A complete history of EDM’s support of the ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeTiesto Ice Bucket Challenge

A complete history of EDM’s support of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Whether you are a supporter of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge or not, its grip on the national attention span is one not seen since Gangnam Style and is simply unprecedented in the world of fundraising. Everyone and their mother has been challenged to douse and/or donate, and DJs have joined up with tech titans, movie stars and athletes as another high-profile group of participants helping to put the money where the ice is for ALS research. While you’ve seen the statuses and tittered at the tweets, for complete chronological coverage of the social media phenomenon/fundraiser as it relates to dance music, we’ve got you covered.

August 8th – Early adopter Pierce Fulton accepts challenge, throws it to Botnek, Ansolo and Henry Fong

August 8th – Ansolo accepts

August 9th – [no word from Henry Fong or Botnek]

August 12th – The Chainsmokers accept challenge from industry friend at Big Beat, challenge Tiësto, Adventure Club, and 3lau

August 13th – Adventure Club and 3lau attempt to accept challenge. After sound failure on the video, 3lau challenges fans to donate $25 to Every 90 Minutes foundation started by friend diagnosed with ALS and pledges to match those donations up to $3,000.

August 17th – Tritonal’s Chad accepts challenge from Sirius XM’s Geronimo, challenges Pasquale Rotella, Stefan from Dada Life, and Michael Cohen.


August 17th – Tiësto accepts The Chainsmokers challenge, challenges Skrillex, Calvin Harris and Martin Garrix

August 18th – Calvin Harris (also challenged by Tinashe) accepts Tiësto’s challenge, challenges Emil Nava, Eva Shaw and John Newman

August 18th – Eva Shaw accepts (Wet Republic proving a great dousing spot), challenges Steve Aoki, Deadmau5 and Pete Tong

August 18th – Nicky Romero challenges Martin Garrix, Jorge Lorenzo and Afrojack (from Ushuaia, no less)

August 18th – Steve Aoki challenges Hulk Hogan, Mike Shinoda, Dan Bilzerian, Verne Troyer, Taryn Manning, Mesut Özil, Martin Garrix, and Deorro (because, why not?)

August 18th – As holder of Steve Aoki’s bucket, Deorro immediately accepts, nominates R3hab, Travis Barker, Hardwell and Colectivo 3Ball Monterrey


August 18th – Martin Garrix accepts multiple challenges, in turn challenges Ed Sheeran, Dillon Francis, and the King of the Netherlands (we’re not sure if he’s on Instagram)


August 18th – Deadmau5, potentially unaware of pending challenge, donates more than 1,000 ice bucketers going by the official rules combined

August 19th – Dada Life’s Stefan accepts challenge from Tritonal’s Chad, challenges Zedd, Sebastian Ingrosso and Per Sundin from Universal.


August 19th – Dimitri Vegas challenges Netsky, Diplo, David Guetta, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Salman Khan, Redfoo and Elijah Wood

August 19th – Blasterjaxx accept challenge from Dutch ALS foundation, challenge D-Block & S-te-Fan, footballer Tim Krum and Dutch pornstar Kim Holland

August 19th – Zedd pledges to complete challenge

August 19th – [No word from R3hab, Hardwell, Dillon Francis or Pete Tong]

August 20th – Afrojack accepts Nicky Romero’s challenge, matches Deadmau5’s donation, and challenges David Guetta and the King AND Queen of the Netherlands

August 20th – Sebastian Ingrosso accepts Dada Life’s challenge, challenges Axwell, Alesso and Jonas Wikstrom

August 20th – Gareth Emery unconventionally accepts challenge, challenges W&W and Christina Novelli



August 20th – Skrillex tweets he is “Trying to do this challenge”

August 20th – [No word from David Guetta, Diplo or Netsky] August 20th – Skrillex, Dubfire, and Richie Hawtin take the challenge together in Ibiza, where Paris Hilton does the honors, collectively challenge Idris Elba, Nervo, Loco Dice, Kanye West, Dave Chapelle, Michio Kaku, Anish Kapoor, Sven Vath and Grimes   August 21st – R3hab accepts challenge from Deorro and Life In Color, challenges Nervo, Ummet Ozcan and Vinai


August 21st – Armin van Buuren accepts challenge, pledges 5000 Euro and challenges Mr. Probz and the whole Armada team.

August 21st – Oliver Heldens and his koala accept challenge from Beatport, challenge Jay Hardway, Julian Jordan and Chocolate Puma


August 21st – Alesso accepts challenge from Sebastian Ingrosso, challenges Otto Knows, Amy Thompson and Zedd

August 22nd -Otto Knows accepts challenge from Alesso, challenges Marie Serneholt, Avicii and Godash

August 22nd – Chocolate Puma accept Oliver Heldens’ challenge in snorkel-speak, challenge Laidback Luke, Franky Rizardo and Simon Dunmore


August 23rd – Zedd accepts challenge from Dada Life and Alesso, challenges Ariana Grande, Jared Leto and Ken Floyd, discusses ALS while doing so.

August 23rd – Grimes takes to Tumblr to decline Richie Hawtin’s nomination out of animal testing concerns, pledges donation to Malala fund instead.


Stay tuned…

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