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Sullivan King Drops New EP, “The Demented”

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 19:20

It always feels like a holiday when Sullivan King drops new music, let alone a full EP. “Close the schools! Pack up for the day, we’re going home!” Except, I work from home and my job is literally to review music, so I can’t really complain when I get something like this in my inbox for the day.

Sullivan King is out today with his new EP The Demented on Kannibalen Records, and let’s just say I love it. There are some new styles in this, an acoustic of an old fan favorite, a fresh collaboration with Grabbitz — what more can you ask for??

The EP starts out with the title track, “The Demented,” which sees Sully trying his hand at midtempo for the first time. It’s definitely a bit jarring to hear midtempo in a Sullivan King style, but it’s better than him just hopping on a bandwagon. He definitely takes the genre into his own hands and molds it with guitar riffs and his own vocals; plus, there’s still plenty of rock to go around.

The Demented moves on with “Lie,” which retains some of the deep sound from the previous track, but ups the tempo a bit into a more electro house than midtempo rhythm. The structure of the song is also more indicative of traditional verse-chorus-verse than the build-drop-bridge of your normal EDM track.

Grabbitz and Sullivan King finally collaborate after years of friendship on “Show Stopper.” There are probably countless demos on their respective hard drives, but this is something truly worth putting out. Grabbitz bears his rapping chops on this one, which you might have seen live if you caught Sully’s set at HARD Summer. The track also has a showtunes style bridge that makes this one of Sullivan King’s most diverse and musically ambitious tunes yet. And last but not least, it ends with a phenomenal breakdown that really showcases Sully’s love of Avenged Sevenfold.

Finally, the EP ends on an acoustic rendition of his song “Don’t Care” from his House of Wolves EP in 2017. Nothing much to say about this one except that we love it.

Listen to the full EP below.


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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Sullivan King Drops New EP, “The Demented”

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KLOUD Delivers Unexpected Cover Of Swedish House Mafia’s Hit “Save The World”

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 19:20

Mystery artist KLOUD does it again. Amongst a series of remixes, covers, and originals, KLOUD has bent expectations and defied the odds, putting new spins on the likes of Nero, La Roux, and more. Now he sets his sights on bigger fare — Swedish House Mafia.

Covering “Save The World” is no small task. Originally sung by John Martin, just recreated the vocals is difficult enough. But everything in KLOUD’s new song is done from scratch, from the bottom up. The new production is fresh and exciting and definitely puts a different perspective on the classic.

While there’s undoubtedly a contingent of fans that worship the original, there’s bound to be a group of new fans who fall in love with this new take. Check it out for yourself below.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: KLOUD Delivers Unexpected Cover Of Swedish House Mafia’s Hit “Save The World”

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Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Provide Soundtrack for New Mortal Kombat Trailer

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 19:18

Dance music has always had a close relationship with video games, after all, electronic music provides the soundtrack, and many games have iconic scores. Few games in history are as iconic as Mortal Kombat. This past Thursday, the first game play trailer was revealed for the highly anticipated Mortal Kombat 11, out on April 23.

Mortal Kombat has been in gamers’ lives for more than 25 years, revolutionizing fighting games forever, and becoming one of the most iconic and venerable franchises in the industry. The 1997 film also has a classic dance music soundtrack — dance music is in Mortal Kombat’s DNA. This time the Mortal Kombat team enlisted the help of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Bassjackers, who lend their 2018 track, “The Jungle,” for an epic preview of the game.

First off, wow, this game looks AMAZING!! Classic characters like Raiden, Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Baraka unleash absolute carnage upon each other. The fatalities look absolutely brutal (Baraka rips Scorpions face off his skull!), all of the iconic moves are there (Scorpion’s “Get Over Here”, Raiden’s flying bullet) and what better way to unleash some vicious combos on fools than to the trapped out tune from DVLM and Bassjackers. The livestream event that unveiled the gameplay featured a bunch of celebrities and youtubers, as well as a highly anticipated matchup between Dimitri Vegas and Don Diablo. Dimitri got the best of Don and made it all the way to the finals.

Check out the insane trailer for Mortal Kombat 11, out on April 23!

And to get you in the mood to save Earthrealm from the Netherrealm and Shao Kahn listen to Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike & Bassjackers “The Jungle” available on Smash the House.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Provide Soundtrack for New Mortal Kombat Trailer

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Sunburn Returns To Goa In 2019 As “Sunburn Klassique”

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 19:14

The past few years have not been kind to India’s Sunburn Festival. After 2016, the festival was relocated from Goa to Pune, nearly 300 miles away. And the issues only continued to accumulate in 2017 and 2018. Now, miraculously, the tide could be turning for the legendary festival. In February 2019, the festival returns home to Goa as Sunburn Klassique.

The new festival will be hosted at the old Sunburn venue in Vagator which is now one of the
most popular areas in Goa. The venue was discovered by Sunburn in 2013 after being forced
to move from Candolim.

Karan Singh, CEO, Sunburn states, “Sunburn introduced the concept of dance music to India and has aided in building music tourism across India. Over the last 12 years we’ve evolved from being just a music festival to an aspirational brand with millions of loyalists. We hope our return to Goa is truly memorable and magical and we can once again build Goa into a thriving music destination. As a practice, we will deliver the most intrinsic and enhanced fan experience without compromising on our production and experiential ethics. A massive festival like Sunburn is built on foresight and passion and we’re going in all guns blazing to make an even bigger mark in 2019.”

Sunburn Klassique will return to Vagator Goa on February 23-24. Early bird tickets go live tomorrow on, and


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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Sunburn Returns To Goa In 2019 As “Sunburn Klassique”

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Danger Returns With Nostalgic Sophomore Album, “Origins”

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 19:13

It took Danger 10 years to release his debut album, but it seems now that dam is broken and we’re getting more of him than we’ve ever dreamed. Two years after releasing his album Taiko, Danger is back with Origins, revisiting his roots.

If the album sounds nostalgic, that’s by design. Many of the tracks are unreleased from back in his MySpace-era days — fans will no doubt notice “88:88 Stage 3” in the tracklist, a follow up to the track “88:88” from his 2009 EP 09/16 2007. And even beyond that, separate from Taiko, the new album seems to be less about creating a world within the music and more about evoking memories from the past. One might say, a simpler time…

Longtime fans of Danger are going to love this album, as he brings back so many of the soundscapes, melodies, and structures that made him an underground phenom from 2007 to 2014. New fans are sure to love this album as well, as no one else is really pushing this sound; and in an ecosystem of regurgitated and repeated sounds, any new experience is going to be lauded.

Of Origins, Danger says,

ORIGINS has become a vehicle for me to tackle keeping my past-self from haunting me or let my present-self become tethered down in nostalgia. I’ve struggled lately searching for my inner-child. I thought he had disappeared, then I’d thought I wouldn’t need him anymore, then I came to realize that living without him left me incomplete. When recently visiting my parents home, being in my dusty childhood room, I realized I had been missing that child who still reveled in the retro land of VHS tapes and 8-bit gaming. He needed to have voice in my current art. ORIGINS was born out of this struggle and it was an album that needed to happen. It’s important to never forget that the most fragile part of yourself can also be your biggest strength. In many ways this album represents where I’ve come from, more-importantly it informs where I’m going.”

The album is entirely instrumental and resembles video game background music for the most part, making it the perfect choice to put on when you need to get to work or just zone out. Then again, maybe just turn the lights off and put some headphones on, and get lost in the nostalgia.

Check out the new album Origins from Danger below.

Also be sure to catch Danger on tour starting next week.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Danger Returns With Nostalgic Sophomore Album, “Origins”

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Mr Carmack Just Pissed Off A Lot of People with Harsh Criticism of Graphic Designers

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 19:09

There are certain unassailable rules in the service industry. “Don’t mess with the people who make your food” is a prime example. One that doesn’t exist yet in dance music, but should, is: Don’t piss off the people who design your art.

Art in this case can be as broad as track art to live visuals, but the message stays the same. Yesterday, Mr. Carmack violated that rule with the below tweet.

To all you graphic designers charging 50$ every change you make, you need to rethink why you started designing in the first place

— MR. CAR/\ACK (@mrcarmack) January 18, 2019

There are a lot of ways to begin addressing why this tweet is so absurdly wrong, but this response from @sarahxcarr is a good start.

Most designers don’t even make modifications unless they’re asked to by the person who hired them. And most of the time the designer has stated how much they charge for edits or how many edits they will include with their service before even being hired. Soooo…..

— (no subject) (@sarahxcarr) January 18, 2019

A graphic designer generally isn’t some kid in their mom’s basement who does this on the weekends. It’s a real person who’s made this their career, has contracts, and charges fees for their work.

After turning in a project for review, most designers will charge an hourly rate for any revisions that the client wants done. In that sense, $50 for a single revision is actually a steal.

Carmack’s tweet seems to imply that any revisions should be free of charge — does that mean no matter how many revisions it takes? And the implication that they should be designing graphics for, I don’t know, just the pleasure of it, is bordering on asinine.

The tweet was posted yesterday and, despite hundreds of replies, Carmack hasn’t made any effort to clarify or rectify his position. See some of the responses from real graphic designers and creatives below:

The next time you want money for music you wrote you need to rethink why you started making music in the first place.

— Joshua Cole (@joshuawcole) January 18, 2019

you may be a visionary producer but i guess you’re still a dumbass

— umru ✈ search party LA (@umru_) January 18, 2019

Would love to hear what you think the correct reason that graphic designers “started designing in the first place” is

— Mikey Joyce (@mikeyjoyce) January 18, 2019

First off, technically you’re making the change, not the designer.

Second, if they’re charging you $50, that’s probably an hour of work and that’s not a simple change.

Third, it sounds like you’re a crap client who either A) gives bad direction or B) can’t make up their mind.

— Erik (@BillsFanAuthor) January 18, 2019

Imagine being able to afford a designer & complaining about having to pay a designer.

— Lameboy Advanced (@AvianPride) January 18, 2019

This might seem kind of funny but I'm actually not lying.

— Lil Boostie (@alexprofera) January 18, 2019

Kind of shocked that you would say this…people don’t work for free. Their art/designs are equivalent to any regular goods or services being sold.

♠????❄Magician Holly❄????♠ (@kaydem0n) January 18, 2019

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Mr Carmack Just Pissed Off A Lot of People with Harsh Criticism of Graphic Designers

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REPORT: Calvin Harris Actually Hates Being Called Calvin Harris

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 17:50

Calvin Harris apparently doesn’t appreciate being called by his stage name. Though we all know him by, well, Calvin Harris — his actual name is Adam Wiles and that’s what he prefers. Especially among his close friends and family.

“No one calls me Calvin,” the superstar DJ is quoted in a new report. “It’s horrible and it’s not my name. You might as well be calling me Mr. Blobby.”

We wouldn’t say it’s “horrible,” but alright then…

“At the start of my career people were meeting me for the first time and I let it slide. It was sort of a nickname.”

But, when a girlfriend was calling him by his stage name, he thought it was taken too far…

“I was like, ‘I’m sorry this is ridiculous. You’re speaking to my alter ego.'”

Understandably so. Of course, it’s an easy slip up considering Calvin Harris is a typical sounding name. We know Skrillex isn’t Sonny Moore’s name, just like Marshmello is definitely not the name of the masked sugary treat.

Next time you see Adam, make sure you take it easy on his stage name!


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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: REPORT: Calvin Harris Actually Hates Being Called Calvin Harris

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Eric Prydz Will Debut New HOLOSPHERE At Tomorrowland 2019

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 16:34

Ask most fans of dance music these days who has the most advanced stage design, and you’ll hear the name Eric Prydz pop up a lot. The Swedish producer has built up significant hype around his shows thanks to his innovative EPIC (that stands for Eric Prydz In Concert) stage designs, and he’s going to take it one further this year at Tomorrowland.

The annual Belgian festival will play host to the world debut of Prydz’ new stage, HOLOSPHERE. The design placing Prydz inside a spherical form at the center of a 360 degree 3D hologram — the technology for Prydz’ vision didn’t exist at the time of conceptualizing it, so his team developed the proprietary technology themselves.

Eric Prydz says, “My team and I had a vision that has taken over 2 years to develop. It is now so exciting to be able to announce this, and show you the next chapter of EPIC.”

See Eric Prydz from Tomorrowland 2018 below.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Eric Prydz Will Debut New HOLOSPHERE At Tomorrowland 2019

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Tickets Now On Sale For Paradiso 2019

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 16:31

There aren’t many festivals that can announce tickets on sale without even announcing headliners, let alone a full lineup. There are even fewer that can consistently back it up year after year so that fans don’t regret their decision to buy early. Paradiso is one of those festivals.

The annual Washington festival at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheater returns June 14-15 with what is sure to be another stellar year, and it’s more affordable than ever. GA wristbands, VIP passes, Camping Passes, and all packages are on sale now — and payment plans start at just $24.99.

Last year’s lineup featured deadmau5, Armin van Buuren, DJ Snake, Louis the Child, Rezz and Virtual Self. It’s hard to imagine how they’ll top it this year, but we have no doubt they will. Knife Party, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Diplo, Tiësto, G Jones, and more come to mind, but we’ll have to wait and see!

Watch the announcement below and get ready! Retail outlet tickets on on sale tomorrow Saturday 1/19 at 11AM PST. Be one of the first to secure their spot in paradise today at!

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Tickets Now On Sale For Paradiso 2019

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Police Hold Up DJ Moodymann By Gunpoint In This Startling Video Footage

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 15:53

DJ Moodymann says he was outside of his own property when he had an aggressive run in with Detroit police. The violent video below, which is making its rounds online, shows officers screaming at him while pointing an assault rifle straight at his face.

Moodymann, real name Kenny Dixon Jr., claims he went to jail despite being on his own property with his own set of keys. It’s unclear what went on before or after the video clip was taken, but any way you look at this, it’s seriously disturbing.

In his since removed post, Moodymann explains what happened from his perspective…

“HP police came n (MY BACKYARD)demanding proof of ownership and this is how they reacted,” he wrote. “(Went 2 jail again)charged me 4 Breaking and entering on my own property even though I had keys.what u can’t c is 9 other officers pointing there AR15 directly at my head …next time just pull the MF trigger let’s get this shit over with (I’m tired) I’m so tired.”

The Black Madonna, among others have spoken out about the incident since seeing the footage…

Kenny is a great man. He’s a man of peace. We have to stop terrorizing black men. The sound of his voice is something that will haunt. I’m so glad they didn’t shoot. Thank god they didn’t, but fuck this.

Again, black lives matter. Black lives matter.

— THE BLACK MADONNA (@blackmadonnachi) January 16, 2019

The video has been reposted below, but fair warning — it’s not easy to watch.

DJ Moodymann Held At Gunpoint

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I am SO out done about this sh%t ????! No matter if this man is a celebrity or not enough is enough! But it IS more upsetting because he is an artist from my town who has YEARS of history and influence in music behind him. BS! #moodymann #313 #detroit #cops #sowrong #notright #highlandparkmichigan #police #lawenforcement @playgrmuziq @normtalleyii @badbeats87 @djminxwomenonwax @djtoneworldwide

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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Police Hold Up DJ Moodymann By Gunpoint In This Startling Video Footage

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REPORT: Paul van Dyk Awarded Over $12 Million For ASOT Stage Fall

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 14:24

Nearly three years after Paul van Dyk‘s near-death stage fall at ASOT 750, the DJ has been court granted over $12.5 million from event organizers following a lawsuit.

van Dyk suffered a brain injury and damage to his spine as a result of the nasty fall. Thankfully, his road to recovery only lasted a brisk three months, including surgery and physical therapy. However, the serious fall had a lasting impact on van Dyk and his career.

During his A State of Trance show in February 2016, van Dyk stood on top of the stage design. While it’s common practice for DJs to jump on their booth, speakers, or the stage structure to build hype, nobody forewarned him that the stage was unstable.

The judgement handed down awarded van Dyk $12,588,643.45 total for medical bills and lost profits.

According to a report, the breakdown included $2 million for future medical expenses, $1.2 million for lost profits over the past two years, and $2.475 million for prospected future loses over the next 10 years. Plus, extra damages.

Recently, van Dyk opened up about the incident and his relationship with ASOT. “I want everyone involved in some way in production and booking to shine a light on the safety of their events,” he said.

Paul van Dyk’s Stage Fall


Source: The Blast | Photo: Marc van der Aa for Insomniac

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: REPORT: Paul van Dyk Awarded Over $12 Million For ASOT Stage Fall

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OUT NOW: Utada Hikaru & Skrillex’s Opening Theme For Kingdom Hearts 3

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 14:07

After years of waiting, Kingdom Hearts 3 is finally out everywhere January 29. (It releases January 25 in Asia.) In anticipation of the full game, we also finally get the full version of the Utada Hikaru & Skrillex collaboration “Face My Fears” that was teased in the game trailer last December.

Fans were able to get a good enough taste of the full track from the aforementioned trailer, but nothing really beats a complete Skrillex tune. The complete version more than doubles the version in the trailer, fleshing out the tune with even more future bass goodness.

And aside from all the disappointment that Skrillex hasn’t been putting out much heavy bass music lately, it seems he’s really perfected his new sound. It sounds absolutely brilliant, especially with Hikaru’s inimitable vocals. From the vocal chops to that instantly recognizable snare, Skrillex’s brand is all over this.

You can listen to both the English and Japanese versions of “Face My Fears” on Spotify below, as well as new tracks “Don’t Think Twice” and “Chikai.” Note: only “Face My Fears” is with Skrillex.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: OUT NOW: Utada Hikaru & Skrillex’s Opening Theme For Kingdom Hearts 3

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Your EDM Premiere: Jean Elan – Old Enough To Know Better

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:01

Out today from Jean Elan is ‘Old Enough To Know Better,’ an electric tune that flows with slick style and feelgood melodies. The German producer is a Grammy nominated artist, having first leapt onto the scene in 2019 with a remix for Røyksopp & Robyn. 

Warm and softly undulating with its electronic melodies and clean washes of vocals, it captures a fresh pop vibe with beautifully matched production. Elan says: “This song is about how the lessons life has told you have shaped you and let you grow… Don’t overthink things and just live in the moment.”

Be sure to stream ‘Old Enough To Know Better’ below.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Your EDM Premiere: Jean Elan – Old Enough To Know Better

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Iconic NYC Venue Forced To Shut Down, Seeks New Location

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 20:05

Another iconic venue in NYC is shutting down. The Highline Ballroom just announced it’s being forced to shut down after the landlord decided to not renew the lease.

After 12 years of music and memories, Highline Ballroom will close. At least, for now. The team fully plans on reopening its doors at a new location in the Chelsea/Meatpacking District.

“Unfortunately after 12 years our landlord has decided not to renew Highline Ballroom’s lease,” the venue shares in a statement. “For over a year we were led to believe that a renewal was imminent, however it is now clear that the landlord has other plans for the building.”

Over the years, Highline Ballroom has hosted leading acts including Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, The Killers, Rihanna, The Black Keys, Artic Monkeys, Lou Reed and The Roots, just to name a few.

Stay tuned for the final show date and programming. Announcement coming soon.

Highline Ballroom Closing

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Louis Vuitton Drop New Wireless Earphones For $995

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 20:01

I’m used to seeing ridiculously high mark-ups on brands like Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Balenciaga and the like, even on products as simple as money clips shaped like a paperclip. It’s also not uncommon for items like headphones to fetch high price tags with special components and superior quality and build. But somehow, I feel like the new $995 Horizon earphones from Louis Vuitton aren’t worth the components they’re made of.

That being said, the earphones are designed in partnership with Master & Dynamic, whose own headphones range from $200-600, so I could be wrong on that. They’re compatible with any Bluetooth device, though they’re “optimized” to be used with LV’s Tambour Horizon watch (starting at $2,450).

And because LV is focused on high quality and integrated fashion, the earphones come with a matching carrying and charging case that is très chic.

The earphones will be available in four colors — black, white, red monogram, and yellow and blue LV stripes. Stay tuned for an official release day to come later in January.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Louis Vuitton Drop New Wireless Earphones For $995

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WATCH: Zhu Goes B2B With Tchami On Holy Ship

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 18:46

Holy Ship! is notorious for some unexpected back-to-back sets, and this one ranks up among the most unexpected. Both ZHU and Tchami were booked for Holy Ship! 13.0, but it’s safe to say that no one expected them to take to the decks together one afternoon.

For over an hour, the deep and sensual house legends played out some serious vibes in the hot ocean sun. Sometimes, it’s nice to just dance without a care without the need to lay it all out and go home sweaty and tired. That’s one of the benefits of Ship, though — your bed is never that far away.

Also catch that surprise horn line from Griz at 25:10!

Check out the full set below.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: WATCH: Zhu Goes B2B With Tchami On Holy Ship

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Illenium Announces New Collaboration With Bahari, “Crashing,” Out Next Week

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:38

Even since the release of his sophomore album Awake in 2017, Illenium has been pumping out new music. In 2018, he released “Don’t Give Up On Me” with Kill The Noise and Mako, “Sound of Where’d U Go” with 1788-L, “Gold (Stupid Love)” with Excision, “Take You Down,” “God Damnit” with Call Me Karizma, and a remix of Halsey’s “Without Me.”

Now in 2019, Illenium is starting off the year with a huge collaboration featuring Bahari entitled “Crashing.” The last we heard of Bahari in dance music was their 2017 collaboration with Grey, “I Miss You.”

We’ve tried finding a preview of this one but have come up empty handed. No doubt Illenium will slowly reveal some teasers over the course of the next week; but no matter what, we’re excited for this one.

Check out the track art for “Crashing” below, and pre-save it here.

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Crashing ft. @bahari // 1/25/19 ???? Pre-save in bio!!!

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LSD Brings On Lil Wayne For New Remix Of “Genius”

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:30

The Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo project LSD just got a whole lot more thug. After releasing their song “Genius” in May last year, the trio have brought on an unexpected guest to amp up a new remix: Lil Wayne.

Of the original, Your EDM wrote, “‘Genius’ is a sexy, playful lovers’ anthem with a smooth, funky rhythm that’s destined to get stuck in your head after just one listen. The lyrics, the mood, well, everything is completely, uniquely original — with just the right amount of weird.”

The “remix” keeps the original beat for the most part, but replaces Labrinth’s verses with Lil Wayne. The effect is a lot less sultry and sexy, and more, well… Lil Wayne-ish. The Cash Money rapper puts his own special spin on the track that gives it an entirely different vibe and we’re all about.

Lil Wayne’s remix gets its own special music video, which you can see below.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: LSD Brings On Lil Wayne For New Remix Of “Genius”

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Disco. Techno. Laser Beam. Minimal Effort NYE 2019 [Event Review+Gallery]

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:08

Minimal Effort has become something of  New Years Eve tradition for me. This year was my third year in a row attending the event put on by Underrated Presents. And out of the three years I attended, I would say it was easily my favorite. Unfortunately, I don’t know that everyone in attendance would agree with that statement.

Between this year’s treat of a well-executed Halloween event and the new open bar option for VIP, I had high hopes for Minimal’s NYE. Unfortunately, adding the new VIP packages and heavily promoting them seemed to be one new element too many for Minimal. I am not sure if there was a breakdown in communication with the security at the Belasco, but around 11:30 the GA line to enter was wrapped around one side of the block and the VIP line was spilling into the space of the venue next door.

Once inside, with five different stages and the always refreshing and visually stimulating vendor area at the center, Minimal Effort NYE was a blast! I started my night off in the dungeon of The Belasco with SuperFlu before quickly racing up to the ballroom to try and meet up with my friends to ring in NYE with Justin Jay. Unfortunately, I do not have the best sense of direction and ended up getting lost along the way (which isn’t a difficult situation to find yourself in the maze that is the Belasco) and I ended up at the main stage dancing 2018 out of my system to Sasha as the clock struck midnight. Personally, I actually enjoyed having this moment just to myself and felt like it kind of set the tone for the new year. I had a sense of well-being knowing I could take my life and happiness into my own hands and not sweat the small stuff such as getting lost in a maze of a venue. After Sasha, I split the next couple hours again going up and down the Belasco stairs so I could see both Hats & Klaps and one of my favorite Dirtybirds, Will Clarke, before ending the night with a bassy, grimy set by Skream. If there is one thing that Minimal Effort has managed to always get right it is always having a killer lineup that makes each year an irresistible techno retreat. But, having been to a handful of Minimal Effort events over the years, there are still some issues they need to iron out as they continue to grow and bring in larger and louder crowds.

This leads to the only other complaint I heard throughout the night: the open bar. While this seemed like a great idea when it was first announced, this new perk just didn’t quite live up to the hopes of those who spent the extra money. While I did not have access to the open bar, a couple of my friends purchased VIP tickets and their report of the new “Open Bar” was overwhelmingly unimpressed. Overzealous security, again, was the main source of complaint. Once in the bar area, you could not leave with any sort of liquid (including water) which meant anyone who had a mix of GA tickets and VIP tickets had to choose between being with their friends or staying where they could get a free drink. While I understand they don’t want one person in a group getting a VIP ticket and then supplying a large group of friends who purchased GA tickets with drinks throughout the night, the way it was handled made anyone I knew who had the VIP option not want to use it. Also, if an artist is DJing an event, I think we can all agree they should be able to access the VIP open bar. If not to get a free drink for their hard work, then as an extra perk for the fans in the VIP area who would have had a kick out of hanging out with them.

While neither the long line nor open bar missteps had much of an effect on my night, it was a sore spot amongst many who attended leading to several dissatisfied comments on the event’s social media. Overall, Minimal Effort NYE definitely has room to improve as far as organization and perhaps choice in staff and venue. But with the lineup these guys bring year after year, I honestly can’t imagine ringing New Years Eve at any other festival.

Note: I did not come up with the title to this review. I have to dedicate that to an amazing group of weirdos that have been my friends, family, and whose support was the only thing that kept me sane in 2018.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Disco. Techno. Laser Beam. Minimal Effort NYE 2019 [Event Review+Gallery]

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The Chainsmokers Are In The Studio With Blink-182

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:50

The Chainsmokers are in the studio with Blink-182.

Let’s just let that sink in for a little bit… Ready? Ok.

It almost seems surreal, to see the group who once did “Selfie” in the studio with one of the greatest pop punk/alt rock bands of all time. Yet, here we are. That being said, even these types of collaborations aren’t entirely foreign to The Chainsmokers, who have worked with Coldplay and Florida Georgia Line, and even have a song inspired by Beach House. Not to mention the collaborations teased back in 2016 with Linkin Park, Big Sean, and Weezer. (These might never see the light of day.)

While an Instagram post from Blink’s Matt Skiba simply shows them in a studio, a tweet from The Chainsmokers confirms that a song has indeed been written. “We can die happy now,” the duo writes.

Turns out, dreams can come true. As one redditor put it, “They went from writing about them to writing with them. If that ain’t a success story idk what is.”

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Writing wrongs… #chainsmokers ✨

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Just did a session with blink182 and wrote an amazing song. We can die happy now

— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) January 17, 2019


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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: The Chainsmokers Are In The Studio With Blink-182

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