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San Holo Announces Release Date for Broods Collab

1 hour 38 min ago

San Holo recently revealed that his next collaboration will debut on Friday.

San Holo recently announced that he will be releasing new music next week. The new music comes in the form of a collaboration with Broods that goes by the title "Honest."

A short clip of the new song is shared with the line "I just want us to be honest" repeated with varying vocal effects applied. While it doesn't give much away, fans will be able to hear some impressive vocals from the featured singer and look forward to its release.

EDM.com was lucky enough to interview San Holo (real name Sander van Dijck) last month in support of his Red Bull Remix Lab appearance with Anna Lunoe. Prior to that, Amsterdam Dance Event attendees were treated to the premiere of his collaboration with What So Not at the event in October.

"Honest" featuring Broods by San Holo is slated for release on Friday, January 31st. You can pre-save the upcoming track across streaming platforms here.

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The Chemical Brothers Win Grammy Awards for Best Dance/Electronic Recording and Song

2 hours 49 min ago

The Chemical Brothers beat out Flume, Skrillex and more to win both major dance music awards at The 62nd Annual Grammys.

At The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, The Chemical Brothers dominated the dance/electronic category and took home both major awards. With their pair of awards tonight, the British duo are now six-time winners.

Their album No Geography beat out the other nominees LP5 by Apparat, Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape) by Flume, SOLACE by RÜFÜS DU SOL, and Weather by Tycho for their third award in that category and first since We Are The Night in 2007.

On the Best Dance Recording side of things, their track "Got To Keep On" beat out "Linked" by Bonobo, "Piece Of Your Heart" featuring Goodboys by Meduza, "Underwater" by RÜFÜS DU SOL, and "Midnight Hour" featuring Ty Dolla $ign by Skrillex and Boys Noize. This win is their first since 2005 when they took home the award for "Galvanize."

In addition to the two awards, they were nominated for Best Music Video, ultimately losing out to "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus. The latter video coincidentally features a cameo from last year's Best Dance Recording winner, Diplo.

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be hosted by Alicia Keys. The show kicks off on January 26th at 8:00 PM EST and will be aired on CBS.

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Diplo Brings Out Lil Pump at the AVN Awards in Las Vegas

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Lil Pump made a surprise appearance during Diplo's performance at the annual adult entertainment awards.

Fans and industry attendees alike were able to enjoy a performance from Diplo at this year's AVN Awards on Saturday. The annual ceremony dedicated to celebrating the talents of the world's adult video stars and the people behind the scenes chose the EDM superstar as one of the featured musical guests for their 37th outing. While his performance was scheduled, attendees were surprised to see Lil Pump make an appearance during the set. Someone in attendance captured footage and shared it on their Twitter for all to enjoy.

While the clip doesn't show much, it's very clear that the performance was a typical, high-energy outing from the duo. In the short clip, you can see Diplo (real name Thomas Wesley Pentz) man the decks while Lil Pump (real name Gazzy Garcia) performs his Kanye West collaboration, "I Love It."

The 37th Annual AVN Awards took place on Saturday, January 25th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to Diplo, Doja Cat was also a featured musical guest.

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Bass Coast Festival Announces 2020 Theme and First Wave Lineup

Sat, 01/25/2020 - 14:55

The independent, four-day music and art festival will return this year.

The gathering voted North America's best boutique festival by DJ Mag in 2019 is back with a theme for the ages: "Future Deco."

Bass Coast Festival marks its 12th year this July 10th-13th in Merrit, British Columbia. The first wave of artists announced includes Justin Martin, Claude VonStroke, The Librarian, The Funk Hunters, and others.

Every year Bass Coast's theme dictates the creative direction for the entire event, from the lights to costumes to art installations. It creates a carefully curated and unique experience that boutique festivalgoers return for every year.

At the dawn of a new decade - a time of seemingly endless technological advances - 2020's theme invites us to reflect on the past and imagine the possibilities for the future.

Time is fleeting, and so are tickets. Tier one is already sold out of the 7,500 available for 2020's edition of Bass Coast. Find more information or purchase tickets here.

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Jason Ross Releases Debut Album, 1000 Faces, via Ophelia Records

Sat, 01/25/2020 - 14:30

Jason Ross' debut project has arrived on Ophelia Records.

Jason Ross' hotly anticipated debut full length 1000 Faces has dropped on none other than Seven Lions' own Ophelia Records

The offering has been a long-awaited one for the Anjunabeats family who have come to know Ross well. Since 2014, he has made regular appearances on the label - but never to release a full-length project. 

Last year appeared to mark a flashpoint in his breakout as Ross released a series of high-profile singles. The most notable installment came alongside longtime collaborator Seven Lions as well as Emilie Brandt, and it went by the title "Known You Before." The release of 1000 Faces sees the them taking another step together as it marks the first studio-length album backed by Seven Lions' Ophelia Records imprint. 

With 1000 Faces Ross is aiming to continue his expansion. Teaming up with fellow producers such as Dabin and pop vocalists like Dia Frampton and Melanie Fontana, he is satisfying an increasingly mainstream appetite for his cathartic, melodic and bass-driven sound. 

Jason Ross will be continuing his introduction on the road starting mid-February. For tickets visit the official 1000 Faces website.

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Tchami, Drezo and More Featured on Valentino Khan's House Party Remix EP

Sat, 01/25/2020 - 14:06

The EP includes both Tchami and Eliminate's previously released remixes.

Valentino Khan has released a remix package for his well-received EP, House Party, via Mad Decent.

The effort includes Tchami's previously released remix of "JustYourSoul" and Eliminate's Remix of "Pony," as well as housey reworks from Drezo, Born Dirty, Schade and Ibranovski. The personal flare on each track includes Drezo's incredibly dirty bass line on his remix of "Flip The Switch" and Born Dirty's funky melody on his remix of "What's Your Name." Undoubtedly, Khan delivered by picking out some of the best talents in dance music to remix his over-the-top EP.

Khan has been unrelenting since bursting onto the scene with his hit single "Deep Down Low" in 2015. Every year since he's continued to release tracks that travel quickly through the festival circuit, including "Hello" with Keno, "Pump," "Lick It," and "Break Your Neck (Pt. 2 VIP)" with Good Times Ahead. Khan has also lent his hand at a number of remixes for notable dance music names, including his reworks of "Pressure" by RL Grime and his remix of "Good Enough" by Alison Wonderland

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Martin Garrix Shows Resilience Onstage Despite Multiple Leg Injuries

Sat, 01/25/2020 - 13:43

The Dutch superstar is well on his way to recovery in the latest episode of The Martin Garrix Show.

In spite of sustaining two recent ankle injuries Martin Garrix (real name Martijn Garritsen) continues to show resilience. In the latest episode of The Martin Garrix Show, Garritsen is seen back in near peak performance during his performance at Sziget Festival 2019. 

First, Garritsen had suffered an ankle injury during a performance at Omnia Nightclub in Las Vegas that forced the producer to cut his set short. He later revealed that his ankle was broken. A few months later, while Garritsen remained in an ankle cast on one leg, he subsequently experienced pain in the shin of his other leg during a performance that limited his movement onstage. 

One thing made clear by the show is Garritsen's commitment to delivering high-energy performances with the utmost consistency. It's this drive that has spurred his commitment to regular physical therapy while continuing to play shows.

Now it seems Garritsen is turning a corner for the better. During his performance at Sziget Festival, the producer stood on the booth and jumped off for the first time in several months. The episode reveals his team had believed he would not attempt to do so for awhile longer, but Garritsen pulled it off without incident.  

While he's not out of the woods yet, it seems Martin Garrix's rough year of personal injury may soon be behind him.

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Kygo and Sandro Cavazza Release Avicii's Unfinished Single, "Forever Yours"

Sat, 01/25/2020 - 13:35

Kygo and Sandro Cavazza completed one of the late Avicii's most sought-after tracks.

Kygo and Sandro Cavazza have closed the loop on one of Avicii's unfinished projects. What started as a teaser during Avicii's Ultra Music Festival set in 2016 has now been made an official release titled "Forever Yours."

While "Forever Yours" was not completed for release while Avicii (real name Tim Bergling) was alive, in the time since, fans have continued to gravitate to clips of the unfinished single online. More recently, collaborators Sandro Cavazza and Kygo were given the opportunity to officially finish what Bergling had started. In December 2019, the two artists performed "Forever Yours" live at the Avicii tribute concert, all but ensuring the project had reached completion at long last. 

As with Bergling's other posthumous work that has been released thus far including his album Tim, "Forever Yours" manages to preserve the original ideas of his that sparked fans' interest in the first place. 

In a mission to continue honoring Bergling's memory, all proceeds for the song will be donated to The Tim Bergling Foundation

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Matroda Releases “Jack The House“ on Freshly Launched Label Terminal Underground

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 19:18

The rising producer is back with a vengeance.

After successfully closing out 2019 with a Wax Motif collaboration, as well as releasing the groovy “Walk In The Spot” on Tiësto’s Musical Freedom label, Matroda is back with his first offering for 2020, the dancefloor-ready “Jack The House.” The single’s release comes at a busy time for the Croatian producer (real name Matija Rodic), as it marks the first release on his newly launched imprint Terminal Underground, which is also the name of his upcoming 13-date U.S. tour.

“Jack The House” is an energetic dance floor killer, blending a variety of different elements and influences in classic Matroda fashion. Its intro and buildup are rather simplistic, relying on little more than jazzy chords and drums to carry the groove. The drop, however, catches the listener off guard, creating a complex series of bass hits, weird noises, and groovy drums, all under an eerie vocal sample.

One the past years, Matroda has been consistently captivating the ears of listeners with his unique take on bass house. His 2019 album, The RED Tape, was proof that he's capable of creating all types of dance floor vibes, something that has allowed him to receive support from powerhouses such as Diplo, Dj Snake, Tchami, Alison Wonderland and more.

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6 Subcultures of Electronic Music Festivals

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 19:04

Explore some hobbies and lifestyles born out of the modern electronic music festival.

A central, if unspoken tenet of electronic music festival is self-expression in all things. This ranges from festival fashion to how people define themselves by where they stand in the crowd. Just as electronic music festivals are bastions of the extreme, so too have people taken small facets of festivals and turned them into robust ways of life in their own right.

Read on to learn about six subcultures that have emerged from the electronic music festival circuit.

1. Pin Collecting

These days, it’s literally impossible to go to a music festival and not see a plethora of lapel pins donned on hats, sold by vendors, or traded among festy fam. It can seem that on every head is a festival hat, and on every hat there’s at least half a dozen Rick and Morty pins.

Just as every other hobby is made of a spectrum from the casual to the hardcore, though, pin collecting is no stranger to the extremes. Small pins might cost an average of $5-10, while limited-edition artist pins cost $25-45 up front. “Aftermarket” collecting, however, is where things get really crazy; pins created by certain artists can easily exceed a few months’ rent in value.

Disney pin collectors are certainly no stranger to the game, but in the past few years, "artist pins" borne out of festival pin collecting have also reached this level. Though these artist pins may no longer have a direct tie-in to music fests, in-person drops and meetups are still predominantly held at festivals.

2. Hat Collecting

In the massive fields of Bonnaroo, or the endless sun of Electric Forest’s Sherwood Court, festivalgoes are no stranger to standing in packed crowds under the sweltering sun for hours on end. In conditions like these it’s almost a death sentence to not have some sort of portable shade, so it’s no surprise that festival fashion has strongly co-opted and elevated the lowly hat to a sometimes-legendary status.

Though the most popular style of festival hat is the flat-brim six-panel cap, any type of hat can be found at music festivals, typically the flashier the better. And just as pins have diehard fans, so too do hats, with some headwear pulling hundreds of dollars from collectors.

3. Flow Arts

As soon as the sun sets, the rolling hills of electronic music festivals are splashed with spinning, swinging, undulating LEDs. Any music festival veteran knows that, as enticing as these lights may seem, one shouldn’t venture too close for fear of getting solidly smacked across the face by flying plastic. Though they may endanger everyone within a three-meter radius, there’s an undeniable magic and skill to the flow artists who lose themselves (and occasionally their toys) to the music in the crowd.

"Flow art" is a relatively generic term that refers to moving the body with one or more “prop” (aka flow toy) in an aesthetically pleasing way. There are many types of props, with popular ones being hoops, gloves, poi, staves… the list goes on. As individuals become more advanced with their LED props, they may graduate to fire spinning.

Many practitioners espouse the psychological benefits of flow arts, citing how the activity has changed or saved their lives in some way. Indeed, the term “flow art” comes from the seminal work of psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced Chick-sent-me-high-ee), who posits that “flow” is a psychological state of intense focus and concentration, where one is “completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one.”

4. Festival Totems

The history of music festival totems is murky at best. Some sources claim they come from the original Woodstock (1969), or perhaps West Berlin’s first-ever Love Parade (1989); even if these claims are unverifiable at best, festival totems undoubtedly share their name with sacred objects of aboriginal or indigenous groups. Though the name may smack of cultural appropriation, today’s festival totems are startlingly close to Wikipedia’s definition of the word: a “sacred object, or symbol that serves as an emblem of a group of people.”

Love them or hate them, totems are an undeniable part of the DNA of American music festivals. Whereas a few years ago totems were simply memes pasted on sticks, today’s totems are often alarmingly complex, with much money and time spent developing them.

5. Shuffling

Shuffling (aka the Melbourne shuffle) originated in the Australian rave scenes of the 1980s. Recently, the dance has seen a resurgence (and fall) in the U.K., and popularity in the Netherlands, where it is derisively called the “rabbit dance.” 

In 2011, shuffling came to popularity in America in large part due to the contest to be a dancer in LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” music video, and since the rise of social media and electronic music festivals, shuffling and its students have become ubiquitous across the scene. Outside of EDM festivals, shuffling has become a sort of exercise routine for the children and elderly in China.

6. Kandi

At the most basic level, kandi simply refers to the colorful plastic beaded jewelry that ravers collect and flaunt. It originated from the underground West Coast rave scene of the 1990s, and though it may have been synonymous with drug culture in its early days, kandi kids have since created their own niche that is independent of intoxicants.

These days, kandi is tied to the PLUR (Peace, Love, Unity, Respect) movement, and the exchange of kandi (which is integral to the hobby) is initiated with the “PLUR handshake.” Though kandi can be purchased pre-made, the most respected pieces are made by hand, with some pieces taking multiple days to complete.

Just as kandi creations have become more complex, so too has its ethos. To many kandi kids, each piece of kandi has its own story or meaning, and exchanging kandi is like giving a small piece of oneself to a fellow raver.

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Doctor P Throws Down On "Smoke & Flames" ft. Virus Syndicate

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 18:39

His debut album is reportedly out in March of 2020.

Doctor P (real name Shaun Brockhurst) has been cultivating a devoted following since his start back in 2009. With a career spanning over a decade long, it makes the news of a debut album that much more special. It has been reported that fans can expect the new album titled Animal Vegetable Mineral Pt. 2, the follow-up to his 2012 EP, this March. To kick start the hype he has released a new track off the forthcoming effort, "Smoke & Flames" featuring Virus Syndicate

The single goes hard from the get-go, as the British grime collective blasts their way into the production. Their brash and taut rap style pairs perfectly with Brockhurst's dirty bass work. It combines to make an insane, head-thrashing mix that will make the crowds lose their minds. If this is even just a taste of what Animal Vegetable Mineral Pt. 2 has in store for us, fans are in for a treat. 

When the U.K. native dropped Animal Vegetable Mineral Pt. 1 in 2012 he delivered one of his most played songs to date, "Flying Spaghetti Monster." Eight years later, we get to see how he plans to follow up such a successful release. It has been reported that the album will feature a collection of his previously released singles from 2019 as well as some unreleased work due to come out in the next few months. His latest single, "Voices," gave his longtime fans a look back at his drum and bass roots. Only time will tell what direction he takes this new album.

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Kaskade and BROHUG Deliver Throwback Single "1990"

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 18:15

They've got "The Power!"

Kaskade and Swedish trio BROHUG are paying major homage to a prolific year in electronic music with their new track "1990," out now on Kaskade's Arkade imprint. When producers of this caliber get into a studio together you know magic is in the works. They have taken the recognizable sample from the iconic SNAP! track "The Power" and reworked it into a current club smash that will get both the older and younger generations singing along. 

The piece opens with a groove-inducing build as the nostalgia starts pouring in alongside the vocal chops. The pressure builds as Kaskade's unmistakable synth work drops straight into those legendary four words. The producers have succeeded with flying colors in reimagining the household single. They brought it to the '20s while still delivering the same old school flair heard around the world 30 years ago. 

"1990 was an incredible year for music. You couldn't go into a club, pizzeria, or record store without hearing the iconic song by SNAP!, "The Power," and here we are in 2020 with it still buzzing in the zeitgeist," said Kaskade and BROHUG in a joint statement. "'1990' is only to be played on the loudest of speakers, and has got the power to stay stuck in your head long after hearing it."

This is not the first time Kaskade (real name Ryan Gary Raddon) and BROHUG (composed of John Dahlbäck, and Chris and Niklas Lunde) have delivered impressive work together. They first blew fans away with the smash hit "Fun" alongside Mr. Tape and Madge. Their latest collaboration, "Lose Control," was featured on Raddon's deluxe version of Redux 003 which came out in October of 2019. 

You can catch Raddon live in 2020 at Gronk Beach Miami for the massive Superbowl party thrown by Rob Gronkowski. Next up he will perform at Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival and then Ubbi Dubbi Festival alongside IlleniumRusko, Seven Lions, Adventure Club and more. 

Brohug are coming off the success of their recent EP, Trouble. It featured the aforementioned collaboration with Raddon as well as his recent work with Ghastly titled "Get Down."  

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Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Drops Final Additions to 2020 Lineup

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 16:47

Vampire Weekend to curate the 4th edition of OMF’s signature PoWoW

It was to many fans' dismay when news broke that Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival (OMF) would not return in 2019. Spirits turned around when promotional titan Insomniac swooped in to save the day by acquiring the gathering, thus making for a triumphant return in 2020. Now under the direction of Pasquale Rotella, OMF is gearing up to be bigger and better than ever. 

The fourth edition will now span over four days returning to the beautiful Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, Florida March 5th-8th. With Insomniac curating the lineup EDM is reigning supreme, though fans can still expect to see a variety of artists across the musical spectrum. Diversifying the lineup further will be GRiZ, Baynk, Richie Hell, Alexander 23, Amber LucidJaialai, James Vickery, Grandson, UMI and Overjoy. They will be in great company including the previously announced headline acts RÜFÜS DU SOLBassnectar, Vampire Weekend, and Mumford & Sons

Along with the new additions comes word that OMF's PoWoW! will return to the BE Stage and lead by the headline act Vampire Weekend. The set has become an institution of the festival since its inaugural year back in 2016 led by Miguel and Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler. The unique experience features an eclectic array of artists coming together to deliver what will feel like an intimate jam sesh between friends. It's a chance to hear artists you never thought would share a stage together throw down some amazing music. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will not want to miss. 

Being that it is a music and arts festival, OMF will continue to feature immersive experiences including pop-up performances, creative installations, yoga, life-enhancing workshops, and a plethora of other activities to get the most out of the four-day event. Over 100 artists will be spread across the five immersive stages.

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will take place from March 5th-8th, 2020. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website

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FISHER Announces BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix Debut

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 15:58

His spotlight on the coveted radio show goes live January 25th.

FISHER (real name Paul Fisher) is set to make his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix debut on January 25th. 

Fisher's spotlight on the radio show comes as no surprise, as legendary host Pete Tong hasn't failed to impress since the show began in 1993. Tong has been on a roll as of late, inviting some of the greatest dance music artists of all time including Skream, Joris Voorn, TNGHT and Nicole Moudaber. Undoubtedly, Fisher is a deserving entry to the ever-growing list.

Beginning his career in dance music as one of the founding members of Cut Snake, Fisher has since become one of the most promising names in tech house. In 2018, the Australian surfer-turned DJ released his hit track "Losing It" on his Catch & Release imprint. The song was met with critical acclaim, receiving a Grammy Awards nomination for Best Dance Recording

Earlier this month, Fisher raised over $100k for the Australian bush fires by donating all proceeds from a five-hour set in Sydney.

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Zomboy Brings Listeners to the "Battlefields" with Latest Track

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 15:24

Zomboy isn't holding back with his first release of the year.

Zomboy (real name Joshua Mellody) has dropped his latest tune "Battlefields" via Never Say Die

"Battlefields" begins with a menacing guitar riff, preparing listeners for the heat that's about to come. Mellody wastes no time moving into a buildup, leading into a pre-drop vocal that's just as wild as the rest of the track. Fans of Mellody and his recent tune "Archangel" will certainly gravitate towards "Battlefield," as it continues down the path of heavy, neck-snapping singles. 

Mellody has continuously been a driving force in bass music, as the majority of his tunes find their way into the festival circuit. His 2016 EP Neon Grave still sees plenty of plays to this day, including his hit track "Like A Bitch." Last year, the U.K. producer released his Rott N' Roll Pt. 2 EP as well as a remix compilation that featured reworks from TYNAN, Oliverse, PhaseOne, and others. 

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Groove Cruise 2020 was One to Remember [Review]

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 14:33

Performances by Above & Beyond, Markus Schulz, Roger Sanchez and others plus fan experiences and costumes galore highlighted the 16th annual Groove Cruise.

Whet Travel completed its 16th annual Groove Cruise this month with a sold-out journey from Miami to Costa Maya. The Celebrity Infinity once again became the home away from home for the Groove Cruise “captains,” who were able to enjoy nearly 100 hours of nonstop electronic music from multiple stages hosted by industry leaders including Markus Schulz’s Coldharbour Recordings, Nora En Pure’s Purified Radio, Roger Sanchez’s Undr the Radr, Solarstone’s Pure Trance, KSHMR’s Dharma WorldWide, and more. If you weren't able to make the trip this year, read on to see what you missed.

Departing Miami on January 9th after not one but two free preparties the previous night at the Clevelander with Cocodrills, Drums of the Sun, and more - followed by E11EVEN Miami with headliner Markus Schulz - the #GCFam boarded the ship on Thursday in their “Represent” outfits to show their pride for their countries, favorite artists, sports teams, and more as they gathered on the main pool deck for the traditional attendees group photo. As the sun set, creativity abounded for the “Team Up” theme, including a group of Care Bears led by Groove Cruise resident DJ/producer Lizzie Curious. Fans couldn’t stop buzzing about the set from Nora En Pure on the pool deck as the sun dipped below the horizon and the Groove Cruise compass logo and lasers illuminated the custom stage design Whet Travel brings onboard - one of many reasons the floating festival has been called a logistical marvel. For her first time playing on Groove Cruise, JVNA’s bass-heavy beats had Captains raving for days about her unique musical offerings.

Day two’s “Enchanted Forest” theme saw sprites, elves, flora, and fauna enjoying daytime sets courtesy of Qrion, Offaiah, and Loco Dice, as well as the fan-favorite United We Groove stage complete with a surprise rarities performance from chanteuse Emma Hewitt with DJ/producer Kristina Sky. Friday also saw Team Jetpack doing their final equipment test for their upcoming Guinness World Record attempt for the “World’s Loudest Human-Carried Soundsystem.” As Groove Cruise is more than just music, activities during the day allowed fans to donate-to-enter to the non-profit Whet Foundation for the chance to win a spot to hang with their favorite artists. Highlights included kickboxing with Yaya, Emma Hewitt’s meditation session, Team Markus Schulz vs. Team Cocodrills in a basketball game, and a wine tasting with Factor B. Other onboard activities during the cruise included a dumpling-making class with Qrion, Lessons of KSHMR Live, tequila tasting with Roger Sanchez, artist-hosted dinners, and the return of the #GCFam favorite Crusher Camp - an ’80s-style aerobics workout featuring participants donning totally tubular neon athletic outfits, leg warmers, and radical wigs for a bonus costume theme.

The Celebrity Theater was transformed to rival any land festival stage with a tiered pyramid elevated DJ booth to channel the Costa Maya destination, complete with creative original content on the LED video panels. Unicorn Slayer Markus Schulz played an open-to-close set for the #TranceFamily as an intense laser show wowed the audience. For those needing time to chill from all the heart-pumping excitement, each night the Whet Oasis holistic experience transformed the ship’s Solarium into the ultimate relaxation station with aroma therapy, deep desert house music, tea and fruits bar, yoga, meditation, plenty of comfortable lounging spots, piles of pillows, and more.

The love amongst the #GCFam was on full display as not one, not two, not three, but four weddings occurred during the sailing, including Groove Cruise Founder and Chief Excitement Officer Jason Beukema officiating for one of the happy couples and Trance Jesus presiding over another ceremony. Multiple marriage proposals also took place throughout the cruise.

Saturday morning saw volunteers disembarking for the non-profit Whet Foundation’s annual Destination Donation excursion as a way to give back to communities in the areas Groove Cruise visits. Fans and artists including Mike Hovsepian and Lavelle Dupree descended on the Casa de la Cultura de Mahahua to clean an abandoned construction dump site to help lay the groundwork for a new playground. The team also brought backpacks filled to the brim with school supplies donated by the #GCFam while Team Jetpack provided music on the move for the local children. The Whet Foundation also raised money to install a new air conditioning unit and repaint the buildings and playground.

Afterwards, revelers at BlueKay enjoyed a special beach party with headliners Above & Beyond playing for Groove Cruise "captains" for the first time. With a daytime theme of “Purple Rain,” costume interpretations ranged from honoring the legendary artist Prince with his love symbol adorning shirts, accessories and more, to the infamous Chappelle Show Prince basketball game skit attire. A few lucky fans with the best signs were selected for the infamous “Push the Button” moment during Above & Beyond’s set and even a few brief showers couldn’t dampen the mood with the Anjunabeats legends.

Once back on the ship, a Pajama Party theme ranged from comfortable to coquetry, including many Groove Cruise onesies—a popular merch item with the #GCFam. As a special treat, Roger Sanchez went back to back with Cocodrills for the sunset sail away set on the pool deck for a creative collaboration. Back in the Celebrity Theater, Groove Cruise Miami 2020 DJ Contest winner Brittany Beers astounded with her impressive skills and infectious energy. Beers perfectly set the stage for Troyak, followed by the face-melting BPMs of KSHMR. Mixing things up a bit was the hip-hop party in the Constellation lounge, complete with a special set from Kristen Knight, plus Groove Cruise OG Scooter. PJ-clad cruisers also got down at the Silent Disco, then they joined Anthony Attalla at the Incorrect stage on the Rooftop Terrace for his marathon seven-hour sunrise set.

Making the most of their last day on the Celebrity Infinity and channeling their favorite “Spirit Animals,” Coldharbour Recordings played host to the pool deck stage, complete with label staples Daxson, Grube & Hovespian, and singer Adina Butar joining Markus Schulz for a special live performance. Scotty Boy’s Deep House Brunch also returned, then to celebrate GC resident Bryan "We’re Never Going Home" Lubliner's birthday. The birthday party became a celebration for everyone no matter their actual birthdate (as if anyone needed an excuse to pack as much excitement as possible into the remaining hours at sea). The rooftop terrace was rocking as Gene Farris dropped an old school house set, then a producer set from Solarstone, with Roger Sanchez playing the final set of 2020 as the ship pulled into port and the sun began to rise. For those not quite ready to go back to the real world, Captains could take shuttles right after disembarking to the after party at E11EVEN.

For those feeling the FOMO, Groove Cruise Miami 2021 is now on sale and is already over half booked. Tier 1 pricing is almost sold out, so electronic music fans should reserve their staterooms now or risk missing the next adventure: the 17th annual sailing, which takes place January 7th-11th. It will mark the first charter for a completely updated and reimagined Celebrity Infinity to visit the new private, pirate-themed paradise of Taino Bay in the Bahamas. Payment plans are available and all options can be viewed at GrooveCruise.com.

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Tomorrowland Drops Entire Lineup for 2020 Edition

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 13:08

Tomorrowland's organizers have foregone the slow reveal for this year's event.

Tomorrowland headliners usually trickle out slowly in the months leading up to the Boom, Belgium festival. Last year, organizers began their slow reveal in January and wrapped it up all the way in June. That's not the case for the 2020 event, which will take place July 17th-19th and July 24th-26th, as they've unveiled the full lineup all at once.

The Mainstage will be graced by such EDM heavyweights as Alesso, Marshmello, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Boris Brejcha. Monstercat will host a stage headlined by the likes of Slushii, Krewella and Jauz B2B NGHTMRE, with hardstyle acts like Coone, Da Tweekaz and Noisecontrollers on the the Q-Dance stage.

Shortly before the drop it was announced that Eric Prydz would bring his world-famous Holosphere to the festival's Freedom stage. Among its other headliners throughout both weekends are Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte and Artbat

Tomorrowland's debut edition took place in 2005, and as of 2014 it has spanned two weekends of programming. The ink recently dried on a deal to extend its contract at the De Schorre estate through 2034.

Find the full 2020 lineup on the Tomorrowland website in addition to other information about the festival.

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Fedde Le Grand Jumps into 2020 with Groovy Single, "Dancing Shoes" ft. Josh Cumbee

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 12:36

"Dancing Shoes" also features Josh Cumbee on vocals.

Fedde Le Grand has returned with his latest single, "Dancing Shoes," featuring vocalist Josh Cumbee out via Interstellar Label.

"Dancing Shoes" differs slightly from what frequent listeners of le Grand have come to expect, however it's truly an instant classic. He maintains his upbeat vibe while introducing funky saxophones to keep things interesting. Cumbee's signature vocal addition helps transform this addicting tune into a dance floor heater. Undoubtedly, "Dancing Shoes" is a track fans of both parties will enjoy.

Fedde le Grand has continuously been a nonstop force in dance music. Last year, he remixed a handful of tracks by extremely notable artists including "Mother" by Charlie Puth, "Bruised Not Broken" by Matoma, and "Love No More" by Loud Luxury. He continued to stay busy on the music front by releasing a number of originals as well, including "Skank," "Like We Do," and "All Over The World."

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CONTEST: Enter to Win Tickets to Delta Heavy and Laxx at Denver's Marquis Theater

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 21:03

Q-Vents has carved out a niche in Denver's bass music scene.

It wasn't all that long ago that we brought you the news that Q-Vents had brought drum and bass legends Planet Of The Drums to the Mile High City. This time partnering with time-tested fellow promoters Reload Productions, the Denver collective has proudly announced an event co-headlined by Delty Heavy and Laxx at the Marquis Theater on February 1st, 2020 with doors opening at 8:00 PM.

Both artists hail from the U.K., but where the former specializes in drum and bass the latter is known for heavy dubstep. Providing support are locals Fury, Ishe, Saltee, Afterlite and Ryan Vail. As if that weren't enough, the Q-Vents team are holding a contest to give two lucky entrants a pair of tickets each. All you must do to enter is follow the instructions in the widget below. The contest will end at 1:00 MST on January 31st.

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Q-Vents is the brainchild of Jake Browning, a Denver promoter who specializes in bass music bookings. It evolved from a company called Quake Productions that he founded in 2012 after electronic rock duo Breathe Carolina suggested the name to him during a 2014 show. In the years since, Q-Vents has booked such artists as Panda Eye, Kill Paris, Mitis, Trivecta, Chime, Rekoil, Reid Speed, ETC! ETC! and Riot Ten. The full-service event management firm has even expanded outside of bass music bookings, and is known to organize events of almost any genre.

For more information on Q-Vents and Reload Productions' February 1st event headlined by Delta Heavy and Laxx, visit the Facebook event page. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite.

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Slushii Shares Lead Single, “Candy Flip,” from Forthcoming EP

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 20:17

A week after his Zeds Dead collaboration, Slushii is back again with new music.

Slushii (real name Julian Scanlan) is gearing up for festival season early, and he's released the lead single, “Candy Flip” off his forthcoming EP. No official release date for the effort has been announced at the time of writing.

“Candy Flip” has been a secret weapon in Scanlan’s sets ever since he premiered it at OMG Oh My Ghost Festival in Bangkok last October. He built even more anticipation for the hypnotizing track by including it in his "2019 End Of Year Mix" comprised of mostly unreleased music.

On January 5th, when a fan asked about new music, Scanlan replied in binary code that translated to “soon.” Shortly afterwards, the 22-year-old producer tweeted out a string of riddles that would eventually lead to a Dropbox folder that had the official release date for “Candy Flip.”

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Fans have speculated about the secret ID since its October premiere, even referring to it as “Brain Melter.” The trap-infused single showcases a heavier side to Scanlan’s dreamlike signature sound. Being that “Candy Flip” is the lead single off his upcoming EP, it is possible the other tracks featured will also lean towards a grittier, hard-hitting style. 

Just a few months ago Scanlan announced his side project, sapientdreams, with the release of an album titled Dream II. With the effort, Scanlan said the project would focus on downtempo and ambient music. The distinction drawn between these two monikers hints that Slushii’s upcoming releases will be bass heavy.

Stream or download "Candy Flip" today.

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