2020: the year Coachella brings back the hologram.
Nothing screams "we're in a new decade" more than seeing an actual holographic performer listed on the official Coachella lineup. While we all remember the shock waves that hit after the surprise Tupac hologram was projected on stage during the headlining set of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg back in 2012, this is geared to be a little different. Making her Indio, California debut will be Hatsune Miku, the Japanese virtual music icon who is completely computer generated.
Hatsune Miku was debuted as a singing vocal synthesizer software called "Vocaloid" back in 2007 through the company Crypton Future Media. Her voice, modeled off of anime voice actress Saki Fujita, has been used on over 100,000 user-generated songs, and more than 4,000 are now sold through Crypton’s record label, Karent.
The amazing thing is she's no longer just a computer program. Her anthropomorphic character, a 16-year-old Japanese pop idol with turquoise hair, not only performs live but sells out arenas. Her first performance back in 2009 at Japan's Saitama Super Arena blew fans away. She's gone on to perform on The Late Show with David Letterman, and she even opened up for Lady Gaga on her ArtRave tour.
As Coachella has evolved over the years, organizers have made an effort to expand to the taste of the international market. This has been most evident in the past few years with the rise in Latin and Asian artists featured at the festival. Joining Miku on stage will be the Legendary Korean boy band BIGBANG, who will perform their first U.S. show in half a decade. Also listed on the lineup are the Seoul rap trio Epik High, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and many other international artists from around the globe.
Coachella Music and Arts Festival has not always been the biggest risk taker when it comes to the lineup but it's refreshing to see them make these steps towards diversifying their clientele.
The Indio, California festival will return to the Empire Polo Club from April 10th-12th and April 17th-19th. Tickets for the first weekend of Coachella are sold out. For more information or to purchase tickets to the second weekend, visit the event website.FOLLOW COACHELLA:
Louis The Child are keeping things interesting.
Known as the "Fresh Juice" ID, the tune is far from the usual Louis The Child sound. Building up with intensifying snares and claps, it quickly transforms into an aggressive, banging bass track. While it's quite different than their well-known tunes, it's certainly one listeners vibe with.View the original article to see embedded media.
While the tune isn't new to their live sets, it's something they've only teased a handful of times. Almost three years ago, the duo posted a clip of it to their Instagram account.
Hauldren and Kennett have jumped into the limelight since the release of their breakout single "It's Strange" in 2015. Since, the pair have released a number of hit singles including "Better Not" with Wafia, "Last To Leave" with Caroline Ailin, and "Love Is Alive" with Elohim.FOLLOW LOUIS THE CHILD:
Kick off the new year right with a free download of Nitti Gritti’s new track, “Prime Time.”
Grammy award-winning DJ/producer Nitti Gritti has teamed up with Twitch Prime to give away a free download to his exclusive track, “Prime Time.”
Over New Year’s Eve, Nitti Gritti (real name Ricky Mears) rang in 2020 right by joining Twitch Prime’s live stream activation at Insomniac's Countdown NYE in California. The “Hush Money” producer also surprised fans by sharing a free download of his latest track. The official link is live for 24 hours, so fans must act quick. “Prime Time” can be downloaded here.
Fans can also expect a lot more new music to come from Mears in 2020. Two new EPs are expected to be released by him, as well as a few new singles. Currently, Mears is co-headlining a North America tour alongside Grammy nominee Wuki. The tour kicks off in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 2nd and will wrap up in Minneapolis on March 27th.FOLLOW NITTI GRITTI:
AGT: The Champions premieres January 6th at 8:00 PM EST on NBC
Back in 2017, Mike Yung captured not only the hearts of America's Got Talent judges but the heart of a superstar producer named Martin Garrix. After he made it to the semi-finals in season 12, the Dutch DJ/producer reached out to work with the subway singer and a year later "Dreamer" was released on STMPD RCRDS. The journey continues for Mike Yung (real name Michael Young) as he now competes on Season 2 of America's Got Talent: The Champions.
During an interview with Billboard, Martin Garrix (real name Martijn Garritsen) explained how their collaboration came to be. He said that even though they are so different, he was blown away by how much they had in common. After he flew Young out to Amsterdam, they got to work on a song. Soon enough, those same goosebumps Garritsen felt seeing him on the show came back and "Dreamer" was underway.
The track could honestly be used to promote the America's Got Talent franchise. It's all about never giving up on your passion in life. Young's vocals are the main focal point of the arrangement, with Garritsen's influence taking a backseat to let him shine. It's no wonder the contestant looks to be kicking off the season premiere with a performance of the collaboration.
Since "Dreamer" debuted, they performed on Good Morning America. It even received some major remixes by some of Garritsen's top contemporaries including Nicky Romero, SLVR and EAUXMAR, and Brooks and Infuze. The collaboration has exposed Young to a completely new audience and could potentially help immensely in his new quest for the AGT title.
Young busked the New York City Subway stations for over 30 years before appearing on the AGT. The 60-year-old raised nearly $90,000 on Kickstarter for his debut album, I Will Never Give Up.
Catch Young's full performance on the Monday, January 6th season premiere of AGT: The Champions, which airs at 8:00 PM EST on NBC.FOLLOW AMERICA'S GOT TALENT:
Because fans deserve more from their festivals
As music festivals continue to proliferate with no end in sight, it's a bit too easy for organizers to forget their guests are people and not just piggy banks meant to be emptied. In the interest of combating that painfully opportunistic attitude, here's a list of 10 basic amenities that all festivals should provide.1. Free and plentiful water
Luckily, it seems like most festivals these days provide at least some access to free water. Not only should this be a basic human right, but providing it keeps people both alive and happy. The next step in the right direction is to make water stations large enough to handle the crowds that inevitably form, and to set several of them throughout the festival grounds.2. Free earplugs
Electronic music shows and festivals are absolutely terrible for hearing. Many festivalgoers are either unaware of that or simply don’t care that hearing damage is permanent. While providing free earplugs might not sway those who specifically choose not to wear them (yikes), making them available could at least help bring awareness to their necessity and increase their use.3. Welcome kits
When organizers are pumping out a festival a weekend - and tickets cost hundreds of dollars or more - the industry begins to feel all too much like an unabashed cash grab. Festivals need to make their money too, but taking just a few dollars out of every ticket purchase and putting it towards a welcome kit (à la EDC Las Vegas’ goodie-filled ticket boxes) would make attendees feel infinitely more important and lessen the sting of those ticket prices.4. Break times
When festivals focus on packing their schedule with headliner after headliner, it’s hard for patrons to not stretch themselves thin trying to hit every artist at every stage. More festivals should devote a portion of their programming to collective breaks to allow people to eat, hydrate, recuperate and clean up the areas around them.5. Safe spaces
Music festivals can be overwhelming at the best of times. Being surrounded by thousands of sweating bodies and a cacophony of electronic music (all while under the blazing sun) can send even the most even-keeled person into a mild panic attack. For these situations, devoted safe spaces are key. The ideal safe space would be shaded or cooled, relaxed and friendly.6. Stronger green initiatives
Unfortunately, the environmental impact of music festivals is extreme. A single large music festival can produce over 100 tons of garbage per day. Millions of gallons of diesel fuel are burned to power a festival stages and lights every year. The CO2 emissions caused by attendee travel exceeds that of small cities.
If the implications sound dire, that’s because they are. Music festivals and their patrons owe it to the world to reduce their incredible strain on the environment. Unfortunately, there are no easy solutions, but a good start at tackling sustainability is to provide recycling and compost bins, heavily incentivize carpooling and trash pickup, and take advantage of more efficient powering systems.7. Harm reduction
It’s painfully obvious that many countries' drug policies are draconian and backwards at best. It’s also no secret that drug use will happen at festivals and events, no matter the intention of the organizers. At the intersection of these two realities is a situation where people will buy and consume substances that they are unable to safely, legally test, and deaths result every year. Drug testing saves lives, prohibition doesn’t work, and when fentanyl is regularly taking the lives of festivalgoers, it’s time to allow organizations like The Bunk Police and Dancesafe to set up shop at events.8. Totem limitations
Festival totems are a surprisingly sticky situation. Though they are made with the best of intentions, the reality is that they are as big of a nuisance as they are a boon. All too often can totems totally ruin the experience of others, all for a few cheap laughs. Though an outright totem ban might be a bit extreme (as nice as it sounds), rules and regulations surrounding their use would help mollify both those for and against totems. In short: no totems in front of the sound stage.9. Better ADA accommodations
Luckily, the vast majority of attendees do not have to consider handicap accessibility in their festivalgoing lives. For those who do, however, it’s a major factor in planning a day’s activities. Though all festivals must legally provide ADA accommodations, the reality is that many events do not have much beyond a single stage or section for those in need. The ADA stages are often located deep in the middle of the crowd, and there are usually no designated pathways to these stages. That means navigating the throngs of tightly-packed attendees while in a wheelchair or crutches.10. Friendlier security
Power-tripping security can be one of the worst parts of a music festival. Between the part-timers playing cop, and the actual cops trying to bust festival kids as if they're hardened criminals, simply getting into a festival can provoke anxiety. And though security pat downs are (probably) a necessary evil, getting violently groped and pushed around are not. At the same time, this sort of attitude helps ensure attendees will not seek help when they should, for fear of getting arrested or worse.
Gesaffelstein is starting 2020 off right.
Lévy's "A Palé" remix stays true to the Gesaffelstein sound, adding a dark yet enthralling vibe to the track. Lévy makes smart use of the pitched-down vocal from the original tune, blending it effortlessly with hypnotic synths and ROSALÍA's stunning vocals. Undoubtedly, fans of Lévy will gravitate towards this remix.
Although Lévy was quiet throughout the middle of the last decade, his career has been nothing short of legendary. Last year saw the release of his second studio album, Hyperion, which included collaborations with some of the biggest names in the game - among them Pharrell Williams and The Weeknd. In October, the French DJ surprised fans with his first EP since 2012, Novo Sonic System. While Lévy's releases remain sporadic as ever, we hope to hear more from him soon.FOLLOW GESAFFELSTEIN:
Organic and jazzy with a unique European flavor, "Lies" is out now on Club Restricted Deep.
A Norwegian producer, engineer, and writer with an undisputed passion for jazz house and vocal house, Nikolay Cranner is a highly accomplished producer with a knack for tasteful production with a jazzy, organic edge.
Adding to his rising musical legacy, Cranner's most recent single, "Lies," exemplifies classy and sophisticated vocal house at it's finest. A crisp saxophone lead lends the song a distinctly jazzy vibe, and the rich chord structure brings a vibrant tone to the forefront.
Once again solidifying his position as a bonafide master of the vocal house genre, Nikolay's "Lies" on Club Restricted Deep is without a doubt his best release to date. We can't wait to hear more from him throughout 2020.
Sullivan King is ringing in the new year proper.
"Alone" served as the lead single off of Kayzo's sophomore album, Unleashed. It also features Our Last Night, making it one of his biggest releases to date. Prescott has been playing his remix out for months now and it's certainly one his fans have come to enjoy.
Prescott's career has skyrocketed with the surging interest in combining dance music with metal. His iconic voice can be heard in collaborations with many bass music artists like Excision, Snails, Bear Grillz, Kai Wachi and others. His production style has also become a favorite, as he's amassed a loyal legion of fans over the years. In 2019, he released his highly-anticipated debut album Show Some Teeth which featured collaborations with TYNAN, Kompany, Sully, and SWARM.
Presave Sullivan King's "Alone" remix here.FOLLOW SULLIVAN KING:
The "Barbara Streisand" duo are slated for a return in the new year.
As we recently went over, "Barbara Streisand" was among the tracks that ushered in the EDM decade that began in 2010. Duck Sauce - the duo behind the single comprised of A-Trak and Armand Van Helden - have announced a 2020 return following a nearly six-year hiatus.
A-Trak (real name Alain Macklovitch) tweeted a video of ducks flying with Van Helden tagged in the caption. The following day, the duo were announced as one of the headliners on the 2019 lineup of Coachella.
Macklovitch has had a prodigious career in electronic music and hip-hop. The DJ, producer, turntablist and Fool's Gold Records label boss won the DMC World DJ Championship in 1997 at only 15, and he went on to tour with Kanye West before riding the wave of the EDM boom.
Van Helden's career broke through in the '90s as well, with his "Dark Garage Remix" of Sneaker Pimps' "Spin Spin Sugar" influencing the evolution of UK garage. The NYC producer would release other hits like "My My My" featuring Tara McDonald and "You Don't Know Me" in addition to collaborations with the likes of Dizzee Rascal.
At the time of writing, Duck Sauce have not revealed titles, release dates or any other information for their 2020 music.
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Coachella will return to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California this April.
It must be lineup season, because Coachella just announced the full roster for their 2020 edition. The Indio, California festival will return to the Empire Polo Club from April 10th-12th and April 17th-19th with EDM well represented on the bill.
Among the electronic music headliners for the 2020 event are Calvin Harris, Flume, Disclosure, Fatboy Slim, SLANDER and Tchami. House and techno mainstays like Dixon, Peggy Gou, Black Coffee and Bedouin are included on the lineup as well - in addition to A-Trak and Armand Van Helden's Duck Sauce project, which they recently announced will return this year.
Outside of dance music, Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean are the highest billings. Film composer Danny Elfman will perform in addition to Lana Del Rey, Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Lil Uzi Vert.
Tickets for the first weekend of Coachella are sold out. For more information or to purchase tickets to the second weekend, visit the event website.FOLLOW COACHELLA:
In celebration of EDM and eSports' wonderful relationship, here are five of the biggest ways the two worlds are colliding.
In recent times, we've seen an explosion of EDM and eSports crossovers. Due to the high-tech nature of both mediums, video games and electronic music have gone hand-in-hand for decades. As eSports have quickly become an international sensation, its symbiotic relationship with electronic music has led to the inevitable intertwining of the two major entertainment forces.
To highlight eSports and electronic music's peanut butter and jelly-like relationship, we've compiled a list of some of the biggest ways our favorite music is being incorporated in the eSports world and vice versa. Since artists streaming games themselves has become so common, this list will focus more on actions that affect the industries as a whole.Music Licensing for Streamers
On many of the popular live streaming websites, using music without permission can get your stream temporarily suspended or banned. If your stream is monetized, you can also get your advertising revenue diverted to the artists whose music you used without permission. While this seems like it would lead to many awkwardly quiet streams, the labels, artists, and platforms have found a way to let you use music from some of your favorites. Some labels and artists now enable streamers to purchase licenses that allow them to use their music in their streams without risk of penalty, and with the ability to collect advertising revenue as usual.
For example, a major player in both the video game and electronic music worlds, Monstercat allows streamers and content creators to pay a small fee per month to use the label's music in their content on Twitch, Mixer, and even YouTube. With more labels and artists recognizing the immense popularity in live streaming, it seems very likely more will adopt a similar approach in due time.In-Game Events
While including artists' music in live streams is a great way to build a brand, some have skipped that step and jumped into the video game entirely. Many will remember Fortnite's massive Marshmello in-game event which allowed players to attend an in-game concert from the masked EDM star. The event would become one of the biggest gaming and EDM crossovers to date and break the concurrent player record for the popular battle royale game.
The game would later add Major Lazer to their roster of characters, further expanding on its commitment to electronic dance music. These events are such a big deal due to their temporary nature and the fact that they are streamed by a large majority of the major eSports stars and personalities leading to millions of viewers as well as players.Tournament Appearances
We've seen artists include their music and likenesses in streams and games, but some have taken things to the next level (pun intended) and participated in major eSports events. At the Fortnite World Cup over the summer, artists like Marshmello, Alison Wonderland, RL Grime and more competed in the celebrity Pro-AM with the latter of the three winning the competition for the second time. It's also worth noting that Marshmello and the streaming mega-star Ninja won the first iteration of the same competition.
Alongside participating in the various tournaments, some major EDM acts have got behind the decks during the festivities. Some notable examples include Zedd's performance at the 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals as well as Alan Walker, The Crystal Method, and more at the League of Legends World Championship.eSports Star-Powered Albums
We've gone over EDM stars invading various video games and tournaments, but the reverse is also true. Some of the biggest streaming and eSports personalities in the world have burst into the EDM world with their own albums. Ninja teamed up with Astralwerks to give us Ninjawerks Vol. 1 which featured original music from Alesso, Kaskade, NERO, Tiësto and more.
On the heavier end of the electronic spectrum, Disciple Records joined forces with the massive content creators and EDM fans JERICHO and Miniladd for their albums Disciple X Jericho and Disciple X Miniladd, which featured tracks from Virtual Riot, Pegboard Nerds, 12th Planet, and more.Artist-Powered Gaming Teams
Realizing their passion for the nerdiest portion of the entertainment industry, some of EDM's biggest names have either founded or invested in eSports teams. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike announced their team SMASH Esports in the fall of 2019 while Getter's team Chaqatas was announced at the beginning of the same year. While they didn't found their teams like the previously mentioned artists, Nicky Romero joined Steve Aoki and Imagine Dragons and became an investor in ReKTGlobal helping the eSports industry gain even more traction worldwide.
The Hakkasan Group has made their January lineup announcement.
While serving up party hats and bottles of champagne Tuesday night to ring in the new decade, the Hakkasan Group took the opportunity to announce the winter lineup for Las Vegas clubs Hakkasan, JEWEL Nightclub, 1 OAK and OMNIA Nightclub.
Fergie DJ will kick things off for the new year on January 2nd at Hakkasan followed by Party Favor. The first of the 2020 roster will also include Soul Clap favorite Eli Goldstein A.K.A. DJ Bamboozle, who made quite a splash going out solo on the dance floor in 2019 for some high-profile shows across the globe. Other high-profile shows for 2020 include Tiësto on January 9th and NGHTMRE on January 10th.
Steve Aoki will throw down his first Hakkasan set of 2020 on January 17th followed appearances by Loud Luxury coming off a massive 2019 with their platinum hit “Body” that made it to #7 on the Billboard Dance charts last year. Other performances include DJ sets by Lil Jon and Desiigner, as well as rising trap and future bass star Justin Caruso.
Across the strip, JEWEL Nightclub kicks off the new decade with a performance by platinum rapper and TV personality Tyga, and Las Vegas radio star Eric Dlux, the co-creator of LMFAO’s hit “Shots.” “Butterfly Effect” and “Motorsport” mastermind Murda Beatz will also come back for his second Hakkasan Group appearance on January 20th.
OMNIA nightclub, one of the world’s most established nightlife destinations, kicks off 2020 with one of New York’s biggest party starters Cash Cash and L.A.-based DJ sensation Generik. Zedd also returns to the nightclub Mecca with two performances in January of 2020 that feature rising Vegas sensations DJ Lucky Lou and DJ Flight in the Heart of OMNIA side room. Finally, DJ Wellman headlines two nights on January 4th and 24th at 1OAK in The Mirage followed by of local legends Kid Conrad, Phoreyz, Buza, and DJ Que the rest of the month. Desiigner is also set to make an appearance at the state-of-the-art nightclub on January 8th.
To see the Hakkasan Group's full January schedule and purchase tickets, click here.FOLLOW HAKKASAN:
The book includes a collection of photos and unreleased content.
2019 saw lots of new content from EDM superstar Skrillex, who released new music and appeared at many festivals and events. With new singles like "Mumbai Power" and "Midnight Hour" with Boys Noize and Ty Dolla $ign, Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) has been hard at work giving fans what they want. Now, his OWSLA imprint has amassed a collection of unreleased behind-the-scenes content and photos, and compiled it into the 2019 Skrillex Yearbook.
The new item is available via the OWSLA store, and Skrillex diehards will surely want to get their hands on it before it's gone.
In 2019, Moore performed at Electric Zoo in New York, Ultra Korea, and even Indy 500 Snake Pit along with a slew of headlining gigs around the world. The 2019 Skrillex Yearbook will undoubtedly include rare content and behind-the-scenes looks at some of these events, among other things.
It's unclear as to what the full book includes, but the limited item will certainly disappear quickly. Pre-orders for the 2019 Skrillex Yearbook are available until January 8th and can be found here.
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The streaming platform will not allow any type of political advertisements.
In an election year, the U.S sees and hears countless political advertisements leading up to November. From the television to mail and across the airwaves, there will surely be countless political ads making the rounds, but one company has disallowed those ads altogether. Streaming giant Spotify has announced that it will not host any form of political advertising in the year 2020.
In a statement to Ad Age Spotify claimed, “At this point in time, we do not yet have the necessary level of robustness in our process, systems and tools to responsibly validate and review this content. We will reassess this decision as we continue to evolve our capabilities.”
Users who do not have the Spotify Premium service will still hear advertising, but no type of political advertising space will be sold. The non-premium tier Spotify service has over 141 million users.
Among the advertising types to be ousted are ads from political candidates, non-profits, super PACs, elected officials, and political parties. Additionally, any advertising that advocates for or against candidates is also prohibited. Advertisements included within third-party podcasts will not be affected, though those advertisements are still subject to Spotify's policies regarding content.
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Bassnectar retweeted a fan video of the collaboration being played live.
Rounding out yet another massive year, Bassnectar brought back his NYE 360 event to send off 2019 and move into a new decade. 2019's 360 event was held in Louisville, Kentucky, and fans got to witness Bassnectar (real name Lorin Ashton) along with Mala, Dorfex Bos, and Sicaria Sound at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
During Ashton's extended set, a fan in the audience captured the moment when he debuted a new collaboration. Bassnectar teamed up with New York bass brothers YOOKiE (real names Anthony and Chris Alfaro) for a new track, unreleased as of yet.
The two-minute video showcases the new collaboration well enough for phone quality. A high-energy buildup repeats the phrase "open your mind" before a massive drop hits. When it does, the crowd absolutely erupts, cheering and enjoying the powerful sound of the track.
It seems that the official release of this new collaboration with YOOKiE will be highly anticipated by bass heads. Neither Ashton nor the Alfaro brothers have announced a title or release date, but seem excited to share their new creation with the world.
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Season 4, Episode 9 of The Martin Garrix Show gave a look inside the Dutchman's state of wellness.
Martin Garrix's sacrifices in the name of stage presence include injuries in both legs as revealed in the most recent episode of The Martin Garrix Show. While he was still in an ankle cast from his first jumping-related injury, severe pains in his other shin apparently forced him to stop jumping altogether during a performance leading up to his Tomorrowland 2019 appearance.
In an interview segment, Martin Garrix (real name Martijn Garritsen) pointed to a spot on his left shin that became tender. He said that during one show the pains started as soon as he began jumping to the first drop, and forced him to stop jumping altogether 40 minutes in.
Garritsen's comments highlighted his dedication to showmanship, as he expressed concerns that fans might worry about and be distracted by his shift in energy. Festival performances call on artists to make bigger onstage movements so fans further back in the audience can still feel their stage presence.
The episode also shed light on the production gymnastics that went into Garritsen's Tomorrowland 2019 stage show. Despite it being the biggest setup ever allowed of his team by the festival's organizers, Production Manager Bert Kelchtermans said they were able to piece it together in only 20 minutes.
Garritsen's team began laying down soft mats behind the booth during his shows to lessen impacts. Future episodes of The Martin Garrix show may reveal if his pains persisted after Tomorrowland, which took place in July of 2019.FOLLOW MARTIN GARRIX:
How many hitmakers can he fit in one track?
International superstar DJ Snake (William Sami Étienne Grigahcine) is back to spice up the airwaves with the release of the official remix for "Loco Contigo", originally dropped with J Balvin and Tyga. Joining the track is Ozuna, Nicky Jam, Natti Natasha, Darrell, and Sech. With all these new additions the extended version is now coming in at nearly 6 minutes in length. Grigahcine is bringing his summer smash hit back to warm up fans this winter season.
The French producer has been making a significant name for himself in the Latin music world for some time now. After throwing a remix together with this many Latin stars he's further solidifying himself as a major contender that market. The vivacious and sultry rhythm pair perfectly with Ozuna's colorful addition. Each player added to the remix provides their own dance-inducing flair on top of the original.
"Loco Contigo" was just one of a number of bilingual tracks off his 2019 album Carte Blanche. Other notable singles featured on the LP were "Taki Taki" with Ozuna, Selena Gomez, and Cardi B as well as "Fuego" with Sean Paul, Anitta, and Tainy. In recent news, he now holds a spot on Billboard's Top Dance/Electronic songs of the decade. If 2020 is anything like this past year for Grigahcine, we are in for a treat.
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The iconic DJ touches on the streaming era, the new generation, and why influencers should stick to influencing.
In an interview with NME, legendary DJ Zane Lowe sat down to give his perspective on the current state of music and where he sees it going as we enter into the new decade. As the Global Creative Director of Apple Music and host on Beats 1, he's at the forefront of music culture and has delivered some of the most iconic interviews of the world's top artists. If anyone would have a better understanding of music trajectory, it would be Lowe.
When getting into 2019 as a whole he reflected on how living in the age of streaming has created a space where artists no longer have to rely on the big guys for distribution, providing a surplus of content to absorb. "Every day is filled with excitement, music, creativity, and people wanting to get our attention," says Lowe.
He continues to touch on the impact our current state of the world has had on the music. The word he uses to describe that trend is anxiety. In artists like Billie Eilish, Tyler, the Creator, Lana Del Rey, and more you are hearing the agitation and anxiousness reflected in their work. The politics that used to be displayed in your face in previous generations are now portrayed in a less obvious way, requiring the listener to decipher there own meaning vs telling them what to believe.
On the topic of the boom of young artists, Lowe believes "we’re experiencing art from people much younger – because they’re being exposed to so much more." We are in an era where the youth no longer need to look up to people decades above them. They are now inspiring each other.
He touched upon exciting new acts to keep an eye out for including Kenny Beats, Dominic Fike, Bakar, and Girl In Red. He broke down the importance of the return of Rage Against the Machine and My Chemical Romance. Both of which have positioned themselves to be cornerstone bands.
Lowe's final point was to leave influencers making music in this decade. He expressed the need for labels and these influencers to show the business some integrity. There is no need to cross-pollinate the two fields, it only cheapens it.
The final single from his forthcoming album
Lane 8 (real name Daniel Goldstein) decided to close out 2019 by delivering one last surprise for his fans, a single titled "Just". This is the final track from his album Brightest Lights, scheduled to debut January 10th. If you were looking to start the new year off on the right note, let this track be your first move.
Doing what he does best, Goldstein delivers a bright, euphoric track with "Just". The detailed layering is captivating and will leave you lost in the beauty of it all. The melodic house melody that focuses on a simple recurring note keeps you at a calming pace while still stimulating your senses.
Along with the release of the track, Goldstein shared with followers his personal reflection of the last ten years and the concept behind the single. Over this decade he turned his dream into his reality while still keeping the same sense of joy for creating music he had since he was younger. That is what he hopes you get from "Just", the feeling of passion for doing whatever it is you love.
Goldstein has been gearing up for the release of Brightest Lights with a busy release spree. With only 10 days until the album comes out, "Just" is the sixth single released from the LP. The This Never Happened label boss also released his Winter Mixtape which featured this track as the opener to the mix.
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Featuring Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, Zedd, and more.
As 2019 comes to an end and the dawn of a new decade is upon us, there's no better time to reflect on what music made the most impact over the last ten years. While there are numerous ways to measure this, Billboard relies on airplay, streams, and sales. These charts tend to ruffle some feathers and are deemed as inaccurate representations of true quality music, e.g. Imagine Dragons claiming the majority of the top spots on the Rock charts. However, the Dance/Electronic decade-end chart seems to have had better success summing up our community's top hits.
In the top 10 are those few artists who have transcended the confines of the EDM market and entered into mainstream success. Leading the pack with the number one spot is Marshmello for the track "Happier" with Bastille. Coming in respectively behind are The Chainsmokers, Zedd, Avicii, Major Lazer, Skrillex, and DJ Snake. Claiming the most spots on the list were Zedd and DJ Snake, both of which with six tracks listed.View the original article to see embedded media.
While many can argue there have been more impactful tracks to come out in the last decade, Billboard stands by their data. The fact is these charts are based on mainstream likeability, it excludes so many of the key players in the broader sub-genres of dance music. No matter your stance, this does provide a small trip down memory lane.
See the full Billboard Decade-end Hot Dance/Electronic Songs here.
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