Tiësto's "Tough Love" remix is finally out.
Not long after Avicii's team released "Tough Love" in the months leading up to the posthumous album on which it appeared, Tiësto tested out his remix of the song on an audience at EDC Japan. Now that TIM has arrived in full, so has the Dutch superstar DJ/producer's remix.
Tiësto (real name Tijs Verwest) took Agnes' iconic vocal and fitted it with a lead synth melody sure to send a thousands-deep festival crowd into motion. It's all too common for a remix to sound sonically disjointed, but Verwest's rendition of "Tough Love" sounds like the vocal had been delivered with his sound design aesthetic in mind.View the original article to see embedded media.
After the untimely death of Avicii (real name Tim Bergling) in April of last year, it came to light that the Swedish DJ/producer had nearly completed a new album. His family worked alongside his final collaborators to finish TIM while adhering as closely to his creative vision as possible.
Stream Tiësto's remix of "Tough Love" by Avicii featuring Agnes across platforms here.
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The Executioner is back with a hot new single.
"Move my body back and forth", says the vocal sample in prolific drum & bass DJ/producer and RAM Records label boss Andy C's new single, "Back & Forth." This fiery new track will have listeners doing just that.
"Back & Forth" is a dance floor powerhouse. The gritty, modulated bass line and punchy drums are sure to get the crowd moving whether in a small club or on on the festival main stage. Dark and absolutely dominant, Andy C's latest single will certainly be played in DJ sets for the rest of 2019 and beyond.View the original article to see embedded media.
The new track follows Andy C's "Till Dawn," which came out earlier this year, and becomes the second single released from the legendary producer and DJ since 2017. The Executioner has been busy with touring, label management, and more, but this new surge of music from him will most definitely have fans eager to hear even more.FOLLOW ANDY C:
The perfect sultry electro-pop track to kick start summer.
Naliya (real name Natalie Salomon) is the up-and-coming Canadian artist and producer with a unique sound that blends together electronic, pop and urban elements. For "Pages," she teamed up with Louisville-based producer Daniel Allan. It's the perfect single to cry-dance your heart out to.
"Pages" is an honest and upfront song, with lyrics exploring the common and relatable reality of coming to terms with the fact that you may not belong with a certain someone. Salomon's crystal clear vocals are blended seamlessly with the intricate instrumental. The verses are moody and typical to her style with wavy bass sounds and intricate percussion and effects.
Allan's production skills are evident throughout the entire track, but the drop in particular shines strong. The pulsing instrumental is decorated by a simple and repetitive vocal hook that's bound to get stuck in your head.
Salomon first came under our radar last year with her catchy single "OH MY!." Since then, she's racked up over two million plays on the hit single "Sunday Love" featuring Valntn, and delivered numerous soulful pop tracks.
"Pages" marks the second release under Daniel Allan's project, a timely and impressive follow up to his single "Carry On." released last Friday.FOLLOW NALIYA:
For the hopeless romantic in all of us.
Joji (real name George Miller) is back again to bring us another powerful love ballad, "Sanctuary," out now on 88rising.
Sticking to his iconic sound, Joji continues to bring a voice to the lovesick and creates a romantic, futuristic and utopian landscape with “Sanctuary.” His sound blends together electronic downtempo, folk, and soulful R&B. This melancholic energy paired with his easy to relate to lyrics has earned Joji over 850 million streams on his debut studio album BALLADS 1, as well as having his "SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK" single certified gold.
The Japanese-born singer says many of his songs are inspired by his time living in Osaka. "Sanctuary" in specific, also draws inspiration from '80s icons like Phil Collins and American rock band Journey. Despite these influences, Joji is a true visionary himself and has had a widespread impact online. His now-retired internet personality Filthy Frank heavily influenced the direction of internet and meme culture during his time on YouTube. Joji's ability to lead paired with his endless creativity has now translated over to his passion for music.
The music video that accompanies the new single tells the story of “Captain Joji,” who after defeating his enemy in a long space odyssey, has no clear direction or purpose in life. Just like the track, the “Sanctuary” music video is inspired by '80s pop culture.
Stream or download Joji's new single "Sanctuary" out now via 88rising.FOLLOW JOJI:
Ferry Corsten joins a fellow trance legend for his latest single.
After several months of solo tracks and a release under his alter-alias Gouryella, Ferry Corsten is returning to release new music under his UNITY project. For his latest offering, the Dutch producer teaming up with none other than fellow trance legend BT on their new single "1997."
For those unfamiliar, UNITY was a project launched by Ferry Corsten in early 2018. As explained by Corsten, the goal of UNITY is to attempt to unify the different factions of trance music through collaboration. The project launched with Ferry Corsten and Paul Oakenfold's "A Slice of Heaven" last year.
UNITY has seen Ferry Corsten teaming up with various figureheads of trance since then, and today he's returning the project to top form with BT. Their single "1997" is a seamless combination of Ferry's classical music focus and BT's high-energy stutter edits.
As with previous UNITY releases, the project will be donating partial proceeds to VH1’s Save The Music Foundation, an organization focused toward reinstating music programs in public schools. Ferry Corsten and BT's "1997" is out now via Flashover Recordings.FOLLOW FERRY CORSTEN:
Matoma delivers once again.
Matoma has been killing it with his recent collaborations. Just earlier this year, the Norwegian producer teamed up with Queens singer/songwriter Nikki Vianna on “When You Leave” — which recently got the Prince Fox remix treatment.
Today, the electric powerhouse returns with another explosive single titled “Bruised Not Broken,” this time enlisting MNEK and Kiana Ledé. The two-and-a-half-minute record comes with all the feel-good vibes perfect for the summer to come.View the original article to see embedded media.
For Matoma, his goal is to always push out music that inspires and uplifts audiences all across the world. In a press release from Warner Bros., Matoma (real name Tom Lagergren) states how he always wanted to work with Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer MNEK. The two ended up linking in London and wanting an empowering female voice on the track, which is where Kiana enters.
In an exclusive interview with EDM.com, Matoma brings us back to the studio session which included songwriter Ryan Ashley and MNEK:
“I remember I was tired and a bit 'bruised' inside because I missed my girlfriend Maren so much,” he explains. “I told Uzo [MNEK] and Ryan about my energy that day. Funnily, they were also not feeling the best because of some bad news they got about needing to move out of their studio. We all decided to work on an idea about picking yourself back up when you're down. I started laying down some chords and got a vibe for a beat and groove that felt fresh and positive to lift our spirits!”
In addition, he explains what he wants fans to get from this record specifically:
“As the first song released in a while after my album One In A Million, I really wanted fans to feel a strong sense of freshness from the music, and a really upbeat, uplifting vibe heading into the summer. I'm so lucky when I meet my fans on the road, a lot of them come up to me and tell me how a particular song inspired them or got them through a tough time.”
The Grammy-nominated artist also announced new U.S. tour dates.
For his first drop of 2019, Elderbrook has teamed up with co-producer Diplo on the bouncy new track "How Do You." It is a dance floor-ready bop that will get you moving all summer long and is the lead single off the Grammy-nominated producer's forthcoming album.
The track is filled with an infectious upbeat horn riff, Elderbrook's signature vocals, and electro-pop bass line. From the get-go, it's clear this single is going to be a standout on the new record. Elderbrook (real name Alexander Kotz) is widely known for delivering an electrifying live performance. With a single like "How Do You" added to the setlist, he's cementing himself as an act not to miss.
With an album on the way, Kotz is taking his one-man show on the road across North America and Europe this fall. Lucky fans will be treated to a vibe fueled set of live drum pads and smooth vocals by the U.K. native.
Kotz burst through the scene back in 2017 with the instant smash "Cola" in collaboration with Camelphat. He followed that up with the irresistibly unique Old Friend EP. He was branded MTV U.K.'s "Brand New For 2018" artist of the year and hit the road with the likes of Rüfüs Du Sol, Jungle, and Bonobo.
Catch Elderbrook live at the following cities:
Oct 12th: EartH, London
Oct 31st: Melkweg, Amsterdam
Nov 1st: Saalchen, Berlin
Nov 2nd: Futurum, Prague
Nov 4th: WUK, Vienna
Nov 5th: Mascotte, Zurich
Nov 15th: Velvet Underground, Toronto
Nov 16th: Bowery Ballroom, New York
Nov 20th: Fox Theatre, Boulder
Nov 22nd: 1015 Folsom, San Francisco
Nov 23rd: Troubadour, Los Angeles
Listen to "How Do You" here.
Alesso joined Argentine songstress TINI on his latest release.
Alesso collaborated with one of Latin America's most promising bilingual talents on his new single "Sad Song."
Joining Alesso on the record is Argentine songstress TINI, who is increasingly making an imprint within dance music. After bursting onto the music scene with her first single in 2016, her crossover potential rapidly established her as a name to know. Last year saw the release of TINI's collaboration with Jonas Blue, "Wild," a catchy, club-friendly original. Perhaps it's no surprise we're hearing more club-focused music from her on this similar wavelength. The new single also marks TINI's first English-language song since 2016.
Notably, "Sad Song" also marks the second time in recent memory Alesso has collaborated with a Latin pop star. The Swedish producer preivously teamed up with Brazilian star Anitta on "Is That For Me," a 2017 single that was released as part of the songwriter's "Check Mate" release series.
Stream Alesso and TINI's pop dance collaboration "Sad Song" here.FOLLOW ALESSO:
The producer took to Reddit to share his recent mind-state
As the debut for deadmau5' CubeV3 approaches, the mouse-head producer took to Reddit to share some updates on how things are going.
deadmau5 (real name Joel Zimmerman) expressed some of the pressure he's been feeling in developing the cube show as well as working on new music. He made a point to note that progress is being made and new music should be expected. To combat these building pressures, Zimmerman has continued his break from social media.View the original article to see embedded media.
The new Cube V3 production will feature massive screens, LED lights and more, providing an audiovisual experience that hasn't been seen before, even in earlier iterations of the Cube. He has been hard at work perfecting this experience and getting every detail just right for his upcoming live shows.
Zimmerman even launched a cubev3 Instagram page to share sneak peeks into some of his designs. Clearly, the workload has been taking a toll on the famed producer, but it looks as though he's not going to let that get in the way of delivering a legendary show.
The debut for the new stage production will be held at Creamfields in Daresbury, Cheshire, the U.K. on August 22nd-25th. deadmau5' Cube V3 North American tour will run from September 12th, 2019 through February 9th, 2020. Tickets are on sale now at ww.cubev3.com.FOLLOW DEADMAU5:
“I live my life through music, and right now I’m feeling like tearing people apart. I just wanna be energetic and loud and no fucks given. I’m feeling like, 'Let’s get crazy.'”
In the past few years, future-funk DJ GRiZ (real name Grant Kwiecinski) has had a busy journey through stardom. Releasing his first album in 2011, Kwiecinski was regularly touring by 2012 and landed time slots at some of the largest events in the country, like Lollapalooza and Electric Forest. In 2017, GRiZ came out publicly, and has since become a strong figure in the LGBTQ+ community.
Since then, Kwiecinski has had a tumultuous relationship with social media. He went on a hiatus in 2017 and then wiped the contents of his Instagram in 2018, and he seems to have spent the time away focusing on artistic growth and reawakening. 2019 has seen Ride Waves, his fifth studio album and his first large release in over two years. Kwiecinski is also taking to the road, with festival appearances scheduled through October.
Spring Awakening in Chicago marked the first stop on his festival circuit this year, with GRiZ closing down one of the main stages on Sunday night. Just ahead of this major set, GRiZ took the time to speak with us about his recent album, his time away, and what he has in store for us next.GRiZ, Spring Awakening 2019
EDM.com: You recently dropped Ride Waves … to us, It feels like a departure from your older, more electronic-heavy beats. Agree or disagree?
GRiZ: Agree! You know, it’s up to you. Whatever you want reality to be, or think that it is, I can’t disagree with your perception of the thing. I created this thing without trying to make it really much of anything… I don’t know if it’s like art, or the way that I might see art...
Yeah, absolutely! I just wanted to make music that felt honest, that felt real to me. Because I live my life through music. I make music all the time. I’m always making it how I feel about stuff. Whatever that is--the expression of the human condition, or what have you--that’s what Ride Waves is. Whether it’s a departure or an arrival at somewhere else. There are all sorts of ideas and feelings inside that album.
How does the change in your sound reflect the changes in your life the past couple of years since you’ve been working in the studio?
There’s always personal growth that happens. Life is difficult, it’s beautiful, it’s happy, it’s sad, and to me right now, I’ve reached a bit of a crux, a new, peaceful settling point. And within that, a lot of new personal truth and growth happened, and I’m feeling a lot more like I just don’t care so much. I can’t define myself or my success based on anything that anyone else thinks. My gauge of how I feel about myself can’t come from the perception of other people.
We all live in a world where we let other people decide how cool or popular or loved a thing is. You take a picture of yourself and you publicly show it to people to let them decide if this is something they like or not. Isn’t that fucking crazy? You gotta feel that. You gotta feel how shallow it is all the time. It hurts! It’s toxic.
It’s really, really hard to live outside of that. That’s some new shit. How do I live outside of that, while also not being someone who just doesn’t give a fuck about anything? I’m not trying to be apathetic, because I really care.
I feel like humans, we do care about stuff, but it’s also cool to not care, which I think is dumb. If anything, we should at least care about each other, you know? I want to live an a community of people who care, and uplift each other and support each other. So everything I’m trying to do encompasses this energy.
Do you have any advice for those people who might be feeling at odds with themselves, their psyches, etc.?
Yeah. It’s normal. It is so normal, and beyond that, you are so valid in feeling that way. But that is also not to say that it’s not a unique feeling, and it also doesn’t make you any less for feeling that way.
If you are struggling with things like anxiety, or depression, or in my case your sexual identity, or whatever it might be, I think it’s important to research and find mechanisms to cope with those problems that is not a narcotic.
Two years ago we saw a GRiZ DJ set for a Spring Awakening after party. It was amazing. Do you remember that set?
Yeah! I’m pretty sure I laid down in the middle of it. I had to take a break (laughs).
Will you be playing another set like that any time soon?
Fuck yeah! I’m actually gearing up to release a bunch of music from now until the fall that’s thematically around that. Ride Waves is like the ethos of the project… but this project has so many different moods to it, because I love all sorts of music, I have a fucking tough time choosing where to stay.
But from now until the fall, we’re going to release a shit ton of music that’s all thematically in the danger zone realm.
Any names for you pending release?
I don’t know yet. I’m close to a few things, but how the music is going to be released. I had this one idea, and now I’m having new ideas. So whether it’s a mixtape, or the collection of EPs, or the album, I’m not exactly sure, but it’s a lot of music.
I just love making music. Like I said, I live my life through music, and right now I’m feeling like tearing people apart. I just wanna be energetic and loud and no fucks given. I’m feeling like let’s get crazy. Unleash the crazy.View the 20 images of this gallery on the original article
To find out where you can catch GRiZ this season, check out his tour dates here.FOLLOW GRiZ:
Marshmello continues to expand his horizons with pop punk-influenced single.
It seems like we're reminded on a weekly basis of Marshmello's ability to cross genres. As his first single for his forthcoming Joytime III album, he's released a hotly anticipated collaboration with A Day to Remember.
With "Rescue Me" out in the open, fans now have the first taste of Marshmello's new album. Despite the meteoric year thus far, Marshmello is still venturing into new territory with his latest material. Combining the pop punk influences of A Day to Remember and Marshmello's signature synths was an outside-the-box combination that seems to be paying off for the masked producer in a big way.
The Ocala, Florida-based A Day to Remember is celebrating not only its foray into dance music, but their first single release since 2016. Yesterday the band's frontman Jeremy McKinnon went back in time on Twitter to publicly respond to a tweet from Marshmello asking to connect. The timestamp of the tweet is from early 2017, just months following the band's last album release.
Needless to say, this collaboration has likely been in the works for quite some time, and we're finally happy to say it doesn't disappoint. Check out Marshmello and A Day to Remember's collaboration "Rescue Me" - out now.FOLLOW MARSHMELLO:
Zane Lowe returns to the decks for a club-ready mix after four years.
This weekend, Beats 1’s weekly radio show One Mix celebrates its 200th episode with a special mix from renowned radio host Zane Lowe. The landmark mix serves as Lowe’s return to the decks for a proper club-ready set after a hiatus of around four years. With it, Lowe aspires to play DJ sets more regularly again.
Paying homage to his roots in rap and hip-hop, Lowe plans to fill the hour with plenty of percussive and tribal-sounding four-on-the-floor sounds. Expect cuts of The Chemical Brothers, Lee Foss, and Diplo, plus Lowe’s own exclusive edits and experimental productions.
Tune in here, exclusively on Apple Music.
Air Date: Friday 14th June 2019 - 21:00 LA / 00:00 NY / 05:00 UK
Born and raised in New Zealand, Lowe started out as a presenter for a local New Zealand TV station, before moving to the U.K. and finding massive success hosting BBC Radio 1. His frenetic style garnered global attention. The radio show won numerous awards over the years, with popular features like Hottest Record In The World Right Now, Masterpieces and Zane Lowe Meets, which aired exclusive interviews with notable artists like Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Eminem.
Since 2015, Lowe has been busy leading the Beats 1 radio station as part of Apple Music.
Outside of radio, Lowe has played festivals like Coachella, Glastonbury, and Creamfields, and toured alongside artists like Skrillex, The Prodigy, and The Weeknd. As indicated by his upcoming mix, it seems live performances is something Lowe is keen to get back to.Follow Zane Lowe
The seasoned vet is here to deliver an electro-pop crossover to fuel your summer.
In another example of mainstream crossovers, Kaskade has teamed up with "All About That Bass" singer Meghan Trainor on his latest collaboration "With You." Off the bat, it's clear this is going to be a summer anthem. The electro-pop track is a new look for Trainor, but with Kaskade by her side, it seems like second nature.
The song enters in with Trainor's soulful pop vocals as Kaskade (real name Ryan Raddon) delivers some catchy synth patterns. It has all the elements to make this a radio hit. The empowering lyrics and infectious beat make it a song you will want to chant all summer long.
Raddon has been on a collaborative roll after the release of his hit with Gorgon City and Roméo titled "Go Slow." He's gearing up for the 3rd annual Sun Soaked Festival in Long Beach, Ca. In the meantime, catch him playing at Las Vegas' newest nightclub KAOS throughout the rest of the season.FOLLOW KASKADE:
Bristol, U.K.-based producer Axel Boy has followed up his Jauz collaboration with the diverse and destructive Ill Routine EP on Bite This!.
Churning out high-quality bass music since his early releases with Dirt, Lies & Audio in 2012, Bristol, U.K.-based producer Axel Boy (real name Alexander Joyce) has spent the past seven years honing his craft and developing his distinctive hybrid bass house sound. An unmistakable fusion of rich, textured bass lines and wonky, colorful melodies make up the basis of Axel Boy's sound. His signature style has landed him releases with many of the most influential bass-heavy independent record labels in the world of EDM.
Championed by bass music industry staples the likes of UKF, Buygore Records, Never Say Die, SMOG Records, MA Music, and Elysian Records, Joyce has made the rounds with the best of the best, ultimately leading him to his most recent release with Jauz' Bite This! imprint.View the original article to see embedded media.
Following the release of his monstrous collaboration with label boss Jauz on the lead single "I Dare You," Axel Boy has finally treated us to the complete package: his highly anticipated and incredibly diverse Ill Routine EP. From the high-energy dance floor destroyer "Shook Up" to the title track and collaboration with Dread MC "Ill Routine," Joyce unleashed a rollercoaster of bass that will have crowds around the world raging until the sun comes up.
While Joyce has carved out a carefully curated niche for himself, he isn't afraid to stray from his comfort zone and constantly seeks to incorporate exciting new sounds and styles into his repertoire. The Ill Routine EP alone runs the gamut of bass music, incorporating elements from electro and bass house to riddim and breakbeat, and even going so far as to dabble in U.K. bassline. From hard-hitting, back-breaking instrumentals to anthemic, emotive vocal tracks, Joyce is an eclectic and complex producer that has really come into his own with his explosive Bite This! debut.
Egzod took a midtempo cadence with his latest release.
Miami producer Egzod and Virginia Beach-based N3WPORT join forces to share their heavy-hitting midtempo original "Stay The Night."
Egzod has put together a strong offering of singles the last few months. He's recently released a trifecta of singles on Lowly. highlighting a unique combination of trap and rock influences. The "Better With You" producer has not hesitated to incorporate a diverse set of influences into his bass-heavy foundation and his work on "Stay The Night" sees a continuation of the rock-inspired trend.
N3WPORT, who has been carving out his lane as a producer in the melodic future bass scene, has adopted a much darker tone on his latest release. The collaboration also features vocalist Evoke who has worked with Egzod previously on his late 2018 single "Departure." Evoke has been making his foray into live performance alongside Crywolf, Mako, and more, and his growing discography is rapidly making him a vocalist to watch in the dance music space.
Listen to Egzod, N3WPORT, and Evoke on the trio's new collaboration "Stay The Night" - out now.FOLLOW EGZOD:
Martin Garrix's "Summer Days" with Macklemore and Patrick Stump got a funky Haywyre remix for release on STMPD RCRDS.
Dutch DJ and producer Martin Garrix's funky and uplifting new single "Summer Days" featuring Macklemore and Patrick Stump is quickly becoming one of the summer's biggest anthems. Amassing over 80 million streams and climbing to #18 on the Spotify Global Top 50, the song has already worked its way into DJ sets and festival performances around the world.
To further capitalize on this momentum, label boss Martin Garrix and his imprint STMPD RCRDS have enlisted the talented American producer, pianist, and performer Haywyre (real name Martin Vogt) for remixing duties. Always one to surprise his listeners and take a unique musical approach, Vogt leveraged his rich influence in funk, disco, and jazz to put his own innovative twist on "Summer Days."View the original article to see embedded media.
Providing a strong contrast to the original, Haywyre’s remix is a refreshing dive into the worlds of disco and uptempo blues. Rearranged with careful intent and produced with the level of complexity and sophistication that we've come to expect from Haywyre, this remix opens up "Summer Days" to a whole new audience.
Following the release of his "Summer Days" remix with Martin Garrix and STMPD RCRDS, Vogt will embark on a U.K. co-headline tour with the legendary OWSLA veterans KOAN Sound. Appropriately dubbed the In Parallel tour, both KOAN Sound and Haywyre are coming off milestone releases in their musical careers and are on parallel tracks towards the next level of success. With KOAN Sound debuting their all-new audiovisual stage show and Haywyre bringing his full live performance setup, In Parallel will undoubtedly be a tour to remember.Haywyre and KOAN Sound "In Parallel" tour dates:
Powerhouse duos Showtek and Sultan + Shepard collaborated once more with the summer anthem “Way We Used 2” via Armada Music
Showtek and Sultan + Shepard have reignited their collaborative magic with “Way We Used 2” via Armada Music.
“Way We Used 2” embodies the sun-soaked days for which the track was made, with high-pitched vocals and easy-to-dance-to rhythms. The song offers a sweet follow up to the two duos’ previous collaboration, “We Found Love,” a fresh take on the iconic 1991 single, “Now That We Found Love.”
Montreal duo Sultan + Shepard (composed of Ossama Al Sarraf and Ned Shepard) vaulted onto the dance music scene just two years after their official formation in 2010. A year later, the duo earned a Grammy nomination for their remix of Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven.” The pair has since maintained a rigorous touring schedule, bopping around main stages at international festivals to two Las Vegas residencies: The LIGHT Vegas and OMNIA Nightclub.
Sultan + Shepard fuse quality song writing with solid grooves, making the Montreal pair natural collaborators with Dutch brothers Showtek.
Showtek, or Wouter and Sjoerd Janssen, reared the EDM party crowd scene with their release of the classic track “Cannonball.” Then came “Booyah” and the David Guetta collaboration “Bad,” which went 10 times platinum globally. Catch the pair this summer at the following tour dates below:
6/15- Drai's Beach Club - Las Vegas, NV
7/5- Electroland 2019 - Disneyland Paris, France
7/6- Rhederlaag - Lathum, Netherlands
7/13- Music Circus - Fukuoka, Japan
7/14- S20 Songkran Music Festival - Tokyo, Japan
7/19- Parookaville Festival 2019 - Weeze, Germany
7/26- Stereo Live Houston - Houston, TX
Longtime Armin van Buuren fans who reminisce about the Dutch superstar's trance heyday ought to rejoice in the news of his upcoming effort. Last week he revealed that something called Moons of Jupiter would arrive by way of Gaia, his "pure trance" side project with Benno de Goeij. He's followed it up by clarifying that it would be the duo's first studio-length album.
During the 918th episode of his A State Of Trance podcast, van Buuren made the announcement in no uncertain words:
“Uncompromising! That is the word that springs to mind when I think about my new Gaia album. the first ever Gaia album. I went into the studio with my buddy Benno [de Goeij] to create new music as the alias Gaia and the result is the moons of Jupiter. Twenty-one brand new tracks ranging in styles from ambient, chill out, melodic techno, trance, whatever you want to call it. I wanted to go back to my roots as an artist and make an album that is also a monument to my childhood heroes. This album will drop on June 21st, next week, and on limited edition for vinyl. Each track is named after one of the satellites orbiting Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system.”
Meanwhile, Armin van Buuren will resume touring with a performance at Hï Ibiza on June 19th.
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Walshy Fire is here to bridge the gap between Africa and the Caribbean — between dancehall and reggae. As one-third of Major Lazer, the MC, DJ, and producer continues to make strides in the music realm as a whole, unleashing records for audiences and cultures all around the world.
Born in Jamaica but based in Miami, the “Voodoo” artist has been touring Africa for the past five years, which makes sense given his recent goal of bringing the Afrobeat sound to old and new fans alike. Now, real name Leighton Paul Walsh gears up to unleash his debut album ABENG, which he describes as “something that hasn’t been done.”
Giving the disclaimer that a few of his records have that African and Caribbean influence, he reminds us that a whole project has yet to be made. Standout features include everyone from Mr. Eazi and Kranium to Wizkid and Alkaline.
Arriving on June 7th via Mad Decent, EDM.com caught up with Walshy Fire to discuss the significance in the album’s title, what records mean the most to him, and rumors of Major Lazer splitting.
EDM.com: ABENG is named after a horn instrument brought to Jamaica from Ghana, used by runaway slaves to communicate over long distances. Talk about the significance.
Walshy Fire: It originally came because a friend of mine, it’s his name. I used to make fun of his name, then I asked “what does your name mean?” When he told me the meaning, I’m like “that's actually deep, super dope.” I’d always tease “whenever I drop an album, I’m gonna call it Abeng.” Because the name’s too dope. Then he passed. After he passed, I’m like “I’m calling it that.” [claps] The origin of it was finding out through this guy Abeng Stewart.
Was there a certain moment that inspired you to connect these two cultures?
When I traveled to Africa. I'm already trenched into the Caribbean, I totally get it. But going to Africa and seeing the similarities, we don't even realize how similar we are. For instance, Asians. When you look at a Chinese person, you can say “oh that’s my mom, that's my grandma.” That's not too far gone. But with the African diaspora, it’s 400 years gone. We don't look at a Nigerian and go “that's my grandma.”
But if I can get them to take the clothes off — don't look at the little walls that come up, see through those walls — you'll totally see your grandma. She's just like your grandma but she's speaking Aruba or Pigeon, which is similar to Jamaican Patois. The whole idea is to get people to break down the walls that were not us (and some that were built by us), and just relate. Then we can work more on all the global things we need to work on, but music will be that initial bridge.
What inspired you to transition from reggae to Afrobeat?
I’d say I’ve brought along and collaborated the two. I've made them shake hands with a bigger statement: an album. Like I said before, people have made them bump firsts. I'm fully like “you and you together, hold on.” Definitely combined, collaborating, and hopefully enriching the sounds of both individually.
Talk about all the different sounds: reggae, salsa, zouk, bridging of soca and afropop.
This album, the beats are mostly Afrobeats. I have a lot more of the reggae, dancehall, and soca guys on the Afrobeat beats. That’s the main thing. There’s a couple dancehall tracks, “Xcellent” and “Round Of Applause.” There’s one real reggae song with Efya and Christopher Martin called “Until the Dawn.” Everything else is mostly vocals on African beats.
What else do you want fans to get from this project?
Just that we’re all the same. We’re all humans. We’re all out here trying to do the same thing. When you look at someone else and you feel you can’t talk to them for whatever dumb reason we’ve been coded to think, it just shouldn't be. We’re talking earlier about eating animals and how somehow, we decided to eat some and not eat others. If you eat the others, you’re weird, nasty, disgusting — when eating anyone of them should have the same equal weight of weird, nasty, disgusting, delicious, whatever it is.
But we don't. We have a line and say “you over there and you over there.” Really to break down all those lines, get rid of all that. Our project as Major Lazer, that's what our goal’s been. I have a quote I always say: “making the world smaller by making the party bigger.” If we can get this party to be bigger and bigger, more people from all over the world will begin to be in the same space together. Communication breaks down walls all the time. Hopefully we can understand that human race is the race. We should all be able to live together.
You just unleashed the visual for “No Negative Vibes.” Best memory from shooting that visual?
Just in the studio. Alkaline is a very reserved person in most parts of life. He really got animated in the studio. Like “oh shit alright, he likes this. He's here.” Sometimes an artist can't really gauge, but he was totally into it. In the video, he's like “ah, ah, ah, ah.” [fast movement] He was making jokes. Been in the studio with him a few times and he's very guarded. I’ve never seen that side of him.
I know artists tend to have their favorites in their project. What songs mean to most to you?
What a horrible question right? “Call Me” with Mr. Eazi & Kranium because of how hard it was to actually get that song done. We went through mad changes of the beat, all kinds of things. Say somebody was a difficult child, but they ended up being a great person in society — that’s that song. You go back and forth with everyone like “that's almost it!” Not in a bad way, just very artistic. Very “I want this to be dope.”
What made you put it at #1?
Everybody decided that was the one. The two guys on the song are really relevant right now, super poppin’. Kranium is a great guy. He's been running the dancehall for a couple years now, one of the biggest artists. He's from New York. Just being Jamaican in America, we understand each other very well. Very relatable. Awesome guy, awesome chemistry with him. Definitely going to work more with him. Worked with him first on Major Lazer, so that was dope.
Is there a second favorite you might have?
It's really a tough question. All of them. I love all of them, I really do. Some songs we had to come off for maybe legal reasons, not getting the lawyers together, etc. Making a compilation album is very difficult. So much respect for DJ Khaled, they make compilations with 20 artists. I know that took a lot of work. Big up to him and his grind, very inspirational. I love them all, they all did something special.
Talk about your party in Los Angeles called Rum & Bass.
It's a great vibe. Basically bring the Caribbean with a hip-hop twist. Bring the Caribbean sounds — reggae, soca, kompa, salsa, reggaeton — but it’s delivered in a hip hop way. It’s delivered in a “we’re all second generation” way. You'll find people from all over world whose parents and grandparents are from somewhere else. The music’s presented with the familiarity, but in an American way. Jasmine Solano played total hip-hop: 90’s and early 2000’s styles with quick mixes, drops, scratching. That's how dancehall is played as well: very fast-paced. [snaps] Nothing’s playing for more than 30 seconds. What city are you from originally?
Sunnyvale/San Jose in the Bay Area.
I don't know much about the Bay but everyone who knows about the East Coast, it's drop song (X3). The crowd will go “oh (x3)” — that's what Rum & Bass is. It’s non- stop. “Oh shit (x3)!” It’s really fun.
What’s the energy on the West Coast compared to elsewhere?
It's not the same. The West Coast’s definitely more chill and laid-back, while the East Coast is very “rawr.” Miami’s not like the rest of the South. Miami is a non-English, no American city. Even when you see a straight blonde-haired, blue-eyed person, they’re from Argentina. They’re not from America. Bringing that energy out into the world and having people accept that third world madness is awesome.
The West Coast is dope in its own way. Some people at that party last night were like “yo I’ve never seen anyone deejay so fast.” Every song would drop and they’d be like “oh shit, I just got used to the last song and the next one’s coming.” It’s like I’m going “pow (x3)!” On the East Coast, it’s so normal. People will be like “we just want to hear the chorus and get to the next song.”
How does your fan base compare in Miami, Los Angeles, Jamaica?
Pretty much all the same. Here, you get a lot more Asians, Mexicans, maybe Central Americans. Miami, it's Jamaicans, Cubans, Chinese, Dominicans. From different places, but they’re all the same energy.
Favorite song to drop in a set?
Koffee “Toast.” That's the happiest because I get it. People love positive music even when they don't know they love positive music. When all the music is “kill, kill, kill, n-word, bitches and hoes, I do drugs and want to commit suicide” — you're used to it, you don't think too deep, you’re riding it. But when something super positive hits your ear, you’re like “oh no, I actually love life. I love being alive. I love having cool friends. I love focusing and being successful. I'm motivated. I'm an ambitious person. I’m better than these other songs with a lower frequency.” That's what I love about “Toast,” you feel the frequency of the room go up immediately. Everybody’s like “toast to life, toast to success, my friends are successful. I ain’t a hater, I ain't mad at them.”
If you talk success, you talk positivity to a lot of people who know how it is to have their grandparents come over and sacrifice. Automatically, it's going to connect. We can’t even play no dumb shit after that.. You can't play no mumble, no jumbo, you can't play nothing after a song like “Toast.” The room’s energy’s too hot.
How are you feeling with the split of Major Lazer?
Are we splitting? When did we split? When are we going to split? When did that happen? We just performed in Vegas on Saturday.
So you guys aren't splitting?
Not at all. I wonder where that came from. You know what, it was probably Wes saying something and they took it wrong. He said something. It's a paragraph of words and someone took 3 or 4 of those words. A sentence evolves into a thing. He might have said something like “he's working on mad projects, and this next Major Lazer album could be the last one.” Which I then think he regretted saying because it's not the last one. He was just saying who knows what's next, etc. But splitting? No.
Strong as ever?
Yeah for sure. I’m probably going to the studio after this. Really strong actually. We just dropped a song with Skip Marley called “Can't Take it From Me” two weeks ago. Video dropped as well. Next Major Lazer album coming soon, look out for it!
What's next for Major Lazer?
Hopefully before the summer’s done. We got a great thing going. I don't think any of us want to break this up because we’re in a unique space. We’re one of the only groups who don't do a negative song, don't do anything negative. Are genre-bending, totally genreless music. One of the only groups all about unifying the world, really making everybody be on this human race shit. The power of what we’re doing is too strong for any of us to walk away from it. We see results, so we chillin’.
The yearly compilation is out on June 28th.
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Upon release on June 28th, the rest of the exclusive tracks will be released, including new music from Kanine, Philth and Becca Jane Grey, Kyrist, and A.M.C and Turno. With the sheer breadth of sounds produced by these artists and the rest on the compilation, there's no question that Drum&BassArena 2019 has something for every junglist and DnB head out there.
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