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Hundreds flout social distancing guidelines to attend illegal Las Vegas rave

Latest from Dancing Astronaut - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 14:03
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Elusive promoters by the name of “Malum Geminos” are behind a July 4 multi-stage Las Vegas desert rave that attracted music enthusiasts by the masses, despite health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing guidelines actively enforced by the state of Nevada.

Footage from the illicit, ticketed event, known to attendees as “The Final Fuse,” has since been shared by KSNV News 3 and shows a densely packed crowd of event goers dancing in the dark. Meanwhile, confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to climb in Nevada, with 4,368 cases reported in the last seven days, according to Southern Nevada Health District data.

Notably, the illegal rave phenomenon is not limited to Las Vegas. Various unapproved electronic music events have also been hosted in the United Kingdom “out of frustration” stemming from a lack of access to clubs and festivals, said Carl Cox, who recently shared his perspective on illegal events happening around the world.

Here’s some cell phone video I took when my photographer and I investigated a tip about a secret desert rave happening on the Fourth of July. We arrived to see hundreds dancing as we kept a safe distance. More tonight 10,11 pic.twitter.com/DUchBxHmjm

— Lauren Clark (@LaurenNews3LV) July 6, 2020

EXCLUSIVE: @LaurenNews3LV uncovers raves outside in the sand dunes outside #LasVegas in the midst of a pandemic — WATCH News 3 Live at 11 pic.twitter.com/QLN1pV7L0U

— KSNV News 3 (@News3LV) July 6, 2020

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Malta's BPM Festival Announces Expansive Lineup Featuring FISHER, Charlotte de Witte, Skream, More

EDM.com - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 13:47

BPM Festival is set to return to the idyllic Uno Malta in September.

BPM Festival is primed to return from September 11th to 13th, and organizers have unveiled an expansive lineup ahead of the sun-kissed Malta music fest. 

The best in house and techno music are set to descend on the idyllic open air venue Uno Malta from sunrise to sunset for the 2020 edition, including FISHER, Loco DiceAdam Beyer, Nicole Moudaber, Eats EverythingCharlotte de Witte, Honey Dijon, Jamie Jones, Skream, Nina KravizPatrick Topping, Solardo, Alan Fitzpatrick, Michael Bibi, and Latmun, among many others.

In a press release issued to announce the lineup, BPM representatives maintain that the festival's organizers are engaging in "incredibly detailed and diligent planning from the Maltese government" to comply with Maltese safety guidelines in relation to the global pandemic. The country, which recently reopened tourism to many parts of Europe, reported only 11 active COVID-19 cases as of the time of writing.

You can check out the full lineup below and grab your tickets here.

Steve Aoki debuts Latinx-dedicated imprint, Dim Mak En Fuego

Latest from Dancing Astronaut - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 13:28
Steve Aoki debuts Latinx-dedicated imprint, Dim Mak En FuegoRs Steve Aoki Credit Caesar Sebastian

Steve Aoki seeks to highlight up-and-coming Latinx artists with Dim Mak En Fuego, a newly established imprint dedicated to elevating producers from the Latinx community and born from Aoki’s deep connection with his Latin fanbase.

Aoki formally announced the label’s launch on July 8. The installation of Dim Mak En Fuego will expectedly see Aoki exercise his A&R capacities, as he has done throughout Dim Mak‘s 24 year tenure. At present, the Dim Mak En Fuego team includes distribution partners, Merlin, A2IM, and FUGA, as well as head of marketing, Bryan Linares, and Christian Hererra, who is notable for co-founding the popular Reggaeton event series, Gasolina Party.

The first artist signed to Dim Mak En Fuego is Mexican band, AQUIHAYAQUIHAY. The group has since released its inaugural single, “Ya No Es Igual,” via the imprint. Stream the seminal production below.

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Dancing Astronaut teams up with Party Favor to present new livestream festival ‘Isolation’

Latest from Dancing Astronaut - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 13:00
Dancing Astronaut teams up with Party Favor to present new livestream festival ‘Isolation’Party Favor Dancing Astronaut Credit SirJohn

Bringing the latest digital festival to light, Party Favor and Dancing Astronaut team up for Party Favor Presents: Isolation, a new livestream festival that brings with it nine hours of isolated goodness from bass, electro, and future house’s finest. A-Trak, Dillon Francis, and the always energetic Nina Las Vegas are pinned among those to take the virtual stage, and like any good host, Party Favor has prepped something special for his guests with a set from a surprise location. The Space Camp produced event also gives viewers a chance to win their own party favors, with an array of prizes and giveaways throughout the online festival.

As Isolation wouldn’t be happening without all that’s going on in the world these days, the event is also funneling donations to the PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund as well as the ACLU.

The stream hits the airwaves on Saturday, July 18 from 1:00pm to 10:00pm PST, and can be seen on Party Favor’s Youtube, Twitch and Dancing Astronaut‘s Facebook page. Mark your calendars and check the full lineup below.

Dancing Astronaut teams up with Party Favor to present new livestream festival ‘Isolation’Dancing Astronaut Party Favor Presents Isolation 1

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Imagine Festival Cancels 2020 Event, Moves To 2021

Latest from Your EDM - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 12:42

In what was sure to be one of Imagine Festival’s biggest years ever, COVID-19 struck and derailed plans. While the festival has hoped that things would be better, it’s now made the decision to cancel this year’s event and move it to 2021.

IMF announced in April, even after the declaration of COVID-19 as a worldwide pandemic, that it was moving to the old site of TomorrowWorld — Chattahoochee Hills in Georgia. Unfortunately, coronavirus would have different plans and has hit the US with a massive second wave as many other countries around the world begin to open up.

“Just two weeks ago as the country began to re-open, and numbers started to look more encouraging, we had our artwork approved and ready for a spectacular lineup announcement,” the festival writes in its official statement. “We remained hopeful we could all come together again in the fall with the safety precautions set forth by the health professionals. Unfortunately, things have made a turn for the worse, and the number of cases continue to rise dramatically. This new rise in cases, and new projections from health professionals, make it extremely difficult to provide a safe environment with the unforgettable beautiful experiences we want you all to enjoy.”

Read the full statement from the festival for ticket rollover and refund information below.

Photo via Rukes.com

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Imagine Festival Cancels 2020 Event, Moves To 2021

Las Vegas Pool Venue Encore Beach Club Announces Return of "Night Swim" Parties

EDM.com - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 12:24

The announcement arrived one day after state officials reported a new single-day record for COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Representatives of popular Las Vegas pool destination Encore Beach Club recently took to social media to announce the return of the venue's famed "Night Swim" party series.

Organizers have scheduled events on each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10PM until August 16th, 2020, according to the event calendar on the club's official website. Prospective attendees are able to make reservations and request table service.

As of the time of writing, Encore Beach Club has not published information or event descriptions on its website or social media platforms pertaining to the safety measures they plan on instating to comply with Nevada's COVID-19 guidelines, which include a strict face covering ordinance. On June 24th, 2020, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced a mandatory face covering policy that requires "anyone in any public space throughout the State, including visitors" to wear a mask.

Ahead of July 4th, Sisolak condemned local businesses who were not complying, saying that recent noncompliance numbers reported by the Nevada State Occupational Safety and Health Administration are "unacceptable" and that he "will not hesitate to take swift and decisive actions next week directed at targeted industries or areas that are experiencing concerning COVID-19 trends and non-compliance."

According to local CBS affiliate KLAS-TV, Nevada set a new record for COVID-19 hospitalizations on Monday, July 6th, with over 800 new cases. There are now 23,785 confirmed cases and 548 deaths in Nevada, and the state reported its five largest single-day increases in cases in the past two weeks.

Tchami debuts ‘Confessions’ interview series, teases new collaboration with ZHU

Latest from Dancing Astronaut - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 12:15
Tchami debuts ‘Confessions’ interview series, teases new collaboration with ZHUTchami Rukes

When he’s behind the decks, Tchami doesn’t talk much, but with the launch of his new interview series, Confessions, fans will get to hear him speak. The series, which kicked off on June 26, features French rapper, Vald, as the inaugural guest.

The French deep house luminary keeps up his quintessential priestly persona in Confessions with a sparse but well-lit backdrop reminiscent of a cloudy celestial sky. In a style very unlike the typical news interview, Tchami pries into Vald’s psyche with deep questions that not only illuminate the inner mind of the rapper, but also inspire the viewer to think, too.

During the interview’s conclusion, Tchami and Vald discuss time-honored outputs from classical composers like Franz Schubert and Maurice Ravel. In an extension of this thought provoking exchange, Tchami poses the million-dollar question: “Do you think our music will be able to stir emotion in more than 300 years?” It’s hard to speak that far into the future, but at present, the answer is resoundingly positive.

An added bonus to the first-ever installment of the new interview series is Confessions‘ sonic introduction. Confessions opens with an ethereal, almost otherworldly production that teases a new collaboration between Tchami and ZHU. Needless to say, Tchami has got viewers’ attention.

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Eric Prydz concludes fourth season of EPIC Radio with new mix [Stream]

Latest from Dancing Astronaut - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 12:02
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All good things must end, including Eric Prydz‘s EPIC Radio, the fourth season of which came to a bittersweet conclusion on July 3. After sharing the season opener on April 10, the Swedish DJ continued to spin his long-beloved Beats 1 show over the course of six episodes, dishing out classic tracks, underground mixes, and a healthy dose of exclusives from the vault. From dropping a free download of his EPIC mix of “The Gift” to surprise-revealing “Baby All Night” as a Tonja Holma track, Prydz didn’t withhold fresh material from fans, but rather harnessed the show as a vehicle for staying connected with his listeners.

Episode 36 saw the progressive master intertwine a signature serving of treasured Prydz staples in an inspiriting summer mix. Leading with fan favorite, “Generate,” before transitioning into “Melo” and “Spy2,” the final episode charts an all-time high energy as Prydz shares coveted private mixes of “Pjanoo” and Williams’ seldom-heard “The Arrival (Departure).” Stream the electrifying journey that is EPIC Radio’s season finale below.

Prydateer Podcast · Eric Prydz Presents EPIC Radio on Beats 1 EP36

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Disney plans Tron sequel and wants Daft Punk to make the soundtrack

Latest from MixMag - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 12:01

Disney’s President of Music & Soundtracks said he has met with Daft Punk's manager

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ORBIT: AMPLIFY Playlist—Loud Luxury

Latest from Dancing Astronaut - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 11:49
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Over the past few weeks, electronic artists have celebrated the musical contributions of black artists by compiling ORBIT: AMPLIFY playlists. The playlists have succinctly spotlit productions from black artists and artists of color that have influenced these artists’ careers, and on a simpler level, kept them moving and grooving. 

Following respective ORBIT: AMPLIFY playlists from Akira Akira, Anabel EnglundBrando, and Major Lazer‘s Walshy Fire, Armada‘s Loud Luxury join the ORBIT: AMPLIFY series to curate their own playlist. Through 16 selections, the production pair acknowledge the sonic contributions of a range of electronic artists including KAYTRANADA, TroyBoi, Channel Tres, Brando, and Bryce Vine.

However, Loud Luxury do not limit their playlist’s purview to dance DJs. Vocalist Kaleena Zanders of BIJOU‘s “One Life” also surfaces on the duo’s ORBIT: AMPLIFY playlist, as well as composer, NoMBe, and rapper, GoldLink. Loud Luxury’s hand-curated ORBIT: AMPLIFY collection additionally includes originals from Usher and Inner City.

Make no mistake—dance music is born from black culture. Without black creators, innovators, selectors, and communities, the electronic dance music we hold so dear would simply not exist. In short, dance music is deeply indebted to the global black community and we need to be doing more. Black artists and artists of color have played a profound role in shaping the sound and culture of dance music and now more than ever, it is necessary for everyone in the music community to stand up for the people that have given us so much. Dancing Astronaut pledges to make every effort to be a better ally, a stronger resource, and a more accountable member of the global dance music community. Black Lives Matter—get involved here:  

Black Lives Matter

My Block My Hood My City

National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Program

Black Visions Collective

Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Legal Defense Initiative

The Bail Project

The Next Level Boys Academy

Color of Change

Committee to Protect Journalists

Carl Cox Voices His Opinion on the Illegal Rave Scene

Latest from EDMTunes - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 11:17

Carl Cox has something to say about the resurgence of the illegal rave scene in the United Kingdom. The 57-year techno legend is not impressed with this phenomenon. These events seem to become a rage of sorts under the veil of the coronavirus pandemic. These events are simply “not the answer”, he expresses. Cox also goes to the extent of holding the government accountable for them.

These illegal parties are basically done out of frustration, just done out of showing it’s our right to do what we want to do. It’s not the answer to this.

Carl Cox

In an interview with Sky News, Cox ascertains that the presence of social distancing norms in place hinder the chances of a normal resumption for the global nightlife set up. He also emphasizes the absence of a transparent agenda for the reopening of clubs and festivals leading to the rise of these illegal rave scene.

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Here is a little clip from last Sunday’s #CabinFever… Track ID anyone? ???? You can re-watch this and the past shows via the link in bio… And we will get back to those dancefloors very soon ❤️

A post shared by Carl Cox (@carlcoxofficial) on Jun 16, 2020 at 6:15am PDT

Earlier in June, Manchester had its roads sealed by the police after a string of incidents emerging out of these illegal events. UK’s clubs and musical venues still face a persisting closure amid pubs and restaurants being green lighted to resume operations. A respected voice like Cox’s might tone down things a bit, but it also might not have the desired impact. Let us wait and watch.

h/t: Sky News

The post Carl Cox Voices His Opinion on the Illegal Rave Scene appeared first on EDMTunes.

Imagine Music Festival Canceled for 2020

Latest from EDMTunes - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 09:22

Imagine Music Festival is canceled for 2020. Even before the organizers made the announcement, though, the three-day event stood on shaky ground, according to one local official.

Asked if the city planned to impose restrictions on Imagine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chattahoochee Hills Mayor Tom Reed said, “They are not yet permitted. They are in the process.”

Reed’s comments came a week prior to the festival’s formal statement.

“As a community, and with the support of the City of Atlanta, City of Chattahoochee Hills and Bouckaert Farm, we have reached a decision to postpone Imagine Festival 2020 to September 17, 18, 19, 2021,” the festival posted on their Facebook page Tuesday night.

The Chattahoochee Hills City Council authorized Mayor Reed to sign a contract with Imagine on March 10.

Eight days later, Imagine proclaimed they had their permit. Festival founders Glenn and Madeleine Goodhand said then that they expected 25,000 attendees per day at the old Tomorrowworld venue.

Coronavirus fears force Imagine to re-consider

Still, the Goodhands were under immense pressure to cancel or postpone Imagine 2020.

COVID-19’s resurgence across the United States left people wondering about the safety of future festivals.

Movement and Austin City Limits both halted their shows due to the increase in coronavirus cases. Even in Atlanta, popular events like Music Midtown, held the same weekend as Imagine, shut its doors. The Goodhands stood their ground though.

“We are scheduled as planned and are working very closely with local and federal officials on professional guidelines to keep everyone safe,” the festival said on social media two weeks ago. “Imagine is scheduled and planning is moving forward. We will open unless there is an order disallowing us to do so.”

Now, attention turns to 2021.

“Your 2020 Festival passes will automatically be transferred to the new Imagine 2021 dates,” organizers said in a statement. “Guests who would like a full refund will have until July 19, 2020 to submit their request.”

The post Imagine Music Festival Canceled for 2020 appeared first on EDMTunes.

The Roots’ Black Thought enlists Pusha T, Killer Mike, and more on new EP

Latest from Dancing Astronaut - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 07:45
The Roots’ Black Thought enlists Pusha T, Killer Mike, and more on new EPBlack Thought April 2018 Billboard 1548 1

On July 31, The Roots’ Black Thought is set to release his latest EP, Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Abel, with a stellar cast of featured artists, including Killer Mike, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, ScHoolboy Q, Portugal. The Man, and more.

The EP’s lead single, “Thought vs. Everybody,” will be released July 10. Sean C, known for his work on Jay-Z’s American Gangster and Big Pun’s debut Capital Punishment, as well as his A&R work for Mobb Deep, Dead Prez, Big Pun, Terror Squad, Remy Ma, and The X-Ecutioners, is the project’s producer.

Black Thought has kept busy beyond Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Abel. The MC notably joined Nas, Rapsody, YG, and Questlove alongside Public Enemy to recreate their iconic “Fight the Power” video at the 2020 BET Awards, and is also contributing his music and lyrical capabilities to Black No More, a musical adaptation of George S. Schuyler’s Harlem Renaissance-era novel. Black No More was initially slated to be part of the New Group’s 2020 to 2021 Off-Broadway season.

Featured image: Steven Ferdman/Patrick McMullan

Make no mistake—dance music is born from black culture. Without black creators, innovators, selectors, and communities, the electronic dance music we hold so dear would simply not exist. In short, dance music is deeply indebted to the global black community and we need to be doing more. Black artists and artists of color have played a profound role in shaping the sound and culture of dance music and now more than ever, it is necessary for everyone in the music community to stand up for the people that have given us so much. Dancing Astronaut pledges to make every effort to be a better ally, a stronger resource, and a more accountable member of the global dance music community. Black Lives Matter—get involved here:  

Black Lives Matter

My Block My Hood My City

National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Program

Black Visions Collective

Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Legal Defense Initiative

The Bail Project

The Next Level Boys Academy

Color of Change

Committee to Protect Journalists

Tycho leads ‘Ghost of Tsushima’ remix package with spirited, organic beats

Latest from Dancing Astronaut - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 07:30
Tycho leads ‘Ghost of Tsushima’ remix package with spirited, organic beatsTycho

Feudal Japan meets modern electronic in a remix EP featuring innovative and beat-centric reworks of inclusions from the soundtrack of PlayStation 4’s forthcoming action and adventure game, Ghost of Tsushima. Out via Milan Records on July 10, the EP, titled Sound of the Storm – Ghost of Tsushima Soundtrack: Reimagined, invites Tycho, TOKiMONSTA, The Glitch Mob, and Alessandro Cortini of Nine Inch Nails to apply their respective visions to the samurai epic’s time-capsule soundscapes.

Available now, days before the full release, is Tycho’s take on “Ghost of Kodoku.” Albeit a bit of an unexpected pairing, Tycho strikes harmony with the Ghost of Tsushima derivative, which, after some reflecting, comes as no surprise considering that both the producer and the video game share two specific characteristics: lush aesthetics and the ability to bring a digital environment to life.

The end result bears a bounce that resembles Tycho’s 2011 LP, Dive, but sees the California producer use the vibrant source material to show all that he’s learned in the nine years that have succeeded this release. Ghost of Tsushima will become available for PlayStation 4 on July 17. In the meantime, listeners can stream Tycho’s remix below.

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Balearic pioneer and former Café Del Mar resident José Padilla launches fundraiser following cancer diagnosis

DJ Mag - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 07:10
The DJ has been left with no income amid the coronavirus pandemic

Posthumous Juice WRLD single, ‘Life’s A Mess,’ precedes forthcoming LP

Latest from Dancing Astronaut - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 07:00
Posthumous Juice WRLD single, ‘Life’s A Mess,’ precedes forthcoming LPJuice Wrld Credit David Wolff Patrick Redferns

Posthumous Juice WRLD music has been the stuff of rumors and even a number of releases in the months that have followed the late rapper’s death in December 2019. The artist’s first posthumous album, Legends Never Die, is slated to arrive on July 10, and is preceded by a Halsey feature titled “Life’s A Mess.”

The release is a calming yet evocative narrative. Set atop a subtle production backdrop, Juice WRLD’s singing serves as the focal point of the single in the first two and a half minutes. Halsey’s vocals faintly echo during the chorus of the song, and she later leads the track’s conclusion, where her vocals subsume the last 40 seconds of the song. “Life’s A Mess” is out now via Grade A Productions.

Featured image: David Wolff-Patrick/Redferns

Tiga & Hudson Mohawke share first-ever collaboration, ‘Love Minus Zero’

Latest from Dancing Astronaut - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 07:00
Tiga & Hudson Mohawke share first-ever collaboration, ‘Love Minus Zero’Hudson Mohawk

Two perennially explosive producers, Tiga and Hudson Mohawke, have teamed up for their first collaboration, “Love Minus Zero.” Fortunately for listeners, it won’t be their last. Upon sharing their inaugural co-project, Tiga and Mohawke confirmed that they will be releasing new collaborations each month for the remainder of 2020.

“Love Minus Zero” marks Mohawke’s second collaborative single of 2020, and follows the wildly dissimilar “BENT” with Jimmy Edgars. Of course, both tracks come on the heels of Mohawke’s EP with Lunice under the TNGHT banner, II. “Love Minus Zero” is Tiga’s first release since his 2019 EP, Blessed, Pt. 1, and its corresponding remix EP.

Featured image: Mike Windle/Getty

Omar Basaad, Saudi Arabia’s Top DJ, Releases “Without You”

Latest from One EDM - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 07:00

Omar Basaad from Saudi Arabia has produced and released a vibrant single titled “Without You“. It is the DJ’s third track in this new decade. The two earlier tracks that Omar Basaad dropped were “Memba” and “Technicolor” at the beginning of January. Out now via his own imprint, Coexist Records, “Without You” is available to listen …

The post Omar Basaad, Saudi Arabia’s Top DJ, Releases “Without You” appeared first on One EDM.

The Avalanches have a new album on the way

DJ Mag - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 06:50
They recently celebrated the fourth anniversary of 'Wildflower'

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