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First-Ever Nationwide College Virtual Festival to Feature NGHTMRE, San Holo, Ekali, Ghastly, and More

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 16:03

Monster Energy's Up & Up Festival is pushing its chips into the virtual concert pot.

Monster Energy's Up & Up Festival is pushing its chips into the virtual concert pot after announcing the launch of "Welcome Back," the first-ever nationwide college virtual festival.

Citing the impact of COVID-19 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the organizers of Up & Up—the nation's largest college touring music festival—have decided to go virtual, taking to the digital stage from October 9th to 11th. "Welcome Back" will feature performances by some of EDM's most popular artists, including NGHTMRE, San Holo, Ghastly, Ekali, and more.

"When the longer term reality set in of how the live restrictions would affect college campus life, it was important for us to identify a creative, compliant solution to give students a valuable and enjoyable experience — and continue the progression of the Monster Energy Up & Up Festival Series that our college ambassador network has worked so hard in helping us build," said Stephen Glazer, co-founder and producer of Up & Up Festival, in a press release.

Homing in on their mission to connect students from different schools and all walks of life through electronic music, "Welcome Back Virtual Festival" will co-stream its socially-distanced audiences from over 20 school "stages" via Zoom sessions. Each one will showcase performances from students as well as celebrity appearances, contests, giveaways, and online meet-and-greets. The livestream event also serves as the genesis of Monster Energy's "$10K Talent Showdown," a variety talent competition open to students with a prize of $10,000. Dance-pop duo Two Friends are set to host and judge the contest, which students can register to here.

"With little to no campus life activities happening currently, the Welcome Back Virtual Festival provides an exciting opportunity for students to interact, dance, and enjoy a weekend of incredible music and entertainment right in their own home," said Tomer Vagner, a recent University of Oregon graduate. "In curating this national-scale, live-streamed concert, the Monster Energy Up & Up Festival is opening the door for student ambassadors to gain unparalleled virtual event production experience and valuable networking opportunities in this forever-evolving music industry."

"Welcome Back Virtual Festival" will stream live on Monster Energy’s YouTube channel.

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Simeon Coxe, Synth Pioneer and Electronic Music Legend Behind Silver Apples, Dead at 82

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 14:47

Cox passed away after a battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Synth pioneer Simeon Coxe, the legendary electronic musician behind psychedelic rock band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. He passed away after a battle with pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive lung condition.

Coxe's band was ahead of its time, building bespoke synthesizers and oscillators that would go on to influence groups such as Portishead and Stereolab, among many others. When Silver Apples debuted in the late 60s, they flaunted a setup of nine audio oscillators and 96 manual controllers, an amalgamation Coxe dubbed "The Simeon," which was constructed in part from discarded war equipment. "It never sounded weird to me," Coxe told The Guarduan in 2019. "We weren’t intending to be futuristic. We were just kids playing and making pop music."

Silver Apples' sound transcended its electronic confines and trickled into the rock music zeitgeist. High-profiles fans of the band included John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix, the latter of whom jammed out with Coxe prior to his fabled 1969 performance of "Star Spangled Banner" at Woodstock.

Tributes to Coxe have been pouring in via social media, a few of which you can view below. EDM.com expresses its sincere condolences to the family, friends, fans, and loved ones of Simeon Coxe.

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Wed, 09/09/2020 - 14:16

Cafe Disko, Highlnd, Savej, and more are featured in this week's installment of "Underground Vibes."

“Love Me” - Cafe Disko & She Is Jules

Teaming up with She Is Jules, production duo Cafe Disko display immense artistic maturity on “Love Me,” a quirky electronic-R&B track with massive potential.

“Can't Help Myself” - Marin Hoxha & Beth De Bacci

Coming to Lacuna for “I Can’t Help” myself, Marin Hohxa and Beth De Bacci are able to craft a guitar-driven electronic-pop ballad.

“Used To Be” Ft. Eden Neville - Highlnd

Out via Lowly, Highlnd’s latest gem makes up for one of his best works to date, seeing the producer combine tasteful sound design and organic percussion under Eden Neville’s captivating voice.

“No Place To Hide” - Gidexen

With “No Place To Hide,” Gidexen showcases his immense skills once again, bringing together a series of shiny synths, trap-inspired drums, and catchy vocals all over a gritty bassline.

“I Love The Way You Do That” - KHEMIS & Wasiu

Out via Uprise Music, KHEMIS and Wasiu’s latest is a stunning hip-hop and funk gem featuring infectious vocals, groovy percussion and shiny guitars.

“Ankle Biter” - Coopex, LBLVNC & RIELL

Coopex and LBLVNC join forces alongside Canadian talent RIELL to create a menacing and tasteful tune with “Ankle Biter,” channeling immense pop energy with dark undertones.

“It's Funny How” - chamberlain

Combining organic sounds with electronic elements, chamberlain is able to produce an ambient yet engaging piece with “It’s Funny How.”

“Playin' Games” Ft. EthanUno - Drewmat

Playing to their strengths, multi-talents Drewmat and EthanUno just released “Playin’ Games,” a smooth R&B joint featuring charismatic vocal lines and glossy production.

“One Truth” - Savej

Ahead of his forthcoming album Solstice, slated for release later this month via Gravitas Recordings, Savej has created a tribal bass gem with “One Truth,” bringing together psychedelic effects and organic sounds.

“Voyager 3” - JKuch

Having stayed overly consistent this year, JKuch is back with his latest experimental release, a juxtaposition of quirky sound design and soothing atmospheres. 

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LA Producer Figment Signs With Chicago Label Trax Records for Latest Single "Klimmen en Dalen"

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 14:09

Figment continues his breakout 2020.

Figment, the Los Angeles-based music producer, DJ, and host of the "Not Figment" Podcast, continues his breakout 2020 by signing a record deal with iconic Chicago label Trax Records. Figment’s latest release and first single on Trax Records is titled "Klimmen en Dalen."

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Last month we covered the release of Figment’s first ever single, "Welcome to the Acid Jungle," which he released independently. He was also recently featured as “One of 5 Artists Who Stole The Show” after performing at Insomniac’s EDC Festival. Viewers and listeners agreed, because shortly after that story was released, Figment was notified that he received the most votes in the Insomniac Records Discovery Project, winning the competition handily. These two massive victories led him to quickly rise from obscurity, gaining more than 100,000 Instagram followers and today announcing the signing of his first record deal with the legendary Chicago-based label, Trax Records.

Trax Records is a Chicago based label dating back to the 1980s, which established itself as a peerless home of electronic music visionaries, with releases from many of the pioneers of house, acid and techno. Trax was foundational in the career launches of legendary house and techno artists such as Marshall Jefferson, Frankie Knuckles, Phuture, Joey Beltram and many more. The label was founded by the late Larry Sherman, and is now headed by CEO Rachael Cain.

A musician and producer herself, Cain, also known by her stage name Screamin’ Rachael, is thrilled to sign the collaborative deal with Figment and help him continue his success as a creative. “This is one of the most exciting new tracks we have heard in a long time.” said Cain. "In a way Figment’s music is almost orchestral, it is unique and different. Figment’s style is so unique and different, and moving. It has a sound of its own, and a personality to the music. Figment’s songs are not something routine. His latest track features the weaving of colorful sounds. It’s exciting. When I heard Klimmen en Dalen the first time, it was just as exciting to me as the first time I heard the original ‘Can You Feel It’ instrumental by Mr. Fingers. I am excited about Figment’s talent. He creates music with a lot of tones. Music with a lot of feel. And he’s just different. His track stands out. His music belongs on Trax.”

The signing was locked in with the Trax Records after Figment submitted “Klimmen en Dalen” to the label. The track is named after an artwork of an "impossible staircase" that appears to be going up while also going down, drawn by the famous optical illusionist M.C. Escher. It incorporates the loopy, mind-bending atmosphere that is quickly becoming Figment’s sonic fingerprint. The track seems to be moving in all directions at once without compromising on its propulsive, thumping core, and we are not sure we have ever heard anything like this before today. A spokesman for Figment said the artist only wanted to “thank Trax Records for all their music; past, present and future.”

Demi Lovato Shares Release Date of Marshmello Collab and Interactive Website with Mood Quiz

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 13:33

The track is releasing during Suicide Prevention Week.

Lovatics can finally breathe a sigh of relief after Demi Lovato announced the official release date for her highly anticipated collaboration with Marshmello, "OK Not To Be OK."

The two stars took to social media on September 4th to tease the track, sharing a video of Marshmello being "roasted" in anticipation of its release. They also published an interactive website that allows users to take a mood quiz and answer questions about their current state of mind before being led to hotline numbers offered by Hope For The Day. You can visit the site here.

In a year marred by unprecedented economic, racial, and social strife, it seems as if the EDM and dance-pop superstar is furthering his altruistic endeavors and trying to initiate the conversation surrounding mental health. Considering the track is being released during Suicide Prevention Week, fans can expect a poignant and pensive electronic crossover.

"OK Not To Be Ok" will be released tomorrow, September 10th, 2020. Check out Lovato's announcement below.

Win a Pair of Pioneer DJ's New Color-Splashed HDJ-CUE1 DJ Headphones

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 13:06

EDM.com has teamed up with NERVO and Pioneer DJ for a huge giveaway.

EDM.com has teamed up with NERVO and Pioneer DJ to give away a few pairs of the industry leader in DJ technology's new HDJ-CUE1 DJ headphones.

The HDJ-CUE1 DJ headphones are fully customizable and available in two different models—wired and wireless Bluetooth. With a sleek look, decadent sonics, and a unique foldable design, they are optimal for both beginner DJs and seasoned audiophiles. Artists are able to personalize their HDJ-CUE1s with Pioneer DJ's HC-CP08 accessory packs, which include two replacement ear pads and a detachable coiled cable in orange, yellow, green, blue, or violet.

The new model is also sturdy and durable, having been put through the ringer via Pioneer DJ’s strict in-house durability tests. The HDJ-CUE1s contain metal sliders in their padded headbands, extending the product's life while maximizing comfort. DJs can also find solace in the fact that the headphones' L-type mini-jack decreases the likelihood of ejection while DJing, so they can safely go bananas without worrying about the dreaded disconnection.

You can enter the contest below. Three winners will be chosen at midnight on Monday, September 21st.

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The London College of Music Examiners Now Recognizes DJing as Formal Education

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 12:27

You can now receive an official GSCE qualification by studying the art of DJing.

Thanks to two relentlessly passionate DJs, you can now study the art of DJing and receive a formal GSCE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) qualification.

According to a report by The Guardian, brothers Austen and Scott Smart have been working tirelessly over the last five years to galvanize institutions to recognize DJing as formal education. Forcing the issue via their FutureDJs banner, they have teamed up with the London College of Music Examiners to formulate and offer a syllabus for prospective students to receive formal grades and become certified DJs. Sandra Allan, of exam board AQA, says the objective is to allow "more accessibility and diversity, giving students opportunity they may not have considered before now."

The London College of Music Examiners have updated their website to introduce the course. "LCME is delighted to offer a brand new range of graded exams for DJs in partnership with FutureDJs," the page reads. The exams are broken down into three buckets: "Debut," "Breakthrough," and "Artist." The "Debut" level will be graded by familiarity with decks, mixers, and PAs as well as basic transitions, scratching, beat juggling techniques, and understanding of balancing, structure, track selection, and harmony. The "Artist" level will be more difficult, as the student's are to be considered "suitable to perform to an audience." They will be graded by their ability to master techniques like advanced scratching, looping, and live effect mixing as well as their capability to develop a personal style and sound.

Following the announcement, FutureDJs applicants have been pouring in. They have attracted as many students in the week since the curriculum was published as the three years prior. DJ Sherelle, a BBC Radio 1 resident, said the course was vital to ambitious artists who want to capitalize on their passion for DJing. "Someone like myself would have probably found my passion a lot earlier if I was able to mix all my favourite tracks back in school," she said.

The courses begin in December 2020 and you can find the full syllabus here.

Source: The Guardian

Valentino Khan Drops "Blackmail" Ahead of Forthcoming EP

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 11:40

Valentino Khan channels his early influences for this one.

Valentino Khan’s first original single this year came in the form of “Obsession” back in April, a futuristic house gem alongside rising duo Ship Wrek. An undisputed tastemaker, the “Deep Down Low” creator is known for bringing together varied influences and sounds to create his unique brand of bass music. Now following up on “Obsession,” Valentino Khan has returned with “Blackmail,” taken off his forthcoming EP on Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint.

A menacing instrumental single with an industrial flair, “Blackmail” sees Valentino Khan return to his roots, pulling inspiration from his formative years of listening to French electro. A gritty bassline is layered over hard-hitting, four-on-the-floor drums to form the bulk of the tune, a combination that makes up for an aggressive drop, perfectly contrasted with unforgettable analog synth arpeggios towards the break.

“My introduction to dance music over a decade ago came from passing by my brother’s room and hearing the distorted electronic sounds that were coming overseas from Europe,” explained Valentino Khan in a press statement. “This music was fresh to my American ears and created a new culture that motivated me to push boundaries as a producer. This next series of releases blends my own sounds with the inspirations I’ve drawn from this era of dance music. In doing that, I’m looking to continue to evolve as an artist by bringing a fresh perspective to the table sonically.“

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Watch Wooli Drop Mind-Melting Unreleased Subtronics Collab at Drive-In Rave

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 15:24

A dubstep anthem fit for two kings.

Bass music titan Wooli threw down a rip-roaring dubstep set over the weekend at "Pavement Rave," a drive-in concert series in Scranton, PA. During his set, he uncorked a mammoth collaboration with fellow dubstep maven Subtronics, dropping the curtain on a quirky dubstep bomb that rattled the home of Dunder Mifflin.

An eerie vocal refrain of "it's all in your head" echoes throughout a monster build, which culminates in a dubstep drop of leviathan proportions. It features wacky, frenetic synths, which run roughshod through a thunderous bass and punchy drums. Wooli took to Twitter to retweet a video of the song and tease its impending release, writing, "Subtronics collab will only be finished if you clap loudly. The applause-o-meter is ready to hear how bad you want it.

You can check out the video of Wooli dropping the unreleased Subtronics collaboration below. At the time of writing, neither have announced a release date for the tune.

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Ida Engberg Denounces Tributes to Erick Morillo: "We Should Not Glorify Rapists"

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 14:29

She shared a statement urging the music community not to forget about Morillo's transgressions in the wake of his death.

Swedish dance music producer and DJ Ida Engberg has decried tributes to Erick Morillo in the wake of the "I Like To Move It" artist's death.

As tributes to the late DJ—who was found dead on September 1st, 2020 in Miami Beach—continue to pour in via social media, Engberg took to Instagram to share a statement urging the music community not to forget about his transgressions. Morillo had recently been arrested and charged with sexual battery on a woman after the results of a rape kit came back and tested positive for his DNA.

"Our dance music community should not be brushing the behavior of Eric [sic] Morillo under the carpet. We owe it to all women of our generation and to generations to come. We should not glorify rapists," Engberg wrote. "Sickening to see how star struck our community is."

"Shame on us," she continued. "After a long late night discussion in Jamie Jones comment field yesterday I feel that this needed to be said out loud and clear. No means no and rape is rape."

After Grammy-winning Welsh DJ Jamie Jones shared a tribute on Instagram and received backlash for calling him a "true legend," he went on to publish a second post in which he apologized to those who were offended, writing, "I can only imagine how much courage it takes to come forward and speak out when you have been sexually assaulted or abused in any way."

"That is why I want to apologise to anyone who was offended by my post in remembrance of Erick Morillo," Jones continued. "My words were truly mean to share the Erick I had personally known over the ear, and although I know very little about the case against him, the last thing I wanted to do was make light or normalise the very very serious charges he was facing. I acknowledge that I was wrong to be insensitive of the situation as a whole and for that I’m sorry."

When a number of users came to Jones' defense in the post's comment section, saying he didn't need to apologize for sharing his sentiments about his deceased friend, Engberg entered the fray and shared a harrowing 2006 encounter with Morillo in which he allegedly drugged her with MDMA against her will.

"I met [Erick] Morillo in Ibiza back in 2006. Once in an after party at his house I sat outside in a sun bed talking to a friend of mine when he approached me from behind, pulled my head back, held my forehead against the sunbed and poured a drink into my mouth against my will," Engberg wrote. "I got upset and asked what that was. He laughed and said 'it’s MDMA'. I said, can I please chose [sic] for myself if I want to do drugs or not. I got up and left the party."

"Later I heard from a friend that he had asked all the girls who would not get naked to leave the party," she continued. "I met him after and he just laughed and said 'well you were not going to fuck me anyway were you'. He also said I wasn’t welcome back to his house. Years after, when I was more 'known' he was always so sweet and polite. I told him he was the worst and most disrespectful person I met in our scene and always refused talking to him. This is just my story. It may not seem like a big deal to some but I spent a season in Ibiza in 2006 and I heard countless of similar stories. He had the worst reputation. I have not experienced anything anywhere near that."

Prior to his death, Morillo was scheduled to appear in court on September 4th, 2020. At the time of this article's publishing, the official cause of death has not yet been revealed. However, the Miami Herald reports that authorities are investigating a possible drug overdose.

David Guetta Shares Touching Tribute to Avicii on His Would-Be 31st Birthday

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 13:03

Avicii's memory lives on.

It's been over two years since Avicii's tragic passing, but his memory lives on through his timeless music and eternal spirit.

On Avicii's would-be 31st birthday, tributes have been pouring in via social media from some of the most renowned artists in the dance music sphere. One of them came from fellow electronic music icon David Guetta, who took to Twitter to share a touching tribute to the late EDM legend in the form of an aching throwback video. Avicii was known to have battled inner demons, but the clip shows a gleeful version of him as he sings and playfully dances to Guetta's generational anthem "Titanium."

Break out the tissues and watch the tearjerking video below.

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Guetta also retweeted a post by Amsterdam dance music festival AMF, who shared an achingly nostalgic clip from the event's 2019 edition wherein the Grammy Award-winning producer drops his remix of Avicii's "Heaven" before a sea of screaming fans and glittering lights. You can check out the video below.

To celebrate the birthday of one of EDM's greatest artists, revisit five of Avicii's most unforgettable moments here.

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A-Trak and Armand Van Helden's Duck Sauce are Interviewing David Guetta Tomorrow

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 12:35

Guetta is releasing a highly anticipated collaboration with Sia this Friday.

In a fusion of dance music's finest talents, renowned disco-house tandem Duck Sauce are linking up with Grammy Award-winning super-producer David Guetta for a one-of-a-kind interview.

The duo, who are comprised of revered electronic music producers A-Trak and Armand Van Helden, announced the forthcoming second episode of their Duck Sauce Presents: Duck Duck Goose interview series via social media. The "Barbra Streisand" beatmakers launched the virtual series back in August 2020, when they chatted with fellow house music sage Todd Terry. Taking to Twitter to tease the forthcoming interview with Guetta, Duck Sauce told fans to, "Get ready for the unexpected unknown history digs."

Meanwhile, Guetta is on the verge of releasing his highly anticipated collaboration with Sia, "Let's Love." The track marks the fourth collaboration between the two following "Bang My Head," "Flames," and the generational anthem "Titanium." You can check out a short preview of the single here and pre-save it ahead of its release this Friday, September 11th.

Duck Sauce Presents: Duck Duck Goose with David Guetta will air tomorrow, Wednesday, September 9th.

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Gorillaz Tease Forthcoming Collaboration with Robert Smith of Iconic Rock Band The Cure

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 12:06

A formidable pairing.

The latest installment of Gorillaz' "Song Machine" series will feature none other than Robert Smith, frontman of iconic rock band The Cure.

The virtual band touts "Song Machine" as a collection of singles and music videos, which they dub "episodes," and each one features a newly announced guest. Previous collaborators include Schoolboy Q, Fatoumata Diawaraslowthai, and Slaves, among others. The first season of the series—set to consist of 10 episodes—launched in January 2020 and is slated to release in full in October 2020 as a compilation titled Almanac. The project will also come with a full-color hardback produced in collaboration with renowned graphic novel company Z2 Comics, with 120 pages of Gorillaz-themed puzzles, games, comic strips, and exclusive artwork.

Following the debut of "Song Machine," Gorillaz sent their fanbase into a tizzy when they teased a monster episode with Tame Impala. However, they have not divulged any further information about the collab, including a release date or title.

Gorillaz took to social media to share the news of their upcoming single with Smith along with the collaboration's accompanying artwork, which features the group in spacesuits. "Coming up on Song Machine… It’s [Robert Smith]," they wrote. "Follow your nearest Song Machine NOW!”

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Navigate a Virtual Sound Museum as a Teddy Bear with New Sound Campus Exhibit

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 11:38

You can explore the Sound Campus metaverse as a gigantic virtual teddy bear.

Enrique Tomás sought to combine sound, art, and the feeling of visiting a museum with the advent of his concept project Sound Campus, which sees its virtual debut this week.

Over 120 artists answered the call with submissions ranging from live sound installations to live performances. A third of those works were ultimately selected to become part of the exhibit, which was built in partnership with the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz.

Set in a dynamic virtual world, Sound Campus creates a shared experience among attendees who navigate the Titanic-shaped gallery as teddy bears. The surreal environment will focus on "uneasy" experimental sounds as its sonic theme. Live performances will also take place throughout multiple days of the exhibition. 

The 3D binaural audio renderings within Sound Campus will be best experienced through use of headphones during the event. From a visual perspective, Sound Campus is supported on Windows, Mac, and in virtual reality form via Oculus. 

Sound Campus kicks off on September 9th, 2020 and is set to run through the 13th. Visit the Sound Campus website to download the software when it goes live on September 8th and run the application to access the event.

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Netflix Documents Michigan Man's Attempt to Contact Aliens With Kraftwerk's Music

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 11:25

John Shepherd suspected "non-commercial" music would draw a response from aliens.

Deep in the woods of rural Michigan, John Shepherd spent years attempting to contact extraterrestrial life. In the new Netflix short documentary John Was Trying to Contact Aliens, Shepherd shows filmmakers the array of inventions he used in order to beam sound into outer space. 

Avant-garde style music was the medium by which Shepherd sought to communicate with alien life. John frequently broadcasted sounds from legendary electronic groups Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream in an attempt to make a connection. Any sounds deemed "non-commercial," including jazz and reggae music, were fair game in his eyes.

Eventually, Shepherd's determination escalated into building an addition onto his grandparents' house where he lived, creating an entire new wing of the home, which he called S.T.R.A.T. While his S.T.R.A.T. project is now defunct, the lifelong stargazer hasn't lost passion for trying to connect with extraterrestrial life and he will always be fascinated by the possibility of contact. "I never gave up trying to make contact. And the excitement, for me, was always there," Shepherd said. "The anticipation that something might happen."

John Was Trying to Contact Aliens is directed by Matthew Killip.

Porter Robinson Recounts Early Career-Defining Moments, First Ever Show In New Interview

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 11:18

Robinson credits "Dance Dance Revolution" for sparking his interest in electronic music.

It's hard to believe that it has been nearly a decade since Porter Robinson was signed to Skrillex's OWSLA imprint, propelling the then-fledgling producer into the spotlight.  It was a fire-starting moment for Robinson's career, but the story starts much earlier, as we learned in a new interview with British GQ wherein Robinson recounted the early "wins" that took his music production from hobby to career path.

Asked about when he knew he wanted to become a professional musician, Robinson described the process as "gradual." Perhaps unsurprisingly, his earliest musical inspiration came from the popular arcade game Dance Dance Revolution. Robinson's older brother had brought home a copy when the artist was just 12. He ultimately credits the upbeat Japanese electronic hits in the game for spurring his love for the electronic music genre.

By the age of 15, the "Mirror" producer had channeled his love of happy hardcore and Eurodance into income by selling his productions to companies. The occasional check for €300 arriving to his house showed Robinson and his family that continuing down this path could yield a sustainable music career.

Fast-forward three years to Robinson's first live show. He was 18 at the time and hadn't been to a nightclub before, but seeing fans react to his music live ignited something within him that had him instantly "hooked."

Robinson went all the way to Germany for his second live performance. Despite the language barrier, Robinson and his dad navigated the gig without a hitch, aside from the fact that his father was getting mistaken by attendees as the club photographer for carrying a camera onsite. 

Throughout the wide-ranging interview, it becomes clear that the gradual "wins" kept Robinson traveling down the road to success and ultimately stoked his love for electronic music along the way. Robinson is continuing to build toward the start of a new chapter with the impending release of his forthcoming album Nurture, which, at the time of writing, is awaiting an official release date.

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Watch Lane 8's Invigorating Sunrise Set in Scenic Grand Lake, Colorado

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 11:08

Lane 8 rang in a new day on the water with a captivating set.

At the crack of dawn, Lane 8 brought a boat out on the water for a special sunrise livestream set in the middle of Grand Lake, Colorado.

The ember-like colors of the early morning sky provide the perfect backdrop for Lane 8, who makes an entrance that's easy on the ears with delicate pianos and subtly shuffling rhythms. Over the course of the two hour event, he builds up momentum at a steady pace, navigating through the familiar waters of his own catalog while dropping in unreleased projects set to arrive on his label, This Never Happened.

Few producers have the delicate touch and sense of timing to pull this off, but Lane 8 manages to tailor his set to the surrounding environment perfectly. Festivals such as Holy Ship have previously entrusted the "Fingerprint" producer to ring in the start of a new day with a sunrise set, but rarely have such performances been immortalized on video in such stunning detail. 

The multi-camera film captures the placid lake and surrounding shoreline, making listeners feel one with the undisturbed scene, if only for a short time. You can catch the full performance on Lane 8's YouTube channel

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Family of Erick Morillo to Livestream Late DJ's Funeral Service

Mon, 09/07/2020 - 13:07

"Although this is a very sensitive time for us all we understand the impact you all had on Erick's success."

Following the death of Erick Morillo, the late DJ's family has announced plans to livestream his funeral service.

Morillo's family shared an official statement via Facebook. "From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank you all for your constant support and adoration of Erick. Although this is a very sensitive time for us all we understand the impact you all had on Erick's success," the post reads. "He was always appreciative of the support he received from his fans and because of that we have made the decision to livestream services so together we can pay respect and celebrate the life he lived."

Morillo, perhaps best known for his pioneering developments in house music and global hit "I Like to Move It," was found dead on September 1st, 2020 in Miami Beach. An official cause of death has not yet been released, but the Miami Herald reports that authorities are probing a possible drug overdose. Morillo had recently been arrested and charged with sexual battery and was scheduled to appear in court on September 4th, 2020. He denied the allegations.

Morillo's funeral service will be broadcast via YouTube and will begin at 11AM ET (8AM PT) on Wednesday, September 11th, 2020. You can view the official announcement below.

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KAYTRANADA Releases Instrumentals from Sophomore Album "BUBBA"

Mon, 09/07/2020 - 12:06

Fans can now experience the production from his chart-topping record in a new way.

KAYTRANADA's 2019 album BUBBA was a hit with fans and critics alike. In fact, even Barack Obama included the single "Go DJ" on his best of 2019 playlist. Nearly a year later, the venerated producer has given fans a new way to experience the album with the release of its new instrumental accompaniment. By removing the vocals from the heavyweight cast of featured talent, listeners are able to focus on his skillful and precise production abilities. 

In addition to the album, he's released a visualizer companion to each of the tracks on BUBBA, compiling them in a video playlist hosted on his official YouTube channel

Fans have been impatiently waiting for the next chapter of KAYTRANADA's storied career. In July, he teamed up with Lucky Daye for their smoothsingle "Look Easy," the former's first new tune since the release of BUBBA

KAYTRANADA's instrumental version of BUBBA is out now. You can download or stream the new album here.

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Honey Dijon Drops Love Unlimited Remix of Love Regenerator and Steve Lacy's "Live Without Your Love"

Mon, 09/07/2020 - 11:58

For her latest remix, Honey Dijon took on Calvin Harris' Defected Records debut.

Released back in July, "Live Without Your Love" saw Calvin Harris' alter ego Love Regenerator and Steve Lacy join forces on a pounding acid house tune. In the closing month of summer, Honey Dijon provided her own spin to Harris' Defected Records debut.

Swapping out much of the acid sound of the original for thumping brass and keys, the new rework transports the already retro-inspired single back even further with sounds of dance music's past. Anything but dated, Honey Dijon's tactile "Love Unlimited Remix" serves as an introduction to her renowned house sound for the younger generation who may received their first taste of electronic music from Harris' pop releases.

Honey Dijon's "Love Unlimited Remix" of "Live Without Your Love" by Love Regenerator and Steve Lacy is out now via Defected Records. Also included in the remix pack is a rework from Mark Broom. Both tracks can be downloaded or streamed here.

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