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On This Day in Dance Music History: Disclosure and Sam Smith Released "Latch"

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 11:36

Disclosure's breakout single still holds up today.

On October 8th, 2012, Disclosure, the eighteen and twenty-one-year-old brothers from Surrey, England, joined forces with Sam Smith for the release of their track "Latch."

With Smith's soulful vocals on top of Howard and Guy Lawrence's infectious, garage-inspired sound, the track became a mainstay on the radio and DJ sets worldwide. 

In addition to widespread critical success, the track is also considered the tune that helped Smith break into stardom. After their inclusion on "Latch," he would begin an award-winning career and become an A-list pop star.

Billboard interviewed the duo back in 2014 and learned about their intentions for the tune to step outside the traditional EDM sound. While speaking with the publication, Howard had this to say: 

"We're trying to bring class and soul into the songwriting ... using jazz chords that have emotion instead of boring, stabby EDM triads. You can play "Latch" in a massive nightclub or cover it in a jazz ensemble."

"Latch" would later be featured on the Lawrence brothers' debut album Settle, released in May of 2013. The album was a critical success and would help earn the brothers a Grammy Awards nomination.

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A Wax Figure of Avicii is On Display at Madame Tussauds in NYC

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 11:23

Avicii's memory has been honored with a waxwork recreation.

The NYC branch of world-famous wax museum Madame Tussauds has added a sorely missed EDM superstar to their gallery. In remembrance of superstar DJ/producer Avicii, a wax statue of the late Swedish talent is now an attraction at the location.

In order to recreate the likeness of Avicii (real name Tim Bergling), waxworkers analyzed hours footage of him performing. Typically, they take measurements of the subjects themselves, but were unable to do so his case.

Bergling's parents had also given their approval prior to the start of the project. “It was honestly a real pleasure working with them,” said Tom Middleton, the general manager of Madame Tussauds in NYC. “They were fantastic. They were really involved and engaged every step of the way, from the initial conversations of 'Yes, we would love to be able to do this to celebrate his life,' all the way through to when the first clay sculpts were done, the first paint job and to the final product.”

In April of last year, Bergling passed away of apparent suicide. His untimely death has caused music industry professionals far and wide to place greater emphasis on mental health. His posthumous album, TIM, came out in June of this year.

The wax statue will have clips and sounds from Bergling's landmark performances play back on nearby speakers.

Which EDM Artist You Should Party With? Take Our Quiz

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 19:01

Find out which EDM artist is most like you!

We all know many of our favorite EDM artists have some truly wild personalities, but have you ever wondered which one you align with the most? Luckily for you, we've created the ultimate test to see which EDM artist you should hit the town with.

Answer the questions in the quiz below, and find out which DJ would be your perfect partner in crime on a night out!

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On This Day in Dance Music History: Calvin Harris and Alesso Released "Under Control"

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 17:03

Remembering a main stage staple that came out in 2013

When the festival boom of this past decade had arguably reached its height, Calvin Harris and Alesso were two of the hottest names on the scene. Their landmark collaboration was more than a business savvy move, however. When "Under Control" came out October 7th, 2019, it had all the hallmarks of an EDM anthem.

Euphoric lead synths counterbalance the vocals of duo Hurts in a way that makes "Under Control" evoke images of fireworks, spotlights and roaring crowds. Alesso (real name Alessandro Lindblad) first debuted the single during an August, 2013 performance at Ushuaïa in Ibiza. It later appeared on his 2015 album, Forever, after being included on Harris' 2014 effort, Motion.

Harris had been an established figure in electronic music at the time of the song's release, whereas Lindblad was not far into his own rise. A protégé of Sebastian Ingrosso from Swedish House Mafia, he grew famous for his 2011 single, "Calling," as well as his remix of Nadia Ali's "Pressure" from the same year.

"Under Control" debuted at #1 on the UK Singles Chart. It marked Harris' fifth such single, but Lindblad's first.

A month prior to its October release, Harris revealed on social media that 1,000 fans would participate in the shoot for the "Under Control" music video. Depicting a concert coinciding with a meteor narrowly avoiding the earth, it was filmed on the now demolished 6th Street Bridge in Downtown Los Angeles.

"Under Control" is available for streaming or download via Spotify, Apple Music or Amazon.

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Armin van Buuren will Have His Own Escape Room at ADE

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 15:27

Armada Music has teamed up with Sherlocked Mystery Experiences on the attraction.

When you think about decorated figureheads of the trance community, escape rooms may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Armin van Buuren looks to change that. The Dutch DJ/producer and Armada Music founder is launching an escape room to coincide with Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE).

The premise of the escape room is that van Buuren has hidden one of the secrets to his success in a vault under Amsterdam's Beurs van Berlage. Along with team members of their choosing, visitors are challenged to slip into the building and "unlock the secret of Balance," which is the title of the superstar's upcoming album.

“I’m a huge fan of escape rooms, so launching my own escape room in celebration of my new album Balance is something I’m very excited about," said van Buuren in a statement. "I can’t wait to hear what you guys think of the album and the game, and I hope you can fully lose yourselves in the story of Balance. And that you manage to get out unscathed of course!”

The limited edition escape room will be open for two weeks beginning on October 16th. Balance is due out on October 25th. More information is available on the escape room website.

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Two Justice Songs Featured in Rick and Morty Season 4 Trailer

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 13:51

"Genesis" and "Stress" from Justice's self-titled album were featured in the trailer for Season 4 of Rick and Morty.

The worldwide phenomenon of a TV show Rick and Morty just announced the release date for their highly anticipated fourth season. Accompanying the announcement was a trailer featuring two tracks from Justice's legendary self-titled album. 

In typical Rick and Morty fashion, the trailer is filled with sci-fi chaos, raunchy jokes, pop-culture references, and more. The first half of the trailer is powered by "Genesis," the opening track from French duo's debut, while the latter half is soundtracked by their tune "Stress."

Justice (real names Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay) released the album oftentimes called "Cross" on June 11th, 2007 on Ed Banger Records

Since its debut, the bizarre themes of Rick and Morty resonated with the hearts of dance music fans worldwide. It's hard to go to a festival or even a smaller scale EDM event without seeing some Rick and Morty totems, inflatables, or clothing in the crowd.

In addition to this season, for their third season, the show also featured another song from the blog house era of dance music, with the inclusion of Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden's track "Bonkers" for the trailer.

The first half of the fourth season of Rick and Morty is set to premiere Sunday, November 10th at 11:30 PM on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.

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Glastonbury Festival 2020 Sold Out in Just Over a Half Hour

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 13:36

The 50th anniversary of Glastonbury Festival is already sold out.

This weekend, tickets went on sale for the 2020 edition of Glastonbury Festival, which will mark its 50th anniversary. In only 34 minutes, tickets to the Pilton, Somerset, U.K. gathering sold out.

135,000 tickets to the festival had gone on sale, according to The Guardian. This is not the record time for tickets selling out, however. In 2015, they sold out in only 20 minutes. Organizers announced that a ticket resale for the 2020 edition will take place in April.

Glastonbury's inaugural 1970 edition (then billed as Pilton Festival) was largely influenced by the hippie movement and featured headliners like The Who. By the '80s, the festival became an annual event - save for years like 1991 and 1996, when various obstacles led organizers to temporarily shelve the event.

The 2020 edition of Glastonbury Festival will run from June 24th-28th, 2020. No lineup details have been announced for the event at the time of writing.

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Full Lineup by Day Announced for Dusk Music Festival

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:01

Kaskade, Rezz, Malaa and more are on the bill.

Dusk Music Festival is here to take over Tuscon, Arizona in the most explosive way. For the fourth year in a row, the two-day festival will take over Armory Park on November 9th and 10th with some of the biggest names in dance music. The all-star bill features Kaskade headlining day one, and Rezz closing it out on day two.

In addition to the popular headliners, Saturday’s lineup includes A R I Z O N A, Fitz and the Tantrums, Shallou (DJ Set), Wax Motif, What So Not, and Whethan. Sunday boasts Two Door Cinema, Broncho, Cray, Dombresky, Goldroom, Malaa, and TOKiMONSTA.

The best part is actually the union of music, food, and arts all in one. Inaugurating in 2016, DUSK has “worked feverishly to create an unforgettable experience combining a variety of music genres, the best food and beverage Arizona has to offer, and an interactive art experience on the grandest of scale for its fans.” Last year, the fest partnered with regional favorite Gastronomic Union of Tucson (GUT) in curating a custom culinary program which showcased the dynamic, enticing food scene only southern Arizona has to offer.

This year, Dusk will be joining forces with Relentless Beats for two days of fun-filled festivities for music-lovers to partake. For more information, visit the event website.

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WWE SmackDown's Latest Champion? Marshmello

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 17:26

In a shocking turn of events, Marshmello briefly held the WWE SmackDown 24/7 title.

In a shocking turn of events, the WWE SmackDown 24/7 belt was won by - no joke - Marshmello. Yes, you read that correctly. On October 4th, the EDM heavyweight was featured on SmackDown and pinned the WWE superstar, Carmella, earning himself the 24/7 Championship Belt.

The video of the entire encounter including his belt-winning pin has been uploaded to YouTube by the wrestling organization.

The masked producer's championship reign did not last long, however, as fighter R-Truth put on a Marshmello disguise with Carmella as they sneak-attacked and pinned the DJ, winning back her title belt. This encounter was also uploaded to their YouTube channel for all to enjoy.

Marshmello has been celebrating the success of his track "Happier" featuring Bastille, as it recently broke 50 straight weeks on the top of the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. In addition to the chart success, one of his other collaborations, "One Thing Right" featuring Kane Brown was featured in a virtual reality Good Morning America performance from the duo.

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Excision's Lost Lands Improves on Almost All Fronts in Third Year [Review]

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 17:06

Excision and the Lost Lands team have curated not only an amazing bass music festival, but a world-class gathering outright.

The third iteration of any music festival is one of the most crucial in determining whether it has truly lasting appeal or will remain a short-lived romp. Make no mistake, after the third year of Lost Lands Festival the message is loud and clear. Excision's Legend Valley, Ohio celebration of bass music has become one of the most impressive festivals in the entire dance music industry.

It seems as though word has traveled well through fans. While walking around and speaking with attendees, it was interesting to note that many we're not the dedicated headbangers you might think, but rather, general EDM fans looking for a new experience.

Total Logistical Overhaul 

The keyword at the 2019 iteration of the festival was "polish." Although there were some rather large changes, this year saw Excision (real name Jeff Abel) and his team improve on almost every aspect of the festival. 

The most common complaints from the 2018 edition were based around the security staff with some attendees experiencing long lines to enter the festival. In order to remedy this, they created several new camping options, brought in a new logistics team, and added an extra early arrival day on Wednesday, spreading out the incoming traffic. As promised in our conversation with Abel, security and logistics were overhauled to create a significantly smoother entry experience with drastically reduced lines. 

In addition to the security upgrades, significant improvements to the campgrounds were made. In each dinosaur-named section of the campgrounds, small hubs were built with included shower stations, general stores, some food options, water refill stations, medical tents, and more. They provided easy access for everyone, regardless of where your campsite was located. 

The Village MarketplaceThe Village Marketplace at Lost Lands 2019

The previous two outings featured food and shopping spread throughout the campground in a couple of different locations. For the 2019 edition, the Village Marketplace was constructed, creating a one-stop shop for all of the campers' food and shopping needs. The marketplace was essentially a consolidated collection of most of the campground's vendors, with places to sit, a small Red Bull stage, and  new area dedicated to workshops and programming called the Discovery Center.

Included in the Center was a variety of classes and speakers on topics like acro yoga, meditation and breathwork, alongside some off-the-wall entertainment like dinosaur dance battles, headbanger speed dating, and a hilarious fake TED Talk from comedian Blake Webber

New Additions

Accompanying the campground additions were some notable additions to the actual festival grounds. Upon walking into the venue attendees were greeted to multiple dinosaurs creating several photo opportunities. Additional walkways were created inside the venue allowed for improved flow of people traveling between stages along with secret hideaways and chill zones for those who need a break.

A major addition to this year's prehistoric party was the 360-degree Cavern of Illusions experience. Making its dubstep debut at Abel's other festival, Bass Canyon, the Cavern of Illusions was brought to the midwest for an immersive art experience from the legendary visual artist Android Jones

Late-Night Soundcamps

One of the biggest changes to this year's festival was the reformatted Late Night Sound Camps. In 2018, the Sound Camps were added and allowed fans to enjoy music until the very early morning right in the middle of the campgrounds. For those unfamiliar with the festival, these are several small stages with a rotating cast of performers including headliners, rising stars, and even local talent.

For this year's event, the Sound Camps were moved inside the actual venue. Hidden throughout the venue were several smaller stages, which came to life the minute the main stage music stopped. For example, the Asteroid Bar (pictured above) from previous outings was transformed into one of the new stages. Other stages were placed in areas that you wouldn't normally go to during the course of the festival. The Wooky Woods, for example, was tucked away in the back of the festival grounds in the middle of a cleared out section of trees, while Raptor Alley was to the side of the second main stage at the bottom of a small hill.

Some of the artists to grace the stage at the Sound Camps included Zeke Beats, Wenzday, Vampa, Tisoki, Phiso, and many more. This brings us to the most important section of them all... 

The Music

What's the point of 1,000,000+ watts of bass if the music isn't spot on? Luckily for attendees of this year's international bass music gathering, that question need not be answered. 

Both the updated Prehistoric Paradox and Wompy Woods stages hosted Abel's biggest and finest lineup to date. A significant number of bass music greats graced the stages over the course of the weekend. Old school acts like Rusko, 12th Planet, and a massive Circus Records B2B2B featuring Cookie Monsta, Doctor P, and Funtcase let fans dive into the genre's roots. The younger generation of producers like Marauda and Dion Timmer showed us that the future of bass music is bright.

Joining the ranks of Ganja White Night and Shaquille O'Neal as the special surprise guest was none other than Trampa. To the delight of fans, he threw down a decidedly heavy set serving as a mid-weekend headbanging clinic.

Artists like Ghastly, Habstrakt, Said The Sky, and Dabin, explored sounds outside the traditional, heavy dubstep sound of the weekend, while Boogie T, SVDDEN DEATH (with surprise co-star Eptic), and the creator of "Griztronics," the most-played song of the weekend, Subtronics unleashed chaotic waves of bass to the masses.

Some of this year's headliners like Zeds Dead, Liquid Stranger, NGHTMRE, and a rare set from Flosstradamus, dazzled both of the dinosaur-ladened stages with closing, or near-closing performances. 

Abel himself threw down three massive sets throughout the weekend. One of which was a two-hour main stage performance on the opening night of the festival. Another was a special Detox Set which saw the Canadian producer explore more experimental sounds. 

His third set, however, was far and beyond the most talked-about performance of the weekend. In a very special B2B, Abel took the stage with Illenium for the biggest set in Lost Lands history. 

This monumental performance featured two artists at the top of their respective genres and bridged the gap between the heavy and melodic bass music worlds. Since the release of their track "Gold" in 2018, fans have been dying to see the duo take the stage.

The debut of the super-duo did not disappoint. They effortlessly traversed through hits from both of their libraries in such a way that would make you think every track was a collaboration. This brings us, of course, to their actual collaboration...

Since teasing a collaboration formed because of the cancelation of their first scheduled B2B at Global Dance Festival, fans have been desperately awaiting its release. Seeing as there's no better place to test out a new track then at their first B2B performance, the duo debuted the new song to rave reviews, helping fuel the hype around its eventual release.

In conclusion, the 2019 edition of the party proved that Abel can throw not only an incredible bass music festival, but an outright amazing festival in general. With the added polish and improvements to this year's Jurassic bass music extravaganza, Abel and the team behind the event should feel proud knowing that their efforts have helped Lost Lands Festival become an elite and truly unique festival experience that can hang with the best of them.

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Liquid Stranger Announces New Downtempo Label at Wakaan Music Festival

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 13:16

During his Wakaan Music Festival performance, Liquid Stranger announced a brand-new downtempo record label to accompany Wakaan.

During one of his performances at the inaugural Wakaan Music Festival, Liquid Stranger revealed he has a new record label on the way. Before slowing his set down, he made the announcement to literal gasps from the crowd.

Below is a paraphrased transcription of most of the fan-captured announcement. Due to the nature of the recording, the exact spelling of the new label's name cannot be confirmed. In Liquid Stranger's own words:

"I'm starting a new label and it's called Saskaan (spelling?) and it's gonna be for downtempo music. Wakaan is Native American for Grandmother Earth, for the female essence of god. As Saskaan is our heavenly father, that's the male essence of god. So together, when we have these two components I feel we have something pretty unified. I've been working pretty hard on the first release for the new label Saskaan..."

He also goes on to explain his Shamanistic roots as well as his love for martial arts, giving fans a look into the life of the 40-year-old Swedish producer. 

Wakaan Music Festival kicked off October 3rd and will end on October 6th. Alongside the Wakaan boss, the first year of the festival included performances from Boogie T, Rusko, Tynan and more.

At the time of writing, Liquid Stranger has not announced when the first track on his new label will be released.

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Kaskade Releases Deluxe Version of Redux 3 Including Five New Songs

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 14:20

Kaskade released a handful of new songs in the deluxe version of Redux 003.

Kaskade's already stacked Redux 003 album just received a serious upgrade. After just recently kicking off his latest Redux tour, the Chicago native producer has released a deluxe version of his 2019 release Redux 003, including five new songs. 

Redux is playing an increasingly important role in Kaskade's life. Back in April, Kaskade commented to EDM.com that he'd been toying with the idea of bringing Redux to bigger venues - an idea of his that's since come to fruition. Two weeks ago, Kaskade kicked off his Redux 003 tour at Chicago's Concord Music Hall, ushering in the most ambitious era of Redux yet. 

With a new tour underway, it seems like the perfect time for Kaskade to juice up his most recent Redux album with an upgrade. The update includes a bit of everything - a solo Kaskade release "Still Waiting," collaborations with BROHUG and Telykast, and remixes from Lokii and Diplo. Positioned as the first five tracks on Redux 003, the new releases are impossible to miss.

Kaskade's Redux 003 tour quickly sold out at all of its initially announced locations, but recent additions have been made to the tour. Check out the full schedule and stay up to date with Kaskade's Redux tour here.

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At Least Four Attendees of Auckland's Listen In Land in Hospital

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 14:17

Listen In faced challenges as it opened up to attendees over the weekend.

At least four concert goers attending New Zealand's Listen In Festival reportedly landed in the hospital. Of the four, three were hospitalized arrived in critical condition due to suspected drug consumption at the event. According to Auckland Hospital, those attendees are now stable. 

Organizers describe Listen In as "a concentrated version of Listen Out, Australia’s primary national dance festival." The event included performances by Flume, Schoolboy Q, Diplo and is held at Mount Smart Stadium.

In video footage sent to Newshub, attendees were additionally seen climbing onto the Marquee tent. Although it towered 25 meters tall, a few concert goers scaled the structure. Reports suggest additional attendees may have been hospitalized in relation to non drug related injuries, but the number is inconclusive at time of writing. 

According to Auckland Stadiums director James Parkinson despite the handful of hospitalizations and select emboldened attendees, these were not a characterization of the event overall. Parkinson commented "We had very good security measures in place, which meant the vast majority of the over 20,000 crowd had a great night."

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Oliver Tree Taps Zeds Dead for "Miracle Man" Remix

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 14:12

Zeds Dead drive new energy into Oliver Tree's "Miracle Man."

Alt-pop star Oliver Tree has enlisted Zeds Dead for a fiery new remix of his 2019 record "Miracle Man." The move sees Tree further aligning with the top producers in bass music after NGHTMRE remixed another recent Oliver Tree cut, "Hurt," earlier this year.

Oliver Tree is no stranger to bold new ideas and controlled chaos. Those themes have been especially relevant to Tree's sophomore EP, Do You Feel Me? which features the quirky songwriter's strongest work yet.

Among the standout tracks on his sophomore EP, "Miracle Man" was quickly identified as a fan favorite. The song received a memorable music video to match which featured Tree walking away from his own car crash. 

Contributing to the chaotic spectacle's next chapter is none other than Zeds Dead, who've put their own bass driven spin to the original. Tree has taken a liking to remixes from prominent bass artists in recent memory. His top hit "Hurt" received a similarly high energy remix from NGHTMRE - which the two performed live at Coachella this year.

Listen to Zeds Dead's remix of "Miracle Man" out now via Atlantic Records.

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Find Your “Happy Place” with Modern Measure’s New EP [INTERVIEW]

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 18:32

The diverse, five-track effort invites listeners to escape the constraints of everyday life.

Atlanta-based live electronica duo Modern Measures showcase their raw, eclectic style in their new vibrant five-track EP, Happy Place. It's out now on STS9's very own 1320 Records.

Since joining forces in 2013, Modern Measures (comprised of Kyle Holly and Charlie Thornton) have been on a mission to bring their unique and masterfully crafted music to stages around the world. The two together have carved a well-deserved spot for themselves in the industry for their fusion of live instruments and boundary-pushing sound design. Their dedication to their craft has earned them the support of industry-leading talent like Big Gigantic, STS9, and SunSquabi.

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With three full-length studio albums under their belt, the duo rounded out their impressive catalog with Happy Place. The five-track EP highlights a tasteful shift in their sound, from glitchy electronica to a more immersive, vivid soundscape with shimmering synths. Happy Place invites listeners to escape their day-to-day routine and explore the unknown depths of their imagination.

Happy Place touches on all the genres that have resonated with me throughout my life and has created a true sound for Modern Measure,” said Holly. “It's amazing as a musician to hear something in your head, then be able to sit down and put all of the sounds together to create what you envisioned. Making something out of nothing in this sense is a real Happy Place.”

EDM.com got a chance to speak with the duo about the making of Happy Place, as well as their ever-developing sound. Check it out below: 

EDM.com: Your hometown of Atlanta seems to be a major influential part of the Modern Measure’s project. From an insider’s perspective, what is the electronic scene in Atlanta like? How specifically has Atlanta influenced the way you produce and perform?

Modern Machines: "As life long musicians, Atlanta has always been an inspiring city, even before we moved here. When we were growing up in Alabama, we would come to Atlanta often to see concerts of all genres. One of the most inspirational & life-changing shows happened to both of us in Atlanta, and that was STS9 at the Tabernacle for their 2006 NYE run. We knew at that moment what career path we wanted to follow. However, we didn't personally know each other then. It wasn't until 2009 that we met in Auburn on one of Big Gigantic's first tours. Kyle spent a few years in college at Auburn University playing in his livetronica band and moved to Atlanta in 2011 because of the electronic scene. Charlie moved to Atlanta shortly after in 2012. It's a popular genre in ATL and one of the largest scenes in the country so that was appealing. Whenever we play in Atlanta, there's a certain approach to the show. We know what to do, and what not to do. I think a lot of that comes with having seen so many different shows in ATL over the years. Atlanta is a bass city, with roots deep in Hip Hop. That vibe and heavy bass feel is something that is special to us. We always try to have some knocking bass on the tracks."

You guys have 3 full-length albums, it’s evident by your extensive, and equally impressive, discography you guys put in major work in the studio. How’s a normal studio session look to you guys?

"Studio time is the most important time that a producer/musician can have in our opinion. Some of the first releases we put out took a long time to make. We were still learning a lot about producing music between 2013-2016. Since then, the process has become far more efficient. Kyle will start an idea by putting sounds together, save it to the dropbox, and then we'll collaborate on it. Charlie will also start ideas, and send them Kyle's way. It's a strong collaborative effort. Cherry Blossom, the single from Happy Place, is an organic collaboration that we started together in the spring of this year, with ATL based producer Daily Bread playing the bass guitar parts. Overall, we're constantly working on new ideas, no matter who begins writing the track."

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So we know Happy Place is about escaping the sometimes harsh realities of day-to-day life, besides producing music what are some ways you guys find your Happy Place?

"Sports, nature, traveling, live shows from our fellow artist friends, and good food are the keys to our Happy Place. Kyle is a huge Atlanta sports fan as well as Auburn fan. Charlie is a big Alabama Crimson Tide fan, so we both enjoy having that outlet to follow. Growing up in Alabama, you're either an Auburn fan or an Alabama fam. We're a 'house divided', haha."

Were there any special or funny moments while producing any of the songs featured on the EP that specifically come to memory?

"One thing that comes to mind was how fun it was working on 'Field Trip.' It was January of this year and was so cold that month. We locked ourselves in the lab, and recorded a lot of the guitar, MOOG synth bass parts, and laid out the groundwork for the track. It was the perfect way to start the year 2019 in the studio.

'Blazer' started with the recording of my cat's meow, so that's pretty funny. The meow was in the natural key of B Minor, so the track was written in the key of B Minor. However, the cat meow audio sample was removed from the track. Just funny to think that's how that one came to fruition.

'Say Word' and 'Geisha' were produced on Kyle's laptop and at his home studio and were the first two tracks written for the EP. These two set the overall tone and feel for Happy Place."

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Aside from the Happy Place EP, what do you want listeners to get out of listening to your music? What’s the experience/feelings you’re trying to evoke with live performance?

"We put our hearts into the music, so I think listeners will feel that emotion. A lot of the music has an uplifting feel, so we think that is easily conveyed. We just want people to leave the shows feeling happy, feeling better than when they walked in the room, and to help us share the message with other fellow music listeners and concert-goers. It's about having a positive experience overall. That's most important to us. "

Stream or download Modern Measure's new EP, Happy Place, out now on 1320 Records. 

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The Glitch Mob Team Up With LICK For Heavy Hitter "System Bleed"

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 18:24

The legendary trio are finally back, and they're about to collaborate with a lot more rising artists.

The Glitch Mob have finally made their return for good, collaborating with rising producer LICK on "System Bleed." The bass trio, comprised of Boreta, edIT, and ooah (real names Justin Boreta, Ed Ma and Joshua Mayer, respectively), released their third studio album See Without Eyes mid-2018 and have been silent in terms of new music in 2019. They are however soon wrapping up their massive North American The Alchemy Tour alongside NGHTMRE, SLANDER and Seven Lions.

"System Bleed" marks The Glitch Mob's first release since last year's "RISE" with Mako and The Word Alive, which soundtracked popular video game League of Legends and has marked one of their biggest releases yet. 

The collaboration's intro is long yet exciting, as it offers a sinister atmosphere that makes the listener anticipate what's coming next; an epic break that contributes to furthermore building the tension. The first drop is heavy and dominated by distorted bass lines, stomping drums and an impactful lead. The second one takes a rather melodic turn, introducing the listener to The Glitch Mob's classic synths and stabs. 

"We are so fired up to finally release this track with Lick. He’s an incredible young artist and we’ve been playing versions of this in our sets all year. This will be first in a series of collaborations with producers that we admire and creatively vibe with," revealed The Glitch Mob in a joint statement. 

The Glitch Mob are arguably one of the most influential electronic music acts of the decade. Releasing their debut album Drink The Sea in 2010 and following it up with Love Death Immortality in 2014, the live-performing band has been in numerous tours, performed in major festivals and has amassed hundreds of millions of streams. 

Since he started releasing music in 2017, mysterious producer LICK has managed to make a name for himself in the bass music community. His debut album DARK VIBE ORDER was an impressive display of production and writing, and was released this year via ALT:Vision Records

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Armin van Buuren Opens Up About Mental Health Struggles

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 18:18

He sat down on the Dutch talk show Jinek to speak on Balance, his legacy, and the darker side of the EDM industry.

More and more artists have come forward to discuss the heavy weight that fame and touring have on ones' mental health. The latest to do so is Armin van Buuren. While on tour promoting his new album Balance, set for release October 25th, 2019, the five-time DJ Mag #1 DJ in the world sat down with the Dutch talk show Jinek. His interview shined a light on the good and bad he's faced over his 20-year journey to legend status. 

When looking at the influence that electronic music has had on popular culture today, it's easy to forget that at one time this branch of genres was only found on the outskirts. The shift from counterculture to the mainstream has been immense over the years and is something that does not go unnoticed by van Buuren. 

Even after years of playing some of the world's biggest festivals, it wasn't until recently that one of his tracks reached #1 in the charts of his home country of the Netherlands. After he joined forces with one of the most popular Dutch singers, Marco Borsato on "Hoe het danst," he was able to reach this coveted spot. When he was asked if that was still something emotional for him, he answered:

“Yes, of course. At the end I became a top 40 DJ. I was against that in the beginning, but secretly is of course cool to have that place”.

“At the beginning, dance music was counter current. In the '80s you had all the Madonnas and Michael Jacksons of this world, and then house came and that was an anti-reaction, so we were completely averse to everything that was top 40 and things like that. But nowadays you can also see that in the top 40 there is almost no song without a dance beat behind, so it is completely reversed, you could say.”

The thing about electronic music is that many of the fans are inherently purists. When artists like van Buuren switch up their sound and start appealing to a wider audience, the negativity started pouring in. Trolls take to the internet to mark them as "sell-outs."

He explained:

“I think I have changed over the years. I am still doing a lot of underground things, like the recent ‘Gaia’ album, but I am increasingly developing myself and spreading my wings”

“If you would have told me five years ago that I would score a number 1 hit with Marco Borsato, I would probably have laughed in your face, because it could be considered too commercial. And now I just notice that that is actually the fuel to keep doing what I do. I mean, I’ve been doing this thing for 20 years and I think it’s great to play and travel all over the world, but you have to be very careful that producing and making music doesn’t become just an easy thing, and do the same over and over”.

Throughout the year's van Buuren has faced these issues, but his ability to reinvent himself and keep up with the times is also why he continues to be one of the most sought-after DJs in the world. However, these criticisms do not go unnoticed. His new album Balance is the perfect example of his current outlook on life. The album begins with a quote from his mother stating "Every day you wake up a little more.” To van Buuren this means focusing on what you deem is most important in life. 

“Yes, I still want to please every fan. Every fan is important to me. I can’t stand it when one fan says he didn’t like it at all. Somewhere it is also good because that also triggers you to get better and there is always some truth in it”.

“I suffered a lot from it. In 2010, I was the number 1 in the world, but the most unhappy person on earth.”

“You are just as good as your last show; you are just as good as your last single, and I started producing only for those few fans who were critical. That felt like a straitjacket, but since ‘This is what it feels like,’ I actually got rid of that, and I am still very loyal to my fans, and the new album also has a bit of the old Armin sound. I also like that sound and I still embrace that, but I noticed that I have to take those creative steps to keep developing myself.”

Recently the producer took his fans on a journey behind the scenes into his life with his wife Erika. The two now have a child together. In the six-episode documentary Mr. Perfect, van Buuren opened up more about how difficult balancing family and his career has been on his mental health. 

“This is a daily discussion. It may look all shiny for the outside world, but we are daily on top of that agenda and then there is the temptation because then you have to say yes or no to a very large festival. If you go you get offered a huge bag of money and a show for 40,000 people, but yes, your son must go to football. You have to make those kinds of weird considerations.”

For some the question of who to put first in this situation would be simple - family is always first. But for artists, it's a completely different game. van Buuren described his understanding of this as some kind of addiction:

“There is a book written about that by Ian Robertson, The Winner Effect. It is exactly about that. The kick that you get from standing on stage, from the attention, from making television… that kick that you get… he compared the endorphins that are then released in your brain to a drug. In fact, under the influence of that drug your brain changes, according to his theory, and he has proven all that scientifically. That book has become important to me. I now understand how that works, that’s why Mick Jagger is still onstage after a heart operation.”

Since the tragic passing of Avicii left a gaping hole in the music industry, the dark side of the performance lifestyle has become extremely apparent. Traveling, partying, and lack of sleep all have a devastating effect on ones' mental and physical health. With more artists like van Buuren going on the record about their struggles, the conversation begins on how to help these artists before it is too late. 

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Monstercat Closes Out Pegboard Nerds Week With "Crying Shame" ft. NERVO and the Launch of New EP, Heart of the Universe

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 18:12

#NerdNation unite.

Just like that, Monstercat's second annual Pegboard Nerds week has come to an end. The Danish-Norwegian duo are wrapping it up with the drop of their new EP, Heart of the Universe. The EP consists of the three previously released tracks from this week and includes the brand new track "Crying Shame" featuring NERVO. The duo are known for melding their love of video games into their music. They stayed true to their brand this week with these four releases. 

"Crying Shame" is a bright, pop-centric track. The NERVO twins lend their vocals to the single with a stabbing, future bass production. "Computa Hakka" features Ragga Twins and takes the listener on a full 180 from the previous track. It's a bass-heavy, dubstep release that is sure to break some necks. They slow things down again with "Solo" featuring Maria Lynn. The bouncy production pairs nicely with the breathy vocals. They end things off on a hard note with "Exterminate," taking us back to full Pegboard bass insanity. 

Michael Pasberg and Alexander Odden joined forces back in 2012 to create Pegboard Nerds. Throughout their lustrous career, they have created a cult-like following known as the #NerdNation. They've worked alongside some of the top acts in EDM such as Rob Swire, Nicky Romero, Excision, Jauz, Snails, and more.

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Eptic Delivers Wild New EP, Flesh & Blood

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 18:09

Prepare to hear these tunes all over the EDM circuit.

Eptic (real name Michaël Bella) has released his latest EP, Flesh & Blood, via Monstercat.

It features a slew of new music alongside his previously released collaboration with Dillon Francis, "Let It Go," and Bella continues to flash his sound design skill any chance he's given. Each track includes his signature sing-along dubstep drops, with standout track "Power" already making itself a fan favorite. "Violence" also makes itself known, highlighting Bella's diverse chops as a producer. Undoubtedly, this is Bella's biggest release yet. Fans and critics alike will certainly be pleased with Flesh & Blood

Bella has been steadily garnering a loyal fanbase since the release of his Eptic EP in 2011. Since, he's collaborated with incredibly notable dance music artists including Zomboy, Habstrakt, MUST DIE!, and Trampa. The Belgian producer's tunes are widely known and praised, such as his "Get With The Program" remix, his collaboration with DJ Snake, "Southside," and his remix of Dillon Francis' "Say Less." Catch Bella on tour with bass music heavyweight TYNAN this fall. Purchase tickets here.

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MRVLZ Makes More Dance-Pop Magic with "Stay With Me"

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 16:45

Azureon Select has offered up another infectious single by MRVLZ.

What do you get when you combine a groovy drum pattern with angelic vocals and just a pinch of tropical house? The latest song by MRVLZ, of course. He's followed up releases like "Meant to Be," "Feel My Heart" and "Wasted" with another strong release titled "Stay With Me" via Azureon Select.

A tranquil melody is the driving force behind "Stay With Me." With a drop geared more towards danceability than exhilaration, it will be  a valuable asset to any DJ planning to set a pleasant mood. With fluttering vocal chops and bouncy bass rounding out the arrangement, this is a song you don't want to sleep on.

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