Fyre Festival is the music industry disaster that cannot seem to escape headlines. Ever since the luxurious island getaway went viral for its utter failure to deliver on any of the experiences promised for the purchase of a ticket, Fyre Festival has been the subject of many controversies. From official merchandise being auctioned off by the federal government, to Ja Rule announcing a forthcoming “Fyre 2.0,” the developments seemingly never cease. Now, following the filing of 14 lawsuits last December, Fyre personnel have officially settled with acts originally booked to perform, including Blink-182, Major Lazer, Pusha T, and more.
Gregory Messer, the trustee overseeing Fyre Media’s $26 million bankruptcy, is on a mission to recoup funds paid to performers and online personalities prior to the festival’s implosion. So far, $360,000 has been collected. Creative Artist Agency, which represents Blink-182, was paid $585,000, $135,000 of which has now been returned to the trust.
Popular electronic artists on Paradigm’s roster such as Disclosure and Major Lazer were paid $1.5 million, of which $225,000 has been recouped by Fyre. Other noteworthy names included in the suit are Pusha T, Desiigner, and Tyga, who collectively returned $95,000 of the $730,000 paid to their representation, Nue Agency. Out $26 million at present, Messer still has a long way to go to get finances returned.
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NASAYA delivers some funk-based electronics in the latest episode of Dancing Astronaut’s “The Radar,” pouring his tropically-inspired sound into this 55-minute mix. Born and raised in Reunion Island, home to an extinct volcano and some luscious palm trees, the multi-instrumentalist derives influences from the French region’s ethically diverse culture, including elements of jazz, classic rock, pop, and dance music.
Now based in Los Angeles, NASAYA came to the United States with a mission: graduating from the Berklee College of Music and touring as direct support for Goldroom in 2019. With releases on Majestic Casual and Concord Records to date, he demonstrates true talent on his latest release, “JUNE,” an upbeat, synth-lead melody with R&B vocalist Floyd Fuji.
His guest mix entails a groovy selection of jams that hit all sides of the electronic music spectrum, including slower funk tracks like Tame Impala‘s “Is It True” and classics from Daft Punk, Robyn, and Mark Ronson. He also throws in some of his original discography and remixes, including a rework of Tim Atlas’ “Figure A.”Dancing Astronaut Mixes · The Radar presented by Dancing Astronaut
Prospective DJs now have the opportunity to perform at house music’s “Dirtybird Couchout,” the livestream replacement for the collective’s annual in-person event, Dirtybird Campout.
Claude VonStroke and Dirtybird company recently announced the launch of a mix competition where DJs can vie for the chance to play at Dirtybird Couchout. Submissions are due Friday night at 12:00 a.m. EST / 9:00 p.m. PST. A winner will be announced October 2. Contestants are required to submit a 30 to 60 minute YouTube video of themselves DJing a Dirtybird Campout-themed set and will also need to submit a tracklist along with their video.
The top 10 finalists will be reviewed and judged by head honcho VonStroke himself to reveal the top contestant. The winner and two runners-up will get two tickets to the next Dirtybird Campout, a Dirtybird swag bag, and a week-long digital run as a “Featured Livestream Creator” on OnNow.tv’s platform, where competitors are to turn in their mixes. Click HERE to submit your mix.
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Heralded by Pete Tong as a “devilishly good” undertaking, Kevin Saunderson‘s Essential Mix needs no promotion, and Saunderson, no introduction. In notching his first-ever BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, Saunderson achieves another career benchmark, something that might seem a feat given the expanse of his electronic involvement.
Credited as a pioneer of the dance scene in the ’80s, Saunderson’s expertise in the Detroit techno domain remains evergreen, and seamlessly translates to the two-hour jog through house and techno stompers. Among them is “We All Move Together,” the opener to Inner City’s recent album of the same moniker. The deep tracklist includes work from Kevin Saunderson as E-dancer, Dog Blood, The Saunderson Brothers, Todd Terry, and a flush of other underground innovators.
As listeners familiar with Saunderson’s track record should expect, the trailblazer doesn’t just bring an ear-piquing lineup of songs, but also his A game. Stream the mix here.
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In Super Duper‘s case, good things come not in threes but in twos. Among them is “Feel Good / Wasted,” a double-single that arrives behind late August’s “We Had Everything / Pasadena.” Released via FADER Label, “Feel Good” enlists the collaborative capacities of Bre Kennedy; “Wasted,” Lonas.
“Feel Good / Wasted” is not the first slice of sound from the forthcoming debut LP that Super Duper has shared to date. The Nashville-based integrator of indie and electronic sound disperses the latest two-fer as a sequel to “We Had Everything / Pasadena” the lead singles from the impending project, HALLEUJAH!. Although the official word on the album’s due date has yet to be uttered, the long-form production is slated to arrive this fall, giving Super Duper listeners something to look forward to.
Following COVID-19’s foiling of the 2020 festival season, III Points Festival organizers, like all others, are setting their sights on the 2021 calendar. Coordinators have not only traded in the May 1 – 2, 2020 dates for April 30 – May 1, 2021, but have also since issued the postponed event’s lineup.
Among the collection of artists to receive the III Points tap are Eric Prydz, ZHU, Green Velvet, Channel Tres, Virgil Abloh, Mall Grab, and more. Some of the performers who graced the festival’s 2020 lineup have rolled over to the 2021 event’s roster of talent, such as Wu Tang Clan and KAYTRANADA.
All 2020 tickets will be automatically transferred to the 2021 dates. Those who wish to obtain a refund can submit an application for reimbursement beginning September 25. Tickets to III Points will go on sale on September 23 here. A layaway plan will be an option for ticket purchasers and requires only a $10 down payment.View this post on Instagram
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There’s more life ahead for a staple of the downtown Las Vegas event circuit. After announcing the cancellation of the 2020 event in April due to coronavirus health concerns, Life is Beautiful organizers are plotting the “full return in 2021” that they promised four months prior.
On September 18, coordinators advised would-be attendees to mark their calendars “for a glorious return to live music” to take place from September 17 – 19, 2021. Details regarding the artists to feature on the 2021 Life is Beautiful lineup remain outstanding, with the organizing team presently announcing only the alternate dates.
Those planning to attend the Sin City outing can RSVP for a limited pre-sale for which tickets will become available on September 23 at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10:00 a.m. PST.September 18, 2020
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The single—the first non-album related one-off credited primarily to the singer since 2017’s “Friends”—comes with a video that marks a significant gear-shift from Bieber’s recent role as the “POPSTAR” protagonist. Portraying his plights as a plant worker laid off due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the “Holy” accompaniment features appearances from Chance The Rapper, That ’70s Show‘s Wilmer Valderrama, and Ryan Destiny.
“Holy” is Bieber’s eighth song to open at No. 1 on the nation’s Spotify chart, and notches another collaborative outing for him and Chance, who’ve convened on a series of past releases including 2018’s “No Brainer,” 2017’s “I’m The One,” and 2013’s “Confident,” among others. See “Holy” in visual form below.
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Nine Inch Nails frontman, Trent Reznor, has been toying around with synthesizers for more than five decades. Receiving his first synthesizer, a Moog Prodigy, when he was around 14 years old was the first step in his hugely successful career as a singer, songwriter, composer, sound engineer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist—to name a few.
In addition to his extensive Nine Inch Nails catalog, Reznor and his writing partner, Atticus Ross, have earned themselves critical acclaim for their part in composing the score to films such as Gone Girl, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and, most notably, an Oscar win for scoring 2010’s The Social Network. Excitingly, on September 18, the two also won an Emmy for their gritty tonality and wispy synths in their composition for the award-winning television series Watchmen. Reznor’s central role in Nine Inch Nails, as well as the aforementioned visual projects, has set himself one Tony Award away from every artist’s holy grail that is an EGOT.
In fellow electronic legend Kim Bjørn’s new book Patch and Tweak with Moog—which delves into the history of Moog synthesizers as well as tips and tricks from sound engineers and musicians around the world—Reznor details how reliant his career as a musician has been on these revolutionary instruments. Throughout his more than 50 years in curating electronic sound (long before it was anywhere near mainstream acclaim), Reznor has attributed much of his success to his one permanent sound design staple—Moog synthesizers.
As described in an interview with Moog Music, Reznor notes that the capability to get to the bottom of the emotion in a soundscape is the factor that drives all of his productions forward. Says Reznor,
“I have pretty good working knowledge of how each piece makes me feel, and as that thing comes up, I kind of want to get this feeling out. I think it should feel this way, and should feel a little insecure, and a little warble-y, but it shouldn’t be happy, and it should be a little bit pissed off.”
The transition from lead vocalist to film composer was not a breezy one, but he was able to adapt his songwriting experience to the screen by finding the underlying feelings within the scenes; his overarching goal being to act as a conduit between the instruments and the emotion. Reznor recounts as his practice of getting familiar with the instruments, “How do I emotionally respond to something that fits that palate and not this palate?”
Reznor’s connection to the same small variety of instruments he’s been playing with since the late-70s is nothing short of inspiring. “I’ve been doing this for a long time, and every day I wake up and I’m excited.” Beyond raw, natural talent, its Reznor’s passion and fervor to communicate emotion that has landed him his seat atop modern music’s highest echelon. Beyond the depth of his musical sentiment, however, Reznor keeps it simple (and wildly relatable to many fans of electronic music) in saying, “a lot of it, though, isn’t the tech at all. I just love the way that stuff sounds.”
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Indie-pop girl gang, The Aces, return from their two-year hiatus with their newest single, “Daydream,” which earns a remix from venerated UK selectors, Snakehips. The Aces’ endearing lyricism combined with Snakehips’ deep bassline and explosive synths create the perfect track to close out this whirlwind of a summer.
While another season of 2020 has come and gone without its usual outings—in this case, pool parties and festival circuit hallmarks—this track has still made its way to poolside gold. The remix begins with an enticing house beat that takes flight alongside dreamy vocals from The Aces’ Cristal Ramirez, and peaks with funky synths. Merging this upbeat feel with the exciting new sound that The Aces brought back from hibernation, Snakehips imprint the track with their own unique, yet altogether distinct production style. The British duo has a knack for curating tracks of all tempos that rarely miss the mark. Sure enough, this track is no exception—stream below.
ARTY layers a dark twist into his sound with his latest release alongside NK titled “Too Far Gone.” The collaboration is part of ARTY’s continued From Russia with Love series, and it is the duo’s fifth work together as part of the project. “Too Far Gone” follows “It Won’t Stop Me,” which was put out earlier in September.
The track sees ARTY and NK craft a pulsing bassline that is in a near constant-state of building, promoting a consistent energy high from front to back. Otherworldly vocals and an ominous undertone give the single a moodier edge than many of the producers’ recent featured works together.
ARTY speaks to Dancing Astronaut about the collaboration, stating,
“‘Too Far Gone’ is our fifth [collaboration] we did together with NK for From ‘Russia With Love.’ For the past year, me and Nikita found an incredible dynamic working together. Sharing the same music taste and thinking alike, it was extremely easy and enjoyable working together on those songs, and this one is no exception.”
“Too Far Gone” is out now via Armada Music.
Nicky Romero has teamed up Dutch duo Sick Individuals for a progressive new track, “Only For You,” featuring vocals by XIRA. The artists have released an extended mix with the original version of the song, with both versions seamlessly uniting on the subject of feel-good soundscapes.
“Only For You” starts with a melodic piano backdrop and XIRA’s ethereal vocals in a very serene opening. The listener is captivated until a heavy drop overtakes the calming introduction with a catchy progressive break that blends the most energetic elements of Sick Individuals and Romero’s production styles. The extended mix version of the single is three minutes longer with additional electronic layers threaded in and out of the vocals, ultimately adding a more big room feel to the single.
Ahead of their first album in a decade, Faithless have enlisted Maceo Plex for a remix of “Synthesizer.” The first single shared from the electronica act’s LP, All Blessed, “Synthesizer” has already garnered support from Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Roger Sanchez, and more. On calling the Spain-based producer for an electrifying reimagining, Faithless lauded Maceo Plex for taking the track “into a whole new wide-screen sonic world,” noting it as, “a remix to get properly lost in.”
Featuring glitchy soundscapes and deep drum kicks, the remix spotlights the original’s piano progression, as Maceo Plex weaves cinematic crescendos throughout club-learned beats. Dusky hi-hats and pulsating bass lines envelop Nathan Ball’s smooth vocals, transforming the track into a euphoria-rife production punctuated by dissonant qualities and genre-morphing capabilities.
“At first listen, I was not too sure how to approach the remix. But when I heard the piano in the breakdown, it suddenly became clear that I need to base the entire track around this beautiful piano line,” stated Maceo Plex.
All Blessed will land on October 23 via BMG.
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The Chainsmokers boys, Alexander Pall and Andrew Taggart, are furthering their business endeavors outside the realm of music. The pop-electronic icons have secured funding from the likes of Ron Conway and Mark Cuban, as well as billionaire James Coulter, for the launch of a new venture capitalist firm headquartered in Los Angeles by the name of Mantis. With $35 million secured in initial investments, Mantis is in a prime position for success and has already invested in LoanSnap, a lending startup based in San Francisco.
The Chainsmokers are no strangers to investing. Prior to the launch of Mantis, the two invested in multiple startups such as the temperature-regulating mug creator, Ember Technologies. Pall and Taggart are also bringing on two day-to-day partners to help run Mantis: Milan Koch, and former business connection and record label founder, Jeffrey Evans. The combined efforts of this powerhouse team and influence of The Chainsmokers’ brand are expected to make working with Mantis an extremely lucrative opportunity for potential clients.
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Ivan L. Wilzig, renownedly known as Sir Ivan, has debuted his award-winning music video for “Get Together,” a modern dance remake of The Youngbloods’ 1967 hit.
Prior to its public release, “Get Together” already won a Gold Remi in the category of “Video of the Year,” beating out nearly 5,000 other entries from 53 countries at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, which is considered to be the third longest running and oldest independent film and video festival in the world.
In satirical form as political speech, the video portrays five of the most recognizable advocates of peace in the history of the world all getting together in the name of peace and love at an ’80s-themed penthouse in Miami Beach.
“Lyrics can be so powerful,” explains Sir Ivan, adding,
“The lyrics in the songs of the ’60s helped end the Vietnam war, proving that the pen can in fact, be mightier than the sword. Given the current division in our country, there’s never been a better time to ‘Get Together.’ If we don’t, there will never be peace and harmony in the world.”
Sir Ivan is donating all net proceeds from streaming and download royalties from “Get Together” to The Peaceman Foundation, a charity he created to raise awareness and help those that suffer from PTSD. Sir Ivan’s father, a Holocaust survivor, experienced some classic symptoms of PTSD in his lifetime. Consequently, this is a cause that Sir Ivan is deeply passionate about.
Other than his philanthropic efforts, Sir Ivan is best known for remaking popular songs from the ’60s and ’70s, with his remake of John Lennon’s “Imagine” previously scoring status as a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Club Play Chart. Sir Ivan’s rendition represented the first time that a Beatles or John Lennon song had been remade as an electronic song.
The producer has explicitly displayed his altruism by donating more than $500,000 to various charities throughout his career, including his recent MegaMix contest, which donated $10,000 to out-of-work DJs in the dance music community. Watch the visual for “Get Together” below.
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Bear Grillz and Adventure Club are two of EDM’s most versatile names, with both acts boasting an arsenal of melodic yet bone-crushing heavy bass cuts. Adventure Club have already had a stellar year, releasing a BTS remix and three singles from their forthcoming album. Bear Grillz has not been holding back either, with two EPs and a handful of singles under his 2020 belt.
Now, the two are teaming up with popular vocalist JT Roach, who has worked with SLANDER and Said The Sky, among others, for anther melodic outing. “Where We Are,” released via Steve Aoki‘s Dim Mak Records, sees JT Roach’s silky vocals float over emotive production from Bear Grillz and Adventure Club. The drops see Roach’s vocals pitched and chopped into an entrancing melody over fuzzy future bass inspired chords. It’s not often three artists of this caliber team up, but when it happens, the result is usually something special, and “Where We Are” certainly fits the bill.
Stream “Where We Are” below.
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Insomniac Events remains in control of the electronic music event space even despite COVID-19 clearing out everything in its path. In between Insomniac’s consistent schedule of weekly virtual festivals, the week of September 15, Pasquale Rotella teased that EDC would be making its storied return to Europe in 2021 for the first time since EDC UK in 2016. On September 20, the Insomniac Events head honcho officially disclosed the coordinates of EDC’s new home with the revelation of EDC Portugal.
Spread across three days from June 18 – 20, EDC Portugal’s first-ever edition will touchdown on the tropical beach of Praia da Rocha as part of the festival brand’s 25-year anniversary celebration. Five of EDC’s hallmark stages will be making the journey to the south of Portugal, with more than 140 yet to be revealed acts providing the waterfront acoustics. Rotella explained Insomniac’s choice of Portugal as EDC’s new location, stating,
“I’m so excited to bring EDC back to Europe for Insomniac’s first-ever show in Portugal. Growing up as a surfer in California, the beaches along the coastline of Portugal have always been a dream destination of mine.”
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I’m so excited to bring EDC back to Europe for Insomniac’s first-ever show in Portugal. Growing up as a surfer in California, the beaches along the coastline of Portugal have always been a dream destination of mine. June 18+19+20 we return to Europe to one of the most beautiful beach venues on Earth. As the first stop after @edc_lasvegas 2021, this will be the perfect location to continue our 25 Year Celebration worldwide. Can’t wait to party with you all by the ocean from Dusk till Dawn! Follow our new channel @Edc_Portugal & Sign Up for Presale here: edcportugal.com
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Yellow Claw’s Barong Family celebrates 6 years and 200 releases with an EP compilation appropriately titled “BF200,” featuring seven brand new hits from the brightest names on the label, including Wiwek, Crisis Era, RayRay, GHOSTER, Nonsens, Psycho Boys Club, and more. The Amsterdam-based imprint has become known for its wide range of musical influences and high-tempo BPMs, and “BF200” follows suit with a stampede of eclectic electronica. Spanning sounds from three continents and even a reworked ’90s classic, “BF200” is a snapshot of everything the Barong Family stands for; experimentation, exploration, and unbridled fun.
As for the sonic journey of “BF200,” the commemorative compilation begins with “I Want It” from Yellow Claw and Wiwek, who deliver epic hip-hop beats to set the tone for the rest of the EP. Next up is Canadian duo Crisis Era’s “Funky Pills” for all the old school ravers out there, while DJ Soda and RayRay’s “Obsession” serves up a sneaky dose of hard-hitting bass. Yellow Claw themselves reworked the Tokyo Ghetto Pussy’s 1995 hit “Kiss Your Lips” for the EP, giving the classic a modern dance facelift. GHOSTER employs Nanami’s breathy vocals to deliver a solid mission statement in “Belong,” before Danish threesome Nonsens put the pedal to the metal with “Teaze,” throwing some nitrous into the mix before the Psycho Boys Club end things with a bang on “Break.”
To celebrate the 200th release on their imprint, we chatted with Yellow Claw about their future plans and what sounds and styles they see making an impact in 2021 and beyond.
1. What sounds and styles you are the most excited about for 2021?
We’re a fan of everything that’s new, improved or just smartly produced. Good examples are how San Holo’s music progressed into a more rock/guitar influenced version of electronic music. It fits him like a glove. Or the guys from Dukes & Jones that put aside any relation with BPM or genre whatsoever and just make the craziest abstract beats and compositions. Truly one-of-a-kind stuff. Those are things that feel the realest to us. Result isn’t guaranteed. It’s just about being dope.
2. What are you currently experimenting with?
We’re experimenting with a new style of electronic hipnhop/stripper pole music for a while now. Like a new and improved version of what we did 5 years ago with DJ Turn It Up. It’s fun trying to come up with the next big thing. We’ve done it a couple times and its something we can proudly look back on.
It’s something that takes a lot of time and free space in your mind. You need room to just mess around. That specific kinda time was scarce the last couple years.
3. Are there any new music projects or concepts that you are working on currently?
For a while now me and Jim have been working on a dance project actually.
You could call it a counter reaction on music that has just became louder and louder the last couple years. Which isn’t good or bad in any way, it’s just a fact. And we’re building this thing from the ground up which is always fun. No boundaries. Everything from scratch. It’s going to be really different and we’re excited about it.
Fafaq returns to R3HAB’s CYB3RPVNK imprint with his second release after a four year long hiatus. This time around he teams up with Norwegian vocalist RebMoe for a track that stays true to its name. RebMoe is known for her spoken word-style rapping and has previously featured on Tiësto & 7 Skies on “My Frequency,” and show off her skills again on “Off the Walls.” A funky groove and a grungy tech-inspired bass line frame up her poetic prose. It’s an interesting and well-executed approach that stands out on the Dutch noisemaker’s future-thinking label.
Gorgon City have a knack for producing addictive tunes that captivate from their onset, and their newest release “Burning” is no exception. The single features labelmate EVAN GIIA, and continues to prove the house duo’s ability to craft tracks that appeal uniquely to the underground while also resonating on the radio.
EVAN GIIA’s soulful notes propel the single forward while a groovy house backdrop gives the single its flair, the bouncing notes twisting and turning as the vocals carry on.
Gorgon City have a lot for fans to look forward to, including a visual accompaniment for “Burning,” in addition to an international tour planned for 2021. “Burning” is out now via Astralwerks.