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Spotify to Require Family Plan Users to Live Under Same Roof

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 16:34

Spotify will check to see if its family plan members are living in the same physical household.

Spotify will now limit the use of its family plan. The plan will require all members on the plan to live under the same roof in order to take advantage of the family discount price. It’s been reported that the app will periodically use Google Maps to ensure that you are actually at the address you entered.

Spotify’s Eligibility and Verification explains how the new guidelines will operate. The following quote was obtained by Your EDM:

“In order to be eligible for the Premium Family Subscription, the primary account holder and the subsidiary account holders must be family members residing at the same address.

Upon activation of a subsidiary Premium Family account, you will be asked to verify your home address. C. We may from time to time ask for re-verification of your home address in order to confirm that you are still meeting the eligibility criteria.”

The changes appear to be aimed at people who sign up with friends or strangers for the six-member family plan, although the new limitations will be a bummer for real family members away at college or out of state.

H/T: Your EDM

deadmau5 to Give Keynote Interview at Billboard Live Music Summit

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 16:01

deadmau5 is getting ready to give a behind the scenes look at the cube v3.

Billboard has announced that deadmau5 (real name Joel Zimmerman) will be giving a keynote interview at this fall’s Billboard Live Music Summit. The focus of the interview will be on his new cubev3 production.

The senior director of Live & touring for the publication, Dave Brooks, spoke on their excitement to host the legendary producer. “The cub v3 is one of the most technically complex production elements to ever tour and there’s no one better to explain its creative development from concept to launch than Joel,” he said. "And not only will we go inside his creative process, but we'll also be inside his home as he livecasts from Canada."

It will be interesting to see inside the home of Zimmerman considering he has one of the most impressive home studios in the world.

The Billboard Live Music Summit takes place November 5th and 6th in Beverly Hills. The publication promises additional speakers to be announced in the future. You can register for tickets to the summit here.

H/T: Billboard


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You Can Now Experience Daft Punk’s “One More Time” in VR

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 14:37

A fan-created virtual reality program lets users explore the world of Daft Punk’s “One More Time.”

Fans of Daft Punk can now experience their music like never before with INTERSTELLA VR, a fan-made virtual reality music video for their track “One More Time.” Inspired by the original visual accompaniment for the 2001 single, the immersive experience lets users explore the alien world created by the French dance music legends.

The producer of the application, Jake Donaldson, released a video showing off its features. In addition to exploring the Interstella world, users can interact with the environment by shooting stars and lasers out of their hands.

“One More Time” was released in 2000 as a single for Daft Punk’s album Discovery. The duo have not released an album since 2013 and although it’s been rumored for years, they have not made any tour or show announcements for the foreseeable future. There has also been speculation of new music and a leaked song from the electronic pioneers but the rumors were put to rest after the track was revealed to belong to another artist.

INTERSTELLA VR is available for download on Jake Donaldson’s official website. You can experience the video yourself here.

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Bassjackers Team Up with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and D'Angello & Francis for "The Flight"

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 17:45

"The Flight" is the latest single off of Bassjackers' forthcoming album.

Bassjackers (real names Marlon Flohr and Ralph van Hilst) have released their collaboration with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (real names Dimitri and Michael Thivaios) and D'Angello & Francis titled "The Flight," out via the Thivaios brothers' label Smash The House

"The Flight" is a main stage-ready anthem. An automated flight attendant's voice prepares listeners for the journey in which they're about to partake, instructing them to raise their hands into the air and move them left to right. Things progress into a big room buildup as fans prepare for takeoff. Fans of Flohr and Van Hilst's previous works, as well as the Thivaios brothers, will certainly gravitate towards this energy rousing tune.

Flohr and Van Hilst have been taking over stages across the world since the debut of their project in 2007. The Dutch duo frequently collaborate with the Thivaios brothers, having crafted a number of wildly successful tunes together over the years. Their recent works together include Mortal Kombat 11's "Mortal Kombat Anthem" as well as "You're Next," and "Bounce" with Snoop Dogg and Julian Banks.

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Flux Pavilion and What So Not Link Up with The Chain Gang of 1974 for "20:25"

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 16:31

This one's dreamy.

Flux Pavilion (real name Joshua Steele) and What So Not (real name Chris "Emoh" Instead) have enlisted the help of The Chain Gang of 1974 (real name Kamtin Mohager) for their monster collab "20:25," out via Circus Records.

Steele and Instead have cooked up a nice surprise for fans, as "20:25" maintains a relaxed, chill vibe throughout. Soft synths flutter across the bass line as Mohager's iconic vocals relay pondering messages of the afterlife and loneliness. While this isn't the wild tune most fans would expect, Steele and Instead have masterfully fused their easily identifiable sounds to craft something listeners won't be able to get enough of.

Steele has been a mainstay in the dance music scene since his hit "I Can't Stop" infected the airwaves in 2010. The Circus Records label head has released a massive amount of successful singles since, including "Emotional" with Matthew Koma, "Room To Fall" with Marshmello and Elohim, "Party Starter" with Eliminate, "Catch Me" with Yellow Claw and Naaz, and "International Anthem" with Doktor.

Instead has become a fan favorite since topping the trap charts with RL Grime on "Tell Me." Both his Gemini and Divide and Conquer EP's were incredibly well-received, leading to the release of his debut album Not All The Beautiful Things which featured collaborations with Skrillex, San Holo, SLUMBERJACK, Dyro, and many more. He recently collaborated with Diablo on their drum and bass tune "OOGAHDAM!"


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Excision and Wooli Release Collaborative Evolution EP

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 15:08

Bass music fans rejoice.

Excision (real name Jeff Abel) and Wooli (real name Adam Puleo) have released their highly anticipated collaborative EP, Evolution

After they debuted a majority of the tracks across their festival runs this summer, fans have been itching to hear what these bass music mainstays have cooked up. Evolution starts off with the perfect intro track "Lockdown," as an automated voice brings fans into wild, screeching synths that embody both artists sounds perfectly. 

Next up is "Oxygen," which features Trivecta and Julianne Hope. Hope's soft vocals lay down some seriously catchy lyrics, creating another singalong that fans will be dying to hear each set. The third track, "Evolution," features Sam King who collaborated with Abel on his hit "G Shit." It's arguably the wildest song on the EP, and Abel and Puleo infuse the intimidating sounds of a tyrannosaurus rex and wooly mammoth to decimate fans with a sinister dubstep drop. 

Evolution comes to an end with their previously released collab with Seven Lions and Dylan Matthew, "Another Me." Matthew's passionate lyrics tie the EP together, leading into a melodic first drop that quickly transforms into a nasty second one.  

Abel has solidified his place as one of the most influential names in bass music. Not only are his tunes like "Throwin' Elbows" and "Rumble" constantly rinsed in the festival circuit, but he's also curated two beloved bass music festivals: Lost Lands and Bass Canyon

Puleo's has seen consistent support from some of the biggest names in dance music since the release of "WDGAF" with AFK and Jay Fresh. Since, he's collaborated with Seven Lions and Trivecta on "Island," Snails on "Snailephant," and Kompany on "Briddim Bomb."


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Ghost Ship Fire Trial Results in No Convictions for Two Defendants

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 19:41

An update to the Ghost Ship trial has left the victims' families in shock.

A decision has been reached on the Ghost Ship trial that has resulted in no conviction for either defendant, Derick Almena and Max Harris. Harris was found not guilty of manslaughter. Meanwhile, the jury could not reach a consensus on charges to the master tenant Derick Almena, ultimately resulting in a hung jury. 

It has been nearly three years since a fire tragically took the lives of 36 partygoers in Oakland, California. The house music party taking place at the warehouse drew between 80 and 100 in attendance. The warehouse was not permitted for housing or entertainment use, however. The Oakland Fire Department determined the cause of the fire was due to an electrical problem. Authorities charged Almena and Harris, accusing them of not taking the necessary safety and regulatory measures in order to ensure the safety of the event's attendees.

Both Almena and Harris originally reached plea deals with prosecutors which were later thrown out after an outcry from the victims' families last year. 

To date, the Ghost Ship fire remains the deadliest fire in Oakland's history. 

What So Not: "A Lot of Music From the Last 10 Years is Going to Get Lost"

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 19:32

The Australian electronic music producer reflects on his new sound, classic albums, the fallacy of social media, and more.

What So Not (real name Chris Emerson) has come a long way from his days sitting behind a desk living the 9 to 5 life. Back home in Australia, many years ago, Emerson was an accountant by day and DJ by night. He would play up to four nights a week at a club in Kings Cross with Hayden James and Cassian where Alison Wonderland was the door girl at the time.

On a whim, he gave up the desk for the decks and pursued music full time. What So Not began as a joint effort with Flume, but Emerson eventually went at it solo due to creative differences.

The eight-track Divide & Conquer EP, released on OWSLA in 2016, set the tone for the What So Not project. From the bold, leading “Divide & Conquer” to the slow, stirring “Buried,” the EP served as a testament to Emerson’s versatility in the studio. Striking sound design, catchy songwriting and varied soundscapes were among its hallmarks.

Not All The Beautiful Things, Emerson’s debut album, stepped it up. The LP kept the same What So Not elements fans had come to love, like signature synths and smooth melodies, but packaged in a larger narrative. A clear theme held the tracks together. One flowed to the next in a way that made sense, and more importantly, felt good. The songwriting highlighted an artist in their stride. Of course, features from popular names like Skrillex, San Holo, and Toto packed a punch too.

It’s been a year since Emerson released the LP, and he has been busy touring and working on new music. 

Recently, Emerson wrapped up the Surf tour. It’s exactly what it sounds like: Emerson and his crew rode around the East Coast in a Winnebago, hitting the beach during the day and the clubs at night. Interestingly, they played in cities mostly left out of typical electronic music circuit like Myrtle Beach in South Carolina and Montauk in New York.

Again, mostly. Because right after performing in Asbury Park, Emerson took the decks at New York City’s iconic Webster Hall. To be fair, since it’s tensely awaited reopening, the historic electronic music hotspot hasn’t seen a ton of electronic music acts. Under new corporate ownership, many wonder if it’ll ever be the same. But that’s a story for another day.

We’re glad Emerson stopped by in New York as we got to catch his performance. Smooth and energetic, Emerson’s set flowed from high to low and back again. In included classic What So Not tunes like “Gemini” and his remix of RÜFÜS DU SOL's “Innerbloom” and bass-heavy tracks like the Diablo-assisted "OOGAHDAM!" and What So Not’s joint remix with Quix of Awolnation’s “Run.” Emerson played the crowd well, playfully mixing melodic, vocal-driven songs with high energy bass tracks without coming off as haphazard.

Before his performance, we caught up with Emerson to talk about where the What So Not project is heading next, how he deals with the hectic life of a touring musician, why he quit his job as an accountant to pursue music full time, the fallacy of social media, and more.

EDM.com: For our readers who may not be familiar with you, how would you describe the What So Not sound in a sentence?

What So Not: That’s tricky; I try not to make it anything in particular, follow any sort of formula, or even use the same sounds more than once.

You go back and forth between bass heavy tracks and melodic songs. Do you prefer one style over the other?

Depends on how I’m feeling. Sometimes I’ll just want to sit there, play some chords, sing, and make a song. Sometimes I just want to make something that’s crazy with the live show and lighting in mind, thinking of how it’s going to affect people in a big warehouse kind of space.

Do you have any new music in the works?

I spent most of this year just exploring new sounds, spending a lot of time not necessarily touring through countries but just traveling through countries. I went couch-surfing for a month through Europe and worked with so many friends, new and old. I worked with people I’ve never heard of or met before, and I just started kind of living with people and seeing what’s happening in these different worlds. 

I became so excited about new rhythms and ideas that I could see were popping off. Going to niche, little clubs and events, hearing what people were doing that aren’t on the main stages, that aren’t on the big festivals, that are just sort of on the ground level. It was really exciting, it really made me so excited for music again. 

And I think through all of that, I found this new sound. I have a lot of records. Maybe something like 60 or 80 new records? But there’s almost a full album there that’s all the same feeling, the same sound, still with a lot of diversity within it. Very similar to the feelings I had about the Not All The Beautiful Things record so you never know where that might take us in the next year or so.

We were laughing the other week that we’re running out of months that we can put out music this year because we have a lot of stuff finished up. I have a song with Flux Pavilion that’s about to come out.

We’ve heard there are some A$AP Ferg collaborations floating around. Will they ever see the light of day?

There’s a bunch of songs we’ve done over the last few years. There’s one I saw that was on Timbaland’s Instagram. It was a song we made a while ago, and at the start of the clip he was playing it for Timbaland. It’s cool to see it circulating, I’m excited to see if that one comes out.

For your debut album, you mentioned you spent a lot of time listening to old records, classic albums. What were you listening to? What do you think makes an album “classic?”

I was listening to old The Chemical Brothers records, The Prodigy, Moby, The Fugees, Fleetwood Mac, some Led Zeppelin records. 

I guess what makes it timeless is if you could play it at any point of your life, and it still has a profound impact and is enjoyable. It’s not just a genre picking up speed that suits a specific time and you look back cringing, haha. You want to listen to it in 10 years, 20 years and still go, “Wow, this was so amazing,” and hopefully, “This was so ahead of where everything was.” Sometimes a timeless record can even be somewhat misunderstood and peak well after its original release.

Do you think any modern electronic music albums, maybe something released in the past 10 years, have the chance of standing the test of time?

It’s a really interesting question, actually, because I think a lot of music from the last 10 years is going to get lost. I know there’s a whole generation of incredible music that I grew up on when I first got into dance music that only existed on these blogs that all got taken down for pirating. There wasn’t a hub that everything was streamed and stored on. They literally were hard uploaded to the blog sites and pretty much all got taken down. Three years of that era are lost forever unless you happen to have them on an old computer and kept the data. 

Apart from that, now, because of the way music developed and the success of the bedroom producer kind of formula, there’s so much more music and so much less quality control, but also so much innovation and interesting things popping through. 

But then, it’s harder to find some of those interesting things because there’s just so much. A lot of companies and people have realized that if they just keep putting stuff out, whether it’s bad, good, average, whatever, they can keep their career mobilizing and stay at a level of success.

That makes me really wonder, are there great albums that people won't be aware of in time? Another part of this question is that for a period there, everybody got into the loudness war and we’re going to listen back and think of how horrible that actually is. There are going to be so many records that were put out that sound like trash because that was just the style of the time. Maybe that’s a bit of a modern punk thing though and we’ll think of it as kind of a cool, weird phase everyone went through. Who knows?

Without waking up to the beach like on your Surf tour, how do you typically cope with the hectic schedules and stresses of touring life?

I mean touring is inherently stressful but you can just choose to not be stressed by it. Most people are stressed by the fact that there’s no stability and no comforts. You don’t just wake up in the same place every day and you don’t just get to watch your favorite TV show or whatever at the end of each day. You’re not there with your girlfriend or your family or whatever it may be. You are usually by yourself for a lot of the time, while you have a few crew members that are going, sound checking and setting up stages up and making sure everything is sorted for the show. It’s not as glamorous as some might think but there are lots of little things you can do.

I make sure that I exercise most days. I make sure that I take opportunities if I’m in an exciting place. It doesn’t have to be surfing or nature. It could be a local museum, or market or music event. It could be anything. Just go on experiencing the places that you are in or nearby. It’s just simple stuff like that. If you do that, there is no stress. You just have to make choices.

Recently, you went around doing random house parties in Sydney. What made you want to do that?

This one’s complex; it’s all political. We have issues with lockout laws there. Essentially, it was coming back to the city that gave me a lot, and just trying to throw some crazy ass house parties for everyone that doesn’t get nightlife anymore.

Do you prefer playing live over DJing?

I really like both. I like the fact that there are two! DJing can get pretty tiring if you’ve been doing it for a very long time and you’re not excited about stuff you’ve been finding. But then, when you do a live show, you get to represent everything in a certain way, really build in something super interesting, in-depth, and creative.

I love cutting back to DJing. Right now I’m so passionate about hunting for cool records and playing something from some kid who has 2,000 followers on SoundCloud.

Having both gives you freedom. There was a period where I’d do a DJ set and people were really expecting to hear certain songs. I have a live show where people can come and hear that, and my DJ set is more free form and fun.

In July, you tweeted: “when these social platforms dissolve into commercialized wastelands, make sure you’ve actually built a life you enjoy to fall back into.” What made you want to drive that point to your followers?

I just think of how much energy people put into social media. Someone might be huge on just one, like Instagram, and not have much anywhere else. Then, Instagram might change the way its algorithms work. 

I saw all these influencers in big publications complaining about how they built their whole business around it and now everything’s collapsed because brands no longer have a reference of how many “status points,” how many "likes" their post with their item received, and it loses value for them. It just really got me thinking about the collapse of MySpace, how popular Snapchat was for artists, but now seems to just be teens in group chats. Everyone puts in so much energy to build that up and they can just bomb into nothing. 

Things like SoundCloud really suffered for a moment there. It’s gone on strong because of the whole rap community but it was traditionally a more DJ mix, future-bass, dance music, indie sort of thing.

So yeah, don’t spend so much time on these things and not actually have a real life of your own because you never know when it just might suddenly be gone and everything you’ve built is worth nothing.

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.


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Underground Vibes / 039

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 18:48

Charles Fauna, Besomorph, Chris Siegel and more featured on this latest installment.

Numerous artists, industry professionals, and fans consider SoundCloud the best platform for unsigned music to shine up to its true potential. Its direct, artist-centric approach has enabled bedroom artists to find fan bases all over the world, and equipped emerging talents to turn their SoundCloud game into long-term careers.

In this series, our aim is to showcase the best new music we discover on the platform, music that oftentimes can’t be found anywhere else. In addition, we shine a light on successful artists that are either now breaking through on the platform or have used it to attract an active following in the past.

This latest feature includes dancefloor vibes by Charles Fauna and Los Padres, explosive cuts by BesomorphAWAY and more. 

"Gold" (Charles Fauna Remix) - IYVESView the original article to see embedded media.

Taking on IYVES's "Gold," New York-based songwriter and producer Charles Fauna creates a euphoric progressive vibe, that features organic drum-work and a variety of synths.  

"Anybody" ft. lulunah - Chris SiegelView the original article to see embedded media.

Chris Siegel's latest single features previous collaborator lulunah, and is undoubtedly a vibe made for the summer. 

"Monster" - BesomorphView the original article to see embedded media.

As expected, Besomorph snaps with his latest release "Monster," creating a slow yet impactful banger that starts with atmospheric vocal lines before dropping into distorted bass and an electric guitar melody. 

"Where We Goin'" - Jinco and Lucchii View the original article to see embedded media.

Jinco and Lucchii's latest collaboration is a wonky showcase of expert production and sound design, dominated by off-beat vocal samples and weird effects and heavy bass. 

"Hole In The Earth" ft. Midoca - AWAYView the original article to see embedded media.

Featuring vocals from fellow producer/songwriter Midoca, AWAY flips "Hole In The Earth" - one of his favorite Deftones songs - into an epic combination of atmosphere, distorted sound design and vocal chops. 

"No Place" - BiiclaView the original article to see embedded media.

Russian producer and visual artist Biicla kills it on his debut global release "No Place", utilizing catchy vocal lines and quirky production. 

"Wall Fuck" (serion remix) - FlumeView the original article to see embedded media.

Producer serion surprises with his remix of Flume's classic, "Wall Fuck," flipping the glitchy 2016 song into an explosive future bass banger. 

"Let You Go" - Adam KahatiView the original article to see embedded media.

After releasing remixes for artists such as LAUV, Halsey and 3LAU, Adam Kahati decided to release his debut single, utilizng pop-influenced vocal over a summery, guitar-driven instrumental. 

"Boomerang" ft. Nina Sung - Los Padres View the original article to see embedded media.

Taken off the Alchemy V compilation, out on Tchami's label Confession, Los Padres teamed up with vocalist Nina Sung for bass-driven, dance floor-ready "Boomerang."

"hungbooya" - sheki. View the original article to see embedded media.

sheki goes crazy on "hungbooya," a wonky house vibe with a psychedelic twist. 

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Borgore Drops New Single "Tetris" Ahead of Third Studio Album

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 18:33

Borgore's album The Art of Gore is on the way.

Borgore's new single "Tetris" arrives with just weeks to go before his new album arrives. The effort, titled The Art of Gore drops on September 27th. 

The Israeli dubstep veteran's latest work is a clear reminder of his foundational sound. Dark synth tones, punching drums, and aggressive bass lines show Borgore (real name Asaf Borger) still has a finger on the pulse of his roots. 

Borger hasn't hesitated to branch far and wide outside of dubstep despite being widely perceived as a pioneer and mainstay of the genre. Most notably, the classically trained artist put his academic expertise to work when he released a jazz album last year titled Adventures In Time. That being said, despite his inherently experimental nature, for Borger everything seems to come back to dubstep. By all indications, the mind-bending bass lines of his previous work will be back in full force in his next project. 

Borgore's previous singles, "Summerlake," "911," his recent A & B side track "Petty," and now "Tetris" are expected to be included on his full album which will be released September 27th.


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KSHMR and Lost Stories Bring Us "Bombay Dreams" ft. Kavita Seth

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 17:42

The three artists deliver a dreamy Middle Eastern inspired house track

Global superstar KSHMR has joined forces with the Mumbai duo Lost Souls on “Bombay Dreams”. The track delivers the listener a melodic track to lull you into a sweet globally inspired future bass groove. With the help of Indian vocalist Kavita Seth, the single becomes a beautiful melding of electronic and traditional Middle Eastern flair. 

The track is built around a catchy Indian guitar and drum beat with flutes highlighted in throughout the drop. We see Lost Souls’ style shine with the melodic breakdowns in between. The producers then use the sitar to guide the listener straight into their "Bombay Dreams."

“The Lost Brothers are my brothers, my favorite producers from India," said KSHMR of the collaboration. "I’m so proud to finally have a song together and the vocals of Kavita Seth made it absolutely magical.”

KSHMR (real name Niles Hollowell-Dhar) has been making waves in the global electronic market since 2014.  He recently dropped his four-track Paradesi EP to high praises. The Berkley native is also the originator of Dharma Worldwide. The website is an online space for producers and includes tutorials, sample packs, and other resources to benefit the artists and improve their craft.

Lost Stories, (real names Prayag Mehta and Rishab Joshi) are the duo out of Mumbai, India who have helped take the Asian market to the forefront of the electronic industry. Their debut release was on Tiësto’s Black Hole Recordings and they become the first Indian act to play at Tomorrowland and Mysteryland. They recently released a track with the aforementioned Smith on KSHMR’s imprint Dharma Worldwide titled “Mahi.”


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Gismart Teams Up with Akai and Splice for #StreetMakerGo Contest

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 17:31

Another huge contest from the developers of Beat Maker Go.

You may recall when early in the year, Beat Maker Go app developers Gismart joined forces with The Chainsmokers on an official remix contest. What music lovers came up with inspired them so much that they simply had to do another. This time around, they've partnered with Akai and Splice on a contest called #StreetMakerGo.

The Contest

What sets this contest apart from the one that came before it is that this time, participants have Splice's #StreetMakerGo sound packs at their disposal. Collections of samples like "Chill Trap," "Classic Hip-Hop," "EDM," "LoFi Hop-Hop and "Trap" will give entrants the tools to craft highly addictive soundscapes on the fly.

More importantly, the #StreetMakerGo contest is meant to pay homage to the rich traditions of beatmaking while giving aspiring producers a hands-on opportunity to experience its cutting edge.

To Enter

#StreetMakerGo contest entrants must record a video of a performance using the app's aforementioned sound packs in an outdoor setting. Then, they must upload it to Instagram. Expert judges from Splice and Akai will then choose the finalists and prize winners from the video submissions.

In order to be eligible, contestants must include the hashtag #StreetMakerGo in the caption for their upload. This is how the judges will find your video so make sure not to forget this part!

The Prizes

The grand prize winner will receive a brand-new iPad Pro. In addition, their winning submission will be seen by millions of Beat Maker Go users.

The users who submitted the three first place entries will receive Akai Professional's MPD218 midi-over-USB pad controller. This piece of equipment is a must have for producers, DJs and creators across the musical spectrum.

The three second place winners will each receive a yearlong Splice subscription. This will grant them access to royalty-free sounds and samples that will give them an edge on other producers every time they open up a DAW.

The best news of all is that winners aren't the only ones who will get something! Splice has announced that all entrants will receive a complimentary month of their services.

Gismart's #StreetMakerGo contest will commence on October 9th, 2019 and run for four weeks until winners are selected. Download the app (on iOS and Android) and brush up on your controllerist skills to get ready to compete.


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Goldman Sachs CEO and EDM DJ: D-Sol On Beats 1 One Mix

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 16:30

D-Sol drops "a mix that makes people feel good, makes them want to dance and have some fun.”

He commands boardrooms and dancefloors. Leads hordes of finance folks and legions of sweaty dancers. The man in question is none other than Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, better known in the dance music realm as DJ D-Sol.

This weekend, on Beats 1 One Mix, D-Sol drops "a mix that makes people feel good, makes them want to dance and have some fun.” Cue ARTY, Cedric Gervais, and D-Sol originals like “Down On It” with Dzeko.

Stream the mix here, exclusively on Apple Music.

The investment banking industry is notorious for a harrowing work-life balance, but D-Sol is breaking the norm. And, given his influence, possibly putting forward a new precedent.

Apart from occasional shows in places like The Bahamas and South Beach, D-Sol plays upscale New York nightclubs like Up&Down around once a month. Over the years, he has also opened for big-name DJs like Paul Oakenfold, Galantis, Kygo and David Guetta.

With over 5 million streams on Spotify, D-Sol’s feel-good remix of Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop” is his biggest release to date. Last week, he released a new single with Dzeko titled “Down On It.” The song features warped vocals by Kool & The Gang, and swaps D-Sol’s typically breezy style for a driving, though still cheerful, bass-heavy sound.

Naturally, with the millions D-Sol makes as CEO of Goldman Sachs, money was never the goal with music for him. All of D-Sol’s music proceeds are donated to charities fighting the opioid epidemic in the U.S.

Learn more about D-Sol as he shared his guilty pleasure record, dream B2B partner, and more, with EDM.com.

EDM.com: First show experience?

DJ D-Sol: David Guetta in Vegas.

First time you brought your mom to one of your shows?


Guilty pleasure record?

“Body” by Loud Luxury.

Desert-island dance record?

“Down On It” featuring Kool & The Gang by Dzeko and myself.

Dream B2B partner?


Favorite BPM?


Piece of gear you always need on the road?

V-Moda headphones.

Biggest misconception about dance music?

That it’s only for millennials and Gen Z.

Industry prediction for the next year?

More disco.

Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaborator?


What was the first album you ever bought?

Caribou by Elton John.


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Above and Beyond Will Ring in 2020 at The New York Expo Center

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:38

A&B take NYC this NYE.

Just last week news broke that the legendary trio, Above and Beyond, would be ringing in the new year in New York City. After previously selling out Madison Square Garden the group is ready to take on their next challenge. Tony McGuinness, Jono Grant, and Paavo Siljamäki will take their Anjunafamily to the capacious New York Expo Center in the Bronx in partnership with DEG Presents on December 31st, 2019. 

The center is on top of a whopping 10-acre venue space located right on the East River Waterfront. With 90,000 square feet of interior space to work with, this show is going to be one for the books. As of this writing, no supporting acts have been announced.

The Grammy-nominated trio are planning to close out their successful year in style. They took a break from their original format of fist-pumping and sentimental tracks in exchange for an ambient yoga album Flow State. The group, who are set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Anjunabeats label, are known for building a strong community around their music. With a space like The New York Expo Center to host this following, the outpouring of love is going to be strong this December 31st. 

Tickets for the show go on sale Tuesday, September 17th at 10:00 AM EST and will be available here. Presale begins Monday, September 16th at 12:00 pm EST.


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Armin van Buuren and Tempo Giusto's "Mr. Navigator" is Officially Out

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 13:32

This is the second release off van Buuren's forthcoming album.

Armin van Buuren fans have been waiting for this day all summer long. The Grammy-nominated Dutchman has officially dropped “Mr. Navigator,” an ID he’s been playing live a lot during his recent sets, including his incredible Tomorrowland performance. The track, which is a collaboration with the Finnish tech trance producer Tempo Giusto, hooked fans from its debut with those infectious vocals and fist-pumping beats. This release follows behind “Waking Up With You” as the second single from van Buuren’s forthcoming album, Balance.

“Mr. Navigator” takes off with distinct bars commanding the track over a light drumming in the background. The producers build off that pumping energy even more as they layer in punching bass and sirens galore. You can see Giusto’s tech trance influence written all over this track. It’s an edgy release that is the perfect start to any weekend.

Giusto has made a major impact on the trance scene since his debut in 2008. He boasts an impressive total of nine top 10 hits on Beatport. Markus Shulz has listed him as one of the top emerging talents in the scene. After teaming up with the legendary Armin van Buuren, there is no doubt his career is going to keep skyrocketing.  

For that matter, van Buuren is keeping his fans busy until the release of his next full-length studio album, Balance. The album, set for official release October 25th, and is said to be “a new chapter in my book of life, the result of venturing into known & unknown territories while finding the balance in between.” After hearing his first two releases, it’s clear he will not be boxing himself into any one genre. The Dutch producer has been around since 1996 and still has the ability to successfully reinvent and challenge the scene, yet again solidifying his legendary status. 


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Oliver Heldens and Riton Sample '80s Classic for "Turn Me On" ft. Vula

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 12:09

The iconic synth melody of "Don't Go" by Yazoo found its way into Oliver Heldens' latest single.

"Turn Me On" featuring Vula is by no means the first time Oliver Heldens has paid homage to a classic, but this one hits different than the others. The Dutch DJ/producer sampled "Don't Go" by Yazoo in his anthemic Riton collaboration, resulting in an infectious nightclub heater.

Make no mistake about it, though - "Turn Me On" stands on its own merit. By the time the iconic synth lead from the 1982 classic creeps its way into the arrangement, it's but one element of an entirely different concept. For her part, Vula delivers an anthemic vocal that gives a song the sort of appeal that extends beyond the dance floor.

After garnering worldwide renown as the poster boy of future house a few years into the EDM boom, Heldens came to favor more classic sounds. In 2019 alone, he's sampled artists like Carmen for "This Groove" and collaborated with Nile Rogers on "Summer Love."

“Recently, I’ve been really enjoying sampling songs from the '70s and '80s, so I loved reworking the iconic Yazoo synth sample and First Choice’s ‘Doctor Love’ hook into this fresh 2019 Dance smash,” said Heldens. “Working on this together with Riton and Vula has been really fun and constructive!"

Stream or download "Turn Me On" featuring Vula by Oliver Heldens and Riton across platforms here.


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On This Day in Dance Music History: Avicii Released His Debut Studio Album, True

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 10:57

On September 13th, 2013 Avicii released his debut studio album "True".

On September 13, 2013, Avicii released his debut studio album True. The first album from the Swedish dance music legend shook things up with the introduction of country and bluegrass elements to his sound. 

Although the response to the new sound was mixed at first, tracks like "Wake Me Up" and "Hey Brother" have become not only two of his most popular songs but arguably two of the most popular tracks in modern-day EDM.

In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment Avicii (real name Tim Bergling) explained why he gravitated towards bluegrass for the album. 

"I have always been open to listening to anything, and bluegrass in particular has always captured my attention when I’ve heard it," he said. "The sound of the acoustics is just so pure, especially the guitar. I think it added a great element to the song."

Bergling's debut was a huge success worldwide. The album went platinum in eleven countries and gold in seven. In addition to the impressive certifications, True reached the top of the charts in five countries.  

Before his tragic passing, Bergling released two studio albums including 2015's Stories. He was set to release another album before his death but did not finish. In 2019, friends and collaborators of the deceased producer joined forces to finish where he left off and the product was the posthumous album, Tim

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Excision and SLANDER to Play Headline B2B Set at Hijinx 2019

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 21:06

Bassnectar, Skrillex and Porter Robinson are also on the bill.

Excision's joined forces with some of bass music's biggest names in 2019, and he'll cap off the year with yet another. The dubstep icon will share his time slot at HiJinx in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with none other than SLANDER for a back-to-back DJ set.

The news arrives by way of Hijinx's organizers, who have announced their 2019 lineup. Also headlining the two-day event are Bassnectar, GRiZ, Porter Robinson, Skrillex and Zeds Dead. Providing support are Big Wild, Clozee, Subtronics and DROELOE, among others.

This is turning into a pattern for Excision (real name Jeff Abel). In roughly two weeks, he will perform a back-to-back set with Illenium at Lost Lands. They were initially supposed to do so at Global Dance Festival before lightning strike warnings disrupted the second day of the event. Instead, the two spent time working on a song together in the studio.

Abel's list of collaborators on the release front is much longer. This summer alone, he's collaborated on entire EPs with Dion Timmer and Wooli. Not only that, but he recently shared that he and Bassnectar have a particularly unexpected single in the works.

The 2019 edition of HiJinx will take place on December 27th and 28th. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

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Watch Skrillex Walk the Runway in Ad for Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Fashion Show

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 20:04

This is a crossover you might not have expected from Skrillex.

A music career as active as that of Skrillex is bound to involve one in an eclectic array of projects. The Los Angeles DJ/producer continues to be a testament to that. He's shared an advertisement in which he appeared to his Instagram account for the Amazon Prime Video debut of Rihanna's Savage X Fenty fashion show.

In the video, Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) gives fierce looks during a runway walk. Synced to the footage is "Midnight Hour," his collaboration with Boys Noize and Ty Dolla $ign.

Savage X Fenty took place as part of New York Fashion week on September 10th. The fashion show challenged fashion industry norms by casting models of varying sizes. No photographers were allowed in order to stoke anticipation for the Amazon special, so it's unclear whether Moore actually walked runway during the event or simply did so as part of the advertisement.

Savage X Fenty will be available to Amazon Prime members on September 20th.


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Madeon's "Dream Dream Dream" Appears in New iPhone Ad

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 17:07

Madeon's latest single features in Apple's iPhone 11 feature commercial.

Tech titan Apple has just unveiled its latest device, the iPhone 11. The latest iPhone will feature the fastest ever smartphone chip, enhanced battery life, and a dual camera system. Another feature that was just unveiled in a commercial is the ability for users to take a "slofie," or a slow-motion selfie. This feature is showcased in a new advertisement that features EDM wunderkind Madeon's latest single, "Dream Dream Dream."

Apple is well known for selecting catchy and memorable music to be used in their advertising, and this Madeon track is among many other songs from artists like U2 and Daft Punk that have been used in an effective manner, and will have viewers Shazaming upon seeing the ad. 

"Dream Dream Dream" is the second single from his forthcoming album Good Faith, It followed "All My Friends," which was released earlier this year. The album's release date hasn't been revealed yet, but fans have taken to Reddit and other online forums to make predictions. Buzz about Madeon's first album in four years is certainly palpable, and fans are itching for more information about the release. 

For now, "Dream Dream Dream" was released back in July and can be found here and on the new iPhone 11 slofies advertisement


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