Alison Wonderland definitely made this kid's birthday.
One ten-year-old attendee of Alison Wonderland's performance at State Theatre in Portland, Maine just got the birthday present of a lifetime. The Australian DJ/producer brought 10-year-old Jack Knight onstage during her set last night to push the button on one of her tracks.
As can be heard in the clip tweeted by photographer Kuuri Nguyen, Alison Wonderland (real name Alexandra Sholler) introduces Knight over the mic and is met with an uproar of applause. After asking him if he's ever DJed (he hadn't), she shows him how to cue up the next song, "U Don't Know" from her 2015 album Run.
Run marked Sholler's studio-length album debut, with her sophomore effort arriving in the form of last year's 14-track Awake. Known for her energetic DJ sets and melodic take on heavy dubstep and trap, she has become a household name among EDM enthusiasts in recent years.
After a performance at The Anthem in Washington D.C. tomorrow evening, Alison Wonderland concludes the Lost My Mind tour alongside Dillon Francis with a performance at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Sebastian Ingrosso let the news slip on One World Radio.
Rumors abound as to whether Swedish House Mafia will perform at this year's edition of Tomorrowland, with some speculating that they will replace Martin Garrix on closing duties. Now, perhaps the most conslusive information yet suggests that they will perform on the second weekend.
Neither the EDM supergroup nor the festival's organizers made an official announcement, however. According to a now-deleted article published by DJ Mag Germany, Sebastian Ingrosso spilled the beans to an interviewer on Tomorrowland's newly launched One World Radio.
It stands to reason that the article could have been taken down due to misinformation, but the opposite could also be true. Since their reunion last year, Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso have gone to such painstaking lengths to announce each individual 2019 show that the revelation could throw a proverbial wrench in their promotional engine.
At the time of writing, Swedish House Mafia have confirmed 2019 performances in Stockholm, Mexico City, Helsinki, Seoul, Daresbury and many other cities. For a full list of their tour dates, visit SwedishHouseMafia.com.
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The visual accompaniment for Dillon Francis' Cuco collab has arrived.
Dillon Francis making a tongue-in-cheek video? No, never. Not Him!
It's been a couple weeks since he and Cuco shared their unorthodox collaboration, "Fix Me." Now, the unlikely duo have shared the official music video for the single.
Before the wavering synths of the song's opening find their way into the video, viewers are treated to a brief dialogue between Francis and Cuco (real name Omar Banos). Still images of their heads are superimposed over the bodies of people in a car, and during Banos' vocals his head is placed on the bodies of people in various clips of stunt footage.
Francis' career exploded shortly after Mad Decent label boss Diplo discovered him in 2010, and since then he's collaborated with the likes of NGHTMRE, G-Eazy and Calvin Harris. Comparatively, Banos' career has been much shorter. He began releasing music in 2016 at the tender young age of 17, garnering renown for his lovelorn style of hip-hop.
After a performance at The Anthem in Washington D.C. tomorrow evening, Dillon Francis concludes the Lost My Mind tour alongside Alison Wonderland with a performance at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Out now on Pantheon Select.
Portuguese producers Strybo (real name Deby Galvao) and Frepz (real name Diogo Menezes) have joined forces to deliver a funky futuristic track titled "Over Me." It makes debut on Pantheon Select. This release is the perfect amount of flex on what these two young artists can deliver.
As the track opens, some jazzy horns slowly begin building. It's a great mix of old and new stylings. As the second verse enters the two producers throw down some heavy bass and grime, completely changing the trajectory of the track. There's a little bit of something in this for everyone. The amalgamation of genres proves these two are forces to be reckoned with.
Hailing from Portugal, Galvao is a rising female producer whose versatile EDM/Bass compositions have been supported by none other than Krewella, SAYMYNAME, LAriots, Vavo, and many other big names in the music industry.
Menezes, also from Portugal, has gained recognition for being a dubstep force to be reckoned with in the Portugues music scene. Back in 2016 he started his own imprint, LVRE Records.
"Over Me" by Strybo and Frepz is out now via Pantheon Select. Stream or download it across platforms here.FOLLOW STYRBO:
Dr. Fresch's newly launched Prescription Records has released the "Bladed Black EP" from rising producer JACKNIFE.
An Australian native, JACKNIFE rose to international recognition through a series of successive releases on industry-leading record labels such as Insomniac Records, Pantheon, Kannibalen, Armada Music and Pinnacle Records, as well as key radio features on shows such as Diplo's Revolution, Zeds Dead's Deadbeats Radio, Jauz' Bite This Radio, and many more.
For his most recent release, the Bladed Black EP, JACKNIFE continues to up-the-ante, blending a wide variety of genres and styles in what is undoubtedly his strongest body of work to date. A staggering blend of G house, bass house, dark electro, and a wild array of other unique influences, JACKNIFE sets a high bar for The Prescription Records.
Bladed Black marks the third release and first full EP from The Prescription Records, the doctor-approved brainchild of the one and only Dr. Fresch. It also serves as a perfect example of the innovative and groundbreaking audio remedies of which we expect to hear more.
According to Dr. Fresch:
"Bladed Black EP' is a stellar journey through modern electro house; JACKNIFE presents a killer display of midtempo and bass house that are equally cinematic and club ready. I've been rinsing the entire EP heavily this winter and am proud to release this piece on The Prescription Records."
From what we've seen thus far, The Prescription's level of attention to detail is superb, and their musical aesthetic is both unique and inspiring - check out the awesome accompanying poem for the Bladed Black EP to get a brief taste of multimedia treats we can expect from The Prescription in the future:
New electricity flows over the land,
A force has taken hold, grabbed by The Hand.
Peaceful destruction of everything once known.
A new religion arrives, across the universe flown.
They have been patient, waiting All Night,
Now they are here, a wondrous sight.
Bladed Black, all together, never individual,
Before battle in unison, a sacred Dance Ritual.
Unaware you are under attack,
Against you, the odds are Stacked
Tomorrowland Winter just got a little more real.
Next month marks the inaugural edition of Tomorrowland Winter, and the festival's organizers intend to keep people talking about it. To that end, they've shared the full design of the French Western Alps gathering's extravagant main stage.
In a video shared via Tomorrowland Winter's social media channels, a sketch of the main stage comes to life as a three-dimensional CG rendering. Beneath archways and turrets adorning the grandiose structure are sculptures that support the winter theme of the event.
As was previously announced, the main stage will be built in a parking lot of the Alpe d’Huez resort. There will be two other stages - one on Bergers Lake and another on a football field - in addition to four other areas with activities on the slopes.
Tomorrowland Winter will run from March 9th-16th, 2019. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.
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In his first release of 2019, NGHTMRE has teamed up with legends Shaquille O'Neal and Lil Jon for BANG which is out now on Gud Vibrations.
After a monumental and successful 2018, Los Angeles DJ/Producer NGHTMRE just dropped his first release of 2019. "BANG" is out now on his very own Gud Vibrations label and sees him collaborate with Shaquille O'Neal and Lil Jon.
NGHTMRE (real name Tyler Marenyi) has collaborated with the who's who of the industry since he broke onto the scene around 2014. From Wiz Khalifa, Dillon Francis, The Chainsmokers and Big Gigantic to now O'Neal and Lil Jon, his choice of collaborators have been diverse.
Through his meticulous productions and equally electrifying live sets, Marenyi has taken his spot as one of the leading bass producers in the scene. Blending his signature style with those of Shaquille O'Neal (a.k.a. DJ Diesel) and Lil Jon, "BANG" is a perfect balance resulting in the gritty banger.
In what began at the music production school Marenyi and the boys from SLANDER attended, they went on to develop a working relationship in their early years which resulted in numerous collaborations and frequently touring together. While the Gud Vibrations concept began with their single by the same name, it blossomed into a multi-event series, including this year's sold-out boat party during Miami Music Week, their own festival in SoCal, and now also a record label.Follow NGHTMRE:
i_o brought his techno-inspired style to an Above & Beyond classic.
As droves of trance fans have graduated to house and techno in recent years, i_o's latest remix symbolizes their sonic transition. The anonymous producer has offered up a rendition of Above & Beyond's 2011 single "Alchemy" that casts a shadow over the source material.
A video shared via i_o's social media accounts shows the artist debuting his reimagining of Alchemy live to a festival crowd. Synced over the footage is a high-quality audio clip of the as-yet-unreleased remix in which the original's iconic vocal and chord progression give way to a stripped-down, thumping succession of kick drums.View the original article to see embedded media.
Following his debut on mau5trap at the end of 2017, i_o has quickly risen to notoriety in the electronic music world. Most recently, he teamed up with Tommy Trash on "Let Me Go" featuring Daisy Guttridge - a more progressive iteration of his signature sound.
At the time of writing, i_o has yet to announce the official release date for his remix of "Alchemy" by Above & Beyond.
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Martin Garrix and Bonn may have another hit on their hands.
Last week Martin Garrix announced that he had reunited with his "High On Life" collaborator, and now the fruits of their labor have arrived. "No Sleep" featuring Bonn via STMPD RCRDS sees both artists do what they do best - and well before the start of festival season.
A memorable vocal by Bonn is met with the uplifting synth lead crafted by Martin Garrix (whose real name is Martijn Garritsen) in "No Sleep." The accompanying music video intersperses footage of the two artists on a mountain trip with clips of the singer delivering the verses.
"No Sleep" marks Garritsen's first single of the year - but if 2019 is anything like years prior it will certainly not be his last. The Dutch talent has been a mainstay of the EDM world since "Animals" propelled him into the mainstream spotlight in 2013. He was only 17 at the time.
Martin Garrix's "No Sleep" featuring Bonn is out now by way of STMPD RCRDS. Stream or download it across platforms here.FOLLOW MARTIN GARRIX:
Getter's music dry spell is over.
After a lapse in releases that spanned several months - during which time he put out songs under his Terror Reid hip-hop alias - Getter has made his return. The San Jose, California talent got in touch with his inner trap producer for a single titled "Ham Sandwich."
Diehard fans of Getter's typically inventive style may be somewhat disappointed with the track, however. Some of the sound design nuance in "Ham Sandwich" hints at his keen ear for arrangement, but the concept as a whole fails to tell a story that hasn't been told through the medium of festival trap.
Getter (real name Tanner Petulla) made his big break in 2012 by signing to Datsik's Firepower Records, only to upgrade to Skrillex's OWSLA imprint shortly thereafter. Outside of the electronic music space, he is perhaps best known as popularizing the catchphrase "suh dude" alongside Nick Coletti on short-form video hosting platform Vine.
Stream or download "Ham Sandwich" by Getter across platforms here, and find the full list of dates comprising his Visceral Live Tour below.
2/27/19 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
2/28/19 - Portland, OR - Roseland Ballroom
3/1/19 - Chico, CA - El Rey Theatre
3/2/19 - Reno, NV - Cargo Music Hall
3/3/19 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst
3/7/19 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theater
3/8/19 - Albuquerque, NM - Park It Place
3/9/19 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
3/15/19 - Houston, TX - Stereo Live Houston
3/16/19 - Dallas, TX - Stereo Live Dallas
3/17/19 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
3/20/19 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre
3/21/19 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note
3/22/19 - St. Louis, MO - Club Europe
3/23/19 - New Orleans, LA - BUKU Music & Art Project
3/26/19 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater
3/27/19 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
3/28/19 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
4/2/19 - Washington D.C. - 930 Club
4/4/19 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
4/5/19 - Boston, MA - Royale
4/6/19 - Montreal, QC - New City Gas
4/10/19 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
4/11/19 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
4/12/19 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
4/13/19 - Indianapolis, IN - Pavillion
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The producer returns on Deadbeats for another forward-thinking release.
After a fairly long period of silence, fresh talent DNMO just released his latest joint: “Sick Of You” with long-time collaborator Sub Urban.
Out via Zeds Dead's Deadbeats imprint, this isn't the first time the legendary duo has worked together with the producer (real name Aiden Morgan). They took Morgan under their wing over a year ago, collaborating with him on heavy-hitting “We Could Be Kings" featuring Tzar, and allowing him to make his U.S. debut in 2018 at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, making him the youngest electronic artist to perform there.
“Sick Of You”, apparently the first single out of an upcoming EP, proves to Morgan’s fans that their wait was worth it, as it marks one of the producer’s most interesting releases to date. Ironically enough, lyrics such as “I’m sick of our voice, sick of your face” support an uplifting beat that sounds as exciting as it is nostalgic. High-tempo, textured drum work dominates the release, as synths and gritty bass jump in and out, inflicting a hectic feeling.
DNMO's hip-hop and rock influences have helped him stand out from the crowd, and spread his unique take on bass music like wildfire. The 17-year-old artist's 2017 collaboration with KRANE played a major role in his rise, as he closed off 2018 having released a lot of forward-thinking music and toured through the US with Ghastly and Ookay.
Stream or download "Sick Of You" by DNMO and Sub Urban across platforms here.Follow DNMO
Kings of House NYC set to perform the official WMC Opening Party
For over 30 years, Miami has hosted the Winter Music Conference (WMC), making it one of the industry’s most respected and revered events. EPIC Pool Parties is looking to take the lead as the place to be during Miami Music Week this year. They will be throwing down an unmissable poolside soiree for the official WMC opening party held on Tuesday, March 26th.
The party will feature an exclusive six-hour B2B set form the legendary Kings of House NYC, Louie Vega and David Morales. This will be the only chance to catch this duo playing during the week.
On his EPIC Pool Parties appearance, Vega commented:
"We are looking forward to coming back to WMC for an exclusive Kings Of House NYC event with David Morales and myself playing a 6 hour b2b set! WMC is back and comin' on strong!!! Get ready to dance at our pool party to hot new sounds and of course we will take it back to the core! See you on March 26, 2019, Epic Hotel Miami style – let’s goooo!“David Morales X Louie Vega
Each is an icon of house music in his own right, and together as Kings of House NYC, Vega and Morales will be showing us how it’s done during a marathon, exclusive six-hour B2B set which takes the Kimpton EPIC Hotel’s poolside through three decades of on-point house music. Expect classic anthems, upfront favorites and an eclectic selection of everything in between at the first of Electric Ibiza and Jonathan Cowan’s collaborative events during Miami Music Week.
Setting the standard for the following five days, the Kings of House NYC B2B marathon will be followed by Do Not Sleep on Wednesday, March 27th, Defected on Thursday, March 28th, and Repopulate Mars on Friday, March 29th. There are two slots still open for an announcement on March 30th, and April 1st. Expect house, techno and the unexpected with plenty of surprises teased for what might be the week’s most talked-about parties.
You aren't going to want to miss this one. Find tickets for the epic event here.FOLLOW WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE:
The alt-electro band's run marks the 10-year anniversary of their debut album's release.
A decade of bright, glittery indie music has culminated in a celebratory U.S. headline tour for alt-electro band Empire Of The Sun. Commemorating the group's 2009 debut album, Walking On A Dream, the summer tour hits intimate venues across the U.S., as well as in Brixton, U.K. and Paris, France. Tickets go on sale Feb. 22nd.
The Australian band is comprised of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore, whose theatrical and energetic live shows have held a place in both the U.S. festival circuit and major international arenas. Their colorful, anthemic style has garnered global support and acclaim with more than two billion total streams. Hits include "We Are The People," "Alive," "High And Low," and "Walking On A Dream." Since WOAD's release, the band have since put out two more albums, most recently Two Vines in 2016.
The announcement of this most recent tour directly follows the release of a limited-edition vinyl of WOAD. On transparent, orange vinyl, the project is available through Astralwerks. It also includes a download for the previously unreleased "Chrysalis," which debuted February 1st on multiple streaming platforms.
Find the full list of dates for Empire Of The Sun's 2019 tour below.
5/30 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
5/31 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
6/3 – Boston, MA @ Royale
6/6 – New York, NY – venue to be announced
6/7 – New York, NY – venue to be announced
6/11 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
6/15 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
6/16 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
6/18 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
6/19 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
6/24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
6/25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
6/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda
6/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda
7/9 – Brixton, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
7/10 – Paris, FR @ Casino de Paris
Something's coming 2.22.19
Zomboy (real name Joshua Mellody) has been delivering fire releases these past few months. Today, the UK producer took to social media to share a cryptic message with what seems to be the tease of new music.
When following the link, fans are taken to a site listing out a presale to "Born To Survive" as well as links for "Hide N' Seek," Never Say Die Vol. 6, "Lone Wolf." Along with these new and previously released tracks is access to the complete ROTT N' Roll Tour and ROTT N' ROLL Radio playlist.https://linktr.ee/zomboy
Mellody took to Twitter to give fans a taste of what "Born To Survive" has in store for us. Lo and behold it will be dark and grimy in true Zomboy fashion. It also looks as if a music video will be coming out this Friday to accompany the drop.
Mellody blew open the scene back in 2016 with his chart-topping single “Like A Bitch." The song became the go-to set opener for the likes of Skrillex, DJ Snake, and virtually every dubstep DJ on the circuit that year. He hasn’t slowed down since then. This past year alone he released three popular tracks “Rebel Bass,” “Lone Wolf,” and his most recent "Hide N' Seek."
Make sure you catch Zomboy on his upcoming 30-date North American tour. The theme is Rott N' Roll, and he will be joined by fellow producers Space Laces, Badklaat and Luzcid. Tickets for the tour on sale now.
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"Lionheart" is the second single off of their forthcoming album.
Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge are here to prove they are a match made in trance heaven with their latest single, "Lionheart" featuring PollyAnna. This is the second release off their forthcoming album, Kingdom United.
The two UK producers have been collaborating for years and share the label Garuda together. Last November they teased fans with a new album and they have come to deliver. The first track was the album's title song, "Kingdom United," which was received well with beautiful cinematic production. "Lionheart" is headed on the same trajectory.
The track has all the elements of a classic trance song. Their use of uplifting synths pairs perfectly with PollyAnna's angelic vocals. "Lionheart" is set to be one of those tracks the entire crowd will be belting and swaying along too. Its big room energy is contagious. Emery and Wallbridge play up their strengths of melodies and production beautifully with this one.
Emery has been making waves on the trance scene for over a decade. With his legendary projects such as Laserface, Electric for Life and Stereosonic, he continues to prove himself as one of the best in the business.
Wallbridge and Emery have been pals for some time now. A few years ago they paired up on their famous CVNT5 parody act, which mocked ghost producers and other EDM stereotypes. Wallbridge was brought on to revamp the Garuda label as a co-owner and since then the rest has been history. The first release on the label in 2018 was Wallbridge's track "Surrender" featuring the iconic Darude.FOLLOW GARETH EMERY:
Lucchii's new single is hypnotizing.
Lucchii returns with new music featuring New York-based singer Rielle on "Lost." Making his Bite This debut, Lucchii sticks to his strengths. With an engaging counterbalance between sweeping textures and an intricately scripted drop of robotic synths, Lucchii shows there's still potential for innovation within the trap music genre.
Rielle has been on the rise netting a growing number of vocal features in the electronic space. Her previous feature was on Riggi & Piros' "Miss Me" via Thrive Music. Now, Rielle's tone takes a darker turn on "Lost" delivering a hypnotic vocal performance.
In addition a growing number of cosigns on tastemaker labels, Lucchii is hot off of a recent tour in India. With international growth markets demonstrating an interest in his sound, Lucchii's growth outlook remains strong.
Listen to Lucchii and Rielle's "Lost" out now via Bite This.FOLLOW LUCCHII:
Following a monumental trap single release in January, WE ARE FURY are back with a surprise release for fans.
We thought this song couldn't get any better... and we were wrong. Joachim Speidel and Stuart Brookes of WE ARE FURY have released their take on Ekali and Medasin's iconic collab "Forever" featuring Elohim. Far from the light and happy vibe of the original track, WE ARE FURY adds their own twist on a classic electronic anthem.
Commenting on the release, Speidel said:
"We took a different approach to this remix because we actually built it around the lyrics. There's a line that goes, "I just wanna live in your arms where I'm safe forever, keep me safe here forever" and we took a really dark approach and interpreted that as the character talking to death. We took this concept into the production and had the song get progressively darker and more eerie, ending with the mid tempo drop. It was really cool working on the art as well because we took Nathan's greenhouse concept and flipped it on its head. Dylan, our graphic designer, made the surroundings cold and dark, and we added this dark figure inside which would represent the idea of death visually."
The Canadian duo built the foundation of their sound on a series of acclaimed remixes and their "Forever" remix is no different. It takes Elohim's innocent and peaceful vocal and surrounds it with their signature production. A dark, menacing reese bass comes in in the second verse and then builds towards a heavily distorted midtempo drop. This track is truly something we haven't heard from the duo yet, and we love it!
Andy King has had a change of heart about becoming a meme.
Andy King begrudgingly amassed internet fame following the raunchy firsthand account he gave in Netflix's Fyre Festival documentary. It may end up paying off for the much-memed viral celebrity, as he's revealed that the notoriety may translate into a series of on-camera opportunities.
During a filmed interview, King had explained that Fyre brainchild Billy McFarland had asked him to perform sexual acts on a customs official to get them to release crates of Evian water. He told TMZ that he originally begged the directors of Fyre Festival: The Greatest Party That Never Happened to remove the segment of his interview detailing his run-in with customs from the film.
By the looks of things the blowback hasn't been all bad for King, however. He went on to explain:
"I probably wouldn't be where I am today if it had been taken out. I mean, how I've become a social media hero over a situation like that, I'm in total shock. But I'm riding with it, it's a lot of fun. TV offers to do cameos in movies. I'm doing a cameo tomorrow night for the Spirit Awards. I'm shooting a movie in March, we're working on a few different TV show concepts right now. I have three offers for those, it's incredible."
Fyre Festival may well be remembered as the single biggest flop in music festival history. Promoted largely by social media influencers, the luxury event was supposed to showcase such world-class talent as Disclosure, Lee Burridge and Major Lazer. When attendees arrived on the Exhumas islands, however, they were met with heaps of garbage and harsh living conditions.
Alongside McFarland was Ja Rule, who recently told TMZ he might try his hand at launching a festival again. The '90s rapper has followed his remarks up by saying that he's happy for the success King has found as a result of his appearance in the documentary.
Andy King has not formally announced his involvement with any specific TV series or production studio at the time of writing.
INVNT has parted ways with Bethel Woods and Live Nation as a result.
Following last November's revelation that the original Woodstock founders would not be involved in the 50th anniversary event at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the festival now appears to be dividing even further. Originally slated as a three-day gathering over three days, Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival will now comprise three separate days - and INVNT has cut ties with the event as a result.
“INVNT will not be involved in the new format and we wish Bethel Woods and Live Nation, as well as the organizers of the other 50th anniversary celebrations taking place around the world, the very best,” said INVNT CEO Scott Cullather in a statement. He remarked that the agency remains proud of its role in the event up to this point and the attention it drew to the original 1969 festival.
Woodstock Ventures, LLC co-founder Michael Lang had previously told the Poughkeepsie Journal that he had "definite plans" for a 50th anniversary event. Shortly after it came to light that he would not play a role in the event taking place at Bethel Woods - the location of the original Woodstock festival - he announced that the "real" Woodstock 50th event would take place in Watkins Glen, New York along the same range of dates.
Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival has mentioned something called "A Season of Song & Celebration" on social media, but has yet to formally announce the new Woodstock 50th anniversary celebration format at the time of writing.FOLLOW WOODSTOCK:
As his first release of 2019, "Love Me" begins a series of brand new tracks.
After the success of last year's poignantly self-reflective album Next Season, Taelor Deitcher, better known as Felix Cartal, has seemingly moved on to a more upbeat path with his latest collaboration, "Love Me."
The dance pop track weaves together sweet-sounding chords, serene melodies, singer/songwriter Lights' dazzling vocals and lyrics that leave you wishing that love was as easy going and light as the song itself.
Known for producing emotive songs like, "Get What You Give," "Faces, and "Hold Tight," the Canadian producer has a way of making music that leaves you positively hopeful by the end of each song. In fact, "Get What You Give" was such a resonating remix cover of the New Radicals' hit that it became his first Canadian certified gold record and was nominated for a JUNO award in 2017.
Since then Deitcher has grown and honed his skills in conveying complex emotions and making an impact on his listeners. In 2019 the talented producer's 2018 album, Next Season, was nominated for another JUNO award for electronic album of the year.
Coincidentally enough, his JUNO award nominations led Deitcher to meeting Lights at a party for the music award event and it ultimately led to the creation of "Love Me." Lights told Billboard that Deitcher sent her the track after their meeting and, after going back to her studio, she hashed out the verses within an hour.
It's the first time both Canadian artists have worked together, but according to them the process was easy and creatively satisfying. Lights went on to tell Billboard that it was "probably close to the fastest I've ever come up with something I'm proud of. The chorus and rest of the track evolved since then, but in music, you really crave the moments when things come easily, and this was one of them."
Deitcher also believed that working on "Love Me" with Lights was a true collaboration, saying:
"The thing that made this collaboration so special is that we're literally the only two people involved in this song. I wrote an instrumental, Lights wrote an initial lyric idea, we refined the chorus and arrangement together, then she tracked her vocals herself and I did all the production myself. It's just us two creating every single piece of this song. A true collab. I love how it turned out."
It's exciting, to say the least, when artists just click and create something that surpasses all expectations, but what’s even more exciting is knowing that "Love Me" is just the first of many new Felix Cartal tracks to come. If they're anything like this collaboration, this might just be another shining year for Deitcher.Follow Felix Cartal:
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