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Breaking Down the Best Nominees for the 2019 MTV VMAs

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 14:59

The 2019 MTV VMAs are set to crown this year’s most talented artists once more. EDM Nominees include The Chainsmokers, Clean Bandit and DJ Snake.

The upcoming 2019 MTV Video Music Awards is just around the corner, and will once again crown the world’s most talented electronic and dance artists. Set to take place on August 26th, 2019 at the Prudential Centre in Newark, this will be the first-ever edition of the famed VMA ceremony to take place in the state of New Jersey.

Sebastian Maniscalco is slated to be hosting the 36th annual ceremony this year, and so far, there are two major artists leading the nominations board. Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande are both at the top, with 10 nominations each, and there are plenty of popular dance nominees jostling for this year’s highest spots as well. Billie Eilish is chasing up Swift and Grande with a whopping nine nominations, and just behind her is Lil Nas X with eight, leaving it purely up to talent and fate when it comes to this year’s ultimate award winners.

Nominations for the Best Dance Video:

The award for the Best Dance Video celebrates the year’s most innovative and eye-catching choreographed dances in music videos. A number of extremely talented artists have hit the nominations board this year, including numerous big names on the EDM scene.

This year’s nominees for Best Dance are The Chainsmokers - “Call You Mine” [ft. Bebe Rexha]; Clean Bandit - “Solo” [ft. Demi Lovato]; DJ Snake - “Taki Taki” [ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B]; David Guetta / Bebe Rexha / J Balvin - “Say My Name”; Marshmello / Bastille - “Happier”; and Silk City / Dua Lipa - “Electricity.”

Nominations for Artist of the Year:

This year’s nominations in the Artist of the Year category may also be very familiar to EDM industry connoisseurs, as well as those who have a passion for pop. Topping the ranks are Cardi B, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Halsey, the Jonas Brothers, and legendary newcomer to the world of music Shawn Mendes.

Nominations for Song of the Year:

2019 has produced some truly iconic songs, including the likes of Halsey's "Nightmare," The Killers' "Land of the Free," and Jamie N Commons and Skylar Grey's "Runaway Train." With that said, there can only be one winner this year, and considering that the stakes are so high, only the best of the best have made the list.

So far, the songs that listeners have voted as the catchiest songs of 2019 are Drake – “In My Feelings,” Ariana Grande – “thank u, next”; Jonas Brothers – “Sucker,” and Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow.” Also strong in the runnings are Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix),” and Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down.”

Nominations for Best New Artist:

Presented by none other than Taco Bell, this year’s nominations in the Best New Artist category are all highly deserving of winning the accolade. Nominees include Ava Max, legendary 17-year-old pop songstress Billie Eilish, H.E.R., Lil Nas X, and Lizzo. Billie Eilish has rocketed to stardom thanks to her grungy track “bad guy,” and Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” is the stuff of legends. However, as for whether they can top equally talented H.E.R., Lizzo and ROSALÍA are still to be seen!

Nominations for Best Collaboration:

Is there anything better than two or more of your favorite EDM and pop artists teaming up to create awesome new music together? We didn’t think so either. MTV’s Best Collaboration category this year includes hit tracks like Lil Nas X - “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus] and the iconic Lady Gaga / Bradley Cooper - “Shallow.” Also eligible to win this year are Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello - “Señorita,” Taylor Swift - “ME!” [ft. Brendon Urie], Ed Sheeran / Justin Bieber - “I Don’t Care,” and BTS - “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey].

Other Nominees to Watch Out For:

There are a few other choice categories at this year’s MTV VMA Awards that have experts and listeners alike bursting with excitement. Keep an eye on the Video for Good category, in which the industry’s most charitable artists like Lil Dicky, John Legend and The Killers have appeared. 2019’s nominees here include Halsey – “Nightmare”; The Killers – “Land of the Free”; Jamie N Commons, Skylar Grey ft. Gallant – “Runaway Train”; John Legend – “Preach”; Lil Dicky – “Earth” and Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down.”

EDM lovers may also be interested in who wins the Best Visual Effects award for obvious, festival-related reasons. Voters have so far selected Billie Eilish – “when the party’s over” – Visual Effects by Ryan Ross, Andres Jaramillo; FKA Twigs – “Cellophane” – Visual Effects by Matt Chandler, Fabio Zaveti for Analog and Ariana Grande – “God is a Woman” – Visual Effects by Fabrice Lagayette, Kristina Prilukova & Rebecca Rice for Mathematic to nab the title. 

Tune in on August 26th to see who is crowned the ultimate winner in each category on August 26th from 9:00 PM EST on MTV.

GRiZ Keeps It Coming With Bangers[2].Zip EP, Announces Ride Waves Tour Season Two

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 14:15

The three-track EP features the highly anticipated Subtronics collab, “Griztronics.”

Just four months removed from releasing his sixth studio album, Ride Waves, Denver-based recording artist GRiZ might have his most anticipated release to date in the form of his new EP, Bangers[2].Zip.

This latest release follows July's first installment of the Bangers EP series, which flaunted a new "riddim-inspired" style for the notoriously funky producer. This new GRiZ sound became even more in demand over the last month after dubstep act Subtronics teased their new collaboration at Electric Forest.

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The track quickly gained viral support and acclaim, and subsequently found a home on today's new EP, released via the Deadbeats label. Fittingly named “Griztronics,” it encapsulates a blend of both artist’s styles, mashing up Subtronics' heavy dub sound with GRiZ' infectious rhythms. The track finds charm with vocals from the latter artist himself, who uses the samples to transition quickly into different drops and bass lines. The drop itself is unparalleled, delivering a spooky, wobbling sound that continues to wow listeners even after numerous listens. “Griztronics” is undoubtedly the highlight of this three-track EP, and is one fans can expect to hear regularly on the dubstep festival circuit this fall. 

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“Freak the Method” features a more familiar GRiZ sound, an electronic rockstar who likes to mash genre and style. The track charges out of the gate with guitars and distorted vocals from GRiZ once again, and further lashes out with funky bass lines at the drop. The blend of rock guitar and dubstep is an ode to his previous catalog, and further proves this artist doesn’t like being nailed down to one sound. This is further evidenced on “Push the Vibe,” a jazzy dubstep tune that caps the EP off on an aggressive note.

After releasing a full album and going on tour all summer, GRiZ isn’t remotely ready to slow things down. This EP also comes with the news that the Ride Waves Tour will continue throughout the fall. Find the dates for “Season Two” below, and stream Bangers[2].Zip here.

September 26 - Boston, MA - Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
September 27 - Washington, DC - The Anthem
September 28 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
September 29 - Charlottesville, VA - Sprint Pavilion
October 2 - Birmingham, AL - Avondale Brewing Company
October 3 - Nashville, TN - War Memorial Auditorium
October 4 - Indianapolis, IN - The Pavilion at Pan Am
October 5 - Chicago, IL - Navy Pier at Festival Hall
October 9 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion
October 10 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
October 11 - Atlanta, GA - Coca-Cola Roxy
October 12 - New Orleans, LA - Fillmore New Orleans
October 15 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
October 17 - Seattle, WA - The Paramount Theatre
October 18 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom
October 19 - Eugene, OR - The Cuthbert Amphitheater
October 24 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
October 26 - Berkeley, CA - The Greek Theatre

Find more info on the tour here.

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Fraze Flips the Script in Melodic Trap Single "Party Girl"

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 14:02

This isn't your typical trap tune.

When most of us think of trap, we imagine bombastic, bone-rattling drops over deafening percussive elements. Fraze is here to show you that the genre has more dimension than that. He's delivered a song titled "Party Girl" that incorporates distinctive melodic elements to yield a song with more singalong appeal than your typical festival banger.

"Party Girl" largely hinges around an anthemic female vocal, along with sound design elements atypical of the melodic trap subgenre. Also setting the single apart is its infectious drop; you could actually dance to this one rather than strictly headbanging for a change.

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Stream or download "Party Girl" by Fraze across platforms here.

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William Black and RØRY Open Up About Addiction in “Drown The Sky”

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 13:38

The latest release off Trap Nation’s Lowly. is William Black and RØRY’s insightful take on sobriety.

Known for his vulnerable explorations into sensitive, taboo subjects, William Black is back again with another meaningful, heartfelt release. This time, he is joined by U.K.-based vocalist RØRY (real name Roxanne Emery) to bring us the raw, emotion-packed single “Drown The Sky” via Lowly..

Inspired by Black's moments of clarity on the path to sobriety, “Drown The Sky” is a passionate and insightful look into the struggles of addiction. “Right before I got sober, I had this moment where I finally realized that I couldn’t go on with all the pain I was causing to myself, and more importantly, those who cared for me,” he revealed. “In that moment I finally wanted to change.”

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Having a similar history, RØRY was a perfect fit as a vocalist on the track. “RØRY had recently gotten sober and we connected having been through such a similar experience despite our different backgrounds,” Black continued. “The hope is that ‘Drown The Sky’ helps others to know they’re not alone and that there is a way forward."

Black’s relatable lyrics have resonated with listeners globally, earning his 2018 Universe EP a #1 spot on the iTunes Dance Chart. His heart-wrenching sound has also earned him the support of Illenium, one of EDM’s most well-known and emotion-provoking producers. Between being featured on Spotify and Apple’s top subscribed-to playlists and playing support for Adventure Club, Dabin, and Illenium’s separate tours, Black’s distinct, tasteful sound will continue to bring meaning to all who listen. 

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Up next, fans can expect an official music video for “Drown The Sky." Black will also be playing as support on Illenium’s Fall 2019 Ascend Tour, which includes tour stops across the United States. For all ticketing and tour information, visit here

The LA.-.based producer has also announced a full-length album to be released soon.

Stream or download William Black's "Drown The Sky" today. 

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Storm Area 51 Festival Denounced in Rachel, Nevada Residents' Statement

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 13:23

"Most residents do not like where this event is going and will respond accordingly."

What seemed like a move towards legitimacy for the Storm Area 51 originator has resulted in even more pushback. Alienstock, the festival inspired by the satirical Facebook event, has been announced for September 20th-22nd in Rachel, Nevada - but residents of the remote area have raised a number of concerns.

A statement on the Rachel, Nevada website claims that Alienstock's organizers have not done their due diligence in consulting the town's residents. "They threaten to 'take over Rachel' and claim that the residents are 'on board,' [sic]" reads a passage. "The residents were not asked and are not on board [sic] and will certainly not allow their town to be taken over."

The statement also addresses numerous logistical factors complicating the proposed event. For starters, it says the CDP with a population of only 50 has no store or gas station, and its only inn has been booked for the weekend in question. "If you plan on attending the event you must be experienced in camping, hiking and surviving in a harsh desert environment and have a vehicle in good shape," it says.

A spokesperson on behalf of Alienstock was not immediately available when EDM.com reached out for comment.

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Hekler, Marauda and ATLiens Troll Fans with False Unmasking

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 12:01

The ATLiens remain anonymous.

The world of bass music has one well-known, anonymous DJ/producer duo - and despite what they recently led fans to believe, it will stay that way. ATLiens announced plans to unmask, farcically revealing themselves to be Shaun Bacus, known professionally as Hekler, and Hamish Prasad, who recently rebranded from Mastadon to Marauda.

Yesterday, ATLiens tweeted plans to show their faces later in the evening. When it came time for the big reveal, the video clip showed Bacus and Prasad taking the duo's iconic masks off instead. Artists and fans closely familiar with the duo shared their amusement with the prank in the ensuing replies.

Following years of touring and single releases, ATLiens had released their debut EP, Invasion, in February of last year. Just last month they followed it up with a sophomore effort titled Ghost Planet.

What makes the spoof all the more timely is Prasad's aforementioned rebranding. He presumably made the change to avoid confusion between his brand and the Atlanta metal with which he previously shared a stage name.

Perhaps the troll is a sign of more to come from the three aforementioned acts. They have yet to publicly announce a collaboration of any kind at the time of writing, however.

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Beatport to Remove Non-Selling Uploads in Cleanup Initiative

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 20:30

Songs with no sales released prior to January 2019 will soon be removed from Beatport.

Beatport is cutting its catalogue of music as part of the platform's newly announced annual cleanup policy. 

In a statement sent to music suppliers, the LiveStyle-owned digital music store stated it will soon be deleting all releases "which haven't sold any units since the release date." This first sweep will only remove content released prior to January 2019 that has not sold. In the future, Beatport intends to continue removing assets with no sales on a yearly basis. 

Beatport's statement itself was shared by DJ Tech Tools. At the time of writing, no spokespeople on behalf of the online music marketplace have commented publicly on the matter.

Beatport statement sent to music suppliers

The move to trim Beatport's catalogue is sure to give some hopeful artists pause. Digital music stores have been perceived as having seemingly infinite access to cheap storage since their inception. On the other side of the argument, at what point does it make sense to keep hosting tracks that have never sold? 

While it's likely Beatport won't see significant cost savings from this initiative, their approach is likely to stimulate incremental sales. By sweeping for tracks that have no sales on a yearly basis, it will be up to the artists and their labels to promote their assets within a yearly timeframe if they'd like to continue to use Beatport as a vendor. 

At this time it is unclear as to when Beatport will begin its first sweep in their effort to trim their catalogue.

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Illenium Announces Ascend Album Listening Party

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 20:25

Here's how to listen to Illenium's new album alongside the artist himself.

Fans will be able to join Illenium on YouTube for a listening party to celebrate his upcoming album Ascend.

Friday, August 16th at 12:00 AM EST, Illenium (real name Nicholas Miller) will stream Ascend on his channel and interacting with fans live. 

Miller's album has been among the most highly anticipated releases of the year. The idea of a YouTube listening party, scheduled to take place right as Ascend will be released, is a move that will satisfy a fan base already on the edge of their seats. 

Miller has already announced the album's full tracklist which revealed that previous singles "Good Things Fall Apart," "Crashing," and "Pray" are all included in the final cut. Of course, Miller's most recent work, "Blood" with Foy Vance, is also included.

However, the full 17-track LP still leaves a lot to be unearthed, and fans will have the opportunity to share their first impressions with Miller himself when Ascend is revealed in full. Tune into YouTube.com/IlleniumMusic for the listening party this Friday, August 16th.

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Disclosure have Written "Over 100 Songs" in Anticipation of Third Album Release

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 18:17

Disclosure have amassed well over an album's worth of unreleased music.

In a new interview with Australian radio station Triple J, Disclosure have stated they've made over 100 songs within the last couple of years, which they intend to shape into their upcoming third album.

Disclosure (real names Guy and Howard Lawrence) have been quietly assembling a trove of new music, amid a smattering of releases over the last two years. The duo's last single, "Talk" - released in February with Khalid - is continuing to command the airwaves. The Lawrence brothers commented that the goal for their next album is to release at least one single by the end of this year, and release their album in full next year.

The duo went light on the details as to who they might be working with on their forthcoming album. They also stated they haven't compiled the songs in any sort of order or even chosen which ones will be released. Needless to say, despite the plethora of content, they still need to make some tough decisions before more details will be released.

It has been nearly four years since Disclosure's sophomore album, Caracal, was released back in late 2015. 

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Ellis Talks Bootlegs, Setbacks, and Inspiration Alongside "Colours" Video Premiere with Spinnin' Records

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 16:55

London DJ/producer Ellis talked about his music and shared the exciting story of his first big milestone as a producer.

Earlier this month, London DJ/producer Ellis (who we recently featured for his exquisite "Moon Funk" release on CloudKid Records) put out the high-energy, club-smashing record "Colours" with the world-renowned label Spinnin' Records. A driving track with a catchy topline and an irresistible groove, "Colours" is perfectly suited for the festival stage, and also serves as an excellent follow-up to his recently CloudKid release. The contrast between the two songs irrefutably demonstrates the sheer versatility of Ellis' production, and also plays perfectly into his long-term goal of exploring a wide variety of sounds and styles.

According to Ellis, Colours came together very quickly a naturally, an almost chance occurrence that yielded an incredible result. He said:

"'Colours' happened very randomly. I was working on a melody that I had in my head, and when I got back from work one of my mates Sam was walking around the house singing. He’s not a singer, but he’s always singing, rapping, doing his thing. He started humming this melody and suddenly I was like, let’s just record it! I’ve never used his voice before, but I thought we might as well give it a go. He wrote some lyrics on the spot, and the vocals we used on the track were literally the very first take we put down."

Stream or download Ellis' "Colours" on Spinnin' Records today.

While talking to Ellis about "Colours," we also had the chance to briefly discuss his origins and the direction of his sound moving forward. We also gleaned some insight into his approach to production, and what he considers to be the pivotal moments in his career thus far.

Ellis Origin Story - The Remixes:

It's a story we've all heard before, and one that never ceases to amaze. A massive hit record is released, an extremely talented young artist tries their hand at a bootleg remix, and shortly thereafter the song goes viral online, is discovered by the original artist, and is transformed into an official hit that launches the young artist' career to new and unexpected heights. This is exactly what happened with a 20-year-old Ellis.

Shortly after the release of Ed Sheeran's worldwide smash hit "Shape Of You," Ellis was encouraged by his friends and fans to make a remix. He said:

"Everyone was encouraging me to do a remix of it, but I was like no, it's way too slow. Then I thought to myself that I might as well challenge and see if I could be one of the first to put out a remix. I'm so glad that I did because in the space of a few months, the remix skyrocketed online. It got a couple of million views on Future House Music, and then this guy made a launchpad cover that got over 50 million views. That’s when people really started to recognize my sound, and when there was suddenly interest from labels and fans."

After the wild international success of his Ed Sheeran remix, Ellis earned a newfound level of respect and interest within the electronic music industry. He started to see increased interest from record labels and quickly began to foster a passionate and loyal fanbase. As part of this process, Ellis decided to take a stab at repeating the Ed Sheeran remix strategy with the release of "365" by Zedd and Katy Perry. 

He said:

"I’ve always loved Zedd, and when he releases his song with Katy Perry, I approached it the same way I did with the Ed Sheeran remix. I knew that if the track took off, it would extend my reach to new fans like what happened with the Ed Sheeran remix. The original isn’t really an EDM track, it was much more pop/commercial, so I gave it a funky twist and uploaded it to SoundCloud. I put the link on Twitter, and within 30 minutes Zedd messaged me saying that he loved it. I sent him the song, and when I woke up the next day, he’d sent me the stems. I spent that day remixing and tweaking it, and about a month or so later, he said they’d like to put it on the official remix pack."

Ellis - Reflections and Advice:

One issue that many musicians and creatives of all varieties often express annoyance with is the dreaded and oft-discussed concept of writer's block, and the frustration associated with a lack of inspiration. As someone who is very prolific and works across a wide variety of sounds, genres, and styles, Ellis had some great insight as to how he personally copes with writer's block. He told us:

"I literally just get away from the computer. If you’re not in the zone, you can’t force it. I’ve realized that taking a break and doing something else, even for just an hour or so, can make a huge difference. One time about a year ago I went an entire week without touching my computer, and when I say back down, I had so many new ideas.

Another strategy that works for me is to work on a lot of projects at once, and when I’m not getting any inspiration on one, I just shift to another project for a while. That’s a great way for me to combat writers block."

While chatting with EDM.com, Ellis also spoke about some of the things he's struggled with on the road to building his career as an artist. Every creative has their fair share of failures and obstacles, but what is really telling is how they go about dealing with these roadblocks. Ellis shared his candid thoughts on his biggest struggle as an artist, and also offered some great advice on how to overcome a common obstacle that many creatives encounter. He said:

"There are always a lot of highs and lows, it can be really disheartening when labels decline your tracks, or when something doesn't perform as well as you hoped it would. The worst thing is when your trust gets broken by people you have worked with. Not everyone is as honest and straightforward in the scene as you might like, and overcoming these moments and creating a solid group of trustworthy people and creatives around you is definitely a challenge at times.”

In an industry often recognized for an extremely cutthroat culture, being exploited or duped, even by someone you thought was a friend, is all too common. It takes someone that is both able to cope with setbacks and also capable of being resilient and steadfast in the face of adversity in order to last long in the music industry. As Ellis notes, you may not be able to control the actions of others, but you can always control the way you react, and how you let those actions impact your future endeavors. When you are deceived by someone you trust, the emotional impact can be extremely traumatic, but the only feasible option is to bounce back, avoid becoming too jaded, and to continue pursuing what you love. 

What's Next For Ellis?

At the end of our conversation with Ellis, we asked him about where he sees his music heading in the coming months and years, and which of his releases thus far is most indicative of his musical direction moving forward. His response was an unequivocal endorsement of CloudKid Records and his record "Moon Funk." He said:

"They're great guys and are extremely supportive – I really felt like there was a personal connection and they cared about the music. "Moon Funk" was very different from my other tracks, and it came a lot more naturally to me than club music does. I'm hoping to explore a lot of different sounds and styles!"

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Unitea Founder Ketan Rahangdale and Claude VonStroke on the App’s Potential to Change the Music Industry

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 16:28

Unitea could cause a shift in the way artists reach their audience.

With 3.48 billion users worldwide, social media offers the largest platform ever for artists to connect with fans - but those corporations increasingly make creators pay just to reach them. One man is out to change that dynamic for musicians and fans alike.

Ketan Rahangdale is what you’d call a music person. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, Rahangdale grew up inspired by his favorite artists and in his teenage years began modestly promoting shows and DJing around town. At 18, he founded his first company, pioneering high-fidelity bluetooth technology for headphones that would later be used in iPhone, Beats by Dre, and Bose products.

This success brought him closer to those same artists he looked up to as a child (many of whom he’s now met), but in talking with them he realized they all had the same issue.

“I was so enamored by these artists, but what I couldn't understand was how these artists were completely broke,” said Rahangdale in a conversation with EDM.com. “That didn’t make any damn sense. I did a little digging and found that a large amount of social companies’ data is generated by artists and their fans, to the point where there’s hundreds of billions of dollars of music data that is currently being monetized by these platforms in the form of advertisements.”

With that, Rahangdale became exposed to the issue plaguing the artists of today. While recorded sales of music is currently valued at $16.9 billion, the data the artists and their fans generate is estimated at over $360 billion. “None of this ever goes back to the artists," he said. "Ever.”

Rahangdale set out to create something that would effectively cut out the middleman and help artists directly communicate with their fans. In 2016, he debuted the beta for his new app, Unitea. With a team comprised of tech veterans from companies like Tinder, Snapchat, Monstercat, and OWSLA, Rahangdale created the first platform that monetized data through experiential ad units in the form of rewards to fans. In layman's terms, Unitea would be the first app to allow artists to directly engage with the fans generating this data through offering rewards and experiences while allowing them to keep the profit generated from said data for themselves. As artists generate more data through the app, they will have the opportunity to partner on rewards with sponsors. This ultimately allows them to finally have control over how their brand is marketed. In addition to its benefit to creatives, the app will create a system that rewards fans for their listening and streaming habits.

“If there are apps that can get you a driver or apps that can get you a house for the weekend, why isn’t there an app where if I’m the most socially active fan that I can go hang out with my favorite artist? If I am the number one fan generating all this engagement, why isn’t there a way for the artist to find me?”

Unitea allows artists to creatively devise rewards that benefit its most engaged fans, who earn currency — called “Karma” — for listening to and sharing the music of their favorite artists. The app syncs up with the user’s Spotify account (Apple Music and TIDAL, Ketan says, are soon to follow) and allows fans to listen to music through its interface. Fans can then cash in this Karma for one-of-a-kind experiences, like taking a picture with Whipped Cream at Electric Forest or meeting Barclay Crenshaw A.K.A Claude VonStroke.

Claude VonStroke, left, with Ketan Rahangdale, second from right.

“The current social media scenario has created billions of slaves creating data for three or four huge corporations to sell to the highest bidder,” said Crenshaw, who spoke with EDM.com about backing Unitea. “We are not interested in this dynamic any longer.”

Crenshaw added: “We want to start a revolution where the artists get to connect directly with their own fans without third party corporations taking the data.”

Along with artists like Crenshaw and Pitbull, Ketan was able to draw interest from across the industry, partnering with companies like Urban Decay, UnivisionBertelsmann Music Group, and United Talent Agency. In its latest investment round, Unitea was able to raise $2.3 million, and made activation appearances this year at both Dirtybird Campout and Electric Forest.

Unitea is also benefited and backed by Rokk3r Fuel ExO, a Miami-based venture capital group and one of the largest business investors in the Southeast.

"A major paradigm shift took hold when digital took hold of the music industry and changed how the different stakeholders made their money,” said Unitea investor Jeff Ransdell, head of Rokk3r Fuel. “Unitea immediately struck us as an innovative route to not only driving revenue for the artist side of the business, but bringing value to loyal fans. Long term, the data play is huge, so we’re excited to see where the Unitea team takes this."

The hope among artists, investors and fans is that both Ketan and Unitea will allow musicians to finally take back control of their brand and data, removing the leach that has become social media.

“Social media has been a huge bait and switch over the last seven years,” said Crenshaw. “Everything started out free and artists created massive followings online. Then all the social companies said, ‘If you want to talk to your own fans, give us money.’ Ketan is taking over the game and giving the power back to the artists.”

Unitea is currently available for iPhones on the App store, with an Android roll out to follow in the coming months. While it’s still in its early stages, this app has the potential to monetize, empower and reward both artists and fans for being engaged in music once again.

Download Unitea on the iOS App Store here.

Check out Unitea’s latest reward with recording artist Snails, who will send one fan and a friend to Colorado in October for Sluggtopia III via a new reward experience offered through the app.

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Unitea Founder Ketan Rehangdale and Claude VonStroke on the App’s Potential to Change the Music Industry

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 16:28

Unitea could cause a shift in the way artists reach their audience.

With 3.48 billion users worldwide, social media offers the largest platform ever for artists to connect with fans - but those corporations increasingly make creators pay just to reach them. One man is out to change that dynamic for musicians and fans alike.

Ketan Rahangdale is what you’d call a music person. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, Rahangdale grew up inspired by his favorite artists and in his teenage years began modestly promoting shows and DJing around town. At 18, he founded his first company, pioneering high-fidelity bluetooth technology for headphones that would later be used in iPhone, Beats by Dre, and Bose products.

This success brought him closer to those same artists he looked up to as a child (many of whom he’s now met), but in talking with them he realized they all had the same issue.

“I was so enamored by these artists, but what I couldn't understand was how these artists were completely broke,” said Rahangdale in a conversation with EDM.com. “That didn’t make any damn sense. I did a little digging and found that a large amount of social companies’ data is generated by artists and their fans, to the point where there’s hundreds of billions of dollars of music data that is currently being monetized by these platforms in the form of advertisements.”

With that, Rahangdale became exposed to the issue plaguing the artists of today. While recorded sales of music is currently valued at $16.9 billion, the data the artists and their fans generate is estimated at over $360 billion. “None of this ever goes back to the artists," he said. "Ever.”

Rahangdale set out to create something that would effectively cut out the middleman and help artists directly communicate with their fans. In 2016, he debuted the beta for his new app, Unitea. With a team comprised of tech veterans from companies like Tinder, Snapchat, Monstercat, and OWSLA, Rahangdale created the first platform that monetized data through experiential ad units in the form of rewards to fans. In layman's terms, Unitea would be the first app to allow artists to directly engage with the fans generating this data through offering rewards and experiences while allowing them to keep the profit generated from said data for themselves. As artists generate more data through the app, they will have the opportunity to partner on rewards with sponsors. This ultimately allows them to finally have control over how their brand is marketed. In addition to its benefit to creatives, the app will create a system that rewards fans for their listening and streaming habits.

“If there are apps that can get you a driver or apps that can get you a house for the weekend, why isn’t there an app where if I’m the most socially active fan that I can go hang out with my favorite artist? If I am the number one fan generating all this engagement, why isn’t there a way for the artist to find me?”

Unitea allows artists to creatively devise rewards that benefit its most engaged fans, who earn currency — called “Karma” — for listening to and sharing the music of their favorite artists. The app syncs up with the user’s Spotify account (Apple Music and TIDAL, Ketan says, are soon to follow) and allows fans to listen to music through its interface. Fans can then cash in this Karma for one-of-a-kind experiences, like taking a picture with Whipped Cream at Electric Forest or meeting Barclay Crenshaw A.K.A Claude VonStroke.

Claude VonStroke, left, with Ketan Rehangdale, second from right.

“The current social media scenario has created billions of slaves creating data for three or four huge corporations to sell to the highest bidder,” said Crenshaw, who spoke with EDM.com about backing Unitea. “We are not interested in this dynamic any longer.”

Crenshaw added: “We want to start a revolution where the artists get to connect directly with their own fans without third party corporations taking the data.”

Along with artists like Crenshaw and Pitbull, Ketan was able to draw interest from across the industry, partnering with companies like Urban Decay, UnivisionBertelsmann Music Group, and United Talent Agency. In its latest investment round, Unitea was able to raise $2.3 million, and made activation appearances this year at both Dirtybird Campout and Electric Forest.

Unitea is also benefited and backed by Rokk3r Fuel ExO, a Miami-based venture capital group and one of the largest business investors in the Southeast.

"A major paradigm shift took hold when digital took hold of the music industry and changed how the different stakeholders made their money,” said Unitea investor Jeff Ransdell, head of Rokk3r Fuel. “Unitea immediately struck us as an innovative route to not only driving revenue for the artist side of the business, but bringing value to loyal fans. Long term, the data play is huge, so we’re excited to see where the Unitea team takes this."

The hope among artists, investors and fans is that both Ketan and Unitea will allow musicians to finally take back control of their brand and data, removing the leach that has become social media.

“Social media has been a huge bait and switch over the last seven years,” said Crenshaw. “Everything started out free and artists created massive followings online. Then all the social companies said, ‘If you want to talk to your own fans, give us money.’ Ketan is taking over the game and giving the power back to the artists.”

Unitea is currently available for iPhones on the App store, with an Android roll out to follow in the coming months. While it’s still in its early stages, this app has the potential to monetize, empower and reward both artists and fans for being engaged in music once again.

Download Unitea on the iOS App Store here.

Check out Unitea’s latest reward with recording artist Snails, who will send one fan and a friend to Colorado in October for Sluggtopia III via a new reward experience offered through the app.

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Jonas Blue Talks Tiësto Collaboration, Staying Fit on the Road and More

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 13:46

We caught up with the producer before his performance at Airbeat One in Germany.

Jonas Blue has dominated the charts more than a couple of times over the past years. His ability to write hits while always keeping his production style current is astounding. His talent and work ethic have resulted in massive collaborations such as "Fast Car" with Dakota, "Perfect Strangers" with JP Cooper and "Mama" with William Singe

Though he released his debut album, Blue, in 2018, he hasn't slowed down one bit, constantly touring all over the world while also releasing more music. Most recently, he delivered the radio-friendly "Ritual" with Tiësto and Rita Ora, as well as solo single "I Wanna Dance" - a surprising banger curated for the dance floor. 

Before his performance at the festival Airbeat One in North Germany, we had the chance to sit down with the talented producer and talk about his collaborations, touring all over the world, and even about how he worked at the same bar as Sam Smith

EDM.com: You recently released your track “Ritual” with Tiësto and Rita Ora. How did that collaboration came to be?

Jonas Blue: I wrote Ritual with a guy named Fraser T. Smith, and an amazing singer/songwriter called Grace Barker. We wrote this song about a year and a half ago, and then about a year ago I was playing at this huge nightclub called LIV in Miami with Tiësto, and he asked me if I had any songs that we could possibly work on together. He just had "Jackie Chan" and was looking for the follow up, and I said that I have the perfect song that I think would be ideal for our collaboration. So I sent him Ritual and he really loved it, and I thought that the only person I could hear singing over it was Rita Ora. We were really lucky because she had just finished her album, Phoenix, and she was ready to do a collaboration. The track had been doing amazing so far, and it's also a massive track in our sets.

In an interview with GQ you said that you worked as a DJ at a bar where Sam Smith was bartending. That’s a crazy story! Talk to us a bit about that.

So before I became Jonas Blue my job was to DJ at a bar for about six or seven hours three times a week - and to be honest, I loved it. I played lots of pop music, house music, classics, pretty much everything. And I didn't know, but upstairs, Sam Smith was one of the bartenders making pints of beer (laughs) and in that year he wrote "Latch" with Disclosure. It was funny because we both left that bar, and he ended up signing to Capitol Records in the U.S., which is the record label I’m also signed to in the U.S. - so yeah, there must be something about that bar.

You’ve collaborated with a lot of vocalists so far. Can you name one of your favorite collaborations, and why they were special?

One of my favorite collaborations so far would have been with William Singe on my song "Mama." The reason is that I found the guy on YouTube, and I was just a massive fan of his R&B covers. When I wrote "Mama" and sent it to him he was on a tour bus, recorded it on his laptop using a USB microphone, and that's what you hear on the record! That's been one of my favorite songs to work on for sure.

Your debut album Blue came out late last year. What made you want to drop a full-length project, considering you’ve had massive success with singles so far?

For this I was kind of listening to my fans, and my fans wanted to listen to a full-length album from me. They wanted to be taken on a journey; they didn't want just the singles. That was mainly the reason. It was a lot of fun to do and basically featured eight of the songs that people knew and eight new songs. While it was a lot of fun, it also took a lot of time and effort to do but I'm glad I did it, and I’m back focusing on singles and collaborations now!

Touring so extensively around the world, what are some of your secrets in order to keep healthy and fit? How many shows do you do per year, approximately?

I probably do about 250 shows a year, and a lot of my shows are radio shows as well. I have a lot of radio stations around the world that support my music, so I have to go to all these different countries and play all these massive radio shows. There's a lot of those, a lot of DJ gigs and then there's also these live shows that I do where I'll be paying piano and I'll have some singers perform with me. So yeah a lot of shows! In terms of being able to do all that, I think it's the love of music, and the love of seeing the reactions of fans singing and moving to your songs.

It's very, very hard to stay fit; the only way I do it with my schedule is that I have probably four or five photoshoots a year, and I'll prepare several weeks in advance for those, so having a goal like that is what enables me to keep fit. It's difficult, though, and sleeping is really difficult too. Straight after this show we have to drive an hour and a half back to Hamburg, and then catch a flight back to London and be in the Chinese embassy as soon as we land. It's difficult, but you do it because you do it for the love.

Anything else you’d like to add or say to your fans?

As always, the last four years have been an incredible journey, and I want to thank my fans, obviously EDM.com, all the festivals, and all the promoters. Thank you so much to everyone for your incredible support. I'm going to keep making music and I'm going to keep playing music. I love you. 

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Borgeous Shares Melodic Dubstep Song "Runnin'" from Upcoming EP

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 13:34

"Runnin'" mixes face melting and feels into a summer anthem.

Borgeous has chosen the melodic dubstep subgenre as a framework for his latest single. He has premiered "Runnin'" from his upcoming EP, Lights Out, a song that pairs blissful melodies with the bombastic release of heavy bass.

Xylophone-like plucks precede the halftime drum pattern in "Runnin'," whose style is somewhat reminiscent of the songs that soundtracked the EDM boom of 2010-2014. Although energetic, the vocal doesn't hog more of the arrangement than it should - and the drop is sure to appeal to any headbanger in a festival audience.

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“To me, ‘Runnin” is the perfect combination of the past and the present,” said Borgeous (real name John James Borger Jr.) in a statement. “It combines both vocals and high-energy builds that can be seen in my past productions, with the heavier dubstep sounds that I love playing out live in my sets today.”

Pre-save the rest of Lights Out on Spotify here, and catch Borger's next show at Soundcheck in Washington, D.C. on August 16th.

H/T: Dancing Astronaut

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Wiwek Talks Marshmello Collaboration, Secret Talent and More [Interview]

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 12:28

We caught up with the Dutch producer right before his performance at Airbeat One in Germany.

Few producers have been releasing music so actively within the past years, while also having created their own unique style and repping it so much as Wiwek. The self-proclaimed creator of the jungle terror genre is not really paying attention to what is happening around him, and is killing it in his own lane. 

His combination of energetic drops and unique production has caught the attention of every big industry name. It has also landed him collaborations with the likes of Skrillex, Hardwell, Valentino Khan and, most recently, Marshmello

We got the chance to talk to Wiwek (real name Wiwek Mahabali) before his performance at Airbeat One Festival in North Germany. Other than his collaboration with Marshmello and his recent album, CYCLES, we talked about people copying him, his secret talent and more. 

EDM.com: Some months ago you released your album, Cycles. How was the creation process?

Wiwek: Well, everything on Cycles was completely new, not like my last album, Jungle Terror Saga. It has more crossovers, and it’s essentially the finished product of me just making music every day for an entire year with a lot of people and getting inspired. It was a project for me to get inspired again, get creative again, and explore new sounds. To be honest, when I already had all the ideas, only then I knew that I’m working on an album. It was such a natural process, and it’s self-released on my own label so it was a real fun project.

You were recently featured on Marshmello’s Joytime III with your collaboration “Angklung Life.” Talk to us about how that track came to be.

Well, actually, almost all my collaborations have happened through a Twitter DM. I think he plays a lot of my tunes in his sets as well, so I sent him some and he asked if I have any ideas about a possible collaboration. I sent him the “Angklung Life” ID and he loved it. From there I sent him the stems, he worked on it, and we kept sending it back and forth until it was finished, but that’s how it went, it was all a Twitter DM. It’s usually like that, two creative people meeting online and vibing with each other and wanting to create - and that’s the funny thing about social media, that everything is so accessible. It’s great.

You also launched your own label, Maha Vana. What made you feel like you had to create your own record label?

Well, it was mostly just creative freedom, like sometimes I make crazy shit and then no label wants to release it. Maha Vana was called Rimbu before and then I had to change the name for legal reasons. That’s how Rimbu started as well; I was just making so many crazy tunes that no label wanted to release back in 2013 and 2014 so I dropped then all on Rimbu, and some of them became like really cool tracks for DJs. So that’s the cool thing about having your own platform, everything I create I can just release, and I can also help other people as well. I haven’t released any music from other artists yet because I haven’t found the perfect match, but when I do, then I hope I can help them become successful. Besides the label, it’s also a party concept and that’s what we’re going to do tonight at Airbeat One. When I do a Maha Vana show, it’s with drums, like a bring a drummer with me, it’s with like 30 monkeys we pump up, and we just create a jungle party out of it, and a lot of my classics are played live as well like “Killa” or “Pop It” or “Rebels,” so it’s like the whole package.

You have really pioneered your sound and have been the first to move in this direction creatively. I’m sure people have tried to copy it and sound like you, but was there any situation that was too much and you had to step in?

Well, usually when something like this happens I get really proud because apparently I inspire people, which is the best thing. I know the feeling cause I have people that I get inspired by as well, so that’s nice you know that you can give others inspiration. It’s sick, like it means I’m doing a great job being a creative to begin with, instead of everybody hating on it or nobody listening to it except my mom (laughs).

What is a secret talent of yours that no one knows about?

I’m very good at FIFA, but a lot of people know about that. I always say that music is not my talent; FIFA is.

What are some of your favorite artists right now?

I really loved the latest songs of TroyBoi on OWSLA. I also really love Habstrakt, like he put out this tune recently on Monstercat that’s insane.

What things do you have coming up? How does the rest of 2019 look like for Wiwek?

I just finished some remixes. One of them is really fun, it’s for a classic Gregor Salto track called “Azumba.” Other than that I have so much crazy club shit coming that I also play in my sets, so I just have to get them all together and do something. I can put out some on my label, I can send some to other labels, I just have to sit down and organize everything you know, and obviously, I still have to sit down and finish so much stuff. That’s what I kind of have in my mind right now, I’ll think a lot within the next couple of weeks because I have a pretty chill schedule. I’ll maybe just go into the woods, rent a house, and just think about what am I going to do with all these songs, and hopefully I can give them to the world soon. 

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Tomorrowland Winter Announces 2020 Dates, Opens Pre-Registration

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 12:04

Tomorrowland Winter will return to Alpe d'Huez next year.

Following its inaugural edition in March of this year, Tomorrowland Winter's organizers have formally announced their 2020 event. The Tomorrowland offshoot festival will return to the French Alps ski resort Alpe d'Huez from March 14th-21st, and those planning to attend can now pre-register to purchase tickets.

Last year's event saw such headliners as Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, DJ Snake and Vini Vici. In addition to its three stages, the festival also offered four other areas with activities on the slopes. As could be seen in the official aftermovie for this year's event, organizers succeeded in capturing the wonderment of the flagship Tomorrowland event in the unexpected setting.

Those who pre-register on the Tomorrowland website will be able to purchase seven-day tickets on September 14th, with four-day packages going on sale September 21st. More information will surely follow in the coming months, and lineup details are likely to arrive early next year.

H/T: DJ Mag

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Seven Lions Explains Moonrise Festival Cancellation in Detail

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 11:07

“Honestly this was one of the shittyest [sic] days of my life."

Jeff Montalvo, known professionally as Seven Lions, was unable to perform his August 11th set at Moonrise Festival in Baltimore, Maryland. Following an initial apology via Twitter, the melodic dubstep superstar penned a longer statement on the sequence of events that led him to call the appearance off.

According to a post Montalvo made in Codex Leonis: Official Seven Lions Fan Group, he missed his flight to Baltimore due to a combination of factors - among them an error on the part of his team. "Once we realized we weren't making the flight we tried to re route through any airport that could get us there and there were zero options that got us in before the show was over so the next step [was] to charter a private jet," he wrote. "We got one out of New York and then found out that since Trump was in New York there was a no fly zone around New York for a 45 minute [sic] radius."

The tone of Montalvo's post suggests a deep disappointment in the circumstances. “Honestly this was one of the shittyest [sic] days of my life," he wrote. He went on to say that he had only missed one gig last year due to a death in the family - and none prior to that going as far back as 2014, when inclement weather held him up in Toronto.

Montalvo will resume touring with a performance at Das Energi in Magna, Utah on August 16th.

H/T: Your EDM

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Rival Teams Up With Caravn For Bass-Heavy "Be Gone"

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 18:41

The producer's latest track is once again a banger.

German producer Rival just enlisted singer Caravn for a bass-heavy single titled "Be Gone." The track, which in proper Rival fashion was released along a visually pleasing lyric video, marks his 8th original in 2019. He has definitely kept it busy with tracks ranging from explosive "Satisfy The Rage" with Micah Martin to pop-ballad "Lately" with vocal work from Conor Byrne

Out via NCS, "Be Gone" possibly marks one of the hardest releases this year by Rival (real name Valentin Rieff); a result of Caravn's dramatic songwriting paired with his epic production. A simple piano melody introduces the song as cinematic atmosphere builds up with the help of acoustic drum hits and washed out electric guitars, all under Caravn's impressive vocal performance. Quite surprisingly, a cataclasm of synths and impactful bass stabs hits the listener in the drop, and takes the energy to another level, before it drops back down on the second verse. 

Rival has been releasing music independently since 2017, and his releases over the past year have started getting him a lot of attention. His production and sound design skills, paired with an ear for excellent songwriting and melodies really make up for an impressive result, and a definite bright future as the German artist is only 21 years old. 

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JSTJR Releases "I See You" On New Label Endeavor, Group Chat Recordings

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 18:33

JSTJR is entering the label game with his new single.

JSTJR has a new single and a new label. JSTJR ( real name James S. Tomaszewski Jr.) has released "I See You" as the first release on his new imprint Group Chat Recordings.

Tomaszewski first premiered "I See You" during his set at EDC Las Vegas, and since then he's noticed a demand among fans and producers alike for the track. The multi-genre producer has been successful in creating consistently groovy bass music tracks, and with the infectious combination of house music and heavy bass lines it's no wonder crowds are responding to his latest work. 

With "I See You," Tomaszewski is entering the rapidly competitive landscape of artist-run labels. With Group Chat Recordings he will be taking the next step as a curator. The producer has positioned himself well musically having worked with imprints such as Mad Decent, Insomniac Records, Monstercat, and many more so he comes with experience and knowledge in the field. With a pulse on what artists want, this notion should play well in JSTJR's favor as he tackles this new endeavor in his career.

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Egzod Releases Bilingual Single "Patience" with Sinego

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 18:28

Egzod returns to Lowly with an energizing new single.

Egzod returns with another single on the esteemed trap music label Lowly.. Bringing former collaborator and Colombian producer Sinego along for the ride, the two cross cultures in the rock-inspired single "Patience."

Egzod has had no trouble amassing an audience with his unique combination of rock and world instrumentation, and heavy hitting electronic synths. The Miami-based producer has landed numerous singles on Lowly. this year beginning with "Reserve" - which premiered on EDM.com back in February.

Instrumentally, the formula for "Patience" remains in a similar vein. However, from a songwriting perspective the track sees the combination of both English and Spanish spoken verses, a move that will prove valuable in their appeal to a global streaming base. 

Colombian producer Sinego has proven successful in numerous Latin American markets following releases on Warner Music Latin America, Sony Music Brazil, and more. The producer and multi-instrumentalist releases "Patience" coming off of a pop house remix of Sofi Tukker's "Playa Grande." Having broken several hits already in Latin America, Sinego is largely creditable for the collaboration's multi-cultural appeal.

“This song embodies everything Egzod is about: cultural diversity, meaningful life story, and world sounds," said Ezgod. "I had a lot of fun working with my great and talented friend Sinego, with whom I share a similar vision, as well as with the amazing songwriter Daniel Sobrino."

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