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Flume Teases 2019 Return

Sun, 12/30/2018 - 12:49

It’s been nearly two years since the world last received new music from Flume. (As a refresher, he released Skin Companion EP II in February 2017.) By no means the longest drought from a producer or artist, there has still been a palpable void felt from the absence of one of Australia’s greatest exports.

As the new year approaches, Flume is ready to start releasing again.

“Cheers 2018,” Flume captions an Instagram post from the east coast of Australia, near Brisbane. “Next year I’ll be back in your life, I promise.”

I think I can safely speak for everyone when I say I’m incredibly excited for this.

Even in just the short time Flume has been away, the music landscape has changed a lot. At the same time, there’s a lot of pressure on Flume to be innovative in ways that no one else has been. It’s a lot of responsibility to place on an individual, but we’re confident he can rise to the occasion.

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Cheers 2018. Next year I’ll be back in your life, I promise

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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Flume Teases 2019 Return

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REPORT: Nirvana Sues Marc Jacobs For Ripping Off Their Iconic Smiley Face

Sat, 12/29/2018 - 21:12

Nirvana is reportedly suing fashion designer Marc Jacobs for jacking the band’s signature smiley face logo.

According to the new lawsuit, brought to light by TMZ, a piece from the brand’s 2018 “Bootleg Redux Grunge” collection utilizes the likeness of Nirvana’s smiley face without permission. Apparently swapping out the “X” eyes with cleverly placed “M” and “J” letters wasn’t enough to fool anyone.

The entire line of clothing by design is focused around the grunge music scene, which Nirvana helped pave the way for. The t-shirt in question has an uncanny resemblance to Nirvana’s same design introduced back in 1992.

They say imitation is the best form of flattery — and that’s pretty much the case here.

TMZ reached out to a rep for Marc Jacobs and so far, no response.

 

Source: TMZ

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: REPORT: Nirvana Sues Marc Jacobs For Ripping Off Their Iconic Smiley Face

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FIRST LISTEN: 1788-L Drops Unreleased Kayzo Collab At Lights All Night

Sat, 12/29/2018 - 17:51

As of last night, the New Year’s Eve festivals have officially begun! For starters, Lights All Night in Dallas, Texas featured sets from Diplo, Rezz, Jai Wolf, Kaskade, and 1788-L. And it’s with that final name that we find ourselves with our jaws on the floor, seeing the video below.

We already know that 1788-L and Kayzo have a collaboration in the works, but it seems like the world got its first listen last night in Dallas. The hardcore influence from Kayzo is immediately apparent, playing well against the crunchy synths from 1788-L. It bears resemblance to one of the drops in his official remix of “Era” by RL Grime, but only in BPM. The structure and sound design are completely fresh and the crowd obviously loved it.

Perhaps the best part of the video below is what we don’t know about the track – with only one drop, and it may not even be a finished drop, the mystery of the rest of it is positively tantalizing.

Check out the still-unnamed collaboration below!

new @l_1788 and @KayzoMusic had me SHOOK, wait for those drops at then end ???? so so good pic.twitter.com/aTY4KafiHO

???? (@kaliea_xoxo) December 29, 2018

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: FIRST LISTEN: 1788-L Drops Unreleased Kayzo Collab At Lights All Night

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Posters Pop Up In LA Teasing Major Electronic Artist’s Return To Coachella

Sat, 12/29/2018 - 17:49

Posters in Los Angeles appeared this morning in the Fairfax area, sporting Aphex Twin’s logo and a very clear Coachella logo in the center. The posters would suggest that Aphex Twin is playing the springtime festival in 2019, but according to some on Reddit, they might not be real.

In a thread on /r/Coachella, one of the Reddit users claims his friend printed the posters out himself and plastered them up around Los Angeles – as a prank, I guess?

Comment from discussion Up on the walls of LA.

If /u/junkimchi is to be believed, then these posters are of no consequence and, sorry, better luck next time.

However, in the same thread, another user linked to a separate forum conversation that suggests Aphex Twin is playing the festival, after all, even if these posters aren’t necessarily legitimate.

Regardless, according to our own sources, the full Coachella lineup is expected Wednesday or Thursday of next week, so we won’t have to stay guessing for long!

Keep an eye on Your EDM for the complete Coachella lineup as soon as it drops.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Posters Pop Up In LA Teasing Major Electronic Artist’s Return To Coachella

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Avicii: True Stories Is Now Back On Netflix

Sat, 12/29/2018 - 17:35

After being taken down earlier this year, the Netflix original documentary Avicii: True Stories is now officially released in the US, UK, and Australia. The documentary originally premiered in October 2017 in Scandinavia and western Europe, six months before Avicii’s death this past April. Following his death, the documentary was removed from the service.

Directed by Levan Tsikurishvili, the documentary follows Avicii’s career and personal life, covering his ups and downs in the industry and his health scares – of which he had more than a few.

Before the documentary was initially released, Tsikurishvili said via press release, “I wanted to do a brutally honest film about Tim as a person and not only about Avicii. Everybody knows Avicii but very few people know Tim. I think this documentary really shows Tim’s struggle and strength of character. Being a worldwide superstar artist is not as easy as it looks on Instagram.”

Avicii took his own life April 20 this year.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Avicii: True Stories Is Now Back On Netflix

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Calvin Harris Reveals He Used To Down 2 Bottles of Jack Daniel’s A Night

Sat, 12/29/2018 - 16:34

Calvin Harris has come a long way since his drinking days.

The superstar DJ/producer has revealed he used to drink two bottles Jack Daniel’s a night when touring. When a fan posed the following statement on Twitter, it must have stuck a nerve.

Harris revealed these were the days he also lived on pasties (the British baked patries, not the nipple covers) and his sets were more like a 55-minute scream sesh. This doesn’t sound like the Calvin Harris we know.

The last thing I want to do is down 2 bottles of jack daniels a night, live on greggs pasties and sleep on an absolutely stinking bus all year, scream down a mic for 55 minutes and pretend to play a keyboard 5x a week those days are behind me son https://t.co/IWX5zXCe9u

— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) December 28, 2018

Of course, given the nature of the tweet and the context, this could have been an exaggeration. Two bottles of Jack Daniel’s is a LOT for one person. But then again, he repeated himself.

Wouldn’t dream of encouraging anyone to drink 2 bottle of JD a night and live off Greggs the baker got me in a right old state my dear https://t.co/dYMzMgUfzU

— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) December 28, 2018

Calvin Harris has been open about his sobriety and it sounds like it’s the best thing for him.

 

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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Calvin Harris Reveals He Used To Down 2 Bottles of Jack Daniel’s A Night

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Dash Berlin Reveals New Music Coming In 2019, Sans Jeffrey Sutorius

Sat, 12/29/2018 - 15:55

Ever since Dash Berlin broke up, we’ve been hearing much about Jeffrey Sutorius and not so much about the other members. Now, fans are getting the good news they’ve been waiting for — Sebastiaan Molijn and Eelke Kalberg will carry on the Dash Berlin torch.

The duo has stayed relatively quiet amidst the separation, but now we know the two continuing members have been busy working on new music. The greatest hint we have thus far comes in the form of the following tweet:

Coming in 2019 ????

— Dash Berlin (@DashBerlin) December 28, 2018

After experiencing a nasty falling out with fellow bandmates of Dash Berlin, Sutorius didn’t skip a beat jumping onto his own path. His solo career seems to be off to a great start as he also sets his focus on making new music, and he’ll make his solo west coast debut on New Year’s Eve at Los Angeles club Exchange LA.

“I want to achieve things as Jeffrey Sutorius that Dash Berlin never accomplished,” he previously remarked. “The world is my oyster. And I like oysters! I am making new music, and I am beyond thrilled to share this with the world, with the fans. To tell my story and to share it. And to make everyone understand, I am EDM: Emotional Dance Music.”

What’s Dash Berlin like without Jeffrey Sutorius? We’ll have to wait and see.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Dash Berlin Reveals New Music Coming In 2019, Sans Jeffrey Sutorius

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Wakaan Announces Its Own Music Festival Coming 2019

Sat, 12/29/2018 - 14:30

Wakaan has announced its very own festival will take place in 2019.

It was only a matter of time before Liquid Stranger‘s label, which champions massive bass talent like Esseks, Minnesota, and more, started up a music festival. The imprint has saw through releases from Bleep Bloop, LSDREAM, Peekaboo, and many others in the freeform bass game.

With a stacked roster of artists already associated with the label, best believe this lineup is going to run deep, with diversity and experimentation galore. A festival seems like a natural next step.

Very little is known at this point, but Wakaan has taken to social media for a “Save the Date” announcement. Wakaan Festival will take place October 3 – 6 in 2019. As for location, your guess is as good as ours.

Get ready to experience Wakaan like never before!

Wakaan Festival 

WAKAAN Music Festival – Save the Date – 10/3 – 10/6

More Info to Come ???? pic.twitter.com/z07P1of3Gb

— WAKAAN (@WakaanOfficial) December 28, 2018

 

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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Wakaan Announces Its Own Music Festival Coming 2019

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Plans For “Real” Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival Still To Come

Sat, 12/29/2018 - 13:10

Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival recently revealed details regarding its inaugural outing. The festival will be held August 16th-18th in 2019 in Bethel Woods, at the site of the original Woodstock Festival in 1969. However, BWMCF is in no way affiliated with Woodstock Ventures, LLC. While this festival has been widely reported as a 50th anniversary festival for Woodstock, to call it so is a bit of a misnomer.

Michael Lang, producer and co-creator of the original Woodstock Festival in 1969, is producing the “official” anniversary, but it won’t be at Bethel Woods.

In a statement sent out to media this morning, Lang states, “While the original site in Bethel remains close to our hearts, it no longer has the capacity to hold a real Woodstock Festival. I’m delighted that Bethel Woods is doing events in the coming year to celebrate what we brought to life in 1969 and I encourage people to visit the museum and concert venue.”

In the next few weeks, Lang will shortly be announcing his plans for the “real” Woodstock 50th Festival to bring back the much needed spirit and energy of the 1969 original.

However, it remains to be seen if Lang’s festival will have the energy to topple BWMCF after an already-powerful media presence and reference to a 50th anniversary festival.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Plans For “Real” Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival Still To Come

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Insomniac Releases Map and Set Times for Countdown NYE 2018

Sat, 12/29/2018 - 12:54

After an insane intergalactic Rick-roll, Insomniac has released the set times and map and Countdown NYE 2018. Headliners will be ringing in the new year with some of the biggest names in dance music across four incredible stages. The Mothership will be under the main tent at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California. Tiesto, Dillon Francis, Zedd and more will be taking over this stage. For those looking to get a little dirtier, the Area 51 stage will host RL Grime, Alison Wonderland, and k?d among others.

Want to go even dirtier and grimier, well Bassrush is hosting the next stage, the Nebula, and headbangers can ring in the new year with Zomboy, Snails, and Herobust. For those looking for house and tech grooves, the Twilight Zone will feature the likes of Shiba San, Justin Martin, and CamelPhat. Tickets are still available, download the app and check out the Rick-roll (and real set times) from deep space.

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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Insomniac Releases Map and Set Times for Countdown NYE 2018

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Martin Garrix & Mike Young’s Uplifting Collab Gets Another Remix Pack [LISTEN]

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 22:38

Perhaps the most uplifting Martin Garrix track to date, “Dreamer” featuring Mike Young, has inspired another handful of remixes out now.

Dreamer (Remixes Vol. 2) includes new productions from Brooks, Infuze and a SLVR “Booshi” edition. Previously, Nicky Romero, SLVR, and EAUXMAR dropped remixes on Vol. 1.

Brooks guides the soulful production into a sweet, sweet festival anthem built for the main stage. Infuze composes a remix with dreamlike energy, complete with vocal chops and danceable plucks. Lastly, SLVR’s Booshi remix takes the future house route, never skipping a beat.

The original from Martin Garrix may just be one of the most important of his entire career. It’s all about believing in your dreams and resisting the urge to give up. Now, with these three new remixes, there are three new ways to hold on to that dream.

Listen here and keep on believing!

Martin Garrix & Mike Yung – Dreamer (Remixes Vol. 2)



This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Martin Garrix & Mike Young’s Uplifting Collab Gets Another Remix Pack [LISTEN]

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What So Not Hits Up 7 House Parties In 1 Night & This Is The Result [TRAILER]

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 20:49

Following the crackdown on nightlife across his country, What So Not just threw a run of free shows for fans in Australia.

During the series of events he’s calling the “Perfect Storm,” the worldwide DJ/producer experienced some of the most lively and intimate shows of his career. Of course, this all went down in his homeland which makes the entire experience even more special.

“AUSTRALIA, I have a proposition for you,” he previously shared on social media. “Lockouts sent our night culture broke, so, I would like to do a free show for somebody this weekend. Pref in Sydney, but TBH these issues have affected the whole country so I’m open to driving/flying where ever looks exciting.”

In a new trailer for “Perfect Storm,” What So Not sets the scene for these fan-thrown events. He actually hit up 7 house parties in a single night — and this is the result. Stay tuned for more.

What So Not – Perfect Storm Trailer

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What So Not – Perfect Storm Trailer

World Bar closing was the last straw for me. I found myself wondering what would be left to do when I finally came home & needed to take action. I went into this with little expectation & ended up in what felt like a movie. The simple offering to play someone’s house party resulted in thousands of requests & the birth of an ambitious plan: Seven house parties in one night in the city that started everything.So proud to see my country keeping the vibe alive, even if all that’s left is some CDJ’s in a backyard shed. Can’t wait to share the rest of this story with you. It was honestly one of the most beautiful, wholesome & fun filled nights of my life.

Posted by What So Not on Wednesday, December 19, 2018

 

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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: What So Not Hits Up 7 House Parties In 1 Night & This Is The Result [TRAILER]

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Artist Spotlight: Nicole Moudaber Fights to End Female Genital Mutilation

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 20:24

Since the legendary Carl Cox shouted her out as dance music’s most underrated DJ in 2009, Nicole Moudaber has busted her butt year in and year out to build a techno empire. In 2018, Moudaber has been making big moves as a DJ, producer, radio show host, and label boss; I can’t wait to see what comes from the techno legend in 2019. In addition to being an undoubted legend of techno, Moudaber also recently launched Eleven, a campaign she’s pioneered in hopes to end the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), a brutal religious and cultural practice in which a young girl’s genitalia are ritually cut, removed or partially sewn shut.

Moudaber named the charity campaign based on the statistic of how many girls are undergoing the procedure worldwide on a minute to minute basis:

“Every minute, somewhere in the world, 11 girls undergo female genital mutilation.”

That adds up to nearly 6 million girls each year.

In a recent interview with DJ Mag, Moudaber describes how she became passionate on the topic of FGM:

“The first time I heard about it and saw some documentaries about it was when I was at university here in England. I was here in my apartment and I had CNN on. And suddenly I hear this screaming of this child. I ran to see what was going on and it was, in fact, a documentary talking about FGM and actually showing what was going on. It affected me so much that honestly, I felt the pain, and I started to cry. I thought it was really unjust to have this going on in the world. And ever since that point, I got obsessed and I wanted to do something about it. It really freaked me out.”

All of the money raised by Moudaber’s Eleven charity is contributed go to women’s rights organization Magool. The organization was founded by Somali-British psychotherapist, activist and Guardian columnist Leyla Hussein.

You can purchase ELEVEN Charity Bracelet (pictured above) on Moudaber’s shop page and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Magool. Donations are also taken on Moudaber’s GoFundMe page with the hopes of raising 10,000 pounds ($12,708).

For anyone in LA looking to see the techno goddess in action, Moudaber will be playing in LA club Avalon tonight. Tickets can be found here.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Artist Spotlight: Nicole Moudaber Fights to End Female Genital Mutilation

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DOOM Video Game Composer Accuses KSHMR Of Ripping Samples For Latest Splice Pack

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 18:15

KSHMR dropped his latest sample pack on SpliceSounds of KSHMR Vol 3, earlier this year with over 4000 new samples. The pack highlighted four different core topics: World Instruments, Drums, FX and Song starters. Going through all the samples is a tedious and lengthy process, but producers are sure to find something invaluable buried within.

Unfortunately for video game composer Mick Gordon, what he found he considered to be frightfully similar to his own work on the DOOM video game soundtrack.

Gordon lists his work on Wolfenstein, DOOM, Prey, Killer Instinct (S1 & S2), Need for Speed & Routine on his Twitter bio, so you could say his work is prolific. In the video he posted to Twitter, playing the Splice samples side by side with clips from tracks on the DOOM soundtrack, it’s clear there are some similarities, some more than others.

Hey @splice – your “Sounds of @KSHMRmusic Vol. 3” sample pack includes several samples directly ripped from my Soundtrack to @doom.#plagarism #sampled #iguessyoujustpushplayafterall pic.twitter.com/DBkmPMz9WM

— Mick Gordon (@Mick_Gordon) December 28, 2018

Thank you for reporting this. We take these issues seriously, and we’re investigating. Can you DM the best email to reach you for follow up?

— Splice (@splice) December 28, 2018

A representative for Splice issued the following statement to Your EDM, “We take allegations of copyright infringement seriously and require that all contributors to Splice Sounds submit original works. When we learned of Mick’s report, we removed the content in question as a precaution. We’re glad to hear that KSHMR has reached out to Mick directly.”

KSHMR has also now uploaded his own statement in a short video to Twitter.

Here's a message to everyone about the Industrial Grime sounds — mostly, sorry to @Mick_Gordon pic.twitter.com/LC9zNOwYIa

— KSHМR (@KSHMRmusic) December 28, 2018

 

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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: DOOM Video Game Composer Accuses KSHMR Of Ripping Samples For Latest Splice Pack

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Eric Clapton Releases ‘Happy Xmas’ Album with EDM-Inspired Track Dedicated to Avicii

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 17:45

Back in August, Eric Clapton revealed he was working on an EDM-inspired version of “Jingle Bells” to be released — and it would be dedicated to the late Avicii.

Flash-forward to now and ’tis the season for holiday music. Clapton’s full-length album Happy Xmas has arrived along with his take on “Jingle Bells” and it’s an interesting track to say the least. There are clear builds and releases that resemble EDM structure, but with the rockstar’s signature guitar and other instrumentals, it sounds more fit for a jam band.

According to Billboard, the track was originally titled “Jingle Bells (In Memory Of Avicii).” It seems he dropped part of the title to go the more traditional route. Either way, Clapton is showing his appreciation for the genre and it’s awesome to hear.

Listen below and let us know what you think!

Eric Clapton – “Jingle Bells”

 

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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Eric Clapton Releases ‘Happy Xmas’ Album with EDM-Inspired Track Dedicated to Avicii

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Barack Obama Shares His Favorite Songs of 2018

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 17:01

Former president Barack Obama has shared his annual list of favorite tracks for the year, which includes The Carters, Cardi B, J. Cole and many more.

“As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists,” he writes in a post. “It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved.”

As Obama explains, his list of talent runs deep. While some are household names, others you may not have heard before — but all deserve a good listen, watch, or read.

We’ve included the full list of Obama’s Favorite Songs of 2018 below. Check out his full post here, which details his favorite books and movies from the year.

Obama’s Favorite Songs of 2018

Apes••t by The Carters
Bad Bad News by Leon Bridges
Could’ve Been by H.E.R. (feat. Bryson Tiller)
Disco Yes by Tom Misch (feat. Poppy Ajudha)
Ekombe by Jupiter & Okwess
Every Time I Hear That Song by Brandi Carlile
Girl Goin’ Nowhere by Ashley McBryde
Historia De Un Amor by Tonina (feat. Javier Limón and Tali Rubinstein)
I Like It by Cardi B (feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin)
Kevin’s Heart by J. Cole
King For A Day by Anderson East
Love Lies by Khalid & Normani
Make Me Feel by Janelle Monáe
Mary Don’t You Weep (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version) by Prince
My Own Thing by Chance the Rapper (feat. Joey Purp)
Need a Little Time by Courtney Barnett
Nina Cried Power by Hozier (feat. Mavis Staples)
Nterini by Fatoumata Diawara
One Trick Ponies by Kurt Vile
Turnin’ Me Up by BJ the Chicago Kid
Wait by the River by Lord Huron
Wow Freestyle by Jay Rock (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
And in honor of one of the great jazz singers of all time, who died this year, a classic album:
The Great American Songbook by Nancy Wilson

See how Obama’s 2018 list compares to his 2017 list here.

APES**T – THE CARTERS

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Barack Obama Shares His Favorite Songs of 2018

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GRiZ Takes Us Through the Past, Present & Future at GRiZmas V

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 16:28
GRiZmas brings a funky holiday spirit to Detroit that only GRiZ can inspire.

Grant “GRiZ” Kwiecinski returned to his hometown of Detroit for the fifth annual GRiZmas, a two-night run at Detroit’s Masonic Temple. One night of the GRiZ live band and one night of GRiZ, by tradition has been the culmination of the 12-Days of GRiZmas event. More than ever, the celebration showcased his vast repertoire and blasted us through the past, present, and future of everything GRiZ.

12 Days of GRiZmas

Over December 4 – 15, the producer and his team took to Detroit to host gatherings, workshops, charity drives, and DJ sets. This year included the flagship caroling, yoga, and roller-disco events, and pop up holiday store to score limited GRiZmas merch. New additions to the festivities included an Assemble U discussion on mental health in the social media century and the first inaugural GRiZmas local mic night in partnership with the Detroit Institute for Music Education. Plus, a special GRiZmas coffee blend in collaboration with Detroit’s Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company. Yum.

The Night Before GRiZmas was surely a blast from the past as GRiZ delivered an entire Mad Liberation set at Deluxx Fluxx. Yeah, the venue was small and crowded and the sound system was a little iffy, but that’s exactly what a GRiZ set was like back in those days. Nostalgia filled the air as GRiZ and Muzzy Bearr tackled an entire era into one regular-sized set filled with mad liberating music. GRiZ immediately followed it up with a Disco House Party at The Magic Stick and the vibes were unbeatable.

Of course, GRiZmas has always been about giving back. All of the money raised went toward increasing access to music education in Detroit’s public schools. Year after year, GRiZmas has cultivated a community amongst GRiZ fans from the heart of Detroit and across the country with a purpose — to take care of each other above all else.

All of this holiday action led up to two nights of GRiZ that fans, new and old, could appreciate as he took us through GRiZmas past, present, and future.

The Ghost of GRiZmas Past

Set in GRiZ’s hometown of Detroit, GRiZmas by design has given a special nod to his earliest works and rise to the spotlight. Saturday night’s GRiZ set featured an absolute tear through of classics from End of the World Party, Mad Liberation, and Rebel Era including “Grizzlor,” “Rock n Roll,” “The Future is Now,” “DTW to DIA,” and “Crime in the City.” These were the glimpses of the past that we did not expect to hear, but it was an absolute treat when we did. The inclusion of staple songs like “Smash the Funk” and “Gettin Live” — integral parts of older sets, but now often times elusive — reminded us of the evolution of GRiZ sets and music.

Even some of the new material we heard on Saturday night seemed to pay homage to GRiZ’s roots and older sounds. For instance, a song containing an edited sample of Nas’ “Hip Hop is Dead” proclaiming “Glitch Hop just died,” juxtaposed by some of the glitchiest GRiZ we’ve heard in awhile, had us grinning ear to ear. The live band also included one of our favorite nods to the past, “Chasin Galaxies,” which we’ve come to adore.

With all these throwbacks, we couldn’t help but reflect on GRiZ’s journey thus far.

The Ghost of GRiZmas Present

In addition to the reflection of early – 2010 work, we were reminded of the GRiZ sound we’ve come to love over the last three years, which brought us into the present. 2015’s Say It Loud was a huge shift in sound and astronomically perpetuated by 2016’s Good Will Prevail. Each body of work, including Chasing the Golden Hour parts that preceded each of them, brought another level of instrumental and vocal fusion to the table.

These songs made for perfect adaptations by the GRiZ live band, a more recent project featuring GRiZ and over 13 other pieces that make entirely live renditions of pivotal tracks. After opening with a funky holiday song, the GRiZ live band proved to be the weekend’s outlet for much of GRiZ’s more current work. Songs like “PS GFY,” “Can’t Hold me Down,” “Wicked,” and “Get Down” were brilliantly performed live and celebrated throughout the crowd.

The live band received a production boost as well, with illuminated platforms and lights that highlighted stage choreography. Each piece of the band could be narrowed in on visually at respective times. For example, the trade off between saxophone solo, vocal verses, and the entire live band when Prob Cause came out for “Smoke That” and “My Friends and I.”

With the addition of the live version of “It Gets Better,” one of GRiZ’s latest songs, Friday night’s live band highlighted the duality of electronic and instrumental sound that has exponentially grown in GRiZ’s music. Back for an encore, Bootsy Collins performed a new GRiZ collaboration “Bustin’,” providing one of Friday’s biggest looks into the future.

When speaking with GRiZ back in October, we learned about the process for translating his tunes into a full live production and how much focus he and his band have been been dedicating to this project. Full interview here

The Ghost of GRiZmas Future

Last GRiZmas, we felt there was a bright future ahead for GRiZ and his music. Little did we know, it’s even brighter than we anticipated. Much of the unreleased material from last year has seemingly been sidelined to make way for this year’s new, unreleased music — showing us the lightning fast speed at which GRiZ is operating at. GRiZ assured us that he has been keeping hella busy despite his social media absence and this GRiZmas proved that notion.

Friday night’s live band performance offered plenty of glimpses into the horizon music-wise, but the kick-off of Saturday night’s GRiZ set was the greatest eye-opener. GRiZ opened center stage with all lights on him — just him, with a microphone in hand laying down the lyrics to an unreleased song. After coming out swinging with a handful of previously unheard songs, GRiZ performed another one of his most recent releases, “Can’t Get Enough,” which marks his first main entry into the vocal aspect of his artistry. It was made clear from Saturday night’s opening sequence that this will continue to be a focus in the future.

In the barrage of new music we heard on Saturday night, it’s tough to say what’s complete and what’s still on GRiZ’s cutting room floor. GRiZ has always kept the most gritty and grimey parts of his repertoire unreleased and only hearable at shows. While we expect this trend to continue, we’re also hopeful that some of bangers we heard in the first half will find a way to our speakers soon.

There were also new takes on old songs, like the classic GRiZmatik collab “Digital Liberation is Mad Freedom,” as well as part two of “My Friends and I.” To end the night, GRiZ was joined by Matisyahu to perform a brand new collab that sounded too good to go unreleased for much longer.

This year, GRiZmas was a special sneak peak into the future of GRiZ — new music, new adaptations for the live band, and bigger and better shows. GRiZ seems to be moving in many directions at once, but each direction is pointing forward and moving at 110% speed. GRiZmas V made us excited for the future like never before!

GRiZmas V reflected on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re heading. Through his music, GRiZ took us on a journey through our time as individuals and together as a community. Through tradition, this community has been born. Through this community, a brighter future awaits.

To relive this year’s festivities, check out the GRiZmas recap video below. For anyone who missed out or can’t get enough, check out GRiZ’s upcoming tour dates.

Merry belated GRiZmas to everyone! Hope to see you next year!

MORE: GRiZ Drops 2 New Singles & Catches Us Up On His Life & Music

GRiZMAS 2018 Recap

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GRiZMAS 2018 [recap]

Proud of our community. We celebrated life and the spirit of giving back. Music, art, and culture intersected with charity and empathy. We became closer with our higher selves. Thank you all so much for building eachother up. We are creating a more beautiful future together. The light grows in us all <3Happy Holidays and Merry GRiZmas!!!

Posted by GRiZ on Monday, December 24, 2018

 

Photos courtesy of Red Light Management

 

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: GRiZ Takes Us Through the Past, Present & Future at GRiZmas V

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Ultra Explains The “Exclusive” Tag On Some Artists On Its 2019 Lineup

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 15:56

When Ultra Music Festival dropped its phase 1 artist announcement just over a week ago, we were ecstatic. Plenty of debut Ultra performances and well-deserved main stage debuts graced the lineup, but one other part caught our eye: “exclusive” under certain names.

Speculation over the meaning of the word started a wildfire in forums and comment sections, but Ultra has finally offered an official explanation for it.

This year, you will notice many of the headlining artists marked as “EXCLUSIVE.” Unlike previous years, these artists will NOT have other performances during Miami Music Week. Instead, Ultra Music Festival will be the only place in Miami to see these unique performances.

Surely this is a move to get more fans to travel to the festival’s new location on Virginia Key. Before, attendees had the option more often than not to catch artists performing at various locations during MMW in South Beach. With MMW and Bayfront Park in such close proximity, it was never an issue. But with Virginia Key’s relatively remote location, at least in comparison to Bayfront Park, there’s more of a need to get people interested in making the trek.

Ultra Music Festival 2019 goes down March 29-31 in Virginia Key in Miami.

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ICYMI: the first phase of the #Ultra2019 lineup!This year, you will notice many of the headlining artists marked as "…

Posted by Ultra Music Festival on Friday, December 28, 2018

 

Photo via aLIVE Coverage for Ultra

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Ultra Explains The “Exclusive” Tag On Some Artists On Its 2019 Lineup

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Dirtybird Campout East Will Not Return In 2019, Makes Plans for 2020

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 14:22

Dirtybird Campout East just announced it will not return in 2019.

“We’re sorry to announce that after many months of research and countless avenues explored we will not be able to execute the best possible East Coast Campout in 2019,” Dirtybird Campout reveals in a statement.

“We know that February’s 2018 East Coast event was not perfect, and we want to be absolutely sure that when we come back, the quality of our production is not compromised.”

The inaugural year of the festival experienced a bumpy start in 2018. Dirtybird Campout East was forced to close its gates for hours while organizers dealt with noise violations from the previous warmup night. The first official day continued on without music, but day 2 and 3 went off without a hitch.

While this is sad news for Dirtybird fans, it’s reassuring to know that festival organizers are committed to bringing back Campout East for 2020.

Dirtybird Campout West will still go on as planned in the Fall.

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Dear Campers,We're sorry to announce that after many months of research and countless avenues explored we will not be…

Posted by Dirtybird Campout on Thursday, December 27, 2018

 

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San Holo Drops Dreamy Debut EP As His First-Ever Artist Project, Casilofi

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 13:00

At the end of 2017, San Holo dropped an instrumental trip hop EP called The Trip. It was different from his usual work, meant as a sort of bookend to a stellar year and as a treat for fans. This year, San has done it again; although, this time, the circumstances are just a tad different.

Rather than create something from scratch, San Holo has remastered and re-released via bitbird some of the music he created when he first started to produce under the name Casilofi.

“Casilofi is the first electronic project I ever started in terms of producing my own music,” says San. “It really started when I first got my laptop. A new world opened for me when I realized I could record things myself and layer things. I didn’t have to rely on a band, I could just take everything into my own hands. It was just 100% my own creativity that went into it, that really appealed to me.”

All the songs from the Casilofi project are described as being made with “no studios, all laptops, and home recordings” – an environment every bedroom producer should be able to recognize. The new EP, Create, Create, Create, is a look back at San’s true beginnings and where he came from as an artist.

For major fans, it’s likely that this peek into his past will give them a greater appreciation of San’s present. Though, even for the rest of us, Create x3 is still just a wonderful collection of ambient and soft music. Listen below.



This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: San Holo Drops Dreamy Debut EP As His First-Ever Artist Project, Casilofi

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