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Deorro Teams Up with Danny Avila for Catchy Single "Keep It Goin'"

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 15:26

The two DJs just collided on a banger.

Deorro and Danny Avila just teamed up on a shiny, new track "Keep It Goin'." The release, out via Ultra Records, marks their first-ever collaboration and finds both DJs in the midst of hectic touring schedules. 

"Keep It Goin'" is a perfect combination of both artists' styles, mixing Deorro's ethnic influences with Danny Avila's ear for energetic house drops. A low-pitched vocal sample sets off the vibe before a guitar riff is introduced as the energy rises. The drop, as expected, totally flips the vibe of the track, as it's dominated by a gritty synth line, vocal samples, and fast-paced drums. 

"Keep It Goin'" marks Deorro's third single for the year, coming after the successful "Pica" featuring Latin singer Elvis Crespo and producer Henry Fong. Over the years the artist has amassed more than a billion streams on Spotify alone, and is definitely looking at a bright 2019. 

Danny Avila has come a long way ever since he entered the industry as young as 18. The artist, who just turned 24, holds the highest ever spot as a Spanish DJ and producer in the DJ Mag Top 100

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Carnage Performs Alongside Drake on Tour

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 14:53

The DJ also just released an incredible music video.

In a video surfaced on Carnage's social media, he is seen performing in Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam with Drake, as the superstar brought him out on tour with him. After Drake shouted him out, Carnage (real name Diamanté Anthony Blackmon) is seen playing his 2015 hit "WDYW" featuring rappers Lil Uzi Vert, A$AP Ferg and Rich The Kid while the crowd is going crazy. 

Blackmon captioned his Instagram post thanking Drake for "signing him to OVO" for 48 hours. Whether this could mean that the two artists have worked on music together is yet to be seen. 

Carnage also just released an emotional music video for his recent single, "Letting People Go." In the 4,5-minute video, he tells the story of his grandmother's journey as an illegal immigrant from Nicaragua into the United States. He will be donating a portion of the revenue generated from the single to the Raices Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides free and low cost legal aid to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees. 

Though Carnage entered 2018 in a really strong fashion with his sophomore album Battered Bruised & Bloody, on November he announced in a since-deleted Instagram post that he would be taking some time off from music. He returned last month with the release of "Letting People Go" and the announcement of his 16-stop Reincarnation Tour. 

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Skrillex Finally Hints at the Prospect of a New Album

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 14:17

Could this be it?

Skrillex just went on Twitter to announce that he is working on new music, that has probably already formed a project of some sort. 

In a series of vague tweets, Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) talked about how he has spent the past years working on friends' albums, and himself. He went on to say that he doesn't know how to call what he's currently working on, yet he's going "full speed ahead, no turning back."

The exciting semi-announcement came just a couple of months after Moore denied the rumors of him working on a new album, originally created by Jack Ü collaborator Diplo. In an interview with Billboard he stated: "I just wanna be human for a little bit. I’ll release some new music soon, but I’m just trying to do it organically. At the same time, I still love to make music, and I’m obviously working."

Though Skrillex's debut album Recess was released in 2014, the producer has kept pretty busy, uniting with Diplo for Jack Ü towards the end of that year, with his old band From First to Last early 2017 and most recently, bringing back Dog Blood with Boys Noize. Simultaneously he worked with artists ranging from Lil Pump and Swae Lee to K-pop group 4Minute

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Boogie T & GRiZ Drop New Collab Plus Remixes by Rusko and More

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 20:47

GRiZ and Boogie T have a stacked EP surrounding their new collaboration.

GRiZ may have just come off the release of his sixth studio album, but that didn't stop him and Boogie T from dropping their collaboration. Better yet, the two made an entire EP out of their new offering "Supa Fly" enlisting Rusko, Gentleman's Club, Dirt Monkey x Jantsen, and COM3T for official remixes.

The colorful track combines reggae chord plucks, a signature of GriZ' funky sonic palette with the gritty grinding bass lines of Boogie T. The track is a heavy hitter, with a playful melody that can't help but get stuck in your head. 

The setup of the original allowed Rusko to take "Supa Fly" the rest of the way. Putting his classic dubstep spin on the track, adding his unearthly wobble bass front and center. Rusko's sound has been in high demand this year, from the release of his 2019 EP MEGARAD, to teasing multiple collaborations with Ducky, we're loving every minute. 

Overall, the EP is very dubstep oriented with remixes from Gentleman's Club, Dirt Monkey x Jantsen, and COM3T rounding things out. For several unrelenting bass-heavy takes on this smashing summer original, the EP's full remix pack is worth a listen.

Check out GRiZ and Boogie T's new original "Supa Fly" and hear the full serving of remixes here, all part of the Supa Fly EP out via Drama Club Recordings.

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The Envision Festival VIP Experience is the Fyre Festival That ACTUALLY Happened

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 20:23

From Beachside Cabanas and a VIP spa to a full-service concierge and even a waterfall adventure tour, the Envision Festival VIP Experience pulled off what Fyre Festival only promised.

By now, everyone has heard of the massive failure of an event called Fyre Festival. Designed to be the ultimate VIP luxury musical festival experience, ticket prices ranged from $4,000 to over $250,000, with headliners such as Blink 182, Major Lazer and Migos

Guests, who arrived at the 'privately owned island' prepared to enjoy what was promised to be a weekend of lavish luxury, gourmet catering and a once-in-a-lifetime music experience were shocked to find that the festival was actually a chaotic mess. It failed to deliver on even the most basic living needs, let alone the luxury getaway they were promised. 

On the other hand, although Envision Festival in Costa Rica didn't implement a strategy of all-out media hype and an outrageously glamorous (and ultimately misleading) influencer blitz like Fyre Festival, they made many equally bold and exciting promises and managed to deliver on every single one of them. Like Fyre Festival, Envision's VIP Experience offered attendees a once-in-a-lifetime luxury experience in a pristine tropical location. Unlike Fyre Festival, however, Envision Festival delivered everything they promised and more.

To further illustrate the point, let's take a look at some of the things Fyre Festival promised, and then look at how each event delivered on those expectations. Although we all know the end to this story, it's pretty incredible to see the staggering difference between expectation and reality when comparing the two events.

Expectation 1: Luxurious Beachside Cabanas

Fyre Festival - Offered VIP Accommodations Ranging from $15,000 to $250,000.... only showed attendees 'blueprints' and sketches of the accommodations and ultimately provided soaking wet disaster relief tents instead.

Envision Festival - Offered VIP Cabanas for $10,000 to $20,000... provided luxury accommodations that matched the images available on the website and met or exceeded all of the listed specifications.

Expectation 2: Hanging out with all your friends

Fyre Festival - Locked attendees in an airport, trapped people on an island, and subjected them to an every-man-for-themselves experience likened to The Hunger Games.

Envision Festival - Provided extensive community-building opportunities, not to mention gorgeous beachside get togethers, yoga gatherings, and team activities with all your friends (both new and old).

Expectation 3: Delicious Dining Experience

Fyre Festival - Promised authentic island cuisine with “local seafood, Bahamian-style sushi, and even a pig roast” catered by the massively successful restauranteur, Stephen Starr... delivered cheese and lettuce sandwiches and an abandoned concierge tent.

Envision Festival - Promised family-owned, fairly traded and ethically sourced local food, as well as an array of onsite and offsite dining options... delivered a wide array of organic local produce, an extensive on-site marketplace, as well as a wide variety of offsite local dining options.

Expectation 4: Beautiful Beachside Location

Fyre Festival - Promised a location on Pablo Escobar's private island with "blissful white sand beaches and crystal-clear seas..." Provided an unfinished parking lot "campsite" surrounded by rocks, and covered in disaster relief tents.

Envision Festival - Delivered jaw-dropping sunsets on a stunning tropical beach located directly next to the Costa-Rican rainforest.

Expectation 5: Picturesque Photo-Ops

Fyre Festival - Promised a beautiful private island with unrivaled photo-ops and unforgettable views... delivered a spectacular view of tipped-over Porta-Potties, abandoned shacks, and some scenic trash-strewn beaches.

Fyre Festival - Promised a "truly magical place where the rainforested mountains meet the warm Pacific ocean"... delivered a tropical paradise perfectly perched where the rainforest connects with a pristine tropical beach.

So what is the moral of this story? It's by no means impossible to pull off a truly magical, once-in-a-lifetime music festival experience in a picturesque tropical paradise. The trick? Only promise what you can deliver, plan everything well in advance, pay everyone what they are due, and don't try to put together a massive multi-million dollar event in a few short months.

Envision Festival pulled off what Fyre Festival couldn't even begin to imagine, and they've done it consistently, year after year - and the experience has only gotten better.

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Insomniac Shares Lineup for First-Ever EDC Korea

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 20:05

Alesso, deadmau5, Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, Excision, Gryffin, TOKiMONSTA, Yellow Claw and more.

At the end of last year, Insomniac announced plans to debut the inaugural edition of EDC Korea. The newest addition to the EDC brand will take place in Seoul, South Korea Saturday, August 31st through Sunday, September 1st. 

Headliners will congregate under the electric sky at Seoulland, a theme park that opened in 1988. Over 30 of dance music's finest artists will take the stage amongst 11 carnival rides, lights galore, and the iconic art installations fans have grown to know synonymous with Insomniac productions. 

Insomniac Founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella released in a statement saying “Right now, there’s an energy around dance music in South Korea that inspires us to bring EDC there." He continued, "We have a great venue, an amazing partner, and most importantly, a community that is embracing dance culture in an exciting way,”

The flagship Electric Daisy Carnival festival takes place every year at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Since it's inception in Los Angeles, the brand has expanded globally to include stops in Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, India, China, and Japan. Those headliners stateside can also rave it up in Orlando, Florida. 

The Lucky Owl pre-sale sold out in just one day, but GA and VIP two-day tickets are still available. Purchase them here.  

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Steve Aoki and Alok Pay Homage to The Chemical Brothers with Revival of "Do It Again"

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 19:03

Steve Aoki joined forces with Brazilian superstar Alok on the collaborative single “Do It Again” for Ultra Music/Spinnin' Records.

Two-time Grammy-nominated DJ and Producer Steve Aoki has teamed up with Brazilian superstar Alok to pay tribute to The Chemical Brothers on their brand new single, “Do It Again,” out now with Ultra Music and Spinnin’ Records. The single showcases the collaborators paying homage to The Chemical Brothers’ classic hit of the same name, reviving “Do It Again” as a contemporary anthem that is both infectious and heavy-hitting, a perfect fit for the next generation of ravers and festival-goers.

With booming big room bass and punchy, high-energy percussion, the legendary producers have created a dynamic four-to-the-floor hit, ushering fans of both artists into burgeoning festival season. 

Hot on the heels of Aoki and Alok’s performances this spring at Miami Music Week, Tomorrowland Winter and Lollapalooza Brasil, “Do It Again” has spread like wildfire across dance floors worldwide, continuing the powerful legacy of the revered original single. 

Stream or Download "Do It Again" today.

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Illenium Graces Us with a Remix Package For "Pray" ft. Kameron Alexander

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:39

The new music videos for "Pray" and "Crashing" are out now.

Denver-based DJ/producer Illenium (real name Nick Miller) is here to deliver fans of his latest release, "Pray," some official remixes. He enlisted the help of Blanke, Sam Lamar, and Frequent to deliver fresh takes on the highly acclaimed track. 

The original has already garnered a massive five million global streams since it's debut late last month. The soulful ballad was just calling out for some impressive remixes, and these three made sure to deliver. 

The Australian producer known as Blanke (the 'e' is silent), seems to keep with the format of the original as the opens. Once we hit the drop it's clear he is going to turn the octane with a different type of energy and power. Breaking down almost three minutes into the song is a mix of quick punches to your face of grime quickly transitioned back into the smooth vocals of Alexander.  

Miller joined up with a fellow Denver native to deliver the next official remix. Frequent changed the vibe up right off the bat. The producer creates a much more atmospheric rendition to the track. It's beautifully glitchy, dark, and drawn out. 

Sam Lamer, a producer out of Montreal, turns up the bass for his haunting twist on "Pray." The vibrations are electrifying. Three minutes in there is an insane dubstep break that makes you feel like you're in a completely different song. Each remix gives fans a new look into what Alexander's vocals can handle. 

Along with the remix drop comes the unveiling of both the "Pray" and "Crashing" music videos. "Crashing" features vocals from Bahari and is a continuation of the "Pray" storyline, though it came out prior to the aforementioned song. Both tracks are beautifully cinematic and the visuals provide the perfect platform to convey their message. 

Miller has been keeping himself busy. After a killer performance at Ultra Music Festival, he's off to take the stage at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. To top it off he has his residency at Hakkasan Las Vegas and legendary sets at Madison Square Garden and Red Rocks Amphitheater

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ATLiens and Blanke Debut Their Monstrous Collab, "Contact"

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:13

This tune is out of this world.

Duo ATLiens and Blanke (real name JP Orchison) have released their collaborative effort, "Contact," via Downright.

"Contact" is just what fans of ATLiens and Orchison should expect. The robotic drums are accompanied by an interstellar synth, leading to a hard-hitting drop when contact is established. ATLiens' usual, extraterrestrial vibe stays intact while Orchison's unique and recognizable sound is scattered throughout.

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Although the identities of ATLiens remain a mystery, they've found no trouble garnering a loyal fanbase. They are no strangers to collaborations, as they've released joint efforts with the likes of Bassnectar, Tynan, and Party Thieves. They even managed to throw together their own showcase at Miami Music Week this year.

Orchison's young career has been a prolific one. The Australian born producer has had a successful stream of releases such as his ALT.COLOUR // VOICE IN THE MACHINE EP out on Deadbeats. He's also found major success with his previous collabs, such as "Mixed Signals" with REZZ, "Destiny" with 1788-L, and "Hacker" with Black Tiger Sex Machine.

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Zack Martino and Dyson Bring Summertime Vibes with "MOOD"

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:04

Zack Martino and Dyson have outdone themselves with this one.

Zack Martino and Dyson (real name Mia Dyson) have teamed up to bring us "MOOD" via Armada Music.

"MOOD" is right in Martino's ballpark. Dyson's sultry vocals build perfectly into Martino's laid-back, feelgood drop. This anthem was built for the club circuit and fans of Martino will be jamming to this all summer long. 

"'MOOD' to me is a feeling," Martino said. "It's how your emotions play a huge role in the music you love. I hope whenever you hear 'MOOD,' it brightens up your day and makes you want to dance."

Martino has had no problem establishing himself in a short amount of time. The young New York native's hit singles "Hold On To Me" and "Doomsday" featuring VASSY were nominated for a Grammy Award and he's had the opportunity to whip up some impressive remixes for Armin van Buren, Galantis, and The Chainsmokers.

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Anna Lunoe and Wuki Get Together for "What You Need"

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:55

These two powerhouses know how to make a hit!

Anna Lunoe and Wuki (real name Kris Barman) have teamed up once again for "What You Need."

"What You Need" is business as usual for Lunoe and Barman. The catchy track features Lunoe's usual intoxicating vocals layered across a deadly, dance floor-commanding bass line. Fans of either artist will certainly appreciate this one. In Lunoe's own words, this track is "a stripped back, straight banger, everything u need, nothing u don't [sic]. Eat it!"

Lunoe's presence in the dance music scene can't be ignored. She's consistently billed on some of the most premiere festivals in the world, such as Electric Forest, Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas, and many more. Her next appearance will be on the second weekend of Coachella

Barman has become a legend due to his series of edits he aptly named Wukileaks. His singles such as "Bed Squeak" and "Chop It" have also been well received. Fans can catch Barman on tour with Party Favor over the next few weeks.

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NAZAAR's The Legacy EP is a Hard-Hitting Dubstep Dream

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:51

Released through Never Say Die: Black Label, this 19-year-old's debut EP is not one to miss.

Producer and DJ NAZAAR, known by friends and family as Farhan Zahir, currently resides in El Paso, Texas. His current project was created roughly two years ago, with the name taken from the Urdu word for “evil eye.”

Zahir's extremely unique sound is formulated by combining Arab melodies with intricate rhythms and heavy, gritty bass. Since releasing "Full Speed" in 2017 and "A Dance With Death" in 2018, he's caught the attention of various influential producers including Alison Wonderland, The Chainsmokers, and Excision. In fact, Excision has been giving NAZAAR a lot of publicity on his recent Apex Tour by including his music in his sets.

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On April 12th, NAZAAR kept the ball rolling by releasing his debut EP titled The Legacy EP. Featuring a total of five tracks combining dubstep, riddim, and trap, this EP was released via Never Say Die: Black Label. Each track is highlighted with Arab and Pakistani elements which typically make an appearance in the intro. This is especially seen in the track "Whiplash", which already has over twenty-two thousand streams on SoundCloud since its release.

With intense buildups, each track has a massive, energetic drop. Zahir combines essential dubstep grime and bass with occasional lyrics and unexpected sound samples to keep listeners on their toes.

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NAZAAR also carries this high energy with him onstage during live sets where his stage presence is off the charts. His performances don't slow down at all, allowing the audience to headbang and show their bass faces for the entirety of his set.

Currently, NAZAAR only has one upcoming set scheduled for May 10th in Austin, Texas. Keep an eye on his official Facebook page for additional dates, but for now, stream The Legacy EP below.

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Cosmic Gate: 20 Years of Defining Trance [Interview]

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:34

The German trance duo open up about their friendship, recent Grammy nomination and the legacy they wish to leave

The melodic beats and emotionally charged breakdowns of trance music have grown and evolved over the last few decades. From the early days of fist-pumping hard trance to the sentimental chords of uplifting trance, the genre has always offered varied ways to convey its euphoric sounds.

Encircling those etherial beats and embracing each emerging tune is Cosmic Gate. The German duo have embodied the essence of trance music over the last two decades.

Cosmic Gate (real names Claus Terhoeven "Nic Chagall" and Stefan Bossems "Bossi") have always been one step ahead of the ever-changing trance scene. Positioning themselves as a hard trance acts in the late 1990s, the group found a more progressive sound in 2006. 

Cosmic Gate perform at the Hollywood Palladium. Photo: ODAGYO Photography

The resurgence of trance music in the early 2010s found Cosmic Gate's sound changing yet again, this time finding a more broody tone to their tracks. Today, both of them find themselves ready to advance their musical form yet again, as they revel in their successful twenty-year career.

The milestone is being celebrated with a new tour titled Forward Ever, Backward Never. the pair have been traveling the world allowing fans young and old to partake in their festivities. 

Los Angeles played host to one of their biggest shows on the tour, where the boys performed at the legendary Hollywood Palladium. Their extended three-hour set included guest performances by JES, Eric Lumiere, and Emma Hewitt, who have lent their vocals to some of the duo's biggest tracks. 

We had the opportunity to catch up with Cosmic Gate prior to their Hollywood appearance. In the green room of the renowned music hall, Nic and Bossi shared stories of how the two became friends, their greatest achievements, and what they hope their legacy will be.

EDM.COM: Take us back to when you both first met. Was there ever an expectation that Cosmic Gate would be in your life 20 years later?

COSMIC GATE: No, not at all. We actually met by total chance. We were in the studio with a few friends working on separate projects. There was no intention whatsoever for us to start Cosmic Gate. The track that we eventually started working on was also never planned. In fact, we forgot about the track until it managed to see daylight - and then it blew up.

Since this was never planned, are you happy with where the project has taken you in life?

Very happy. We still enjoy doing this because it’s what we love to do. We don’t feel like we’re going to work. We’re also feeling pretty good in our skin because don’t have to prove anything to anyone.

During a recent interview, the reporter who interviewed us said, "you’re like two boys on the playground just playing around." We want to keep that vibe.

What has been your proudest moment these past two decades?

The Grammy nomination for sure. Other big moments were playing Tomorrowland for the first time and the first time our tracks made it to the top ten charts in England or Germany.

Congratulations on your Grammy nomination for your remix of Gabriel & Dresden’s “Only Road.” How did you decide to remix that specific track?

Thank you! Gabriel & Dresden actually asked us to pick any track off their album and remix it. The singles were too obvious of a choice, so we looked at the other songs that had vocals that worked on the dance floor. When we decided on “Only Road” we knew the song had this insanely great vocal but the music itself was very minimal. We knew there was a good opportunity to build upon that vocal.

Did you ever have any expectations that the remix would garner a Grammy nomination?

Zero. Our manager called us and asked us to sit down because she said she had big news. I said to her, “I’ve heard a lot of things in my life; do I really need to sit down for this?” She said, “Yes, yeah sit down. You’re nominated for a Grammy!”

We couldn’t believe it. The fact that we would ever get nominated, it never crosses your mind. There is no warning to this.

One of your biggest hits just so happens to be considered an anthem for trance music. What’s the story behind “Exploration of Space?”

We had no idea it would become as big as it is. The reaction wasn’t the greatest when it was first getting played. In fact, we felt that “Exploration of Space” may not be strong enough, so we had a second track, “Melt to the Ocean,” prepared. Sometimes really great songs need time, and that’s what it needed.

In a previous interview, you had stated that your latest double album, Materia, would be the defining sound of Cosmic Gate. Does that still ring true?

It’s always true for the time it was said. At that moment, the combined years of Cosmic Gate were defined by the tracks that were in Materia. It made sense that Cosmic Gate sounded exactly like it did at that moment.

Right now, as we’re working on another album, we feel like we want to push the boundaries again. It feels like our sound is taking yet another step forward.

How have you guys managed to keep your friendship alive over two decades?

We were actually joking around earlier, saying we started the project twenty years ago but have only been friends for ten.

We became friends through the project. Other DJs work together because they’re friends or they grew up together, but we were not friends when we first started Cosmic Gate. We knew the same people and they pushed us to work together. We developed our friendship alongside working on Cosmic Gate.

You can see your friendship on full display when you’re performing on stage. How do you feed off of each other's energy?

Nic Chagall: Good question, I never really thought about it. I think you have to remember that we’re both different humans and we will not always be on the same page. Sometimes one will be on fire, forcing the other to push a little harder.

Bossi: Sometimes when you’re DJing solo, the pressure builds because you have to come up with something on your own. With us, we can look at each other and say “Hey, I’m a little stuck here. What should I play?”

How do you guys handle disagreements when it comes to music production?

We handle it like a democracy, even if it’s just two people. In the end, the one rule is if one of us doesn’t feel good with a song, or the production of it, we won’t go any further with it.

What do you guys love most about each other?

Nic Chagall: He has a really good heart and he always means well. He can be a dick, but he means well. He’s more organized and I’m more creative and all over the place.

Bossi: I like that, it’s true. It’s a huge compliment. I know he’s always gonna be late, but he’s always gonna be there to have my back.

What kind of legacy do you guys want to leave with Cosmic Gate?

We want our music to touch people. We want people to realize that there are true emotions in music and that it can put a smile on your face. Maybe make you sentimental, maybe make you dream, but the most important thing is that we touched.

Having accomplished so much already over twenty years, is there anything that you haven’t achieved yet that you would like to?

That’s a big question. There’s a lot, really. We’ll email you the answer. 

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Gorgon City Announce Residency at KAOS in Las Vegas

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:18

The U.K. duo are the latest EDM act to call the superclub home.

On the heels of the grand opening celebrations of KAOS, Palms Casino Resort has announced the venue will host Gorgon City in an exclusive residency.

The U.K. duo, comprised of Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott, have established themselves as one of the top house DJ duos of the past five years. Their unique blend of bass-driven house music and addictive vocals have been keeping the group in high demand.

Helping fuel that demand are the duo's tracks. Songs like "Imagination," "Real Life" featuring Duke Dumont, and "Go Deep" featuring Ghosted and Kamille, are not only catchy but are perfect to dance along to in a festival setting.

Gorgon City recently performed at Apex Social Club on the rooftop of the Palms Casino Resort as part of their grand opening celebrations. The festivities were a culmination of a $690 million restoration, with KAOS nightclub as its centerpiece.

KAOS has become a hotspot for EDM acts. The nightclub has signed residencies with Marshmello, Eric Prydz, Above & Beyond, and Kaskade to name a few. The 29,000-square-foot venue is packed with state-of-the-art sound systems and lighting packages, as well as a Tesla coil ceiling for special effects. 

The residency is set to begin April 21st, 2019. Find tickets and additional show dates here.

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Kygo and Rita Ora Link Up for "Carry On" from Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:54

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu hits theaters May 10th.

Norwegian superstar DJ/producer Kygo (real name Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll) has teamed up with the talented Rita Ora on the release of the new single "Carry On" with an accompanying video out today via Palm Tree Records/RCA Records. This track is the first featured release off the highly anticipated new film, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu. The film is set to be the first live-action Pokémon adventure starring Ryan Reynolds and Rita Ora. It's only fitting she would be included on the original soundtrack. 

The track opens with Dahll's renowned piano skills as Ora's soulful vocals enter in. As the song progresses into the first instrumental build we are introduced to the airy tropical house beat that pairs beautifully with the top line. Ora's vocals get pitched up and overlayed creating a vibey track that is going to kill both radio play and live shows. 

"Carry On" is Dahll's first release since "Thinking About You," which premiered this past February. The release featured a special cameo by Dylan Sprouse and was directed byfamed Instagram artist Sarah Bahbah. Since its debut, it has already racked in a whopping 42 million Spotify streams and 14 million YouTube views. Whatever the global superstar touches turns to gold. 

Ora has been a star feature on a number of dance tracks throughout her career. One of her most notable collaborations includes her track "Lonely Together" with Avicii. Her upcoming sophomore album, Phoenix, is dedicated to the late producer. 

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu hits theaters May 10th.

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Armin van Buuren and Garibay Release Pop Dance Hit "Phone Down"

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:21

Armin van Buuren has been hitting the studio heavily amid a slew of festival appearances.

It's been a busy month for Armin van Buuren. Last week saw the light of his entire Trilogy EP with Shapov, and already the Armada Music head honcho is back with new music, "Phone Down." On top of that, his main stage appearances at many of the world's biggest festivals are just getting underway. 

Armin's latest effort sees the Dutch producer joining forces with Garibay (real name Fernando Garibay), a Grammy award-winning producer who has worked with the likes of Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Sia, just to name a few.

Armin and Garibay are no strangers to working with each other. The two previously collaborated on "I Need You" with Olaf Blackwood, which was released in 2017. Much like their previous effort, "Phone Down" is a pop-dance track driven by a strong vocal. The production harkens back to the warm tropical house sounds of yesteryear. Although, with summer just around the corner and major festivals like EDC Las Vegas on the horizon, perhaps it's just the sound we needed. 

Listen to the summer house stylings of Armin van Buuren and Garibay's radio-ready single "Phone Down," out now via Armada Music. 

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Carnage Discusses Impact of Avicii and Mac Miller's Deaths in New Op Ed

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:00

Carnage embraces a new direction in his next chapter.

In a new op-ed penned for Billboard, Carnage shared the impact of Avicii and Mac Miller's deaths on his own outlook and career. The Guatemalan-American producer additionally reaffirmed his commitment to connecting with his fans and sharing his most personal music yet in his next chapter. 

Carnage's late 2018, early 2019 hiatus recently ended with the release of the Reincarnation Tour and arguably his most personal song to date, "Letting People Go." The change of direction toward sharing his personal background and status as a first-generation immigrant has been a product of a dramatic shift in perspective. 

Carnage states the deaths of Avicii and Mac Miller in 2018 had a profound impact on his career approach. He explains originally wanting to break away from playing shows entirely, but simultaneously fearing it would be the equivalent of quitting his job. Carnage instead finished his performance obligations and announced his hiatus, all the while hoping his fans would understand. 

Between the outpouring of positivity from his fan base and the newfound inspiration from spending time with family, Carnage found new direction and appreciation for his roots. He wrote:

"My mother left Nicaragua, traveled through Mexico, and crossed the Rio Grande into America as an illegal immigrant to create a better life for me. I came to this country speaking little to no English. In this crazy world we all live in now I am embracing this - I am a proud immigrant."

Carnage is easing back into music and a new round of shows is on the way, but the producer has not forgotten the importance of authenticity and maintaining mental health. Read Carnage's full op-ed for Billboard here.

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Aparde Explores Deeply Cathartic Aesthetic With New Album, Hands Rest

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:45

Aparde's second studio album, Hands Rest, is an emotional journey through his own conflicted consciousness.

The second studio album by German composer and musician Aparde (real name Paul Camillo Schroeder), Hands Rest reflects the essence of Berlin’s club scene and offers the listener a glimpse into the depths of Schroeder himself, far from clubs and live sets and immersed in a world that is both intimate and profound. “I think that I always process circumstances unconsciously in my music and that my way of thinking is full of internal conflicts,” said Schroeder.

The album Hands Rest, which was created over the span of a year, has a deeply cathartic and nostalgic aesthetic. "The process was very diffused in terms of time, because over the past year my life circumstances have been very complicated and often frustrating, and I had to motivate myself again and again,” said Schroeder. 

While working on the album, he was processing his own thoughts and feelings after the end of a long relationship. Listeners will recognize this and be captivated by the varying soundscapes that accompany Aparde's own internal unrest as it is reflected through his music. “[The breakup] was accompanied by numbness and repression. This was followed by a period of inactivity and the thought of ending my activity as a musician,” he said. 

There is a great deal of Aparde’s personal character manifest in Hands Rest, not only through his meticulously crafted songs but also through the use of his own voice. “I use my voice in each track either as a sound element or as a lyrical component, that is, as classical pop songwriting.” Aparde’s lyrics expose an honest fragility that provides a striking contrast to the harder electronic elements.

The title track “Hands Rest” (music video included above) showcases Aparde on his journey to bring listeners deep into the inner machinations of his mind, a consciousness that is at times conflicted and agitated, and at other times low key and solemn. As Aparde embraces and accentuates this seemingly contradictory array of emotions, the listener’s own mood is both muted and lifted. “I learned that the power of your own thoughts can affect your personality and your own reality," he said. "Now I try to use this consciously to lead a happy life. I hope that my music can continue to make me and others happy and inspired.”

Stream or Download "Hands Rest" today.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

18.05. Bahnwärter Thiel, Munich (Germany)
25.05. Futur2 Festival, Hamburg (Germany)
07.06. Ritter Butzke, Berlin (Germany)
12.06. Corsica Studios, London (UK)
15.06. Cross Club, Praha (Czech Republic)
12.07. Feel Festival (Germany)
26.07. Atom Festival (France)
27.07. Harry Klein, Munich (Germany)
10.08. Fabric, London (UK)
12.08. Sommer Klein, Cesme (Turkey)
06.09. Klaus, Zurich (Switzerland)
07.09. Viertel, Basel (Switzerland)
14.09. Festival Cool V Plote, Pisek (Czech Republic)
18.05. Bahnwärter Thiel, Munich (Germany)
25.05. Futur2 Festival, Hamburg (Germany)
07.06. Ritter Butzke, Berlin (Germany)
12.06. Corsica Studios, London (UK)
15.06. Cross Club, Praha (Czech Republic)
12.07. Feel Festival (Germany)
26.07. Atom Festival (France)
27.07. Harry Klein, Munich (Germany)
10.08. Fabric, London (UK)
12.08. Sommer Klein, Cesme (Turkey)
06.09. Klaus, Zurich (Switzerland)
07.09. Viertel, Basel (Switzerland)
14.09. Festival Cool V Plote, Pisek (Czech Republic)

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The Good, The Bad and The Legendary of Coachella Weekend One [Review]

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:15

Audio malfunctions, fires, but (most importantly) GREAT MUSIC.

Coachella Music & Arts Festival's first weekend is in the rearview mirror, and that means it's time to break down all the beautiful chaos that ensued over the three-day festival. As is tradition, the Empire Polo Fields were filled to the brim with flocks of music fanatics, influencers, and celebs all coming to take on one of the world's most iconic festivals. 

Here are some the good, the bad, and the legendary of this past weekend. 

THE GOOD

Jauz Drops Epic "Baby Shark Remix"

On the first day of Coachella, fans were treated to a remix of Pinkfong's "Baby Shark" by the "Daddy Shark" himself, Jauz (real name Sam Vogel). It's been a long time coming since the founder of Bite This! received over 20,000 retweets and he did not disappoint with his delivery. The Sahara stage went absolutely bonkers when the producer cut into a future house version of the children's song-turned meme of the year. This track will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. 

Surprise Guests Galore

Coachella has always been known for delivering killer surprise guests. This past weekend, the appearances included Cardi BOzunaSelena Gomez, Vince Staples, Halsey, Benny Blanco, Normani, Marshemllo, Chili from TLC, NYSNC, Nicki Minaj, and P-Diddy

It was the Do LaB, however, who threw down our favorite surprises of the weekend. Friday night's guest appearance started with a set from the French house producer Agoria. It led into a legendary B2B from CamelPhat and Gorgon City that blew fans away. If you missed the set, they will be playing at the Kinetic Field at EDC Las Vegas so hope is not lost!

Major Lazer ended up closing out the stage on Saturday night after Diplo tweeted out:

Walshy Fire and Jillionare joined him onstage with more surprise appearances from Pabllo Vittar and Moonchild Sanelly. If you are ever lost at Coachella, you'll always find the best place to be is the Do LaB.

Sunday night ended with a beautiful, melodic bang as Bob Moses and RÜFÜS DU SOL closed out the weekend. The soothing tempos of both artists were the perfect way to close out such an action-packed lineup. 

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THE BAD

So Many Audio Mishaps

With live performances come unexpected problems. Previous years had there own issues, e.g. Radiohead going dead for much of their performance. This year, the sound issues were drawn out on multiple stages. Billie Eilish was a full 40 minutes late to her set on the Outdoor stage because of technical issues. When she did finally arrive, her performance with Vince Staples left fans struggling to hear anything he was saying. 

Lizzio, who played the Mojave tent, also had issues starting almost immediately into her set. She triumphantly powered through with the help of her dancers and tried to make the best out of a horrifying situation. 

Ariana Grande, one of the main headliners, had her own issues this weekend. Her performance with one of her guests, Nicki Minaj, ended up sounding like a trainwreck.  She proclaimed, "We can't hear anything!" between lyrics. No matter how big of an artist you are, no one is immune to technical issues. 

Fire Show

Friday night at 2:00 AM, an explosion in the campgrounds lit up the sky. It looks as if someone was smoking in one of the showers when something went horribly wrong. Luckily no one was injured. Let's hope this doesn't happen at Weekend Two. 

THE LEGENDARY

Childish Gambino Airdropped Free Shoes

Childish Gambino proved himself to be the king of experimental marketing this past weekend. On April 12th, festival goers with iPhones or Apple Watches were greeted with an Airdrop from Donald Glover (A.K.A. Childish Gambino). If you were one of the bold ones to accept the request from a random person, you received a photo of his unreleased shoes in collaboration with Adidas. You had 60 minutes to run to pick them up on site. Now that's genius promo. 

Gessafelstein's Comeback of the Century

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This was Gessafelstein's first live performance since Coachella 2015, in which he announced his retirement from live shows. In the most poetic way possible, he returned to the festival where it all ended to deliver one of the most impressive sets of the entire weekend. He made history being the only artist to ever use a substance called Vantablack VBx2 as his stage design. It's an ultra-black coating that's primarily used in space applications and holds the world record as the darkest substance made by man.

This could not be more fitting for such an out of this world performance. He adorned himself in a silver suit and metal mask, transforming into an otherworldly figure. The stage seemed to virtually absorb all the light and created this insane optical effect. He created his own black hole. The energy reflected that vibe perfectly. The crowd was sucked in almost uncontrollably as the seasoned French producer threw down his new Hyperion album. If you can't make it to Weekend two, we highly recommend you watch the live stream. 

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Tame Impala Delivers Psychedelic Glory

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The weekend would not have been complete without Tame Impala's legendary performance Saturday night. They closed out the evening with some of the best light shows over the three days. Kevin Parker's soothing, iconic voice boomed over the crowd like a psychedelic blanket. Visually and sonically, there are few who compare. One of the major highlights had to be when Parker dropped "Elephant" and lasers shot from his eyeballs. The crowd went wild. It was an acid-like dream from which it will take quite some time to recover. 

Apex Twin's Returns With A Vengeance 

Mojave was gifted with one of the most talked about sets of the weekend. Electronic fans flocked over to catch Apex Twin throw down an epic 90-min set. This was his first set since 2008. He partnered up with the anonymous artist Weirdcore to provide a magnificent sensory overload. One fan caught the entire set on film, so if you can't catch the live streaming, no need to fear. 

Weekend Two begins tonight, taking place April 19th-21st. If you can't attend the festival, make sure you watch the live-streams via Coachella's YouTube account

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Krimer Releases Apex Legends-Inspired Bass Tune “Bamboozle”

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 13:37

"Bamboozle" is loaded with nods to Apex Legends.

While the world continues to feed their addiction to the hottest video game in the world, Apex Legends, bass music producer Krimer created the perfect song for both moshing and late-night gaming binges. Titled "Bamboozle," the latest from Krimer (real name Simon Bertrand) is a high-energy bass tune that never gives the listener a chance to catch their breath. 

Inspired by a character from the game, fans of the game will enjoy the subtle nods while the headbanging continues. An ominous intro prepares listeners for battle with near-theatrical amounts of tension and suspense from the rising synths. What follows is nothing short of the musical equivalent of an intense battle from the game that is sampled throughout.

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Bertrand has made a name for himself in recent times with his growing library of bass heaters. He had collaborated with artists like Kayzo and Riot Ten and is releasing music on SKisM’s Never Say Die label. 

“Bamboozle” by Krimer is out now courtesy of Never Say Die. You can download it here.

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