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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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Hard Summer Announces 2020 Dates and Limited Presale

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 19:58

Fans will have the opportunity to secure a ticket particularly early this year.

Hard Summer has wasted no time in asking fans to save the date for their 2020 edition. The event which has called the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California home for the last four years, is returning to the venue this August. 

HARD Summer has consistently been a summer highlight for dance music fans. The festival has staked their claim in bringing out top talent in the best in dance music and hip hop to California. The event saw Kid Cudi, Major Lazer, and Dillon Francis take to the stage last year

HARD Summer 2020 takes place the weekend of August 1st-2nd. Fans will have their first opportunity to secure a ticket during a limited 24-hour presale scheduled this Friday, January 17th. For more information visit the HARD Summer website

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Galantis and Charli XCX Create the Super Nintendo World Official Theme Song

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 19:54

Super Nintendo World has its own theme thanks to Galantis and Charli XCX.

Universal Studios Japan's Super Nintendo World now has its own theme song. Charli XCX and Galantis have teamed up on the effort, creating an anthem aptly titled "We Are Born to Play."

The Super Nintendo World theme park is bringing the world of Mario Bros. to life including the franchise's many iconic characters. The newly released video teaser features Charli XCX and Galantis' collaboration which incorporates instantly recognizable Mario soundbites and 8-bit synths. 

For Galantis, the revelation of this collaboration arrives amid an album rollout already in progress. The duo is due for the release of their third studio album Church at some point this year. The duo recently topped Billboard's Dance/Electronic chart with their recent collaboration alongside Dolly Parton. Charli XCX recently released her own third album Charli in September of last year with collaborations alongside Troye Sivan and Clairo.

The Super Nintendo World park is scheduled to launch in the first half of the year in Osaka, Japan, just ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which will kick off in July.

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TOKiMONSTA and EARTHGANG Pop Off with Absolute Banger "Fried For The Night"

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 19:50

"Fried For The Night" comes coupled with an album and tour announcement from TOKiMONSTA.

It's not every day we get a killer electronic hip-hop collaboration. It's even rarer that both artists have been nominated for the Grammy Awards, and that each has helped define the modern eras of their respective genres. 

Out today, "Fried For The Night" brings together the best of legendary electronic producer TOKiMONSTA (real name Jennifer Lee) and rap duo EARTHGANG (comprised of Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot), a staple of the iconic Dreamville Records label established by J. Cole. Lee contributed her signature smooth production style, creating a transportive melody with gentle acoustic details that glides seamlessly under EARTHGANG's rhythmic vocals. Fast paced and edgy, the track comes accompanied with a surreal music video depicting the artists at a house party on a psychedelic trip directed by Romain Laurent.

"EARTHGANG brought their special magic to the studio and we made something otherworldly," Lee said in a press release. "This song is dedicated to those psychedelic moments where our reality opens up a new point of view." 

"Fried For The Night" follows TOKi's blissful December release, "Love That Never," and is the first single from her fourth full-length studio album, Oasis Nocturno, set for release on March 20th. Her last album, Lune Rouge, was nominated for a 2018 Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album following a 2015 series of brain surgeries that rendered her unable to speak, write, comprehend music or move. Oasis Nocturno picks up where Lune Rouge left off, continuing the story with complex vocals and melodic, psychedelic production. It is highly anticipated by fans and music critics alike, and will surely usher Lee far past her surgery comeback into a fresh era of production. 

Lee has also announced The Oasis Nocturno Experience, a 16-date spring tour kicking off with her third Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival performance this April. General tickets go on sale January 24th. 

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5 of Europe’s Most Eco-Friendly Festivals

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 19:38

Looking for a festival with a conscience? Discover five options we think you’ll love.

Since the early years of Woodstock and Glastonbury, music festivals have had a bad reputation for their damage to the environment. Things have changed significantly since the day that Iron Eyes Cody let out his famous tear in the "Keep America Beautiful" ad, however. Today, festival organizers all over the world are focussing their efforts on how to keep events environmentally responsible, and festivalgoers too are thinking about their own footprint.

To help those who want to make an educated choice on which festival to go to this summer, below is a list of the top five most eco-friendly festivals in Europe.

1. Terraforma, Milan

The very foundations of this festival rest on the earth and its atmosphere. Since it began, the event organizers have introduced innovative ideas to help those involved do their part for the planet. As well as ample recycling bins and widely available, free tap water for refilling bottles, the folks at Terraforma have also implemented 100% biodegradable cups and dinnerware, portable ashtrays, and a water waste awareness campaign. Staff use only electric vehicles, campsites are powered with 100% solar energy, and there is a zero-waste construction policy in which all cut offs and waste materials from stage construction become tables, benches, sinks and showers.

Date: TBC (June/July 2020)
Genre: Psychedelic (previous acts include Stine Janvin, Plaid, Felix Machines, Donato Dozzy)
Official website: terraformafestival.com

2. We Love Green, Paris

Another festival well known for their focus on sustainability, the organizers of We Love Green have long been implementing more and more ways to decrease their carbon footprint. In fact, they have even pledged to plant one tree for every ticket sold. They serve 100% traceable, organic and local food on 100% plastic-free, compostable plates made with recycled materials. Water is served in jugs or on tap, and more than 74% of waste found on site is recycled, thanks to the dedicated team who sort it. Last year, more than 14,000 liters of compost was also created.

Among the performances and events happening at We Love Green, the Think Tank lab also hosts regular inspiring workshops. Here, festival-goers can brainstorm and learn from NGO leaders, while discussing the latest and greatest innovations in sustainability.

Date: June 6th-7th, 2020
Genre: Multi-genre (previous acts include Hot Chip, Migos, Young Thug, Lana Del Ray)
Official website: welovegreen.fr

3. Shambala, Northamptonshire

Not to be confused with Shambhala Music Festival in British Columbia Canada, the Shambala team are widely considered pioneers in the way of festival sustainability. Since it started, the carbon footprint of the event has reportedly been reduced by 80%. To achieve all this, they offer incentives for festivalgoers to use bikes or festival-arranged coaches to get to the site.

Shambala also uses 100% renewable energy, they no longer use single-use plastics, and they are meat and fish free. They also have a pretty impressive Recycling Exchange program in which visitors are charged £10 extra at the checkout when buying tickets. This is then refunded – or exchanged for a festival pack filled with goodies – when festival-goers take a bag of recycling to sort at one of the recycling centers.

Date: August 27th-30th, 2020
Genre: Contemporary rock, pop, folk; world music (previous acts include London African Gospel Choir, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Mark Ronson)
Official website: shambalafestival.org

4. DGTL, Amsterdam

Committed to becoming the world’s first circular festival in 2020, the organisers of DGTL have a whole array of ideas to achieve eco-friendliness. One of the most recent of these is the food supply scheme; they now only serve food created using imperfect waste food that is unwanted by local suppliers. They have also introduced eco-toilets at DGTL which recycle human waste. Liquids are evaporated and returned to the atmosphere, and solid waste is turned into fertilizer. Other innovations include offering festival-goers a portable ashtray that doubles up as a lighter, meat-free food, re-usable cups, and use of only green energy.

Date: April 10th-12th, 2020
Genre: Electronic, house, and techno (previous acts include Disclosure, Jamie Jones, Olaf Stuut)
Official website: dgtl.nl

5. Secret Solstice, Reykjavik

In 2016, Secret Solstice was heralded as one of the world’s truly carbon-neutral music festivals. The event has managed to obtain this recognition for two reasons. One is the fact that the festival does not require artificial lighting, thanks to Iceland’s midnight sun, and any energy that is used comes from the ground below – it’s 100% geothermal. In addition to the low energy use and responsible energy sourcing, the event's organizers have also implemented an extensive recycling scheme to help minimalize their environmental impact.

Date: June 26th-28th, 2020
Genre: Multi-genre (previous acts include Primal Scream, TLC, Bonnie Tyler)
Official website: secretsolstice.is

The article was produced by Louise Apps on behalf of The DJ Shop, one of the UK’s longest-running DJ equipment retailers.

CONNOR BVRNS Releases "Anthem" ft BONN

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 18:46

At 19 years old, CONNOR BVRNS is living out his dreams and creating his own original dance music with a perspective like none other. At a young age, real name he was diagnosed with central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) which challenged his reception of sound. As a result, he paid attention to his environment and those around him allowing him to distinguish the nuances of sound.

CONNOR BVRNS (real name Connor Burns) turned a negative into a positive, using his CAPD as an asset to set him apart from other recording artists. With the ability to “see music” in colors, he was able to see and hear colors which helped him identity pitches with the utmost precision. With a multi-layered and multi-faceted sound, his biggest influences include Flume, Mike Dean, Kanye West, The Beatles, and Daft Punk.

Most recently, he opened for Jauz and had a ton of fun. Among his favorite memories are late nights on the bus, hanging out with the guys, and simply talking about music. “It was great to get insight from seasoned veterans like Jauz and Holy Goof," he told us. "That was my first tour ever, and it was a lot of fun.”

Now, Burns has returned with a brand new single titled “Anthem” featuring Bonn. The single serves as his first record released through Astralwerks.

“I would like the fans to feel the emotion and vibes that were the genesis of creating the song," Burns explained. "‘Anthem’ is a love song about a hard situation that we all have been in before. I want the song to resonate personally with fans.”

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How Well Do You Know Electric Daisy Carnival? Take Our Quiz

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 18:24

Now you can see if you're an expert on all things EDC.

For well over two decades, Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) has been one of the world's premier dance music events. With mind-blowing production and performances from some of the biggest names in nearly every dance music subgenre, fans from all over the world have found themselves under the electric sky. In honor of Insomniac's flagship event brand, we created a quiz to test your knowledge on this behemoth of a festival brand.

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Annie Mac's Lost and Found Festival 2020

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 18:12

Annie MacManus, the popular host of the BBC radio show Future Sounds with Annie Mac, will host her sixth Lost and Found Festival in Malta between April 30th, 2020 and May 3rd, 2020.

It is among the most unique music festival locations.

This festival has been hosted in Malta (a tiny island located in the middle of the Mediterranean sea) since 2015. This location allows attendees to experience a multi-day beach rave. It includes poolside parties, beach parties, boat parties, all while listening to great artists and DJs. Attendees even get the chance to have a rave in a Maltese castle.

What does the lineup look like?

Over 50 artists and DJs have been announced, with more anticipated to be announced as the event gets closer. Click here for a poster that has a list of the artists and DJs that have already been announced.

In addition to Annie Mac herself, talent includes: Brame and Hamo, an Irish duo that specializes in gritty techno; Enzo Siragusa, a London DJ with a passion for rave culture; Josey Rebelle, a U.K. DJ with a specialty in underground music; and Kettama, a musical artist with a passion for dance.

What parties are taking place?

Numerous parties will take place over the course of the festival. Day and night festivities will take place all around Malta.

The opening party on April 30th will take place at the Café del Mar terrace. This party will last all day and into the night. It is one of the biggest parties to take place during the festival and will feature some of the biggest names on the lineup.

During the evenings, attendees can party at three open-air stages or at an indoor club. Festivities start in the evening and continue into the early hours of the next morning.

During the day, attendees can find poolside parties, beach parties, and boat parties. These are a great way to enjoy some of the Malta coastlines while still partying it up. Check out these tips to help prevent yourself from making a party foul.

Finally, there will be at least one party at a Maltese castle. The 2020 location hasn’t yet been announced, but past locations have included world heritage castles and a military fort.

What else is there to do in Malta?

While there will be plenty of festivities happening as part of the Lost and Found Festival, attendees also have the chance to explore the island.

You’ll already get the chance to check out a few of the beaches as part of the festival, but there are plenty of other golden sand and rocky beaches to explore on the island.

If you get tired of the music and would rather lay on the beach while listening to the sound of the waves, try visiting Mellieha Bay. Many of the beaches also give you the opportunity to snorkel or scuba dive.

In addition to the beaches, many visitors enjoy checking out some of the historical locations around the island. The Megalithic Temples of Malta are some of the oldest prehistoric temples in the world. In addition, the capital city of Valletta has over 300 historical locations to visit throughout the city.

What travel tips should you keep in mind?

If you’re interested in attending the festival, one of the best things you can do is contact Choice Holidays, the official partner for Malta accommodations. They’ll help you book a flight, find a hotel, and navigate transportation around the island. Traveling to Malta is surprisingly easy, especially if you use a travel agency.

While there are plenty of hotels throughout the island, you’ll want to find one that is in the areas of Bugibba or Qawra. This will allow you to remain close to all the festivities without having to travel too far.

Getting around Malta is actually fairly easy. Public transportation lines run through the main cities on the island and there are private taxis that go to some of the more remote locations.

A common concern from visitors is whether or not there will be language barriers. English is one of the official languages of the island and many of the locals speak both English and Maltese.

As far as currency, the island uses the euro. If you’re using another form of currency, there are banks, post offices, and airports that will allow you to exchange your currency for the euro.

Guitar Center to Team Up with Winter Music Conference as Official Instrument Retailer

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 17:31

Guitar Center will set up a signature pop-up store, local rental program and more in conjunction with WMC 2020.

Guitar Center has finalized a partnership that demonstrates its commitment to serving the electronic music community. The American chain has come onboard as the official music instrument retailer for the 2020 edition of Winter Music Conference (WMC) during Miami Music Week (MMW).

During the 35th annual WMC at Miami's Faena District Resort from March 16th-19th, the nationwide chain will host a pop-up store at which guests can test out and buy DJ gear by brands such as Pioneer, KORG and Native Instruments. Badge holders for the conference will be allowed an exclusive window to experience the pop-up store before it opens to the public. 

"We are excited to partner with both the WMC and MMW this year," said Guitar Center Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Jeannine Davis D'Addario. "As a resource for electronic music artists, we are thrilled to debut the industry's top DJ music production equipment and software all week at the leading conference in the electronic music industry in Miami to producers, artists, and music fans."

WMC has taken place annually in Miami since 1985, and from 1999-2010 Ultra Music Festival coincided with the event. In 2018 WMC organizers took a year off, only to bring the conference back the following year with redoubled focus, branding and partnerships. 

For more information on WMC or to register to attend, visit the official website.

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Sia to Diplo: "If You’re Interested in Some No-Strings Sex, then Hit Me Up"

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 14:09

Sia opened up about her relationship in an interview with GQ.

Little has been known about Sia and Diplo's relationship outside of music - that is, until now. The former artist has opened a window into her interactions with the latter, revealing that she propositioned him for sex in no uncertain terms.

“Much of our relationship is just being spent trying not to have sex so that we wouldn’t ruin our business relationship because he’s super-duper hot,” Sia (full name Sia Kate Isobelle Furler) said to GQ. “This year I wrote him a text, and I said, ‘Hey, listen, you’re like one of five people that I’m sexually attracted to, and now that I’ve decided to be single for the rest of my life and I just adopted a son, I don’t have time for a relationship ... If you’re interested in some no-strings sex, then hit me up.’”

Furler has collaborated with Diplo (real name Thomas Wesley Pentz Jr.) since 2013, when the two teamed up with The Weeknd on "Elastic Heart" for the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. In 2018 they joined forces with Labrinth on a supergroup called LSD whose debut album arrived the following year.

Neither Furler nor Pentz have made any remarks suggesting whether anything happened between them beyond the aforementioned text message.

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UBUR Promotes Painful Choice EP with Apparent Face Tattoo Images

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 13:12

UBUR promoting the Painful Choice EP with a painful choice would be the most meta (and metal) thing we've heard of in a while.

Some artists get tattoos to advocate for causes like animal rights, but UBUR claims to have done so to promote his new EP. The Fountain Valley, California producer released the three-track Painful Choice EP on January 9th, and he's posted photos of himself apparently getting a face tattoo of the effort's title that some believe are no more than a prank.

UBUR (real name Maxwell Hadden) tweeted three photos of what looks to be an artist at 10 Thousand Foxes Tattoo in L.A. holding a tattoo machine to his right cheek, where the words "PAINFUL CHOICE" are written. "Made a PAINFUL CHOICE that will be lasting the rest of my life," he wrote. "I'm sorry momma."

Social media commentators have been quick to voice skepticism as to whether Hadden actually went through with the stunt. No ink splatters can be seen anywhere in the image, and the artist himself was not tagged.

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Kosling and BlackCode Share New Collab, “Like Home” ft. Robbie Rosen

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 23:42

Kosling and BlackCode have returned to Proximity to share their latest collaboration.

Following up their two 2019 collaborations together, Kosling and BlackCode have kicked off 2020 with a new single featuring Robbie Rosen, “Like Home.” 

Just two years ago French DJ/producer Kosling was making his debut on Proximity with his emotional progressive house track, “Believe.” Despite Kosling’s limited social media presence at the time, his main stage-ready sound launched his career, and his tracks are now being played at clubs internationally. His collaboration, “When We Were Young” was even featured in Tomorrowland's official aftermovie. Even as his career has skyrocketed since his 2018 release, Kosling has maintained a longstanding relationship with the beloved Proximity record label and continues to deliver new singles periodically.

Just eight months ago, Proximity unveiled “Supernova” featuring Alessa, a dreamy collaboration from Kosling and Italian DJ/producer BlackCode (real name Lorenzo Lustrissimi). The track’s nostalgic tone and atmospheric energy impressed fans and even the biggest DJs worldwide, including David Guetta and Afrojack. The two later followed up their collaboration with “Find The Love,” released in September of last year. 

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Now, Kosling and BlackCode give us the third chapter enlisting the vocals of Robbie Rosen for their new track, “Like Home.” Influenced by artists like Avicii, Daft Punk, and Axwell, “Like Home” transports listeners to early days of progressive house. Rosen’s vocals are carried by bright synths and a driving beat, making for an expertly crafted festival anthem. 

Kosling has said that many projects are in the works, and fans can expect to hear many more releases throughout 2020. 

Stream or download Kosling and BlackCode's "Like Home" ft. Robbie Rosen, out now on Proximity.

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Wuki's Headed to the Big Leagues [Interview]

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 17:31

Nominated for the 2020 Grammy Awards, the genre-blending DJ is doing anything but rest on his laurels.

For multi-genre DJ/producer Wuki (real name Kris Barman), having a track nominated for the Grammy AwardsBest Remixed Recording category is the cherry on top of an uber-successful decade. His nominated remix of Miley Cyrus’s “Mother’s Daughter” came out this past August, and it has been followed up by the announcement of a co-headline tour with Nitti Gritti.

“It feels a little surreal,” Barman told EDM.com while taking a break between tour shows in L.A. “I’ve been working at music for a long time now, so it feels cool to finally get some recognition.”

For Barman, “a long time” means since 2007. He cut his teeth as a guitarist/pianist in electronic rock band Innerpartysystem before kicking off his solo career in 2011. Fast forward to today, and Barman has launched his own label imprint, WUKILEAKS, and collaborated with dance music heavyweights including Skrillex, Valentino Khan and Anna Lunoe. We have yet to see an album from Wuki, but he’s kept us happy with a steady stream of banging electro house singles. He also said he’s working on a screenplay set in India, so who knows what the future holds?

Barman's “Mother’s Daughter” flip is a bass-heavy trap take on Cyrus’ original, showing off his production chops (he’s been tapped to pen official remixes for Galantis, RL Grime, The Chainsmokers and Keys N Krates, to name a few). Barman’s go-to technique, he said, is pulling vocals and putting his own twist on the beat.

“I kept the essence of [Miley’s] song but made it more trappy and clubby,” Barman said. “It’s kind of a women empowerment song, so I tried to make it in the image of a woman doing a badass dance to it.”

The track is going up against Soulwax’s remix of Marie Davidson’s “Work It,” ford.’s of “Swim” by Mild Minds, High Contrast’s of “The One” by Jorja Smith, and Tracy Young’s Pride Intro Radio Remix of Madonna’s “I Rise” at the Grammys.

Barman has found himself in good company. ford. has been making major waves on ODESZA’s imprint, while Tracy Young and High Contrast have been established names in dance music for decades. Barman said he is most excited to be in the same category as Soulwax, who he’s been listening to since he started making music.

“Win or lose, I’m just happy to be nominated,” Barman said. “I’m living it up right now.”

With a Grammy nomination now under his belt, Barman is set for a killer 2020. After the awards show on January 26th in Los Angeles, Barman will head back on the road for the 11 dates still left of the Ro Sham Bo tour. Later this month, we can also expect the release of an EP with Nitti Gritti of the same name. The dubstep/trap fusion tape will have three tracks and one intro song, which Barman called “the greatest EDM intro that’s ever existed.”

“I’m stacking up music right now,” Barman said. “I’m gonna release a lot this year, even though I’m not sure exactly how, but I know I have some big features in the works.” 

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Whethan Releases “Stay Forever” ft. STRFKR

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 16:47

Whethan’s debut album can’t come soon enough.

Just a week ago, Whethan announced that his debut album Fantasy will come out later this year, as well as four pop-up-style shows. The news came to the delight of fans who were excited to see him back releasing music, as in September the young musician (real name Ethan Snoreck) took a short break from touring in order to focus more on his mental health and well being.

The first offering from Fantasy comes in the form of “Stay Forever” featuring alternative band STRFKR. The single, also accompanied by a Tron-inspired music video, is an exciting step forward for the musician. It starts off with washed-out guitar chords before introducing a dance floor-ready beat under the nostalgic vocal lines provided by STRFKR, eventually jumping into a bass-filled, exciting drop.

Snoreck’s Whethan alias has taken the world by storm in recent years. At just 20 years old, the producer’s bright catalogue is filled with huge collaborations with the likes of Dua Lipa, Oliver Tree, HONNE and Jeremih, as well as remixes of ranging from Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks,” to Post Malone and Justin Bieber’s “Deja Vu.” Back in September of 2019, he headlined the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre with Big Wild in addition to performing at festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza and Electric Daisy Carnival.

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EDM meets Cirque Du Soleil in Immersive Experience PY1

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 15:49

Cirque Du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberte teamed up with Lune Rouge Entertainment on the endeavor.

Ever wonder what a marriage between dance music and Cirque Du Soleil would look like? Just ask Cirque Du Soleil Co-Founder Guy Laliberte, who’s teamed up with Lune Rouge Entertainment to answer that question by bringing a musical, artistic, and technological festival called PY1 to the U.S. this January at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. 

The festival began on New Year's Eve and extends through the end of the month under an 81-foot, pyramid-shaped venue that can fit up to 1,000 guests. It utilizes 360-degree visuals, lights, and sound to create an experience with notable performers like Nicole Moudaber, Soul Clap, DESTRUCTO, and more.

PY1 hosts three multimedia storytelling experiences titled "Through the Echos," "Stella – A Time Machine Journey," and "PY1 Nights" that take audiences on a journey through time and space while they partake in communal dance. The venue is equipped with a DLP laser projector that accommodates total immersion on an 744,000-lumen screen and will be one of the first platforms to incorporate elements of live augmented reality. 

The venue’s lighting is set up to create a sensation of continuous movement by using colors and textures from more than 500 pieces of LED lighting equipment to create the appearance of a supernatural environment. Finally, customized special effects machines and over 126 specialized speakers are used to recreate the appearance of dancing in the third dimension with static sound at maximum bandwidth that generates a pulsating sensation for the audience.

Each weekend concludes with a thematic dance music performance by a renowned international DJ. Both open-format and genre-specific sets will be curated to graffiti and psychedelic-inspired visuals with titles like "Candy World," "Astral Plane," and "Pop" under the artistic direction of Sarah Bromley. Shows run through February 1st and tickets are still available for the remaining PY1 Nights performances, so grab them while available here.

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The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, Diplo, and More Nominated for iHeartRadio Music Awards

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 15:04

Some of EDM's biggest stars are in the running to win an iHeartRadio Music Award in 2020.

The 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards nominees have just been Announced. There are a handful of dance-specific categories as nearly every major music genre is represented. In the EDM world, Diplo, KygoLoud LuxuryMarshmello, and The Chainsmokers were nominated for Dance Artist of the Year with each act excluding The Chainsmokers also receiving a Dance Song of the Year nomination for one of their tracks.

Those up for the dance song honors include "Body" by Loud Luxury featuring Brando, "Close to Me" by Ellie Goulding, Diplo, and Swae Lee, "Here with Me" by Marshmello featuring CHVRCHES, "Higher Love" by Kygo and Whitney Houston, and "So Close" by NOTD and Felix Jaehn featuring Captain Cuts and Georgia Ku.

In addition to his previous inclusions, Kygo is also nominated for Best Remix for "Higher Love," the only EDM entry in the running to win that award.

The 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards takes place on Sunday, March 29th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. It will be broadcast on Fox at 8:00 PM EST. For more information and to see the entire list of nominees, head over to their official website.

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Yellow Claw Announce New Album, Never Dies

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 14:28

Yellow Claw shared the album art and teaser videos for their fourth album, Never Dies.

Yellow Claw recently revealed that their next album is titled Never Dies and will be arriving at the end of the month. The Dutch duo announced the album on Twitter by sharing a picture of the its cover alongside the release date and title.  

Never Dies will be the fourth studio album by Yellow Claw (real names Jim Aasgier and Nils Rondhuis) and the follow up to 2018's New Blood. Since then, they've released a handful of singles and an EP titled Danger Days. One notable addition to their library arrived in the form of a collaboration with Galantis, "We Can Get High," which came out last June. 

In addition to the announcement tweet, the duo shared a pair of YouTube videos in support of the new album. The clips tell the stories of some of their biggest fans and how the Dutch artists' music made an impact on their lives.

Never Dies by Yellow Claw is set for release on January 31st. You can pre-save the duo's next album on Spotify here.

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Dance Music From the '90s You Forgot You Loved

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 14:08

The '90s were a formative time for what dance music has become.

Immediately preceding the commercial boom of dance music in the 2000s and the 2010s, the 1990s were a formative time for the genre. While house and techno began percolating into the mainstream, dance music's burgeoning popularity also saw new styles such as trance, drum and bass and others find their footing. Today, we're highlighting some of the decade's most memorable songs that helped carry dance music forward and shape what it's become today.

"Sandstorm" - Darude

It's the song that needs no introduction, or even lyrics to send a crowd into a frenzy. Darude was completely caught off guard by the success of "Sandstorm" - a record that continues to enjoy cultural relevance two decades after its release.

"One More Time" - Daft Punk

Daft Punk's "One More Time" is not only regarded as a game-changer of the '90s, but one of the greatest dance records of all time. With cyclical, uplifting synths, autotuned vocals from Romanthony, and an intergalactic music video, the single is unforgettable.  

"What Is Love?" - Haddaway

Haddaway's gut-wrenching hit "What Is Love?" actually came to prominence in the U.S. by rather comical means. Saturday Night Live sparked interest in the song after it began appearing in a recurring sketch about three men going out for a night of clubbing. 

"Hey Boy Hey Girl" - The Chemical Brothers

It's hard not to have The Chemical Brothers' "Hey Boy Hey Girl" stuck in your head after you listen to it. After the first several loops the vocals build up to an instrumental drop that seals the deal. Sometimes saying "here we go!" is the best way to jump in.

"Firestarter" - The Prodigy

Keith Flint's "Firestarter" lyrics were the first he'd written for The Prodigy. In singing "I'm The firestarter, twisted firestarter," Flint explained his goal for the song was to hype up audiences worldwide and set the tone for a performance. 

"Around The World" - Daft Punk

Who would have guessed a song with lyrics consisting of three words repeated 144 times would land on this list. Like much of their music, Daft Punk's "Around The World" sits at the crossroads of "simple" and "ingenious."

"Windowlicker" - Aphex Twin

Despite the leftfield, twisted nature of Aphex Twin's "Windowlicker," the song was the subject of fascination with mainstream curators. In addition to landing on the U.K. charts, "Windowlicker" was named NME's 1999 song of the year and additionally received a Brit Award the following year.  

"Finally" - CeCe Peniston

After first getting discovered while doing background vocals, it only took one song for CeCe Peniston to capture the spotlight all on her own. That song was her debut, "Finally," which saw such meteoric success that it sent Peniston's career into overdrive and she hit the studio in a hurry to follow it up with a full-length album. With numerous remixes of the song out today, DJs still seem to appreciate the raw euphoria captured in Peniston's "Finally." 

"The Rhythm of the Night" - Corona

Italian eurodance group Corona released their worldwide hit single "The Rhythm of the Night," the title track for their 1995 album. The vocals were performed by Jenny B (real name Giovanna Bersola). As with "Finally," this song has stood the test of time largely in part due to the numerous covers and remixes - from Fedde Le Grande to Hotel Garuda- that continue to keep it in the spotlight today.   

"For An Angel" - Paul van Dyk

German producer Paul van Dyk helped set the standard for trance in the 1990s with his single "For An Angel." After he remixed the song in 1998 and then in 2009, van Dyk's "For An Angel" has been greatly impactful to his long and illustrious career. 

"The Whistle Song" - Frankie Knuckles

Frequently referred to as "The Godfather of House Music" Frankie Knuckles made numerous key contributions to the early discography of house music. By the '90s Knuckles was in his prime and there's no better evidence than "The Whistle Song," which was his first of five #1 songs on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart.

"Go" - Moby

Moby's self-titled album was sparked by a strong lead single, "Go," in 1991. Many listening will recognize "Go" sampled "Laura Palmer’s Theme" off the TV show Twin Peaks. Moby went on to appear on the show in 2017

"Blue (Da Ba Dee)" - Eiffel 65

Who could forget the infamous tale of a blue man who lives in a blue world with nobody to listen? Released at the turn of the milennium, Eiffel 65's 1999 album Europop boasted the group's two biggest hits: "Blue" and "Move Your Body." 

"Right Here, Right Now" - Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim's "Right Here, Right Now" represents another iconic contribution to dance music with source material rooted in the TV and film industry. He sampled Angela Bassett's performance from the film Strange Days, and the lyrics have since become suspended in our cultural consciousness. 

"Music Sounds Better With You" - Stardust

It has been posited that Stardust's "Music Sounds Better With You" was a watershed moment for house music. The song certainly had the right team to back that claim up. Produced by Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk and Alan Braxe with vocals by Benjamin Diamond, the collaborative effort has one of the most instantly recognizable riffs in house music. 

What '90s dance music tracks do you still listen to? Let us know on social media. 

Rob Swire Hints at First New Pendulum Release in 9 Years

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 13:12

On his personal Instagram, Rob Swire teased what appears to be the first new Pendulum release since 2011.

Rob Swire recently teased what appears to be Pendulum's first new music since 2011. On his personal Instagram account, he shared a short clip with the caption "30 second WIP demo" that fits the classic sound that made the band a worldwide sensation.

While the sound in the clip is enough to get fans optimistic about their return, he took it one step further and tagged Pendulum's account in the teaser post, leading some to believe this is an official confirmation.

Late last summer, the band was chosen to replace The Prodigy at South West Four after the passing of frontman Keith Flint. In an announcement post, festival organizers may have revealed the new Pendulum music months early. When speaking about what to expect from the group's performance they mentioned: "brand new Pendulum music from their forthcoming EP series and album."

At the time of writing, there is no official confirmation on the release date for any new Pendulum music, or if the Instagram clip is indeed new music from the band.  

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Martin Garrix to Play Super Bowl Party at DAER Dayclub in Florida

Sun, 01/12/2020 - 17:44

Martin Garrix is the latest EDM artist to get in on the Super Bowl festivities.

Martin Garrix is the latest EDM star to join in on the Super Bowl weekend fun. It's been announced that the Dutch producer perform at DAER Dayclub in Hollywood, Florida the night before the big game. The hosts partnered up with Wet Republic for this year's football festivities. 

Martin Garrix (real name Martijn Garritsen) is not the only EDM artist to celebrate the biggest sporting event of the year. Diplo recently revealed that he will go back to back with Carnage for 10 hours at Club Space in the game's host city of Miami. In addition to the lengthy B2B, Marshmello and Black Eyed Peas will perform at a Sports Illustrated party in Miami as well. In case that isn't enough football fun for one weekend, Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski is hosting his own party, Gronk Beach Miami, with Kaskade, Diplo, Rick Ross, Carnage and more set to take the stage. 

Martin Garrix's DAER Dayclub Super Bowl party kicks off on Saturday, February 1st at 12:00 PM EST. Tickets are on sale now and you can get yours from the official ticketing site.

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