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Lightning In a Bottle Reveals Lineup for 2020 Return to Buena Vista Lake

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 22:54

The transformative festival is set to take place Memorial Day Weekend.

The team at Do LaB have announced the roster of artists set to take the stage at this year's Lightning in a Bottle. With three curated stages and acts ranging from bass music to techno, the transformative festival is scheduled to return to Buena Vista Lake over Memorial Day Weekend.

Among the string of talented acts on the lineup are electronic all-stars like Nina KravizJames Blake, Kaytranada, GRiZ, Big Wild, Bob Moses, Stephan Bodzin, ARTBAT, Justin Martin, Justin Jay, and Kyle Watson.

Attendees of the 2020 event will have the option to purchase an early arrival pass granting them entrance a day earlier. A special seven-hour lakeside opening party for early arrivals will be hosted by Desert Hearts crew members Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, and Porky. At night, Soulection CEO and founder Joe Kay will play a four-hour performance at The Stacks.

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From its inception, Lightning in a Bottle has curated a counterculture-like experience, positioning it as one of the must-do transformative events in the festival circuit. Promotion of human connection, art as a transformative experience, and environmental sustainability is fundamental and preeminent throughout the gathering.

The 2020 edition of Lightning in a Bottle takes place May 20th- 25th in Buena Vista Lake, west of Bakersfield. For tickets and general information, click here


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Chris Lake and Friends Came Together for an Australian Wildfire Relief Fundraiser

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 22:43

The concert, in conjunction with Sound Nightclub, FNGRS CRSSD, Goldenvoice and Black Book Records, raised an estimated $52,000.

Los Angeles' Sound Nightclub nightclub hosted a concert for a cause on January 14th. British DJ and producer Chris Lake and his label, Black Book Records, hosted the fundraiser for Australian wildfire relief in conjunction with SoCal promoters FNGRS CRSSD and Goldenvoice at the world-famous nightlife destination. 

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The event hinted only at performances from Lake and friends, treating attendees to a night of all-star music starting with Chris Lorenzo at 9:00 PM and closing out at 3:00 AM with VNSSA. In between was a B2B between Cassian and Nighttime, an hour-long set from Hayden James, a midnight performance from Lake himself, and a B2B with MK and Lee Foss. 100% of the proceeds, an estimated $52,000, will be donated to relief organizations. 

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The EDM industry has come together to support Australia, which has already experienced at least 24 deaths and over 15 million acres of destruction from the fires. Australian DJs, including FISHER and Hermitude, have both hosted their own benefit concerts in the last week, and Australian native Alison Wonderland donated to the cause with proceeds from a T-shirt release. 


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Red Light Management Launches Gaming Division to Fuse Gaming, Brands, Music Together

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 22:31

Hit Command will assist in the development of intellectual property for brands and artists in the global gaming community.

Red Light Management - an independent music management firm that represents artists and bands like AC Slater, Borgore, Cedric Gervais, ODESZA, Bassnectar and more - is getting into the video game market with a new gaming division called Hit Command. Brands, content creators and artists who are wanting to get into the global gaming economy can leverage Hit Command’s services and connections within the live event space to assist in the development of curated experiences, intellectual property, and partnership opportunities.

Artists will have a chance to get in front of the global gaming community through the video games they play on a daily basis. Hit Command has already partnered with some of the world’s leading event agencies to provide artists ways to engage and interact with the gaming community, converting gamers into fans, listeners, and concertgoers.

According to TechCrunch, “video game revenue in 2018 reached a new peak of $43.8 billion, up 18 percent from the previous years.” Furthermore, “67 percent of Americans, or roughly 211 million people, play video games on at least one type of device, with more than half of those who game, playing on multiple platforms,” stated Variety.

“There has never been a better time for artists or brands to get into the gaming ecosystem,” stated Red Light Management’s head of gaming, William Morris. “Not only is the user base in gaming growing at an exponential pace here in the U.S. but [other] territories like Asia, which has invested heavily in its telecom and wireless infrastructure, are allowing more people outside of the major metropolitan hubs connect into the gaming ecosystem.”

U.S. advertisers are predicted to spend $3.67 billion on advertisements within video games on mobile, desktop, or console platforms in 2020, according to eMarketer. With such a large budget, there’s no reason an artist should avoid dipping their feet into the gaming communities and create distinct intellectual property that can turn into a large source of income.

“There is a massive opportunity for our artist and brand clients to create unique [intellectual property] within the gaming community that could not only generate great returns financially, but expose their music or brand to a whole new global audience,” stated Steve Satterthwaite, partner at Red Light Management and head of the electronic division. “The combination of global growth and engagement around gaming, our company will be uniquely positioned to help any level of acts or brands tap into one of the most exciting areas of entertainment and media consumption for the foreseeable future.”

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Fury and MC Dino Share First Installment of Satirical Drum and Bass Docuseries

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 22:28

"The World's G.O.D. (Greatest Opening DJ) and Dino" features many familiar faces within the drum and bass and dubstep scenes.

Denver-based drum and bass DJ and industry figure Fury (real name Steve Blakley) has teamed up with longtime friend and collaborator MC Dino to launch a satirical drum and bass docuseries. It's named The World's G.O.D. (Greatest Opening DJ) and Dino after Fury's facetious self-given nickname, and the series' first episode was just released.

In episode 01, Fury and Dino document their "fast dubstep" hijinks at EDC Orlando, including struggling to gain their artist credentials (though Blakley assures viewers that everyone at the event already knows them), stage access issues, fan photos, and more. The five-minute video is entirely tongue in cheek, with tons of great cameos from DJs, artist managers, and other notable figures within the drum and bass scene and beyond.

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Excision, AK1200, Armanni Reign, Calyx & Teebee, Andy C, and even Insomniac head honcho Pasquale Rotella all make appearances in the video - and either claim to have no idea who Fury is, or absolutely loathe him. The self-important characters Fury and Dino portray in the series are likely deserving of that reputation. 

The World's G.O.D. maintains a docuseries format complete with interview-style cutaways. There are undeniable parallels with BBC Three's hit series, People Just Do Nothing, right down to the egotistical and delusional characters. Fans of drum and bass, dubstep, festivals, or simply EDM in general will likely enjoy The World's G.O.D.

There is no word on when episode 02 will be released, but keep an eye out for more mishaps and mischief from Fury and MC Dino in the near future. 


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Anjunadeep Explorations Announces 2020 Lineup

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 17:11

James Grant, Jody Wisternoff and more will return to Albania for the event's second year.

Deep and progressive house label Anjunadeep hit the shores of Dhërmi, Albania last year to host the first annual Anjunadeep Explorations event. Packed with the label's finest names, Explorations was quite an experience for the Anjunafam. Now, the second installment will take place in 2020 and Anjunadeep has pulled out all the stops once again to announce an extensive and diverse lineup. 

Label bosses James Grant and Dom Donnelly will return this year for five-hour sets. Anjunadeep stars YOTTO, Tinlicker, and 16BL will all perform sunrise sets. Also included are live offerings from CubicolorMonolink, Ben Böhmer, and Hosini. A multitude of other rising stars and veterans will also perform, including Eli & FurRyan Davis, Luttrell, John Monkman, Martin Roth, and Jody Wisternoff

Anjunadeep Explorations boasts virtually every act that fans of the label could hope to see, and the Anjuna family will undoubtedly be eager to get out to Dhërmi for the six-day event. Explorations is essentially a showcase of all things Anjunadeep in the perfect setting to match the deep and lush sounds of the label. 

Early bird tickets for Anjunadeep Explorations have already sold out, but fans can join the wait list to get first access to other ticket packages that will go live on January 17th.

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Forbidden Kingdom Festival Releases Full 2020 Lineup by Day

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 16:58

The two-day festival will host Excision, 12th Planet, Rezz and more.

Forbidden Kingdom Music Festival was created for one purpose: an onslaught of the heaviest and hardest bass music over the course of two days. The gathering has dropped its 2020 lineup, including the day-by-day schedule, and it's a huge one to kick off the new decade. 

Forbidden Kingdom boasts an enormous lineup for 2020, including mainstay bass acts like Excision, Dion Timmer, 12th Planet, Rezz, Funtcase, Marauda (formerly Mastadon), PhaseOne and others. Up-and-comers will also hold it down over the weekend of February 15th-16th. Names like Big N Slim, Sloth and Symbiotic have made waves as of late and will round out the two-day lineup nicely. 

2020's Forbidden Kingdom Music Festival will be held in Boca Raton, Florida at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater. It includes two stages and a silent disco, building on the 2019 inaugural event.

Tickets to Forbidden Kingdom Music Festival have nearly sold out. Purchase yours or find additional information on the event website.


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Carl Cox's Branded Zenith Watch Costs Nearly $19k

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 16:28

The highly limited new watch was designed by the legend himself.

Zenith has been providing top-shelf watches since 1865. Undoubtedly a high-end watchmaker, the price tags for their pieces can reach absurd amounts in the same vein as Hublot or Rolex. Electronic music pioneer Carl Cox is ready to take Zenith into the future with his custom-designed limited edition watch - but be ready to shell out for it. 

The Zenith Defy 21 Carl Cox Edition's price tag is set at a whopping $18,800. Limited to only 200 units available, the watch will certainly be a hot ticket item for diehard Carl Cox fans looking to splurge on a timeless timepiece that doubles as a piece of electronic music history.

Cox's specially designed watch features a marbled outer rim with a red wrist strap and a cleverly placed cog that resembles a vinyl record. The watch's body is entirely carbon fiber, making it lightweight yet durable. With a glow-in-the-dark bezel, it can be described as club ready. It's also waterproof with a 10 ATM measurement, meaning it's certified at up to 100 meters below water for a short time but isn't recommended for diving or long periods of water exposure. 

Fans who wish to view more information about Carl Cox's Defy 21 watch can view it at this link. Have your checkbook ready. 

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Australian Artists Come Together for Bushfire Fundraiser MAKE IT RAIN

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 16:10

What So Not, PNAU, Nina Las Vegas, Hook N Sling, tyDi, VASSY, Stafford Brothers, Yolanda Be Cool, GG Magree, Feenixpawl, Cut Snake and more have come together on the event.

Australia is currently being ravaged by the worst wildfires seen in decades, with large swaths of the country left in total devastation since the fire season began in late July. In recognizing their plight, a Los Angeles fundraiser has been organized called MAKE IT RAIN.

At least 27 people have died nationwide, and in the state of New South Wales alone, more than 3,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed. State and federal authorities are struggling to contain the massive blazes even with firefighting assistance provided from other countries.

Despite the horrific cost in lives and property, as well as dangers to billions of animals in an already fragile ecosystem, what is burning brightest in the wake of this climate crisis is the light of hope and support across the world. 

On January 29th, 2020 from 9:00 PM-3:00 AM, a full lineup of top-tier Aussie talent will hit the stage at Academy LA. artists such as What So Not, PNAU, Cut Snake, Nina Las Vegas, Hook N Sling, tyDi, VASSY, Stafford Brothers, Yolanda Be Cool, GG Magree, Feenixpawl and Brooke Evers are coming together to show love and support for their homeland. 

All profits from the MAKE IT RAIN event will be donated to the three major bushfire relief initiatives: Red Cross Australia, GIVIT, and NSW Wildlife Council (NWC).

In the words of a joint statement by MAKE IT RAIN organizers Lorne Padman (VP of Dim Mak), Andie Leon (Academy LA), and Tyson Illingworth (tyDi):

"The feeling of complete helplessness got too much for us here in L.A., and we knew we needed to channel our energy into something bigger than ourselves. We’re stoked to see how the dance music community has been so supportive of this cause and we look forward to seeing our friends and family at Academy on January 29th,”

MAKE IT RAIN will also include several legendary surprise guests throughout the evening, as well as a silent auction that will allow those in attendance to bid on a selection of awesome prizes. 

Fans who cannot attend will be able to hear the broadcast on SiriusXM Diplo’s Revolution on Saturday, February 1st. Support the cause and purchase tickets on the Academy LA website, and find additional information on the event website.

City of Miami Faces Lawsuit over Ultra Music Festival amid Continued Contract Delays

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 12:45

Ultra Music Festival's 2020 return to Bayfront Park is being met with resistance from locals.

Following a back-and-forth with Miami officials that ended with Ultra Music Festival returning to its longtime home of Bayfront Park, it came to light that organizers had yet to sign contracts with the city mere months before the event. They reportedly still have yet to finalize said agreements, and now it appears nearby residents are suing the city. 

A four-count complaint issued by attorney Sam Dubbin on behalf of residents belonging to the Downtown Neighbors Alliance accuses the city of violating its own charter, allowing an illegal nuisance, and disregarding its own bidding laws by allowing the event to take place, as reported by the Miami Herald. “Between 2012 and 2019, the city allowed Ultra to conduct music festivals in Bayfront Park, and blast catastrophic volumes of noise into plaintiffs’ and other downtown Miami residents’ homes, depriving them of the quiet enjoyment of their homes, and also depriving plaintiffs and other downtown residents access to Bayfront Park for several months each year,” reads a passage.

Ultra has taken place annually since 1999. It originally occupied Miami Beach's Collins Park before relocating to Bayfront in 2001. From 2006-2011 the festival was held at Bicentennial Park and relocated to Bayfront the following year, where it has remained for most of its lifetime.

In 2019 the Miami City Commission voted down Ultra's contract to return to Bayfront Park. After a tumultuous one-off event on Virginia Key, organizers announced plans to take the event to a nearby city. Whether intentionally or otherwise, they galvanized efforts on officials' part to lure them back to Miami rather than forego the event's local commerce impact.

Ultra Music Festival will take place from March 20th-22nd, 2020. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.


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Underground Vibes / 044

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 19:01

Hanz, Late June, underscores and more featured on this week's installment.

Numerous artists, industry professionals, and fans consider SoundCloud the best platform for unsigned music to shine up to its true potential. Its direct, artist-centric approach has enabled bedroom artists to find fan bases all over the world, and it's equipped emerging talent to turn their SoundCloud game into long-term careers. 

In this series, our aim is to showcase the best new music we discover on the platform, music that oftentimes can’t be found anywhere else. In addition, we shine a light on successful artists that are either now breaking through on the platform or have used it to attract an active following in the past.

This latest feature includes cute gems from Late June and underscores, forward-thinking vibes by aliotho and grape milk, well-thought-out remixes by Hanz and camoufly, and more.

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Just after releasing his latest four-track EP Leaving For Good, Norwegian producer Hanz decided to flip Laxcity’s and ÊMIA’s soothing cut “Just Try," which came out last year. The artist does the original justice by starting his take with smooth piano chords and atmospheres before flipping it into a synth-dominated vibe.

“TELEPHONE LINE 415” - underscoresView the original article to see embedded media.

underscores has been receiving support for San Holo’s imprint bitbird for some time now, which has led to the release of his EP, character development! - a three-track journey through quirky sounds and vulnerable vocal lines.

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aliotho’s previous alias, Amp, marked the first release on up-and-coming label KUMO. Now, two years later he returns to the imprint with his latest single “ColderSurface,” which takes the listener on a spacious journey filled with nostalgic synth lines.

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In recent years, Late June has been consistently releasing lots of music, showcasing his unique style of crafting melodic and nostalgic instrumentals. His latest work, “In Your Arms,” where piano melodies and vocal chops go crazy, is no exception.

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Part of Lucid Monday’s 22nd compilation, Singularis keeps on impressing with “dust in the wind," two minutes of bass and synth madness.

“Hungover” (liad and Carl Zeer Remix) - MothicaView the original article to see embedded media.

liad and Carl Zeer strike gold with their remix of singer/songwriter Mothica’s latest single “Hungover,” turning the minimal single into an explosive showcase of eerie sound design and impactful drums.

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Madeon returned in 2019 with “All My Friends” the lead single off his acclaimed album Good Faith, which came out later in November. Now, producer camoufly’s take on the single is here, turning the midtempo, dancefloor-ready tune into a melodic trap gem.

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Out on AZMC Society, grape milk’s latest effort “just a number” is definitely impressive. Within almost four minutes, the producer offers an organic journey filled with foley-like samples and crazy synth arpeggios.

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Flawed Mangoes’ latest effort “Trends” never stops evolving, constantly switching between melodies and keys in a complex sequence of drum beats and and weird noises.

“Highest In The Woods” - OmarCameUpView the original article to see embedded media.

OmarCameUp does it again, combining a Legend of Zelda sample and a Travis Scott acapella to create a quirky but hard vibe. 

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Sikdope and Duke & Jones Team Up For “Coming Down”

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 18:50

Trap meets old school house in Sikdope and Duke & Jones' latest collaboration.

Arriving by way of Spinnin’ Records, Sikdope and Duke & Jones have combined their respective house and trap sounds on their latest collaboration, “Coming Down.” 

Fans first heard “Coming Down” after Sikdope played it out in his end-of-year "Resolutions Mix." The hourlong cut featured only new and unreleased tracks that will come out throughout 2020. SiriusXM/BPM premiered the mix, and Diplo & Friends on BBC Radio 1 later picked it up. Industry-leading DJ/producers like Jauz, Showtek, and Ghastly have also voiced their support on the supercharged mix. 

Though the two electronic acts reside in different genres, they share one thing in common: the ability to produce unforgettable festival anthems. Sikdope dominated 2019 with his hit track “Raindrops,” as well as the widely popular Tiësto collaboration “My Whistle.” Manchester duo Duke & Jones have established themselves as minimalistic trap and bass producers, their most popular track “Delusions” reaching nearly 2 million streams. Together, the two acts have created an addictive single sure to hit festival stages worldwide. 

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“Coming Down” features enticing vocals that lead to raw trap drops tinged with old-school house sounds. “I think the single really showcases our styles and it’s a perfect blend between uplifting melodies on the intros, and explosive amounts of energy on three different drops," said Sikdope (real name David Kabaciński).

“We sent David a rough demo version of the song and he took it to a whole new level of hype, adding an extra drop and putting more energy in the buildup and breaks,” said Duke & Jones. “We love how it ended up, it’s so much fun to play out!"

Stream or download "Coming Down," out now on Spinnin' Records. 


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Marshmello’s “Tongue Tied” Gets 5 Electrifying Remixes

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 18:43

The remix pack includes Duke & Jones, PatrickReza, Gentlemens Club, HiGuys, and Near X Far.

Marshmello’s November hit single “Tongue Tied” featuring YUNGBLUD and blackbear has been reimagined by five different electronic acts. The remix pack includes renditions from Duke & Jones, PatrickReza, Gentlemens Club, HiGuys, and Near X Far.

It kicks off with Duke & Jones, and the Manchester duo set the tone for the bass-filled remix pack with their minimalistic, trap-infused beats. They opted for a stripped-back, upbeat drop that highlights the pop sound of the track’s vocals. Fans may recall Duke & Jones from Marshmello’s last remix pack for “One Thing Right” featuring Kane Brown. Similar to their last remix, the two follow suit with crafting bright, radio-ready tracks. 

The remix pack also features some fresh faces to the electronic scene. Near X Far, who had their breakthrough in 2018 with their hit single “Spotlight,” give a tropical spin on the original track. Comprised of Lliam Taylor and Deflo, the duo have collaborated on opposite ends of the world for years before deciding to combine their fresh beats. 

Other remixes include Gentlemens Club's early dubstep-inspired rendition along with remixes from PatrickReza and HiGuys. 

Stream or download Marshmello's Tongue Tied (Remix Pack), out now. 


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Soothing Melodies Shine on Lane 8's Latest Album, Brightest Lights

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 18:34

Lane 8's third album embraces the ambivalence of life's ups and downs.

“I made this album in the hopes that it would bring a little joy into your life in these crazy times,“ Lane 8 (real name Daniel Goldstein) revealed about his latest album. The 13-track LP, aptly titled Brightest Lights holds true to this sentiment with lush keys, smooth grooves, and tender vocals.

“We are so bombarded with negative energy these days that it is sometimes easy to forget all the beautiful and positive things that happen every day," Goldstein further explained. "However small or seemingly insignificant, Brightest Lights is about celebrating and embracing the ups and downs of life and trying to see the world in a positive light.”

Brightest Lights begins with “Groundhog Day,” a radiant track that sets the stage for the rest of the album. It builds up slow and smooth. Vocal chops float in and out of the track, and percussion slowly rises to the surface. The kick drum, a vital force in electronic music, is absent for most of the track, emerging only for the last third of the song. This careful restraint is what Goldstein employs best throughout the album.

Goldstein’s latest offering isn’t an album about bombastic drops, attention-grabbing features, or Beatport-topping instrumentals. Brightest Lights shines in simple, soothing melodies, engaging progressions, and atmospheric soundscapes. The album is packed with emotion radiating through each song.

The San Francisco producer also shared the inspiration behind certain tracks. For example, “Just” has been in the works for around a decade. Goldstein explained that the breezy, dreamlike single captures “that joy of getting deeply into whatever it is that makes you tick.” The trance-inducing melody of the track concurs.

“Sunday Song” (which was in fact written on a Sunday) felt like a “home run” to Goldstein when he wrote it. Initial crowd reactions were poor, however, and Goldstein would have given up on the track if not for the encouragement of his team. After gradual tweaking, “Sunday Song” grew into one of the biggest tracks in Goldstein’s sets, an ode to “sticking to your guns no matter what, and if you believe in something it may just take some time to convince others that it’s worthwhile.”

After Goldstein mustered a burst of creative energy upon his CRSSD Festival performance last year, “The Gift” was born. Naturally, the song encapsulates channeling “the excitement and the adrenaline rush of a great show into making new music.” No wonder it’s the most energetic track off the album, mirroring the energy of a packed dance floor.

Revealing these little snippets of inspiration, Goldstein provided another layer for listeners to contextualize Brightest Lights. While instrumental music, which Brightest Lights is packed with, tends to be open to listener interpretation, Goldstein’s motivations give the music more direct meaning.

Emphatic vocals further build the impassioned theme of the album. Synth-pop band Poliça, featured on Goldstein’s hit “No Captain” off his previous album, make their mark on three songs, including the title track. Arctic Lake feature on two songs, while Jens Kuross and Kauf feature on another. 

Goldstein’s delicate production style complements each vocalist well. The sum of parts fuses on each collaboration to create an overall sound that mirrors the ambivalence of embracing life’s up and downs: empowering and defiant yet distantly yearning.

With the album out, Goldstein will now embark on a series of shows to celebrate. The Brightest Lights Tour will take Goldstein across North America and Europe, with artists from his This Never Happened label joining him on select dates. Knowing Goldstein’s tendency to curate shows grounded in the ethos of living in the moment, you can bet he’ll ensure phone-free concerts.


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Tomorrowland Global Journey Packages to Go on Sale this Weekend

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 18:23

Mark your calendars!

July will be upon us in just a blink of an eye, so that means it's time to start planning out your route to Tomorrowland. Every year thousands flock to Boom, Belgium to attend on of EDM's biggest festivals. It is definitely the type of gathering you need to plan out months in advance. Starting this weekend Tomorrowland will release their Global Journey Travel Packages. They go on sale Saturday, January 18th at 17:00 CET.

Global Journey provides a number of options. Attendees can choose a bus, train, or flight package, all of which provide transportation, access to Dreamville (the official festival grounds), and a ticket. There is also the hotel package which allows access to the festival and the option to stay at one of three concept hotels.

Four experiences will also be offered this weekend, including the Friendship Travel Package, Discover Europe, Discover Belgium, and finally, the Surprise Package. The latter allows the festival and Global Journey to surprise you with experiences throughout your stay.

If you are a festival fanatic, the Tomorrowland Magical Pass may be the option for you. Valid for two people, this grants you access to several of their events, including Tomorrowland Winter,  as well as many other great perks pertaining to the festival weekend in Belgium. 

Just last month the official theme was revealed for 2020: "The Reflection Of Love."  After celebrating the 15th anniversary in Boom, it was announced they had extended the festival's contract through 2034. The small town whose name has become synonymous with the event will continue to be an EDM mecca for over a decade to come. 

Tomorrowland will kick off on July 17th-19th, and the next weekend on July 24th-26th. The worldwide pre-sale for all tiers of Tomorrowland tickets and Dreamville packages will go sale Saturday, January 25th. The general sale for remaining tickets begins Saturday, February 1st. They are presenting an exciting offer for the first 20 and for those who want a surprise. The first 20 people of each nationality to register will have the possibility to buy four tickets before the worldwide sale. Those who opt for the surprise option will not find out which package they have purchased until a week before the event.

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Legion Share New Drum and Bass Mix with MC Relyt

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 18:05

The mix was recorded live from The Black Box in Denver.

Denver drum and bass duo Legion have been on a roll as of late. With releases on Andy C's RAM Records imprint, collaborations with Logam, and notable gigs across the United States and beyond, Legion (real names Lee Griffin and Hunter Watson) have made quite a name for themselves within the States and beyond recently. Now, they've shared their DJ set with MC Relyt recorded live at The Black Box in Denver. 

The fiery mix features a wide array of top-notch dance floor drum and bass, neurofunk, and jungle tracks. Bars from MC Relyt (real name Tyler Cline) skillfully keep the energy at 11 and make a great addition to the mix - but he knows when to allow the mix to breathe and speak for itself. Legion's precision mixing and double drops ensure that the dance floor is constantly moving.  

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Tracks from Kove, Whiney, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Dossa & Locuzzed, and others are included - as well as original works from Legion and Logam, of course. Overall, the mix's wide array of sounds provides the highest peaks and the deepest valleys, making it a well-rounded blend that's great listening for any drum and bass fan. 

Upcoming Legion releases include a remix of Gerra & Stone's "L.I.E.S.," to be released on January 31st via Program, and Gerra & Stone's remix of Legion's "Afterthought," which will come out on Program the same day. 


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The Chainsmokers Confirmed as Creamfields 2020 Headliners

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 17:48

They're the fourth headliners to be announced for the summer festival.

Creamfields is letting headliner announcements trickle out slowly but surely. They began back in September with the announcement of Armin van Buuren, who will return to the South Stage. Next to be announced was Pendulum Trinity, the first arena headliner, then Camelphat, the Steel Yard headliner. The next big act to be revealed for the main Arc Stage are The Chainsmokers, due to perform on August 28th for a U.K. festival exclusive. 

Creamfields, the U.K.'s biggest electronic music festival, will take place on August 27th-30th during the bank holiday in Daresbury, Cheshire. After 2019 marked one of the festival's biggest editions to date, there is no telling what they have in store for attendees this time around. With a list of headliners this diverse so far, fans should be in for a treat. 

The Chainsmokers (real names Alex Pall and Drew Taggart) are starting off 2020 with a bang. After closing out 2019 with the release of their full-length studio album, World War Joy, they entered into the new year with several of the top Billboard Dance/Electronic songs of the decade. They also snagged a nomination for Dance Artist of the Year for the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Along with the Creamfields announcement, they will also perform a free show during Super Bowl Week in Miami, Florida. 

Creamfields 2020 tickets are now available in an exclusive pre-sale for Barclay cardholders. Ticket sales to the general public will start this Friday on January 17th at 9:00 AM GMT (4:00 AM EST | 1:00 AM PST).

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Zeds Dead Announce a New Album is on the Way

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 17:18

WE ARE DEADBEATS, Vol. 4 won't be their only effort this year.

As Zeds Dead fans continue to reel in the magic of WE ARE DEADBEATS, Vol. 4, which came out January 14th, word has it the Canadian duo have even more up their sleeves for 2020. The compilation was reportedly meant to serve as a side project for the duo as they worked on their own album, but soon after it took on a life of its own. 

This doesn't mean Dylan Mamid and Zachary Rapp-Rovan forgot what they started, however. According to a statement obtained by Your EDM, a second album is still on the way:

“We wanted to collaborate with some artists on our label as well as artists that represent the kind of music you’ll hear at a Deadbeats show. We are in the process of finishing our second album, and at the same time have been working on these tracks for our live sets. Over time all these tracks started fitting together like a mixtape or compilation of sorts, and we felt it was a natural evolution of the We Are Deadbeats series we’ve had on the label since it started. It took shape very organically and what was once meant to be a sort of precursor to our album eventually transformed into an album of its own and we’re incredibly happy with how it turned out. That second Zeds Dead album is still coming though!”

The aforementioned compilation album marked a special installment for the duo because prior volumes did not feature their own music. Each song from this 14-track album is a collaboration between Mamid and Rapp-Rovan and one of their Deadbeats signees. Featured artists include Subtronics, Ganja White, Urbandawn, Dion Timmer, Jauz, Slushii and others. 

As for the forthcoming second album, fans can hope for some of their unreleased collaborations with artists like Rezz, PEEKABOO and 1788-L. The duo will headline Wobbleland this weekend so stay tuned to see if any IDs come out of the event as well. 

In the meantime, stream WE ARE DEADBEATS, Vol. 4 below. 


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Tropic Like it’s Hot with JSTJR’s Holy Ship! Wrecked Mix [Exclusive]

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 15:53

We’re one week away from the biggest festival to hit the Carribbean in 2020: Holy Ship! Wrecked.

Produced by HARD Events, Cloud 9 Productions, and The Bowery Presents, Holy Ship! Wrecked will see thousands of festivalgoers descend upon the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in the Dominican Republic's Punta Cana for a four-night, all-inclusive festival in paradise. The gathering boasts top-notch accommodations, daily beach activities, and of course, an all-star lineup featuring DJs like Diplo, Madeon, Claude VonStroke, NGHTMRESLANDER, and so, so many more.

One of these amazing DJs is JSTJR (pronounced "gesture"), who has put together an incredible mix exclusively for EDM.com readers as part of the Holy Ship! Official Mixtape series. The New England native took us on a tropical journey through bass heaven, or as he so eloquently put it:

"Holy Ship is always my favorite time of the year! To get ready, I channeled my inner ‘piña-colada-by-the-beach’ with a healthy dose of turn upppp."

JSTJR has been EXTREMELY busy making mark in the industry. He's coming in hot from his recent North American tour with Doghouse label boss and hardstyle aficionado KAYZO, hosting his food drives and community-driven taco pop-ups all around L.A., and representing the tropical bass movement in America. You can catch him playing multiple sets all day and all night at Holy Ship! Wrecked 2020, but until then, turn up your speakers and tropic like it’s hot to his EDM.com Exclusive mix right here:


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Justin Martin Inaugurates New Label, What To Do, with House Track, "Needs"

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 13:14

The first release on Justin Martin's new label sees him at his best.

Justin Martin has kicked off 2020 with the launch of a deep house record label called What To Do. To that end, he's released a a new single by way of the freshly minted imprint that goes by the title "Needs." 

Akin to Justin Martin classics like "Don't Go" or "Just Escape," the undulating melodies of "Needs" place it at a crossroads between deep and progressive house. A female vocal refrain rings out at strategic placements, giving the song just the right amount of singalong appeal. Martin intended to keep the track a "secret set weapon" (as he's known to), but decided to kick off the label with its release by popular demand.

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Ever since Martin debuted on Dirtybird with "Cicada" in 2004, he's offered a more introspective take on the label's typical ghettotech sound. He furthered his style with a 2012 debut album, Ghettos & Gardens, followed by a sophomore effort titled Hello Clouds in 2016. With What To Do, he looks to build upon it even further.

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GRiZ Floats a Collab to Dillon Francis on Twitter

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:14

GRiZ and Dillon Francis may soon have a collaboration in the works.

GRiZ and Dillon Francis got to talking publicly on Twitter about a potential collaboration. 

Fans were instantly intrigued when GRiZ sent a tweet to Dillon Francis and appeared in no uncertain terms to be sending a collaboration idea to his attention.

The idea appeared to be met with equal enthusiasm by Dillon Francis. He tweeted back a slew of gibberish, but the caps lock was on so, all in all, we're seeing this as a positive. 

The conversation did not progress beyond that publicly, but if the stunt was an attempt to test audience enthusiasm for the idea - it succeeded. Fans of both producers are sure to be following up on this collaboration in the months to come. 

GRiZ clearly has his sights set on an ambitious 2020. The producer is coming off of a big year that saw the release of his album Ride Waves as well as four different Bangers EP releases. Dillon Francis is similarly kicking off the year strong with a new tour alongside Yung Gravy


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