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Above & Beyond Release Ambient Album Flow State"

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The ambient album aims to create peace of mind

Beloved U.K. trance trio Above & Beyond's latest album release is not full of the fist-pumping beats or heartfelt lyrics fans may be used to. Instead, Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki aimed to create a reflective, ambient album specifically for use in meditation and yoga.

Flow State contains tracks curated around introspection and deep thought, the latter of which is possible through its spoken word section. With help from Elena Brower, the talk focuses on self-acceptance and pursues encouragement.

The album is the five-year culmination of yoga exploration, which all began at Burning Man in 2014. In the sands of the famed Playa, the British trio performed a sunset yoga set alongside Brower, a life-altering event that put the group in a trajectory towards future yoga sets.

In a statement on the album's release, Above & Beyond said:

“Flow State is about the subtlest, innermost conversation, trusting ourselves, and looking inward for acceptance. That acceptance of our own humanity is an experience of Flow State. It’s a profoundly peaceful space for listening and healing,”

The nearly hourlong soundscape contains a collection of zen-infusing tracks that allow for concentration, clarity and a sense of peace. 

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Global Dance Festival Day 2 Delayed Due to Lightning Strike Warning

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 17:45

Unforeseen circumstances will push back the second day of Global Dance Festival until further notice.

Unforeseen circumstances have forced the organizers of Global Dance Festival to to make changes to the event’s schedule. Potential lightning strikes due to thunderstorms have kept the Denver, Colorado gathering from commencing at its scheduled time.

According to a statement, the lightning strike warning could last anywhere between 60-120 minutes. Gates were scheduled to open at 3:00 PM MST. Attendees who arrived via ride share have been encouraged to gather near gate 10, which is sheltered by an overpass.

Billed for the 2019 edition of Global are such EDM mainstays as Kaskade, Zhu and a back-to-back set between Illenium and Excision. The opening acts that were canceled due to the weather include Adam Stark, DJ Tanastadi, Andy Immerman and Case Closed.

It remains to be seen how long it will take before Global Dance Festival resumes operations. This is a developing story that will be updated as more information is made available.

UPDATE 3:55 PM MST: Global Dance Festival’s organizers have begun admitting patrons.

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Attendee Passes Away at Tomorrowland 2019

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 16:17

Three others entered intensive care on Friday.

A man from India has passed away during the first weekend of the 2019 Tomorrowland

Belgian authorities have stated that he was taken to Antwerp University Hospital after falling unconscious at the festival on Friday. After he arrived at the hospital, however, they were unable to resuscitate him. The current cause of death is unknown and an autopsy is scheduled for Monday. 

According to authorities, three others were taken to the hospital on Friday as well. One currently remains in intensive care. 

This isn't the first accident to happen at Tomorrowland, as two women passed away last year from water intoxication.

Tomorrowland is one of the world's largest festivals, taking place in Boom, Belgium. The festival draws 400,000 fans from across the globe, spanning across two weekends. This year's lineup includes a number of high profile artists, including DJ Snake, Armin van Buuren, DJ Diesel and Carl Cox. The event can be livestreamed here.

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HARBER's Tropical Single “Savior” ft. Axel Brings Summer Heat

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 15:53

After a nine-week Billboards Chart run on his last single, HARBER is back again to dominate dance music playlists.

If you frequent dance clubs or music festivals, chances are likely you’ve heard HARBER's music before. The 22-year-old producer has found tremendous success in creating his signature trop-pop sound. His last single, “More Than You” featuring Lexy Panterra spent over two months on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. The New York native is back again at the peak of the summertime season to release the incredibly groovy single, “Savior” featuring Axel, out now on 450 Music.

“Savior” embodies the true essence of summer. The tropical dance beat flows effortlessly with the driving saxophone making for a funky, unforgettable single. Atop an already powerful sound, the song is carried by the authentic and emotive vocals of Axel. Having been co-written alongside the same force behind Illenium and Gryffin's powerhouse single “Feel Good” featuring Daya, as well as Lost Frequencies' “All or Nothing,” would account for the track's genuine feel.

On top of dominating Billboard charts, HARBER’s music has also found a place in over 10,000 Spotify playlists, amassing for over one million streams. The widespread support doesn’t stop there, he has also received praise from industry legends such as The Chainsmokers and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. We can expect to hear more from HARBER as he climbs his way to the top with his vacation-esque sound. 

Stream or download HARBER's new single "Savior" featuring Axel today. 

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Borgore Drops Music Video for "911" ft. Abella Danger on Pornhub

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 15:38

The music video is as wild as the track.

Borgore (real name Asaf Borger) enlists the help of adult film actress Abella Danger once again for their collaboration "911," out via Buygore Records.

"911" differs ever so slightly from Borger's usual fare as a faster-paced, hardstyle-influenced banger. Danger's catchy vocal leads listeners into a wild ride, as Borger's signature "gorestep" sound keeps things interesting with sharp, punchy synths layered over a fast-paced drum pattern. Undoubtedly, this is exactly what fans of Borger have been craving. 

The music video for "911" premiered on adult video streaming platform Pornhub and can be found here (NSFW).

Borger has established himself as a force in the dance music scene since the beginning of his career in 2009. Recently, he's been working on his latest album and has dropped a stream of successful singles including "Summerlake," "Gore On The Dancefloor," and "Camo Diamond Rollie." Expect plenty more from Borger in the near future. 

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Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Drop "Selfish" Rework from Tomorrowland EP

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 15:06

Plenty of new music is on the way from these two.

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (real names Dimitri Thivaios and Michael Thivaios) have released the Tomorrowland 2013 Aftermovie remix of their hit "Selfish." This remix serves as the first single off of their 2019 Tomorrowland EP dropping on their Smash The House imprint.

The Thivaios brothers have brought the heat once again on their rework of "Selfish." Massive, glimmering synths guide listeners through this festival-ready track, giving us a fresh iteration of their notable collaboration with Era Istrefi

Fans of the duo should rejoice, as they've announced that this is the first of many upcoming releases. One song will drop from the 12-track EP each week ending on September 17th. Check out the full release schedule here.

The duo have been around for years and have established themselves amongst the top of the dance music game. Recently, they've collaborated with some of the best-known names in the game, including David Guetta, Daddy Yankee and Vini Vici, and were featured on the Mortal Kombat 11 soundtrack alongside Bassjackers

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Jauz Releases i_o Collab "Truth" from Tech House Compilation

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 18:31

The full compilation LP will be released on July 26th via Bite This

Late last month, Jauz, a poster child for eclectic bass music, announced: "July is for HOUSE MUSIC." Low and behold he held true to that statement with the release of "Don't Leave Me," the first single off his upcoming tech/house compilation LP titled Jauz Presents: This Is Off The Deep End set to debut on July 26th. The Bite This! founder is now back with his second single, "Truth" featuring i_o

Jauz (real name Sam Vogel) enlisted the help of rising techno artist i_o to deliver some of his signature funky chord patterns. That paired with Vogel's powerful bass lines and atmospheric vocal chops make this a home run. It's the type of track that makes you want to go find your closest underground warehouse party. 

Jauz stated:

“i_o and I have been friends for something like seven years now and watching him create this new project from scratch and seeing its growth has been so much fun. We’ve always written music together - he was basically in the studio with me during the entire creation of the wise and the wicked - but when the OTDE project came along we both knew it was the perfect fit for us to actually do a track together. We wrote truth in basically a day flat, just kept trying different bass lines and drums and samples and once we found that main vocal everything really fell into place. Love how this one turned out and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do!”

The anonymous producer who goes by the name i_o recently performed his rendition of Above & Beyond's 2011 single "Alchemy" that blew fans away. Following his debut on mau5trap at the end of 2017, i_o has quickly risen to notoriety in the electronic music world. He is going to be one to watch. 

Vogel has been on a steady rise to the top since his 2014 hit single "Turn Up The Volume." In 2017 he launched Bite This! and now is redirecting himself with his plans to release more underground-style music. He released the tracklist to the upcoming LP just yesterday. It features over 10 of his peers including Kyle Walker, Kendoll, C.H.A.Y. , Ship Wrek, Nukid, Jay Robinson and more. 

Jauz Presents: This Is Off The Deep End arrives by way of Bite This! on July 26th. Pre-save or pre-order the compilation via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes or Beatport here.

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The 2019 Edition of Mamby On The Beach has been Canceled

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 18:15

Among the causes of the cancellation were Lake Michigan's higher-than-usual water levels.

Unfortunate circumstances have befallen this year's edition of Mamby On The Beach. The Montrose Beach, Illinois music festival - whose 2019 lineup included Zhu, Justin Martin and Porter Robinson - has officially been called off.

"We are saddened to announce that Mamby on the Beach has been canceled for 2019 due to circumstances beyond our control," reads a statement posted on the event website. "These unforeseen issues include significantly higher than average waters of Lake Michigan eliminating the beach portion of our site. Additionally, our original footprint was affected by the presence of Great Lakes Piping Plover shorebirds, a federally protected species."

Mamby On The Beach was set to take place on August 23rd and 24th. Event organizers have revealed that all ticket holders will automatically receive refunds on the cards they used for their purchase next week. 

It remains to be seen whether the aforementioned issues will affect future editions of Mamby On The Beach.

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Exclusive: Polo & Pan Unleash New EP, Gengis

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 17:32

Polo & Pan's EP includes two remixes of the title track.

French electronic duo Polo & Pan are back with a brand-new project for their fans. The Gengis EP clocks in at four tracks, including the standout single “Gengis” and two remixes - one from Ghent-based duo Asa Moto and one from Tel Aviv selectors Red Axes.

While Polo & Pan are known for their out-of-the-box instrumentals and French touch, “Gengis” strays from their typical traditional French-driven melodies, instead creating a psychedelic soundscape with tribal rhythms. The new track also serves as their first original single since their critically acclaimed 2017 album titled Caravelle, which clocks in at over 115 million global streams and over 60 million plays alone.

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Speaking on the creative process behind the new EP they stated: 

“We wanted to use some textures that would evoke something esoteric, hence the flutes and Mongol monk-style vocals. These were recorded at the very first session. A few weeks later, we realized the track was still missing something. We wanted to create a real surprise at the end, so we spent a day in the studio with Alex Lecourt who is an expert in traditional instruments and a genius improvisator. The last part of the track was born from that day of recording.”

With a growing fanbase and over 60,000 followers on Instagram alone, they hope their audience will enjoy the diversity and span of their creations: from songs to club tracks to more cinematic tracks.

“We take our inspiration from all the things we love and try to channel them into a coherent universe through our production," they said. "We hope the scope of our music inspires people to listen to music more transversally.”

As far as performances, they just packed out the Gobi tent at Coachella Music & Arts Festival in April of this year. Fans can expect a full-blown world tour in support of the new project, deemed their most expensive U.S. tour to date. Find the full list of dates below:

9/12 - Royale - Boston, MA
9/13 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY
9/14 - Underground Arts - Philadelphia, PA
9/15 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
9/17 - Thalia Hall - Chicago, IL
9/18 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
9/19 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
9/20 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO
9/24 - The Showbox - Seattle, WA
9/26 - Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC
11/1 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON
11/2 - MTelus - Montreal, QC
11/3 - L’Imperial Bell - Quebec, QC
11/5 - El Club - Detroit, MI
11/6 - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
11/7 - The Ground - Miami, FL
11/9 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
11/10 - Canton Hall - Dallas, TX
11/11 - Mohawk - Austin, TX
11/13 - The Novo - Los Angeles, CA
11/15 - Fox Theater - Oakland, CA

Slimez is Out to Break Your Neck with New EP, Spine Snappa

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 17:19

Slimez' gritty, four-track debut EP is available now.

Green-haired Los Angeles producer Slimez (real name Cameron Kush) has undoubtedly been cementing himself as a force to be reckoned with in the bass music scene. Crushing shows with the likes of PhaseOne, G-Rex, Trampa, and more, Slimez is poised to become one of the next biggest stars of dubstep. Now, he's released his debut EP, Spine Snappa.

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The leadoff single "Spine Snappa" features Atarii's verses leading into an intense and gritty dubstep drop which has been setting the room off in recent DJ sets. On a collaboration with rising star Cherney called "Silence," the energy is amped up even higher with choppy metallic bass sounds and classic arcade game bits sprinkled in. 

Third up is the aptly titled "Green Hair," which employs a semi-trappy intro before leading into a monstrous main section after the drop. Dubstep mainstay p0gman is featured on the closing track, "Head Stompa," which does just that with relentlessly heavy bass sounds. 

The Spine Snappa EP follows up impressive singles like "War" and "APEX," showcasing Slimez' talent and skill as a producer, and providing huge collaborations that flex those skills even further. Slimez' upcoming tour dates include GRiMEFEST in Dallas with G-REX and Phiso, and the Wyld Paint Party in Vegas.

Spine Snappa is available now across all major platforms and can be found here.

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WE ARE FURY Release New Trap Fusion Track "Heart of Mine"

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 17:15

A refreshing take on trap music makes this new release a must hear.

Joachim Speidel and Stuart Brookes, better known as WE ARE FURY, are revisiting their original trap beginnings with a brand new release titled "Heart of Mine" featuring Kobra Paige. "Heart of Mine" is reminiscent of the duo's older releases, drawing influence from previous tracks like "Fade Away" and "Demons." A fusion of both heavy-hitting bass and heart wrenching melodies, this track brings all of the sounds that we love from WE ARE FURY together into one track.

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Lead singer of Canadian rock band Kobra and the Lotus, Kobra Paige, brings power to the song with her strong vocal lead.  With roots in heavy metal, Kobra shows off her deeply emotional tone from start to finish.

Joachim of WE ARE FURY commented on the release, saying:

"The track is built around the theme of perseverance and remaining focused on your journey as a person. We incorporated a lot of heavier elements in this track to complement Kobra's metal vocals but also wanted to keep a balance of slower more melodic sections to develop contrast."  

"Heart of Mine" is available now via Lowly., and can be streamed here.  Returning from a massive show at FVDED in The Park, WE ARE FURY have big plans for the remainder of 2019.  

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Tomorrowland Releases 2019 Live Stream Schedule

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 17:13

No FOMO here, watch from the comfort of your own home.

This year one of the most famous festivals in the world turns 15. Weekend one of Tomorrowland has begun in beautiful Boom, Belgium - but if you aren't one of the lucky attendees, fear not. There will be a live stream over the course of both weekends. 

The team behind the epic three-day festival will stream some of the top names in dance music over four channels. The Mainstage, Freedom Stage, L'Orangerie, and Garden of Madness will all be broadcasted. Friday features sets from Yotto, Solomun, Sam Feldt, CamelPhat, Tiësto, Benny Benassi, Steve Aoki and many more. 

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With all the amazing production and brand new stages, this will be your chance to enter the magical world that is Tomorrowland. Along with the new stages will be the "Symphony of Unity," an orchestral performance which will take place once during each weekend. No word yet if this will be live streamed but with the hype following it, we would count on it. 

Tomorrowland 2019 will take place from July 19th-21st and July 26th-28th. To view the live stream, click here or watch below: 

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Blasterjaxx Unveil Debut Album, Perspective, on Spinnin’ Records

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 16:57

After two years of intense work, the 23-track album is complete.

Known for their strong, energetic sound and mission to produce music that “makes you feel alive,” Dutch duo Blasterjaxx (real names Thom Jongkind and Idir Makhla) have finally debuted their highly anticipated debut album out now on Spinnin’ Record, as well as their own imprint Maxximize Records.

The 23-track effort, clocking in at a little over an hour's worth of Blasterjaxx originals, explores the duo's experimental side and passion for showcasing a variety of moods. Perspective opens with a dramatic, cinematic masterpiece. “Welcome” is a tension-building, vivid soundscape perfectly suited for the listening experience ahead. As the first track fades away, listeners are met with the second track, “Other Side” featuring Drew Ryn, which blends in seamlessly with the first. Drew Ryn, who has climbed her way to the top of iTunes charts multiple times, is the first of many notable singers and songwriters included on the album. 

Perspective is packed with addictive melodies, enormous builds, genuine lyrics, and main stage-worthy beats. It was over two years in the making, and Jongkind spoke on how the team approached the project differently:

“We mostly finish a complete track in just a matter of a couple of days. This time we set up writing camps in which we literally spent weeks in vacation parks isolating ourselves. We just took a guitar, microphone, and a laptop and started from scratch. We invited singer/songwriters and just made the best of it. Every production has had a lot of work and eye for details because every track had a different starting point. One track was more tech whilst another would be more indie-dance or big room. In the end, all tracks can be related back to our own sound quite a bit.”

The album continues on to feature sultry vocals from Josie, as well as Envy Monroe who boasts three separate featues on the effort. Perspective is successful in proving the duo's claim “Bigroom Never Dies.” Their signature sound shines through - and after seven years of dedicating themselves to dance music, it comes as no surprise the act's passion has taken them across high-profile stages such as Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival, and EDC Las Vegas

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Blasterjaxx is currently on tour, with their next performance on July 26th in Boom, Belgium for Tomorrowland. The duo have 16 tour stops until the end of August. For more information, visit here.

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Alesso Remixes Previous Release "Sad Song" ft. TINI

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 16:41

Alesso turns up the energy right in time for Tomorrowland.

If you thought the music video to "Sad Song" ft. TINI was the last present Alesso had for us, think again. The Swedish superstar is back to deliver his own remix of the well-received track. The official remix amps up the tempo and turns up the heat making it the perfect summer anthem. 

"For the SAD SONG remix version - I wanted to increase the feeling of this song being a true Alesso remix with the sound that my hardcore fans know very well," Said Alesso (real name Alessandro Lindblad). "It’s has a lot of energy and tempo and the perfect uplifting summer vibe.”

As Lindblad stated, you can hear a lot of his old school style laid out in the production style. TINI's delicate yet soulful vocals are still the highlight feature, but we get a classic drop breakdown that we've come to know and love from the famed producer. The progressive house reinvention will make this the perfect track to bring in to club and festival circuit with performances at Tomorrowland and Lollapalooza right around the corner.

Argentinian songstress TINI (real name (real name Martina Stoessel)  caught the world's attention in 2016 with her self-titled debut album, Tini, and has accumulated nearly 2 billion global audio and video streams in total. Last year her collaboration with Jonas Blue, "Wild," transitioned herself into the club realm. Working with a titan like Lindblad will place her in the perfect space to lock in even more electronic music collaborations, and with a voice like that, we can't wait. 

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Longtime Collaborators Hardwell and Quintino Drop "Reckless"

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 16:17

Hardwell and Quintino's storied history continues with the release of their new single.

Though he hasn't been on the road for several months, Hardwell is maximizing his time off from touring as he adds another single with Quintino titled "Reckless" to his discography.

Long time fans know Hardwell (real name Robbert van de Corput) and Quintino (real name Quinten van den Berg) have a history of big room hits. The two have joined forces on two previous originals, "Woest" and "Baldagig," both released on van de Corput's Revealed Recordings. Beyond that, the two famously released a festival focused remix of J Balvin's chart-topping hit "Mi Gente" back in 2017.

After teasing "Reckless" earlier in the month, the collaboration has finally arrived in full by way of Spinnin' Records. Voluminous chords transpire into a twisting big room style lead with heavy kick drums holding as support. Reminiscent of their previous work together, "Reckless" is sure to satisfy fans of both artists in what could be described as a return to their foundational sound. 

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Giuseppe Ottaviani Explains Concept Behind New Album, Evolver  [Interview]

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 16:09

The album expands tracks created during his acclaimed Live 2.0 sets.

In February of 2016, under the Mexican electric sky, Giuseppe Ottaviani debuted a technologically-advanced live production in front of thousands of fans at EDC Mexico. The concept, which allowed Ottaviani to create new music onstage, required fan interaction from the beginning, altering the production of the track live. 

Titled Giuseppe Ottaviani Live 2.0 the set garnered him much acclaim, prompting the Italian trance producer to showcase his brainchild across the globe. From music festivals like Dreamstate and Tomorrowland to club shows at Soundbar and the Hollywood Palladium, Ottaviani has paraded Live 2.0, creating plenty of new music along the way.

As he found himself in a sea of IDs and demos, fans kept knocking on Ottaviani's door for those unreleased tracks conceived at one of his many Live 2.0 sets. To many a fan's delight, in Autumn of 2018, Ottaviani began releasing some of those records, eventually deciding to package them together in a full-length album.

Evolver is the culmination of years of audience ideas-turned demos and then demos-turned records. The effort's end result is a seventeen-track conceptual album that demonstrates Ottaviani's skill at live production. 

We caught up with the trance tastemaker on the eve of his album's release. From describing the intricacies of his Live 2.0 sets to the importance of fan connection, Ottaviani relayed the importance of his latest release, Evolver.

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EDM.com: You took an unorthodox approach to this album, creating it from demos from your Live 2.0 sets. Can you explain the process of how those demos ultimately ended up as a full-length album?

Giuseppe Ottaviani: Since the launch of my Live 2.0 shows back in February 2016 I’ve been making lots of new ideas on the road and I’ve been able to play them straight away at the shows. These new demos were supposed to be for my live shows only and not for a release at all, and this is why now Evolver includes tracks that can be over 3 years old. 

The idea of making an album actually came from my fans. People were constantly asking to release those IDs that I was playing at my shows and I kept them on hold forever. Last October I decided to start releasing them, but I had something like 22 tracks to be released so I thought releasing all of them at once would probably make more sense. And so Evolver was born. I went into the studio and turned 17 demos into a full studio production and packed them together into a 78-minute CD.

For our audience who may not know, can you explain what a Giuseppe Ottaviani Live 2.0 set is?

Technology is beautiful (when it works, I’d say) and it gets better and better every day. Some time ago I designed and built a new setup called Live 2.0 which basically allows me to create brand new music while onstage and perform it straight away to the audience so that the reaction of people can influence and drive the newborn idea. 

The feedback from the crowd is in fact the most important ingredient for these type of productions. Basically, I have a bunch of studio-made presets that I can select and start playing with. I Record it, loop it and play it straight away. 

The simplicity of the album is that it is all instrumental, no vocals needed. Did you ever consider including vocals in any of these tracks?

No vocals and no collaborations. Every track was born either onstage, in a hotel room, or at a soundcheck - so the nature of these productions needs to remain intact. I didn’t want to change a bit from the original demo, apart from making it sound great in the studio. For once this is just me and my music and this is why I think this album is so special.

Were there any demos from your Live 2.0 set that you enjoyed and could have finished but did not make it into the album? If so, what kept you from not including those?

Some tracks were not as good as I thought and some ended up being an amazing bootleg that I kept playing in my shows. As an example, when it came time to take out the “Queen – Flash” sample, the track didn’t sound as great as it did with that sample in it. Also, there was no way to include more than 17 tracks in a CD and I didn’t want to go for the three-minute edits per track. People would be very disappointed, I suppose.

The concept for the album seems like it would be flexible enough to add future demos from your Live 2.0 sets. Have you thought about more albums like this in the future?

Yes, I think this will be the new approach I’ll use for my next productions. I'm not sure for another album like this, I don’t like to repeat myself, but the live influence from people will definitely take a big role in my future productions. That being said, I haven’t made any new Live 2.0 demos since October of last year as I really wanted to focus on what I had so far.

I like that the names of these tracks are inspired by the show or city where they were created. Are there any tracks on the album that have a special significance over others?

Not really, all the titles are the very first name I gave to the demo when I had to save it into my HD. There’s no hidden message or any sophisticated meaning on those titles, they simply are the first thing that came into my mind.

Your fan interaction shines in Evolver; the album would not be here without the fans and their votes. How important is it to keep fan communication open?

I think it’s really important to create a sort of community where your fans can actually have a say in your productions. This is not limiting my creativity in any way, but it creates a new way to make music for me. Your audience is usually passive and they will get the music the artist wants to make, but I think it’s really cool for an artist to listen to them and get inspired so that the final result benefits everyone.

I’ve been live streaming from my studio most of the Evolver tracks. People loved watching it, and they’ve been commenting lots of different things. It's something you might not expect from an artist, but I really went through the streaming and read all the comments. I took note of a few and changed my final production accordingly. Imagine being my fan and my newest track includes a change you asked for, how would you feel about it?

As you noted, I also let them vote to decide which track they wanted to see released and the results are pretty good. Four singles released, three made it to the #1 chart and one made it #2.

What do you hope the audience takes away from Evolver?

Evolver has been an unexpected three-year-long magical journey and this is reflected in the music. I hope everyone who will buy the album can “Have A Nice Trip.”

Finally, we're halfway through 2019. What can we expect from Giuseppe Ottaviani for the last half of the year?

Well, I think that after releasing 17 instrumental tracks it soon be time to unleash some brand new vocal tunes. I already have something big in my hands!

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Marshmello and Kane Brown Get into Police Chase in "One Thing Right" Music Video

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 15:54

Marshmello and Kane Brown know how to stir the pot.

Marshmello and Kane Brown go for a joy ride in the newly unveiled music video for "One Thing Right." The EDM and country music crossover - heralded widely as one of Marshmello's most unique collaborations to date - has been out for nearly a month.

Kane Brown originally wrote "One Thing Right" for his late 2018 album Experiment. After connecting with Marshmello at the 2018 American Music Awards however, he decided to instead send "One Thing Right" to the masked producer for what became the final collaboration.

Marshmello has a demonstrated knack for infusing his infectious brand of pop dance music across various genres, and there's no better testament to this fact than considering what he's done with "One Thing Right." For his latest music video, Marshmello and Kane Brown ride throughout the desert, struggling to evade pursuant police in the process.

Catch Kane Brown and Marshmello live when they bring "One Thing Right" to Good Morning America for their summer concert series on August 30th, 2019.

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GridLife Pioneers Cross-Cultural Movement Between Music Festivals and Motorsport Events

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 15:23

GridLife is pioneering a cross-cultural movement by combining world-class festival production with an innovative and industry-leading motorsports experience.

In recent years, the rapid integration of EDM and music festivals into nearly every aspect of society has been staggering to say the least. With the meteoric rise of eSports came the almost simultaneous rise of gaming music, a movement in many ways driven by innovative record labels such as Monstercat and NoCopyrightSounds focusing on creating music and tools designed for the professional (and casual) gamer. This cross-cultural movement reached a fever pitch in 2018 with the release of Ninjawerks, a music compilation on Astralwerks centered around the world's most popular professional gamer, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, and including songs from major international acts such as Tiësto, 3LAU, Alesso, Kaskade, Dillon Francis and NERO.

In much the same way, GridLife has been hard at work building a similar bridge between the worlds of motorsports and music festival culture, and they are constantly launching new events across the nation. Motorsport and car enthusiasts have been a staple of American youth culture for nearly a century, and while it has changed dramatically since the days of greasers and hot-rods, it's a thriving niche that is as "fast and furious" as ever before.

If you haven’t heard of GridLife, you might be wondering what it means to have an event that combines a world-class music festival with an industry-leading car show and a massive array of high-octane, on-track events. With everything from a top-tier mix of drifting, high-performance driving, time-attack races, and two evenings full of great music, you might expect GridLife to be a confusing blend of otherwise unrelated hobbies. Rest assured, you couldn't be more wrong!

Although these seemingly disparate interests have rarely intersected in the past, the GridLife event brand has managed to pull off a unique cultural crossover in a way that is not only smooth and cohesive, but also spearheading a national movement to further unify these otherwise unrelated passions. In much the same way that Marshmello's now-legendary Fortnite performance cemented the momentous importance of eSports within the music world, GridLife is demonstrating to the world the inherent and heretofore unexplored congruency between musical festival culture and the world of motorsports.

#GRIDLIFE - Alpine Horizon Festival (; 0:14) The GridLife Mission:

While GridLife is without a doubt pioneering the intersection of music and car culture, the brand is about far more than simply putting two different cultural groups into a single venue and hoping for the best. Comprehensive and consistently on-brand, GridLife is about discovering synergies, stoking passions, and immersing oneself in a lifestyle of adrenaline and excitement.

Unlike many events, GridLife isn't simply a gathering of like-minded individuals getting together to celebrate something they already know and love; the #GRIDLIFE brand is about finding and attracting fans of music and motorsports alike and bringing them together in a transformational experience where casual hobbyists become hardcore enthusiasts. In the words of GridLife founder and director Chris Stewart, “I want to make that path both clear and easy for people. It’s not about ‘car shows and meets aren’t cool, you should track your car instead,’” he explains. “We’re more about ‘hey, if you want to do this, we can help you—and there’s a bunch of other groups that can help you.’"

The GridLife Question - Why Mix Motorsports With Music?

If you're a hardcore festivalgoer and can't wrap your head around why you'd want to see motorsports at a music festival, think of it this way:

You may not be deeply immersed in car culture, and you probably aren't a huge motorsports fanatic, but everyone at a festival loves to party and have a good time. At Electric Daisy Carnival, you can find entertainment like a Ferris Wheel, a carousel, and assorted other carnival-style games. Other festivals and dance events have a similar assortment of side-entertainment to occupy the time between your favorite artists.

Now, imagine if instead of a Ferris Wheel, you were able to hop in with a professional race car driver for a high-speed ridealong, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that is sure to pump you up for the excellent music lineup that takes place each night of the event.

Always wanted to brush up on your driving skills and feel like a pro while doing it? GridLife also offers an array of driving classes, as well as a whole host of awesome events that cater to both new and expert-level drivers across a wide variety of events.

The best thing off all? You get to cap off every day with some of the most exciting and high-energy dance music artists in the industry, and then start the fun all over the very next day.

One Ticket, Multiple Experiences:

This year, for the first time ever, GridLife is coming to Colorado Springs for the all-new GridLife Alpine Horizon Festival. For a price cheaper than nearly any one-day music festival, you can get tickets to attend all three days of the Colorado GridLife event for only $65.00.

The GA Ticket package includes three days full of exciting races, and two amazing summer nights (Friday and Saturday) of fabulous, on-brand musical festivities. From car shows to camping, from gaming with your favorite artists and drivers to participate in thrilling off-road and ride-along adventures, GridLife has it all, and the movement is only just beginning!

Get tickets to GridLife's Alpine Horizon Festival today.

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Conrank Drops Long-Awaited Debut Album What’s a FKNG Conrank on Circus Records

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:45

Journey with Conrank as he answers the age-old question “What’s A FKNG Conrank” in a full-bodied, sub-wrecking, 16-track effort.

After over a decade of being one of the most groundbreaking artists in EDM, globe-trotting music veteran Conrank has finally released his highly-anticipated debut album. By and large, it was completely worth the wait.

Years in the making, What’s a FKNG Conrank is a powerhouse of bass anthems encapsulating the full range of this talented producer’s abilities. Complete with skits, tracks that’ll bring you back to the early days of dubstep, an homage to his background in grime, and even a rework of Planet Perfecto's "Bullet in The Gun," What’s a FKNG Conrank is a captivating and cohesive look into one of the top minds in bass music. 

Boasting an extensive background in beatboxing, as well as being the former host of the MTV show Indelible Hip Hop, it comes as no surprise Conrank incorporated these hip-hop influences into his album. The effort starts with a humorous message to listeners about the possibilities of “what a Conrank could be.” Possibly a roaming wizard or a hermit who “only appears for bowls of noodles,” only one thing is for certain: the album embodies the explosive and fierce energy for which he is known. 

The album then moves to “Drum in Time,” in which Conrank has found the perfect harmony between heavy and melodic. Driving waves of bass and subtle, trippy production elements throughout flex his diligent and effective production style. Within the first couple minutes of the album, listeners are face to face with Conrank’s dynamic sound as the second song begins. Featuring the warm vocals of Charmae, “Wake Up” is a romantic and rich tale of finding a love so deep it feels dreamlike. 

A Circus Records staple to the historic roster, Conrank enlisted fellow Circus brethren Mark the Beast and Dirt Monkey for two tracks off the album. “Level 8," which features Dirt Monkey, mixes together deep, wonky bass with uplifting Pac-Man-esque video game sounds that make for a nostalgic and playful tune. Fans can experience the two live as Conrank will be supporting Dirt Monkey on his Primatology World Tour later this year. For more information, visit here

Despite heavy touring over the past 12 months, Conrank has been able to produce arguably one of the cleanest and most diverse albums of 2019 thus far. What’s a FKNG Conrank goes on to feature artists from around the world such as Japan’s ONJUICY, British MCs Patwan and Illaman, Southern California’s DREZZA, as well as Brooklyn-based Space Jesus

Stream or download Conrank's debut album What's a FKNG Conrank, out now on Circus Records

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Skrillex Releases Surprise EP, Show Tracks

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 13:34

Skrillex is satisfying the demand for two highly coveted songs he's been playing in his sets.

Speculation of a Skrillex EP release swirled in the news earlier this week - and it's now been confirmed. Skrillex has dropped his two-track Show Tracks EP alongside collaborators Alvin Risk and Beam.

The EP's cover art leaked on a Russian social media page earlier this week, but up until the time of its release Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) had not addressed the rumored EP.

The EP, which is comprised of "Fuji Opener" and "Mumbai Power," aims to satisfy the demand of fans of who've been following Moore's sets for the last several months. Aside from his tour, he has teased "Fuji Opener" previously on social media, ultimately suggesting this previously untitled track might be primed for an official release.

The EP's first track also marks Moore and Alvin Risk's first collaboration in five years since their 2014 dubstep offering "Try It Out." The second track, "Mumbai Power," sees Moore swapping the gritty bass lines for big, melodic chords and sweeping soundscapes alongside Beam. 

Moore's next show is scheduled for June 21st at his KAOS residency in Las Vegas. Much like the lead up to the formal release, fans can expect to hear Show Tracks sprinkled in his sets in the foreseeable future.

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