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Decadence Arizona Adds Zeds Dead, Adam Beyer, and More for Phase 2

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 17:06

The 2019 lineup just got a whole lot more stacked.

Global Dance and Relentless Beats' popular New Year's Eve music festival Decadence Arizona has already announced a slew of major headlining talent for 2019. This year's event includes superstars like Diplo, Illenium, Skrillex, and FISHER. Those massive announcements were only Phase One of the lineup. Organizers have released Phase Two of 2019's artist announcements, and it's big. 

The second wave of announcements includes techno heavy hitter and Drumcode boss Adam Beyer, GRiZTRONICS (the collaborative DJ sets put on by GRiZ and Subtronics), dubstep titans Zeds Dead, and deep house icon Nora En Pure. Additionally, Nightbass head honcho AC Slater as well as GalantisJOYRYDE and G Jones were added, among many others. 

Adding all of these massive acts to the already stacked lineup, Global Dance is firing on all cylinders across many different genres to make this year's event one to remember. 

Fans can experience Decadence Arizona on December 30th and 31st, at the Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, Arizona. Tickets are available now and can be found here, as can the entire 2019 lineup, info about travel packages and VIP tables, and more. 

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Dreamstate Melbourne Attendees Complain of Oversold Event

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 15:53

Attendees of the festival have speculated that it was oversold and dangerously overcrowded.

Dreamstate began as a single-city trance event taking place in San Bernadino, California in 2015, but it quickly expanded into new territories over the last three years. Melbourne was one such city, and Dreamstate Melbourne just saw its second year in that city, on October 5th, 2019. Trance fans were quite ecstatic about this year's lineup but many had their experience soured, citing dangerous overcrowding in the event and accusing organizers of overselling the event.  

Some attendees took to social media to post photos of the event and voice their frustrations with the way it was executed. One such photo shows a long line in which the attendees had to stand to be let in to the main event area, but allegedly only on a one-in, one-out basis due to the massively crowded dance floor.

Another photo was shared showing that event staff had put a message on the LED screens that read, "Floor is full please move to top of seated area [sic]."

Attendees complained of the overcrowding and the way it was handled by the staff, claiming that the event itself appeared massively oversold. One such attendee recounted that he couldn't move, stay hydrated, or leave for the restroom without difficulty. That same attendee also said he unfortunately drank out of an abandoned Powerade bottle, mistaking its contents after his friend had urinated in it. 

Dreamstate has not issued a statement about these complaints and accusations. A spokesperson on behalf of Insomniac was not immediately available for comment.

H/T: EDMTunes

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Ultra Music Festival to Adapt RESISTANCE Island for 2020 Return to Bayfront Park

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 15:08

Introducing: The Cove.

It's not lost on Ultra Music Festival's organizers that house and techno are among its most sought-after commodities. Owing to the success of RESISTANCE Island (even amid the 2019 edition's numerous challenges), they will adapt the stage into something called The Cove for the festival's celebrated 2020 Bayfront Park return.

In order to best capture the feel of RESISTANCE Island, The Cove will occupy an alcove overlooking Biscayne Bay. The adaptation will be one of many rearrangements made to Ultra for its anticipated 2020 edition.

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Ultra has called Bayfront Park home throughout most of its lifetime. After the Miami City Commission voted down their contract to return there, the 2019 installment of the festival took place in Virginia Key. After a tumultuous event, organizers announced that the 2020 edition would take place outside of Miami. After that, city officials began talks to lure the event back so as not to forego its positive economic impact.

In the months leading up to last year's festival, organizers announced that the Arcadia Spider would no longer be part of the RESISTANCE stage. The massive installation was built by Arcadia Spectacular, a collective who worked with Ultra since the 2016 edition.

Ultra will take place from March 20th-22nd, 2020. For more information, visit the event website.

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Eric Prydz Calls Leaving Swedish House Mafia "the Best Thing that Could Have Happened"

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 14:21

In an interview with Zane Lowe, Prydz contemplated whether he was a founding member of the supergroup.

With their respective styles so far removed from one another, the uninitiated fan might not suspect that Eric Prydz once worked closely with Swedish House Mafia. In a recent interview, the progressive house virtuoso revealed that he may not think of himself as one of the group's founders, either. 

In conversation with Prydz, Zane Lowe of Beats 1 referred to the Swedish DJ/producer as a founding member of the group. "Am I?" Prydz asked. He went on to explain:

"I was there at the start, but I think the Swedish House Mafia then was something totally different from what it became when Steve [Angello], Axwell and [Sebastian Ingrosso] decided to really take that project on. It was the four of us, we all grew up together in Stockholm, we were best friends, inseparable, all with studios in the same area making this new type of electro house - or whatever it was - and really pushing each other, and inspiring each other.

I was definitely part of that, and the name Swedish House Mafia was there then. I do think that the best thing that could have happened was what happened, which was Eric was removed and moved to London, because my music and the way that I look at music was quite different from what they liked. I think I would have just held the whole thing back, and I'm so proud of them."

Prydz also told Lowe about the first time he tested out his hit single, "Pjanoo," on live audiences, recounting that it "fell flat" to Lowe's surprise. He also talked about when he met Depeche Mode after remixing several of their songs, citing it as one of the few times he has been starstruck. 

Lowe's full interview with Prydz can be watched in its entirety below.

H/T: EDMTunes

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Illenium's Red Rocks Amphitheatre Show Canceled Due to Weather

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 13:16

A dramatic temperature drop in Colorado has led to the cancellation of one of Illenium's most anticipated gigs.

Illenium fans in and around his hometown of Denver, Colorado have been met with unfortunate news. The superstar DJ/producer has been forced to cancel the first of three consecutive Red Rocks Amphitheatre headline events on account of inclement weather.

Red Rocks first shared the news via a recorded message on their info line. Thursday, October 10th marked the first freeze of the season, and in the early hours of Friday, October 10th temperatures are expected to break record lows for this point in the season. Illenium (real name Nicholas D. Miller) is still expected to perform on the evenings of the 10th and 11th as the weather warms back up.

Fans of Miller in the Mile High area have had a tough run of luck so far this year. In July, he was forced to cancel his back-to-back set with Excision at the 2019 edition of Global Dance Festival due to high risk of lightning strikes during a storm. The two finally performed together at Lost Lands two weeks ago.

Refunds for Illenium's first Red Rocks headline event are expected to process within 24-48 hours.

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Dance the Night Away with the Latest Roundup of Our Top New Releases [Playlist]

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 12:47

Get a recap of September's new releases with our monthly top picks playlist.

With the end of the year fast approaching, DJs and producers alike have been releasing the last of their new music. As sad as that is, at least we have three more months of exciting new releases to look forward to.

Last month in particular had a lot of new tracks from dubstep to trap and house to future bass. It was really tough to narrow it down, but among our top picks are DJ powerhouses like Steve Aoki, Don Diablo, Zedd and Armin van Buuren in addition to fan favorites like Tritonal, 3LAU, Ekali, Gryffin and Lauv.

In September, Alesso released a chilling house track called "In The Middle." He teamed up with 21 year-old rising talent SUMR CAMP, who in the spring also collaborated with Jauz on a huge track titled "Dance Floor." Continuing on that house vibe, Riton and Oliver Heldens brought us back to the '80s with their release "Turn Me On." Sampling the memorable melody from synth-pop duo Yazoo's "Don't Go," their song will no doubt be a nightclub hit. 

It was also a big month for DJ legend Tiësto. Not only did he get married to his longtime model girlfriend, he also released a mesmerizing track called "God Is A Dancer." Weaving together a story of a female god, Mabel's vocals take the lead in this feelgood song. On their collaboration, Tiësto said, "Mabel is an incredible talent, she smashed the vocal, and I cannot think of anyone else more perfect to have collaborated with on this record."

Speaking of new feelgood releases, the most upbeat song in our top picks goes to Swedish DJ duo Galantis. Their latest anthem, "Holy Water," pours the last bit of those warm summer vibes into its listeners before the cool of fall sets in fully. 

On the other hand, most DJs and producers have already embraced the lower temperatures. Elephante's dreamy melodic release "Diamond Days" is chilling in every sense. He decided to sing the song himself, and its nostalgia-filled lyrics and future bass synths will have you thinking back on old memories. 

On the topic of notable melodic producers, everyone's dream collaboration finally happened last month. Adventure Club and Said the Sky teamed up on the first of hopefully many sadboi collaborations to come. "Already Know" is the perfect blend of Said the Sky's early melodic dubstep sounds and Adventure Club's "lovestep" and sadboi sounds. 

For more awesome house, future house, future bass, trap, dubstep, electro house and electronic songs, be sure to check out the rest of our playlist.

Planet of The Drums to Bring 20 Years of Apocalyptic Bass to Denver

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 20:06

Planet of the Drums will return to Denver with support from Nvrsoft, Reid Speed, Fury and more.

On Friday, November 22nd, DnB legends Planet of the Drums (AK1200, Dara, Dieselboy, and Messinian) are coming to Denver, Colorado to celebrate 20 years of apocalyptic bass. 

Organized by Q-Vents Presents, the Planet Of The Drums takeover of Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom will be one of the biggest drum and bass events of the year, and Q-Vents owner Jake Browning's biggest show to date. Not only will the iconic Planet of the Drums crew be headlining the event, but DnB veterans such as AudioPorn UK recording artist Nvrsoft (who has just been nominated newcomer of the year by Drum and Bass Arena) together with DnB veterans such as Reid Speed of Play Me Records and Fury will also unleash a sonic assault upon the throngs of Mile High DnB lovers.

For six hours of pure DnB bliss, accompanied by a masterwork laser light display by Surreal Lasers, make sure to RSVP for the event, and don't forget to get tickets before they are gone.

PLANET OF THE DRUMS (; 0:44) FOUR MEN - ONE MISSION

It happened during the summer of 1999. North America’s most prominent drum and bass DJs joined forces to create the legendary crew known as Planet of the Drums. Using their combined muscle to push drum and bass music into the spotlight of the main stage, they toured tirelessly for well over a decade, fronted by the vocal rhyme animal known as Messinian. Their incessant drive and motivation helped set the groundwork of the scene that exists today.

Feeling their work completed, the team turned their focus to personal projects and the Planet of the Drums project was put on the back burner while it’s members turned to focus on their own personal projects. As was soon discovered, however, the drum and bass scene in North America began a slow freefall into underground obscurity.

This could not stand.

Reuniting in 2017, the Planet of the Drums crew returned to continue their original mission - celebrating, honoring and advancing drum and bass music. Their 2018 single “Awakening” represents a retrospective of some of their favorite sounds, highlights and moments from the past year. What always made POTD special was the compelling combination of the boys’ varied styles - AK and his raw breakbeats, Dara’s rolling dancefloor vibes, and Dieselboy with the heavy cinematic pressure. Three hundred and sixty degrees of futuristic drum and bass business.

THE PLANET HAS AWAKENED!

Check out the official tracklist >> tinyurl.com/yblufllg

Don't miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to trip to the Planet of the Drums!

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Marshmello Will Reportedly Take Home Millions for KAOS Nightclub to End Contract Early

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 19:27

The amount is expected to be somewhere in the millions, but not to exceed $30 million.

Two weeks ago, it came to light that Skrillex and Marshmello would prematurely end their residencies at KAOS Nightclub, Las Vegas' newest superclub. According to unnamed sources, however, the latter artist will by no means leave empty handed. 

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Marshmello (real name Chris Comstock) will receive a severance package to the tune of millions of dollars. The sum is said to not exceed $30 million, however. 

In conversation with Casino.org, a Miami-based attorney named James Sammataro speculated that Comstock's hefty severance was written into his contract as KAOS' talent buyers had entered into a bidding war with those of Wynn. The former nightclub is now said to experiencing financial difficulty, leading to the early termination of the residency. 

Others remain skeptical of the rumor. L.A. entertainment attorney Kamal Moo told Casino.org, “I don’t see many agreements that give the artist the ability to just walk away from an engagement. That would basically defeat the purpose of having a contract.”

Cardi B and YG still remain the headliners for regular events at KAOS Nightclub.

H/T: Your EDM

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Fatboy Slim Pays Tribute To Greta Thunberg Through "Right Here, Right Now" Mashup

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 18:29

The iconic producer mixed in the climate activist's UN speech with his club anthem.

During his performance in Gateshead, England this past weekend, the legendary producer Fatboy Slim (real name Norman Cook) decided to spread a message on climate change. He did so by paying tribute to Greta Thunberg - the young climate change activist who has made headlines around the globe after a powerful speech she made to the United Nations during the Climate Summit went viral. The British producer sampled said speech and mixed it into his legendary track "Right Here, Right Now."

The 16-year-old is heard delivering her moving words to the world leaders as synths boom in the background. “We will not let you get away with this," Thunberg can be heard saying. "Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.”

Cook seamlessly loops her chanting of "Right here, right now" over the original sample of Angela Basset as the crowd goes wild. The track was first shared by the musician David Scott from The Kiffness on social media late this September. He set the mashup to images of Thunberg, melting ice caps, President Donald Trump, and the Earth. After Cook praised and reposted the mashup on his Facebook, he has now begun incorporating it into his live performances.   

Cook has been making iconic club tracks since the '90s and continues to tour to this day, selling out shows around the world. Last year he released his Fatboy Slim vs Australia EP while going on his tour down under. 

H/T: The Guardian

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Louis The Child & San Holo Tease Potential Collab

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 17:38

It's official, they are in the studio together.

Are you a fan of Louis the Child and San Holo? If you answered yes, you may need to sit down. The producers took to Instagram to share that they are in the studio together, aka we may have a collaboration on the way. After witnessing the playful dynamic between the producers, we can tell some magic is about to come out of this. 

San Holo Instagram Story 10/9/19 (; 0:30)

Louis The Child (real names Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett) and San Holo (real name Sander van Dijck) are producers who have risen through the ranks around the same time. With van Dijck's knack for delivering smooth, catchy, and slightly melancholic singles paired with the duo's bouncy, fun-loving productions, we are in for a treat. Their styles fall into a specific section of the EDM Venn diagram. That special set of similarities and differences are bound to make an ultimate smash. 

Hauldren and Kennet, hailing from Chicago, are currently gearing for the fall leg of their Here for Now Tour traveling across the East Coast, Midwest, and Canada. van Dijk, the Netherlands' shining star, is currently on his final album1 tour. 

No word yet the name or release date for this collaboration so make sure to check back in to get the latest news. 

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DJ Snake Teases "Fuego" Music Video with Anitta and Sean Paul ft. Tainy

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 16:26

The track is hot, but the video looks to be even hotter.

DJ Snake has taken to social media to announce that the official music video for the track "Fuego" with Sean Paul, Anitta, and Tainy will be premiering tomorrow, October 10th. It is one of 17 tracks off of the diverse Carte Blanche album. Through the short clip shared by the French producer, the video is set to be as spicy and sexy as the song it accompanies. 

The track is a reggaeton smash featuring the vocals of Brazilian songstress Anitta and legendary dancehall superstar Sean Paul. It is the type of single that will get the dance floors bumping and grinding. With sultry vocals and an infectious production, this has all the potential to dominate the radio waves just as his previous tracks such as "Taki Taki" have. 

DJ Snake (real name William Sami Étienne Grigahcine) has been branching out into the Latin market as of late. The French DJ/producer has perfected the melding of urban and multicultural genres, delivering bilingual hits with Cardi B, Selena Gomez, Ozuna, J. Balvin, Tyga and more. He's tapped into a goldmine and fans can't get enough of it.

Check back in tomorrow, October 10th, for the premiere of the "Fuego" music video.

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SAYMYNAME and BlumBros Drop Heavy-Hitting Single, “Boujee”

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 15:21

The new single blends hip-hop and SAYMYNAME’s signature hard trap style.

Genre trailblazer and originator of “HARDTRAP,” SAYMYNAME has teamed up with Philadephia-based hip-hop duo BlumBros for the massive new single, “Boujee.”

Crowned as “the godfather of HARDTRAP" by fans and industry elites alike, SAYMYNAME has built a career out of producing high-impact, heavy-hitting festival anthems. From starting his career in 2013 after winning Insomniac's Discovery Project to HARD Summer compilation track exclusives and numerous main stage performances, it's evident SAYMYNAME's style is perfectly suited for getting a crowd moving. His latest festival creation enlists the talents of the rising duo, BlumBros.

“Boujee” blurs the lines between hip-hop and SAYMYNAME’s unique blend of hardstyle and trap. BlumBros' talents shine through in the track with its infectious hook and lyrics delivered with an unmatched level of confidence. Just as much as listeners hear the bravado, they can hear the authenticity in the track’s beat. Similar to Rae Sremmurd or Migos, it is clear the sibling duo has a promising future ahead.

SAYMYNAME will be performing at Bassmnt in San Diego on December 28th. For all ticketing information, visit here

Stream or download SAYMYNAME and BlumBro's new single "BOUJEE," out now on Thrive Music. 

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Kaskade Recounts Near-Death Experience During Flight

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 13:59

Kaskade has told the story of a harrowing experience in which his plane caught on fire.

If things had gone just a little differently during an international flight boarded by none other than Kaskade, the decorated DJ/producer may not have risen to become a fixture of the EDM world. He recently told the story of the trip gone amiss, revealing a harrowing account that found him fearing for his life.

The incident took place while Kaskade (real name Ryan Raddon) was on a flight back home following a European tour, according to his recent Facebook post. "I woke up to the smell of burning plastic," he wrote. "As the main cabin started to get hazy and fill with smoke, it was obvious that something was really wrong."

Raddon said the captain announced over the loudspeaker that they would make an emergency landing in Reykjavik, Iceland. While being escorted back to a more empty seat, he saw fellow passengers crying and praying, and began to worry for his own safety.

"The question begged to be asked, am I going to die this afternoon? Is this really the end because it seemed so anti climactic…I mean, EDM has not even happened yet," he wrote, revealing that the incident perhaps took place at some point prior to 2010.

The shores of Iceland finally came into view, eliciting cheers from the passengers of the aircraft. "After all the emergency procedures were done and everyone was off the plane they shuttled us on busses into downtown Reykjavik," Raddon wrote. "People boarded the busses randomly hugging one another, smiling and laughing sharing their stories of what happened swapping bits of info."

Here's to hoping Raddon has a much smoother flight than the one he recounted on his way to Stereo Live in Dallas, Texas for the October 10th stop of his REDUX 003 Tour.

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Review: Liquid Stranger's First-Ever Wakaan Music Festival Debuts as Premier Bass Event in the U.S.

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 12:33

In its inaugural year, the festival went off without a hitch.

If you ask Liquid Stranger — or anyone from his Wakaan label for that matter — they’ll tell you it was never the goal to host their own music festival. This past weekend, however, they hosted a sold-out, 10,000-person Wakaan Music Festival that set a new standard for bass music events across the country.

Founded in 2012, the original intent of the label was simply to act as a platform for a group of friends making fringe bass music. Led by Martin Stääf (the man behind Liquid Stranger), the group found its own moderate following and carved a niche into the electronic scene by promoting freeform bass. As bass music pushed into the mainstream in recent years, so did Wakaan, helping cull over 200,000 fans to Stääf’s online "Liquid Stranger Family."

Sometime last year, his growing family began to clamor for a festival of their own, making mock lineups and hounding Stääf himself online for an event they could call their own. This past weekend, those fans’ dreams and Stääf’s longtime vision for a collective bass family came into fruition with Wakaan Music Festival on Mulberry Mountain, a rustic and tucked-away venue in Ozark, Arkansas.

The event kicked off with a pre-party Wednesday night, with three thousand showing up early to catch a Liquid Stranger throwback set and appearances from Michal Menert, Protohype and Sully. On night one, those fans were introduced to the smaller, more intimate stages that would host the after parties over the weekend. At both the Chakra and Halo stages, music kicked off at 2:00 AM, running all the way through sunrise at 7:00 AM. While the Chakra stage hosted underground gems like Jantsen, Mize, and sfam, the Halo stage — hosted by the Jaenga Bus — presented takeovers from up-and-coming bass labels Sub.mission, Sermont Nation and the Spicy Bois.

The festival’s main stage, Aura, opened up Thursday, as the remaining thousands began to arrive from around the country. In the buildup to the festival, the Wakaan team and artists began circulating the hashtag #IAmWakaan, emphasizing the importance of each member of its community. To reference this, the Aura stage production was set up in the shape of an eye. As fans looked on throughout the weekend, this served as a continual reminder that those watching were every bit as integral in the experience as those playing onstage.

Wanting to create a more intimate vibe for their fans, the festival provided a free-roam experience for those in the audience. At any given time, fans could walk up to the railing and circle around to the back as they pleased. There was even enough room to grab a seat on the ground, or set up an inflatable couch (which the festival allowed in) just about anywhere. This made for prime viewing of some of the best bass acts around the country, while nixing the inconvenience of bulky crowds and lines.

While these stages hosted sets from big names like Space Jesus, Rusko, and Manic Focus, its greatest moments were when it served as a pedestal for some of 2019’s breakthrough acts. Night one’s defining moment undoubtedly belonged to LSDREAM, the former twonk star-turned space bass phenom. His set brought the majority of the festival into the main stage grounds as the sun dipped below the mountainous tree line. Every moment felt monumental as he flexed his midtempo bass repertoire while wearing a bucket hat onstage. He even debuted his track “Ace of Cups” for the first time live, leaving many stunned as they continued on with their night.

Another standout moment came Saturday with the appearance of Florida producer Lucii, one of Wakaan’s brightest stars despite serving as the opening act of Liquid Stranger’s five-show Infinity Tour only a few months ago. While she’s picked up notoriety for singing on her own tracks, at 5:30 PM on Friday, she showed the masses that her subtlety only adds to the weight of her thunderous bass. This was only to be upstaged by PEEKABOO, who began at 11:30 PM. The Wakaan/Deadbeats star blew up last year behind his G-REX collab, “Babatunde,” but has shown he’s anything but a one-hit wonder since. His Friday set felt like a full-scale headlining performance, from the crowd energy to his imposing "peekaboo" visuals. It doesn’t seem too far off that the Detroit act will be a headliner on his own.

Aside from Friday, each night ended with a set from Liquid Stranger himself. During Thursday night’s downtempo set he unveiled the news of a new downtempo label, Sskwan (it has it's own Facebook page now too), and all of Liquid’s sets served as gentle reminders of why this community has become so special. Stääf took every chance he could to thank fans, artists and team members for their contributions in making this dream a reality.

While Stääf’s decades of hard work laid the foundation of Wakaan, he continually reminded everyone in attendance that this dream was a collective effort. This served as a further testament as to why this community and the Wakaan family have become so revered and special today. Instead of putting individuals on a pedestal, it's promoted the idea that everyone, whether artist, fan, or staff, is just as important in bringing an idea to life.

While its year one success will undoubtedly garner interest from major promoters around the world to make it bigger and more commercial, the vibe and intimacy forged at Wakaan Music Festival in 2019 will set the standard for bass events like it for years to come.

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Taiwanese Festival Features Parody Performances of Skrillex, Steve Aoki, and Armin van Buuren

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 12:02

Be Somebody Festival lives up to its name.

At a passing glance of X-Cube Nightclub's Halloween event flyer, you may be thinking about how lucky Taiwan is to have three superstar DJ's playing in one night. But after a closer look, things start to look a bit... off. 

Be Somebody Festival Flyer

No, Skrillex, Steve Aoki, and Armin van Buuren will not be playing X-Cube's aptly named Be Somebody Festival, but some scarily convincing impressionists sure will. Skrelax, Steve Aniki, Armin van Bullsxxt will be standing in to deliver Taiwan a night of entertainment instead.

In recent years Halloween has become increasingly popular in Taiwan, so if you think this event is fake, you'd be mistaken. X-Cube has already formally announced the event on social media and is publicly promoting ticket sales for the parody costume event. 

X-Club is based in Taichung’s Nantun District. The club is scheduled to throw its parody Be Somebody Festival on Saturday, October 26th.

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Sian Elevates Techno in Ultraviolet 3.0 EP, Shares Exclusive Mix [Interview]

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 11:54

The Octopus Recordings Founder spoke on what sounds influenced his three-part EP.

With every passing minute, the floor of the famed Hollywood Palladium filled up as hordes of fans congregated to dance. The bulk of those fans were there to witness the latest technological spectacle created by a notable masked DJ. Those same fans couldn't help but be hypnotized by the dark techno sounds produced by the hour-long introductory set.

As Sian engaged the audience with heavy bass lines and sinister melodies, the performance itself served as a preface for what the Irish producer is about to unleash as part of his new EP, Ultraviolet 3.0.

Having already released two installations, Ultraviolet 1.0 and Ultraviolet 2.0, the EP series is a presentation of versatility and evolution in the otherwise constricted genre of techno. No stranger to experimentation, the Octopus Recordings founder finds himself pivoting once more, this time to a more attainable sound.

The hard-hitting techno mastermind recently remixed the chart-topping deadmau5 hit "Monophobia," providing his own signature sound to the year-old record. The rework was just one of the many things we covered as Sian talked with us after his appearance on deadmau5' Cube V3 show.

Alongside the interview, Sian also shared an exclusive sixty-minute mix showcasing talents from his label. The broody yet mesmerizing mix features Jay LumenRaitoGallya, and Maxie Devine among others.

EDM.com: You just wrapped up your set at the Hollywood Palladium, opening for deadmau5. How did the L.A. crowd treat you?

Sian: Great. I was stoked that people showed up early to get down. I think myself and i_o brought a good crowd too because there are a ton of techno fans here. There's such a good, weird mix here it's literally a melting pot of people. 

You're about to release the third (and last) part of your latest EP, Ultraviolet. What's influencing your sound in the three-part series?

My influences have always come from those darkwave, synthwave and industrial sounds. Now I'm taking influences from '90s electro and warehouse music to try and do something new that's not Beatport Top 10.

I didn't think there would be anything wrong with having Beatport charting tracks.

For me, I ran a label for a long time that was always on the top of the Beatport charts. This kid said to me the other day that certain techno labels are kind of like EDM.

I realized that techno has changed into this genre that's kind of eating itself a little bit and I want to bring something new into it. I'm on the lookout for artists who are taking weird influences from drum and bass or whatever type of music and bringing that into techno.

What do you hope fans get out of the Ultraviolet 3.0 EP?

I think they're gonna get something new. It might take them a minute to really get it, but I think what I'm doing is creating something completely unique. 

It sounds ridiculous but there's nothing really out there like that. It has some influences from bass music, it has some influences from techno and electro and stuff like that.

You recently teamed up with Will Clarke in a new project called AMOK. How did that partnership happen?

That's a really interesting one for me because Will Clarke and I come from totally different worlds. He brings his vibe which is more house music and I bring my vibe which is more techno and darkwave stuff which ended up in this weird crossover thing that really worked. 

Those were actually all our own AMOK tracks that we played at HARD Summer. It was the first time we played them, so we were kind of lifting the fader, going, do you guys like this? 

Are you confident presenting brand new work at a live show or is it stressful?

Yeah, you never know. People could literally stand there with their arms crossed and say, "what's this shit?" But we gave it a good friend test and a car test. If we bring it out we're gonna stand behind it and say, "This is what we're doing."

Last week you released your remix of deadmau5' "Monophobia." What made you want to rework that hit?

It was one that I really wanted to tackle. I actually ended up getting an orchestral version which is obviously not synched to drum machines or sequencers or synthesizers. So I had to go in and create parts for it and then kind of make a version of that track that sounds like me.

The track is so big and anthemic, you cant take out that lead, you know? That lead is so huge so you have to kind of work around that and create something that's your own but be kind of respectful of that huge track.

Was there pressure to perfect it?

Totally. and I had three days to do it. 

Wow. Three days?

Yeah, three days to create it and put it all together. I think that's part of the fun, you know? That you push yourself to do something extraordinary.

You also recently collaborated with famed skater Jaws Hamoki on a line of merchandise. How did a techno DJ and a skateboarder link up to create clothing?

Myself and Jaws connected through one of our buddies in Phoenix. He came out to one of my shows in L.A. where we ended up partying together. I used to skate, and Jaws is obviously one of the biggest names in skateboarding.

He kind of got into techno through us and through talking, I mentioned I'd be honored to do a board with him. So we did an Octopus board, which was just a plain logo. Later on, Jaws and I started talking about all these short words that were kind of relevant to skateboarding and music. Just stuff that's relevant to us and a T-shirt was the most minimal statement to make. So that's where that came from. 

Once the EP is released, what can Sian fans expect for the rest of 2019?

I'm gonna have some more releases with mau5trap and I have some other stuff that I've been playing that's for a new label project. It's gonna be just my own kind of club tracks, more stripped-down and weird slow dark stuff.

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Keith Flint's Personal Possessions to be Auctioned Off Next Month

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 20:25

Miscellaneous personal items belonging to The Prodigy's frontman will be auctioned off to settle his estate.

Personal belongings of the late frontman Keith Flint will be going up for auction. The sale of these items is scheduled for November 7th at Cheffins Fine Art auction house in Cambridge, 6:00 PM local time. 

Among the lots to be auctioned are personal belongings such as jewelry, furniture, and motorcycle apparel. The auction will also feature The Prodigy memorabilia including gold and silver records that were awarded to the band for their debut album, Experience.  

Gold and Silver Record Awards for The Prodigy's album Experience

Given the rarity of many of the items up for auction, Cheffins Fine Art, who are representing Flint's estate, commented that they had not yet reached a valuation on many of Flint's belongings. 

Cheffins Fine Art's director Martin Millard commented, "Valuing items with such provenance is almost impossible, and therefore we will not be publishing any pre-sale estimates, but expect there to be lots to cater to most budgets.”

Viewings of the available 170 lots will begin on November 3rd, with viewings each day until the sale begins on November 7th. For more information on viewing times each day, visit Cheffins Fine Art online.

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More RV Spots Will Be Made Available for Camp EDC 2020

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 20:20

Fans will have a second chance to get an RV reservation for EDC 2020.

Camp EDC's 2020 offering sold out in record time but that hasn't stopped Pasquale Rotella from trying to find solutions for those who weren't lucky enough to catch the elusive ticket in the general sale.

Camp EDC has progressed dramatically in its two years of action, and has grown to accommodate over 25,000 EDC attendees. The grounds which will serve as a "home away from home" for the weekend will feature shiftpod and RV-style camping. Tickets to Camp EDC almost immediately sold out as soon as they hit the general market. 

With general demand exceeding supply, many fans voiced their frustration. Now Rotella is responding. 

Taking to Instagram, Rotella stated "I’ve worked with the team to create more space for RVs in an adjacent lot behind the grandstands." Rotella went on to state these newly carved-out grounds will be further from the Mesa, so attendees should bring a bike. 

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Insomniac has no more shiftpods left to allocate to the new grounds, so only RV reservations (EDC's premium camping product) will be made available. Fans will have the chance to secure one of these RV reservations this Thursday at 12:00 PM PST when they go on sale.

The 2020 edition of EDC Las Vegas will take place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway May 15th-17th next year.

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Jauz to Embark on Dangerous Waters Tour in 2020

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 17:28

From January to March, Jauz will visit eight North American cities.

Jauz is teaming up with Insomniac to make the first quarter of 2020 something special for his fans. The DJ/producer and Bite This! label boss has announced an eight-stop tour that he calls Dangerous Waters.

The tour will see Jauz (real name Sam Vogel) visit Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago and Brooklyn. It marks the first such partnership between Vogel and Insomniac, who have also organized tours for artists such as Paul van Dyk.

Vogel has been a mainstay of the EDM world ever since the runaway success of his 2014 single "Feel The Volume." Although best known for popularizing the bass house style that swept SoCal several years ago, he's favored more classic house sounds in recent releases like "Don't Leave Me" and "Movin."

The Dangerous Waters tour will kick off with an event at WaMu Theater in Seattle, Washington on January 18th, and conclude with a show at Avant Gardner in Brooklyn, NYC. Find the full list of dates on the Jauz website.

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CONTEST: Win a Meet and Greet with TroyBoi and G Jones at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 14:17

You and your friends could win tickets to see G Jones and Troyboi at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, with even more for a select few.

On October 18th, G Jones and TroyBoi will take to the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre along with Keys N Krates and Lunice. Not only could you and 18 friends win tickets to the event, but a few will get to meet G Jones and TroyBoi in person.

Five contest winners will each get three GA tickets and access to a party bus for all of them to ride to Red Rocks in style. The five winners will also get a meet and greet with the two aforementioned artists in addition to merch bund. In order to enter the contest, follow the instructions in the widget below.

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TroyBoi's popularity among bass music fans has only trended upwards in recent years. He recently collaborated with Skrillex on two singles titled "WARLORDZ" and "Malokera." The latter also featured Ludmilla, Lan and Ty Dolla $ign.

G Jones is famous among electronic music aficionados for his production expertise in Ableton. During his last visit to Denver, he had a Mario Kart 64 speed runner occupy the time slot before his set at The Fillmore Auditorium.

For tickets to G Jones and TroyBoi's Red Rocks Amphitheatre show in addition to other information, visit the venue's website.

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