Artist (Group)
Above & Beyond
Swedish House Mafia
Our pick: Above & Beyond
Who we think will win: Swedish House Mafia. Statistics say Swedish House Mafia, but the heart says Above & Beyond. This year, the masterminds behind Oceanlab released Group Therapy, their sophomore effort and follow-up to Tri-State, played to sold-out shows everywhere and inspired producers, vocalists, DJs and human beings to just be better. When you think about the music that gets you through the good and the bad, it’s the magic of Jono Grant, Tony McGuinnes and Paavo Siljamäki you’re listening to.
Best Music Event
Coachella – Indio, CA
Electric Daisy Carnival – Las Vegas, NV
Electric Zoo – New York City
Sensation White – Amsterdam
Shambhala Music Festival – Salmo B.C.
TomorrowLand – Boom, Belgium
Ultra Music Festival – Miami, Florida
Our pick: Tomorrowland
Who we think will win: Electric Daisy Carnival – Las Vegas, NV. No disrespect to Ultra Music Festival, because it’s one of our favorites and a fantastic event, but Deadmau5 has a point when he said, “It’s fun (Ultra) and it’s cool and it’s great and if you’ve never been, go, but if you’re one of those dudes that go every year, it’s like, why would you go again?” There are so many festivals and each one is remarkably different from the other. If we’re talking about the most organized festival then Electric Zoo takes the cake; the most hyped then Coachella wins; the one everyone is attending this year then Tomorrowland it is; the strictest dress code then we’re talking about Sensation White as the winner; and the longest festival then Shambhala Music Festival. Which leaves us with Electric Daisy Carnival. Vegas, EDC’s new home, has been primed to be the Ibiza of the States – pool parties and clubs aplenty, this desert-land is basically a 24/7 party atmosphere, which makes this the perfect playground for EDM enthusiasts.
Best US Club
Avalon – Los Angeles
Beta – Denver, CO
Glow – Washington DC
LIV – Miami Beach, FL
Pacha – New York, NY
Playhouse – Hollywood, CA
Ruby Skye – San Francisco
Space – Miami, FL
Our pick: LIV – Miami Beach, FL
Who we think will win: Ruby Skye, San Francisco. A lot of these clubs are doing fantastic things, but it’s hard to ignore the big names David Grutman’’s LIV draws in on a regular basis. Six out of the eight nominees in this category were also nominated last year when Space won, including Ruby Skye. We’re thinking this might be the year they take home the prize.
Cast your vote now at: http://wintermusicconference.com/events/idmas/
Article by: Meryl Luzzi for EDMinsider.com