The Titan Recordings boss recently won Best DJ at the Drum&BassArena awards.
Fresh off the release of his mammoth album, Energy, U.K drum and bass titan (and Titan Records head honcho) A.M.C is riding high on recent successes. In fact, A.M.C (real name Alex Mark Calvert) just took home Drum&BassArena's award for Best DJ in 2019. That's no small feat, as this honor was previously held by RAM Records boss Andy C for nine years running.
With the release of Energy and a subsequent tour, A.M.C took some time to speak with EDM.com about what's been happening with him recently, and how he got here. Read on to see what he had to say.
EDM.com: It seems that the new album is getting plays everywhere. How has the response to Energy been from your perspective?
A.M.C: I've been very pleased with the reaction to the Energy LP. It seemed to appeal to all corners of the scene, which I was most pleased about as that represents how I play in my sets. It came 3rd in the best album category at last year’s Drum&BassArena awards and has had over 600,000 plays on Spotify, so I’d say it was a success.
Your recent tour has also popped off across Europe and the States. What was the most memorable show you played on tour?
There were so many, but I'd have to say the headline show at Fabric in London was my most memorable. I used to go to that club as a raver years ago, and to then be on stage in room one with a packed house in front of me was a crazy feeling. I cannot wait for the next Energy show in London - that's going to be bigger and better, at E1 on March 20th 2020.
With the #DNB2020 and #USDNB movements, there's been some recent buzz stateside about the popularity of drum and bass spiking in North America. What do you think is the key to making the genre as popular in the United States as it is in Europe?
That's a tricky one as I don’t think there's an easy answer to a music genre's popularity in a specific territory. I guess it’s a combination of things that can cause a wave of support for DnB in the states. First, the music has to appeal to the younger generations of ravers out there. Second, there must be homegrown talent pushing the sound internally - which has been happening for years, but seems to have kicked up a gear since the arrival of people like Flite, etc.
The main thing, however, is the first point; it must appeal to a younger generation. I spoke to a friend of mine in the states who’s been running events there for over 20 years. He said DnB was very popular back in the day, but it wasn’t as inviting as other genres, so there were about two to three generations of DnB lost to other genres like dubstep. Things have changed a lot since then, and the music and scene is a lot more attractive and engaging. So, in my opinion it's only a matter of time until it really does pop stateside.
You won Best Newcomer DJ in 2011, and recently won Best DJ at the Drum&BassArena Awards. How does it feel to dethrone Andy C from his nine-year run?
Yeah, it only took me almost a decade of hard work to get from one award to the other. Honestly, though, I was more happy for the fans that have been supporting me for all these years and wanting this to happen. Without them none of what I do would be possible, so I owe them an incredible amount of gratitude.
Do you take inspiration from anywhere outside of electronic music? What are your favorite genres to explore outside of drum and bass?
100% - I listen to all sorts of weird and crazy stuff. I listen to loads of hip-hop, especially the older stuff as it's a great source of inspiration thanks to all the samples found and used. Jazz music is also a firm favorite, along with classical music. Weird stuff I listen to are things like obscure film soundtracks - in fact, I’m really into film scores in general. Lo-fi hip-hop, chillout orchestral, '60/'70s rock, nu-metal, soul, funk, '80s electro, and some of the strangest bands who play genres I don’t even think people have names for.
You're a technical wizard on the decks. What's your favorite/most effective double drop as of recent?
You know I've never even been asked this question, ever. Blimey… there's so many! I guess it's a new tune I wrote for NYE currently called “One,” a new Teddy Killerz dub teased over the top I can’t name, and Turno’s amazing remix of my tune “Mind The Gap.”
After the success of Energy, do you have plans for another album in the future?
It’s funny, I was thinking about this the other day because there's a load that never made the cut for the first album that I’ve since fixed, and I've also had a bit of a buzz in the studio recently and have written about eight other tracks. The problem is they really don’t all go well together, so I don’t think there's another LP on the horizon. There are loads to be released from me this year anyway. A remix I’ve done of “Gunshot” by K Motionz is out at the end of January, then there's a project with me and Phantom (my MC), remixes from the Energy LP featuring Turno, Teddy Killerz, K Motionz, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Prolix, and then some singles of things that never made the LP, too. It's going to be a busy year.
E: What's your take on albums vs. single releases in the modern world of electronic music streaming?
It depends who you are, what your style is, what label it’s released on, and what's normal for your fan base. There's a lot that can change a perspective when it comes to your question.
In my opinion, albums that are suddenly released don’t work as well as one that is dragged out with samplers. The first sampler for Energy came out in March 2019, and the full album wasn’t out until September, with four other singles in between. It allowed us a full range of marketing support and made sure the strongest tunes got the attention they each deserved. That worked for me and it might not work for others, however. Whether I’ll do that again for the next project I’m not sure, but the response from Energy was so good it's a possibility.
What comes next for drum and bass' Best DJ?
It's all about the biggest ENERGY event I've ever done in the world at E1 in London. We’ve got something real special planned for that it I can’t say yet, but I’ll be there doing a three-hour set along with Zinc, Phace, Simula, Phantom and more. After that I’ve got loads of tours planned around the world. Cheers!FOLLOW A.M.C:
The new single was released via Nectar Collective.
Mississippi DJ/producer Hyphee (real name Walter Pennington) has been hard at work in the studio producing some of the most forward-thinking trap music in recent years. Now, he's teamed up with fellow producer Turbulentz (real name Justin Buckalew) for a new single called "Tenxion."
The aptly titled "Tenxion" builds suspense with a hip-hop influenced introduction, complete with chopped and screwed rap verses as the 808 snares begin rattling into an energetic buildup. When the drop hits, all hell breaks loose as an intense, stuttering synth stimulates the eardrums.View the original article to see embedded media.
Clever sound design and relentless percussion power the main sections of "Tenxion." Hyphee and Turbulentz draw influence from hip-hop, dubstep, and even juke. They merge the three for an innovative soundscape that's inventive and novel, but still very much at home within the realm of trap music in 2020.
Pennington recently performed at Republic in New Orleans alongside Party Favor on the Layers Envisioned Tour. Buckalew is fresh off of a new single titled "Rage," and he recently collaborated with Hyphee on another single, "Light Up." The duo have previously collaborated on other releases as well.
"Tenxion" is available now via Nectar Collective and can be found at this link.FOLLOW HYPHEE:
Think you're an EForest expert? Show us what you got!
For over a decade, Electric Forest has been one of the most unique festivals in the world. Close to 50,000 people attend the massive gathering deep in a neon-soaked forest each year, where some of the biggest names across many genres take the stage. With everything from dubstep to classic rock, the festival is not afraid to take chances and go against the status quo. In honor of its legacy, we've created a way to see how much you know about the epic event.View the original article to see embedded media.FOLLOW ELECTRIC FOREST:
The April festival released its second wave of artist announcements for its sixth edition.
Phoenix, a rising EDM hotspot, is turning up the (dry) heat this spring with its second wave of artist announcements for annual festival Phoenix Lights. Produced by Relentless Beats, the state's largest electronic producer and promoter, the event will take place April 3rd and 4th.
Adding to an already impressive limited release of artists including Afrojack and NGHTMRE, this second round's highlights include Dr. Fresch, Alesso, Gryffin, Seven Lions and Borgore. With more announcements still to come, Phoenix Lights is stacking up an impressive list of performers.
Now in its sixth edition, Phoenix Lights is known for bringing a deep lineup of hot producers. Last year's main stage headliners were Kaskade and Excision, with additional performances from Big Gigantic, Party Favor, Claude VonStroke, GRiZ and Malaa.
With this festival hosted at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler Arizona, Relentless Beats has been slowly building the EDM scene across the city. Other events include Decadence Arizona, a spinoff of the original Colorado New Year's Eve festival, and Goldrush Music Festival, headlined this past year by ZHU and Alison Wonderland.FOLLOW PHOENIX LIGHTS:
The Danish DJ paired up with Stefy De Cicco and Ben Hamilton for the remix, released through Universal Germany.
Known for his 2016 smash single "Solo Dance," Dutch DJ Martin Jensen has released the latest in a string of collaborations with producer Stefy de Cicco and vocalist Ben Hamilton. Out through Universal Germany, the track is a deep house remix of Kid Cudi's legendary "Day 'N' Nite."
The flip overlays Hamilton's soulful vocal tone over a hypnotic house beat. Its clubby bass line is characteristic of de Cicco, blending seamlessly with Jensen's modern, upbeat sound to put a flavorful dance twist on Kid Cudi's original.View the original article to see embedded media.
Jensen and de Cicco have previously collaborated, producing a fast-paced mix of ZHU's "Faded" and an original track, "La Passion," featuring vocals from Hamilton. Their latest release fits in with the string of singles, lending credence to their ability to add house flavor to beloved tracks.
“It was quite the honor to get to work on this record and doing my own personal take on such a classic," Jensen said in a press release. "It’s always interesting to see how two worlds combine and whether they work together or not.''
For Jensen, who typically produces tropical house and future bass, the "Day 'N' Nite" remix shows his versatility. Since breaking out in 2014, he's been a permanent figure on the DJ Mag Top 100, rising to #45 in 2019. Successful, pop-focused singles include 2017's "Middle of the Night" with British boy band The Vamps and a 2018 remix of "Girls" by Rita Ora, Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX.FOLLOW MARTIN JENSEN:
Phase two of the tour is coming soon.
MONXX (real name Josh Carling) is getting ready to hit the road for his next tour in support of his forthcoming EP, Wonkaholic.
It's aptly titled the Wonkaholic Tour 2020, and Carling is ready to test out an arsenal of new tracks on his loyal fans. Select dates also include up-and-comers Jkyl & Hyde as well as a handful of stops on 12th Planet's Swamplex Next Level Tour. Those looking to attend who don't see their cities shouldn't worry just yet as more dates will be announced in the near future. Find tickets here.
Carling has continuously impressed since the release of "The Wonky Song" with Walter Wilde in 2017. The track caught the attention of dubstep don Excision, who reworked it and included it in his 2017 Lost Lands set. Since his early success, Carling has gone on to collaborate with massive names like Herobust on their track "Giant Squiddim" as well as 12th Planet on their track "Ribbit." With a handful of new tracks including "Wonkaholic" and "Stubborn" leading him to a successful 2019 - as well as Excision supporting him once again in his 2019 Lost Lands mix - 2020 looks to be another huge year for Carling.FOLLOW MONXX:
The FPL Solar Amphitheater at Bayfront Park now has 500 solar panels
Miami is a city the masses flock to for entertainment. With that comes a discussion on the impact these events have on the environment, however. One hub looking to make a major environmental cleanup is the historic Bayfront Park. In December of 2019, it was announced that Bayfront Trust Management, the city of Miami, and Florida Power & Light (FPL) would partner to give the park a "green makeover." The venue is now ready, right in time for the Super Bowl LIV and Ultra Music Festival.
The initiative called for FPL to install more than 500 solar panels to harness power for all the events held at the location. It is expected to generate more power than is typically needed for the average concert. It will also double as a research hub to test a new kind of solar technology that will produce energy on both sides of the panels. They feature new LED lights that have replaced the previous canopy structure and will light up the walkway in a range of colors.
Just last week word came in that Ultra finalized contracts for the festival's return to Bayfront Park. This came after a lengthy back-and-forth between organizers and lawmakers - as well as a lawsuit against the city by nearby residents. The four-count complaint issued by attorney Sam Dubbin on behalf of residents belonging to the Downtown Neighbors Alliance accused the city of violating its own charter, allowing an illegal nuisance, and disregarding its own bidding laws by allowing the event to take place. Ultra has been doing everything they can to appease the situation including the Mission: Home campaign.
The new FPL Solar Amphitheater will see its first performance this Super Bowl Sunday as Kanye West and VOUS present Sunday Service. Ultra Music Festival will follow behind on March 20th-22nd, 2020. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.
The immersive German festival is slowly revealing its full lineup.
In December of 2019, the social media accounts behind Germany's biggest electronic music festival became a beehive of activity. As a way of slowly disclosing the slew of artists set to perform in 2020, Parookaville began posting videos to its channels revealing acts along the way.
The latest video highlights an array of artists set to perform in the City of Dreams including Oliver Heldens, Afrojack, FISHER, Krewella, Ben Nicky, Amelie Lens, Headhunterz and Meduza to name a few.
The high-concept music festival is known to immerse its attendees in a fully-fledged fantasy city. Scattered throughout are intricately designed stages amplifying sounds from all across the electronic music spectrum.
With each passing year, Parookaville has grown in popularity. Last year's edition of the event broke records as it hosted over 200,000 attendees.
Parookaville takes place July 17th-19th at Weeze Airport in Germany. For tickets and general information click here.FOLLOW PAROOKAVILLE:
With tons of special guests, unreleased tunes, and dance floor heaters, DESTRUCTO's four-hour FriendShip set is a sight to behold.
Halfway through the second massive FriendShip voyage, founder and electronic extraordinaire DESTRUCTO laid down a stunning, four-hour "Sunrise Sermon" performance packed to the brim with special guests. Perched on the main deck of the transformed Royal Caribbean ship, Navigator of the Seas, the man responsible for the sun-soaked getaway dropped countless unreleased tunes, collaborations, and classics during his marathon set.
With 3,000 vacationers in attendance, the Sunrise Sermon lived up to its name and was a truly spiritual performance perfect for those who can't stop dancing.
While four hours of DESTRUCTO (real name Gary Richards) is more than enough to be excited about, he surprised fans by bringing out some of EDM's biggest stars for impromptu B2Bs and even a classic rock cover. Boys Noize, Jimmy Valance of Bob Moses, Danny Daze, and more joined Richards on the decks while GRiZ dished out a saxophone rendition of the classic rock track “Ride Like the Wind” by Christopher Cross.View the original article to see embedded media.
Luckily for those who weren't able to experience the set on the water, Richards has uploaded the entire set to his SoundCloud for all to enjoy. Clocking in at just under four hours and 20 minutes, there's so much music to explore that it might take repeat listens to truly process its greatness.
FriendShip 2020 took place on January 6th-10th and journeyed from Miami to Coco Cay X2 in The Bahamas. If you're jealous of those who attended this year's iteration of Richards' aquatic outing, you can already register for the 2021 cruise and get in on the fun. Next year's party is slated to set sail on January 11th-15th, 2021. For more information, you can visit the official FriendShip website.FOLLOW FRIENDSHIP:
Catch Zeds Dead, Rusko, 1788-L, Grandtheft, Lick, and Sippy on March 28th in Kapolei.
Bass heads out in Hawaii have something big to look forward to this March 28th. Zeds Dead are bringing some of your favorite Deadbeats back to Kapolei for the second time. What better way to enjoy some of your favorite artists then on a beach surrounded by palm trees and sunshine at Deadbeats Hawaii 2020?
Joining the founders will be Rusko, 1788-L, Grandtheft, Lick, and Sippy. They will be returning to the beautiful Kapolei Events Center in partnership with BAMP Project and Electric Palms Presents. Fans can expect to ride the rails to some of the best in bass music and dubstep. The 2018 Deadbeats Hawaii featured performances by Zeds Dead, K?D, Eprom, and GG Magree. Check out the after movie below to get excited for what's to come in a couple months.
In the coming weeks, you can catch Deadbeats live in Paris, London, Miami, Hawaii, and Phoenix. After a brief hiatus, they will return to Morrison, Colorado for the seventh edition of Dead Rocks at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Zeds Dead (real names Dylan Mamid and Zachary Rapp-Rovan) are coming off the successful drop of WE ARE DEADBEATS, Vol. 4, which arrived earlier this year. They are reportedly gearing up for a new album on the way as well.
Tickets for Deadbeats Hawaii 2020 go on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am HST. Purchase here.FOLLOW ZEDS DEAD:
Sullivan King, Dabin, Madeon and more have shared their love for the return of Porter Robinson.
Today the world received the triumphant return of Porter Robinson with his new single, "Get Your Wish." It's the first track off his forthcoming sophomore studio-length album, Nurture. From the heartfelt letterhe wrote to his fans explaining the struggles that inspired the single, it's clear the road to "Get Your Wish" has been challenging for Robinson.
Now that it's out for the world to hear, Robinson can breathe a sigh of relief to know not only do his fans praise this vulnerable piece of work but so too do his contemporaries. Across the board, artists have been expressing their love of the track.
Nurture has been six years in the making and it's clear the wait will be worth the reward. Over his career, Robinson has touched many with his ability to hone into his emotions to yield music that hits deep. It's hard to go to one of his shows and not see a crowd member wiping tears from their eyes. His emotive efforts blew fans away back in 2014 with the release of Worlds, and it looks as if Nurture will have the same effect.
No release date has been announced for Nurture at the time of writing.FOLLOW PORTER ROBINSON:
"Kobe would want us to push through and celebrate life."
In the wake of former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant's untimely death in a helicopter crash that claimed a total of nine lives, celebrities far and wide have grieved his loss. The day of the accident, Diplo made impassioned comments at last weekend's Grammy Awards ceremony. Now, Bryant's fellow former Laker, Shaquille O'Neal, has shared plans to donate all proceeds from Shaq's Fun House to the victims' surviving family members as well as the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation.
A letter tweeted by O'Neal reveals that the basketball star-turned dubstep DJ contemplated canceling this year's event after Bryant's passing. "But in thinking what would Kobe want, what would he do? Kobe would want us to push through and celebrate life," he wrote. "So let's do just that. I'll be dedicating and donating all my proceeds from Friday nights [sic] Fun House to all the families who lost loved ones and to the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation."
This isn't the first Shaq has spoken on Bryant's passing. In a TNT interview, he touched on the compounding grief of having lost his sister, Ayesha Harrison-Jex, months before learning of Bryant and the other helicopter passengers' deaths.
The Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation benefits youths and families in need through a series of initiatives. Donate and find additional information here.FOLLOW SHAQUILLE O'NEAL:
The lead single from Nurture is here.
On Tuesday, January 28th, Porter Robinson announced that 2020 would see the release of his sophomore studio-length album, Nurture. A day later he has offered up the lead single of the effort, "Get Your Wish."
The Youtube premiere of the melodic, introspective single includes a video of Robinson singing the song's pitched-up verses against a surrealistic backdrop. "Get Your Wish" sees the Chapel Hill, North Carolina-born talent update the style in his 2014 debut album, Worlds, with production values of today.
Robinson also tweeted a letter to his fans explaining the personal struggles that inspired the single:
"'Get Your Wish' is about moving forward, even if it's not for your own sake.
I was doing really badly in 2015, 2016 and early 2017. My entire life revolved around making music, but for the first time in my life, I was struggling to make anything at all. I was desperate to make something I was proud of, but the more I struggled, the worse the problem became. I was very seriously depressed and genuinely thought my life as I knew it was over.
It was almost three years of trying to write music, failing, and being crushed by it every single day.
There were times when I wondered if it was pointless for me to keep trying. I didn't even know what I was hoping for. If I had come this far and I was still dissatisfied and unhappy, then it was impossible not to ask: Even if I do finish new music, what am I hoping is gonna happen? What is it I want that I currently don't have? Am I gonna be happy then? Why am I not happy now?
I felt like I had no options - because while the prospect of struggling indefinitely was terrifying, the thought of quitting music was much worse.
For a very long time, I didn't know what the answer was. I knew that no level of achievement was going to make me happy, but I still felt a life-definingly strong urge to keep doing creative work.
But gradually, I came to realize what the point is for me.
You know how every once in a while, when you're driving or something, the music you're listening to moves you in this amazing, transcendent way? It's this sublime experience that can't really be described, but for me it's like this: I feel like the world is beautiful and filled with possibility, and that I want to cherish every second that I have to be alive. That description doesn't quite capture it, but that's as close as I can get.
I have this experience every once in a while when I'm listening to my favorite artists. I feel overwhelmed with gratitude that they do what they do. I think being able to give people that experience through sincere songwriting is what makes it worthwhile.
I realized I shouldn't write music with the expectation that the productivity or achievement will fix my problems, but instead with the hope that my honest expression will move people the way music moves me. So when I was really struggling to write and it seemed impossible, instead of thinking, "You're struggling because you're a fraud, you're clearly not cut out for this," I began to tell myself, "Yeah, this is what you sacrifice."
"'Get Your Wish' is about that breakthrough, which was one of many that helped me through those years. Music started making me happy again.
Robinson's released his debut EP, Spitfire, in 2011 after being discovered by Skrillex. That first effort's electro house musings were a far cry from Worlds, and he went on to reinvent himself once more with his Virtual Self alias in 2017. It remains to be seen whether the rest of Nurture will sound similar to "Get Your Wish" or see the post-EDM superstar shift gears once again.
No release date has been announced for Nurture at the time of writing.FOLLOW PORTER ROBINSON:
"The Brothers Macklovitch" raised the tempo of a song by their "musical hero."
This week marks the release of the first song in six years under A-Trak's Duck Sauce project, but that's not all for the decorated DJ/producer. Not long beforehand, he dropped a remix of "So Ready" by Raphael Saadiq alongside his brother, Dave 1 of Chromeo, via their newly minted The Brothers Macklovitch moniker.
The Brothers Macklovitch's remix of "So Ready" takes the funky rhythms of the source material and sets them to a faster pace. Some of the instrumentals are substituted by a smooth, jazzy bass line, reinforcing the undeniable groove of the 2020 rendition.View the original article to see embedded media.
In a Facebook post, A-Trak (real name Alain Macklovitch) cited Saadiq as a "musical hero" to him and his brother. Saadiq wrote "So Ready" from the perspective of a problematic heroin user in reference to his late brother, after whom Jimmy Lee, the album on which the song appeared, was named.
"Smiley Face" by Macklovitch's other project, Duck Sauce, can be pre-saved and pre-added across platforms here.
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The Canadian festival is bringing out big names to its capital city.
One of Canada's premier music festivals has released its highly anticipated lineup, and it is poised to be a star-studded affair. Ottawa's Escapade Music Festival is set to take place this June, recruiting major players from all genres of the EDM scene.
Headlining the two-day festival are EDM heavy hitters The Chainsmokers alongside Kaskade, Martin Garrix and Illenium. The Canadian capital will also play host to Chris Lake, Camelphat, Andrew Rayel, Gareth Emery, GRiZ, Don Diablo, Flux Pavilion, NGHTMRE and Andrew Bayer, among others.
Additionally, Ophelia Records will host a dedicated stage during the festivities. Label head Seven Lions will be at hand, showcasing his brand of melodic dubstep during a special back-to-back set with Kill The Noise.
Spanning two days and covering a wide range of electronic acts, Escapade has become a standout in Canada's far-reaching music scene. The festival celebrated its tenth anniversary last year and shows no signs of slowing down as it enters a new decade.
Escapade Music Festival takes place June 20th and 21st at TD Palace in Ottawa, Ontario. Tickets and general information can be found here.FOLLOW ESCAPADE:
Getter's staunchest fans are excited he's revisiting bass music.
Getter is turning his focus back towards dubstep - at least for his next release. The Visceral producer took to Twitter to post a teaser clip of his next single, "Represent," which ignited a slew of supportive responses from fans and the who's who of bass music.
The teaser became a particular subject of attention as "Represent" has the makings of a return-to-dubstep story for Getter (real name Tanner Petulla), who has spent the last couple years pursuing other creative avenues.
Most notably, Petulla's 2018 album Visceral unexpectedly created a contentious rift between the producer and fans who lamented the fact that he was exploring genres outside of bass music. The criticism on the road eventually led Petulla to cancel several shows on his album tour.
Today Petulla is back on the road, and with a new highly anticipated single on the horizon things are about to get interesting. He did not offer up any further details on the release date for "Represent" but it's undoubtedly a song to look for in the coming weeks ahead.FOLLOW GETTER:
Disco Donnie Presents is teaming up with Headcount to make sure their attendees are registered to vote.
Disco Donnie Presents has announced a new initiative to get out the vote in 2020. The promotional company - which is the lifeblood behind popular events such as Sunset Music Festival and Ubbi Dubbi Festival - will launch the R.A.V.E. (Register And Vote Everywhere) campaign.
Disco Donnie Presents will team up with Headcount to register voters at their events. Headcount is a non-partisan organization with expertise in this area; to date the organization has worked with over 100 festivals and touring artists to increase voter turnout. The group claims to have registered over 600,000 voters through such methods since 2004.
Disco Donnie ran a similar campaign to register voters in 2016 as part of their Disco Donnie For President initiative. Going forward, attendees will have the opportunity to register at all forthcoming Disco Donnie Presents events, check their registration status, and confirm their polling location.
The 2020 election cycle is nearly underway. Readers who want to register to vote, and check their status online, can also do so by visiting the R.A.V.E. official website.FOLLOW DISCO DONNIE PRESENTS:
Egzod has started the year off with a bang.
Kicking off 2020 with a bang, producer Egzod has teamed up with vocalist RIELL to present “Pray.“ The energetic single comes after a highly successful 2019 for the Portugal-born and France-raised artist, as he teamed up with Lowly. and Trap Nation to release a series of singles in addition to being featured on NCS’ Elevate compilation alongside Veronica Bravo and M.I.M.E. with “Rise Up.”
“Pray“ is a short-but-sweet tune that perfectly combines melodic and ethereal elements with heavier, more intense sounds. Riell’s vocals are quickly introduced in the track over melodic plucks and inventive atmospheres, while cinematic drums prepare the listener for the drop. At its climax, “Pray” unleashes an explosion of synths and bass supported by distorted vocal chops, making up for an impressive result.
“'Pray' was inspired by a tweet from an American politician following an elementary school shooting stating the killed and injured children 'were in our thoughts and prayers,' explained3 RIELL. “'Pray' is a response to this apathy, because if anyone can be taking action, it’s politicians with power over the laws that govern our society, such as gun laws. Pray is a commentary on apathy in today's society and how people and media will often get behind a cause due to the hype surrounding it and move on as soon as it's gone. It's a call for action instead of words.”
Egzod’s bright and energetic productions have allowed him to break through the noise over the past few years. He's released music through imprints such as NCS, Lowly., and Trap Nation, as well as performing alongside powerhouses such as Slushii, Madeon, Slumberjack and others.Follow Egzod
FISHER has announced his first headline tour in his home country.
FISHER is taking his talents to his home country of Australia in a headline tour throughout the region.
The last couple years have seen a rapid-fire series of firsts during in the meteoric rise of FISHER (real name Paul Fisher). The "Losing It" producer just announced this week he'll deliver his first Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1. Now he's crossing off yet another aspirational endeavor with the headline tour.
Kicks Entertainment and Triple J have helped bring the FISHER Australian Beach Party Tour to fruition. Taking place in St Kilda, Fremantle, Wollongong and Brisbane, these shows will be an all-day affair with music from midday to sunset.
Fisher is making the trip with good company. He'll be hitting the beach with support from German House duo Booka Shade, veteran U.K. producer Maya Jane Coles, and PNAU. Each show will lead up to a sunset performance from the headline act himself to close out the night.
The FISHER Australian Beach Party Tour is set to kick off on March 28th. Pre-sale tickets go live next week on Tuesday, February 4th at 8:00 AM local time.FOLLOW FISHER:
dEVOLVE heated up the cold winter with his hot, new, island-inspired mix.
Florida’s dEVOLVE has the perfect remedy to warm you up this cold winter: his brand new Diplo & Friends mix. The talented producer and DJ has come a long way since first bursting onto the scene in 2016. He released a breakout collaboration with Red Hat that year titled “Higher!,” and the track earned dEVOLVE a spot on the international Dance Music and Future Dancehall charts.
Since then dEVOLVE has amassed more than 40 million plays while garnering support from the likes of MAKJ, Dillon Francis, BBC Radio 1, and SiriusXM. Coming off of a very successful 2019 - which included an official remix for superstar Sean Paul - dEVOLVE has released an explosive, one-hour Diplo & Friends mix to kick off 2020. Taking us on a high-energy, dance-filled journey, dEVOLVE demonstrates his talents as a producer and DJ with mainstream electronic appeal. He masterfully weaves an eclectic palette of sounds including Caribbean dancehall, big room, chill trap, hip-hop, and a myriad of melodic and hard-hitting bass rhythms.
Bearing dEVOLVE's newest material, including plenty of his unreleased tunes, his own edits, a plethora of new remixes, and his new single “Till We Fall In Love” with Alx Veliz and Charly Black, his Diplo & Friends mix is the perfect remedy for the wintertime blues. As he recently signed to the esteemed Republic/Casablanca Records, the future is looking brighter than ever for this prodigious producer and DJ.
dEVOLVE had this to say in reference to the release of his new Diplo & Friends mix:
"I dug in the vault and broke out a bunch of unreleased new music, made new edits, and really looked at it as a blueprint for both new and old fans to be able to really hear what I’m about both as an artist and a DJ. My sound is rooted in the blending of electronic and Caribbean music but I have a range beyond that and I think this mix highlighted that. I’ve got my signature "basshall" bangers in there and original trap tunes and edits. I finish with some unreleased house stuff like my remix for Rema. It’s high energy from start to finish - and I’m really proud of how it all came out!"FOLLOW dEVOLVE: