Dutch house producer Hardwell is aiming to break the Guinness World Record for “World’s Biggest Guest List” at a December 13th show in Mumbai, India, granting fans free access via his personal guest list. The concert also doubles as a springboard for Hardwell’s newly established charity project, the United We Are Foundation – named after his debut LP, United We Are . 20 Best EDM, Electronic and Dance Albums of 2014 The United We Are Foundation was established by the producer and electronic music agency Anna Agency. According to a statement from the agency’s CEO, Anna Knaup, the foundation aims to “educate young children in different communities around the world” via a “magic bus” program – first in India, then traveling through different countries. Hardwell will donate all earnings from the event to the United We Are Foundation and United Welfare Trust, who will distribute the revenue to raise funds for the education of children in India. “Dance music has the power to make a social difference,” says Shailendra Singh, founder of United Welfare Trust, in a statement.
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Charanjit Singh, a Bollywood composer and session musician that became an accidental pioneer in acid house music, passed away Sunday at his home in Mumbai, India. He was 75. The Wire reports that Singh died in his sleep. In 1982, after decades working in Bollywood and releasing cover albums of popular Indian songs, Singh recorded his Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat , an LP that boasted many of the hallmarks of acid house while predating the outbreak of that genre by five years. 20 Best Chicago House Records To craft his sound, Singh made innovative use of the Roland TB 303 bass synthesizer – an instrument regarded as the backbone of acid house – paired with another machine, the Roland TR 808, one of the earliest programmable drum machines. Armed with his two instruments, Singh used the 303 to pump out Indian ragas while employing the 808 to give those traditional melodies a more contemporary beat. From there, Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat was created