The pool party/festival hybrid is held twice over the summer months.
Twice each summer, Palm Springs converts from a laid-back retiree outpost into a haven for the youthful and party focused. Although the desert resort city has long been a retreat for celebrities and snowbirds, the extreme heat during the summer months has kept Palm Springs relatively quiet mid year... until now.
The brainchild of siblings Tyler and Kelly McLean, Splash House has allowed Palm Springs to reincarnate itself into a vacation destination even in triple-digit heat. Beginning in 2013, the multi-venue pool party/music festival hybrid has grown in popularity, hosting thousands of twenty-somethings throughout the three-day weekend.
Held in June and August, Splash House showcases the best house and techno DJs spread throughout four different venues, each offering unique experiences not found elsewhere. Three resort hotels host daytime festivities where guests can relax poolside, partake in balcony decorating contests or bust a move on the dance floor. At night, a museum opens its doors to partygoers, offering a chance to dance alongside World War II airplanes well into the wee hours of the morning.
The festivities began on Friday night as Splash House presented its After Hours party at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Allowing itself to set the tone for the weekend, the nighttime event was a standout. The underground rave scene comes alive as revelers dance the night away under a massive hangar housing combat aircraft from the bygone eras of warfare.
The museum's flying collection stands front-and-center, allowing guests to dance alongside the historic planes. Mister Blaqk, Greg Arthur, Kidnap, and Dusky performed on the tarmac on Friday night. On Saturday, the stage was lit up with performances by Nala, Lee Wells, Dom Dolla, and Shiba San.
The epicenter of the festivities was shared by three resort hotels and their pool complexes. The Renaissance, Saguaro, and Riviera Hotels became the joint headquarters of the weekend, sharing between them over forty artists in two days. While only a mile or so apart, guests had access to free shuttle buses that would transport them to and from the resort hotels.
Boasting the largest pool complex in the city, The Renaissance greeted fans with open arms as they arrived to dance along to some of the biggest names on the lineup. Saturday saw acts like DJ Susan and Rambo as opening acts for CID, Pete Tong, and a DJ set by Justice. On Sunday, the pool at the Renaissance blasted beats by Zimmer, Thomas Jack, A-Trak, and Armand Van Helden.
The kitschy, colorful Saguaro Hotel was another setting for music, bathing, sun, and fun. Balconies surround the entire pool complex at The Saguaro, allowing hotel guests to let their creativity run wild and decorate their terraces with some of the wildest, kookiest and funniest pop culture references. Those posters and banners adorning the iron fences made for the perfect backdrop as artists like Dirty South, Kill Frenzy, Offiah, and Bones took to the stage on Saturday. Among the DJs spinning on Sunday were AC Slater, Low Steppa, Weiss and Robbie Rivera.
Setting the standard for vibrant, chic and retro mid-century vibes was the Riviera Hotel. The sprawling luxury resort invited guests to groove to the sounds of acts like Ark Patrol, Memba, Cray, Medasin, and Troyboi on day one. The second day showcased the talents of Silva, Soulection, Pluko, and a DJ set by Jai Wolf.
Now in its sixth year and growing in popularity, Splash House has transformed Palm Springs' relatively quiet summer season into a hotbed of activity. The combination of pool parties and house music is nothing new, however. Splash House takes that concept and sprinkles it throughout the city. Its multi-venue approach (alongside free shuttles) gives attendees a rare experience not found elsewhere.
The accompanying after hours event is a standout amongst open-air late night events. Perched on the outskirts of town surrounded by the sandy desert, the evening soiree beckons to the earlier days of the rave scene. Adding to the allure is the vintage aircraft that surround the dimly lit dance floor.
Splash House returns to Palm Springs August 9th-11th, 2019. Find tickets, hotel packages and general festival information here.FOLLOW SPLASH HOUSE:
Fans put a wish in and a positive impact comes out.
If you pull back the curtain of neon trees and laser-hued bliss at Electric Forest, you’ll find a wizard. Well, it’s more of like a family of magicians, but Madison House Presents are tirelessly working year round to level up the experience so that returning Forest-goers and newcomers alike have even better moments year after year.
Finding a lot of true Forest moments occur in participation, the team sets out each year through the Plug In program to activate fans of the event so they take the belonging and inspiration they conjure and share at the festival along with them when they head out into their communities back home. Perhaps the most intriguing and innovative among the Plug In programs is Electric Forest’s Wish Machine.
To better understand its beginnings and learn more about what makes the program so enamoring to fans, we talked to the good folks who lead the project behind the scenes at Madison House Presents, which is the company producing the event in collaboration with Insomniac.A fan made a wish for a celebration of one beloved Forest Family member and in 2018 the Wally Tree was born. It commemorates the man known to be Sherwood Forest’s original Lorax, Wally Wojack.What is the Wish Machine?
Don’t let the fun name fool you. The gravity the Wish Machine represents as a solution to the problems local communities face is unprecedented because it draws dreams into reality. The way it allows those who want to get involved to write their own job description is liberating as well.
“Before we would get random inquiries or ideas from fans via customer service or online digitally, but we didn’t have a mechanism to propel those ideas necessarily. That’s actually what it is. It’s a mechanism to support the big dreams, ideas, and projects that people have,” said Darcy Johnson, who is the director of branding, partnerships and marketing at Madison House Presents.The Glitch Mob perform a special set courtesy of the Wish Machine and one lucky fan.
It didn’t all happen overnight, though. It was conceived in 2014, and had to incubate for three years before being born. Now the Wish Machine heads into its second year. With more than 5,000 wish applications in each year the project is proving itself to be an unparalleled bridge for fan engagement and community action. When a "wish" is submitted through the online form, they’re collected and compiled into a spreadsheet based on actual feasibility. Then they’re sorted and categorized until a team is ready to look them over and decide which wishes will get granted.
It didn’t all happen overnight though. It was conceived in 2014, and had to incubate for three years before being born. Now the Wish Machine heads into its second year. With more than 5,000 wish applications in each year the project is proving itself to be an unparalleled bridge for fan engagement and community action. When a "wish" is submitted through the online form, they’re collected and compiled into a spreadsheet based on actual feasibility. Then they’re sorted and categorized until a team is ready to look them over and decide which wishes will get granted.
“The purpose of the wish machine is to amplify peoples actions,” Jake Frommer, a marketing coordinator working on the Wish Machine Project told EDM.com.The Forest Listens
From collaborating on a record-setting Flash Mob of Superheroes with String Cheese Incident to offering safe spaces for women, wishes run the gambit. Sometimes people ask for tickets or for artists like Glitch Mob or GRiZ to play a secret set. A lot of those who submit their wishes each year ask for support impacting their own local community, like Aiden, who gave burritos and mp3s to the houseless or Ashley, who brought art therapy to her local veterans home.
“It really stems from super hyperlocal community-based changes people want to make in their area.” Frommer told EDM.com. “At the core of it, it gives anybody a voice.”
Between the twenty-six Plug In programs that compel involvement in and outside the festival, the Wish Machine is without question the most broadly interactive. In 2018, it racked up 45,000 volunteer hours of service in local communities, while funneling more than $75,000 into charities and community improvements across 20 countries.
“People really do recognize the community and the presence of being at Electric Forest and they want to bring it out into the world." Frommer explained. "They want to share that with people who may not get a chance to go to the festival.”
Like a tree that falls in the woods, at festivals those dreams typically end up in the purgatory of an inbox somewhere, so nobody ever hears them when they fall. Most don’t even make it in the air because fans don't think they will be heard anyway. At Forest, the same isn’t true because in the Wish Machine leadership can digest that input and drive it forward in a way that is real, tangible and makes a difference.The Difference a Wish Makes
As a known masterpiece of event production, much of the festival and music industry looks to Electric Forest (as they do to Coachella or Electric Daisy Carnival) for measurable successes, inspiring concepts, and processes they can crack and reverse-engineer to eventually “get it right.” Learning and improving in a way that stays in touch with fans is always at the center of these efforts. It’s the holy grail, and the Wish Machine serves as the feedback loop between fans and festival that otherwise may never come full circle.
“It was an open source opportunity for fans to come up with the wildest ideas they could.” Johnson Explained. “This program is really endless because it can grow truly by the imagination and determination of the fans. It really is driven by what fans are interested in doing and we’ve been really blown away by the wishes people have.”Ashley brought art therapy to a local veterans home with supplies funded by the Wish Machine.
When viewed as a catalyst for good, the Wish Machine appears to have a profound future ahead of it because if it successfully impacts other communities the way Electric Forest changes lives, then the festival is already making history. In this way, it helps those who attend the event reach further towards a world where instead of struggling to coexist we’re learning to co-thrive together.
Thinking of the novelty in this sort of leadership among festivals, Johnson pointed out that “One of the things the industry as a whole could learn is listening to your fans and their ideas. You know?” She went on, “We don’t always have to be the voice.”'Her Forest' started out as a wish. It was made possible by the Wish Machine.
With this sensibility at its core, the Wish Machine offers Electric Forest a rudder we all steer together to democratize their impact. It’s a refreshing idea in a business that so frequently pushes the experience when the greater impact could be made by putting some of that energy into helping fans create their own. It shows an opportunity for growth, and a riveting option to attend Electric Forest for those who are willing to earn their way by doing local work in the spirit of it. It also pioneers a new business model for festivals, where conscience isn’t just part of a marketing strategy. It encourages those in the community to ask, to try, and to engage at a grassroots level when they hope to see a change.
“Every single person who has submitted a wish has put themselves out there”, Johnson reflected. “And I think that’s a beautiful codex into this humanity of living and being a part of our planet.”FOLLOW ELECTRIC FOREST
Illenium will follow up the release of Ascend with a 33-stop tour.
Earlier in the week, Illenium ignited the fervor of his fan base with the announcement of his third studio-length album, Ascend. He didn't stop there, as it turns out. The Denver DJ/producer has now revealed that a U.S. tour of the same name will follow shortly thereafter.
To be specific, the 33-city tour will commence on September 18th - just over a month after the album arrives on August 16th. Included in his itinerary are the three sold-out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado as well as his grand headline debut at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Illenium (real name Nicholas D. Miller) has been stockpiling singles to include in Ascend so far in 2019. Songs like "Pray" featuring Kameron Alexander, "Crashing" featuring Bahari, and "Good Things Fall Apart" featuring Jon Bellion will more than will likely appear on its tracklist.
Fans can register for pre-sale tickets to the tour by pre-ordering Ascend by Illenium here.
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San Holo is back stronger than ever.
Ahead of his headlining performance at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, San Holo (real name Sander van Dijck) just released his latest single “Lost Lately.” Following up on his “Lead Me Back” release, “Lost Lately” marks one of his most introspective works yet, touching on his recent extensive touring experiences and the feeling of being lost.
“Lost Lately” continues on San Holo’s guitar-filled and indie-inspired production and songwriting, something he established with his debut effort, album1, which came out late last year. Starting off with a smooth guitar melody, the quirky yet melancholic single takes off with the help of van Dijck’s distorted yet smooth vocals, and is complete with a catchy, fast-paced beat.
On the topic of "Lost Lately," van Dijck said:
“Over the last few years great things have happened to me — I wrote and released my album, toured the world, people came out to my shows and sang along to my lyrics, all very big dreams of mine growing up. Performing onstage and having people connect to your music is beautiful; there’s nothing like it. But then what happens when that fantasy you’ve always dreamed about suddenly becomes real? And you re-live that fantasy over and over every night? Getting used to this lifestyle made me feel kind of lost. I think feeling lost is very common for people these days. We all set so many goals and everything is based on accomplishments. But what happens to your sense of purpose if you’ve suddenly reached that goal? For me, I started to feel lost. I had no real place to call home, no sense of what my next step would be, and no idea what happiness was anymore. That’s what 'Lost Lately' is about to me.”
San Holo’s authenticity and character paired with his unique production taste and ideas have catapulted him to stardom over the recent years. His debut album was met with praise from fans and was followed by a live worldwide tour, while his own independent label bitbird regularly releases forward-thinking music and puts on talented, up-and-coming artists.Follow San Holo:
London based producer Jack Wins provides an hour long mix featuring a new club remix of his hit 'Forever Young'.
Jack Wins treats us to a flowing dance musical journey with 60 minutes of happy groove featuring his and Dave Winnel's club remix of his newest track, "Forever Young" featuring Amy Grace.
Having tracks released by Laidback Luke’s MixMash label, playing the Axtone stage at Tomorrowland, and being a regular headliner at Ministry of Sound in London, Jack Wins is a rising name in the house music scene. The Dutch-born, London-based producer was a resident DJ in the U.K. and garnered the attention of the feelgood house music scene in 2016 with "Give It Up" on MixMash, "Alive" with Spinning Records, and "Freewheelin'" on Axtone, achieving 21 million plays on Spotify.
Jack's newest track, "Forever Young," is hitting the BBC Radio 1 airwaves and is supported by Hardwell, Nicky Romero and David Guetta. This new club remix provides that progressive powerhouse feel that will definitely be played out in the summer festivals and club scene.
Today’s mix is filled with remixes, mashups, and the newest feelgood club release by Jack Wins. He plays at Creamfields in August when he returns to the stage once again to spread his feelgood house music.
Listen to Jack Wins' exclusive EDM.com mix here.
Alex Preston - Stonewild
ATFC & David Penn - Dynamite (GUZ Mix)
Aqua Sin Gas - Shake It
David Penn- Rollerball
Tobtok, AKA GEorge, Oliver Nelseon - Something about the music (parx remix)
DHS - House Of God (Cube Guys Remix)
Meduza X Fisher - Piece of my Beauty
LA Riots - Work your Body
Leandro Da Silva, Siwell - Lick Up
Chocolate Puma, Carta - Zhong
Pickle - Body Work
Steve Aoki, Alok - Do It Again
Jack Wins ft Amy Grace - Forever Young (Dave Winnel & Jack Wins Club Mix)
Oliver Heldens, Moguai - Cucumba
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano - Yeke Yeke
Kanu, Jude & Frank - Strings of Live
Daddy's groove - Been a long time (David Puentez Remix)
Vintahe Culture, Fancy Inc - My Girl
Eric Prydz, Zeds Dead, Martin Garrix and more will help celebrate Tomorrowland's massive milestone edition.
Celebrating a landmark achievement, Belgium's Tomorrowland, one of the biggest dance music festivals in the world, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The enormous lineup of artists at the three-day event is truly something to behold.
Spanning two weekends (July 19th-21st and July 26th-28th), festivalgoers will have the pleasure of witnessing sets from artists across the entire EDM spectrum and beyond. Eric Prydz, Above & Beyond, J Balvin, Claude VonStroke, Nina Kraviz, and Seven Lions are just a scratch on the surface of this massive event. Stages hosted by Monstercat, Nina Kraviz, Crosstown Rebels, Axtone, Drumcode and many more will hold it down over the six days of celebration.
What's more is that some of the closing slots are being kept under wraps, leaving much mystery surrounding which artist may be rounding things out (ahem, Swedish House Mafia?). Whatever the case may be, Tomorrowland's biggest festival yet will surely be one to remember for festival veterans and first-timers alike.
Tickets for Tomorrowland 2019 are available now and can be found here.FOLLOW TOMORROWLAND:
The new triple-threat collaboration has arrived a day early.
Today is DJ Snake's birthday. It appears that in celebration the international superstar DJ/producer has decided to release his latest collaboration one day early. After teasing the track's release for Friday, June 14th, Snake dropped "Loco Contigo" today instead.
The collaboration, featuring Latin megastar J Balvin and hip hop mainstay Tyga, arrived early this morning with a music video directed by Colin Tilley, who has previously worked with the likes of Nicki Minaj and Kendrick Lamar.
"Loco Contigo" seeks to be a summertime banger, with a reggaeton-influenced sound, vocals in both Spanish and English, and a flashy music video shot in a desert setting with vibrant, colorful outfits. This track is begging to be played at pool parties and in nightclubs all summer long.
With this massive new collaboration, DJ Snake is celebrating his birthday in a big way. "Loco Contigo" is out now.FOLLOW DJ SNAKE:
Five months after his Pritam and Shirley Setia collab, Marshmello is teaching his fans how to do the video's famous dance.
Marshmello fans were so curious about the dance in the music video for "BIBA," his January collaboration with Pritam and Shirley Setia, that he decided to make an instructional video. The masked DJ/producer won't stop after this one, though. "How To: BIBA Dance" is only the first installment of a series he calls Marshmello How To.
The nearly one-minute clip shows Marshmello performing the "Biba" dance, this time breaking down it down into individual movements. In the video description, he revealed that every Wednesday he'll upload a new episode of the brand new series.
Marshmello How To isn't the only thing his fans can look forward to this week. On Friday, he'll release "Rescue Me" featuring A Day To Remember off his upcoming album, Joytime III.
On the touring front, Marshmello will perform two nights in a row at KAOS in Las Vegas on June 14th and 15th, only to return to the club the following weekend with a June 22nd appearance.FOLLOW MARSHMELLO:
Rezz shared her long-awaited Underoath collaboration at last.
Rock/EDM collaborations have been all the rage as of late, what with artists like Sub Focus even jumping onboard. Fans have known that Rezz had a song featuring Underoath on the tracklist of her upcoming EP for some time now, and she's treated them to "Falling" ahead of the effort's full release.
Signature Rezz (real name Isabelle Rezazadeh) hallmarks are apparent in "Falling" from its onset, but the Tampa, Florida post-hardcore sextet's sound is prevalent as well. Underscoring Spencer Chamberlin's high-pitched vocals is a drum pattern faster than that of most other Rezz songs, but the menacing bass line holds true to her broader discography.
Beyond The Senses will arrive in full on July 24th, and Rezazadeh has also released "Dark Age" from the EP prior to its release. The other four songs on the effort are titled "Kiss of Death," "STRESS," "Lonely" and "Your Soul Will Never Be Released."
In the meantime, stream or download "Falling" by Rezz featuring Underoath across platforms here.FOLLOW REZZ:
Lucas & Steve and Deepend released their highly anticipated house anthem "Long Way Home" on Spinnin' Records.
Joining forces for a highly anticipated, infectious summer anthem, Lucas & Steve (real names Lucas de Wert and Steven Jansen) and Deepend (real names Falco Aker and Robert Ratingen) went all in on "Long Way Home," their brand new, feel-good, summery house single via Dutch label Spinnin' Records.
Despite their long and already successful music careers, both acts broke new ground in the last year, with Lucas & Steve releasing "Inception" - the official 2019 Ultra Live Anthem - on Spinnin' Records, and Deepend putting out the viral hit "Woke Up In Bangkok" with Raison Music. A collaboration from these internationally recognized Dutch musicians and tastemakers has been a long time in the making. With the release of "Long Way Home," that time has finally arrived.
Speaking about the highly anticipated collaboration, Deepend said:
"This is definitely my most exciting collaboration to date. I’ve known the guys for many years and we always had the idea to team up one day. "Long Way Home" represents our common love for uplifting and melodic music suitable for both radio and the big festival stages!"
Crafted for the festival stage, "Long Way Home" harnesses just the right amount of hard-hitting dance floor energy while also embracing a radio-worthy pop aesthetic that pairs singalong vocals with a warm, inviting melody. By combining tantalizing songwriting and a catchy hook with an exhilarating, hands-in-the-air chorus, Lucas & Steve and Deepend struck summer soundtrack gold with "Long Way Home."
Sound laws won't keep Nocturnal Wonderland from going full send this year.
Not long after Insomniac Founder Pasquale Rotella revealed that noise ordinances would force Nocturnal Wonderland to cut the sound after midnight this year, the festival's organizers have made a happier announcement. They've shared the full roster for the festival's 2019 edition, and some of the EDM world's top talent is on the bill.
Between performances by the likes of DJ Snake, Zeds Dead and Zomboy, bass heads attending Nocturnal Wonderland 2019 have a lot to look forward to. The festival has gone notoriously light on big room house in recent years, however, and compared to the 2018 edition this year's lineup features far fewer house and techno offerings.
Despite Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) being Insomniac's flagship festival, they've hosted Nocturnal Wonderland a couple years longer. EDC - which was based on a party of the same name thrown by Gary Richards A.K.A. Destructo and Stephen "Steve Kool-Aid" Enos - inaugurated in 1997, whereas Rotella threw the first Nocturnal in 1995.
The 2019 edition of Nocturnal Wonderland will take place on September 14th and 15th. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.FOLLOW NOCTURNAL WONDERLAND:
Deep, summery house vibes abound in this groovy remix.
The workhorse known as Diplo is at it yet again, this time remixing Carnage's emotional track "Letting People Go" featuring indie outfit Prinze George.
Maintaining the 4/4 house beat of the original, Diplo amps the energy up a bit with a groovy bass line much akin to the work of Gorgon City. The emotion remains within the "Letting People Go" remix, but the danceability of the track is more palpable. The vocals from Naomi Almquist of Prinze George are well highlighted within the breakdowns before the beat drops.
Carnage spoke highly of the remix. "My brother Diplo hit me up the day I dropped the record and said he needed to get his hands on it," he said. "Diplo really came through with this remix and created a dance floor banger.”
Diplo first premiered the remix at Coachella. Speaking on it, he jokingly said, “I liked this song a lot and I really want Carnage to owe me a favor cause one day I might be in jail and need bail money.”
Carnage will donate a portion of revenue generated from "Letting People Go" and its remixes to RAICES Foundation, a nonprofit agency that provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrant families based in Texas. The track and music video themselves are dedicaged to “all the families that have been split in border towns all over the US," and reflect Carnage's own family's journey.FOLLOW DIPLO:
You can't hold back "The Revolution."
Coming off of their well-received The New Shit EP, hardstyle duo Retaliation (real names Robin Fischer and Sander Schneider) are back again with their new single "The Revolution" out now via Theracords.
“The Revolution” is unapologetically bold. The two took 2019 as an opportunity to reinvent their sound and bring a new twist to traditional hardstyle. With even harder kicks, stronger energy, and more atmospheric melodies, this sound is not for the faint of heart.View the original article to see embedded media.
Schneider and Fischer joined forces over five years ago and have been putting in work to get their production skills to an unheard level. The team says passion and ambition are their driving force. “The Revolution” arriving by way of Theracords perfectly aligns with their mantras, as the label characterizes itself as “music produced from the heart.” The duo's ambition has lead them to the stages of Fatality, Raw Definition, and Ground Zero Festival.
"The Revolution" by Retaliation is out now via Theracords. Stream or download the track available on all platforms here.FOLLOW RETALIATION:
The Australian producer also announced new tour dates.
Speculation has been at an all-time high these past few months in regards to Flume's return to music. After the surprise mixtape Hi This Is Flume was released, fan theories came out that the drop date would be June 21st, 2019, the first day of summer. Not being one to follow expectations, he dropped the new track "Let You Know" on June 12th. Does anyone else think he caught on and just decided to drop it on the flipped number?
"Let You Know" features the beautiful vocals of London Grammar, known famously for her work with Disclosure on "Help Me Lose My Mind." Her soulful voice pairs perfectly with the funky drums and amalgamation of pattern skips. The sharp synth work ties in directly with some of the noises we heard from the mixtape. It's eclectic yet delightfully palatable.
In explanation of the collaboration, Flume said:
“[London Grammar vocalist] Hannah Reid and I wrote ‘Let You Know’ last summer. I was on a writing trip to London, was actually the same trip where I first met slowthai. Had been wanting to make something with Hannah for a long time and this one just came together really naturally in the studio that day.”
In addition to the song drop, Streten announced a U.K./European headline tour. Beginning this August until November, he will also make stops in North America, Asia, and Oceania.
Find Flume's tour schedule below and buy tickets here.
08-02 Montreal, Quebec - Osheaga Music & Arts Festival
08-04 Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza Music & Arts Festival
08-06 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks
08-07 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks
08-10 San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
08-15 Seoul, South Korea - Nanji Hangang Park
08-17 Tokyo, Japan - Summersonic
08-18 Osaka, Japan - Summersonic
08-23 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - KL Live
08-24 Bali, Indonesia - Sunny Side Up Festival
09-27 Melbourne, Australia - Listen Out
09-28 Brisbane, Australia - Listen Out
09-29 Perth, Australia - Listen Out
10-04 Auckland, New Zealand - Listen In
10-05 Sydney, Australia - Listen Out
10-06 Adelaide, Australia - Listen In
10-28 Warsaw, Poland - Torwar
10-29 Berlin, Germany - UFO im Velodrome
11-01 Turin, Italy - C2C Festival
11-02 Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrhunderthalle
11-03 Paris, France - Zénith
11-04 Toulouse, France - Zénith
11-06 Amsterdam, Netherlands - AFAS Live
11-07 Antwerp, Belgium - Lotto Arena
11-10 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg - Rockhal
11-12 London, United Kingdom - O2 Academy Brixton
11-13 Manchester, United Kingdom - TBA
11-16 Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Capital
Eric Prydz' new EPIC stage show looks like it's gonna live up to its name.
EPIC may stand for "Eric Prydz In Concert," but it's just fitting a descriptor for the spectacle in question. Case in point: the video recently shared by Prydz himself. As can be seen in the brief clip, the sixth iteration of the monolithic stage show will eclipse all others that came before.
Prydz tweeted footage of the larger-than-life setup along with the words "EPIC 6.0/HOLOSPHERE/Testing..." While the full specs of the show have yet to be released, it looks even more immersive than anything the Swedish progressive house DJ/producer has put together throughout his illustrious career.
EPIC 6.0 Holosphere looks to be a separate experience from Eric Prydz' HOLO shows. The "Opus" producer also recently announced a new stage show called V O I D that he will unveil at this year's edition of Daresbury, U.K. festival Creamfields.
Meanwhile, Eric Prydz will resume touring on June 28th with a performance at the Stockholm, Sweden iteration of Lollapalooza.FOLLOW ERIC PRYDZ:
First plan, then frolic.
The official set times for the 2019 edition of Electric Forest. The festival will take place June 27th-30th at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan The headliners include Odesza, Kygo, Bassnectar, and Zeds Dead over four days of forest bliss.
Joining them will be a treasure trove of artists at the top of the EDM game including Alison Wonderland, NGHTMRE and SLANDER, Whethan, Claude VonStroke, Tokimonsta and many more. Now that we are closing in on the weekend, it's time to start locking down your schedule. With a lineup this stacked, figuring out set conflicts is half the battle.Courtesy of Reddit.
This year will be the first year the festival will be held over one weekend versus two. In a statement posted to social media, the festival's organizers explained that due to the degradation found at the site of the festival, they will be opting to protect the grounds and lessen the environmental impact by shortening the days. This year, they will introduce upgraded landscapes, areas with new grass, and infrastructure improvements.
Find the day by day breakdown of the Electric Forest 2019 Lineup here.FOLLOW ELECTRIC FOREST:
Tiësto's Musical Freedom released the fiery electro house record "Smoke" by Danish producer Toby Green.
Born in Aarhus, Denmark, Danish EDM DJ/producer Toby Green (real name Torben Frederiksen) has been relentlessly climbing his way into the club scene since his debut release in 2011, an official remix of Danish pop star Sisse Marie's "Dirty Hands." Realizing that he needed to capitalize on the momentum of his remix, Green went on to form lasting relationships with internationally respected EDM labels such as Spinnin' Records and disco:wax.
Frederiksen continued to build out his music catalog over the next several years, garnering attention from many of the industries leading house music heavyweights and working with their respective label imprints. Among them are Hardwell's Revealed Recordings, Sander Van Doorn's DOORN Records, and Don Diablo's Hexagon to name just a few.
Frederiksen followed up on the success of these releases with a record on Sam Feldt's album Sunrise in 2017, as well as the singles "Beyond Mars" on Steve Aoki's Dim Mak Records, and "Ready" on Tiësto's Musical Freedom, both in 2018.
Frederiksen's most recent release marks his triumphant return to Musical Freedom with the sizzling, new electro house song "Smoke." A rumbling bass line underpins a masterfully executed old school electro banger complete with huge, rave-inspired siren synths and carefully orchestrated vocal teases.
Varien continues to defy the odds of social norms, social media number games, commodification, and capitalism.
Being critical of one’s music, sonic vision, and brand is one thing. How the artist and fans perceive it is another. Varien, whose real name is Nick Kaelar, has quickly come to realize the importance of not caring about what others think of his music. Numerous releases on the prolific Monstercat, credits on Triple AAA movies such as 300: Rise of an Empire, The Purge: Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Furious 7, and more mean the belittling and mindless comments from social media trolls don’t affect him.
These social media trolls plague the modern music industry, causing creatives like Varien to completely reevaluate themselves and their art. Artists, models, and creatives are placing themselves on high standards because of what they see on social media. Musicians are always critical of their own work, so to hear some random person on Twitter say they don’t like it may or may not be hard for some artists to digest.
“How did we devolve so much that people on Twitter dictate how happy we are?” inquires Kaelar. “I know cyberbullying is one thing, but there are some artists I know that live for the shit, bathe in the shit, and overall take it way too seriously.”
However, we’ve evolved so much that we’re so heavily invested into our mobile devices, computers, social media, and conversation that we hold ourselves to such high standards online and in person.
“From the psychological impact of not meeting record deal expectations, to the always-on cycles of validation and criticism on social media, to working several freelance creative jobs just to make ends meet, to merely being unable to separate oneself from one’s work, potential triggers for anxiety, depression and other mental health issues only stack up over time,” wrote Billboard.
Varien’s long list of credits and classically trained ears place him on the same playing field as Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor. It’s hard to place someone on the same wavelength as Reznor, but Kaelar’s Varien moniker has achieved immense success and garnered an unprecedented vision for music, something Reznor accomplished just as flawlessly. Varien is now coming around and finding himself as musician and artist. The dust is finally beginning to be stirred up.
“In November, December, January, and February I was going to shows… the same shows,” states Kaelar. “I couldn’t tell one DJ, tune, or producer from the next. It was all the same. This isn’t me. I must return to something that is true.” The Tampa, Florida-based electronic music dark lord is finally coming to terms with himself, music, and sonic vision.
Kaeler remembers answering his kindergarten teacher’s “What do you want to be when you grow up?” question with, “I want to write music for video games.”
“I remember being influenced by stuff that was meant for people who were 10 or 20 years older than me when I was in kindergarten. I knew that I wanted to make [Final Fantasy] music.” Kaelar recalls being into “adult” music like Rage Against the Machine, Sonic Youth, Korn and Skinny Puppy as a kid as well.
A career and passion so focused isn’t always at the forefront of one’s mind so early on. Kaeler’s journey hasn’t been an easy or quick one, but it’s one many creatives take: self-discovery.
This journey for Kaelar has taken him through the rings of anxiety, depression, and self-doubt, which led to a hiatus in 2017 to recollect what was lost. His imminent return in 2018 sent shockwaves through the electronic music as he released songs like “Blood Hunter,” “Claws,” and more.
“When Death Asked a Question was released, that was my peak depression/anxiety and ideation of not-so-nice things,” says Kaelar. “Humans weren’t what I thought they were. I was sucked into the fame and fortune game and then had a Garden of Eden moment where the wool was truly pulled from eyes. At some point it was placed over my eyes because I wasn’t always so into fame and fortune. Now we have social media numbers.”
“Don’t start from a roundtable of a bunch of guys who sort of get your vision,” Kaelar says on discovering yourself as a musician. “Ultimately, they’ve got investors, and their investors have investors. EDM is a huge investment jerk off right now and money is flowing, but only to those who are boutique and shut off to the world. It’s very late stage capitalism and anti-art.”
Kaelar hit the nail on the head: EDM's issue right now is that it’s overly saturated with investors and number games. And guess who pays for it: the artists.
The artists are the ones jumping on planes, touring the world, performing for one to three or more hours a night, getting very little sleep, and having to drink alcohol in order to fall asleep. Artists and their managers, labels, publicists or whoever are using them as a tally on a chalkboard and not treating them how they should be treated: like humans.
But being who you are isn’t easy, and it’s not the artists’ fault. Being different is often frowned upon, while being ‘normal,’ in whatever interpretation you deem fits, is dishonest. There are more double-standards than there are planets in our solar system, so authenticity is not as authentic as it used to be.
“The scary thing is that authenticity is being commodified as well,” adds Kaelar. “When something is commodified, that’s something that can be consumed and worn like a shirt; worn like leather. When really it’s just another shackle.”
Varien recently released “Hush the Storms Away,” a collaboration with STRIX. He will continue to release dark, heavy music, but it’ll be more true to his form. He’ll continue being open and honest with himself as he writes music. “A Pale White Horse” is another stake in the ground towards this newfound movement within himself, his music, and Varien’s future.
Furthermore, Varien’s upcoming releases, work, and journey can not merely be described in this interview. You’ll simply have to trust him and allow him to be the light down the dark dimension.Follow Varien:
Sub Focus' Bring Me The Horizon remix will come out this Friday.
Earlier this year, fans of the rock band Bring Me The Horizon were pleasantly surprised to see the group step in the EDM direction with the release of the amo. The track "mother tongue" in particular caught the attention of the English drum and bass legend Sub Focus. He is releasing his official remix of the song this Friday.
Sub Focus (real name Nicolaas Douwma) took to Twitter to announce the upcoming release by sharing a short teaser of the remix being performed live. It looks as if the original is going to get a beautiful dose of drum and bass energy. From the sound of this, we may get a new anthem coming our way this Friday.
Douwma has been busy on tour throughout the U.K. since May. He's flown under the radar in terms of releases, however. He's been dropping around a track a year since his last album, which came out all the way back in 2013. Perhaps 2019 will be the year Sub Focus will make his album return.FOLLOW SUB FOCUS:
Skrillex's Ultra Korea set had IDs aplenty.
Skrillex's Utada Hikaru collaboration "Face My Fears" has been long overdue for a remix from the man himself. It appears he teamed up with Virtual Riot to reimagine the song - which served as the official Kingdom Hearts III theme - and tested it out during his set at Ultra Singapore last weekend.
Skrillex and Virtual Riot's remix of "Face My Fears" derives heavy influence from drum and bass during its buildup. That all changes at the drop, though. The eager audience was treated to a cacophonous jungle terror rhythm that, surprisingly enough, doesn't contrast too sharply with the sections that came before it.
The "Face My Fears" remix wasn't the only piece of new music Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) played out in his performance. In addition to songs by the likes of Wiwek, Knife Party and Travis Scott, the full set is loaded with IDs.
Neither Skrillex nor Virtual Riot have announced a release date for their remix of "Face My Fears" at the time of writing.FOLLOW SKRILLEX: