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Malaa Uncorks Blistering House Single with Koos, "Hell"

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 19:15

Malaa tapped his French compatriot for a flamethrower of a house tune.

Malaa is raising hell with his latest single, a flamethrower of a collaboration with fellow house music maven Koos.

The French compatriots have linked up for the aptly titled "Hell," which spits fire to the tune of a thumping 128 BPM house rhythm. The collaboration, which arrives by way of Tchami's Confession banner, features ominous synth work and screamo-inspired vocals before the drop, imbuing a new level of grit to Malaa's venerated discography. The drop is also signature Malaa with its groovy G-House flair and menacing, relentless basslines.

The recruitment of young gun Koos was also a shrewd move, as the blossoming bass house producer has been making serious noise in the scene thanks to his sinister twist on the genre.

"Hell" is set to appear on Malaa's forthcoming Illegal Mixtape III project. You can listen to the single below and find it on streaming platforms here.

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Bob Moses On Finding Light In the Darkness and New Concept EP "Desire" [Q&A]

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 18:40

Bob Moses open up about the pitfalls of 2020, collaborating with ZHU, and their musical influences.

Catapulted to the forefront of dance music with their 2015 Domino Records album Days Gone By, electronic music duo Bob Moses gained a reputation as one of the hottest acts in the scene.

Rising out of the New York City underground, the duo consists of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance. Taking the electronic community by storm with their one-of-a-kind and dynamic sound, the duo earned two Grammy nominations for their 2015 track “Tearing Me Up” and their 2018 Battle Lines project was named one of the best albums of the year by Billboard.

Throughout their career, Bob Moses have released a solid stream of after-hours electronic beats characterized by spectral synths, passionate lyrics, and hypnotic rhythms. Howie's vocals often steal the show as he sings deeply introspective messages straight from the heart.

Their latest EP Desire, which features a massive collaboration with ZHU, displays the depths of their emotive electronic musical genius. The EP features six distinct tracks that take listeners on a musical journey as Bob Moses explore the theme of desire and reflects on the ways it has personally impacted their lives. The interactive video for “Desire” has already earned nearly 2.5 million plays since it dropped in mid-July, and uses anaglyph imagery to showcase the ups and downs of desire.

We had the chance to catch up with Bob Moses on the release of their new EP, their BobCast livestream series, and much more.

EDM.com: Jimmy, I heard you recently relocated to Los Angeles. What was that move like, considering the pandemic?

Bob Moses (Jimmy): I came from New York. I was on tour and I told my girlfriend let's move on March 15th. We started moving out in the middle of February. We basically arrived in our house here in LA twelve days before lockdown started.

I can’t believe what it would’ve been like if lockdown had happened when we were trying to move. I’m glad we got out when we did. I love New York, but during the pandemic proximity is the danger. New York is the most densely populated place so I’m happy to be here in LA.

EDM.com: Where did the name Desire come from? Can you share a personal anecdote that may have affected your decision?

Bob Moses: The name Desire came because we did a collaboration with ZHU. This whole EP came to fruition because of that collaboration. We were on tour to support our last album Battle Lines. We were mostly playing the tour with a band at bigger venues. We made some beats to play at those shows. Then we had the idea that when the tour was over we could try to pull some of those together for an EP or something if they gelled. 

We booked a couple days off at a studio in LA between shows. ZHU was in town. We had previously met on Holy Ship! and we were buddies. We didn’t have any real plans to collaborate but he came by the little room we were renting in LA, and we just tried collaborating. The core of that track "Desire" came together during that one afternoon. 

Then as we started finishing up other ideas, all the lyrical content of these tracks seemed to focus around desire, and how it sets you free or leads you to ruin and how you navigate its different aspects. We not only thought the EP summed up that title but we were also proud of that track with ZHU. We wanted that to be the first thing we put out.

We both have experiences with our own sets of desire. It’s a delicate balance - it’s something everyone struggles with. One of the main influences was the mythological story of the Greek god Icarus who was trying to get to the Sun but got too close, burned, and fell. Desire can create a tremendous amount of ambition to get you to accomplish things, but it can also ruin you. This is our modern take on an ancient story.

“Desire” interactive video still

EDM.com: Can you describe the experience of working with ZHU on the title track? What was your creative process like?

Bob Moses: It's one of the first collaborations we’ve done and a super cool experience. ZHU had some ideas about how to start the track. Each of us would then take turns sitting at the computer. We just kind of riffed off of it until something started coming together. ZHU suggested these stabby chords that happen with the synth early on and that and the bass line kind of formed the basis for the track. Everyone contributed and no one sat back. 

Sometimes the studio is a struggle and other times things happen really naturally. This is one of those times where things really came together. We were all very inspired. 

EDM.com: How have bands like Pink Floyd and Nine Inch Nails influenced your music today? Can you point to a specific song or musical element present in your catalog?

Bob Moses: Pink Floyd really pushed the idea of the concept record and taking you on a musical journey by painting a sonic landscape. Pink Floyd did it in a way that was very ethereal. They were so ahead of their time. For DJ sets songs are meant to be mixed together, so I think the inspiration comes from that. Having this masterpiece that flows from start to finish and can be listened to in one sitting. I think that’s why it stood the test of time.

Nail Inch Nails’ Down the Spiral is a concept album about a man’s descent into madness. Like Pink Floyd, it’s obviously more electronic. It should also be listened to from start to finish and takes you on a sonic journey. It's very lush but also very dark.

I remember a few years ago when we made Battle Lines, I wanted to find the darkest record made in LA and I found Down the Spiral. I found a lot of connection to that record in that you can be very dark and bruiting when maybe your surroundings weren’t.

EDM.com: What is your songwriting process like?

Bob Moses: The only consistent part is it's different every time. It starts with a germ of an idea. It could be a melody idea with a lyric idea, a drum groove or a chord progression. Sometimes we’ll start something from scratch, or we’ll listen to something by an artist we like and think maybe we can make something like that. It could be quite fleshed out or just a melody and a piano part. 

If both of us agree it’s cool and we’re excited by it then we just go from there. We’re often on the same page and it’s a vibe. We both often know what the other person wants to do before the other person even says it. It’s very cool that we can finish each other’s sentences which often results in an awesome song, but it doesn’t always work out that way.

EDM.com: Where do you currently get your inspiration?

Bob Moses: Our inspiration has always been our life. It helps to write about what you know to get the most genuine results. Often experiencing or having something personally affect you will get you the best results. We let things percolate in our subconscious. If it bothers us enough, it will often come out in our lyrics. We’ve had full conversations in our lyrics about things we would never personally talk about. Songwriting is quite a cathartic experience so deep and meaningful conversations will be a byproduct of lyric writing.

EDM.com: You recently launched BobCast. How do you make your series stand out in a world where livestreaming is so prevalent?

Bob Moses: BobCast started because we had extra time and wanted a way to connect with fans. We’re looking for ways to connect with our fans and keep the community going around our music and the music we love. We did it ourselves and set it up in our studio. We kept it interesting by not just doing livestreaming but also offering “how to” videos. Instagram never felt quite like the right fit, but this felt like a way to connect with our fans in a very natural way.

EDM.com: Which achievement in your career so far has been the most meaningful to you?

Bob Moses: We’re very honored to have all of the opportunities we’ve had like The Grammys and Ellen, but they’re still fleeting. The things that feel like the biggest achievement are playing sold out shows to tons of people you wouldn’t otherwise meet who sing your songs back to you. Or hearing that someone was going to hurt themselves didn’t because they listened to our music. That’s when we’re like 'what we’re doing really matters'.

The goal is to pour your heart out to your song, and talk about things you wouldn’t otherwise talk about or wouldn’t otherwise be able to talk about. You have then made the connection with fans through your music or live performance that you wouldn’t have otherwise had.

EDM.com: How has the New York club scene influenced your music today?

Bob Moses: We spent about a year writing music in New York. We knew we wanted to write songs and combine dance music. We were doing guest vocals on this label Scissors & Thread. We got sucked into this underground illegal New York rave scene. That sound became a huge part of our aesthetic. Till this day the core of our sound still feels like smoky Brooklyn warehouse.

EDM.com: Any positive takeaways from 2020? Have you had a chance to do something you hadn't done in a while because of how busy you've been the last few years? Has it been a spiritual experience at all?

Bob Moses: It’s been a spiritual experience in that it’s forced us inside of ourselves. A lot of growth has come from that. We’re trying to find the silver lining. We’re getting a lot of time to focus on music. We haven’t had this much time without getting on an airplane in eight years. We’re getting all of this time to focus on music and that’s been very positive. We miss our fans and we miss playing live. 

You always have two choices - to focus on the negative and or focus on the positive make the most of something. It's a spiritual practice to focus on things to keep yourself in a positive lane. It’s challenging, but we’re doing the best we can.

We’ve gotten a chance to get in touch with our friendship a little more. Our personal relationship has nurtured and grown. It’s been a positive one for us so far. We’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons and are coming away from it inspired.

EDM.com: What has the experience been like working with Domino?

Bob Moses: They’re awesome. They’re a fantastic label. They let us do whatever we want. They support us in all of our decisions and give us valuable feedback. They’re real music lovers. 

Before we signed with them we’d heard all of these horror stories about labels. We were in this weird studio in the middle of nowhere in Michigan. Jamie Hince from The Kills was randomly there recording. He said he loved them and that they were awesome and we thought to ourselves that’d be great. We couldn’t imagine a better label situation to be awesome.

EDM.com: Anything else you want to share with your fans out there?

Bob Moses: We hope that everyone is staying happy and healthy out there. We’re very grateful for the support and we can’t wait to hopefully get back on the road soon and play some shows. 

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Cheat Codes Announce Debut Album and Forthcoming Virtual Release Party

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 17:57

Joining the trio for the Insomniac stream are Ship Wrek and Danny Quest.

Blossoming dance-pop trio Cheat Codes are hot off the release of "Between Our Hearts" featuring CXLOE, the first song from their debut album Hellraisers. To celebrate, they've joined forces with Insomniac to host a special virtual release party alongside performances by Ship Wrek and DANNY QUEST.

The group shared a message to their fans, announcing that the long-awaited album was finally on its way. 

The first release is a bright, pop-infused single featuring the signature dance-infused elements they've perfected throughout their career. CXLOE's vocals echo the notion of wanting to keep relationships and personal life between the people involved—a rare idea amid the age of social media. The lush synths and upbeat sound design make it the perfect track to close out the summer. 

Cheat Codes have stayed busy this year, releasing hits like "On My Life," the massive "No Service In The Hills" featuring Trippie Redd, Blackbear, and PRINCE$$ ROSIE, "Heaven," and "No Time" with Wiz Khalifa, DVBBS, and ROSIE, who is also a member of the trio. With an ever-growing catalog of popular music, the anticipation for Hellraisers is bubbling over. 

Tune into Insomniac TV Thursday, September 3rd at 10PM PT (1AM ET) to celebrate the release of "Between Our Hearts" with Cheat Codes at the virtual release party. In the meantime, you can listen to the track below and find it on streaming platforms here.

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Massive Charity Compilation to Feature New Collaboration by Flume and EPROM

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 17:28

The track will appear on an expansive compilation with never-before-heard music from Death Cab for Cutie, My Morning Jacket, and many more.

Bass music maven EPROM took to social media today to announce a massive charity compilation called Good Music To Avert The Collapse Of American Democracy. He also sent the electronic music community into a frenzy by sharing the news that the project will feature a new collaboration with Flume.

"Flume and I are very stoked to be part of ‘Good Music To Avert The Collapse Of American Democracy’ – a fundraising compilation album that will be available for only 24 hours this Friday, September 4th on Bandcamp," EPROM wrote in a Facebook post.

"Harley and I wrote this unreleased tune titled ‘Nor. 7’ a couple years back on a writing trip in Norway," he continued. "Glad we can finally release it tied to an important cause." Back in April 2019, EPROM shared photos of an old studio session with Flume, igniting a deluge of rumors surrounding a collaboration between the two.

Good Music To Avert The Collapse Of American Democracy will be directing all net proceeds from sales to Fair Fight in order to augment the organization's efforts to raise voter awareness and urge participation in the impending 2020 federal election.

The collection will be available for 24 hours exclusively on Bandcamp this Friday, September 4th and it will feature never-before-heard music from a slew of illustrious artists, including My Morning Jacket, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Tegan and Sara, and a demo version of Tycho and Death Cab for Cutie lead vocalist Ben Gibbard's "Only Love Will Save This Place."

You can pre-order the project here and check out EPROM's announcement below.

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Guy Lawrence of Disclosure Opens Up About Contracting COVID-19: "I'm Just Happy to Be Alive"

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 16:57

Lawrence spoke about the effect the virus had on his health as well as the brutal recovery period.

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Guy Lawrence of the Grammy Award-nominated electronic music duo Disclosure has opened up about his experience contracting COVID-19.

Fresh off the release of their mammoth third studio album ENERGY, Guy and his brother—Disclosure sidekick Howard Lawrence—spoke to NME in a wide-ranging interview in which they discuss the album's creative process, working with Mac Miller, and the impact of the virus. Euphoria and vitality are two of the record's central leitmotifs, but it seems those themes weren't exactly bubbling in Lawrence's gut leading up to its release.

Lawrence spoke about the effect the virus had on his health as well as the brutal recovery period. "My breathing hasn’t been the same since," he said. "It was like having altitude sickness, without the headache."

While he is doing fine now, the potential longterm impact of the virus served as a constant and alarming reminder. "I just felt permanently short of breath—I didn’t know if I was going to be two senses down forever," he continued. "I’m just happy to be alive, to be honest."

You can dive back into ENERGY below.

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Watch an Animated Shawn Wasabi Explore His Fictional Island in "MEDICINE" Music Video

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 16:07

"It all fits together like a puzzle."

Shawn Wasabi has transported his hit single "MEDICINE" into the animated world with new video game-inspired visuals. The result is an adorable journey centered around Toto, Wasabi's sidekick, a "fearless yet flight-less bird." It brings the viewers into Wasabi's mythical land of Mangotale, a fictional island named after his debut album. There we see the duo traverse the destinations featured in the record while on a well-intentioned rescue mission that takes a turn for the worse. 

The animation was developed during lockdown, when Wasabi impressively taught himself and perfected the art of CGI animation. He then partnered with illustrator Ann Alonso and the creative service Venturia Animation Studios to bring the dream to life. They even created a fun, interactive website that lets you explore his imagined world, setting up for what looks to be a series of animated stories to come. "I created Mangotale island as my idea of a possible paradise. It’s a cool, mysterious place with lots of interesting characters and plenty of stories within stories," Wasabi said in a press release.

"It all fits together like a puzzle," he continued." "My new video for 'Medicine' is one of the pieces to a much bigger puzzle. I had so much fun learning how to animate and a big thank you to Venturia Studio and Ann Alonso as they were a big part of making this come to life."

The bedroom YouTube phenomenon launched his highly-anticipated debut project MANGOTALE back in May, blowing fans away with 12 polished pop tracks featuring an all-female cast of collaborators. Wasabi also pays respect to his Filipino heritage, labeling the album's song titles with culturally significant, food-centric titles like "HALO HALO," "MANGO LOVE," and "MANGO TEA." You can feel his palpable passion for all things music and gaming with his new animated short.

Check out the "MEDICINE" music video below and stream MANGOTALE across all platforms here

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Armin van Buuren Brings Back His Rising Star Alias for "The Voice"

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 15:34

Ascend to the heavens with this angelic voice.

Armin van Buuren first introduced the world to his Rising Star alias over 20 years ago. Since 2015 he's kept a steady release schedule, typically dropping songs under that moniker once a year. After a successful turn in 2019 with "Cosmos," van Buuren's alter ego has arrived in 2020 with a new single called "The Voice."

Trance fans will find everything they need in this traditional track. As the title states, the single is all about the vocals—performed beautifully by Cari—heard previously on van Buuren's "Stranger Inside." It features her soaring, angelic voice paired alongside a comforting, steady trance beat and emotive piano chord progression.

van Buuren has had an impressive year so far, dropping a stable of hits including "Leka" with Super8 and Tab, "Boom Boom" with Jamis, the extensive remix compilation Relax, the expansive Lost Tapes album, among others.

If you didn't get the chance to watch his set at the Creamfields House Party 2020 Edition this past weekend, you can always catch him weekly on the A State Of Trance radio show.

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SiriusXM to Air Never-Before-Heard Avicii Set In Honor of Suicide Prevention Week

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 14:42

The radio takeover will also feature a discussion with Klas Bergling and commentaries from David Guetta, Martin Garrix, and many more.

SiriusXM has teamed up with the Tim Bergling Foundation to announce "BPM Presents: Avicii Birthday Tribute for Mental Health Awareness."

The special programming, which will go live on Tuesday, September 8th during Suicide Prevention Week, will include an exclusive never-before-heard set from the late dance music superstar that took place in Osaka, Japan in June 2016. Also included will be interviews from the 2019 Avicii Tribute Concert in Stockholm as well as an exclusive discussion with Klas Bergling—Avicii's father—who will discuss his life, music, and the mission of the foundation. 

"Anki and I want to thank Geronimo and SiriusXM for their continued support of Tim’s music and for taking this time to put a spotlight on the global issue of mental health," said Klas Bergling in a press release. "We want to encourage Tim’s fans and all young people to know that they are not alone. It’s important to talk to someone, a friend or family member or workmate. There is help for any emotional struggle they or their friends may have."

During the takeover, fans will get the chance to take a trip down memory lane with all the beloved music Avicii released over the course of his prolific career. Alongside his tracks will be commentaries from artists such as Aloe Blacc, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Laidback Luke, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Nile Rodgers, Rita Ora, and more, who will share personal stories about Avicii, his music, and their experiences with mental illness.

Additionally, the takeover will feature a special broadcast of Avicii’s SiriusXM Town Hall from 2013. John Draper, Executive Director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, will share advice and resources on SiriusXM’s "Doctor Radio" for listeners experiencing emotional distress or struggling with thoughts of suicide.

Listeners can tune in to hear "BPM Presents: Avicii Birthday Tribute for Mental Health Awareness Week" starting on Tuesday, September 8th at 12PM ET (9AM PT) through Sunday, September 13 at 9PM ET (6PM PT) on SiriusXM radios, channel 51, and on the SiriusXM app. The takeover will benefit Vibrant Health’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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Marshmello Drops Hip-Hop Track with Detroit Rapper 42 Dugg

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 14:31

Mello's foray into the hip-hop scene has taken another leap forward.

Marshmello's foray into the hip-hop scene has taken another leap forward with "Baggin'," a minimalistic, trap-inspired collaboration with blossoming Detroit-born rapper 42 Dugg.

The soaring and euphoric future bass sound synonymous with Mello's EDM roots are completely absent in "Baggin'." The masked superstar instead opted for a full-fledged hip-hop instrumental, complete with eerie piano chords and flittering hi-hats, which float over thumping 808s.

In mid-August, Mello sent his diehard fanbase into a frenzy after announcing the 2020 release of Joytime IV, his highly anticipated fourth studio album. While "Baggin'" has not been confirmed as one of the project's singles, it could very well end up on the record's tracklist considering his penchant for collaborations and concerted effort to penetrate the hip-hop space.

At the time of this article's publishing, Marshmello has not announced an official release date for Joytime IV. You can listen to "Baggin'" below and find it on streaming platforms here.

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Watch 12-Year-Old Noah Epps Perform Eerie Dance to Boombox Cartel Song on America's Got Talent

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 13:54

Noah Epps is back to blowing crowds away with an eerie performance soundtracked by Boombox Cartel's trap smash "B2U."

Back in June 2020, Noah Epps stunned his America's Got Talent audience with a spine-chilling dance routine to a song by Excision, harnessing his love of electronic music and manifesting it into a unique performance that captured the collective heart of the EDM community.

Epps went on to advance to the quarterfinals of the famed competition show and poured gasoline on his meteoric rise with a mind-blowing performance soundtracked by Boombox Cartel's breakout trap hit "B2U." The America's Got Talent producers pulled out all the stops for the young phenom, who gyrated around in his signature marionette costume on a festival-grade stage and backdrop featuring polychromatic arcade consoles, a menacing claw machine, and a giant Epps-branded spider robot.

"It was great performing on the AGT stage again," Epps told EDM.com. "Having a chance to share my art with the world on this level and getting to use the new technology was an amazing experience!"

At only 12-years-old, Epps is living proof that good things come to those who aren't afraid to be themselves. During his June performance, Epps told the judges that the impetus behind his love of dancing was an incident in first grade in which he tried to enter a dance battle but was coldly rejected by kids who said he "sucked."

You can watch his America's Got Talent quarterfinals performance below.

SoundStage.fm Launches Virtual Experience Platform with Upcoming Performance from Firebeatz

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 12:58

Learn how you can win a private set and virtual meet-and-greet from dance music sensation Firebeatz.

Founded in 2019, SoundStage.fm was born with a goal to connect fans with their favorite artists. The on-demand platform brings artists to fans’ virtual doorsteps for intimate, exclusive performances with its tech. SoundStage’s directory offers a diverse artist roster that ranges anywhere from world bass with Bastion to psychedelic bass with Deerskin. After booking a private set, fans have the ability to interact with artists in real time via two-way video.

"Every artist has fans for whom their music reaches deep and has lasting effects at an existential level. We’re excited to provide a means for fans to experience intimate, authentic connections with the artists that have influenced them the most,” said Ara Kevonian, CEO of SoundStage.fm. “Our platform also opens up an ancillary revenue stream so artists can continue making a living doing what they love while simultaneously allowing them to maximize the power of their brand."

On August 27th, SoundStage hosted its kickoff with Wick-it the Instigator and Choff. Other artists slated to perform as part of the launch's rollout are Kraddy (September 3rd), Jayceeoh (September 10th), ill.Gates (September 18th), Deepend (September 23rd), Kill Paris (September 25th), and Super Future (October 2nd). Sets will be accompanied by giveaway opportunities, which may include private DJ sets or meet-and-greets.

For the grand finale, SoundStage will give away a private virtual performance and meet-and-greet from international electronic music stars Firebeatz. On October 8th, the Dutch duo will perform a free livestream set on SoundStage. During their set, attendees will have the chance to win the private performance and meet-and-greet from the global dance titans. Fans can register for Firebeatz's free performance here.

"We're on a mission of leveraging technology to empower artists, so they can live an equitable life doing what they love," Kevonian added.

While events are on hiatus due to the impact of COVID-19, SoundStage fills a gap through its artist-centric platform. To view the full list of events and meet-and-greet giveaways, navigate here.

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Reel 2 Real's Mark Quashie, Co-Writer of "I Like to Move It," Shares Statement on Erick Morillo's Death

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 11:58

"I am devastated to learn of Erick's death."

Following the news of Erick Morillo's death at the age of 49, Trinidadian-born artist Mark Quashie, who performed vocals on the late DJ's hit song "I Like to Move It" under his Reel 2 Real moniker, has shared an official statement.

"I am devastated to learn of Erick's death," said Quashie, who performs as The Mad Stuntman. "Even though he has not toured with me for some time, we still keep in touch and had talked recently about doing a new re-mix version of our song. The past month has been unsettling for Erick, to say the least. I offer prayers to his family and fans."

"I Like to Move It" skyrocketed to the top of the charts, emerging as a #1 hit in Belgium, France, Zimbabwe, and the Netherlands and peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The single was also used prevalently in the Madagascar film franchise, reaching a global audience and solidifying it as a generational anthem.

Police said Morillo's body was found on September 1st in Miami Beach. The Miami Herald reports that law enforcement and detectives are exploring a possible drug overdose.

Morillo, a pioneering house music producer, was recently arrested and charged with sexual battery on a woman in connection to a December 2019 incident. He denied the allegations and was scheduled for a court hearing this Friday, September 4th.

Doja Cat's Forthcoming Album Is Inspired By Afrobeat and House Music

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 18:44

Doja dished on her upcoming album in a recent interview with MTV News.

Doja Cat is dipping her toes into the dance music pool for her forthcoming album, revealing in a recent interview that the record is rooted in afrobeat and house music, among other genres.

Following her "Best New Artist" win at the 2020 MTV VMAs, the polarizing Los Angeles-based pop star dished on her upcoming album in a recent interview with MTV News. "I have my album coming, can’t say when," she said when asked about her next project. "I really wanna make it a surprise, I don’t wanna say too much."

"It’s not gonna be perfectly consistent, I’ve never been anyway, but we do have some dancehall stuff on there, some afrobeat stuff, some funk, house," she continued. "I’m trying to cover all bases, I can’t wait for people to hear it." She also mentioned that the album will be similar to her breakout sophomore LP Hot Pink, which spawned the international smash hits "Say So" and "Like That" with Gucci Mane.

At the time of writing, Doja Cat hasn't divulged an official title or release date for her highly anticipated third studio album. You can check out a clip of the interview via the below tweet from MTV News.

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John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers is Dropping an Electronic Album

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 18:22

"Maya" is named after his beloved cat, who passed away from cancer last year.

John Frusciante's recent return to Red Hot Chili Peppers isn't curbing his desire to produce electronic music.

The fabled guitarist, who had said he "came back to the band because [he] knew that [he] could continue to play electronic music," has announced a new electronic album called Maya, which is slated for a release on October 23rd via Timesig. Named after his beloved cat, who passed away after a battle with cancer last year, the record is inspired by jungle, breakbeat, and hardcore. 

"I don't have that interest in singing or writing lyrics like I used to," Frusciante said. "The natural thing when I'm by myself now, is to just make music like the stuff being released this year. I really love the back and forth with machines and the computer."

"For a full year before I started [Maya], I worked within self-imposed limitations and rules that made the music-making process as difficult as possible, programming for programming's sake," he continued, waxing poetic about the album's origins. "After a full year of that, I decided to make things easier, to the degree that I could regularly finish tracks I enjoyed listening to, while continuing many of the practices I‘d developed. Throughout the recording of Maya, I would prepare to make each track very slowly, but would finish tracks very quickly. I'd spend weeks making breakbeats, souping up a drum machine, making DX7 patches, and so on. By the time an idea came up that seemed like the beginning of a tune, I had a lot of fresh elements ready to go."

Along with the announcement came the release of a new single called "Amethblowl," which you can listen to below.

After his 2010 departure from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frusciante shifted his focus to dance music and produced acid house before releasing the first album under his new electronic moniker, Trickfinger.

Frusicante has been far from coy in sharing his love of EDM over the years. "I started being serious about following my dream to make electronic music, and to be my own engineer, five years ago," he wrote in a 2015 blog post. "For the 10 years prior to that, I had been playing guitar along with a wide range of different types of programmed synthesizer and sample-based music, emulating what I heard as best as I could."

You can pre-order Maya via Bandcamp here.

This Chiptune Synthesizer Lets Producers Emulate Sounds of the Nintendo Entertainment System

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 16:36

Back the project on Kickstarter to get your hands on the innovative NES Poly.

The connection between the electronic music and gaming communities has been one of symbiotic alignment for decades, and its mythos runs through the chiptune genre. Inspired by retro 8-bit arcade games and consoles, chiptune is dance music's Bordeaux, aging with grace over the years to deliver some of the finest music in the EDM epoch. 

The NES Poly Chiptune Synthesizer seeks to pay homage to its namesake genre through its innovative hardware, which is inspired by the sounds of the legendary Nintendo Entertainment System. The synth features eight waveform settings and eight preset sound parameter settings, making 64 preset patches available to producers looking to reproduce the glitchy sounds of the original Nintendo game console. The NES Poly is also MIDI-compatible, so producers are able to tweak the 16 sound parameters to get creative with their sound design.

Released in 1983, the seminal Nintendo Entertainment System featured a number of the most iconic titles in history, including Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda and Metroid.

To back the NES Poly Chiptune Synthesizer, head over to its Kickstarter campaign. At the time of this article's publishing, the initiative has raised $2,153 against a goal of $3,000.

Source: MusicTech

Famed DJ Erick Morillo Dead at 49

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 14:57

According to reports, Morillo's body was found in Miami Beach.

Famed international DJ and music producer Erick Morillo has died at the age of 49.

According to a report from TMZ, authorities said Morillo's body was found today, September 1st, in Miami Beach. At the time of this article's publishing, police have not publicly divulged any further information surrounding his death. 

WPLG Local 10 reports that officers say they received a 911 call at 10:42AM and detectives are currently on the scene conducting an investigation, according to an email from Miami Beach Public Information Officer Ernesto Rodriguez.

The news arrives after a tumultuous 2020 for Morillo, who was recently arrested and charged with sexual battery on a woman in connection to a December 2019 incident. Morillo, who denied the allegations, had turned himself in on August 5th, 2020 after the results of a rape kit came back and tested positive for his DNA.

He was scheduled for a court hearing this Friday, September 4th.

Maceo Plex's New Single Moonlights as an ACLU Fundraiser to Combat Voter Suppression

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 14:40

Proceeds from "Nu World" will be directed to the American Civil Liberties Union ahead of the impending US federal election.

Venerated house producer and DJ Maceo Plex has released a new single called "Nu World," teaming up with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for a timely philanthropic endeavor ahead of the impending US federal election.

The menacing tech house tune arrives by way of Maceo Plex's own Ellum Audio banner and is oozing with the sinister kinetic flair that helped to catapult him to the upper echelon of the genre. He will be directing funds raised from the sales of the track to the ACLU in their efforts to combat voter suppression.

Along with the single also comes a shocking piece of accompanying artwork, which features a person pointing a gun at their head in a lake with an American flag draped over their face.

You can listen to "Nu World" below and purchase the track via Beatport here. For direct donations to the ACLU, navigate to the organization's official website.

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Watch ASADI Perform a Persian Trap Music Set Live from a Hilltop Overlooking Las Vegas [Q&A]

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 13:51

The viral Persian Trap star's performance was a headlining set for Cabin Fever Festival.

We may not be able to gather like we're used to due to the impact of COVID-19, but music will always find a way to bring us together. Last week, Heard It Here First hosted it's first-ever virtual festival event, Cabin Fever Festival. The fest spanned two days—August 27th and 28th—and raised over $500 towards the Innocence Project, hosting 30+ artists primarily from the bass genre. A delightful exception to this sonic preference came on the fest's second day, when its headlining act, ASADI, delivered a one-of-a-kind live performance atop a hill near the Las Vegas strip.

The Los Angeles-based beatsmith has become a star since storming onto the seen over six years ago. His style of "Persian Trap Music" is a perfect microcosm of the progressive genre fusion of today, mixing traditional Persian instruments, pad-based native instruments and cinematic choreography to create an experience unlike any other. Not only has he forged a truly authentic style all to his own, but also ignited a viral following who crave his unique performance videos.

"When I was in middle school, I would go to Guitar Center to mess around with these [native instrument] pads," said ASADI, who caught up with EDM.com to discuss his Cabin Fever performance. "I always [wanted them] because I knew I could perform completely live with them. I finally got my hands on one when I was 16 and in conjunction with learning Persian instruments, I would practice on them nonstop."

While he's inspired by artists like Pretty Lights, ASADI maintains an artistic style that is unique to him as a person. "I think the worst thing you can do as an artist is to try to find something that makes you 'different' from others—rather find what truly represents you."

This attitude—plus a resourceful and dedicated team—have and will continue to propel the young star in navigating new ways to entertain and connect with fans. The proof? ASADI's Cabin Fever Festival set, which he shared via his Youtube channel this week. You can watch the set and read our Q&A with ASADI below.

EDM.com: Where did the idea for this set come from? Where was it shot?

ASADI: We shot this performance on the top of a hill in Las Vegas. It’s such a great location because you see the Vegas strip on the horizon.

EDM.com: What were some of the logistical challenges to set this up? How did you guys coordinate the production, artists and performers? Who’s that guy on violin!?

ASADI: The short answer is my manager and I just used brute force, got everything done, and hoped for the best. Originally, we were going to do a traditional green screen setup and send it over the Heard It Here First's Cabin Fever Festival team. Then a day later, we were like, "Fuck it. Let’s do it in the desert." Exactly 48 hours before the day of shoot, I woke up to my manager telling me that he’s getting speakers, three other DJs, a fire-breather, and a small crowd to make this a socially distant mini-festival. The night before the event, we decided that it would be the icing on top if DSharp could play the violin. The guy drove straight here from LA the night before. 

30 minutes before my set time, my computer crashed 10 times. A minute before, I finally found out the issue and fixed it. I hit record on my computer and prayed it wouldn't crash during my performance and it didn’t. Halfway in, D and I played out our new single "3 Wishes" and freestyled like crazy. I was shocked by how we pulled this off. Thanks to my manager, it looked like it was planned a month ago. Such a wild, last-minute experience.

EDM.com: Assuming you haven’t had ample opportunity to perform live recently, what was it like getting to perform with such a special setup and an audience?

ASADI: I forgot about the feeling of performing in front of an audience. It was nostalgic. Just good energy everywhere. Everyone was so happy to be there.

EDM.com: Your talent and acclaim stems from your live performance setup, which features you prominently drumming various live pads and midi elements. Where did this style of performance start for you?

ASADI: I grew up in Columbus, Ohio. When I was in middle school, I would go to Guitar Center to mess around with these pads. I always wanted them because I knew I could perform completely live with them. I finally got my hands on one when I was 16 and in conjunction with learning Persian Instruments, I would practice on them nonstop.

EDM.com: You proudly represent yourself as a Persian Trap artist. What does that mean to you and how would you describe it to the average fan? What other traditional instruments do you bring to the table?

ASADI: Persian Trap Music is exactly what it sounds like—trap music with a middle eastern influence specifically from a variety of Persian regions. This involves sampling and using mainly two instruments that I play: the Persian tar and Persian setâr. I also like to bring a sort of cinematic element to it. That combined with the sound design that I include is probably why I’m more categorized in the Electronic Music community. Which makes sense because my biggest influences include Pretty Lights and Hucci.

EDM.com: You’ve enjoyed several years of viral acclaim and fame from your performance clips and videos. What’s your secret to deliver consistently unique content?

ASADI: I think the worst thing you can do as an artist is to try to find something that makes you "different" from others—rather find what truly represents you as a person. Regardless of whether it’s original or not. Those who are most original tend to be most honest with themselves. I don’t try to act or dress a certain way that’s not me and I don’t try to act or dress my songs a certain way that’s not me either. I just express myself the best I can through my music, but it all starts with being very honest with myself. I love trap, I love that theatrical sound. I'm obsessed with Persian Folk Music and culture, and I love making beats live. These things kind of have nothing to do with each other. But now they do.

EDM.com: Have you been working on any new ASADI music during quarantine?

ASADI: Fuck yes.

EDM.com: What’s next from ASADI?

ASADI: Starting [this past Monday,] I’m releasing performance videos every week. About a month from today, I’m going to release a single every ten days. A lot of collaborations on the way.

I wanna make a big shoutout to Heard It Here First for allowing me to stream on their festival, Cabin Fever. Also, Pedram for being an incredible manager as always and DSharp. Thanks for always giving me the opportunity to make incredible music.

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Twitch Streamers Can Dodge DMCA Takedowns with This Free Music Extension

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 12:57

Soundstripe allows users to play music from its library during their Twitch streams without the burden of copyright issues.

As streamers continue to navigate the music streaming Wild West of Twitch, Soundstripe is here to lend a helping hand to those faced with permabans due to incessant DMCA takedown notices.

Soundstripe, named one of the top five fastest growing private media companies in the US on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list, is launching a new extension that allows users to play music from its library during their Twitch streams without the burden of copyright issues. With the free tool, users are also able to simulcast their livestreams on other platforms, like YouTube, without worrying about DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notices. For streamers who want to retain the ad revenue generated from their videos, Soundstripe also offers paid subscriptions at $15 per month.

Another useful aspect of Soundstripe's extension lies in its functionality. It enables streamers to control the volume levels of the music—from a litany of playlists—without needing to leave Twitch or halt their stream. Moreover, it is beneficial to artists because viewers can see the song's title and artist in real-time. Fans can then follow those artists on Spotify and other streaming platforms.

"At Soundstripe, our main goal is to ‘Keep Creatives Creating.’ When we saw the recent spate of DMCA takedown notices for archived Twitch videos, we knew we needed to do something to solve the problem," said Travis Terrell, Soundstripe's Co-Founder and Co-CEO, in a statement. "With the Soundstripe Twitch extension, streamers don’t need to worry about the complex copyright issues around the music they play. All they need to do is create."

"Twitch streamers are some of the most prolific content creators in the world today, and they need to be able to find great, legal music fast," added Co-Founder and CTO Trevor Hinesley. "I’ve been a big fan of Twitch for years, as are many of our team members. Once we saw streamers being affected by DMCA takedowns, we knew we needed to provide a solution fast. The team really stepped up to the plate, and I’m excited to share this extension with the Twitch community!”

The topic of music streaming in Twitch has been one of consternation after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who acquired Twitch for a staggering $970 million back in 2014, found himself in hot water over the lack of knowledge he exhibited in a recent antitrust hearing. When a Congressman grilled the world's richest man about why Twitch was experiencing rampant streaming issues when his platform could simple secure licensing deals, Bezos was unable to sufficiently answer the question, replying with a glib "I don't know."

Following his head-scratching testimony, the nonprofit organization Artist Rights Alliance, which is spearheaded by a group of artists whose objective is to protect musicians and songwriters, penned an open letter to Bezos denouncing his lack of initiative. Bezos is yet to respond publicly.

You can find more information about Soundstripe's Twitch extension here. To sign up for a subscription, visit the company's official website.

Legendary "Street Fighter" Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme Stars in Music Video from Electronic Duo AaRON

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 11:56

The larger-than-life persona makes his unmissable dance music debut.

Jean-Claude Van Damme has taken a starring role in the dance music video for "Ultrarêve," from French electronic duo AaRON

It's not everyday a legendary action hero arrives on the electronic music scene, but for AaRON, having the opportunity to team up with the Muscles from Brussels was nothing short of the "ultra dream." 

The video builds anticipation for the reveal of the Bloodsport star, as the camera pans to show Van Damme standing in an empty lot. As the pumping bassline kicks in, the lifelong martial artist lets his swagger shine as he breaks out into a full-blown freestyle dance. 

The video took a full family effort as Van Damme's son Kris and daughter Bianca both operated the camera and directed the shoot, respectively. The actor's free-form routine takes him to rocky landscapes and to the beachfront as he flexes against the waves crashing against the shoreline. 

AaRON recounted how the unique project came together. "One day we received an email from Jean-Claude Van Damme himself who told us about his love for our music and who suggested that we collaborate on his feature film project," they said in a joint statement. However, as the pandemic set in, the prospect of creating a film that instead navigated around the environment's limiting factors grabbed Van Damme's attention, and the rest is history. 

AaRON famously caught the attention of another big screen actor, John Malkovich, who appeared in a teaser video for their 2016 album We Cut the Night.

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