Relive one of the high points of Ultra Music Festival 2019 right now.
After much deliberation, deadmau5 unveiled his anticipated Cube 3.0 stage show at the 2019 edition of Ultra Music Festival. He'll take the setup on the road with him for the Cube V3 tour this fall - and what better way to whet the appetites of eager fans across North America than to give them a preview of what lies in store?
deadmau5 (real name Joel Zimmerman) shared a recap video of his Ultra performance to his YouTube channel. Set to his 2018 single "Drama Free" featuring LIGHTS - who appears in much of the footage - it chronicles the steps leading up to the production of such a larger-than-life spectacle.
As its name suggests, the Cube 3.0 is the third incarnation of a stage show devised by Zimmerman. In an effort to keep ticket scalper bots from keeping legitimate deadmau5 enthusiasts from getting ahold of tickets to stops on the Cube V3 tour, he's adopted the Ticketmaster Verified Fan system for online purchases.
deadmau5' Cube V3 North American tour runs from September 12th, 2019 through February 6th, 2020.FOLLOW DEADMAU5:
Producers INZO and Align team up with singer/songwriter Pauline Herr for a chilled-out future bass single release on Elixir Records.
For the past year, Elixir Records has demonstrated time and again the power of an A-List curation platform-turned record label. In addition to having a built-in promotional platform, the majority of these top-tier curators already have a strong infrastructure for finding new talent, as well as a network of vital industry relationships built through years of providing value to managers, record labels, artists, and everyone else that is relevant within the music industry.
A prime example of the exciting music Elixir has been backing is their newest release, "Notions" by INZO, Align, and Pauline Herr. "Notions" is a chill, groovy, melodic and sentimental journey through a future bass hit that's absolutely perfect for an intimate night with your special someone.View the original article to see embedded media.
Combining the excellent production of INZO and Align with the superb songwriting and vocals of Pauline Herr, "Notions" blends a sultry, passionate aesthetic with a rich, future bass sound palette. The combination makes it strikingly clear that the line between pop and dance has all but disappeared, especially when it comes to the more melodic, accessible genres of electronic music.
To get lost in the gentle sonic musings of INZO & Align and bask in the emotionally-laden serenade of Pauline Herr, stream or download "Notions" today.FOLLOW INZO:
Ahead of the one-year anniversary of Avicii's death, tributes are aplenty.
The sentiment that Avicii's legacy will live on forever is clearly a widely shared one. Right before the one-year anniversary of the Swedish superstar's death, a billboard communicating such a message has popped up in Los Angeles.
Under an Avicii logo on the Billboard are the words "TIM BERGLING: 1989 - FOREVER" in white over a black background. At present, no agency has released statements indicating that the tribute is part of any bigger campaign.
The timing of it suggests otherwise. As of tomorrow, April 20th, it will have been a year since Bergling took his own life in Muscat, Oman at the age of 28. Last month, his family shared plans to launch a suicide prevention and mental health awareness initiative called the Tim Bergling Foundation on the anniversary.
The remaining songs comprising Avicii's final album, Tim, will also be released sometime this year. The lead single, "SOS" featuring Aloe Blacc, arrived last week.FOLLOW AVICII:
The ultimate East Coast camping festival is back with Disclosure, FISHER, Justin Martin, Damian Lazarus and more.
The choices are typically slim. Barbecue all Memorial Day Weekend with that weird uncle and spend the holiday grazing on cheese curdles and chicken parts over sporadic yelling way too seriously at “the game” or would it be preferable to revel in bliss with a few friends at a summer camp-themed festival adventure in the woods?
Well, the arrival of the sensationally well-curated lineup from 6th annual Elements Music and Arts Festival just made the choice a lot easier. The growing but still grounded gem of an event from BangOn!NYC boasts a bill topped with heavyweights in a list that reads like the who’s who in today's most talked about music experiences.
With massive profiles like FISHER, Sofi Tukker, CloZee, Liquid Stranger, Shiba San, Justin Martin, Seth Troxler, Damian Lazarus, Monolink, Francesca Lombardo and a rare DJ set from Disclosure, Elements Lakewood is projected to be the first monumentally massive source of early Summer FOMO for fans of house, techno, and bass music.
Of the lineup announcement for Elements Lakewood 2019, BangOn!NYC co-founder and partner Timothy Monkiewicz told EDM.com:
"One of the beautiful things about a festival is that you have people's attention for three full days and nights, and there are lots of opportunities to show them something they were not expecting. From personal experience as an artist, I know it can be so tough touring across the country and even selling 100-200 tickets at a mediocre venue, so it's really special when you're able to get a smaller act on a stage with big sound and lighting in front of thousands to show their potential.“Photo by aLIVE coverage
If a stacked music lineup doesn’t get those dancing shoes laced up then the natural glory of the venue probably will. Set against a picturesque lakeside campground, Elements offers a series of Summer camp inspired games, multi-sensory areas to explore, art cars to ride, and adjustable camping options designed to recreate the most nostalgic moments from years gone by, with a rowdy spin. Get a teepee or cabin for your crew. Then, sail on a pirate ship. Zip-line through the trees or class it up with a gaggle of glampers in the Sun. There's no shortage of experiences available this Memorial Day Weekend.Photo by C Squared Photography
2019 started off with mounting concerns about what would be the “it” event during Memorial Day Weekend. This year alone at least two other festivals, that in the past have landed on Memorial Day Weekend, have canceled or moved to another date on the calendar. Wanes in the industry notwithstanding, the tuned-in audiophile can fret less about summer plans, knowing the exceptionally weird house and face-melting bass music dually await at Elements Lakewood, with a few extras along the way.Photo by aLIVE coverage
For a Summer that needs a little help getting out of second gear, Elements is the perfect tune-up. Tickets to the 2019 event are expected to sell quickly but were available on the Elements Website at the time of this writing. Don’t miss our upcoming exclusive EDM.com interviews and more updates all about Elements Festival hitting your feed soon.FOLLOW ELEMENTS LAKEWOOD
The collaboration was debuted by NGHTMRE at Space Yacht.
Fans of NGHTMRE and ZHU were blessed with news of a new collaboration between the two prolific artists. Premiering the track as his encore at Space Yacht, NGHTMRE shouted out ZHU and revealed the new tune.
The song offers up each of the producers' strengths. ZHU's vocals can be heard over a bassy, hip-hop influenced beat, with the distinctive details that each producer is known for peppered in. The full track cannot be heard in the video from Twitter, but from the bit that can be heard, it sounds like the collaboration will be a big hit.
Unfortunately, the song hasn't officially been released yet, but since the video was posted to Twitter, fans are already buzzing. NGHTMRE and ZHU are sure to reveal more details in the coming weeks.Follow NGHTMRE:
Trustee Gregory Messer wants to know where the streaming platforms received "insider footage".
After the disastrous debacle that was Fyre Festival in 2017, the drama continues. The two documentaries from Netflix and Hulu shed some light on what exactly went down with the failed festival. But now, Gregory Messer, the federal trustee who is overseeing Fyre's bankruptcy, is looking for more answers. He's set his sights on "insider footage" that was part of both documentaries and how it was obtained.
According to Bloomberg, Messer wants to know how much founder Billy McFarland was paid to appear in the Hulu documentary, in addition to how the streaming services got their hands on the insider footage. “In order to create the documentaries, both Hulu and Netflix used unique behind-the-scenes footage of the festival,” says the trustee.
Messer is seeking to recover $26 million for Fyre's creditors. His subpoenas against Netflix and Hulu are still pending, and would account for about half of the money be recovered. Additionally, Messer also wants to issue subpoenas to Stubhub, Vivid Seats, and Billy McFarland's mother, collectively totaling nearly $1.2 million.
There's no telling when we'll see the end of all of the controversy surrounding the doomed Fyre Festival, but it's certain that its failure and the ensuing fallout is still a very hot topic.
Skrillex partnered with Bridges for Music to bring education to the South Africa's Soweto township.
It's no secret that Skrillex is a class act as far as famous DJs go, but the full extent of his humanitarian work may not be known to many. That may change in light of a video chronicling the Los Angeles DJ/producer's partnership with Bridges for Music, which brought him to the Soweto township of South Africa.
"The amazing part about being having fame or being a celebrity is the fact that if you have a message, people will listen to you for better or for worse," says Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) in the beginning of the video. "I think music is the most significant part because it's the one thing that brings us here to South Africa in a township and we don't even have to speak the same language."
Bridges for Music is an English, not-for-profit charity that emphasizes electronic music as a means of breaking down international boundaries. World-renowned DJ/producers Richie Hawtin and Luciano are also among the organization's ambassadors.
To donate or get involved with Bridges for Music, visit their website.Follow Bridges for Music:
Above & Beyond pres. OceanLab "Clear Blue Water" (Trance Wax Remix) is out now.
Trance Wax (real name Garry McCartney) is no stranger to classic trance. As Ejeca, he has produced house and techno for eight years. Under his Trance Wax alias, however, McCartney has been reworking classic anthems from the likes of BT, Future Sound Of London, and Delerium. Initially, these remixes were released as vinyl-only pressings.
The new remix of "Clear Blue Water" from Above & Beyond's project OceanLab, in collaboration with singer Justine Suissa will be the first official digital release from Trance Wax. Bringing the tempo down and layering Suissa's vocals over dreamy pads and a downtempo drum break, the Trance Wax remix has updated the classic track for 2019 while still maintaining its important core elements and vibe.
”It was one of the first records I bought when I was at school, and it still gives me the same feeling it did the first time I heard it," said McCartney about the original version of the song, which was released in 2001. Trance fans have been loving the rework already, after hearing it when Trance Wax and Above & Beyond played two sold out shows at Printworks in London.
The "Clear Blue Water" rework is just one of two that will officially be released via Above & Beyond's Anjunabeats imprint in 2019.Follow Trance Wax:
This Eric Prydz rerub premiered on Tiësto's Club Life podcast.
2018 was a great year for Camelphat and Cristoph after the release of "Breathe" featuring Jem Cooke. The song was highly praised and was played on dance floors worldwide.
It was only a matter of time before an official remix was released. That remix comes from the legendary Swedish producer Eric Prydz. Early this year, the producer took to Twitter to drop some hints the fire was to come.
Now fans can finally "Breathe" because the official remix is available to stream. Tiësto debuted it on Tiësto's Club Life podcast this week. The original track was released via Pryda, Prydz compilation album.
It makes sense that of all people, Prydz himself would take a stab at remixing it. Back in February he performed under the moniker Pryda and dropped the remix, causing fans to scour the internet for a release date ID. It features Cooke's enchanting vocals with a tempo that's more in line with Prydz progressive tech house stylings. It turns the original up quite a few notches.
Skip To 1:21:30 in the player below to hear the remix.
Eric Prydz recently had to cancel some shows under his moniker Pryda and Cirez D for Miami Music Week. This past weekend at Coachella, he made it up to fans by throwing down an insane three-hr set at Cirez D at the Yuma tent. It's safe to expect more new music on the way from the famous producer.
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Beta 2.0 partners Brad Roulier and Mike McCray set the record straight on the club's evolution.
The space once occupied by Beta Nightclub is hardly recognizable. Salvaged boards and steel arches lean against the walls in haphazard piles where bottle service booths once sat. Only memories of the DJ booth in front of which throngs of Denver clubbers once gathered remain on the plane of dusty plywood where it once stood.
According to the club’s owners, though, the present state of affairs is necessary for them to stay true to their original mission.
Their plans for the establishment’s late spring/early summer relaunch as Beta 2.0 call for drastic measures, after all. “We’re going to be using at least 260 LED screen panels throughout the main part of the venue here,” the club’s partner, Mike McCray, told EDM.com in an understated tone during a tour of the unit at 1909 Blake Street. “Then we’ll have approximately 240-250 additional light fixtures in here, so it’s gonna be a pretty extensive rig.”
“The lighting system Mike has come up with, nobody has seen it before,” clarified Brad Roulier, the other main partner. “It’s never been done, so he’s talking humbly and modestly about the LEDs and fixtures but nobody’s ever seen it before. He gave you the specs, but it’s how the specs are put together, and how it’s designed perfectly for the room.”
Indeed, among the renovations is a lighting installation that will be the only one of its kind in North America. Justin Martinez of local studio WERKER will oversee furniture and interior design of the new space. While several of the major renovations are pending a final decision they’ve confirmed plans to take the DJ booth out of the upstairs lounge area. The outdoor patio will function as a second room in its place.
Below it, of course, will be the now controversial outdoor swimming pool. Earlier in the month, Roulier and McCray had to submit a drawing of the proposed addition to Denver’s Landmark Preservation Commission which then found its way to Denver Business Journal. Speculation circulated that the pool would mire Beta’s second incarnation with a mainstream crowd rather than catering to the electronic music stalwarts who previously filled its dance floors.
Roulier confirmed that they intend to tap into a new demographic - but not at the expense of alienating longtime supporters. The pool will only be open during daylight hours, and the festivities will transform at nightfall just as the sky does when the sun passes over the Rocky Mountains. Perhaps more importantly, it will make Beta one of only two clubs in North America to feature inground pools (aside from those that are part of a hotel).
“We’ll almost have two different businesses,” he said. “We’ll have the daytime pool party staff and then the club. We had 107 employees before and now we’ll be open twice the hours, so we’ll probably be excess of 150-160 employees. We’re figuring out how the daytime pool party staff interacts with the evening staff and how we bridge those times.”
They’ve only filled a handful of those positions. After McCray became an official partner, he gave up his position as general manager to Andy Mora, who previously worked for nearby NATIV Hotel. Andy Cappelano and Phil Scilippa, both of whom were former Beta employees, will respectively fill the roles of assistant general manager and marketing director.
McCray expects more familiar faces to shore up the Beta 2.0 ranks in the months leading up to the club’s grand reopening. “The remaining staff who were part of what made Beta amazing, I think their résumés and ability to get a job here stand on their own merit,” he said. “There shouldn’t be any problem with them getting hired back here because they were part of the original crew, but we’re empowering the new managers to do their job and it’s not going to be a favoritism thing.”
In such instances, the new management will prove crucial to making objective decisions in the best interest of the business - especially when you take into account how deep McCray and Roulier’s roots run in the local scene.
Roulier first made a name for himself as a partner of Denver rave promoter Together Productions in the ‘90s and then co-founded electronic music download store Beatport in 2004. McCray helped open a nightclub called Millenium in nearby Boulder in 1995, and after it shuttered its doors in 1999 he worked as an audio engineer for numerous establishments throughout the Mile High City.
In fact, sound was core to the Beta brand before it even had a name. When Roulier first approached McCray about the venture he famously asked, “Can you make the best sound system in the world?”
McCray, then famous for his expertise, was the only audio engineer Funktion One’s owners allowed to install his own speaker system. When Beta Nightclub opened its doors to the public in 2008, few other venues in the world boasted such a setup. The destination quickly became a favorite among famous DJs, and in 2011 it was even named #1 nightclub in North America by DJ Mag.
After a nearly 11-year run, Beta’s management announced last December that they would close their doors to the public the following month. No official reason was given for the closure, and to date Roulier and McCray remain tight lipped regarding the events leading up to their decision and Beta’s subsequent farewell party.
“There are a lot of things that happen to a club over 11 years and you can fix pieces or parts, but the only time that you can close is the beginning of the year,” Roulier pointed out. “We were hanging onto our legacy instead of being at our core, which is club culture evolving. Beta will never be finished, and was always gonna be evolving, but I think the last few years the evolution had kind of stopped.”
“I think that for Bradley and my passion for what we’ve done over the past two to three decades, it just wasn’t quite up to the standard that we wanted to present for our product,” said McCray. “It was great 11 years ago - and don’t get me wrong, I’m incredibly proud of everything this club has ever done - but it just felt that without a major, major reset, we couldn’t get to the quality level that we really expect out of ourselves.”
After discontinuing the club’s operations, Roulier and McCray renewed their lease for another 14 years while weighing out a number of options. They courted investors as the rumor mills ran rampant with stories that the club was getting bought out - by Live Nation, Anschutz Entertainment Group, or another party altogether depending on who one asked.
In the end, Roulier and McCray ended up deciding to remain at the helm. “There were people who were interested in the club for sure, but I think there will always be people interested in buying, partnering, whatever,” Roulier said. “At the end of the day I think the best thing for myself personally, and I think Mike personally, and for what we do is to just keep it in house.”
“There were a lot of different things that came across the table, but the end result was that we made the absolute best decision to maintain control of the whole club and be able to carry on what we did before,” echoed McCray. “There would have been a compromise if we had gone a different route. It was important to Brad and I both that we maintain the integrity of the brand.”
Much of what made Beta Nightclub a world-renowned brand will remain intact. Amid the construction debris littering the dance floor of the main room, the four Funktion One speakers stacks McCray installed 11 years ago still stand tall, for instance. After careful deliberation, he and Roulier decided to rebrand the nightclub as Beta 2.0. “We want to let people know that this is still Beta - but it is version 2.0,” McCray said. “The new version is gonna be different and better, but it’s still Beta. It’s Beta to its core.”
As far as what will change, Roulier and McCray are are still holding branding details and concept designs close to the chest. They remain confident that the Denver nightlife community will celebrate the club's evolution, however. Time will tell, they think, that demolishing Beta's beloved DJ booth will have been a necessary step towards elevating the platform they provide touring artists to a higher level.
Neither Brad Roulier nor Mike McCray are presently at liberty to disclose an official date for the grand opening of Beta 2.0. Following renovations, they expect to reopen the indoor club area and patio by late spring or early summer with the debut of the outdoor pool to follow shortly thereafter.FOLLOW BETA 2.0:
Insomniac have revealed all eight stage breakdowns.
It's that time of year to start planning out your schedule for the 23rd annual EDC Las Vegas. Insomniac has officially announced the individual stage lineups for their eight epic stages. Each stage will feature roughly 18-25 acts. Alesso, Kaskade, Salvatore Ganacci, A$AP Rocky, deadmau5, Tokimonsta, Zhu, Rezz, Steve Aoki, Black Coffee, Dion Timmer, Wasted Penguinz, Infected Mushroom, Walker & Royce, and many more will be partying it up under the electric sky May 17th-19th.
The official lineup was first announced on Night Owl Radio through a series of mini-mixes. While that's a fun game to play, the lineup breakdown below is much easier to work with. The set times should be released closer to the date but in the meantime, check out the stage breakdown below:
EDC Las Vegas is set to take the Las Vegas Motor Speedway May 17th-19th. The first EDC started back in 1997 under the guidance of Insomniac Founder Pasquale Rotella. In 2011, the festival moved to its new home of Las Vegas after lawmakers pushed the organization out of Los Angeles. Since then, EDC Las Vegas has been thriving. It now includes the more recent additions of Camp EDC and EDC Week.
Few have the chops to throw a great party, but it takes something special to also be the life of it.
It takes an iron will and a certain amount of fortitude to show up in all the ways festival production requires. Just like delivering a signature performance onstage for a DJ or producer, not everyone’s got the grit to take on the long hours and necessary grind involved in crafting a music festival. Even fewer can balance the task of being a badass both on and offstage. Most will understand the need to roll up sleeves when the going gets tough, but it takes a certain combination of traits to excel at throwing the party of a lifetime while also being the life of it.
At Envision Festival in Costa Rica, you can measure this sort of leadership in liters of sweat. This year at the beachside event we tallied six such examples of high caliber leadership delivered by individuals onstage and off. Take a look and get to know their names. During the show, these steely, over-caffeinated eyes don’t have time to tell you a story, but it doesn’t take an audiophile to know that if they’re running in your direction you’re better off just getting out of the way.
These are the peoples' performers. They mean business, and they’re here to get the proverbial “job” done.Irieyes
Ryan Kandell | Director of OperationsPhoto by Inner Muse
When he’s not overseeing the entirety of the crew that builds Envision out of the jungle, Ryan Kandell (A.K.A. Irieyes) is chopping up ragga crunk for the "one love" underground. It’s no surprise that someone with an eye for masterminding a symphony of onsite projects at an event like Envision would make live mixes that cut across cultures and generations, then stitch them together again seamlessly. Whether you see him at the helm in a music festival or behind a mixer throwing it down, Irieyes personifies the seductive sort of harmony that makes every booty in the room bounce.
Colin Tucker | Build ManagerPhoto courtesy of Colin Tucker
DubCOliNG is the definition of rolled-up sleeves. His work ethic is only matched by his contagious rhythms. After developing a penchant for turntables and scratching at a young age, today he thrives on genre-defying melodies that he sugar coats in thick, wobbly bass. His work in sound design has endowed him with an ear for well-crafted audio systems, which he often puts to the test. In addition to being someone who can erect the finest stages in the world, audio gear and all, DubCOliNG is also distinguished by his ability to draw out the spirit of the crowd along with the full power of the sound system on which he plays.
Zachariah Dunn | Director of EnterprisesPhoto by Ryan Quella
From craft vendors to craft beers, you literally can’t spend a colóne inside Costa Rica’s Envision without encountering an experience engineered at least in part by PRINCESS. He manages one of the biggest departments on 24 hours a day through the entirety of Envision. At the festival, he’s always even-keeled but once he gets behind the decks he’s all about a rapid build-up with a full release. When asked about the purpose behind his music on one occasion, he said: "My intention is always to tell a story through music that can serve as a conduit for positive change.” His genres range from 808-driven psychedelic bass, trap, glitch, a variety of whomping popularly called 'sacred bass', with a few experimental hints of hip-hop, psy, and more.
Josh Wendel | Production Director and Co-FounderPhoto by Eric Allen
Between curating the music lineup for the festival and heading up production (not to mention all the extra that comes with being a co-founder), Josh also performs regularly as Bushman. Seeing his live arrangements as more than a journey, fans describe Bushman’s music as a mid-tempo psychedelic bass adventure weaving elements of psy, dub, glitch, bass, and funk together with far-out instrumentals into a colorful tapestry of transcontinental music culture.Neztha
Natalio Villanueva | Print Manager + WebmasterPhoto by Graham Berry
Don’t let his quiet disposition fool you. He’s cool, calm and collected but just beneath the surface lay a fierce torrent of creative ingenuity that makes contact like a force of nature. A perfectionist through and through, Neztha is the kind of artist whose tirelessness is as much an edge as it is a signature. As the guy who literally takes on the task of designing, printing and distributing every tangible graphic in the festival. Take that alongside his work as the festival’s webmaster and he’s been a veritable backbone of the festival's brand for more than 4 years. He champions consistency in the office but onstage he’s always trying something new. Today, he’s purported to be as much an asset to the marketing team as he is a dark horse behind the decks. With a knack for polyphonic music production, he's not attached to any one style - but if you listen closely you can hear the roots of authentic ‘house' greatness from all over Latin America and beyond.
Esteban Bonilla | Street Team Lead + Stage Build CrewPhoto by Jose Monestel
Bunny Wabbit is an experimental groove project-turned local Disc Jockey in Costa Rica. Thanks to his street prowess and energetic pace, he goes everywhere - both musically and geographically as the Street Team Lead at Envision. From funk-packing bass lines to tribally inspired sounds that reach deep into the soul, Bunny Wabbit’s beats travel with the same breakneck pace that his feet do all over the landscapes of Costa Rica. Bunny Wabbit has quickly become a household name known to get the heaviest feet undulating around the dance floor. His succulent garden and contributions on the Lapa Stage blurred the lines between immersive art installation, permaculture exhibit, and otherworldly stage design.
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The Canadian native's track was nominated for Top Dance/Electronic Song in this year's BMAs.
Fresh off the main stage at Ultra Music Festival with a nomination for Top Dance/Electronic Song at this year’s Billboard Music Awards in the wings, producer/DJ Dzeko (real name Julian Dzeko) is on the rise. The 26-year-old Toronto native has been listening to dance music since he was 13, he says, and names Tiësto as a mentor.
With a new solo career launched in 2016 and even newer music in the works, Dzeko took a moment with us to EDM.com about his recent milestones.
EDM: Let’s start off with the growth of your solo career. A lot of early success came from remixes. How do you choose what to work on?
Dzeko: When I was starting something new in regards to going solo, remixes were key to getting things moving. It was a matter of reaching out to friends. I remember hearing “Congratulations” [by Post Malone] before it really blew up. I listened to it like 200 times before I reached out to who is now my manager, and I got the opportunity to do that remix. It didn’t even officially come out but did well on the radio and in the dance world. Guys like Martin Garrix played it, Tiesto and Zedd. It’s cool to have friends in the industry supporting your tracks.
How would you describe your current sound? How do you stay current?
I’m writing tracks for just my DJ sets and clubs while also trying to work on tracks with bigger vocalists. In regards to a specific sound, I’m more dance, progressive and electro-ish. I’m still figuring all of that out specifically.
Dance music has shifted. You have to adapt to the new generation of people who are listening to dance music. I can’t play too many songs that came out in 2015 or 2016 because the new kids who are listening don’t know those songs. The way to stay current is to adapt sets to what people are listening to now, along with doing collaborations with up-and-coming artists.
Are there any collabs that we should look forward to?
I have one coming out with Steve Aoki and Ummet Ozcan that’s more progressive-y than most of the other stuff I have coming out because the others are more vocal orientated. This is more of a club track for festivals. It will work almost everywhere that people listen to dance music because it has a catchy melody. It works really well in our sets. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work the first time I played it live, but it was really good.
How does it feel to premier a song live for the first time?
It feels good. Sometimes it’s hard to tell how people will react because its the first time they’re hearing it. It can be hard to get a read, but it’s best to test a song in front of a crowd to see their reaction. Most of the time people look a bit confused, but if people are jumping and you look out and they’re mouthing the words because they think they know it - even though they obviously don’t because they’ve never heard it - then that’s a good sign.
Let’s talk “Jackie Chan,” since that collab with Tiesto, Preme and Post Malone was just nominated for top Dance/Electronic song in this year’s Billboard Music Awards. How does that feel?
I was shocked to be honest. I just had no clue we were getting nominated. This was always the one award show I would watch every year. I remember being at the one two years ago when Drake won like 18 awards. Now, I’m like, “Oh my gosh, that’s the same award show I watched growing up.” It’s such a big deal. It didn’t hit me until I read all the other nominations that, holy shit, this is huge.
What has the song’s success taught you?
That you just have to keep trying, because you never know what’s going to happen. I learned to keep grinding and trying different things.
You also recently performed on the Ultra Music Festival main stage. Tell me about that experience.
It was pretty crazy. The first time I ever went was in 2012, when Avicii brought out Madonna. I was there as a fan, and I think I even bought tickets from scalpers since it was sold out. Once my friends and I were in, I was mind blown. I remember thinking, “Wow, I hope to be here one day.” I’ve attended Ultra every year since then. Being able to play on the main stage and being on the lineup was just something I’d always really wanted, ever since I started watching the live stream when that started in 2009 or 2010. There were a lot of Canadian flags which was really cool, and especially having support from all over the world. That’s the cool thing: Ultra has people that fly in from China, Korea, India, South America, wherever. It’s the one place where everyone comes together and is there for dance music.
How does it feel to be able to hit these milestones as a solo artist?
I just put in a lot of hard work and push really hard for everything. I had to do a lot of things by myself at the beginning. When you go solo, it’s way different than when you have a partner. I had to grind 100 times harder. But I feel like, because I’ve been working a lot and working really hard and trying to focus, it has helped to keep my solo career moving.
Is it more fulfilling, then?
I think so. I went from 2016 until now, almost three years later, to be able to get on the main stage and do a song with Tiësto and Post. I had some help but a lot of it for the first two years was me doing the most. I didn’t have a manager for a while, and that helped me because I worked a lot harder, and I obviously have had Tiësto as a mentor and that’s helped, but for the first two or two and a half years I was doing most of this stuff myself. Now I finally have management, which feels really good because I can focus. I feel like the best artists are their own managers with the help of their managers opposed to the guys that just sit back and don’t have any input.
Your socials show that you’ll be heading home this August for Veld Music Festival - when’s the last time you played at home? What's special about it?
The last time was two years ago at Veld. I literally haven’t been to Toronto in two years. It’s been so long. I’m pretty pumped because I have “Jackie Chan” and it did really well in Canada, and so it’ll be my first time playing in Canada with an actual hit song.
You can really express. It makes it cool in the sense that people respect you a lot more playing a festival in your hometown. I feel like a lot of people really enjoy that, and I enjoy that too. I’ve played so many different clubs and festivals and, now playing the biggest stage in Toronto, my hometown, it feels really good.
I have the song with Steve coming out and then I’m going back to South America for a tour. I’m also doing a couple of gigs in Canada, some new dates in the U.S., and i’m going back to Europe in the first time in like three years to DJ. Lots of gigs. I’m just going to focus on releasing a lot of new music this summer. I’m going to start pumping out tracks and the EP that I’m working on right now. It’ll be out really soon - hopefully in summer time.FOLLOW DZEKO:
"Ghost Train" out on the 13th Knifecast
Way back in December, on an episode of their Knifecast podcast, Knife Party announced they would be releasing a new EP "within three months." It's been over three months and it looks as if the Australian DJ/producer duo have released their first track off the anticipated EP. Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen took to the 13th edition of Knifecast to debut "Ghost Train".
"Ghost Train" starts off with a strong sub and a slower BPM. With the imagery of the ghoulish train on the screen, you can almost hear it coming straight at you. As the sounds of the train build, it's clear things are going to get insane. This is sure to destroy people at shows.
Last year they released a track titled "Ghost Town," however, there doesn't seem to be any correlation between the two. If the rest of the EP is anything like this, fans of the legendary duo and all things Halloween have a lot to look forward to.
Swire and McGrillen busted on to the scene back in 2002 with a five-part drum and bass group called Pendulum. In 2011 they reinvented themselves as Knife Party, an electro-house/dubstep duo. Through their Earstorm label, they've worked with Swedish House Mafia, Porter Robinson, and Nero. The Knifecast podcast started back in 2018 and has since delivered all of the project's exclusive new music as well as news you can't find anywhere else.
Inspired by the synthwave era, Sleepy Tom's latest EP and accompanying video game go retro.
Moving away from his electronic-heavy dance music, Canadian DJ and producer Sleepy Tom experimented with a new style in his latest EP, Amateurs.
Mixing dance, pop and synthwave sounds, the six-track record is definitely a change of pace for Cam Tatham, known professionally as Sleepy Tom. Having produced official remixes for Zeds Dead, Porter Robinson and Martin Solveig and hit songs like "Be There" with Diplo, Tatham embraces experimentation in Amateurs.
And for him, that experimentation included a nostalgic trip to the '80s. With its funky bass lines, glistening chords, clean guitars and saxophones somewhat reminiscent of George Michael's "Careless Whisper," the whole EP screams retro.
EDM.com had the chance to talk with Tatham about his new pop style, his collaboration with Lights on the record's title track and his retro online video game that accompanies it. Amateurs can be streamed or downloaded here.
EDM.com: For people who haven't listened to it yet, how would you describe the sound you were going for in your latest EP, Amateurs?
Sleepy Tom: It'd be a cross between sort of electronic sound, like the dance music that I've been making, pretty upbeat and fun music and...when I was collaborating with my friends here, whatever sort of came up. We more or less made summer pop songs. That's the gist of it.
I didn't think about it too hard. I just wanted to make something that was more like stuff I've been listening to like Tame Impala, Neon Indian and Twin Shadow. That's what inspired me to do something just a little bit different.
In regards to "Amateurs," what was the process like creating the sounds you used for that song?
That demo…I think I was just really into synthwave inspired stuff or stuff that would be in movies like The Breakfast Club or something sort of '80s. The drum sounds were inspired by that. I think a lot of that was from working in this newer studio and having a different workflow. I had new toys to play with, too. Then, Lights took the demo and made a cool song out of it.
How did you come to work with Lights on the track?
We didn't meet until a few months ago, but she was working with the new label that I signed with, Entertainment One Music. Her manager worked out of that same office, so we were connected through that. The way we linked up was sort of a lucky thing. She just liked that song and then she spent a month with it and sent back the version that become "Amateurs."
On the EP, what's your favorite song or the one that you found was the most fun to make?
"Move" and "The Times," which I wrote with my friend Parker Bossley. More or less this whole EP challenged me in new ways that I haven't really worked before. I was pretty used to working by myself. So for this EP, I worked with Parker twice and it made the music process a lot more fun - and I think it made me a better songwriter, too. I'm still not where I'd like to be with writing lyrics, but it was fun having those new challenges of writing more pop-structured music.
Is the gear you used to make this EP different from your previous EP, The Currency? I imagine you have better and cooler equipment to work with now.
Essentially I was making The Currency with nothing, just what's in the box inside a computer. For this one, the second to last track, "Focused (On Your Phone)" was the first song for which I recorded myself playing guitar. None of the dance music that I made ever warranted me playing the guitar or anything, but that's what I grew up playing. So it was kind of like, "Oh I can finally use this thing that I spent my whole life playing." I play guitar a lot on this record, I think on pretty much every song.
I bought a few analog synths that made it onto the record too. Obviously with recording vocals, I needed some more recording gear to make the live elements work a little bit more, but it's essentially the same thing. I could make this whole record with just a microphone, a guitar and probably what's inside of the computer, but it's nice having the more fun and expensive toys.
Since you used some synths on this EP, which one did you favor or use a lot?
A VST called Diva. Only in the last year did I get more of that gear and it made it onto a couple of songs. Diva was one that I used pretty much on every song.
Then I bought a Roland Juno-106 and recorded that on a bunch of them too, just sort of little bits towards the end. I'm still learning how to fit these synths into the initial writing idea process like when you're first coming up with an idea, so I still kind of prefer what's on the computer. When there are tech problems it can really stop the creative juices from flowing, but it is more fun having a real thing in front of you, like a tactile thing that you can manipulate. Obviously, as long as it's a good piece of gear, it'll probably sound better. So you're starting from a better place.
Nowadays artists are incorporating other art forms with their music. For example, Lights actually has her own comic book that goes with her music. Why did you choose an online video game to accompany Amateurs?
We were trying to get a music video to happen for that song, but our budget was a little tight and I was like, "What if we just did something totally different." I think it was shortly after that Netflix show, Bandersnatch, and the video game came out, so it was in the back of my mind. And I knew Lights was a huge gamer, so I figured her fans would like it. It seemed to fit the song too because of the synthwave sort of inspiration for it and it had a bit of an '80s feel.
So how'd you come up with the whole concept of the game?
Sebastian, who's the lead developer, we spit-balled a bit. They deserve all the credit for that, but I was like, "We should have our characters in it. It'd be funny." I figured Illuminati had to be in there somehow (laughs). Those are the enemies that you're fighting and trying to beat. The developers really smashed it and they had such a small window.
What exactly goes into making an online video game, what'd you have to do on your end? And how long did it take?
It must've been like seven weeks from us calling them and saying, "Alright we're gonna do this." There were a couple of weeks before that where we were trying to figure out who to get involved and if we can make our budget work, but they were working pretty tirelessly.
First they got us some sketches of what the characters and bosses would look like. From there they fleshed those out and maybe three weeks in we got a bit of a gameplay demo, like a video where we can see how it would work. It just kept getting better and better and they kept detailing it more and more.
Then, I thought it'd be cool to do a little promo shoot for it. Instead of doing a music video, we were just going to shoot this little teaser bit of us getting sucked into this video game. Luckily, Lights was friends with the owner of this really cool toy store that was massive and they had an arcade game. It all came together pretty quickly and it was the first time where I really pushed for an idea that was definitely different from just getting a video done. Thank God we were able to pull it off.
You know I played the game and got pretty far, is there an actual end to it? Can you win at all?
I don't think so. I think the whole point is to get the highest score. I think I saw someone got a million points and I don't know how that’s possible. Everyone just has to keep bettering their own score.
What's the highest you've gotten so far?
I think I got 30,000 or something. It's probably something around there.
So what's next for Sleepy Tom? Do you have an album coming out soon or are you going on tour?
I'd like to go on tour. I have to figure that out, but I've got a couple more singles that are going to come out this summer. It's a little closer to what I was doing before, more dance music. I spent so much time not writing dance music, so now I'm a little more hungry to write it and DJ.
I'm going to probably get back to that a bit more and start Pillowcast, the old mix series that I used to do. I'm going to bring those back. So more DJ mixes and maybe some more remixes.
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A new song from Zedd may be coming out soon.
Zedd's apparent intimacy with Olivia Culpo at Coachella has been all the talk of the EDM world this week, but something more exciting may lie in store for his fans. Last night he performed at Avila Beach Gold Resort in Central California and treated fans to an unreleased ID.
The song in question, which was captured by a vigilant attendee, embodies the upbeat sensibility common to Zedd releases. Bouncy vocal chops and playful synth work interweave to result in a concept fitted for the festival season upon us.View the original article to see embedded media.
Zedd (real name Anton Zaslavski) had recently also lent his production expertise to "365," a more pop-inclined February release on which he collaborated with Katy Perry. A month later the song got official remixes by Jonas Aden, KUURO and Ellis in addition to a future house reimagining by Zaslavski himself.
Zedd has yet to reveal a title, release date or any other information for the song he debuted at Avila Beach Golf Resort at the time of writing.FOLLOW ZEDD:
What do a DJ/producer, professional gamer, soccer player and designer all have in common?
With the release of the Galaxy Fold by Samsung nearly upon us, the team behind the mobile phone is taking it upon themselves to stir up some buzz around the momentous occasion. To that end, they sent it out to a handful of celebrities and shared their reactions in a video shared to the multinational conglomerate's YouTube account.
Steve Aoki was included to reach the EDM fan demographic. Although Tyler "Ninja" Blevins is an eSports star, his recent foray into music makes him relevant to some of the same audience. Other notable figures who unboxed and interacted with the device were German soccer player Mario Götze, English actress Millie Bobby Brown, and French designer Jeanne Damas.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is a mobile phone ten years in the making can either be used as a cell phone or unfolded to occupy the screen dimensions of a tablet. Early reviews suggest that potential buyers will have to weigh the cost of carrying around a bigger, heavier device against the benefits of its dual interface.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold will be available to the common consumer on April 26th, 2019.
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LeKTriQue joins forces with Dr. Fresch's Prescription Records imprint for the release of blazing new track "Hard In Dis."
LeKtriQue (real name Vincent Sergeant) is a 25-year old electronic music producer from Belgium. He got a jumpstart on his music career DJing local parties when he was only 15, and quickly fell in love with the European electro scene, which has a strong influence on his music to this day. In 2011, LeKtriQue relocated to Montreal, Canada where he linked up with what would become his musical family at Kannibalen Records.
LeKtriQue is also the host of the Kannibalen Radio Podcast, a bi-weekly podcast “featuring new releases, exclusive artist guests, upcoming underground producers and Kannibalen Records homies!” LeKtriQue regularly premiers unreleased tracks by well-known and undiscovered electronic music producers. He has earned a reputation not only as an excellent producer but also as a tastemaker with a keen ear for groundbreaking, original sounds.
With his new single “Hard In Dis,” LeKtriQue makes his debut on Dr. Fresch's newly launched The Prescription Records with a groovy, cyberpunk-inspired bass house anthem. His take on contemporary house music is infused with gripping bass lines and a variety of retro '80s synth textures; a highly unique divergence from the typical fist-pumping festival and club bangers.
"When I moved to LA last year, Dr. Fresch was one of the first guys I met," said LeKTriQue. "I’m stoked to release under his new imprint and hope all the fans go hard to dis betch![sic]"
You can't unwatch Salvatore Ganacci's music video.
If you thought Salvatore Ganacci had any qualms with becoming one of EDM's biggest memes, you were mistaken. The Bosnian DJ/producer and THOR radio show founder has released a track titled "Horse" with an accompanying music video sure to send his detractors into an uproar all over again.
In all fairness, "Horse" sits in an innovative grey area between popular electronic music genres. It's not quite tech house, not quite big room, and not quite hardstyle - but it would likely make sense in the context of any such set. The video for "Horse" will keep everyone talking about the track regardless, as it depicts scenarios about as outlandish as Ganacci's onstage performance art.
Despite the viral notoriety he's enjoyed following last year's Tomorrowland main stage performance, Ganacci's recent antics are nothing new. His onstage presence has hardly changed over the past several years of his career, and he's certainly no stranger to absurd music videos.
Ganacci apparently sent the one for "Horse" to Skrillex who loved it so much that he signed the track to his OWSLA imprint. With such doors opening for him it's hardly reasonable to expect Ganacci to take himself too seriously.
Stream or download "Horse" by Salvatore Ganacci via OWSLA across platforms here.FOLLOW SALVATORE GANACCI:
BONNIE X CLYDE Release Official Music Video For Ultra Music Debut, "The Good Life"
Bonnie X Clyde (real names Daniel Litman and Paige Lopynski) are an American electronic dance duo that formed in 2015. The group has a highly unique sound focused on the fusion between electropop, synthpop, house and trap music, an eclectic mix sure to satisfy a wide variety of dance music lovers.
After releasing their hit single “Rise Above” in 2016, they followed it up with their song “Bass Jam” which went #1 on Sirius XM. As of 2018, after many festivals, shows, and tour appearances later, BONNIE X CLYDE have signed their debut single with Ultra Music, a release that is aptly titled “The Good Life.” Reminding us to live our life to the fullest, “The Good Life” is a moving, emotion-laden track with a hard-hitting, groovy beat and a timeless, sentimental message.
“The Good Life” combines BONNIE X CLYDE’s signature vocal bass style with Paige’s smooth vocals to create a nostalgic atmosphere that we can’t get enough of. If you’ve had the opportunity to see them perform, you’ve undoubtedly witnessed their infectious energy and unswerving dedication to creating the perfect party atmosphere.
The radio pop single “The Good Life” marks the next chapter of the BONNIE X CLYDE story, opening up their music to an even broader audience and embracing a more commercial direction for their sound. The official video for “The Good Life” is an excellent hybrid of personal expression and strategic artistry – it gives their fans the impression of a ‘behind the scenes’ look into the lives of BONNIE X CLYDE, while also fitting the creative direction and aesthetic of the song itself.
Make sure to check out the music video, and stream or download a copy of “The Good Life” today.