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San Holo Announces Live Band Debut

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 14:10

At long last, San Holo is taking the next step in his live show with the debut of a full band coming March 21 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Manila Killa and Slow Magic will be there to support — but to squash any rumors before they begin, they will not be in the band.

San has been playing guitar live on stage for years, so this next step was not only anticipated, it was expected. Especially with his indie-leaning album1, and whatever new music he has to follow it, there’s a lot of reason to transition from CDJ-supported-by-guitar format to what will likely be a live band supported by Ableton Live.

The show goes on sale tomorrow at 10am PST. You can access the Songkick pre-sale here.

 

Photo via Rukes.com

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: San Holo Announces Live Band Debut

Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King’ Stumps Jeopardy! All-Star Contestants

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 13:55

What is Jesus Is King?

Kanye West‘s most recent album completely stumped contestants on an episode of Jeopardy!’s Greatest Of All Time. Though the roster was stacked with the gameshow’s supposed most intelligent champions, not a single contestant could recall the hip hop star’s 2019 release.

The clue read: “Follow God” and “Closed On Sunday” are tracks on this 2019 Kanye West album.

While this might have been an easy $800 for many people who are by no means Jeopardy! wizards, nobody even beeped in. In another recent episode, Drake’s song “God’s Plan” was mistaken as one of Kanye’s religious tracks — more easy money if you ask us.

Naturally, those on Twitter were quick to call out the Jesus Is King scenario as it happened.

Read some of the comments below.

Jesus Is King

Pretty cool seeing “Jesus is King” as an answer on #JeopardyGOAT ???? pic.twitter.com/iVbPr2FYEg

— Dave Willis (@davewillis) January 15, 2020

Jeopardy has the smartest contestants of all time on. And none of them could name the title of Kanye West’s 2019 album. That’s pretty hilarious.

Jesus Is King!

Maybe I could be a Jeopardy champion?

— Watching the Throne (@KanyePodcast) January 15, 2020

kanye's gonna be furious when he finds out none of the guys on jeopardy had heard of jesus is king.

— bomani (@bomani_jones) January 15, 2020

No one got the Kanye clue correct. ????#JeopardyGOAT #Jeopardy pic.twitter.com/UaFzbx6zOe

????????L E A???????? (@_MissLeandra) January 15, 2020

James, Ken & Brad didn't know the @Jeopardy question about Kanye's JESUS IS KING… but who can blame them; definitely not his finest piece of work! #JEOPARDYGOAT pic.twitter.com/QnyZtyLL9A

— Matt Horowitz (@SharpCheddar856) January 15, 2020

 

Source: Uproxx

 

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King’ Stumps Jeopardy! All-Star Contestants

Spotify Announces Custom Playlists For Pets – How To Get Yours

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 13:04

Spotify just announced bespoke playlists for pets, and you’re about to see a lot of cute faces on the streaming platform in the coming days.

The feature allows you to choose between five different pets currently: dog, cat, iguana, bird, or hamster. It asks you whether your pet is more energetic or relaxed, friendly or shy, curious or apathetic. Then it asks for their name and photo, and after consulting your own tastes, voila, your best friend has their own playlist!

I chose my roommate’s dog, Mollie, for this experiment. She ranks pretty high on energy, friendliness, and curiosity, so it’s no surprise her playlist is pretty energetic and powerful. It chose artists like Lost Kings, QUIX, Gramatik, Blanke, Bandlez so I’d say it’s pretty spot on.

You can check out Mollie’s playlist below and get your own here.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Spotify Announces Custom Playlists For Pets – How To Get Yours

Anjuna HQ is Throwing a “Bushfire Relief Rave” to Raise Money for Australia

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 20:34

Anjuna HQ is doing its part to raise money for Australia.

The team behind record labels Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep are throwing a party at one of London’s premier clubs, Tola Peckham, on Australia Day Weekend. With no less than five Australians working full time at Anjuna HQ, this event is especially near and dear to their hearts.

100% of the ticket revenue will go the Red Cross Australia Bushfire Relief Fund, which is dedicated to helping families that have lost their homes and livelihoods due to the disaster.

The event page reads, “join us for a night of tinny-cracking, ute-mustering, Aria-losing, Clipsal 500-winning, Daryl Somers-endorsed house n’ techno n’ associated ‘ard stuff. Non-stop antipodal debauchery featuring the Anjuna HQ All-Stars + special guests from 9pm – late.”

The event goes down January 24, 2020. If you can’t attend, you can still make a donation here.

More info below via the Anjunafamily: Official Anjunabeats & Anjunadeep Fan Group.

Bushfire Relief Rave


This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Anjuna HQ is Throwing a “Bushfire Relief Rave” to Raise Money for Australia

No Mana Drops Lead Single From Forthcoming Debut Album, “Strangers”

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 20:34

The road to a debut album is often a long one. There’s so much that goes behind the scenes for producers before they’re ready to release a truly career-shifting body of work, whether it be old aliases, years of watching YouTube videos, tens of thousands of dollars spent on hardware, software, branding, and more. But at the same time, there’s also no better feeling when everything finally starts to fall into place.

No Mana recently revealed his debut album is coming in 2020, and today he released the first single, “Stranger” with Jantine. It’s a beautiful progressive house that builds on all the elements that No Mana has established over the past five years while still presenting a sort of open ended atmosphere. The wonderful vocals from Jantine naturally evolve into a deep, soulful, infectious drop.

There’s no date set yet for the album release, but with the first single out now, we’ll probably hear it sometime around summer or earlier. Check back for more updates, but listen to “Strangers” from No Mana right now below.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: No Mana Drops Lead Single From Forthcoming Debut Album, “Strangers”

Jai Wolf Kicks Off 2020 With New Single & Red Rocks Announcement

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 20:33

2019 saw Jai Wolf debut his first studio album, the eclectic and adventurous The Cure To Loneliness. Now entering a new year and a new decade, he continues his brand of electronic/indie fusion in the new single “Moon Rider” featuring Wrabel.

Bearing similarities to The 1975, Troye Sivan, or Years & Years, “Moon Rider” is made up of lush synths and Wrabel’s now instantly noticeable voice.

Along with the single, Jai Wolf announced his first ever headlining Red Rocks show, as well as shows at Bill Graham, Aragon Ballroom, Brooklyn Mirage, and Coachella.

For more information, visit jaiwolf.com.

 

Photo via Rukes.com

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Jai Wolf Kicks Off 2020 With New Single & Red Rocks Announcement

Cardinal Artists Expands Roster With Luca Lush, Carbin, Benzi, Saka, and Copycatt

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 20:17

Since its creation in early 2018, Cardinal Artists has quickly become one of the go-to management companies for emerging electronic acts. With an initial roster of QUIX, Vincent, and StayLoose, founder Marc Geylman partnered with Justin Van Vranken later that year and their success only continued from there.

Since then, the two expanded the company by signing rising stars JVNA, Juelz, and Jaron. Cardinal Artists is now ready to go into the new decade with the addition of Chaz Marshall, a talented artist manager who will help oversee Cardinal’s newest signings – Luca Lush, Carbin, Saka and Copycatt. Geylman and Van Vranken are also pleased to announce they will now be representing dance music veteran Benzi, a Diplo and Friends resident DJ and executive at Parametric/APG.

2020 is looking bright for this talented group of artists and managers.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Cardinal Artists Expands Roster With Luca Lush, Carbin, Benzi, Saka, and Copycatt

SWARM Gives Celldweller’s “Into The Void” A Dark & Sinister Remix

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 19:55

You’ll rarely see anyone remixing Celldweller — the man just doesn’t need it. But of the few remixes that are officially commissioned, you’ll notice a consistent quality between them, and SWARM’s latest remix of “Into The Void” doesn’t disappoint.

Heavy guitar riffs are replaced with distorted synths, natural drums replaced with filtered pads, basslines replaced with synthetic, gritty replicas… every single small detail of the original feels like it’s been recognized and identified and copied over with painstaking scrutiny, albeit with a more dark and sinister electronic inclination. Such a comparison brings to mind franchises like Altered Carbon or Bladerunner, to give you a better idea of the reverence I’m paying to SWARM’s remix.

You can check out the remix below right now.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: SWARM Gives Celldweller’s “Into The Void” A Dark & Sinister Remix

Galantis Reimagine Super Mario Bros. Theme with “We Are Born to Play” ft. Charli XCX

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 19:52

Galantis have completely reimagined the Super Mario Bros. theme for 2020.

“We Are Born to Play” highlights the hitmakers to playful perfection, in a way that both celebrates the popular gaming franchise and gets players excited for a whole new world. Plus, it’s a hella catchy pop song all on its own.

The music video release teases the forthcoming Super Nintendo World theme park coming to both Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Singapore. The nostalgic attraction is sure to please Super Nintendo fans of all ages.

Galantis share their excitement for the project on Twitter: “Still pinching ourselves that we had the opportunity to work on such an iconic song that played such a big part in our childhood.”

The world’s first ever Super Nintendo World area comes to Universal Studios Japan first, expected this summer!

Super Nintendo World Japan: Galantis ft. Charli XCX – We Are Born to Play

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Galantis Reimagine Super Mario Bros. Theme with “We Are Born to Play” ft. Charli XCX

Lightning in a Bottle Drops 2020 Lineup With Kaytranada, GRiZ, Purity Ring & More

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 18:04

Lightning in a Bottle, North America’s premier independent music and arts festival, today revealed the lineup for its 2020 event as it prepares to return to Buena Vista Lake in Southern California for the second year, this time over Memorial Day Weekend, May 20-25. And boy is this year’s lineup something!!

Since the early 2000s, the Do LaB has fostered a boutique experience that has gone on to inspire a global movement within the larger festival community. Lightning in a Bottle stands as a destination for musical artists looking to perform within creative stage environments in front of one of the scene’s most engaged and dedicated crowds. The 2020 LIB lineup continues this ethos by including an eclectic pluralism of acts that extend across the live and electronic spectrums.

This year will feature performances from Kaytranada, Sylvan Esso, GRiZ, Purity Ring, Four Tet, Jon Hopkins, James Blake, Amon Tobin, DJ Shadow, Noisia, EPROM, Nina Kraviz, Bob Moses, Justin Martin, and way, way more. After a three year hiatus, LIB favorite the Lucent Dossier Experience also returns to captivate with its avant-garde and mesmerizing cirque-style theatrics. Calling it this year’s strong EDM festival so far isn’t a tough stretch.

Tickets On Sale Now at https://lightninginabottle.org/

 

Photo via Jessica Bernstein Photography

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Lightning in a Bottle Drops 2020 Lineup With Kaytranada, GRiZ, Purity Ring & More

Nicky Romero To Headline Royal Ravens Call of Duty Home Series Show

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 16:13

Nicky Romero is set to headline the inaugural Royal Ravens Call of Duty Home Series Show.

Next month, Call of Duty’s most loyal fans will come together for gaming festivities and performances in London. The event is put on exclusively by the Royal Ravens, the UK’s only COD league team.

As one of the event’s signature performers, Nicky is expected to bring unmatched energy to the stage. Not only is he an avid Call of Duty player himself, he’s invested in the UK gaming community and dedicated to help bring esports to its fullest potential.

The DJ/producer shares in a press release:

For years, I’ve used gaming to unwind after long nights in the studio and as a way to stay connected with friends when I’m on the road performing. Whether it’s during a show or on social media, I love engaging with my fans. I am honored to be a part of the Royal Ravens first Home Series event and look forward to a weekend filled with all things Call of Duty.

See his official announcement via tweet below.

Nicky Romero x Royal Ravens

Who wants to play a game of COD? ????I'm stoked to perform at @CODLeague in LONDON February 8th and support the @RoyalRavens!

???? https://t.co/ov0nqSrOvy pic.twitter.com/WI41Fn3HSu

— Nicky Romero (@nickyromero) January 9, 2020

 

Photo via Rukes.com

 

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Nicky Romero To Headline Royal Ravens Call of Duty Home Series Show

Zeds Dead & Deadbeats Release Massive 14-Track ‘We Are Deadbeats (Vol. 4)’

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 15:16

After a considerable number of singles, the full We Are Deadbeats (Vol. 4) compilation is here. Somewhat doubling as a complete Zeds Dead album, the compilation features 14 collaborations with the likes of Deathpact, Subtronics, Delta Heavy, Dion Timmer, Slushii, Champagne Drip, and more.

In terms of flow, this is definitely more of a compilation than a fleshed out album. Tracks don’t necessary fit together from one to the next, there’s a lack of cohesive sound — but that’s pretty much a given considering the variety of artists on the project. That being said, its ability to live in that in-between is definitely a blessing as Zeds Dead can pretty much work with whoever they want in whatever style they want and no one can say anything about it.

Seven of the tracks from the 14-track compilation were released as singles before today, meaning there’s still half the tracks to discover. And there’s still plenty of goodies to explore, I assure you. Collaborations with Deathpact, Champagne Drip, DNMO & GG Magree, Slushii, and the return of Omar LinX with Zeds Dead are all guaranteed to excite and impress.

Zeds Dead says of the album: “We wanted to collaborate with some artists on our label as well as artists that represent the kind of music you’ll hear at a Deadbeats show. We are in the process of finishing our second album, and at the same time have been working on these tracks for our live sets. Over time all these tracks started fitting together like a mixtape or compilation of sorts, and we felt it was a natural evolution of the We Are Deadbeats series we’ve had on the label since it started. It took shape very organically and what was once meant to be a sort of precursor to our album eventually transformed into an album of its own and we’re incredibly happy with how it turned out. That second Zeds Dead album is still coming though!”

Check out We Are Deadbeats (Vol. 4) below and stay tuned for another Zeds Dead album in 2020!

We Are Deadbeats Vol. 4 arrives at the top of the new year after Zeds Dead x Deadbeats announced DeadRocks 7. Already sold out, the seventh iteration of their two day massive headlining show is set to take place on July 2nd and 3rd at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The seventh iteration of the show follows their 4th annual Deadbeats North American tour, which featured over 100K in attendance, and will take place after dates in San Francisco, Montreal, New Orleans, and Arizona later this year. Tickets are available on their website.

 

Photo by Scott Hutchinson for Insomniac Events

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Zeds Dead & Deadbeats Release Massive 14-Track ‘We Are Deadbeats (Vol. 4)’

Billie Eilish to Perform New James Bond Theme “No Time to Die”

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 13:59

The name is Eilish… Billie Eilish.

The young pop star will write and record the new James Bond theme song “No Time to Die.” In fact, she’s the youngest artist to ever perform the theme for the James Bond franchise.

A star-studded list of artists have recorded the famous theme song over the years, including Paul McCartneyMadonnaAdeleChris CornellSam Smith, and Alicia Keys with Jack White.

It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock — Billie Eilish 

No Time to Die marks the 25th Bond film. It theaters on April 8, 2020.

Billie heads out on her Where Do We Go? Word Tour soon — get tickets here.

Billie Eilish – “No Time To Die”

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“No Time To Die” JAMES BOND. AND I AM SINGING THE THEME SONG. ???????????????????????? WHAAT

A post shared by BILLIE EILISH (@billieeilish) on Jan 14, 2020 at 8:00am PST

Also can we take a moment to appreciate this coincidence from a year ago…

billie eilish announces she will perform theme song for next james bond film

me, one year ago: pic.twitter.com/0VPOPmjwLS

— Seth Everman (@SethEverman) January 14, 2020

 

Source: Consequence of Sound | Photo via Coachella

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Billie Eilish to Perform New James Bond Theme “No Time to Die”

Big Gigantic Reveal New Album Out Soon With New Single, “Burning Love”

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 12:59

Going on four years since their last album, Big Gigantic have finally revealed their sixth studio album, Free Your Mind, out February 28. Representing the longest drought between any two albums for the group, and the beginning of a new decade, this album is one of the Denver duo’s most authentic releases to date.

The announcement today was accompanied by a new single, “Burning Love.” According to Big G, it deals with the all-too-familiar trials of “navigating romantic love” and the aftermath of finally taking the plunge.

As a whole, Free Your Mind emphasizes uplifting, expansive soul vocals that truly engage their fans through 13-tracks featuring artists like Pell, Felly, TOBi, Jennifer Hartswick, Louis Futon and The Funk Hunters just to name a few. In true Big Gigantic fashion, the album spans a variety of genres offering up playful electronic pop to modern jazz fusion compositions.

“Free Your Mind is about exploring all of the different things that make us human— the things that connect us to ourselves and to each other— so that we can get to know our true selves and live our greatest lives without anything holding us back.” – Big Gigantic

You can stream the brand new single now and pre-order the album plus limited edition bundles here. Stay tuned for even more surprises from Big Gigantic in 2020.



 

Photo via Rukes.com

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Big Gigantic Reveal New Album Out Soon With New Single, “Burning Love”

GRAZZE & George Bloom Deliver Impressive EP, ‘In Our Hearts/Hesze’ [Zerothree Records]

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 10:50

One thing I love about Zerothree Records is that they have a knack for showcasing amazing talent. Their latest EP is no exception, as they welcome GRAZZE & George Bloom for their impressive EP ‘In Our Hearts/Hesze’.

GRAZZE seems to inject a real sense of magic across his records; very much an artist that completely respects and understands melodic construction. “In Our Hearts” is the lead track really showcases his musical abilities using hypnotic synth-lines, gritty, driving bass tones and a mesmerizing vocal hook that glides in and out of the track. 

“Hesze” follows and provides a darker, club like tone. George Bloom steps in to add his unique take and absolutely nails it. This one is progressive at its finest and an excellent collaboration between the two talented artists.

‘In Our Hearts/Hesze’ from GRAZZE & George Bloom is a great EP and hopefully the start of many more collaborations between the artists. Stream it below!

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: GRAZZE & George Bloom Deliver Impressive EP, ‘In Our Hearts/Hesze’ [Zerothree Records]

GRiZ & Dillon Francis Tease Potential Collab & Fans Are Freaking Out

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 19:27

GRiZ and Dillon Francis make for the collaboration we didn’t know we needed until now!

Of course, when any two DJs strike up a conversation on social media, our minds immediately jump to collab. This instance below seems especially promising, however, considering both parties are onboard from the get-go.

“got a new joiiiiiint for u,” GRiZ said @ Dillon.

“GIMMEIEKEIENSHSKSJSJ,” he responded enthusiastically.

Dillon is soon to embark on his Sugar, Spice and Everything Ice Tour with Yung Gravy. Meanwhile, GRiZ is wrapping up his own run of tour dates, including Coachella and Lollapalooza Paris. Hopefully they find the time to make this happen sooner than later — because fans are beyond ready.

So, Grillonfranciz 2020???

GRiZ x Dillon Francis

yo @DillonFrancis got a new joiiiiiint for u ???? hit me a DM!

— GRiZ (@Griz) January 13, 2020

GIMMEIEKEIENSHSKSJSJ

— Dillon Francis (@DillonFrancis) January 13, 2020

GRillonfranciZ

— CAMO (@ASAP_CVMO) January 13, 2020

OMG OMG OMG MY 2 FAVORITES TOGETHER AHHHH

— Dani???? (@DialDani) January 13, 2020

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: GRiZ & Dillon Francis Tease Potential Collab & Fans Are Freaking Out

Facebook Begins Rolling Out New Desktop Design & Dark Mode

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 19:13

Facebook is getting a glow up in 2020 — and it’s coming sooner than you think!

According to a new report, the platform’s all-new redesigned look for desktop is expected by springtime. The update features a clean, organized look with more white space and brighter icons — or users can opt for dark mode.

The roll out has already begun and some are getting the chance to test out the new design firsthand. This “small percentage” of users can access what the company calls “The New Facebook” starting now.

For the time being, Facebook will still allow users who have agreed to the redesigned website to switch back to the standard version. The social media giant is also asking for feedback, whether it’s reported bugs or general thoughts.

Stay tuned.

 

Source: CNET

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Facebook Begins Rolling Out New Desktop Design & Dark Mode

Calvin Harris Tests Out Some New Sounds & We Are Here For It

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 19:03

It feels like just last week that Calvin Harris revealed he’d have plenty of new music in time for this year’s Coachella — probably because it was. But we didn’t expect any teasers this soon.

Then again, calling his new Instagram post a “teaser” is being a bit generous. The 30-second music clip is largely just an acid synth looped with some breakbeat drums coming in toward the end. It doesn’t seem to be even close to anything anyone would call a finished product; however, it does give fans a bit of insight into what kind of sounds Calvin is working with for these new tracks.

In response to another tweet that asked, “what vibe you going for now? is it a completely new one?” he responded, “For me yeah.”

Check out the clip below to see what Calvin’s cooking with and get ready for something to drop within the next three months.

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A post shared by Calvin Harris (@calvinharris) on Jan 11, 2020 at 1:31pm PST

 

Photo via Rukes.com

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Calvin Harris Tests Out Some New Sounds & We Are Here For It

Sia Hit Up Diplo For Some “No-Strings Sex” So It Wouldn’t Ruin Their Business Relationship

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 17:58

A new feature on Diplo in GQ published today revealed more about Diplo & Sia’s relationship than was previously known. The two collaborated along with Labrinth in 2019 on the super group LSD and their accompanying debut album, Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present… LSD.

The feature included testimonials from many people close to Diplo or who’ve worked with him, including Sia.

“Much of our relationship is just being spent trying not to have sex so that we wouldn’t ruin our business relationship because he’s super-duper hot,” Sia told GQ. “This year I wrote him a text, and I said, ‘Hey, listen, you’re like one of five people that I’m sexually attracted to, and now that I’ve decided to be single for the rest of my life and I just adopted a son, I don’t have time for a relationship .… If you’re interested in some no-strings sex, then hit me up.’”

We’re all for open and honest discourse on sexual relationships, and Sia definitely deserves props for shooting her shot and being upfront about boundaries. She didn’t reveal if Diplo took her up on the offer.

“He doesn’t think that he’s good enough at anything. He has crazy low self-esteem,” she continued, also calling him “the sweetest thing in the world” but “one of the most insecure boys I’ve ever met.”

“It’s so interesting, because he’s one of the most talented and attractive people in the world. But he doesn’t know it.”

You can read the full profile on Diplo here.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Sia Hit Up Diplo For Some “No-Strings Sex” So It Wouldn’t Ruin Their Business Relationship

Rampage Founder & DJ Murdock Talks Pendulum & Noisia, Drum & Bass In The US, & More

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 16:52

After an incredible 10 year anniversary event last year, Rampage hasd been working hard over the winter to make sure the 2020 edition, from March 13-14 in 2020, will be even bigger and better.

Returning to the Belgian city of Antwerp and the giant Antwerp Sportpaleis, the line-up this year brims with world-class talent and a very special, fully-fledged headline show from Pendulum Trinity which will be the first time the band have performed outside of the UK, and will be the only time they do so before summer. As well as that, a special Farewell Tour DJ set from Noisia, and sets from Black Sun Empire, a world-wide debut AV show from Virtual Riot, Eptic, SASASAS (Macky Gee, Phantasy, Skibadee, Shabba D, Harry Shotta), Camo & Krooked b2b Mefjus, Delta Heavy, DJ Marky, Matrix & Futurebound, Modestep (live), Kasra b2b Randall, Dirtyphonics LIIVE, Midnight Tyrannosaurus, DPMO, Definitive b2b Sweettooth b2b Flakzz, and many more line up.

Of course, the man behind all this is Belgium’s DJ Murdock aka Hans Machiels, who has released on V Recordings, Hospital Records and whose latest album on Viper has made a huge impact which has seen Mistajam select ‘Double Dutch’ as his self-certified dance anthem, while Annie Mac plucked ‘Different Way’ for her BBC show. As such, he is right at the heart of the scene as a DJ and Producer and leading from the front with the immense Rampage brand.

Your EDM caught up with Murdock ahead of this year’s Rampage to talk about the future of the event, how the lineup is curated, having special Pendulum and Noisia performances on one lineup, and the rise of drum & bass in the U.S. Read below!

Tickets to Rampage are still available here.

After hosting the 10th anniversary last year and now heading into a new decade, how do you feel about the direction of Rampage and how are you looking to improve upon it in the years to come?

Well, the festival has been getting more and more renowned and that puts the spotlight even more on us, which pushes us to do even better. The line-up is more impressive than ever, and the show will be getting a complete make-over, making sure people won’t believe what they see when they enter the room, March 13th. We have been thinking of ways to make the experience completely different and more active throughout the night and have come up with a few ways to keep eyes boggled throughout the event.

The upper tier of artists in drum & bass and dubstep don’t change much year to year. You have Noisia, Pendulum, Excision, Zomboy, Camo & Krooked, the pillars of the scene in general. When you’re booking the lineup for Rampage, how much attention is given to these all-stars, the headliners, as opposed to the rising talent?

The main attention goes into the new talent and the ones that have cemented their position as leaders of the pack, groundbreakers or just legends. The most exciting thing is bringing new talent out, and giving people that deserve to shine on such a stage that chance. It’s great that we have DJ Marky on board this year – he has been a big influence on my career and he is just one of my favorite drum & bass DJs. Another sick addition is AC13 & Ben Snow, who have been making big waves. But also the fact that guys like Virtual Riot keep climbing the ladder of the bass music world and they can do so each year at one of our events.

Booking both Pendulum Trinity and Noisia’s Farewell Show this year must have been huge accomplishments for you. How have these two groups influenced your own experience in drum & bass over the years?

The great thing is that they want to play our event as much as we want them to play for us. Both outfits are gangs of legends and we could not NOT have them, if you know what I mean. Pendulum is coming out as a threesome for the first time in years, presenting new music, having Rob Swire sing live… I’m sure people are going to lose it when that happens. And although it’s sad that we have to say goodbye to Noisia, but what better way to do that than on our stage at Rampage?

I was part of the group of DJs that brought Pendulum out to Belgium for the first time, ages ago, when they had just dropped Vault. That is still one of the most impressive tunes in drum & bass history and it immediately made everyone aware big things were about to happen. Noisia have delivered so many classics, both big hitters like Friendly Intentions and Stigma, but also surprisingly funky creepers like Motion Blur. They are always represented in my DJ sets.

A lot of people are saying that drum & bass will experience a huge resurgence in the US in 2020. Do you think this is true? And how would you help to make it true if not?

That seems to be the rumour, yes, and I wouldn’t be surprised. When I played EDC in Las Vegas last year, the reaction to drum & bass was as big as the one to dubstep on that Basspod stage, which had everyone talking. Obviously, other (bigger) stages had dubstep acts playing to bigger crowds, but the way drum & bass went down at EDC was very promising. I’m sure we’ll get involved in America at some point, but only time will tell!

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Rampage Founder & DJ Murdock Talks Pendulum & Noisia, Drum & Bass In The US, & More

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