Billie Eilish‘s freshman LP, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, painted the breakout singer/songwriter as the antidote to the shimmery pop acts known to dominate the Top 40. With dark, grungy productions (masterminded by her brother Finneas O’Connell) and lyricism, an exemplar being her summer-defining single “Bad Guy,” Eilish quickly became the hard-shelled succubus that the pop world didn’t know it needed.
Eilish’s newest single “Everything I Wanted” shows the 17 year old drop the act, presenting listeners not with Billie Eilish the grunge-pop star, but with Billie Eilish the person. The soft-stepping tune is ultimately a tribute to her brother, with a personal statement alongside the release that reads,
“No matter what happens, we always have been and will be there to make it better.”
But “Everything I Wanted” goes a step further, offering a touch of transparency to Eilish’s meteoric rise to fame. Lyrics like “They called me weak / like I’m not just somebody’s daughter,” as well as an outro that repeats “If they knew what they said would go straight to my head / what would they say instead?” don’t only show the personal impact of becoming a household name, but add a new dimension of relatability to one of 2019’s breakout acts.
Photo Credit: Daria Kobayashi Ritch
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Australian electronic sensation What So Not was met with a friendly welcome when he stopped by Louis The Child’s radio show for the 43rd edition of Playground Radio.
The longtime scene staple took the opportunity to flex his tastemaking tact. His selections range from whimsy Tame Impala to undiscovered experimentalists like Quiet Bison. Between offerings, the trio of tried-and-true electronic icons discuss inspiration, touring, and new what’s cooking in What So Not’s release cannon. The “Gemini” producer discloses he’s got some odd 60 demos on deck for imminent release.
Check out what’s on What So Not’s radar these days, in a very special hour of Playground Radio. And catch him live at Your Paradise festival next month or Holy Ship! Wrecked in January.
Tame Impala – It Might Be Time [WEEKEND TRACK] (0:45)
Miguel – Funeral (6:35)
Wafia – Flowers & Superpowers (8:45)
Quiet Bison – Spectral Range (14:55)
DROELOE – Only Be Me (Duskus Remix) (19:37)
TSURUDA – FUBAR (30:44)
Ngaiire – Once (36:34)
A-Trak, Kimbra & Mark Foster – Warrior (What So Not Remix) (43:31)
Les Sins – Grind (49:21)
Louis The Child & Drew Love – Free [PLAYGROUND PICK] (56:44)
Dynamic duo Bonnie x Clyde continue to delight the bass hop gods with their latest single “Curse.” The follow up to September’s “Bad Behavior,” this one is a vocally driven, hip hop and rock mash up with the hefty dose of ribcage rattling bass. Bonnie takes center stage with her emotive vocals laid bare over a bed of guitar riffs, throaty bass and punchy percussion. There’s still something here for the bass heads in the audience, when the drop finally rears its ugly head, it doesn’t hold back despite the slow and sensual introduction.
The venue put the music on hold for 55 minutes then carried on
The scent of Tresor’s dancefloor in a bottle
It offers jog displays, 14 professional beat FX, 6 sound color FX and 2 seperate mic inputs
Celebrating 40 years since the band burst onto the UK ska scene
The end of the year is fast approaching, and that means one thing… end of year lists! Of course, this is also the end of the decade, so there’s way more to examine. But for Apple Music, you can look at your top songs, artists, and albums of the year in one easy location.
Simply go here to see everything compiled in a neat and easy Replay Mix.
Show us your results in the comments!
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Apple Music Compiles Your Top Songs, Artists, and Albums of the Year
For the second consecutive year, Insomniac and HARD took over L.A. State Historic Park for Day of the Dead. For years, HARD always had a Halloween event, whether it be DOTD or the OG, Haunted Mansion. However, with HARD’s future in flux, Los Angeles saw its last DOTD in 2015. Last year, with Insomniac fully at the helm of HARD, DOTD returned to its original home in Downtown L.A. It was a success, without question, and there’s no doubt that this year’s Day of the Dead was also a success.
HARD brought back virtually the exact same setup as last year. The mainstage was massive and was a spectacle of production to be lauded through and through. The second stage was considerably more intimate. There were plenty of decorated “sugar skulls” throughout the park grounds as well as tombstones and decorative flowers. There was even a wandering mariachi band.
In case you didn’t know, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated throughout the Hispanic world, but especially in Mexico. From Wikipedia: “The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and helping support their spiritual journey.” One of the cooler aspects of the re-vamped DOTD is this recognition and celebration of the local culture here in Los Angeles (and Southern California, at large).
In terms of the music and vibe of the festival, starting with last year, DOTD kind of feels like the younger hipster brother of Escape. From the lineup to the production, it feels like HARD is going for more a niche audience. Let’s take a look at the lineup and go through the performances.
I arrived just around 5:00 in time for 1788-L’s set. This guy is one of the fastest rising producers in the game, putting forth his indelible mix of mid-tempo and dark bass. While those four numbers are getting ingrained in our heads, 1788 has also become one of EDM’s most sought after collaborators, teaming up with the likes of Rezz, Kayzo and Ekali. He also brought out Blanke to play out their upcoming collab, as well. Truly a tour de force from the masked DJ.
From there, we started getting those HARD vibes. The next set was from electro-pop singer/songwriter Elohim. EDM fans probably know her from her vocals on the Glitch Mob’s “I Could Be Anything” and Louis the Child’s “Love is Alive.” This was a set that had some serious Coachella vibes, Elohim had a live setup going, with keys, some drum pads and I’m guessing Ableton. A vibey performance, this was the set that truly set the vibe for the night.
Tokimonsta followed that up with a truly impressive performance, veering from groovy house to heavy bass and trap. I’m not sure what others’ expectations were from the Korean-American producer/DJ but she exceeded any set notions I had of what her set could be. She told the crowd they were about to go on a journey, and that’s exactly what happened. There’s no doubt that crafting a DJ set is a difficult task, but it has to be even more difficult when you’re dropping a set that spans genres and isn’t necessarily from one discography. In that regard, Tokimonsta dropped a near flawless set.
After that ZHU took the stage for his Blacklizt set. This is essentially ZHU’s afterhours set, nothing but deep house tunes, while his “Cocaine Models” adorn the stage behind him. While it was a thoroughly enjoyable set, especially when he dropped his latest track “Came for the Low” to close things out, if you’ve seen Blacklizt, you knew exactly what was coming.
Finally, it was time for the moment everyone had been waiting for, Dog Blood was ready to close out the night. The inimitable combo of Skrillex and Boys Noize had the place absolutely rocking with a rousing set of house, bass house, and a true treat, Haddaway’s “What is Love” AKA A Night at the Roxbury Theme. The two legends of dance music made their impression felt in their first appearance at a Southern California HARD festival since HARD Summer 2017. The stage remained dark as fog machines filled the now dancing park grounds. The only lighting was the vivid red ceiling lights of the stage, some flashing light pillars behind the decks (they recalled the flash of an old Polaroid camera), and then finally mind blowing lasers that fired off into the night.
There you have it, the performances were fun and diverse, getting around and accessing food and drink was easy, and it was a good time all around. But, it didn’t seem like it was the biggest crowd I’ve seen at L.A. State Historic Park. It seems like the crowd size kind of plateaued around during Elohim’s set between 7:00-8:00 and never really got bigger until it finally filled out once Dog Blood started playing. Again, the event was very positive experience, but it remains to be seen if Day of the Dead will return next year. Especially with Insomniac sure to go big for the 10th anniversary of Escape next year taking place on actual Halloween. That would obviously push Day of the Dead further back into November. Whether it does return or not, like the holiday it celebrates, we’ll always have fond memories of the party that is Day of the Dead.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: HARD and Insomniac Bring Vibes and Atmosphere for Day of the Dead 2019 [Event Review]
Do you remember when a SoundCloud user reported a riddim's producer's songs which resulted in his entire catalog being taken down? Today, Spotify is facing something similar, but even more tedious. As thousands of musicians and record labels make a living off of their curated Spotify playlists, Spotify allows copyright trolls to reign within the
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Marshmello dropped his latest album, Joytime III, earlier this year, leading to one of the longest droughts in music for the producer yet. Though, even four months seems relatively short for this production powerhouse.
He returns now with “Tongue Tied,” a collaboration with YUNGBLUD and blackbear. Sonically, it fits in with Mello’s previous pop-leaning collaborations like “Project Dreams” and “FRIENDS.”
YUNGBLUD and blackbear both offer an emotional core to the song, alongside what we can assume are guitar licks from Marshmello himself. The arrangement is definitely geared toward radio play with a typical verse/chorus construction, as opposed to the big, pyro-worthy moments at festivals. That being said, you can bet on one or both of these artists coming out as special guests at one of Mello’s sets sometime fairly soon.
Check out “Tongue Tied” below!
Photo via Rukes.com
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Marshmello Returns With New Single Featuring YUNGBLUD & blackbear, “Tongue Tied”
Any house music aficionado is likely familiar with Defected Records. The UK label has been a leader in the genre since its beginnings, with a penchant for signing on acts that would later rise to the top of their field. A few notable talents who’ve taken up a spot on the imprint’s fabled discography include CamelPhat, Bob Sinclair, MK, Dennis Ferrer, and Roger Sanchez.
Defected has now reached its 20th birthday—a feat unachieved by most in its arena, made even more rare by the fact that it remains as strong a force in dance music as it had when starting out two decades ago. To make the occasion, the label is taking a lengthy world tour, including a run of dates stateside. Riva Starr and blossoming label star Ferreck Dawn will be heading the tour, which stops in Washington, DC, LA, San Francisco, and Chicago through the end of November.
Head here for tickets.
11.14 Ustreet Hall, Washington DC
11.15 Halcyon, San Francisco
11.16 Sound, Los Angeles
11.22 Smartbar, Chicago
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Who is BLESSUS? Shoot, they’d rather you figure it out. In fact, the media has been going crazy trying to guess. BLESSUS is the anonymous project from two of dance music’s most well-respected producers, hoping to unveil a total departure from their original sound and style.
Their goal? “Create music that speaks for itself without prejudice or expectations.”View the original article to see embedded media.
Now, they unleash their debut single titled “ELEPHANT,” with a corresponding visual to match. The cinematic video pairs nicely with the pulsing track, featuring strange and terrifying characters surrounding a cult-like symbology.
To push the new record, BLESSUS “disciples" have been popping up in cities all across the States. As BLESSUS get bigger, they suggest you sleep with one eye open.Follow BLESSUS:
If you're an avid fan of The Postal Service or Ryan Hemsworth, Germany Germany is your new favorite guy. The lush creative producer recently released his newest single “Dawn,” and though instrumentally driven, will be your new favorite tune. Germany Germany – “Dawn” Perfect for just about any time and situation, “Dawn” is empowering. A
Phone theft was a major problem at Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando this year.
In one sweep, Palm Beach County deputies recovered 106 mobile phones reportedly stolen at the music festival over the weekend. The suspect, 25-year-old Adeson Ortega-Rodriguez was caught with the phones, as well as stolen credit cards.
He wasn’t the only one, either…
Another Orlando man was charged with grand theft after being accused of stealing more than 30 phones at the same EDC event. Carlos Perez-Hernandez, 34, was reportedly caught on site with the devices in his backpack.
Anyone with a missing phone from the weekend should contact the Orlando Police Department.
Source: CBS 12 | Photo via Taylor Wallace for Insomniac Events
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: REPORT: Man Caught with Over 100 Phones Stolen from EDC Orlando
See how well you know Skrillex with our quiz.
One of the most influential artists in modern-day EDM, Skrillex quickly became a household name when he burst onto the scene. Whether you prefer his emo roots, his signature growling dubstep, or any of his many side projects, his diverse library of tunes has something for everyone. In honor of him, we created the ultimate test of knowledge on all things Skrillex.View the original article to see embedded media.FOLLOW SKRILLEX:
Here are some of the most prominent examples of metal artists who eventually became EDM stars.
Despite the two genres being drastically different, many of our favorite EDM stars got their start in metal. To celebrate this curious trend in dance music history, we collected six of the best examples of metal artists who went on to achieve EDM stardom.
While there are some notable additions, you might be surprised at who you see turn up on this list.Zedd
You might be wondering how someone who created some of the biggest pop EDM songs in the history of the genre ended up on this list. Surprisingly enough, Zedd got his start in a metal band called Dioramic before going on to create hits like "Clarity" and "The Middle." The band was even signed to a record label and released a music video featuring the future EDM superstar.Bassnectar
Before becoming one of the biggest dubstep artists in the game, Bassnectar got his start shredding in his metal band, Pale Existence. Fans can see it for themselves, as he shared footage of himself at age sixteen singing and playing guitar at the band's first show on his YouTube channel. In a blog post on his website, he explained how he got into music and showed just how big of a metalhead he was.
In his own words: "my friends and I descended into an obsession with the darkest, heaviest music possible. Death metal, Black metal, doom, grindcore… and I mean we became *OBSESSED*…it was all we ever did."Steve Aoki
As some fans might know, before he volleyed cakes at EDM crowds, Steve Aoki's Dim Mak label would regularly release non-electronic music. For example, prominent indie bands like Bloc Party and Klaxons had releases on the label in the mid to late 2000s.
Interestingly enough, the rock crossover doesn't start and end in indie. Aoki himself used to play in a hardcore band called This Machine Kills. Years later, in 2011, Dim Mak released a hardcore compilation album, on which one song from Aoki's band was included.Adventure Club
You most likely know Adventure Club as the popular melodic dubstep duo, but you probably didn't know that they started out as a hardcore band. In an old interview, they explained that while working on their own band's material they started listening to a lot of dubstep, and the rest was history.Breathe Carolina
Breathe Carolina isn't just a duo with members inspired by the heaviest rock subgenre - they straight up used to be a metal band. Although they were never metal in the sense that Metallica is, their sound featured metalcore vocals and breakdowns interwoven with a synth-heavy sound. Nowadays, the duo have gone full EDM, with music seemingly created for the main stage rather than a circle pit.Skrillex
Before becoming one of the most iconic artists in bass music history, Skrillex was the frontman of the post-hardcore band From First to Last. With Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) leading the charge, they released two albums before he would sustain vocal chord injuries that led to his eventual departure and creation of the Grammy-winning project we see today.
The band would later reunite for a show and two new singles, "Make War" and "Surrender," released in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
The latest release off the the new Mad Decent imprint Higher Ground
Diplo, the founder of the new house imprint Higher Ground, is back with a new collaboration with French DJ/producer Born Dirty. The drop is a four for one featuring "Samba Sujo" and "Ouro" and their respective extended mixes. The former is the label head's first release on his new imprint.
Both tracks are a funky fusion of Brazilian and house rhythms. The A-side, "Samba Sujo," is a rework the 2015 single by Alfred Del-Penho. The afro-house beat is one that will get any dance floor grooving.
“For years I wanted to work on a new version of this absolute classic,” Born Dirty (real name Mika Abadie) said of the collaboration. “Truly excited about what I did with Wes on this one and how it resonates at shows!”
"Ouro," the B-side solo drop from Abadie, is a bright club-ready house track. It's layered with an infectious use of claves, drums and wind instrumentals. The vibrant beats make this the perfect addition to the already diverse collection championed by Higher Ground.
Abadie entered the scene back in 2015 with the track "Don't Stop Get It" featuring Kid Sister. Since then he's garnered support from OWSLA, Dirtybird, Mad Decent, Fool's Gold Records, Insomniac Records and more. He went on to launch his own label, Way Way Records.
Diplo (real name Thomas Wesley Pentz Jr.) debuted the Higher Ground imprint back in August of this year. It's named after his recent house-inspired EP and is is set to become a platform used to showcase both established and rising talent in the house music sector. According to Pentz, "The genre has always been incredibly important to me, and Higher Ground is our homage to the legends and opportunity to champion new sounds and artists from around the world pushing the genre forward."
We’re only a few days away from the release of SCAR’s new 15-track mega album, High Fives & Devil Eyes. The title instantly connotes this release will not be for the faint of heart and it certainly delivers. With lots of dark and heavy beats, interesting experimental interludes and surprising pops of melody, High Fives & Devil Eyes swings the SCAR pendulum to the more contemplative and surreal from it’s predecessor EP Hide In Plain Sight. Don’t worry though; there’s still plenty of jaw-rattling bass.
Case in jaw-rattling point is “The Seeker,” a track that is equally evil and saucy, equally innovative and classic. You can get as inventive as you want with beats and syncopation but SCAR will always be here to remind us that a really well-crafted kick beat will always draw the listener in. “The Seeker” also quite boldly bucks the recent trend of hard D&B producers focusing on melodic synths. The synths are all sub bass here, as they should be in a good darkstep track, and they’re massively interesting, different and scary.
In terms of ambient sound, “The Seeker” once again balances classic and innovative with some classic backing synths and even some throwback vocal sounds to break up the sub bass. It’s a bit cheeky but it’s a fun way to incorporate high notes without taking away from the chest-thumping base of the track. There’s also quite a bit of play with a higher synth that seems to be only one or two bars long but then is manipulated in a number of ways. Most notably, it swoops into the foreground at the end of every other phrase in a reverse fade like an angry ghost.
One could talk about the subtleties of each track on High Fives & Devil Eyes ad nauseam and we critics will probably try to do so. Ultimately the work here is more about vibe than technique and this duo have once again nailed it. “Seeker” and its parent album are beautiful and mad and terrifying and groovy all at once, like SCAR themselves. In an end of year season full of massive releases, this album still stands out as a highlight.
High Fives & Devil Eyes is out Friday, November 15 on Metalheadz and can be pre-ordered or pre-saved now by clicking here.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Your EDM Premiere: We Must Emotionally Prepare for the New SCAR Album With ‘The Seeker’ [Metalheadz]