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Weezer Is The Newest Musical Group With An Activation Inside Fortnite

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 22:22

Marshmello’s concert within Fortnite will probably be looked back on as a watershed moment in the marketing world for music. Following the event, Marshmello experienced a massive increase in engagement, views, and plays across social media and streaming platforms, proving that a dedicated fanbase is a very powerful tool.

Now, the next musical group to try and capitalize on the power of Fortnite is Weezer.

The alt-rock band now has its own island within Creation mode in the game, and it’s not just for show. Players who visit the island will be able to hear Weezer’s upcoming self-titled album, known as The Black Album, before it’s available to the public.

There is a new @Weezer themed island in @FortniteGame season 8 which is also playing the new album @RiversCuomo pic.twitter.com/tgNI3jDjr7

— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) February 28, 2019

The new Weezer album drops tomorrow, March 1. It’s unclear if Weezer World will exist beyond the album’s release. What is clear, however, is that this definitely isn’t the last time we’ll see musicians trying to get in on Fortnite’s massive userbase.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Weezer Is The Newest Musical Group With An Activation Inside Fortnite

Chime Drops New Remix For Doctor P In Celebration Of Label’s 10th Anniversary

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 19:06

Circus Records turns 10 years old this year, and what a wild ride it has been. In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of one of the most celebrated bass labels in the history of dance music, various artists have been putting out new originals and remixes to highlight the occasion.

Out yesterday is a new one from Chime, remixing “Bulletproof” from Doctor P. The original appeared on Doctor P’s debut EP, Animal Vegetable Mineral Pt. 1 (there was no Pt 2), released in 2012. It was released during what some might call the golden era of brostep, full of lush melodies and chaotic, synth-driven basslines; and Doctor P’s style was one of the era’s best examples.

Now, seven years later, and “Bulletproof” is given a new breath of life from Chime. And perhaps the greatest thing about the remix is how closely Chime manages to stick to the source material and the vibe of 2012. If you told me this remix was released in 2012, I wouldn’t even question it. And yet it doesn’t sound dated at all!! There’s a lot to be said about the skill it takes to achieve such a fine balance between a classic sound and modern mastering.

Check out Chime’s remix of “Bulletproof” by Doctor P below and stay on the lookout for more from Circus!



This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Chime Drops New Remix For Doctor P In Celebration Of Label’s 10th Anniversary

WATCH: Official Trailer For Netflix Series Starring Idris Elba, “Turn Up Charlie”

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 18:25

Out March 15 on Netflix is the new series “Turn Up Charlie” starring Idris Elba, Piper Perabo, and JJ Feild. The synopsis for the video reads, “Turn Up Charlie follows a down-and-out DJ who plots to rebuild his music career whilst working as a nanny for his famous best friend’s wild 11 year old daughter.”

While that may sound like quite the obnoxious Disney-channel-meets-millennial plot for a Netflix series ever, the trailer below should help put your mind at ease. Perabo and Elba are seasoned actors and their skill more than makes up for the shaky premise. The writing is also quick and witty, and doesn’t dwell too much on We Are Your Friends-esque tropes (sorry, Zac Efron).

The fact that Elba plays more of an amateur producer also helps to ground the series, as watchers are just as likely to be confused by phrases like “stack that layer” as his character is.

Check out the trailer for “Turn Up Charlie” below.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: WATCH: Official Trailer For Netflix Series Starring Idris Elba, “Turn Up Charlie”

Peekaboo Announces “Wrecking Ball” EP Out 3/8 On Deadbeats

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 16:58

Peekaboo is easily one of the fastest growing artists in bass music right now. With social engagement that’s off the charts and a unique sound and brand that appeals to everyone, it’s easy to see how.

In 2018, Peekaboo dropped two EPs and one of the most viral bass tracks of the year, “Babatunde,” with G-REX. Now well into 2019, he’s announced his Wrecking Ball EP, due out next Friday, March 8, on Deadbeats.

With no singles out yet in 2019, it seems this EP will be entirely new and original music, something that’s a bit of a rarity these days. We can’t comment on the quality of the EP without having heard any of it yet, but considering it’s Peekaboo, we’re really not worried at all. Pre-save it here.

WRECKING BALL EPOUT NEXT FRIDAY 3/8CC: DeadBeatsPRESAVE IN COMMENTS!

Posted by Peekaboo on Thursday, February 28, 2019

Photo by @joecreate

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Peekaboo Announces “Wrecking Ball” EP Out 3/8 On Deadbeats

Billie Eilish Drops Coachella Merch Pack Including Coachella Passes

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 16:39

Tickets for Coachella 2019 sold out quick as ever this year — save for some radio contests and resales, if you were planning on attending the festival, you were SOL. At least, that’s until Billie Eilish decided to drop some special Coachella merch including Coachella passes.

The Coachella bundle from Billie included a fanny pack and bandana, however it is entirely sold out, as are Coachella passes for W1. However, lucky for some, there are a very limited number of Coachella W2 passes still available without the merch bundle.

No telling how much longer before the W2 passes are completely sold out, so get on that ASAP! Click here.

The news precedes Eilish’s debut album release next month, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Billie Eilish Drops Coachella Merch Pack Including Coachella Passes

Sorry Ladies, Illenium Has A Girlfriend Now & She’s A Stunning IG Model

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 16:31

Sorry to break it to you, but Illenium is officially off the market.

It’s no surprise that high profile DJs like to keep their work and private lives separate. But on a trip to Bali this week, Illenium brought along his Instagram model and artist girlfriend, Lara McWhorter, and snapped a cute picture in front of an equally cute elephant.

While a lot of fans were happy for Illenium, others of course had more visceral reactions.

  • I have a lot of questions about the third pic
  • The last pic broke me I can’t handle it
  • I love him so much like sooooooo much it’s like why don’t you give a fan a chance lol like I could be the love of your life here but nooo — I’m happy for him but I’m sad for myself
  • very happy there’s a woman in your life who makes you smile ..even if it’s not me

Though, to really make things mushy, the comment exchange between Lara and Illenium is way too cute.

Lara: r u calling me an elephant?
Illenium: the sight of you makes me ele-faint

Okay, come on.

Scroll right on the pic below to see the cute couple!

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Evolution of happiness when a sadboi meets an elephant.

A post shared by ILLENIUM (@illeniummusic) on Feb 27, 2019 at 8:06pm PST

 

Photo via Rukes.com

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Sorry Ladies, Illenium Has A Girlfriend Now & She’s A Stunning IG Model

Watch Avicii’s Touching Tribute Video From The 2019 Grammis

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 14:23

Avicii touched the lives of nearly every single person in the EDM community. Even in death, his legacy lives on — and the video below is an excellent representation of his lasting impression on dance culture.

Recently, the producer was honored with a posthumous award at the Grammy Gala known as Grammisgalan in Sweden. His father, Klaus Bergling, proudly accepted on his son’s behalf and spoke about the man behind the music, Tim Bergling.

“When it came to the music, he was on the verge of obsessed to reach the optimal he had imagined,” Klaus recounted. “It could be demanding for many who worked with him. He was a shy person who didn’t want to be in the center and he had a hard time with the official role. He had a need to withdraw, find peace and find himself — something that many of us probably recognize.”

Avicii was also commemorated with the following tribute video. This is but a glimpse into Avicii’s life and all the people he impacted during his short time here on Earth — fellow producers, collaborators, family, friends, and fans alike. He’ll be forever missed.

Avicii Tribute – Grammis 2019

 

Photo via Rukes.com

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Watch Avicii’s Touching Tribute Video From The 2019 Grammis

Your EDM Premiere: Varien – Can You Feel My Heart? (feat. Andrew Zink) [BMTH Cover]

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 13:32

Bring Me The Horizon’s 2013 album Sempiternal was a massive hit, with tracks like “Shadow Moses” and “Sleepwalking” garnering tens of millions of plays alone. And with the release of their latest album amo and accompanying tour, all of the emo kids who now listen to dance music felt a renewed connection with the band.

The album begins with the anthemic “Can You Feel My Heart,” which has just been reimagined by Varien with help from Andrew Zink. This new version stays very close to the original, only with updated vocals and cleaner, more refined production. The original, though beloved, and even released as recently as 2013, still sounds horribly dated in comparison to Varien’s highly mastered take.

There are some slight differences in the overall arrangement as well — note the absence of the acoustic guitar in the verse at 1:24 in the cover versus the original.

Varien explains, “This song means a lot to me, so I wanted to do my own version of it. Now, many people might be expecting something wildly different, perhaps some remix of it or a different type of cover, but my intention was to create a 2019 version: wide, club-friendly (wink wink to you DJs who play out metal, this sounds GOOD live), bigger, more epic, more Varien, more everything. Bringing out the beauty in this song. I have plenty more metal, but also plenty more industrial, cyberpunk, and overall pure badassery planned for this year following this cover. I hope you love it!”

Check out Varien’s cover of “Can You Feel My Heart” below!

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Your EDM Premiere: Varien – Can You Feel My Heart? (feat. Andrew Zink) [BMTH Cover]

Daft Punk, Kraftwerk To Be Featured In New Immersive Electronic Exhibition

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 12:58

Few artists can claim the same importance of either Kraftwerk or Daft Punk in bringing electronic music to the masses and popularizing it beyond just the dark warehouses of the underground rave days. Between Kraftwerk’s iconic synthesizer style and live shows, and Daft Punk’s contribution to stage design, aesthetic, and branding, the two paved the way for many of today’s top DJs and producers.

Now, the two are set to be featured in a new exhibit at the Paris Philharmonic in France, held April 9- August 11.

Daft Punk’s exhibition will revolve around the legendary duo’s 2005 hit song “Technologic,” in a setting conceptualized by Thomas Banglater and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo themselves. According to Parisian publication Tsugi, it will also contain “mannequins, costumes, helmets, guitars, screen, animatronics, and wooden decor,” namely the elements present in the music video of the track.

Kraftwerk, on the other hand, will offer three concert dates and an audio-visual animation made specifically for the occasion.

The exhibit as a whole will be soundtracked by Laurent Garnier, who has prepared 11 exclusive mixes for the expo.

According to the event’s website, “Instruments, sculptures, photographs (Andreas Gursky, Peter Boettcher …), installations (Rineke Dijkstra, Peter Keene) and multiprojections punctuate a course that also summons the main figures, musicians, DJs and inventors who have brought the ideal vitalist, visionary or futuristic electronic music, including Kraftwerk, Jean-Michel Jarre, Robert Moog, Daft Punk, or Juan Atkins.”

The exhibition will open on April 9 up until August 11. Find more information here.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Daft Punk, Kraftwerk To Be Featured In New Immersive Electronic Exhibition

Respect Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary with Ed Rush & Optical This Friday, March 1

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 04:37

There have been a lot of twists and turns in drum and bass over the past 20 years. Styles have changed, trends have come and gone and even new genres have been invented. A select few things about the scene, however, have weathered the various changes and emerged as pillars of the drum and bass community to become DnB institutions. Even fewer of those institutions exist in the U.S. scene, and LA’s weekly Thursday club Respect is by far the most well-known.

In a special event this Friday, Respect will be sharing its 20th birthday with another drum and bass institution, Virus Recordings, who’s also turning twenty. Label heads and legends in their own right Ed Rush & Optical will thus be headlining the show with a massive set at 1720 nightclub in downtown LA. If that weren’t enough, yet another legend, TC will also be a special guest.

Local legends will also hit the decks on Friday, with DJ Nightstalker throwing down a set and Machete himself and RAW going back to back. MC hosts will be XYZ, MC Questionmark, Dre and Dino. Get there early and stay till the end because every performer in the place will be smashing the vibes. Respect goes big every week, but for a double anniversary this big, it’s truly going to be a junglist massive.

For more info on the show, visit Respect’s Facebook page for the event here. Pre-sale tickets are available at TicketFly.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Respect Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary with Ed Rush & Optical This Friday, March 1

The NËU NËU Is Here! Proxima’s ‘Odd One’ and ‘Jumpy’ Drop Today [NËU]

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 23:30

“NËU” means new in German, so pardon us for using that international pun almost every time Misanthrop and Phaces’s bespoke offshoot of Neosignal drops another release, but it is both true and fun. NËU008 just dropped today with two singles from Proxima, “Odd One” and “Jumpy” and they definitely have a different, “NËU” feel to them (OK, stopping now).

NËU does its own premieres for the little vignette singles it’s been releasing since late 2017 but since every release almost certainly contains at least one dancefloor banger and one chin-scratcher (sometimes both), so we like to feature them here at YEDM anyway. Unsurprisingly, Proxima’s offering ticks both boxes, with “Odd One” and “Jumpy” being both dancefloor stinkers and interesting mindbenders.

“Odd One” seems to be the best of all world, with a creeps, cinematic opening which launches into a bassface-inducing yet minimal and steppy drum loop with lots of darkstep synth ornamentation. It lays out its sound design for the chin-scratchers to analyze and be in awe of while being danceable enough that said chin-scratchers can’t help but skank while analyzing.

“Jumpy” is just about 180 degrees from “Odd One” in terms of style and structure but it’s also both interesting from a composition angle and highly danceable. It switches beat structures a number of time throughout, going from D&B to sort of a revers dubstep to halftime and back again. Synth-and-sample-wise, it also goes back and forth with both techstep and hard dubstep-tinged samples.

While not surprising that a pairing of Proxima and NËU would be sensational, the tracks themselves are quite surprising in their innovation and energy. It’s nice to see both Proxima and NËU continuing to poke the bear of creativity and coming up with such fun stuff.

“Odd One” and “Jumpy” are out now on NËU. Stream and purchase options by clicking here.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: The NËU NËU Is Here! Proxima’s ‘Odd One’ and ‘Jumpy’ Drop Today [NËU]

Whipped Cream Brings A Fresh Perspective On Zhu’s “Desert Woman”

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 22:24

Fans of Whipped Cream and Zhu have known this one was coming for a while now, and the day is finally here that we can all hear her official remix of “Desert Woman,” from Zhu’s latest album RINGOS DESERT.

Zhu’s sophomore album was named Your EDM’s #6 album of 2018, so it’s clear we already hold the original in pretty high regard. That being said, Whipped Cream’s new look at the track is some of the most original bass music we’ve heard recently. It’s almost as if the track’s rhythm is directly parallel to her own iconic movements on stage, bouncing to and fro.

The remix begins with almost Zedd-like melodies accompanied by the original vocals, modified and stretched to create an almost otherworldly feeling of suspense. And it’s actually incredible how closely that feeling is carried into the main drop, bouncy rhythm and all.

Over her past few releases, Whipped Cream has really started to show just how versatile a producer she can be. And now with this Zhu remix, I’m more excited than ever before to hear what she has in store.

Check out Whipped Cream’s remix of “Desert Woman” from Zhu below.



This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Whipped Cream Brings A Fresh Perspective On Zhu’s “Desert Woman”

Dabin Releases Second Single “Rings & Roses” From Forthcoming Sophomore Album

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 22:20

The road to Dabin’s sophomore album Wild Youth is well under way. After the release of “Alive” earlier this year, today he’s out with “Rings & Roses” featuring Conor Bryne.

Much like his debut album, Two Hearts, the singles of Wild Youth are filled with Dabin’s sultry guitar sounds and beautiful melodies. “Rings & Roses” is no different, calling upon the skills of Bryne to take the lead on vocals. Inspired by the classic nursery rhyme ‘Ring Around The Rosie,’ “Rings & Roses” presents listeners with an authentic message focused on honest reflection. Snare drums and ambient guitar strums cohesively build the bassline before falling to a climatic drop filled with Dabin’s wildly colorful electric guitar stylings. Members of Dabin‘s ‘Sanctuary’ Facebook group can download the song for free on the group page.

“Rings & Roses” and “Alive” will continue to build momentum for the Wild Youth LP, which fans can expect in full on March 22.



This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Dabin Releases Second Single “Rings & Roses” From Forthcoming Sophomore Album

Gorillaz & Levi’s Link up on Customizable Collection

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 21:16

Gorillaz are no strangers to partnering with brands like Paris streetwear collective GEYM or watchmaker G-SHOCK for new drops. Now, the band is teaming up with Levi’s for a new customizable collection across a variety of pieces.

Speaking about the collaboration, Murdoc Niccals described it as “another top collaboration featuring two of the world’s most iconic names: Levi’s and Murdoc Niccals. A marriage made in heaven, if I believed in either concept. The best thing is I get clothes with my own face on, which makes looking in the mirror twice as rewarding.”

Murdoc’s characteristically narcissistic statement aside, the clothes afford fans the opportunity to choose from an exclusive library of Jamie Hewlett’s artwork, as well as altering the patterns, motifs, colors and size of designs.

The Gorillaz/Levi collection is available for the next two months at your local Levi’s print bar.

 

via HypeBeast

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Gorillaz & Levi’s Link up on Customizable Collection

Eprom Drops Absolutely Insane New Single “The Cat” Off Forthcoming EP

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 20:12

Fresh off last year’s critically acclaimed Shades album In Praise of Darkness, Eprom has shifted focus back on his solo project with a forthcoming EP on Deadbeats due early this summer. “The Cat” is the first single off the Aikon EP, and I can safely say it is unlike any other track you will hear this year.

Imagine Rusko’s wobble sound stripped down to its barest form, hardly any melody — just drums, and synths. Imagine that, and maybe you’ll get halfway to the reality of “The Cat.” The true nature of the track is hard to pin down. Between the innocuous track title, the otherworldly track art, and the mind boggling sound of the track itself, it’s hard to say just what Eprom had in mind here.

“The Cat” definitely isn’t a track you can dance to. And with so much empty space in the track, it’s hard to even think of an appropriate lighting sequence for a live show. And yet, it’s addictive. I can’t stop listening to it, trying to imprint every little stab and nuance in my mind.

Listen to “The Cat” below and maybe you’ll see what I mean.



This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Eprom Drops Absolutely Insane New Single “The Cat” Off Forthcoming EP

Dillon Francis Drops New Meme EDM Track With TV Noise, “EDM O’ CLOCK”

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 20:07

Just this Monday, Dillon Francis teased a new collaboration with TV Noise that was intended to “make fun of people who make fun of dance music and all drops in dance music right now.” The idea was that the drop would change every four bars, playing off the variety of common drop tropes present in today’s EDM club climate.

Out today is that track, “EDM O’ CLOCK.” And while it doesn’t quite live up to the expectations I had for it, it still gets the job done. The track does change the drop every four bars, but there is definitely a core melody and bassline that Dillon and TV Noise return to after each alternating switch up. So while it isn’t an entirely new drop every four bars, technically, Dillon wasn’t lying.

The track is frightfully short, clocking in just under 2m30s — but considering the nature of the track, that’s not entirely surprising. There are two distinct drop sections, with two alternating drops within each section. All in all, it’s a super fun track that keeps you moving and entertained, and that’s all we can ask for!

Check out “EDM O’ CLOCK” from Dillon Francis and TV Noise below, out now on Martin Garrix’s STMPD RCRDS.



 

Photo via Rukes.com

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Dillon Francis Drops New Meme EDM Track With TV Noise, “EDM O’ CLOCK”

Oliver Heldens Set to Kick Off Heldeep 5 North America Tour

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 19:07

Oliver Heldens is celebrating five years of Heldeep Records by hitting the road for an expansive North American tour, kicking off this weekend in Southern California. Time sure does fly, hard to believe it’s been five years since Oliver first started his Heldeep label. After breaking through with early hits like “Gecko” and “Koala,” Oliver Heldens has become one of the most sought after names in the industry. Now Oliver will be taking Heldeep on the road across the US, Canada, Mexico, even the Dominican Republic, and he’s also bringing a ton of friends as well. Curbi, Drezo, GTA and Tommie Sunshine are just some of the names slated to join Oliver on tour. The Washington, DC date will be a special Heldeep vs. Nightbass event along with AC Slater.

Get your tickets here and make sure to check out Oliver Heldens as he takes Heldeep 5 across North America. The tour will be culminating with a Miami Music Week event as well as Oliver’s performance at Ultra Miami on the main stage!

Mar. 1 – San Diego, CA – Omnia
Mar. 2 – Los Angeles, CA – Exchange
Mar. 3 – San Francisco, CA – Audio
Mar. 6 – Kingston, ON – Stages
Mar. 8 – Washington, DC – Echostage
Mar. 9 – Atlantic City, NJ – DAER
Mar. 10 – Punta Cana, DR – Imagine
Mar. 13 – Austin, TX – Summit
Mar. 14 – Detroit, MI – Grasshopper
Mar. 15 – Toronto, ON – Toybox
Mar. 16 – New York, NY – Heldeep 250
Mar. 20 – Whistler, BC – Maxx Fish
Mar. 21 – Vancouver, BC – Celebrities
Mar. 22 – Denver, CO – Church
Mar. 23 – Cabo, MX – Omnia
Mar. 25 – Boston, MA – Grand
Mar. 26 – Mashantucket, CT – Shrine
Mar. 27 – Miami, FL – Miami Music Week
Mar. 31 – Miami, FL – Ultra Music Festival

Also, make sure to check out Oliver’s latest track, “This Groove” out now on Heldeep.



This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Oliver Heldens Set to Kick Off Heldeep 5 North America Tour

Your EDM Interview: Motez Talks New Music and the Global Refugee Crisis

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 19:06

One of Australia’s hottest exports is back with a brand new tune for 2019. Motez just dropped “Steady Motion” featuring KWAYE, a beautiful track that pays homage to classic house. After a busy 2018, the Adelaide-based, Baghdad-born producer is ready for a full slate of releases and touring in 2019. We got the chance to talk to Motez about “Steady Motion,” touring, the creative process, the state of dance music in Australia, and also, an issue that is very important to Motez, the global refugee crisis. Motez grew up in Baghdad, and his father actually journeyed by boat from Iraq to Australia in 2000 and was able to bring over the rest of the family six years later. Needless to say, we might not be privileged to hear Motez’s music today had he not made it to Australia. Here’s what he had to say.

Hi Motez, thanks for chatting with us. First of, tell us a little about where you are right now, what you’re up to? Set the scene.

“Hello! I am currently in Melbourne, got here yesterday to catch up with a few friends and I will be playing For The Love festival in St. Kilda with RÜFÜS DU SOL and a few other friends. Playing the sunset slot nonetheless so I am really looking forward to it. It’s a very nice day here but I am stuck inside doing work, as per usual”

Your new single “Steady Motion” comes out this week. Tell us a little bit about the new track and how did it come about? I’m digging the disco vibes.

“It was a track that I started a while ago after being inspired by a few MJ Cole tunes. I’ve had a couple of people do their take on the vocals for it, but I knew instantly when KWAYE sent his vocals, he was the one for it. Not only his voice is incredible but the lyrics really stood out and resonated with me. When we finally met in London to finish it we both talked about how we (as musicians) were going through the same strife that many of our kind go through a lot of the time, which is reflected in the lyrics. That, in particular was an emotional moment, but a very powerful one, that we shared. I wrote the strings which were then played by Davide Rossi, who is one of the most amazing string arrangers and composers in the game. He’s worked with the likes of Jon Hopkins, Moby, The Verve, Coldplay and Alicia Keys, so it was an honour to have him play the string section on the song.”

What other new music can your fans look forward to this year?

“I’m always working on new music so we never know what’s going to come up next. There are a few exciting collaborations, but, like all good collabs, there is the fine balance of timelines and release plans. Time will tell.”

Tell us a little about the current dance scene down there in Australia? There’s so many cool and unique artists that have come out of there recently…

“It’s been going strong despite a lot of challenges being thrown at it particularly in New South Wales (the state in which Sydney is the capital of). The local government there has been at odds with the music in the state for years, from draconian lockout laws that affected so many bars, venues and nightclubs, to harsh and impractical regulations taking effect soon that make it very difficult for festivals to happen. That has definitely taken its toll on one of the most prolific music hubs in the country, which has inevitably affected the music scene in general and its vibrancy. Despite that, we still have so much amazing music coming out of our country because music is in our blood. I might be biased, but I like to think we are at the forefront, and it’s exciting to see the world vibe with what comes out of here.”

Any tour plans for the upcoming festival season? I know it’s summer out there in Australia… Any North American dates coming up?

“I have a few festival shows planned between now and the end of summer here in Australia, we’re hopefully going to do something in North America soon. Stay tuned.”

On a more personal level, I know you’re passionate about the global refugee crisis. Tell us some of your thoughts on that. What are you doing to help combat the crisis and what can we as everyday people do to help too?

“Having been an asylum seeker I guess what I would like to show is what asylum seekers and refugees can do. It pains me to say that because we are no different than other people, but sometimes you have to prove your worth as human beings because we’ve been used as scapegoats for a lot of nationalistic and fear mongering politicians who have been sweeping over the world lately. From my experiences, both personal and with others, refugees and asylum seekers are over-achievers, we want to make sure we contribute; we want to do our share of the work and add more value to our new countries.”

Check out Motez’s new track “Steady Motion” featuring KWAYE, out now on Sweat it Out.



This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Your EDM Interview: Motez Talks New Music and the Global Refugee Crisis

Kristian Nairn AKA Hodor Announces “Rave Of Thrones” DJ Set On Eve Of Final Season

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 17:55

Hodor is about to celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones right!

The actor, real name Kristian Nairn, doubles as a DJ and he’s been doing it for over 20 years. Of course, fans can’t help but make the Hodor connection, even when he’s spinning house music. When it comes to events, tying in Game of Thrones is a no-brainer — as seen with this poster for Rave of Thrones.

The timing of this show couldn’t be more perfect. Kristian spins at Rave of Thrones on April 13th and the final season of Game of Thrones premieres the next day, April 14 via HBO. The ultimate pre-party goes down in Brooklyn on the eve of the eighth season.

Kristian has a stacked list of tour dates coming up, with stops in London, Chicago, New York, Dallas, San Diego and more. Tickets are available for Rave of Thrones here, between $20 – $30 face value. See more tour dates here.

Rave of Thrones

 

Image via Kristian Nairn

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Kristian Nairn AKA Hodor Announces “Rave Of Thrones” DJ Set On Eve Of Final Season

Lost Lands 2019 Tickets On Sale This Friday, March 1

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 17:14

Headbangers, it’s that time of year again to secure your passes for the heaviest festival of the season: Lost Lands. After a stellar second year in 2018 which saw an expanded Wompy Woods stage as well as more camping options, six hosted sound camps, and upgraded amenities, Lost Lands returns to Legend Valley for its third year.

Tickets for Lost Lands 2019 officially go on sale this Friday, March 1. And, as stated in the official announcement, “everyone who registered their 2018 festival wristband will be emailed a unique $25 off loyalty discount code before on-sale.” This code will only be valid for 48 hours, so you’ll have to decide quick if you want to go! But who are we kidding? Of course you do.

No word yet on pricing, but Excision has confirmed that payment plans will be available.

The lineup for 2018 was revealed in early April, so expect a similar time table this year. Check those bank accounts, because tickets go on sale in two days! Read our review of Lost Lands 2018 here.

Get ready, Headbangers! ???? Lost Lands 2019 tickets go on sale this Friday March 1st at 1pm EST. As a thank you to those…

Posted by Lost Lands Music Festival on Monday, February 25, 2019

 

Photo via Jake West Photo for Lost Lands

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Lost Lands 2019 Tickets On Sale This Friday, March 1

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