Alison Wonderland and RL Grime ought to go B2B more often.
Earlier in the year Alison Wonderland and Dillon Francis seemed like a match made in EDM heaven, but now her creative partnership with RL Grime appears to be flourishing. Two weeks ago the two artists revealed a collaboration in the works, and their SUNDARA Festival performance only confirms their creative chemistry.
The two artists played back to back at the inaugural edition of the festival, which was organized this weekend by electronic duo ODESZA. A visit to 1001tracklists.com shows that music by the likes of Ekali, Wuki, Djemba Djemba and FISHER found its way into their set - in addition to two IDs which may or may not have resulted from the time RL Grime and Alison Wonderland recently spent in the studio.
What Alison Wonderland (real name Alexandra Sholler) lacks in tenure as a successful DJ/producer, she makes up for with an enviable career trajectory. In the few years since the release of her debut album, Run, she has amassed a dedicated worldwide following. RL Grime (real name Henry Alfred Steinway) debuted on WeDidIt with an EP titled Grapes three years prior to her and champions a similar style of melodic bass music.
Alison Wonderland and RL Grime still have yet to announce a title, release date or any other information for their upcoming collaboration(s) at the time of writing.
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Joe Ford Returns to FiXT for a massive remix of Celldweller's newest single, "My Disintegration."
To mark his triumphant return to Celldweller's FiXT label, Joe Ford takes on Celldweller’s latest electronic-rock opus "My Disintegration." What can only be called a highly aggressive neurofunk-inspired remix is sure to send tremors through the very earth itself.
Tapping into his unique brand of U.K. drum and bass, Ford masterfully transforms "My Disintegration" - the most recent single from Celldweller's forthcoming fifth studio album, Satellites - into something entirely new and unexpected.
Expressing his excitement about the remix, Celldweller noted:
“When I knew I was getting a Joe Ford Remix, I expected all the things you expect from Joe Ford - great sound design, cool melodies and crushing beats. However, when I got his remix of “My Disintegration” in my inbox, it went far beyond my expectations. I hope everyone loves this remix as much as I do.”
Like many bass-oriented electronic music artists, U.K. drum-and-bass producer Joe Ford comes from a rock and metal background, and says he "always wanted to merge electronic and rock/metal elements together." That dream came to reality with his first collaboration with Celldweller, a single called "Breaking Point" featuring British vocalist Robin Adams.
Ford's remix of "My Disintegration" is the natural follow up to their previous collaboration, and he had this to say:
"Having been a fan since I was a kid when my brother showed me Celldweller's "Frozen," working with Klayton last year was a big honor. Remixing his new track was so much fun. Writing music is so much easier when you have amazing content to work with straight away; this was one of those situations. I hope everyone enjoys it nearly as much as I did making it.”
If the high-energy hybridization of rock, metal and electronic music is something you're excited about, you better not miss out on Joe Ford's explosive remix of "My Disintegration."
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The fans have spoken, and Martin Garrix listened.
At last year's edition of Amsterdam Dance Event, Martin Garrix premiered an ID - but fans were less than impressed with the drop. By the looks of things, he took their critique seriously. During his Tomorrowland Winter performance this past weekend, he dropped a variation in production of "Mistaken" featuring Alex Iris that his audience appeared to embrace with open arms.
Martin Garrix (real name Martijn Garritsen) closed out the last day of the inaugural edition of the festival. During the last ten minutes of his set he debuted the new version of "Mistaken," whose reimagined drop sent the revelers before him into a frenzy.
"Mistaken" isn't the only unreleased song in Garritsen's arsenal. During an interview with French broadcasting platform Fun Radio, he revealed that he's sitting on three albums' worth of music including a single he plans to release sometime in April or May.
According to Martin Garrix Hub, Garritsen later clarified that he would release both versions of "Mistaken" featuring Alex Iris.
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Check out the awesome new music video to Brett Miller's 2018 single "Red Water."
A lifelong performer and progressive pop singer/songwriter, Brett Miller's greatest asset is his vocal versatility - something that is immediately clear from the wide range of styles and genres that he has explored throughout his already exciting career.
Putting his vocal performance and songcraft at the forefront, Brett has compiled a catalogue of music that lies right in the crosshairs separating multiple genres of music. Miller's debut EP, Something Beautiful, was released in June of 2017 and introduced his highly accessible sound to a rapidly growing audience of fans. In 2018, he followed up his EP with the release of a new single, "Red Water," featuring Miller's collaboration with brooklyn-based hip-hop artist SAZE.
Seamlessly infusing elements of soul, R&B and hip-hop into Brett's undeniably versatile pop singing and penmanship skills, "Red Water" showcased a multifaceted and eclectic new sound that left fans excited for the music yet to come in 2019.
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Marshmello and Zedd dominated the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards with some huge award wins.
On Thursday, iHeartRadio hosted their 2019 awards show. This year’s ceremony made it very clear that EDM is still fully entrenched in today’s pop culture. Marshmello and Zedd won some of the highest honors in the show, beating out some of the biggest names in music.
Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey’s hit “The Middle” won Song of the Year beating out heavyweight acts like Drake, Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Cardi B and Maroon 5. The same song would then go on to win the award for Dance Song of the Year, beating out two nominated Marshmello tracks. “The Middle” was also nominated for Best Collaboration of the Year but lost out to Cardi B and Bruno Mars.
On the other hand, Marshmello won big, taking home the award for Best New Pop Artist over rising stars NF, MAX, Lauv, and Bazzi. The Fortnite sensation would also go on to win Best Dance Artist over Calvin Harris, Kygo, The Chainsmokers, and Zedd.
Fellow EDM stars The Chainsmokers also took home the award for Best Dance Album for Sick Boy.
The full list of winners at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards can be found here. Below are the dance music-specific awards.
Song of the Year:
“Better Now” - Post Malone
“Girls Like You” - Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
“God's Plan” - Drake
“Perfect” - Ed Sheeran
“The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey ** WINNER **
Best New Pop Artist:
Marshmello ** WINNER **
Dance Artist of the Year:
Marshmello ** WINNER **
Dance Song of the Year:
“Friends” - Marshmello and Anne-Marie
“Happier” - Marshmello featuring Bastille
“One Kiss” - Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa
“Remind Me To Forget” - Kygo featuring Miguel
“The Middle” - Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey ** WINNER **
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Before Dog Blood's Miami Music Week show, it was revealed the duo is working on new music.
Prior to their massive Brownies & Lemonade Miami show, the minds behind the event stated that Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) have new music on the way.
Alongside the new music announcement, Brownies & Lemonade shared some interesting facts about the duo. Their upcoming Miami Music Week show will be their first ever non-festival performance, and they are currently in Germany working on the material.
The aforementioned Miami show is not the only place fans can see Dog Blood in 2019. The prolific duo is set to play Sunset Music Festival, Buku Music + Art Project, and Ultra Music Festival this festival season.
Skrillex has been on a tear since his comeback last year. The multi-genre producer created the official theme song for the video game Kingdom Hearts III and it was recently revealed that he collaborated with TroyBoi.
Boys Noize, on the other hand, has been working on new music with the pop megastar Lady Gaga.
Tickets to see Dog Blood at Brownies & Lemonade Miami can be purchased here.
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DJ Snakes teams up with an up-and-comer once again.
Up-and-coming French producer Plastic Toy has teamed up with DJ Snake for smooth single "Try Me." The track marks DJ Snake's first release on his own Premiere Classe Records, as well as Plastic Toy's debut release, something that surely ought to set him up for a bright future.
"Try Me" is a smooth summer anthem, immediately getting into action with DJ Snake's signature vocal chops and feelgood piano chords. The drop is dominated by bright leads and plucks as mid-tempo drums contribute to the laid-back, summery feeling.
On the topic of "Try Me," Plastic Toy said:
"The most interesting thing in this song for me, is the lead synth that comes in with the drop. With DJ Snake, we pushed the track to a whole new level, giving it that powerful and melodic sound. Working with Snake was very inspiring. He has the ability to feel the music and what’s going to sound good.”
There is no info to be found online confirming Plastic Toy's real identity, although the below tweet might hint towards young French producer Petit Biscuit.FOLLOW DJ SNAKE:
Flume's breathtaking documentary is now available for all.
Flume released his documentary When Everything Was New on Apple Music less than a year ago. It accompanied by Sleepless and showcasing the story behind Future Classic, the Australian label responsible for bringing Flume the success he enjoys today.
Now the Grammy Award-winning artist and producer (real name Harley Streten) has released When Everything Was New split into four parts on his YouTube channel.
Fans who haven't had the chance to view the documentary already (which is named after track 10 in his sophomore album Skin) should definitely watch it now. Masterfully directed by Nic Wrathall, it goes over Streten's humble beginnings as a bedroom producer, how he got the attention of Future Classic, his creative process, and ultimately the journey towards the release of Skin in 2016, a critically-acclaimed effort that won Best Dance/Electronic Album a year later at the Grammy Awards.Flume: When Everything Was New (Documentary Part 1)Flume: When Everything Was New (Documentary Part 2)Flume: When Everything Was New (Documentary Part 3)Flume: When Everything Was New (Documentary Part 4)
Flume's self-titled debut album came in 2012 and immediately caught the attention of fans and publications all over the world. The Australian producer has since went on to become one of electronic music's most forward-thinking figures, and has collaborated with artists such as Nick Murphy A.K.A. Chet Faker, Kendrick Lamar, Little Dragon and Beck.
In December 2018 Flume teased his return, so it will be exciting to see how the producer will continue his musical endeavors in 2019.
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Getter fans haven't unanimously celebrated his shift in creative direction.
Every successful artist must walk a fine line between staying true to themselves and pleasing their fans, but Getter's recent shift has elicited more wrath than he may have expected. A week after he tweeted that he would adjust his Visceral Tour performances in response to criticism from fans. It may not have been enough as he was booed by many of those who attended his set at Stereo Live in Houston last night.
The Visceral Tour, which kicked off last month, sees Getter (real name Tanner Petulla) deliver sets centered around his 2018 album of the same name. The effort marked a move away from the heavy drops for which he garnered a worldwide fan base in favor of more ambient, introspective sounds. Despite Visceral's widespread critical acclaim, the songs haven't entirely been received well by concertgoers expecting his previous style.
After heckling him during his Stereo Live performance, some attendees ridiculed him on social media. Others came to his defense, including his former tour manager, who wrote:
"The bass scene has some of the most toxic fans of any scene and it’s so disheartening, it’s fucking music... Someone poured their heart and soul into hours of work for it. If you don’t prefer something cool, that doesn’t mean go publicly belittle an artist because it didn’t help your ecstasy-fueled head banging session. Really think we should make a conscious effort to weed out these inhumane 'fans.'”
Last night wasn't the first time Stereo Live patrons engaged in similar behavior. Last December, MUST DIE! condemned fans who complained about an opener playing house music before his set.
Getter will resume his Visceral Tour with a performance tonight, March 16th, in Dallas, Texas. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit his website.FOLLOW GETTER:
Tickets sold out within minutes, but Illenium proved he is always there for his fans.
Tickets for Illenium's two-night Red Rocks takeover in October went on sale yesterday, and sold out within minutes as expected by many. To fans' delight, the producer (real name Nicholas D. Miller) quickly tweeted out that he was trying to add a third night for those who missed out. He advised his fans not to buy tickets from scalpers, and confirmed that the third day was added a couple of hours later, officially announced on Monday.
Miller also recently announced another big accomplishment; he will be performing at Madison Square Garden September 21st. According to the flyer he will play a "NEW ALBUM LIVE SET" at MSG and on the first night of Red Rocks, most probably meaning that he'll be releasing his third album within the year.
Illenium is one of the fastest-rising stars in recent electronic music. His melodic, emotional productions are loved by fans all over the world, and have earned him performances at some of the most prominent electronic music festivals. He has earned remix duties for Flume, Halsey, Marshmello and more, and has collaborated with the likes of Seven Lions, Excision and Zeds Dead.
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“It’s scary how much unreleased Martin Garrix music there is”
In a recent interview with France’s Fun Radio, Martin Garrix announced that he has a new single coming out sometime in April or May. When asked if the single will be apart of a new album, he said “maybe” and revealed that he has three albums worth of unreleased music already finished.
Despite only teasing the new song, he shared some exciting details with the interviewers. The unreleased track will be his first song at 114 BPM, will be a “feel good song”, and will feature an unannounced rapper and singer.
When asked about the album, the Dutch dance music prodigy stated that he would like to make sure he supports the album to its full extent. This means he would like to include two to three big singles and an album tour.
Martin Garrix fans have had a great start to 2019. Earlier this month, he released the first new track from his AREA21 side project in a year. He is also slated to headline Spring Awakening, Secret Solstice, and recently performed at Tomorrowland Winter.
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The godfather of EDM is back to the big room.
Tiësto isn't letting a recent controversy slow him down. The legendary Dutch producer is back with another club track, "Halfway There" in collaboration with Dzeko featuring Lena Leon. The two have produced some popular hits such as "Crazy," "L'Amour Toujour," and the insanely successful "Jackie Chan." Does "Halfway There" have what it takes to garner the same fame?
The song, out now on Musical Freedom, starts with an anthemic and aggressive-sounding lead. The distorted drums and risers join the lead for a massive build up that drops into a pulsing, four-on-the-floor dance song. After the first drop, the instrumental drops to become quite minimalistic, leaving room for the female topline. As Leon's vocals gain energy, so does the beat, bringing us into the memorable build section with a catchy vocal melody.
The hook "Halfway There" is joined by the original synth lead, and a bunch of drums and risers creating the biggest build yet. This drops back into a similar drop to the first, with even more energy. The growling bass along with the fat drums and shiny lead makes for a memorable drop.
Tiësto is one of those names that have become synonymous with electronic dance music. The international icon has been around for decades putting out hits left and right. With 2019 in full effect, you can catch his undeniable magnetism far and wide this festival season. He will be returning to his Hakkasan residency and is set to perform at Ultra Music Festival, EDC Japan, and EDC Las Vegas.
Dzeko (born Julian Dzeko) is a producer and DJ from Toronto, Canada once known for his work as the duo Dzeko & Torres. Once he split from his former collaborator, who chose to take a less high-profile role in the industry, the success story began. After linking up with his idol, Tiësto, on the chart-topper "Jackie Chan" there's no showing what's next for this young producer.
Lena Leon is an acclaimed singer, producer, audio engineer and songwriter from New York City. She has racked up millions of plays on Spotify and hit #1 on charts around the globe. Her latest feature was with the popular producer Deorro on his track "Focus." This latest release with Tiësto and Dzeko is just another notch on her already successful discography.Follow TIËSTO:
This festival is STACKED.
If you will be in the Chicago area between June 7th and 9th, get yourself to Spring Awakening Music Festival (SAMF) because this year's lineup is stacked with all your favorite artists. The three-day event will be held at Poplar Creek at 59-90 Entertainment District in Hoffman Estates, a Northwest Chicago suburb, after a controversial location change. The eighth edition has managed to get over the hiccups of relocation by setting up an epic allotment of talent.
SAMF 2019 will feature electronic acts across the EDM genres including Benny Benassi, Flosstradamus, Chris Lake, Destructo's AMFAMFAMF (All My Friends), Galantis, Illenium, Nora En Pure, REZZ, ZEDD, and many more. We notice there's a blurred-out name there; who could be added next?
The move to Poplar Creek is proving to be a smart one. They have doubled the number of acres from last year which will feature better than ever production, interactive experiences, and carnival rides. More space, more fun.
Tickets are now on sale so make sure you snag one before it sells out. As of now, three-day passes are the only options but single tickets are said to come soon.
SPRING AWAKENING 2019 FULL LINEUP
BLUNTS & BLONDES
FLOSSTRADAMUS B2B 4B
GABRIEL & DRESDEN
HESH B2B BOMMER
NORA EN PURE
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The French producer's first house track of the year is hard to kick.
Following a string of successful projects in 2018 including his No Redemption EP alongside Tchami, Illegal Mixtape Vol. 2, and the Illegal Tour, masked Frenchman Malaa has returned with his first official single of 2019.
"Addiction" is a five-minute house banger, and true to its name, it'll have you craving more. The track builds slowly as a male voice chronicles the consequences of cocaine addiction. Alluding to the fact that the drug is often taken in secrecy, the narrator points out subtle ways to identify a junkie. From irritation to increased talking and changes in sleeping patterns, Malaa does not shy away from showcasing the side effects of the powdery white substance.View the original article to see embedded media.
Underneath the portrayals of a coke fanatic is a deep bass line that envelops the storyteller before climaxing mid track in a house-friendly drop. The percussion, synth and spoken word are packaged perfectly in this tech house dance track.
Stream or download "Addiction" by Malaa across platforms here.FOLLOW MALAA:
NEOU announces an exclusive partnership with Steve Aoki featuring fitness videos inspired by the Grammy-nominated musician.
Steve Aoki is known to have many a feather in his hat. He recently announced the release of his Memoir, Blue: The Color of Noise in addition to a new series of comic books and soon to come brick and mortar stores for his pizza chain, Pizzaoki. At that, all of this is secondary and in addition to producing top quality cross-genre music.
Aoki has always been known as one of the fittest DJs and producers out there so it comes as no surprise that he teamed up with a digital fitness platform, NEOU, to launch the AOKI Bootcamp. Marking his first foray into the fitness industry this year, AOKI Bootcamp is a high-intensity, on-the-go bodyweight workout that can be done anywhere with no equipment necessary.
Speaking about how strenuous touring can be and how the idea came about, Aoki said:
“I have spent a lot of my life on the road touring. Finding the time to workout hasn’t always been easy. What’s different about my bootcamp is that you don’t need a lot of time, or space, to achieve a productive workout.”
NEOU’s in-house media production team has worked closely with the Grammy-nominated artist to create custom fitness content inspired by his on-the-go fitness regimen that has helped build his stamina and physical endurance while playing shows around the world.
Speaking about the collaboration, co-founder of NEOU, Nathan Forster said:
“We are really excited to partner with such a highly sought-after icon in the music industry and provide access to our users, across the globe, the ability to tune in for his high-intensity AOKI Bootcamp.”
Recognized by Forbes as one of the top five highest paid DJs in the world, Aoki went on to by lauded by Billboard as one of the most in-demand entertainers in the world, counting more than 250 tour dates per year. With performances at nearly every top festival around the world including Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival and more, he has proven a force to be reckoned with.
The NEOU app can be downloaded from the Apple App store and on Google Play. All downloads from March 15th through May 1st qualify for an introductory limited time offer of $7.99/month or $79.99/year with a two-week free trial.FOLLOW STEVE AOKI:
Armin van Buuren is set to rock stadiums worldwide with this new track.
Legendary Dutch producer Armin van Buuren has delivered a high-energy, festival-ready track today under the name "Turn It Up." Out now via Armada Music, the single is set to get you trance fans up and moving. Following his latest release, "Lonely For You," this takes van Buuren fans straight to the main stage with a beat that doesn't hold back.
Originally premiered during his sets at ASOT 900 Utrecht and in his A State Of Trance radio show, "Turn It Up" is truly built for the live performance. It enters with an epic schoolyard chant as the claps develop into a classic trance build. As the tension rises so too does the drums making this mix a hard one to sit still to. No doubt, fans will be chanting this anthem throughout the festival circuits.
On the topic of "Turn It Up" van Buuren said:
“I’m always excited for the festival season because of the crowd’s response to tracks like these. Nothing beats the feeling you get when fans go absolutely nuts to something you play, and ‘Turn It Up’ was made for that exact purpose. I’m really looking forward to playing this one all throughout the summer.”
Armin van Buuren has been a mainstay in the trance and electronic scene for over 20 years. He's earned Grammy nominations and has topped the charts throughout his luscious career. His weekly A State of Trance radio show is broadcast from his own radio studio in the Armada HQ to over 40 million listeners in more than 80 countries.
Even after 20 years of service to the industry, the titan has no plans on slowing down. He will be a mainstay of the 2019 festival season across the board, stopping at Miami Music Week, EDC Japan, Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas, and is the most recent residency addition to the buzzed grand opening of KAOS in Las Vegas.FOLLOW ARMIN VAN BUUREN:
Afrojack's latest is a hit in the making.
Grammy Award-winning producer Afrojack assembled a winning team with Rae Sremmurd and Stanaj to craft his latest record, "Sober." The cross-genre release sees the Wall Recordings head honcho exploring new territory with two of the industry's hottest songwriting talents of the moment.
Afrojack previously teamed up with Stanaj on his 2018 single "Bed of Roses." The results yielded a logical opportunity for a follow up. Stanaj has also since gone on to work with Gryffin among other talents within the dance space and is positioning himself as a promising songwriter. Incidentally, he also recently released a cover of Post Malone and Swae Lee's "Sunflower" just weeks ahead of this original collaboration with Rae Sremmurd (Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi).
Rae Sremmurd have also been increasing their imprint in dance music as of late. Swae Lee has been featured on hit several dance records, including the recent Diplo and Ellie Goulding collaboration "Close to Me." For "Sober," his brother Slim Jxmmi is along for the ride, cementing the track as a promising crossover for fans of both hip-hop and mainstream electronic music.
Stream Afrojack's "Sober" with Stanaj and Rae Sremmurd here.FOLLOW AFROJACK:
Porter Robinson underestimated the size of his fan base.
Earlier in the week, tickets went on sale for Porter Robinson's Second Sky Festival and sold out much more quickly than organizers expected. In a last-minute scramble, Goldenvoice arranged for the festival to expand to two days - and tickets for the second day have also run out.
In a statement, Robinson had said that the demand for day one tickets exceeded the supply fivefold, saying "It sold out instantly." He revealed that the lineup for the second day would be same as that of the first, minus a performance by G Jones, who has a prior engagement.
Second Sky was originally billed Multiverse Music Festival before promoters of another Oakland festival called the Multivrs is Illuminated wrote an open letter denouncing Robinson and Goldenvoice for failing to do their due diligence in researching the market to see if a similar brand already existed. Nina Las Vegas, Anamanaguchi, Kero Kero Bonito and Madeon are among the headliners for Robinson's now two-day event.
Porter Robinson's Second Sky Festival will take place on June 15th and 16th. For more information, visit the event website.FOLLOW PORTER ROBINSON:
Elton John shared kind words for Flint on his show Rocket Hour.
Sir Elton John shared some kind words for Keith Flint in the preview for his show Rocket Hour, which airs on Apple Music's Beats 1 March 16th. Kicking off the show with The Prodigy's "Firestarter," Elton John paid his respects to Flint, and described the group's work as "seminal."
On the topic of Flint's passing, John said:
“Opening the show with [‘Firestarter’] to pay tribute to Keith Flint, who passed away. What a shame. What a seminal record, what a seminal group they are or were. I don’t know if they’ll continue, but when I first heard that and saw the video I just thought, ‘Wow, what is this?!’ Such a tragedy. My condolences to Keith’s family and the band. They are one of the most original groups to come out of England… ever.”
On March 4th, Flint was found dead at his Essex home. The Prodigy frontman was 49 years old. Since his passing, many dance music icons have also paid tribute to the big beat pioneer.
Elton John’s Rocket Hour airs Saturday, March 16th at noon EST on Apple Music’s Beats 1. Listen to it live here.
The self-dubbed “rock band with an identity crisis” spoke about the art of DJing, explained why Burning Man trumps all other festivals, and narrated a chance encounter with the Foo Fighters.
It’s indie-pop meets brooding deep house this week on Beats 1’s weekly radio show, One Mix. Canadian duo Bob Moses is in the mix with tunes from all over the spectrum - Radiohead, Tourist, and Dusky included. Plus, a first listen of their demo track “Skippy.”
Tune in here, exclusively on Apple Music.
Air Date: Friday 15th March 2019 - 21:00 LA / 00:00 NY / 04:00 UK
With a backstory as fortuitous as their name - a tribute to Robert Moses, a renowned Depression-era New York city planner - Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance actually knew each other long before diving into music together.
Growing up in Vancouver, they went to the same high school and had art class together. Separately, they were involved with music, and their bands would play the same high school talent shows. Tom eventually moved on from his punk band to a singer-songwriter endeavor, while Jimmy abandoned metal for trance, and later techno.
Years later, unbeknownst to each other, Tom and Jimmy both ended up living in New York, working on their respective music careers. Turns out, they had rehearsal spaces a block away from each other for over a year before crossing paths in a Lowe’s parking lot nearby - of all places!
On that chance encounter, with no expectations but to have a good time, they gave music a go together. In the studio, their chemistry was instant. “Once that happened,” Tom recounted in a past interview, “we both had the thought that we should join forces and postpone whatever other plans or ideas we had for our future and work together on something. Since that day we’ve basically had our heads down just making the best music we can.”
Tom and Jimmy began working with Brooklyn label Scissor and Thread, mostly vocal features at first. In 2012, the label head signed them on for an EP, and suggested the no-name duo call themselves Bob Moses, upholding the label’s tradition of naming acts after New York icons.
That first EP, Hands To Hold, was just the start. A kick-off for their infectiously creative, organic-electronic, indie-house sound. Like their SoundCloud bio states, “occupying the fertile ground between organic band land and an all-electronic production project, Bob Moses draw on the two poles to vividly resonate across both.”
Much of their sonic prowess took hold in experimentations with recording and sampling. They’d often leave mics quietly recording in the back of the studio and layer them in. One time they even recorded a chain rattling on their friend’s purse in an empty New York subway station and put it on their track “Val.”
In 2015, they released their debut album Days Gone By on Domino Records, home to varied artists like Four Tet, Jon Hopkins, Arctic Monkeys, and Blood Orange. As fans of “super abstract music and really straightforward pop,” Bob Moses’ LP hit home as a delectable blend of both. From the brooding, full-bodied bass lines of “Talk” to the sultry grooves of “Tearing Me Up,” it was chock full of club-ready beats, warm instrumentation, and smokey, emotive vocals. A collection of records with powerful sounds and an equally powerful theme tackling personal struggles and inner battles.
Moving forward, their songwriting sensibilities emerged ever-more. As Jimmy told the Ableton crew once, “I think the human voice gives you something to relate to, the narrator of the story. It puts the lyrics into perspective and can set the mood of the song. It lets you know there is a person behind all of the noise, no matter how digital sounding the production can get.”
Released last year, Bob Moses’ sophomore album Battle Lines embodied the change, with songs like the melancholic rock ballad “Eye for an Eye” and the beautifully somber title track “Battle Lines.” Electrifying guitar riffs and sultry vocals permeate the album, though driving techno beats ebb and flow, particularly on tracks like “Enough To Believe” and “Listen To Me.”
The album is as emotionally charged, if not more, than its predecessor. Though it looks out beyond internal struggles to relationships and universal feelings. As they explained to Stoney Roads, “the main difference is we’ve gotten to travel the world several times over and be inspired by people and our experiences. ‘Days Gone By’ was written by two guys, in a windowless basement in Brooklyn, pouring our frustrations into music in an effort to connect with ourselves and other people. 'Battle Lines' was written by two guys (with a lil' help on one song), in a windowless basement in L.A. as a reaction to connecting with people and being inspired by the struggles we all share.”
Over the years, Bob Moses have played popular festivals like Glastonbury, Coachella, EDC Las Vegas and Lollapalooza, performed on The Ellen Show, been nominated for Junos and Grammys (with RAC winning one for their remix of Bob Moses’ “Tearing Me Up”), and evolved their live show to include an all-out band.
Before their upcoming One Mix, we spoke with them about their musical inspirations, dream collaborator, and more. The successful duo also candidly shared their thoughts on the art of DJing, explained why Burning Man trumps all other festivals, and narrated a chance encounter with the Foo Fighters.
EDM.com: First show experience?
Tom: My parents used to take me to the Vancouver Folk Festival when I was a kid, but the first show experience I truly remember was seeing Van Morrison play when I was eight years old. It was pretty breathtaking. I remember the musicianship, how good everyone was and how good it sounded in the theater they were playing in.
Jimmy: I saw Alice Cooper when I was eight; my parents took me. It was an awesome gig!
First time you brought your mom to one of your shows?
Tom: My Mom came to see us as Bob Moses for the first time I think when we played in Vancouver for the second time at this place called the Electric Owl. Both our moms were there at that time actually. My mom still lived in Vancouver then and Jimmy’s mom flew out from Toronto. It was really nice, we had a big group dinner together first and then all went next door to the show. My mom was quite ill then, and it was late for her to be out, but she stayed for the whole thing. We cleared a spot for her to sit in the wheelchair she was using at the time as it was hard for her to have enough energy to move around well, but it was really nice for her to be there and really special for her to make the effort to stay out so late.
The artist who inspired you to become a musician?
Tom: My memory of wanting to become a musician comes before my memory of wanting to be someone who was a musician. I then started thinking all the pop punk bands were cool and wanting to be like them. It was skateboarding and music that went together for me. The first person who truly inspired me and I wished I could be them was probably Chris Cornell. I had discovered Kurt Cobain first when I was slightly younger, but something about the pain in his music scared me and although I loved it and was completely obsessed with the music, I didn’t want to be Kurt. Also I guess because I knew he had committed suicide at that time, and that scared me too as a young kid. But I remember thinking I would love to be Chris. His voice is powerful, mysterious, smooth, and dark all at the same time, and it just sounds like he’s the coolest person ever to walk earth when he sings. I remember feeling that way when I first heard him and wanting to be that way.
Jimmy: Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, The Beatles, The Chemical Brothers, and Oasis all inspired me to make music and get into sound design.
Go-to places for new music?
Tom & Jimmy: For new music we check the Apple Music playlists regularly, and then just go down rabbit holes searching for tunes and clicking through like artists. Also, Halcyon in NYC is a great record shop we like to dig in.
Guilty pleasure record?
Tom & Jimmy: “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” by 50 Cent.
Desert-island dance record?
Tom & Jimmy: “Revolver” by The Beatles.
Dream B2B partner?
Tom & Jimmy: We actually lived out our B2B dream late last year. He’s a good friend now, but we have been big Lee Burridge fans for a long time. Lee is a real DJ’s DJ. We ended up doing an after party together and going back to back for the first time ever. He’s so good at mixing records, it was like going to pro DJ school for a few hours. We had a lot of fun and learned a ton.
Tom & Jimmy: 115.
Piece of gear you always need on the road?
Tom & Jimmy: Show computers, sound cards and redundancy rig. We have two show computers which run the back end of our whole show. It’s totally essential to what we do, so much so that we have two exact copies running simultaneously beside each other with a switcher so that if one fails, the backup immediately kicks in and continues operating seamlessly.
All-time favorite festival?
Tom & Jimmy: Burning Man. It’s more of an art festival than a music festival, but the level of creativity is just insane. That’s the best part about festivals, is being a part of something bigger than just your act and getting to take in and be witness to all the other creativity and expressions of it that others bring. There is really no festival that comes close to touching Burning Man in that respect.
Biggest misconception about dance music?
Tom & Jimmy: That DJs “don’t do anything.” The art of being a DJ is in the music selection, the blending of tracks and the special combinations which create original tracks and grooves of their own, reading a crowd and the ability to take people on a journey. It’s just as much of a performance as any other kind of musical performance, and in many cases requires one to be more on their toes than merely performing a rehearsed and pre-scheduled selection of music.
How often do you get out and have fun, and where do you go?
Tom & Jimmy: Man, what we do is so fun it’s hard to think of anything more fun than playing shows. But generally, to have fun on tour we’ll go to an after party or a cool bar or restaurant in whatever city we’re in. That happens every week or so when on tour, so long as we’re not traveling too crazily. At home, we like to go out to shows at The Greek Theater in L.A. or whatever other venues. Seeing Nils Frahm pretty soon, that’s gonna be epic.
City with the most underrated dance scene?
Tom & Jimmy: We don’t think dance music is the first thing people think of when you hear the city “Istanbul,” but you would be mistaken! There are a ton of great parties and up and coming producers coming from there at the moment. We’ve built a good following there over the last few years and it’s an amazing city to go back to.
Industry prediction for the next year?
Tom & Jimmy: We think more people are gonna start DJing with reel-to-reel tape machines. They used to do it back in the day, it’s just about the only DJ trend that hasn’t come back yet. Maybe we should start it off?
Best piece of advice for new producers?
Tom & Jimmy: Work hard. Spend every second you can producing, listening to records, learning techniques, and comparing how your records sound to others. Try to have patience, not in the sense of taking it easy or not working hard, but in the sense of trusting that if you put in the time and hard work, you will get better and eventually you will be where you want to be. Solicit critical feedback as often as possible and from as wide a range of people as possible. Collaborate and try and meet people who challenge you and who you can learn from.
Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaborator?
Tom & Jimmy: Trent Reznor, Thom Yorke, Max Martin, Paul Epworth, Moby, Nigel Godrich.
What is one of the unique experiences you’ve had backstage?
Tom & Jimmy: We played a festival called Bottle Rock and as part of it we played a little side show at a club nearby. The club was in a complex with two venues on two floors with a shared green room floor in the middle. We were playing the bigger club upstairs which was about 800 people, and the bar downstairs was about 150 people. We didn’t know who was playing downstairs, hadn’t really thought about it to be honest. We were sitting in our green room and all of a sudden two women come in and start pouring themselves a drink from our rider. We were sort of surprised but before we could say anything, Pat Smear (guitarist in the Foo Fighters and Nirvana) sticks his head around the corner and goes, “No baby that’s not ours!” We basically shat our pants and were like, “Yes, you can have whatever you want!” It turns out that the Foo Fighters were playing the bar downstairs as they were headlining the festival the next day and hadn’t played together in a year or two and were doing this side show as a secret warm up show for family and friends. So us and our whole crew got to watch the Foo Fighters play to like 50 people in a bar, and we hung out with them all after. They were all super cool. Their tour manager is still the same guy who tour managed Nirvana for their whole career, so he had tons of gems of advice. Talking and hanging with them all, doing shots with them, was just an awesome and totally unexpected experience.
A unique travel experience you’ve had?
Tom & Jimmy: We played this private birthday party once on this small remote island off the coast of Bali. We flew into the airport which was literally just a landing strip in a field. Then we were greeted with fresh coconuts and put into a van and driven for a couple hours through the jungle, passing all these little villages that were literally just shacks. Extreme poverty and it looked like we had gone back in time. But people were happy it seemed. It was really beautiful. We then arrived to this resort which was literally the nicest resort we’ve ever seen or been to. The person who’s birthday it was had rented out the entire place for his party and his friends, and we stayed in our own luxurious villa with it’s own pool. We played on a tiny shack on the beach with about 100 people dancing in the sand under the stars, and at one point it started absolutely pouring rain and we had to keep playing even though we were worried about getting electrocuted. We went to sleep in our villa and woke up the next day with enough time to have a swim in our pool, eat some breakfast and then hop back in the car to drive back to the airport and fly out. It was sort of like a dream.
What's your favorite throwback track?
Tom & Jimmy: “Breathe” by The Prodigy. We were gutted to hear the news of Keith Flint’s death. He was a legend and The Prodigy got so many people into electronic music. We actually saw Nick Murphy do an after party DJ set at Laneway in Australia last year and he dropped “Breathe.” Man, few tracks will tear up a dance floor like that one.
What's one track that fans always lose their mind to?
Tom & Jimmy: “Tearing Me Up.” That’s been the song most people to lose their mind to for the longest.
What was the first album you ever bought?
Tom: Nimrod by Green Day.
Jimmy: James Brown’s Greatest Hits.
Name one remix that you think is better than the original?
Tom & Jimmy: James Holden’s remix of “The Sky Was Pink” by Nathan Fake. This is probably one of the best remixes every. Don’t get us wrong, Nathan Fake is amazing in his own right, but James Holden killed it with this remix.
What song would you want (god forbid) played at your funeral?
Tom & Jimmy: “In My Life” by The Beatles.
What's the perfect sunset track?
Jimmy: “Cafe Del Mar” by Energy 52.
Tom: “OAR003 SIDE B” by Oni Ayhun.
What song do you listen to cheer yourself up?2
Tom & Jimmy: “We Are The Champions” by Queen.FOLLOW BOB MOSES