Artists Visiting Boston Gain Year-End Acclaim

As we wrap up 2016, we were psyched to see some of our guests rack up the GRAMMYs, even an Oscar or two, but then came the year-end lists, and, suffice it to say, our squad made a lot of waves, starting with The Black Madonna, who was awarded Mixmag’s DJ of the Year.

…if dance music, and society in general, is far from a utopia, to be at the front of a Black Madonna gig is to be transported somewhere far better. Buried among the sweaty, jubilant mass – there’s lots of girls, but guys too – it’s impossible not to feel The Black Madonna loving each and every one of us right back.


When the Resident Advisor polling was complete, we had to get out the whiteboard: 94, 92, 90, 87, 84, 77, 69, 67, 60, 59, 52, 51, 50, 48, 46, 32, 30, 23, 21, 19, 10, 9, 8, 2… 24 out of 100 had come through our neck of the woods.

Previous #CambMA guests also racked up tracks of the year nominations in Avalon Emerson, Floorplan (aka Robert Hood and his daughter Lyric), Project Pablo, and Midland.


Over the years, much of the focus in the new music world has fallen on the “Live” act, and here we’ve also been able to pivot towards giving you that live experience. Of the Top 40, we’re psyched to have had a hand in 10, including #2 (Recondite) and the continually chart-topping #1 KiNK:

Not to be overlooked, Vice’s Thump channel named Beautiful Swimmers–who only played here a few weeks ago–as their “DJs of the year.”

As the B2B becomes an increasingly commodified trope in club culture—utilized broadly to pad out festival lineups with as many names as possible—Beautiful Swimmers also showcase the transformative power collaborative selectors can have when they get it right.

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Which of our Together and Make It New guests (and former residents?) will win the awards next year?

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Make It New Related Guests Garner 9 Grammy Nominations

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Many would dismiss our weekly celebration of music as simply an “EDM” night, and they wouldn’t be wrong. Much of the music now is “electronic” (the first synthesizer was created in 1876), “dance” is what we do to music (see: moshing, breakdancing, the waltz) and music, is, well, music.

But after fourteen years of promoting new music every week, it was exciting to see the announcements of the 2016 GRAMMY nominees go to some familiar faces.

Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy make up DJ Dodger Stadium. Both of them have played our night individually. They co-produced the GRAMMY-nominated Kanye West song “Ultra Light Beam

On maybe an entirely different tip (or, maybe not?), there’s Alva Noto, who, along with Japanese legend Ryuichi Sakamoto, scored the Grammy-nominated The Revenant.

To be sure, nearly all the credit of Mr. Noto playing Make It New goes to the indomitable Non-Event, who hosted him and his label back in 2009. Maybe you should like them on Facebook.

Of course, a lion’s share of the Make It New-related GRAMMY-nominations come from the dance/electronic category (though we again emphasize we do not know exactly what that means anymore).

Bob Moses played Make It New in 2014 and have gone onto stunning heights, even playing daytime talk show Ellen. But that’s nothing compared to…

Yes, Flume. Clocking in hundreds of millions of YouTube plays, one of his first gigs on American soil was at Make It New. But wait…

Do you like Paul McCartney? We prefer John ourselves (and, well, George … and maybe Ringo tbqh) but hey, Make It New guest Timo Maas has been nominated for a remix he did of Sir Paul!

Joe Goddard of Hot Chip was also nominated for a GRAMMY for his extended remix of the Chemical Brothers. He played Make It New (as one half of the Two Bears) after Hot Chip played the House of Blues last year. Ask us the story of how we might have inadvertently introduced Hot Chip to techno back in the day.

But wait! You say, that is only 7… Well…

We did say “related,” right? Back in 2008, we had a hand in bringing Diplo to Great Scott. And, for a ninth credit, Wes a/k/a Diplo is nominated ALSO for album of the year via Beyonce.

To be fair, if we extended all our tentacles through the GRAMMY process, we’d likely come up with many other connections.

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