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MK Delivers House Remix of Ed Sheeran and Travis Scott's "Antisocial"

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 12:47

The new remix is a groovy house rendition.

Ed Sheeran and Travis Scott are two of the biggest names in the world of pop music. Their collaborative single, "Antisocial," dominated the airwaves last summer and beyond, racking up tens of millions of streams across all platforms. Now, house music maestro MK (real name Marc Kinchen) has put his own unique spin on the tune. 

Kinchen is well known for providing some of the most danceable house grooves, and his new remix of "Antisocial" is a perfect example. Deviating from the hip-hop beat of the original with a four-on-the-floor approach, he combines soulful piano chords with a lively, deep house-inspired bass line and some bouncy drums to turn "Antisocial" into a peak time house banger. 

Chopped up vocal sections and rolling snares build the energy perfectly to lead into the drop, ensuring that the dance floor will be moving nonstop whenever Kinchen's remix is played. It's a far cry from the original track, but MK's reimagining of "Antisocial" is certainly a complement, and just as effective. 

Kinchen will perform at multiple dates across the U.S. coming up, including stops at District in Atlanta, The Church Nightclub in Denver, and U Street Music Hall in Washington, D.C. 

MK's remix of Ed Sheeran and Travis Scott's "Antisocial" is out now, and can be found here

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You Heard It Here First: "Stupid-O" from Spag Heddy's Armageddy EP

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 12:34

The Armageddy EP is slated for official release on February 7th.

Bass music all star Spag Heddy (real name Mischa Reining) has been hard at work on new music lately. From his recent remix of SLANDER's "Love Is Gone" featuring Dylan Matthew to his "Oh My!" VIP, it's safe to say Reining has been just as big of a force in the world of bass music as ever. Now, he's back with a brand new single, "Stupid-O," from the forthcoming Armageddy EP.

A high-energy blend of multiple styles, "Stupid-O" combines elements of riddim with melodies and heavy wobbles to yield an all-around dubstep banger guaranteed to make fans lose it whenever it's played. "'Stupid-O' stands for going completely stupid with each other. Nothing less and nothing more," Reining said in a statement. "And that’s all you need on your last day on Earth." 

He's also been using it as the opening track in recent Spag Heddy DJ sets, and "Stupid-O" is the first track on the Armageddy EP. The new EP also includes four other tracks, so fans will be eager to hear the rest of the mammoth release. The full Armageddy EP will come out Friday, February 7th via Never Say Die.

Reining is currently on the Armageddy Tour with upcoming dates in Dallas, San Francisco, Chicago and more. Tickets and additional information can be found here.

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Ro Sham Bo by Wuki and Nitti Gritti Gets Down and Dirty

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 23:18

The four-track EP takes its name after the pair's co-headlining national tour.

Under the rallying cry of "Ro Sham Bo," EDM artists Nitti Gritti (real name Ricky Mears) and Wuki (real name Kris Barman) are certainly making their mark. 

The pair teamed up this year to co-headline their Ro Sham Bo Tour, and have just released a collaborative four-track EP of the same name. It was released via their own Ro Sham Bo Records imprint through Insomniac Records

Mears and Barman have quickly earned a reputation for comical tour antics and high-energy live shows, making sure to incorporate games of "rock, paper, scissors," for which "Ro Sham Bo" is a nickname, behind the decks. The Ro Sham Bo EP follows suit, kicking off with a 42-second skit titled "The Greatest EDM Intro" featuring Mears and Barman playfully riffing an EDM-themed campfire singalong complete with acoustic guitar. 

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Wuki and Nitti Gritti get down to business afterwards, going into three tracks of high-intensity electro house and dubstep. "Swet" features Barman's signature booty breaks, while "We Don't Stop" and "Ro Sham Bo" incorporate dirty drops bound to twist your bass face. Each track is innovative and exciting, using wonky bass lines, rave sirens, and intricate arrangements to keep it interesting. Mears and Barman show off their chops for blending genres and keeping things cohesive. 

The pair are next headed to Houston, Texas on their tour, eventually concluding in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 27th. Wuki is fresh off his 2020 GRAMMY Awards nomination for Best Remixed Recording, earning a nod for his take on Miley Cyrus' single, "Mother's Daughter." Nitti Gritti has also been recognized for his hustle, winning a Latin GRAMMY Award in 2019 for his contributions to "200 Mph" by Bad Bunny, whose album won Best Urban Music Album.

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Willaris. K Announces Bushfire Benefit Performance, Drops Remixes of "5 O'CLOCK"

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 21:30

TSHA, Ghost Culture and Juno Mamba contributed remixes.

Australian-born producer Willaris. K (real name Jack McAllister) dropped a synth-heavy track titled "5 O’CLOCK" via Astralwerks back in October of 2019 alongside the hauntingly beautiful "Past Light." Fast forward to January 2020 and the track, evocative of nights spent on an underground dance floor captivated by the seductively rolling beats and sirens, has been released once more - this time as a remix EP.

The three remixes featured - produced by TSHA, Ghost Culture and Juno Mamba - bring out an entirely different flavor from one another. Each fresh perspective is equally addictive, encouraging the listener to dip in and out of each version, over and over again, as if the single were insatiable.

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The opening track from U.K. artist TSHA delivers a surprisingly Asian-inspired interpretation set against a tribal drum loop. This may seem like an unlikely translation, yet it breathes some refreshingly lighthearted energy into the track. Revived as a more contemporary, accessible club remix, the subtle hints at the original's underground sound remain intact throughout.

In another version, produced by U.K. artist Ghost Culture, we witness a distinctly acid bass line injected into the mix, whose tempo kicks up to an 124bpm. This is a welcomed addition.

Aussie producer Juno Mamba (signed to Melbourne label Soothsayer alongside McAllister) brings an ethereal edge to his remix of "5 O’CLOCK." Fans of the up-and-coming artist will be familiar with the dystopian soundscapes he effortlessly weaves into the remix of this track.

McAllister is set to play a sold-out benefit show on the evening of February 9th, 2020 at Seaworks, Melbourne, VIC alongside Running Touch, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Golden Features and many others. The Bushfire Appeal Day Party is being held to raise funds for various charities relating to the recent tragic bushfires that have torn through the Australian bushland over the past few months.

“It’s devastating to see the damage that has been done and the lack of urgency on prevention and climate change," McAllister commented. The ambient producer is waiving his performance fees and donating all merchandise proceeds from the upcoming sold-out Seaworks show.

“5 O’CLOCK Remixes” can now be streamed via Astralwerks across platforms here.

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DJ Snake's "Frequency 75" Featured in Fast and Furious 9 Trailer

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 20:36

The film franchise loves DJ Snake.

DJ Snake is once again joining the Fast and Furious family after being featured in the new trailer for Fast and Furious 9 A.K.A. F9. The longstanding franchise is known for delivering all things high octane - including their music selection. There really is no better genre for racing then electronic music, so it should come to no surprise that the French producer was featured in multiple of the franchise's soundtracks. 

He was first featured in the 2014 trailer for Fast and Furious 7 with his track "Get Low" in collaboration with Dillion Francis. That installment also featured his uber-popular hit "Turn Down For What" with Lil Jon. He's clearly an artist they can rely on, so the director joined forces again with the Pardon My French member, incorporating his 2019 single "Frequency 75" into the newest trailer. 

The track pairs perfectly with the insane stunts and high-speed chases depicted in the almost four-minute trailer. The steady, rippling synth work just makes you want to go fast. Fans of the franchise will get a chance to see the story play out on May 22nd, 2020 in theaters worldwide. 

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How Well Do You Know ODESZA? Take Our Quiz

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 19:52

Consider yourself an ODESZA fan? Prove it.

After joining forces in college, Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight would become ODESZA and rise to the top of the live electronic world. With breathtaking live performances and a vast array of original tunes at their disposal, the duo have frequently sold out many of the biggest venues across the globe. 

In honor of one of EDM's most dynamic duos, we've constructed a quiz to test your knowledge on all things ODESZA. 

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Diplo Says He Has Unreleased Music with 6ix9ine and Juice WRLD

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 19:02

Diplo has a long history of collaborating with complicated but talented artists.

One artist who has always had their finger on the pulse of emerging talent is Diplo. Throughout his career, he's worked with some of the biggest artists across the genre spectrum. However, sometimes these productions never see the light of day. While in Miami over Super Bowl weekend, the GRAMMY-winning producer sat down with Complex News to discuss Instagram flexing and wild Las Vegas in addition to revealing that he has unreleased music with two controversial artists. 

Starting at 10:15 in the interview, Diplo (real name Thomas Wesley Pentz) went into detail about how in tune he used to be in the hip-hop scene of Los Angeles. He referenced his California EP, which featured some of the top rappers of the time including Trippie Red, Lil Yachty, Lil Xan, and more. Pentz also included his time working with late artists such as Lil Peep and XXXTentacion. When they passed he admitted to losing the motivation to work on these hip-hop records in the works. They included pieces with the currently incarcerated 6ix9ine and the late rapper Juice WRLD.

Pentz went on to explain that his collaborations with such polarizing figures stemmed from seeing how fearless they were with their music. He saw the same vigor he saw in himself with DJing. It was not discussed whether these tracks would ever be released. 

While in Miami, Pentz performed at Shaq's Fun House, Gronk Beach Miami, and a special 10-hour B2B with Carnage at Club Space. In addition to that, he joined Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, BTS, and Mason Ramsey onstage at the GRAMMY Awards for a massive performance of "Old Town Road." Just this week he also released the music video for his Diplo Presents: Thomas Wesley "Heartless" Remix with Julia Michaels and Morgan Wallen

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Above & Beyond Share First Single off Forthcoming Album, Acoustic III, and Announce Tour

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 17:57

It will include performances at London's Royal Albert Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Greek Theatre and more.

Above & Beyond delivered their fans some great news this week with the announcement that they will bring back their beloved acoustic series. The electronic trio are due to release Acoustic III by the Summer of 2020 on their Anjunabeats imprint, and they will take the album on a full live tour kicking off in April. Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki have also dropped the official music video for the first single off the forthcoming album, "Flying By Candlelight (Acoustic)" featuring Marty Longstaff

The music video is the perfect sneak peek of what's in store for the upcoming tour. Shot at The Alexandra Palace Theatre - the historic North London concert hall at which the tour will begin - it features the trio's now-live collaborator Longstaff. Attendees can also expect to see beautifully stripped-down performances from the trio alongside vocalists Justine Suissa, Zoë Johnston, and Sam Burger

The tour will hit some of the most prestigious concert venues in the U.K. and North America. Among them are London's Royal Albert Hall, New York's Radio City Music Hall, The Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C., and The Greek Theatres in Los Angeles and Berkeley, California. The final stop will be a special performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 1st with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Returning to arrange and co-produce the album will be Bob Bradley; however, fans should prepare to hear something a little different from the previous two acoustic albums. Instead of leaning more orchestral, they have added in more varied arrangements including some funky and up-tempo grooves. As always, A&B continue to impress us by constantly evolving the songs for which we know and love them. 

Fans first heard the band's acoustic project back in 2013. They took the album on a brief run of shows including the legendary performance at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles which had Billboard proclaiming it "one of the finest shows in dance music history." The last album came out in 2016 and birthed a feature-length concert documentary titled Giving Up The Day Job

If news of the return of the acoustic project wasn't enough, the trio are going above and beyond (pun intended) with their environmental efforts. They have partnered with the non-profit organization One Tree Planted so that for every ticket sold a tree will be planted around the world in order to help fight climate change. 

Acoustic III Tour pre-sale begins at 10:00 AM local time on Tuesday, February 11thSign up for priority access to tickets at aboveandbeyond.nu/acoustic.

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NGHTMRE, PEEKABOO and More on Big Gigantic's Rowdytown IX Lineup

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 16:53

Big Gigantic have announced the lineup for the 2020 edition of their Red Rocks Amphitheatre headline event.

Few things could turn the heads of the Centennial State's bass heads like a back-to-back set between NGHTMRE and Big Gigantic. A "Gigantic NGHTMRE" set, as it's billed, only tops the day one bill of Rowdytown IX, which will take place at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on September 25th and 26th, 2020.

For the ninth edition of the annual headline event, Goldfish, Covex, PEEKABOO, slenderbodies and Dreamers Delight are also on the lineup. Big Gigantic (real names Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken) also headline the second day, aided by 3D technology for a special audiovisual experience.

The first edition of Rowdytown graced Red Rocks in 2012 with GRiZ, Dillon Francis and Macklemore sharing the stage with Big G. Over the years, such artsists as Adventure Club, Carnage, Jauz, Slushii and 3LAU have performed at different iterations of the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the website for Rowdytown IX at Red Rocks.

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Galantis Release "Unless It Hurts" and "Stella" Ahead of New Album

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 15:24

Galantis appear to be dropping a single each day leading up to the official release of Church.

If you thought that "Steel" was the only track Galantis would drop in the week leading up to their third studio-length album, think again. By the looks of things, the Swedish duo are sharing a cut each day before the full Friday, February 7th, 2020 release. On Tuesday they dropped "Unless It Hurts," only to follow it up with "Stella" on Wednesday.

"Unless It Hurts" follows in the same vein as "Steel," what with its bright synth work and main stage-friendly drum pattern. "Stella" marks an interesting departure for the duo, however. Slowed down and vaguely tropical, the song's funk-reminiscent instrumentals give it more radio appeal than the songs that came before.

Galantis (real names Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw) made a name for themselves a few years into the EDM decade for singles like "You" and "Runaway (U & I)." Their debut studio-length album arrived in the form of Pharmacy in 2015, and they followed it up with The Aviary in 2017. One week after the release of their upcoming effort, they will kick off the Church of Galantis Tour on February 14th.

Stream or download "Unless It Hurts" here and "Stella" here.

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Shndo Drops Zesty Latin Dance-Pop Remix of Pitbull and Ne-Yo's "Me Quedare Contigo"

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 13:40

Take a walk on the wild side with Shndo's fiery, new Latin-dance crossover remix.

Standout producer and Florida native Shndo (meaning ‘vibrations’ in Japanese) has made waves in the electronic music community by putting a unique and distinctive twist on Pitbull and Ne-Yo’s recent Billboard chart smash, “Me Quedare Contigo.” 

Boasting collaborations with artists the caliber of Chris Brown, Cardi B, and Poo Bear, it is safe to say that this rapidly rising up-and-comer is onto something great. He's carved out a space that suits his style, and he's delivering great music on a consistent basis.

Taking the standout single from Pitbull’s recent album and working it into a dance-pop masterpiece is no easy task, but Shndo fearlessly rose to the challenge. From the outset, a beautifully bass-driven beat accompanied by dazzling, Miami-influenced rhythms sets the stage for a fiery drop guaranteed to get your hips moving. When the big moment finally hits, vocal chop melodies that interplay flawlessly with a bouncy beat polish off a remix powerful enough to impress Mr. 305 himself, and gain the love of both the dance and Latin music communities.

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Krewella Release Long-Awaited Sophomore Album, Zer0

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 12:39

Hot on the heels of their singles "Good On You" and "Greenlights," Krewella unveiled their highly anticipated LP, Zer0.

Sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf (collectively known as Krewella) are longtime fixtures of the electronic dance music universe, making the pair a household name and a force to be reckoned with around the globe. They began their musical journey with their debut EP, Play Hard in 2012, and rose to worldwide fame over the course of the next five years - releasing radio hits such as "Alive," their 2017 viral single "New World," as well as their most recent single, "Greenlights," which racked up over a million streams in just over a week.

Now, the world has finally witnessed the triumphant return of Krewella with the release of the duo’s long-awaited sophomore album, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about its arrival.

The LP, titled zer0, is comprised of 11 tracks that will take listeners on an incredible journey through the complex emotional, spiritual, and cultural layers that make up each and every one of us. Behind the title lies the paradoxical significance of the number zero. According to the Yousaf sisters, “Zero is infinity, but it is also emptiness, purity, innocence, something void of concepts or opinions or projection.”

Krewella will be touring globally throughout 2020 to promote the album and ensure its intended international impact. To keep abreast with the Yousaf sisters’ touring schedule and their latest content - including music videos for several of the tracks on the album - be sure to connect with them on social media.

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Tomorrowland 2020 Tickets Sell Out in 5 Minutes

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 21:26

Demand for Tomorrowland is stronger than ever.

Ahead of the festival's 2020 edition Tomorrowland tickets came and went, selling out in an estimated five minutes. That includes both weekends of action, which will see Alesso, Marshmello, NGHTMRE and many more taking to the stage.

The stock of 350,000-400,000 tickets flew off the books proving demand for the flagship Belgian event remains strong in the new decade. The theme for this year's event, announced in December of last year, will be "The Reflection Of Love."

The demand appears to mark a significant increase in the velocity of tickets over the 2019 event, which sold out in around forty minutes after dropping the first wave of its lineup the day prior. 

Tomorrowland is scheduled to field 600 performances this year including many of the world's top DJ/producers. If you were not quick enough to secure a ticket for this year's edition, the festival is expected to continue live streaming the event per tradition. 

Tomorrowland 2020 kicks off on July 17th for weekend one, and again on July 24th for weekend two.

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Getter's The Real Bros of Simi Valley Drops Season 3 Trailer

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 19:57

Getter returns to the screen for the sitcom's third season.

The Real Bros of Simi Valley has released their season three trailer ahead of a mid-February release date.

Starring Nick Colletti, Cody Ko, Jimmy Tatro, and of course Getter (real name Tanner Petulla), the series follows four best friends from southern California who are ten years out of high school. The sitcom is a parody of popular reality TV shows The Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives.  

The show is directed and produced by Tatro and has received a nomination for a Shorty Award in the Best Web Series category. Petulla's character, Bryce, has been part of the show since its start.

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Now entering its third season, The Real Bros of Simi Valley has come a long way since its four episode initial season which landed on YouTube in 2017. The show will return to Facebook Watch for season three on Valentines Day, February 14th. Fans can get caught up with the show's previous season by tuning in on Facebook Watch.

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Skrillex Goes B2B With Thys of NOISIΛ for Surprise Set at Oost Nightclub

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 19:36

What started as a 90-minute set went nearly double the allotted time.

Oost Nightclub in Groningen, Netherlands played host to an unforgettable surprise set that went nearly double-overtime on the evening of February 1st. Skrillex and Thys of NOISIΛ fame took to the stage for a surprise back to back set of techno, house, breaks and everything in between that plays around 130 bpm. 

Thys (real name Thijs de Vlieger) played a hometown set few will forget. Dropping the news at the last minute, de Vlieger took to Twitter announcing his special guest. The next day, de Vlieger noted the set was originally only budgeted for 90 minutes - and the two ended up playing for three hours. During that time the two broke from the scheduled 130 bpm program to deliver at least some dubstep in between.

de Vlieger later tweeted that there is a recording of the full set that exists and the two are just deliberating whether they'll ultimately release the audio. With Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) beginning a new album cycle, fans would likely jump at the opportunity to hear any snippets of what he has in the works.

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That list of potential IDs also includes a Skrillex and NOISIΛ collaboration which was teased in late 2019. Moore's next album is expected out at some point this year.  

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Apparent Daft Punk Leak Suggests a 2020 Album May be On the Way

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 19:03

Photos of what looks to be a product reference document from Columbia Records have circulated online.

Rumors of Daft Punk tours and bodies of work are practically an electronic music meme in and of themselves at this point, but some believe the latest murmurs may hold more weight. Images of an apparent Columbia Records product reference document indicate that the legendary French producers have a 12-track album slated for release on May 26th, 2020.

As reported by Your EDM, the unverified documents found their way to the general public via Reddit and Discord. The album's title - as well as those of its individual songs - appear to have been scribbled out. Track #5 looks to be a collaboration with DJ Sneak and Junior Sanchez, however, and track #10 credits both members of Cassius, which consisted of BOOMBASS and Philippe Zdar before the latter artist tragically passed away last year.

Daft Punk (real names Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel De Homem Christo) rose to international stardom in the '90s with a fusion of house, funk and disco influenced by the French touch movement. Throughout the 2000s their releases and tours grew increasingly sparse; their last album, Random Access Memories, came out in May of 2013.

While the legitimacy of the leaked documents remains a matter of speculation, fans have pointed out that such a hoax would be far more elaborate than the typical rumors surrounding the duo.

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Android Jones, Psychedelics and the Dawn of the Visionary Arts Movement [Interview]

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 17:42

How a pioneer of trippy visuals found his place among the heroes of a counterculture phenomenon.

Many in the arts community and beyond are familiar with the art of Andrew “Android” Jones, or they may have seen his mind-boggling animations on tour with Shpongle, Bassnectar, Tipper and other electronic leviathans. He’s credited with being one of the foremost pioneers and the most promising leader in multimedia psychedelic art today. Innovations like his SAMSKARA 360 projection-mapped dome experience have already made waves at Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis, and other events.

His career over the years has spanned from sketching to digital painting and from VR to AR, and he's especially rare as a creative figure for his celebrated ability to move from one medium to the next almost effortlessly - but where did it all start? To find out, EDM.com caught up with the enigmatic figure for an inside understanding of his origins. 

To begin the story, Jones brought us all the way back to his childhood at about five years old. It was then that he remembers his art raising eyebrows; as far back as before preschool his stumped daycare instructor pulled his parents aside to talk about the intricacies of his overly creative doodling. 

“I remember I did this drawing and the teacher brought my parents in and said 'This is unique,'” Jones told EDM.com. “I started lessons from five onward. My artist identity started to develop that early on and I’ve been doubling down ever since.” 

He drew with ever-increasing detail and ornamentalism as his practice expanded to incorporate one technique or medium after the next, and his friends and parents began lovingly spoofing his name. Andrew became "Android." The nickname has been a fixture of his identity ever since.

As he grew older, he was admitted into the Ringling School, which had a sister school that, like Android, was well ahead of the time. “MAPS came out of that school,” said Jones proudly. “They had some really advanced chemists at that school, too, so before I learned how psychedelics could become a tool for altering creative consciousness in art school, I had my own private visionary art, which was making art in different stages of consciousness. I’d lock the doors and turn the phone off for like two or three days and just make a bunch of crazy art.” 

It was an experiment in self-discovery that he grew timid of sharing with others. Back then, mushrooms, cannabis and other substances weren’t regarded for the same spiritual or medicinal benefits that they are recognized to offer today. Especially in the art community around which Android grew up, skilled traditionalists were less than progressive when it came to psychedelics.

Upon graduating with a degree in Computer Animation and Fine Arts from the University of Colorado Boulder, he went for a “real job” and worked for several years in the film and video game industries. “I was working for Nintendo in Austin, Texas," he said. "I was their concept artist for Metroid Prime for like five years. Then I started my own studio where I was the creative director.” 

While his career was certainly a success, Jones' extracurricular style wasn’t something he was able to learn from the traditional artists - nor from those in corporate America, even with Nintendo. He knew he was onto something though, so he continued to develop his experimental craft at home on the weekends as if trying on different states of consciousness like hats. “I learned early on that if people didn’t understand it, then it was better just not to let them know,” he explained. “I wasn’t trying to recruit anybody and people had their own judgments around it, so it was something that I just kept secret.”

He had made friends with Boulder, Colorado Artists Robert Venosa and Martina Hoffman, and in 2016 they invited Android to an event called SynerGenesis. The event was an art show that happened to be taking place a block or two away from his then-home in Soma. At the time it was just a stroll down the street, but today Android remembers the experience as a catalyst that changed his art and his life.

“I just walked down the block and coming into the building I saw this wild, bohemian, skinny white dude with these two dreadlocked, tattooed girls carrying this huge psychedelic blacklight canvas through the doors and thinking 'what is going on in here?'” Android recalled with an enthusiastic nostalgia. “That was the big bang where I met Luke Brown, Carey Thompson, Xavi, Alex Grey, Andrew Gonzalez, Mark Hensen - all the heavy hitters of the time. The realization was that the work I was doing on my own in these psychedelic binges - it was a really important part of my personality that I had to keep hidden because when it was revealed to colleagues it was something that was demonized or looked down upon - I realized what I thought was a liability in this scene, you were celebrated in that one. As far as how fast I switched gears: Well, they couldn’t punch my ticket fast enough.”

The key to success in psychedelic creativity binging, according to Jones, was a great playlist.

“Music was always really important. I learned having a playlist setup was one of the most important, influential things to do. It’s primary for any journey. So I would have a sort of ceremonial playlist, with Bitchesbrew, Vivaldi, Miles Davis or classical music.” He also would include some downtempo electronic music and found himself frequently exploring electronic sounds that musically mirrored the same creative journey he found himself on within his own art. “At the same time, I was stumbling upon the full immersion into creative visionary art culture that included music, performance and gathering,” Jones told EDM.com. “That’s when I discovered Tipper, Bassnectar, Random Rab and Bluetech.”

By this time, Jones had already been attending Burning Man for a few years, and he valued his ability to make a living with his art. Shortly after 2003, though, he sauntered into the transformative gathering's El Circo dome where he had an epiphany that changed his outlook on the power and pervasiveness of the arts community.

“There was a moment where the pieces started to come together. One night I remember stumbling into the El Circo dome where Bassnectar was playing and everyone was dressed up like these crazy cosplay future techno feather leather vampires,” he recalled. “It felt like everybody in the community had become this well-oiled machine. To find that this thing had been happening underground independently and to see it in the El Circo dome in full bloom around 2004 or 2005, I just saw it but didn't even have a full understanding of what it was - only that I wanted to be a part of it. It was like, 'How is this happening? Why? And, how do I join up?”

Between the friendships he made at SynerGenesis and the inspiration he found in El Circo, Android saw things more clearly than ever and knew he would be at home in the visionary arts movement as it continued blossoming in the Burner community. Jones said, “I jumped in with both feet and made a bunch of really great friends and shuffled the pieces of my life around to make this the focal point.” Now as a fully tenured artist at age 42, Jones sees SynerGenesis as a pivotal time in his life. Despite it disbanding by 2009, El Circo was the spark that ignited a flame that many festivals and electronic artists in the woke milieu still burn today.

“Symbiosis wouldn’t be what it was without el Circo. Lightning in a Bottle wouldn’t be where it is now without the concentration of all those creative people together,” Jones told us. “Bassnectar got a lot of inspiration from them; so did Random Rab. There’s also visual influence in Tipper’s work and in fashion design. Whenever I see someone with a feather earring I can tell there’s some facet of the impact they had. Oscura Digital is a company and they had a lot of El Circo employees, so they impacted that organization in a big way. Any of the Fractal Nation or Fractal Planet camps have traces of it. Even the Dr. Bronner's Foam camp has some remnants there. There are so many tentacles that it’s actually really hard to trace it.”

In 2020, the art of Android Jones can be enjoyed when the MOVA dome returns to Lightning in a Bottle on Memorial Day Weekend. Several other exhibitions have yet to be announced.

To learn more about Android Jones, tune in and ask him a question directly during his upcoming Reddit AMA. It will be hosted on the r/ElectronicMusic thread on Monday, February 10th at 2:00 PM PST. 

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Disclosure Wade into Tropical Waters with "Know Your Worth" ft. Khalid

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 14:51

Disclosure's second Khalid collaboration marks a departure from their signature sound.

Fans of Disclosure's traditional dance music-inspired sound may be in for a surprise upon listening to the duo's latest track. The Surrey, England duo have once again teamed up with El Paso, Texas singer/songwriter Khalid - this time on a tropical house-leaning single titled "Know Your Worth."

Whereas their previous collaboration, "Talk," exhibited 2-step garage influences, "Know Your Worth" is set to a more laid-back tempo with gentle plucks rounding out the arrangement. For his part, Khalid (real name Khalid Donnel Robinson) remains consistent in his contributions to either single. His soulful vocal in the latter song practically destines it for radio play, and the song's more accessible sound design helps its chances as well.

"Know Your Worth" isn't the only time in recent memory Disclosure (real names Guy and Howard Lawrence) have explored uncharted territory. Last month, Guy landed a production credit on the posthumous Mac Miller single, "Blue World," for a beat that could be categorized as future bass.

Disclosure and Khalid's "Know Your Worth" can be streamed or downloaded across platforms here.

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Martin Garrix's Perfectionism Revealed in Season 4 Finale of His Show

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 13:47

The 13th episode of Season 4 of The Martin Garrix Show saw him visit recent collaborator Dean Lewis at Lollapalooza Berlin.

We've previously gone over how seriously Martin Garrix takes his stage presence, and it turns out the Dutch superstar is equally fastidious in the studio. The Martin Garrix Show shed light on his collaborative process with Dean Lewis on "Used To Love" earlier in Season 4, but the finale has shown that the song was far from finished at that point.

During an interview segment in the 13th and final episode, Lewis explains that Martin Garrix (real name Martijn Garritsen) kept on changing things after they'd reached a stopping point. "He's crazy - in the best possible way," the Australian singer/songwriter said. "He keeps changing things, and at first it can be jarring because you go, 'Oh but it's so good' - but what happens is that every time he pushes for you to do more and change it, it becomes better and better and better."

In the episode, Lewis and Garritsen crossed paths at Lollapalooza Berlin, the final stop on the latter artist's summer tour. Closing out the fourth season of his series on a high note, he performed to a crowd of thousands at Olympiastadion, where the gathering was held.

More recently, Garritsen wrapped up shows at DAER Nightclub in Hollywood, Florida and OMNIA Nightclub in Las Vegas on the same day. Next, his tour will take him to RedFestDXB in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on February 6th, 2020.

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Future Joy and OFFTAMBER Unleash  Saxophone-Filled Future Bass Anthem "Feels Right"

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 13:08

For their first future bass release, Future Joy teamed up with their good friend OFFTAMBER for another brass-filled anthem.

For their first future bass release, the vocal EDM duo Future Joy teamed up with OFFTAMBER to deliver the soulful anthem "Feels Right." With just the right mix of vocals, bass and saxophone, the budding trio whipped up an infectious single that turns heads and moves feet. 

A dramatic introduction filled with brass gives way to energizing vocals, preparing the listener for the eruption of bass that will soon occur. When that point arrives, every dance floor exposed to the anthem will be treated to an engaging synth melody, empowering vocals, and epic bass drop that just "Feels Right."

Already a hit on Australian radio, "Feels Right" represents new beginnings for Future Joy (real names Zach Simms and Emily Cooper) and OFFTAMBER (real name Devon McDade). Future Joy was originally Simms' solo project until Cooper joined the mix. Coincidentally, Cooper's first live show with Simms was actually where the duo first met the Icon Collective grad, McDade. 

Simms describes the track as a symbol of his friendship with Cooper and McDade. "It’s become a very cheesy joke between the three of us, but I see it as a symbol of our blooming friendship with Devon, and my new partnership with Emily as we’ve been exploring these new relationships on the road," he said in a statement.

"Feels Right" by OFFTAMBER and Future Joy is out now. You can download or stream the trio's new single here

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