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Facebook Explains Comments About "Creating Listening Experiences" In Unwelcome News for DJs

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 12:12

This is unfortunate news for DJs looking to connect with fans through live performance on the platform.

As the live music circuit has been brought to a halt this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, artists—and dance music artists especially—have gravitated toward the livestream medium to stay in touch with their fans. 

However, musical artists were quite dismayed with a recent update shared by Facebook regarding the platform's music guidelines. In the update, Facebook states that effective October 1st, their platform and products may not be used to create a "music listening experience." It was the use of that phrase that caused quite a stir. With the threat of having an account banned or a business page deleted for potentially violating the terms, the news has left many on edge. 

Facebook has since added color to the original statement highlighting that most of the guidelines are a rehash of existing rules in place since 2018. Nonetheless, they reaffirm that artists who perform music outside of their own discography will be impacted. The company additionally states that audio should generally not be the primary focus of a video, and that all videos with audio must have a visual component. 

The news is particularly bad for DJs, who likewise will be limited to performing their own songs exclusively even in the scope of a mix. 

While it seems there is plenty of runway to grow the livestream event space overall, Facebook's latest comments suggest the company isn't terribly concerned to be leaning away from the trend. 

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Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee Shares Appreciation for Skrillex's Creative Process In New Interview

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 12:06

Lee didn't hesitate to draw a comparison between his own influences and those of the "Bangarang" producer.

Tommy Lee is hard at work preparing for the release of his solo album, Andro, but after dropping his first two lead singles from the record, the iconic Mötley Crüe drummer has had time to reflect.

In a recent interview with Australia's HEAVY Magazine, Lee ruminated on his internal instincts as an artist and how his many sonic influences are sneaking into his workflow in a variety of forms. 

To better illustrate his point, Lee brought up Skrillex, who was clearly top-of-mind. Lee expressed a certain creative alignment with Skrillex due to their shared appreciation for electronic and metal and shared instinct to take their music into heavier sonic territory. 

"What I do, though, is if you think about it, and if you listen to the beats, a lot of the sounds on the record are not your typical fucking electronic sounds; they’re fucking some pretty beasty, gnarly sounds from the dirty-ass bass to the drum beats to the hyperness of them. So my background and my influences are constantly sneaking out in all sorts of ways, all over the place, actually, but just in different forms," Lee commented.

"It’s like when you listen to Skrillex," he continued. "If you really listen to his stuff, that is fucking electronic metal — a lot of it is, super-heavy, electronic metal. So those are his influences popping out all over the place. Very similar to mine, where they do come out, but they come out in different ways via different sounds.”

While Lee seeks to challenge listeners' pre-existing assumptions about him with his forthcoming album, he states his creative bias continues to skew toward heavy metal. "There's so many styles that I love, [but metal] is definitely one that's always there, always in the room, pounding on the door," he elaborated. 

Tommy Lee's full solo album Andro is due for release on October 16th, 2020.

Gia Koka Blows the Whistle on Inequity in Dance Music: "The Power and Abuse Have Got to Stop"

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 18:53

Koka's statement arrives after an alleged theft of her work by German DJ duo VIZE.

Renowned singer-songwriter Gia Koka has blown the whistle on DJ duo VIZE, who she claims ripped her original work and used it in a song—featuring another vocalist—without crediting or compensating her.

The blossoming Koka has emerged as one of the most highly coveted songwriters and collaborators in dance music. She has been featured on music by Afrojack and Imanbek ("Hey Baby"), Sam Feldt and Sigma ("2 Hearts"), and Yellow Claw ("Without You"), among many other artists in EDM's corps d'elite. After VIZE and Koka had connected earlier in 2020 to work on a track, the latter joined forces with a few of her own collaborators to write and ostensibly release a song for the former tentatively titled "1 2 3."

However, despite emails from VIZE's team wherein a release featuring Koka was explicitly acknowledged, the German duo went on to unceremoniously drop a song called "Devil's Cup," which Koka alleges is a slightly altered version of her original demo whereupon VIZE made a few minuscule changes and recorded a top-line with a new vocalist. It's important to note that VIZE's changes to Koka's original demo may have constituted a new audio recording, but its glaring similarities to her original work are conspicuous.

You can listen to the original demo from Koka, who is pursuing legal action, via her Instagram below.

Koka's ordeal represents a sadly unwavering microcosm of a concerning issue in the music industry. Despite crucial contributions to a song, oftentimes dance music vocalists are offered laughable royalty splits or eliminated from the liner notes entirely. Regardless of their ubiquitous impact on the electronic music zeitgeist, they remain vastly under-appreciated. "I'm fed up with the power abuse going on in this industry," Koka told EDM.com. "The stories I've been getting sent from other songwriters, artists, A&R's are heartbreaking and unacceptable. There are some beautiful amazing people in the industry, but there is a really scary dark side too. But everyone is too scared too speak up about it."

"This whole thing isn't even about my song anymore," she continued. "The power and abuse have got to stop. It's not right and I am not tolerating it anymore. I was taught to be respectful towards others and I demand the same respect back. So often really bad people are running the show and the good people have to take it. No more!"

At the time of this article's publishing, neither VIZE nor their management have released a statement regarding Koka's claims.

Tiësto Teases He's "Getting Ready for Something Big"

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 18:07

The Dutch legend shared a new teaser video hinting that something big is on the way.

Tiësto took to Twitter today to announce that he's preparing for "something big."

The cryptic reveal came in the form of a 16-second video with waning vocals, ending with the line "let's get down to business." Naturally, fans have begun to speculate what's on the way from the Dutch dance music legend considering the extremely arcane nature of the teaser.

Last week, Tiësto shared another mysterious video with the caption "čømīñg šööñ." This one shows him entering a vehicle before the same "let's get down to business" line from the new video is played. At the end of the clip, viewers can see what appears to be distorted text. If you pause the video towards the end, you can see what appears to be the words "the" and possibly "business."

It's not clear at this time exactly what the text says, but it's safe to assume it's a clue about what's to come. With little information to go off of, speculation has covered everything from new music to a new concert announcement. At the time of writing, Tiësto has not unveiled a release date for his next big project. 


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Insomniac Announces the Return of Nocturnal Wonderland

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 17:23

The San Bernardino festival is set to return in September 2021.

Insomniac recently announced that their Southern California festival, Nocturnal Wonderland, will make its grand return in 2021. On Instagram, founder Pasquale Rotella shared details of next year's event alongside footage of previous iterations. 

Although it's still more than a year away, Rotella has already spoken about planned improvements to the festival's campground after receiving feedback from previous attendees. While specific details were not mentioned, he explained that the logistics will be upgraded and that "plans are in place to ensure a smooth & enjoyable Camp Nocturnal experience."

Nocturnal Wonderland will take place September 18th and 19th, 2021 at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernadino, California. Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase this Thursday at 12PM PST (3PM ET). Rotella said that the pre-sale will include a "very limited number of camping passes," but more will go on sale at a later date. For more information, head over to Nocturnal Wonderland's website here.


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Diplo Announces Stream to Raise Funds for Firefighters Battling Catastrophic California Wildfires

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 16:34

He will broadcast his ambient concert in partnership with the Smithsonian's AirSpace podcast.

After debuting his one-of-a-kind stargazing concert series to a limited number of fans, Diplo is broadcasting the experience for all to see in the name of philanthropy. The Grammy Award-winning music producer, who recently released a full-length ambient album, has announced a charity livestream to raise funds in support of firefighters battling the catastrophic California wildfires, which have left 24 people dead and over 4,200 structures destroyed.

Diplo recently kicked off a run of ambient concerts with a mystical show in Pioneertown, California, in which Flume made a surprise appearance. The series is being produced in collaboration with the Smithsonian's AirSpace podcast as well as longtime collaborators Secular Sabbath, who are spearheading not only the stage design, but also its unique sensory experiences. The new show was filmed at Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur and will be broadcast on Wednesday, September 16th at 8PM PT (11PM ET).

Admission to the stream is $5 and you can purchase your ticket here. After navigating to the cart, you're able to make donations in four tiered packages ranging from $5 to $50. All proceeds raised will directed to California firefighters, families of fallen firefighters, and the local communities affected by the unprecedented wildfires.


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Kygo Announces Upcoming Remix of Donna Summer's Legendary Song "Hot Stuff"

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 15:56

Watch a preview of the music video.

Kygo has announced that he will be releasing a remix of the late Donna Summer's legendary 1979 song, "Hot Stuff."

He shared a video teasing the new rework across his social media pages, offering fans a taste of what's to come. In addition to the remix, Kygo has a new music video on the way featuring two of the stars from the Netflix series Outer Banks, Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes. In the short clip, you can see what appears to be a nostalgic love story set in the era that Summer helped to soundtrack.

Kygo's latest remix follows his trend of paying homage to some of dance music's most inspiring figures. In 2019, he released a posthumous collaboration with Whitney Houston, "Higher Love," while 2020 saw him take on Tina Turner's iconic single "What's Love Got to Do with It."

Kygo's remix of "Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer and its accompanying music video are set to be released on Friday, September 18th.


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Illenium is Premiering the Official "Nightlight" Music Video Tomorrow

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 15:50

Check out a teaser ahead of the premiere.

Illenium took to social media today to tease the premiere of the official video for his latest single "Nightlight."

The future bass kingpin announced the impending premiere on Twitter, sharing a sneak peek into the video as well. The visuals appear to be signature Illenium, as the teaser features a haunting look into a dark, cavernous mountain range with nothing but the pitter-patter of rain and the spellbinding sound of thunder in the distance.

Illenium fans should mark their calendars for tomorrow, September 15th at 3PM ET (12PM PT) to tune into the "Nightlight" video's premiere via his YouTube channel.

For a deep dive into "Nightlight" and what Illenium has in the pipeline, check out our recent interview here.


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Adventure Club Announce Release Date for Upcoming Bear Grillz Collab, "Where We Are"

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 14:54

The best in future bass and dubstep are primed for a collision of epic proportions on Dim Mak Records.

Adventure Club have been on a rampage in 2020, releasing and teasing new music at a breakneck pace. Their latest announcement comes in the form of an impending collaboration with Bear Grillz called "Where We Are."

The duo took to Twitter to announce the song's release, which is slated for this Friday, September 18th. The best in future bass and dubstep are set to collide here, flanked by vocals from blossoming singer-songwriter JT Roach. The forthcoming track is by no means the first time Adventure Club and Bear Grillz have collaborated, as they joined forces for a momentous B2B set at the 2019 edition of EDC Orlando.

The official artwork for the single, which will arrive by way of Steve Aoki's Dim Mak Records banner, follows in the vein of Adventure Club's wildly popular "Superheroes Anonymous" mix series. You can check out the announcement below and pre-save "Where We Are" here.


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Pendulum Announce Release Date for Two New Singles, "Nothing For Free" and "Driver"

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 14:33

The new singles will mark their first release in ten years.

Over the weekend, we reported that the first new music from Pendulum in close to ten years would be released in the next two weeks. While that was enough to keep fans satisfied, they can finally exhale with today's announcement that the new music is to be released this week. Across their social media pages, the iconic band shared the artwork for the release and revealed that not one, but two singles are on the way.

The pair of singles are titled "Nothing For Free" and "Driver." DJ Mag reports that the duo is to be premiered on both the British Broadcasting Corporation and Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  

“Nothing For Free” and “Driver” by Pendulum are slated for release on Thursday, September 17th. The former will be premiered by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, while the latter will hit the airwaves via Triple J's breakfast show tomorrow, September 15th.


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deadmau5 and SUBPAC Team Up for Custom M2 Model

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 14:08

A one-of-a-kind collaboration that will literally send shockwaves down the spines of deadmau5 fans.

deadmau5 and SUBPAC have teamed up for a one-of-a-kind collaboration that will literally send shockwaves down the spines of his fans.

SUBPAC made waves back in 2013, when the company debuted its inaugural S1 model, the first fully integrated audio system that "immerses the body in high fidelity physical sound." The one-of-a-kind audio ecosystem offered a unique listening experience that allowed users to append it to their backs in order to literally feel the frequencies of their music, games, film, and more. SUBPAC has released a number of iterations since the release of the S2, but the brand has just unveiled perhaps its most momentous model yet.

SUBPAC has released a new collaboration with deadmau5 in the form of a custom M2 model. It has a new ergonomic shape for maximum body contact and comfort, nanosilver treated materials to control bacteria and odor for frequent users, and updated materials for enhanced vibratory field and impact, among other new features. Moreover, it is Bluetooth-compatible and contains a high-capacity Li-ion rechargeable battery that runs six-plus hours per charge.

A piece of this quality does, of course, cost a pretty penny. At $399, the custom M2 is a bit expensive, but its lavish design and unique deadmau5 co-branding justify the price point.

You can check out the model below and grab yours via deadmau5's mau5hop here.

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Fresh Off EP Release, Moore Kismet Returns With Banging New Single "Drift"

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 13:09

The song, featuring Bajillionaire, was released September 11th via Bassrush Records.

Moore Kismet has a need for speed—when it comes to releasing new music, that is.

Released September 11th, "Drift" featuring Bajillionaire is the latest from the 15-year-old prodigy, who released their Revenge of the Unicorns EP just last month. This new single, out via Bassrush Records, is an innovative addition to the artist's discography, using new production techniques unveiled in ROTU to emote the scattered feelings involved in troubling relationships, which Bajillionaire vocalizes through the song's lyrics. 

"Drift" is also a surprising blend of trap-influenced synths and bass notes with these new techniques. It makes for a softer kind of head-banger, bringing the heat with hard-hitting downbeats while inviting the listener to follow along with its choppy synth arrangement and unconventional sound. Moore Kismet took a similar approach with their official remix of SLANDER and Moody Good's "Heart Break" featuring Karra

There certainly isn't anyone else in EDM making this kind of music right now, rendering the future for Moore Kismet all the more exciting and promising. 


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R3HAB and LAY Drop Scorching Remix of "BOOM"

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 13:05

The Dutch dance music mainstay took on one of the singles from LAY's record-breaking album, "LIT."

For his latest track, R3HAB teamed up with the international pop sensation LAY for a remix of his single "BOOM" off of his record-breaking album, LIT. Unlike many pop remixes, LAY himself was a part of the production process and co-wrote the song with a number of collaborators.

Combining the bilingual vocals from the original with R3HAB's mainstage sound creates a feel-good progressive house tune perfect for those late-summer days at the beach. Citing influence from reggaeton and Latin music, the duo's collaborative remix sees both artists create an infectious amalgam that's accessible to fans of nearly any genre.

"I really enjoyed collaborating with R3HAB on this occasion and we really just tried to have fun with it," LAY told EDM.com. "We were both in different time zones, but we made it work! I think that R3HAB has given ‘BOOM’ a different flavor that is full of energy! We really hope that our fans will enjoy it and can dance to it!"

Also speaking about the new remix, R3HAB shared his excitement for working with an artist of LAY's caliber and explained how the remix was a way for him to push his art to the limit. "I see the collaboration with LAY as an opportunity to push my artistic boundaries, who is also involved and interested in pushing his own, which I find very inspiring," he exulted. "At the end of the day we are exposing two musical genres that would traditionally not have been combined. It's also not every day that you get the chance to collaborate with talented artists like LAY."

LAY and R3HAB's remix of "BOOM" is out now via Sony Music. You can download and stream the international collaboration here.

Rob Swire Says New Pendulum Single is Dropping in Less Than Two Weeks

Sun, 09/13/2020 - 13:00

The new update comes just days after a teaser was posted on the band's social media accounts.

Earlier in the month, Pendulum shared a video teasing their first new music in almost a decade. Since then, fans have been desperate for any information on what to expect from the legendary electronic group.

On Twitter, founding member Rob Swire responded to a fan who asked for more information on when to expect the new single. While a specific date was not mentioned, fans were excited to hear that the new music should be available in less than two weeks. 

The new release is not the only thing fans have to be excited about. While once again responding to a fan on Twitter earlier in the summer, Swire revealed that his and Gareth McGrillen's immensely popular side project, Knife Party, has a new "Knifecast" episode coming soon.

At the time of writing, neither Swire nor the other members of Pendulum have announced the official release date for their upcoming single.


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Snakehips Team Up with The Aces for "Daydream" Remix

Sun, 09/13/2020 - 13:00

Snakehips shared their innovative remix of The Aces' "Daydream" via Red Bull Records.

Electronic music duo Snakehips recently joined forces with prominent indie pop band The Aces for an invigorating remix of their single "Daydream," out now on Red Bull Records. The release of this exciting new remix directly follows The Aces' recent livestream concert of their sophomore album Under My Influence.

Snakehips' remix breathes new life into the original by highlighting some of the best features of electronic dance along with their signature deep universal groove. Using lead singer of The Aces Cristal Ramirez’s super smooth vocals as the foundation for the remix, Snakehips spin the catchy original into a captivating and high-energy house music hit. Fusing a plethora of synths with a bouncy bassline and intense percussion, Snakehips deliver an impressive dance music remix. 

While many of us are currently unable to go out for a fun night of dancing, Snakehips bring the party home. The duo have added yet another notable single to their distinguished catalog of electronic dance music that has scored them sets at renowned festivals such as Coachella as well as collaborations with the likes of Anderson .Paak and , among others.

"Having them remix our song has only made us more obsessed, and now we can’t wait to go off to their club mix of ‘Daydream’ when we can all go out again," said The Aces in a statement. "But for now, we are raging to it from home."

Check out Snakehips' "Daydream" remix below. 


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LP Giobbi's Curated "FEMME HOUSE" Series Takes Over Bandsintown LIVE This Week

Sun, 09/13/2020 - 12:30

LP Giobbi has assembled a the perfect lineup for her "FEMME HOUSE" brand's Bandsintown LIVE debut.

Music producer, label owner, and entrepreneur LP Giobbi is bringing her curated performance series "FEMME HOUSE" to Bandsintown LIVE this week for a special livestream takeover event.  

The queen of piano house created "FEMME HOUSE" as part of her broader initiative to bridge the gender gap in the electronic music space. The educational platform summarizes its mission as "empowering women to learn the language of the studio," and has found global recognition in short order since its launch at Moogfest 2019.


On Thursday, September 17th, songwriter and visual artist XKYLAR, classically trained musician and producer AmyElle, and techno songstress Mary Droppinz will take to the decks along with LP Giobbi herself, who will be closing things out with a headlining set. The "House Hymns" host has been on a roll as of late with her recent release "Meet Again" receiving Self Certified Dance Anthem status on BBC Radio 1. 

Since its launch in May, the Bandsintown LIVE platform has ballooned to a massive audience with a staggering 30 million fans having viewed a combined 600 performances hosted on the channel. The "FEMME HOUSE" takeover event begins at 11AM PST (2PM ET) on Thursday, September 17th via the Bandsintown Twitch channel. 

Big Gigantic Assemble Eclectic Lineup of Genre-Bending Producers for "Free Your Mind" Remix Album

Sun, 09/13/2020 - 12:00

The project has something for every type of dance music listener.

Big Gigantic have turned over the keys to their recent album Free Your Mind, entrusting a diverse lineup of genre-bending producers to deliver a new spin on their seventh full-length studio record.

The original album, a melting pot of electronic sub-genres threaded with the through line of Big Gigantic's signature funk-infused touch, would require an adaptable lineup of producers to reinvent the effort. CloZee, Opiuo, Nikademis, Party Pupils, AHEE, Daniel Allan, Kotek, and Samurai Del ultimately made the final cut on Free Your Mind Remixed

CloZee makes the perfect entrance, leading the pack with percolating, arpeggiated melodies that cascade into a chorus of uplifting horns. She's followed by sample magic from Opiuo, who spins "Higher" into a glitched-out web of rhythmically revving bass synths. Party Pupils lean into their roots, molding "Friends" into a bright and catchy nu-disco remix, assisted by a singalong style chorus from "Love Me For The Weekend" collaborator Ashe. Daniel Allan's "Moonlight" remix follows in a similarly uplifting vein, driving the vocal-centric arrangement with an atmosphere of playfully fluttering future bass synths and rhythmic drums.

Nikademis and AHEE make the heaviest contributions to the project with incendiary, in-your-face basslines while Kotek takes an experimental side-path, implementing a rich sub-bass layer into the arrangement. Last but not least, Samurai Del shuts it down with a bass house spin that contrasts shiny funk guitars and wobbling synths. 

Big Gigantic have never been artists to confine themselves to any given genre or set of rules, and as Free Your Mind Remixed demonstrates, that attitude carries over to the group's remix partners, who've put a final product together that satiates fans of the many eclectic flavors of dance music. 


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David Guetta on Turning Ballads Into Bangers: "At the Beginning, It Was Just About the Drums and the Bass Line"

Sun, 09/13/2020 - 11:00

The world-renowned DJ recently released his latest song "Let's Love" with Sia.

When it comes to making EDM music, many producers typically take one of two paths: they either make a banging dance floor hit that will smash at the clubs or go for a chart-topping, pop-infused anthem. David Guetta is one of the few producers who can do both—and do both well.

This year represents the perfect example of Guetta's ability to work in both worlds. First, he released the four-track "New Rave" EP with MORTEN, a grouping of instrumentals designed to throw down both in the clubs and at outdoor festivals. Now, Guetta is back with his new song "Let's Love" with Sia.

But according to Guetta, producing the latter type of music hasn't always come easily. Coming into the music world as a DJ, he learned later how to best work with songwriters when making more vocal-driven songs. 

"Honestly, at the beginning for me, it was just about the drums and the bass line. I really didn't care about chords and all of this when I started," Guetta told EDM.com. "And then, with experience, I realized that what inspires songwriters is more the chord progression than the beat. Like, none of this really matters to people that write. What matters is the actual music."

While working with Sia on "Let's Love," Guetta followed the second model, first sending her a chord progression and a little bit of melody. She didn't even know what the drop was going to look like for "Let's Love" when she wrote the lyrics, he added. Guetta prefers working in this collaborative way, he said, because songwriters end up being more creative. 

"I feel like when I work with artists, if I play them the full production, they tend to always speak about the same topics. Just logically, they're like, 'I saw you on the dance floor' and stuff like this," Guetta said. "When you just write a ballad, there are so many things you can speak about. And then it's my job as a producer to turn this into a pop record, or, I don't know, a techno or EDM record. That's how I do it." 

Based on Guetta's successful history of making chart-topping and award-winning pop singles, the Grammy Award-winning artist has come a long way since first learning how to work with chord progressions. He's obviously mastered moving between the worlds of electronic instrumentals and vocal-driven songs, and listeners can certainly expect to listen to more of both in the future.


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TheFatRat On YouTube Copyright, Forthcoming Album, and Collaborating with K-Pop Star AleXa [Interview]

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 14:14

YouTube legend TheFatRat and K-Pop star AleXa are ready to "Rule The World" with their genre-bending smash.

After initially writing and producing his latest single "Rule The World," TheFatRat was actively searching for a vocalist for half a year. He wanted to recruit a person who could not only sing the song he envisioned in his mind, but also fit artistically. During his search, he found AleXa, the winner of the "Next Artist Award" at the Soridaba Best K-Music Awards, one of the biggest musical award shows in Korea.

AleXa is considered to be one of K-Pop’s most exciting breakout artists. When TheFatRat discovered her, he noticed their similar creative visions with how they immerse fans into futuristic, sci-fi worlds. He reached out to her to collaborate, and the rest was history.

While this collaboration is a fresh pairing, TheFatRat is no stranger to K-Pop. Although he currently listens to Blackpink and admires their style and production, he’s been immersed in the K-Pop realm for years and produced his first song in the genre for Wonder Girls in 2011.

"Rule The World" was officially released on September 4th and premiered on TheFatRat's YouTube channel.

"Rule The World" consists of three key musical styles: the explosive melodic glitch hop TheFatRat pioneered, the global grandeur of K-Pop, and the powerful musical presence influenced by ABBA. When writing “Rule The World,” TheFatRat was particularly captivated by ABBA’s songwriting techniques. Noting his favorite ABBA song as “Does Your Mother Know,” he acknowledges the group's signature fusion of melodic, Swedish flavor with more edgy sounds as an inspiration to his music.

TheFatRat notes that the start of "Does Your Mother Know" introduces an edgy presence, when the guitars come in and the singing offers a melodic feel. "This mixing of more edgy flavors with very melodic elements, that’s what I absolutely love about music in general and what I’ve been doing a little bit with ‘Rule The World,'" said TheFatRat, who spoke with EDM.com about the single. "When I played it to a couple of people, they were like, ‘This is a little bit of ABBA flavoring,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, you caught me!’”

AleXa’s fearless vocals carry empowering lyrics that explore the ability to overcome the impossible with an encouraging partner. For TheFatRat, his wife gives him the feeling of ruling the world. While he was producing for 10 years before he became an artist, his wife always encouraged him to pursue his dreams. Whenever he felt insecure, she gave him the strength to conquer anything. For the past one-and-a-half years, his wife assumed the role of his manager. “We just had a meeting for two hours where we discussed what we’re going to do within the next couple of years,” he added. “She’s grown into that position so fast.”

“Rule The World” is free to use on YouTube, true to TheFatRat’s ongoing tradition of freely dispensing his songs and their stems to inspire dedicated content creators. TheFatRat made a decision early in his career to make all of his music free to use.

“The idea to make songs available for everybody was when I made a remix in 2012 for Chris Brown's ‘Don’t Wake Me Up,’” he shared. “I don’t know why they did that, but it wasn’t released in a couple of countries, and I didn’t even know about it. Then, blogs started writing about it and people hit me up saying, ‘Hey, this blog has been writing about this song and I want to buy it, but I can’t find it anywhere.’ That was the peak for me, where it was the record industry being so limiting."

On the flip side, when he began to put out his music for free, he didn't experience similar restrictions. He noticed how fast his music spread and how many people used it.

However, a new change is that TheFatRat’s music will not only be free to use on YouTube, but also will be lifted from copyright restrictions.

“Over time, we ran into a couple of issues. As long as I only had a few songs out there, and not that many people were using my music, everything was fine,” he explained. “But what started happening was that people accidentally or intentionally claimed my music. My team is always doing their best to get the claims released. However, with more songs released and more people using them, unintended claims have gotten to a point where it's not bearable for us anymore.”

TheFatRat has dealt with similar issues with his own music being claimed against him. To ensure that channels would be able to use his music without receiving illegitimate claims from random people or companies, TheFatRat’s team decided to go a safer route. Instead, they decided to put his music into YouTube’s Content ID system. The method allows his team to release all claims manually to allow creators to monetize videos without fear of receiving a copyright claim from anyone else.

TheFatRat will continue this policy for his forthcoming album, which is still in the works. While nothing is entirely set, listeners can expect some previously released singles to grace the tracklist. "I feel you have certain constraints when you want to put out a single because you want the single to stand on its own. While you have an album, you need some pillars to put it on, and then you can put a lot of crazy stuff on top," he said.

"The cool thing about an album is that you can get way more creative and crazy about some songs,” TheFatRat continued. “That’s the fun part to do some longer songs, shorter songs, different structures, and some instrumentals. I’m sure that some of my fans will totally fall in love.”


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The GRAMMY Museum is Launching Its Own Streaming Service

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 13:50

The organization has prepped its historic archival footage for release and is adding a slew of new shows for COLLECTION:live.

The GRAMMY Museum is set to launch its own dedicated streaming service featuring artist interviews, performances, and livestreams.

Titled COLLECTION:live, the service will host an estimated 1,000 programs upon launch with a mix of both new and notable archival content. The organization has foreseen a pivot to streaming in their future for quite some time in order to connect with a younger digital audience.

According to the museum's President Michael Sticka, those plans rose to top priority status in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Since March, the organization has accelerated its pace to record new virtual content including interviews with Billie Eilish and FINNEAS and a conversation with Hans Zimmer on the making of "No Time to Die," which will be available on launch day. 

Additional new content will be released on a weekly basis. The second week following the launch of COLLECTION:live will see new interviews released featuring BTS, Tame Impala, and more. While the physical GRAMMY Museum doors remain closed to public visitors at the moment, the new streaming venture is one organizers look forward to building upon well after business has returned to normal. 

The new subscription service goes live on September 17th and will run customers $2.99 a month, or alternatively, $29.99 a year after a three-day free trial.



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